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More on lockdowns and masks

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This week's HND piece features some new information on everyone's least favorite subject: COVID-19. We touch on how more aggressive measures, including curfews are being proposed, and the purposeful conflation of positive tests with "cases" of the actual acute disease. Of course, that loaded term "essential worker" has been raised again, and we destroy it—once more.

Also included is a big study crushing the notion of lockdowns, along with an American company that produces masks—at competitive prices.

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COVID-19 quick takes--part one

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This HND piece presents several new findings on COVID-19, including the retraction of a big mask study; the Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine; the Vitamin D connection; and melatonin as a possible therapy. While the authorities seem to be trying to scare us about the pandemic again, they are doubling down on lockdowns and masks.

But, here's the thing: For the most part, people have been compliant with these policies, yet infection rates continue to rise. Maybe, though, there's something wrong with the testing. Both Elon Musk and Erykah Badu have recently announced laughably inconsistent results for their COVID testing.

Under normal circumstances, we should be patient, and only post links to perfect studies, but the sad fact is, that there is almost no actual science being done these days. As such, we can only evaluate items of interest, and make them available to you.

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Year end COVID-19 questions and concerns

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This HND piece looks at the latest in recommendations on such matters as social distancing, mask use, holiday gatherings and holiday travel. CDC guidelines are presented, but the agency defers to the states, and these vary widely. We also touch on the lockdown controversy.

Then there is the matter of all those positive-testing individuals who are asymptomatic. Are they are contagious as people who do show symptoms?

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COVID-19's unseen casualties

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This HND piece examines the unseen...the hidden victims of SARS-CoV-19. We're talking about all those schoolchildren forced into an ill-conceived absurd-on-its-face experiment in so-called "Distance Learning." Even if this madness worked in teaching the kids—which it clearly doesn't—there's still the matter of all the other benefits that occur when a kid actually attends school in person.

How about interaction with friends, participation in sports, music, the arts, along with nutrition programs? And, don't forget that teachers and school nurses are often the first to spot child abuse. Any teacher or student who is vulnerable to COVID would also be vulnerable to any respiratory virus. Lockdowns have been an epic failure, and so have school closings.

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The latest on masks

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This HND piece examines the latest research on the efficacy of masks, as a protective measure against SARS-CoV-2. Some interesting observational studies are discussed, including a "before and after" situation at Mass General Brigham. This is about as close to a controlled experiment as we are ever going to get.

I also spotlight an interesting animal study, and the opinions of some real experts—not the puffed-up government types who have been dominating the discourse.

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Current COVID-19 highlights

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This HND piece examines a few current facets of the ongoing crisis. We look at the overkill response, including the ridiculous manhandling of a woman outside watching her son's football game. Even when the disease leaves us, will the autocrats keep on their fascistic control over our lives?

We include the fatality rates, published by the CDC, that put this into a better perspective, as well as the comically stupid misinterpretation of these results by the Twitter mob. And, we add some interesting and positive medical news.

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Achieving peace of mind during the pandemic

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This HND piece journeys away from the technical and political aspects of COVID-19, and offers some practical suggestions on how to achieve some peace of mind in the midst of the crisis. We draw on several sources, and even reference a great line from a 1979 Disney movie.

I hope you find something you can use.

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COVID-19 and the fall of the experts

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This HND piece examines a few more failures of the public health "experts," who are guiding us (and not very well) through the novel coronavirus pandemic. We first discuss the scandal involving the hypersensitivity of the most-used screening test. Because of an over-cranking of the number of PCR cycles, false positives are being created at an alarming rate.

Then, we offer you the true story of how New York state caused the deaths of 11,000 people in their nursing home travesty. Finally, we segue into the small matter of how "flattening the curve" for a couple of weeks morphed into permanent lockdowns for much of the country--along with reflections on why we tolerate feckless experts.

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Listening to other voices on COVID-19

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This HND piece discusses some alternative viewpoints regarding COVID-19. This movement started back in April, when the first data came out, suggesting that the lockdowns were a waste. They were then followed by plenty of anecdotal reports on the successful use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ).

Before long HCQ was being attacked by a cadre of mostly establishment drones such as Fauci, and alleged "science" guys like David Gorski, MD aka "Orac." Gorski mixes legit pro-science stuff with political hit jobs. (Guess what side he's on?) We analyze why there is such an intense effort to go after HCQ, which now includes a breathless attack on a noted Yale epidemiologist. The funny thing is that his response just shows how desperate and ill-informed the haters are.

We conclude with a brand new study that also turns the conventional wisdom on its head.

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Finding the origin of COVID-19 in bat caves

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This HND piece connects the dots between SARS-like illnesses that popped-up in China in 2005 and 2012—both related to bat caves—and striking similarities in the virus isolated to today's SARS-CoV-2. Interestingly, China's "bat woman" Shi Zhengli is involved all the way through—as is bat guano, long prized as a fertilizer.

Much of this information only came out as a result of a master's these being translated into English, and posted on the Web.

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