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SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 9, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A woman in Texas leaked spinal fluid after a COVID-19 nasal swab test punctured her brain tissue three weeks ago.
Chari Timm went to a San Antonio hospital due to chest pain and was recommended for a heart diagnostic exam late last month, KFOX14 reported. She was told she needed a COVID-19 test before receiving any further testing related to her actual source of pain, however.
When a nurse administered the nasal swab test, Timm said that she felt intense pain almost immediately. “It hurt, it was an immediate instant migraine,” she said. “I’ve never had a migraine ever in my life.”
“It started from the back of my head and just extend it to the front of my head and my entire brain was an extreme pain,” Timm continued. “Instantly fluid just was leaking out of my nose.”
The fluid turned out to be spinal liquid, which leaked out due to a tear in her dura mater, a membrane that protects the central nervous system. A neurologist later diagnosed Timm with pneumocephalus, a rare cranial condition involving air inside the cranial cavity that is typically associated with skull damage.
Timm will need surgery to repair the rupture, she said. “I have to remain at a 30-45 degree angle at all times,” she said. “I have to be careful with the air I breathe as bacteria may get in through the injury/[t]ear and [can] cause meningitis.”
Timm’s isn’t the first case of brain leak following a COVID-19 test. Last fall, the journal JAMA Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery revealed that an unnamed woman suffered similar cerebrospinal liquid loss after a testing swab punctured a part of her brain that contained the fluid.
A new study published in the journal warns that people with a history of significant sinus problems likely should avoid nasal swab tests altogether. Health care professionals conducting the tests should ask whether patients have had sinus or skull surgery, the report cautions.
“Sinus and skull-base surgery frequently removes bony partitions between the nasal cavity and skull base, resulting in the exposure of critical neurovascular structures. After surgery, patients are theoretically at higher risk of cerebrospinal fluid leak and neurovascular damage during [nasopharyngeal swab] insertion,” the study reads.
“If so, other modes of testing such as at the back of the throat should be performed,” said Dr. Phillip Chen, one of the study’s authors and a professor of otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Chen added that in a review of online videos about nasal swab test practices, “about half of the videos on how to perform Covid-19 nasopharyngeal swabs were incorrect,” some of them promoting incorrect swab angling and depth.
“Not one site of the 200 we searched online had information cautioning against blind nasopharyngeal swab testing in those with a history of sinus or skull base surgery,” Chen said.
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Mainstream media sources are promoting offensive suggestions by some doctors that people who refuse a vaccine for COVID-19 should be "punished" by the government and by business - effectively coercing them into taking the vaccine.
- One group of doctors writing in 'USA Today' suggested that the government impose special taxes (i.e., fines) on people who refuse the vaccination and that business simply refuse to serve them. [see story below]
- Another doctor writing in an online publication called 'The Conversation' shamelessly suggested that people who refuse a vaccine should be given a psychoactive drug to induce compliance. [see story below]
But, these suggestions are plain political posturing, and have nothing to do with science or with the recent trends of the disease.
And, in case they haven't noticed, we live in a democracy not a medical dictatorship!
Please SIGN this urgent petition which asks policy-makers and business people, at all levels, to pledge to respect the rights of those who, in good conscience, decide not to vaccinate themselves or their children.
People should not have to live in fear of governmental or corporate retribution for refusing a vaccine which is being rushed to market by Big Pharma and their fellow-travelers in NGOs, like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
It would be intolerable and immoral for the government or business to coerce someone, and their family, to take a COVID vaccine against their will to avoid a fine, or just so they can do their weekly grocery shopping.
Medical freedom must be respected in principle and also in practice.
So, it is now time that our policy-makers listen to all voices involved in this vital conversation, and start to represent those who will not tolerate being punished for refusing a vaccine.
Simply put, legislatures must begin to act as legislatures again.
Questions must be asked. Hearings and investigations must be held. And, the legislatures of each state and country must return to the business of representing the people who voted for them, assuming their rightful place as the originator of legislation.
We can no longer accept the dictates of executive branches without question, especially now that, statistically speaking, the initial brunt of the COVID crisis has passed.
Neither can we accept the dictates of doctors who seem detached from reality and from science, and who only seem to be attached to the idea of promoting ideas which contribute to the agrandizement of power and control of political interests, and wealth of those who stand to make a lot of money from the sale of a COVID vaccine.
Please SIGN this urgent petition which asks government and business leaders to pledge to respect the rights of those who refuse a COVID vaccine, and not seek to punish them for doing so.
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Besides potential brain tissue damage, COVID-19 nasal tests have been flagged for seriously questionable accuracy rates. One study authored by British and American scientists last year found that PCR nasal swab testing has only around 63% sensitivity.
Several other studies, as well as federal guidelines, have identified major accuracy issues with PCR tests and other means of testing for coronavirus. The most common PCR testing protocol for COVID-19 also has come under fire in December, when a coalition of scientists called for the retraction of the original article detailing the method, due to a lack of a properly peer-reviewed report.