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China Deploys Military to Fight Coronavirus as Confirmed Infections Approach 1,000

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Sweden’s Coronavirus Strategy Will Soon Be the World’s
Herd Immunity Is the Only Realistic Option—The Question Is How to Get There Safely
By Nils Karlson, Charlotta Stern, and Daniel B. Klein
May 12, 2020


Students celebrate their graduation in Stockholm, April 2020
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China placed 50 million people under quarantine in Wuhan Province in January. Since then, many liberal democracies have taken aggressive authoritarian measures of their own to fight the novel coronavirus. By mid-March, almost all Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries had implemented some combination of school, university, workplace, and public transportation closures; restrictions on public events; and limits on domestic and international travel. One country, however, stands out as an exception in the West.

Rather than declare a lockdown or a state of emergency, Sweden asked its citizens to practice social distancing on a mostly voluntary basis. Swedish authorities imposed some restrictions designed to flatten the curve: no public gatherings of more than 50 people, no bar service, distance learning in high schools and universities, and so on. But they eschewed harsh controls, fines, and policing. Swedes have changed their behavior, but not as profoundly as the citizens of other Western democracies. Many restaurants remain open, although they are lightly trafficked; young children are still in school. And in contrast to neighboring Norway (and some Asian countries), Sweden has not introduced location-tracing technologies or apps, thus avoiding threats to privacy and personal autonomy.

Swedish authorities have not officially declared a goal of reaching herd immunity, which most scientists believe is achieved when more than 60 percent of the population has had the virus. But augmenting immunity is no doubt part of the government’s broader strategy—or at least a likely consequence of keeping schools, restaurants, and most businesses open. Anders Tegnell, the chief epidemiologist at Sweden’s Public Health Agency, has projected that the city of Stockholm could reach herd immunity as early as this month. Based on updated behavioral assumptions (social-distancing norms are changing how Swedes behave), the Stockholm University mathematician Tom Britton has calculated that 40 percent immunity in the capital could be enough to stop the virus’s spread there and that this could happen by mid-June.
 

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News4 I-Team Crowdsources Virginia Long-Term Care Outbreaks After State Refuses to Disclose Facility Names
By Jodie Fleischer, Rick Yarborough and Steve Jones
Published May 12, 2020 • Updated on May 12, 2020 at 8:34 pm


Nearly 60 percent of the Virginians who've died from COVID-19 have come from the state's assisted living and nursing homes, but so far, state leaders have refused to identify which locations have outbreaks, citing privacy.

After hearing from many families struggling to get information from their loved ones' homes, the News4 I-Team launched a massive effort to compile that data through crowdsourcing.

For more than a month, the I-Team has asked viewers to assist in bringing transparency to the outbreaks in Virginia's long term care facilities — and the community responded.

Emails and calls flooded in from people who work in and around Virginia's nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Many families who are worried about their own loved ones living in facilities also contacted the I-Team wanting to help share information with others.

"Not providing the facts and transparency leads to a tremendous amount of anxiety for the families," said Jennifer Weiss, who contacted News4 after losing her mother to COVID-19 at a facility in Falls Church.

Elizabeth Brokamp's father contracted the virus at a facility in Springfield. She said she was notified when the first resident and a few staff got sick but then didn't hear anything else until her father was gravely ill. He died two days later.

"I think we really need to know more information so we have a full understanding of what our community is facing," Brokamp said. "At least you know what your loved one is facing, maybe you can help, or reach out one last time."

Both women told News4 they wished they were better informed about the outbreak at their parents’ homes.

Virginia is refusing to publicly release how many residents and staff have tested positive or died from COVID-19 in each of the 162 outbreak locations, citing their privacy. That leaves families with no way to verify if their loved one's home is telling them everything.

"I think there is no reason for any family member to be in the dark," said Melissa Andrews, president and CEO of LeadingAge Virginia, a not-for-profit association of older adult service providers around the commonwealth.

Andrews said she urged her 131 members to be transparent with residents and families, but she also understands why many facilities are reluctant to share numbers publicly.

"I do think there is a fear that they are going to be labeled a bad provider," Andrews said. “I think it's really easy for people to make nursing homes the enemy in this pandemic."

She said just because a facility has an outbreak does not mean someone was at fault.

"Nursing homes care for people who are really, really sick. They have multiple chronic conditions and a fairly high percentage of the people in our care have do not resuscitate orders," said Joe DeMattos, president of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland.

Maryland's governor decided weeks ago to reverse his state health department decision and release facility-specific numbers. Washington, D.C., leaders have also released facility-specific information.

The number of cases and deaths among residents and staff of Maryland and D.C. facilities has been posted on an NBC Washington map for weeks. Now, the I-Team has worked to include at least 113 facilities in Virginia.

Coronavirus Cases & Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities

COVID-19 cases and deaths in long-term care facilities in D.C. and Maryland.

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Source: Maryland Coronavirus, DC Coronavirus Data
Credit: Anisa Holmes/NBC Washington

"We advocate for transparency and knowledge, but you also have to understand context," said DeMattos.

For example, some of the Virginia data now included on the News4 map has come from the facilities themselves, in an effort to be fully transparent. Some facilities that are not listed may be because they haven't publicly disclosed cases, not because they haven't had any.

The map uses grey dots to indicate the locations where a relative or worker contacted the I-Team about positive cases, but the facility declined to confirm or did not respond.

Some of the included outbreaks were only confirmed by the health department early on, since they were so severe. The state has since denied the I-Team’s repeated requests for location names, using an interpretation of Virginia law to consider a long-term care facility to be "a person" requiring privacy.

"On a daily basis they should have been informed," said Jessica Forbes, whose mother was a nurse at an Alexandria care facility and died of COVID-19.

"I know for a fact she was not getting that information on a daily basis," Forbes said. "She was so worried about getting this."

So was Jim Sanders, a resident of a facility in Burke.

"They wouldn't answer or tell you about the virus and what was going on," Sanders told News 4. "How many [cases] have we got here?"

Andrews said naming the facilities with outbreaks could help keep staff who work in multiple locations from spreading the virus. She said her organization has been pushing for the state to at least share the facility-specific data among the provider community.

"I wish we weren't having to have this conversation because I wish that all providers were just giving this information out," Andrews said.
 

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From the King County Public Health covid tracking dashboard:
Deaths:

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511 deaths, 464 of them people over 60. Over 90%
The 'curve'
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BREAKING: D.O.D. OPERATION JUMPSTART & RAPID USA -- 500 MILLION DOSES

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VICTORY - Bill Gates, Anthony Fauci & Big Pharma lost a Massive Supreme Court Case in USA

 

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Pandemic – History’s Biggest Hoax, 3052 Still reporting

 

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Part 1: Rosemary Gibson: The China Pharmaceutical Supply National Emergency


Part 2: Rosemary Gibson: The China Pharmaceutical Supply National Emergency

 

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Critical Analysis of COVID-19 Response 'the goalpost keeps moving'

 

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Navajo Nation residents to be under strictest lockdown yet
By FELICIA FONSECA



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A sign is posted on the door of the hogan, a traditional Navajo dwelling, of Mabel Charley's home-bound uncle, to keep visitors out in Chilchinbeto, Ariz., on the Navajo reservation on April 21, 2020. The reservation has some of the highest rates of coronavirus in the country. If Navajos are susceptible to the virus' spread in part because they are so closely knit, that's also how many believe they will beat it. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Residents of the Navajo Nation will be under the strictest weekend lockdown yet, with grocery stores and gas stations closed, and even essential workers ordered to stay home.

Navajo President Jonathan Nez made the announcement after a spike in deaths that he attributed to shifting traffic patterns after the city of Gallup recently shut down to outside visitors. That lockdown in northwestern New Mexico has since ended.

On the Navajo Nation, residents will face citations, with potential fines and jail time, if they leave their homes during the lockdown, which starts Friday night and ends Monday around dawn. Nez urged people to listen and not pack their bags to head out of town during the lockdown.

“Stay home, that’s the bottom line. There’s nothing wrong with staying home and taking care of your home, taking care of your family members,” a frustrated Nez said Thursday. “We need to be able to recognize that what you do affects everybody.”

While the state of Arizona has loosened its restrictions on residents and businesses, the Navajo Nation has clamped down. The tribe already has daily nighttime curfews and requires people to wear masks when out in public. Government offices are closed or have limited services. The tribe’s stay-at-home order has been extended to June 7, while Arizona’s expired Friday.

As of Friday, the tribe reported 127 deaths and 3,740 positive coronavirus cases since it first began tracking the figures. More than 500 people have recovered, tribal health officials said. There were no new deaths reported on Friday.

Loretta Christensen, the chief medical officer for the Navajo-area Indian Health Service, said the reservation’s three largest hospitals hit capacity last week — in line with expected predictions — and a significant number of patients were transferred off the reservation.

“We’re still getting cases across the area, but not at the velocity we did before,” she said in a call with reporters Thursday.

People who have tested positive but no longer need to be hospitalized are being encouraged to stay in one of three isolation centers set up in basketball gyms on and off the reservation to protect their families. Isolation tents also are available for those who would rather not leave their property, Christensen said.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.

McKinley County, which includes Gallup, had been the hot spot on the reservation because of a recent outbreak at a detox center. Apache County in Arizona surpassed it with the most COVID-19 cases on the reservation, according to the Thursday figures.

Apache County had 948 positive cases, while McKinley County had 928, tribal officials said. Navajo County in Arizona had 757 cases, and San Juan County in New Mexico had 428. Six other counties in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah had smaller numbers.

The Navajo Nation’s total cases include 99 that previously weren’t included because they took longer than usual to verify. Tribal officials also cited jurisdictional challenges.
 

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In Jacksonville, hundreds of homeless people tested for COVID-19; all were negative
Jacksonville is one of two cities in the US where all homeless people were tested for coronavirus. Of the nearly 700 tested there, all the results were "negative."

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A group that provides support and services to Jacksonville's homeless population says it participated in a program allowing it to test all of the homeless people here for COVID-19.

Jacksonville is one of two cities in the U.S. selected by Quest Diagnostics to test the areas' homeless populations for coronavirus, according to a news release from Sulzbacher, a Jacksonville-based homeless support organization.

The other city is Phoenix, Ariz.

In Jacksonville, 687 people were tested and Quest Diagnostics confirmed that, "all tested individuals did not have COVID-19; everyone was negative," the news release states.

The release went on to say how the homeless testing operation, which began May 4, was orchestrated.

Sulzbacher partnered with UF Health Jacksonville to administer the tests at the city's homeless shelters. Those shelters include Sulzbacher downtown and Sulzbacher Village, Trinity Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, Clara White Mission, Hubbard House and City Rescue Mission and both Urban Rest Stop locations, the news release states.
 

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BILL GATES EXPLAINS THAT THE COVID VACCINE WILL USE EXPERIMENTAL TECHNOLOGY AND PERMANENTLY ALTER YOUR DNA
May 15, 2020

Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
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“Currently, there are no RNA vaccines approved for human use.” ~Wikipedia
Rather than instruct people on how to improve their overall health or boost their immunity with healthy foods, quality supplements, and physical activity, the powers-that-be are telling the world that the only way to survive the Coronavirus crisis is to rush the development of a vaccine and then inject every human being on the planet.

The U.S. government along with major cities like Chicago are already moving forward with plans to use government resources and the military to distribute hundreds of millions of doses of vaccines to Americans by the end of the year.
 

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There Is No Evidence Lockdowns Saved Lives. It Is Indisputable They Caused Great Harm
BY BRIGGS
POSTED ON MAY 14, 2020

The US has a little more than 4% of the world population. Yet, throughout the end of April and through mid-May, the US claimed to have about a third of the reported coronavirus cases and a quarter to a third of reported death worldwide. What accounts for these amazing numbers?

By any measure, the US has a much better healthcare system than the Philippines (PI). The country has about a third of the US population, at 106.7 million. Just to pick a date, on May 12, 2020 the PI reported 11,086 cases and 726 deaths, according to Worldometer. This represents 213 cases per million residents, and 7 per million deaths. The US reported 4,187 cases per million, and 247 deaths per million, 20 and 30 times higher than the PI. The PI also had variable lockdowns, as did the US, with Manila reportedly facing the strictest measures, similar to some areas in the US.

One obvious difference in numbers is the level of testing. The US surely carried out testing more assiduously than did the PI. The same site claimed the US carried out 29 thousand tests per million, with only 1,600 per million in the PI. But with lower deaths, a country needs fewer tests.

Without question, the media, including non-American media, focused on the US. And perhaps the US was quicker to ascribe deaths to coronavirus. Who knows what the PI policy was for ascribing deaths. The weather in the PI, too, was much better— that is, hotter and sunnier—than in the areas of the US with the largest deaths, New York, Chicago, and Detroit metropolitan areas, which all had lousy weather. A late spring, with cool temperatures and a lot of rain.

Taiwan is a country of 24 million people and had, on the same date, 440 cases and 7 deaths, or 0.3 per million. With no lockdowns and relatively good weather. We heard much about Sweden, which only took modest measures. Sweden has less than half the population of Taiwan. Sweden had 26,670 reported cases, and 3,256 reported deaths, or 2,641 and 322 per million, respectively. It had worse weather.

Belgium has about as many people as Sweden, 11.5 million, though more spread out. They had 53,449 reported cases and 8,707 reported deaths, or 4,612 and 751 per million respectively, the worst of all countries. Three times worse than the US. The Belgian and US lockdown were similar, with the Belgian being slightly stricter, and easier to monitor and control given the country’s size.

There were 12 countries (with at least a million people) that had, on May 12, reported death rates greater than 100 per million. These were, from worst to best, Belgium, Spain, Italy, UK, France, Sweden, Netherlands, Ireland, USA, Switzerland, Canada, Portugal. Each country besides Sweden (which had some impositions) had lockdowns, in varying severity.

There were 31 countries (of at least one million) with reported death rates from 11 to 99 per million. These included, from worst to best, Denmark (92), Germany (91), Iran (80), Norway (41), Israel (30), Mexico (28), Russia (14), and Greece (14). Lockdowns varied widely, as we’ll see.

There were 51 countries (of at least one million) with reported death rates from 1 to 10 per million. These included Japan (with modest measures), South Korea (with more stringent measures), both at 5 per million, Singapore, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Georgia, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Paraguay, India, China, and a host of African countries.

Finally, there were 30 countries (also at least one million) with reported deaths under 1 per million. These included Thailand, Taiwan, Jordan, Hong Kong, Botswana, Syria, Myanmar, Ethiopia, and so on.

Let’s look at in pictures. I first went through every country and classified whether that country had a government-imposed lockdown of at least half its population, for any time in 2020. The sources were saved, so you can check for yourself. I welcome correction and amplifications! Download the data here. Or ignore it altogether. The spread in death rates is more than sufficient proof against lockdowns, as we’ll see.


This is a histogram of the deaths per million population for those countries with at least a population of one million, broken down by lockdowns and no lockdowns. Iceland, population about a third of a million, did not have a lockdown, thus does not appear. They had a death rate of 29 per million.

The scale is by log base 10, a necessity because of the enormous variability in death rates. Countries which did not have lockdowns are in green. If anything, these are are clustered at the lower end of death rates, but the evidence is far from conclusive.

Another way to look at it, because of the potential for population density to play a role, is a plot of the death rate per million by the population, for countries with at least one million.


The two top population points are, of course, China and India. The highest death rates were discussed above. Again, death rates were more than highly variable: they were all over the place! Vietnam, which reported 0 deaths, does not appear.

Lockdowns ranged from severe, as in China’s Wuhan, to practically non-existent or highly localized, as in Botswana, where major cities saw greater control. If lockdowns worked as advertised, then we would not expect to see such enormous variability in the reported death rates. Belgium, again, had 751 per million, and Ethiopia, population 109.2 million, had the lowest reported non-zero death rate of 0.04 per million. This is a difference of 19 thousand times!

Ethiopia did declare a state of emergency, but had no lockdown. They also had from the US a “$37m package which encompassed case management, infection prevention and control, laboratory strengthening, public health screening, and communications and media campaigns, among others.”

Vietnam, population 95.5 million, which had a lockdown (they reported 18,000 businesses were forced to close), reported 0 deaths.

Sweden did better than the UK, and there couldn’t have been a greater difference in strategies. In the US, South Dakota, which had no lockdown, did 7 times better than Chicago (or all Illinois), which did.

Brazil did not have a country-wide lockdown, but a handful of cities threatened, and some carried out local measures. Same kind of thing in the US, with of course harsh mandatory measures in more enlightened cities, to nothing in all in some flyover cities. Japan did not have a lockdown and did fine, relatively speaking. It’s never mentioned in the press, though. Wonder why? Georgia (the country) appeared only to lockdown Tblisi.

Some countries locked down only a few major cities or ports, others cut off foreign travel, and either left their citizens alone or only issued warnings. Some lockdowns were especially harsh, with food shortages happening fast, like in Paraguay. Lithuania required people to wear coronavirus bracelets to indicate their health status. Foreign workers in Qatar concentrated on their lockdowns in camps. Albania scanned the grounds using drones to find lockdown scofflaws. Even nomads in Western Sahara were ordered to stay in their tents!

There is a sort of trend of lower death rates in hotter countries, or in areas of larger countries with better weather, like the US. Population density also played a part. It easier to spread any bug in tightly packed quarters, than when people are spread far apart. People mattered, of course. Australia and New Zealand, both locked down, and both had 4 per million death rates, but then it was summer in both places at the start of the pandemic, and the people are largely similar.

Obviously, many, many other things varied between countries. Age and healthy of citizens. Old and decrepit in Europe? Younger and more robust in Africa? Compliance of people was of every possible status. In some countries, there was not as much oversight on lockdowns, and even in those without lockdowns some measures were taken, as in Taiwan. In Guinea police fired on lockdown protesters. In Somalia police fired and hit their targets, killing lockdown protesters. In Michigan no shots were fired, but the politicians began sweating.

Reporting also varied widely, and wildly. The West went with hour-by-hour breathless updates for every number. The press trumpeted each new increase, besides themselves with glee for an opportunity to feel important. We hardly heard from, or about, African countries.

And then the medical systems are also vastly different among all these countries. Some numbers seemed more reliable than others. Tajikistan only a few deaths (2 per million), which some said was a lie. Who knows? Everybody is sure China lied. Did Japan? Did Belarus? Over-counting and excessive nervousness caused uncertainty in the numbers in the West. Incapacity, or lack of interest or resources, or even government intervention, as in China, muddied the numbers elsewhere.

In the end, it does not come down to country- or even city-level statistics. It comes down to people. Each individual catches the bug or not, lives or dies. Not because of their country, but because of themselves, their health, their circumstances. Any given individual might have benefited from self-quarantine and loss of job. Just as any given individual might have come to a bad end from a lockdown. The only possible way to know is to measure each case. Which can never happen.

What should we conclude? Strike that. What can we conclude. Only one thing: we cannot conclude that lockdowns worked.

The only evidence for lockdowns is the desire that lockdowns worked. That, and the embarrassment (and worse) in admitting to error. What politician anywhere will cop to ruining their economy and the lives of millions of their citizens? Who can say “Ah, it was only a few trillion”? This will not happen. It just won’t. All politicians will and much go on repeating that their lockdowns “saved lives”.

They have to. It’s suicide not to. They are all talking out their nether regions. What’s the answer, the realpolitik? Let those leaders say “My plan worked” get away with it. And dispose of those who revealed themselves a petty martinets, dictators in training, and assholes. You can read into “dispose” whatever you like. Whatever happens to politicians should happen harder and longer to journalists. In any case, a global purge of braggarts will not happen.

This virus, as viruses will, found its way to all corners of the world, and it affected different areas differently. End of story.

There is a distinct tendency, at least in the Western media, to ascribe merit and blame for every event to people. What egos we all have!

In the US it went like this. The virus was caused or exacerbated by the political party I disfavor. If persons in the party I favored were listened to, this would not have been as big a crisis. The virus spread so rapidly because of the actions of the party I disfavor. The party I favor helped stem the tide and saved lives. The crisis would have ended sooner, and more lives would have been saved, if the people in the party I hate were ignored. Science saved us!

Nature gets no credit. Not for the creation of the virus, not for its highly variable spread, not for its highly variable infection rate, and certainly not for its hugely variable deaths caused. All those things were believed to be the responsibility of people. Nature has no real power, we think. It can be controlled to any degree of precision desired, if only we can muster sufficient political will and suppress our enemies.

We can credit, as we’ve already seen, the lockdowns for causing any number of difficulties, such as massive job loss, grief, disharmony, terror, and even death. It cause hubris to rise to the bursting point.

But the pandemic numbers suggest that this was yet another in an endless string of viruses that came, did its damage, and is fading into the background. It was not nearly as deadly as others, not even in the last 100 years, and it was worse than some.

Chances are we can do little to prevent pandemics like this. It’s the expectation that we can that inspired the panic. If we don’t remove that expectation, we’re going to have to go through this again.
 

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Coronavirus: What is Madagascar's 'herbal remedy' Covid-Organics?
UN health agency has urged people not to try untested remedies for COVID-19 after Madagascan president promotes 'cure'.
5 May 2020


President Andry Rajoelina took a sip at the launch of Covid-Organics [Henitsoa Rafalia/Anadolu]

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As COVID-19 spread across Africa and leaders put their countries in lockdown, Madagascan President Andry Rajoelina last month launched an herbal remedy that he claimed could prevent and cure the disease.

The announcement caught medical experts, who have scrambled to find a cure for the disease that has killed more than 252,000 and infected at least 3.6 million people globally, by surprise.
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Rajoelina, a former DJ who in 2009 at the age of 34 became the continent's youngest national leader, claimed at the launch that the remedy, named Covid-Organics, had already cured two people.

"This herbal tea gives results in seven days," Rajoelina, 45, told journalists and diplomats in April.

Soldiers have since been going door-to-door in the Indian Ocean island country, which has reported 149 cases and no fatalities, dispensing the concoction.

What is in Covid-Organics?
The herbal remedy is produced from artemisia, a plant with proven efficacy against malaria, and other indigenous herbs, according to the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research, which developed the beverage.

The plant was first imported into the island nation in the 1970s from China to treat malaria.

It is now marketed in bottles as a herbal tea, while Rajoelina has said clinical trials are under way in Madagascar to produce a form that can be injected into the body.

Is it safe or effective?
Following Rajoelina's claims, the World Health Organization (WHO) advised people against using untested remedies for COVID-19.
"Africans deserve to use medicines tested to the same standards as people in the rest of the world," WHO, the United Nations health agency, said in a statement on Monday.

"Even if therapies are derived from traditional practice and natural, establishing their efficacy and safety through rigorous clinical trials is critical," the statement added.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also warned people against using unproven remedies.

"There is no scientific evidence that any of these alternative remedies can prevent or cure the illness caused by COVID-19. In fact, some of them may not be safe to consume," the CDC said.

Meanwhile, the African Union said it was in discussion with Madagascar with a view to obtain technical data regarding the safety and efficiency of the herbal remedy.

In an attempt to reassure people and brush aside safety concerns, Rajoelina took a dose of Covid-Organics at the launch event and said it was safe to be given to children.

Has it been exported?
Several African countries, including Tanzania, Liberia, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea-Bissau, have either placed orders or have received consignments of the remedy.

On Sunday, Tanzanian President John Magufuli said he was dispatching a plane to Madagascar to collect a shipment of the tonic.
"I'm communicating with Madagascar," Magufuli said during a speech, adding: "They have got a medicine. We will send a flight there and the medicine will be brought in the country so that Tanzanians too can benefit."

Meanwhile in Guinea-Bissau, President Umaro Sissoco Embalo went to the airport on Saturday to receive a shipment of the beverage donated by the Madagascan leader.

COVID-19 has spread to all but one country in Africa, Lesotho. As of Tuesday, at least 1,862 people across the continent have died from the virus.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020...al-remedy-covid-organics-200505131055598.html
 

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Exclusive: Madagascar's president defends controversial homegrown Covid-19 cure

 

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Report: Weeks after banning use of hydroxychloroquine, Nevada’s governor now hoarding it for prisoners
Posted by: Pat Droney|
April 8, 2020

CARSON CITY, NV.- Ah yes, you’ve gotta love the hypocrisy.

Last week, Law Enforcement Today reported on Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak. We’ll re-share the story below in the event you didn’t read it. Anyway, long story short, Sisolak had previously banned hydroxychloroquine from being used in the state because…Trump.

Now comes a report from multiple sources that Sisolak is now hoarding it; although you won’t believe for who.

Now, Sisolak of course wouldn’t admit that. As a hard-core, leftist, anti-Trump liberal, Sisolak would be putting politics ahead of his constituents’ health by banning the use of the drug as a treatment for COVID-19.

Sisolak ostensibly banned the drug because two people in Arizona took a derivative of chloroquine which was actually a product to clean fish tanks. One of two rocket scientists died as a result.

He determined that Trump was to blame because two people were vying for the Darwin award.

Sisolak also said that he wanted to maintain a supply in order to ensure that hoarders didn’t load up on the drug, causing shortages for other people who might need it for sicknesses such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

However, while the general public was prohibited from getting the potentially life-saving drug, Sisolak is reported to have been hoarding the drug for—the Department of Corrections in Nevada. In other words, if the reports are true, Sisolak is putting the lives of criminals ahead of those of citizens, according to TownHall.com.

360 News Las Vegas reported:

“According to sources at the drug maker, Concordia Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Nevada prisons ordered a large number of their anti-malaria hydroxychloroquine drug under the name, Plaquenil.”

Nevada prisons have had literally ZERO cases of prisoners infected with COVID 19 virus to date. There have been three total employees throughout the entire state’s Department of Correction locations to test positive.

According to Forbes:

“The Daily Beast reported that both the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the BOP have both reported purchases of hydroxychloroquine since March 26, according to federal procurement records.

According to the report the VA purchased $200,000 in hydroxychloroquine tablets from the pharmaceutical companies. The records cited they were for “emergency” purchase orders to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. The BOP’s purchase did not mention COVID-19 but their purchase was for $60,000 of the product.”

The Nevada Board of Pharmacies and the Governor claimed the rule barring doctors from prescribing the drug outside of hospitals was to stop hoarding. After Sisolak’s ban went into effect, the State Prison allegedly hoarded the drug en masse just in case they had a breakout.

Gov Sisolak reportedly refused to reverse his order even after the FDA issued an emergency order earlier this week approving the drug for use against COVID 19.

Sisolak isn’t the only alleged tyrant occupying governor’s offices across the country. In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also blocked the use of hydroxychloroquine in that state, once again because—Trump.

She also cited shortages in issuing her order blocking the use of the drug, however as Town Hall reports, there are alternatives to treat lupus.

Whitmer had sent a letter at the end of March that threatened ‘administrative action” against doctors who prescribed the two forms of chloroquine, so-called “experimental” drugs that could potentially help coronavirus patients.

Whitmer’s administration has since removed the language threatening doctors and is now asking the federal government to send supplies of the drugs.

It is unknown what prompted Whitmer’s reversal, however the Detroit Free Press published a scathing op-ed criticizing Whitmer for the move.

“Not only is our state’s top leader threatening the selfless health care workers who are on the frontline trying to save lives, but she’s denying possible life-saving medications to actual COVID-19 victims,” the op-ed said.

The original order from Whitmer was issued in part based upon a letter sent by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), who was fearful that people would hoard the drugs and deprive non-coronavirus patients of their medicine. It is uncertain how individuals could “hoard” the pills since they require a prescription

In response to the pandemic, drug companies have started to ramp up production of hydroxychloroquine given its apparent success in treating the coronavirus and due to increased demand.

For example, Mylan N.V., with facilities in England as well as Pittsburgh, PA., has restarted the production of the drug at its West Virginia facility. Aside from coronavirus, the drug treats malaria, erythematosus, and the two aforementioned afflictions, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

The drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and is listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a drug under investigation for use on coronavirus.

Mylan says that it should be in a position to supply product by mid-April with a potential of producing 50 million tablets to treat more than 1.5 million patients.

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California biopharma company says it found coronavirus ‘cure’ that 100% blocks COVID-19 from infecting healthy cells


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A California-based biopharmaceutical company claims to have discovered an antibody that could shield the human body from the coronavirus and flush it out of a person’s system within four days, Fox News has exclusively learned.

Later Friday, Sorrento Therapeutics will announce their discovery of the STI-1499 antibody, which the San Diego company said can provide “100% inhibition” of COVID-19, adding that a treatment could be available months before a vaccine hits the market.

“We want to emphasize there is a cure. There is a solution that works 100 percent,” Dr. Henry Ji, founder and CEO of Sorrento Therapeutics, told Fox News. “If we have the neutralizing antibody in your body, you don’t need the social distancing. You can open up a society without fear.”

The health care and pharmaceutical industries have been scrambling to develop viable vaccines and antibody treatments as the number of COVID-19-related deaths is expected to hit 100,000 by June 1.

Many medical researchers are scrambling to find antibodies, optimistic that they could provide a remedy or preventative care in less time than it would take to develop a vaccine. Antibody treatments have been used for the past 100 years as a means to stave off infections, but their effectiveness has had mixed results. Finding a successful antibody or convalescent plasma treatment for COVID-19 could present challenges. – READ MORE
 

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Study claiming new coronavirus can be transmitted by people without symptoms was flawed
By Kai Kupferschmidt
Feb. 3, 2020

A paper published on 30 January in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) about the first four people in Germany infected with a novel coronavirus made many headlines because it seemed to confirm what public health experts feared: that someone who has no symptoms from infection with the virus, named 2019-nCoV, can still transmit it to others. That might make controlling the virus much harder.

Chinese researchers had previously suggested asymptomatic people might transmit the virus but had not presented clear-cut evidence. “There’s no doubt after reading [the NEJM] paper that asymptomatic transmission is occurring,” Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told journalists. “This study lays the question to rest.”

But now, it turns out that information was wrong. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German government’s public health agency, has written a letter to NEJM to set the record straight, even though it was not involved in the paper.

The letter in NEJM described a cluster of infections that began after a businesswoman from Shanghai visited a company near Munich on 20 and 21 January, where she had a meeting with the first of four people who later fell ill. Crucially, she wasn’t sick at the time: “During her stay, she had been well with no sign or symptoms of infection but had become ill on her flight back to China,” the authors wrote. “The fact that asymptomatic persons are potential sources of 2019-nCoV infection may warrant a reassessment of transmission dynamics of the current outbreak.”

But the researchers didn’t actually speak to the woman before they published the paper. The last author, Michael Hoelscher of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Medical Center, says the paper relied on information from the four other patients: “They told us that the patient from China did not appear to have any symptoms.” Afterward, however, RKI and the Health and Food Safety Authority of the state of Bavaria did talk to the Shanghai patient on the phone, and it turned out she did have symptoms while in Germany. According to people familiar with the call, she felt tired, suffered from muscle pain, and took paracetamol, a fever-lowering medication. (An RKI spokesperson would only confirm to Science that the woman had symptoms.)

Hoelscher was not on the call, he says. “I asked the Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority whether the information from that phone conversation called for a correction and I was told that is not the case,” he says. (The Bavarian ministry of health, of which the agency is part, has not responded to a request for information from ScienceInsider.) But RKI disagreed. The agency’s spokesperson confirms that a letter about the error has been submitted to NEJM. RKI also informed the World Health Organization (WHO) and European partner agencies about the new information.

“I feel bad about how this went, but I don’t think anybody is at fault here,” says virologist Christian Drosten of the Charité University Hospital in Berlin, who did the lab work for the study and is one of its authors. “Apparently the woman could not be reached at first and people felt this had to be communicated quickly.”

Marc Lipsitch, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, says calling a case asymptomatic without talking to the person is problematic. “In retrospect, it sounds like this was a poor choice,” he says. However, “In an emergency setting, it’s often not possible to talk to all the people,” he adds. “I’m assuming that this was an overstretched group trying to get out their best idea of what the truth was quickly rather than somebody trying to be careless.”

The Public Health Agency of Sweden reacted less charitably. “The sources that claimed that the coronavirus would infect during the incubation period lack scientific support for this analysis in their articles,” says a document with frequently asked questions the agency posted on its website yesterday. “This applies, among other things, to an article in [NEJM] that has subsequently proven to contain major flaws and errors.” Even if the patient’s symptoms were unspecific, it wasn’t an asymptomatic infection, says Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Toronto. “Asymptomatic means no symptoms, zero. It means you feel fine. We have to be careful with our words.”

Hoelscher agrees that the paper should have been clearer about the origin of the information about the woman’s health. “If I was writing this today, I would phrase that differently,” he says. The need to share information as fast as possible, along with NEJM’s push to publish early, created a lot of pressure, he says.

Given how fast data are coming out amid the growing global crisis, it’s good to read even peer-reviewed papers with some extra caution at the moment, Lipsitch says: “I think peer review is lighter in the middle of an epidemic than it is at normal speed, and also the quality of the data going into the papers is necessarily more uncertain.”

The fact that the paper got it wrong doesn’t mean transmission from asymptomatic people doesn’t occur. Fauci, for one, still believes it does. "This evening I telephoned one of my colleagues in China who is a highly respected infectious diseases scientist and health official," he says. "He said that he is convinced that there is asymptomatic infection and that some asymptomatic people are transmitting infection." But even if they do, asymptomatic transmission likely plays a minor role in the epidemic overall, WHO says. People who cough or sneeze are more likely to spread the virus, the agency wrote in a situation report on Saturday. “More data may come out soon. We will just have to wait,” Lipsitch says.

The German cluster does reveal another interesting aspect about the new virus, Drosten says. So far most attention has gone to patients who get seriously ill, but all four cases in Germany had a very mild infection. That may be true for many more patients, Drosten says, which may help the virus spread. “There is increasingly the sense that patients may just experience mild cold symptoms, while already shedding the virus,” he says. “Those are not symptoms that lead people to stay at home.”
 

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Judge tosses out Oregon's coronavirus restrictions

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A county judge has declared Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s coronavirus restrictions “null and void” because she didn’t have her emergency orders approved by the Legislature following 28 days.


Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff made the ruling Monday in a lawsuit brought churches who had sued saying the social-distancing directives were unconstitutional.

The suit had also argued that emergency powers only last for a month and after that Brown would have needed legislative approval. The judge agreed.

Brown said she would immediately appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court to try to keep the emergency orders in effect.

“This will ensure we can continue to safeguard the health of all Oregonians — including frontline health care workers, those living in nursing homes, workers in agriculture and food processing plants, and Oregonians with underlying health conditions –– while the legal process moves forward,” Brown said.

Ray Hacke, the attorney who represented the plaintiffs in the case, said in a phone interview Monday the ruling invalidates Brown’s ban on churches gathering for worship but also invalidates the entire stay-at-home order, Hacke said.

Common Sense intervened after the Sacramento-based Pacific Justice Institute filed the case earlier this month on behalf of Oregon businesses, expanding the scope, he said.

“The stay-at-home order is no longer in effect. It is invalidated. If people want to get their haircut, they can. They can leave their home for any reason whether it’s deemed essential in the eye of the state or not,” he said.

He added that the ruling was a vindication not just for freedom of religion, but for all Oregonians’ freedoms.

“Praise God. I’m excited, and I’m glad that the judge saw that there are limitations on the governor’s power, even in the midst of emergencies,” he said.
 

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Trump says he takes hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus infection even though it’s an unproven treatment
PUBLISHED MON, MAY 18 2020

KEY POINTS
  • President Donald Trump said Monday that he has been taking anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for over a week to prevent coronavirus infection even though it is not yet a proven treatment.
  • “I happen to be taking it,” Trump said during a roundtable event at the White House. “A lot of good things have come out. You’d be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the front-line workers.”
  • A small study in Brazil was halted for safety reasons after coronavirus patients taking chloroquine, which hydroxychloroquine is derived from, developed arrhythmia, including some who died.
President Donald Trump said Monday that he has been taking anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for over a week to prevent coronavirus infection even though it is not yet a proven treatment.

“I happen to be taking it,” Trump said during a roundtable event at the White House. “A lot of good things have come out. You’d be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the front-line workers. Before you catch it. The front-line workers, many, many are taking it.”

He added: “I’m taking it, hydroxychloroquine. Right now, yeah. Couple of weeks ago, I started taking it. Cause I think it’s good, I’ve heard a lot of good stories.”

Trump also said that he is taking zinc, and that he has taken an initial dose of azithromycin, or Z-Pak.

White House physician Dr. Sean Conley released a memo Monday evening, which said that after discussing evidence for and against hydroxychloroquine with Trump, they concluded “the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.”

Conley’s memo said that as previously reported, a member of Trump’s staff had tested positive for coronavirus. “The president is in very good health and has remained symptom-free. he receives regular COVID-19 testing, all negative to date,” Conley said.

He added that he continues to monitor the different studies investigating potential Covid-19 therapies in consultation with subject matter experts across the country, and anticipates “employing the same shared medical decision making based on the evidence in hand in the future.”

Hydroxychloroquine, which has been repeatedly touted by Trump as a potential game-changer in fighting the coronavirus, is also often used by doctors to treat rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Numerous clinical trials are looking to see if it’s effective in fighting the coronavirus, but it is not a proven treatment yet.

Trump, meanwhile, refuses to wear a mask, which medical experts have advised as a way to limit the spread of the virus.

Trump’s comments come weeks after the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about the drug, saying it became aware of reports of “serious heart rhythm problems” in patients with the virus who were treated with the malaria drug, often in combination with antibiotic azithromycin. It also comes as Trump has been criticized for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, including from former President Barack Obama.

Hydroxychloroquine, which is available as a generic drug and is also produced under the brand name Plaquenil by French drugmaker Sanofi, can have serious side effects, including muscle weakness and heart arrhythmia. A small study in Brazil was halted for safety reasons after coronavirus patients taking chloroquine, which hydroxychloroquine is derived from, developed arrhythmia, including some who died.

Last week, another study published in the JAMA Network found the drug appeared to not help Covid-19 patients and, instead, placed them at increased risk of cardiac arrest.

In March and early April, Trump frequently referenced hydroxychloroquine and other potential treatments for the disease. He also discussed the drugs with influential figures including Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison and “Dr. Oz” talk-show host Mehmet Oz, a regular Fox News guest.

But by late April, after multiple studies on the drug had been halted and after an FDA warning, Trump was rarely mentioning the medicines unless asked about them.

Experts and political leaders alike say that the U.S. won’t be able to recover from the pandemic until a vaccine is widely available.

Trump said Monday he asked his White House physician about the drug. “I asked him, ‘What do you think?’ He said, ‘Well, if you’d like it.’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’d like it. I’d like to take it.’”

Even though it hasn’t been approved to treat coronavirus, doctors can give the drug to patients in a common and legal practice known as “off-label” prescribing. “Off label” means the drug is being used for an ailment not yet approved by the FDA.

Trump said Monday that if the drug wasn’t good he’d “tell you.” He said he’s gotten “a lot of tremendously positive news on the hydroxy, and I say hey — you know the expression I’ve used, John? What do you have to lose?”

“I’m not gonna get hurt by it. It’s been around for 40 years,” he said. “For malaria, for lupus, for other things. I take it. Front-line workers take it. A lot of doctors take it — excuse me, a lot of doctors take it. I take it.”

He said he doesn’t own stock in the company that produces the drug, adding he wants “the people of this nation to feel good.”

“I don’t want them feeling sick. And there’s a very good chance that this has an impact, especially early on,” he said. “I take a pill every day. At some point I’ll stop. What I’d like to is I’d like to have the cure and or the vaccine and that’ll happen I think very soon.”

“It seems to have an impact, and maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t,” he continued. “But if it doesn’t, you’re not going to get sick or die. This is a pill that’s been used for a long time, for 30, 40 years.”
 

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Bangladeshi doctors claim to have found effective drug combination to cure COVID-19 patients

A Bangladeshi medical team has claimed their research on the combination of two widely used drugs has yielded "astounding" results in curing the patients with acute symptoms of the novel coronavirus.

The global pandemic has claimed the lives of over 3,12,000 people across the world.

The claim by the Bangladeshi medical team comes amidst the desperate global attempts for a remedy to the deadly coronavirus.

Out of 60 COVID-19 patients, all recovered as the combination of the two drugs were applied, Professor Dr Md Tarek Alam, the head of medicine department at private Bangladesh Medical College Hospital (BMCH), claimed.

According to the research, a frequently used antiprotozoal medicine called Ivermectin in a single dose with Doxycycline, an antibiotic, yielded virtually the near-miraculous result in curing the patients with COVID-19.

Bangladesh has so far reported 20,995 coronavirus cases and 314 deaths.

The coronavirus, which broke out initially in China, has claimed the lives of 3,12,115 people while infected over 46,50,793, according to Johns Hopkins University.
 

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Autopsies Prove that COVID-19 is a Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (Pulmonary Thrombosis)

It is now clear that the whole world has been attacking the so-called Coronavirus Pandemic wrongly due to a serious pathophysiological diagnosis error.
According to valuable information from Italian pathologists, ventilators and intensive care units were never needed.

Autopsies performed by the Italian pathologists have shown that it is not pneumonia but it is Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (Thrombosis) which ought to be fought with antibiotics, antivirals, anti-inflammatories and anticoagulants.

If this is true for all cases, that means the whole world is about to resolve this novel pandemic earlier than expected.

However, protocols are currently being changed in Italy who have been adversely affected by this pandemic.

The impressive case of a Mexican family in the United States who claimed they were cured with a home remedy was documented: three 500 mg aspirins dissolved in lemon juice boiled with honey, taken hot. The next day they woke up as if nothing had happened to them! Well, the scientific information that follows proves they are right!

This information was released by a medical researcher from Italy:

“Thanks to 50 autopsies performed on patients who died of COVID-19, Italian pathologists have discovered that IT IS NOT PNEUMONIA, strictly speaking because the virus does not only kill pneumocytes of this type but uses an inflammatory storm to create an endothelial vascular thrombosis.”​

In disseminated intravascular coagulation, the lung is the most affected because it is the most inflamed, but there is also a heart attack, stroke and many other thromboembolic diseases.

In fact, the protocols left antiviral therapies useless and focused on anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting therapies. These therapies should be done immediately, even at home, in which the treatment of patients responds very well.

If the Chinese had denounced it, they would have invested in-home therapy, not intensive care! So, the way to fight it is with antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and anticoagulants.

An Italian pathologist reports that the hospital in Bergamo did a total of 50 autopsies and one in Milan, 20, that is, the Italian series is the highest in the world, the Chinese did only 3, which seems to fully confirm the information.

In a nutshell, the disease is determined by disseminated intravascular coagulation triggered by the virus; therefore, it is not pneumonia but pulmonary thrombosis, a major diagnostic error.

Some world leaders doubled the number of resuscitation places in the ICU, with unnecessary exorbitant costs.

According to the Italian pathologist, treatment in ICUs is useless if thromboembolism is not resolved first. “If we ventilate a lung where blood does not circulate, it is useless, in fact, nine (9) patients out of ten (10) will die because the problem is cardiovascular, not respiratory.”

“It is venous micro thrombosis, not pneumonia, that determines mortality.”​

According to the literature, inflammation induces thrombosis through a complex but well-known pathophysiological mechanism.

Unfortunately, what the scientific literature said, especially Chinese until mid-March was that anti-inflammatory drugs should not be used.

Now, the therapy being used in Italy is with anti-inflammatories and antibiotics, as in influenza, and the number of hospitalized patients has been reduced.

He also discovered that many deaths, even in their 40s, had a history of fever for 10 to 15 days, which were not treated properly.

The inflammation does a great deal of tissue damage and creates ground for thrombus formation. However, the main problem is not the virus, but the immune hyper reaction that destroys the cell where the virus is installed.

In fact, patients with rheumatoid arthritis have never needed to be admitted to the ICU because they are on corticosteroid therapy, which is a great anti-inflammatory.

With this important discovery, it is possible to return to normal life and open closed deals due to the quarantine, though not immediately, but with time.

Kindly share so that the health authorities of each country can make their respective analysis of this information, prevent further deaths and redirect investments appropriately; the vaccine may come later.
 

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Hydroxychloroquine: The Drug Costa Rica Uses Successfully To Fight Covid-19


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19 April 2020

Used in the world for decades in the treatment of malaria, a month ago, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) decided to apply hydroxychloroquine to patients infected with the new coronavirus until a vaccine is available.

On April 14, the Swiss company Novartis donated to the CCSS a shipment of 108,000 hydroxychloroquine tablets.

The immunosuppressanta drug is produced in Costa Rica.

The medical director of the Caja, Mario Ruiz, as the director of Pharmacoepidemiology, Marjorie Obando Elizondo, the director of the Children’s Hospital, Olga Arguedas and the minister of Health, Daniel Salas, confirmed the use of the drug and the success in mitigating and containing the progression of the virus and also in reducing the number of patients who must be hospitalized in intensive care units.


“In Costa Rica we have been applying hydroxychloroquine since we had a meeting by teleconference with personnel in China who attended the emergency in the cities of Shanghai and Wuhan,” explained Ruiz.

That videoconference, offered by the Chinese Embassy in Costa Rica, took place on the night of March 18. It included, among others, the director-general and the director of epidemiology of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (briefly as China CDC).

On March 18, a videoconference was held between the health authorities of Costa Rica and China. Costa Ricans talked from the Huawei center, west of San José, thanks to the help of the Chinese Embassy. (Photo Embassy of China)

“We decided to ask for help from those who have gone through this. The experts from Shanghai and Wuhan gave us recommendations for patient management. We were told that it is key that a mild or moderate patient does not become severe. They explained that they used hydroxychloroquine for this, but never azithromycin (an antibiotic for respiratory infections) due to the associated cardiac complications,” Ruiz said.

In the group of 88 patients recovered up to Friday, April 17, the use of this drug has allowed covid-19 control tests to be negative, he added.

Marjorie Obando confirmed that up to Thursday, April 16, hydroxychloroquine treatment had been given to 1,361 people, including cases suspected of being infected. Of these, 498 corresponded to confirmed patients.

The average age of those who have received this treatment is 38.8 years; 7% are under 18 years of age, 10% over 60 and 54% are women.

“The prescription must be carried out as part of the medical record, individually for each patient, considering the benefit-risk ratio, pre-existing health conditions, medications they take and the possible drug interactions, that is why it is not given to all patients,” said the director of Pharmacoepidemiology.

Diseases like diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cancer, and asthma are not contraindications to giving treatment, she added. However, she warned, each case must be assessed individually.

Ruiz explained: “Hydroxychloroquine has specific specifications and doses. Thanks to the help that Chinese scientists gave us and a manual of therapeutic care, we are using this treatment at the established doses.”

The Minister of Health indicated that this drug “is the most widely used treatment to treat patients with malaria and is widely used throughout the world. In this sense, the complications that are seen are minimal if the doses that are already indicated are respected”.


The CCSS Director of Pharmacoepidemiology clarified that the approach with China has been important, but it is not the only source that they have turned to for the formulation and application of the covid-19 treatment protocols.

Every week, we review the available literature. We have done two protocol versions (of treatment for covid-19 positive patients), but we also understand that, in the current context of the pandemic, we will probably do a third or fourth version because this changes in real time.

“We receive the information from patients and their doctors, and through online communication with the Ministry of Health, we keep track of side effects. So far, those that have been reported are of the gastrointestinal type,” Obando reported.

“We are not adopting a protocol from another country just for the sake of it. We are responsible and we verify that what they present is true and convincing. Their experience is valid. The studies published are international, but on the other side, we have a life-threatening infection.

“Therefore, it is necessary to approach the patient with decisions based on the best scientific evidence that exists in a situation such as the current one in order to make a public health decision,” Obando said.

Avoid the ICU at all costs
Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are “first cousins,” explained Olga Arguedas, who is a specialist in immunology. Both drugs have chemical compositions and medical uses that are not exactly the same.

“They are old acquaintances. They are registered in Costa Rica and are produced locally. This was taken into account as an important point in the decision to give hydroxychloroquine as treatment. They are known because they have antiviral mechanisms. Hydroxychloroquine was used in Shanghai as the first line of treatment,” said Arguedas.

The specialist in immunology explained the drug has been used in Brazil and France and the Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública summarized all the treatments that are being published for covid-19. Those in more advanced stages (with more scientific information) are those where hydroxychloroquine has been used.

“We still cannot be sure because there is no scientific evidence. However, in the very particular case of Costa Rica, this could be one of the elements that is influencing the good results of the country so far,” added Arguedas.

She emphasized that the purpose pursued with the use of hydroxychloroquine is to mitigate the progression of the disease.

Contraindicated in patients with risk factors
Olga Arguedas explained that hydroxychloroquine cannot always be used in people who have a risk factor.

Olga Arguedas, director of the Children’s Hospital, says the drug has so far “good results” in patients.

“It is contraindicated in those with liver disease or heart problems (arrhythmias or cardiac conduction disorders). It cannot be used in people who are alcoholic or have kidney failure. It must be administered with great care in patients who use concomitant medications, such as heart medications and others that lower defenses,” said the immunologist.

Regarding adverse effects, she said that among the most common are blurred vision, vomiting, and sometimes diarrhea and headache.

Infrequent effects include changes in blood count or allergies and a phenomenon that increases cardiac conduction intervals has been described.

Therefore, in those with arrhythmias, the prescription must be done under strict supervision.

“There are many studies that are running at an accelerated pace. The WHO (World Health Organization) is promoting the participation of countries in studies.

“In light of what there is, Costa Rica is looking for the best evidence to ensure the least toxicity to patients. They are all proven medications, we know how they behave and what to expect. That is the strategic point”, declared Marjorie Obando, director of Pharmacoepidemiology.

Team effort
“This is the work of a whole team. It starts with early detection and continues with the measures that are being taken at all levels as part of a strategy that, for now, is paying off,” said Mario Ruiz.

Román Macaya, executive president of the CCSS, on April 14, when he received a donation of the 108,000 tablets of the drug that is applied to mitigate the coronavirus. He is accompanied by representatives of the Novartis firm.

The CCSS medical director is emphatic: no one should self-medicate with hydroxychloroquine because it is risky.

In the country, there are sufficient doses for now because, however, world demand is increasing, explained CCSS president, Roman Macaya, on Tuesday, April 14, when he received a donation of 108,000 tablets from the Swiss manufacturer Novartis.

“We want to thank the company for the donation of this product, which is highly demanded throughout the world and that Costa Rica has been included in the countries that receive this type of donation,” said Macaya.

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Coronavirus: As Florida re-opens, COVID-19 data chief gets sidelined and researchers cry foul
Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon, Florida TodayPublished 5:19 p.m. ET May 18, 2020


Rebekah Jones is the architect of Florida's COVID-19 dashboard (Photo: provided)

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Late last Friday, the architect and manager of Florida's COVID-19 dashboard — praised by White House officials for its accessibility — announced that she had been removed from her post, causing outcry from independent researchers now worried about government censorship.

The dashboard has been a one-stop shop for researchers, the media and the public to access and download tables of COVID-19 cases, testing and death data to analyze freely. It had been widely hailed as a shining example of transparency and accessibility.

But over the last few weeks it had "crashed" and gone offline; data has gone missing without explanation and access to the underlying data sheets has become increasingly difficult.


The site was created by a team of Florida Department of Health data scientists and public health officers headed by Rebekah Jones. She announced last week her removal as of May 5 in a heartfelt farewell note emailed to researchers and other members of the public who had signed up to receive updates on the data portal.

Citing "reasons beyond my division’s control," Jones said her office is no longer managing the dashboard, is no longer involved in publication, fixing errors or answering questions "in any shape or form."

She warned that she does not know what the new team's intentions are for data access, including "what data they are now restricting."


"I understand, appreciate, and even share your concern about all the dramatic changes that have occurred and those that are yet to come," she wrote.

"As a word of caution, I would not expect the new team to continue the same level of accessibility and transparency that I made central to the process during the first two months. After all, my commitment to both is largely (arguably entirely) the reason I am no longer managing it."


Jones signed off, "It was great working with you guys. Good luck, and stay safe."

Jones did not respond to emailed requests to comment and the Department of Health did not reply to inquiries from FLORIDA TODAY regarding Jones' removal and access to data.

But researchers who have relied on unobstructed access to underlying raw data said they interpret Jones' removal as a clear indication of government censorship of science.

"We would not accept this lack of transparency for any other natural disaster, so why are we willing to accept it here?" said Jennifer Larsen, a researcher at the University of Central Florida's LabX.

Jones' removal and changes to the dashboard access is especially unusual given that the dashboard was lauded in April on CBS' Face the Nation by Dr. Deborah Birx, a top official of President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force.

"If you go to the Florida Public Health website on COVID, they’ve been able to show their communities’ cases and tests district by district, county by county, ZIP code by ZIP code," Birx said. "That’s the kind of knowledge and power we need to put into the hands of American people so that they can see where the virus is, where the cases are, and make decisions."

Jones was also profiled by Esri, the software company that provides the product used to build the interactive visualization.

"Jones packaged data for academic and private researchers who are also creating models to help predict and explore impacts," the company wrote.

“If you look at our data services, there’s a lot of publicly available data, because it’s critical information,” Jones said at the time. “The efforts in the academic community to do serious data modeling are crucial right now.”


Data access has not worsened further, yet, but researchers are sounding the alarm in response to Jones' email.

Restricting the data, UCF's Larsen said, is the equivalent of cutting off hurricane forecasts as a storm approached.

"It's all of us being denied access to what we need to know to be safe," she continued, adding "it's just absurd that this is being treated differently than any other threat to Floridians."

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Professor Ben D. Sawyer, who is the director of LabX at UCF — a team of researchers, data scientists and engineers working to understand patterns in Florida's COVID-19 data that have practical applications — fears the data will become less available.

"The ability of scientists to help is directly related to how much access we're given to data," he said, warning that with less raw data, scientists will be able to produce less accurate, less useful work.

There's also "the worry that the scientists within government who can access the full data are being actively censored," he said."That's a real worry."

When Sawyer and Larsen tried requesting the previously available underlying data, DOH officials said that because the data are "provisional" no such requests would be considered until May 2021.

Yet the state regularly publishes provisional data, including for infectious diseases such as influenza.

"Transparent, unfettered access to valid and granular data is central to effective disease control and prevention," wrote Jay Wolfson, a Senior Associate Dean at the University of South Florida's Morsani College of Medicine.

While Wolfson does not advocate for data to be released in an uncontrolled manner, he said limitations on raw data or "provisional data" should simply be qualified. "Good science does this routinely."


For Wolfson there are at least two explanations behind restricting data. One is if the data are "too flawed" to be useful. The other "is that the data reveal information that could be disturbing or contrary to stated narratives."

"Either case poses dilemmas for the very way the public’s business is being conducted. And while economic measures are vitally important to the health of the state, the health of the people of the state ultimately determines the state’ economic success," Wolfson wrote.

Asal M. Johnson, an assistant Professor of Public Health at Stetson University, has also been frustrated with decreasing data access.


"If we can not download data, further analysis becomes increasingly difficult as you can not easily calculate incidence and prevalence rates. This type of independent research by universities is critical as it can help tax payers and residents to make informed decisions regarding their actions," she wrote in an email.

Johnson also was dismayed that racial and ethnic data has been consistently excluded from Florida's line listing of cases. Such data was reported by medical examiners, but that data table has also been censored by the Department of Health.

Citizens have a right to the data, Johnson said, and making it less accessible "further complicates the control of COVID-19."

As to why the DOH is restricting access to data at this time, Johnson could only speculate: "To undermine evidence-based decision making to prioritize (the) economy."

"However, they are pretending that public health is what has damaged (the) economy. They are getting it wrong; the economy is damaged because we ignored evidence to protect public health," she wrote, adding "They think they can save their own political interest by restricting information."


"If the governor and his team are not pleased with speculations like this, then they have no choice but being transparent. We, as Florida residents, have right to have access to clear and easy to analyze information."

Sawyer at UCF tends to agree.

"The worry is that Florida is open. And if that goes poorly, they don't want data available that shows it is in the process of going poorly. I don't know that that's true, but that is my worry."

For Larsen, if the politics of Governor Ron DeSantis' reopening Florida are at play, it's a no-win situation.

"The virus doesn't really give a damn if you hide its numbers."

Additional reporting by Jim Waymer.

Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon is a watchdog reporter for FLORIDA TODAY. Contact him at 321-355-8144, or asassoon@floridatoday.com. Twitter: @alemzs
 

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Judicial Watch files lawsuit for Dr. Fauci and WHO records
By World Tribune on May 4, 2020

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By Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch announced that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on behalf of the Daily Caller News Foundation against the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) for communications and other records of National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIH) Director Anthony Fauci and Deputy Director H. Clifford Lane with and about the World Health Organization (WHO) concerning the novel coronavirus.


Anthony Fauci and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The suit was filed after HHS failed to respond to an April 1 FOIA request seeking:
• Communications between Dr. Fauci and Deputy Director Lane and World Health Organization officials concerning the novel coronavirus.
• Communications of Dr. Fauci and Deputy Director Lane concerning WHO, WHO official Bruce Aylward, WHO Director General Tedros Anhanom, and China.

The time period for the request is January 1, 2020 to April 1, 2020.

Additionally, the DCNF requested and was granted expedited processing of its request.

“It is urgent that the NIH follow transparency law during the coronavirus crisis,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “It is of significant public interest to learn what WHO was telling our top medical officials about the coronavirus that originated in China.”

In March, Fauci praised the work of the WHO and Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, saying: “Tedros is really an outstanding person … I mean, obviously, over the years anyone who says that the WHO has not had problems has not been watching the WHO. But I think under his leadership they’ve done very well.”

In April, President Donald Trump announced a halt to U.S. funding of the WHO. According to the president, the WHO put “political correctness over lifesaving measures.”

Additionally, President Trump said: “The WHO failed in this duty, and must be held accountable,” adding that the WHO ignored “credible information” in December 2019 that the virus could be transmitted from human to human.

Daily Caller News Foundation Co-Founder and President Neil Patel said: “This virus has killed hundreds of thousands of people and turned the whole world upside down. We know that China and WHO could have done a lot more to prevent or reduce this catastrophe. We therefore have a legitimate and urgent news purpose for seeking these documents regarding U.S. officials’ communications with WHO and demand that the agencies in question stop stalling and start following the law that entitles us to this vital information.”
 

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BLACKLIST EXPOSED: TOP SEVEN BANNED CORONAVIRUS QUESTIONS

A coordinated intimidation effort has been made to lead citizens away from digging too closely into certain aspects of the Chinese coronavirus. The left has so politicized the pandemic that it is difficult to trust anything related to the response and even the virus itself.

It is also now known that there is a shocking concerted effort using taxpayer-funded technology to squash any praise of President Trump’s coronavirus response, including his highly appropriate travel ban implemented on January 31, 2020 over a month before New York City officials were still telling people to dine in Chinatown and take public transportation.

As reported at Fox News:
“An anti-Trump Democratic-aligned political action committee advised by retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal is planning to deploy an information warfare tool that reportedly received initial funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Pentagon’s secretive research arm — transforming technology originally envisioned as a way to fight ISIS propaganda into a campaign platform to benefit Joe Biden.”​
RAIR Foundation USA does not claim to have the answers, but has compiled a list of perfectly legitimate, unanswered questions one dare not ask or risk the condemnation of the hard left mob that has hijacked the mainstream media.

1.) What is the origin of the Chinese coronavirus?
2.) Was the coronavirus a biological weapon?
3.) Why was Italy particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic?
4.) How inflated is the coronavirus death toll?
5.) Why are citizens still under lockdown?
6.) Are the real ‘war zones’ nursing homes
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7.) Why is the media promoting a fake narrative about “hate crimes” and “stigma”?

It is practically guaranteed that when “news” articles use phrases such as “conspiracy theory,” or claim legitimate observations are a “myth” or “fringe” or “debunked” -without actually providing evidence of said debunking- a narrative is being promoted. Another common headline derisively condemns the always-undefined “far right”, claiming that “experts” know better. It typically takes only a cursory glance on social media to find that the “experts” cited are highly partisan.

The moral of the story: Never blindly accept a narrative from the mainstream media, particularly when they sneer condescendingly that a “conspiracy theory” has been “debunked.”
 

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Bill Gates and the Population Control Grid



Bill Gates’ Plan to Vaccinate the World

 

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Trump's letter to the WHO

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YES! African Leaders Stand Up! Tanzania & Madagascar

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‘I’m not a COVID patient:’ Wisconsin woman claims virus diagnosis was fake, threatens lawsuit
POSTED 9:17 PM, MAY 20, 2020, BY BRYAN POLCYN,

MARKESAN -- When Pam Schoenecker left the hospital last month, a doctor said she was infected with COVID-19 and told her to quarantine.


Pam Schoenecker protesting in Madison

Four days later, she was protesting in Madison. She wasn't worried about spreading the virus, because she is convinced the doctor was wrong.

"We are told in this world to believe the science," Schoenecker said. "Why did this doctor ignore the science? I'm not a COVID patient, should've never been labeled one."

Schoenecker has asthma and every spring, she says, allergies make it worse. But this year, there was an added fear: "Gosh, could it be the coronavirus?"

“I’m not a COVID patient, should’ve never been labeled one.”So, when her breathing trouble became a medical emergency on April 16, she drove to a hospital in Columbus where she was swabbed for COVID-19.

The results were negative.


The next morning, they tested her again -- this time for a host of other coronaviruses. Still, the results were negative. Two days later, the doctor ordered a third test. Once again, it was negative.

"And this time he's head to toe in his PPE completely. And he goes, I am absolutely convinced you have COVID-19," Schoenecker said.

So why did the doctor say she was positive?

"I don't know. I really don't know," Schoenecker said at the protest in Madison. "Is it because hospitals receive more money if a doctor labels you COVID-19?"


Schoenecker, who is threatening to sue over what she calls a fake diagnosis, has taken that question to Madison and conservative talk radio.

"Because of this COVID-19 diagnosis, I can't even see my primary care doctor," said Schoenecker on a call to a radio show.
But in a phone call that Schoenecker recorded, Dr. Sam Poser offered an unusual explanation.

"There was a Broadway star that got, he got the pneumonia, he got the whole thing," Dr. Poser said.

Broadway actor Nick Cordero tested negative for COVID-19 twice before a third test came up positive. On April 18, news broke that his leg was being amputated due to COVID-19 complications.


Dr. Sam Poser

The next morning, April 18, Dr. Poser ordered Schoenecker to get a third nasal swab.

"I said why are you so sure of this? And he said, 'I want you to Google this Broadway star,'" said Schoenecker.

Dr. Poser said the same thing -- "If you remember reading about a Broadway star..." -- in a call with FOX6 Investigators.

"The swab tests that have been done have been not only very painful, but not particularly accurate," said Dr. Poser.

One expert who the FOX6 Investigators talked to says otherwise.


Dr. Jeff Pothof

"Even if you have one copy of the COVID-19 RNA on the swab, the test will pick it up and show you as positive," said Dr. Jeff Pothof, chief quality officer for UW-Health.

Dr. Pothof says the odds of a false negative are low -- maybe two out of 100.

"In order to be in that group of two, two times in a row, three times in a row, those are getting to be pretty slim odds that you're actually positive at that point," said Dr. Pothof.

FOX6 asked Dr. Poser: "Is this really just a matter of judgment?"

He responded: "Sometimes you have to go by the clinical presentation."

Dr. Poser recalls Schoenecker having "classic" symptoms, like loss of smell, something she says never happened.

"Classic COVID symptoms are fever, sore throat, a cough that won't go away," Schoenecker said. "Not one time, while I was hospitalized, did I have any one of those."


Pam Schoenecker

Schoenecker believes it was nothing more than aggravated asthma, and she wonders if cases like hers are inflating the state's numbers.

"I know that there's a lot of other people out there just like me," she said.

"That would be an exceedingly rare situation," Dr. Pothof said.

If anything, Dr. Pothof says the state is undercounting cases, but it's hard to blame Schoenecker for being skeptical of the math that somehow turned three negatives into a positive.


Pam Schoenecker

Schoenecker lives in Green Lake County while the hospital she went to is in Columbia County. She says both counties' health offices have told her they received no positive test results related to her hospitalization. That means she would not have been included in the state's totals.

Dr. Poser tells FOX6 that he did not report his diagnosis to the county either.

It wasn't until FOX6 News interviewed Schoenecker at her home in Markesan that we learned the name of her doctor. That is when we discovered Dr. Poser has a relative who works at FOX6 News. As soon as we became aware of that relationship, we took steps to ensure that that employee played no part in the ongoing investigation.
 

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the lockdown, which starts Friday night and ends Monday around dawn
this doesn't even make sense

with an incubation period of two weeks, this is a completely worthless exercise
 

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this doesn't even make sense

with an incubation period of two weeks, this is a completely worthless exercise
You trying to make sense of senselessness??