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#8221 dasmo

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 02:33 PM

Touch is important for everyone; it is an essential part of our well-being. From the moment we are born, a gentle touch calms us and lets us know that someone cares. For the elderly, the healing power of human touch cannot be underestimated. Unfortunately, many seniors do not experience the simple act of touch on a daily basis. This can exacerbate feelings of social isolation and depression. We all need to feel connected and cared for - residents living in long-term care settings are no exception. There are many ways we can harness the power of touch to improve the quality of life of the elderly.


Regular, compassionate touch is said to:
Make people live longer and recover from illnesses faster
Help fight stress-induced illness
Satisfy the craving for human touch
Balance the nervous system
Provide positive non-verbal communication
Relieve pain
Increase empathy and understanding
Boost the immune system
Reduce the worry of mortality
Provide a strong display of love and support



#8222 Barrrister

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 03:32 PM

Dasmo: Interesting list of benefits on touch; does this include touch from working girls,

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 03:32 PM

touch is touch barrister.

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 04:33 PM

Are there the same benefits to unwanted touching? Biden might be onto something.



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Posted 15 September 2020 - 05:43 PM

to be fair that’s not unwanted touching. it’s pethaps unsuspected touching.

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 07:40 PM

Cases of the coronavirus have begun to surge in Canada over the last 10 days, as daily new infections for the entire country are now at around 618, compared to about 390 cases a day this time last month.

When it comes to hospitalizations, in September, there have been less than 300 people in hospital across Canada due to COVID-19. The hospitalizations peaked in the second half of April when there were well over 2,000 people in hospital.


lots of bias in that article.

why use 300 and 2000 above? why not the actual figures?

then the article goes on to say it’s not true that hospitaiuzatins are rare for the young but then shows how only 10% of hoskitalizayins were for under 39.

then it goes on to say the problem is that young people interact with old people. to that I say “why”? who STILL doesn’t know that the elderly are vulnerable?

That's some lousy spell checker.

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Life's a journey......so roll down the window and enjoy the breeze.

#8227 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 03:19 AM

in the paid version it caught all errors.

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 04:55 AM

Members of Families #1 and #2 attended a card game in a storage unit in LaSalle on Aug. 20 with another family: Family #4.





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Posted 16 September 2020 - 07:49 AM

Bloc Québécois leader in isolation after wife tests positive for COVID-19

Three First Nations are asking B.C.’s Information and Privacy Commissioner to force the government to share the locations of nearby COVID-19 cases, something they say is essential to the health of remote communities.

The Heiltsuk Nation, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and Tŝilhqot’in National Government said in a news release today that their application seeking the information is supported by the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association and the BC Civil Liberties Association.

If successful, the order would force the province to reveal the location of confirmed and presumptive cases near their communities.

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council president Judith Sayers said the province’s secrecy is endangering First Nations.

“Their non-disclosure of this information is a great risk to our vulnerable communities,” she said. “The B.C. government just won’t work with us on this. We keep telling them, we need to know, and then we can have our protocols. We can tell everybody stay at home, do whatever we need to.”

The number of COVID-19 cases on reserves in B.C. has jumped 40 per cent in the last week, with Indigenous Services Canada reporting 103 cases Tuesday.


Here’s a list of Victoria businesses with mandatory mask policies amid COVID-19

Canada’s impression of U.S. reaches lowest level in nearly 20 years: new Pew poll
Donald Trump was ranked below even Russian President Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping on world affairs

University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers have discovered that SARS-CoV-2 can't grab onto ACE2 without a carbohydrate called heparan sulfate, which is also found on lung cell surfaces and acts as a co-receptor for viral entry.

Esko's study, published September 14, 2020 in Cell, introduces a potential new approach for preventing and treating COVID-19.
The team demonstrated two approaches that can reduce the ability of SARS-CoV-2 to infect human cells cultured in the lab by approximately 80 to 90 percent: 1) removing heparan sulfate with enzymes or 2) using heparin as bait to lure and bind the coronavirus away from human cells. Heparin, a form of heparan sulfate, is already a widely used medication to prevent and treat blood clots, suggesting that a Food and Drug Administration-approved drug might be repurposed to reduce virus infection.


TUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Parents who choose to forgo or delay their children's vaccinations may quickly find themselves without a pediatrician.

Just over half (51%) of pediatric offices in the United States have a policy to dismiss families that refuse childhood vaccines, a nationwide survey found. Thirty-seven percent of pediatricians themselves said they often dismissed families for refusing vaccines, and 6% said they would dismiss a family for choosing to spread out crucial early vaccines.

"Arguments for dismissing families include that vaccination is the standard of care and the benefits far outweigh the risks. The evidence for vaccines is so strong that doctors may feel they just can't work with parents who stray so far from the standards of medical care," said lead author Dr. Sean O'Leary. He's a professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora.

"Another argument for dismissing families is that doing so may increase vaccine rates when parents see that pediatric practices feel so strongly about vaccines. Some of the downsides are that kids might end up without a medical home, or parents will find pediatricians who don't have policies about vaccines," O'Leary said.


COVID-19 Risk 10-Fold Higher for Opioid Abusers
— Substance use disorders in general tied to higher coronavirus hospitalization rates

Punctured lungs occur in as many as 1 in 100 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, a new study finds

A new machine learning-based online tool developed by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School (HMS), Georgia Tech and Boston Medical Center allows for early detection of COVID-19 outbreaks in different U.S. counties. The COVID-19 Outbreak Detection Tool is updated two-to-three times per week and it predicts how fast an outbreak is spreading within a given county by estimating the doubling time of COVID-19 cases.

To make these predictions, the tool accounts for reported COVID-19 cases and deaths, face mask mandates, social distancing policies, changes in tests performed, rates of positive tests and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Social Vulnerability Index (which assesses the health-related resilience of individual communities when confronted with external stresses, such as natural or human-caused disasters or disease outbreaks).

The tool offers an interactive map and a "data explorer" that allows users to select a specific county to see that county's population, total new cases of COVID-19 in the past week, average daily cases in the past week, and the COVID-19 doubling rate (i.e., how many days it takes for the number of cases to double in a given county).


An Indian politician who advised people to bathe in mud and blow conch shells to cure COVID-19 has now tested positive for the virus.


He sat amidst a circle of fire to improve his immunity. In the same video, he also urged people to get wet in the rain, stop using air conditioners and reduce eating food cooked on a gas to protect against COVID-19.

Previously, BJP minister Arjun Ram Meghwal, who advised people to eat a specific brand of papad - a thin, round flatbread - to protect against COVID-19, also tested positive last month.

In March, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey advised people to sit in the sun daily for 15 minutes as a preventative measure against the virus. Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of northern Indian state Uttar Pradesh, has asked people to practice yoga, adding that one could fight coronavirus by overcoming “mental illness”.
Politicians have also actively advocated the use of cow products to cure COVID-19. A right wing Hindu nationalist outfit called the Hindu Mahasabha had organised a cow urine party with cow dung cakes in early March, despite health authorities warning against large gatherings.


Belarus will begin using Russian COVID-19 vaccine in a month

Al-Aqsa mosque to close for 3 weeks over virus outbreak

Another covid-19 high: 5,527 new cases in Israel in a day

At least 1,000 Israeli Bratslav Hasidim are reportedly trapped between the borders of Belarus and Ukraine, in the latest setback to an annual pilgrimage to a venerated rabbi’s grave in Uman that has descended into chaos, as thousands of pilgrims try to beat coronavirus restrictions holding them back.

According to the National Secretariat of Bratslav Hasidim, there are around 2,500 pilgrims at the border crossing, with Hebrew media reports saying that while nearly half had left Belarus territory, they were being prevented from entering Ukraine by a strong deployment of armed Ukrainian border guards.


Each year, tens of thousands of pilgrims, mostly from Israel, gather for Rosh Hashanah in Uman, home of the burial place of Rabbi Nachman, an 18th-century luminary and founder of the Bratslav Hasidic movement.

Ukraine barred foreign nationals from entering the country throughout September, after Israel’s coronavirus czar, Ronni Gamzu, appealed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in August in an attempt to prevent the pilgrimage in order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.


YANGON: Myanmar authorities are racing to build a field hospital in the commercial capital of Yangon to cope with a surge of COVID-19 infections that doctors fear threatens to overwhelm the country's fragile health system.
The Southeast Asian nation reported 307 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday (Sep 15), its highest daily toll since the start of the pandemic in March, and another 134 on Wednesday morning, taking the total to 3,636 cases and 39 deaths.

Now, 2 1/2 years into his tenure, the storied agency finds itself in new and treacherous waters, its reputation stained, and the morale of its staff at a historic low, current and former CDC insiders told STAT. Many say Redfield is not doing enough to safeguard the reputation of the CDC and the integrity of its work, and that he is failing to successfully fend off political interference that is eroding Americans’ trust in the organization.

“I find it concerning that the CDC director has not been outspoken when there have been instances of clear political interference in the interpretation of science,” said Richard Besser, a former acting CDC director and now president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Former CDC staffers, a number of whom exchange worried emails bemoaning the state of the agency, are deeply alarmed but wary of speaking out. One former official said current staff are in a quandary over what to do. “Even if you got a dozen of them to resign at the same time, it’s a one-day story,” said the former official.

Others were willing to speak publicly.

“I think [Redfield]’s not showing the kind of leadership in defense of the institution and in defense of science that I would hope to see,” said Mark Rosenberg, who was the first director of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

“A reputation that takes 75 years to build can be destroyed in four months. That’s horrifying,” said Rosenberg, who is now retired but remains in touch with former colleagues.

Public health experts at the CDC who led the country’s responses to countless threats over decades — the deadly emergence of HIV, the anthrax attacks of the autumn of 2001, SARS, the H1N1 flu pandemic, and Ebola — have been sidelined and silenced by the administration in the midst of President Trump’s reelection campaign.

On multiple occasions, guidance documents written by CDC staff — recommendations that are meant to be the most up-to-date distillation of the emerging science on the SARS-CoV-2 virus — have been revised by political appointees in Washington to reflect administration goals.


Coronavirus Drained Black, Latino, and Native Americans' Savings Way More Than White People's

Coronavirus, Trump chill international enrollment at US colleges

More people who are out of work and isolated at home are dying of drug overdoses in South Florida, becoming overlooked victims of the COVID-19 pandemic

Trump Blames Biden For Not Instituting Mask Mandate; Biden Reminds Trump ‘I’m Not Currently President’

President Trump defended his assertion that the novel coronavirus would “disappear” with or without a vaccine on Tuesday, saying the United States would develop what he called “herd mentality.”

“With time it goes away,” Trump said during an ABC News town hall in Pennsylvania when pressed by host George Stephanopoulos on his public comments about the virus. “You'll develop, you'll develop herd — like a herd mentality. It's going to be, it’s going to be herd-developed, and that's going to happen. That will all happen. But with a vaccine, I think it will go away very quickly.”

Trump appeared to mistake “herd mentality” for “herd immunity,” which occurs when enough individuals develop immunity to prevent the spread of a disease.


Trump says he doesn't think he could've done more to stop virus spread

Trump reveals he has no regrets over 195,000 COVID deaths: ‘I think we did a great job’

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 12:45 PM

Faces and facial expressions have a special power over us as human beings. While friendly faces make us feel warm and fuzzy, those of our opponents evoke fear or even anger. So, when do we as kids learn to recognize faces and facial expressions? And what lessons can be learned by parents whose facial signals carry a massive amount of information for infants? As a researcher primarily interested in emotional development, I’ve spent years studying how infants and children come to recognize faces and emotional facial expressions. Newborns show a distinct preference for the faces of their mothers, only hours after they are born.



our ability decode faces is very important, and may be linked with several measures of success and social competence.

For example, children with stronger face-reading skills may achieve more popularity at school (Leppänen and Hietanen 2001). They tend to perform better academically (Kang et al 2017).

In addition, experiments hint that people who are better at identifying fearful expressions are more kind and generous (e.g., Marsh et al 2007).

On the flip side, children who have more trouble identifying emotion in faces are more likely to have peer problems and learning difficulties (Goodfellow and Nowicki 2009). Preschoolers with poor face-reading skills for their age are more likely to have externalizing behavioral problems, like hyperactivity (Chronaki et al 2015a). If they tend to be shy, such children are also more likely to suffer from anxiety (Sette et al 2016).



Human beings are social creatures. Our connection to others enables us to survive and thrive. Yet, as we age, many of us are alone more often than when we were younger, leaving us vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness—and related health problems such as cognitive decline, depression, and heart disease. Fortunately, there are ways to counteract these negative effects. Research has linked social isolation and loneliness to higher risks for a variety of physical and mental conditions: high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and even death.


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 12:49 PM

Many nonprofessional caregivers—spouses, adult children, other relatives and friends—find taking care of an elder to be satisfying and enriching. But the responsibilities and demands of caregiving, which escalate as the elder’s condition deteriorates, can also cause significant stress. The stress of elder care can lead to mental and physical health problems that leave caregivers burned out, impatient, and more susceptible to neglecting or lashing out at the elders in their care.

In addition to the caregiver’s inability to manage stress, other risk factors for elder abuse include:

Depression in the caregiver
Lack of support from other potential caregivers
The caregiver’s perception that taking care of the elder is burdensome and without emotional reward
Social isolation—the elder and caregiver are alone together almost all the time
Even caregivers in institutional settings can experience stress at levels that lead to elder abuse. Nursing home staff may be prone to elder abuse if they lack training, have too many responsibilities, are unsuited to caregiving, or work under poor conditions.



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Posted 16 September 2020 - 09:41 PM

Downright scary video has emerged from Sweden.


What irresponsible behavior.
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#8233 exc911ence

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 09:51 PM





A whole street full of genocidal Hitlers! Oh the humanity!

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#8234 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 12:20 AM

Hospitalizations dipped to 60, three less than Tuesday, but intensive care units gained three more patients.

B.C. now has a record-high 1,614 active cases of people infected with COVID-19. The death toll remains unchanged at 219.


so data now coming from BC and Quebec and Ontario says the spread is mostly small social gatherings and mixing groups at those frequent gatherings. very close and sometimes prolonged contact.

nothing suggests restaurants or retail is causing spread.

that should be good news towards any further lockdowns.

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 17 September 2020 - 12:24 AM.

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 08:02 AM


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Posted 17 September 2020 - 08:13 AM

If anything the US deaths are an indictment of that country's other health issues like obesity.  Not so much covid itself.  And even then their deaths per 100k are not that bad 

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 08:15 AM

The number of British Columbians with active COVID-19 infections hit a new high on September 16, with 1,614 people battling the virus that has caused a global pandemic. This is 24 more people than yesterday and 507 more than it was at the start of the month.

Pushing the number of active cases up is consistently high numbers of new infections identified on a daily basis. There were 122 new COVID-19 infections detected overnight in B.C., for a total of 7,498 cases identified since the virus was first confirmed in B.C. on January 28.

The vast majority of those infected are self-isolating at home, although 60 people are sick enough to be in hospital, and 23 of those individuals are in intensive care units. There has not been more British Columbians in intensive care units with COVID-19 since May 1 – nearly 20 weeks ago.

The good news is that for the second consecutive day, no one has died from the disease in the province. That leaves the death toll from the novel coronavirus at 219.


B.C. set to unveil how it will spend $1.5 billion in pandemic recovery funds
Province has already spent $7.6 billion on COVID response measures since the start of the pandemic

Tofino-area First Nation considering closing doors to visitors again
Swamped with tourists, scared of COVID-19, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation says more support needed

A top Donald Trump donor who has publicly campaigned against COVID-19 restrictions was granted a special entry exemption into Canada last month, allowing her to skip the country's mandatory 14-day quarantine for foreign travellers, a CBC News investigation has learned.

Liz Uihlein, the 75-year-old president and CEO of Uline Inc., a Wisconsin-based retailer of shipping, packing and janitorial supplies, flew to Toronto on her private jet on Aug. 25, for what her company calls a "facility visit" to its Milton, Ont., office and warehouse. Uihlein was accompanied by two other senior company executives, Phil Hunt and Glenn Quaiver, on the two-day trip.

Through a spokesperson, Uline insisted that the three Americans were granted formal exemptions from the two-week self-isolation period that has been in place since last March. Under a federal order-in-council, only four cabinet members — Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair, Minister of Health Patty Hajdu and Minister of Immigration Marco Mendicino — and Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, have the power to issue such free passes. But none of their departments will admit to having signed off on the three quarantine exemptions, and the company refuses to say who approved their applications.

Uihlein, along with her husband, Richard, ranks as the biggest donor to the Republican Party, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, having given more than $40 million US so far in 2019-20. She has been outspoken in her criticism of the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic, complaining that government-mandated shutdowns have been costly and disruptive for business.


Scientists already know that this excessive inflammation involves heightened neutrophil recruitment to the airways, but the detailed mechanisms of this reaction are still unclear.

Lee and Park’s analyses found that a group of immune cells called myeloid cells produced excess amounts of neutrophil-recruiting chemicals in severely ill patients, including a cytokine called tumour necrosis factor (TNF) and a chemokine called CXCL8.

Further RNA analyses of neutrophils in severely ill patients showed they were less able to recruit very important T cells needed for attacking the virus. At the same time, the neutrophils produced too many extracellular molecules that normally trap pathogens, but damage airway cells when produced in excess.

The researchers additionally found that the airway cells in severely ill patients were not expressing enough glucocorticoid receptors. This was correlated with increased CXCL8 expression and neutrophil recruitment.


Study shows first proof that a safer UV light effectively kills virus causing COVID-19
Researchers offer first proof that Ultraviolet C light with a 222 nm wavelength -- which is safer to use around humans -- effectively kills the SARS-CoV-2 virus

Potential COVID-19 drug azithromycin may increase risk for cardiac events
Risks exist if drug is taken with other commonly prescribed medications

Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute today announced they have released Coronascape (coronascape.org), a customized version of the Metascape bioinformatics platform that removes big-data analysis hurdles for biologists. Coronascape will enable scientists to interpret the growing body of big data related to COVID-19. More than 23,000 papers about COVID-19 have been published since January 2020—and this number continues to rise exponentially.
"A significant number of publications on SARS-CoV-2 contain large-scale OMICs data, which is not readily interpretable and actionable by many researchers, creating a big-data bottleneck," says Sumit Chanda, Ph.D., director of the Immunity and Pathogenesis Program at Sanford Burnham Prebys and senior member of the Metascape team. "Coronascape provides a central clearinghouse for scientists to laser-focus their OMICs analysis and data-mining efforts to find effective drug targets, therapies and vaccines for COVID-19."
Large-scale studies that map all of the genes, proteins, RNA and more that underlie a biological system—called OMICs studies—are standard tools for a modern biologist. However, interpreting these big-data outputs to generate meaningful, actionable information is far from routine.
"Analyzing results from OMICs studies requires sophisticated tools and highly trained computational scientists," explains Yingyao Zhou, Ph.D., director of data science and data engineering at the GNF, and lead architect of the Metascape platform. "These efforts can be costly and time intensive even for experts—taking anywhere from days to weeks to generate actionable information."


Researchers working on nasal spray to block COVID-19

In the first study to examine the binding mechanism between ACE2 and the spike protein in its entirety, researchers in the Crick’s Structural Biology of Disease Processes Laboratory, have characterised ten distinct structures that are associated with different stages of receptor binding and infection.
The team incubated a mixture of spike protein and ACE2 before trapping different forms of the protein by rapid freezing in liquid ethane. They examined these samples using cryo-electron microscopy, obtaining tens of thousands of high-resolution images of the different binding stages.
They observed that the spike protein exists as a mixture of closed and open structures., Following ACE2 binding at a single open site, the spike protein becomes more open, leading to a series of favourable conformational changes, priming it for additional binding. Once the spike is bound to ACE2 at all three of its binding sites, its central core becomes exposed, which may help the virus to fuse to the cell membrane, permitting infection.
“By examining the binding event in its entirety, we’ve been able to characterise spike structures that are unique to SARS-CoV-2,” says Donald Benton, co-lead author and postdoctoral training fellow in the Structural Biology of Disease Processes Laboratory at the Crick.
“We can see that as the spike becomes more open, the stability of the protein will reduce, which may increase the ability of the protein to carry out membrane fusion, allowing infection.”


Their work, published in the Sept. 16, 2020 online issue of Cell, confirms that a multi-layered, virus-specific immune response is important for controlling the virus during the acute phase of the infection and reducing COVID-19 disease severity, with the bulk of the evidence pointing to a much bigger role for T cells than antibodies. A weak or uncoordinated immune response, on the other hand, predicts a poor disease outcome. The findings suggest that vaccine candidates should aim to elicit a broad immune response that include antibodies, helper and killer T cells to ensure protective immunity.
“Our observations could also explain why older COVID-19 patients are much more vulnerable to the disease,” says senior author Shane Crotty, Ph.D., who co-led the study with Alessandro Sette, Dr. Biol.Sci., both professors in LJI’s Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research. “With increasing age, the reservoir of T cells that can be activated against a specific virus declines and the body’s immune response becomes less coordinated, which looks to be one factor making older people drastically more susceptible to severe or fatal COVID-19.”


One in 7 reported COVID-19 infections is among health workers: WHO

An official said Wednesday that Mexico City suffered 20,535 'excess deaths' attributable to COVID-19 between April and August, almost double the number reported in the official death toll of 11,318

European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday warned against "vaccine nationalism" that she said could put lives at risk by depriving the most vulnerable in poorer nations of immunity.

But a study released by Oxfam showed a group of wealthy countries representing just 13 percent of the world population has already secured the lion's share of doses.

"Access to a life-saving vaccine shouldn't depend on where you live or how much money you have," said Robert Silverman of Oxfam America.

"Covid-19 anywhere is Covid-19 everywhere."

The five leading vaccine candidates currently in late-stage trials will be able to supply 5.9 billion doses, enough to inoculate about three billion people, the Oxfam report said.

Some 51 percent of those jabs have been snapped up by the wealthy world, including the United States, Britain, the European Union, Australia, Hong Kong and Macau, Japan, Switzerland and Israel.

The remaining 2.6 billion have been bought by or promised to developing countries including India, Bangladesh, China, Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico.


But throughout the first and second waves, Vietnamese business people and ordinary citizens have been coming up with innovative ways to respond to the pandemic. For the past year, we have been working on a research project focused on Vietnamese inclusive innovation – meaning innovation that helps the community in some way, with a focus on sharing the benefits with a wide range of people from different socio-economic backgrounds. Through our research, we have observed how the pandemic has unfolded across the country.

Some pandemic innovations have been aimed at preventing further infections. In the centre of the outbreak, Danang, local tech startup BusMap has worked with the authorities to create an infection map to help locals avoid hotspots and to find the nearest medical facility.
Meanwhile, newly designed robots have been given the job of disinfecting hospitals and public spaces, with different models developed by a military hospital in Saigon, students at a private university in Hanoi and students at a public university in Saigon.

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Trump says CDC director was 'confused' when he said COVID vaccine won't roll out until mid-2021

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Thursday said that Dr. Robert Redfield, the current director of the Centers for Disease Control, is out of the loop when it comes to developing a vaccine for COVID-19

Barr: Coronavirus lockdowns 'greatest intrusion on civil liberties' since slavery

In his latest effort to politicize the COVID-19 pandemic as the country approaches nearly 200,000 fatalities from the infectious disease, President Trump on Wednesday singled out “blue states” for the country’s jarring COVID-19 death rate.

During a briefing at the White House on Wednesday, Trump attempted to paint a rosy picture of COVID-19 cases in the country by suggesting that if “you take the blue states out” of the equation, the U.S. wouldn’t be experiencing an alarming death toll rate from the novel coronavirus compared to other countries.

“If you take the blue states out, we’re at at a level that I don’t think anybody in the world would be at,” Trump said. “We’re really at a very low level, but some of the states —they were blue states, and blue-state management.”

After Trump singled out Democratic-led states for the country’s increasing COVID-19 fatality rate, without providing specific evidence to support his assertion, he went on to further rail against blue states for not easing up on coronavirus-related restrictions sooner.

“By the way we’d recommend they open up their states,” Trump said. “It’s hurting people far more than the disease itself.”


The Covid-19 pan­dem­ic has ush­ered in a wave of wor­ri­some and need­less reg­u­la­to­ry relax­ations that have increased pol­lu­tion across the Unit­ed States. Recent report­ing by the Asso­ci­at­ed Press and oth­er out­lets has doc­u­ment­ed more than 3,000 pan­dem­ic-based requests from pol­luters to state agen­cies and the U.S. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency for waivers of envi­ron­men­tal require­ments. Numer­ous state gov­ern­ments, with the tac­it encour­age­ment of the EPA, went along with many of those requests. All too often, those waivers — request­ed, osten­si­bly, to pro­tect Amer­i­can work­ers from expo­sure to the coro­n­avirus — were grant­ed with lit­tle or no review, notwith­stand­ing the risks the result­ing emis­sions posed to pub­lic health and the environment.


Fol­low­ing the EPA’s lead, numer­ous states adopt­ed and imple­ment­ed undu­ly lax pan­dem­ic waiv­er poli­cies. Texas grant­ed more than 200 waiv­er requests, but the Lone Star state was not alone:

  • Reg­u­la­tors sus­pend­ed in-per­son self-inspec­tions at a nuclear test site in Nevada.
  • North Dako­ta offi­cials grant­ed a request to sus­pend ground­wa­ter sam­pling at a nat­ur­al-gas pro­cess­ing plant where 837,000 gal­lons of liq­uid nat­ur­al gas had spilled from a leak over the pre­ced­ing five years.
  • Arkansas grant­ed a long-term blan­ket waiv­er of safe­ty test­ing for aban­doned oil and gas wells.
  • Wyoming grant­ed (most­ly very large) oil and gas com­pa­nies a pass on air-pol­lu­tion emis­sion rules.
  • Michi­gan approved requests from sev­er­al cities to delay test­ing for lead in drink­ing water and for replac­ing the sort of lead pipes that cre­at­ed the hor­rif­ic pub­lic health dis­as­ter in Flint.
These reg­u­la­to­ry fail­ures have occurred against the back­drop of a steady decline in both fed­er­al and state envi­ron­men­tal enforce­ment. The num­bers of gov­ern­ment sci­en­tists and attor­neys whose work focus­es on enforc­ing envi­ron­men­tal laws has dropped sig­nif­i­cant­ly in recent years. There have also been sub­stan­tial decreas­es in the num­bers of in-per­son gov­ern­ment inspec­tions of pol­lu­tion sources, the vol­ume of enforce­ment actions pur­sued, the num­ber of envi­ron­men­tal crim­i­nal inves­ti­ga­tions, and the amount of mon­ey that pol­luters have been com­pelled to spend on pol­lu­tion con­trol as a direct result of enforce­ment activ­i­ties. EPA has all but aban­doned its long­stand­ing over­sight of state enforce­ment work. And the fed­er­al agency has craven­ly deferred to state enforce­ment (or nonen­force­ment) pri­or­i­ties, even though quite a few states lack the resources and/​or polit­i­cal will to effec­tive­ly enforce envi­ron­men­tal standards.
Howls of protest and a fed­er­al law­suit prompt­ed EPA to ter­mi­nate its Covid pol­i­cy as of Aug. 31. But too much dam­age has already been done.


#8238 Ismo07

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 08:20 AM

If anything the US deaths are an indictment of that country's other health issues like obesity.  Not so much covid itself.  And even then their deaths per 100k are not that bad 


I agree with the first part of this but to say being 9th in the world in deaths per whatever number you want to use is not good.  Still over 1,000 per day doesn't scream 'not that bad'.

#8239 dasmo

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 08:22 AM

We report here a case of the asymptomatic patient and present clinical characteristics of 455 contacts, which aims to study the infectivity of asymptomatic carriers.

The median contact time for patients was four days and that for family members was five days. 


Conclusion: In summary, all the 455 contacts were excluded from SARS-CoV-2 infection and we conclude that the infectivity of some asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 carriers might be weak.


Translation. If you aren't sick, you aren't sick. Just like before 2020. 



#8240 dasmo

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 08:26 AM

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States.

One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease.


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