Monkeypox in Riverside County
NEWS RELEASE - August 9, 2022 - Riverside University Health System
Public Health officials have reported 59 probable/confirmed monkeypox cases in Riverside County. There have been a handful of patients who have been briefly hospitalized, but no deaths reported from the virus in Riverside County.
Monkeypox spreads primarily through direct contact with infectious sores, scabs, or body fluids, including during sex, as well as activities like kissing, hugging, massaging, and cuddling. Monkeypox can spread through touching materials used by a person with monkeypox that haven’t been cleaned, such as clothing and bedding. It can also spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, close, face-to-face contact.
Vaccination helps to protect against monkeypox when given before or shortly after an exposure and is available to adults 18 years and over. People who become infected should isolate until their symptoms are improving or have gone away completely. Rashes should always be well covered until completely healed.
Methods of prevention: Avoid close contact, including sex, with people with symptoms like sores or rashes; Practice good hand hygiene; Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) (like a mask, gown, and gloves) when caring for others with symptoms; Avoid contact with infected materials contaminated with the virus.
The above news release is an update from June 22 when Riverside County health officials reported the county’s first probable Monkeypox case.
Tests conducted on tissue samples from the unidentified man from eastern Riverside County showed a preliminary positive for an Orthopoxvirus, and additional testing will be conducted by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) laboratory to confirm whether it is Monkeypox, according to Dr. Geoffrey Leung, public health officer for Riverside County.
The individual, who is under the age of 60, was seen in an outpatient setting and did not require hospitalization. Local health officials are coordinating with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to make sure all state recommendations and guidelines are being followed.
“We are investigating the circumstances surrounding the case to determine the best course of action moving forward,” said Leung. “Given that there have been other probable cases in the region it is not surprising that we would have one in Riverside County.”
Health officials in Los Angeles and San Diego counties have also reported probable cases. There have been cases reported in various states nationally, but the CDC classifies the threat to the general population as “low.”
Monkeypox is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact and does not spread easily between people without close contact. Symptoms include a rash that may look like pimples or blisters, and may be accompanied by fever, swollen lymph nodes, or fatigue. There are no treatments that are specific for monkeypox. However, in limited situations, vaccination (developed to prevent smallpox) may be recommended for close contacts or those who may have been exposed to the virus.
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Protect IP to Keep American Tech at the Top
April 19, 2022 By Paul R. Michel
America can't outcompete low-wage countries when it comes to manufacturing cheap, mass-produced widgets.
But we can -- and historically have -- outcompeted every other nation when it comes to creating superior technology, from semiconductors and smartphone operating systems to advanced medicines.
Unfortunately, this advantage is disappearing. Competitor nations have greatly improved their policies which enable technological breakthroughs.
America is heading in the opposite direction. Our leaders are actively weakening the patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property protections that incentivize companies to make investments in new technologies.
Until recently, the U.S. patent system was the global "gold standard." It was imitated by other nations, particularly archrival China. Over the past few years, China has upgraded its system to the point that, in many respects, it now surpasses our own. Patents are more rapidly granted, remedies to prevent IP theft are more common, and the laws are modernized almost annually. The list goes on.
Meanwhile, the United States has been weakening its patent system. In 2011, Congress over-reacted to exaggerated complaints by Big Tech companies about "patent trolls," -- firms that buy up patents and sue reputable companies for infringement -- and instituted a powerful tribunal inside the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that usually invalidates patents challenged there.
The Supreme Court has also made challenging patents easier, made injunctions to stop infringement generally unavailable, and shrank the scope of inventions eligible for patenting. Today, many important inventions held ineligible for patenting here are eligible throughout Europe and in China.
This represents a huge failure of U.S. leadership.
Fortunately, leaders are emerging in the U.S. Senate who are focused on reviving patents to invigorate economic growth and job creation: Senators Coons, Tillis, Hirono, and Cotton. They are leading efforts to make more inventions eligible for patenting.
Separately, Senators Schumer and Young are proposing to increase federal funding for technology by sponsoring the American Innovation and Competition Act.
This effort is vital to U.S. recovery in economy and technology because public funding, which helps spur private sector innovation, has been shrinking for decades -- as has private investment. Venture capital firms insist on their clients obtaining ownership rights before committing the needed funds. So, prospects for our future prosperity rise or fall in line with the strength of IP protections.
However, Big Tech has convinced many of their colleagues to leave matters alone. Their legions of lobbyists swarm Capitol Hill, suggesting that patent revival is not necessary. Only a few members, such as those named above, understand the link between robust patents and economic revival.
Economic progress requires fixing our ailing patent system. And we must do so soon--- before China replaces us as the world's leader in the advanced technologies that will dominate the 21st Century.
Paul R. Michel served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for 22 years, and as its chief judge from 2004 until his retirement in 2010. This piece originally ran in VentureBeat.
Coersive Vaccination Requirements
July 28, 2021: LMU Students Sue Because of Coersive Vaccine-Based Discrimination Policy.
On Saturday, July 24, Tyler & Bursch, LLP, the Law Offices of Nicole C. Pearson, Children’s Health Defense – California Chapter (CHD-CA) and Advocates for Faith & Freedom sued Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Federal Court in the Central District of California, challenging the school’s illegal vaccine, testing, masking, and social distancing mandates on behalf of two LMU undergraduate students.
A Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction will be filed soon hereafter.
The complaint maintains that LMU's accommodations for exempted, unvaccinated students are discriminatory and have the effect of creating a campus-wide apartheid, with “vaccine-exempted” students required to live in separate dorms, wear face coverings, social distance, submit to surveillance testing, and have their bodily and medical privacy invaded, while their vaccinated peers are free to move about campus without any special conditions or requirements. The policy even requires the vaccine-exempted students to assume all risk for any COVID-related cases or injuries that develop on campus, even though asymptomatic transmission is unsupported by the weight of the scientific evidence.
“There is simply no rational basis in science, medicine or law for LMU to defend its policy,” said Alix Mayer, CHD-CA Board President. “Without any valid reason, this school is discriminating against healthy students who pose no risk to anyone.”
One of the alleged rationales behind LMU’s policy is that unvaccinated students pose a greater risk to the University community than do vaccinated students, even if healthy. There is, again, no defensible evidence to support this position.
“While the government is reporting that most hospitalized patients are unvaccinated,” said Mayer, “health professionals are reporting the exact opposite to Children’s Health Defense: according to medical professionals on the front lines, most people presenting at hospitals right now with severe symptoms have received one of the COVID shots.” This again suggests a lack of any rational basis for singling out unvaccinated students.
Robert Tyler, partner at Tyler & Bursch and president of Advocates for Faith & Freedom added, “These two students are not alone. There are many other students being harmed by LMU’s discriminatory policy, but they are afraid to have a light shined on them because they do not want to suffer even greater retaliation by the University. No student should be placed in this situation when all they want to do is get an education and experience the same rights of passage as their peers.”
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Congresswoman Green Visits Murrieta Church
Murrieta, Calif., July 19, 2021 - Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene visited 412 Church in Murrieta, CA over the weekend. Pastor of the church said he "wouldn't cancel her".
After experiencing the cancel culture of California, having not one, not two, but three venues cancel on Congressman Matt Gaetz and Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene as they toured Southern California for the America First movement, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene visited 412 Church in Murrieta. According to the Pastor of 412 Church Murrieta, Pastor Tim Thompson, “She was a breath of fresh air! She came with a message of love and encouragement and was received with love and appreciation for all she is doing to stand for righteousness, goodness, and true love!”
Pastor Thompson is also the founder of Our Watch with Tim Thompson. His message to Congresswoman Greene….“Thank you Congresswoman Greene for all you do! Never give up! We’re with you!” He also quoted from the Gospel of Matthew as a response to the hateful and false comments made about the freshman member of Congress.
Matthew 5:11-12 (NLT)“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven.”
When arranging to visit the church in Murrieta, Rep. Greene’s team was looking for a place that would not partake in the cancel culture so prevalent in California. Pastor Tim Thompson’s response….“Not at this church! Newsom wasn’t able to shut us down, and we won’t shut you down!”
Pastor Tim Thompson was arrested in May of 2020 for preaching to a group of approximately 13,000 people on the West steps of the Capitol building in Sacramento in opposition to the shutdown orders against California churches. His church has been fully open with no masks, no social distancing, and no deaths or hospitalizations due to COVID-19.
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COVID-19 PCR tests vs. Antibody tests
The Coronavirus, COVID-19 which stands for Coronavirus Disease 2019, is a particle with RNA (ribonucleic acid) as the infectious portion of the particle that replicates itself inside a human cell using the host’s DNA. In time the replication bursts open the host cell and the virus particles are released to infect more cells.
Since viruses are not live organisms, antibiotics do not kill the virus. The immune system has the mechanisms to destroy the particles. Even people of advanced age or other causes of a compromised immune system will still have white blood cells that can recognize the virus as foreign and mount an attack. It is the attack that actually kills people with pneumonia-like suffocation. It has been reported that the very young battle the virus with NK (Natural Killer) cells before antibody attack that causes the cascade of an immune response. Other studies have reported that children have a lower incidence of the receptor that binds the virus. These are reasons that children are not at high risk of death from the virus. It isn’t the replication of the virus that kills people. Healthy people win the war with an army of NK cells and the production of sufficient amounts of antibodies to clear the body of the virus and the body will eventually return to normal as the sneezing and coughing subside as the immune response produces less mucus.
Two test methods are on the market for testing the Coronavirus. PCR tests are for active infections. Antibody tests indicate whether the patient has been infected in the past.
PCR tests are available for nasal swab and saliva tests. The saliva-based tests are simple to administer compared to the nasal swab test. The patient spits into a straw that drains into a test tube. The sample is sent to a lab for PCR analysis that determines if the sample contains the coronavirus nucleic acid.
Antibody tests are available for testing a patient’s blood sample for detection of the presence of antibodies against the virus in a patient’s serum. Antibodies recognize the protein coat on the virus particle as foreign. Be aware that you may test negative if the sample was collected early in your infection. This is called a false negative result due to the diagnostic detection level of the test method being used. As of July 11, 2020, 68 companies have had their serological diagnostic test banned from use by the FDA.
It can take as long as eight to nine days for an individual to develop symptoms after infection. Asymptomatic individuals with early infections can still spread the virus. This is the reason why masks are important for everyone to wear. Masks do not prevent infection but can mitigate the spread from infected individuals. More on masks in the following article.
This article was written by Publisher Nancy Knight, a retired R&D chemist and inventor of a novel antibody test to increase the sensitivity of diagnostic serological tests that reduced the incidence of false negative test results.
Tips to stay healthy in the fight against virus infections
Use a paper towel to open and close public bathroom door handles and bathroom faucets. Use a tissue or a piece of your clothing to push buttons on elevators, office microwave ovens, copy machine, and vending machines. Protect yourself from handles on water coolers and drinking fountains, sink sponges, food/food container handled by others, another person's keyboard or phone. shared books, pens, staplers, etc. Wash your hands with hot water for 20 seconds with soap, several times a day, especially following contact with hot spots.
Avoid touching your face, eyes, or rubbing your nose. Relax - stress can decrease immunity. Drink more water. Decrease sugar intake and take 1000 mgs of Vitamin C when you first feel a cold coming on or you were exposed to someone with the flu. Get more sleep and take Vitamin D.
Arizona and California are monitoring the risk of disease carried by mosquitoes. Riverside County, California has already experienced cases of West Nile virus infections. In Arizona's monsoon weather creates breeding grounds in the short-term while California's flood control detention basins are pose a long-term risk. The public is cautioned to watch for standing water that can breed mosquitoes and to protect your family and pets from mosquito bites.
If you have been recently bitten by a mosquito and experience any flu-like symptoms, it is recommended to consult with your doctor.
While the risk for West Nile, Zika, and malaria are currently low, it is advised to be proactive in protecting yourself, your family, and your pets from bites. Dead birds in the area are an indication of local disease carrying mosquito breeding grounds.