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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... lists-died
At least 20 journalists have died from Covid-19 in Peru as reporters, photographers and camera operators raced to cover the pandemic’s spread through the country, often without protective equipment.

The number throws into sharp relief the risks and precarious work conditions which face journalists covering the global pandemic in the Andean country, which, after Brazil is Latin America’s worst-hit with more than 170,000 Covid-19 cases and 4,600 deaths.

Peru is not the only country in the region to report the death of journalists from Covid-19. At least 12 journalists have reportedly died from the virus in Ecuador’s hard-hit city of Guayaquil, about eight in Brazil, and at least one in Nicaragua, among deaths in other countries.
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Around the world, at least 117 journalists have died as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in 31 countries, according to one estimate by the Swiss NGO the Press Emblem Club.
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From Australia.
Coronavirus briefing: China refused to give WHO data, leaked recordings reveal
https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2 ... ronavirus/
The latest evidence through the AP investigation shows how WHO officials struggled to get accurate and timely information from China as far back as January.

AP found China had researched the mysterious illness but refused to give the genetic map of the coronavirus until it was leaked to a virologist website.

Fearing a repeat of the SARS outbreak, WHO’s chief of emergencies Michael Ryan, told colleagues in the second week of January that it was time to “shift gears” and apply greater pressure on China for the release of information.

“This is exactly the same scenario, endlessly trying to get updates from China about what was going on,” WHO’s chief of emergencies Michael Ryan could be heard saying in the leaked recordings.

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Here's today's update from Worldometers:

USA
1,880,528 cases
+21,205 new cases

108,057 deaths
+1,132 new deaths

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Rt Covid-19
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These are up-to-date values for Rt, a key measure of how fast the virus is growing. It’s the average number of people who become infected by an infectious person. If Rt is above 1.0, the virus will spread quickly. When Rt is below 1.0, the virus will stop spreading.
Today's values, by state:
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4 weeks ago, by state:
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Clearly, NC is gearing up to give a great big virus-loaded welcome for the Republican National Convention.
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What happened in NC to cause such an increase?
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I'm afraid that Minnesota will look like NC in a couple weeks...

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Volkonski wrote:
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What happened in NC to cause such an increase?
It's the rural, MAGAt counties leading the way. Especially in the western part of the state (meaning basically Appalachia).

I saw a list on Facebook of the counties with the highest number of cases per 1,000 people, and none of the counties with big cities were in the list. Our big cities - Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington, Asheville - are doing well. But the rednecks in the mountains and, to a lesser extent, the areas in tobacco country (the eastern flatlands some distance from the beach) are full of people who are following the lead of Psychobozo.

North Cackilacki is divided roughly into three main areas - the Eastern flatlands, the Piedmont (means 'foothills'), and the western mountains. The cities in all three are Democratic strongholds, and they're taking precautions against the virus while the MAGAts are ignoring them.

And gotta remember, we're the 9th most populous state in the Union, ahead of Michigan, New Jersey, and Virginia.

The biggest state, California, has 58 counties. We've got 100. :confused:
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Malaria Drug Promoted by Trump Did Not Prevent Covid Infections, Study Finds
The first carefully controlled trial of hydroxychloroquine given to people exposed to the coronavirus did not show any benefit.

By Denise Grady
June 3, 2020, 3:03 p.m. ET

The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine did not prevent Covid-19 in a rigorous study of 821 people who had been exposed to patients infected with the virus, researchers from the University of Minnesota and Canada are reporting on Wednesday.

The study was the first controlled clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine, a drug that President Trump has repeatedly promoted and recently taken himself. Conducted in the United States and Canada, this trial was the first to test whether the drug could prevent illness in people who have been exposed to the coronavirus. This type of study, in which patients are picked at random to receive either an experimental treatment or a placebo, is considered the most reliable way to measure the safety and effectiveness of a drug. The participants were health care workers and people who had been exposed at home to ill spouses, partners or parents.

“The take-home message for the general public is that if you’re exposed to someone with Covid-19, hydroxychloroquine is not an effective post-exposure, preventive therapy,” the lead author of the study, Dr. David R. Boulware, from the University of Minnesota, said in an interview.



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Was just checking NC today, Foggy--not only for your sake :heart: but I have friends in Mt. Airy and on the coast. As we've learned from Cuomo live-tweeting the NY saga, population density is a huge factor. Cases, hospitalization, and death per X vary wildly according to density. Anyway, here is the dashboard for NC for those who are interested in Many Counties of NC:

https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard
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Things looking bad in Texas.
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Guess Abbott hasn't seen the most recent graphs.
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Today the US topped 1.9 million cases and 109K deaths. Yet states are blowing caution to the wind

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Looks like individual-1 will beat Boris Johnson in winning the race for herd immunity :blackeye:

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Blood vessels, not lungs? COVID-19 might not be a respiratory disease
https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/wellbei ... d-vessels/
From the start of the pandemic, so many people were dying of pneumonia, and at an overwhelming rate, that COVID-19 was thought to be a classic respiratory disease.

Then it was found that young people were suffering blood clots and fatal strokes. Inflammation was found not only in the lungs, but in the kidneys, heart, liver, bowel and even the fingertips and toes in various patients.

Suddenly, the disease seemed deeply mysterious and even more threatening. However, when taken together, all of these symptoms pointed to an impeded blood flow.

“The concept that’s emerging is that this is not a respiratory illness alone, this is a respiratory illness to start with, but it is actually a vascular illness that kills people through its involvement of the vasculature,” said Dr Mandeep Mehra, medical director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center, in a widely-reported statement.

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Lani wrote:
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Blood vessels, not lungs? COVID-19 might not be a respiratory disease
https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/wellbei ... d-vessels/
From the start of the pandemic, so many people were dying of pneumonia, and at an overwhelming rate, that COVID-19 was thought to be a classic respiratory disease.

Then it was found that young people were suffering blood clots and fatal strokes. Inflammation was found not only in the lungs, but in the kidneys, heart, liver, bowel and even the fingertips and toes in various patients.

Suddenly, the disease seemed deeply mysterious and even more threatening. However, when taken together, all of these symptoms pointed to an impeded blood flow.

“The concept that’s emerging is that this is not a respiratory illness alone, this is a respiratory illness to start with, but it is actually a vascular illness that kills people through its involvement of the vasculature,” said Dr Mandeep Mehra, medical director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center, in a widely-reported statement.
During a talk by a doctor, he mentioned why the diabetic and obese (among others) are more vulnerable. This fits in with that. These conditions and those that go with them (e.g., high blood pressure) over time reduce organ function, e.g., diabetes with blood vessel damage can cause kidney failure. If you have a heart, lungs, kidneys, etc., already compromised by reduced function, COVID-19 is going to hit you much harder than if you have healthy, 100 percent function. Lots of common sense there.

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Exclusive: nearly 600 US health workers died of Covid-19 – and the toll is rising

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/202 ... stats-data
Nearly 600 frontline healthcare workers have died of Covid-19, according to Lost on the Frontline, a project launched by the Guardian and Kaiser Health News (KHN) that aims to count, verify and memorialize and every healthcare worker who dies during the pandemic.

The tally includes doctors, nurses and paramedics, as well as crucial healthcare support staff such as hospital janitors, administrators and nursing home workers, who have put their own lives at risk during the pandemic to help care for others. Lost on the Frontline has now published the names and obituaries for more than 100 workers.

A majority of those documented were identified as people of color, mostly African American and Asian/Pacific Islander. Profiles of more victims, and an updated count, will be added to our news sites twice weekly going forward.

There is no other comprehensive accounting of US healthcare workers’ deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has counted 368 Covid deaths among healthcare workers, but acknowledges its tally is an undercount. The CDC does not identify individuals.
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Pacific Islanders, Filipinos Have Highest COVID-19 Rates In Hawaii
https://www.civilbeat.org/2020/06/pacif ... in-hawaii/

Pacific Islanders in Hawaii make up just 4% of the state’s population, 13% of coronavirus cases in the state.

Filipinos make up 16% percent of population, 21% of the state’s coronavirus cases.

Whites make up 25% of the population, 28% of the cases.

Chinese & other Asian make up 4% of the population, 4% of the cases.

Native Hawaiian or part-Native Hawaiian make up 21% of the population, but just 13% of cases.
Amy Agbayani, a longtime advocate for Hawaii’s Filipino community, says both Pacific Islanders and Filipinos are essential workers and many live in multi-generational housing. Many are also immigrants or migrants with limited English proficiency and less access to health insurance and social safety nets.

“COVID actually exposes a lot of inequities in our system and clearly these foreign born workers and their families are impacted a lot,” she said. “They’re left out of federal CARES program and other benefits and even if they are eligible they have a hard time accessing them.”

Hawaii’s Japanese community is also less likely to get COVID-19 [11%] compared with their share of the population[15%]. And unlike many states on the mainland, Hawaii’s relatively small black community [2%]isn’t experiencing high rates of coronavirus here either. [1%]

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Another island report - Bali. 110,000 Chinese tourists in January, 5 direct flights daily from Wuhan.
Visits from tourists of all nationalities were banned in March, but Balinese still gathered in their thousands at Hindu ceremonies to pray for the island’s safety, in defiance of social-distancing policies.

Make no mistake. Bali’s economy, 60 to 80 per cent of which is dependent on tourism, has been gutted.

But from a health and public safety perspective, the island has emerged relatively unscathed – for reasons that continue to baffle infectious disease experts. By early June, there had been only five deaths and 510 confirmed infections, two-thirds of whom have fully recovered, according to coronavirus tallying resource Worldometers.

Some experts point to the island’s heat and humidity, which is thought to slow the spread of the virus. Others point to Bali’s young demographic and an associated theory that an asymptomatic outbreak has already run its course through the island.

Whatever the reason, the so-called miracle of Bali has lit a firecracker under the island’s global prestige. Search results for users of travel shopping website Expedia in Australia show Bali as the no.2 bucket-list destination for travel next summer. Online ticketing company Booking.com also ranks Bali as the second most popular place in the world travellers want to return to when the pandemic is over.
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News media is reporting concern about the rallies spreading covid19. Quite possible. However, one statement I heard was that the increase would take the US over 2,000,000 cases. Reality: on Sunday the US had over 202,000,000 cases already.

Meanwhile, the number of cases has never stopped rising if you remove the dramatic drop of NY cases from the statistics.

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Reality: on Sunday the US had over 202,000,000 cases already.
I think there's an extra zero or two. That would be almost 2 of every 3 Americans.
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CDC wants states to count ‘probable’ coronavirus cases and deaths, but most aren’t doing it
Fewer than half the states are following federal recommendations to report probable coronavirus cases and deaths, marking what experts say is an unusual break with public health practices that leads to inconsistent data collection and undercounts of the disease’s impact.

A Washington Post review found that the states not disclosing probable cases and deaths include some of the largest: California, Florida, North Carolina and New York. That is one reason government officials and public health experts say the virus’s true toll is above the U.S. tally as of Sunday of about 1.9 million coronavirus cases and 109,000 deaths — benchmarks that shape policymaking and public opinion on the pandemic.
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Lani wrote:
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Meanwhile, the number of cases has never stopped rising if you remove the dramatic drop of NY cases from the statistics.
It's like there is a floor of about 50 new cases per day per million of population that is almost impossible to get below. I've been wondering if there is something about the disease that means it can't be completely eradicate.

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Some covid-19 patients taken off ventilators are taking days or even weeks to wake up
‘It’s a big deal,’ says a Weill Cornell neurologist. The consequences range from mental fog, and mild memory lapses, to severe neurological problems.

By Dan Hurley
June 7, 2020 at 10:07 p.m. GMT+2

After five days on a ventilator because of covid-19, Susham “Rita” Singh seemed to have turned a corner. Around midnight on April 8, doctors at Houston Methodist Hospital turned off the sedative drip that had kept the previously healthy 65-year-old in a medically induced coma.

“The expectation is that you should start waking up after six hours, 12 hours or a day,” said her daughter, Silky Singh Pahlajani, a neurologist in New York City. “But it was six-and-a-half days before she started … opening her eyes. I thought she had suffered a massive stroke.

“Her brain MRI was normal, which was great, but then the question became: What’s going on?”

That question is baffling neurologists and rehabilitation physicians treating patients with severe covid-19 cases. A significant number of those who have spent long periods on ventilators are taking days or weeks — rather than hours — to awaken from medically induced comas.

When they do regain consciousness, many face the need for months of cognitive and physical rehabilitation, and some might never return to their previous level of functioning.

“Some of these patients, we wean them down off sedation, take the breathing tube out and right away they give us a thumbs up, or a few words,” said Nicholas Schiff, a neurologist at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York who specializes in treating disorders of consciousness. “But there are others who are still not following commands and still not expressing themselves weeks later.”


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Foggy wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:33 am
Reality: on Sunday the US had over 202,000,000 cases already.
I think there's an extra zero or two. That would be almost 2 of every 3 Americans.
Arghh. I blame insomnia. 2,002,000

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