Thursday, May 6, 2021

Fwd: J&J blood clot in Utah

The first case of a rare blood-clotting condition thought to be linked to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has been diagnosed in Utah.

A male patient was recently diagnosed with vaccine-induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia, also known as VITT, at the University of Utah Hospital, U. health officials said in a Wednesday news release.

The patient, who is under the age of 50, was treated and is now recovering at home, according to Dr. Yazan Abou-Ismail, an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology at the University of Utah.

"He continues to do well and feel well," Abou-Ismail said at a Wednesday news conference about the case.

The blood clot condition led to a nationwide pause on administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine last month after six cases were reported among over 6 million people who received the vaccine. The pause was lifted on April 23 after federal regulators determined the vaccine's continued use is safe.

First case of rare blood-clotting condition linked to J&J vaccine diagnosed in Utah; CDC reports 17 cases from 8M doses | KSL.com


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Covid at home pill treatment


  • Pfizer's experimental oral drug to treat Covid-19 at the first sign of illness could be available by the end of the year, CEO Albert Bourla told CNBC on Tuesday.
  • The drug is part of a class of medicines called protease inhibitors and works by inhibiting an enzyme that the virus needs to replicate in human cells.
  • Protease inhibitors are used to treat other viral pathogens such as HIV and hepatitis C.


Saturday, April 17, 2021

CDC: of 75 Million Vaccinated People, 5,800 Got COVID-19, 74 Died

I'm seeing some articles about fully vaccinated people dying from COVID.  The actual number of deaths is about 1 in a million.  So far, the rate of people getting COVID after being fully vaccinated is less than 0.1%.

https://www.businessinsider.com/infected-after-covid-vaccination-cdc-numbers-breakthrough-infections-2021-4

Thursday, April 15, 2021

First interesting mRNA COVID-19 vaccine side effect

From: Larry

herpes zoster....shingles


This last year I got two shingles vaccinations.   It takes two shots, and these are more intense than a flu shot.  

Thursday, April 8, 2021

1st Cases Of Brazil Variant, More Contagious S. African Variant In L.A. – Deadline

Public Health Officials in Los Angeles reported on Wednesday that the county had detected the first cases of the Coronavirus variants originally seen in Brazil and South Africa. While only three instances of the virus strain from Brazil — also known as P.1 — and one instance of the variant from South Africa — known as B.1.351 — were detected, they are likely far from the only cases in the county.

Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer noted that, due to the expense, "Very few of our specimens are genetically tested in this way." Statewide, only 5% of tests are run through genomic sequencing, according to California's top health officer. The rate is even less at the county level.




According to the other article I posted, the Pfizer vaccine is 2/3 less effective against the South African Variant and the Moderna Vaccine is 6.4 times less effective.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

How Many Strains of the Coronavirus Are There? About New Variants

Will the COVID-19 vaccines offer protection against the new strains?
You may be wondering if the coronavirus variants have an impact on the effectiveness of our current vaccines.

From what we know so far, it appears that the current vaccines may be less effective for B.1.351, the variant first identified in South Africa. This is currently an area of ongoing, intense research.

Let's look at a snapshot of what some of the data says so far.

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
Large-scale clinical trials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine found a vaccine effectiveness of 95 percent against the original version of the new coronavirus.

This vaccine is currently authorized for emergency use in the United States.

A recent study investigated the effectiveness of this vaccine for test viruses containing the mutations found in B.1.351. To do this, serum from individuals who had been vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was used.

Researchers found that this serum, which contains antibodies, was less effective against B.1.351. In fact, neutralization of test viruses containing all of the mutations present in B.1.351 was reduced by two-thirds.

What about B.1.1.7, the variant first seen in the U.K.?

A study similar to the one we've discussed above found that neutralization of test viruses with the spike protein of B.1.1.7 was only slightly lower than it was for earlier versions of the coronavirus.

Moderna vaccine
The large-scale clinical trials on the Moderna vaccine determined that vaccine effectiveness was 94.1 percent against the original version of the new coronavirus.

Like the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the Moderna vaccine has been authorized for emergency use in the United States.

A recent study looked into the effectiveness of the Moderna vaccine for the B.1.1.7 and B.1.351 variants. In order to do this, researchers used serum from individuals who had received the Moderna vaccine and test viruses containing the spike proteins from the variants.

It was found that test viruses with the B.1.1.7 spike protein were neutralized in a similar manner to earlier versions of the coronavirus.

However, neutralization of test viruses with the spike protein of B.1.351 was 6.4-fold lower.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is the third COVID-19 vaccine to be authorized for emergency use in the United States.

Unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, it only requires one dose.

This vaccine has yet to be tested against specific variants. However, large-scale clinical trials were performed in places where variants are circulating, such as South Africa and South America.

According to the data released from clinical trialsTrusted Source, the effectiveness of this vaccine 28 days after vaccination is:

66 percent effective overall
72 percent in the United States
66 percent effective in South America, where the P.1 variant is circulating
57 percent effective in South Africa, where the B.1.351 variant is circulating
85 percent effective at preventing severe COVID-19 symptoms across all geographical regions

Biden Makes Easter Plea; U.K. Plans Vaccine Passes: Virus Update - Bloomberg

President Joe Biden issued an Easter message casting vaccinations as a "moral obligation, one that can save your life and the lives of others." Republican opposition to vaccine passports grew as Mississippi's governor said they were not "a good thing to do in America."

The U.S. added almost 65,000 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday and remains on pace for the most weekly infections since the end of February. North Dakota has gone nine days without a Covid-19 fatality, the longest stretch since the first death there.

United States Covid-19 deaths were about 4K per day at the beginning of this year. Now it is about 1K per day. Still, for most of last year, people were complaining when it was 1K per day.



Sunday, March 21, 2021

How the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine Works - The New York Times

The New York Times articles for these two vaccines look the same.

AstraZeneca Vaccine
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/health/oxford-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine.html

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/health/johnson-johnson-covid-19-vaccine.html

Both vaccines use a weakened virus to deliver DNA to cells.  Since viruses are known to cause cancer (through DNA mutations), I prefer the mRNA approach of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Second Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination

My second Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination yesterday has not caused any problems. I was concerned because a couple of people I know had a negative reaction to it. The first vaccination made my arm feel more sore than I thought it should, but only for a couple of days. With the second vaccination, I only had a little bit of soreness last night. It makes me wonder if the level of soreness is affected by how the person giving the injection does it.

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Do Salt Lamps Work?

I found this video fascinating, and I have probably shared it before.  When I hear people say that they want to add ions to air, I assume that this is a bad idea because ions are reactive chemicals.  It is the equivalent of putting bleach into the air.   According to the video, there are many ions in the air already, but compared to the total number of molecules, the number is not significant.  The video also demonstrates that salt lamps don't really produce negative ions like they claim that they do.

Monday, March 1, 2021

'Keep an eye' on New York coronavirus variant, Fauci warns | Fox News

I'm wondering if new variants are going to be a serious concern?

https://www.foxnews.com/health/keep-an-eye-on-new-york-coronavirus-variant-fauci-warns

Fwd: Coronavirus mRNA Vaccine Safety and Efficacy

I think that this is a good video.  As I suspected, the Messenger RNA clears from the system quickly.  My only side effect was that for a day and a half my arm at the injection site was sorer than I thought it should be.  However, this is an indication of something is happening.




Saturday, February 27, 2021

Nearly 3 million Americans haven't gotten their second COVID-19 vaccination on time

They scheduled my second appointment three weeks after the first.  The only reason I would not take it is if I were sick.   I still potentially could catch COVID-19.  However, I saw an article recently that claimed that the reported 50% protection from the first COVID vaccine is inaccurate.  This statistic reportedly is only based on the first 2 weeks.  They found that the third week had 90% protection.  Good to know.


On Sat, Feb 27, 2021 at 12:12 PM Albert  wrote:
Don't become one of these people, if you can help it.

https://apple.news/AEFLpixUgT-Wmy_kDeR7yJw


Friday, February 19, 2021

What's Up with Those Bird Beak Plague Masks?

I learned from this:

The word "quarantine" comes from the Italian word "quarenta" meaning forty because they would isolate bubonic plague victims for forty days.

I was well aware of the Miasma theory of disease, which was the dominant theory of disease for 1200 years up to 1850 and beyond when the germ theory disease was just starting and didn't become fully accepted until around 1890.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzTPOvM9Bpo

Indiana hopes to lower vaccine age next week

State leaders say they don't have enough vaccine yet to expand to those 60 and older. They hope to make that change next week. Right now, Hoosiers 65 and older are eligible.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

FWD: Pfizer COVID Vaccine Side Effects | My Terrible COVID Vaccine Reaction


Apparently, a percentage of people have had temporary unpleasant side effects to the COVID vaccine.  Several of my family members have taken both shots without problems, so I still want it.

Best wishes,

John Coffey


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Monday, February 1, 2021

Growth of COVID-19

I used to follow the COVID numbers almost daily, but this got tiresome especially since the numbers kept going up. I was shocked yesterday to see that Indiana was up to 626,682 cases. This is double the number of cases in November, which is almost 1 out of ten people. Presumably, there are many more mild cases that we don't know about, which could mean that up to half the state has been infected.

In January of last year, I was already sounding the alarm when it was just a few thousand cases in China. I noticed that the trend was rapidly exponential, although some of my friends on Facebook were saying it wasn't really exponential growth because China was just doing a better job of detecting the disease. In February, public officials were saying that this isn't a big threat with many people saying that the flu was going to kill a great many more people.

In early March there weren't that many cases in the U.S., and it looked like the disease was contained, but by March 21 the disease had exploded and was everywhere in the country.

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Best wishes,

John Coffey

http://www.entertainmentjourney.com

How The COVID-19 Vaccine Could Lead To A Cure For Cancer | Answers With Joe

https://youtu.be/UOz-w4QqF4o

The mRNA vaccine is not gene-altering. It provides instructions to cells on how to make the spike protein without altering the DNA of the cells, which is part of the point.  Our cells make messenger RNA continuously, and it gets used up quickly.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Danger from COVID-19 Vaccine?

David,

I am probably just on your mailing list.

Newswars is an Alex Jones site.   I would in no way consider this site to be a reliable source.

As for the merits of the article:

We all have viruses in us, probably all the time as some of these are continuously kept in check by our immune system, and they inject into our cells either DNA or RNA.  The DNA version alters the genetic material of the cell or at least replaces part of it.  The RNA version works by the same mechanism that the vaccine does.  

The RNA vaccine "gives our cells instructions for how to make a harmless protein that is unique to the virus."  (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/how-they-work.html)   From what I heard, this material dissipates within about 3 days and this is superior to a weakened virus that could potentially alter the DNA of the cells.

The writer makes a number of speculative statements that are not supported and are very questionable.  Compared to having a full-blown case of COVID-19, which can do enormous damage to your body, the mechanism of the vaccine is going to be far milder.  People who have gotten COVID-19 and recovered often had serious medical problems lasting months.   Although we may not know the long term effects of the vaccine, we also don't know the long term effects of COVID-19.

Given the rate at which COVID spreads, we are all going to get the disease eventually, possibly in the very near future, unless we get vaccinated first.  It is a choice of the vaccine or COVID.

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On Thu, Jan 7, 2021 at 7:12 PM wrote:

mRNA Vaccines Might Prove Catastrophic in a Rushed Coronavirus Response

Bombshell primer breaks down the very real risks of this cutting-edge technology

 

https://www.newswars.com/mrna-vaccines-might-prove-catastrophic-in-a-rushed-coronavirus-response/

United Begins Flying Pfizer’s Covid-19 Vaccine

Why Horseshoe Crab Blood Is So Valuable

Bobby Fischer | Mental Health & Personality

This is an interesting take ...

https://youtu.be/ZmkM7eZm4BQ

COVID 19 Vaccine (finally)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwyxGmGXIYM

In the video, he says that the vaccine should last several months.

The FDA says Pfizer’s Covid vaccine is safe and effective. But trial participants warn of intense symptoms after second shot

One Pfizer trial participant told CNBC that after the second shot, he woke up with chills, shaking so hard he cracked a tooth. "It hurt to even just lay in my bed sheet," he said. 

Others experienced headaches and fatigue.

The FDA said that while side effects of the Pfizer vaccine are common, there are "no specific safety concerns identified that would preclude issuance of an EUA."

‘Star Wars’ Actor David Prowse Died From Covid-19

Actor David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the first Star Wars trilogy, died of complications from Covid-19, his daughter has told UK newspapers. 

FDA panel endorses Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use | Fox Business

I thought that FDA approval would come today, but they are saying later this week, although there is not much week left. There seems to be some concern about people with allergic reactions. There is also some talk about people being hesitant to take the vaccine. Some of my friends are saying, "You go first", which would be okay by me. We can't make progress without a vaccine.

From what I can tell by casual observation, maybe 10 to 20% of the population doesn't want to take the vaccine.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/healthcare/fda-panel-endorses-pfizer-coronavirus-vaccine-emergency-use

What’s that ringing in your ears?

Germany will go into a strict lockdown over Christmas to curb COVID-19 cases

All you need to know to understand 5G


I find the physics of this interesting.  The short wavelengths of 5G are easily blocked.  Add to this the limited availability of 5G, and it doesn't seem very practical right now.

"I CAN'T KEEP DOING THIS": Doctor pleads for review of data during COVID-19 Senate hearing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq8SXOBy-4w

COVID-19

Ivermectin has antiviral effects against several distinct positive-sense single-strand RNA viruses, including SARS-CoV-2.[79] On 10 April 2020, the FDA issued guidance to not use veterinary-grade ivermectin as treatment for COVID-19 in humans.[80][81]

Ivermectin inhibits replication of SARS-CoV-2 in monkey kidney cell culture with an IC50 of 2.2 - 2.8 µM, making it a possible candidate for COVID-19 drug repurposing research.[82][83] The doses used in cell culture would require 104 larger doses in humans based on this data, which does not look promising as an effective treatment for COVID-19.[84][85] Such high doses of ivermectin are not covered by the current human-use approvals of the drug and could be dangerous, as the likely antiviral mechanism of action is the suppression of a host cellular process,[85] specifically the inhibition of nuclear transport by importin α/β1.[86]

A preprint published in April 2020 claimed benefits of ivermectin in the treatment of COVID-19, but it was a retrospective study based on questionable hospital data from Surgisphere and was withdrawn at the end of May. The preprint led to several government agencies in Latin America recommending ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment; these recommendations were later denounced by the regional WHO office.[87] On October 12, 2020 Peru withdrew its authorization to use ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19.[88]

In November 2020 a meta-analysis found only weak evidence of benefit.[89] The World Health Organization and National Institute of Health abandoned trials of ivermectin for use treating COVID-19, because of a lack of promising evidence.[90]


Ivermectin has been shown to inhibit the replication of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in cell cultures.7 However, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies suggest that achieving the plasma concentrations necessary for the antiviral efficacy detected in vitro would require administration of doses up to 100-fold higher than those approved for use in humans.8,9  





One study published on Dec. 2 in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases found that a five-day course of ivermectin was found to be safe and effective in treating mild COVID-19 adult patients. The trial involved 72 hospitalized patients in Bangladesh, and researchers said larger trials are needed to confirm the preliminary findings.

Another large study, published in November as a preprint, found the addition of ivermectin to standard care to be a "very effective drug for treatment of COVID-19 patients with significant reduction in mortality compared to hydroxychloroquine plus standard treatment only."


https://www.fox5ny.com/news/doctor-pleads-for-review-of-data-on-ivermectin-as-covid-19-treatment-during-senate-hearing




 


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