Thursday, April 30, 2020

WARNING: Covid 19 & Cough Syrup: Dextromethorphan "promoted infection" is "pro viral"- AVOID IT!

Might be very good to take a pass on this over the counter med! Seriously. Read the piece linked below. These researchers are stating this is "pro viral" and "could be detrimental"
Wouldn't it be something if a common over the counter med was increasing the severity of this virus?! Looks to be entirely and frighteningly possible. We should also keep in mind that the use of respirators may have been a factor in increased fatalities in Covid-19 patients : Why Some Doctors Are Now Moving Away From Ventilator Treatments for Coronavirus Patients? Answer: Because it’s deadly.
 If the ventilators are causing high death rates isn't it really death by medical intervention rather then by the virus?
 
Link
An ingredient widely found in cough mixtures appears to boost the virus behind Covid-19 and could make the symptoms more severe, a group of leading scientists have warned.

A major global study into the potential of existing drugs to treat the virus has found that some medicines that target coughing, a key symptom of the disease, could make it worse.

The researchers stopped short of formally recommending that people don’t use cough medicines containing the ingredient - known as dextromethorphan - because more work is needed to be certain.

But they say they feel it is their duty to alert the world of the possibility and say they would personally steer clear of the substance until more information can be found out.
Concerning findings
They point out that research, published in Nature, was carried out on African green monkey cells in the lab rather than living humans, but say the monkeys bear remarkable genetic similarities to people and insist their findings are highly concerning.

“We’ve identified an over the counter medication that appears to be pro-viral - actively promoting infection - that people I think need to be aware of,” said Professor Nevin Krogan, of the University of California at San Francisco.

“If I had Covid-19 I would think twice about using cough syrups,” added Prof Krogan, who is leading the global research project including more than 100 scientists from 22 labs around the world. These include the Cambridge campus of Europe’s leading life sciences laboratory, the European Bioinformatics Insititute.
Need to be careful but have to speak up
Professor Brian Shoichet, also of UC San Francisco, said the researchers were mindful of creating concerns that may yet prove to be unfounded but still felt they had to speak up.

"We should be careful. These are in vitro (laboratory) results - they haven't been shown clinically. We're not necessarily recommending that everyone stop taking dextromethorphan.”
“But because it's a pro-viral effect it would be wrong not to highlight it because it could be detrimental. More work needs to be done but it’s something to look out for.... A lot of caution is warranted but with a pro-viral effect you do want to be careful," he said.

Canadian Military Helicopter, Participating in Exercises “involved in incident” off Greek Coast

     What happened? Mechanical fail?  A friendly fire incident that could be used to blame on some other party? I’ll be following this one.

UPDATE: Jerusalem Post
At least one person is dead after a Canadian military CH-148 Cyclone helicopter crashed in the Ionian sea between Italy and Greece early Thursday morning while taking part in an exercise as part of a NATO operation in the Mediterranean.
"Contact was lost with the aircraft as it was participating in Allied exercises off the coast of Greece," the Canadian Armed Forces said in a brief statement.
According to local Greek media, the helicopter crashed in international waters about 80 kilometers off the island of Cephalonia. An Italian and Turkish frigate were reported to be taking part in the search and rescue operation, finding debris and one body. 
Another five crew members are said to still be missing.
CTV
TORONTO -- A Canadian NATO helicopter has been involved in an incident off the coast of Greece and a search and rescue mission is currently underway.

In a pair of tweets, Canadian Armed Forces Operations said it lost contact with the CH-148 Cyclone, which had been deployed onboard the Halifax-class frigate HMCS Fredericton, and “was participating in Allied exercises off the coast of Greece” as part of Operation Reassurance.
"Operation Reassurance: The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has members serving on Operation REASSURANCE in Central and Eastern Europe. They are there as part of NATO assurance and deterrence measures. These measures aim to reinforce NATO’s collective defence. It also shows the strength of Allied solidarity"
The military said it could not provide further information at this time because the situation was evolving, but the Armed Forces later confirmed in another pair of tweets that they have contacted all primary family members of those who were on board the helicopter, and that "search efforts continue with our

 
In a statement, Col. Juanita Chang, chief of Public Affairs for the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, confirmed also the incident, but offered few additional details.
“I confirm there has been an incident involving a helicopter from a ship under NATO command,” Chang said in the statement. “There is currently a search and rescue operation being conducted and national notifications taking place. “

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Covid Exposes Nursing Home Failings: 79 Percent of Canadian Covid Deaths, Doug Ford "focused on committing elder abuse?"

Yes, that is the actual figure. 79 PERCENT OF COVID DEATHS ARE CONNECTED TO LONG TERM CARE HOMES. 

Which should make it very clear the PRIMARY PROBLEM is with/within the FACILITIES.
 Or the casualty count would be vastly higher in the general population. It isn't!
Globe and Mail
" 79 per cent of all deaths in the country now connected to long-term care and seniors’ homes. Numbers released on Tuesday show a steep jump from two weeks ago, when almost half of all coronavirus deaths were linked to the homes.
Poseur Trudeau
The updated models confirm the well-documented problems in seniors homes and raise more questions about the lack of transparency around the federal models and their underlying assumptions"
There is much in the above article regarding the myriad of issues with "modelling".
That topic has been covered previously and will be featured yet again in an upcoming report
For now we're focusing on the FACT that long term care homes left seniors as "sitting ducks" for infection. Any infection! 

Another article from the Globe and Mail
The pandemic ravaging Canada’s long-term care facilities is exposing how elderly residents are “sitting ducks” for catching deadly infections, even in the best of times, according to people who work in the sector, partly because of systemic deficiencies that have festered for years.
The systemic long term widely known deficiencies were reported on in yesterday's post;
 Because care homes have been hit so hard by the virus, there are pressing concerns about how and why their infection-control practices were sorely lacking.
The Globe and Mail put those questions to numerous caregivers and their representatives, as well as seniors’ advocates, infectious-disease specialists, representatives for the facilities and their staffing agencies.
Most pointed to serious, chronic shortcomings – causing perpetual disease and death among frail residents – largely ignored by governments, until now.
Still ignored. No one is acknowledging that it's been the wide spread, well known, systemic deficiencies that left the seniors unprotected. Unshielded.  Doug Ford's iron ring fail.
“I hate to say it, but this happens all the time in long-term care. It is constant. Every year, we have [flu] outbreaks.”
“There is always a problem, when there is an illness in the homes,” said Jane Meadus, staff lawyer with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly in Toronto, who pointed out that seniors in care facilities are older, and more vulnerable, than ever.
“But, they are certainly not keeping up with the staffing,” she said. “There doesn’t seem to be the ability to protect people who are living there. They are sitting ducks.”
 You tell me why Doug Ford is being lauded? He failed to protect the elderly and the vulnerable and he destroyed most of the rest of this province. Putting many of us out of work. As we watch local business, mom and pop places, be destroyed. As we pinch pennies. And wait for call backs. Locked down. Some here receiving hefty fines for lingering too long in a park. Just one example of power gone to the heads of "by law" officers
  • Mom Says She Was Fined $880 For 'Standing Too Long' in a Park With Baby

    Roxana said Aurora bylaw officer Mario Munguia got out of the vehicle and told her, “you were standing around too long.” According to Roxana, he said he’d been watching her from afar and that she’d been “standing for over two minutes.”
    She said he told her there was a zero-tolerance policy and that he was going to issue her a fine.
    Roxana said she was shocked; she’d expected him to make some kind of argument over the use of amenities (she said she didn't use any).
    “I didn’t know standing in a park was a crime,” she said. 
    The fine speaks to a larger problem about heavy-handed enforcement of COVID-19-related measures in parks, where people are being fined and hassled for sitting on benches, walking their dogs too slowly, or making genuine mistakes. 
     Systemic deficiencies resulting in deaths- 
Those illnesses are regularly brought into facilities by part-time or casual caregivers, who are coming and going all the time to make up for the dearth of regular staff.
Some said casual caregivers go into work even when they feel ill, because they don’t have paid sick leave and need the money. They typically work in more than one facility and travel back and forth on public transit, which makes them vulnerable to picking up and spreading illness.
It’s really unfair to the elderly,” she said. “When there is flu outbreak, they just shut down the floor … but the staff are still working on that floor in the nursing home, then going to another one, for another shift. It happened many times like that before.”
In FACT, Just FACTS
The most recent data from Statistics Canada show more than 1,545 residents died in long-term care homes in 2018 from communicable diseases, including the flu, which amounts to almost five deaths a day. (Data exclude Quebec, as comparable statistics from that province were not available). More than half of those deaths were in Ontario, a 30-per-cent increase from 10 years ago.
- 1545 residents die every year in long term care homes, EXCLUDING, Quebec. 

- More then half of the 1545 that died of communicable diseases including flu died in Ontario

- It's reasonable to suggest that minimally 775 of those that died were in Ontario

We should expect a higher number from  Quebec.  (But will err on the side of caution) It seems likely the number out of Quebec 2018 was 900 to 1000, ball park figures, likely low. This demonstrates  that likely more then 2445 long term care residents died in elder care homes.(2018)

As of today Canada's total death rate from Covi19 stands at 2904. (Last Data Update EDT.)
 80 percent of the death rate as of April 29/ 20 results in 2323 deaths. 
Which is slightly below the same number of fatalities, from communicable diseases, in 2018.  Making the problem in seniors homes the same problem it's been for some time.
Systemic and deplorable elder care. No matter the communicable disease.

One conclusion that can be drawn from all this information is that the Ford and Trudeau governments are using Covid to deflect from the pathetic conditions in these homes! Conditions both levels of government were aware existed and worse had a hand in creating these conditions!

Doug Ford Actor
One shower a week!
"That's what the latest round of budget cuts has meant to vulnerable residents of long-term care homes in Ontario. One shower a week; when summer temperatures all week have been in the thirties. One shower, out of the regular, government-mandated two.
"Respect the vulnerable ." These words were buried in Doug Ford's campaign "Plan for Ontario," along with a promise to, "Commit resources to combat  elder abuse."
Really? As shown by the initial results of the latest cuts to long-term care, it seems the Ford government is more focused on committing elder abuse than combating it:
How is cutting the weekly hours of personal support workers in Ontario LTC homes combating elder abuse?
How does sowing anxiety and fear about their own job security among the uncut personal support workers (PSW), that results in increased sick days and heavier workloads for those who do come to work, combat elder abuse?
How does denying residents, some of whom require two people at a time to help them, the second of only two government-mandated weekly showers, in a heat wave, due to a government-mandated skeleton staff, combat elder abuse?
How does breaking up teams of PSWs, that have worked successfully to care for and comfort the same vulnerable residents for 10 years and more, to enable "bumping" by outsiders with more seniority, combat elder abuse.
How does cutting the hours of activation therapists, who work to engage isolated residents and reduce their loneliness and boredom, combat elder abuse?
How does no longer funding individual-specific physiotherapy, but basing funding on number of beds per home, combat elder abuse?
How does reducing the number of weekly hours a dietitian can devote to any Ontario LTC home, along with maintaining current funding for food at last year's level, in spite of well documented, constantly increasing pricing, combat elder abuse?
 Deplorable, systemic negligence killed these individuals. Doug Ford and his government need to be taken to task. Trudeau's Liberals as well. It's shocking to me. Simply shocking and disgusting that Canadians are too frightened by the perception managing media to really question the systemic negligence built into our elder care systems. Don't blame Covid. It takes the blame off the real problem and those actually responsible for it!  Don't deflect.
Wake up people! Wake up! 

Recent related:

French Coronavirus Strain May Be LOCAL and may NOT be from China

Oh oh more holes in the narrative.. As if there aren't enough already?

France has it's own strain of coronavirus. Which is highly suggestive we're not dealing with some "novel" form of this virus that originated in China
"The Covid-19 virus which has been ravaging France may not have originated in China, according to a study published by virologists at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. The French strain may have been circulating locally and unrecognised before the global outbreak accelerated.
Tests on samples from 97 French and three Algerians infected with Sars-CoV-2 suggest that the virus may have been around in France before the pandemic started.

The sixteen-page study, by researchers affiliated with the prestigious Pasteur Institute in Paris, was first reported by Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post, and says that already on 10 January 10th, France implemented “strengthened surveillance of Covid-19 cases,” five days after the World Health Organisation issued the first “Disease Outbreak News” on a “pneumonia of unknown cause” which was first reported by China on 31 December 2019.
Genetic analysis of the samples revealed that the dominant types of viral strains in France belonged to a “clade” or group with a common ancestor that did not come from either China or Italy.
“The French outbreak has been mainly seeded by one or several variants of this clade … we can infer that the virus was silently circulating in France in February,” write the researchers.
The earliest sample in the French clade was collected on 19 February from a patient who had no history of travel and no known contact with returned travelers.
The scenario “is compatible with the large proportion of mild or asymptomatic diseases,” in France, say the researchers.
However, “current sampling clearly prevents reliable inference for the timing of introduction in France,” making it impossible to go one step further and conclude that the virus existed in France even before it was discovered in China.
If this were to be established it would have huge implications, and may feed into the propaganda war between China and the US.
Currently, China maintains that the “origin of the virus is unknown” while the US insists on the Chinese origins of the disease to such a point that it wants to sue Beijing for economic damage caused by the virus and lockdown measures aimed at stemming it."

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Yale Study: Saliva Swab Beats Commonly Done Nasal Test For Accuracy AND Consistency in Covid Testing

Yet, nasal testing has been de rigueur "out of strictness" or "according to strict etiquette"; one definition of our word rigor, to which rigueur is related, is "the quality of being strict, unyielding, or inflexible." In other words nasal testing has been the standard adhered to, Despite the fact it is not without fault. Or perhaps it's been strictly adhered to  because it is so faulty?

Yale Study
"A new Yale university study says saliva samples are better than the deep nasal swabs in testing for the coronavirus.

In tests with patients and hospital workers, saliva taken from just inside the mouth gave more accurate and consistent results, compared to the widely-used nasal swabs.


The nasopharyngeal swabbing is uncomfortable, causing some to flinch.

During that time, swabs may not make sufficient contact to collect a sufficient sample.

The saliva swab test is less invasive, and can be taken reliably by patients themselves.

The FDA recently OK'd a self-administered saliva test developed in a biotech startup at Rutgers University Center for Diagnostic Research (RUDCR) Infinite Biologics"
Hmmm...

From earlier today:

 

Doug (Yahoo) Ford & His "Iron Ring" FAIL- Elder Lockdowns in Deplorable Conditions Result in Mass Deaths

Continuing on from the earlier report:

 Inclusion of  "yahoo" is a reference to Doug Ford's comment regarding anti lock down/anti big brother protestors in Toronto. Dougie should consider carefully who he refers to as "yahoos" Given the fact that Doug Ford and his now deceased brother, former mayor of Toronto, Rob (crack cocaine user) have/had that yahoo (boorish, crass, or stupid ) vibe all along. In fact yahoo is kind in my opinion.

 Link “We have a bunch of yahoos out in front of Queen’s Park sitting there protesting, but the place isn’t open. They’re breaking the law and putting everybody in jeopardy,” Ford said"

Let's talk about who did and continues to put everybody in jeopardy.
“So whatever we have done it has completely failed in terms of shielding.”
Here in Ontario, Canada "locking down" seniors was deadly. Extremely, so. That is a reality Doug (Yahoo) Ford needs to deal with. The government he leads failed entirely. Fell flat on it's face. And hasn't been able to get itself up off the floor. Save for calling others raising legitimate concerns nasty names. (Exactly like too many in the "alt media" ("The retards - well, typical Assholians") Mr Ford continues to feign concern for protecting seniors/vulnerable persons. Had senior and vulnerable persons actually  been his priority Doug Ford would have been pro active rather then a reactive
Doug Ford


Doug Ford March 30/20, yup, 4 weeks ago

‘We need to put an iron ring around our seniors and other vulnerable populations’ Ford

On April 15/20:Ford moves to fortify iron ring of protection around seniors' homes

April 27/20:  Senior Deaths have continued to creep upwards in Ontario and Canada.

 Link: As of Friday, 625 COVID-19 deaths had been reported in the province's nursing homes, a fatality count that represented nearly 80 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in Ontario, according to the provincial government.

The latest: Daily Hive
According to the the ministry, there have been 150 outbreaks reported in long-term care homes with 671 resident deaths. As of April 26th the total province wide deaths attributed to Covid-19 sat at 892.
 Which means more then 75 percent, close to 80 percent of Covid deaths have been in seniors homes. The pandemic has been one of chronic under funding, short staffing, lack of PPE and other institutional issues. Such as poor cleaning. Where was that iron ring, Doug? Was Doug referencing a ring of death being reinforced? If so, success!
 If not then Doug Ford's government fell down on the job.

Doug Ford should and would have known:
Ninety per cent of the homes Duncan represents have a hard time recruiting staff, she said. 
She said she hopes the attention COVID-19 has brought to the sector will encourage the government to fix some long-standing issues. 
The majority of long-term care staff are employed part time, Duncan said, because funding is unpredictable and homes need the freedom to change workers’ hours if their budget changes. 
Stable, adequate funding would make the difference, she said.
The report is called Situation Critical and it looks at some of the major issues facing Ontario Long Term Care Facilities including staffing shortages, long wait times and violence amongst residents. 
Bryan Smith with Oxford Health Coalitions says we have a real problem in Ontario with the way we take care of our elderly. 
"This report has received some national attention because Ontario is in a situation that is very critical and in other provinces they shake their heads sadly, that a Province as wealthy as Ontario does such a poor job of taking care of their elderly."

Among the key findings in the report:
- There were 27 homicides in Ontario’s long-term care homes, according to the Ontario Coroner in the five years leading up to the report: a homicide rate that is 4-times that of Toronto and 8-times that of communities that are similarly-sized to Ontario’s long-term care home sector (80,000 people).
- Resident-on-resident violence has increased since 2011 and staff injury rates in long-term care are among the highest of any industry in our economy.
- Access to long-term care is poor, and even more difficult for equity-seeking groups.
- By every measure the acuity, that is the complexity and heaviness of the care needs of the residents in long-term care has increased dramatically. This is a result of massive hospital cuts: Ontario has cut more hospital beds than any other province and is almost at the bottom of OECD rankings. As a result, today’s long-term care homes are yesteryear’s chronic care and psychogeriatric hospitals, but without the same resources.
- In fact, long-term care beds are funded at 1/3 the rate of chronic care beds but house residents that used to be considered chronic care or psychogeriatric care. This shift is saving money at the expense of the health and safety of the vulnerable residents in long-term care and their care staff.
  Doug did nothing. Until he had to.  Until he was forced to save face.  And still he's coming up short!  Despite his massive fails the Washington Post actually gave him some fawning coverage. Which, quite frankly, blows my mind! Great leader? I don't think so.
 Do you need some  additional evidence of Doug Ford's continuing failure?

From yesterday-Tribune
Image from Tribune Article linked above

"Royal Rose is the hardest hit of six Niagara long-term care homes with COVID-19 outbreaks. It has seen 66 residents and 44 staff contract the virus.
So many staff have been infected that the residence has asked staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 but have been asymptomatic for 72 hours to return to work — an action Niagara's public health department, which has found several asymptomatic cases in long-term care homes, objects to.
That number makes the COVID-19 pandemic the most lethal outbreak in Niagara since the 2011 C. difficile outbreaks in local hospitals which claimed 37 lives. Long-term care residents make up nearly 86 per cent of the total COVID-19 deaths in Niagara"
 Long term care homes have problems so great that any virus, any infection, would have resulted in similar if not worse results-The problem is not Covid-19. It's a systemic failure of governance.
Underfunded hospitals. Underfunded long term care homes. Hospital bed cuts. Part time staff. Under payed. Overworked. Lack of meaningful and measured inspections.  It's a wide spread failure, that belongs to the present day Ford government. It is the failure of this provincial government that threatens Ontario's communities. Not to let PM Trudeau off the hook either. His concern is as much a show. His words are just as empty. And his actions are part of the larger cross country crisis.

Lock Downs To Do More Damage then Virus: Shielding Elderly & Vulnerable A Huge Fail

The effects of a long term lockdown could do more damage than coronavirus itself, an Oxford professor has warned.
Professor Carl Heneghan, director of the centre for evidence-based medicine at Oxford University, told Radio 4’s Today programme: “In fact, the damaging effect now of lockdown is going to outweigh the damaging effect of coronavirus.”
Heneghan argued that not enough testing has been done so the government cannot understand how many people have actually had COVID-19, and that lockdown was preventing people seeking help for potentially life-threatening issues.
Professor Carl Heneghan
“The key is no-one has really understood how many people actually have the infection,” he said.
“You could do that really quickly with random sampling of a thousand people in London who thought they had the symptoms.
“You could do that in the next couple of days and get a really key handle on that problem and we’d be able to then understand coming out of lockdown much quicker.”
“You go into a lockdown - you should have a clear exit strategy,” he said on Monday. (April 20/20) “You should understand the advantages and disadvantages of what you’re doing.” Heneghan suggested the coronavirus peak may actually have taken place the week before Boris Johnson imposed the lockdown.
“We have failed to look at the data and see when the lockdown actually occurred,” he added.
He later told Mail Online: “The peak of deaths occurred on April 8, and if you understand that then you work backwards to find the peak of infections. That would be 21 days before then, right before the point of lockdown.”
This is based on the delay in the time it takes for an infected person to fall seriously ill and die - three weeks on average.
Heneghan claims that if the Government accepts that deaths peaked on April 8, then it must mean that infections were at their highest around three weeks prior.
He said: “We should be reopening society. We need to get a plan in place rapidly, we can’t wait three weeks then slowly open up. 
“The second issue of lockdown is that it's making the public scared to engage with healthcare. People are avoiding going to GPs and hospitals because they believe there is so much infection there that they might catch it [coronavirus]. That’s really damaging.”
Figures show that more than 80 extra deaths are occurring every day in London alone before paramedics reach the victims because patients are reluctant to phone for an ambulance in case they catch the virus in hospital.  
Professor Heneghan said the decision to abandon mass-testing and contact tracing had “completely failed” elderly people. 
“The shielding has failed - 70 per cent of all the deaths are in the over-75s. Forty per cent of all the nursing homes have the infection. 
“So whatever we have done it has completely failed in terms of shielding.”
That complete, total and utter failure in shielding the elderly will be addressed in the next report. The problem was exacerbated by the virus, but, that wasn't the core of the problem.
The problem was funding shortfalls, low pay, lack of staffing, lack of PPE. The problem was and still is governments who spew perception managing language, lies and grade a  bullshit instead of  taking real action.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Coronavirus: COVID-19, Chloroquine, Ventilators, & Vaccines/ Del Bigtree on THC

Del Bigtree
Thanks to THC and  host Greg Carlwood 
 
About 1 hour and 20 minutes Highly Recommended.

Hubby and I both listened and thought it excellent!
"Del Bigtree is the high-energy host of The HighWire with Del Bigtree, Producer of Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe, & former Emmy winning producer of The Doctors. Find him on Twitter @DelBigtree.
He joins THC to break down several important elements of the Coronavirus COVID-19 coverage they’ve been presenting on The Highwire in the last few weeks, and offer a more sober look at the data than your traditional nightly news is willing to give. Thank you Jesus."
Podcast: Play in new window | Download
You can also learn more about his very crucial and effective non-profit, ICAN: the Informed Consent Action Network @ ICanDecide.org

Related:

Influenza Vaccination & Respiratory Virus Interference. Specifically Coronavirus: Must read!

Influenza vaccination and respiratory virus interference among Department of Defense personnel during the 2017–2018 influenza season

Interesting study. Definitely information you should read. In my opinion, of course. Pertinent information will be highlighted.

Highlights

  • • We examined virus interference in a Department of Defense dependent population.
  • • Vaccinated personnel did not have significant odds of respiratory illnesses.
  • • Vaccinated personnel were protected against influenza.
  • • Odds of virus interference by vaccination varied for individual respiratory viruses.

Abstract

Purpose
"Receiving influenza vaccination may increase the risk of other respiratory viruses, a phenomenon known as virus interference. Test-negative study designs are often utilized to calculate influenza vaccine effectiveness. The virus interference phenomenon goes against the basic assumption of the test-negative vaccine effectiveness study that vaccination does not change the risk of infection with other respiratory illness, thus potentially biasing vaccine effectiveness results in the positive direction. This study aimed to investigate virus interference by comparing respiratory virus status among Department of Defense personnel based on their influenza vaccination status. Furthermore, individual respiratory viruses and their association with influenza vaccination were examined"
Repeating: Receiving influenza vaccination may increase the risk of other respiratory viruses, a phenomenon known as virus interference.

Virus Interference phenomenon goes AGAINST the basic ASSUMPTION ( ya know what they say about assuming?) that vaccination will not alter the risk infection from other respiratory illness. Such as the coronavirus

Results

We compared vaccination status of 2880 people with non-influenza respiratory viruses to 3240 people with pan-negative results. Comparing vaccinated to non-vaccinated patients, the adjusted odds ratio for non-flu viruses was 0.97 (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.86, 1.09; p = 0.60). Additionally, the vaccination status of 3349 cases of influenza were compared to three different control groups: all controls (N = 6120), non-influenza positive controls (N = 2880), and pan-negative controls (N = 3240). The adjusted ORs for the comparisons among the three control groups did not vary much (range: 0.46–0.51).

Conclusions

Receipt of influenza vaccination was not associated with virus interference among our population. Examining virus interference by specific respiratory viruses showed mixed results. Vaccine derived virus interference was significantly associated with coronavirus and human metapneumovirus; however, significant protection with vaccination was associated not only with most influenza viruses, but also parainfluenza, RSV, and non-influenza virus coinfections.
Repeating and enlarging: "Vaccine derived virus interference was significantly associated with coronavirus and human metapneumovirus"


Simply put

 Vaccine derived interference was significantly and specifically associated with increasing risks   from other respiratory virus- particularly the coronavirus. Covid-19 is a coronavirus.

In the 'Highlights' section it's reported :

" Vaccinated personnel did not have significant odds of respiratory illnesses."

Despite the studied personnel not having significant odds of respiratory illness, vaccine derived interference was demonstrated.  Let's now consider the elderly and those with multiple comorbidities receiving repeated influenza vaccines? Did the flu vaccinations play a role in these persons dying with Covid-19? Did the vaccines exacerbate the situation?

Saturday, April 25, 2020

The Petite Bourgeoisie Wage Covid-19 Psychological Warfare on Us Proles

 Personally speaking, I am, quite sick of the Petite Bourgeoisie ignoring, ridiculing or downplaying the hardship many of us are experiencing due to the "pandemic" All the while using manipulative to the extreme media saturation to shame, guilt and utterly terrorize the population.

Not for tender ears. Scott is angry and rightfully so.

 I'm tired of dancing health care workers and openly manipulative propaganda.

If there was a real pandemic would health care workers be dancing in the hallways and staging last supper poses? 

  Perhaps they could get them to dress up as polar bears and dance? Yah, ya the pandemic polar bear posse!   Then we can associate the "pandemic" and "man made" global warming. 
And all be ashamed. 'Cause were bad!  Wouldn't take much since those lines have already been blurred thanks to Greeda and her cult of the Petite Bourgeoisie.  

From earlier today:

Arctic Summers Ice Free by 2050: Ground Hog Day

Arctic Summers Ice Free by 2050: Ground Hog Day

Or kickin' the can further down the road.
Ice-free Arctic summers likely by 2050, even with climate action

Really? Why bother with “climate action” (undefined, undefinable, ever changing) if it’s not going to make a difference?

The ever present mascot for AGW
"Much of the Arctic Ocean will become ice-free during summers by 2050 even if greenhouse gas emissions are reduced sharply, according to a new study. "
 Of course a Polar Bear image was included to reinforce the propaganda meme that has been employed for decades now.

 Perhaps? And I mean PERHAPS, if this comes to pass 30 years down the road, might it be due to something other then green house gasses? Since reducing green house gasses isn't going to make a difference?  I'm just asking.

 Bearing in mind that there is research indicating 8000 yrs ago Arctic ice was at less then half the extant of the "record" low recorded in 2007.


8,000 years ago Arctic Sea ice Extant was less then half of the “record” low claimed in 2007
Study archived at above link:
A paper published in Science finds summer Arctic Sea Ice extent during the Holocene Thermal Maximum 8,000 years ago was "less than half of the record low 2007 level." The paper finds a "general buildup of sea ice from ~ 6,000 years before the present" which reached a maximum during the Little Ice Age and "attained its present (year 2000) extent at 4,000 years before the present"
A 10,000 Year Record of Arctic Ocean Sea Life Variability
We present a sea-ice record from northern Greenland covering the past 10,000 years. Multiyear sea ice reached a minimum between ~8500 and 6000 years ago, when the limit of year-round sea ice at the coast of Greenland was located ~1000 kilometers to the north of its present position. The subsequent increase in multiyear sea ice culminated during the past 2500 years and is linked to an increase in ice export from the western Arctic and higher variability of ice-drift routes. When the ice was at its minimum in northern Greenland, it greatly increased at Ellesmere Island to the west. The lack of uniformity in past sea-ice changes, which is probably related to large-scale atmospheric anomalies such as the Arctic Oscillation, is not well reproduced in models. This needs to be further explored, as it is likely to have an impact on predictions of future sea-ice distribution.

Keeping in mind there have been many numerous previous claims of  ice free summers in the Arctic. I guess the 2030 prediction. made earlier this year, is going to be a fail since they've kicked the can down the road to 2050?

Arctic Ice Free Summer 2030
The study used statistical models to predict the future amount of Arctic ice, which suggested that the Arctic could be ice-free in the summer during the decade of the 2030s – most likely in the year 2034.

Remember All Those Breathy Predictions About An Ice Free Arctic By 2015? Nevermind...
Remember all those claims last year about accelerating Arctic ice loss and an ice-free Arctic by 2015 or 2020? Well, actually you don’t, because nobody ever made those claims. In fact, you heard exactly the opposite. You may think you heard claims about accelerating Arctic ice loss and an imminent ice-free Arctic, but they were merely figments of your imagination. 
So when you click on this article published by the very same UK Guardian last September 17, you really aren’t reading the article title that you think you are reading:
“Arctic expert predicts final collapse of sea ice within four years.”
You really aren’t reading this gem of a quote from the story’s central “expert,” either.
"This collapse, I predicted would occur in 2015-16 at which time the summer Arctic (August to September) would become ice-free. The final collapse towards that state is now happening and will probably be complete by those dates."
When you click on this New York Times article, you also aren’t seeing what you think you see, because global warming alarmists apparently told us last year the 2012 Arctic ice season was unlikely to be repeated in 2013.
According to our collective hallucination in the September 19, 2012 New York Times:
“‘The Arctic is the earth’s air-conditioner,’ said Walt Meier, a research scientist at the snow and ice center, an agency sponsored by the government. ‘We’re losing that. It’s not just that polar bears might go extinct, or that native communities might have to adapt, which we’re already seeing — there are larger climate effects.’”
Polar bears, without blood and never gorging after a kill,  as reinforcing propaganda- It's gone on for years and years now. You'd think more people would've caught on by now?
“Now, some scientists think the Arctic Ocean could be largely free of summer ice as soon as 2020,”
No, alarmists never predicted Arctic sea ice would recede this year. They all predicted record Arctic sea ice growth, instead. Any such memories to the contrary are mere hallucinations. We know this because if the alarmists ever had made such doom-and-gloom predictions, it would prove to be yet another epic fail in the annals of silly and disproven global warming predictions.
Still more figments of your imagination:
 
Ice Free Arctic 2012
A Nasa climate scientist, Jay Zwally, told the Associated Press in 2007: “At this rate, the Arctic Ocean could be nearly ice-free at the end of summer by 2012.”
National Geographic no longer a viable link but the url makes the point
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/12/071212-AP-arctic-melt/

Arctic Ice Summer Ice Free by 2013
 Arctic summers ice-free 'by 2013' As reported in 2007
Their latest modelling studies indicate northern polar waters could be ice-free in summers within just 5-6 years.       
Polar Bear Eating Seal

Arctic Ice Free 2016 or 2017?

Next year or the year after the Arctic will be free of Summer Ice
    “Scientist Peter Wadhams believes the summer ice cover at the north pole is about to disappear, triggering even more rapid global warming”

Friday, April 24, 2020

Coronavirus Mutations May Render Search for Vaccine Futile, Researchers Find

Follow up to:
  Viral mutations regularly occur with seasonal flu, that reality hasn't impeded big pharma from pushing nearly useless vaccines year after year. Profitable, yes. Effective? Questionable. Highly questionable.
 No lock downs because there was a vaccine. An ineffective vaccine, clearly.
 
The latest: 

Scientists Discover “Significant” Coronavirus Mutation Suggesting Threat to Availability of Vaccines

A team of researchers from universities in Taiwan and Australia has found the first evidence of what they called “significant” mutation of the COVID-19 virus.

The finding casts significant doubt on what would come out of the ongoing efforts to develop a vaccine against the virus.
In the research, scientists found that the newly-discovered mutation results in “weaker receptor binding capability.”
The team comprised researchers from Taiwan’s National Changhua University of Education and Australia’s Murdoch University. The study, which was yet to be peer-reviewed, appeared on biorxiv.org.
“The discrepant phylogenies for the spike protein and its receptor binding domain proved a previously reported structural rearrangement prior to the emergence of SARS-CoV-2,” the study authors wrote.
They said this was the first evidence of a “significant” mutation of the SARS-CoV-2.

Major mutation

The research team studied a strain of the COVID-19 virus they isolated from a sample collected in India in January.
In their analysis, they found a mutation that made the pathogen less capable of binding to a receptor on human cells.
Is this suggesting that the virus is becoming less capable of causing infection?
Specifically, the mutation led to weaker binding capability to the ACE2 receptor. ACE2 is an enzyme present in the lungs of humans.
This finding is worrying. It suggests that the ongoing search for a vaccine may become “futile.” According to the researchers, this is especially so if more mutations are detected
The New York Post quoted Jenna Macciochi, an immunology lecturer at the University of Sussex, saying that the reduced receptor binding capacity might indicate the virus being less able to infect humans.
 As I'd suspected. It seemed obvious the weaker binding capabilities would align with less infectious virus
An Italian study released weeks before this particular study showed that the coronavirus mutates rather slowly. This was after researchers studied its genetic material.
The evidence suggests that any cure could at least help a large number of people before it may need to be updated.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Coronavirus Drug Remdesivir Fails First Trial

 I could be mistaken, but, seem to recall reading that Remdesivir, may have been used to treat patients in hospital..  In fact, yes, it was!  Used in a "compassionate manner"
 As you will read below, the drug did not improve the patients condition. In fact patients on it died at a higher rate then while taking a placebo. The trial was stopped.


Interesting that the WHO posted details of the drug trials on the site and then removed them.
"A potential antiviral drug for the coronavirus has reportedly failed in its first randomised clinical trial.

There had been widespread hope that remdesivir could treat Covid-19.

But a Chinese trial showed that the drug had not been successful, according to draft documents accidentally published by the World Health Organization.

The drug did not improve patients' condition or reduce the pathogen's presence in the bloodstream, it said.

The US firm behind the drug, Gilead Sciences, said the document had mischaracterised the study.
 
What do we know about the study?

News of the failed trial spread after the WHO posted details on its clinical trials database, before it was removed. The WHO has since confirmed the draft report was mistakenly uploaded.


It showed that researchers studied 237 patients, administering the drug to 158 and comparing their progress with the remaining 79, who received a placebo.

After a month, 13.9% of the patients taking the drug had died compared to 12.8% of those receiving the placebo. The trial was stopped early because of side-effects. (Side effects not mentioned- Was death one of them?)
"Remdesivir was not associated with clinical or virological benefits," the summary states.

All three main US stock indexes fell back from gains of over 1% after the news broke over the trial.
      
Yes, this experimental drug was used in Spain, Italy, Germany and the UK. And elsewhere
Link and Link

The trials – one for severely ill patients and the other for moderate cases of COVID-19 – have been fast-tracked and given urgent public health research (UPHR) status by the Chief Medical Office, a process which can shorten the approval time for testing to a matter of hours in some cases.

“These clinical trials will help generate important data on the safety and efficacy of the medication in the coming weeks,” said Hilary Hutton-Squire, general manager of Gilead Sciences UK & Ireland.

The company started US testing of remdesivir in February, and it is also being studied in two Chinese trials, with great anticipation of the results due in the next few weeks as confirmed cases of coronavirus head towards the one million threshold worldwide.

Remdesivir is a nucleotide analogue that disrupts viruses’ RNA genome, and has been in development for a decade. It was originally intended as a treatment for Ebola, before its potential in treating SARS-CoV-2 infections was identified.

It has also had preliminary testing in two other coronavirus strains that caused outbreaks – SARS and MERS – which raised confidence that it might have some activity against this type of virus.
The UK trials will run in England and Scotland and be overseen by Dr Andy Ustianowski, an infectious disease consultant based at North Manchester General Hospital.

Meanwhile, two further phase 3 trials of the drug have also been launched across hospitals in France, Italy, Spain and Germany, once again following the format of one trial apiece in moderate and severe infections.

The trials will each enroll several hundred patients and will investigate a 14-day course of remdesivir, with endpoints including normalisation of fever and increased oxygen saturation in the blood in the trials involving seriously ill patients.
The studies in moderate cases will look at hospital discharge rates within the 14-day follow-up period, among other outcome measures.

With a vaccine for COVID-19 still at least 12-18 months away, the race is on to find drug treatments that will save lives in patients who get the virus more severely.
Final link- extensive reading.

From earlier
 

Nomadic Everyman:"As Stocks Tumble and Rights Evaporate, Syrian Regime Change Op Rolls On "

Nomadic Everyman:"As Stocks Tumble and Rights Evaporate, Syrian Regime Change Op Rolls On "

Scott at Nomadiceveryman did an excellent update on the Syrian situation:

I've done some updates as well, if you missed them they are relinked below:


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Happy Freezing Earth Day- Windsor Breaks 1950 Cold Weather Record- Greeda Thunberg is BACK...

And it was snowing this morning! April 22/20.

Featuring Geofish- who thinks we may finally have a chance for some warmth
We do have a chance for warmth now.  The Pacific plumes are coming straight in. You can see the residual of the high plumes that gave us a Yukon Clipper.  But now the plumes have changed their pattern again, and are trying to come straight in.  They are smashing against our cold air right now, but hopefully they win the battle.  If we get a combination of BC westerlies and the Gulf warm air, then we can have Spring.
Global Warming? I laugh.
"You could be forgiven if you're not sure what time of year it is — ice pellets were in the air again Tuesday and Wednesday morning as Windsor set a cold-weather record.
The temperature slumped to -3.5 C, breaking the mark of -2.8 C set in 1950.
Environment Canada meteorologist Peter Kimbell said an arctic air mass is to blame.

"We're all waiting for the summer warmth to come, even if we can't go very far," he said. "We all want to go outside at least and enjoy the warmth, so yeah. It's just unfortunate that we're still stuck in this pattern of colder temperatures."
Enough of this nonsense already!
As mentioned we've got tomatoes started. Lettuce, Herbs. And we're going to start peas to get ready for planting- the can take the cool- not the freakin' frigid! 

And finally we were wondering where Greeda was. Like a recurring nightmare... She's back.

Greeda. The House is not on fire.


Of course the mascot and her PR Team are blurring "climate change" and the "pandemic"
Not now Greeda. And not ever. Go away.


Lots to read today

Perspectives on the Pandemic | Dr. John Ioannidis Update: 4.17.20 | Episode 4

Caught this interview today as well.

Link- Youtube

Dr John Ioannidis talked about the situation in New York. Why?
My opinion? 9/11 and the destruction of the Trade Towers is a factor

 


  

From earlier today as well: 

 Related (mentioned in the interview above)