COVID Is Alive and Well

I hired a contractor last week to do some work on my house. He and his crew were supposed to start today. This morning I received the following text message from him:

So, folks, if you think COVID is gone and things are returning back to “normal,” you’ve got another think coming. COVID is alive and, well, it’s still fucking us over.

124 thoughts on “COVID Is Alive and Well

  1. Marilyn Armstrong August 10, 2022 / 12:50 pm

    Yes. I’m amazed we haven’t gotten it yet. I actually tested myself this morning. Just in case. Still negative. It may never go away.

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    • Fandango August 10, 2022 / 1:53 pm

      I’m afraid you’re right. It may be here to stay.

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  2. Paula Light August 10, 2022 / 1:06 pm

    Yep, a bunch of my friends just had it and recovered…

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    • Fandango August 10, 2022 / 1:54 pm

      At least it’s not as severe as it was in 2020 for those who contract it.

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      • Marleen August 10, 2022 / 2:21 pm

        I just had sneezing for a couple weeks, sandwiched in the middle time-wise, with a sore throat (very mild but enough to tell me I was actually infected with something) and trailing with a cough (mostly dry)… still getting over it. I went to a large public event shortly before it came on. Almost no one wears masks. I wish I had tested sooner, so I would really know if it was Covid or not. But it was unlike any cold or flu I’ve ever had… I’m pretty sure it was a version of our Covid-19. My experience of Covid-19 in 2020 (in March after going to the same high falutin’ place) was similar in that it was unlike anything I’d had before (with the dry cough, the loss of smell and so on but otherwise ignorable).

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  3. JT Twissel August 10, 2022 / 1:07 pm

    The good thing most people aren’t ending up in hospitals. God help us come flu season. Good luck!

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  4. Nope, Not Pam August 10, 2022 / 1:09 pm

    Running rampant over here, but masks are still optional 🙄

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  5. ganga1996 August 10, 2022 / 1:18 pm

    Yup we had a crew too who had covid and work was postponed a week. Maybe is it becoming an excuse 🤔.

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    • Fandango August 10, 2022 / 1:55 pm

      Maybe, but they don’t get paid if they don’t do the work.

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  6. pensitivity101 August 10, 2022 / 1:24 pm

    We have had seven families go down with it on our estate in as many weeks, so we know it’s far from over. With the holidaymakers coming in their droves, we are keeping as much distance from everyone as we can.

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  7. Marleen August 10, 2022 / 1:41 pm

    I agree with Ganga (above post) that it might be an excuse. How can you argue with that? Nevertheless, it is still here. My oldest son had it in June.

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    • Marleen August 10, 2022 / 2:04 pm

      My third son lives in New Zealand, where they’ve had very little of it. Yet, they gave vaccines to their population. Because of my very unpleasant and unwelcome reaction to my second Pfizer shot, I recommended to that son that he go with the UK spacing between the two shots (he was also getting Pfizer) rather than the US spacing. So, he did space his two shots out more than I had. That went fine. But he had a very unexpected reaction to his first booster (I would have advised him not to get a booster at that time because it was during Omicron and enough data had come out to show the boosters were pointless against that. But he had just gone with the flow and not asked.) He won’t be getting any more boosters. My oldest son was double-boosted and is very healthy as are all my sons (not overweight, not diabetic or any of that).

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      • Marleen August 23, 2022 / 12:53 pm

        I think those tests that come two in a box that is an orange box are nearly worthless. Not completely worthless, as my oldest son tested positive twice during the couple weeks he felt sick (just sort of under the weather) in June. I went and spent some time with him the day he tested negative with one of those.

        It seemed odd to me that he actually had significant congestion in his nose as with a cold. That has not happened to me with covid-19, and I haven’t heard of it with the original or the variants. He might’ve had a regular cold and covid-19 at the same time. Who knows. His nose cleared out while I sat there visiting.

        My recent negative may have been false. The person I live with started feeling like he might be sick, a few days ago. He wasn’t sure if it was allergies or an ordinary sinus infection coming on; has a history of having to deal with both, but is especially unhappy with sinus infections. He felt worse, last night.

        It still wasn’t quite like a sinus infection, to him, though. So he used one of those aforementioned free-upon-request tests. It displayed negative. To be sure about his status — because I’d told him in the last week they are unreliable — he made an appointment with a pharmacy right away (for this morning).

        He tested positive with their, different, test; just a few hours after the one he’d tried at home. Now that I think about it, I commented to him, a week or so ago, that he seemed like he had a cough… a dry one. He brushed it off. Allergies. Whatever. I hadn’t been concerned about myself in that.

        Yet I wonder if I’ll get over my cough now that he has Paxlovid. He’s been volunteering at that high falutin’ place where I contracted covid-19 from a visiting performer (fromNYc) back in mid March of 2020; and probably a variant from a crowd a month ago. He goes there twice per week, every week.

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        • Marleen August 28, 2022 / 9:32 am

          Oh • My • God

          I even got a PCR test, and the answer they gave me was “inconclusive” — perhaps they’d be able to figure it out if I died. They won’t prescribe Paxlovid unless you test positive.

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          • Marleen August 28, 2022 / 12:27 pm

            The website says not to make treatment decisions based solely on rapid test negative results, but that’s exactly what the nurse practitioner was going to do. I don’t even know why the person gave me the rapid test. I had said they have a lot of false negatives, which is why I’d come in. Afterward, when said person was acting like the visit was over, I asked if they had any PCR tests. Said person looked surprised and asked if I wanted one. Given that the individual I live with tested positive and I have symptoms… and the rapid tests have a lot of false negatives… yes.

            By the afternoon, that day, I was completely flattened and sleeping. Then slept through the night as well. And the better part of the next day. Later that next day, I was nauseous and felt I might throw up unless I sat in a certain position (did throw up once when I tried to eat and wasn’t sitting in said position). Plus, the fluid that had been only a runny nose the day before had gotten into my upper lungs. The professional had asked me if I’d had any wheezing when breathing. I hadn’t, then, but now this is where I’d gotten to.

            (And I had other symptoms, both when I went in and then worsening, that I won’t go into so as not to be too boring. I will say this, it is not a dry cough. But the sore throat they speak of now begins as more of a scratch with an annoying near dry and pointless cough, which is different from the actual dry cough [although the same in that the cough was pointless] of the original in 2020 here in the states. If it progresses, the cough is no longer pointless these days.)

            This is, some place(s) on the site called “emergency” symptoms and elsewhere on the site called “moderate” covid (the difference not being the symptoms but whether you choose to go to a hospital which, if you go, then becomes [again in terms of nomemclature] something like extreme covid).


            Key times to get tested:
            If you have symptoms, test immediately.

            If you were exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, wait at least 5 full days after your exposure before testing. If you test too early, you may be more likely to get an inaccurate result.

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          • Marleen August 28, 2022 / 4:22 pm

            They recommended retesting. I asked the person on the phone how long re-administrating the test might be relevant. I’m thinking of the five day and ten day (and “at least eleven” day) recommendations per isolating or wearing a mask, and I say, “If it’s been three (since the test) days…” The answer delivered was, “I’d give it five days.” I’m not sure what to make of that. (Asking further questions from most people, who seem to not know half of what they’re doing, doesn’t reap meaningful content). If Paxlovid is only to be started within the first five days…

            Or, if all that is important to me is that I want to know what I had…


            Types of Tests

            Viral tests look for a current infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, by testing specimens from your nose or mouth. There are two main types of viral tests: nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and antigen tests. In certain circumstances, one test type may be recommended over the other. All tests should be performed following FDA’s requirements.

            NAATs, such as PCR-based tests, are most often performed in a laboratory. They are typically the most reliable tests for people with or without symptoms. These tests detect viral genetic material, which may stay in your body for up to 90 days after you test positive. Therefore, you should not use a NAAT if you have tested positive in the last 90 days.

            Antigen tests* are rapid tests which produce results in 15-30 minutes. They are less reliable than NAATs, especially for people who do not have symptoms. A single, negative antigen test result does not rule out infection. To best detect infection, a negative antigen test should be repeated at least 48 hours apart (known as serial testing). Sometimes a follow-up NAAT may be recommended to confirm an antigen test result.

            *Self-tests, or at-home tests… ~

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            • Marleen August 28, 2022 / 5:02 pm

              Viral tests look for a current infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, by testing specimens from your nose or mouth.

              Notice, “nose or mouth.” My son in New Zealand said that when he got sick (which was, indeed, after being vaccinated and boosted) his home test showed negative when he took the swab sample from the nose, but positive when he took it from his throat. (Apparently the directions there are throat, not mouth.) When the nurse practitioner handed me the swab stick for the PCR test, I asked a question: “Nose or throat?” The professional was again surprised — this time befuddled too — and said, “Only the nose.” I’m going with wrong.

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  8. Marleen August 10, 2022 / 1:47 pm


    Polio in New York – virologist … breaks down
    … nearly a decade ~ July 22 2022

    I found this very informative. It was in year 2000 when
    the United States switched the type of vaccine being used.

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    • Marleen August 21, 2022 / 2:08 am

      TWiV 929: Empathyology with Andy Slavitt 816 views · 4 hours ago

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      • Marleen September 17, 2022 / 2:02 am

        Pandemic failures 162K views · 13 hours ago

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        • Marleen September 17, 2022 / 2:27 am

          Two days ago, discussion of SARS-CoV-2, the viral
          origins Lancet report, lab leak possibility still open

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    • Marleen August 31, 2022 / 1:27 pm

      Posted a bit over five hours ago, recorded two days or so ago, this is even a new topic to the very experienced man who heads up these conversations.

      TWiN [this week in neurolgy] describes how neurotropic viruses leave the brain via meningeal lymphatic vessels located dorsally and basally beneath the skull.

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    • Marleen October 4, 2022 / 11:44 pm

      I don’t agree with/hope for every single thing this woman brings up, but her thinking (and experience) is generally and mostly excellent and informative. (Plus, I understand why she said the thing(s) with which I don’t agree or over which I’m not enthusiastic — not worth pointing out what.) I’ve seen her on MSNBC (and probably cnn and maybe Democracy Now) but not for this long in a sitting.

      Vincent Racaniello in NEW YORK

      Public Health with [guest] Laurie Garrett:
      {half a day ago} Wastewater Testing

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    • Marleen October 30, 2022 / 1:06 am

      BREAKING NEWS: NY Judge Orders Unvaccinated Employees Be REINSTATED with BACKPAY [morning of October 25, 2022]


  9. RuthScribbles August 10, 2022 / 2:04 pm

    my ex died from complications of COVID – just a week ago.

    my grandson (almost 10) had Covid in January and has not really been well since then and just spent a few days in ICU – they still can’t find a reason for what is going on.

    Friends in this area all getting COVID – randomly.

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  10. annieasksyou August 10, 2022 / 3:30 pm

    On our way home from vacation last week, we had lunch at a Panera restaurant. I was uncomfortably close to the woman at the next table. Back on the road, my state’s health dept phone app told me my phone had just been near a phone of someone who had Covid (!). I tested myself three days later: negative, fortunately.

    But I do know others who’ve been infected recently.

    I wear masks a lot.

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  11. Jay August 10, 2022 / 3:34 pm

    It is, and it’s going to get worse, in my opinion. A new conspiracy theory is running here that the covid vaccine will give you the monkey pox. Why? Because “they” (don’t ask who they are) want to kill people to decrease world population.

    With how quickly these things spread, I’m pretty sure it’ll make its way there soon if it hasn’t already!

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    • Marleen August 10, 2022 / 4:19 pm

      😂 Monkeypox (and the sluggish and poor response to it) is bad enough without pretending it comes from the vaccine(s). And monkeypox existed long before Covid-19. The only actual connection reported is that the same lab (in Wuhan) that was doing gain-of-function research on Covid was also doing gain-of-function research on monkeypox. Separately.

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      • Jay August 10, 2022 / 8:54 pm

        Exactly! It drives me batty that people refuse to take a few minutes to do a quick google search and figure out whether or not what they’re saying makings sense! Seems like the general attitude is more around the lines of “well, it might be true, so I’ll share it anyway!”

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        • Fandango August 10, 2022 / 10:05 pm

          Or, “it must be true. I read/saw it on the internet.”

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          • Jay August 11, 2022 / 5:29 am

            That’s my mother’s logic. She gets stuff from a group of ladies she belongs to and “they wouldn’t share if it wasn’t true!”

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  12. Taswegian1957 August 10, 2022 / 4:16 pm

    It’s a regular thing now, businesses being short handed or closed due to Covid. We have been lucky not to get it and I think it is because we barely socialise and live in an isolated community. I see a lot of people in our town wearing masks as we have a large elderly population but it’s all voluntary now. I have to wear one at my volunteer job but usually I don’t elsewhere because it steams my glasses up.

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  13. Sadje August 10, 2022 / 6:15 pm

    I know that because people are getting it here too. My son and his family have just recovered from it and so has a friend. I got another booster after my surgery and I think though the symptoms aren’t that severe, a booster every 6 months is a good idea.

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  14. lifelessons August 10, 2022 / 8:49 pm

    Just discovered my housesitter who left a week ago and who was headed back here after a trip to other parts of Mexico has Covid. Also, my sister got it while we were traveling together and my last houseguest arrived with it and had to sequester here. So far, I haven’t caught it. Knock Wood.

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    • Fandango August 10, 2022 / 10:04 pm

      It definitely hasn’t disappeared, as some would like us to believe. I hope you don’t contract it, Judy.


      • donmatthewspoetry August 11, 2022 / 3:01 am

        Like many countries we just have to learn to live with it I’m afraid. It won’t just disappear…..

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  15. donmatthewspoetry August 11, 2022 / 2:59 am

    I’m glad to hear your little
    COVID’s still around
    Alive and well it seems (you say)
    Racing leaps and bounds

    Make sure you don’t catch it. Trouble is it’s in the air. And one can never tell…….

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  16. Lolsy's Library August 11, 2022 / 4:48 am

    I just got it here in Australia, less than a month ago. I still take precautions.

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    • Fandango August 11, 2022 / 2:29 pm

      Sorry to hear it. I hope you’re doing okay.

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      • Lolsy's Library August 11, 2022 / 11:02 pm

        I’m alright, lol. I appear to have vertigo or something today, and I’m not even sure it is COVID related, lol

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  17. Goin' the extra...aaamile August 13, 2022 / 6:01 am

    oh yes! truly alive. I need to start wearing my mask again. I seem to be taking life way too normal of late. Thanks for the reminder, Fandango. Like always – you’re a savior 🙂

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  18. leigha66 August 14, 2022 / 9:57 pm

    I expect with the return of the school year and the cooling fall coming there will be a big spike late summer early fall… here even the clinic has gone to masks optional though and there are so few people wearing them still. It is not over yet.

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  19. Marleen August 16, 2022 / 11:22 pm

    Thai vaccine study · 17 hours ago

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    • Marleen August 17, 2022 / 2:03 am

      … Vaccine Study | What can we learn? | A Doctor and Professor Reflects

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      • Marleen August 17, 2022 / 10:40 am

        Vaccine Associated Heart Damage in Children

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  20. Marleen August 18, 2022 / 11:22 am

    17 hrs ago | CDC Reorg, SARS-COV-2
    Persistence for Years, and More News

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  21. Marleen August 18, 2022 / 1:02 pm

    Study: Vaccinated 5X More Contagious Than the
    Unvaccinated 10 Days After SARS-coV-2 Infection | 2 h ago

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    • Marleen August 21, 2022 / 2:46 pm

      I’m sharing this information, at this point, because these (the video right above and the — nearly hidden key — content of this link below) are two factoids that I find to be even more sparsely known than the fact kids don’t generally need covid-19 vaccines (and can be harmed by them, especially boys, at high rates).

      The whole article is interesting, and one of the best succinct articles I’ve read. Within it, one can see (if looking closely) that J&J never got approved (despite many news outlets and people in general regularly mixing and matching “approval” (approval in full) and “authorized”/authorization (for emergency distribution) as if the terminologies were/are interchangeable). Actually, a third little-known fact is that requirements for the companies to do follow-up studies is poorly enforced and lax to begin with these days (not so lax when our legacy vaccines were coming out).

      I have an excerpt from about midway through the article beneath the link. My experience is that the piece I put in boldface is false. Johns Hopkins might want it to be true and even think it’s true; it might be the proper way things are supposed to go. However, the vaccines were administered in large group settings rather than doctors’ offices in my area or state (I don’t know about other states). Therefore, I looked closely over all the paperwork the providers carefully made sure everybody received when getting jabs. There was absolutely nothing about reporting adverse effects or injuries. And the topic hardly ever came up in other places; was frequently responded to with shaming as to conspiracy theories when breached. When VAERS occasionally slipped out in news, there was (usually) no care to be clear what had been said, and certainly no contact information. Since people were not e courage’s to contact VAERS, the “data” is unreliable.

      Using Data to Approve COVID-19 Vaccines

      Hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given to people in countries all over the world. People who get the vaccines are encouraged to report any problems, including any severe side effects. A cooperative effort between the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) collects and analyzes reports from people who received a vaccination and who experienced an adverse event, such as a severe side effect, after getting the shot.

      As a result, we now have even more evidence that the two FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines are safe for most people who receive them…

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      • Marleen August 21, 2022 / 3:09 pm

        Editing corrections and added fact:

        Correction of my typing/autocorrect:
        … there was (usually) no care to be clear what had been said [such as by showing the spelling and indicating the connection that it was all caps standing for something the federal government is said to be set up to process]. Certainly (usually) no contact information. Since people were not encouraged to contact VAERS, the “data” is unreliable.

        Added fact: Subsequent to the date of the article, a third vaccine brand (one that is not mRNA but is also not J&J) was approved for the U.S.

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        • Marleen October 6, 2022 / 12:07 pm

          [Note this article is from 2021, thus the desire to encourage vaccinating with J&J (which additionally may have been considered the best option for a “he” — as now, too, because of not-infrequent myocarditis observation with other kinds).]

          One of the most inspiring aspects of this campaign has been the opportunity to use social media for people to share stories about the communities they love. Ultimately, this campaign has promoted vaccinations as individuals not only feel heard but are getting information from sources they relate to.

          Another example of social media facilitating cross-disciplinary collaboration comes from the release of Clubhouse, an audio-based social media app that allows people across the globe to join virtual rooms and talk about topics of interest, including Covid-19, vaccine distribution, vaccine hesitancy, and more. Since its release in April 2020, the app has skyrocketed in popularity and now has more than 10 million weekly active users.

          Clubhouse is much like Twitter, but its competitive advantage comes from the fact that Clubhouse allows individuals to talk to one another through an audio interface. As medical students, we were interested in using Clubhouse to battle misinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic. We invited faculty members at Yale, where we are both students, who were actively researching Covid-19 and created multiple rooms in the All Things Covid club, which was started by a group of physicians to help answer questions about the evolving Covid-19 pandemic. These rooms attracted thousands of listeners and helped fight misinformation through voice-to-voice interactions that would have otherwise never occurred. Today, this club has nearly 45,000 members and continues to hold weekly town hall meetings, each of which promotes cross-talk across people of all backgrounds and helps set the stage for innovative solutions.

          Instead of reining in the use of social media, we believe that the medical community should go on the offensive and fight misinformation on social media domains by coordinating networks of reputable individuals who can serve as sources of credible information on these domains. This will allow students, attending physicians, epidemiologists, health care entrepreneurs, and many others to engage with family and friends within and outside of medicine to help spread truthful information in the same way leaders with large platforms can engage their spheres of influence. Most importantly, social media will allow anyone in medicine and health care more broadly to promote inclusive discussions that get at the heart of individual concerns.

          … One of us (V.A.) recently had an in-person discussion with a staff member at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System who was reluctant to get vaccinated because of concerns that extremely rare side effects, like Guillain-Barré syndrome that might be associated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, would be a greater danger than the virus. Upon further discussion, these concerns appeared to arise from online rumors. These concerns stemmed from what the staff member had read online. Although the conversation ended with the staff member feeling confident that he would not get vaccinated, given that he has already had Covid-19 …, it offered a glimpse into the need for the medical community to more actively engage in the social media arena.

          Well-meaning discussions like that one … is what intentional social media engagement can foster. For doctors and doctors-in-training like us… it’s important that {science and public health} be done by first taking into account the diversity of perspectives, experiences, and cultures that exist within the medical community itself and the broader society. Only by intentionally engaging in cross-disciplinary conversation can the medical community create … durable coalitions …

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          • Marleen October 6, 2022 / 4:53 pm


            FDA warnings: In July, the FDA attached a warning to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after rare cases of the neurological disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome were reported in a small number of vaccination recipients. Most of the cases occurred within 42 days after vaccination.

            In April 2021, the FDA added a warning label after ending a pause on the vaccine it had recommended “out of an abundance of caution” over an uncommon, but potentially fatal, blood clotting disorder that occurred in a small number of recipients.

            In December, the FDA updated its fact sheet on the shot to include information about the rare but serious blood clotting disorder called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) that was associated with the vaccine.

            In May, after another review of available data on this risk, the FDA made a decision to put restrictions on access to the J&J vaccine.

            How it works: This is a carrier vaccine, which uses a different approach than the mRNA vaccines to instruct human cells to make the SARS CoV-2 spike protein. Scientists engineer a harmless adenovirus (a common virus that, when not inactivated, can cause colds, bronchitis, and other illnesses) as a shell to carry genetic code on the spike proteins to the cells (similar to a Trojan Horse). The shell and the code can’t make you sick, but once the code is inside the cells, the cells produce a spike protein to train the body’s immune system, which creates antibodies and memory cells to protect against an actual SARS-CoV-2 infection.

            How well it works: The data J&J submitted to the FDA in early 2021 when it applied for authorization for its vaccine showed 67% efficacy in preventing moderate to severe/critical disease by 14 days after [one-shot] vaccination—and 66% effective 28 days after vaccination [the one shot].

            How well it works against variants: At the end of 2021, J&J announced that preliminary study results from South Africa showed a J&J booster to be 85% effective against hospitalization at a time when Omicron was the dominant variant in that country. More data on the vaccine’s effectiveness against Omicron is forthcoming.


      • Marleen August 25, 2022 / 1:22 pm

        More experimenting is likely to be available — or dangled — soon. Again, a “greenlight” from the FDA, authorization or “emergency use authorization” or EUA even with recommendation by the CDC afterward, and being “administered” as well, is not actual approval.

        CNN — Moderna submitted its application to the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization of its updated Covid-19 vaccine booster for use in people age 18 and older, the company said in a news release on Tuesday.

        The move came one day after Pfizer and BioNTech submitted their application for EUA of their updated Covid-19 booster for people age 12 and older.

        If the FDA authorizes the updated vaccines, they could become available in September. The companies’ updated formulations are bivalent vaccines that combine the original vaccines with ones that target[*] Omicron sublineages BA.4 and BA.5, which currently dominates in the United States.

        Moderna’s shot would be administered as a 50-microgram dose, and Pfizer’s as a 30-microgram dose.

        Moderna said Tuesday a Phase 2/3 clinical trial on these boosters is now underway. The data it submitted to the FDA comes from experiments in mice as well as data from humans using a different booster which was updated to protect against the BA.1[*] strain of Omicron.

        “We have worked closely with the FDA …” said Stephane Bancel, chief executive officer of Moderna.

        Next, the FDA will evaluate the data from Moderna and Pfizer and decide whether to authorize the shots.

        “…” FDA spokesperson Abigail Capobianco said in a statement emailed to CNN … “There are data on many millions of individuals who have received the prototype component as a booster. As for the BA.4[and]5 component, a combination of nonclinical data obtained in mice, data from prior variant vaccines (including those to beta, delta, and omicron BA.1), along with … the mRNA platforms will be used for this decision-making.”

        White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha has said … it is ultimately up to the FDA as to when the shot will get the greenlight.

        Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in an interview with the New York Times on Tuesday that the agency will not convene its independent panel of vaccine experts to seek a recommendation on whether to authorize updated Covid-19 shots.

        Marks told the Times … that he is “extremely confident” … even though the formulations for the updated boosters have not been tested in humans.

        Independent experts who advise the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on its vaccine recommendations are expected to discuss updated Covid-19 vaccines during meetings next week. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meetings are scheduled for Thursday, September 1, and Friday, September 2.

        The CDC committee typically meets after vaccines have been authorized by the FDA. Shots can be administered only after the CDC recommends them.


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        • Marleen September 1, 2022 / 12:53 pm

          FDA Authorizes Pfizer & Moderna Bivalent Booster | What does it mean? | A doctor explains · 19 hours ago

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          • Marleen September 7, 2022 / 2:31 pm

            Mostly, the applicable word — authorized on an emergency basis) — is employed; approved is accidentally said by the presenter in at least a couple spots (standing in for the companies being given “permission” to inject rather that used technically as legally defined) in this recording (as of early airing if not re-edited). Still, the stated content [if such mistaken verbiage is kept in mind and compensated for in comprehension] reinforces the video I posted on September first (above) and adds additional professional-level thoughts.

            Millions of people are going to receive injections of something newer yet into their bodies based on claimed antibody levels — and no data on hospitalization or death — in eight mice. EUA is going ahead now, while “human trials” are beginning next month. If it wasn’t obvious before that the population is being treated like Guinea pigs, lab rats, or simply revenue excuses, it should be fairly clear by now; I’d say.

            FDA, BA 5 vaccine · Campbell presentation about two hours ago

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            • Marleen October 19, 2022 / 8:01 pm

              Inconsistent Vaccination Data (UK)


          • Marleen September 7, 2022 / 7:45 pm



            The adapted vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna will be discussed during an extraordinary meeting of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

            European nations have been keen to rush through … new … jabs … ahead of a feared COVID surge this winter.

            The[se] two so-called “bivalent” vaccines protect against the earlier BA.1 strain of Omicron, as well as the original COVID virus that emerged in China in 2019. They do not however target the newer and more infectious BA.4 and BA.5 types, which have emerged in recent months as the dominant strains worldwide.

            “The aim of the meeting is to conclude the evaluation of the two applications, if possible,” the Amsterdam-based EMA said.

            “We will communicate on the outcomes of the meeting on 1 September.”

            The agency has said it hopes to approve a separate Pfizer vaccine adapted for the BA.4 and BA.5 types “in the fall”.

            The United States authorized its first anti-Omicron vaccines on Wednesday, approving Pfizer and Moderna jabs that were adapted to tackle BA.4 and BA.5.

            Britain authorized the Moderna vaccine for the BA.1 type in mid-August.


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            • Marleen September 23, 2022 / 11:13 am

              It is generally understood, by medical professionals, that standard reporting on medical issues is pretty messed up. Just in the last two paragraphs, here, there are two mistakes (yet they are mistakes the companies are fine to be popularly misunderstood as they’re good for business). I’m “marking” one. The other, I’m not marking, as it’s internal inconsistency can be fairly easily observed.

              The United States authorized its first anti-Omicron vaccines on Wednesday [the last day of August], approving ❌* Pfizer and Moderna jabs that were adapted to tackle BA.4 and BA.5.

              Britain authorized the Moderna vaccine for the BA.1 type in mid-August.

              * They were authorized (on an emergency basis), per EUA — emergency use authorization. They were not approved.

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            • Marleen October 19, 2022 / 2:25 pm

              Boston University Creates a Chimeric Variant …

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    • Marleen October 9, 2022 / 4:15 pm


      Dr. Paul Offit Presents “Hippocrates Was Right: Treating Fever Is a Bad Idea“

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    • Marleen October 31, 2022 / 5:59 pm

      The whole interview and Q/A is interesting, below, but part of a story can be taken in from 20 minutes and twenty second in, ending with a contrast (which he had given more detail for earlier than where I said one might start listening) “… and not realizing it is only the failures, really, that lead to those successes“ (from 21 minutes and forty-five seconds).

      IF we recognize them.

      IF we look for and recognize them.

      In December 2021 Dr. Paul Offit discussed his new book, You Bet Your Life: From Blood Transfusions to Mass Vaccination, The Long and Risky History of Medical Innovation. Offit is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center and professor of pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. His book covers the risks inherent in medical innovation—from the early days of x-ray technology, to organ transplantation, to blood transfusions before blood typing was understood—and the life-saving innovations that eventually came from most of these risky experiments. Offit was in conversation with …

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    • Marleen November 6, 2022 / 2:29 pm

      Myocarditis, good news [from
      Israeli study] • streamed an hour ago

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  22. Island Traveler August 18, 2022 / 7:14 pm

    It is and its normalcy is an everyday morbidity and mortality event that people no longer care to know till it happens to them . Sad, but it is what post pandemic means. Stay safe.

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  23. Marleen August 18, 2022 / 11:02 pm

    Near Infrared Light Reduces Inflammation via TLR4 In Vitro


    • Marleen September 1, 2022 / 12:35 am

      The measuring this video is showing, for
      boosters, drops off rather quickly — even more quickly than for the originating 2-dose series of Modena or Pfizer studies have shown (and more quickly yet with a second booster than the first booster). So, getting a booster is something that appears best done (if done at all) in clear planned tandem with a specific need for a particular date or activity.

      Omicron BA.5 vs. Vaccines and Previous Infection · 1 month ago

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      • Marleen September 1, 2022 / 12:45 am

        Here’s another example of news outlets not seeming to know or care the difference between authorization and approval (which are quite different but do, I acknowledge, both start with the letter a — but it sure can be perplexing to take in a realization that experimental vaccines have been injected into people). I’m pretty sure the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine has been actually approved, but I’m not certain if it was on the below date or later.


        The CDC’s committee of independent advisors voted unanimously to recommend the vaccine for people ages 18 and older after reviewing the shots’ safety and effectiveness during an hourslong public meeting [July 19, 2022]. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky backed the recommendation later in the evening, the final step in the U.S. authorization process.

        The CDC, in a statement, said the vaccine will be available to the public in the coming weeks. The Biden administration has secured 3.2 million doses of Novavax’s vaccine so far, according to the Health and Human Services Department.

        The CDC’s approval completes a two-year journey for Novavax, one of the early participants in the U.S. race to produce a vaccine to protect against Covid-19. The small Maryland biotech company received $1.8 billion of taxpayer money from Operation Warp Speed, but struggled to get its manufacturing base in place and ultimately fell behind Pfizer and Moderna.

        Novavax’s vaccine will enter the U.S. at a time when more than three-fourths of U.S. adults, 77%, are now fully vaccinated …


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      • Marleen September 3, 2022 / 11:57 am

        Omicron subvariants, BA.1 and BA.2, displaced by BA.5 in many countries


        Partial evasion of BA.1- and BA.2-induced immunity

        Portugal, one of the first countries affected by a BA.5 predominance

        N = 9,307,996

        All Portuguese residents aged
        12 years and older, (National Census 2021)

        Uninfected people in June 1st 2022 was 5, 328, 287,
        (57% of the Portuguese population over 12)
        (PCR tests and rapid antigen tests to diagnose cases)

        Presence of undocumented infections among the “uninfected” group of individuals

        29.2% of infections were not notified
        (based on the seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2
        anti-N IgG [not based on spike] in the population)

        National coronavirus disease 2019 registry (SINAVE)
        (all reported cases in the country, regardless of clinical presentation)

        To calculate the risk of BA.5 infection after documented infection with past variants, including BA.1 and BA.2

        Times when different variants represented more than 90% of the isolates

        To calculate their infection risk during the period of BA.5 dominance


        Comparator group

        Population that did not have any documented infection before BA.5 dominance (June 1, 2022)


        We found that previous SARS-CoV-2 infection had a protective effect against BA.5 infection

        Protection was maximal for previous infection with BA.1 or BA.2 (not suprising)


        Portugal more than 98% of the study population completed the primary vaccination series before 2022

        [….] Breakthrough infections with the BA.5 subvariant were less likely among persons with a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection history … especially for previous BA.1 or BA.2 infection, than among uninfected persons.

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  24. Marleen August 18, 2022 / 11:34 pm

    This woman’s health insurance is refusing to cover anything because, as stated, the vaccine was experimental (hers was J&J) and Covid-19 wasn’t an emergency. She’s using the money she saved for a house for her health (and as research for an interdisciplinary and open access and translatable book).

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  25. Marleen August 30, 2022 / 4:25 pm

    New advice on covid vaccination in pregnancy
    [from the UK] 18K views · 54 minutes ago

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    • Marleen August 30, 2022 / 4:43 pm

      The FDA granted emergency use authorization (an EUA) for Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine. There are *lots* of articles out there about how well the vaccine works, but not nearly as many about *how* it works. It’s an adenoviral-vectored vaccine. What’s that terminology mean?

      An adenovirus is a type of virus that causes some of the illnesses we collectively refer to as “common colds.” Before I started studying science I’d always thought that the “common cold” was an illness caused by a single virus, but there are actually lots of viruses (including several in the coronavirus family) that cause the same symptoms and get lumped together under the term common cold because most people don’t even go to the doctor when they have a cold and, even if they do, doctors don’t usually go around sequencing the snot of every person who comes to them with sniffles. Bottom line, if you have a cold it might be caused by an adenovirus, it might be caused by a (non-SARS-CoV-2) coronavirus, it might be caused by a rhinovirus, etc. So, adenoviruses are one of those types of viruses that can give you the symptoms of a cold. But can it also give you immunity against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19? It could if you modify it to deliver parts of SARS-CoV-2 (and take away the cold-causing-ness) and this is the idea behind the J & J vaccine as well as the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines, although they use different adenoviruses as their genetic delivery vehicles (vectors).



    • Marleen August 30, 2022 / 5:10 pm



      How it works: The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine also uses adenoviruses to carry SARS-Cov-2 genes into cells.

      Number of doses required: Two doses, three months apart.

      Effectiveness: Data from large trials released in November found that the vaccine was 62% effective, but there were issues with that study. Another study published Sunday found that the vaccine only offers “minimal protection” against mild to moderate disease caused by the South African coronavirus variant.

      How long it takes to build immunity: People are protected starting 22 days after the first dose, according to preprint data released on Feb. 3. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was 76% effective 22 days after the first dose, and 82.4% effective after the second.

      Availability: AstraZeneca hasn’t applied for emergency use authorization in the U.S. yet. Britain gave the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine emergency use authorization on Dec. 30 [2020], and India also granted emergency use on Jan. 3. South Africa suspended the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine Feb. 7, after data suggests it doesn’t work on the country’s variant [Omicron].

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    • Marleen September 2, 2022 / 11:30 am


      There is no known risk associated with giving inactivated, recombinant viral or bacterial vaccines or toxoids during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding (Kroger et al, 2013).


      Routine questioning about last menstrual period and/or pregnancy testing is not required before offering the vaccine.

      Surveillance of the inadvertent administration of COVID-19 vaccines in early pregnancy is being conducted for the UK by the UK Health Security Agency Immunisation and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Division, to whom such cases should be reported.1 This surveillance is being undertaken to document safety in women who unknowingly receive a vaccine in early pregnancy.…..

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      • Marleen September 22, 2022 / 10:13 am

        Dr. Campbell doesn’t mention the pregnancy vaccination confusion or emergency use authorization(s) in such specific and potentially delicate circumstance as pregnancy in the video, but he looks at the idea we are [or the UK likewise is] more generally going forward still with EUAs (emergency use authorizations) when we’re not in a pandemic (or emergency) any more. He has a bit of a stammer, more pronounced because he’s putting on a submissive air due to YouTube censoring scientific debate and facts. And he leaves some things understated.

        POTUS, Pandemic is over · out on YouTube yesterday

        … the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine,
        and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, to authorize [on the emergency basis] bivalent formulations, for use as a single booster dose
        Original strain + …

        Biden administration … placed
        an order for 170 million doses


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        • Marleen September 22, 2022 / 10:45 am

          The companies say clinical trials for the BA.4/BA.5 vaccines will begin [in September]; they need clinical data both for full approval of the vaccines—their recent submissions are only for emergency use authorization—and to help develop future updates. Presumably they will measure recipients’ antibody levels, but not the vaccine’s efficacy against infection or severe disease. Such trials are very expensive and were not done for the BA.1 shot either.

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        • Marleen September 22, 2022 / 6:21 pm

          … Human data… only available BA.1 booster

          BA.1 trails did not look for protection against severe disease…

          For the BA.4/BA.5 boosters, the companies have submitted animal data…not released publicly…

          Pfizer presented preliminary findings in eight mice given BA.4/BA.5 vaccines as their third dose… EMA…

          Showed an increased antibody response to all Omicron variants tested: BA.1, BA.2, BA.2.12.1, BA.4, and BA.5.

          ……. June 17, 2022

          Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use [that’s an emergency classification of authorization and not approval] of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, in children down to 6 months of age.

          December 22, 2021… Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer’s Paxlovid


          • Marleen September 22, 2022 / 7:30 pm

            I meant to leave that last portion out of the previous comment for putting the information in this one.


            Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer’s Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir tablets and ritonavir tablets, co-packaged for oral use) for the treatment of mild-to-moderate coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kilograms or about 88 pounds) with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 testing, and who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death. Paxlovid is available by prescription only and should be initiated as soon as possible after diagnosis of COVID-19 and within five days of symptom onset.

            “Today’s authorization introduces the first treatment for COVID-19 that is in the form of a pill that is taken orally — a major step forward in the fight against this global pandemic,” said Patrizia Cavazzoni, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “This authorization provides a new tool to combat COVID-19 at a crucial time in the pandemic as new variants emerge and promises to make antiviral treatment more accessible to patients who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19.”

            Paxlovid is not authorized for the pre-exposure or post-exposure prevention of COVID-19 or for initiation of treatment in those requiring hospitalization due to severe or critical COVID-19. Paxlovid is not a substitute for vaccination in individuals for whom COVID-19 vaccination and a booster dose are recommended. The FDA has approved one vaccine and authorized others to prevent COVID-19 and serious clinical outcomes associated with a COVID-19 infection, including hospitalization and death. The FDA urges the public to get vaccinated and receive a booster if eligible. Learn more about FDA-approved or -authorized COVID-19 vaccines.

            Paxlovid consists of nirmatrelvir, which inhibits a SARS-CoV-2 protein to stop the virus from replicating, and ritonavir, which slows down nirmatrelvir’s breakdown to help it remain in the body for a longer period at higher concentrations. Paxlovid is administered as three tablets (two tablets of nirmatrelvir and one tablet of ritonavir) taken together orally twice daily for five days, for a total of 30 tablets. Paxlovid is not authorized for use for longer than five consecutive days.

            The issuance of an EUA is different than an FDA approval. In determining whether to issue an EUA, the FDA evaluates the totality of scientific evidence available and carefully balances any known or potential risks with any known or potential benefits of the product. Based on the FDA’s review of the totality of the scientific evidence available, the agency has determined that it is reasonable to believe that Paxlovid may be effective for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in authorized patients. The agency has also determined that the known and potential benefits of Paxlovid, when used consistent with the terms and conditions of the authorization, outweigh the known and potential risks of the product. There are no adequate, approved and available alternatives to Paxlovid for the treatment of COVID-19.

            The primary data supporting this EUA for Paxlovid are from EPIC-HR, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial studying Paxlovid for the treatment of non-hospitalized symptomatic adults with a laboratory confirmed diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Patients were adults 18 years of age and older with a prespecified risk factor for progression to severe disease or were 60 years and older regardless of prespecified chronic medical conditions. *All patients had not received a COVID-19 vaccine and had not been previously infected with COVID-19.* The main outcome measured in the trial was the proportion of people who were hospitalized due to COVID-19 or died due to any cause during 28 days of follow-up. Paxlovid significantly reduced the proportion of people with COVID-19 related hospitalization or death from any cause by 88% compared to placebo among patients treated within five days of symptom onset and who did not receive COVID-19 therapeutic monoclonal antibody treatment. In this analysis, 1,039 patients had received Paxlovid, and 1,046 patients had received placebo and among these patients, 0.8% who received Paxlovid were hospitalized or died during 28 days of follow-up compared to 6% of the patients who received placebo. The safety and effectiveness of Paxlovid for the treatment of COVID-19 continue to be evaluated.

            Possible side effects of Paxlovid include impaired sense of taste, diarrhea, high blood pressure and muscle aches. Using Paxlovid at the same time as certain other drugs may result in potentially significant drug interactions. Using Paxlovid in people with uncontrolled or undiagnosed HIV-1 infection may lead to HIV-1 drug resistance. Ritonavir may cause liver damage, so caution should be exercised when giving Paxlovid to patients with preexisting liver diseases, liver enzyme abnormalities or liver inflammation.

            Because Paxlovid works, in part, by inhibiting a group of enzymes that break down certain drugs, Paxlovid is contraindicated with certain drugs that are highly dependent on those enzymes for metabolism and for which elevated concentrations of certain drugs are associated with serious and/or life-threatening reactions. Paxlovid is also contraindicated with drugs that, conversely, strongly induce those same enzymes, leading to the faster breakdown of nirmatrelvir or ritonavir, as reduced concentrations of nirmatrelvir or ritonavir may be associated with potentially losing virologic response and developing viral resistance. Paxlovid cannot be started immediately after discontinuing such medications because the effects of those medications remain after discontinuation. For a complete list of drugs that should not be taken in combination with Paxlovid, see the fact sheet for healthcare providers.

            Paxlovid is not recommended in patients with severe kidney or severe liver impairment. In patients with moderate renal impairment, a reduced Paxlovid dose is needed. Patients with kidney or liver problems should discuss with their healthcare provider whether Paxlovid is right for them.

            Under the EUA, fact sheets that provide important information about using Paxlovid in the treatment of COVID-19 as authorized must be made available to healthcare providers and to patients and caregivers. These fact sheets include dosing instructions, potential side effects, drug interactions and information about who is able to prescribe Paxlovid.

            Related Information

            Paxlovid EUA Letter of Authorization
            Frequently Asked Questions on the Emergency Use Authorization for Paxlovid
            Emergency Use Authorization: Drugs and Non-Vaccine Biological Products
            Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
            Coronavirus Treatment
            Acceleration Program (CTAP)


            {I added the two — *[…]* — asterisks for emphasis in the sixth paragraph, while the boldface of the second paragraph is how the site page appeared, itself. (Accessed within the last hour.)}


            • Marleen October 6, 2022 / 2:16 pm

              Revisiting a paragraph from the above page:

              The issuance of an [Emergency] EUA [Authorization] is different than an FDA approval. In determining whether to issue an EUA, the FDA evaluates the totality of scientific evidence available and carefully balances any known or potential risks with any known or potential benefits of the product. Based on the FDA’s review of the totality of the scientific evidence available, the agency has determined that it is reasonable to believe that Paxlovid may be effective for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in authorized patients. The agency has also determined that the known and potential benefits of Paxlovid, when used consistent with the terms and conditions of the authorization, outweigh the known and potential risks of the product. There are no adequate, approved and available alternatives to Paxlovid for the treatment of COVID-19.

              The last sentence is interesting: adequate, approved and available…

              While significantly more could be said about this, I will stick to one thing other than Paxlovid in my response here. The FDA use of this statement seems mainly to say, this be all we got right now (understand why we gave it an emergency green light {not approval} therefore).

              The person in my life who was given Paxlovid, in August, by a very standard doctor (at a major chain pharmacy) was given, by the same doctor, prednisone (a steroid); to be taken after the Paxlovid (five-day course Paxlovid, the steroid is not to be taken at the same time as the Paxlovid and is not to be taken early in the infection whether one has Paxlovid or not). Apparently the steroid is still considered “off-label” although it is now pretty standard in the care. Early on, in the pandemic, ordinary doctors had their hair on fire about using this steroid (and other steroids); the profession learned better.

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          • Marleen October 6, 2022 / 3:05 pm

            I just now happened upon an interesting detail, even if a little under-clarified.

            I wondered why there are four vaccines listed in an overly-broad category — it is unethical that they don’t specify which are authorized and which approved — while there is a fifth “approved” (actually approved rather than only authorized).


            August 26th of this year:
            … approved a single dose vial presentation of COMIRNATY (COVID-19 Vaccine, mRNA). The single-dose vials have gray caps and labels with gray borders, and the vaccine must not be diluted …

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            • Marleen October 6, 2022 / 3:09 pm

              Clicking to a different page, Comirnaty is Pfizer in one dose; very cool to know.

              (So someone could get that single-dose “presentation” and then the bivalent booster, rather than two foundational doses and then a booster.)

              Each vial contains 1 dose of 0.3 mL. This presentation is approved for use in individuals 12 years of age and older. COMIRNATY is manufactured by Pfizer Inc. for BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH.

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            • Marleen October 13, 2022 / 1:47 am

              When there are nine minutes
              left (or at 26:06 in), it’s enough.

              XBB and Other New Variants, and
              Immune Imprinting; reviewing
              a preprint study from China

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      • Marleen September 28, 2022 / 8:49 am

        Breast Milk has mRNA from Vaccines — Human breast milk has vaccine messenger RNA in trace amounts [per pfizer and Moderna] {and this has other implications}

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        • Marleen September 28, 2022 / 9:14 am

          September 26, 2022

          {pdf available}

          Detection of Messenger RNA COVID-19 Vaccines in Human Breast Milk

          Nazeeh Hanna, MD1; Ari Heffes-Doon, MD1; Xinhua Lin, PhD2; et al


          Me: There are currently three comments. This second one appears to be in response to the first one:

          September 27, 2022

          The study was conducted in 2021
          Nazeeh Hanna, Professor of Pediatrics | NYU- Long Island School of Medicine

          The Supplement section of the letter states that the study was conducted from February to October 2020. The year reported was an error; the study was conducted in 2021. The Journal is in the process of correcting this error.

          CONFLICT OF INTEREST: Corresponding author

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      • Marleen October 21, 2022 / 1:48 pm

        Excess Neonatal Deaths Investigation (Scotland)


  26. Marleen August 30, 2022 / 5:45 pm

    BTW: I don’t know which places ever got around to full approval of Oxford-AstraZeneca — pretty sure the UK did while the US never authorized the counterpart over here, J&J (because of safety reasons rather than efficacy).

    h…s://[3ws].nytimes[dot]com › article › omicron-coronavirus-variant.html

    What We Know About Omicron, BA.4 and BA.5 …
    Jun 14, 2022

    The earliest evidence for Omicron’s swift spread came from South Africa, where Omicron rapidly grew to dominance in one province after another.

    [They discovered/isolated it there in South Africa (and informed the world; didn’t cause it and are not necessarily the only place it existed at the time).]

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    • Marleen September 2, 2022 / 12:28 pm

      Well, dern it! I made the mistake myself, above — while the U.S. hasn’t approved J&J, apparatchiks did authorize it (lower level go-ahead still only experimental). As such, I see it as unethical that this government website doesn’t state clearly which (three) of the vaccines are actually approved. Even if the approved ones aren’t being administered in consistently safer ways than the J&J, insurance companies tend to react differently to your situation.

      There are four approved or authorized vaccines in the United States used to prevent COVID-19. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are COVID-19 mRNA vaccines. You can also get the Novavax COVID-19 protein subunit vaccine. Otherwise, you may get Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 viral vector vaccine in some situations.

      These vaccines are given as a shot in the muscle of the upper arm or in the thigh.

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      • Marleen September 2, 2022 / 1:50 pm

        In January 2020, just as the pandemic started to take hold, J&J obtained the novel coronavirus’s sequence information from China and validated it.

        From there, the company worked closely with Dr Dan Barouch and his team at the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, to design a large number of potential candidates for the vaccine. The company had previously collaborated with Barouch on preclinical work for its Zika and HIV vaccine candidates.

        “Due to our extensive previous experience with vaccine technology – we used the same technology to create our European Commission-approved Ebola vaccine – scientists already had a good sense of the best doses to use for the investigational Covid-19 candidate,” said J&J global head of Janssen research & development Dr Mathai Mammen.


      • Marleen October 7, 2022 / 1:38 pm

        I keep searching around. Apparently, only two — both in the same technology — [different administered dosage] vaccine brands are approved in the United States… although they, including the one (Pfizer) I got, was still only in the category of legally experimental (authorized) when I chose to receive it [April of 2021].

        I had watched the FDA meeting that involved the EUA of Novavax, this year. When I vaguely heard big hoopla reporting on mainstream channels months later (while I was distracted), I thought it had been approved.,-Adjuvanted-for-Adolescents-Aged-12-Through-17


      • Marleen October 7, 2022 / 2:23 pm

        California Legislates Covid-19 Orthodoxy

        Monday, October 3, 2022

        Three millennia ago, the Egyptians began the practice [… that] became an accepted practice worldwide.


        Clearly, the therapy had the weight of … consensus behind it.

        As one physician remarked at the time of the Edinburgh controversy:
        “The thinking man”, remarked one physician, “finds it hard to believe that the fathers of British medicine were always in error, and that they were bad observers and mistaken practitioners.” William Stokes…


        AB 2098 is also oddly specific in targeting “misinformation” only with respect to COVID-19.

        Under the well accepted principle of statutory interpretation, expressio unius est exclusio alterius, physicians and surgeons seemingly are not subject to discipline for disseminating disinformation about countless other human diseases.


  27. Marleen October 1, 2022 / 5:34 pm

    A video from a couple weeks ago showed that The Lancet concluded (in a list of inconsistent conclusions) that emerging economies did worse during the pandemic because of those countries being poorer and having fewer resources and less access to vaccines. Then we look at the chart, which has only one country far outnumbering other countries in deaths per hundred thousand. That country was Peru; second was Slovakia, the charting appearance showing just over half of what Peru had (the most dramatic difference on the chart other than fourteenth and fifteenth… Canada and Australia, Turkey being almost the same as Canada but thirteenth, and Iran just superior to them).

    Third, fourth, fifth, and sixth, the four neck and neck, were Brazil and the U.S. then Chile and Greece, respectively. There were twenty displayed as compared — the bottom in number per 100,000 (meaning they fared best) were Taiwan, India, and (lowest in deaths) Japan. Italy, Russia, Spain, and France are in the top ten (top half of the chart) with us. Yeah, I’m not seeing that as supporting the conclusion in that regard.

    The following video is from a few days ago.

    California Trying to Punish Doctors with this New Law


    • Marleen October 1, 2022 / 5:36 pm

      That chart is included here, about a third of the way in. It’s not
      on the screen for long, so you’ll need to hunt a little bit.

      Lancet Commission Report …

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      • Marleen October 1, 2022 / 8:14 pm

        Weekly confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Sep 30, 2022

        Weekly confirmed deaths refer to the cumulative number of confirmed deaths over the previous week. Due to varying protocols and challenges in the attribution of the cause of death, the number of confirmed deaths may not accurately represent the true number of deaths caused by COVID-19.

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        • Marleen October 3, 2022 / 5:26 pm

          The above link, and its map, starts by showing the most current data as it is being collected (by whatever criteria) at this time — now, the date it shows first is October 1. NEXT, if you look at the bottom of the map rectangle, you can see that there is an arrow in the vicinity of the date January 28, 2020 on the left. You may select the arrow and watch how the ranges have changed over time in various parts of the world.

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        • Marleen October 21, 2022 / 6:42 pm

          There’s a lot of potentially interesting stuff here. Another fun moving chart (this time for only the US specifically) can be found after 1:08:00 and, last time, starting from 1:11:00 (showing timeframes of variants showing up).

          [Guest] Discusses XBB, BQ.1, other variants [and maps, charts, etc.]

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      • Marleen October 3, 2022 / 4:07 pm

        EHA has partnered with various corporate, governmental, and educational partners, including the American multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical, and consumer packaged goods manufacturing company Johnson and Johnson. EHA has also partnered with the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). [7]

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        • Marleen October 3, 2022 / 4:14 pm

          From “[2]” at the above site, one arrives here:


          More military connections

          The military links of the EcoHealth Alliance are not limited to money and mindset. One noteworthy ‘policy advisor’ to the EcoHealth Alliance is David Franz. Franz is former commander of Fort Detrick, which is the principal U.S. government biowarfare/biodefense facility.

          David Franz was part of UNSCOM which inspected Iraq for alleged bioweapons — what were constantly referred to as WMDs or Weapons of Mass Destruction by the U.S. government and the media. Franz has been one of those eager to state, at least when discussing alleged Iraqi programs, that “in biology … everything is dual use — the people, the facilities and the equipment.” (NPR, May 14, 2003; link no longer available).

          Just this year [2020] Franz wrote a piece with former New York Times journalist Judith Miller, whose stories of Iraqi WMDs did much to misinform the US public regarding the case for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.


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        • Marleen October 3, 2022 / 4:21 pm

          Daszak was appointed chair of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission, which was launched in July 2020 to assist governments and United Nations institutions in fighting the pandemic. Daszak was also appointed to the World Health Organization (WHO) committee to investigate the origins of the pandemic. [30]

          A statement in The Lancet that was co-signed by 27 prominent public health scientists condemned accusations and theories that pointed to anything but natural origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement, which claimed that only “conspiracy theories” suggested that “COVID-19 does not have a natural origin,” was organized by EHA and drafted by Peter Dasnak. Four others who co-signed the statement also work for EHA, including two members of the organization’s board of directors. [31]

          Daszak was also one of the WHO-affiliated scientists that investigated the origins of COVID-19 outbreak. The left-of-center AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) called for the team of investigators to be disbanded in February 2021, citing Daszak as having a conflict of interest. AHF president Michael Weinstein noted that for the investigation to be successful “neutrality is a must,” and that Daszak had a “clear-cut conflict of interest that should’ve disqualified him from participation on the WHO team.” [32]

          Daszak and the other members of the investigation team concluded that animal markets that sold meat, dead or alive, were the most probable cause of the pandemic. […] The United States investigation into WIV is ongoing as of June 2021. [33]



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      • Marleen October 3, 2022 / 5:35 pm

        The date (September 14) on this strange and deficient report approved by the WHO is one week before the funding for EHA and WIV was to go into gear again (September 21).

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        • Marleen October 21, 2022 / 12:43 pm

          Hang On, Bill Gates and Dr. Fauci just did WHAT? | Redacted with Clayton Morris | streamed yesterday

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  28. Marleen October 3, 2022 / 1:16 pm

    More LAB LEAK-CONNECTED Research On Bats? NIH Gives EcoHealth Alliance Another $600K

    [Setting aside the recognition of blatant risk we can attribute to what common sense our leaders have these days — a downward decrease in sense, since Reagan or maybe really since after WWII, and worse since 2000 — and although former assistant secretary of Defense for nuclear and biological defense programs in the Obama administration Andy Weber has said this provides cover for enemies who want to develop biological weapons {see an article where he said this in April this year at 4:14 minutes into this video} EcoHealth started their NIH-funded-resumed tinkering a little over a week ago. This had been fully ended under Obama (by order whether such labs, or their funders, complied or not) but taken back up under Trump, then ended again (or paused in 2020) and taken back up all over again, under Trump, a few months thereafter (2020) nevertheless. Meanwhile, apparently, EcoHealth with regard to the Wuhan lab we’re considering still hasn’t handed over documents the NIH has requested ( *¿requested? ) more than once pertaining to what EcoHealth (EHA) were already doing (or what they already had) before the pandemic. *Yeah, requesting — weakly at that — is clearly the level of authority they want to go with as they give another go ahead with dangerous behavior. We lack checks and balances. (Fauci, under Cheney, was put in charge of bio defense policy while he had already been in position at the NIAID… having been hired in Reagan days.)]

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    • Marleen October 3, 2022 / 4:34 pm


      EHA has also received contributions and grants from left-of-center private foundations. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation committed a $1,499,414 grant to EHA in 2020, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation provided a $100,000 grant in 2020, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation granted a total of $530,000 to EcoHealth Alliance between 2003 and 2007. [20][21][22]



      EcoHealth Alliance had a five-year, $3.7 million NIH grant prematurely cancelled in 2020 after the Trump administration noted that EHA had funded the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) to research coronaviruses in bats. Then-President Donald Trump and multiple high-level officials within the Trump administration accused WIV of being the source of the COVID-19 outbreak. [23][24] NIH contacted EHA in a letter on July 8, 2020, stating that if the organization wanted to receive the remaining funding, it would have to provide a sample of the coronavirus strain that researchers at WIV used to determine the genetic sequence of the coronavirus pandemic. NIH also requested that EHA organize a third-party inspection of WIV to examine its laboratory and records “with specific attention to addressing the question of whether WIV staff had SARS-CoV-2 in their possession prior to December 2019.” The president of EHA, Peter Daszak, called the demands from NIH “heinous.” [25][26]

      The termination of the grant was reversed in August 2020, and the total amount of the grant was increased to $7.5 million. [27] Although the Trump administration reversed its decision to cut funding to EHA, WIV is the subject of a 2021 investigation by the United States under the Biden administration…

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      • Marleen October 31, 2022 / 2:30 pm

        October 31, 2022: Dr. John Campbell


        Cases probably started mid October, 2019


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    • Marleen October 20, 2022 / 2:32 pm

      I have a more mild-mannered treatment (in video) of this general topic (although not the funding and authority aspect) as a comment earlier in this thread. I do actually believe, from that analysis, that these scientists learned something significant. However, they should not be unsupervised; if something had escaped, the organization responsible would’ve been (or played) dumb and worse — accusing people of conspiracy theories.

      As researchers at a Boston lab create a new deadly Covid strain with an 80% kill rate, we ask {and I wonder as to the NIAID (government) funding being so willy-nilly and lax with accountability requirements} WHY?!

      {I wrote the following when I was going to and did post a different video (not the “Boston University…” video but the video about “Inconsistent Vaccination Data” in the UK (within the content of that earlier comment) but decided not to include commentary in my comment then (to address a why):

      Since Thatcher and Reagan, our governmental tendencies within the parties (and we only get two effectively) have trended more and more toward privatization, deregulation, and defunding of our democracies. Reagan might not have known how crazy the operatives working on his campaigns were — the likes of Roger Stone. It is one thing to reduce a top tax rate of ninety percent down some (or a lot), and is a whole other thing to keep cutting until billionaires not only have a zero percent effective rate but get money from the governmental tax funds (that is of ordinary people). It’s one thing to reform or remove a mistaken or corrupt regulation, another altogether to characterize “regulation” as inherently evil and then do away, chip by chip, with guidelines and rules (the essence of populist or democratic leaning) that would’ve or had reduced corruption and counter-productivity or oligarchy. We have to fund government functions in order for them to hire competent and dedicated, and enough, people [and not just “czars” — remember that terminology popping up during Bush II as disgusting as that was… both the terminology and that administration although that excuse for a president (with Cheney as the Vice President) was seen as someone with whom to have a beer].}


      • Marleen October 20, 2022 / 4:14 pm

        In The tXoXrXtXuXrXe Report (2019 drama), it is indicated that George W Bush didn’t know about the torture he supposedly okayed (based on [unqualified psychological] assurance that it would work {in a place where we shouldn’t have been at war anyway} which promise and requirement led to the concocting of supposed evidence that it did, which it didn’t, work). It’s possible, but means the commander-in-Chief (unlawfully) didn’t have actual (lawful) authority over the military [a new Dick was in charge]. Of course, I don’t know if it’s true that he didn’t know about the plan. Either way, I’m not pointing fingers when I mention this history. I voted for Reagan and helped put W into office. Those were, essentially, bookend votes in my life.

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  29. Marleen October 10, 2022 / 12:16 am

    I don’t think the vaccines are causing or leading to a lot of deaths. But communication is very lacking. Plus immunization or boosting from natural infection isn’t being, on the whole, taken into consideration. I experienced vaccine injury with my second shot, so I have long Covid symptoms — while I keep hearing people talk about wanting to avoid natural infection and, instead, to get vaccinated and boosted in order to avoid long-term symptoms. Yet, too much or too soon can be a problem. It’s an example of things to think about to be safer instead of throwing everything out the window or, on the opposite extreme, insisting on no questions while seemingly focusing on selling more product. Here is a different look at UK and US all-cause data, etc.

    Excess Mortality and Covid-19: What is Causing It

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    • Marleen October 19, 2022 / 12:34 pm

      This seems to indicate Pfizer didn’t lie at the start of Emergency Authorization — again, EUA being not the same as approval but a go-ahead for injections (Use) in the general public. Therefore the lies came from officials and news presentations. But did Pfizer try to correct the misinformation — when informed consent was relevant in the beginning? Whether directly from Pfizer (or, instead, from the buyers and distributors) or not, it is an issue that we were lied to; unless reality or facts didn’t matter and only manipulation or a means to an end decided by someone(s) other than ourselves (thus overlords being what matters and determines what an issue is). >

      Does the Pfizer Vaccine Stop Transmission?

      There is widely-differing suggestion in results (not Pfizer results because, again, they didn’t do it), after the fact, from like twenty percent to thirty-nine to higher, but then decreasing in effectiveness against transmission [as we know is the case as well with efficacy in blocking infection in the vaccinated subject] when new variants come along.

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      • Marleen October 19, 2022 / 12:42 pm

        A sentence I had in the above comment disappeared, for whatever reason I know not. It was essentially this, right before the “greater than” symbol (simply meant as an arrow): That’s purely me talking subsequent to the first line in the comment, not (other than the beginning line) the gist of what this guy is saying [and then the arrow]

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      • Marleen October 28, 2022 / 7:35 am

        Joe Biden Needs to FIRE all his COVID Advisers | Here’s Why


      • Marleen October 31, 2022 / 1:34 pm

        The October 28th guy (2022, 7:35 AM, just above) is a liberal. Along the lines of his view on the officials, I had seen an anchor/host on MSNBC recently (something like the night before) who recounted how people got upset because Fauci told lies; then she said, glowingly, our guest up next is Anthony Fauci. I was (in the ballpark of the October 28th doctor and researcher) like, “Oh, shit… I thought we wanted to gain voters.” I turned from MSNBC to a different chanel (since one never knows the worth of what he says).

        The male speaker in the video below is a libertarian type. I like the young lady who introduces Robby in the clip, although she has repeatedly shown she’s confused as to who progressives are (but doesn’t here).

        Lab Leak MOST LIKELY Origin For COVID;
        Report Reveals UNSAFE Conditions
        At Wuhan Lab | information put
        out in writings last Thursday and Friday

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  30. Marleen October 12, 2022 / 12:23 pm

    THIS HAPPENED ON MONDAY, in Europe; video put on YouTube about an hour ago. As usual, the actual medical professional — not Pfizer’s international president of bull shit who seems, by way of contrast, to have gathered language skills from Donald Trump or Sarah Palin — the presenter with a YouTube chanel is quiet and understated even if sarcastic and angry at times. I WOULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN the vaccine if I knew this… certainly not the second shot. And that’s the point, isn’t it? Billions less.

    Viral transmission not tested in Pfizer trials

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    • Marleen October 12, 2022 / 12:25 pm

      … before going to MARKET

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      • Marleen October 12, 2022 / 12:46 pm


        What’s the harm?

        At worst, they’ll get a fine like a traffic ticket.

        Oh, but no. Probably not even that. They had full indemnity; if that’s the word choice they used.

        – Immix Law
        An indemnification provision is one of the most common and frequently used provisions when negotiating any type of contract, and yet the parties to a contract often don’t understand the meaning. Indemnity is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as “a duty to make good any loss, damage, or liability incurred by another.”

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  31. Marleen November 6, 2022 / 1:00 am

    “ … for Christ’s sake …”

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