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Covid19-Coronavirus updates and news

Labeled as news in The Break Room, started by Mister Funsky, Feb 22, 2020

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  1. oldtimer

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    There are so many other existential threats beyond just Pandemics that are facing Humanity and our Home Planet.

    We need to go one step further and create a new Global (Universal) organization or task force that can protect Humanity and our Home Planet from All threats whether manmade or natural.

    We also have to put some safeguards in place to make sure that such organization or task force remains a righteous force for good that serves the interests of all Humanity and our Home Planet without becoming influenced negatively by any Country or entity.

    Until the World can ascend to a higher level of thinking and existence and find common grounds over the Universal Principles and Values that are derived through Logic and Compassion and as long as the present political and social divisions and animosities continue to exist amongst the World powers it seems that any attempt to create such Global (Universal) organization or task force as I have mentioned falls on the shoulders of caring and well meaning people across the globe to come up with a people oriented non profit organization or forum that can at least create awareness and bring attention to the many threats that are facing Humanity and our Home Planet.

    As I already mentioned in my previous posts we need to come up with a scientific, logical, and compassionate method of problem solving that can address all the threats that are facing Us and our Home planet before we pass the point of no return in so many different fronts.

    Nevertheless the time for giving the same old speeches and attending the same useless Conferences is over,

    This is the time for action,

    And if the World powers and the UN are not willing to do it, We the people of the World ourselves have to put the wheels of reform into motion.


    IMO
     
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  2. Sutruk

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    FDA grants emergency authorization to Johnson & Johnson vaccine

    https://www.nbcnews.com/health/heal...uthorization-johnson-johnson-vaccine-n1258878

    "The new vaccine is the first single-dose shot for Covid-19 protection."

    "The Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization to Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine on Saturday, adding a third vaccine to the U.S. arsenal to fight the pandemic.

    “The authorization of this vaccine expands the availability of vaccines, the best medical prevention method for COVID-19, to help us in the fight against this pandemic, which has claimed over half a million lives in the United States,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock, in a statement.

    "We're in a race between the virus mutating, with new variants coming out that can cause further disease, and stopping it," said Dr. Jay Portnoy, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and a member of the advisory committee.

    "The fewer people who are infected with the virus, the less opportunity it has to emerge as a more virulent strain."
     
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  3. Mister Funsky

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    Current Covid19 death numbers as of 8:00 am EST are below, primarily from the source in the original post (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus). If your country of interest is not listed below, simply go to the link above to do a search for relevant information.

    Total: 2,539,063
    United States: 524,669
    Brazil: 254,263
    South Africa: 49,941
    United Kingdom: 122,705
    Canada: 21,960
    Mexico: 185,257
    Poland: 43,769
    Russia: 86,122
    India: 157,087
    Bolivia: 11,628
    Japan : 7,807
    Indonesia: 36,166
    Italy: 97,507
    Spain: 69,142
    Belgium: 22,052
    France: 86,332
    Netherlands: 15,543
    Chile: 20,476
    Philippines: 12,318
     
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  5. J Sokol

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    Pfizer vaccine may be less effective in people with obesity, says study

    The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine may be less effective in people with obesity, data suggests.

    Italian researchers have discovered that healthcare workers with obesity produced only about half the amount of antibodies in response to a second dose of the jab compared with healthy people. Although it is too soon to know what this means for the efficacy of the vaccine, it might imply that people with obesity need an additional booster dose to ensure they are adequately protected against coronavirus.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/28/pfizer-vaccine-less-effective-obesity-study
     
  6. Mister Funsky

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    Current Covid19 death numbers as of 8:00 am EST are below, primarily from the source in the original post (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus). If your country of interest is not listed below, simply go to the link above to do a search for relevant information.

    Total: 2,544,482
    United States: 525,780
    Brazil: 255,018
    South Africa: 49,993
    United Kingdom: 122,849
    Canada: 21,994
    Mexico: 185,715
    Poland: 43,793
    Russia: 86,455
    India: 157,195
    Bolivia: 11,649
    Japan : 7,860
    Indonesia: 36,325
    Italy: 97,699
    Spain: 69,142
    Belgium: 22,077
    France: 86,454
    Netherlands: 15,563
    Chile: 20,572
    Philippines: 12,322
     
  7. oldtimer

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    As the number of deaths climbs I am baffled by the fact that some people still refuse to wear masks and follow the other hygiene and safety protocols and guidelines specially when they are packed in crowded and confined places.

    I believe some people want to make a political statement by not wearing masks, but that's like some surgeons deciding not to wash their hands or not to wear masks in order to make a political statement.

    I believe some things have to be left out of the politics.

    IMO
     
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  8. koolishman

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    2 in 3 Russians Believe Coronavirus Is a Bioweapon – Poll

    Nearly two out of three Russians believe the conspiracy theory that the coronavirus is a bioweapon created by humans, a survey by the independent Levada Center polling agency said Monday.

    According to Levada’s results, 64% of Russian respondents said Covid-19 was artificially created as a new form of biological weapon. That compares with 23% who said the virus emerged naturally and 13% who couldn’t answer.

    Levada’s survey also found a correlation between rapidly declining daily caseloads and Russians’ fear of getting infected.

    More than half, or 56%, of Russian respondents said they are not afraid of catching Covid-19 versus 43% who said they are afraid of it. That marks the lowest share of those who fear the virus since February 2020, when the pandemic had just started spreading worldwide and before Russia saw significant Covid-19 case numbers.

    The figures stand in inverse proportion to October 2020, when 64% of Russians said they were afraid of catching the virus versus 34% who weren’t afraid as daily infection rates began to soar.
     
  9. CraigD

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    But who exactly do they think created it?
     
  10. Sutruk

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    The Pfizer vaccine has been proven to be the most effective one with 95% efficacy, along the Moderna one. So if Pfizer is less effective in people with obesity, I bet the other ones like AstraZeneca that has a 63% efficacy in normal circumstances, will be also even less effective.
     
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    Inside 'post-Covid' clinics: How specialized centers are trying to treat long-haulers

    https://www.nbcnews.com/health/heal...specialized-centers-are-trying-treat-n1258879

    "As the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. appears to be turning a corner, another health crisis is brewing: Covid-19 survivors struggling to bounce back to their former selves.

    Of the more than 28 million Americans diagnosed with Covid-19, an estimated 10 to 30 percent — possibly as many as 8.4 million people — fall into the category commonly known as "long-haulers."
     
  12. MasterOfMyDomains

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    Our leader, is going to speak to the people shortly, regarding vaccines. He is the leader of the province of British Columbia in Canada about 5 million in our province(state)
    These are Canada current numbers population 37.59 million (2019)
    Doses given 1.78M
    Fully vaccinated 435K
    % of population fully vaccinated 1.16%
     
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    Experts warn Brazil facing darkest days of Covid crisis as deaths hit highest level

    Health experts and lawmakers have warned Brazil is steaming into the darkest days of its coronavirus catastrophe, as fatalities soared to new heights and one prominent politician compared the crisis to an atomic bomb.

    Politicians from across the spectrum voiced anger and exasperation at the deteriorating situation on Monday, after Brazil’s weekly average of Covid deaths hit its highest level since the epidemic began last February and hospitals around the country reported being swamped.

    According to the newspaper O Globo, intensive care units in 17 of Brazil’s 26 states were near capacity, while six states and the capital Brasília had run out of intensive care beds altogether.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/01/brazil-coronavirus-deaths-highest-level
     
  14. Mister Funsky

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    Current Covid19 death numbers as of 8:00 am EST are below, primarily from the source in the original post (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus). If your country of interest is not listed below, simply go to the link above to do a search for relevant information.

    Total: 2,552,272
    United States: 527,226
    Brazil: 255,836
    South Africa: 50,077
    United Kingdom: 122,953
    Canada: 22,017
    Mexico: 186,152
    Poland: 44,008
    Russia: 86,896
    India: 157,275
    Bolivia: 11,666
    Japan : 7,887
    Indonesia: 36,518
    Italy: 97,945
    Spain: 69,609
    Belgium: 22,106
    France: 86,803
    Netherlands: 15,584
    Chile: 20,660
    Philippines: 12,369
     
  15. CraigD

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    The current death toll is closer to two or three atomic bombs ;(

    The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    https://www.atomicarchive.com/resources/documents/med/med_chp10.html
     
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  16. oldtimer

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    This is more like the second Holocaust that took place right under our noses and still continues to go on.

    Those who downplayed the seriousness of this Pandemic and their operatives who tried to convince us that this whole thing was a hoax knew from the very beginning how deadly this Pandemic was and have been using it to thin the herd by ridding the society of those whom they consider to be undesirable (racially or otherwise) while trying to protect the people they like by giving them access to the best healthcare (including the new therapeutics and vaccines).

    It's funny that a lot of the racially homogeneous societies managed to protect their people while the ones that were more diverse ended up with the most number of infections and deaths.

    And to this day some people still refuse to wear masks and follow the hygiene and safety protocols and guidelines recommended by the experts because they want to milk this Pandemic for whatever it can give them in the way of getting rid of a few million people.

    This is going to go down in history as the biggest crime against Humanity of our generation.

    IMO
     
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  17. CraigD

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    I've been trying not to read too much into the failures at this stage because it is too depressing. I think the priority is to concentrate on fighting this virus for now, but I'm sure that when the dust settles we will be dissecting the reasons for those failures for decades to come.
     
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  18. oldtimer

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    This was no failure or mistake, this was done by calculation which was meant to spread the virus as much as possible, thus resulting in us having to fight more deadlier mutations and variants since now the virus has unlimited reservoir of humans to flourish in.

    Now tell me why there was and still is a concerted effort by some to discourage people from wearing masks and abiding by the physical distancing and other safety and hygiene protocols and guidelines.

    And tell me why to this day there are still millions of people (mostly minorities) who are deprived of having adequate and timely healthcare.

    IMO
     
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  19. Mister Funsky

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    It is sad to say, but Covid19 and its variants are here to stay. The hope is that they mutate out of existence, but newer variants are mutating in the other direction.

    Covid Brazil variant 'may spread more easily'

    The Brazil coronavirus variant now found in the UK appears more contagious and may evade immunity provided by past infection, scientists say.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/health-56252779
     
  20. CraigD

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    That's where i'm going to politely disagree with you.

    Perhaps I'm an optimist, but I don't think this was engineered to do what you think it was.

    I think the fact that many western countries have fared worse than poorer countries is simply proof that there is no great agenda. I think it was an inevitable tragedy given that our population numbers have exploded and we all travel freely. The virology experts have been warning us that this could happen for a couple of decades.

    Anyway, I'm not getting any deeper into this ;)
     
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  21. oldtimer

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    That's fine, but the question still remains as to why there is and has been a concerted effort by some to discourage people from wearing masks and abiding by the physical distancing and other safety and hygiene protocols and guidelines and why there are still so many people who are deprived from having adequate and timely healthcare.

    If you think that this things are not by design in the Countries that are more racially diverse then that means that this Holocaust is going to continue to go on and as a Human Rights and Environmental intellectual and activist it makes me feel extremely bad that some people are choosing to look the other way.

    IMO
     
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    EDIT: I think we are going off-topic - this thread is about news and updates :)
     
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  23. oldtimer

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    Okay lets get back on topic,

    - Let's encourage everyone to wear masks and abide by the physical distancing and other safety and hygiene protocols that are recommended by the top experts.

    - Lets make the vaccines and other therapeutics available to all the people as quickly as possible and encourage everyone to get vaccinated.

    - Let's educate people on how to stay healthy and give everyone adequate and timely healthcare.

    - Let's give adequate and timely help and assistance to those who are experiencing hardship.

    Maybe then I can write all this off to coincidence than having been done by design.

    (Oh wait, what I am suggesting to be done here goes against some people's political, religious, racial, and economical interests and agendas and so looks like the Pandemic is going to continue to go on indefinitely.)

    IMO
     
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  24. Mister Funsky

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    This is really good news...they have all the infrastructure in place to begin production.

    Merck will reportedly help produce Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine shots after failing to make its own

    Two of the largest US pharmaceutical companies are said to be partnering to speed up COVID-19 vaccine production.

    Merck will dedicate two US facilities to make doses of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine, the officials said. Merck's resources could double the amount of vaccine that Johnson & Johnson can make on its own, according to the report.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/merck-will-help-make-johnson-and-johnson-covid-19-vaccines-2021-3
     
  25. koolishman

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    COVID-19 can kill heart muscle cells, interfere with contraction

    A study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis provides evidence that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can invade and replicate inside heart muscle cells, causing cell death and interfering with heart muscle contraction. The image of engineered heart tissue shows human heart muscle cells (red) infected with SARS-CoV-2 (green).

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    Since early in the pandemic, COVID-19 has been associated with heart problems, including reduced ability to pump blood and abnormal heart rhythms. But it’s been an open question whether these problems are caused by the virus infecting the heart, or an inflammatory response to viral infection elsewhere in the body. Such details have implications for understanding how best to treat coronavirus infections that affect the heart.

    A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis provides evidence that COVID-19 patients’ heart damage is caused by the virus invading and replicating inside heart muscle cells, leading to cell death and interfering with heart muscle contraction. The researchers used stem cells to engineer heart tissue that models the human infection and could help in studying the disease and developing possible therapies.

    The study is published Feb. 26 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Basic to Translational Science.

     

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