The Times lives behind a paywall now. You need to read this garbage to understand how the fascists are winning. It is imperative you understand what is being said about you behind (or in front of) your back.
This latest article is brought to you by the esteemed publication that supported, advocated for and insisted on the unlawful invasion of Iraq, among many countries throughout the globe, causing the destruction, immiseration and death of millions of souls throughout the world. Please read this article and understand that what we are witnessing with this article is fascism. There is simply no other way to describe it. Now, you need to email the Times and demand for Ms. Brody’s immediate resignation. She has held this position and has been consistently promoting baseless conspiracy theories since 1976. She is an opportunist and nothing more.
date: January 25, 2021
written by: Jane E. Brody
Jane E. Brody is the Personal Health columnist for The New York Times, a position she has held since 1976.
Ms. Brody’s widely read and quoted column, which appears in The Times’s Science Times section and in scores of other newspapers around the country, earned her the title of “High Priestess of Health” from Time magazine.She joined The Times in 1965 as a full-time specialist in medicine and biology, after serving two years as a general assignment reporter for The Minneapolis Tribune.
Ms. Brody has also written many magazine articles and lectures frequently on health issues to audiences both lay and professional. She has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows throughout the country and has received numerous prestigious awards for journalistic excellence. In 1987, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Princeton University. She also has honorary doctorates from Hamline University in St. Paul, the State University of New York Health Sciences University, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Long Island University.She has written more than a dozen books including the best sellers “Jane Brody’s Nutrition Book” and “Jane Brody’s Good Food Book.”
Her other books include “Jane Brody’s Good Food Gourmet,” “Jane Brody’s Good Seafood Book,” “Jane Brody’s Cold and Flu Fighter,” “Jane Brody’s Allergy Fighter,” “The New York Times Book of Health” and “The New York Times Book of Women’s Health.” She is co-author of “The New York Times Guide to Alternative Health,” published in 2001. Her newest work, “Jane Brody’s Guide to the Great Beyond: A Practical Primer to Help You and Your Loved Ones Prepare Medically, Legally, and Emotionally for the End of Life,” was published in February 2009.Ms. Brody received her B.S. degree in biochemistry from the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University in 1962 and a master’s degree in science writing from the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism the following year.Ms. Brody was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she presently resides. Her husband, Richard Engquist, a lyricist for the musical theater, died in 2010.
Their twin sons, Erik and Lorin, both married, share her enthusiasm for wholesome food and fitness. She is the proud grandparent of four boys, including a pair of Brooklyn-born twins.
As a professional health writer and concerned citizen, the ache in my heart deepens with each new report of the devastation wrought by the novel coronavirus, the cause of immeasurable — and still increasing — personal and economic pain for people caught in its deadly spikes.
In a recent five-week period, 100,000 Americans died from complications of Covid-19, a toll that took the country four months to reach last spring.
My distress is magnified by the knowledge that it didn’t have to be this bad. One simple measure — consistent wearing of face coverings in public — could have helped to stem the agony. In December, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reiterated advice first given in July: “Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.”
Masks, the agency emphasized, protect both the wearer and those the wearer encounters in the course of daily life.
Now, with the emergence of a highly contagious variant of the virus and the chaotic attempts to distribute and administer vaccines to hundreds of millions of vulnerable Americans, short of a total lockdown, universal mask-wearing is the most effective way to slow the relentless rise in hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19.
It will take many months to immunize everyone willing and able to get a Covid vaccine. Meanwhile, we’re facing another tsunami of deadly coronavirus infections as the new variant sweeps through swaths of still-unprotected millions.
As with many other measures not taken by the last administration to minimize the spread of Covid-19, mask-wearing was left up to the states to mandate and enforce. Masks became a political football, and the former president publicly ridiculed opponents who wore them. Some elected officials even made the ridiculous, baseless claim that masks not only don’t thwart the spread of the virus, they actually enhance it. I wonder if they also ignored parents and teachers who told them to cover their mouths when they coughed or sneezed.
I also wonder about the economic savvy of our former president and the governors who have resisted issuing mask mandates, some of whom got Covid-19 themselves yet clamored to open the economy. Goldman Sachs estimated last June that implementing a nationwide mask mandate could have a potential impact on the U.S. GDP of one trillion dollars.
Lately, as I await my second vaccine shot, I’ve become increasingly aware of how many people walk, run or cycle without a mask or, if they have a mask, wear it ineffectively. I’ve taken to speaking up more often: “Please wear your mask” or “The mask should cover your nose and mouth.” Among the ignorant responses: “I don’t need a mask when I’m outside,” “I already had Covid so I can’t get it again or give it to you,” and my favorite while walking on a four-foot-wide path, “I stay six feet away from people.”
Although six-foot social distancing is not totally arbitrary, it’s based on limited evidence among airline passengers and may not apply at all, for example, to the unmasked cyclists shouting to one another as they ride past me or to the heavy-breathing runners I pass.
I’ve also heard a few people say, “I already got the vaccine, so I don’t need a mask.” This may be the most dangerous excuse of all. First, although the vaccines are very good, they’re not perfect, and chances are these vaccine recipients haven’t been checked for strong antibodies to the virus. Second, we don’t yet know if the vaccines, while highly effective in preventing sickness and death, will also prevent asymptomatic infection that can spread the virus to others.
As Jeremy Howard, a data scientist at the University of San Francisco, said of mask refusers: “How would you feel if you made your best friend sick, or killed your friend’s mother?”
Last February, after the World Health Organization, with no supporting data, advised against wearing a mask unless you were already sick, Mr. Howard amassed an international team of 19 scientists to review the evidence for mask-wearing, expecting to find “that masks were a waste of time,” he said in an interview. Instead, he said, the team found that “the data on the benefit of masks is really compelling.” The results of their exhaustive study were published recently in PNAS, the peer-reviewed Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Mr. Howard said that preliminary reports of their findings resulted “in all sorts of abuse, including death threats” from mask resisters. But that has not kept him from repeating that “wearing any kind of mask will greatly help to keep you from accidentally infecting others, which is important for the community and the economy. About half of coronavirus infections are spread by people who don’t know they’re sick, and the new variant is much more transmissible.”
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