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.
 
More information on Ivermectin

Sadly it pretty much takes a court order from a judge to force hospitals to administer Ivermectin in the US

 
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Quite a few stories coming out regarding Ivermectin.

USA, UK and Canada seem to be shunning this cheap drug, possibly due to political pressure from the drug companies that are making billions on the vaccines?

Still I'm seeing a lot more play on Ivermectin coming from 2nd world nations, some select European nations, South Africa, etc. And now they are citing an American group and its data.

Just one of many articles, all of which are pretty similar: https://health.economictimes.indiat...ctin-use-can-end-pandemic-scientists/82479538

Immediate global ivermectin use can end pandemic: Scientists

The common antiparasitic ivermectin is being touted as a miracle cure for Covid-19 by doctors and campaigners the world over.​

Immediate global ivermectin use can end pandemic: Scientists
Washington: A peer-reviewed research has claimed that global ivermectin use can end Covid-19 pandemic, as the medicine significantly reduces the risk of contracting the deadly respiratory disease when used regularly.​
The common antiparasitic ivermectin is being touted as a miracle cure for Covid-19 by doctors and campaigners the world over.​
Peer reviewed by medical experts that included three US government senior scientists and published in the American Journal of Therapeutics, the research is the most comprehensive review of the available data taken from clinical, in vitro, animal, and real-world studies.​
Led by the Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC), a group of medical and scientific experts reviewed published peer-reviewed studies, manuscripts, expert meta-analyses, and epidemiological analyses of regions with ivermectin distribution efforts all showing that ivermectin is effective prophylaxis and treatment for Covid-19.​
"We did the work that the medical authorities failed to do, we conducted the most comprehensive review of the available data on ivermectin," said Pierre Kory, MD, president and chief medical officer of the FLCCC.​
"We applied the gold standard to qualify the data reviewed before concluding that ivermectin can end this pandemic."​
A focus of the manuscript was on the 27 controlled trials available in January 2021, 15 of which were randomised controlled trials (RCT's).​
Consistent with numerous meta-analyses of ivermectin RCT's since published by expert panels from the UK, Italy, Spain and Japan, they found large, statistically significant reduction in mortality, time to recovery and viral clearance in Covid-19 patients treated with ivermectin.​
"Our latest research shows, once again, that when the totality of the evidence is examined, there is no doubt that ivermectin is highly effective as a safe prophylaxis and treatment for Covid-19," said Paul E. Marik, founding member of the FLCCC and Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School.​
Many regions around the world now recognise that ivermectin is a powerful prophylaxis and treatment for Covid-19.
South Africa, Zimbabwe, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Mexico, and India have approved the drug for use by medical professionals.​
The results as seen in this latest study demonstrate that the ivermectin distribution campaigns repeatedly led to "rapid population-wide decreases in morbidity and mortality."
"We are calling on regional public health authorities and medical professionals around the world to demand that ivermectin be included in their standard of care right away so we can end this pandemic once and for all," Marik noted.​
 
And a follow up to above one of the states in India is planning to issue Ivermectin to all its citizens. This could effectively become the largest case study in the world and may be able to prove, or disprove the ability of Ivermectin to control Covid.


Goa To Start Using Drug Shunned By US Regulator For Covid Treatment

While Ivermectin does not prevent infection, it reduces the severity of the illness, Goa Public Health Minister Vishwajit P Rane said today.​

Harish Pullanoor​
Goa To Start Using Drug Shunned By US Regulator For Covid Treatment
Goa Public Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said taking Ivermectin must not make one complacent.​
New Delhi:
Goa has given the nod for the use of an anti-parasitic drug as preventive treatment for all adults against COVID-19. The drug, Ivermectin, has been disapproved of by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While it does not prevent infection, it reduces the severity of the illness, Goa Public Health Minister Vishwajit P Rane said today.​
The treatment will be for those above 18 years of age, the minister said in a Facebook post.​
"In this, patients will be treated with Ivermectin 12mg for a period of five days. Expert panels from the UK, Italy, Spain and Japan, found a large, statistically significant reduction in mortality, time to recovery, and viral clearance in COVID-19 patients treated with Ivermectin," Mr Rane said in his post.​
"At the same time one should not have a false sense of security and complacency but strictly take all the precautionary measures and follow laid SOPs," he said.​
The tablet will be made available at all district, sub-district, public health care centres, and other facilities, so that people begin treatment immediately, irrespective of any symptoms or anything, the minister said.​
Goa on Monday recorded 2,804 new cases of coronavirus, taking its overall figure to 1,21,650, while 50 more fatalities pushed the total number of Covid-related deaths in the state to 1,729, PTI reported.​
Ivermectin is approved at very specific doses for some parasitic worms but is not an anti-viral, according to the US FDA which has said that when taken in large doses, it is dangerous and can cause serious harm.​
"Ivermectin tablets are approved by the FDA to treat people with intestinal strongyloidiasis and onchocerciasis, two conditions caused by parasitic worms. In addition, some topical (on the skin) forms of ivermectin are approved to treat external parasites like head lice and for skin conditions such as rosacea," the FDA has said.​
 
Quite a few stories coming out regarding Ivermectin.

USA, UK and Canada seem to be shunning this cheap drug, possibly due to political pressure from the drug companies that are making billions on the vaccines?

Still I'm seeing a lot more play on Ivermectin coming from 2nd world nations, some select European nations, South Africa, etc. And now they are citing an American group and its data.

Just one of many articles, all of which are pretty similar: https://health.economictimes.indiat...ctin-use-can-end-pandemic-scientists/82479538

Immediate global ivermectin use can end pandemic: Scientists

The common antiparasitic ivermectin is being touted as a miracle cure for Covid-19 by doctors and campaigners the world over.​

Immediate global ivermectin use can end pandemic: Scientists
Washington: A peer-reviewed research has claimed that global ivermectin use can end Covid-19 pandemic, as the medicine significantly reduces the risk of contracting the deadly respiratory disease when used regularly.​
The common antiparasitic ivermectin is being touted as a miracle cure for Covid-19 by doctors and campaigners the world over.​
Peer reviewed by medical experts that included three US government senior scientists and published in the American Journal of Therapeutics, the research is the most comprehensive review of the available data taken from clinical, in vitro, animal, and real-world studies.​
Led by the Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC), a group of medical and scientific experts reviewed published peer-reviewed studies, manuscripts, expert meta-analyses, and epidemiological analyses of regions with ivermectin distribution efforts all showing that ivermectin is effective prophylaxis and treatment for Covid-19.​
"We did the work that the medical authorities failed to do, we conducted the most comprehensive review of the available data on ivermectin," said Pierre Kory, MD, president and chief medical officer of the FLCCC.​
"We applied the gold standard to qualify the data reviewed before concluding that ivermectin can end this pandemic."​
A focus of the manuscript was on the 27 controlled trials available in January 2021, 15 of which were randomised controlled trials (RCT's).​
Consistent with numerous meta-analyses of ivermectin RCT's since published by expert panels from the UK, Italy, Spain and Japan, they found large, statistically significant reduction in mortality, time to recovery and viral clearance in Covid-19 patients treated with ivermectin.​
"Our latest research shows, once again, that when the totality of the evidence is examined, there is no doubt that ivermectin is highly effective as a safe prophylaxis and treatment for Covid-19," said Paul E. Marik, founding member of the FLCCC and Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School.​
Many regions around the world now recognise that ivermectin is a powerful prophylaxis and treatment for Covid-19.
South Africa, Zimbabwe, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Mexico, and India have approved the drug for use by medical professionals.​
The results as seen in this latest study demonstrate that the ivermectin distribution campaigns repeatedly led to "rapid population-wide decreases in morbidity and mortality."
"We are calling on regional public health authorities and medical professionals around the world to demand that ivermectin be included in their standard of care right away so we can end this pandemic once and for all," Marik noted.​
It looks like the empirical evidence confirming ivermectin efficacy is growing. https://journals.lww.com/americanth...he_emerging_evidence_demonstrating_the.4.aspx
 
Hmm.. is this hydroxychloroquine all over again ?

The UK British Medical Journal is sceptical. https://www.bmj.com/content/373/bmj.n747
No. HCQ was tried, tested and found to be mostly hype. It was found to HELP patients if treated early in low doses, it would found to be FATAL if used later in the stage of the disease and in higher doses. Generally it was found to be, overall, ineffective.

Ivermectin seems to be actually working, and meta data is showing it works. It is also a dirt cheap generic that removes the profit motive. Thus opposed by the drug companies that stand to make tens of billions of dollars on vaccines and boosters.

But if you don't believe use, just scroll through this thread, there is actual evidence posted.




And now India is going to be using Ivermectin, not just use it, but actually dispense it widely.


There is a growing list of nations that, due to long wait times to get sufficient vaccines, are turning to Ivermectin.

FWIW, Dr John Campbell is a Phd and teaches nursing in the UK, he has authored several books, and has been running daily Covid updates for over a year.
 
And something we all knew. Well everyone who didn’t live in Chicago, NYC and other liberal cities that required (some still require) masks outside.




CDC grossly exaggerating outdoor transmission rate: COVID-19 experts​

By Kate Sheehy
The CDC is greatly exaggerating the risk of COVID-19 transmission outdoors, claiming there is a roughly 10 percent chance — when in reality the figure is less than 1 percent, a report said Tuesday.

The higher federal figure “seems to be a huge exaggeration,” Dr. Muge Cevik, a top infectious disease doctor at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, told the New York Times.

Dr. Aaron Richterman of the University of Pennsylvania added, “I’m sure it’s possible for transmission to occur outdoors in the right circumstances.

“But if we had to put a number on it, I would say much less than 1 percent.”

“Saying that less than 10 percent of Covid transmission occurs outdoors is akin to saying that sharks attack fewer than 20,000 swimmers a year. (The actual worldwide number is around 150.) It’s both true and deceiving,” The Times wrote.
 
I've seen this reported on a few different websites today.



CDC recommends fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear mask indoors or outdoors

The mask recommends come with few exceptions including in hospitals, planes and prisons.​

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear a COVID mask indoors or outdoors, with a few exceptions.

The changes comes after roughly a year of people in the U.S. – and around the world – wearing a mask to prevent the spread of the virus, which has killed over 3.3 million people worldwide since first detected and reported out of China in late-2019, early-2020.

The CDC changes comes amid a worldwide vaccination program in which roughly 35 percent of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated.

"Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, no mater how large or small, without a mask," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in announcing the changes. "This an exciting and powerful moment."

The agency said in announcing the changes that 250 million Americans have now been vaccinated.

The exceptions will be in such places as hospitals, planes and prisons.
 
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