COVID-19 Outbreak Information Updates (Reboot) [13,137,962 US cases, 268,219 US deaths.] (27 Viewers)

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The original COVID-19 Outbreak thread has been closed but is still available as a read-only thread (sticky above). The original thread had become less and less about new information and more about petty bickering. The purpose of this new thread is to link or report new information as it comes out. Try not to go off course from the topic. Those of you who had been banned from the original thread feel free to participate in this new thread. Just stay on topic. Thank you.
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Bottom line is that moving forward we simply don't want any political bickering going on within this thread, and want to try to limit this thread to being as much about sharing Covid-19 information as possible.

If you want to discuss the political aspects of Covid-19 with other SR members, you can do so here (If you are not already registered there, you will be required to do so)...
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Good lord. 183K cases (that’s more than 10% over yesterday’s all-time high). Hospitalization above 81K, and 1,971 deaths.

 

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2000 daily deaths by Christmas the models warned us about a few days ago is already here. Virus is about to start getting deadlier due to reduced vitamin D, overwhelmed healthcare facilities and the inability to protect the vulnerable. About time to be bringing large groups of people together and sharing disease just like the original Thanksgiving.
 

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There are some REAL LOONS out there. Vaccine has 5G imbedded in it, vaccine will reprogram you to follow Satan, virus is like "the flu", etc, etc. But, once the really old people are vaccinated (Hopefully the vaccines show good efficacy and safety in the elderly) and once healthcare workers are vaccinated, the "death rate" and total deaths from this should go way down. Can restrictions begin to be lifted then, or do we stay in wearing masks and no social life for the next 3-5 years?
 

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2000 daily deaths by Christmas the models warned us about a few days ago is already here. Virus is about to start getting deadlier due to reduced vitamin D, overwhelmed healthcare facilities and the inability to protect the vulnerable. About time to be bringing large groups of people together and sharing disease just like the original Thanksgiving.
I will send you a smallpox-infested blanket for Christmas.
 

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Historical Information from a virus that scared people and caused massive disruptions in lives. The Polio Virus is one that just terrified people because it mostly infected children. Before my time, and most people on this board, every Summer, there was an outbreak of Polio in the USA and around the world. It caused outright panic among parents and children were kept away from other children. (Polio is still out there today, but at a much lower rate. On Oct. 24, 2019, World Polio Day, WHO announced there were only 94 cases of wild polio in the world. A global campaign is underway to eradicate the disease worldwide.)

Dr. Jonas Salk was 33 years old when he took up the task of developing a safe and effective Polio Vaccine. He spent the next 2 1/2 years working at The University of Pittsburgh in his lab working on this project. He and his fellow scientists worked around live Polio virus on a daily basis. Eventually, he developed a potential vaccine and was given permission to try it out. He gave the experimental vaccine to his three healthy sons. Trials continued and the results came in.

1955 Polio Vaccine Trial Announcement

"Safe, effective, and potent."

"With these words on April 12, 1955, Dr. Thomas Francis Jr., director of the Poliomyelitis Vaccine Evaluation Center at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, announced to the world that the Salk polio vaccine was up to 90% effective in preventing paralytic polio."


Polio had been around for quite some time. Others had tried to develop a vaccine and had failed. It was amazing work, especially for the 1950's.

Think about this. The Novel Coronavirus (Covid 19) has been around for months. Most of the scientific research began in January or February of this year. Vaccine research began in February or March of 2020. Vaccines were in Phase 1 testing in May. Vaccines were in Phase 2/3. (Very interesting how the FDA streamlined all of this.....fascinating how many normal "bureaucratic" delays were removed.....this may make future medical advances much quicker.) Early results from Phase 3 studies came out in November for two vaccines that are about 95% effective. The speed at which this has been done is incredible. Basically 10-11 months from start to finish. (Consider that we went to the Moon in 1969 with way less computer power than you have in your cell phone today.)

This pandemic WILL END. IT WILL END SOON. Much sooner than many people think. We will have multiple, HIGHLY EFFECTIVE vaccines on the market very soon. This thing will be beat. I think most "average" people who really want to get a shot, should be able to find one out there by April or so. Once we get the most vulnerable vaccinated, the death numbers should plummet. That is, by far, the most important thing. Vaccinating Healthcare Workers who have been putting their lives on the line every day, needs to happen very quickly. It will be a great event when the first "public" vaccine shot is given. (It should be given to two people at an event.... an old person who has been cooped up for months and a healthcare hero who has been working with Covid patients.) We need positive news and a positive story.

Very fascinating read:

 

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Historical Information from a virus that scared people and caused massive disruptions in lives. The Polio Virus is one that just terrified people because it mostly infected children. Before my time, and most people on this board, every Summer, there was an outbreak of Polio in the USA and around the world. It caused outright panic among parents and children were kept away from other children. (Polio is still out there today, but at a much lower rate. On Oct. 24, 2019, World Polio Day, WHO announced there were only 94 cases of wild polio in the world. A global campaign is underway to eradicate the disease worldwide.)

Dr. Jonas Salk was 33 years old when he took up the task of developing a safe and effective Polio Vaccine. He spent the next 2 1/2 years working at The University of Pittsburgh in his lab working on this project. He and his fellow scientists worked around live Polio virus on a daily basis. Eventually, he developed a potential vaccine and was given permission to try it out. He gave the experimental vaccine to his three healthy sons. Trials continued and the results came in.

1955 Polio Vaccine Trial Announcement

"Safe, effective, and potent."

"With these words on April 12, 1955, Dr. Thomas Francis Jr., director of the Poliomyelitis Vaccine Evaluation Center at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, announced to the world that the Salk polio vaccine was up to 90% effective in preventing paralytic polio."


Polio had been around for quite some time. Others had tried to develop a vaccine and had failed. It was amazing work, especially for the 1950's.

Think about this. The Novel Coronavirus (Covid 19) has been around for months. Most of the scientific research began in January or February of this year. Vaccine research began in February or March of 2020. Vaccines were in Phase 1 testing in May. Vaccines were in Phase 2/3. (Very interesting how the FDA streamlined all of this.....fascinating how many normal "bureaucratic" delays were removed.....this may make future medical advances much quicker.) Early results from Phase 3 studies came out in November for two vaccines that are about 95% effective. The speed at which this has been done is incredible. Basically 10-11 months from start to finish. (Consider that we went to the Moon in 1969 with way less computer power than you have in your cell phone today.)

This pandemic WILL END. IT WILL END SOON. Much sooner than many people think. We will have multiple, HIGHLY EFFECTIVE vaccines on the market very soon. This thing will be beat. I think most "average" people who really want to get a shot, should be able to find one out there by April or so. Once we get the most vulnerable vaccinated, the death numbers should plummet. That is, by far, the most important thing. Vaccinating Healthcare Workers who have been putting their lives on the line every day, needs to happen very quickly. It will be a great event when the first "public" vaccine shot is given. (It should be given to two people at an event.... an old person who has been cooped up for months and a healthcare hero who has been working with Covid patients.) We need positive news and a positive story.

Very fascinating read:

I really hope this is reason to feel optimistic about the intermediate term. The next 2-3 months are gonna be really tough, but beyond that, I think there's reason to think we'll be in a better place then with the vaccines widely made available.
 

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Healthy reminder that the media often runs with stories that may be total BS if it fits the narrative or gets eyeballs/clicks.


Doering’s statement that she’s watched “so many” people die from the disease even as they deny its very existence, endlessly repeated on social media and presented by news outlets without corroboration, would seem to represent a broader phenomenon.

But other nurses who work in similar settings say they’ve seen nothing of the kind.


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Alisyn Camerota, the CNN anchor who conducted the interview, is an Emmy Award–winning journalist. Tracy Connor, who covered the story for the Daily Beast, is that publication’s executive editor. They and others simply repeated Doering’s anecdotes, framed as an astounding embodiment of red-state denialism. The Washington Post article quotes at length from Doering’s tweets and TV interview, and claims—without providing any further evidence—that Covid patients seen by other health care workers “are reluctant to acknowledge that they have been infected with a virus that President Trump has said will simply disappear.” Similar write-ups appeared in the Daily Beast and HuffPost.

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In fact, this episode has some similarities to other weakly sourced accounts of Covid denialism in states that vote Republican. In July we heard reports of rampant “Covid parties.” One version of this story had college students in Tuscaloosa hosting parties with infected guests, and then betting on who else would catch the virus. Another took the form of a second-hand account from a nurse in San Antonio. A 30-year-old patient was said to have admitted just before he died that he’d gotten sick by going to a Covid party. “I thought it was a hoax,” he allegedly told the nurse, “but it’s not.”


As WIRED’s Gilad Edelman reported at the time, none of these accounts held up to further scrutiny—yet each had been picked up from its original source and then amplified by larger publications that added little or no additional reporting. There’s good reason for these stories to be passed along, Edelman wrote. The hospital administrator who first went public with the story of the last-breath Covid-party confession is “trying desperately to get the American public to take the coronavirus seriously. If she hears a perfect cautionary tale, it isn’t necessarily her responsibility to investigate whether it’s too perfect before passing it along. It is, however, precisely the job of reporters.”
 

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