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    Daily Digest 3/18 – How The Gov’t Stalled Coronavirus Testing, The Exponential Power of Now

    by Daily Digest

    Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 6:49 AM


COVID-19: Imperial researchers model likely impact of public health measures (JK)

“We use the latest estimates of severity to show that policy strategies which aim to mitigate the epidemic might halve deaths and reduce peak healthcare demand by two-thirds, but that this will not be enough to prevent health systems being overwhelmed. More intensive, and socially disruptive interventions will therefore be required to suppress transmission to low levels. It is likely such measures – most notably, large scale social distancing – will need to be in place for many months, perhaps until a vaccine becomes available.”

New England Complex Systems Institute: “Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions…” (JK)

Their assumptions are equivalent to ergodicity, as they consider new infections to be a function of infected fraction and immunity, and not influenced by where in the trajectory of the outbreak they are, distinguishing going up from going down.

The Infuriating Story of How the Government Stalled Coronavirus Testing (tmn)

How did the U.S. fumble its response to the coronavirus so colossally, even with so much lead time? Why, with the number of diagnosed COVID cases in the U.S. climbing toward 4,000, do we still not have nearly enough tests?

Coronavirus can persist in air for hours and on surfaces for days: study (Sparky1)

The scientists then investigated how long the virus remained infectious on these surfaces, according to the study that appeared online in the New England Journal of Medicine on Tuesday – a day in which U.S. COVID-19 cases surged past 5,200 and deaths approached 100.

The tests show that when the virus is carried by the droplets released when someone coughs or sneezes, it remains viable, or able to still infect people, in aerosols for at least three hours.

Children and Coronavirus: Research Finds Some Become Seriously Ill (Terry L.)

“Effectively, what this tells us is that hospitals should prepare for some pediatric patients because we can’t rule out children altogether,” said Dr. Srinivas Murthy, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of British Columbia, who was not involved in the study.

How to Help Animal Shelters During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Sparky1)

Because of reductions in staff, the ACC, which operates out of three shelters and two resource centers in the city, has had to shrink their hours of operation from 12 a day to 8, and will likely soon reduce to 6. And because we’re now staying in our homes unless it’s absolutely necessary to leave, few people are coming in to adopt, even during their opening hours. This has all led to a glut of animals that need somewhere to go, a problem shelters are experiencing across the country. “We want to free up as many kennels as possible,” Hansen said.

Ron Paul: Be Wary Of Over-Reaching Government Responses To Covid-19 (CleanEnergyFan)

The chief fearmonger of the Trump Administration is without a doubt Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. Fauci is all over the media, serving up outright falsehoods to stir up even more panic. He testified to Congress that the death rate for the coronavirus is ten times that of the seasonal flu, a claim without any scientific basis.

On Face the Nation, Fauci did his best to further damage an already tanking economy by stating, “Right now, personally, myself, I wouldn’t go to a restaurant.”

The Exponential Power of Now (JK)

“We were listening to people, such as President Trump, saying, ‘What’s the fuss, it’s just like the flu,’ and ‘There are only 15 cases, and only one death in the U.S., much fewer than everywhere else, we’re doing great,’” Dr. Nick Jewell said. “But every epidemiologist knew what was coming inexorably toward us.”

Looming Recession Sparks New Oil Sell Off (Michael S.)

Meanwhile, quarantines expanded across Europe as new coronavirus cases multiplied. Banks and consultancies rushed to revise their oil demand forecasts for the year with every one bleaker than the previous one. Expectations are now for billions of barrels daily in lost demand, which is not doing anything for prices but pressuring them further.

Is It OK to Take a Walk? (jdargis)

In Milan, where life in the coronavirus “red zone” amounts to virtual house arrest, residents are still free, if not encouraged, to enjoy a walk or jog “for the sake of outdoor physical activity,” as The Washington Post reported, as long as social distances are respected.

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  • Wed, Mar 18, 2020 - 10:17am



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    2020 sucks. It can’t possibly get any worse!



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    New sport invented in Italy to cope with the lockdown

    Try it at your place.


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  • Wed, Mar 18, 2020 - 10:31am



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    This is just like every other disaster movie

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  • Wed, Mar 18, 2020 - 1:07pm



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    The CDC has failed us

    Political Correctness warning.


    The Centers for Disease Control has a $6.6 billion budget and one job which it messes up every time.

    The last time the CDC had a serious workout was six years ago during the Ebola crisis. Back then CDC guidelines allowed medical personnel infected with Ebola to avoid a quarantine and interact with Americans until they showed undeniable symptoms of the disease. There were no protocols in place for treating the potentially infected resulting in the further spread of the disease inside the United States.

    At the height of the crisis, confidence in the CDC fell to 37%. Meanwhile, CDC personnel had managed to mishandle Ebola virus samples, accidentally sending samples of the live virus to CDC labs. And the heads of the health bureaucracy blamed the lack of funding for their failure to have an Ebola vaccine.

    The self-quarantine measures adopted in response to the coronavirus outbreak are partially a response to the lessons of the Ebola disaster…

    …The CDC is a classic example of a progressive success story, an agency created to fight malaria by spraying DDT, whose original mission has long since become politically incorrect and which instead adopted a politically correct search for the social root causes of diseases like syphilis and AIDS.

    Unlike fighting malaria by spraying DDT, fighting syphilis by combatting racism doesn’t work.

    The CDC’s fight against the “obesity epidemic” is even sillier. That includes funding 15 colleges to “work with community extension services to increase access to healthier foods and safe and accessible places for physical activity.” That meant giving LSU over a million bucks to work with farmers’ markets.

    Obesity obviously can kill people, but it’s not something that the CDC can or should be trying to fix.

    America doesn’t need the CDC as a pipeline for pork to state schools. We do need the CDC to fulfill its original mandate by dealing with outbreaks of infectious diseases, initially malaria and smallpox, and now Ebola or the coronavirus. We need science, not social welfare.

    Unfortunately, the CDC, like every federal agency, has drifted from its core mission into social welfare…

    …The government is full of agencies, departments, and sections that do nothing but waste time and money. Some also manage to advance dangerous and destructive initiatives. But there are times when we urgently need these otherwise useless parts of the government to work correctly and quickly.

    And then we discover that they don’t work.

    No one thinks about the CDC until we need it and discover it doesn’t work. And then the same story repeats itself a few years later while the CDC goes back to battling obesity and racism.

    The solution begins with restating the mission of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, defining what a disease is, and what controlling or preventing it means. Rolling back mission creep starts with ending CDC campaigns against lifestyle behaviors and focusing on preventing actual disease outbreaks through science, not social welfare.

    The old CDC studied behavior for targeted medical intervention. It would track malaria to its source and bring in the DDT or study smallpox outbreaks to find where they originated from. But the new CDC treats behavior as the object of study and the cure. It rolls out grandiose proposals to change behavior that never materialize. The CDC’s failure is fundamentally that of the big government welfare state.

    Sociology isn’t science. Virology is.

    Social welfare isn’t just a dangerous distraction, it prevents the CDC from making the right decisions about keeping infected people from entering the United States when lives are on the line.

    The government doesn’t work because most of it is built on changing people’s minds, whether it’s winning hearts and minds in Afghanistan, or convincing everyone to drive electric cars in Wisconsin, instead of grappling with physical problems by applying physics and chemistry to the problem of the terrorists or economics to the cost of transportation.

    We don’t need a CDC that changes people’s minds about eating chocolate or engaging in unprotected sex. There are already multiple redundant parts of the government that are trying and failing there.

    We need a CDC that deals with viruses instead of trying to brainwash people.

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  • Wed, Mar 18, 2020 - 1:22pm

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    CDC failure

    It’s disgusting.  If I could give your article 10 thumbs up, I would.  Thanks.

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    NYPD tells officers to keep coming to work even after exposure to Wuhu Flu

    I told ya. This is going on around the country. Police ranks will be just as decimated as health care workers.


    New York, NY – The New York Police Department (NYPD) sent out a video to all of the police force advising them it was okay to “keep working” even if they’ve been exposed to coronavirus, and the rank-and-file is not happy.

    A copy of the video was leaked to the New York Post on Wednesday, and featured NYPD Chief of Patrol Fausto Pichardo giving officers an informational talk about COVID-19 and how the department was handling the pandemic.

    “We learn more about the COVID-19 pandemic every day, and as we do, our best practices to keep members of the service safe evolve,” Chief Pichardo said in the video.

    “At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and New York City Department of Health, in keeping with the guidance to health care workers, are recommending that a member of the service who has close contact — and that’s defined as less than six feet for more than a few minutes — to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, well, they can keep working,” the chief said. “They just need to take some extra precautions.”

    The precautions Chief Pichardo referred to were distancing, washing hands, and using hand sanitizer, the New York Post reported.

    NYPD has provided only one face mask and one small bottle of hand sanitizer to every member of the police force.

    “It’s a great way to spread a pandemic,” an NYPD official told Blue Lives Matter. “One of our precincts already has almost 20 percent out sick. It’s not like officers aren’t getting the coronavirus.”

    An officer in the 1st Precinct tested positive for coronavirus and 31 other officers in that precinct have since called out sick, the New York Post reported.

    Officials said 17 of those 31 officers have reported flu-like symptoms.

    The precinct’s commander and executive officer are both on the list of those who’ve called out sick, the New York Post reported.

    An NYPD spokesman said the out-sick list amounted to 17 percent of the command’s staff.

    “That’s a very large percent of the precinct out sick,” he said, according to the New York Post.

    Sources told Blue Lives Matter that the rank-and-file doesn’t like the way the brass is handling the inevitable coronavirus exposures, mostly because they don’t trust them.

    “The department is covering its a–. Right now we’re in cover-up mode,” one official told Blue Lives Matter. “They know that if enough of the department goes out, they’re going to have a crisis.”

    “They’re going to have a crisis anyway because schools are closed and people are holed up in their homes, and domestic violence is going to go through the roof,” he continued. “They’re scared s–tless because they’ve done so much to handcuff the police that now when they really need them, the officers may not be there. It’s the Pied Piper asking for his pay.”

    The official told Blue Lives Matter that officers will keep dropping like flies as the pandemic spreads.

    “The moment anyone gets the sniffles, I predict they’re going to be calling out sick,” he explained. “I think the number of guys going sick is going to skyrocket. It’s bad enough that we’re forced to expose ourselves because of the very nature of our jobs, but they’re saying coronavirus may do significant lung damage…”

    …“So now the other thing the department is going to have to contend with is officers wondering if they are going to pull another 9/11 where they fail to support the officers who get sick from doing police work during the pandemic,” the NYPD source told Blue Lives Matter. “That’s definitely something going through everyone’s heads. Are they going to allow people to claim line-of-duty status if they get serious lung damage from coronavirus or are they going to say it came from something else like they tried to do with all the 9/11 first responders?”

    The NYPD official also told Blue Lives Matter that the World Health Organization (WHO) announcement Wednesday that children and babies might in fact be more affected by coronavirus than initially believed will cause some officers to pause.

    The head of WHO’s Emerging Diseases and Zoonosis Unit, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, said a recent study revealed that a number of children in China became severely or critically ill and at least one child died, CNBC reported.

    “What we need to prepare for is the possibility that children can also experience severe disease,” Dr. Kerkhove said at a press conference on March 18.

    That news was sobering for officers who weren’t previously worried about their work exposure jeopardizing their children’s health.

    “It puts things into a different perspective knowing there’s more at risk than just making my kids carriers,” the NYPD official told Blue Lives Matter in a serious tone. “Now we know that kids are getting sick – really sick – from this, it may make officers think twice about how much they want to expose themselves before they go home to their families. It’s not like this is going to be over soon.”

    As for how to deal with being exposed to coronavirus, NYPD has been woefully lacking in the guidance to its officers, the New York Post reported.

    “If you start to develop symptoms — such as fever or coughing — call the medical division and go out sick,” an internal NYPD memo instructed.

    NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins accused the police department of “looking at cops as canaries in coal mines” and not being adequately prepared to protect the force, the New York Post reported.

    “Make no mistake,” Mullins said. “The police unions will not allow our members to suffer another 9/11 disaster by being used as pawns.”

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    Stunning insights into the Corona-panic by Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg.

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    “Preppers, once mocked, say they were ready for corona virus”


    Cities across the U.S. becoming ghost towns; many Americans without jobs as Coronavirus cases continue to rise.

    Across the U.S., “preppers” have been planning for an event like the coronavirusfor years.

    Now, as a run-on toilet paper and necessary supplies have created vast lines and panic in our nation’s supermarkets and stores, some are able to sit back and relax — while being humble enough to avoid “I told you so.”

    “We’re not laughing. We’re not saying, ‘I told you so,’ when people are out there fighting over toilet paper and hand sanitizers,” said Ohio resident Paul Buescher…

    …Christoper Price, who owns a preppers store in Alabama says some people have blamed preppers for panic buying when in reality, he said, their methodical approach has afforded them the luxury of not needing to.

    “There are people out there blaming preppers for panic buying, that’s totally wrong,” he told AL.com. “You can’t start prepping right now, it’s too late.”

    Others, like James Charles, the leader of the New York City Preppers Network, have been sharing their survival knowledge to people online when it comes to being prepared for a situation like COVID-19.

    “I tell people all the time, ‘Don’t be nervous; this is not the time to panic,’” he said in an interview, according to the New York Times. “This is why we get ready. This is our wheelhouse.”

    Or as my son says, “When it comes time to say ’I told you so,’ I won’t want to.”

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    Gun sales surge


    A 300% spike in gun purchases has overwhelmed the FBI office in charge of the National Instant Background Criminal Background Check System, leading to them considering temporarily shutting down in some areas.

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  • Thu, Mar 19, 2020 - 6:47am

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    RE: Gun Sales Surge

    Do you have anything that shows specific state office shutdowns in relation to this? I searched and wasn’t able to find any.

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