Surviving Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) July 24, 2020

Surviving C-19
July 24, 2020
11:32 AM
184 Days since first US infection

The near geometric rise of C-19 is disturbing.  It took 98 days to reach 1 million cases here, it took half that, 44 days, to reach 2 Million.  It took half that, 26 days to reach 3 Million cases here.  It took half that, a mere 15 days to reach 4 Million.  Following this trend we hit 5 M in a week, 6 mil three or four days later, and then are at a million a day.  I hope I am wrong, the hospitals cannot take that.

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King Trump’s Headlines

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U.S. Justice Department watchdog to probe use of force in Portland, D.C.
Judge Orders Michael Cohen to Be Released From Prison
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams fellow lawmaker
Portland protest violence continues as Trump sends federal agents to other cities
Federal clashes with Portland protesters raises legal questions about use of force
Judge orders release of documents in Ghislaine Maxwell case
‘People Will Die’: Florida Educators Raise Concerns About In-Person Learning
Trump Talks To Putin As U.S. Hits 4,000,000 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
Gov. Murphy On Lack Of Federal Fund For States: ‘It’s A Disaster’
ISIS Terrorists Known As ‘The Beatles’ Admit Involvement In Captivity Of Slain Americans
Ocasio-Cortez Slams Florida Republican After Confrontation On Capitol Steps
Portland Mayor Tear-Gassed With Protesters As Tensions Grow
Portland protesters say federal forces are fueling city’s anger over policing
Portland’s mayor was heckled by protesters, then tear gassed by federal agents
President Trump has made more than 20,000 false or misleading claims
The Trump campaign is creating an alternate reality online about coronavirus
Two Columbus statues removed from Chicago parks
School changes name: Robert E. Lee to John Lewis
Portland rattled by overnight protests
Portland protesters dispersed amid loud bangs, gas
Portland mayor tear-gassed by federal agents during protest
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Ocasio-Cortez: Don’t need Yoho to apologize. He doesn’t want to
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China orders US to close Chengdu consulate
Chicago mayor removes Columbus statue in dead of night
‘Massive’ protest erupts outside of Chicago mayor’s home
Pelosi proposes extending unemployment insurance benefits
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Trump says he would ‘absolutely’ take COVID vaccine during interview
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Obama-Era Rule For Suburban Diversification Revoked
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Reporter: GOP’s Verbal Slur Against Rep. Ocasio-Cortez ‘Touched A Nerve’
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Conservative Columnist George Will Says He Will Vote For Biden In November
Delta Air Lines CEO: ‘You Cannot Board A Delta Plane Without A Mask On’

Point of Interest: “LIVE on July 24 at 11:30 a.m. ET: Anthony S. Fauci on the coronavirus pandemic”

Since the POTUS fails to invite America’s leading epidemiologist to the briefings, and demands he not make TV appearances, the Washington Post gave him a pod cast, which is not banned, in order to allow him to communicate with the American People about C-19.

Point of interest: UK and US say Russia fired a satellite weapon in space

“The US and UK have accused Russia of testing a weapon-like projectile in space that could be used to target satellites in orbit. The US State Department described the recent use of “what would appear to be actual in-orbit anti-satellite weaponry” as concerning. Russia’s defense ministry earlier said it was using new technology to perform checks on Russian space equipment.

The US has previously raised concerns about new Russian satellite activity, but it is the first time the UK has made accusations about Russian test-firing in space. They come just days after an inquiry said the UK government “badly underestimated” the threat posed by Russia. In a statement on Thursday, US Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-proliferation, Christopher Ford, accused Moscow of hypocrisy after it said it wanted arms control to be extended to space. “Moscow aims to restrict the capabilities of the United States while clearly having no intention of halting its own counter-space program,” he said.”–AP

Point of Interest: “Genetic impact of colonial-era slave trade revealed in DNA study”

“A major DNA study has shed new light on the fate of millions of Africans who were traded as slaves to the Americas between the 16th and 19th centuries. More than 50,000 people took part in the study, which was able to identify more details of the “genetic impact” the trade has had on present-day populations in the Americas.

It lays bare the consequences of rape, maltreatment, disease and racism. More than 12.5m Africans were traded between 1515 and the mid-19th Century. Some two million of the enslaved men, women and children died en route to the Americas.”–Reuters

Point of Interest: Coronavirus: Scientists discover ‘camouflage’ enzyme

“Scientists have uncovered the structure of an enzyme called nsp16 which coronavirus uses to fool the immune system and gain access to host cells, which it hijacks to replicate itself. Understanding how nsp16 works could lead to new antiviral drugs for COVID-19 patients by inhibiting the enzyme in allowing the virus to slip past security.”–Nature

Point of Interest: “Pepcid as a virus remedy? Trump admin’s $21M gamble fizzled”

“As the coronavirus began its deadly march through the world, two well-respected American doctors identified a possible but seemingly unlikely remedy: Pepcid, the heartburn medication found on drugstore shelves everywhere. There were no published data or studies to suggest that famotidine, the active ingredient in Pepcid, would be effective against the novel coronavirus. In early April, when government scientists learned of a proposal to spend millions in federal research funding to study Pepcid, they found it laughable, according to interviews, a whistleblower complaint and internal government records obtained by The Associated Press.

But that didn’t stop the Trump administration from granting a $21 million emergency contract to researchers trying it out on ailing patients. The Food and Drug Administration gave the clinical trial speedy approval even as a top agency official worried that the proposed daily injections of high doses of famotidine for already sick patients pushed safety “to the limits,” internal government emails show.

That contract is now under scrutiny after a government whistleblower accused a senior administration official of rushing the deal through without the scientific oversight necessary for such a large federal award. And the doctors who initially promoted the Pepcid idea are locked in a battle for credit and sniping over allegations of scientific misconduct.

Meantime, the trial itself is on pause due to a shortage of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in New York, delaying it indefinitely. A vaccine or effective treatment could be available before the study is complete. The Pepcid project has underscored what critics describe as the Trump administration’s casual disregard for science and anti-corruption rules that are meant to guard against taxpayer dollars going to political cronies or to fund projects that aren’t rigorously designed.

“The evidence used to support the trial is extremely weak,” said Dr. Steven Nissen, a Cleveland Clinic Cardiologist””–AP

Yesterday Today
Global Infected 15,321,211 15,628,936
Increase Infected 287,350 307,725

Global Dead 625,888 636,262
Increase Dead 7,827 10,374

USA Infected 4,007,859 4,084,551
USA increase Infected 72,648 76,692  

USA C-19 deaths 143,846 144,954
USA C-19 deaths increase 1,251 1,108

Maine Infected 3,737 3,757
Maine Increase 14 20

Maine deaths 118 118
Increase Maine deaths 0 0

and Climate Change Keeps on Truckin . . .
One billion tons of plastic waste to be dumped by 2040, predicts study
2 dangerous storms set to hit US

While I worked in isolation on this another 10,374 of my fellow humans succumbed to C-19, of those 1,108 were my fellow Americans and 0 were my Fellow Mainers.

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