Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin It’s time to stop cloning around. If you’ve heard the unfounded claims that PCR tests are being used to clone humans, that makes at least two of you. Many people may have already seen the video accompanying the following Facebook post that makes such assertions about polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests that are being used to test for the presence of the Covid-19 coronavirus: As you can see, Facebook has labelled this video as “False information. Checked by independent fact-checkers.” That’s not because Facebook wants to suppress “free speech,” as some may claim. There’s already plenty of free speech on social media. Instead, Facebook fact-checkers presumably had a “clone” to pick with a number of the video’s statements that are not consistent with science, evidence, and reality in general. For example, there was that claim that “PCR kits have never been about testing for Covid … they are cloning devices” and that “This has … [Read more...] about Covid-19 PCR Tests Being Used To Clone Humans? Here Are Unfounded Claims
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin According to a recent study, Stanford researchers found that the Covid-19 pandemic has been “particularly difficult” for adolescents after more than two years of social isolation during school closures, restrictions and poor access to mental healthcare services. Based on MRI scans of 163 children taken before and after the pandemic, the team observed that the ageing process of their brains accelerated and altered their brain structure far earlier than usual. These type of accelerated changes in children’s brain structure has previously been found among those who were exposed to violence, neglect, and family dysfunction or upheaval. The accelerated brain maturing includes a reduction in the thickness of the cortex that is responsible for executive functioning skills like planning, paying attention or focusing on tasks, multi-tasking, and remembering instructions. “As a result of social isolation and distancing during the … [Read more...] about Covid-19 Pandemic Might Have Had The Same Impact On Teens’ Brains As Violence
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Mast Cell Disease was added to the International Classification of Diseases in in 2007 , but very few people know about it, sadly even most primary care doctors. For International Disabled Person’s Day, read below for an overview of what it is, how it is disabling and how to get help. It contributes to continued, low levels of sickness that can plague productivity, career growth and labor market participation. It can also become much more sinister if left untreated as we age. Employers can make accommodations to lessen the burden. What Is Mast Cell Disease? Mast cell disease causes hypersensitive responses to potential allergens, often resulting in histamine release, which causes inflammation. Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) occurs when the mast cells behave like this across many areas of the body at different times, causing periods of significant ill health and disability, before recovering again. Dr Afrin, Mast … [Read more...] about What Do ADHD, Long Covid And Ehler’s Danlos Have In Common? Meet The Mast Cell.
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin I am in the middle of writing a book on French democracy, and not for the first time I wonder if I have the wrong country. Often in recent months I have felt I should have been scribbling about America or the UK, but now unrest is bravely picking up in Iran, and then, surprisingly we have the most political, widespread and angry outbreak of protests across China. It might well be too bold a view to say that the democratic recession is coming to an end or has troughed, but a ‘Spring’ in autocratic countries would be a welcome development, provided it ends well (please note that 15 of the 16 countries in the last ‘16’ round of the World Cup are democracies’). China is crucial and fascinating here. Having crowned himself as leader for ‘a very long time’ and triggered a transition from one party to one man, Xi Jinping’s hubris could not have been greater (see an earlier note ‘ The Red Curtain’ ), and this has now been punctured … [Read more...] about The Autocratic Recession – Will China’s Handling Of COVID Sink Its Economy?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline Covid hospital admissions are trending upwards and at least 9,000 died with the virus in November, figures at odds with widespread beliefs the pandemic is over as increasing numbers of Americans return to their pre-pandemic lives and shun updated vaccines as immunity fades and the virus continues to evolve. Key Facts Between 300 and 400 Americans died with Covid every day throughout November, according to CDC data, a rate that has remained roughly constant since early October but took a sharp downturn in the last days of November. While far lower than the daily peak figure of more than 3,200 Covid deaths during the delta wave in January 2021, the toll, which primarily affects the elderly, is significant but largely ignored or written off as an acceptable or inevitable loss by politicians, leaders and members of the public who are eager to declare the pandemic over and return to normal. The … [Read more...] about Covid Still Killed Over 9,000 Americans In November, As Attention To It (And Boosters) Declines
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline Protests against China’s strict zero-Covid restrictions and harsh lockdowns erupted in cities across the country this week as official infections soared to record levels—the accuracy of government figures is questionable and cases are likely much higher—figures that would mark one of the United States’ very best weeks of the pandemic but which pose a dire big challenge for Beijing its unrelenting pursuit of an increasingly unsustainable policy of zero-Covid. Key Facts China has reported 5,233 Covid deaths and around 1.6 million confirmed infections since the pandemic began, according to government data collated by Our World In Data, recording more than 40,000 new cases in a single day for the first time, a probable underestimate based on possibly inaccurate government reporting . If the U.S. were to report similar numbers every day for a week it would be one of the country’s very best weeks … [Read more...] about China’s Worst Reported Month Of Covid Was Nothing Compared To The United States
Despite the recent and most severe wave of Covid-19 infections still peaking, Thailand is on track to reopen on October 15 to those travelling from overseas who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. The “Phuket Sandbox” model, which launched yesterday, will serve as a pilot project for the nationwide reopening plan. The “Samui Plus” travel model next on the list, planned to start on July 15. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha addressed the nation 2 weeks ago, announcing the plan to fully reopen Thailand within 120 days, regardless of if most people are fully vaccinated or not. “We cannot wait for a time when everyone is fully vaccinated with 2 shots to open the country or for when the world is free of the virus. We must be ready to live with some risk and just try to keep it at a manageable level, and let people go back to being able to earn a living.” To prepare for reopening and manage the Covid-19 situation, from July onward, the Thai government aims to administer 10 million … [Read more...] about Thailand still plans to fully reopen on October 15, despite Covid-19 uptick
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin There’s no question COVID messed up a lot of lives. Congress gave Americans a break on filing their federal income taxes, but that grace period for extensions ran out on Oct. 17. This year, “the IRS received about 19 million requests for extensions to file until October 17 and urged people to file electronically .,” the agency states. That’s good advice every year, by the way. Still need to file? Here’s what you need to know, according to the IRS: Extension filers who owe taxes should pay as much as possible to reduce interest and penalties. Those who have yet to file a 2021 tax return, owe tax, and did not request an extension, can generally avoid additional penalties and interest by filing the return and paying any taxes owed as soon as possible. People who have a extension and are in – or affected by – a federally-declared disaster area may be allowed more time to file Special deadline exceptions may … [Read more...] about Didn’t File Your Income Taxes Due To COVID? What You Can Do
(CTN NEWS) – On Saturday, as a softening of China’s virus limitations gained momentum, Beijing citizens applauded the removal of COVID-19 testing booths while Shenzhen announced commuters would no longer need to produce test results to fly. Even though the number of cases per day is almost at an all-time high, some cities are taking action to relax COVID testing requirements. And quarantine laws as China looks to target its zero-COVID policy in the face of a severe economic slowdown and mounting public resentment that has reached a boiling point. Following similar actions by Chengdu and Tianjin, the southern city of Shenzhen stated that it will no longer require anyone to present a negative COVID test result in order to utilise public transportation or attend parks. Beijing residents cheered the removal of COVID-19 testing booths while Shenzhen followed other cities in announcing it would no longer require commuters to present their test results to travel, as an … [Read more...] about China Fine-Tunes COVID Policy As Beijing, Shenzhen Loosen More Curbs
Nikhil Kamath, co-founder of Zerodha Zerodha co-founder and billionaire Nikhil Kamath on Saturday spoke in favour of Central bank Digital Currency (CBDC) and said that those critical of it are missing the big picture. The first pilot of the wholesale digital currency was launched by the RBI on October 31. "While many have been critical of CBDC , we might be missing the big picture, remittances, unbanked economy, and reducing subsidy leakage, to name a few," Kamath tweeted. "When anything new comes into the market, the old need to adapt, and the new need to regulate the change." While many have been critical of #CBDC , we might be missing the big picture, remittances, unbanked economy, and reducing subsidy leakage, to name a few. When anything new comes into the market, the old need to adapt, and the new need to regulate the change. pic.twitter.com/pVdzDQ3nbN — Nikhil Kamath (@nikhilkamathcio) November 12, 2022 Nikhil Kamath 's tweet ignited another … [Read more...] about Billionaire Nikhil Kamath says those critical of digital rupee ‘might be missing the big picture’