More and more U.S. hospitals are bringing back mask mandates – NaturalNews.com

More and more U.S. hospitals are bringing back mask mandates

Despite several studies proving that they are ineffective, more and more hospitals across the U.S. are bringing back mask mandates, claiming that the measures are necessary because of an increase in Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) and influenza cases.

In January, New York City once again began enforcing a mask mandate for the city’s 11 public hospitals and at least 30 other health centers and five long-term care facilities.

Similar measures were also ordered at some hospitals in other locations. These other hospitals have reinforced masking rules for employees months ago as they anticipated a seasonal rush of sick people.

On Jan. 3, the New York City Health Department confirmed that the mask requirement applies to all 11 hospitals that fall under New York City’s Health and Hospitals division. (Related: COVID-19 mask mandates RETURN in U.S. hospitals amid spread of JN.1 variant.)

Due to reported increases in respiratory viruses, a spokesperson said the mandate “applies to clinical settings such as our hospitals, community health centers and nursing homes.”

On Jan. 2, the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago announced that all patients, visitors and staff must wear “hospital-approved masks in some areas of the campus.” The places also included clinical waiting areas and patient registration.

Cook County Health, the health department that encompasses Chicago, along with the Endeavor Health Medical Group of Illinois, are also requiring face masks at their facilities.

Meanwhile, the Illinois Department of Public Health has also sent hospitals a letter suggesting they reimpose masking.

In a statement, Berkshire Health Systems in Massachusetts confirmed that it started mandatory masking earlier.

Los Angeles County has also reinstated masking at all licensed healthcare facilities. The county explained that masking was implemented because its COVID-19 admission level has “reached a certain threshold in recent days.”

Hospitals started reimposing mask mandates late last year

Hospitals in Wisconsin, North Carolina and Washington state have imposed similar mask requirements, according to reports.

Last Dec. 28, TidalHealth in Delaware announced that it will be requiring masks for all hospital visitors in patients’ rooms. The hospital claimed that it enforced the rule to “protect the most vulnerable” of the population from close contact with others who may be contagious but have not yet shown any symptoms.

Several California counties across the Bay Area already imposed mask mandates for staff late in 2023.

The order started in November and will continue until the end of spring because of a “predicted rise in respiratory illnesses,” announced officials.

While talking to reporters, Dr. Mandy Cohen, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announced that the agency has observed an acceleration in flu cases in the first week of January.

Cohen added that while the current influenza strain spreads rapidly, it doesn’t cause as many hospitalizations or deaths as previous variants.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious diseases researcher at Vanderbilt University, thinks that the cases won’t be overwhelming and that the current season is “moderately severe.”

However, historical CDC trends suggest that the current increase in COVID-19 cases is nothing like the reported “surges” that occurred during the pandemic years of 2020, 2021 and 2022.

According to the CDC data for the week ending Dec. 23, 2023, there were about 29,000 hospitalizations across the United States. Meanwhile, for the week ending a year before that, on Dec. 24, there were an estimated 39,000 hospitalizations.

In another update, the CDC also reported that there were more than 14,700 flu hospitalizations in that same period last month.

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Watch the video below for more information about the return of COVID-19 mask mandates in hospitals across the U.S.

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Worsenining commercial real estate market woes could spark a new banking crisis – NaturalNews.com

Worries are growing that the U.S. commercial real estate market’s current woes could lead to another banking crisis.

This year, around $929 billion in outstanding commercial mortgages will mature, the Mortgage Bankers Association reports. This is a staggering amount that equates to 20 percent of the $4.7 trillion outstanding debt overall. But with higher interest rates taking a huge toll on property values in the sector and many businesses relying less on office buildings as remote and hybrid work become more popular, the stage is set for a disaster.

The National Bureau of Economic Research reports that 44 percent of office loans and 14 percent of all commercial real estate loans are currently underwater, which means their values are less than the amount still owed on the loans. Defaults could well end up being distressingly high as a result.

Columbia Business School Professor Tomasz Piskorski, who co-authored the National Bureau of Economic Research’s working paper, told the Daily Mail: “If nothing changes – if interest rates remain elevated and property values do not improve — we do view defaults at the rate of the Great Recession, and in fact even higher, as quite a possibility.”

He added that there are hundreds of banks currently on the verge of insolvency as a result of the high interest rates, and they are vulnerable to runs by depositors. For example, should the default rates on commercial real estate loans hit 10 percent – something experts believe is very likely – more than 200 American banks with aggregate assets totaling $1 trillion could see the market value of their assets dip below the value of customer deposits, which could lead to a bank run like the one that caused Silicon Valley Bank to collapse last year as customers panic and pull their uninsured deposits.

According to Piskorski, smaller and mid-sized banks are at particular risk, especially those that have considerable shares of uninsured deposits and significant commercial real estate loan portfolios.

Most commercial real estate loans are interest-only, which means they operate differently from residential mortgages in which borrowers pay down the principal over time. When a commercial real estate loan matures, it must either be refinanced or fully paid off. However, many of the outstanding commercial real estate loans that are maturing this year were issued when interest rates were significantly lower. This means that many borrowers won’t be able to pay higher interest payments, and it will be harder to find a bank that is willing to refinance the property even if it isn’t underwater.

Commercial real estate problems could spill over into broader financial system

If the situation in the commercial real estate sector gets worse, it could spur problems in the financial system at large, with the commercial real estate market being considered one of the main financial risks to the American economy at the moment.

A recent report by the Financial Stability Oversight Council cautioned: “As losses from a CRE loan portfolio accumulate, they can spill over into the broader financial system.”

The regulator noted that there could be a “downward CRE valuation spiral” wherein a slew of sales of financially distressed properties floods the market, which would drive down the market values of all properties in the area, sending other commercial mortgages underwater and pushing default rates up even further. In some cases, local municipalities could see their property tax revenues drop significantly.

Last month, the office vacancy rate in America rose to 19.6 percent, which is the highest since Moody’s started keeping records in 1979. This could affect sectors like urban retail as fewer people need to travel to work, along with multifamily housing as people no longer need to live close to their office, sending shockwaves throughout the economy.

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12 Jeffrey Epstein victims file lawsuit against FBI over its failure to investigate complaints lodged against the pedophile as early as 1996 – NaturalNews.com

12 Jeffrey Epstein victims file lawsuit against FBI over its failure to investigate complaints lodged against the pedophile as early as 1996

A group of 12 victims of the late pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), accusing the agency of inadequately investigating the notorious sex offender.

The plaintiffs claim that over two decades, the FBI failed to act on reports about Epstein’s activities, resulting in the victims being subjected to trafficking, abuse, rape, torture and threats. (Related: PEDO BLACKMAIL: Biden regime HIDING EVIDENCE implicating Jeffrey Epstein, intelligence agencies in CHILD ABUSE activities.)

The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in New York by 12 women identified as anonymous Jane Does, alleges that the FBI allowed Epstein to sex traffic and sexually abuse children and young women by neglecting its responsibilities. The complaint seeks to unravel the FBI’s role in Epstein’s criminal sex trafficking ring.

This lawsuit comes following the unearthing of evidence strongly indicating that Epstein’s pedophilia and sex trafficking crimes were being conducted decades before his final incarceration and supposed suicide.

“For over two decades, the [FBI] permitted Jeffrey Epstein to sex traffic and sexually abuse scores of children and young women by failing to do the job the American people expected of it,” the complaint alleges. “As a result of the continued failures of the FBI, Jane Does 1-12 bring the lawsuit to get to the bottom – once and for all – of the FBI’s role in Epstein’s criminal sex trafficking ring.”

FBI ignored Epstein victims who spoke out for decades

According to the lawsuit, the FBI received tips, reports and complaints about Epstein’s alleged trafficking and abuse of minors starting in 1996 but did not initiate a case or share the information with other law enforcement agencies until 2006.

This was two years before Epstein pleaded guilty to a child prostitution charge in Florida under a controversial plea deal, which saw him register as a sex offender and serve 13 months on supervised release.

Despite Epstein’s conviction and the multitude of other sex trafficking charges he evaded, the FBI allegedly continued to disregard tips over the next decade. The lawsuit claims that the FBI’s negligence directly contributed to the ongoing sex trafficking, abuse, rape, torture and threats against the plaintiffs.

Epstein was arrested in 2019 on charges of trafficking dozens of minors and died in a Manhattan jail cell awaiting trial, officially ruled as suicide. His associate, Ghislaine Maxwell, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for child sex trafficking in 2022.

Testimonies from victims revealed that Epstein and Maxwell recruited girls to perform sexual acts on themselves and associates, instructing them to recruit additional victims. Among those accused of abusing the girls was Britain’s Prince Andrew, who settled out of court with an accuser in 2022.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit seek unspecified compensation and damages from the U.S. government. The FBI has faced accusations of negligence in handling the Epstein case, prompting an internal investigation promised by agency Director Christopher Wray during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last December.

Learn more about the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein at Epstein.news.

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Biden’s post-pandemic “job recovery” driven almost entirely by MIGRANT LABOR, study finds – NaturalNews.com

Biden’s post-pandemic “job recovery” driven almost entirely by MIGRANT LABOR, study finds

A study from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has found that the “job recovery” following the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic touted by President Joe Biden is driven almost entirely by migrant labor.

The Feb. 13 study noted that the entry of foreign-born workers into the U.S. labor force is responsible for Biden’s “job recovery.” It pointed out that the 2.7 million “additional” individuals joining the workforce in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2023 was only made possible due to an increase in 2.9 million immigrant jobs – both legal and illegal – and a reduction of 183,000 native-born American jobs.

It also mentioned that the 77 percent overall labor force participation rate of all U.S.-born adults aged between 18 to 64 in Q4 2023 matches the 2019 pre-pandemic participation rate. However, this is still markedly lower than the prior peaks of 78.1 percent in 2006 and 79.2 percent in 2000.

According to the paper, the number of U.S.-born workers entering the labor market has yet to return to pre-pandemic levels since the economic recovery began in late 2020. Despite the sluggish job recovery among native workers, the U.S. experienced a hot job market mainly driven by a flood of cheap, foreign labor, the CIS study shows. Immigrant labor recovery has far outpaced native-born recovery when comparing fourth-quarter numbers at the end of each year since 2020. (Related: Job APOCALYPSE continues: Layoffs announced at Walmart’s drone delivery partner.)

The National Pulse previously said the influx of immigrants both legal and illegal has likely had a “cooling” effect on inflation by depressing wages across the country. The downward wage pressure creates a degree of “demand destruction” – and declining demand should correlate to falling prices.

Depressed wages also contribute to lower quality of life

While cheap migrant labor lowers inflation numbers, it also depresses the wages of American workers. Inflation ticked up slightly in December, but the overall trend has shown prices falling for the most part as the demand for labor is easing and wages drop.

“Competing with cheap, immigrant labor can be difficult for native-born Americans regardless of whether the job is blue-collar or white-collar,” the Pulse pointed out. “A look at salaries for H1B visa holders working in technology versus the industry average shows a significant difference in compensation, with the gap sometimes being ten thousand dollars or more.”

Meanwhile, Yahoo Finance said the number of foreign-born workers in December 2023 were almost 10 percent higher than before the pandemic. It added that 20 percent of the U.S. labor force in December 2020 was comprised of immigrant workers. According to the outlet, the increase in foreign-born workers has also driven down the wages of American workers – and arguably decreased their quality of life.

The influx of immigrants also means an increase in consumers. This translates to an increase in demand for products and, in turn, higher prices. While finance industry experts cited by Yahoo Finance fail to mention this problem, they also lament the potential negative economic impact of non-productive immigrants “such as elderly relatives, stay-at-home mothers, and students.”

Moreover, this influx of immigrant labor has also likely fueled negative perceptions about the economy for groups of native-born Americans being displaced in the job market. CNN commentator and former Obama administration advisor Van Jones blasted Biden for this. He claimed that the incumbent president, who espouses an “open borders policy,” has only made “crappy” jobs available to the Black community.

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Gaza War Hits Growth: Israeli GDP Contracted by 19.4% in Last Quarter 2023

Haaretz | Feb. 20, 2024

Israelis sharply curtailed spending, travelling and investing at the end of 2023 as Israel’s all-out war on Palestinian Hamas militants in Gaza exacted a heavy toll on the economy, data released on Monday showed.

The war had stopped economic growth in its tracks, especially with a massive call-up of reserves and tens of thousands displaced from border communities near Gaza and Lebanon due to constant rocket attacks from Hamas and Hezbollah.

The $500 billion economy contracted an annual 19.4 percent in the fourth quarter from the prior three months, the Central Bureau of Statistics said in an initial estimate of gross domestic product that was double the rate expected in a Reuters consensus.