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CDC says vaxxed kids must wear face masks forever

As the vaccine for ages 5-11 becomes available, the CDC will not change it’s “gudiance”:

“As we head into these winter months, we know we cannot be complacent,” Walensky said during a briefing of the White House COVID-19 response team. She made clear that dropping mask mandates in schools would constitute precisely such an act of complacency, pointing to a recent study that found schools without mask mandates were 3.7 times more likely to experience a coronavirus outbreak than schools where mask wearing was required.“

So right now, we’re going to continue to recommend masks in all schools, for all people in those schools,” Walensky said.

Source: CDC recommends masks stay on in schools

Who listens to these people anymore? They’ve been wrong about everything for 20 months now.

There are published reports that the risk of mortality, for kids, is less than for typical influenza years. We are now using near useless masking in schools (unlike most countries of the world) to hypothetically prevent exposure to mostly vaccinated adults. Nothing here makes logical or consistent sense.

The CDC is a joke. They fully intend to have us wearing face masks the remainder of our lives. They can go to hell.

Covid-19 kills more men than women

  • The overall death rate for men is 1.6 times higher than the death rate for women;
  • The gap is widest in the middle of the age distribution, with 184 male deaths for every 100 female deaths.
  • As death rates have fallen, the gender gap has narrowed slightly
  • The gap is not explained by a higher number of cases among men, or differences in pre-existing conditions

Source: At least 65,000 more men than women have died from COVID-19 in the US

UK Doctors want to reimpose Covid-19 restrictions

Face masks forever!

U.K. medical professionals have issued an urgent plea to the British government to reimpose Covid restrictions just as experts watch a virus mutation closely.

Source: UK doctors call for return of Covid restrictions; new mutation watched

Little of what was done in the past made any difference, so let’s do more of it, all over again!

Does anyone still listen to those folks?

CDC issues new COVID holiday guidelines

Who still listens to the CDC?

The CDC issued new holiday guidelines for COVID safety after its previous recommendation for “virtual celebrations” sparked widespread backlash.

Source: CDC issues new COVID holiday guidelines after ‘virtual celebrations’ recommendation sparked backlash

Based on what we have witnessed the past 20 months, the CDC is lost. Their name is Centers for Disease Control and Prevention but failed to control or prevent anything regarding Covid-19. Based on my actual lived experience of the past 20 months, I have zero confidence or trust in them or their public health partners.

Auto makers might drop AM/FM/HD radios from future vehicles

Tesla has dropped AM/FM radios from cars, effectively. If you have an older Tesla and do the $1500 “infotainment” upgrade, it removes AM/FM/Sirius XM radio features and you have to pay $500 to add them back. Tesla’s theory is that everyone wants to listen to streaming Internet radio via their cell phone.

Tesla’s are apparently not driven in places that have no cell service. I have no cell service over most of the eastern half of my rural western state.

The question is: Will other automakers follow Tesla’s lead and also eliminate AM/FM radios?

Many EVs have already gotten rid of AM radio, while some say they will continue to have them – for now.

Source: Radio’s Car Radio Paranoia 2: What If Eric Rhoads Was Right?

But they said inflation is not a problem: Food prices to rise 10% within 60 days?

John Catsimatidis, the billionaire supermarket owner of Gristedes and D’Agostino Foods, warned that food giants such as Nabisco, PepsiCo, and Coca-Cola will prioritize raising prices on products.

“I see over 10 percent [price increase] in the next 60 days,”

Source: Billionaire Supermarket Owner Warns: Food Prices Will Go Up ‘Tremendously’

Sort of looking like experts will have blown it. Again.

Oops: Oregon inadvertently sends spreadsheet containing vax status of 40,000 employees – to state newspaper

Oregon’s Department of Administrative Services on Monday mistakenly sent individual vaccination statuses to The Oregonian/OregonLive and the Statesman Journal, instead of the agency-level vaccination and exemption percentages the news organizations requested.

Source: Oregon government agency inadvertently releases 40,000 state employees’ vaccination status – oregonlive.com

Academics say yes: Is US already in a recession?

America has already slipped into a recession that could be as bad as the 2008 financial meltdown according to key consumer data, a Dartmouth College professor has warned.

David Blanchflower, of Dartmouth, and Alex Bryson, of University College London, say that every slump since the 1980s has been foreshadowed by 10-point drops in consumer indices from the Conference Board and University of Michigan.

Source: US is already in a recession that could be as bad as 2008, paper warns | Daily Mail Online

They say the U.S. is in a recession – but government spending (money printing?), direct payments, and so on, has held it at bay.

I do not know. But there is much that is messed up – the supply chain situation is bizarre, as is the apparent shortage of labor. Something is amiss. With official inflation running YoY at 5.4%, the Fed will likely act soon to begin raising interest rates. That diminishes borrowing, which eventually means less spending, which means less demand, which means moderating price pressures. The stock market will not like that much, nor will Congress, which is up for election in 2022.

President of Royal College of Paediatrics calls for stop to Covid testing of healthy students

Mass Covid testing in schools should be stopped since it is causing “unnecessary chaos,” and expert has warned.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s president, Dr Camilla Kingdon, told The Daily Telegraph that children should not have to “carry the burden” of the pandemic.

In secondary schools, the current system sees students take lateral flow tests twice a week has faced criticism.“

You are asking completely healthy children to test, with the potential to be excluded (from school), there is just a real concern that we are increasing a level of chaos into the system that is unnecessary,” Dr Kingdon said.

Source: Calls for mass Covid testing to be scrapped in schools | News and Star

Others say to focus on hospitalization metrics. “Daily positive test case” counts are no longer representative of disease burden thanks to vaccines (and acquired immunity and tests measuring viral fragments) and false positive results.