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I have used the BinaxNow tests at least 20 times now. They do work when it’s important – pic to prove it below. I think they’re pretty good at determining whether you’re contagious, which is a different thing than what PCR tests are measuring.
For me and my wife, the only time the BinaxNow tests returned a positive result is right around the onset of symptoms. I didn’t test again for another 4 days after that, once I was definitely past the worst of it, and they started showing up negative from then on even though I had an occasional cough/post-infection bronchitis for another few weeks. Apparently the virus was cleared and neutralized at that point.
Glad to hear everyone’s doing OK in your family. I recommend getting a PCR test and having that documented in the EMR, just in case people get sick of the collective insanity and start recognizing natural immunity. If that happens, who knows how much the rapid tests will count for. PCR will still probably show up for another week or so.
I also would lean toward the explanation of it being an artifact of how the coordinates get mapped onto the globe from the database. I think there’s some rounding going on. This means that any large area with diffuse seismic activity would show that pattern. Look at Crete to see sort of the same spacing between points in the lat and long. The reason it’s not in a grid there is probably because there just hasn’t been as much activity.
I just found a new job that was 100% remote and headquartered in a red state. When they gave me the offer I told them the arrangement wasn’t going to last long if I was going to be coerced into a medical treatment that I didn’t want. They basically said “OK, good help is hard to find, and we don’t really want to do OSHA’s dirty work anyway, and you’re working remotely so we don’t see how it ever turns into a fine for us… so let’s give it a go”. I took the deal. Even if they eventually have to give me an ultimatum like my past employer did, it probably means another few months of being able to save up, all while hoping that something good happens in the meantime (maybe we start recognizing the Wuhan Institute of Virology live unattentuated virus vaccine? Efficacy is great but serious concerns about the safety profile on that one…)
YMMV depending on your line of work but that kind of thing is out there if you care to shop around.
OK. You are free to believe that no virus exists or viruses in general don’t exist but I think that’s a colossal mistake.
In order for that to be correct, thousands of other things we currently think are true would have to be wrong. Electron microscopy images obtained decades ago would have to be forged or showing something else. Genetic modification of food that has taken place could not have happened without using plant viruses to deliver the new DNA. Smallpox would have been something different than we thought it was, and its virtual eradication would have just been good luck. Even the people currently taking flak from TPTB for the lab leak theory of COVID’s origins would be wrong. There’s so many more lines of evidence than this too. Viruses are about as uncontroversial as gravity. Honestly, the chances that you are just a brain in a jar are higher than the chance of thousands of previously uncontroversial scientific claims being wrong at the same time.
Keep your eye on the ball. I could spend all day listing reasons to not trust Brandon, his cronies in the bureaucracy and corporate press, and any of their recommendations. But opening up a new front on the germ theory of disease or scientific truth is not a winning strategy.
I was scheduled to get the J&J mid-May but I got the “WIV live unattenuated virus vaccine” first. I feel like I had a very typical experience. The wife brought it home, and she tested positive by a Binax now test first. I got a 101 fever 3 days after my wife’s symptoms started, it was the first one I have had since college 20 years ago. The whole family took PCR tests and all 5 of us got positive results. My 8 year old had some symptoms, the youngest two were completely asymptomatic. I was completely fine with just OTC NAC + vit D after about 5 days.
Even though the chance of 5 false positives + clinical symptoms is really low, we decided to get the antibody IgM/IgG test two weeks ago. That showed up (+) for everyone too, 4 months later. That pretty much seals the deal for us.
FWIW I did get a flu shot in January, not that it’s great in preventing it. I had to get a tetanus shot and the people at the clinic were really selling it hard, so I figured why not.
Interesting. Here’s a paper from April (before we all had permission to talk about the lab leak theory) that used phylogenetic rooting and molecular clock methods to estimate when patient zero occurred.
The molecular clock method said mid-October 2019, but the phylogenetic rooting said August 2019. The most interesting thing to me is seeing how the paper’s authors are basically saying that one of the two approaches has to be wrong… and by the way, this little family tree makes no sense at all, but try not to think about that too much. So I had been assuming the molecular clock answer (October) was the good one, but the PCR equipment purchases in the summer seems to point the other way. Or alternatively that there was some uncanny foresight on the part of the buyers.
Are you at all familiar with Rene Girard’s mimetic theory of desire? It’s an explanation for the phenomenon of people getting cues from others about what to value, including cues about beliefs. When stuff blows up on the mob of copycats, the mechanism for correction involves finding a scapegoat and funneling all their collective rage at it. Anyway, kind of a the same thing you outlined but in different packaging.
I am in a similar situation (got COVID in May, it was no big deal because I’m a healthy 30-something, now I don’t want a shot that adds 36 minutes to my life expectancy assuming no risks at all). My employer started asking for vaxx status a few weeks ago, even prior to the mandate through OSHA. Here’s what I plan to do:
1) Stall as long as possible and don’t tell them anything.
2) When they ask why I am not telling them, say that I think it’s inappropriate for the people managing my health insurance to know my medical information.
3) When they finally ask me point blank and make me admit I am not vaccinated, point out that I am not a transmission risk and give my positive PCR test from May and positive IgG test ($25 at HyVee) from last week as proof. This won’t help HR with OSHA, but may help with my boss and other people who have to pretend to care about the science.
4) Take the testing option as long as it’s still available. Currently my employer is saying they will allow us to show negative tests twice a week once OSHA rules go into effect.
5) If/when the testing loophole finally gets closed, tell my manager that I’m not super interested in getting the vaccine and if he has to fire me, I understand. But also, someone is going to have to do all of the work I’m doing now, and why not make it a contractor position that is… ahem… not under the same requirements. That seems a lot cheaper and less risky than having to go through the hiring process, doesn’t it?
6) And all the while you can bet I am polishing up my resume and LinkedIn profile.
Between all of these things I think I’ll be fine. HTH.