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Quarantine Fatigue and the Social End to the Coronavirus Pandemic –

“…Are we battling an unprecedented pandemic or panicking at a computer-generated mirage?”

Truth? Probably both, but as time goes on the battle seems obviously geared towards fighting hype-generated fear.

“…epidemics medically end when disease incidence and death rates plummet as herd immunity is achieved through either mass infection or mass vaccination. On the other hand, epidemics socially end when people grow tired of panic mode and learn to live with a disease.

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5 Things Emotionally Stable People Don’t Do – Personal Growth – Medium

1. Believing everything you think.

2. Judging yourself for how you feel.

3. Needing to find meaning in everything.

4. Trying to control everything.

5. Making decisions based on emotions instead of values.

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Watch “What It’s Like to Believe Everything the Media Tells You” on YouTube

Another humorous but insightful perspective from J.P. Sears

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“No Detectable Surge” in COVID-19 Following Wisconsin’s Controversial Primary, Study Finds – Foundation for Economic Education

“The data suggest Wisconsin’s high-profile vote was a low-risk activity.”

“Authors of a new study conducted by researchers at the World Health Organization and Stanford University say there is no evidence of increased transmission of COVID-19 in Wisconsin following the state’s April 7 primary election.”

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COVID-19 Among Workers in Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities ― 19 States, April 2020 |

mm6918e3_MeatpackingFacilitiesCOVID19_IMAGE_01May20_1200x675-mediumLet’s get this under control and protect workers for sure. But this is also an ideal opportunity to get some very important data regarding factors which influence spread within these meat plants and within homes/contacts of these infected workers.

We desperately need data to validate the reliability of various antibody tests on the market, those approved, waived and unapproved. I would encourage local/state governments to partner with universities to acquire this vital information.

And these cluster outbreaks are a perfect setting to get more information regarding true number of asymptomatic cases, how long people are pre-symptomatic and timing of immune responses to infection.


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FDA grants emergency approval to Swiss firm’s coronavirus antibody test | TheHill

Forum for Healthcare Freedom commentary:

There are two dueling schools of thought in the debate over antibody testing.

One says that antibody testing is the only way to estimate true prevalence of SARS-CoV-2, given the high percentage of mild and asymptomatic cases shown in captive populations such as cruise ships, prisons, etc, and therefore the only way to determine the true mortality rate. But we must have a test with very high sensitivity/specificity in order to interpret these individual tests with a fair degree of confidence.

The other side claims that when/if prevalence of a disease is low, the predictive value of a positive test (PPV) is very low (unless specificity approaches 100% i.e. low chance of false positive)

Both philosophical camps are correct. But as prevalence goes up and if a test has high sensitivity & specificity, then PPV curve goes up steeply.

So, bottom line is, if the Roche test shows no cross reactivity to four common non-SARS Coronaviruses, we can validate the sensitivity (and by extension the PPV) by testing patients that have recovered who had typical symptoms and positive PCR test for SARS-CoV-2.

If this test is truly as good as marketed, time to start getting the data to help us get back to work safely and help guide medical decision-making.

Otherwise, we guess without data.

Roche Holding AG said that its antibody test, Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2, had a 99.8 percent specificity rate and a sensitivity rate of 100 percent based on a sampling of 5,272 people.

Roche said that its sampling showed no cross-reactivity to the four human coronaviruses causing a common cold, reducing the chance of false positives.

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Seattle Suicide | International Liberty

In the most recent session, socialist councilwoman Kshama Sawant and her allies have proposed massive new taxes on corporations, unprecedented regulations on landlords (including rent control and a ban on “winter evictions”), the mandated construction of homeless encampments, and the gradual dismantling of the criminal justice system, beginning with the end of cash bail. …In order to consolidate their newfound power, the progressive-socialists have begun to manipulate the democratic process in their own favor: first, by providing all Seattle voters with $100 in taxpayer-funded “democracy vouchers,” which are easily collected by unions, activists, and socialist groups; and second, by implementing a ban on corporate spending in local elections…

The economy is on life support, but that isn’t stopping the Seattle City Council from trying to soak employers with a new tax on hiring. …The proposal is a reprise of the council’s 2018 tax on each new hire that was repealed amid public opposition. The new proposal “is 10 times larger than the 2018 version, and it’s also in an economy that’s about 1,000 times worse,” says James Sido of the Downtown Seattle Association…a 1.3% payroll tax on most Seattle businesses with $7 million or more in payroll. …Businesses would be assessed based on the prior year’s payroll, but revenue has cratered this year amid the pandemic.

…businesses on the margin that have been forced to lay off or furlough employees may not bring them back if it means crossing that $7 million payroll threshold. The tax would discourage smaller companies

…businesses on the margin that have been forced to lay off or furlough employees may not bring them back if it means crossing that $7 million payroll threshold. The tax would discourage smaller companies

from growing in Seattle. …Seattle is the hardest hit city in the U.S., with unemployment rising 105.92% between January and March. Only a socialist would think now is the time to further punish job creation. [Like there is ever a good time to punish job creation]