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Top 10 reasons to abandon 'Team Corona-Phobia'

Comment: ...also known as 'disembarking from the Coronavirus Cruise'.

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Do you know someone with Corona-Phobia? Someone who has an irrational fear of Coronavirus? Here are our top 10 reasons Del & The HighWire Team does not suffer from Corona-Phobia. Use these in Covid convos with your friends!

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Aviron Pictures founder William Sadleir arrested in $1.7M COVID-19 PPP scam

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William Sadleir
The ousted chairman of Aviron Pictures was arrested Friday on federal fraud charges for using $1.7 million in the federal government's coronavirus-relief Paycheck Protection Program funds for his personal use.

William Sadleir was taken into custody without incident by FBI agents and other federal officials, the Department of Justice revealed. He allegedly filed applications for loans under the names of various Aviron entities through JPMorgan Chase - but not for the reasons he stated.

The complaint, which was filed Thursday and unsealed after his arrest, charges Sadleir with wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements to a financial institution, and making false statements to the Small Business Administration.

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Florida's nursing home strategy spared it widespread deaths suffered in New York, New Jersey

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
As controversy grows over some states having forced nursing homes to accept COVID-19-positive patients — a policy that may have contributed to astronomical death rates in numerous long-term care facilities — officials in Florida say they did everything they could to keep infectious patients out of vulnerable environments and in isolated hospital settings.

The state governments of New York and Pennsylvania have come under scrutiny in recent weeks as the death tolls at their respective care facilities have grown significantly. New York has seen thousands of deaths in nursing homes over the past several months; as many as a quarter of all deaths in the state are estimated to have occurred in those facilities. In Pennsylvania, meanwhile, the death toll in care facilities is running around 70% of all fatalities in the state.

Both Pennsylvania and New York declared early in the outbreak that nursing homes could not turn away residents simply because they had had a positive coronavirus test. In effect, the states forced nursing homes to accept likely infectious patients, bringing them into the closed environments of nursing homes where the overwhelming majority of residents were among the most vulnerable to infection and death.


Reuters/Ipsos poll: A quarter of Americans refuse a coronavirus vaccine; less than two-thirds somewhat interested

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A quarter of Americans have little or no interest in taking a coronavirus vaccine, a Reuters/Ipsos poll published on Thursday found, with some voicing concern that the record pace at which vaccine candidates are being developed could compromise safety.

While health experts say a vaccine to prevent infection is needed to return life to normal, the survey points to a potential trust issue for the Trump administration already under fire for its often contradictory safety guidance during the pandemic. Some 36% of respondents said they would be less willing to take a vaccine if U.S. President Donald Trump said it was safe, compared with only 14% who would be more interested.

Most respondents in the survey of 4,428 U.S. adults taken between May 13 and May 19 said they would be heavily influenced by guidance from the Food and Drug Administration or results of large-scale scientific studies showing that the vaccine was safe.

Less than two-thirds of respondents said they were "very" or "somewhat" interested in a vaccine, a figure some health experts expected would be higher given the heightened awareness of COVID-19 and the more than 92,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the United States alone.

"It's a little lower than I thought it would be with all the attention to COVID-19," said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease and vaccine expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. "I would have expected somewhere around 75 percent."

Comment: Perhaps the public is a tad smarter than vaccine 'experts' are willing to credit. Forgive us for our 'healthy' skepticism!

Comment: Perhaps Bill and Linda Gates should be the first in line for vaccinations:
Researchers in Russia, self-testing their vaccines, say it is effective and they now have antibodies. Epidemiologists in Moscow took the unorthodox step of injecting themselves and examining their own results.

The test, conducted by employees at the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology, reportedly saw the participants gaining immunity to the virus with no adverse effects. According to the research center's director, Alexander Ginzburg, this is a step towards state-sanctioned trials.

"We will consider the experiment successful when we get permission for official trials from the Ministry of Health and carry them out," he said, speaking to Russian news agency TASS.

According to Ginzburg, the scientists chose to vaccinate not only to prove the effectiveness of their creation but also to defend themselves from the virus and gain immunity, enabling them to continue working throughout the pandemic. The director did not specify how many people were vaccinated, but described them all as "alive, healthy and happy."

Ginzburg believes that it would take about six months to immunize the entire country once the vaccine is officially approved. If everything goes to plan, he hopes it will be approved by the end of summer. In his opinion, the first people to be immunized should be frontline doctors and the elderly.

On Thursday, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko told TV channel Russia 1 that "access to wider use of the vaccine should appear sometime at the end of July."


20-year-old who battered retired army vet was moved to nursing home because he had COVID-19, says father

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Relatives of the 75-year-old man who was brutally beaten inside the Westwood Nursing Center began to suspect something was wrong because they couldn't get in touch with him and they said neither could staffers at the Veterans Hospital.

What they now know is that, for some reason, the Army veteran was taken from his apartment in Detroit to the Westwood Nursing Center on Schaefer on the city's west side.

And that is where the senior citizen was assaulted by another patient, a 20-year-old man, who was arrested Thursday after video of the beating went viral.

After seeing the video, the victim's family says they were horrified and are now trying to process what happened and gather information.

The Army veteran is now at a local hospital.

The suspect's father, who asked not to be named, said his son has mental health issues and a pending assault case in Washtenaw County and should never have been placed in the nursing home.

"He has issues and for them to put him in a facility like that, nothing good was going to happen," the suspect's father told 7 Action News.


95% of deaths with coronavirus in England's hospitals had underlying health conditions

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The data was provided by NHS England
Ninety-five percent of people who have died with COVID-19 in hospitals in England had underlying health issues, according to figures obtained by Sky News.

The data provided by NHS England shows that, as of 5pm on 26 April, 18,749 people had died in hospital with the virus.

In a small number of cases, it was not possible to confirm if a patient did or did not have an underlying health condition.

But for those where it was, 95% were found to have serious pre-existing issues.

Comment: This report supports data from all over the world that old people with multiple comorbidities were most vulnerable to infection, however given the overall mortality rate it would appear that it wasn't the coronavirus that killed them. It's becoming increasingly clear that deaths due to the disruption caused by the hysteria and the tyrannical lockdown are many times greater than deaths due to coronavirus:


California doctors say they've seen more deaths from suicide than coronavirus since lockdowns

Dr. Michael deBoisblanc

Dr. Michael deBoisblanc
Doctors in Northern California say they have seen more deaths from suicide than they've seen from the coronavirus during the pandemic.

"The numbers are unprecedented," Dr. Michael deBoisblanc of John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California, told ABC 7 News about the increase of deaths by suicide, adding that he's seen a "year's worth of suicides" in the last four weeks alone.

DeBoisblanc said he believes it's time for California officials to end the stay-at-home order and let people back out into their communities.

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When viruses escape the lab

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Scientists are creating new, incurable diseases in labs. Is that reasonable?

Swine flu, or H1N1, had been dead for 20 years when it suddenly re-emerged in 1977 with a curious twist. The new strain was genetically similar to one from the 1950s, almost as though it had been sitting frozen in a lab since then. Indeed, it eventually became clear that the late-70s flu outbreak was likely the result of a lowly lab worker's snafu.

Lab accidents like that are extremely rare. Still, two scientists are now arguing that it's not worth continuing to create new, transmissible versions of deadly viruses in labs because the risk that the diseases will escape and infect the public is too great.

Comment: It's not exactly comforting knowing the scientists are working with lab created deadly diseases to be better prepared for pandemics in the future, knowing that their hubris is likely to cause those very outbreaks they're preparing for.

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Suspect arrested after video surfaces showing violent beating of elderly nursing home patient

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The helpless victim was hospitalized for treatment of his injuries, but did survive the attack.

A man has been arrested in connection with the beating of a 75-year-old nursing home patient in Detroit, after a leaked video of the violent attack went viral.

Disturbing footage circulated on social media this week, showing a male suspect beating a helpless elderly man in what appears to be a room in a care facility. The perpetrator repeatedly punches the victim to the point of drawing blood, then cussing at the elderly man — calling him the N-word and repeatedly telling him, "get the f**ck off my bed."

Comment: Reddit and Twitter users have been rather proficient at unmasking the identity of the deranged assailant (see the James Woods tweet thread here for details). Apparently the idiot posted the video himself. No conscience and no brain.


Dave Portnoy unloads on Fauci in blistering rant on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight'

Barstool Sports' Dave Portnoy tell's Dr. Fauci to "pick a side," on coronavirus lockdowns.

Comment: The full original rant: