September brought increased fear of a “second wave” of coronavirus as more countries reinstated lockdown measures. Technology continued to be developed and employed for testing and monitoring. Poverty, bankruptcy, and hunger increased around the world. Governments continued employing draconian measures to “stop the spread.” Operation Warp Speed gathered speed as vaccine companies entered new trial phases. And debates over masks, testing accuracy and statistical reporting continued to rage.
Sept 1: Police at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan will be using a Smart Helmet to detect body temperatures to screen for possible coronavirus cases. The helmets are also equipped for facial recognition and license plate scanning.
Sept 1: The University of Arizona analyzed wastewater sewage in its effort to mitigate coronavirus outbreaks on its campus.
Sept 1: Alabama State University became the first college to use Draganfly technology to detect COVID-19 symptoms among its staff and student population. The technology consists of assessment stations that can “automatically detect elevated body temperature and, with voluntary consent, heart rate, respiratory rate and O2 saturation, all from a camera that takes seconds to capture the information.” The University installed 5 screening stations along with a Social Distancing Awareness unit that can ensure “compliance with social distancing guidelines.”
Sept 1: An article on The Blaze by Daniel Horowitz examined the seriousness of reported COVID-19 cases on college campuses, specifically the University of Alabama and concluded that none had resulted in hospitalization and most did not lead to any serious illness. Horowitz expressed his concern for college students’ mental health stating:
If the infinitesimal risk of coronavirus is the new threshold for locking down college kids, then we have a generation of young people who will face a growing mental health crisis. The restrictions are so draconian that many colleges have essentially confined their students to dorm rooms and are suspending students for simply living their lives. Imagine the effects of social isolation on kids who left their homes only to be confined within the college campus.
Sept 1: Delta Air Lines placed nearly 250 people on a no-fly list for not complying with its mask policy. Alaska Airlines also quietly suspended traveling privileges for 75 people for non-mask compliance.
Sept 1: Apple launched its Covid-19 Notification Express with the rollout of iOS 13.7. Google is also expected to roll out the feature for its Android system in September.
Sept 1: North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara, California has been fined $15,000 for continuing to hold services in defiance of statewide restrictions due to coronavirus.
Sept 1: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made headlines after being caught on camera visiting a San Francisco salon without wearing a face mask in violation of state mandates. Speaker Pelosi accused the salon owner of setting her up.
Sept 1: The Trump administration announced it would not join an international initiative to develop a coronavirus vaccine because of deep involvement with China and the World Health Organization.
Sept 1: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a ban on indoor household gatherings in Scotlandʼs largest city, Glasgow, and two nearby areas following a rise in coronavirus cases.
Sept 1: CDC announced it would suspend most rental evictions for Americans who can’t pay their rent due to situations resulting from the coronavirus.
Sept 1: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced schools would open on Sept. 16 for online learning followed by hybrid in-person/remote learning on Sept. 21. Schools were supposed to open on Sept. 10, but were delayed because of ongoing negotiations with teacher’s unions wanting more safety measures instituted before they would go back to work.
Sept 1: The Japanese government considered providing the coronavirus vaccine free to all of its citizens.
Sept 2: A pregnant 28-year-old Australian woman was arrested inside her home for posting about a protest against government lockdowns on Facebook.
Sept 2: The CDC asked the nation’s governors to consider waiving lengthy building permit processes to allow for the construction of vaccine distribution facilities to be ready to operate by November 1st.
Sept 2: New data revealed that the majority of U.S. COVID-19 cases and deaths occurred in just six cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix, Detroit, and Miami.
Sept 2: Houston Health Department staff and Houston Fire Department paramedics will visit randomly selected homes across the city, asking household members to answer survey questions and provide a blood sample. In cooperation with the CDC, Rice University, and Baylor College of Medicine, the Houston Health department will conduct an antibody testing survey to understand how many people in the city were previously infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner stated:
If we knock on your door, I strongly encourage you and your loved ones to participate in this important survey. The data you provide by participating will help inform strategies to mitigate the effects of COVID-19.
Sept 2: A survey by Magnify Money found that 60% of Americans need federal assistance to pay bills and feed their families. For those who have been furloughed or laid off as a result of lockdowns, the number balloons to 82%.
Sept 2: While churches were still being forced to close in California other industries such as entertainment, day camps, and marijuana dispensaries were all allowed to open with little or no restrictions on their operations.
Sept 2: Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) launched an investigation after one its officers claimed that the coronavirus pandemic was “a load of bullocks” in a video that went viral.
Sept 2: Andrea Ammon, head of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control raised concerns that EU coronavirus infections had risen to levels that were seen back in March stating, “The virus has not been sleeping over the summer. It did not take vacation”
Sept 2: YouTube removed a video by Pastor John MacArthur for violating its community guidelines. In the video, Pastor MacArthur questioned the official coronavirus death numbers following CDC’s updated statistics stating that only 6% of reported Covid-19 deaths were solely from the virus.
Sept 2: Due to the coronavirus, India’s economy shrunk by almost 24% from April to June, the largest decline since the government began releasing quarterly data in 1996.
Sept 2: During a press conference, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden backtracked from previous statements declaring he would lock the nation down and institute nationwide mandatory face coverings. Biden stated:
The idea that youʼre going to be able to get the economy back on track, without getting COVID under control, is completely counter-intuitive. Itʼs not there. It canʼt happen. So unless weʼre able to deal with the disease, and drastically cut its impact on peopleʼs confidence of being able either to go to work or walk into a business or do business, then it doesnʼt matter at all. Thereʼs going to be no need, in my view, to be able shut down the whole economy. I got asked a question by David Muir a question, if I was asked to shut everything down. I took that as a generic question, if — am I going to follow the science.
Sept 2: The World Health Organization recommended that doctors use corticosteroids to treat severe and critical COVID-19 patients. Research in JAMA showed that the anti-inflammatory drug is capable of reducing the mortality rate for COVID-19 patients by as much as a third.
Sept 2: Uzbekistan began staging socially distanced, outdoor exams for an expected 1.4 million university applicants.
Sept 2: Clinical trials conducted by researchers in Britain, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Spain and the United States concluded that corticosteroid drugs reduce the risk of death by 20% in critically ill Covid-19 patients.
Sept 2: California business owners questioned the state’s reopening conditions requiring them to take down the names and phone numbers of everyone who comes inside their establishments. Ben Clevenger, president of San Diego chapter of the California Restaurant Association expressed his dissatisfaction stating:
This is something that really makes it hard to run a business and now they want us to take personal information down from customers.
Sept 2: Pope Francis chided industrialized nations and humanity in general while tying the coronavirus outbreak to man being out of harmony with nature. The Pope felt the outbreak represented a “wake-up call” to “rediscover simpler and sustainable lifestyles.”
Sept 2: 76 countries have agreed to participate in the World Health Organization/GAVI led COVAX vaccine program created to enable fair purchasing and distribution of a coronavirus vaccine.
Sept 2: A report that quantifies the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on global tourism was released by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The report warned that up to 120 million tourism jobs are at risk, with the economic damage likely to exceed $1 trillion in 2020 alone.
Sept 2: The ranks of Americans fighting hunger are projected to swell some 45% this year to more than 50 million as a result of the coronavirus. Allison OʼToole, the chief executive officer of Second Harvest Heartland stated, “We are no longer projecting a surge—we are experiencing a surge in food insecurity.”
Sept 2: Alachua County in Florida considered an order requiring registration for gatherings of 10 more people. County spokesperson Mark Sexton stated:
In that permit you’re going to be asked are you renting, do you own the property, how many people do you plan on having, do you have the adequate square footage to safely distance people.
Sept 3: 1.4 million children returned to school in Wuhan, China.
Sept 3: Australia extended its ban on citizens and permanent residents from leaving the country until at least December 17.
Sept 3: According to a Pew Research survey, 79% of Americans believed that churches should have to follow the same restrictions as other types of organizations or businesses.
Sept 3: France’s Kristina Mladenovic criticized US Open tennis officials after being placed under enhanced testing protocols from exposure to a player who first tested positive, but ultimately was deemed to be negative of coronavirus. Mladenovic stated:
If I had known that playing cards for 40 minutes with a player who tested positive, but ultimately negative, would have resulted in these consequences, I would never have set foot in this tournament.
Sept 3: Il Bacco restaurant (on behalf of restaurants in a similar position) in Queens, New York filed a $2 billion lawsuit against Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo regarding indoor dining restrictions.
Sept 3: The COVID-19 death toll rose to over 50,000 in the Middle East with Iran being the hardest hit with over 21,900 deaths.
Sept 3: Indiana University at Bloomington urged students living in fraternity and sorority houses to move out after the rate of positive COVID-19 tests exceeding those of students living in regular dorms by 50%.
Sept 3: CNN anchor Don Lemon criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for accusing the salon she visited while not wearing a mask with setting her up. Lemon stated:
So the speaker of the House is blaming the salon after she didnʼt wear a mask indoors. Tonight, the salon owner is denying it was a setup…Regardless, this far into the pandemic, the House speaker should know what is safe and what isnʼt. We should all know. Itʼs our responsibility. Instead of claiming a setup, would have been just as easy for the speaker to say, ‘You know what? I messed up. I should have worn a mask indoors.
Sept 3: San Diego State University paused in-person classes after 64 students tested positive for coronavirus with another 100 under quarantine.
Sept 3: In an opinion column for The Hill, coronavirus task force member Dr. Scott Atlas argued for a full reopening of the economy and schools based on scientific evidence that the worst of the coronavirus is behind us.
Sept 3: One in four of Finland’s 5.5 million citizens downloaded the country’s contact tracing app in just a few days after its launch on August 31.
Sept 3: Statistical models created by Google and Oxford University predicted that apps used by 15% of the population together with a well-staffed contact-tracing workforce can lead to a 15% drop in infection rates and an 11% drop in COVID-19 deaths.
Sept 3: A Pew Research Center study conducted in 14 European, North American and Asia-Pacific nations revealed that 68% of survey respondents believed the economic outlook in their country was bad as the coronavirus continues to affect daily living.
Sept 3: More than 25% of American adults have reported being depressed due to situations resulting from the coronavirus. The number jumped from 8.5% before the pandemic to 27.8% by mid-April.
Sept 4: Dr. Fauci and Dr. David Morens published a paper in Cell Press that seems to pin the blame for the coronavirus pandemic on human behavior. The paper states:
SARS-CoV-2 is a deadly addition to the long list of microbial threats to the human species. It forces us to adapt, react, and reconsider the nature of our relationship to the natural world.…As human societies grow in size and complexity, we create an endless variety of opportunities for genetically unstable infectious agents to emerge into the unfilled ecologic niches we continue to create. There is nothing new about this situation, except that we now live in a human dominated world in which our increasingly extreme alterations of the environment induce increasingly extreme backlashes from nature.
Sept 4: Two Pennsylvania couples filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Tom Wolf and other state officials, claiming the state’s face mask mandate and contact tracing program are signs of “tyranny” that strip them of their Constitutional rights.
Sept 4: A Tennessee man received a letter in the mail claiming his mother, who passed away in February from COPD, tested positive for Covid-19 from a test taken in June.
Sept 4: The University of Washingtonʼs Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predicted that U.S. deaths from coronavirus will reach 410,000 by yearʼs end, and climb to 3,000 deaths per day by December.
Sept 4: Boston’s Northeastern University dismissed 11 first-year students after they were discovered together in a room at the Westin Hotel, in violation of university and public health protocols that prohibit crowded gatherings. The University’s senior vice chancellor Madeleine Estabrook stated:
Testing negative for COVID-19 is not enough. Cooperation and compliance with public health guidelines is absolutely essential. Those people who do not follow the guidelines—including wearing masks, avoiding parties and other gatherings, practicing healthy distancing, washing your hands, and getting tested—are putting everyone else at risk.
Sept 4: Roche announced that its combination coronavirus and influenza test received an emergency use authorization from the FDA. The test is supposed to be able to distinguish whether a person tests positive for flu or coronavirus.
Sept 4: Police in Melbourne, Australia broke down the door of James Bartolo’s home and arrested him for allegedly promoting anti-lockdown events online.
Sept 5: Hard lockdowns in Melbourne, Australia were extended until Sept. 28, as the infection rate has declined more slowly than hoped. 15 people were arrested in Melbourne as anti-lockdown protests were held. Australian Premier Daniel Andrews declared:
It is not safe, it is not smart, it is not lawful. In fact, it is absolutely selfish for people to be out there protesting.
Sept 5: Oklahoma county health commissioners received an email alerting them that there would be a spike in reported Covid-19 cases dating back to March due to changing methodology in identifying positive cases.
Sept 5: The FBI raided a nursing home in Pennsylvania where 447 people were infected and 73 died from Covid-19.
Sept 5: A group of Belgian doctors wrote an open letter to politicians requesting an immediate end to lockdown measures while demonstrating that current science no longer justifies these orders.
Sept 6: More than 200 United Nations staff members tested positive for COVID-19 in Syria as the agency stepped up its efforts to contain the outbreak.
Sept 6: Reuters reported that coronavirus cases were on the rise in 22 US states mostly in the Midwest and South.
Sept 6: British Health Secretary Matt Hancock urged young people not to infect their grandparents with coronavirus as the country experienced a spike in cases among young people. Hancock implored:
It’s so important that people don’t allow this illness to infect their grandparents, and to lead to the sorts of problems that we saw earlier in the year.
Sept 6: New York Post writer Michael Barone questioned the United States’ policy on lockdowns. In the article, Barone stated:
Governors imposing continued lockdowns claimed to be “following the science.” But only in one dimension: reducing the immediate number of COVID-19 cases. The lockdowns also prevented cancer screenings, heart-attack treatment and substance-abuse counseling, the absence of which resulted in a large but hard-to-estimate number of deaths.
Sept 7: Police in Melbourne Australia surrounded two elderly women sitting on a park bench and attempted to arrest them for not providing their names and addresses. One officer snatched a mobile phone from one of the women as she attempted to record the incident. A couple of days later, police harassed a pregnant woman for sitting on a park bench who was resting after taking a walk.
Sept 7: Giuseppe Sala, the mayor of Milan in Lombardy, Italy advocated that cities should welcome more opportunities for walking and cycling to sustain reduced air pollution levels due to coronavirus lockdowns.
You mean the only continent where hydroxychloroquine is widely available and can be purchased over-the-counter?https://t.co/SMMppAFfKz
— Dr. Simone Gold (@drsimonegold) September 8, 2020
Sept 7: Experts have been mystified at the low levels of coronavirus outbreak in Africa. Dr. Simone Gold believed that Africa’s success in containing the outbreak is related to the wide availability of hydroxychloroquine, which is frequently used to treat malaria.
Sept 7: Swedish author Jacob Nordangård, PhD identified the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity for globalists to institute a new world order. The author writes:
The Corona crisis is the trigger for a global coup d’état of monumental dimensions. It is the beginning of a new era, with a new international economic order that risks completely destroying human freedoms. Tyrants have now taken over to forcibly steer us into a “climate smart” and “healthy” world through the World Economic Forum’s new techno-totalitarian roadmap – “The Great Reset”.
Sept 7: An article in The Conversation acknowledges that masks can be ineffective in blocking the ultra-tiny droplets of coronavirus. The virus particles are thought to be just 60 nanometres to 120 nanometres in size, “so small that we can’t see them with normal microscopes and require much fancier electron microscopes to study them.” The article further states:
It’s hard to exaggerate the importance of wearing face masks and washing your hands to reducing the spread of COVID-19. But typical face coverings can have trouble stopping the most penetrating particles of respiratory droplets, and many can only be used once.
Sept 7: The University of Arizona issued an apology to student athletes who falsely tested positive for the coronavirus. Only two of 13 athletes actually tested positive, but initial reports included all 13 as positive tests.
Sept 8: The AstraZeneca vaccine trial was suspended after a participant experienced an adverse reaction known as transverse myelitis, a rare but serious spinal inflammatory disorder. AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot confirmed that the trial was also halted in July after a participant experienced neurological symptoms.
Sept 8: Pfizer chairman and CEO Albert Bourla, said the company will not roll out a coronavirus vaccine to the public at the end of October unless it’s safe. Pfizer and eight other vaccine makers pledged not to submit vaccine candidates for FDA review until their safety and efficacy is shown in large clinical trials. Regarding the joint commitment to safety, Bourla said:
With increasing public concerns about the processes that we are using to develop these vaccines and even more importantly the processes that will be used to evaluate the vaccines, we thought it was critical to come out and reiterate our commitment.
Sept 8: The Ohio Department of Health began studying wastewater samples to detect the presence of gene copies/fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Sept 8: SoftBank Robotics has developed a robot named Pepper that can detect whether people are wearing face masks and if not, provide a reminder to put on one. The robot announces, “You have to always wear a mask properly” if it detects improper usage. It then follows up with the phrase “Thank you for having put on your mask” upon detecting compliance.
Sept 8: Sweden conducted over 120,000 coronavirus tests last week with a record low 1.2% positivity rate (1,300 positive results).
Sept 8: Universities across America reported hundreds of positive coronavirus cases among their student bodies. However, as of Sept. 8 there were no reported hospitalizations among any of the schools.
Sept 8: An article in Forbes suggested that English speakers put more droplets into the air when they talk, which may make them more likely to spread COVID-19. The article states:
Since the novel coronavirus is spread by droplets, how spitty a language is might contribute to different rates of the disease. It all comes down to something called aspirated consonants, the sounds we make that spray more droplets of saliva into the air.
Sept 8: 20-year-old California University of Pennsylvania defensive lineman Jamain Stephens died after reportedly suffering complications from the coronavirus. However, questions about Stephen’s cause of death emerged after a correction to his obituary was issued in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Sept 9: President Donald Trump admitted he knew weeks before the first confirmed US coronavirus death that the virus was dangerous and that he repeatedly played it down publicly, according to legendary journalist Bob Woodward in his new book “Rage.”
Sept 9: A study claiming the Sturgis, South Dakota bike rally held in August may have led to 250,000 new coronavirus cases was debunked in an article by Reason senior editor Elizabeth Nolan Brown. In the article, Brown clarifies:
According to South Dakota health officials, 124 new cases in the state—including one fatal case—were directly linked to the rally. Overall, COVID-19 cases linked to the Sturgis rally were reported in 11 states as of September 2, to a tune of at least 260 new cases, according to The Washington Post.
Sept 9: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s bold use of emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic reached the Michigan Supreme Court. After hearing hours of arguments, the Court requested additional briefings on key portions of a 1945 law that Whitmer has cited to declare an emergency and set restrictions on everyday life to control the spread of the virus.
Sept 9: Members of The World Economic Forum continued to tie the coronavirus crisis to UN Agenda 2030’s sustainability goals. Gavin Patterson, President and Chief Revenue Officer, Salesforce stated:
We should prioritize the long-term health and well-being of citizens, alongside the creation of new employment opportunities and policies that protect society against future shocks, including future pandemics and wider challenges such as climate change.
If we want a fair recovery and to build a better society than before, a shared commitment to sustainability must be in its foundations. For companies, this means upgrading responsibilities to stakeholders, adopting more environmentally friendly business practices and pursuing social impact in addition to financial success. As citizens, this means considering how we too can enact meaningful change in our everyday lives.
Sept 9: Houston’s Harris County Public Health department releases a daily tally of supposed new coronavirus cases. However, Bloomberg found the cases include hundreds of diagnoses that are weeks or months old. On Sept 9, it found that more than 82% of the new cases disclosed were actually detected prior to this month and some dated as far back as May.
Sept 9: Dallas’ Parkland Hospital closed its Tactical Care Unit created to treat coronavirus as the hospital saw a huge drop in the number of patients with COVID-19.
Sept 10: An international group of scientists, doctors, lawyers and citizens headlined by Robert Kennedy Jr. created an initiative to request precise information from the World Health Organization.
Sept 10: The number of private autopsies rose this year as coroners and medical examiners are so overwhelmed by the COVID-19 death toll that theyʼre sometimes giving non-COVID fatalities what is called a “predictable cause of death” rather than requesting an autopsy.
Sept 10: According to the CDC, dining out increases the risk of coronavirus infection more than most other activities.
Sept 10: U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for increased funding of $35 billion for the World Health Organizationʼs (WHO) “ACT Accelerator” program to back vaccines, treatments and diagnostics against COVID-19.
Sept 10: On a videoconference panel sponsored by Harvard Medical School, Dr. Fauci advocated returning to lockdowns as fall approaches to mitigate the risk of further outbreaks. Fauci said:
What I would like to see is, keeping the lid on it, keeping the baseline (of cases) down until we get a vaccine…And I do believe we’ll likely get a vaccine by the end of the year, by the beginning of 2021. I just think we need to hunker down and get through this fall and winter, because it’s not going to be easy. We know every time we lift restrictions, we get a blip. It’s whack-a-mole.
Sept 11: Chinese virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan claimed she has proof COVID-19 was made in Wuhan lab. Dr. Yan stated:
The genome sequence is like a human fingerprint…So based on this, you can identify these things. I use the evidence … to tell people why this has come from the lab in China, why they are the only ones who made it.
Sept 11: A BBC survey of over 27,000 people suggested that the coronavirus pandemic has hit poorer countries harder than the rest of the world, sowing inequality globally.
Sept 11: A study published in The Lancet, suggested that political instability, religious extremism, and online misinformation contribute to the erosion of public trust in vaccines. Lead researcher Heidi Larson, a professor at the London school of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine warned:
There’s a lot of anxiety about the speed of vaccine development (for COVID-19)…But the public is not really keen on speed – they’re more keen on thoroughness, effectiveness and safety.
Sept 11: According to the United Nations World Food Program, those confronting potentially life-threatening levels of “food insecurity” in the developing world are expected to nearly double this year to 265 million.
Sept 11: In an interview with Financial Times, Swedish epidemiologist Anders Tegnell discussed his anti-lockdown approach that led to the country’s extreme reduction of coronavirus cases stating:
We donʼt see it as viable to have this kind of drastic closing down, opening and closing. You canʼt open and close schools. That is going to be a disaster. And you probably canʼt open and close restaurants and stuff like that either too many times. Once or twice, yes, but then people will get very tired and businesses will probably suffer more than if you close them down completely.
Sept 11: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that Covid Marshalls would begin patrolling the streets to enforce social distancing and mask requirements and distribute hand sanitizer.
Sept 11: It was recently revealed that city-owned gyms in San Francisco have been open for months, while private gym facilities have been forced to remain closed.
Sept 11: Google committed more than $8.5 million to 31 organizations to further artificial intelligence and data analytics efforts focused on understanding the spread of COVID-19 as well as the impact on healthcare workers and vulnerable communities.
Sept 12: The American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for withholding from the public some 60 million doses of hydroxychloroquine that were donated by drug manufacturers to treat coronavirus patients.
Sept 12: Irish Doctor Martin Feeley, strongly criticized the continuance of draconian restrictions in the country believing the coronavirus is not as severe as portrayed. Dr. Feeley stated:
The media reaction to these cases, ie, with the gravity appropriate to reporting deaths from a major catastrophe, borders on hysteria. Opening a newscast with the number of people testing positive for a condition less dangerous than the flu, which many don’t even know they have, is scaremongering.
Sept 12: In responding to a question from actress Jennifer Garner about when Americans can return to movie theaters, Dr. Fauci stated:
I think it’s going to be a combination of a vaccine that has been around for almost a year and good public-health measures….I would think by the time we get to the end of 2021 — maybe even the middle of 2021.
In the same interview, Dr. Fauci admitted he takes vitamins C and D to help boost immunity.
Sept 13: Jodi Degyansky and her two-year old son were escorted off a Southwest Airlines flight because the toddler was snacking prior to takeoff and was not wearing his mask. Degyansky voiced her frustrations saying:
My toddler who literally turned 2 two weeks ago. … I know you have to draw the line but let’s be a little compassionate with everyone’s individual circumstances. “I’m sure other parents are going through this. I want people to either do their homework before they choose to fly or find an airline that has more leniency.
Sept 13: Independent scientists and public health experts warned about the lack of transparency from vaccine makers regarding their safety processes and standards. Dr. Eric Topol, a professor of molecular medicine and longtime expert on clinical trials stated, “We’ve never had such an important clinical trial — or series of clinical trials — in recent history….Everything should be transparent.”
Sept 14: Pittsburgh-based Federal District Court Judge William S. Stickman IV ruled some of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s orders to control the coronavirus outbreak as unconstitutional. The unconstitutional orders included limits on crowd sizes, requirements that people stay home, and the closing of non-essential businesses. The closing paragraph of Judge Stickman’s order reads:
The liberties protected by the Constitution are not fair-weather freedoms—in place when times are good but able to be cast aside in times of trouble…. [T]he solution to a national crisis can never be permitted to supersede the commitment to individual liberty that stands as the foundation of the American experiment. The Constitution cannot accept the concept of a ‘new normal’ where the basic liberties of the people can be subordinated to open-ended emergency mitigation measures. Rather, the Constitution sets certain lines that may not be crossed, even in an emergency.
Sept 14: Xtreme Manufacturing, the Nevada company that hosted an indoor Trump rally is now facing a $3,000 fine for violating Governor Sisolakʼs order banning large groups of 50 people or more.
Sept 14: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving parade would be reinvented and held virtually due to ongoing coronavirus safety concerns. De Blasio stated, “You will be able to feel the spirit and the joy of that day on television, online — not a live parade, but something that will really give us that warmth and that great feeling we have on Thanksgiving Day.”
Sept 14: In an interview with National Geographic’s Susan Goldberg, Bill Gates offered his views on how to end the pandemic stating,
So the imperative is, let’s bring the epidemic to an end. That takes us to a discussion about vaccines, which is the only tool to do that. And then make sure that we do restore services, even some catch up for the kids who missed those vaccinations. Even if we do our best on all those things—the vaccine, the restoration, the rich country generosity—it’ll take two to three years just to get back to the beginning of 2020. (emphasis added)
Sept 14: Chinese virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan posted evidence of her claim that SARS-CoV-2 could be “conveniently created” in a laboratory setting in six months. Yan claimed, “The first thing is the [meat] market in Wuhan… is a smoke screen and this virus is not from nature.”
Sept 14: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists isolated the smallest biological molecule that neutralizes the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This antibody component has been used to construct a drug—known as Ab8—for potential use as a therapeutic and prophylactic against SARS-CoV-2.
Sept 14: The United Nations published a statement by the Planetary Association for Clean Energy, Inc. that strongly criticized the global entity for being complicit in violating its own informed consent laws regarding proposed mandatory coronavirus vaccines. An excerpt from the statement reads:
…compulsory vaccination violates the right to informed consent, one of the most fundamental ethics in medicine and a human right recognized under international law, including the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966, the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights of 2005, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol of 2006 and under internationally recognized agreements such as the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects of 2002, and the World Medical Association Declaration Of Helsinki of 1964, revised in 2013.
The United Nations (UN) and WHO are legally obligated to uphold the right to informed consent yet have instead been complicit in violating it.
Sept 14: AstraZeneca was criticized for raising drug prices after receiving hundreds of millions of dollars of U.S. government aid to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. The pharmaceutical giant raised prices on some of its biggest-selling medicines by as much as 6% this year at a time when the overall inflation rate is hovering around 1%.
Sept 14: Albert Bourla, the head of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer stated that “we have a good chance that we will know if the product [coronavirus vaccine] works by the end of October.” The company has begun enrolling 30,000 people in its phase three vaccine trial but is looking to expand enrollment to 44,000.
Sept 15: Dr. Michael Mina an epidemiologist at Harvard University raised concerns about the lack of ability to determine how much coronavirus people have in their systems from PCR tests. On acknowledging PCR testing flaws, Dr. Mina stated:
We’ve been using one type of data for everything, and that is just plus or minus — that’s all… We’re using that for clinical diagnostics, for public health, for policy decision-making….It’s really irresponsible, I think, to forgo the recognition that this is a quantitative issue.
Sept 15: Australia’s Department of Health Information for Health Professionals web page stated that, “The reliability of COVID-19 tests is uncertain due to the limited evidence base. Available evidence mainly comes from symptomatic patients, and their clinical role in detecting asymptomatic carriers is unclear.”
Sept 15: President Donald Trump stated that he would not issue a national mask mandate. The President said, “The concept of a mask is good, but … you are constantly touching it, touching your face, touching plates….There are people that don’t think masks are good.”
Sept 15: Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden stated he would be open to rolling things back if the country had spikes in coronavirus cases. Biden stated:
I would make sure that — I would encourage everyone to wear a mask. I would encourage every governor to make it a national — a mandate in their states. I would move on testing, which is a critical element of this. I would move very quickly on making sure that weʼre able to deal with — safely open our schools. The schools need about $200 million nationally — I mean, $20 billion nationally to open safely.
Sep 15: Democrats expressed frustration with House Speaker Nancy Pelosiʼs lack of willingness to compromise on a second coronavirus stimulus package.
Sept 15: Bill Gates expressed concern about whether the FDA and CDC’s handling of vaccine production can be trusted by the public. Gates suggested the private sector is better equipped stating, “Thank goodness that we have this private-sector expertise that we want to shape into a global public good that gets to everybody on the planet.”
Sept 15: Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering the passage of Senate Bill 1287 which would impose a jail sentence up to two years and a $5,000 fine for not wearing a mask. The proposed bill states:
A person commits a misdemeanor of the second degree if the person willfully fails to wear a mask or other face covering that is necessary to protect public health as a result of a declaration by the Governor.
Sen. Art Haywood (D) the bill’s sponsor further stated:
My legislation will add failing to adhere to the face covering requirements of a declaration of disaster emergency to the crime of ‘recklessly endangering another person,ʼ punishable as a misdemeanor of the second degree.
Sept 15: Kohlʼs Corp. cut about 15% of its corporate workforce as the coronavirus pandemic crimped sales and accelerated consumer shopping online.
Sept 15: China inoculated tens of thousands of its citizens with experimental coronavirus vaccines before they have completed standardized testing procedures.
Sept 15: During an ABC Town Hall meeting hosted by George Stephanopoulos, President Trump defended his assertion that coronavirus would go away naturally through “herd immunity” and that the vaccine will further speed its eradication.
Sept 15: Placer County, California voted to repeal the state of emergency and lift its lockdown measures. Placer County Board chairwoman Bonnie Gore stated:
Our case numbers are so low, it doesnʼt warrant a shutdown. We will continue to encourage our residents and businesses to take precautions, but our businesses and community will continue to suffer if we cannot allow them to reopen as much as possible.
Sept 15: Several volunteers quit Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine trial in Spain after about the adverse reaction suffered by a participant in AstraZeneca’s trial.
Sept 16: Dr. Pascal Sacré provided a plethora of scientific evidence against the masking of children in an article titled “Wearing the Face Mask: Who is Putting our Children at Risk, SARS-CoV-2 or the Actions of our Governments?”
Sept 16: According to UNICEF, the number of children living in multidimensional poverty – without access to education, health, housing, nutrition, sanitation, or water – has increased by 15 per cent since the start of the pandemic.
Sept 16: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden expressed mistrust of President Trump’s rushed rollout of a potential coronavirus vaccine. Biden also refuted Trump’s claim that he was stoking doubt about the efficacy of a potential vaccine.
Sept 16: Australia’s proposed Police and Emergency Legislation Amendment Bill would enable protective service officers to patrol shopping centers, sporting events and other public gatherings and allow the officers to carry guns after just 12 weeks of training.
Sept 16: An American female military employee is facing up to 10 years in jail in Germany after going on a bar crawl with COVID and allegedly infecting at least 23 others and exposing more than 710 people to the virus.
Sept 16: An article in The Atlantic suggests a clear end to the pandemic is a fantasy in which Author Joe Pinker writes:
If and when the pandemic is over someday—in the sense that it’s safe to resume normal life, or something like it—pinpointing its conclusion may never be possible. Internalizing that, and mentally bracing for a slow fade into the new normal, might lead to less angst.
Sept 16: Independent journalist Jeremy Hammond refuted a USA Today article that claimed Dr. Fauci and Bill Gates have no ties to Moderna, the company spearheading the US’s production of a coronavirus vaccine. Hammond stated:
That both Fauci and Gates have close ties to Moderna is no secret. Having encountered the headline in a news feed, I knew it was false and so did a quick Google search to document its falsity. It took about ten seconds to fact check USA Today’s “Fact Check”.
My search immediately turned up a page published in March on the website of the NIAID, which operates under the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announcing the beginning of a phase one clinical trial for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. The webpage notes that Fauci’s NIAID is “funding the trial.”
Furthermore, Moderna’s candidate vaccine “was developed by NIAID scientists and their collaborators” at Moderna.
Sept 16: The Big Ten announced it would resume its college football season and require daily antigen testing for all athletes, coaches, trainers and other on-field personnel.
Sept 17: The University of Wisconsin announced their football team had over 40 players test positive for coronavirus and advised against public gatherings to watch football games.
Sept 17: Sanjeev Sabhlok, former economist for the Victorian Treasury in Australia, quit in protest of Premier Daniel Andrews’ strict lockdowns. Sabhlok shared his opinions in a scathing letter on social media in which he wrote:
Coronavirus is a bad common cold – entirely harmless to the overwhelming majority; and virtually no deaths among the young even in Victoria….Yet, that’s good enough excuse for Daniel Andrews to totally destroy Victoria.
Sept 17: Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced loosened restrictions allowing most businesses, stores and restaurants to operate at 75% capacity. Hospitals would be allowed to conduct elective procedures and nursing homes can reopen for visitation with certain restrictions still in place.
Sept 17: A Pew Research poll revealed that 49% of Americans would not get a coronavirus vaccine if it were currently available. In May, 72% intended to take the vaccine with this number now falling to only 51%.
Sept 17: Olivia Troye, a former aide to Vice President Mike Pence who served during the White House’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, announced she would vote for Joe Biden because of President Trump’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Sept 17: President Trump and CDC Director Robert Redfield clashed over when a vaccine would be available and if masking was a more effective measure. Trump stated, “No, the mask is not as important as the vaccine. He made a mistake.”
Sept 17: During a press conference, Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun announced a 2-month-old had died from COVID-19. Two days later, it was revealed that the primary cause of the infant’s death was gastroschisis, a birth defect in which a baby is born with its bowels outside its body.
Sept 18: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson believed the country is “now seeing a second wave” of Covid-19, adding: “It’s been inevitable we’d see it in this country.” The country considered a three-tiered set of restrictions aimed at avoiding a national lockdown.
Sept 18: British Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced new restrictions in northeast England including a 10pm curfew for bars and pubs and a ban on people mixing with others outside their household. The measures affect an estimated 10 million people living in the region.
Sept 18: An article in Biocentury examined the barriers to instituting widespread COVID-19 screening for asymptomatic carriers and suggests the need for states, employers, philanthropic and private players to cooperate in lieu of federal guidelines.
Sept 18: According to CNN, after weeks of decline from a summer surge, US coronavirus cases are on the rise as the average has risen the past few days, to 13% higher than the week before.
Sept 18: A CNN article posited that “climate change” could not be solved by the pandemic lockdowns even though they helped lower the carbon footprint as greenhouse gas emissions from the energy and transport industries plummeted.
Sept 18: WHO officials said they are beginning to see “worrying trends” in the number of Covid-19 cases, ICU admissions and hospitalizations in the Northern Hemisphere as it enters its colder seasons. Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, warned “It has not burned out, it is not burning out, it is not going away.”
Sept 18: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back against the Catholic archbishop of San Francisco’s criticism of COVID-related restrictions, saying he should “follow science” rather than advocate for fuller in-person gatherings for Mass and worship.
Sept 18: Israel went back into a full lockdown expected to last three weeks to try to contain a new coronavirus outbreak. The lockdown will require the closure of many businesses and set strict limits on movement and public gatherings. Protests ensued almost immediately in the capital city of Tel Aviv.
Sept 18: New York City restaurants owners expressed concern over a newly passed resolution that would allow them to impose a 10% COVID-19 surcharge on all dine-in meal service.
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Sept 18: A Spirit Airlines flight attendant appeared to have a problem with a passenger’s “choice” of mask and demands he use the one issued by the airline.
Sept 18: Scientists and health officials are preparing the public for the possibility of a “twindemic” with influenza and COVID-19 combining to create an even deadlier fall virus season. Jeanne Marrazzo, director of the infectious diseases division of the University of Alabama at Birmingham stated,
We could see a perfect storm of accelerated COVID-19 activity as people gather more inside in particular, as they become increasingly fatigued with the mask wearing, social distancing and the hand hygiene, and as they are exposed to seasonal influenza.
Sept 19: AstraZeneca came under fire for not being more transparent about its vaccine safety measures after serious illness was discovered in at least two of its trial participants. The company was pressured into revealing additional details about its large coronavirus vaccine trials to demonstrate how they are testing products that are the world’s best hope for ending the pandemic.
Sept 19: The Tennessee Star reported that “a growing body of research suggests that a significant number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in the U.S. — perhaps as many as 9 out of every 10 — may not be infectious at all, with much of the country’s testing equipment possibly picking up mere fragments of the disease rather than full-blown infections.”
Sept 19: VYZR Technologies created the BioVYZR, a PPE shield with an air-purifying system to protect against coronavirus.
MicroClimate created a visor with air filters that looks like a helmet, called Air to protect against the coronavirus.
Sept 20: The Wall Street Journal reported that middle class families with heavy debt burdens were some of the hardest hit during the pandemic. In the article, Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce stated:
What I see happening here is a core assault on successful college educated families, which are the new breed of middle-class American families…Thereʼs a professional workforce thatʼs getting slammed.
Sept 21: After publishing guidance warning about the serious risks of “airborne” infection associated with SARS-CoV-2, the CDC immediately removed the guidelines claiming they were posted erroneously, following a pressure campaign from the WHO.
Sept 21: The CDC speculated that nearly 11,000 people may have been exposed to one of the 1,600 known coronavirus cases of people flying while contagious with the virus — despite being unable to confirm a single case of viral transmission on a US plane.
Sept 21: Mayor Bill Ketron of Rutherford County, Tennessee announced he would lift the mandatory mask mandate on September 22, eight days before the order was set to expire on September 30.
Sept 21: Experts from multiple universities in the United States proposed a national strategy for fighting COVID-19 in a newly published paper in the AIDS and Behavior journal.
Sept 22: CDC researchers reported that health departments have struggled with getting the public to cooperate with contact tracing efforts based on studies conducted in two North Carolina counties. The report stated:
Despite aggressive efforts by health department staff members to perform case investigations and contact tracing, many persons with COVID-19 did not report contacts, and many contacts were not reached… The relatively low participation and cooperation with contact tracing suggests a lack of community support and engagement with contact tracing.
Sept 22: The U.S. Federal Trade Commission reported that American consumers have filed more than 205,000 fraud claims linked to the coronavirus since the beginning of the year. The average loss was $300 but the total of all filings was $145 million.
Sept 22: President Trump called on United Nations leaders to hold China accountable for the coronavirus pandemic. In a recorded speech Trump stated:
The Chinese government and the World Health Organization, which is virtually controlled by China, falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease… The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions.
Sept 22: The Republican Party of Texas executive committee adopted, by a 54 to 4 vote, a resolution demanding that Texas Governor Greg Abbott immediately end all the liberty-repressing measures that he has imposed unilaterally in the name of countering coronavirus. The resolution concludes with this demand:
Therefore be it resolved, the Republican Party of Texas calls on Gov. Greg Abbott to immediately rescind all COVID-related mandates, closures, and restrictions and to open Texas NOW. A copy of this resolution shall be sent by the Republican Party of Texas to the Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Republican State Senators, and Republican State Representatives.
Sept 22: Italian airline Alitalia began offering “COVID-tested flights” to its passengers. To board these flights, passengers will have to either take a free rapid antigen test at the airport or bring a medical certificate with a negative molecular or antigenic test result from within 72 hours before boarding.
Sept 22: Amnesty International reported that since the pandemic began, Venezuela, El Salvador, and Paraguay placed tens of thousands of people in state-run quarantine centers in insanitary conditions, sometimes without adequate food, water and medical care. They have also repeatedly extended their quarantine or isolation periods without clear communication of the scientific reasons for doing so.
Sept 22: Seventy-four percent of respondents to an American Hotel & Lodging Association survey of its members said they would have to lay off additional employees as it awaits the passage of further COVID-19 recovery legislation from Congress.
Sept 23: Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa Ontario’s medical officer of health, ordered anyone to immediately self-isolate if they test positive for COVID-19, have symptoms, or are a close contact of someone infected with the virus, CTV News reported. Etches warned of the penalties for noncompliance stating:
Failure to comply with this order could result in a fine of up to $5,000 for every day or part of a day on which the offence occurs or continues.
Sept 23: UK Charity “Age UK” warned that as Britain goes back under lockdown orders the elderly could be cut off from their loved ones up to one year. Caroline Abrahams, the charity director at Age UK stated:
Given where we are now with Covid-19, we worry that more and more care homes will now shut their doors to visitors, either off their own bat or because their local director of public health instructs them to do so. It is crucial that we protect care home residents from the risk of infection, but that’s only one of the two enormous risks that have to be managed here. The other is the risk of undermining older people’s mental and physical health by cutting them off from those they love for a long time. There is ample evidence from the pandemic to date that, in these circumstances, many care home residents have gone downhill fast and a number have died prematurely without ever seeing their families and friends again.
Sept 23: Johnson & Johnson began a 60,000-person trial of an experimental single-shot COVID-19 vaccine that, if proven effective, could simplify distribution of millions of doses compared with leading rivals requiring two doses.
Sept 23: Helsinki Airport in Finland began using trained sniffer dogs to detect passengers infected with coronavirus.
Sept 23: Reuters reported that The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will pay up to $100 million to tobacco farmers from Congress’ coronavirus economic stimulus package, raising concerns about how the government is using COVID-19 stimulus funds.
Sept 23: Dr. Mike Yeadon, a former Vice President and Chief Science Officer for Pfizer for 16 years, said that half or even “almost all” of tests for COVID are false positives. Dr. Yeadon also argued that the threshold for herd immunity may be much lower than previously thought, and may have been reached in many countries already. In an interview with talkRADIO, Dr. Yeadon stated:
Were it not for the test data that you get from the TV all the time, you would rightly conclude that the pandemic was over, as nothing much has happened. Of course people go to the hospital, moving into the autumn flu season…but there is no science to suggest a second wave should happen.
Sept 23: 108 colleges and universities in the Northeastern United States partnered with the Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard to test their students and staff for coronavirus. Colleges working with Broad have been testing students when they arrive on campus. And most of them will be tested twice a week throughout the semester.
Sept 23: A U.K. man sharply criticized the government’s response to coronavirus when his wife died as a result of having her chemotherapy treatments paused for three months because of the lockdown. When asked about the policies that led to his wife’s death, Andrew Jenkinson stated:
The system has failed Emma, and a lot of people like her…They’ve been concentrating far too much on COVID-19 and forgetting about the other people. It’s heartbreaking they need to sort it out.
Sept 23: Beginning January 2021, Irish company hVivo will run the world’s first Covid-19 human challenge trials – in which healthy volunteers are deliberately infected with coronavirus to assess the effectiveness of experimental vaccines.
Sept 23: The CDC updated its estimated Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) parameters to include age-specific data showing the vast majority of people who contract the coronavirus survive. Based on the Scenario 5: Current Best Estimate data, the survival rates by age group are as follows:
- 0-19: 99.997%
- 20-49: 99.98%
- 50-69: 99.5%
- 70+: 94.6%
Sept 24: The state of Western Australia made it legal to allow police officers or other authorized officers to restrain and, if deemed necessary, forcibly remove individual’s underwear in order to administer a vaccine. The legislation passed in 2016, but was updated on September 12, 2020 allows the officers to:
(d) to remove anything (including underwear) that the relevant person is wearing, if —
(i) the removal of the thing is reasonably necessary to enable a medical examination or medical treatment to be carried out or, as the case requires, to enable the person to be vaccinated; and
(ii) the relevant person is given a reasonable opportunity to remove the thing himself or herself, and refuses or fails to do so.
Sept 24: May Boeve, executive director of the climate advocacy group 350.org expressed her desire to see the same type of rapid human behavior change adopted for coronavirus duplicated for the climate crisis stating:
Weʼve seen that governments can act, and people can change their behavior, in a very short amount of time… And thatʼs exactly what the climate movement has been asking governments and people to do for years in the face of a different kind of threat—the climate crisis—and we donʼt see commensurate action.
Sept 24: Marietta, Ohio resident Alecia Kitts was sitting with her mother in the stands watching a junior high school football game when a disagreement broke out between her and an officer regarding the state’s coronavirus face-covering mandate. Kitts was tased and arrested by the officer after refusing to wear a face covering.
Sept 24: Researchers from the University of Chicago and the University of Texas at Austin found evidence of a mutated strain of coronavirus much more prevalent in America that is more contagious than other strains.
Sept 24: An unidentified nurse shared her thoughts on the ineffectiveness of PCR testing on author Mark Taliano’s blog stating:
The Mickey Mouse test kits being sent out to hospitals, at best, tell analysts you have some viral DNA in your cells. Which most of us do, most of the time. It may tell you the viral sequence is related to a specific type of virus – say the huge family of coronavirus. But that’s all.
Sept 24: Twitter suspended the account of Free Press Media Group contributing editor and analyst R. Clinton Ohlers hours after his article, “Evidence of hydroxychloroquine’s effectiveness was hiding in plain sight“, was published by WorldTribune.com. The suspension came without warning or notification and all account followers were removed.
Sept 24: In an article titled, “The world is shifting to a cashless society and what that means for your health,” author CW Headley stated:
Although no outcome can justify the 32 million people who succumbed to COVID-19 around the world, there is one major development that signifies a thin silver lining.
Even before the novel coronavirus, Americans were beginning to move away from cash–this was especially true of younger generations.
With a health crisis that survives on contamination, an already growing majority of financial transfers is fattening.
“Sooner than we thought, we will be moving away from the possibility of literal dirty money, meaning legal cash tender,” technologist and cybersecurity expert, Joe Raczynski recently explained. “Believe it or not, the US was on the cusp of issuing a digital dollar on at the end of March. As part of the early draft for the COVID-19 stimulus package, bold and powerful policymakers vied for the creation of a Digital Dollar.”
Sept 24: Five people were cited and three were arrested after not wearing masks during an outdoor worship gathering in Moscow, Idaho organized by organized by Christ Church, a prominent evangelical congregation in the area.
Sept 25: Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis lifted all COVID-19 restrictions on businesses statewide, a move that would allow restaurants and bars to resume operating a full capacity. Fines and other penalties imposed so far would be also suspended. DeSantis indicated he hadn’t seen any evidence of a second wave and justified his decision to lift the restrictions stating:
Every business has the right to operate…Some of the locals can do reasonable regulations. But you can’t just say no.
Sept 25: The Pac-12 announced it would return to play college football in a shortened season beginning on November 6.
Sept 25: Shawn Marshall Myers, 42, of Hughesville, Maryland was convicted of two counts of failure to comply with an emergency order after hosting a bonfire party in defiance of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s order to refrain from large gatherings. Myers will spend a year behind bars in the Charles County Detention Center followed by three years under unsupervised probation.
Sept 27: Leaders of small island nations in particular warned that climate change is deadlier than the coronavirus. The Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Kausea Natan cautioned:
While COVID-19 is our immediate crisis, climate change remains the single greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and well-being of the Pacific and its peoples in the long run.
Sept 28: Teachers expressed the difficulty communicating to students while wearing masks. They have often had to turn to alternative measures including: wearing masks with clear patches over their mouths, setting up plexiglass bubbles inside classrooms so they can speak without masks, and turning to props to get across how they are feeling.
Sept 28: Britain’s government began fining people refusing to self-isolate up to 10,000 pounds ($13,000) as the country sees a sharp surge in coronavirus infections. The new rule requires people to self-isolate if they test positive for the coronavirus or are traced as a close contact.
Sept 28: STAT news obtained an organizational chart of the $10 billion Operation Warp Speed initiative, that revealed it as a highly structured organization in which military personnel vastly outnumber civilian scientists. One senior federal health official told STAT he was struck by the presence of soldiers in military uniforms walking around the health department’s headquarters in downtown Washington, and said that recently he has seen more than 100 officials in the corridors wearing “Desert Storm fatigues.”
Sept 28: An episode of Ron Paul’s Liberty Report was removed by YouTube. The show, which featured statements contradicting government lockdown policies by Dr. Mike Yeadon, former Chief Science Officer for the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer was flagged for violating YouTube’s community standards. Dr. Paul received an email from YouTube that stated:
YouTube does not allow content that explicitly disputes the efficacy of the World Health Organization.
Sept 28: Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised alarms about the emergence of a handful of coronavirus hot spots in New York. Cuomo warned he could close schools where too many people are testing positive. California Gov. Gavin Newsome also warned of new shutdowns and delayed school openings because of a “potential” surge in new coronavirus cases.
Sept 29: The recent National Poll on Children’s Health released by CS Mott Children’s Hospital revealed that while two-thirds of parents polled intend to have their children vaccinated for flu, one-third are unlikely to vaccinate their children this year with concerns over side effects, effectiveness, and necessity.
Sept 29: According to CNN, there has been a surge in cracked teeth in the US over the past six months, which dentists blame on pandemic-induced stress.
Sept 30: As the country continued its lockdown orders, the Israeli Knesset approved legislation banning citizens from protesting more than one kilometer away from their homes, backed by the government as a measure against Covid-19, but decried as draconian by opposition MKs.
Sept 30: Top military officials blamed the coronavirus for the 20% spike in military suicides over the same period in 2019.
Sept 30: Researchers from Colorado State University warned that cats can spread coronavirus to other and should be quarantined with owners that may be infected. They also suggested that cat owners should practice social distancing with their pets to prevent virus spread.
Sept 30: A team of researchers in India concluded that just 8% of people with COVID-19 accounted for 60% of the new infections observed among the contacts. Meanwhile, 7 out of 10 COVID-19 patients were not linked to any new cases. The finding underscored the essential role of super-spreaders in the COVID-19 pandemic: One individual or event, such as in a poorly ventilated indoor space, can trigger a high number of new infections, while others might not transmit the virus at all.