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    Fox News contributor Dr. Marc Siegel called Friday for "severe" travel restrictions to and from South Africa over a new variant of coronavirus coming out of the country, telling "Fox & Friends" he's concerned about its high number of mutations. DR. MARC SIEGEL: The variant is coming out of South Africa. It started in Botswana, and there's very little vaccination down there. Twenty-four percent of South Africa is vaccinated. In the area around Johannesburg, there's some reports that it's 90 percent of the isolates that they're finding. Still a small number overall, but here's the issue. There's 32 mutations to the spike protein. That's concerning, but we don't yet know how transmissible this is and whether it would evade the vaccine. That's the key … World Health Organization is going to call this a variant of concern today in my opinion. We're going to have to track this very carefully. This one I'm concerned about … WHO HOLDS EMERGENCY MEETING TO DISCUSS ‘HEAVILY MUTATED’ COVID-19 VARIANT, UK TAKES ACTION We've gotten [travel restrictions] wrong ever since the beginning of the...
    Dr. Marc Siegel said Thursday the fresh Covid-19 variant out of Johannesburg, South Africa, appeared to be the “highly contagious” variant behind 2,500 new cases in the region. “I’ve said before … I’m not always as concerned about these variants of concern, but these — this one, B.1.1.529, does concern me,” Siegel said in an interview with Fox News’ Mike Emanuel. “It’s got 32 mutations in the spike protein, which is how the virus spreads. And in the province around Johannesburg, there’s about 2,500 new cases over the past day, and they think — not proven yet — that this is the predominant variant.” The new variant B.1.1.529 appears to replace Delta, as South Africa enters the 4th wave. The variant is concerning because it seems to be highly transmissable and can evade immunity, both.???? The new variant will be reviewed, classified and named by the World Health Organization. pic.twitter.com/qYCM03E54p — Mosa Moshabela (@MoshabelaMosa) November 25, 2021 Only 10 cases of the strain, alternatively called “Nu,” had been discovered as of Wednesday — in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong...
    Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade and Dr. Marc Siegel went after Joe Biden by claiming the president is promoting Covid vaccination booster shots as a distraction from the ongoing chaos in Afghanistan. Siegel joined Kilmeade Thursday on Fox & Friends to talk about the White House’s plan to offer booster shots to those who need it starting in September. Kilmeade primed the conversation to take a different direction, however, saying “we know, politically, this was a head fake to get us distracted again, but do we need this third shot?” Siegel went along with Kilmeade’s framing, and he also suggested that the Biden administration is sowing doubt about the efficacy of vaccines with how they’re presenting it to the public. Well, Brian, we don’t need it yet. I will tell you, look up the terms “diversionary tactics,” because he didn’t take any questions on Afghanistan…Also he is diverting attention from the fact that about 25 percent of Americans have adults over the age of 12, haven’t even received the first shot. I’m concerned that this sends the message to America when...
    As of July 1, Iceland is removing all COVID restrictions, despite the emergence of the highly transmissible delta variant throughout Europe and on into the United States. If it seems strange to you that Iceland would choose this moment to be defiant and courageous in the face of a viral threat that isn’t yet extinguished, you would be wrong. Consider the science. Over 85% of Iceland’s population has been vaccinated with at least one shot and there hasn’t been a new case over a month. How is this possible with the delta variant spreading?  Simple. Most travelers into the country have been vaccinated against COVID or have demonstrable antibodies showing that they have recovered from COVID and have natural immunity. As of July 1, you will no longer need to be tested at all if you are in this group, while other unvaccinated visitors who have not had COVID are tested twice and quarantined in between. LAUREN APPELL: COVID UNMASKED THE PUBLIC EDUCATION CARTEL AND TEACHERS, SCHOOL BOARDS, UNIONS CAN'T HANDLE IT So far the dike is holding firm. I...
    My office manager had COVID three months ago and has thus far refrained from taking the COVID vaccine. I continue to encourage it though I do believe she is still protected by natural immunity. The question is for how long? I was born just before the measles shot became available, and I, like most children my age, suffered through a bout of measles. Luckily, I didn’t develop pneumonia or brain swelling, I did just fine. And science has determined that my immunity from measles now is lifelong, hence I don’t need a measles shot. I also had chicken pox, which means I don’t need a varicella vaccine, though I am at greater risk for getting a severe case of shingles (recurrence of the virus that causes chicken pox which is harbored in my nerves) than if I had received the vaccine.  The point is that natural immunity after infection isn’t perfect, but it is important. Similarly, no one should wish for COVID-19, but if you have it, it is clear that your immunity lasts for at least several months if...
    In 2004, on the heels of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak, I examined the devastating impact that the fear of SARS had on our society as opposed the risks posed by the virus itself. In retrospect, it appeared that we had overestimated the risks of worldwide devastation. But Dr. Tony Fauci was deeply concerned about SARS or a virus like it causing a widespread pandemic.  Fauci believed that we had come close, and was motivated to try to overcome the fact that SARS had been obscured and hidden by China until it had already spread beyond their borders. He told me on "Doctor Radio" on SiriusXM this past week that SARS was a main motivation for extending our resources to try to study emerging coronaviruses in China.  DR. MARC SIEGEL: COVID IS ON THE WAY OUT BUT THE OTHER PANDEMIC, FEAR, IS STILL GOING STRONG The problem with Fauci's approach wasn’t that he was wrong about coronaviruses, it was that he was naïve about the Chinese Communist Party. He and others relied on the cooperation and veracity of...
    Fear is a strong emotion with a fierce grip that attaches itself to an object and doesn’t let go easily. And when it does let go, it may choose another object, just as irrational, yet just as persuasive. I have been studying the massive controlling impact of fear commands on the human brain for many years. When you experience fear, your brain’s amydala signals the release of powerful stress hormones (fight or flight) which links to a deeply engrained fear memory system.  A cycle of fear, once activated, is very hard to break. Fear-driven dogma and pseudo-religions based on fear have been the story of this pandemic.  Keep in mind that some fears are justified, and can serve as a warning system against real dangers, while others are not, and cause unremitting anxiety. NEW JERSEY TO LIFT STATEWIDE INDOOR MASK MANDATE, PHYSICAL DISTANCING MAY 28 It was certainly warranted to be afraid of a mysterious deadly virus coming from China especially when the outbreak started in a city with a high security virology lab that studies bat coronavirus and works...
    President Joe Biden spoke to America on Monday afternoon about the coronavirus pandemic. He was once again reassuring about the tremendous impact that vaccines are having in the war on COVID, but less so about "fear itself." The psyche-damaging public debate over masking, for example, continues. Fear of COVID has gripped us for far too long, and those who benefit from it don’t want to let it go.  This fear continues to be inflamed by politicians and some in the liberal media to invade our psyche and try control to us.  Masks and shuttered businesses are symbols of these fears, and even the vaccines, which could be our ticket to freedom, have been overly politicized and unsubstantiated hysteria-driven myths have sprung up around them.  BIDEN'S COVID WARNING: UNVACCINATED 'WILL END UP PAYING THE PRICE' For the past 20 years, I have been studying the way infectious outbreaks have affected us and how they have always been accompanied by fear. This is because a pathogen is new, invisible, and not entirely predictable.  The time for governmental mask mandates has passed.  We over-personalize...
    Fox News contributor Dr. Marc Siegel called on President Joe Biden to drop the mask, arguing that it will convince those hesitant about the vaccine to get their shots. Fox News’ Dana Perino noted that Biden and Jill Biden are both wearing masks outside despite being vaccinated, questioning whether that was a necessary precaution. Last week, the CDC relaxed its guidance on outdoor mask wearing for those who are fully vaccinated. “Does the president of the United States need more protection than other people and is a mask necessary?” Perino asked. Siegel argued that Biden’s mask is not only unnecessary, but also sending “the wrong message.” “This is sending people on the fence about vaccines a message saying, ‘I got vaccinated but nothing changes. I’m still wearing this double mask,'” Siegel added. “People out there find the mask very constricting, and removing it according to Dr. [Rochelle] Walensky speaking to me, liberating to remove the mask.” Siegel later urged the president to follow the recommendations set by his own administration. “If the president simply removed the mask and followed the exact guidelines the CDC put out,...
    On the 99th day of his administration, President Biden appeared before a joint session of Congress and talked of Americans achieving goals together "with the overwhelming support of the American people." And yet, his words were once again self-congratulatory: "We will have provided over 220 million COVID shots in 100 days. We’re marshaling every federal resource. We’ve gotten the vaccine to nearly 40,000 pharmacies and over 700 community centers." But Biden failed to mention that the contract for those 40,000 pharmacies was put together by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar under the prior administration. NEWT GINGRICH: BIDEN'S FIRST 100 DAYS -- AMONG THE MOST RADICAL IN ALL OF AMERICAN HISTORY And instead of giving credit to his predecessor for the unprecedented speed of bringing these vaccines to market without sacrificing the science, instead, the president focused on the fact that when he was sworn in, "less than 1% of seniors were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, 100 days later, nearly 70% of seniors are fully protected. Senior deaths from COVID-19 are down 80% since January… And more than half of all adults in America...
    In Michigan, my mother-in-law was discharged from a hospital after a harrowing (non-COVID) illness. The plan was for her to receive a COVID vaccine on the way out the door. But this hospital only had the Johnson & Johnson shot and because of the FDA's pause of this vaccine, my mother-in-law was discharged still unvaccinated. This was a far greater omission than any risk from a one in a million side effect had the vaccine been given. Anti-fear messaging is important to clinicians like me who attempt to help patients put risks in perspective. As a doctor who has both studied outbreaks and also the impact they have had on the human psyche, I feel it is important to provide context at all times. DR. NICOLE SAPHIER: COVID AND ANTHONY FAUCI – HERE'S THE BEST THING HE CAN DO RIGHT NOW Instead, perspective is too often lost and replaced by emotional theater, as it was this past week with the discovery that an extremely rare complication might be associated with the Johnson & Johnson adenovirus vector coronavirus vaccine.More from Opinion Newt Gingrich: Repudiate...
    We are heading into a time of greater freedom from the coronavirus guided by health information. Simple home tests to help you identify COVID along with serological tests to show immunity and proof of vaccine will all help us manage our exit from the pandemic and back in the direction of normal life. Rapid home self-testing for the virus has been a huge unmet need since the beginning of the pandemic. A self-reporting system of symptoms and temperature before attending school or work is not only difficult to enforce, it is also largely inaccurate as a predictor of mild or asymptomatic COVID. Unfortunately, despite the promise of Ellume and Lucira, and other home testing, no home test kit has become readily available on a large scale and in fact there has been a big backlog of do-it-yourself tests waiting approval at the Food and Drug Administration. DR. NICOLE SAPHIER: CRITICIZING THE COVID RESPONSE – ESSENTIAL, BUT FIRST FOCUS ON CRISIS AT HAND Which is why I was glad to see that last week the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization for Amazon’s...
    Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel joined Tucker Carlson Friday night to discuss President Joe Biden’s stumble while walking up the steps to Air Force One. And Siegel started out by saying, “You know that cancel culture is going to try to get in the way of us actually finding out what the story is here.” He speculated about whether Biden’s stumble was a misstep or “related to his broken foot” or “a gait problem related to a cognitive problem.” “I think the American people have the right to know the answer to that,” Siegel said. He recalled his famous interview with Donald Trump — where the former president recited “person woman man camera TV” — and said there’s a “real question about cognition” and mental alertness. Siegel added that “I’m not his doctor, I’ve never examined him,” but said a recent Biden verbal slip-up could potentially be “something cognitive.” And he reiterated, “Cancel culture will try to block this. But you know who they can’t walk? They can’t block me, they can’t block you, and they are not going to...
    During his prime time address Thursday night, President Biden set out two key dates: May 1st, when he plans to direct states to make all adults eligible for COVID vaccines, and July 4th, when he expects the country to be able to fully reopen. I have some concerns about this timeline. First, even if enough vaccine from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson are available for all Americans by May 1st, defying the agreed upon timetable of approximately 700 million doses distributed by the end of May, we still have the major issue of vaccine compliance. In fact a recent Monmouth University poll found that 25 percent of Americans will still refuse the COVID vaccines. PSAKI PRESSED ON BIDEN'S FOURTH OF JULY GOAL, CAUTIONS IT'S NOT A 'RETURN TO TOTAL NORMALCY' If non-compliance or vaccine hesitancy persists, that presents two major problems for the Biden administration. First, we will end up with hundreds of millions of doses more than we need, at a time when the rest of the world is vaccine-starved. Even if we manage to finally contain COVID-19...
    A new possible medication to treat coronavirus-positive patients could be enough to turn the pandemic on its head, Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel revealed Sunday on "Fox & Friends Weekend." First-stage testing of the experimental COVID-19 pill called Molnupiravir, by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, showed promising signs of effectiveness in reducing the virus in patients. "It may be the holy grail on this because it was just studied in phase two trials and it literally stopped the virus in its tracks," he explained. "And there wasn't any virus found in the patients that were studied." FDA WARNS AGAINST USING HEAD LICE DRUG IVERMECTIN TO TREAT CORONAVIRUS The drug would function as an at-home, five-day treatment, similar to Tamiflu, to stop the virus from reproducing before causing major damage. Siegel said the therapeutic could come to market in as little as four to five months. The doctor said even though only 182 patients were studied during testing so far, the pill could still be "very promising" for thousands of people. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "This might...
    Public health, especially in the middle of a pandemic, should trump politics (pun intended). Unfortunately, too often it doesn’t. For public health to be most effective and inspire cooperation rather than fear and division, it must involve a simple direct message.  This kind of powerful science and direct messaging when it comes to COVID is what I found a little over a year ago, at Nebraska Medicine, which I visited on behalf of "Tucker Carlson Tonight."  In Nebraska, a group of top scientists at the National Quarantine Center, led by chancellor Dr. Jeffrey Gold, was examining the supposedly new-to-America SARS COV 2 virus found in passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Dr. Gold and others warned me that the emerging outbreak was far more contagious than people realized.   TUCKER CARLSON: THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA DOOMSDAY CULT AND THE GROWTH OF THE POLICE STATE They believed the virus was already spreading through our communities at the time. Tucker himself realized it too, warning of the extent of this massive pandemic even as the World Health Organization continued to maintain into early March, 2020, that international...
    THEN It was already the second year of masking and distancing and schools, restaurants, and businesses closing, and hospitals kept overflowing as the economy slowed to a crawl. Many people were slackers and refused to comply. Here in New York, my Uncle Leonard had a bilateral ear infection requiring emergency surgery but the hospitals were full, and he died at home at age 9 months. That was seven years before my mother was born. Lockdowns didn’t work very well to stem the tide, except in cities like St. Louis or San Francisco where there were still few infections at the time everything was closed. There was a big debate over streetcars and whether to keep them running or not. Some cities had them running with the windows open with mandatory social distancing.   There was little understanding of what a virus was and many still thought the pandemic was caused by a bacteria. FDA ADDRESSES CORONAVIRUS VARIANTS IN UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR MEDICAL DEVELOPERS There was no successful vaccine though there was much talk of one and several were developed.  This...
    Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., has tested positive for coronavirus – after receiving both doses of Pfizer's vaccine. Lynch is 65 years old. He does not appear to be overweight but his age alone puts him in a group where he is at risk for complications of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that everyone over the age of 65 be a priority to be vaccinated.  Lynch would be in that group even if he weren’t a congressman. It was appropriate for him to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 when he did.  JANICE DEAN: COVID NURSING HOME DEATHS, CUOMO AND THE TRUTH – MY LATE IN-LAWS GAVE ME STRENGTH TO KEEP GOING He attended President Biden’s inauguration after a negative COVID test, but on Jan. 29, nine days after receiving the second dose, he tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed to a staff member in his office who tested positive earlier in the week. Lynch is asymptomatic and is isolating himself.More from Opinion Rep. Elise Stefanik: National Human Trafficking Month is over but the fight remains Max Lucado: Got worries about COVID,...
    As Joe Biden becomes president this week Americans everywhere are frightened by the growing numbers of coronavirus infections and death. They are looking for direction from the new president and his team. With a new year just beginning it’s important to remember what I wrote in my latest book "COVID: the Politics of Fear and the Power of Science." Fear mushrooms from inconsistencies, pseudo-science and dogma, whereas consistency and perspective reassure us. Here are the top things our new president must do. First and foremost, President-elect Biden must resist the temptation to fear monger, to place blame, to make sweeping cure-all statements or to pursue obsessive masking or lockdowns with an almost religious fervor without regard to scientific evidence that’s accumulated since the coronavirus first arrived in the U.S. almost a year ago. WHERE IS THE UK CORONAVIRUS VARIANT IN THE US? STATES THAT HAVE IDENTIFIED THE MUTATION — SO FAR Perhaps the most important thing that President Biden and his coronavirus task force can accomplish in his first one hundred days is to deliver on his promise to vaccinate...
    After helping the Los Angeles Lakers win a championship in the 2019-20 season, Dwight Howard entered free agency late last year and signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, where he currently serves as Joel Embiid’s backup at center. However, it was recently suggested that there might be a way for the Lakers to bring back the three-time Defensive Player of the Year — provided they are willing to part ways with one of their key reserves. In a report published Monday, NBA Analysis Network‘s Brett Siegel opined that the Lakers have gotten mixed results with the frontcourt players they acquired during the offseason. While Montrezl Harrell has “provided a sense of stability” in his reserve role, Marc Gasol was described as a “big disappointment” on both offense and defense. As pointed out, this is in contrast to how the Lakers’ two centers in 2019-20 — Howard and JaVale McGee — teamed up with Anthony Davis to give Los Angeles a “bruising” group of big men. According to Siegel, the Lakers could theoretically reacquire Howard for a package including backup guard Alex...
    President-elect Joe Biden released a crucial element of his new coronavirus vaccine plan Friday, as his office announced he doesn’t intend to hold back doses of the authorized vaccines to ensure that people already vaccinated have a waiting dose for a second shot. This is a reversal of what the Trump administration has been doing. "The president-elect believes we must accelerate distribution of the vaccine while continuing to ensure the Americans who need it most get it as soon as possible," said Biden spokesman T.J. Ducklo. "He supports releasing available doses immediately, and believes the government should stop holding back vaccine supply so we can get more shots in Americans’ arms now." DR. MARC SIEGEL: COVID VACCINATIONS WILL INCREASE RAPIDLY — GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT IN VACCINE HISTORY Biden’s strategy apparently assumes drug manufacturers will be able to produce enough vaccines to enable people to get their second dose in a timely manner, and he pledges to invoke the Defense Production Act to make sure that enough vaccines and supplies are made available. On the surface this plan would appear to contradict...
     PROGRAMMING ALERT: Watch Dr. Marc Siegel discuss this topic and more in the 7 a.m. EST hour of "Fox & Friends" on Saturday Jan. 2 on Fox News Channel.  For the past several months I have counted on my personal protective equipment to create a necessary barrier between me and my patients. Several patients have tested positive for COVID-19, even though they had no clear symptoms at the time of the visit. But although I will continue to wear PPE, the risk to me and my patients will diminish. This is not because COVID-19 is going away (the opposite is true), but because I have received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Ten days after being vaccinated, I am starting to gain some immunity, which probably means that if I do acquire COVID from one of my patients or elsewhere it will be a milder case, although this has yet to be proven. CORONAVIRUS MEANS LIFE WON'T GO BACK TO NORMAL UNTIL FALL 2021, DESPITE VACCINES: FAUCI  What has been shown in clinical trials is that the first shot may offer me just over...
    It is now Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday of miracles, where lamp oil for one day lasted for eight as the Maccabees reclaimed the holy Temple in Jerusalem from the Syrian-Greek invaders more than 2,000 years ago. The emergency use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine Friday night by the Food and Drug Administration has the same miraculous feeling of a light at the end of the long and dark COVID-19 tunnel. But with Christmas coming up in a few weeks, the holiday spirit that we all need is still lacking. We know it isn’t safe to huddle together in stores shopping for presents, or worse, in gatherings to share holiday cheer. We walk along the streets in our masks like zombies, barely talking or looking at each other. America is depressed. Suicides and drug abuse are on the rise. Families are splintered. Too many of our children are separated from their friends. Social media and remote learning don’t take the place of face-to-face camaraderie. HHS SECRETARY AZAR: HOW OPERATION WARP SPEED DELIVERED A COVID VACCINE IN RECORD TIME A new Gallup...
    Dr. Marc Siegel, the author of “COVID: The Politics of Fear and the Power of Science,” spoke with the Daily Caller’s Samantha Renck about the COVID-19 vaccines, reopening schools and more. “There’re two reasons for vaccinating people,” Siegel said. “One is to vaccinate to protect you. The other is to vaccinate everyone around you. That’s called ‘ring immunity’ to protect somebody that’s vulnerable.” (RELATED: UK Approves Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine For Emergency Use) Siegel, who is a professor of medicine at the NYU Langone Medical Center, also discussed the consequences of lockdowns and school closures such as children missing vaccinations and lacking proper food. “Nutrition suffers when you’re working virtually. You can’t serve a virtual meal,” Siegel said. “A recent study by Medicare-Medicaid shows [vaccinations] are done 22 percent. At the end of this pandemic, we’re going to have a measles pandemic.” “We have to look at the costs involved in closing schools.” Siegel also discussed politicians like Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser breaking their own COVID-19 restrictions, comparisons between Joe Biden and the Trump Administration’s...
    The news this week about the BioNTech-Pfizer coronavirus vaccine is reason for rejoicing. In Phase 3 clinical trials, close to 44,000 people have been given the vaccine and now Pfizer has determined that among 94 patients in the study who came down COVID-19, only nine had received the actual vaccine and the rest the placebo — a number that translates to over 90 percent effectiveness for the vaccine.  This effectiveness is far greater than anyone anticipated and this is a moment to marvel at the speed and accuracy of our newer techniques of vaccine science. The BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine employs a genetic messenger (messenger RNA) to make the coronavirus’ telltale surface spike protein that then triggers the immune system to make antibodies and T cells against the virus.  But instead of celebrating a great moment for vaccine science, several key opponents of the current administration have actually come out and undermined the new vaccine, at the worst possible time because public compliance is by no means assured. CUOMO SAYS IT'S 'BAD NEWS' THAT PFIZER CORONAVIRUS VACCINE PROGRESS CAME DURING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted this weekend that “President Trump still has no plan to address COVID-19.” And the latest Fox News poll shows that voters trust Biden over Trump on coronavirus by an increasing amount and only two out of 10 think the virus is under control in the U.S.  But what is Biden’s plan? The answer is that it is part increased government control and expenditure, part amplifying biotechnical accomplishments that are already in place, and part yet to be defined. DR. MARC SIEGEL: TO DEFEAT CORONAVIRUS, WE MUST DO THIS The president’s plan is to be found in the details of what he’s done to try to manage the pandemic, beginning with restricting travel from China in late January, to forming a Lincolnesque team of rivals task force in March that has worked tirelessly even if they often haven’t agreed with each other or the president, to restricting travel from Europe in June, to assembling a public/private partnership enabled by the Defense Production Act. Under Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, millions of the components of PPE were generated,...
    We must conquer our fear of COVID-19 in order to help us defeat it. As I describe in my new book “COVID, the Politics of Fear and the Power of Science,” fear is far more all-consuming than the rational strategies we use to combat it.    In my book, I discuss a journalist friend with Type A blood who has called me at intervals throughout the coronavirus pandemic. She is petrified each time the news media report on a study that indicates her chances of getting COVID-19 and becoming severely ill may be far greater than for someone with Type O blood. STUDY SUGGESTS CORONAVIRUS IMMUNITY DROPS AFTER 3 MONTHS Susceptibility is based on interactions between the virus and the infected person that are still being studied. In the meantime, knowing that she has Type A blood, my friend’s perception of her personal risk is far greater than her actual risk — because of her fear.  Fear confounds, dilates, and complicates our reaction to COVID-19, and it interferes with our perception of the science as well.More from Opinion Victor Davis Hanson:...
    Physician and medical professor Dr. Marc Siegel said hes "very happy" that the World Health Organization is recommending against using lockdowns to help contain the coronavirus pandemic moving forward. During an appearance on Fox News Monday night, Siegel was asked about recent comments by the WHOs Dr. David Nabarro in which he said lockdowns arent the only way to control the pandemic. "The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, wed rather not do it," Nabarro said. Siegel responded, "Im very happy today to see Dr. Nabarro come out and say, Look, lockdowns can help a little bit as you regroup, or if your health coworkers are exhausted. But the cost is enormous and they should not be a primary strategy. "Stick to your masking and your distancing. Im so happy to see this turnaround." The U.S. was one of several countries that largely shut down its economy earlier this year as the pandemic struck. Millions of...
    The World Health Organization's recent warning against coronavirus lockdowns is a happy turnaround for the United Nations-backed organization, Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday. Dr. David Nabarro, the WHO director general’s special envoy, said last week that the global body "do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus.   “The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it," Nabarro added. “I'm very happy today to see Dr. Nabarro come out and say, 'Look, lockdowns can help a little bit as you regroup, or if your health coworkers are exhausted,'" Siegel reacted. "But the cost is enormous and they should not be a primary strategy. WHO WARNS AGAINST COVID-19 LOCKDOWNS DUE TO ECONOMIC DAMAGE “Stick to your masking and your distancing," he added. "I'm so happy to see this turnaround." American businesses have been demolished by nationwide lockdowns. According to the National Restaurant Association, 100,000 restaurants have...
    Fox News’ Dr. Marc Siegel elicited an ambiguous and confusing response from Donald Trump on Tucker Carlson Tonight about the president’s most recent Covid test  — while he failed to ask the president perhaps the most pressing medical question in the country right now. In what was billed as a pre-recorded medical “televisit” — that ended up looking more like a typical interview — Siegel ran through a series of broadly cast inquires that resulted in mostly uninformative responses from the nation’s First Patient. At times, Trump even appeared to contradict his own doctor’s public statements about his conditions, at one point claiming he “didn’t have a problem with breathing” last Friday even as his own personal physician has acknowledged the president was given supplemental oxygen early on during treatment. After a commercial break interrupted the faux doctor-patient experience, Siegel briefly turned to the subject of testing. But he inexplicably failed to ask about about the chronology of Trump’s Covid infection and, more specifically, the date of his last negative test, information that the White House has repeatedly stonewalled. “I heard you said...
    President Donald Trump appeared with Fox News’ Dr. Marc Siegel Friday for his first TV interview since his coronavirus diagnosis. Siegel — who spoke to Trump about his cognitive test months ago — interviewed Trump about his symptoms and recovery remotely. As Tucker Carlson explained, they “had to rely on the White House camera team” for the interview. The president said he feels “really good” and “very strong” now. Dr. Sean Conley said during one press conference last weekend that Trump was given supplemental oxygen, while adding, “He was fairly adamant that he didn’t need it. He was not short of breath. He was tired, had the fever, and that was about it. When Siegel asked about his symptoms, Trump said he “didn’t feel strong” and said he “didn’t have a problem with breathing.” He praised the Walter Reed doctors and, when Siegel asked him if he listened to them or tried to “negotiate” with them, the president said, “I did negotiate but I have a lot of respect for these doctors, they are the best doctors in the world.” The...
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump, who will be accompanied by Dr. Marc Siegel, will give his first on-camera interview Friday night – a week after announcing he tested positive for coronavirus. Trump will appear on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight at 8pm Friday and will undergo a medical evaluation and interview by Dr. Siegel to prove his health.  ⚠️ Follow our Donald Trump Covid live blog for the latest news & updates 4Trump will hold his first on-camera interview Friday night, a week after he announced he tested positive for coronavirusCredit: EPA Siegel, 64, who has compared Covid to the flu and said there is “no science” behind the call to wear masks, is a clinical professor in the Department of Medicine at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine. He is also a provider at NYU’s Langone Health, an academic medical center. The president will be on camera at the White House while Siegel will be in New York speaking to Trump via a remote, Fox announced. On Thursday, Dr. Sean Conley, who is treating the president, said Trump is responding extremely...
    President Donald Trump will go on-camera to prove his health on Friday with an interview that will air on Fox News Channel. Dr. Mark Siegel, who has compared COVID to the flu and said there is 'no science' behind the call to wear face masks, will speak to the president for Tucker Carlson's show at 8 p.m. ET. Trump will be on camera at the White House while Siegel will be in New York, speaking to the president via a remote, the network announced. It's unclear if the interview will be live or pre-taped. A pre-taped interview could be edited. The president has not been seen live by the public since Monday, when he returned from Walter Reed Medical Center. He has done two phone interviews: with Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo and Fox News' Sean Hannity on Thursday. In those conversations, his voice sounded scratchy. He coughed a couple of times when speaking to Hannity. Trump also has posted videos to his Twitter page but the two posted Thursday were taped on Wednesday - thus were a day old -...
    Fox News has announced that President Donald Trump will do his first on-air interview since being diagnosed with Covid-19 Friday night. The interview will air at 8 PM on Tucker Carlson Tonight and will be conducted by Dr. Marc Seigel, who “will conduct a medical evaluation and interview during the program,” according to Fox News. It is not clear from the Fox News report if this interview will occur live on-air, but it will almost certainly be pre-taped earlier in the day. Since being released from Walter Reed hospital Monday evening, Trump has done two phone interviews, first with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo Thursday morning, then with Fox News Sean Hannity Thursday night. Viewers of Trump’s interview with Hannity heard a raspier voice, with the President pausing to cough or clear his throat a few times. Coughing or clearing one’s throat is not uncommon for anyone, but there is very little public information about President Trump’s health. When pressed repeatedly by Hannity on when he was last tested for the coronavirus, the commander in chief obfuscated and only said...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., should "stop pontificating" about President Trump's health, Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Wednesday. "To Speaker Pelosi, who is not a physician, I wish she would stop pontificating on the president’s health given that not only isn’t she a physician, but she hasn’t seen his chart," Siegel told host Tucker Carlson. Siegel made the comment after Pelosi questioned whether the president's use of steroids to treat his coronavirus infection had impacted his sudden decision to halt negotiations on another relief bill Tuesday. "I haven’t seen his chart ... so I’m not going to say what the impact of steroids or anything else is other than ... he looks healthy, he’s breathing comfortably," Siegel said. "He’s not short of breath, he doesn’t have oxygen and he’s going back to work in the Oval [Office]. That, to physicians, is a very positive sign." MEADOWS SLAMS PELOSI SUGGESTION THAT STEROIDS IMPACTING TRUMP JUDGMENT  Siegel said Regeneron's experimental treatment, which has been touted by the president, looks "very effective in multiple trials." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Trump spent the day in the Oval Office Wednesday, two days after he was released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He...
    Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel revealed that, after having spoken to Donald Trump’s personal physician, the president is on track to be allowed to leave Walter Reed Hospital today. Siegel spoke to Fox & Friends on Monday about a conversation he had with Dr. Sean Conley, who has been inconsistent in recent days while describing the president’s medical condition. “I heard from Dr. Conley last night,” Siegel said, “and he said [Trump] is still on track for discharge today.” “He emphasized they have all the support staff they need at the White House itself, and all the equipment they need at the White House providing the president continues to do well,” Siegel said. “I have heard from sources that he had ultrasounds of the heart, that he had a CAT scan of the lungs, and from what I’m understanding, all of that looked good. That’s another thing that’s going on that bodes well for his recovery.” From there, Steve Doocy asked about the news that Trump was given dexamethasone, which has been described in reports as a...
    The course of medication given to President Trump for treatment of COVID-19 is likely "being done for precautionary reasons" and "may continue for the next several days," Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel told "Fox News @ Night" Friday. Late Friday, White House physician Dr. Sean Conley announced that Trump had completed an initial dose of Remdesivir therapy and was "resting comfortably" at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Earlier in the day, shortly before Trump went to the hospital, Conley said the president had received "a single 8 gram dose of Regeneron's polyclonal antibody cocktail," a treatment Siegel said had shown promise in patients over recent weeks. "The[ir] goal is to decrease the amount of virus in the body," explained the doctor, who added that the Remdesivir Trump had received functioned as a "blocking agent" that works to decrease the amount of the virus in the body. LAURA INGRAHAM ON TRUMP ILLNESS, HOSPITALIZATION: 'ANGELS ARE WATCHING OVER HIM TONIGHT' "It decreases the recovery time from 14 to 11 days, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in May,"...
    Getty/Cindy Ord Fox News contributor Dr. Marc Siegel. Fox News contributor Marc Siegel suggested to Tucker Carlson on Monday night, September 21, that former Vice President Joe Biden may be taking “speed” or the ADHD medication Adderall. Siegel’s speculation came during a segment on President Donald Trump‘s continued insistence on both candidates being drug tested before their first debate, which is scheduled for September 29. Trump also, days earlier at a rally, made a similar accusation, albeit in cruder terms, when he claimed that doctors had given Biden a “big fat shot in the a**.” You can watch the clip of Siegel making the incendiary suggestion here, via Fox News. Here’s what you need to know:Siegel Said That Biden’s Occasional Gaffes Were ‘Not Isolated’ & Backed Trump’s Demand for a Drug Test Before the Presidential Debate Getty/Chip SomodevillaControversial Fox News host Tucker Carlson lost seven major advertisers after a series of comments attacking Black Lives Matter. Carlson, who sometimes makes headlines — and loses advertisers — over the incendiary rhetoric on his prime time program, opened Monday’s...
    Back in 2016, President Donald Trump suggested he and Hillary Clinton should take drug tests before one of their debates. He’s using that line against Joe Biden now, saying multiple times in the past few weeks he and his 2020 Democratic opponent should take a drug test. Trump first made the suggestion about Biden in an interview with Washington Examiner correspondent Byron York, who wrote that the president “based his call entirely on his own observations and not on any actual knowledge of Biden’s actions.” On Fox News Monday night, Dr. Marc Siegel — who prefaced his remarks by saying “I haven’t examined the former vice president, I don’t have a clinical diagnosis to make” — wildly speculated that Biden may be taking drugs. What he did tell Tucker Carlson is that “many neurologists have said to me” that Biden’s multiple gaffes — which Siegel said is too soft a word to describe them — are not isolated and are indicative of something. “I want to put forth some ideas tonight,” Siegel said, while telling Carlson “they’re not proof, they’re not...
    As a majority of young adults in the U.S. now live with their parents, Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel says they need to get the coronavirus vaccine when it is available. Reacting to a Pew Research Survey that found 52% of Americans ages 18 to 29 are living with their parents, the highest recorded since the Great Depression, Siegel told "Fox & Friends" if they take the vaccine it may be what reopens society. WORKING FROM HOME CAUSING MAJOR STRESS FOR AMERICANS DURING PANDEMIC, SURVEY FINDS The pandemic hit youngest adults particularly hard, as they’ve had to relocate due to the shutdown of college campuses and job losses. VideoThe associate professor of medicine at the NYU Langone Medical Center pointed to dire statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found a surge in the risk of depression, anxiety and suicide. CORONAVIRUS HAS RECORD NUMBER OF YOUNG ADULTS LIVING WITH PARENTS IN US "They're stuck at home with their parents. They want to move on with their life. They want to have jobs. They want their colleges to reopen. A vaccine is going to bring us there, I promise,"...
    The data is clear: Arizona has turned a corner in regards to the novel coronavirus. The number of cases and deaths has dropped nearly to levels seen back in April, according to state-reported data. While July was a turbulent time on both accounts, Arizona has since seen a dramatic dropoff. CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE An epi-curve from state-reported figures in August show confirmed daily cases continued to drop, gradually de-escalating from about 1,200 new cases at the start of the month. New daily infections in April remained below 500. Meanwhile, daily death counts remained below 56 in August — a drop from daily deaths nearly reaching 100 in mid-July, according to the epi-curve. Holly Poynter, a public information officer with the Arizona Department of Health Services, confirmed to Fox News in an email that the epi-curve data “allows for a clear picture of trends in Arizona and prevents any spikes due to lags in data reporting.” Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday he would drop five states from New York's travel advisory list, easing quarantine restrictions on visitors from regions previously...
    A series of treatments "aggressively" being studied amid the global coronavirus pandemic include synthetic antibodies, stem cells, and a steroid spray, and Dr. Marc Siegel speculates it might be an upcoming development for American healthcare. "I dont know for sure thats what the president is going to discuss, but its on the table," Siegel told Fox News "Fox & Friends." The U.S. Food and Drug Administrations hesitance to approve emergency-use authorizations amid the pandemic, particularly on the antibody testing is "eyebrow-raising," according to Siegel, and perhaps President Donalds concern the FDA is becoming "too political" might be justified. "The FDA delayed an emergency use authorization on convalescent plasma," Siegel said. "Now, thats the plasma or the antibodies you get when youre getting over COVID-19. "And the fact is that those types of antibodies have been used for over 100 years successfully for other diseases. And a study out of Houston Methodist in 300 patients, published in The Journal of Pathology, just showed a dramatic impact at keeping people alive longer." Related Stories: Adm. Brett Giroir to Newsmax TV: Gates Has Nothing to...
    It is "very disturbing" to hear Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden say he would be willing to put the country through another costly economic shutdown this winter if elected due to a combination of seasonal flu and coronavirus, Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Friday. "First of all, we're not even predicting a severe flu season because in the Southern Hemisphere, we're not seeing it," Siegel told host Tucker Carlson. BIDEN SAYS HE'D BE WILLING TO SHUT COUNTRY DOWN TO STOP CORONAVIRUS IF SCIENTISTS RECOMMENDED IT "But that aside, what about all of the costs of another lockdown imposed?"Siegel added. "Kids that can’t then get their teeth taken care of [or] eyeglasses? No nutrition, problems with mental health, problems with physical health, operations that are put off. Many more people will die of heart disease and cancer from extended lockdowns then will ever die of COVID-19. That’s not to mention the depression and the suicide." In an ABC News interview that will air in full on Sunday, "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir asked the former vice president: "If you're sworn in come January and we have coronavirus and the flu...
    A Wall Street Journal op-ed by the heads of Cornell University makes a strong case for why students should be on campus for the fall semester, according to Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel. "Epidemiological modeling suggests, perhaps counterintuitively, that if a university is prepared to put in place a comprehensive virus screening program followed up with supportive quarantine and isolation – in addition to other effective public health measures – reopening may be the more responsible option," the provost and president of Cornell wrote in the piece. “It’s so smart, because ... it’s a built-in quarantine situation on campus,” Siegel told “America’s Newsroom.” Siegel said that if students are off-campus, they could be roaming around the country from one hotspot to another, possibly abandoning precautions. “It’s young people that are spreading this right now. If you’re in quarantine, you can quarantine that whole university setting like Ithaca, N.Y. – it’s in the middle of nowhere. Same idea at other universities so I am in agreement with that,” Siegel said. TRUMP SAYS MEDIA WOULD EMBRACE BORDER WALL, HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE IF HE OPPOSED THEM Meanwhile, Notre Dame University suspended in-person...
    Fox News medical correspondent Dr. Marc Siegel called presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s demand for a national masking mandate — even outdoors — the “politics of fear, big government edition” during a Thursday night appearance on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” Biden said Thursday every American “should be wearing a mask when they are outside for the next three months at a minimum,” adding that such a mandate would “save lives.” “It’s not about your rights, it’s about your responsibilities as an American,” Biden said. “You don’t have any rights anymore,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson opined before introducing Siegel. “You have to wear a mask when you’re alone in the woods, walking with no one near you in the park while running, riding your bike. Is there any science behind this whatsoever? And if so, what is it?” WATCH: “It’s the politics of fear and the power of science, the politics of fear, big government edition,” Siegel told Carlson. “Now, what is the science behind this? Well, there’s some recent studies that show that masking, if you...
    Dr. Marc Siegel told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Monday that keeping children out of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic will actually be more harmful to kids in the end. "You know what some of those things that childen have died from are and will continue to be if the schools stay closed?" the Fox News medical contributor told host Tucker Carlson. AMID CORONAVIRUS, IS IT SAFE TO SEND CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL? EXPERTS, PARENTS WEIGH IN "Child abuse, which is going unreported, lack of vaccinations, immunizations against other diseases -- like measles, not getting proper nutrition, you're going to see starvation. You're going to see depression. You're going to see suicides, special needs not taken care of," he explained. "All of that occurs if the schools don't open." VideoHost Tucker Carlson highlighted a report that 97,000 children have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last two weeks of July. CORONAVIRUS IN THE US: STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWN "All of them, almost all of them, have mild cases. At the same time the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] CDC, and this did not go...
    Fox News’ Dr. Marc Siegel said Wednesday night that Joe Biden’s cognitive abilities are certainly fair game on the election season, and he recalled his recent interview with President Donald Trump as he described POTUS as someone who’s “very cognitively advanced.” Hannity went on a tear questioning Biden’s mental fitness, telling Siegel, “I’m not a doctor, but I have observations. This is not just your occasional gaffe. I’ve watched Joe Biden over the years. He’s had moments, but this is now with regularity, almost every time he’s out… He seems exhausted and tired and he’s not really doing any campaigning.” Siegel started by saying, “I can’t give a cognitive assessment of Vice President Biden because I’ve never met him.” He went on to bring up his recent interview with Trump that touched on the cognitive test the president took. Siegel said, “I spent an hour with the president. That’s not a cognitive exam, but at least that was in person. That wasn’t via a video screen, and I got an impression of somebody that’s very cognitively advanced, terms of...
    By now you’ve probably seen the clip of President Donald Trump’s interview with Fox News’ Dr. Marc Siegel, in which the president went into great detail about his cognitive test and repeated “person woman man camera TV” as an example of the kind of memory question the test included. The interview went viral and that five-word phrase has been all over the place in the last two days, and, of course, late night had a field day. Siegel spoke with Tucker Carlson Friday and said he’s been asked a lot since then why he didn’t interrupt the president as he was talking about the test. He said he wouldn’t interrupt any president because he wanted to be respectful. As for the test itself, Siegel thought what the president talked about was important and lamented the mockery and “political division” that followed: “I thought this is a teaching moment, this is going to lead to a discussion of cognition, of thinking, of people over the age of 70 years old. Can they run for president? Can they pilot a plane?...
    The way Fox News medical correspondent Marc Siegel sees it, Donald Trump’s bizarre tangent about the cognitive test he took should be all the proof anyone should need on the president’s mental acuity. Siegel appeared on Fox & Friends on Thursday to break down his interview with Trump, including the weird tangent where Trump went on and on about how he aced a mental fitness test Joe Biden supposedly never could. Here’s how that went if you need a brief reminder: It was 30, 35 questions. The first questions are very easy. The last questions are much more difficult. Like a memory question. It’s like you’ll go ‘person, woman, man, camera, TV.’ So they say could you repeat that? I said, yeah. ‘Person, woman, man, camera, TV.’ Okay, that’s very good. If you get it in order, you get extra points. Okay, now he’s asking you other questions, other questions. And then, 10 minutes, 15-20 minutes later, they say, remember the first question, not the first but the tenth question? Give us that again. Can you do that again?...
    President Trump told Fox News medical contributor Marc Siegel on Wednesday that he's in an impossible situation regarding whether he should be the first to take a coronavirus vaccine. “Well, you know the way it works. If I’m the first one they’ll say ‘he’s so selfish. He wanted to get the vaccine first,” Trump told Siegel. “Then other people would say ‘hey, that’s a very brave thing to do’.” “I would absolutely, if they wanted me to and thought it was right, I’d take it first or I’d take it last.” Trump’s dilemma comes the same day that pharmaceutical company Pfizer and biotech firm BioNTech said that the U.S. government has placed a $1.95 billion order for 100 million cases of their COVID-19 vaccine. An additional 500 million cases can be acquired by the Department of Health and Human Services should the vaccine prove safe and effective. TRUMP ON EVENTUALLY GETTING THE COVID-19 VACCINEThe two companies are jointly developing four potential vaccines, one of which will begin the first of three phases of trial testing later this month on 30,000...
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