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    Daily Digest 4/2 – Evidence Indicates Healthy People Can Spread Virus, How To Make Up For Lost Time On COVID-19

    by Daily Digest

    Thursday, April 2, 2020, 6:59 AM


Trump claims Iran or its proxies planning a ‘sneak attack,’ warns of a ‘heavy price’ (Sparky1)

“Upon information and belief, Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq,” Trump said in his tweet, without providing elaboration. “If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!”

Asked about his comments later Wednesday at a White House briefing, Trump declined to share more specifics about a potential threat but vowed a robust response if an attack were carried out, saying, “It’s going to be very painful for the other side.”

U.S. announces military counternarcotics operation near Venezuela (Sparky1)

Trump said the United States would deploy additional Navy destroyers, combat ships, aircraft helicopters, Coast Guard cutters and Air Force surveillance aircraft with the aim of doubling the United States’ capabilities in the region.

Silver Shock Update: A New and Major Threat to Supply (Adam)

If you’re not aware, roughly 70% of all newly mined silver comes as a byproduct from non-silver producers each year. For example, a large copper deposit might have some silver in it, which the company will process as a byproduct to help lower their overall mining costs. Most of these mines are base metal operations, but some gold projects also process silver as a byproduct.

Singing stops in Italy as fear and social unrest mount (Sparky1)

Tensions are building across the poorest southern regions of Campania, Calabria, Sicily and Puglia as people run out of food and money. There have been reports of small shop owners being pressured to give food for free, while police are patrolling supermarkets in some areas to stop thefts. The self-employed or those working on contracts that do not guarantee social benefits have lost salaries, and many small businesses may never reopen.

California appears to be flattening the curve. But its testing lags behind other states (Sparky1)

Some doctors have said California appears to be succeeding at “flattening the curve,” meaning slowing the spread so hospitals have enough resources and workers to manage the number of cases. The California governor, Gavin Newsom, said on Tuesday that “the current modeling is on the lower end of our projection”. Last month, Newsom had warned that more than half of the state could be infected within two weeks. “We are in a completely different place than the state of New York,” Newsom said at a briefing on Wednesday. “And I hope we continue to be, but we won’t unless people continue to practice physical distancing.”

Wolf extends stay-at-home orders across Pa.; Worker at Limerick nuclear power plant tests positive (thc0655)

“This virus is spreading rapidly,” he said before issuing the order, set to begin 8 p.m. Wednesday. “It’s in every corner of our state, it’s gotten into our nursing homes and our prisons, and it’s filling up our hospital beds. Everyday we wait, the coronavirus spreads further and becomes more difficult to suppress. We need to act now.”

Bill Gates: Here’s how to make up for lost time on covid-19 (Grandma2016)

First, we need a consistent nationwide approach to shutting down. Despite urging from public health experts, some states and counties haven’t shut down completely. In some states, beaches are still open; in others, restaurants still serve sit-down meals.

Face masks could be part of the answer (Sparky1)

However, here in the United States, the CDC guidance continues to be, “If you are NOT sick: you do not need to wear a face mask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a face mask).” The CDC goes on to say that “face masks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.” In line with this guidance, the US surgeon general tweeted in February, “Seriously people – STOP BUYING MASKS!”

Everyone Thinks They’re Right About Masks (Alan B.)

To be clear, every expert I spoke with for this piece told me that it’s still mostly safe to spend time outdoors. If anything, they said, such forays should be encouraged for the sake of our mental health. Distance and ventilation matter, and outdoor spaces offer plenty of both. Distance is harder to maintain in bustling cities like New York, but the point remains that any risk lies in the density of people, not in some thick viral miasma suffusing the air.

Japan to give two masks each to 50 million households to fight virus (Mots)

Although the government has promoted the production of disposable masks, they are still in short supply due to surging demand and slumping imports from virus-hit China. Japan has a population of over 126 million.

Coronavirus spread at Rikers is a ‘public health disaster’, says jail’s top doctor (Sparky1)

Despite following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and having “moved mountains to protect our patients”, MacDonald said infections were soaring.

He added: “This is not a generational public health crisis, rather it is a crisis of a magnitude no generation living today has ever seen.”

California to release 3,500 inmates early as coronavirus spreads inside prisons (Sparky1)

Lawyers representing inmates in long-standing civil rights litigation against the prison system have asked those judges for broader prison releases, as well as protective measures to reduce the threat to older or medically vulnerable inmates not likely to be considered for release. A court hearing on the emergency motion is set for Thursday.

Nursing home infections, deaths surge amid lockdown measures (Sparky1)

After an outbreak of 100 infections and four deaths at the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing outside Nashville, Tennessee — where the National Guard was called in to help evacuate the facility — Sumner County Mayor Anthony Holt blamed staff members who came to work despite showing symptoms for COVID-19 and “exposed a lot of patients.”

Protective gear in national stockpile is nearly depleted, DHS officials say (Sparky1)

As coronavirus hot spots flare from coast to coast, the demand for safety equipment — also known as personal protective equipment (PPE) — is both immediate and widespread, with health officials, hospital executives and governors saying that their shortages are critical and that health-care workers are putting their lives at risk while trying to help the surging number of patients.

More evidence indicates healthy people can spread virus (Sparky1)

In response to that study and others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed how it defined the risk of infection for Americans. The agency’s new guidance targeted people who have no symptoms but were exposed to others with known or suspected infections. It essentially says that anyone may be a carrier, whether that person has symptoms or not.

European experts ready smartphone technology to help halt coronavirus spread (thc0655)

Epidemiologists say contact tracing will become a vital weapon in containing future flare-ups in COVID-19, the flu-like disease caused by coronavirus, once national lockdowns slow the rapid spread of the virus.

The illness can be passed on by people showing no symptoms, putting a premium on warning those at risk of infection swiftly after an individual tests positive, while technology can be used to avoid the sweeping national measures to halt the spread.

Coronavirus: The Italian COVID-19 hospital where no medics have been infected (Terry S.)

While the speed of the virus storm caught everyone by surprise in the north, and medical teams were overwhelmed, things at this hospital were different.

We were taken, fully clothed in our protective layers and goggles, into one of their Intensive Care Units (ICU).

Allow the return of Victory Gardens (rich_maverick)

With much of America is lock down, there is growing uncertainty about America’s ability to feed itself it the coming months and years. Many Americans have gardening skills, but are not allowed to use them. In the past few decades, many homes have been built with mandatory HOAs or ridiculous local government property bylaws.

Human Coronaviruses: Insights into Environmental Resistance and Its Influence on the Development of New Antiseptic Strategies (Lasse I.)

his review will summarize current knowledge on the capacity of human coronaviruses to survive in the environment and the efficacy of well-known antiseptic-disinfectants against them, with particular focus on the development of new methodologies to evaluate the activity of new antiseptic-disinfectants on viruses.

Recent Loss of Vitamin C Biosynthesis Ability in Bats (bignidal)

We identified at least five mutational steps that were then related to clade origination times. Together, our results suggest that bats lost the ability to biosynthesize vitamin C recently by exhibiting stepwise mutation patterns during GULO evolution that can ultimately lead to pseudogenization.

Chinese county goes into coronavirus lockdown as country tries to get back to work amid fear of second wave (James H.)

After months of restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus, China has reported a decline in domestic cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. On Wednesday, the National Health Commission reported 36 new infections – all but one imported cases.

Chinese leaders are eager to restart the economy but have stressed that it must be balanced with containment measures.

Booze sales are booming as people stockpile alcohol … but it may not last (Sparky1)

Sales of beer, which has been gradually falling out favor with the American drinker, also soared. Nielsen said that larger packs of 24 or 30 both grew roughly 90% for the week compared to a year ago as people were preparing to limit their outside errands.

A Conversation with Ed Steinfeld and Mark Blyth (Don R.)

Join Watson Institute director Edward Steinfeld and Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance director Mark Blyth for a conversation on the current economic impacts of the COVID-19 government response.

Video: Japan vice PM hits out at WHO for excluding Taiwan (Shannon)

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the postponement of the 2020 Olympics in Japan. Speaking in Japan’s parliament, the country’s deputy prime minister leveled fresh criticism against China.Aso TaroDeputy prime minister of JapanAlthough the details are murky, the WHO’s previous director-general was a Chinese national and at the time, there were complaints all around.

Copper And The Coronavirus – Making An Anti-Viral Facemask (Martin F.)


‘The other bomb’— Cramer’s warning as first shale company files for Chapter 11 (thc0655)

Cramer also said the U.S. “can’t afford oil to go down to $5, $10” per barrel. Doing so would be “completely destructive for our companies,” he said. He added that almost every company apart from Chevron is not ready for an environment where oil prices are that low. “You do not want a big raft of bankruptcies,” he warned.

Oil prices moved lower Wednesday as Saudi Arabia increased production to more than 12 million bpd, flooding the market during a time of unprecedented demand loss.

Citing virus, EPA has stopped enforcing environmental laws (Sparky1)

The move was the latest, and one of the broadest, regulation-easing moves by the EPA, which is seeking to roll back dozens of regulations as part of President Donald Trump’s purge of rules that the administration sees as unfriendly to business. Civil and criminal enforcement of polluters under the administration has fallen sharply.

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  • Thu, Apr 02, 2020 - 2:10pm



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    Worst apocalypse ever

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  • Thu, Apr 02, 2020 - 2:39pm



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    Built two cold frames to start seeds and extend our NH growing season

    We picked up two old aluminum frame storm windows from a neighbor’s trash and “custom built” two cold frames with three shelves each. I’m painting them this weekend and next week we should have some seeds started and some greens too. That’s me on the left with the mask, of course.

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  • Thu, Apr 02, 2020 - 2:42pm



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    Tom, there IS a zombie apocalypse

    But they're not outside our windows.  They're mostly in Washington, DC.  It'd be interesting to seal off DC, cut off their food, water, power, and PPE supply and let nature take its course.  Oh yeah … and we should be sure to remind them to wash their hands, maintain 6 feet of social distancing, avoid using those unsafe masks, and tell them their bail-out checks are being processed and should arrive in the mail within a year or so.

    P.S. Social distancing under 6 feet of earth doesn't count.

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  • Thu, Apr 02, 2020 - 3:31pm


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    Washington DC zombies


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  • Thu, Apr 02, 2020 - 9:14pm



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    What else will "they" be tracing via smartphone?

    While I can see the usefulness of such a system, I can also see the thin end of the wedge. How long before it's a legal requirement to carry an unshielded smartphone everywhere we go?

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