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Coronavirus: Austria, in a shift, requires mask-wearing in supermarkets to cut pandemic’s spread
Move, the first by a European nation, could be seen as vindication for Asian officials who have stressed the importance of the practice
‘Masks are alien to our culture. This will require a big adjustment,’ Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz says


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Published: 1:29am, 31 Mar, 2020

Austrian officials announced on Monday that they were making the wearing of masks in supermarket mandatory in a bid to curb the coronavirus outbreak there, the first time a European government has taken such a step.

“As of the moment these masks are handed out in front of supermarkets [and] it will be compulsory to wear them in supermarkets,” Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz said, adding that the aim in the medium-term was for people to wear them in public more generally as well.

Underlining the departure from European practices, Kurz said: “I am fully aware that masks are alien to our culture. This will require a big adjustment.”


https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/ ... arkets-cut

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Close the churches.
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Would everyone wearing face masks help us slow the pandemic?
By Kelly ServickMar. 28, 2020 , 8:00 AM

As cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) ballooned last month, people in Europe and North America scrambled to get their hands on surgical masks to protect themselves. Health officials jumped in to discourage them, worried about the limited supply of masks for health care personnel. “Seriously people-STOP BUYING MASKS!” began a 29 February tweet from U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams. The World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have both said that only people with COVID-19 symptoms and those caring for them should wear masks.

But some health experts, including the director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, think that’s a mistake. Health authorities in parts of Asia have encouraged all citizens to wear masks in public to prevent the spread of the virus, regardless of whether they have symptoms. And the Czech Republic took the uncommon step last week of making nose and mouth coverings mandatory in public spaces, prompting a grassroots drive to hand make masks.

Not wearing masks to protect against coronavirus is a ‘big mistake,’ top Chinese scientist says

Even experts who favor masking the masses say their impact on the spread of disease is likely to be modest. Many are also afraid to promote mask buying amid dire shortages at hospitals. But as the pandemic wears on, some public health experts think government messages discouraging mask wearing should shift.


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Living on a different planet ?
Trump tells governors he “hasn’t heard about testing in weeks.”

President Trump told governors on a conference call Monday that he “hasn’t heard about testing in weeks,” suggesting that a chronic lack of kits to test people for the coronavirus is no longer a problem. But governors painted a different picture on the ground.

Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana, a Democrat, explained that officials in his state were attempting to do “contact tracing” — tracking down people who have come into contact with those who have tested positive — but they were struggling because “we don’t have adequate tests,” according to an audio recording of the conversation obtained by The New York Times.

Mr. Trump initially said that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, could respond to the question, but then quickly offered a rejoinder. “I haven’t heard about testing in weeks,” the president said. “We’ve tested more now than any nation in the world. We’ve got these great tests and we’re coming out with a faster one this week.” Reiterating his point, Mr. Trump added: “I haven’t heard about testing being a problem.”

Many people who have symptoms of the virus are still finding it difficult to be tested, and many who have been tested are waiting more than a week to get results. The failures of the federal government to adequately develop testing supplies for the contagion have been well-documented by The Times and other news outlets, reports that have rankled Mr. Trump.


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No idea how this is going to work.

DPS will patrol, rather than set up COVID-19 checkpoints at Texas-Louisiana border

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/h ... =sftwitter
The order, signed Sunday by Gov. Greg Abbott, stated that drivers entering Texas from Louisiana would have to fill out a form disclosing where they would isolate for the next two weeks — or until they leave Texas, whichever was shorter.

A criminal provision in the order allowed DPS agents to periodically check on those motorists for compliance. Violators could be subject to either a $1,000 fine or 180 days in jail,

DPS was tapped to enforce the order — effective noon Monday — along the border. No information was provided at the time on what drivers coming from Louisiana would experience once they reached Texas.

“While the department will not discuss specifics related to its operational plans regarding enforcement, we can tell you that at this time, DPS will not be establishing checkpoints along the Texas/Louisiana border,” officials said in a statement. “However, the department will be increasing our patrols in these areas.”
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“Patrols” means they don’t have the resources for more than a token implementation of the order.

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Trump administration in talks with India to avoid U.S. drug supply shortage

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/trum ... e-n1171946
Trump administration officials are asking India to lift restrictions to give the U.S. access to pharmaceutical ingredients needed to produce a range of drugs, amid fears of a potential U.S. drug supply shortage prompted by the coronavirus outbreak, three sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.

The two governments are holding discussions aimed at easing newly imposed restrictions on pharmaceutical exports from India, which Delhi introduced to ensure the country would have medicine needed to handle the pandemic inside of its borders, the sources said.

With coronavirus potentially disrupting the global supply chain for medicine, India earlier this month restricted the export of 26 pharmaceutical ingredients and the medicines made from them, including acetaminophen — a common pain reliever. India is the world's leading supplier of generic drugs and is a key source for active pharmaceutical ingredients, or APIs, used to produce a range of medicines.

Apart from legal constraints on exports, India is on a 21-day lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and that has hampered production and shipping of pharmaceuticals and other cargo. As a result, Trump administration officials also are trying to hammer out what drugs are available in Indian companies' stockpiles, said a congressional aide who was briefed on the discussions.
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After finally getting a package of masks sent to Sugar, I've been sewing masks for friends, neighbors and family members. Just when I think I can get back to the workers who can use the homemade masks, I get another request. Glad to do it. I was wondering if/when we reach the lock-down stage where venturing out is strictly regulated, there's a chance people will be required to wear something on their face.

A neighbor's husband is going on hospice in the next couple of days, and not at-home hospice where he can live a relatively normal life until the time comes. This is imminent, like maybe 2-3 days. If they didn't need the bed, they'd probably let him stay but, considering the current circumstances, at least in the hospice facility she'll be allowed to visit. It's not coronavirus-related, at least they don't think so. He's had a lot of health issues and, honestly, we're not sure how he made it this long. S must have taken very good care of him. He's been in the ICU for three weeks, the last two she was unable to visit. She called all of her closest neighbors together this morning to break the news. He'll be sent to a facility because he's basically comatose. It was heartbreaking to listen to her, as we all stood at least six feet apart, unable to give her a hug.
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India attempted a lockdown but instead got a mass internal migration. This will speed the spread of the virus.

India racked by greatest exodus since partition due to coronavirus
Millions of workers flee cities as wages evaporate, with many walking hundreds of miles home

It followed the announcement last Tuesday night by the prime minister, Narendra Modi, that for the next 21 days the entire country of 1.3 billion people would be under lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Shops, factories and restaurants would all be shut and people would be confined to their homes for all but essential activities.

While it was met with approval by experts and health professionals, the lockdown has already proved catastrophic for India’s millions of migrant and daily wage workers, who earn their salary hundreds or sometimes thousands of miles away from home and live a hand-to-mouth existence.

With no way to earn money and feed their families for at least three weeks, millions decided last week to head back to their villages in order to survive.

With trains and most buses suspended and taxis unaffordable, walking was the only option for many, and the sides of the highways were soon lined with people, bags slung over their shoulders, many with nothing but flip-flops on their feet. More than 20 migrant labourers have died over the past few days as they try to walk back home.
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Inside a Brooklyn hospital that is overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients and deaths

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/30/us/brook ... index.html
Brookdale Hospital granted CNN rare access on Sunday to view health care workers' fight against Covid-19. The hospital is located in Brownsville, one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City. The Brooklyn borough is one of the hardest hit by the virus, according to city data.

:snippity:

Brookdale Hospital, which began seeing Covid-19 patients at the beginning of March, said it now has more than 100 patients who have tested positive for the virus, and 78 additional patients are hospitalized as they await results. As of Sunday, at least 20 patients had died after contracting the virus.

The hospital sees over 100,000 patients annually, and has a capacity of about 300 people at any given time, Khari Edwards, the hospital's vice president of external affairs, told CNN.

:snippity:

Already, the hospital has started to open up floors that have not been in use for years to make room for more patient beds, Mollette said. The hospital has also converted its pediatric emergency department into a Covid-19 isolation area, she added.
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pipistrelle wrote:
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I had not heard obesity, although I believe it’s associated with general inflammation.

I’m in trouble. No smoking though (whew).
Obesity often includes hypertension and diabetes, which have been mentioned as underlying conditions.

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Mr Brolin wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:42 am
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https://twitter.com/eileenguo/status/12 ... 7705364480
Eileen Guo (@eileenguo)
#Wuhan residents estimate, based on calculations of cremations and urns now being returned to families, that between 42k-46k (!!) died in city + surrounding areas in the 2.5 months of lockdown. Far more than official figure of 2535 deaths. #COVID19

https://t.co/L1OsFv0VEf
China lying...
I'm afraid there is a bit of an "Apples v Oranges" thing going on here.

These estimates are of total estimated , anecdotal raw numbers of deaths over a period of time.

For Hubei province not just Wuhan city

Not numbers broken down by cause of death

Most certainly doesn't correlate against the typical expected numbers of deaths of people that would have happened without CV-19.

Wuhan is a large, industrial, Chinese city with a population over 11 million in a province of over 58.5 million with an increasingly aging population with a very high number of deaths attributed to lung cancer and COPD, linked directly to air pollution and massive incidence of smoking which for men has been measured as over 52% of the population.

Raw numbers are (roughly) 7.4 per 1000 per year for China as a whole. With a province of 58.5 million that comes in at over 108,000 with at least 20k+ of that number for Wuhan as a city for a 3 month period.

Has there been under reporting, more likely yes than no however the FUD reporting is....... at least overblown.
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California COVID-19 hospitalizations double in four days: governor

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California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Monday that the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state had nearly doubled over the past four days and the number of ICU patients tripled during that time.

By Monday, 1,421 California patients had been hospitalized with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, up from 746 four days ago, Newsom said. The number of patients requiring intensive care beds rose to 597 from 200, he said. Altogether, 5,763 people have tested positive for the disease in the state, he said.

The rapid increase in the need for hospital and ICU care led Newsom to set up a website to connect retired doctors and nurses, as well as medical and nursing students, to hospitals and clinics that need them. The state will help retirees activate their licenses and students obtain licensing.

“If you’re a nursing school student, a medical school student, we need you,” Newsom said. “If you’ve just retired in the last couple of years, we need you.”
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Donated organs not being used as hospitals scale back transplants for COVID-19

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Transplant centres across the country have massively scaled back organ transplants as hospitals try to make sure they are able to accommodate COVID-19 cases.

Hospitals are reserving ventilators, spaces in their intensive care units and operating rooms for only the most urgent transplant needs.

Dr. Atul Humar, past president of the Canadian Society of Transplantation, says that means many organs are tragically not going to good use.

He says aside from freeing up resources, hospitals have also slowed down transplants for the health of transplant recipients.
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Dan1100 wrote:
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I'm sure that this is a dumb question and you guys will tell my why.

Why not use the self-inflating bags that they carry on ambulances to use on people that paramedics they intubate when they run out of respirators?

It would take a lot of manpower, but they could make a lot of them very fast and you don't have to be an RN to squeeze a bag x times a minute.
MIT's mechanical paramedic respirator.

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I love the poorly educated!!!

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"I haven't heard anything about testing being a problem"

Well, you orange moron,

YOU JUST DID

The Governor of Montana just told you it was a problem.

:brickwallsmall: :brickwallsmall: :brickwallsmall:

The obstinate ignorance of that man is unbelievable.

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Dan1100 wrote:
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Dan1100 wrote:
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I'm sure that this is a dumb question and you guys will tell my why.

Why not use the self-inflating bags that they carry on ambulances to use on people that paramedics they intubate when they run out of respirators?

It would take a lot of manpower, but they could make a lot of them very fast and you don't have to be an RN to squeeze a bag x times a minute.
MIT's mechanical paramedic respirator.

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https://twitter.com/sinanaral/status/12 ... 7959056384

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Governor Cuomo showed one of those in a recent briefing. Said it was impossible to use for any length of time. Then he said they had ordered a few thousand anyway because they are that desperate.

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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah wrote:Gavin Newsom - Handling Coronavirus in California | The Daily Social Distancing Show
30 Mar 2020

California Governor Gavin Newsom discusses meeting his state’s need for ventilators, avoiding outbreaks in California’s prisons, and other aspects of managing the coronavirus pandemic in his state.

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Dan1100 wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:57 am
I'm sure that this is a dumb question and you guys will tell my why.

Why not use the self-inflating bags that they carry on ambulances to use on people that paramedics they intubate when they run out of respirators?

It would take a lot of manpower, but they could make a lot of them very fast and you don't have to be an RN to squeeze a bag x times a minute.
Its not dumb. From what I have read the problem is that peoples hands are not designed to do that over and over all day. You can do it if youa re fit for maybe an hour, but that's it. Your hands will be so tired that you wont be able to do anything.

Now if they could design a version that could be used by your foot in a sewing machine motion it would be better
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Re: the COVID graphs.



Lends itself to abuse by MAGA folk. If you start the graph from 100 deaths instead of the 10 deaths in Volkonskis graph, USAs lead in deaths becomes a lot clearer.

(I am not suggesting that V used that graph to downplay the situation. Just that there’s different versions of the graph that emphasize different things)

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Every produce department need one of these shopkeepers


I am not "someone upthread".
Trump needs to be smashed into some kind of inedible orange pâté.

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Spain’s health crisis chief tests positive for coronavirus as infections top China’s
Issued on: 30/03/2020 - 13:21
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Spain’s health emergency chief Fernando Simon tested positive for coronavirus, health officials said Monday, as the number of confirmed cases rose to 85,195, surpassing China’s infection tally.

Simon, who led the country's response to the coronavirus epidemic and maintained regular contact with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, tested positive for the virus, health official Maria Jose Sierra told a news conference on Monday.

The announcement came as Spain on Monday became the third country to surpass China in infections after the United States and Italy.

Sierra announced she was replacing Simon as head of Spain’s centre for health emergencies and said some 12,298 health workers had tested positive for coronavirus in Spain, equivalent to around 14 percent of the country's confirmed cases.


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Spain’s new lockdown restrictions: The measures for non-essential workers
The stricter confinement orders, announced by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, will not affect people working remotely or temporary layoffs

LAURA DELLE FEMMINE
Madrid - 30 MAR 2020 - 09:03 CEST

The Spanish government this weekend opted to impose stricter confinement measures on residents of Spain in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced on Saturday the halt of all non-essential activities starting today, Monday March 30, until Thursday April 9, both inclusive. April 10 is a national holiday in Spain for Easter Friday.

The measure, which was approved on Sunday at an extraordinary Cabinet meeting, is aimed at limiting as much as possible the circulation of persons and thus flattening the curve of infections. Here is a list of questions and answers about the new rules, which will go into effect from today.

Which activities are considered to be essential?

Essential services are those considered necessary for the maintenance of basic social functions (health, security, social and economic wellbeing of citizens), or the efficient working of the institutions of state and public administrations, such as the health sector, security forces, telecommunications and the power sector. The royal decree that was published late on Sunday night includes an appendix with 25 points that detail the activities that will continue to function.


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