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Thanks for sharing your story. We wish you a successful recovery.

Just curious:

Has anyone documented your infection stage and recovery process regarding what you went through and particularly has anyone documented the side effects you've experienced so far?

It seems to me our medical experts should be tracking the stories of those who have recovered in order to better understand this virus. In particular, it surely is important for them to hear about any long term effects (say, one or two years minimum) but there would have to be a documentation chain established to do that sort of study.


Coronavirus found in air samples up to 4 metres from patients: China study

Coronavirus found in air samples up to 4 metres from patients: China study
11 Apr 2020 11:57AM (Updated: 11 Apr 2020 12:05PM)
Original source: AFP

Link: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/coronavirus-airborne-4-metres-patients-covid-19-china-study-12632608

WASHINGTON: A new study examining air samples from hospital wards with COVID-19 patients has found the virus can travel up to 4m – twice the distance current guidelines say people should leave between themselves in public. The preliminary results of the investigation by Chinese researchers were published on Friday in Emerging Infectious Diseases, a journal of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

They add to a growing debate on how the disease is transmitted, with the scientists themselves cautioning that the small quantities of virus they found at this distance are not necessarily infectious. The researchers, led by a team at the Academy of Military Medical Sciences in Beijing, tested surface and air samples from an intensive care unit and a general COVID-19 ward at Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan. They housed a total of 24 patients between Feb 19 and Mar 2.

The team also looked at so-called aerosol transmission - when the droplets of the virus are so fine they become suspended and remain airborne for several hours, unlike cough or sneeze droplets that fall to the ground within seconds. They found that virus-laden aerosols were mainly concentrated near and downstream from patients at up to 4m – though smaller quantities were found upstream, up to 2.4m.

They also offered advice that bucks orthodox guidelines: "Our findings suggest that home isolation of persons with suspected COVID-19 might not be a good control strategy" given the levels of environmental contamination. Aerosolisation of the coronavirus is a contentious area for scientists who study it, because it is not clear how infectious the disease is in the tiny quantities found in ultrafine mist.

(4-meters approx. equals 13-feet)

This suggests some droplets become aerosolized after traveling some distance, perhaps from vaporization, depending on ambient temperature and humidity and air movement in the space.

The article goes on to describe their findings on contamination of surfaces such as floors and frequently touched surfaces like computer mice, rubbish bins, bed rails and doorknobs. They also discuss contamination found on hospital worker's shoes.

(cross-posted to Health)


South Korea reports recovered coronavirus patients testing positive again

South Korea reports recovered coronavirus patients testing positive again
Josh Smith, Sangmi Cha
Reuters World News
April 10, 2020 / 7:25 AM / Updated 10 hours ago

Link: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-southkorea/south-korea-reports-recovered-coronavirus-patients-testing-positive-again-idUSKCN21S15X

South Korean officials on Friday reported 91 patients thought cleared of the new coronavirus had tested positive again. Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), told a briefing that the virus may have been “reactivated” rather than the patients being re-infected.

South Korean health officials said it remains unclear what is behind the trend, with epidemiological investigations still under way. The prospect of people being re-infected with the virus is of international concern, as many countries are hoping that infected populations will develop sufficient immunity to prevent a resurgence of the pandemic.

The KCDC’s Jeong raised the possibility that rather than patients being re-infected, the virus may have been “reactivated”. Kim also said patients had likely “relapsed” rather than been re-infected. False test results could also be at fault, other experts said, or remnants of the virus could still be in patients’ systems but not be infectious or of danger to the host or others.

“There are different interpretations and many variables,” said Jung Ki-suck, professor of pulmonary medicine at Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital.

This is why it's called a "novel" virus. We have a long way to go in achieving a thorough understanding of the nature of this tiny beast.


3M sues distributor for alleged price gouging of N95 respirators in New York

3M sues distributor for alleged price gouging of N95 respirators in New York

Read it here: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-3m/3m-sues-distributor-for-alleged-price-gouging-of-n95-respirators-in-new-york-idUSKCN21S1RA

3M Co. said it filed a lawsuit against Performance Supply LLC on Friday, alleging that the New Jersey-based company had posed as an authorized vendor of 3M-branded N95 respirators and offered millions of them for sale to New York City officials at prices as much as 600% over the list price.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan, said Performance Supply “offered to sell $45 million in N95 respirators to New York City officials at prices 500-600% over 3M’s list price.” According to the lawsuit, Performance Supply offered about 7 million 3M masks to city procurers on March 30 at over $6, up to 600% of 3M’s list price.

Let's hope this legal action results in closing the doors of this evil establishment........

Babies get mini face shields - BBC

Babies get mini face shields

BBC Coronavirus Updates

From: https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-52239925/page/4

It's an anxious time for all of us, but especially for new and expecting mothers.

This hospital in Thailand is taking an extra protective measure, giving newborn babies mini face shields.

Pictures from the Praram 9 Hospital in Bangkok show them swaddled in their blankets while nurses attempt to put on the plastic shields.

There were 54 new virus cases and two new deaths recorded in Thailand on Thursday, bringing the total death toll to 32 and confirmed cases at 2,423.

KY............ .........

What do Angela Merkel and Queen Elizabeth II give us that Donald Trump doesn't?

Opinion: Angela Merkel, Queen Elizabeth II show how to communicate

What do Angela Merkel and Queen Elizabeth II give us that Donald Trump doesn't? The answers to that question shed light on what citizens need from leaders as we struggle to cope with COVID-19, writes DW's Melinda Crane.

Read more here: https://www.dw.com/en/opinion-angela-merkel-queen-elizabeth-ii-show-how-to-communicate/a-53063350


1. Straight talk

Not too long ago I received an envious message from a friend in Washington: "Angela Merkel's speech, that 60 percent of us will get the virus, made her an instant hero here." In the early days of the crisis, the chancellor addressed Germans directly — as she had never done before, apart from annual New Year's greetings — to explain how the government would protect them in the face of what she described as the gravest challenge the country had faced since the Second World War. Simply and soberly, not only in that address but in repeated podcasts and press conferences, she has delivered hard facts, explained concepts such as flattening the curve and expounded on details as mundane as handwashing and toilet-paper supply.

In her own address to the British people on Sunday night, Queen Eilzabeth's first words were an acknowledgment of the disruption, grief and financial difficulties the nation was facing. Like the chancellor, and in stark contrast to the US president, she made no false assurances nor mollifying claims as to potential remedies and exit strategies.

When citizens have the facts, they can make informed decisions about how to mitigate risks, both individually and collectively. When leaders obfuscate, deny and deceive, they turn a potentially manageable risk into an incalculable danger, sowing anxiety and passivity.

The author goes on to discuss 2.) Empathy and Example and 3.) Dignity.

I miss President Obama......... .........
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Thu Apr 9, 2020, 08:29 AM (2 replies)

Millions of coronavirus infections left undetected worldwide - study

Millions of coronavirus infections left undetected worldwide – study

Researchers from a German university have said countries have only found on average about 6% of coronavirus infections. The real number of infected people globally may have already reached tens of millions of people.

Read it here: https://www.dw.com/en/millions-of-coronavirus-infections-left-undetected-worldwide-study/a-53066134

The total number of coronavirus infections is likely to be drastically higher than the figures officially registered by health authorities worldwide, according to a new study. Christian Bommer and Sebastian Vollmer from Göttingen University in central Germany analyzed data from a recent study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases monthly journal.

The researchers looked at the estimates of coronavirus mortality and the time from infection until death to assess the quality of official case records. According to the German researchers, the data showed that countries have only discovered on average about 6% of all coronavirus infections. They claimed that the true total number of people infected with coronavirus may already have reached some tens of millions of people worldwide.

"These results mean that governments and policy-makers need to exercise extreme caution when interpreting case numbers for planning purposes," said Vollmer, a Professor of Development Economics at the university.

"Such extreme differences in the amount and quality of testing carried out in different countries mean that official case records are largely uninformative and do not provide helpful information," he warned.

Plus, areas like India, Indonesia and Africa are just getting started with the spread.

Using fake number of their own making, laissez-faire right-wingers around the globe will re-open the doors of business how soon?


Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Thu Apr 9, 2020, 07:19 AM (0 replies)

Jakarta on verge of massive Eid exodus amid social restrictions, layoffs for low-wage workers

COVID-19: Jakarta on verge of massive Eid exodus amid social restrictions, layoffs for low-wage workers

Link: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/ramadan-eid-covid-19-jakarta-indonesia-exodus-12624458

According to the Jakarta city government, there are around 2.5 million people who return to their hometowns during Ramadan annually.

The same number of people are expected to leave Jakarta as soon as Friday when the restrictions kick in. This exodus, according to observers, is a cause for alarm from the perspective of containing the pandemic.

Of the more than 3,200 COVID-19 cases and 280 deaths reported in Indonesia, more than half are in Jakarta. Unless the exodus is stopped, the outbreak is expected to spread to villages and towns which might not be as well equipped to handle COVID-19 compared to the major cities.

President Joko Widodo, however, has decided against barring the movement of people.

This ordeal is a very long way from being under control.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Thu Apr 9, 2020, 07:06 AM (5 replies)

Coronavirus widespread among Saudi royal family: Report

Coronavirus widespread among Saudi royal family: Report
At least one high-ranking royal, as well as dozens of lower-level officials, have COVID-19, The New York Times reports.

Link: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/coronavirus-widespread-saudi-royal-family-report-200409070130026.html

Dozens of members of the ruling Saudi royal family, as many as 150, have been infected with coronavirus in recent weeks, a news report said.

Saudi Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud - the governor of the capital Riyadh who is in his 70s - is in intensive care after contracting the virus, according to The New York Times, which cited hospital communications, doctors in the country and sources familiar with the family. King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) have retreated into isolation to avoid the outbreak.
There are thousands of Saudi princes. Many travel regularly to Europe and some are believed to have contracted the virus abroad and brought it back to Saudi Arabia, the report said.

The kingdom of about 33 million people has reported 2,932 cases and 41 deaths. The country, home to Islam's holiest sites Mecca and Medina, banned the year-round Umrah pilgrimage and sealed off the areas in early March.

So, it is indeed true that COVID-19 virus particles are no respecter of men or money.......

Warning about a spike in cybercrime related to Covid-19....

Found on the rolling coronavirus coverage at The Guardian UK:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/apr/08/coronavirus-live-news-us-trump-threatens-who-funding-uk-boris-johnson-global-cases-latest-updates
Alex Hern, Guardian’s UK Technology Editor

The British and American cybersecurity agencies have issued a joint warning about a spike in cybercrime related to Covid, as attackers take advantage weaknesses in remote working set-ups to hack, phish and scam people in self-isolation, Alex Hern, the Guardian’s UK technology editor, reports.

In the advisory, jointly issued by GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre and the US’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, internet users are warned to watch out for “emails containing malware which appear to have come from the Director-General of the World Health Organization, and others which claim to offer thermometers and face masks to fight the pandemic.” The agencies have also found cyber criminals “scanning for vulnerabilities in software and remote working tools”, aiming to exploit the absence of corporate IT protections to hack weak links in businesses.

Popular videoconferencing tool Zoom is one such tool, and interest in hacking techniques that could be used against it is “sky high”, according to one report in Vice. Successful attacks against the software, and other videoconferencing services, could be used to enable successful corporate espionage. “Industrial espionage is making millions now. Zoom, GTM, WebEx…all meetings where you needed an insider to get in before,” a source told Vice News.

Other Coronavirus-related scams are less high-tech. Security researchers at McAfee found one posting on a dark web forum where an individual claiming to have recovered from Coronavirus selling their blood to others. For just $1,000, the user offered a sample of their blood or saliva, which could be used harvested for antibodies – if they’re telling the truth.

I hope companies, but particularly our school systems, have solid security provisions in place and are supporting their employees to insure the equipment they use at home is secure. My daughter, a teacher, is using such videoconferencing provisions at home every day for remote teaching. My son is just starting his next quarter in college with everything on-line, using a laptop, smartphone and tablet. That's a lot of potentially vulnerable electronics.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Wed Apr 8, 2020, 09:58 AM (0 replies)
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