American governors flip the bird at masks
Governor Greg Abbott of the US State of Texas has announced that his state will join Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, and North Dakota in cancelling mask mandates. Texas will apparently unmask and all restrictions on businesses will end on 10 March, the other four states’ mask mandates have already ended.
Governor Abbott’s Executive order, “GA34, Opening Texas response to COVID disaster”, dated 03-02-2021, can be read from this link.
by Micheal John
Abbott explained his reasoning. It’s about the economy, Abbott makes that clear, but the experts say it will cost lives.
“With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus,” he said.
US President Biden told the media today from the Oval office, “The last thing—the last thing we need is the Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything’s fine, take off your mask. Forget it. It still matters.”
Restoring Livelihoods is the priority of Abbott
“We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent. Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed.”
Meanwhile, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, (Republican as is Abbott) said in response to the quashing of mandates, that “it is premature action”.
“I am calling on Governor Abbott to open up additional vaccine tier categories so that more people are eligible to get a vaccine if they want one,” said Mayor Price.
“As the state’s directive has changed, so must our response. Now, more than ever, vaccines and testing must be readily available.”
“We need to focus not on what the governor tells you the law allows, but what doctors and the facts and the science that we all know well at this point tell us is necessary to keep us safe and give us our best chance of reaching herd immunity as quickly as possible,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said about the unmasking of Texas.
“It’s completely too soon,” Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious-disease specialist at the University of California at San Francisco, told the Business Insider.
“We’ve been very clear that now is not the time to release all restrictions. The next month or two is really pivotal,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.
“Today we are at a critical nexus in the pandemic. So much can turn in the next few weeks.”
Some governors believe healthy people wearing good FFP masks well-fitted can go to work and attend gatherings of limited numbers of mask-wearing participants.
Monique Deslauriers, a nurse practitioner in Calais, Maine and occasional correspondent to FPMag explains that her state has a woman governor, Janet T. Mills, who has been firm on protecting the people of Maine. A statewide order mandating controls in gatherings and mask wearing first came into play on 1 May 2020, explains Deslauriers.
“Then the executive order was strengthened on 4 November 2020, and that order stands today with more stringent stipulations,” she explains.
“People in Maine are generally happy with the ideas. They are not onerous, just sensible. We are not a big state and don’t need to be hanging around with 50 people,” she added.
Nurse in Taiwan says people there have been wearing FFP masks since the SARS1 crisis in 2003 without any troubles.
Kathy Poon, who worked as a nurse in China through the early 2020 novel coronavirus outbreak, says her parents who are doctors tell her about the SARS1 experience and she has grown up with a mask-wearing public.
“Pollution is really about toxins in the air, so maybe SARS1 did us a favour by convincing us to protect our respiratory systems. In Beijing I have never seen a day when many people were not wearing KN95 respirators. These KN95 respirators I like more than the American items. The KN-95 requirement includes a filter to stop 0.1 micron particles, and yet be very easy to breath through,” she explained in a Zoom call.
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Dynamic Data Follows for June 29, 2022
U.S.A. (pop. 332,803,287)
- CoV19 Reported Cases: 88,626,717
- Current Reported Deaths:(CFR: 1.18%): 1,035,598 CSPaC.net estimated actual: 1,306,663
- Cured: 84,708,599
- Beta experimental: All time reported + unreported asymptomatic people maybe not sick, not immune, but possibly infectious and including the many people who have had several mild or asymptomatic infections: 483,949,290.02
- 145.42% of the USA may have been infected or even reinfected including reported + estimated unreported mild and estimated asymptomatic (483,949,290.02) human infections, some of which may not have been ill in their first course of the disease, but could have spread the disease.
- 1.18% is USA current Case Fatality Rate (CFR) &
- 0.27% is estimated inferred average Infection Fatality Rate (IFR)
- 1,306,663 estimated total COVID-19 deaths including unreported likely-cause excess deaths. According to projections of IHME, IHME calculation of excess deaths is slightly higher than what CSPaC is estimating.
- CoV19 Cases: 461,702,585
- Deaths: 5,337,963 | 1.16%
- Cured: 442,817,813
- Reported + estimated all unreported 3,043,321,040
Note: Total statistics for the United States do not include these offshore territories. The US Military is included as if it is an offshore territory, not reported as continental USA data but as USA overall totals and included in world totals. FPMag evaluates these separately for many reasons.
|Continental US||87,513,434||1,035,598 | 1.18%||83,996,871|
|+US Military||661,831||688 | 0.1%||628,967|
|+Guam||51,588||371 | 0.7%||50,622|
|+Puerto Rico||360,813||4,544 | 1.26%||329,886|
|+US Virgin Islands||20,878||118 | 0.6%||20,550|
|+Northern Mariana Islands||11,759||35 | 0.3%||11,589|
|+American Samoa||6,414||31 | 0.5%||5,958|
The American Epicenter including ALL Territories has 17.51 % of global 'active' cases (2,876,764 USA (incl territories) / 16,429,329 Global), people infected with COVID-19 now.
Abundant proof that vaccines are working, an observation derived from unrelated data analysis.
As the epicenter we look at continental USA together with US territories and without. The significant decline in Case Fatality Rate (CFR) in the continental United States particularly, during 2 0 2 1, since vaccines became available, is believed to be due to vaccination rates and is abundant proof that the vaccines are working.
In order to avoid letting countries that refuse to report the sum of case recoveries, thus skewing global calculations, Burundi, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Britain, most provinces of Canada, Ecuador, FaeroeIslands, Falklands, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, Iceland, Mongolia, Laos, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Ukraine, South Korea, Tunisia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Spain and Sweden 'recoveries' are estimated based on the current reported global recoveries as a percentage of all cases. (([reported recoveries]) divide (550,329,302 [Global Reported Sum of All Cases] less 29,905,095 [France Sum of Cases] less 901,739 [Ecuador Sum of Cases] less 12,734,038 [Spain Sum of Cases] less 8,171,396 [Netherlands Sum of Cases] less 2,515,769 [Sweden Sum of Cases] less 3,617,629 [Peru Sum of Cases])) = 96% a coefficient which is then adjusted according to the number of cases in the past 30 days and the new coefficient is applied to the sum of each of these nation's cumulative cases to estimate the missing recoveries data. In the case of France some additional hospital-sourced recovery data is factored.
|All USA||Sum of Cases||Deaths||Recovered||Active|
See The Lancet estimate of excess mortality from COVID-19 (Download PDF) in 191 countries/territories and 252 subnational units of select countries, from 1 January 2 0 2 0, to 31 December 2 0 2 1.
See also IHME Estimates for America.