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    Daily Digest 3/20 – Good News Friday: No New COVID Infections In China, ‘Caremongering’ In Canada

    by Daily Digest

    Friday, March 20, 2020, 6:05 AM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header "Good News Friday." We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!


The coronavirus pandemic began in China. Today, it reported no new local infections for the first time (tmn)

The milestone will likely be held up as proof of the ongoing success of China’s sweeping, top-down efforts to control the virus, despite persistent allegations that local officials mishandled the initial outbreak. Just last month, mainland China was reporting thousands of new cases every day, and was considered the most high-risk infection area in the world.

As Alaska restaurants adapt to new restrictions, owners are thankful for community support (Sparky1)

Lucky Wishbone is still open, even adding something new — patrons can now get curbside service. People need only park their car, blink their lights and their meal will be delivered to their vehicle.

Gratitude for health workers spreads across Europe (Sparky1)

A nightly minute of applause for medical workers is becoming a new tradition in many cities in Europe hit hard by the coronavirus.

How power companies are keeping your lights on during the pandemic (Sparky1)

“Say what you will about the utility industry — they’re pretty good about contingency planning,” said Stephen Berberich, president of the California Independent System Operator, which manages the electric grid for most of the state. “Things are changing quickly, and we’re doing our best to adapt to changing conditions. But I have every confidence in our people and our technology.”

Navy hospital ship expected to deploy to Seattle area to assist with coronavirus relief efforts (Sparky1)

The second ship, the USNS Comfort is still weeks away from being deployed to New York. “The Comfort, which is on the East Coast, should be ready in a couple weeks,” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday.

Coronavirus: Kind Canadians start ‘caremongering’ trend (tmn)

As it’s all driven by social media, the altruism is arranged online and the hashtags provide a permanent record of all the good happening in different communities across Canada – an uplifting read in anxious times.

The first “caremongering” group was set up by Mita Hans with the help of Valentina Harper and others. Valentina explained the meaning behind the name.

T’s Guide to Staying at Home, and Making the Best of It (jdargis)

Not much of a morning person? Neither is the San Francisco-based designer Evan Kinori. Still, he manages to “set the tone nicely” for the day with a kale- and avocado-filled shakshuka — a distinctly Californian take on a beloved dish from Israel, where his father was born.

Here’s All the Things You Can Learn & Do Online to Expand Your Mind While in Isolation (tmn)

Enrich yourself during the coronavirus lockdown—whether it’s through art, reading, or films—with these online learning resources.

Musicians Are Performing Concerts in Their Homes During the Coronavirus Lockdown (tmn)

Together, At Home continued the next day with musician John Legend. Accompanying him on the piano was his wife, Chrissy Teigen, and daughter, Luna. Like Martin, he played songs from his own discography as well as covers—including a request by Luna for “A Tale as Old as Time” from Beauty and the Beast.

The Most Exciting Green Startups To Watch In 2020 (Michael S.)

A Canadian startup that meets the widespread demand for a green ride-sharing solution by giving consumers a choice of vehicle and by contributing to planting a tree for every ride ..

And an Australian peer-to-peer energy trading platform that is storming the renewable energy halls of Silicon Valley.

Coronavirus: Air pollution and CO2 fall rapidly as virus spreads (jdargis)

Traffic levels in the city were estimated to be down 35% compared with a year ago. Emissions of carbon monoxide, mainly due to cars and trucks, have fallen by around 50% for a couple of days this week according to researchers at Columbia University.

They have also found that there was a 5-10% drop in CO2 over New York and a solid drop in methane as well.

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  • Fri, Mar 20, 2020 - 7:14am



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    When will it dawn on retailers it doesn’t pay to even open for business?


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  • Fri, Mar 20, 2020 - 7:22am



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    landmark article by Martin Armstrong questioning the quantity theory of money

    This is an excellent article by Armstrong debunking commonly held assumptions in the financial world.

    Why the Quantity Theory of Money is Destroying Capital Formation

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  • Fri, Mar 20, 2020 - 7:26am



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    Trying to buy guns in Kalifornia

    Ten day waiting list. 😀

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    Question about the Census

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  • Fri, Mar 20, 2020 - 8:14am



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    Doctors and Nurses head to paint store for masks while CDC denies need

    Multiple doctors and nurses, previously comfortable trusting the authorities, have headed off to the paint and industrial supply store to get N-95 masks that are not available in their hospitals.

    (Many, however, are simply quoting "the guidelines" stating that "no masks are necessary unless doing aerosolizing procedures" then posting a link to the CDC guidelines as "evidence."  It is like it has never occurred to them that an authority  could be mistaken, or simply have other goals that do not prominently include their individual safety!)

    Mask here, and replacement cartridges here

    Or this smaller one,

    Mask here and replacement cartridges here

    The cognitive dissonance in the EM Doctors facebook page is immense.  "You don't need to wear a mask" and even "You are NOT PERMITTED to wear a mask" are in conflict with documented fine aerosol spread and the large numbers of asymptomatic carriers suspected as being the major vectors of this contagion.

    This issue alone is likely to push hundreds of thousands of HCW into the Fourth Turning's distrust of authorities.

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  • Fri, Mar 20, 2020 - 10:32am



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    Corona Humor: M-M-M-My Corona song




    Since we are sitting around enduring lockdown together (but separately).

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    Thanks Sparky1

    Love Lucky Wishbone!  The have been providing good food for well over 50+ years.  And Kriners Diner, what a great idea of giving a roll of TP with every order!


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  • Fri, Mar 20, 2020 - 1:05pm


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    My Corona Song

    Gee, thanks Sand_Puppy, now I'm going to have that "My Corona" song stuck in my head for days!  That video is funny!

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    Can we have a mulligan?

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  • Fri, Mar 20, 2020 - 4:00pm


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    Paint masks

    This is exactly the mask I wear with P-95 cartridges (P-95 stops also oily particles).

    I noticed a feature: it scares people.I went today to Princess Auto store to purchase the parts to motorize my grain mill and I have seen the reaction of the cashier as well as the person who greet everyone at the entrance. Looks like a big mask is more "dangerous" than the "little piece of paper".

    The little surgical mask fits more with the norms.


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  • Fri, Mar 20, 2020 - 4:48pm


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    Try These Masks Instead Sandpuppy

    FYI for medical personnel, try grabbing this 3M mask instead


    It has a quick latch feature, which allows you to drop the mask down a few inches to clear your face and speak, then latch it back up. Very useful.

    Also, you don't need the bigger and more expense canister filters. These flat filters (I call them pancake filters) are comparible to P100 filters and use the same attachment setup as the others. Cheaper too.


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    Stress relievers

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    Philadelphia and other PA counties stop issuing concealed carry permits


    The coronavirus pandemic has led to a rush to purchase firearms and ammunition in the Philadelphia region and across Pennsylvania, leading to long lines at some gun shops.

    But the Philadelphia Police Department has shut down its gun-permits unit. Firearm owners without a license-to-carry permit will, in almost all circumstances, not be able to carry the weapons without risking arrest.

    Sheriff’s offices in Montgomery, Allegheny, and at least five Pennsylvania other counties have done the same, according to gun-rights groups that have been tracking the shutdowns...

    ...The unit, located on Erie Avenue in North Philadelphia, had received about 1,900 license-to-carry permits since the beginning of February until it shut down.

    Carrying a firearm without a permit is a third-degree felony, unless the person is otherwise eligible for a gun permit. In that case, it’s typically downgraded to a misdemeanor, Kinebrew said.

    As a result of the pandemic, police in Philadelphia are delaying arrests for some crimes – including narcotics offenses, thefts, burglary and prostitution – but Kinebrew said Friday that officers would continue to arrest people carrying a firearm without a permit.

    Kim Stolfer, president of Firearms Owners Against Crime, a Pennsylvania-based group, said he believes that ceasing to issue permits violates the state constitution and law.

    “It’s illegal. There is no provision in the law allowing it,” Stolfer said Friday.

    Gun shops have been doing brisk business amid the coronavirus outbreak. There were so many requests for background checks on Tuesday that the state police computer system crashed twice. They completed 4,342 checks Tuesday, compared with 1,359 checks on the same day one year ago.

    Gun shops, however, appear to fall under the category of businesses that will be required to close as a result of Gov. Tom Wolf’s emergency order. He has ordered all but “life-sustaining” businesses to shut down by Saturday to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Wolf’s spokespeople have not responded to questions about how the order would affect gun shops.

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    Report from a 3rd year anesthesia resident in Milan, Italy

    My facebook EM physician group had this post from an Italian anesthesia resident / critical care fellow living in Milan.  He is a fb friend with an American EM physician.

    Here is a string of his messages over past 2 days:

    "Hi doctor!! I thought you just forgot about me! 😂😂 I am very happy for this message. I am an Anesthesiologist resident (in Italy we have Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Unit Residency Program in 5 years, I am attending the third year). Actually, I do really spend most of my time in ER and "critical care units" that are the hospital wards we converted in "covid wards" to better treat this patients. I am writing from Milan, which is, actually, the most affected city in Italy. To be honest, situation is dramatic. We had to create 4 new intensive care units to treat intubated patients, all patients in "critical care units" are on CPAP [a ventilator]  from 8 to 12 hours a day and their p/f is never more than 120. Our biggest trouble is that we are now noticing that even 40 or less yrs old men are developing very bad pneumonia. Best satisfactions come from prone positioning mechanical ventilation.

    My personal impression is that mechanical ventilation is essential in this kind of patient. Most of the time, typical patients arrives in ER with mild dyspnoea, cough and fever (even 39°C or more).  Even if presenting spo2 is 90% [an OK number], you can soon find PaO2 of 50 or less and end stage decompensation is near, so they need rapid intubation or they'll die in acute respiratory distress.

    These are very interesting questions. Until now we were testing all patients who arrived in Emergency department with respiratory failure. First problem is that this patients have no symptoms until they become really sick.  Now we are in a very difficult situation. 80-85% of critical patients are men, over 30 yrs old, no linkage to smoke/vaping or other comorbidities. Now we have a lot of troubles in taking care of new cases. Our "911 service" cannot take care of all respiratory patients, they are dying in their house with no care. Our triage rules are to treat in icu only "young" people (less than 60 yrs old) with 'light' comorbidities. Active cancer patients are the most challenging choices to do. I believe 3-6% of mortality can be real. One one hand you have to consider that a lot of asymptomatic/paucisymptomatic [minimally symptomatic] patients are not tested for Sars-cov swab, so mortality could be less than 3-6%. On the other hand, a lot of mild flu/pneumonia in elderly patients are not tested "after death" so there are a lot of ignored covid patients. Maybe they would have died even for a common bacterial pneumonia, we cannot know. Other problem, all the intubated patient don't improve "fastly".   ICUs are full of ventilated 40yrs old patients and they don't improve.  ....

    I don't know what is the difference, maybe it is a mutated strain. Today we have had 600 death in respiratory failure CoViD patients. Italy is in quarantine, everyone must to stay at home, no-one can move from home except to buy food and social fundamental works as hospitals and food markets. Anyway, here healthcare workers don't take any prophylactic medication, but -in my little experience- people taking ACE inhibitors and ARBs have worse outcome. In our hospital we have obtained your Giapreza (angiotensin II) to give to our patients and it seems that giapreza improves outcome and vital signs (just 50 cases anyway). Our therapeutic plan for patients includes chloroquine, tocilizumab, antiretrovirals, anakinra and no steroids at all. Please, be safe.

    When we have to stay nearby a CoViD patient we always wear a single-use cap, a single-use coat, shoe-covers, double gloves and goggles or face shield with a N100 mask.   Despite all these, my first anesthesiologist tutor is now intubated and mechanically ventilated in ICU (36 years old female).  BE SAFE, you and your family, paucisymptomatic people are everywhere. Avoid crowded places, wash frequently hands, neck and face. We thought it would be "nothing more than common flu" and now all italian ICUs are full of CoViD patients.

    Maybe we have a mutated strain. I don’t know.

    About 50 comments from EM docs report that this situation scares them badly!  Me too.


    A Chinese report of histology of the lung changes in COVID-19 is very informative.

    It looks like, roughly a week after a minor flu-like illness, a dry cough and shortness of breath develops.  At this point, some will have fever and some won't.  Oxygen levels are low, but young strong people can compensate and stay oxygenated by taking deep breaths.  Then they tire and quickly become desperately hypoxic and must be intubated/mechanically ventilated promptly.

    Lung tissue shows fluid / jelly like collections (proteinaceous exudates) in the alveolar sacks.  This is replaced by fibrous tissue (becoming "organized") which can cause long term fibrous scarring of the lung in those who survive.

    30% of survivors have long term shortness of breath noticed when they exercise.

    CT scans taken early in the disease course show multiple areas of "ground glass" changes scattered about both lungs, which is the appearance of localized fluid within alveoli.

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  • Sat, Mar 21, 2020 - 8:22am


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    Age related immune decline

    I don't know if most folks caught it, since I posted it with a subject line of, "gut health"... but Dr. William Davis of Wheatbelly.com has been, for maybe two years now, developing an understanding of the health benefits of self-innoculating, through home-made yogurt, with a particular strain of L-Reuteri.  In pointing to one potential benefit of this supplementation, it's possible that Dr. Davis (a practicing cardiologist) is hitting on one of the major age-related factors that lead to greater vulnerability;


    Reverse age-related thymic involution
    Lactobacillus reuteri reverses age-related atrophy of the thymus inexperimental models. The thymus (sitting just in front of the heart in the anterior mediastinum) is the seat of much of the immune response, especially that involving T-lymphocytes. Starting at age 18, the thymus begins to atrophy such that, by age 70, it is a tiny fragment of its former self, a phenomenon accompanied by increased susceptibility to infections like flu, pneumococcal pneumonia, and sepsis. Even though this phenomenon has not yet been formally corroborated in humans, nearly every other observation made in mice with L. reuteri (or exogenous oxytocin) has held true in humans in formal clinical trials: preservation of bone density, accelerated healing, increased oxytocin, reduction of appetite, weight loss, etc. It is therefore likely that reversal of thymic involution and thereby restoration of youthful immune potential occurs, also.

    Dr. Davis may well be on to something - of course he is connecting dots by extrapolating from a mouse model.



    Thymic involution and rising disease incidence with age
    the incidence of many infectious diseases strongly increases with age. Here, combining data from immunology and epidemiology, we show that many of these dramatic age-related increases in incidence can be modeled based on immune system decline, rather than mutation accumulation. In humans, the thymus atrophies from infancy, resulting in an exponential decline in T cell production with a half-life of ∼16 years, which we use as the basis for a minimal mathematical model of disease incidence. Our model outperforms the power law model with the same number of fitting parameters in describing cancer incidence data across a wide spectrum of different cancers, and provides excellent fits to infectious disease data.

    But is it true that Thymic involution can be reversed?

    Thymic involution and immune reconstitution


    Chronic thymus involution associated with aging results in less efficient T-cell development and decreased emigration of naïve T cells to the periphery. Thymic decline in the aged is linked to increased morbidity and mortality in a wide range of clinical settings. Negative consequences of these effects on global health make it of paramount importance to understand the mechanisms driving thymic involution and homeostatic processes across the lifespan. There is growing evidence that thymus tissue is plastic and that the involution process might be therapeutically halted or reversed.

    Maybe : )

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