However, I don't like conflict because it seems like a frustrating waste of energy that may not accomplish anything. There are so many irrational beliefs that it is overwhelming. I feel like irrational beliefs have triumphed and there is not much that I can do about it.
I watched the first 32 minutes of this last night. Cutting to the chase, a soldier is stopped by police for failure to display a license plate properly. He drove 1.2 miles while being chased by the police before pulling over. He refused to get out of the vehicle despite repeated commands by the police for him to get out. He was warned many times. A black police officer pepper-sprayed him so that they could get him out of the vehicle. The man sued. I heard today that the police officer was fired for excessive use of force.
I don't see that the police did anything wrong. They have to protect themselves. In this slightly graphic video, a police officer was shot by a suspect who refused to get out of his vehicle. He was behaving in a similar manner to the person in the other video, and then he shot the cop. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMlzW6iVrRA
The Epoch Times has been criticized by "fact checkers". However, some of these come from highly liberal sources. Politifact.com was started by a very liberal newspaper and is run by some of the reporters.
I respond to his comments about CO2 emissions. Beating a dead horse:
It has taken 140 years for the average global atmospheric temperature to rise 1-degree celsius. Climate alarmism is exaggerated by those wanting to promote their agendas. The current benefits of increased CO2 far outweigh the downside. Besides vastly increased crop yields, cold kills more people than heat. The winter of 1880 was a disaster, and so were some of the winters that followed. Nobody can say that the 1 degree cooler temperature of 1880 is preferable to what we have now.
Public Health Officials in Los Angeles reported on Wednesday that the county had detected the first cases of the Coronavirus variants originally seen in Brazil and South Africa. While only three instances of the virus strain from Brazil — also known as P.1 — and one instance of the variant from South Africa — known as B.1.351 — were detected, they are likely far from the only cases in the county.
Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer noted that, due to the expense, "Very few of our specimens are genetically tested in this way." Statewide, only 5% of tests are run through genomic sequencing, according to California's top health officer. The rate is even less at the county level.
(CNN)As many as one in three people infected with Covid-19 have longer-term mental health or neurological symptoms, researchers reported Tuesday.
They found 34% of Covid-19 survivors received a diagnosis for a neurological or psychological condition within six months of their infection, according to the study published Tuesday in the journal Lancet Psychiatry.
The most common diagnosis was anxiety, found in 17% of those treated for Covid-19, followed by mood disorders, found in 14% of patients.
And while the neurological effects are more severe in hospitalized patients, they are still common in those who were only treated in an outpatient setting, the researchers note.
"That rate increased progressively as the severity of the Covid-19 illness increased. If we look at patients who were hospitalized that rate increased to 39%," said Maxime Taquet, an academic clinical fellow in psychiatry at the University of Oxford, and a co-author of the new study.
The results help light the way for how the healthcare system ought to continue helping Covid-19 survivors, the researchers said.
Will the COVID-19 vaccines offer protection against the new strains? You may be wondering if the coronavirus variants have an impact on the effectiveness of our current vaccines.
From what we know so far, it appears that the current vaccines may be less effective for B.1.351, the variant first identified in South Africa. This is currently an area of ongoing, intense research.
Let's look at a snapshot of what some of the data says so far.
Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine Large-scale clinical trials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine found a vaccine effectiveness of 95 percent against the original version of the new coronavirus.
This vaccine is currently authorized for emergency use in the United States.
A recent study investigated the effectiveness of this vaccine for test viruses containing the mutations found in B.1.351. To do this, serum from individuals who had been vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was used.
Researchers found that this serum, which contains antibodies, was less effective against B.1.351. In fact, neutralization of test viruses containing all of the mutations present in B.1.351 was reduced by two-thirds.
What about B.1.1.7, the variant first seen in the U.K.?
A study similar to the one we've discussed above found that neutralization of test viruses with the spike protein of B.1.1.7 was only slightly lower than it was for earlier versions of the coronavirus.
Moderna vaccine The large-scale clinical trials on the Moderna vaccine determined that vaccine effectiveness was 94.1 percent against the original version of the new coronavirus.
Like the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the Moderna vaccine has been authorized for emergency use in the United States.
A recent study looked into the effectiveness of the Moderna vaccine for the B.1.1.7 and B.1.351 variants. In order to do this, researchers used serum from individuals who had received the Moderna vaccine and test viruses containing the spike proteins from the variants.
It was found that test viruses with the B.1.1.7 spike protein were neutralized in a similar manner to earlier versions of the coronavirus.
However, neutralization of test viruses with the spike protein of B.1.351 was 6.4-fold lower.
Johnson & Johnson vaccine The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is the third COVID-19 vaccine to be authorized for emergency use in the United States.
Unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, it only requires one dose.
This vaccine has yet to be tested against specific variants. However, large-scale clinical trials were performed in places where variants are circulating, such as South Africa and South America.
According to the data released from clinical trialsTrusted Source, the effectiveness of this vaccine 28 days after vaccination is:
66 percent effective overall 72 percent in the United States 66 percent effective in South America, where the P.1 variant is circulating 57 percent effective in South Africa, where the B.1.351 variant is circulating 85 percent effective at preventing severe COVID-19 symptoms across all geographical regions
President Joe Biden issued an Easter message casting vaccinations as a "moral obligation, one that can save your life and the lives of others." Republican opposition to vaccine passports grew as Mississippi's governor said they were not "a good thing to do in America."
The U.S. added almost 65,000 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday and remains on pace for the most weekly infections since the end of February. North Dakota has gone nine days without a Covid-19 fatality, the longest stretch since the first death there.
Based on this evidence, the researchers calculated the risk of death associated with B.1.1.7 infection. Their estimates suggest that B.1.1.7 infection was associated with 55 percent greater mortality compared to other SARS-CoV-2 variants over this time period.
March was a terrible month. The math does not look good. We went from 7,000 cases worldwide to a million. At this rate, we could be at 100 million by the end of April. By the end of May, the whole world could be infected. A month ago the United States was barely affected, and now it is everywhere.
This appears to be far worse than what public officials are willing to admit. The virus is projected to peak in different places anywhere from mid-April to late May. Can we afford to have our economy shut down for two whole months? Two months is not the end of it, because the disease is likely to be at its peak throughout May. Can we afford to have most of the population isolated for four months?
I'm worried that society will break down. You might not be able to get basic supplies.
At some point, we might have to isolate the people most at risk and let the disease run its course. A recent article said that the death rate is really under 1%, but even so, we seem to be headed toward 5 billion people infected as one expert predicted. We could be looking at Spanish flu numbers where between 50 to 100 million people will die.
I am hoping that they can fast-track some treatment. A vaccine may be a long way off, but if they can treat the worst off then they could cut down on the mortality. As people recover then herd immunity will slow down the virus.
I have seen a couple of different conspiracy theorists claim that this is a weaponized virus created in a Chinese lab from a virus originally modified in the United States. The experts say that it is not. The virus appears to have come from bats. However, at this point, it doesn't matter, because either way, it is an extremely contagious virus with relatively high mortality. That's the reality that we are faced with.