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If that’s from CNN, the picture is probably faked, like most of their reporting.

eople flocked to beaches in Virginia over the weekend, despite the statewide stay at home directive aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.

The Virginia Beach oceanfront was busy despite the beach being closed under the order, with people buying food and gifts and sunbathing near the water. Many groups maintained their distance and people on the boardwalk wore masks, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

Kayla Thomas, a concession stand worker, told the newspaper that the crowds looked like those she might see during the summer. "I'm just shocked by the amount of people," she said.



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Following is why I would never support a bailout from our government to help out professional sports teams Raptors re-sign Fred VanVleet to four-year, $85-million deal Doug Smith By Doug Smit

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If the Incubation period for Covid19 is 10-14 days, we need only think back to incidents of large gatherings in Florida (during that time period) which may have contributed to community spread and the current spike and ask WDYTWGTH. 

Florida's coronavirus cases top 200,000, officials announce

A grudging acknowledgement from the vortex of stupid. Would it be racist for Capt Obvious to wear a cape?

Anti-police demonstrations may have sparked new coronavirus cases, some cities now acknowledge

The answer is no.... the cape is OK as long as he doesn't sing in the 7th circle of liberal hell known as California:

California bans singing in churches amid coronavirus pandemic

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A new H1N1 swine flu with 'pandemic potential' has been found in China. Here's what we know

By Ian M Mackay
Posted 4ddays ago, updated 4ddays ago
Researchers have found a new strain of flu virus with "pandemic potential" in China that can jump from pigs to humans, triggering a suite of worrying headlines.

It's excellent this virus has been found early, and raising the alarm quickly allows virologists to swing into action developing new specific tests for this particular flu virus.

But it's important to understand that, as yet, there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission of this particular virus. And while antibody tests found swine workers in China have had it in the past, there's no evidence yet that it's particularly deadly.
What we know so far

China has a wonderful influenza surveillance system across all its provinces. They keep track of bird, human and swine flus because, as the researchers note in their paper, "systematic surveillance of influenza viruses in pigs is essential for early warning and preparedness for the next potential pandemic.

In their influenza virus surveillance of pigs from 2011 to 2018, the researchers found what they called "a recently emerged genotype 4 (G4) reassortant Eurasian avian-like (EA) H1N1 virus." In their paper, they call the virus G4 EA H1N1. It has been ticking over since 2013 and became the majority swine H1N1 virus in China in 2018.

Being prepared at the laboratory level if we see strange upticks in influenza is essential.(ABC News: Jess Davis)

In plain English, they discovered a new flu that's a mix of our human H1N1 flu and an avian-based flu.

What's interesting is antibody tests picked up that workers handling swine in these areas have been infected. Among those workers they tested, about 10 per cent (35 people out of 338 tested) showed signs of having had the new G4 EA H1N1 virus in the past. People aged between 18 to 35 years old seemed more likely to have had it.

Of note, though, was that a small percentage of general household blood samples from people who were expected to have had little pig contact were also antibody positive (meaning they had the virus in the past).

Importantly, the researchers found no evidence yet of human-to-human transmission. They did find "efficient infectivity and aerosol transmission in ferrets" — meaning there's evidence the new virus can spread by aerosol droplets from ferret to ferret (which we often use as surrogates for humans in flu studies). G4-infected ferrets became sick, lost weight and acquired lung damage, just like those infected with one of our seasonal human H1N1 flu strains.

They also found the virus can infect human airway cells. Most humans don't already have antibodies to the G4 viruses meaning most people's immune systems don't have the necessary tools to prevent disease if they get infected by a G4 virus.

In summary, this virus has been around a few years, we know it can jump from pigs to humans and it ticks all the boxes to be what infectious disease scholars call a PPP — a potential pandemic pathogen.

China has an influenza surveillance system across all its provinces that tracks bird, human and swine flu.(Reuters: Stringer)
If a human does get this new virus, how severe is it?

We don't have much evidence to work with yet but it's likely people who got these infections in the past didn't find it too memorable. There's not a huge amount of detail in the new paper but of the people the researchers sampled, none died from this virus.

There's no sign this new virus has taken off or spread in the regions of China where it was found. China has excellent virus surveillance systems and right now we don't need to panic.
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The World Health Organisation has said it is keeping a close eye on these developments and "it also highlights that we cannot let down our guard on influenza".
What's next?

People in my field — infectious disease research — are alert but not alarmed. New strains of flu do pop up from time to time and we need to be ready to respond when they do, watching carefully for signs of human-to-human transmission.

As far as I can tell, the specific tests we use for influenza in humans won't identify this new G4 EA H1N1 virus, so we should design new tests and have them ready. Our general flu A screening test should work though.

In other words, we can tell if someone has what's called "Influenza A" (one kind of flu virus we usually see in flu season) but that's a catch-all term, and there are many strains of flu within that category. We don't yet have a customised test to detect this new particular strain of flu identified in China. But we can make one quickly.

Being prepared at the laboratory level if we see strange upticks in influenza is essential and underscores the importance of pandemic planning, ongoing virus surveillance and comprehensive public health policies.

And as with all flus, our best defences are meticulous hand washing and keeping physical distance from others if you, or they, are at all unwell.

Ian M Mackay is an adjunct assistant professor at The University of Queensland. This article originally appeared on The Conversation.
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Melbourne Australia back into lockdown...

Lockdown measures were reimposed in Australia's second biggest city on Tuesday, confining Melbourne residents to their homes unless undertaking essential business for six weeks, as officials scramble to contain a coronavirus outbreak.

The decision, which affects around 4.9 million people, was announced just hours before the busy border between Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, and New South Wales is scheduled to close for the first time in a century.

From midnight on Wednesday, everyone in Melbourne will be required to stay home unless travelling to work, studying, shopping for food or attending medical appointments. Restaurants, cafes and bars will be able to provide takeaway service only, gyms and hair salons closed, household gatherings limited to two people and the current school vacation extended.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said the restrictions were onerous but necessary.

"We have to be clear with each other that this is not over," Andrews said. "And pretending that it is because we all want it to be over is not the answer. It is indeed part of the problem. A very big part of the problem."

Andrews had over the weekend reinstated strict physical-distancing orders in more than 30 Melbourne suburbs and put nine public housing towers into complete lockdown because of the recent outbreak.

State border used daily by commuters, schoolchildren

Hundreds of police officers and army troops were being deployed to enforce the closure of Victoria's border with New South Wales from midnight on Tuesday.

The state line is highly porous, stretching hundreds of kilometres. It is heavily used daily by commuters, schoolchildren and road freight.

People caught crossing the border without permission via any of the 55 roads, or several river and wilderness crossings, will face penalties including a fine equivalent of roughly $10,500 Cdn and six months imprisonment.

A second region in Victoria, where recent coronavirus cases have been detected and which is home to 44,000 people, will face lockdown restrictions similar to Melbourne.

Blow to hopes for quick economic recovery

The border closure and reintroduction of restrictions in Melbourne deal a blow to Australia's hopes for quick economic recovery as it approaches its first recession in nearly three decades, driven by physical distancing restrictions imposed in March.

For businesses on the border, which last closed during the Spanish flu pandemic in 1919, it also poses an immediate logistics headache.

Daily travel permits will be granted to people who live in border towns and cities but with the closure just hours away, the application system was still being developed.

Outside of the border towns, Victoria residents will be able to apply for a permit, but will need to prove a special need for their travel. Freight transporters will be free to cross the border without a permit, but will be subjected to random stops.

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Here's a guy who doesn't believe the government when they say viruses don't get passed on aircraft. I explained how liberal aircraft flown in liberal airspace are magic but I don't think he believes me either.

He has that intense "do you think I'm a Liberal ?" look to him. It's the same one sensible people get every time they read a CBC or CNN news clip these days. Zebras remember a time when logical absurdity was a real concept and they resent being lumped into the same pot as liberal voters.


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More proof of what happens when you believe ignorant politicians over scientists....

Florida teen dies of COVID-19 after maskless church party, taking Trump-touted drugs

A Florida teenager who died of complications from COVID-19 attended a large church party without a mask just a few weeks earlier, then took unproven drugs touted by U.S. President Donald Trump before her parents brought her to a hospital, according to a newly-released medical examiner’s report.

Carsyn Leigh Davis, 17, died on June 23 after a lifetime of battling various medical challenges, including cancer and a rare autoimmune disorder that contributed to her death, according to the Miami-Dade County medical examiner’s report. The girl was the youngest person to die of the coronavirus in her county at the time, and her death triggered an outpouring of sympathy and prayers for her family.

Now, new details released by a former state data scientist have triggered a flurry of accusations against Davis’ mother and her church for the way they handled the girl’s last days.

The medically vulnerable teenager attended a youth church party with at least 100 attendees on June 10, according to the medical examiner’s report.

“She did not wear a mask,” the medical examiner wrote. “Social distancing was not followed.”

Davis’ parents gave her azithromycin, an unproven drug touted by Trump, for five days after the event as a preventative measure against the novel coronavirus, the medical examiner wrote.

Davis fell ill on June 13 but her parents thought it was just a sinus infection, according to the report. Her parents became more alarmed when she looked “grey” on June 19, so they gave her an oxygen tank and a dose of hydroxychloroquine, another unproven drug that Trump pushed for many months. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration revoked authorization for the drug four days earlier, amid growing evidence that it was ineffective for COVID-19.


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From the New England Journal of Medicine:

“We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.”

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20 minutes ago, Fido said:

From the New England Journal of Medicine:

“We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.”

Why let facts get in the way of a good ole fashioned hysteria.

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Eliminating COVID-19 cases in Canada will exact too heavy a toll on society, health experts say

Letter to PM, premiers says aiming to prevent or contain every case not sustainable

Some public health and infectious disease experts are pressing for governments in Canada to shift to minimizing, not eradicating, COVID-19 while allowing society to resume functioning.

The open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and all premiers, dated July 6, says aiming to prevent or contain every case is not sustainable at this stage in the pandemic.


"We need to accept that COVID-19 will be with us for some time and to find ways to deal with it," the 18 experts wrote.

Signatories include Dr. Gregory Taylor, Dr. Theresa Tam's immediate predecessor as Canada's chief public health officer; Dr. David Butler-Jones, the first person to hold the post; Dr. Robert Bell, a former deputy health minister in Ontario; Dr. Onye Nnorom, president of the Black Physicians' Association of Ontario; Dr. Vivek Goel, former president of Public Health Ontario; and Dr. Joel Kettner, a former chief public health officer for Manitoba.

"The people who suffer most are those in lower-income settings who are trapped in apartment buildings and who do not have a nice deck or a cottage to escape to," said Dr. Neil Rau, an infectious disease physician and medical microbiologist at the University of Toronto who signed the letter.

The basis of lockdowns and physical distancing was to flatten the epidemic curve so that health-care systems wouldn't be overwhelmed with too many cases at once, Rau said. Stamping out the virus is a different goalpost.

The letter urges governments to respond to drops in disease incidence with careful relaxing of restrictions.

That way, schools, businesses and health-care facilities could carefully reopen, and family and friends could gather once again with confidence restored by appropriate precautions, it said.

Elementary school students were able to return to class on May 11 in Gatineau, Que., as part of the province's move to relax restrictions during COVID-19. (Francis Ferland/CBC)

To guide reopening decisions, disease surveillance should be improved, including resources for public health to conduct testing and contact tracing effectively, the experts wrote.

"There are many countries in Europe that will accept Canadians coming in by air and not make them self-isolate, yet we make people coming from low-risk places in Europe self-isolate when they come here," Rau said. "We don't even have reciprocity."

Rau would also like to see federal leadership to guide the reopening of schools, which experts say is important to the academic and social growth of children.

"I actually think Quebec may be the best," he said. "Despite having high disease rates, they still moved ahead with a lot of the relaxing of restrictions. I think that takes a lot of guts."

Protecting vulnerable groups

Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada's deputy chief public health officer, said he agrees overall with what's in the letter.

Njoo called the various provincial approaches to reopening schools "a bit of a social experiment" based on both risk management and risk tolerance.

The signatories are concerned that current and proposed measures for reopening will continue to hit Black and other racialized groups, those in lower-income groups, recent immigrants, Indigenous peoples and other vulnerable populations disproportionately hard.

"The whole issue of getting better data in terms of race and ethnicity has come up and we certainly recognize that," Njoo said. "I'm not saying it's being solved overnight, but certainly we've made good progress in working with our counterparts in the provinces and territories."

Reopening the economy is a priority for Mohammed Kaidali. He started driving a taxi in Toronto a couple of weeks ago to support his family, including four children.

While a rainy day is normally good for the taxi business, Kaidali said he struggled to get one fare in 3.5 hours.

"It's very hard to survive," he said.


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The same trend is happening in Florida.

“ Japan’s capital city reported a record daily rise of coronavirus cases on Thursday, Reuters reported, registering 224 new Covid-19 infections approximately one month after Japan lifted a state of emergency. 

Roughly 80% of the new coronavirus cases reported in Tokyo in the last 24 hours were among people aged 30-years-old or younger, according to Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.“

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California and Florida hit new record for average daily coronavirus cases as U.S. hospitalizations surge

  • Nationally, coronavirus cases were growing in 40 states, as of Wednesday, based on a seven-day moving average, according to the CNBC analysis.
  • The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 also grew by 5% or more Wednesday in 25 states, based on a seven-day moving average, according to data compiled by the Covid Tracking Project. 

A worker dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE) passes a biohazard bag containing a self-administered COVID-19 test to a man at a testing center at Lincoln Park amid the coronavirus pandemic on July 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

A worker dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE) passes a biohazard bag containing a self-administered COVID-19 test to a man at a testing center at Lincoln Park amid the coronavirus pandemic on July 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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California and Florida were among 12 states that hit a record-high, seven-day average for daily new cases on Wednesday, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. 

California had 7,697 new coronavirus cases based on a seven-day moving average, which is more than 26% higher compared with a week ago, according to the analysis. Florida’s seven-day average of daily new cases stood at 9,255 as of Wednesday — a nearly 30% jump since last week. 


Florida also saw a spike in the percentage of positive Covid-19 tests at 18.4% on Wednesday, after Vice President Mike Pence said the states so-called positivity rate was “flattening.”

Other states that also hit record highs in average daily new cases on Wednesday include Georgia, Ohio and Utah. 





Nationally, coronavirus cases were growing in 40 states, as of Wednesday, based on a seven-day moving average, according to the CNBC analysis. Cases across the U.S. grew by more than 20% compared to one week ago, according to Hopkins data. 

CNBC calculates its daily Covid-19 cases based on an average over the previous seven days to eliminate fluctuations in daily reporting. The number of cases may have been underreported by local health departments over the Fourth of July weekend and could be reported later in some states, according to Hopkins. 



Chart of global daily new coronavirus cases by region


The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 also grew by 5% or more Wednesday in 25 states, based on a seven-day moving average, according to data compiled by the Covid Tracking Project


Of the 25 states, 13 hit record highs in average hospitalizations. They include Arizona, California, South Carolina and Texas. Florida only tracks the number of people who have been hospitalized since the beginning of the outbreak, not those currently in the hospital with Covid-19, according to the Covid Tracking Project. 

Hospitalization numbers are closely watched by public health officials because it can indicate how severe an outbreak is in an area. It is often considered a reliable measure than new case numbers as it is unaffected by the availability of testing. 



Chart of current hospitalizations in Texas according to data from the Covid Tracking Project. Data as of July 8, 2020.


On Wednesday, Texas reported 9,610 people hospitalized with the coronaivrus, surging nearly 46% compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by the Covid Tracking Project. 

Hospitals in at least two Texas counties that border Mexico, Starr and Hidalgo, are operating at full capacity and local officials are urging residents there to shelter in place and avoid gatherings, according to local officials. 

Houston’s hospitals are on track to be overwhelmed in approximately two weeks as cases mount, Mayor Sylvester Turner said on CBS’ “Face The Nation” on Sunday.

“The number of people who are getting sick and going to the hospitals has exponentially increased. The number of people in our ICU beds has exponentially increased,” Turner said. “In fact, if we don’t get our hands around this virus quickly, in about two weeks our hospital system could be in serious, serious trouble.”



Chart of current hospitalizations in California according to data from the Covid Tracking Project. Data as of July 8, 2020.


California is also seeing an alarming surge in the number of hospitalized patients due to Covid-19. California Gov. Gavin Newsom said at a press conference Wednesday that over the last two weeks, the state has seen a 44% increase in hospitalizations and 34% increase in intensive care unit (ICU) admissions.

As California prepares for a spike in coronavirus patients, it added three new counties to a list of 26 counties it’s monitoring for potential outbreaks. That list has grown from 19 counties about a week ago, according to Newsom.

While the golden state struggles to curb the spread of infection, Newsom said California now has the hospital capacity to treat 50,000 Covid-19 patients. 

Newsom said California is more ready and prepared to manage a surge in hospitalized patients now than it was at the beginning of the outbreak in March. It has built alternate care sites, such as Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, established new hospital capacity at the Seton Medical Center in Daly and deployed federal medical stations, according to Newsom.

He also said California’s personal protective equipment inventory has grown tremendously since March. The state has 232 million procedure masks and 46 million N95 masks in stock. 

“We’re still in the process of procuring more masks but we’ve never been better positioned,” the governor said.

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Pathologist found blood clots in 'almost every organ' during autopsies on Covid-19 patients

Autopsies on people who died of the coronavirus are helping doctors understand how the disease affects the body -- and one of the most remarkable findings concerned blood clotting, a pathologist says.

Dr. Amy Rapkiewicz, the chairman of the department of pathology at NYU Langone Medical Center, spoke to Erin Burnett on OutFront Thursday night.
Some Covid-19 patients are known to develop blood clotting issues, but the degree and the extent to which that occurs was described as "dramatic" by Rapkiewicz.
In the early stages of the pandemic, bedside clinicians noticed a lot of blood clotting "in lines and various large vessels," she said.
"What we saw at autopsy was sort of an extension of that," she said. "The clotting was not only in the large vessels but also in the smaller vessels.
"And this was dramatic, because though we might have expected it in the lungs, we found it in almost every organ that we looked at in our autopsy study," she said. Rapkiewicz's study outlining her findings was published at the end of June in The Lancet journal EClinicalMedicine.
The autopsies also showed something unusual about megakaryocytes, or large bone marrow cells. They usually don't circulate outside the bones and lungs, Rapkiewicz said.
"We found them in the heart and the kidneys and the liver and other organs," she said. "Notably in the heart, megakaryocytes produce something called platelets that are intimately involved in blood clotting."
Researchers hope to discover how these cells influence small vessel clotting in Covid-19, she said.
Pathologists have been surprised by something they didn't find.
During early stages of the pandemic, doctors thought the virus would provoke inflammation in the heart with myocarditis, she said.
But autopsies have found a very low incidents of myocarditis, Rapkiewicz said.
She said that one of the "opportunities -- if there is one to count in the virus" is that pathologists have had a chance to examine the organs of many Covid-19 victims and investigate the disease processes that take place. She said that opportunity really wasn't available with H1N1 or the original SARS outbreak.
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Florida shatters coronavirus records with almost 15,300 new cases

The staggering single-day number comes as Florida is finding itself at the center of the country's new surge, with cases and deaths continuing to rise.

Florida shattered previous records for any state's biggest single-day recording of new coronavirus cases on Sunday, announcing almost 15,300 new cases.

The state added 15,299 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, to its constantly-rising total, outpacing New York's previous daily record by more than 3,000.

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