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Dr. M. Nixon "Nick" Ellis presented the first lecture as a part of the James E. Holshouser Jr. Lecture Series recently. An experienced virologist, Ellis spoke on the COVID-19 pandemic and other aspects of the virus.

Due to limited numbers being allowed for indoor gatherings, the first James E Holshouser Jr. Lecture has been posted to the series’ website.

Organizers of the series were able to schedule a timely lecture by Dr. M. Nixon “Nick” Ellis, a Southern Pines resident and experienced medical virologist, who gave background and a professional opinion on the COVID-19 virus and pandemic.

He received his doctorate from the Department of Medical Microbiology in the School of Veterinary Medicine at The University of Georgia. While in graduate school, Ellis was a research assistant in the Department of Avian Medicine, and worked extensively with the avian coronavirus, known as infectious bronchitis virus, a release from the lecture series said.

The COVID-19 pandemic was the first viral crisis Ellis said he has been on the sidelines for after working through many worldwide pandemics in his career.

Ellis’ presentation gave background information collected so far for the coronavirus in the United States as well as other countries across the globe. His expertise allowed him to describe transmission of the virus down to the cellular level, as well as looking at the mutation and evolution of the virus that has been found so far.

Information presented by Ellis showed that COVID-19’s fatality rate was lower than many other recent viral crises, but those in older populations have been inversely affected by the virus.

Ellis commented on the viral management measures put in place. Because of the mask mandates, he showed on a graph the reduction of flu cases in the United States as compared to years in the past.

“This shows that things we are doing for COVID have obviously impacted the influenza, and that’s a good sign,” Ellis said, adding that data has shown that states with longer and more restrictive lockdowns have seen higher rates of viral spread than other states.

Through Operation Warp Speed, Ellis said the fast-tracked vaccines have come available at a record speed compared to the Food and Drug Administration’s typical timeline of 10 to 15 years for a vaccine.

The vaccine provides the quicker of the two “exit” options for the pandemic, Ellis said. With no vaccine, Ellis estimated that it would take 55 months for the country to reach “herd immunity,” but that time was more than cut in half with vaccine availability.

The full lecture with informative slides can be found on the lecture series’ website https://www.jehlectures.com/. Organizers are meeting to decide on future lectures and also about updating the first lecture with Ellis with more up to date information going forward.

“All of us working on this project are looking forward to in-person programs and plan to bring nationally known experts to Moore County for live dialogue,” George Little said during the introduction of the first lecture.

Owens Auditorium at the Bradshaw Performing Arts Center of Sandhills Community College is still closed for public events and will be used for in-person lectures once reopened, organizers said.

In the meantime, organizers said that two types of donations can be made either online or by mail. An unrestricted donation will be fully tax deductible and will allow donors to be classified as a “Founder Donor.” With that, it will include two complimentary tickets to the first two lectures and a permanent program listing.

“Founder donors believe in the mission,” said Walter Bull, speaking for the organizing team. “Without their support the series could not get off the ground.”

The JEH Lecture organizers have incorporated a North Carolina non-profit corporation to sponsor public educational lectures envisioned for the Sandhills. The application to be tax exempt has been submitted to the IRS for approval in 2021.

Further information may be found at https://www.jehlectures.com/.

Contact Jonathan Bym at (910) 693-2470 or jonathan@thepilot.com.

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Susan Hulbert

Thank you Jim T

Kent Misegades

“According to Dr. Roger Hodkinson, one of Canada’s top pathologists and an expert in virology, the COVID-19 pandemic is the “greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public.” The Greatest Hoax Ever Perpetuated on an Unsuspecting Public

By Joseph Mercola

Mercola.com

December 10, 2020

Jim Tomashoff

Just another of Kent's quoting an outlier regarding affiliation Covid as if he/she reflects some kind of truth telling even though his/her opinion is the truth and the other 99% of experts are wrong. Not only that, to the extent that this individual might have credibility his outright lying about his resume calls that into question. The following is a story the AP ran regarding this gentleman in response to the quote of his that Kent cites:

"CLAIM: COVID-19 is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated” and “just another bad flu.” Roger Hodkinson, a pathologist who identifies himself as the former chairman of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada Examination Committee in Pathology, made the comments by phone during a public meeting in Edmonton, the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Not only is COVID-19 deadlier than the flu, but symptoms can be long-lasting, according to medical experts. Some online posts referred to Hodkinson as a former chairman of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Hodkinson has never been chairman of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the group said.

THE FACTS: On Nov. 13, while city councilors in Edmonton met to discuss extending the law that requires people to wear face coverings in public places, listeners phoned in to oppose the mandate. Among them was a caller who introduced himself as Hodkinson.

“There is utterly unfounded public hysteria driven by the media and politicians,” said Hodkinson, identifying himself as the former chairman of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada Examination Committee in Pathology and the CEO of a biotech company in North Carolina that sells COVID-19 tests. He went on to call COVID-19 “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public…”

Hodkinson called COVID-19 just “another bad flu” and said “masks were utterly useless,” also claiming that “there is no evidence base for their effectiveness whatsoever.”

But health officials widely agree that the coronavirus is much more dangerous than the flu.

“This [COVID-19] is very different from influenza, much higher mortality, much higher morbidity if you survive it,” said Dr. Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner, a professor of infectious diseases at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. “There’s no sort of long-lasting effects of influenza either. It’s a completely wrong assertion.”

Hodkinson’s claim that masks are “useless” is false. Studies show that masks work to slow the spread of the virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has long advised people to wear masks. In November, the CDC said that masks can also protect wearers who are not infected.

His false comments were recorded, posted on YouTube and then spread on social media.

“Top pathologist Dr. Roger Hodkinson told Canadian government officials in Alberta during a phone conference that the coronavirus pandemic is ‘the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public,’” stated an Instagram post that shared the false claims. The post had more than 26,000 likes. The Instagram post also states that “testing should stop” because it finds the virus in people who have no symptoms, producing false numbers and “driving public hysteria.”

According to Ostrosky-Zeichner, a positive COVID-19 molecular test “pretty much nearly assures that you have genetic material of the virus in your system, whether you have the active infection or are recovering from it.”

On Nov. 20, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada clarified that although Hodkinson was certified as a general pathologist in 1976, he was never a chairman. “We would like to clarify that Dr. Hodkinson is not nor has ever held the position of chairman of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada,” the organization said in a statement.

Members of the Alberta Medical Association also refuted Hodkinson’s claims on Twitter on Nov. 23: “The#Alberta Section of Laboratory Physicians endorses the use of masks, hand washing and physical distancing along with all other public health measures to prevent the spread of#COVID19.”

Hodkinson said that he was CEO of a biotechnology company in North Carolina. He is listed as the executive chairman of MutantDX, which is based in Greensboro, North Carolina. According to the license on North Carolina’s secretary of state’s website, the business is active. However, the address listed on the license leads to a condominium complex.

The Associated Press reached out to Hodkinson at a business in Edmonton where he is listed as the CEO, but did not receive a response at the time of publication.

The overall U.S. death toll has reached over 260,000, according to Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus tracker, and more than 1.4 million deaths from the disease worldwide since the pandemic started."

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