Antibodies, Fluvoxamine and Vaccines: Public Comment Never Satisfied With COVID-19 News

City Hall happenings historically run as dry as a badly cooked turkey during holiday breaks away from legislating, so it seemed like a good time to look inward to find some political drama to analyze.

This publication’s comments sections seemed like a great place to start, and a CalMatters story San Jose Inside published about potential therapeutic benefits of alternative medical interventions for COVID-19 patients really struck a nerve.

Dr. Jeffrey D. Klausner, a clinical professor of medicine, population and public health sciences at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, recently wrote about how monoclonal antibodies, which have been developed to specifically target SARS-CoV-2, and fluvoxamine, a generic antidepressant, have shown promising results in preventing death.

The success of cheaper, supplemental drugs seemed like a boon, especially as hospitalization rates in 18 rural California counties are actually higher than this same time last year, primarily treating unvaccinated residents. Additionally, all this news coincided with the identification of the latest COVID variant, Omicron—named after the 15th letter in the Greek alphabet.

Alas. Commenters were still puzzled as to how this story was able to “pass the censors.” My personal favorite correspondence: “anyone else would have been called a flat-earther white supremist (sic) science-denying Trump-bot had you suggested alternate treatments to the jab.”

It’s clear the long weekend didn’t bring a renewed sense of rest, relaxation and gratitude for everyone.

Unfortunately for these gadflies, we’ll continue to publish news about shifts in perspectives regarding COVID-19—from the first quarantine efforts in March 2020 to these latest innovative approaches to the newest variants.

The Fly is a weekly column written by San Jose Inside staff that provides a behind-the-scenes look at local politics.

14 Comments

  1. Wow, a slow day at the paper, eh?
    A column on the comments of a good Opinion Piece – a whole 5 comments in 4 days,
    3 of which were by the same person – the other 2 comments were basically 1 sentence replies.

    How about report on the Govt’s work on a “NEW” vaccine or medicinal therapy to combat the ‘LOOTING’ side effects of Covid?

    Dec02: “Thieves with hammers in San Jose used hammers to steal jewelry at
    Eastridge Mall in San Jose.
    The White House says the Reason Behind All the Thefts is the Pandemic.” LOL…

  2. How about start with some real reporting around COVID’s impact on kids, and how an emergency use authorization vaccine for 5-11 year old children is unnecessary. For example, 0-20 year old have made up about 0% of all COVID deaths, and rarely do people in that age group, very rarely, develop severe outcomes. Right wing or left wing nonsense aside – kids in San Francisco, 5 years old, will be required to show a vaccine passport to eat inside of a restaurant – while zero people ages 0-20 have died of COVID in San Francisco (4 in Santa Clara County, but had pre-existing conditions). On top of that, there have been zero outbreaks in schools reported in San Francisco or Santa Clara County.

    And we just can’t compare Polio to COVID. Why? Because Polio impacted MOSTLY children ages birth to 5 – and was a neuro-virus. While COVID impacts kids the least (daycares have been operating through the whole pandemic, and how many outbreaks have we heard about?) and is a respiratory virus.

    This fear-based public health policy making must end – and the new variant is weak. It has caused ZERO deaths, and by all accounts so far is considered “very mild.”

    Whether you’re a Trump or Biden person – the facts should matter.

  3. What exactly is the article attempting to say? Sounds like word salad glossolalia. 🤮

    BTW, Omicron is an anagram for moronic 😂

    The only thing to worry about with this variant is how the silly wankers at every level of government will forelock tug, navel gaze and miraculously come up with draconian and completely nonsensical rules (written in Leftist glossolalia) that do more harm to the people than the variant. Take a look at some of their other prognostications — this is one of my favorite from Commander Cody (nod to the Lost Planet Airmen):

    https://sanjosespotlight.com/new-covid-19-variant-found-in-santa-clara-county-linked-to-large-outbreaks/

    Make sure you read the comments in the above link. Dr. Cody was wrong then and she is wrong now — they have all been tragically wrong.

    The truth is that the virus is a life-form, and… life will out — particularly when it is created in a lab without natural mitigation filters before it expands its territory. Life breaks free and cannot be controlled. The other truth is that Cody and all the way up to Fauci and the president don’t have the ability to control this. What they have is the ability to frighten people into submitting into giving up their rights in return for safety. End the end, we will have neither.

    This variant MAY actually be a good thing: Highly transmissible and mild symptoms, which will provide additional (and natural) immunity.

    We are now in an epidemic, not a pandemic. It may be worst than the flu but we are going to have to live with it. Perhaps a good tip would be to get the vaccines, stop smoking, and push your pudgy butt back from the all-you-can-eat buffet table and loose 50 to 100 pounds. These steps would do more to lower the death rate than just about anything else. How about we have BMI card? That way when you go into the local fat emporium calorie rich restaurant, if you can’t show a BMI card showing your BMI as less that “obese,” you don’t get served?

    A begrudging tip of the hat to the CCP for this painful life’s lesson about how little control humans have over the world. I hope that somewhere in the world there is a leader who will be willing to pay the CCP back in spades.

  4. HB

    I think the objective of the article, and I get to comment on that because it was me they were mocking, is to gaslight the readers into thinking they are somehow above the “punching down” by those in the mainstream media of those that suggested alternate ideas to the narrative. You know “You are not a horse, You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.” (FDA Tweet) kinda stuff, “You must not be comfortable with a woman in charge” (Pea Brained SJI Comment) kinda stuff.

    [ “Alas. Commenters were still puzzled as to how this story was able to “pass the censors.” My personal favorite correspondence: “anyone else would have been called a flat-earther white supremist (sic) science-denying Trump-bot had you suggested alternate treatments to the jab.” ]

    Of course, this rag has always goose-stepped along with Cody, Fauci, Biden, and their merry cult of moral panickers (sic). “The Fly” also conveniently sidestepped the non-sarcastic part of the same comment that pointed out the exact “innovative approach” they boast about being Johnny-on-the-spot about, monoclonal antibodies, is a treatment Donald Trump underwent in… wait for it…

    October 2020

    Of course there was no mention in the original article that our President at the time used said “innovative approach”, because had he, the author would have to bring to light the 14 month and half a million deaths that transpired since.

    So that’s 14 months and 10 days late. A scoop worthy of a Pulitzer Prize if you ask me. Now, some Excel Magic tells me since Oct 1, 2020, the United States has suffered 566,654 COVID-19 Deaths. Let’s say this “innovative approach” could have helped 25% of those deaths if taken as seriously as a treatment the sitting POTUS had taken should. How many lives would have been saved? About 141,000.

    But masks, social distancing, school lockouts, (small) business shutdowns were our best defense, right? And if Trump took it, it must be dewormer or bleach, right?

    “we’ll continue to publish news about shifts in perspectives regarding COVID-19—from the first quarantine efforts in March 2020 to these latest innovative approaches to the newest variants”

    The biggest joke – “these latest”, that’s your definition of the latest “The Fly” – 14 months?

    Just shameful and pathetic gaslighting of the rubes.

  5. Correction to an above post: Only the low-income family free head start daycares used by families with parents that don’t work or go to school have remained open for the entire pandemic. Gavin closed daycare for working families early on and kept them closed for a very long time. But I agree with your overall statement that it has been absurd to shut things down for kids in the first place and it is even more absurd to order people to wear masks that have been proven through studies to do nothing at all. Not that we needed a study when you can see that masks do nothing at all by a basic visual inspection of it.

  6. What i find very interesting is that the above comments attempt to rewrite history and have used each other as a circular validation, but without any real identity nor independent evidence.

    But i understand because current surge is greatly endangering the economy because of Small business owners had until Friday to apply for the regular Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Targeted EIDL Advance program. However, the Small Business Association (SBA) didn’t clarify how much remains in those funds. The fact that these programs ended today means these businesses are now without a net. The fact that real employment has not increased based on the monthly job hire reports and the weekly unemployment records. The fact is that even after September the rate of job losses (NEW JOBLESS COUNTS) has not reduced enough to become less than the job rehires (DEPARTNEMET OF LABOR HIRING) . In fact quite the opposite. This is why we had the inflation surge, these buisnesses KNOW they are running out of road on a dead end street as long as COVID keeps kicking ALL of us around.

  7. Mass Formation Psychosis

    there is no limit to the absurdity to the solution

    otherwise known as bootlicker syndrome

  8. So it is now reported in Mercuray News the last week we had a day of more than 230,000 new cases in the last week, the 7 day avereage is now 45,500, and even though SCC has not updated its website yet, Google is reporting we had 7,721 new cases yesterday with a 7 day averaged of 2,000. This will change my previous CONSERVATIVE estimate up to 60,000 new cases this coming month. 3,300 more cases then before. And the state infection for the month is now 1,360,000 an increase from yesterday of 300,000.

    Please tell me we are SAFE?

  9. As of 01/05/2022 there was 12,477 cases total NEW CASES for the week starting 12/29/2021 all variants in Santa Clara County AND there are only 45 ICU beds out of 3800. There appears to be a lag regarding deaths, because they need to do an autopsy to prove the death, the latest records show 6 deaths in the week of Dec 11 to 16 in Santa Clara County, before the current surge.

    If say only 5% of these cases end up needing ICU beds, that would come to a new need of 624 ICU beds, but since there are only 45 available you would have 580 people die due to no place to go.

    With regards to the state the 7 day average of new cases is 52,855 from yesterday’s 39,660 (an increase of nearly 13,200) and the state 7 day average is 53 deaths per day.

    Just understand this fact if it stays the same for 30 days here is the real problem, the new cases in Santa Clara county will be 53,472 NEW CASES. If you calculate the state figures if we stay the same it is 30 times 52,855 which comes to 1,585,650 and given that there is only 39,510,000 that means 1 out of 25 will be infected in 30 days. Now given that there are 1,928,000 people in Santa Clara County some would argue that 57,095 is nothing to be concerned about. Except for the fact that the ICU beds will be long gone. But if these people can be PREVENTED from being infected, WHY NOT?

    AGAIN ARE WE SAFE?

  10. STICK TO THE SUBJECT:

    As of 01/06/2022 there was 13,823 cases total NEW CASES for the week starting 12/30/2021 all variants in Santa Clara County AND there are only 34 ICU beds out of 3800. There appears to be a lag regarding deaths, because they need to do an autopsy to prove the death, the latest records show 6 deaths in the week of Dec 11 to 16 in Santa Clara County, before the current surge.

    If say only 5% of these cases end up needing ICU beds, that would come to a new need of 691 ICU beds, but since there are only 34 available you would have 660 people die due to no place to go.

    With regards to the state the 7 day average of new cases is 57,019 from yesterday’s 53,472 (an increase of nearly 3,540) and the state 7 day average is 60 deaths per day (it increased 7 today) which means if stays that way 1,800 people WILL DIE!.

    Just understand this fact if it stays the same for 30 days here is the real problem, the new cases in Santa Clara county will be 59,241 NEW CASES ( 5,770 more than it was yesterday which was 53,472). If you calculate the state figures if we stay the same it is 30 times 52,855 which comes to 1,710,570 and given that there is only 39,510,000 that means 1 out of 23 will be infected in 30 days. Now given that there are 1,928,000 people in Santa Clara County some would argue that 59,241 is nothing to be concerned about. Except for the fact that the ICU beds will be long gone. But if these people can be PREVENTED from being infected, WHY NOT?

    AGAIN, ARE WE SAFE?

  11. STICK TO THE SUBJECT:

    As of 01/08/2022 there was 13,909 cases total NEW CASES for the week starting 01/01/2022 (BUT THE DATA WAS MISSING REGARDING JAN 7) all variants in Santa Clara County AND there are only 30 ICU beds out of 3800 (4 beds less than yesterday) . There appears to be a lag regarding deaths, on December 31 there were 7 people died in Santa Clara County. I the last 3 months we lost nearly 200 people.

    If say only 5% of these cases end up needing ICU beds, that would come to a new need of 795 ICU beds, but since there are only 30 available you would have 765 people die due to no place to go.

    With regards to the state the 7 day average of new cases is 74,577 from yesterday’s 62,094 (an increase of nearly 12,100) and the state 7 day average is 77 deaths per day (it decreased 20 in 2 days) which means if stays that way 2,310 people WILL DIE!.

    Just understand this fact if it stays the same for 30 days here is the real problem, SINCE THE DATA WAS MISSING I CANNOT PROVIDE THE COUNTY FIGURES. If you calculate the state figures if we stay the same it is 30 times 74,577 which comes to 2,237,310 and given that there is only 39,510,000 that means 1 out of 19 will be infected in 30 days. But if these people can be PREVENTED from being infected, WHY NOT?

    AGAIN, ARE WE SAFE?

  12. As of 01/10/2022 there was 23,764 cases total NEW CASES for the week starting 01/04/2022. There have been 32,824 cases in the month of January and in the month of December there were 18,163, which means now that as of today there is an 80% rise in case only up to today versus the ENTIRE month of December, and if you take the entire month daily average and multiply by 21 you can expect to have 68,930 more cases this month which will come to a total of 101,754 cases. Since there are 1,900,000 that will be 5.3% of the county, or about 1 out of 19 will be infected at the end of January. And again, if only 5% require any hospitalization it will come to 5,087 people needing medical attention. And let’s just say even if only 10% of this needs an ICU that will require 508 ICU beds, but the County has only 38 beds today, which means the other 470 people will have to find other ICU beds. BUT the region has only Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, Santa Cruz County, San Francisco County, Marin County, Contra Costa County and Alameda County, which has a total of 273 open ICU beds at this time. WHERE ARE THESE PEOPLE GOING TO GO?

    With regards to the state since Jan 1st we have had 1,185,642 cases and the 7 day average of new cases is 100,653 from yesterday’s 74,709 (a difference of 25,944) and if you add the moving average for the rest of the month there will be a total of 3,299,355 and since the population of California is 39,510,000 that means by the end of the month about 8.3% of the state will be infected. Again if you take my 5% requiring hospitalization you will need 164,968 beds and if only 10% of those need ICUS then you will need 16,497 ICU beds. There are only 11,815 available beds NOW in the state which means 4,682 people are out of luck!!!

    In the state since January 1, there has been a total of 703 deaths, and if you average out them and multiply by 21 you should get an expected 1,476 deaths to come to a total of 2,179 deaths at the end of January at this time.

    AND MOST HERE JUST SAY TO LET THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA JUMP INTO THE COVID SHARK TANK AND HOPE THE SHARKS DO NOT KILL OR MAME YOU? THIS IS NOT A PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY IT IS A CRUEL METHOD OF ABUSING THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA.

    AGAIN, ARE WE SAFE?

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