This 22 April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:
Coronavirus is more lethal due to prior air pollution. John Iadarola and Emma Vigeland break it down on The Damage Report.
“WASHINGTON — Coronavirus patients in areas that had high levels of air pollution before the pandemic are more likely to die from the infection than patients in cleaner parts of the country, according to a new nationwide study that offers the first clear link between long-term exposure to pollution and Covid-19 death rates.
In an analysis of 3,080 counties in the United States, researchers at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that higher levels of the tiny, dangerous particles in air known as PM 2.5 were associated with higher death rates from the disease.
For weeks, public health officials have surmised a link between dirty air and death or serious illness from Covid-19, which is caused by the coronavirus. The Harvard analysis is the first nationwide study to show a statistical link, revealing a “large overlap” between Covid-19 deaths and other diseases associated with long-term exposure to fine particulate matter.”
Read more here.
FAUCI: WE WILL HAVE CORONAVIRUS IN THE FALL Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said he was convinced the coronavirus would be in the United States until at least the fall, but that the scope depended on people abiding by social distancing measures and lawmakers listening to public health advice before reopening segments of the country. “What happens with that will depend on how we’re able to contain it when it occurs,” he said. [HuffPost]
VACCINE OFFICIAL ‘DEMOTED’ FOR RESISTING UNPROVEN DRUG PUSHED BY TRUMP The doctor leading the Trump administration’s vaccine agency said he was removed from his post at the Department of Health and Human Services and moved into a smaller role at another agency in retaliation for pushing for “scientifically-vetted solutions” over drugs that have not been proven to treat the coronavirus. [HuffPost]
By Dr Dina Rosen in the USA, 22 April 2020:
Want to protest COVID safety measures? Waive your right to medical care
Throughout my career as a physician and public health administrator, I experienced how different countries responded to a global public health crisis. Some of these countries demonstrated enormous political will to address the AIDS pandemic, while others did not. In the absence of coordinated political efforts, death tolls climbed and what’s known as “illness burden” overwhelmed the system.
Illness burden means the cost of caring for the sick and the cost a society incurs when a large segment of the population is unable to work. Unfortunately, the young, healthy workforce is the demographic most often taken out of circulation. The same thing is happening now with the coronavirus infection of COVID-19.
I fear the illness burden will rise here if protesters continue to demand beaches and non-essential businesses be reopened immediately. Their selfish attitude of wanting what they want now, with little regard for our healthcare workers, at-risk populations, and the communities where they live, appalls me. That any governor would consider appeasing them is beyond my comprehension. And I consider President Donald Trump’s tweets encouraging the protesters’ behavior tantamount to a criminal act.
I understand people’s fear of losing their livelihoods and their businesses. I empathize with their desire to get back to some semblance of normalcy. Yet I also know the consequences of making decisions that negatively affect others.
Governments are asking people to stay home, socially distance, wear a mask and wash hands — all of which seem doable for rational grownups in order to serve the greater good.
I have already lost two dear friends, a married couple of health professionals, to this virus. The husband was a healthy 75-year-old practicing pulmonologist in New Jersey who contracted COVID-19 from a patient and unknowingly infected his 74-year-old wife, a retired nurse with underlying health issues. They died within three days of each other. Then, one of my medical school classmates died a week ago, and several of my physician friends have been seriously ill and recovered.
I realize isolating and taking all the precautions is no fun, but it is vital and saves lives.
So here is a compromise: If you want to exercise your freedoms and do as you please, then hold rallies, leave the guns at home, stand six feet apart, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and don’t stand and shout — which spreads droplets. Hold placards instead.
If you believe COVID-19 is a hoax to control the general population, fail to listen to scientists and experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci (who whom I worked with in the early 1990s), and stage crowded rallies, you should be required to sign a waiver stating you will refuse medical care if infected by the virus.
You must waive your right to have loved ones call paramedics or an ambulance when you cannot breathe, sign a “Do Not Resuscitate” order and forfeit the right to be put on a ventilator. People who follow government-mandated rules and use their common sense to prevent the coronavirus’s spread deserve access to these precious health resources more than reckless protestors.
The protestors’ need for “freedom” does not give them the right to put health care workers at risk or take away a hospital bed or respirator from someone who followed the rules and respected the value of other people’s lives.
Don’t want to sign such a waiver? Then I urge the protestors to control their impulses for another few months, so that we all may survive.
Dr. Dina Rosen is semi-retired Internal Medicine Doctor who did a fellowship in HIV/AIDS Medicine. She worked as a social worker and Public Health Administrator for non-profits including AIDS Project Los Angeles, the AIDS Service Center, and AIDS Healthcare Foundation. She spent 25 years working in the HIV/AIDS field around the world.
Anti-lockdown protests spawn more anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, Holocaust imagery. A placard at an anti-lockdown protest held Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, in front of the state capitol bore the image of the body of a rat standing on its hind legs with a Star of David on its back, with the head of a Jewish man with a long pointed nose, rubbing his hands together. The sign reads “The Real Plague”: here.
The Las Vegas mayor has offered the city as a “control group” to see how many people die without social distancing.
TYSON FOODS CLOSES PORK PLANTS LINKED TO HUNDREDS OF CASES Two Tyson Fresh Meats plants suspended operations after more than 300 employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The closures place further strain the nation’s meat supply chain. The company’s largest pork facility in Waterloo, Iowa, which is critical to U.S. pork supply, had remained open despite concerns it had fueled a massive coronavirus outbreak in the region. More than 180 infections have been linked to the plant, according to Black Hawk County Health Department. [HuffPost]
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Stop acting like you won’t get a bad case of COVID-19 because you’re young.