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Is Delta Variant Spreading Through Gas / Petrol Pumps?

Is Delta Variant Spreading Through Gas / Petrol Pumps?

Is the Delta variant of COVID-19 now spreading quickly through gas / petrol pumps?

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Updated @ 2020-08-05 : Made several small changes and clarifications to the facts.
Originally posted @ 2021-07-30

 

Claim : Delta Variant Is Spreading Through Gas / Petrol Pumps!

A new message is claiming that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading quickly through gas / petrol pumps.

It advises everyone to wear gloves or use paper towels, while refilling their vehicles at the gas / petrol stations.

The hospital sent a message this morning that this Covid -19 / Delta variant virus appears to be spreading so quickly through petrol pumps that it asked to tell everyone to wear gloves or use paper towels while filling and disposing immediately – please share.

Please send to everyone in your contact list.

* Do not keep this information to yourself. Make it available to all your family and friends

This appears to be the new “Delta variant” of an earlier claim.

Read more : Is COVID-19 Spreading Through Gas / Petrol Pumps?

 

Delta Variant Is NOT Spreading Through Gas / Petrol Pumps!

When the COVID-19 pandemic first started, gas / petrol pumps were identified as a potential source of COVID-19 spread.

Hence, gas / petrol stations were advised to constantly wipe clean the buttons and handles of the consoles and pumps.

However, this new viral message is simply another FAKE STORY being circulated on social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 :  Fomite Transmission Is Rare

Early studies show that the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 can persist on surfaces for a long time.

However, later quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) studies show that the risk of getting infected through contact with contaminated surfaces / objects (fomites) is low.

How low? Generally, less than 1 in 10,000 contacts with a contaminated surface will result in a COVID-19 infection.

While not impossible, it is much harder to get infected from touching contaminated surfaces or objects, because you have to touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands to get infected.

That is likely why there have been no COVID-19 clusters attributed to transmission from gas / petrol stations.

Fact #2 :  Delta Variant More Transmissible Through Air

Currently, Delta variant has been shown to be more transmissible by air – within seconds of a close contact.

However, there is no evidence so far that it is more transmissible by touching a contaminated object.

Read more : Delta Variant Can Infect In Seconds : How To Prevent That?

Fact #3 :  It Is Dangerous To Wear Gloves At Gas / Petrol Station!

No matter what social media tells you – you should NEVER wear gloves at a gas / petrol station.

Plastic gloves like what you see in these pictures generate static electricity, and may spark a fire when you refill your car!

Fact #4 :  Latex / Nitrile Gloves May Not Protect You

Some automotive experts are recommending that motorists opt for latex or nitrile gloves, because they will not generate static electricity like plastic gloves.

That is bad advice.

Yes, latex and nitrile gloves will protect your hands from touching contaminated surfaces. But many people actually contaminate themselves while removing their gloves.

Unless you are a healthcare worker who is familiar on how to properly wear and remove rubber / nitrile gloves without contaminating yourself, you should not wear them.

Fact #5 :  COVID-19 Spreads Through People

The SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads through droplets and aerosols from infected people. It does not spread by touch.

Hence, the best policy for gas / petrol stations is to insist that EVERYONE must wear a face mask.

This prevents direct transmission by droplets, and greatly cuts down on aerosols. And best of all – it prevents the gas / petrol pump surfaces from being contaminated!

If everyone wears a face mask, fomites – contaminated surfaces or objects – will be virtually non-existent.

Fact #6 :  You Can’t Get Contaminated If You Sanitise Your Hands!

Instead of worrying so much about getting your hands contaminated with COVID-19, just sanitise them!

If you are super worried, spread alcohol-based hand sanitiser onto the buttons and handle of the gas / petrol pump.

But the key thing is to either wash your hands with soap and water after using the pump, or sanitise them using hand sanitiser (with at least 60% alcohol).

You can’t get COVID-19 from contaminated surfaces if you always keep your hands clean!

This isn’t just my advice, this is what the US CDC recommends too!

 

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PCR Test Cannot Differentiate COVID-19 vs. Influenza?

Did the CDC just admit that the PCR test cannot differentiate between COVID-19 and influenza?

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

PCR Test Cannot Differentiate COVID-19 vs. Influenza?

COVID-19 deniers and antivaxxers are claiming that the CDC has admitted that the current PCR test cannot differentiate between COVID-19 and influenza.

Their evidence? A screenshot of a CDC laboratory alert issued on 21 July 2021, stating that the CDC will withdraw the EUA (Emergency Use Authorisation) for the COVID-19 RT-PCR test.

What is fuelling their claim is the part where the CDC asked laboratories to switch to other COVID-19 tests that can “facilitate detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses“.

COVID-19 deniers and antivaxxers are calling this a CDC admission that the current RT-PCR test cannot differentiate between the two viruses, and COVID-19 could really just be influenza.

It also doesn’t help that some mainstream media misunderstood what the CDC is saying.

Yahoo! News, for example, claimed “CDC urges labs to use COVID tests that can differentiate from flu“, which unfortunately suggests that the current RT-PCR test cannot different between SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses.

 

Truth : PCR Test Can Differentiate COVID-19 vs. Influenza

The truth is using PCR to test for a single pathogen like the SARS-CoV-2 virus is incredibly wasteful.

In normal times, a patient’s sample would be tested against a panel of multiple respiratory illnesses, allowing a single PCR test to detect and differentiate for multiple viruses.

To speed things up during an emergency, the CDC applied for the Emergency Use Authorisation for their RT-PCR test that only detects SARS-CoV-2, which was introduced in February 2020.

The Emergency Use Authorisation is necessary to allow patients to be tested for a single infectious agent (the SARS-CoV-2 virus) in a given emergency (the COVID-19 pandemic).

To test for other pathogens, another PCR test would have to be performed, which wastes time and laboratory resources.

The FDA has since authorised multi-analyte panels for RT-PCR tests, which can test for multiple viruses at the same time. So it only makes sense for laboratories to start using them.

The CDC issued that laboratory alert to encourage laboratories to start using these multi-analyte panels, which would be useful in :

  • conserving resources and laboratory time : instead of requiring multiple tests, the sample can be tested once for multiple pathogens
  • helping doctors determine if the patient has COVID-19, or a similar respiratory viral illness, or both.

In particular, this would help doctors during the influenza season to quickly determine if the patient has COVID-19, or just influenza, or in rare cases – both of them at the same time!

COVID-19 deniers and antivaxxers will continue to push this lie, but the truth is – the PCR test can differentiate between COVID-19 and influenza virus.

 

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CDC To Withdraw EUA For COVID-19 Only RT-PCR Test

Find out why the CDC is withdrawing their authorisation for the COVID-19 RT-PCR test, and what it means for testing COVID-19!

 

CDC To Withdraw EUA For COVID-19 Only RT-PCR Test

On 21 July 2021, the US CDC (Centers for Disease Control) announced that they would be withdrawing the Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) for their COVID-19 only diagnostic panel after 31 December 2021.

From 1 January 2022 onwards, laboratories in the United States will no longer be allowed to use the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel, which was first introduced in February 2020.

This CDC announcement is meant to spur laboratories and testing sites to transition to “a multiplexed method that can facilitate detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses“.

This would allow laboratories to test for both viruses at the same time, saving time and resources, especially when the influenza season begins.

 

Can Current RT-PCR Test Differentiate Between COVID-19 + Influenza?

At this point, I should take the opportunity to clarify this US CDC move, as it appears that even major news media do not quite understand what they meant.

Yahoo! News, for example, claimed “CDC urges labs to use COVID tests that can differentiate from flu“, which unfortunately suggests that the current RT-PCR test cannot different between SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses.

That’s why some people are claiming that the current PCR test is “fake” and “cannot differentiate” between COVID-19 and influenza, or that they are both the same virus.

Read more : PCR Test Cannot Differentiate COVID-19 vs. Influenza?

The current Emergency Use Authorisation was used to allow patients to be tested for a single infectious agent (the SARS-CoV-2 virus) in a given emergency (the COVID-19 pandemic).

But because the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and other respiratory viral illnesses are similar, the FDA has already authorised multi-analyte panels for RT-PCR tests.

These multi-analyte panels allow laboratories to test for, and differentiate, the genetic data of MULTIPLE pathogens, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

As you can tell, these multi-analyte panels will be very useful in :

  • conserving resources and laboratory time : instead of requiring multiple tests, the sample can be tested once for multiple pathogens
  • helping doctors determine if the patient has COVID-19, or a similar respiratory viral illness, or both.

Now that there are approved multi-analyte panels, there is simply no reason to stick with a single COVID-19 only panel for the RT-PCR test.

 

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China To Offer mRNA Booster Dose For Sinovac + Sinopharm!

China is planning to offer an mRNA vaccine as a booster dose for Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines!

Find out WHY China is switching to an mRNA vaccine!

 

China To Offer mRNA Booster Dose For Sinovac + Sinopharm!

On 15 July 2021, Caixin Global reported that Chinese drug regulators have completed an expert panel review of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine that was co-developed by Fosun Pharma with BioNTech from Germany.

The booster dose is currently in the administration review stage, according to Fosun.

Fosun Pharma Chairman Wu Yifang told a shareholder’s meeting on 14 July 2021 that they plan to start domestic trial production by the end of August 2021.

The Chinese authorities plan to use the vaccine – also called COMIRNATY – as a booster dose because inactivated virus vaccines made by Sinovac and Sinopharm “demonstrated lower efficacy“.

This booster dose is likely to be offered for free to those who received vaccines made by Sinovac and Sinopharm.

China administered more than 1.46 billion vaccine doses by 18 July 2021, the vast majority of which were inactivated virus vaccines made by Sinovac and Sinopharm.

It is unknown what role Fosun Pharma played in the development in this booster dose, as they do not appear to have any expertise in developing mRNA vaccines.

It seems likely that their role is mainly to produce the COMIRNATY vaccine doses, with their “co-developed” status offering political cover to the Chinese government, which has long touted the safety and efficacy of their inactivated virus vaccines.

If China approves this mRNA booster dose, I expect the current Chinese propaganda war against Western vaccine technologies, especially the mRNA vaccine, to quickly die down.

They will now have to work hard to convince the Chinese people that mRNA vaccines are actually safe and effective…

Read more : How Chinese Vaccine Propaganda Hobbles Vaccination Efforts

 

Why China Plans To Offer mRNA Booster Dose

On 24 June 2021, Chinese CDC deputy director Dr. Feng Zijian told the China Central Television that antibodies from two Chinese COVID-19 vaccines are “less effective” against the Delta variant, compared to other strains.

In that interview, he declined to name the two Chinese vaccines, but the Caixin Global report appears to confirm that they are the Sinovac CoronaVac and Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV vaccines.

Sinovac itself appears to be cognisant of this limitation, and have conducting clinical research on a booster dose of their own.

But it appears that the Chinese government is not going to wait, but will instead boost protection against the Delta variant using an mRNA vaccine instead.

The BioNTech mRNA vaccine booster dose is also using the Pfizer COMIRNATY brand, so it seems likely that this booster dose is either :

  • using the existing COMIRNATY vaccine, or
  • the new vaccine version Pfizer and BioNTech are developing against the Delta variant

It seems more likely that the booster dose uses the existing COMIRNATY vaccine, because Pfizer and BioNTech are only launching clinical trials for the new vaccine version in August 2021.

Read more : Two Chinese Vaccines Less Effective Against Delta Variant

 

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Delta Variant Can Infect In Seconds : How To Prevent That?

The Delta variant of COVID-19 has been shown to infect in mere seconds!

Find out what’s happening, and what we can do to prevent that!

Updated @ 2021-07-16 : Added more preventive measures

Originally posted @ 2021-06-29

 

COVID-19 Delta Variant Can Infect In Seconds!

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is known to be significantly more infectious, but what exactly does that mean?

Details from two recent cases in China and Australia reveal that the Delta variant can infect people in mere seconds!

Guangzhou, China

On 21 May 2021, one lady (Huang) contracted COVID-19 from a friend, Song, when they had a conversation for just 1 minute 40 seconds.

Four days later, Huang entered the bathroom of a restaurant, when another lady (Liu) walked in. They both said they did not have any physical contact inside.

However, just sharing the same bathroom for 14 seconds was sufficient for Huang to infect Liu.

The Shenzhen Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that they were both infected with the Delta variant of COVID-19.

Sydney, Australia

In the middle of June 2021, one person was infected with the Delta variant by a stranger passing by within 10-15 cm at the Bondi Junction Westfield. It was a fleeting close contact that was also captured on CCTV.

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant called it a “momentary crossover” :

We actually have CCTV footage of the encounter and it is basically a crossover of individuals. They are clearly facing each other but it is literally someone moving across from each other for a moment, close, but momentary. 

Queenlands Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young later said, “If you remember at the start of this pandemic, I spoke about 15 minutes of close contact being a concern. Now it looks like it’s 5 to 10 seconds.

 

How COVID-19 Delta Variant Infected In Seconds

The two cases above are very troubling, but most media only reported on the cases without delving deeper.

A closer analysis of the facts of those two cases reveal a common factor not mentioned in most news reports – the lack of face masks.

In the Guangzhou case, Huang was not wearing a face mask in the bathroom. The CCTV video showed her putting it on a few metres after she left the bathroom.

In the Sydney case, neither were wearing face masks as far as I can tell, because there was no requirement to wear one in Sydney at that time.

NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian immediately announced that face masks would be mandatory on public transport in the greater Sydney area for 5 days, but it was not a requirement in other public places.

It seems clear that these Delta infections only occurred in seconds because at least one party did not wear a face mask.

 

Delta Variant Can Infect In Seconds : How To Prevent That?

While the Delta variant is more infectious against COVID-19, it is fundamentally the same virus.

So we can still take the same COVID-19 precautions to prevent infection by the Delta variant :

Get Vaccinated ASAP!

It is very important to quickly VACCINATE against COVID-19, as current vaccines offer robust protection against the Delta variant.

Wear Face Masks

It is critical that we not only wear a face mask while outside at all times, we should try to double-mask if we are not wearing an N95 / KN95 mask.

Wear A Face Shield / Eye Wear

We should also wear a face shield if possible, or some kind of eyewear, as COVID-19 can infect through the eyes as well.

Improve Ventilation

It is now known that COVID-19 can spread through aerosol – think of it wafting around like cigarette smoke.

This is not so much of a problem outdoors, but it is a critical problem indoors.

Public places need to be better ventilated, or have ventilation systems that rapidly refreshes and filters the air inside rooms.

Maintain Physical Distance

Staying 1-2 metres apart is probably okay outdoors, if everyone is wearing a face mask. But it is no longer good enough indoors.

We need to expand our physical distance from other people indoors – keep at least 3-4 metres from other people.

 

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Can You Get The COVID-19 Vaccine With Other Vaccines?

Your doctor may have told you that the COVID-19 vaccine cannot be given with other vaccinations, but that’s NO LONGER TRUE!

Here is what’s new with COVID-19 vaccines, and why it is safe to take one with your other vaccinations!

 

Earlier : Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine Within 2 Weeks Of Other Vaccines

The US FDA approved the Pfizer mRNA vaccine for 12- to 15-year old children (with 100% efficacy!) on 10 May 2021, and scheduled a meeting on 10 June 2021 to discuss making it available to younger children.

At that time, the US CDC recommended avoiding taking the COVID-19 vaccine within two weeks of other vaccinations.

Dr. Lisa Costello – a pediatrician at West Virginia University Medicine Children’s Hospital and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on State Government Affairs, said,

“We do not yet know whether we will be able to co-administer vaccines — meaning you may have to get the Covid-19 vaccine solo, not with other vaccines.”

So parents were urged to catch up on their children’s missed vaccinations, in order to receive their COVID-19 vaccination at the earliest opportunity.

 

Now : COVID-19 Vaccine Can Be Administered With Other Vaccines!

On 12 May 2021, Dr. Kate Woodworth of the CDC’s birth defects division, said that the CDC is changing their earlier advice, and that the COVID-19 vaccine can be administered with other vaccines, even on the same day!

At a meeting of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practices (ACIP), she said,

“Extensive experience with non-Covid-19 vaccines has demonstrated that immunogenicity,” or the ability of a vaccine to provoke an immune response, “and adverse event profiles are generally similar when vaccines are administered simultaneously as when they are administered alone,”

On 14 May 2021, the US CDC updated their clinical considerations to say that COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines can be administered “without regard to timing“, including on the same day.

The American Academic of Paediatrics also said on the same day that it supports giving childhood vaccines together with the COVID-19 vaccines.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine + Other Vaccines On The Same Day?

On 2 July 2021, the US CDC updated their clinical considerations to recommend that if a patient is receiving multiple vaccines on the same day, each shot should be administered “in a different injection site“.

They also pointed out that the deltoid muscle in adolescents and adults “can be used for more than one intramuscular injection“.

Their best practice for multiple vaccinations in a day include :

  • Label each syringe with the name and the dosage (amount) of the vaccine, lot number, the initials of the preparer, and the exact beyond-use time, if applicable.
  • Separate injection sites by 1 inch or more, if possible.
  • Administer the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccines that may be more likely to cause a local reaction (e.g., tetanus-toxoid-containing and adjuvanted vaccines) in different limbs, if possible.

 

US CDC On Administering COVID-19 Vaccine With Other Vaccines

In their updated clinical considerations for COVID-19 vaccines, this was what the US CDC posted on administering it with other vaccines :

Coadministration with other vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines were previously recommended to be administered alone, with a minimum interval of 14 days before or after administration of any other vaccines. This was out of an abundance of caution and not due to any known safety or immunogenicity concerns. However, substantial data have now been collected regarding the safety of COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized by FDA for use under EUA. Although data are not available for COVID-19 vaccines administered simultaneously with other vaccines, extensive experience with non-COVID-19 vaccines has demonstrated that immunogenicity and adverse event profiles are generally similar when vaccines are administered simultaneously as when they are administered alone.

COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines on the same day, as well as coadministration within 14 days. It is unknown whether reactogenicity of COVID-19 vaccine is increased with coadministration, including with other vaccines known to be more reactogenic, such as adjuvanted vaccines or live vaccines. When deciding whether to coadminister another vaccine(s) with COVID-19 vaccines, providers should consider whether the patient is behind or at risk of becoming behind on recommended vaccines, their risk of vaccine-preventable disease (e.g., during an outbreak or occupational exposures), and the reactogenicity profile of the vaccines.

If multiple vaccines are administered at a single visit, administer each injection in a different injection site. For adolescents and adults, the deltoid muscle can be used for more than one intramuscular injection.

 

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Did COVID-19 Leak From Gilead Sciences Lab In Fort Detrick?

Did a lab assistant expose how Gilead Sciences covered up the leak of COVID-19 from their Fort Detrick laboratory?

Take a look at the viral farewell note exposing this cover-up, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : COVID-19 Leaked From Gilead Sciences Lab In Fort Detrick!

A document with the filename “Covid -19 Truth_Confession Exposed.pdf” is being shared on WhatsApp, together with this message :

The farewell note by an Ex-Gilead Sciences Fort Derrick Lab assistant who confessed COVID-19 leaked from the lab in Maryland. CDC covered up the facts. Her supervisor Prof Frank Plummer and others who know the facts were all killed and she now fears for her life. Virus was transported to Wuhan by seafood. She apologized to the world.

The PDF document contains the screenshot from an August 2020 post by one “Samantha Hill“, together with a diagram.

Sorry, we played an evil part in the outbreak of COVID-19

I am anonymous, I used to be an American, but I am more of an Indian. I learnt in the University of Manitoba and did some trivial work in the Fort Detrick Laboratory after graduation. My supervisor and I know almost everything about COVID-19, and that’s why he was killed. Now I came back to India. I gather myself up and decide to tell the truth, hoping I will still be alive when all of you learn the truth.

The place I worked was quite mysterious and it is where many military biological weapons and chemical weapons are researched and developed, which is the highest level of confidentiality. Inferiors as me could only be qualified to serve the client company, but I still didn’t have the clearance for all the information about any single experiment.

Note : We added the FAKE overlay to prevent the diagram from being further abused.

 

No, COVID-19 Did Not Leak From Gilead Sciences Lab In Fort Detrick!

This is yet another FAKE STORY that appears to be part of a Chinese propaganda effort to shift the blame for COVID-19 to the United States.

Let me show you why this is completely made up, and is nothing more than Chinese propaganda.

Fact #1 : This Fake Story Was Posted In August 2020

This fake story was originally posted on a new Facebook account with the name “Samantha Hill” on 11 August 2020.

The writer tried to frame himself as an American of Indian descent, even using Hindi hashtags. But her post gained little traction on Facebook. It was only widely shared on Weibo by Chinese netizens.

It appears to have been resurrected after the United States under President Biden started an earnest look at whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus might have accidentally been leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Fact #2 : The Writer Is Not A Scientist Or American

The writer, Samantha Hill, claimed to be an American who worked as Gilead Sciences lab assistant at their Fort Detrick Laboratory.

However, the Facebook post is rife with numerous scientific and linguistic mistakes, like :

  • virusology : the proper term is virology
  • breeding : viruses are not living organisms – they do not breed. They replicate, and we manufacture them in host cells.
  • villagers : a common term in China, but have you seen Americans call anyone a villager?
  • SARS II : this is a nonsensical name. The official name for the COVID-19 virus was nCoV-2019, before it became SARS-CoV-2 on 11 February 2020.
  • practitioners : Americans call them scientists…

These linguistics mistakes suggest that the writer is most likely a layperson of Chinese origin, not Indian and certainly not American.

Fact #3 : Screenshot Was Taken By Creator

The Facebook account was deleted, but the screenshot is now being circulated in June 2021 in the form of a PDF document.

Interestingly, this new screenshot can only come from the person who created the Samantha Hill post.

We know this because the screenshot shows the Facebook privacy selector (marked in red below), which only appears for the post creator!

Only the person who created the post would be able to take that screenshot.

Fact #4 : 赵盛烨 (Zhao Shenye) Could Be The Creator

Samantha Hill claimed to be an American of Indian ethnicity. But I will now show you why “she” is most likely a Chinese man called 赵盛烨 (Zhao Shenye).

As I noted in Fact #3, the screenshot can only be taken by the post creator, “Samantha Hill”.

If you look at the bottom right corner of the screenshot, you will find a watermark – the Weibo handle of 赵盛烨 (Zhao Shenye), who also goes by the name xodn.

And if you take a look at Zhao Shenye’s Weibo page, the latest post (on 14 February 2021) is about Gain of Function (GOF) virus modification by Professor Baric and Dr. Peter Daszak!

Looks like we hit pay dirt! Zhao Shenye could be the mysterious Samantha Hill…

Fact #5 : Fort Detrick Belongs To US Army

Fort Detrick is a massive 13,000-acre campus that belongs to the United States Army.

It is home to the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) laboratory, which China has suggested leaked the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Fort Detrick is completely owned and managed by the US Army Futures Command, and that includes the USAMRIID laboratory.

There are NO PRIVATE laboratories inside Fort Detrick. So Gilead Sciences cannot possibly operate one inside Fort Detrick.

Fact #6 : Gilead Sciences Does Not Have Labs In Maryland

Gilead Sciences Inc. does not own or operate any laboratory in the state of Maryland. Here are the current locations of their US laboratories :

  • Foster City, California : headquarters and antiviral research facilities
  • Miami, Florida : respiratory research and clinical development activities
  • Seattle, Washington : respiratory research and clinical development activities

Fact #7 : Fort Detrick Sterilisation Plant Failed But Posed No Risk

The CDC temporarily shut down the US Army lab at Fort Detrick on 2 August 2019, after finding “biosafety lapses” there.

However, that was not because viruses actually leaked from the facility, but rather :

  • the lab was no longer able to decontaminate wastewater from its highest security labs.
  • their steam sterilisation plant was damaged in a flood in May 2018, and they had been using a chemical decontamination method instead.
  • no disease-causing materials were found outside authorised areas

Fact #8 : Wuhan Was Epicentre Of COVID-19 Outbreak

China’s continuous suggestions that there may have been a leak at the Fort Detrick laboratory is illogical.

If SARS-CoV-2 leaked from Fort Detrick, the city of Frederick in Maryland would have been the epicentre of the initial COVID-19 outbreak, not Wuhan.

Now, this does not mean that the SARS-CoV-2 virus originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. It merely means the Chinese claim about Fort Detrick is nonsensical.

Fact #9 : Remdesivir Is Pretty Much Useless Against COVID-19

GS-5734 is the development code name for Remdesivir, and it is pretty much useless against COVID-19.

There were promising early results which led to the US granting it emergency use authorisation on 1 May 2020 for severe COVID-19.

However, by September 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued guidance NOT to use remdesivir in people with COVID-19, as “there was no good evidence of benefit”.

So the idea that Gilead Sciences created the SARS-CoV-2 virus to sell remdesivir is idiotic.

Fact #10 : Gilead Sciences Does Not Own BlackRock

BlackRock is the world’s largest asset management company, and is more than 50% larger than Gilead Sciences by market capitalisation.

BlackRock is certainly NOT a subsidiary of Gilead Sciences, as Samantha Hill claimed. In fact, BlackRock owns about 8.9% of Gilead Sciences shares (as of 29 January 2021)!

Fact #11 : Dr. Frank Plummer Died Of A Heart Attack

Dr. Frank Plummer was not assassinated while flying from Kenya to China.

He died of a heart attack in Kenya on 5 February 2020, where he was attending the 40th anniversary of the HIV research collaboration between the University of Manitoba and the University of Nairobi.

Fact #12 : SARS-CoV-2 Was Detected By Chinese Doctors

The SARS-CoV-2 virus was detected by Chinese doctors, not by “Chinese epidemic prevention departments”.

It appears that Dr. Ai Fen was the first Chinese doctor who “discovered” SARS-CoV-2 when she treated two patients who presented with symptoms of COVID-19.

The test at that time came back as “SARS coronavirus”, so she reported it to the hospital’s public health department and infectious diseases department.

She took a picture of the report, circled the word “SARS” and sent it to a colleague at another hospital in Wuhan. The picture circulated until it reached Dr. Li Wenliang – the famous whistleblower doctor, who sent it forward as a warning to former classmates on WeChat.

Both Dr. Ai Fen and Dr. Li Wenliang were reprimanded for spreading rumours. So the claim that COVID-19 was caught by Chinese epidemic prevention departments is nonsense.

Fact #13 : No Evidence COVID-19 Spread Through Frozen Food

It is plausible that the SARS-CoV-2 can be contracted through fomites – contaminated items or surfaces. That would include food items, both fresh and frozen.

However, WHO points out there has been NO SPECIFIC REPORTS of anyone getting COVID-19 through fomite transmission.

The US CDC also has a specific page on fomite transmission of COVID-19, whether they concluded that as of 5 April 2021…

  • People can (potentially) be infected with SARS-CoV-2 through contact with surfaces.
  • Based on available epidemiological data, the risk surface transmission is considered to be low.
  • Cleaning surfaces using soap or detergent is enough.
  • Risk of fomite transmission can be reduced by wearing masks, good hand hygiene and cleaning.

In addition, imported frozen seafood are sold all over China. If COVID-19 was intentionally seeded through frozen seafood by the United States, it would have sparked multiple outbreaks, not just in Wuhan.

There is also the inconvenient fact that it was discovered later that the first COVID-19 case in Wuhan had NOTHING to do with the Huanan seafood market!

 

Why Would China Push Fake Gilead Sciences Claim?

With China’s aggressive foreign policy moves in recent years, it is not uncommon to see fake pro-China, anti-America stories being created and shared.

Many believe it’s part of a concerted attempt to burnish China’s image overseas, and drown out negative coverage of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, and their aggressive moves in the South China Sea..

China has also been blamed for not handling the initial COVID-19 epidemic better, and unfairly – for being the origin of this new virus.

Hence, they have been trying their best to deflect blame by casting aspersions unto others, using aggressive Wolf Warrior diplomacy tactics, propaganda outlets like Global Times and CTGN, and their 50 Cent Army.

 

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Fact Check : CDC Advice On Avoiding COVID-19 Infection?

Did the CDC issue a comprehensive list of how many viral particles it takes to get infected, and how to avoid COVID-19 infection?

Let’s take a look at the viral message, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

CDC Advice On Avoiding COVID-19 Infection?

This is the viral message that is being vigorously shared on WhatsApp, purportedly issued by the US CDC.

FROM : CDC (USA)

The emerging scientific evidence on Coronavirus transmission:

  1. Very low risk of transmission from surfaces.
  2. Very low risk from outdoor activities.
  3. Very HIGH risk from gatherings in enclosed spaces like offices, religious places, cinema halls, gyms or theatres.

These findings that have been emerging for a while need to be applied by people to manage the situation in the best possible manner. T time to reduce panic about surface transmission, and not be too eager to go back to office.

Q – Who is expected to catch CORONAVIRUS?
Q – What does it take to infect?

TO SUCCESSFULLY INFECT A PERSON, THE VIRUS NEEDS A DOSE OF ~1000 VIRAL PARTICLES (vp).

The typical environmental spread of activities:
> Breath : ~20 vp/minute
> Speaking : ~200 vp/minute
> Cough : ~200 million vp (enough of these may remain in air for hours in a poorly ventilated environment
> Sneeze : ~200 million vp

 

Those Are NOT CDC Advice On Avoiding COVID-19 Infection!

While there is a large amount of truth in the viral message, that was NOT advice by CDC on calculating the risks of getting infected, or how to avoid a COVID-19 infection.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : It Was Not Written By US CDC

The viral message appears to be a summary mash-up of two articles.

The first part on “emerging scientific evidence on coronavirus transmission” is a more recent article, whose origin cannot be determined.

The second part is actually a summary of an article written by Dr. Erin S. Bromage, Ph.D. – an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Fact #2 : Second Part Was Written In May 2020

Dr. Erin wrote the piece, The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them, on 7 May 2020, with an update on 20 May 2020.

Fact #3 : First Part Contradicts Second Part

If you carefully read the “advisory”, you will notice that the first part contradicts the second part.

The first part states that there is very low risk of transmission from surfaces, while the second part claims that there is high risk of surface transmission!

Fact #4 : 1000 VP Infectious Dose Was Hypothetical

The claim that only 1000 viral particles of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was enough to successfully infect a person was merely a hypothesis based on what we know about other respiratory viruses.

When Dr. Erin wrote his article in May 2020, NO ONE had any idea what was the actual infectious dose for COVID-19.

Even today – more than a year later, we are still not certain how many SARS-CoV-2 viral particles are required to infect a person.

It could be a few hundred particles, it could be tens of thousands. We simply DO NOT KNOW right now.

Fact #5 : US CDC Never Quantified COVID-19 Infectious Dose Or Risks

Even in the latest official CDC scientific brief on SARS-CoV-2 transmission (updated May 7, 2021), they did not quantify the infectious dose for a “successful COVID-19 infection”.

Neither did the US CDC list what activities are high risks or low risks.

They only state that the “risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection varies according to the amount of virus to which a person is exposed“, and that the risk increases in these circumstances :

  • Enclosed spaces with inadequate ventilation or air handling within which the concentration of exhaled respiratory fluids, especially very fine droplets and aerosol particles, can build-up in the air space.
  • Increased exhalation of respiratory fluids if the infectious person is engaged in physical exertion or raises their voice (e.g., exercising, shouting, singing).
  • Prolonged exposure to these conditions, typically more than 15 minutes.

Fact #6 : Fomite Transmission Possible, But Not Proven

Based on the fact that other coronaviruses and respiratory viruses can be transmitted through fomites – contaminated surfaces – fomite transmission for COVID-19 is certainly a possibility.

There is also consistent evidence that SARS-CoV-2 can persist on certain surfaces for days. That led to early recommendations for sanitisation of public spaces where known positive cases were present.

However, WHO points out there has been NO SPECIFIC REPORTS of anyone getting COVID-19 through fomite transmission.

The US CDC also has a specific page on fomite transmission of COVID-19, where they concluded that as of 5 April 2021…

  • People can (potentially) be infected with SARS-CoV-2 through contact with surfaces.
  • Based on available epidemiological data, the risk surface transmission is considered to be low.
  • Cleaning surfaces using soap or detergent is enough.
  • Risk of fomite transmission can be reduced by wearing masks, good hand hygiene and cleaning.

 

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Is COVID-19 Spreading Through Gas / Petrol Pumps?

Is it true that COVID-19 is now spreading quickly through gas / petrol pumps?

Find out what’s this new social media rumour is all about, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : COVID-19 Is Spreading Through Gas / Petrol Pumps!

This new message that is going viral on WhatsApp and Facebook claims that an unnamed hospital has informed the public that COVID-19 is now spreading quickly through gas / petrol pumps.

It advises everyone to wear gloves or use paper towels while refilling their vehicles at the gas / petrol stations.

HOSPITAL has informed the public that the virus appears to be spreading so quickly through PETROL PUMPS

They have asked to tell everyone to wear GLOVES or use PAPER TOWELS while filling. DISPOSE THEM IMMEDIATELY after using.

Please send to everyone in your contact list.

Do not keep this information to yourself. Make it available to all your family and friends

 

COVID-19 Is NOT Spreading Through Gas / Petrol Pumps!

When the COVID-19 pandemic first started, the pumps at gas / petrol stations were identified as a potential source of COVID-19 spread.

Hence, gas / petrol stations were advised to constantly wipe clean the buttons and handles of the gas / petrol pumps.

However, the new viral message is simply another FAKE STORY being circulated on social media. Here are the facts…

Fact #1 :  Fomite Transmission Is Rare

Early studies show that the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 can persist on surfaces for a long time.

However, later quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) studies show that the risk of getting infected through contact with contaminated surfaces / objects (fomites) is low.

How low? Generally, less than 1 in 10,000 contacts with a contaminated surface will result in a COVID-19 infection.

While not impossible, it is much harder to get infected from touching contaminated surfaces or objects, because you have to then touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands to get infected.

That is likely why there have been no COVID-19 clusters attributed to transmission from gas / petrol stations.

Fact #2 :  It Is Dangerous To Wear Gloves At Gas / Petrol Station!

No matter what social media tells you – you should NEVER wear gloves at a gas / petrol station.

Plastic gloves like what you see in these pictures can generate static electricity, and may spark a fire while you refill your car!

Fact #3 :  Latex / Nitrile Gloves May Not Protect You

Some automotive experts are recommending that motorists opt for latex or nitrile gloves because they will not generate static electricity at the gas / petrol pumps.

That is bad advice.

Yes, latex and nitrile gloves will protect your hands from touching contaminated surfaces. But many people actually contaminate themselves while removing their gloves.

Unless you are a healthcare worker who is familiar on how to properly wear and remove rubber / nitrile gloves without contaminating yourself, you should not wear them.

Fact #4 :  COVID-19 Primarily Spreads Through People

The SARS-CoV-2 virus primarily spreads through droplets, as well as through aerosol, from infected people. It does not spread by touch.

Hence, the best policy for gas / petrol stations is to insist that EVERYONE must wear a face mask.

This prevents direct transmission by droplets, and greatly cuts down on aerosols. And best of all – it prevents the gas / petrol pump surfaces from being contaminated!

If everyone wears a face mask, fomites – contaminated surfaces or objects – will be virtually non-existent.

Fact #5 :  You Can’t Get Contaminated If You Sanitise Your Hands!

Instead of worrying so much about getting your hands contaminated with COVID-19, just sanitise them!

If you are super worried, spread alcohol-based hand sanitiser onto the buttons and handle of the gas / petrol pump.

But the key thing is to either wash your hands with soap and water after using the pump, or sanitise them using hand sanitiser (with at least 60% alcohol).

You can’t get COVID-19 from contaminated surfaces if you keep your hands clean!

This isn’t just my advice, this is what the US CDC recommends too!

 

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Can You Take Painkillers Before / After COVID-19 Vaccination?

Should you take painkillers BEFORE or AFTER your COVID-19 vaccination?

Or is it true that painkillers can KILL YOU if you take it with your COVID-19 vaccine???

Find out what the FACTS really are!

 

COVID-19 Vaccination + Painkillers : What’s Going On?

Some people have been taking painkillers BEFORE getting their COVID-19 vaccine, to reduce the injection pain and side effects like fever and muscle ache.

On the other hand, other people are saying that painkillers are dangerous if taken after getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Recently, an Indian doctor died after being injected with a painkiller, after she received her first dose of the AstraZeneca (Covishield) vaccine.

So is it safe to take painkillers before or after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

 

Can You Take Painkillers Before / After COVID-19 Vaccination?

Here is the short TLDR answer :

You should NOT take painkillers BEFORE your COVID-19 vaccination, and if possible, try not to take painkillers after vaccination either.

However, if you feel really uncomfortable, you can take over-the-counter painkillers (preferably acetaminophen / paracetamol) with your doctor’s advice.

For those who wish to learn more about painkillers and COVID-19 vaccination, here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Fever + Muscle Pain From COVID-19 Vaccine Only Last A Few Days

Vaccines work by tricking your body into thinking that there is a real infection, triggering an immune response that causes “side effects” like injection site pain, fever and muscle aches.

These side effects are really your body’s natural immune response to any infection, and are therefore welcome signs that the vaccines are doing their jobs.

They also last only a few days, generally subsiding within the first 1-2 days. If they persist after a few days, you should seek medical attention.

Fact #2 : CDC Advises Against Painkillers Before COVID-19 Vaccination

The US CDC recently updated its guidance on March 16, 2021, to :

  • avoid taking painkillers BEFORE getting vaccinated against COVID-19
  • treat post-vaccination fever by drinking plenty of fluids and dressing lightly
  • treat pain and discomfort with a cool and wet washcloth, and using or exercising the arm
  • take over-the-counter painkillers after COVID-19 vaccination, with your doctor’s advice

Fact #3 : Painkillers Could Dampen COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy

Research have shown that certain painkillers may dampen the body’s response to vaccines. One study even showed that NDAIDs reduce the body’s cytokine and antibody response to an actual COVID-19 infection.

According to Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, MD, the division chief of infectious diseases at the University of Utah Health :

“It is not recommended to take a pain reliever before getting a COVID-19 vaccine, as it may theoretically reduce your immune response to the vaccines.”

For maximum efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine, you should try to avoid taking any painkiller for the fever or muscle ache.

But you should not worry too much about the reduction in vaccine efficacy either. If you are feeling under the weather, it is fine to take over-the-counter painkillers with your doctor’s advice.

Fact #4 : Acetaminophen / Paracetamol Could Work Better

The CDC says that OTC painkillers like ibuprofen, acetaminophen (paracetamol), aspirin and antihistamines are safe to take after getting vaccinated.

If you want to be extra cautious, take acetaminophen or paracetamol – which are commonly known as Tylenol or Panadol or PCM.

Acetaminophen is the better choice, because it works differently from NSAIDs like ibuprofen, which a study on mice has suggested that it might lower production of antibodies.

The CDC itself recommends that pregnant women use acetaminophen (paracetamol) to treat post-vaccination fever.

Fact #5 : The Doctor Died From Anaphylactic Shock

The tragic death of Dr. Hari Harini was due to anaphylactic shock, likely from the painkiller – Diclofenac sodium, that her husband administered just hours before.

However, this incident has nothing to do with the COVID-19 vaccine she received, because :

  • severe anaphylaxis is a known, if rare, adverse reaction of Diclofenac sodium,
  • she started vomiting and fell unconscious within hours of receiving the injection.
  • the incident occurred a month after she received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The evidence therefore suggests that her death was due to the painkiller itself, and not the vaccine.

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When Can You Get Vaccinated After COVID-19 Infection?

WHEN should you get vaccinated, after recovering from a COVID-19 infection?

The answers will surprise you! Please READ + SHARE!

 

Should You Get Vaccinated After COVID-19 Infection?

Those who recover from a COVID-19 infection usually gain significant protection from further infections, but that protection isn’t foolproof or long-lasting.

Hence, it is recommended that those who recover from COVID-19 should still get vaccinated, to ensure lasting protection.

But WHEN exactly can you get vaccinated against COVID-19?

 

When Can You Get Vaccinated After COVID-19 Infection?

You would be surprised about when you can actually get vaccinated after recovering from COVID-19 infection.

Completed Recovered From COVID-19 Infection

The truth is you can get vaccinated as soon as you have completely recovered from an COVID-19 infection!

According to the US CDC, you have to wait until you have recovered from COVID-19 and no longer need to be isolated, before getting your COVID-19 vaccine.

This guidance also applies to those who got infected with COVID-19 before getting their second dose of the vaccine.

COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibodies / Convalescent Plasma

There is only one exception – people who received monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma as part of their COVID-19 treatment.

They should only get vaccinated after at least 90 days, to prevent those passive antibodies from interfering with the vaccine-induced immune response.

Non-COVID-19 Antibody Therapies

People who received antibody therapies that are NOT specific to COVID-19 – intravenous immunoglobulin, RhoGAM, etc. – can get vaccinated as soon as they have fully recovered from their COVID-19 infection.

Antiviral Therapies

People who received antiviral drugs like Remdesivir during the treatment of COVID-19 can get vaccinated as soon as they have fully recovered from their COVID-19 infection.

 

Why Do Some Countries Recommend Waiting 90 Days?

Some countries recommend waiting 90 days, or even longer, before you get vaccinated after recovering from COVID-19.

This is partly done out of an abundance of caution, because the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in people who fully recovered from COVID-19 have not been fully investigated.

This is also partly because supply of vaccines are extremely limited in those countries, and should be prioritised to protect people who have not been infected yet.

Dr. Kate O’Brien (Director of WHO Immunisation, Vaccines and Biologicals) explains that in this short video.

It makes sense to delay vaccination for those who have recovered from COVID-19, as they would have significant protective antibodies for the next 6 months.

Even so, natural immunity from a COVID-19 infection will wane over time, and people who recovered from COVID-19 can get reinfected.

So it is still important to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Please register for your COVID-19 vaccination. It may be delayed, but you will get it eventually.

 

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Fact Check : Six People Died From Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine?

Antivaxxers and Google University doctors are warning that six people died from the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine!

Find out what’s going on, and if six people actually died from the Pfizer mRNA vaccine for COVID-19!

Don’t forget to also read Does The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Cause Bell’s Palsy?

 

Claim : Six People Died From Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

Antivaxxers and Google University doctors are warning that six people died from the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine!

Many of them are sharing news articles with clickbait headlines, or pictures with the warning, without context.

And most people only read the headlines, and just share the article. The pictures just get shared with shocked comments or warnings not to take the vaccine if offered.

Needless to say, these warnings and pictures have gone viral, together with warnings to avoid COVID-19 vaccines.

 

Six People Died From Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine? Here Are The Facts!

With the frenzied coverage of these six deaths in the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine trial, people are wondering :

  • how did the vaccine kill them?
  • how safe is the vaccine?
  • why did they approve the vaccine for use, if it’s killing people?

Let’s break down the facts for you, so you can better weigh the risks and benefits for yourself.

Fact #1 : Only 2 Deaths In The Vaccine Group

While the headlines and viral pictures scream that six people died in the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine trial, the truth is less shocking.

On 10 December 2020, the FDA released the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine briefing document for the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC).

In that document, they stated very clearly that yes, there were six deaths in the trial, but only two of them were from the group that received the vaccine. The other four deaths were from the group that received a placebo.

Fact #2 : Correlation Is Not Causation

As we earlier pointed out in our article on the Pfizer vaccine causing Bell’s palsy, correlation does not imply causation.

Basically, just because something happened during the vaccine trial, it does NOT mean that the vaccine caused it.

For example, if you get infected with the flu virus after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, does it mean that the vaccine infected you with the flu virus? Of course, not.

Here is a famous example – showing how organic food sales correlated exactly with the incidence of autism. Can we therefore conclude that organic foods cause autism? Naturally, not.

Therefore, even though two people died after receiving the Pfizer BNT162b2 vaccine, we simply cannot say that the vaccine caused their deaths. There is simply no data to support that conclusion.

Fact #3 : The Deaths Were Within Normal Rates

Many people forget that people die every day, even if they don’t get the vaccine.

In the United States, about 2.8 million people died in 2018 – an average of 7,779 every single day.

  • Overall mortality rate : 0.8678% of population per year
  • From heart disease : 0.200% of population per year
  • From cancer : 0.183% of population per year
  • From accidents : 0.051% of population per year
  • From stroke : 0.045% of population per year

A total of 37,796 people participated in the safety phase of the Pfizer BNT162b2 vaccine trial, divided equally into 18,904 people (BNT162b2 vaccine), and 18,892 people (placebo).

Based on the normal mortality rate, we would expect 328 people from this vaccine trial to die from “natural causes” this year, or 164 people in the roughly 6 month trial period.

Yet only 6 people died during the vaccine trial, instead of the expected 164. That’s a mortality rate of just 0.159%5.5X lower than the normal mortality rate.

Does that mean the vaccine and placebo protected them from natural causes of death? Again, correlation does not imply causation.

This was noted in the document TWICE (here and here):

All deaths represent events that occur in the general population of the age groups where they occurred, at a similar rate.

Fact #4 : The Deaths Were Of Natural Causes

The US FDA briefing document also laid out the causes of those six deaths :

  • Vaccine recipient #1 : >55 years old, cardiac arrest 62 days after second vaccination, died 3 days later
  • Vaccine recipient #2 : >55 years old, died from atherosclerosis 3 days after first vaccination
  • Placebo recipient #1 : myocardial infarction
  • Placebo recipient #2 : haemorrhage stroke
  • Placebo recipients #3 and #4 : unknown causes

Do they look like they were caused by the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine? They sure look like natural causes to me.

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Mortality Rate Is Roughly 2.3%

Based on the 10 December 2020 global statistics, the COVID-19 mortality rate is approximately 2.3% – 69.9 million people were infected, and 1.59 million of them died.

Compare that to the “risk” of getting dying from the Pfizer BNT162b2 vaccine – 0.0106% (2 out of 18,904 people), or the risk of dying naturally – 0.8678% per year.

In other words, the risk of dying from COVID-19 (after getting infected) is 217X higher than the potential risk of dying from the vaccine, and 2.7X higher than dying from natural causes.

Now that you know the odds, how would you like to bet your life?

 

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Does The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Cause Bell’s Palsy?

Antivaxxers and Google University doctors are warning people that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can cause Bell’s palsy.

Find out what’s going on, and if the Pfizer mRNA vaccine for COVID-19 can really cause Bell’s palsy!

Don’t forget to also read Fact Check : Six People Died From Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine?

 

Bell’s Palsy : What Is It?

Bell’s palsy is a type of temporary facial paralysis, of unknown aetiology (cause) but results from a dysfunction of the facial nerve.

Commonly, there is a rapid onset of muscle weakness on one side of the face, which can sometimes end in total paralysis within hours or days.

This often results in a facial droop, with the inability to close an eye or one side of the mouth (causing drooling).

Every year, between 1 and 4 per 10,000 people (0.01% to 0.04%) will develop Bell’s palsy. That’s roughly 8~31 million people every year globally.

Bell’s palsy typically resolves by itself within a few weeks or months, and is usually treated only using corticosteroids to speed up recovery.

 

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine & Bell’s Palsy : What Happened?

On 10 December 2020, the FDA released the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine briefing document for the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC).

That document included this statement about four volunteers developing Bell’s palsy after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. It also noted that no one in the placebo group developed Bell’s palsy.

The media picked up on this, and ran stories on how four Pfizer vaccine volunteers developed Bell’s palsy.

And antivaxxers and Google University doctors quickly leaped on this news as a reason to be wary about the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

 

Does The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Cause Bell’s Palsy?

With the frenzied coverage of these four Bell’s palsy cases in the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine trial, people are wondering :

  • does the vaccine cause Bell’s palsy?
  • is the vaccine really safe to take?

Let’s break down the facts for you, so you can better weigh the risks and benefits for yourself.

Fact #1 : Correlation Is Not Causation

First of all, it is important to understand that just because something happened during the vaccine trial, it doesn’t mean that the vaccine caused it.

For example, if you get infected with the flu virus after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, does it mean that the vaccine infected you with the flu virus? Of course, not.

There are many, many examples of how correlation does not mean causation, like this one which shows how ice cream sales correlate eerily with the number of shark attacks. Needless to say, selling ice-cream does not cause shark attacks!

Now, we cannot definitively say that the Pfizer BNT162b2 vaccine cannot cause Bell’s palsy. We simply do not have enough information to make that conclusion.

However, it is also wrong to jump to the conclusion that those four cases of Bell’s palsy were caused by the vaccine, because that is simply no evidence of that either.

Fact #2 : The Cases Were Within Normal Incidence

What many people forget is that Bell’s palsy occurs naturally in the human population, at a rate of 1~4 per 10,000 people.

In the vaccine trial, a total of 21,823 people were given the BNT162b2 vaccine.

We would expect anywhere between 2 to 9 people in that cohort to develop Bell’s palsy naturally in a year, or 1 to 4 people during the roughly 6 month trial period.

So the four reported cases would fall within the normal incidence range for Bell’s palsy – 0.01% to 0.04%. This was actually noted in the document THREE separate times :

The observed frequency of reported Bell’s palsy in the vaccine group is consistent with the expected background rate in the general population, and there is no clear basis upon which to conclude a causal relationship at this time.

This observed frequency of reported Bell’s palsy is consistent with the expected background rate in the general population.

The four cases in the vaccine group do not represent a frequency above that expected in the general population

In other words, even if you do NOT take the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, you have a 0.01% to 0.04% risk of developing Bell’s palsy anyway… every year.

Fact #3 : All Four Cases Recovered / Are Recovering

The document also noted that one case recovered within 3 days, while the other three were recovering after 10, 15 and 21 days.

As we pointed out earlier, Bell’s palsy patients commonly recover within weeks or months, even without medical intervention.

In other words, Bell’s palsy is NOT life-threatening, and generally resolves by itself. Quite unlike an actual COVID-19 infection…

Fact #4 : COVID-19 Mortality Rate Is Roughly 2.3%

Based on the 10 December 2020 global statistics, the COVID-19 mortality rate is approximately 2.3% – 69.9 million people were infected, and 1.59 million of them died.

Compare that to the “risk” of getting Bell’s palsy from the Pfizer BNT162b2 vaccine – 0.018%.

In other words, the risk of dying from COVID-19 (after getting infected) is 128X higher than the potential risk of getting a temporary facial paralysis from the vaccine.

If you wanted to bet your life, would you opt for the higher risk of dying from COVID-19, or the minuscule risk of temporary facial paralysis?

 

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Fact Check : Is America Rounding The Turn On COVID-19?

US President Donald Trump has been promising that America is rounding the turn on COVID-19 almost every single day.

Find out if America is truly rounding the turn, or if Trump is simply spinning around the merry-go-round!

 

Donald Trump : America Is Rounding The Turn On COVID-19!

US President Donald Trump has been promising Americans that they are “rounding the turn” or “corner” or “bend” for months now.

Here is a truncated timeline of Trump claiming that America truly is rounding the turn on COVID-19 :

August 31 : First mention of “rounding the final turn” on COVID-19 at a Nevada virtual rally.

September 3 : He said, “we are rounding that turn” at a Pennsylvania rally.

September 18 – 24 : He repeated it on a daily basis.

Trump stopped for a while when he caught the virus, announcing his positive test result on October 2.

October 8 – 9 : He started saying that America was “rounding the turn” on COVID-19 again.

October 11 – 27 : After skipping a day, he has repeated the same claims on a daily basis.

 

The Truth : America Is FAR From Rounding The Turn On COVID-19

Despite Donald Trump’s insistence from August 31 that America is rounding the turn, the truth is America is on a third wave of COVID-19 infectionsthe largest to date.

Dr. Anthony Fauci prefers to look at it as “an elongated exacerbation of the original first wave“, but no matter how we look at it, “it’s not good news“.

From the day Trump first announced that America was rounding the turn, COVID-19 cases have only surged from 23,204 cases a day to 82,630 cases a day.

The only saving grace – the death rate has remained flat at around 750 per day.

The facts are self-evident, Donald Trump’s claim that America is rounding the turn on COVID-19 is FALSE.

If the trend continues, it is possible that America could see new cases exceed 100,000 per day by the end of the year.

And the death toll is expected to exceed 270,000 by the end of the year.

In short, America is FAR from rounding the turn on COVID-19. Donald Trump is just taking everyone for a spin on his merry-go-round.

 

The Solution : How America Can FINALLY Round The Turn On COVID-19

There is no easy way to defeat SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, because there is no cure yet and it is highly-contagious.

However, countries like China have shown that it is possible to quickly cut its transmission, and restore normal social and economic activities.

Despite a population 4.3X larger than the United States, China has merely 1% of the cases, and 2% of the deaths in America.

Unless you believe that Chinese scientists and healthcare workers are far, FAR superior to American scientists and healthcare workers, the fault lies with President Donald Trump.

The lack of RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP is the reason why America is faltering so badly against COVID-19.

Trump has consistently dismissed and contradicted the advice of scientists like Dr. Anthony Fauci. He even disrupted their efforts by actively encouraging the public not to wear face masks, and to break home quarantine.

Even worse, he keeps peddling fake cures like injecting disinfectants and UV light, as well as unproven cures like hydroxychloroquine, which has killed several people.

America has not rounded the turn, or flattened the curve, because one man – Donald Trump – insisted that he knows COVID-19 better than anyone else in the world.

The only way for America to finally round the turn on COVID-19 is to vote Donald Trump out of office in the 2020 US Presidential Election on November 3.

If Donald Trump gets another four years in office, good luck, America. You will need it.

 

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Face Mask vs COVID-19 : Should You Wear One?

Should YOU wear a face mask to protect yourself against COVID-19?

Some politicians insist it is useless. Some health authorities advise us to wear it only if you are sick. Others demand you wear one in public at all times.

What really is the evidence for, or against, wearing a face mask to protect against COVID-19?

This story was originally posted in April 2020, and has been updated due to second / third waves affecting many countries.

 

Face Mask : What Kind Do You Have?

When people say face mask, they generally mean the 3-ply surgical mask, although some may be talking about fashion masks, or even the N95 respirator.

Fashion masks are usually made from washable cotton and are reusable, but they often lack a filter. The N95 respirator, on the other hand, is designed to filter 95% of particles with a median diameter of 0.3 microns.

For the purpose of this article, we are going to talk exclusively about the 3-ply surgical / medical mask, which has three layers – each with very specific functions :

  • an outer hydrophobic layer, which repels water, blood and body fluids,
  • a middle filter layer that is designed to filter bacteria, and
  • an inner hydrophilic layer, which absorbs water, sweat and spit

The 3-ply surgical mask is the most common type of face mask used in China and most of Asia, to protect against SARS and now, COVID-19.

 

Is The Face Mask Effective Against COVID-19?

Now, to be clear – studies are still underway to determine if the humble 3-ply face mask is effective against COVID-19. But here is what we know so far…

COVID-19 Is Generally NOT Airborne

First, we should understand that COVID-19 is generally not airborne, and primarily spreads by droplets, which are significantly larger than the virus itself and fall within 1-2 meters.

COVID-19 droplets can, therefore, be blocked by 3-ply masks or N95 respirators even though the virus itself is smaller than the filter holes!

Face Masks Prevent Face Touching

You can get infected by COVID-19 if you touch your face after touching a contaminated surface with your hand. Hand washing can prevent that, but people often forget to do it, and it is human nature to touch our own faces.

Wearing a face mask helps to prevent face touching, so even if we forget to wash our hands, there is less risk of infecting ourselves with COVID-19.

Face Masks Worked In Asia + Czech Republic

The evidence is strong in many Asian countries, including China, as well as the Czech Republic, that face masks are effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

The Czechs are so enthusiastic about their experience, they created this video to spread word that face masks work, even if they are not 3-ply!

Many Asian countries, including China, Singapore and Malaysia, require their citizens to wear one whenever they leave the house.

The Asian and Czech experiences are backed up by a CDC-sponsored study, which showed that surgical masks are as effective as N95 respirators in preventing influenza infections amongst healthcare workers.

This study is important because influenza is a similarly-sized respiratory virus that spreads by droplets too. So it makes sense that face masks would be similarly effective against COVID-19.

 

Why Did WHO / CDC Recommend Against Wearing Face Masks?

Certain health authorities like the WHO or CDC recommended against wearing face masks to protect against COVID-19, because they feared that :

There is also the consideration that when there is limited supply, 3-ply face masks and N95 respirators should be reserved for healthcare workers who have much greater need of them.

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Should You Wear A Face Mask To Protect Against COVID-19?

That depends.

No Community Spread

If there is no community spread of COVID-19 in your country, there is NO NEED to wear a face mask.

As long as health authorities can quickly trace and isolate contacts for testing, the virus is “not in the wild”, and you are very unlikely to be infected.

Keep your face masks in reserve. Using them now could mean you run out of face masks when you actually need them.

There Is Community Spread

Once there is community spread, all bets are off. The COVID-19 coronavirus is problematic because patients are contagious long before they show symptoms.

ANYONE can be COVID-19 positive, even if they don’t have symptoms. That includes you and your family, not just strangers you meet on the street.

To protect everyone, this is the time to start wearing a face mask.

In fact, everyone should be forced to wear a face mask, because it would help prevent asymptomatic / presymptomatic persons from spreading the coronavirus.

During Home Quarantine

One way to reduce the need for face masks is a home quarantine / restricted movement / lockdown.

You do NOT need to wear a face mask while you are sheltering at home with your family.

You only need to wear a face mask during the limited occasions you leave your home to purchase food and other essential supplies.

And you should certainly wear a face mask while accepting food deliveries or parcels from a delivery person.

 

Don’t Rely Solely On Your Face Mask Against COVID-19!

Now, opinions are definitely shifting towards the widespread adoption of face masks to protect against COVID-19. However, it is important to note that a face mask alone cannot protect you from COVID-19.

You still need to adopt safe practices that health authorities have been advocating to prevent COVID-19 :

  • Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
  • Avoid public events and crowds
  • Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
  • Keep our homes, offices, vehicles, etc. clean
  • If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
  • Wash your food with water (and soap) after purchase and before preparation

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COVID-19 Food Safety : Fruits, Vegetables, Takeouts

COVID-19 easily spreads through touch, but what about our food – fruits, vegetables, or even takeouts?

Find out what you should or should not do, to ensure that your food is safe from COVID-19!

 

COVID-19 Food Safety : Pre-packed Food / Takeouts

First, let’s address the simpler issue of food takeouts, based on advice from the CDC, Harvard School of Public Health, the US FDA and the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control.

  1. COVID-19 is unlikely to be transmitted through cooked foods.
  2. Cooking destroys COVID-19, so the only risk is if an infected person coughs onto the food while packing it
  3. There is some risk with raw, uncooked foods like salads, so try not to order such foods.
  4. COVID-19 can be present on cash, so it would be a good idea to prepay with a credit card.
  5. Where possible, request for food deliveries with minimal or no contact – food left at the doorstep.
  6. COVID-19 can remain on cardboard surfaces for up to 24 hours, so it is advisable to transfer the meal onto a plate and discharge the packaging
  7. Always wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, after handling food takeouts

 

COVID-19 Food Safety : Fruits, Vegetables + Other Raw Foods

This is important for those who like to eat salads, not just those eating fruits. It basically covers any kind of raw food.

  1. There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 can spread through eating or touching raw fruits or vegetables.
  2. The COVID-19 virus can survive on surfaces for a limited amount of time, but not for long periods of time like some other viruses.
  3. Avoid squeezing and touching fruits and vegetables unless you intend to buy them.
  4. You should at least wash fruits, vegetables and other raw foods in clean running water, before consuming them.
  5. To be safe, foods that are meant for raw consumption should be washed with (food-safe) soap and water.
  6. In case you are worried about the virus sticking onto the skin, you can peel the fruits, and wash your hands, before eating them.
  7. Wash and clean cutting boards, utensils and dish cloths with hot, soapy water.
  8. Wash your hands with soap and water, before and after preparing your food

Again, we should repeat that there has been NO documented cases of COVID-19 transmission through food.

Health authorities are only advocating for good hand washing practices, before and after preparing food… and of course, before consuming your food.

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Wash Food With Soap : Are You Crazy?

No, actually, some people wash fruits and vegetables with food-safe soap to get rid of dirt and pesticides, especially if they plan on eating them raw.

While we cannot advocate any particular food-safe soap, here are some you can buy online (prices as of 26 March 2020) :

Malaysia

Singapore

United States

  • Veggie Wash (16 oz x 3) : $96
  • Arm & Hammer (16.9 oz) : $7.50
  • 23.4° (72 oz x 3) : $22.46
  • Vegeaqua (10.6 oz) : $13.85
  • Microdyn (1000 ml) : $44.99
  • Fit Organic (32 oz x 3) : $44.99
  • Environne (16 oz x 6) : $25.60

United Kingdom

Australia

 

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