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#13041 amor de cosmos

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Posted 23 February 2021 - 09:10 AM

Five patients and two staff members in one unit at Vancouver General Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19, prompting health officials to declare an outbreak in that section of the hospital
https://www.timescol...sits-1.24285218

Fourth COVID-19 death reported in Cowichan Tribes outbreak
https://www.timescol...reak-1.24285553

Dishwasher at 10 Acres restaurant in Sidney tests positive for COVID-19
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Discovery of COVID-19 variant in B.C. schools creates concern in capital region
https://www.timescol...gion-1.24285524
 

Asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 in schools is ramping up across Ontario, following a directive from Education Minister Stephen Lecce earlier this month.  
 
In this expansion of an earlier testing pilot effort in the fall, the province is calling for larger school boards to test at least five per cent of their elementary and secondary students weekly, with a goal of reaching about two per cent of the student population in the province. The campaign began with schools in areas such as Ottawa, Toronto, Peel and York Region over the past few weeks. 
 
We asked experts to explain what's behind this push, what's been blocking families from testing and how the new variants factor into this initiative.

https://www.cbc.ca/n...hools-1.5923083
 

A team of researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has developed a mathematical means of assessing tests’ false-negative rate. The team’s methodology, which allows an apples-to-apples comparison of the various assays' clinical sensitivity, is published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
 
"For getting back to business as usual, we all agree we've got to massively ramp up testing to figure out who's negative and who's infectious — but that's only going to work optimally if you can catch all the positive cases," said co-corresponding author James E. Kirby, MD, Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratories at BIDMC. "We found that clinical sensitivities vary widely, which has clear implications for patient care, epidemiology and the social and economic management of the ongoing pandemic."
 
"These results are especially important as we transition from testing mostly symptomatic individuals to more regular screening across the community," said co-corresponding author Ramy Arnaout, MD, DPhil, Associate Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratories at BIDMC. "How many people will be missed — the false negative rate — depends on which test is used. With our model, we are better informed to ask how likely these people are to be infectious."

COVID test results are usually reported as simply positive or negative. However, positive individuals can harbor radically different amounts of virus, or viral load, depending on how long they've been infected or how severe their symptoms are. In fact, viral load can vary as much as a hundred million-fold among individuals, said Kirby.
 
Using data from more than 27,000 tests for COVID-19 performed at Beth Israel Lahey Health hospital sites from March 26 to May 2, 2020, Kirby, Arnaout, and colleagues first demonstrated that viral loads can be dependably reported. "This helps distinguish potential superspreaders, at one extreme, from convalescent people, with almost no virus, and therefore low likelihood of spreading the infection," Arnaout said.

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Loss of Sense of Smell and Taste May Last up to 5 Months After COVID-19
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HSE University researchers have become the first in the world to discover genetic predisposition to severe COVID-19. The results of the study were published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology.
 
T-cell immunity is one of the key mechanisms used by the human body to fight virus infections. The staging ground for cell immunity development is the presentation of virus peptides on the surface of infected cells. This is followed by activation of T lymphocytes, which start to kill the infected cells. The ability to successfully present virus peptides is largely determined by genetics. In human cells, human leukocyte antigen class I (HLA-I) molecules are responsible for this presentation. The set of six such molecules is unique in every human and is inherited from an individual's parents. In simple terms, if the set of alleles detects the virus well, then the immune cells will detect and destroy the infected cells fast; if a person has a set that is bad at such detection, a more severe case of disease is more likely to be observed.
 
Researchers from the HSE Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology - Maxim Shkurnikov, Stepan Nersisyan, Alexei Galatenko and Alexander Tonevitsky -together with colleagues from Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University and Filatov City Clinical Hospital (Tatjana Jankevic, Ivan Gordeev, Valery Vechorko) studied the interconnection between HLA-I genotype and the severity of COVID-19.
 
Using machine learning, they built a model that provides an integral assessment of the possible power of T-cell immune response to COVID-19: if the set of HLA-I alleles allows for effective presentation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus peptides, those individuals received low risk score, while people with lower presentation capability received higher risk scores (in the range from 0 to 100). To validate the model, genotypes of over 100 patients who had suffered from COVID-19 and over 400 healthy people (the control group) were analysed. It turned out that the modelled risk score is highly effective in predicting the severity of COVID-19.

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Pfizer has been accused of “bullying” Latin American governments during negotiations to acquire its Covid-19 vaccine, and the company has asked some countries to put up sovereign assets, such as embassy buildings and military bases, as a guarantee against the cost of any future legal cases, according to an investigation by the U.K.-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
 
In the case of one Latin American country, demands made by the pharmaceutical giant led to a three-month delay in a vaccine deal being reached. For Argentina and Brazil, no national deals were agreed to at all with Pfizer. Any hold-up in countries receiving vaccines can lead to more people contracting Covid-19 and potentially dying.
 
Officials from Argentina and the other Latin American country, which cannot be named as it has signed a confidentiality agreement with Pfizer, said the company’s negotiators demanded more than the usual indemnity against civil claims filed by citizens who suffer serious adverse events after being inoculated. They said Pfizer also insisted the governments cover the potential costs of civil cases brought as a result of Pfizer’s own acts of negligence, fraud, or malice. In Argentina and Brazil, Pfizer asked for sovereign assets to be put up as collateral for any future legal costs.

One government health official who was present in the unnamed country’s negotiations described Pfizer’s demands as “high-level bullying” and said the government felt like it was being “held to ransom” in order to access lifesaving vaccines.
 
Campaigners are already warning of a “vaccine apartheid” in which rich Western countries may be inoculated years before lower-income regions. Now, legal experts have raised concerns that Pfizer’s demands amount to an abuse of power.

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Biden to order flags lowered to half-staff to mourn 500,000 COVID-19 deaths
http://www.ecns.cn/n...ux8633023.shtml
 
Jing Fong, NYC’s largest Chinese restaurant, will close its famous 800-person dining room due to losses suffered from the COVID crisis
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#13042 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 23 February 2021 - 10:02 AM

It’s hard to argue with that conclusion. Of the 21,500 COVID-19 deaths in Canada, almost 16,000 have been elders living in nursing homes and retirement homes.

 

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In her report, Ms. Rinfret made five recommendations: Focus on residence needs; create a qualified, stable work force; bolster infection control; improve communication between government agencies; and give bureaucrats with oversight functions the power to act.

 

 

https://www.theglobe...tart-fixing-it/

 

 

instead of all of the above for a once-in-100-years virus why not just have a plan in place to isolate the homes - and the workers - next time?  YES, you can get workers to live onsite or in isolation homes if you pay them well enough at that time


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#13043 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 23 February 2021 - 10:20 AM

Nearly 18 million people have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine in the UK, while another 548 deaths have been reported.

It compares to 178 deaths reported yesterday and 799 last Tuesday, and takes the total to 121,305.

 

https://news.sky.com...rs-18m-12226768

 

it's actually a good day for the UK.  tuesday is their big reporting day and it has come down a whole bunch week over week on the same day.



#13044 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 23 February 2021 - 11:39 AM

looks like Canada 🇨🇦 will have lowest day for new deaths today since some time in the fall.

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Posted 23 February 2021 - 02:01 PM

Canada’s chief public health officer says results from COVID-19 vaccinations are so encouraging that she thinks the need for massive lockdowns could be over before the end of the summer.

 

“It will it even (be) before September, I think, depending on a number of factors, such as vaccine uptake, ongoing monitoring of other variants, and how vaccine coverage is provided,” Dr. Theresa Tam said Tuesday at a news conference in Ottawa.

 

https://www.theglobe...to-lift-before/



#13046 spanky123

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Posted 23 February 2021 - 02:07 PM

 

Canada’s chief public health officer says results from COVID-19 vaccinations are so encouraging that she thinks the need for massive lockdowns could be over before the end of the summer.

 

“It will it even (be) before September, I think, depending on a number of factors, such as vaccine uptake, ongoing monitoring of other variants, and how vaccine coverage is provided,” Dr. Theresa Tam said Tuesday at a news conference in Ottawa.

 

https://www.theglobe...to-lift-before/

 

 

That is funny as this morning she refused to give a timeline when asked and said there was more to it than just vaccinations!  Coronavirus: Mass vaccinations not only factor in Canada’s reopening timeline: Tam | CTV News

 

Trudeau must have told her to change her story based on the timings the UK has given its public.

 

I wonder if Dr BH will give us an even better story this afternoon.


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Posted 23 February 2021 - 04:09 PM

bc going the wrong way still.  by far the worst in the country.

 

 

 

B.C. expanding vaccine workforce as province records 559 new cases of COVID-19

 

Dentists, midwives, pharmacy technicians and retired nurses will be able to provide vaccinations

 

 

https://www.cbc.ca/n...eb-23-1.5925142

 

 

 

B.C. health officials announced 559 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death on Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

deaths number is good though.  means canada has a very low number today.  lowest since october or november.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 23 February 2021 - 04:10 PM.


#13048 spanky123

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Posted 23 February 2021 - 05:10 PM

The Province vaccinates 2M people every year for the flu over a much shorter period of time then we will be vaccinating for covid. This isn't rocket science. It is getting really tiring having the Government tells us all of the things they are planning to do to vaccinate people without actually vaccinating people!

 

Do the math and if every pharmacist in BC vaccinated 4 people a day between now and the end of the year then everyone would be vaccinated!


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Posted 23 February 2021 - 05:16 PM

A total of 559 new cases of COVID-19 were reported by B.C. health officials on Tuesday. Thirty-nine of the new cases were in Island Health.

 

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The 80-plus age group will be vaccinated in a mix of mass clinics and targeted vaccinations and they will be contacted over the next few weeks. Mass clinics for the general population are scheduled to start on April 6 beginning with the 75-79 age group.

 

 

https://www.timescol...nics-1.24286081

 

 

 

 

 

that seems like a long way away.



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Posted 23 February 2021 - 06:01 PM

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https://www.worldome...rus/country/uk/

 

 

 

 

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so this graph shows the dates we were over 50 deaths per day average:

 

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#13051 tanker

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Posted 23 February 2021 - 09:20 PM

So turns out the fine for refusing the covid test and the hotel prison is $750. Way more convenient to just refuse the test take the ticket, leave and let them stay the ticket when you dispute it.

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Posted 23 February 2021 - 09:55 PM

So turns out the fine for refusing the covid test and the hotel prison is $750. Way more convenient to just refuse the test take the ticket, leave and let them stay the ticket when you dispute it.

 

Or just don't pay the fine like the other 94% of recipients.


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#13053 tanker

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Posted 23 February 2021 - 09:58 PM

You won't ever have to. Just dispute it and the crown will stay the charges. I guess this whole thing relies on the stupidity of the general population.

Two choices : wait a few hours for a test and pay 2k for a hotel or say no and get a 750 fine and walk out immediately.

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#13054 Barrrister

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 07:29 AM

Can anyone else confirm that you can refuse the test and just walk away with a 750 fine?



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Posted 24 February 2021 - 07:54 AM

Newswise — Rockville, Md. (February 24, 2021)—A new review suggests that blood vessel damage and impaired oxygen delivery related to COVID-19 play a role in mood changes and cognitive difficulties that people with the disease face during illness and recovery. The review is published in Physiological Reports.

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Other findings discussed in the review include:

  • The recovery of COVID-19 patients may rely on the restoration of normal blood flow through the body’s smallest blood vessels.
  • Development of new blood vessels in COVID-19 may form shunts for blood delivery through the lungs and contribute to poor blood oxygenation.
Read the full article, “SARS CoV‐2 related microvascular damage and symptoms during and after COVID‐19: Consequences of capillary transit‐time changes, tissue hypoxia and inflammation,” published in Physiological Reports.

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MOSCOW, February 24. /TASS/. A number of Western countries continue to ignore the harmful effects of unilateral restrictions on the observance of human rights amid the pandemic and keep using it for pressure on the governments it does not like, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a high-level segment meeting of the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

"The Western capitals continue to stubbornly ignore the harmful influence of unlawful restrictions on human rights. We regard this not only as politicization of humanitarian issues, but also as a wish to use the pandemic for punitive measures against undesirable governments," Lavrov said.

He expressed regret over the fact that despite the pandemic and obvious need for consolidating efforts "some Western colleagues still show no intention of reconsidering their selfish policies" and giving up approaches from the position of strength and illegitimate methods of blackmail and pressure.

"Calls by the UN Secretary-General and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for suspending unilateral sanctions on the supplies of food, medicines and equipment necessary for the struggle against the coronavirus and the corresponding financial transactions have been ignored. Let me remind you that Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for creating green corridors in international trade free from sanctions and other artificial barriers," he added.

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SHANGHAI: The number of deaths in China - excluding the coronavirus epicentre of Wuhan - fell slightly during the first three months of 2020, suggesting efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 reduced deaths from other causes, a new study showed.

Researchers from the University of Oxford and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), analysed official death registry data from Jan 1 to Mar 31 last year for changes in overall and cause-specific deaths.

The death rate in Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was first identified, stood at 1,147 per 100,000 over the period, 56 per cent higher than normally expected, they found in the study published on Wednesday.

However, outside Wuhan, the death rate was 675 per 100,000, lower than the expected rate of 715, after nationwide lockdowns reduced the number of deaths from other causes like ordinary pneumonia or traffic accidents, according to the study, published by the BMJ.

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From afar, the graphic on the front page of Sunday’s New York Times looks like a blur of gray, a cloudy gradient that slowly descends into a block of solid ink. Up close, it shows something much darker: close to 500,000 individual dots, each representing a single life lost in the United States to the coronavirus, signifying a staggering milestone that the nation is reaching in just under 12 months.

A version of the graphic was originally published online in late January, when U.S. Covid-19 deaths hit 425,000 after four of the deadliest weeks of the pandemic in the United States. Lazaro Gamio and Lauren Leatherby, both graphics editors at The Times, plotted out the points so they stretched chronologically down a long scroll, from the first reported U.S. death nearly a year ago to the current toll of often thousands of casualties per day.


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#13056 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 09:32 AM

big drop in the UK again today.

 

no sign of those "deadly variants" dramatically pushing up cases yet in canada.

 

how does this square?

 

But as variant cases increase, overall COVID-19 numbers have dropped steadily in Canada, with just over 31,000 active cases across the country, and an average of about 2,900 new cases and 54 deaths daily.

 

 

not very well.

 

https://www.cbc.ca/n...iants-1.5925212

 

let's check in with an expert:

 

Raywat Deonandan, a global health epidemiologist and an associate professor at the University of Ottawa, says that based on what we know right now, a third wave is "mathematically inevitable" in Canada because of three key factors.

 

The first is we know what third waves typically look like from previous pandemics, such as the 1918 Spanish Flu, which saw a brutal third wave during the winter and spring of 1919 — around the same point of the pandemic we're in now.

 

let's check in with another expert:

 

Compare the Flu Pandemic of 1918 and COVID-19 With Caution

 

https://www.smithson...tion-180975040/

 

Waves evoke predictability, however, and COVID-19 has been hard to predict. Despite the valuable lessons drawn from past influenza outbreaks, how pandemic influenza struck in 1918 isn’t a template for what will happen with COVID-19 in the coming months.


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#13057 tanker

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 09:47 AM

Can anyone else confirm that you can refuse the test and just walk away with a 750 fine?

https://www.insauga....uarantine-rules

 

Many such cases. I think this might have broke NPC programming finally.


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#13058 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 10:25 AM

Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose COVID-19 vaccine appeared safe and effective in trials, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday, paving the way for its approval for emergency use as soon as this week.

 

https://www.theglobe...-and-effective/


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Posted 24 February 2021 - 10:26 AM

Can anyone else confirm that you can refuse the test and just walk away with a 750 fine?

 

 

Several international travellers arriving at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport have refused to comply with a new rule requiring a three-day hotel quarantine, local police said Wednesday.

 

Peel Region police said that while most cases were resolved after conversations with officers, some people refused to follow the rules that took effect this week and were fined $880 under Ontario regulations.

 

Police said they will not detain anyone for breaking the hotel quarantine rule unless there are aggravating circumstances involved, such as a criminal offence.

 

They added that the Public Health Agency of Canada would be responsible for any further potential fines for travellers under the Quarantine Act.

 

 

 

https://www.theglobe...port-fined-for/


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Posted 24 February 2021 - 11:26 AM

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A real rebel would get a tattooed face mask. Never do what the majority tells you. Never trust anyone over 30.
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