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Outbreak — Herd Immunity Is Damning!

by Oui Sat Mar 14th, 2020 at 09:52:39 AM EST

[Update-3] Playing God to decide who lives and dies. A££hole advisors who convinced the Trumps, Johnsons and Ruttes of this world the best bet is to controle the spreading of CoV-2 ... there should be sufficicient number of people to catch the virus to build up “herd immunity.” Living in a laboratory of Dr. Frankenstein. In de presentation to the nation, that is exactly how PM Mark Rutte explained his choice [https://nltimes.nl/2020/03/16/coronavirus-full-text-prime-minister-ruttes-national-address-english]. He was given three options, he believes society is makable ... Conservative capitalists in the seat of the Creator.

”Herd Immunity”: A Rough Guide [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21427399]

It’s a strategy used in vaccination programs ... NOT a choice for intentional spreading a deadly disease ... has the world gone crazy?


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COVID-10 Pandemic in Italy - 2020 | Wikipedia |

New tactic suggested by science and followed by politicians in Europe and US ... herd immunity. In other words, human sacrifice of today's elderly so future generations have a better chance of survival. Before Western civilization ends, the ancient practice of human sacrifice: in pure capitalism a cost/benefit analysis.

The Capacocha, Human Sacrifices in the Inca Empire

Human sacrifices have been practiced for thousands of years by many cultures in the world, including the Chinese, Carthaginians, Celts, and ancient Hawaiian cultures. It is also known of human sacrifices in indigenous peoples and cultures of pre-Columbian America, such as the Olmecs, Teotihuacans, Mayans, Toltecs, Aztecs, Muiscas, Mochicas, and Incas.

More below the fold ...

The Extraordinary Decisions Facing Italian Doctors | The Atlantic - March 11, 2020 |

Two weeks ago, Italy had 322 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. At that point, doctors in the country's hospitals could lavish significant attention on each stricken patient.

One week ago, Italy had 2,502 cases of the virus, which causes the disease known as COVID-19. At that point, doctors in the country's hospitals could still perform the most lifesaving functions by artificially ventilating patients who experienced acute breathing difficulties.

Today, Italy has 10,149 cases of the coronavirus. There are now simply too many patients for each one of them to receive adequate care. Doctors and nurses are unable to tend to everybody. They lack machines to ventilate all those gasping for air.

Now the Italian College of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care (SIAARTI) has published guidelines for the criteria that doctors and nurses should follow as these already extraordinary circumstances worsen. The document begins by likening the moral choices Italian doctors may face to the forms of wartime triage that are required in the field of "catastrophe medicine." Instead of providing intensive care to all patients who need it, the authors suggest, it may become necessary to follow "the most widely shared criteria regarding distributive justice and the appropriate allocation of limited health resources."

Italy doctors 'forced to prioritise ICU care for patients with best chance of survival' | EuroNews |

A nurse at the heart of Italy's coronavirus outbreak has told Euronews hospitals are under so much pressure they are having to prioritise patients with the best chance of survival.

Mauro D'Ambrosio, who works at Fatebenefratelli Hospital in Milan, was speaking as the country's COVID-19 death toll passed 1,000 people.

He said COVID-19 sufferers were spending more than 15 days in intensive care, much longer than the average five to six days for other patients. This, he said, was leading to a huge turnover issue and leaving hospitals at near capacity.

D'Ambrosio said: "If we understand the patient has a severe health issue to the point of having no chance [to live] and we need to give the bed or divert resources to someone who has more chances to survive, [then] this is a choice that -- despite being ethically hard to accept -- from a clinical point of view can be done to give the possibility to survive [to someone] compared to someone who would have zero chance."

D'Ambrosio is a member of the Nursing Up trade union. "Our staff is under stress", he adds. "In some hospital wards, the ratio between patients and nurses is 1 : 12-14, while it should be 1 : 6. Since the ICU require more nurses, other wards don't have the necessary staff to look after patients".

Monica Trombetta, a nurse working for the same trade union in Como, told Euronews that "we're very tired and afraid. Government decrees change every day. Personnel does not have clear guidelines for dealing with this new virus and feel a little abandoned - not by our hospital, but it's just as a general feeling. Nurses are afraid to go home and potentially infect their relatives".

Obscure statistics … the lack of test kits in the US can be intentional, at the minimum criminal intent. In Belgium and The Netherlands, the health services have decided to stop testing of individuals who have all the symptoms, but are recovering at home in a voluntary quarantine.

In The Netherlands, a ultra-modern nation and health services, ten days ago the “experts” already stated the choices to be made. The elderly and individuals with complication of cancer, diabetes, lung deficiency will not be accepted at hospitals for ICU treatment … go starve elsewhere!

Draconian Measures Taken By China In Wuhan, Praise By WHO

Coronavirus: panic and anger in Wuhan as China orders city into lockdown | The Guardian – Jan. 23, 2020 |

On this date January 23, Singapore confirmed its first case!! They managed to keep coronavirus under control.

China’s Draconian Lockdown Is Getting Credit for Slowing Coronavirus. Would It Work Anywhere Else? | TIME |

As COVID-19 spread rapidly across China, authorities took an aggressive stance to fight the coronavirus. They were slow to respond to the outbreak—at first suppressing information and denying that it could spread between humans even as it did just that. But, as case numbers skyrocketed, Beijing went to extraordinary lengths to fight the virus, identified at COVID-19, in a campaign Chinese President Xi Jinping has described as a “people’s war.”

The most dramatic, and controversial, of the measures was the lockdown of of tens of millions of people in what is believed to be the largest quasi-quarantine in human history.

Less than two months after the lockdown went into effect, it appears to be working, at least according to Chinese health officials, who announced on Thursday that the country had passed the peak of the coronavirus epidemic. They reported just eight new cases of the virus the same day, the lowest number since they began publicly releasing numbers. At the same time, cases of COVID-19 across the world are skyrocketing.

The battle against the virus, managing PR and control the population …

Coronavirus: How the deadly epidemic sparked a global emergency | Four Corners |

Journalist goes undercover at "wet markets", where the Coronavirus started | 60 Minutes Australia |

Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak | WHO |

The battle against the virus, managing PR and control the population …

Coronavirus: How the deadly epidemic sparked a global emergency | Four Corners |

Pure Capitalism: Selling National Health and Security to the Highest Bidder In The Netherlands

For a century, Dutch Health on immunology and critical vaccines were in the hands of the Government. After 9/11 there was a focus on bioterrorism and funds were poured into research. A decade later, the Dutch as one of many took the eye off the ball and sold out the National Security to private enterprise and the highest bidder. A pandemic waiting to happen.

RIVM: 110 Years protecting the population

In 1909 the organisation that would later develop into RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment , the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, started out as the "Central Laboratory for the State Inspectorate". In 2019 we celebrated an important anniversary: 110 years of RIVM. From the start, we have been promoting public health, incorporating environmental protection along the way. This timeline presents the monumental events that took place during these years.

Some highlights

1950 - Aid from the Marshall Plan

The National Institute for Public Health received 3.5 million guilders from the Marshall Plan and expanded its capacity significantly. The aim was to ensure that the Netherlands no longer had to depend on imported vaccines – and that we would be able to manufacture enough serums and vaccines to supply the NATO military forces in the event of a war with the Eastern Bloc.

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RIVM read-out: Dutch Government relies on their scientific advice, however on the website they obfuscate the underlying principles in stats.

RIVM: COVID-19 Update - Two patients deceased, 155 new patients, in total 959 persons tested positive

Another spike in coronavirus cases takes Dutch total to 959; 12 dead overall | NL Times |

A 70-year-old woman with other underlying health complaints also passed away on Saturday. She was one of three patients at the Bravis Ziekenhuis in Roosendaal to test positive for the virus.

It is not clear if the deaths of the man and woman were included in the new statistics from the RIVM. The health agency maintained its position that all fatal victims had underlying health issues that contributed to their deaths.

"Fewer new positive tests were reported today than yesterday. An explanation is that the test policy has been adjusted," the RIVM said. A spokesman previously told NL Times on Friday that it was modifying its stance on who should be tested.

The goal is to first test those with the most urgent needs, process those tests more quickly, and reduce the strain on laboratory capacity. The number of unchecked samples in the Netherlands was piling up by midweek, and at one point 6,000 tests had been completed while thousands more were still awaiting results.

The RIVM said on Saturday it changed its working method on Thursday. "From March 12, people with mild complaints will no longer be tested, because there is a national policy to stay at home when first symptoms arise," the agency said. "In addition, more is being tested among risk groups."

Scientists take on corona data to predict growth of new infections | TU Eindhoven |

[Update March 14]
In the past three days, the number of infections and deaths for Italy and Iran turned out to be much higher than the researchers predicted (for the insiders: the relative error was less than ten percent). It shows that despite the complex model applied by the researchers, the development of this crisis - at least in these countries - is currently difficult to predict. The researchers again predict a significant increase in the number of infections for France and the United States, by 23 and 30 percent respectively. In Italy, too, the increase of number of infections continues, with the same percentage as yesterday (17%). The estimate of the ultimate maximum for that country has now been adjusted to around 50,000 infections. Estimates for China and South Korea have not changed significantly.

See graphics on website …



Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer abruptly departed from his post leading the global health security team on the National Security Council in May 2018 amid a reorganization of the council by then-National Security Advisor John Bolton, and Ziemer’s team was disbanded. Tom Bossert, whom the Washington Post reported “had called for a comprehensive biodefense strategy against pandemics and biological attacks,” had been fired one month prior.

It’s thus true that the Trump administration axed the executive branch team responsible for coordinating a response to a pandemic and did not replace it, eliminating Ziemer’s position and reassigning others.

President Trump: “A nasty question … I don’t know anything about it. … we acted early.” So true!!

Federal Funding for Health Security in FY2016

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Health Security Strategy defines national health security as “a state in which the Nation and its people are prepared for, protected from, and resilient in the face of health threats. …”

    This article assesses US government funding in 5 domains critical to strengthening health security.

How Trump’s budget makes us all vulnerable to bioterrorism | The Hill – May 2017 |

    For nearly two decades, the federal government has committed to biopreparedness and made significant progress toward enabling our country to withstand and respond to biological attacks and pandemics. Funding for some of these programs has declined over time, but the new federal budget released last week by the Trump administration is uniquely drastic. It would undo the bipartisan progress to build our biodefenses by crippling, and in some cases eliminating, programs that are vital to our national health security.

The Trump administration’s botched coronavirus response, explained | Vox – 6 hrs ago |


Coronavirus in Washington state: A timeline of the outbreak | KIRO7 TV |

March 13

Evergreen Health Hospital announced it is canceling elective surgeries per CDC guidelines. Critical and necessary surgeries will still take place. The hospital said the elective surgeries are being suspended to conserve resources, people and supplies. A coronavirus patient in Kent left the quarantine facility unauthorized. President Trump declared a national emergency. Inslee said all Washington schools would be closed until April 24, so the first day back would be April 27. The Washington death count went up to 37 from 570 cases. The Washington State Office of the Secretary of State announced it will suspend public access to critical in-person services until further notice but will remain fully operational. Dr. Jeff Duchin, public health officer in Seattle and King County, tweeted Friday evening that, “All hospitals need to urgently prepare for a surge in critically ill patients.” Officials with Seattle Children’s Hospital said it is limiting visitors to a maximum of two primary caregivers for each patient to help protect against possible exposure to the coronavirus. King County Metro ridership declines as the public heed the guidance of health officials. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan prepares to sign an emergency order, ensuring renters are not evicted during the coronavirus emergency. A second University of Washington student in as many days has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Washington death toll from coronavirus hits 31


See follow up diary - CureVac In Germany: Trump's Failed Takeover Bid.

Earlier posts/diaries about coronavirus/CoV-2 …

Holy City Qom In Iran Epicenter Covid-19 (Feb. 25, 2020)
Coronavirus: Chinese Xi Ping and Donald Trump (Feb. 28, 2020)
Covid-19 Pandemic: Europe and America Next (Mar. 2, 2020)
Trump's Corona Crash - Ends Globalisation (Mar. 12, 2020)


... an assembly of white men 💬

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 14th, 2020 at 07:02:56 PM EST
Don't forget the token woman....

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 12:17:05 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 12:25:34 AM EST
quite the petri dish

Incidentally, after series of "inclusive," heartfelt consultations with stakeholders, my associate's uni abruptly closed Thur. midnight giving all (int'l, too!) students 2 days notice to quit premises by Sun. until Sept next. Student work/study and facilities' jobs pickled. Bursary funds MIA. Commencement ceremony DOA. My associate informs, 1/2 campus immediately went on a bender and meal service degenerated to ZipLock® bagged carbs. Presumably, remaining semester to resume online after two wks recess, faculty having transformed lecture material into IP format media. Return to Bal'more with 4-piece luggage will be one crazy adventure.

by Cat on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 08:25:34 AM EST
Every president but this one: "the buck stops at my desk."

Decisions top-down with no or little preparation where it matters. This president, like George Bush, is a recipe for disaster.

"A pandemic drives home the essential interconnectedness of our human family."

"We must declare war on this virus," UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in his comments on the global response to the spread of the COVID-19, calling on governments to cooperate in order to "ensure targeted support for the people and communities most affected by the disease."

Namaste!  🙏🏼

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 09:26:16 AM EST
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Love this pic. $63K tuition Little Ivy. Self-isolated COVID19 ration on table. 14 Mar 2020

Inexplicably, semi-hot meals resumed 3/15, last day of tenure for aesthetic pleasure of parents' arrivals (mostly 100 mi radius) with ahh "estate wagons" to retrieve students' personal effects. My associate informs with great disgust, admin is unprepared to recycle discarded items. These will be hauled to landfill.

by Cat on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 09:04:23 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 08:40:04 AM EST

Escape from ME. (L) Portland airport domestic chaos 14:00, (R) associate equipped with imported Yunnan, CN, contraband reports successful flight boarding. ~ 20 empty seats.

STAY TUNED for BWI landing and ground-transport TBA.

by Cat on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 09:23:45 PM EST
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Swedish free lance journalist Kristoffer Viita described the virus as "Gods gift to millenials and GenZ" and expressed hope this will mean apartments and jobs will now be available.

His tweets are now protected.

by Number 6 on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 08:47:46 AM EST
OK Millennial

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 09:25:51 AM EST
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Well prepared! 🙃

Wasn't Britain's Churchill nationalising industry in 1916 realizing they lacked munitions to go to war.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 10:16:27 AM EST

The myth of the good war | The Guardian |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 20th, 2020 at 08:26:59 AM EST
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Coronavirus cases rise to 59 in Russia in past day | Tass |

There has been a spike in coronavirus cases in Russia, from 45 to 59 over the past 24 hours, but all the 14 Russians infected with the novel coronavirus travelled to the European Union in the past two weeks, the coronavirus task force told reporters on Saturday.

"In the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 14 coronavirus cases among the citizens of the Russian Federation. Among them are nine in Moscow, one in the Moscow Region, one in St. Petersburg, two in the Kemerovo Region and one in the Kaliningrad Region," the task force said adding that all those infected people had travelled to the worst affected countries in the past two weeks.

Moscow to Build New $135M Coronavirus Hospital - Reports

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 10:51:56 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 11:03:39 AM EST
Donald Trump greift nach deutscher Impfstoff-Firma | Die Welt |

CureVac CEO Daniel Menichella Discusses Coronavirus Vaccine Development with U.S. President Donald Trump and Members of Coronavirus Task Force

TÜBINGEN, Germany/ Boston - March 02, 2020 - Daniel Menichella, CEO of biopharmaceutical company CureVac, was today invited to the White House to discuss strategies and opportunities for the rapid development and production of a coronavirus vaccine with U.S. President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and high-ranking representatives of pharmaceutical and biotech companies working on the outbreak's response.

In the discussion, Menichella highlighted the potential of CureVac's mRNA platform for vaccine development based on mRNA technology. "We are very confident that we will be able to develop a potent vaccine candidate within a few months, said CureVac CEO Daniel Menichella. "We can rely on the data of a Phase 1 rabies study in which we were able to immunize all participants with a very low dose. On this basis, we are working intensively to achieve a very low dose for the CoV vaccine as well. In addition, CureVac has a GMP-certified production facility which enables us to produce up to ten million vaccine doses in one production run."

Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (PEI), the Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedicines

Today's news ...

Trump was doing everything he could to secure a vaccine for the United States | DW |

Yep ... the Coronavirus may cost the Republicans and Trump the election in Nov.2020.

My earlier post @TikunOlam:

    US presidential elections seldom are decided by policy, mostly by personality. It's the economy, jobs and the wallet, short term experience and not long term impact on society. Policy makers look to the next election to score points. In Nevada, foreign policy scored a lowly 9% in voter priority. Thus Israel will not matter in voter decision on who will occupy the White House in 2021. The coronavirus impact on the global economy may be the greatest threat to Trump's re-election.
    Go Bernie go ... you're the best of the lot!
    [By Oui on Feb. 24, 2020]

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 01:10:26 PM EST

Well we know all Trump's remarks are bull and bluster ... counting down the days until January 2021 ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 01:23:14 PM EST
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epitomizing US dollar diplomacy FTW. "What's yours is mine, what's mine is mine."
by Cat on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 06:38:51 PM EST
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Trump 'offers large sums' for exclusive access to coronavirus vaccine | The Guardian |

    According to an anonymous source quoted in the newspaper, Trump was doing everything to secure a vaccine against the coronavirus for the US, "but for the US only".

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 09:13:46 PM EST
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< wipes tears >

needs more sanctions, possibly weed

by Cat on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 04:39:53 PM EST
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I thought Trump was an anti-vaxer.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 04:42:45 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 02:36:53 PM EST
On Friday ...

    "However, schools, nursery schools and universities will remain open for now, Rutte said, as closing them would do more harm than good."

Yesterday medical specialists in the news ... Mark Rutte and his "experts" are not tough enough on coronavirus policy.

This morning a leaked memo sent through the RIVM channels. the official count of <1000 cases is most likely near 6000 cases based on limited tests and projection of community spread.  

STATS of the last 24 hours ...

RIVM: Deaths jump by eight to twenty; 176 new patients, a total of 1135 persons tested positive

BBC News spreads FAKE PHOTO-OP of the presence of Anglophile PM Mark Rutte!

No, Rutte wasn't at the press conference. Dutch Cabinet decision was presented  by ministers Bruno Bruins of Health, Welfare and Sport and Minister Arie Slob of Education.

Surge in coronavirus cases: Total of 1,135 test positive, 20 dead | NL Times |

    The new figures were released as representatives of the RIVM and three medical and hospital associations met with the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport. Medical experts in the Netherlands said they want all schools in the country to be closed as an extension of the government's recent new restrictions on public gatherings. So far the government has stood firm in its position that schools remain open.

Tomorrow evening. PM Mark Rutte will Face The Nation in a live presentation. The last time a Dutch PM came before all Dutch media was by abdication of a Queen or the death of someone from the Royal family. In 1973, PM Joop den Uyl came to tell the worrying news about fuel rationing due to the Arab oil embargo in 1973.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 07:10:23 PM EST
The Dutch (and tourists) caught off guard, urgent in search of sufficient weed for a month!

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 07:13:11 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 07:40:28 PM EST
Israel's prophets evidently on vaca or dead as YHWH, but look. CNN catches a clue.
archived Lirong Z., et al., SARS-CoV-2 Viral Load in Upper Respiratory Specimens 19 Feb
By 3 Mar--wks after charter flight REPATRIATIONS from Wuhan--I was so sick of Fauci DROPLET Falsehoods at the Trump pressers trashing CHINESE suppression of teh data, I had to look it up. m'k. < checks watch > BIBLICAL PROPORTION posthumous CFR calculation from UK "herd immunity" (Sierra Leone Method) hits the yella sheets in ... 3 wks.
by Cat on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 07:58:51 PM EST
Overtaken by pressure from stakeholders in Dutch society ...
medical specialists - hospitals -  parents of school-age children - political parties in The Hague

Netherlands to close schools, restaurants in coronavirus fight

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 08:14:52 PM EST
Coronavirus: science chief defends UK plan from criticism | The Guardian |

Hundreds of scientists warn UK government's response to outbreak 'risking lives' | The Independent |

Hundreds of scientists have warned the British government that their response to the coronavirus epidemic is "risking many more lives than necessary".

In an open letter published on Saturday night, more than 295 academics living and working in the UK backed calls for immediate measures to restrict the spread of Covid-19.

They criticised the UK's strategy of delaying restrictions in a bid to achieve "herd immunity", arguing that it would put the NHS under even more stress.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 09:07:05 PM EST
Federal Reserve cuts rates to zero and launches massive $700 billion quantitative easing program

Germany tries to stop US from luring away firm seeking coronavirus vaccine

With this president at the table? You must be kidding.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 09:37:30 PM EST
Fog of Trade War, rumors, an just plain bullshit
Germany introduces border controls with five neighbors from Monday
"'I decided today that border controls will be temporarily introduced on the borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark,' Seehofer told a news conference."

UPDATE Spain goes under LOCKDOWN to fight coronavirus
Anglomerican press equation of prison idiom and  quarantine continues unabated, stimulating US freedom molecules.

o, look. Coveted COVID19 test for affluenza in Bal'more momentarily appears.
Loyola student tests positive for coronavirus, second awaiting results

The male student traveled to Spain over Spring Break, developed symptoms there and went home without coming to campus at any point in time, Linnane said. The boy resides outside of the state of Maryland.

Linnane said a total of six undergraduate students were also on the trip. They returned to campus for approximately 24 hours before being sent home to self-quarantine for 14 days.

by Cat on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 10:40:54 PM EST
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No hoarding, you hear!

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 15th, 2020 at 10:31:28 PM EST
Tedros' WINDOW done closed on US fingers.
Washington state now simulating (Wuhan) Italy, possibly Spain or France only b/c "citizen" journalist remain optimistic about @nationalnurses, AHA inventories (No CNN tweets there) Or foreshadowing UK wtf.

U.S. asks travelers for patience amid chaos, long lines at airports

btw, the Bunny has landed safe and sound. BWI was kind of a desert.

by Cat on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 12:44:59 AM EST
not so international after all
by Cat on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 10:21:47 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 04:37:06 AM EST

US state and cities pass executive orders and quarantine ordinances that express an uncanny resemblance to those IMPOSED on the nation by gov.cn, beginning 23 Jan. (53 days ago) with city, WUHAN, state, HUBEI.

But for conspicuous absence of aggregate #COVID19 case reporting by an agency of US central gov, persons resident in the free world might reasonable claim an advantage in BATTLE/COMBAT/WAR to arrest, suddenly, "community spread"--or "self-isolate" immunity herding--of the dread pathogen by stint of freedom's will and ahh summer temperature across Northern Hempisphere forthcoming what slew tropical diseases generations before them.

To Guardian readers, NY city (whereof NY, the Cuomo blue state) appears the obvious foil to TENSIONS gripping the lesser purple, political divisions across the US.

WHEREAS, DJT washed hands of public health concerns in his broadcast address,  11 March. He "empowered" the governors, reserving to his imperial station conduct of foreign affairs of national interest such as escalating armed hostilities in IRAQ, SYRIA, YEMEN and petty propaganda assaults on arch rivals GERMANY and CHINA to rally most ignorant, latent bigots to the Trade War on national "account balances".

America shall sally forth into the void of jobless ignomy and vaccine miracle cures, antiviral palliative, or floor wax led by Remdesivir of Gilead Sciences!

by Cat on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 12:07:02 PM EST
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< pick teeth, suck vigorously >

Let's compare ... total population sizes, subject to AUTHORITARIAN REGIME --or--REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY (republican gov) to project the efficacy of "free world" public health policies in preventing DEATH attributed to COVID19 over the proceeding 53 days time.

hmm, Preliminary stats indicate a rout absent ahh resurrections.

by Cat on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 12:24:51 PM EST
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The APsplainin Method (no numbers)

Philippines isolates Manila to fight coronavirus outbreak
inexplicable compliance with the direction of mad man DUTERTE

Israel takes step toward monitoring phones of virus patients
inexplicable "mobilization" of surveillance tech to track close contacts of ... not-Palestinians

by Cat on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 12:32:55 PM EST
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The APsplainin Method of Arithmetic (MSFT merge fields)

Several African nations roll out measures to fight virus

The worldwide outbreak has sickened more than 156,000 people and left more than 5,800 dead, with thousands of new cases confirmed each day. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover.
by Cat on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 12:37:27 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 01:49:26 PM EST
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Whereby MSM assists the continuity of antagonistic US foreign policy, regardless of who is "dictator" in the White House or which party in the majority of the chambers of the odious US Congress.

FWIW, I found this clip on twitter. I didn't watch the show, and I don't care how either candidate answered. CNN set the stage for further hostilities in the minds of most ignorant, litigious nation on planet: This episode exemplifies MSM mastery of US propaganda.

I gather, another demonstration proceeds from shared social media confusion, when either Biden or Sanders evoked EBOLA, instead of COVID19, in answer to some question dismissed from "framing" symptoms of DEMENTIA purported to afflict ahh senior candidates. Ironic, no? Collective memory of Obiden Bama epic failure either to CONTAIN, MITIGATE, or CURE  that PANDEMIC from Africa has vanished with US hysteria in just five (5) years, except in the conscience whipping the two candidates' asses.

by Cat on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 01:18:29 PM EST
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I caught a few minutes in the middle, before I couldn't stomach it anymore. Biden was surprisingly lucid, no idea what they injected him with, but it was working. Someone else pointed out that the ad breaks grew more frequent as the show went on, so presumably they had time to top him up in between. It's also noticeable that the Dems in the US and the Tories on the other side of the pond share the same consultant class. Although just blatantly lying about your record while all the media just collectively nods on in approval doesn't really need six figure consultants.
Also, it turns out that Sander's hate really is just not pure enough. He got a few good jabs in, but then never really twisted the knife. And by all accounts I watched the best part. That was true for most of the campaign, starting from when they walked back the corruption allegations.
by generic on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 02:24:50 PM EST
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Yes, I did not read any replies.
by Cat on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 07:40:21 PM EST
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Thar ya go! The false equivalence: $1.5T corp "liquidity" = medical necessity.

by Cat on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 02:33:20 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 03:23:14 PM EST
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The Trump Presidency Is Over | The Atlantic |

When, in January 2016, I wrote that despite being a lifelong Republican who worked in the previous three GOP administrations, I would never vote for Donald Trump, even though his administration would align much more with my policy views than a Hillary Clinton presidency would, a lot of my Republican friends were befuddled. How could I not vote for a person who checked far more of my policy boxes than his opponent?

What I explained then, and what I have said many times since, is that Trump is fundamentally unfit--intellectually, morally, temperamentally, and psychologically--for office. For me, that is the paramount consideration in electing a president, in part because at some point it's reasonable to expect that a president will face an unexpected crisis--and at that point, the president's judgment and discernment, his character and leadership ability, will really matter.

"Mr. Trump has no desire to acquaint himself with most issues, let alone master them" is how I put it four years ago. "No major presidential candidate has ever been quite as disdainful of knowledge, as indifferent to facts, as untroubled by his benightedness." I added this:

    Mr. Trump's virulent combination of ignorance, emotional instability, demagogy, solipsism and vindictiveness would do more than result in a failed presidency; it could very well lead to national catastrophe. The prospect of Donald Trump as commander in chief should send a chill down the spine of every American.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 08:02:32 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 08:22:26 AM EST
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Tweets: Trump Fun As the Pandemic Hits USA

Trump loves his adorers, evangelists preaching the wealth gospel, Christian churchgoers (what's in a name?). This occupier of the White House doesn't unite, threatens and bullies competitors of US capitalism overseas and basically hates the 66 million Americans who voted for Clinton.

Donald J. Trump

Tomorrow I have called for a National Day of Prayer. I will be tuning in to Pastor @Jentezen at the @FreeChapel Church in Gainesville, Georgia at 11:00 AM EDT. God Bless the USA!

As the pandemic rages across the US ...

Endorsing BS:

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 08:06:31 AM EST

Vaccine 'for the whole world'

On Sunday, the head of CureVac's biggest investor said that an exclusive contract with the US was out of the

"We want to develop a vaccine for the whole world and not individual countries," the chief executive of dievini Hopp Bio Tech Holding, Christof Hettich, told the Mannheimer Morgen newspaper, echoing a similar statement in the company's press statement.

Curevac-Investor: "Wollen Impfstoff für die ganze Welt entwickeln"

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 08:33:24 AM EST

Trump's Racially-Charged Retweet of `China Virus' Message Fuels Tensions With Beijing | TIME |

Both U.S. President Donald Trump and China's Xi Jinping have good reasons to deflect political blame for the coronavirus outbreak. And that has both of them zeroing in on the pathogen's name.

As the disease formally designated as COVID-19 expands across the U.S., Trump and other top Republicans have sought to highlight the outbreak's foreign origin and even use it to justify curbs on immigration -- including a wall on the southern border with Mexico. On Tuesday, Trump retweeted supporter Charlie Kirk calling it the "China virus," with the president agreeing "we need the Wall more than ever!"


Robert Redfield, the director of the U.S.'s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, agreed that the term Chinese coronavirus was inappropriate when asked about Trump's tweet at a congressional hearing Tuesday.

The term has caught on among some Republicans anxious about the political fallout, as financial markets endure their worst turmoil in a decade ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 09:24:03 AM EST
Not leading and no foresight ... bragging so badly he will lose a majority of Americans, sooner than later. The imposter acting as commander-in-chief. A Hollywood disaster film in progress.


Reality for Wall Street today after the FED threw in more effort to put corporate America on lifesaving ventilators ...


Stock futures drop -- hit `limit down' -- even as Fed slashes rates; S&P 500 ETF down 10%

In the meantime, Democratic primaries, throw out Bernie Sanders, America's last chance for change this decade.

TRUMP has isolated American from planet Earth survival, is selfish and crosses borders to humiliate (former) allies.

Coronavirus hits "heart and soul" as New York, LA bars and theatres forced to close

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 01:31:03 PM EST
by Cat on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 01:59:32 PM EST
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Tri-State area to instate a night curfew

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 03:48:30 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 03:58:18 PM EST
No surprise .... shine a light on the facts, can't hide from CoV-2 ... European countries and the US have shunned their responsibility to their citizens.

All I've heard from PM Mark Rutte was smooth-talking PR bullshit ... acclaiming the wisdom of his "experts" who in turn praised the "courage" of the politicians. 😎😎

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 04:09:25 PM EST
Coronavirus 'will be remembered like the Blitz' says Government adviser and academic

Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling Graham Medley at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said the coronavirus is likely to cause "huge social change" as he explained why the Government is trying to cause "herd immunity" by not suppressing the virus too much.

A theoretical "scientist" using British society as his personal laboratory ... proof as trial by error ... speechless.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 05:58:18 PM EST
Remember in WW2 how they avoided introducing air defenses so that the British would develop "herd immunity" to German bombs.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 06:00:56 PM EST
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< wipes tears >

Dudes are out to break the curve. oops.

by Cat on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 07:53:42 PM EST
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lone wolf legend

by Cat on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 07:57:25 PM EST
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Amazon is hiring an additional 100,000 warehouse workers and raising pay as the coronavirus causes an 'unprecedented' increase in demand for this time of year
Other preventative measures by Amazon, in response to the coronavirus outbreak, include the launch of a $25 million fund to support partners, and offering unlimited unpaid time off for warehouse workers.

to the hell no UNTIL the federales put an legit OSHA inspector on every shift. in. every. fullfilment. center. 24/7.
National Council for Occupational Safety and Health's 2019 Dirty Dozen

by Cat on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 09:41:09 PM EST
by Cat on Tue Mar 17th, 2020 at 03:28:57 AM EST
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Senators press Jeff Bezos on Amazon's coronavirus workplace safety measures
Four U.S. Senators pressed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Friday for details on how the company is keeping its workers safe, after one of its U.S. warehouse employees tested positive for COVID-19 in New York.

Two New York employees of Amazon-owned Whole Foods Market have also tested positive, the company confirmed Friday.
Employees are demanding paid sick leave, childcare subsidies, hazard pay [+$2/hr?!]and relief from [insane] production quotas [!] to provide time for [work area?] sanitation [and personal hygiene?].

Amazon spokespeople did not respond to requests for comment on symptom screening, which was recommended March 11 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for all workplaces in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. A Whole Foods employee also said workers were not being screened for symptoms.

Amazon spokesperson Kelly Cheeseman said in a statement ..."Our employees are heroes fighting for their communities and helping people get critical items they need in this crisis," she said. "Like all businesses grappling with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it is not easy as supplies are limited, but we are working hard to keep employees safe while serving communities and the most vulnerable."
archived: French Amazon workers protest in coronavirus pushback
AOC, Dr Britz hasn't gotten to that chapter of The Brief from Europe
by Cat on Sat Mar 21st, 2020 at 01:02:21 AM EST
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by Cat on Sun Mar 22nd, 2020 at 07:10:12 PM EST
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The world community of social democrats will learn the iconic expression:
"Mr. Trompachov, BRING DOWN THAT WALL!"

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 22nd, 2020 at 08:10:56 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 22nd, 2020 at 08:21:40 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 07:59:38 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 09:42:24 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 16th, 2020 at 09:50:13 PM EST

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