Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. What is the Ultimate Goal of Virus Transmission Mitigation Efforts?

 

Everybody is going to come into contact with the Wuhan virus at some point, unless the person chooses to live the life of a hermit, the virus is not likely to just disappear. Efforts to mitigate the transmission of the virus can at most delay contact with the virus, those efforts cannot prevent for all time contact with the virus.

The probability that a person not already living in a nursing home will have serious medical consequences from contact with the Wuhan virus is extremely small. Very few people who come into contact with the virus will suffer significant negative medical consequences.

On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Avik Roy of FREOPP and Scott Immergut of Ricochet ask: why does the media only focus on bad news? You wouldn’t know from the headlines that COVID-19 cases have been declining all over the country. Is it a relentless chase for clicks? Does Trump get a fair shake? Let’s discuss.

Join Jim and Greg to close out the work week as they cheer a better-than-expected jobs report for July. They also wade through the egregious alleged financial improprieties at the National Rifle Association and the political overreach of New York attorney General Letitia James. And they’re a bit stunned as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces all schools in his state are welcome to return to in-person instruction this fall.

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This story is copied in its entirety from the KOMO-Seattle Web Site. The infamous modelers from the University of Washington have deemed that the States will be forced by the Wuhan Coronavirus to hard-close their societies, if certain actions are not taken immediately. None of these Washington State Employees stands to lose his or her […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome news that weekly first-time job losses are dropping nicely, even though employment in the pandemic is still a major challenge. They also approve of President Trump’s demand of adding an earlier debate or rescheduling one of the existing debates to make sure the two candidates meet before early voting begins. And just months after Rhode Island effectively banned New York residents, its neighbors are now returning the favor.

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It’s hard to tell truth from fiction or speculation these days. Still, something about the idea of Fauci raking in millions on the virus vaccine intrigues me: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/08/unbelievable-new-interview-bobby-kennedy-jr-claims-dr-fauci-will-make-millions-coronavirus-vaccine-owns-half-patent/ Read More View Post

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Melbourne, Australia has issued new lockdown restrictions for the next six weeks, including: a curfew between 8pm-5am, residents cannot travel further than 5km from their own home, are only permitted to be outside for one hour a day, cannot go to the supermarket in twos, cannot invite visitors to their home, and cannot go to someone else’s home unless they are giving or receiving care.

Are Australia and Europe experiencing a second wave of the virus? And how should we respond here in the U.S.? Avik Roy of FREOPP and Scott Immergut of Ricochet join today’s episode of COVID in 19 to discuss.

Join Jim and Greg as they react to the breaking news of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. They also discuss President Trump’s comments on COVID, John Lewis and more in his Axios interview. And they hammer the federal judge who just ignored election law by ordering officials to count ballots that were not received by election day.

The latest COVID-19 data out of Sweden suggests that not only is the country approaching zero deaths on a daily basis, they are also approaching zero new cases. Has Sweden reached herd immunity, and if so, how long until we do so here in the U.S.?

Avik Roy of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity and Scott Immergut of Ricochet discuss this topic and more—including new orders on school reopenings in Texas and whether we should delay the presidential election due to COVID—on today’s episode of COVID in 19.

Join Jim and Greg as they offer a rare compliment to the European Union for sanctioning China in response to Beijing’s crackdown in Hong Kong. They also discuss why voting by mail this year could be a gigantic mess and why President Trump musing about delaying the election is also a big mistake. They roll their eyes as Dr. Fauci suggests covering them with goggles or face shields to protect from COVID. And they remember successful businessman and 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain, who passed away after a battle with COVID.

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This video has already been deleted by YouTube and is no longer available on Toby Young’s (of the London Calling Podcast) LockDown Sceptics website. I added this as a comment to an old post on the subject of HCQ, but American Thinker has it so I’m adding it here too Read More View Post

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On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Avik Roy and Scott Immergut discuss the “Sweden theory,” which is that one-size-fits-all lockdowns are futile because the moment they are lifted, cases start to come back. But how long will it take for Sweden to reach herd immunity with this strategy?

This past week, baseball made its debut in the U.S., as more than a dozen Miami Marlins players tested positive for the virus. What are best practices the MLB should be taking to keep baseball going and prevent further spread?

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the sanity of Attorney General Bill Barr in the face of congressional Democrats who refuse to acknowledge the violence and destruction in the streets, much less do anything about it. They also enjoy hearing how Sen. Kamala Harris may have damaged her chance of being Joe Biden’s running mate. And they get a kick out of the tone-deaf rich people complaining to the New York Times about having to ride out the pandemic at their summer homes in the Hamptons.

Join host Joe Selvaggi and co-host Rebekah Paxton of Pioneer Institute as they talk with Harvard Medical School Professor Benjamin Sommers on the most current scientific observations regarding the health and safety of reopening schools. The episode looks at the risks to students, teachers, administrators, and the public at large from the novel coronavirus, and offers ideas for optimizing outcomes in the fall.

Dr. Benjamin Sommers is a practicing primary care internist, and he is also Professor of Medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. From 2011-2012, he served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and he served part-time in an advisory role from 2013-2015. His current research projects focus on barriers to health care access among low-income adults, insurance markets, and the health and economic effects of state Medicaid policies. He received a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard and an MD from Harvard Medical School.

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An email has been circulating which criticizes casual attitudes toward COVID-19. The author was wrongly attributed, it seems. But the content is worth consideration. The salient points are these: Chicken pox is a virus called the varicella-zoster virus. It’s a common infection in youth and the symptoms aren’t that bad. But it remains in your […]

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There is a plethora of data published daily relating to Covid19 throughout the world. Numbers are reported, compared and generally interpreted—and misinterpreted. The problem is that there is no attempt to look at the data in an organized manner. The public-health condition of different parts of the world is condemned or lauded, for example, based […]

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Jim is back! Join Jim and Greg as they cheer on former Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann as the Washington Post settles the $250 million lawsuit he filed against it. They also cheer on the advancement of a possible coronavirus vaccine with tens of thousands of patients set to be part of a clinical trial. And they cringe as COVID-19 suddenly threatens Major League Baseball.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. President Trump Uses His Pen for the People

 

Trump Drug Price AnnouncementPresident Trump signed a stunning set of executive orders on Friday. He fundamentally restructured drug pricing and availability. He used his pen, apparently after years of legal and administrative review, to do what the congressional Republican’ts and Democrats have only postured about for decades. The president spoke with commonsense and indignity on behalf of ordinary Americans against Washington and global elites. At the same time, he characterized the big drug companies as great innovators, key to beating the Chinese virus, who are just stuck in the system. This is a negotiating posture, as those CEOs have been part of the rigged game.

President Trump is massively driving down the outrageously inflated prices of insulin and EpiPens. He is ending the crooked practice of middlemen pocketing large manufacturer discounts, leaving the retail pharmacy and the consumer with much higher prices. Note the manufacturers had already given the discounts; the discounts just were not getting to the pharmacy counter.