The NFL's chief medical officer wants fans to know New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is not a doctor. So, when Belichick says something that's in no way backed up by science, you probably shouldn't listen to him. That's precisely what happened Wednesday. Belichick responded to a question about Cam Newton's release by saying a "high number of players, coaches and staff members" have tested positive for COVID-19 after they were fully vaccinated. The NFL's chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills wants Belichick " and NFL fans " to know that's not true. Dr. Sills and his team have gathered data over the past couple weeks, and it shows there are higher rates of infection among individuals who are not vaccinated, according to MassLive.com. "We released our data last week from the first three weeks of August, and that data has consistently shown higher rates of infection in unvaccinated players than in vaccinated players. read more
A doctor in rural Oklahoma has claimed that people taking the horse de-wormer medication ivermectin to treat COVID-19 are filling up the area's emergency rooms. read more
The preprint paper, which tracked more than 340,000 adults across 600 villages in rural Bangladesh, is by far the largest randomized study on the effectiveness of masks at limiting the spread of coronavirus infections. Its authors say this provides conclusive, real-world evidence for what laboratory work and other research already strongly suggest: mask-wearing can have a significant impact on limiting the spread of symptomatic covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. "I think this should basically end any scientific debate about whether masks can be effective in combating covid at the population level," Jason Abaluck, an economist at Yale who helped lead the study, said in an interview, calling it a "a nail in the coffin" of the arguments against masks.
Several of the Republican Party's biggest and most influential donors are signaling that they don't plan on helping fund former President Donald Trump's political operation, at least for the moment. Wealthy financiers such as Stephen Ross and Larry Ellison have instead opted to spend money on the GOP's efforts to take back Congress during next year's midterm elections, or have shown support for potential 2024 presidential candidates like Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Tim Scott of South Carolina. Donors are also concerned about how Trump's organization is spending the piles of money it has raised from smaller donations. "Big money, sophisticated people are just losing interest in this s--t show," said an advisor to longtime Trump allies in Silicon Valley.
The Education Department's civil rights enforcement arm announced Monday it has launched investigations in five states to determine whether statewide policies prohibiting school mask mandates is discriminatory against students with disabilities. read more