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COVID-19: key developments for Monday, April 13, 2020

California, Oregon, Washington have joined into a “West Coast Pact” to coordinate their virus response regionally, and a number of states in the Northeast have joined to form a “Multi-state Council” for the same purpose. Tupac and Biggie were unavailable for comment at press time.

I think Kashkari is absolutely correct on this. Things are going to stay broken for a long time, because we’re going to keep breaking them periodically to fight flare-ups. Kashkari Says U.S. May Face 18 Months of Rolling Shutdowns.

I’m glad somebody else is going first and can work out some of the kinks. Austria set to relax coronavirus lockdown measures. “Austria will begin lifting its coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday. When Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced the plan it caused a great deal of excitement — but this is the first step in a long process, experts say.”

‘Elbow to elbow:’ North America meat plant workers fall ill, walk off jobs.

This is the same number of NYPD who died on 9/11. 23 members of the NYPD have died from coronavirus, commissioner says.

This is fine. As feds play ‘backup,’ states take unorthodox steps to compete in cutthroat global market for coronavirus supplies. “Elsewhere, some governors and lawmakers have watched in disbelief as they have sought to close deals on precious supplies, only to have the federal government swoop in to preempt the arrangements. Officials in one state are so worried about this possibility that they are considering dispatching local police or even the National Guard to greet two chartered FedEx planes scheduled to arrive in the next week with millions of masks from China, according to people familiar with the planning. ”

Dumped Milk, Smashed Eggs, Plowed Vegetables: Food Waste of the Pandemic. “The closing of restaurants, hotels and schools has left some farmers with no buyers for more than half their crops. And even as retailers see spikes in food sales to Americans who are now eating nearly every meal at home, the increases are not enough to absorb all of the perishable food that was planted weeks ago and intended for schools and businesses.”

No, You Did Not Get COVID-19 in the Fall of 2019

A tale of two countries, situated right next to each other with similar demographics:

How a Premier U.S. Drug Company Became a Virus ‘Super Spreader’

CDC Says U.S. Stabilizes; 70 Vaccines in Progress: Virus Update

South Korea confirms 111 cases of coronavirus reinfection

WHO officials say it’s unclear whether recovered coronavirus patients are immune to second infection

NYU scientists: Largest US study of COVID-19 finds obesity the single biggest ‘chronic’ factor in New York City’s hospitalizations

I Spent Seven Weeks in a Wuhan ICU. Here’s What I Learned

Newfoundland faces possible food shortage as pandemic hammers key shipping company


    • P B

      Were just rushing to be back here again. There is no safety except for a vaccine.

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      • Cia P B

        They were never able to develop a usable vaccine for SARS. It caused the vaccinated person to develop antibodies, but when the person later encountered the natural disease, it caused dramatic negative reactions, even death, from antibody-dependent enhancement. This  may be the same if you recover from the disease, then meet it again. Dengue is similar: if you get it and recover from it, the next time you may get the more severe hemorrhagic form, often fatal. They tried unsuccessfully to introduce a vaccine for dengue in the Philippines but had to withdraw it when many children died as a result. So this may be a very difficult situation if neither recovering from the natural disease nor getting a vaccine provides immunity. There’s always C, D3, and zinc; hydroxychloroquine, zinc. and azithromycin if you get it; and homeopathy: the nosode is available for prevention and there are several being used for treatment, gelsemium 30c being considered the most useful in the US. I discovered yesterday that it is sold out in many places in the world.

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