CDC Shortens COVID-19 Quarantine Period to Seven Days

CDC Shortens COVID-19 Quarantine Period to Seven Days

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised its quarantine guidelines for people who may have been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.1 Since the COVID-19 pandemic declaration last winter, the agency has recommended a 14-day quarantine period that was based on estimates of the upper range of the incubation period for SARS-CoV-2 […]

Scientists and Doctors Call for Return to Normal Life in The Great Barrington Declaration

Scientists and Doctors Call for Return to Normal Life in The Great Barrington Declaration

Story Highlights On Oct. 6, 2020, an international group of scientists, doctors and other medical professionals issued a petition, The Great Barrington Declaration (GBD), challenging the wisdom of current restrictive public health strategies employed by governments for addressing COVID-19. The GBD signatories called for “focused protection” that commits resources to protecting vulnerable populations, allowing most […]

Coronavirus Cases Plummet When PCR Tests Are Adjusted

Coronavirus Cases Plummet When PCR Tests Are Adjusted

Health experts now say that PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus associated with the illness COVID-19, is too sensitive and needs to be adjusted to rule out people who have insignificant amounts of the virus in their system.1 The test’s threshold is so high that it detects people with the live virus as well as […]

WHO Says No Direct Evidence Masks Prevent Viral Infection

WHO Says No Direct Evidence Masks Prevent Viral Infection

Opinion | According to the director general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, life will not be returning to your old normal anytime soon. What’s more, things will only get worse unless the public follow health advice such as wearing masks and social distancing. The somber announcement came during a July 13, 2020, press conference. This, […]

Four Potential Consequences of Wearing Face Masks We Need to Be Wary Of

Four Potential Consequences of Wearing Face Masks We Need to Be Wary Of

Opinion | If healthcare workers wear surgical masks, there is good evidence that it limits the spread of respiratory viral infections in hospitals. But there is no clear evidence that surgical masks protect members of the public from getting or passing on these sorts of infections—most likely because of incorrect use. For cloth masks worn by the […]

Mortality Rate for COVID-19 May Be Closer to Influenza

Mortality Rate for COVID-19 May Be Closer to Influenza

At a press briefing on Mar. 3, 2020, the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, said, “Globally, about 3.4 percent of reported COVID-19 cases have died.” On Mar. 13, The New York Times reported that modeling experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were estimating that if […]

Coronavirus May Be Spread by Money Says WHO

Coronavirus May Be Spread by Money Says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Mar. 2, 2020 that dirty banknotes may be spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus because the virus can survive on surfaces for several days, according to the British newspaper The Telegraph.1 “Yes, it’s possible,” said a WHO spokesperson. “We know that money changes hands frequently and can pick up all […]

Doctors Avoid Hand Washing Despite Evidence It is Best Way to Reduce Infections

Doctors Avoid Hand Washing Despite Evidence It is Best Way to Reduce Infections

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been urging everyone to thoroughly and frequently wash their hands since reports of the coronavirus outbreak in China, highlighting the long recognized practice of hand washing as a tried and true infection control measure.1 A little known fact is that among all health care providers, […]

Malnutrition in America

Malnutrition in America

Opinion | While the news is full of stories of malnutrition elsewhere in the world, many people don’t realize that malnutrition is a problem in the United States, as well. Malnutrition is the condition that develops when the body is deprived of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients it needs to maintain healthy tissues and organ function.1 […]

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