October may have been the most tumultuous month since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Vaccine trials heated up with multiple reports of serious illness halting all of them at one point or another. Many European countries went back under lockdown with fierce resistance from their citizens. President Trump, the First Lady, and many White House staff contracted the coronavirus, but quickly recovered. And, the Great Barrington Declaration opposing lockdowns and government response to the crisis garnered over 44,000 signatures from medical & public health scientists and medical practitioners.
Here’s October’s edition of The COVID Chronicles.
Oct 1: President Trump revealed that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for coronavirus and would begin the quarantine process.
Oct 1: Participants taking part in phase 3 clinical trials for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine candidates reported troublesome side effects such as fever, headaches, and exhaustion after receiving the drugs. While the symptoms were at times intense, the study subjects said they went away after a day. Moderna and Pfizer both acknowledged in a preprint study that their vaccine could cause symptoms similar to COVID-19.
Oct 1: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to aggressively target and fine face mask violators by deploying hundreds of officials including police, contact tracers and other city staffers on mask patrols.
Oct 1: A survey revealed that nearly three-quarters of hotels would have to lay off more employees than they already have during the coronavirus pandemic if they donʼt receive additional government funding.
Oct 1: Madrid leaders opposed the Spanish governments plan to lock down the capital city after a surge in coronavirus cases.
Oct 1: An article by Michael J. Talmo revealed that the World Health Organization changed its definition of a pandemic in 2009, stating:
For years the WHO on its “Pandemic Preparedness” homepage defined a pandemic as “several simultaneous epidemics worldwide with enormous numbers of deaths and illness.” In 2009, however, the part about “enormous numbers of death and illness” was removed. Since 2010, the WHOʼs “Emergencies preparedness, response” page now has the following definition: “A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new disease.”
Oct 1: Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline may need to slaughter half a million sharks to harvest squalene, an oil made in shark livers, to make a new line of COVID vaccines. Glaxo mixes squalene with a witchesʼ brew of proprietary surfactants to produce its controversial AS03 vaccine adjuvant.
Oct 1: Judicial Watch announced that a federal judge ordered the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to begin producing communications and other records of National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci and Deputy Director H. Clifford Lane about the World Health Organization (WHO), China, and the coronavirus.
Oct 1: A woman with a skull defect leaked cerebrospinal fluid from her nose after a COVID-19 nasal swab test. Doctors believed the nasal swab damaged the nasal cavity, causing the leakage of cerebrospinal fluid.
Oct 2: Twitter announced that users should not tweet death wishes and harm upon President Trump stating, “Content that wishes, hopes or expresses a desire for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against an individual is against our rules.”
Oct 2: A leading ethicist sounded the alarm over a flood of potentially substandard pandemic research which may endanger lives through ill-informed public policy, while damaging medical and scientific practice itself in the process.
Oct 2: The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday struck down a 1945 law that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) had been using to keep the state locked down since April. Fred Wszolek, spokesman for Unlock Michigan stated:
The governor had no right to extend the state of emergency over the Legislature’s objection. Our Constitution matters, and this was a big win for our democratic process. Michigan is now unlocked.
Oct 2: California Governor Gavin Newsom recently added an “equity requirement” for counties to move out the most restrictive tier of lockdown measures. The new measure requires that a county of more than 106,000 people must:
Ensure that the test positivity rates in its most disadvantaged neighborhoods, as defined as being in the lowest quartile of the Healthy Places Index census tracts, do not significantly lag behind its overall county test positivity rate, as described in detail below.
Oct 2: According to projections released by the Congressional Budget Office, the predicted population of the U.S. over the next two and a half decades is expected to be substantially impacted by COVID-19. The new 2020 number of a predicted 374 million people living in the U.S. by 2046, 10 million less than the 2018 estimate of 384 million.
Oct 3: The COVID-19 crisis triggered mass unemployment in America as over one million unemployment benefit claims have been filed in the US for 28 straight weeks.
Oct 3: A New York woman faced assault charges after she allegedly refused to wear a mask at a North Jersey convenience store and then slapped an employee who told her to leave.
Oct 3: According to Mr. Miles Guo, the CCP arrested Dr. Limeng Yan’s mother in mainland China, allegedly as a retribution on Dr. Yan, the Hong Kong virologist, Chinese Whistleblower and CCP COVID-cover-up debunker.
Oct 4: Former US Congresswoman and Green Party Presidential Candidate Cynthia McKinney released a book in which she edited titled, When China Sneezes: From the Coronavirus Lockdown to the Global Politico-Economic Crisis. The anthology features selections from a several authors and provides a wide-ranging analysis of the impact of COVID-19.
Oct 4: Britain’s vaccine task force chair, Kate Bingham, said that vaccinating everyone in the country for the coronavirus was ‘not going to happen’, and that they only need to vaccinate those at risk. Bingham further stated:
There’s going to be no vaccination of people under 18. It’s an adult-only vaccine, for people over 50, focusing on health workers and care home workers and the vulnerable. People keep talking about time to vaccinate the whole population, but that is misguided.
Oct 4: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio planned to close schools and nonessential businesses in nine neighborhoods that saw increases in coronavirus positivity rates.
Oct 4: Three European cities including Marseille, Madrid, and Middlesborough became centers of resistance to newly imposed lockdown measures as questioning of public officials sparked protests and other forms of revolt.
Oct 5: The Great Barrington Declaration, drawn up by Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard, Sunetra Gupta, professor of theoretical epidemiology at Oxford, and Jay Bhattacharya, professor of medicine and economics at Stanford advocated an alternative, risk-based approach to the COVID-19 pandemic that involves “Focused Protection” of those most at risk and seeks to avoid or minimize the societal harm of lockdowns. The declaration has been signed by thousands of medical practitioners, scientists, and concerned citizens.
Oct 5: The Great Barrington Declaration creators Martin Kulldorff, Sunetra Guptra, and Jay Bhattacharya met with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and coronavirus task force member Dr. Scott Atlas. In the meeting, they told Azar that allowing the virus to spread uncontrolled among young, healthy people while protecting older adults and those at higher risk for serious illness would build up enough population immunity to stop it from spreading widely while avoiding lockdowns and other mitigation measures that have had a damaging impact on the economy.
Oct 5: The WinterOak blog posted a thorough overview of World Economic Forum CEO Klaus Schwab’s Great Reset and Fourth Industrial Revolution plans and how the pandemic is serving to accelerate them.
Oct 5: Cineworld Group Plc said that it would close 536 Regal cinemas in the U.S. and 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse venues in the U.K. this week, affecting some 45,000 employees.
Oct 5: U.S. chip giant Nvidia is building Britainʼs most powerful supercomputer, which will use artificial intelligence to help researchers solve pressing medical challenges, including those related to COVID-19.
Oct 5: UK new car sales slumped to a 21-year low in September due to the pandemic.
Oct 5: After being treated for coronavirus, President Donald Trump returned to the White House. The President tweeted, “I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 p.m. Feeling really good! Donʼt be afraid of Covid. Donʼt let it dominate your life.” The President received heavy criticism for removing his mask after arriving on the White House balcony.
Oct 5: After revealing she tested positive for coronavirus, reporters slammed White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany for not wearing a mask during briefings, with one reporter saying she “recklessly endangered lives.”
Oct 5: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned the state would move to shut down religious institutions that do not agree to comply with restrictions on mass gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. Cuomo was especially critical of members of New York City’s Jewish Orthodox community for holding mass gatherings in violation of guidelines.
Oct 5: National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell warned that teams found violating COVID-19 safety protocols may be forced to forfeit games.
Oct 5: According to a study published in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology nearly a third of hospitalized Covid-19 patients experienced some type of altered mental function — ranging from confusion to delirium to unresponsiveness.
Oct 5: Bill Gates continued to enrich himself during the pandemic. Recent SEC filings, the Bill & Melinda Gate’s Foundationʼs website, and most recent tax filings showed more than $250 million invested in dozens of companies working on Covid vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, and manufacturing. These investments put the foundation in a position to substantially increase financial gain from the pandemic.
Oct 5: A poll by McKinsey & Company revealed that 1 in 4 women are considering leaving their jobs, cutting back hours, or scaling back work as a result of the pandemic.
Oct 5: Twenty volunteers suffered serious reactions to Johnson & Johnson’s covid-19 vaccine during its phase 1/2a trials. Five percent (20) of the participants in cohorts 1a and 1b suffered from Grade 3 fevers of over 101.3°F. Grade 3 adverse events are considered to be serious reactions. They are only one grade removed from “life-threatening” (Grade 4) and just two grades from “death” (Grade 5).
Oct 6: Moderna had to slow down its vaccine trial as private contractors that were hired to recruit volunteers for its coronavirus vaccine trial failed to enroll enough Black, Latino and Native American participants to determine how well the vaccine works in these populations.
Orthodox Jews burn masks at Brooklyn protest of Cuomo’s covid-19 restrictions – The Washington Post https://t.co/AmaOCrvRGh
— Religion News (@religionnews) October 9, 2020
Oct 6: A large crowd of Orthodox Jews gathered to protest and speak Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s order that shut down schools and businesses, and limited houses of worship to 10 people in certain COVID-19 cluster areas. Later that night a larger group lit a fire in which they threw their masks in defiance.
Oct 6: Top US generals and other Pentagon chiefs were forced to quarantine at home after a top Coast Guard official tested positive for COVID-19 following a White House visit, according to multiple reports.
Oct 6: An article by Neil Pollack revealed the devastation heaped upon the artistic community by the coronavirus pandemic. Pollack stated:
We’ve destroyed the performing arts in America. Congratulations. Good job to all of us. There’s no public singing, dancing, speaking, or otherwise emoting. Coronavirus may continue to spread, but the arts are gone…An August survey indicated that 70 percent of America arts businesses had lost 75 percent or more of their revenue.
Oct 6: Singapore, a country with one of the lowest birth rates in the world, announced it will pay citizens to have a baby during the pandemic.
Oct 6: New FDA guidance required vaccine makers follow tens of thousands of study participants for at least two months to look for any possible safety issues before the agency would consider authorization. The new timeline indicated that the earliest a Covid-19 vaccine might get an emergency use authorization would be the end of November.
Oct 6: Former vaccine chief Rick Bright who was demoted amid White House criticism quit his post and resigned from the government.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested after refusing to wear a mask at a central Florida high school. His lawyer calls the incident “government abuse” of a teen suffering from panic attacks.
— WEAR ABC 3 (@weartv) October 6, 2020
Oct 6: A 16-year-old boy who suffered from panic attacks was arrested after refusing to wear a mask at a central Florida high school.
Oct 6: The office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom told residents in the Golden State that if they go out to eat, they should be wearing a mask “in between bites” to protect themselves from COVID-19.
Oct 6: South Dakota governor Krist Noem doubled down on her controversial stance against state-wide lockdown measures even as the local positivity rate continued to soar. Noem stated:
As you all might imagine, these last seven months have been quite lonely at times… but earlier this week, one very prominent national reporter sent me a note that said, ‘Governor, if you hadn’t stood against lockdowns, we’d have no proof of just how useless they really have been.
Oct 7: US Surgeon General Jerome Adams received a citation for violating coronavirus lockdown rules in Hawaii. Adams, received the citation dated Aug 23, for congregating in a park that was closed to the public during the pandemic to prevent crowded gatherings.
Oct 7: Passengers on United Airlines and Cathay Pacific began piloting an app called the CommonPass in a bid to let passengers travel without risk of quarantine in future. The phone software functions as a digital health pass that can hold a certified COVID-19 test status or show someone has been vaccinated.
Oct 7: Illinois Pastor Daniel Chiu defeated a disorderly conduct charge for opening his church amid shutdown.
Oct 7: Eli Lilly and Co applied for U.S. emergency use authorization (EUA) for its experimental COVID-19 antibody treatment and planned to pursue a similar approval for a dual antibody therapy next month after it produced promising data.
Oct 7: Britain’s biggest airport group announced plans to cut 900 jobs as ministers launch a taskforce on COVID-19 testing to try to revive travel.
Oct 7: Airlines across the US began offering coronavirus testing for their passengers as a way of boosting confidence in air travel. Hawaii Airlines offered a $150 at-home saliva test ahead of flights. Passengers would self-collect while being watched on a video call and then ship the tests overnight. In Alaska, nonresidents who land in Anchorage without negative test results within 72 hours are required to take a $250 test and self-quarantine until negative results are posted.
Oct 7: In a worrying trend, the number of people who joined the ranks of long-term unemployment spiked to a record high. According to the US Labor Department, the number of people out of work for more than 27 weeks increased to 2.4 million in September, an increase of 32.5 percent from the previous month. There are 4.9 million people who have been unemployed between 15 and 26 weeks.
Oct 7: The World Bank warned the impact of COVID-19 on poverty reduction would be swift and substantial. In 2020 alone, this pandemic could drastically increase the number of people living in extreme poverty by 88 million to 115 million.
Oct 7: The Australian government announced its borders would be closed for international travel until the end of 2021. Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg stated:
International travel, including by tourists and international students, is assumed to remain largely closed off until late next year and then gradually return over time, and a vaccine to be available around the end of 2021 is one of the assumptions in the budget. We have taken every step possible to give Australia the best possible chance of getting a vaccine.
Oct 7: Officials from Disney, which has been closed since March slammed California governor Gavin Newsom after he slowed the reopening of California theme parks. Other California parks like Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios Hollywood and SeaWorld San Diego also remain closed while awaiting guidelines from Governor Newsom.
Oct 7: In a study published in the BMJ, Edinburgh University suggested that blanket social distancing and the closure of schools may have cost more lives than if herd immunity had been allowed to build slowly in the population. Lead author Graeme Ackland, Professor of computer simulation at the University of Edinburgh, said:
In March the Government had to make a decision: did they want to save lives or beds? Lockdown does mean that the number of deaths goes down, so there is a short-term gain, but it leads to long-term pain. If you had done nothing, it would all be over by now. It would have been absolutely horrendous but it would be over. It wouldnʼt even have been completely lunatic to do nothing.
Oct 8: Kit Knightly of Off-Guardian indicated that WHO officials admitted that the coronavirus is no more deadly or dangerous than seasonal flu. At the session, Dr Michael Ryan, the WHO’s Head of Emergencies revealed that they believe roughly 10% of the world has been infected with Sars-Cov-2. From this statement, Knightly reasoned:
The global population is roughly 7.8 billion people, if 10% have been infected that is 780 million cases. The global death toll currently attributed to Sars-Cov-2 infections is 1,061,539.
That’s an infection fatality rate of roughly or 0.14%. Right in line with seasonal flu and the predictions of many experts from all around the world.
In fact, given the over-reporting of alleged Covid deaths, the IFR is likely even lower than 0.14%, and could show Covid to be much less dangerous than flu.
Oct 8: Investigative journalist Jon Rappaport argued that neither the CDC or anyone else has ever have isolated the 2019-nCoV virus to prove its existence. A CDC document titled “CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel” confirmed that there has never been any successful laboratory test to isolate and confirm the existence of the SARS-COV2 virus, alleged to have caused the COVID19 pandemic.
Oct 8: Italy made it mandatory to wear face masks in outdoor spaces across the country in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Italians must also wear masks indoors everywhere except in private homes.
Oct 8: A staggering 86% who tested COVID positive in lockdown had none of the official symptoms. Of the 115 patients that tested positive, 16 (13.9 per cent) reported symptoms in contrast to 99 (86.1 per cent), who did not report any symptoms on the day they were tested.
Oct 9: The World Health Organization’s special envoy Dr. David Nabarro warned leaders against relying on COVID-19 lockdowns to tackle outbreaks. Nabarro said such restrictive measures should only be treated as a last resort. In a video interview with the British magazine The Spectator, Nabarro stated:
We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus.
The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it.
Oct 9: According to a survey by International Council of Shopping Centers just 45% of U.S. consumers plan to go to a shopping mall this season, down from 64% who visited last November and December.
Oct 9: Broadway theaters will remain dark through May 30, 2021, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Oct 9: Tennessee’s Shelby County Health Department gave away $125 Kroger gift cards in an effort to get Hispanics and Latinos tested for coronavirus.
Oct 9: The NFL announced it would assess 15-yard penalties for any individual approaching an official without a face covering stating:
Any individual who approaches an official without a face covering is subject to a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, as well as possible fines, suspensions and forfeiture of draft picks.
Oct 9: An Atlantic article titled “Schools Aren’t Super Spreaders” revealed that:
…Data on almost 200,000 kids in 47 states from the last two weeks of September showed an infection rate of 0.13 percent among students and 0.24 percent among staff. Thatʼs about 1.3 infections over two weeks in a school of 1,000 kids, or 2.2 infections over two weeks in a group of 1,000 staff.
Oct 10: Led by Dr. Heiko Schöning, The World Doctors Alliance hosted a conference debunking the official narrative on COVID-19, lockdown strategies, testing, etc.
Oct 10: In Indonesia, people caught without facemasks were forced to dig graves and get into coffins. Officials said the punishments helped to deter people from neglecting to cover their faces.
Oct 11: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) asked federal officials to include children in COVID-19 vaccine trials. Sara Goza, MD, president of the AAP, wrote a letter addressed to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Steven Hahn, MD stating, “Children must be included in vaccine trials to best understand any potential unique immune responses and/or unique safety concerns.”
A total and complete sign off from White House Doctors yesterday. That means I can’t get it (immune), and can’t give it. Very nice to know!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2020
Oct 11: Twitter flagged and limited sharing of one of President Donald Trump’s tweets in a post where he declared that he was “immune” to COVID-19.
Oct 11: Thousands of anti-mask and anti-lockdown protesters held a large rally in Dublin, Ireland despite restrictions and said they would continue organizing rallies in the coming weeks.
Oct 11: New York City officials gave out 62 fines totaling $150,000 for violations of COVID-19 rules in hot spots in Brooklyn and Queens. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced fines of up to $15,000 for holding big get-togethers and penalties of up to $1,000 for those who refuse to wear face coverings.
Oct 12: It was revealed that private firms collected NHS ‘track-and-trace’ data that was taken unknowingly from visitors to pubs and restaurants. The data was harvested and then sold to marketing firms for profit.
Oct 12: Former FDA Chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb claimed that lockdowns were never well-suited to combating the coronavirus and felt there would be little reason for another round stating:
I think the idea that we’re going to do national stay at home orders – or even broad stay at home orders in select cities – it’s just not going to happen, the popular will isn’t there for it, the political leadership on a bipartisan basis aren’t going to support it. So those who are saying no more lockdowns here in the United States I think it’s sort of a straw man argument because it’s just not going to happen.
Oct 12: A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that masks or cloth face coverings do little to prevent someone from contracting the novel coronavirus.
Oct 12: Johnson & Johnson revealed it was pausing its coronavirus vaccine trial after a participant contracted an unexplained illness.
Oct 12: A new study from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) revealed that as many as 7.7 million workers lost jobs with employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) during the Covid-19 shutdown. Since 6.9 million dependents were covered by these workers’ insurance, a total of 14.6 million people have been affected.
Oct 12: New COVID-19 research published in Virology Journal indicated the pathogen can survive for as long as 28 days on certain surfaces, especially smooth ones, like paper money. The virus can survive longer than flu viruses, especially at lower temperatures, which further reinforces the importance of hand-washing.
Oct 12: About 20 residents, many of them wheelchair users, of a Greeley, Colo. nursing facility gathered to demonstrate against coronavirus restrictions in the state. Under current restrictions, residents are forbidden from physical contact, although visits are still permitted.
Oct 12: Although the proliferation of COVID-19 has caused widespread economic fallout, the cruise industry has been among the hardest-hit industries. As a result of the pandemic, some cruise operators have been forced to put ships into early retirement, even being scrapped for metal as they cut their losses.
Oct 13: A man was kicked off of a plan for removing his face mask while eating.
Oct 13: Former NYC Mayor, Rudy Guiliani told a crowd of people that people don’t die of the coronavirus anymore.
Oct 13: Modernaʼs chief medical officer Tal Zaks has been selling his stock in the company weekly and has made over $50 million since the dawn of the pandemic.
Oct 13: Eli Lilly and Co said that the government-sponsored clinical trial of its COVID-19 antibody treatment similar to one taken by U.S. President Donald Trump has been paused by the U.S. government because of a safety concern.
Oct 13: WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned against the idea that herd immunity might be a realistic strategy to stop the pandemic, dismissing such proposals as “simply unethical.” Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC News that an anti-lockdown declaration being considered by the White House — which advocates using “herd immunity” acquired through infection to control the pandemic — is “ridiculous,” “total nonsense,” and “will lead to hospitalizations and deaths.”
Oct 13: Bill Gates said the world won’t return to normal until people take a second coronavirus vaccine that could be years away arrives. Gates stated:
The only way we’ll get completely back to normal is by having, maybe not the first generation of vaccines, but eventually a vaccine that is super-effective, and that a lot of the people take, and that we get the disease eliminated on a global basis.
The fall is going to be worse than the summer. Here, what you’d want to see is, where are we not getting the compliance? And who are the leaders they look to? Political leaders, religious leaders, scientific leaders — and have that message get out.
Oct 13: Facebook announced it would begin banning ads that explicitly discourage people from getting vaccinated. However, the social media giant will also start directing US users to information about the flu vaccine and how to get it.
Oct 13: Former British Parliament Member Chris Green resigned from the government over its approach to tackling the coronavirus. In his resignation letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Green stated:
The damage done to physical and mental health, as well as to livelihoods and businesses, would be justified if the threat from Covid-19 was as first suggested. I know that this novel pandemic virus posed a serious but little understood threat but we have learnt so much since it first emerged. I now believe that the attempted cure is worse than the disease and that this second six-month phase will not see the delivery of a solution via mass vaccination. The government will then begin its next phase of control.
Oct 13: Writing in his new memoir, Gov. Andrew Cuomo blamed Republicans and The New York Post for the controversy surrounding his own March 25 policy barring nursing homes from turning away people on the basis of a coronavirus diagnosis. Nearly 6,700 people had died in nursing or adult-care facilities of confirmed or presumed cases of the coronavirus, according to state records.
Oct 13: Women in France are being forced to wear masks during childbirth, leaving them vomiting and unable to breathe with doctors given the power to refuse to treat anyone who chooses not to wear one.
Oct 14: A very disturbing email was leaked from an unidentified whistleblowing Canadian politician detailing plans of new waves of lockdowns and a “Great Reset” dictatorship. Read our feature article on this story here.
BREAKING. YouTube announces it will ban “misinformation videos” about COVID vaccines. Like the censorship wasn’t strong enough already? https://t.co/Pvaf7ZxMPR
— James Perloff (@jamesperloff) October 14, 2020
Oct 14: Alphabet Inc. said it would remove videos from YouTube containing misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, expanding its current rules against falsehoods and conspiracy theories about the pandemic. The video platform said it would now ban any content with claims about COVID-19 vaccines that contradict consensus from local health authorities or the World Health Organization.
Oct 14: Dr. Anthony Fauci told CBS Evening News that the US needed to redouble its efforts to contain the coronavirus as the fall and winter months arrived. Fauci also said some beloved traditions, like big Thanksgiving gatherings, may need to be avoided this year to keep people safe.
Oct 14: It was revealed that airports around the world are installing biometric gates equipped with facial recognition technology. The U.K.’s Heathrow Airport will reportedly use over 400 facial recognition gates to ID and track airline passengers.
Oct 15: Nokia created an automated system that uses a thermal camera and real-time video analytics to determine if a person has COVID-19 symptoms and is wearing a mask, in an effort to facilitate return to work for employees.
Oct 15: Moncef Slaoui, the official head of Operation Warp Speed, told the Wall Street Journal last week that all Warp Speed vaccine recipients in the US will be monitored by “incredibly precise . . . tracking systems” for up to two years and that tech giants Google and Oracle would be involved.
Oct 15: Multiple Jewish congregations announced they would sue Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and the state of New York, claiming that steps Cuomo has taken to subdue the coronavirus are “blatantly anti-Semitic.”
Oct 15: Dr. Fauci’s much touted drug Remdesivir, the only antiviral drug authorized for treatment of Covid-19 in the United States, failed to prevent deaths among patients, according to a study of more than 11,000 people in 30 countries sponsored by the World Health Organization.
Oct 15: During the first three months of 2020, drug overdose deaths rose 10%, according to preliminary estimates released by the CDC. In total, the CDC estimates that there will be more than 75,500 fatal overdoses by the end of the year.
Oct 15: As new coronavirus restrictions came into force across Spain’s Catalonia, bar and restaurant workers took to the streets to protest the 15-day closure of the hospitality sector, warning their industry is in danger of “extinction.” Approximately 1,000 hospitality workers gathered in and around the Plaza de Sant Jaume, in Barcelona’s historic center, to reject the regional government’s decision to close bars and restaurants for a fortnight amid a surge in new infections.
Oct 16: An ongoingCOVID-19 vaccine trial at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center started including adolescents. The new phase of its vaccine trial began with a 16-year-old girl, who received either the immunization or a placebo.
Oct 16: Three British friends were finally let out of quarantine in Italy 61 days after they first tested positive for coronavirus. Rhys James, 23, Quinn Paczesny, 20, and Will Castle, 22, had been in a specialist isolation facility in Florence since August 17 after repeatedly testing positive, failing to fulfil Italy’s requirement of two negative tests to get out of quarantine.
Oct 17: After initially testing positive for coronavirus and ruled out to coach a game against heated rival Georgia,Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban was cleared to coach the team from the sideline after receiving a third negative COVID-19 test all 24 hours apart.
Oct 17: More than 6 million households failed to make their rent or mortgage payments in September, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Research Institute for Housing America, a sign that the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is weighing on jobless Americans as Congress stalls on relief measures.
Oct 18: Though yet to be proven safe, Pfizer already made “several hundred thousand doses” of a potential coronavirus vaccine as it prepared to seek emergency use in the US by November.
Oct 18: The Australian Government will put in place a new digital system to collect information from incoming travellers via their mobile devices or through a computer as it prepares for opening global travel once again. The so-called Digital Passenger Declaration would also allow for the digital uploading of certified COVID-19 vaccination certificates when these became available.
Oct 18: Rock band The Flaming Lips performed a concert with the band and fans encased in plastic bubbles.
Oct 19: Ireland went under Level 5 lockdown rules to slow the coronavirus which include restrictions on travel, indoor and outdoor gatherings, and many other draconian measures.
Oct 19: A new trial of rapid, mass Covid testing began in UK hospitals and will soon be rolled out to schools, universities and care homes, in the latest attempt to push ahead with the so-called Operation Moonshot.
Oct 20: A bill passed by the D.C. Council on October 20 would allow children as young as age 11 to obtain vaccinations without their parents’ consent. Under the legislation, if a doctor determines that a minor is capable of informed consent, they would be able to seek government-recommended vaccinations their parents object to on religious grounds.
Oct 20: Some coronavirus vaccine candidates currently under development could increase susceptibility to HIV, a group of researchers has warned. A modified virus being used in four COVID-19 vaccine contenders — called adenovirus 5 (Ad5) — has been shown to increase transmission of the AIDS virus in the past.
In the last month in the US we experienced double the amount of daily COVID infections but half as many daily deaths or a 75% reduction in death rate. Great news but don’t expect left wing media to tell you this truth. pic.twitter.com/qVQaFYQ7BD
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) October 27, 2020
Oct 20: Two new peer-reviewed studies showed a sharp drop in mortality among hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The drop was seen in all groups, including older patients and those with underlying conditions, suggesting that physicians are getting better at helping patients survive their illness.
Oct 20: Just in time for the holiday season, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a new set of regulations that ban gatherings of more than three households, outlaw indoor gatherings, require guests to sit six feet apart, and suggest serving your turkey in ‘single-serve disposable containers.’ Newsom’s ban on gatherings of more than three households means that a family with more than two grown children can only have two visit at the same time.
Oct 21: Six U.S. airlines have banned nearly 1,500 people from flying for egregiously violating face-mask requirements on airplanes. (That total doesn’t include Southwest and Spirit, which declined to release their no-fly list totals.)
Oct 21: Most Americans may have access to a COVID-19 vaccine by early next spring, one which could potentially immunize them by June, according to Operation Warp Speed’s chief adviser, Dr. Moncef Slaoui. “It’s not a certainty, but the plan — and I feel pretty confident — should make it such that by June, everybody could have been immunized in the U.S.,” Slaoui told ABC News’ Bob Woodruff Wednesday morning.
Oct 21: Suicides were up nearly 100% among young people in Wisconsin’s second largest county, as medical experts cited the perils of social isolation. Data also showed they’re suffering more economically, and many are less equipped to deal with the “collateral damage” of forced lockdowns mentally.
Oct 22: A participant in AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine trial in Brazil died. The 28-year-old man from Rio de Janeiro died of complications from COVID-19, but was reportedly in the trial’s control group and was given a placebo instead of the experimental vaccine.
Oct 22: According to data emerging from random testing in the United States and Britain, schools do not seem to be stoking community transmission of the coronavirus. In fact, elementary schools especially seem to seed remarkably few infections.
Oct 22: Joe Biden warned at the presidential debate that “We’re about to go into a dark winter. A dark winter,” echoing the concerns of public health experts who caution about increased daily Covid-19 case counts converging with the annual flu season.
Oct 22: The International Monetary Fund is concerned that social unrest will make a comeback in “lots of countries” across Latin America once the COVID-19 pandemic recedes. Alejandro Werner, the Fund’s director for the Western Hemisphere, said:
Coming out of the pandemic, we will have a level of economic activity and employment that will be much lower than before, a level of poverty and income distribution that is worse.
Oct 22: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its definition of “close contact” to an individual infected with the coronavirus to include multiple, brief exposures adding up to over 15 minutes within 24 hours.
Oct 22: The plan to force COVID-19 vaccinations in order to be able to return to work, school, and function in a normal society is all spelled out in a video by the ID2020 organization.
Oct 23: Four babies died in Adelaide, Australia over the last four weeks after being denied transport to Melbourne because of government COVID-19 restrictions. Dr. John Svigos told Australian TV network 9 News that recent state restrictions on travel inhibited the hospital’s ability to get the infants treated at other facilities.
Oct 23: Cass Sunstein, founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School, will chair a WHO advisory group to influence public opinion and to undermine the credibility of “conspiracy theorists” to encourage public acceptance of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Oct 23: Admitting that “the pandemic has become a worldwide social experiment,” experts from the US reviewed 90 studies to help them predict how COVID-19 could shift social behaviours and gender norms — even among those not infected. The team predicted:
- Drops in birth-rates leading to shrinking populations
- Rising gender inequality
- Decreased job opportunities
- Reduction in tolerance across a range of issues
- People remaining single for longer
- Decreases in empathy and compassion
Oct 23: There were 2,703 excess deaths across England and Wales in September, official figures showed – but coronavirus was not in the 10 leading causes of fatality. The leading cause of death in September for both nations was dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Oct 23: America’s youngest workers face some of the nation’s bleakest employment prospects and the most volatile job market ever for recent college graduates. The unemployment rate for young people age 20 to 24 was 12.5% in September, the highest among adults. Joblessness for them peaked at nearly 26% at the height of the pandemic in April – quadruple the level two months earlier – a bigger jump than in any previous recession back to the 1940.
Oct 23: The November issue of Time Magazine will feature The Great Reset on its cover and devote a whole issue to stories about future plans to reshape the world under the guise of combating the coronavirus pandemic.
Oct 23: Ireland passed new Covid restrictions where a priest can now be fined, or imprisoned, or both, for saying Mass in public. The same applies to any minister of religion who holds a public act of worship. Deputy Michael McNamara pointed out the implications of the law to Health Minister, Stephen Donnelly stated:
Priests will be committing a criminal offence if they open the doors of their churches for Mass. I know that lots of priests do not want to say Mass and do not believe it is appropriate. That is their prerogative. I am not a Mass-goer, but I know how important it is in the community I represent for people to go to Mass or to a church or mosque. The Government is denying them that. Is the Government is going to send gardaí after priests who decide to say Mass? If the Government is thinking of that, I have one word to say, ‘Don’t’.
Oct 24: New coronavirus restrictions came into force in England under Boris Johnson’s three-tier lockdown system. The Prime Minister unveiled new coronavirus alert levels where areas will be labelled medium, high or very high risk.
Oct 24: The British Army was drafted to help enforce coronavirus restrictions in Tier 3 areas as the UK continued to battle the second wave of the pandemic. They were tasked with identifying clusters of local infections, helping control outbreaks and taking action against businesses failing to comply with the Covid-19 rules.
Oct 24: Tens of thousands of people joined a march through central London against the coronavirus restrictions calling for an end to lockdowns and other measures they described as a threat to civil rights.
Oct 24: Studies by the World Health Organization and the CDC suggested that confirmed flu cases across the globe were down 90%-98%.
Oct 24: An article by Michel Chossudovsky of Global Research questioned the accuracy of coronavirus “second wave” statistics, stating:
Currently, national economies have partially reopened. This Second Wave constitutes the “second phase” of a bankruptcy program, targeting the services economy, air transport, the tourism industry, retail trade, etc.
Social distancing prevails. Schools, colleges and universities are closed down, social gatherings and family reunions are prohibited.
The face mask is reimposed despite its negative health impacts. We are told that it is all for a good cause. Combat the transmission of the virus.
These far-reaching decisions which derogate fundamental civil rights, are based on the “estimates” of Covid-19 positive cases, not to mention the manipulation of the test results.
Oct 24: Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested that face coverings should be made mandatory in the US and the general public might not be able get a coronavirus vaccine until mid-2021.
Oct 25: As Wales entered a 17-day coronavirus “firebreak” lockdown, products such as pillows, bedsheets, baby clothes, cups and plates were restricted from being sold at grocery stores. More than 34,000 people signed a petition calling on politicians to reverse the bans, which it described as “disproportionate and cruel”.
Oct 25: The Spanish government declared a six-month state of emergency and ordered a nationwide curfew, while Italians were strongly advised to stay at home as both countries impose tough limits on people’s movements in an effort to contain the second wave of the coronavirus.
Oct 25: Merck Pharmaceuticals partnered with startup Volansi to test vaccine delivery via drones. The partnership will launch a test program in rural North Carolina to examine their ability to deliver temperature-controlled vaccines from a central production facility to determine how far they can send them.
Oct 26: At least 59 people, mostly in their 70s and 80s, died in South Korea following flu vaccination. Singapore temporarily pulled its backing for SK Bioscience’s SKYCellflu Quadrivalent and Sanofi Pasteur’s VaxigripTetra after the reported deaths in South Korea.
Oct 26: The Dutch government warned that “draconian measures” and a complete lockdown will be implemented if infection figures don’t begin to fall this week.
Oct 27: A Maryland man was arrested at a polling place after a confrontation over his refusal to wear a mask. CBS Baltimore reported that election officials called law enforcement to deal with two men who refused to either agree to put on masks or go to a separate area designated for maskless early voting.
Oct 27: As the holiday travel season approaches, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the New York City region’s biggest airports, said that it would soon impose a $50 fine on travelers who do not wear a mask or face covering.
Oct 27: Officials announced that students at all State University of New York (SUNY) colleges and universities must test negative for the virus before leaving campus for Thanksgiving break, or they could face possible suspension. The new policy is meant to prevent students from spreading the virus to their contacts across the country.
Oct 27: Mayor Bill de Blasio urged New Yorkers not to travel over the holiday season. De Blasio said that because of the public health crisis, city residents should forego their usual trips to see family for Thanksgiving and Christmas stating:
I hate to say it, but I have to urge all New Yorkers: Do not travel out of state for the holidays… Realize that by doing that, unfortunately, you could be putting yourself and your family in danger.
Oct 27: Protesters clashed with police in northern Italy, as demonstrations erupted across the country over government restrictions aimed at quelling a second wave of Covid-19.
Oct 27: A team of MIT researchers has designed a mask that uses a heated copper mesh to sanitize the air on contact. If it stands up to real-world testing, it could equate to a millionfold reduction in virus particles.
We told you. We TOLD you.
If you give a tyrant an inch, they will take a mile.
New Zealand has announced “quarantine camps” where people can be forcibly relocated. pic.twitter.com/XrcigHHDKD
— Young Americans for Liberty (@YALiberty) October 27, 2020
Oct 28: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced in a video, the implementation of mandatory quarantine camps. If people sent to the camp refuse to be tested, they will be required to remain another two weeks after their initial two-week stay. Arden stated:
You either get your test done and make sure you are cleared, or we will keep you in a facility longer…So I think most people look at that and say, ‘I will take the test.’
New Zealand has a population of 5 million and to date has only recorded 25 deaths from COVID-19.
Oct 28: Two sisters are being held on attempted first-degree murder charges in Illinois for allegedly stabbing a store security guard 27 times after being told they needed to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer.
Oct 28: Claire Poche, a senior health adviser for the Oregon Health Authority went viral for dressing up as a clown to announce the latest coronavirus death toll. Poche wore white and red face makeup along with a red tie with a polka dot shirt in the somber video announcement.
Oct 28: French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel ordered their countries back into lockdown, as a massive second wave of coronavirus infections threatened to overwhelm Europe before the winter.
Oct 28: Family celebrations that break coronavirus restrictions in the United Kingdom may be broken up by police entering their homes. The Telegraph reported that police chiefs in the U.K. are warning residents that their homes could be entered as police enforce coronavirus restrictions. The chiefs focused most of their attention on warning families about Christmas celebrations but also mentioned Hanukkah and Diwali as well.
Oct 28: Waynesville, West Virginia leaders backed down from a proposed local mask mandate after nearly 100 people packed town hall to voice their opposition. Some claimed exemptions for religious and health reasons, but others simply said they weren’t going to wear one and it would violate their rights to be denied entry to a public hearing or other venues.
Oct 29: Germany planned to deploy thousands of federal police officers across the country to enforce toughened coronavirus restrictions. Federal police would first be used in big cities and areas most severely hit by the pandemic.
Oct 29: ExxonMobil announced it would lay off about 1,900 workers through “voluntary and involuntary programs” because of the pandemic’s impact on its efforts to “improve efficiency and reduce costs.”
Oct 29: A vaccine scheme led by the World Health Organization and GAVI will create a compensation fund for people in poor nations who might suffer any side-effects from COVID-19 vaccines. The scheme could foot the bill for 92 low-income countries, mostly in Africa and South-East Asia, meaning their governments would face little or no costs from claims brought by patients, should anything go unexpectedly wrong after a COVAX-distributed vaccine is administered.
Oct 29: A technique where coronavirus can be detected in the breath is being investigated at the University of Miami. Utilizing Israeli-based TeraGroup’s product, the University will enroll up to 1,000 students, faculty, and staff in a brief clinical study to assess the accuracy and usability of this method of sampling.
Oct 29: In a new study linking vitamin D status and COVID-19, researchers from Spain revealed a major vitamin D deficiency problem, a compelling gender difference, and some telling blood test results. Published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, this study included over 200 hospitalized adult patients with COVID-19. Over 80% were found to have vitamin D deficiency.
Oct 29: During a BBC Radio interview, WHO’s special envoy on COVID-19, Dr. David Nabarro reiterated that full national lockdowns should be used only as a “reserve” measure to control the coronavirus, describing such actions as very extreme. Nabarro stated:
You don’t want to use those as your primary, and I stress that, primary, means of containment. Because in the end living with the virus as a constant threat means maintaining the capacity to find people with the disease and isolating them.
Oct 29: Adm. Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary of health and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force warned draconian measures may be needed if Americans don’t follow safety guidelines. Giroir stated:
We still can control this by wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, avoiding crowds—particularly indoors—and getting tested, especially going into the winter and holiday season. But if we don’t do those things, it may force local officials or government officials in the states to have more draconian measures because cases will go up if we don’t make a change.
Oct 30: The El Paso County Judge ordered a two-week shutdown of non-essential services due to new Covid-19 cases soaring in the Texas community.
Oct 30: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals paused a clinical study of its antibody drug to treat some of the sickest COVID-19 patients because of a potential safety concern.
Oct 30: A study found that 20 percent of 104 grocery store workers tested at a Boston store in May had COVID-19, most without symptoms.
Oct 30: Gates Foundation partner GAVI-the vaccine alliance, raised an additional $500 million through a COVID-19 vaccine bond sale to fund immunization programs in developing countries.
Oct 30: UK Police Chief Constable Andy Cooke called it a “civic duty” to snitch on neighbors and businesses that violate COVID-19 restrictions while criticizing the culture that condemns such tattle tailing. Cooke condemned the ‘sneering culture’ against those who tip-off police saying that if Brits carry out their “civic duty” of snitching they “will save lives.” Cooke further stated:
People are doing a civic duty in contacting us for the right reasons. The vast majority of people across the country are really concerned about this. Any information that you can give us in relation to breaches will save lives, and that’s why people are doing it.
Oct 30: Despite a pandemic that’s shocked the entire economy and impending antitrust lawsuits, Big Tech is doing rather well. Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook raked in a huge amount of money last quarter: $38 billion in profits on nearly $240 billion in revenue. For the most part, this represents growth over what these companies made last year, despite the worst recession in the United States since World War II.
Oct 30: Nigel Farage, UK Brexit Party Leader believed that former Vice President Joe Biden projects fear regarding coronavirus while President Trump projects confidence. Farage stated:
Donald Trump believes that when it comes to lockdowns, the treatment can be worse than the disease. He is absolutely right, and I sense that this view resonates with most people.
Oct 30: Protesters took the streets of Paris to denounce the government’s second sweeping national shutdown amid a surge in new coronavirus infections, seeing clashes with police, who responded with tear gas.
Record-breaking 440-mile traffic jam stretches around Paris as residents flee second lockdownhttps://t.co/5l5ZHR6Csy
— ITV News (@itvnews) October 30, 2020
Oct 30: A 440-mile traffic jam clogged up Paris Thursday night just hours before the city was placed under a new lockdown amid a fresh wave of COVID-19 cases. The latest lockdown appeared to send Parisians fleeing the city to the countryside, BBC News reported, citing French media.
Oct 30: The mRNA vaccines being tested by Pfizer and Moderna will require storage in freezers that can achieve ultra-low temperatures of -70˚ to -80˚C to ensure the contents do not begin to degrade. Carl Radosevich, Senior Manager of Scientific Applications & Collaborations at PHC Corporation of North America warned:
mRNA is naturally an unstable molecule that is prone to degradation when exposed to dramatic temperature fluctuations, even at ultra-low temperatures. In vaccine form, the importance of mRNA’s temperature stability is heightened exponentially.
Oct 30: The U.S. recorded more than 90,000 Covid-19 cases in one day for the first time since the pandemic began.
Oct 30: After 112 days and countless arrests, fines and protests, Australia’s second-most-populous state is finally free from lockdown. The city of Melbourne, the capital and largest metro center of Australia’s coronavirus-hammered Victoria state, exited lockdown leaving businesses and residents to cope with the aftermath of months of forced closures for an virus that has so far killed fewer than 1,000 people in the entire country.
Oct 30: US stocks had their worst week since March, when the market tumbled under the first wave of coronavirus infections and lockdowns — and one of their worst weeks of the year as a whole. All three major indexes also recorded the second straight month of losses.
Oct 30: Dr. Simone Gold, a board-certified physician, attorney, and founder of America’s Frontline Doctors (AFD), hired Nick Sandmann’s attorney Lin Wood to represent her interests. Because of her group’s stance against the government’s response to COVID-19, Dr. Gold was fired from her hospital job, defamed by mainstream media, and censored by various social media platforms for her stance on the handling of the virus.
Oct 31: Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England will go into its second lockdown beginning November 5 and lasting until December 2.
Oct 31: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that most travelers must now get Covid-19 tests three days before and after arrival in the state. The new policy replaces a previous advisory list of states with rising case counts from which travelers were required to quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in New York, the governor told reporters.
Oct 31: US Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he doesn’t anticipate a coronavirus stimulus package until “right at the beginning” of 2021.
McConnell, R-Ky., told radio host Hugh Hewitt that the legislation would be targeted “particularly at small businesses that are struggling, and hospitals that are now dealing with the second wave of the coronavirus, and, of course, the challenges for education, both K-12 and college.”