Corona Virus spreading ... US official says no need to worry

When the government tells me I don't need to worry, then I tend to think I really do need to be concerned. But at least one report is quoting some US health officials as saying there is no need for US citizens to worry.

We know there are 4 cases in the USA, 1 case in Canada.

The Canadian case is a man who arrived sick and is in the hospital in Toronto. Canadian health officials seemed to imply that they have probably contacted all the at risk people who may have been in contact with the Chinese national on the inbound flight.

In the US, there is 1 confirmed case in Washington State, 1 in Chicago, 2 in California. I believe all the cases are foreign nationals.

China has QUARANTINED roughly 60 MILLION PEOPLE by cutting off 16 (or more) cities. The epicenter is Wuhan, a city of 11 Million people, but the quarantine was put into place after roughly 5 million people left the city for the Lunar New Year celebration, which is the heaviest travel time in China and typically has more than 100,000,000 people traveling nationally + internationally for the week long holiday period.

Official sources say there are under 2000 cases worldwide, and approximately 50 deaths. The disease is being compared to the Spanish Flu, which killed millions just about 100 years ago, but this is considered far more dangerous.

UN-official sources suggest that at least 100,000 cases exist and the disease is spreading and mutating very quickly.

REUTERS SUMMARY:
http://news.trust.org/item/20200126105121-12mxo

China scrambles to contain 'strengthening' virus
(Adds comments from mayor of Wuhan)

* Coronavirus' transmission ability getting stronger

* Incubation 1-14 days, infectious during incubation

* China confirms 1,975 people infected, 56 dead

* U.S. to evacuate diplomatic staff, citizens from Wuhan

* China imposes temporary nationwide ban on sale of wildlife

By Gabriel D. Crossley and Cheng Leng

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The ability of the new coronavirus to spread is strengthening and infections could continue to rise, China's National Health Commission said on Sunday, with more than 2,000 people in China infected and 56 killed by the disease.

Health authorities around the world are racing to prevent a pandemic after a handful of cases of infection were reported outside China, including in Thailand, Australia, the United States and France.

The mayor of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, said he expected another 1,000 new patients in the city, which was stepping up construction of special hospitals.

The newly identified coronavirus has created alarm because much about it is still unknown, such as how dangerous it is and how easily it spreads between people. It can cause pneumonia, which has been deadly in some cases.

China's National Health Commission Minister Ma Xiaowei said the incubation period for the virus can range from one to 14 days, during which infection can occur, which was not the case with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

SARS was a coronavirus that originated in China and killed nearly 800 people globally in 2002 and 2003.

"According to recent clinical information, the virus' ability to spread seems to be getting somewhat stronger," Ma told reporters.

The Lunar New Year holiday, traditionally celebrated by hundreds of millions of Chinese travelling around the country and abroad to see family, began on Friday but has been severely disrupted by the outbreak.

Ma said China would intensify its containment efforts, which have so far included transportation and travel curbs and the cancellation of big events.

The country may extend the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, state broadcaster CCTV reported, citing a meeting hosted by Chinese premier Li Keqiang.

The virus, believed to have originated late last year in a seafood market in Wuhan that was illegally selling wildlife, has spread to cities including Beijing and Shanghai. Hong Kong has six confirmed cases.

The World Health Organisation this week stopped short of calling the outbreak a global health emergency, but some health experts question whether China can contain the epidemic.

Chinese President Xi Jinping described the situation as "grave" on Saturday.

China confirmed 2,051 cases of infection as of 7 p.m. (1100 GMT) on Jan. 26, while the death toll from the virus remained at 56, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Health officials in Orange County, California, reported that a third case had been registered in the United States in a traveller from Wuhan, who was in isolation and in good condition.

On Saturday, Canada declared a first "presumptive" confirmed case in a resident who had returned from Wuhan. Australia confirmed its first four cases.

No fatalities have been reported outside China.

WILDLIFE SALES BAN

On Sunday, China temporarily banned nationwide the sale of wildlife in markets, restaurants, and e-commerce platforms. Wild and often poached animals packed together in Chinese markets are blamed as incubators for viruses to evolve and jump the species barrier to humans.

Snakes, peacocks, crocodiles and other species can also be found for sale via Taobao, an e-commerce website run by Alibaba.

The New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society called on China to make the ban permanent.

The U.S. State Department said it will relocate personnel at its Wuhan consulate to the United States, while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his government was working with China to arrange a charter flight for Japanese nationals to return from Wuhan.

The outbreak has prompted widening curbs on movements within China, with Wuhan, a city of 11 million, on virtual lockdown and transport links all-but severed except for emergency vehicles.

CANCELLATIONS AND MISTRUST

Health authorities in Beijing urged people not to shake hands but instead salute using a traditional cupped-hand gesture. The advice was sent in a text message that went out to mobile phone users in the city on Sunday morning.

Beijing also postponed the reopening of the city's schools and universities after the Lunar New Year holiday, state radio reported. Hong Kong had already delayed the reopening of schools to Feb. 17.

China has called for transparency in managing the crisis, after a cover-up of the spread of the SARS virus eroded public trust, but officials in Wuhan have been criticised for their handling of the current outbreak.

"People in my hometown all suspect the real infected patients number given by authorities," said Violet Li, who lives in the Wuhan district where the seafood market is located.

Illustrating the extend of disruption to life in China, overall passenger travel declined by nearly 29% on Saturday, the first day of the Lunar New Year, from a year earlier, with air passengers down nearly 42%, a transportation ministry official said.

Many cinemas across China were closed with major film premieres postponed.

Cruise operators including Royal Caribbean Cruises, and Costa Cruises said they had cancelled a combined 12 cruises that had been scheduled to embark from Chinese ports before Feb. 2.

Hong Kong Disneyland and the city's Ocean Park were closed on Sunday. Shanghai Disneyland, which expected 100,000 visitors daily through the holiday period, has already closed.

Airports around the world have stepped up screening of passengers from China, although some health officials and experts have questioned the effectiveness of these efforts.
 
And now Moderna will have a booster. Not unexpected.

FULL STORY AT LINK: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-vaccine-booster-shots-moderna/#app


Moderna plans to have third vaccine booster shot ready by fall​

April 18, 2021 / 8:38 AM
By Megan Cerullo
COVID-19 vaccine maker Moderna will make a third booster shot for its two-dose vaccine available to Americans by the fall, CEO Stéphane Bancel said this week.

Moderna's vaccine is more than 90% effective against the coronavirus six months after the second shot, studies show. What remains unclear is how long immunity from the virus lasts.

The same is true of Pfizer's two-dose COVID-19 vaccine.
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A third booster shot against the virus is not yet required, but health experts say it could provide additional immunity against COVID-19 variants that are beginning to spread to the U.S. from Brazil, South Africa and the United Kingdom.....
 
The UK are just starting a study of a thousand (?) students who have received their two vaccinations. They are going to be deliberately exposed to COVID-19 again, including the Brazilian and South African strains, to see how well the vaccines work. :)

Apparantly they are liberal arts students, so no matter how it goes, it's a win-win situation :D
 
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This 2nd shot gives you enough immunity to greatly reduce risk of even getting the virus at all. Give it a couple weeks build the immunity in your system. Let's all go out and enjoy life again.
That's sure what I'm hoping. I had my second vaccine Monday, felt puny Tuesday for a little while, slept for 10 hours last night, and feeling pretty good today.
 

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One year after the Indianapolis 500 was held without a single fan in attendance for the first time ever, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway plans to host up to 135,000 fans for the May 30 Indianapolis 500, or 40% of the track's unofficial capacity, Penske Entertainment Corp. officials announced Wednesday. That number of fans, as well as the track's health and safety plan, have been approved by the Marion County Public Health Department.

At that capacity limit, race day at IMS stands to be the highest-attended sporting event in the U.S., and potentially the largest enclosed gathering of people, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic early last year.
 
Just wanted to post this graphic.

Notice the AGE GROUPS that are reluctant to get the Covid vaccine.

The media tends to report on the POLITICAL DIVIDE between the people who get the vaccine and those who don't but there seems to be a lot more to the story than politics as younger people tend to be far more liberal than older people and also tend to be more afraid of the side effects of the vaccine than they are of the covid-19. Even the age group 40-49 is pretty close to evenly divided on the risks but that is the first group to rate the disease as more of a risk than the vaccine.

It should be noted that the US has just surpassed 50% vaccination rate (1 dose) for adults. The FULLY (2 dose) vaccinated rate and has just hit 25% of the adult population.

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One other think I want to point out is that Chile has a very high vaccination rate, higher than the USA. They also have a high rate of covid infections occurring in VACCINATED people. Chile used the SinoVac vaccine, which was developed in China, has a claimed efficacy rate of approximately 50%, their test data has not been subjected to peer review, and most media sources are NOT pointing out the facts about the nation's choice of vaccine. So much of the news reported about the South American nation seems to be scare tactics. I see it used to scare people into getting vaccinations. I also see it used by anti-Vax sources to prove that vaccines don't work. Don't buy either story. Just understand that the SinoVac Vaccine is NOT used by any modern Western civilized nation for a very good reason!
 
Just understand that the SinoVac Vaccine is NOT used by any modern Western civilized nation for a very good reason!

My son caught COVID while working in Dubai. It was a relatively mild case. He did his 14-day isolation and is just fine. He can't take a vaccine shot until 3-months after his recovery date but that suits him just fine as they are using the SinoVac vaccine at present. By the time that he is eligible to take the shot they will have switched 100% to the Pfizer vaccine. From all that I have heard and read about the SinoVac vaccine I'm not sure that I would be in a rush to take that stuff myself.
 
Just understand that the SinoVac Vaccine is NOT used by any modern Western civilized nation for a very good reason!

My son caught COVID while working in Dubai. It was a relatively mild case. He did his 14-day isolation and is just fine. He can't take a vaccine shot until 3-months after his recovery date but that suits him just fine as they are using the SinoVac vaccine at present. By the time that he is eligible to take the shot they will have switched 100% to the Pfizer vaccine. From all that I have heard and read about the SinoVac vaccine I'm not sure that I would be in a rush to take that stuff myself.
I think I'd do a slow walk to try to avoid that vaccine.

From what I can tell the Sputnik V from Russia looks to be very good. In fact it might be better than either of the J&J or the AstraZenica vaccines. At least I see no blood clotting reports from the Sputnik V vaccine.
 
Both the Indiana House & Senate passed a Bill banning so called vaccine passports. It does not stop private businesses from requiring proof of health but bans any government entity from requiring or issuing such a thing.

Several state governors have issued similar orders, but those can be overturned by legislative action or reversed by a future governor. Legislative actions like today’s actions in Indiana are more difficult to overturn.
 
I will be traveling through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania next week. Indiana will be fine but, Do any of these other states have the draconian vaccine passports?
 
I will be traveling through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania next week. Indiana will be fine but, Do any of these other states have the draconian vaccine passports?
Currently I believe only one state issues Vaccine Passports. That state is NY. Their system has already failed.

But I'm not even sure what the vaccine passports are going to be used for in the states that are looking to issue them. Probably airline and Amtrak travel. Possibly to attend college. Possibly to get into a major sporting event?

For now, especially if traveling by car and staying in a hotel there is no need to worry about a vaccine passport. I travel into Illinois and Ohio on a regular basis, by car, no issues. Illinois has a theoretical self quarantine procedure but there is no mechanism to enforce it. So when I visit my daughter I am supposed to stay in a hotel for 10 (?) days in isolation before I visit her or go anywhere. Huh??? I go to Columbus OH about every 3rd week, give or take. Stay at hotels. Eat at restaurants. Not an issue.
 
Some good news being reported out of Israel.

Israel has roughly 80% of their population vaccinated.

They just reported ZERO deaths from Covid.


Israel records ZERO daily Covid deaths for first time in ten months

Israel has recorded no new daily Covid death for the first time in ten months as it continues to lead the world in its vaccination drive.​
Figures show the country's coronavirus death tolls remained unchanged at 6,346 on Thursday.​
The last time Israel recorded zero Covid death was at the end of June last year. Hospitals have now started closing its specialist coronavirus wards after daily death toll plunged in recent weeks.​
Israel continues to lead the world in its vaccination drive, with more than 80 per cent of its adult population vaccinated.​
For the first time in 10 months, Israel have not recorded a single death related to Covid-19. it comes after the Israeli government dropped rules requiring people to wear face coverings when outside
For the first time in 10 months, Israel have not recorded a single death related to Covid-19. it comes after the Israeli government dropped rules requiring people to wear face coverings when outside​
Israel continues to lead the world in its vaccination drive, with the country having recently hit the landmark or having 80 per cent of its adult population vaccinated
Israel continues to lead the world in its vaccination drive, with the country having recently hit the landmark or having 80 per cent of its adult population vaccinated​
With only one death having been recorded the day before, it appears as though the rate at which people are dying from the virus in Israel is slowing.​
Israeli columnist Nadav Eyal Tweeted about the landmark achievement yesterday.​
In the Tweet he said: 'For the first time in 10 months, no Israeli died of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.​
'Special Corona wards have closed in all hospitals and share of positive cases stands now on 0.4% with dozens of thousands of tests per day, in a 9M population. #Covid_EndGame.'​
The last time that Israel managed to record zero coronavirus deaths was 299 days ago on June 29, 2020, following a series of lockdown restrictions which helped contain the first wave of the virus.​
STORY CONTINUES AT THE LINK ABOVE​
 
Couple of interesting graphs, first shows that the "DEFINITELY NOT" has pretty much remained constant as far as getting vaccinated, the next group, "ONLY IF REQUIRED" seems to have also remained fairly stable. The 2 groups combined equal approximately 20% to 22% of the population. These groups are not really fluctuating much.

The WAIT AND SEE group is clearly shrinking as time progresses and those people are shifting toward getting vaccinated.

The second graph breaks down the groups by demographic data, race/religion/politics/age/etc

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Long Haul complications are one of the scary parts of this disease. Lots of anecdotal evidence that Ivermectin treats long haul very effectively but as it is a generic drug and covid is off-label it is very rarely used in the USA. Vaccines are said to help Long Haul Covid, but I've not actually found a scientific study to prove that.
 
I read a report somewhere a while back which said the Ivermectin had no effect on Covid-19.

I don't know if that is true or not but I was in the feed store a while back and I asked the owner, who I've known for 20 years, if he was going to get the vaccine shot. He told me that he wasn't but was going to keep self treating with Ivermectin. He's never worn a mask and he never caught COVID-19 and as an added bonus, flies don't bother him either.
 
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