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Fauci: 'I don't think we're going to see lockdowns' with the Delta variant surge, but more 'pain and suffering' is likely

Yahoo! Voices 03 August, 2021 - 05:10am

Still, "things are going to get worse" as the Delta strain spreads, Fauci added. "We're looking, not, I believe, to lockdown, but we're looking to some pain and suffering in the future because we're seeing the cases go up, which is the reason why we keep saying over and over again, the solution to this is get vaccinated and this would not be happening." Fauci, the chief medical adviser to President Biden, said "we are seeing an outbreak of the unvaccinated" now, adding that "from the standpoint of illness, hospitalization, suffering, and death, the unvaccinated are much more vulnerable."

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, concurred that vaccinations are the way out of this pandemic. "If you haven't yet gotten vaccinated, the evidence is overwhelming," he said on Fox News Sunday. "Let's get off the fence, move forward and be part of the winning team that gets this Delta out of here."

Collins said the coronavirus is "having a pretty big party in the middle of the country," and acknowledged that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new guidance that everyone at K-12 schools, vaccinated and unvaccinated, wear masks once school beings is "tiresome and parents and kids are sick of it, but we are talking about life and death here." Fauci said the new CDC guidelines, which also call for most Americans to wear masks in indoor public spaces again, have "much more to do with transmission" to "vulnerable people" than protecting healthy vaccinated people from rare and overwhelmingly mild breakthrough cases.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States will not lock down again to curb COVID-19 but "things are going to get worse" as the Delta variant fuels a surge in cases, mostly among the unvaccinated, top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday. A sufficient percentage of Americans have now been vaccinated to avoid lockdowns, Fauci said on ABC's "This Week". Even if states do not resort to lockdowns again, the spread of the Delta variant could still threaten the economy.

Payten McCall told CNN losing her father and brother was "one of the most, roughest and hardest experiences" she has faced in her life.

The cases were part of a bigger study that led the CDC to change its indoor masking guidance for vaccinated people.

Ekaterina Wilson, 39, assumed she would be fine if she caught COVID-19. Now she says she wishes she could go back in time to get the shot.

What is the difference between doubt and distrust? Doubt can be overcome by evidence. Distrust cannot. According to a recent Washington Post poll, refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine has now become completely politicized in the USA. Among Democrats, 93% report that they’ve already gotten at least one shot or are likely to, compared with only 49% of Republicans. Why so much refusal to vaccinate ...

New cases of Covid-19 in California rose about 10% over the weekend, a timeframe that often sees undercounts due to diminished testing on Saturdays and Sundays. The 10,356 new cases reported on Friday rose to a three-day daily average of 11,135 on Monday. (The state has stopped reporting daily cases on weekends and now reports […]

The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. Among people infected by the Delta variant of the coronavirus, fully vaccinated people with "breakthrough" infections may be just as likely as unvaccinated people to spread the virus to others, new research suggests. In one Wisconsin county, after Delta became predominant, researchers analyzed viral loads on nose-and-throat swab samples obtained when patients were first diagnosed.

"I'm the mayor of a hospitality town, I think most people coming here would rather be in a place that they feel safer than a place that they feel like they may be getting, you know, the virus," Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber told CNN

Twitter users compared the pleated face masks sported by the US Olympic team to Batman's Bane and Hannibal Lecter from "The Silence of the Lambs."

School board president Chris McCune demanded that an anti-CRT mom stop speaking, took her microphone, and had police remove her from a meeting.

Fetty Wap's 4-year-old daughter, Lauren, has passed away, with the girl's mother, Turquoise Miami, paying tribute on July 31 to her "loving, talented, smart and hardheaded princess mermaid."

The world's longest Covid sufferer had the virus for nearly 11 months during which time it mutated 40 times, using her as a "gym" to get fitter, scientists have discovered.

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On average, more than two million people are being screened daily at U.S. airports, according to the Transportation Security Administration. "You should be able to avoid transmission if everyone around you is wearing a mask and you're wearing a mask." Dr. Anne Rimoin, an epidemiology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said whether or not it's safe to travel also very much depends on your vaccination status.

The agency now recommends that people, regardless of vaccination status, wear face masks indoors again in certain situations.

The party will be outdoors, guests are asked to be vaccinated and tested for COVID-19, and there will be a "COVID-coordinator," sources told Axios.

In a statement, Donald Trump denied documents showed he was trying to subvert the election - though he continued to push bogus election-fraud claims.

COVID-19 canceled Burning Man for the second year in a row. Risking injury or death, rogue "burners" are heading to the Black Rock Desert this August.

As cases of the Delta variant surge, vaccinated people who don't mask up may increase the risk that vaccine-resistant variants develop, a study says.

Will the US go back into lockdown? What Dr. Fauci thinks

Deseret News 03 August, 2021 - 05:10am

Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke about the coronavirus surge over the weekend

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House medical adviser on the coronavirus, said over the weekend that he doesn’t expect there to be more lockdowns related to COVID-19 — but that doesn’t mean things will get better.

No. Fauci told ABC’s “This Week” that there are enough people vaccinated against COVID-19 that the winter surge of the virus won’t be the same as it was in 2020. And he doesn’t expect there to be more lockdowns and closures due to the coronavirus.

Fauci told ABC’s “This Week” that the current COVID-19 surge still has legs.

Fauci then said that unvaccinated people are seeing the highest amount of hospitalizations, suffering and deaths.

Fauci’s comments come days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that people who are fully vaccinated wear masks indoors again in certain situations, specifically locations that have a higher transmission rate, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

Soon after, internal documents from the CDC suggested that the coronavirus is as transmissible as chickenpox, even among fully vaccinated people who experience breakthrough cases (which is rare in itself), according to the Deseret News.

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Tucker Carlson: Science is a seeking of the truth, not a political directive

Fox News 02 August, 2021 - 11:55pm

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We’re continuing to try to follow the bizarre and fast-changing guidance on COVID from the White House. Remember when they told you the last administration was incompetent? We’ve never seen anything like this. It’s beyond belief.  

It was just about a week ago that Rochelle Walensky of the CDC did her best to terrify all of us over the new Indian strain of COVID. Walensky described the so-called "Delta Variant" as, quote, "one of the most infectious respiratory viruses we know of, and that I have seen in my 20-year career." An internal CDC document summed it up in martial terms. Quote: "The war has changed," wrote the CDC. In response to these horrifying developments, the administration immediately re-implemented indoor mask mandates, even for people who’ve been fully vaccinated. That was enough to get even the deeply-incurious American news media asking questions. Wait a second. If the vaccines work, why the masks? So, they started digging and they didn’t have to dig much.

On Friday morning, the Washington Post ran this headline: "Vaccinated people made up three-quarters of those infected in a massive Massachusetts COVID-19 outbreak, pivotal CDC study finds." The New York Times ran a similar piece -- again, based on numbers from the CDC.  

And yet, just minutes after those articles appeared, the White House panicked.   

A senior member of its "COVID-19 response team," a man who is not a doctor, but instead a career flack called Ben Wakana, jumped on social media to attack the media and in fact attack the administration's own scientists. Here was Wakana's message to The New York Times on Twitter over the weekend. He wrote it in all-caps as if he was shouting.

Quote: "VACCINATED PEOPLE DO NOT TRANSMIT THE VIRUS AT THE SAME RATE AS UNVACCINATED PEOPLE AND IF YOU FAIL TO INCLUDE THAT CONTEXT YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG," he barked.  He went on to call The Washington Post's coverage of it "irresponsible." And he added this, quote,  

"Let’s be clear. If 10 vaccinated people walk into a room full of COVID, about 9 of them would walk out of the room WITH NO COVID. Nine of them." But is that true? Ben Wakana, the one who is not a doctor but instead a flak, didn't provide a citation for that statistic.

In fact, judging by the CDC’s own numbers, it appears to be wrong – in other words, it is classic "misinformation," possibly Russian in origin. Yet strangely, Ben Wakana, who knows much less about science than, say, Alex Jones, was not banned from the internet. He kept tweeting. And then, just a few hours later, he got backup support from Rochelle Walensky herself. The vaccine works, Walensky shouted. In fact, it works so well, you may soon be forced to take it: 

‘So we’re looking into a federal vaccine mandate.’

But then, just minutes after she said that, Rochelle Walensky went on Twitter to take it back. Quote: "To clarify: "There will be no nationwide mandate. I was referring to mandates by private institutions and portions of the federal government." 

Of course, that’s not at all what she said, she said we’re looking into a federal mandate nationwide.

Then on Sunday, the head of the N.I.H., the highly-political Francis Collins, explained that those "mandates by private institutions" might look like this: 

Who is this old fool? Employers asking their employees to get vaccinated? They’re not asking them they’re requiring them as a condition of employment – they’re forcing them.

"But that’s not a mandate: Just get vaccinated, or you can’t live in the United States anymore."

That's the message from the head of the NIH – who still has not explained to what extent his agency funded the development of this virus in the first place. OK.

But, Francis Collins at the same time wants you to know that even if you have been vaccinated, you can’t go back to your normal life. The vaccine is perfect – but you still have to wear a mask and can’t go outside.

Large gatherings, for example, are out of the question. Why? Because of the possibility that a handful of people aren't vaccinated may be hurt.

"If there are 100 people," Collins said recently, "how are you really going to be sure about people's vaccination status?'  

On the other hand, why would you need to be sure, if vaccination is a choice.

Collins did not explain how unvaccinated people could possibly pose a threat to vaccinated people, because remember that the vaccines work so well, we have to mandate them for public health reasons. But at the same time people who have been vaccinated are threatened by those who don’t.

Are you following this? Does it make any sense to you at all? Do you need a medical degree to know it’s complete nonsense? No, you don’t.

Here’s one thing you should know -- these restrictions do not apply to everyone. Prominent Democrats have been exempted from them.  

Barack Obama, for example, just announced that he's inviting 500 people to his 60th birthday party at his $12 million spread on Martha's Vineyard — the house which, despite climate change by the way, is right on the ocean.

Pearl Jam will perform and Steven Spielberg has been invited. There will be 200 staff. Why 200? Because when you’re as oppressed as Michelle Obama is, you really can’t have too many servants. And she doesn’t. 200 isn’t too many.  

So it turns out Martha's Vineyard is exempt from new COVID rules. Aspen will be too for sure. Parts of Washington, D.C., have already been given a pass.

We know that because Mayor Muriel Bowser delayed the implementation of her mask mandate long enough to celebrate her own birthday party.

Dave Chappelle came and dozens of others did too.

Then, after the mask mandate went into effect, on Saturday, Muriel Bowser, who is the mayor and can do whatever she wants, officiated a wedding at a high-priced hotel in a very pale neighborhood. Not a diverse place.

You’d think all of this – the lack of equity and diversity, and the hypocrisy would bother CNN. They’re on the lookout for those things. But they didn’t. Muriel Bowser’s part of the ruling class. Their job is to defend her no matter what she does. So they did: 

Can you imagine – you’re a news network and you’re taking your airtime to defend the hypocrisy of politicians. Cause why? Are they paying you or do you feel a moral duty to do that? You’re more loyal to them than you are to your viewers or the country.

So where does this lead? What do civil rights mean when they’re not enforced across the board – when your rights are given to you based on who you vote for, they’re not civil rights are they? They’re privileges.

And that’s exactly what’s happening and in fact, it’s happening around the world. Rights that we took for granted, that we believed we were born with in the English-speaking world, have disappeared.

Australia is a former prison colony and increasingly it’s looking like it once was. The Australian military is now enforcing martial law -- people aren't allowed to leave their homes. That's because of a COVID outbreak this summer that led to a grand total – get your pencils -- of nine deaths. 

Nine people died of the virus and they're shutting down Australia, and they’re using the military to do it. Police helicopters are clearing people off the beach, is there scientific justification for this? No, but they’re doing it anyway: 

The Anglosphere committing suicide collectively. Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Great Britain, what do they have in common? They speak the same language and have the same culture and all of them are allowing COVID to defeat them.

In Australia, people aren't allowed out on the beaches, and they're not allowed to ask why, either.  

We know that because Sky News Australia -- which has the same owners as this channel -- has just been banned on YouTube in Australia. Why is that? Sky News Australia reported that outdoor mask mandates and universal lockdowns may not be necessary to defeat COVID or very effective in defeating COVID. They reported that the science is far from settled on any of those questions. And they’re right, it is far from settled.

It's obvious to anyone who watched the Biden administration berate its own scientists on social media this weekend. The science is not settled. Science rarely is settled, in fact, it’s a process of seeking the truth – it’s not the same a political directive, just because the person in power tells you something doesn’t mean it’s ‘science’. Just because CNN defends that person exempting himself from his own rules does not make that science.

But rather than admit this obvious truth, a truth that almost all Americans understand intuitively the people running our government -- including our public health establishment which they employ -- panic. How long until they're kicking us off beaches and locking us in our homes?  Will we be able to complain about it when they do?

This article is adapted from Tucker Carlson's opening commentary on the August 2, 2021, edition of "Tucker Carlson Tonight." 

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