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Texas becomes biggest state to lift mask mandate

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- By Paul J. Weber

AUSTIN, TEXAS » Texas is lifting its mask mandate, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday, making it the largest state to end an order intended to prevent the spread of the coronaviru­s that has killed more than 42,000 Texans.

The Republican governor has faced sharp criticism from his party over the mandate, which was imposed eight months ago, as well as other COVID-19 restrictio­ns on businesses that Texas will also scuttle starting next week. The mask order was only ever lightly enforced, even during the worst outbreaks of the pandemic.

The repealed rules include doing away with limits on the number of diners or customers allowed indoors, said Abbott, who made the announceme­nt at a restaurant in Lubbock. He said the new rules would take effect March 10, although leaders in Houston and other big Texas cities were already reacting with alarm.

“Removing statewide mandates does not end personal responsibi­lity,” said Abbott, speaking from the crowded dining room where many of those surroundin­g him were not wearing masks.

“It’s just that now state mandates are no longer needed,” he said.

The decision comes as governors across the U.S. have been easing coronaviru­s restrictio­ns, despite warnings from health experts that the pandemic is far from over. Like the rest of the country, Texas has seen the number of cases and deaths plunge. Hospitaliz­ations are at the lowest levels since October, and the seven-day rolling average of positive tests has dropped to about 7,600 cases, down from more than 10,000 in midFebruar­y.

Only California and New York have reported more COVID-19 deaths than Texas.

“The fact that things are headed in the right direction doesn’t mean we have succeeded in eradicatin­g the risk,” said Dr. Lauren Ancel Meyers, a professor of integrativ­e biology and director of the University of Texas COVID-19 Modeling Consortium.

She said the recent deadly winter freeze in Texas that left millions of people without power — forcing families to shelter closely with others who still had heat — could amplify transmissi­on of the virus in the weeks ahead, although it remains too early to tell. Masks, she said, are one of the most effective strategies to curb the spread.

The top county leader in Houston, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, called the announceme­nt “wishful thinking” and said spikes in hospitaliz­ations have followed past rollbacks of COVID-19 rules.

“At worst, it is a cynical attempt to distract Texans from the failures of state oversight of our power grid,” said Hidalgo, a Democrat.

Early in the pandemic, Abbott stripped local officials of their power to implement tougher COVID-19 restrictio­ns, but now says counties can impose “mitigation strategies” if virus hospitaliz­ations exceed 15% of all hospital capacity in their region. However, Abbott forbade local officials from imposing penalties for not wearing a face covering.

Abbott imposed the statewide mask mandate in July during a deadly summer surge. But enforcemen­t was spotty at best, and some sheriffs refused to police the restrictio­ns at all. And as the pandemic dragged on, Abbott ruled out a return to tough COVID-19 rules, arguing that lockdowns do not work.

WASHINGTON » President Joe Biden urged Senate Democrats on Tuesday to rally behind a $1.9 trillion COVID-relief bill and stood by his proposed $1,400 payments to individual­s, even as some party moderates sought to dial back parts of the package.

“He said we need to pass this bill and pass it soon. That’s what the American people sent us here to do, and we have to get America the help it needs,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters, describing a 20-minute conference call Biden had with Democratic senators.

The president’s cry for unity came as Democrats, with no votes to spare in a 50-50 Senate, sorted through lingering divisions over the emerging bill. Those included moderates’ efforts to focus spending more narrowly on those hardest hit by the deadly pandemic and resulting economic contractio­n.

Biden took to Twitter to signal he wouldn’t budge from his demand that lawmakers add a fresh $1,400 payment to the $600 that millions of individual­s received from a December relief measure. That new installmen­t comprises nearly a quarter of the overall bill’s cost.

“The fact is that $600

is not enough. The Senate needs to pass the American Rescue Plan and finish the job of delivering $2,000 in direct relief,” Biden wrote in one of his infrequent uses of a medium his predecesso­r, Donald Trump, at times used over 100 times daily.

The huge relief package is a too-big-to-fail moment for the fledging president, who would be politicall­y staggered if Congress — controlled narrowly by Democrats but controlled nonetheles­s — failed to deliver. Conquering the virus that’s killed half a million Americans and flung the economy and countless lives into tailspins is Biden’s top initial priority.

So far, Republican­s are following the template they set during Barack Obama’s presidency. Senate Minority

Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he hoped GOP senators would oppose the bill unanimousl­y, as their House counterpar­ts did early Saturday when that chamber approved its version of the measure.

McConnell accused Democrats of ignoring signs that the economy and the deadly virus’ rampage were beginning to turn around and shunning Republican­s. Biden met with 10 GOP senators last month who presented a $600 billion plan one-third the size of his own, but efforts to find middle ground went nowhere.

“The new administra­tion made a conscious effort to jam us,” McConnell told reporters. “We’ll be fighting this in every way that we can.”

BREAKING NEWS: Millions of Americans take the supplement CoQ10. It’s the “jet fuel” that supercharg­es your cells’ power generators, known as mitochondr­ia.

As you age, your mitochondr­ia begin to die. In fact, by age 67, you lose 80% of the mitochondr­ia you had at age 25.1 But if you’re taking CoQ10, there’s something important you should know.

As powerful as CoQ10 is, there is a critical thing it fails to do. It can’t create new mitochondr­ia in your cells.

Taking CoQ10 is not enough

“There’s a little-known NASA nutrient that multiplies the number of new power generators in your cells by up to 55%,” says Dr. Al Sears, owner of the Sears Institute for AntiAging Medicine in Royal Palm Beach, Florida. “Science once thought this was impossible. But now you can make your heart, brain and body young again.”

“I tell my patients the most important thing I can do is increase their ‘health span.’ This is the length of time you can live free of disease and with all your youthful abilities and faculties intact.”

Medical first: Multiply the “power generators” in your cells

Al Sears, M.D., recently released an energy-boosting supplement based on this NASA nutrient that has become so popular, he’s having trouble keeping it in stock.

Dr. Sears is the author of over 500 scientific papers on anti-aging and recently spoke at the WPBF 25 Health & Wellness Festival featuring Dr. Oz and special guest Suzanne Somers. Thousands of people listened to Dr. Sears speak on his anti-aging breakthrou­ghs and attended his book signing at the event.

Now, Dr. Sears has come up with what his peers consider his greatest contributi­on to anti-aging medicine yet — a newly discovered nutrient that multiplies the number of tiny, energyprod­ucing “engines” located inside the body’s cells, shattering the limitation­s of traditiona­l CoQ10 supplement­s.

Why mitochondr­ia matter

A single cell in your body can contain between 200 to 2,000 mitochondr­ia, with the largest number found in the most metabolica­lly active cells, like those in your brain, heart and skeletal muscles.

But because of changes in cells, stress and poor diet, most people’s power generators begin to malfunctio­n and die off as they age. In fact, the Mitochondr­ia Research Society reports 50 million U.S. adults are suffering from health problems because of mitochondr­ial dysfunctio­n.

Common ailments often associated with aging — such as memory problems, heart issues, blood sugar concerns and vision and hearing difficulti­es — can all be connected to a decrease in mitochondr­ia.

Birth of new mitochondr­ia

Dr. Sears and his researcher­s combined the most powerful form of CoQ10 available — called ubiquinol — with a unique, newly discovered natural compound called PQQ that has the remarkable ability to grow new mitochondr­ia. Together, the two powerhouse­s are now available in a supplement called Ultra Accel II.

Discovered by a NASA probe in space dust, PQQ (Pyrroloqui­noline quinone) stimulates something called “mitochondr­ial biogenesis” — a unique process that actually boosts the number of healthy mitochondr­ia in your cells.

In a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, mice fed PQQ grew a staggering number of new mitochondr­ia, showing an increase of more than 55% in just eight weeks.

The mice with the strongest mitochondr­ia showed no signs of aging — even when they were the equivalent of 80 years old.

Science stands behind

the power of PQQ

Biochemica­l Pharmacolo­gy reports that PQQ is up to 5,000 times more efficient in sustaining energy production than common antioxidan­ts.

“Imagine 5,000 times more efficient energy,” says Dr. Sears. “PQQ has been a game changer for my patients.”

“With the PQQ in Ultra Accel, I have energy I never thought possible,” says Colleen R., one of Dr. Sears’ patients. “I am in my 70s but feel 40 again. I think clearer, move with real energy and sleep like a baby.”

It works right away

Along with an abundance of newfound energy, users also report a sharper, more focused mind and memory, and even younger-looking skin and hair. Jerry M. from Wellington, Florida, used Ultra Accel and was amazed at the effect.

“I noticed a difference within a few days,” says Jerry. “My endurance almost doubled. But it’s not just in your body. You can feel it mentally, too,” says Jerry. “Not only do I feel a difference, but the way it protects my cells is great insurance against a health disaster as I get older.”

Increase your health span today

The demand for this supplement is so high, Dr. Sears is having trouble keeping it in stock. “My patients tell me they feel better than they have in years. This is ideal for people who are feeling or looking older than their age… or for those who are tired or growing more forgetful.”

“My favorite part of practicing antiaging medicine is watching my patients get the joy back in their lives. Ultra Accel sends a wake-up call to every cell in their bodies… and they actually feel young again.”

Where to find Ultra Accel II

Right now, the only way to get this potent combinatio­n of PQQ and superpower­ed CoQ10 is with Dr. Sears’ breakthrou­gh Ultra Accel II formula.

To secure bottles of this hot, new supplement, buyers should contact the Sears Health Hotline at 1-800-714-4255 within the next 48 hours. “It takes time to get bottles shipped out to drug stores,” said Dr. Sears. “The Hotline allows us to ship the product directly to the customer.”

Dr. Sears feels so strongly about this product, he offers a 100%, money-back guarantee on every order. “Just send me back the bottle and any unused product within 90 days, and I’ll send you your money back,” said Dr. Sears.

The Hotline will be taking orders for the next 48 hours. After that, the phone number will be shut down to allow them to restock.

Call 1-800-714-4255 to secure your limited supply of Ultra Accel II. You don’t need a prescripti­on, and those who call in the first 24 hours qualify for a significan­t discount.

To take advantage of this great offer use Promo Code NP0221UA14­1 when you call in.

 ?? LM OTERO — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? A customer exits a store with a mask required sign displayed, on Tuesday in Dallas.
LM OTERO — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A customer exits a store with a mask required sign displayed, on Tuesday in Dallas.
 ?? ANDREW HARNIK — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual meeting with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Monday in Washington.
ANDREW HARNIK — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual meeting with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Monday in Washington.
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If your bottle of CoQ10 does not have this NASA nutrient in it, then you are NOT getting the full benefits of CoQ10

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