NC Newsline is a lefty news site. It featured earlier this week an interview with Dr. Betsey Tilson, the state public health director. Dr. Tilson worked under Mandy Cohen and helped implement the state’s response to Covid-19.
To her credit, Dr. Tilson during her interview acknowledges “we’re in a very different place” with respect to Covid although it is only because “we have all the tools” to deal with it. She does not overtly relate that the most recent variants are much less damaging than the variants that circulated 2-3 years ago.
I am going to highlight some of her statements and my response:
Dr: Tilson: There’ll be a new updated COVID booster that is more matched to the circulating variants. We expect that to be available the end of September. So within a month or so, we’re going to really encourage people to get that updated booster before we really head into the fall and winter season when we are expecting they’ll be likely more of an uptick.
My response: At this point, there is no good reason for anyone to take these boosters. The Covid-19 virus is much less pathogenic, as noted above. In addition, the vaccines have an unacceptable risk profile with large numbers of cases of premature death, myocarditis and blood clots (among other adverse reactions).
Dr. Tilson: One recommendation for parents is make sure their kids are up to date on all their vaccines, their routine childhood vaccines, also making sure they’re up to date on their COVID vaccine and then when flu is available, I’m making sure they’re up to date on that. So that’s important.
My response: Recommending the Covid vaccine for minors is public health malpractice.
Dr. Tilson: And right, you can do the flu and the COVID and the RSV at the same time. That’s fine. It’s really convenient. If people want to do it different times [and spread them out] that’s fine as well. But it’s kind of easier to do one-stop shopping.
My response: That seems imprudent to me. The RSV vaccine is new, and as noted above, the Covid vaccines are not safe for large numbers of people. Combining all these vaccines simultaneously invites trouble.
Dr. Tilson: I think in the height of the pandemic, there was so much misinformation.
My response: The misinformation was largely spread by public health authorities at the federal and state levels. Dr. Tilson’s department has been a very troublesome source of misinformation.
Dr. Tilson (when asked about using masks):
I think in certain conditions, it’s a really good idea. One, if you test positive. So, the recommendation is to be isolated for five days and for them, then the following five days is to wear a mask when you’re out and about. And also, if you’ve been exposed, it’s important to wear that mask for the 10 days after exposure. So, those are [recommendations] for masking.
Two, if you are sick even without COVID, let’s say you have flu or RSV or something, it’s always nice to wear a mask so that you are not infecting people around you. So that’s helpful to protect others.
And then, especially if you’re at high risk or you start following our dashboard and you see up-ticking, there are certain situations where you’re at higher risk for exposure. Let’s say you’re going to a crowded indoor place that you might want to choose to wear a mask to protect yourself. And then also, as we start thinking about heading into the holiday seasons and thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas, if you know you’re going to be gathering with people, maybe older people, grandparents, those who are more vulnerable, you also might want to think about wearing a mask before that family setting to help prevent you from getting infected so you’re not spreading it to others. So ,there’s a bunch of different indications or situations where people might want to wear a mask as that extra layer of protection.
My response: This is complete gibberish. A five-day isolation period at this point is completely unwarranted given the fact that the virus is not nearly as damaging as it was previously. And the masks typically used by the general public simply do not work. The Cochrane organization provides the highest level of review for scientific questions in the medical field. Based on an extensive review of the literature, they concluded that masks are not helpful for the most part. Check out this link for the proof. Dr. Tilson is selling snake oil.