Doctor says “Travel is not a constitution right”

The doctor who used to run Planned Parenthood, where “My body, my choice” was an associated tag line, says “Travel is not a constitutional right“, in discussing travel bans for those who are not vaccinated.

She needs to stay in her lane. She is wrong. This illustrates the unfortunate arrogance of those in pandemic public health and why they have lost the trust and confidence of the public.

Follow up from July 2021: In Australia “Lockdowns work and we have no alternative”

Photo is of Australian government mandatory quarantine facility camp near Darwin:

Source: Covid-19: Lockdowns work and we have no alternative

How did the lock down do?

Sydney began a lock down on June 26th. During the summer the lock down was extended to an ever expanding geographic area.

Magenta arrow shows where the lock down, mandatory outdoor face masks, restrictions to stay within 5 km of your home, and allowed to go outside your home for only 1 hour per day. The lock down was enforced by police and military forces, police with dogs and helicopters.

By late summer, the Australian government acknowledged that lock downs did not work and instead, accelerated a mass vaccination program.Public health management of the pandemic in Australia failed.

These actions also failed in the U.S., and most countries of the world.

FDA advisory panels votes 16-2 against boosting Pfizer share price

An influential Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Friday resoundingly rejected a plan to administer booster shots of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine to the general public….

The final tally failed 16-2.

Source: FDA panel rejects plan to administer Pfizer’s Covid booster doses to general public

The panel is still considering an option for those aged 60 or 65 and older.

Update: They approved a booster shot for those age 65+ only. It is amazing how the need is a square wave function at age 64 to 65. Zero need at age 64 and 364 days, and then a need one day later.

“To defeat Delta variant, experts recommend doing all the things that didn’t work the first time” was supposed to be satire

Related: “To defeat Delta variant, experts recommend doing all the things that didn’t work the first time” was intended as satire, but here we are today:

A recent, promising decline from record-high COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations and cases does not mean it’s time to ease up, but instead to redouble efforts to keep all Oregonians safe through vaccinations, masks and distancing efforts, State Health Officer and Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger said Thursday.

Source: Sidelinger: Recent slowing in COVID-19 surge a hopeful sign, but no time to let down our guard – KTVZ

The state’s epidemiologist is literally saying to do more of what we’ve been doing, which led to new high records for all metrics. It didn’t work, so let’s do more of it!

This is incoherent.

GM shoots their Bolt EV in the head

Another Chevy Bolt EV caught fire this week. This seems to be GM’s response:

General Motors Co. urged some owners of Chevrolet Bolt electric cars to park and store the vehicles at least 50 feet away from other cars to reduce the risk that a spontaneous fire could spread.

Source: GM Tells Some Chevy Bolt Owners to Park 50 Feet Away From Others on Fire Risk – Bloomberg

50 feet?

This is not possible for many owners who live in apartments, many who live in urban homes (driveways are closer than 50 feet), or who need to park their car in a retailer’s parking lot, or even an employer’s parking lot, and especially those that need to park in parking garages.

Some owners say they have no possible way to meet the 50 foot restriction – even Chevy dealers will not permit them to store the unusable Bolt EVs at Chevy lots.

And what do you do when you park your vehicle well away from others – and then other people later park next to your Bolt Fire Bomb? Some think GM issued the 50 foot directive to attempt to absolve GM of liability if your car catches fire and damages other cars or property. If you cannot comply, that is your problem, not GM’s. Ugh.

This new directive comes after limiting the mileage to 100-160 miles of range (depending on the model year), and telling owners to charge outside only, and to actively watch the vehicle while charging – for 12 hours?

Owners have no estimate on when GM will begin replacing their defective batteries. The various recalls affect up to 140,000 vehicles – some think it will take one year or more to manufacture new battery packs.

Some owners are seeking to have GM provide replacement loaner vehicles or to buy back the defective Bolt EVs.

This is a catastrophe for GM’s EV program.

Where does the U.S. stand on vaccination relative to other countries?

Here in the U.S. we get see much news blaming too many unvaccinated for the Delta wave of the pandemic. Sometimes the news says rural, conservative area resistance to vaccinations are the problem.

But how does the U.S. compare to other countries?

The U.S. is just 3 percentage points behind the European Union and pretty much middle of the pack for the richer nations. Of course, the U.S. can and must do better than it has done so far, but this data shows the U.S. is not nearly as far behind and as backward a country as the media would have us believe. (Click on chart to enlarge)

Chart comes from OurWorldInData.

Things that confuse me

  1. Vaccines are highly effective
  2. On Sep 17, Pfizer will spend the day trying to convince the FDA that their vaccine does not last long and you need to get a booster shot
  3. The CDC and other say you need to wear a cloth facial covering even when fully vaccinated
  4. In my state, the fully vaccinated need to wear a cloth facial covering outside.
  5. Family blames the unvaccinated for the death of a fully vaccinated individual. The logic here escapes me but I am a brain injured idiot.

Does this public health messaging sound inconsistent and contradictory to any one else?

Another one that confuses me – say what?

“My cousin story is very painful: one of my cousins has been on a ventilator in an ICU for two weeks after contracting COVID. He is unvaccinated, like his wife, who is also ill but less so. Anti-maskers won in their school district and their daughter brought it home from school.”

So it’s someone else’s problem, not his for not being vaccinated (and he later died).

The messaging around vaccines is so screwed up.

“To defeat Delta Variant, Experts Recommend doing all the things that didn’t work the first time”

This was intended as a satire piece, not an instruction manual: “To defeat Delta Variant, Experts Recommend doing all the things that didn’t work the first time”

But then, here we are in September 2021: Gavin Newsom signals more COVID-19 mandates could come after California recall

(Well, it may be mandatory vaccinations and vaccine passports.)

“Majority of Americans believe worst COVID-19 outbreak is yet to come”

Which means a majority of Americans believe neither vaccines nor acquired immunity works to stop a disease.

New data shows 54 percent of Americans think the pandemic stands to worsen.

Source: Majority of Americans believe worst COVID-19 outbreak is yet to come: report | TheHill

This is a big disconnect between what people believe versus what is known about viral disease, the immune system and immunity.

How did we get here?

Public health embarrasses itself

A doctor and MPH says this slide proves that generic masks prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus by children in schools.

Face plant.

  1. The slide is for “Bacteria” not viruses; CDC and WHO both say Covid-19 spreads primarily by aerosols. Viruses are an order of magnitude or more smaller than bacteria.
  2. This slide is from June 26, 2020, and part of it appears in a video released on July 2, 2020. This was created when the CDC said a bandana would prevent the spread of Covid-19; that is since known to be untrue.
  3. The color coordinated red palette is a clue that this is a classic poster designed by a public health public relations propagandist.
  4. The use of a strawman type argument – arguing if it works for bacteria it should work for viruses, when that is not true. Indeed, during the 1918 Spanish flu, experts thought they were combating a virus and urged the use of cloth face masks. The masks had no effect on the spread of the disease, and the concept of virus was not understood until about a dozen years later. Oddly, this slide is repeating the mistakes of the 1918 Spanish flu response.
  5. Note how the size of the Petri dishes changes from small at the top to large at the bottom, to emphasize the bacterial growth on the media. This is a propaganda technique for the purpose of persuasion.
  6. In her Tweet thread, the doctor cites the pre-print study of an RCT on masks in Bangladesh as proof that masks work for kids in schools. In fact, the study found that “cloth masks” had no effect, and that surgical masks had no effect in reducing the disease spread for those under age 50. Citing a study that says the opposite of what she says is basically being a liar.
  7. She never defines “mask” in 2021 terms. The Bangladesh study used a custom made “cloth mask” that had one layer of blown polypropylene, similar to surgical masks, and then two cloth masks. People in the U.S. are not wearing this type of mask but are instead, following CDC guidelines, using two layers of woven fabric. Even with this enhanced “cloth” mask, the study authors found “cloth masks” had no significant reduction on the spread of Covid-19.
  8. She assumes a study of (mostly) adults in Bangladesh applies to children as young as two in U.S. classrooms. She assumes children adhere perfectly to mask rules for 6-8 hours per day (the latter being kids in pre-school/child-care settings). Even if the kids adhere 90% of the time (unlikely), then it takes 10 days to have been out of compliance the equivalent of a full day. At best, this mitigation delays but does not eliminate risk.
  9. She has embarrassed herself with this social media post. The subsequent comments on her social media shred what she has done here. This is so embarrassing and at this point is misinformation.
  10. The slide was created in June 2020 by Richard Davis, Ph.D. of Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center (unclear which campus but appears to be Spokane, WA) – and is significantly out of date with what is now known. This was done when the CDC believed a bandana would stop the spread of Covid-19. No one, including the CDC, believes that to be true anymore and the CDC says many cloth coverings are not approved by the CDC anymore.
  11. Why is the original post not classified as misinformation by Twitter?

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