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23 March 2020 - Dinner News

Non-essential travel to and from Canada and Mexico is now halted.

The following states have issued stay-at-home orders: California Connecticut  Delaware Illinois Indiana Louisiana Massachusetts Michigan New Jersey New York Ohio Wisconsin  Washington

A surge in seasonal illness linked to fever - specifically 'influenza-like illness' - has been observed in Florida, according to a 'US Health Weather Map' provided by smart thermometer manufacturer Kinsa in collaboration with Oregon State University. The map uses anonymized data from users to flag "anomalously high" cases by comparing it to expected seasonal flu trends.

The map shows two key data points: (1) the illness levels we’re currently observing, and (2) the degree to which those levels are higher than the typical levels we expect to see at this point in the flu season. We believe this latter data point — which we’re calling “atypical illness”, may in some cases be connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Democrats see the crisis as an opportunity to nationalize America into socialism.  Trump is pushing back against it:

Q: Mr. President, when it comes to the Defense Production Act. We know that governments across the country all day today were pleading with you to utilize. the DPA, to us it —

Trump: Well, it depends which governments you’re talking about.

Q: — specifically for that allocation piece that you mentioned, Mr. [Peter] Navarro. Why not use it now, if that would answer their pleas for help?

Trump: Well, we are using it now. The fact that I signed it, it’s in effect. But you know, we’re a country not based on nationalizing our business. Call a person over in Venezuela. Ask them: how did nationalization of their businesses work out? Not too well. The concept of nationalizing our business is not a good concept.

Trump: Here’s the beauty of it. If we go out and we want, let’s say, masks, we don’t know who to call. But Hanes, who makes things of cotton, various elements, lots of things, it’s a great company. They called us, and they said, “We’re going to make millions of masks.” We got a call today from 3M…

Trump: If you go the national route, nationalization route. We’re gonna tell a company to make a ventilator? They don’t even know what a ventilator is! In the case of one company, they used to make them, years ago, and they know how to make them. You know, it’s a very complex piece of equipment, frankly.

Trump: We have the threat of doing it if we need it. We may have to use of somewhere along the supply chain in a minor way. But we have millions of masks being done. We have respirators, we have ventilators…

When this was announced, it sent tremors through our business community, and through our country, because basically what are you doing? You’re talking about — you’re going to nationalize an industry, or you’re going to nationalize? You’re going to take away companies? You’re going to tell companies what to do? The truth is most people — nobody would know where to start. There are companies out there that you wouldn’t think of that have called us …

Social distancing plus this breakthrough may be enough to keep the hospitals from overflowing:

On Monday night Laura Ingraham reported that a new study revealed the anti-viral medication chloroquine is successful in fighting the coronavirus.

Laura invited Dr. Gregory Rigano, the co-author of the study to discuss the latest findings. Dr. Rigano said their study found that those COVID-19 patients who took hydroxy-chloroquine were found free of the disease in 6 days.  The patients were testing negative for the coronavirus in six days!  

Dr. Rigano also said taking choroquine could act as a preventative.

International goodwill and help in facing the crisis:

Israeli Pharmaceutical Company Teva is donating 6 million doses of chloroquine to the United States to treat the coronavirus. President Trump called the news of chloroquine’s effectiveness in treating the COVID-19 virus a“game changer” this week.

This came after three international studies found chloroquine along with Azithromycin was successful in treating the coronavirus.

Teva is immediately donating 6 Million hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets to US hospitals by March 31, with over 10 Million within a month to meet the urgent demand for the medicine as an investigational target to treat #COVID19.

— Teva Pharmaceuticals (@TevaUSA) March 20, 2020

“We are committed to helping to supply as many tablets as possible as demand for this treatment accelerates at no cost,” Teva Executive Vice President Brendan O’Grady said about the move.

President Trump has expressed support and optimism for potential treatments, including malaria drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.

It’s not just the elderly: A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that American adults of all ages, not just the elderly, are being hospitalized for COVID-19.

The report issued Wednesday on nearly 2,500 of the first recorded cases in the United States found that the oldest patients had the greatest likelihood of dying from the virus, but that younger Americans are also at risk of being hospitalized by it.

Of the 508 hospitalized patients, 38 percent were between the ages of 20 and 54 and nearly half of the 121 intensive care unit patients were adults under 64.

Here is the view from a respiratory therapist.  It’s not just the flu:

“Reading about it in the news, I knew it was going to be bad, but we deal with the flu every year so I was thinking: Well, it’s probably not that much worse than the flu. But seeing patients with COVID-19 completely changed my perspective, and it’s a lot more frightening.

This is knocking out what should be perfectly fit, healthy people.

I have patients in their early 40s and, yeah, I was kind of shocked. I’m seeing people who look relatively healthy with a minimal health history, and they are completely wiped out, like they’ve been hit by a truck. This is knocking out what should be perfectly fit, healthy people. Patients will be on minimal support, on a little bit of oxygen, and then all of a sudden, they go into complete respiratory arrest, shut down and can’t breathe at all.”

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Milennial case:

I’m 26. I don’t have any prior autoimmune or respiratory conditions. I work out six times a week, and abstain from cigarettes. I thought my role in the current health crisis would be as an ally to the elderly and compromised. Then, I was hospitalized for Covid-19.

On Friday, March 13, only a few hours after deciding I would begin to socially distance for the well-being of others, I developed a fever and headache. I tried not to assume the worst, but just in case, my partner and I decided to sleep in separate bedrooms. By the next morning, I had a cough. On Sunday, I started to feel better and my fever was gone. I felt thankful that even if this was coronavirus, I’d most likely be able to ride it out at home, as I’d heard people like myself had little to worry about. I began planning the work I’d catch up on the next day, and the much-needed shower I’d take. That night I woke up in the middle of the night with chills, vomiting, and shortness of breath. By Monday, I could barely speak more than a few words without feeling like I was gasping for air. I couldn’t walk to the bathroom without panting as if I’d run a mile. On Monday evening, I tried to eat, but found I couldn’t get enough oxygen while doing so. Any task that was at all anxiety-producing — even resetting my MyChart password to communicate with my doctor — left me desperate for oxygen.

There were many reasons that I didn’t want to go to the hospital. When I’d called 311 earlier in the weekend to inquire about a test, I was told people with Covid-19 symptoms must stay home. I’d read this same advice elsewhere, and wanted to do everything possible to prevent spreading the virus if I had it. I also was wary of taking doctors’ attention and hospital resources away from more vulnerable populations who might need them. Finally, I feared that if this wasn’t Covid-19, going to the hospital could expose me to the virus. Ultimately, even with my serious trouble breathing, a part of me believed I would be fine, since I was young and otherwise healthy.

While I was shocked at the development of my symptoms and my ultimate hospitalization, the doctors and nurses were not at all surprised. After I was admitted, I was told that there was a 30-year-old in the next room who was also otherwise healthy, but who had also experienced serious trouble breathing. The hospital staff told me that more and more patients my age were showing up at the E.R. I am thankful to my partner for calling the hospital when my breathing worsened, and to the doctor who insisted we come in. As soon as I received an oxygen tube, I began to feel slight relief. I was lucky to get to the hospital early in the crisis, and receive very attentive care.

There are many reasons to take Covid-19 seriously if you are a millennial. As one of the largest generations in the United States, we can have an enormous influence on the course of this pandemic. Since it’s hypothesized that many infected millennials won’t exhibit symptoms, our social distancing is crucial to the health of more vulnerable populations and can have a huge impact on flattening the curve. Unfortunately, much of our generation — and some of those younger than us —­ is not taking this public health crisis seriously enough. We’re continuing to gather in groups, travel internationally, and see quarantine as an extended spring break. As a generation with a supposed commitment to social justice, we should be stepping up in our role as allies to more vulnerable populations. Yet, somehow the message of staying home still isn’t permeating our ageism and ableism.

Millennials, if you can’t be good allies, at least stay home to protect yourselves. Our invulnerability to this disease is a myth — one I have experienced firsthand. Countries in Europe and Asia are reporting younger and younger patients. The New York Times reported this week that nearly 40 percent of hospitalized Covid patients in the U.S. are under 54 years old. What’s worse is that when medical professionals have been forced to make choices about who lives and who dies, our generation is often chosen to receive treatment. So not only are we risking our own health, our presence in hospitals diminishes the care other groups may receive.

Israeli doctor in Italy: We no longer help those over 60 Jerusalem Post ^ | MARCH 22, 2020 09:21 | By JERUSALEM POST STAFF  

Israeli medical doctor Gai Peleg told Israeli television that in northern Italy the orders are not to allow those over 60 access to respiratory machines (Excerpt) Read more at ... All elective surgery across America has been cancelled.  This is in preparation for the expected influx of coronavirus patients.  Oregon is a case in point: Oregon has 6,821 beds and 655 ICU beds statewide. The state’s hospital beds are typically 68% full, according to an Associated Press analysis of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid cost reports data. It’s among the highest occupancy rates in the nation.

Oregon also has the fewest hospital beds per 1,000 residents in the nation, the result of a concerted effort to keep people from being hospitalized.

OHSU’s Graven created a model to determine how many of those beds would be needed if Oregon didn’t close schools and limit gatherings.

Without any social distancing efforts, he found, Oregon would need 1,000 beds and 400 ICU beds just for coronavirus patients by April 16. Trump Tweets and retweets…

Ford, General Motors and Tesla are being given the go ahead to make ventilators and other metal products, FAST! @fema Go for it auto execs, lets see how good you are? @RepMarkMeadows @GOPLeader @senatemajldr Correct. 15 days, then we keep the high risk groups protected as necessary and the rest of us go back to work. WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO! WHO Spread False Chinese Government Propaganda: Coronavirus Not Contagious Among Humans Chinese communist regime still claims only a couple of hundred people died in Tiananmen Square massacre. Why would anyone take COVID19 figures it puts out at face value? It is very important that we totally protect our Asian American community in the United States, and all around the world. They are amazing people, and the spreading of the NOT their fault in any way, shape, or form. They are working closely with us to get rid of it. WE WILL PREVAIL TOGETHER! A great early result from a drug that will start tomorrow in New York and other places! #COVIDー19 .@POTUS signed the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act last night to support Americans affected by COVID-19. The bill includes paid family and sick leave for employees of small businesses, and dollar for dollar reimbursement for the businesses providing the leave. President @realDonaldTrump took decisive action from the beginning to protect Americans from the Chinese coronavirus. While Democrats & the media were obsessed with impeachment, President Trump was focused on Americans' health. Check out the timeline: Kentucky’s state motto is “United we stand, divided we fall.” I’m inspired by all the Kentuckians who are stepping up to serve their neighbors and showing Washington how it’s done. United we stand — even if we have to stand six feet apart for a few weeks. New York is in deep trouble with one person dying every hour from the virus. Dr. Deborah Birx announced on Monday that the coronavirus infection rate in New York City is five times the rate of other US cities. Doctors are finding that over one-fourth of submitted specimens are testing positive from the the New York City area.

DEBORAH BIRX: "The New York metro area…[has] an attack rate close to 1 in 1000. This is 5x what the other areas are seeing there…We're finding that 28% of the submitted specimens are positive…it’s less than 8% in the rest of the country."

Live updates: — JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) March 23, 2020

She continued, “So to all of my friends and colleagues in New York, this is the group that needs to absolutely social distance and self-isolate at this time. Clearly, the virus has been circulating there for a number of weeks to have this level of penetrance into the general community.”

As of Monday evening, New York had more than 20,000 cases of coronavirus and 157 deaths related to the disease.

This comes after Mayor Bill DeBlasio told New Yorkers to “mostly go about their daily lives – sending children to school, frequenting the city’s businesses” as coronavirus was spreading in the community.

For all of us at home:

And as long as we are in a global crisis - here’s a handy harbinger of old:

Comet Atlas is Shrugging:

Right now, Comet ATLAS is certainly the biggest green thing in the Solar System. Its verdant hue comes from diatomic carbon, C2, a common molecule in comets.  Gaseous C2 emits a beautiful green glow in the near-vacuum of space.  This green color could become visible to the naked eye in mid-April as Comet ATLAS moves closer to Earth and the sun. 

"Comet ATLAS's coma (atmosphere) is approximately 15 arcminutes in diameter," reports Michael Jäger of Weißenkirchen, Austria, who took the picture, above, on March 18th. "Its newly-formed tail is about the same size."   Other astronomers are getting similar results. 15 arcminutes equals a quarter of a degree. Given Comet ATLAS's distance of 1.1 AU on March 18th, that angle corresponds to a physical size of 720,000 km.  On the scale of big things in the solar system, Comet ATLAS falls somewhere between the sun (1,392,000 km  diameter) and Jupiter (139,820 km). It's not unusual for comets to grow this large. While their icy solid cores are typically mere kilometers in diameter, they can spew prodigious amounts of gas and dust into space, filling enormous volumes with their gossamer exhaust. In the fall of 2007, Comet 17P/Holmes partially exploded and, for a while, had an atmosphere even larger than the sun. The Great Comet of 1811 also had a sun-sized coma. Whether Comet ATLAS will eventually rival those behemoths of the past remains to be seen.

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