- Back to school in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania: students and teachers in one room – can that work?
Der Spiegel (The Mirror) investigates the return to a regular school year in a 3 August 2020 article.
Since Monday, pupils in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania have been going to class again, further federal states will follow soon. The role of children in the pandemic is still unclear. The overview.
The new school year began on Monday in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, on the Halligen and several other islands in Schleswig-Holstein. School starts again on Thursday in Hamburg, followed the following week by Berlin, Brandenburg, Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia.
It is the first time since coronavirus closed schools that students and teachers are again regularly in the same room – depending on the state within fixed groups, sometimes without a minimum distance and protective masks. The schools in the first wave of coronavirus were not closed without reason.
What have researchers learned since then about the transmission routes of the virus? What role do schoolchildren play in the corona pandemic? The most important questions and answers at a glance.
Are children less likely to contract the new coronavirus?
The question has not yet been finally resolved. Most studies, however, indicate that children are less at risk of becoming infected. One reason for this could be that the receptor through which the new coronavirus penetrates the body occurs in smaller quantities.
For example, according to a study of 2500 parent-child pairs in Baden-Württemberg, children had antibodies to the virus in the blood significantly less often than their parents. However, the youngsters had less opportunity to get infected recently.
“Since the studies were mostly carried out during or after contact restrictions or lockdown situations, the transferability to everyday life is limited,” writes the RKI.
First results of a study with 2436 children and adolescents from Hamburg suggest that the risk of infection increases with the social reach of the children. The average age of children and adolescents for whom no antibodies to the new virus were found was 7.9 years. The group of subjects who had antibodies in their blood was 9.7 years old on average.
Do children pass on the virus particularly often?
In connection with many respiratory diseases, children are the drivers of spread. This has not been the case with the coronavirus. However, this connection is not yet fully understood – the reason here is that children have so far had little opportunity to become infected and to infect others.
Studies on the subject come to very different results. Virologists have found that infected children have as many viruses in their throat as adults. This could indicate that they are similarly contagious. Examinations of infection chains in households show, however, only in individual cases that children and adolescents infect others similarly or even more often than adults.
(Read more — in German — at Der Spiegel)
Why don’t we see answers like this in U.S. media?
Since just about all of the links in this story eventually track back to English-language sources, why don’t American journalists do this type of journalism? Why aren’t there articles in U.S. papers showing that children do not normally spread or catch the coronavirus? Why don’t journalists stop the continual hype and show that children do not figure into most infection chains?
- The Associated Press tries to shame America into providing healthcare for Mexico
A 5 August 2020 article published by the Associated Press focuses on the exploding coronavirus rates just South of the U.S. border and tries to shame Americans into allowing Mexicans into American healthcare.
When labor pains signaled that Clarissa Muñoz was at last going to be a mom, she jumped in a car and headed two hours down the Texas border into one of the nation’s most dire coronavirus hot spots.
She went first to a hospital so desperate for help that nurses recently made 49 phone calls to find a bed 700 miles away to airlift a dying man with the virus. From there, she was taken to a bigger hospital by ambulance. Along the way, she passed a funeral home that typically handles 10 services a month but is up to nine a week. And when she finally arrived to give birth, she was blindsided by another complication: A test revealed that she too was infected.
Hours later, Muñoz was granted just a few seconds to lay eyes, but no hands, on her first born, who was quickly whisked away.
On America’s southern doorstep, the Rio Grande Valley, the U.S. failure to contain the pandemic has been laid bare. For nearly a month, this borderland of 2 million people in South Texas pleaded for a field hospital, but not until Tuesday was one ready and accepting patients. In July alone, Hidalgo County reported more than 600 deaths — more than the Houston area, which is five times larger.
At DHR Health, one of the largest hospitals on the border, nearly 200 of the 500 beds belong to coronavirus patients isolated in two units. A third unit is in the works. That doesn’t even include the COVID-19 maternity ward, where mothers and newborns are separated immediately.
Doctors and nurses rushed Muñoz’s baby out of the delivery room and down a hallway sealed by a zippered tarp to restrict contaminated air. Seven hours later, she still did not know his weight. Across the street, alarms blared constantly in a coronavirus intensive-care unit, summoning nurses to roll patients onto their stomachs to force more air into their lungs.
“It’s a really, really ugly feeling,” Muñoz said of watching her son being taken away.
Texas reopened quicker than most of the U.S., only to backtrack in the face of massive outbreaks. Health officials say the worst of a summer resurgence appears to be behind the state as a whole, but the border is a bleak exception. Doctors fear another punishing wave is around the corner.
This predominantly Hispanic region is cruelly vulnerable to COVID-19. The prevalence of diabetes here is roughly three times the national average, and households have among the lowest incomes in America, adding to the difficulty of thwarting the virus.
Even the weather has added to the burden. The first hurricane of the season barreled over the border two weeks ago. At first, local officials hoped that the storm named Hanna would wash out family gatherings and bar crawls, slowing the spread. In reality, the system knocked out power to thousands of homes for days, driving families into closer contact with relatives whose lights remained on.
Now, said Maritza Padilla, DHR Health’s assistant chief nursing officer, there’s “no chance” of flattening the region’s infection curve.
(Read more lies and left-wing tripe at the Associated Press)
Despite the above article, Coronavirus infection and death rates in Texas have dropped
As reported by a 3 August 2020 article in Community Impact, Harris County and Houston have seen a drop in infection rates and testing.
- Ohio Board of Pharmacy reverses rule and okays hydroxychloroquine after Governor’s request
Breitbart reports in a 30 July 2020 article on the Ohio governmental allowance for its citizens to use hydroxychloroquine — a drug that works against the coronavirus.
The Ohio Board of Pharmacy has reversed a rule that prohibited the sale and dispensing of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine in the state after Gov. Mike DeWine (R) asked for the reversal.
“I agree with the statement from Dr. Steven Hahn, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, that the decision about prescribing hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 should be between a doctor and a patient,” DeWine said in a statement. “Therefore, I am asking the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to halt their new rule prohibiting the selling or dispensing of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19.”
“The Board of Pharmacy and the State Medical Board of Ohio should revisit the issue, listen to the best medical science, and open the process up for comment and testimony from experts,” DeWine said.
“As a result of the feedback received by the medical and patient community and at the request of Governor DeWine, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy has withdrawn proposed rule 4729:5-5-21 of the Administrative Code,” a release said. “Therefore, prohibitions on the prescribing of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in Ohio for the treatment of COVID-19 will not take effect at this time.”
A local CBS affiliate reported on how the drug has been at the center of controversy since President Donald Trump said hydroxychloroquine could be promising in treating the virus:
[Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine] have been prescribed to treat malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, the Food and Drug Administration said.
The FDA revoked its emergency use authorization for the drugs to treat COVID-19 in June and in July posted a review of safety issues related to that use.
The FDA said there are reports of serious heart rhythm problems, blood and lymph system disorders, kidney injuries, and liver problems and failure.
But as Breitbart News reported, some physicians claim the public is being denied accurate information about treatment for the coronavirus, including those who held a summit and press conference in Washington, DC, earlier this week.
(Read more at Breitbart)
Now that Ohio has removed politics from the patient-doctor relationship, other states should follow
Now that a drug that a Yale epidemiologist has proven that HCQ works to help the body fight coronavirus, the political class needs to step out of the way. Actually, the political class needed to when the Lancet retracted studies due to irregularities.
- Trump: ‘Fake News’ not reporting ‘big China Virus breakouts all over the World’
The Hill tries to make President Trump the bad guy as he accuses the press for not reporting the outbreaks across the world.
President Trump in an early morning tweet on Sunday accused the press of failing to report coronavirus outbreaks in other nations as cases surge in the U.S.
“Big China Virus breakouts all over the World, including nations which were thought to have done a great job,” the president tweeted.
“The Fake News doesn’t report this,” he added. “USA will be stronger than ever before, and soon!”
Trump linked to coverage of a state of disaster being declared in Victoria, Australia, due to a resurgence of the virus. Victoria reported 671 new cases of the virus and seven deaths on Sunday. Australia overall has seen more than 18,000 cases and more than 200 deaths, compared with the U.S.’s 4.71 million cases and 157,000 deaths, the most of any country.
The Associated Press also reported on Sunday that 54,735 new cases were reported in India, 5,032 in the Philippines and 1,540 in Japan.
Trump’s tweet comes the day after he publicly contradicted Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, on the reason for the increased number of cases in the U.S.
“Wrong!” Trump tweeted Saturday in response to Fauci’s testimony on Friday that the U.S. had greater case numbers because of lighter lockdowns.
“We have more cases because we have tested far more than any other country, 60,000,000,” Trump added. “If we tested less, there would be less cases.”
(Read more at The Hill)
The press has been ignoring coronavirus in other nations
With a noted exception of the New York Times reporting on the high infection rates in Mexico, there has been scant published on the rates of infection (or the success in handling the virus and keeping economies open) in other nations.
- Herman Cain, conservative icon, dead at 74
One America News Network reported in a 30 July 2020 article on the death of Herman Cain.
Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has died after being hospitalized with COVID-19. Cain’s website editor announced the news on Thursday.
Cain had reportedly fallen severely ill with the virus earlier this month and was admitted to an Atlanta hospital just two days after his diagnosis. He had also previously been diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in 2006.
In 2019, President Trump nominated Cain to join the Federal Reserve Board. The president and members of his administration took to Twitter following his death to express their condolences.
“Herman Cain led a remarkable life and will be missed. He loved his family, the country and the Lord. He triumphed in business, beat cancer and was a voice for freedom. God bless you and yours, Herman.” – Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President
(Read this at One America News Network)
From a hard worker who came to save companies to a presidential candidate and beyond
In light of his recently produced Uncle Tom, I had looked forward to seeing the spread of his message. In actuality, Herman Cain’s message was a continuation of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of having his children judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.
To illustrate this, there is the content of both the shortened version of Uncle Tom (immediately below) or the full movie at UncleTom.com.
While the press (and, therefore, this post) primarily focuses on Herman Cain’s death by coronavirus, I would rather celebrate both his faith in Christ and his ability to work beyond race (at a time when the focus was often on race).