Yucatan’s COVID Cases Growing to Troubling Levels: Fourth Wave – Omicron BA.2+

June 20, 2022 COVID Update:
We are now in our 9’th consecutive week of increasing Omicron COVID cases, with an 83% increase the past week in Yucatan, which adds to the 75% increase a week ago, which added to a 75% increase three weeks ago. The latest 1789 new confirmed COVID cases is very troubling, because only a small fraction of COVID infected people here get tested (1 in 12?), we likely have over 21,000 cases a week. This corresponds to 1 COVID infected Yucatecan out of 107 total.

Because having a prior COVID infection is providing no protection from getting the current COVID strain (Omicron BA2+), and because having vaccinations provides only some protection from serious COVID symptoms & hospitalization … we really MUST return to wearing tight fitting medical grade N95 or better masks and using 8 feet of social distancing inside buildings to reduce our inhaled COVID aerosol loads from infected people talking.

June 14, 2022 Update:
After 8 consecutive weeks of increasing COVID cases in Yucatan, we are now solidly in our 4’th wave of COVID, as we passed 1,000 confirmed COVID cases this past week. Because only a small fraction of COVID infected people here get tested (1 in 12?), we likely have over 12,000 cases a week. This corresponds to 1 COVID infected Yucatecan out of 190 total.

This current 1 in 200 Yucatecans with COVID is troubling enough that it means it’s time to go back to masking-up with tight fitting N-95 masks or better, and maintaining 8 ft of social distancing when out in public indoor spaces. It turns out that having a prior COVID infection … or being vaccinated & boosted … provides almost no protection from getting this new wave of Omicron BA.2.12.1 … But being vaccinated & boosted does reduce our chances of having a serious infection or hospitalization, and most Omicron BA.2.12.1 infections give only short durations of mild symptoms.

Why Wear Tight-Masks & Socially Distance?
Even though most Omicron cases are mild, note that even the current mild COVID infections are still causing permanent lung damage, kidney damage, brain damage, vascular damage, and nervous system damage in even “mild” cases. … So, even though you’ve been vaccinated & boosted, or have had a prior COVID infection, the risks of getting a mild Omicron infection accompanied by shocking long-COVID effects meana we really should start publicly masking-up & Socially Distancing again to avoid the wicked long-COVID effects … because ONLY tight medical grade masks (N95 or better) and Socially distancing by 8 ft indoors sufficiently reduce our inhaling the invisible highly-infectious fine aerosols to safe levels, invisible aerosols from people talking or singing.

The wrong mask to wear ** … Use only N95 or better masks.

Scientific Factual Conclusions:
Except for protection by wearing tight-fitting masks & Socially Distancing, unfortunately Omicron COVID is rewriting most of what non-scientist Medical Doctors have been telling people. Many so-called ‘experts’ told us that COVID would supposedly mutate to milder & milder, supposedly less contagious strains. This has proven to be absolutely false. … ‘Expert’ Medical Doctors (who are not scientists) also told us that having a prior infection would protect us, which has proven to be asolutely false.

**… ‘Expert’ Medical Doctors (who are not scientists) told us to “Wash your hands & use hand sanitizer”, actions which provide absolutely no protection from COVID, because COVID is only transmitted by inhaling invisible fine aerosols from people talking or singing.

… ‘Expert’ Medical Doctors (who are not scientists) mistakenly told us to “Wear your cloth masks.” for 2 full years, even though the last 40 yrs of scientific testing shows that cloth masks leak horribly, providing almost no protection from inhaled viruses. Non-Scientist Medical Doctors ignored that it takes at least 12 layers of cloth to equal just one layer of N95 material … And yes, Medical Doctors ignored all the known facts on these things, even though they were published in the first month of COVID back in March, 2020:

https://yucalandia.com/2020/03/30/how-to-keep-yourself-safe-from-covid-19-sars-cov-2/

… ‘Expert’ Medical Doctors (who are not scientists) told us to “Disinfect EVERYTHING” … which provides absolutely no protection from COVID, because the only way to stop COVID transmissions to to inhale only very small amounts COVID’s highly-infectious invisible fine aerosols. Because COVID’s invisible fine aerosols persist indoors by floating around infectious for 4 to 6 HOURS AFTER a COVID infected person talks, sings, or wheezes, then either fine high quality tight masks, or diluting out the aerosols by Social Distancing, breezes or fans are the only real solutions to not getting infected.

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Get educated … Stay informed … Stay healthy …

Dr. Steven M. Fry

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Sid Hollander: Yucatan’s Loss, Heaven’s Gain

May 28, 2022:
Yucatan lost one of its brightest lights yesterday, with the passing of Sidney Hollander.

Our world of expats here is now a bit poorer, somewhat less entertaining, and a whole lot less colorful.

Sid was a good friend, loving husband of Feli Pamplona, storyteller of the first order, a beloved teacher of gifted students, champion arguer, and the best in the world at the Maya Calendars for 2 generations.

Anyone who’s gone to Merida’s Museo Maya and gotten their birth date converted to Maya dates, has been touched by Sid, as he programmed that delightful tool to print our Maya birth dates. Others experienced his hearty laugh, commanding booming voice & rapier wit at the Merida Mens Club. Yet others much enjoyed his courses teaching the Maya Calendars & his generous hospitality, as scholars & students alike came to Yucatan from across the USA & Canada for decades to experience his 2 day Maya Calendar seminars at his beautiful quinta outside Merida.

Sid’s passing is major milemarker for many of us here in Yucatan, Merida, and across the Maya archeological world, as he has loved us & loved Yucatan since first coming here in 1968, as a part of Umacinta River trips. Sid really was one of a kind … part of a generation of first rate Maya scholars that included his contemporaries of the dear Herr Professor Doctor Peter Schmidt (Director of Archeology at Chichen Itza), Linda Schele, David Stuart & his parents, Willie Folan (Director of Archeology at Kalakmul), Rafael Cobos, Patricia & Rodrigo Martin, and too many dear acquaintances to be mentioned.

As the premier Maya Calendar expert to INAH, Sid worked onsite at Chichen Itza through the 1990’s, and continued as their Maya Calendar guy for another decade into the 2,000’s. In addition to writing the world standard “Bars & Dots” computer program in the 1980’s, (still in use today by scholars world-wide). On a personal level, Sid generously used his connections & roots to enrich the lives of more than a few of his good friends, as he was welcome through the back door of all the top Yucatec Mayan sites, as he opened up opportunities for many of us to go behind-the-ropes & behind-the-scenes at Chichen Itza, Mayapan, Uxmal, Dzibilchaltun, Kabah, Sayil & Labna.

Yet others will remember Sid from his Merida Insider days, as a good friend of Mexico Bob, EJ Albright, Yucatan Bill, and a host of other real characters. Some will even remember his generosity, love of dinners & love of Christmas parties as he regularly opened his home to total strangers he met on the internet – as THE Jewish guy who made THE BEST roast pork & held THE BEST Christmas fests.

EJ Albright, Sid, Steve Fry & Bill Drennon (L to R)



We miss you & your stories, dear friend, beloved teacher, loving husband, father & grandfather.
Our lives are richer for having known you …

Adios, amigo

… Shalom …

… Descansa en Paz …


Your friend,
Steve

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Mexico’s Three New Requirements for Mexicans ove Age 18 & Foreign Residents to Register with SAT

May 9, 2022 Update
The Tax Administration Service (SAT) reported yesterday that the entry into force of the Digital Tax Receipt by Internet (CFDI) 4.0 will be on January 1, 2023, instead of July 1, 2022. This means we will continue to get the 3.3 e-factura’s until then.

“Individuals and legal entities that today use the new billing version 4.0 , we ask you to continue with it in order to socialize its use. On the other hand, those who still do not use it are invited to continue with the transition process during the rest of the year”, per SAT’s latest public statement.



May 20, 2022:
All foreigners in Mexico on Residente Temporal & Resident Permanente visas, and anyone over age 18 with a CURP, face 3 new requiremnts by July 1’st, 2022. These Jan 2022 changes to Mexican law will require foreign residents to:

1. Get RFC numbers (Registro Federal de Contribuyentes) from SAT-Hacienda to register as a taxpayer-resident in Mexico, and then

2. Get a “Constancia de Situacion Fiscal” document from SAT-Hacienda, as proof of Tax – Fiscal registration with SAT, and

3. That “Constancia de Situacion Fiscal” document will be necessary at some point** to be an electricity (CFE), water, or internet customer in Mexico. Further, any buying or selling of a car or house or property will also require having an RFC and the Constancia de Situacion Fiscal document.

Sources:
https://www.gob.mx/sat/prensa/el-sat-informa-que-no-habra-sancion-para-los-jovenes-mayores-de-18-anos-que-no-se-inscriban-al-rfc-001-2022?idiom=es
and
Código Fiscal de la Federación, artículo 27 … also see the Mexican DOF.
https://www.sat.gob.mx/normatividad/54967/leyes-fiscales &
https://www.sat.gob.mx/aplicacion/53027/genera-tu-constancia-de-situacion-fiscal


Background: Why, Where & When
Last Jan.3, 2022 SAT made what looked like minor changes to Articulo 27 of the Federal Fiscal Code requiring all adults (18 & over) to get an RFC. The purposes were to cut down on identity theft and increase tax compliance-collection by requiring people who already have RFCs to get new current Constancias de Situacion Fiscal (to prove who they are & that they have current valid RFCs), and by requiring all adult residents of Mexico to get a valid RFC. The old RFC application procedures were riddled with identity theft problems from strangers creating RFC’s online without having a formal account with password & personal ID confirmation. Under the new 2022 system, people without RFCs have to register in person to confirm their identity (Note SAT does not accept foreign passports as an ID), and those with RFCs need to create an online account with SAT and establish a password, to be able to print out the new official Constancia de Situacion Fiscal document needed to buy or sell a house or car, or to set up a CFE or internet, or water department account.

Sidelights:
First (1) … Many people in Mexico think they have an RFC, while they actually don’t. There was over a decade when local branches of Mexican banks just made up RFCs for their clients who had no actual official RFC from SAT-Hacienda, just to allow the bank to open an account for the person. Those old bank-issued RFCs are not valid for anything – so, unless you personally went into a SAT-Hacienda office and got your RFC, instead know that the bank-issued RFC is likely worthless & that you still need to go get an official RFC from SAT.

1.a. … Still, this is Mexico: Some foreigners actually have RFCs that they were unaware of, because some banks, car dealers & some Notarios successfully created valid RFCs for their customers when the foreigner bought or sold a home, bought a car, or started a bank account, without your knowledge or approval => which WAS part of the problem of Identity Theft, because people created RFCs without the foreigner’s knowledge. So … Some foreigners are finding that when they apply for an RFC now, that the SAT system kicks them out of the online queue, because they already have an RFC. These people with RFC’s then need to create an official online account with SAT, and establish a password – to be allowed to print out their current Constancia de Situacion Fiscal document needed to buy-sell a property, car, or start a CFE, internet or water dept. account.

Second … Unfortunately, these actions directed heavily at identity thieves, fat cats & big criminals, also flow down over the rest of us, who are living simple lives, uncomplicated by money laundering, gun-running, & drug smuggling. These new requirements are partly being driven by the USA’s ongoing War on Drugs & USA’s War on Money laundering – pressuring Mexico to address these problems, which then flows down onto the rest of us, just like the USA’s 2009-2010 new laws on foreign bank accounts & the 2009-2010’s new laws driving US banks to cut off accounts by 2017 for Americans living abroad. … These changes also come form Mexico trying to increase tax compliance, by requiring all Mexicans over age 18 to now be registered at SAT with RFC numbers.

**Third … These new requirements come at a peculiarly difficult time, because the SAT-Hacienda systems for creating new RFC accounts are working very poorly these past months – so the systems are so jammed up with millions of Mexican applying for RFCs, that it may take until Oct – to Dec to get it all sorted out, and working smoothly. In the meantime, if you do not have to buy or sell a home, a property, a car, or start a CFE or internet account, then you can likely wait a few months till SAT gets their systems sorted out. In the meantime, online waiting lists are 2,500 to 6,000 people long – yet possibly 10 appointments per day are available at SAT offices of you arrive early enough (6:00 AM) & wait a few hours.

Notice that it’s a new requirement for ALL Mexicans over age 18 … so, the SAT-Hacienda appointment systems are backed up over 4 months with new applications, from Mexicans …. 4 months just to issue an appointment date … It’s not just gringos … and … It may take 6 months to work-off the current backlog of Mexican applicants.

Fourth … In theory, every CFE office processes 10 (?) or 15 applicants over age 60 to get their RFC, awarded by being in line early enough (5:30 AM?) to be one of that day’s special 10 or 15. We know 2 people who have done this in the past 2 weeks … but as happens in Mexico, we offer no promises that this will work for you. YMMV … Best of Luck!

International Context: … (Is Mexico so much worse than othre countries)
It’s just like how Obama-Biden cut IRS funding, resulting in 26 million unopened tax returns in 2021, still unopened by April 2022 … so the US IRS is now burning-shredding millions of unopened returns that are more than 3 yrs old. … Fortunately, Mexico is not shredding nor burning our SAT-Hacienda tax applications … yet they are at least 4 months behind in being able to issue appointments at most SAT locations.

So, unless you need to buy-sell a house, now, or open a CFE account, or open a new internet service account NOW … you will likely be OK waiting the 4 – 6 months in a “fila virtual” (virtual line, online) waiting to get your email notifying of your appointment with SAT-Hacienda (details below).

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How to Register for an RFC Appointment with SAT-Hacienda:
SAT’s current system for registering for an RFC requires the foreigner to register online to get an appointment to come in to an SAT-Hacienda office, to both register, get ID fotos & supply fingerprints.

SAT Online Appointement Website:
https://citas.sat.gob.mx/

When online at the SAT portal, we request an appointment ( “Registrar Cita ” ), and then choose the option as an individual taxpayer ( “Persona Fisica ” ), and then enter your CURP number. Also note that you will need to take an official copy of your CURP document to your SAT appointment – so keep it handy when you get it out to register online for your SAT RFC appointment.

The next parts of the online SAT RFC appointment request process are straightforward:
On the next page after entering your CURP, you select the service you want (RFC appointment), & choose the state you whant to appy in.

NOTE: … Our local Merida SAT-Hacienda office has been taking 2 – 4 months to issue appointments, so many people who need to buy or sell a house, property, or car have been making their appontments at either Campeche’s or Chetumal’s (Q. Roo) SAT-Hacienda offices.

After you select the state you want to apply in, you will either be given the option to choose a date on a calendar, or you will face a notice that says no appointments are available at this time – which is why many foreigners in Yucatan are jumping to Campeche or Chetumal (Q. roo), but even those appointments are filling up now.

If you face the “no appointments available” option, you will then have the option to choose to enter a virtual line – queue (“fila virtual“), which gets you in to the system, but the last 3 months of internet reports by foreigners show that you may not get a notice for an appointment for another 4 months. Applying for a spot in the fila virtual, and then entering your email, enables SAT to send you an alpha-numerical “token” that is used to join the virtual line.

At that point, you sit and wait, and moniter your email for a notice from SAT notifying you of your appointment date. As you go in for your appointment, you’ll need a short list of documents. The current SAT website lists:
~ A valid migratory document (your Residente visa card);
~ A comprabante, (proof of address), like a bank statement, CFE electric bill, or copy of your rental agreement-contract.
~ Your passport

Note … Assorted internet reports describe that many SAT officies are also requiring that you show a copy of your CURP document, even though this is not reported on the SAT website.

Recent internet reports also describe that you should bring a USB memory stick, for SAT to download a personal digital signature “firma digital” for future use. At that point SAT takes your ID foto, takes your finger prints (all at no charge). Finally, recent inteernet reports say that the process takes about 40 minutes.

Final Note: As these new requirements come online, there will be consequences from the new legal requirements: People who want to sign up for internet services, for water services, for CFE accounts … or to buy or sell a house, property or car, will have to provide both their RFC number, and their Constancia de Situacion Fiscal document.


We will continue to update this article as the situations evolve.

Stay informed … Stay healthy … Stay safe …

Dr. Steven M. Fry

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Public Health, & Laboratory Measurement Science.




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Yucatan’s COVID Cases Back at ‘Normal’ Levels

March 6, 2022 Update:
“Green” is go, as our COVID casecase numbers fall back to just 404 official new COVID cases last week. Historically, typical low weeks of COVID cases since May, 2020 have fallen to around 400 confirmed cases a week, so, we’re back to having just 1 Yucatecan with COVID in 475 total Yucatecans you meet in a week.

This current 1 in 475 … Yucatecans with COVID is low enough to go out and enjoy life here, while maintaining modest protections. (vaccinated & boosted or prior COVID infection + good mask when inside around people talking.

Hospitalizations look really good! … Just 19 official cases in public hospitals is part of the previous trend of falling for 6 straight weeks …. 178 … 156 … 117 … 66 … 44 … and now just 19 COVID hospitalizations (in public hospitals) this week

COVID Deaths Rates Fell Again to Just 19 COVID deaths. … Death rates have been falling from 78 … 77 … 77 … 70 … 42 … to 19.

Finally, like hospitalizations, the deaths were again excessively coming from UNVACCINATED people.

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It sure is nice to report better COVID numbers.! 😉

Still … Keep wearing tight-fitting medical grade masks & Socially Distancing by 8 ft when masks are off for eating & drinking indoors.

Stay informed … Stay healthy … Stay safe …

Dr. Steven M. Fry

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Feb 27, 2022 COVID Cases Falling, Hospitalizations Down, Deaths Down

Feb 27, 2022 Update:
Despite the politician’s “Green” rating for COVID in Yucatan, our COVID case numbers, hospitalizations & COVID deaths are still a problem.Feb 27, 2022 Update:

Though much improved, Yucatan’s COVID numbers still tell a troubling story, currently ending with a too high 1,774 govt-confirmed COVID cases this past week … 1,774 govt.-confirmed COVID cases corresponds to each of us encountering 1 COVID infected Yucatecan out of 110 people.

Our current 1 in 110 … 1,177 Yucatecans with COVID is much lower than previous weeks falling case number of 2,052 … 3,283 … 6,398 … 7,526 … which is really good news … Yet our typical low COVID numbers were just 87 – 400 cases a week in the past.

Medical Doctors & good Scientists are saying we should still keep wearing our masks & socially distancing, esp. when inside, until our numbers fall back down 4X times lower, back to 400 cases a week. … Saying it another way, because of long-COVID risks, Yucatan would still be rated RED, if we used the same Medical-Scientific standards of last year. … Politicians simply see the world differently than Scientists & Doctors.

Hospitalizations look really good! … Just 44 official cases in public hospitals is part of the previous trend of falling for 5 straight weeks …. 178 … 156 … 117 … 66 … and 44 COVID hospitalizations (in public hospitals) this week

COVID Deaths Rates Fell Again to Just 42 COVID deaths. … Death rates have been falling from 78 … 77 … 77 … 70 … to 42.

For historical context, Yucatan’s last 5 weeks of COVID deaths are still below previous COVID-outbreaks’ 100+ peaks, likely due to less Delta COVID and more Omicron COVID. … Omicron is killing people here … yet it appears to be killing 23% fewer people than the Delta version.

Finally, like hospitalizations, the deaths were again excessively coming from UNVACCINATED people.

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It sure is nice to report better COVID numbers.! 😉

Still … Keep wearing tight-fitting medical grade masks & Socially Distancing by 8 ft when masks are off for eating & drinking indoors

Stay informed … Stay healthy … Stay safe …

Dr. Steven M. Fry

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The Truth About Us … and Where We Came From

Feb 21, 2022:

The Truth About Us and Where We Came From

Just a catchy title?

The last 10 yrs of tons of the latest genome research of ancient DNA from across Europe & Asia has blown the long-closed doors off the temples of most people’s beliefs about where we come from … where we came from … race … and from whom we actually descended … yet most people seem to have heard nothing about it.

In a small twist of fate, for example, it turns out that Iberian (Spanish & Portuguese & Catalonian) people are genetically different from the Germans, British & northern French peoples => due to the Iberians being a primarily a mixture of Out-of-Africa Black hunter-gatherers, +plus farmers from the Levant (Anatolia-Turkey, Jordan, Israel) and Steppe people … where Steppe horse people (called Yamnayans) were Central Asian nomads who had horses & wheels, heavy-metal weapons, herds … and apparently a lot of attitude => replacing 40% of the Iberians over a period of less than 300 years … but that’s just the tip of the rapidly-melting European iceberg.


Meanwhile it turns out that the modern Brits, Germans, French, Czechs, Hungarians, Scandinavians & Dutch have NOT lived there “the same way” for 10,000’s of years … but instead, before 6,000 years ago, they were a race of darker-skinned peoples who were a mixture of Out-of-Africa (Black) Hunter-Gatherer people migrating up out of Africa, through the Levant … coming to Britain, German, Holland, Scandinavia, Czechoslovakia, Balkans, Hungary & No. France  about 55,000 yrs ago,  who then mixed with NEANDERTHALS from 49,000-54,000 yrs ago … who extinguished (“replaced”) the Neanderthals by 45,000 yrs ago… Neanderthals who had lived there successfully for the full 350,000 previous years …. Yet, these early modern-Human, early northern Europeans & Central Europeans WERE WITHOUT the blue eyes & blond hair that some modern people imagine….

Then sometime between 7,500 – 40,000 yrs ago, the same NORTH EURASIANS who populated North America (a North Asian group who went extinct long ago – no longer existing except through their now far-off – greatly displaced – genetic progeny) …  also simultaneously moved both into North America, and moved WEST – into Northern Russia, Scandinavia, Germany, Holland, No. France & Britain … mixing with the local Out-of-Africa Hunter Gatherers … making those Northern European peoples a unique mix of African, Levant, local hunter-gatherers, and ancient NORTH ASIANS … as the French people today are closer to Native Americans genetically than they are to Sardinians … but all of these “pure Northern European White people” … at that point are still not blond-haired blue eyed imagined “Caucasians” …

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The next big wave of people coming into “Western Europe” were very-talented, olive-skinned expert-grass-breeders … aka FARMERS from The Levant: Anatolia (Turkey) down through the Jordanian & Israeli areas … between 4000 – 5500 years ago … bringing their barley, wheat, beer & bread …

So,it isn’t until North Eurasian (Central Russia) … blond haired blue eyed Hunter-Gatherer people from north of the Steppes – from modern-day Middle Russia & Eastern Russia. who come into Northern Europe … that blond hair & blue eyes become “a thing” … But even then … the mythological “pure racial identity of White Europeans” … does not really come into being until …

… wait for it …

until about 5,000 years ago, those same very aggressive Steppe people (Yamnayans – Central Asian Horse-Nomads) with their wheels, heavy metal weapons & horses & herds … ROCKED & ROLLED through Central Europe, Germany, Scandinavia, France & Gr. Britain – replacing much of the local previous darker-skinned farmer & hunter-gatherer people … as the very aggressive Yamnayan Horse-Nomad Steppe people took over in just 300 – 500 years … generally with as much as 90% replacement of local No. & Central European population genes, replaced by Yamnayans between just the 500 yr period from 4,500 – 5000 yrs ago.

This means there is NO CAUCASIAN genetic history for today’s “White” northern Europeans …. none … Instead, we’re heavily Central Asian Steppe Nomad (Yamnayan) horse-people**, mixed with heavy doses of ancient NORTHERN Asian people (who no longer exist) … plus some blond-haired blue-eyed hunter-gatherers from eastern Russia – aka Northern Eurasia … mixed with dark skinned Levant farmers (from Anatolia-Turkey, Jordan & Israel) … and out-of-Africa Black people who became the first hunter-gathers of France, Iberia, Germany, Scandanavia & Great Britain.


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**But notice … This picture is missing some big cultural pieces … as to why all the European languages (aka Indo-European languages) are so inter-related. … It turns out that that Indo-European language quirk too, comes from those nasty aggressive Central Asian Steppe Nomad horse-people (Yamnayans), with their horses, wagons, heavy metal weapons, herds and plundering ways … dispersing their Yamnayan language from Northern India, all the way to Norway, Germany & Spain (Iberia)….

Yet, with all the mixing of genetics, mixing of religions & cultures (Beaker Culture & Corded Culture with Levant Farmer Culture, with local Western Europe (African root) Hunter-Gatherer Culture (literally as Santa Claus, mistletoe Christmas trees, & Christmas culture) with a big dash of North Asian culture & Middle Russian cultures (both being hunker-down to survive the cold cultures) … Yet, this beautiful mix of peoples from Africa … North Asia … Russia … Anatolia (Turkey) … and many many Neanderthals …

ultimately pacified those nasty aggressive Yamnayan Central Asian Steppe Nomad warriors … to get them to settle down … to farm … to brew beer … make bread … and make babies

… as scads of ancient 5,000 yr old Y chromosome data proves those aggressive nasty horse-riding, Yamnayan men “out-competed” the local guys for time with the local gals (5000 yrs ago) 90% of the time … much the same way 300 – 500 yrs ago the Spaniards out-competed the local guys in Colombia & Venezuela 90% of the time, for time with the local gals … 😦

So … all the dopey skin-heads … arrogant White French … and arrogant Dutchmen … and arrogant Germans, stubborn Polacks, and “pure Scandanavians” … neo-Nazis … and ultra-nationalist Facists of all flavors … are all WRONG …

Science proves that Northern European White People & Central European White people are (as proven so-far) the most genetically mixed people on the planet !!!

~ which I personally find absolutely delightful !!! ~

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Finally,
When you think “White American” or “White European”…

Can you say … Hooray for Diversity!

Can you say… No one is pure

Can you say … “Heinz 57” … “mutt” … “chucho” (Spanish) … “malix” (Maya) are what No. European White people are ???

😉

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The source of all this fun fun fun Science is a 2020 youtube video (below) and a 2018 genetics book called “Who We Are and How We Got Here” that draws on the ground-breaking revolutionary science of Ancient DNA …

Ancient DNA science is wonderfully, radically, overturning centuries of previous orthodoxies … just as the microscope’s & telescope’s appearance overturned centuries of religious & racist clap-trap.

😉

Source:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-vHByC14bc





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Mexican Income-Pension Requirements for Residente Visas

Feb 20, 2022:
Questions have been popping up on gringo forums about how the 2022 “personal fiscal solvency” requirements have increased by roughly 20% for 2022, for foreigners applying for Residente visas to come to Mexico. That means it’s time to summarize the actual fiscal amounts that the different US & Canadian city’s Mexican Consulates require for people to qualify for a Residente visa.

Sure, many gringo FaceBook posts & gringo blogs are reporting a single specific magical “universal” $$ amount, but reality is different from those oversimplifications:



Also note that there are complicating factors of whether your local Mexican Consulate allows only pensions-retirement income & only old retired people to apply for a Permanent Residency visa (Residente Permanente), or whether anyone with enough monthly income or enough savings can also qualify for a Residente Permanente visa. Some Consulates are helpful & friendly on these key matters (Denver, Laredo, Portland, et al), while others (like the Mexican Consulates in California) have local very restrictive policies not found in our Mexican laws.


Next: Because EACH of the local Mexican Consulates can set their own local quirky variations to the rules, some city’s Mexican Consulates artificially allow only old retired people to qualify for Residente Permanente visas, while others follow Mexican law and allow anyone to qualify for a Residente Permanente visa.

As described in our main article on Immigrating to Mexico, we have accumulated a list of which Mexican Consulates follow Mexican law (allowing anyone to apply), versus the Mexican Consulates who create their own local additional requirements not specified in Mexican law, like how the Mexican Consulates across California are some of the most difficult to work with & most restrictive.
https://yucalandia.com/answers-to-common-questions/new-rules-and-procedures-for-immigration-visiting-and-staying-in-mexico/

Recent first person internet reports show that the Mexican Consulates in Laredo TX, Phoenix AZ and Las Vegas, NV are very lenient approving Residente Temporal visas for Americans with as little as $1,340.00 USD per month in income.   The Mexican Consulate in Houston has been reported as being very difficult to work with.  

Note that all the Mex. Consulates in California have added very stringent extra requirements that Residente Permanente visa applicants must use ONLY documented** Social Security deposits to meet the “Personal Fiscal Solvency” requirements … (the same applies to the Consulates in Dallas, Houston, Boston and others, all with difficult*Consular officers) … In contrast,  the Mex. Consulates in Laredo, Phoenix, Portland OR, Detroit, Chicago, Little Rock et al   have been very lenient in accepting monthly deposits … or savings account balances … that are NOT exclusively “retirement pension income” …   and Yes, Virginia … the individual Consulates do not always post the secret extra-requirements …  so check the list of … “Who’s naughty”   and “Who’s nice”

and go Consulate shopping… 😉


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Finally, there’s also a somewhat submerged mess in the Consulates “Personal Fiscal Solvency Requirements”, due to some Consulates using the Mexican Minimum Wage standard (Salario Diario Minimo) versus the Mexican Govenrment’s new standard of UMA’s, where
UMA for 2022 = $96.22 pesos …. and  Minimum Wage (MW) for 2022 = $172.87 pesos

Residency TypeMultiple: Monthly IncomeMultiple: Savings Balance
Temporary Residency300x UMA or MW5,000x UMA or MW
Permanent Residency500x UMA or MW20,000x UMA or MW
Dependent Spouse100x UMA or MW100x UMA or MW
Dependent Minors100x UMA or MW100x UMA or MW
“Family Unit”*100x UMA or MW100x UMA or MW
Student
(Temporary Residency)
100x UMA or MW1,000x UMA or MW

* Family Unit applications are those whereby the applicant has specific family ties or roots in Mexico.


In conclusion, all of this specific current iformation about the differing $$ requirements & differing rules at each of the Consulates is just part of a bigger richer pictuire of how to immigrate to Mexico – whose details can be found in our main article on Immigration to Mexico at:

https://yucalandia.com/answers-to-common-questions/new-rules-and-procedures-for-immigration-visiting-and-staying-in-mexico/

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Yucatan Opens COVID Vaccinations to All Adults

Feb 14, 2022:
Yucatan State offers us all a special Valentine.

All adults are now invited to come in and get vaccinated or boosted, regardless of whether we have previously not been or have been vaccinated.

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Because study after study are showing that people with prior COVID infections, and previously vaccinated people are showing low (insufficient) COVID antibody levels, they are offering to vaccinate any adult who comes in, with “no questions asked” … important because we are still experiencing an unnecessary 78 COVID deaths a week here … as we are still experiencing the 4’th worst COVID week ever.**

=> Keep wearing your tight-fitting N95 or better masks … Throw away your 40% – 70% leaky cloth masks … Keep Socially Distancing by 8 feet when indoors with masks off to eat or drink …


How to Get Your Latest COVID Vaccine Jab:
If you already have a CURP number, register ahead of time on the Mex. Government’s vaccination website.
https://mivacuna.salud.gob.mx/index.php


Here’s the most recent (Nov) Yucatan State Gob. posting of the 3 “permanent vaccination sites” that are open for people to come get vaccinated or boosted:

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COVID Cases, Hospitalizations: & Deaths in Yucatan:
**As of last week, we are still in the Yucatan’s 4’th worst week of COVID, which is a blessing, because we just previously had the 3 worst prior weeks of COVID.

3,285 confirmed COVID cases, 117 COVID public-hospitalizations, and 78 COVID deaths last week is still very troubling** … yet these numbers also show we are likely coming off COVID’s worst peak ever in Yucatan . … Still, COVID is causing almost 60% of all Yucatan public hospitalizations (58%) , which is the same as the previous week, and 34% of the public hospital ICU beds were COVID-19 patients, slightly down from 38% from the previous week … Yet COVID death rates were basically the same this past week at 78 compared to the previous week’s COVID 77 deaths.

For historical context, Yucatan’s COVID death rates are still below previous COVID-outbreaks’ 100+ peaks, likely due to less Delta COVID and more Omicron COVID. … Omicron is killing people here … yet it appears to be killing 23% fewer people than the Delta version. If Omicron were as deadly as Delta, we would normally expect over 100 deaths last week, if the infections were all Delta. Next, note that this is very likely NOT a “testing-effect”, because we are still seeing consistent COVID-positive results rates at 78% this week versus 79% the previous week.

Finally, like hospitalizations, the deaths were again excessively coming from UNVACCINATED people, which proves the wisdom of Yucatan State opening up vaccinations & boosting to all adults.

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Previous COVID infections supposedly giving protections from Omicron exposed as a myth – anti-vaxxers hoax:
Finally, it has become clear that having a prior COVID infection IS NOT GIVING PROTECTION from Omicron infections, as people who recently had Delta infections ARE GETTING OMICRON infections, too many with NASTY lung thrombosis, hospitalized due to coughing up blood … along with other Omicron patients getting nasty brain, liver, & kidney thrombosis => which are PRIMARY CAUSES of COVID deaths.

So … The whole set of some people’s claims that somehow “COVID ~magically~ might not kill people“, continues to be exposed as a big anti-vaxxer’s, anti-COVID hoax … along with unvaccinated people being the vast majorities of serious injury, hospitalizations and deaths.

Vaccinations & boosting give good protection from Omicron hospitalization & death, even though Omicron is still infecting vaccinated people … Finally, because COVID infects both vaccinated & people who have had prior COVID infections …

Keep wearing tight-fitting medical grade masks & Socially Distancing by 8 ft when masks are off for eating & drinking indoors.

Stay informed … Stay healthy … Stay safe …

Dr. Steven M. Fry
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Public Health, & Laboratory Measurement Science.

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Feb 20, 2022 COVID Update for Yucatan: COVID Cases Still High ~ but Continuing to Fall

Feb 20, 2022 Update:
Yucatan’s COVID numbers still tell quite a troubling story, currently ending with a too high 2,052 confirmed COVID cases this past week … This is improved from the awful 3,283 the previous week, but last weeks 2,052 cases was still the 6’th worst week ever for Yucatan … where our previous baseline for quiet months was between just 100 – 400 cases a week in Yucatan.

Here’s the latest trend, falling from our wicked-high (worst ever) peak 4 weeks ago:
7,526 … 6,398 … 3,283 … 2,052 …

The last 2 month’s two strings of numbers of COVID cases in Yucatan tells two stories:
first rising since Dec 15’s 84 cases … then Dec 22 @ 481 … 1,463 … 2,952 … 5,425 … 7,526

… peaking at 7256 case level 4 weeks ago, then falling: 7,526 … 6,398 … 3,283 … 2,052

Notice that this past week,we are no where even close to our lower previous baseline months of just 100 – 400 cases per week.

Because 2,052 COVID Cases were reported this past week for Yucatan, we are still experiencing SIGNIFICANT COVID RISKS, with our 6’th worst week of COVID ever, despite the rather odd Federal reports this week that Yucatan was somehow magically “Green” ???. Yet, this was the second consecutive significant decrease in weekly cases, which gives significant hope that we are past the peak.


COVID Hospitalizations:
By the numbers …. 178 … 156 … 117 … and now just 66 COVID hospitalizations (in public hospitals) also shows we officially past the peak. … Still, COVID is causing almost 35% of all Yucatan public hospitalizations, which is improved, but still troubling


COVID Deaths:
Death rates for COVID-19 have consistently lagged as much as 3-4 weeks behind COVID cases and COVID hospitalizations, so it is no surprise that death rates were still quite high at 70 deaths, versus the previous 2 weeks at 78 & 77 COVID deaths 77.

For historical context, Yucatan’s last 3 weeks of COVID deaths are still below previous COVID-outbreaks’ 100+ peaks, likely due to less Delta COVID and more Omicron COVID. … Omicron is killing people here … yet it appears to be killing 23% fewer people than the Delta version. If Omicron were as deadly as Delta, we would normally expect over 100 deaths last week, if the infections were all Delta. Next, note that this is very likely NOT a “testing-effect”, because we are still seeing consistent COVID-positive results rates at 78% this week versus 79% the previous week.

Finally, like hospitalizations, the deaths were again excessively coming from UNVACCINATED people.


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Previous COVID infections supposedly giving protections from Omicron exposed as a myth – anti-vaxxers hoax:
Finally, it has become clear that having a prior COVID infection IS NOT GIVING PROTECTION from Omicron infections, as people who recently had Delta infections ARE GETTING OMICRON infections, too many with NASTY lung thrombosis, hospitalized due to coughing up blood … along with other Omicron patients getting nasty brain, liver, & kidney thrombosis => which are PRIMARY CAUSES of COVID deaths.

So … The whole set of some people’s claims that somehow “COVID ~magically~ might not kill people“, continues to be exposed as a big anti-vaxxer’s, anti-COVID hoax … along with unvaccinated people being the vast majorities of serious injury, hospitalizations and deaths.

Vaccinations & boosting give good protection from Omicron hospitalization & death, even though Omicron is still infecting vaccinated people … Finally, because COVID infects both vaccinated & people who have had prior COVID infections …


Feb 13, 2022 Update:
Yucatan’s COVID numbers tell a story, currently ending with 3,283 this week.

84 … 481 … 1,463 … 2,952 … 5,425 … 7,526

then
7,526 … 6,398 … 3,283

These two strings of numbers of confirmed COVID cases in Yucatan tell two stories:
first rising since Dec 15, and then falling to yesterday Feb 12, 2022’s … “3,283”.

3,283 COVID Cases were reported this past week for Yucatan, so we are still experiencing the 4’th worst week of COVID ever. Yet, this was the second consecutive significant decrease in weekly cases, which gives significant hope that we are past the peak.

COVID Hospitalizations:
By the numbers …. 178, 156, and now 117 COVID hospitalizations also shows we are likely past the peak. … Still, COVID is causing almost 60% of all Yucatan public hospitalizations (58%) , which is the same as the previous week. … There is a little more good news in Yucatan’s Hospital reports:
34% of the public hospital ICU beds were COVID-19 patients, slightly down from 38% from last week.

COVID Deaths:
Death rates for COVID-19 have consistently lagged as much as 3-4 weeks behind COVID cases and COVID hospitalizations, so it is no surprise that death rates were basically the same this past week at 78 compared to the previous week’s COVID 77 deaths.

For historical context, Yucatan’s COVID death rates are still below previous COVID-outbreaks’ 100+ peaks, likely due to less Delta COVID and more Omicron COVID. … Omicron is killing people here … yet it appears to be killing 23% fewer people than the Delta version. If Omicron were as deadly as Delta, we would normally expect over 100 deaths last week, if the infections were all Delta. Next, note that this is very likely NOT a “testing-effect”, because we are still seeing consistent COVID-positive results rates at 78% this week versus 79% the previous week.

Finally, like hospitalizations, the deaths were again excessively coming from UNVACCINATED people.


Keep wearing tight-fitting medical grade masks & Socially Distancing by 8 ft when masks are off for eating & drinking indoors.

Stay informed … Stay healthy … Stay safe …

Dr. Steven M. Fry
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Public Health, & Laboratory Measurement Science.

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Want Facts? Get Better Search Engine Results Now

Feb. 1, 2022
Tired of wasting time on hokey less-than-factual information?

How many other people have found that the quality of Google searches gets worse every year since 2010, as Google promotes more & more links that get them $$ => because Google ignores sources that contain pertinent, key factual information in favor of click-bait sites that make Google wealthy.

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Instead: Here’s a list of superb alternate sources for factual information:

http://www.refseek.com – Academic Resource Search. More than a billion sources including encyclopedias, monographies, & magazines.

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Stay informed … Stay healthy … Stay safe …

Dr. Steven M. Fry
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Feb 6, 2022 COVID Update for Yucatan – COVID Cases Still At Record Levels

Feb 6, 2022 Update:
6,398 COVID Cases reported this past week in Yucatan, so we are still experiencing the 2’nd worst week of COVID ever. Fortunately, this was the first decrease in weekly cases for the past 6 previous weeks of increases (with a 15% drop), which gives a little hope that we may be past the peak(?).

Hospitalizations also dropped slightly from 178 ICU patients last week, decreasing 12% to 156 Yucatecans hospitalized in public hospital ICUs.

Death rates are also a bit lower, as the COVID infections are shifting to more Omicron & less Delta variants, with 77 COVID deaths this week. Omicron is killing people here, yet it appears to be killing 23% fewer people than the Delta version, where we would normally expect 100 deaths last week, if the infections were all Delta. This is very likely NOT a “testing-effect”, because we are still seeing COVID-positive results rates at 79% last week, as compared to 83% positive tests the previous Jan 30 ending week.

Predictably & hospitalizations, the deaths were excessively coming from UNVACCINATED people.

Previous COVID infections supposedly giving protections from Omicron exposed as a myth –
anti-vaxxers hoax:

Finally, it has become clear that having a prior COVID infection IS NOT GIVING PROTECTION from Omicron infections, as people who recently had Delta infections ARE GETTING OMICRON infections, with NASTY lung thrombosis, hospitalized due to coughing up blood … along with other Omicron patients getting nasty brain, liver, & kidney thrombosis => which are PRIMARY CAUSES of COVID deaths.

So … The whole set of some people’s claims that somehow “COVID magically might not kill people”, continues to be exposed as a big anti-vaxxer’s, anti-COVID hoax … along with unvaccinated people being the vast majorities of serious injury, hospitalizations and deaths.

Because vaccinations & boosting give good protection from Omicron hospitalization & death, Omicron is still infecting vaccinated people … so keep wearing tight-fitting medical grade masks & Socially Distancing by 8 ft (when masks are off for eating & drinking indoors),

Stay informed … Stay healthy … Stay safe …

Dr. Steven M. Fry
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Public Health, & Laboratory Measurement Science.




Jan 30, 2022

The latest facts say it’s time to continue to be vigilant across Yucatan. We had a troubling 38% increase in COVID cases this past week (Sunday 1/23 – Sat 1/29), as COVID hospitalizations are also peaking to record levels this past Wednesday.

Because most people who get COVID do not get tested & their cases are not reported to the Government, there were likely just over 90,000 COVID cases across Yucatan this past week. This means that 1 in every 25 Yucatecans you meet in a week have an active COVID infection => a very troubling number.

Conclusions? … We must continue to be diligent in wearing tight-fitting masks**, continue Socially Distancing of 8 ft indoors with masks-off (to eat & drink), and maintain 6 ft of distancing when there are breezes or a fan … diluting out the highly-infectious invisible fine aerosols from people talking.

**We must also THROW AWAY all cloth masks right now, because they leak a disastrous 40% – 70%, which puts both the wearer and other people at risk.

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Progress of the latest COVID wave of cases:
According to official Yucatan reports of weekly COVID cases going back to Dec 15’th, beginning with a low low 84 cases, then 481 , then 1,463, then 2,952, … 5,425, and now 7,526 cases this past week.

COVID hospitalizations are overwhelming our hospitals, with record-breaking hospitalizations this past week, peaking at 202 ICU hospitalizations in our public hospitals on Wednesday … And sadly, COVID deaths for Yucatan now total 6603, with 57 newly reported deaths for this past week.

Delta variant is still our dominant strain:
Over the past weeks, the Omicron variant has produced 18% just of the official COVID-19 variants, with Delta still being the dominant strain.

The increase in the COVID wave is slowing:
The weekly percentage increases in this recent big continuing wave of COVID cases have been: 345%, 204%, 101%, 84%, and now 38% => so the rate of increase is not as wicked, but a 38% INCREASE is still troubling

Location of COVID cases:
Merida has the largest total cumulative number of weekly cases in Yucatan with 60,422 total official COVID cases. Within Merida, the largest number of cases have been in Zona Norte at 14,798. On a colonia basis, Colonia Centro has the most with 5,558 cases.

The Yucatan Beach (Gulf Coast of Yucatan from Chuburna to Telchac Puerto) had 208 new COVID-19 cases this week, down from 302 last week. This was the third highest number of cases for any week of the pandemic.

So … BE VIGILANT … COVID cases are still rising substantially here (38% more this week) …

Keep wearing only tight-fitting medical grade masks (KF94 or KN95, or N95) … Keep Socially distancing by 8 ft with masks off indoors …. and THROW AWAY your cloth masks, because they leak a disastrous 40%-70%.

Stay informed … Stay healthy … Stay safe …

Dr. Steven M. Fry
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Public Health, & Laboratory Measurement Science.


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January 2022 COVID Update for Yucatan

Jan 23, 2022

84, then 481, then 1,463, then 2,952, and now 5,478 …*

Next: 1 out of 31**

… Finally, What to do about the worst spike ever.***

*That’s the sequence of WEEKLY official Yucatan Govt. confirmed COVID cases, starting with 84 for the week ending Dec. 15, then 481, then 1,463, then 2,952, and now 5,478 for the week ending Jan 22, 2022.

This sequence of “official” confirmed weekly COVID cases for Yucatan is a bit intimidating … because it says we have not yet seen the peak of Yucatan cases.

Next, sadly … according to Yucatan’s Dept of Health test reports, the big majority of the new cases this past month have been DELTA … not Omicron – as Yucatan’s hospitals are overflowing with COVID patients, as even Clinica de Merida is turning sick patients away.

Now consider the number of COVID cases that are not ever tested & not reported. Using scientifically accepted methods, (see link below), the latest data indicates that Yucatan is under-reporting COVID cases by an artificial factor of 12X overall fewer “reported” COVID cases, than the actual number of COVID cases.

This means that instead of Yucatan’s 6,000 “official” new COVID cases last week, there were likely just over 70,000 actual Yucatan COVID cases … which has overwhelmed the hospitals.


**1 out of 31 Yucatecans with COVID:
70,000 likely actual COVID cases last week means that out of a population of 2.2 million Yucatecans … 1 out of every 31 Yucatecans you meet … likely have COVID.


***Yucatan is going through it’s worst COVID spike ever.
This shocking reality reinforces the last 2 yrs of top scientist’s advice that we must throw away all the cloth masks now … and continue instead to wear only tight-fitting medical grade N95 or better masks when outside our homes … and keep at least 8 feet of Social distancing around others when you have your masks off for drinking or eating.

We GOT THIS ! … BEAT COVID NOW !

Get vaccinated … Get Boosted … Wear your masks, every time

… and Socially Distance by 8 ft when indoors with masks off.

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** “Fully Vaccinated” means:


https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2021/01/study-us-covid-cases-deaths-far-higher-reported?fbclid=IwAR2VkC1yzn0BfbVvjGcYLQT4a3pcMZ5vhmm0piPJIcmnwAaHgURo6iv16Ng

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/covid-cases.html


Get educated, Stay informed, Stay healthy, Stay safe,

Dr. Steven M. Fry

Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Aerosol Science, Measurement Science, Public Health & Environment

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Yucatan COVID Updates for the 2022 New Year

Jan 2, 2022

I’m writing this morning’s report with a bit of sadness, because COVID cases are spiking up again in Merida & Yucatan, as a result of all the snow-birds returning and the recent Christmas season …  +plus a sprinking (13) of Omicron cases.

The COVID case data is in for the most recent Friday (Dec 25’th) – Saturday (Jan 2)  period … and the trends look bad. …  Overall … Delta COVID cases increased a shocking 345% increase this past week … hitting 481 cases for the week for the State of Yucatan, with the vast majority of cases happening in Merida.

For comparison … Just two weeks ago we had the lowest-ever 83 cases for the entire week.
In contrast, yesterday (Saturday) alone we had same number of 176 cases as the previous 2 weeks total combined. Overall, Yucatan’s case numbers are STILL RELATIVELY LOW … for now .., which means you would have to encounter 4800 Yucatecans in a week, to find one with an active COVID infection.

Still, this past weeks’ increases of 78% more hospital COVID treatments and over 4X more positive case rates (35% of Yucatecans tested had COVID) – makes it time to re-evaluate going out & about without masks to eat in public.** For everyone’s benefit, the big increases in the 3 big data points (345% more cases, 4X more positives, & 78% more COVID hospital treatments) are very strong proofs that there is a huge surge of COVID cases looming for January & February. The COVID case numbers are still CURRENTLY VERY LOW – at safe levels.

Specifically, because 97% of COVID cases are infectious for 7 days, the weekly case reports are significant:
There were 481 new cases for this past week … yet each day brought significantly larger numbers than the previous day, giving us the largest weekly % increase for for the entire pandemic. Only two weeks ago we had only 83 cases for the entire week, yet, yesterday, Saturday alone had 176 new cases.

Conclusions:
~ This current previous week’s case TOTAL numbers were still relatively VERY LOW – 481 cases per week – where 400 cases a week have been our typical low-levels here in Yucatan.

~ The current rate of 1 Yucatecan COVID case per 4,800 Yucatecans is still stunningly low compared to the USA & Canada . .

~ In addition to the near 400% increase in new COVID-19 cases this past week, COVID hospital treatments of patients spiked by 78% in public hospitals.

~ COVID hospitalizations (overnight stays) in public hospitals increased 48% from 23 cases on Saturday Jan 25’th…. to 34 cases on Saturday (Jan 1).

~ COVID-19 testing showed quite low 8.1% rates of positive tests just two weeks ago. Yet, this week’s percentage of positive cases spiked over 4X to 35%.

Again … These last 5 big data points are very strong indicators that there is a huge surge looming for January – even without Omicron –

Stay informed … Stay healthy … Stay safe …

Best Wishes for Better New Year,
Dr. Steven M. Fry
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Public Health and Laboratory Measurement Science


Readers interested in scientific Omicron COVID specifics are encouraged to see:
https://yucalandia.com/2021/12/15/omicron-covid-updates/

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Omicron COVID Updates

Dec 12, 2021

With all the breaking COVID news that’s been announced this past week, it’s been challenging to keep track of how to best keep ourselves, families & friends safe from COVID, especially as the Omicron variant is exploding in a number of countries, so we offer about 7 different pieces of significant COVID news below:

First: The latest COVID news out of Oxford University is slightly troubling, but it has 2 silver-linings
~ Oxford University scientists (creators of the Astrazeneca vaccine) have recently announced that neither Pfizer nor Astrazeneca are performing well against Omicron transmissions. This means that the COVID-antibodies that vaccinated people’s immunes systems created due to Moderna, Pfizer & Astrazeneca vaccinations, are NOT working well against preventing Omicron infections, yet, people who have been recently boosted are showing much lower numbers of hospitalizations, much lower death rates, and much shorter, less-intense bouts of Omicron (typically just 3 – 5 days of symptoms for vaccinated & boosted patients).

https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2021-12-13-vaccines-shown-induce-lower-levels-neutralising-antibodies-against-omicron-0

~ The Omicron variant has more mutations than any other previous COVID-causing virus, with 50 total overall mutations, and more troubling, 32 mutations in the Coronavirus’s Spike protein. This is significant, because Omicron’s the mutations in the Coronavirus Spike protein have apparently made Omicron somewhat invisible to the m-RNA based vaccines (Moderna & Pfizer), because the m-RNA vaccines have a built-in Achilles Heel that they only target a tiny tiny slivers of the Coronavirus that causes COVID.

Background Scientific Context:
The m-RNA molecule vehicle of the Moderna & Pfizer vaccines, is so small that the m-RNA vaccines (Moderna & Pfizer) can only deliver a tiny viral payload delivered to our bodies – making them like a Vespa … versus a big Mac truck. The tiny viral payload limits of m-RNA vaccines mean they can deliver only tiny snippets of just tiny parts of the Coronavirus … 17 snipppets for Pfizer, and a different 11 snippets for Moderna … versus Astrazeneca’s & Sinovac’s HUGE viral payload that carried by AZ’s & Sinovac’s big robust Adenovirus vaccine vehicles that can deliver either BIG CHUNKS of the Coronavirus Spike protein (Astrazeneca’s approach), and big enough to deliver the WHOLE VIRUS (Sinovac’s approach) for our body to make lots of different COVID-antibodies to the various parts of the Coronavirus.

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Next … Notice that none of the non-scientist Medical Doctor ‘experts’ we see on TV, talk about the differences between all the different kinds of different antibodies our bodies make to each of the different COVID vaccines => differing levels of protection depending on which vaccine you get, because the AS SEEN ON TV Medical Doctor ”experts’ are not scientists, so Medical Doctors simply do not have enough scientific training to understand what’s going on.

Keeping it simple: There is NOT just one flavor of COVID antibodies. Out in the human population, there are a huge variety of COVID antibodies that can be made by our bodies’ immune systems. … Example: There is one suite of COVID-antibodies that our bodies make when we get a natural COVID infection – a very broad suite that depends on which COVID variant (strain) we get. … Then, there’s a whole different highly-targeted yet very-small suite of COVID-antibodies our bodies can make if we get an m-RNA vaccine (like Pfizer or Moderna) … Next, there’s yet a different slighly broader suite of COVID-antibodies that our bodies make to the slightly larger pieces of Spike protein in the Astrazeneca vaccine … Finally, there’s an even bigger broader suite of COVID antibodies our bodies make to the Sinovac vaccine – including COVID antibodies to the Spike protein and the N-Capsid proteins of Coronaviruses.

Notice that the extremely narrow range of highly-targeted COVID antibodies our bodies make when we get an m-RNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) is simultaneously a benefit when the Pfizer or Moderna antibodies actually fit-match the Coronavirus you are exposed to …. but that same highly-targeted group of a tiny number of antibodies then can be a HUGE problem when the Coronavirus mutates at any of the very few tiny viral segments that Moderna chose & that Pfizer chose (all corporate secrets) … When the Omicron variant’s 32 new mutations make it INVISIBLE to the m-RNA vaccine’s extremely narrow range of COVID-antibodies – or invisible to Astrazeneca’s smaller number of antibodies, then Moderna & Pfizer & Astrazeneca just do not work well to stop Omicron transmission.

Specifically, Moderna’s vaccine only has 11 tiny slivers (tiny snippets) of the very large Spike protein, and Pfizer has only 17 tiny slivers (tiny snippets) of the very large Spike protein. … Because Omicron has 32 different mutations of the Spike protein, the CEO of Moderna openly said that they expect the Moderna vaccine to “underperform significantly” … Where (as reported above) it is now proven that Moderna, Pfizer & Astrazeneca are NOT working to stop Omicron’s transmission.

What does this all mean?
It means getting a 3’rd shot boosters of the Moderna or the Pfizer vaccines work well against Delta variant … but… the 3’rd shot booster of Moderna for patients who had 2 prior Moderna shots, and the 3’rd shot booster of Pfizer for patients who had 2 prior Pfizer doses are not working against Omicron.


Fortunately, there is some good news in all of this:
People who have had prior natural COVID infections, or a recent Sinovac dose are showing lower transmission rates for the Omicron variant – because our bodies make a broader suite of COVID-antibodies when exposed to the whole virus, and people who have been both vaccinated & boosted are showing far lower rates of serious COVID disease from Omicron, and far lower rates of hospitalization & death.

This is why Sinovac chose adenovirus vehicles for their vaccines, because the adenovirus vehicles carry & deliver HUGE viral payloads. By delivering a BIG payload of a WIDE range of Coronavirus proteins, Sinovac patients & patients who get natural COVID infections produce MUCH BROADER immune system protections, because our bodies make a much much bigger variety of COVID antibodies, because the adenovirus-vehicle vaccines bring in so much more viral material to train our immune systems.

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More Good News:
Oxford University scientists (creators of the Astrazeneca vaccine) have recently announced that people’s normal (ordinary – typical) immune system’s Killer T-Cell response to Omicron is doing very well at preventing serious Omicron infections – which means we still get Omicron infections …. but we likely are NOT hospitalized, because whether vaccinated or not, our immune systems Killer T-Cell systems are working well against Omicron for most patients. … Yet, as always, immuno-comprimised people need to be careful.


Even More Good News:
If you don’t want to catch Omicron COVID, or Delta COVID, it is well proven that wearing a tight-fitting medical grade mask (N95, N97 or N99) stops COVID transmissions, because COVID is transmitted by us inhaling the invisible infectious fine aerosols from people talking or singing.

Next, if you take your mask off in public to eat or drink, it still works to be at least 8 feet from other people, especially when out of doors, where even gentle breezes disperse to safe levels the fine invisible aerosols from people talking. If indoors with masks off, as little as 6 ft can work IF you have strategically-place fans blowing fresh air between people, to disperse the talking-generated invisible fine COVID aerosols to safe levels.


Even MORE SUPERB News:
Ironically, when Omicron rapidly infects so many people who have not had vaccinations – (hopefully) causing only minimal harm to people … it gives those people broad natural immunity to new future COVID infections. Yet, remember that getting vaccinated has greatly helped people from getting the more-harmful previous strains of COVID – even if their vaccinations do not protec them now.

Finally, notice that the possibility of a Pfizer or Moderna patient then getting an Omicron infection might be a SUPERB thing. The best studies of people who previously got the combination of a natural COVID infection (creating one suite of COVID antibodies), paired with then getting an m-RNA vaccine (creating a DIFFERENT suite of COVID antibodies) … has been giving those people near “super immunity” to future COVID infections.

Why? The combinations of our broad range of COVID-antibodies from the natural infection +plus the m-RNA vaccine’s triggering us to produce highly-targeted COVID-antibodies, together creates such a WIDE VARIETY of COVID-antibodies in these individuals – that they have incredibly better overall protection from any future new COVID variant infections than either a natural infection or a vaccination can give alone.

So, inspite of the recent news of our vaccines poor performance at stopping Omicron, the overall picture looks surprisingly good – unless you are seriously immuno-compromised.



Final 3’rd Booster Update for People in Mexico:
Every announcement we have heard is that the 3’rd shot boosters are planned to be Astrazeneca in Mexico … and even better: Yucatan has a plan to start vaccinating people over age 60 with the 3’rd booster starting Dec. 16 – Dec. 21’st. If you want a COVID booster sign up with your CURP at the vaccination registration-compliance website:
https://mivacuna.salud.gob.mx/index.php

See the schedule below

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FINALLY: The Latest COVID News for Yucatan:
For all the people doing holiday travel or coming to Yucatan, let’s help keep Yucatan & Yucatecans safe!

Here’s the progression of COVID cases here across Yucatan (per week) since Sept 11, 2021

2012 Cases for the week of Sept 11 … 1958 Cases (Sept 18) … then 1901 … 1819 … 1615 … 1457 … 862 … 710 … 398 … 339 … 287 … 267 … 187 … and just 146 cases this past week …

Notice the trend?
You would have to encounter roughly 15,700 Yucatecans in a week to meet one with COVID right now.
Notice how it actually works when almost all people wear masks and socially distance?😉

Be a part of the solution:Snowbirds …. PLEASE … ISOLATE YOURSELVES .. when you arrive.

Self-Quarantine for at least SIX (6) DAYS after you arrive … to not bring COVID here.
and double mask when going through the very-contaminated USA & British airports … and double-mask during the entire flight(s).

Yes … Come enjoy life here in Yucatan, but … Stay safe …

Happy Travels!




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USA’s New COVID Policies for People Flying Into the USA from Foreign Countries

Nov 8, 2021

Hopefully all people flying into the USA are both fully vaccinated** and carrying US approved proof of COVID vaccinations.

If not, know that the rules have changed for people unable to prove COVID vaccinations, shortening the time for COVID testing to no more than just 1 day before entering the USA.

The viral test must be conducted on a sample taken no more than 1 day before the flight’s departure from a foreign country if you do not show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

per the current CDC rules 😉

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

  • Fully vaccinated**: The viral test must be conducted on a sample taken no more than 3 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country if you show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    Finally:
  • If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).
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** “Fully Vaccinated” means:

” Individuals are considered fully vaccinated:

~ 2 weeks (14 days) after your dose of an accepted single-dose COVID-19 vaccine;

~ 2 weeks (14 days) after your second dose of an accepted 2-dose series COVID-19 vaccine;

~ 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of an “active” (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.-based AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials; or

~ 2 weeks (14 days) after you received 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart. “

https://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/10/29/frequently-asked-questions-guidance-travelers-enter-us?fbclid=IwAR0VF9UnremZ8ZmjimC3-tdAL-jl7kNNdW51dODFEDyptqxKovUIK2Tk-AI







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New Certified CURP Document for Mexico

Oct. 27, 2021
” CURP Certificada”
There’s a new document (shown below) for pretty much everyone in Mexico, (except tourists). This new CURP is also for foreigners who have interactions & activities with our Mexican govt, including INM. This new Certified CURP document is designed to clean up any “corrupted” personal data in Mex. Gob records, and hence is now being required** for many activities we have with the Mexican govt., including the INM, Registro Civil offices, and SAT-Hacienda tax activities.



Why a new “CURP Certificate”?
The old CURP numbers & records have been plagued with a combination of errors in the personal data, and too many individuals having 2 or more CURP numbers assigned to them. As a result, our National Population Registry (RENAPO) is unifying all of the personal data they have on each of us under a single Certified CURP.

How do you get your Certified CURP?
1. Go to gob.mx/curp
2. Select the option “CURP”
or fill in your personal data.
3. Click on the “search” button.
Your CURP data will appear on the screen.
4. On this screen, click the option to “Print Official Document”

This automatically issues your new Certified CURP – aka CURP Certificate, including your new QR code …

What if you choose to not get your Certified CURP?
**The normal CURPs will continue to be an accepted official document, but choosing to not get a Certified CURP document, means that many government processes will take you longer, because our government’s new internal procedures require a Certified CURP – meaning delays while they pull up & generate one, that’s good for just that one action.

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Foreigners Must Carry Their INM Visas When Travelling Inside Mexico

Oct 1, 2021
The Mexican Government has always required foreigners to carry their Residente visa cards (Residente Temporal or Residente Permanente cards) when traveling around Mexico, while foreign visitor-tourists carry both their passports and their Visitante Visa (the half of the FMM form), when travelling inside Mexico. In the past these rules have only been sporadically enforced, but all that has changed as a part of Mexico’s efforts to stop illegal immigrants from crossing Mexico to enter the USA.

As a result of the new enforcement program, many bus travelers this past week have been required to show their passports & Mexican-issued visas as they get off the bus inside Mexico.

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Oct. 25 Update: Now some police are checking IDs of USA-nians riding in Mexican’s cars – including calling in to INM to check the foreigner’s INM records & status:

Just got out of immigration jail. I was caught Ina police checkpoint while traveling in a Mexican plated car with 2 other Mexicans. Didn’t have my documents on me but they called my information in and saw I overstayed by 2 months. I spent 4 days in the detention center and it sucked no running water for bathrooms or showers only when they feel like turning it on so it reeked of shit. Lots of people I was the only American though. 2 4 minute phone calls twice a week. And being locked in a jail cell. I was lucky to avoid deportation by getting the option to buy my ticket home and I will have no penalties for return. But be careful if you are overstaying lots of people in there from the ado bus in merida and even taxis. They can hold you for up to 16 days and it really sucks there. I was a few weeks away from paying for my temp residency but they wouldn’t let me do it there I have to leave and come back. The immigration lfficals in the street also would not take a bribe tried bribing up to 10 mil and it was turned down. Stay safe guys and play by the rules if you can cause the jail sucks and they treat you like you murdered somebody. “

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ADO offers this specific warning – advice:
“To all our travelers:
Based on the request of the various state and federal authorities and the National Institute of Migration (INM), in the face of this extraordinary situation of migratory flow that the country is currently going through, we want to inform you that as of October 1, In 2021, the protocol for the presentation of official identification will be implemented in the sale and boarding of the trip. As well as a document that proves the immigration status in the country, for those of foreign nationality. In advance, we offer an apology to all our travelers for the inconvenience that this may cause, recognizing our commitment to always comply with what is requested by the Mexican authorities. In case of any doubt about the immigration documents authorized for foreigners, we recommend contacting the National Migration Institute.”

For doubters … Yes, the threat of jail time is real, as one of Mexico News Daily’s reporters has recently spent 4 nights in jail (Oct 3 – Oct7, 2021) for not carrying his passport as he travelled around Mexico. It appears that the MND writer is not here on a Resident Visa – so he should carry both the 1/2 of the FMM form plus his passport, while Residente Temporal or Residente Permanente visa holders supposedly need to carry only their RT card (no passport needcd). Sadly, MND does not report this key detail.


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USA Passport Renewal by Mail in Mexico

Sept. 30, 2021

Eligible applicants resident in Mexico now may apply to renew their U.S. passport book by mail.

Note that renewing passport cards requires scheduling an appointment or using walk-in service where available.


https://mx.usembassy.gov/passports/u-s-passport-renewal-by-mail/?fbclid=IwAR2O9cJIHswFY9eXjhVGX_EOLaa99pMdGkasvqS_scYeQwOWctlKRPBvFX4

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1. Application

Complete this form: DS-82 form.   

The Form Filler will select the correct form for you based on the information you input. It may generate a different form from what you expect.

You must provide a Social Security number, if you have been issued one, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2714a    and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f).   

If you do not have a Social Security number, you must submit a statement , signed and dated.  Click here for more information.

You must complete all pages of the form and sign and date it.

You must print your form single-sided. We do not accept double-sided forms.

2. Most Recent U.S. Passport and Photocopy of Bio Page

You must submit your most recent passport with your application along with a photocopy of the biographic page containing your photo.  Your old passport book will be returned to you. 

3. Name Change Documents (if applicable)

If the name you are currently using is different from the name on your most recent U.S. passport, you must provide the original certified copy of the legal name change document, plus one photocopy.  Examples include: marriage certificate, divorce decree, court-ordered name change document.  Your name change document will be returned to you. 

4. Photo

Photo requirements .   Provide one  photograph with the application. 

5. Payment

Pay the passport renewal fee online  and include a printed a copy of your payment confirmation receipt with your documents.

6. Mail Your Documents

Please mail to one of our locations listed below (choose the location nearest you) your completed and signed DS-82 form (single-sided only), passport, name change document (if applicable), passport photo, payment confirmation, and return shipping envelope as indicated in the corresponding shipping instructions.

U.S. Consulate Ciudad Juarez — CDJ – DHL shipping instructions 

U.S. Consulate General Guadalajara — GDL FedEx Shipping Instructions 

U.S. Embassy Mexico City — MEX – DHL shipping instructions 

U.S. Consulate General Monterrey — MTR – Pakmail Shipping Instructions (1) 

U.S. Consulate General Tijuana — TIJ – DHL shipping instructions 

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COVID Risks Higher for Young Vaccinated People than for Older Vaccinated People

August 5, 2021

The latest COVID vaccine results out of the UK are striking:

~ Young people (13 – 24 yrs) now have 9X times higher rates of getting COVID than people over age 75, based on PCR testing of 98,233 patients.

Why? … Young people’s much 9X higher rates of COVID are most likely due to young people’s risky behaviors versus older people who take more precautions. … This means that the argument

“I’m young & healthy, so I don’t need a vaccine.”

… is wrong, by 9X fold …
Which means we need to keep wearing tight-fitting medical grade masks & socially distancing, even when vaccinated.

 

~ COVID’s highest infection rates are now found in young people aged 13 to 24 years (1.56% with positive PCR tests), while the lowest were in people aged above 75 years… down at 0.17% with positive PCR tests for old people.

 

~ An unvaccinated person is now 3X times more likely to get COVID than a person getting the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine:   Only 0.40% of those fully vaccinated by AZ were found to be COVID-positive, compared to 1.21% of unvaccinated people.

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~ AstraZeneca** fully-vaccinated people were just half as likely to test positive ( 3.84% ) after coming into contact with someone who had COVID-19 than unvaccinated people ( 7.23% )…

 

3.84% per cent of 98,233 PCR tests, compared to 7.23% is pretty striking … but these results are for the more-poorly performing Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. … AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine gives just 56% protection from COVID when the 2 vaccine doses are given 30 days apart.**

 

~ Finally, fully vaccinated people’s results show that they are much less likely to transmit COVID to others, because vaccinated people having a smaller viral load (on average) and therefore vaccinated people are likely shedding less virus.

 

**AstraZeneca announced in February, 2021 that AZ jabbed patients need to wait at least 84 days between injections, to get the 76% protection. … and yes, the 56% protection by normal AZ doses given just 30 days apart, is far far lower than Pfizer, Sinovac, or Moderna – whose protection has been measured up at roughly 93%.

 

So, YES, get vaccinated … because even the lowest-performing vaccines are giving 3X better protection, than no vaccine … and … getting a superb Pfizer or Moderna vaccine gives 5X better protection than being unvaccinated.

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/227713/coronavirus-infections-three-times-lower-double/

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Super Immunity to All Forms of COVID from Hybrid Vaccination Approach

September 10, 2021

While non-scientist Medical doctors and so many AS SEEN ON TV doctors keep talking about finding finding some magical breakthrough “new vaccine” or new COVID treatment that will stop COVID in the future, it turns out the answer has already happened, right under non-scientist Medical doctor’s noses.

“Super Immunity” … Now:
Top virologists have recently reported that when a person is infected first by the whole COVID coronavirus, followed by getting a highly-targeted m-RNA vaccine (only Pfizer or Modernavac), then those patients are showing super immunity to ALL forms of SARS viruses – and ALL COVID-19 strains due to hybrid immunity that creates a broad spectrum of very powerful antibodies, suites of different antibodies that are not possible with just Pfizer, Moderna vac**, not from JnJ (Janssen), or Oxford-Astra Zeneca vaccines.

Based on the science behind antibody production, smart scientists have already been using this approach since last March, 2021 – by first taking a vaccine that has the whole – entire Coronavirus COVID-19 virus in the vaccine (an adenovirus-based vaccine like Sinovac) given first, which gives the patient one big group of general antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, followed by getting a second set of Pfizer or Modernavac m-RNA’s highly targeted little tiny pieces of Spike protein of the Coronavirus, creates a special combination of “very powerful” hybrid immunity that currently kills off all ALL variants of COVID.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03696-9

Plus this special hybrid immunity from combining the our immune response from being exposed to the whole SARS virus, followed by the targeted immunity triggered by a Pfizer vac or Moderna vac pair of injections, gives a broad “impressively potent”  – “bullet-proof” immune protection to all forms of SARS, including even the old SARS-CoV-1 from 2003 – which points to strong future immunity to even new variants of COVID-19.

https://www.science.org/doi/full/10.1126/science.abj2258

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Specific comments by top scientists:
“One could reasonably predict that these people will be quite well protected against most — and perhaps all of — the SARS-CoV-2 variants that we are likely to see in the foreseeable future,” says Paul Bieniasz, a virologist at Rockefeller University who helped lead several of the studies.

In a study published online last month, Bieniasz and his colleagues found antibodies in these individuals that can strongly neutralize the six variants of concern tested, including delta and beta, as well as several other viruses related to SARS-CoV-2, including one in bats, two in pangolins and the one that caused the first coronavirus pandemic, SARS-CoV-1.

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/09/07/1033677208/new-studies-find-evidence-of-superhuman-immunity-to-covid-19-in-some-individuals
https://cvcovid.salud.gob.mx/?fbclid=IwAR1IOrOBG-dTfksetdZMGfGFeqfbm61ZfdU6dvSt-Vez1efSr51YwqYuHfg


**Final Notes:
1. Neither the background science nor real world scientific testing results show any indication that getting a third “booster” dose of the vaccines give the “super immunity” very strong hybrid-antibody protection created by being exposed to the combination of the entire SARS virus followed by two doses of Moderna vac or Pfizer vac doses.

2. Neither the background science nor real world scientific testing results show any indication that getting the Oxford-Astra Zeneca nor JnJ vaccines (that have low 56% – 65% efficacy), give any special protection, because the AstraZeneca & JnJ vaccines are limited, and do not have the broad range of proteins that Sinovac or a natural COVID infection offer.

3. Because the Oxford – Astra Zeneca vaccine & JnJ (Janssen) vaccines deliver only big blocks of the entire Coronavirus Spike protein – they give only lower much-less effective protection (relatively low 56% – 65% efficacy) versus the Moderna vac & Pfizer vaccine’s 93% protection.

Specifically:
” Among current COVID-19 vaccines in use, ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AstraZeneca) vaccine efficacy against symptomatic cases dropped from 75% to 11% against B.1.351 (9). By contrast, BNT162b2 (Pfizer/BioNTech) vaccine efficacy against symptomatic cases dropped from ∼95% to 75% against B.1.351, and protection against severe disease remained at 97% (10). ”

Which says that because of it’s limitations, the Oxford-Astra Zeneca is not-surprisingly poor against newer COVID-19 variants (down at just 11% protection) … versus Pfizer up at 75% protection against a new recent COVID-19 variant.


These dramatic chemical differences between Pfizer- Moderna m-RNA vaccines versus Oxford-Astra Zeneca and JnJ are very important, because Moderna vac contains just 11 tiny highly-targeted carefully-selected snippets of Spike protein, and Pfizer vac contains just 17 tiny highly-targeted carefully-selected snippets of Spike protein, while the Oxford-Astra Zeneca and the JnJ vaccine are neither highly targeted like Pfizer & Moderna, nor are Oxford-Astra Zeneca and JnJ broad coverage vaccines like Sinovac. Sadly, Astra Zeneca & JnJ are sort of in-the-middle … middle-of-the-road … somewhate limited … much less effective than either the very broad Sinovac (the whole Coronavirus) or the highly targeted Pfizer & Moderna vacs.

The scientific evidence of super-immunity to COVID-19 by using a hybrid approach of challenging our immune systems using the entire SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, only works (currently) when followed by getting 2 doses of a highly-targeted good m-RNA based vaccine, like Pfizer or Moderna vac (93% efficacy), because of the special properties of the highly targeted special tiny snippets of Spike protein found in the Moderna & Pfizer m-RNA vaccines.

In Layman’s Terms:
Getting a natural COVID infection (or Sinovac – that has the whole COVID-19 virus) is like getting a “shot-gun” scatter-blast of a broad range of antibodies …. combined with the “sniper-rifle” highly-targeted, highly-specific approaches of Moderna & Pfizer vacs that trigger our bodies to make special, highly-selective antibodies to COVID-19 virus variants.


4. Finally, it can be important to recognize that Medical doctors (non-scientists) and AS SEEN ON TV Medical ‘expert’ almost always talk only about antibodies, while they ignore B-cells, ignore memory T-cells and they ignore killer T-Cells. It is critical to realize that the “super immunity” – “hybrid-immunity” comes from a combination of protections from ALL THREE groups of immune responses: killer T-Cells, memory T-cells, and B-Cells … aka “CD4+ T cells, CD8+ T cells, memory B cells.

Example: Studies of elderly patients vaccinated with just Pfizer vac are showing 22% of elderly patients with NO MEMORY T-Cells at 8 months after the 2’nd Pfizer jab – while those over age 80 elderlies do have reasonable B-Cell antibody levels for some protection – but NONE of the key memory T-Cells.

This is why getting just a 3’rd ‘booster’ dose of Pfizer or Moderna is no where near as effective as the combination hybrid immunity from getting a dose of the entire COVID-19 virus, followed by 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.


Get educated, Stay informed, Stay healthy, Stay safe

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