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    Daily Digest 3/27 – Good News Friday: The Virus Can Be Stopped, Why Germany’s Death Rate Is Far Lower Than Other Countries

    by Daily Digest

    Friday, March 27, 2020, 6:10 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!


Why Germany’s Coronavirus Death Rate Is Far Lower Than In Other Countries (jdargis)

Drosten, whose team of researchers developed the first COVID-19 test used in the public domain, said Germany’s low fatality rate is because of his country’s ability to test early and often. He estimates Germany has been testing around 120,000 people a week for COVID-19 during the monthlong period from late February to now, when it’s reached epidemic proportions in the country, the most extensive testing regimen in the world.

Epidemiologist Behind Highly-Cited Coronavirus Model Drastically Downgrades Projection (tmn)

A higher rate of transmission than expected means that more people have the virus than previously expected; when the number of those with coronavirus is divided by the number of deaths, therefore, the mortality rate for the disease drops.

More coronavirus DIY: UF upcycles for masks (dwatney)

UF Health hospital administrators and infection control experts have given him approval to proceed with the project. UF Health officials noted the masks, which are not certified as an N95 mask and are not intended to replace the N95, will give the health care system future capacity if there is a critical shortage of N95 masks.

Spanish singer livens up coronavirus lockdown with a balcony concert (Sparky1)

Spanish singer Beatriz Berodia, known as Betta, goes out on her balcony every evening to entertain the neighbours who have been locked in their homes since Spain’s government declared the state of emergency last weekend.

Chicagoans under stay-at-home orders spread hope with a city-wide sing-along of Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ (Sparky1)

Under stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus outbreak, people scattered throughout the Chicago metro area belted out Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer” at 7 p.m. Saturday night, standing at windows, in yards and on balconies in freezing weather. Chicagoans shared dozens of videos capturing the citywide sing-along to social media.

Pop superstar Rihanna donates $5 million to relief efforts (Sparky1)

Christian Siriano in a tweet vowed to make masks, asking his sewing team to pump them out to help medical responders. The tweet got Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s attention, who thanked the “Project Runway” star and got in touch with his team.

Ireland: Private hospitals will be made public for duration of coronavirus pandemic (RS)

“We must of course have equality of treatment, patients with this virus will be treated for free, and they’ll be treated as part of a single, national hospital service.

“For the duration of this crisis the State will take control of all private hospital facilities and manage all of the resources for the common benefit of all of our people. There can be no room for public versus private when it comes to pandemic,” Harris said.

The Virus Can Be Stopped, but Only With Harsh Steps, Experts Say (JK)

No one is certain why the virus travels in this way, but experts see an opening nonetheless. “You can contain clusters,” Dr. Heymann said. “You need to identify and stop discrete outbreaks, and then do rigorous contact tracing.”

Isinnova shares 3D printed adapter to turn snorkeling mask into a non-invasive ventilator (JK)

While some designers had already created 3D printable adapters to transform Decathlon-like snorkelling masks into protective PPE masks, the key innovation by Isinnova is that the adapter was modified for the mask to be connected to a ventilator. This way the evolutionary process of the mask has come full circle since the Decathlon mask can be seen as consumer evolution of devices such as the Philips Fit Life mask, which are used for oxygen therapy.

Viral ‘BBC Dad’ Returns To Discuss Working From Home: ‘Just Really, Really Tough’ (jdargis)

The family’s appearance again became a hit on social media, where people celebrated a bit of uplifting news amid coronavirus fears and remarked on how things have changed in the era of social distancing.

“We are all Robert Kelly now,” one commenter said of a video of the BBC segment.

School administrator goes to drive-thru where student is working to tell her she’s valedictorian (jdargis)

“Hi Kaitlyn. So, I got you on camera because I want to announce something to you today,” Floering said, filming her interaction with the student. “You are GTA’s 2020 class valedictorian!”

Watson was astounded by the news. “I am? Oh my gosh! Thank you so much,” she said in shock.

Newfound Comet ATLAS is getting really bright, really fast (JK)

The possible celestial showpiece is known as Comet ATLAS, or C/2019 Y4. When it was discovered on Dec. 28, 2019, it was quite faint, but since then, it has been brightening so rapidly that astronomers have high hopes for the spectacle it could put on. But given the tricky nature of comets, skywatchers are also being cautious not to get their hopes up, knowing that the comet may fizzle out.

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  • Fri, Mar 27, 2020 - 6:40am



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    An unsung hero of the coronavirus crisis: The Federal Reserve (USA Today)

    "Brave health-care workers treating the sick have been lauded as heroes during the coronavirus crisis, as they should be for their dedication and willingness to put their own safety at risk.
    Yet another group of heroes that deserves our gratitude is the leadership of the Federal Reserve, which has taken extraordinary steps to prevent the global economy from crashing into irreversible catastrophe as business around the world grinds to a virtual halt.
    The U.S. central bank, which already has slashed its bank lending rate to zero and injected billions into the U.S. economy to keep it functioning, said Monday it would do whatever it takes to keep the system from collapsing. That means providing emergency funds to support whoever needs them, from private business to governments.
    “It has become clear that our economy will face severe disruptions,” the Fed said in obvious understatement early Monday morning. “Aggressive efforts must be taken across the public and private sectors to limit the losses to jobs and incomes and to promote a swift recovery once the disruptions abate.”
    It’s understandable that most Americans may not appreciate what the Fed is doing since its activities are arcane to most of us other than financial players, scholars and students. But here’s the bottom line to help you understand the critical role played by the central bank:
    The Fed can create unlimited amounts of dollars — that’s right, trillions, if required — to ensure that banks have enough funds to make emergency loans to businesses large and small, as well as state and local governments that are running out of funds as they deal with the crisis."

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  • Fri, Mar 27, 2020 - 7:24am



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    all hail the Federal Reserve


    Call me August Landmesser.

    From Wikipedia:

    "Mössingen found widespread attention on 31 January 1933, as the location of the sole workers' uprising in Germany against the seizure of power by Adolf Hitler. The Mössingen general strike, led by members of the Communist Party of Germany, led to 80 arrests."

    I'm definitely not a Communist but I do have ancestors from Mossingen.

    As Time2Help has pointed out, they're going to ram this propaganda down our throat and the cry throughout the land should be "End the Fed".  Instead, it'll probably be "Gimme free stuff".

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  • Fri, Mar 27, 2020 - 7:58am



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    simple solutions - germanyCFR

    The simple solution for all disease is simply to practice hygiene.    This is proven.  Why people just don't care when they are coughing and sneezing going tons of places.  Its one thing to go one -or two places that are required while exercising precautions,  but to go out while "sick"on meds" is just not acceptable.   Grocers delivery today......as do drug stores.

    As for germany, yes they have better surveillance, but I do not believe the CFR is lower than 1%.  If this were the case, this would be circulating virtually unnoticed and people would just account it as the flu.

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  • Fri, Mar 27, 2020 - 8:11am



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    KugsCheese said:

    Pharmacy delivers...LOL...when I was a kid 3 neighborhood pharmacies (not chains) all did home delivery with credit accounts settled every month.

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  • Fri, Mar 27, 2020 - 3:53pm



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    No "happy talk." NYC with 519 deaths today. Bad weekend coming.

    I am seeing many "encouraging" posts and reframing going on as friends are eager to find something positive in the news:   Look the curve is flattening!   Italy's death declined today.  Epidemiologist downwardly revise estimates.

    My favorite is to abandon PCR testing and then to happily report "a fall in the number of confirmed cases!"

    NYC hospitals are moving into a hell weekend.  The trajectory of deaths is UP.  Way UP.  519 deaths in the last 24 hours in that one city.   People are packed closely together,  especially on the subways.  This is contagion central.

    Jim H's daughter reports ERs are full with lines out in front.  911 paramedic units are overwhelmed and response times delayed.

    My daughters childhood friend is an ER nurse in Tempe, AZ and is infected now.  I am very sad and frightened about this.

    Please watch the efforts to shift the narrative and say "the worst is behind us."  We wish this were true, but this cognitive distortion isn't accurate.   We are still moving relentlessly towards the peak.

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  • Fri, Mar 27, 2020 - 6:59pm



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    Pharmacy deliveries

    Me too. When I was 12 or 13 I had an after-school job delivering parcels for a pharmacy: meds, sanitary supplies, etc. Involved lots of walking and carrying, and the occasional tip!

    Bring back the old days. But not until this pandemic settles down and people regain the confidence to touch each other and shared objects.

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  • Sat, Mar 28, 2020 - 12:53am



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    Letting the COV 2 virus run its course would result in fewer lost years of life overall?

    Here's a concerning new study from the UK making the case for letting the virus run its course to cause fewer lost years of life than killing the economy would, on the basis of probabilities that deaths would have occurred anyway. Interesting methodology to look at years of life lost in different scenarios, but it's very dependent on the Wuhan numbers, which could result in a miscalculation of policy if the fatality rate is in doubt. http://jvalue.co.uk/papers/J-value-assessment-of-combating-Covid-19-Thomas-23.3.2020.pdf


    Here's the BBC's write up: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51979654

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