On the general topic of the WuFlu, A study suggests Coronavirus symptoms tend to begin in certain order: Fever first, then cough, muscle pain. Which might help tell the WuFlu from the ordinary flu, but given the variations in symptoms, just get tested. Except that Forty percent of U.S. Covid-19 tests come back too late to be clinically meaningful, data show. A study from Johns Hopkins from Da Sun reports that Cover your nose: Johns Hopkins research suggests that’s how coronavirus gains foothold, but Sweden’s disease expert says just wearing face masks could be ‘very dangerous’ (NYPo), yeah, but what do those Swedes know?
He noted that countries with widespread mask compliance, such as Belgium and Spain, were still seeing rising virus rates.Also, Air-conditioned rooms help spread COVID-19, research shows (NYPo). You're not going to talk me out of my air conditioning that easily. From the Lancet, via WUWT, Early spread of COVID-19 appears far greater than initially reported.
“Face masks can be a complement to other things when other things are safely in place,” he said. “But to start with having face masks and then think you can crowd your buses or your shopping malls — that’s definitely a mistake.
“Even before we realized that COVID-19 was spreading, the data imply that there was at least one case of COVID-19 for every two cases of flu,” Meyers said. “Since we knew how widespread flu was at that time, we could reasonably determine the prevalence of COVID-19.”I'm never fully convinced; there's been a lot of bad testing out there; too many false positives. I'm a skeptic. It's because I'm a scientist.
From Da Caller, Wuhan Officials Hid Coronavirus Info From World As Virus Rapidly Spread. A communist country try to hide uncomfortable facts from its own people and the world? I'm shocked! And an interesting Twitter thread: Let me tell you a story. It's about six passenger flights from Wuhan that led to an unprecedented global disaster.
From the Atlantic, The Plan That Could Give Us Our Lives Back. Testing. No, to get our lives back we have to start living them again.
On immunity and vaccine developments, NYT, Scientists See Signs of Lasting Virus Immunity, Even After Mild Infection, Medical Xpress, Mild COVID-19 cases can produce strong T cell response, which is good because it suggests a vaccine might last a while. From WUWT, citing JCI Insight, Study shows frequently used serology test may not detect antibodies that could confirm protection against reinfection of COVID-19. Well, you need to fix that. NYPo, Coronavirus outbreak on Seattle fishing boat suggests antibodies may provide immunity. But 85% of the people on the boat tested positive. Ugh!
Sauron's Eye, Gottlieb says U.S. likely "a long way" from herd immunity to virus, on the other hand, AllahPundit at Hot Air asks, No, Seriously: Does New York Have Herd Immunity? Maybe.
If you think the spin about New York’s alleged “success” in managing the pandemic is insufferable now, wait until it turns out that NYC has herd immunity because the virus was allowed to rip through the city unchecked in early March while Cuomo pulled his chin and wondered what to do.At Da Mail, Sweden's Covid-19 expert comes under fire for appearing to ask whether a higher death rate in old people was a fair price to pay for herd immunity
October surprise? UPI, Pfizer, BioNTech: COVID-19 vaccine on track for review in October, Da Sun, Coronavirus in Baltimore-Washington region shows little change, supporting need for one global vaccine, but at IJR, Fauci Says He Does Not ‘Think You’ll Ever See a Mandating’ of a Coronavirus Vaccine
WUWT, SARS-CoV2 and the Rise of Medical Technocracy. Lee Merritt, M.D.. You really need to watch this:
Tablet, Hydroxychloroquine: A Morality Tale "A startling investigation into how a cheap, well-known drug became a political football in the midst of a pandemic"
What is unique about the hydroxychloroquine discussion is that it is a story of “unwishful thinking”—to coin a term for the perverse hope that some good outcome that most sane people would earnestly desire, will never come to pass. It’s about how, in the midst of a pandemic, thousands started earnestly hoping—before the science was really in—that a drug, one that might save lives at a comparatively low cost, would not actually do so. Reasonably good studies were depicted as sloppy work, fatally flawed. Many have excelled in making counterfeit bills that look real, but few have excelled at making real bills look counterfeit.Steven Hatfill, An Effective COVID Treatment the Media Continues to Besmirch. and at WaEx, Why Is The Media Suppressing Information About Hydroxychloroquine’s Effectiveness Against COVID? Also, if you don't remember, google Steven Hatfill. Red State, Trump Was Right All Along! Blocking COVID Cure HCQ Killed 10s of 1000s Say Latest Docs Calling out Fauci’s Deadly Anti-Science Agenda
WaEx, Louie Gohmert is COVID-19-free, and he credits hydroxychloroquine and RCP, MN Governor Quietly Reverses Course on Hydroxychloroquine
WaPoo, via MSN, Trump to announce emergency authorization of convalescent plasma as ‘breakthrough’ covid-19 treatment
According to Birx: We Should Have Locked Down Like Italy Did, When People Weren’t Allowed Out Of Their Homes (AllahPundit), but Dr. Birx says November in-person voting should be as easy as going to Starbucks (JTN).
On school opening, the Manhattan Contrarian thinks Covid-19 Is An Opportunity To Disrupt Education, and boy, does it need disruption. A Nod to the God calls it Time To Rid The Country of Teachers Unions and Dept. of Education . Reason, School Reopenings Linked to Union Influence and Politics, Not Safety "New data suggest that school districts in states with stronger teachers unions are significantly less likely to reopen in person this fall." Reuters, UK government health advisers say missing school is greater risk to kids than COVID. But New CDC Guidance Says COVID-19 Rates In Children “Steadily Increasing”. Da Wire, Wealthy New York City Parents Are Paying $70,000 For Their Children To Learn In ‘Pods’, and boy are liberals pissed. Harrison Bergeron went from Sci-Fi to real life so slowly I never noticed. Even WaPoo admits, Rhode Island’s successful reopening of child-care programs shows ‘there is a path,’ CDC director says.
And seguing to politics, Red State, The Case for Masks, School Closings, & Social Isolation Just Collapsed!
Tristan Justice at WaEx, New CDC Data On Suicide Shows Americans Can’t Handle Continued Lockdowns. Unintended consequences. JB Handley, LOCKDOWN LUNACY 3.0: It's over "Have we lost our collective minds? Yes."Cuomo in Atlanta today with Savannah Mayor Johnson. He’s there as part of his national wear a mask campaign. pic.twitter.com/yeQMdwE1YI— Denis Fitzgerald (@denisfitz) July 22, 2020
Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and many others are set to perform at various outdoor locations “with limited or no audience” on Sunday, Aug. 30. The show’s original location at Barclays Arena was dropped due to COVID-19 concerns.
“The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and Citywide Events is working in close coordination with the production to ensure guidelines are being followed,” a City Hall spokesperson said, adding that the NYPD unit will be doing “compliance checks during the production.”
But unlike other travelers, the VMA musicians, singers and dancers won’t have to follow a state rule to quarantine for 14 days if they come to New York from any of 34 states, including California and Florida, with average COVID infection rates exceeding 10 percent.Bloomberg, Covid Spread Can’t Only Be Explained by Who’s Being ‘Bad’. Insty, ANOTHER FAILURE OF PUBLIC HEALTH: Ignorance About Covid-19 Risk Is ‘Nothing Short of Stunning,’ Research Report Says. It's hard to go wrong betting on the ignorance of the public.
The National Pulse, WEIRD: NY Gov Cuomo Calls COVID ‘The European Virus’ During Dem Convention. Well,it's true, NY and NJ got the WuFlu by way of Iran and Europe.
William M. Briggs, Statistician to the Stars, Coronavirus Update XXVII: The Central Fallacy of the Panic: Updates.
We come to the central fallacy of the coronadoom response. It is the belief the infection would not have spread and would not have killed, like all other pandemics throughout all human history have, if only the government were “allowed” to act. Mysterious political forces kept it from acting, which cost lives. Nature had nothing, or little, to do with the bug. Nature didn’t cause its spread, and Nature had no real responsibility in any deaths, and it is said with adamantine certainty that Nature could not and is not making the bug disappear (i.e. herd immunity). In a democracy, particularly a Godless matriarchal one, everything is political.RCP, Health Experts on Voting Safely in Person Nov. 3. NewsBusters, Mike Pence Wipes Floor With Combative Biden Shill Stephanopoulos. Well, that would leave the floor dirtier.
We know this is a fallacy because of both history and the results of various government responses. What can be shown (below) is that government actions have caused extra deaths, the UK being the most prominent case, but also New York and other states which crammed sick people into nursing homes.
WUWT, President Trump Accuses FDA “Deep State” of Delaying the Coronavirus Vaccine. I don't want to believe they're that awful, but unfortunately I can't rule it out.
The Wombat has Early Morning Rule 5 Monday: Linda Ronstadt up at The Other McCain.