Surviving Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) June 28, 2020

Surviving C-19
June 28, 2020
7:08 Am
161 Days since first US infection

It has become my habit to not do headlines on Saturday for my own well-being.  On most Saturdays there are less headlines, but yesterday we shattered records all over the globe on new infections, which means in three weeks or less we will shatter records for deaths from C-19.  That is inescapable at this juncture.  Areas not in this bloom ought to learn from the harsh lesson which will descend upon those Red States that took pleasing the POTUS as more pressing than the Pandemic itself, and Virus does not care what we think.

So the EU is locking the USA out because we have 106 cases per 1,000 people.  16/1000, 1.6/100 or 1.6% infectivity vs 106/1000, 10.6/100 or 10.6%.  That is detected, if 60-80% we have a very different problem. If every 4 people infected is actually 10 infections with 6 hidden you can readily see the problem with detection.

Florida and Texas, both of which re-opened to please a POTUS in denial, have been forced by the virus to close back down.  Failure to do so will result in the overwhelming of the health care system.  The POTUS and the GOP are burying us all, and denying any responsibility, blaming China and rattling the war sabre in advertisements.  Like a batter striking out blaming the pitcher for cheating, the virus arrived and China missed it, suffered for that, reported what they found because they were in the same denial the POTUS has been in.

How the virus started is only of value in epidemiology.  No one will ever prove it came from nature or it came from a lab because both are possible. Blaming another nation in a Pandemic makes it rather difficult to create a unified global response, which is what we need to stop the virus.  These actions, denial and blame, which are the bread and butter of the whiner in chief, are detrimental to the sustainability and survival of both America and Americans.

Last night Bill Maher was once again talking about how the bug is nothing to the youth statistically.  Portraying the Virus as less dangerous to them and because of that they should just live, with caution. I sympathize with their lives disruption, but that seems a naive viral ideology. The youth may well be the spread vector in this as asymptomatic carriers, keeping the bug alive, giving it the space it needs to thrive and spread until it encounters someone more vulnerable.  In this sense they might well be central to the virus because it may be living and breeding and spreading through them to our vulnerable populations.

Also, rare cases in youths have been both fatal and created lifelong disabilities. This virus is still novel, we know very little about it, no one is at less or more risk to that unknown.  It remains unknown.  We have no idea why some young people get C-19 so badly they have severe cases and bad outcomes.  Some young folks have lost both lungs, or suffer symptoms many months after they ‘recovered’. 

We are still largely ignorant of this bug, and until we are not caution is the best practice, isolate, mask, frequent hand washing and limit crowd exposure to an absolute minimum with precautions.  Will we like it, no, we are social creatures.  However if we like living, and our friends and loved ones living, we will not allow the virus the foothold it already has in most of the Continental US.

Some of us are at more risk because of underlying conditions, a lack of such conditions and youth combined does not equal safe. The young need to live yes, but they need to do so in a world of C-19.  That world is not the world we recall, and not the world we are in now.  We are transitioning to such a world in real time right now.

Legacy Headlines
11 Am

Global coronavirus cases top 10 million, as death toll nears 500,000
Masked and distanced, Spanish PM Sanchez hits the campaign trail
Municipal elections in France: turnout down compared to the first round
U.K. plans localized lockdowns as COVID-19 deaths among Indian-origin people remain high
Poland holds presidential election delayed by pandemic
US tops 2.5 million Covid-19 cases as infections surge
Lockdown and social distancing could make our immune system weaker, says scientist
Workers removed thousands of social distancing stickers before Trump’s Tulsa rally
Washington state pauses reopening over rise in coronavirus case
Trump campaign postpones Pence events in Florida and Arizona as coronavirus cases spike
Brazil agrees to help produce COVID-19 vaccine
Ethiopian monk thought to be aged 114 survives coronavirus
India surpasses 500,000 COVID-19 cases
Three people died, one permanently blind after drinking hand sanitizer in US
U.S. Must Release Children From Family Detention Centers, Judge Rules
Pelosi: Trump not wearing a mask is ‘cowardly’
Disney Postpones ‘Mulan’ to 21 August Over Coronavirus Concerns
US logs record 40K COVID-19 cases in a day as experts brace for rise in deaths
Coronavirus hits all-time highs in parts of US
Latinos hit hard by COVID-19
Russian doctors threatened by authorities as COVID spreads
Political clash over masks heats ups
ICU staff celebrates COVID patient leaving as new mom
World Health Organization warns of COVID resurgence in Europe
New warnings, closures as COVID cases rise in 23 states
How McDonald’s is responding to the coronavirus pandemic
Mississippi hits record single-day spike in coronavirus cases
Fauci says that states doing well with COVID-19 spread could still be vulnerable
“It’s a hot mess in Florida”: Covid-19 upends U.S. elections race
Summer 2020: Eiffel Tower reopens (but use the stairs)
Businesses react to ‘pause’ on Texas reopening
Restaurant reacts to “pause” on Texas reopening
Dow drops 730 points on COVID-19 fears
Rush to book summer breaks in Europe after deal to lift travel restrictions
Coronavirus health claims that won’t go away
US crisis deepens with 40,000 coronavirus cases in one day
Millions of children face starvation in Yemen warns United Nations
Coronavirus: Mortality rate in India ‘could be much higher’
Black business owners adapt to financial insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic
White House coronavirus task force holds briefing as cases spike
Coronavirus task force holds first briefing in months as cases hit record high
Did remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic work?
Pence paints deceptive picture as Covid situation worsens
Sanjay Gupta: I’m concerned because it feels like we’ve given up at this point
Pence pressed on holding campaign events amid Covid surge
More stimulus payments? Scalia weighs in as coronavirus cases surge
Coronavirus Task Force provides updates on nationwide cases
Gov. Ron DeSantis Slammed For COVID-19 Response By Florida Politics Expert
Pence Cancels Trips To Arizona, Florida Due To Concerns Over Coronavirus Cases
New U.S. COVID-19 Infections Top 43,000 In A Single Fay, Far Outstripping Previous Peaks
Houston Area Hospitals Running Out Beds For COVID-19 Patients
Doctors Face Tough Choices, Narrowing Options On COVID In Arizona
Premature Arizona Reopening Coincided With Trump Publicity Visit
Health Experts Concerned Indoor Dining May Lead To COVID-19 Spikes
Pence Won’t Wear Or Even Say ‘Face Mask’ During Latest COVID-19 Briefing
Trump Says The Nation Has ‘A Little Work To Do’ As COVID-19 Rages
Powerful Reunion Between COVID-19 Nurse And The Firefighter Who Saved Her Life
University Of Notre Dame’s Plan To Fully Reopen Amid Pandemic
Reporter Debunks Trump Surrogate’s Claim That Term ‘Kung Flu’ Came From Obama Admin

Africa Headlines
Hydroxychloroquine and coronavirus: The story so far
Coronavirus in Ethiopia: ‘Incredible recovery of man aged over 100’
The East African truck drivers accused of spreading coronavirus
Coronavirus vaccine trials in Africa: What you need to know

Asia Headlines
Australia has been a coronavirus success story – is that changing?
Scotland ‘could be Covid-free by end of summer’
Coronavirus: Where are cases still rising?
Delhi ‘wasted’ lockdown to become Covid hotspot
Patient 91: How Vietnam saved a British pilot and kept a clean Covid-19 sheet
Coronavirus in India: Inside a Mumbai hospital ICU

Australia Headlines
Australia caps toilet roll sales after panic-buying
Coronavirus: Rugby league returns to Australia despite Covid-19 fears
Coronavirus: Australia sends 1,000 army personnel to Victoria to fight outbreak
Coronavirus: Qantas to axe 6,000 jobs due to pandemic


South and Central America Headlines
Coronavirus: Remembering Brazil’s dead nurses
Coronavirus: What’s happening in Peru?
Brazil’s former health minister Nelson Teich speaks out
Hard-hit Brazil records second-highest daily death toll
Coronavirus pandemic: Tracking the global outbreak
Coronavirus: What are the numbers out of Latin America?
Mexico’s Central de Abasto: How coronavirus tore through Latin America’s largest market
Triplets born with COVID-19 — but their parents test negative, Mexico officials say

June 28, 2020 4:00 PM
Global Infected                 9,939,813             10,055,037
Increase Infected            244,438                 115,224

Global Dead                       497,442                 499,990
Increase Dead                   5,847                     2,548    

US Infected                        2,505,593               2,535,712
Increase Infected            52,548                      30,119  

US Dead                               125,480                 125,709
Increase Dead                   589                          229

Maine infected                 3,154                       3,191
Increase Infected            52                             37

Maine Dead                       104                          104
Increase Dead                   1                               0

So the EU is locking the USA out because we have 106 cases per 1,000 people.  16/1000, 1.6/100 or 1.6% infectivity vs 106/1000, 10.6/100or 10.6%.  That is detected, if 60-80% we have a very different problem. If every 4 people infected is actually 10 infections with 6 hidden you can readily see the problem with detection.

Florida and Texas, both of which re-opened to please a POTUS in denial, have been forced by the virus to close back down.  Failure to do so will result in the overwhelming of the health care system.  The POTUS and the GOP are burying us all, and denying any responsibility, blaming China and rattling the war sabre in advertisements.  Like a batter striking out blaming the pitcher for cheating, the virus arrived and China missed it, suffered for that, reported what they found because they were in the same denial the POTUS has been in.  Even if the bug was bioengineered it would never be provable beyond a reasonable doubt.

How the virus started is only of value in epidemiology.  No one will ever prove it came from nature or it came from a lab because both are possible. Blaming another nation in a Pandemic makes it rather difficult to create a unified global response, which is what we need to stop the virus.  These actions, denial and blame, which are the bread and butter of the whiner in chief are detrimental to the sustainability and survival.

Last night Bill Maher was once again talking about how the bug is nothing to the youth.  It’s like a flu to them and they ought to go live.  I sympathize with their lives disruption, but that seems a naive viral ideology. The youth may well be the spread vector in this as asymptomatic carriers, keeping the bug alive, giving it the space it needs to thrive and spread until it encounters someone more vulnerable.

Also, rare cases in youths have been both fatal and created lifelong disabilities. This virus is still novel, we know very little about it, no one is at less or more risk to that novelness. Some of us are at more risk because of underlying conditions, a lack of such conditions and youth combined does not equal safe. The young need to live yes, but they need to do so in a world of C-19.  That world is not the world we recall, and not the world we are in now.  We are transitioning to such a world in real time right now.

Point of Interest–Trump’s rhetoric causes fallout in Africa

Covid-19 in Africa: Fighting fake news about coronavirus
5G technology did NOT cause hundreds of deaths in Kano
Fake coronavirus WhatsApp message ‘killed me off’
No, inhaling steam does not cure coronavirus
Consuming alcohol does NOT protect you against Covid-19
No evidence coronavirus lasts up to a month on surfaces
This South Sudanese minister did NOT die from coronavirus
Putting disinfectant into your body will NOT protect you from Covid-19 and can be dangerous
How to spot fake news and misinformation online
Coronavirus: How can you stop the spread of misinformation?
Seven ways to stop bad information

Point of Interest
Coronavirus found in Barcelona waste water sample from March 2019
“Spanish virologists have found traces of the novel coronavirus in a sample of Barcelona waste water collected in March 2019, nine months before the COVID-19 disease was identified in China, the University of Barcelona said on Friday. The discovery of virus genome presence so early in Spain, if confirmed, would imply the disease may have appeared much earlier than the scientific community thought.

The University of Barcelona team, who had been testing waste water since mid-April this year to identify potential new outbreaks, decided to also run tests on older samples.  They first found the virus was present in Barcelona on Jan. 15, 2020, 41 days before the first case was officially reported there. Then they ran tests on samples taken between January 2018 and December 2019 and found the presence of the virus genome in one of them, collected on March 12, 2019. “The levels of SARS-CoV-2 were low but were positive,” research leader Albert Bosch was quoted as saying by the university. The research has been submitted for a peer review.”–Reuters

And Climate Change keeps on Truckin . . .
Swarm of locusts reaches suburb of Indian capital
Dead dolphins wash up on France’s shores in record numbers
Preventing a plague: Fighting Kenya’s locusts
India locusts: Swarm sweeps into Delhi suburb Gurgaon
Massive Saharan dust cloud shrouds the Caribbean
The destructive power of extreme hail

Kenyan Hailstone are increasing in size and destroying crops

While I worked on this in Isolation the planet broke 10 million cases and killed another 2,548 of my fellow humans, 229 of those were my fellow Americans.

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