Great Thread On How Certain Masks Prevent COVID From Entering Your Airways

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National Institutes of Health

December 2017 NIH Lifts Funding Pause on Gain-of-Function Research

This is an important event that happened leading up to Covid: NIH Lifts Funding Pause on Gain-of-Function Research.

I’m not sure how involved the Trump Administration was in terms of giving the O.K. on this or not. A few years ago, I had heard something to the effect that Trump gave the O.K. for this (basically, to undo an Obama action). A lot of people that grill Fauci always go straight to the gain-of-function issue. It’s worth noting the timeframe on this one.

For the record, I’m not a huge fan of either Obama or Trump. It’s actually kind of nice to live outside the red and blue divide. I think it allows you to think a bit more clearly.

UPDATE: Jan 25, 2024

I watched a Breaking Points segment featuring Emily Kopp talking about the origins of COVID. On the show, journalist Ryan Grim had this to say:

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the usa is producing more oil than ever

The United States Is Producing More Oil Than Any Country in History

“It’s a reminder that the US is endowed with enormous oil reserves. Our industry should never be underestimated,” said Bob McNally, president of Rapidan Energy Group.

This is hilarious.

I know we’re not serious about climate change. I mean, most electric vehicles I see driving around aren’t designed to be super efficient or to maximize for range. I’m pretty sure many of the EVs I see are SUVs or large-ish sedans.


Utilize nuclear power? Become more energy efficient? FORGET THAT! Let’s produce MORE oil! Let’s do EVERYTHING wrong – all the time.

I swear to God this decade is a disaster.

You can read more about it here:

The United States is producing more oil than any country in history

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I Don’t Think I Ever Got COVID – Here’s What I Did

My wife and I got some sort of cold in March 2020. She thinks we got COVID. I’m not quite sure. The first documented case of COVID in the U.S. was from a person from our city.

I had a lingering cold for about three weeks. I don’t remember being knocked out by it. I did have a tiny fever a couple nights.

I never experienced shortness of breath from I remember. Whatever it was, it was pretty mild.

In June of 2021 I got a shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. I never took another COVID vaccine since. I did get a flu shot last year.

My wife took Moderna and got a couple boosters since her initial doses.

Both of us haven’t caught COVID or tested positive for COVID since the vaccines came out.

The one thing I did do was I wore 3M N-95 masks religiously.

I always wear my mask when I go shopping, go to coffee shops, or go inside a building that is not my house. I do not eat inside restaurants. I will eat outside.

I don’t go inside my friend’s homes without a mask on.

My wife follows similar protocols. The only difference is she doesn’t wear the 3M N95 mask. She’ll wear a surgical mask or a KN-95 mask.

My kids still wear masks at school.

I just wanted to document this. It’s 2023 and no bad cases of COVID have hit our household yet. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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Repeat COVID Infection Doubles the Risk of Death

I live in Southern California and it seems like everyone over here is over COVID. No one masks. Some people get boosters.

I feel like I’m an anomaly when it comes to COVID.

I realize that all the vaccines were developed quickly and anyone that takes them are being a guinea pig to a certain extent.

I also believe you don’t want to get COVID. You pretty much want to avoid it all costs.

It seems most people fall into either two camps:

1) Get vaccinated and get boosters and move on.
2) Don’t get vaccinated and move on.

But both camps doesn’t really wear mask. I mean, I see a few people wearing masks, but most people don’t around here.

In my opinion, masks are really the only option at this point. And not surgical masks. N95 masks.

I’ve taken one shot of J&J and thankfully, I don’t think I ever got COVID (I got a cold like sickness in March 2020 but it was really mild). I’m very on top of wearing my N95 mask though. And I’ve always been wearing N95 since early 2020.

I always wear my N95 in the grocery store, when I go inside a coffee shop. I never eat inside restaurants. Only outside. I don’t even go inside people’s homes without a mask on.

Three Alarming Things I Came Across

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Repeat COVID Infection Doubles the Risk of Death.

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