Mink infected with COVID-19, again


This 17 July 2020 video says about itself:

Over a million minks have been killed in Europe after testing positive for COVID-19. Fur Farms in the Netherlands were the first to detect cases. Now, Denmark and Spain are culling minks. WION’s Executive Editor Palki Sharma Upadhyay tells you more.

Today, Dutch NOS radio reports that, once again, mink at fur businesses have become infected.

These new infections are in North Brabant and Limburg provinces.

Dutch footballers get COVID-19


This video is called Famous Footballers who have Coronavirus | Soccer players, coaches who have tested positive for COVID-19.

And that was a 29 March 2020 video. When the coronavirus pandemic was basically just starting.

Today, Dutch NOS radio reports that players of Dutch Premier League professional football clubs Feyenoord Rotterdam and Willem II Tilburg have become infected with COVID-19.

Today, Willem II was supposed to play a training match against amateur club IJsselmeervogels. That match has been cancelled.

Coronavirus damages young people


This 19 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Coronavirus: Young People Are Falling Seriously Ill From Covid-19

New evidence from Europe and the U.S. suggests that younger adults aren’t as impervious to the novel coronavirus that’s circulating worldwide as originally thought.

Despite initial data from China that showed elderly people and those with other health conditions were most vulnerable, young people — from twenty-somethings to those in their early forties — are falling seriously ill. Many require intensive care, according to reports from Italy and France. The risk is particularly dire for those with ailments that haven’t yet been diagnosed.

“It may have been that the millennial generation, our largest generation, our future generation that will carry us through for the next multiple decades, here may be a disproportional number of infections among that group,” Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said in a press conference, citing the reports.

The data bears out that concern. In Italy, the hardest-hit country in Europe, almost a quarter of the nearly 28,000 coronavirus patients are between the ages of 19 and 50, according to data website Statista.

Similar trends have been seen in the U.S. Among nearly 2,500 of the first coronavirus cases in the U.S., 705 were aged 20 to 44, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 15% and 20% eventually ended up in the hospital, including as many as 4% who needed intensive care. …

One of those younger adults is Clement Chow, an assistant professor of genetics at the University of Utah. “I’m young and not high risk, yet I am in the ICU with a very severe case,” Chow said in a March 15 tweet.

According to his Twitter posts, Chow had a low-grade fever for a few days and then a bad cough that led to respiratory failure. It turned out to be the coronavirus. He ended up on high flow oxygen in the ICU. When he arrived at the ICU, he was the first patient there.

It’s true that risk of death climbs precipitously with age. While there were only 144 patients over age 85, as many as 70% were hospitalized and 29% needed intensive care, according to the CDC report. One in four died, the agency said in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

… Yet, as college campuses across the country close down and require students to leave, even the most conscientious young adults face a difficult choice. Finding their academic years abbreviated and graduation plans shattered, many are driving or flying home, where they risk of exposing their parents and grandparents to Covid-19.

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Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the hosts how stressful the outbreak has been.

“You cannot imagine,’’ he said. “You see what happened in China, you see what’s happening in Italy. We have the virus in the United States, and we want to make sure by our efforts that we don’t have that degree of disease and suffering that we are seeing in other countries.’’

And he called on young people to embrace the effort to protect themselves and the broader population.

“No one is invulnerable, but even if you are doing very well, you have to be a very important part of our national effort to contain the outbreak,’’ Fauci said. “You are not a passive person in this. You are an important part of the active plan to contain this epidemic. We really do need you. This isn’t something that can be successful without you.”

Translated from Belgian weekly Humo.August 2020:

These coronavirus patients have been gasping for breath for months. ‘I have yet to turn 21, but I have the body of an eighty-year-old’

Six patients talk about the consequences of coronavirus. ‘I kept hearing, “Oh, you’re young: your body will solve that.” But we are now four months on and I am still not any better.’

British Conservative government PPE fraud scandal


British healthcare workers demonstrate against Conservative governmental COVID-19 disaster mismanagement

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Editorial: NHS outsourcing and the 50 million faulty face masks fiasco

THE wretched saga of the government’s purchase of 50 million unusable face masks has all the hallmarks of a classic Tory scandal.

Wearily we note that ministers insist there is no conflict of interest when the person who brokered the sale, Andrew Mills, is both a government adviser and sits on the board of Ayanda Capital, the firm that sold the substandard equipment to the state and made between £25 and £50 million doing so.

The revelation that the masks could not be used over concerns they were unsafe comes as part of the Good Law Project’s lawsuit against the government over the Ayanda Capital contract and others.

The lawsuit is driven by concerns that the Tories are handing contracts to cronies without any relevant experience in delivering what they say they will: project director Jolyon Maugham, previously more famous for repeated bids to have the EU referendum overturned in the courts and for boasting about beating a fox to death while wearing a kimono, points out reasonably enough that there is “cause for alarm” when PPE contracts of over £100m each are signed with “a pest control company, a confectioner and a family hedge fund.”

Labour calls for an inquiry. Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves says the National Audit Office ought to investigate the government’s mishandling of personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies.

A ticking off from the National Audit Office will no doubt force ministers to change their ways, as it did when it condemned universal credit in 2018, or pointed out that benefit sanctions cost more than they save in 2016, or slapped George Osborne on the wrist for pretending loss-making sales of public assets were actually profitable in 2013.

Setting in motion the tired constitutional machinery by which ministers’ decisions are scrutinised and criticised after the fact is not an adequate response to this sordid deal, because its roots lie — as Labour MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy points out — in the government’s entire outsourcing strategy.

Asking a wealth advisory firm like Ayanda to supply face masks is typical of a government that awards Brexit ferry contracts to a company with no ships, or gives serial outsourcers Serco a lucrative test-and-trace contract despite it having no track record in the field and having been fined over £1m just months before for bungling its last government contract. (Junior health minister Edward Argar used to be a lobbyist for Serco, but, of course, there is no conflict of interest).

The catastrophic failure to supply front-line workers with PPE, which has cost uncounted lives, has been exposed by campaign group We Own It as a consequence of the impact of privatisation and outsourcing on the NHS supply chain, creating “a chaotic mish-mash of private contractors managing the purchasing process,” in the words of director Cat Hobbes.

The campaign group’s investigation study Privatised and Unprepared: the NHS Supply Chain, published in May, pointed out that “this isn’t just a story about bad apples. It is a story of a flawed system that has helped turn the pandemic into an utter disaster.”

Labour remains theoretically committed to cleansing our NHS of private-sector providers, whose creeping infestation of the service undermines quality and accountability, enables the super-exploitation of outsourced workers and puts patients at risk.

But like so much that was bold and ambitious in the party’s prospectus, that demand is no longer raised, with criticism of the government carefully kept from implying criticism of the system itself.

Even if the courts demonstrate wrongdoing over a handful of contracts, such abuses are written into the process, especially given the revolving door between government and the businesses that bid for government contracts.

Cleaning the Augean stables requires a rather more radical challenge to the status quo, one that insists that public services should be publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly delivered.

Coronavirus in Donald Trump’s USA


This 6 Augustus 2020 video says about itself:

Millions in US face eviction amid COVID-19 crisis

Millions of people who rent their homes in the United States are facing eviction amid the coronavirus pandemic.

By some estimates, 40 million people could lose their homes, affecting poverty rates, homelessness and the wider economy.

Al Jazeera’s Andy Gallacher reports from Miami in the US.

The first data on kids, COVID-19 and race are here, and it’s not good.

GEORGIA SCHOOLS REOPEN TO PACKED HALLWAYS AND STUDENTS WITH COVID-19 Reopened schools in Georgia’s Paulding and Cherokee counties drew negative attention this week after viral photographs appeared to show students packing hallways with little regard for social distancing or mask-wearing. The most prominent images were taken on Tuesday by a 10th grader in North Paulding High School. Prior to schools reopening on Monday, North Paulding High School’s principal Gabe Carmona sent a letter to parents alerting them that members of the football team had contracted COVID-19, not specifying the numbers or the severity of their cases. [HuffPost]

FAUCI HIRES SECURITY TO PROTECT DAUGHTERS Dr. Anthony Fauci said he’s had to hire security guards to protect himself and his family after receiving death threats from people who object to his work on the coronavirus pandemic and the science behind regulations. During a livestreamed talk with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta hosted by Harvard’s School of Public Health, the infectious disease expert said he was taken aback by the harassment he and his family have received in the last few months. [HuffPost]

First major college football team cancels season due to coronavirus.

TENNESSEE JUSTICE: VOTERS CAN’T REQUEST MAIL-IN BALLOTS DUE TO COVID FEARS Tennessee’s Supreme Court overturned the option for all eligible voters to cast their ballots by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a 4-1 decision, the state’s high court said voters’ fears of COVID-19 could not be cited as a reason to request an absentee ballot after a judge said in June all of Tennessee’s 4.1 million registered voters should be given the option to vote by mail. Meanwhile in Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order restoring the right to vote to many state residents with felony convictions. [HuffPost]

FOX NEWS DOCTOR BOASTS THAT TRUMP IS ‘COGNITIVELY ADVANCED’ The Fox News doctor who once said the “worst-case scenario” for the coronavirus was that it “could be the flu” is now boasting of Trump’s cognitive skills. Dr. Marc Siegel said Trump is “very cognitively advanced,” a conclusion he reached because he spent an hour with the president during an interview last month. That was the infamous interview in which Trump bragged of acing a cognitive test in part by remembering “person, woman, man, camera, TV” in order, a feat he claimed wowed his doctors. [HuffPost]

Belgian slaughterhouse COVID-19 scandal


This April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Perdue slaughterhouse workers PROTEST during CORONAVIRUS pandemic

Last month, Perdue slaughterhouse workers staged a walkout at a facility in Georgia because they did not feed “safe” during the coronavirus pandemic.

In this video, vegan psychologist Clare Mann talks about the cycle of violence within slaughterhouses and factory farms.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

More than 200 employees of the Westvlees slaughterhouse in Staden, Belgium, have to be quarantined after a coronavirus outbreak among the workers. Eighteen employees have now been tested positive for the virus. The 200 tested staff members work in the same department. A total of 850 people work at the slaughterhouse, where 1.4 million pigs are slaughtered annually.

Earlier, relatively many infections were also found at a number of Dutch and German slaughterhouses. Employees at a slaughterhouse in Helmond continued to work with coronavirus complaints, for fear of losing their job, NOS reported last Sunday.

Dinosaurs could get cancer


This 4 August 2020 video, in Indonesian, is about the recent discovery that a Centrosaurus dinosaur had bone cancer.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Canadian scientists have for the first time found evidence that dinosaurs could also develop bone cancer.

Paleontologists discovered this when they re-examined malformations on the fossil of a Centrosaurus – a horned, herbivorous dinosaur that lived in the Cretaceous period more than 70 million years ago.

The fossil was excavated in the Canadian province of Alberta in 1989 and was notable for a fibula defect, which was then assessed by scientists as a healed fracture. New research with detailed CT scans found it likely to be an aggressive form of bone cancer.

The tumor was the size of an apple, the scientists said in an article in the scientific journal Lancet Oncology.

Coronavirus survivors have mental health problems


This 3 August 2020 video says about itself:

The toll of COVID-19 on mental health in the United States

COVID-19 has had some very stark and very obvious consequences.

The United States has less than five percent of the world’s population, but almost a quarter of its deaths with coronavirus.

But there is also a hidden horror unfolding here and it may soon get even worse.

People with mental health and addiction issues, already vulnerable, have found themselves even more exposed.

Some have simply been unable to cope.

From Brain, Behavior, and Immunity medical journal, 30 July 2020, based on research in Italy:

Anxiety and depression in COVID-19 survivors: role of inflammatory and clinical predictors

Highlights

COVID-19, such as other coronaviruses, is associated with psychiatric implication.

55% of the sample presented a clinical score for at least one mental disorder.

Psychiatric history, setting, and length of hospitalization influenced psychopathology.

Females suffered more than males, scoring higher in all the measures.

There is the need to diagnose and treat psychiatric sequelae in COVID-19 survivors. …

“After three weeks of treatments, I was healing from COVID, at home, had no fever, and just a little cough. But sometimes at night, my breath could go away all of a sudden, making me feel as if I was to die. I knew what it was because I had suffered from panic attacks in the past. I stayed there out on the balcony, for hours, trying to put fresh air into my lungs. It was terrible. Panic made me suffer more than COVID.”

A patient’s report at follow-up

Coronavirus news, worldwide


This 2 August 2020 video says about itself:

Is the world facing a second wave of COVID-19? | Inside Story

Just a few weeks ago, many governments thought they had the coronavirus under control.

The number of cases was falling and the curve of infections flattening.

Governments started lifting restrictions and reopening their economies.

Some were even praised for their successes and many people resumed their daily lives.

But that optimism hasn’t lasted. A sudden record number of infections is being reported in many countries.

Some call it a resurgence, others a comeback.

And scientists are debating how to identify and define what a ‘second wave‘ is.

The World Health Organization says the virus is unfolding in one big wave with no evidence it is impacted by changes in seasons.

And it predicts the pandemic is likely to go on for a long time.

Can lockdowns work this time?

And what will the fallout be?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra

The July days of the COVID-19 pandemic wreak havoc on the US. By Benjamin Mateus, 3 August 2020. The month of July saw over 2 million cases of COVID-19 and rising fatality rates in the Sun Belt states, and the pandemic is shifting to the Midwest.

At least 20 percent of US meatpackers may have contracted coronavirus. By Cordell Gascoigne, 3 August 2020. Over 50,000 food and agricultural workers have contracted COVID-19 in the United States, according to numbers compiled by the Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN).

Honda orders office workers at Marysville, Ohio plant to man assembly lines as COVID-19 spreads. By Jessica Goldstein, 3 August 2020. As the pandemic ravages the workforce, management has pressed some office staff to work inside the plant.

Drive to reopen US schools continues despite mounting evidence of deadly consequences. By Evan Blake, 3 August 2020. More scientific research shows the immense dangers to the health and lives of teachers, students and parents by reopening schools while the pandemic continues out of control.

Baltimore’s Mercy Medical Center intensive care unit head physician dies of COVID-19. By Dominic Gustavo, 3 August 2020. Health care workers have been placed on the front lines of the pandemic as safety precautions such as social distancing have been lifted.

Major League Baseball season on brink of collapse as COVID-19 continues to spread. By Alan Gilman, 3 August 2020. New positive cases have continued to emerge since the first outbreak in the Miami Marlins, causing postponement of 20 percent of last weekend’s games.

Scottish government prepares to reopen schools as new COVID-19 spikes emerge. By Steve James, 3 August 2020. The government intends to re-open all primary and secondary schools by August 18, despite COVID-19 outbreaks in call centres, distribution centres, pubs and care homes.

Israeli bus drivers’ strike over COVID-19 safety concerns. By Jean Shaoul, 30 July 2020.

COVID-19 “state of disaster” imposed across Australian state of Victoria. By Patrick O’Connor, 3 August 2020. Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton characterised the sweeping measures as “shock and awe.”

Slaughterhouse bosses force COVID-19 infected workers to work


This 2016 video from the USA says about itself:

The Lingering Pain Of Working In A Slaughterhouse

Working in a meat-packing factory is a tough, dangerous job. Sharp knives, fast production lines and long hours take a toll on the workers that bring us our steaks, chicken breasts and pork chops. After years working the line, many live in pain for the rest of their lives.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Employees of slaughterhouse Van Rooi: we had to work while infected with coronabirus

Employees of slaughterhouse Van Rooi Meat from Helmond tell the NOS that they have been working with coronavirus complaints for the past two months. They dare not report that they have symptoms or are ill, for fear of losing their jobs.

A number of employees state that they have been instructed to lie. They say that a corporation executive instructed them to if asked if they are sick to tick “no” on health statements, which must be completed daily. Some of them voluntarily filled in the health declaration, for fear that they would never return to work if they had complaints.

In the findings of the NOS, the GGD and the Safety Region see reason to immediately announce new measures to the company. This weekend, Van Rooi Meat was informed by letter that unannounced inspections of the health statements will take place.

Director Marc van Rooi denies to the NOS that the staff have been instructed to lie. “To my knowledge, this has not happened. And if we hear about it, we will take measures. We have only one interest and that is to keep the factory corona-free.”

Van Rooi Meat is the second-largest slaughterhouse in the Netherlands. It employs 1700 people, the company has a turnover of 650 million euros and made a profit of 35 million euros last year.

At the end of May, the company had to close for two weeks when a large part of the staff was infected with the coronavirus. This was revealed by two samples of the GGD, in which employees were tested.

Sample manipulated

According to the whistleblowers, the corporation manipulated the first of those two samples. Migrant workers in shared housing were not allowed to work for the company on that day. This was done so that employees who live together did not all have to be quarantined in case of a positive result.

According to an employee, the sample was preceded by an internal survey, so that the company already knew who they should add shouldn’t call.

The GGD says in a response to the NOS that the company was caught at the time. “The sample turned out to be unrepresentative and that bothered us,” says Ellis Jeurissen, director of GGD Brabant-Zuidoost. “But we called the company to account and then carried out a second sample.”

In June, the company was allowed to open again in phases. One of the measures was that all employees have to fill in a health declaration every morning at the gate. If you say you have complaints, you have to go home. Employees want to prevent this for fear of their jobs. “If I had said the truth, I probably wouldn’t be able to return,” said one of them. …

Also, other measures within the slaughterhouse, such as keeping a distance of 1.5 meters and putting on mouth masks, only take place just before an inspection, according to employees. The GGD announced those checks in advance. According to Jeurissen of the GGD, this happened “on the basis of trust”. …

The GGD acknowledges that the statements of employees show that little is actually known about the health situation at the company. According to a spokesperson, since no one has been tested positive since 15 June who claims to work at Van Rooi Meat, the GGD is not sure whether employees of the company are being tested at all.

It is also not known to the GGD how many employees on health statements say they have complaints. That information is not shared by Van Rooi Meat for privacy reasons.

Accountability

In recent weeks, the NOS spoke several times by telephone and in person with a total of eight employees of Van Rooi Meat from Helmond. In all cases it concerns labor migrants from several European countries. Their names are known to the NOS.

The employees who have spoken for this article have been promised anonymity because they are at high risk of being fired if it is known that they have spoken to journalists.