Derek Lowe's commentary on drug discovery and the pharma industry. An editorially independent blog from the publishers of Science Translational Medicine. All content is Derek’s own, and he does not in any way speak for his employer. By Derek Lowe Current Events My Coronavirus Comment For the Day By Derek Lowe 10 March, 2020 Randall Munroe nails our current situation: 82 comments on “My Coronavirus Comment For the Day” COVID-19 says: 10 March, 2020 at 9:06 am Greater coronavirus chaos = more opportunities in the market. I’m fully embracing the current situation. Reply eub says: 11 March, 2020 at 2:48 am Invisible handers? Fine, that’s great, be invisible. Or, fuck right off. Reply fuck the gov. com says: 16 March, 2020 at 11:48 pm fucking nutter Reply Ed Holloway says: 17 April, 2020 at 9:10 am Re. Coronavirus Spread : We know we will all touch our faces often enough……….washing our hands we are well aware is the main intervention to prevent infection and spread………WHY – are we not having 15 second interruptions in News programmes etc w harder messages : e.g. Wash your hands ,repeatedly, or you run risk of death or killing others…………we all know sadly 100,000’s are dying, why are we pussy-footing around the main issue to prevent the disease, isn’t a harder line more than advised to keep us more reminded?! Reply TDS says: 10 March, 2020 at 9:10 am Viruses HATE payroll taxes. Cure SARS-COV-2 with the one simple trick! Reply tally ho says: 10 March, 2020 at 9:44 am CPAC under quarantine now and maybe the WH next. The USA is safer now… Reply bks says: 10 March, 2020 at 11:04 am Waiting for the coronavirus to give a press conference telling us how to avoid Trump. Reply x says: 11 March, 2020 at 12:17 am Same way he could have been avoided in 2016, theoretically. It appears the US has once again chosen barbarism, though. Reply Dolph says: 10 March, 2020 at 9:52 am I can only speak about the situation in Germany, but it’s at LEAST as bad. What I hear from heads of medical associations of all kinds is making me smash my head onto the table in ever shorter intervals. I have no idea how these people ever got onto their respective positions. They are still in the “It’s all hysteria and LESS dangerous than the flu.”-phase and there is no sign that they ever took a look across the border or read any kind of paper in the last two months. We will get hit hard by this over here! Reply luysii says: 10 March, 2020 at 10:42 am The following post was written 27 January 2020. Unfortunately it’s still true. What to do about the Wuhan flu What to do about the Wuhan flu? The short answer is to lay in a month or two of dried food and drink, and have plenty of bottled water around. The long answer depends on whether the new corona virus (called 2019-nCOV) becomes a pandemic and if the (symptomatic) case fatality rate continues at 3.5% (based on 80 deaths in 2,800 cases as of yesterday). With a son, Chinese daughter in law and two grandchildren living in Hong Kong, I’ve followed the outbreak ever since hearing of it 1 January. The best and most current source of info about the outbreak is the South China Morning Post — https://www.scmp.com. It is in English and is not a government mouth piece. Here’s the bad news (1) As of a few days ago the virus had been found in 29/31 Chinese provinces. This means that confining the virus to China is nearly impossible — how do you cut off a billion or so people from the rest of the world? (2) Here’s more from today Hong Kong University faculty of medicine dean Gabriel Leung says research shows self-sustaining human-to-human transmission is already happening in all major mainland cities. Here’s a link https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3047813/china-coronavirus-hong-kong-medical-experts-call Why is this significant? You have to know how docs operate. When I wanted information about some issue or disease, I’d call a doc whose opinion and background I respected. It is likely that Leung made this statement after calling med school deans he personally knew in major mainland cities. (3) There is no treatment, in the sense of stopping the virus in its tracks. All we have is supportive care, oxygen rest, medication for fever, bronchodilators. This is true for the vast majority of viruses. Remember the joke that modern medical science can cure a cold in 14 days, but otherwise it takes two weeks. (4) We know that you don’t have to be clinically ill to transmit the disease. Screening new arrivals for fever is well and good but that won’t totally prevent spread. (5) Some individuals are what is called ‘superspreaders’ — one individual infected 15 hospital personnel. (6) I wouldn’t hope for a specific treatment any time soon — look how long it took to get any treatment for AIDS, despite the huge amount of resources devoted to it. Here is some good news. It is quite possible that there are many more cases out there with people who were either asymptomatic or just mildly ill. The classic example is polio, in which for every case with paralysis there were 99 cases with mild GI illness or nothing at all. This will need to wait until we can test people for antibodies to 2019-nCOV to find out how many people have had it. This is probably at least a month away Vaccines (if they can be made) are even more months away. We’ll just have to hunker down and hope for the best. Why lay in dried food ?– in a pandemic people will panic and clear out all food they can get their hands on. There were pictures of empty bins in a Wuhan food market last week. People are getting serious about it. From Reuters -“U.S. President Donald Trump offered China whatever help it needed on Monday”. It would be nice to have some of our people from the Center for Disease Control over there. Hopefully the Chinese won’t be too proud to accept the offer. Addendum 28 Jan — apparently the US (in the form of the CDC) is begging China to let them help out — sad — why should they have to beg? Apparently the first overture was 3 weeks ago ! ! ! ! — https://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/3047967/china-coronavirus-washington-asks-beijing-permission-send-health-team Reply fightingillini says: 11 March, 2020 at 4:29 pm Unfortunately, South China Morning Post is a government mouth piece, maybe to a different extent. Remember, South China Morning Post is controlled by Jack Ma, the owner of Alibaba. Any business owners in China have to obey government order. Reply DTX says: 12 March, 2020 at 9:42 am From what I’ve seen, the South China Morning Post has had excellent coverage of the virus. It’s critical both of China and the West. It’s the one news source from which I learned that the Shanghai lab that shared the coronavirus genome with the world was closed for “rectification” and thereby stopping the research it was doing (i.e., unfavorable coverage of the mainland). Before the Western press awoke to concerns about the virus, SCMP was running extensive coverage, often critical of the mainland. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3052966/chinese-laboratory-first-shared-coronavirus-genome-world-ordered Reply fightingillini says: 12 March, 2020 at 11:59 am I personally believe that this is part of the strategy by design: (1) Criticize the Chinese Communist Party controlled government from time to time to build up credibility/trust; (2) Use it’s credibility to influence the narrative to favor the China government when it matters. Reply A Nonny Mouse says: 10 March, 2020 at 10:50 am A nice commentary on the US situation. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-51803890 I will be purchasing lots of paint for those jobs that I have never got around to doing! Reply RM says: 10 March, 2020 at 11:12 am I’m not sure what you mean by “some time back”. That’s the most recent comic. (As can be confirmed by going to xkcd.com directly and browsing the recent comics.) I agree that it’s widely applicable (as explicitly referenced by the pop-up hover-text), but prescient to the current situation it isn’t. Reply Derek Lowe says: 10 March, 2020 at 11:52 am Fixed! I thought sure I’d seen this one before, but that probably happens a lot! Reply Thoryke says: 10 March, 2020 at 11:28 am I’m reminded of how people claimed the Y2K bug “wasn’t a big deal”, conveniently ignoring the people and entire businesses that were devoted to making sure it _wouldn’t_ be a big deal. The cultural aesthetic of “making it look easy” does us so very many disservices…. Reply Hap says: 10 March, 2020 at 11:56 am People are specialists, and there’s too much stuff for everyone to know what everyone else does. It’s hard to leave space in one’s head for the stuff that we don’t know (since we usually don’t know how much room to leave or what shaped hole to put). On the other hand, “everything is easy for the one who doesn’t have to do it.” Reply tim Rowledge says: 10 March, 2020 at 3:44 pm To my horror I recently discovered that there are a lot of people that are quite sure that Y2K was nothing more than a conspiracy by software people to defraud the world (and probably to infect software with Illuminati mind-control stuff, obviously) and that no problem ever existed. This of course then leads on to climate hoaxology, antivaxxing, etc etc. Reply Wallace Grommet says: 10 March, 2020 at 5:49 pm These ignorant paranoid cynical types never learned about the Y2K moon shot level mission conducted across businesses, government, utilities, transportation, etc running simulations, writing millions of lines of code patches, and even with all that effort it was still a fingers-crossed rollover. Reply curious says: 10 March, 2020 at 12:34 pm Anyone have a running list of companies in Boston having employees work from home? Reply A Nonny Mouse says: 10 March, 2020 at 1:06 pm Harvard has given the students 5 days to move out and remote study (tricky with lab work, I would say). My daughter is having a year a George Washington and was popping home for a funeral in a week or so time and has no idea if she will be back! Reply luysii says: 10 March, 2020 at 1:31 pm My cousin’s husband is head of recycling at Harvard. One of their busiest times is when the students move out (as they give away a lot of stuff which he collects, donates to various charities and recycles where possible). This normally takes 3 weeks of intense activity. According to my cousin he heard about it last night (before the profs and the deans). He didn’t sleep a wink and took the train in this AM at 5. Think how many support staff working at Harvard live from paycheck to paycheck (never mind the townies the Harvard students support indirectly) and pray for them. Multiply this out for the country, and the market crash is hardly a surprise. Reply luysii says: 10 March, 2020 at 2:38 pm Maybe by sending everyone home, Harvard will turn out to have produced intellectual content of Newtonian caliber. Recall that Newton was sent home when the Great Plague shuttered Cambridge in 1665. He returned to his farm and began formulating his theories on calculus, light and color, and gravity. This is supposedly is where the apple hit him on the head. Reply DH says: 10 March, 2020 at 5:01 pm Yes. One benefit of being forced to work at home is the reduction in pointless meetings — although they’re harder to avoid than in the past due to teleconferencing. But who knows, maybe America’s productivity in non-manufacturing jobs will increase thanks to social distancing. Reply bks says: 10 March, 2020 at 8:04 pm Unfortunately it’s health care workers where the productivity increase will be needed. Reply eyesoars says: 14 March, 2020 at 12:40 am Telephone: n. An invention of the devil that abrogates many of the advantages of keeping disagreeable people far away. (Ambrose Bierce) Reply Giannis Zaxarioudakis says: 10 March, 2020 at 5:14 pm “The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.” Reply Frank says: 21 March, 2020 at 3:50 am Absolutely. We can see this in many aspects of our lives, e.g. growth companies in stock market being underestimated for years, pandemics, climate change, compounding. Even Einstein once said: “Compound interest is the 8th wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it; he who doesn’t, pays it.” Reply exGlaxoid says: 11 March, 2020 at 9:04 am Yes, havard is sending home the student, mostly young people not likely to be severely ill, where they can take the virus back to their parents, who are likely to be older and more suseptable. Brilliant. The logic behind much of the actions so far is not very good. While having people stay home will slow the spread (if done right, which is not always happening), which is good for not overwhelming the medical system. But since we don;t have a treatment or vaccine, this is mostly delaying the inevitable. Since most young people don’t get serious effects, it might make more sense to leave them on campus, and simply keep them away from older people, perhaps putting older faculty and staff on sebattical. Reply stay safe says: 11 March, 2020 at 11:46 am I don’t know that I agree. I imagine a college dorm might rival a cruise ship when it comes to virus spread. I can’t imagine any university has the means to deal with even underwhelming numbers let alone the amount they would see with rampant transmission through an undergraduate population. While there are certainly risks to spreading any potential contamination by sending students home, if they act quickly before it has gotten a hold it would certainly be much better. Reply loupgarous says: 15 March, 2020 at 3:08 pm “Covid-19 isn’t as deadly as we think”, a recent article in Slate by Jeremy Samuel Faust makes a good case for “Keep them in the dorms”. Faust uses the Diamond Princess cruise liner (3,711 people on board, at least 705 of whom tested positive for the virus on March 4th) as a conveniently isolated basis for post-hoc analysis (caveat: that was 11 days ago, and I can’t find a source for more recent data on those 3,711 people). HIs reasoning is that the Hubei province deaths are not a reliable model for other Chinese provinces, let alone the entire world. They report aggregate deaths in an area notable for other pulmonary ailments, some due to smoking, some to industrial air pollution. If you want to look at deaths in another, less complex population population, the Diamond Princess‘ crew and passengers are a good start. Faust: “On the Diamond Princess, six deaths have occurred among the passengers, constituting a case fatality rate of 0.85 percent. Unlike the data from China and elsewhere, where sorting out why a patient died is extremely difficult, we can assume that these are excess fatalities—they wouldn’t have occurred but for SARS-CoV-2. The most important insight is that all six fatalities occurred in patients who are more than 70 years old. Not a single Diamond Princess patient under age 70 has died. If the numbers from reports out of China had held, the expected number of deaths in those under 70 should have been around four. He goes on: “The data from the Diamond Princess suggest an eightfold lower mortality amongst patients older than 70 and threefold lower mortality in patients over 80 compared to what was reported in China initially. But even those numbers, 1.1 percent and 4.9 percent respectively, are concerning. But there’s another thing that’s worth remembering: These patients were likely exposed repeatedly to concentrated viral loads (which can cause worse illness). Some treatments were delayed. So even the lower CFR found on the Diamond Princess could have been even lower, with proper protocols. It’s also worth noting that while cruise passengers can be assumed to be healthy enough to travel, they actually tend to reflect the general population, and many patients with chronic illnesses go on cruises. So, the numbers from this ship may be reasonable estimates. This isn’t an argument for sunny optimism. I’m in two high-risk groups – chronically ill, over 60. But we’re all on the roller coaster, like it or not. I’m willing to bet that even if the infected (and virus-shedding) population is much greater than current figures show, self-isolation will reduce viral load per person to a level their immune systems and our health care systems can handle. It IS a wake-up call for Congress, though. The Soviet Union had at least one lethal outbreak of weaponized anthrax due to carelessness at one of its biological warfare laboratories, totally unintentional (the aerial release at Sverdlovsk). Low rates of travel in and out of the area probably contained the outbreak more than anything else. Cheap jet travel is our Dr. Evil. It’s notable that Patient Zero for transmission of HIV in the US is thought to have gotten it from a flight attendant whose job took him all over the world. People aren’t going to stop travelling – our world economy’s too interdependent for that. So, we can count on occasional outbreaks of disease of varying transmissibilty and lethality. If you want to blame Trump for some of that, he’s earned his share of blame. But even our pre-2016 capability to deal with outbreaks like this wouldn’t have contained Covid-19 – it had spread outward from China along too many vectors before its full contagiousness had been grasped and probably had come into the US from more than one direction, its asymptomatic carriers establishing separate chains of transmission. Congress can improve our capacity to deal with a fast, widely spread coronavirus or influenza virus in the future, but we can’t do much now about our limited supply of mechanical ventilators and ECMO devices, the only real way to deal with the pulmonary complications of Covid-19 in the elderly and chronically ill. The ability of any president to effectively gut our national ability to track and manage epidemics is scary, no matter which president did it. Face it, if the House or Senate had spent the time they’ve done on the impeachment drama on our lack of a defense aganist epidemics, it might have been fixed before Covid-19 came our way. Fix it we must. Reply metaphysician says: 11 March, 2020 at 4:18 pm Its not “delaying the inevitable”. It makes a *big* difference whether 50% of the population comes down with the virus over the course of 18 months, instead of a month and a half. The more the spread can be slowed down, the less chance we have of saturating medical resources, and *that* is where the biggest risk to life and limb lays. Or, to use some invented numbers: say you have 100 populace and 10 ICU beds. If 50 people catch the disease over the course of a year, you’ll have around 4 people needing an ICU bed and ventilator each month, which you can probably handle as long as they take less than a month to recover. If 50 people catch the disease over the course of a month? You have more than 10 cases every week, which is more than you have beds and ventilators. Result: people die. Reply Unchimiste says: 11 March, 2020 at 9:16 pm Absolutely right. That’s the nightmare happening in Italy right now. Reply exGlaxoid says: 12 March, 2020 at 9:21 am But I think that sending 5000 people home will spread the disease faster than having students stay in a dorm and not travelling. My point is just that we don’t really know which situation will spread disease faster, places are justing trying to do something, rather than nothing, and I think keeping people where they are now is a better choice. Reply perfect virus response says: 12 March, 2020 at 9:29 am Who cares how many people catch it, the loss of worker productivity is much more important. You can always buy new workers Reply eyesoars says: 14 March, 2020 at 12:42 am Sarcastic or Republican? It’s so hard to tell these days. Reply loupgarous says: 15 March, 2020 at 2:18 pm Jeff Bezos’ amazon.com is the most pervasive thing to something you’d see in Upton Sinclair’s reporting in modern America – as far as “we can always get more workers, let’s work the ones we have to death” goes. His money props up one of the Democratic Party’s leading editorial megaphones, the Washington Post. Reply Charles P says: 17 March, 2020 at 9:28 am I wish my employer considered me this ‘business critical’ when it was time for my yearly evaluation and to skip me for a promotion. Reply HAT says: 25 March, 2020 at 3:33 pm You need Jesus.. these people are saving lives and your life may be in their hands. People’s lives matter Reply Sumit says: 17 March, 2020 at 9:09 am Coronavirus: Nadine Dorries, UK Health Secretary & Other Leaders Around The World Contract The Virus Reply Effrim-Botchey Tikva Yisrael says: 20 March, 2020 at 6:16 am I wanted to know if blood feeding animals and insects like mosquitoes and bedbugs can spread the Coronavirus. Reply Mrwizard says: 21 March, 2020 at 7:39 pm Watching the U.S. News is really scary. The public news media is more interested in pointing fingers at past events involving the government than informing (convincing) the public of how dire the situation is and providing useful information. Sad, really sad….. Reply loupgarous says: 14 June, 2020 at 3:31 pm Unfortunately, the business model of commercial news (even in public broadcasting) is not built around informing the public, but enraging the public. Matt Taibbi’s book Hate, Inc explains why over 90% of the commercial news is built around stoking popular anger instead of increasing the public’s understanding of current events. Reply vijay sharma says: 24 March, 2020 at 4:32 pm People were recovering from coronavirus and then i heard about hantavirus after researching a lot about this virus I wrote some information about its cause and treatment. Reply David G Basinski says: 25 March, 2020 at 4:55 pm Is ‘Stock Market’ the new name for the Golden Calf? Reply Jon says: 30 March, 2020 at 9:06 am There is an upside that spans the globe… Only the USA have the misfortune of Trump. Perhaps someone should take away the shovel – in order to keep him from digging more holes. Reply Sachin says: 31 March, 2020 at 2:00 am Coronavirus creating too much problems for humans.. Reply Stanley Nkemnole says: 3 April, 2020 at 1:55 pm Individuals were recouping from coronavirus and afterward I found out about hantavirus in the wake of looking into a great deal about this infection I thought of some data about its motivation and treatment.There is an upside that traverses the globe… Just the USA have the disaster of Trump. Maybe somebody should remove the scoop – so as to shield him from burrowing more gaps. Coronavirus making an excessive amount of issues for people.. Reply Ignace Krekels says: 3 April, 2020 at 7:31 pm Today my collegue send me a video of Bill Gates on april 3th. I saw the youtube video and saw the crowd in the auditorium one next to the other … within 1/2 meter (1,5 feet?) People talks ons the street with no masks? Let us learn solething of the Chinees please. I leave in Belgium and a stupid expert tells on television that masks don’t help. Ok, it’s april the 1st, I know, bur it was not a joke. We are not disciplined. And if you are, and if 95% are, Corona is fine with that, to proove, look at the dayli reports on the W.H.O. The snowball grows at 7% each day. Try and see the past weeks and pick a day of the week. We don’t understand. New York, they do! In 2 or 3 weeks, you do also. In 2 or 3 months and some good relatives… where are they? Please stay at home (every person on this planet). Make a mask or buy one. Put you gloves on when you go outside and trust no-one that talks in your 2meter circle. Succes !! ignace of Belgium. Reply Spencer says: 6 April, 2020 at 4:02 pm How are people in prison or who live in middle of nowhere getting the virus? Unless China has placed sample of virus on items shipped as test sample. China would sacrifice a small town there as distraction… Just a thought Reply Steve says: 7 April, 2020 at 10:42 am Where to begin….. Let’s see first we all know china is FAMOUS for outbreaks like this. Personally i think china did this in retaliation for sanctions and tariffs imposed by america. Remember people china is communist and CANNOT be trusted with ANYTHING. When it’s all said and done the world as a whole should punish China. To me it’s quite obvious that throughout history china has NEVER been on the right side of things and have been hell bent on world domination at any cost. My opinion is pretty bold but it is exactly what is… An opinion. I hope we are watching China’s activity outside the pandemic. Reply Phoebe says: 8 April, 2020 at 1:25 am I have stayed at home for 2 weeks, just going out for shopping neccessities. Sick of it 🙁 Reply rng says: 10 April, 2020 at 12:56 am Let’s prepare for the worst lol. https://bit.ly/2XqwGZ0 Reply Steve says: 12 April, 2020 at 9:01 am Hello, Your article looks very interesting. Can you write an opinion about leaked Chinese statistics? Do you think, that China is lying to the whole world? I Just read the article about it at https://worldwideviruses.com/leaked-documents-20x-more-ccp-coronavirus-cases-then-oficially-reported/ Reply Sam Abd says: 13 April, 2020 at 3:02 pm I have stayed at home for 2 weeks, just going out for shopping neccessities. Sick of it.Anyways good article Reply John A. Paoluccio PE says: 15 April, 2020 at 3:02 pm A Mechanical Engineer that specialized in the properties of air and the environment has an Opinion that may help in the further understanding of the spread of the pandemic. The Corona Virus, in bioaerosol form, can travel for many miles depending on wind speed, temperature, humidity, air pollution and time of day. Some tests have demonstrated that the virus in droplet form may travel about 6’ before falling to the ground or even flow across a room. The virus in bioaerosol form has been demonstrated to stay afloat for 3 to 7 hours. The corona virus size is 0.12 microns. Sub-micron size viruses may take 13 days to settle about one meter. (ASHRAE Chapter 11). If the wind speed is 7 miles per hour and the virus bioaerosol remains afloat for 3 hours it will have traveled up to 21 miles. If the wind speed were 20 miles per hour and the virus aerosol remained afloat for 7 hours, it would travel up to 140 miles. Although the virus may travel for many miles, there is a good chance most of it will be rendered harmless during its flight by environmental factors, but some will get through intact. The virus is not alive but can be destroyed by removing its protected outer fatty covering that protects the internal bit of RNA. It can also be destroyed by heat, low humidity and ultra violet light. Radiant energy rays of UV light in the C range (sterilization range) can penetrate the fatty covering of the virus and damage the RNA, rendering it unable to replicate when it invades a host cell. If the bioaerosol particle comes in contact, during its travel, with an air pollution particle, it will most likely be destroyed. Even clean outside air may have over 10,000,000 particles over 0.1 microns in size per cubic foot. The above may shed some light on why some people are carriers of the virus but seen to remain unaffected by it. Since the virus in bioaerosol form can spread for miles, I believe that almost everyone became exposed to at least a very small dose of the virus. This occurred very early in its arrival in each country where infected individuals helped spread the virus. Most people will have been, exposed to a very small amount of the virus and the body will, in most cases, fight off the virus with a healthy immune system. They quickly develop an immunity to the virus as they encounter additional small doses of the virus. However, when a person encounters large doses of the virus, from being close to an infected individual, the immune system may not be able to overcome the high rate of replication from infected cells. This can lead to serious health problems that result in hospitalization. Having a healthy immune system is key to fighting off a broad range of viruses. The “stay at home” order, in rural and unpopulated areas, may prevent people from receiving small doses of the virus and slowly build up an immunity to the virus. Chapter 10 and 11 of the 2017 ASHRAE Handbook provides extensive information of bioaerosols that may be referred to for additional information. John A. P. 95368 Reply T. L. says: 16 April, 2020 at 9:13 pm This is fascinating info about bioaerosol form; I’m pulling up some articles to read on this. The unfortunate part is, the longer this goes on, the more factors besides this virus start to take a serious toll; a start to a pretty good list of things that are, or will soon be, affecting the USA due to lockdowns/stress/etc. is here https://coronavirus2020questions.wordpress.com/#Future and it’s not pretty. Reply jefferson says: 15 April, 2020 at 3:19 pm Unfortunately minority communities are getting hit much harder from the lack of concern in that area. In chicago, for example, looking at the highest infection areas, most of the zip codes are latino communities. https://enigmaforensics.com/blog/top-10-surges-to-account-for-60-latino-neighborhoods-in-growing-covid-19-infections/ Reply Beervirus says: 15 April, 2020 at 3:26 pm I don’t really know what’s the story behind this shit but it can be anything. Reply Steve says: 16 April, 2020 at 8:29 am Food for thought… Im just curious what the government is doing behind our backs during the lock down. I feel some statistics are exaggerated. Personally i feel the stimulus is just a distraction to keep people thinking about something else rather than paying attention to our government is really doing. If u think the government is actually looking out for the people your delusional. It’s a hoax a ploy and distraction. Government can NEVER be trusted. Reply Lucky says: 23 April, 2020 at 2:32 pm It is really important to control the transmission of virus to save ourselves and the nation or else it will cost many peoples death. Everyone should be responsible and practice hygiene, adopt healthy eating habits,stay at home. It would become most difficult to tackle the situation if people follow the guidelines strictly. Reply Helen Markwell says: 25 April, 2020 at 1:49 am I moreover am self-withdrawing as I am immuno-traded off from treatment for Hodgkins Disease. It is a substitute world for us until an inoculation comes out. We ought to prepare for the critical parcel of living with sensational social separating. Co-Vid 19 will even now be there… and we won’t be guaranteed to let out gatekeeper down. Are you find the best surgical mask at affordable price in india Join Hub Pharma provide surgical masks are designed to protection against bacteria & COVID19tr Reply Jivesh Srivastava says: 25 April, 2020 at 5:40 am Knowledgeable article. Sir plz check our article http://www.digitalwithjivesh.in/category/corona-virus/ Reply Mark A Eddins says: 26 April, 2020 at 5:47 pm Someone please answer these questions. (It’s unbelievable that none of the media nor the pundits that question them don’t ask these.) Question 1) …Why is it that Grocery stores, which are in contact with their customers much more than the media (or us consumers) will admit, are immune from scrutiny about creating more positive cases of Coronavirus but it is impossible to believe that other businesses like restaurants, movie theaters, salons, barbershops, retail stores, etc CANNOT DO THE SAME THINGS AS THE GROCERY STORES and open up???????? Grocery Stores don’ t have any magic process or protection that other non-essential businesses couldn’t also have or practice!!!!!!! Question 2) … Why is it that New York and New Jersey seem to dictate all of the decision making that is applied to the rest of the US when the rest of the US is much DIFFERENT than New York and New Jersey. These two states represent over 50% of the total US numbers in most all categories. To let them be as lax as they are with management of the virus and then make the rest of the US suffer as a result is just wrong! They (Cuomo) won’t even shut down their subway which is the main cause of their huge numbers and the reason they keep getting worse. Question 3) … Why do the Doctors who have been anointed as gurus to tell us how to run the US keep saying we need to “balance the virus situation with the economic disaster” refused to explain to us JUST WHAT THEY HAVE BALANCED??????? They refuse to comment on how their obsessive focus on saving lives has now begun to cost everyone much more for a long long time to come than anyone could have ever believed could be done by a bunch of people that know NOTHING about what the consequences are. Please someone answer these. Reply ethan says: 30 April, 2020 at 11:18 am this coronavirus is a bad but have you tried finding the sorce? try starting at the beggining find the sorce of of and study the molecular structure, then cover the DNA run tests and when you can find the things in it try maybe try the chemical of the opposite of the virus for the vaccine. Reply Prasanth says: 2 May, 2020 at 10:46 am Corona virus has left the world stunned. Government and research organization are making all the efforts to find the medicine. Unless medicine is discoverd, people will suffer a lot. Hope everything goes well. Stay safe!!!! Reply vedant says: 10 May, 2020 at 12:54 pm Know more about that what is Corona Virus Pandemic https://virtualdaylife.com/corona-virus-pandemic/ We are waiting to see its proper vaccine! We hope to see a vaccine soon! Thanks Reply T. says: 21 May, 2020 at 7:23 pm I don’t know what you intend by posting that link, weirdly written, there is nothing on most of the other pages of the site including the Disclaimer page, and another page has latin that Google translate turned into this “Option definitions is in, it is accustomed to say, which they are. Just appear in the world, it will have a soft or violence at the game later.” For anyone actually looking for general info, please search elsewhere; if you are wanting ideas for topics past general info: Tackles how many deaths is too many – https://coronavirus2020questions.wordpress.com/how-many-deaths-is-too-many/ Pointed Comics with a hilarious cast page (definitely look up TP and her several entries, worth a couple of clicks for that alone) Politics – https://crisiscomic.wordpress.com/covid-19-comics/politics/ Cast Page – https://crisiscomic.wordpress.com/covid-19-comics/cast-in-the-covid-world/ Reply Vernon Henderson Jr says: 19 May, 2020 at 2:11 pm I feel that anyone who returns to work must be tested and have a NEGATIVE result. They should have to present a form from doctor showing the result of the test. Vernon Henderson Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org Reply John Gatesby says: 21 May, 2020 at 3:44 am Year 2020 is bleeding corona pandemic. take proper pre-cautions while leaving home. Stay hydrated, cover your hands, use face mask and when possible use hand synthesizer. Social distancing should be encouraged. Use natural immune boosters like Garlic, Moringa Oleifera and Vitamin c. Reply CoronaImpacted says: 27 May, 2020 at 4:30 am Its advice to all please be safe and keep safe your family. During this we are helping all needy peoples. We are from Corona Impacted NGO. Corona Impacted is a group of helping enthusiastic individuals who specially came together to support Corona Impacted patients in the need of this Pandemic crisis across the globe. Reply Angelaanny007 says: 8 June, 2020 at 10:00 am Very informative article. Reply Ruzbeh says: 11 July, 2020 at 9:38 am Coronavirus in short: 00-PRC 0-RCP 1-RPC 2-CRP 3-PCR 4-CPR 00=Public ( People’s )Republic of China 0=Repeated Contacts of the Public 1=Rejecting Protective Clothing… 2=C Reactive Protein 3=Polymerase Chain Reaction 4=Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation Reply Yohanan says: 11 July, 2020 at 5:57 pm The comparison to a war is false scare talk. In Covid-19 mortality is highest in the elderly, unlike most wars. Here’s an article with potential years life lost age statistics… Potential Years of Life Lost Due to COVID-19 in the United States, Italy, and Germany: An Old Formula With Newer Ideas. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Jun 18;… https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32570888/ Reply Abinash Srichandan says: 16 July, 2020 at 3:07 am Developing a vaccine is a tedious and multi-year procedure, with the product having to go through several safety tests to comply with regulations. Presently, the average time needed for creating traditional vaccines is over ten years. Scientists need to race against time to break this time barrier to provide some relief during these desperate times. But there is some Good News… Vaccine for Covid-19: Close at Hand Read Now: http://dailyeconomics.net/insights/vaccine-for-covid-19-close-at-hand/ Reply Robin Sweeney says: 23 July, 2020 at 9:08 pm The corona virus is bullshit stop with tis shit Reply Alex Tribec says: 24 July, 2020 at 7:25 am This fucking bullshit needs to stop. Less than 1 million dead WORLDWIDE. Of those reported dead a significant percentage had other causes and were falsely claimed by hospitals IN ORDER TO COLLECT MONEY. This is not a deadly disease. It is a fake, opportunistic excuse to strip citizens of money, security, privacy, dignity, and independence. There is a government above the ones we recognize. If you don’t understand this yet then don’t be surprised when you wake up one day soon with everything you once held dear completely stripped away. SLAVERY IS A CHOICE, stop sucking the governments tit and get your shit together. Reply Crash Tag says: 13 August, 2020 at 3:53 pm https://www.crashtag.ca/2020/08/on-entering-new-world.html Reply Phillip Huggan says: 29 August, 2020 at 5:16 pm I think we need improved nanotechnologies pertaining to endocytosis of pathogens such as Covid, as well as for iron particles. London has found Covid breaks vessel strings that prevent platelets from clumping. I don’t think we have good enough enforcement of good researcher numbers, to now attempt to genetically engineer new strings on us mid-disease. I do think we should use nanotechnology and weaker biomimetics to make novel phagocytes or otherwise “poison” containers, that can be safely streamed out without causing bladder disease. I also think we need to use MPI to pick good leaders and come together for good decisions. Iron oxide is toxic, so it needs to be a more fragile magnet and/or we need a better way of eliminating from our bodies. The easy system is to select health advisors who do well in wild disease simulations. The next pandemic might have an initial r0 of 8 and be 20% lethal, unless we consume synthetic endocytosis particles beforehand. Synthetic biology and/or gene therapy on the other hand might produce disease effects that can’t be engulfed as a cure. Reply Vikas pathak says: 31 August, 2020 at 5:11 am Protect yourself and others around you by knowing the facts and taking appropriate precautions. Follow advice provided by your local health authority. Reply T.L. says: 1 September, 2020 at 8:07 am “Follow advice provided by your local health authority.” – I hope you have a better local authority than I do. Mine seems intent on keeping people in a state of stress and perpetuating misinformation. I have been reading studies left and right on masks. I was shocked to find that using masks in surgery isn’t a solid proven fact in preventing infections in clients (patients). https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0141076815583167 — https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF01658736 I have also been dismayed at the incorrect/misinformation mask info provided by the CDC. 1. It may be in comic form, but this asks challenging questions about mask usefulness, with all sources cited with links – studies, reports, editorials – which is more than I can say for many of the pieces I’ve run across online; some of the sources used in the comics are from the CDC website – https://crisiscomic.wordpress.com/2020/08/27/cloth-masks-corp-students-find-out-the-value-of-masking/ 2. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/p0714-americans-to-wear-masks.html – the article at the link is on the CDC website and in the source citation list at the bottom is: MMWR Article: No Transmission of Symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 After Significant Exposure With Universal Face Mask Use at a Hair Salon – Springfield, Missouri, May 2020 https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6928e2.htm?s_cid=mm6928e2_w If you go to the link in the citation, you will come to an article titled “Absence of Apparent Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from Two Stylists After Exposure at a Hair Salon with a Universal Face Covering Policy — Springfield, Missouri, May 2020” How can an article titled “Absence of Apparent Transmission of SARS-CoV-2…” be listed as “No Transmission of Symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 …” in a citation. That is too big of a change to believe it is anything but deliberate, and I presume, done deliberately to mislead. Plus the hair stylist case study is a human interest story but of no value in determining whether masks are useful against covid-19… just read the list in the study of the – at least 4 limitations – or read the comics noted above that skewer it. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA. seven × = 42 This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.