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    Daily Digest 8/5 – Rising Grocery Prices Stretch Unemployed Budgets Even More, What Is Our End Goal With Coronavirus?

    by Daily Digest

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 7:02 AM


Economy

Plan to shorten census deadline sounds alarm for disadvantaged Americans (000)

The shortened deadline will also curtail a critical census operation called non-response follow-up. Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP
The Census Bureau will end its efforts to count every living person in the US a month earlier than expected, a move that will probably lead to an undercount of communities of color, poorer Americans and other hard-to-count groups.

‘We have nothing left:’ Beirut’s residents describe apocalyptic scenes after explosion rocks city (Sparky1)

The blast at Beirut’s port formed a mushroom cloud and could be heard in the city’s furthest outskirts. A giant red cloud hung over the capital as the city’s residents — around 4 million people — began to uncover the scale of the damage to their houses, sought treatment for their wounds and frantically called their loved ones to see if they were safe.

“Beirut port is totally destroyed,” eyewitness Bachar Ghattas told CNN, describing the unfolding scene as something akin to “an apocalypse.”

For the unemployed, rising grocery prices stretch budgets even more (TourGuideDC)

Earlier in the pandemic, the shock to the food system collided with staggering layoffs and an economy forced into lockdown. Cars filled parking lots to wait at drive-through pantries. From the beginning of March through the end of June, food banks across the country distributed more than 1.9 billion meals, according to Feeding America. In March alone, food banks gave out 20 percent more food than in an average month.

Which NYPD officers have most complaints against them? (tmn)

Often, there is a clear pattern in the allegations made against these officers. Take Daniel Sbarra for instance, a lieutenant in the Organized Crime Investigation Division. Of the 69 allegations against Sbarra where race and ethnicity data for the complainants was recorded, 58 of the civilians were Black and 11 were Hispanic. Most were men. The allegations include offensive language, abuse of authority and use of force.

Of the allegations made against Sbarra, 16 have been substantiated. The lieutenant who currently works in Brooklyn North has also been involved in at least 12 lawsuits that have cost the city over $1.5m in settlements.

Protesters sue Seattle, claim they need ‘expensive’ protective gear to safely protest (TourGuideDC)

The suit, filed on behalf of five protesters who attended the July 25 protest on Capitol Hill that police later declared a riot, seeks an order from a judge to stop the city from using controversial crowd control tactics on protesters, including blast balls and pepper spray.

‘They’re Definitely Cooking The Books’ — Philly’s Hidden Homicides (thc0655)

The murder rate in Philadelphia — already the second-highest in the nation among the ten largest cities — is on a record pace this year with 255 murders as of Aug. 2nd. That’s a 34 percent jump over this point in 2019, when we had only 190 homicides. At that monthly rate, the city will hit 437 murders for the year, the highest number since 2006, when the city racked up 406 murders. The all-time record, which could be broken this year if the weather stays hot, is 497 murders in 1990.

Homeland Security Is Quietly Tying Antifa to Foreign Powers (tmn)

“Designating someone as foreign-sponsored can make a huge legal and practical difference in the government’s ability to pursue them,” explained Steven Aftergood, who heads the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists. “It’s a crucial distinction. Once someone (or some group) is identified as an agent of a foreign power, they are subject to warrantless search and surveillance in a way that would be illegal and unconstitutional for any other US person. The whole apparatus of US intelligence can be brought to bear on someone who is considered an agent of a foreign power.”

COVID-19 Hospital Data System That Bypasses CDC Plagued By Delays, Inaccuracies (edelinski)

Lawmakers planned to grill members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force about the reporting change and what is being done to ensure the data remains public and reliable, in a Friday morning hearing of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus. Several House subcommittees have already launched an investigation into the data change.

The delays and problems with data on the availability of beds, ventilators and safety equipment could have profound consequences as infections and deaths soar throughout most of the country, public health experts say.

Irregularities In COVID Reporting Contract Award Process Raise New Questions (edelinski)

The Department of Health and Human Services initially characterized the contract with TeleTracking as a no-bid contract. When asked about that, HHS said there was a “coding error” and that the contract was actually competitively bid.

The process by which HHS awarded the contract is normally used for innovative scientific research, not the building of government databases.

Local doctor pushing proven treatment of COVID into national debate (Merle2)

“I became so frustrated.” Fareed said as he listened to national news and the Task Force. What he was hearing and what he witnessed first-hand did not correlate. He began zoom meetings with other front-line doctors on the east coast and found they had the same experiences he did, finding what worked and what didn’t, finding preventatives before exposures, and keeping his patients alive.

Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread (Michael M, from 2005)

Chloroquine is effective in preventing the spread of SARS CoV in cell culture. Favorable inhibition of virus spread was observed when the cells were either treated with chloroquine prior to or after SARS CoV infection. In addition, the indirect immunofluorescence assay described herein represents a simple and rapid method for screening SARS-CoV antiviral compounds.

What is our end goal with Coronavirus? (Jane L.)

It was sad to see small towns that depend on tourism caving in on itself. Closed indefinitely. Towns that will most likely never come back. Places that will become dependent on the state and welfare. They wanted to work but it seems now harder than ever to get anything done in the USA. We got to talk to people all around the and it seems like the average Joe and Jane’s confused as well.

Regulatory rules prevent small businesses from thriving. Now public health violations are shutting down all other infrastructure.

Watch now: Legislative hearing set over COVID-19 deaths at nursing homes, long-term care facilities (TourGuideDC)

Cuomo has defended his administration’s handling of the pandemic’s impact at nursing homes, though a number of Democrats and Republicans have criticized a March 25 directive from Zucker to nursing homes, advising them: “No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the (nursing home) solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19.”

Over half of Idaho COVID-19 deaths linked to long-term care facilities (TourGuideDC)

The state on Monday reached 21,675 cases of COVID-19 and 200 deaths related to the disease. Of those confirmed deaths, 115 were related to long-term care facilities, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen said.

For much of July, Idaho was averaging over 400 new positive test results per day, according to coronavirus.idaho.gov.

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11 Comments

  • Wed, Aug 05, 2020 - 7:19am

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    000

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    Who are you people and where's my horse

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  • Wed, Aug 05, 2020 - 7:23am

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    pokjbv said:

    Damn, the price of my favorite frozen burritos (when I can even find them) has gone from 27 cents to 50 cents at Walmart.  Even after they were shrunk to the point that it takes four of them to make lunch.  One thing the stores always have though, Amy's and Red's burritos.  All organic and natural and tase like the sole of my shoe.  And they always seem to have ElMontery which are so dusgusting I would not feed one to a dog.  And almost $3 per burrito.  Was not that long ago a whole package of 12 Tina's red hot beef and bean burritos were two for $5.  But of course that does not count because they delete food inflation from statistics because prices for food are volitile, just like I am going to be when I can't afford to eat because I have not had a decent raise in 9 years.

    So speak up, what things have doubled in the last year in your stores?  Potatoes here, and what is maddening about that is fast food places get all the best quality and the ones that go to grocers are very borderline.  If they have no rotten parts or sprouts you will find them in the bins for baking potatoes at a buck or more per pound.  Onions, those would go up to 79 to 99 cents in winters, but now $1.49 all year around.  Same for most produce, a couple years ago they went up for winter pricing and then never went back down, now I do not even go into the fresh produce section of the store.  Meat you see on sale on occassion, but only because regular prices are so crazy that nobody will buy it, then just before the meat goes bad they will discount it.  My doctor has for years tried to get me to eat less beef and more fish, but I can't afford fish at 10-12 bucks per pound, so was even more shocked to see Alaskan salmon at the start of the salmon season for $26.99 per pound.  WTF?  Twenty seven dollars per pound?  What kind of people make that much (aside from those getting $600 per week from the federal government on top of regular UI checks anyway)?

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  • Wed, Aug 05, 2020 - 11:24am

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    gyurash

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    Dr Fareed & HCQ

    This sounds encouraging, and I wish it to be true. However it is also a generalized anecdotal assertion. Where is the data? What is more, at my checkup last week I asked my Doctor about the local availability of HCQ and he said their clinic is not allowed to prescribe it at this time, and quoted the Veteran Admin study to say it is dangerous. The USA appears to be a wisdom free zone in all regards.

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  • Wed, Aug 05, 2020 - 11:34am

    Mohammed Mast

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    Avoid Walmart

    Avoid Walmart unless you like China. I suggest you shop local. Farmers markets are your friends and neighbors not some faceless corporation that has been destroying Amerikaan jobs for 50 years.

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  • Wed, Aug 05, 2020 - 1:27pm

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    Once Again Chris keeps us Ahead of the Pack, T-cells

    From The New York Times:

    Scientists Uncover Biological Signatures of the Worst Covid-19 Cases

    Studies of patients with severe cases of Covid-19 show the immune system lacks its usual coordinated response.

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  • Wed, Aug 05, 2020 - 1:43pm

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    girlflower

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    New guideline from CDC

    This is an almost 180 degrees turnaround regarding Covid-19 infection and reinfection, and thus the need for quarantine and possibly mask wearing (after 20 days of symptoms).

    I am skeptical of most things CDC comes up with, so can anyone enlighten me if the researches that CDC quotes from to come up with this conclusion are reliable pls? (Thanks beforehand!)

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/duration-isolation.html

    Recommendations

    1. Duration of isolation and precautions
      • For most persons with COVID-19 illness, isolation and precautions can generally be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset1 and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms.
        • A limited number of persons with severe illness may produce replication-competent virus beyond 10 days that may warrant extending duration of isolation and precautions for up to 20 days after symptom onset; consider consultation with infection control experts.
      • For persons who never develop symptoms, isolation and other precautions can be discontinued 10 days after the date of their first positive RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA.
    2. Role of PCR testing2 to discontinue isolation or precautions
      • For persons who are severely immunocompromised, a test-based strategy could be considered in consultation with infectious diseases experts.
      • For all others, a test-based strategy is no longer recommended except to discontinue isolation or precautions earlier than would occur under the strategy outlined in Part 1, above.
    3. Role of PCR testing2 after discontinuation of isolation or precautions
      • For persons previously diagnosed with symptomatic COVID-19 who remain asymptomatic after recovery, retesting is not recommended within 3 months after the date of symptom onset for the initial COVID-19 infection. In addition, quarantine is not recommended in the event of close contact with an infected person.
      • For persons who develop new symptoms consistent with COVID-19 during the 3 months after the date of initial symptom onset, if an alternative etiology cannot be identified by a provider, then the person may warrant retesting; consultation with infectious disease or infection control experts is recommended. Isolation may be considered during this evaluation based on consultation with an infection control expert, especially in the event symptoms develop within 14 days after close contact with an infected person.
      • For persons who never developed symptoms, the date of first positive RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA should be used in place of the date of symptom onset.
    4. Role of serologic testing
      • Serologic testing should not be used to establish the presence or absence of SARS-CoV-2 infection or reinfection.

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  • Wed, Aug 05, 2020 - 3:44pm

    EddieLarry

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    Try Aldi’s

    Try Aldi’s.  Costco has a nice pack of 6 breakfast burritos which we enjoy!

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  • Thu, Aug 06, 2020 - 12:57pm

    Pappy

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    Who can we trust anymore?

    CDC and the AMA and all other acronym agencies in the US are really pissing me off at this point.

    I can't make heads or tails over your post and exactly what the CDC actually expects of us as simple citizen-serfs, girlflower.

    It seems the CDC is implying that we should all have easy places available to isolate and to monitor our own symptoms at home and then get tests and quick results as easily as going to the corner store and picking up milk. Simple right?

     

    Tangent Alert!

    Kinda like Matt Stafford of the Detroit Lions getting a false positive, being publicly placed on the IR list for COVID and his whole family being upset at the public's reaction and then being burdened by having to be tested themselves.

    Mr. Stafford got retested three times with three negative results before he was let back on the team. (not an NFL fan at all, just saw this on a news feed and had to stew a bit about it)

    Our system isn't set up for any of us lowly folks to being able to be tested this much unless you have at least an 8+ figure net worth.

    NFL, MLB and NBA have so many tests to play with.  Tell me again what actual products these organizations make and provide as a part of our GDP?

    They are the epitome of the supply-side service sector economy we live in. Everyone gets a piece the inflated pie that the mass consumerism this entertainment creates and provides, all the while using ungodly amounts of resources and energy to do what for the world?

    Bread and gladiators for the masses.

     

    But I digress...

    I'm observing (I think) how the CDC (et al) has influence/control over medical institutions and treatment options to my dismay.

    Chris did an episode about the Eastern Virginia Medical System and their COVID treatment protocol a couple months back.  I revisited it recently to see what updates have been made.  Take a look:

    ? Ivermectin (no more HCQ)

    I guess, on paper at least, HCQ is no longer being used in the EVMS hospital network.

    Still no mention of zinc either.

     

    Sigh.

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  • Thu, Aug 06, 2020 - 3:46pm

    Spork

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    Spork said:

    Yes EVMS changed their protocol. I DL'd a copy of the original I'll try to find.

    Perhaps EVMS will publish some statistics revealing how or whether Gilead's Remdesivir  is more effective than their initial treatment choice.

    I don't think there are any studies showing ANY effectiveness of Remdesivir given early, all the hype was based on a 3-day shortening of hospital stay.

    It has been compared in effectiveness to heparin, and may have some mechanism of action whereby it just tangles up and distracts some virions , because the glycosolated coating of the spike protein has some attraction to such molecules. Podcast/Youtube offhand reference to this, so unfindable, uncite-able.

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  • Fri, Aug 07, 2020 - 12:11pm

    Pappy

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    EVMS COVID Protocols on May 5th

    May 5th 2020

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  • Sat, Aug 08, 2020 - 8:51am

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    girlflower

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    girlflower said:

    Hi Pappy,

    I want to know if the studies CDC quotes from to make those recommendation are trustworthy because I am really skeptical of CDC so far, but I am not a virologist to determine it.

    However, even if the studies they quote from are trustworthy, to make those recommendations seem too rash and incoherent because a lot more data seems to be needed to make the recommendations.

    I know of hospitals that have already started to implement these recommendations which is worrying to me to say the least. Will this lead to more cases of Covid-19 infections out there?

    Worried,

    Girlflower

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