Nosy: Face Mask Competitor Faces Ridicule

A product called Nosy that is positioning itself as a competitor to the face mask attracted ridicule after people pointed out that it looked absurd.

Although ostensibly a means of protecting against air pollution, the product has undoubtedly drawn attention due to the proliferation of face masks in a post-COVID world.

It’s essentially a small plastic nose covering that makes the wearer look like they’re permanently trapped inside an Instagram puppy filter.

A promo video for Nosy cites World Health Organization statistics which claim one in nine global deaths are due to indoor or outdoor air pollution.

“The problem with face masks is that they don’t have a great seal around the outside, they’re designed for medical environments to stop splashes and things like that,” explains one of the engineers behind Nosy, adding, “They generally have small gaps around the outside.”

Nosy prevents this by having a tight seal and filtering air breathed in through the nose, although it obviously offers no protection if people breathe in through their mouth.

The promo claims that the product is “fashionable,” with one of the participants in the ad claiming, “Nosy is not just a health device, Nosy is a fashion statement for the modern individual.”

Numerous respondents on Twitter begged to differ.

“April Fool Joke released much in advance?” asked one.


United Airlines CEO: MANDATORY Vaccines “Will Become What Most Companies Do”

Says vaccine passports “give people a pretty strong incentive, because that’s the way they can get their life back”

In a speech to business leaders in Chicago, United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said that he expects business to demand employees be vaccinated, and that people will accept it just as they have accepted wearing masks.

Appearing at the Economic Club of Chicago on Tuesday, Kirby pushed mandatory vaccines for employees, saying “It will just become what is expected and what most companies do.”

“Once the ball gets rolling, it’s going to roll all the way to the bottom,” he declared, adding that “a big second wave” of companies will mandate vaccines in a snowball effect.

“I’m realistic enough, while I think it’s the right thing to do, to know United Airlines alone can’t do it and have it stick. There don’t have to be a ton of others, but there have to be others,” Kirby urged.

Kirby further pointed out that companies can require workers to get the vaccine under a ruling by The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Kirby also said he supports the introduction of vaccine passports not only for air travel, but for everyday activities such as attending concerts or going to the cinema.

“It gives people a pretty strong incentive, because that’s the way they can get their life back,” Kirby proclaimed, adding “We think it’s a key to opening not just international borders and aviation, but the economy.”

As we have highlighted, a barrage of travel industry and tourism insiders, have called for vaccine passports, with many countries setting about implementing the systems.

Globalists, such as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, have expressed concerns that there are too many disparate systems emerging, and have called for standardisation across the world.


MSNBC Host Suggests Treating COVID Lockdown Skeptics Like Domestic Terrorists

An MSNBC host suggested that Americans who criticize COVID lockdowns should be treated as domestic terrorists and hit with drone strikes and it barely even caused a ripple.

Nicole Wallace compared people who hold such opinions to Anwar al-Awlaki, a propagandist for Al-Qaeda who was killed in Yemen by a U.S. drone strike.

The Standard hotel in West Hollywood shutting down indefinitely after 22 years


The Standard hotel in West Hollywood shutting down indefinitely after 22 years

City News ServiceSaturday, January 23, 2021

The Standard, Hollywood will close indefinitely because a significant increase to its lease makes operating the property impossible, the boutique hotel announced this week.WEST HOLLYWOOD (CNS) — The Standard, Hollywood will close indefinitely because a significant increase to its lease makes operating the property impossible, the boutique hotel announced this week.

The hotel on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, founded 22 years ago, was the first in the Standard International chain which also consists of hotels in downtown Los Angeles, New York City, Miami Beach, Florida, London and Maldives in South Asia.

The Standard was known for its celebrity clientele — Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz and Benicio del Toro were early financial backers — its design, the scene around its pool, surrounded by blue artificial turf, night clubs and musical performances.

A Standard International representative told the Los Angeles Times the hotel tried to renegotiate the terms of the lease.

The Standard’s lease is held by the Ferrado Group, a real estate investment firm based in Spain with a location in Newport Beach, The Times reported.

“While there are and will be more Standard hotels, there will never be another Standard, Hollywood,” the hotel said in a statement. “And though it is painful to say goodbye, we know that the community we inspired will live on. Thank you for everything. We are eternally grateful.”


China starts using anal swabs to test ‘high-risk’ people for Covid

China has begun using anal swabs to test those it considers to be at high risk of contracting Covid-19, state TV has reported.

Officials took anal swabs from residents of neighbourhoods with confirmed Covid-19 cases in Beijing last week, according to the state broadcaster CCTV, while those in designated quarantine facilities have also had the tests.

Small, localised outbreaks in recent weeks have resulted in multiple cities in northern China being sealed off from the rest of the country and prompted mass testing campaigns, which had mostly been conducted using throat and nose swabs.

The anal swabs method “can increase the detection rate of infected people” as traces of the virus linger longer in the anus than in the respiratory tract, Li Tongzeng, a senior doctor from Beijing’s Youan hospital, told CCTV.

People on the subway in Beijing

FULL SOURCE via The Guardian

UK and EU agree ‘a reset’ after NI vaccine fiasco

Coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer and AstraZeneca are expected to be supplied to the UK as planned, despite the EU’s export controls and demands for British-manufactured jabs, after a discussion with EU commission president Ursula von der Leyen, the British Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove has said.

Gove said the EU recognises it “made a mistake” in its widely condemned attempt to override part of the Brexit agreement on Northern Ireland, to prevent shipments of vaccine entering the UK, in a move that risked imposing a hard border with the republic.

A sign for NHS vaccination centre in Wembley in London.

Gove said:

“The prime minister [Boris Johnson] was very clear, we’ve entered into contractual arrangements with AstraZeneca and Pfizer and we expect those arrangements to be honoured.

And President von der Leyen was clear that she understood exactly the UK government’s position, so we expect that those contracts will be honoured, we expect that vaccines will continue to be supplied.

We’re confident that we can proceed with our vaccine programmes exactly as planned.

I’ve spoken to the European Commission vice-president Maroš Šefčovič about this and we both agreed that we need a reset, that we need to put the people of Northern Ireland first.”

SOURCE via The Guardian

C.D.C. Now Says People Without Covid-19 Symptoms Do Not Need Testing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly modified its coronavirus testing guidelines this week to exclude people who do not have symptoms of Covid-19 — even if they have been recently exposed to the virus.

Experts questioned the revision, pointing to the importance of identifying infections in the small window immediately before the onset of symptoms, when many individuals appear to be most contagious.

Models suggest that about half of transmission events can be traced back to individuals still in this so-called pre-symptomatic stage, before they start to feel ill — if they ever feel sick at all.

“This is potentially dangerous,” said Dr. Krutika Kuppalli, an infectious disease physician in Palo Alto, Calif. Restricting testing to only people with obvious symptoms of Covid-19 means “you’re not looking for a lot of people who are potential spreaders of disease,” she added. “I feel like this is going to make things worse.”

At a moment when experts have almost universally come forward to encourage more frequent and widespread testing, especially to reach vulnerable and marginalized sectors of the population, the C.D.C.’s update appears counterintuitive and “very strange,” said Susan Butler-Wu, a clinical microbiologist at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

Just weeks ago, the National Institutes of Health announced the first round of grant recipients for its Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics program, or RADx, to scale up coronavirus testing in the coming weeks and months. On the agency’s RADx website, officials underscore the importance of prioritizing tests that can “detect people who are asymptomatic.”

A more lax approach to testing, experts said, could delay crucial treatments, as well as obscure, or even hasten, the coronavirus’s spread in the community.

“I think it’s bizarre,” said Daniel Larremore, a mathematician and infectious diseases modeler at the University of Colorado Boulder. “Any move right now to reduce levels of testing by changing guidelines is a step in the wrong direction.”

Prior iterations of the C.D.C.’s testing guidelines struck a markedly different tone, explicitly stating that “testing is recommended for all close contacts” of people infected with the coronavirus, regardless of symptoms. The agency also specifically emphasized “the potential for asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission” as an important factor in the spread of the virus.

UK government ‘quietly’ extends local authorities’ lockdown powers in England until July 17

The British government has extended the lockdown powers of local officials in England until mid-July, the Telegraph has reported. A Tory MP told the paper the change was “little noticed” at the time.

The regulation that allows local authorities to close pubs, restaurants, shops, and public spaces was due to expire last week, but it was extended earlier this month until July 17, according to a report in the Telegraph.

A Department of Health source told the paper that MPs had voted for the extension. “As we are currently in a national lockdown it was necessary to renew the regulations,” the source said, which means that the rules have been “automatically extended for another six months.”

UK government ‘quietly’ extends local authorities’ lockdown powers in England until July 17 – media
A woman wears a mask in London, Britain, January 15, 2021. © Tolga Akmen / AFP

The source added: “However, these measures are still subject to the statutory review point.”

Mark Harper, who leads the Coronavirus Recovery Group of Tory MPs, told the paper the extension of the lockdown until July “will be of great concern to those worried about their jobs and businesses.”

“Given the limited time allowed for debate, this change in the law was little noticed,” Harper said.

Tory MP Charles Walker said he hoped “this summer date is only provisional, with a spring opening being the preferred option.”

England went into its third lockdown shortly after New Year, as authorities were struggling to contain a rise in Covid-19 infections and were alarmed by the more transmissible variant of the coronavirus.


Chonburi, Health Ministry officials meet on lockdown easing

By Peter Malhotra -January 24, 2021

Chonburi officials met Saturday with Thailand’s deputy health minister about lowering the province’s coronavirus warning level from red to orange amid a dearth of new Covid-19 cases.

Satit Pitutacha met with Chonburi Gov. Pakarathorn Thienchai, Vice Adm. Wichai Manassiriwittaya, director of the Naval Medical Department, and Narong Apikullawanich, inspector-general for Region 6 health providers at Chonburi Hospital to discuss red-zone status in Chonburi, Rayong, Trat and Chanthaburi, where coronavirus cases have dropped to zero most days this week.

Satit acknowledged that strict surveillance and aggressive mass testing brought the eastern outbreak under control.

He said regular and field hospitals in those provinces, along with Sa Kaeo and Prachin Buri, have a total capacity of 3,103 beds with less than a third occupied by Covid-19 patients.

The deputy minister thanked eastern residents for their patience and tolerance of the lockdown procedures and said the Health Ministry will consider easing restrictions and lowering red statuses to orange this coming week.

FULL SOURCE via Pattaya Mail