Published November 12, 2023
Should I be dining indoors?
With Covid on the rise, is it safe to dine indoors, especially in local restaurants in NYC? — Emily, New York, New York
At this time last year, I was able to recite the number of Covid cases in New York from memory. Covid was so ingrained in daily life then that monitoring viral risk was as much a part of my routine as checking the weather. When I sat down to write this newsletter, though, I realized I actually have no idea how many Covid cases are floating around the city right now.
It turns out, according to the municipal data, there are on average about 270 new Covid infections on any given day. That figure has dropped from a September peak of 1,483. (Of course, there’s probably a lot more Covid floating around than that because most of us aren’t going to the doctor or calling public health officials when we test positive.)
For many people, Covid has faded into the background. They’re tired of thinking about it, so they don’t. However, some people are still deeply worried. It all depends on risk tolerance, says Katrine Wallace, an epidemiologist at University of Illinois at Chicago.
“At the beginning of the pandemic, we had a deadly novel virus circulating for which we had no immunity, no vaccine, and no treatments,” Wallace says. “Because we all had the exact same lack of immunity, it was very easy to make sweeping population recommendations that applied to everyone.”
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RELATED: The real Covid jab scandal is finally emerging
Published November 11, 2023
The young and healthy, who were at minimal risk from Covid, should not have been told they had to take the vaccine- by Allison Pearson
“I am not an anti-vaxxer but… On 29 April 2021, Lisa Shaw, a clever, sensible, creative, mischievous, award-winning presenter at BBC Radio Newcastle, had her first Covid vaccination. Like millions of us, Lisa was delighted and relieved to get her jab. Not only did the 44-year-old mother of one feel she was doing her bit to keep her community safe (Lisa had been astonished a few weeks earlier when a girlfriend had said she wasn’t getting jabbed), she was excited “to give her mam a hug”.
A few days later, Lisa developed a headache and stabbing pains behind her eyes which wouldn’t go away. By May 16, she was taken by ambulance to Hospital of North Durham. Tests revealed blood clots in Lisa’s brain and she was moved to a specialist neurology unit in Newcastle. Lisa Shaw died on May 21 from complications arising from the AstraZeneca Covid vaccination.
The coroner said: “Ms Shaw was previously fit and well” but it was “clearly established” that her death was due to a very rare “vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT)”, a new condition which leads to swelling and bleeding of the brain.
Strenuous efforts had been made to put the public’s mind at rest when the jab was approved. After Lisa Shaw died, we were told that the clots are “considered extremely rare,” there had only been 417 reported cases and 72 deaths after 24.8 million first doses and 23.9 million second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the UK.
It also saved a great many lives. But expressing reservations about possible side-effects was seen as party-pooping. It meant you ran the risk of being labelled as that most reviled and irresponsible being, an “anti-vaxxer”. After Lisa died, Gareth says he had phone conversations with leading broadcasters. “They would express sympathy, but then they were very nervous, they’d say they have to be very careful, you know, how they report the story without breaching broadcasting guidelines by implying there was any problem with the jab.”
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RELATED: Nearly 1 in 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Recipients Suffered Neurological Side Effects: Study
A health care worker prepares a dose Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at The Michener Institute, in Toronto, Canada, on Dec.14, 2020. (Carlos Osorio/AFP via Getty Images)
Published November 12, 2023
The study analyzed 19,096 people who received COVID-19 vaccines in Italy in July 2021, out of which 15,368 had taken the Pfizer vaccine, 2,077 had taken the Moderna version, and 1,651 took the AstraZeneca version.
While both Pfizer and Moderna are mRNA vaccines, AstraZeneca, being an adenovirus vaccine, uses a different mechanism to trigger the immune response.
The study found that about 31.2 percent of vaccinated individuals developed post-vaccination neurological complications, particularly among those injected with the AstraZeneca jab. Different vaccines had a different “neurological risk profile.”
The neurological risk profile of the AstraZeneca vaccine included headaches, tremors, muscle spasms, insomnia, and tinnitus, while the risk profile of the Moderna vaccine included sleepiness, vertigo, diplopia (double vision), paresthesia (a feeling of numbness or itching on the skin), taste and smell alterations, and dysphonia (hoarseness or loss of normal voice). None of the subjects were hospitalized or died.
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