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Pink eye now linked as possible symptom of coronavirus
by Liz Bonis, WKRC
Monday, March 30th 2020

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There's a new warning as yet another symptom seems to be linked to the coronavirus. (Provided)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - There's a new warning as yet another symptom seems to be linked to the coronavirus.

The top symptoms of COVID-19 have not changed. They still include a fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. This often results in complications of pneumonia. But we are learning some of these symptoms often follow a few others:

GI symptoms were announced last week, and then there's a newer one this week: It’s conjunctivitis, also commonly known as pink eye. It's an irritation of the eye that causes redness, swelling and sometimes discharge.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology, or AAO, has just now reported that coronavirus can cause a mild form of this as well, and if you have it, it's tough to tell if it's coming from this virus or another cause, so look for other symptoms of the virus to follow.

The AAO says this conjunctivitis appears to impact about 1-3% of those with COVID-19.

What's interesting is that while we certainly can get the virus by touching a surface and touching our own face, the AAO says pink eye appears to come from "aerosol contact with the conjunctiva," or the mucous membrane that covers the eye, which means from respiratory droplets.

They also say it's not unusual for any viral illness to show up in the eyes, but they do worry these eye secretions may also transmit the virus.
 

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Pandemic And Economic Collapse: The Next 60 Days
Thursday, 23 April 2020 09:46 Brandon Smith



The news cycle moves so quickly these days writing analysis on current events becomes difficult; the moment you publish an examination of the situation people have already moved on to the next disaster. So, today I'm not going to do that. Instead, let's look at current trends and project what is likely to happen in the next couple of months. In my article 'How The Pandemic Crisis Will Probably Develop Over The Next Year' published in early March, I outlined what I believed would be the major developments on a longer timetable. Some of these predictions have already occurred.

Now I would like to tackle a shorter timetable and focus more specifically on the economic side of things, along with the effects of government lockdowns and how they will continue. Yes, that's right, if you think the “reopening” of the economy is going to be widespread, or that it will last, don't get your hopes up. I am using a 60 day model because I have observed that the average non-aware person appears to be about two months behind those of us in the liberty movement in terms of seeing the dangers ahead.

First and foremost, the lockdown issue is on almost everyone's mind, and as I've been saying for the past month, it would not take long before people start freaking out about their financial prospects once they realize this thing may not be over “in two weeks” as we keep hearing every two weeks from the mainstream media, state governments and Donald Trump. The “two weeks until reopen” mantra is designed to keep the public placated and docile, and the establishment will continue to use it until people are finally fed up, which is already beginning to happen.

Lockdown protests are sparking up across the country and it's only going to get worse from now on. Understand though that establishment elites probably expected this, especially in the US, and they are planning to use civil unrest to their advantage.

Do not be surprised if some areas of the country do indeed “reopen” next month, but expect these locations to be primarily rural. Do NOT count on first and second tier cities to reopen, at least nowhere near the activity that they had previous to the viral outbreak. In fact, while rural towns try to go back to normalcy, many major cities will probably double down and increase restrictions rather than loosen them.

Why do I think this will happen? I've noticed an odd narrative being pushed in the mainstream media lately that has me concerned. The MSM is aggressively promoting the notion that rural states and counties are about to be crushed by the coronavirus, and looser restrictions in these places are “a danger to everyone”.

Now, if you read between the lines in this propaganda, what I see is not the media reporting on what is happening now, but what they expect to happen soon. In my area of Montana there is no community spread of the virus, and this is common to many parts of rural America. However, what if rural towns reopen while large metropolitan areas remain closed for business? Unless travel restrictions are instituted, expect a FLOOD of city dwellers to pour into rural areas looking for a taste of freedom and some open bars and restaurants.

If your small town is within 1-2 hours drive of a large city, get ready for a parade of yuppies on mainstreet looking for a vacation from lockdown.
This in itself is not a big deal. If people want to drive from the city to spend money in small town America then that's a benefit to struggling rural communities (and a bizarre 180 degree shift from the norm). But here is what I think will happen next:

After about two weeks of reopening, small towns across the US will have a massive spike in infection numbers and community spread. Viral clusters will develop and some people will die. Does this mean our economy should be frozen to the point of collapse or that medical martial law is the answer? No, absolutely not. But the media is already gearing up for the big “we told you so”, and as rural infections skyrocket state governments and the federal government will start calling for renewed lockdowns even more harsh than before. The rest of the world will say "that's what those Americans (conservative Americans) get for being selfish and trying to reopen too soon".

The economy cannot be opened one piece at a time, it has to be opened all at once. Otherwise, you are going to get a huge influx of people to reopened regions and an inordinate amount of infection cases will follow in those areas, exaggerating the spread of the virus. Of course, a full reopening of the nation is not going to happen.

Get ready for a great big fake wrestling match between state governments and Trump in terms of how to handle ending lockdowns. Take note though that Trump flip-flops so much on state power vs. executive power that no one actually knows where he really stands on the issue; this is by design.

We hear a lot of complaints about the World Health Organization and China hiding or suppressing information on the coronavirus and the extent of the danger to the public. Yet Trump was downplaying the pandemic in the EXACT same way in January, claiming that Chinese data was trustworthy and that the virus was under control. This past week Trump seems to be taking the WHO and China to task, but is any of this real?

Trump's persona is meant to be ambiguous and chameleon-like, so that he can be presented as all things to all people. For the political left he's a boogeyman, a bumbling conservative villain and statist that is destroying the country; he acts as a catalyst to drive them even more insane than they already are. For some on the political right, Trump is a savior, or a martyr. They place him on a pedestal so high that he can do no wrong and some even believe he is actually fighting a “secret war” with the elites using subversive tactics despite the fact that half of his cabinet is made up of banking and Council on Foreign Relations alumni.

This absurdity has divided the liberty movement into different camps – Those who realize Trump is a fraud, and those who treat him like a 4D chess playing god.

I fully expect Trump to flip-flop again in the next two months. For now, he is acting like a champion of the people defending lockdown protesters and pushing for a quick reopen. After the next wave of infections and deaths occur, do not be surprised in he suddenly calls for stringent lockdown procedures.

Economically, new lockdowns after a short reopen will devastate small businesses that are clamoring for oxygen already. The much vaunted small business stimulus package was a dud, and it burned up in less than a week. Another stimulus is on the table, but it is being contested. If another bailout is passed it will vanish yet again with most small businesses still not receiving a dime. Bottom line: Too-big-to-fail corporations are going to get their money, and small businesses will get little or none after the next 60 days. This means that 50% of the jobs in the country are now on the chopping block, and most of them will not return because these businesses were already on the ropes with razor thin margins and extensive debt obligations.

The economy is already dead, the pin to the grenade has already been pulled, the majority of Americans simply don't realize it yet.

In terms of individual government aid, some laid off employee are sitting pretty, though, at least for a little while. The stimulus measures are beginning to reach the newly jobless on top of their normal unemployment benefits, so even if businesses reopen, they may have a hard time finding people to work for them. You can make more money from government checks right now than you can working full time at almost any service based business while also avoiding “the Rona”. But what these people don't realize is that this windfall is going to dissipate quickly.

Other recently unemployed people are still waiting for their checks, showing the government response to be uneven.

Stimulus is drying up fast and everyone and their mother has a hand out to get theirs, with corporations being the biggest drain. The fact that the small business stimulus disappeared in under a week should tell you what is about to happen with individual stimulus measures. But beyond this problem is the unspoken issue of supply chain disruptions and inflation.

What good is your government check if 90% of the stores are shut down, 50% of the items you want to buy are considered “non-essential”and restricted, and the items you are allowed to buy are skyrocketing in price? The common American is being set up for a shock they are not prepared for when they realize that government checks (Universal Basic Income) are barely going to keep them alive, let alone grant them months of paid leisure. I think the awareness of this will hit the general public in around 60 days.

To reiterate, the supply chain breakdown will go mainstream in a couple months. The stores are sparse right now; they are stretching inventory to fill gap in shelves and limiting purchases on a long list of items to one per customer, but they aren't in crisis mode yet. With the biggest producers of meat products shutting down as well as farms having trouble hiring workers to process produce and other goods.

The lockdowns caused an initial drop in some prices due to closed restaurants and oversupply, but this is soon to end as supply is about to be destroyed because of lack of production. Economic collapse rarely if ever leads to advantages for consumers; this is a fallacy from the depression era which for some reason is still perpetuated by uneducated economists today.

The name for this type of event is a “stagflationary crisis” and it is something I have been warning about for years. It means price inflation in necessities while deflation occurs in wages, many assets and some commodities. The oil market is an indicator of these mechanics in action. As oil plunges, the public gets cheap gasoline, but the price collapse also represents a collapse in global energy demand, and thus a collapse in production. A collapse in production leads to less supply, and thus higher prices, and the cycle continue until everything breaks and the populace is reduced to one of two choices – poverty or self sufficiency.

The extent of the crisis will become much more clear in the next two months to the majority. The result will be civil unrest in the summer, likely followed by extreme poverty levels in the winter. No measure of “reopening” is going to do much to stop the avalanche that has already been started. The solution is always the same: localized trade and production and removing yourself and your community from dependency on the establishment controlled economy. It's certainly difficult, but it is possible. What is not possible is fixing the broken and corrupt economy we have now or stopping the current collapse. This is a fool's errand for people living in unicorn land.
 

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No, the coronavirus wasn’t made in a lab. A genetic analysis shows it’s from nature
Scientists took conspiracy theories about SARS-CoV-2’s origins seriously, and debunked them

The SARS-CoV-2 virus (seen in this transmission electron microscope image of virus isolated from a U.S. patient), which causes COVID-19, was rumored to be human-made, but scientists have now debunked that theory.
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By Tina Hesman Saey
MARCH 26, 2020 AT 6:00 AM

The coronavirus pandemic circling the globe is caused by a natural virus, not one made in a lab, a new study says.

The virus’s genetic makeup reveals that SARS-CoV-2 isn’t a mishmash of known viruses, as might be expected if it were human-made. And it has unusual features that have only recently been identified in scaly anteaters called pangolins, evidence that the virus came from nature, Kristian Andersen and his colleagues report March 17 in Nature Medicine.

When Andersen, an infectious disease researcher at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., first heard about the coronavirus causing an outbreak in China, he wondered where the virus came from. Initially, researchers thought the virus was being spread by repeated infections jumping from animals in a seafood market in Wuhan, China, into humans and then being passed person to person. Analysis from other researchers has since suggested that the virus probably jumped only once from an animal into a person and has been spread human to human since about mid-November (SN: 3/4/20).

But shortly after the virus’s genetic makeup was revealed in early January, rumors began bubbling up that maybe the virus was engineered in a lab and either intentionally or accidentally released.

An unfortunate coincidence fueled conspiracy theorists, says Robert Garry, a virologist at Tulane University in New Orleans. The Wuhan Institute of Virology is “in very close proximity to” the seafood market, and has conducted research on viruses, including coronaviruses, found in bats that have potential to cause disease in people. “That led people to think that, oh, it escaped and went down the sewers, or somebody walked out of their lab and went over to the market or something,” Garry says.

Accidental releases of viruses, including SARS, have happened from other labs in the past. So “this is not something you can just dismiss out of hand,” Andersen says. “That would be foolish.”

Looking for clues
Andersen assembled a team of evolutionary biologists and virologists, including Garry, from several countries to analyze the virus for clues that it could have been human-made, or grown in and accidentally released from a lab.

“We said, ‘Let’s take this theory — of which there are multiple different versions — that the virus has a non-natural origin … as a serious potential hypothesis,’ ” Andersen says.

Meeting via Slack and other virtual portals, the researchers analyzed the virus’s genetic makeup, or RNA sequence, for clues about its origin.

It was clear “almost overnight” that the virus wasn’t human-made, Andersen says. Anyone hoping to create a virus would need to work with already known viruses and engineer them to have desired properties.

But the SARS-CoV-2 virus has components that differ from those of previously known viruses, so they had to come from an unknown virus or viruses in nature. “Genetic data irrefutably show that SARS-CoV-2 is not derived from any previously used virus backbone,” Andersen and colleagues write in the study.

“This is not a virus somebody would have conceived of and cobbled together. It has too many distinct features, some of which are counterintuitive,” Garry says. “You wouldn’t do this if you were trying to make a more deadly virus.”

Other scientists agree. “We see absolutely no evidence that the virus has been engineered or purposely released,” says Emma Hodcroft, a molecular epidemiologist at the University of Basel in Switzerland. She was not part of Andersen’s group, but is a member of a team of scientists with Nextstrain.org that is tracking small genetic changes in the coronavirus to learn more about how it is spreading around the world.

That finding debunks a widely disputed analysis, posted at bioRxiv.org before peer review, that claimed to find bits of HIV in the coronavirus, Hodcroft says. Other scientists quickly pointed out flaws in the study and the authors retracted the report, but not before it fueled the notion that the virus was engineered.

Some stretches of the virus’s genetic material are similar to HIV, but that’s something that stems from those viruses sharing a common ancestor during evolution, Hodcroft says. “Essentially their claim was the same as me taking a copy of the Odyssey and saying, ‘Oh, this has the word the in it,’ and then opening another book, seeing the word the in it and saying, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s the same word, there must be parts of the Odyssey in this other book,” she says. “It was a really misleading claim and really bad science.”

Finding peculiar features
Andersen’s group next set out to determine whether the virus could have been accidentally released from a lab. That’s a real possibility because researchers in many places are working with coronaviruses that have potential to infect humans, he says. “Stuff comes out of the lab sometimes, almost always accidentally,” he says.

A couple of unexpected features of the virus caught the researchers’ eyes, Andersen says. In particular, the gene encoding the coronavirus’s spike protein has 12 extra RNA building blocks, or nucleotides, stuck in it.

This spike protein protrudes from the virus’ surface and allows the virus to latch onto and enter human cells. That insertion of RNA building blocks adds four amino acids to the spike protein, and creates a site in the protein for an enzyme called furin to cut. Furin is made in human cells, and cleaves proteins only at spots where a particular combination of amino acids is found, like the one created by the insertion. SARS and other SARS-like viruses don’t have those cutting sites.

Finding the furin cutting site was a surprise: “That was an aha moment and an uh-oh moment,” Garry says. When bird influenza viruses acquire the ability to be cut by furin, the viruses often become more easily transmissible. The insertion also created places where sugar molecules could be fastened to the spike protein, creating a shield to protect the virus from the immune system.

The COVID-19 virus’ spike protein also binds more tightly to a protein on human cells called ACE2 than SARS does (SN: 3/10/20). Tighter binding may allow SARS-CoV-2 to more easily infect cells. Together, those features may account for why COVID-19 is so contagious (SN: 3/13/20).

“It’s very peculiar, these two features,” Andersen says. “How do we explain how this came about? I’ve got to be honest. I was skeptical [that it was natural]. This could have happened in tissue culture” in a lab, where viruses may acquire mutations as they replicate many times in lab dishes. In nature, viruses carrying some of those mutations might be weeded out by natural selection but might persist in lab dishes where even feeble viruses don’t have to fight hard for survival.

Clinching the case for nature
But then the researchers compared SARS-CoV-2 with other coronaviruses recently found in nature, including in bats and pangolins. “It looks like SARS-CoV-2 could be a mix of bat and pangolin viruses,” Garry says.

Viruses, especially RNA viruses such as coronaviruses, often swap genes in nature. Finding genes related to the pangolin viruses was especially reassuring because those viruses’ genetic makeup wasn’t known until after SARS-CoV-2’s discovery, making it unlikely anyone was working with them in a lab, he says.


Coronaviruses that infect pangolins gave researchers important clues that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is natural.2630BEN/ISTOCK/GETTY IMAGES PLUS

In particular, pangolins also have the amino acids that cause the tight binding of the spike protein to ACE2, the team found. “So clearly, this is something that can happen in nature,” Andersen says. “I thought that was very important little clue. It shows there’s no mystery about its tighter binding to the human [protein] because pangolins do it, too.”

The sugar-attachment sites were another clue that the virus is natural, Andersen says. The sugars create a “mucin shield” that protects the virus from an immune system attack. But lab tissue culture dishes don’t have immune systems, making it unlikely that such an adaptation would arise from growing the virus in a lab. “That sort of explained away the tissue-culture hypothesis,” he says.

Similarity of SARS-CoV-2 to bat and pangolin viruses is some of the best evidence that the virus is natural, Hodcroft says. “This was just another animal spillover into humans,” she says. “It’s really the most simple explanation for what we see.” Researchers still aren’t sure exactly which animal was the source.

Andersen says the analysis probably won’t lay conspiracy theories to rest. Still, he thinks the analysis was worth doing. “I was myself skeptical at the beginning and I kept flipping back and forth,” Andersen says, but he’s now convinced. “All the data show it’s natural.”
 

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Colombia able to mass-produce ventilators after Medellin project proves successful

Factories in Colombia’s second largest city Medellin are set to mass produce ventilators after local scientists and engineers were able to design and test the life-saving medical machines in a month.

It’s almost impossible to overstate the importance of the success of the #InnspiraMED project whose ventilators have already received a medical license.

Once the first of three prototypes passes the test on a human being on Monday, two Medellin factories will immediately begin the production of the low-cost ventilators that are desperately needed in hospitals.

By the end of May, the initial mass production will have added 1,500 life-saving oxygen providers to the estimated 5,000 ventilators for adults currently in use in the country’s hospitals.

Because the developers used open source techniques, other factories are able to add production capacity if necessary.

Until now, nobody in Colombia had the technology to produce these complex machines that aren’t even available in hospitals in the poorest parts of the country.

Medellin medical engineer Mauricio Toro took the initiative in March, receiving almost immediate support from the local University of Antioquia, the CES University and local innovation institute Ruta N.

Within a week, Toro was able to report that the mechanics of the ventilators were working.

Colombia close to having world’s first open source and low-cost ventilator to ‘beat Covid-19’
Project leader Luis Horacio Atehortua, the Intensive Care coordinator of the local San Vicente hospital, reported on Friday that the ventilators had passed the penultimate test on animals.

Medical licensing institute Invima approved the production and use of the ventilators later that day.

Haceb, a Medellin company that usually produces refrigerators, and Sofasa, the producer of Renault cars in Colombia, have begun the preparation of their mass production facilities to begin the production of ventilators instead of fridges and cars.

The coronavirus pandemic is expected to saturate the country’s medical capacity, and in particular its ICU’s, in five to six weeks, around the time the first respirators with “Made in Colombia” stamped on them will be leaving the factories.
 

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Colombia able to mass-produce ventilators after Medellin project proves successful

Factories in Colombia’s second largest city Medellin are set to mass produce ventilators after local scientists and engineers were able to design and test the life-saving medical machines in a month.

It’s almost impossible to overstate the importance of the success of the #InnspiraMED project whose ventilators have already received a medical license.

Once the first of three prototypes passes the test on a human being on Monday, two Medellin factories will immediately begin the production of the low-cost ventilators that are desperately needed in hospitals.

By the end of May, the initial mass production will have added 1,500 life-saving oxygen providers to the estimated 5,000 ventilators for adults currently in use in the country’s hospitals.

Because the developers used open source techniques, other factories are able to add production capacity if necessary.

Until now, nobody in Colombia had the technology to produce these complex machines that aren’t even available in hospitals in the poorest parts of the country.

Medellin medical engineer Mauricio Toro took the initiative in March, receiving almost immediate support from the local University of Antioquia, the CES University and local innovation institute Ruta N.

Within a week, Toro was able to report that the mechanics of the ventilators were working.

Colombia close to having world’s first open source and low-cost ventilator to ‘beat Covid-19’
Project leader Luis Horacio Atehortua, the Intensive Care coordinator of the local San Vicente hospital, reported on Friday that the ventilators had passed the penultimate test on animals.

Medical licensing institute Invima approved the production and use of the ventilators later that day.

Haceb, a Medellin company that usually produces refrigerators, and Sofasa, the producer of Renault cars in Colombia, have begun the preparation of their mass production facilities to begin the production of ventilators instead of fridges and cars.

The coronavirus pandemic is expected to saturate the country’s medical capacity, and in particular its ICU’s, in five to six weeks, around the time the first respirators with “Made in Colombia” stamped on them will be leaving the factories.
ventilators are a tool of this hoax. there are thousands of these in warehouses all across NY state to name a few. Don't make the mistake of getting sucked into their narrative. There are NO shortages of ventilators, or masks or anything else. It's a hoax to meant to destroy the economy!

Wake up and smell the coffee!
 

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SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT STRUGGLES TO PUT FACEMASK ON

 

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SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT STRUGGLES TO PUT FACEMASK ON

Fucking Negroes are a hoot sometimes. Maybe they should have kept a few of the white farmers around to teach them how to put the damned things on. I have no sympathy for them whatsoever...fucking moron!
 

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What history revealed about cities that socially distanced during a pandemic
Health Apr 20, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

In 2005, in response to the threat of Avian influenza (or H5N1), a flurry of pandemic preparedness planning began in Washington and across the nation that would set the groundwork for what’s happening now. This work was notable for a goal that may be most resonant today: mitigating the spread of respiratory viruses in communities before too many people get ill. Back then, the community mitigation methods were seen as so socially and economically disruptive they would only be deployed in worst-case scenarios, such as that seen during the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic. Enter 2020.

The hypothesis behind these community mitigation strategies is now popularly known as “flattening the curve.”

The idea is that by shifting the epidemic curve to the right with a series of non-pharmaceutical interventions (prevention measures like social distancing or hygiene when a vaccine isn’t available), one would hopefully see a delay in the outbreak’s peak; a decompression of the burden on hospitals and infrastructure; a diminution of overall cases and health impacts; and more time to develop new medical therapies and preventive vaccines.

And for an entire year — from 2006 to 2007 — a team of medical historians at the University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Quarantine and Global Migration scrambled to prove this hypothesis. I was part of that history-making historical research, and was one of the authors of the resulting paper.

We studied the strategies employed during the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic, which killed at least 40 million people around the globe and 500,000 to 750,000 Americans. We visited over 130 libraries, archival repositories and special collections across the nation to gather tens of thousands of pages of newspaper articles, public health reports, federal, state and municipal bulletins, and multiple other types of documents.

We looked at old newspapers, local bulletins and public health reports for far more than merely the dates when these NPIs were turned on or off. Equally important was gaining insight on the context surrounding such decisions. For example, how did various branches of government work together at the municipal, state and federal level? What were the citizens’ response to such disruptive measures? Did people protest or push back against NPI orders? All these questions, and many more, can be approached only by such a deep, fine-grained and careful analysis of the pandemic that took place last century.


A poster by the U.S. Public Health Service, 1918. Photo by Fototeca Gilardi/Getty Images

With those materials collected and organized, we evaluated the nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) employed in 43 large U.S. cities during the fall and winter waves of the pandemic. Specifically, they were:
  • isolating the ill, or quarantining suspected cases in hospitals or at home
  • banning public gatherings and in some cases, shutting down roads and railways
  • school closures
Our research successfully demonstrated that cities that did three things enjoyed far lower morbidity and mortality numbers than those cities that did not act in such a manner. They acted early, before the virus had a chance to spread widely in a community. They acted in a layered manner, using more than one NPI at a time. And they used the interventions for long durations, because the NPIs do not prevent cases, they merely delay viral spread and buy time. In other words, for the worst-case and most deadly case scenarios, social distancing measures could help flatten the curve — results that have since been reproduced in several historical, modeling and epidemiological studies.

This work became an important part of the evidence base for the CDC’s 2007 “Pre-pandemic Planning Guidance,” and the 2017 update.

It has also been tested in real life. During the first days of the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, the Mexican Health Ministry ordered a wide-reaching menu of NPIs, similar to those that worked in 1918. Sick people were isolated and their not-yet-ill contacts quarantined at home. Public gatherings were canceled, including a major soccer match, and schools were closed. The measures did contain the spread of influenza but were abandoned within 18 days, once it became clear that the H1N1 influenza virus, albeit widespread in pandemic numbers, was not much more lethal than seasonal influenza. In that case, the measures were thus too costly in terms of loss of revenue and social disruption to proceed.

But the new coronavirus is a different story.

As we apply these community mitigation strategies today, on a global level never before seen in human history, time will tell us how much they helped reduce the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. But we are already seeing evidence that NPIs, when properly implemented and followed, flatten the curve — not only in American communities but all around the world.

To be sure, these policies are incredibly disruptive to the social fabric of our nation, not to mention the global economy. But the COVID-19 crisis is so easily spread and deadly, especially for those in the high-risk categories, that our public health and medical experts are prescribing the adage: It is far better to be safe than sorry. The cost of human life, especially for our own loved ones, far outweighs the drive to reopen the economy as soon (indeed, too soon) as possible.


Precautions taken in Seattle during the 1918 influenza epidemic included not permitting anyone to ride on street cars without wearing a mask. Photo courtesy American National Red Cross photograph collection/ Library of Congress

When the challenging crisis we find ourselves battling right now passes, we must remember, remember and remember again the three key lessons of both pandemics past:

We never really conquer microbes—at best, we wrestle them to a draw.

An outbreak anywhere can easily go everywhere.

And, it is no longer an issue of if we are going to have another contagious catastrophe in our new world order, it’s a matter of when.

That means we start preparing for the next infectious battle as soon as we are done with this one. If anything good comes out of this global crisis, it will be that we had the opportunity to study and develop other life-saving measures for when we face newly emerging infectious diseases, epidemics and pandemics in the future.
 

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Early antibody tests suggest an astonishing 21% of NYC residents already had coronavirus, Cuomo says
By Jack Davis, The Western Journal
Published April 24, 2020 at 11:33am

Roughly one in five people in New York City may already have been infected with the coronavirus, according to a test conducted to measure antibodies to the virus.

Antibodies are part of the immune system. The presence of antibodies to the coronavirus can indicate if someone has already been infected. That's important in understanding the disease.


 

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Trump interrupts press conference to tell the public the coronavirus is a hoax


 

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Pink eye now linked as possible symptom of coronavirus



by Liz Bonis, WKRC
Monday, March 30th 2020

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There's a new warning as yet another symptom seems to be linked to the coronavirus. (Provided)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - There's a new warning as yet another symptom seems to be linked to the coronavirus.

The top symptoms of COVID-19 have not changed. They still include a fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. This often results in complications of pneumonia. But we are learning some of these symptoms often follow a few others:

GI symptoms were announced last week, and then there's a newer one this week: It’s conjunctivitis, also commonly known as pink eye. It's an irritation of the eye that causes redness, swelling and sometimes discharge.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology, or AAO, has just now reported that coronavirus can cause a mild form of this as well, and if you have it, it's tough to tell if it's coming from this virus or another cause, so look for other symptoms of the virus to follow.

The AAO says this conjunctivitis appears to impact about 1-3% of those with COVID-19.

What's interesting is that while we certainly can get the virus by touching a surface and touching our own face, the AAO says pink eye appears to come from "aerosol contact with the conjunctiva," or the mucous membrane that covers the eye, which means from respiratory droplets.

They also say it's not unusual for any viral illness to show up in the eyes, but they do worry these eye secretions may also transmit the virus.

Maybe that guy just smoked a bunch of weed?
 
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No, the coronavirus wasn’t made in a lab. A genetic analysis shows it’s from nature
references https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-020-0820-9
which has the " subjectively useful picture "
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Fig. 1: Features of the spike protein in human SARS-CoV-2 and related coronaviruses.
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a, Mutations in contact residues of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. The spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 (red bar at top) was aligned against the most closely related SARS-CoV-like coronaviruses and SARS-CoV itself. Key residues in the spike protein that make contact to the ACE2 receptor are marked with blue boxes in both SARS-CoV-2 and related viruses, including SARS-CoV (Urbani strain). b, Acquisition of polybasic cleavage site and O-linked glycans. Both the polybasic cleavage site and the three adjacent predicted O-linked glycans are unique to SARS-CoV-2 and were not previously seen in lineage B betacoronaviruses. Sequences shown are from NCBI GenBank, accession codes MN908947, MN996532, AY278741, KY417146 and MK211376. The pangolin coronavirus sequences are a consensus generated from SRR10168377 and SRR10168378 (NCBI BioProject PRJNA573298)29,30.
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a potentially useful decoder ring = http://www.geneinfinity.org/sp/sp_aasymbols.html

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Dr. Fauci Warned In 2017 Of ‘Surprise Outbreak’ During Trump Administration

 

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“So clearly, this is something that can happen in nature,” Andersen says
"CAN" does not define as "does" or "did".
Then we are also looking at the Keystone Cop Theory: 1st: It came from the "wet market". NO, #2: It came from people eating bats, NO . NOW, #3 It came from an anteater.

So I guess we have anteaters have sex with bats then those bats get caught and taken to the Wet Market for people to consume ?
It CAN happen just like what "can" happen happened in the article.

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Next Doctor in line to be Head of WHO or Replace Dr. Fauci :
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Dr. Erickson COVID-19 Briefing

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Bravo. A couple of brave lads, except for one little problem.

They both believe in and advocate testing everyone.

Ding, ding, ding, NO, wrong, not gonna happen...

Isn't that what billy boy wants, to continue the fear campaign to get more and more folks to possibly want what he offers as salvation, but is death and satan itself, and he knows it and doesn't care, he fucking smirks...

And the boys at the front still believe in the virus infectious mantra, and base their decisions upon that model. Even if statistically correct, it misses the true interaction entirely.

And yeah, that is MHO... Prove me incorrect?

What a moronic world we live in, this naked aggression just a single torpedo reversed upon within the cage we have created.

My fault.

All the same, Leme off this disaster ship...
 

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Bravo. A couple of brave lads, except for one little problem.

They both believe in and advocate testing everyone.

Ding, ding, ding, NO, wrong, not gonna happen...

Isn't that what billy boy wants, to continue the fear campaign to get more and more folks to possibly want what he offers as salvation, but is death and satan itself, and he knows it and doesn't care, he fucking smirks...

And the boys at the front still believe in the virus infectious mantra, and base their decisions upon that model. Even if statistically correct, it misses the true interaction entirely.

And yeah, that is MHO... Prove me incorrect?

What a moronic world we live in, this naked aggression just a single torpedo reversed upon within the cage we have created.

My fault.

All the same, Leme off this disaster ship...
very sad day when this makes sense cry:

but, like all the other times, we'll all keep moving on down the road...
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HITHER AND YON
‘Flattening the Curve,’ And Other Lies
A message to the disaster brokers who think they are our superiors.


by SCOTT MCKAY

April 23, 2020, 1:48 PM

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To our betters in the American ruling class:

Just a note to say thanks for giving us a much-needed lesson in the wisdom of our Founding Fathers, who were not shy at all in admonishing us to be wary of surrendering the kind of government power you people have wielded, supposedly for our benefit, since the Chinese Communist virus hit our shores at some indeterminate point in the recent, or maybe not-so-recent, past.

You told us that Patient Zero in America for the Wuhan ChiCom virus came to Seattle and first landed in a hospital on January 19. You built an entire response to the virus based on that, and three months later more than 26 million Americans are out of work, and the projections are that some 24 percent of our economy will have evaporated in the second quarter of this year thanks to that response.

In the meantime we’ve watched, on our TVs and computer screens, as moms and dads have been arrested for taking their kids to the park, as some of you have issued edicts preventing us from traveling from one property we own to another, as some of you are attempting to mandate that we wear masks in public, and as some of you are shutting down events and gatherings even eight months from now, as though you have crystal balls to see what the future so far out will hold.
What you’ve done has made an abject mockery of the idea we have God-given, unassailable rights. Instead what we have are permissions from our political betters. Thomas Jefferson and Samuel Adams would be busy decorating trees with your hides for less than we’ve tolerated from you in the past three months.

And why? Because they knew what we’ve apparently forgotten — as another of the titans of our past once said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

Ben Franklin wouldn’t have a particularly fond judgment of what we’ve let you do lately.

Because what he knew, and what Jefferson and the rest knew, was that a government to which you surrender your natural rights will shortly abuse and debase them, and the power to whom it’s been ceded won’t easily be reclaimed by the people.

Some of us are beginning to remember this. More of us will recognize it as evidence of your perfidy and incompetence mounts.

After all, several things are true.
First, most of you spent several decades essentially rewarding Red China for the Tiananmen Square massacre by throwing open trade and granting the most murderous political apparatus in human history Most Favored Nation trade status. The result of that has been to help build a hostile world superpower rival we didn’t have after the fall of the Soviet Union, at the expense of our manufacturing base. You thought that was a good idea, partially because you’re naive and stupid and partially because you were bought off, but what we ended up with is a rogue regime that cooks up infectious diseases in laboratories, incompetently lets them out into the open and proceeds to lie about them for months while the World Health Organization, which you put us on the hook to fund with hundreds of millions of dollars of our money, covers up for China despite their providing barely a tenth of what we do.

Great move.

Then, while you tell us this virus is nothing to worry about, you build a response based on the numbers and data coming from that lying rogue regime and the incompetent government of Italy, which it turns out presides over a perfect storm of an atrocious socialized medicine regime and a teeming cesspool of sweatshop Chinese labor, coupled with an innovative method of counting every conceivable death related to the virus whether actual or not, as a virus death. You throw all of that garbage into data models built and funded by apocalyptic leftists with extensive dealings with the Chinese, and proceed to govern by them.

It doesn’t occur to you until weeks later, when those models utterly fail to predict anything like the real impact of the virus, that what they reflect is garbage in, garbage out. And one main reason your models fail so completely is the public health bureaucrats you put all your faith in never even bothered to wonder what it would mean if the Chinese communists were lying to us about the virus.

Namely, that if they denied its existence for two months, the virus was probably everywhere long before your response kicked in, and shutting down the American economy was a tragic waste of lives, livelihoods, and capital. We now know this was the case, because at long last somebody is finally doing antibody testing — and as they conduct studies in places like California, where the virus would have spread earliest, they’re finding out what was obvious to lots of people. It turns out Patient Zero wasn’t Zero at all — at least two people had died of the virus well before the “outbreak” supposedly started.

What that means is we were a lot further along this curve you told us putting us under house arrest was going to flatten than you knew. And because we were further along that curve, the potential impact of the virus on our health-care system was never even remotely close to what your awful data models said it would be.

That’s OK, though. Lives are more important than money, right? Except you’ve spent decades pushing government programs aimed at redistributing wealth on us based on the premise, which we’ve been promised is true (and might well be), that poverty, unemployment, and social isolation create catastrophic health outcomes. So making the whole country broke, unemployed, and unable to interact in person with their friends is now a good idea … because of this virus?

Well, how dangerous is the virus? Well, it could kill more than two million of us, and everybody is at risk. Or maybe more like 250,000 of us, most of whom are old. Or, perhaps it’s more like 100,000 of us, and the vast majority have serious health issues like morbid obesity, hypertension, diabetes, or are immunocompromised. Or maybe it’s 60,000.

Which is a number more like a bad flu season. But we don’t dare call this the flu! It’s 10 times more dangerous than the flu.

Well, not unless you’re over 60 and have those comorbidities. If you’re 45 or younger and you’re healthy, the flu is probably more likely to kill you than the Chinese coronavirus.

And then those studies come out and — guess what! — this virus has about the same fatality rate, once you project all the people who’ve actually had it, as the flu. Wonder what the numbers would have looked like if you hadn’t copied the Italians’ model of chalking up everybody who even thought of having the virus as a virus death. Sometimes you’re not even testing people before assigning their deaths to the virus. Hey, running up the score is good for getting federal disaster funding, right? Better make sure the public stays scared!

But the medical system was going to be overwhelmed, and so we had to “flatten the curve” and keep everybody home and socially distanced. Because that would keep us from getting the virus. Or actually, no, it wouldn’t, because everybody ultimately gets the virus. We just needed to make sure we didn’t all get it at the same time, because the hospitals would fill up.

And it’s a good thing we shut the economy down, because the hospitals didn’t fill up. In fact, the hospitals are empty, and they’re laying off doctors and nurses. Y’know, the doctors and nurses who are such heroes that nobody is supposed to get mad when they harangue people who question whether or not this is as serious as they make it out to be on the six o’clock news. Those doctors and nurses — they’re swamped with patients, you know. When they’re not laid off because there are no patients to see.

By the way, thanks for designing such a precise, well-thought-out shutdown. After all, it makes perfect sense that you can get an abortion but not a colonoscopy. No need to explain why Walmart is selling shirts while Macy’s is shuttered. Or why surfing or golfing alone are prohibited, because “social distancing,” but buying lottery tickets is cool. Or why you can’t get a haircut unless you’re a mayor or governor who “has” to go on TV to preen at a press conference daily. Or why buying booze is OK but going to the gym is dangerous. That has all made perfect sense. Good job on thinking all that through.

Just imagine how bad it would have been if you hadn’t shut the economy down. Look at what those data models showed! You guys are real heroes. We shouldn’t be upset at all about losing our jobs. We should be thanking you for free government swag and unemployment checks … which in some cases are more than our jobs were paying, and so those businesses you shuttered can’t reopen because they can’t bring back their employees who have no motivation to get back to work.

But now that you saved the health-care system from being overloaded (not from being shut down like all the other businesses, though, which means you’ve damaged it in other ways with stupid public policy), it’s time to go back to work, right? Well, no.

No, you tell us, you have to be careful about how you do that. Too much freedom is a bad thing, right? We have to embrace the “new normal.”

The “new normal” means we can go back to work when you tell us, and we can live our lives how you dictate we can. And why?

Because we don’t want a “second wave” of the outbreak.

Wait, why would we have a second wave? Because not everybody got the virus in the first wave. And until everybody has more or less had it you can’t get to “herd immunity,” which is how these viruses are defeated.

But the virus ultimately spreads everywhere. We know this because there have been viruses spreading since there have been people for them to spread to, and that’s how a coronavirus works.

So why wouldn’t we want to just get this over with and protect the people most vulnerable to the virus? Because that would be irresponsible, right? You have to — how does it go? — “test, trace, isolate” before you can let people do what they want. You might even need to give people “immunity papers” proving they’re safe to be around before you’ll let them go to work at their “non-essential” jobs or eat at a restaurant.

We promise we won’t notice none of that was in the initial justification for forcing us to stay home. We wouldn’t suspect you guys of bad faith for having bait-and-switched us like that. Because we know that if we did notice, and we did express dissatisfaction, we would be descended upon by our betters at the Big Tech companies, who are doing us a big favor by censoring “misinformation” about the virus like for example people questioning the WHO or noting the virus likely came out of a Chinese bioweapons lab. Or we’ll get arrested because protesting is “non-essential.” Or maybe we’ll just be griped at by the hordes of busybody Karens across the country who call us “selfish” for wondering whether this wasn’t all just a too-costly overreaction.

No, we won’t do any of that. We’ll just say thanks, and that you’re really doing a hell of a job.

Seriously. Literally. You’re doing a hell of a job.

Signed,

The irritated, unwashed, and involuntarily broke American people
 

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Giuliani: 'Fauci gave $3.7 million to the Wuhan laboratory'
'We paid for the damn virus that's killing us'


Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force delivers remarks at a coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing Monday, April 6, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House photo by D. Myles Cullen)

Dr. Anthony Fauci is among the onetime members of the Obama administration who must be held accountable for the $3.7 million the U.S. granted to China for coronavirus research in 2014, contends Rudy Giuliani.

Some of the money went to the Wuhan laboratory in which the coronavirus pandemic is believe to have originated.

The former New York City mayor, now personal legal counsel for President Trump, said in an interview Sunday with New York AM 970 radio's "The Cats Roundtable" that he would open an investivation if he were U.S. attorney.

Giuliani wants to find out what Fauci, who has served as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, knew about what was going on in the Wuhan laboratory when the grant was made.

The U.S. intelligence community believes the current coronavirus strain may have accidentally escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Giuliani suspects China was experimenting with viruses at the lab for the purpose of "weaponizing them." He said the U.S. was prohibited from giving any money to any laboratory "that was fooling around with these viruses."

The U.S. intelligence community believes the current coronavirus strain may have accidentally escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Giuliani suspects China was experimenting with viruses at the lab for the purpose of "weaponizing them." He said the U.S. was prohibited from giving any money to any laboratory "that was fooling around with these viruses."

"I'd want to know what did we know? How much did we know about how bad the practices were there? Who knew about it? And who sent them money anyway? And that person would sure as heck be in front of a grand jury trying to explain to me — what are you asleep?"

The Washington Examiner noted it's unclear what oversight Fauci had in the funding decisions.

However, it was the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases itself that awarded the $3.7 million in grants to EcoHealth Alliance to study the "risk of future coronavirus (CoV) emergence from wildlife using in-depth field investigations across the human-wildlife interface in China" at wet markets.

Not all of the funding went to the lab in Wuhan.

The funding was brought up at a White House press briefing.

President Trump asked, "Who is president then, I wonder?"

The Examiner noted, however, that the funding was approved from 2014 to 2019, including $700,000 that was awarded under the Trump administration.
 

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Liberals Including MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Escalate Attacks on Dr. Birx, and the Real Reasons Why Are Clear
Posted at 2:30 pm on April 27, 2020 by Sister Toldjah


Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Monday, April 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A few weeks ago, the New York Times unofficially kicked off the media/left’s campaign to nuke the credibility of White House Coronavirus Task Force response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, accusing her of being easily “turned” by President Trump into a mere mouthpiece for his views.

Since then, the attacks on Birx have escalated, hitting fever pitch over the weekend after Birx once again refused to play along with the mainstream media’s tiresome gotcha games in the middle of a pandemic.

Leading the way on Sunday were NBC News “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd and MSBNC anchor Andrea Mitchell, who both had very concerned looks on their faces as they fretted over Dr. Birx’s answers about Trump promoting the use of sunlight to kill the Wuhan coronavirus:

MITCHELL: “… unfortunately, I think the credibility of the scientists really now is on the line. They have to decide whether to stay inside and be valuable or whether or not they have to see another alternative, like Jim Mattis, and quit, because when Dr. Birx said to you today that sunlight does kill the virus, she is perpetuating an unscientific, untested, single study presented by a nonscientist from the department of homeland security, which led to the president, as she put it, not fully digesting the data. She needed to be very clear on disavowing it, and to this point, she still has not been even this morning.”​
Todd, who made it a point during another segment to bizarrely point out a possible “good side” to the crisis, nodded on approvingly throughout Mitchell’s rant. Watch:

In addition to Mitchell’s and Todd’s attacks on Birx, New Yorker staff writer Emily Nussbaum accused Birx of being “the expert” who “props up the mad king”, suggesting she was “going to leave a horrible legacy.”

Let me explain what these attacks on Birx from the left are really all about.

As I’ve said before, Birx has been like the calm within the storm during the daily press briefings. Birx uses her platform to smoothly debunk media myths at nearly every briefing, while educating the media and easing the panic that has set in for some thanks in large part to the MSM’s deliberately sensationalistic reporting.

Because she refuses to get sucked in to the the left’s/media’s narratives about whether or not Trump is demonstrating good leadership during the crisis, she’s become “the enemy” to them. Her concerns are not about the politics and what this crisis might mean for the left/media’s preferred candidate Joe Biden; her concerns are solely about giving people useful information about what’s going on and what to expect.

If Trump does follow through with the idea of not participating in future White House coronavirus task force press briefings, Birx, who is very respected in her field, will take center stage along with VP Mike Pence, Dr. Fauci, Surgeon General Adams and other key members of the task force.

So The Usual Suspects will need a new dedicated focal point for their anti-Trump ire. And because Birx has arguably been the most effective communicator of the bunch – and because she’s a woman who is working in a Republican administration, her credibility and her character must be questioned, attacked, and destroyed.

I don’t think I need to explain why these attacks should not succeed, but for anyone who is concerned that they will, just remember the supposedly science-focused media’s garbage hype about the “man who died after drinking fish tank cleaner” story, and their rush to amplify a VA study on hydroxychloroquine that turned out to be more flawed than scientific.

It’s the media who have a credibility issue here, not Dr. Birx.


Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 16+ year writer with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars.
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Haven't we been discussing this for two or three weeks now ? WND use to be better than this. (sisk,sisk,sisk)
 

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Bill Gates praised China's COVID response, trashed America's, then had his words immediately used by Chinese propagandists
Whose side is he on?
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Billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates recently defended the communist Chinese government's response to the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that they "did a lot of things right at the beginning." As for America's response to the virus — he said that it was "particularly poor."

His stunning comments came during an interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN Sunday.

What did he say?
"How would you respond to the charge that the Chinese covered this up, they essentially deceived the rest of the world, and as a result, they should be held in someway responsible for this?" Zakaria asked Gates during the interview.

"Well, I don't think that's a timely thing because it doesn't affect how we act today. China did a lot of things right at the beginning," Gates said in response. "Like any country where a virus first shows up, they can look back and see where they missed some things."


"Some countries did respond very quickly and get their testing in place and they avoided the incredible economic pain, and it's sad that even the U.S., that you would have expected to do this well, did it particularly poorly," Gates went on to claim.

Gates went on to call criticisms of China "a distraction."

That's not right at all
Gates seems to have forgotten that Chinese authorities have been lying about the virus since the start of the outbreak late last year in Wuhan.

They censured and reprimanded early whistleblowers who sought to inform the public about the dangers of a novel coronavirus spreading within Wuhan. Health care workers were silenced and citizen journalists went missing. It wasn't until December 31 that China finally reported the virus to the country's World Health Organization office.

Officials claimed that the outbreak started in a Wuhan wet market where bats were sold, but is becoming more and more likely that the virus accidentally originated in a Wuhan virology lab. Officials claimed for weeks that the virus could not spread between humans despite very early evidence of human-to-human transmission. For at least 6 key days, they peddled the lies.

Even after the virus spread worldwide, the Chinese government continued to lie about the extent of the outbreak within its own country. Officials have gone so far as to blame the U.S. for the pandemic, claiming that the U.S. military developed the virus and infected China and Europe.

Chinese state propaganda
Almost immediately after the interview, Gates' remarks in defense of China were promoted by Chinese state propagandists.

Chen Weihua, China Daily's European Union bureau chief, posted the clip on Twitter, writing, "Bill Gates blasts Trump's blame game on China as a distraction."


(H/T: The Daily Wire)

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Bill Gates praised China's COVID response, trashed America's, then had his words immediately used by Chinese propagandists
Whose side is he on?
Photo by Hou Yu/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images

PHIL SHIVER


Billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates recently defended the communist Chinese government's response to the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that they "did a lot of things right at the beginning." As for America's response to the virus — he said that it was "particularly poor."

His stunning comments came during an interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN Sunday.

What did he say?
"How would you respond to the charge that the Chinese covered this up, they essentially deceived the rest of the world, and as a result, they should be held in someway responsible for this?" Zakaria asked Gates during the interview.

"Well, I don't think that's a timely thing because it doesn't affect how we act today. China did a lot of things right at the beginning," Gates said in response. "Like any country where a virus first shows up, they can look back and see where they missed some things."


"Some countries did respond very quickly and get their testing in place and they avoided the incredible economic pain, and it's sad that even the U.S., that you would have expected to do this well, did it particularly poorly," Gates went on to claim.

Gates went on to call criticisms of China "a distraction."

That's not right at all
Gates seems to have forgotten that Chinese authorities have been lying about the virus since the start of the outbreak late last year in Wuhan.

They censured and reprimanded early whistleblowers who sought to inform the public about the dangers of a novel coronavirus spreading within Wuhan. Health care workers were silenced and citizen journalists went missing. It wasn't until December 31 that China finally reported the virus to the country's World Health Organization office.

Officials claimed that the outbreak started in a Wuhan wet market where bats were sold, but is becoming more and more likely that the virus accidentally originated in a Wuhan virology lab. Officials claimed for weeks that the virus could not spread between humans despite very early evidence of human-to-human transmission. For at least 6 key days, they peddled the lies.

Even after the virus spread worldwide, the Chinese government continued to lie about the extent of the outbreak within its own country. Officials have gone so far as to blame the U.S. for the pandemic, claiming that the U.S. military developed the virus and infected China and Europe.

Chinese state propaganda
Almost immediately after the interview, Gates' remarks in defense of China were promoted by Chinese state propagandists.

Chen Weihua, China Daily's European Union bureau chief, posted the clip on Twitter, writing, "Bill Gates blasts Trump's blame game on China as a distraction."


(H/T: The Daily Wire)

https://www.theblaze.com/news/bill-gates-praised-china-coronavirus-propaganda
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Volume 181, Issue 2, 16 April 2020, Pages 281-292.e6
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Structure, Function, and Antigenicity of the SARS-CoV-2 Spike Glycoprotein

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Figure 2. SARS-CoV-2 S Recognizes hACE2 with Comparable Affinity to SARS-CoV S
(A and B) Biolayer interferometry binding analysis of the hACE2 ectodomain to immobilized SARS-CoV-2 SB (A) or SARS-CoV SB (B). The experiments were repeated with different protein preparations and one representative set of curves is shown. Dotted lines correspond to a global fit of the data using a 1:1 binding model.

(C) Sequence alignment of SARS-CoV-2 SB and SARS-CoV SB Urbani (late phase of the 2002–2003 SARS-CoV epidemic). Identical and similar positions are respectively shown with white or red font.
The single amino acid insertion at position 483 of the SARS-CoV-2 SB is indicated with a period at the corresponding SARS-CoV SB position.

The 14 residues that are key for binding of SARS-CoV SB to hACE2 are labeled with a star.
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Figure S2. Comparison of the SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV S Structures, Related to Figures 3, 4, and 5
Ribbon diagrams of the SARS-CoV-2 S (A) and SARS-CoV S (PDB 6NB6, D) ectodomain cryoEM structures.
The SARS-CoV-2 (B) and SARS-CoV (E) S1 subunits.
The SARS-CoV-2 (C) and SARS-CoV (F) S2 subunits.
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