Thursday, July 30, 2020

Fauci the masked bandit

A guest column by Amil Imani Fauci urges Americans to wear goggles for added COVID-19 protection By Yaron SteinbuchJuly 30, 2020 | 6:48am | Updated Fauci urges Americans to wear goggles for added COVID-19 protection Trump revives push for hydroxychloroquine during White House COVID-19 briefing Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested that people wear goggles or face shields as an added measure of protection against contracting the coronavirus, according to a report. “If you have goggles or an eye shield, you should use it,” Fauci, 79, the top US infectious disease expert, told ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton on Wednesday. When asked if eye protection will become a formal recommendation at some point, he said, “It might, if you really want perfect protection of the mucosal surfaces.” Fauci, a member of the White House pandemic task force and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explained the rationale for the measure. “You have mucosa in the nose, mucosa in the mouth, but you also have mucosa in the eye,” he said. “Theoretically, you should protect all the mucosal surfaces. So if you have goggles or an eye shield you should use it.” He added that while goggles and eye or face shields are “not universally recommended” at this time, “if you really want to be complete, you should probably use it if you can.” Fauci also addressed when people should get tested if they believe they’ve been exposed to the bug, since there are no official guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the National Institutes of Health on the matter. “That question came up at the task force meeting yesterday and we asked the same thing and we said there’s no real recommendation,” Fauci said on ABC News. “I would think that five [days] is good. I might even go a day or so early because the incubation period of when you get symptoms is about five days,” he said, adding that the window is “no earlier than three [days] or no later than five or six.” Fauci also said he hopes wearing masks also will help limit the spread of the flu in the fall. “It is inevitable that we’re going to have some degree of flu,” he said. “I’m hoping that the wearing of masks and other coverings are going to not only protect us against COVID-19, but also help protect us against influenza.” Meanwhile, the doctor also discussed the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, saying in an interview on MSNBC that all the “valid” scientific data show the drug is not effective in treating COVID-19. “You look at the scientific data and the evidence. And the scientific data … on trials that are valid, that were randomized and controlled in the proper way, all of those trials show consistently that hydroxychloroquine is not effective in the treatment of coronavirus disease or COVID-19,” he said. His remarks came a day after President Trump renewed his push for coronavirus patients to take the controversial drug. SEE ALSO Trump reveals he’s been taking hydroxychloroquine for a week and 'I’m still here' The president spoke at length during a White House press briefing about the medication, including his experience taking it for two weeks as a COVID-19 prophylactic. “Many doctors think it is extremely good and some people don’t… I happen to believe in it. I would take it. As you know, I took it for a 14 day period and I’m here, right? I’m here,” he said. On Monday night, Trump retweeted some messages of support for the drug’s use. “It’s safe. It doesn’t cause problems. I had no problem. I had absolutely no problem — felt no different, didn’t feel good bad or indifferent,” Trump said Tuesday. “It didn’t get me and it’s not going to hopefully hurt anybody.” The president on Tuesday said he was unaware of Fauci’s views on hydroxychloroquine and that he has a “good relationship” with the doctor, despite an overnight retweet of a message, which was later removed, criticizing the infectious disease expert. During the Tuesday press conference, Trump was asked by a reporter about a video he shared on Twitter that claimed hydroxychloroquine is “a cure for COVID” and “you don’t need a mask” to slow the spread of coronavirus. The clip was later labeled as containing misleading information and has since been deleted. “I wasn’t making claims,” Trump said of his tweet, noting that he was relaying recommendations from other people, including physicians. “Many doctors think it is extremely successful, the hydroxychloroquine coupled with the zinc and perhaps the azithromycin,” he said. “Many doctors think it’s extremely good, and some people don’t.”

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

CDC gaffes

No. 2,561

How far can we trust the CDC? Not very far, to judge by reports..  

”This is profoundly disturbing stuff, and no one can question the impact the virus is having on Florida. The question — as with so many places in America — is how good of a job the government is doing tracking deaths from the disease.
“This is important for a whole host of reasons. It allows us to know how deadly the disease is, who we should be contact tracing and where the disease is most prevalent. Errors are inevitable, and individual deaths may only be a single dot in a pointillistic epidemiological portrait.

WPEC-TV, published Thursday, is of considerable interest. The station looked into the county’s medical examiner records and the deaths listed as being caused by COVID-19.
“Among them, according to the outlet, were a 60-year-old man who died after being shot in the head, a 77-year-old woman whose death was caused by Parkinson’s disease, and a 90-year-old man who died from complications from a hip fracture caused in a fall.”
Facebook has removed a video posted by Breitbart News earlier today, which was the top-performing Facebook post in the world Monday afternoon, of a press conference in D.C. held by the group America’s Frontline Doctors and organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots. The press conference featured Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and frontline doctors sharing their views and opinions on coronavirus and the medical response to the pandemic. YouTube (which is owned by Google) and Twitter subsequently removed footage of the press conference as well.

The share of Americans


The U.S. death toll hit a once-unfathomable 150,000 Wednesday after Northeast nursing homes were battered early, minority populations faced outsized risks and the South and West experienced a midsummer resurgence.


Pandemic trackers put the share of U.S. residents who test positive and then die at 3.4%, far better than the 15% in the United Kingdom and roughly 14% in France and Italy, or 7.6% in Canada.

Censorship 101. The whole video of the presser is not available anywhere. In excerpts, the doctors expose how easy it is to fight the Coronavirus. But the CDC doesn’t want anyone to know.