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Health Officials Warn Americans:
Plan For The Spread Of Coronavirus In U.S.

 

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A woman wears a mask in New York out of concern for the newly emerged coronavirus.
However, experts say that the commonly worn surgical masks aren't very effective protection.
 

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They went from downplaying the disease as a seasonal flu or common cold to now recognizing it because it spread to other countries and peddling this vaccine that will rescue us in the future.

Because the people that recover can be reinfected or continue spreading the disease to other people, there is no traditional vaccine that will work with inactivated viruses so the immune system can recognize the proteins which I predicted. If anything this will make it worse. They are using something brand new which is highly experimental.

I have dealt with medical professional bullshit before, hiding shit for economic reasons or pushing opiates onto you. Their medical processes are stone age and led to the outbreak, we might as well go back to blood letting and enemas to cure this. The U.S. has an election season which will make everything done a political calculation.
 

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People have no idea how bad this virus is, you are looking at a transmission rate of 4 people for every infected person versus 1.3 for flu. A case mortality rate of 2% which is 20 times higher than the seasonal flu which has vaccines and the ability to develop immunity once you recover.

By my calculation, an outbreak here will eliminate a million people or more if counter measures are not taken.
 

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.


Updated February 26, 2020

CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States. This page will be updated regularly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
COVID-19: Confirmed Cases in the United States*†
COVID-19: Confirmed Cases in the United States*†
Travel-related12
Person-to-person spread2
Total confirmed cases14
Total tested445
* This table represents cases detected and tested in the United States through U.S. public health surveillance systems since January 21, 2020. It does not include people who returned to the U.S. via State Department-chartered flights.


† Numbers closed out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting.
COVID-19: Cases among Persons Repatriated to the United States†
COVID-19: Cases among Persons Repatriated to the United States†
Wuhan, ChinaDiamond Princess Cruise Ship‡
Positive342
† Numbers closed out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting.


‡ Cases have laboratory confirmation and may or may not have been symptomatic.



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California is monitoring at least 8,400 people for the coronavirus
Published Thu, Feb 27 2020


California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday that 33 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and the state is currently monitoring at least 8,400 others —a day after U.S. health officials confirmed the first possible community transmission of the coronavirus in a Solano County resident.

“This is a fluid situation right now and I want to emphaize the risk to the American public remains low,” said Dr. Sonia Y. Angell, California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer during a press conference. “There have been a limited number of confirmed cases to date.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t know exactly how the new California patient, who’s receiving medical care in Sacramento County, contracted the virus. The patient didn’t have a relevant travel history or exposure to another patient with the virus, the CDC said Wednesday.

California health officials said the patient wasn’t under quarantine before her diagnosis and was out and about in her community.
 

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Fear is a tactic, just another attempt to take down Trump’s ‘America First’ policy. The media is hyping this up in hopes of crashing the economy to usher in the Dem nominee. The playbook is known, This will fail & this virus will be history in a few months.
 

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary


This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.

Updated February 27, 2020

Background
CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which has now been detected in 50 locations internationally, including cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concernexternal icon” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.

Source and Spread of the Virus
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2).

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. All three of these viruses have their origins in bats. The sequences from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir.
Early on, many of the patients in the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Later, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread. Person-to-person spread has been reported outside China, including in the United States and other locations. Chinese officials report that sustained person-to-person spread in the community is occurring in China. In addition, other destinations have apparent community spread, meaning some people have been infected who are not sure how or where they became infected. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.

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Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Global Map
World map showing countries with COVID-19 cases
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COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

Situation in U.S.
Imported cases of COVID-19 in travelers have been detected in the U.S. Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 also has been reported among close contacts of returned travelers from Wuhan. On February 25, CDC confirmed COVID-19 in a person who reportedly did not have relevant travel history or exposure to another known patient with COVID-19 (unknown exposure). At this time, this virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States.

Illness Severity
Both MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV have been known to cause severe illness in people. The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully understood. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, including illness resulting in death. Learn more about the symptoms associated with COVID-19.
There are ongoing investigations to learn more. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

Risk Assessment
Outbreaks of novel virus infections among people are always of public health concern. The risk from these outbreaks depends on characteristics of the virus, including how well it spreads between people, the severity of resulting illness, and the medical or other measures available to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccine or treatment medications). The fact that this disease has caused illness, including illness resulting in death, and sustained person-to-person spread is concerning. These factors meet two of the criteria of a pandemic. As community spread is detected in more and more countries, the world moves closer toward meeting the third criteria, worldwide spread of the new virus.
The potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, both globally and to the United States.
But individual risk is dependent on exposure.
  • For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
  • Under current circumstances, certain people will have an increased risk of infection, for example healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 and other close contacts of persons with COVID-19. CDC has developed guidance to help in the risk assessment and management of people with potential exposures to COVID-19.
However, it’s important to note that current global circumstances suggest it is likely that this virus will cause a pandemic. In that case, the risk assessment would be different.


What May Happen
More cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States. It’s also likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur, including in the United States. Widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States would translate into large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time. Schools, childcare centers, workplaces, and other places for mass gatherings may experience more absenteeism. Public health and healthcare systems may become overloaded, with elevated rates of hospitalizations and deaths. Other critical infrastructure, such as law enforcement, emergency medical services, and transportation industry may also be affected. Health care providers and hospitals may be overwhelmed. At this time, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and no medications approved to treat it. Nonpharmaceutical interventions would be the most important response strategy.


CDC Response
Global efforts at this time are focused concurrently on containing spread of this virus and mitigating the impact of this virus. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this public health threat. The public health response is multi-layered, with the goal of detecting and minimizing introductions of this virus in the United States so as to reduce the spread and the impact of this virus. CDC is operationalizing all of its pandemic preparedness and response plans, working on multiple fronts to meet these goals, including specific measures to prepare communities to respond local transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. There is an abundance of pandemic guidance developed in anticipation of an influenza pandemic that is being repurposed and adapted for a COVID-19 pandemic.


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BREAKING NEWS

Second coronavirus case of unknown origin confirmed in California, indicating virus is spreading in the state


Washington Post
By Adam Taylor, Rick Noack,
Siobhán O'Grady, William Wan
and Marisa Iati
Feb. 28, 2020 at 4:40 p.m. CST

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Breaking: Second coronavirus case of unknown origin confirmed in California, indicating virus is spreading in the state

The patient is a 65-year-old person from Santa Clara County, with no known history of travel to places hit hard by the outbreak, and no contact with a known case of the virus. Santa Clara is about 90 miles from Solano County, where the first case of community transmission in the United States was confirmed this week.

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The World Health Organization raised its risk assessment of the coronavirus to “very high” Friday, citing risk of spread and impact. WHO officials said their assessment — the highest level short of declaring a global pandemic — doesn’t change the approach countries should take to combat the virus but should serve as a “wake up” and “reality check” for countries to hurry their preparations.

Fears that a coronavirus pandemic could tip the world economy into recession sent global stocks into a tailspin Friday, with markets on track for their worst week since the financial crisis that began in 2008.

The Dow Jones industrial average plunged 1,000 points in morning trading before paring its losses. By noon, the Dow was down 700 points, or around 2.7 percent. The Standard & Poor’s and Nasdaq composites were down 2 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield also hit a record low Friday morning. European indexes fell sharply, led by losses in the travel and resources sectors, continuing the slump in Asia earlier in the day.

While there were indications that the outbreak may be slowing in China, France and Germany reported upticks in infections and South Korea’s tally surpassed 2,300, as more events were canceled and airlines said they would cut flights. In Japan, officials declared a state of emergency on the northern island of Hokkaido and told residents to stay indoors as the country reported its 10th death from covid-19, as the disease caused by the virus is known.

Investors have watched the outbreak with increasing concern. U.S. oil futures slipped again Friday, raising expectations that officials from oil-exporting nations will cut output after they meet next week.

Here are the latest developments:
  • Stocks in Europe and Asia tanked as the specter of prolonged economic disruption haunted investors. Swiss authorities on Friday banned all events with more than 1,000 participants until mid-March, forcing the cancellation of the Geneva International Motor Show, which was scheduled to open next week.
  • Japan’s Hokkaido island — where Olympic marathons are due to take place this summer — declared a state of emergency. Olympic organizers indicated that they would announce plans next week to scale back the torch relay.
  • An Italian man diagnosed with the virus in Nigeria marks the first confirmed instance of the virus in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Far more coronavirus cases appeared likely to be confirmed outside China, where the crisis originated, than within it. China announced 327 new cases and 44 deaths. South Korea announced 571 new cases Friday, bringing its total to 2,337, while France and Germany confirmed new infections.
  • President Trump tweeted that the virus was spreading “very slowly in the U.S.” and suggested that his political opponents were blaming him for the outbreak. His remarks came after a whistleblower alleged that the U.S. government sent workers without proper training for infection control or appropriate protective gear to greet evacuees from Wuhan, China.
Mapping the spread of the coronavirus | What we know about the virus | How to prepare for coronavirus in the U.S. (Spoiler: Not sick? No need to wear a mask.)

 

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Fear is a tactic, just another attempt to take down Trump’s ‘America First’ policy. The media is hyping this up in hopes of crashing the economy to usher in the Dem nominee. The playbook is known, This will fail & this virus will be history in a few months.
Not the time for the "you're/they're trying to hurt my guy" bullshit!

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Coronavirus Updates:
First Death in U.S. Confirmed In Seattle Area


The death comes as unexplained new cases in Washington State,
Oregon and California suggest local, person-to-person spread
of the virus in the United States.


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A person in King County, Washington, near Seattle, has become the first in the country to die after contracting the coronavirus.

Here’s what you need to know:



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Coronavirus supplies: How to make hand sanitizer with ingredients you have at home




Hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizerBen Axelson | baxelson@syracuse.com


By Ben Axelson | baxelson@syracuse.com
March 2, 2020


News broke over the weekend about New York’s first coronavirus case, and a growing number of people are concerned about preparing for possible quarantines for the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

If stores near you are selling out of hand sanitizer, it’s easy to make it on your own at home. You may already have the basic ingredients, and if not, any drug store and most grocery stores should have them available. We’ve also provided links to purchase online.

Here’s what you need:

Here’s how to make it:

In your mixing bowl, stir the Isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera gel until blended together.

Stir in 8-10 drops of your preferred scented essential oil (optional).

Your hand sanitizer is now made. Next, pour the mixture into the empty container and seal it. Use the funnel if your container has a small mouth like a bottle. Put a piece of masking tape on the container and write “hand sanitizer" on it.

The CDC recommends using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content. This recipe makes a sanitizer with 65% alcohol content.

As always, the best way to keep your hands clean is to wash them regularly. Believe it or not, there is a “correct” way to wash your hands, and chances are you’re not doing it (or doing it too fast). The rule of thumb is to scrub for 20 seconds, or about as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday," twice.

Want to make sure you’re really doing it right?
Watch this video from OregonLive:




Need more Coronavirus supplies and tips? Check out this complete coronavirus quarantine checklist, with everything from food to medical supplies to entertainment options.

And here’s some other important things to keep in mind:

  • Avoid from crowds
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands. It helps keep viruses from getting airborne.
  • Throw away used tissues - Don’t stick them in your pocket or leave them on a surface. They have germs on them.
  • Keep hands out of your mouth, nose and eyes - This helps prevent transmission of not just coronavirus, but other respiratory diseases, according to the CDC.
  • Enroll in an emergency alerts system - Such as the Onondaga County or Oswego County Hyper-Reach Emergency Notification Systems.
  • Bookmark the website or Facebook page of your local health department - County and city health departments regularly notify residents of health emergencies and other issues impacting the community.
  • Plans for kids if schools/daycares close - If your child’s regular school/childcare closes, do you have a backup plan? Now is the time to set that up.

If you get sick:
Call a doctor - You don’t need to rush to the hospital or and urgent care facility right away. In fact most coronavirus cases are mild. But call your primary care physician. They may be able to help you over the phone. If you believe you are having a medical emergency, dial 911
  • Work from home
  • Don’t share with others
  • Separate yourself from other people you live with
  • Do wear a face mask - While masks are not effective for protecting you from the disease, once you have it, they can help protect those around you.
  • Wash doorknobs, light switches, toilet seats, countertops and other high-touch surfaces daily



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Fear is a tactic, just another attempt to take down Trump’s ‘America First’ policy. The media is hyping this up in hopes of crashing the economy to usher in the Dem nominee. The playbook is known, This will fail & this virus will be history in a few months.
LISTEN TO THIS FUKKIN CLOWN ASS IDIOT !^^^ its all about ur lord and white supremacist overlord Trump ! :clown :beatyourass:
 

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Fear is a tactic, just another attempt to take down Trump’s ‘America First’ policy. The media is hyping this up in hopes of crashing the economy to usher in the Dem nominee. The playbook is known, This will fail & this virus will be history in a few months.
MODS PLS BAN THIS FAGGOT^^^ ! EVERYTHING IS ALWAYS ABOUT PROTECTING UR MASSA OVERLORD TRUMP AINT IT ?
 

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.

Updated March 2, 2020



CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other locations internationally, including the United States. This page will be updated regularly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Numbers close out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting.

COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance*
  • Total cases: 43
  • Total hospitalized: 17
  • Total deaths: 2
  • States reporting cases: 10
* These data represent cases detected and tested in the United States through U.S. public health surveillance systems since January 21, 2020. It does not include people who returned to the U.S. via State Department-chartered flights.
COVID-19: Confirmed and Presumptive Positive Cases in the United States*
COVID-19: Confirmed Cases in the United States*†
ConfirmedPresumptive Positive**Total Confirmed & Presumptive Positive
Travel-related12517
Person-to-person spread42226
Total cases162743
* These data represent cases detected and tested in the United States through U.S. public health surveillance systems since January 21, 2020. It does not include people who returned to the U.S. via State Department-chartered flights
** A presumptive positive case has tested positive by a public health laboratory and is pending confirmatory testing at CDC. States are reporting presumptive positive cases independently; their case counts are the most up-to-date.


COVID-19: Cases among Persons Repatriated to the United States
COVID-19: Cases among Persons Repatriated to the United States†
Positive
Wuhan, China3
Diamond Princess Cruise Ship45
† Cases have laboratory confirmation and may or may not have been symptomatic.


States with Confirmed and Presumptive Positive Cases of COVID-19*



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The Coronavirus is not new. Hell Lysol will kill it. Says so right on the back of the can. Problem is there is no effective immunization vaccine yet and it's going to take a year or more to come up with one. Until then all we can do is engage in common sense precautions like frequent hand washing, avoiding crowds, limiting hand to hand contact, etc. Don't stop fuckin' though :rolleyes:
 

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Maybe somebody is trying to send a message to us, the earth is a living being. We act like a virus that has infected the earth and we are trying to spread to other planets. Some racial groups have cultures that are virulent to the earth and will result in its foreseeable destruction.

 

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Damn it is even affecting the U..S. elections instead of having four or five viable candidates, they are fleeing out of fear of dying.
 

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From barbers giving ‘long-distance’ haircuts to kids creating new handshakes, here are some inventive ways communities are carrying on amid the coronavirus outbreak
 

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The U.S. has been doing terrorist shit globally covertly, no surprise this popped off in response. It kicked off in a nursing home in a predominately white area of the country, the age demographic most vulnerable to this disease.

I am sort of glad this is happening, things were escalating with helicopter crash (Kobe), mysterious plane crashes due to Russell Simmons fleeing the country, church shootings to setup the government repudiating the Confederacy proudly displayed on state property, killing Michael Jackson, prosecuting Bill Cosby/Harvey Weinstein, putting Harriet Tubman on the currency with the slave owners, kneeling during the National Anthem, the list of bullshit is endless. Maybe something like this will chill out the white trash in the U.S., It is like tear gas for retarded Nazis in the U.S.

Hopefully this will prevent a widespread conflict like WWIII.
 
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BREAKING: CNN just DESTROYED every lie the Trump administration has told in a BRUTAL on-air takedown. We need a REAL President!
 

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What the Chinese experienced was a rare inversion of their hospital. Where your health outcome is worse visiting a hospital because of infectious diseases. Normally, your chance for recovery is greater going into a hospital, however, as the health workers started to be infected that changed quickly.
 

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Italy’s Coronavirus Response Is a Warning From the Future.

RACHEL DONADIO1:03 PM ET


A waiter stands by empty tables outside a restaurant at St Mark's Square, which is usually full of tourists, after Italy's government adopted a decree with emergency new measures to contain the coronavirus
A waiter stands by empty tables outside a restaurant at St Mark's Square, which is usually full of tourists, after Italy's government adopted a decree with emergency new measures to contain the coronavirus.MANUEL SILVESTRI / REUTERS


Italians woke up on Sunday morning, and it was already the future. Overnight, the government announced the most dramatic measures yet taken by a democracy to try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Other Western countries are watching closely, worried they may soon have to follow Italy’s lead.

Rome placed severe travel restrictions on the entire Lombardy region surrounding Milan—the country’s economic, fashion, and media capital—and on 14 other provinces across the wealthy north, including Venice and parts of the Emilia Romagna region. In this area of 16 million people, the coronavirus’s European epicenter, where the number of cases has been rising rapidly, Italy banned all public gatherings—no weddings, funerals, concerts, sporting events, discos, bingo games, video arcades, or Mass—until April 3. While trains and planes are still operational, and running on time, the government is forbidding people from leaving unless absolutely necessary.


Restaurants and bars can open but only from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and only if they can ensure three feet of space between each guest. Nationwide, the government ordered the closure of all cinemas, theaters, concert halls, libraries, and museums, as well as the quarantine of anyone with a fever above 37.5 degrees Celsius (99.5 degrees Fahrenheit), and anyone who’s tested positive for the virus. Last week, Italy closed all schools, day-care facilities, and universities, until mid-March at the earliest. Pope Francis, who has been fighting a cold, delivered his weekly Angelus message on Sunday via video from a Vatican library, not, as is typical, from a window overlooking Saint Peter’s Square. “I’ll use a strong expression,” Francis said. “This pope is caged in the library.”


These steps are dramatic, and have caused significant uncertainty and growing panic across Italy. They are also quite confusing, and how they’ll even be enforced remains unclear.


They came to light in an atmosphere of total chaos, after a draft bill outlining the measures was leaked to the press yesterday evening. The proposal suggested that northern Italy would be on total lockdown, and so thousands of people rushed to hop on overcrowded trains heading south. Finally, at 2 a.m. local time, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte gave a press conference, clarifying that Lombardy and the other provinces wouldn’t seal their borders, just that citizens would be “obligated” to practice “reduced mobility” and could leave only for emergencies.
What, Italians wondered, does that mean? Who will enforce these new rules? And will they even work?

Italy has long been a political laboratory, for better or worse, and a harbinger of developments that later spread. It’s also a rule-bound country where rules are often ignored, a place that often falls short on long-term planning but rises to the occasion in emergencies and has a knack for improvisation that its northern neighbors lack. It is a free society in which information is often unreliable and politicized. Today, it is an experiment in which free movement of people and goods meets free movement of a deadly virus. Countries across Europe and the world are watching how Italy handles an epidemic that knows no borders, has been putting tremendous strain on public-health structures, and is pushing the country’s already fragile economy to the brink. Lombardy alone is responsible for more than 20 percent of national gross domestic product, and tourism is one of Italy’s most important sectors.

The European debt crisis revealed the flaws in a bloc that shares a currency but not a fiscal policy. The migration crisis of 2015 revealed that individual European countries want to protect their own borders and control the number of immigrants arriving, in a zone built on the ideal of visa-free travel and burden sharing. The coronavirus could pose an even greater test for the European Union, which has free movement of people but no standard health protocols across countries. Will the EU’s member states band together to work with Italy, or will they cordon it off? Will richer northern-European countries hoard medical equipment, or partner with poorer southern- and eastern-European ones to slow the outbreak? Is Italy overreacting, or is the rest of the continent underreacting?

Each European country is handling things in its own way. Italy has a fragile coalition government and strong regions, and its response has been rapid, if chaotic. Germany, which has 939 cases and so far no reported deaths, has a highly federal structure, in which regions have a lot of autonomy in handling crises of this type. As of this weekend, Germany was still holding soccer matches with tens of thousands of fans—to the distress of some German doctors, who feel the country isn’t taking the threat seriously—though its health minister has urged organizers of events with more than 1,000 attendees to cancel them. He has said he was more concerned about panic stemming from the virus than the virus itself.


France has a strong centralized government, and its message has so far been dispassionate concern—President Emmanuel Macron has canceled all public events with more than 5,000 people, though that hasn’t entirely been respected: On Sunday, people gathered in France for a march for International Women’s Day.

Even in their behavior, the region’s leaders have differed, at least for now. On Friday, Macron and his wife went to the theater, and encouraged others to do so, too. In Italy, that has changed. Last month, when the government was trying to present a “business as usual” approach, Nicola Zingaretti, the leader of the center-left Democratic Party and president of the Lazio region, surrounding Rome, traveled to Milan to have an aperitivo, and met with young people, promoting the message “#MilanDoesn’tStop.” On Saturday, Zingaretti said he had tested positive, and was staying home to be monitored. (The president of the Piedmont region has also tested positive, as has the head of the Italian army.)
Now Milan has stopped. Will the rest of Europe follow Italy’s lead and impose heavy restrictions? Britain’s politicians are debating whether to go into extended recess to prevent members of Parliament from accelerating the spread. The European Parliament has moved a scheduled session away from the French city of Strasbourg over coronavirus concerns. Last week, a spokeswoman for the French government, Sibeth Ndiye, said it was likely only a matter of time before France became a “Level 3,” or epidemic level, country in which all public events would be canceled. (Within Italy, the COVID-19 crisis has taken the wind out of the sails of the League party, whose nativist motto of “Italians First” and criticism of illegal immigration is less convincing now that Italians have become international pariahs: The prime minster of the Czech Republic said Italy should ban all citizens from traveling abroad.)


In Italy on Sunday, there was confusion about the new measures. If people got in their cars to leave Lombardy, would they be stopped? What kinds of papers would people be required to obtain to leave the lockdown zone, and who would issue those papers? The Italian media on Sunday was filled with questions and little clarity.

Even high-ranking officials don’t know exactly how the new measures will work. Can I go to lunch? Can I go to work? are among the questions Italians are asking, Luca Zaia, the governor of the Veneto region, which is part of the affected zone, said in a news conference on Sunday. “These are some of the weaknesses in the decree.” There are political tensions: Zaia and the presidents of the Lombardy and Piedmont regions are from the League, which is the main national opposition party and has been harshly critical of the government’s handling of the crisis.

In his overnight news conference, Conte said the heath-care system risked becoming “overwhelmed” and that Italians should not leave the house unless absolutely necessary in order to be mindful of the health of their “grandparents,” given that older people are at greater risk of infection. The issue isn’t just the number of people who’ve tested positive or even the death rate, it’s the number of beds available in intensive-care units. The head of Lombardy’s intensive-care crisis unit, Antonio Pesenti, told Corriere Della Sera, Italy’s leading daily newspaper, that his region’s health-care system, the best in the country, was “on the brink of collapse” and that they had had to set up intensive care in hallways.


Italy has had thousands of cases and hundreds of deaths, far more than any other European country. Pesenti predicted that in less than three weeks, about 18,000 people would be hospitalized in Lombardy, of which about 3,000 would likely require intensive care—10 times the region’s current capacity. “If the population doesn’t understand that it needs to stay home, the situation will become catastrophic,” he said.

His words are a warning for public-health officials worldwide. Italy has universal public health care, which protects even people who are unemployed, and salaried employees are generally entitled to sick days. But there’s no doubt that the virus is placing more strain on the system than it can easily handle. What about elsewhere in Europe—are French hospitals prepared? German ones?


In Paris, where I live, life goes on, business as usual. There hasn’t been a run on toilet paper or groceries that I’ve observed, although food buying is definitely up. A friend in northern Italy was surprised on Sunday when I told him movie theaters were still open here. France has 949 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and 11 deaths, the second-highest figures in Europe after Italy’s. Two members of the National Assembly have tested positive, as has a mayor in the French Alps. The Val d’Oise region near Paris has become the hardest-hit area in France, and schools have been closed there.

My friend in Italy was already adjusting to the new normal. Italy’s measures this weekend may not be the exception. They may soon become the rule.



 

COINTELPRO

Rising Star
BGOL Investor
No vaccine...
  • Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis)
  • Chikungunya
  • Dengue
  • Cytomegalovirus
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hookworm infection
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Malaria
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Covid-19
  • H5N1
  • MERS
There are countries that can experiment on humans all day without any ethical issues holding them back. They can take viruses from bats and inject them in humans and study the transmission and health effects. The Soviet Union used humans as guinea pigs to test the efficacy of various poisons. Their advance knowledge make Fort Detrick look like childs play. China CRISPR edited a human being to be resistant to HIV, something not possible in the West.

You need to be careful when you decide to crash and burn one of their aviation vehicles because somebody flees the United States that you was planning to kill or incarcerate, just because a country does not have crude nuclear weapons does not mean they can use other means to retaliate.
 

COINTELPRO

Rising Star
BGOL Investor
What the Chinese experienced was a rare inversion of their hospital. Where your health outcome is worse visiting a hospital because of infectious diseases. Normally, your chance for recovery is greater going into a hospital, however, as the health workers started to be infected that changed quickly.
I am dealing with an inversion with a bank, I should be earning interest and growing my balance, they took that shit and are holding me hostage. Or, dealing with the United States, where I seem to be worse off doing anything productive in the country where it is stolen and I am threatened.
 
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