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#18981 amor de cosmos

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Posted 26 November 2021 - 09:02 AM

rcmp is probably visiting her house right about now

Earlier this week, the so-called QAnon Queen of Canada opened up “duck-hunting” season in the Great White North.
Now, to be clear, we aren’t talking about hunters in hip waders going after our fine-feathered friends with a loyal hound by their side. These “duck hunters” are “soldiers” of Roman Didulo—a Canadian woman who has convinced thousands of QAnon adherents that she’s the secret ruler of Canada—targeting health care workers administering COVID-19 vaccines to children, politicians, journalists, and others who make up the cabal at the heart of the QAnon conspiracy.
In a post on Sunday to her over 70,000 followers on Telegram, Didulo issued an order to the soldiers of her “Kingdom of Canada’s Military.” She demanded the mass arrests of those they consider opposition, and wanted her soldiers to take control of newspapers and seize the border. 
“Shoot to kill anyone who tries to inject Children under the age of 19 years old with Coronavirus19 vaccines/ bioweapons or any other Vaccines,” she wrote. “This order is effective immediately.”
A follow-up post on Tuesday changed the wording from “shoot to kill” to “arrest.” 
“Please, use airports, hospitals, schools, stadiums, and other public venues to hold and detain all traitors,” the post said. “They will stay there until Military Tribunal is held for each one of them until the day they are executed via firing squad or hanging.”
Didulo doesn’t have a passive audience; over the summer, the British Columbian woman mobilized her audience into sending out thousands of cease-and- desist letters across North America (some have recently popped up in Europe) demanding businesses, governments, and police forces stop all activities related to combating the pandemic.


The owner of an ice cream company that's giving vaccinated employees a pay raise says he's been inundated with emails from anti-vaxxers.
Canadian ice cream company Chapman's is giving vaccinated workers an extra 1 Canadian dollar an hour ($0.78) from November 28.
Ashley Chapman, vice-president and owner of the Ontario-based company, told CBC Radio that the external reaction to the policy was "very, very aggressive" and that he'd been sent "hate packages" in the mail.
He said that his 78-year-old father got a voicemail "telling him he was like Hitler, and obviously a Nazi, and we should be convicted of war crimes, essentially."
Chapman told The Globe and Mail that the company had received at least 1,000 negative e-mails and "so many terrible, cruel comments on our Facebook group."
"One e-mail asked us why we are employing segregation tactics," Chapman said. "The exact words were: 'Kudos on implementing Nazi-ism into our modern day.'"
The Globe and Mail reported that a photo of Chapman's vaccine policy had been spread in anti-vaccine groups on social media, with some people urging a boycott of the brand.


Chapman told CBC that before introducing the pay raise he had been paying for unvaccinated staff to get two rapid COVID-19 tests a week, which he said cost around 40 Canadian dollars ($31.35) per person.

"The rapid tests and the infrastructure needed to deploy these tests costs our company money, so we felt it was only fair to reflect that same investment in the vaccinated with a $1 increase," he told Insider.
"Our policy was created to specifically not demonize or punish our unvaccinated employees," he continued. "We feel that everyone should have a choice whether they are vaccinated or not, but individuals need to own their choice."


COVID-19: Compliance to household mixing restrictions in England decreased with each lockdown
study of the day

In a rapid communication published today in Eurosurveillance, authors from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), national public health institutes and ministries estimate that that COVID-19 vaccination prevented almost 470,000 deaths among people aged 60 years and older across Europe between December 2020 and November 2021. This represents slightly over half (51%) of the expected deaths due to COVID-19 in this period.
The authors estimated the number of lives saved in this age group from COVID-19 vaccination in 33 countries, using observed weekly reported deaths and vaccination coverage. For the period from December 2020 to November 2021, reported data on both COVID-19 age-specific vaccination and age-aggregated COVID-19 mortality for people 60 years and older was available and analysed from 33 of the 51 countries in the WHO European Region.
Early implementation of vaccination associated with largest reduction in expected deaths
Pebody et al. show that following the fast development, licensure and roll-out of several COVID-19 vaccines from late 2020 onwards, the uptake of vaccines in the priority groups increased to the effect that by week 45/2021, 80% (range: 20–100) of people 60 years and older had received a complete vaccination series and 84% (range: 29–100) had received at least one dose.
In their calculation, 51% (n=469,186) of total estimated deaths (n=911,302) were averted by COVID-19 vaccination between December 2020 and November 2021; ranging from 93% of deaths averted in Iceland to 6% in the Ukraine. The three countries that had 60% of their population 60 years and older fully vaccinated by week 45/2021 (Moldova, Romania and Ukraine) had a maximum of 20% expected deaths averted over the study period.


COVID deaths top 1.5 million across Europe

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Here, mask wearing is often associated with the historical commands of authoritarian governments. Some have even compared mask mandates to the Nazi policy of forcing Jews to wear distinguishing yellow stars.
This split in attitudes is a relatively new development. People were more cooperative when asked to wear masks in response to earlier health epidemics and other dangers in the 20th century.
Indeed, a 2021 study outlines how approval rates for face coverings during earlier crises were far more collectively positive. During influenza in 1918, the Blitz in Britain in 1941, and the smog outbreaks that occurred in the UK from the 1930s to the 1960s, masks weren’t contested like today. What explains this change?


On Friday, CNBC announced that Bitcoin, and several other major cryptocurrencies, are officially entering a bear market state.
"The world's biggest cryptocurrency sank 8% in the last 24 hours to $54,177, according to Coin Metrics data, its lowest level since early October. Bitcoin is down 20% from an all-time high of nearly $69,000 which it hit earlier this month," reported Ryan Browne. "Other cryptocurrencies also plunged Friday. Ether, the second-biggest crypto, fell nearly 11% to $4,027, while XRP slumped 11% to around 94 cents."
The driving force behind this is the announcement of a new, heavily mutated COVID variant in South Africa, which has prompted investors to move to bonds as they fear a potential new global wave of the pandemic — although little is currently known about the new variant's infectiousness, virulence, or resistance to vaccines.
"The World Health Organization on Thursday gave a briefing on the new variant, which is known as B.1.1.529 and is thought to contain more than 30 mutations. The U.K. and other nations have temporarily suspended flights from six African countries in response," said the report. "Global stock markets were sinking Friday, with European stocks set for their worst session in more than a year and U.S. stock futures down sharply."


In a video hosted on bit chute, a platform known for its extremist content, a man applies electrodes, a strong magnet and "55 percent Montana whiskey" in the hope of removing a COVID-19 vaccine from a US military veteran.
In another, a gory variant of the "cupping" technique to draw blood from an injection site, making extra incisions with a razor to extract a significant amount. (Insider is not linking to the footage due to its graphic nature.)
Neither method had any hope of working. It is impossible to undo vaccination, a process which works by teaching the body to fight infection itself, and which doesn't rely on substances that can be isolated or removed.

at least nobody has tried the "apocalypse-now" method (yet!), which would be to hack off every inoculated arm (the horror!): https://www.youtube....h?v=mPPGMNOLaMw
Portugal is bringing back some tight pandemic restrictions, less than two months after scrapping most of them when the goal of vaccinating 86% of the population against COVID-19 was reached.

The Czech government declared a 30-day state of emergency on Thursday, closing Christmas markets as well as nightclubs in a bid to stem COVID-19 infections.

Czech President Miloš Zeman back in hospital after positive COVID test

Israel bans entry to South Africa, six other countries over new coronavirus strain
Foreigners from these countries will not be able to enter Israel as well


הרב קנייבסקי בתום מפגש עם בכירי מערכת הרפואה: "יש לחסן את הילדים"

באמירה נחרצת, פסק היום הרב כי הורים לילדים בגילאי 5 ומעלה צריכים לחסן את ילדיהם • ההוראה יצאה לאחר דיון מיוחד עם ראש צוות המומחים של "מגן ישראל" ומנהל מערך החדשנות ומכון המחקר של כללית פרופ' רן בליצר, פרוייקטור הקורונה פרופ' סלמאן זרקא, ורופאו האישי של הרב, ד"ר משולם הרט

קמפיין התחסנות במגזר החרדי מקבל חיזוק מאחד מגדולי הדור: לאחר אישור ה-FDA ומשרד הבריאות לחיסון פייזר לילדים בגילאי 5 ומעלה, ועל רקע תחילת מבצע החיסונים לילדים, התקיים היום (חמישי) דיון במעונו של גדול רבני הזרם הליטאי, הרב קנייבסקי. בפגישה נטלו חלק שלושה מבכירי הרופאים בישראל העוסקים באופן שוטף בהתמודדות עם נגיף הקורונה.

הרופאים הבכירים, ראש צוות המומחים של "מגן ישראל" ומנהל מערך החדשנות ומכון המחקר של כללית פרופ' רן בליצר, פרוייקטור הקורונה פרופ' סלמאן זרקא, רופאו האישי של הרב, ד"ר משולם הרט, מנהל המחלקה החרדית בכללית הרב אברהם קונסקי ומנהל מטה ההסברה החרדי של משרד הבריאות מני חדד, ביקשו לשמוע את דעת התורה בנוגע לחיסוני ילדים, לקבל את ברכתו למבצע החיסונים בגילאים אלה ולדון בדרך הנכונה לעודד התחסנות תלמידים ותלמידות במוסדות החינוך בציבור החרדי.

Rabbi Kanievsky at the end of a meeting with senior members of the medical system: "The children must be vaccinated"
In a firm statement, the rabbi ruled today that parents of children aged 5 and over should vaccinate their children and Director of the Innovation Division and Clalit Research Institute, Prof. Ran Blitzer, Corona projector Prof. Salman Zarka, and the rabbi's personal physician, Dr. Meshulam Hart.
The immunization campaign in the ultra-Orthodox sector is being strengthened by one of the greats of the generation: After the FDA and the Ministry of Health approved Pfizer vaccination for children aged 5 and over, and against the background of the vaccination campaign for children, a discussion took place today (Thursday). The meeting was attended by three of the top doctors in Israel who are regularly involved in dealing with the corona virus.
The senior physicians, the head of the Magen Israel team of experts and the director of Clalit's innovation department and research institute, Prof. Ran Blitzer, the corona projector, Prof. Salman Zarka, the rabbi's personal physician, Dr. Meshulam Hart, the director of Clalit's Haredi department and the director of staff The ultra-Orthodox propaganda of the Ministry of Health, Manny Haddad, sought to hear the Torah's opinion regarding child vaccinations, to receive his blessing for the vaccination campaign at these ages and to discuss the right way to encourage the immunization of male and female students in educational institutions.



Philippines imposes travel ban on South Africa, Botswana over new COVID-19 variant
Russian Covid Pass Protesters Try to Storm Regional Legislature (video)

МОСКВА, 26 ноя — РИА Новости. Директор Национального исследовательского центра эпидемиологии и микробиологии имени Н. Ф. Гамалеи Александр Гинцбург уверен в том, что "Спутник V" покажет эффективность против нового штамма коронавируса.
"Теоретически сложно сказать, насколько эффективна будет вакцина против данного варианта, но "Спутник V" дает наиболее широкий спектр вируснейтрализующих антител по сравнению с другими вакцинами, поэтому вероятность того, что он окажется эффективен против нового штамма по сравнению с другими вакцинами, выше", — заявил он РИА Новости.
MOSCOW, November 26 - RIA Novosti. Alexander Gintsburg, director of the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology named after N.F. Gamaleya, is confident that Sputnik V will be effective against a new strain of coronavirus.
"In theory, it is difficult to say how effective a vaccine will be against this variant, but Sputnik V provides the broadest spectrum of neutralizing antibodies compared to other vaccines, so it is more likely to be effective against a new strain than other vaccines," - he told RIA Novosti.


The three positive cases are friends who travelled to the nearby city of Suzhou together last week, Shanghai health authorities said at a press conference Thursday evening—adding that all had been fully vaccinated.
Over 500 flights from Shanghai's two major airports were cancelled on Friday, data from flight tracker VariFlight showed.
The Shanghai government also instructed that all cross-provincial package tours involving the city—a major commercial and tourism hub—would be cancelled.
Six Shanghai hospitals have also suspended outpatient services.
"China has accumulated lots of experience in 'dynamic zero-COVID', so our strategy won't change," said Zhang Wenhong, head of the Shanghai COVID prevention expert task force, at a Thursday briefing.
He warned that this could become a "normalised anti-epidemic situation that we may encounter again" in the future.
Around 100 kilometres away, Suzhou—which has a population of some 13 million people —- closed down tourist attractions and required residents to provide negative test results to leave the city.


China's strict COVID-19 quarantines are making it difficult for ships to change crews, contributing to lags in the shipping process that could worsen the supply chain crisis.
The country has a zero-Covid policy and is imposing ever more stringent containment measures as it tackles its latest wave of outbreaks. On Halloween night, for example, 30,000 people were locked inside Shanghai Disneyland after just one COVID-19 case was detected. And in the northern city of Shenyang, arriving overseas travelers face a 56-day quarantine.
Now, the export hub is imposing mandatory quarantines of up to seven weeks — around 49 days — for Chinese seafarers returning from overseas, Bloomberg reported. These take place in designated facilities and are typically paid for by the employers, according to information posted on various China shipping websites.
The country has also banned crew changes for foreign seafarers, the media outlet reported. Even ships that had their crews changed out elsewhere need to wait before they can enter Chinese ports, Bloomberg added.


Televangelist And Anti-Vaxxer Marcus Lamb Gravely Ill With COVID
Marcus and Joni Lamb own Daystar Television Network, the second-largest Christian network in the World behind CBN.

Edited by amor de cosmos, 26 November 2021 - 11:22 PM.

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Posted 26 November 2021 - 10:33 AM

The World Health Organization has declared the new coronavirus variant identified in South Africa as a variant of concern and named it omicron.   


WHO's technical working group met on Friday to assess the new B.1.1.529 variant and decide whether it should be deemed a variant of concern or a variant of interest. Variant of concern is the more serious of the two designations. The delta variant that is dominating infections in Canada and around the world is a variant of concern.


WHO defines a variant of interest as one that shows genetic changes that in theory could give it the potential to affect transmissibility, severity of disease, or how well vaccines or treatments work on the virus and could cause significant community transmission in "multiple countries … to suggest an emerging risk to global public health."





Edited by Victoria Watcher, 26 November 2021 - 10:33 AM.

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Posted 26 November 2021 - 11:12 AM

Canada imposing travel restrictions over new COVID-19 variant

Canada is imposing a ban on travellers from some southern African countries, and imposing testing and quarantine requirements for arriving travellers in the wake of the new Omicron variant of concern.

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#18984 LJ

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Posted 26 November 2021 - 07:37 PM

Guy in our golf group sent us an e-mail saying he felt lousy after our golf game Monday and went and got tested and he was positive for Covid. As we had spent the day with him and sat around afterwards having a few refreshments we went and got tested as well four days after the exposure. Everybody so far is negative. 

He was double vaccinated but said he was operating at about 20% functionality. He was offered the monochronal antibody infusion and said he was back up to 80% after 36 hours.

Life's a journey......so roll down the window and enjoy the breeze.

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Posted 26 November 2021 - 07:58 PM

Lucky he was double vaccinated or this might have been a lot worse. Hope your friend has a full and fast recovery.

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Posted 26 November 2021 - 09:09 PM



It is a mistake to censor, many good opposing views were discussed on the other thread. It has to be a two way street. This thread will become very boring, sadly as will the other.


Censorship is damaging, it will damage the blog. 


The person that made the decision to do that, in the words of Jordan Peterson "is a complete ****ing idiot"


Censor that! 



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Posted 26 November 2021 - 09:32 PM


It is a mistake to censor, many good opposing views were discussed on the other thread. It has to be a two way street. This thread will become very boring, sadly as will the other.

Censorship is damaging, it will damage the blog.

The person that made the decision to do that, in the words of Jordan Peterson "is a complete ****ing idiot"

Censor that!


It's not censorship. There are many places on the internet where you can freely talk about any theory you like. This is a private, moderated forum, so I don't see a problem with the administrators making the rules. They've even created a space for alternative Covid theories- no one is being censored.

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Posted 27 November 2021 - 08:54 AM

Latest research highlights harsh reality from the frontlines and future impacts on nurse staffing levels across BC
Findings from a recent survey conducted during the height of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, are offering a sobering look at just how difficult working conditions have become for nurses providing care to British Columbians during these incredibly difficult times.
The report, The Future of Nursing: Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Nursing Shortage in British Columbia, compiles responses from BCNU members on a series of questions related to staffing and workload, access to PPE, and their experience of workplace violence amid the pandemic. The conclusions are disheartening; many nurses reporting that they have now reached the point where emotional and physical toll of the pandemic has become too much to manage.
“Thirty-five per cent of nurses surveyed said the experience of the pandemic has led them to consider leaving nursing altogether. Fifty-one per cent of those working in the ER and ICU said the same which is especially worrisome given the lack of specialty-trained nurses in the system right now. This is heartbreaking,” says BCNU Interim Vice President Danette Thomsen. “These nurses have been dedicated to their patients since before the pandemic, but the fragility of the health-care system and the lack of investments in their profession is bringing them to the point where they don’t know how much longer they can continue.”
A staggering 82% of nurses reported their mental health had worsened since the pandemic, and 65% said their physical health had declined. When it came to workloads, 76% said they’d seen an increase compared to before the pandemic; 68% reported that staffing was inadequate over the last three months.


The amount of a SARS-CoV-2 genetic material—viral RNA—in the blood is a reliable indicator in detecting which patients will die of the disease, a team led by Université de Montréal medical professor Dr. Daniel Kaufmann has found.
The finding is published today in Science Advances. Kaufmann and his team did the work at the CRCHUM, the research arm of UdeM’s teaching hospital, the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal.
“In our study, we were able to determine which biomarkers are predictors of mortality in the 60 days following the onset of symptoms,” said Kaufmann, the study’s co-lead author alongside CRCHUM research colleagues Nicolas Chomont and Andrés Finzi.
“Thanks to our data, we have successfully developed and validated a statistical model based on one blood biomarker,” viral RNA, Kaufmann said. 
Despite advances in the management of COVID-19, doctors have found it hard to identify patients most at risk of dying of the disease and so be able to offer them new treatments. Several biomarkers have been identified in other studies, but juggling the profusion of parameters is not possible in a clinical setting and hinders doctors’ ability to make quick medical decisions.

To date, “Nu” and “Xi” are the only letters the WHO has opted against using. Officials didn’t provide an explanation, but Paul Nuki, an editor for the London-based Telegraph, claimed Friday that a source said the decision to skip “Xi” was intentional. “Nu had been skipped to avoid confusion with the word ‘new;’ and Xi had been skipped to ‘avoid stigmatising a region,'” Nuki wrote on Twitter.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) noted in a threat assessment report that there was still "considerable uncertainty related to the transmissibility, vaccine effectiveness, risk for reinfections and other properties of the Omicron variant."
However, the overall risk that Omicron posed to the European Union and European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) was "high to very high."


Tim Bierley of the U.K.-based advocacy group Global Justice Now said in a statement that the B.1.1.529 mutation is an "entirely avoidable" consequence of deliberate policy decisions by rich countries, which have hoarded vaccine doses and refused to force pharmaceutical giants to share technology with developing nations.


"The U.K. has actively prevented low and middle-income countries from having equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines. We have created the conditions for this variant to emerge," Bierley said, referring to the British government's opposition to a proposed patent waiver for coronavirus vaccines.


"For more than a year, South Africa, Botswana, and most countries have been calling for world leaders to waive intellectual property on coronavirus vaccines, tests, and treatments so they can produce their own jabs," Bierley noted. "It's a vital measure that will be discussed at next week’s World Trade Organization conference. But, so far, the U.K. and E.U. have recklessly blocked it from making progress."


“There have been countless warnings that super-variants could emerge if we do not remove artificial barriers to global vaccination," he continued. "If and when this new variant starts to tear through the world, remember that the British government has led opposition to the plan that could have stopped it.”


Srinivas Murthy, an infectious disease expert, echoed that sentiment.


"Allowing new variants to emerge and spread, 13 months into the vaccine era, is a policy choice by the rich world," he argued.


In marked contrast to their slow-walking of the proposed patent waiver, European countries sprang into action in response to the new variant, moving to impose fresh travel restrictions on visitors from southern Africa as global markets tumbled.


Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, said Friday that the body will "propose, in close coordination with member states, to activate the emergency brake to stop air travel from the southern African region due to the variant of concern B.1.1.529."


"Rich nations are very quick to ban travel but very slow to share vaccines and know-how," said Madhu Pai, Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology and Global Health at McGill University.


Dr. Ayoade Alakija, co-chair of the Africa Vaccine Delivery Alliance, tweeted that the renewed push to cut off travel "was our greatest fear, and [we] were almost prophetic in predicting that the world would eventually shut Africa out having denied us access to vaccines."


Dutch say 61 COVID positive on flights from S.Africa

UAE says 100% of population received one Covid jab

סגן שר הביטחון: 800 ישראלים חזרו ממדינות שבהן התגלה הזן החדש

Deputy Defense Minister: 800 Israelis have returned from countries where the new strain was discovered




  疫情发生后,当地严格按照疫情防控工作预案,扎实有序开展相关工作。一是开展流行病学调查,已累计排查密切接触者179人,其中27人核酸检测结果为阴性,其他人员的核酸样本正在加速检测。二是开展医疗救治,疫情发生后,立即启用固定医疗队,37名医务人员已入驻口岸医疗救治医院,正在全力开展救治工作。三是加强社会管控,对全市7个出城卡口实施相应管控措施,除保障民生类经营场所外其余全部关停。四是强化口岸闭环管理,对口岸环节“人、物、环境”各风险点位进行全面梳理,加强对12类重点人群的闭环管控和监督管理。五是保障生活物资供应,密切监测市场供需和价格动态,严厉打击哄抬物价、囤积居奇、牟取暴利等扰乱市场秩序犯罪活动,确保全市生活物资供应和价格不出现大幅波动。(总台记者刘晓波 宝音 阮超超)
The reporter learned from the press conference on the prevention and control of the new crown pneumonia epidemic in Manzhouli, Inner Mongolia, on November 27, 2021, Manzhouli took the initiative to screen and found 3 cases of new crown virus nucleic acid test positive during the nucleic acid test of the "should be checked" personnel personnel.


At present, 3 positive cases of the new coronavirus nucleic acid test have been transferred to the Manzhouli Port Medical Treatment Hospital for treatment, and their condition is stable. The residential quarters and related venues of the cases have been completely eliminated, and closed control management has been implemented.
After the outbreak, the local area strictly followed the epidemic prevention and control work plan, and carried out relevant work in a solid and orderly manner. The first is to carry out epidemiological investigations. A total of 179 close contacts have been investigated, of which 27 have a negative nucleic acid test result, and the nucleic acid samples of other personnel are being accelerated. The second is to carry out medical treatment. After the outbreak, a fixed medical team was activated immediately. 37 medical personnel have been stationed in the port medical treatment hospital and are fully carrying out treatment work. The third is to strengthen social management and control, implement corresponding control measures for the city's 7 out-of-city checkpoints, and shut down all business premises except for the protection of people's livelihood. The fourth is to strengthen the closed-loop management of ports, comprehensively sort out the risk points of “people, materials, and environment” in the port link, and strengthen the closed-loop control and supervision and management of 12 key groups of people. The fifth is to ensure the supply of daily necessities, closely monitor market supply and demand and price dynamics, and severely crack down on criminal activities that disrupt market order such as price hikes, hoarding, and profiteering, so as to ensure that the supply and prices of daily necessities in the city do not fluctuate sharply. (Main station reporter Liu Xiaobo Baoyin Ruan Chaochao)


William Hartmann, former vice-chairman of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, has been on a ventilator since about Nov. 6, according to his sister Elizabeth Hartmann.


Hartmann, who refused to certify the county’s election in November 2020 after Joe Biden won, downplayed the coronavirus in a February 2020 Facebook post and questioned “all the hullabaloo in the media about” COVID-19. He suggested it was “about the money.”

In the months since then, he has criticized the vaccine and compared government COVID-19 efforts to Nazi Germany.

Conspiracy theorist and former state Sen. Patrick Colbeck shared the news about Hartmann on his Facebook page, leading to a lot of prayers and condemnations of hospital care from his followers, but none of the 115 comments mentioned the importance of the vaccine. Colbeck's Facebook profile picture reads, "I am not vaccinated, I'm in the control group of the experiment."

It’s unclear whether Hartmann is vaccinated, and in a recent Facebook post he falsely suggested it was a violation of his First and Fifth Amendment rights to be forced to divulge his vaccination status.


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Posted 28 November 2021 - 07:26 AM

A new report released by Public Health Ontario reveals that since COVID-19 vaccines became available, only six people under 60 in the province with breakthrough infections have died after contracting the virus.


The report looked at lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in those who were unvaccinated, partially vaccinated and fully vaccinated (which is considered 14 days after receiving the second vaccine dose) from when vaccines became available in Canada on Dec. 14, 2020 to Nov. 14, 2021.


Over the 11-month period, no deaths were reported in fully vaccinated individuals who had a breakthrough COVID-19 infection between the ages of 12 and 39.


Two fully vaccinated people between the ages of 40 and 49 died from a breakthrough COVID infection and four fully vaccinated people between the ages of 50 and 59 died from the virus.


When it came to those who were unvaccinated, there was one person in the 12 to 17 age group, 26 people aged 18 to 29, 63 people aged 30 to 39, 131 people aged 40 to 49 and 359 people aged 50 to 59, who all died after being infected with COVID.










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Posted 28 November 2021 - 07:32 AM

The doctor who discovered Omicron says symptoms from the variant are “extremely mild” and has accused the UK of “panicking unnecessarily”.


Omicron, first detected in Botswana, has sparked alarm among scientists over fears that it could be more contagious than other variants and resistant to vaccines.








Blessing in the sky: Omicron variant may be ‘very positive’ news for the world if new Covid mutation kills off more lethal Delta coronavirus



Hospitals and GPs across Southern Africa are increasingly reporting that the symptoms of the aggressive new Covid strain Omicron are “unusual but very mild,” according to various media in South Africa this weekend.


Around 90 per cent of all new infections in the Johannesburg region are now caused by the Omicron strain but, so far, the Covid death rate and even hospital admissions appear not to be increasing significantly, local media report.



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Posted 28 November 2021 - 08:34 AM

Nov. 24, 2021 -- A new experimental chewing gum could reduce the amount of coronavirus particles in saliva and help slow transmission, according to a recent study published in the journal Molecular Therapy.
The gum contains a protein that “traps” virus particles and could limit the spread of virus-laden droplets when infected people are talking, breathing, or coughing.
“Chewing gum with virus-trapping proteins offers a general affordable strategy to protect patients from most oral virus re-infections through debulking or minimizing transmission to others,” the study authors wrote.

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China could face more than 630,000 COVID-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-tolerance policies by lifting travel controls, according to a study by Peking University mathematicians.
In the report published in China CDC Weekly by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the mathematicians said China could not afford to lift travel restrictions without more efficient vaccinations or specific treatments.
Using data for August from the United States, Britain, Spain, France and Israel, the mathematicians assessed the potential results if China adopted the same pandemic control tactics as those countries.
China's daily new cases would reach at least 637,155 if it adopted the United States' pandemic strategy, the report said.
Daily cases would hit 275,793 if China took the same approach as Britain and 454,198 if it imitated France, it said.
"The estimates revealed the real possibility of a colossal outbreak which would almost certainly induce an unaffordable burden on the medical system," the report said.

"Our findings have raised a clear warning that, for the time being, we are not ready to embrace 'open-up' strategies resting solely on the hypothesis of herd immunity induced by vaccination advocated by certain western countries."



"Travel bans can buy time if you’re in front of a virus, but I don't think we’re in front of it," said Dr. Ingrid Katz, associate faculty director of the Harvard Global Health Institute.

As of Saturday, dozens of cases have been reported in the UK, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Hong Kong, Israel, Botswana, and South Africa, which first reported the variant to the World Health Organization on Wednesday. The rapid identification of the new variant in countries outside of southern Africa has underscored what we've seen at multiple points in the pandemic: travel restrictions don't stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Instead, experts said the policy poses economic harm and stigmatizes countries that should be applauded for sounding the alarm. It could also, they fear, disincentivize other countries who discover new variants from reporting cases of the Omicron variant or other game-changing versions of the coronavirus.
"They discovered a new variant, they sequenced it, they let the world know. Shouldn't you be praising them?" said Amesh Adalja, an infectious diseases physician and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. "What is the incentive for the next country that identifies the next important variant if their reward is what President Biden did to South Africa?"
On the ground, the restrictions have already created chaos. As the Netherlands scrambled to enact their restrictions, two flights from South Africa were left temporarily quarantined on the tarmac in Amsterdam for hours before hundreds of the passengers were finally tested for COVID.
Katz, whose research has focused on the HIV response in sub-Saharan Africa, noted that it was largely because of South Africa's investment in genomic surveillance that they were able to identify the variant so quickly. Though South Africa's discovery of the Omicron variant coincided with a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections, the country's number of daily infections — 2,828 on Friday — pales in comparison to other countries. The US recorded nearly 50,000 new cases on the same day.
"What a terrible message we’re sending to South Africa and other nations who are willing to be forthright and share important information," Katz said.

A new coalition of five parties recently reached an agreement about the composition of a new government. The appointment of the new head of the government is taking place while maintaining social distancing after the country's president, Milos Zeman, tested positive for COVID-19.
Australia detects 2 cases of COVID-19 Omicron variant
Newly emerged variant detected in 2 passengers arriving in Sydney from South Africa, say New South Wales health officials

PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKIY, Russia (Sputnik) - The antibody treatment against COVID-19 from Russia's Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology will become available no earlier than late 2022, Alexander Gintsburg, the center's director, said on Saturday.
In jab at China, US praises South Africa’s fast detection of new COVID strain
Blinken speaks to South African minister, hails country’s ‘transparency in sharing this information, which should serve as a model for the world’

In a series of tweets on Saturday morning of dubious scientific value, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) urged her followers to sue doctors to force them to prescribe ivermectin -- a deworming paste -- for the treatment of Covid-19 and to also file a wrongful death suit if a family member was denied and passed away.

Donald Trump Jr. praised countries in Europe for protesting against COVID-19 restrictions and said American people were "like sheep" for not doing the same.
The former president's son made the comments while speaking to Fox News's Dan Bongino on Saturday.
"Europe is pushing back, and America is sitting there like sheep. 'Oh, this is great. We'll just go along with what these guys who've gotten nothing right in the last two years tell us.' It's absolute insanity," Trump Jr. said.
Trump Jr. also falsely claimed that the media in the United States was deliberately not reporting on the recent wave of protests in Europe over COVID-19 winter restrictions, some of which turned into riots.
"You don't hear about what's going on as it relates to the riots in Europe on a daily basis now against the vaccine mandates because our media wants to block that out," Trump Jr. said. 

"They're going to make sure that you never hear about it because they don't want you getting these kind of ideas that freedom may actually still exist in some parts of the world."
Numerous major US news outlets, including The New York Times, Fox News, ABC News, and Insider, reported extensively on the European protests.


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Posted 28 November 2021 - 11:24 AM

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 02:42 PM

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the new omicron variant.

WHO's regional director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, called on countries to follow science and international health regulations in order to avoid using travel restrictions.


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Posted 28 November 2021 - 03:29 PM

Little is known about the new variant, dubbed omicron by the World Health Organization and labelled as a variant of concern. It is being linked to a rapid rise of cases in a South African province.

It is not known at this time whether the variant is more transmissible, or more dangerous to the health of those who catch it, than other coronavirus variants.


Why is it getting such celebrity then? And why do we know so little about it?

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 03:51 PM

Why is it getting such celebrity then? And why do we know so little about it?


Just like COVID initially. Better to put layers in place so that it doesn't spread until it's understood.

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 03:53 PM

Except we never did squat about Covid initially. No “layers were put in place”.

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 04:05 PM

Fear factor is wearing off. Bring out the next variant …

Why is it getting such celebrity then? And why do we know so little about it?

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 05:03 PM

The reason Omicron is getting so much celebrity is that its spike proteins (that it uses to attach and break into cells) are different than most other variants so far, and there's concerns that it might be able to bypass the current vaccines, that's all.


On the other hand, if what VW posted above pans out and Omicron is in fact a mild variant, that might be good news.

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 05:07 PM

The reason Omicron is getting so much celebrity is that its spike proteins (that it uses to attach and break into cells) are different than most other variants so far, and there's concerns that it might be able to bypass the current vaccines, that's all.

On the other hand, if what VW posted above pans out and Omicron is in fact a mild variant, that might be good news.

Exactly. It could be worse, the same as, or milder than previous variants. Nobody wants to look like they did nothing if it turns out to be very bad, which is a possibility with the new mutations.

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