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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post

    The man was shifted to an isolation ward on June 15 as a safety measure after another patient in the ICU tested positive for the disease.


    Since it was very hot in the isolation ward, his family members bought an air cooler the same day. On finding no socket for the cooler, they allegedly unplugged the ventilator but almost half-an-hour later, the ventilator ran out of power.

    Patient dies after family members unplug ventilator to plug in cooler at Kota hospital | India News,The Indian Express

    But - but -but - it was an ISOLATION ward - how the fuck did they get near him??????

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    The repeated deflections are never worthy, Harry.
    Your false transparencies seem to have a leak.
    Take your pointless blathering and fuck off Jeff.

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    World entering ‘new and dangerous phase’ of Covid-19 as pandemic accelerates, WHO chief warns


    "The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is far from over and has actually entered a “new and dangerous” phase, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief has said, warning that the killer virus is “spreading fast.”

    Speaking at a press conference via video link on Friday, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that humanity is now facing a new stage of the pandemic that has been plaguing countries around the globe for several months.

    The world is in a new and dangerous phase. Many people are understandably fed up with being at home... but the virus is still spreading fast.


    Globally, the novel coronavirus has infected more than 8.6 million people, and over 450,000 have died from the disease. Some 4.5 million Covid-19 patients have successfully recovered from the disease.

    Falling numbers of confirmed new cases have prompted many countries to partially lift their strict lockdown measures, kept in place for weeks in an attempt to curb the spread. Many other restrictions and guidelines, such as wearing face masks and observing social-distancing rules, remain in place for many.
    In recent days, the US – by far the worst-affected country from the outbreak – has registered new spikes in the disease across several states. The surge in case tallies prompted California and Oregon to implement mandatory face-mask rules for public places. Similar moves are being considered in North Carolina and Arizona."

    World entering ‘new and dangerous phase’ of Covid-19 as pandemic accelerates, WHO chief warns — RT World News
    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    The sudden jump is down to Brazil.

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    Frau Herman will be most displeased.

    The reproduction rate of the coronavirus in Germany has risen to 1.55, significantly higher than what is needed to contain the outbreak.

    The reproduction rate, or 'R' value, estimates how many people an infected person passes the virus on to. Experts say that number needs to stay below one for the spread to remain low.

    The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious disease reported that its average reproduction rate over the past seven days was 1.55, while the four-day average stood at 1.79. Both numbers are much higher than the rates published on
    Friday, which were 1.17 and 1.06 respectively.


    The institute said the figures indicated the number of new cases was not declining further, mainly as a result of local outbreaks, such as the one affecting workers at a meat-processing plant in Gütersloh, western Germany.


    However, it warned that 'R' values should be interpreted with caution, as they usually reflect the course of infection one to two weeks ago.
    Coronavirus as it happened: Fresh clusters raise Germany′s reproduction rate | News | DW | 20.06.2020

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    Coronavirus: recovered Chinese patients may be defenceless against foreign mutation, study says

    Recovered Covid-19 patients in China may still be vulnerable to a mutant form of the pathogen spreading overseas, a new study says.


    According to Professor Huang Ailong from Chongqing Medical University, there is an urgent need to determine what threat the mutation, known as D614G, poses to people who have recovered from a different form of the virus.


    D614G began spreading in Europe in early February and by May was the dominant strain around the world, presenting in 70 per cent of sequenced samples in Europe and North America.


    Antibodies found in patients who had been infected with earlier forms of the pathogen failed to neutralise the mutant strain, the scientists said in paper published on Biorxiv.org, a preprint website, which means it has not been peer-reviewed.

    MORE Coronavirus: recovered Chinese patients may be defenceless against foreign mutation, study says | South China Morning Post

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    D614G began spreading in Europe in early February
    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    the mutation, known as D614G
    Italy Had Coronavirus in Sewage as Early as December, Study Says


    Bloomberg - Are you a robot?

    No "type/mutation" of the coronavirus, found in Italy or France at the same time, has been determined/published, currently.
    Last edited by OhOh; 21-06-2020 at 11:17 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Italy Had Coronavirus in Sewage as Early as December, Study Says.
    Which means the chinkies were hiding it longer than the world thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Coronavirus: recovered Chinese patients may be defenceless against foreign mutation, study says
    That doesn't bode well. The Flu virus gets updated every year but is useless against new mutations.

    This could be the same. We'll have to keep those chinkies locked away with their bats and pangolins every winter.

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    ^ It's out in the world now and mutations could develop anywhere and be transmitted around the world. No need for bats any longer.

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    Coronavirus likely spread in China last fall, more studies find

    Finding origin requires cooperation of and information from Chinese government
    As if you're going to get that from the devious, deceitful chinkies.

    Coronavirus likely spread in China last fall, more studies find -
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    Researchers at the Columbia University Fertility Center have developed a rapid, one-step diagnostic test that detects SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in samples of saliva. The test has a single tube that contains all of the materials needed to provide reliable results in about 30 minutes.

    Unlike commercially available tests, the new saliva test does not require expensive instruments or proprietary components.

    The test was adapted from technology currently used by Columbia fertility experts to look for genetic abnormalities in embryos prior to implantation.

    "This technology was initially developed to make a real difference to our fertility clinic patients, who need rapid, reliable test results to determine the next steps in their fertility treatment," says Zev Williams, MD, the Wendy D. Havens Associate Professor of Women's Health and chief of the division of reproductive endocrinology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. "We realized that the same technology that we use to help create lives could be repurposed to help save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. The test serves a critical need for more widespread testing to help us safely reopen economies closed by the pandemic and prevent future outbreaks."

    New COVID-19 Saliva Test Is Born in Columbia Fertility Clinic | Columbia University Irving Medical Center

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    I'm surprised this wasn't in place a lot earlier.

    Qatar has made wearing a face mask compulsory for everyone who steps outside their home, with violators facing jail time and fines of up to $55,000.

    The move comes as the number of reported novel coronavirus cases in the Gulf state jumped by another 1,733 on Thursday, a single-day record for the country.

    Cabinet mandated the wearing of face masks "upon leaving the house for any reason" except when "alone while driving a vehicle", the Qatar News Agency reported Thursday.


    The decision on Wednesday is effective from Sunday "until further notice", with penalties of up to three years in jail and fines of up to 200,000 riyals ($55,000), it added.


    Qatar, with a population of 2.75 million people, has seen a relatively high number of coronavirus cases, with more than 28,000 people testing positive.


    But its death rate remains low, with just 14 fatalities - an outcome experts say is down to a young population and mandatory health checks for its vast foreign workforce.


    Bars, restaurants, cinemas and mosques have been shut to contain the spread of the virus.


    But construction projects, including World Cup 2022 stadiums, have continued with new rules to encourage social distancing
    Coronavirus: Qatar makes face masks mandatory under threat of $55,000 fine | Middle East Eye

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    Thai nightlife will soon be back in full swing as a key member of the virus-fighting state agency on Sunday promised to allow pubs, bars, karaoke parlours and other entertainment venues to reopen their doors.

    The decision was reached in talks between Nattapol Nakpanit, a key figure at the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), and representatives of nightlife and musicians. It still needs endorsement, however, by the full-fledged CCSA meeting on Friday.

    Musicians and entertainers made an emotional appeal on Thursday to the government to allow them to get back to work as the long closure had put them in severe financials straits.

    Gen Nattapol said after the talks he will recommend to the full-member CCSA in a meeting on Friday that they be allowed to get back to work, but stressed the need for proper measures to prevent Covid-19 from rebounding.

    “The fifth stage of easing restrictions will take place, with or without the extension of the emergency decree for another month,” said Gen Nattapol, who is the deputy army chief. “If the emergency decree is lifted, all closure orders will automatically end.”

    The emergency decree will stay in place at least
    until the end of this month and it can be extended by the centre if authorities remain worried about the outbreak. Thailand has recorded no new local transmissions for 27 days, with recent cases imported by Thais returning to the country.


    Sanga Ruangwattanakul, president of the Khao San Business Association, who was in the talks, said all participants were satisfied with the outcome and expected to go back to work on July 1.

    All nightlife operators have prepared plans to prevent virus transmission based on the guidelines of the Public Health Ministry, he added.


    A representative of the entertainment businesses said operators in other provinces needed the green light from provincial governors, since they have been given full authority to make the decision in their jurisdiction.


    It remains unclear whether the planned reopening will include wet massage parlours.

    CCSA promises reopening of nightlife venues

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    Onwards and upwards...

    1m > 2m = 13 days
    2m > 3m = 12 days
    3m > 4m = 12 days
    4m > 5m = 11 days
    5m > 6m = 9 days
    6m > 7m = 9 days
    7m > 8m = 7 days
    8m > 9m = 7 days

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    Thailand had the world's first coronavirus case outside China. Here's how it avoided disaster

    Thailand is emerging as another success story in the COVID-19 pandemic.

    It is all the more remarkable considering the country was the first outside of China to detect a case of COVID-19 back in January.


    At the time, there was intense speculation the virus could ravage South-East Asia.


    But Thailand — along with Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam — have all had low case numbers despite sharing porous borders with China and being densely populated.


    Tanarak Plipat, who is the deputy-director general of the Department of Disease Control and has been at the forefront of Thailand's response to the coronavirus, says the country was considered high risk because of travel from China.


    "Put it this way, we know that there were a lot of travellers from China — especially from Hubei Province and at the beginning of the epidemic," Dr Plipat told the ABC.

    "They thought we were the highest-risk country because of how many tourists from Hubei province travel to Thailand."

    In March, Thailand declared a state of emergency. People were told to stay indoors and curfews were put in place.

    Businesses were ordered to close and there was a growing nervousness about what lay ahead with the fast-spreading virus.

    But instead of locking herself indoors, health volunteer Aksorn Boosamsai went to visit neighbours in Klong Toey — the largest slum in the centre of Bangkok.

    "I was scared … but I think helping the community is one of my duties," the 52-year-old told the ABC.


    Mrs Boosamsai is a Village Health volunteer, an army of predominantly female, community-minded workers with basic medical training.


    While they are frequently called upon outside of pandemics, the strength of the volunteers has proven to be valuable amid the spread of COVID-19.

    They have helped triage cases, sending people with symptoms to medical clinics for testing, and dispelled rumours and misinformation about coronavirus.

    "During the peak in March and April, I went to visit the community every day," Mrs Boosamsai told the ABC, adding she first made sure to take precautions against being infected.


    "I gave them food, masks, hand gel and taught the villagers how to wash their hands," she said.


    The volunteers are an important part of an impressive suite of measures that Thailand has drawn upon to keep confirmed COVID-19 cases to just over 3,000.

    There have only been 58 deaths so far from the virus.

    Among other things, the team of mostly women were responsible for helping to enforce quarantine when people travelled between provinces or back from overseas.

    They also visited areas considered vulnerable to outbreaks — including jails, border communities and migrant communities — and provided important public health information in local communities.


    James Wise, a former Australian ambassador to the country and author of Thailand: History, Politics and the Rule of Law, said the Village Health volunteers were "enormously important".


    "The key factor is they were well prepared for it," Mr Wise said.

    "[The volunteers] work closely with the local communities and then once coronavirus comes along you've got an army of foot soldiers who can be quickly briefed on the coronavirus and then can go out into the communities, spread information, dispel misinformation and check people's symptoms. And that's what they did."

    Thailand's initial response was not textbook perfect.

    As the virus quickly spread in Wuhan, Thailand did not at first block international flights. The first case arrived in Thailand on January 8.

    The country has about 13 million Chinese tourists a year, and early on some citizens on social media accused the Government of putting tourism profits ahead of public health.


    There was also outrage after a major muay Thai match at Bangkok's indoor Lumpini Stadium on March 6 led to more than 100 coronavirus cases.


    And there was also confusion around the availability of masks, quarantine measures and the specifics of lockdown restrictions.


    "They are minor missteps if you have a look at the statistics," Mr Wise said.

    "Thailand has still done very well when it comes to the health side of things. I think the missteps have not been all that serious."

    What has helped Thailand manage well so far is it has drawn on systems that have been developed and refined after experiences with SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome).

    Those systems include sophisticated airport screening and a large network of highly trained health professionals across the country.

    "[It's] so many things, not just one thing," Dr Plipat said.

    "We have a very strong public health system [and] in the very first month we were able to do two very important things."

    The first of those key measures involved the Communicable Disease Control Unit, which is made up of about 1,000 teams distributed all over the country, including about 100 teams that can investigate dangerous pathogens.

    "We called those teams in to make sure they were alert," Dr Plipat said.


    "The second thing we were able to do very quickly was … call in again all the hospital staff from every province to make sure they knew how they could detect cases and how they could prevent outbreaks in the hospitals.


    "When we activate our system, everybody knows what to do."

    Dr Plipat said there was also "very good collaboration" from Thai people, who all pitched in, took precautions and followed the advice of health officials.

    Mr Wise added Thailand's excellent public health system proved its strength and cultural factors also helped.

    "Thais are pretty quick if they're feeling unwell, or think they're going to be exposed to people who are unwell, they immediately put on a mask," Mr Wise said.

    "There are some more general things as well. When [Thai people] greet each other, they don't shake hands, they don't kiss. [Instead] they bring their hands together in front of their face and bow gently.


    "So it's almost built-in social distancing in the way that they go about their normal lives."

    However, Dr Plipat said he was extremely cautious not to celebrate any success too soon.

    "We are still very cautious and the Prime Minister himself also said this," he said.


    "We all know this virus can cause very minor symptoms and some of them [people infected] might not have any symptoms at all."

    Dr Plipat said the aim for health officials now was to maintain active surveillance of the virus.

    That includes trying to identify anyone who might have COVID-19, even those who have minor symptoms.


    A big part of this strategy is testing.


    "Currently we test more than 7,000 per day, or a little more than 50,000 per week," Dr Plipat said.


    "To me, I think that is a reasonable amount of testing we perform, although some might want us to do even more.


    "I think we will plan to do surveillance as best we can."

    Along with maintaining active surveillance, the economic recovery is set to be difficult.

    Mr Wise says while Thailand has managed to deal well with the health crisis, the Government, like those everywhere, is "going to be vulnerable to criticism" when it comes to rebuilding the economy.


    "It's very hard to get this right," he said.


    The Thai Government has announced a range of packages to stimulate the economy.


    With the virus causing severe stress and strain on society, many people have lost their jobs.

    There will also be challenges ahead for the Village Health volunteers.

    Some are already receiving training on how to detect people whose mental health is suffering, and to refer them on to experts for treatment.


    With the difficult period ahead, Mrs Boosamsai will be there to help.


    "I am glad that I am a part of giving knowledge to the community to protect themselves, and to help my country, even it is not a big part, only in my community," she said.

    "I feel proud that I am a part of helping the country and Thai people."


    Thailand had the world'''s first coronavirus case outside China. Here'''s how it avoided disaster - ABC News

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    "Thais are pretty quick if they're feeling unwell, or think they're going to be exposed to people who are unwell, they immediately put on a mask," Mr Wise said.
    It's amazing how many westerners have delayed taking this simple step. I read one even dismissing people who wear masks as 'mongs'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    It's amazing how many westerners have delayed taking this simple step. I read one even dismissing people who wear masks as 'mongs'.
    If they think the masks are for protecting them, which mongs do, then yes, they are mongs.

    The problem is the idiots that say "I don't need to wear a mask, if I get the virus, I get it" don't get the fucking point.

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    Israel has had some success vaccinating hamsters.

    So all those hamster owners out there will be breathing a huge sigh of relief.

    Israeli researchers report Covid-19 vaccine breakthrough - Globes

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    Australian researchers have reportedly made a global breakthrough on a new antiviral drug they believe can protect against COVID-19 infection.

    Monash University researchers have conducted modelling of the drug to show it has significant blocking ability against the virus that causes COVID-19, The Australian reported.

    Researchers hope the drug, which could be administered by an inhaler, might be available as early as the end of the year.


    Monash University senior research fellow Tom Karagiannis said he and his team had tested the way a designer molecule called a-ketoamide blocks one of the proteins needed to replicate the virus that causes COVID-19.

    Last month German researchers published new data on an improved version of a-ketoamides they said work more effectively in humans.


    Dr Karagiannis and his colleagues used a supercomputer to study the way the improved version blocks the triggering of the replication of the virus that causes COVID-19 and found it acts as a handbrake on the virus’s ability to replicate.


    “This molecule stops the virus from replicating, which can then stop the release of new virus particles and infection of other cells in the body,” Dr Karagiannis told The Australian.


    Coronavirus: Aussie researchers say COVID-19 drug could arrive by end of 2020

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    I don't know if anyone would have imported these into Thailand when things were in short supply but it doesn't hurt to post.

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this weekend advised people to not use certain hand sanitizers that are manufactured in Mexico, saying the sanitizers can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or digested.

    The FDA
    stated on its website that the sanitizer manufactured in Eskbiochem SA de CV contains the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol). Here are the nine hand sanitizers identified by the FDA:



    • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
    • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
    • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
    • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
    • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
    • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
    • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
    • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
    • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)
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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Onwards and upwards...
    What got everyone's attention early on in Washington State was that it was doubling every 5 to 6 days. Social distancing and ardent usage of precautions is necessary to slow it down otherwise it is back to exponential growth in the numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    It's amazing how many westerners have delayed taking this simple step.
    Amazing?

    Really?

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    So, here we go, dealing only with the Covid hotspot USA. The relaxation of commonsense, i.e. the BLM protests and the re-opening of states is about to take its toll. June 14 plus 11 is June 25, it is time to hold onto your hats. If the info we have been provided is correct, the USA will be reporting serious increases in Covid fatalities in the next couple of days.

    COVID-19 patients die 11 days after diagnosis on average : The DONG-A ILBO
    According to The Dong-A Ilbo’s analysis of 200 deaths from COVID-19, the average period between diagnosis and death is 11 days.

    Coronavirus Pandemic Data Explorer - Our World in Data
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