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New York State has declared a state of emergency over the Omicron coronavirus variant, despite the fact that 100 percent of New York’s sampled cases in the last two weeks were the Delta variant of the virus.

“We continue to see warning signs of spikes in COVID this winter, and while the new Omicron variant has yet to be detected in New York State, it’s coming,” Hochul said in a tweet on Friday.

“Today I signed an Executive Order to help @HealthNYGov boost hospital capacity ahead of potential spikes,” she announced: 

We continue to see warning signs of spikes in COVID this winter, and while the new Omicron variant has yet to be detected in New York State, its coming.

Today I signed an Executive Order to help @HealthNYGov boost hospital capacity ahead of potential spikes.

— Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) November 26, 2021

According to the Hill, “the executive order, in effect until at least Jan. 15, allows nonessential procedures to be postponed in hospitals in order to increase hospital capacity.”

Hochul is also urging New Yorkers to “use the tools that we know help prevent the spread of this deadly virus,” which she listed as wearing a mask indoors, washing hands, and getting vaccinated. She begged unvaccinated individuals to get the shot “as soon as you can.”

Hochul’s executive moves come despite the fact that New York has not recorded any cases of the Omicron variant.

According to the state’s website [emphasis added]:

For samples of SARS-CoV-2 collected between November 7 and November 20, 2021 from New York State that are sequenced and entered into Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID), 100% were the Delta variant, compared to 99.2% in the previous two-week period.

Between November 14 and November 20, CDC’s program for HHS Region 2 (New York, New Jersey, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico) estimated 100% of samples were the Delta variant, compared to 100% in the previous one-week period.

In response to the variant, the U.S. will restrict travel for non-U.S. citizens from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) has admitted that it skipped naming the new variant “Xi” to avoid “stigma” to anyone who may be named that — an obvious concern related to the Chinese dictator.

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Top doctors refuse to give their own kids a third shot as studies find chances vaccinated boys between 12 and 17 being hospitalized are 0.3 out of 100,000 - but the likelihood of rare heart inflammation is 10 out of 100,000

Two of the nation's top doctors said they refuse to give their own kids a third COVID shot as vaccinated teenage boys have a low risk of hospitalization, but the likelihood of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart, caused by the jab is 10 out of 100,000.

Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious-disease specialist at the University of California, and Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a member of the FDA's vaccine advisory committee, told Bari Weiss in her most recent Substack that the benefits of a booster for teen males are outweighed by the possible side effects. 

One of the most common serious side effects for a teen from a COVID booster jab was myocarditis, a rare heart inflammation case that occurs mostly in males, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which had recorded two such cases among a group of 20,000 while vaccinated teen boys only had a 0.3 out of 100,000 chances of being hospitalized over COVID. 

The doctors claimed the CDC was premature in advising teens to get a booster shot, with Gandhi saying, 'I am not giving my 12 and 14-year-old boys boosters.' 

Offit said he advised his 20-year-old son to avoid the third dose and said the booster would be worth the risk for 'the average healthy 17-year-old boy.' 

The doctors' statements come as other health officials claimed the CDC had made its booster recommendation without proper data on the safety issues. 

Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious-disease specialist at the University of California, and Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the FDA's vaccine advisory committee, said the benefits of a booster shot for teen boys was outweighed by its possible side effects

The CDC reported two cases of myocarditis due to booster shots in teen boys. Both men were released from the hospital and reported in good condition

Of the 265 cases reported in teens ages 12 to 15 last year, 251 were hospitalized and all but 10 were discharged and sent home. The remaining have reported improved or resolved symptoms, but were still under evaluation

Myocarditis was listed as the second most common serious side effect due to vaccination among older teens and young men. There were only 13 cases reported in the age group between May to December 2021, with the four hospitalized reportedly recovered


Cases of myocarditis reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System have occurred:

  • After mRNA COVID-19 vaccination (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), especially in male adolescents and young adults
  • More often after the second dose
  • Usually within a week of vaccination

Most patients with myocarditis who received care responded well to medicine and rest and felt better quickly.

Patients can usually return to their normal daily activities after their symptoms improve. Those who have been diagnosed with myocarditis should consult with their cardiologist (heart doctor) about return to exercise or sports. More information will be shared as it becomes available. 

Myocarditis has the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering, or pounding heart

Seek medical care if you or your child have any of the specific or general symptoms of myocarditis, especially if it’s within a week after COVID-19 vaccination.

The CDC had recorded 265 cases of myocarditis among children ages 12 to 15 who received a COVID vaccine between May 12 and December 19, 2021, 90 percent of which were boys. 

Of the cases, 251 were hospitalized and all but 10 were discharged and sent home. The remaining have reported improved or resolved symptoms, but were still under evaluation.  

Within that same timeframe, the CDC recorded 13 cases of myocarditis among people ages 16 to 24, with four being hospitalized and all four recovering.  

During a United Nations briefing last week, WHO Chief Scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan said: 'There is no evidence that healthy children or healthy adolescents need boosters. No evidence at all.' 

The sentiments were echoed by Dr. Sarah Long, a member of the CDC advisory committee and a infectious disease specialist at Drexel University. 

'We made the decision, in my opinion, without any data on safety,' she said, referencing the CDC's decision to ignore a non-peer-reviewed study from Israel that cited two cases of myocarditis in 12 to 15-year-old males because of its small survey size. 

The Israeli study warned that the condition could be as high as one in 3,000 males following vaccination. 

Despite some concerns over the Israeli study, Long ultimately voted to approve the boosters for teens due to the rampant surge of the Omicron variant. 

The only member on the advisory committee who voted against the booster recommendation was Dr. Helen Keipp Talbot, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt. 

Talbot did not immediately respond to's request for comment. 

Dr. Elissa Perkins, an emergency medicine physician at Boston University with an expertise in infectious diseases, told Bari Weiss that the CDC and FDA needed to communicate the recommendation decision better to put parents at ease. 

'If a booster is only offering a temporary benefit against minimally symptomatic infection it is really important that this rationale is clear so parents can weigh the trade offs to determine if, in their individual circumstances, the benefits outweigh the risks,' she said. 

The US and Germany are one of the few countries that have recommended booster shots for everyone 12 and up, with the UK and Finland only recommending it for teens with serious medical conditions.

Denmark, Sweden, Japan and Spain have approved boosters for adults only, and in Ireland, no one under the age of 16 can receive a booster.  

The backlash against the booster recommendation for kids comes as schools grapple with what policies to enforce as COVID cases remain high.

The US recorded 653,120 new cases in the past day and about 4,040 new deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.  

Two weeks ago marked the nation's highest weekly infection rate of the pandemic, with 5,607,176 cases reported between January 10 to 16. It was also the deadliest week with 23,416 deaths reported.

About 64 percent of eligible Americans are fully vaccinated, more than 80 percent have gotten at least one jab.   

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