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#19141 Mike K.

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 07:18 PM

I guess it’s the dirty secret among Canadians, that if you have money you go abroad for timely healthcare.

I’m not surprised the CBC skirted over the details of what that healthcare entailed. It’s quite the undertaking to travel to SA.
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#19142 LJ

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 07:30 PM

I’m sure it’s top level and all that.

But it’s a game with 11 players on the field. How much support do they need?


The junior national women's team was to participate in the Junior World Cup from Dec. 5-17. It was cancelled and the suspension of most commercial flights meant the 21 players, five coaches plus managers and support staff had no way home.

https://www.cbc.ca/n...id-19-1.6274021

An exemption was made and they are on their way home.


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

#19143 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 07:13 AM

Not really sure what the "age-standardized" does to these numbers:

 

 

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http://www.bccdc.ca/...19/data#summary

 

 



#19144 Barrrister

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 08:00 AM

It would be helpful to have the raw numbers published rather than some unpublished formula. 



#19145 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 08:14 AM

I can't seem to find any clear numbers for 5-11 y.o. take-up rate in BC.  That might be information they hide from us if it's not high. 

 

 

 

 

A little more than a week after COVID-19 vaccine bookings opened for Alberta kids aged 5-11, more than 40,000 had received their first dose by Friday.

 

That's about 10 per cent of all Albertans in that age group, but the numbers vary wildly depending on where families live.

 

Some areas in Edmonton had rates above 20 per cent with a first dose already, while others were sitting at less than six per cent.

 

 

 

https://edmonton.ctv...ccess-1.5693294


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Posted 06 December 2021 - 09:03 AM

DALLAS, Dec. 6, 2021 — Most young people under the age of 21 who developed suspected COVID-19 vaccine-related heart muscle inflammation known as myocarditis had mild symptoms that improved quickly, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation.
https://www.eurekale...releases/936761
 
DALLAS, Dec. 6, 2021 — The COVID-19 pandemic is associated with higher blood pressure levels among middle-aged adults across the U.S., according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation.
https://www.eurekale...releases/936757
 

New technology could help doctors make the most of limited resources during the COVID-19 pandemic by identifying patients who require intensive care unit (ICU) treatment.
 
The system, developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo and DarwinAI, an alumni-founded startup company, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to predict the necessity of ICU admission based on more than 200 clinical data points, including vital signs, blood test results and medical history.
 
“That is a very important step in the clinical decision support process for triaging patients and developing treatment plans,” said Alexander Wong, a professor of systems design engineering and Canada Research Chair in AI and Medical Imaging at Waterloo.
 
The new AI software was trained using data from almost 400 cases at Hospital Sirio-Libanes in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in which doctors had decided if COVID patients should be admitted for intensive care.
 
Based on lessons learned from that known data, the neural network developed by researchers can predict the need for ICU admission in new COVID cases with greater than 95-per-cent accuracy. It also identifies the key factors that drive its predictions to help give clinicians confidence in them.
 
Rather than replacing doctors, the technology is meant to arm them with a new tool to make faster, more informed decisions and ensure the patients most in need of intensive care receive it.

https://www.eurekale...releases/936861
 

People in Italy unvaccinated against Covid-19 can no longer go to the theatre, cinemas, live music venues or major sporting events under new rules that came into force Monday.
 
Only those who have recently recovered from Covid-19 are exempt from the rules, which represent a significant tightening of restrictions in the face of rising infections.
 
New measures are also being enforced on public transport, with a so-called Green Pass showing proof of vaccination, recent recovery or a negative Covid-19 test now required even on local services.
 
A man in his 50s was fined 400 euros for not having his pass on Monday morning as he got off a bus near Piazza del Popolo in Rome, according to the Corriere della Sera newspaper.
 
"I don't have it because I wanted to get vaccinated in the next few days," he was reported as saying.

A record 1.3 million Green Passes were downloaded on Sunday ahead of the change.

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КАБУЛ, 6 дек - РИА Новости. Китай пожертвовал один миллион доз вакцин от COVID-19, а также 1,6 миллиона шприцев Афганистану для противодействия распространению коронавируса в стране, заявил посол в КНР Джавид Ахмад Каем.
KABUL, December 6 - RIA Novosti. China has donated one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as 1.6 million syringes to Afghanistan to counter the spread of coronavirus in the country, Ambassador to China Javid Ahmad Kayem said.
https://ria.ru/20211...1762426799.html

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) asserted this week that Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, "overhyped" the threat of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, and is using the same playbook in the present-day COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson's remarks were made on World AIDS Day, which mourns victims of the disease.
https://sputniknews....1091267937.html
 

Former President Trump came in contact with more than 500 people between the day he initially tested positive for COVID-19 and his eventual hospitalization, according to a report by The Washington Post.
 
He came in contact with people either in close proximity to him or at events, according to the report. The number, however, doesn't include people present at his rallies.
 
In the time following the initial test, Trump did not take extra precautions such as mask-wearing or social distancing as preventative measures for those he came in contact with after the positive test on Sept. 26, 2020, the Post said.

https://thehill.com/...t-positive-test
 

Since May 2021, people living in counties that voted heavily for Donald Trump during the last presidential election have been nearly three times as likely to die from COVID-19 as those who live in areas that went for now-President Biden. That's according to a new analysis by NPR that examines how political polarization and misinformation are driving a significant share of the deaths in the pandemic.
 
NPR looked at deaths per 100,000 people in roughly 3,000 counties across the U.S. from May 2021, the point at which vaccinations widely became available. People living in counties that went 60% or higher for Trump in November 2020 had 2.7 times the death rates of those that went for Biden. Counties with an even higher share of the vote for Trump saw higher COVID-19 mortality rates.
 
In October, the reddest tenth of the country saw death rates that were six times higher than the bluest tenth, according to Charles Gaba, an independent health care analyst who's been tracking partisanship trends during the pandemic and helped to review NPR's methodology. Those numbers have dropped slightly in recent weeks, Gaba says: "It's back down to around 5.5 times higher."

The trend was robust, even when controlling for age, which is the primary demographic risk of COVID-19 mortality. The data also reveal a major contributing factor to the death rate difference: The higher the vote share for Trump, the lower the vaccination rate.

The analysis only looked at the geographic location of COVID-19 deaths. The exact political views of each person taken by the disease remains unknowable. But the strength of the association, combined with polling information about vaccination, strongly suggests that Republicans are being disproportionately affected.

https://www.npr.org/...ovid-death-rate
 

In October, a conference filled with anti-vaccine activists in Nashville, Tenn., received a high-profile political guest: former President Donald Trump's son Eric Trump.
 
While portions of the younger Trump's half-hour address were typical political platitudes, some of his biggest applause lines came when he attacked COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
 
"Do you want to get a vaccine or do you not? Do you want to be left alone or not?" said Trump to a roaring audience.
 
Still, Trump's emphasis was very different from those of many of the other speakers at the event, put on by longtime anti-vaccine activists Ty and Charlene Bollinger.
 
The day before Trump's speech, a homeopathic doctor named Edward Group stood on the same stage and suggested to the audience they should drink their urine as an alternative to getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Another speaker, Carrie Madej, said the vaccines contained microscopic technology designed to put "another kind of nervous system inside you." The true purpose of the vaccines, she claimed, was to turn humans into cyborgs.
 
*snip*
 
On the other side of this alliance are far-right conservatives like Trump's former political adviser Roger Stone. Stone has been a Republican political operative since the 1970s, beginning with Richard Nixon's 1972 campaign. He's a longtime friend of Trump's and was convicted of lying to Congress about his knowledge of the 2016 Trump campaign's contacts with Russia. Trump pardoned Stone in December 2020.
 
Stone, who spoke at the conference, says he's quite open to some of the ideas presented there about vaccines. But he also sees the shot as a powerful wedge issue that Republicans can use to motivate conservative voters during next year's midterm elections. Citing public polls, Stone says that in particular, vaccine mandates are "highly likely" to be a campaign issue.
 
Vaccine mandates have many features that make them a good issue to motivate conservative voters. It invokes a fight about the government regulation and personal liberty. But add in the apocalyptic views of anti-vaccine activists and the political power of arguments against vaccine mandates gets punched up to a whole new level.

*snip*

"We find a huge correlation between belief in misinformation and being unvaccinated," says Liz Hamel, who heads public opinion research with the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care think tank.
 
Between conservative media and GOP politicians, many Republican voters are being pummeled with bad science about vaccines almost daily. Kaiser's polling found that 94% of Republicans think one or more false statements about COVID-19 and vaccine safety might be true.

https://www.npr.org/...ump-republicans
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#19147 Barrrister

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 09:39 AM

Actually, the masks most people are wearing do not prevent you from catching Covid. At best, very limited protection.

 

BUT, if you buy and wear N95 masks they do protect you from Covid. Which is why doctors wear N95 masks around Covid patients. Obviously they are not absolute protection but they are very effective at reducing the chances of getting an infection.


Edited by Barrrister, 06 December 2021 - 09:48 AM.


#19148 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 10:49 AM

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 03:16 PM

DALLAS, Dec. 6, 2021 — Most young people under the age of 21 who developed suspected COVID-19 vaccine-related heart muscle inflammation known as myocarditis had mild symptoms that improved quickly, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation.
https://www.eurekale...releases/936761
 
DALLAS, Dec. 6, 2021 — The COVID-19 pandemic is associated with higher blood pressure levels among middle-aged adults across the U.S., according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation.
https://www.eurekale...releases/936757
 

https://www.eurekale...releases/936861
 

https://www.barrons....ted-01638783906

Spanish Court Rules Employee Can be Fired for Job Abandonment During Pandemic - Reports
https://sputniknews....1091290644.html

Belgian Police Use Tear Gas After Clashes With COVID-19 Protesters Broke Out in Brussels - VIDEO
https://sputniknews....1091264971.html

КАБУЛ, 6 дек - РИА Новости. Китай пожертвовал один миллион доз вакцин от COVID-19, а также 1,6 миллиона шприцев Афганистану для противодействия распространению коронавируса в стране, заявил посол в КНР Джавид Ахмад Каем.
KABUL, December 6 - RIA Novosti. China has donated one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as 1.6 million syringes to Afghanistan to counter the spread of coronavirus in the country, Ambassador to China Javid Ahmad Kayem said.
https://ria.ru/20211...1762426799.html

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) asserted this week that Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, "overhyped" the threat of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, and is using the same playbook in the present-day COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson's remarks were made on World AIDS Day, which mourns victims of the disease.
https://sputniknews....1091267937.html
 

https://thehill.com/...t-positive-test
 

https://www.npr.org/...ovid-death-rate
 

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It's interesting because that particular narrative was absolutely not in use before now. I would love to see all the articles etc from the past stating this notion.... This is a new concept that the vaccine doesn't give you immunity and only reduces severity (unprovable). It's why it used to be called immunization remember? 

 

This was the old narrative....

"Historically, the vaccine has been effective in preventing smallpox infection in 95% of those vaccinated. In addition, the vaccine was proven to prevent or substantially lessen infection when given within a few days after a person was exposed to the variola virus.

Routine smallpox vaccination among the American public stopped in 1972 after the disease was eradicated in the United States."

https://www.cdc.gov/...sics/index.html


Edited by dasmo, 06 December 2021 - 03:30 PM.


#19150 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 05:10 PM

A dentist in Italy faces possible criminal charges after trying to receive a coronavirus vaccine in a fake arm made of silicone.

 

A nurse in the northern city of Biella, Filippa Bua, said she could tell right away that something was off when a man presented the phony limb for a shot on Thursday.

 

 

 

https://abcnews.go.c...e-pass-81558716


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#19151 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 05:16 PM

B.C. records 946 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 more deaths over 3 days

 

There are 241 people in hospital with the disease, 89 of whom are in intensive care

 

 

 

https://www.cbc.ca/n...dec-6-1.6275315


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 06 December 2021 - 05:17 PM.


#19152 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 05:46 AM

https://www.worldome...country/canada/

 

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 08:52 AM

Canada's first homegrown COVID-19 vaccine has shown high efficacy against infection during Phase 3 clinical trials, the drugmakers behind the plant-based shot reported Tuesday, fuelling hopes it could soon get a stamp of approval for use.
 
Medicago, a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Quebec City, and British-American vaccine giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) are now gearing up for their final regulatory submission to Health Canada.
 
The vaccine's overall efficacy rate against all virus variants studied was 71 per cent, with a higher efficacy rate of 75 per cent against COVID-19 infections of any severity from the dominant delta variant, the companies said in a news release.
 
The results followed a global, Phase 3, placebo-controlled study of the two-dose vaccine that was launched last March. The newly discovered omicron variant — recently confirmed in various countries around the world, including Canada — was not circulating during the trial period.
 
If licensed in this country, the shot would be the first COVID-19 vaccine using virus-like particle technology and the first plant-based vaccine ever approved for human use, Brian Ward, medical officer for Medicago, said during a recent interview with CBC News.
 
"This would be a first for the world," he added, "not just for Quebec and Canada."
 
The shots use Medicago's plant-derived, virus-like particles — which resemble the coronavirus behind COVID-19 but don't contain its genetic material — and also contain an adjuvant from GSK to help boost the immune response.

https://www.cbc.ca/n...icacy-1.6275759

The study, called COVID CommUNITY- First Nations, will collect, analyze, and report data relating to COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness and safety, as well as explore hesitancy in three First Nations communities in Canada: Six Nations of the Grand River in southwestern Ontario; Lac La Ronge Indian Band in Saskatchewan; and Wendake in Quebec.
https://www.eurekale...releases/937028
 

Dec. 6, 2021 -- A type of marine algae known as ulva, or “sea lettuce,” that’s a diet staple in places like Japan, New Zealand, and Hawaii may have another benefit for people. Lab experiments suggest that ulvan, an extract from this type of algae, may help fight COVID-19.

Other forms of edible seaweed have also shown promise as antivirals against COVID -- at least in very early studies done in test tubes and animals. But ulvan has been tested as an antiviral treatment against certain agricultural and human viruses, too. This caused researchers to wonder whether ulvan might help prevent COVID infections.

To find out, scientists grew ulva algae in a lab, extracted ulvan, and then exposed cells in test tubes to both the coronavirus and to ulvan. When cells were exposed to ulvan, they didn’t get infected with the coronavirus, according to experiment results reported in PeerJ.

https://www.webmd.co...d-extract-covid
 

Scientists at Hokkaido University and Texas A&M University have identified a key mechanism used by the SARS-CoV-2 virus to evade host immune systems.
 
Researchers in Japan and the United States have found SARS-CoV-2 can knock out an important molecular pathway linked to an immune complex called MHC class I. The finding should help scientists better understand how COVID-19 infection takes hold.
 
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MHC (major histocompatibility complex) class I molecules are a central weapon in the immune response against viruses. When a virus infects a cell, the cell facilitates the expression of viral antigens on the surface of infected cells, drawing the attention of immune cells called cytotoxic T cells. These immune cells zero in on and destroy the infected cells, together with the invading virus inside them.
 
In addition to analysing gene expression in COVID-19 patients, the research team also infected human cell lines with the SARS-CoV-2 virus to validate their findings.
 
The results showed that a protein from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, called ORF 6, suppresses a host cell protein, called NLRC5, responsible for activating the MHC class I pathway.
 
The study showed this happens in two ways. ORF6 hampers cell signalling, which turns off the expression of NLRC5. ORF6 also blocks the function of NLRC5.
 
Other infectious viruses, including HIV and MERS, are known to also target the MHC class I pathway. Researchers believed that SARS-CoV-2 probably did as well, but this study is the first to unravel the mechanism.

https://www.eurekale...releases/937075
 

The research team collected samples from 30 patients across three groups: 10 patients with COVID-19, 10 with H1N1 influenza and 10 uninfected.
 
Dr Chin Wee Tan said the team was able to generate a gene transcriptional landscape showing how different parts of the lung are impacted in each scenario.
 
“Only a limited number of biomarkers were found to be significantly upregulated in the lungs of COVID-19 patients, compared to patients with influenza. The presence of the IFI27 gene was a reliable prediction of severe lung inflammation,” Dr Tan said.
 
“Our multi-cohort follow up study, has shown that expression of the IFI27 biomarker in COVID-19 patients can predict disease progression and is strongly associated with disease severity”.
 
Associate Professor Melissa Davis said the discovery would pave the way for a diagnostic test to be developed, so patients who were at high-risk of severe COVID-19 could be triaged and treated early. 
 
“When a patient presents to a clinic, we could assess how severe their symptoms will become by measuring the IF127 levels in the blood – regardless of the symptoms they’re presenting,” Associate Professor Davis said.
 
“Such early detection of high-risk patients will help improve patient triage; not only during the current pandemic, but potentially future viral pandemics as well.”

https://www.eurekale...releases/937059

Washington, D.C. — Antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein produced by the immune system can help identify and fend off future infections, but not all antibodies are the same. People who either recovered from COVID-19 early in the pandemic or received a current vaccine may not be able to fend off new and emerging variants.
But, this week in mBio, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, researchers report that the combination of the 2 can produce a more potent defense. According to the study, people who’ve had an infection and received a vaccine have high-quality antibodies that act against spike variants—and more effectively than either group alone.
https://www.eurekale...releases/936874

High court juries can detect when someone is lying even when they're wearing a face mask, according to new research analysis by the University of Portsmouth.
Not only do face masks not hinder jurors' ability to decide if a witness is reliable, they make it easier to discern lies from truth.
https://www.eurekale...releases/937051
 
Amid the growing threat of a new and potentially more dangerous SARS-CoV-2 variant, scientists are ramping up the search for more powerful treatments. A new study now demonstrates the therapeutic potential of an unusual class of immune proteins: miniature antibodies derived from llamas, called nanobodies.
Rockefeller scientists Michael P. Rout and Brian T. Chait and their colleagues at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute selected a repertoire of over one hundred nanobodies based on their potency and ability to target different parts of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.
https://www.eurekale...releases/937067
https://www.eurekale...releases/937078
 

The omicron variant is likely to have picked up genetic material from another virus that causes the common cold in humans, according to a new preliminary study, prompting one of its authors to suggest omicron could have greater transmissibility but lower virulence than other variants of the coronavirus.
 
Researchers from Nference, a Cambridge, Mass.-based firm that analyzes biomedical information, sequenced omicron and found a snippet of genetic code that is also present in a virus that can bring about a cold. They say this particular mutation could have occurred in a host simultaneously infected by SARS-CoV-2, also known as the novel coronavirus, and the HCoV-229E coronavirus, which can cause the common cold. The shared genetic code with HCoV-229E has not been detected in other novel coronavirus variants, the scientists said.

The study is in preprint and has not been peer-reviewed.
 
The “striking” similarity between omicron and HCoV-229E could have made the former “more accustomed to human hosts” and likely to evade some immune system responses, said Venky Soundararajan, a biological engineer who co-wrote the study.

“By virtue of omicron adopting this insertion … it is essentially taking a leaf out of the seasonal coronaviruses’ page, which [explains] … how it lives and transmits more efficiently with human beings,” he said.

https://www.washingt...e-cold-variant/
 

A new study led Adam Rose, research professor at University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy, analyzes the economic impacts of specific behavioral responses such as closures, re-openings, workplace avoidance, and a reduction in entertainment activities, as well as federal government stimulus packages. He will present the study, “The Impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. Economy: The Role of Avoidance Behavior and Resilience,” during the Society for Risk Analysis Virtual Annual Meeting, Dec. 5-9 in Washington, DC.
 
The analysis tracked the broader economic ramifications of individual responses of producers and consumers through domestic supply-chain interactions and international trade linkages between the U.S. and other regions. This method allowed the researchers to trace the ripple effects of direct behavioral responses to the pandemic, including resilience (telework and deferred spending) and avoidance behavior (relating to public transportation, mass gatherings, and in-person shopping).
 
“Businesses and households changed their behavior greatly in response to the pandemic and some of those will linger throughout the recovery,” says Rose.
 
Here are some of the most significant findings:

  • The largest economic losses were associated with mandatory closure and slow reopening of businesses, followed by avoidance of the workplace and other activities by households. These two factors accounted for declines in real GDP of 26.1 percent and 12.2 percent, respectively, in the first six months following the U.S. outbreak. 
  • Behavioral avoidance resulted in a decrease in activity of 40 percent to 65 percent across six domains, including air travel, local public transportation, shopping, dining out, events with large crowds, and recreation.
  • Pent-up demand was found to be a significant factor in the recovery process, raising semi-annual growth by 6.9 percent above the baseline recovery trend by the end of 2023. 
  • Early rounds of fiscal policy stimulus packages were found to raise semi-annual GDP by a total of 8.9 percent by the second half of 2020. The overall beneficial effects of later rounds were hampered by such factors as businesses having to repay loans.
https://www.eurekale...releases/936453

People with schizophrenia five times more likely to die from COVID-19
https://medicalxpres...die-covid-.html
 

Newswise — New Zealand had one hell of a party last New Year’s Eve, outdoing nine other countries, including Australia, according to a new international study detecting designer drugs in wastewater.
 
The Kiwis consumed the highest loads of new psychoactive substances (NPS), predominantly ‘bath salts,’ over the 2020/21 New Year period. For the first time, traces of two highly toxic drugs – 3-MMC and para-methoxyamphetamine (PMA) – were detected in that country.
 
Researchers say the findings may reflect the fact that New Zealand, at the time, was one of the few countries without COVID restrictions, allowing people to attend festivals and other gatherings where drugs are consumed.
 
In a paper published today in Environmental Science & Technology Letters, wastewater epidemiologists Associate Professor Cobus Gerber (University of South Australia) and Dr Richard Bade (University of Queensland) outlined the results for designer drugs detected in wastewater samples in 10 countries over the New Year.
 
The countries included Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Fiji, Italy, New Zealand, Korea, Spain and the United States.
 
NPS include a range of drugs that have been designed to mimic established illicit drugs, such as cannabis, cocaine, MDMA and LSD.

https://www.newswise...r-to-party-hard
 
Growing use of home Covid-19 tests leaves health agencies in the dark about unreported cases
https://www.statnews...es-in-the-dark/
 
British researchers have found that patients who received a first Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine dose followed by a second Moderna shot developed an improved immune response. 
The research, published on Monday in The Lancet, determined that those who received a Moderna dose after an initial Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca shot experienced higher antibody and T-cell responses than patients who received the two doses of their original vaccine.
https://thehill.com/...immune-response
 

One in three people with sniffles or symptoms of the common cold actually have coronavirus, a study suggests.
 
Professor Tim Spector, who runs a Covid study tracking data from one million Britons, said fully vaccinated adults tended to only develop mild cold-like symptoms.
 
He warned many people who were infected were therefore 'going to parties and spreading it around'.
 
The professor of genetic epidemiology called for anyone with symptoms, such as a runny nose or a sore throat, to self-isolate and avoid all Christmas parties until they received a negative test result.
 
Professor Spector, who leads the King's College London Zoe Covid study, said: 'At the moment, we're estimating that somewhere between one in three and one in four colds are actually due to Covid.'

https://www.dailymai...ally-Covid.html
 
COVID treatments using plasma taken from the blood of recovered coronavirus patients should not be given to people with mild or moderate illness, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
Convalescent plasma showed some early promise when given intravenously to people sick with COVID-19.
But in advice published in the British Medical Journal, the WHO now says that "current evidence shows that it does not improve survival nor reduce the need for mechanical ventilation, and it is costly and time-consuming to administer".
https://medicalxpres...ent-covid-.html
 
Press reports which went viral Monday said Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was entertaining the idea of signing an administrative decision whereby only the Federal Government would have the authority to decide on a mandatory vaccination against COVID-19.
https://en.mercopres...o-federal-gov-t
 
More than three quarters of Russians are against the Kremlin’s plans to introduce mandatory vaccine passports on trains and domestic flights, a poll by the independent Levada Center has found.
Amid surging mortality from the coronavirus and a stubbornly low nationwide vaccination rate, Russia’s parliament has introduced draft legislation that would ban Russians without a vaccination certificate, proof of recent recovery from Covid-19 or a negative PCR test from boarding intercity trains and flights.
https://www.themosco...rts-poll-a75749
 

Срок действия отрицательного ПЦР-теста на коронавирус сократился с 72 до 48 часов. Об этом говорится в постановлении главного государственного санитарного врача РФ. Документ опубликован на официальном интернет-портале правовой информации.
 
«Срок действия отрицательного результата лабораторного исследования на COVID-19, проведенного методом полимеразной цепной реакции, составляет 48 часов», — сказано в постановлении. Также в документе указано, что отбор проб у контактных лиц для лабораторного исследования производится в случае проявление симптомов COVID-19.
 
The duration of a negative PCR test for coronavirus has been reduced from 72 to 48 hours. This is stated in the decree of the chief state sanitary doctor of the Russian Federation. The document was published on the official Internet portal of legal information.
 
"The period of validity of a negative laboratory test result for COVID-19, conducted by the polymerase chain reaction method, is 48 hours," the decree said. The document also states that sampling from contact persons for laboratory research is carried out in the event of symptoms of COVID-19.

https://ura.news/news/1052521065
 

“As many observers have pointed out, claims that opposition to vaccine mandates — and similar opposition to mask mandates — is about maintaining personal freedom don’t stand up to any kind of scrutiny,” Krugman stresses. “No reasonable definition of freedom includes the right to endanger other people’s health and lives because you don’t feel like taking basic precautions. Furthermore, actions by Republican-controlled state governments — for example, in Florida and Texas — show a party that isn’t so much pro-freedom as it is pro-COVID.”
 
Krugman continues, “How else can you explain attempts to prevent private businesses — whose freedom to choose was supposed to be sacrosanct — from requiring that their workers be vaccinated, or offers of special unemployment benefits for the unvaccinated?
 
The economist/Times columnist notes that although Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t part of the “anti-vaccine caucus,” many other Republicans are.
 
“Catering to anti-vaccine hysteria, doing all they can to keep the pandemic going, has become something Republicans do to remain in good standing within the party,” Krugman laments. “The result is that one of America’s two major political parties isn’t just refusing to help the nation deal with its problems; it’s actively working to make the country ungovernable. And I hope the rest of us haven’t lost the ability to be properly horrified at this spectacle.”

https://www.alternet...-back-at-biden/

#19154 dasmo

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 12:05 PM

The science they don't trust... This is the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting to discuss Pfizer-BioNTech’s supplemental Biologics License Application for administration of a third dose, or “booster” dose, of the COVID-19 vaccine, Comirnaty, in individuals 16 years of age and older.

https://youtu.be/WFph7-6t34M?t=14980



#19155 Ismo07

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 12:38 PM

The science they don't trust... This is the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting to discuss Pfizer-BioNTech’s supplemental Biologics License Application for administration of a third dose, or “booster” dose, of the COVID-19 vaccine, Comirnaty, in individuals 16 years of age and older.

https://youtu.be/WFph7-6t34M?t=14980

 

 

LOL just the open public hearing section where folks like Jessica Rosa can try to read data that is still unconfirmed..  You can find many of her theories in other places...  I'm glad science vets this stuff out...  It's good they are all heard from...


Edited by Ismo07, 07 December 2021 - 12:43 PM.


#19156 dasmo

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 02:24 PM

LOL just the open public hearing section where folks like Jessica Rosa can try to read data that is still unconfirmed..  You can find many of her theories in other places...  I'm glad science vets this stuff out...  It's good they are all heard from...

All the data is unconfirmed. This is all brand new so that much should be obvious. I'm glad I can make you laugh though. Laughter is good for your immune system. https://www.webmd.co...t-with-laughter



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Posted 07 December 2021 - 02:52 PM

Vancouver police will not require COVID-19 vaccinations

"Asked about the policy, Vancouver Police Union president Ralph Kaisers said: “Rapid testing is the way we are going for non-vaccinated and/or non-disclosing members. We are under-resourced and need to keep as many people we can.”

The City of Vancouver announced its mandatory vaccine policy in mid-October, which applies to city employees, including firefighters, but not police. Monday was supposed to be the deadline by which time the city expected all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but city hall confirmed to Postmedia that the timeline has now been delayed until January."

 

https://vancouversun...her-departments



#19158 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 03:53 PM

B.C.’s health ministry continued to see relatively low transmission of COVID-19 on Tuesday, with no new outbreaks in the health care system as booster doses of vaccine are nearly complete for people aged 70 and up.

B.C. public health teams recorded 326 new confirmed cases in the 24 hours up to Dec. 7, almost all of the prevalent Delta variant of the coronavirus. There have now been five cases of the Omicron variant detected in B.C., all from people who have travelled from Africa or Iran, and none has resulted in severe illness, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Tuesday.

https://www.vicnews....one-more-death/

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#19159 Ismo07

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 04:32 PM

All the data is unconfirmed. This is all brand new so that much should be obvious. I'm glad I can make you laugh though. Laughter is good for your immune system. https://www.webmd.co...t-with-laughter

 

What makes me laugh there was where you started the video.  I watched all the public hearing section of the meeting.. Some pro and some con, for the most part the cons made some sense except for poor Dr. Rose...



#19160 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 04:47 PM

On Tuesday, Alberta reported 240 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total number of active cases in the province to 4,105.


https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.6276244

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