Medical Science: COVID-19 Danish Mask Study Published

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Now that we have a randomized controlled trial (RCT) about masks, will it change what you do? After being rejected by three major journals, an RCT completed by 4,862 participants has been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The volunteers were adults spending more than 3 hours per day outside the home without occupational mask use. All were instructed to follow social-distancing and other public health measures, and those in the mask group were instructed to wear a mask when outside the home during the next month.


Beltway Insider: Biden Transition, Day 1 EO, Trump Stonewalls, Georgia, COVID Surge, Sex Abuse


Infection with SARS-CoV-2 within one month occurred in 42 participants who were recommended to wear masks (1.8%) and 53 control participants (2.1%). The difference of 0.3% was not statistically significant (p = 0.38). Ordinarily, this would be described as a negative study.

"This should put an end to any Governor claiming that mask mandates are backed by science and data, but it won't," writes Kevin Roche of Roche Consulting.

 "It should not be used as evidence to not wear a mask," writes Leah Rosenbaum in Forbes.

Study authors note that results are compatible with a 46% reduction in COVID infection—which could translate into big numbers if you multiply the 0.3% absolute decrease by the total population. But results are also compatible with a 23% increase in infection. Adverse effects of masks are ignored.


Medical Science: Got My Shot, Can I Go Out Now?


Despite lack of evidence that public heath measures such as masks, lockdowns, and "social distancing" measures work, one can always say that they were insufficiently strict. But a study in Marine recruits, in which measures were enforced with military rigor, showed that about 2% of recruits who at first tested negative became positive by day 14.

Gov. Tom Wolf is mandating use of masks at home when members of more than one household are present, and he hopes to keep COVID out of Pennsylvania by requiring negative tests or a 14-day quarantine of those entering the state. One might recall that frequent tests did not keep COVID out of the White House.


COVID-19: Should We Line up for a 90% Effective Vaccine


The double standard in evaluating studies of masks vs. studies of prophylaxis and early treatment is stunning. For example, in Indian medical workers, there was no significant difference in mask usage in the community between infected and uninfected workers, but hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) prophylaxis use reduced infection by a statistically significant 65% (from 18.4% to 6.4%, p = 0.021).

The probability that an ineffective treatment generated results as positive as the 143 studies to date of HCQ is estimated to be 1 in 96 billion (p = 0.00000000001).


COVID-19: Is Breathing Stale Air the Standard of Care?


Epidemic control measures might have some protective effect although they have obviously not stopped the spread (see graphics below.) Enforcing Marine Corps discipline will not work either. Instead, we urgently need early treatment with cheap, available measures. For more information:

·         Review of the literature on masks

·         A Guide to Home-Based COVID Treatment

 

 

Bio: Jane M. Orient, M.D. obtained her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1974. She completed an internal medicine residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital and University of Arizona Affiliated Hospitals and then became an Instructor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and a staff physician at the Tucson Veterans Administration Hospital. She has been in solo private practice since 1981 and has served as Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) since 1989.

She is currently president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. She is the author of YOUR Doctor Is Not In: Healthy Skepticism about National Healthcare, and the second through fifth editions of Sapira's Art and Science of Bedside Diagnosis published by Wolters Kluwer.

She authored books for schoolchildren, Professor Klugimkopf's Old-Fashioned English Grammar and Professor Klugimkopf's Spelling Method, published by Robinson Books, and coauthored two novels published as Kindle books, Neomorts and Moonshine. More than 100 of her papers have been published in the scientific and popular literature on a variety of subjects including risk assessment, natural and technological hazards and nonhazards, and medical economics and ethics. She is the editor of AAPS News, the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter, and Civil Defense Perspectives, and is the managing editor of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

 

Haute Tease

  • Kim Kardashian West Robbed at Gunpoint; Kanye West Cancels Concert Mid-Song Citing "Family Emergency"

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Kim Kardashian West, reality television star and wife of musician Kanye West, was robbed at gunpoint of $10million dollars in jewelry while staying at a private residence in Paris for Fashion Week, according to media reports and her publicist.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump Hospitalized, Debate Debacle, Economy, Aid Package, COVID-19, Election: VP Debate

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Trump, who downplayed the severity of the COVID-19 virus for eight months, was diagnosed after Tuesday debate, with the deadly illness and airlifted to Walter Reed Military Medical Center where he has received the experimental drug Remdesivir.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama/ISIS/Syria/Turkey Update; Election 2016; Brie Larson

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama, speaking at the State Department, admitted his original estimation of the Islamic State was incorrect and even with a global coalition a greater enemy than previously thought, and as ISIS remains entrenched, he remains confident they will be destroyed.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump/Tariffs, Media Bashing, Sex Abuse Cover Up, Hurricane Dorian, Valerie Harper

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Trump moved to Camp David this weekend, to monitor Hurricane Dorian response teams, sending Vice President Mike Pence to Poland as European Nations observe the day, 80 years ago, that marked the beginning of World War II.

     
  • High Strung Free Dance Review – World Class, High Energy, Electric Performances

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    High Strung Free Dance, from Endeavor Content and Atlas Distribution Company, presents the story of two young arts professionals in New York City, pursuing their creative dreams while working day jobs, hustling to live and make it.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump Recaps Asian Trip; Tax Bill; Puerto Rico; Morocco Stampede; UAE MARS City; Keystone Leak; Black Friday

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Today, two months after Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico leaving 95% of the inhabitants without electricity, 88% without clean water, another 70,000 in danger from a breech in the Guajataca Dam and now, the devastation remains with little progress.

     
  • stARTup Art Fair SF Artists Delve into Social Issues; Look for Hope in Turbulent Times

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    stARTup Art Fair is pleased to present its fourth San Francisco edition returning to the Hotel Del Sol in the Marina District, the startup Art Fair will open on Friday, April 26 and run through Sunday, April 28.

     
  • Marvel's The Avengers - Action Packed Thrills from Director Joss Whedon

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Avengers, a fast action, non-stop thrill ride, recently hosted its global press junket which featured the first full length and only pre-release screening of the highly anticipated summer event film!

     
  • Beltway Insider:Shutdown Enters Week Three; September Job Numbers; Federal Reserve Nomination; Malala Visits President

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), and Senate Democrats in the effort to find common ground, as the United States government approaches two full weeks of shutdown, have largely come up empty.

     
  • NYC Waldorf Astoria Eateries Review – The Grand Tradition of Culinary Excellence Endures

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The iconic Waldorf Astoria New York hotel, world-renowned for five-star accommodations and premier amenities, is legendary for its award-winning food and beverage served daily at Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse and Sunday Brunch at Peacock Alley.

     
  • Ben Hur Review - Grand, Powerful, A Sure Winner

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Ben-Hur, from Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, presents the epic story of two brothers and their fight against position and circumstance, against betrayal and binding love, against consuming anger and forgiveness, against loyalty, hope of healing and the power of redemption.

     
  • The Wedding Guest Review - A Pulsating, International, Thriller

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Wedding Guest, from Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and IFA, brings to the screen a story of the clash of cultures, a daring midnight pre-wedding rescue gone bad, breaking century old traditions, and life on the run.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump Pitches In, Dem/GOP Derail, Jobs, COVID-19, Daisy Coleman, Election

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Trump took executive action this weekend reinstating unemployment boost benefits, eviction protections, and suspending both payroll taxes and student loan payments through the end of the year, as talks between Democrats and Republicans have broken down.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Florida Shooting Sparks Outrage/Pushback Against GOP Policies; Mueller/Trump/Russia; Romney; Pakistan Killer

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting gripped the nation this week as revelations followed of missteps by the FBI who had "tips" and information on the shooter, one month before his deadly rampage that  killed seventeen.

     
  • Tosaly’s Kamaria Heels - Hello Lover and Welcome Home

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Now taking center stage as my favorite “it” footwear is Tosaly’s “Kamaria” heel. Conceived by the “well-heeled” luxury British designer, Toyin Salami, the Kamaria is a tried-and-true statement shoe handmade by master artisans using modern techniques.