The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA’s) COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group on Jan. 7 released new guidance for winter sports and updated its definition of “fully vaccinated” to account for vaccinations, boosters, and other natural immunity factors.
“For purposes of the winter guidelines, the NCAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group has developed a definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ that considers both vaccination status and other immunity factors that may impact risks for Tier 1 individuals, including student-athletes and coaches,” the guidance reads.
Fully vaccinated individuals include those within two months of receiving the primary series of the Johnson&Johnson vaccine, five months of receiving the Pfizer vaccine series, or within six months of receiving the Moderna vaccine series, as per the updated guidance.
Individuals who have received a booster vaccine if they are beyond two months of the Johnson&Johnson vaccine or beyond five or six months of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, respectively, are also considered fully vaccinated.
Notably, a person within 90 days of a documented COVID-19 infection is also considered to be the equivalent of fully vaccinated.
“The Omicron variant has presented another surge of cases across the country,” NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline said. “This guidance was designed to align with the latest public health directives. Given how the pandemic continues to evolve, it’s important that staff on member campuses continue to work with their local and state health officials on protocols most suitable for their locations.”
The NCAA also suggests five days of quarantine after a positive test if there are no symptoms or “symptoms are resolving.” They also recommend wearing a mask around others for five additional days, however, “participation in athletic activities without a mask during days six through 10 can be considered” if a negative PCR, nucleic acid amplification test, or antigen test is conducted, the medical advisory group said.
Meanwhile, individuals who are not fully vaccinated and come into close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 should isolate at home for five days and not participate in winter athletic activities, according to the guidance.
The NCAA suggests such individuals continue to wear masks for an additional five days. Again, they can take part in athletic activities without a mask during days six through 10 following a negative test result.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), headed by White House coronavirus response team member Dr. Anthony Fauci, has allegedly been funding an experiment in which male monkeys were subjected to feminizing hormone treatment, according to an animal rights organization.
As per the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, (PETA), NIAID paid around $205,562 to nonprofit Florida-based medical research facility, Scripps Research, to conduct the experiment in which scientists subjected male rhesus macaques to feminizing hormone therapy.
The experiment was conducted to see if it would make the test subjects more susceptible to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) allowing scientists to study HIV rates in transgender women, as per PETA.
Titled “A nonhuman primate model to study the immunological effects of feminizing hormone therapy in transgender women” the experiment was given the funding by NIAID in December 2021, the Washington Free Beacon reports.
“Since activated CCR5+ CD4+ T-cells are highly permissive to HIV infection, a better understanding of how FHT (female hormone therapy) impacts the male immune system may provide new insights into how to prevent HIV infection in TGW (transgender women),” researchers wrote in their study. “In this regard, here we will model FHT in nonhuman primates to prospectively address two knowledge gaps about the impact of FHT on the male immune system.”
“To that end, FHT will be modeled in male rhesus macaques to determine whether it increases the availability of HIV ‘target’ cells in the gut mucosa and whether FHT interferes with a prophylactic immune intervention,” researchers said. “Ultimately, this project will advance our understanding of the pharmacodynamics of FHT and how it affects immune responses in biological males.”
However, Dr. Katherine Roe, a neuroscientist with PETA, told the Washington Free Beacon that the experiment was pointless and ineffective, given that monkeys cannot contract HIV but can only contract Simian Immunodeficiency Virus, a milder form of the disease.
“It’s just bad science to suggest that dosing monkeys with feminizing medication makes them good stand-ins for humans,” Roe said. “This study will not help to prevent or treat HIV and will not help transgender women.”
PETA senior vice president Kathy Guillermo told Fox News on Wednesday that the monkeys who were involved in the experiment were placed in horrible and cramped conditions throughout the study.
“They take male monkeys [and]… put them in metal boxes—that’s where they’re forced to live,” Guillermo said. “They subject them to so-called hormone treatment. And from that, they’re supposed to learn something about HIV transmission… This is a study that could be done with human volunteers, and we might actually find something out that would help human beings.”
Guillermo said that PETA had communicated to Fauci their grievances regarding the alleged experiment, which they believe to be a waste of taxpayers’ money.
“We wrote to Fauci last month, and we pointed out that HIV experiments on monkeys have killed tens of thousands of monkeys. They’ve cost us billions of dollars, and we have no vaccine to prevent HIV. Now, you would think that four decades of utter failure would inspire NIH (National Institutes of Health) to try something different, but they haven’t so far.”
Source: The Epochtimes