In Louisiana, Covid-19 deaths and non-Covid-19 deaths rise sharply in 2020

Around 7,800 people had died of COVID-19 in Louisiana …. at the same time, another 5,000 excess deaths — 40% of the total — cannot be chalked up to the virus — not directly, anyway.

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many of the deaths apparently came from those who couldn’t or wouldn’t seek care in that crisis. And it appears from a sharp rise in drug- overdose deaths that worries the pandemic would exacerbate so-called “deaths of despair” were equally prophetic.

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Researchers will likely spend years struggling to tally the years shaved off lives from missed cancer screenings,

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data and anecdotal evidence suggest that many people died from other causes because they didn’t get medical care for serious conditions, either out of fear of the virus or because the care was not available.

Source: Louisiana deaths jumped by nearly 30% in 2020: How the victims died | News | nola.com

The UK government has also estimated that 40% of excess deaths during the pandemic are not due to Covid-19 but due to the side effects of government policies, for the same reasons suggested above.

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Oregon paid $1000 for “real Oregonians” to appear in photos to promote face masks

CASTING CALL – RURAL OREGONIANS

We’re casting rural Oregonians for a pro-mask photoshoot. The images will be used by the State of Oregon in a PSA promoting COVID19 safety.

We’re looking for a wide range of Oregon residents from farmers, hunters, fishermen, mechanics, construction workers, loggers, truckers, food service workers, bikers, miners, shop/store clerks, and beyond. All genders and ethnicities welcome. No Portland-area residents.

Pay if hired is $1000 for one day of work between Dec 3-15. Must be pro-mask, 18+ and live in Oregon to apply. The photographer will come to your location for the shoot.

Source: $1,000/Day Oregon COVID-19 PSA Casting Call for REAL Oregon Residents

This campaign reeks of idiocy. First, it targets rural areas – OHA staff assumed that rural residents need to be propagandized to “comply”; there is no equivalent campaign for city residents. Second, the campaign is based on stereotypes of rural residents.

This past week they ran a new video showing fishermen throwing a colleague overboard – for social distancing. This ad sank to the bottom shortly after as coastal towns, which have lost far too many lives to commercial fishing drownings, were greatly insulted by this stupidity.

OHA removed the ad almost immediately.

Today they posted this photo – with that beard, his mask is near useless at protecting much of anyone. Presumably this was one of the paid posed photos, from the above solicitation. The caption described them as rural farmers.

Surge in good news: Pfizer vaccine reduces infection/transmission risk

Well, duh:

“This is great news — the Pfizer vaccine not only provides protection against becoming ill from SARS-CoV-2 but also helps prevent infection, reducing the potential for the virus to be passed on to others,” said Dr. Mike Weekes, an infectious-diseases specialist, who led the study.

Source: Pfizer vaccine can reduce transmission after 1 dose, new study finds – MarketWatch

More bad news for the fear mongering crowd. Must come up with more scary news!

Testing, contact tracing, and why neither may have been very useful

But some of the most vocal testing proponents are less worried about the declines in screening. From a public health viewpoint, testing is effective if it helps to quickly find the infected, trace their contacts and isolate them to stop the spread. In most parts of the U.S., that never happened.

Contact tracing seemed to have become silly. At one point in July, Florida estimated 16% of their population, based on serology testing and a simple model, had been exposed to Covid-19. But only about 1/10th of those had been confirmed with a test. Which means 90% were never contact traced. Did contact tracing just 10% of cases make much difference?

Over the holiday season, many Americans still had to wait days to receive test results, rendering them largely useless. That’s led to testing fatigue and dwindling interest, said Dr. Michael Mina of Harvard University.

I read earlier today that due to the Arctic weather outbreak the prior week, many test results were delayed 7-14 days. At which point the results have little value.

Source: Plunging demand for COVID-19 tests may leave US exposed

Virginia’s Covid-19 death reports are fraudulent

From the Covid Tracking Project – Virginia’s actual deaths, by date (blue line) and as published in the daily body count (black line).

Virginia’s death reports are so far behind as to present a fraudulent picture to the public. How is this not fraud to misrepresent this to the public?

This happened in my state. It’s happened in Ohio. It’s happened in many states. If this were a public company, this would be called fraud.