It Ain’t Over Yet

I got this article on my iPhone’s newsfeed this morning:

The article pointed out that there’s been an upturn in new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the Bay Area as new COVID-19 infections in the region have risen 167% in the same month that saw the state dropping most mitigation measures, including vaccine verification and mask requirements for schools and public transit.

Do you think we might have jumped the gun by easing mask mandates and vaccination certifications? I do, but I’m apparently one of those stubborn “woke” individuals who still wears my mask in public places and who avoids coming in close contact with anyone who isn’t masked.

I got my second COVID booster shot yesterday, and other than a bit of a sore arm, I’ve suffered no adverse effects. I don’t expect this booster to completely protect me from being infected by COVID, but I do expect being fully vaccinated will significantly reduce the potential for me to become severely ill or having to be hospitalized.

Normally I would say that, if you are not vaccinated and/or refuse to wear a mask, “hey, whatever floats your boat.” But if your boat is responsible for causing other people’s boats to capsize, I think you need to think again.

So if you still aren’t vaccinated or you refuse to wear a face mask in public places, I believe you are guilty of perpetuating this highly contagious disease.

72 thoughts on “It Ain’t Over Yet

  1. pensitivity101 May 4, 2022 / 9:35 am

    I’m with you Fandango. Our town is awash with holidaymakers and not a mask between them. We get funny looks wearing them into shops, yet many have signs up asking you to.

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  2. Sadje May 4, 2022 / 10:02 am

    I got Covid after 2 vaccinations and two boosters. But it was a mild case and I was okay after 5 days. I still wear a mask.

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  3. writerravenclaw May 4, 2022 / 10:22 am

    I’ve not had COVID (yet) but with restrictions easing in schools in the UK as well, I’m not sure how long that will last. We have to pay for lateral flow tests now, luckily I still have some boxes spare if I do go and see family, or friends I wouldn’t normally see.

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  4. Marilyn Armstrong May 4, 2022 / 11:10 am

    We both got our second covid boosters. Garry had almost no reaction, I collapsed — for one awful day. But just one day.

    I don’t wear a mask most of the time, but this is a small town and it is almost never crowded anywhere. If we lived closer to Boston, we might change our minds. I did buy a box of N95 masks because we have to fly for that, I think I’d wear a hazmat suit if I could.

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  5. Gr8BigFun May 4, 2022 / 12:57 pm

    Unfortunately those who need to heed this type of advice find ways to rationalize their irresponsible actions. The Spanish flu continued to ebb and flow through multiple waves for over 5 years after the initial wave.

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  6. Nope, Not Pam May 4, 2022 / 1:01 pm

    Come on Fandango, you’ve just got to ride the wave … and be buried when it passes by

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    • Fandango May 4, 2022 / 1:15 pm

      At this rate, that’s a likely outcome. 🙄

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      • Nope, Not Pam May 5, 2022 / 4:11 am

        They’re dropping like flies at my work, I’m just waiting my turn 🙄

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  7. Marleen May 4, 2022 / 7:14 pm

    Start at eight minutes in. This is a presentation, given by somone who happily was vaccinated with the Moderna version and has no regrets, to help some people know there is a different kind of vaccine they might be more interested in if they haven’t been vaccinated yet.

    You Will Love This Vaccine (Novavax Vaccine)

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    • Marleen June 7, 2022 / 7:32 am

      In case anyone is interested:

      Live – June 7th, 2022 – FDA Advisory Committee Meeting on Novavax COVID Vaccine (Part 1) 397 watching now

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      • Marleen June 7, 2022 / 12:49 pm

        It was given emergency approval — all yes and one abstain.

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    • Marleen June 7, 2022 / 10:58 am

      The company’s Covid-19 vaccine would be the first authorized in the U.S. with a traditional protein-based platform, used for decades to inoculate against diseases such as hepatitis B and shingles.

      It sends a version of the coronavirus spike protein to stimulate the body’s immune response. That is different from the market-dominating Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines… [and different from J&J…]

      Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine uses a modified version of an adenovirus, the virus behind many common colds, to deliver genetic instructions to cells.

      Kayb Joseph, a 47-year-old Chattanooga, Tenn., resident, said she has checked every two weeks for news on Novavax’s vaccine and would drive to the company’s Maryland headquarters to get it if needed. She prefers its protein-based platform.

      “I just don’t believe in being somebody’s R&D,” she said. …

      Liz Essley Whyte

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  8. Maria Michaela May 5, 2022 / 4:24 am

    We still wear masks here but there really are some people who don’t anymore and my anxiety skyrockets when I see these people. Always good to be vaccinated and still wear a mask.

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  9. Marleen May 5, 2022 / 8:44 am

    I have to wonder, when somone says this kind of thing on a separate area of interest (let’s say abortion), why the sentiment “doesn’t” (logically) apply to the topic at hand. I don’t agree with it, by the way:

    As if the planet needs more humans! We are already over-populated and in some places there are already food and water scarcities, sure to spread even to the U.S. in the coming years. Oh yeah, let’s add more humans so that they can put more CO2 into the atmosphere and hasten the demise of nearly every species on the planet. Sigh.

    It seems to me that whether we’re talking about women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, education, books, healthcare or any myriad of topics, the Republican Party is the party of “NO”. If it helps people, helps secure a future, then their answer is “NO”. [But boo to new humans. Deal my my CO2 but not somebody else’s. And suffocate kids.]

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  10. JT Twissel May 5, 2022 / 11:00 am

    I know fully vaccinated people who are getting covid – they haven’t been hospitalized but they’ve been sick!

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    • Fandango May 5, 2022 / 5:29 pm

      True, but compared to what happened over 2020-21, less sick.

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      • Marleen May 21, 2022 / 4:35 pm

        My personal health situation after my second shot [not the first shot] is worse than after — or even for the most part but with a couple exceptions during — my recovery from Covid-19 itself (which I fully overcame with no medication or vaccine in March of 2020. Two things that were odd during the infection (not even lasting more than a week) were the loss of smell and the appearance of a bruise (which can’t have been a bruise in the usual sense) on one eye.

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  11. Marleen May 5, 2022 / 11:21 am

    There’s a lot interesting in this article. I’ve chosen this little piece as an appetizer, perhaps out of gallows humor. We haven’t made mistakes? I guess the quoted person meant waiting for an individual to make a mistake to which he or she succumbs. I’m sure mistakes are involved, but there is also the fact that the new variants get more and more easily spread — while they’re not as deadly in and of themselves and at-risk people have been vaccinated if they want to be (although vaccination doesn’t seem to apply much to the new strains).

    https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/04/24/covid-19-cases-are-rising-sharply-again-should-we-worry/.

    “COVID-19 is not done with us,” Mokdad said. “It’s just waiting for us to make a mistake.”

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  12. Marleen May 5, 2022 / 11:56 am

    Danish professor: mRNA vaccine study sends ‘danger signals’ · 2 days ago

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    • alphaandomega21 May 16, 2022 / 3:23 am

      Many thanks for that. I managed to work out in 2020 that the vaccines were pointless and that we had been duped by the big pharma advertising. The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.

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    • Marleen June 23, 2022 / 5:42 am

      I’m not sure why people are talking about Nixon
      lately; he was being discussed on the SiriusXM
      radio station last night too — “was the last FDR
      president”🫤 more believably, to me, he’s been
      important on the environment a number of ways.

      [excuse of an ingenious] Plan For Inflation Is To
      FORCE Millions of Workers Into Unemployment

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      • Marleen June 23, 2022 / 5:45 am

        *SiriusXM’s POTUS channel (124)

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      • Fandango June 23, 2022 / 6:09 am

        50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in.

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        • Marleen June 23, 2022 / 6:19 am

          Thank You.

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          • Marleen June 25, 2022 / 6:54 pm

            The Cure For Inflation: …? (w/ Richard Wolff)

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      • Marleen June 25, 2022 / 12:34 pm

        Fed[eral Reserve] Chair Powell ADMITS [answering Sen. Elizabeth Warren]
        His/THE GOAL IS to Throw People OUT OF WORK [to not respect workers]

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        • Marleen June 25, 2022 / 3:09 pm

          Fed Chair: Biden Policy WON’T WORK on Inflation

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        • Marleen June 25, 2022 / 3:23 pm

          Working Class Americans are Getting
          Screwed as Economic Recession Looms

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      • Marleen June 25, 2022 / 4:24 pm

        NYT Admits Sanctions BACKFIRE
        [while Biden is Defiant on] Gas – Start @ 6:15 in.

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  13. leigha66 May 6, 2022 / 6:30 pm

    I have a friend convinced Covid will be with us for years and with an annual shot like the flu. I know almost every time I go out in my mask I am definitely in the minority. Earlier this week I only saw 3 other people in the store with them on… crazy!

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    • Fandango May 6, 2022 / 11:22 pm

      I went to the grocery store today and almost no one was masked up. I had my mask on, though.

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    • alphaandomega21 May 16, 2022 / 3:25 am

      True. Covid 19 will always be with as it is the’flu turned into a monster by advertising on big pharmas behalf.

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  14. Marleen May 8, 2022 / 12:59 pm

    Here We Go Again! · 2 hours ago

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    • Marleen May 16, 2022 / 3:06 pm

      This pandemic treaty is the greatest power grab any of us has seen in our lifetime… · 2 days ago

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      • Marleen June 2, 2022 / 11:48 am

        Kim Iversen: Power-Grabbing WHO Pandemic Treaty HALTED by 47 African Countries, Brazil, China · 2 hours ago

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    • Marleen May 21, 2022 / 4:24 pm

      At the World Health Assembly, next week [starting tomorrow and leaving out Taiwan], the WHO will meet to discuss a “pandemic accord” that would … expand its powers.

      The European Union… pushed for a legally-binding pandemic “treaty” instead…. despite the WHO’s own figures showing little correlation…

      If something can’t be underwritten rationally, then what is the purpose …… of a plan that “skates around WHO’s errors during the Covid pandemic [including ignoring Taiwan’s early warmings?]”

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      • Marleen May 23, 2022 / 6:25 pm

        That (above) was: warnings.

        Tensions rise between the U.S. and China after Biden’s stern warning over Taiwan · 57 minutes ago

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        • Marleen June 4, 2022 / 8:29 am

          https://www.npr.org/2022/06/04/1103072441/police-hong-kong-park-tiananmen-vigil-ban

          Since the British handed over Hong Kong to China in 1997, the city has been governed under a “one country, two systems” framework that gives it freedoms not found on the mainland, including freedom of speech and assembly. It meant Hong Kong and nearby Macao, the other semi-autonomous territory, were allowed to commemorate the 1989 crackdown. Elsewhere in China, keywords such as “Tiananmen massacre” and “June 4” are strictly censored online, and people are not allowed to publicly mark the event.

          Outside China, vigils were held to remember the Tiananmen victims.

          U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said even though Chin[a] and Hong Kong were attempting to suppress the memories of the crackdown, his government would continue to speak out and promote accountability on human rights abuses by China, including those in Hong Kong, against Muslim minorities in the western Xinjiang region as well as Tibet.

          “To the people of China and to those who continue to stand against injustice and seek freedom, we will not forget June 4,” he said.

          In Taiwan, a self-ruled island claimed by Beijing as part of its territory, the Foreign Ministry wrote on Facebook that “when this time of year comes around, there is a lot one can’t say, a lot one can’t write, and a lot one can’t even look up on the internet.”

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      • Marleen June 1, 2022 / 12:19 pm

        World Health Organization Treaty …

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  15. Marleen May 10, 2022 / 7:05 pm

    https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/10/democrats-border-gop-covid-aid-00031371

    Two Senate Democratic leaders say they are willing to give Republicans a vote on reversing President Joe Biden’s move to end pandemic-era border restrictions, provided that the GOP then agrees to move [which does not mean pass] a stalled $10 billion coronavirus aid deal.

    It’s a notable shift in Democratic strategy, weeks after the Covid aid package was sidetracked amid Republican demands for an amendment vote on Biden’s decision to lift the public health-related border restrictions.

    Now that a $40 billion Ukraine aid package is moving without the Covid funding boost that they’d hoped to pair it with, Senate Democrats are warming to the idea of letting Republicans have a vote on immigration if that’s what it takes to prepare the United States for a fall coronavirus surge.

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  16. Carol anne May 12, 2022 / 6:44 am

    I don’t care what other people do, I am still wearing my mask in public, when I travel, I’ll wear it all through the airports, on the plane, etc. I’m not taking any chances. Xx

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      • Marleen June 27, 2022 / 1:27 pm

        The original vaccines and boosters won’t do it for us; masks are a more likely help. That and decent nutrition plus exposure to sunlight or full-spectrum or ultraviolet (or non-visible) light. This video isn’t about nutrition or light, nor about masks.

        Efficacy of Natural Infection Vs.
        Vaccine — Two Brand New
        Studies from Israel and
        Qatar · Streamed 4 days ago

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        • Marleen July 24, 2022 / 9:52 am

          July 15: Unvaccinated vs Vaccinated
          Protection from COVID — Qatari Cohort

          Natural infection offers long-lasting protection.

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        • Marleen July 25, 2022 / 4:20 pm

          Sunlight [including ultraviolet and infrared]: optimize
          Health and Immunity (Light Therapy and melatonin)

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          • Marleen July 25, 2022 / 5:28 pm

            The Case for Sunlight in

            Covid-19 Patients:
            oxidative stress

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  17. Marleen May 13, 2022 / 4:09 am

    Last week’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner is now being labelled a “superspreader event” after a growing number of attendees tested positive for covid. As usual, it’s OK when they do it!

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    • Marleen May 28, 2022 / 11:43 pm

      It was, apparently, “okay” when the lab did it too.

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  18. Marleen May 16, 2022 / 7:50 am

    Streamed yesterday: A new investigation reports that Anthony Fauci and the NIH received and hid $350 million of royalties [that they received] from pharma companies.

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  19. Marleen May 19, 2022 / 11:47 am

    … Efficacy Requirement [ nearly obliterated ] …

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    • Marleen June 1, 2022 / 11:59 am

      Some Experts Warn Over-Vaxxing
      Could Weaken the Immune System

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      • Marleen June 19, 2022 / 11:36 am

        https://apnews.com/article/science-health-coronavirus-pandemic-d9504519a8ae081f785ca012b5ef84d1

        … vaccinated people who got so-called breakthrough infections carried about the same amount of the coronavirus as those who did not get the shots.

        Health officials on Friday released details of that research, which was key in this week’s decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend that vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the delta variant is fueling infection surges. The authors said the findings suggest that the CDC’s mask guidance should be expanded to include the entire country, even outside of hot spots.

        The findings have the potential to upend past thinking about how the disease is spread. Previously, vaccinated people who got infected were thought to have low levels of virus and to be unlikely to pass it to others.

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        • Marleen June 19, 2022 / 11:50 am

          https://www.newsweek.com/why-america-doesnt-trust-cdc-opinion-1713145 June 10

          Two weeks ago, with no outcomes data on COVID-19 booster shots for 5-to-11-year-olds, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) vigorously recommended the booster for all 24 million American children in that age group. The CDC cited a small Pfizer study of 140 children that showed boosters elevated their antibody levels—an outcome known to be transitory.

          When that study concluded, a Pfizer spokesperson said it did not determine the efficacy of the booster in the 5-to-11-year-olds. But that didn’t matter to the CDC.

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        • Marleen June 19, 2022 / 11:55 am

          Exhibiting classic medical paternalism, committee member Dr. Oliver Brooks of the Watts Healthcare Corporation said “I think may is confusing and may sow doubt,” adding “if we say should more people will get boosted versus may, then we may have more data that helps us really define where we’re going.” Dr. Brooks was essentially suggesting that boosting in this age group would be a clinical trial conducted without informed consent.

          That doesn’t sound like following the science to me.

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          • Marleen June 20, 2022 / 10:12 pm

            From six months (based on limited data)

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        • Marleen June 20, 2022 / 7:35 am

          If this isn’t corruption: funneling profits to private insurers

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    • Marleen June 1, 2022 / 12:29 pm

      No Joke April 1st Pfizer Vax Data Dump …

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  20. Marleen May 28, 2022 / 6:01 am

    https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/3497903-rising-may-23-2022/

    HILL.TV 05/23/22

    Ryan Grim and Robby Soave discuss the Monkeypox virus and its cases around the world, including new U.S. cases, as well as Bill Gates’ predictions for the next pandemic.

    ……

    Reporting by Forbes alleges there is not a lot of evidence to support the claims against Bill Gates … Some people have pointed to Gates’ previous comments urging the world to be more prepared about possible bioterrorist smallpox attacks.

    According to Bill Gates, “movies like Outbreak nailed it when they imagined a global disease-fighting team who is ready to respond to a crisis on a moment’s notice. Now we need to make it a reality.”

    This 1997 image provided by the CDC during an investigation into an outbreak of monkeypox, which took place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), formerly Zaire, and depicts the dorsal surfaces of the hands of a monkeypox case patient, who was displaying the appearance of the characteristic rash during its recuperative stage. As more cases of monkeypox are detected in Europe and North America in 2022, some scientists who have monitored numerous outbreaks in Africa say they are baffled by the unusual disease’s spread in developed countries. (CDC via AP)

    Bill Gates is the fella who said it’s unfortunate that the omicron variant (or variations) turned out better at inoculating people than the vaccines did. (I’ve shared video of him saying that months ago.)

    Stay the hell out of the bat cave.

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    • M May 31, 2022 / 9:53 pm

      NIH: Wuhan were working on monkeypox

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  21. Marleen June 20, 2022 / 3:46 pm

    “Are We Willing to Publish the Blueprints for an
    Arsenal of Plagues?” Experts DEBATE Research

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    • Marleen June 21, 2022 / 10:32 am

      Evidence Missing in Covid Origin Investigation.
      World Health Organization Open to Probe …

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  22. Marleen July 2, 2022 / 10:04 am

    Kim Iversen: Double-Boosted Fauci’s Covid
    🛎 🔔 🛎 WORSENS After Paxlovid Rebound

    It’s okay for Science God to go off-label and throw the
    kitchen sink at his infection (of a weaker strand of Covid),
    but it wasn’t okay for anyone else to go “off-label” (which is
    legal and normal despite all the hair-on-fire reactions) back…

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  23. Marleen July 2, 2022 / 10:15 am

    Airlines INTENTIONALLY Defrauding Customers?
    Bernie Sanders Wants FINES for Delayed Flights

    COVID-19 Bailouts were supposedly for a reason.

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  24. Marleen July 25, 2022 / 2:41 pm

    Failure of government (late stage capitalism dominating policy) is what continues.

    I contracted Covid-19 very early on, because I came in contact with someone from New York (who frequently travels) in a world-class symphony hall. I had already determined that if I were exposed I would simply stay home and wait for any possible infection to pass (I didn’t want to go any place where it would be likely I’d come onto contact with more disease); there was nothing available to help in March of 2020 anyway. WORSE: We didn’t even have tests available in the United States, for the most part (although there was a test in existence which the federal administration [that is Trump] rejected). I found out about tests not being available for Covid-19 in early 2020 because one of my sons thought he might have been exposed at a concert surrounded by beer and sweat. He followed his doctor’s instructions — as well as the wishes of his prestigious workplace who would pay for anything necessary — on where to go to receive a test. He went, but the venue refused to administer a test and told him to “come back when you’re on your death bed.” Now, early in 2022, while corporate health officials still wanted schools shut down (despite no shown benefit), the same vocal people did not want to make a public statement (not even a rule) that people shouldn’t go to sex parties due to the spread of monkeypox via these settings. We have made money the most important thing, rich people and their greater riches in particular.

    Professor of Microbiology on Monkeypox

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  25. Marleen July 27, 2022 / 11:58 pm

    Lockdown Cause of Childhood Hepatitis

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  26. Marleen July 28, 2022 / 9:05 am

    THE SPIKE Damages Heart Muscle through innate immune arm activation (study)

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