Hospital Finds Itself Unable to Deliver Babies After Nurses Resign in Protest

H/T Western Journal.

The administration at screwed the pooch with their attitude and mandate.

A hospital in rural New York state has announced it will stop delivering babies — at least temporarily — due to the mass resignation of staff members who are protesting the state’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate.

Five other departments at Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville also could face a pause in services due to resignations, Lewis County Health System CEO Gerald Cayer said Friday, according to the Watertown Daily Times.

Cayer said the hospital will not deliver babies after Sept. 24.

Six employees of the maternity unit resigned rather than be vaccinated against COVID-19, Cayer said, adding that another seven employees remain undecided.

Cayer said 165 hospital employees aren’t vaccinated, while 464 are at least partially.

 

Last month, the state ordered all health-care workers in hospitals and long-term-care facilities to have at least one shot of a vaccination by Sept. 27.

“Our hope is as we get closer (to the deadline), the numbers will increase of individuals who are vaccinated, fewer individuals will leave and maybe, with a little luck, some of those who have resigned will reconsider,” Cayer said, according to WWNY-TV.

“We are not alone. There are thousands of positions that are open north of the Thruway, and now we have a challenge to work through, you know, with the vaccination mandate,” he said, referring to the vast stretch of rural northern New York state in the Adirondack Mountain region.

“We are unable to safely staff the service after Sept. 24. The number of resignations received leaves us no choice but to pause delivering babies at Lewis County General Hospital. It is my hope that the (state) Department of Health will work with us in pausing the service rather than closing the maternity department,” he told the Daily Times.

Cayer said that if the maternity service can be paused, the hospital can focus on recruiting vaccinated nurses and “reengage” in delivering babies in Lewis County.

In a statement, Cayer said that “essential health services are not at risk because of the mandate.”

“The mandate ensures we will have a healthy workforce, and we are not responsible for transmission in or out of our facilities,” he said.

Cayer said the hospital has tried to persuade employees to be vaccinated.

“We truly have worked hard to educate, encourage, cajole (and) support individuals to get comfortable with receiving the vaccine, but we are not passing judgment on any single person who says it’s not right for them,” Cayer said.

 

“We don’t want to lose anyone. We would like everyone to get vaccinated, but we also understand we live in a country where you get to choose certain things, and if you choose not to be vaccinated … you can’t work in health care. We just simply respect, we thank for service, and we each move forward.”

Cayer said all new hires will be required to be vaccinated, but he said those who resigned but get their shots will not be banned from returning.

“We’ve been very clear,” Cayer told the Daily Times. “Anyone who has resigned that changes their mind will be welcomed back.”

 

 

Those Plastic COVID-19 Barriers in Stores Probably Aren’t Helping Anyone

H/T Mental Floss.

I only have this to say about it Duh!

In an effort to help curb the spread of COVID-19, many stores and public-facing businesses have opted to install plastic barriers separating employees from customers. By one estimate, more than $750 million has been spent on these Plexiglas-type products. The premise is that the physical separation may help reduce viral particles from being communicated from one party to another.

According to a recent report in The New York Times, that may not be the case.

In speaking with experts, the Times asserts that instead of blocking particles, the barriers may simply be redirecting them to other work colleagues on one side of the barrier—or, worse, reducing ventilation in the space, which is a key component of helping mitigate viral spread indoors.

In the case of a school classroom, which may have barriers for each seat, the problem can be amplified. “If you have a forest of barriers in a classroom, it’s going to interfere with proper ventilation of that room,” Linsey Marr, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, told the Times. “Everybody’s aerosols are going to be trapped and stuck there and building up, and they will end up spreading beyond your own desk.”

What limited research exists on barrier effectiveness generally indicates only limited benefit. A plastic shield will almost certainly stop a larger particle from a cough or sneeze from ending up on a person’s face, but smaller aerosols expelled during a conversation may instead drift, moving over the barrier (which rarely extends to ceiling height) where it can hang in the air and remain a potential source of infection.

Benefits are noticeable when the barrier is more substantial—think a doctor’s office reception partition, a bank, or a bus driver enclosed in a space. But partial barriers installed without regard to the effects of airflow or ventilation may not be doing the job.

Should you be concerned about plastic barriers increasing your risk of illness? Not necessarily. Vaccination, masking, and social distancing remain the most effective ways to manage possible exposures. A limited time spent near a barrier is not likely to significantly impact those odds, though employees who spend hours in that situation and without proper airflow in the building might not find themselves in ideal circumstances.

[h/t The New York Times]

Despite ‘Delta’ Alarmism, COVID-19 Deaths Hit 16-Month Low

H/T Western Journal.

Joe Pee Pads Biden’s regime will defiantly censor this bit of news.

The Delta alarmism is to scare the CNN watching sheeple.

Please help me spread the word.

Despite fears about contagious new strains of the coronavirus floating around, deaths from COVID-19 are at a 16-month low, according to the latest data.

The establishment media loves a high body count. If you’ve never worked in a TV newsroom, you’ve never seen a media big shot’s eyes glaze over as he hears about a mass casualty event. It’s disgusting.

Thus far, the super-scary, mega-ominous delta variant has denied the establishment media’s empathy-free reporter, producers and directs mass graves and B-roll footage of body bags. The TV and print media spin machine is being foiled by science and medicine.

In fact, deaths from COVID-19 are still declining, despite all the fresh alarmism.

A graph shared on Twitter by Harvard Medical School professor Martin Kulldorff, which cited the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Research Center as its source, shows U.S. COVID deaths conspicuously peaked around the third week of January — which was right around the time of President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

 

 

But something else happened following that month: Deaths kept declining. In spite of the super-scary, mega-ominous delta variant and its cousin, the super-terrifying, mega-menacing lambda variant, reported fatalities from COVID are at a 16-month low.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s provisional information on cases and deaths shows the same trend shared by Johns Hopkins University and Kulldorff.

A CDC table that tracks reported COVID deaths in the U.S. shows clearly that fatalities have fallen to their lowest level since spring of last year, even though the country is seeing an uptick in reported cases and new variants.

The CDC tracked six deaths attributed to COVID in January 2020. By April of last year, 65,471 deaths had been linked to the pandemic.

In January of this year, according to the CDC, 104,904 Americans died from the coronavirus. In February, the agency attributed 47,313 deaths to the illness. That’s quite a drop, but it was only the beginning.

The number of monthly deaths continued to fall each month, including this month, as the delta variant took over news coverage — leading to talk of more lockdowns, a return of masks and the federal government essentially undercutting its own messaging on vaccine efficacy.

How deadly has July been, with respect to other months? It trails only February 2020, when 19 deaths were attributed to the coronavirus.

Through Friday, 4,054 deaths have been blamed on COVID this month — a big drop from 7,493 in June and the lowest since 7,159 deaths were reported in March 2020, the month in which the disease began its spread across the country and world.

While one death from any cause is too many, the pandemic is right now less deadly than it has been at any point since this nightmare began, and that statement isn’t speculative. It’s based purely on science and analytics.

People who mask-shame, watch left-wing CNN and virtue signal about their vaccine status often shout down their opposition, declaring those with whom they disagree to not be “scientists.” One doesn’t need to be a scientist to read a graph.

All available data shows that new efforts by Democrats to seemingly make masks a permanent part of life are based not on science but on a desire for power. The American left has relied for more than a year on people being afraid and compliant as they transform the country into a socialist cesspit where they can use COVID as a pretense to seize control of elections.

It’s challenging to see how those in charge can accomplish that feat if people simply look at the information proved by the scientists for themselves and behave accordingly. Then again, those pushing fear about new disease variants are the same people who are the gatekeepers of information.

Surely the country’s ruling party and the politicized CDC will find a way to keep amping up the alarmism.

But the numbers don’t support any assertion that we’re all in dire straits. They actually show the opposite.

Door-to-Door Vaccine Checks Not Enough – Dems Moving to Monitor Our Text Messages for Vaccine ‘Misinformation’

H/T Western Journal.

Hitler and Goebbels would be proud.

They can shove their shots up their ass.

The Democrats are so irritated that critics keep accusing the Biden administration of troubling heights of government overreach for its COVID-19 vaccination efforts, that they’re pursuing a plan to work with cell providers to monitor text messages to make sure that this “disinformation” does not continue to spread.

Great move, guys. All those red state, Trump-voting Republicans will now be lining up with their arms outstretched to receive the jab in no time, I’m sure.

The jaw-dropping revelation comes from a report in Politico, which details how the Biden administration has amped up the rhetoric against its critics, whom White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki recently accused of “literally killing people” for raising concerns about the safety of the vaccine as well as the troubling precedents for civil liberties that could be set as the government seeks more aggressive means of ensuring everyone receives the novel inoculation.

In addition to the door-to-door strategy, “Biden allied groups, including the Democratic National Committee, are also planning to engage fact-checkers more aggressively and work with SMS carriers to dispel misinformation about vaccines that is sent over social media and text messages,” Politico reported.

“We are steadfastly committed to keeping politics out of the effort to get every American vaccinated so that we can save lives and help our economy further recover,” the outlet quoted White House spokesman Kevin Munoz as saying, in apparent approval of the plan to monitor text messages.

“When we see deliberate efforts to spread misinformation, we view that as an impediment to the country’s public health and will not shy away from calling that out.”

If only the Biden White House was as concerned about the country’s founding philosophy as they are about the country’s “public health.”

Politico writers Natasha Korecki and Eugene Daniels note that “indeed” over the last few weeks, “criticism of the administration’s door-to-door vaccination strategy has increasingly become a fixture on Fox News” (they apparently expect us to take for granted that this is further proof such criticism is disinformation) “in addition to being a top topic on conservative social media posts and over SMS messages to cell phone users.”

One wonders how, exactly, they know what we’re texting each other about the vaccine.

While the writers certainly could have better clarified this, the report indicates that the text messages in question are those sent out en masse by conservative groups like Turning Point USA, which Politico reports has been sending out text messages such as one they viewed which read, “Biden is sending goons DOOR-TO-DOOR to make you take a Covid-19 vaccine. Sign the petition to: No medical raids in America.”

Although the Biden administration is trying to clarify that the community volunteers (and really, what is to say a volunteer can’t be a goon?) won’t be forcing anyone to take the vaccine, it’s borderline splitting hairs to call this text “disinformation.” Since the end goal, inarguably, is to get more people to take the vaccine, was TPUSA’s text message really wrong or merely hyperbolic?

It’s troubling to even split those hairs, however, as all Americans have a right to complain about actions taken by the federal government and to characterize them as dramatically as they so choose, and most certainly to do so through messages sent to private cell phones that the government has absolutely no business whatsoever monitoring.

Politico’s report, of course, largely focused on the Biden administration’s response to the backlash over its door-to-door plan to spread the Good News of the COVID-19 vaccine and its attempts to clarify all that wicked deception from free citizens with a right to voice their own opinions.

“The big misinterpretation that Fox News or whomever else is saying is that they are essentially envisioning a bunch of federal workers knocking on your door, telling you you’ve got to do something that you don’t want to do,” Anthony Fauci, the patron saint of pandemic-era government overreach, said while doing the cable news rounds on Sunday, according to Politico.

Fauci explained it will be “trusted messengers who are part of the community doing that — not government officials. So that’s where I think the disconnect is.”

Never you fear, disinformed conservatives, it is just private citizens who will be knocking on the doors of your private homes to altruistically and selflessly provide you with information that has been blessed and sanctified by the federal government and known to be the only Good, True, and Pure Information about the vaccine so many are so hesitant to get.

So now you can rest easy.

Isn’t it amazing how the left has decided to so cheerfully accept almost comically tyrannical government overreach? Less than a decade ago, the same people made a (well-founded) big fuss over NSA spying on Americans? (Something Fox News’ Tucker Carlson knows something about these days.)

This is the “progress” they’ve envisioned — a presidential administration that not only campaigns door-to-door to disseminate information but seems to endorse monitoring our text messages because they’re upset too many people are questioning this information?

We have wandered deep into very murky territory over the last few years, as we discuss to what degree either private tech companies or the federal government should be allowed to fact-check our free speech or free agency. In reality, this shouldn’t even be a discussion. No such entity should be dictating what “truth” is, ever, not in a free and liberal society.

Yet here we are, in the abyss.

FDA to Warn of COVID Vaccine Link to Rare Nerve Disorder That Can Cause Paralysis

H/T Western Journal.

Another reason to avoid the Covid-19 shot.

The Food and Drug Administration is adding a new warning for Americans who get the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine based on reports of a rare nerve disease in those who received the shots.

“Reports of adverse events following use of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine under emergency use authorization suggest an increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome during the 42 days following vaccination,” the FDA said in a letter dated Monday to Janssen Biotech, the division of Johnson & Johnson that developed the vaccine.

About 100 preliminary reports of Guillain-Barré have been reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Washington Post reported.

Of those, 95 were serious and required the patient to be hospitalized, the FDA said. One person has died.

The FDA will stop short of saying the vaccine caused the disease.

 

 

 

Existing evidence “is insufficient to establish a causal relationship,” the FDA said, according to The Post.

The FDA said it “continues to find the known and potential benefits clearly outweigh the known and potential risks” of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In its reporting, The New York Times said that incidence of the rare nerve disorder “appear to be three to five times higher among recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine than among the general population in the United States.”

According to the FDA letter sent to Janssen, “Guillain Barré syndrome (a neurological disorder in which the body’s immune system damages nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis) has occurred in some people who have received the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine. In most of these people, symptoms began within 42 days following receipt of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine. “

The FDA said symptoms of having Guillain-Barré include weakness or tingling sensations, especially in the legs or arms; difficulty walking or with facial movements; and difficulty with bladder control or bowel functions.

 
 

 

Most of those affected have been men aged 50 and older, according to the CDC.

The Post report said no such issues have been found with the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.

This is the second major stumbling block for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Three months ago, it was put on pause amid concerns the vaccine caused severe blood clots. The pause in its use ended after a warning was attached to the drug.

The Astra Zeneca vaccine, which is given in Europe and has not been approved for use in the U.S., has also been examined for a possible link to Guillain Barré.

Healthy Boy, 13, Dies in His Sleep After Receiving Second COVID Vaccine Dose

H/T Western Journal.

One more reason for me to not take the shot as I have heart problems also.

For months, coronavirus vaccine skeptics have been mocked, shunned, turned away from events and labeled as tinfoil-hat-wearing conspiracy theorists for their refusal to be injected with a novel breed of vaccines.

But there are reasons to be cautious.

Michigan resident Jacob Clynick had just completed the eighth grade and looked forward to starting his freshman year at Saginaw’s Carrollton High School this fall when the 13-year-old got his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on June 13 at a local Walgreens pharmacy, the Detroit Free Press reported.

When we’re 13, life seems so vast and rife with possibilities. We either look forward to — or dread — turning the page to write our lives’ next chapter, but, in our own peculiar ways, we each anticipate the journey.

Jacob never got the chance to move on.

As the days separating his vaccination from his death came and went, Jacob reported having typical side effects — fever, upset stomach and fatigue — his aunt, Tammy Burages told the Free Press.

In most cases, such mild symptoms are little cause for concern — especially from a healthy 13-year-old with no underlying medical conditions.

When Jacob went to bed June 15, he had a stomach ache, Burges told the newspaper.

He died overnight.

Now, authorities are investigating whether Jacob’s death was related to the vaccination, the Free Press reported.l

“The family was told that preliminary autopsy findings suggest Jacob’s heart was enlarged when he died and there was fluid around his heart, Burges said,” according to the Free Press.

The Michigan Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine would not confirm this information, the Free Press reported.

“We can verify that we are managing the investigation, and that’s the extent of what I can share,” Randy Pfau, director of operations for the institute, told the newspaper.

“It’s still an ongoing investigation,” he added, “I know the doctors are working on this case as a priority.”

As the Free Press noted, a Centers for Disease Control advisory committee has acknowledged previous instances of post-vaccine heart inflammation (aka myocarditis), saying that a “likely association” exists between the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and heart issues in younger recipients.

However, the CDC still comes down in favor of vaccination.

“The known and potential benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks, including the possible risk of myocarditis or pericarditis,” its website states. “Also, most patients with myocarditis and pericarditis who received care responded well to treatment and rest and quickly felt better.”

Still, the side effects are clearly real. How many more children have to share the same experience before liberals stop promoting vaccines for those in age groups at low risk for COVID-19?

Aside from the kid controversy, the adverse reactions, the horror stories and the borderline creepy governmental push surrounding these novel vaccines are exactly why mandates are a bad idea for everyone.

These vaccines — aside from being the first of the mRNA breed — have only been on the market for a few short months, unlike traditional vaccines we’ve had for decades (e.g. those for rubella, measles or chickenpox).

We know very little about the long-term side effects. We know very little about how our bodies will respond to this new “technology” as time goes on.

It’s only natural to be reluctant.

No definite link between Jacob’s death and his vaccination has been established. However, there’s no shortage of cases where young, healthy recipients experienced heart trouble after their immunizations. Even a CDC advisory committee has acknowledged it.

Am I saying everyone is going to die or experience adverse reactions from COVID vaccines? Of course not.

But I am encouraging all readers to do what you feel is best for yourselves and your families. Get vaccinated on your own terms, not the government’s, not some official’s.

If you don’t want to get vaccinated, that’s your prerogative too.

Above all, have the courage to think for yourself. That’s the bravest thing you can do.

Biden Hit with Vaccine Curveball as Pfizer, Moderna CEOs Reveal What Americans May Have to Do in the Coming Months

H/T Western Journal.

I have not even had the first one and I am not sure I will get it.

All of that hard-fought effort to protect Americans from the coronavirus could possibly be fading away, according to the leaders of two companies who make the coronavirus vaccine.

Executives of both Pfizer and Moderna say that booster shots to remain protected against the virus are very likely to be needed, and that the first boosters could be needed this fall, according to Axios.

“The data that I see coming, they are supporting the notion that likely there will be a need for a booster somewhere between eight and 12 months,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said

A company statement echoed that finding, according to NBC.

“Until we see a reduction in SARS-CoV-2 circulation and COVID-19 disease, we think it is likely that a third dose, a boost of our vaccine, within 12 months after vaccine administration, will likely be needed to help provide protection,” the company said in a statement. “We are also prepared to update the vaccine quickly should variants emerge that escape current vaccine protection.”

In an email, Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel had a similar message, according to Axios.

“I think as a country we should rather be two months too early, than two months too late with outbreaks in several places,” Bancel wrote, according to Axios.

People at highest risks (elderly, healthcare workers) were vaccinated in December/January. So I would do [a] September start for those at highest risk.”

The current round of vaccinations began with the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed, during which the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines were developed and approved for emergency use.  Developing a vaccine booster program would all be solely on the shoulder of the Biden administration.

On Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Americans are likely to have another round of shots in their future, according to CNN.

“We know that the vaccine durability of the efficacy lasts at least six months, and likely considerably more, but I think we will almost certainly require a booster sometime within a year or so after getting the primary,” Fauci said.

He said he did not think boosters would be linked to any one variant of the virus that has emerged.

“Instead of having to play whack-a-mole with each individual variant and develop a booster that’s variant-specific, it is likely that you could just keep boosting against the wild type, and wind up getting a good enough response that you wouldn’t have to worry about the variants,” he said.

On Thursday, he told NBC something a little bit different.

Related:
One Year After Openly Defying Trump on COVID Lab Leak Theory, Fauci Admits He’s Now Doubting the ‘Natural Origin’ Narrative

“The bottom line is, we don’t know if or when we will need booster shots,” he said. “But it would be foolish not to prepare for the eventuality that we might need it.”

But some said talk of boosters might be all about the drug makers’ business plans.

“It’s not proven that we need boosters yet. Whereas it’s appropriate to plan for boosters, you’ve got to look at whether there’s a corporate agenda behind this,” said Cornell professor John Moore, a virologist, according to Axios.

“As of now, we don’t have any evidence that protective immunity has dropped to a troubling point, and certainly not for people immunized in December, January, February. It’s hard to say where we will be in November because right now it’s May.”

Immunity does not evaporate, but degrades over time. Even those who had their vaccinations as early as December aren’t yet in a position to be worried, Moore said, according to Axios.

“Personally, if I was in that situation, I wouldn’t be worrying about it — not yet. But I would want to see that data later in the year,” Moore said.

How Common Are Your Covid-19 Vaccine Side Effects?

dfffffffffffffffffffffff`H/T Smithsonian Magazine.

Her second shot made my ex-wife really bad sick.

I know symptoms very from person to person.

New data from the CDC shows the rates of side effects after each dose of Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines.

As the vaccine rollout continues across America, people are rolling up their sleeves—and bracing for side effects, especially after the second dose of the two-part vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech. As Katherine J. Wu reported for the Atlantic in February, the second dose of a vaccine can prompt surprisingly strong side effects like fever, chills and fatigue because the immune system is ready to use the skills it learned after the first dose.

 

Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released data about how often people experienced side effects after the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. The data come from electronic diaries that clinical trial volunteers kept for seven days after each injection in order to record side effects. The CDC’s dataset is broken down by age and shows that older people tend to report fewer side effects than younger people.

Pain at the injection site is the most common side effect, according to the CDC report. After the first dose of either a Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, just over 70 percent of older people reported pain in their arms, and just over 80 percent of younger people reported pain. Pain was more common after the second dose for recipients of the Moderna vaccine, but slightly less common after the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Less than five percent of people who received the Moderna vaccine reported “Grade 3” pain, which is defined either by pain that prevents a person from completing normal daily activities, or indicates a pain reliever is needed to treat symptoms.

Other side effects at the injection site, like redness and swelling, each affected less than ten percent of people who got the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and less than 20 percent of people who got the Moderna vaccine.

One of the most-talked-about side effects from the vaccines is a fever. As Patricia Mandatori, who lives in Los Angeles, tells Kaiser Health News’ Arthur Allen, the side effects “felt like a truck hit me. When I started to feel rotten I [said], ‘Yay, I got the vaccination.’ I was happy. I felt relieved.”

The data show less than 20 percent of younger people who participated in the study reported fevers of higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit after their second dose of either vaccine.

For Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine, only 3.7 percent of participants had fevers after the first dose, and 15.8 percent reported fevers after the second dose. In people over 55 years old, 1.4 percent reported fevers after the first dose of Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine, and 10.9 percent reported fevers after the second dose.

Less than one percent of people who received the Moderna vaccine reported fevers after the first dose, regardless of age. After the second dose, 17.4 percent of younger participants and 10.2 percent of participants 65 and older reported fevers.

Chills were another common side effect. About half of younger Moderna recipients, and about a third of younger Pfizer recipients, reported chills after their second dose.

Dozens of vaccine trial participants also reported lymphadenopathy—swollen lymph nodes—after receiving their jabs. The effects tended to appear around the arm and neck within two to four days of the vaccination, and lasted for an average of ten days after the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and one to two days after the Moderna vaccine.

The data also show that not everyone will have severe side effects. Having a strong reaction “is an interesting but, in a sense, not vital question,” says Vanderbilt University Medical Center infectious disease specialist William Schaffner to Kaiser Health News. For the most part, he says, “Don’t worry about it.”

The severity of side effects doesn’t necessarily relate to how strongly the vaccine will protect a person from Covid-19. A significant number of people in the vaccine trials didn’t report side effects at all, and the two-dose vaccines showed 95 percent efficacy. University of Pennsylvania pediatrician Paul Offit, who specializes in infectious disease and is a member of the FDA’s vaccine advisory panel, tells the New York Times’ Tara Parker-Pope, “That proves you don’t have to have side effects in order to be protected.”

HS Runner Collapses at Finish Line Due to ‘Complete Oxygen Debt,’ Coach Points Finger at Mask Mandates

H/T Western Journal.

It is time to end this bullshit mask mandate before some athlete dies becasue they are running wearing a mask.

An Oregon high school track and field coach has brought up serious concerns about the state mask mandate after one of his runners collapsed at the finish line Wednesday.

“I am concerned with the mask rule,” Summit High School track coach Dave Turnbull told the Bend Bulletin. “This is what I am worried about and I said this at the beginning of the season.

“You get a kid running the 800 with a mask on, it is actually dangerous. They don’t get the oxygen that they need. This rule needs to change.”

High school athletes in Oregon are required to wear masks during competition under Oregon rules to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The problem of wearing masks while running came to light during the 800-meter race.

Maggie Williams was racing the two laps around the track and on her way to break a school record when she fell right before the finish line.

“I was pushing so hard and everything went blurry and I just fell,” the high school junior said.

“But luckily I fell at the right spot and crossed the line with my head.”

She skidded across the line in a record-breaking 2 minutes, 8.45 seconds.

 

Turnbull called the situation “complete oxygen debt” and called on the Oregon Health Authority to follow Washington’s lead and lift the mask mandate for track and cross-country runners, according to OutKick.

“Unfortunately in Oregon we have to follow the OHA,” Turnbull said, according to The Bulletin.

“And the OHA is not reasonable. I would like those people to come out and run an 800 with a mask on.”

The coach wrote a letter to the Oregon School Activities Association detailing the danger that wearing a mask could cause his athletes, the Oregonian reported.

Oregon is the only state in the country that requires its runners to wear masks while competing and high school coaches have seen more “gasping, oxygen-depleted runners” this season than they have in the past.

Oregonian columnist John Canzano said the rules need to change “before someone gets seriously hurt or dies.”

“[Maggie Williams’] first lap was a thing of beauty. The second one should have ended with her breaking the finish line on her feet, gasping but with a smile,” Canzano wrote.

“Instead, she ran out of oxygen. Her brain shut down. Her lungs quit. She landed on her forehead. Couldn’t hear. Couldn’t see. Her body crashed across the finish line. I wonder if state leaders will notice.”

Experts Answer Eight Key Questions About Covid-19 Vaccine Reactions

H/T Smithsonian Magazine.

When my ex-wife got her second shot she became extremely ill.

I have not had any shot yet I was supposed to got my first shot on Wednesday but due to other on going illness I canceled my shot.              

Medical professionals weigh in on why some individuals have different responses to the shots and offer advice on what to expect.

If you’ve gotten a Covid-19 vaccine already, you may have found yourself comparing your side effects with vaccinated family members and friends or turning to Google to check if the symptoms you’re experiencing are normal.

Now that more than 131 million individuals in the United States have received at least one vaccine dose, and more than 84 million individuals—more than 25 percent of the population—are fully vaccinated, researchers are getting a clearer picture of the potential reactions that can occur after getting a Covid-19 vaccine.

Many recipients experience mild side effects, like arm soreness, fatigue, headache or a low-grade fever, while others may have no side effects at all. Severe side effects, like those that Gregory Poland suffered, are less common. Poland, a physician and vaccinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, was unlucky enough to come down with uncontrollable shaking and chills for several hours after getting the shot. He’s also one of a small number of individuals who have reported severe ringing in their ear following vaccination. In very rare cases, a half-dozen women have developed severe blot clots after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Although the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been paused out of an abundance of caution, it’s important to know that the vast majority of other vaccine reactions aren’t cause for concern. In fact, it’s perfectly normal that some recipients have stronger reactions than others.

“Vaccine reactions are not evidence of something going wrong, but evidence of something going right,” Poland says.

Why do vaccine reactions happen at all?

Vaccine reactions happen because your immune system is mounting a response to an antigen—a molecule that looks like part of a virus. The antigen used in Covid-19 vaccines is a version of a protein on the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines tell your cells to make this protein using a tiny piece of genetic material called mRNA. By contrast, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses an engineered virus to shuttle a gene that codes for this protein. Your immune system treats this protein like an invader, Poland explains.

If you’ve never been infected with a virus like SARS-CoV-2, your body doesn’t know how to fight it off. As a result, the virus can slip past your immune system and infect your cells. Vaccines help train your immune system to recognize a pathogen like SARS-CoV-2 so that when it encounters it later, it’s ready to attack it.

Many vaccines require two doses to do this effectively. The first dose of a vaccine introduces the immune system to a specific antigen. This priming shot triggers an initial immune response, and the body starts making antibodies against that antigen.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose because it elicits a strong immune response. For the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, this initial immune response isn’t as robust. A second booster shot is needed to kick the immune system in high gear. This immune response is stronger than the first one, and as a result, it often produces worse side effects.

How do the reactions to the different Covid-19 vaccines differ?

Side effects across the Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are very similar. The two types of side effects you might experience are local and systemic. Local side effects—meaning in the arm where you got the shot—include pain, redness or swelling. Systemic side effects—those that happen throughout the rest of your body—may include tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever and nausea.

On April 13, federal health officials called for a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after reports that six women developed a type of blood clot after vaccination. One of the women died, and another is in critical condition. To date, close to seven million individuals in the U.S. have gotten this vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the blood clots appear to be extremely rare. A CDC advisory panel postponed a decision on the use of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine until it investigates the cases.

Why do individuals have such different reactions to Covid-19 vaccines?

Put simply: We all have different immune systems. Our immune system is made up of two layers of defense: the innate and adaptive immune systems. The innate immune system is the one we’re born with, meaning it’s heavily influenced by our genetics. Our adaptive immune system, meanwhile, evolves over time. It’s shaped by the pathogens and other substances in the environment that we’re exposed to over the course of our lives.

When you get the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, your innate immune system is the first to respond. Some individuals can have stronger reactions to a vaccine because their immune system is just hardwired that way.

“Some people’s innate immune system is more reactive to certain stimuli, but not to the extent that it’s bad for you,” says Nicholas Pullen, an immunologist and associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Northern Colorado.

Poland is among those whose immune systems overreacted to the vaccine. In doing so, his immune system released more immune signals, or chemicals known as cytokines and chemokines, than the average person. Everyone’s immune system generates different levels of these chemicals based on what our bodies think we need. Some individuals release more of these chemicals than necessary, while other individuals have a more balanced immune response.

The release of the chemicals alerts the adaptive immune system to the threat. Over the next several days to few weeks, the body builds up its adaptive immunity to the pathogen. The second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines then boosts the adaptive immune system’s memory response to the virus.

Are certain groups more likely to have side effects than others?

Younger adults are reporting more side effects from Covid-19 vaccines. Poland says that’s probably because they tend to have more robust immune systems than older adults.

Women also report more side effects than men. It’s possible that men may be more hesitant to speak up about side effects because of cultural expectations of masculinity, but Poland thinks biological reasons exist for this discrepancy.

For one, women tend to have stronger immune responses than men do. Most of the immune response genes are located on the X chromosome. Typically, biologically female individuals are born with two X chromosomes, which means double the number of these genes compared to men.

Women also have thicker fat pads in the deltoid muscle—the part of the upper shoulder where the vaccine is injected. Muscles have a lot of blood vessels, which allow an injected vaccine to be absorbed and carried throughout the body more quickly. But sometimes healthcare workers mistakenly inject the vaccine into the fat instead of the muscle, which can trigger an inflammatory response. Because fat tissue retains injected material for much longer, it’s more susceptible to adverse effects caused by that injection.

What can I do to mitigate side effects before taking the vaccine?

Poland recommends that individuals stay hydrated, eat properly and get enough sleep before their vaccine appointments. “All of those things affect the health of our immune system.”

You should avoid taking pain relievers before your shot because these medications may blunt the body’s immune response to the vaccine. You also shouldn’t get a Covid-19 vaccine at the same time as another vaccine, like the flu or shingles vaccine, according to the CDC.

What can I do to mitigate side effects after taking a vaccine?

Exercising your vaccinated arm, or using a heating pad or ice, can help with soreness and pain. The CDC recommends talking to your doctor about taking over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin or antihistamines for pain or discomfort after getting vaccinated.

You might plan to take time off work after your second dose since symptoms can be worse. Remember to drink plenty of fluids following vaccination.

I didn’t have a reaction to the vaccine. Does that mean it’s not working?

“It’s totally a reasonable concern,” Pullen says. “But we have a lot of data now showing that yes, it is effective for people who don’t feel those symptoms.”

In the Pfizer vaccine trials, about one out in four reported no side effects. In trials of the Moderna vaccine, side effects were somewhat more common, with 82 percent of individuals experiencing them after the second dose. Despite the range of immune reactions, the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have shown to be 90 percent effective at preventing Covid-19 in a real-world setting.

If you don’t have any reactions, Pullen says it means your immune system is tuned just right to respond to the vaccine.

How do I know if I’m having an allergic reaction to the vaccine?

“First of all, an allergic reaction to a Covid vaccine is extremely rare,” says Niraj Patel, an allergist and chair of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Covid-19 Vaccine Task Force.

But if you do happen to get an allergic reaction after a vaccine, a tell-tale sign is the timing. Whereas normal side effects typically occur four to 48 hours after getting a vaccine, an allergic reaction typically happens within 15 to 30 minutes after administration. That’s why you’re asked to wait for 15 minutes under observation after getting a Covid-19 vaccine.

“An immediate onset is a big clue,” Patel says.

A second clue that you’re experiencing an allergic reaction is the type of symptoms. An allergic reaction is usually sudden and dramatic, involving difficulty breathing or swelling of the lips, tongue or throat. This type of reaction is called anaphylaxis and can be life-threatening.

A small number of recipients have experienced anaphylaxis after receiving the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. From December 13 to January 13, the CDC reported 4.5 cases of anaphylaxis per million individuals in those who received the mRNA vaccines. A March paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 94 percent of those anaphylaxis cases occurred in women, and most had a history of severe allergic reactions.

While anaphylaxis is certainly scary, Patel says “you’re more likely to get struck by lightning than you are to have a severe allergic reaction to the Covid vaccine.” The odds of getting struck by lightning, according to the CDC, are around one in 500,000.