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Houston Announces Plan to Randomly Knock on Doors to Collect Blood Samples to Better Understand COVID

Houston Announces Plan to Randomly Knock on Doors to Collect Blood Samples to Better Understand COVID

Their plan, they say, is to better determine how many people have been infected with Coronavirus by conducting antibody tests. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4_J1Xhayrk

In the name of fighting COVID-19, Harris County (Texas’s largest county) health officials announced a plan that includes randomly knocking on doors to collect blood samples. “Teams of health workers wearing yellow vests will make their rounds from Nov. 15 through Dec. 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.” reports the Houston Chronicle.

Their plan, they say, is to better determine how many people have been infected with Coronavirus by conducting antibody tests.

More from the Houston Chronicle:

Harris County Public Health will survey residents for COVID-19 antibodies in an effort to determine how many people already have been infected with the novel coronavirus, the department said.

Beginning Sunday, health workers will visit randomly selected homes and ask residents to answer questions and provide blood samples.

Humans produce antibodies, proteins in the immune system, to fight infections from viruses and other pathogens. It can take days or weeks for antibodies to develop following exposure to the coronavirus, and it remains unclear how long they remain in an individual’s blood.

The Houston region has recorded 236,704 COVID-19 cases since the virus arrived here in March, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis, but health officials estimate this is only a fraction of the total number of infections.

According to the local ABC affiliate, the Health Department has the following goals:

  • Understand what caused COVID-19 to spread in certain areas.

  • Understand how COVID-19 has spread in Harris County.

  • Understand how COVID-19 transmission and infection rates differ among communities.

  • Determine the effectiveness of containment strategies that have been utilized during the pandemic.

  • Identify the percentage of Harris County residents infected with COVID-19 with no symptoms.

  • Improve public health messaging to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Nothing about these numbers suggests justifying a door-to-door campaign. Nothing. 1% fatality rate. ONE PERCENT. Particularly considering Houston is the fourth largest city in the country.

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What country do these people think they are in?

And what happens when I say POUND SAND.

    TX-rifraph in reply to 2smartforlibs. | November 16, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Perhaps one of the attorneys here can draw up a form for these workers to sign where they personally assume all liability for a list of about 25 risks and then we can talk about collecting a sample. I am not refusing anything. I am just protecting myself. Would something like that work as a defense from “failure to cooperate?”

    You may be taken into custody, or receive a visit from Antifa/BLM goons.

    You’ll tell them to pound sand, but they’ll be back to pound your head.

    ALL OF THIS rests squarely in the lap of that treasonous maggot William Barr.

    ALL OF IT.

    HImmanuelson in reply to 2smartforlibs. | November 17, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    The article clearly says that it’s optional. You say “pound sand” and they go away. End of story.

    My first reaction was “Oh wow!”. Then when I saw that it was entirely optional I thought it actually made sense.

“health officials announced a plan that includes randomly knocking on doors to collect blood samples”

“Do you have a warrant?”

How long till one of these idiots get blasted away while trying to convince you its good to give blood. Hopefully its the one at the podium but I doubt she will be going door to door.

If it bothers you, you don’t have to answer the door.
I personally have no problem ignoring the door, phone calls, e-mails, as well as several people…

They can sample sewage as well to quickly define areas in which to look, probably a quicker way to identify cluster areas.

Would tell them to pound sand

I don’t even answer the phone to strangers.

GTF off my porch.

Yeah, this is a nothingburger. You have right of refusal. No big deal to me. That said, considering the lack of a natural antibody response (and more likely a hidden T cell response that can’t be easily identified), I doubt they will find much.

Hmmm.
B 196, filed by Irving State Representative Terry Meza.
Her bill would remove a homeowner’s legal right under the Castle
Doctrine to use a firearm in the defense of their homestead against an intruder. Meza believes homeowners are too quick to pull the trigger during a home invasion, and HB 196 would essentially gut that provision from the Castle Doctrine.

    Dusty Pitts in reply to 4fun. | November 16, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Apparently it’s easy for some Metroplexers to forget they’re in Texas.

    Colonel Travis in reply to 4fun. | November 16, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Few things here. First, Terry Meza is an idiot. Her bill and slew of other gun control bills will die in committees. If they don’t, they’ll never be signed into law.

    About this bill specifically. The words “castle doctrine” never appear in Texas law. This is the extreme CliffsNotes version, but you can defend your life AND your property in Texas using deadly force. It’s not an automatic Kill Free card. There are several legal thresholds you must cross. As far as being in your home is concerned (and under Texas law, it’s not just limited to your house but just to keep it simple I’m sticking with house), if you use deadly force against someone who illegally entered with force, Texas law presumes that you acted reasonably by using deadly force to defend yourself. A prosecutor can try to say otherwise, but it’s an uphill battle for him.

    When it comes to property, Texas is the only state in the union that allows the use of deadly force to protect lesser personal property with deadly force (TV, jewelry, etc.) From my reading of this bill, it addresses that lesser property aspect and nothing else that is attempted in your home (murder, aggravated kidnapping, sexual assault, etc.)

    But HB 196 doesn’t just exclude robbery. It excludes aggravated robbery. What is aggravated robbery in Texas? It is robbery “that causes serious bodily injury”, or when the robber “uses or exhibits a deadly weapon” or a robber who “causes bodily injury to another person or threatens or places another person in fear of imminent bodily injury or death” if the other person is 65 or older or disabled.

    It’s one thing to say – I don’t want people to get shot over stealing a TV. It’s another to say – I don’t want people to get shot after they shoot or threaten to shoot the homeowner! This is so GD idiotic. Is she too stupid to even know that by including aggravated robbery, it removes a fundamental pillar to the claim of self-defense in the first place – not just Texas but every state in America? She leaves in aggravated kidnapping but not aggravated robbery. I think she is that stupid.

    If someone punches you, and you blow their head off with a shotgun, you’re going to jail for the rest of your life. But if someone draws a gun on you, you are allowed to defend yourself with deadly force. Again, you have to follow the law in other ways, not just that one. But that proportionality is crucial to our self-defense laws.

    This moron wants to allow robbers to possibly kill you while stealing your TV. How does this level of stupid get into our legislatures?

      I generally agree with you on “this ain’t goin’ nowhere,” but don’t let these folks get even that far. Hound them. Rail against them. Make sure that even bringing up this sort of idea gets you labeled as un-Texan and run out of town on a rail at the next election. Otherwise it will eventually creep in somewhere.

      In practice, once they pass a closed gate and the first “NO TRESPASSING” sign, they’re pretty much fair game.

    randian in reply to 4fun. | November 16, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Nobody can be allowed to defend against Antifa.

    GWB in reply to 4fun. | November 17, 2020 at 9:43 am

    Meza believes homeowners are too quick to pull the trigger during a home invasion
    I’d say, in general, they’re not quick enough.

amatuerwrangler | November 16, 2020 at 9:03 pm

This project might provide some real-time insight to the idea of replacing the police with psychologists, social workers and the like… What are the odds that the randomly selected households end up all in the civilized neighborhoods, not a housing authority apartment among them.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to amatuerwrangler. | November 17, 2020 at 1:59 am

    FYI

    “As many as 14 officers moved to leave the Norman, Oklahoma police force after the city council voted to defund their department.” – Weasel Zippers

“Can we have your liver, then?”

Of course, every participant in this study will find that their DNA is now in some law enforcement/guvmint data base. And those who refuse will be on another list of suspected troublemakers/ subversives.

The Friendly Grizzly | November 16, 2020 at 9:47 pm

Participation in the program is voluntary, and only selected households are eligible.

SURE it is voluntary. Traffic tickets, property tax reassessment, talks with employers…

Selected. Exactly HOW? By whom ?

    And how many people are behind bars because they let a cop search their car, or their bag while they were mon ange interstate bus? Government agents intimidate people into compliance. Even Gen. Flynn.

    And how many people are behind bars because they let a cop search their car, or their bag while they were on an interstate bus? Government agents intimidate people into compliance. Even Gen. Flynn.

As a physician-scientist, a few questions —

One: if this is voluntary, how does the city health department document that a person consented? Is that consent form publicly available?

Two: besides sampling for antibodies, what other tests are to be done? What happens to left-over blood? Does the consent permit transfer of samples to a non-government agency?

Three: Does the health department isolate and sequence the DNA in the white blood cells in the sample? If so, why? What protections are put in place to protect genetic information (there’s a whole industry in the medical research community about just this)? Who would have access to this information?

Four: what oversight is provided? Is there outside oversight? Is there an institutional review board?

Five: how is identifying information (name, gender, address, age, etc) protected? Who has access?

Six: how will the data be audited? How will it be reported? Will there be any peer review?

I can come up with more questions.

Last that I recall, they were just sifting through public sewage to support their meme. Hard to tie DNA from a waste processing facility with anyone, in particular… but, colleges, universities and media don’t let that sort of thing interfere with a socialist pogrom.

Too bad their census process couldn’t have integrated the mission into something useful.

Wasn’t Houston a real leader in mandatory DNA collection, somewhere in the Obamic era? Seems like they pioneered the pandemic model with some variation on ebola or similar pathogen.

Thank goodness, Fauci wasn’t able to make a name for himself during that debacle.

There’s a reason my doormat says

“LEAVE”

So any plans on just which direction of Off these well-meaning perky people should be told to fornicate in?

“Dear, did you hear the door bell?”
“Door bell?”
.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to DSHornet. | November 17, 2020 at 4:54 am

    Siung to a tune from My Fair Lady:

    Did you hear the doorbell
    The doorbell
    The doorbell
    Did you hear the doorbell
    Why, no, I, din’t!

If health officials want to collect this kind of data, perhaps instead they could advertise a research study and accept volunteers from a distribution of locations rather than scaring people in their homes.

So they admit they don’t know anything about Covid. After nearly 9 months, they still don’t understand the disease, but they can make informed policy decisions based on the lack of knowledge. Nice. What gets me is that all of this does little to actually help people who are already ill or help to treat people. Thousands of dollars spent of actions that have little or no impact on the disease. Dumb.

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