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  1. But for someone who isn't an epidemiologist, or associated with the health or governing community at all that kind of information is at best superfluous - and at worst potentially unnecessarily alarmist. It is up to the health and governing officials to take steps to protect the public when the associations of an infected person have been identified, both the places visited by the infected as well as the infected person)s) as well. I've been reading about some intellectually challenged knuckle-draggers targeting, harassing and even attacking Asians (not even specifically Chinese) because they blame them for the Coronavirus.. Not making unnecessary specific information public, I think that does more to protect the public than releasing too much information.
  2. With already two confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Arma (public knowledge) - It goes without being said, 'It's going to get worse before it gets better". If some people choose to play Russian roulette with their lives - that's their right... but if they do something stupid like this knowing full well it risks not only their life and heal but also risks the life and health of others, they should be given a judgement equivalent to driving while intoxicated (DUI) as both are in my opinion irresponsible and potentially puts the lives of others at risk. At this time there is no evidence that mass exposure will lead to "heard immunity" or personal immunity and there is no known evidence that anyone infected will build antibodies that makes them less susceptible to future infection... this particular bug is just too new and may not follow the same rules of some other viruses - we just don't know at this point. These people are not only putting their lives at risk, but everyone they may come into contact with over the next few weeks ~ Crawford County Kansas - Department of Health Press Release (March 28,2020) "As of 3/28/2020 Crawford County Health Officials have confirmed another positive case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) within the County bringing the total case count to 4. The individual is fully cooperating with local health officials and with isolation and quarantine requirements. Health Department staff are conducting a case investigation to quarantine all contacts of the individual. The Crawford County Health Department is aware that daily case updates from KDHE may not always align with County updates. Please keep in mind that this is a very fluid situation and test results are being reported throughout the day. It is important to be aware that the KDHE website updates new cases within the State only once a day. This can create a situation where local county numbers are different than the KDHE website for a short period of time. Those who are exhibiting symptoms of fever greater than 100°F, cough and shortness of breath, have had an exposure to a positive COVID 19 individual, or who have questions about testing can call the Crawford County Health Department, at 620-231-5411, to be screened to determine if testing for COVID 19 is needed. Those who are tested for COVID 19 will also be tested for Influenza A and B as well as strep throat. The Crawford County Health Department can perform the Influenza A/B and strep throat testing on site and is able to collect the sample for COVID 19 and ship it to an outside laboratory. The overwhelming opinion of medical professionals across the country is that we MUST all do our part to help reduce the spread of this virus. Even though many will only experience mild symptoms the higher risk/elderly population and those with underlying health issues could experience more severe symptoms. In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID 19 it is recommended that everyone travel as little as possible, utilize social distancing (remain 6 feet apart), use frequent hand hygiene, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, work from home if possible, and stay home from work if you are ill. Because we need to make an effort to keep our area medical professionals safe and healthy, it is strongly recommended anyone exhibiting these symptoms to first call their clinic or doctor’s office so they can provide instructions on what time to arrive and whether or not they should come inside. Many times the medical provider will come to the patient’s vehicle to assess them. Following these procedures helps ensure you don’t inadvertently expose other patients or the medical staff." https://www.crawfordcountykansas.org/uploads/6/2/7/8/62784259/march_28_press_release.pdf
  3. I believe I read somewhere that a man from Bourbon county who tested positive, traveled to Independence and KC, with Johnson county being a Kansas hotspot before being diagnosed... What this meant for me is that the Coronavirus was probably imported to Bourbon county and most likely from the KC area when they were having their outbreak, at least the timing seems right. But the thing for all of us to remember is we as a state and as a nation are just in the very early stages of this outbreak, there is no evidence that casual exposure will allow anyone to build up antibodies or that warmer weather will help stifle the spread of Covid-19... we are learning more about the virus all the time but it is new and our knowledge base is rather shallow presently. I've known people around here to say "I want to know what town those diagnosed with the virus live in" but the reality of it is most in this area are a peripatetic population, we travel from place to place for entertainment, dining, shopping or just to go someplace. If for example a person was diagnosed with the Coronavirus in one town, that doesn't mean they hadn't recently traveled to another town and infected people who have not yet shown symptoms or been diagnosed, so the whole "I need to know what town" thing is really quite pointless and I've said so on a number of venues when this kind of topic came up. The best thing I can do in my mind at least is treat every person like they are (and I am) a potential carrier, maintaining the recommended 6 ft. personal space and avoid person to person contact as much as possible, think of every surface is suspect, which causes me to clean more, wash my hands more, avoid touching my face and wear gloves when doing things like pumping gas or touching public surfaces when I can... To me it's just the most socially responsible and wisest thing to do for myself and others in these times.
  4. NJ.com: Cops break up 47-person apartment party. ‘This is not a game,’ Murphy says Police in Ewing broke up a party in an apartment Friday night that violated a lockdown imposed a week ago by Gov. Phil Murphy to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Officers responded to an anonymous call at 11:44 p.m. and found 47 people and a DJ crammed into a 550-square-foot apartment, according to a Tweet Saturday by Murphy and a statement from Ewing Police. “The organizer was charged, as they should have been and deserved to be,” Murphy tweeted. “This is not a game. Stay home. Be smart,” he continued. https://www.nj.com/news/2020/03/cops-break-up-another-party-this-is-not-a-game-murphy-says "Can’t believe I have to say this at all, let alone for the second time. But here we are. NO CORONA PARTIES. They’re illegal, dangerous, and stupid. We will crash your party. You will pay a big fine. And we will name & shame you until EVERYONE gets this message into their heads," Murphy tweeted." https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/illegal-house-party-violated-n-j-s-stay-home-order https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2020/03/people-are-having-coronavirus-parties-how-stupid-can-you-be Is this our society now that some are so unconcerned not only about their own health, but the health and well being of those they may later come into contact with that they intentionally defy recommended personal distancing and gathering restrictions in the face of a national and international pandemic that so far has lead to the death of more than 30,000 people world wide - more than 2,000 in this country alone? Throwing parties in a crowded space, when people have been dying for months because they became exposed to a sick person, likely in crowded places...
  5. NJ.com ‘Knucklehead’ who coughed on Wegmans worker charged with terroristic threats, N.J. governor says A Wegmans customer faces charges of terroristic threats and harassment after coughing on a worker at the grocery store chain’s Manalapan location and claiming he had the coronavirus, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday. The governor didn’t provide many details about the incident during his daily coronavirus briefing, other to say “it demonstrates active law enforcement” is ready to respond to people who violate orders put in place in reaction to the outbreak. “There are knuckleheads out there. We see them and we are enforcing behavior," Murphy said during his briefing at Rutgers-Newark. Hours later, authorities identified the man as George Falcone, 50, of Freehold. He was charged with terroristic threats, harassment and obstruction, they said. Falcone was told by the employee he was standing too close to her and to an open display of prepared foods, according to the Office of the Attorney General. He then allegedly “stepped forward to within 3 feet of her, leaned toward her, and purposely coughed." Falcone also allegedly laughed and said was infected with the coronavirus, authorities said, adding, “Falcone subsequently told two other employees they are lucky to have jobs.” www.nj.com/coronavirus/2020/03/knucklehead-who-coughed-on-wegmans-worker-charged-with-terroristic-threats-nj-governor-says
  6. Regardless of the timeline, his intent seems pretty clear to me by his declaration of "Who's scared of the Coronavirus" before licking the products on the shelf. If his intent was to give himself possible exposure he could lick something like a public park bench seat, the sidewalk or something (although I'm not sure that would have been any better) but to lick things he knew were relatively clean AND that he also knew other people would be handling, seems to me to indicate he was attempting to expose other people to his germs whether or not he had the virus. The man's actions were not simply "Immature", it was irresponsible and an intentional violation of protocol for the public's health and safety... at least he seemed to believe that by licking the things on the store shelf he would not give himself and/or others the Coronavirus but even most grade school kids know one way to spread germs and disease, is from the bodily excretions from another person. I remember a story about a town in Minnesota giving a man a fine for spitting on the sidewalk several years ago (yes, there are some places where spitting on the sidewalk is still illegal) because it was then, and possibly still is considered a public health hazard. Diseases that are spread through saliva include TB, hepatitis, viral meningitis, cytomegalovirus just to name a few so whether or not this man was attempting to show his own invulnerability or to possibly infect someone else is irrelevant. He intentionally placed his saliva on shelved products in a public place in thoughtless disregard to the public health and safety of others. He should at least receive a fine, if not charged with making a terroristic threat under the new Coronavirus legal restrictions... If someone makes a bomb with the intent to harm someone else it is a criminal act - whether or not it harms anyone - Wipe your bodily secretions on something with the intent to harm someone else, it should be a criminal act - whether or not another person is infected -
  7. I'm not saying celebrities can't get sick with the virus, we all know they can because despite their celebrity status they're just regular people like us... Something we should remember the next time one of them insists we listen to what they say, like they know more than anyone else about any subject. But I can't help remember the incident with Heidi Klum who posted an Instagram video of herself lying in bed, explaining that she’s sick, “feeling feverish, cough, runny nose, and has tried, without success, to be tested for coronavirus, and in less than 48 hours (it usually takes 12 or 24 hours to get the test results) she posted both she and her husband were tested and the results were negative. It looks like what she actually had was a common cold, but I'm guessing to her celebrity status and despite earlier posting she went to two different doctors and couldn't get tested she eventually found an someone with test kits willing to ease the celebrity's mind. Kathy Griffin has also posted she can't get a Covid19 test, but looks to have been given an isolation room without being diagnosed with the Coronavirus anyway... Again it appears celebrity status has it's privileges. If her test (yes despite her jibe at president Trump, she probably will be tested if she presents the symptoms) also comes back negative that's one isolation room, not to mention the mandatory isolation gloves, masks, gowns and other paraphernalia required for someone with a real infectious disease wasted no doubt at least partially because of her celebrity status. Well guess what... LA Times: Sick as a dog, Kathy Griffin hit the ER with coronavirus concerns. Here’s what happened Kathy Griffin might have been exposed to the coronavirus. Or she might not have. After a recent trip to urgent care and the emergency room while gravely ill, the comic wasn’t able to get tested. Griffin has an abdominal infection that is being treated with medication, though she won’t know whether she’s turned the corner for a couple of days, she told The Times in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon. She’s back home, and she’s not going out anytime soon. >>> What happened? On Saturday, Griffin started having what her husband, Randy Bick, described as “mild stomach issues.” But then they receded, he said. Temporarily. “Two days later,” Bick said also by phone, “she woke up very early in the morning and had incredibly intense pain, vomiting, diarrhea, every 20 minutes. Just really sick.” “The vomiting felt like a convulsion,” Griffin said. And about a week prior, the couple had traveled internationally. “We were both nervous because we were still in the incubation period after returning from Mexico, but also we had not left the house in days,” Griffin said. “We’d been hearing about a 14-day incubation period [for the coronavirus]. So for me to get what felt like food poisoning after six days, I thought, OK, is this a coincidence or what?” They’d been self-quarantined since returning home mid-March. After a phone consult with her doctor, she took his advice and went to an urgent care. “We both put on N-95 masks and gloves and I drove her down there,” Bick said. “We got to the front and immediately there was a security officer and some nurses’ assistants outside.” Once inside, Griffin was hooked up to an IV and got a shot for her abdominal pain, which was considerable. But she was still vomiting frequently, so they sent her along to the Cedars-Sinai emergency room. “I remember vividly the doctor telling me ... ‘I’m going to send you to Cedars ER today because I don’t think I could get you in 13 days from now,’” Griffin said. She was freaked out. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-03-26/kathy-griffin-coronavirus-test She gets back from Mexico and has gastrointestinal - not respiratory issues, but gets an isolation room and complains that despite her not having the qualifying symptoms, can't get a Coronavirus test.... So despite knowledge of a global pandemic, both the comedy hack and her husband traveled to Mexico... Despite the supplies being in short supply by medical professionals, both Kathy and her husband just happened to have a supply of N-95 masks and gloves laying around the house. So for her stomach ache and vomiting (neither a recognized symptom of Coronavirus infection) she slams president Donald Trump because she wasn't given a Coronavirus test. As it turns out it appears she had a mild case of "Montezuma's revenge"... She's home now and I presume feeling better as she's once again slamming president Trump and his administration on her Twitter account.
  8. St Louis Post Dispatch: Man charged after police say he licked items at Warrenton Walmart to mock virus fears WARRENTON — A 26-year-old man was identified in court documents Tuesday as the person who police say posted a video online of himself licking items in a Warrenton Walmart earlier this month. https://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/coronavirus/man-charged-after-police-say-he-licked-items-at-warrenton And although this probably belongs in another thread... NBC: Coronavirus crimes can be charged as acts of terrorism, Justice Department says WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has notified the nation's federal prosecutors that anyone threatening or attempting to spread the coronavirus can be charged with terrorism. Coronavirus appears to meet the statutory definition of a biological agent, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said in a memo sent late Tuesday to U.S. attorneys and federal law enforcement agencies and could bring crimes related to it under terrorism statutes. "Threats or attempts to use COVID-19 as a weapon against Americans will not be tolerated," the memo says. New Jersey has already invoked its own version of the laws by charging a man with making a terroristic threat by coughing on a supermarket employee and claiming he was infected with the virus. Authorities in Illinois, Missouri, and Pennsylvania reported similar offenses. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/justice-department-says-coronavirus-crimes-can-be-charged-acts-terrorism
  9. I read some of the kids who went on Spring break unconcerned about the CV actually contracted the virus, at least one kid (so far) who attended a Kentucky "Coronavirus party" have themselves contracted the Covid-19 virus and one of the people who appeared in another video saying: "If I get Corona, I get Corona" has issued a public apology on his social media account for: "being dumb"... apparently not having considered what the consequences of him getting infected, would mean for older folks and people with fragile immune systems, including those in his own family. It would be funny, if it weren't so tragic ~
  10. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Harvard University Professor and Two Chinese Nationals Charged in Three Separate China Related Cases https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/harvard-university-professor-and-two-chinese-nationals-charged-three-separate-china-related
  11. West Nile Virus Named after the West Nile District of Uganda discovered in 1937. Guinea Worm Named by European explorers for the Guinea coast of West Africa in the 1600s. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Named after the mountain range spreading across western North America first recognized first in 1896 in Idaho. Lyme Disease Named after a large outbreak of the disease occurred in Lyme and Old Lyme, Connecticut in the 1970s. Ross River Fever Named after a mosquito found to cause the disease in the Ross River of Queensland, Australia by the 1960s. The first major outbreak occurred in 1928. Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever Named after its 1940s discovery in Omsk, Russia. Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Named in 1976 for the Ebola River in Zaire located in central Africa. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Also known as “camel flu,” MERS was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and all cases are linked to those who traveled to the Middle Eastern peninsula. Valley Fever Valley Fever earned its nickname from a 1930s outbreak San Joaquin Valley of California, though its first case came from Argentina. Marburg Virus Disease Named after Marburg, Germany in 1967. Norovirus Named after Norwalk, Ohio after an outbreak in 1968. Zika Fever First discovered in 1947 and named after the Zika Forest in Uganda. Japanese Encephalitis Named after its first case in Japan in 1871. German Measles Named after the German doctors who first described it in the 18th century. The disease is also sometimes referred to as “Rubella.” Spanish Flu While the true origins of the Spanish Flu remain unknown, the disease earned its name after Spain began to report deaths from the flu in its newspapers. Lassa Fever Named after the being found in Lassa, Nigeria in 1969. Legionnaire’s Disease Named in 1976 following an outbreak of people contracting the lung infection after attending an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Not racist... Wuhan (which is in China) or Chinese Coronavirus - supposedly racist.
  12. If our nation continues to be dependent on other nations, particularly nations who aren't friendly with our nation to begin with, for pharmaceutical supplies, production and manufacturing materials and defense department components all it would take would be for that unfriendly nation to stop supplying America with the items we've become so dependent on to be at their mercy... We should have learned this from the OPEC "oil embargo" 47-years ago... but we haven't. We may no longer be dependent on OPEC for all of America's oil and gas but now China holds the majority share of raw materials, manufactured, medical and pharmaceutical supplies our nation has come to depend on. Some members of Congress now appear to be interested in reversing that trend.
  13. FOX: Ilhan Omar praises Trump's 'incredible' response to coronavirus pandemic Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar unexpectedly praised President Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday night, saying it was "incredible and the right response in this critical time." Omar, normally a staunch critic of the White House who herself has repeatedly drawn the president's ire, went on to quote Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., as saying "unprecedented times require unprecedented leadership" -- and, Omar added, "we are seeing that in our country right now." "Finally, we should never let politics get in the way of good policy," Omar concluded. "This is a great start and hope others will be part of a united front to push for good policies that will help us work through the economic anxiety the country is feeling right now." https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ilhan-omar-praises-trumps-incredible-response-to-coronavirus-pandemic
  14. Bernie -vs- Biden March 16 Debate... CNN: And here's a look at the losers: Bernie Sanders/Joe Biden: Both men had good moments. Both had bad moments. But overall, they spent two hours attacking each other's voting records — often focusing on the sort of legislative minutiae (Hyde Amendment!) that the average voter simply tunes out. ABC News: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard ends presidential campaign She was the last candidate of color in the race. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rep-tulsi-gabbard-ends-presidential-campaign **Also the last nationally recognized female candidate among the Democratic presidential hopefuls. Honestly if the choice was only between the three Democrats, I would have voted for Gabbard before Bernie or Biden.