Monday, January 1, 2024

New Peer-Reviewed Research: Study Used to Vilify the Unvaxxed was Flawed, Author Linked to Pfizer; How COVID Brought About The Fall Of The McDonald's Salad, and other C-Virus related stories

New peer-reviewed research: Study used to vilify the unvaxxed was flawed, author linked to Pfizer:
A study which was widely used to vilify unvaccinated individuals was not only flawed but its author had ties to Covid injection manufacturer Pfizer, according to new peer-reviewed research.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, politicians, scientists and media organizations vilified unvaccinated people, blaming them for prolonging the pandemic and advocating policies that barred ‘the unvaccinated’ from public venues, businesses and their own workplaces,” Brenda Baletti noted in a Dec. 22 analysis for The Defender.
Dr. David Fisman, a University of Toronto epidemiologist was the lead author of the April 2022 study in question. It was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) and claimed that unvaccinated people posed a disproportionate risk to vaccinated people.
Fisman told the media that the key message of the study was that the choice to get vaccinated is not merely personal because if you choose to be unvaccinated you are “creating risk for those around you.”
Compliant legacy media outlets ran with it.
Headlines like Salon’s, “Merely hanging out with unvaccinated puts the vaccinated at higher risk: study,” Forbes’ “Study Shows Unvaccinated People Are At Increased Risk Of Infecting The Vaccinated” or Medscape’s “My Choice? Unvaccinated Pose Outsize Risk to Vaccinated” proliferated in more than 100 outlets.
The Canadian Parliament used the study to impose restrictions on unvaccinated people.
But a new peer-reviewed study published in Cureus shows that the study by Fisman et al “was based on the application of flawed mathematical risk models that offer no scientific backing for such policies,” Baletti wrote. --->READ MORE HERE
How COVID Brought About The Fall Of The McDonald's Salad:
First introduced in 1987, salads were a lighter alternative to the standard fast food fare served at McDonald's. While the types of salads and even containers changed over the years – McSalad Shakers were a short-lived thing – salads remained a staple on menus. They offered a menu option for those wanting more veggies. However, all of that changed in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. While the pandemic did cause restaurants to temporarily close, including some McDonald's locations, it was the effects on the supply chain in 2021 that spelled doom for salads at McDonald's.
The pandemic caused shortages in inventory and higher prices across multiple industries, including the restaurant industry. As such, McDonald's had to take stock of its menu and shave it down in a few areas due to rising costs and high demand. The chain's all-day breakfast was one causality, but so was the chain's salads. The lettuce used in McDonald's salads was different from the lettuce used in the chain's burgers. By getting rid of the salads, McDonald's was able to both deal with supply shortages and save money in the process. The pandemic also caused the company to consider other factors as well.
McDonald's opens up about its salad
The COVID-19 pandemic caused McDonald's to reevaluate its menu. Besides just a cost factor, the company realized it could streamline its drive-thru operations by getting rid of its salads. Salads proved to be an additional hassle that took longer to make than the chain's sandwiches. With indoor dining closed and most customers going to the drive-thru during this time, McDonald's settled on a pared-down menu. --->READ MORE HERE
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