Category: Science

Pretend You’re Not Vaxxed

CBC- One in five N.B. COVID-19 deaths were people who were fully vaccinated

A COVID-19 antibodies researcher expects to see more deaths among fully vaccinated people as vaccine effectiveness begins to wane. “The vulnerable are becoming vulnerable again,” said Rodney Russell, a professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Anyone over the age of 65, even if they got two shots of vaccine, should pretend they’re not vaccinated. “If you can’t get a third shot, then you need to act like you haven’t been vaccinated because you may not be protected,” said Russell.

h/t Dennis

Don’t Walk it Off

The Jerusalem Post- Health Ministry to consider asking newly vaccinated to avoid working out The Health Ministry may ask newly vaccinated people to avoid exercise for a week due to a small number of myocarditis cases.

Vaccination Status of COVID-19 Deaths in Ireland between 1st April 2021 and 9th October 2021

From the UK- COVID-19 vaccine surveillance report Week 41.

In the UK report pages 10, 13  and 16 are the ones I find most interesting. High level of vaccine uptake amongst the older more vulnerable population, more covid cases needing hospitalization in the double vaccinated, by a long shot, and more deaths as well.

How’s that vaccine passport working in Ontario?

And before I forget “Operation Red Nose” has been cancelled again this year in Canada.  So vaxxed or not if you get liquored up this holiday season you’re on your own.

Operation Red Nose Steinbach/ La Broquerie will not be offering its safe ride campaign this year. This follows a similar announcement made earlier in the week by the national Operation Red Nose office.

RememberSafe And Effective ®

Psycho-Babble

From Frontiers in Psychology- Prevalence of Psychopathy in the General Adult Population: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

The prevalence of psychopathy is significantly higher among workers in some organizations and companies (e.g., managers, executives, procurement and supply professionals, advertising workers) than among university students or people from the general community. In turn, the prevalence of psychopathy among university students is significantly higher than among people from the general community, although the latter result could be due to the type of career that university students are pursuing (e.g., company careers vs. helping careers).

The quote doesn’t adequately capture all the different avenues of the psychopaths they looked at its just a taste of it. And there’s some rather obvious categories they seem to have left out.

Northern Breakthrough

Norway House Cree Nation 

“Most of our cases were fully vaccinated with high cases in children, adult age groups 20-29 and 40-29,” Anderson said. 90 per cent of Norway house health district’s eligible residents are at least partially vaccinated, according to DataMB.ca.

And via CBC

There were 963 active cases of the virus in the province as of Friday, with First Nations people accounting for about 520 of those cases.

This sounds vaguely familiar.

Update (from Kate): 28% of today’s new 12+ Saskatchewan cases were fully vaccinated. That’s not an argument not to get vaccinated. It’s an argument that vaccine passports are coercive authoritarian Covid theatre.

Portable Nukes

Former SpaceX Engineers Raise $1.2M and Launch Radiant, Which Is Developing the First Portable Zero-Emissions Power Source That Works Anywhere

Nuclear microreactors offer several important benefits: the energy is clean, the fuel lasts 4+ years, they can be easily refueled, and they work in areas with no sun or wind (even underground).

Radiant’s microreactor outputs over 1MW, enough to power about 1,000 homes continuously for up to eight years, while several microreactors could be used together to power an entire town or military base. The microreactor is designed to fit in a shipping container and can be easily transported by air, ship, and road.

Postcard from Switzerland

SWI- Switzerland Today

Health workers may be on the frontline when it comes to dealing with Covid pandemic but they are not quite at the forefront when it comes to vaccination rates. In some Swiss cantons the rate is only 50% among nurses. Too much knowledge could be to blame. First-hand observation of the side effects of the vaccine, as well as worry about long-term consequences, are some of the reasons listed for vaccine reluctance among healthcare professionals.

Too. Much. Knowledge.

(You have to hit the drop down button by “Swiss health and safety is not as great as you would think.” in the link to see the quote.)

 

Fish and Chips and Vax

The latest UK vaccine surveillance report.

I noticed a couple of interesting things in here. First off they acknowledge natural immunity as part of the equation.

Based on antibody testing of blood donors, 97.8% of the adult population now have
antibodies to COVID-19 from either infection or vaccination compared to 18.9% that
have antibodies from infection alone. Over 95% of adults aged 17 or older have
antibodies from either infection or vaccination.

This confidence level chart was interesting.

As was this chart that combines vaccination status with age.

There’s lots of other things in the report. Have a look and add what you find interesting in the comments. There’s also a number of other things that people are curious about which are not in the report. And if you click on the above charts they fill go to full screen size.

No Moderna for You

Upon further review…

Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason has decided that Iceland will halt the use of the Moderna vaccine in Iceland. RÚV reports that the decision was made after reviewing new data from the Nordic countries, which shows an increased incidence of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle (or myocaridum), as well as pericarditis, an inflammation in the membrane surrounding the heart (or pericardium), among people vaccinated with Moderna.

The Next “Horse Paste”

Technically I think it is more dangerous than ivermectin. 

Over-the-counter aspirin could protect the lungs of COVID-19 patients and minimize the need for mechanical ventilation, according to new research at the George Washington University.

The team investigated more than 400 COVID patients from hospitals across the United States who take aspirin unrelated to their COVID disease, and found that the treatment reduced the risk of several parameters by almost half: reaching mechanical ventilation by 44%, ICU admissions by 43%, and overall in-hospital mortality by 47%.

Israeli researchers reached similar results in a preliminary trial at the Barzilai Medical Center in March. In addition to its effect on blood clots, they found that aspirin carried immunological benefits and that the group taking it was 29% less likely to become infected with the virus in the first place.

The Sound Of Settled Science

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition;

According to a commonly held view, the obesity pandemic is caused by overconsumption of modern, highly palatable, energy-dense processed foods, exacerbated by a sedentary lifestyle. However, obesity rates remain at historic highs, despite a persistent focus on eating less and moving more, as guided by the energy balance model (EBM). This public health failure may arise from a fundamental limitation of the EBM itself. Conceptualizing obesity as a disorder of energy balance restates a principle of physics without considering the biological mechanisms that promote weight gain. An alternative paradigm, the carbohydrate-insulin model (CIM), proposes a reversal of causal direction. According to the CIM, increasing fat deposition in the body—resulting from the hormonal responses to a high-glycemic-load diet—drives positive energy balance. The CIM provides a conceptual framework with testable hypotheses for how various modifiable factors influence energy balance and fat storage. Rigorous research is needed to compare the validity of these 2 models, which have substantially different implications for obesity management, and to generate new models that best encompass the evidence.

Safe And Effective ®

Sweden suspends Moderna vaccine for those 30 and under.

“The reason for the pausing is “signals of an increased risk of side effects such as inflammation of the heart muscle or the pericardium” — the double-walled sac containing the heart and the roots of the main vessels, Sweden’s Public Health Agency said in a statement. “The risk of being affected is very small.” and “U.S. and European regulators caution, however, that both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines appear linked to a rare reaction in teenagers and young adults — chest pain and heart inflammation.”

Meanwhile in Joe Bidens America

More have died from COVID-19 this year than from the virus in all of 2020, according to newly updated data from Johns Hopkins University.

Then there’s the vaccine miracle in New Brunswick. With 90% of the population jabbed, and 81% double jabbed cases are at an all time high and they just cancelled Thanksgiving.

Virus Keeps a Rolling

From the never ending list of new studies.

Breakthrough infections at an Israeli hospital back in July.

We have investigated a nosocomial COVID-19 outbreak involving the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant among a highly vaccinated population. The attack rate among exposed individuals reached 23.3% in patients and 10.3% in staff, with 96.2% vaccination rate among exposed individuals. Moreover, several transmissions probably occurred between two individuals both wearing surgical masks, and in one instance using full PPE, including N-95 mask, face shield, gown and gloves.

Breakthrough cases in San Francisco that seem to be following Geert Vanden Bossche’s predictions. 

Fully vaccinated were more likely than unvaccinated persons to be infected by variants carrying mutations associated with decreased antibody neutralization.” And,” Viral loads were significantly higher in symptomatic as compared to asymptomatic vaccine breakthrough cases, and symptomatic vaccine breakthrough infections had similar viral loads to unvaccinated infections.” as well as, “These findings suggest that vaccine breakthrough cases are preferentially caused by circulating antibody-resistant SARS-CoV-2 variants, and that symptomatic breakthrough infections may potentially transmit COVID-19 as efficiently as unvaccinated infections, regardless of the infecting lineage.”

New one in the Lancet confirming what we already know about how long the shots last.

Effectiveness against infections declined from 88% (95% CI 86–89) during the first month after full vaccination to 47% (43–51) after 5 months. Among sequenced infections, vaccine effectiveness against infections of the delta variant was high during the first month after full vaccination (93% [95% CI 85–97]) but declined to 53% [39–65] after 4 months. Effectiveness against other (non-delta) variants the first month after full vaccination was also high at 97% (95% CI 95–99), but waned to 67% (45–80) at 4–5 months. Vaccine effectiveness against hospital admissions for infections with the delta variant for all ages was high overall (93% [95% CI 84–96]) up to 6 months.

And to finish things off a paper looking at the costs and benefits of lockdowns.

“An examination of over 100 Covid-19 studies reveals that many relied on false assumptions that over-estimated the benefits and under-estimated the costs of lockdown. The most recent research has shown that lockdowns have had, at best, a marginal effect on the number of Covid-19 deaths. “And,”Using a mid-point estimate for costs and benefits, the reasonable estimate for Canada is a cost/benefit ratio of 141. It is possible that lockdown will go down as one of the greatest peacetime policy failures in modern history.”

Emphasis mine.

Dr. RollerGator PhD

Takes a look at some vaccine efficacy data that came out in the U.K. a few weeks ago.

Grab a beverage.

If all you want to know is if the graph in the tweet is accurate, it is. It reflects the data of the report. There is a lot more to get into though, to understand a broader picture, along with some important implications to discuss.


Click on graph to enlarge

Be careful jumping to conclusions
These results, in some manner of speaking, are good. Everyone wishes for fewer people to die. But there are still many factors involved that do not permit us to simply say the vaccines cause a reduction in COVID death after infection. There are ways the vaccines could be the cause of a reduction in COVID death, and many they would not be.

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