The Interesting Relation of Blood Type to Coronavirus Susceptibility

 

I read through this entire story on Fox News, which describes some research on blood type vs. Wuhan Coronavirus. They found that the virus bonds especially well to cells of Blood Type A, and less well to cells with Blood Type O. The researchers were surprised at what they initially saw, so they did some more experiments. The story is quite interesting, actually, and it was fascinating how the researchers studied what they had seen, and branched off into new studies based on their findings. Maybe the fact that my blood type is O may explain why I have not gotten the virus.

And I just got my vaccination appointment, finally! Our state is expanding eligibility to teachers now, and I think it was lucky to get an appointment before the lines are deluged with the cowardly teachers who refuse to teach.

Join Jim and Greg as they discuss even more revelations from the New York nursing home scandal and former Cuomo staffers admitting that working for the governor was like being in a cult. Jim fumes as Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan refuses to accept the Johnson & Johnson vaccines and also because many states and school districts are not keeping track of how many teachers are getting vaccinated. They react to revelations that Barack Obama tried to talk Joe Biden out of running for president in 2020 and they get a kick out of learning the candidate Obama seems to have preferred.

Nutmeg Neanderthals: Connecticut Reopens

 

When Gov. Greg Abbott ended Texas’s Covid mask mandate and capacity limits, President Joe Biden called him a “neanderthal” and progressives wished death on Texans. Will hard-blue Connecticut get the same treatment?

Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday that most capacity limits in the Nutmeg State will end Friday, March 19, including restaurants, retail, gyms, offices, and houses of worship. Still, masks are required and bars close at 11 p.m. (Covid really gets going at 11:01), but this reopening is a significant move for a Democrat-run state.

Biden has yet to weigh in on Connecticut, but he blasted Texas Wednesday. “I hope everyone’s realized by now these masks make a difference,” Biden told reporters. “The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything’s fine, take off your mask, forget it. It still matters.”

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer on conservative activists trying to sink the nomination of the unqualified and radical HHS nominee, Xavier Becerra. They also roll their eyes as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo claims he had no idea his actions offended any of the women accusing him of sexual harassment, and are disgusted that the media consider this a bigger story than the nursing home scandal. And they react to the revelation that the FBI gave Capitol Police had a fairly detailed warning of what would happen at the Capitol on January 6 but also told them not to take any actions as a result of it.

Will We Ever Escape the Circle of Fear?

 

Apparently, we not only need to be aware of the effects of Covid-19 on our children; I’ve discovered that senior citizens are also trapped in a fear response, and I wonder if they will be able to free themselves from it.

I live in a 55+ community; during the past month residents who are 65+ years of age were able to get the Covid-19 vaccine, both doses. I received my shot earlier in another location. I was hopeful that this step would resolve the fears of many, but I know of three women who are still wearing masks, restricting their interactions with others, and staying home as much as possible.

One of these women is a friend. Yes, she does have co-morbidities. Recently another friend and I invited her to join us for a morning visit in a couple of weeks. She responded that if we met on the lanai, she would come, but if we met indoors, she would have to think about it. I have not talked to her myself, but I’m struggling with whether to ask her this question: “What would need to happen for you to feel you can return to a somewhat normal life?” My concern is that my question is (I believe) a fair and rational one; I anticipate, however, that she would not have a rational answer. I might be putting her on the spot, and I’m not even sure it would stimulate her thinking about how fear is dominating her decision-making process.

America, We Have to Talk About Death

 

America is generally a pretty optimistic country. It makes sense. We are a people that came from distant shores to join the people born here to create a wonderful mishmash that holds certain Truths to be Self-Evident. People who did not believe in these common truths would not have survived here or stayed here. This would not be the land they chose to raise children. They would flee for easier paths. I know, America, it’s been a rough 200 years or so. We’ve been through a lot together.

We have done so much to foster life in this country. We have developed spectacular, truly spectacular, medical advancements that have propelled us into the higher life expectancies. We discovered hand washing (at least in the sense that it was totally necessary in medical care). In 1879, we created the vaccine for cholera. In 1902, an American (Karl Landsteiner) developed ABO blood typing. Paul Zoll invented the first cardiac pacemaker in 1952. These are such wonderful innovations! We have sustained life in so many complex cases that used to be fatal. There were no treatments for the disease, just the symptoms. People used to suffer needlessly because we did not have the technology to help them.

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Well, I got back about an hour ago from cataract surgery on my left eye. It went well, and the actual procedure itself was shorter than the wait to get started (the laser light show was worth the wait). I’ll be doing the right eye three weeks from now. I’m hoping I’ll be able to […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they discuss the staggering number of students who fell through the cracks because schools were closed and the impact that could have. They also roll their eyes as Elizabeth Warren and a couple of allies in the House propose a wealth tax, and they discuss why New York Democrats suddenly seem so eager to boot Gov. Cuomo.

 

Host Joe Selvaggi and Pioneer Institute’s Bill Smith talk with Valerie Sullivan, President and CEO of EtectRX about the health care costs of improperly taking prescriptions and the promise of smart pills to signal and track medicines when ingested.

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Last week, I posted a lonely death in the time of COVID about ten days after the much-too-early passing of a good friend. It’s comforting but a little startling to be reminded of the circle of life so quickly after. On Friday, only daughter and her husband left for the hospital for her scheduled C-Section. […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they enjoy hearing HHS nominee Xavier Becerra squirm as he insists he never sued the Little Sisters of the Poor, just the federal government for giving a contraception mandate exemption to the nuns. They also peel back the sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and discuss the growing number of Democrats coming out to denounce him. And they hammer Amnesty International for removing its “prisoner of conscience” label for Russian political figure Alexei Navalny over comments Navalny made 15 years ago.

 

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My husband’s best friend, and a good friend of mine, died unexpectedly ten days ago. His health has not been great these past two years, but at only 61 his death has come as a shock to all. Two years ago he suffered a stroke. He spent a week in the hospital and several weeks […]

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Jim is back today! Join him and Greg as they welcome FDA approval of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine. They also wince as Virginia Republicans announce they will be holding their convention for selecting nominees for governor and other statewide offices in a bunch of Liberty University parking lots. And they have a lot of fun discussing Hillary Clinton’s foray into writing fictional thrillers.

Joe Selvaggi talks with Pioneer Institute Senior Fellow Josh Archambault about his newest research paper entitled, “Direct Health Care Agreements: A New Option For Patient-Centered Care That Costs Less and Reduces Provider Burn-out” and how this emerging service model provided its patients with comprehensive health service throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the news that West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin is opposing the nomination of Neera Tanden, President Biden’s choice for budget director, and two of the most moderate Republicans are already saying they’re voting against her as well. They also hammer California Democrat Ro Khanna, after the congressman says he doesn’t want small businesses that cannot afford to pay $15 per hour. And they follow the insane evolution of “the experts,” who are now saying that you will need to wear a mask long after the bulk of the population has been vaccinated.

Join Jim and Greg as they dish out two bad martinis and a crazy one. First, they sigh as reports from non-conservative sources say President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill will actually waste taxpayer dollars and do economic damage. They also cringe as Dr. Fauci suggests a new vaccine needs to be created to ward off the effects of the South African variant of COVID, but Jim explains why Fauci is probably wrong. And they wade into the news of Sen. Ted Cruz flying to Cancun while Texas is in crisis and the media reaction to it.

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I just got an (institutionally mandated by my employer) update on CPT coding changes for 2021. The requirements for documenting Review of Systems and physical examination are no longer mandated, but optional and as appropriate to what the physician is doing. The good news is that the irrelevancies that Dr. Craniotomy described so well are […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they serve up three good martinis, even if the last one is a bit iffy. First, they;re glad to see CVS reporting excellent progress administering vaccines to residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. They’re also happy to see the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York investigating the Cuomo administration for covering up the number of nursing home deaths. And they welcome President Biden’s goal of having K-8 students in school five days a week within his first 100 days, although they’ll believe it when they see it.

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Join Jim and Greg as they applaud Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for speaking the truth that schools should be open and there’s only one reason why they aren’t. They also shake their heads as a brutal cold snap causes power system failures and rotating blackouts through Texas – and the lessons that should be learned. And they take a bite out of Bill Gates for wanting all “wealthy nations” to switch to synthetic beef.

 

Join Jim and Greg for a busy Presidents’ Day edition! First, they welcome Democrats in New York calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to lose his emergency powers in response to the nursing home death scandal. But will the consequences get any more severe? They also shake their heads as the Biden administration offers dozens of new vaccine sites, but they’re missing one important thing? And they unload on CDC Director Rochelle Walensky and Dr. Anthony Fauci for drastically watering down their calls for schools to reopen – an obvious sign that politics is trumping science in the Biden administration.