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Former Trump advisor Michael Flynn claims the COVID-19 pandemic was fabricated to distract from the 2020 election
  • Michael Flynn says the coronavirus pandemic was made up to distract from the 2020 election.
  • The former Trump advisor said Friday he thinks COVID-19 was fabricated "to gain control" of society.
  • Flynn is a supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory and pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI.
Flynn, who has become a prominent figure in the QAnon conspiracy theory, falsely claimed in an interview Friday that the virus was made up before November 3 last year "to gain control" of society.

"When you look around the world, why do all these places not have the problems that we keep getting beat over the head and shoulders on in this country when it comes to Covid?" Flynn said, according to The Independent.

"Why? Because everything, everything, and this is my truth, what I believe, everything is a distraction to what happened on November 3," he continued. "Everything we hear about Covid, and how Covid started before November 3, it is all meant to control, it is all meant to gain control of a society to be able to force decisions on society, instead of allowing 'we the people' to make decisions."

... Flynn also claimed he had taken hydroxychloroquine — the anti-malaria prescription drug touted by Former President Trump as a COVID-19 cure — for 30 years.

The drug, which is often given to US military members to prevent malaria in foreign countries, has been proven not to help against COVID-19, multiple studies have shown. Flynn is a retired United States Army lieutenant general.
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GOP Sen. Rand Paul says he refuses to take the COVID-19 vaccine, claims he already has 'natural immunity'
  • Sen. Rand Paul says that he doesn't need to be vaccinated because he contracted COVID-19 last year.
  • "I've already had the disease and I have natural immunity," Paul said on WABC 770 AM.
  • Paul has repeatedly clashed with Dr. Anthony Fauci over medical recommendations to fight COVID-19.
GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on Sunday said that he won't take a COVID-19 vaccination shot to protect against the highly infectious disease.

... The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals who previously had COVID-19 should still get vaccinated because there is no timetable for natural immunity.

Paul said that until he feels assured that immunity through vaccination is more effective than natural immunity, he will skip taking any shots.

"Until they show me evidence that people who have already had the infection are dying in large numbers, or being hospitalized or getting very sick, I just made my own personal decision that I'm not getting vaccinated because I've already had the disease and I have natural immunity," Paul emphasized.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease expert, said earlier this month that new studies have shown that vaccines increase any natural protection against new COVID-19 variants that individuals may have had from a previous infection.

"Vaccines, actually, at least with regard to SARS-CoV-2 [the coronavirus] can do better than nature," he said. "Vaccination in people previously infected significantly boosts the immune response."
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Lauren Boebert stated there hadn't been a single COVID-19 death in Texas since mask restrictions ended in March. Data shows thousands had, in fact, died.
  • Rep. Lauren Boebert falsely claimed Texas hasn't recorded a single COVID-19 death in two months.
  • "Since removing the mask mandate ...Texas has not reported a single COVID death," she claimed.
  • Data shows 3,600 Texans lost their lives to the virus since March 2, the day restrictions were lifted.
Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado falsely claimed that Texas hasn't recorded a single COVID-19 death since it lifted mask restrictions two months ago.

Speaking to right-wing commentator Gina Loudon on "Dr.Gina Primetime" on Wednesday, Boebert ridiculed the House chamber's mask mandate and said she "enjoys" telling Speaker Nancy Pelosi to "kiss my mask."

"Leftists won't even listen to the bureaucrats at the CDC, and it just goes to show that this party's 'Follow the Science' slogan is a total joke, just like this entire administration, just like the entire Democrat Party," Boebert said, according to Right Wing Watch. "They want to tell you to listen to science and listen to data and facts, but they haven't done that for more than a year."

"Texas removed their mask mandate two months ago, and Sleepy Joe called it 'Neanderthal thinking,'" she continued. "No, sir. Republicans are just following the science, and since removing the mask mandate two months ago, Texas has not reported a single COVID death. Not one."

According to data published by the Texas Department of State Health Services, around 3,600 people have lost their lives to the virus since March 2, which was the day Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lifted all COVID-19 restrictions in the state.

More than 50,000 people have died in Texas since March 2020.

However, on May 16, the state did report its first day without recording any COVID-19 death since the beginning of the pandemic.

Dr. Wesley Long, a pathologist at Houston Methodist, told the Houston Chronicle that while this new milestone is encouraging, people must still remain vigilant and careful.

"We all want to be on the other side of the pandemic. And it's OK to feel excitement about changes in mask mandates, or about decreasing case numbers and mortality," Long said, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"But it's important to remember how we got here," Long continued. "A lot of the benefits we're seeing now are largely driven by vaccines and compliance with safety measures such as masking and social distancing."

Boebert represents Colorado's 3rd Congressional District and ran her 2020 campaign on a pro-gun platform. She owns a restaurant in the state called Shooters Grille, where the staff is encouraged to openly carry firearms.

She has previously expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory but denied that she is a follower of it, the Guardian reported.
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India becomes third country to top 300,000 Covid-19 deaths as vaccine shortage bites
India reported 4,454 new Covid-19 fatalities on Monday and is now the third country in the world after Brazil and the United States to surpass more than 300,000 official deaths. It also added more than 220,000 new cases, marking the fourth consecutive day that the number of cases recorded in the country have declined.

The spiraling crisis has overwhelmed India's health care system in several states. Beds, oxygen and medical workers are in short supply. Some patients are dying in waiting rooms or outside overflowing clinics. At cremation grounds, bodies are piling up faster than workers can build new pyres.

While the outbreak is beginning to abate in major cities such as Delhi and Mumbai, its spread to rural areas is drawing concern. Meanwhile, an alarming uptick in deaths among Covid-19 survivors from a rare “black fungus” infection is underlining problems in India’s health care system. And the country’s vaccination drive is faltering, dogged by shortages at a time when it is needed most.

As the crisis has unfolded, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been slammed by international media for not doing enough to prevent the catastrophe, and for downplaying the death toll. But, inside the country, telling the truth can get journalists in trouble -- India ranks among the lowest in the world for press freedom.

Still, local media outlets are working tirelessly to get the real story out, doing some traditional shoe-leather journalism, Diksha Madhok writes. They're also fighting for transparency and accountability from a government that has tried to clamp down on criticism of Modi and his handling of the pandemic.
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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a contagious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first case was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. It has since spread worldwide, leading to an ongoing pandemic.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are variable, but often include fever, cough, fatigue, breathing difficulties, and loss of smell and taste. Symptoms begin one to fourteen days after exposure to the virus. Most people (81%) develop mild to moderate symptoms (up to mild pneumonia), while 14% develop severe symptoms (dyspnea, hypoxia, or more than 50% lung involvement on imaging) and 5% of patients suffer critical symptoms (respiratory failure, shock, or multiorgan dysfunction). At least a third of the people who are infected with the virus remain asymptomatic and do not develop noticeable symptoms at any point in time, but can spread the disease. Some patients continue to experience a range of effects—known as long COVID—for months after recovery and damage to organs has been observed. Multi-year studies are underway to further investigate the long term effects of the disease.

Source: Coronavirus disease 2019 - Wikipedia