The US has never recorded this many positive flu tests in one week

And health care systems are getting absolutely crushed … again.   In the week ending November 26, more than 34,000 positive flu tests were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from labs around the US, as shown in the orange line on the chart below. That’s more positive flu tests than have been reported in any single week during any flu season on record, going back as far as 1997.  Continue…

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CVS Sued Over ‘Fraudulent’ Donations to American Diabetes Association – Health

A consumer filed a class-action complaint in the Eastern District of New York against CVS Health Corporation for a purportedly deceptive charity campaign it held last year, which the plaintiff asserts was more like a reimbursement to CVS than a charitable donation.According to the complaint, prior to the completion of a customer’s transaction, the checkout screen would prompt the customer with several boxes of pre-selected amounts (and an opt out option) to donate to theContinue…

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Quack who sold sham COVID “immunization pellets” gets nearly 3 years in prison | Ars Technica

California naturopath and homeopath Juli Mazi will spend 33 months in federal prison for falsifying federal COVID-19 vaccination cards and selling pellets she falsely claimed would offer lifetime protection from COVID.   Further ReadingFeds arrest CA homeopath for selling COVID pellets, fake CDC vaccine cardsIt was a scheme that netted her thousands of dollars in the early phases of the pandemic before also earning her the first federal criminal fraud prosecution related to bogus COVID-19Continue…

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Many minorities still don’t participate in clinical trials, but changing the narrative can save lives

For the Black community, the clinical trials are reminders of the often negative intersection of ethics, race, and medicine that has led to distrust. It is rooted in a history of exploitation of, and experimentation on, African-Americans that ranges from the Tuskegee Syphilis Study to a 19th-century doctor experimenting with gynecological treatments on enslaved women without anesthetics.Now more than ever, with the high death rates among Black men and women, it’s time to change theContinue…

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New Research: COVID-19 Vaccines Saved 20 Million Lives Worldwide in the First Year

COVID-19 vaccines reduced the potential global death toll during the pandemic by more than half in the year following their implementation, according to estimates from a mathematical modeling study published on June 23, 2022, in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.19.8 million out of a potential 31.4 million COVID-19 deaths were prevented worldwide in the first year of the vaccination program according to estimates based on excess deaths from 185 countries and territories.The researchers estimate that aContinue…

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Building a Corsi-Rosenthal Air Filter Box for the first time

Corsi-Rosenthal box

It took me about 50 minutes to build this Corsi-Rosenthal air filter box with parts from Home Depot here in Toronto. It’s a 20″ box fan, four 20″x20″x1″ 3M 1900 air filters (1″ deep), some duct tape and cardboard. The cardboard came from the fan’s box and from a grocery delivery, so you can use just about cardboard you’ve got around. The shroud has a 15″ diameter hole, as suggested by David Elfstrom on Twitter;Continue…

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