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Biden to extend U.S. national emergency due to COVID-19 health risk

Bill Gates is Ready to Capitalize on ‘The Next Pandemic’

Estimated 73% of US now immune to omicron: Is that enough?

Arkansas county praises doctor who gave inmates ivermectin

2,044 Fully Vaccinated Indiana Residents Died Of COVID-19; 329,000 Breakthrough Cases Recorded

A test to determine COVID immunity could reshape US policy

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Europe’s biggest omicron outbreak ‘appears mild’, say Norway Covid experts

Europe’s biggest omicron outbreak ‘appears mild’, say Norway Covid experts

The omicron outbreak at an Oslo Christmas party seen as “the biggest in the world outside of South Africa”, is so far only causing mild disease, with Norway’s state epidemiologist expressing hope it might mark the beginning of the end for the pandemic.

“They have symptoms like fever, cough, headache, muscle pain, fatigue, but for now, none of them has become severely ill, and none of them have been treated in hospital,” Tine Ravlo, the Oslo infectious disease doctor responsible, told The Telegraph.

The company actually went beyond what was necessary by insisting that everyone who attended was double vaccinated and everyone took an antigen test, she said.

A Review and Autopsy of Two COVID Immunity Studies

A Review and Autopsy of Two COVID Immunity Studies

Based on the solid evidence from the Israeli study, the Covid recovered have stronger and longer-lasting immunity against Covid disease than the vaccinated. Hence, there is no reason to prevent them from activities that are permitted to the vaccinated. In fact, it is discriminatory.

Many of the Covid recovered were exposed to the virus as essential workers during the height of the pandemic before vaccines were available. They kept the rest of society afloat, processing food, delivering goods, unloading ships, picking up garbage, policing the streets, maintaining the electricity network, putting out fires, and caring for the old and sick, to name a few.

They are now being fired and excluded despite having stronger immunity than the vaccinated work-from-home administrators that are firing them.

The Details of OSHA’s Vaccination Rule for Private Employees Suggest Several Ways It Could Be Vulnerable to Legal Challenges

The Details of OSHA’s Vaccination Rule for Private Employees Suggest Several Ways It Could Be Vulnerable to Legal Challenges

Employers who adopt a “mandatory vaccination policy” can comply with the ETS even if some employees are not actually vaccinated. OSHA allows the following exceptions: “those for whom a vaccine is medically contraindicated, those for whom medical necessity requires a delay in vaccination, or those legally entitled to a reasonable accommodation under federal civil rights laws because they have a disability or sincerely held religious beliefs, practices, or observances that conflict with the vaccination requirement.” It seems those unvaccinated employees don’t have to wear masks or be tested each week, since those safeguards apply only to businesses that require employees to choose between vaccination and testing plus masking.

If so, a legal challenge could argue, OSHA is implicitly conceding that testing and masking of unvaccinated employees is not truly “necessary.” In the example OSHA offers, 5 percent of a company’s employees “are entitled to reasonable accommodation.” In terms of COVID-19 risk, that situation is indistinguishable from a workplace where 5 percent of employees simply choose not to be vaccinated.

The vaccination exceptions allowed by OSHA do not include people who are resistant to COVID-19 because they were previously infected. While there is considerable debate about how the protection offered by naturally acquired immunity compares to the protection offered by vaccination, the lack of an exception for people who have recovered from COVID-19 could be another basis for questioning the necessity of OSHA’s requirements.

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