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Harvard Doctor Tells White House ‘Talking And Breathing Is Spreading Coronavirus’

Only talk when it’s essential?

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The chairman of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has reported to the White House that simply talking and breathing could be spreading the coronavirus, according to new research.

Dr Harvey Fineberg, who is also a former Harvard School of Public Health dean, discussed his advice to the Trump administration with CNN, noting that aerosolized coronavirus droplets are capable of lingering in the air and infecting anyone who walks by, even hours later.

“While the current [coronavirus] specific research is limited, the results of available studies are consistent with aerosolization of virus from normal breathing,” Dr. Fineberg wrote in the letter to the White House.

“This letter responds to your question concerning the possibility that [coronavirus] could be spread by conversation, in addition to sneeze/cough – induced droplets. Currently, available research supports the possibility that [coronavirus] could be spread via bioaerosols generated directly by patient exhalation.” the letter also states.

Dr Fineberg’s comments dovetail with recent research conducted by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The letter also notes that research carried out by the University of Nebraska has shown that the virus was present in rooms more than six feet away from coronavirus patients.

Dr Fineberg said that the potency of the virus in the air depends on “how much virus an infected individual puts out when breathing or talking, and also … the amount of circulation in the air.” He also noted that research suggests the virus “can remain viable and infectious” in the air for at least three hours.

“If you generate an aerosol of the virus with no circulation in a room, it’s conceivable that if you walk through later, you could inhale the virus,” Fineberg explained. “But if you’re outside, the breeze will likely disperse it.”

The findings may lead to a change in guidance previously issued by the World Health Organisation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stay six feet away from other people. It may also prompt the government to advise that everyone in the US wears face masks when leaving home.

Dr Fineberg said that while surgical masks should be reserved for health care workers, he intends to wear a bandanna or other face covering when shopping for food and essentials.

“I’m not going to wear a surgical mask, because clinicians need those,” Fineberg said, adding “But I have a nice western-style bandana I might wear. Or I have a balaclava. I have some pretty nice options.”

Some officials in the US have already implemented mandatory use of face masks, under threat of fines or even arrest, while others are urging citizens to wear them.

There is sure to be a renewed scramble for face masks if the advice is officially implemented, however, it may be difficult to acquire the masks, given that shops have shortages and Amazon has banned the sale of them.

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Rules Dictate Employees Can Be Fired For Not Wearing A Face Mask

Workers “who refuse to wear a face covering out of political conviction would still probably lose in court”

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New rules put into place to allow businesses to re-open mandate that employees must wear face masks, and can be disciplined or even fired for refusing to do so.

Bloomberg law noted last week that face coverings are being mandated as a “term of employment,” and can only be avoided in very limited circumstances.

Anyone refusing to go along with the rules means “In essence, they’re saying ‘I really don’t want to work here. That really is like someone coming in and saying ‘I don’t like your rules.’” said Katherine Dudley Helms, an Ogletree Deakins attorney who represents employers.

Employers have a “basic right to devise and enforce nondiscriminatory work rules, including those pertaining to clothing,” said Fordham University School of Law professor James Brudney.

The report notes that this was the case before the coronavirus outbreak, given that an employer can mandate that employees cover tattoos, or adhere to a dress code. The new mandates simply insert face masks into the equation as part of the dress code.

Workers “who refuse to wear a face covering out of political conviction would still probably lose in court,” said attorney Mark Frost, noting that employers are within their rights to terminate workers for any reason, as long as it doesn’t break the law.

In addition, there is an increased eagerness to punish people seen not wearing masks.

Last month, a local Colorado media outlet ran an undercover sting on their nearby Home Depot store following reports that employees were flouting mandatory face mask orders.

On Twitter, CBS Denver news director Tim Wieland announced their investigation was based off tipsters who reported violations of Gov. Polis’ executive order, which expires May 17.

Footage of a man being dragged off a bus by police in Philadelphia because he was not wearing a face mask went viral recently.

This is now the new normal. Inform on and punish those who choose not to follow the rules.

Early on during the outbreak, it was universally noted by virologists and doctors that face masks are largely ineffectual against the spread of the virus.

Even Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institutes of Infections, admitted “There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask.”

The US Surgeon General also advised the public not to wear masks:

However, once the CDC applied pressure…

And Fauci now wears a mask at every press briefing, admitting that it is a ‘symbol’ of following the ‘rules’:

In addition to all of this, there are currently more than one thousand US patents that cover the N95, 3M’s medical mask. If masks are now mandatory, why are certain government approved companies allowed a monopoly on production?

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Fauci Says He Wears Face Mask As A ‘Symbol Of What You Should Be Doing’

Admits it’s virtue signalling to other people.

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Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, proclaimed Wednesday that he is wearing a face mask in order to virtue signal ‘respect’ to other people, and that he wants it to be seen as ‘a symbol’ of what everyone else should be doing.

The often maligned Fauci made the comments in an appearance on CNN, commenting that “I think we should be recommending it. As you know, I wear it whenever I’m outside. We can try and keep the usual distance, but sometimes it is out of your control.”

“There are certain things that you can do and still do as you reopen. One is wearing a mask.” Fauci declared, adding that it’s something “everybody should seriously consider doing.”

The host Jim Sciutto asked if it helps when Americans “look at folks like you doing it, does that encourage its use to a positive degree?”

“It does, Jim.” Fauci replied, before going on to admit the mask is more of a symbol than an actual deterrent from the virus.

“I wear it for the reason that I believe it is effective. It is not 100% effective. I mean, its sort of respect for the another person and have that other person respect you.” Fauci said.

“You wear a mask. They wear a mask, you protect each other. I do it when I’m in the public for the reasons that, A, I want to protect myself and protect others. Also, because I want to make it be a symbol for people to see, that’s the kind of thing you should be doing.” he continued.

Fauci claimed that many people are using the mask as a way of projecting ‘respect’ for others.

“When I walk around the street and the neighborhood where I live in Washington, D.C., which still has a considerable number of infections, it is very clear that many people are doing that.” he said.

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Study: Lockdown “Will Destroy at Least Seven Times More Years of Human Life” Than it Saves

“Likely more than 90 times greater.”

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A study has found that the “stay at home” lockdown order in the United States will “destroy at least seven times more years of human life” than it saves and that this number is “likely” to be more than 90 times greater.

As we have repeatedly highlighted, the untold cost of the lockdown in terms of untreated serious illnesses and the impact on mental health will not be fully known for years, but discussion around the issue has been limited in the mainstream media.

Now a new study finds that debilitating stress and anxiety caused by the lockdown, including turmoil caused by huge job losses, could lead to a plethora of negative health problems that will have a far greater overall toll on human life than the number of lives saved by the lockdown.

“Based on a broad array of scientific data, Just Facts has computed that the anxiety created by reactions to Covid-19—such as stay-at-home orders, business shutdowns, media exaggerations, and legitimate concerns about the virus—will destroy at least seven times more years of human life than can possibly be saved by lockdowns to control the spread of the disease. This figure is a bare minimum, and the actual one is likely more than 90 times greater.”

Research shows that at least 16.8% of adults in the United States have suffered “major mental harm from responses to Covid-19.”

Extrapolating these numbers out, the figures show that “anxiety from responses to Covid-19 has impacted 42,873,663 adults and will rob them of an average of 1.3 years of life, thus destroying 55.7 million years of life.”

This contrasts with “a maximum of 616,590 lives (which) might be saved by the current lockdowns, and the disease robs an average of 12 years of life from each of its victims, which means that the current lockdowns can save no more than 7.4 million years of life.”

The seven times figure is a massively conservative estimate which minimizes the impact of the negative consequences of lockdown and maximizes the number of lives affected by lockdown.

“Under the more moderate scenarios…anxiety will destroy more than 90 times the life saved by lockdowns,” states the study.

The study lists a number of reasons why the lockdown has increased anxiety and depression, one of which includes the media’s role in exaggerating the deadliness of COVID-19 and “using false denominators that exaggerate its death rate.”

“This research is engaging and thoroughly answers the question about the cure being worse than the disease,” concluded Joseph P. Damore, Jr., M.D., who reviewed the study.

As we highlighted earlier, psychiatrists wrote 86% more prescriptions for psychotropic drugs, including antidepressants, during the lockdown months of March and April compared to January and February.

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