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Vaccine is Working

New research suggests that for people who previously had COVID, just one dose of the vaccine may be enough to boost their immune systems to provide complete protection against reinfection. COVID cases have dropped 77% in six weeks. Experts should level with the public about the good news, says John Hopkins doctor Marty Makary. Dr. […]

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Saving Children and Mental Health

In a recent study, Columbia University and Temple University researchers concluded the enactment of COVID containment policies resulted in a significant and sustained increase in firearm violence in Philadelphia. In other news: Our Jennifer Cabrera says Florida is outperforming lockdown states like California and New York on all metrics. Here’s the summary of all the […]

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Experts Say Reopen Schools. Unions and Politicians Refuse.

A survey of approximately 175 of pediatricians mostly agreed that it was safe enough for schools to fully reopen. But it doesn’t appear our politicians and bureaucrats want to listen to these experts when they contradict their message. Meanwhile, mental health professionals are growing increasingly alarmed about the deteriorating mental state of young people. Many […]

California

Florida’s COVID-19 response has outperformed lockdown states on excess deaths, education, and the economy

Florida’s COVID-19 response has outperformed lockdown states like New York and California

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Indignation in a Polarized State

Megan Mansell writes about life in Florida, where neighboring counties have completely different rules

Events

Take Back Your Schools from COVID – A Rational Ground Webinar

Register Here Our children have now lost thousands of hours of in-class learning. Schools across the rest of the world are open while our kids languish in limbo. Join us for a special webinar to get the tools and tactics you need to take back your school. Join data experts and policy pros to find […]

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Original Sin

Cruise ships were the best predictor of the risks of COVID-19, but we ignored the data in favor of models

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Cases Drop, Lockdowns and Panic Continue

New COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths all dropped this week. Regardless, politicians and bureaucrats have not ceased with the fearmongering. Meanwhile, the CDC has lent its full support for “double-masking.” In other news: Our Emily Burns explains how lockdowns are a form of systemic racism given their disproportionate negative effects on minority communities.  We’ve known […]

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The First Amendment Prevails Again

Last Friday, the Supreme Court, in South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom, issued emergency relief suspending California’s broad ban on indoor religious services. Still, it was a limited ruling. California cannot bar in-person services altogether, but can limit attendance to 25% of capacity. In an interview with FOX News, former Secretary of State Mike […]

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Lockdowns: Systemic Racism in Action

Emily Burns examines the data on COVID and ethnicity and argues that lockdowns make race disparities worse

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Coming Soon: The Vaccine Passport

Researchers at Oxford University released new results from their vaccine, which is being manufactured by British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca, showing it gives 76% protection for three months after just one dose. According to their preliminary findings, the vaccine not only dropped virus transmission by two-thirds, but also improved hospitalization rates and prevented serious disease. While we […]

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Lockdowns: pros and cons

An extensive list of links to articles and studies on the negative consequences of lockdowns

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Expert versus Expert

Michael Osterholm, a top health adviser to President Joe Biden, suggests the new strain of COVID may lead to future lockdowns. In a recent interview, Osterholm warned double-masking would be counterproductive and harmful—a stance that’s the complete opposite of the White House’s main adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci. Last Friday, Johnson & Johnson announced that its […]

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Masking the True Devastation

In an interview with “Today,” Dr. Anthony Fauci declared that two masks are better than one when it comes to slowing the spread of COVID-19. (We still don’t know of their effectiveness according to the best evidence to date).  But other experts are finally beginning to recognize deaths tied to alcohol use, drug use and […]

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California Comes to Its Senses

On Monday, Californian officials announced that regional coronavirus stay-at-home orders across the state will be lifted, allowing restaurants to immediately resume outdoor dining. According to a new United Nations report, four times as many jobs were lost last year due to the coronavirus pandemic as during the worst part of the global financial crisis in […]

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New Administration. Same Failed Policies

In one of his first acts as President, Joe Biden signed an executive order, requiring masks on federal property. He’s also challenging all Americans to wear one for the next 100 days. Despite pledges to “follow the science,” the scientific grounding for a national mask mandate is lacking as explained by Phillip Magness.  In other […]

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Reminder: Lockdowns Still Don’t Work

On Monday, President Trump announced he will lift COVID travel restrictions for foreign citizens entering the U.S. from Brazil and most Europe — but the incoming Biden administration says it will leave the ban intact.  As of January 15th, Texas leads the way in the total number of vaccine doses administered. In other news: NPR […]

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Protected: Exposing the “big lie” of non-pharmaceutical interventions

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The burden of proof

Michael Betrus argues that the burden of proof is on lockdown states to prove their policies are more effective than those of non-lockdown states

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Authoritarians Never Learn

In New York, unused vaccines go into the garbage as Governor Cuomo’s horrific mismanagement continues. In other news: A recent study shows people who have already contracted coronavirus are as protected against reinfection as those who have received the best COVID vaccine. Drs. Vladimir Kogan and Vinay Prasad make an eloquent case for why public […]

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COVID Security Theater

In the latest display of security theater, the U.S. will soon require international airline passengers to prove they recently tested negative for COVID before flying to the country. In other news: Pfizer has reassured the public that its COVID vaccine remains effective against the new mutant strains detected in Britain and South Africa.  Writing in […]

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After nine months, we still know masks don’t work

Len Cabrera reviews the pre-COVID views on face masks and the data from states with and without mandates and finds there is no evidence to support mask mandates.

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Rhode Island Crosses the Threshold of COVID-19 Testing Transparency

Dr. Andrew Bostom writes that PCR cycle threshold data provides critical information and should be made public by health departments

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End the COVID War on Children

It’s 2021 and most families across the United States still have no clear path forward for getting their children back into school and routine life. Join medical experts, policy advisors, parents and concerned citizens at this national forum and webinar.

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Government Failures Here and Abroad

A Wall Street Journal investigation reveals many governments left nursing home residents vulnerable to the COVID pandemic who accounted for over a third of fatalities in some countries. Law enforcement in multiple cities report homicides have dramatically increased in 2020.  In other news: Our Jennifer Cabrera was recently interviewed on the Tom Woods Show. According […]

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COVID-19 PCR Testing: Cycle threshold values are the missing piece of the pandemic puzzle – until now

Todd Kenyon analyzes cycle threshold data from Rhode Island and shows that these distributions can be predictive

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Happy New Year from the RG Team!

Happy New Year! 2020 may have gone in the rearview mirror, but COVID and our politicians are still with us.  Despite having some of the most restrictive policies in the nation, California’s COVID case count, hospitalizations, and deaths are still skyrocketing. In Texas, the state supreme court blocked local orders establishing an overnight curfew for […]

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Fighting for the voiceless: Franca Panettone’s family hopes her tragic COVID death will bring changes

Franca Panettone, a 46-year-old woman with Down Syndrome, died alone from COVID, without access to her healthcare surrogate. How often has this happened over the past 10 months?

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University of Florida researchers find no asymptomatic or presymptomatic spread

The study, conducted by the UF Department of Biostatistics, found that the secondary attack rate for asymptomatic index cases was not statistically different from zero

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Merry Christmas from the RG Team!

May Reason Prevail in the New Year Last Friday, the FDA officially issued an emergency use authorization for the Moderna coronavirus vaccine, the second in the U.S. As the vaccine rollout continues, we are seeing more evidence that our response to COVID may be harming more people than the virus itself. In San Francisco, drug […]

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Moderna Vaccine Approved

Another panel of FDA experts gave their approval for Moderna’s COVID vaccine. Emergency use authorization is expected later today. In other news: According to data from the Census Bureau, more Americans are going hungry than at any point during the COVID pandemic. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Drs. Jay Bhattacharya and Sunetra Gupta say […]

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In defense of The Great Barrington Declaration

Alex Lieske defends The Great Barrington Declaration against Stephen Archer’s attack

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Hope: Vaccination Begins in America

Last Friday, the FDA officially issued an emergency use authorization for the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. Over the weekend, Pfizer trucks carrying the vaccine made their way to distribution sites across the United States. On Monday, Sandra Lindsay, an intensive care nurse in New York, became the first person in the country to receive the vaccine. […]

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America prepared to authorize vaccine; Canada already ahead

On Thursday, a panel of experts gave their endorsement for the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. The FDA is expected to grant emergency use authorization and vaccination in the U.S. may begin as early as next Monday. Earlier this week, Canada became the third country to officially authorize use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. In other news: A […]

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Post-Thanksgiving mask charts: Still no evidence that masks work

17 new mask charts from Ian Miller!

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Vaccine Rollout Begins

The United Kingdom started vaccinating its population against covid-19 yesterday, becoming the first country to start distributing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, less than a week after its approval. In other news: The FDA’s first analysis of the clinical trial data shows that the coronavirus vaccine worked well regardless of a volunteer’s race, weight or age. Gallup […]

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Where’s the Vaccine?

The United Kingdom has officially approved Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine while the U.S. FDA digs into the data. President Trump asks why the UK is beating us on the vaccine, while Switzerland holds off on approval until more data is released. In other news: More rules for thee but not for me: Austin Mayor Steve Adler […]

Rational Ground

10 Steps to Get Back to Normal

It’s time to move forward. Here we offer ten steps to dramatically improve the current situation that we feel both sides of the divide can agree on.

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10 Steps to End the Lockdowns – A Rational Ground Webinar

Join us for a webinar on December 3 at 6:30 PT/9:30 ET to talk about 10 steps to end the lockdowns

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The First Amendment remembered, another vaccine is coming

Right before Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court blocked COVID restrictions on religious services in New York. That’s something we can be very thankful for. On Monday, Moderna submitted an emergency use authorization application to the FDA for its coronavirus vaccine. Moderna’s newly released data further strengthens its case: it concludes the vaccine is 94% effective — […]

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Justice is Essential

Megan Mansell writes that justice under ADA law has been denied to pregnant women, babies, children, and anyone who is unable to wear a mask.

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Celebrating Thanksgiving in the Midst of COVID19 – EOH 11/25/20

In spite of admonishments from politicians and bureaucrats, millions of Americans plan to travel home to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.   In other news: A third of parents surveyed in a new poll say it is important that they see their families in person during the Thanksgiving holiday this year. A third major Covid-19 vaccine, co-developed […]

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Scientific American Unintentionally Argues Against Lockdowns

Karl Dierenbach uses the example of New Mexico to argue that mitigation efforts are not effective against a virus.

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Thanksgiving Will Go On – EOH 11/20/20

Though it has no official authority to cancel Thanksgiving, the CDC is urging Americans not to travel home for Thanksgiving this year, in the name of the public health and safety of course. As politicians and other bureaucrats issue new rules, it’s likely many Americans will celebrate the holidays with or without their approval. In […]

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Another Ray of Light Emerges – EOH 11/18/20

Another ray of light has emerged on the horizon: Moderna says its coronavirus vaccine is 94.5% effective. More details are coming soon.  In other news: In a high-profile speech before the Federalist Society, Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito expressed his concerns that the coronavirus pandemic “has resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty.” Rules […]

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It’s About the Children! – EOH 11/13/20

President-elect Joe Biden is already busy putting together members for his new COVID taskforce and it looks like he doesn’t seem receptive to freedom or lessons from the past. Dr. Michael Osterholm, one of his coronavirus advisors, has called another 4-6 week national lockdown. Dr. Osterholm wants an even more draconian second lockdown than the […]

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The Human Studies Cited by the CDC’s Recent Scientific Brief do not Support Community Masking

Karl Dierenbach takes a look at the studies the CDC uses to support community-level mask effectiveness.

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CDC’s sloppy “Scientific Brief” adds nothing to the evidence for masks

Megan Mansell breaks down the CDC Scientific Brief on “Community Use of Cloth Masks to Control the Spread of SARS-CoV-2”

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A Ray of Light Emerges – EOH 11/11/20

A ray of light has emerged on the horizon: a coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE showed in an early analysis to be more than 90% effective in protecting people from COVID-19. We are waiting on further details to be released soon. In other news: On public policy, Jayanta Bhattacharya of Stanford, […]

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Florida death certificate review raises questions about official number of COVID-19 deaths

We had the opportunity to review death certificates for some of Florida’s recent COVID-19 deaths, and we can tell you definitively that Florida is counting deaths that were not directly caused by COVID-19.

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Viva La Resistance – EOH 11/5/20

The 2020 U.S. presidential election is over… but as of this writing, a winner has not been called. With everything focused on the election, we’ve enjoyed a short panic break from COVID19.  The courts continue to rule against governors who abuse their powers in the name of public health. New research continue to discover the […]

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Unhysterical COVID-19 Assessment in Rhode Island Requires More Transparency–And Honesty

Dr. Andrew Bostom calls for more data transparency in Rhode Island as the governor asks citizens to stay home for Thanksgiving.

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And Falling Behind – EOH 10/30

Happy Halloween… remember as the holiday season arrives, nothing can escape the reach of Rona. It is the instrument to ruin the rest of 2020 and the season that brings us together. Our leaders have assured us if we disobey expect more trouble on the horizon. Lockdown advocates have found their next disobedient target that […]

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Behind the Curve – EOH 10/28

Happy Halloween… remember social distancing applies to skeletons. We are all in this together! Remarkably, skeptics continue to be vindicated by the evidence on the ground while the MSM acts surprised and claims ignorance. From the Texas Tribune to the New York Times, mainstream media publications are finally “discovering” that allowing children to go to […]

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Visualizing PCR amplification

Len Cabrera provides several ways to picture just how much genetic material is created by a PCR test using 40 cycles

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A Rational Reopening Guide

Megan Mansell offers a framework for operating any facility or business during COVID.

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And Its Consequences – EOH 10/23

The “new normal” performs quite terribly in public polling. People don’t enjoy wearing masks, prefer to hug friends and family outside their household, and like those pesky things called civil liberties. In almost every continent, anti-lockdown protests have occurred in response to government overreach and COVID lockdowns. The resistance continues to grow. Even pro-lockdown institutions […]

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The New Unnormal – EOH 10/21

We are told that we are going to have to accept a “new normal” but what if that “new normal”, is just a slogan for completely restructuring society? Across the world, the “new normal” appears just to be a new blend of  authoritarianism and limiting civil liberties. In the UK, the government plans to give […]

Schools

Replay! A Rational Ground Webinar: Take Back Your School from COVID

Recently, Rational Ground was invited to speak to a group of activists in the state of Arizona. These concerned parents, teachers and policy makers spent 90 minutes with our team getting the latest info on COVID-19 and learn the latest tactics and strategies on how to get schools back and open. The Powerpoint presented at […]

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Bullying From the Ivory Tower

Colleges are endangering the mental health of students with pandemic restrictions and then bullying them and calling them names when they break the rules.

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More mask charts

More mask charts that show the (lack of) correlation between mask mandates and cases or hospitalizations

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New podcast from Kyle Lamb: Censoring… the flu

Kyle Lamb discusses the censorship of Scott Atlas, masks, and the disappearance of the flu compared to last year.

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COVID-19 Death Distortion In Florida: Over 40% of State’s “COVID-19 Deaths” May Not Merit That Classification

Dr. Andrew Bostom examines the CDC’s guidelines for reporting COVID-19 deaths and how that has affected the Florida death reporting.

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Florida House COVID Deaths Report

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Lockdowns return to some parts of Europe and the UK – EOH 10/16

After months of the data showing lockdowns have enormous consequences with little gain, politicians continue to push a failed policy with unimaginable social and economic costs. In the UK despite rising cases (with a rise in testing), deaths have remained flat with only a mild increase in hospitalizations, yet strict lockdown measures have been enacted. […]

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Flip Flop – EOH 10/14

It is remarkable how supposedly trustworthy, scientific organizations have flipped on key issues after being proved consistently wrong on said issues from Twitter to scientific journals. For example, The World Health Organization (“WHO”) finally realized that lockdowns were not effective as a primary method of stopping COVID-19 and  lockdowns’ severe economic impact (estimated to be almost […]

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A Dying Shame

Megan Mansell writes that conversations about death with dignity and representation are long overdue.

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There is nothing new under the sun

Alex Rodriguez contrasts the public health responses between the 1918 and 2020 pandemics.

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Backsliding – EOH 10/9

After several months of hope that New Yorkers  were starting to leave lockdowns, New York’s leaders decided medieval lockdowns by neighborhood made good sense, specifically targeting Orthodox Jewish communities. New Yorkers rebelled and resisted the new street-by-street lockdowns.  New York is not alone in its lockdown fetish, Israel is under an even more extreme lockdown, […]

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Economic Lockdown – EOH 10/7

If COVID hysteria only meant people were stuck inside for a few weeks, perhaps it would be more understandable. Instead, across the world, it has led to economic and social catastrophe. Years of economic growth and rising social standards in countries like India have been destroyed in a few short months. We have rolled extreme […]

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COVID-19 on campus: October update

Update as of October 5 on COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths at 50 American universities since August

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Mask charts

Have you been looking for charts that show the (lack of) correlation between mask mandates and cases or hospitalizations? Your wish is our command!

Data

Interactive Tool: Masks & COVID-19

Big thanks to @BenMarten for his excellent collection and comparison of masks and cases data. We took his data and embedded it here in several sheets. Feel free to play around with the filters on the right and let us know what information you find. The data takes county-level cases and deaths (per 100K population […]

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What is President Trump’s risk of dying from COVID?

Based on Florida’s case line and long-term care data, we estimate President Trump’s chances of surviving COVID.

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COVID Calling – EOH 10/2

An update from the UK: The COVID hysteria unfortunately is not only an American issue, as COVID Karenism has become a major issue in the United Kingdom. Despite the decline in COVID-19 deaths in the UK to near zero and excess deaths less than the past five years, both conservative and liberal political leadership across […]

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Educating Dr. Fauci On Herd Immunity And COVID-19: Completing What Rand Paul Began

Dr. Andrew Bostom explains herd immunity concepts that Dr. Fauci might find illuminating.

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Not Forgotten – EOH 9/30

COVID hysterics want to hide the consequences of their policy, but the truth eventually comes out. You can only hide from reality for so long. A part of living in hysteria is ignoring consequences and blindly marching forward. Take the tragic example of restaurants in Nashville. Restaurants were ordered by fiat to reduce occupancy, yet […]

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Governor DeSantis’ roundtable experts advocate for “normal” life for young people

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a roundtable on September 24 with professors from Harvard and Stanford. The conversation covered an impressive amount of ground in important COVID topics, and we produced a lightly-edited transcript to make it more accessible.

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Deaths, Data and COVID-19: A Deadly Dose of Daily Confusion

The news reports continue to blast scandalous headlines about the number of deaths per day here in the United States from COVID-19. Our new interactive tool gives you a very different and more accurate view.

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The end of COVID hysteria in Florida?

The roundtable was a foundational event that provided Governor DeSantis the scientific justification for opening up Florida.

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Getting Schooled – EOH 9/25

Hysteria, whether about COVID or another political issue, requires society to either ignore or twist the evidence on the ground and detach from reality. For COVID, public health experts or the media would rather promote hysterical viewpoints and the worst-case scenario than acknowledge complexity or differing viewpoints. “COVID sins” has now merged with cancel culture […]

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New podcast from Kyle Lamb: Standing Up and Standing Ground

How excess is literally only half the story. Debunking the debunkers about the flu. And Attorney Thomas Renz is leading the charge for OhioStandsUp.org. Why the federal lawsuit can be a win for the entire country and what it can do for you.

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COVID on a Plane – EOH 9/22

In this cultural moment, COVID-19 encourages the media and Twitter blue checks to shoot first and ask questions later. Experts would rather cast judgement, moralize, and get clicks than wait for the evidence to come in. It is easier but far more damaging. It’s very difficult to update priors based on bad evidence when it […]

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September 21 update: COVID-19 fatality rate continues to drop in Florida

The overall average COVID-19 death rate for Florida residents dropped by 78% from April to August.

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Covid Sins – EOH 9/17

COVID-19 isn’t just a disease but also a moral code with sins and righteous deeds. One of the most prolific righteous deeds for the COVID faith is committing to a public policy, moralizing the policy, shaming those that disagree, and never providing data or evidence for justification. Nashville closed bars and restaurants yet knew that […]

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Scandimania – EOH 9/15

Sweden is having its moment in the sun now that Europe is seeing a second outbreak of cases, social stability in strict lockdown countries is fraying, and the severe economic damage is beginning to be seen. Through an approach that granted autonomy and information for the average Swede to make their own decisions, Sweden’s  economic […]

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New podcast from Kyle Lamb: PCR is amplifying the fear

New podcast from Kyle Lamb: PCR testing is amplifying the fear

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Why mass PCR testing of the healthy and asymptomatic is currently counter-productive

The point of testing should be to identify infectious individuals, and the current testing procedures fail in that public health goal.

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CDC study on COVID-19 transmission in child care shows what we already know: children can spread it to family members

A CDC study on COVID-19 transmission in child care centers only shows that children can infect people in their own households.

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COVID Karens – EOH 9/10

COVID lockdown zealots  are having their second moment in the sun. In the UK, Boris Johnson wants to introduce “COVID marshals” to track people’s whereabouts and report violations in social distancing. In the United States, rushed reporting on the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally led to large amounts of finger-wagging and moralizing. Even worse, some states are […]

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Mistake or manipulation?

Len Cabrera describes Dr. Fauci’s incorrect testimony about COVID’s fatality rate and the resulting public fear that led to lockdowns.

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Failing the Grade – EOH 9/8

It is concerning that after several weeks, universities have not updated their priors. It seems every day another university goes into lockdown because they did not predict that college students would…act like college students. Even worse, some schools like Northeastern have been adopting CCP style COVID-19 policies, such as expelling offenders and just keeping their […]

COVID-19

Behind the mask… and the shower curtain: COVID-19 and the plight of children

Dr. John Littell writes that COVID-19 has become, with no reason, the modern equivalent of leprosy.

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Stay-at-Home Orders Don’t Work. They May Have Made Things Worse

As the COVID-19 pandemic starts to wane from its horrible entrance onto the international scene the data is now coming in to test the viability of NPI (non-pharmaceutical interventions). The CDC has published and updated a specific database tracking the “stay-at-home” orders across the country down to the county level.

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A response to the viral “6%” post about COVID deaths

While it is correct that only 6% of COVID deaths show COVID as the only cause of death, that’s not the full picture.

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Operation Warpspeed Sees Promise – EOH 9/4

Operation warp speed continues to be a bright spot in how America fights COVID-19. A recent pleasant surprise is that Dr. Fauci said current vaccine trials are going well and potentially a vaccine could be delivered later this year but still cautious about an early release from trials.. From 18 months to 12 months to […]

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Doing the Work – EOH 9/1

Every time you think the expert class knows what they are doing, you are soon quickly corrected. The return to school will cause a spike in deaths? Nope.As we have known since March,children are far less likely to die or have a severe outcomes of COVID-19 . Lockdowns saved lives? Peru enacted the strictest lockdown […]

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The Ride Never Ends – EOH 8/28

Just when you thought the lockdowns were almost over, the consequences from the global lockdowns are just beginning to be felt. Turns out lockdowns discriminate against the young (the lowest risk of a severe COVID outcome) and lead to an increase in anxiety, depression, and thoughts of suicide, especially for those 25 and younger.