[VIDEO] Data Driven Discussion of Covid-19 in Rhode Island, 3/4/21: Pediatric C19 & Swedish Total Mortality Data Perspectives; Is RI Approaching Herd Immunity?; End Anti-Evidence-Based, Futile Masking; Targeted Vaccination Strategy; “C19 Variant” Panic Porn, Etc.

See embedded video below for full discussion, followed by relevant links, summary statements, and graphics elaborating on subject areas covered.

–Discussion You Tube took down, which I re-posted elsewhere: ”The Brown University/Ivy League ‘Covid-19’ Spring 2021 Baseball Ban: ‘Science’ Or ‘Wokeism’?” https://www.andrewbostom.org/2021/03/the-brown-university-ivy-league-covid-19-spring-2021-baseball-ban-science-or-wokeism/

–Bearing in mind no school closures for influenza, a comparison of U.S. pediatric influenza (seasonal/ 1 yr. pandemic) over the past ~decade, and C19 deaths (through 3/3/21) (References: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm ; Flu: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/2018-2019.html; 2209 pandemic flu https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/52/suppl_1/S75/4991470

— VIDEO: Statistics Sweden Demographer Orjan Hemstrom on Sweden’s 2020 total mortality. “We are back to the mortality of 2012…excess mortality is the same as it was a decade ago” 1918 flu pandemic far worse than covid-19


— Swedish care homes study. Stockholm elderly care home “covid-19 deaths”, which drive covid-19 deaths in Sweden: Mean age 86, increased prevalence of dementia, and among only 17% was covid-19 the predominant cause of death, i.e., before acquiring covid-19 they were in stable condition with limited underlying comorbidity; In 75%, where covid-19  was a “contributory” factor, the individuals were very sickly and frail, and the interval between symptom onset and death was short, and without dramatic signs of change in clinical status; In 8%, covid-19 was not the true cause of death at all, because these persons had been infected with covid-19, but recovered, and then contracted another disease, with a long interval between recording of C19 infection, and death. Reference published 1/15/21 https://www.sll.se/globalassets/1.-halsa-och-vard/bilagor—nyhet/2021/pm-sabo-2021-15-jan.pdf

–Graphical displays Rhode Island Department of Health data on covid-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths from the DOH website: https://ri-department-of-health-covid-19-data-rihealth.hub.arcgis.com/

–“Rhode Island Crosses the Threshold of Covid-19 Testing Transparency”


–Per this reference it seems non-SARS human coronaviruses could cause ~3% covid-19/SARS-Cov-2 (false) “+” rates if present. “International external quality assessment for SARS-CoV-2 molecular detection and survey on clinical laboratory preparedness during the COVID-19 pandemic, April/May 2020” “the SARS-CoV-2 negative educational sample CVOP20S-02 [=HCoV NL63] in 16 (3.1%) datasets (five false-positive, 11 not determined), and for the other SARS-CoV-2 negative educational sample CVOP20S-04 [=HCoV OC43] in 15 (2.9%) datasets (three false positive, 12 not determined).” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7364759/

–Summary data from all U.S. public schools: “17.5% aged ≥ 55 years old”, Table 2 https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2017/2017071.pdf

Extremely limited covid-19 transmission in North Carolina schools with in-person teaching this fall, i.e., only 4% vs. 96% outside schools, among 90K students and staff

METHODS: From 08/15/2020–10/23/2020, 11 of 56 school districts participating in ABCs were open for in-person instruction for all 9 weeks of the first quarter and agreed to track incidence and secondary transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Local health department staff adjudicated secondary transmission. Superintendents met weekly with ABCs faculty to share lessons learned and develop prevention methods.

RESULTS: Over 9 weeks, 11 participating school districts had more than 90,000 students and staff attend school in-person; of these, there were 773 community-acquired SARS-CoV-2 infections documented by molecular testing. Through contact tracing, NC health department staff determined an additional 32 infections (4%) were acquired within schools. No instances of child-to-adult transmission of SARS-CoV-2 were reported within schools.

CONCLUSIONS: In the first 9 weeks of in-person instruction in NC schools, we found extremely limited within-school secondary transmission of SARS-CoV-2, as determined by contact tracing.

Reference: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2021/01/06/peds.2020-048090

–Adenovirus-26 is the “vector” for the Johnson and Johnson covid-19 vaccine which inserts the gene for producing the “spike protein” for SARS-CoV-2 into the human genome https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24991003/

–Efficacy of Johnson and Johnson’s single injection adenovirus26 vaccine per the emergency use application fact sheet for health care workers https://www.janssenlabels.com/emergency-use-authorization/Janssen+COVID-19+Vaccine-HCP-fact-sheet.pdf

–Efficacy of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines—which do not interact with the genome, and simply deliver mRNA to the ribosomes (outside the cell nucleus) for the production of the covid-19 “spike protein”—after a single injection https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.02.23.21252315

— “Stop Rhode Island’s Covid-19 Maskerade, Now”


–Both naturally acquired and mRNA vaccine-induced T-cell immunity to covid-19 “ancestral” (Wuhan) strain, also respond to the UK (B117), S. African (B1351), Brazilian (P1) & S, CA (CAL20C) variants


— More reassuring data on the covid-19 B117 UK variant: Although Denmark’s covid-19 infections transitioned to “~48%” B117, up from 3.7% during the first 6-weeks of 2021, absolute numbers of covid-19 infections declined by ~85% https://www.covid19genomics.dk/statistics

Andrew G. Bostom is the author of The Legacy of Jihad (Prometheus, 2005) and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism " (Prometheus, November, 2008) You can contact Dr. Bostom at @andrewbostom.org

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