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9 March 2020 - Lunch News

Is the Governor of Oregon trying to get some Oregonians sick and killed?  You be the judge:

"Health officials in Medford Oregon are urging people to stay at home and away from crowded areas, after two Jackson County people became the first presumptive cases of coronavirus in Southern Oregon.“We ... need to start thinking about ways to reduce social contact,” Jackson County Medical Director Jim Shames said during a press conference Saturday morning."

Meanwhile, the State Government under the “openly bisexual” Democrat Governor of Oregon Kate Brown’s administration put out this the same day:

Governor Brown also essentially ordered schools not to close unless a person who has tested negative under her very restrictive testing rules is actually there.

She also set rules for limiting testing in a way that totally ignores community spread situations.  Here is a poster they put out to post:

Very few have been tested - far less than the kits supplied:

In Governor Brown's statement she says she wants to focus exclusively in the following special groups including people “who are homeless and those who are vulnerable in other ways”.

This is a catchall phrase for being able to select testing to her favored groups, and against those groups she does not favor.  Wasn’t this one of the concerns about Obamacare?  That it would be politically used as a tool to harm opponent groups?:

“We are prepared to activate an unprecedented state and private effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon by focusing specifically on at-risk populations,” said OHA Director Patrick Allen. “We want to protect Oregonians at greatest risk of the most severe outcomes of this disease, including older adults, people with underlying conditions, people who are homeless and those who are vulnerable in other ways.”

All this while Dr. Fauci speaking for the Trump Administration says:

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, recommended on Sunday that elderly and vulnerable Americans avoid travel and large crowds as coronavirus gains a foothold in the United States. "If you are an elderly person with an underlying condition, if you get infected, the risk of getting into trouble is considerable. So it's our responsibility to protect the vulnerable," he said, adding "When I say protect, I mean right now. Not wait until things get worse. Say no large crowds, no long trips. And above all, don't get on a cruise ship. "They call it social distancing, but it's common sense stuff. You don't want to go to a massive gathering, particularly if you're a vulnerable individual," he added. "If we continue to see the community spread go up I think you need to seriously look at anything that's a large gathering.” Even The Oregonian newspaper thinks that she is hiding vital information…

"Oregon health officials aren’t wrong in trying to keep the public calm, but they are failing to play their role in meeting that objective. Among the most effective ways to inoculate the population against panic is by providing a daily dose of specific information that not only helps people assess their own risk but assures them that the state is on top of this frightening and evolving situation.Unfortunately, that kind of transparency and information sharing isn’t Oregon’s forte. Officials have refrained from giving the kind of details about cases that authorities in New York, Washington and elsewhere have freely given. For example, as The Oregonian/OregonLive’s Aimee Green reported, New York has shared information about where patients have been and who might have been exposed.

Oregon’s top medical officer said such information isn’t necessary – he says people are most contagious when they are showing symptoms and in close contact with others. But he fails to recognize that giving that information may make people more vigilant about symptoms if they know they were in the same locations.While state officials must respect individuals’ privacy, this is a public health threat first. Their primary focus must be on limiting its spread and keeping misinformation and panic at bay. You can’t do that by withholding information under a paternalistic view that the public doesn’t really need to know. Such hoarding of information only makes room for rumor, fear and speculation to move in.

Isn’t that just like the Democrat/Socialist mindset?:

Using their position of power to harm their opponents,

Seeking control over life and death.

Lacking in transparency because that would reduce their control over people and expose them to righteous criticism.

Selling out the middle class for the sake of their special groups.

And above all: Condescending that the little people can't handle their own decisions.

Since laughter is sometimes a good medicine, so here are two short videos for your amusement:

Note: This one will require you to click the VIEW button because youtube named it offensive content.

"Sit right back and you’ll hear a tale":

Also amusing:

Donald Trump Jr. challenges Hunter Biden to a debate about who corruptly used his father’s position for profit:

Donald Trump Jr. The MSM loves making a false equivalency between us, so lets settle it: I challenge Hunter Biden to man up & debate me

Hunter releases his tax returns & I release mine. Let's have an open convo about who really profited from their father's public office!

The MSM loves making a false equivalency between us, so lets settle it: I challenge Hunter Biden to man up & debate me@JimVandeHei

Donald Trump Jr. replied, “I think it ought to be a big part. I was an international business person before my father got into politics. That’s what we did. I’m not going to say I haven’t benefited from my father’s last name just like Hunter Biden did. I’d be foolish to say that. But I haven’t benefited from my father’s taxpayer funded office. Hunter Biden, his father becomes a VP, all of the sudden he goes over the the Ukraine and he’s making $83 grand a month. So, the media likes to do this false equivalence, ‘You’re doing this, or doing that!’ We stopped doing any new international business deals when my father won the presidency. So, you know what would be great? I’ll let you host it. You moderate a debate between Hunter Biden and myself. C’mon, let’s do it. And more Biden Bungles:

Biden mish-mashed his name with Barack Obama’s name as he was bragging about being a lifelong Democrat.Worse yet, Biden went on to admit he cannot beat President Trump.Joe Biden, “We can not win this election. We can only reelect Donald Trump.”

Also: John Travolta was hospitalized for suspected COVID-19, but doctors now confirm that it was only Saturday Night Fever, and they assure everyone that he is Staying Alive. (just kidding)

Here is an amazing set of coronavirus infographics, many of which are animated.  Very informative!  Pretty amazing!:

An article in the South China Morning Post reports scientists said in a recent paper that this new virus uses an outreaching spike protein to hook on to the host cell. Normally this protein is inactive. This finding suggests that 2019-nCoV [the new coronavirus] may be significantly different from the Sars coronavirus in the infection pathway it employs. Compared to the Sars’ way of entry, this binding method is “100 to 1,000 times” as efficient, according to the study. Just two weeks after its release, the paper is already the most viewed ever on Chinarxiv.  In a follow-up study, a research team led by Professor Li Hua from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, Hubei province, confirmed Ruan’s findings. The mutation could not be found in Sars, Mers or Bat-CoVRaTG13, a bat coronavirus that was considered the original source of the new coronavirus with 96 per cent similarity in genes, it said.Meanwhile, a study by French scientist Etienne Decroly at Aix-Marseille University, which was published in the scientific journal Antiviral Research on February 10, also found a “furin-like cleavage site” that is absent in similar coronaviruses.

This could be “the reason why SARS-CoV-2 is more infectious than other coronaviruses”, Li wrote in a paper released on Chinarxiv on Sunday.

Meanwhile… Harvey Weinstein Didn’t Kill Himself Either...

Harvey Weinstein is being treated for concussion after falling and hitting his head in prison, it has been reported.The disgraced film producer is caged in a dorm-style cell in New York's notorious Rikers Island prison with two other inmates, a source claimed yesterday.

Lots of details now available from China on coronavirus:

The median duration of viral shedding was 20 days in survivors (ranging from 8 to 37 days), and the virus was detectable until death in the 54 non-survivors.

"We recommend that negative tests for COVID-19 should be required before patients are discharged from hospital. In severe influenza, delayed viral treatment extends how long the virus is shed, and together these factors put infected patients at risk of dying. Similarly, effective antiviral treatment may improve outcomes in COVID-19, although we did not observe shortening of viral shedding duration after antiviral treatment in our study."

"Older age, showing signs of sepsis on admission, underlying diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes, and the prolonged use of non-invasive ventilation were important factors in the deaths of these patients. Poorer outcomes in older people may be due, in part, to the age-related weakening of the immune system and increased inflammation that could promote viral replication and more prolonged responses to inflammation, causing lasting damage to the heart, brain, and other organs."

The median duration of fever was about 12 days in survivors, which was similar in non-survivors. But the cough may last for a long time—45% of survivors still had cough on discharge. In survivors, dyspnoea (shortness of breath) would cease after about 13 days, but would last until death in non-survivors.

On average, patients were middle-aged (median age 56 years), most were men (62%, 119 patients), and around half had underlying chronic conditions (48%, 91 patients)—the most common being high blood pressure (30%, 58 patients) and diabetes (19%, 36 patients). From illness onset, the median time to discharge was 22 days, and the average time to death was 18.5 days.

Additionally, lower lymphocyte (a type of white blood cell) count, elevated levels of Interleukin 6 (IL-6, a biomarker for inflammation and chronic disease), and increased high-sensitivity troponin I concentrations (a marker of heart attack), were more common in severe COVID-19 illness.

The frequency of complications such as respiratory failure (98%, 53/54 non-survivors vs 36%, 50/137 survivors), sepsis (100%, 54/54 vs 42%, 58/137), and secondary infections (50%, 27/54 vs 1%, 1/137) were also higher in those who died than survivors.

Italy quarantines in 16 million:

Shortly after midnight, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte signed a decree affecting 16 million people in the country's prosperous north, including the Lombardy region and at least 14 provinces in neighboring regions. The extraordinary measures will be in place until April 3."

For Lombardy and for the other northern provinces that I have listed, there will be a ban for everybody to move in and out of these territories and also within the same territory," Conte said. "Exceptions will be allowed only for proven professional needs, exceptional cases and health issues."

There was chaos and confusion in the hours before Conte signed the decree, as word leaked to the news media about the planned quarantine. Students at the University of Padua in northern Italy who had been out at bars on a Saturday night saw the rumors on their cellphones and rushed back to their apartments to grab their belongings and head to the train station. Hundreds of passengers, some wearing face masks and rubber gloves, crammed onto the last local train leaving Padua at 11:30 p.m. Anxious students wrapped scarves around their heads, shared sanitizing gel, and sat on their suitcases in the aisles. No conductor came by to check tickets.

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