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Vaccine Related Information:

Workers Are Complying with Vaccine Mandates https://www.newsandguts.com/workers-are-complying-with-vaccine-mandates/

Number of unvaccinated United staff drops from 593 to 320 after airline said it would fire them https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/30/uniteds-unvaccinated-staff-drops-from-593-to-320-after-company-said-they-would-be-fired.html

NY hospitals remove hordes of anti-vax workers who defied mandate https://nypost.com/2021/09/28/ny-hospitals-remove-hordes-of-anti-vax-workers-who-defied-mandate/

Gavin Newsom mandates COVID vaccines to attend school, with no testing alternative https://www.sfgate.com/coronavirus/article/Gavin-Newsom-mandate-COVID-vaccines-school-kids-16502547.php

American, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue add vaccine mandates for workers. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/01/business/american-alaska-airlines-jetblue-vaccine-mandate.html

Two-thirds of business leaders back Biden vaccine mandate: poll https://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/business-a-lobbying/574313-two-thirds-of-business-leaders-back-biden-vaccine

Scientists at UVA believe they have found the key to creating a universal coronavirus vaccine https://www.cvilletomorrow.org/articles/scientists-at-uva-believe-they-have-found-the-key-to-creating-a-universal-coronavirus-vaccine/

United Airlines Says Almost All Its Workers Are Vaccinated; Some Others May Be Fired https://www.npr.org/2021/09/28/1041360095/united-airlines-workers-vaccinated

NYC Can Impose Vaccine Mandate On Teachers, Federal Appeals Court Says https://www.npr.org/2021/09/27/1041028828/nyc-can-impose-vaccine-mandate-on-teachers-federal-appeals-court-says

AT&T extends its vaccination mandate to some unionized workers. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/09/29/business/news-business-stock-market/att-extends-its-vaccination-mandate-to-some-unionized-workers

United Airlines is firing employees over noncompliance with its vaccine mandate. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/29/business/united-airlines-vaccine-mandate.html

A large share of Hispanic adults in the U.S. got vaccinated over the summer, a survey shows. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/29/us/hispanic-covid-vaccinations.html

Vaccination increase includes largest Republican gain since April: Gallup https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/574440-vaccination-increase-includes-largest-republican-gain-since-april-gallup

 

 

Scientific Research & Variants:

“Safety and efficacy of a MEURI Program for the use of high dose ivermectin in COVID-19 patients” https://zenodo.org/record/5525362

Probenecid inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication in vivo and in vitro https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-97658-w

The Approved Dose of Ivermectin Alone is not the Ideal Dose for the Treatment of COVID-19
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32378737/

Even Mild Cases of COVID-19 Leave a Mark on the Brain – And It’s Not Yet Clear How Long It Lasts https://scitechdaily.com/even-mild-cases-of-covid-19-leave-a-mark-on-the-brain-and-its-not-yet-clear-how-long-it-lasts/

These Groups Are at Higher Risk of Developing Long COVID-19 https://www.healthline.com/health-news/these-groups-are-at-higher-risk-of-developing-long-covid-19

Breakthrough COVID Infections: How Long Are Vaccinated People Contagious? – Here’s what experts know so far about the timeframe for spreading the virus. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/breakthrough-covid-infections-how-long-contagious_l_6154cbaae4b0487c855a2463

A year later, 45% of COVID patients in Wuhan still have symptoms – Fatigue, sweating, chest tightness, anxiety and myalgia were most common. https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/09/a-year-later-45-of-covid-patients-in-wuhan-still-have-symptoms/

Symptoms and Health Outcomes Among Survivors of COVID-19 Infection 1 Year After Discharge From Hospitals in Wuhan, China https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2784558

Why Merck’s Covid-19 pill molnupiravir could be so important – The pharma giant says its new antiviral drug cut hospitalizations in half for at-risk Covid-19 patients. https://www.vox.com/22704265/merck-covid-19-antiviral-pill-molnupiravir-treatment-drug

Why people who don’t trust vaccines are embracing unproven drugs – Inside the upside-down world where Covid-19 vaccines are dangerous and ivermectin is saving lives. https://www.vox.com/coronavirus-covid19/22686147/covid-19-vaccine-betadine-hydroxychloroquine-ivermectin-trump-conspiracy

For unvaccinated, reinfection by SARS-CoV-2 is likely, study finds https://news.yale.edu/2021/10/01/unvaccinated-reinfection-sars-cov-2-likely-study-finds

Sept 17: Pandemic effects may have lowered baby IQs, study says https://edsource.org/2021/pandemic-may-have-lowered-baby-iq-study-says/661285

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Early Child Cognitive Development: Initial Findings in a Longitudinal Observational Study of Child Health https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.08.10.21261846v1.full.pdf

link: “Divergence of delta and beta variants and SARS-CoV-2 evolved in prolonged infection into distinct serological phenotypes” https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.09.14.21263564v1

CTC of Middle Tennessee recruiting for study of Ivermectin, 2 other drugs to fight COVID-19 https://www.wkrn.com/news/local-news/ctc-of-middle-tennessee-recruiting-for-study-of-ivermectin-2-other-drugs-to-fight-covid-19/

More than 50 long-term effects of COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-95565-8?

Steroid nasal sprays reduce COVID-related poor outcomes, study suggests https://news.yahoo.com/steroid-nasal-sprays-reduce-covid-161406735.html

Smokers 80% more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid – Heavy smokers are up to six times more likely to pass away if they catch coronavirus https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/health/smokers-80-more-likely-admitted-25088331

Smoking and COVID-19 outcomes: an observational and Mendelian randomisation study using the UK Biobank cohort https://thorax.bmj.com/content/early/2021/09/12/thoraxjnl-2021-217080

Side effect rates from a third Covid-19 vaccine dose similar to those after second shot, early data indicate https://www.statnews.com/2021/09/28/side-effect-rates-from-a-third-covid-19-vaccine-dose-similar-to-those-after-second-shot-early-data-indicate/

Real-World Evidence Shows Pfizer Vax Works Against Delta in Teens — Israeli case-control study finds vaccine effective 2 to 4 weeks following second dose https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19vaccine/94740

Merck Treatment Inhibits Covid Variants, Early Research Shows https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-09-29/merck-treatment-inhibits-covid-variants-early-research-shows

Pfizer begins study of oral drug for prevention of COVID-19 https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/pfizer-begins-study-covid-19-antiviral-drug-2021-09-27/

“Examining the Underpinnings of COVID Anti-Vaccine Sentiment — Public health messaging has fallen short thus far; it’s time for a new approach” https://www.medpagetoday.com/opinion/second-opinions/94735

Another MS Drug Class Causes Concern for COVID Vaccine Protection — Vaccine effectiveness may be reduced in MS patients on S1P modulators, data suggest https://www.medpagetoday.com/neurology/multiplesclerosis/94711

 

 

Outbreaks & Restrictions:

National Guard helps rural California hospitals as locals resist ‘death dart’ vaccine https://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/california/article254694632.html

Alaska allows hospitals to ration care amid COVID spike https://www.mprnews.org/story/2021/10/03/alaska-allows-hospitals-to-ration-care-amid-covid-spike

Covid Is Killing Rural Americans at Twice the Rate of Urbanites https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2021/09/covid-is-killing-rural-americans-at-twice-the-rate-of-urbanites.html

Tokyo lowers COVID-19 alert level to second-highest level 3 https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14451125

MN: Duluth-area COVID-19 surge tops last September Hospitals divert patients as capacity runs out. https://www.startribune.com/duluth-area-covid-19-surge-tops-last-september/600102127/

US: New COVID cases fall by 25% https://www.axios.com/covid-cases-infections-down-a8fef1a4-5215-4a91-9bdc-1874724e5698.html

Japan: Restaurants, venues in 13 prefectures to try using proof of vaccination https://japantoday.com/category/national/japan-eateries-to-begin-experimenting-with-using-proof-of-vaccination

India reports its lowest daily counts of Covid deaths and new infections in months. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/09/28/world/covid-coronavirus-vaccine/india-reports-its-lowest-daily-covid-death-count-and-new-infections-in-months

Spain will allow soccer stadiums to return to 100 percent capacity. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/09/29/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccines/spain-will-allow-soccer-stadiums-to-return-to-100-percent-capacity

In lockdown for 18 months, Singapore’s migrant workers yearn for freedom. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/09/29/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccines/in-lockdown-for-18-months-singapores-migrant-workers-yearn-for-freedom

Lockdowns at Vietnamese suppliers create a crunch for retailers. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/09/29/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccines/lockdowns-at-vietnamese-suppliers-create-a-crunch-for-retailers

America’s pandemic is now an outlier in the rich world Its daily toll of excess deaths is greater than in all other high-income countries combined https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2021/09/27/americas-pandemic-is-now-an-outlier-in-the-rich-world

COVID-19 in Wisconsin: 32 new deaths, more than 3,000 new cases https://www.wbay.com/2021/09/28/covid-19-wisconsin-32-new-deaths-more-than-3000-new-cases/

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Minnesota reach 800 Updated CDC forecast of COVID-19 activity in Minnesota predicts no change in infection numbers driving fourth pandemic wave. https://www.startribune.com/covid-19-hospitalizations-in-minnesota-reach-800/600102001

Incidence, co-occurrence, and evolution of long-COVID features: A 6-month retrospective cohort study of 273,618 survivors of COVID-19 https://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article

Boise woman forced to go to Bay Area for medical care as COVID ‘crisis’ closes off Idaho hospitals https://www.sfgate.com/coronavirus/article/Boise-woman-forced-Bay-Area-hospitals-COVID-16497266.php

 

 

All Other Covid News:

“Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins gets vaccinated, proving effectiveness of public health mandates” https://www.sfgate.com/warriors-column/article/Warriors-Andrew-Wiggins-gets-vaccinated-16506215.php?IPID=SFGate-HP-CP-Spotlight

U.S. school board members ask Biden to protect them from anti-mask protesters. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/09/30/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccines/us-school-board-members-ask-biden-to-protect-them-from-anti-mask-protesters

The Bill For His COVID Test In Texas Was A Whopping $54,000 https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/09/30/1039788368/covid-test-high-bill-er

Pharmacies in Japan permitted to sell medical-grade COVID-19 antigen test kits https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/09/29/national/pharmacies-japan-coronavirus-antigen-tests/

Vietnam’s COVID-19 lockdown ensnares world’s clothing giants https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/09/29/business/vietnam-coronavirus-lockdown-clothing

Returning to Work: Millions in Uncharted Waters Due to Long-Haul COVID-19 https://www.healthline.com/health-news/returning-to-work-millions-in-uncharted-waters-due-to-long-haul-covid-19

Dr. Fauci reveals when you should really get your flu vaccine https://www.deseret.com/2021/9/30/22700102/dr-fauci-flu-vaccine-advice

Fact Check: Has Norway “Reclassified” COVID As Flu? https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/fact-check-has-norway-reclassified-covid-as-flu/

Why We Need to Upgrade Our Face Masks—and Where to Get Them – High-quality respirators such as N95s and K95s are now widely available and provide the best protection against COVID, according to experts. Why aren’t more people wearing them? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-we-need-to-upgrade-our-face-masks-and-where-to-get-them/

U.S. hits 700,000 COVID deaths; case counts now falling in some areas https://www.mprnews.org/story/2021/10/02/us-hits-700000-covid-deaths-case-counts-now-falling-in-some-areas

How a doctor who questioned vaccine safety became DeSantis’ surgeon general pick https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2021/09/29/how-a-doctor-who-questioned-vaccine-safety-became-desantis-surgeon-general-pick-1391488

Trump: ‘I got the Pfizer’ https://finance.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-i-got-the-pfizer-125703879.html

Chinese media suggest Maine lobster was ‘Pandora’s box’ that unleashed COVID-19 https://bangordailynews.com/2021/10/02/news/chinese-media-suggest-maine-lobster-was-pandoras-box-that-unleashed-covid-19/

google translate: “Great clue! Suspicious U.S. seafood received at Huanan Seafood Market before the outbreak” https://news-sina-com-cn.translate.goog/gov/2021-09-17/doc-iktzscyx4789750.shtml?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=nui

“COVID-19 found in whitetailed deer” https://bangordailynews.com/2021/09/17/outdoors/covid-19-found-in-whitetailed-deer/

Antivaxxer convinces sick covid patient in ICU to check himself out of the hospital. Patient dies 2 days later https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2054707

Dozens of ships are forced to anchor off coast of New York as they wait to dock in the country’s second-largest port – adding to US supply chain crunch which has forced FedEx to reroute 600k packages a day https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10029043/Dozens-ships-coast-New-York-wait-dock-countrys-second-largest-port.html

LA port backup grows to record 62 ships as supply chain crunch worsens https://nypost.com/2021/09/25/la-port-backup-grows-to-62-ships-in-supply-chain-crunch/

Container Ships Now Piling Up At Anchorages Off China’s Ports https://finance.yahoo.com/news/container-ships-now-piling-anchorages-201330706.html

Global shortage of shipping containers highlights their importance in getting goods to Amazon warehouses, store shelves and your door in time for Christmas https://theconversation.com/global-shortage-of-shipping-containers-highlights-their-importance-in-getting-goods-to-amazon-warehouses-store-shelves-and-your-door-in-time-for-christmas-168233

Arkansas lawmaker drafts bill for natural immunity to be considered same as COVID vaccination https://www.kark.com/news/health/coronavirus/arkansas-lawmaker-drafts-bill-for-natural-immunity-to-be-considered-same-as-covid-vaccination/

The workers who keep global supply chains moving are warning of a ‘system collapse’ https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/29/business/supply-chain-workers/index.html

YouTube bans all anti-vaccine misinformation. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/29/technology/youtube-anti-vaxx-ban.html

Santa Cruz County becomes first Calif. county to drop mask mandate after delta wave https://www.sfgate.com/coronavirus/article/Santa-Cruz-first-Calif-county-to-lift-mask-mandate-16496879.php

NETWORK OF RIGHT-WING HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS IS MAKING MILLIONS OFF HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE AND IVERMECTIN, HACKED DATA REVEALS The data also reveals that 72,000 people paid at least $6.7 million for Covid-19 consultations promoted by America’s Frontline Doctors and vaccine conspiracist Simone Gold. https://theintercept.com/2021/09/28/covid-telehealth-hydroxychloroquine-ivermectin-hacked/

Workers are putting on pants to return to the office only to be on Zoom all day Pandemic-era safety procedures have created a new dynamic at work, in which many employees say they’re operating at work the same way they were at home.https://wapo.st/3zJbXyX

Covid’s partisan pattern is growing more extreme. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/27/briefing/covid-red-states-vaccinations.html

SF schools have had no major COVID outbreaks. Here’s why. https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-schools-have-had-no-major-COVID-outbreaks-why-16485572.php

San Jose Spotlight: Santa Clara County Breakthrough Covid Hospitalizations Remain Low https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/San-Jose-Spotlight-Santa-Clara-County-16488447.php

‘No one’s got it:’ ‘The View’ chaos sparked by false-positive COVID-19 test results, hosts say https://abc7ny.com/entertainment/the-view-chaos-sparked-by-false-positive-covid-19-test-results/11052531/

Biden receives his Covid-19 booster shot: Vaccines ‘can save your life and … can save the lives of those around you’ https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/27/politics/joe-biden-booster-shot/

McConnell gets booster, calls it ‘easy decision’ https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/574147-mcconnell-receives-covid-19-booster-shot-it-was-an-easy-decision

Trump administration assumed everyone was going to get Covid, says former FDA chief – Former official admits US planning failures and that former president’s officials were reconciled to uncontrolled spread https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-covid-fda-scott-gottlieb-b1927934.html

Up to 90% of Americans may have some form of Covid immunity after delta wave, Dr. Gottlieb says https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/27/covid-gottlieb-says-90percent-of-americans-may-have-immunity-post-delta.html

 

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