I was literally getting ready to go to sleep when former Vice President Joe Biden’s gaffes hit social media like a firestorm. Honestly, I’ve never laughed as much as I have tonight.
I know I should be more sensitive to the situation because I’m actually concerned about Biden’s well being. But his statements are just mind blowing and Democrats are avoiding the elephant in the room.
Biden actually said during his online discussion that President Donald Trump is wrong to hold China accountable for the Coronavirus outbreak because Americans can’t distinguish “between a South Korean and someone from Beijing.”
The Democratic presidential hopeful also made strange comments and gaffes during the online appearance regarding nurses that tended to him at Walter Reed. He said that nurses would drive home to get him pillows and some of them would blow in his nose to get him to move.
If I’m actually asleep and dreaming this I hope someone wakes me up.
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Beijing Olympics lowers COVID testing standards, otherwise, there would be no Olympics
How convenient when a bureaucratic body has the power to switch COVID standards at the drop of a hat in order to allow it to continue moving forward and not shut down as the rest of us have been forced to do. COVID Standards around testing and quarantine rules are going from asinine and impossible to achieve to almost gone in the blink of an eye. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last week he was doing away with all COVID precautions from vaccine mandates to mask wearing, and instead, would rely on the judgement of its citizens to protect themselves.
Now, the Beijing Olympics organizers and Chinese authorities are lowering the threshold for athletes to participate in the upcoming games. Likely, they realize that just like all other aspects of the world, the mandates and expectations are shutting down businesses and industries left and right.
Specifically, China has lowered the threshold for producing a negative COVID-19 test for participants as they arrive for the Winter Games which will begin next week on February 4th. In a statement, organizers said:
“In order to adapt to the reality of the current environment and further support of Games participants, Beijing 2022 and the Chinese authorities, in consultation with medical experts and IOC, refined countermeasures with the following changes effective 23 January 2022.”
The concern was that athletes could test negative in their home countries after recovering from COVID-19 but still test positive upon their arrival in China, reported the Wall Street Journal. That’s because their testing standards were “tougher than those used by many sports leagues in the U.S. and Europe.”
The CBC reports the communication was sent out by Beijing 2022 on Sunday explaining it was dropping the cycle threshold (Ct) value from 40 to 35. Anyone with a PCR result of less than 35 will be considered positive. The higher the Ct value, the less infectious a person with COVID-19 is. The CBC also reports:
Further changes include that if a positive participant spends 10 days or more in isolation, then that person will be released to their Games time accommodation if they are not displaying any COVID-19 symptoms and if their PCR results have a Ct value greater than or equal to 35 for the past three consecutive days.
Another change is reducing the time in which a person is deemed a close contact, dropping from two weeks to seven days.
“During that period, testing will be carried out twice daily. The close contact will be able to choose whether their PCR test sample is collected as a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab,” the communication explained.
All of these changes will be applied immediately and will also apply retrospectively.
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