Up to 10 per cent of recovered coronavirus patients in Wuhan study tested positive later, doctors say

  • Hospital staff in the city say there is no evidence that these patients became infectious after recovery
  • Tests carried out on patients suggest between 3 to 10 per cent gave positive tests after being discharged

 

About 3 to 10 per cent of patients who recovered from Covid-19 tested positive again after being discharged from hospital, doctors in Wuhan have found.

Researchers around the world are trying to determine whether recovered patients can still infect people with the coronavirus that causes the disease and if they have developed antibodies offering them immunity to the disease.

Doctors from Tongji hospital in the city, where the disease was first identified, told state broadcaster CCTV that they have found no evidence that these patients who again tested positive became infectious , based on close observations of their family members and laboratory tests.

In spite of its relatively small sample size, the Tongji hospital research is especially relevant as China now has far more recovered patients than new confirmed cases.

The Chinese mainland, where the disease first emerged last December, has discharged over 90 per cent of its infected patients and around 4,300 confirmed patients are still receiving treatment in hospitals.

The country has reported at least 81,000 cases and more than 3,200 deaths, but most of the new cases have been imported.

Wang Wei, president of Tongji hospital told CCTV’s prime-time programme that of the 147 recovered patients they studied, only five – or just over 3 per cent – have tested positive in nucleic acid tests again after recovery.

Meanwhile, Life Times, a health news outlet affiliated with People’s Daily, reported this week that quarantine facilities in Wuhan have reported that about 5 to 10 per cent of their recovered patients tested positive again.

Previous reports have also highlighted cases where patients tested positive after recovery, including one on Sunday from Life Times about a family of three in Wuhan, who all tested positive again.

These incidents have raised questions about whether nucleic acid tests might not be reliable in detecting traces of the virus in some of the recovered patients.

Some experts have also expressed concerns about the sensitivity and stability of the test kits, and the collection and handling of patients’ samples.

Wang told CCTV that the five patients from his hospital who tested positive again did not have any symptoms, and none of their family members or people in close contact with them has been infected.

He said there was no conclusive evidence to prove that the recovered patients who tested positive again would be infectious to others.

“So far there is no evidence to suggest that they are infectious,” Wang said, adding that surveillance of similar patients showed about 80 to 90 per cent of them had no trace of the coronavirus in their blood one month after being discharged from hospitals.

Another sample group of 15 patients from the hospital also confirmed a similar trend, with none infecting their family members.

“These are just small samples and not enough to assure us of the validity of our initial findings,” Wang said. “We need a large-scale epidemiological study to guide our disease surveillance and prevention works.”

However, he said it was imperative for recovered patients to stay in isolation for two weeks after discharge so they could be tested again for confirmation.

In a separate interview with CCTV also broadcast on Tuesday, Tong Chaohui, a respiratory disease expert from a central government task force in Hubei, where Wuhan is located, agreed that continued monitoring of the recovered patients was important.

“So far, none of the close family members of these recovered patients have been tested positive and we could not find the coronavirus in the laboratory cultured samples [from these patients],” Tong said.

“Although the nucleic acid tests were positive, random checking suggested that the patients have developed antibodies that were effective in protecting them from the nucleic acid of the virus,” he added.

Speaking to official newspaper Hubei Daily early this week, Tu Yuanchao, deputy director of Hubei health commission, said discharged patients who tested positive again and have shown symptoms would be re-hospitalised. Those who do not have symptoms would be sent to quarantine facilities for observation for two weeks. (Click to Source)

 

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All Hospital Beds In The US Will Be Filled With Patients ‘By About May 8th’ Due To Coronavirus: Analysis

A sobering analysis of how coronavirus is likely to impact the US healthcare system suggests that hospitals will be quickly overwhelmed with patients, and that all available beds will be filled by around May 8th if the virus tracks with Italy’s figures and 10% of patients require an ICU.

Of note, the Straits Times reported last week that thousands of people were waiting for hospital beds in South Korea as the disease surges.

Liz Specht, a PhD in biology and the associate director of Science and Technology for the Good Food Institute laid out her concerns in a lengthy Twitter thread on Friday, which you can see here on Twitter, or continue reading below.

Liz Specht@LizSpecht

I think most people aren’t aware of the risk of systemic healthcare failure due to #COVID19 because they simply haven’t run the numbers yet. Let’s talk math. 1/n

Liz Specht@LizSpecht

Let’s conservatively assume that there are 2,000 current cases in the US today, March 6th. This is about 8x the number of confirmed (lab-diagnosed) cases. We know there is substantial under-Dx due to lack of test kits; I’ll address implications later of under-/over-estimate. 2/n

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  • We can expect that we’ll continue to see a doubling of cases every 6 days (this is a typical doubling time across several epidemiological studies). Here I mean *actual* cases. Confirmed cases may appear to rise faster in the short term due to new test kit rollouts.
  • We’re looking at about 1M US cases by the end of April, 2M by ~May 5, 4M by ~May 11, and so on. Exponentials are hard to grasp, but this is how they go.
  • As the healthcare system begins to saturate under this case load, it will become increasingly hard to detect, track, and contain new transmission chains. In absence of extreme interventions, this likely won’t slow significantly until hitting >>1% of susceptible population.
  • What does a case load of this size mean for healthcare system? We’ll examine just two factors — hospital beds and masks — among many, many other things that will be impacted.
  • The US has about 2.8 hospital beds per 1000 people. With a population of 330M, this is ~1M beds. At any given time, 65% of those beds are already occupied. That leaves about 330k beds available nationwide (perhaps a bit fewer this time of year with regular flu season, etc).
  • Let’s trust Italy’s numbers and assume that about 10% of cases are serious enough to require hospitalization. (Keep in mind that for many patients, hospitalization lasts for *weeks* — in other words, turnover will be *very* slow as beds fill with COVID19 patients).
  • By this estimate, by about May 8th, all open hospital beds in the US will be filled(This says nothing, of course, about whether these beds are suitable for isolation of patients with a highly infectious virus.)
  • If we’re wrong by a factor of two regarding the fraction of severe cases, that only changes the timeline of bed saturation by 6 days in either direction. If 20% of cases require hospitalization, we run out of beds by ~May 2nd.
  • If only 5% of cases require it, we can make it until ~May 14th. 2.5% gets us to May 20th. This, of course, assumes that there is no uptick in demand for beds from *other* (non-COVID19) causes, which seems like a dubious assumption.
  • As healthcare system becomes increasingly burdened, Rx shortages, etc, people w/ chronic conditions that are normally well-managed may find themselves slipping into severe states of medical distress requiring intensive care & hospitalization. But let’s ignore that for now.
  • Alright, so that’s beds. Now masks. Feds say we have a national stockpile of 12M N95 masks and 30M surgical masks (which are not ideal, but better than nothing).
  • There are about 18M healthcare workers in the US. Let’s assume only 6M HCW are working on any given day. (This is likely an underestimate as most people work most days of the week, but again, I’m playing conservative at every turn.)
  • As COVID19 cases saturate virtually every state and county, which seems likely to happen any day now, it will soon be irresponsible for all HCWs to not wear a mask. These HCWs would burn through N95 stockpile in 2 days if each HCW only got ONE mask per day.
  • One per day would be neither sanitary nor pragmatic, though this is indeed what we saw in Wuhan, with HCWs collapsing on their shift from dehydration because they were trying to avoid changing their PPE suits as they cannot be reused.
  • How quickly could we ramp up production of new masks? Not very fast at all. The vast majority are manufactured overseas, almost all in China. Even when manufactured here in US, the raw materials are predominantly from overseas… again, predominantly from China.
  • Keep in mind that all countries globally will be going through the exact same crises and shortages simultaneously. We can’t force trade in our favor.
  • Now consider how these 2 factors – bed and mask shortages – compound each other’s severity. Full hospitals + few masks + HCWs running around between beds without proper PPE = very bad mix.
  • HCWs are already getting infected even w/ access to full PPE. In the face of PPE limitations this severe, it’s only a matter of time. HCWs will start dropping from the workforce for weeks at a time, leading to a shortage of HCWs that then further compounds both issues above.
  • We could go on and on about thousands of factors – # of ventilators, or even simple things like saline drip bags. You see where this is going.
  • Importantly, I cannot stress this enough: even if I’m wrong – even VERY wrong – about core assumptions like % of severe cases or current case #, it only changes the timeline by days or weeks. This is how exponential growth in an immunologically naïve population works.
  • Undeserved panic does no one any good. But neither does ill-informed complacency. It’s wrong to assuage the public by saying “only 2% will die.” People aren’t adequately grasping the national and global systemic burden wrought by this swift-moving of a disease.
  • I’m an engineer. This is what my mind does all day: I run back-of-the-envelope calculations to try to estimate order-of-magnitude impacts. I’ve been on high alarm about this disease since ~Jan 19 after reading clinical indicators in the first papers emerging from Wuhan.
  • Nothing in the last 6 weeks has dampened my alarm in the slightest. To the contrary, we’re seeing abject refusal of many countries to adequately respond or prepare. Of course some of these estimates will be wrong, even substantially wrong.
  • But I have no reason to think they’ll be orders-of-magnitude wrong. Even if your personal risk of death is very, very low, don’t mock decisions like canceling events or closing workplaces as undue “panic”.
  • These measures are the bare minimum we should be doing to try to shift the peak – to slow the rise in cases so that healthcare systems are less overwhelmed. Each day that we can delay an extra case is a big win for the HC system.
  • And yes, you really should prepare to buckle down for a bit. All services and supply chains will be impacted. Why risk the stress of being ill-prepared?
  • Worst case, I’m massively wrong and you now have a huge bag of rice and black beans to burn through over the next few months and enough Robitussin to trip out.
  • One more thought: you’ve probably seen multiple respected epidemiologists have estimated that 20-70% of world will be infected within the next year. If you use 6-day doubling rate I mentioned above, we land at ~2-6 billion infected by sometime in July of this year.
  • Obviously I think the doubling time will start to slow once a sizeable fraction of the population has been infected, simply because of herd immunity and a smaller susceptible population.
  • But take the scenarios above (full beds, no PPE, etc, at just 1% of the US population infected) and stretch them out over just a couple extra months.
  • That timeline roughly fits with consensus end-game numbers from these highly esteemed epidemiologists. Again, we’re talking about discrepancies of mere days or weeks one direction or another, but not disagreements in the overall magnitude of the challenge.
  • This is not some hypothetical, fear-mongering, worst-case scenario. This is reality, as far as anyone can tell with the current available data.
  • That’s all for now. Standard disclaimers apply: I’m a PhD biologist but *not* an epidemiologist. Thoughts my own. Yadda yadda. Stay safe out there. /end

Liz Specht@LizSpecht
Replying to @LizSpecht

Addendum: to anyone who found this useful or interesting, highly recommend you follow @trvrb who actually does modeling and forecasting for a living. This thread is a great place to start: https://twitter.com/trvrb/status/1236097553520660483?s=21 https://twitter.com/trvrb/status/1236097553520660483 

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If growth continues unabated, this cluster alone may be responsible for 1100 (210, 2800) active infections by March 10 and 2000 (370, 5000) by March 15. 5/7

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Bioweapons Expert Speaks Out About Novel Coronavirus

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola – March 08, 2020

 

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Francis Boyle, who for decades has advocated against the development and use of bioweapons, suspects COVID-19 is a weaponized pathogen that escaped from Wuhan City’s Biosafety Level 4 facility, which was specifically set up to research coronaviruses and SARS
  • According to Boyle, the COVID-19 virus is a chimera. It includes SARS, an already weaponized coronavirus, along with HIV genetic material and possibly flu virus. It also has gain of function properties that allow it to spread a greater distance than normal
  • The incubation period for COVID-19 infection is still unknown, but estimates range from 14 days to 30 days
  • The U.S. government spent $100 billion on biological warfare programs since September 11, 2011, up until October 2015
  • While there have so far only been a limited number of reported cases of COVID-19 infection in the U.S., the U.S. military has designated several detention sites around the country to quarantine Americans, should the situation take a turn for the worse

As you know, a novel coronavirus (initially labeled 2019-nCOV before being renamed COVID-19 by the World Health Organization1) originating in Wuhan City, Hubei Province in China, is rapidly spreading across the world.

The first case was reported in Wuhan on December 21, 2019. Symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, severe cough and pneumonia which, in more severe cases, can lead to impaired kidney and liver function and kidney failure.2,3

On January 21, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first U.S. case4 — a patient in Washington state who had recently visited Wuhan. Then, the first U.S. death was reported February 29, 2020, in Washington state.5

Less than a week later, CBS News reported March 5, 2020, that the number of deaths had quickly risen to 11 nationwide in the U.S. — 10 in Washington state and one in California.6 Not only that, but as of that day, “The World Health Organization urged governments around the world to pull out ‘all the stops’” to fight the outbreak. On the up side, China “appeared to be over the worst” of it, CBS said.

All told, as of March 5, 2020, there were 98,067 reported cases of novel coronavirus infections affecting 88 countries, 80,430 of which were in China. Worldometer.info provides an easy overview of confirmed cases and deaths that you can check for the latest statistics.7

COVID-19 — A Weaponized Coronavirus?

In this interview, Francis Boyle — whose background includes an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, a juris doctor (lawyer) degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. in political science — shares his theory of the origin of this novel coronavirus.

For decades, he’s advocated against the development and use of bioweapons, which he suspects COVID-19 is. In fact, Boyle was the one who called for biowarfare legislation at the Biological Weapons Convention of 1972, and the one who drafted the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, which was passed unanimously by both houses of Congress and signed into law by George Bush, Sr.

At the time of this recording, February 14, 2020, more than 50,000 people in China had been infected with the virus. Certainly, it does not originate from infected bat soup.

As a result of Boyle’s antibiological warfare work, which goes back to the early days of the Reagan administration — a time in which they were using DNA genetic engineering to manufacture biological weapons — Boyle has carefully followed “mysterious outbreaks of disease in both humans and animals around the world” that have appeared since then.

“My biowarfare antiterrorism act was specifically designed to not only to deal with regular biological weapons but also with DNA genetic engineering for biological weapons that was just coming into its infancy when the BWC was being drafted.

Even though the BWC would cover DNA genetic engineering, I wanted to make it clear by name that it was covered. I also made it clear [that] it covered synthetic biology as well,” Boyle says.

“So, when these unexplained mysterious illnesses break out, I monitor them a while and usually I just conclude they can be explained by normal reasons: lack of sanitation, poverty, things of that nature. But in Wuhan it seemed pretty suspicious to me.

There is this Biosafety Level 4 facility there in Wuhan. It’s the first in China, and it was specifically set up to deal with the coronavirus and SARS. SARS is basically a weaponized version of the coronavirus.

There have been leaks before of SARS out of this facility, and indeed the only reason for these BSL-4 facilities, based on my experience, is the research, development, testing and stockpiling of offensive biological weapons.

For that reason, I stated my opinion: That this Wuhan coronavirus leaked out of that BSL-4 facility … maybe mid-November … and the Chinese government has been lying about it and covering up ever since.”

Many Unknowns Remain

The first reported case of COVID-19 infection was December 1, 2019. Depending on the incubation period, which is still unknown, the initial lead, provided there was one, might have occurred anywhere in November. The official estimate is a 14-day incubation period, but a British health expert believes it’s 24 days, and North Korean biological warfare experts believe it’s 30 days, Boyle says.

“As for Wuhan and Hubei Province, they’re basically under martial law. There’s no other word for it. If you read the statements by President Xi and his assistants, they’ve made it very clear they’re at war here, and that is correct. They’re at war with their own biological warfare agent.

President Xi just fired the party apparatchiks in charge of this and has brought in trusted military personnel to handle it, as well as large numbers of PLA [People’s Liberation Army] forces saying they’re health care workers. They don’t look like health care workers to me. So, as of now, that’s my best reading of the situation.”

When asked about rumors the COVID-19 virus might have been stolen from a high-security laboratory in Winnipeg, Canada, Boyle says:

“It could have been. I want to make it clear that, in my opinion they were already working on that at the Wuhan BSL-4 facility. They were working on a biological warfare weapon involving SARS, which is a coronavirus to begin with.

We do know that Dr. [Yoshihiro] Kawaoka at the University of Wisconsin … resurrected the Spanish flu virus for the Pentagon, obviously for weapons purposes, and he specializes in mating the Spanish flu virus to all sorts of hideous biowarfare instrumentalities. And there was a record of him shipping his products to Winnipeg.

Winnipeg is Canada’s equivalent of our own Fort Detrick. It’s a BSL-4 facility, and yes, they research, develop tests, manufacture and stockpile every type of hideous biological warfare weapon that we know of. So, some of this technology could have been stolen from Winnipeg. I don’t know about that but, as I said, the Wuhan BSL-4 was already working on this to begin with.

They had already developed SARS. SARS had leaked out two to three times before this, and it seems they were turbocharging SARS, which is what [COVID-19] looks to be. This is a brand-new generation of biowarfare weapons we haven’t seen before.

Its lethality goes from 15%, as estimated by Lancet, up to 17% to 18% by a British health official and even Chinese statistics. Its infectivity is 83%. It can infect maybe three to four people for every person infected.

It has gain of function properties, which means it travels through air at least 6 or 7 feet, and … there are reports that even contaminated human feces give it off, that the human feces radiate off maybe 6 or 7 feet. So, we’ve never seen anything like this before in the history of biological warfare, at least in the public record.

I want to make it clear: I have never worked for the United States government. I’ve never had a security clearance. I’ve never had access to any type of secret information.

I just read what is in the public record and the scientific record and try to draw my own conclusions, and that’s what I’m giving you today. I could change my opinion if people can provide me reputable scientific evidence to the contrary.

Right now, I’m standing by my conclusion that it leaked out of the Wuhan BSL-4, the highest level of the Chinese government has known about it, they’ve been covering it up from the get-go, until they informed the WHO at the end of December.”

Despite Laws, Biowarfare Experimentation Is Alive and Well

As noted by Boyle, the Wuhan lab is a designated WHO research lab, which may sound odd, considering these facilities specialize in developing and researching dangerous pathogens that can easily be turned into bioweapons.

According to Boyle, we should not be surprised however, as “WHO is up to its eyeballs in this type of work and has been for quite some time.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the drug industry also appear to have had their hand in many of the outbreaks of what appear to be weaponized viruses.

“I won’t go through the long history of big pharma getting involved in this. There’s huge amounts of money here. I believe the West Africa Ebola pandemic originated out of the US BSL-4 facility in Sierra Leone, and [that] they were testing out a so-called vaccine that contained live Ebola and gave it to these poor people,” Boyle says.

“As for the CDC, it has been involved in every … BSL-4 biological warfare death science you could possibly imagine … It’s a matter of public record that during the Reagan administration, the CDC and the American Type Culture Collection sent 40 shipments of weapons-grade biological warfare agents to Saddam Hussein in Iraq, in the hope and expectation that he would weaponize these agents and use them against Iran …

Of course, the problem is that when that war was over … an order was given to U.S. military forces to blow up Saddam Hussein’s biological warfare facilities, and that’s not how you deal with biological warfare weapons …

[It] contaminated our own troops, and that was a causative factor in the Gulf War Syndrome that … murdered about 11,000 U.S. troops and disabled about 100,000.”

According to Boyle, the U.S. government spent $100 billion on biological warfare programs since September 11, 2011, up until October 2015, which is no small sum. To put it into perspective, the U.S. spent $40 billion (assuming a constant dollar value) on the Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic bomb. Boyle also estimates the U.S. has some 13,000 life scientists working within the biowarfare industry.

“Clearly, the Reagan administration, under the influence of its neoconservatives who definitely believe in biological weapons and ethnic-specific biological weapons (you can see that in the PNAC report), were engaged in the use of DNA genetic engineering for the purpose of manufacturing biological weapons.

That is why I gave a Congressional briefing in Washington, D.C. in 1985. I was asked to do that by the Council for Responsible Genetics that I work with, which involves the leading life scientists in the world from MIT and Harvard.

I spent seven years at Harvard. I have three degrees and I knew all these people. They asked me to serve as their lawyer and give this Congressional briefing. I blew the whistle, and then they asked me to draft the implementing legislation, which I did …

I want to make it clear I’m not here to speak in their name, I’m only speaking in my name, but if you look at my book, ‘Biological Warfare and Terrorism,’ professor Jonathan King wrote the foreword. So, I have the leading MIT professor of molecular biology supporting what I’m saying, if you don’t think I know enough science about it.”

US Prepares for COVID-19 Pandemic

While there have so far only been a limited number of reported cases of COVID-19 infection in the U.S., the U.S. military has designated several detention sites around the country to quarantine Americans,8 should the situation take a turn for the worse.

Historically speaking, however, government health officials have been vastly exaggerating the threat of pandemics in the U.S., including the bird flu, the swine flu, anthrax and Ebola.

For example, as detailed in my 2009 New York Times bestseller “The Great Bird Flu Hoax,” then-President George Bush Jr. projected 2 million Americans would die from bird flu; the best-case scenario taking only 200,000 lives. The final death count in the U.S. from that pandemic was zero.

It generated massive profits, though, as U.S. taxpayer dollars were used to purchase 20 million doses of Tamiflu. One of the people who was able to line his pockets from that hoax was defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who was president of Gilead Sciences when the drug was created.

“[The bird flu] was another DNA, genetically engineered biological warfare weapon,” Boyle notes. “It was a chimera. It had three different elements in it and we were all lucky that somehow they attenuated the lethality and the infectiveness of the bird flu.”

Whether or not COVID-19 will be similarly ineffective in its spread and lethality remains to be seen. Judging by the statistics in China, “it doesn’t look very good,” Boyle says.

Understanding the COVID-19 Virus

According to Boyle, the COVID-19 virus is a chimera, like the avian flu virus before it. It includes SARS, an already weaponized coronavirus, along with HIV genetic material. “That was in a published article by Indian scientists. You could see the pictures right there, [but] political pressure was brought to bear upon them so they withdrew [the paper].”

This is why some scientists are now looking into using HIV drugs to treat it,9 Boyle says. COVID-19 may also have a flu virus mixed in, along with gain of function properties that allow it to spread a greater distance than normal.

Pandemics Repeatedly Used to Further Police State

Pandemics have also been used to chip away public freedoms. For example, the anthrax scare of 2001 was used as the impetus for signing the Patriot Act, which was the first step in taking away many of our personal freedoms and rolling out a complete surveillance state. To me, such outcomes are far more concerning than the risk of infection itself. Boyle adds:

“They used Amerithrax to ram the Patriot Act through, that is correct … We became a police state … And as I pointed out in ‘Biowarfare and Terrorism,’ I think the same people who were behind the 9/11 terrorist attack were also behind the Amerithrax, but I’m just connecting dots there …

What’s called Amerithrax came out of a U.S. government biological warfare weapons lab and program, and I publicly blew the whistle on that the first weekend of November 2001.

The Council for Responsible Genetics was having its convention at Harvard Business School and I was chairing a panel with King and other experts on biological warfare, on U.S. biological warfare programs.

As I was walking into the Harvard Divinity School, Fox TV had a camera crew there and I said, ‘Obviously, this came out a U.S. biological weapons program and probably Fort Detrick.’

I conducted the session and made the same comment. Then I made a comment to a Washington, D.C., radio station to that effect [and to] the BBC, so everyone in the world heard me.

At that point, someone gave an order that I was never to be interviewed again by any mainstream news about biological warfare programs. And that’s been the case since the first week of November 2001.”

As noted by Boyle, George Orwell’s book, “1984,” has become reality. Boyle has since lectured lawyers at DePaul Law School in Chicago about the totalitarian nature of the Patriot Act.

“Snowden has correctly pointed out the federal government is spying on everything we say, all of our electronic communications, you name it,” Boyle says.

“And again, the proof is I’ve been completely blackballed out of U.S. media. Indeed, if you go back and look at the Amerithrax attacks, they also hit mainstream U.S. media to make it clear to them that if they covered this issue they will be killed too.”

Bioweapons Are Developed To Be Used

As noted by Boyle, the U.S. government has a large stockpile of Amerithrax — a super weapons-grade nanotechnology anthrax with 1 trillion spores per gram — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg of the biological weapons developed. What’s more, Boyle has no doubt these weapons will eventually be put to use, as they have in the past. He says:

“There was a tabletop exercise at John Hopkins University last fall … on coronavirus.10 Tabletop exercise, that’s a euphemism for a war game. Their estimate was that it killed 65 million people11 …

John Hopkins is up to their eyeballs in this Nazi biological warfare dirty work. They have a BSL-3 facility there … that they proudly announce on their website … They justify it by saying they’re developing vaccines. OK … How do they do that?

They go out around the world, and this is a matter of public record, and scour for every type of hideous disease, fungus, virus and bacteria you can possibly imagine. They then bring it back to these BSL-4 labs and develop an offensive, biological agent using DNA genetic engineering and synthetic biology … set up by the Pentagon under DARPA …

Once they have this offensive agent, they then proceed to develop a vaccine, because the agent is no good unless you can have a vaccine to protect your own people.

So, they’re developing vaccines to have biological weapons, because a biological weapon consists of two elements: the offensive biological warfare agent in the first place, and then, second, a vaccine to protect your own people, and that is what is being done at all these BSL-4 facilities, and many of the BSL-3s as well.

John Hopkins has a BSL-3 and they admit they do dual use. That’s what dual use means. They first develop the offensive biological warfare agent and then they develop the supposed vaccine.”

Indeed, Johns Hopkins University is the biggest recipient of research grants from federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and Department of Defense. It has also received millions of dollars in research grants from the Gates Foundation.12 In 2016, Johns Hopkins spent more than $2 billion on research projects, leading all U.S. universities in research spending for the 38th year in a row.13

How Can We Best Prevent or Treat COVID-19 Infection?

While it’s unclear exactly which treatment is the most effective, my guess is that Dr. Paul Marik’s intravenous vitamin C protocol for sepsis would be a good starting point, seeing how sepsis appears to be what kills those who succumb to a serious COVID-19 infection.

Marik’s retrospective before-after clinical study14,15 showed that giving patients IV vitamin C with hydrocortisone and vitamin B1 for two days reduced mortality from 40% to 8.5%. The precise protocol used was 200 mg of thiamine every 12 hours, 1,500 mg of ascorbic acid every six hours, and 50 mg of hydrocortisone every six hours.16 Importantly, the treatment has no side effects and is inexpensive, readily available and simple to administer.

According to Marik, vitamin C and corticosteroids have a synergistic effect,17 which is part of why his combo protocol is so effective. Still, simply using high-dose IV vitamin C exclusively has been shown to improve survival in patients with sepsis and acute respiratory failure, reducing mortality from 46% to 30%.18

It also reduced the number of days they needed to remain hospitalized. On average, those who received vitamin C had by Day 28 spent three fewer days in the intensive care unit than the placebo group (seven days compared to 10). By Day 60, the treatment group had also spent seven fewer days in the hospital overall —15 days compared to 22.19

While there are no trials that look at integrating hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), my suspicion is that this would provide a powerful synergy that could get the fatality rate from sepsis even closer to zero. Sadly, HBOT is not available at many hospitals, and even if it were, it is not approved for sepsis.

You can learn more about Marik’s sepsis protocol in “Vitamin C — A Game Changer in Treatment of Deadly Sepsis,” along with commonsense recommendations for how to lower your risk of sepsis in the first place.

You can also review Marik’s PowerPoint presentation, “Hydrocortisone, Ascorbic Acid and Thiamine for the Treatment of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock,” presented at the 2020 Critical Care Reviews meeting in Australia. For COVID-19 at-home care advice from the WHO, please see “Novel Coronavirus — The Latest Pandemic Scare.” (Click to Source)

 

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Japan’s crowdless sport: A prelude to a coronavirus-hit Games?

For the first time ever, Japan’s professional baseball teams staged pre-season openers behind closed doors after the country dramatically escalated its response to the global coronavirus epidemic by closing schools and cancelling mass events.

In Tokyo, Sunday’s staging of the annual marathon, which last year saw close to 38,000 amateur participants, was scaled back to just a few hundred professional athletes, with the public strongly discouraged from lining the route. In past years the event attracted more than 1 million roadside spectators.

“If the Olympics look like this, it’s going to be a sad sight,” said 68-year-old shoemaker Hiroshi Enomoto, one of the fistful of spectators cheering on the runners in the downtown area of Asakusa.

The Olympic marathon itself has been moved to Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido because of worries over Tokyo’s scorching summer heat, but Enomoto and others wondered whether this weekend’s crowdless events were a harbinger of things to come.

“There are maybe 20% of the number of people who came to see the race last year. Normally, it’s so packed you can barely breathe,” said Enomoto, who remembers seeing the 1964 Olympic torch relay passing through Asakusa.

Barely 30 minutes after the runners zipped through the neighborhood’s sun-soaked streets, staffers clad in bright vests removed plastic barriers and cleaning trucks swooped in to pick up trash.

About an hour later, Birhanu Legese from Ethiopia arrived at the finishing line in sight of the Imperial Palace in 2:04:15. Japan’s Suguru Osako ended fourth in 2:05.29, beating his own national record and securing a spot in the men’s field for the Olympics.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the president of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach have said the Games will go ahead. Bach said his organization was “fully committed” to the July 24 start, dismissing other options as “speculation”.

But the sports event cancellations and other measures were not limited to the marathon.

Soccer and rugby have also been affected, and Japan’s sumo association decided on Sunday to hold its spring grand tournament, set to begin in Osaka next Sunday, without spectators.

Baseball fans who on Saturday had to swap the 46,000-capacity indoor stadium of the Yomiuri Giants – Japan’s version of the New York Yankees – for a sports bar in central Tokyo said they hoped the virus would not impact the Games.

“I don’t think the Olympics will be canceled. I’d like to see them, so if possible, I want them to go ahead,” said Natsuki Tsukamoto, 26, in between sips of beer and bites of fried chicken.

Deprived of the support of Tsukamoto and other fans at the Tokyo Dome, the Giants slumped to a 3:5 loss to their cross-town rivals, the Yakult Swallows.

Elsewhere, the manager of Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles baseball team, Hajime Miki, reflected on the importance of spectators to sport after another game played in the absence of fans.

“It made us realise again that the cheering and getting the fans to see the games gives power to the players,” said Miki. (Click to Source)

Reporting by Antoni Slodkowski; Additional reporting by Akiko Okamoto, Kim Kyung-Hoon and Tomo Uetake; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell

 

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Coronavirus epidemic: U.S. retailers could see some empty shelves by mid-April

Production bottlenecks could cause some bare shelves at brick-and-mortar retailers within 60 to 90 days, retail analysts warn.

By Ben Popken

 

Coronavirus has the potential to become a global pandemic, temporarily emptying retail store shelves in the coming months and depressing some consumer-facing businesses, experts say, with government officials advising families to take measured steps to stock up on certain essentials.

A pandemic is the rapid spread of an infectious disease to a large amount of people in a short period of time across international boundaries.

Ahead of any pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security says families should check their prescription drug supplies, store two-week supplies of water and food and have non-prescription drugs and health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, cough and cold medicines and fluids with electrolytes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend that consumers buy masks, saying they should instead focus on regular hand-washing. The only people who would benefit from masks are those exhibiting symptoms, to help prevent them from transmitting the virus, and front-line health care workers.

Panicked hoarding could create shortages of otherwise sustainable supplies in a self-fulfilling “run on the bank” scenario. In one Italian town, videos showed panicked shoppers trading blows and stripping shelves of pasta and other staples.

Businesses that involve bringing together people in public stand to see a temporary dip in their revenues.

“Declining consumer confidence, potentially severe retail-traffic declines, and temporary store closures are evolving risk factors that depend on uncertain variables like the geographic spread of the virus and the timing of containment/eradication solutions,” analysts at the financial services company Cowen Inc. warned in a note this week.

IMAX has reduced operations by one-third because of a closing of screens in China, MarketWatch reported.

 

Retailers expressed confidence that the coronavirus impact won’t throw the economy off balance in the long term.

“There are always wild cards we cannot control, like coronavirus and a politically charged election year. But when it comes to the fundamentals, our economy is sound and consumers continue to lead the way,” Matthew Shay, CEO of the National Retail Federation, a trade organization, said in a statement Wednesday.

Thanks to companies’ stocking up to get ahead of potential tariffs and the Chinese New Year, inventories are in good shape, Wells Fargo analyst Edward Kelly wrote in a note, with spring and early summer product already having been shipped.

 

But global supply chains running on lean inventories could be vulnerable to disruptions as suppliers are cut off from markets or can’t access critical components or essential ingredients.

If production isn’t restarted soon, the bottlenecks could lead to some bare shelves at brick-and-mortar retailers by mid-April, with stores such as Target and Walmart at the greatest risk, Kelly wrote.

Supply chain disruptions and shortages have the potential to hit retailers such as Best Buy, Michaels and Wayfair in the near future, considering that 60 percent to 70 percent of their inventory comes from China.

Even Costco, BJ’s Wholesale Club and Kroger could see issues because of China’s role in packaging materials and basic paper products.

Retailers have started to look to shift production from China to other parts of Asia, but they are hitting snags because many raw materials come from China. (Click to Source)

 

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California is monitoring at least 8,400 for signs of coronavirus as 33 test positive for COVID-19 in the state including a patient with ‘unknown origin’ who ‘took FOUR DAYS’ to be screened for the disease as ‘they didn’t fit the criteria’ for infection

  • California Gov Gavin Newsom said Thursday officials are monitoring 8,400 people for coronavirus symptoms
  • All of the individuals have recently returned to California after their traveling on domestic commercial flights
  • Health officials confirmed the first case of coronavirus where origin of disease is unknown in California 
  • CDC said patient hadn’t traveled from foreign country and wasn’t in contact with another confirmed case
  • Patient is being treated at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento; origin of patient’s infection is not known
  • Email from hospital officials said CDC took four days to test patient, despite requests from hospital staff
  • Some hospital staffers were also asked to go home, isolate themselves and monitor their temperatures 
  • President Donald Trump insisted in a press conference on Wednesday that the risk to Americans is ‘low’  
  • The president announced Vice-President Mike Pence will be in charge of the nation’s response to the disease 
  • On Thursday, Pence convened first meeting of Coronavirus Task Force after Trump made him point-person 
  • There are 60 coronavirus cases in the US, including 42 passengers who were on Diamond Princess cruise ship
  • Stocks on Wall Street dropped for the sixth day in a row after a press conference by Trump on Wednesday failed to calm fears amid concerns of a massive coronavirus outbreak 
  • Pope Francis canceled Thursday morning Mass at St John Lateran basilica Mass in Rome due to illness just a day after he kissed heads and touched faces and said he had solidarity with those suffering from coronavirus

 

The state currently has only about 200 test kits, an 'inadequate' number, but has been in 'constant contact with federal agencies' that have promised to send a fresh supply of kits in coming days, Newsom said at a news briefing in Sacramento. This image shows medical staff treating patients infected by the coronavirus in Wuhan, China, on Monday

The state currently has only about 200 test kits, an ‘inadequate’ number, but has been in ‘constant contact with federal agencies’ that have promised to send a fresh supply of kits in coming days, Newsom said at a news briefing in Sacramento. This image shows medical staff treating patients infected by the coronavirus in Wuhan, China, on Monday

Coronavirus cases in the US have now risen to 60, including 42 passengers who were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, three people repatriated from China and 15 on US soil

An email from medical center officials to employees revealed that the CDC took four days to test the patient for the deadly disease despite requests from staff at the center.

The leaked memo also suggested medical center staff may have been unnecessarily put at risk after dozens were told to go into isolation and watch for symptoms.

The news comes after it was reported that the CDC took four days to test a woman for coronavirus. The test results came back positive on Wednesday. This illustration shows a transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first US case of COVID-19

The news comes after it was reported that the CDC took four days to test a woman for coronavirus. The test results came back positive on Wednesday. This illustration shows a transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first US case of COVID-19

According to the email, the CDC didn’t test the patient, who has not been identified, for coronavirus until February 23.

It has also been revealed that experts like Dr Adrian Hyzler, the chief medical officer for Healix International, believe the virus could spread in the US overnight like it did in Italy.

‘It spreads very rapidly because of the ease with which you can pass on this virus through respiratory droplets and surface spread,’ Hyzler told The Daily Beast.

‘There is every possibility that this could happen in the US,’ Hyzler said, referring to the outbreaks in Iran and Italy.

Hyzler then pointed to a place like New York City where the coronavirus ‘would spread very rapidly on a crowded subway or metro system’.

Hyzler told the Daily Beast that quarantines could help, but ‘if community transmission had already occurred in a city like NYC, then a citywide shutdown would be almost impossible to organize, and it would be much less effective’.

According to the internal memo from UC Davis Medical Center obtained by CBS13, the patient was transferred from the NorthBay VacaValley Hospital on February 19 and was already intubated and on a ventilator.

The patient, who is a resident of Solano County, is being treated at UC Davis Medical Center (pictured) in Sacramento

The patient, who is a resident of Solano County, is being treated at UC Davis Medical Center (pictured) in Sacramento

 

The leaked memo also suggested medical center staff may have been unnecessarily put at risk after dozens were told to go into isolation and watch for symptoms. This image shows a man wearing a mask and gloves in San Francisco on Thursday

The leaked memo also suggested medical center staff may have been unnecessarily put at risk after dozens were told to go into isolation and watch for symptoms. This image shows a man wearing a mask and gloves in San Francisco on Thursday

  • In Washington state, school administrators closed Bothell High School on Thursday over coronavirus fears
  • San Francisco’s mayor declared emergency to make it easier for city to combat possible cases of coronavirus
  • New York monitoring 83 people in self-quarantine for coronavirus symptoms after possible exposure to virus
  • People are selling respirator masks on Ebay from $40 to $1,000 for brands that are usually only a few dollars
  • Airlines that have evacuated people from Wuhan, China, have stepped up their aircraft-cleaning efforts
  • The airlines are using Viraclean, a hospital-grade disinfectant that can kill herpes simplex and Hepatitis B
  • Around 14 per cent of coronavirus patients tested positive a second time in one Chinese region, officials said

However, despite requests from medical center officials for the CDC to test the unknown individual, the patient was only tested for coronavirus on Sunday – four days after they were admitted to the hospital – because ‘the patient did not fit the existing CDC criteria for COVID-19’, the email said.

The email from the David Lubarsky, vice-chancellor of human health services, and Brad Simmons, interim CEO of UC Davis Medical Center, to the center employees confirmed that the test had come back positive Wednesday.

‘Upon admission, our team asked public health officials if this case could be COVID-19. We requested COVID-19 testing by the CDC, since neither Sacramento County nor (the California Department of Public Health) is doing testing for coronavirus at this time. Since the patient did not fit the existing CDC criteria for COVID-19, a test was not immediately administered,’ said the email, which added that, ‘UC Davis Health does not control the testing process’.

The hospital has been treating one other confirmed case of coronavirus, though the other patient contracted the disease through travel after returning to the US from China on February 2.

‘This is not the first COVID-19 patient we have treated, and because of the precautions we have had in place since this patient’s arrival, we believe there has been minimal potential for exposure here at UC Davis Medical Center,’ the email said.

However, the email said some staff members had been warned to go into isolation and to stay vigilant to any developing symptoms.

‘A small number of medical center employees have been asked to stay home and monitor their temperatures,’ the email said.

The CDC confirmed that the person had not recently returned from a foreign country, and had not been in contact with another confirmed case.

The news suggests that fears of the disease spreading locally in the US could now be a reality – while President Donald Trump continued to tell the public that the risk to Americans is ‘low’.

Trump announced in a press conference Wednesday night that the US was ‘very ready’ to tackle the disease as he also handed Vice-President Mike Pence the task of leading the nation’s response to the disease.

The US has taken extreme precautions to ensure that anyone traveling back from China has been quarantined in order to limit the spread of the disease.

News of the first case where a patient has no known connection to travel abroad or to another known case has raised concerns over how the disease could spread across America.

A statement from CDC confirmed the first possible instance of ‘community spread’ in the US Wednesday evening.

‘At this time, the patient’s exposure is unknown. It’s possible this could be an instance of community spread of COVID-19, which would be the first time this has happened in the United States. Community spread means spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown,’ the statement said.

The CDC did not rule out that the patient may have been in contact with an infected individual who is yet to be diagnosed or linked to the individual.

‘It’s also possible, however, that the patient may have been exposed to a returned traveler who was infected,’ the statement said.

‘This case was detected through the US public health system — picked up by astute clinicians. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States to 15.’

Officials said they will be tracing the infected individual’s contacts to see how they may have been infected and if any other individuals may be at risk.

A chief doctor at the medical center refuted Trump’s claims that the US is ‘ready’ for an outbreak and sent a stark warning that the local Californian community is not prepared.

‘We don’t have that much data, so we don’t really know how many symptomatic, or asymptomatic patients there are in the community right now. The testing is very limited. We would like to have more widespread testing so we know where this virus is — who’s sick and who is at risk,’ Dr Dean Blumberg, the Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital, told CBS Sacramento.

Blumberg said that if community transmission is confirmed, there could be many more cases out there.

‘We only have this one confirmed case of community transmission, but it suggests that we don’t know where they got it from, so the person who exposed them, so there’s probably other cases in the community that we don’t know about,’ Blumberg said.

The UC Davis Medical Center has not responded to a request for comment from DailyMail.com.

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence convened his first meeting of the Coronavirus Task Force one day after President Donald Trump made him the government’s point-person for the epidemic.

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence convened his first meeting of the Coronavirus Task Force one day after President Donald Trump made him the government's point-person for the epidemic

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence convened his first meeting of the Coronavirus Task Force one day after President Donald Trump made him the government’s point-person for the epidemic

 

Pence named a seasoned medical professional as his chief adviser on the response. Pence explained on Thursday that he's 'leading the task force', while noting Alex Azar (left), the Health and Human Services Secretary, would still hold the title of chairman

Pence named a seasoned medical professional as his chief adviser on the response. Pence explained on Thursday that he’s ‘leading the task force’, while noting Alex Azar (left), the Health and Human Services Secretary, would still hold the title of chairman

He named a seasoned medical professional as his chief adviser on the response and said Trump had ‘tasked us to take every step necessary to protect the health of the American people’.

It came amid confusion over who was leading the inter-agency coordinating process to confront the virus.

Pence brought in Debbie Birx, the administration’s global AIDS coordinator and a medical doctor, to serve as his chief adviser for responding to the virus outbreak.

He also added Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, to the task force, a recognition that the virus was quickly becoming an economic, not just a public health, threat.

The White House and Pence’s team moved Thursday to control the flow of information from federal agencies about the virus response, ordering that public communications be cleared by their offices.

A person familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the internal guidance, said the decision was made to ensure the whole-of-government response was on message.

Pence explained on Thursday that he’s ‘leading the task force’, while noting Alex Azar, the Health and Human Services Secretary, would still hold the title of chairman.

Until now, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney had the role of coordinating the response across the government outside of the health care agencies.

Facing questions about the new organizational chart from lawmakers Thursday, Azar said Pence would now fill that role.

Administration aides insisted there was no daylight between the two men, noting that Pence had scheduled the first meeting to be held at HHS, rather than at the White House.

Fears of coronavirus exposure forces officials in a Washington state town to close a high school 

Meanwhile, school administrations in Washington state have been taking precautions of their own.

In a letter to families, officials announced that Bothell High School would be closed on Thursday.

According to Michelle Reid, the superintended of the Northshore School District, officials have gained more insight into ‘the number of families in our community that traveled internationally during our time off’.

Reid said a Bothell High School staff member returned to work on Monday after a week of international travel.

‘They reported that a family member who was traveling with them became sick on Tuesday, and was taken to the hospital, and is currently being treated, monitored and quarantined. The staff member is also quarantined at home for 14 days.

‘At this time, there is no confirmation that the family member’s illness is connected to the coronavirus outbreak, but out of an abundance of caution, the family member is being testedm,’ Reid wrote.

Meanwhile, school administrations in Washington state have been taking precautions of their own. In a letter to families, officials announced that Bothell High School (pictured) would be closed on Thursday

Meanwhile, school administrations in Washington state have been taking precautions of their own. In a letter to families, officials announced that Bothell High School (pictured) would be closed on Thursday

 

A school janitor walks toward the front of closed Bothell High School on Thursday in Bothell, Washington

A school janitor walks toward the front of closed Bothell High School on Thursday in Bothell, Washington

The Department of Health issued a letter that indicated that the risk to students at the high school was minimal and that they didn’t believe the situation warranted closing the school.

However, Reid said she wasn’t taking any chances and closed the school ‘out of an abundance of caution’.

Support services staff have been taking initial steps to disinfect the areas where the staff member traveled on the campus.

Officials are also in the process of contacting the families of students and staff or visitors that the staff member came into contact with on Monday.

Coronavirus cases in the US have now risen to 60 with the addition of this case together with two more Diamond Princess cruise evacuees confirmed on Wednesday.

That figure includes 42 passengers who were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, three people repatriated from China and 15 on US soil.

If community spread is confirmed in this case, this will spark major concerns across the US.

To date, the 59 other cases of the infection have been among people who traveled to Asia or were in close contact with people who had traveled there.

The US’s first case that can’t be traced to the virus’s original source of origin follows hot on the heels of a similarly worrying statement from German officials Wednesday.

Germany’s health minister, Jens Spahn, said new cases confirmed in Germany were ‘partially no longer trackable’ to the virus’s original source in China or to hotspots.

New York City ramps up preparations for a potential coronavirus outbreak as 83 people remain in quarantine on Long Island

The US has taken measures to quarantine anyone thought to be carrying the disease, including 83 individuals currently in quarantine in Nassau County, New York.

New York City has been ramping up preparations for a potential coronavirus outbreak.

Mayor Bill De Blasio announced at a news conference Wednesday that the city had prepared at least 1,200 hospital beds ready for if or when the disease strikes.

New York City hasn't reported any patients under investigation, but in Chinatown people are already wearing protective masks (pictured). Nearby Nassau county has 83 residents in self-isolation

New York City hasn’t reported any patients under investigation, but in Chinatown people are already wearing protective masks (pictured). Nearby Nassau county has 83 residents in self-isolation

De Blasio said he is also requesting the CDC expand its testing of travelers entering the US beyond China, to include Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.

‘Right now, it is too narrowly focused on travelers coming out of China,’ he said.

‘We think that needs to be expanded to any traveler coming from a country that’s seen a major surge in cases.’

De Blasio said the city is ready to handle a possible spread of the disease.

The plans come as around 700 people have been voluntarily quarantined in New York since February 3 after they returned to the city from parts of China where the disease is widespread.

New York State Health Department officials said that none of the people quarantined were showing symptoms of the disease but they had voluntarily checked into a 14-day self-isolation.

De Blasio said the self-quarantine protocol was working in the city. No active cases of the virus have yet been confirmed in New York City.

San Francisco and other California counties declare state of emergencies in preparation for a possible coronavirus outbreak 

Several counties in the San Francisco Bay Area declared local emergencies Wednesday in response to the outbreak.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed declared a local emergency to make it easier for the city to combat possible cases of coronavirus.

‘This declaration of emergency is all about preparedness,’ Breed said at a news conference on Wednesday.

Several counties in the San Francisco Bay Area declared local emergencies Wednesday in response to the outbreak. Passengers wear masks while they wait for the flights at the LAX airport

Several counties in the San Francisco Bay Area declared local emergencies Wednesday in response to the outbreak. Passengers wear masks while they wait for the flights at the LAX airport

 

Flight attendants are seen at the Los Angeles International Airport wearing masks on Thursday

Flight attendants are seen at the Los Angeles International Airport wearing masks on Thursday

Passengers were seen wearing masks throughout the Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday

Airport employees worked to keep areas sanitized (right)

Passengers (left) were seen wearing masks throughout the Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday as airport employees worked to keep areas sanitized

 

The Los Angeles International Airport looked eerily quiet on Thursday as employees and passengers alike continue to take precautionary measures against the spread of the coronavirus

The Los Angeles International Airport looked eerily quiet on Thursday as employees and passengers alike continue to take precautionary measures against the spread of the coronavirus

San Francisco and Orange County declared states of emergency, while Orange County also backed a bid filed by the city of Costa Mesa to block coronavirus patients from being housed in their cities.

The move will, among other things, help the city get reimbursed by state and federal governments for money it spends on preparedness, Mayor London Breed said at a news conference

Similar declarations occurred in California’s Santa Clara and San Diego counties.

Breed’s declaration is in effect for the next seven days. A board of supervisors will vote on its continuation on March 3.

President Donald Trump insists that the risk of coronavirus spreading in Americans is ‘low’ but vows to spend ‘whatever’ it takes to beat the deadly virus 

Before news of the unknown origin case broke, only two cases of human-to-human transmission of coronavirus had been confirmed in the US.

However, CDC officials had previously warned that it was no longer a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’ the virus would be active in US communities.

Fears are ramping up around the globe, as the number of new confirmed cases outside China has outpaced those inside the country for the first time.

The shock news that the disease may be spreading through community transmission came as President Donald Trump continued to insist that the risk to Americans is ‘low’ and that the nation is ‘very ready’ to tackle cases.

Trump announced Vice-President Mike Pence will be in charge of the nation’s response to the disease at a White House press conference Wednesday night.

He also declared the US would spend ‘whatever’ it takes to beat coronavirus.

The shock news that the disease may be spreading through community transmission came as President Donald Trump continued to insist that the risk to Americans is 'low' and that the nation is 'very ready' to tackle cases

The shock news that the disease may be spreading through community transmission came as President Donald Trump continued to insist that the risk to Americans is ‘low’ and that the nation is ‘very ready’ to tackle cases

‘Every aspect of our society should be prepared. I think schools should get ready – just in case,’ he added later.

The president also revealed one of the 15 Americans diagnosed with coronavirus in the US is ‘pretty sick’ and being treated in a hospital.

It was unclear if Trump knew about the ‘unknown origin’ case before the conference.

But Trump said the risk to Americans’ health remained ‘low,’ and that the number of people diagnosed with the virus was small. Trump said Pence would report to him. Pence has no medical training; Trump praised his running of healthcare in Indiana when he was governor.

The vice president said extra personnel would be brought in to the White House for ‘this whole of government response’ to the mounting worldwide health crisis.

The president boasted that he had made ‘early decisions’ which had kept the level of coronavirus down in the US – but said that he would make sure government health workers have the resources they need.

‘They can do whatever they want,’ Trump said at the press briefing surrounded by top officials including Alex Azar, his Health and Human Services Secretary – who had denied he was being replaced by a czar just hours earlier.

‘If Congress want to give us the money, we’ll take the money.’

At the podium, Trump defended his administration’s response to the coronavirus thus far, including shutting out non-citizens from China, where the first outbreak was reported.

‘Decisions that were ridiculed from the very beginning,’ the president said.

‘A lot of people thought we shouldn’t have done it that early, but we did and it turned out to be a very good thing.’

Asked directly about closing the borders to people from areas with worse infections he said: ‘At the right time we may do that, right now it’s not the right time.

‘But at the right time, and we are checking people as they come through, specifically for the problem, the problem that we’re dealing with.

‘So we’re checking a lot of people coming from South Korea, that’s been hit pretty hard, Italy’s been hit pretty hard. China, it’s obvious what’s happening in China, but again the numbers seem to be leveling off and going down in China which is very good news.’

He was also asked if he was prepared to quarantine entire cities – as has happened in Italy and China already – and replied: ‘We do have plans on a much larger scale, should we need that.

‘We don’t think we’re going to need it, but you always have to be prepared.’

Trump marveled at the number of people killed annually by the flu, explaining that in the US it numbered between 25,000 and 69,000 a year.

‘That was shocking to me,’ Trump said.

The president said just 15 people in the US have thus far had coronavirus, with eight returning home, one in the hospital and five fully recovered.

Trump also pulled out a piece of paper that he said listed the best prepared countries to deal with an epidemic, a product of research from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

‘John Hopkins, I guess, is greatly respected,’ Trump said. ‘We’re rated No. 1 for being prepared.’

Trump also noted how the US brought in 40 people – American citizens – from a Japanese cruise ship where they had been diagnosed with the virus.

‘We thought we had an obligation to do that,’ he said. ‘We found that it was an obligation that we have, we could have left them and it would have been really bad.’

The White House had asked for $2.5 billion in extra funding for the CDC, but had come under pressure to increase that spending by both Republicans and Democrats.

The press conference was an apparent attempt to calm fears over the virus, which has seen stock markets plunge and Democrats and Republicans both criticizing the official response.

Trump instead suggested that the Democratic 2020 field was largely responsible for the 2,000 point drop in the Dow Jones since Monday morning. He went on to make reference to his well-known reputation for germaphobia, and provided safety tips for Americans to follow.

‘I do it a lot anyway as you probably heard,’ he said.

He gave guidance consistent with what public health officials have recommended: taking prudent steps to avoid viral transmissions, as with flu and seasonal colds.

‘Wash your hands. Stay clean. You don’t necessarily have to grab every hand rail unless you have to. You know, certain things that you do when you have the flu,’ he advised.

Trump also pulled out a piece of paper (pictured) that he said listed the best prepared countries to deal with an epidemic, a product of research from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore

Trump also pulled out a piece of paper (pictured) that he said listed the best prepared countries to deal with an epidemic, a product of research from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore

 

Trump announced Vice-President Mike Pence will be in charge of the nation's response to the disease at a White House press conference Wednesday night. Pence (right) has no medical training but Trump praised his running of healthcare in Indiana when he was governor

Trump announced Vice-President Mike Pence will be in charge of the nation’s response to the disease at a White House press conference Wednesday night. Pence (right) has no medical training but Trump praised his running of healthcare in Indiana when he was governor

Then the president told an anecdote.

‘I mean, view this the same as the flu. When somebody sneezes, I try to bail out as much as possible when there’s sneezing.

‘I had a man come up to me a week ago. I hadn’t seen him in a long time and I said how are you doing? He said, “Fine.” He hugs me.

‘I said, “Are you well?” He says no. He said, I have the worst fever and the worst flu. And he’s hugging and kissing me. … I went back and started washing my hands. So you have to do that,’ Trump said.

House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, who visited Chinatown in New York City on Monday, dismissed Trump Wednesday, saying: ‘I don’t think the president knows what he’s talking about – once again.’

When asked about the criticism made by Pelosi, he slapped back by calling the California Democrat ‘incompetent.’

Trump also suggested under Pelosi, Democrats would lose the House again – and he said impeachment ‘lifted my poll numbers up by 10 points.’

‘She’s trying to create a panic,’ Trump said. ‘And there’s no reason to create a panic because we have done so good.’

House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi (center, on Monday), who visited Chinatown in New York City on Monday, dismissed Trump Wednesday, saying: 'I don't think the president knows what he's talking about - once again'

House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi (center, on Monday), who visited Chinatown in New York City on Monday, dismissed Trump Wednesday, saying: ‘I don’t think the president knows what he’s talking about – once again’

Azar was on stage to see Pence made czar – hours after he denied claims that he was about to be replaced by an epidemic czar in the project to oversee the US’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

He claimed after Trump spoke that he was still in charge. ‘I’m still chairman of the task force,’ he said.

‘Having the vice president gives me the biggest stick one can have in the government, on this whole-of government approach. Not in the least.

‘When this was mentioned to me I was delighted I get to have the vice president helping … delighted, absolutely.’

Also on stage was the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Disease (NIAD) Dr Anthony Fauci, who reiterated the news that trials are set to begin for a vaccine for coronavirus, a record-setting three months after the virus was sequenced.

He added that the vaccine won’t be ready for a year to a year-and-a-half.

At that point, it will make little impact on the current outbreak but, in the likely event that the virus is here to stay in coming years, Fauci expects a vaccine will be ready.

During the presser, Bernie Sanders, currently the Democratic frontrunner, sent out a statement blasting Azar for not guaranteeing during Congressional testimony earlier Wednesday that a coronavirus vaccine would be affordable to all.

‘Under the Trump doctrine, if you are wealthy you can buy a vaccine and not succumb to the sickness. If you are poor or working class, you may have to get sick or even die,’ Sanders said.

‘That is an outrage. That is unacceptable. We need a vaccine that is available to all, not just those who can afford it.’

Sellers are listing respirator masks for nearly $10,000 on eBay amid coronavirus outbreak  

Several people are trying to capitalize off of the spread of the coronavirus by selling respirator masks for thousands of dollars on eBay.

One seller listed 80 boxes of the masks for $9,999.99 while a 20-pack is listed for $5,000.

Similar masks can be found online or in stores for less than $5.

Several people are trying to capitalize off of the spread of the coronavirus by selling respirator masks for thousands of dollars on eBay (listings pictured)

Several people are trying to capitalize off of the spread of the coronavirus by selling respirator masks for thousands of dollars on eBay (listings pictured)

Amazon has already warned sellers about selling masks that are ‘not in compliance’ with its pricing policies

According to Amazon’s ‘Fair Pricing Policy’, sellers are required to set fair prices for its products that are not ‘significantly higher than recent prices offered on or off Amazon’.

It’s unclear if eBay will be taking this same approach and a DailyMail.com request for comment was not immediately returned.

Facebook has canceled its annual conference for developers due to coronavirus 

Facebook says it is canceling F8, its annual conference for developers.

The show had been scheduled to take place May 5-6 in San Jose, California.

On Thursday, the company said it is planning other ways for its developer community to get together, including live streams, locally hosted events and videos.

More than 5,000 people from around the world attended last year’s F8. Facebook said it will donate $500,000 to organizations serving residents of San Jose.

CDC confirms positive test results for six additional Diamond Princess cruise ship evacuees 

The White House briefing came as the CDC confirmed the positive test results of an additional six cruise evacuees on Wednesday, including four that had already been announced by local health departments.

At least five of the new patients were evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship last week.

They were then transported to three different quarantine sites: military bases in California and Texas and the National Quarantine Unit in Nebraska.

Two other people who were among the 800-some Americans repatriated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak in China, have also tested positive for coronavirus.

The CDC had advised against letting 14 American Diamond Princess passengers, whose coronavirus tests came back positive as they were about to board the evacuation flights to the US, continue on the cargo planes.

State Department officials ultimately overrode the health officials on the ground in Japan, where the ship had been quarantined.

CDC officials told Americans to expect US coronavirus cases to rise after the repatriation of the passengers of the cruise ship (pictured), which had the greatest number outside China

CDC officials told Americans to expect US coronavirus cases to rise after the repatriation of the passengers of the cruise ship (pictured), which had the greatest number outside China

Of the 328 evacuated people, more than a dozen ‘high risk’ passengers were taken on to Nebraska’s high-grade quarantine.

CDC officials previously said they expected to see additional cases among the cruise ship evacuees, and diagnoses have indeed rolled in.

On Wednesday, it was reported that dozens of passengers allowed off the Diamond Princess cruise ship developed symptoms.

Officials in Japan said they contacted 813 former passengers of the vessel who had previously tested negative for the virus, and found 45 are now showing symptoms.

All of those with symptoms have been asked to contact doctors and take new tests to check whether they are also infected.

The CDC gave a stark warning on Tuesday that US cities, communities and hospitals would need to ramp up preparations for the virus’ spread as more cases were likely on their way.

‘Now is the time for US businesses, hospitals and communities to begin preparing for the possible spread of COVID-19,’ CDC officials posted on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.

Officials said more coronavirus cases are ‘likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States’ and that ‘person-to-person spread will likely continue to occur, including in the United States’.

The CDC’s point person on the coronavirus outbreak, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases Dr Nancy Messonnier had advised parents to talk to their kids’ schools about ‘teleschooling’ in the event of quarantines or class cancellations amid an outbreak.

‘I told my children that they are not at risk now, but we as a family need to prepare for significant disruption in our lives,’ Dr Messonnier told reporters in a Tuesday press briefing.

In a bizarre twist, she is the sister of Rod Rosenstein, the former attorney general who oversaw the Robert Mueller special counsel investigation and who was a repeated target for Trump’s ire.

MSC Meraviglia cruise ship passengers face health checks to see if they can come ashore in Mexico after boat was blocked from Jamaica and the Cayman Islands over coronavirus fears

The cruise ship MSC Meraviglia, which is carrying 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew from Miami, was turned away by two nations due to fears of a virus outbreak.

It has since docked at Mexico’s Caribbean island of Cozumel on Thursday and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said passengers will be allowed to disembark.

López Obrador said Mexico had to act with ‘humanity’ after the ship was refused entry at ports in Grand Cayman and Jamaica.

The cruise ship MSC Meraviglia (left), which is carrying 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew from Miami, was turned away by two nations due to fears of a virus outbreak

The cruise ship MSC Meraviglia (left), which is carrying 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew from Miami, was turned away by two nations due to fears of a virus outbreak

 

It has since docked at Mexico's Caribbean island of Cozumel on Thursday and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said passengers (pictured on Thursday) will be allowed to disembark

It has since docked at Mexico’s Caribbean island of Cozumel on Thursday and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said passengers (pictured on Thursday) will be allowed to disembark

The cruise line had expressed frustration with the rejections, which came after it reported one crew member from the Philippines was sick with common seasonal flu. It said no passengers had shown evidence of the Covid-19 virus.

‘The ship is being allowed to dock and the passengers, those who are aboard the cruise ship can disembark,’ López Obrador said, adding that health inspections will be carried out.

‘We cannot act with discrimination,’ he said. ‘Imagine if a ship arrived and it wasn’t even allowed to dock, and they were told, “Keep going on your way, see where you can dock.” That is inhuman.’

He added: ‘We cannot close our ports, nor can we close our airports’.

Despite the flu diagnosis, health authorities in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands decided not to allow people off the boat at Ocho Rios and George Town.

Airlines using herpes disinfectant to clean planes that have evacuated people from Wuhan 

Several airlines are using some of the world’s strongest disinfectant in a bid to clean planes that have helped with evacuations from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus.

Qantas Airways is using Viraclean, a disinfectant that kills a range of bacteria and viruses including Hepatitis B and herpes simplex.

Korean Air Lines is using MD-125, a diluted version of D-125, which is a cleaning solution that fights 142 bacteria and viruses, including salmonella, avian flu, HIV and measles.

Several airlines are using some of the world's strongest disinfectant in a bid to clean planes that have helped with evacuations from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus. Qantas Airways (file image) is using Viraclean, a disinfectant that kills a range of bacteria and viruses including Hepatitis B and herpes simplex

Several airlines are using some of the world’s strongest disinfectant in a bid to clean planes that have helped with evacuations from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus. Qantas Airways (file image) is using Viraclean, a disinfectant that kills a range of bacteria and viruses including Hepatitis B and herpes simplex

World Health Organization warns coronavirus has ‘pandemic potential’ 

The global death toll from coronavirus has reached more than 2,800, with the vast majority in mainland China.  There are more than 82,000 confirmed cases of the disease.

Earlier this week, the chief of the World Health Organization stopped short of saying the coronavirus crisis was at pandemic levels despite a sudden spike in cases.

Dr Tedros Adhanom admitted in a press conference Monday that the surge of COVID-19 infections was ‘deeply concerning’ but said he would not declare it a pandemic – which is defined as the uncontrolled worldwide spread of a new disease.

The CDC gave a stark warning on Tuesday that US cities, communities and hospitals would need to ramp up preparations for the virus' spread as more cases were likely on their way.  A nurse checks on a patient at a hospital in Wuhan, China, on Wednesday

The CDC gave a stark warning on Tuesday that US cities, communities and hospitals would need to ramp up preparations for the virus’ spread as more cases were likely on their way.  A nurse checks on a patient at a hospital in Wuhan, China, on Wednesday

 

Dr Tedros Adhanom (pictured) admitted in a press conference Monday that the surge of COVID-19 infections was 'deeply concerning' but said he would not declare it a pandemic - which is defined as the uncontrolled worldwide spread of a new disease

Dr Tedros Adhanom (pictured) admitted in a press conference Monday that the surge of COVID-19 infections was ‘deeply concerning’ but said he would not declare it a pandemic – which is defined as the uncontrolled worldwide spread of a new disease

He said: ‘The sudden increase in new cases is certainly very concerning. There is lots of speculation about whether this outbreak has now become a pandemic.

‘For the moment, we are not witnessing the uncontained global spread of this virus and we’re not witnessing large scale disease or deaths.’

His comments at a press conference in Geneva  came after the WHO admitted the killer outbreak will never be officially declared a pandemic.

Instead, the UN-body said the crisis has already been a public health emergency of international concern – the highest warning level – for a month.

But fears of a pandemic have been mounting, with a surge in cases outside of China and deaths declared in Iran and Italy while Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman all confirmed their first cases.

The body, headquartered in Geneva in Switzerland, argues a pathogen must spread easily between humans across the world before it is called a pandemic.

The WHO said the current crisis is a cluster of cases in 36 countries and territories, which can be traced back to Asia.

14 per cent of coronavirus patients tested positive for a second time in Guangdong Province 

Around 14 per cent of coronavirus patients tested positive a second time in one Chinese region despite being given the all clear.

A health official in Guangdong Province told The New York Times the reinfected patients had been discharged from a hospital after testing negative for the virus but then fell ill again later.

It follows reports in Japan of a 40-year-old woman who tested positive for a second time on Wednesday.

Experts said the cases raised fears the virus could be a ‘persistent’ infection, meaning it can lie dormant in patients for years and suddenly flare up again, such as viruses that lead to herpes and chickenpox.

Around 14 per cent of coronavirus patients tested positive a second time in one Chinese region despite being given the all clear. Nurses distribute meals to patients at a temporary hospital at Tazihu Gymnasium in Wuhan on February 21

Around 14 per cent of coronavirus patients tested positive a second time in one Chinese region despite being given the all clear. Nurses distribute meals to patients at a temporary hospital at Tazihu Gymnasium in Wuhan on February 21

 

Professor Mark Harris, a virology expert at the University of Leeds, said: ‘Although coronaviruses generally cause short-term, self-limiting infections which are cleared, there is some evidence in the scientific literature for persistent infections of animal coronaviruses, mainly in bats.’

Scientists believe the virus may have originally spread to humans from wild animals, possibly bats, being sold as food in markets in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the epicentre of the outbreak.

Professor Harris added: ‘The reports that patients who tested negative subsequently tested positive again is clearly of concern.

‘It is unlikely that they would have been reinfected having cleared the virus, as they would most likely have mounted an immune response to the virus that would prevent such reinfection.

‘The other possibility therefore is that they did not in fact clear the infection but remained persistently infected.’

It’s not yet clear if the people who tested positive for a second time are contagious as 13 of those who were in close contact with more than 100 people after being discharged appear to have not passed it on, the health official said.

Patients in China must test negative twice and undergo a chest scan before they can be released.

Officials in Hong Kong say a dog has tested positive for the coronavirus 

A pet dog has tested positive for coronavirus in Hong Kong, officials from Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said Thursday.

According to the agency, a referral was sent to them on February 26 from the Hong Kong Department of Health after the dog’s owner tested positive.

The dog’s test results were weaker in comparison to a human. The dog is being kept in quarantine for further testing.

In a statement, the agency said: ‘The AFCD does not have evidence that pet animals can be infected with COVID-19 virus or can be a source of infection to people.’

Experts have revealed that the coronavirus has an HIV-like mutation that could be 1,000 times as strong as SARS

The deadly virus has the ability to bind with human cells, similar to the HIV mutation.

Scientists in China and Europe have found that coronavirus could be up to 1,000 times as strong as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus.

At first, the coronavirus outbreak spread slower than Ebola, SARS and swine flu. But, by Day 41 of their respective outbreaks, 243 were ill from Ebola, 182 were sickened by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), 520 had come down with swine flu, and 3,600 were infected with SARS.

In comparison, on Day 41 of the coronavirus outbreak – February 12 – more than 41,700 people were infected worldwide.

Pope Francis cancels Mass in Rome due to ‘slight illness’ after he kissed heads and touched faces while meeting with crowds in St Peter’s Square, saying he had solidarity with those suffering from coronavirus

The Vatican said the 83-year-old pontiff had a ‘slight indisposition’ that meant he did not attend an event at the St John Lateran basilica in Rome on Thursday morning.

A spokesman said Francis would continue with the rest of his day’s business, but preferred to stay within the Vatican rather than travel across the city.

There was no word from the Vatican about the nature of his illness, but the pope was seen coughing and blowing his nose during the Ash Wednesday Mass.

Pope Francis at Ash Wednesday Mass

Pope Francis at Ash Wednesday Mass

Pope Francis has cancelled an event in Rome on Thursday morning due to a ‘slight illness’, a day after he was pictured coughing and blowing his nose during Ash Wednesday Mass

His illness came just a day after he kissed heads and touched faces as he met with crowds in St Peter's Square, saying he had solidarity with those suffering from coronavirus. Rome had three cases, but all three were cured

His illness came just a day after he kissed heads and touched faces as he met with crowds in St Peter’s Square, saying he had solidarity with those suffering from coronavirus. Rome had three cases, but all three were cured

It comes a day after he kissed heads and touched faces as he met with crowds in St Peter’s Square, saying he had solidarity with those suffering from coronavirus.

Italy is currently in the grips of a coronavirus outbreak that has seen towns in the north placed on lockdown and travellers from the region spread the infection to previously unaffected areas of Europe.

Rome had three cases, but all three were cured.

Francis had been scheduled to go to the St John Lateran basilica to meet with Rome clergy and celebrate a penitential Mass at the start of Lent.

Francis is bishop of Rome, but delegates the day-to-day running of the archdiocese to a vicar.

The Argentine pope has generally enjoyed good health. He lost part of one lung as a young man because of a respiratory illness, and suffers from sciatica, which makes walking difficult.

Iranian vice president for Women and Family Affairs infected with ‘mild’ case of coronavirus

Masoumeh Ebtekar who was a spokeswoman for the 1979 hostage-takers during the US embassy crisis has been infected with coronavirus.

Ebtekar, regarded as the most powerful woman in Iranian politics, was said to have contracted the infection this week, according to local media.

She was seen sitting near President Hassan Rouhani during a meeting of Iranian cabinet members on Wednesday. Ebtekar’s case was said to be mild and she has not been admitted to a hospital.

Her diagnosis comes as it emerged today that Iran’s former ambassador to the Vatican, Hadi Khosroshahi, died of coronavirus.

Masoumeh Ebtekar (pictured in January 2019) who was a spokeswoman for the 1979 hostage-takers during the US embassy crisis has been infected with coronavirus

Masoumeh Ebtekar (pictured in January 2019) who was a spokeswoman for the 1979 hostage-takers during the US embassy crisis has been infected with coronavirus

Ebtekar is currently the Iranian vice president for Women and Family Affairs.

The report of Ebtekar’s diagnosis comes as other top officials in Iran’s Shiite theocracy have caught the virus.

Earlier today the head of Iran’s parliamentary security and foreign relations commission, Mojtaba Zonnour, announced he had also tested positive for the virus.

This week the country’s Deputy Health Minister, Iraj Harirchi, plus two MPs said they had been infected and were under quarantine. (Click to Source)

 

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First coronavirus death in USA, Washington declares State of Emergency as Trump administration flounders with narrative control

 

Saturday, February 29, 2020 by: Mike Adams

 

(Natural News) The first U.S. death of the coronavirus is now confirmed in Washington State, and Gov. Jay Inslee has issued a statement lamenting the “sad day in our state.”

What’s even more sad, of course, is the fact that the CDC withheld coronavirus tests from state-level public health labs, allowing the virus to spread while nearly all U.S. states conducted exactly zero tests. Now that states have suddenly been granted permission to start conducting tests, it’s no surprise that a slew of new outbreaks and infection confirmations has already begun. (See state testing statistics at Pandemic.news)

Right on cue, Washington State just declared a state of emergency.

And in another bombshell that was just released, as reported by Reuters:

Jeff Duchin, a public health official in Seattle and King County, said that 27 residents and 25 staff members of long-term care facility Life Care had “some sort of symptoms.”

So we may have a retirement center that’s now infected with the virus.

The Trump administration seems more interested in controlling the narrative than controlling the virus

The Trump administration’s response to this exploding global pandemic has been virtually indistinguishable from communist China: Downplay the problem, insist that everything is under control and try to order people around by telling them what to do.

According to various Trump administration officials, including VP Mike Pence, the U.S. Surgeon General and top CDC officials:

– Americans should NOT buy masks, since hospitals are about to run out of supply (from the Surgeon General).

– Americans should NOT buy food or cleaning supplies such as sanitizers and surface cleaners (from the insanely stupid CDC).

– Americans SHOULD blindly buy every stock in sight in order to keep Wall Street’s numbers looking fantastic even while the global supply chain collapses, soon to be followed by a wave of business bankruptcies.

– Americans should WAIT for a vaccine that might take two years, and while you’re waiting, be sure you DON’T turn to anti-viral herbs, superfoods, natural medicines and supplements because those are “unproven” (FDA).

So in a way that suspiciously mirrors China marching factory workers to their homes at gunpoint, then turning around and marching them into the factories at gunpoint to save the national economy, we are now being commanded by Washington D.C. officials on what we’re supposed to buy, or not buy, or not do, or do, or say, etc. And of course, all the independent media sources telling the truth are universally censored by the tech giants.

And the very last thing coming out of Washington D.C. right now is the truth.

What truth is that? It’s the same truth we’ve been reporting for weeks: There are thousands of coronavirus infections already in America. The CDC knows it, but they’re lying to the public. The risk of infection is not “low” for people in California, Oregon, Washington and probably Hawaii, too.

Next week we will see tens of new cases confirmed in America. The week after, it will be dozens. Over the following couple of weeks, it will be hundreds. From there, it’s pure mathematics how this thing explodes exponentially. It’s the “Italy scenario” but in California, essentially.

Yet even right now in America, many pro-Trump conservative publishers are still somehow peddling the “it’s no worse than the flu” line, even though that entire charade just collapsed this morning with the death announcement from Washington.

This could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency

If you’re tracking where all this is headed, it’s no joke that this could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency. This is the “black swan” event that we’ve repeatedly warned about, and instead of taking the black swan seriously, Trump is floundering, getting horrible advice from the NIH (Fauci), the CDC (Redfield) and the WHO (lunatic communist bureaucrats).

Things are about to get far, far worse across America with this virus, and yet our own president appears to be in a state of paralyzed denial.

The window of opportunity for Trump to start telling the truth, warn the American people to get prepared and start demanding tens of thousands of tests nationwide is rapidly slamming shut.

If Trump doesn’t change course, his administration will self-destruct well before November’s election and it will be over for Trump (and maybe even for America as a nation). (Click to Source)

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Internet SHUTDOWN begins in Wuhan, China to stop the spread of truth and hide the severity of the outbreak from the world

Saturday, February 22, 2020 by: JD Heyes

(Natural News) During an interview Friday, former U.S. Army infantry officer, combat vet, and current U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton reiterated his view that the Chinese government is not being transparent about the severity of the Wuhan coronavirus  (COVID-19) outbreak.

He told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that Beijing’s Communist leaders were not updating the rest of the world on what Chinese doctors and scientists were seeing regarding the virus.

“I don’t disagree that China’s scientists and doctors can, in some cases, be world-class, and they can be professional,” he said. “However, they have sitting next to them at every level of government a minder from the Chinese Communist Party,” said Harvard Law-educated Cotton, as reported by Breitbart News. 

“And I do not have any confidence in those party apparatchiks allowing China’s scientists or their doctors to speak freely to anyone outside of China, especially officials in the United States government,” he added.

Cotton is a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence committees, so you could say that when it comes to data on China, he’s pretty much up to speed.

And while he’s certainly trustworthy enough, there are other sources making similar claims about Chinese government opaqueness regarding details about the virus.

The Epoch Times reported this week, for instance, that Chinese authorities have begun shutting down the Internet, which, of course, makes it even more difficult for any information to get out.

“The Internet connection in my home was cut off for several days. I kept on calling the mayor’s hotline, but nobody is taking care of us,” said one resident of Wuhan City, the epicenter of the virus, according to the Times. (Related: U.S. now admitting coronavirus has broken containment beyond China.)

The paper added: 

Since Feb. 11, more and more Wuhan residents reported that their home internet connections were down. Wuhan authorities have issued strict quarantine measures to contain the outbreak, including allowing only one person per household to leave their homes.

The Chinese-language Epoch Times (CET) spoke with several Wuhan residents and found that some neighborhoods, where there are large numbers of reported COVID-19 virus infections, have had their internet cut off.

This happens all the time in China

Analysts and commentators say they believe Chinese authorities are doing this in order to restrict Netizens’ ability to freely discuss what’s going on with the outbreak in their own country — especially in the city of 11 million where the virus began. 

Thus far, the Times reported, since the outbreak began in December some 70 percent of officially reported cases are from Wuhan City.

A number of people interviewed by the CET said their residential areas began broadcasting messages over loudspeakers that were installed on lamp posts that Internet connections would be cut off beginning the evening of Feb. 10.

“Where I am, it’s close to the makeshift hospital at the Wuhan International Expo Center,” said one resident whose connection was shut off Feb. 11, along with neighbors who live nearby. 

“It looks like everyone in our community lost their Internet connection,” he added.

Others confirmed that their connections were shut off around the same time and, as of February 21, had yet to be restored by the government. 

Such tactics are used very often by the Chinese Communist government to hide the severity of information about emergencies from citizens and the world, Gu He, an observer of Beijing’s censorship, told CET.

“As early as 2009, the Chinese government cut off the Internet in the whole Xinjiang region, [and confined it] to a local area network for 312 days,” Gu said. “It uses this method to control people’s speech.”

Cotton also noted on his Senate website that the Chinese government has also expelled journalists.

“The Chinese Communist Party is complaining about newspaper headlines while the Chinese people suffer and die from coronavirus,” he said recently in response to a Wall Street Journal report that China booted three of its reporters. (Click to Source)

See the latest information on the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak at Pandemic.news.

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Nigeria: Death toll from Lassa fever outbreak jumps to 70

Authorities say number of suspected cases increased from more than 700 to 1,708 as Nigeria grapples with epidemic.

 

The death toll in Nigeria from an outbreak of Lassa fever has risen to 70 as confirmed cases shot up, according to authorities.

The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Nigerian agency responsible for the management of disease outbreaks, said in its week six update on Thursday that eight new deaths from Lassa fever were reported in three states.

“Four new healthcare workers were affected in Ondo, Delta and Kaduna states,” the NCDC said in the update.

It said the number of suspected cases has “increased significantly” compared with the situation in mid-January, from more than 700 to 1,708.

Confirmed cases have also shot up to 472, it said.

Lassa fever is a disease spread to humans through food or household items contaminated with rodent urine or faeces.

In 80 percent of cases, the fever is asymptomatic, but for some, the symptoms include high fever, headache, mouth ulcers, muscle aches, haemorrhaging under the skin and heart and kidney failure.

It has an incubation period of between six and 21 days and can be transmitted through contact with an infected person via bodily fluids and excretion.

Effective treatment

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the antiviral drug ribavirin appears to be an effective treatment for Lassa fever “if given early on in the course of the clinical illness”.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation with about 200 million people, has five laboratories with the capability to diagnose the disease.

A health official works in the laboratory extraction room of the Institute of Lassa Fever Research and Control in Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital in Irrua, Edo State, midwest Nigeria, on March 6, 2
The number of cases usually climbs in January due to weather conditions during the dry season [Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP]

 

Lassa fever belongs to the same family as the Ebola and Marburg viruses but is much less deadly.

The disease is endemic to the West African country and its name comes from the town of Lassa in northern Nigeria where it was first identified in 1969.

It infects between 100,000 and 300,000 people in the region every year with about 5,000 deaths, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Previously, cases of the disease have been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Togo and Benin.

The number of cases usually climbs in January due to weather conditions during the dry season. (Click to Source)

 

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360 Billion Locusts And Growing – A Plague Of ‘Biblical Proportions’ Is Destroying Crops Across The Middle East And Africa

 

What we are witnessing in east Africa and across much of the Middle East right now is hard to believe.  360 billion locusts are eating everything in sight, and UN officials are warning that this plague of “Biblical proportions” could get many times worse over the next several months.  Desert locusts can travel up to 93 miles a day, and each adult can consume the equivalent of its own weight in food every 24 hours.  These voracious little creatures are traveling in absolutely colossal swarms that are up to 40 miles wide, and they continue to push into new areas.  If urgent action is not taken on a massive scale, millions upon millions of people could soon have next to nothing to eat.

I have previously written about the horrors that this plague is causing in east Africa, but many people don’t realize that this plague is devastating crops throughout the Middle East as well.

In fact, the government of Pakistan just declared a national emergency because of these locusts…

A locust plague is wreaking havoc in Pakistan as ‘unprecedented and alarming’ swarms ravage crops as shocking video shows millions of the insects sweeping through Saudi Arabia.

Pakistan’s government declared a national emergency at the weekend after an infestation of desert locusts arrived in eastern Pakistan.

In Saudi Arabia, the swarms have been so thick at times that they have completely blocked out the sun, and video footage coming out of that country is getting attention all over the world…

Meanwhile swarms of locusts have been milling the skies in Saudi Arabia, with one video circulating online showing the sky saturated with the insects.

Another shows a tree in Saudi Arabia crawling with desert locusts, which consume their own bodyweight in food each day.

But of course east Africa remains the hardest hit region, and UN officials are warning that a horrible famine could rapidly develop as a result of this plague.  The following comes from Scientific American…

Locust swarms of biblical proportions are threatening crops across a wide swath of Africa and southwest Asia—spurring alarm among top international officials.

A major concern is famine. The United Nations is warning that mass swarms of desert locusts are endangering food supplies in eastern Africa. In response, officials in Rome mobilized an emergency briefing yesterday in a bid to raise money—noting the situation has a high potential to devolve into a full-blown crisis.

It would be incredibly difficult for me to overstate the scale of this crisis.

According to the Daily Mail, the number of locusts has now reached 360 billion…

A locust plague decimating crops and livestock pastureland in east Africa, including swarms 40 miles wide, threatens to trigger a humanitarian crisis, the UN has warned.

The horde of 360 billion insects has laid waste to farmland across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, caused damage in Dijibouti and Eritrea, posing an unprecedented threat to food security.

There are less than 8 billion people living on the entire planet.

So this swarm of locusts outnumbers us by a margin of more than 45 to 1.

And what these locusts want more than anything else is food.  If you doubt the destructive power of these swarms, please consider what the FAO’s senior agriculture officer recently had to say…

“It’s certainly the most dangerous migratory pest in the world, desert locust,” said Keith Cressman, FAO’s senior agriculture officer. “A swarm the size of Rome can eat enough food in one day as everybody in Kenya.”

And some of these swarms are actually bigger than the city of Rome.

I know that may be difficult to believe, but it is true.

In Somalia, officials are calling this crisis “a national emergency” as the locusts consume “huge amounts of crops”…

Somalia’s agriculture ministry on Sunday called the outbreak a national emergency and major threat to the country’s fragile food security, saying the “uncommonly large” locust swarms are consuming huge amounts of crops.

Over in Kenya, things are even worse.  At this point the only viable way to combat these swarms is to spray them, and the UN is desperately asking for financial help to aid in that effort…

Just five planes are currently spraying as Kenyan and other authorities try to stop the locusts from spreading to neighboring Uganda and South Sudan. The United Nations has said $76 million is needed immediately to widen such efforts across East Africa.

A fast response is crucial. Experts warn that if left unchecked, the number of locusts could grow by 500 times by June, when drier weather will help bring the outbreak under control.

UN officials keep claiming that the number of locusts could get 500 times larger over the next few months, but I am having a really hard time believing that this plague could possibly get much worse than it is now.

Unfortunately, conditions are very favorable for breeding, and these locusts are constantly searching for new sources of food.  They will continue to migrate in new directions, and they will eat crops everywhere they go.

According to Scientific American, the breeding cycles over the next couple of months could push the locust swarms as far as India…

Cyclones that struck the driest parts of the Arabian Peninsula last year triggered the current crisis, creating ideal conditions for the desert locust species to multiply. Left to breed in isolated corners of Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the locust swarms crossed to the Horn of Africa where they were given further support by another cyclone.

More breeding cycles are expected. The swarms increase in size twentyfold with each successive generation and could reach India by June.

When I first told my wife about this locust plague she was absolutely horrified.

She wondered what all those people would eat if all their crops were gone.  Of course the truth is that they aren’t going to have much of anything to eat.

These locusts are going to create a famine, and the more they eat the worse the famine will become.

We have never seen anything like this before, and this is yet another “unprecedented crisis” that we can add to all the others that we are currently facing.

Our planet is changing, global weather patterns are going absolutely nuts, and worldwide events are really starting to spiral out of control.

And at this point we are just a little over one month into 2020.  If you think that things are bad so far, just wait until you see what is coming over the course of the rest of the year. (Click to Source)

 

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