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Lockdown in UK may cost 200,000 lives, claims government report

That’s over four times as many deaths as those (allegedly) caused by the coronavirus: 45,318, as of today; and, of course, if we subtract all those who died with the coronavirus, not of it, as well as those deceased only “presumed” to have had it at all, the toll of those killed by the lockdown is more shocking still, requiring that its advocates—and those who’ve funded them—be held accountable.

Article link: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/07/19/lockdown-may-cost-200k-lives-government-report-shows/

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Report on COVID-19 among Swedish, Finnish children, 1 to 19, finds “no increased risk for teachers”

Article link: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-sweden-schools/swedens-health-agency-says-open-schools-did-not-spur-pandemic-spread-among-children-idUSKCN24G2IS

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Those face masks haven’t worked in Hong Kong after all

True believers in the use of masks against COVID-19 have pointed to Hong Kong to “prove” their case. For example: https://www.contagionlive.com/news/hong-kong-masks-independently-significant-coronavirus-intervention

In a press release, Sunny Wong, MD, associate professor, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, noted the particular success of Hong Kong in the pandemic despite many social distancing measures being voluntary.

“Despite [Hong Kong’s] proximity to mainland China, its infection rate of COVID-19 is generally modest with on 1,110 cases to-date. This correlates with an almost ubiquitous use of face masks in the city (up to 98.8 percent by respondents in a survey). Similar patterns are seen in other Asian areas, such as Taiwan, Thailand and Malaysia,” Wong said.

Though “use of face masks” has indeed been “almost ubiquitous” in Hong Kong, it evidently has not stopped the spread of COVID-19, according to the South China Morning Post.

Article link: https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3092611/coronavirus-schools-suspended-hong-kong-over

It gives me no pleasure to repeat what all the randomized controlled tests tell us: that masks and respirators don’t prevent transmission of respiratory viruses. To keep insisting that they do, just because the CDC (now) says so, is irresponsible, to say the least.

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Italian scientist claims have discovered main mechanism behind COVID-19

Article link: https://www.jpost.com/health-science/italian-scientist-says-she-discovered-main-mechanism-behind-covid-19-626737

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Kentucky couple ordered to wear ankle monitors after positive COVID test, and refusal to sign papers

Article link: https://local12.com/news/nation-world/ky-couple-told-to-wear-ankle-monitors-after-positive-covid-test-refusing-to-sign-papers-cincinnati

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New German study links COVID-19 mortality risk to low selenium levels

A new study from Germany identifies a higher COVID mortality risk for those with low selenium levels.

5. Conclusions COVID-19 constitutes a universal threat to human health, necessitating fast, promising, and safe measures for reducing infection risk, suppressing virulence development, strengthening the immune system, and supporting recovery. The essential trace element Se may be most relevant for these issues. Subjects residing in areas with poor baseline Se supply or on restricted nutrition, and COVID patients with pre-existing comorbidities or long disease course are at particularly elevated risk for severe Se deficiency, and may profit from improving the Se supply by dietary or supplemental measures. The observed association of mortality risk with Se deficit and the likely underlying feed-forward mechanism argues for initiating intervention studies under the highest quality standards, in order not to miss a universally available, inexpensive, and safe preventive measure and adjuvant treatment option.

Study link: https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/12/7/2098/htm

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Google unsubscribing NFU members

From Matthew Witt:

Hi Mark – Google congratulates me for successfully unsubscribing NFU. Thing is, I didn’t.

Screenshot attached.

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Fishermen test positive for COVID-19 after 35 days at sea, and all tested negative before they left

Something must be done about those fish not wearing masks.

Article link: https://news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-fishermen-test-positive-despite-232641456.html

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Andrew Sullivan purged by the Blue Guards at New York Magazine

An admirably graceful exit. He’ll be going back to blogging.

Article link: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/07/andrew-sullivan-see-you-next-friday.html

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More on that “spike” in Florida: Young man killed in a motorcycle crash was listed as a COVID-19 death

Fox 35 is doing actual journalism.

Article link: https://www.fox35orlando.com/news/fox-35-investigates-questions-raised-after-fatal-motorcycle-crash-listed-as-covid-19-death