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Hospital says unvaxxed employees who claimed religious exemption must get new option

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Froedtert Hospital is alerting its employees who had taken religious exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination because they had concerns about the use of fetal cell lines in their development that they must now get vaccinated using a recently-approved shot. Froedtert sent an email to its staff stating some employees now are unable to claim "religious or medical exemptions" as a reason not to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Other eligible staff continue to be...

Health care workers fired over vaccine mandate awarded $10 million in settlement

FOX Business – Illinois health care workers who were fired or otherwise impacted by their hospitals' COVID-19 vaccine mandate will receive a $10 million settlement. "Let this case be a warning to employers that violated Title VII," Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, the group behind the lawsuit, told the Washington Examiner. "It is especially significant and gratifying that this first classwide COVID settlement protects healthcare workers." The case centers around workers at NorthShore University...

Fauci Lied And China Can’t Be Trusted: Rand Paul

Why in the world would we willingly create a more-transmissible or more-dangerous virus that has the potential to unleash a global pandemic that threatens the lives of millions?

FDA: Take 3 home tests if exposed to COVID to boost accuracy

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you were exposed to COVID-19, take three home tests instead of two to make sure you're not infected, according to new U.S. recommendations released Thursday. Previously, the Food and Drug Administration had advised taking two rapid antigen tests over two or three days to rule out infection. But the agency says new studies suggest that protocol can miss too many infections, and could result in people spreading the coronavirus to others, especially...

What’s Next For Seniors Who Survived Covid

KAISER HEALTH NEWS – Older adults who have survived covid-19 are more likely than younger patients to have persistent symptoms such as fatigue, breathlessness, muscle aches, heart palpitations, headaches, joint pain, and difficulty with memory and concentration — problems linked to long covid. But it can be hard to distinguish lingering aftereffects of covid from conditions common in older adults such as lung disease, heart disease, and mild cognitive impairment. There are no diagnostic tests or...

The New York Times Explains Why Mask Mandates Don’t Work

FOUNDATION FOR ECONOMIC EDUCATION – Throughout the pandemic, few things incited more discord than the mandated use of facemasks as a preventative measure to reduce the spread of Covid-19. At various times, merely questioning the effectiveness of masks or mask mandates could result in a social media suspension, as when Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) received the boot from YouTube for citing research that suggested cloth masks were ineffective at containing Covid (something CNN admitted months...

Only the Constitution Stands Between Us and Shanghai-Style Lockdowns

REASON – Shanghai is reportedly coming out of lockdown this week, moving toward some modicum of freedom after two months of residents locked inside their apartments with little to eat, parents forcibly separated from COVID-positive toddlers, and all around a blatant authoritarianism that many young Chinese people have never personally experienced. It's doubtful that Beijing has anticipated how those younger generations might be inclined to respond. Draconian strictures have "prompt a rethinking of life plans among...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom tests positive for COVID-19

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, a day after a high-profile meeting with the visiting prime minister of New Zealand. Newsom has mild symptoms and will remain in isolation at least through Thursday and until he tests negative, his office said in a statement. The Democratic governor plans to work remotely during that time. His office said Newsom, 54, will begin a five-day regimen of the Paxlovid antiviral. The...

Health officials urge caution and mask-wearing as Florida coronavirus cases climb

HEALTH NEWS FLORIDA – Federal health officials are recommending more Floridians wear masks indoors as the coronavirus spreads. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a number of counties across the greater Tampa Bay region are now categorized as "at a high risk" of COVID-19 as cases continue to climb across the state — and hospitalizations increase as well. Among the counties the CDC lists are Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk and Sarasota, along with...

16,791 New Breakthrough COVID Cases in State

NBC BOSTON – Health officials have reported more than 16,000 new breakthrough COVID cases in Massachusetts over the last week, and 49 new deaths in people with breakthrough cases. In the last week, 16,791 new breakthrough cases -- infections in people who have been vaccinated -- were reported, with 201 more vaccinated people hospitalized over the period, Massachusetts Department of Public Health officials said Tuesday. This is an 11% decrease from the last report -- in...

Conspiracy theorists claim bird flu is fake news: “It’s just COVID for chickens”

CBS NEWS – Brad Moline, a fourth-generation Iowa turkey farmer, saw this happen before. In 2015, a virulent avian flu outbreak nearly wiped out his flock. Barns once filled with chattering birds were suddenly silent. Employees were anguished by having to kill sickened animals. The family business, started in 1924, was at serious risk. His business recovered, but now the virus is back, again imperiling the nation's poultry farms. And this time, there's another pernicious force...

Covid Fears Compromise Federal Food Safety Protocols

FOOD SAFETY NEWS – It costs the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) more than $1 billion a year for close to 10,000 inspectors to provide their services at more than 6,200 locations where the private sector produces meat and egg products. For the past two years, a few executives in Washington D.C., especially the four who report their meetings with people outside the federal government, claim to be managing this mammoth structure only...

1.7M North Koreans Have COVID ; WHO “Deeply Concerned”

ARS TECHNICA – A mushrooming COVID-19 outbreak in North Korea has reached over 1.7 million cases, with nearly 233,000 new cases reported on Wednesday alone, according to state media reports. It's a startling rise given that North Korea claimed to have zero COVID-19 cases a week ago. But now the secretive, authoritarian country is acknowledging that the pandemic virus has been spreading "explosively" since late April. Many experts have interpreted the admission as a sign of a...

Breakthrough Infection Vs. Second Booster: Which Is Better?

An Omicron infection leaves you with protections that may be more effective than those offered by a second booster.
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