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Monday, May 4, 2020
• Study Estimates CA COVID-19 Mortality Rate Under One Percent (The Vaccine Reaction)
Using antibody tests to determine infection incidence provides a more accurate picture of how many of those infected have complications resulting in death. The mortality rate is based on the number of confirmed infections and confirmed deaths; the higher the number of infections, the lower the fatality rate. Both the USC and the Stanford University studies estimated a mortality rate of 0.1 to 0.2 percent, which is closer to the death rate associated with the seasonal influenza.
• The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Pushing America Into A Mental Health Crisis (Washington Post)
Three months into the coronavirus pandemic, America is on the verge of another health crisis, with daily doses of death, isolation and fear generating widespread psychological trauma. Federal agencies and experts warn that a historic wave of mental health problems (https://cumbrestoltec.com/meds/buy-diazepam/) is approaching: depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide. Just as the initial coronavirus outbreak caught hospitals unprepared, the country’s mental health system — vastly underfunded, fragmented and difficult to access before the pandemic — is even less prepared to handle this coming surge.
• Nigeria Taps The Power Of Music To Try To Beat Coronavirus (Reuters)
Lagos was under lockdown, mass gatherings were banned and Banjoko and his musicians were under special orders from the state to play their gospel tunes to try to speed the recovery from a virus that has killed hundreds of thousands worldwide. “The purpose was to lift the spirits – to deliver spiritual healing,” Banjoko said. “That was greatly achieved.”
• An Indian-American Doctor Has Begun A Study To See If Prayers Can Heal Coronavirus (VICE)
Lakkireddy, who describes himself as being born a Hindu who later attended a Catholic school and also spent time at synagogues, monasteries and mosques, said that the purpose of the study is to question: “If there is a supernatural power, which a lot of us believe, would that power of prayer and divine intervention change the outcomes in a concerted fashion?” Stressing that the study anyway wouldn’t harm anyone since it wouldn’t interfere with the patients’ treatment, he admits that he has received “mixed reactions” from his colleagues.
• Iceland Tested 13% of Its Population. Here’s What It Found (Time)
High schools, hair salons, dentists and other businesses across Iceland are reopening Monday after six weeks of lockdown, after this North Atlantic nation managed to tame its coronavirus outbreak. Iceland has confirmed 1,799 cases of the virus, but just 10 people have died. The number of new COVID-19 cases each day has fallen from 106 at the peak of the outbreak to single digits — even, on some days, zero. “I didn’t expect the recovery to be this fast,” said Iceland’s chief epidemiologist, Thorolfur Gudnason.
• Coronavirus Is Revealing Uncomfortable Truths About Japan (Spectator)
Saturday, May 2, 2020
• Smerconish: Virus Is Far More Widespread & Far Less Lethal (CNN)
Recent data suggests the virus is far more widespread than initially believed, meaning it is far less lethal. That should impact our public policy response.
• Many Field Hospitals Went Largely Unused, Will Be Shut Down (AP)
Gleaming new tent hospitals sit empty on two suburban New York college campuses, never having treated a single coronavirus patient. Convention centers that were turned into temporary hospitals in other cities went mostly unused. And a Navy hospital ship that offered help in Manhattan is soon to depart. When virus infections slowed down or fell short of worst-case predictions, the globe was left dotted with dozens of barely used or unused field hospitals. Some public officials say that’s a good problem to have — despite spending potentially billions of dollars to erect the care centers — because it’s a sign the deadly disease was not nearly as cataclysmic as it might have been…”
• The Underground Doctors’ Movement Questioning The Use Of Ventilators (Spectator)
As I previously reported in the Spectator, these has never been a randomized control trial to show that sedating people with severe pneumonia in order to put a breathing tube down their throat (the process known as intubation), in order to hook them up to a mechanical ventilator is lifesaving at any particular point in their illness. Neither has there been such a trial in chimps, dogs, sheep or rats. Yet it is a firmly entrenched belief that intubation and ventilation are necessary once a patient requires a high level of supplemental oxygen. Or it was. While most Western governments were in a mad dash to manufacture ventilators for COVID-19 pneumonia in March, a burgeoning movement within the medical community was starting to question their use. This movement largely operated outside of the traditional networks of academic journals and conferences. Rather, it used Twitter, YouTube, and even podcasts…
• The Last Time The Government Sought A ‘Warp Speed’ Vaccine, It Was A Fiasco (Washington Post)
There were reports of sporadic deaths possibly connected to the vaccine. Cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome also emerged, and are still cited today by the anti-vaccine movement. Panic emerged, with dozens of states pausing vaccinations. By December, following 94 reports of paralysis, the entire program was shut down…
• How Does Covid-19 Compare To The Spanish Flu? (Mercola)
While COVID-19 meets the technical definition of a pandemic, the death toll is nowhere near that of earlier serious pandemics that would legitimately justify the extraordinary measures being deployed by the U.S. government. An estimated 75 million to 200 million people in Eurasia and as much as 60% of the European population in rural areas were wiped out by the Black Death (bubonic plague) between 1347 and 1351. The Spanish flu (swine flu), which hit during World War I in 1918, infected 500 million people worldwide, killing an estimated 50 million, or 2.7% of the global population…
• These Charts Show How Covid-19 Has Changed Consumer Spending Around The World (World Economic Forum)
Generally, spending is down across all industries, as lockdown measures have restricted what we can spend money on, due to restaurants and shops being shut and air travel suspended. Equally, the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic have meant consumers are less inclined to spend more, with many expecting their household income to continue to fall in the coming months. Time spent indoors however, has caused us to spend more on home entertainment and groceries.
Friday, May 1, 2020
• Chinese Lab Conducted Extensive Research On Deadly Bat Viruses, But There Is No Evidence Of Accidental Release (Washington Post)
On Thursday, the U.S. intelligence community released an assessment formally concluding that the virus behind the coronavirus pandemic originated in China. While asserting that the pathogen was not man-made or genetically altered, the statement pointedly declined to rule out the possibility that the virus had escaped from the complex of laboratories in Wuhan that has been at the forefront of global research into bat-borne viruses linked to multiple epidemics over the past decade.
• Danes And Czechs Say Easing Lockdowns Has Produced No Covid-19 Surge (The Guardian)
Thursday, April 30, 2020
• The Data Is In — Stop The Panic And End The Total Isolation (The Hill)
The tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be entering the containment phase. Tens of thousands of Americans have died, and Americans are now desperate for sensible policymakers who have the courage to ignore the panic and rely on facts. Leaders must examine accumulated data to see what has actually happened, rather than keep emphasizing hypothetical projections; combine that empirical evidence with fundamental principles of biology established for decades; and then thoughtfully restore the country to function. Five key facts are being ignored by those calling for continuing the near-total lockdown:
Fact 1: The overwhelming majority of people do not have any significant risk of dying from COVID-19.
Fact 2: Protecting older, at-risk people eliminates hospital overcrowding.
Fact 3: Vital population immunity is prevented by total isolation policies, prolonging the problem.
Fact 4: People are dying because other medical care is not getting done due to hypothetical projections.
Fact 5: We have a clearly defined population at risk who can be protected with targeted measures.
• Coronavirus In The U.S.: Latest Map And Case Count (NYT)
• Do Lockdowns Save Many Lives? In Most Places, The Data Say No (Wall Street Journal)
• Hospitals Across The Country Begin To Close Due To Lack Of Patients — Nurses And Doctors Being Laid Off (Health Impact News)
• Hospitals In California Have Been Half Empty This Whole Time (@ElonMusk)
• Michigan Doctor Charged With Felonies For Treating Coronavirus Patients With Vitamin C (Health Impact News)
Related Links: Vitamin C and Vitamin D
• Another 3.8 Million File Unemployment Claims, Overwhelming The States (NYT)
The American economy continues to stagger under the weight of the coronavirus pandemic, with another 3.8 million workers filing for unemployment benefits last week.The figures announced Thursday by the Labor Department bring the number of workers joining the official jobless ranks in the last six weeks to more than 30 million, and underscore just how dire economic conditions remain. Many state agencies still find themselves overwhelmed by the flood of claims, leaving perhaps millions with dwindling resources to pay the rent or put food on the table.
• Sweden Had No Lockdown But Its Economy Is Expected To Suffer Just As Badly As Its European Neighbors (CNBC)
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
• Covid-19 Severity And Vitamin D Levels (GrassrootsHealth)
86% of all cases among patients with normal vitamin D levels were mild, while 73% of cases among patients with vitamin D deficiency were severe or critical. For each standard deviation increase in vitamin D level, the odds of having a mild case compared to a severe case were 7.94 times more, and the odds of having a mild case compared to a critical case were 19.61 times more.
Related Links: Vitamin C and Vitamin D
• ‘Second-Week Crash’ Is Time Of Peril For Some Covid-19 Patients (Washington Post)
• Dogs Are Being Trained To Sniff Out Coronavirus Cases (Washington Post)
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
• ‘Life Has To Go On’: How Sweden Has Faced The Virus Without A Lockdown (NYT)
Swedes, they said, could be trusted to stay home, follow social distancing protocols and wash their hands to slow the spread of the virus — without any mandatory orders. And, to a large extent, Sweden does seem to have been as successful in controlling the virus as most other nations. Sweden’s death rate of 22 per 100,000 people is the same as that of Ireland, which has earned accolades for its handling of the pandemic, and far better than in Britain or France.
• Update On Sweden’s Coronavirus Approach (CNN)
Sweden has not had as many deaths as Italy or Spain, which have recorded around 45 and 51 deaths per 100,000 people respectively, or even the UK, where there have been about 32 deaths per 100,000 of the population. But there are various complex differences between Sweden and these countries that make direct comparisons harder, such as Italy having an older population, more smokers, and a larger number of close-knit multigenerational households.
Asked whether the death toll would have been lower if Sweden had followed the same path as other European countries in introducing strict restrictions, Tegnell replied: “That’s a very difficult question to answer at this stage. At least 50% of our death toll is within the elderly homes and we have a hard time understanding how a lockdown would stop the introduction of the disease into the elderly homes.”
• Can You Boost Your Resistance To COVID-19? (The People’s Pharmacy)
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• CDC Confirms Six Coronavirus Symptoms Showing Up In Patients Over And Over (Washington Post)
The symptoms, which the CDC reports could appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus, are:
• Repeated shaking with chills
• Muscle pain
• Sore throat
• New loss of taste or smell
Previously, the CDC listed just three known symptoms: shortness of breath, cough and fever.
• YouTube Removes Viral Video Of Frontline Doctors Calling For An End To Quarantine (TheBlaze)
In the video briefing, Erickson and Massihi pushed back against the conventional narrative regarding the dangers of COVID-19 and the effectiveness of social distancing measures. “Do we need to still shelter in place? Our answer is emphatically no,” Erickson said. “Do we need businesses to be shut down? Emphatically no. Do we need to test them and get them back to work? Absolutely.”
“If you study the numbers in 2017 and 2018, we had 50 to 60 million with the flu,” Erickson said. “And we had a similar death rate in the deaths the United States were 43,545 — similar to the flu of 2017-2018. We always have between 37,000 and 60,000 deaths in the United States, every single year. No pandemic talk. No shelter in place. No shutting down businesses.”
“Sheltering in place decreases your immune system. And then as we all come out of shelter in place with a lower immune system and start trading viruses, bacteria — what do you think is going to happen? Disease is going to spike,” Erickson explained.
• 72% Of Locked-Down Americans Say They’ll Reach ‘Breaking Point’ By Mid-June (Study Finds)
In all, 1,895 U.S. citizens over the age of 18 were surveyed earlier this month, and 72% said they expect to reach a “breaking point” by mid-June if stay-at-home orders aren’t lifted. In fact, 100% of respondents said they would snap if this all lasts for longer than six months. The survey was conducted between April 3rd and 6th, and at that time, 16% said they had already hit their breaking point, with that number rising to 25% within the next two weeks. That would indicate that one in four Americans have likely reached wits’ end by now.
The top “breaking point drivers” cited by respondents were loneliness, constant arguments with one’s spouse or family, extreme worry over mundane activities like visiting the grocery store, and constant anxiety.
• The Coming Greater Depression Of The 2020s (MarketWatch)
• Exasperation Grows Over Delays Trying To Sign Up For Unemployment, ‘People Have No Food, People Are Talking About Suicide’ (CBS New York)
• Pelosi: A Minimum Guaranteed Income May Now Be ‘Worthy of Our Attention’ (Breitbart)
• CDC Recommends Social Distancing For Pets After Some Test Positive For Coronavirus (The Hill)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending people follow the same social distancing guidelines with their pets as they would human family members after a small number of animals, including dogs and cats, were reportedly infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. CDC guidelines recommend people restrict their pets from interacting with other animals when outside their house and urge people to keep cats indoors when possible and to walk dogs on a leash while maintaining at least six feet from other people and animals. The CDC also calls for people to avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.
• What Rome Learned From The Deadly Antonine Plague Of 165 A.D. (Smithsonian)
Monday, April 27, 2020
Saturday, April 25, 2020
• Van Jones: I’m Someone Covid-19 Could Easily Kill. Here Is What I’m Doing About It (CNN)
If the African American community is going to beat this virus — and create a pandemic-resistant black community — we are going to have to make big changes in both our public systems and our personal lives. This virus is especially lethal to African Americans because it is — in effect — a pandemic jumping on top of multiple, pre-existing epidemics that were already ravaging the black community. Diseases like hypertension, diabetes, asthma and obesity make the virus far more deadly. And African American communities have those illnesses in numbers that are way out of proportion…
For example, we can all vow to eat healthier. Drink more water. Move our bodies. Process emotional pain through therapy, rather than comfort eating or substance abuse. Commit to a spiritual or religious practice. Meditate. Rest. Get more sleep. And let’s not forget to practice gratitude. In the midst of this plague, every unlabored, unaided breath is more precious than ever. Black influencers set the agenda for global culture. We can make the quest for personal health as cool as we have made the quest for personal wealth. Imagine if rap videos and black TV shows started showcasing push-ups, Peloton and healthy green drinks, in the same way that they often showcase fashion and foreign cars.
• Coronavirus: Has Sweden Got Its Science Right? (BBC)
• As Food Supply Chains Fail, Small Businesses Step Up to Fill in the Gaps (Health Impact News)
We need a return to the “old fashion” way of conducting business, where there is a town butcher, a town baker, local grain mills, and local dairy farms and other kinds of farms producing and selling meats, produce, dairy, and other food staples to the consumer directly through local businesses. Those in the metropolitan areas need to find like-minded neighbors and fellow city residents to band together and form co-ops and buying clubs to support farmers that may be located further out in the rural areas, to more efficiently bring that food from the farm to the tables of those in the cities.
• Healthy People In Their 30S And 40S, Barely Sick With Covid-19, Are Dying From Strokes (Washington Post)
Reports of strokes in the young and middle-aged – not just at Mount Sinai but in many other hospitals in hard-hit communities – are the latest twist in our evolving understanding of the mysteries of covid-19. Even as the virus has infected nearly 2.8 million people worldwide and killed 195,000 as of Friday, its origins, biological mechanisms and weaknesses continue to elude top scientific minds. Once thought to be a pathogen that primarily attacks the lungs, it has turned out to be a much more formidable foe – affecting nearly every major organ system in the body… Now three large U.S. medical centers are preparing to publish data on the stroke phenomenon for the first time. The numbers are small, only a few dozen per location, but they provide new insights into what the virus does to our bodies.
• As Working From Home Becomes More Widespread, Many Say They Don’t Want To Go Back (CNBC)
• To Get Around Stay-At-Home Orders, Spaniards Have Been Walking Some Unusual ‘Pets’ (CNN)
• Man Wearing N95 Mask Passes Out While Driving Car, Crashing into Pole (People)
• Tiny Houses Could Be The Covid-19 Solution For An Exposed American Population (Inverse)
Related Link: The Tiny House Movement
Friday, April 24, 2020
• UN Leader Says The World Could Face ‘Famines Of Biblical Proportions’ Amid Coronavirus Crisis (People)
As the world continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, the United Nations is warning that without action, the world is at risk of numerous famines “of biblical proportions” in the near future. On Tuesday, David Beasley, the director of the United Nations World Food Program, addressed the UN Security Council via video where he expressed concerns that the world is on “the brink of a hunger pandemic.” He explained that famines could be seen “in about three dozen countries,” ten of which already have more than 1 million people on the verge of starvation. “There is also a real danger that more people could potentially die from the economic impact of COVID-19 than from the virus itself,” he warned.
• U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 50,000 (Daily Mail)
The U.S. has both the highest number of confirmed cases in the world and the highest death toll. A predictive model relied on by the White House this week increased its projection of expected deaths by August by 10 per cent to 66,000. The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation now expects the national death toll to hit 65,976 by August — 5,561 more than previously forecast.
• The Coronavirus Has Caused A Wave Of Early Retirement (Yahoo Finance)
• He Was a Doctor Who Never Got Sick. Then the Coronavirus Nearly Killed Him. (NYT)
• Emergency Room Doctor, Near Death With Coronavirus, Saved After Experimental Treatment (LATimes)
The doctors tried a drug called Actemra, which was designed to treat rheumatoid arthritis but also approved in 2017 to treat cytokine storms in cancer patients. Dr. Matt Hartman, a cardiologist, said that after four days on the immunosuppressive drug, supplemented by high-dose vitamin C and other therapies, the level of oxygen in Padgett’s blood improved dramatically. On March 23, doctors were able to take him off life support.
• Sunlight And Humidity Kill Coronavirus The Fastest: U.S. Scientists (Aljazeera)
• The Makers Of Lysol Had To Issue A Warning Against Drinking Bleach After Trump Said It Might Cure Coronavirus (Vice)
U.S. President Donald Trump suggested Thursday evening that injecting disinfectants could cure coronavirus, and now people all over the world are trying to find out how to do it. Google searches and social media trending topics have seen a huge spike in associated terms in the hours since Trump made the off-the-wall claims — which, in case you were in any doubt, are completely bogus and potentially life-threatening.
• FDA Issues Warnings On Chloroquine And Hydroxychloroquine After ‘Serious Poisoning And Death’ Reported (CNBC)
• ‘We’re Getting Flat Out Hammered Right Now.’ UPS Employees On Working During The Pandemic (CNN)
• Germans Aren’t Shopping Despite Stores Being Open (CNBC)
• Post-Lockdown Life In Wuhan Is A Warning To The World (Wired)
• Hospitals Play ‘Songs Of Hope’ As Virus Patients Go Home (NYT)
• ‘I Like It, Actually’: Why So Many Older People Thrive In Lockdown (NYT)
• Why Your Pet Is Acting Like A Weirdo During Quarantine (Vox)
Thursday, April 23, 2020
• Pandemic Causes Highest Unemployment Since Great Depression (Mercola)
• Credit Cards Start Offering Lower Limits Amid U.S. Outbreak (Bloomberg)
• In New York’s Largest Hospital System, 88 Percent Of Coronavirus Patients On Ventilators Didn’t Make It (Washington Post)
• How Industrial Food Makes Us More Vulnerable To Covid-19 (Organic Consumers Association)
Our highly processed and nutrient-poor foods are causing unprecedented numbers of people to develop diet-related chronic diseases. Six in 10 adults have one chronic disease and four in 10 have two or more — overall, more than 40 percent of the entire U.S. population has a chronic disease, and many of those diseases are directly related to our food: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, kidney disease, and various cancers. These underlying conditions correlate with increased morbidity and mortality for those who contract the virus. Preliminary findings show that metabolic dysfunction is causing devastating complications from COVID-19 and, shockingly, only 12 percent of the entire U.S. adult population is considered metabolically healthy. Metabolic dysfunction has one primary source: our highly processed, sugar-laden, nutrient-poor food supply.
• Universal School Library (Internet Archive)
With schools closing around the world, many students have lost access to physical school libraries. Luckily, there are ways to fill that gap. The Universal School Library is a collection of fiction and nonfiction books curated by a national advisory group of school librarians, librarian educators, and researchers. With more than 2,000 books available, the collection is meant to promote academic, cultural, and career literacy.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
• ‘Instead of Coronavirus, the Hunger Will Kill Us.’ A Global Food Crisis Looms. (NYT)
The world has never faced a hunger emergency like this, experts say. It could double the number of people facing acute hunger to 265 million by the end of this year.
• Battered States, Cities Struggling To Pay Bills As Congress Puts Off Bailout (Politico)
The $484 billion coronavirus relief package that’s expected to pass Congress on Thursday only offers assistance to small businesses, hospitals and money to ramp up testing. The chances of getting that funding in the next federal stimulus bill — buoyed Tuesday by supportive comments from President Donald Trump — plummeted on Wednesday as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said state and local governments should “use the bankruptcy route.”
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, said his breath was “taken away“ by McConnell‘s remarks on the Hugh Hewitt Show. He pleaded with Congress to send direct cash relief to states. “You have my word we won’t go bankrupt. But you know what will happen? We will gut the living daylights, in every state of America, out of the services — the exact services — that our citizens need right now,” Murphy said Wednesday at a press conference in Trenton. “We will just cut, cut, cut and cut. We won’t go bankrupt, senator, but we will leave our citizens in the lurch in their most profound hour of need.”
“I get small businesses. I get airlines. How about police?” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday, pointing to other recipients of the stimulus funding. “How about fire? How about health care workers? How about teachers? We’re not going to fund schools? I don’t get it. I don’t get it. That’s why I’m not in Washington.”
• Secrets of Lockdown Lifestyle Laid Bare in Electricity Data (Bloomberg)
Life in lockdown means getting up late, staying up till midnight and slacking off in the afternoons.
• As People Stay Home, Earth Turns Wilder And Cleaner (AP)
• Earth Day 2020: National Parks To Reopen Amid Coronavirus, President Donald Trump Says (MassLive)
• It’s Ok To Find Humor In Some Of This (NYT)
• Author Tours The ‘End Of The World,’ From Prairie Bunkers To Apocalypse Mansions (NPR)
• Charlie Morley & Lucid Dreaming (The Formula)
• Lucid Dreaming Notes & Quotes (Sunfellow)
• Dream Basics (The Formula)
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
• Oil Prices Turned Negative. Hundreds Of Us Oil Companies Could Go Bankrupt (CNN)
The coronavirus pandemic has caused oil demand to drop so rapidly that the world is running out of room to store barrels. At the same time, Russia and Saudi Arabia flooded the world with excess supply. That double black swan has caused oil prices to collapse to levels that make it impossible for US shale oil companies to make money. US crude for May delivery turned negative on Monday — something that has never happened since NYMEX oil futures began trading in 1983. It was easily the oil market’s worst day on record… demand continues to vanish because jets, cars and factories are sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic.
• Conspiracy Theorists Burn 5G Towers Claiming Link To Virus (AP)
Monday, April 20, 2020
• New Zealand’s Prime Minister May Be The Most Effective Leader On The Planet (The Atlantic)
“She doesn’t peddle in misinformation; she doesn’t blame-shift; she tries to manage everyone’s expectations at the same time [as] she offers reassuring notes,” Van Jackson, an international-relations scholar at Victoria University of Wellington and a former Defense Department official during the Obama administration, wrote to me in an email. “She uses the bully pulpit to cue society toward our better angels — ‘Be kind to each other’ and that kind of thing. I think that’s more important than people realize and does trickle down into local attitudes.”
• CNN Brooke Baldwin: How Fighting Coronavirus Taught Me About The Gift Of Connection (CNN)
• How Does Coronavirus Kill? Clinicians Trace A Ferocious Rampage Through The Body, From Brain To Toes (Science)
• Miscounting Deaths From Coronavirus? (The Vaccine Reaction)
• Dimension Of Virus ‘Massacre’ In Italy Nursing Homes Grows (AP)
• The Truth About Fauci — Featuring Dr. Judy Mikovits (Children’s Health Defense)
• Treasury Dept. Attorneys Review Bank Seizures Of $1,200 Stimulus Checks (Washington Post)
The Treasury Department is reviewing whether it has the legal authority to prevent banks and private debt collectors from seizing $1,200 government stimulus payments, according to a person familiar with the internal deliberations, as blowback builds over private lenders clawing back parts of the emergency financial relief package.
• The End Of The Roll As We Know It: Getting To The Bottom Of A Toilet Paper Shortage (CBC)
They’re producing toilet paper around the clock, but also have to cope with the added challenges of physical distancing. It could be weeks, it could be months before supply meets demand. Like so many other elements of life in the COVID-19 era, the future is uncertain.
Saturday, April 18, 2020
• Stimulus Checks And Other Coronavirus Relief Hindered By Dated Technology And Rocky Government Rollout (Washington Post)
Hampered by antiquated software, unfilled leadership positions and the sheer complexity of distributing hundreds of billions of dollars across the United States, the federal government is failing to get emergency stimulus money to millions of households and small businesses. The Post reported that three weeks after Congress passed a $2.2 trillion aid package, its small-business loan program has run out of money; self-employed and gig workers have received almost none of the unemployment aid they were promised; and many Americans have no idea where their stimulus payments went.
Friday, April 17, 2020
• Cuomo Mocks Trump In Friday Diatribe (Politico)
“If you want to point fingers — we built more beds than we needed — our only mistake was believing your numbers, believing your projections,” Cuomo said, suggesting Trump use his reality TV catchphrase “You’re fired” to can CDC and coronavirus task force officials for botching their own projections. “Whose projections were wrong? Head of the CDC, Peter Navarro and head of the White House coronavirus task force. Fire them all. That’s what I say. Fire them,” Cuomo said…
Cuomo insisted he’s been complimentary of the president’s quick responses to outfit the Javits Center and USNS Comfort with medical capacity, even though the two facilities have taken in fewer than expected patients due to both logistical issues and fewer hospitalizations than predicted. In late March, Cuomo said the state might need more than 100,000 hospital beds during the peak number of infections. That surge never came, and on Monday, there were 17,316 New Yorkers currently hospitalized.
• How To Plant A Victory Garden (The Old Farmer’s Almanac)
Related Links: Non-GMO Heirloom Vegetable Seeds and Mother Earth News Organic Gardening and Organic Garden Tips
• Is It Time to Start Growing Your Own Food? (Mercola)
• Copper Destroys Viruses And Bacteria. Why Isn’t It Everywhere? (Vice)
If copper were more frequently used in hospitals, where 1 in 31 people get healthcare-acquired infections (HAI), or in high-traffic areas, where many people touch surfaces teeming with microbial life—it could play an invaluable role in public health, said Michael Schmidt, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina, who studies copper. And yet, it is woefully absent from our public spaces, healthcare settings, and homes. “What happened is our own arrogance and our love of plastic and other materials took over,” Schmidt said of the cheaper products more frequently used. “We moved away from copper beds, copper railings, and copper door knobs to stainless steel, plastic, and aluminum.”
• Where Is Your Stimulus Check? 4 Reasons You Didn’t Get Your Payment Yet (Huffington Post)
• A Double Recession? Economies Risk Debt Crises After Stimulus Spending (CNBC)
The economic meltdown brought on by the coronavirus pandemic has governments deploying historically vast fiscal spending packages to support millions of their citizens and businesses. This spending is necessary to support economies — officials agree on that much. But the debt incurred over time could mean a deeper crisis and a doubled-down recession for some countries, according to recent reports.
• China’s Economy Shrinks, Ending A Nearly Half-Century Of Growth (NYT)
The coronavirus outbreak has brought China’s extraordinary, nearly half-century-long run of growth to an end — a stark reminder of the enormous task ahead for world leaders trying to restart the global economy. Chinese officials on Friday said that the world’s second-largest economy shrank 6.8 percent in the first three months of the year compared with a year ago, ending a streak of untrammeled growth that survived the Tiananmen Square crackdown, the SARS epidemic and even the global financial crisis. The data reflects China’s drastic efforts to stamp out the coronavirus, which included shutting down most factories and offices in January and February as the outbreak sickened tens of thousands of people.
• Dr. Phil Mcgraw And Dr. Mehmet Oz Are Both Under Fire For Controversial Covid-19 Comments (MarketWatch)
“The fact of the matter is, the longer this lockdown goes on, the more vulnerable people get,” McGraw said. “And it’s like there’s a tipping point. There’s a point at which people start having enough problems in lockdown that it will actually create more destruction and actually more deaths across time than the actual virus will itself.”
Thursday, April 16, 2020
• Flu Misinformation And Coronavirus Fears: My Letter To Dr. Sanjay Gupta (Children’s Health Defense, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.)
“Last week, your CNN producer, Matthew Reynard, notified me that CNN is featuring me in a documentary about “vaccine misinformation”. As usual, Mr. Reynard did not point out a single factual assertion by me that was incorrect (I carefully source all of my statements about vaccines to government databases or peer-reviewed publications). CNN uses the term “vaccine misinformation” as a euphemism for any statement that departs from the Government / Pharma orthodoxy that all vaccines are safe, necessary, and effective for all people.
“I have always admired you, Sanjay. Your obvious talents aside, you seem to be genuinely compassionate and to value integrity. Earlier in your career, you showed a courageous willingness to challenge Big Pharma’s vaccine orthodoxies. However, I respectfully point out that CNN and particularly you, Sanjay, are today among the most prolific broadcasters of “vaccine misinformation”. Over the last several years, I cannot recall seeing a single substantial CNN segment on vaccines that did not include easily verified factual misstatements. CNN’s recent special, “Pandemic”, was a showcase of erroneous assertions about the flu vaccine. Since I don’t like to think that you deliberately mislead the public — particularly about critical public health choices — I have taken the time to point out some of your most frequent errors…”
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. ends his letter with this comment and video:
“Just as a reminder, here is a 60 Minutes program from over 30 years ago. This is what journalism looked like before Pharma purchased the media…”
Related Links: All About Vaccinations • Children’s Health Defense
• SSI Recipients Will Now Get Coronavirus Payments Automatically (Huffington Post)
• Millions Of Americans Could Lose Stimulus Payments To Debt Collectors (CNN)
• Airlines On Skeletal Schedules; Dire Economic Signals Flash (AP)
• More Than 5.2 Million U.S. Workers Filed For Unemployment (NYT)
The coronavirus pandemic’s devastation became more evident Thursday with more than 5.2 million workers added to the tally of the unemployed. The latest figure from the Labor Department, reflecting last week’s initial unemployment claims, brings the four-week total to about 22 million, roughly the net number of jobs created in a nine-and-a-half-year stretch that began after the last recession and ended with the pandemic’s arrival.
• Amazon To Suspend Operations In France Over Coronavirus Dispute (NYT)
• People Are Mass-Purchasing Plants During Quarantine (New York Post)
• Pandemic Bill Mandate Accelerated 5G Rollout (Mercola)
• All New Yorkers Must Wear Face Coverings When Social Distancing Is Not Possible (NYT)
• Pandemic Exhaustion: Coronavirus Affecting Sleep Habits For 77% Of Americans (StudyFinds)
• A German Zoo May Have To Start Feeding The Animals To Each Other (Insider)
• Religious Responses To The Black Death (Ancient History)
The Black Death of 1347-1352 CE is the most infamous plague outbreak of the medieval world, unprecedented and unequaled until the 1918-1919 CE flu pandemic in the modern age. The cause of the plague was unknown and, in accordance with the general understanding of the Middle Ages, was attributed to supernatural forces and, primarily, the will or wrath of God. Accordingly, people reacted with hopeful cures and responses based on religious belief, folklore and superstition, and medical knowledge, all of which were informed by Catholic Christianity in the West and Islam in the Near East. These responses took many forms but, overall, did nothing to stop the spread of the disease or save those who had been infected. The recorded responses to the outbreak come from Christian and Muslim writers primarily since many works by European Jews — and many of the people themselves — were burned by Christians who blamed them for the plague and among these works, may have been treatises on the plague.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
• Chris Cuomo Says His Wife Cristina Tested Positive For Coronavirus (Hollywood Reporter)
• Ford Tests Buzzing Wristbands To Keep Workers At Safe Distances (Bloomberg)
• Protesters Clog Streets In Michigan Over Whitmer Coronavirus Stay-Home Order (New York Post)
“Operation Gridlock” was just one of many demonstrations planned across the country to push back on the stay-at-home orders, calling on state governments to focus on the economic toll the coronavirus pandemic has caused along with taking care of the sick. Nearly 17 million Americans have been laid off or furloughed in the past three weeks — or one out of every 10 workers. Echoing President Trump that “we cannot let the cure be worse than the disease,” Maddock said the restrictions are wrecking people’s lives and may have killed more than the virus.
• As Humans Stay Indoors, Wild Animals Take Back What Was Once Theirs (Washington Post)
• Small-Business Program Intended For Quick Grants Is Running Weeks Behind (Washington Post)
An emergency loan program intended to get money swiftly into the hands of small businesses has all but collapsed under an unprecedented crush of applications and a shortage of funds, overwhelming agency officials and prompting urgent calls for action on Capitol Hill.
• CDC Director Says 19-20 U.S. States May Be Ready To Reopen May 1 (Reuters)
The director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday he believes 19 or 20 U.S. states have had limited impact from the new coronavirus and their governors believe they may be ready to reopen by President Donald Trump’s May 1 target date.
• Banks Brace For Big Loan Defaults By US, Global Customers (AP)
The major banks in the U.S. are anticipating a flood of loan defaults as households and business customers take a big financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic. JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs raised the funds set aside for bad loans by nearly $20 billion combined in the first quarter, earnings reports released over the past two days show. And Wall Street expects that figure may go even higher next quarter, a possibility bank executives acknowledged on earnings conference calls.
• U.K. Newspaper Headlines: ‘Grim’ Economic Forecast Shows ‘Dark Days Ahead’ (BBC)
• Thousands Of Cars Line Up To Get Into A Los Angeles Food Bank (Daily Mail)
• Money Is Losing Its Meaning (Bloomberg)
It took a while, but it seems as though the U.S. government has decided that it has no constraints on its spending, as long as the Fed continues to monetize government borrowing by purchasing the debt issued to finance expenditures. It’s not crazy to think government spending may reach $10 trillion — for just one year! And the numbers will go up from there. Nobody really knows how this is going to turn out. In smaller economies, runaway government spending has resulted in hyperinflation and social unrest, such as well-documented cases in Venezuela and Zimbabwe. Many think that wouldn’t be possible in the U.S. given the dollar’s role as the world’s primary reserve currency. Perhaps, but it’s not one of those questions we’d really want to experiment with.
• What Donald Trump’s Funding Cuts To Who Mean For The World (The Conversation)
The US contributes more than $400 million to the WHO per year, though it is already $200 million in arrears. It is the organisation’s largest donor and gives about 10 times what China does per year.
• China Data Shows Vast Majority Of Asymptomatic Coronavirus Carriers Never Get Sick (Fortune)
• Coronavirus: Chinese Whistle-Blowers Remain Missing And ‘In The Hands’ Of The Government (Mirror)
• Swedish Virus Deaths Top 1,000, Fueling Criticism Over Strategy (Bloomberg)
• Women Leaders Are Doing A Disproportionately Great Job At Handling The Pandemic (CNN)
• Trump’s Name To Be On Stimulus Checks Going To Americans (Reuters)
The U.S. Treasury Department has ordered President Donald Trump’s name to be printed on checks the Internal Revenue Service is planning to send to tens of millions of Americans, a decision that will slow their delivery by several days.
• The Pandemic Is Giving People Vivid, Unusual Dreams (National Geographic)
• Study Shows Americans Are Lonelier Than Ever Due To Coronavirus Lockdown (New York Post)
A survey of 1,055 Americans asked respondents to think about how the outbreak is affecting them and revealed it’s caused loneliness to hit new heights for 44 percent of those surveyed. And these feelings of loneliness were found to be part of a wider effect: If social distancing and quarantining continues, a fifth of respondents (19 percent) said it will have major implications for their mental health.
Results revealed respondents’ top concern to be their loved one’s health (71 percent), followed by their own (61 percent). Other respondents were worried about experiencing increased anxiety (41 percent) and not being able to pay bills (33 percent) as a result of the pandemic. Three in 10 were concerned about missing out on celebrating milestones, while 27 percent were worried about feeling prolonged loneliness or depression. With so much unpredictability, 68 percent said they feel like everything is out of their control — and 53 percent of respondents wish they had tips on how to better take care of their mental health during this time.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
• Governors On East And West Coasts Form Pacts To Decide When To Reopen Economies (CNN)
States on the country’s East and West coasts are forming their own regional pacts to work together on how to reopen from the stay-at-home orders each has issued to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. The first such group to be announced came Monday on the East Coast. Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his state, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Massachusetts each plan to name a public health and economic official to a regional working group. The chief of staff of the governor of each state also will be a part of the group, which will begin work immediately to design a reopening plan. Later on Monday, the West Coast states of California, Washington and Oregon also announced they are joining forces in a plan to begin incremental release of stay-at-home orders. Governors of the three states will collaborate on their approach to getting back to business in “in a safe, strategic, responsible way,” as announced by California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The collaborative approach by governors on both coasts underscored the massive and complex calculations that the nation is facing as it looks at steps to reopen the economy at both the federal and state levels. Though the President has asserted that he has the authority to determine when the economy will reopen, governors and mayors around the country have moved swiftly in recent days to make it clear that they control the levers of power in their own states and cities with their ability to maintain closures of businesses and schools, and to enforce social distancing through their police departments.
• Cuomo Warns Of Constitutional Crisis ‘Like You Haven’t Seen In Decades’ If Trump Tries To Reopen New York (NBCNews)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Tuesday that President Donald Trump should not try to reopen the state against his wishes, saying it would create “a constitutional crisis like you haven’t seen in decades” and could result in a dramatic increase in coronavirus cases. “The only ways this situation gets worse is if the president creates a constitutional crisis,” Cuomo said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“If he says to me, ‘I declare it open,’ and that is a public health risk or it’s reckless with the welfare of the people of my state, I will oppose it,” he said. “And then we will have a constitutional crisis like you haven’t seen in decades, where states tell the federal government, ‘We’re not going to follow your order.’ It would be terrible for this country. It would be terrible for this president.”
• Here’s What The Constitution’s 10th Amendment Says About Trump’s Claim To Have Total Authority Over States (USAToday)
“Our constitutional system was forged during a period of grave unease over executive authority. After all, the nation had just broken away from the control of a tyrant,” Turley said. And if there is “one overriding principle” in the Constitution, it is to avoid the concentration of power, and it does so “in myriad ways,” he said. The 10th Amendment was one instrument written to help ensure that the federal government would not be able to impose the kind of absolute authority the framers feared.
• It’s Time To Talk More Seriously About The Food Supply (CNN)
Keeping the supply chain going while also keeping farmworkers and meat cutters, along with packers and truck drivers and warehouse workers and grocery stockers and checkout clerks, healthy is one priority. Another problem is finding ways to get food to consumers, now that restaurants, office canteens, school cafeterias and so many other places people used to go eat are closed. The current situation is this: Farmers are dumping food, including milk, even as people grow increasingly desperate and lines grow at food banks.
• Seed Companies Can’t Keep Up As More Americans Turn To Growing Their Own Food (CBSNews)
As millions of Americans hunker down at home, the coronavirus outbreak has led to runs on everything from toilet paper to baker’s yeast. Now people are reporting another shortage: seeds to start their “pandemic gardens.” Some seed companies said they’ve temporarily stopped taking new orders after seeing an overwhelming surge in demand. The increase in orders is “just unbelievable,” said George Ball, chairman of Burpee Seeds, a 144-year-old seed company in Pennsylvania. The company closed to new orders last week because it needed time to catch up, although it plans to start accepting them again on Wednesday.
• Amazon Was Already Powerful. The Coronavirus Pandemic Cleared The Way To Dominance. (VOX)
Covid-19 has transformed the world, killing nearly 100,000 people across the globe so far and sending the US economy into a tailspin. Along with the restaurant and travel sectors in the US, the retail industry has been hit especially hard. While grocery stores and online retailers have been deemed essential and continue to operate, department store chains and other “nonessential” retailers, big and small, have been forced to close up shop.
Those closures are dealing potentially catastrophic blows to cash reserves and accelerating trends in consumer behavior that could spell doom for large swaths of brick-and-mortar retail and the 16 million people the industry employs. Nearly 1 million retail workers were furloughed in a single week recently, according to the Washington Post, and more than 250,000 stores have been shuttered, according to GlobalData Retail. Some analysts predict 15,000 retail stores will close permanently this year, which would mark a 60 percent increase from last year’s record closures.
But not every retailer is suffering. For Walmart and Amazon, which already dominated a significant percentage of brick-and-mortar retail and online commerce in the US, respectively, the pandemic has provided an exponential boost to their already substantial businesses and power. Google searches for Amazon are at near-holiday-season levels; in-store sales at Walmart skyrocketed in March; and together both companies are hiring 250,000 new workers. Meanwhile, more and more people are switching to online shopping and grocery delivery and pickup — and they may not revert to their old habits when the pandemic ends.
• Cartels, Gangs And Rebels Join Coronavirus Fight (GreenwichTime)
• The Washington Post Goes Rogue: China Lab In Focus Of Coronavirus Outbreak (Forbes)
• Chris Cuomo: I Can’t Shake Off My Fever (CNN)
• Coronavirus-Stricken Chris Cuomo Trashes CNN Gig During Radio Show Meltdown (New York Post)
Cuomo said his battle with COVID-19 has made him rethink his values and question his position as a public figure. “I don’t like what I do professionally,” he said. “I don’t think it’s worth my time.” Speaking about his job as the host of CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” the Queens-born anchor said he doesn’t want to spend his time “trafficking in things that I think are ridiculous.” Such things include “talking to Democrats about things that I don’t really believe they mean” and “talking to Republicans about them parroting things they feel they have to say.” He also wants to stop analyzing the president, “who we all know is full of s–t by design.”
• IBM Launches New COBOL Training Initiative, As Elderly Programmers Answer The Call For Help (ExtremeTech)
Monday, April 13, 2020
• The Food Expiration Dates You Should Actually Follow (NYT)
So long as there is no outward sign of spoilage (such as bulging or rust), or visible spoilage when you open it (such as cloudiness, moldiness or rotten smells), your canned fruits, vegetables and meats will remain as delicious and palatable as the day you bought them for years (or in the case of, say, Vienna sausages at least as good as they were to begin with). The little button on the top of jarred goods, which will bulge if there has been significant bacterial action inside the jar, is still the best way to tell if the contents are going to be all right to eat. Depending on storage, that could be a year or a decade…
• Scientists Reveal 2 Easy Steps To Lower Spread Of Coronavirus In Your Workplace (StudyFinds)
Scientists recommend opening up windows to improve air flow. The team from the University of California, Davis and University of Oregon also say letting more natural light into a room will help create a healthier environment… social distancing, regularly washing hands, and keeping your home well-lit and well-ventilated is the best advice researchers have to stay healthy during the pandemic…
• Open-Air Treatment During the “Spanish Flu” Pandemic (The Vaccine Reaction)
• Governors Form Regional Groups To Consider When And How To Reopen, But Trump Says He ‘Calls The Shots’ (NYT)
• U.S. May Face 18 Months Of Rolling Shutdowns (Bloomberg)
• Mexico President Faces Threats Of Tax Revolts In Some States (Bloomberg)
• China Restricts Research On The Origin Of The Coronavirus (HotAir)
• Virginia Pastor Who Defiantly Held Church Service Dies Of Coronavirus (New York Post)
• Amazon Fills 100K Warehouse Worker Jobs, Plans To Hire 75K More To Meet Pandemic-Driven Demand (GeekWire)
• IRS Says First Wave Of Coronavirus Stimulus Payments Have Been Deposited (CBS News)
• As Virus Deaths Rise, Sweden Sticks To ‘Low-Scale’ Lockdown (AP)
• Coronavirus Racism: Chinese City Bans Black People From Hotels, Apartments, Restaurants (Breitbart)
• Why We Can’t Trust Warm Weather To Stop Coronavirus (Forbes)
Will warm weather and high humidity stop the coronavirus pandemic, or is this a false hope based on comparisons with common viruses like influenza? While research results haven’t been consistent, a new report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) suggests that the data is increasingly leaning toward a conclusion — warm weather won’t stop the virus from spreading.
• Public Transit’s Death Spiral (AXIOS)
Public transit systems across the country are experiencing a painful trifecta: Ridership has collapsed, funding streams are squeezed, and mass transit won’t bounce back from the pandemic nearly as fast as other modes of transportation.
Sunday, April 12, 2020 (Easter)
• Michigan Holistic Physician Group Report: 85 COVID Patients Treated – ZERO Hospitalizations And NO Deaths (Health Impact News)
I first reported to you about COVID on January 26, 2020. That was the first time I presented our protocol of using vitamins A, C, D, and iodine not only to support the immune system but also to treat viral infections. In that post, I also pointed out how important eating a healthy diet is. The importance of using intravenous nutrient therapy, especially vitamin C, was mentioned. Finally, I suggested that, with coronavirus, it would be wise not to get a flu vaccine since the flu vaccine has been shown to significantly increase the risk of coronavirus and other flu-like viral infections.
• Can EMF (Including 5G) Make Us More Susceptible To Coronavirus Infection? (Mercola)
“The Invisible Rainbow” builds a case for the theory that increases in EMFs, natural or man-made, might make us more susceptible or sensitive to viral illnesses. If natural EMF exposures have the ability to influence our biology, man-made exposures might have an exponential impact.
• Largest U.S. Study Of Covid-19 Finds Obesity The Single Biggest Factor In New York’s Hospitalizations (ZDNet)
For months, scientists have been poring over data about cases and deaths to understand why it is that COVID-19 manifests itself in different ways around the world, with certain factors such as the age of the population repeatedly popping up as among the most significant determinants. Now, one of the largest studies conducted of COVID-19 infection in the United States has found that obesity of patients was the single biggest factor in whether those with COVID-19 had to be admitted to a hospital.
• Trump Administration Has Many Task Forces — But Still No Plan For Beating Covid-19 (Washington Post)
The brain trust behind the federal government’s war on the coronavirus is “a bureaucratic nesting doll” of oft-competing task forces that have produced no clear plan to end the crisis, The Washington Post reports. There is the official task force led by Vice President Pence; the “shadow task force” led by presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner; the new “Opening Our Country Council”; and a splinter group of medical professionals. And then there is President Trump, who often overrides and undermines whatever decisions these groups manage to make.
• Fauci Expresses ‘Cautious Optimism’ Coronavirus Outbreak Is Slowing, Us Could Start Reopening In May (CNBC)
• Teacher Turns Scuba Diving Masks Into Ventilators To Save Lives Across Merseyside (ECHO)
• The Pope Just Proposed A Universal Basic Income. Is The United States Ready For It? (America Magazine)
• Cuomo Rips Congress For Ignoring State Governments In Stimulus Bill (AXIOS)
• Amazon Is Acting Like An Independent Nation In Its Battle Against The Coronavirus (Quartz)
As pressure mounts on Amazon to keep its warehouses running smoothly and at maximum capacity while also addressing safety concerns from workers, the e-commerce giant has hatched plans to build its own Covid-19 testing facilities. Amazon announced this past week it has started assembling equipment for its first testing lab. The company said it hopes developing “incremental” testing capabilities will help it monitor the health of its hundreds of thousands of workers, including those displaying no symptoms of the virus.
• Snowden Warns Governments Are Using Coronavirus To Build The ‘Architecture Of Oppression’ (Vice)
• The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Cleaned Up The Air On The East Coast (BGR)
• Travel Virtually To U.S. National Parks (Forbes)
• The Guardian View On The Climate And Coronavirus: Global Warnings (The Guardian)
So far, discussions of a coronavirus exit strategy have mainly focused on the steps that could bring an end to the lockdown. In the short term, both in the UK and elsewhere, there is nothing more desirable than letting people resume their lives, once it is safe to do so. But the speed of the “return to normal” is not the only thing that matters. The manner in which the world’s leaders manage the colossal economic and political shocks caused by the virus is also of the utmost importance. And at the top of their list of priorities, alongside human welfare, must be the biosphere and its future.
Saturday, April 11, 2020
• Nearly A Third Of Americans Didn’t Pay Rent This Month, New Data Shows (CNN)
• Coronavirus: Trump Has Declared Major Disaster In All 50 States At Once, First Time In History (FoxNews)
The declarations make federal funding available for state and local governments, as well as some nonprofit organizations, according to the White House. They can also help state governments coordinate with federal resources like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Army Corps of Engineers.
• Terrified Atomic Workers Warn That The Covid-19 Pandemic May Threaten Nuclear Reactor Disaster (The Smirking Chimp)
The COVID Pandemic has thrown America’s atomic reactor industry into lethal chaos, making a major disaster even more likely. Reports from “terrified” workers at a Pennsylvania reactor indicate vital precautions needed to protect them may not even be possible. Nationwide, with falling demand and soaring prices for nuke-generated electricity, the pandemic casts a dark shadow over reactor operations and whether frightened neighbors will allow them to be refueled and repaired. America’s 96 remaining atomic reactors are run by a coveted pool of skilled technicians who manage the control rooms, conduct repairs, load/unload nuclear fuel. Because few young students have been entering the field, the corps of about 100,000 licensed technicians has been — like the reactors themselves — rapidly aging while declining in numbers. Work has stopped at the last two US reactors under construction (at Vogtle, Georgia) due to the pandemic’s impact, which includes a shrinking supply of healthy workers. Every reactor control room requires five operators at all times. But the physical space is limited there and in plant hot spots that need frequent, often demanding repairs. Social distancing is virtually impossible. Long shifts in confined spaces undermine operator safety and performance.
• JPMorgan Predicts GDP Will Completely Crater, Forecasts A Staggering 40 Percent Second Quarter Drop (mediaITE)
JPMorgan economists are forecasting that the GDP will fall by 40 percent through the spring months. They also predict unemployment will reach 20 percent in April, with 25 million jobs lost overall. Such a drop would be, by far, the worst in U.S. history. For context, according to Credit Suisse, the worst quarterly drop of the 2008 crash was 8.4 percent.
• Farmworkers ‘Can’t Pick Strawberries Over Zoom’ (Wired)
As strawberry-picking season kicks into high gear in April and May, farmworker advocates fear that a lack of worker safety protections, combined with a lack of access to health care and crowded living conditions, could lead to a major Covid-19 outbreak in farmworker communities across California. As other crops are harvested throughout the spring, much of the rest of the country faces a similar risk. For a working population particularly vulnerable due to economic insecurity, exposure to pesticides, higher incidence rates of respiratory illnesses such as asthma, and chronic conditions such as diabetes, Covid-19 could be devastating.
• Artists May Need A Depression-Era Jobs Program Today (CNN)
• World Cities Turn Their Streets Over To Walkers And Cyclists (The Guardian)
• Coronavirus: Jane Goodall Believes ‘Disrespect For Animals’ Caused Pandemic (South China Morning Post)
The primatologist said animal markets and farming create conditions where animals are crowded together and viruses jump the species barrier. She welcomed the closure of live wild animal markets in China, and said every individual can take steps to make a difference.
• Walmart CEO Says We’re In The ‘Hair Color’ Phase Of Panic Buying (CNN)
First went the hand sanitizer, disinfectants and toilet paper. Now hair clippers and hair dye are flying off shelves… After stocking up on food and consumable products, shoppers turned to puzzles, games and other timeless forms of entertainment as well as education…
• Apple And Google Detail Bold And Ambitious Plan To Track Covid-19 At Scale (ARStechnica)
• Why Is South Korea Beating Coronavirus? Its Citizens Hold The State To Account (The Guardian)
South Korea is one of the few countries that has succeeded in flattening the coronavirus curve. Its policy of testing, tracing and treating without lockdowns has been widely lauded. Some attribute this to South Korea’s experience of having dealt with previous epidemics such as Sars and Mers. Commentators in the US tend to stress the country’s effective leadership, contrasting it with that of Donald Trump’s. Others point to cultural factors, such as the willingness of the public to sacrifice privacy for the greater good.
• Singapore Had The Coronavirus Under Control. Now It’s Locking Down The Country (CNET)
As the world scrambles to contain the coronavirus, Singapore has been held up as a role model for its early and decisive response to the threat. The city-state drew international praise for its ability to blunt the spread of COVID-19 while avoiding some of the drastic containment measures seen in countries like China, Italy and Spain. But Singapore’s lauded response has come into question. This week, it enforced a partial lockdown as it struggles to contain a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.
As part of Singapore’s stricter “circuit breaker” measures, it shuttered most workplaces on Tuesday. The following day, school closures went into effect for at least a month, shifting students to “full home-based learning.” The government has also banned public and private social gatherings of any size, meaning residents who entertain guests face six months of jail time or a fine of up to $7,000.
• Business Owner Delivers Call To Action: ‘Let Lubbock Open’ (KCBD)
“Our small, non-essential businesses are shutting down and we’re just asking the mayor and the city council to please offer us some guidelines and we will happily comply, that way we can open our small businesses back up,” Allen said. “We are willing to have our employees wear masks, gloves, social distancing, a number of patrons per square foot, whatever it takes to be able to safely and responsibly open our businesses back up.”
Friday, April 10, 2020
• Yes, You Can Fix A Broken Phone During The Coronavirus Lockdown. See 3 Ways To Repair It (CNET)
• We Mapped How The Coronavirus Is Driving New Surveillance Programs Around The World (OneZero)
• Are Ventilators Killing COVID-19 Infected Patients? Doctors Speak Out (Health Impact News)
As health officials around the world push to get more ventilators to treat coronavirus patients, some doctors are moving away from using the breathing machines when they can. The reason: Some hospitals have reported unusually high death rates for coronavirus patients on ventilators, and some doctors worry that the machines could be harming certain patients.
• Gates’ Globalist Vaccine Agenda: A Win-Win For Pharma And Mandatory Vaccination (Children’s Defense Fund)
Global public health advocates around the world accuse Gates of steering WHO’s agenda away from the projects that are proven to curb infectious diseases: clean water, hygiene, nutrition, and economic development. The Gates Foundation only spends about $650 million of its $5 billion dollar budget on these areas. They say he has diverted agency resources to serve his personal philosophy that good health only comes in a syringe. In addition to using his philanthropy to control WHO, UNICEF, GAVI, and PATH, Gates funds a private pharmaceutical company that manufactures vaccines, and additionally is donating $50 million to 12 pharmaceutical companies to speed up development of a coronavirus vaccine. In his recent media appearances, Gates appears confident that the Covid-19 crisis will now give him the opportunity to force his dictatorial vaccine programs on American children.
Related Link: Vaccination Resource Page
• Japan Allocates $2.2 Billion To Help Companies Move Production Out Of China (PetaPixel)
• Cities And States Brace For Economic ‘Reckoning,’ Eyeing Major Cuts And Fearing Federal Coronavirus Aid Isn’t Enough (Washington Post)
The economic carnage unleashed by the novel coronavirus nationwide hasn’t just shuttered businesses and left more than 17 million Americans seeking unemployment benefits — it has also threatened city and state governments with financial devastation, according to local leaders, who say their ability to maintain roads, schools and basic social services is at risk at a time when their residents need help most.
• Another Victim Of Covid-19: Social Security (MarketWatch)
As you know, this gargantuan system — which is devouring $1.15 trillion dollars this year — by far the biggest portion of the federal budget — is supported by payroll taxes. The basic construct: the system is funded by payroll taxes; workers and their employers each pay 6.2% of wages up to the taxable maximum of $137,700 (in 2020). If you’re self-employed, you pay the full 12.4%. But some 16 million Americans — about a tenth of the entire U.S. labor force — have filed for first time unemployment benefits over the past three weeks. That’s 16 million workers, along with their employers, who aren’t paying into the system. And yet about 64 million Americans are entitled to an average monthly benefit this year of $1,503. If millions are no longer paying into the system, where all this money come from?
• U.S. Projects Summer Spike In Infections If Stay-At-Home Orders Are Lifted (NYT)
Without any mitigation, such as school closings, shelter-in-place orders, telework and socially distancing, the death toll from coronavirus could have reached 300,000. But if the administration lifts the 30-day stay-at-home orders, the death total is estimated to reach 200,000, even if schools remain closed until summer, 25 percent of the country continues to work from home and some social distancing continues. If nothing was done, infection rates would top out at 195 million Americans, and 965,000 people would require hospitalization in an intensive care unit, according to the projections’ “best guess.” But with a 30-day shelter in place and other measures, infections would still reach 160 million and 740,000 would need intensive care…
Across North America, Europe and elsewhere, factories are idled and workers are in lockdown. At some ports, goods are piling up, while elsewhere container ships sail empty. Dairy farmers are dumping their milk, while grocery store shelves have been picked bare. These disruptions in global trade could grow more noticeable in the months to come, as consumers hoard products and countries clamp down on exports of medical supplies and even food. Shoppers may see more shortages of unexpected products, including laptops, toilet paper and medicines. Some companies could find themselves lacking raw materials and components, a recipe for further financial trouble.
• Virus Throws Millions More Out Of Work, And Washington Struggles To Keep Pace (NYT)
When the federal government began rushing trillions of dollars of assistance to Americans crushed by the coronavirus pandemic, the hope was that some of the aid would allow businesses to keep workers on the payroll and cushion employees against job losses. But so far, a staggering number of Americans — more than 16 million — have lost their jobs amid the outbreak. Businesses continue to fail as retailers, restaurants, nail salons and other companies across the country run out of cash and close up shop as their customers are forced to stay at home. There is a growing agreement among many economists that the government’s efforts were too small and came too late in the fast-moving pandemic to prevent businesses from abandoning their workers. Federal agencies, working in a prescribed partnership with Wall Street, have proved ill equipped to move money quickly to the places it is needed most.
• Fed Chair Powell Says U.S. Economy Deteriorating With Alarming Speed (Washington Post)
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell said Thursday the U.S. economy is in an emergency and is deteriorating “with alarming speed.” His remarks came shortly after the central bank unveiled over $2 trillion in new loans to keep the economy afloat as much of the nation goes into a lockdown to fight the spread of the deadly coronavirus…
The Fed’s latest actions go even further than what the central bank did during the Great Recession. The Fed is directly buying debt from large corporations and states, a level of support it hasn’t tried before. There’s widespread worry that some companies and households will go bankrupt during the pandemic because they will not be able to borrow money in time, but the Fed has taken large and unprecedented steps to keep as much credit flowing as possible. Yet Powell and many top economic leaders are trying to answer two key questions: How deep, and how long, will the economic downturn be? Among Fed leaders, the growing consensus is the economic pain will be substantial, and the recovery will be slow.
• I’ve Read The Plans To Reopen The Economy. They’re Scary. (VOX)
The AEI, CAP, and Harvard plans aren’t identical, but they’re similar. All of them feature a period of national lockdown — in which extreme social distancing is deployed to “flatten the curve” and health and testing capacity is surged to “raise the line.” That’s phase one. Phase two triggers after a set period (45 days for CAP, three months for Harvard) or, in the AEI plan, after 14 days of falling cases and a series of health supply markers. All of them then imagine a phase two, which relaxes — but does not end — social distancing while implementing testing and surveillance on a mass scale. This is where you must begin imagining the almost unimaginable.
The CAP and Harvard plans both foresee a digital pandemic surveillance state in which virtually every American downloads an app to their phone that geotracks their movements, so if they come into contact with anyone who later is found to have Covid-19, they can be alerted and a period of social quarantine can begin. Similarly, people would scan QR codes when boarding mass transit or entering other high-risk public areas. And GPS tracking could be used to enforce quarantine on those who test positive with the disease, as is being done in Taiwan.
• Container Shipping Lines Cancel Hundreds Of Sailings To Stem Losses As Covid-19 Pandemic Hits Global Trade (South China Morning Post)
Container shipping companies are cancelling sailings and merging routes to cut losses and stay afloat amid a drop in demand and a worsening outlook for global trade because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of “blanked” or cancelled sailings rose last week from 45 to 212, according to a report by shipping consultancy Sea-Intelligence on Monday. The report added that the largest capacity withdrawal was from the Asia-Europe routes, where 29 to 34 per cent of capacity has been removed.
“Taking blanked sailings as a proxy, we believe that there has been a 20 to 30 per cent decline in demand for container transport,” said Andy Lane, director for Southeast Asia at Sea-Intelligence. Blanking sailings can help reduce operating costs and keeping freight rates from falling, but it will still hurt overall revenue. The World Trade Organisation said in its outlook on Wednesday that global trade is set to plunge between 13 and 32 per cent this year as the Covid-19 pandemic upends the world economy.
• Coronavirus Threat To Global Peace And Stability, UN Chief Warns (The Guardian)
The secretary general, Antonio Guterres, warned the UN security council that the pandemic had the potential to increase social unrest and violence, which would greatly undermine the world’s ability to fight the disease. It was, he said, the UN’s most grave test since it was founded 75 years ago and had already hindered efforts to resolve international, regional and national conflicts.
Guterres said the world was already seeing the “ruinous social and economic impacts. But the pandemic also poses a significant threat to the maintenance of international peace and security.” He warned the pandemic could lead to opportunistic terror attacks, the erosion of trust in public institutions, economic instability, political tensions from postponing elections or referendums, and Covid-19 “triggering or exacerbating various human rights challenges”.
• More Coronavirus Patients Testing Positive Again After Recovery (The Hill)
Coronavirus patients in South Korea are now testing positive for the virus a second time, health officials are warning, following similar reports in other countries. “While we are putting more weight on reactivation as the possible cause, we are conducting a comprehensive study on this,” KCDC Director-General Jeong Eun-kyeong said, according to Bloomberg. “There have been many cases when a patient during treatment will test negative one day and positive another.”
• Mafia Distributes Food To Italy’s Struggling Residents (The Guardian)
“For over a month, shops, cafés, restaurants and pubs have been closed,” Nicola Gratteri, antimafia investigator and head of the prosecutor’s office in Catanzaro, told the Guardian. “Millions of people work in the grey economy, which means that they haven’t received any income in more than a month and have no idea when they might return to work. The government is issuing so-called shopping vouchers to support people. If the state doesn’t step in soon to help these families, the mafia will provide its services, imposing their control over people’s lives.”
“Mafia bosses consider their cities as their own fiefdom,” Gratteri said. “The bosses know very well that in order to govern, they need to take care of the people in their territory. And they do it by exploiting the situation to their advantage. In the people’s eyes, a boss who knocks on the door offering free food is a hero. And the boss knows that he can then count on the support of these families when necessary, when, for example, the mafia sponsors a politician for election who will further their criminal interests.”
• A New Covid-19 Crisis: Domestic Abuse Rises Worldwide (NYT)
• Coronavirus Lockdown Is Taking A Toll On Mental Health, Especially Among Women (Forbes)
From the most recent KFF poll, women were 16% more likely to say that coronavirus-related worry or stress had had a negative impact on their mental health, compared to men (53% vs. 37%). Compare this to polls two weeks earlier, where the gender gap was just 9% (36% vs. 27%). For the parents of kids under 18, the numbers are even more dramatic. At the end of March, 57% of mothers vs. 32% of fathers said their mental health has gotten worse because of the pandemic. Two weeks earlier, there had been just a 5% difference between the genders (36% vs. 31%), suggesting that mothers may be bearing a disproportionately large part of the burden as time goes on.
• Sweden Challenges Trump — And Scientific Mainstream — By Refusing To Lock Down (CNN)
• Czech Nudists Told To Wear Face Masks By Police (CNN)
Thursday, April 9, 2020
• When Do The Stimulus Checks Get Deposited? Coronavirus Stimulus Package Money Will Start Rolling Out To Americans Next Week (MassLive)
• IMF Chief Says Pandemic Will Unleash Worst Recession Since Great Depression (Investing.com)
The pandemic sweeping the world will turn global economic growth “sharply negative” in 2020, triggering the worst fallout since the 1930s Great Depression, with only a partial recovery seen in 2021, the head of the International Monetary Fund said. IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva painted a far bleaker picture of the social and economic impact of the new coronavirus than even a few weeks ago, noting governments had already undertaken fiscal stimulus measures of $8 trillion, but more would likely be needed. She said the crisis would hit emerging markets and developing countries hardest of all, which would then need hundreds of billions of dollars in foreign aid.
• Fauci Slashes U.S. Death Projection, Raising Hope for Reopening (Bloomberg)
One of President Donald Trump’s top medical advisers slashed projections for U.S. coronavirus deaths on Thursday, saying that only about 60,000 people may die — almost half as many as the White House estimated a week ago. The falling projection, the result of aggressive social distancing behaviors Americans adopted to curb the spread of the virus, may accelerate Trump’s effort to develop a plan to urge Americans to leave their homes and return to work next month.
• Hospitalizations In New York Are Almost Flat, But Deaths Are Still Climbing (NYT)
• More Than 16 Million People Have Filed For Unemployment Benefits In The Last 3 Weeks: Coronavirus By The Numbers (Forbes)
• How To Protect Against Coronavirus Now – From Vitamin C To Breathing Exercises (The Sun)
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• Vitamins C And D Finally Adopted As Coronavirus Treatment (Organic Consumers Association)
Remember last year when Washington Post reporters were boldly declaring that vitamins C and D could not (and should not) be used against respiratory infections? The information I was sharing about their use was deemed so dangerous to public health that I was branded as a “fake news” site by self-appointed, pharma-owned arbiters of truth like NewsGuard. How times have changed. After having defamatory lies published about me, vitamins C and D are now (finally) being adopted in the conventional treatment of novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.
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• Love Your Neighbour: Islam, Judaism And Christianity Come Together Over COVID-19 (World Economic Forum)
• Chilling Video Reveals How Coronavirus Spreads From A Single Cough In A Supermarket (FoxNews)
• Chris Cuomo Says He’s “Getting Healthier” Amid Coronavirus Battle (Hollywood Reporter)
• Wanted Urgently: People Who Know A Half Century-Old Computer Language So States Can Process Unemployment Claims (CNN)
Despite a dwindling number of COBOL programmers, a 2017 report by Reuters found that there are still 220 billion lines of COBOL in use today. 43% of banking systems are built on COBOL and 95% percent of ATM swipes rely on COBOL code. Even in the federal government, COBOL is being used in agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Justice and Social Security Administration, according to a 2016 report by the Government Accountability Office. A 2018 report by the inspector general for the Social Security Administration found that the administration maintained more than “60 million lines of COBOL” with “millions more lines of other legacy programming languages.” The inspector general urged the administration to modernize its systems.
• Microsoft Reports New Spike In Teams Usage As Work Habits Change Around The World (GeekWire)
• AMC Theatres “Bankruptcy Appears Likely,” Analyst Says (Hollywood Reporter)
• Amazon Beats Netflix To Releasing The Quintessential Community Watching App (Inverse)
• I Had A Virtual Wedding In Quarantine — & Here’s How It Went (Refinery29)
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
• 750,000 People Volunteered To Help Britain’s NHS (Washington Post)
When the British government asked people to help the National Health Service during the coronavirus crisis, it called for a “volunteer army.” Within four days, 750,000 people had signed up — three times the original target and four times the size of the British armed forces.
• Government And Businesses Turn Attention To Eventual Reopening Of $22 Trillion U.S. Economy (Dow Jones News)
Dr. Fauci said a first condition is a steep drop in the number of cases. “You’ve got to make sure you are absolutely going in the right direction.” Then, he said, “you gradually come back. You don’t jump into it with both feet.” The federal government has yet to put in place the kind of nationwide testing, tracing and surveillance system that public health experts say is needed to prevent another surge in coronavirus cases when social distancing eases. That includes identifying people who are asymptomatic and can also spread the coronavirus, health experts said… The federal government has yet to release a detailed recovery strategy, so state and local leaders are scrambling to create their own approaches. As a result, the recovery process could unfold in the same patchwork fashion as the shutdown.
• Kushner’s Team Seeks National Coronavirus Surveillance System (Politico)
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s task force has reached out to a range of health technology companies about creating a national coronavirus surveillance system to give the government a near real-time view of where patients are seeking treatment and for what, and whether hospitals can accommodate them, according to four people with knowledge of the discussions. The proposed national network could help determine which areas of the country can safely relax social-distancing rules and which should remain vigilant. But it would also represent a significant expansion of government use of individual patient data, forcing a new reckoning over privacy limits amid a national crisis. Health privacy laws already grant broad exceptions for national security purposes. But the prospect of compiling a national database of potentially sensitive health information has prompted concerns about its impact on civil liberties well after the coronavirus threat recedes, with some critics comparing it to the Patriot Act enacted after the 9/11 attack.
• Stimulus Money From Coronavirus Relief Bill Might Hit Bank Accounts As Early As This Week (PennLive)
• Coronavirus Financial Distress Causes Surge In Americans Putting Off Mortgage Payments (FoxNews)
• Hospitals Say The Feds Seized Their Supplies (LATimes)
President Trump has left it largely up to states and hospitals to secure whatever supplies they can during the coronavirus pandemic. Yet the federal government has been quietly seizing some orders of those supplies, leaving medical providers across the country in the dark about where the material is going and how they can get what they need. Hospital and clinic officials in seven states described the seizures in interviews over the past week. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is not publicly reporting the acquisitions, despite the outlay of millions of dollars of taxpayer money, nor has the administration detailed how it decides which supplies to seize and where to reroute them.
• Is Amazon Approaching Its Breaking Point In The Covid-19 Crisis? (Quartz)
• Four Famous Stores That May Not Survive Because Of Coronavirus (CNN)
They were once the giants of American retail, strong enough to survive wars, the Great Depression, the Great Recession and the rise of online shopping. But Sears, JCPenney, Neiman Marcus and J. Crew may not be able to survive the coronavirus crisis.
• Before And After Photos Show How Los Angeles Has Significantly Reduced Its Notorious Smog (Business Insider)
• America Is Drinking Its Way Through The Coronavirus Crisis – That Means More Health Woes Ahead (The Conversation)
• French Hospital Halts Trials Of Trump-Promoted COVID-19 Drug Due To Worries About Heart Failure (RawStory)
• Hydroxychloroquine: 4 Questions About The Controversial Drug Answered (Inverse)
Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are both powerful drugs, that come with powerful side effects. These can include nausea, abdominal pain, and skin rashes, Yazdany says. Taken in large doses, the drugs can lead to hospitalizations. This was the case in Nigeria, where health officials reported that three people had overdosed on chloroquine on March 23. Further severe side effects can occur, Yazdany says. These symptoms tend to focus on the heart, where the drug can cause ventricular arrhythmias, cardiac toxicity, or a condition called Q-T prolongation. Q-T prolongation is a disturbance in the way the heart “recharges” its electric impulses and can lead to irregular heartbeats.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
• Even As Deaths Mount, Officials See Signs Pandemic’s Toll May Not Match Worst Fears (Washington Post)
Nationwide, one computer model of the disease’s future spread — relied upon by governors and the White House — shifted its estimate of Covid-19’s U.S. death toll downward this week. Instead of roughly 94,000 deaths as estimated a week ago, the University of Washington model now predicts about 82,000 by late summer.
In another positive sign, several west coast states announced this week that they are sending ventilators to new york since their need is now less urgent. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said he will send 500; Oregon is contributing 140; and Washington state — which was an early epicenter — is dispatching 400 ventilators.
• Adjusted Coronavirus Model Predicts Fewer People In Us Will Need Hospitals, But 82,000 Will Still Die By August (CNN)
An influential model tracking the coronavirus pandemic in the United States now predicts that fewer people will die and fewer hospital beds will be needed compared to its estimates from last week. As of Monday, the model predicted the virus will kill 81,766 people in the United States over the next four months, with just under 141,000 hospital beds being needed. That’s about 12,000 fewer deaths — and 121,000 fewer hospital beds — than the model estimated on Thursday.
• Amazon To Suspend Delivery Service Competing With UPS, FedEx: WSJ (Business Insider)
Amazon is suspending the service because it needs people and capacity to handle a surge in its own customers’ orders, the Journal reported, citing sources.
• Side Effects: Fuel Demand Crash Shuts U.S. Ethanol Plants, Meatpackers Lack Refrigerant (Investing)
• Dyson Creates 44 Free Engineering & Science Challenges for Kids Quarantined During COVID-19 (Open Culture)
• Jack Dorsey To Donate $1 Billion To Fund Covid-19 Relief And Other Charities (The Verge)
• These Pop-Up Hospital Rooms Are Designed To Help Increase The Capacity To Treat Coronavirus Patients (FastCompany)
• I Don’t Have Coronavirus. It Might Kill Me Anyway. (Politico)
This virus has already killed tens of thousands of people and infected millions others. We all wake up to stories of overrun hospitals and bodies stacked in refrigerated trucks. The news is horrible. But officials need to know that that’s not even the whole story of Covid-19. There are tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of trickle down cases like mine. When I hear about people who aren’t getting pacemakers installed or getting care they need, I feel betrayed. My whole family is struggling mightily. I worry about dying before I should. I worry about what day-to-day life will look like for my wife. I want to play ball in the front yard with my grandsons and go to their sporting events. I want to resume as much of my life as I can after the surgery. But without masks and gloves and virus tests — basic things that our health care system should always have in good supply — those simple joys might disappear for people like me.
• Coronavirus Pandemic Exposes Urgent Need For Programmers Of A Very Old Computer Language (Mashable)
During these past two weeks, more than 362,000 New Jersey residents filed for unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic. There was also a 1,600-percent increase in the state’s unemployment claims during the first week of the outbreak as compared to the usual amount New Jersey receives. Its system is now being overloaded, with many requests still yet to go through. And that system is apparently built on COBOL.
• Avenger Planet: Is The Covid-19 Pandemic Mother Nature’s Response To Human Transgression? (Salon)
This interplay between human activity and planetary behavior has led some analysts to rethink our relationship with the natural world. They have reconceptualized the Earth as a complex matrix of living and inorganic systems, all (under normal conditions) interacting to maintain a stable balance. When one component of the larger matrix is damaged or destroyed, the others respond in their unique ways in attempting to restore the natural order of things. Originally propounded by the environmental scientist James Lovelock in the 1960s, this notion has often been described as “the Gaia Hypothesis,” after the ancient Greek goddess Gaia, the ancestral mother of all life.
• New Data On New York Coronavirus Deaths: Most Had These Underlying Illnesses; 61% Were Men (USAToday)
Of the 4,758 deaths in New York since the first on March 14, 61% were men and 39% were women, the state Department of Health reported on its new data portal. In addition, 63% of the deaths were among those age 70 and older, while 7% of the cases were those 49 and younger. And 4,089 of those who died had at least one other chronic disease.
• Japan Declares State Of Emergency, Nearly $1 Trillion Stimulus For Coronavirus (Reuters)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday declared a state of emergency to fight coronavirus infections in major population centres and rolled out a nearly $1 trillion stimulus package to soften the economic blow. The state of emergency, giving authorities more power to press people to stay at home and businesses to close, will last a month and be imposed in the capital, Tokyo, and six other prefectures, accounting for about 44% of Japan’s population.
• China Ends Wuhan Lockdown, But Normal Life Is A Distant Dream (NYT)
• New Zealand Isn’t Just Flattening The Curve. It’s Squashing It. (Washington Post)
People have been walking and biking strictly in their neighborhoods, lining up six feet apart while waiting to go one-in-one-out into grocery stores, and joining swaths of the world in discovering the vagaries of home schooling. It took only 10 days for signs that the approach here — “elimination” rather than the “containment” goal of the United States and other Western countries — is working… New Zealand’s next challenge: Once the virus is eliminated, how to keep it that way.
• A ‘Liberty’ Rebellion in Idaho Threatens to Undermine Coronavirus Orders (DNYUZ)
• Couple With NY License Plate Given Note In Fl: ‘We Don’t (Want) Your Virus, Go Back’ (PIX11)
• Investors Should Prepare For A Coronavirus-Induced ‘Vicious Spiral’ More Than Twice As Bad As The Financial Crisis (MarketWatch)
• Market Bounce Is An ‘Aftershock’ With ‘Pretty Horrific’ Earnings To Come, Citi Analyst Says (CNBC)
• The CEO Who Built Cisco Into A Powerhouse Has A Sobering Coronavirus Diagnosis: At Least Nine Months Of Economic Pain (MarketWatch)
• Congress, White House Reach High For Next Virus Bill (AP)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said another $1 trillion is needed, beyond the just-passed $2.2 trillion effort. She wants another round of direct payments to Americans and more money for companies to keep making payroll. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said in recent days that health care should top the list, signaling his intent to get to work on a new bill.
• Donald Trump Has Stake In Hydroxychloroquine Drugmaker (HuffPost)
• Airbnb Hosts Struggle To Pay The Bills As The Pandemic Sparks Mass Cancellations (CNN)
Monday, April 6, 2020
• JK Rowling And Huw Edwards Reveal They Have Beaten Coronavirus (The Telegraph)
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• Piers Morgan: The Queen & Her Coronavirus Speech (Daily Mail)
• Thousands Of Workers Apply To Pick Fruit And Veg Amid Coronavirus Shutdown (CornwallLive)
• Fears Coronavirus Can Hide In Cells And Reactivate Later After 51 Recovered Patients Test Positive Again (The Sun)
• Grocery Workers Are Beginning To Die Of Coronavirus (Washington Post)
• Scotland’s Top Medical Official Resigns After Being Caught Breaking Her Own Coronavirus Lockdown Advice (FoxNews)
• Florida Food Bank: Demand Surges By 600 Per Cent (Daily Mail)
• Tourist Towns Say, ‘Please Stay Away,’ During Coronavirus Lockdowns (WSJ)
• You Could Get 18 Months In Jail For Visiting Colorado County In Coronavirus Pandemic (Idaho Statesman)
It’s not the first time Gunnison County has shut itself off to visitors, though. During the 1918 flu epidemic, the county acted similarly… “For four months, residents were forbidden to leave, and travelers were turned away. Police erected barricades on the highway at Monarch Pass outside of town.” At that time, people were arrested and put in jail, according to the news outlet. It was effective, though. Gunnison had no deaths, and neighboring towns lost 10% of their populations, NPR reported.
• Nearly 10,000 NYPD & FDNY Members Call In Sick Amid Rise In Burglaries (Daily Mail)
• New York City Plans To Temporarily Bury Coronavirus Victims In A Park (The Week)
• Hidden Suffering Of Coronavirus: Stigma, Blaming, Shaming (AP)
The spreading global pandemic has tested the competing interests of public health and privacy, with thousands of individuals experiencing both physical illness and the less-visible stigma that can come with it. While there are many stories about good deeds and people coming together, the coronavirus is also bringing out another, darker side of some people: Fear, anger, resentment and shaming.
• Janet Yellen Says Second-Quarter GDP Could Decline By 30% And Unemployment Is Already At 12%-13% (CNBC)
• Almost a Third of Young People Have Lost Their Jobs So Far (VICE)
An Axios-Harris survey conducted through March 30 showed that 31 percent of respondents ages 18 to 34 had either been laid off or put on temporary leave because of the outbreak, compared with 22 percent of those 35 to 49 and 15 percent of those 50 to 64.
• Americans Are Underestimating How Long Coronavirus Disruptions Will Last, Health Experts Say (STAT+)
Public health experts are increasingly worried that Americans are underestimating how long the coronavirus pandemic will disrupt everyday life in the country, warning that the Trump administration’s timelines are offering many a false sense of comfort. Coronavirus cases are expected to peak in mid-April in many parts of the country, but quickly reopening businesses or loosening shelter-in-place rules would inevitably lead to a new surge of infections, they said.
• Fauci Says It’s Likely Coronavirus Will Be Seasonal (The Hill)
• Mysterious Heart Damage, Not Just Lung Troubles, Befalling COVID-19 Patients (KHN)
While the focus of the COVID-19 pandemic has been on respiratory problems and securing enough ventilators, doctors on the front lines are grappling with a new medical mystery. In addition to lung damage, many COVID-19 patients are also developing heart problems — and dying of cardiac arrest.
• What Happens If You’re Seriously Ill And It’s Not From Covid-19? (Bloomberg)
With the Covid-19 pandemic demanding an unprecedented amount of medical resources and personnel, care for other conditions, even life-threatening ones, is being put on hold. In many places across North America, everything except emergency surgeries have been canceled, and in-person care has been delayed for all but the most worrisome cases.
• Spanish Government Aims to Roll Out Basic Income ‘Soon’ (Bloomberg)
Social Security Minister Jose Luis Escriva is coordinating the project and plans to put some sort of basic income “in place as soon as possible,” with the main focus on assisting families, Calvino, who also serves as deputy prime minister, said in an interview Sunday night with Spanish broadcaster La Sexta. But the government’s broader ambition is that basic income becomes an instrument “that stays forever, that becomes a structural instrument, a permanent instrument,” she said.
• Tens Of Thousands Of Chinese Tourists Are Stuck At A Jam-Packed Tourist Attraction After It Reopened Amid Coronavirus Pandemic (Daily Mail)
Tens of thousands of Chinese tourists have flocked to a popular mountain range over the weekend after it reopened during the coronavirus pandemic. Huangshan was forced to shut down yesterday after its trails were swamped by more than 20,000 visitors… Visitors are asked to show their health status on their phones, wear face masks and have their temperatures taken upon their arrival.
Sunday, April 5, 2020
• Brothers Andrew Cuomo And Chris Cuomo Can’t Stop Cracking Jokes About Each Other On Live TV, And It’s Glorious (BuzzFeed)
• Inside The Epic White House Fight Over Hydroxychloroquine (Axios)
• Tesla Releases First Video Of Its Ventilator Made Out Of Car Parts (Electrek)
• Tim Cook: Apple Shipping Custom Face Shields To Medical Workers As Mask Donations Cross 20M (9To5Mac)
• Fed’s Bullard Says There Is ‘Good News’ For Those Worried About The Economy’s Future: Universal COVID-19 Testing (MarketWatch)
• Does My County Have an Epidemic? Estimates Show Hidden Transmission (NYT)
• U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Hospitalized Due to Coronavirus (Hollywood Reporter)
• COVID-19: What You Need To Know About The Coronavirus Pandemic On 5 April (World Economic Forum)
There are currently more than 1,213,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection around the world, with 65,652 confirmed deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Almost 250,000 people are known to have recovered from coronavirus.
The US remains the worst-affected country in the world, with over 312,000 confirmed cases.
Meanwhile, in the city where the coronavirus pandemic began — Wuhan in China’s Hubei province – parts of the city are showing tentative signs of reopening. Residents have slowly been returning to the streets to buy street food — with some allowed to leave their homes for the first time since 23 January.
However, on a more cautious note, mainland China reported 30 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, up from 19 a day earlier. Most of these were cases involving travellers from abroad, but five new locally transmitted cases were reported in Guangdong, highlighting the difficulty in stamping out the outbreak.
• Global Death Toll Mounts As Coronavirus Pandemic Spreads (CNN)
• Surgeon General: This Week Will Be Like A ‘Pearl Harbor’ And ‘9/11’ Moment (CNN)
• Trump Warns ‘One Of The Toughest Weeks’ Is Ahead, Says To Brace For ‘A Lot Of Death’ (NPR)
• Coronavirus: Spain’s Daily Number Of New Infections Falls Again – For A Third Day In A Row (EuroNews)
• Mainland China Sees Rise In New Coronavirus Cases (Reuters)
• South Korea’s Return To Normal Interrupted By Uptick In Coronavirus Cases (NBCNews)
• South Korea’s Foreign Minister Explains How The Country Contained COVID-19 (World Economic Forum)
“We took an all-government approach. The Prime Minister created a task force of all government ministries and, crucially, all regional and city governments, too — we are a very devolved democracy.”
“When one region ran out of hospital beds we asked other provinces to open up beds in their hospitals. When it ran out of doctors we asked doctors in other regions to help.”
“The key to our success has been absolute transparency with the public — sharing every detail of how this virus is evolving, how it is spreading and what the government is doing about it, warts and all.”
“Testing is absolutely critical with a fast-travelling virus like this,” says Kang. “We have tested over 350,000 cases so far — some patients are tested many times before they are released, so we can say they are fully cured. Altogether, we’re talking about one out of 145 or one out of 150 people having been tested so far.”
Unlike Italy, China, the UK and parts of the US, there was no lockdown in South Korea. It did, however, close its schools.
• Taiwan’s Coronavirus Response Is Among The Best Globally (CNN)
• Sweden Prepares For Possible Tighter Coronavirus Measures As Deaths Rise (The Guardian)
Sweden’s government is drawing up new legislation to allow it to take “extraordinary steps” to combat Covid-19, local media have reported, amid concern that its relatively soft approach may be leading to a higher death rate than in other Nordic countries. On Sunday Sweden reported a total of 401 deaths so far from Covid-19, up 8% from Saturday and greater than the totals of its three Nordic neighbours combined. Sweden’s toll per million inhabitants is 37, compared with 28 in Denmark, 12 in Norway and 4.5 in Finland.
Although Sweden has closed senior high schools and banned gatherings of more than 50 people, the prime minister, Stefan Löfven, has preferred to rely on Swedes’ sense of civic responsibility, asking rather than ordering them to avoid non-essential travel, to work from home and to stay indoors if they are over 70 or are feeling ill. “Everyone is responsible for their own wellbeing, for their neighbours’ and for their own local community,” the foreign minister, Ann Linde, said last week. “This applies in a normal situation and it applies in a crisis situation.”
• Blame The Chinese Communist Party For The Coronavirus Crisis (USAToday)
• Bill Gates Calls Coronavirus Pandemic A ‘Nightmare Scenario,’ But Predicts Lower Death Toll Than Trump (CNBC)
• We Could Be Vastly Overestimating The Death Rate For COVID-19. Here’s Why (World Economic Forum)
A lack of adequate testing means many of those who have been infected with the coronavirus will not appear in official statistics. This suggests that many estimates for its mortality rate are much too high. We need to build better systems for sharing and reporting data.
• State Coronavirus Shutdowns Have Taken 29% of U.S. Economy Offline (WSJ)
• These 7 Charts Show COVID-19’s Effect On The Us Job Market In March (World Economic Forum)
The March jobs report showed that the early impact of the coronavirus pandemic was much worse than economists expected, signaling further damage to the US economy ahead. The US economy lost 701,000 jobs in March, according to the Labor Department’s report out Friday. That was much steeper than the 100,000 loss consensus estimate from economists. The unemployment rate jumped to 4.4% from 3.5% in February.
• U.S. Allies Express Dismay Over Us Handling Of Global Medical Supply Chain (VOX)
As countries across the globe face a shortage of medical supplies needed to combat the spread of Covid-19, some US allies have begun expressing dismay over President Donald Trump’s efforts to secure personal protective equipment (PPE) for the United States. A German official has accused the US of “modern piracy,” calling the country’s efforts to obtain PPE overly aggressive, and officials in Brazil, Spain, and Canada have expressed a frustration shared by numerous US governors — that the Trump administration is aggressively outbidding them, leaving them unable to buy badly needed PPE.
In response, Canadian and German leaders have expressed dismay, but say they will not formally retaliate against the United States. “We are not looking at retaliatory measures or measures that are punitive,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during his daily address in Ottawa, while warning there may be some unintended negative consequences nevertheless. “We know it is in both of our interests to work collaboratively and cooperatively to keep our citizens safe.”
• Police Warn Chief Medical Officer Of ‘Future Conduct’ (Edinburgh & East)
“I wish to apologise unreservedly for the issue reported in the media today. While there are reasons for what I did, they do not justify it and they were not legitimate reasons to be out of my home. While I and my family followed the guidance on social distancing at all times, I understand that I did not follow the advice I am giving to others, and that I am truly sorry for that. I know how important this advice is and I do not want my mistake to detract from that. I have a job to do as chief medical officer to provide advice to ministers on the path of the virus and to support the medical profession as they work night and day to save lives, and having spoken with the First Minister this morning I will continue to focus entirely on that job.”
• Millions Of Dads Are Stuck At Home – Which Could Be A Game Changer For Working Moms (CNN)
• If You Have Anxiety And Depression But Feel Better During Coronavirus, You’re Not Alone (Daily Beast)
• Amazon Shows How To Be A Business During A Crisis (INC)
It isn’t an exaggeration to say that Amazon is one of the most important companies on the planet right now. With as many as 90 percent of Americans under ‘stay at home’ orders, Amazon has become more a part of our daily lives than ever before.
It’s hiring 100,000 workers at a time when 10 million people filed for unemployment in just two weeks. It’s prioritizing the products that people need at a time when online shopping has surged. And its cloud computing platform is more important than ever as millions of people are working from home. That’s not even to mention the scientists and researchers who are using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to find therapies and — hopefully — a vaccine for Covid-19.
It may also provide some escape from the chaos and anxiety of the world around us through good books on our Kindles or by renting a movie to watch with our kids. Sure, it isn’t the only place you can find either of those, but right now, every little bit helps.
Oh, and Jeff Bezos is donating $100 million to food banks to help people who just lost their jobs and can’t afford to feed their kids…
• Big Oil Is Using The Coronavirus Pandemic To Push Through The Keystone XL Pipeline (The Guardian)
I’m going to tell you the single worst story I’ve heard in these past few horrid months, a story that combines naked greed, political influence peddling, a willingness to endanger innocent human beings, utter blindness to one of the greatest calamities in human history and a complete disregard for the next crisis aiming for our planet…
• Coronavirus: Tech Firms Summoned Over ‘Crackpot’ 5G Conspiracies (BBC)
• Coronavirus Phone Tracking Now Impacts Us All – And This Is Just The Start (Forbes)
• People Living In Vans And RVs Are Getting Squeezed During Pandemic (CNN)
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Saturday, April 4, 2020
• Italy Cheers First Drop In Critical Virus Patients (AFP)
• Small Rural Towns Have Been Hit With Some Of The Most Deadly U.S. Coronavirus Outbreaks (The Sun)
• New York City Sees 75% More Burglaries Of Businesses Under Coronavirus Emergency Measures (Wall Street Journal)
The NYPD has seen a 75% increase in reports of burglaries of commercial establishments from March 12, when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency, to March 31, police officials said. The NYPD recorded 254 burglaries of businesses during that time period this year compared with 145 for the same period last year, the officials said. All boroughs of the city have seen increases, the officials said.
• Store Owners Boarding Up Buildings Across Manhattan (Fox5NewYork)
• Media Censoring Medical Doctors Saving Lives With Vitamin C For Covid19 – Reduces Need For Ventilators (Health Impact News)
“If you can administer Vitamin C intravenously starting in the Emergency Room and every 6 hours thereafter, while in the hospital, the mortality rate of this disease and the need for mechanical ventilators will likely be greatly reduced,” says Dr. Pierre Kory, the Medical Director of the Trauma and Life Support Center and Chief of the Critical Care Service at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He explains that it’s the inﬂammation sparked by the Coronavirus, not the virus itself, that kills patients. Inﬂammation causes a condition called Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), which damages the lungs so that patients, suffering fever, fatigue, and the sense that their inner chest is on ﬁre, eventually cannot breathe without the help of a ventilator.
Related Link: NHNE Vitamin C Resource Page
• Texas City Mandates People Wear Masks In Public Or Face $1,000 Fines (TIME)
• Canada’s Big Banks Cut Credit Card Rates To Give Relief To Customers Amid Covid-19 Pandemic (National Post)
• Small-Business Owners Express Confusion, Fear Over Federal Bailout Fund (MarketWatch)
• COVID-19: What You Need To Know About The Coronavirus Pandemic On 4 April (World Economic Forum)
“This is a crisis like no other,” said Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), at a conference organized by the World Health Organization yesterday. “Never in the history of the IMF have we witnessed the world economy coming to a standstill,” she said. “It is way worse than the global financial crisis.”
The public is currently coping with two pandemics, says economist Shiller: a viral pandemic, brought on by a contagion; and a pandemic of financial anxiety brought on by the economic impact of shut businesses and cratering stock prices. This financial anxiety is not logical, is highly reactive and often has a life of its own. To predict the stock market now, said Shiller, requires both understanding the economic effects of the pandemic as well as the real and psychological effects of financial anxiety. Said Shiller: “The two are different, but inseparable.”
• The “Sledgehammer” Approach To Containment Will Result in “Phenomenal” Economic Costs (The Street)
“The sledgehammer approach being used in most European countries and the United States is turning out into a very costly mistake. And what I mean by sledgehammer is they haven’t planned anything, they just have a blanket program where we’re all locked in our condos or houses and can’t move, and the economy shuts down,” he said. Instead, governments should take the model that Sweden has set, Hanke said. “If you look at some place like Sweden, Sweden has a very laissez-faire, very targeted approach, and they’re doing very well. The kindergartens are still open, the grade schools are still open, most factories are still open in Sweden. They are not imposing this sledgehammer and essentially wiping out the economy,” he said.
• No Lockdowns In Sweden As Stockholm Remains Open—Parks And Open-Air Museums Operating (Forbes)
Sweden has taken an early approach to tackle COVID-19 similar to that seen in Taiwan and Hong Kong. There are no enforced lockdowns, the economy remains open, and citizens are free to travel and enjoy the attractions that do remain open. The country has implemented what it calls “common sense” measures, that prevent large gathering of over 50 people, but most importantly, aims to protect the elderly and anyone with weak immune systems of pre-existing medical conditions. The elderly and vulnerable have been told to stay at home.
• On Sweden’s Dangerous Management Of Coronavirus Crisis (The Indicter)
The epidemic development of the corona virus in Sweden is not special. The virus behaves and spreads under the same predictable procedures elsewhere. What makes the situation of Sweden so particular in regards to others countries, is partly the premature and naïve conclusions of the authorities, and partly their strategy adopted in dealing with this catastrophe.
• Coronavirus: Big Brother Widens His Embrace (MoneyWeek)
• A German Exception? Why the Country’s Coronavirus Death Rate Is Low (NYT)
• Coronavirus World Map: Which Countries Have The Most Cases And Deaths? (The Guardian)
• Some Cities See Jumps In Domestic Violence During The Pandemic (CNN)
• Barr Orders Broadened Use Of Home Confinement As Coronavirus Hits Prisons (AXIOS)
• A Woman Flying To See Her Dying Mother Was The Plane’s Only Passenger (CNN)
• How To Make Your Own Face Mask (CNN)
Friday, April 3, 2020
• Face Coverings Recommended, But Trump Says He Won’t Wear One (AP)
• Canada’s Handling Of The Pandemic So Far Is Putting The U.S. To Shame (The Globe & Mail)
• When Will You Get Your Federal Stimulus Check? (CBSNews)
Millions of Americans will have a federal stimulus payment directly deposited in their bank account by April 15, the Treasury Department says. But some people without direct deposit information may not get checks until mid-August or later, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press.
• A Widening Toll On Jobs: ‘This Thing Is Going To Come For Us All’ (NYT)
A staggering 6.6 million people applied for unemployment benefits last week as the coronavirus outbreak ravaged nearly every corner of the American economy, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The speed and scale of the job losses are without precedent. In just two weeks, the pandemic has left nearly 10 million Americans out of work, more than in the worst months of the last recession. Until last month, the worst week for unemployment filings was 695,000 in 1982.
• Coronavirus Stimulus Will Take National Debt To Wartime Levels (CNN)
In most countries, political opposition to spending increases funded by borrowing has vanished in the face of a potential global depression. But the trillions of dollars in support promised to households and businesses will push up budget deficits to their highest levels since the global financial crisis. And the borrowing binge could result in national debt mountains to rival those last seen in the late 1940s. The amount of stimulus already committed ranges as high as 20% of GDP in some countries, but economists warn that even more will likely be needed to support workers and companies harmed by the pandemic. At the same time, tax revenue will decline along with economic activity, blowing out deficits even further.
• The Soaring U.S. Unemployment Rate Could Approach Great Depression-Era Levels (Market Watch)
• ‘Mom & Pop’ Shops Worry They Will Be Squeezed Out Of Small Business Coronavirus Aid (Reuters)
• Food Shortages? Nope, Too Much Food In The Wrong Places (NPR)
• The 1,000-Bed Comfort Was Supposed to Aid New York. It Has 20 Patients. (NYT)
• The CDC Suggests Deep Breathing To Stay Calm (LATimes)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends taking deep breaths to improve your emotional health during the coronavirus outbreak. But how? There’s a technique to making the most of your deep, cleansing breaths — and it’s pretty easy to learn…
Related Link: The Wim Hof Method
• No Small-Business Relief Yet: False Start On Paycheck Protection Program Loans (Forbes)
• CNN Anchor Brooke Baldwin Diagnosed With Coronavirus (Hollywood Reporter)
• Chris Cuomo Shares Covid-19 Experience: ‘The Beast Comes At Night’ (CNN)
• Sex Workers Stranded In Germany As Coronavirus Shuts Brothels (Reuters)
• Germany Has A Low Coronavirus Mortality Rate: Here’s Why (CNBC)
• Women Are Using Code Words At Pharmacies To Escape Domestic Violence During Lockdown (CNN)
Multiple studies have found that emotionally stressful events can lead to an increase in aggressive behavior at home. Researchers identified such spikes during the 2008 economic crisis, when major natural disasters hit, and also during big football tournaments.
• Coronavirus: Cats Highly Susceptible To Infection, Study Finds (Independent)
• Coronavirus Could Trigger Biggest Fall In Carbon Emissions Since World War Two (Reuters)
• A Conspiracy Theory That 5G Is Causing The Coronavirus Is Spreading Alongside The Pandemic (BuzzFeedNews)
• 5G Masts Being Burned In The U.K. (The Sun)
• Stop Deployment Of 5G During Quarantine (Children’s Defense Fund)
• Thousands Of Zoom Video Calls Left Exposed On Open Web (Washington Post)
• ‘Zoombombing’ Is A Federal Offense That Could Result In Imprisonment, Prosecutors Warn (The Verge)
Thursday, April 2, 2020
• Nurses And Doctors Stand On Hospital Rooftops To Pray Over Patients And Families (CBSNews)
• Unexpected Consequence of COVID-19 Crisis: Empty Emergency Rooms (InsideSources)
• Locked In Cages, Beaten And Shamed: Coronavirus Laws Lead To Abuses (Herald-Mail Media)
• Shivering, Hallucinating, Beaten ‘Like A Piñata’ – Chris Cuomo’s ‘Haunted’ Night With Coronavirus (GreenwichTime)
“My dad was talking to me,” a wide-eyed Cuomo said, referring to his late father, former New York governor and revered Democratic Party figure Mario Cuomo, who died in January 2015. “I was seeing people from college, people I haven’t seen in forever. It was freaky what I lived through last night, and it may happen again tonight.”
• Chris Cuomo Makes Surprise Appearance During Brother Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Coronavirus Briefing (USAToday)
[Chris Cuomo] shared another case of a wild fever dream with his brother [Governor Andrew Cuomo]Thursday: “You came to me in a dream. You had on a very interesting ballet outfit and you were dancing in the dream and waving a wand and saying, ‘I wish I could wave my wand and make this go away.’ “
The governor replied with a laugh: “Well there’s a lot of metaphoric reality in that one. I thank you for sharing this one with us. Very kind of you. Obviously the fever has affected your mental capacity.”
• Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Paul Krugman Says We Are Ignoring A ‘Huge Fiscal Time Bomb’ Set To Detonate When The Pandemic Subsides (Business Insider)
• U.S. Unemployment Claims Hit 6.6 Million, Another Record High, Amid Coronavirus (Chicago Tribune)
• ‘A Perfect Storm’ – US Facing Hunger Crisis As Demand For Food Banks Soars (The Guardian)
• For Homeless People, Covid-19 Is Horror On Top Of Horror (Wired)
“THERE IS NOTHING,” a desperate poster writes, and a dozen others agree. Online communities dedicated to homelessness, like Reddit’s r/homeless, were already places to vent about unlivable living situations, but as the Covid-19 outbreak continues, the challenges they face have only gotten more extreme. Shelters are full, or closed, or too fraught with coronavirus risk to consider sleeping in. They have no access to toilets, much less toilet paper. They’ve been laid off, and there’s nobody on the street so they can’t even panhandle. Common places to find shelter and a bathroom — libraries, gyms, fast food restaurants — are closed. Soup kitchens are closing, out of food, out of workers. The forums have become literal survival guides: How to set up a safe shelter in the forest; where to find an electrical outlet; how to clean yourself with dry leaves, newspaper, and isopropyl alcohol. “For everyone else this is ‘quarantine and chill,’” Reddit user UNTGaryOaks tells WIRED. “When you’re homeless there is no quarantine, or chill. Unless you’re the type that is comfortable laying on the ground in public.”
“The shelters themselves are losing staff. Their staff are getting sick or their kids are home from school. Volunteers who provide staff overnight or food, they’re not coming,” Roman says. “They’re having a difficult time supplying food to people, and we’re starting to see some of them close.”
• Best-Case And Worst-Case Coronavirus Forecasts Are Very Far Apart (FiveThirtyEight)
“This week’s survey, taken on March 30 and 31, shows that experts expect an average of 263,000 COVID-19-related deaths in 2020, but anywhere between 71,000 and 1.7 million deaths is a reasonable estimate…”
• Amazon Faces Unprecedented Challenges As Dozens Of Its Warehouses Grapple With Covid-19 Outbreaks (GeekWire)
• Social Security Recipients Will Automatically Receive Stimulus Pay (CNN)
• Some In U.S. May Not Get Stimulus Checks Until August (AP)
• Map Reveals Hidden U.S. Hotspots of Coronavirus Infection (Scientific American)
• Coronavirus: Strategic National Stockpile Was Ready, But Not For This (The Conversation)
• China’s Shenzhen Bans The Eating Of Cats And Dogs After Coronavirus (Reuters)
• Australia Starts Putting Time Limits On ‘Draconian’ Virus Measures (Reuters)
• Navy Relieves Captain Who Raised Alarm About Coronavirus Outbreak On Aircraft Carrier (NBCNews)
• A New Coronavirus Test Can Accurately Diagnose People Without Symptoms (Refinery29)
• Los Angeles Mayor Says All Residents Should Wear Masks (The Hill)
• Why Are So Many More Men Dying From Coronavirus? (DNYUZ)
• People Are Visiting Graveyards During Coronavirus Lockdown Because Parks Are Too Crowded (NYPost)
• Amid Coronavirus Scare, Americans Flock To Remote Land, Survival Retreats (Thomas Reuters Foundation)
• The Pandemic Is Turning the Natural World Upside Down (The Atlantic)
“Air pollution can seriously damage human health, and the World Health Organization estimates that conditions stemming from exposure to ambient pollution — including stroke, heart disease, and respiratory illnesses — kill about 4.2 million people a year…”
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
• Stimulus May Come Too Late for U.S. Businesses Already Stretched (Bloomberg)
• Why The Global Recession Could Last A Long Time (NYT)
• Private Sector Sheds 27,000 Jobs In March As Coronavirus Ripples Through US Economy (Fox Business)
• Protective Gear In National Stockpile Is Nearly Depleted, DHS Officials Say (Washington Post)
• Asia May Have Been Right About Coronavirus And Face Masks (CNN)
• White House Issues Stark Coronavirus Death Toll Estimate (NBC News)
• Iceland Lab’s Testing Suggests 50% Of Coronavirus Cases Have No Symptoms (CNN)
• How Does Exercise Affect Your Immune System And Your Ability To Fight Off Coronavirus? (220Triathlon)
• 3 Obsolete Business Strategies That the Pandemic Has Revived (INC.com)
• Don’t Nag Your Husband During Lockdown, Malaysia’s Government Advises Women (NPR)
• Discovery By UF Doctor May Have Solved Face Mask Shortage (Mainstreet Daily News)
• China Intentionally Under-Reported Total Coronavirus Cases And Deaths, U.S. Intelligence Says (Fortune)
• Europe Turned To China (& Russia) For Coronavirus Testing Help. Why Some Are Now Regretting It (Fortune)
• A Pandemic Expert Tells Us Why She Was So Wrong About Coronavirus (VICE)
• The Coronavirus Outbreak Is Bad News For Electric Car Companies Like Tesla (Inverse)
• ‘We Are The Verge Of A Massive Collapse’: Ex-Energy Secretary Perry Says Covid-19 Will Ravage Oil Industry (USAToday)
• China Seizes Covid-19 Advantage In South China Sea (Asia Times)
• Coronavirus: How Sick Will You Get? (The Mercury News)
“It’s well known that death rates are higher among older people. Only 0.2% of people younger than 19 die. But for people between the ages of 60 and 69, the death rate is 3.6%. It jumps to 8% to 12.5% for those between ages 70 and 79 and 14.8% to 20% percent for those older than 80…
“Emerging U.S. data confirms trends seen in China and Italy: Rates of serious COVID-related symptoms are higher in those with other medical problems and risk factors, such as diabetes, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease, chronic renal disease and smoking. In a U.S. Centers for Disease Control report released on Tuesday, higher percentages of patients with underlying conditions were admitted to the hospital and to an ICU than patients without other health issues.”
• The New York Times
• The Guardian
• World Economic Forum
• NBC News
• Why It’s So Freaking Hard To Make A Good COVID-19 Model
• Coronavirus: A Visual Guide To The Pandemic (BBC)
• Coronavirus Map: Tracking the Global Outbreak (NYT)
• Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
• Global Covid-19 Case Fatality Rates
• Worst-Case Estimates for U.S. Coronavirus Deaths (NYT)
• How Each State In The U.S. Is Handling The Coronavirus Crisis
• Best-Case And Worst-Case Coronavirus Forecasts Are Very Far Apart (FiveThirtyEight)
“This week’s survey, taken on March 30 and 31, shows that experts expect an average of 263,000 COVID-19-related deaths in 2020, but anywhere between 71,000 and 1.7 million deaths is a reasonable estimate…”
• Coronavirus Fatality Rate or Death Percentage: Puzzling Estimates
Diamond Princess data tell us that COVID-19’s infection fatality rate should be around 0.5% whereas South Korean data tell us it should be around 1.8%. When we have divergent estimates from different sources and we are certain about the data integrity of each source, the best estimate is usually somewhere in between. That’s what we are going to do in this case and calculate the average of both estimates. This gives us an infection fatality rate of approximately 1.2%. We will be able to calculate a more accurate estimate as more cases resolve over the next couple of weeks and we have access to more data.
Total COVID-19 deaths projected to August 4, 2020 in United States of America = 83,967 COVID-19 deaths
• White House Issues Stark Coronavirus Death Toll Estimate (NBC News)
“Modelling showed the disease could kill between 100,000 and 240,000 people if Americans stay at home and limit their contact with others, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus coordinator said on Tuesday.”
Lessons From History
• What Rome Learned From The Deadly Antonine Plague Of 165 A.D. (Smithsonian)
• How Some Cities ‘Flattened The Curve’ During The 1918 Flu Pandemic
• More People Died in the 1918 Flu Pandemic Than in WWI
• How Epidemics of the Past Forced Americans to Promote Health — and Ended Up Improving Life in This Country (Smithsonian)
• Closed Movie Theaters and Infected Stars: How the 1918 Flu Halted Hollywood
• The Yellow-Fever Epidemic Of 1793 In Philadelphia
• The Spanish Flu (Wikipedia)
• The Black Plague (Wikipedia)
• What Social Distancing Looked Like in 1666
Helpful Advice & Suggestions
Dr. David Price of Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City
Dr. David Price of Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City discusses what he has learned about this virus from direct, hands-on experience and offers simple, effective practices for avoiding it, not passing it on to others, and handling it if you, or your family members and friends, contracts it. His suggestions (and overall demeanor) are very helpful at reducing the fear that is rampaging through the world right now.
Watch the complete, unedited video here.
Early News Stories
• AI Tool Predicts Which Coronavirus Patients Get Deadly ‘Wet Lung’ (AFP)
• Models Predicting Expected Spread Of The Virus In The U.S. Paint A Grim Picture (NYT)
• USS Theodore Roosevelt Commander Says Entire Crew Needs To Be Isolated After 200 Positive Coronavirus Tests (FoxNews)
• Coronavirus: Middle-Aged People At Greater Risk Of Dying From Covid-19 Just Like Elderly, Study Finds
• South Korea’s Foreign Minister Explains How The Country Contained COVID-19 (World Economic Forum)
• CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo Diagnosed With Coronavirus (CNN)
• As Coronavirus Hits Hard, Amazon Starts Licensing Cashier-Free Technology To Retailers (MarketWatch)
• Colorado Ski Town Will Test Everyone For Coronavirus (LifeScience)
• A Choir Decided To Go Ahead With Rehearsal. Now Dozens Of Members Have COVID-19 And Two Are Dead (LA Times)
• WHO Official Defends Guidance: ‘We’re Not Seeing’ Airborne Transmission (NPR)
• Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, New Data Suggest (NYT)
• As The Rest Of The World Locks Down, China Tries To Get Shoppers Out (Bloomberg)
• Why Are So Few Germans Dying From The Coronavirus? Experts Wonder (NBCNews)
• When Will The Money Arrive? Here Are Answers To Your Questions About The Coronavirus Stimulus Checks (CNBC)
• 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic In Sweden (Wikipedia)
• Inside Sweden’s Radically Different Approach to the Coronavirus (WSJ)
• Life Is Carrying On As Normal In Sweden – Scientists Explain The Controversial Approach
• What Happens To Our Food Supply If American Farmers Can’t Farm? (CNN)
• Rent’s Due. What Now? Experts Warn A Housing Crisis Shadows The Health Crisis (NBCNews)
• Rent Strike Idea Gaining Steam During Coronavirus Crisis (AP)
• Social Distancing Is A Privilege Of The Middle Class. For India’s Slum Dwellers, It Will Be Impossible (CNN)
• These Gut-Wrenching Photos Show What Happens When A Coronavirus Lockdown Backfires
• Italy Risks Losing Grip in South With Fear of Looting, Riots (MSN)
• A Food Crisis Looms As Coronavirus Forces Farms To Stay Idle And Countries Hoard Supplies (CNBC)
• Farmworkers Key To Keeping US Fed Are Wary Of Virus Spread (AP)
• Unprecedented Response to COVID-19 by Governments Prohibits Physical Contact and Cripples World Economy
• Coronavirus Measures Could Cause Global Food Shortage, UN Warns (Guardian)
• Is This Really The Best Way To Fight Coronavirus? (NYT)
• Coronavirus’ Looming Psychological Crisis(The Week)
• An Aging America Faces Another Epidemic: Isolation (Politico)
• Coping With Coronavirus Anxiety, Isolation And Loneliness (Mercola)
• Road Accidents Are Likely To Kill More People Than Coronavirus. The World Needs To Keep Perspective
• Will The Coronavirus Make Permanent Our Diminishing Need For Human Contact?
• What Is The Best Disinfectant For Surfaces? (Mercola)
• Inside The Military’s Top Secret Plans If Coronavirus Cripples The Government (Newsweek)
• How Isaac Newton Turned Isolation From The Great Plague Into A “Year of Wonders”
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