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Education: COVID-19 – DISEASE INFORMATION STATEMENT (DIS)
Compare the risk of a SARS-CoV-2 infection versus the efficacy and risk of a COVID-19 vaccine.
What You Need to Know
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Fully Vaccinated With Pfizer? You’re 6 to 13 Times More Likely to Get Delta Than Someone With Natural Immunity, Study Says
Natural immunity appears to confer longer lasting and stronger protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection, symptomatic disease and hospitalization from the Delta variant compared to Pfizer-BioNTech’s two-dose vaccine-induced immunity, according to a new Israeli preprint study.
The new data could play a key role in determining whether people who have previously had COVID need to receive both doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, Science reported.
Sivan Gazit, Roei Shlezinger, Galit Perez, Roni Lotan, Asaf Peretz, Amir Ben-Tov, Dani Cohen, Khitam Muhsen, Gabriel Chodick, Tal Patalon
COVID-19 Mortality Risk Correlates Inversely with Vitamin D3 Status, and a Mortality Rate Close to Zero Could Theoretically Be Achieved at 50 ng/mL 25(OH)D3: Results of a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
In this publication, we used a meta-analysis of two independent sets of data. One analysis is based on the long-term average vitamin D3 levels documented for 19 countries. The second analysis is based on 1601 hospitalized patients, 784 who had their vitamin D levels measured within a day after admission, and 817 whose vitamin D levels were known preinfection. Both datasets show a strong correlation between the death rate caused by SARS-CoV-2 and the vitamin D blood level.
Lorenz Borsche, Bernd Glauner, and Julian von Mendel
PMC US National Library of Medicine
DATA SHOW THAT COUNTRIES WITH HIGHER VACCINATION RATES HAVE HIGHER NUMBERS OF NEW CASES OF COVID-19
OUR WORLD IN DATA is a unique and rich online data resource that has been tracking COVID-19 cases throughout the pandemic.
They recently added vaccination data to their data. Well, sort of.
Here, OWID provides a chart of SOME countries’ vaccination rates.
James Lyons Weiler
James Lyons Weiler
Fully Vaccinated Countries Had Highest Number of New COVID Cases, Study Shows
A study published Sept. 30, in the peer-reviewed European Journal of Epidemiology Vaccines found “no discernible relationship” between the percentage of population fully vaccinated and new COVID cases.
In fact, the study found the most fully vaccinated nations had the highest number of new COVID cases, based on the researchers’ analysis of emerging data during a seven-day period in September.
S. V. Subramanian & Akhil Kumar
European Journal of Epidemiology
The Big Picture
• Glyphosate has been detected in multiple vaccines,
with highest concentrations in MMR
• Many vaccines include gelatin and fetal bovine serum as ingredients,
both of which are often contaminated with glyphosate
• Glyphosate has been shown to induce neuroexcitotoxicity in the brains of
mice due to excess exposure to glutamate
• Glutamate has been found to be elevated in the blood and brain of autistic children
Health Freedom Summit
False Positive Results in Real-time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (rRT-PCR) for SARS-CoV-2?
There are multiple severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) emergency use authorization (EUA) tests among clinical laboratories and a large amount of cross-assay variation between different assays. Moreover, these assays were rapidly developed, minimally standardized and there is no well recognized external quality assessment program (EQA). As a result, good estimates of the diagnostic sensitivity and specificity are not available. There has been more focus on the diagnostic sensitivity and it is known that sensitivity is poor if the test is performed too early before detectable RNA is shed and that the viral RNA may be detectable for a period of time after active infection although the virus is no longer viable or infective. Therefore, the CDC does not recommend retesting after recovery, but CDC suggests symptomless persons who are immunologically normal are no longer considered infectious about 10 days after symptom onset.
Stanley S. Levinson, Ph.D
FOLLOW THE SCIENCE, NOT MERE “AUTHORITY”, ON COVID19 PCR FALSE POSITIVE RATES
Society is depending on public health to get its facts straight on testing. Here I provide an accurate accounting of the actual state of science on the important matter of accuracy in SARS-CoV-2 testing. Here I provide the scientific literature on false positives from qRT-PCR testing, i.e.. the finding that the virus is present when it is, in fact not present.
James Lyons Weiler
James Lyons Weiler
The Toll of COVID-19
Every day, new tallies of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID-19 are reported by universities and the media. When a specific number of deaths appears, count on 2 factors: first, the precise number reported is likely incorrect and second, in the coming months, the true number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths will continue to increase.
Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD
Correlation Between 3790 Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction–Positives Samples and Positive Cell Cultures
A major issue related to the outbreak has been to correlate viral RNA load obtained after reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and expressed as the cycle threshold (Ct) with contagiousness and therefore duration of eviction from contacts and discharge from specialized infectious disease wards. Several recent publications, based on more than 100 studies, have attempted to propose a cutoff Ct value and duration of eviction, with a consensus at approximately Ct >30 and at least 10 days, respectively [2–5].
Your Coronavirus Test is Positive.
Maybe It Shouldn’t Be
Standard tests diagnose large numbers of people carrying insignificant
amounts of virus.
• Most are not likely to be contagious. If Ct >33, virus not grown in culture.
• A cycle threshold >35 is too sensitive.
• A more reasonable cutoff is Ct 30-35 or even Ct <30.
• In NY state lab, 50% of recent positives had Ct >35.
• In MA, 85-90% of positives in July had Ct >30.
• Cycle threshold is never included in the results sent to clinicians.
• For outbreak tracing, cheap and abundant rapid tests are needed, even if
Marie L. Landry, M.D.
Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Children and Their Parents in Southwest Germany
This large-scale, multicenter, cross-sectional investigation of 4964 participants accurately determined anti–SARS-CoV-2 seropositivity by combining the results of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and immunofluorescence tests. The estimated SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence was low in parents (1.8%) and 3-fold lower in children (0.6%).
Meaning The low seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in young children in this study may indicate that they do not play a key role in SARS-CoV-2 spreading during the current pandemic.
Burkhard Tönshoff, MD
CDC BREAKING THE LAW BY CHANGING COVID19 DEATH ACCOUNTING PRACTICES
The non-peer-reviewed opinion blog “Health Feedback” has misinformed the public on a very serious matter. This time, they have failed to recognize critical details that had changed reporting practices regarding numbers of cases and deaths associated with COVID19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and have conflated a biostatistician’s opinion with “evidence.”
James Lyons Weiler
James Lyons Weiler
Proposed mechanism by which masks increase risk of Covid-19
Population studies show that the use of masks either resulted in an increased incidence of COVID-19 or had no impact. None of the examined jurisdictions experienced decreased incidence of COVID-19 after the introduction of mask mandates, except two that had already begun a sharp descent in COVID-19 cases weeks earlier.
Colleen Huber, NMD
Review update of recent science relating to Covid-19 policy
The unprecedented measures of universal lockdowns, tight institutional lockdowns of care homes, universal masking of the general population, obsession with surfaces and hands, and the accelerated vaccine deployment are contrary to known science, and contrary to recent leading studies. There has been government recklessness by action and negligence by omission. Institutional measures have been needed for a long time to stem corruption in both medicine and public health policy.
Dr Denis Rancourt, PhD
SARS-CoV-2 Transmission among Marine Recruits during Quarantine
Among Marine Corps recruits, approximately 2% who had previously had negative results for SARS-CoV-2 at the beginning of supervised quarantine, and less than 2% of recruits with unknown previous status, tested positive by day 14. Most recruits who tested positive were asymptomatic, and no infections were detected through daily symptom monitoring. Transmission clusters occurred within platoons.
All-cause mortality during COVID-19: No plague and a likely signature of mass homicide by government response
The latest data of all-cause mortality by week does not show a winter-burden mortality that is statistically larger than for past winters. There was no plague.