Category: Coronavirus

4th Circuit gives victory to North Carolina Democrats, can count ballots 9 days after election, no witness signature required

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled 12-3 in favor of Democrats and against Republicans over changes to voting rules that will allow mailed-in ballots to be counted nine days after Election Day and without a witness signature.

The decision leaves in place a district court’s decision that while Republicans were probably right, it was too late:

How Big Tech masks COVID-19 realities

Social media platforms, internet search engines, and other monopolistic guardians of information decided at the very beginning that they would determine which content would be available for public consumption; “false claims or conspiracy theories that have been flagged by leading global health organizations and local health authorities that could cause harm to people who believe them” would be subjected to Facebook’s reject button, according to a January 2020 statement released by the company.

Mayor Lightfood considering $94 million property tax increase, gas tax hike and layoffs

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is considering a $94 million property tax increase, layoffs for more than 300 city workers and a gas tax hike as part of her plan to close a $1.2 billion budget deficit, sources told the Tribune.
Lightfoot also is considering about $500 million in refinancing city debt to help close the deficit, sources said.

Three-quarters of likely voters believe they’ll recover from COVID if they get it

Seventy-five percent of likely U.S. voters think they would recover from COVID-19 if they caught the virus, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

Just 22% of the likely voters expressed doubt about surviving the virus and 7% were unsure

Chicago COVID-19 restrictions for bars, business curfew take effect as coronavirus cases surge

As part of the new rules, bars without food licenses again cannot have indoor service. All liquor sales at all establishments must end at 9 p.m.

Non-essential businesses must close from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Essential businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and take-out restaurants, will be allowed to operate.

Stanford Professor warns Covid shelter-in-place orders are killing people

Infectious disease experts and epidemiologists from universities like Stanford, Yale, Harvard and Oxford say current shelter-in-place policies are not effectively protecting vulnerable people from COVID-19, while devastating public health in ways that will lead to irreparable harm for years to come.

Scott Atlas: the other doctor on the COVID task force

Dr. Scott W. Atlas joined the president’s coronavirus task force in August, but after two months, he has yet to sit for a photo shoot or throw out a first pitch or inspire a single artisanal cocktail. No one has impersonated him on “Saturday Night Live” either, and there certainly isn’t any grassroots campaign to get him nominated as People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.”

Although he has a medical degree from the University of Chicago, Atlas is the other doctor, and he knows it. “I’m not here to make friends. Okay?” he tells RealClearPolitics in a rare interview. “I’m here to help the president save American lives. Period.”

6,000 health experts, scientists, join global anti-lockdown movement

Thousands of scientists and health experts have joined a global movement warning of “grave concerns” about Covid-19 lockdown policies.
Nearly 6,000 experts, including dozens from the UK, say the approach is having a devastating impact on physical and mental health as well as society.
They are calling for protection to be focused on the vulnerable, while healthy people get on with their lives.

Michigan Supreme Court rules Governor Whitmer exceeded her powers in COVID lockdown orders

In the 4-3 ruling, the court determined the governor did not have the authority under state law to issue any additional emergency declarations pertaining to the pandemic after April 30. That was the last date when the legislature allowed the governor to declare an emergency.

“The governor’s declaration of a state of emergency or state of disaster may only endure for 28 days absent legislative approval of an extension. So, if the Legislature does nothing, as it did here, the governor is obligated to terminate the state of emergency or state of disaster after 28 days,” said the majority opinion, written by Judge Stephen Markman.

Prestigous medical journal publishes letter showing success of Hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 treatment

JAMA published a research letter titled, “SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Community Health Workers in India Before and After Use of Face Shields,” on Aug. 17. The author, Dr. M. Emmanuel Bhaskar, performed the research about face shields but made an interesting discovery about hydroxychloroquine along the way.