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Public health officials and Democratic lawmakers criticized President Biden for saying the Covid-19 pandemic is over.

"The pandemic is over," Biden told "60 Minutes" in an interview that ran Sunday, Sept. 18.

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"We still have a problem with COVID. We're still doing a lotta work on it... but the pandemic is over," said Biden who twice tested positive for COVID in recent months.

"If you notice, no one's wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it's changing. And I think this [the Detroit Auto Show resuming] is a perfect example of it."

Public health officials scrambled to get the message out that the pandemic is not over and Americans should be getting vaccinated and receiving booster shots.

"The pandemic isn't over. And we will remain vigilant, and of course, we continue to look for and prepare for unforeseen twists and turns," said Ashish Jha, the White House's COVID-19 response coordinator.

Republicans applauded Biden's statement and said Americans are eager to move on from COVID.

"Now that the President has finally acknowledged the pandemic is over, he should immediately begin to unwind the public health emergency (PHE) so our country can get back to normal," Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) said in a statement on Monday.

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First Lady Jill Biden tested positive for Covid-19 again, her spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.

"After testing negative on Tuesday, just now, the first lady has tested positive for COVID-19 by antigen testing," Elizabeth Alexander said in a statement. "This represents a 'rebound' positivity."
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Jill Biden, who is double vaccinated and twice boosted, experienced mild flu-like symptoms. She was prescribed Paxlovid and isolated at a private home on Kiawah Island, S.C., where she and President Joe Biden were vacationing.

According to Yahoo! News, Biden traveled to Rehoboth Beach, Del., on Sunday, where she is isolating again.

Alexander said the first lady had no reemergence of symptoms.

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President Biden continues to test negative after twice testing positive for the coronavirus recently.

A UK study of vaccinated people who repeatedly contract Covid infections found that they could continue to be infected up to 8 times or more.

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The mRNA vaccines were designed to prevent transmission of the virus by stimulating their immune systems to build immunity to the virus.

However, the UK study participants were unable to fight off COVID infections even after multiple vaccinations.

In January, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said the vaccines can't prevent transmission of the virus anymore.

Instead, Walensky said the vaccines prevent serious illness or death.

"Our vaccines are working exceptionally well. They continue to work well for Delta with regard to severe illness and death. They prevent it. What they can't do anymore is prevent transmission."

The UK study participants say they are grateful for the vaccines, which they believe will continue to protect them when they are infected with COVID again.

They are wary of isolating each time they are infected with COVID. But they said they have a social responsibility to avoid passing on the virus to others.

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A case of the dreaded Poliomyelitis, a.k.a polio, was discovered in New York City recently.

The man is paralyzed and his paralysis is irreversible, according to NY state health officials.

State officials say the unvaccinated man had a vaccine-derived strain of the virus, meaning he contracted polio from someone who received the live vaccine in another country.

Polio was once a fearsome disease that caused thousands of cases of partial or complete paralysis in adults and children annually in the U.S. and around the world.

The disease is rarely fatal, but it caused deformities in adults and children, leaving many patients with one leg shorter than the other.

Polio vaccines became widely available in the 1950s when Dr. Jonas Salk developed the Salk vaccine which contained dead virus in injectable form.

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An oral polio vaccine for children was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin and licensed in 1962. The Sabin vaccine contained live but weakened virus.

A single dose of Sabin's oral polio vaccine produced immunity to all three poliovirus strains.

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) commissioned a poster featuring the "Wellbee," a national symbol of public health, encouraging children to get the oral polio vaccine.

Distribution of oral polio vaccine in the U.S. ended in 1979 when it was believed the disease was wiped out.

But sporadic cases of polio have popped up here and there in the U.S. and other countries where the disease is endemic.

When a polio case pops up in the U.S., the patient is quarantined and their contacts are tested to make sure the virus doesn't spread.

Approximately 70% of polio cases are asymptomatic (no symptoms). Some patients complain of muscle weakness and extreme fatigue, sore throat and fever, headache, neck stiffness, and numbness and tingling in extremities.

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Over 200 people are being monitored for monkeypox infections in Massachusetts, according to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

The CDC confirmed more than 200 people are being tracked in Massachusetts after coming in physical contact with the first confirmed case in the U.S.

The news comes days after health experts said monkeypox will not become a pandemic like Covid-19.

Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, weakness, and swollen lymph nodes (in neck, armpits and groin areas. Symptoms are followed by blisters that pop and crust over.

Blisters in the groin area are usually the first sign of monkeypox infections.

The CDC issued a level-2 travel alert on Monday, May 23, advising people to "practice enhanced precautions" — and warning that it might be fatal in 1% to 11% of people who become infected.

Health experts say the new strain of monkeypox virus may be transmitted sexually.

"Some cases were reported among men who have sex with men," the CDC said after health officials in Europe linked 89 monkeypox cases to sexual activity at festivals in Europe.

The CDC emphasized the need to "avoid close contact with sick people, including those with skin lesions or genital lesions" — as well as avoiding "contact with dead or live wild animals."

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The CDC first detected cluster cases of monkeypox virus in the United States in 2003.

As cases of a "new" monkeypox spreads in US cities, experts are questioning whether the virus is sexually transmitted.

Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, weakness, and swollen lymph nodes (in neck, armpits and groin areas. Symptoms are followed by blisters that burst and crust over.

Health officials say monkeypox infection can be prevented by vaccines stockpiled from previous outbreaks.

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The viral disease is believed to be spread to humans by domestic prairie dogs and other exotic animals being kept as household pets.

Health officials wonder if the recent spike in monkeypox cases in the U.S. and Europe is caused by a "new" virus.

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Through the first months of 2020, more than 4,500 cases and 171 deaths have been tracked by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Now officials fear that monkeypox has mutated into a new, more contagious virus that is sexually transmitted.

"The cases currently being detected are among those engaging in sexual activity, and the symptoms are unfamiliar to many," the WHO said in a statement.

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Dr. Jeremy Faust discovered that all 89 confirmed monkeypox cases in Europe are among men who had sex with men.

Of the cases confirmed in Europe, Dr. Faust said, "all 89 are males, a large number of whom are young and middle-aged adults."

Dr. Faust said the evidence "suggests strongly" that monkeypox may still be primarily spread through sexual contact, a known major mode of transmission.

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He said if the virus was spread through the air via respiratory droplets or surface to skin contact, some women would be infected by now.

Virologist Angela Rasmussen believes the virus is spread within a sexual network of men who then travel, which explains why the virus is popping up in other countries.

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Health officials are working overtime to understand why a rare outbreak of hepatitis is affecting children around the world.

Hepatitis is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver and sometimes liver failure.

One child is confirmed dead from liver failure, and hundreds more children are infected with a mysterious strain of hepatitis around the world.

190 cases of acute (sudden and severe) hepatitis have been reported so far in 12 countries, including the United States, where 11 cases have been reported.

Hepatitis is highly contagious and spreads mainly through contact with bodily fluids.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported the first mysterious case of hepatitis in a previously healthy child in England on April 15.

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More than 111 cases have been reported in England. Alarmingly, 17 children required liver transplants to save their lives, The Who reported.

Health officials in the UK believe the cases may be linked to a common adenovirus causing dozens of liver failure among children.

Adenovirus is a common virus found in the nose and throat of children that causes mild to moderate upper respiratory illness.

Doctors say the lack of exposure to common viruses due to the lockdowns weakened immune systems in minor children and made them more vulnerable to the common adenovirus.

Healthcare providers in the United States are asked to report any suspected hepatitis cases to local health departments.

Signs and Symptoms of Hepatitis:

  • fever
  • fatigue, lethargy (weakness)
  • diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea and vomiting
  • abdominal pain
  • jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)
  • dark urine
  • grey-colored feces
  • dry, itchy skin
  • muscle pain

If you suspect your child may have a case of hepatitis, call your child's physician or go to the nearest emergency room.

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A new, highly infectious Covid-19 variant in South Africa has sparked worldwide airport restrictions.

The World Health Organization has designated the new coronavirus variant B.1.1.529 and named it Omicron on Friday.

Multiple countries halted airline travel to and from South Africa on Friday.


Cases have also been reported in Botswana, Hong Kong, Israel, and Belgium.

The WHO calls Omicron a "variant of concern" because it has a large number of spike mutations and is 40% more infectious than previous variants.

The news sent Wall Street stocks plunging and the DOW dropped 900 points on Friday.

The new variant comes amid reports that health officials are "baffled" by the low incidences of Covid-19 in Africa where the vaccination rate is just 6 percent.

Pfizer announced on Friday it is testing "existing vaccines" on the new variant and results are expected within 2 weeks.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci told "CNN New Day" on Friday there is "no indication" this variant is currently in the US. But Fauci claims the new variant is highest among young people in South Africa.

However, blue check marks on Twitter are suspicious of the new variant coming on the heels of Big Pharma's push for vaccine booster shots among young people.

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A week after globalist Bill Gates warned of "Smallpox terrorism", vials of smallpox were found in a Merck research facility in Pennsylvania.

The FBI seized 15 suspicious vials -- 5 labeled "smallpox" -- and sent them to the CDC for analysis.

What is Smallpox?

Smallpox is an extremely contagious and deadly virus for which there is no known cure. The virus was eradicated from earth in 1980. 15 million people were infected every year and 30% of those infected died.

Smallpox has proven to be one of the most devastating diseases to humankind.

In June, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved a drug to treat smallpox -- even though smallpox is eradicated.

Government and health agencies keep samples of smallpox virus for research purposes.

What Are the Symptoms of Smallpox?

Symptoms of smallpox usually appear about a week to 17 days after exposure to the virus (incubation period).

After the incubation period, the following flu-like symptoms occur:

  • high fever
  • chills
  • headache
  • severe back pain
  • abdominal pain
  • vomiting

The symptoms go away after three days and the patient feels better. Then a rash appears.

The rash starts on the face and spreads to the hands, forearms and the trunk of the body. Within two days, the rash develops into raised abscesses filled with fluid and pus.

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The abscesses break open and scab over. The scabs eventually fall off, leaving pit mark scars. The patient is contagious until the scabs fall off.

How Does Smallpox Spread?

Smallpox is an airborne disease that spreads via coughing, sneezing, or direct contact with bodily fluids. The virus can also be spread by touching contaminated clothes or bedding.

Is There a Treatment for Smallpox?

There is no known cure for smallpox. Vaccination within one to three days can keep the illness from becoming severe.

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The FBI and Centers for Disease Control are investigating vials marked "Smallpox" that were found in a Merck lab outside Philadelphia.

Samples of smallpox aren't approved to be used in private experiments or research.

The 15 "questionable vials" were found inside a Merck facility freezer in a Pennsylvania vaccine research facility.

An alert was sent to the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday night, indicating that 5 of the vials were labeled "smallpox" and 10 as "vaccinia," reports Yahoo News.

Bill Gates, who is not a doctor, recently warned that the next pandemic will be smallpox.

In a statement to CNN, the CDC said: "There is no indication that anyone has been exposed to the small number of frozen vials."

Smallpox, a highly contagious and deadly virus, was eradicated from earth in 1980.

The smallpox virus infected 15 million people globally every year, killing about 30% of those infected.

By comparison, the Covid-19 virus kills less than 1% of those who are infected.

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Hair and makeup artist Marc Pilcher died unexpectedly of breakthrough Covid-19 on Sunday. He was 53.

Pilcher had no pre-existing conditions and was fully vaccinated when he died, according to his agency Curtis Brown.

His family told Variety in a statement via Curtis Brown:

"It is with the deepest of hearts we confirm that Marc Elliot Pilcher, Academy Award Nominee and Emmy Award winning hair and makeup designer/stylist, passed away after a battle with Covid-19 on Sunday 3rd October 2021."

Pilcher recently won the Creative Emmy Award for hairstyling on Sept. 11 for his work on Netflix's "Bridgerton."

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Despite the fact that Pilcher was vaccinated, his colleague Nicola Coughlan (pictured with Regé-Jean Page), tweeted:

"It's a tragedy that he's been taken so young when he had so much yet to do. Please also use this as a reminder that Covid is still a very real and present danger, please get vaccinated and mask up to protect yourself and others."

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (right) is facing backlash after blaming unvaccinated Black people for spreading Covid-19 around the country.

Patrick said Blacks are the "biggest group" of unvaccinated people in America.

The lt. governor made the remarks in an interview with host Laura Ingraham of Fox News show The Ingraham Angle.

He said Black people vote for Democrats and he blamed members of the Democratic Party for not making sure Black people get the experimental messenger RNA vaccine.

"Most of the numbers are with the unvaccinated and the Democrats like to blame Republicans on that. Well, the biggest group in most states are African Americans who have not been vaccinated. The last time I checked over 90 percent of them vote for Democrats in their major cities and major counties, so it's up to the Democrats to get just as that it's up to Republicans to try to get as many people vaccinated."

Patrick said he respects the rights of people who don't want to get the vaccines and they won't be forced. However, Patrick said nothing is being done about vaccine hesitancy in the Black community "that has a significantly high number of unvaccinated people."

Patrick's comments came days after Texas Governor Greg Abbott tested positive for Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated.

Black Twitter unloaded on Patrick, referring to him as "racist" and a "white supremacist."

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