The Scottish health secretary, Humza Yousaf, has been spreading scare stories about children going to hospital after catching Covid-19.
Yousaf claimed that 10 children up to the age of nine had been hospitalised last week ‘because of Covid’. He implied that rising numbers of children were being admitted to hospital. And he warned parents against travelling with their kids between areas with different Covid restrictions.
Of course, as has been clear since the start of the pandemic, when children get infected with Covid they tend to have milder symptoms or none at all. Very few have been hospitalised or have died.
Backing this up, leading paediatrician Steve Turner said there was no evidence of an increase in the hospitalisation rate among children. Yousaf’s figures included children who were hospitalised for things other than Covid, but who then tested positive.
Update: there is no sign of an increase in paediatric admissions due to COVID. Our emergency departments are very busy right across the UK, but not with COVID.
— RCPCH (@RCPCHtweets) June 3, 2021
Yousaf eventually apologised, saying he didn’t mean to cause ‘undue alarm’. But his claims are consistent with his party’s attempts to inflate fears around Covid. In fact, SNP deputy leader John Swinney seemed to back Yousaf, suggesting that new ‘variants’ could become ‘acutely challenging’ for children, though he provided no evidence of this.
LILLEY: Trudeau's hypocrisy another reason to scrap COVID hotels
Author of the article:Brian Lilley
Publishing date:Jun 07, 2021 • 58 minutes ago • 3 minute read • Join the conversation
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a news conference in Ottawa May 25, 2021.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a news conference in Ottawa May 25, 2021. PHOTO BY BLAIR GABLE /REUTERS
The idea that we’re all in this together is being shattered once again as political leaders set up one set of rules for the little people and another for themselves.
This time, it’s the COVID hotels the federal government insists the rest of us stay in while not being good enough for those making the rules.
I’m not just talking about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sidestepping a stay at one of the mid-range airport hotels in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver that normal people have to stay at. It’s his whole entourage who get to skip the unpleasant experience.
That includes members of the media who will travel with Trudeau for the G7 summit in Britain later this week.
No crowded quarters with brown bananas and a stale sandwich in a paper bag for these folks; they’ll get to stay at a nice Ottawa hotel where I am sure the regular menu will be available for ordering.
When news broke that Trudeau would skip the hotels his own government mandates for average Canadians, there were plenty who said that as PM, the man couldn’t possibly stay at such normal hotels — there are security concerns after all! These people have obviously never stayed in the same hotel as a prime minister or covered our national leaders at conferences.
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They often do stay at very normal hotels, with regular people milling around. There are, of course, security measures, but there is no requirement that Trudeau or anyone else must stay at the Westin or Chateau Laurier.
It’s outrageous that Trudeau doesn’t think he needs to follow the same rules he imposes on the rest of us. Still, even if you did buy the idea that the PM needs special consideration, what about all of his staff coming back or the travelling members of the media?
Why don’t they have to pay $2,000 for three nights at a mediocre hotel with bad food and no room service instead of staying in luxury?
Because the rules are not applied evenly. This is a classic occasion of rules for thee but not for me.
It also shows the ridiculousness of the entire COVID hotel scheme.
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If this were based on scientific evidence, instead of being an exercise in security theatre, then the COVID hotel stay would be at least 14 days. Instead, it is up to three days or until you receive a negative PCR test result — then you can leave.
Trudeau’s own expert panel recommended dropping the hotel stay and ensuring that all travellers entering Canada had a realistic and effective home quarantine plan. Trudeau rejected that and increased the fines for those who refuse to stay in the hotels to $5,000.
He also invoked cabinet confidence on the evidence presented to cabinet to justify the COVID hotels meaning those records are sealed for 20 years and can’t be accessed in a number of court cases challenging the hotel stay.
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Health Minister Patty Hajdu said that she would discuss the idea of scrapping the COVID hotels with her provincial counterparts in a call last Friday. She never did; it wasn’t raised and the issues surrounding the border that could work and that the provinces raised were dismissed by Hajdu.
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The Trudeau government isn’t interested in following up on issues the provinces raise and that their own expert panel says would work — like ensuring proper quarantine, and a proper screening and testing system that includes making sure everyone does the two tests prescribed.
The expert panel found 33% were not doing their second test even though almost one-third of air travellers who test positive don’t do so until the second test.
Trudeau isn’t interested in doing things that will work when it comes to the border. He’s interested in security theatre and putting ordinary Canadians through conditions he would never put up with himself.
2012 Video of Fauci Promoting Gain-of-Function Bioweapons
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has long supported controversial gain-of-function (GOF) research, which you can hear him speak about at a hearing before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs at the U.S. Senate, held April 26, 2012
GOF research refers to studies that have the potential to enhance the ability of pathogens to cause disease, including enhancing either their pathogenicity or transmissibility; GOF is a type of dual use research
Fauci speaks favorably of dual use research of concern, or DURC, stating, “the risk-benefit ratio of such research clearly tips towards benefiting society”
Due to its controversial nature and potential to fuel bioweapons, several moratoriums have been placed on GOF research, including one in October 2014, after a string of high-profile “incidents” at U.S. biocontainment laboratories
NIAID has funded GOF research on bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), but Fauci — amid growing calls that COVID-19 was the result of a laboratory accident — has denied that such funding occurred
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) — an arm of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that in recent years has funded gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) — has denied that such funding occurred.
Fauci told a House Appropriations subcommittee that $600,000 was given to the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance, which funneled the money to WIV, over a five-year period for the purpose of studying bat coronaviruses and whether they could be transmitted to humans.1
However, regarding gain-of-function (GOF) research, which refers to studies that have the potential to enhance the ability of pathogens to cause disease, including enhancing either their pathogenicity or transmissibility,2 Fauci said, “That categorically was not done.”3
However, Fauci has long supported controversial GOF research, which you can hear him speak about in the video above, which features a hearing before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs at the U.S. Senate, held April 26, 2012.4
Feds flop with COVID Alert app, according to survey
Author of the articleostmedia News
Publishing date:Jun 08, 2021 • 11 hours ago • < 1 minute read • 8 Comments
In this file photo taken on November 20, 2020 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a Covid-19 pandemic briefing from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa.
In this file photo taken on November 20, 2020 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a Covid-19 pandemic briefing from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa. PHOTO BY LARS HAGBERG /AFP via Getty Images
The federal COVID Alert app wasn’t exactly a hit.
Research by health officials says about 13% of people who downloaded the app, regretted it.
About 6.3 million people downloaded the app, about 19% of smartphone users, though 72% said they were aware of the campaign.
Given there are 33 million smartphone users in Canada, a vast majority of those with the devices refused to use the app, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the $16.5 million app campaign last June to help track COVID carriers.
Refusal rates were highest in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Québec.
Findings were based on questionnaires with 2,000 people nationwide.
Aspirin does not improve survival in COVID-19 patients: U.K. study
Author of the article:Reuters
Publishing date:Jun 08, 2021 • 22 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
Aspirin tablets. PHOTO BY JUPITERIMAGES / PHOTOS.COM /Getty Images
Aspirin does not improve the chances of survival in severely ill COVID-19 patients, early results from one of Britain’s biggest trials studying the commonly used painkiller and blood thinner showed on Tuesday.
The scientists behind the trial, which is looking into a range of potential treatments for COVID-19, evaluated aspirin’s effects on nearly 15,000 hospitalized patients infected with the novel coronavirus.
Since the drug helps reduce blood clots in other diseases, it was tested in COVID-19 patients who are at a higher risk of clotting issues.
“Although aspirin was associated with a small increase in the likelihood of being discharged alive, this does not seem to be sufficient to justify its widespread use for patients hospitalized with COVID-19,” said Peter Horby, co-chief investigator of the trial.
In the study, named RECOVERY, a little less than half of the patients were selected at random and given 150mg of aspirin once a day, and the remaining were given usual care alone.
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The trial, run by the University of Oxford, is also looking at the effectiveness of several other treatments, and was the first to show that the widely available steroid dexamethasone, could save lives of people severely ill with COVID-19.
The aspirin study did not show any significant change to the risk of patients progressing to invasive mechanical ventilation. For every 1,000 patients treated with the medicine, about six more patients experienced a major bleeding event and about six fewer experienced a clotting event, Oxford said.
Oxford said the results would be published on online portal medRxiv, and have been submitted for publication at a peer-reviewed medical journal.
RECOVERY also showed anti-inflammatory treatment tocilizumab significantly reduced deaths, but found no benefit for COVID-19 patients from drugs such as antibiotic azithromycin and anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine.