Saturday, September 25, 2021

Record number of active cases.

We are just barely shy of 10 million activate cases in the United States (that we know of). That means that one out of every 33 people has COVID right now.

The $100 Billion Dollar Ingredient making your Food Toxic

I don't trust just one source.  I would like to see more studies on this, and I will see what I can find out about the studies quoted in the video.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

COVID-19 variant R.1 spreads quickly at Kentucky nursing home

A new variant of the COVID-19 virus has been identified at a Kentucky nursing home, where it infected 45 residents and workers, many of whom were vaccinated.

The R.1 variant originated in Japan, and contains dangerous mutations that can improve "transmission, replication, and immune suppression," a scientist wrote in Forbes Monday.

There are already more than 10,000 entries of the R.1 variant in a database used by researchers to track genomic material, infectious disease expert Dr. William Haseltine said.

The variant shares the highly infectious D614G mutation that is present in other variants fueling new surges of the coronavirus, according to the doctor.

"R.1 is a variant to watch. It has established a foothold in both Japan and the United States," Haseltine wrote.

Remdesivir reduces Covid hospitalizations when given early, study shows

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Merced River closed to public after California family dies on hiking trail in Sierra National Forest - ABC7 San Francisco

A cause of death has not been determined, and investigators are considering whether toxic algae blooms or other hazards may have contributed to the deaths.

Toxicology reports are still pending, and investigators have ruled out any weapons being used or dangerous gases from a mine along the trail.

On Tuesday, forest officials had closed access to trails in the area due to "unknown hazards."

Thursday, September 2, 2021

How The Immune System ACTUALLY Works

Natural Immunity Is Real, And Here's What That Means | A Doctor Explains

Copy of my email about COVID vaccinations.

This is a copy of an email I sent to a friend regarding COVID vaccinations.
My close friend,

I think that this issue is incredibly important.  What we do not only affect ourselves, but it affects other people.

It seems to me to be unfair to frame the argument in terms of people's motives.  Terms like "Big Pharma" imply something sinister.  "Big Pharma" might be a good thing.  It depends upon the net effect of their actions, and even if some of it is negative, it doesn't mean that the vaccines are unsafe or bad.  Likewise, calling people liars and claiming that they have motivations for pushing vaccines.  Their motivations could be good.   Even if some motivations are bad, which I think is rare in this case, there are more important questions to ask.

Once someone frames the argument in these terms, it is nearly impossible to have a rational discussion.

In regard to the safety of the vaccines, there are only a few questions that matter...

1.  Do the vaccines have adverse reactions?  If so, how frequent and how bad?
2.  Is the risk of catching COVID and having severe illness greater than the risk from the vaccines?

The answers to these questions are ...

1.  Yes.  Minor reactions are common.  Severe reactions are rare.  Death is even more rare, like 1 out of 50 million.  (Even if this figure were low by a factor of 10, it wouldn't change the equation much.)  Not all reactions are directly attributable to the vaccine.  Some people could have been too late and gotten COVID or had other underlying health issues, which is common.

2.  Yes, by orders of magnitude.  The situation that we are currently in makes it likely that the vast majority of unvaccinated people are going to catch the Delta variant.  So people should weigh the risk of disease and the many severe complications that can result from it against the risk of the vaccines. 

There is a third question here that you brought up which is the most relevant to your situation.  Should recovered patients get vaccinated?   Based on the information that I have already shared, there is some evidence that they should.  According to one source, prior infection is only about 80% effective in preventing reinfection.  Another source says that you are relatively safe for about a year.  However, you might want to reevaluate your situation a few months from now.

We are all trying to make the best decisions we can based on the information available to us.  Fear is a powerful motivator that can distort people's judgment.  I go to great effort to depend on reliable sources and to verify the information available to me.  I also try to stay up to date as new information comes out.  If we were to find out that the mRNA vaccines are inherently unsafe, I would jump on that bandwagon.  If that happened, I would hope for new treatments or better vaccines.  However, right now the best information we have is that the cumulative risk of the disease is far worse than the cumulative risk of the vaccines.  

Best wishes,

John Coffey

How long does covid-19 immunity last? | The BMJ

How does natural immunity compare with vaccine induced immunity?

Various studies have shown that an immune response involving memory T and B cells emerges after covid-19 infection.11 But people's immune systems tend to respond in very different ways to natural infection,12 notes Eleanor Riley, professor of immunology and infectious disease at the University of Edinburgh. "The immune response after vaccination is much more homogenous," she says, adding that most people generally have a really good response after vaccination. Data from the clinical trials of the leading vaccine candidates have found T and B cell reactivity.13

Does vaccination make a difference to those who have already had covid-19?

There is some evidence that vaccination can sharpen immunity in people who have previously been infected with SARS-CoV-2 and recovered. A letter published in the Lancet in March discussed an experiment in which 51 healthcare workers in London were given a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Half of the healthcare workers had previously recovered from covid-19 and it was they who experienced the greatest boost in antibodies—more than 140-fold from peak pre-vaccine levels—against the virus's spike protein.14