Four States and the WHO Say NO to Vaccine Passports

As of today, four states have banned vaccine passports: Idaho, Texas, Florida and Utah. Of all organizations, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared people should not be required to prove they have been vaccinated against COVID in order to travel overseas, warning that vaccine passports would isolate poorer countries. In other news: The Wall Street […]

Freedom to Worship versus Lockdowns

Across the world last week, people celebrated Good Friday and Easter, despite disapproval and even risk of punishment from authorities.  Latest polls show Americans’ worry about contracting COVID has dropped to record lows. Free states and lockdown states continue to pursue opposite policies. Kansas lawmakers voted to rescind Governor Laura Kelly’s mask mandate within hours […]

Pushpack Against Vaccine Passports

The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Governor Tony Evers’ statewide mask mandate, ruling that he exceeded his authority by issuing the order.  Across the nation, Republican governors, lawmakers, business groups, and even some public health officials are pushing back against the idea of vaccine passports. Overseas, France is entering its third national lockdown while a […]

Freedom versus Control

Of all places, the New York Times admits COVID coverage by U.S. national publications has been much more negative than coverage from scientific journals or major international publications. New York became the first state in the U.S. to formally launch a vaccine passport in the name of safely reopening public venues. On the other hand, […]

Free Countries Conquering COVID; Statist Countries Languish

In Britain and beyond, protesters on the left and right are rebelling against virus restrictions, drawing harsh police responses — and questions about the officers’ legitimacy. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel backed away from her initial plan for an ultra-strict Easter lockdown after intense public backlash. On the other hand, Sweden is finally acknowledged to […]

Lockdown Empire Strikes Back

As spring break festivities spiraled into violence and chaos over the weekend, Miami Beach declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew. In addition, the CDC renewed its recommendation against travel, unnerving businesses trying to recover from the pandemic.  Overseas, France, Germany, Italy, and several other European countries have reimposed national lockdowns. Germany’s lockdown […]

Florida Leading the Way

CNN acknowledges “Florida is not only back in business—it’s been in business for the better part of the past year. DeSantis’ gamble to take a laissez faire approach appears to be paying off.” The most recent data shows Florida started in-person learning without turning schools into superspreaders and furthermore, schools in the state have maintained […]

Mainstream Media Finally Acknowledges What We Already Knew

Mainstream reporting is catching on to the fact that social restrictions were not all that they were hoped to be. The New York Times recognized “Florida’s death rate is no worse than the national average, and better than that of some other states that imposed more restrictions, despite its large numbers of retirees, young partyers […]

Dissident Experts Speak Out

Holding nothing back, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a co-author of the Great Barrington Declaration, said the COVID lockdowns were the “biggest public health mistake we’ve ever made. In a recent speech before Stanford College Republicans, Dr. Scott Atlas warned the coronavirus pandemic exposed profound issues in America that now threaten the very principles of freedom and […]

More States Freed. Cases Still Falling. More Calls for Accountability.

The national COVID daily case count continues its downward slope. Meanwhile, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has lifted capacity restrictions on state businesses including gyms, restaurants, theaters, water parks, bowling alleys, and bars with dine-in services.  Wyoming will follow suit in lifting its mask mandate and COVID restrictions next week. A WHO team investigating the origins […]

Cases Continue to Drop. Accountability Begins.

The New York legislature proceeded to strip Governor Andrew Cuomo of COVID emergency powers, following revelations that the governor’s office withheld data about the COVID death toll among nursing home residents in addition to mounting sexual harassment allegations. According to a state attorney general report, Cuomo’s administration underreported the number of COVID deaths among New […]

Happy Texas Independence Day!

On Tuesday March 2nd, Texas Independence Day, Governor Greg Abbott ended the state’s mask mandate and declared all businesses can open at full capacity starting next week. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves also followed suit and lifted his state’s mask mandate. Over the weekend, the FDA granted emergency use approval for Johnson and Johnson’s COVID vaccine, […]

COVID Cases Continue to Fall

A FDA review has confirmed that Johnson & Johnson’s COVID vaccine, which only requires a single shot, is safe and effective. Emergency use approval may come as early as this weekend. For six consecutive weeks, the number of new COVID cases globally have fallen despite various policy interventions. Seasonality anyone? In other news: We need […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 — […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

And We Moved It Online! – EOH 08/21

From violating a student’s privacy to threatening to take people’s children away if they forgot to login to Zoom to go to class, educational authorities have been handling the second round of online schooling ineffectively.

Truth and Unintended Consequences – EOH 8/26

Across the world, officials for the first time might actually be grasping the unintended consequences of the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Lockdowns, European Edition – EOH 8/18

Despite several EU countries with higher levels of cases and fatalities, experts claimed that European strict lockdown measures were able to prevent a new wave or spike in COVID cases. However in New Zealand, who lockdown experts also obsessed over as their primary example of success, a second spike in cases shows the unsustainability of […]

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Fear & Loathing in the Land Down Under – EOH 8/13

The trouble with a lockdown after the fact is that it’s an inherently top down measure, without a meaningful way to measure success, and ignores the negative secondary impacts that cost lives. While one may try, you can’t see everything, and eventually, something slips through the cracks.

Lockdown Meltdown – EOH 08/11

As we get closer to the end of the summer, the calls for a new lockdown have come in full force with new voices such as Minneapolis Fed leader Neel Kashkari advocating for a 2nd lockdown in the United States. The calls for a new lockdown are contrasted in the end Sweden ended up okay without a […]

Not so Hot Hotspots – EOH 08/08

Despite fears earlier in the summer that states like Georgia, Texas, Florida or Arizona, the new “hotspots” would end up becoming New York like in deaths, this fear has not  turned out to be the case. In practice, all these states despite being called “hotspots” still had lower cases & low deaths per 100,000 people […]

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Evidence over hysteria – COVID 8/05

As COVID-19 continues, the issue of government overreach, this time about schooling appears again. From debates regarding a new lockdown to wherever schools should be in-person or online. However, one issue is clear, that as seen with Sweden, solutions that cause less government overreach have proven less destabilizing and demoralizing than what has been enacted […]

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Evidence over hysteria – COVID 7/30

COVID News U.S. Coronavirus Cases Rise at Slowest Pace in Weeks “U.S. coronavirus cases rose by 55,000, the slowest daily pace since July 7, as some states continued to struggle with a rising number of infections and rapidly increasing death tolls.” ‘Shut it down, start over, do it right:’ Health experts sign open letter […]

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Evidence over hysteria – COVID 7/28

Reopening/ Lockdown Updates Can Restaurants Survive Shutting Down Again? “Closing dining rooms once cost a lot of money, but closing twice could be even worse.” Reopening Schools Is Way Harder Than It Should Be “Of all the American institutions the pandemic has shut down, none face pressure to reopen quite like schools do.Pediatricians exhort schools […]

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Evidence over hysteria – COVID 7/23

Reopening/ Lockdown Updates Back to School? “No Thanks” Say Millions of New Homeschooling Parents “After several months of learning at home with their children, parents may not be so willing to comply with district directives and may prefer other, more individualized education options… pushed into homeschooling this spring by the pandemic.” The risks of […]

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Evidence over hysteria – COVID 7/17

Reopening and Lockdown Updates Betsy DeVos: Schools that don’t reopen shouldn’t get federal funds “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told “Fox News Sunday” that public schools that don’t reopen in the fall should not get federal funds, and that the money should be redirected to families who can use it to find another option for […]

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Evidence over hysteria – COVID 7/14

Reopening and Lockdown Updates Analysis: Trump makes school reopening a referendum on Trump The CDC says people are taking their school guidance way too literally.  “Nothing would cause me greater sadness than to see any school district or school use our guidance as a reason not to reopen.” – CDC Director Robert Redfield. Georgia […]

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Evidence over hysteria – COVID 7/8

Latest on the COVID-19 pandemic Everything You Need To Know About Phase 3 Of Reopening NYC You may have questions about what will reopen in Phase 3, well it will be “Dog runs, Tattoo parlors, Spas, including massage parlors, Personal care salons (hair salons reopened in Phase 2, but Phase 3 will see the […]