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Today’s Statistics

The spreadsheet is always the current data

FYI:  I aggregate the results from 3 different coronavirus tracking sites.  I enter the highest numbers from these 3 in the interactive spreadsheet because we KNOW the cases are severely under-reported.

This is why the numbers you see here may differ from what you’ve seen elsewhere.  I update the spreadsheet regularly throughout the day (because what the hell else do I have to do…)

The Essential Business Listing

U.S. cases jumped from 163,479 yesterday to 166,214 today

We just passed 800,000 cases globally and 160,000 for the U.S.

  • Global cases: 814,395
  • Daily new cases:  25,464
  • Global deaths: 39,572
  • Mortality rate: 4.86%
  • Recovery rate: 21.19%
  • U.S. cases:  166,214
  • U.S. deaths:  3,192
  • Texas cases:  3,186
  • Texas deaths:  47

 

Local #Covid19 News:

Dallas Texas Demographics ending 3/24/2020

COVID-19 DCHHS Summary_032320

Texas Covid-19 Numbers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to see the current Texas cases in real time, here’s the Texas Covid-19 tracker:

Watch this interview from Doctor Anthony Fauci.

This is the one person you should be listening to.  This interview will answer most, if not all of your questions about the coronavirus.

 

A video (allegedly) from a doctor in Spain

(unverified at this time)

He is crying as he alleges that over age 65 patients are being taken off ventilators to die in Madrid.

Please open in YouTube to like, comment and share.

Let me know if you can verify the veracity or debunk this.

But still… STAY THE HELL HOME, please.

You need to see this graph.

These are the coronavirus growth stats for just the month of March 2020 to date.

Click to enlarge.

March 2020 Coronavirus Growth

March 2020 Coronavirus Growth

 

 

 

 

 

 


More importantly – Statistical analysis of Covid-19 demographics for hospitalization

Note the numbers for age 20-44, for all of you who think it only effects old people.

(CDC)

As of March 16, a total of 4,226 COVID-19 cases had been reported in the United States, with reports increasing to 500 or more cases per day beginning March 14 (note:  At the time of this post, we have 54,968 reported cases in the U.S.)

This article from Buzzfeed is more current and addresses the issue of younger people (you know, the bright ones out partying and getting infected) being a huge hit on our healthcare system.

Among 2,449 patients with known age:

  • 6% were aged ≥85
  • 25% were aged 65–84 years
  • 18% each were aged 55–64 years and 45–54 years
  • 29% were aged 20–44 years (Figure 2).
  • 5% of cases occurred in persons aged 0–19 years.

Among 508 (12%) patients known to have been hospitalized

  • 9% were aged ≥85 years
  • 36% were aged 65–84 years
  • 17% were aged 55–64 years
  • 18% were 45–54 years
  • 20% were aged 20–44 years
  • Less than 1% of hospitalizations were among persons aged ≤19 years
  • The percentage of persons hospitalized increased with age, from 2%–3% among persons aged ≤19 years, to ≥31% among adults aged ≥85 years. (Table).

Among 121 patients known to have been admitted to an ICU:

  • 7% of cases were reported among adults ≥85 years
  • 46% among adults aged 65–84 years,
  • 36% among adults aged 45–64 years
  • 12% among adults aged 20–44 years
  • No ICU admissions were reported among persons aged ≤19 years.
  • Percentages of ICU admissions were lowest among adults aged 20–44 years (2%–4%) and highest among adults aged 75–84 years (11%–31%)

Among 44 cases with known outcome:

  • 15 (34%) deaths were reported among adults aged ≥85 years
  • 20 (46%) among adults aged 65–84 years
  • 9 (20%) among adults aged 20–64 years
  • Case-fatality percentages increased with increasing age, from no deaths reported among persons aged ≤19 years to highest percentages (10%–27%) among adults aged ≥85 years

 


 

This ain't no party

This ain’t no party

Life During Wartime” lyrics
The Talking Heads

This could be the Covid-19 anthem.

Want to see the Covid-19 projections for your state?

Click on the map for the interactive website

Update March 19, 2020:  Reorganized to put the statistics spreadsheet at the top

I have a running spreadsheet shared below with the most important statistics of this ever widening pandemic.

Farther down the page are two different SAFE live coronavirus trackers by Johns Hopkins and Avi Schiffmann There are malware infested FAKE trackers and you should avoid those like the plague <rimshot>. This article gives more info on the ‘Coronavirus Maps’ tracker which is loaded with malware.

 

Coronavirus Daily / Cumulative Statistics

 

Novel Coronavirus Facts.

How long can it live on surfaces?

Well, that’s an interesting topic. The virus has been found on the infected cruise ship 17 days after all the passengers left.

The generally accepted data is this:

  • Aerosol = 4 hours
    (yes it can be aerosolized – you breathe out the virus.  Other people breathe it in)
  • Copper = 4 hours
  • Cardboard = 24 hours
  • Stainless Steel = 72 hours
  • Plastic = 72 hours
  • Glass = 96 hours

Is the virus alive?

No.  This is not a living organism.  That is what makes it so difficult to detect and kill.  By the time you know you’re sick, it has been replicating in your body for days (or weeks) and you’ve been spreading it all over hell’s half acre.

What is the incubation time for the virus?

Currently availbable data indicate up to 21 days before symptoms appear.
During this time you are “shedding” the virus everywhere you go.

Will hot and humid weather kill the Novel Coronavirus?

No.  It survives in all climates.  Remember, when it is summer in the northern hemisphere it is winter in the southern hemisphere.  The virus is thriving everywhere but Antarctica at this time.

Will UV light disinfect your skin from this virus?

NO. Do NOT use UV light as a disinfectant.  It is ineffective for this purpose and can cause skin irrritation.

Is Listerine a good disinfectant?

NO.  It is only 26% alcohol.
You need at least 60% alcohol to break down the virus.

How is Coronavirus transmitted?

It was originally thought it was only transmitted via droplets.  These would come from someone coughing or sneezing.  The droplets contained in the expectoration would land on various surfaces, then be picked up on someone’s hand and  transferred to the face, where the virus would enter the body via eyes, nose or mouth.  Which is true.  However…  We now know aerosolized droplets can also transmit the virus as far as 15 feet away.  In other words, micro-droplets can remain in the air and travel up to 15 feet from the source.  They can remain suspended in the air for an unknown amount of time.  So…  You breathing in the infected air that someone else breathed out – from across the room – can infect you.

So back to the original question of how the virus is transmitted.

  • Via contaminated surfaces like handrails, doorknobs, telephones, TV remote controls, shopping carts, etc.
  • Direct droplet contamination when someone nearby coughs or sneezes.
  • Aerosolized micro-droplets in the air.
  • Direct touch from someone infected.

 

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Update March 12, 2020

OK, Listen UP, People!

This blog officially shifts gears TODAY and becomes an info-rant™ (I just coined that word) on the abundant lack of good sense regarding this friggin’ pandemic.

Here’s the deal.  This Coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2 (disease name Covid-19)  is NOT the goddamned FLU.  I am so sick of seeing social media posts to the effect of “fake news” or “media hype” and “It’s just the flu so don’t panic.”  The amazing ability for theoretically intelligent people to ignore the facts is astounding.  Because the Tangerine CockWomble currently prowling the oval office started out by claiming this was a “hoax” perpetrated by the Democrats apparently resonated with a lot of delusional people.

Well, fine…

The gene pool has been in dire need of a large infusion of chlorine for decades now.

Perhaps this is the solution we need.

I have lamented more times than I can possibly count on the complete and total lack of “common sense” in American society.  Good sense still exists (in small enclaves of intelligent adults) but continues in declining supply.  Good sense becomes common sense when it is taught and reinforced to us on a daily basis by a combination of example (usually by our parents) and painful mistakes.  For whatever reason, the basic instruction on daily good sense seems to have skipped large swaths of our population.  So much so, that NOW – in the face of an actual, verifiable, documented PANDEMIC, far too many people still refuse to believe the “media hype” because their “little tin god” (nod to Don Henley) decried it as “a hoax”.


Allow me to insert one of my favorite phrases here:

“Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.”

Example:

Someone at work comes up to you, pats you on the back and says “hey, what are you doing for lunch?”

Some time later, you start hearing giggles in the vicinity from time to time and are not sure what that’s about.  Is it because you have a length of toilet paper stuck to your heel or is it the sign your co-worker stuck to your back that says “I got dressed in the dark”?

See what I mean?  Just because you can’t see it doesn’t make it not exist.

Extrapolating further:

Just because you don’t believe it, doesn’t make it untrue.

Back to my original rant…


Therefore the great unwashed masses believe the propaganda and refuse to take appropriate steps because “it’s just the flu.”  OK.  Some very smart people (you know, the kind with a string of letters before and after their names — like Dr., PhD, etc…) have predicted this “just the flu” will be impossible to stop in any reasonably short time, and as a result will kill possibly millions of people.  Hell, the actual flu kills as many as half a million people some years all by itself.

  • And we have vaccines for that.
  • And actual treatmentt
    (Want to know why we don’t have a cure?  Read this.)
  • We have neither for coronavirus.
  • It is NOT going away when the warmer season comes along (watch 30 minutes into the full length Joe Rogan video below)
  • Even if you recover from Covid-19, a percentage of patients lose 20%-30% of lung function and find themselves gasping for breath at a quick walk.
  • Recovered patients who were scanned, sustained organ damage.  Long term ill effects.
  • So…  Follow along here for the logical conclusion.

If all these dim bulbs fomenting the “DON’T PANIC” approach, (Loosely translated “just go on with your daily life”) do exactly that, they will most likely contract this coronavirus and statistically (at this point) roughly 4% of those will succumb to the disease, thus add a little clarity to our ever cloudier gene pool.  To which I issue a hearty “THANKS!”

A few pertinent facts:

The flu has an average mortality rate of .1% averaged over 10 years.  This particular season is closer to 9%.

Coronavirus is currently averaging 3.70% mortality.  It is highly age-dependent though. The older you are, the higher the mortality index as you can see below.

  • People in their 50s = 1.3%
  • 60s = 4%
  • 70s = 8%
  • 80s and up = 14%
  • So the older you are, the more at risk you are.
  • Disclaimer:  Keep in mind these numbers are based on currently available data.  A Johns Hopkins professor had gone on record to say we may already have at least 500,000 cases in the U.S. alone.  We don’t know because we have only tested less than 20,000 people to date.  We have over 330 MILLION people in this country and we have tested only a fraction of a percent of those.  So.  What we have for statistics is based on the currently reported numbers.  The reported numbers will change dramatically.  This will likely reduce all the percentages, but educated people project we will still be looking at mortality rates of at least 10x the seasonal flu.
  • Therefore, YES, Corona is Worse than the Flu
  • The Covid-19 Report presented to world leaders

 

Just to clarify (see how I worked that in again?) further, I do not recommend panic buying of bottled water, toilet paper, face masks, protective gloves and hand sanitizer.

To quote from one of my favorite observers of the human condition – George Carlin:

“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

Another of my favorite sayings:

“In all things you are either part of the solution or part of the problem”

(Prove me wrong)

Bottled water? Seriously? Look, unless you live in Flint, Michigan (and dammit why hasn’t this been fixed?) or another community with sludge coming out of your taps… What the hell is wrong with tap water? Most American cities have decent tap water with few exceptions. Why the hell are you stocking up on bottled water? It is inefficient and contributes to the plastic destruction of this planet. Just stop it.  I used to drink out of a hose when I was a kid and I’m still here.

And Toilet Paper… How they hell much toilet paper do you use in a month? Don’t answer that. Don’t you generally have a month’s supply of toilet paper anyway? All this crazy panic buying has caused everyone to run out of the staple items. This hysteria is not making the problem better. It makes it worse. Take a breath (not near someone who seems unwell) and just try and avoid crowds. Can you see the problem with that statement? Everyone going into full panic mode and stocking up on the essentials like the world is going to end tomorrow causes crowds in the stores. The exact opposite of what we need at this moment.  This is what I did on March 26th.  I went to the store early – and hour after it opened.  I made a bee-line to the paper products aisle and found TOILET PAPER!  Yay!  So I took ONE 12-pack of low-end TP and left the rest for other people.  Because they WILL get more.  This will all work out if we act reasonably.  Taking 182 rolls of toilet paper is RUDE.  And STUPID. If you need that much TP, you should see a gastroenterologist.  NOW.

And whatever you do, DON’T drink bleach as some people have recommended. And don’t fall for snake oil salesmen like the wackjob preacher Jim Bakker who has been hawking ridiculous supplements like colloidal silver as a “cure” for coronavirus. There is no cure at this time. It will be at least 4 months before there is any real treatment. A vaccine is 12-18 months away according to anyone who seems to know the facts.

Meanwhile, prepare for some harsh reality. Not everyone can (or should) be saved. I know, you don’t like the sound of that. But in emergency situations, triage dictates you save the people who have the best chance at a successful outcome with the resources at hand – and allow the ones who require too many resources to expire. For instance: When faced with 2 victims that require the same resource (like a ventilator) and you only have one of that resource, you have to allocate the ventilator to the the one with the best odds. In this case, probably the younger one who has more contributory years to give to society. Therefore, the seniors (especially with underlying negative conditions) will in some cases have to be sacrificed to allow the younger and healthier to survive.  Some simple math on what to expect when the shit hits the fan in here in the good old U.S. of A.

 

 

Antivaxxers

One of my pet peeves.

Not getting your children vaccinated throws a monkey wrench into all the hard work done to eliminate debilitating and sometimes fatal diseases worldwide.

Look at this picture of twins in the early 1900s.

The one on the left has smallpox.

The one on the right was vaccinated against smallpox.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


And just to clarify (see, continuing to work that in) Why the U.S. is SO far behind the curve on this mess:

Trump Disbanded the Pandemic Unit in 2018

“One year later I was mystified when the White House dissolved the office, leaving the country less prepared for pandemics like COVID-19,” Beth Cameron, the first director of the unit, wrote in an op-ed Friday in The Washington Post.

She said the directorate was set up to be the “smoke alarm” and get ahead of emergencies and sound a warning at the earliest sign of fire — “all with the goal of avoiding a six-alarm fire.”

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Moving right along and making a slight left into the WTF category…

An alarming number of Republicans want to kill off the old people.

On March 24,2020, our very own Lieutenant Governor (of Texas) Dan Patrick said he thought it acceptable for us to reopen the country (relax all the restrictions) so the economy would recover.  Even if a bunch of old people die, that would be a small price to pay for restarting the economy.  You’ll find that story further down the page.  Just search on Dan Patrick.

This was the tipping point where our government (the Republican component of it at least) became top-heavy with ideas of grandeur and toppled into the abyss of Stalinesque madness.

One after another, politicians and pundits from the ultra-conservative side of our government jumped into the flaming basket as it hurtled into the chasm of no return.  Even our president tweeted (how else could be expect to find out about this) “WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF.”

In another tweet, our embarrassment in chief blathered thusly:

The LameStream Media is the dominant force in trying to get me to keep our Country closed as long as possible in the hope that it will be detrimental to my election success. The real people want to get back to work ASAP. We will be stronger than ever before!

And of course Glenn Beck had to hurl his soul onto the pyre with this gem:

“I would rather have my children stay home and have all of us who are over 50 go in and keep this economy going and working,” Beck said. “Even if we all get sick, I’d rather die than kill the country. Because it’s not the economy that’s dying, it’s the country.”

And then there is this:

“It seems harsh to ask whether the nation might be better off letting a few hundred thousand people die,” Jonathan Ashbach argued on Tuesday. “Yet honestly facing reality is not callous, and refusing even to consider whether the present response constitutes an even greater evil than the one it intends to mitigate would be cowardly.”

Here is a great Buzzfeed article on the same topic.
Trump’s death cult finally says it: Time to kill the “useless eaters” for capitalism

And this:

I find it fascinating that the “family values” party (You know…  The ones who want to force women to carry any baby to term, yet have no interest in helping in that process or adopting the baby after it is born.) who are gung-ho on being Pro-Life (actually just pro-birth) but are SO ready to throw potentially tens or hundreds of thousands of the elderly under the bus.  You know.  The campaign bus.  The one with der fuhrer at the wheel.

And I thought our administration could not possibly be more of an embarrassment…

Every time I think Trump has lowered the bar as far as possible, he surprises me again.  Currently, the bar is so low, earthworms need an excavator to burrow under it.

 

 

Continuing in the Stupid Human Tricks category…

March 18, 2020:

I was shaking my head in disbelief when I read this.

Posted on the Frisco, Texas City Hall Facebook Page
By Mayor Jeff Cheney

Which caused me to comment thusly:

“This seems incredibly short-sighted. I am amazed at this response. Reading the recommendations in the graphic also amazes me. Have you ever actually looked at how busboys and server “clean” tables? With a wet cloth that has cleaned nobody knows how many other surfaces. They always leave the seats and tabletops wet. You can’t tell me that is going to clean away a virus and have me believe it.

This is illogical.

We are currently over 9,000 cases in the U.S. Deaths are going up steadily every day. Currently 155 citizens have died. I guarantee that number will go up again today. We lost 30 people yesterday.”

Frisco Texas Does NOT Close Restaurants and Bars

“At this time, the Frisco City Council is not taking action to close restaurants, bars or any other businesses, for that matter. We are taking a very measured approach where we process information from all perspectives.

Our medical expert, Dr. Mark Gamber, agrees restaurants pose no greater risk than a gaming store, grocery store or other retail locations. We’re choosing to take a tempered approach. While many are looking to government entities for all the answers, we must take personal responsibility to help solve this issue…”

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But Wait!  There’s More.

Moseying along in the Stupid Human Tricks category…

Here’s a response to the #HeyBoomer and #BoomerRemover hashtags that have become so popular lately.  I’m not going to rehash(tag) this topic because I’ve addressed it before.  But from an irony and karma (two of my favorite elements) comes this evolving statistic:

Doctors are seeing more 30s and 40s victims requiring ventilators.

We will see a lot more of this taking place due to the not surprising sense of invulnerability so many young people have. I did too. I get it.

But here’s the gotcha. The virus doesn’t give two shits about youthful feelings. The virus doesn’t care how you vote, how virile you feel, nothing. The virus has no feelings. Only a genetically coded imperative to thrive, reproduce and evolve.  This goes to explanation of beaches swarming with these bright souls <insert sarcasm> who think we’re all a bunch of cowards, sissies or dotards, and they are so much more intelligent and robust than the Boomers.

Well…

Maybe yes, maybe not-so-yes.

While the coronavirus is more lethal to us old farts, it’s starting to look like it is going to sideline a lot more of the younger generations.  Because they think “I can handle this.  It’s going to be like a cold.”  Well, as in smoking (vaping too) some people will have no serious ill effects and others will rue the day they headed down this path.  It’s like gambling.  With your life at stake.

And on the topic of vaping…

Are you fucking stupid?  Vaping is in many ways far worse than cigarettes.  With cancer sticks (yes I’m an ex smoker) you have to set aside time and to somewhere outdoors to poison yourself.  With vaping, that elongated pacifier never leaves your hand.  I see people sucking on these all day long.  I see clouds of vapor gushing out car windows.  Every.Single.Doctor who is considered an expert in the field of communicable diseases says this puts you at a VERY high risk of complications with Covid-19.

And it’s too late to mitigate that risk.

And you’re still out there congregating with the lofty notion that you’re impervious to this disease.

Isn’t that cute…

Good luck with that, ingrates.

One of the latest headlines on this topic:

There are a couple of other new articles in the day’s headlines for March 18 and 19, 2020.  Check those out.


Covid-19 Risk Factors

Let’s take a look at the high risk factors in the United States that will put a lot of people in hospitals.

  1. We have a lot of older people here. Boomers are the 2nd largest segment of the population at 73 million people.
  2. 16.9% or 55.7 million Americans are over 70
  3. 30.9% or 101 million Americans are obese.
  4. 34.2 million Americans have diabetes (10.5% of the population.)
  5. 40 million Americans are still stupid enough to smoke.
  6. 9 million adults in the U.S. vape.
  7. 3.6 million kids in the U.S. vape.All of these people are at high risk in this pandemic.

 


I see lots of Americans complaining that being forced to stay home and not work is an insurmountable hardship. This is a very real problem. Even for people like myself who are self employed, it’s not like I can get unemployment or any other supplemental income to tide me over. But I don’t live paycheck-to-paycheck like many people in this country.  Current estimates are that 45% of Americans ARE in this category.  These people are counting on that paycheck every 2 weeks.  And now that is GONE.  Nothing is replacing it.  Yet their expenses continue unabated.

Here’s a suggestion.

What if the federal government put the brakes on our financial system.

 

  • No mortgage payments for the duration.
  • Therefore no rent payments for the same time.
    Landlords who own rental property outright can be incentivized to freeze rents.
  • No car payments.
  • Freeze interest on all debts.
  • Freeze credit card payments and penalties.
  • Freeze all utility bills
  • Freeze all cell phone bills
  • Everyone gets a breather while we get a handle on this pandemic.
  • After the dust clears, everything put on hold is given an extension (frozen month(s) added to the end of the contractual term.

Your thoughts?


Watch This Video with Infectious Disease Expert Michael Osterholm:

Michael Osterholm is an internationally recognized expert in infectious disease epidemiology. He is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, all at the University of Minnesota.
Look for his book “Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Deadly Germs”
for more info.
https://amzn.to/2IAzeLe
http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/

This is the first 15 minutes (or so)

Watch the entire 90 minutes here:

Something y’all may not know is this: In a crisis with limited resources and time, triage is critical and you may not get the care you need, based on a variety of checklist items. Given that this virus attacks your lungs, and is more problematic with age, what is frequently required to keep you alive while you heal is a constant pressure ventilator. There are a finite number of these. Triage dictates you assign limited resources to those most likely to have the best outcome. Therefore, if you are older and have underlying contributing conditions, you may just be left to die while a younger patient with a projected better outcome receives the ventilator.

This is happening right now in Italy.

This would not be the case had Italy responded faster to this inevitable viral onslaught. The United States is making the very same mistake and you could be the next victim.


And here is a letter from an ER Doctor at Baylor in Texas

“I know I’ve been uncharacteristically silent about the coronavirus, but I’ve had enough at this point. The number of people who call this “media hysteria” or a “political hoax” or want to point out the mortality rates of the flu, cancer, or obesity…do you want to come work my shifts? Do you want to expose yourself to patients in respiratory failure day after day? When we run out of ICU beds and vents, do you want the responsibility of telling your mom, dad, aunts, uncles, friends, and family that I can’t intubate them because we just don’t have the resources? Do you want to tell the kids of 30 and 40 year old patients that their parent is going to die and we can’t do anything to stop it? Do you want to look at the parents of a 20 something year old and tell them their previously healthy son or daughter might not survive? Because these are REAL possibilities. This is ACTUALLY what is happening around the world.”

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March 15, 2019 Update

Coronavirus Memes Alert

This is becoming a burgeoning problem, Please DO NOT POST, Share or Re-Share Coronavirus memes online.  There are NO Cures.  NO home remedies that make a difference.  All of these are FAKE.  It took me quite literally 30 seconds on Google to debunk each one that came up.  Here is an alert on this topic highlighting the ridiculous suggestions.

Some of them will cause you great bodily harm, like this horrendous mix

  1. No, holding your breath for 10 seconds will not tell if you’re virus free or not.
  2. Being tested will.
  3. No, keeping your throat moist will not assure you a virus-free existence.
  4. Social distancing and washing your hands just might.
  5. Drinking bleach will kill you, so in that way it will keep you from getting the virus.
  6. There are NO home brew “remedies” for the coronavirus.
  7. There is some reasonable possibility that zinc lozenges will cut down on the progression from your throat to the lungs.
  8. Jim Bakker is being sued for selling his ridiculous supplements as cures.
  9. Wash Your Hands.
  10. Stay Home.
  11. These last two will make all the difference.

Shifting gears to the Stupid Human Tricks category for a minute…

 

The Surgeon General says “Seriously people — STOP BUYING MASKS!”

 

 

 

 

 

You could do this… (or not)

March 25, 2020:

Covid-19 Testing Sites Limited to 250 Tests Per Day

WTF?

I received an announcement from the City of Dallas yesterday that both of the testing sites had shut down due to reaching the “federal testing limit”.  This email arrived at 6:17 PM.

What the Holy Hell is the logic behind this?

It strikes me we are never going to catch up to this disease and achieve any degree of accuracy with the Covid-19 spread at 250 tests per day / per testing center.  Even if we had 1000 testing centers, that would only be 250,000 tests per day.  The CDC says we currently have 91 testing labs.  If we only run 250 tests per day / per lab, that is a paltry (wait…  Let me find the calculator…

That’s a little over 22,000 tests per day.

Assume we have 330 million people in this country.

It would take 15,000 days to test everyone.

We are ALL gonna DIE!

<kidding>

Only about 13 million of us will die.

Statistically speaking

If everyone in the U.S. is infected.

Have a nice day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some random images of DIY coronavirus protection making the rounds on social media:



And don’t believe everything you read.  There are some absolutely wack-job crazy conspiracy theories being floated about this.  Take off your tinfoil hat and wash your hands, OK?

Want to know more about 5G?  Read about it here.

Case in point:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Don’t believe everything you read.

This is PROPAGANDA

Just because some infernal meme resonates with your personal predilections (biases) does NOT make it true. In fact, most things that SCREAM your beliefs are fake. Always Google things like this (or Duck Duck Go – or Tor if you’re truly paranoid) to determine the veracity of outrageous memes before you re-post. This make you look a lot less foolish.

Like the image to the left. The text above says “Posted at a Doctors office today”.

To which i say “BULLSHIT!” No qualified medical professional would ever do this. Just because you scrawl the word FACTS on something does not make it true. Every year has a disease. Viruses are NOT political. The list on this whiteboard has been debunked numerous times over the last 3 or 4 years. So use some actual sense and don’t post crap like this, OK? It just makes people start believing crazy conspiracy theories. And in this situation, that can get you killed.

Just do the smart things recommended by numerous smart people. There are several videos and articles referenced throughout this blog on how to be safe and not become a friggin’ statistic.


And in the batshit crazy department:

Do NOT believe anything that sounds flat-out crazy, OK?

That is your litmus test.  Every.Single.Time.

This bit of conspiracy nonsense is currently making the rounds.  I can find no way to confirm the veracity of this hysteria, so you shouldn’t believe it either.  OK?

This comes from Jim Goodall, a longtime friend and former military:

“A friend that is in the broadcast news business just called me a few minutes ago to let me know that there is a good chance that Martial Law will more than likely be imposed on Monday, March 23, 2020. The order coming down will freeze ALL prices at todays levels; a strict limit cash on withdrawals; NO cross state line travel; NO international travel to or from; and a curfew, times are unknown.”

Further from Jim:

“Another well informed military friend of mine has been told that the government will be shutting down the internet, cell phone service and broadcast TV next week as well. These shut down of services have not been verified as of this posting, but be ready for the SHIT to HIT the FAN. Make sure that you have the medications you need for at least two weeks and any critical food items you need before the shut down starts this Monday.”

John Lear March 21, 2020


Red Cross Screening Scam 

The Red Cross is not coming to your door to do free Covid-19 screening:

  • The Red Cross will NOT come to your door offering free Covid-19 screening.
  • It is a SCAM.
  • They will try to charge you for a fake test or rob you.
  • If someone comes to your door on this pretense, LOCK your door and dial 9-11 immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


On the other hand…  DO believe the statements of very intelligent people.  To Wit:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s an excellent infographic on Social Distancing:

Social Distancing

Social Distancing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow These Recommendations to not become a victim of Covid-19

 

A little light reading as a diversion…

How Coronavirus Hijacks Your Cells:


Observations from a woman who runs a primary care clinic serving over 3,500 patients and has a Masters in Public Health:

Initial post: 03/11/2020

By Bernadette Bell Ferraro

“Here comes the ‘it’s just like the flu’ comments. And before they do…For everyone saying, “The flu kills so many more people annually, why are we so worried about coronavirus?” – here’s my public health perspective. I’m by no means an expert, but I’ve attended multiple coronavirus trainings this week specific to healthcare professionals, (given by credentialed healthcare professionals and based on the latest research) I run a primary care clinic that serves over 3,500 patients annually, and I have a Masters in Public Health. My whole week has been taken over by coronavirus PPE supply ordering, coronavirus test ordering, coronavirus test training, coronavirus identification, and coronavirus process. My information is not coming from Buzzfeed.

This new coronavirus, COVID-19, has a higher death rate than the flu, very little research, no vaccine, no treatment, and is easily transmittable – so it needs to be CONTAINED. Whether you think so or not – it’s dangerous and should be taken seriously. There’s a reason State and City Departments of Health are planning and reacting. It’s not because they think it’s fun to shut down schools, cancel parades, or watch the economy tank. Believe me, they’d rather be spending their time on other things too. We have no other way of stopping it right now, and it’s not slowing down any other way. Letting it spread would be catastrophic. Why?”

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How Covid-19 KILLS

Watch this video as a Texas doctor explains how Covid-19 KILLS.

Just in case you think you might be part of the 80% who don’t need hospitalization (mild cases)


And if your only source of information is Fox News, then you need to read this article RIGHT NOW.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


READ THIS STORY:

Young and Unafraid?  Good for You.  Now Stop Killing People!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Where This Blog Started in the First Place

February 10, 2020:

We were scheduled to board a Singapore Airlines flight to Hong Kong in 2 days.  Thereafter we would be on the Celebrity Millennium cruise ship and gone a total of 3 weeks in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore.

But then the friggin’ coronavirus went out of control.  As you might imagine, we were very concerned.  The majority of people infected are in our age group and the recovery rate at the time of this post is a pitiful 8%.  And my wife is highly susceptible to bronchitis and pneumonia.

So…

We canceled our trip.

You would (or should) too!

U.S. State Department Issues Cruise Travel Warning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The very last thing we want is to be quarantined in a foreign country with no idea when we can get home,

  • On a ship
  • In a hotel
  • In a hospital
  • Anywhere in fact.

So…

For everyone concerned about the status of this outbreak (not yet pandemic status but it seems to be ambitious and headed that way)…

About 4 months ago Eric Toner, a scientist at Johns Hopkins predicted a coronavirus pandemic that would leave 65 million dead.

https://www.businessinsider.com/scientist-simulated…

March 9, 2020 update:

In recent days the U.S. State Department has issued and advisory that states the following:
“U.S. citizens, particularly travelers with underlying health conditions, should not travel by cruise ship,”

and:
“CDC notes increased risk of infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship environment. In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, many countries have implemented strict screening procedures that have denied port entry rights to ships and prevented passengers from disembarking. In some cases, local authorities have permitted disembarkation but subjected passengers to local quarantine procedures. While the U.S. government has evacuated some cruise ship passengers in recent weeks, repatriation flights should not be relied upon as an option for U.S. citizens under the potential risk of quarantine by local authorities.”

This advice should apply to planes too.  How many of us have been on a flight somewhere and 2 days later developed some lovely viral infection?  Show of hands?  That’s what I thought.  This has been our experience more than once.  No matter how careful you are, you are in a flying petri dish for several hours (sometimes all day) and it is what we call a “closed-loop” system.  In other words, no air is exchanged with the outside world.  Air is recirculated through the plane continuously.  Therefore, if one person is sick with anything that can be aerosolized, congratulations!  You’ve got it too!  Have you noticed when people are walking through the plane to the lavatories (or just for exercise on long flights) that they use the headrest of your seat for balance.  And everyone else’s seat too.  So any viral or bacterial infection they may have – or the last person heading back from the lavatory may have picked up – is now on your seat.  So when YOU get up and put YOUR hand in the same place…  All you have to do is touch your face and VOILA!  Welcome to infectious disease central!

However…  You will NEVER be quarantined on a PLANE.  They will disembark you and hustle you into some structure appropriate to this task.

More or less the same thing happens on cruise ships.  They are also pressurized.  You have have had a cabin door open the same time the sliding door to the veranda was open and noticed the vortex that resulted.  This is due to the positive cabin pressure.  Where do you suppose all that air pressure comes from?  A giant air handler system that recirculates a lot of ship air.  Like any good air conditioning system, there should be a small percentage of “fresh” air mixed in from the outside, but in warmer waters, you should expect little to none of that.  The humidity would wreak havoc on the A/C system.  So assume it is a closed-loop system like a plane.  Therefore a FLOATING petri dish.  Cruises tend to have an abundance of elderly passengers.  Especially cruises with lots of at-sea days.  Many of these passengers are less stable than the younger set.  Therefore, they are going to touch more surfaces for support.  Therefore, when one of them in contagious, they tend to spread it around pretty well.  These are all good reasons to avoid cruise ships during a pandemic.

A cruise ship makes for a very convenient quarantine facility.  Not a very well equipped facility, but the odds of someone UN-quarantining themselves is pretty slim.  It’s not like you’re going to jump overboard and make a swim for it when you’re sick, right?

Here is what the CDC advises regarding cruise ship travel during this Coronavirus pandemic

Of course.

Here is some good advice from a smart person (actual epidemiologist)

How Coronavirus Kills

Just in case you’re curious about this topic, watch this video:


March 2, 2020 update:

Since late February I have stated that I felt this was just starting and a pandemic was brewing.  As time has gone by, I continue to believe this and evidence mounts in that direction.  The virus is now in 67 countries and it has finally popped up in central Africa as well as South America.  These are the two countries that concern the US military when senator Tom Cotton addresses the topic.  Their ability to deal with a pandemic is minimal compared to more developed continents (with the exception of DRC, which has been battling Ebola for years now).  Now we all wait and see.  At this time, Mexico has 5 infections, The Dominican Republic also has 1 infection and Germany has spiked to number 6 worldwide with 130 cases.

I have seen a growing number of social media posts where people generally say something to the effect of “don’t panic.  The flu is a lot worse and we deal with that every year.”

While it certainly is true we deal with the flu annually, is it actually worse than Covid-19?  Well that depends on how you look at it.  The CDC Flu page yields a lot of information about this topic.  For a comparative analysis of mortality rates of the flu compared to Covid-19, read this article.

I have repeated the theory that the virus could have come from a bio lab in Wuhan, which is the epicenter.  This makes some sense, given the logistics.  Since China is not well known for transparency in the past, this starts to sound more plausible all the time.  More news sources are floating this possibility every day.  Investigations continue along these lines and we may find out in the near future that this is an engineered pathogen, but Michael Osterholm has debunked that theory and feels certain the virus came from a pangolin in a wild animal wet market, as China initially claimed.  Watch the news video at the bottom of this article if this interests you.

According to this CNN article, researchers have found HIV and Ebola-like mutations in Covid-19 that are not found in nature.  Therefore the belief is that this coronavirus variation was made in a lab.  And since there is a biological research lab in Wuhan at the epicenter of the outbreak, logic leads one to suspect this as the source.  As opposed to the wild animal market as was originally blamed.

Regardless of the source, Covid-19 is highly transmissible and has characteristics that sound engineered:

There is so much we do not know about the coronavirus at this time, that all of this is a moving target.  Stay tuned for updates as they develop.

In addition to the bullet list above…

  1. Why would the Chinese be working with this live pathogen in the first place?
  2. If they are working with this bug, don’t they have a cure?
  3. How about a vaccination for it?
  4. What kind of containment do they have in place that failed or was it released intentionally?
  5. Who benefits from this pandemic?
    Hint:  Karius – Vision Fund (apparently with ties to Trump and Kushner) raises $165 Mil for this company)
    Also Gilead Sciences working on a treatment as yet not approved for mass distribution.
    More on Gilead Sciences here.
    More on the “who benefits from the pandemic” here.

There are probably a lot more questions, since this virus has the aforementioned unique qualities and our CDC has not been allowed at ground zero to evaluate all of this in real time.

Let’s all stay SAFE out there.

And some actually GOOD news regarding coronavirus:

New coronavirus protein, mapped in Chicago, reveals drug target


Thoughts on the Mortality Rate:

Speculating that things will get better at this point is just a wild guess.
And falls into the pollyannaish category.

What happens when this virus hits the higher density communities of seniors? You know, the Baby Boomers. Like, oh, I don’t know… Florida?
Wait. They already have cases in Florida…
Only 9 at the moment, but spread out in multiple locations. What happens if, as is typical, each one of them infects 2.5 others. And each one of those infects 2.5 others. Etc….

Some quick stats for mortality rates:
60s – 3.6%
70s – 8.0%
80s and up – 14.8%

Baby boomers make up what % of the population?

22.18%

That is roughly 72 million people at the moment.
So if 8% of US die off when this pandemic reaches its worst possible case scenario, 5.7 million will die.

Maybe that doesn’t mean much to you. But those of us pushing 70 have a right be be concerned.
Paranoid? That would be silly.
Stocking up on masks, gloves, alcohol and bleach? That is also excessive.

But exercising caution in where we go and what we do?

NOT doing that would just be delusional – and stupid.

The milder cases that go unreported are statistically irrelevant. If you don’t know about it you can’t speculate about it. That is fuzzy logic and, again, irrelevant. We can only statistically analyze that which we can prove. Not what we suspect.

Some actual facts as opposed to speculation:

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/coronavirus-age-sex-demographics/


Here is a very informational Facebook Feed from Lorna Li

Here’s what an epidemiologist recently predicted on US television:

 

Here is a LIVE coronavirus tracker:

Disease name Covid-19

Virus name SARS-CoV-2

 


Secondary Coronavirus Tracker:

 


Want to know more about coronavirus(es)?


An Interesting Video from CNN

How the Coronavirus Became Political by Chris Cillizza

 


March 6, 2020:

Just topped 100,000!

  • Infected: 102,180
  • Infected last 24 hours: 3900
  • Deaths: 3491
  • Fatality rate: 3.42%

 


Daily headlines:

CDC says older adults should “stay at home as much as possible” due to coronavirus

Amid a coronavirus outbreak in the United States, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted new guidance on its website, encouraging older people and people with severe chronic medical conditions to “stay at home as much as possible.”

This advice is on a CDC website that was posted Thursday.

The CDC says early data suggests older people and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease are at higher risk for more serious illness from the novel. coronavirus. The CDC says older people are twice as likely to become seriously ill if they become infected with the virus.

Some context: This advice from the CDC comes as two top infectious disease experts with ties to the federal government have advised people over 60 and those with underlying health problems to strongly consider avoiding activities that involve large crowds, such as traveling by airplane, going to movie theaters, attending family events, shopping at crowded malls, and going to religious services.

A Trump administration official tells CNN that the US Department of Health and Human Services “is in the process of doing targeted outreach to the elderly community and those that have serious underlying health conditions.”


Shelter-In-Place

So you are in a city (county, state) that has issued a Shelter-in-Place order.  Dallas County is one of those places and it is one of the more restrictive orders.  When determining which, if any businesses can remain in operation, the determination is made based on an “Essential Business” definition.  So you want to know if you can go to work, because YOU think your business is “essential”.  Well, Bubba, maybe it is, and maybe it isn’t.  In the overall scheme of things, the smart approach is to assume your business is NOT “essential” and STAY THE HELL HOME.  This is what it is going to take in order to break the backbone of this virus, stop the spread and get us all back to “normal” as soon as possible.  The more we all ignore advice from very well educated professionals and mill around with others, the more people will DIE and the longer all this will take.

To find out if your industry, business, vocation is “essential”, here is the official position document from the Department of Homeland Security.  If in doubt, just read this PDF.

DHS-Essential-Businesses


SXSW conference has been canceled over coronavirus concerns

South by Southwest, the annual tech, film and music conference in Austin, has officially been canceled because of the coronavirus.

The decision, announced by city authorities on Friday, came just two days after Austin public health officials said the event could proceed as planned despite a string of high-profile dropouts and widespread calls to cancel.

“I’ve gone ahead and declared a local disaster in the city, and, associated with that, have issued an order that effectively cancels South by Southwest this year,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler told reporters Friday afternoon.

The event had been scheduled to take place from March 13-22. This is the first time in 34 years that it has been canceled, according to the organizers.

“We are devastated to share this news with you,” SXSW said in a statement. “We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation.”

CDC:  It’s likely that this virus will cause a pandemic


March 7, 2020:

  • Infected: 106,026
  • Infected last 24 hours: 4000
  • Deaths: 3592
  • Fatality rate: 3.42%

Daily Headlines:

Scots Scientist ‘Very Excited’ by Vaccine Tests

Lack of Coronavirus Testing Gives U.S. Highest Reported Mortality Rate

From Forbes Online

The U.S. currently has the highest mortality rate among new coronavirus COVID-19 patients due to a low number of actual confirmed cases, and a high number of elderly who passed away recently in the state of Washington.

All told, the U.S. has 238 people that tested positive, of which 8 have recovered and 14 have died, all but one in Washington state.

It’s not because the coronavirus in the U.S. is any stronger than it is anywhere else in the 70+ nations that now have it. It’s that the level of testing here has been slow resulting in a small number of confirmed cases compared to the number of deaths. That means the mortality rate here is higher than it is in Hubei province, the epicenter of the new coronavirus. The U.S. mortality rate is currently 5.9%. In Hubei, it’s 4.3%.

The U.S. does not yet have the capacity to test at the levels South Korea is currently testing at, which is over 10,000 patients a day. South Korea’s mortality rate, meanwhile, is just 0.6%, which is on par with influenza, a disease that infects millions each year.

“Because this is a new coronavirus, we are in a period of uncertainty,” says Winnie Chi-Man, professor of global health policy and economy at Harvard’s School of Public Health. “There is no deterministic response. That’s the reality. People have to trust the government will get this right.”
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March 8, 2020:

  • Infected: 110,034
  • Infected last 24 hours: 4000
  • Deaths: 3825
  • Fatality rate: 3.42%

Daily Headlines:

The Strongest Evidence Yet That America Is Botching Coronavirus Testing


March 9, 2020:

  • Infected: 113,584
  • Infected last 24 hours: 3700
  • Deaths: 3996
  • Fatality rate: 3.48%

Daily Headlines:

(CNBC) CDC tells people over 60 or who have chronic illnesses like diabetes to stock up on goods and buckle down for a lengthy stay at home

“This virus is capable of spreading easily and sustainably from person to person … and there’s essentially no immunity against this virus in the population,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters on a conference call, citing World Health Organization data that studied more than 70,000 cases in China.

“It’s fair to say that, as the trajectory of the outbreak continues, many people in the United States will at some point in time, either this year or next, be exposed to this virus and there’s a good chance many will become sick,” she said. Most people won’t develop serious symptoms, she said, adding that 15% to 20% of the people who are exposed to the virus get severely sick.

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(Politico) – Italy Orders Total Lockdown Over Coronavirus

ROME — The Italian government has taken the unprecedented measure of limiting movement for 60 million people in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus.

In a press conference Monday evening, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a nationwide lockdown, under which people will only be allowed to leave their homes for work or health reasons.

Schools and universities as well as public venues, including cinemas, theaters and gyms, will remain shut from Tuesday morning until April 3. Professional sports events, including Serie A football matches, are also suspended.

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March 10, 2020:

  • Infected: 119,086
  • Infected last 24 hours: 5000
  • Deaths: 4284
  • Fatality rate: 3.48%

Daily Headlines:

(MarketWatch) Coronavirus has now spread to every EU country and Ireland has canceled the St Patrick’s Day parade

Coronavirus has now spread to every European Union country after Cyprus reported its first case on Monday.

After bringing much of Asia to a standstill over the past month, the outbreak now looks set to have a profound impact in Europe, with millions of people in quarantine, sporting events postponed and celebrations canceled. As the scale of the epidemic on the continent was ramped up, all major European indexes fell around 7% on Monday, along with the Stoxx 600 SXXP, 3.131% .

Cyprus had been the only EU member state without a confirmed coronavirus case but the country reported on Monday afternoon that two people have tested positive.

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March 11, 2020:

  • Infected: 125,869
  • Infected last 24 hours: 7,300
  • Deaths: 4,630
  • Fatality rate: 3.61%

Daily Headlines:

WHO declares novel coronavirus outbreak a pandemic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Extraordinary Decisions Facing Italian Doctors

Those who are too old to have a high likelihood of recovery, or who have too low a number of “life-years” left even if they should survive, will be left to die. This sounds cruel, but the alternative, the document argues, is no better. “In case of a total saturation of resources, maintaining the criterion of ‘first come, first served’ would amount to a decision to exclude late-arriving patients from access to intensive care.”

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March 12, 2020:

  • Infected: 135,108
  • Infected last 24 hours: 9,239
  • Deaths: 4,972
  • Fatality rate: 3.67%

Today’s Headlines:

(CNN)  We don’t have to be helpless in the face of coronavirus.

What can you do to improve your odds of beating Covid-19?
  • …Maximize your health now, before you get sick. Studies have shown that those most at-risk are over 60 and/or have preexisting health problems like diabetes, obesity, cardiac disease, lung disease or generalized deconditioning.
  • …You know that blood pressure medicine you never take because you hate taking pills… get your sugars under control starting today.
  • Got asthma or lung disease? Begin consistently using your prescribed inhalers.
  • Stop smoking and vaping immediately.
  • Commit to losing 10 pounds this month and
  • Force yourself to walk at least a mile every single day, starting today.
  • Get your flu vaccine right now.

 

 

 

 

 

Doctor explains what worries him most about coronavirus

Dr. Sam Fink treated two people who contracted the Covid-19 coronavirus while on a ski trip and explains to CNN’s Anderson Cooper what worries him the most about this particular coronavirus.

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March 13, 2020:

  • Infected: 145,360
  • Infected last 24 hours: 10,252
  • Deaths: 4,416
  • Fatality rate: 4.45%

Today’s Headlines:

The United States is CLOSED!

OK, not entirely.  But mostly.

Yesterday’s announcements included:

The NBA cancelled the entire season

Broadway is dark.  All shows are canceled.

Late night shows all have no audiences.

Therefore you’ll see a bare bones show with no audience (A La Stephen Colbert) or a rerun.

The stock market is in total freefall

after Trump’s stilted address to the nation on Every.Single.Channel.

Sick People Across the U.S. Denied Coronavirus Test

“The system is not really geared to what we need right now, what you are asking for. That is a failing,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, who leads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Thursday. “It is a failing. I mean, let’s admit it.”

Dr. Fauci added: “The idea of anybody getting it easily the way people in other countries are doing it, we are not set up for that. Do I think we should be? Yes. But we are not.”

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Chinese Diplomat Claims US Military Brought Coronavirus to Wuhan

“CDC was caught on the spot. When did patient zero begin in US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation!” the Foreign Ministry official said.

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Incompetence Exacerbated by Malevolence

The “incompetence” portion of the current situation is all too easy to identify. A February 28 ProPublica report describes how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “lost valuable weeks that could have been used to track [the coronavirus’s] possible spread in the United States,” because the agency insisted on developing its own tests for the virus instead of adopting those provided by the World Health Organization.

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March 14, 2020:

We just passed 150,000 cases worldwide

  • Infected: 156,062
  • Infected last 24 hours: 10,702
  • Deaths: 5,817
  • Fatality rate: 3.75%

Today’s Headlines:

Hospitals may face difficulties during coronavirus pandemic, experts say

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracking a Pandemic:  Q&A with a COVID-19 Detective

“Viruses mutate very quickly and accumulate changes during the process of transmission from one infected individual to another. The analogy I like to give is the game of telephone. There are errors that occur as it gets passed on and can reveal who spoke to who.”

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US shutdowns and working from home could last ‘8 weeks or more’

“It’s certainly going to get worse before it gets better,” Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases with the the National Institutes of Health, said during an interview on Good Morning America.

He continued to say Americans could see “eight weeks or more” of shutdowns and working from home as the virus surges in communities across the country.

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How testing failures allowed coronavirus to sweep the U.S.

Why the United States declined to use the WHO test, even temporarily as a bridge until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could produce its own test, remains a perplexing question and the key to the Trump administration’s failure to provide enough tests to identify the coronavirus infections before they could be passed on, according to POLITICO interviews with dozens of viral-disease experts, former officials and some officials within the administration’s health agencies.

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March 15, 2020:

  • Infected: 169,605
  • Infected last 24 hours: 12,952
  • Deaths: 6,516
  • Fatality rate: 3.85%

Today’s Headlines:

In the “Crisis Brings Out the Worst In People” category…

He Has 17,700 Bottles of Hand Sanitizer and No Place to Sell Them

(poor baby)  — Sign the petition to get this parasite prosecuted

On March 1, the day after the first coronavirus death in the United States was announced, brothers Matt and Noah Colvin set out in a silver S.U.V. to pick up some hand sanitizer. Driving around Chattanooga, Tenn., they hit a Dollar Tree, then a Walmart, a Staples and a Home Depot. At each store, they cleaned out the shelves.

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Asymptomatic Transmission Driving Spread of Coronavirus

New studies in several countries and a large coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts bring into question reassuring assertions by US officials about the way the novel virus spreads.

These officials have emphasized that the virus is spread mainly by people who are already showing symptoms, such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing. If that’s true, it’s good news, since people who are obviously ill can be identified and isolated, making it easier to control an outbreak.
But it appears that a Massachusetts coronavirus cluster with at least 82 cases was started by people who were not yet showing symptoms, and more than half a dozen studies have shown that people without symptoms are causing substantial amounts of infection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trump Didn’t Push For Testing to Keep Numbers Low

“The president had made clear: The lower the numbers on coronavirus, the better for the president, the better for his potential reelection this fall,” Diamond said.

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March 16, 2020:

We Just Passed the 175,000 Mark

  • Infected: 182,605
  • Infected last 24 hours: 12,893
  • Deaths: 7,171
  • Fatality rate: 3.79%

Today’s Headlines:

Covid-19 patients with ’20 to 30%’ less lung function, and gasping for breath

People who recover after being infected with the novel coronavirus can still be left with substantially weakened lung capacity, with some left gasping for air when walking quickly, doctors in Hong Kong have found

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Millions Across US Wake Up to Massive Shutdowns

“These measures, which are essential to contain the outbreak will nonetheless… take a toll on the economy in the near term,” Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said.
The virus has had an impact on the economy despite good participation in the work force and rising wages for lower wage jobs, Powell said.
Despite the major slash to rates, an investor who helps to manage about $150 billion in assets at a high-profile firm said that the Federal Reserve cannot fix the strain that comes from people not leaving their homes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

368 Die of Coronavirus in Italy in 24 Hours

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Devastating Results of a Philadelphia Parade During the 1918 Pandemic

The virus spread to Philadelphia on September 19, 1918, through the Philadelphia Navy Yard, UPenn states. In a matter of days, 600 sailors had the virus.
Yet Philadelphia didn’t cancel its Liberty Loan Parade, scheduled for just a little more than a week later. Meant to be a patriotic wartime effort, the parade went on as scheduled on September 28, bringing 200,000 Philadelphians together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not a headline but facepalm discussion:

A long time friend recently posted this bit of ill-conceived advice on social media:

States can’t “order”, without Marshal Law being declared first, any prohibitions on gatherings for the Corona/Wuhan virus. Also, for the younger crowd, I am wondering if it might be good to have some Corona “parties” (like in the past Chicken Pox Parties for kids) where groups get together with an infected person in order to get the virus, then get sick, to build the antibodies against it as there is not any antiviral remedy now or inoculation for it.

My initial response:

Given that there are well document long term effects of this virus, I would highly recommend against intentionally spreading Covid-19.

And my next response:

BTW: Yes, states most certainly can tell you to stay of the damned streets and stop infecting people. They can – and will – call our the National Guard if people don’t get their shit together. NONE of us want that. Do NOT give the government a reason to do this.

Then this bright soul said:

Krystal Garcia-Terryah
I’m with <name withheld to insulate the foolish> on this one. Speaking from a younger generation (lol), anytime there was a national disaster or any thing at this point social media was the first place you heard it. How many people have you seen post for help or videos showing them being turned away from a hospital? What about asking for prayer for sick family members with this viruses ? I’ve seen one in Italy  from an actor.  I’ve been through Europe recently and life was normal. There was no panic and their shelves were packed. There were no police roaming the streets looking for sick people and no one was wearing gloves or face masks. What I did see is that they had sanitizer available everywhere and wipes. It’s common since to wash our hands and not touch our face. Wearing a mask make you more acceptable. Why?! Because we aren’t use to wearing them so we continually touch them to adjust or pull them up or down with the same unwashed hands or gloves. We’re not throwing them away after taking it off just reusing it to save money. Common sense People can be lazy.

Look the media “news” has always hyped / over stretched the truth; that’s their job! How many fake YouTube videos did that make a big stink about for weeks before finding out it was fake?

At the end of the day, yes, there is this virus going around (that has been here for years) and we should take extra time to make sure to wash our hands and sanitize before using anything anything.

My thoughts:

This is exactly the kind of misguided thinking that is going to destroy our very way of life.

March 17, 2020:

  • Infected: 198,166
  • Infected last 24 hours: 15,692
  • Deaths: 7,965
  • Fatality rate: 4.02%

Today’s Headlines:

Corona Test Developed With Results in Just Hours

Many patients, even if they can get a test, have to wait days for results.  The Evanston Hospital test is much faster with results in four to six hours. Researchers take a swab specimen from deep inside the patient’s nose and are able to determine whether it contains DNA from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

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“The Federal Response Has Been a Fiasco”

“In almost every way, our response has been far less effective than every other major country in the world. It’s baffling, actually. We have, in the CDC, arguably the best public health agency in the world. All of us thought that the CDC was going to — was prepared and was going to help fight this virus. The federal response has been a fiasco.”

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March 18, 2020:

We just passed 200,000
  • Infected: 219,101
  • Infected last 24 hours: 20,679
  • Deaths: 8,962
  • Fatality rate: 3.96%

Today’s Headlines:

New Cases Highest in History of Covid-19

20,679 new cases reported today, making it the single worst day for new cases in the history of this pandemic.

Covid-19 is not the flu. It’s worse.

At present, there is also no vaccine to combat it, nor any approved therapeutics to slow the course of its toll on the human body. (Doctors can treat cytokine storm syndrome, an immune response that may in some cases be dealing the fatal blow to those dying of Covid-19.)

Sober-minded epidemiologists say, without exaggeration, that 20 to 60 percent of the world’s adult population could end up catching this virus.

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US coronavirus cases soar past 7,000

“The bottom line is things will get much worse,” said Dr. James Phillips, an assistant professor at George Washington University Hospital.
“We’re at a significant risk of overwhelming the number of (hospital) beds we have.”
More than 7,000 Americans have been infected with coronavirus, and that number changes by the hour.

Texas National Guard Activated

“We just want to make sure that we have activated them,” Abbott said. “They know that they’re gonna be activated. The general of the National Guard, General Norris, can be in charge of getting them ready.”

Gov. Abbott made the announcement as he prepared for a video conference with CEOs of the state’s hospital systems. He added that healthcare workers and first responders that are members of the Texas National Guard are excluded from the call-up.

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Coronavirus Can Last on Surfaces up to Three Days

(CNN)   The coronavirus driving the current pandemic can live on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for up to three days, researchers say in a study published as a letter to the editor in the New England Journal of Medicine.

And it can linger in aerosols — the suspension of tiny particles or droplets in the air — for three hours, the study says.
The study, funded by the US National Institutes of Health, was initially posted online last week, but further details were published in the letter Tuesday.

March 19, 2020:

We just passed 225,000 cases
  • Infected: 276,042
  • Infected last 24 hours: 27,148
  • Deaths: 11,299
  • Fatality rate: 4.15%

A new Daily Record for new cases:  27,148

Today’s Headlines:

North Texas Distillery Turning Alcohol Byproduct Into Hand Sanitizer

“This is a scary situation for everyone right now,” said DeHart, who co-owns the whiskey operation with husband Ryan. “We’re all thinking, ‘What can we do?’ And in the last week, it became clear that this was really needed.”

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Trump Undermining His Own Strategy

“It was so disassociated from what he said this morning at the press conference and what he said to us,” said Dr. David Benton, a nursing industry representative who was at a meeting with Trump on Wednesday at which the President talked of “scaling up” medical supplies.
Benton said that the President left him with the impression “that he’s now using this power to meet the demands that were needed.” But he added that the change in position was “very, very strange.”

Polls show effects of right-wing media’s conspiratorial coronavirus coverage

Gallup’s poll, conducted between March 3 and 13, found that only 42% of Republicans were “very worried” or “somewhat worried” about the virus. In comparison, 73% of Democrats expressed that level of concern.
Pew Research, which conducted its survey from March 10 to 16, found that 83% of Republicans who consumed only a diet of outlets with right-leaning audiences believed the news media had exaggerated the risks of the virus. That number was 30% higher than Democrats who consumed only outlets with left-leaning audiences.

Administration Guts Paid Sick Leave In Covid-19 Bill

“The carve-outs that came in last night through pressure from Republicans and the White House have dramatically weakened what started out as a strong paid leave proposal that would’ve made a difference to tens of millions of families during this crisis,” said Jessica Mason, senior policy analyst at the National Partnership for Women and Families.The so-called corrections actually gut those policies and weaken our nation’s response to this pandemic.”

Doctor:  We’re Seeing People in Their 40s on Ventilators

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta says data out of China claims that 4 out of 5 people who contracted the novel coronavirus there did so from someone who didn’t know they had it. Dr. Darria Long, an emergency room physician, says she is seeing people in their 40s on ventilators.

Continuing this same vein…

“Younger people may feel more confident about their ability to withstand a virus like this,” said Dr. Christopher Carlsten, head of respiratory medicine at the University of British Columbia. But, he said, “if that many younger people are being hospitalized, that means that there are a lot of young people in the community that are walking around with the infection.”

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Why Texas is so Far Behind Other States on Virus Response

Texas’ Republican Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration Friday — after dozens of states already had done so — and activated the National Guard on Tuesday, after more than a dozen states already had. State officials have yet to impose statewide limits on public gatherings, close schools or beaches or issue a special open enrollment period for health insurance, as California, New York and other big states have. And some health providers say Texas has been slow to boost coronavirus testing capacity and help them meet equipment needs.

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March 20, 2020:

We just passed 275,000 cases
  • Infected: 277,500
  • Infected last 24 hours: 31,887
  • Deaths: 11,485
  • Fatality rate: 4.14%
  • Recovery rate: 33.14%
  • U.S. cases:  19,650
  • U.S. deaths:  263
  • Texas cases:  429
  • Texas deaths:  5

Another record day for new cases

Today’s Headlines:

Bats Are Not to Blame for Coronavirus.  Humans Are

“When they fly they have a peak body temperature that mimics a fever,” said Andrew Cunningham, Professor of Wildlife Epidemiology at the Zoological Society of London. “It happens at least twice a day with bats — when they fly out to feed and then they return to roost. And so the pathogens that have evolved in bats have evolved to withstand these peaks of body temperature.”

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40 Million Californians Ordered to Stay Home

California’s governor has ordered all 40 million residents to stay home to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Though San Francisco and Los Angeles enacted similar measures, it’s still a very big deal.

California is the most populous state in the US. It’s also an economic powerhouse, home to the capital of the entertainment industry (Los Angeles) and the world’s most important technology hub (Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area). The Central California Valley is one of the United States’ most important bread baskets.

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Senator Dumped $1.6 Million of Stock Ahead of Market Crash

Soon after he offered public assurances that the government was ready to battle the coronavirus, the powerful chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, sold off a significant percentage of his stocks, unloading between $582,029 and $1.56 million of his holdings on Feb. 13 in 29 separate transactions.

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Desperate Scenes Unfold as Italy Calls In Military

Rome (CNN)   Soldiers were being drafted in to help enforce the lockdown in Italy on Friday as officials announced 627 new deaths, the largest single-day toll anywhere in the world since the coronavirus outbreak began.

Desperate scenes have unfolded in the north of the country, particularly the hard-hit Lombardy region where infections first exploded last month, as hospitals struggle to treat thousands of cases.

 

Trump viciously attacks NBC News reporter in extended rant

Alexander asked, “What do you say to Americans who are scared?”
Trump, shaking his head, ripped into Alexander in response.
“I say that you are a terrible reporter,” Trump replied. “That’s what I say.”
The President proceeded to launch into an extended rant against Alexander, saying he asked a “nasty question” and assailing NBC and its parent company, Comcast.
“You’re doing sensationalism,” Trump charged. “And the same with NBC and Comcast. I don’t call it Comcast. I call it ‘Con-Cast.'”
“Let me just tell you something,” Trump added. “That’s really bad reporting. And you ought to get back to reporting instead of sensationalism.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 21, 2020:

We just passed 300,000 cases!
  • Infected: 307,725
  • Infected last 24 hours: 32,128
  • Deaths: 13,054
  • Fatality rate: 4.24%
  • Recovery rate: 31.13%
  • U.S. cases:  26,784
  • U.S. deaths:  344
  • Texas cases:  556
  • Texas deaths:  5

Another record day for new cases – 32,128

Today’s Headlines:

DOJ Wants to Suspend Constitutional Rights During Covid-19 Crisis

The DOJ has requested Congress allow any chief judge of a district court to pause court proceedings “whenever the district court is fully or partially closed by virtue of any natural disaster, civil disobedience, or other emergency situation,” according to draft language obtained by Politico. This would be applicable to “any statutes or rules of procedure otherwise affecting pre-arrest, post-arrest, pre-trial, trial, and post-trial procedures in criminal and juvenile proceedings and all civil processes and proceedings.” They justify this by saying currently judges can pause judicial proceedings in an emergency but that new legislation would allow them to apply it “in a consistent manner.”

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Chloroquine phosphate showns apparent efficacy in treatment of COVID-19 associated pneumonia

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus is spreading rapidly, and scientists are endeavoring to discover drugs for its efficacious treatment in China. Chloroquine phosphate, an old drug for treatment of malaria, is shown to have apparent efficacy and acceptable safety against COVID-19 associated pneumonia in multicenter clinical trials conducted in China. The drug is recommended to be included in the next version of the Guidelines for the Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Pneumonia Caused by COVID-19 issued by the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China for treatment of COVID-19 infection in larger populations in the future.

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March 22, 2020:

We just passed 340,000 cases!

U.S. cases jumped from 26,784 yesterday to 35,017 today!

  • Infected: 343,209
  • Infected last 24 hours: 31,039
  • Deaths: 14,730
  • Fatality rate: 4.28%
  • Recovery rate: 28.60%
  • U.S. cases:  35,017
  • U.S. deaths:  429
  • Texas cases:  692
  • Texas deaths:  7

Today’s Headlines:

Dr. Fauci: There is no ‘magic drug’ for coronavirus

 

 

 

 

 

 

The number of undetected cases is 11 times more than has been officially reported

Those are the conclusions of Columbia University researchers who used a New York Times database of known cases and Census Bureau transportation data to model how the outbreak could evolve based on what is known about the virus. The estimates are inherently uncertain, and they could change as America adopts unprecedented measures to control the outbreak.

But they offer a stark warning: Even if the country cut its rate of transmission in half — a tall order — some 650,000 people might become infected in the next two months.

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Potential Covid-19 Treatment May Cause Fatal Arrhythmia

Effect of Hydroxychloroquine on Atrial Fibrillation Recurrence

…cardiotoxicity and neuromyotoxicity can also occur. To date, up to 70 cases of cardiotoxicity have been reported in the literature, although less than half of these have been proven on endomyocardial biopsy. In the past, CQ has been predominantly implicated, but more recently several reports of HCQ-induced cardiomyopathy have emerged…

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US intelligence warned Trump in January and February as he dismissed coronavirus threat

(CNN)  President Donald Trump ignored reports from US intelligence agencies starting in January that warned of the scale and intensity of the coronavirus outbreak in China, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Citing US officials familiar with the agencies’ reports and warnings, the Post reported that intelligence agencies depicted the nature and global spread of the virus and China’s apparent downplaying of its severity, as well as the potential need for government measures to contain it — while Trump opted to dismiss or simply not address their seriousness.

Coronavirus spawns a plague of dangerous doomsday predictions

(CNN)   In the summer of 2008, an elderly psychic who claimed she started receiving premonitions at age 5 published a book that contained an ominous prediction.

“In around 2020, a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and the bronchial tubes and resisting all known treatments,” it said. “Almost more baffling than the illness itself will be the fact that it will suddenly vanish as quickly as it arrived, attack again ten years later, and then disappear completely.”

Coronavirus Lifespan Graphic Analysis

“We know that viruses are likely to only live a few hours to a few days under the sort of conditions we expose packages to, including shifts in temperature and humidity,” Rachel Graham, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina, previously told Business Insider.

March 23, 2020:

We just passed 375,000 global cases

  • Infected: 381,435
  • Daily new cases: 41,3573
  • Deaths: 16,490
  • Fatality rate: 4.33%
  • Recovery rate: 26.85%
  • U.S. cases:  46,089
  • U.S. deaths:  553
  • Texas cases:  806
  • Texas deaths:  9

A new daily record for new cases today: 41,357

Today’s Headlines:

Hong Kong Lets It’s Guard Down Too Soon

On Monday, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that all non-residents would be barred from the territory as of Wednesday, the latest addition to a raft of new measures.
This is a pattern playing out across parts of Asia — mainland China, Singapore, Taiwan — that were among the first to tackle the outbreak. All are now introducing new restrictions as a sudden wave of renewed cases begins to crest.

Dallas County Residents Ordered to Shelter-In-Place

County Judge Clay Jenkins announced the strictest limits yet on social gatherings and movement in Texas Sunday evening. His order, which came the same day the number of positive cases of coronavirus cases in the county surpassed 100 and announced two more deaths, is the latest update to restrictions that were implemented March 12.

DARPA Races To Create a “Firebreak” Treatment for the Coronavirus

The P3 program’s plan was to start with a new pathogen and to “develop technology to deliver medical countermeasures in under 60 days—which was crazy, unheard of,” says Jenkins. The teams have proven they can meet this ambitious timeline in previous trials using the influenza and Zika viruses. Now they’re being asked to pull off the same feat with the new coronavirus, which more formally goes by the name SARS-CoV-2 and causes the illness known as COVID-19.

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Stomach Ache And Diarrhea May Be Among The First Signs Of COVID-19

While we are focused on cough and fever as the initial signs of COVID-19, it’s also important to be aware that abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea could precede respiratory symptoms in some people.

Results of a new study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology indicate that a subset of persons could develop symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea along with abdominal pain during early stages of infection with SARS -CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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On the lighter side of the news…

Gen X Was Born for This Shit

Generation X has long been waiting for its national moment, as presidential candidates in the age group get bounced early (sorry, Beto) and the music of our time has been all but forgotten (it’s like no one cares about Built to Spill anymore). And it turns out that the coronavirus pandemic is it. We didn’t realize it at the time, but we’ve been training our whole lives for this moment. The rest of you generations can’t get your shit together. But we’re here to fix it for you. With a shrug, of course.

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Don’t get all excited about this, OK?

High temps and muggy weather might make the coronavirus less contagious

Do NOT assume this to be true. This study is yet to be peer reviewed.

Note: this article does not state the virus will die off. It only says it MAY reduce the spread (transmissibility) of the virus.

The difference in transmissibility is microscopic according to these “findings”:

“The new study, which is not yet peer-reviewed and published by researchers in Beijing, China, suggests that for each degree in temperature increase and each percent humidity increase, the contagiousness of the disease caused by the coronavirus, named COVID-19, goes down.”

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Chicago Doctor’s Blunt Speech About COVID-19 Hits Home Across the Country

Dr. Emily Landon is the chief infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Chicago Medicine, who moments after Pritzker issued the ordinance to take effect Saturday evening, took to the stand with a 7-minute-long speech that went viral after striking a chord for many individuals.

 

March 24, 2020:

We just passed 420,000 global cases

  • Infected: 422,732
  • Daily new cases: 43,769
  • Deaths: 18,901
  • Fatality rate: 4.47%
  • Recovery rate: 25.76%
  • U.S. cases:  54,823
  • U.S. deaths:  778
  • Texas cases:  1023
  • Texas deaths:  12

Once again we have a new daily record:  43,769

Today’s Headlines:

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick suggests he, other seniors willing to die

NO WE ARE NOT, YOU IGNORAMUS!

Dan Patrick, Texas’ Republican lieutenant governor, on Monday night suggested that he and other grandparents would be willing to risk their health and even lives in order for the United States to “get back to work” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Those of us who are 70 plus, we’ll take care of ourselves. But don’t sacrifice the country,” Patrick said on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

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Arizona Man Dies After Trying COVID-19 Remedy Touted by Trump

An Arizona man died after he and his wife ingested a chemical in an attempt to prevent a coronavirus infection, Banner Health said in a press release. His wife is in critical care. Both are in their 60s.

The chemical — chloroquine phosphate — is commonly used to clean fish tanks.

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Trump predicts ‘this is going to be bad’ but vows to reopen America

(Our Moron-In-Chief is going to kill us all)

(CNN)   President Donald Trump appears to have made his choice in the awful dilemma posed by the coronavirus pandemic — whether to destroy the nation’s economic foundation in order to save lives.

In his zeal to fire up American prosperity after helping to trigger an unprecedented self-inflicted economic meltdown, Trump is already losing patience — weeks before the virus may peak.
“Our country was not built to be shut down,” the President warned on Monday. “We are going to be opening up our country for business because our country was meant to be open.”

Richardson Texas issues mandatory shelter-in-place order

Richardson City Council ratified a disaster declaration March 23 that includes a mandatory shelter-in-place order for residents citywide. The order will remain in effect until April 30.

Details of the policy are almost identical to what Dallas County announced March 23; however, Richardson’s order extends about a month longer than the county equivalent, which expires April 3. The mayor has the ability to lift the order at any time, Deputy City Manager Don Magner said.

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U.S. coronavirus outbreak’s deadliest day yet – 1/3 of Americans ordered to stay home

(CNN)  One in three Americans have now been ordered to stay home as US health officials give dire warnings about what the next days of the coronavirus pandemic will look like.

The measures come amid a harrowing disease milestone for the US: the deadliest day yet, with 100 new coronavirus-related deaths reported Monday.
“It’s just going to get worse this week and worse next week,” DrLeana Wen, a visiting professor at George Washington University, told CNN Monday night. “How bad it gets depends on the actions that we each can take today.”

Trump claims ‘normal life will return soon.’ Doctors and scientists caution otherwise.

President Donald Trump made several false claims Monday during his daily briefing about the coronavirus, downplaying what experts have said is the continued need to restrict social movement to slow the spread of the virus and overstating the successes of a potential treatment.

Here’s what Trump said and what the facts are.

Claim: “Normal life will return” soon

“The hardship will end, it will end soon. Normal life will return,” Trump said Monday.

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A group of young adults held a coronavirus party to defy orders. Now one of them has coronavirus

(CNN)  At least one person in Kentucky is infected after taking part at a “coronavirus party” with a group of young adults, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday.

The partygoers intentionally got together “thinking they were invincible” and purposely defying state guidance to practice social distancing, Bashear said.
“This is one that makes me mad,” the governor said. “We have to be much better than that.”

‘A Total Joke’: The US’s Busiest Airport Is Skipping Coronavirus Screenings

An undetected coronavirus case passing through the Atlanta airport could have staggering consequences.

“No self-identification form. No temp check. Nothing extra at all. There was no check of any kind upon arriving there at all,” he told VICE.

Steve Ross arrived in Atlanta Friday with his family and “breezed right through” customs and medical screening, saying his family wasn’t checked for symptoms.

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March 25, 2020:

 We passed 470,000 cases today!

  • Infected: 471,035
  • Daily new cases: 48,461
  • Deaths: 21,283
  • Fatality rate: 4.51%
  • Recovery rate: 24.49%
  • U.S. cases:  68,203
  • U.S. deaths:  1,027
  • Texas cases:  1155
  • Texas deaths:  15

New daily cases record: 48,461

Today’s Headlines:

Fox’s Brit Hume says it’s ‘entirely reasonable’ to let grandparents die for the stock market

On Fox News Tuesday, commentator Brit Hume leaned into the idea suggested by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick that the elderly should be willing to sacrifice themselves to coronavirus so younger people can go work and boost the stock market, telling host Tucker Carlson that such an idea was an “entirely reasonable viewpoint.”

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New York hospitals treating coronavirus patients with vitamin C

“The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get vitamin C,” he said.

“It helps a tremendous amount, but it is not highlighted because it’s not a sexy drug.”

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(CDC) coronavirus RNA found in Cruise ship cabins after 17 days

Coronavirus RNA survived for up to 17 days aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, lasting far longer on surfaces than previous research has shown, according to new data published Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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How an Upscale Connecticut Party Became a Coronavirus ‘Super Spreader’

I’m going to illustrate some media / political bias in this example.

This story is originally from MSN, but we are going to start with the Breitbart slant:

Over half of a woman’s 50 party guests tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus following the celebration on March 5 in Westport, Connecticut.

Health experts are calling the 40th birthday bash a suspected coronavirus “super-spreading event” following the gathering that took place at a home in the area, according to Fox News.

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And now the original story from MSN:

About 50 guests gathered on March 5 at a home in the stately suburb of Westport, Conn., to toast the hostess on her 40th birthday and greet old friends, including one visiting from South Africa. They shared reminiscences, a lavish buffet and, unknown to anyone, the coronavirus.

Then they scattered.

The Westport soirée — Party Zero in southwestern Connecticut and beyond — is a story of how, in the Gilded Age of money, social connectedness and air travel, a pandemic has spread at lightning speed. The partygoers — more than half of whom are now infected — left that evening for Johannesburg, New York City and other parts of Connecticut and the United States, all seeding infections on the way.

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Amazon warehouses are getting hit with coronavirus cases

Do what I do.

Leave your Amazon packages where they are dropped off while you spray all surfaces thoroughly with Lysol spray before opening.  Let it dry while you wash your hands.  Open the box / envelope, remote contents and spray the contents with Lysol spray.  Let dry while you wash your hands again.

Then bring everything inside.

Do exactly the same thing with your mail.

Back to our story:

(CNN Business)  Amazon warehouses are facing a growing tide of coronavirus cases with at least nine facilities hit so far, according to Amazon and local media reports.

One person who works in Amazon’s Staten Island, New York, fulfillment center tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the online retail giant told CNN Business late Tuesday. The person, who was last at work physically on March 11, is in quarantine and recovering, Amazon said.
That case marks the second to affect Amazon warehouses in New York. It comes a week after the first reported case at any US Amazon facility, in Queens, NY. Other positive cases have been reported at Amazon facilities in Moreno Valley, Calif.Jacksonville, Fla.Shepherdsville, Ky.Brownstown, Mich.Oklahoma City, Okla.Katy, Texas; and Wallingford, Conn.

‘That’s when all hell broke loose’: Coronavirus patients start to overwhelm US hospitals

(CNN)  “We ended up getting our first positive patients — and that’s when all hell broke loose,” said one New York City doctor.

The doctor, who spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity out of concern for his job, described a hospital that was woefully unprepared for an influx of Covid-19 patients that started roughly two weeks ago — which has already stretched the hospital’s resources thin and led to severely ill patients outnumbering ventilators.
“We don’t have the machines, we don’t have the beds,” the doctor said.
“To think that we’re in New York City and this is happening,” he added. “It’s like a third-world country type of scenario. It’s mind-blowing.”

March 26, 2020:

 We passed 530,000 cases today!

  • Infected: 531,974
  • Daily new cases: 60,663
  • Deaths: 24,082
  • Fatality rate: 4.53%
  • Recovery rate: 23.37%
  • U.S. cases:  85,483
  • U.S. deaths:  1,297
  • Texas cases:  1,588
  • Texas deaths:  20

 

New daily cases record: 48,798

Today’s Headlines:

Covid-19 deaths exceed 4,000 in Spain, nation with most fatalities after Italy

At least 4,089 people have now died from Covid-19 in Spain with a total of 56,188 cases recorded, according to Spanish Health Ministry data released Thursday.

But the rise in the death toll of 655 in the past 24 hours was a smaller increase than the record 738 set on Wednesday.

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US has most known coronavirus cases worldwide

(CNN)  The US has now surpassed China and Italy — two countries hit hard by the coronavirus — with at least 82,100 reported cases, but several health officials and experts say it’s still the beginning.

“We are in for a bumpy ride for the next 12 to 18 months,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute. “If we are aggressive now about stopping things, shutting down, building up a test regime, we can then open up again …. and most places can go back to work.”

March 27, 2020: <Today>

We just passed 590,000 cases globally and 100,000 in the U.S.

  • Infected: 597,250
  • Daily new cases: 65,276
  • Deaths: 27,365
  • Fatality rate: 4.50%
  • Recovery rate: 22.88%
  • U.S. cases:  104,205
  • U.S. deaths:  1,701
  • Texas cases:  1,950
  • Texas deaths:  26

A new daily record for new cases: 65,276

 

Today’s Headlines:

Trump touts great success as US becomes world’s worst virus epicenter

(CNN)As America became the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump downplayed the escalating national crisis.

His comments at Thursday’s afternoon briefing underscored the growing duality of the fight: While the President is telling a tale of great successes, of a government powerfully mobilizing, front-line health care workers are facing gruesome scenes in hospitals in a growing number of hot spots.

Bill Gates Makes Prediction About Coronavirus Peak

Bill Gates says that the US should shutdown the entire country for a short period of time to control the spread of the coronavirus and predicts that the number of cases will peak in late April.

Mass Migration May Threaten the World’s Largest Lockdown

New Delhi (CNN)  Thousands of migrant workers are attempting to leaveIndia’s major cities after a government lockdown designed to prevent a local epidemic of novel coronavirus left them without jobs or pay.

The potential mass migration may undermine attempts by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to prevent the localized spread of the coronavirus, with some workers even attempting to make the journey on foot, due to widespread closures of public transport.

Video reveals lung damage in US coronavirus patient: ‘People need to take this seriously’

The imagery shows extensive damage to the lungs of a generally healthy 59-year-old male with high blood pressure, Mortman said. Since becoming seriously ill, the patient requires a ventilator to help him breathe, but even on the highest setting, it’s not enough. He also needs another machine that circulates and then oxygenates his blood, Mortman said.

Mortgage Crisis and Fed Unintended Consequences

Here’s How the Mortgage Market Works

Let’s begin with the mortgage process. A borrower goes to a Mortgage Originator to obtain a mortgage. Once closed, the loan is handled by a Servicer, which may or may not be the same company that originated the loan. The borrower submits payments to the Servicer, however, the Servicer does not own the loan, they are simply maintaining the loan. This means collecting payments and forwarding them to the investor, paying taxes and insurance, answering questions, etc. While they maintain or “service” the loan, the asset itself is sold to an aggregator or directly to a government agency like Fannie Mae (FNMA), Freddie Mac (FHLMC), or Ginnie Mae (GNMA). The loan then gets placed inside a large bundle, which is put in the hands of an Investment Banker. That Investment Banker converts those loans into a Mortgage Backed Security (MBS) that can be sold to the public. This shows up in different investments like Mutual Funds, Insurance Plans, and Retirement Accounts.

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Trump Hates This Commercial.  You Know What To Do

A new advert which uses Donald Trump’s own words about the coronavirus outbreak has angered the president’s campaign team so much that they are trying to get it banned. 

The ad, which has been made by anti-Trump super PAC called Priorities USA focuses on how slowly the president reacted to the pandemic and the number of lives they believe he has put at risk due to his own negligence. 

The 30-second advert features a simple graph which starts on January 20 and slowly shows how many confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the US since then, soundtracked by a series of Trump quotes, claiming that his administration has everything under control and that the crisis would be over shortly.

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We Finally Have a Name for That Shitty Coronavirus Feeling

“IT’S A SUNNY DAY OUTSIDE. I look out the window. The way the yard behind my apartment looks — peaceful, quiet — almost makes it seem like it’s just another Wednesday morning. But it’s not. There’s a lump in my throat. It’s not a fever, or a cough. It’s something I just can’t put my finger on. It’s not anxiety; it’s something more pervasive.

The coronavirus pandemic has invaded almost every aspect of our lives, from the way we work, to the way we interact with strangers on sidewalks. The fact that nobody has any answers doesn’t help. Nobody knows how long this will last. Nobody knows if their loved ones will be safe. Nobody knows if their job is safe.”

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Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, he confirmed on Twitter.

“Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this,” Johnson said on Twitter.

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WSJ Pitch for Mass Murder is Catching On

After opening paragraphs congratulating the response to date, hoping that “with any luck” the nation’s health care system won’t collapse, they lay out their basic thesis:

“Yet the costs of this national shutdown are growing by the hour, and we don’t mean federal spending. We mean a tsunami of economic destruction that will cause tens of millions to lose their jobs as commerce and production simply cease. Many large companies can withstand a few weeks without revenue but that isn’t true of millions of small and mid-sized firms.”

After some attempts at pulling heart strings over the entrepreneurs that will eat the most shit in the months to come — using the petit bourgeoisie as human shields for big business, as is custom — and some other telling admissions we’ll return to, they end with this:

“Dr. (Anthony) Fauci (Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) has explained this severe lockdown policy as lasting 14 days in its initial term. The national guidance would then be reconsidered depending on the spread of the disease. That should be the moment, if not sooner, to offer new guidance on what might be called phase two of the coronavirus pandemic campaign.”

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How long can the virus survive on surfaces?

Marcus: The New England Journal of Medicine just published a study that tested how long the virus can remain stable on different kinds of surfaces within a controlled laboratory setting. They found that it was still detectable on copper for up to four hours, on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and on plastic and steel for up to 72 hours.

Does the cruise ship report imply that viruses survive up to 17 days on surfaces?

Dr Julia Marcus: A CDC investigation of the cruise ship found evidence of viral RNA in cabins that hadn’t yet been cleaned. But to be clear, that just means the virus was detectable – not that it was viable or that contact with those services would have been able to infect someone. (Editor’s note: RNA, or ribonucleic acid, carries the virus’s genetic information.)

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Looks like a bomb had gone off on either side of their chest

And while English hospitals undergo a “major effort” to expand intensive care beds, they are also training staff. “What is happening all round the country is any nurse who had previous intensive care experience — we are trying to get them upskilled again,” Oliver said, adding a potential problem could be the current standard ratio of one nurse to one intensive care patient may have to be relaxed when hospitals hit peak capacity.
The virus appears to impact older people much harder than younger patients. But Lloyd, the north London doctor, told CNN that 30-year-olds were among the seriously ill patients he saw this week, whose x-rays “look like a bomb had gone off on either side of their chest.”

This denial of science and critical thinking among religious ultraconservatives now haunts the American response to the coronavirus crisis. On March 15, Guillermo Maldonado, who calls himself an “apostle” and hosted Mr. Trump earlier this year at a campaign event at his Miami megachurch, urged his congregants to show up for worship services in person. “Do you believe God would bring his people to his house to be contagious with the virus? Of course not,” he said.

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March 28, 2020:

We just passed 660,000 cases globally and 124,000 in the U.S.

  • Infected: 667,473
  • Daily new cases: 70,163
  • Deaths: 30,851
  • Fatality rate: 4.62%
  • Recovery rate: 21.59%
  • U.S. cases:  124,217
  • U.S. deaths:  2,227
  • Texas cases:  2,521
  • Texas deaths:  30

 

Today’s Headlines:

Coronavirus may have infected half of UK population

The new coronavirus may already have infected far more people in the UK than scientists had previously estimated — perhaps as much as half the population — according to modelling by researchers at the University of Oxford. If the results are confirmed, they imply that fewer than one in a thousand of those infected with Covid-19 become ill enough to need hospital treatment, said Sunetra Gupta, professor of theoretical epidemiology, who led the study. The vast majority develop very mild symptoms or none at all.

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Beware Fake Covid-19 Checks in Mail

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) A Florida man is sounding the alarm after he received what appeared to be a fake coronavirus relief check in the mail.

The massive $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package approved by the Senate Wednesday includes “stimulus checks” for many Americans, especially those facing financial difficulty as a result of the outbreak.

However, the House of Representatives still needs to approve the stimulus package, with a vote expected Friday. Once it passes, it will take roughly three weeks for those checks to be received.

That’s why Thomas Andrews knew the official-looking check that came in the mail Thursday was nothing but fishy.

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Air pollution plummets as Europeans stay at home

(CNN)  Most Europeans are currently living under severe restrictions, stuck at home, desperately hoping for the coronavirus pandemic to pass soon.

On the flip side: the air is cleaner than it’s been in a long time.
The huge decline in road traffic, air travel and other business activities across Europe has led to sharp reductions in pollution over several major cities, new images published by the European Space Agency show. A similar effect has been recorded across the United States and in China.
The impact of the pandemic-related restrictions on air quality is staggering. In some parts of Europe, the levels of toxic pollutants in the air have been slashed by a half.

Mystery In Wuhan: No Herd Immunity Reported

…some Wuhan residents who had tested positive earlier and then recovered from the disease are testing positive for the virus a second time. Based on data from several quarantine facilities in the city, which house patients for further observation after their discharge from hospitals, about 5%-10% of patients pronounced “recovered” have tested positive again.

Some of those who retested positive appear to be asymptomatic carriers — those who carry the virus and are possibly infectious but do not exhibit any of the illness’s associated symptoms — suggesting that the outbreak in Wuhan is not close to being over.

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March 29, 2020:

We just passed 700,000 cases globally and 132,000 in the U.S.

  • Infected: 721,956
  • Daily new cases: 57,060
  • Deaths: 33,966
  • Fatality rate: 4.70%
  • Recovery rate: 21.02%
  • U.S. cases:  132,538
  • U.S. deaths:  2,484
  • Texas cases:  2,808
  • Texas deaths:  38

 

Today’s Headlines:

 

Fauci Says 200,000 Deaths in the U.S. Are Possible

U.S. coronavirus deaths could reach 200,000, top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said, calling the estimate a moving target. New Orleans could run out of breathing machines within a week.

Spain had its deadliest day as the nation’s overloaded health-care system struggles to cope with almost 80,000 coronavirus cases.

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March 30, 2020: <Today>

We just passed 770,000 cases globally and 150,000 for the U.S.

  • Global cases: 775,782
  • Daily new cases:  52,392
  • Global deaths: 37,109
  • Mortality rate: 4.80%
  • Recovery rate: 20.81%
  • U.S. cases:  159,689
  • U.S. deaths:  2,951
  • Texas cases:  2,906
  • Texas deaths:  41

Today’s Headlines:

Pastor of Tampa church that held two large Sunday services arrested, jailed

Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne of The River at Tampa Bay Church was booked into a local jail on Monday on charges of unlawful assembly and violating Hillsborough County’s stay-at-home order. He posted bail 30 minutes later.

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82,000 people could die from coronavirus by August

(CNN)  President Donald Trump’s decision to extend social distancing guidelines until April 30 came after officials reviewed 12 different statistical models, said Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, during a Sunday press briefing.

But standing in the Rose Garden, Birx also mentioned another model, created independently, that “ended up at the same numbers.” That analysis, which is publicly available, paints a grim picture of what’s to come in the US, even with social distancing in place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2020: <Today>

 

 

  • Global cases: 785,777
  • Daily new cases:  1,062
  • Global deaths: 37,815
  • Mortality rate: 4.81%
  • Recovery rate: 21.08%
  • U.S. cases:  164,253
  • U.S. deaths:  3,165
  • Texas cases:  3,145
  • Texas deaths:  47

 

Today’s Headlines:

 


For some more light reading, here is the WHO final report issued after their on-site evaluation of the brewing Covid-19 pandemic:

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This video arrived via my Facebook messenger one afternoon.
Republican Senator Tom Cotton addressing coronavirus measures.

<Disclaimer>
Just keep in mind anything you hear from any of our politicians will be politically biased.

 

#covid-19 #covid19 #coronavirus

Here is some sage advice from the CDC on staying healthy during this rapidly unfolding pandemic.

Speculation from one of many news sources on the origin of Covid-19.
Did it come from a a Wuhan bio lab?


We need some humor in these dark days, so this section is:

Coronavirus Humor

Social Distancing Pickup Lines

  • If Covid-19 doesn’t take you out, can I?
  • Is that hand sanitizer in your pocket or are you happy to be within 6 feet of me?
  • Since all the public libraries are closed, I’m checking you out instead.
  • You can’t spell virus without U and I.
  • Baby, do you need toilet paper?  Because I can be your Prince Charmin.
  • I saw you from across the bar.  Stay there.
  • Without you, my life is as empty as the supermarket shelf.
  • Hey babe, can I ship you a drink?
  • You can’t spell quarantine without “U R A Q T”.
  • I really can’t stay.
  • Baby it’s COVID-19 outside.

 

Donald Trump vs. God on Easter PPV

This is brilliant.  This guy nails the Tangerine CockWomble’s style.

Enjoy.

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