The truth is that this pandemic could still potentially be in the early chapters. The Spanish Flu pandemic lasted for three full years, and we could possibly be facing a similar scenario.
And this week WHO official Mike Ryan warned that this virus could even become “endemic”, and if that happens it “may never go away”…
In other words, Ryan is saying that this virus could become like a flu that keeps reappearing year after year.
So what are we going to do if that happens?
Are we supposed to have shutdowns every year whenever a new wave of COVID-19 infections starts happening?
By Health and Medicine
genetic analyses of the virus have not found any substantial changes which would effectively disguise it from the immune system.
China’s “bat woman” Zhengli SHI, seeking asylum in US embassy in France. CCP likely done if this is true.By TheWorldNewsOrg
There was a twitter rumor going around in the last 48 hours that Zhengli SHI the chief scientist from the Wuhan institute of virology who used to study the different bat coronavirus, that she escaped China and is currently in Europe, specifically in France with her family seeking asylum and protection in the us consulate there.
The same rumor also mentions that she has thousands of documents with her showing that the virus in need come from the lab (though she herself publicly denied this couple of months back when the lab leak runour started spreading likely due to CCP pressure).
Since all this is rumor we have to take it with a grain of salt, however if this were true and she essentially becomes and whistleblower and defector from China with information that can prove the criminal negligence (or intentional) by the CCP, this can lead to the fall of the CCP as we know it and radical change to CCP vs the world relations.
US may have to endure social distancing until 2022 if no vaccine is quickly found, scientists predictBy Michael Krewson
NYC Doc Says Ventilator Protocol Must Be Changed ASAP: Give O2, NOT Pressure. Pressure is Permanently Damaging Patient Lungs & Killing Them. Italy Study Confirms.By Michael Krewson
Patients need OXYGEN NOT PRESSURE!!! The ventilators are likely causing lung damage because of PRESSURE. 100,000 - 250,000 Americans at risk of lung injury. Change can happen. The time is NOW!! #oxygennotpressure #thetimeisnow
By Michael Krewson
France and Australia first reported a spike in domestic violence figures since the outbreak of COVID-19 and issue of stay-at-home orders. Research has shown that a forced domestic life and isolation only spurs domestic violence within the household, considering factors like financial stability and unemployment which are both rising concerns during the pandemic.
Expert Says Illness Severity Is Virus Dose-Dependent as Doctors, Nurses Are Contracting Coronavirus at Alarming RateBy Michael Krewson
Dr. Joshua D. Raninowitz, M.D., Ph.D told ABC News, “When you get exposed to the virus, your immune system immediately starts mounting a response. At the same time the virus starts spreading within the body. An outcome depends on which wins the race, viral spread? or the immune response? When you start with a high dose of virus, it gives it a head start in the race.” Dr Rabinowitz was the NIH Pioneer Award recipient in 2016 and is a researcher and professor at Princeton University (scholar.princeton.edu/rabinowitz).
In Northern Italy, 60 volunteers who thought they'd never suffered COVID-19 gave blood. 40 of them tested positive for antibodies to the virus.By admin
the title is inaccurate. According to la Repubblic the 40 didn't test positive to the antibody tests, but rather to antigen tests.
Antigen is a part of the virus (think a protein in the virus’ capsule). If that’s present the infection is likely still ongoing.
Antibody is your body’s defense.
Keep in mind that an ANTIBODY test can be made for 2 types of antibodies: IgM (short term immediate defense) or IgG (long term defense).
If you’re negative for IgM but positve for IgG, you’re probably immune. If you’re positive for IgM but negative for IgG, you’re probably still dealing with the infection.
SO: You can only be sure that an asymptomatic patient won’t develop symptoms if they’ve overcome the infection - and that is measured by IgG+IgM, not by single antigen test.
By Michael Krewson
A 30-year-old nurse from Belgium died in hospital on Thursday after becoming infected with the coronavirus. The disease spread to her heart and it was fatal. ,, She was sporty, did crossfit. We can't understand it, "say her parents. Isaura Castermans is said to be the youngest victim in Belgium to succumb to the virus.
For-Profit healthcare. You won't buy in excess, just enough, if not a little less.
And now, massive fortunes are being made from the sale of ppe...
MEXICO CITY—Mexico confirmed Friday its first case of a person infected with the coronavirus, becoming the second country in Latin America after Brazil to report the presence of the virus.
Deputy Health Minister Hugo López-Gatell said the person diagnosed with the virus was placed in isolation along with several family members at the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases in Mexico City.
Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/mexico-confirms-first-case-of-coronavirus-11582898181
Pets cannot carry the coronavirus, experts have said, after authorities in Hong Kong quarantined a dog and pledged to isolate more.
The Hong Kong quarantine is the first reported case anywhere in the world of a government restricting pets over the outbreak.
The canine, a Pomeranian, has been placed in quarantine for 14 days as a precaution but has no "relevant symptoms", Hong Kong officials said.
"Nasal and oral cavity samples tested weak positive for COVID-19," a government spokesman said without explaining why they tested the animal in the first place.
He said it was unclear whether the dog had actually contracted the virus or tested positive for low levels due to environmental contamination of the dog's mouth and nose.
The animal was collected from the owner's home on Wednesday after the 60-year-old woman was diagnosed with the contagion and placed in a hospital isolation ward.
It would be closely monitored, undergo further tests and held in quarantine until it returned a negative result, authorities said.
There is no evidence domestic animals such as dogs and cats can catch the virus or transmit it to humans but the department said all pets of infected people should be quarantined and tested for the virus for 14 days. However, Professor Jonathan Ball, a molecular virologist at Nottingham University, said testing the dog was a “red herring”.
By Health and Medicine
So these were pictures of people collapsing were posted on social media in the past few days til yesterday (2/23) but no mention in the news. This makes sense because there is no freedom of press in South Korea and everything gets censored. (I know this first-hand because I worked in public radio for half a year in Seoul) The situation may be even worse than what is reported considering these photos are all in very recognizable spaces in Seoul, not Daegu. What's crazy is that I have personally walked by all of these areas shown on this pictures as have most people from Seoul. As of this moment only 31 people are confirmed to have SARS-COV-2 in Seoul.
In the middle of Gangnam station area (One of the busiest areas in Seoul)
By Health and Medicine
I thought this was pretty interesting, as I was unaware of how common pneumonia really is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidemiology_of_pneumonia#United_States
Given that there are about 1.86M emergency room encounters with pneumonia per year, consider that everyday over 5000 patients show up with pneumonia in US ERs.
Goes to show how difficult it must be to separate signal from noise when it comes to early detection of COVID19 cases in the absence of mass testing!
Further, I was unaware of how deadly regular non-COVID19 pneumonia already is, with 5%-10% of all hospitalized patients dying: https://www.medicinenet.com/pneumonia_facts/article.htm
The first suspected case of the novel coronavirus has been registered in Honduras on Wednesday, Trend reports citing Sputnik.
According to the Heraldo portal, a 48-year-old female tourist landed at Toncontin Airport. She flew from Los Angeles with a transfer in Honduras. She reportedly was recently on vacation in Taiwan.
The woman showed symptoms such as cough, runny nose, and sneezing, so the tourist was sent to a specialized hospital in the capital of Honduras, Tegucigalpa, where she is now under surveillance.
According to a deputy health minister, if the test results after 48 hours confirm the disease, the woman will be isolated.
Read more: https://en.trend.az/world/other/3194019.html
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Guangzhou now under quarantine, 7 February
Translation, per Google translate:
At noon on February 7, the Guangzhou City Pneumonia Epidemic Prevention Command for New Coronavirus Infection issued the No. 3 Circular on Further Strengthening Community and Rural Epidemic Prevention and Control, which requires the concentration of culture and entertainment in the village living room. Places are always closed. All residential communities (villages) in the city are closed. Strengthen the management of people (vehicles) access, and restrict non-owners (villages) owners, residents or users and vehicles from entering the property management area. All entrances and exits shall be provided with prevention and control card points, and resident personnel shall enter and exit with their credentials and perform temperature monitoring.
The notice also requires that enterprises, institutions, rental house owners or other house lessors must implement their prevention and control responsibilities. Enterprises, institutions, and owners of rental housing are responsible for the management of related personnel, and the management of rental housing is directly responsible.
全文 The full text of the announcement is as follows:
Guangzhou City Pneumonia Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters on Further Strengthening Communities and Rural Areas
的 Notice of prevention and control of epidemic situation (No. 3)
In order to do a good job in epidemic prevention and control, to effectively protect the lives and health of the people, and to safeguard public interests, in accordance with laws and regulations such as the Law of the People's Republic of China on Infectious Disease Prevention and Control and the Law of the People's Republic of China on Emergency Response, in accordance with Guangdong Province The first-level response requirements for major public health emergencies are hereby notified as follows:
First, citizens must protect themselves. Citizens should wash their hands frequently, go out less, do not walk in, do not get together, do not gather meals, wear masks in and out of public places. All gathering places such as culture and entertainment in the village are closed.
Ii. All residential communities (villages) shall be closed. Strengthen the management of personnel (vehicles) access, and restrict non-owner (village) owners, residents or users and vehicles from entering the property management area (including but not limited to people such as courier, takeaway and their vehicles). Items delivered by courier companies, takeaways, etc. should be sent to a designated area for centralized storage and management, and collected by customers themselves. All entrances and exits should be equipped with prevention and control card points. Residents must enter and exit and conduct body temperature monitoring. Those whose body temperature exceeds 37.3 degrees Celsius are required to actively cooperate with medical observation and other related disposals in accordance with work guidelines, and promptly report to the residents (village) committee Will report.
33. Arrivals must report on the same day. Foreigners and residents of this city will report to the unit and the village (village) committee in a timely manner through the “Sui Kang” WeChat mini-program on the day of their arrival on the same day. Investigate responsibilities according to law.
24. Personnel who are still stranded in key epidemic areas shall not return to the province until the first-level response to a major public health emergency in the province is cancelled. Public officials (party and government agencies, institutions, and state-owned enterprise staff) who return to Guangzhou in advance shall be held accountable by the disciplinary inspection and supervisory organs at the same level; foreign visitors from Guangzhou have a history of staying in key epidemic areas. Eligibility for points-based household registration and eligibility for points-based public rental housing.
TWiV team discusses the fatality rate, China’s initial reaction to the outbreak, conspiracy theories, how long the virus remains infectious on surfaces, and evidence for virus in the intestinal tract.By admin
Links for this episode
China reacted too slowly to epidemic (NY Times) 15:40 Wuhan rounds up infected (NY Times) 17:07 2019-nCoV asymptomatic transmission report flawed (Science) 31:00, 34:13 Mucus reduces effectiveness of alcohol gels (mSphere) 48:35 SARS-CoV in feces (NEJM, Gastroenterology) 1:03:30 Inadequate plumbing and spread of SARS-CoV (WHO) 1:04:26 Persistence of virus on surfaces (one, two, three, four) 1:09:24 Letters read on TWiV 586 34:10, 35:21, 1:06:21