By Ted Hesson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is evaluating whether to house unaccompanied migrant children at a military base in Virginia amid a sharp rise in migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notice seen by Reuters. A Pentagon spokesman confirmed that Fort Lee, a U.S. Army facility about 30 miles (48 km) south of Richmond, was under consideration. The number of migrant children arriving at the southwestern border has increased in recent months, putting pressure on HHS-run shelters that house the children ...
Ivermectin believers have become 'radicalized' and now advocate 'inhaling food-grade hydrogen peroxide': reporter
Believers in treating COVID-19 with ivermectin have reportedly branched out in terms of their recommended treatments for the virus, which now include inhaling food-grade hydrogen peroxide.
NBC News reporter Ben Collins, who follows multiple pro-ivermectin and anti-vaccine Facebook groups, writes on Twitter that many of these groups have now become "radicalized" and are pushing for even more exotic remedies for COVID-19.
The problem these groups are encountering, writes Collins, is that their followers have quickly learned that ivermectin alone won't do the trick.
"So," writes Collins. "They developed a makeshift 'protocol.'"
And what does this "protocol" entail?
Much of it, notes Collins, seems to be made up on the fly.
"Obviously, keep taking the ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, the ivermectin groups say," writes Collins. "But also gargle iodine. Buy a nebulizer and inhale food-grade hydrogen peroxide. Anything but the vaccine."
As the Washington Post reported on Thursday, doctors are warning against treating COVID-19 by inhaling hydrogen peroxide.
"Hydrogen peroxide is an antiseptic more commonly used for minor cuts, burns and scrapes," the Post noted. "It is also used as a whitener in some toothpastes, and as a common household cleaning agent. But it can be poisonous to humans if swallowed in strong enough concentrations."
On Friday, KXLY reported that anti-mask demonstrators in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho forced the city's school district office into lockdown.
"The protesters originally gathered outside of a school board special meeting that was intended to discuss the possibility of implementing a district-wide mask mandate. The meeting was called in response to the rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in North Idaho," reported Erin Robinson. "However, because of the large crowd, the district postponed the meeting just minutes before it was set to start. The district said there were too many people and they wanted to keep them safe. They also had received reports of fights outside."
Idaho has been a hotbed of right-wing opposition to COVID health orders. The state has seen multiple "mask burnings" where parents even brought their children to the events, which one doctor likened to "child abuse."
With the blessing of the local GOP, Central District Health, an agency that oversees care for a third of the state's residents, recently appointed Dr. Ryan Cole, a conspiracy theorist who has called vaccines "needle rape." One Idaho man recently made headlines for threatening to shoot a doctor who wouldn't treat his COVID-infected father-in-law with ivermectin, an unproven drug used as a deworming medication in livestock.
All of this is taking place as COVID rates in Idaho have reached such high levels that some facilities have been authorized to ration care.
9 vaccinated Montana nursing home residents dead after GOP governor banned vax mandates for healthcare workers: report
Hospitals across Montana are overwhelmed with coronavirus patients as the Delta variant spreads across Big Sky Country.
Montana's Republican governor, Greg Gianforte, signed the nation's only ban on employers requiring vaccination for employees. This has prevented even nursing homes and medical facilities from requiring vaccination, which resulted in a new lawsuit led by the Montana Medical Association.
On Friday, Gianforte successfully got the Veterans Administration to open 6 beds at its Fort Harrison hospital. But with 416 Montanans hospitalized, that will do little to ease the strain on the system.
Also on Friday, Gianforte announced that he was deploying the National Guard to four more hospitals. Gianforte had already approved deployments to Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena and Missoula. Troops will now also deploy to Kalispell, Livingston, Plains and Whitefish.
While Gianforte has taken measures to deal with the impact of the surge, he has not yet taken measures to slow the spread.
The law he signed, which banned long-term care facilities from requiring staff to get vaccinated, may have been fatal in one Montana town.
"Ten residents of Libby Care Center in Lincoln County died in August as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak that started at the end of July," KPAX-TV reported. "The company believes the virus got into the facility through an unvaccinated Certified Nursing Assistant."
Nine of the ten residents who died were reportedly vaccinated.
Cascadia Healthcare told the station only 54% of staff are vaccinated, even though they work in a long-term care facility.
National Guard will be helping four more Montana hospitals -- Livingston, Kalispell, Whitefish and Plains. This com… https://t.co/R0KA9LFOES— Mackenzie Quinn - NBC Montana (@Mackenzie Quinn - NBC Montana) 1632517653.0
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