America seems to be surrounded by leaders and public health officials who have completely lost their minds. What would you say if someone asked you to drink water that’s not 100 percent pure? What about if someone asked you to drink water with 25% to 30% impurities (70% to 75% pure)? Would you drink it?
That’s exactly what Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would do with vaccine. Fauci says he would “settle” for a COVID-19 vaccine that’s 70% to 75% effective, when asked during an interview with CNN last Friday.
“The best we’ve ever done is measles, which is 97 to 98 percent effective,” said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “That would be wonderful if we get there. I don’t think we will. I would settle for [a] 70, 75% effective vaccine.”
Dr. Fauci went on to say that the fact that many Americans say they won’t get a coronavirus vaccine, makes it “unlikely” that the US will achieve sufficient levels of immunity to quell the outbreak.
The U.S. government is currently backing three coronavirus vaccines that are expected to be studied in large-scale clinical trials in the next three months. According to a CNN poll conducted back in May, one-third of Americans said they would not try to get vaccinated against COVID, even if the vaccine is widely available and low cost.
Fauci explained that “there is a general anti-science, anti-authority, anti-vaccine feeling among some people in this country — an alarmingly large percentage of people, relatively speaking.” He said given the power of the anti-vaccine movement, “we have a lot of work to do” to educate people on the truth about vaccines.
Fauci said the government has a vaccine education program to counteract anti-vaccine messages.
“We have a program right now that’s going to be extensive in reaching out to the community,” he said. “They may not like a government person in a suit like me telling them, even though I will tell them. They really need to see people that they can relate to in the community — sports figures, community heroes, people that they look up to.”
So far, U.S. has reported 39,972 new coronvirus cases, more cases in a single day than ever before, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. However, as coronavirus cases have risen in recent weeks, new deaths have steadily decreased, but Dr. Fauci warned that trend might not last for long.
You can watch the video of the interview below.
‘Mounting evidence suggests the coronavirus is more common and less deadly than it first appeared,’ NPR said in a shocking report
On March 12, we wrote an article titled, “Coronavirus Panic: What the media is not telling you even if COVID-19 mortality rate is 3.4%.” The story was written in response to mainstream media fear and mongering during the early months of the virus outbreak. It turns out we were right. Now, the National Public Radio (NPR) just came out with shocking report that supports what we’ve been saying for months–coronavirus may not be as deadly as we originally thought.
When we thought the media has lost all its credibility, once in a while we come across honest reporting. According to a recent piece from NPR, a free media organization and a syndicator to 797 public radio stations in the United States, there’s a “mounting evidence [that] suggests the coronavirus is more common and less deadly than it first appeared.”Antibody Tests Point To Lower Death Rate For The Coronavirus Than First Thought
The report further suggests the global response to COVID-19 may have been reached on a flawed premise. So, did our health experts fail us again? The report points to evidence that comes from tests that detect antibodies to the coronavirus in a person’s blood rather than the virus itself. As we now know, the antibody test, which is also known as serology tests, detects antibodies in the blood. The test found that large numbers of people in the U.S. were infected with COVID-19 but never became seriously ill. “And when these mild infections are included in coronavirus statistics, the virus appears less dangerous,” NPR said.
NPR went on to cite Dr. Caitlin Rivers, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Dr. Rivers said: “The current best estimates for the infection fatality risk are between 0.5% and 1%.” Her estimate is in sharp contrast with death rates of 5% we were told in the early days of the virus outbreak. According to NPR, the 5% rate was based more on flawed calculations that included only people who got sick enough to be diagnosed with tests that detect the presence of virus in a person’s body.
Dr. Rivers’ comment confirms the story we wrote back on May 27 when we said this: “It turns out the virus is not as deadly as everyone originally thought.”
Below is one of the points we made back then.
That’s not all. It turns out the virus is not as deadly as everyone originally thought. For instance, according to a report from USA Today, antibody testing data released by the State of New York revealed that 14% of population may be infected with coronavirus. Now, let’s dig deeper into this. New York State has a population 19.45 million people according to 2019 data. This means that about 2.9 million residents could have had the virus. To date, 29,451 residents have died from the virus. It means one out of every one thousand residents infected died of the virus or about 0.1%. This finding shows that the virus may not as dangerous as we first feared. What we have confirmed instead is that that nasty virus is highly contagious.
But even a virus with a fatality rate less than 1% presents a formidable threat, Rivers says. “That is many times more deadly than seasonal influenza,” she cautioned. This now leads us to another question. Was Dr. Fauci telling the truth when he said back in March that the virus was not as deadly as many scientists have been saying? If yes, does it mean the top leading expert has been misleading the nation for whatever reason?
Back to the NPR news story. The piece also cited new evidence that came out of the state of Indiana to further corroborate its story. The state of Indiana completed the first phase of a massive testing effort early in May. Preliminary results showed that the coronavirus had infected about 3% of the state’s population, or 188,000 people.
“That 188,000 people represented about 11 times more people than conventional selective testing had identified in the state to that point,” Menachemi says. And 45% of the infected people reported having no symptoms at all. If you crunch the numbers, Indiana’s infection fatality rate turned out to be about 0.58%, or roughly one death for every 172 people who got infected.
Even if the above mortality rate is true for Indiana, we still think the 0.58% is a lot higher morality rate than CDC own estimates of 0.26%. According to the estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the COVID-19 infection fatality rate may be as low as 0.26%, a number that only doubles the seasonal flu but significantly lower than earlier estimates.
NPR went on to cite other studies that suggest a healthy young person’s chance of dying from an infection is less than 1 in 1,000. NPR concluded the story with comments from Juliette Unwin, a research fellow at Imperial College London.
“Places like Maine and Florida, we find that the infection fatality ratio is higher than in other places where the demographic is younger,” she says. Unwin is part of a large team in the United Kingdom that is monitoring both infection and mortality from the coronavirus in the United States. The team puts the infection fatality rate for the U.S. at somewhere between 0.7% and 1.2%.
Indian video-sharing apps surge in popularity on TikTok ban; rival video app Roposo added 22 million users in 48 hours
As we reported on Monday, the India government banned 59 Chinese apps amid a huge economic backlash against China following the June 15 clashes at Ladakh in which 20 Indian soldiers died in action. India intelligence agencies also suggested that these apps have been violating the terms of usage, compromising users privacy, and being used as spyware or malware.
Now, Indian tech startups are looking to take advantage of the sudden opportunities arising from the government ban. On Friday, Roposo, an Indian video-sharing social media app and a TikTok rival, said it had added 22 million users in 48 hours. Roposo, which has been around since 2014, saw its user base jump by 22 million in the two days after India banned the Chinese apps, according to a report from Reuters, citing the company’s founder Mayank Bhangadia.
“In the last few days I’ve slept for a total of five hours, and its the same for our entire team,” Bhangadia said. “The load is so much and we’re just ensuring that the experience is as smooth as possible.”
Roposo’s downloads on Google’s Android now total over 80 million, and the founder expects that to reach 100 million in just a few days. Before the ban, Roposo had roughly 50 million installs on Android devices, which account for a bulk of India’s nearly 500 million smartphones.
Based in the southern Indian tech hub of Bengaluru, the video app startup has just 200 staff now but is planning to hire as many as 10,000 people over the next two years and may take the app global, Bhangadia said.
Roposo is not the only app gaining in popularity. Other home-grown TikTok alternative apps such as Chingari and Mitron are also gaining steam, with many taking to social media to echo Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for “atma-nirbhar” or self-reliant India.
The move to ban Chinese app come a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India has given a “befitting response” to China. He also spoke of the countrywide call for boycott of Chinese goods, juxtaposing it against the government’s “Atma Nirbhar Bharat” campaign. “We will buy local and be vocal for local and this will help India become stronger,” he said.
Popular gamer Byron ‘Reckful’ Bernstein dead at 31, hours after proposing on Twitter
Esports consultant and journalist Rod “Slasher” Breslau said Bernstein’s death was confirmed by his ex-girlfriend and roommate. He was 31. Byron died a couple of hours after he proposed to his girl friend on Twitter.
At 8:25 AM EST, Byron said in a tweet, “i know i’ll always be a little too crazy… and this is proof… but at least you’ll never be bored will you marry me, becca?”
i know i’ll always be a little too crazy… and this is proof… but at least you’ll never be bored
will you marry me, becca? pic.twitter.com/Xpmz3IlRqv
— Reckful (@Byron) July 2, 2020
Before his death, Byron struggled with mental illness and publicly discussed it on his channel. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and struggled with depression. Byron also posted a series of tweets. “Please just know in these situations the insane person does not feel in control of their actions,” he wrote.
Born on May 8, 1989, Byron Bernstein was better known by his online alias Reckful. He was an Israeli-American Twitch streamer and former professional Esports player. According to his Twitter profile, Byron was the highest rated player in Warcraft. He was also the creator of PlayEverland.
In June 2018, Byron began releasing a podcast called Tea Time with Byron, which features long-form interviews with notable guests in the gaming and streaming communities. Before his death, he had been working with his community to create a video game called Everland. Bernstein is best known in the gaming community for his achievements in World of Warcraft and Asheron’s Call.
According to Wikipedia, Byron was born into a Jewish family; the son of Itamar and Judith Bernstein. He has an older brother named Gary. His oldest brother, Guy, committed suicide when Byron was young. Byron has said this event had a profound effect on his life, and his subsequent struggles with depression.
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