Aug 1: Up to 20,000 (independent journalists cite up to 1 million) people filled the streets of Berlin to protest the mandatory mask policy and other restrictions calling the event End of the Pandemic – Day of Freedom. 133 demonstrators were arrested and 45 officers were injured, with some needing to be hospitalized.
Aug 1: Holland’s top scientists said there’s no solid evidence face coverings work and warn they could even damage the fight against Covid-19.
Aug 1: During a House panel hearing on July 31, CDC director Robert Redfield acknowledged that hospitals have a monetary incentive to overcount coronavirus deaths.
Aug 1: Delaware beach towns feared collapse as the pandemic caused havoc for local businesses. California, Florida, New Jersey, and Texas beach communities faced the same dire concerns.
Aug 1: 20 US states and territories (roughly 45% of the countryʼs population) explored using Google’s and Apple’s tool to create new contact-tracing programs. The new apps are set to launch in the coming weeks. 16 countries have already used the tool to launch contact tracing apps with the UK also set to adopt the technology.
Aug 1: US Personal Income and Spending Data revealed that a quarter of all household income in the us now comes from the government. The huge spike in government dependence came in April at 31% with the number decreasing to the mid-20s in June. Previous highs had been in the mid-teens prior to the coronavirus pandemic.
Aug 1: The head of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources said that every employee must wear a mask even while on a teleconference at home using Zoom or other platforms.
Aug 2: Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari suggested another hard, countrywide lockdown from one month to six weeks to control the virus and stated that, “Right now the U.S. can fund itself at very, very low rates. Congress should use this opportunity to support the American people and the American economy.”
Aug 2: America’s glitziest and most expensive retail districts are losing tenants and rents are in a free fall as the pandemic and lockdowns gut profits.
Aug 2: A Delta Air Lines flight was forced to return to its gate to deboard two passengers who refused to comply with its mask policy.
Aug 2: For people who can’t work from home, long waits for coronavirus tests can mean weeks with no income.
Aug 2: Health officials said large family gatherings were to blame for spikes in Covid-19 cases around the US. However, earlier in June, over 1,000 medical professionals signed a letter supporting widespread protests during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aug 2: A 35 year-old man Pennsylvania man named Adam Zaborowski who, according to his lawyer “was just not handling the pandemic well,” was charged with attempting to kill seven police officers near his home. That shootout followed an incident on July 31, where Zaborowski allegedly shot at a clerk at Cigars International in Bethlehem Township, PA.
Aug 2: Critically ill Covid-19 patients recovered rapidly from respiratory failure after three days of treatment with RLF-100, a therapy granted fast-track designation in the United States.
Aug 2: Confirming several earlier reports, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported that a large percentage of the population appears to have immune cells that are able to recognize parts of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and that T Cells are instrumental in strengthening the immune system.
Aug 2: The owners of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, NJ who were arrested for reopening their facility returned to their gym and kicked down the plywood boards officials had placed to keep them out. Ian Smith, one of the gym’s owners stated,
“Gov. Murphy has weaponized the police force against us over and over. I think he looks foolish, the way he’s treating us — he’s pulling out all the stops. You have to ask, How far will one man go to destroy a small business?”
Aug 2: Dr. Steven Salzberg advocated administering coronavirus vaccines now, without waiting until clinical trials and safety tests are completed stating,
We already have two vaccines in phase 3 trials in the US and Europe… If the vaccines work, then in a few monthsʼ time weʼll be able to start large-scale production.
But we donʼt have to wait. Both of these vaccines (from Moderna and Oxford University/Astra Zeneca) have already been shown, in phase 1 trials, to be safe and probably effective. Thatʼs why the companies are moving ahead and giving each vaccine to 30,000 more people: they are fairly confident that the vaccines are safe.
Dr. Salzberg reversed his position one day later after his opinion generated much pushback with critics who pointed out that the risks far outweighed the benefits.
Aug 2: Britain’s AstraZeneca has been granted protection from future product liability claims related to its COVID-19 vaccine by most of the countries with which it has struck supply agreements. Ruud Dobber, a member of Astra’s senior executive team stated:
This is a unique situation where we as a company simply cannot take the risk if in … four years the vaccine is showing side effects.
Aug 2: Dr. Deborah Birx warned that the U.S. is in a new phase of the coronavirus pandemic with ‘extraordinarily widespread’ cases and even suggested that people may need to wear masks inside their own homes.
Aug 3: President Trump criticized Dr. Birx for her statement about the coronavirus being extraordinarily widespread calling it ‘pathetic.’
Aug 3: The US government and Yale University collaborated in a clinical trial to determine the best messaging to persuade Americans to take the COVID-19 vaccine. The trial tested 12 different messages meant to strongly influence vaccine compliance including:
- Control message
- Baseline message
- Personal freedom message
- Economic freedom message
- Self-interest message
- Community interest message
- Economic benefit message
- Guilt message
- Embarrassment message
- Anger message
- Trust in science message
- Not bravery message
Aug 3: A survey of nearly 500 owners and operators of restaurants, bars and nightlife establishments in New York by the NYC hospitality alliance found that 83 percent of businesses could not pay full rent in July and 37 percent of businesses reported paying no rent at all.
Mask Nazi’s!!! pic.twitter.com/j9mxXcKEiE
— Deep State Exposed® (@DeepStateExpose) August 3, 2020
Aug 3: A masked woman in a Colorado Walmart verbally assaulted a group of people not wearing masks yelling, “you guys are abusing your freedom!”
Aug 3: Lord & Taylor, Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank filed for bankruptcy as the pandemic halted shopping and profits at the retail stores.
Aug 3: Odell Beckham Jr., one of the NFL’s biggest stars does not think there should be an NFL season saying, “I just feel like the season shouldn’t happen…And I’m prepared for it to not happen and I wouldn’t mind not having it.”
Aug 3: Parents and school administrators in many US states continued grappling with difficult decisions over in-person schooling. A poll conducted by Crispy Green found that 4 out of 5 parents are considering homeschooling their children this fall. The vast majority of respondents said the risk of coronavirus infection is the biggest driving force in considering homeschooling.
Aug 3: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews unveiled stage four lockdown measures after the state reported 429 new COVID-19 cases and 13 fatalities. The lockdown policies included mandatory outdoor facial covering, no travel past three miles from home, and a one-person limit on the ability to leave home at any given time. A state of disaster was declared that would leave thousands of Melbourne trades workers and scores of other employees out of work for at least six weeks.
Aug 3: A Washington Post article warned against believing that a coronavirus vaccine would be a panacea and that the world would return to normal overnight stating,
“The declaration that a vaccine has been shown safe and effective will be a beginning, not the end. Deploying the vaccine to people in the United States and around the world will test and strain distribution networks, the supply chain, public trust and global cooperation. It will take months or, more likely, years to reach enough people to make the world safe.”
— The Mic High Club Luchtvaart Podcast (@MicHighClub) August 2, 2020
Aug 3: A fight broke out on a KLM airplane over an unruly passenger who refused to wear a face mask.
Aug 3: Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that the Houston Police Department will start issuing citations and fines of up to $250 to Houstonians who refuse to wear face masks in public.
Aug 3: Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System defended their hydroxychloroquine study determining it was effective in lowering COVID-19 death rates, but acknowledged the need for additional clinical trials. The study was vehemently attacked by mainstream media and Dr. Anthony Fauci. In an open letter the study’s authors stated,
Our promising Henry Ford treatment study should be considered as another important contribution to the other studies of hydroxychloroquine that describes what the authors found in our patient population… Unfortunately, the political climate that has persisted has made any objective discussion about this drug impossible, and we are deeply saddened by this turn of events.
Aug 3: Police in Queensland Australia promised a home quarantine blitz to catch violators of the orders. Commissioner Katarina Carroll said, “We will be doing a 100 per cent compliance check in the next few days.”
Aug 3: An article in Newsweek revealed that Sweden’s death rate was lower than Spain, Italy and the U.K. even though it never employed lockdowns. Anders Tegnell, the chief epidemiologist at Sweden’s public health agency noted, “In many ways the voluntary measures we put in place in Sweden have been just as effective as complete lockdowns in other countries.”
Aug 3: A YouGov poll revealed that 55% of Americans are willing to wear goggles to stop the spread of Covid-19. The poll indicated 30% as very willing and another 25% being somewhat willing to put on goggles.
Aug 4: Dr. Li-Meng Yan, a whistleblowing leading Chinese scientist who defected to the US claimed that the coronavirus came from a military lab in China and not from a wet market as Beijing says.
Aug 4: The National Pulse reported that a document no longer available from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding “emergency use authorization” of potential Covid-19 treatments appeared to suggest that hydroxychloroquine satisfies the criteria for the classification, but would stand in the way of other lucrative drugs and a vaccine.
Aug 4: A man was forcibly removed from a Las Vegas casino after he entered without a mask.
Aug 4: Dr. Larry Brilliant, a California epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox predicts COVID-19 turmoil for years. He said that if about 10% of U.S. residents have been infected so far, there’s a long road ahead until the population reaches herd immunity and new transmissions burn out. By his estimate, there are “300 million more customers for this disease who have not bought it yet.”
Aug 4: An Atlantic article by Sarah Zhang painted a dire picture of the coronavirus pandemic stating,
This virus is never going away… The coronavirus is simply too widespread and too transmissible. The most likely scenario, experts say, is that the pandemic ends at some point—because enough people have been either infected or vaccinated—but the virus continues to circulate in lower levels around the globe.
Aug 4: A Science magazine study provided some understanding for why some individuals exposed to COVID-19 for the first time have a modest reaction to the virus. The study showed that the immune system can remember past exposure to coronaviruses, including variants of the common cold, equipping them to respond more quickly to a COVID-19 infection once it appeared. The study also suggested T cells may be instrumental in viral defense and in producing future vaccines.
Aug 4: In a lengthy report by David DeGraw entitled, PCR tests are revealed as worthless, Degraw provided evidence that the number of Covid-positive results and the number of Covid-related deaths have been significantly exaggerated. The report states,
Based on our findings, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration should not be trusted or relied upon for accurate information, and need to be immediately investigated and held accountable for Crimes Against Humanity.
Aug 5: Daniel Andrews, premier of the Australian state of Victoria announced a six-week 8am-5pm curfew where no one can leave the house unless it is for work, medical care, or caregiving. The Premier went on to say, “Where you slept last night is where youʼll need to stay for the next six weeks.”
Aug 5: An Australian woman allegedly bashed a copʼs head into the ground after being stopped for not wearing a mask.
Aug 5: New York City erected quarantine checkpoints at “key entry points” along main bridges and tunnels to the city to screen travelers coming from more than 30 states with bad coronavirus outbreaks. Mayor Bill de Blasio stated,
Travelers coming in from those states will be given information about the quarantine, they will be reminded that it is required, not optional…Theyʼll be reminded that failure to quarantine is a violation of state law and it comes with serious penalties.
Governor Cuomo added that people who violate the stateʼs order will be subject to fines ($2,000 for the first violation, $5,000 for the second and up to $10,000 if they cause harm) and a mandatory quarantine. These measures are a part of the city’s Test & Trace Corps initiative.
Aug 5: The WHO discouraged youth from partying to help prevent new outbreaks of Covid-19.
Aug 5: Over 400 leading vaccine authorities signed a letter to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn to ensure a thorough, transparent process that will give experts and the general public alike reassurance that the candidate vaccines are safe and effective. The letter states,
…we can only perform as advocates if we ourselves are persuaded that the vaccine(s) truly is safe and effective. We must be able to explain to the public what we know and what we donʼt know about these vaccines. For that to happen, we must be able to witness a transparent and rigorous FDA approval process that is devoid of political considerations.
Aug 5: The National Institutes of Health launched the Medical Imaging and Data Resource Center (MIDRC) to harness the power of artificial intelligence and medical imaging to fight COVID-19.
Aug 5: Sweden’s Covid-19 deaths bottomed out even while the country never closed schools, imposed harsh restrictions or issued mask mandates.
Aug 5: One third of US museums doubt if they will survive the restrictions imposed on them during the pandemic. Many feared permanent closure within 16 months.
Aug 5: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam encouraged state residents to download the contact tracing app COVIDWISE, an Apple and Google joint project that collects location data anonymously that can be later used to alert others of a potential outbreak. The Governor assured its residents they wouldn’t be tracked without consent stating, “No one is tracking you. None of your personal information is saved.” 😉
Aug 5: Public Health England announced it will revise the way it counts Covid deaths after discovering anyone who tests positive and later dies is currently included in the official numbers. The new method could see Englandʼs official coronavirus death toll of 41,686 reduced by around as much as 10 per cent – or 4,170.
Aug 5: ‘Maskne’ a form of acne caused by wearing masks is a recent phenomenon that dermatologists have been treating. Nazanin Saedi, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Thomas Jefferson University explained that, “Maskne is acne formed in areas due to friction, pressure, stretching, rubbing or occlusion… We are seeing it more now with people wearing masks for an extended period of time.”
‘Mask mouth’ is a new oral hygiene concern caused by constant mask wearing to prevent spreading coronavirus. The condition is leading to dental disasters like decaying teeth, receding gum lines and seriously sour breath.
Aug 5: With no proof or evidence, Good Morning Britain doctor Amir Khan suggested that the estrogen in contraceptive pills could help protect men against Covid-19.
Aug 6: In a USA Today opinion column entitled Defeat COVID-19 by Requiring Vaccination for All. It’s Not Un-American, It’s Patriotic, the authors presented several drastic measures that should be enforced to ensure vaccine compliance including:
- Exempting only those with medical contraindications to immunization
- Not allowing religious objections
- Not allowing objections for personal preference
- The issuance of vaccine certification cards
Acknowledging that “these measures might seem draconian” the authors made no apologies for their recommendations by equating the coronavirus situation to previous World Wars stating,
We acknowledge that the refusal to obey rules one considers unjust is an American tradition. But another cornerstone of the American tradition is that we come together when it’s necessary. The best example of this was during the two world wars. Everyone contributed, no one was allowed to opt out merely because it conflicted with a sense of autonomy, and draft dodgers who refused to serve were subject to penalties.
True, conscientious objectors could refuse to use weapons for religious reasons, but they were obligated to help out in other ways, serving in noncombatant roles. There are no such alternatives for vaccination.
Aug 6: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti authorized the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to shut off services to homes, businesses and venues that host unpermitted large gatherings.
Aug 6: While speaking to a group of nurses, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson rebuked people who refuse vaccines calling them ‘nuts’. Health Secretary Matt Hancock added, “Those who promulgate lies about vaccines that are safe and have been approved, they are threatening lives.”
Aug 6: California spent $12 million on a Sacramento arena hospital that saw only nine patients in over 10 weeks.
Aug 6: Neil Ferguson, whose Imperial College of London pandemic death models were proven to be highly inaccurate, was further discredited in an article by Jon Rappaport. The article listed several other past predictions of Ferguson’s that failed including a miscalculation of 650,000 deaths from the 2009 Swine Flu in the UK with the actual figure being below 500.
Aug 6: In an Investment Watch blog article, Michael Snyder documented the rising cost of food coupled with a second round of mass layoffs all due to the lockdowns and historic economic downturn.
Aug 6: One week after stopping a statewide ban on hydroxychloroquine, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested posted for Covid-19.
Aug 7: Dov Fox, a law professor and the director of the Center for Health Law Policy and Bioethics at the University of San Diego advocated that states have the right to force vaccinations or fine or jail people that refuse them. Fox stated,
States can compel vaccinations in more or less intrusive ways… They can limit access to schools or services or jobs if people don’t get vaccinated. They could force them to pay a fine or even lock them up in jail.
Aug 7: According to a Yahoo News/YouGov poll the number of Americans planning to get the coronavirus vaccine fell to a new low of just 42%.
Aug 7: In a blog post, Dr. Michael Brady, Medical Director at U.K. charity Terrence Higgins Trust recommended “not kissing, wearing a face mask during sex and favouring positions where you’re not face-to-face” to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.
Aug 9: Sharon Hurt, an At-Large Council Member for Metro Nashville lobbied for stronger legislation for those not wearing masks and suggested they be charged with murder or attempted murder.
Aug 9: France imposed new rules requiring outdoor mask wearing in addition to wearing them in all stores and other indoor public places.
Aug 9: It was reported that a 35-year-old Florida roofer struck by lightning in late May was listed as a coronavirus fatality. This and other similar cases were documented by the Alachua Chronicle calling into question statewide reports on deaths from coronavirus vs. deaths with coronavirus.
Aug 10: Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church in California retained two prominent attorneys in response to a cease-and-desist letter threatening jail time or a $1,000 daily fine for continued violations of Gov. Gavin Newsomʼs order shutting down churches.
Aug 10: A report by the Associated Press and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting predicted increasing hardship for the poor and poor nations because of the Covid-19 pandemic citing,
With the virus and its restrictions, up to 100 million more people globally could fall into the bitter existence of living on just $1.90 a day, according to the World Bank…And it comes on top of the 736 million people already there, half of them in just five countries: Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Congo and Bangladesh.
Aug 10: A landlord in the Canadian province of British Columbia removed a tenant’s doors and windows for not paying rent. The tenant, a single-mother with two children lost her job because of the virus-induced turndown.
Aug 10: President Trump announced that Dr. Scott Atlas, former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center and a senior fellow at Stanfordʼs Hoover Institution would be joining the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Dr. Atlas offers a much different approach to lockdowns, face coverings, and school openings from other task members like Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx.
Aug 10: Bioethicist Parker Crutchfield believes that a psychoactive pill that can enhance morality should be given to those who don’t comply with mandates such as social distancing and mask wearing. Crutchfield states,
My research in bioethics focuses on questions like how to induce those who are noncooperative to get on board with doing what’s best for the public good. To me, it seems the problem of coronavirus defectors could be solved by moral enhancement: like receiving a vaccine to beef up your immune system, people could take a substance to boost their cooperative, pro-social behavior.
Aug 10: Professor Giuseppe Tritto, an internationally known expert in biotechnology and nanotechnology and president of the World Academy of Biomedical Sciences and Technologies (WABT) released a new book claiming that Covid-19 was engineered in a Chinese laboratory and that finding an effective vaccine is doubtful.
Aug 11: An article by Makia Freeman compared the 1976 Swine Flu crises with the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic demonstrating some striking similarities such as:
- reports that a new strange virus has emerged which crossed species from animal to human (despite doctors such as Dr. Stefan Lanka, Dr. Andrew Kaufman and Dr. Andrew Cowan stating there is no evidence that a virus can cross species like this);
- cases dubiously labeled as swine flu without much evidence;
- mass media amplification and fearmongering regarding the severity of the “problem”;
- the CDC (basically a giant vaccine company as Robert Kennedy Jr. put it) behind the rollout and promotion of the vaccine;
- reports of a shortage of vaccines as a slick marketing technique to project an image of artificial scarcity in the hopes of raising economic demand (‘you better get it while stocks last’).
Aug 10: Butler School District in New Jersey required students and staff to wear temperature-reading armbands to enable nurses to track wellness patterns as a condition of reopening schools.
Aug 11: Russia became the first country to register a coronavirus vaccine and declare it ready for use.
Aug 11: Numerous Major League Baseball teams have been in talks with Airspace Systems Inc. to deploy a camera system that detects when fans arenʼt wearing a mask in the stands.
Aug 11: Moderna announced it will supply the US government 100 million initial doses of its coronavirus vaccine. The deal is worth up to $1.525 billion.
Aug 11: WHO recommended postponing routine dental procedures citing the unknown risk of COVID-19 being transmitted through aerosol, micro-particles or airborne particles.
Aug 11: The Big Ten and PAC-12 postponed fall sports seasons because of ongoing Covid-19 concerns. The leagues hope to resume play in the spring of 2021.
Aug 11: An adult couple punched a teenage employee in in the face after they were asked to wear a mask at Sesame Place, a Pennsylvania theme park. The teenager will need surgery to repair his injured jaw and broken teeth.
Aug 11: According to a new survey, 54% of Americans are concerned about touching coins or bills due to COVID, while 60% plan to use touchless payments in the future. The survey also revealed that 32% of those polled want to see paper money/coins phased out in the future because of COVID.
Aug 12: Pastor John MacArthur continued to defy state orders holding Sunday church services with over 6,000 in attendance. In response to criticism MacArthur stated,
We opened the doors because that’s what we are, we’re a church and we’re going to trust those people to make adult decisions about the reality of their physical and spiritual health and how that balance works for each one of them…Nobody’s forcing anything, they’re here because they want to be here.
Aug 12: Connecticut fined two residents a total of $3,000 for failing to complete public health forms when they flew back to the state weeks after visiting Louisiana and Florida and for refusing to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Aug 12: Yale epidemiologist Dr. Harvey Risch continued to defend his position on hydroxychloroquine (combined with zinc and antibiotics such as azithromycin or doxycycline) as a remedy for coronavirus stating,
To date, there are no studies whatsoever, published or in pre-print, that provide scientific evidence against the treatment approach for high-risk outpatients that I have described. None. Assertions to the contrary, whether by Fauci, the FDA, or anyone else, are without foundation. They constitute misleading and toxic disinformation.
Aug 12: North Carolina public health officials announced the state’s coronavirus tests had been overcounted by 200,000 since the start of the pandemic. Supposedly the overcount did not apply to positive test counts but only the total cumulative lab tests.
Aug 13: Russia’s leading respiratory doctor Professor Alexander Chuchalin quit over ‘gross violations’ of medical ethics that rushed through the country’s coronavirus vaccine. Chuchalin criticized the two leading medics involved in the vaccines development allegedly challenging,
Have you passed all the necessary paths approved by Russian Federation legislation and the international scientific community? Not! This job has not been done. Thus, one of the ethical principles of medicine has been grossly violated – to do no harm.
Aug 12: The River Cities’ Reader published a follow up to Dr. Denis Rancourt’s study Masks Don’t Work which reviewed refutations to the original study’s conclusion. Their analysis determined that none of the critiques disproved the original assertion that “no study exists that shows a benefit from a broad policy to wear masks in public.”
Aug 13: A group of doctors wrote an open letter to Dr. Fauci demanding answers to over 100 questions about the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19.
Aug 13: During a National Geographic panel Dr. Fauci continued to insist that the US did not do enough to stem the tide of Covid-19 spread stating, “Bottom line is, Iʼm not pleased with how things are going.” Fauci also warned of a potential uptick in cases in states like Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana.
Aug 13: During a recent briefing Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden promoted a national mask mandate stating,
Every American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months at a minimum… Letʼs institute a mask mandate nationwide starting immediately and we will save lives…this is America, be a patriot. Protect your fellow citizens. Protect your fellow citizens. Step up. Do the right thing. Do the right thing.
Aug 13: After reviewing the science on mask wearing, a Florida sheriff banned his employees and anyone visiting his offices from wearing a mask during the pandemic saying for as many health professionals who would vouch for wearing a mask, he “can find the exact same amount of professionals that say why we shouldn’t.”
Aug 13: Atilis Gym in New Jersey lost its business license as the Bellmawr Borough Council voted 5-1 against the gym’s owners.
Aug 13: New Zealand recorded 13 new local cases of the coronavirus and officials said they will transfer anyone infected into military run quarantine facilities. The city of Auckland was placed under a lockdown after 4 cases were discovered after 102 straight days free of and Covid cases.
Aug 13: A CDC study which surveyed 5,412 Americans, found that “40.9% of respondents reported at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition.” The study confirmed that the locking down the nation has dire consequences stating,
Elevated levels of adverse mental health conditions, substance use, and suicidal ideation were reported by adults in the United States in June 2020…Mental health conditions are disproportionately affecting specific populations, especially young adults, Hispanic persons, black persons, essential workers, unpaid caregivers for adults, and those receiving treatment for preexisting psychiatric conditions.
Aug 13: The Governor of New Hampshire signed an executive order forcing anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 to comply with the orders of the Department of Public Health (DPH). Failure to comply will result in fines up to$1,000 per day. The order also states that individuals can be fined $1000/day for resisting quarantine procedures. The order gives permission for the DPH to enter and search private property without a warrant, in the name of public health.
Aug 13: A report by Public Citizen entitled Workplace Privacy After Covid-19 documents the technology being utilized and developed as surveillance tools to combat coronavirus in the workplace. The report states that “Fifty new apps and technologies have been released since the pandemic began, not accounting for existing, unchanged technologies that now are being marketed as workplace surveillance tools to combat COVID-19.” The report goes on to say that,
From an employer’s perspective, this rapid deployment is driven mainly by the urge to bring workers back to the workplace. But the invasion of privacy that workers face is alarming, especially considering that the effectiveness of these technologies in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 has not yet been established.
Aug 14: Swiss Policy Research published an article on the effectiveness of face masks. After analyzing both the pros and cons of mask studies, they came to the following conclusion:
Cloth face masks in the general population might be effective, at least in some circumstances, but there is currently little to no evidence supporting this proposition. If the SARS-2 virus is indeed transmitted via aerosols, at least indoors, cloth masks are unlikely to be protective.
Aug 14: The CDC declared that individuals recovering from Covid-19 infection have a three month window of immunity from reinfection.
Aug 14: Spanish health minister Salvador Illa announced the closure of nightclubs and bars in a bid to slow coronavirus spread. The new regulations would also force all establishments including restaurants to close no later than 1:00 am.
Aug 14: A new study from the University of Copenhagen found that lifestyle and financial restraints from coronavirus lockdowns may lead people to eat more processed foods and contribute to greater obesity levels.
Aug 14: National Geographic detailed how the aviation industry is adopting new strategies to ‘make air travel safer’ including robots that use UV-C wavelengths to clean and disinfect, new PPE uniforms for flight attendants, mandatory medical screenings, facial recognition scanning, and touchless travel through mobile apps.
Aug 14: Many colleges across the nation are asking students and faculty to report peers suspected of having Covid-19 or being in contact with someone known to have the virus. Schools have created apps, forms, hotlines, and other reporting systems to aid in identifying Covid-19 suspects.
Aug 15: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) recovered from Covid-19 and attributed his return to health to the use of vitamin supplements and hydroxychloroquine.
Aug 15: In a Cell Journal article, Dr. Fauci together with David Morens suggested that human behavior is the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors radically state:
Living in greater harmony with nature will require changes in human behavior as well as other radical changes that may take decades to achieve: rebuilding the infrastructures of human existence, from cities to homes to workplaces, to water and sewer systems, to recreational and gatherings venues. In such a transformation we will need to prioritize changes in those human behaviors that constitute risks for the emergence of infectious diseases. Chief among them are reducing crowding at home, work, and in public places as well as minimizing environmental perturbations such as deforestation, intense urbanization, and intensive animal farming. Equally important are ending global poverty, improving sanitation and hygiene, and reducing unsafe exposure to animals, so that humans and potential human pathogens have limited opportunities for contact. (emphasis added)
Though the Trump administration defunded the World Health Organization, Fauci believes global cooperation is necessary to stop emerging diseases and states his support for the global health entity saying:
Among possible ways to achieve such cooperation are by strengthening the United Nations and its agencies, particularly the World Health Organization and the Office International des E ́ pizooties (OIE; World Organisation for Animal Health).
Aug 15: The United Nations sponsored a virtual COVID-19 concert with musicians from 12 pacific island nations to promote solidarity in fighting the virus and pushing UN sustainability goals forward. The final act included a song called “We Will Rise” whose lyrics included,
A new world order behind closed doors, the storm will pass, we will survive
We will rise, we will rise again, our isles will rise again
We will rise, we will rise again, our world will rise again
Aug 16: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern postponed the country’s general election scheduled for September 19 by four weeks to October 17 as the country tackles a new outbreak of the coronavirus.
Aug 16: Texas officials cited the state’s record high COVID-19 positivity rate was caused by coding errors and system upgrades that caused an artificial 24.5% positivity rate. Once the errors were corrected, the rate dropped to 16%.
Aug 17: Data showed that forty percent of U.S. Covid-19 tests come back too late to be clinically meaningful. Many people do not find out for certain if they have the virus before the 14-day recommended quarantine is even completed.
Aug 17: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem rejected federal coronavirus aid as unnecessary because the state was in good fiscal shape due to not having locked down at any point during the pandemic.
Aug 17: Citing an enormous death toll and overrun hospitals, Dr. Fauci strongly advocated against the US aiming for herd immunity. This approach has been successful in other countries such as Sweden who saw deaths peak early in the pandemic, but have since virtually eliminated infection and deaths over the past two months.
Aug 17: The Covid-19 induced economic downturn in Las Vegas could lead to 10% of its population facing eviction in September.
Aug 17: The Federal Housing Administration reported that its mortgages now have the highest delinquency rate in at least four decades. The Mortgage Bankers Association said the share of delinquent FHA loans rose to 15.7% in the second quarter, up a whopping 60% from about 9.7% in the previous three months and the highest level in records dating back to 1979.
Aug 17: A 17-year old hostess at a Baton Rouge, Louisiana Chili’s restaurant was assaulted by several women after she would not allow their large group to sit together per the company’s social distancing rules.
Aug 17: With record numbers of children being educated through online learning due to the pandemic, Child Protection Services agents have been increasingly interrogating parents over “virtual truancy.”
Aug 18: In a lengthy article by Jordan Schachtel, the author details how Peru’s extreme lockdown measures resulted in the world’s highest COVID-19 death toll.
Aug 18: The American Hotel & Lodging Association warned that hotels are headed for a historic level of foreclosures. The association’s CEO Chip Rogers said,
With record low travel demand, thousands of hotels can’t afford to pay their commercial mortgages and are facing foreclosure with the harsh reality of having to close their doors permanently…Tens of thousands of hotel employees will lose their jobs and small business industries that depend on these hotels to drive local tourism and economic activity will likely face a similar fate.
Aug 18: Childrenʼs Health Defense (CHD) filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Federal Court charging Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, and three fact-checking outfits with censoring truthful public health posts and for fraudulently misrepresenting and defaming CHD.
Aug 18: Bill Gates predicted that millions more will die because of strained health care and economies due to the coronavirus before the pandemic ends towards the end of 2021. Not surprisingly, he credits a future vaccine with helping to end the pandemic.
Aug 18: US Senators Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, and Mike Lee wrote a letter to FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn questioning the agency’s decision to revoke authorization to use hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment.
Aug 18: While the new normal is still in effect in the US and many other western countries, Wuhan has returned to normal as its citizens attend mass pool parties and pack public places after not reporting a positive coronavirus case since May.
Aug 19: A fight broke out on an American Airlines plane when a passenger refused to comply with the face-covering policy.
Aug 19: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti authorized the city to disconnect utility services following multiple warnings at a Hollywood Hills home, reportedly belonging to TikTok personality Bryce Hall after several large parties were thrown, violating public health orders.
Aug 19: Medical experts warned it could take years before students and teachers can return to in-person education safely without masks, social distancing and other measures intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Aug 19: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison strongly considered imposing mandatory vaccines for all citizens and travelers entering the country. Morrison quickly backtracked on his vaccine stance saying, “It’s not compulsory. There are no compulsory vaccines in Australia.”
Aug 19: Bill Gates blamed the US’ slow initial coronavirus response on the belief in freedom and individual rights stating, “We believe in freedom, individual freedom. We optimize for individual rights.” However, Gates did praise the country for ponying up billions of dollars for research and development into vaccines and treatments.
Aug 20: The Council of Small Business Organisations Australia proposed law changes that would give employers the power to fire workers who refuse the coronavirus vaccine. The Council’s CEO Peter Strong stated, “If one of my staff members says, ‘no, I’m against it’, then I’m going to have to say, I’m sorry then, you are a threat to my business.”
Aug 20: Maine Governor Janet Mills stated that restaurant staff “must now wear them [anti-covid visors] upside down so that they are attached at the collar instead of the forehead.” The order would require workers to wear the visors in a similar manner to dog cones so that their breath is directed up and not down.
Aug 20: Airbnb introduced a global ban on parties and events at all of its listings worldwide while capping occupancy at 16 to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Aug 20: The Christian Post reported that,
A coalition of more than 2,700 high-profile evangelicals spanning the fields of science and religion have signed onto a statement billed A Christian Statement on Science for Pandemic Times, which warns against the politicization of the new coronavirus and urges Christians to take appropriate action against it, including taking a vaccine when itʼs ready.
Aug 20: Independent journalist Derrick Broze analyzed several studies that predicted the growth of authoritarian government in response to pandemics.
Aug 20: Johnson & Johnson announced it will begin a late-stage coronavirus vaccine trial in September with up to 60,000 people.
Aug 21: In an interview with the Journal of the American Medical Association, CDC Director Robert Redfield predicted a decrease in coronavirus cases and deaths in the next week. Redfield stated, “You and I are going to see the cases continue to drop. And then hopefully this week and next week, you’re going to start seeing the death rate really start to drop again.”
Aug 21: A Just the News/Scott Rasmussen poll revealed that 59% of voters believe that the country has yet to see the worst of the virus, while just 20% believe the worst effects of it are behind us.
Aug 21: The Los Angeles County Superior Court found that there is no court order blocking Pastor John MacArthur and his Grace Community Church from holding indoor services.
Aug 21: CDC said that if most Americans (90%) wear masks, social distance, and practice good hand hygiene the U.S. could control coronavirus in 12 weeks.
Aug 21: Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden stated that if elected he would have no problems shutting the country down if scientists recommended it. Biden declared,
I would be prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives, because we cannot get the country moving until we control the virus. That is the fundamental flaw of this administration’s thinking to begin with… I would shut it down. I would listen to the scientists.
Aug 21: An investigation for the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) in the United Kingdom found that hospital admissions for Covid-19 were over-reported at the peak of the pandemic, with patients who were taken in for other illnesses being included in the number of Covid-19 patients.
Aug 21: The UK’s National Health Service awarded private account firm Deloitte a contract to weekly test all 68 million British citizens. The plan, dubbed Operation Moonshot was widely criticized by civil servants.
Aug 21: A team of Brazilian psychologists published a study investigating the relationships between antisocial traits and compliance with COVID-19 containment measures. Their findings revealed that lower levels of empathy and higher levels of callousness, deceitfulness, and risk-taking are associated with lower compliance with containment measures. The report goes on to conclude that,
…studies showed that personality traits play an essential role in adhering to containment measures, especially antisocial and empathy traits (O’Connell et al., 2020; Zajenkowski et al., 2020; Zettler et al., 2020). We investigated associations of these traits with adherence to COVID-19 containment measures in a large Brazilian adult sample. Unveiling these associations should assist in establishing public health actions to increase compliance with containment measures by the population. Overall, our findings were in the hypothesized direction, suggesting that adherence to containment measures is more challenging to people with a pattern of antisociality in comparison to those who have an empathy pattern. (emphasis added)
Aug 22: Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb predicted the US will have a third wave of coronavirus infections stating, “I do think that weʼre going to have a third act of this virus in the fall and the winter and itʼs likely to be more pervasive spread in a broader part of the country.”
Aug 21: Pope Francis expressed his agreement that a coronavirus vaccine should be taken by all stating, “It would be sad if this vaccine became the property of this or that nation and was not universal and for all.”
Aug 22: Police in Massachusetts hunted a man said to be giving strangers hugs and telling them “you now have COVID” in Walmart.
Aug 22: California prosecutors have levied threats of criminal charges for each individual congregation member at Harvest Rock Church, for continuing to hold in-person services in defiance of the state mandate. A letter sent to the church on August 13 stated,
Your compliance with these orders is not discretionary, it is mandatory. Any violation in the future will subject your Church, owners, administrators, operators, staff, and parishioners to the above mentioned criminal penalties as well as the potential closure of your Church.
The church has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsomʼs unconstitutional COVID-19 orders.
Aug 22: Sir Mark Walport, a former UK chief scientific adviser warned that coronavirus will never go away stating, “This is a virus that is going to be with us forever in some form or another and almost certainly will require repeated vaccinations.”
Aug 22: The Guardian Kiosk which uses thermal imaging to measure body temperature and facial recognition technology to detect mask usage is being rolled out in businesses and public places such as libraries in New Hampshire.
Aug 22: A German computer game called “Corona World” similar to Mario Bros. simulates a world where you have to kill people infected with the coronavirus including small children. In the game children are highly infectious even though this goes against scientific facts.
Aug 23: CDC eliminated its 14-day quarantine recommendation for travelers returning from outside of the country.
Aug 23: The FDA authorized the use of blood plasma from recovered patients to treat coronavirus after revealing that 20,000 patients had safely received the treatment.
Aug 23: An American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) article by Stacey Rudin offered a 5-point challenge to belief in the lockdown strategy to stop the spread of Covid-19. Rudin stated,
Logically, terrified people want to believe in the existence of a sturdy lifeline. They like that lifeline even more if grasping onto it makes them “good people,” and turns those who prefer to swim with the tide into “killers.” Knowing what it knows about human nature, we can be certain our government knew that proposing lockdown to us at this particular moment was pretty much guaranteed to succeed.
Aug 23: Oklahoma State University is tracking the location data of students and staff who are signed on to campus Wi-Fi routers to stop the coronavirus. The school is also using student card swipes, campus purchases and course attendance to complete contact tracing.
Aug 23: 13 people were killed and 6 more were seriously injured in a deadly stampede as police raided a nightclub in Lima, Peru intended to stop partygoers who were not social distancing.
Aug 23: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo allowed famous musicians to bypass the states mandatory quarantine laws to attend the MTV Video Music Awards.
Aug 24: Revised CDC guidelines state that close contact with someone with the coronavirus for more than 15 minutes could spread the virus regardless of whether either party wears a mask.
Aug 24: The NFL had 77 positive Covid-19 tests from players and staff of multiple teams retested. After the retest, all 77 tests came back negative. The original testing lab, BioReference Laboratories admitted the false positive tests were likely caused by an isolated contamination during test preparation in their New Jersey laboratory.
Karen gets dragged out of store for not wearing a mask and disrespecting customers.
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Aug 24: A California woman was assaulted and dragged out of a grocery store for not wearing a mask.
Aug 24: Anders Tengell, Swedenʼs top epidemiologist, warned against wearing face masks because they provide a false sense of security. Tengell stated,
It is very dangerous to believe face masks would change the game when it comes to COVID-19…Face masks can be a complement to other things when other things are safely in place.
Aug 24: A Taiwanese medtech startup called Brain Navi created a robot that can conduct the coronavirus nasal swab test. The robot can perform a swab test in just two minutes and will work non-stop.
Aug 24: A PREP Act amendment was passed allowing pharmacists to administer vaccines to children from 3-18 years of age.
Aug 25: Researchers at the University of Bristol conducted a study on the amount of aerosols and droplets released by a group of 25 singers and determined that singing did not significantly produce more aerosol than speaking. Studies like this would nullify draconian measures enacted by California Gov. Gavin Newsome to ban singing in churches.
Aug 25: The Sturgis, South Dakota bike rally welcomed hundreds of thousands of tourists from August 7-16. The event saw attendees largely ignoring social distancing and face coverings raising red flags for those concerned about the spread of coronavirus. As of Aug 25, there have only been 103 reported cases spread across eight states out of the hundreds of thousands that attended.
Aug 25: Embattled Atilis Gym owners Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti turned their facility into a designated campaign rally and volunteer location for Rik Mehta who is running for Senate in an effort to keep the state of New Jersey from closing their gym.
Aug 25: Pastor John MacArthur filed a declaration against LA County for their fourth attempt to shut down Grace Community Church. The declaration states,
And after 63 years of sacrificial, kindness to our city, to be repeatedly threatened with court-ordered efforts to shut Grace Community Church down when no one is sick, reveals an inexplicable preference for a mostly harmless virus over the life-enriching and necessary fellowship of the church. Our leaders and congregation see no real health threat to warrant such restraint. We see this action against us as an illegitimate misuse of power.
Aug 25: Dr. Fauci warned against approving use of coronavirus vaccines under an emergency use authorization before widespread testing proves safety and effectiveness.
Aug 25: Delta Air Lines announced it will furlough 1,941 pilots in October due to plunging air travel demand and fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Aug 25: An article by Dr. Marilyn M. Singleton, a board-certified anesthesiologist and Immediate Past President of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) highlights the fear campaign being used to control the population through false information about Covid-19. Dr. Singleton writes,
The new standard bearer for the current brand of population control is fear. Dressed as the Angel of Death, he appears on CNN as an ever-present sidebar flashing numbers of COVID-19 “cases,” rarely making the distinction between those who are ill and those who simply had a positive test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Aug 25: A man accused of punching a 75-year old man because he asked a woman to maintain social distancing outside a Florida Publix grocery store turned himself in to police.
Aug 25: California is planning to implement immunity passports known as “verifiable health credentials” (A.B. 2004) using blockchain technology. The passport would verify a person’s most recent Covid-19 test to grant or deny access to public places.
Aug 25: CDC warned businesses against confronting anti-mask customers to avoid potentially violent conflicts.
Aug 26: CDC reversed course on its recommendation of widespread testing for anyone in contact with a Covid-positive individual. The revised recommendation is as follows:
If you have been in close contact (within 6 feet) of a person with a COVID-19 infection for at least 15 minutes but do not have symptoms, you do not necessarily need a test unless you are a vulnerable individual or your health care provider of state or local public health officials recommend you take one.
Similarly, new recommendations have been posted for those not in contact with a Covid- positive person including:
If you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and have not been in close contact with someone known to have a COVID-19 infection, you do not need a test.
Aug 26: CDC revised its Covid-19 death data to reveal the distinction between deaths solely from the virus or deaths with other comorbidities. Here is the quote from their Weekly Updates by Select Demographic and Geographic Characteristics page:
For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.
This bombshell indicates that 94% of Covid-19 deaths could also be attributed to other causes. It also reveals that those 94% of people who died with Covid-19 had on average 2.6 other conditions that could have directly contributed to their death. These other conditions included influenza, pneumonia, hypertensive diseases, diabetes, heart disease, cardiac arrest, heart failure, renal failure and others.
With this cat out of the bag, can this really even be classified as a pandemic?
Aug 26: The US Department of Justice requested data from states that issued orders that may have contributed to excess Covid-19 deaths at nursing homes.
Aug 27: Moderna believes its coronavirus vaccine is promising after conducting a trial on elderly patients. The trial included only 20 adults; 10 aged between 56-90 and 10 aged 71 and older.
Aug 27: Germany imposed a nationwide fine of at least €50 for citizens who refuse to comply with mandatory mask policies.
Aug 27: Honolulu, Hawaii returned to lockdown status after media reported 215 new cases of coronavirus had been detected in the population.
Aug 28: Protests occurred over restrictive government policies including face masks in several European countries including Spain, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Germany. Police arrested over 300 protesters in Berlin for failing to social distance and wear face masks. 73 people were fined in Paris for face mask violations.
Aug 28: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration began allowing the drug remdesivir to be used on all patients hospitalized with COVID-19, although no published research supported such widespread use.
Aug 28: Several international studies revealed that countries employing early use of hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus patients had a 79% lower mortality rate than countries that banned or employed late treatments.
Aug 29: A Wall Street Journal article documented the growing the number of companies eliminating the jobs of those who had been previously furloughed or laid off during the early months of the pandemic. Companies making permanent job cuts include: MGM Resorts International, Stanley Black & Decker, Yelp, Cheesecake Factory, Salesforce.com, Coca-Cola, American Airlines, and United Airlines.
Aug 29: About 1,200 protesters gathered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to protest the country’s mask, social distancing and lockdown policies.
Aug 30: Colleges across the country cracked down on students who refused to comply with social distancing and face mask mandates with suspensions, on campus housing bans, social media censorship, and the threat of expulsion. University of Miami President Julio Frenk stated, “Those whose behavior indicates they are not honoring their commitment to the community have begun meeting with the consequences of their poor choices.”
Aug 30: Covid-19 is wreaking havoc on the mental health of college students across the US. Over 50,000 students participated in the American College Health Association’s Spring 2020 National College Health Assessment and acknowledged they received mental health services from their current campus health or counseling center in the last year.
Aug 30: Despite warnings from over 400 leading vaccine authorities about the dangers of taking short-cuts on vaccine approval, FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn expressed willingness to fast-track a coronavirus vaccine even before Phase Three clinical trials were complete.
Aug 30: An article by Justin Sherman titled “Covid Is Accelerating a Global Censorship Crisis” illustrates how governments have increasingly employed censorship of truthful and false information stating:
The pandemic has illuminated how censorship in one country can potentially affect global public health, safety, and security. It has also provided authoritarian and even historically democratic governments with cannon fodder to crack down on coronavirus information within their borders—here and there, against real misinformation, but largely against truthful information the regime doesn’t want getting out.
Aug 30: Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was strongly criticized for not allowing movie theaters in her state to reopen when just about every other business has been able to resume operations even if on a limited basis. Jon Goldstein, owner of Maple Theater and Riviera Cinema in metro Detroit expressed his frustration saying,
We spent a lot of time, like she says, gathering data and talking to experts, everything she advocated. Yet we haven’t been able to break through. It makes you wonder what’s going on. You still get your property tax bills from your government municipalities. How do they expect me to pay those is if they won’t let me open?
Aug 30: Twitter removed a post retweeted by President Trump about CDC’s revised Covid-19 death data because they claimed it was false information. The data indicates that 94% of Covid-19 deaths could be attributed to other causes.
Aug 30: A Hong Kong pro-democracy union of health-care workers and several activists, called for a boycott of the government’s universal coronavirus testing plan. The plan comes at a time when new daily infections have fallen substantially, to figures in the single digits or low double digits.
Aug 30: A CNN article documented instances of ‘elites’ and government officials caught ignoring their own social distancing and mask mandates and encourages them to lead by example.
Aug 30: A group of parents in Mitchell, South Dakota made modified masks to allow high school students to play their instruments while keeping the masks on.
Aug 30: Lawsuits have been filed in various US states by teacher’s unions against states whom they feel are forcing them to work in unsafe conditions as schools reopen. Parents dissatisfied with online learning also filed lawsuits against school districts in New York, Massachusetts and Oregon to force them to fully reopen.
Aug 30: India’s case and death count from coronavirus reached record levels as the country is nearing the third highest death toll behind only the US and Brazil.
Aug 31: The New York Times encouraged states to ignore new CDC guidelines that advised against widespread testing of asymptomatic individuals.
Aug 31: Lance D. Himes, Interim Director of Public Health in Ohio issued a statewide order to place those who are unable to safely self-quarantine in their place of residence and to isolate those diagnosed with or showing symptoms of COVID-19 to be moved to congregate sheltering facilities.