Aaron Rodgers doubles down on COVID injection

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Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, has reaffirmed his skepticism toward the COVID-19 vaccine.

‘If science can’t be questioned, it’s not science anymore,’ Rodgers said during his weekly virtual appearance on Pat McAfee’s SirusXM show. ‘It’s propaganda. That’s the truth.’

Critics claim Rodgers misled the public about his vaccination status before the season after recovering from COVID-19 last month.

In August, when reporters asked Rodgers whether he’d received the COVID-19 injection, he referred to himself as ‘immunized,’ but he didn’t explain he hadn’t received a vaccine and he was actually referring to a doctor-prescribed treatment.

Earlier this month, Rodgers tested positive for coronavirus and was required to quarantine for 10 days – the amount of time an unvaccinated player is typically required to quarantine according to league guidelines at the time (the NFL recently cut the quarantine time down to five days, per CDC guidelines).

I do know, behind the scenes, there are many teams who are recommending the same treatments that I got for their players. If science can’t be questioned anymore, then it’s just propaganda. It’s not science. – Aaron Rodgers

In response to misunderstandings, Rodgers told McAfee on November 9 that he apologized to those who felt misled. He originally blamed the media and ‘woke mob’ for the misunderstanding.

In addition, Joe Rogan, a podcaster and friend, advised him on how to fight his COVID-19 infection.

Rodgers says he took monoclonal antibodies, as well as Ivermectin. The FDA has not approved Ivermectin for use in preventing or treating Coronavirus infections in humans, and it has warned that veterinary Ivermectin should not be taken.

Rodgers said Tuesday that NFL teams are secretly using treatments he used to treat COVID-19.

‘I do know, behind the scenes — this is 100 percent true — there are many teams who are recommending a lot of the same treatments that I got for their players,’ Rodgers told McAfee.

Rodgers said he used a combination of monoclonal antibodies, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin D, and HCQ, as well as polarizing Ivermectin.

‘I’m not some uneducated person who’s throwing stuff out there,’ Rodgers said. ‘If you want to rip on me because I took horse dewormer, and whatever else you want to talk about, that’s fine. But I also got better in 48 hours. And I had symptoms.’

Rodgers questioned the scientific community’s reluctance to adopt these treatments, arguing for a ‘debate’ between CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough, who has been openly criticized for pushing those debunked claims about COVID-19 and vaccinations.

‘Let’s have a debate,’ Rodgers said. ‘Let’s hear about sides. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

‘When did we lose the ability to respect somebody’s opinion?’ he continued. ‘My thoughts [on COVID-19] are just my own opinion on this matter.’

Rodgers’ remarks sparked a lot of debate on social media.

‘Rodgers is correct that peer review is all about questioning results,’ one Twitter user wrote. ‘He did however miss a very key aspect of peer review about vaccines- Aaron Rodgers is not a peer to immunologists or medical researcher. His opinion means literally nothing in regards to medical science.’

Many tweeters, however, supported Rodgers’ argument that any science that cannot be questioned is really propaganda.

‘Truth that used to be taught – in what – the 6th grade?’ wrote another Twitter user.

Rodgers is right to be skeptical. Just this week the CDC admitted to a massive error in reporting on how fast the Omicron variant is spreading in the U.S. That in part has been the leading cause of major news outlets engaging in “doomsday” reporting.

The variant’s impact on the nation’s skyrocketing Covid infections may have been grossly overstated by up to 50 percentage points after the CDC lowered its estimate for the prevalence of the strain in COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

According to a revised chart released by the CDC on Tuesday, the new variant accounted for 23 percent of all cases for the week ending on December 18, compared with 73 percent for the original report. The agency did not explain how it made the mistake other than to say that it had gathered additional data.

As shown in the chart, the Omicron variant accounted for 59 percent of new cases for the week ending on December 25, indicating Delta infections are far more prevalent than initially thought, though Omicron infections are gaining ground rapidly.

‘There’s no way around it, it is a huge swing that makes it seem like something went really wrong,’ Dr. Shruti Gohil, the associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine, said, speaking to NPR.

On Wednesday, the US hit a new record with 53,170,421 reported cases, a record for a single day, but inflated by Christmas weekend reporting delays.

New CDC data show that the most recent surge in cases is linked to the Delta variant, which is more severe and less contagious than Omicron.

Furthermore, it is unclear how the CDC could have reported such a drastic difference between the true prevalence of the strain and what they reported.

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