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A collection of important posts/news about the progressing Covid-19 impact. Always with link to the source, so that you can check on your own whether stories are correct. (Covid-19 Remarkable News)

Updated as soon as something important comes up.

If you are interested in studies about the Covid-19 treatment with HCQ (Hydroxychloroquine), please have a look at the following website with a lot of studies and statistics. There are doctors out there who do believe that it works. That does not necessarily mean that it is true, but it is worth to have at least a look.

Medical professionals attended the America’s Frontline Doctors Summit in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Monday, July 27. Many doctors took the opportunity to address the media and the U.S. public about the country’s fight against COVID-19 and a few, including Dr. Stella Immanuel, spoke out against the current accepted virus treatment and the need to wear masks.

Video of Immanuel speaking quickly went viral as she talked about her experience treating COVID-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine and her belief in its effectiveness. This position is in contrast to the safety issues raised by the FDA, which has cautioned against using hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients.

More videos of the Frontline doctors:

Masks or not?

Interview: COVID-19 and the Great Mask Debate

by Jeremy R. HammondJun 17, 2020

Effectiveness of Surgical and Cotton Masks in Blocking SARS–CoV-2: A Controlled Comparison

In conclusion, both surgical and cotton masks seem to be ineffective in preventing the dissemination of SARS–CoV-2 from the coughs of patients with COVID-19 to the environment and external mask surface.


Healthy People Wearing Masks, Should They or Shouldn’t They?

Does wearing a mask help prevent coronavirus infection?

An important study using science to evaluate cloth mask use to prevent infection was conducted in March 2011. It is a large, prospective, randomized clinical trial; and the first randomized clinical trial ever conducted of cloth masks. The international team of researchers concluded:

This study is the first RCT of cloth masks, and the results caution against the use of cloth masks. This is an important finding to inform occupational health and safety. Moisture retention, reuse of cloth masks and poor filtration may result in increased risk of infection. Further research is needed to inform the widespread use of cloth masks globally. However, as a precautionary measure, cloth masks should not be recommended for HCWs, particularly in high-risk situations, and guidelines need to be updated.”

This study doesn’t provide evidence for effectiveness in high-risk populations; it certainly does not support healthy people wearing cloth masks.

More recently, researchers from University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health reviewed the scientific literature. While not an exhaustive review of masks and respirators as source control and personal protection equipment (PPE), this review was made in an effort to locate and review the most relevant studies of laboratory and real-world performance to inform our recommendations. The review, which has 52 citations, concludes:

We do not recommend requiring the general public who do not have symptoms of COVID-19-like illness to routinely wear cloth or surgical masks because:

  • There is no scientific evidence they are effective in reducing the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission
  • Their use may result in those wearing the masks to relax other distancing efforts because they have a sense of protection
  • We need to preserve the supply of surgical masks for at-risk healthcare workers.

2020 study in Seoul, South Korea looked at the effectiveness of surgical and cotton masks in blocking COVID-19 in a controlled comparison of four patients. The COVID-infected patients were put in negative pressure isolated rooms. The scientists compared disposable surgical masks (3 layers) with reusable cotton masks.

Patients were instructed to cough 5 times while wearing no mask, surgical mask, or cotton mask. Interestingly, all swabs from the outer masks—including surgical masks—were positive for COVID-19. Inner masks were also found to be contaminated. That means the mask did not effectively filter out the COVID virus since it is too small. The authors assert:

Neither surgical nor cotton masks effectively filtered {COVID-19} during coughs by infected patients.” Conclusion: “both surgical and cotton masks seem to be ineffective in preventing the dissemination of SARS–CoV-2 from the coughs of patients with COVID-19 to the environment and external mask surface.”


Forced #COVID19 vaccination by the military is coming!!

“…more than 100 million prefilled syringes for distribution across the United States by year-end 2020. …with the ultimate production goal of over 500 million prefilled syringes (doses) in 2021.”

Supervisor Jim Desmond says San Diego has only had ‘six pure’ coronavirus deaths

County Supervisor Jim Desmond said this week on a conservative podcast critical of California’s stay-home orders that the San Diego region has only had “six pure, solely coronavirus deaths.”

The comment, which was made Tuesday on the show Armstrong & Getty Extra Large Interviews, suggested that all but six of the region’s roughly 190 deaths should be somewhat discounted because patients had underlying health conditions.

“We’ve unfortunately had six pure, solely coronavirus deaths — six out of 3.3 million people,” Desmond said on the show. “I mean, what number are we trying to get to with those odds. I mean, it’s incredible. We want to be safe, and we can do it, but unfortunately, it’s more about control than getting the economy going again and keeping people safe.”

Moderna’s potential coronavirus vaccine gains FDA’s ‘fast track’ status

(Reuters) – Moderna Inc said on Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted “fast track” designation to its experimental coronavirus vaccine, a move that speeds up the regulatory review process.

Moderna has been racing to develop a safe and effective vaccine against the novel coronavirus that has killed more than 285,000 people globally.

A vaccine or treatment that gets the “fast track” designation is eligible for the agency’s “priority review” status, under which the FDA aims to take a decision on approving the drug within six months.

Editor remarks: “How can a vaccine get tested for longterm effects when they try to approve it within six months?”

Sweden’s coronavirus strategy

By Ishaan Tharoor May 12, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. EDT

People gather in a cafe to enjoy the warm spring weather in Stockholm on April 22. (Anders Wiklund/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
People gather in a cafe to enjoy the warm spring weather in Stockholm on April 22. (Anders Wiklund/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

As societies battened down the hatches and imposed quarantines, one European country appeared to take a different approach. In Sweden, there have been no invasive lockdowns to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Restaurants and even nightclubs are operating, though under guidelines to enforce social distancing. Schools for students under the age of 16 remain open. Large gatherings are restricted to a maximum of 50 people, a far cry from the enforced confinement imposed on entire cities in other parts of Europe.

These seemingly lax measures attracted the attention of lockdown skeptics elsewhere, who hailed the “Swedish model” as an example of how a Western democracy ought to deal with the pandemic. It became a cause celebre among American conservatives, who resent the economic toll exacted by social distancing restrictions. Even for nonconservatives, the Swedish approach is now being invoked as an obvious “alternative” to what prevails. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman suggested this weekend that President Trump may hope to “follow Sweden” as he seeks to “reopen” the American economy.AD

But Swedish officials are hardly championing their own experiment as a template for the rest of the world. “This is a marathon, this is not over by any means,” Karin Ulrika Olofsdotter, Sweden’s ambassador to the United States, said in a recent interview with Today’s WorldView. She pointed to many “misconceptions” about what Sweden is and isn’t doing in its fight against the virus.

Some media outlets make it look “like everyone in Sweden is out drinking and partying,” she said. “That is not the case.”ICFJ✔@ICFJ

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