Coronavirus Part 2

Kathy

https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200122/what-to-know-about-new-coronavirus-from-china

I think we should be a little concerned, but not overly so,” says Jim Le Duc, PhD, director of the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch. The warning flags, he says, are the virus’s ability to kill, the fact that it can be transmitted from person to person, and its newness -- meaning no one has had time to build up immunity.

This thread replaces the previous one where I incorrectly states one died in the US. So far there are no deaths in US.

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Kathy

Thanks Del. I edited it. Duh! On my part.

FOAS....time is my enemy and my friend now a days.

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foodonastump

(Sorry I deleted my post after your correction)

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Toby

There are 63 cases being monitored in the U.S. that stretch across 22
states, including the first patient in Washington state and the new case
in Illinois, said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center
for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/24/cdc-confirms-second-us-case-of-coronavirus-chicago-resident-diagnosed.html

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Kathy

Toby I cut and pasted your comment here as the other thread is void now. I hope you are okay with that. Thank you for your patience

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Kathy

I am happy the US had a heads up and can monitor people returning from Wuhan ASAP. Hopefully it will keep it from spreading here. From what I have read the symptoms are not severe so it might go undetected in many as they spread the virus.

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momofdoxies

Toby, I also copied and pasted what you said on the other thread.

Toby

They are monitoring 63 cases in the US.


There are not 63 cases of Coronavirus being monitored. There are two confirmed cases with 61 potential
cases. That is a huge difference from what Toby said in the previous
thread. It is important to be accurate on a public forum when discussing
health topics.


Jan. 24, 2020, 10:25 AM EST / Updated Jan. 24, 2020, 11:56 AM EST

By Erika Edwards

A second case of the new coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday morning.

The
CDC is also investigating another 61 potential cases from 22 states.
Eleven have tested negative, and results from the rest are pending.

The
new case, a woman in her 60s, is hospitalized in Chicago, and is
reportedly doing well. She had traveled to Wuhan, China, in December,
and flew home to Illinois on Jan. 13. She was not symptomatic on the
flight home.

The woman had not spent much
time in public after arriving back in the U.S., and had not taken public
transportation, health officials said. The risk that she had infected
others is low, but some close contacts are being monitored for symptoms.

Dr.
Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for
Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said that it's important to keep
in mind that there are still many unknowns about the virus.

"This
virus was only identified within the past month, and there is much we
don't know yet," Messonnier said during a call with journalists Friday.

She added it's likely there will be more cases in the U.S., including among close contacts of travelers.

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Kathy

The markets in China selling live animals to eat including koalas and such sickens me. This is what a country without regulations to protect their people does. And we send poultry there to be processed?

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margaritadina

''Kathy The markets in China selling live animals to eat including koalas''

WHAT?????

This is madness. I hope koalas and all other innocent creatures have diseases so deadly that Chinese gov will ban the consumption all together. Including dogs' and cats' meat. They eat live animals, they boil them alive....sadistic culture.

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Kathy

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12302979


The Food markets in China

what is happening in China is affecting US and the world. We are a global society whether we like it or not. With global corps and tourism diseases can spread like wildfire.

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roxanna7

Possible pandemics in the future from something? Possible, sure, in this day and age of global interactions. Remember the Pandemic of 1918. Horrible, but makes for fascinating reading.

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Kathy

Yet——

US President Donald Trump’s first budget request for fiscal year 2018 includes drastic cuts for diplomacy and overseas aid (-32%), and slashes US$4.6 billion from humanitarian assistance and global health spending.

In the last decade, the United States has been the leading funder for preparing and responding to global infectious disease outbreaks, and the delivery of basic health care to low-income countries.

The cut diminishes the world’s capacity to prevent and coordinate interventions to tackle human health security issues.

Reducing funding to national disease surveillance systems, training and infrastructure in the developing world will hamper the ability to deliver rapid, coordinated and consistent responses to borderless infectious disease outbreaks.

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Toby

Toby

It's not what I said. It's what CNBC quoted Dr. Nancy Messonnier as saying.
They say "monitoring". NBC says "investigating". Both are quoting Dr.
Messonnier.

Toby

According to Dr. Messonier, they are monitoring 63 cases. I provided the link
where I got the wording. I don't know if your source is accurate or mine
is. Both sources are quoting the same doctor. They have used different
verbs to describe what the CDC is doing.

Momofdoxies, perhaps you could send CNBC an email and ask them to publish a correction using the correct verb.

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margaritadina

''Kathy

Yet——

US President Donald Trump’s first budget request for fiscal year 2018
includes drastic cuts for diplomacy and overseas aid (-32%), and
slashes US$4.6 billion from humanitarian assistance and global health
spending.''

Asia and Africa have to stop eating crap that they are eating. We already have AIDS, Ebola and now this from their exotic meals.

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Kathy

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momofdoxies

Toby, no need for me to email anyone for a correction as your link uses the exact same verb. This is what was in the link that you provided. The word potential is used in both links.


Your Link

CDC confirms second US case of coronavirus and is monitoring dozens of other potential cases

Published Fri, Jan 24 202010:14 AM ESTUpdated an hour ago

Berkeley Lovelace Jr.@BerkeleyJr





Key Points

  • U.S.
    health officials diagnosed a second patient with the China coronavirus —
    a Chicago woman who returned from Wuhan with the infection.
  • They are currently monitoring 63 “patients under investigation” in the U.S.
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momofdoxies

Kathy, we will probably see close to that number of contacts with the new case in Chicago as well. Every new confirmed case will have many close contacts that will have to be monitored.

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Ann

Posting to bump up this thread and help the other one die. I appreciate Kathy's efforts to move to this one due to the misleading/mistaken title of the other one. Thanks Kathy.

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adoptedbyhounds

Thought this would be of interest to everyone. Someone arrived at RDU who may be infected with the virus. The link below has the story, and links to additional information.


https://abc11.com/health/nc-investigating-possible-coronavirus-in-person-who-arrived-at-rdu/5876318/


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Kathy

It sure makes a case for wearing a mask on planes. I see more people doing that now. I was curious about the city of Wuhan, wondering if a lot of Americans would travel there. It seems so.

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/wuhan-china-virus/index.html


i found this interesting


All passengers flying into the United States from Wuhan will be routed through one of five airports and screened for fever and other signs of the virus. “Patients of concern” will be referred to a facility and given a test to find out if they have the virus.

Per WebMD



On a Jan. 21 call with reporters, Dr. Martin Cetron, director of the CDC’s division of global migration and quarantine, said all U.S.-bound passengers from Wuhan would be funneled through one of five domestic airports—New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport—equipped to screen for the coronavirus, which is spreading around Asia and was this week confirmed in the U.S.. Cetron called the system a “full-on, 100% coverage strategy” that “involves reissuing tickets and rerouting passengers from all over the globe through connecting and direct flights.”

Per Time

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

It is looking like a very bad pandemic possibility, with an estimated R0 of 3.8
(each infection is projected to lead to almost 4 new infections).





Preprint: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.01.23.20018549v1

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding
@DrEricDing


2/ “We estimate the basic reproduction number of the infection (R_0) to be 3.8 (95% confidence interval, 3.6-4.0), indicating that 72-75% of transmissions must be prevented by control measures for infections to stop increasing...

3/ ... We estimate that only 5.1% (95%CI, 4.8-5.5) of infections in Wuhan are identified, and by 21 January a total of 11,341 people (prediction interval, 9,217-14,245) had been infected in Wuhan since the start of the year. Should the epidemic continue unabated in Wuhan....

4/ we predict the epidemic in Wuhan will be substantially larger by 4 February (191,529 infections; prediction interval, 132,751-273,649), infection will be established in other Chinese cities, and importations to other countries will be more frequent. Our model suggests that..

5/ travel restrictions from and to Wuhan city are unlikely to be effective in halting transmission across China; with a 99% effective reduction in travel, the size of the epidemic outside of Wuhan may only be reduced by 24.9% on 4 February. Our findings are...

6/ ...critically dependent on the assumptions underpinning our model, and the timing and reporting of confirmed cases, and there is considerable uncertainty associated with the outbreak at this early stage. With these caveats in mind, our work suggests that...

7/ a basic reproductive number for this 2019-nCoV outbreak is higher compared to other emergent coronaviruses, suggesting that containment or control of this pathogen may be substantially more difficult.”!!!!

8/ ... SUMMARY: so what does this mean for the world??? We are now faced with the most virulent virus epidemic the world has ever seen. An R0=3.8 means that it exceeds SARS’s modest 0.49 viral attack rate by 7.75x — almost 8 fold! A virus that spreads 8 faster than SARS...

9/ ...cannot be stopped by containment alone. A 99% quarantine lockdown containment of Wuhan will not even reduce the epidemic’s spread by even 1/3rd in the next 2 weeks. Thus, I really hate to be the epidemiologist who has to admit this, but we are potentially faced with.

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margaritadina

''Kathy It sure makes a case for wearing a mask on planes.''

And safety goggles. Chinese doctor Wang Guangfa who caught SARS-like infection said that the virus can enter the body through eyes.

As of right now, 41 victims died, 1200 infected (China).

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war garden

looks like china is facing another plague. first the pigs died;then the people.
now all they need is town crier to yell :带出你的死人 (bring out your dead )带出你的死人 (bring out your dead )
just in time for chinese year of the Rat!!!

very bad sign or habenger for new year since rats are the harbingers of plague and disease.

if you country is hit by a plague and thousands or more
die. the survivors rarely care if it was bacterium or virus
that lead to devastation.

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

psst...
Diseases do not stop at country borders.

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Linda

It's like these new viruses keep popping up out of nowhere. It's truly hard for the medical safety net to catch each one in time...and then there's a big race to try and come up with something...a vaccine or whatever.

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ubro(2a)

very bad sign or habenger for new year since rats are the harbingers of plague and disease.

Umm?

According to the China Institute, the rat is a symbol of fertility and abundance. People born during this year (or previous Years of the Rat, such as 1984, 1996, or 2008) are believed to be intelligent, creative, and resourceful, and have the ability to form strong social bonds.

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socks(10a)

I'm concerned about children. If one sick adult infects one child who then goes to school, many, many students, teachers and staff could be affected, subsequently anyone they come in contact with. The experts do not yet know when a person is contagious, a few days before symptoms or when symptoms appear. They say, "don't panic." I'm not panicked, no one is panicked that I see, but I am worried and hope this can be halted before it grows too much.

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

This is not good news:
New coronavirus can cause infections with no symptoms and sicken otherwise healthy people, studies show

https://www.statnews.com/2020/01/24/coronavirus-infections-no-symptoms-lancet-studies/

About a third of the 41 patients needed intensive care, and six of them died. Some of the patients with more serious illnesses suffered from a dangerous immune system overreaction called a cytokine storm, but the researchers said they still did not have a good understanding of how the virus affects the immune system.

As of Friday, there were more than 830 cases of the coronavirus infection in China, with 25 deaths, and a handful of cases in places — including Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and the United States — that were in people who traveled to those countries from China.

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Zalco/bring back Sophie!

It makes me very nervous when Xi says the problem is accelerating. From the NYT:

“Confronted with the grave situation of this accelerating spread of pneumonia from infections with the novel coronavirus, we must step up the centralized and united leadership under the party central” leadership, Mr. Xi said.



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adoptedbyhounds

According to wired.com, the first public health warning came from an AI "epidemiologist" developed in Canada. The developer had experience with the SARS outbreak, and saw the need for more information than what governments were willing to provide during that crisis. Interesting article.


Edited: I forgot to add that Dr. Ding updated his Twitter message to include a different study with less horrifying numbers than the one reported by Thor. That study found the coronavirus under discussion still very concerning, but predicted a lower rate of infection.


https://www.wired.com/story/ai-epidemiologist-wuhan-public-health-warnings/#intcid=recommendations_wired-bottom-recirc-personalized-similar_5283d990-e362-4a73-8007-5e8b666afccb_similar2-3-personalized_entityTopicSimilarity

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,others)(8a)

The Black Plague was carried by fleas, not rats. The fleas lived on the rats to be sure—and a lot of other mammals, including humans.

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Kathy

Consider this has only been happening since Dec 30th. A relatively short time. We have a way to go yet.

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mr1010

An article in msm predicted today there will be 300,000 new cases in China alone in the next 10 days. There are currently confirmed cases in France (2), Australia, US, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and several other Asian countries.

A doctor was quoted as saying the facial masks are not adequate to stop the spread as they're too loose, and you'd need goggles to protect the virus from entering the eyes.

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pb32

I hope I'm wrong, but this one looks like it's going to get bad. The numbers are skyrocketing in China. I have some faith in the US's ability to handle this here, but China screwed up badly by underplaying this in the early days.

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Kathy

China is building a hospital for the Coronavirus in just 6 days.

“Wuhan, China is the epicenter of a new type of coronavirus that has infected more than 830 people and killed as many as 26 throughout China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, and the United States. To tackle the crisis, the city began construction on a 1,000-bed temporary hospital in Wuhan’s Caidian district Thursday evening. Officials have said they plan to finish the project in just six days.

That's right: six days.

Hundreds of workers are already at the bustling six-acre construction site, operating diggers and other heavy equipment. According to the Changjiang Daily, more than 35 diggers and 10 bulldozers were dispatched to the scene Thursday evening—many from China Construction Third Engineering Bureau. Locals in the region told the South China Morning Post the city is paying workers as much as 1,200 yuan (about $173) per day in an attempt to quicken the pace.”

https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/infrastructure/a30655741/china-build-hospital-coronavirus/

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palisades_

Someone arrived at RDU who may be infected with the virus. The link below has the story, and links to additional information.

I recently followed up on this development and was glad to know the test turned out negative.

However, the situation looks grave in China, with a warning from China’s Xi as death toll continues to rise.

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margaritadina

''THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

This is not good news:
New coronavirus can cause infections with no symptoms and sicken otherwise healthy people, studies show

https://www.statnews.com/2020/01/24/coronavirus-infections-no-symptoms-lancet-studies/
About a third of the 41 patients needed intensive care, and six of
them died. Some of the patients with more serious illnesses suffered
from a dangerous immune system overreaction called a cytokine storm, but
the researchers said they still did not have a good understanding of
how the virus affects the immune system.''

I wonder of it's a natural virus or an altered one? There is a bio lab in Wuhan ...

I also wonder if Chinese gov downplays the number of infected victims. 56 M quarantined, hundreds with symptoms were turned away in the thirst and second day and only 1200 sick? China is overpopulated, people live so close to each other, masks are not very effective...

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Kathy

Margaritadina, that map is really scary.

“With the flu, you’re sick two days after you’re exposed," said Monto, who worked in Beijing, China, during another coronavirus outbreak, the 2002-2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, outbreak. "This is more like five days, and sometimes up to 11 days, which means that when you screen at ports of entry looking for fever, you may miss people who will get sick later."

It's those people, he said, who could be spreading coronavirus to others on airplanes, in airports and to health care workers who treat their symptoms. ”

Two cases in Mi. One in my county. Not good. Symptoms take 5-11 days to show so it has a lot of time to spread as opposed to flu 2 days.

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margaritadina

''Kathy

Margaritadina, that map is really scary.''

Kathy, the US has all resources necessary to keep the virus at bay. The threat of it spreading is very low, almost non existent.

In fact, ''regular'' yearly flu is more dangerous - ''8,200 people have died and 140,000 people have been hospitalized during the 2019-2020 flu season''.

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/1300-people-died-flu-year/story?id=67754182

I hope that people infected with coronavirus don't have any underlying conditions to complicate their survival and recovery.


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margaritadina

Third case confirmed in CA.

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Tilly Teabag

I’m not taking my child to the city unless absolutely necessary until this is all over. Safer here in the country, except for the shortage of doctors.

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Kathy

Margaritadina , that really isn’t true. We can’t contain it when people are carrying and spreading the virus for up to 11 days before symptoms, which may be mild. The old, the infirm, and physically compromised will most likely be the ones who get it the worst.

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Nana H

1st reported case in Canada. Surprised it had taken so long. As far as containing it, that is much more difficult than some may think. I recall the SARS virus outbreak in Toronto clearly. It was brutal.

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Kathy

The virus increased 50% in 24 hours. 50 million in China are quarantined and countries are evacuating. The virus is located in the upper airways meaning coughing on others can spread disease.


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ubro(2a)

Don't jump the gun, as of this morning the case in Canada is still not confirmed, the tests are not back yet.

ETA, We certainly expect that this will be positive

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adoptedbyhounds

Palisades, Thanks for following up on what turned out NOT to be the virus at RDU.

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ubro(2a)

It is interesting that up here the idea is being floated on the news that the best way people could help, so that emergency rooms are not overrun and hospitals are not stressed to the max, is by getting your flu vaccination.

If there are less people with the regular flu going to the hospital that would help everyone.

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palisades_

It is interesting that up here the idea is being floated on the news that the best way people could help, so that emergency rooms are not overrun and hospitals are not stressed to the max, is by getting your flu vaccination.

It certainly would help to prevent the overload at the ERs and hospitals because the flu vaccination, although not 100% effective, reduces the numbers of flu cases, and leaves more resources for other health facilities to face Coronavirus cases. It may take up from 10 days to 2 weeks for your body to build up antibodies from flu vaccines. With or without a flu shot, boosting up your own body immunity with daily food or supplements in zinc and vit-C - fresh orange, lime, lemon juice would be one significant preventative measure.

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Zalco/bring back Sophie!

Vitamin C and zinc have no clinical evidence supporting their efficacy in preventing the flu. Hand washing, and not touching your eyes mouth or nose are your best defenses.

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palisades_

Hand washing, and not touching your eyes mouth or nose are your best defenses.

Always recommended practices above. In close proximity, virus can be transmitted via inhaling minuscule airborne droplets (coughing, sneezing) from infected persons - often occurring during many close interactions between healthcare staffs and patients, so a strong body immunity would help.

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chipotle

Now 5 cases in the U.S.

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mr1010

CDC and US Govt. should have quarantined every person coming in from Wuhan by

plane. Quarantine them whether or not they show symptoms. Too late now.

In horse boarding facilities we quarantine all incoming new horses for 3 weeks until

the period of any symptoms showing up is over. Humans should do the same now.

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Nana H

It is clear that the protocols established after the SARS epidemic should be in place but I am braced for the worse.

I have two Chinese nieces, every year they celebrate Chinese New Years with a Dim Sum Sunday in Chinatown. Guess what.......they did the same today.

I give them credit but have told them they better not go near my darling little grandson for at least three weeks or they will have Nana to answer to.... : )

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Kathy

Mr1010. I was thinking the same when I read people are evacuating China.

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Izzy Mn(4)

Just read this article. They are still trying to determine the origin of virus. Some testing is showing possibly from snakes. That is really unusual I think. Usually viruses jump species like from mammal to mammal, or at least warm blooded to warm blooded but I would think it would be unusual from cold blooded to warm blooded.

https://www.sciencealert.com/snakes-are-the-likely-source-of-china-s-deadly-coronavirus-here-s-why

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momofdoxies

It probably will be years before they know the origin of the virus if ever. We still don't know for certain the source for the SARS virus of 2002. I remember that in 2017 they found a bat colony that they thought might be the origin, but were never able to prove it. The researchers that I spoke with yesterday said that it is believed that the snakes were infected by bats. If my memory serves me correctly, there are both warm blooded bats and cold blooded bats.

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Izzy Mn(4)

Momo, I had to look it up. There is variation of cold-bloodedness. Torpor and hibernation in mammels which is a distant cousin form of cold bloodedness. Learn something new everyday!!

Sorry to go off topic.

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160609-time-to-bust-a-myth-not-all-mammals-are-warm-blooded

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cattyles

Brazos County Tx case is negative.

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margaritadina

''

mr1010


In horse boarding facilities we quarantine all incoming new horses for 3 weeks until the period of any symptoms showing up is over.

''

Same for a new arrivals in animal shelters.

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margaritadina

The first case of coronavirus was reported on Dec 1, 2019 ?

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New Research Casts Doubt Coronavirus Epidemic Started At Wuhan Food Market



Although practically all of the western media reports from the city of
Wuhan have claimed that the city's hospitals have been completely
overwhelmed by cases of pneumonia as more cases of the Wuhan coronavirus
are confirmed, the South China Morning Post
reports that a team of researchers at Wuhan’s Jinyintan hospital have
retraced the movements of the first individual who was diagnosed with
the virus, and determined that he had no links to a shady seafood market
selling live snakes and bats for human consumption.


The researchers, seven of whom work at Wuhan’s Jinyintan hospital,
designated for patients with the illness, revealed on Friday in The
Lancet medical journal that symptoms of the new disease were first
reported on December 1 – much earlier than the Wuhan government’s
initial announcement on December 31 of 27 cases of the pneumonia-like
infection.

According to the report, the first patient had no exposure to
the Huanan seafood market which was shut down on January 1 over fears –
later confirmed – that the new virus was linked to its trade in wild
animals.
The researchers added that none of the patient’s
family had developed fever or any respiratory symptoms. There was also
no epidemiological link between the first patient and the later cases,
they found.

The researchers analysed data from 41 patients with confirmed
infections who had showed an onset of symptoms up to January 2. Six of
those patients died, putting the fatality rate of the group at 15 per
cent. The researchers noted that clinical presentations of the patients
greatly resembled severe acute respiratory syndrome.

The first patient to die from the new coronavirus had continuous exposure to the market
before he was admitted to hospital with a seven-day history of fever,
cough and breathing difficulties, according to their report.

Doctors also identified 13 other patients who had no contact with the
market, which helps build the case for human to human transmission.

The absence of a link to the seafood market is one of the indicators
for human-to-human transmission of the virus and the researchers
identified another 13 patients who also had no direct exposure to the
market.

"Taken together, evidence so far indicates human transmission for 2019-nCoV," the report said. "We are concerned that 2019-nCoV could have acquired the ability for efficient human transmission,"
the researchers added, along with a strong recommendation for
precautions such as fit-tested N95 respirators and other personal
protective equipment.

Much to Beijing's chagrin, a team of Chinese scientists on Friday
revealed that symptoms of the virus first emerged as early as Dec. 1,
much earlier than the Wuhan government's initial announcement of the
first 27 cases on Dec. 31. The notion that the virus may have been
transmitted to humans via consuming bats, rats, badgers or snakes was widely reported in the Western press, even by CNN.

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/no-bat-soup-new-research-casts-doubt-links-shady-seafood-market

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mudhouse

Just bumping this thread because I don't think this site has been shared here yet.

It's an interactive map from Johns Hopkins, and I've been watching it for a few days. Seems to be updated often to reflect the latest number and location of cases. You can scroll in and out to see detail about individual cities, and you can scroll to see the entire world. Helpful and scary at the same time.

https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

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Kathy

New list of airports screening for the virus.


I did read a vaccine might be done by April but it didn’t know when it would be available to the public.


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6000 people are being held on a cruise ship in Italy because a woman might have Coronavirus. CNN

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dandyfopp

Sure lots of people will die and this could become a worldwide pandemic, but Wilbur said its going to be great for our economy so its not all bad news.

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Kathy

Yes, Dandy. He said it will bring jobs back to America.

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Nana H

SMH......what a stupid thing to say.

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vgkg (Va Z-7)

Was just reported that Russia has closed down it's ~2,000 mile border with China. Maybe they should build a wall?....and make China pay for it.

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The first case of person to person transmission of Coronavirus in US.

https://apple.news/AyV8RHxsQS0-G05JV3p6Y4w

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WHO declares global emergency.

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

No coronavirus but the regular flu on the cruise ship being held in Civitavecchia -- but complaints from the passengers who had to depend on social media to know what was happening. The cruise ship is not yet leaving.

Civitavecchia, negativi i test sui passeggeri cinesi: "Semplice influenza". La nave da crociera non ripartirà stasera

Il passeggero a bordo: "Per ore senza informazioni, abbiamo saputo dai social"

Two Chinese tourists in Rome are ill with the coronavirus -- the first cases in Italy. (They arrived at Malpensa, Milan's airport.) PM Conte wants to close air traffic to and from China. Reports from Milan that the city's Chinatown is deserted.

A journalist took Italians to task over the reaction to coronavirus; he listed the "normal" activities that Italians do -- smoking, drunk driving, etc -- and then contrasted the panic over coronavirus with its very low fatality rate.



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margaritadina

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vgkg (Va Z-7)

Was
just reported that Russia has closed down it's ~2,000 mile border with
China. Maybe they should build a wall?....and make China pay for it.
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They don't need to. Russia has loaded Kalashnikovs finger on the trigger for every ''undocumented immigrant''. Russia doesn't have a problem with illegal immigration, they don't need a wall.

Also, Russia stopped issuing visas to Chinese folks.


A cruise ship is quarantined in Italy, 7K people on board after Chinese woman tourist fell ill (case not confirmed).

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The whole world is on it's toes but the official statistics of sick and deceased is low. I think China is hiding the truth .

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

Chinese woman tourist fell ill (case not confirmed).

Not coronavirus but the regular flu. See above comments.

The passenger was examined by the same doctor who examined the Italian diplomats recalled from China.

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margaritadina

/\/\ oh good, thank you pointing this out.

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Chinese pet owners are buying masks for their dogs, apparently, pets are vulnerable, too. Not sure if it's true or not, but saw pics of dogs wearing masks.

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Kathy

I can’t imagine the chaos this is starting to cause on airlines, ships etc. I was getting my nails done and the girl sneezed. Immediately that came to mind. Ugh!

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Ann

Kathy, I know. I heard a really bad and strange cough when out and about yesterday and it came to my mind too.

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,others)(8a)

I rubbed my eye today and immediately froze. My brain knows there is almost no risk but my subconscious says otherwise!

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Kathy

We do need to be aware. It’s so easy to be complacent. A little over caution is warranted with how widespread it seems to be.

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how2girl

Big claims here, but I guess it’s the least we can do


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Kathy

How2girl, what is the product name? Detiol? It is blurry on my iPad.

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catspa_zone9sunset14

A 3% hydrogen peroxide solution also inactivates coronavirus (source). It's what we use to disinfect biology lab benches.

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terezosa / terriks

It's Dettol. Apparently from the UK

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ubro(2a)

The first Canadian case was released from hospital today.

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Yes it’s called Dettol. Comes in cleaning wipes, anti-bac hand gel & disinfectant (here in Aus. & UK).


Dettol is a brand owned by RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser), a British consumer products company. It markets the Dettolbrand in Canada but not the US.


Walmart.com

Dettol First Aid Antiseptic Liquid 8.45 oz

DettolModel: 012496000426




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margaritadina

''Coronovirus – China threatens to KILL dogs and cats if pet owners do not ‘deal with’ their animals amid panic over bug''

https://www.the-sun.com/news/341918/coronovirus-china-threatens-to-kill-dogs-if-pet-owners-do-not-deal-with-their-animals-amid-panic-over-deadly-bug/

Dealing with animals = owners suppose to kill them themselves.

Some people throw their pets off the roof tops.

This is the proof, don't open the link

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10863349/coronavirus-cats-and-dogs-thrown-to-death/

I HATE China.


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And the word from the enemies of this country.

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CNN Politics

@CNNPolitics

Coronavirus task force another example of Trump administration's lack of diversity | Analysis https://cnn.it/2GCpbED

''

''

"We will continue to monitor
the ongoing developments," the President said in his post. "We have the
best experts anywhere in the world, and they are on top of it 24/7!"

Who are these experts? They're largely the same sorts of white men (and a couple women on the sidelines) who've dominated the Trump administration from the very beginning.

By contrast, former President Barack Obama's circle of advisers in the
face of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa was hardly so
monochromatic. Neither was it so abysmal in terms of gender diversity.''

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/30/politics/donald-trump-coronavirus-diversity-obama/index.html?utm_content=2020-01-30T19%3A28%3A03&utm_term=image&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twCNNp


CNN never fail to surprise me with their stupidity and hate of white people.

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Ann

That CNN lack of diversity issue/complaint regarding the Coronavirus task force is truly insane. I heard the story and thought it had to be a joke, but it isn't. I can't believe anyone anywhere is harping about diversity when it comes to a Coronavirus task force. How about we just look at this logically and hope like heck this task force is effective, regardless of their age, sex, religious beliefs, skin color, political views, or anything at all besides their ability to deal with the situation at hand. Jeez!!!!!

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Kathy

What is bad is Trump cut millions from the funds for other countries to fight diseases and we have no experts left in our administration. There is a task force in the WH but they don’t have any expertise. Cutting these funds have more repercussions than is visible at first glance.

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margaritadina

/\/\ Oh, orange man bad, CNN stupidity and racism omitted ! I saw it coming )))) These countries have to pay for themselves if they want to continue eating wild animals. Or, they have to stop this practice completely to get money from the US tax payer. They can't have both.

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Margaritadina

Look it up for yourself. In the meantime use bleach around the house. I agree China and other countries need to fix their problems, but we can help educate and vaccinate or we will suffer the consequences of their diseases. It’s a global problem.

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Kathy, I never questioned your statement about Trump cutting of funds.

I don't understand why should we borrow money from China to pay for them eating wild animals that are not suppose to be on the humans' menu in the first place? China can pay for itself and it's exotic cuisine. They built a 1000 beds hospital in days, they can stop illegal markets in a day.

Doctors in Africa are attacked and hospitals demolished by crowds of people who believe that Ebola (carried by fruit bats) is a myth. We can't fix it.


Thank you for the warning, but I am not going to use bleach to sanitize my house. I see it as going a bit too far. Trump handles it the best way possible. I took all necessary precautions and kept a ''red alert'' routine longer then my neighbors when a lady in my neighborhood passed away from the West Nile Virus. Coronavirus is way too remote to worry about it. When people around me cough, Coronavirus doesn't come to my mind.

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,others)(8a)

Margaritadina:

Why do you get to decide what is “exotic” cuisine?

Why is eating bat more “exotic” than eating oysters or sushi or rabbit?

From a biological standpoint humans have evolved to eat anything they can catch within their ecosystem.

From a cultural standpoint “exotic” doesn’t exist if the species being eaten is indigenous to the same area as the person eating it.

Even from a biblical standpoint, in the NT Peter is invited to “kill and eat” animals that were previously deemed “unclean.”

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Kathy

We in US are not on an island. We are in a global society whether we like it or not. Travel and business contacts are worldwide. If the US keeps cutting regulations we will soon be more like China and these other third world countries. Instead of raising their standards we are lowering ours. The only ones who will benefit are the profiteers.


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ubro(2a)

Why do you get to decide what is “exotic” cuisine?

Why is eating bat more “exotic” than eating oysters or sushi or rabbit?

Or squirrels, beaver, seal, alligator and on and on.


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Kathy

Remember frog legs were a big deal, turtle soup, squid? I am squeamish about all those delicacies. Koala bears just doesn’t seem okay with me, but I eat parts of cows, chickens, fish and pigs. It all sounds gross when I see it in print. It can happen in US too if regulation keeps on going by the wayside.

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We don’t eat koalas, but I have had Kangaroo, which is a lean meat available in supermarkets, plus I have tasted emu and crocodile when on honeymoon in the Northern Territory.

I decided to stay off eating native animals since the bushfires killed so many this year.

Of course, the kids still do ride kangaroos to school...

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''miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,maifleur,others(8a)

Margaritadina:

Why do you get to decide what is “exotic” cuisine?

Why is eating bat more “exotic” than eating oysters or sushi or rabbit?

From a biological standpoint humans have evolved to eat anything they can catch within their ecosystem.''

miss lindsey, I get to decide that animals are not fried, boiled and eaten alive like it's done in China. I will fight that because it doesn't fit my picture of the world.

From the exotic cuisine mankind already has to deal with AIDS, Ebola and now this coronavirus. Farm animals make people sick, too, but to no comparison to the above. Farming assumes keeping animals as healthy as possible. Not without missteps but still with great success. Eating some poor creature caught in the wild exposes humans to great risks of contracting unknown and even incurable diseases. If they want to continue this practice they have to have protocols dealing with aftermath. I am surprised we are having this discussion.

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''Kathy

We
in US are not on an island. We are in a global society whether we like
it or not. Travel and business contacts are worldwide. If the US keeps
cutting regulations we will soon be more like China and these other
third world countries. Instead of raising their standards we are
lowering ours. The only ones who will benefit are the profiteers.''

You have a good point here, Kathy, we are a global society. With one part of it paying for another part of it. I visited Central Asia in the 90s and what did I see there? I saw humanitarian assistance been sold at the local markets everywhere. It had the original packaging attached - they didn't even bother to remove it, it was normal to sell goods that supposed to be distributed to people in need. Same is going on in Africa. We can't fix it, we can't raise their standards. We can close borders at the time of global outbreaks, that's pretty much all that we can do.

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,others)(8a)

I eat venison (that’s wild deer) on a regular basis. In my fridge are four duck breasts, shot in or fields.

Is that exotic, because they were wild rather than domesticated? Am I at greater risk in eating them than if I eat beef (BSE) or farmed chickens (avian flu)?

It is the slaughter, storage, and preparation of any meat that makes it safe or unsafe, not the species of meat itself. We are constantly evolving within our ecosystem, and more importantly so are pathogens. Eventually humans as a species may evolve to the point where this particular coronavirus is no worse for us than other coronaviruses.

But that doesn’t somehow make it wrong or dangerous to eat wild game. I trust the rabbit shot in a backyard more than the chicken grown in an enclosed barn and slaughtered with 1000s of others.

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and the news is reporting that today's # of cases in China will be doubled in 6 days.

Doubled in 6 days. Chew on that.

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In the spring of 2018, the White House pushed Congress to cut funding for Obama-era disease security programs, proposing to eliminate $252 million in previously committed resources for rebuilding health systems in Ebola-ravaged Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Under fire from both sides of the aisle, President Donald Trump dropped the proposal to eliminate Ebola funds a month later. But other White House efforts included reducing $15 billion in national health spending and cutting the global disease-fighting operational budgets of the CDC, NSC, DHS, and HHS. And the government’s $30 million Complex Crises Fund was eliminated,” FP explained.

Are we prepared for a pandemic?

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Jonnygun(zone 7)

Because giving money to the third world prevents pandemics? Since when did those countries even have "health systems"? You are giving far to much credit to some of the most corrupt governments on earth.


"$252 million in previously committed resources for rebuilding health systems in Ebola-ravaged Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. "

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Izzy Mn(4)

I've seen some talk that China is under reporting how many have the virus. China is shutting down talk on social media. I saw one where someone is sleeping in his car to keep his family from catching it. There has been some reports of large burial areas with a lot of bodies of people who have succumbed to the virus. Of course not verified, I read it on a twitter stream. But it's in line on how China handles things.

I've read that China in the past has not been cooperative with sharing flu viruses with WHO that is needed to help predict and develop the coming flu vaccines. I think the try and zero in on two strains in their predictions.

China has always had a more closed and restricted society and this current epidemic is showing just how much they are trying to keep the information from flowing freely. Of course none of this seems to be verifiable.

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Kathy

When one contemplates how much of our pharmaceuticals come from China, it becomes a threat to US. We are not on an island. When we fight disease anywhere we are protecting Americans.

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ubro(2a)

Now a cruise ship has been quarantined off the coast of Japan. Ten people have been removed to the mainland with a positive coronavirus diagnosis. 3700 people on board. How many ports of call did these people get off at to see the sites, wander the streets?

Because giving money to the third world prevents pandemics? Since when did those countries even have "health systems"? You are giving far to much credit to some of the most corrupt governments on earth.

No one is giving them credit , and I am pretty sure that other govt.'s know how corrupt they are. The other option is to do nothing, they spread it to others and how long before it crosses the ocean to your world? You cannot isolate yourself from everyone. As vigilant as you wish to be mistakes happen and people slip by.

This is not a Chinese problem, this is a world problem.

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Kathy

Ten people is a lot to be spreading Coronavirus. It is silly and naive to think we are not living in a global society.

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Jonnygun(zone 7)

The fall of colonialism was not a good thing for many countries.


This pandemic should illustrate to all how susceptible everyone is globally. I wish we had an idea of the actual fatality rate is.

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Wants to Grow

Hi Jonnygun, An AI-powered simulation run by a technology executive says that Coronavirus could infect as many as 2.5 billion people within 45 days and kill as many as 52.9 million of them.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/2020/02/05/ai-predicts-coronavirus-could-infect-25b-and-kill-53m-doctors-say-thats-not-credible-and-heres-why/#2fdc0bca11cd

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margaritadina

Saudi Arabia closed the border today and it makes it the 16th country to take this measure.

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Kathy

The doctor that warned of the virus is now in critical condition.

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cattyles

I read that he died.

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chipotle

He did.



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Kathy

That’s so sad. RIP.

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

24,604 cases, 494 (+68) deaths to 05FEB2020
+2,472, +2,411,+3,765, +4,016 over past 4 days




The graph below ends on Jan 30, cases have increased by 2.5x since then.

https://nytimes.com/interactive/2020/world/asia/china-coronavirus-contain.html

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margaritadina

Good precaution measure. The virus is taken seriously.


''Four people on Royal Caribbean cruise ship hospitalized after ship docks in Bayonne.


The Royal Caribbean cruise ship on which dozens of people were screened for coronavirus
docked in New Jersey on Friday morning — and four passengers were
rushed to Newark’s University Hospital “out of caution,” officials said.''


https://nypost.com/2020/02/07/four-people-on-royal-caribbean-cruise-ship-hospitalized-after-ship-docks-in-bayonne/

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Ann

Honestly, I'm rather impressed with the low number of U.S. cases. The measures the U.S. are taking must be pretty effective.

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Izzy Mn(4)

May have identified the animal that the virus came from. A pangolin. A endangered species that Chinese use its scales in "traditional medicine" and apparently eat the meat also. I saw a PBS show, or maybe national geographic about the illegal trade with this particular animal. It's being hunted to extinction for illegal Chinese trade. Maybe mother nature's payback?

https://www.foxne4ws.com/science/chinese-scientists-say-pangolin-is-possible-coronavirus-host

The article also mentions there may be 100,000 cases.

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ubro(2a)

Ten people is a lot to be spreading Coronavirus. It is silly and naive to think we are not living in a global society.

They removed 41 more people from the ship this morning who are now sick.

There is also a cruise ship in the asian pacific that cannot find a port in which to dock, Japan has refused them as well as a few others.


"At this point in time, we are officially abandoned at sea with nowhere to go."

He said the captain also advised them that Holland America Line was speaking with "the US Department of State and the US Navy to work out where the boat will go now".


https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-07/stricken-westerdam-cruise-ship-denied-entry-to-japan/11943860

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Izzy Mn(4)

Australian scientists outside of China copied the coronavirus. That's the first step in developing a vaccine.

Hopefully with more labs working on the development of a vaccine there will be success.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-29/wuhan-coronavirus-created-in-australian-lab-outside-of-china/11906390

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Kathy

Ann, what measures is the US taking? I have heard very little.

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titian1 10b Sydney

There is also a possibility that the virus escaped from a level 4 lab in Wuhan. Chinese scientists working in a level 4 lab in Canada are thought to have stolen it. My son says the Chinese Government have been very clever, and have planted spies everywhere. As they threaten people, and their families, with 'detention', it's pretty easy to recruit. He also said that a Chinese newspaper inadvertently published what may have been the real figures for cases and deaths, and it was in the tens of thousands for cases.

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The other thing I was told the other day, which may have already been stated previously (apologies if it has), is that the virus is contained in an 'envelope', and can live for 5 days on a surface.

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Izzy Mn(4)

Lots of stuff swirling around internet on Chinese and stolen viruses from a Canadian lab. Looks like it's been deemed false by reputable fact checkers. At this point anyway. Let's not jump too quickly on what could be false accusations.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/china-coronavirus-online-chatter-conspiracy-1.5442376


The Chinese have used unscrupulous practices so suspicion about them is well founded. I know of a young American family that moved to China for what was to be a amazing opportunity about 15 or maybe 20 years ago, he was in tech. Her daughter and my son were enrolled in the same preschool class. The apartment they were brought to were not close to the pictures they were shown. No hot water, two rooms, dirty, hole in floor for toilet (pictures were of a lux apartment) They took their passports and threatened them. After a week they were able sneak out of apartment in the middle of the night to get themselves to a American embassy to get out. They left with the clothes on their backs. They were young couple just out of college with a 3 year old girl. They were naive and didn't realize they could be so taken advantage of. It was really scary for them.

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Kathy

Gee, Izzy, it’s scary to hear a story like that from someone so close to the situation.

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Ann

Kathy, steps like quarantining American citizens (for 14 days) arriving from Wuhan, a travel ban on foreign nationals coming from China to the U.S., screenings at 20 different airports, isolation of sick patients, rerouting of specific flights to 11 prepared airports, etc.

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margaritadina

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Kathy

Ann, what measures is the US taking? I have heard very little. ''

All evacuated by air are placed in 14 days quarantine in CA. Cruise ship is quarantined in NJ as we speak. Four of it's tourists with fever were tested for corona - false alarm.

I hear that Chinatown in NY is losing business right now. The ordinary people take precautions, too.

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Izzy, terrible, but very reveling story.

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Izzy Mn(4)

I didn't know the young mother well. We went to a cafe a few times with few of the other mother's while kids in preschool for a few hours. She and her husband were excited to go to China, an adventure, I thought it brave to do something so adventurous. Then a few months after she had left she came by to visit and told us what had happened. She was still pretty shaken. They were threatened by the company that hired him and were mentally abusive, they felt trapped there, not free to leave. She had family that were going to help them get back on their feet back here in Minnesota she told us. A short story made the local papers about their ordeal but it didn't make the national news. Never heard from her or any follow up in paper about it. I'm sure there was more to the story, but I don't know that.

This horrible story comes to my mind whenever I hear about the shady-ness of China and how they treat their own people. I'm always sceptical of anything China after that.

Just FYI, neither were of Asian decent. Both born in America, Caucasian, no ties to any Chinese citizen in any way.

Sorry to go off topic. Just had to tell their story.

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Kathy

Now that other countries have the virus it will be harder to screen. I’m going to be flying soon. Ugh

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  • The first coronavirus death of an American citizen was confirmed by the US government Saturday morning
  • The unnamed US national, aged 60, passed away Thursday from the virus in Wuhan
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Nana H

Hopefully this will come to an end sooner rather than later but I just canceled a special cruise we were looking forward to. Can't imagine how awful it must be to be on one of those ships.


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queenmargo

That was a smart move Nana. I would not cruise or fly right now if you paid me.

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Ann

I don't think I'd take a cruise right now either. Maybe a flight within the U.S., but I'm glad to not have any flight plans either.

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Kathy

Ten of the cases in US were people who traveled to Wuhan and the other 2 are their spouses. Traveling to different countries might be a different matter. I don’t think we have to be alarmed but we do need to be vigilant. Although I have to fly it is in the states and not to a foreign country. I’m not overly concerned yet but it is worrisome.

I heard they took the sick people off the ship so at least the people stuck on the ship are not exposed to them.

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margaritadina

Good decision, Nana. It's not worth it.

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Nana H

I'm less worried about air travel depending on where. Think we well go to England for the month instead......but won' t confirm bookings just yet.

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Nana H

The death toll has now surpassed that of SARS but apparently they are seeing a deceleration in cases.......Hopefully

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Kathy

They were waiting to see a decline in cases. Maybe it has reached a peak? Yes, hopefully.

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Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old ophthalmologist in Wuhan, warned medical school classmates about evidence of a new virus in an online forum on Dec. 30, and the authorities later forced him to declare that he had spread an unfounded rumor. His death has prompted a rare online revolt in China.

Quotable: Dr. Li spoke to The Times for an article published last week: “If the officials had disclosed information about the epidemic earlier,” he said, “I think it would have been a lot better. There should be more openness and transparency.”


NYT


A citizen journalist who was reporting about the virus has gone missing. It sounds as if he and Dr Li might have spoken against the govt of China.

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Kathy

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas cruise ship, which has been docked in Bayonne, New Jersey, since returning on Friday, will be able to set sail Monday, however, after four passengers who were taken to hospital for further evaluation showed no signs of the virus.

All 3,600 people on board the World Dream ship in Hong Kong will also be able to disembark Monday, after five days under quarantine. Health authorities said that everyone on board had tested negative.

Passengers on board the Princess Cruises liner in Yokohama have not been so lucky. So far at least 136 passengers tested positive for the coronavirus, amid signs of a full blown outbreak on board, one of the largest outside of mainland China.

Those cruise passengers have been under strict quarantine for over a week now, confined to their cabins as medical personnel conduct tests on the 3,700 people on board.

Princess Cruises said it will offer a full refund to all passengers on board. The company's president, Jan Swartz, thanked passengers for their "perseverance and understanding."

"All monies paid to Princess Cruises including your cruise fare, round trip Princess Air, pre- or post-Cruise Plus hotels, transfers, prepaid shore excursions, gratuities and other items, and taxes, fees and port expenses will be refunded to the original form of payment," Swartz wrote.

Swartz said the company will "refund reasonable independent expenses," along with air travel, transfers or pre/post-cruise hotels. Each guest also will receive a 100% future cruise credit equal to the fare passengers paid for the quarantined voyage, Swartz wrote. That credit has to be applied by February 28, 2021.

"It is our sincere hope that the refund and credit will help ease at least a small bit of the stress you may be feeling right now," Swartz wrote in a letter to passengers.

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Another 65 cases removed from the ship in Japan. IMO it is a good thing the quarantined this ship, think of the implications had they not.

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

IMPOTUS has it under control.

"A lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat. As the heat comes in. Typically that will go away in April. We're in great shape, though."

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No way. Did he really say that?

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

Monday the stable genius told a group of governors at the White House
that the coronavirus, which has killed over nine hundred people and
infected over 40,000 is going to go away in April. Because it will be
warmer weather in April. No, really.

DONALD TRUMP: A lot of people think that goes away in April with the
heat. As the heat comes in. Typically that will go away in April. We're
in great shape, though.

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

The head of the World Health Organization disagrees:

In an evolving public health emergency, all countries must step up efforts to prepare for #2019nCoV’s
possible arrival and do their utmost to contain it should it arrive.
This means lab capacity for rapid diagnosis, contact tracing and other
tools in the public health arsenal.

— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) February 9, 2020

As I told media yesterday, #2019nCoV spread outside #China
appears to be slow now, but could accelerate. Containment remains our
objective, but all countries must use the window of opportunity created
by the containment strategy to prepare for the virus’s possible arrival.

— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) February 9, 2020

There’ve been some concerning instances of onward #2019nCoV
spread from people with no travel history to 🇨🇳. The detection of a
small number of cases may indicate more widespread transmission in other
countries; in short, we may only be seeing the tip of the iceberg.

— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) February 9, 2020

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Kathy

There is no wall that can protect us. Cutting the CDC 3 years in a row makes US less able to fight a pandemic.

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Nah , cut the CDC and add to the military. Soldiers and missiles are the best defense against deadly viruses.

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Winning?

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''

THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

DONALD TRUMP: A lot of people think that goes away in April with the
heat. As the heat comes in. Typically that will go away in April. We're
in great shape, though.

''

That would be fantastic, but I took 10 days sick leave this year due to a flu virus. In July.

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What is hard to believe? That we are not paying for Chinese epidemic with the money borrowed from China? They can pay for themselves, they are rich.

We have enough expenses paying for their exotic culinary art over here.

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  • most U.S. global health funding designated for specific country and regional efforts is allocated to Africa, followed by South and Central Asia, the Near East, East Asia and the Pacific, the Western Hemisphere, and Europe and Eurasia.15

More than half of global funding goes for HIV


We paid for tax cuts for Corps with borrowed money from China but we can’t pay for health?

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You see, Corps are bastards, but they are our bastards. For starters, they provide employment for thousands of people in the US. Other countries govs should pay a little more for their citizens. That's all.

Trump did not shut down these programs, he cut it back a little. It's not a great decision, but the US is drowning in debt.


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China's health.

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Global health

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''

The World Health Organization has given coronavirus a new name in order to prevent people feeling ‘stigmatized’.

The coronavirus has been officially named ‘COVID-19’ because
according to the WHO, “We had to find a name that did not refer to a
geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people.

"Having a name matters to prevent the use of
other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing. It also gives us a
standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks"-@DrTedros #COVID19

— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) February 11, 2020

”''

The world still knows where the virus came from. China has been a steady supplier of deadly diseases for centuries. Look what happened to Hawaii and Central Asia.....


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Kathy

but the US is drowning in debt.


Trump is adding to the debt and not one Rep will condemn it. Just remember that when Dems are in office.

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Here come that old chart of reality, again...


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''

Kathy

but the US is drowning in debt.


Trump is adding to the debt and not one Rep will condemn it. Just remember that when Dems are in office. ''

You obviously forgot how much the previous administration added to the national dept )))) Maybe you have to revisit to condemn it ))))

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It sounds as if you are unaware how much the war cost and how much Bush tax cuts hurt revenue and added to the debt. Now Trump has exacerbated the deficit with tax cuts again.

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''

Bat curry continues to fly off the shelves in Indonesian markets


Bat curry continues to fly off the shelves in Indonesian markets
despite links to coronavirus, as traders boast ‘it is always sold out’
and defy orders to take it off the menu

  • Vendors at the Tomohon Extreme Meat in Indonesia say business is booming
  • An Indonesian government request to take bats off the menu has been ignored
  • Bats are traditionally eaten by the Minahasan people in the form of a curry dish

By Reuters and Afp

Published: 09:42, 11 February 2020 | Updated: 17:02, 12 February 2020

Bats,
rats and snakes are still flying off the shelves at an Indonesian
market known for its wildlife offerings despite a government request to
take them off the menu over coronavirus fears.

Vendors at the
Tomohon Extreme Meat market on Sulawesi island say business is booming
and curious tourists keep arriving to check out the exotic meats.

Bat seller Stenly Timbuleng boasted at his stall in Tomohon that ‘sales continue… it is always sold out.’

Scientists
believe the deadly new virus emerged in a market selling wild animals
in the Chinese city of Wuhan, and there is suspicion it could have
originated in bats.

In Indonesia, the local government and health
agency have issued calls to take bats and other wildlife out of
circulation – but the request has been all but ignored.

Bat
meat is still being sold at a market in Indonesia (pictured) despite a
government request to take the product off the menu over coronavirus
fears

Bats are traditionally eaten by the Minahasan people from North Sulawesi in the form of a curry-like dish called Paniki.

Whole bats are used in the dish, including the head and wings of the bat.

Glands from the armpits and the neck of the bat are first removed to get rid of the bad smell.

It
is then grilled or torched to get rid of the bat’s hairs before being
chopped and cooked in a stew of herbs, spices and coconut milk.

‘Bats
are the favourite indigenous protein, particularly in North Sulawesi,’
said William W. Wongso, an Indonesian culinary expert and cookbook
author.

‘My favourite part is the wings,’ Wongso added.

Stenly Timbuleng, the bat seller, said his products are still selling for as much as 60,000 rupiah (£3.40).

‘The virus hasn’t affected sales. My customers still keep coming,’ he said.

''

https://chochilino.com/lifestyle/2020/02/12/medical-news/bat-curry-continues-to-fly-off-the-shelves-in-indonesian-markets/


These people don't learn. And we suppose to pay for them when they catch some deadly disease.

Right, Kathy?


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Kathy

Global health isn’t about China specifically. You need to read about it on your own instead of arguing with me.

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,others)(8a)

What did Obama spend the money on?

What is Trump spending the money on?

I don’t mind a government spending money during a recession in order to boost the economy or for infrastructure investments.

I’m not a fan of increasing the debt during a “growing” economy or on frivolous tax cuts to retain a base.

When the economy is growing, that’s the time to pay down debt. It’s how sensible people run their households and the “fiscally conservative” mindset as I was taught it.

ETA sorry so off topic, I forgot what thread I was on until margaritadina posted about bats.

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Miss Lindsey, no problem, threads have a tendency to evolve. If that’s the right word, lol.

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I do agree China needs to be held responsible in some way for their unconscionable actions concerning serving foods that carry diseases. I also think cutting the Global resources will only make a pandemic more likely to affect US if we aren’t addressing global diseases.

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You obviously forgot how much the previous administration added to the national dept )))) Maybe you have to revisit to condemn it ))))

Accumulating debt during recessions is normal, it's NOT normal during Boom times. Thanks trump

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petalique

These people don't learn.


Isn’t it frustrating when some people continue to behave in things that are destructive to many many others. Many here can relate to that general concept. “These people” and those people, and ...


“And we suppose to pay for them when they catch some deadly disease.”


Reminds me of anti-vaxers. That’s clear cut when the parent refuses to vaccinate and taxpayers and the rest of society are hurt. Maybe trump will pass an EO so that little Charlie (whose genius parents refused to let him be vaccinated and he’s turning blue with whooping cough) doesn’t get medical care. Trump could be that cruel, but fortunately most Americans are willing to see some of their taxes go towards public health measures.

As for the other “these people” — no one yet understands some of the causes and vectors responsible for the outbreak of diseases and viruses. Political and social upheaval in many poor or developing countries doesn’t make it any easier to educate or dissuade people from eating certain foods.

Of course the United States and other able countries should step forward and offer appropriate aide and resources — even if some parsimonious, dim witted taxpayers don’t see why their government ought to.

[I wonder if IMpotus would eat bat wing if well done and served with melted cheese food and fries.]

edited for clarity

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''petalique

These people don't learn.


Isn’t it frustrating when some people continue to behave in things
that are destructive to many many others. Many here can relate to that
general concept. “These people” and those people, and ...


“And we suppose to pay for them when they catch some deadly disease.”

Reminds me of anti-vaxers. That’s clear cut when the parent refuses to vaccinate and taxpayers and the rest of society are hurt.

''

You are right it IS frustrating when other people have to pay with their health, lives, $$ for someone else's choices. Asia has to pay for the luxury of eating crap that they are eating, anti- vaxers should be banned from ''go fund me'' when their kids fall ill. Let Asia deal with it's bastards, and that will give us more funds to deal with our. Everybody happy.

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Kathy

Global health isn’t about China specifically. You need to read about it on your own instead of arguing with me. ''

In fact, I have, Kathy. 3 TRILLION dollars were pumped into helping Africa and some Asian countries to get on their feet since the 60s. And what? They are still where they were 60 years ago. Some more money, some money less won't make any difference. Trump is handling the virus emergency quite well, and that's what matters.

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petalique

Keep telling yourself that. No need to be concerned or read any more. The inept cheat can’t even apply bronzer, puts his toilet tissue on his foot and loses a gust challenge to his umbrella is in charge. He’ll fix things with a Sharpie.

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Devastating news.

The end of the extended Lunar New Year holiday means China is theoretically returning to work. But with tens of millions still under lockdown and many more confined to work-from-home arrangements amid the coronavirus outbreak, life is a long way from returning to normal.

The number of new infections in Hubei province rose by 14,840 on Thursday as health officials broadened the criteria it uses to confirm cases. The spike comes as China’s ruling Communist Party tries to manage an outpouring of public anger over its handling of the emergency and is proposing measures to boost the sagging economy.

● The death toll from the coronavirus rose to roughly 1,360, nearly all of the fatalities in China, and total existing confirmed cases worldwide neared 53,000.

● World Health Organization expert Michael Ryan said in a news briefing that — in a good sign — the novel coronavirus’s behavior doesn’t seem to be as aggressive or accelerating outside of Hubei province.

● In a meeting with the leadership of the Community Party, Chinese President Xi Jinping said efforts would be made to minimize the impact of the outbreak on the economy.

● The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a second case of coronavirus at a San Diego quarantine facility for Americans evacuated from China, bringing the total number of cases in the United States to 14.

● After several countries barred the MS Westerdam cruise ship, its 1,455 guests and the crew are headed toward Cambodia to disembark there.

8:45 PM: Hubei province reports 14,840 new confirmed cases and 242 deaths

China’s Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, reported an uptick of 14,840 confirmed coronavirus cases Thursday as health officials expanded the type of cases that it includes in its count. The province also reported 242 new deaths.

China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency announced Thursday that national health authorities issued revised guidelines to consider “clinically diagnosed” coronavirus cases in the confirmed total. Chinese officials previously only counted cases confirmed by nucleic acid tests, which critics said were faulty and greatly underestimated the true magnitude of the epidemic.

For weeks, Chinese doctors and patients have complained about a lack of nucleic acid testing kits and their accuracy. The dramatic jump in cases in Hubei essentially confirms longtime suspicions that China was for weeks vastly undercounting cases of the virus.

Hubei’s total number of confirmed cases now stands at more than 48,000, with more than 1,300 deaths.


source WP

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petalique

Sounds like it is more contagious than SARS, but not as lethal (per individual).

I’ve been doing more reading.

Most foreign aid is as self serving as it is humanistic. All countries practice enlightened self interest, and the US and some of our allies also have a strong tradition of humanitarian compassion.

The money to China isn’t a “lot.” It is a good will gesture included with frank aid such as the medical supplies. We want China to let CDC and world health scientists “in” to investigate and help. The US has a lot of expertise to offer - epidemiological studies, genetics, and virology. It is important to have a global approach to learning about and stemming this particular virus as well as future viruses and pathogens. It can be, will be a win - win endeavor. In the past few decades many more tools, techniques and experience has illuminated a lot of previously dark corners in all sorts of areas.

I understand the visceral revulsion of those “wet markets.” So much of it seems cruel, Un-enlightened and nasty. I’m an omnivore, not superior to any other person or diner, but there definitely are some cultural practices and attitudes that wig me out.

Here are some interesting articles:

The Spreading Coronavirus and the Face-Mask Shortage - The Atlantic

This threat of shortages of basic medical tools extends well beyond masks. In a serious pandemic, the U.S. is not prepared to be isolated for long. Many of the CDC guidelines for use of respirators involve rationing and judicious use, even in hospitals. Supplies more potentially vital than masks, including antibiotics, antivirals, and saline, are also mostly produced internationally. Even many of the vitamins that fortify our highly processed, white-bread diets come from China. This level of dependence is not generally considered a matter of national security, but some believe it should be.

Among the proposed solutions is the idea that hospitals could be required to purchase vital medical devices and drugs from companies based in the U.S. (and whose supply chains could endure a global shutdown). Another is that a supply of products necessary for survival could, like the public water system, be managed in a centralized way—with government agencies even manufacturing these essential products.

Both of those options would substantively alter the state of global commerce, and might be feasible for only a handful of wealthier countries. Many places simply don’t have the resources or capacity to be self-sufficient, nor would such redundancy of production lines make sense. 🔸Given these realities, the pertinence of an orchestrated international response in times of health crisis becomes only more clear. The global medical community has the capacity to address extremely dangerous outbreaks. In isolation, most countries do not.🔸

continued :

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/01/viral-masks/605761/


And, this article below adds a new twist. Guess I’ll avoid public’s washrooms at rush hour — all that atomized virus.


South China Morning Post: Coronavirus in the pipes? How a Hong Kong policy change may have helped it spread faster


A Housing Department policy change has allowed tenants in government flats to alter the pipe design in their bathrooms since 2016, a problem which might have helped the faster spread of the deadly new coronavirus which led to an evacuation of a Tsing Yi…

Read in South China Morning Post: https://apple.news/AYNhHQSVLTyuLW5jXkBB1Gw

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margaritadina

''petalique Keep telling yourself that. No need to be concerned or read any more.''

Tell me how the cases of coronavirus are mishandles in the US. Real data please - what is not been done or what is done wrong.

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https://apple.news/AdAEc-FqMQoGnDWlOKJjkVQ


It is more contagious but not as lethal. It can be detected with a lung scan per article. They have better diagnosis now so the numbers spiked. They think one case was spread through an air pipe in an apartment.


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Chinese presence and influence in Africa have increased rapidly and markedly in the face of the Trump administration's apparent disinterest in the continent (they are, after all, "(derogatory expletive) countries", per Trump) https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/06/world/africa/africa-coronavirus-china.html, and lack of effective effort to maintain and strengthen ties there. If COVID-19 gets started in Africa, all hell really will break loose globally, as there will be few resources to stop it. This is why international readiness, aid, and response is required and the U.S. strategy of go-it-alone isolationism is a futile idea.

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catspa_zone9sunset14

If COVID-19 gets started in Africa, all hell really will break loose
globally, as there will be few resources to stop it. This is why
international readiness, aid, and response is required and the U.S.
strategy of go-it-alone isolationism is a futile idea.''

Isolationism? The US isn't getting away from been involved in the global epidemic response, the funds are cut back. Still enough money.

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Kathy

Trump needs 15.5 for Space Force. Why worry about earth when we will have Mars to pollute? Jk

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margaritadina

The US reduced it's CO2 emissions more than any other first world country in 2018 and 2019. That's about the pollution.

--------------------------

Today my BF told me that sulfur dioxide pollution over China is detectable from space. This is what I found via quick search.

''

  • Evidence suggests that crematoriums are running 24×7 and burning thousands of infected dead bodies in a day.
  • Data has suggested a massive amount of sulfur dioxide is being
    released into the air. Sulfur concentration is especially high around
    Wuhan and Chongquing, the cities most affected by the Wuhan coronavirus.
  • The massive release could be because of the crematoriums burning dead bodies en masse on the outskirts of the cities.

Evidence suggesting that the Chinese government is hiding the
actual severity of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak is piling up. Every
estimate, whistleblower, and unconfirmed report suggest the actual
number of coronavirus casualties is much higher than what the official
data says.

Just last week exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui claimed that the total coronavirus casualties are well over 50,000.

This number was his estimation based on the number of bodies China’s
crematoriums are burning every day. Data has surfaced recently to
suggest Wengui’s estimate may be correct.

Rising Sulfur Dioxide Levels Point to Overworked Crematoriums

A heatmap taken from Windy shows a tremendous amount of sulfur dioxide levels in air around mainland China.

Ideally, there could be several reasons behind the sudden spike.
Nuclear plants, garbage, and animal carcass burning or the industrial
areas could all be responsible.

But, the elevated levels of almost 1400 ug/m^3 could point towards
mass crematoriums running overtime in these areas. For context, 80
ug/m^3 level is usually considered dangerously high.

Next in line was Chongquing, a megacity in southwestern China, with
800 ug/m^3. Coincidentally, Chongquing has also been severely affected
by the coronavirus outbreak.

''

https://www.ccn.com/coronavirus-death-smog-is-china-burning-thousands-of-infected-bodies/

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petalique

^^^^ just conjecture. Besides, isn’t CNN too liberal?

Maybe it’s just holiday cooking of chicken, exotic animal species, bats and char siu.

And China hiding the facts? Why be tempted by a China-hiding-info conspiracy when there are plenty bona fide conspiracies and lies much closer to home? Then there’s the tons of real deal malfeasance like secret service paying beaucoup bucks to trump organization, intelligence shared with Russians, Eric Prince (Betsy DeVos’ brother), past and (ongoing) money laundering by IMpostus; shakedown/extortion of an ally at war for personal IMpostus gain). Lies are up to what number now?

Your false profit keeps enjoining his fans to focus on just “USA” — that’s all the proles need to focus on. FauxNews will broadcast all you need to know.

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The link is to ccn, not cnn.

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petalique

Thanks, floral.

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China has not liked to disclose things like this in the past. I am not surprised they are not being truthful.

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Jonnygun(zone 7)

With regards to China's activity in Africa, say what? I thought Liberals were against colonialism in Africa? I thought the exploitation of 3rd world countries was a big bad thing. What you are seeing is China not caring about your feelings or worrying about your historical grievances. Kinda like "climate change/global warming/pollution" issues in which China and Russia simply laugh..

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margaritadina

''Jonnygun(zone 7) With regards to China's activity in Africa, say what? ''

I say, good luck to China that is very active in Africa for about two decades now - and liberals just waking up for Trump shaming.

Western countries spent <> 3 Trillion dollars on Africa since sixties - for nothing. Good luck, China.

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Kathy

Trump is spending 7.2 trillion for his wall in this year alone not 70 years.

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Kathy:

"Trump is spending 7.2 trillion for his wall in this year alone not 70 years."

Funny.


Big numbers all start to sound alike at some point.


Hay


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Kathy

Trump is spending 7.2 trillion for his wall in this year alone not 70 years. ''

7.2 TRILLION? ??? Oh, Kathy, Kathy, Kathy ))))

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petalique

While IMpotus trump steers the US away from global involvement (that doesn’t benefit him personally), and while giving enormous tax breaks to the very rich, whines about the expense of foreign aid, his followers repeat his chant. Why spend money “over there” or in “sh*t hole” countries (his derogatory words) when we can stay focused just on the US?


The cost to the taxpayers for his many golfing getaways; his entire tribe of spawn and lackeys (with their spawn and plus ones) glomming onto his visit to the Queen of England; the 2000 troops sent to Saudi Arabia; and so on, are brushed aside.


Ignoring global involvement, trump has left a huge international vacuum that China and Russia have been quick to fill. In African countries, China is offering and building physical and technological infrastructure. Enlightened self interest and it will serve China in a less apparent way. Putin is increasing support to Syria’s Assad as Donald Trump abandons our Kurdish allies, and turns against the struggling decency Ukraine, in favor of Putin’s agenda and revisionist propaganda. Trumps cult fall into line.


The spheres of influence of both China and Russia are expanding, as that of the United States recedes under the kleptocratic direction of Mr. Trump and his team of self-serving grifters.


The guys in the MAGA hats at Honk’s bar bob their heads and agree that we (‘Mericans) have our own needs and why should we spend money to help a world away from us that we’ve had a lot to do with mucking up in the first place. The magats think that it’s a waste of resources (money) to send food, tents, medical supplies to “messy” places like Yemen, African nations, heck, even Puerto Rico. (Magats dont see those devastated by natural disasters as Americans.)

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Jonnygun(zone 7)

That ^^^ is ridiculous. China is simply colonizing Africa. There is no "uplifting" going on at all. Closed cities of chinese numbering in the millions...

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petalique

“ Big numbers all start to sound alike at some point.”


I guess, for those not paying attention. Tired of Impeached President* Chaos?

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Jonnygun(zone 7)

That ^^^ is ridiculous. China is simply colonizing Africa. There is no "uplifting" going on at all. Closed cities of chinese numbering in the millions...

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^^^ Straw dog argument (putting false words into someone’s mouth, only to argue against them).


Who said, “uplifting”?

China is giving technological aid to some African countries, that, while ostensibly (maybe actually) helping those countries, is also serving China’s interests and expanding China’s sphere of influence and control.

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catspa_zone9sunset14

Good article here on recent Russian initiatives with respect to Africa: https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/10/25/russia-africa-development-soviet-union/. Russia and China both have been lurking around in Africa for decades, trying to promote connections and alliances -- lots of resources there -- and Trump's policy of reducing global engagement and his neglect of diplomacy (many ambassadorships left unfilled) has left them some wide openings.

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petalique

Thanks, catspa for the informative link.

Putin and Xi are pleased with our uneducated, uninformed, anti-American corrupt Impeached President*.

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Kathy

I couldn’t read the article because of the fire wall.

Putin is trying to lift sanctions on Blood diamonds to make them legal.

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dandyfopp

We got the fix right here.

If Jim would give Donnie a nice cut the next campaign email could offer up this miracle antidote for a $300 donation to the MAGA cause.

Its all gravy with taxpayer money!

Those folks worried about being prepared for other disasters up to the big one END TIMES- Jim has you covered there too. Big buckets of coffee sure to see you through the rapture, so good you could trade a packet for a car, no lie.

PTL!


VIDEO- https://twitter.com/NinjaEconomics/status/1228229792446574592


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Kathy

https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/trump-planning-to-divert-additional-72-billion-in-pentagon-funds-for-border-wall/2020/01/13/59080a3a-363d-11ea-bb7b-265f4554af6d_story.html

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Kathy

Trump is spending 7.2 trillion for his wall in this year alone not 70 years.

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Kathy, do you understand the difference between ''7.2 trillion'' and ''72 billion'' ?

petalique

“ Big numbers all start to sound alike at some point.”

I guess, for those not paying attention. Tired of Impeached President* Chaos?

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And it's you who are not paying attention. Hay referred to Kathy not understanding the difference between a trillion and a billion. There is a chaos, but it has nothing to with Trump ))))

What a mess )))


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Kathy

Oops, my bad. Whatever. The wall is a waste, imho. We need technology not a big wall taking people’s land to build it.

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haydayhayday

petalique:


"I guess, for those not paying attention." Tired of Impeached President* Chaos?

I love it.

Thanks for the laughs.

Looks like I might be the only one paying attention. You're so intent on bashing Trump that it's clouded your vision. That all you can see?

TDS?


Hay

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petalique

10 ^12

vs

10 ^ 9

Through in Avogardro’s # and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.

Nutella seeks its own level.

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petalique

China was not forthcoming with SARS, they’re likely not being straight now. Dictators are not known for openness and honesty.

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The news this evening reported that one of the people evacuated from China to San Diego was mistakenly allowed to leave the hospital quarantine and go home. Oops. So sorry. Communication error. She was infected with Corvid and had to return to the hospital.

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petalique

Coronavirus latest updates: first confirmed case in Africa – as it happened

Africa has its first confirmed case of coronavirus after a person in Egypt tested positive for the disease, it has emerged


Ben QuinnFirst published on Thu 13 Feb 2020 18.51 EST


https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/feb/14/coronavirus-latest-updates-wuhan-hubei-china-deaths-cruise-ship-sydney-cases-covid19-live-news

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haydayhayday

Petalique:

"10 ^12

vs

10 ^ 9

Through in Avogardro’s # and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.

Nutella seeks its own level."

Doubling down on stupidity.

Hay


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Nutella seeks its own level.

Empty?

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petalique

Someone made a hair trigger nonsense statement,

(Hay* wrote) —You're so intent on bashing Trump that it's clouded your vision. That all you can see?

TDS?

There’s not much sense in attempting to respond logically to cult enmeshment hysteria.


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haydayhayday

"Someone made a hair trigger nonsense statement,"

Going for the Trifecta?

"There’s not much sense in attempting to respond logically to cult enmeshment hysteria."

No cult would ever let me join them.

I'm the disinterested one here.

I do, however, recognize TDS when I see it.

I see it.

You can't go three posts without managing to work Trump bashing into the post.

TDS.



Hay


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Izzy Mn(4)

Twitter account I ran across.

https://mobile.twitter.com/howroute

South Korea, Italy are having a lot of cases now.

They now think the incubation time is more like 20 days rather than 14. Have been cases that person quarantined for 14 days comes up positive after being released from quarantine. That's a big game changer.

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Kathy

Do you know where in Italy? I will try to look it up.


SW of Milan. There an AFB near there.

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petalique

This virus is not likely to be contained. The outlook is not good. No conspiring, just an unfortunate chapter in global virology. Tom Cotton is an attention seeking idiot. I think he should join that So. Korean sect of whatever, and tell them he’s got the answer.

Was the great influenza pandemic a conspiracy as well?

For those blessed with free association, you’ll understand the following 1960s Ray Peterson hit bubbling to the surface.

” I left Corinna way across the seaOh me I left Corinna way across the sea
If you see Corinna send her home to me
Corinna, Corinna
Corinna, Corinna
Corinna, Corinna

...”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=321JXafFbys


Great pop song, rotten virus.

Let’s hope it does not change into a more virulent disease and that a vaccine will be developed. It will hit the US, lets hope the great orange bozo doesn’t succeed in cutting funds to the CDC.

Will people have to wear haz-mat gear to vote or to commute to work? Will a global economic doldrums ensue?


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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

Do you know where in Italy?

Schools closed, no sports events, museums closed, no public demonstrations, meeting, or gatherings in the regions of Lombardy, Trentino, Friuli, Veneto, Piedmont, Liguria, and Emilia Romagna. Austria has closed train service with Italy, and Romania has instituted mandatory quarantines on persons arriving from northern Italy.

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Kathy

Doesn’t sound good. I have family moving to that area in the spring.

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

Actual cases of COVID are in Lombardy, Trentino, and Venezia.

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petalique

So sad. Disturbing.

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Tilly Teabag

In my state the chief medical officer is predicting a world pandemic.

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socks(10a)

Summer olympics in Japan begin in July.


A case in Africa? A continent with poor medical resources in many countries.

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Toby

I read an article in The Atlantic today with lots of good information. They interviewed a Harvard epidemiologist who predicts that 40-70% of the world's population will get the virus.

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

Interviews with residents of the three towns in Lombardy [Codogno, Casalpusterlengo, Castiglione d’Adda -- south of Milan] in total quarantine show that a number of persons are leaving the so-called red zones to travel to nearby towns to purchase groceries. No fresh food is available in the quarantine areas, and no government agency is bringing in supplies. Requests for more face masks and hand sanitizer have not been answered. Even though roads in and out of the quarantine area are being blocked by law enforcement, locals know the back roads which are not being patrolled.

Edited to add: The hospital at Codogno is a center for Covid. The government says the hospital did not follow the protocols for dealing with the virus, and the hospital says that they did not have information on the protocols when they admitted the virus patients. Six hospital workers now have the infection.

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Nancy:

"Edited to add: The hospital at Codogno is a center for Covid. The government says the hospital did not follow the protocols for dealing with the virus, and the hospital says that they did not have information on the protocols when they admitted the virus patients. Six hospital workers now have the infection."

I have a very good friend who is a health care professional. We were talking about how her health clinic was responding to the incoming coronavirus.

The answer was "NOTHING".

They've been told to call the Area Health District office if they needed guidance.

I'm thinking they'd have better luck calling the DMV.

We're no where near "prepared" for what's fast approaching our shores.

Are governments ever prepared?


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petalique

Some are more “prepared” than others. I think I’d rather be riding out Covid-19 in Dartmouth, NH, USA than in Sudan or some humid village in India.

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petalique

Nancy, just crazy that those towns in Lombardy ran out of food and supplies and no one (gov) has brought them supplies.

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haydayhayday

This sort of news is going on all over the world.

Coming soon to you.

Bristol, Connecticut. Today.

https://www.wfsb.com/news/bristol-students-faculty-return-from-italy-amid-coronavirus-concerns/article_85c250b8-57c5-11ea-869d-6b7ad99a99c7.html


"BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) - As coronavirus statistics continue to rise worldwide, some parents in Bristol said they're concerned after a group of students and teachers returned from an Italy trip.

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The group of 20 students and staff from Bristol Central High School returned from the Italy trip on Friday night.

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At first, the Bristol-Burlington Health District "recommended all travelers remain home from school/work for 48 hours."

However, the recommendation was then updated. It said it is now not monitoring the group of travelers.

"Those who are not ill and went on trip are free to go to work or school and do as they please," said Marco Palmeri, director of health.."

Hay

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petalique:

"Nancy, just crazy that those towns in Lombardy ran out of food and supplies and no one (gov) has brought them supplies."


Anyone ever thinking that the (gov) is going to be there when you need them is a fool.

Hay

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haydayhayday

And some people are determined to hand over even more of their care to the

(gov).

Hay

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Ziemia(6a)

Trump didn't care about the Covid-19 danger thing until after the market plunged.

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Lucille(9a)

Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Officials Warn Americans to Brace for Likely Outbreak

New outbreaks in Asia, Europe and the Middle East are renewing fears of a coming global pandemic, even as the spread in China appears to be slowing.

RIGHT NOW

“We are asking the American public to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad,” a C.D.C. official said.

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Jonnygun(zone 7)

Death rate is still only 2% from what I've read.


Or 3.5 million dead with an infection rate of 50% in the US

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Kathy

We really don’t know the facts since China won’t let anyone help. They are hiding something.

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- U.S. military says soldier based in South Korea tested positive for a new virus, the first U.S. service member infected.

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Treatments can’t come fast enough but they are urgently in the work, https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/25/business/moderna-coronavirus-vaccine/index.html

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petalique

Such cheery news. Is it Friday yet? Put on more electric shock contra therapy.

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haydayhayday

Hay:

"And some people are determined to hand over even more of their care to the

(gov)."

Palisades:

"Treatments can’t come fast enough but they are urgently in the work, https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/25/business/moderna-coronavirus-vaccine/index.html"

Yes, indeed, those greedy pharmaceutical companies, greedy profiteers, are doing their best to create a product to protect us all from this virus.

God bless Capitalism.

The stock market today is filled with companies competing with each other to see who can be the first.



God bless Capitalism.

More details from Palisades link:

"US biotech firm Moderna has shipped an experimental coronavirus vaccine to US government researchers just six weeks after it started working on the immunization.

...

Moderna (MRNA) said in a statement Monday that the first batch of its novel coronavirus vaccine, called mRNA-1273, has been sent to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Shares in the company, which is located near Boston, were trading 15% higher in New York on Tuesday.

...

Health officials and pharmaceutical companies around the world are working at a breakneck pace to identify treatments or a vaccine to help fight the coronavirus, which has infected more than 80,000 people around the world.

...

Moderna is not the only drug company hoping to find an immunization for the virus.

Pharma giants Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and GlaxoSmithKline (GLAXF) are working on vaccines, as are government scientists including some at NIAID.

Shares in Gilead (GILD) gained nearly 5% on Monday after the World Health Organization said thatone of its drugs, remdesivir, is showing signs of helping to treat the coronavirus.

While the experimental vaccine developed by Moderna remains unproven, the speed at which it was created represents a breakthrough.

According to Moderna, the vaccine was developed within 42 days of the company obtaining genetic information on the coronavirus.

By comparison, it took researchers about 20 months to start human tests of the vaccine for SARS, an older coronavirus, according to a journal paper written by Fauci."

All in the name of greedy profit.

God bless Capitalism.

Hay

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

New cases now reported in Liguria: 10 in a hotel in Alassio that was already under quarantine (patient 1 from Lombardy with four other cases previously diagnosed) and one in La Spezia with the virus transmitted by a person from Codogno (Lombardy).

This can happen anywhere: From one person -- the unknown Patient Zero -- the virus has spread to at least two regions in Italy.

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Annie Deighnaugh

A new case of novel coronavirus has been confirmed in Northern California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday, adding the case is not tied to the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

The CDC did not specify where exactly in Northern California the case was located. More information was expected to be released Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

This new case of coronavirus is the first of unknown origin in the United States, according to a report in the Washington Post, citing a person briefed on the case. The Post report also said officials have started tracing where the resident has been to see how they may have been infected and who may have been exposed to the virus. Source NBC Bay Area

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numbersjunkie

Oh come on guys! Trump said tonight that we only have 15 cases, and soon it'll be 5, and then down to 1 in the very near future. They've got it under control and have done a great job! Stop trying to blow this all out of proportion! /s

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

A case in Italy has been discovered that predates the appearance of the coronavirus in Codogno, Lombardia.

A member of the La Scala chorus has been out since February 13, over a week before the Codogno Patient 1 became ill. The La Scala singer wasn't hospitalized, and he is now over the worst of his illness.

The potential number of persons at La Scala who were exposed could be high since he sang in Il Trovatore on Feb 12.

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Annie Deighnaugh

What I don't get is how trump can deny it all standing there *on the same stage* as the CDC experts who are saying exactly the opposite. He's saying "if it spread" and the experts are saying it is spreading! He's quoting incorrect number of cases...just like the 15 deaths or whatever he said it was in Puerto Rico vs the 3,500.

I think trump's way of handling a crisis is to deny it and then it goes away. If we don't test anyone for coronavirus, then we won't find anyone who has it. Problem solved.

And then to put pence in charge... oh great... with his history with regard to epidemics: https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/mike-pence-is-still-to-blame-for-an-hiv-outbreak-in-indiana-but-for-new-reasons/

These guys sure know how to put Americans first, I tell ya.

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how2girl

The woman from the CDC had that 1000 mile stare, as if she’s thinking “he knows not of what he speaks”

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Kathy

it’s a wonder he let them speak at all since they contradicted what he said.

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queenmargo

This did not start in the USA, it is coming in. The left are all for illegals, open borders, no vetting. Now they are the biggest criers. No matter how Trump handles this the left will be a nay sayer. It is just sickening!

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Annie Deighnaugh

You do know, margo, that the people returning to the US with the virus *are* Americans, right???


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vgkg (Va Z-7)

You do know, margo, that the people returning to the US with the virus *are* Americans, right???

The most recent CDC map shows Central America and Africa are so far clear of the virus, you know, those s---hole countries.

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queenmargo

YES vgkg- what is your point? They are coming back home with the virus that did NOT originate HERE.

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Jonnygun(zone 7)

Dont worry. Those S American countries will get it too.

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vgkg (Va Z-7)

YES vgkg- what is your point? They are coming back home with the virus that did NOT originate HERE.

What's your point margo? Build a taller wall?

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queenmargo

What's your point margo? Build a taller wall?



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vgkg (Va Z-7)

Mrs queenmargo, tear down that wall!

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lurker111

The most recent CDC map shows Central America and Africa are so far clear of the virus, you know, those s---hole countries

Same for Russia. Africa will get hit hard.

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lurker111

Oops, I just checked the map. We can take those off of the list.

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Ann

"No matter how Trump handles this the left will be a nay sayer. It is just sickening!"

It really is!

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lurker111

Worth repeating. ^^^

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haydayhayday

"Worth repeating. ^^^"

Good luck with that.

There's a strong effort to make sure no one says it.

As if it never existed.

Just incredible.

Hay

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Toby

The Republicans have found someone to pay for the coronavirus response--the poor, the old, the disabled, and the mentally ill:

The Trump administration will pay for the coronavirus response in part by cutting funds from other health programs, including one that pays for heating and cooling assistance for the poor.

Of the $136 million the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to transfer from other health programs to bolster the coronavirus response, $37 million will come from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, according to a notice sent to Congress Tuesday night by the agency and obtained by The Hill.

HHS will make several other transfers, including $63 million from the National Institutes of Health and $4.9 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which funds mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention.

The Aging and Disability Services Programs will lose $4.2 million.

HHS does not need congressional approval to transfer the funds. https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/public-global-health/484736-trump-administration-to-cut-funds-from-health-programs

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Stan Areted

TOBY:

The Republicans have found someone to pay for the coronavirus response--the poor, the old, the disabled, and the mentally ill:

The Trump administration will pay for the coronavirus response in part by cutting funds from other health programs, including one that pays for heating and cooling assistance for the poor.


Not nearly as deadly as Barack Obama's plan for the elderly who need procedures to live:

" but we just may have to tell your grandmother … to take a pill"--Barack Obama.


Or, not neary as deadly and painful as Bernie's plan--LONG WAITING TIMES FOR PROCEDURES and CARE.

Dems only care with other people's money, and then they want to redistribute the misery around so that people that spent a lifetime doing the right thing, paying in taxes, saving, would no longer HAVE ANY OPTIONS for their own health care, and LOSE the benefits they were told they were paying into and have.

The deal will be changed if Bernie gets in, the deal changed with Obama got in.

The government needs to stay out of my health care.

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Joaniepoanie

Jeff Tiedrich on Twitter: (edited for profanity)


so the guy who said Mexico would pay for the wall and Putin didn't meddle and Kim was giving up his nukes and Bone Saw Arabia didn't kill a journalist and trade wars are easy to win just assured us that the coronavirus is no big deal. I feel so much better now, don't you


pretty unfair of us to expect the guy who doesn't understand how tariffs work or how campaign finance law works or how not cheating on your wife works or how running a casino works or how closing an umbrella works to suddenly understand how pandemics work


remember when our president calmed a nervous nation and tasked the finest minds in the land with conquering the coronavirus threat? me neither, but I do remember when the idiot defunded the CDC and fired our entire pandemic response team and never bothered to replace them


all I'm saying is that when fighting a global pandemic, it helps if your president isn't the stupidest most recklessly-impulsive pig-ignorant science-denying toady-hiring government-defunding incompetent idiot on the planet


no one could have predicted that the genius who ran six casinos into the ground and ran an airline into the ground and ran a magazine into the ground and ran a football league into the ground would eventually run US pandemic response capability straight into the ground



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catspa_zone9sunset14

God bless Capitalism.

And not to forget, "God bless science", since all the money in the world isn't going to help if no one has the skill sets needed to put it to use, and be very glad that liberals did not abandon the study and pursuit of science as conservatives have in recent decades, in droves. (In 2010, 55% of scientists were registered as Democrats while only 6% as Republicans, and I have a hunch the latter number is even lower now. Scientists make decent livings, but no where near the big bucks to be made in pursuits that Republican types went for -- how well I remember the era of the exalted MBA...).

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

So sorry to be unclear.

We are facing a global pandemic with an IMPOTUS who is a child-caging, bigoted, lying, thrice-married philanderer who cheated on his 3rd wife with a p..n star while she was nursing his 5th child and is a serial groper who openly bragged about how he liked to commit s..ual assault.

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

An anesthesiologist working in a hospital in Milan has tested positive for coronavirus after he began exhibiting symptoms. (He now is in isolation in the hospital with a mild fever.) Hundreds of person associated with the hospital -- doctors, nurses, staff, patients -- are now being tested, the entire hospital being disinfected starting with the surgery block.

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socks(10a)

Thor, that's the least of it. OMG the the blabbing and lies which will come out of his mouth concerning this illness. Do you think the rallies will stop? He is a germ-phobe. Can you picture him orchestrating one of his televangelist-style rallies, wearing a mask?

Saw this morning that a Japanese women, infected with corona, recovered and went home. She became ill again with the virus. This is not good news.

At least it has a lower death rate than other flus, and it's not as deadly as ebola, but scientists do not yet fully understand the virus so it could be more serious than we assume at this point. Thanks, trump for reduced CDC readiness, thanks China for whatever you did to unleash this virus.

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Annie Deighnaugh

"No matter how Trump handles this the left will be a nay sayer. It is just sickening!"

There is a reason for that. Even if we started from neutral with trump as this pandemic unfolds, he would already be getting demerits for *lying to the American people*. His own experts in the *same* press conference are saying it is spreading, it's dangerous, we need to make sure everyone is prepared such as businesses refreshing their pandemic plans, getting people prepared to work from home and so on. At the same time, trump is spouting wrong numbers of infected people, he's saying it's contained, it's not spreading and it's all just going to blow over soon.

Stop blaming the left and start putting the responsibility where it lies: on *trump*. He's wrong, he's lying, and he's not listening to the experts who know what they're talking about.

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Stan Areted

Oh dear--Rahm Emmanuel Political Lemmings are everywhere today!

"Never let a serious crisis go to waste!"

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Ziemia(6a)

"The government needs to stay out of my health care."

Health care vs. paying for health care. Oh, my.lol

PS: the government has been involved directly with health care since before Obama.

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Lisa

Why bother with a vaccine when more than one-half the adults in the US don't bother to get the flu vaccine?

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vgkg (Va Z-7)

A vaccine won't be ready until next Spring so even if this virus goes dormant over the summer the world will won't be ready for it if/when it returns next fall.

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patriciae_gw(07)

Margo, I have already said this yesterday but will ask again if you are going to be all good with one of your nearest and dearest abandoned in some country with third world medical care because they caught a disease we don't have here? Or how about if it is you? Or maybe they cant even get medical care because they neglected to get the travel medical insurance? Too bad for you and yours. Is that going to change your mind about bringing Americans home?

ETA Margo's comments about leaving the sick in other countries are gone so this statement makes less sense but is still valid for those who think we should not bring our sick back to the US for care.

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socks

At least it has a lower death rate than other flus,

It depends on how you are measuring the death rate.

Currently of the 82,720 reported cases there have been 2817 deaths (3.4%) but only 36,167 of the 82K+ cases have reached a conclusion (full recovery or death). If you only consider the number of deaths as a percentage of the 36K+ cases that have reached a conclusion the death rate is 7.7% (not the original 8.4% that I ciphered)

If the 7.7% death rate holds for the other 46,553 cases that are still active there are an additional 3,584 people that are going to die from the virus that currently have it. There are currently 8,471 cases that are in serious or critical condition.

Source: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Note: this site is updated frequently so the numbers I referenced may have changed. This is as of 12:30 pm CST on 2/27/20.

Edit to correct math

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Annie Deighnaugh

Hmmm. 8%?? That translates into only about 30 mil Americans...no biggy, right? Even if it's 4%...that's 15 mil Americans...you comfortable with that?

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LoneJack Zn 6a, KC

Annie - if you are talking to me...NO! But then your 30M figure would only be valid if every American contracted the virus.

Just the facts ma'am. Don't shoot the messenger!!!

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queenmargo

ETA Margo's comments about leaving the sick in other countries are gone so this statement makes less sense but is still valid for those who think we should not bring our sick back to the US for care.

Patriciae- I did not say we should not bring our sick back to the US for care??


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petalique

This afternoon it was reported (Jake Ward technology correspondent MSNBC) did the woman in California (Davis) Went to a hospital and the hospital following protocol for the persons symptoms, contacted the CDC to get a test kit. This is how it’s set up, or was at that point. The CDC responded that because the woman did not meet a particular criteria to get tested (apparently having been out of the country was in the criteria), they were not gonna send a test kit. So the woman did not get tested right away. Somehow after four days she was tested and found to be positive for the new coronavirus-19.


So there was a four day delay before they were certain she had the new virus. Perhaps it was not until then but they tried to trace back and find where she had been. That’s probably difficult to do in the best of circumstances, but after four days with somebody not feeling all that well, it’s even more of a challenge.


So it appears that in the United States, it’s very difficult to get hold of test and to get patients tested.


Yesterday while running errands I asked people in service areas like stores and banks if they had been given any in-house training on how to approach customers given that there is a pandemic approaching. They said no. I noted how many times I inadvertently touched my face my mouth my itchy eyes and also all the things one has to touch when running errands — merchandise, doorknobs, currency, pens, credit card readers. Where to go for lunch? Restaurant, fast food, sandwich to go?

PS. Nancy, fascinating about Italy. La Scala! That anesthesiologist. No, not Liguria!

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Kathy

I went to Walmart and the cashier had surgical style gloves on. She said customers are shopping with their outdoor gloves on. Some people are taking common sense precautions.

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petalique

Maybe like those guys in the deli that wear the same pair all day — handling food, the scales, wrapping...so maybe that person’s fingers stay clean.

Tell me, again, how are tom, dick, Harry, Jane, Mary and sue supposed to disinfect things again? What are the people in the Haz Mat outfits spraying?

Should I carry a steam cleaner with me? Will the remote melt?

ETA — oh, and at a couple of stores, when washing my hands, sometimes had to manually touch faucets and soap dispenser with my hand. But, then, after washing, shaking water from my hands, the robust automatic blower only gave cold recirculated bathroom air. Lovely.


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palisades_

Just saw on the news Japanese PM ordered all schools to close nationwide until late March in the latest attempt to control the pandemic.

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momofdoxies

Glad to see other Walmarts finally using common sense precautions. Ours have been doing this for the past several years during cold and flu season.

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HU-885118952

Latex gloves won't do a thing. Do you think the virus is absorbed through the dermis?

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dandyfopp

Might help remind a person to keep their hands off their face.

Always a tweet.


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petalique

Or foot out of mouth.

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dandyfopp

LOL

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Kathy

I believe a cashier is handling so many objects customers just handled it might protect them somewhat if they dispose of them properly. It doesn’t protect the customer.


They say masks don’t help either but then they suggest you wear one if caring for someone with the virus. Touching the gloves to your face would be just as bad as your hand if it wasn’t washed, I suppose.


I’m considering a mask on the plane if I hear anyone coughing or sniffling.

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socks(10a)

There are many who will be at increased risk and cannot work from home or avoid contact with others. Doctors and associated medical workers, police, fire, airline pilots, attendants, retail employees.

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barncatz

My elderly mother was hospitalized with the flu several years ago. They made me fully suit up - head to foot coverings- before entering her room. I don't think I'd gotten a flu shot yet. Anyway, I rarely get sick but sure enough, it got me. So, I eye those masks with skepticism.

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Annie Deighnaugh

HU-8952

Do you think the virus is absorbed through the dermis?

No but we touch our faces many times a day including our nose and our eyes. If we touch a surface that has been hit with droplets from a cough or sneeze, then touch our eyes or nose, we can infect ourselves. I think the masks and gloves help remind us not to do that as it is done unconsciously so many times each day.

Also, when you wash your hands, sing Happy Birthday, as it's about the right amount of time to soap and rub them to get them clean...20 seconds. Carry your own paper towels as those dryers just blow lots of germy air around from the bathroom floors. And then use it to shut the water off and/or open the door so you don't touch those surfaces.

Cough or sneeze into your arm, not your hands. And stop shaking hands with people...bow or prayer hands with a "namaste".

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petalique

Or cough into someone else’s arm (by mistake on the subway?).


Gloves could come in handy, as Annie said, to help you remember not to touch your eyes, mouth face; but also for holding onto railings (long trip).

You can hold onto those thin plastic shoppers instead of immediately recycling them.

Put your mail in an old cotton pillowcase or sack, then hit the mail with a steamer. Sanitized mail, already steamed open, maybe a melted credit card here and there.


I wonder if parents will remember to not touch their young one’s faces, lips, eyes. Kids will keep touching everything — what a challenge. If this gets bad, imagine the impact on child care, parents who won’t be able to leave their homes if schools close. If people quarantine themselves, who brings them groceries. Imagine mail carriers using tongs.


The masks are helpful for the sick person to not shed as much virus, but their structure is fragile. They are meant for single event use. But, if I have to stand in a line, close to others, I wouldn’t mind having on an N95. How can people really avoid taking chances on getting infected? There are just too many subtle ways to pick up virus particles. Some report said the virus can live on things for some number of hours. China has tried to disinfect currency and taken some currency out of circulation. When I first heard this, it seemed extreme.

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haydayhayday

Thor:

"We are funny that way about lying criminal grifters who brag about grabbing women."

Never stops.

Hay

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Linda

DH, who is getting old plus has COPD and other medical conditions said he won't survive if he catches Covid-19. And I thought about when he had sepsis in 2003 and somehow survived. If it came to that, he can stay home in our rural area until it's over, but I'd still have to go out for groceries and such, so I might catch it if there's any cases where I shop. Hard to think about.

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palisades_

If it came to that, he can stay home in our rural area until it's over, but I'd still have to go out for groceries and such, so I might catch it

If you catch it there is a good chance you could asymptomatically pass it on to him before you would even know it, when you both are living together under the same roof. This is also how cold and flu viruses often spread within a family from outside contacts.

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tryingtounderstand

Is Trump downplaying the issue? Further, Seems like the USA has a shortage of lab tests, if anyone is interested this interview with Eric Ding, a Harvard epidiomologist, you can click the link below. This CBC interview Sheds a different light on the subject.

Canada is not downplaying this issue and we know there is huge travel between the 2 countries. So if it spreads in USA it will spread here and vice verse.

“It's not based on anything because you can't have an epidemic without any testing. And so right now ... CDC's kits were frozen and recalled because of a lab error.

And the U.S. for comparison has had less than 500 lab tests, with the entire country, while South Korea, which is the size of one or two American states, has over 40,000 tests already for a small country. And that is what you need to truly capture if there really is an epidemic. “

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/epidemiologist-warns-of-major-coronavirus-outbreak-contradicting-trump-1.5478081

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"Trash Trump and make sure no one else has a voice."

There must be a name for that kind of behaviour.

Hay

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socks(10a)

This morning I heard his remarks on a video, hands flapping. Half of what he says is repeating of useless phrases. No one blames him for the virus, he is blamed because we are unprepared. The CDC remarks will be censored by the plastic yes-man, Pence, So you can be sure we won’t be getting good information. The CDC is not cooperating with states. Thank you, New Yorker.

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Jonnygun(zone 7)

What kind of preperations would people like? The hysterics are hysterical here. Preparing for this is a black hole of maybes.

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tryingtounderstand

@Johnnygun, I totally agree no need to panic and no need for hysterics. But this is a serious issue and I think Trump is downplaying it. As far as preparations, well, he can ensure adequate supply of Test Kits. It appears there is a shortage of these in the USA.

or how about advising folk to stock up on food supplies etc to last them through a 2 week incubation period.

Those WHO certainly agrees with No hysteria "This virus has pandemic potential," World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in Geneva on Thursday. "This is not a time for fear. This is a time for taking action to prevent infection and save lives now."

Here is what other countries are doing Canada's public health agency is taking stock of the need for personal protective equipment and other supplies to make sure there are enough to go around in case of a pandemic.


https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/coronavirus-covid-19-feb-28-1.5479265

In the end, I pray and hope Trump listens to the medical leaders from thenUSA and around the world.


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Jonnygun(zone 7)

How do you prepare testing kits for a virus before it manifests? You dont. In order to be accurate, and to preclude false positives, work is done after the virus is discovered and then shared with labs acrossed the world. This is all done post actualization.

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haydayhayday

Funny.

"So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself"

Hay

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socks(10a)

Kathy, so sorry about your concerns for your DH. I agree with the subsequent poster that if it looks like a widespread epidemic in your area, stock up on food so as to avoid going out. I don't see panic in our country, generally speaking, just grave concern. Many people with family or friends with jobs which involve contact with hundreds of people a day or with pre-existing conditions--are very concerned. Seniors and babes are always at additional risk.

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,others)(8a)

“How do you prepare testing kits for a virus before it manifests? You dont. In order to be accurate, and to preclude false positives, work is done after the virus is discovered and then shared with labs acrossed the world. This is all done post actualization.”

We are a month past that point.

Tests are available and being administered in large numbers in many nations. Not in the US though. Why?

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Jonnygun(zone 7)

Well lindsey, probably because we have a very limited number of infected people at this point and other countries, like S Korea, have a much larger problem...


At a certain point it becomes a moot point what the virus is as the medical community treats the symptoms and secondary effects regardless of the underlying cause. This becomes the rule as/if the virus propagates widely throughout the population. Just like the flue.


Do you think it matters to your Dr if you test positive for a particular strain of flue? If you are generally healthy you get the "take tylenol, drink fluids and get rest" speech. If your health is compromised (or you weak) you may get antivirals. If your old or sickly you will be checked more often or admitted if you develop secondary complications. This is only different in scope, not treatment, so far as I can see.



Edited to add: threads and posts are disappearing all over today...

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Stan Areted

There must be a name for that kind of behaviour.

There is--DEPLORABLE! LOL

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Stan Areted

Gotta die of something, why are people so fearful?

Use common sense. You can't control everything. I realize that is difficult for some who just LOVE to control everyone else and whine when they don't act like THEY think they should.

The world is a wonderful, often dangerous place.

The trick is to be prepared to go at any time and not be fearful.


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momofdoxies

I live in Indiana and our state government has no problem with releasing the current information. I watched the press conference live yesterday that addressed the number that are being monitored and they released how many have been tested. Wonder why other states can't. Or is it a case of they won't. I do not know.


Edited to remove incorrect link

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Lisa

As a first line of defense against all the diseases, could Hollywood please show people washing their hands when they get home, rather than sitting down to eat dinner right away? Could businesses please stop encouraging hand shakes upon meeting? A small nod of the head acknowledging the other person could also help. Small messages like this might do some good in limiting the spread of many diseases, not just covid-19. They cost nothing and have no negative impacts or side effects. DUH.

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barncatz

One difference that I have picked up is that this virus can be spread by asymptomatic people. I'm not panicking, btw.

That difference seems to circle back to misslindsey's point about testing. Not just for treatment, but for containment.


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Cookie8

And keep hands away from mouth, eyes and nose. I tend to sneeze and cough in my shirt. I see too many people who just freely do this (cough and sneeze openly) so I made it a habit to cough down and under the shirt I am wearing. Gross? Maybe but there's a little more containment.

Government has always been a little messy when handling disasters. What's worse is when they get dismissive.

"Gotta die of something, why are people so fearful?"

Really?


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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,others)(8a)

“Well lindsey, probably because we have a very limited number of infected people at this point and other countries, like S Korea, have a much larger problem...”

That’s just silly. How can anyone ever know if people have the infection if they aren’t tested? How can they be tested if the tests aren’t available.

It’s one thing to decide not to test anyone because whoever doesn’t believe the strain is particularly more dangerous than general flu.

It’s another to pretend that the problem doesn’t exist by simply not testing for it.

The US finds itself in the second scenario.

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mr1010

I live in Indiana and our state government has no problem with releasing the current information. I watched the press conference live yesterday that addressed the number that are being monitored and they released how many have been tested. Wonder why other states can't. Or is it a case of they won't. I do not know.

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Here in Florida where so much of the local economy depends on tourists and visitors

from around the world, I'm sure the govenor's refusal to disseminate virus info is

related to pressure from theme parks (Disney, Sea World, Universal)

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Jonnygun(zone 7)

There is no sense in randomly testing. None. That would only make sense if you could self administer the test which you bought at a store.

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Kathy

We only have 4 labs to test all of US right now. It will take time to replace everything Trump has dismantled since Obama left.

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

But look at all the tax savings we passed on to the wealthiest Americans!

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,others)(8a)

“There is no sense in randomly testing. None. That would only make sense if you could self administer the test which you bought at a store.”

Does it make sense to have some supply of tests for when more people start showing up with symptoms? You know, being prepared in advance rather than scrambling for tests at the last minute or deliberately staying in a state of denial by not testing at all?

Why is it so difficult to see that there is a lot of ground between *no one can be tested because there are no tests* and *randomly testing people*.

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Kathy

Drs and professionals are saying we lack in Point Of Contact (POC). We need to be prepared from the moment the patient walks in or calls a doctor. We are not. Even more those points have been eliminated around the world. Trump eliminated 37 of the 49 mini CDC centers in other countries to address disease, including in China.

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tryingtounderstand

Folk north of the 48th are ensuring they have enough test kits and medical equipment. Bear in mind of the widespread back and forth travel across this border. Glad they are doing their bit to safeguard Americans citizens

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Canadian hospitals are gearing up their disaster preparedness plans in anticipation of the next phase of the COVID-19 epidemic, from containment to mitigation.

Current efforts to control the epidemic focus on keeping community spread at bay. If it's declared a pandemic, that will shift to slowing down the spread of the virus in populations where it's taken root.

In a pandemic, large numbers of people fall sick, though the disease may or may not be severe.

The World Health Organization is calling on governments, health care and other institutions as well as individuals to prepare.

"We're at a decisive point," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters on Thursday. "For the past two days, the number of new cases reported in the rest of the world has exceeded the number of new cases reported from China."

Dr. Michael Gardam, an infectious disease specialist and chief of staff at Humber River Hospital in Toronto, is a veteran of SARS and H1N1 and is watching this outbreak closely.

The tone has changed," Gardam said. "We need to shift our thinking into this is going to become a problem within Canada within a matter of weeks to months."

Currently, health care workers in Canada screen people who show up with flu-like symptoms and say they've travelled to any of seven countries — China, Japan, Hong Kong, Italy, Iran, Singapore and South Korea.

"At some point we'll have to shift into just screening people that are travelling, and it doesn't necessarily matter to where they're actually travelling from," Gardam said.


But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported a case of COVID-19 in California suspected of being the first person-to-person transmission in the general public in that country, which has alarmed U.S. health officials because it raises the possibility of widespread transmission, already suspected in Italy, Germany and South Korea.



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Stan Areted

But look at all the tax savings we passed on to the wealthiest Americans!

Many, many people who are not wealthy by any standards also received tax cuts.

So did corporations, who pass on the benefits through hiring more people, expanding, and staying in business.

So what if "wealthy" people got a tax break?

They pay the lion's share of income tax which this country and everyone depends on one way or the other.

Such class envy!

Why does the left spend so much time worrying what other people have and receive?

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Kathy

Borrowing to fund tax cuts for the wealthy is only passing the cost to the next generation. It has done nothing more than increase the disparity in US. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

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petalique

WARNING: The following is not panic but curiosity. A day or so ago it was reported that a dog at Hong Kong tested positive for the Covid 19 virus. The results indicated a weak positive.

But, wait! There’s more!

Darn, I wish they were more. I want to know why the dog was tested, who thought to test the dog? Did the dog walk into a clinic not feeling well? Was the dog a street dog or a family dog? What kind of dog? Is he sweet and for adoption? The photo with the news article shows a few dogs in a carriage with some sort of dog masks on. Is there a shortage of dog masks as well as the N 95? Are dogs fully insured?

They don’t know whether the dog picked up the virus in his nasal juices from air pollution or from the family he lives with or from the local pub.

In the United States we can’t even have points of contact testing for symptomatic patients, let alone enough test kits to experiment with dogs. Makes me feel as though maybe our country is falling behind a little bit. And I want to know if that weak-positive amount of Covid-19 virus is enough to infect a human such as a toddler or grandpa.

Have the Hong Kong authorities tested cats? Lovebirds? Chimpanzees? Ferrets? Can the owners still kiss the dog?

Not panicking. Don’t anyone ditch their pets. But, really, doesn’t this make anyone else healthily curious? I trust that Fido isn’t feverishly looking up “corona virus 19 in Hong Kong canines.” And, he should not get the “19” confused with other corona viruses in canids. Because, unfortunately, there are other “corona” viruses and at least one of them can be very serious for dogs, giving them severe intestinal disease.

Link: https://nypost.com/2020/02/28/dog-in-hong-kong-tests-positive-for-low-level-of-coronavirus/

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Tilly Teabag

Solution, Amazon has everything (disclaimer, may not stop viruses)





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From 2-3-20


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Tilly Teabag

Sewing patterns to make your own washable masks:


Face mask patterns, washable


https://mustsharenews.com/cloth-face-mask/amp/


https://www.craftpassion.com/face-mask-sewing-pattern/


Figure out how often per week you go to public places. If it’s only once or twice you only need two. If you commute 5 days a week, shop on one and go to church or class/hobby on another day, you might need 5-7.



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palisades_

^^^^^ useful links on washable face mask patterns. I would choose a thin fabric so air can pass through easier and the masks dry faster. The designs can incorporate elastic materials around certain peripheral areas, and pliable metal like aluminum nose strip to better fit someone with a high nose bridge.

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