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His outburst came as he was close to securing a $750m (£585m) payout from a bonus scheme linked to Tesla's share price.
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Elon Musk tweets protest against US coronavirus lockdown | The Guardian |
Musk, the world's 22nd-richest person with an estimated $38.5bn (£30.5bn) fortune, on Wednesday tweeted: "Give people their freedom back!" with a link to a Wall Street Journal article suggesting that the lockdowns have not saved that many lives but have shattered local economies.
He also tweeted: "Bravo Texas!" with a link to a local newspaper story about the Texas governor Greg Abbott's plans to allow shops, restaurants and movie theatres to reopen from Friday.
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Outbreak -- Herd Immunity Is Damning
Covid-19 Pandemic: Europe and America Next
○ The Secret to Germany’s COVID-19 Success: Angela Merkel Is a Scientist | The Atlantic |
Coronavirus: Countries 'ignored' early warnings for COVID-19 | DW |
Many countries did not pay enough attention to early warning signs for the coronavirus outbreak, according to the German Institute for Defense and Strategic Studies (GIDS), a military think tank.
"This crisis has shown that various countries, depending on their political cultures, have partially ignored or even denied the early warning signals," said Christian Haggenmiller, an expert and doctor with GIDS as well as the World Health Organization (WHO).
Haggenmiller said the "best example" was the United States, which has "very extensive resources for the early detection of health hazards." Though it "recognized the development around COVID-19 in a timely manner," the pandemic "was not considered a priority by the current political leadership."
There were "numerous early warning signs," he said — "the WHO receives about 7,000 infection warnings a month." But it's up to political systems to implement measures to combat a pandemic.
He did admit there is sometimes "alarm fatigue," or "hesitation on the part of decision-makers due to the abundance of alerts."
Revealed: the inside story of the UK's Covid-19 crisis | The Guardian Report |
Ken believes she became infected sometime in that eerie, frightening week after Monday 16 March, when Boris Johnson’s government reconsidered its previous light-touch approach, which had envisaged 60% of the population – 40 million people – would become infected, and while many would die, the majority would recover and attain “herd immunity”.
That week, although more physical distancing had been advised by Johnson, normal life mostly continued until the compulsory lockdown; pubs, restaurants and gyms stayed open, as did schools, until Friday 20 March. Sazuze, who served 10 years in the British army before studying to be a nurse himself, says he “never liked that herd immunity idea”.
Germany's Covid-19 expert: 'For many, I'm the evil guy crippling the economy'
Christian Drosten, who directs the Institute of Virology at the Charité Hospital in Berlin, was one of those who identified the Sars virus in 2003. As the head of the German public health institute’s reference lab on coronaviruses, he has become the government’s go-to expert on the related virus causing the current pandemic.
In an exclusive interview, Drosten admits he fears a second deadly wave of the virus. He explains why Angela Merkel has an advantage over other world leaders – and why the “prevention paradox” keeps him awake at night.
Q: Germany will start to lift its lockdown gradually from Monday. What happens next?
A: At the moment, we are seeing half-empty ICUs in Germany. This is because we started diagnostics early and on a broad scale, and we stopped the epidemic – that is, we brought the reproduction number [a key measure of the spread of the virus] below 1. Now, what I call the “prevention paradox” has set in. People are claiming we over-reacted, there is political and economic pressure to return to normal. The federal plan is to lift lockdown slightly, but because the German states, or Länder, set their own rules, I fear we’re going to see a lot of creativity in the interpretation of that plan. I worry that the reproduction number will start to climb again, and we will have a second wave.
A single person from Medical University of Groningen made the difference and likely saved hundreds of lives and much misery in the three northern provinces of The Netherlands. He is Alex Friedrich, a German scientist who discarded the guidelines coming from Dutch political centre in The Hague and the RIVM proposals. The Medical University followed the German principles of testing, testing, and further testing to contain the virus from spreading. I had written about this distinct success earlier. I didn’t know how and who was behind this process.
○ Math : The Numbers -- Herd Policy A Failure – March 23, 2020
It's now shielding of the vulnerable and elderly ... shit almost 1:1 with Mark Rutte and his statement on Dutch policies today ...
Virologist condemns Netherlands' slow Covid-19 testing | NL Times |
Virologist Alex Friedrich of the University Medical Center in Groningen thinks that the Netherlands should be testing more for the coronavirus Covid-19. The current testing of only risk groups is not enough and he does not understand the claim that there is not enough capacity to do more, Friedrich said in an interview with De Groene Amsterdammer.
"We don't have a capacity problem," Friedrich said. "It is possible that a certain lab is short of certain materials, but that is business as usual, you solve that. This is not the case as long as you are not dependent on a commercial party. We don't need such a party either, because you can do these tests in almost any ordinary lab."
A spokesperson for public health institute RIVM told NL times that they do not think the Netherlands is falling behind on testing, but added that the institute is looking into more testing capacity. "We are now testing less than before, because we want to focus tests on vulnerable groups. So if there are two positive tests in a care home, we assume an outbreak and will no longer test." According to the spokesperson, the fact that fewer tests are being done has to do with how many test kits and staff are available.
According to Friedrich, Groningen is testing according to the World Health Organization's recommendations. He acknowledged that this is partly possible because the northern provinces still have relatively few Covid-19 cases. He is confident that the number of infections will remain low because Groningen - like the other northern provinces - are reacting proactively, he said.