Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 09:41:51 AM EST
The Dominic Cummings policy on the CoV-2 pandemic rears its ugly head again ... just as persistent as the virus that traveled the globe via their hosts traveling by air.
The writing has been on the wall for weeks in the UK, US and where I reside in The Netherlands. Lying liers ...
PM Mark Rutte had a broad explanation why it wasn't necessary and it was good policy NOT to do more tests as directly advised by the WHO.
More below the fold ...
Yesterday the truth shattered this obvious fallacy ... the Dutch health authorities weren't well prepared and didn't have the number of test kits needed! The Medical Center of the University of Groningen did possess another type of test kits and has done the proper testing ... there were a large number of doctors, nurses and health workers infected by the coronavirus. Compared to patients and this group in a 1 to 5 ratio! Thus group are just like many Dutchmen, in large numbers they go skiing on winterbreak to the Alps, including Switzerland and Northern Italy. Except the healthcare group have a high income and more likely to have gone on a winter vakation.
In the hard-hit Southern province of Brabant it was already proved the healthcare group were infected in large numbers ... now I suspect many had been infected outside the hospital
Northern provinces to step up testing to `search and contain' coronavirus | Dutch News |
The four northern provinces Groningen, Drenthe, Friesland and Overijssel are planning to step up the rate of testing for Covid-19 as they try to curb the spread of the disease. Alex Friedrich, microbiologist at the UMCG teaching hospital in Groningen, told De Groene Amsterdammer that the region was `departing from the national policy' of only testing patients when they start to show symptoms.
So far the north has returned relatively few positive tests, with only a handful of municipalities recording more than 30 cases per 100,000 inhabitants as of March 22, compared to 350 in parts of Noord-Brabant. Friedrich, who himself recently recovered from coronavirus, said more intensive testing was important to control the spread of the disease and make sure that medical staff did not infect their patients.
UMC Groningen Head of Intensive Care Unit stricken by the CoV-2 illness
'The biggest risk is that hospital staff become infected and infect patients and colleagues who then go out into the region. That can make hospitals super-spreaders of the epidemic. The national policy up until now has been to stop testing workers in the healthcare sector. We, along with a number of other hospitals, have been testing them.'
Missing in yesterday’s pandemic briefing?
Others are positioning themselves and the country on a social distance from this callous approach. From Canada's Trudeau a statement of human insight:
Anne Rimoin, field epidemiologist and UCLA professor, on Trump's advocacy for use of anti-malaria drug chloroguine, is not well founded due to side/effects or unproven effectiveness. See was interviewed thus morning on CNN International.
The Trumps, Johnsons and Ruttes of this world are losing their case as reality of the numbers got in the way ... their policy hit a brick wall!
Older people would rather die than let Covid-19 harm US economy - Texas official | The Guardian |
Lieutenant governor Dan Patrick tells Fox News: `Do we have to shut down the entire country for this? I think we can get back to work'
As Donald Trump pushed to re-open the US economy in weeks, rather than months, the lieutenant governor of Texas went on Fox News to argue that he would rather die than see public health measures damage the US economy, and that he believed "lots of grandparents" across the country would agree with him
Trump vows to reopen US economy even as deaths from coronavirus rise
Donald Trump has said he was eager to reopen the US economy in weeks, not months, even as the death toll from the virus continued to rise.
The president, who has been anxious about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the US economy, made the remarks at a White House press briefing Monday in which he repeatedly refused to confirm that he would listen to public health authorities if they advised him to keep restrictive public health measures in place, even at a cost to the economy.
Doctor's Oath of Hippocrates may be an obstacle ...
After the second world war the WMA took responsibility for setting ethical guidelines for the world's doctors. Crucially, the WMA oath contains the pledge: "I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, social standing, or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient."
Not sacrificing human lives on the altar of greed, selfishness and pure capitalism symbolized by Manhattan, Wall Street, US/Global Oligarchs and unfortunately ... the U.S. Congress.
Trump's decoy in winning the 2016 "Make America Great Again (AMGA) -- symbolizing the anti-social personal traits of himself, will go into the dustbin of history. It's plain to see for all! It's not about #Me Mr. President, it's about human values and care of one's brother or sister!!
Doctors need “physical” distancing from ill-founded Trump and Conservative ideology …
It's time to play offense - Monday's COVID-19 WHO briefing
It’s time to go on the offensive. That was the message from World Health Organization (WHO) in a briefing to media today.
A special messaging service launched in partnership with WhatsApp and Facebook last week is one way WHO officials say people can get reliable information. Since its launch last Friday, the service now has 10 million users and will be expanded into languages such as French, Spanish and Arabic this week.
Developing effective therapeutics
As there is yet no treatment for coronavirus, research will be essential. Measures such as the Solidarity Trial launched last week, an international WHO initiative that compares untested treatments with each other, can speed the search for a solution.
"Small, observational and non-randomized studies will not give us the answers we need”, said the Director-General. Findings “without the right evidence could raise false hope and even do more harm than good".
On a personal note, due to the age category [!] I’ve isolated myself from mass transportation and gatherings for some weeks. Today I had a routine CT-scan programmed for a final check for an underlying issue I had recovered from. Fortunately, just ahead of the scan this morning, the specialist (an acquaintance) called me to find out how I was doing. I told him I was feeling great and in good spirit. He concluded, we’ll postpone your visit to the hospital today … as it’s not the best place to be for healthy persons. Thanking the Almighty 😊
More to follow later ...
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