Los Angeles County’s outdoor dining reopened Friday, but the Health Department is banning restaurants from turning on their televisions. It appears this may be some sort of plan to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during the upcoming Super Bowl gatherings on Sunday, February 7.
What a joke! If you think about it, this move by the L.A. County’s Department of Health is actually going to send people indoors to watch the great American pass time with family and friends at home. I’m not a virologist, but I’m guessing being at home in more enclosed spaces with others presents a higher risk of contracting coronavirus than sitting outside at a restaurant with eight feet between tables.
In fact, under the new county rules, the outdoor dining and wine service seating must be limited to 50% capacity. Tables must be positioned at least eight feet apart, although there is no explanation as to why eight feet, rather than six feet.
Moreover, the outdoor seating will be limited to six people per table. Just in case you thought you can go with anyone you like, think again. It appears that somehow the restaurant owners will have to ensure that the people at the table are from the same household, according to the new Health Department mandates.
Bill Melugin, with Fox News LA, tweeted “outdoor dining has reopened in L.A. County as of today, but now the Health Department is banning restaurants from having their TVs turned on for customers.”
“It’s obvious the Health Department wants to stop people from watching the Super Bowl outdoors at sports bars/restaurants, so now they are going to force people to watch it indoors at private home gatherings by taking the outdoor option away. Absolutely brilliant.” he tweeted.
Melugin was right in pointing out that turning off the televisions won’t stop the spread of the virus. But sending people underground, sort-of-speak, to watch the Super Bowl could lead to other issues, like the government asking neighbors to turn in neighbors.
Remember that’s what we’ve been seeing in the United States, Canada and other parts of the world. Maybe California Governor Gavin Newsom will do what Oregon Governor Brown did during Thanksgiving last year when she encouraged neighbors to turn in neighbors that violated her state’s COVID-19 mandates, which included limiting the number of people that could be invited into a citizens home.
It does seem unbelievable, un-American and frankly, sets a communist precedence but that appears to be the direction we’re heading as a nation. It’s a brave new world folks and 2021 is just getting started.
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NY Gov Hochul issues executive order: Polio ‘an official diisaster’
New York Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul on Friday issued an executive order that Polio is now considered an official disaster.
“On polio, we simply cannot roll the dice,” said Dr. Mary T. Bassett, New York State Health Commissioner. “If you or your child are unvaccinated or not up-to-date with vaccinations, the risk of paralytic disease is real. I urge New Yorkers to not accept any risk at all.”
The virus that causes polio has been found in the wastewater of more than one county, according to state health officials. “A sewage sample from Nassau County collected in August tested positive for poliovirus, following the prior detection of the virus in wastewater samples in Rockland County, Orange County, Sullivan County and New York City, further indicating that the virus is spreading in the area to some degree” reports The Wall Street Journal.
“The Nassau County sample was also genetically linked to the single confirmed case of paralytic polio that had been identified this summer in a young adult resident in Rockland County who was unvaccinated.”
Hochul’s executive order has been issued through Oct. 9, and expands the network of providers able to administer polio vaccinations to “include emergency-medical-services workers, midwives and pharmacists.”
The new order makes providers send polio-immunization data to the New York State Department of Health in order to better help health officials “focus vaccination efforts on areas of low uptake.”
New York state health officials have sent out alerts to providers, have hung fliers “in houses of worship, grocery stores and summer camps and talked with community leaders about boosting vaccination rates this summer.”
The Wall Street Journal Reports:
The poliovirus spreads mostly when a person touches their mouth after coming in contact with an infected person’s feces. Most infected people don’t develop any symptoms but can still spread the virus, a major concern for health officials, and around a quarter develop flulike symptoms. Those who are vaccinated are at low risk, health officials have said, as getting three doses of the polio vaccine administered in the U.S. is at least 99% effective at preventing paralytic disease.
Health officials, however, also said that certain New Yorkers who are fully vaccinated but at high-risk should receive a single lifetime booster. That applies to individuals who will or might have close contact with a suspected or confirmed polio patient, as well as healthcare workers in those areas who might handle poliovirus samples or treat patients who might have polio…
Two forms of the virus can cause paralysis, one of them being the wild poliovirus found in nature. The case in New York, on the other hand, is caused by vaccine-derived poliovirus, a mutated form of a strain used in an oral polio vaccine…
The oral polio vaccine, used in many parts of the world outside of the U.S., relies on a weakened, live form of the virus that recently inoculated children shed in their feces. In places with lower vaccine uptake, the weakened virus can sometimes circulate and mutate to become more like the wild virus and potentially paralyze people who are not fully vaccinated.
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