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Walt In Seattle
2020-06-10 14:43:22 UTC
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https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/washington-state-seattle-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-updates/281-f25ae809-6b2d-4577-8915-2c04f5655589
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{} Yakima County has nearly 5,000 COVID-19 cases.
{} 15 new deaths among 313 new cases reported Monday in Washington.
{} TOTAL: 1,176 deaths among 24,354 overall cases in Washington state.
{} 415,054 people in Washington have taken a test for coronavirus and 5.9% of those tests have been positive, according to
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus state Department of Health
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Note that average deaths have been running around 5 per day in recent time.


https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/10/health/us-coronavirus-wednesday/index.html
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[...] (CNN) Health experts have long warned about a second peak in Covid-19, and now a rise in cases has pushed Arizona to tell its hospitals to activate emergency plans. Arizona is one of the 19 states with the trend of new coronavirus cases still increasing. While 24 are trending downward, seven states' trends are holding steady. Nationally more than 1.9 million people have been infected by the virus and more than 112,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. At its peak, Arizona's intensive care unit beds were 78% in use. As of Monday, 76% were occupied. Arizona's Director of Health Services Dr. Cara Christ asked that hospitals "be judicious" in elective surgeries to ensure bed capacity. [...]
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Walt In Seattle
2020-06-10 19:08:21 UTC
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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/10/world/coronavirus-live-updates.html#link-4a204bea

http://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-pandemic-chicago-illinois-news-20200610-7zvtvk3peffoxheu65djoof5ne-story.html
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https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/washington-state-seattle-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-updates/281-f25ae809-6b2d-4577-8915-2c04f5655589
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{} Yakima County has nearly 5,000 COVID-19 cases.
{} 15 new deaths among 313 new cases reported Monday in Washington.
{} TOTAL: 1,176 deaths among 24,354 overall cases in Washington state.
{} 415,054 people in Washington have taken a test for coronavirus and 5.9% of those tests have been positive, according to
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus state Department of Health
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Note that average deaths have been running around 5 per day in recent time.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/10/health/us-coronavirus-wednesday/index.html
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[...] (CNN) Health experts have long warned about a second peak in Covid-19, and now a rise in cases has pushed Arizona to tell its hospitals to activate emergency plans. Arizona is one of the 19 states with the trend of new coronavirus cases still increasing. While 24 are trending downward, seven states' trends are holding steady. Nationally more than 1.9 million people have been infected by the virus and more than 112,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. At its peak, Arizona's intensive care unit beds were 78% in use. As of Monday, 76% were occupied. Arizona's Director of Health Services Dr. Cara Christ asked that hospitals "be judicious" in elective surgeries to ensure bed capacity. [...]
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Walt In Seattle
2020-06-10 22:15:14 UTC
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https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/10/health/us-coronavirus-wednesday/index.html
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[...] Fears of another spike in cases extend all over the US. North Carolina recently broke the record of the number of people hospitalized with coronavirus, according to the North Carolina Healthcare Association. The reported hospitalizations are at 774. Though there is plenty of capacity left in hospitals, the state is concerned about the trends in hospitalizations that increased when restrictions were first relaxed and then again after Memorial Day weekend, the association said. In fact, the number of Covid-19 hospitalizations since Memorial Day has gone up in at least a dozen states: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. That's according to data aggregated by CNN from the Covid Tracking Project from May 25 to June 9. [...]
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Post by Walt In Seattle
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/10/world/coronavirus-live-updates.html#link-4a204bea
http://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-pandemic-chicago-illinois-news-20200610-7zvtvk3peffoxheu65djoof5ne-story.html
Post by Walt In Seattle
https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/washington-state-seattle-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-updates/281-f25ae809-6b2d-4577-8915-2c04f5655589
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{} Yakima County has nearly 5,000 COVID-19 cases.
{} 15 new deaths among 313 new cases reported Monday in Washington.
{} TOTAL: 1,176 deaths among 24,354 overall cases in Washington state.
{} 415,054 people in Washington have taken a test for coronavirus and 5.9% of those tests have been positive, according to
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus state Department of Health
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Note that average deaths have been running around 5 per day in recent time.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/10/health/us-coronavirus-wednesday/index.html
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[...] (CNN) Health experts have long warned about a second peak in Covid-19, and now a rise in cases has pushed Arizona to tell its hospitals to activate emergency plans. Arizona is one of the 19 states with the trend of new coronavirus cases still increasing. While 24 are trending downward, seven states' trends are holding steady. Nationally more than 1.9 million people have been infected by the virus and more than 112,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. At its peak, Arizona's intensive care unit beds were 78% in use. As of Monday, 76% were occupied. Arizona's Director of Health Services Dr. Cara Christ asked that hospitals "be judicious" in elective surgeries to ensure bed capacity. [...]
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Walt In Seattle
2020-06-11 15:08:04 UTC
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https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/washington-state-seattle-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-updates/281-f25ae809-6b2d-4577-8915-2c04f5655589
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{} Gov. Inslee extends protections for high-risk workers
{} 14 new deaths among 288 new cases reported Wednesday in Washington.
{} TOTAL: 1,190 deaths among 24,642 overall cases in Washington state.
{} 415,342 people in Washington have taken a test for coronavirus and 5.9% of those tests have been positive, according to https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
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The University of Washington IHME projects nearly 170,000 will have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. by some point in time during August after which an increase in cases and death will be evident by mid-September. The onset of flu season in the Fall is expected to exacerbate the situation. Notably, some states or regions where social distancing and other precautions have been relaxed early, will, in proportion to early moderation of same, likely see increased cases and death earlier than August. (i.e. events in Arizona) Markets are tumbling in response; the DOW down more than 1,000 points as of 8:00 AM (PDT)

https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/uw-releases-new-covid-19-model/LECTG4DK6FHUZDYWJAOBKB3564/

http://www.yourminingnews.com/the-dow-is-expected-to-fall-600-points-as-investors-fear-the-economy/

https://www.marketwatch.com/tools/marketsummary/
Post by Walt In Seattle
https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/10/health/us-coronavirus-wednesday/index.html
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[...] Fears of another spike in cases extend all over the US. North Carolina recently broke the record of the number of people hospitalized with coronavirus, according to the North Carolina Healthcare Association. The reported hospitalizations are at 774. Though there is plenty of capacity left in hospitals, the state is concerned about the trends in hospitalizations that increased when restrictions were first relaxed and then again after Memorial Day weekend, the association said. In fact, the number of Covid-19 hospitalizations since Memorial Day has gone up in at least a dozen states: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. That's according to data aggregated by CNN from the Covid Tracking Project from May 25 to June 9. [...]
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Post by Walt In Seattle
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/10/world/coronavirus-live-updates.html#link-4a204bea
http://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-pandemic-chicago-illinois-news-20200610-7zvtvk3peffoxheu65djoof5ne-story.html
Post by Walt In Seattle
https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/washington-state-seattle-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-updates/281-f25ae809-6b2d-4577-8915-2c04f5655589
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{} Yakima County has nearly 5,000 COVID-19 cases.
{} 15 new deaths among 313 new cases reported Monday in Washington.
{} TOTAL: 1,176 deaths among 24,354 overall cases in Washington state.
{} 415,054 people in Washington have taken a test for coronavirus and 5.9% of those tests have been positive, according to
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus state Department of Health
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Note that average deaths have been running around 5 per day in recent time.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/10/health/us-coronavirus-wednesday/index.html
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[...] (CNN) Health experts have long warned about a second peak in Covid-19, and now a rise in cases has pushed Arizona to tell its hospitals to activate emergency plans. Arizona is one of the 19 states with the trend of new coronavirus cases still increasing. While 24 are trending downward, seven states' trends are holding steady. Nationally more than 1.9 million people have been infected by the virus and more than 112,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. At its peak, Arizona's intensive care unit beds were 78% in use. As of Monday, 76% were occupied. Arizona's Director of Health Services Dr. Cara Christ asked that hospitals "be judicious" in elective surgeries to ensure bed capacity. [...]
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Walt In Seattle
2020-06-12 07:07:05 UTC
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On Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 8:08:05 AM UTC-7, Walt In Seattle wrote:
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The University of Washington IHME projects nearly 170,000 will have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. by some point in time during August after which an increase in cases and death will be evident by mid-September. The onset of flu season in the Fall is expected to exacerbate the situation.
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Correction: The projection for nearly 170,000 dying by a certain point in time is for a period at or around October 1, NOT at some point in August. Apologies for the eror.
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-12 07:15:24 UTC
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⦁ 4 new deaths among 137 new cases reported Thursday in Washington.
⦁ TOTAL: 1,194 deaths among 24,779 overall cases in Washington state.
⦁ 425,212 people in Washington have taken a test for coronavirus and 5.8% of those tests have been positive, according to the ⦁ state Department of Health.
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https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/11/arizona-coronavirus-cases-nearly-double-since-memorial-day-as-state-nears-hospital-capacity.html

https://nypost.com/2020/06/11/florida-breaks-record-for-new-coronavirus-cases-in-a-single-day/
Post by Walt In Seattle
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The University of Washington IHME projects nearly 170,000 will have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. by some point in time during August after which an increase in cases and death will be evident by mid-September. The onset of flu season in the Fall is expected to exacerbate the situation.
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Correction: The projection for nearly 170,000 dying by a certain point in time is for a period at or around October 1, NOT at some point in August. Apologies for the eror.
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-12 15:17:21 UTC
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https://www.boston.com/news/coronavirus/2020/06/11/harvard-ashish-jha-covid-19-death-toll-september
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[...] Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday that at the moment, the country sees between 800 and 1,000 deaths every day from COVID-19 and the models he’s seen suggest that there will be increases in the coming months. “But even if we assume that it’s going to be flat all summer, that nothing is going to get worse, we’re going to stay flat all summer — even if we pick that low number, 800 a day — that’s 25,000 a month,” Jha pointed out. “In three and a half months, we’re going to add another 87-, 88,000 people, and we will hit 200,000 sometime in September.” [...]
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See Also: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-11/houston-may-reopen-virus-hospital-at-stadium-as-cases-expand
Post by Walt In Seattle
https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/washington-state-seattle-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-updates/281-f25ae809-6b2d-4577-8915-2c04f5655589
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⦁ 4 new deaths among 137 new cases reported Thursday in Washington.
⦁ TOTAL: 1,194 deaths among 24,779 overall cases in Washington state.
⦁ 425,212 people in Washington have taken a test for coronavirus and 5.8% of those tests have been positive, according to the ⦁ state Department of Health.
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https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/11/arizona-coronavirus-cases-nearly-double-since-memorial-day-as-state-nears-hospital-capacity.html
https://nypost.com/2020/06/11/florida-breaks-record-for-new-coronavirus-cases-in-a-single-day/
Post by Walt In Seattle
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The University of Washington IHME projects nearly 170,000 will have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. by some point in time during August after which an increase in cases and death will be evident by mid-September. The onset of flu season in the Fall is expected to exacerbate the situation.
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Correction: The projection for nearly 170,000 dying by a certain point in time is for a period at or around October 1, NOT at some point in August. Apologies for the eror.
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-14 19:53:30 UTC
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Here is something of which all should take careful note......

https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/new-report-shows-covid-19-activity-increasing-in-washington-state/281-3a59c047-fe0e-4679-acb1-1f6396780a08
Post by Walt In Seattle
https://www.boston.com/news/coronavirus/2020/06/11/harvard-ashish-jha-covid-19-death-toll-september
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[...] Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday that at the moment, the country sees between 800 and 1,000 deaths every day from COVID-19 and the models he’s seen suggest that there will be increases in the coming months. “But even if we assume that it’s going to be flat all summer, that nothing is going to get worse, we’re going to stay flat all summer — even if we pick that low number, 800 a day — that’s 25,000 a month,” Jha pointed out. “In three and a half months, we’re going to add another 87-, 88,000 people, and we will hit 200,000 sometime in September.” [...]
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See Also: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-11/houston-may-reopen-virus-hospital-at-stadium-as-cases-expand
Post by Walt In Seattle
https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/washington-state-seattle-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-updates/281-f25ae809-6b2d-4577-8915-2c04f5655589
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⦁ 4 new deaths among 137 new cases reported Thursday in Washington.
⦁ TOTAL: 1,194 deaths among 24,779 overall cases in Washington state.
⦁ 425,212 people in Washington have taken a test for coronavirus and 5.8% of those tests have been positive, according to the ⦁ state Department of Health.
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https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/11/arizona-coronavirus-cases-nearly-double-since-memorial-day-as-state-nears-hospital-capacity.html
https://nypost.com/2020/06/11/florida-breaks-record-for-new-coronavirus-cases-in-a-single-day/
Post by Walt In Seattle
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The University of Washington IHME projects nearly 170,000 will have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. by some point in time during August after which an increase in cases and death will be evident by mid-September. The onset of flu season in the Fall is expected to exacerbate the situation.
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Correction: The projection for nearly 170,000 dying by a certain point in time is for a period at or around October 1, NOT at some point in August. Apologies for the eror.
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-15 07:23:16 UTC
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/15/coronavirus-live-updates-us/
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Here is something of which all should take careful note......
https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/new-report-shows-covid-19-activity-increasing-in-washington-state/281-3a59c047-fe0e-4679-acb1-1f6396780a08
Post by Walt In Seattle
https://www.boston.com/news/coronavirus/2020/06/11/harvard-ashish-jha-covid-19-death-toll-september
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[...] Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday that at the moment, the country sees between 800 and 1,000 deaths every day from COVID-19 and the models he’s seen suggest that there will be increases in the coming months. “But even if we assume that it’s going to be flat all summer, that nothing is going to get worse, we’re going to stay flat all summer — even if we pick that low number, 800 a day — that’s 25,000 a month,” Jha pointed out. “In three and a half months, we’re going to add another 87-, 88,000 people, and we will hit 200,000 sometime in September.” [...]
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See Also: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-11/houston-may-reopen-virus-hospital-at-stadium-as-cases-expand
Post by Walt In Seattle
https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/washington-state-seattle-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-updates/281-f25ae809-6b2d-4577-8915-2c04f5655589
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⦁ 4 new deaths among 137 new cases reported Thursday in Washington.
⦁ TOTAL: 1,194 deaths among 24,779 overall cases in Washington state.
⦁ 425,212 people in Washington have taken a test for coronavirus and 5.8% of those tests have been positive, according to the ⦁ state Department of Health.
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https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/11/arizona-coronavirus-cases-nearly-double-since-memorial-day-as-state-nears-hospital-capacity.html
https://nypost.com/2020/06/11/florida-breaks-record-for-new-coronavirus-cases-in-a-single-day/
Post by Walt In Seattle
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The University of Washington IHME projects nearly 170,000 will have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. by some point in time during August after which an increase in cases and death will be evident by mid-September. The onset of flu season in the Fall is expected to exacerbate the situation.
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Correction: The projection for nearly 170,000 dying by a certain point in time is for a period at or around October 1, NOT at some point in August. Apologies for the eror.
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-17 02:40:20 UTC
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The spread of COVID-19 in the Yakima Valley is prolific and more substantial percapita than anywhere else in the state. In other news, the U.K. seems to have promising work on a therapeutic treatment for COVID-19 victims.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/washington-state-seattle-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-updates/281-6dddf979-e4cc-4868-b71f-29c8cd35d344


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https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/15/coronavirus-live-updates-us/
Post by Walt In Seattle
Here is something of which all should take careful note......
https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/new-report-shows-covid-19-activity-increasing-in-washington-state/281-3a59c047-fe0e-4679-acb1-1f6396780a08
Post by Walt In Seattle
https://www.boston.com/news/coronavirus/2020/06/11/harvard-ashish-jha-covid-19-death-toll-september
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[...] Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday that at the moment, the country sees between 800 and 1,000 deaths every day from COVID-19 and the models he’s seen suggest that there will be increases in the coming months. “But even if we assume that it’s going to be flat all summer, that nothing is going to get worse, we’re going to stay flat all summer — even if we pick that low number, 800 a day — that’s 25,000 a month,” Jha pointed out. “In three and a half months, we’re going to add another 87-, 88,000 people, and we will hit 200,000 sometime in September.” [...]
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See Also: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-11/houston-may-reopen-virus-hospital-at-stadium-as-cases-expand
Post by Walt In Seattle
https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/washington-state-seattle-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-updates/281-f25ae809-6b2d-4577-8915-2c04f5655589
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⦁ 4 new deaths among 137 new cases reported Thursday in Washington.
⦁ TOTAL: 1,194 deaths among 24,779 overall cases in Washington state.
⦁ 425,212 people in Washington have taken a test for coronavirus and 5.8% of those tests have been positive, according to the ⦁ state Department of Health.
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https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/11/arizona-coronavirus-cases-nearly-double-since-memorial-day-as-state-nears-hospital-capacity.html
https://nypost.com/2020/06/11/florida-breaks-record-for-new-coronavirus-cases-in-a-single-day/
Post by Walt In Seattle
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The University of Washington IHME projects nearly 170,000 will have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. by some point in time during August after which an increase in cases and death will be evident by mid-September. The onset of flu season in the Fall is expected to exacerbate the situation.
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Correction: The projection for nearly 170,000 dying by a certain point in time is for a period at or around October 1, NOT at some point in August. Apologies for the eror.
Al Czervik
2020-06-17 06:44:19 UTC
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Post by Walt In Seattle
The spread of COVID-19 in the Yakima Valley is prolific and more substantial percapita than anywhere else in the state. In other news, the U.K. seems to have promising work on a therapeutic treatment for COVID-19 victims.
The number of Covid19 cases is relational to the amount of testing. The
important statistic is Covid19 hospitalizations.
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Walt In Seattle
2020-06-17 07:42:31 UTC
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Did you fully read the posted link, Al?

https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/washington-state-seattle-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-updates/281-6dddf979-e4cc-4868-b71f-29c8cd35d344
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[...] Yakima County has 250,000 residents, but has recorded more than 5,700 cases of COVID-19, the second-highest total in the state after the much larger King County. "THE HOSPITALIZATION RATE IN YAKIMA VALLEY PER CAPITA IS 8 TIMES HIGHER THAN IT IS IN KING COUNTY," (emphasis added) he said. "The infection rate of the number of people infected per 100,000 is 28 times higher than it is in King County in the last few days." [...]
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The number of Covid19 cases is relational
to the amount of testing. The important
statistic is Covid19 hospitalizations.
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-17 07:52:22 UTC
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Here are some details on the University of Washington's COVID-19 death toll projection.

https://q13fox.com/2020/06/16/us-covid-19-deaths-now-projected-to-surpass-200000-by-oct-1-according-to-university-of-washington/
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-17 08:53:10 UTC
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https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/06/16/878932911/florida-officials-spar-over-rising-covid-19-cases
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[...] In Florida, where there's a surge of new COVID-19 cases, officials are divided over what to do about it. The state saw 2,783 new cases Tuesday. It was the third time in a week that Florida set a new daily record. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other Republican officials, including President Trump, say the rising number of new cases was expected and is mostly the result of increased testing. Florida is now testing more than 200,000 people a week, more than double the number tested weekly in mid-May. But local officials and public health experts are concerned about other statistics that show that the coronavirus is still spreading in Florida. The state's Department of Health reports that the number of people showing up in hospital emergency rooms with symptoms of the flu and COVID-19 is rising. Also worrisome — the percentage of people who are testing positive for the virus is going up. [...]
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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa/record-spike-in-new-coronavirus-cases-reported-in-six-u-s-states-as-reopening-accelerates-idUSKBN23N32O
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[...] (Reuters) - New coronavirus infections hit record highs in six U.S. states on Tuesday, marking a rising tide of cases for a second consecutive week as most states moved forward with reopening their economies. Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas all reported record increases in new cases on Tuesday after recording all-time highs last week. Nevada also reported its highest single-day tally of new cases on Tuesday, up from a previous high on May 23. Hospitalizations are also rising or at record highs. At Arizona’s Tucson Medical Center on Monday, just a single intensive care unit (ICU) bed designated for COVID-19 patients was available, with the other 19 beds filled, a hospital representative said. [...]
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Walt In Seattle
2020-06-17 15:26:34 UTC
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Fauci to major league baseball: best not to play beyond September....

https://nypost.com/2020/06/17/anthony-fauci-mlb-shouldnt-play-any-games-after-september/
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-17 16:32:04 UTC
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Texas Governor Abbott principally blames young Texans under 30 seeking a "bar-type setting" for a Texas spike in COVID-19 cases.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/texas-gov-says-young-people-behind-coronavirus-case-increase?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fnational+%28Internal+-+US+Latest+-+Text%29
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-18 17:40:51 UTC
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How free are we or should we be in a pandemic? In far, far less than a pandemic, Typhoid Mary's liberty was circumscribed by state interest in behest of public health. In more recent time, the situatin has become convoluted. Vaccinations are voluntary. Religious practices can override strong encouragement to seek treatment for some conditions or requirement that one not expose others to information or theories that are not consistent with accepted medical science. But reckless behavior that can result in spreading disease is at a debatable crossroad where individual rights may collide with the need for policies or restrictios that take others and their risk from exposure to you and your practices into consideration.

Some apparently believe they have no obligation, morel or legal, to wear a mask, practice social distancing in public or take other precautions against spread of COVID-19. Some may even believe they are acting to bring COVID-19 to an earlier end by spreading it and hastening "herd immunity". But even if they have a legal right, is it their MORAL right to do so against the will of others?

Case in point, Trump's Tulsa rally: All who attend will be on notice they could expose others at the arena to COVID-19, especially if they don't wear a mask, or be infected wit it. All will understand they could be infected with COVID-19 by virtue of being there in close proximity to others. All will sign paperwork that does not hold the Trump campaign liable if they are infected with COVID-19. BUT.... they will go back to work and home to be with people who did NOT agree to take the risk. Perhaps many or most workplaces in Oklahoma implement mandatory wearing of masks and social distancing. But do they all and are they not lax in taking those precautions? Even if the workplace has strict procedures, the situation at home or with close relatives or friends will probably be different.

If there are sudden outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Tulsa area or surrounding areas of Oklahoma in 2 or 3 weeks with a corresponding increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations as well as death from COVID-19 within 5 or 6 weeks, how can the Trump campaign justify that outcome? Yes; they can argue nothing illegal occurred and that there was a legal right for the campaign to do what it will do. But does that argument alone justify the rally -- make of it the *RIGHT* thing to do? How responsible or IRRESPONSIBLE would that rally be if there are indeeed outbreaks of COVID-19 that could be tied to the rally?

https://www.king5.com/article/news/nation-world/masks-and-personal-freedom-in-us/507-6ca06bfa-62e1-42f6-b268-64abb030dbc0
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-19 00:32:21 UTC
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How free are we or should we be in a pandemic? In far, far less than a pandemic, Typhoid Mary's liberty was circumscribed by state interest in behest of public health. In more recent time, the situatin has become convoluted. Vaccinations are voluntary. Religious practices can override strong encouragement to seek treatment for some conditions or requirement that one not expose others to information or theories that are not consistent with accepted medical science. But reckless behavior that can result in spreading disease is at a debatable crossroad where individual rights may collide with the need for policies or restrictios that take others and their risk from exposure to you and your practices into consideration.
Some apparently believe they have no obligation, morel or legal, to wear a mask, practice social distancing in public or take other precautions against spread of COVID-19. Some may even believe they are acting to bring COVID-19 to an earlier end by spreading it and hastening "herd immunity". But even if they have a legal right, is it their MORAL right to do so against the will of others?
Case in point, Trump's Tulsa rally: All who attend will be on notice they could expose others at the arena to COVID-19, especially if they don't wear a mask, or be infected wit it. All will understand they could be infected with COVID-19 by virtue of being there in close proximity to others. All will sign paperwork that does not hold the Trump campaign liable if they are infected with COVID-19. BUT.... they will go back to work and home to be with people who did NOT agree to take the risk. Perhaps many or most workplaces in Oklahoma implement mandatory wearing of masks and social distancing. But do they all and are they not lax in taking those precautions? Even if the workplace has strict procedures, the situation at home or with close relatives or friends will probably be different.
If there are sudden outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Tulsa area or surrounding areas of Oklahoma in 2 or 3 weeks with a corresponding increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations as well as death from COVID-19 within 5 or 6 weeks, how can the Trump campaign justify that outcome? Yes; they can argue nothing illegal occurred and that there was a legal right for the campaign to do what it will do. But does that argument alone justify the rally -- make of it the *RIGHT* thing to do? How responsible or IRRESPONSIBLE would that rally be if there are indeeed outbreaks of COVID-19 that could be tied to the rally?
https://www.king5.com/article/news/nation-world/masks-and-personal-freedom-in-us/507-6ca06bfa-62e1-42f6-b268-64abb030dbc0
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2020-06-19 00:36:57 UTC
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https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/18/california-gov-gavin-newsom-orders-residents-to-wear-face-coverings-in-most-public-spaces.html
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[...] California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order on Thursday requiring people to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and outside when maintaining a physical distance from others is not feasible. Newsom said the order was necessary because too many people have started to venture out in public with their faces uncovered. The requirement does not pertain to people who may be eating at a restaurant while maintaining a 6 foot distance or those who are engaged in recreational activities like swimming, hiking, running and biking. [...]
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Walt In Seattle
2020-06-19 15:13:38 UTC
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Thurston County applies to move to phase 3 while the county's Health Officer, who signed off on the application, worries the general public will drop its guard on COVID-19.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/thurston-county-phase-3-reopening-application-coronavirus-washington/281-035b0c55-b15d-4eb4-a3ef-4282657351b5
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-19 16:41:19 UTC
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At bottom and despite attempts by the University of Washington's IHME to provide reliable projections for what may lie ahead, we really don't know what's to come. Speculation must be understood in that light. With this caveat stated, some information is nevertheless clear.

{1} With some exceptions, (Florida and Arizona) it seems there is no threat that ICUs will be overwhelmed this Summer. However, as we reach the end of Summer, we may also reach another reality presenting better or worse outcome. We'll see how that goes soon enough.

{} It's apparent, although some will argue with the perception, that there are many in the general public who see COVID-19 as "over" or is, as President Trump put it, "dying out". Their behavior -- abandonment of mask-wearing and social distancing -- strongly implies their point of view. Some, especially among those in President Trump's political base, even believe, as President Trump asserted at the end of February, that COVID-19 is a "hoax". If those who believe it's over or that it never existed believed otherwise and acted accordingly, this Summer might provide some respite from COVID-19 until the second wave. NOW, aided and abetted by the dismissive comments of President Trump as well as Vice President Pence and others, an easily perceptible trend may be exacerbated with unfortunate results for this Summer which will add to our problems in the Fall.

{} President Trump and others are taking on a Pied Piper quality which will place them on the wrong side of history. In the end, I don't know if they'll care. Some may see events in accordance with U.S. attorney General Barr's observation that decrees history is determined or written by the victors and Barr's context seems to be in terms of a political victory. In other words, if Trump wins re-election and Republicans don't lose significant ground in Congress or regain seats in the U.S. House of Representatives they don't curently hold, the historical judgment they acted inappropriately will not be an issue; or so they may believe. But ..... wonder of wonders, people don't always perceive issues and events in context to politics. If the COVID-19 pandemic goes spinning out of control, with far more people dying than has been projected for this Summer or that anyone could expect for a second wave, the people at large -- not just academics or historians -- will judge those results without much or any regard for political fortune or lackthereof in the next several months.
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-19 17:55:45 UTC
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COVID-19 cases are increasing in 81 nations and decreasing in 36.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/19/world/coronavirus-live-updates.html#link-64362c51
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-20 07:04:46 UTC
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https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/washington-state-seattle-king-county-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-updates/281-4587bf04-2833-40a0-b6e5-f7430f879cb6
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[...] Hospitals in Yakima County — which has the highest rate of COVID-19 infection in Washington state — are beyond capacity with sick patients. Virginia Mason Memorial hospital in Yakima, which holds more than 200 beds, had none available as of Thursday night, intensive care or otherwise, the Yakima Health District said in a statement late Friday. The Seattle Times reports at least 17 patients had already been transferred out of the county. That leaves a total of 61 individuals in hospital beds with positive COVID-19 diagnoses, the county’s highest to date. Yakima County remains Washington state’s hot spot for the virus. The county now represents 22% of all hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Washington (61 of 242 cases), a higher tally than King County. ]...]
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Walt In Seattle
2020-06-22 02:56:19 UTC
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According to Peter Navarro, Trump Administration is preparing for a possible second COVID-19 wave in the Fall.....

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/21/world/coronavirus-updates.html#link-34ef366d

Infectious Disease expert Michael Osterholm, of the University of Minnesota, now contends COVID-19 is a "forest fire" that will continue for a long time to come rather than pause prior to a second wave or come in several waves. Osterholm was on NBC's Meet The Press Sunday morning. Listen starting at 18 minutes in.


https://www.podbean.com/media/share/dir-8d2br-9404f57?utm_campaign=w_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=w_share

This is probably where President Trump gets the idea or support for the idea that COVID-19 is "dying out".

https://nypost.com/2020/06/21/coronavirus-is-weakening-could-disappear-on-its-own-italian-doctor/


Hospitalizations are up dramatically in Dallas and in California.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Record-number-of-Californians-hospitalized-with-15355907.php

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/coronavirus/dallas-county-covid-19-hospitalizations-hit-record-high/2392622/
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-22 08:02:05 UTC
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The situation in Florida is indicative of a two-pronged problem and the results of that problem are not at all pretty. Because of human nature, consequences may be unavoidable on one of the two prongs. The first prong is what I'd call the I-DON'T-GIVE-A-SHIT-AND-I'LL-DO-WHATEVER-I-WANT Syndrome. It's obviously responsible for spikes in infection that have in turn led to increased hospitalizations in various places, including Florida and Arizona. Some measure of this problem or first prong of the problem may have played a role in Yakima County's circumstances.

The second prong is the failure to ramp up testing in concert with sufficient contact tracing in the hope to stop the spread of COVID-19 from outbreaks as they occur. Since we've never done this on such a grand scale as is needed to address a pandemic like COVID-19, it's understandable there would be developing issues or mistakes made. One could hope they'll be solved and this approach will prove itself effective. For now, however, I remain skeptical.

WHO data illustrate the pandemic is accelerating, not abating. I'm afraid COVID-19 may indeed be like that "forest fire" analogy offered by Dr. Michael Osterholm over which we have little or no control at its outset, and COVD-19 is still establishing itself as a pandemic on par with the so-called "Spanish Flu" that came in several waves over a period of two years except that COVID-19 may continue in one long wave of 2 to 5 years with several severe peaks.. This was my pessimistic expectation around two months ago and I see nothing now to convice me otherwise. Buckle up. We're in for a very long ride to natural herd immunity.

Oh.... Yes..... there's Moderna's vaccine trials and that of others in the pipeline. But if they yield immunity lasting only a few months to half-a-rear, they're as much as useless for immunizing the WORLD in good time.

I'm expecting the worst but hoping I'll be surprised by the best -- the best being a virus that quickly mutates to its demise, a virus that simply fades away as did SARS or a vaccine that provides immunity for at least a year if not the better part of a lifetime.

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article243694827.html

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2020/06/20/desantis-pivots-on-covid-19-surge-says-testing-doesnt-account-for-spike-1293901

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/who-reports-largest-single-day-increase-coronavirus-cases-n1231681
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-22 20:40:11 UTC
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I think this is a matter of confused semantics. If South Korea is experiencing an increase of cases because of assumption(s) in the general public that "it's over" with associated relaxation of precautions dating back to late May, that's a second peak within the first wave rather than a second wave. That's my interpretation for now.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-snapshot/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-coronavirus-right-now-idUSKBN23T0KV
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[...] Health authorities in South Korea said for the first time the country is in the midst of a “second wave” of novel coronavirus infections focused around its densely populated capital. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) had previously said South Korea’s first wave had never really ended. But on Monday, KCDC director Jeong Eun-kyeong said it had become clear that a holiday weekend in early May marked the beginning of a new wave of infections focused in the greater Seoul area, which had previously seen few cases. [...]
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For those who see Sweden's approach as the best path to herd immunity, notice that herd immunity requires that somewhere between 50% and 70% of a given isolated populace must have been infected then recovered from, in THIS case, COVID-19. At present, Swedish research indicates only 6% of Sweden's population has immunity. Thus, Sweden has a LONG way to go and the question remains: How many will get extremely ill or die before herd immunity is established and can herd immunity be established at all if antibodies degrade within a few months?

https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-sweden-immunity/around-6-in-sweden-have-developed-covid-19-antibodies-swedish-health-agency-idUSL8N2DV3N2

and here's the rub: We STILL don't know how long antibodies generated by the human immune system, after someone has been infected with COVID-19, will last. We DO know that immunity from many or most coronaviruses is brief -- just 2 or 3 months. If this is true for COVID-19, developing an antibody-oriented therapy may be digging a dry hole. So too may it be extremely difficult or impossible to develop a truly useful vaccine that will help establish herd immunity.

https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/06/19/1004169/biggest-questions-about-immunity-to-covid-19/

Let's assume that Moderna can provide a vaccine with 6 months of immunity by January or February of next year. Even if there will be enough doses for most of the U.S. population who will need it by February, think about the logistical problems of delivering those doses in good time.

Healthcare organizations, offices of GPs, drugstore pharmacies, clinics and so on will have to allow for precautions -- social distancing and determination of whether those who seek a vaccination come without already being infected. Cost of it all will be a factor along with the level of difficulty in making it all happen. How will testing for status occur efficiently and quickly in the crush of people seeking vaccination?

Beginning this Fall, we'll face the double-barreled shotgun of COVID-19 and the Flu. Many will be sick with either or both by January. Thus, they could not be vaccinated for either for a period of weeks or months and for COVID-19 for an unknown period of time after infection has been resolved. We may be nearly half-way through 2021 when a substantial number of people have been vaccinated for COVID-19. In the late Summer or early Fall, it would again be time for many to receive another COVID-19 vaccination. But it will also be time for flu vaccinations. Many, many doses of both vaccines will have to be created in preparation for the new round of vaccinations. Cost of doing so will be significant. The logistics of THAT situation may be overwhelming.

I think we'll find in the Fall of 2021, if not the Fall of 2020, in consideration of the possibility people can be infected with BOTH the Flu and COVID-19, that far, far more people will want a Flu vaccination than ever before. They, of course, will seek a COVID-19 vaccination in similar numbers. How will our healthcare infrastructure handle the demand and deliver in good time? And then early in 2022, it will be time to start all over with COVID-19 vaccinations. Perhaps you can see how daunting the task of meeting demand will be. Now.... imagine what will happen if we get a vaccine that provides only 3 months of immunity.
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-23 18:17:01 UTC
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Dr. Anthony Fouci sees a "disturbing surge" in COVID-19 infections in areas of the U.S. .....

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/23/fauci-says-parts-of-us-are-seeing-a-distrubing-surge-of-coronavirus.html
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-24 02:28:16 UTC
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On Friday, we all must wear a facial covering (a mask) when in a public indoor setting or outdoors in circumstances where physical distancing of 6 feet is not possible. So orders Governor Inslee who warns violation of his order is a misdemeanor offense.

https://q13fox.com/2020/06/23/face-masks-become-mandatory-in-washington-state-starting-friday-inslee-says/
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-24 02:34:59 UTC
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I should have written that, on Friday, we all have to START wearing masks.
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On Friday, we all must wear a facial covering (a mask) when in a public indoor setting or outdoors in circumstances where physical distancing of 6 feet is not possible. So orders Governor Inslee who warns violation of his order is a misdemeanor offense.
https://q13fox.com/2020/06/23/face-masks-become-mandatory-in-washington-state-starting-friday-inslee-says/
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-25 06:36:02 UTC
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I also should have noted that there are exemptions. So most of us but not absolutely all of us will be wearing masks.
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I should have written that, on Friday, we all have to START wearing masks.
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On Friday, we all must wear a facial covering (a mask) when in a public indoor setting or outdoors in circumstances where physical distancing of 6 feet is not possible. So orders Governor Inslee who warns violation of his order is a misdemeanor offense.
https://q13fox.com/2020/06/23/face-masks-become-mandatory-in-washington-state-starting-friday-inslee-says/
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-26 00:19:54 UTC
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It's clear that, in some areas of the U.S., the COVID-19 pandemic is in danger of spiraling out of control. Whether it's that party down the hall I wrote of some time ago, barflies patronizing bars in Texas and Florida, those who have been attending large celebratory parties in the Northwest corner of Washington state or barbecues in the Yakima area, people gathering with extended family in California as well as more than a small percentage of folks simply abandoning caution -- not wearing masks in public, not maintaining social distance, not frequently washing hands -- and so on, IT is leading to an exacerbated pandemic in the U.S. Will testing and contact tracing save the day? They won't at current levels of implementation and ceratainly not alone. Testing and contact racing *PLUS* a huge increase in responsible behavior might turn the tide, at least for the Summer.

California is breaking records in an apparent spiral.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/25/health/california-coronavirus-cases-surge/index.html

Spokane is experiencing the consequences of restaurant and tavern goers who do not practice precautions.

https://www.krem.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/spokane-health-board-phase-3-status-meeting/293-537e0a9e-6e5f-4c2d-b2bf-b43a893ef45f

And so it goes....
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-26 00:35:00 UTC
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The CDC has expanded its list of those at increased risk to become extremely ill from COVID-19...

https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/cdc-expands-list-of-people-at-higher-risk-of-severe-covid-19-illness/507-e2e0951d-eb18-45a7-b180-8dab35719bf2

Here is an FAQ of sorts on the wearing of masks in Washington state....

https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/questions-about-new-washington-face-covering-mask-requirement/293-589d7bfb-a175-4799-9a5c-9c6cb998deb1
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-26 19:59:22 UTC
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After a long period in which there were no press briefings from the White House Coronavirus Taskforce, a briefing was held today. Vice-President Pence voiced a message to America's young adults, asking them to be prudent in their actions -- to take recommended precautions to prevent spread of COVID-19 to high or higher risk persons. This seems to be his principle response to the surge of COVID-19 cases in several states.

When asked to reconcile his message against what happened at Trump campaign events in Tulsa and Phoenix, Pence could only reply that, even in a health emergency, the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows free speech and a right to assemble.
Yes; the 1st Amendment allows for what happened in Phoenix and Tulsa. But (1) don't pretend you're not killing one message or at least cancelling it out with an opposing message and (2) don't pretend you're not sending contradictory messages! Either you're going to tell people they should ALWAYS be wearing a mask in public, distancing socially, refraining from the practice of gathering in groups and etc. to save lives or prevent sickness... or you tell everyone it's time to exercise their 1st Amendment rights, health concerns be damned! It's one or the other or you're preaching HYPOCRISY! It's THAT simple.
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-27 05:39:59 UTC
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The news is grim.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/26/us/coronavirus-florida-texas-bars-closing.html
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-27 21:28:33 UTC
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The information below illustrates just how dire circumstances are in Florida, Texas and Arizona. Rates of hospitalizations are at the nitty-gritty of what those states are facing. President Trump's solace that death rates are less significant implies it's not a big deal that so many people are being hospitalized in growing numbers. That, in itself, is reprehensible. The death rate may yet climb. And, of course, President Trump's refusal to accept a role as a person who has or at least once had the greatest power to lead by example cannot be separated from a likely outcome in which BEHAVIOR -- resistance in the general public to mask-wearing and social distancing -- has been a factor in these outbreaks. Yet, and as noted previously, we, the general public, have been warned copiously about the consequences of inappropriate behavior and by respected medical authorities. Not following recommended precautions lies as much or more on the doorstep of those who didn't care or didn't believe their actions (or lakthereof) would bring the circumstances noted below as well as events in other states.

https://www.tmc.edu/coronavirus-updates/tmc-daily-new-covid-19-hospitalizations/

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/texas/article/Gov-Abbott-closes-all-bars-in-Texas-coronavirus-15368523.php

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/coronavirus/os-ne-corovnavirus-record-numbers-hospitalizations-20200626-p5335ddw45f7xdlxiaezqzgjha-story.html

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-health/2020/06/26/covid-19-continues-arizona-spike-more-than-3-400-new-cases-reported-june-26/3263472001/
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The news is grim.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/26/us/coronavirus-florida-texas-bars-closing.html
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-28 19:12:15 UTC
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https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/university-of-washington-study-on-working-from-home-during-covid-19-pandemic/281-359a6cc7-5cb8-4e16-8351-f58d9ac0e790
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[...] SEATTLE — The University of Washington has released a study showing about 75% of U.S. workers, or 108 million people, are in jobs that cannot be done from home during a pandemic, putting them at increased risk for exposure to COVID-19. The majority of those workers are also at higher risk for other job disruptions such as layoffs, furloughs or reduced hours, and they represent some of the lowest-paid workers in the workforce, according to Marissa Baker, an assistant professor in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and the author of the study. [...]
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Doctors warn "caution fatigue" (AKA: I don't care anymore) can bring increased cases of COVID-19.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/caution-fatigue-coronavirus/281-56c421c7-f561-4db3-8b7a-950cc18e4919

According to KNG-5, 6 new deaths and 549 new cases reported Saturday in Washington state.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/washington-state-king-county-seattle-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-real-time-updates/281-f4596ef8-d571-4824-a368-22d3a6b87bc7
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[...] Gov. Inslee and Secretary John Wiesman announced Saturday the Department of Health is putting a pause on counties moving to Phase 4 due to rising coronavirus cases across the state and increased concern about the virus' spread, according to a news release. Eight counties were eligible to move from Phase 3 to Phase 4 before the pause."Phase 4 would mean a return to normal activity and we can’t do that now due to the continued rise in cases across the state," Inslee said. "We all want to get back to doing all the things we love in Washington during the summer, and fully open our economy, but we aren’t there yet. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to make decisions based on the data." [...]
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https://www.seattlepi.com/coronavirus/article/COVID-19-cases-in-King-County-increased-by-60-15371035.php
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[...] King County Public Health Officer Doctor Jeff Duchin says we're in a somewhat troublesome situation. "There has been an increasing trend over the last eleven days or so." According to him, from June 14 to June 20, there have been 156 more cases of COVID-19 than the previous week which, in total, is a 60 percent increase in cases. "We're having more contact with each other but not taking more precautions," he said. Duchin says over the last two weeks about half of these new cases have been from people 20 to 39 years old. "This is a worrisome trend,” Duchin said. “Obviously no one wanted to see cases increasing." According to King County Public Health, there's no specific instance or situation that has caused this rise. [...]
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Walt In Seattle
2020-06-30 08:56:28 UTC
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California's Governor Gavin Newsom has threatened to reverse the re-oppening of California's economy.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-29/newsom-threatens-reverse-reopening
Walt In Seattle
2020-06-30 14:55:33 UTC
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https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/washington-king-county-seattle-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic/281-ddd7dfb7-3e9d-4e99-b934-9a69504fa494
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{} 10 new deaths and 501 new cases reported Monday in Washington.
{} TOTAL: 1,320 deaths among 32,253 overall cases in Washington state.
{} 548,220 people in Washington have taken a test for coronavirus and 5.9% of those tests have been positive, according to the state Department of Health.
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Walt In Seattle
2020-06-30 16:09:20 UTC
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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/european-union-bars-travelers-u-s-citing-coronavirus-concerns-n1232333
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[...] LONDON ⁠— Most travelers from the United States will be barred from entering the European Union after it reopens its borders Wednesday because the coronavirus is still far too prevalent in the U.S., European officials announced Tuesday. The E.U.'s 27 members have been drawing up a list of countries whose virus levels are deemed low enough to allow people from those places to travel into the bloc, which has been mostly sealed off since March. That list of safe countries was officially announced in a statement from the Council of the European Union on Tuesday. The U.S. — which has the most coronavirus cases and deaths in the world — was not on it. [...]
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Walt In Seattle
2020-06-30 19:45:09 UTC
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Today, before a U.S. Senate hearing, top experts on COVID-19 warned about the potential threat from COVID-19 if the current trend in rising numbers for infection and hospitalization continues in several states then spreads to more states. Dr. Fauci contends the situation is not one in which only states where numbers are soaring should be the myopic focus for action. His message is that the nation as a whole must respond.

Those testifying strongly implied the onus is on the general populace. But Dr. Redfield was clear that the young, although most of them are not likely to suffer much or at all from COVID-19, are obligated to do their part in prevention of the spread of COVID-19. He requested they act accordingly.

Dr. Fauci warned that, if we don't act appropriately, the rate of new infections/cases might rise as high as 100,000 per day nationally.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/30/fauci-says-us-coronavirus-outbreak-is-going-to-be-very-disturbing-could-top-100000-cases-a-day.html
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-01 19:52:41 UTC
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As of Tuesday, there were 12 new deaths and 571 new cases of COVID-19 in Washington state while there is an uptick in cases in Snohomish County. Earlier today, the Bite of Seattle and the Taste of Tacom were cancelled for 2020.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-updates-july/281-918958e4-5f99-4169-8d6a-4c2da96d9b23

https://komonews.com/news/coronavirus/bite-of-seattle-taste-of-tacoma-cancelled-this-summer
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-02 03:39:23 UTC
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I think it's clear that, in much of the nation, the spread of COVID-19 is out of control and certainly not within control by way of testing and contact tracing. The case load (new cases occurring in real time) in places like Florida, Texas and Arizona is just too overwhelming. I'm afraid we'll see what Dr. Fauci warns could happen, that places where COVID-19 is currently under control will soon see their circumstances turn toward a worst case scenario. If that happens, we could be in a Summer sent to us from Hell. Then comes the Fall and Flu season which will be bad enough with usual strains of Flu combining with COVID-19 but hopefully not the specter of G4 Swine Flu.

I'm increasingly convinced there may be no way out of our COVID-19 troubles except a very hard way. I'd like to think enough people will see certain behavior is neither in their long term best interests or those of others in both the short and long term. But..... people often enough don't easily understand, accept as valid or even care in the short term about the full measure of consequences for their actions. Nothing short of authoritarian or dictatorial rule will bring these people to do what they should do. Since neither authoritarian or dictatorial rule are what we do here in the U.S., the only way may be for at least some of us to realize and prepare for a terrible outcome that could be on par with the pandemic that began in 1918 and did not end until some time after 1920. Maybe I'm overly pesimistic. Maybe people will look at what's happening and change their ways. Maybe President Trump will get lucky and COVID-19 will magically disappear. But, on all of the brighter side maybes, I'm not about to hold my breath!

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/new-swine-flu-discovered-in-pigs-in-china

California Governor Gavin Newsom's Announcement this morning....



https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/world/coronavirus-updates.html?action=click&pgtype=Article&state=default&module=styln-coronavirus&region=TOP_BANNER&context=storylines_menu
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[As of 5:40 PM (PDT) on July 1, 2020][...] A growing number of Republican leaders are pushing Americans to wear masks. President Trump said he believes the virus will "sort of just disappear." [...] More than 8,000 new cases were announced across Texas on Wednesday, surpassing the previous daily record set on Tuesday. Surging infection rates have thrown Texas cities into crisis mode. [...]
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https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-health/2020/07/01/arizona-coronavirus-update-july-1-new-cases-and-deaths-break-records/5355800002/
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[...] Arizona reported nearly 4,900 new COVID-19 cases and 88 additional deaths on Wednesday, by far the highest number of cases and deaths in a daily update provided by health officials and further indication of how widespread the new coronavirus has become in the state. [...] Hospitalizations in inpatient beds by COVID-19 patients rose on Tuesday to their highest reported levels since the pandemic began in March. The number of COVID-19 patients seen in the emergency room increased by more than 200, to 1,289 on Tuesday - a record. [...]
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Walt In Seattle
2020-07-02 17:15:53 UTC
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Latest numbers are indicative of a pattern that eventually will meet Dr. Fauci's fear we'll reach the point at which there shall be 100,000 or more new cases of COVID-19 reported nationally each day. Florida reported today that it counted over 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours. Nationally, there were over 52,000 new cases reported in the past 24 hours.

In Washington state, there were 611 new cases as of Wednesday along with 7 deaths. Snohomish County's average death rate is too high for the county to move out of phase 1, at least for now.

This is my last update. Regarding COVID-19, hope for the best but expect the worst, particularly if a large number of people are content to ignore suggestions for taking precautions and we simply wait for COVID-19 to have its way.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/02/world/coronavirus-updates.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/07/02/coronavirus-live-updates-us/

https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-updates-july/281-918958e4-5f99-4169-8d6a-4c2da96d9b23
Al Czervik
2020-07-03 04:25:53 UTC
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Latest numbers are indicative of a pattern that eventually will meet Dr. Fauci's fear we'll reach the point at which there shall be 100,000 or more new cases of COVID-19 reported nationally each day.
Then we will achieve herd immunity in about 6 months.
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Walt In Seattle
2020-07-03 16:00:58 UTC
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Regarding the comment of Yer Pal Al on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 9:25:52 PM UTC-7:
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Me: Latest numbers are indicative of a pattern that eventually will meet Dr. Fauci's fear we'll reach the point at which there shall be 100,000 or more new cases of COVID-19 reported nationally...

Yer Pal Al: Then we will achieve herd immunity in about 6 months.
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Do you take perverse pleasure in spreading mis/disinformation, Al?

There may be no such thing as herd immunity for COVID-19. It's a coronavirus and coronaviruses typically are defended against by the immune system for no more than a few months, if THAT long. Case in point: the common cold, which is a coronavirus. You've been told this on more than one occasion. Yet, you respond as noted above and despite the information you have been provided. (see posts to you in the "A Party Down The Hall" discussion) If you'll ignore or dismiss it all, that's on YOU!

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2766097
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[...] In the absence of effective treatment or biomedical prevention, efforts to control the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic have relied on nonpharmaceutical interventions such as personal preventive actions (eg, handwashing, face covers), environmental cleaning, physical distancing, stay-at-home orders, school and venue closures, and workplace restrictions adopted at the national, state, and local levels. In addition to these public health interventions, development of herd immunity could also provide a defense against COVID-19. However, whether immunity occurs among individuals after they have recovered from COVID-19 is uncertain. Many human infections with other viral pathogens, such as influenza virus, do not produce a durable immune response. Understanding whether and how recovery from COVID-19 confers immunity to, or decreased severity of, reinfection is needed to inform current efforts to safely scale back population-based interventions, such as physical distancing. Understanding potential postinfection immunity also has important implications for epidemiologic assessments (eg, population susceptibility, transmission modeling), serologic therapies (eg, convalescent plasma), and vaccines. [...]
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https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnbc.com%2F2020%2F06%2F02%2Fdr-anthony-fauci-says-theres-a-chance-coronavirus-vaccine-may-not-provide-immunity-for-very-long.html&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNHHnEo9k9_LUmuWHMMHHcb7U6lkNw
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See Also: https://groups.google.com/d/msg/seattle.politics/JfuPP728WTM/0zVZ8dMnAgAJ

And then there is the main definition for "perverse".

https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=ALeKk02t5FKVaEf-Bul55lH2ReH5rIG6rg%3A1593782586849&source=hp&ei=OjH_XtKtMZrA0PEP-NG02AU&q=perverse+definition&oq=perverse&gs_lcp=CgZwc3ktYWIQARgAMgoIABCxAxBGEPkBMgUIABCxAzIFCAAQsQMyAggAMgIIADICCAAyAggAMgIIADICCAAyAggAOgQIIxAnOgUIABCDAToJCCMQJxBGEPkBOgcIABCxAxAKOgQIABAKOgcIIxDqAhAnUIk_WLpnYKqmAmgMcAB4AIABSYgB0wSSAQIxMJgBAKABAaoBB2d3cy13aXqwAQo&sclient=psy-ab
Al Czervik
2020-07-03 18:43:00 UTC
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Me: Latest numbers are indicative of a pattern that eventually will meet Dr. Fauci's fear we'll reach the point at which there shall be 100,000 or more new cases of COVID-19 reported nationally...
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Do you take perverse pleasure in spreading mis/disinformation, Al?
You don't even have to be that good at math to figure that out.
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There may be no such thing as herd immunity for COVID-19.
Now that is not just misinformation it is a bald-faced lie from a
science denier. It demonstrates that you do not know that the fuck is
going on or what you are talking about.

Empirically, we do have some immunity because if we had *NO* immunity
covid-19 would be deadly every single time.

Empirically, if there is no such thing as "herd immunity" then a vaccine
will not do us any good *BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT A VACCINE DOES* you stupid
fuck.
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-04 16:34:23 UTC
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I can't know if you really believe what you post, Al. But.. if you do, you'd possibly be happy that Florida has set yet another daily record for new cases as availability of ICU beds in Florida is critically threatened? If you're happy, think about what that means. If you're not yet you post what you post, think about what THAT means along with what you'll have to live with going forward, including your own behavior.

Stupid is as stupid does.
Al Czervik
2020-07-10 00:53:30 UTC
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I can't know if you really believe what you post, Al. But.. if you do, you'd possibly be happy that Florida has set yet another daily record for new cases as availability of ICU beds in Florida is critically threatened? If you're happy, think about what that means. If you're not yet you post what you post, think about what THAT means along with what you'll have to live with going forward, including your own behavior.
Stupid is as stupid does.
Stupid is dumb fucks thinking the disease is just going to "go away"
somehow. It's not. It's going to be with us until we achieve herd
immunity either naturally or by a vaccine. It will simmer in the
background until then and will bubble up *EVERY FUCKING TIME* we expose
more people by opening up society. If you are at risk, weather the storm
and hope that asshats figure this out and speed it along so it won't be
two years.
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-07 22:54:25 UTC
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I am returning here because events warrant it. We should all be aware that, after the holiday weekend of a 711-per-day-average of new cases, data released today (Tuesday) reveals 11 new deaths and 1,087 new cases recorded on Monday for Washington state.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/washington-state-coronavirus-covid19-seattle-tacoma-everett-covid19/281-98a001cb-312a-4c3c-a26e-cecdf1541552

I don't believe it's possible to over-emphasize the reality of low expectations for natural herd immunity regarding COVID-19. Some readers may be aware of a limited study conducted in China indicating that acquired immunity -- production of associated antibodies preventing re-infection -- is lost within weeks.

https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2020/06/chinese-study-antibodies-covid-19-patients-fade-quickly

Of course, more substantial then peer-reviewed research is needed to confirm or reject the observations in this one study. However, it's clear that little is known about the durability of COVID-19 antibodies while many other coronaviruses overcome within a few months the human body's attempt to establish effective antibodies for attacking the same virus.

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2766097

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01989-z

Now more than ever, those who do COVID-19 parties today in significant numbers to hurry along the process of "herd immunity" should understand they may be on a fool's errand or are on a path to make circumstances so much worse for them and others than they may imagine. Those who don't take precautions today -- not wearing masks, not social distancing, not washing their hands or sanitizing them -- and comprise a large number of people are probably setting up Washington state for a spike in cases then hospitalizzations a few weeks later to be followed by a sharply rising death toll in about a month. Do they want this on their conscience? The wearing of masks, not gathering in groups at close proximity, social/physical distancing and handwashing or sanitizing is our best defense against COVID-19 at present. Purposely getting sick from COVID-19 and then infecting others could be a tremendous mistake! Doing so would have the potential to invite a pandemic tragedy few would care to experience.

Our numbers in Washington state for new cases are much higher than they should be. Numbers for new cases in Texas (now over 10,000 for the previous 24 hours) and Florida (now over 7,000 for the previous 24 hours but over 11,000 and 10,000 going into the 4th of July weekend) are much too high. Arizona's hospital ICUs are filling up, as are ICUs in Texas and Florida. We, in Washington state, should not create similar circumstances for ourselves. Please take precautions. More likely than not, natural herd immunity is nowhere on the COVID-19 horizon!
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-08 08:37:18 UTC
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For those who survive COVID-19, some may be left with lasting damage. Because COVID-19 creates inflammation throughout the body and in major organs, the functioning of those organs could be altered for the rest of a victim's life. Thus, among other outcome, the World is likely to find more people suffering from brain damage which would be linked to COVID-19.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-brains-idUSKBN24837S
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-09 00:28:57 UTC
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Over 60,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported nationally on Wednesday for the previous 24 hours, illustrating the pandemic is accelerating in the U.S. as much as or more than WHO indicates it is increasing Worldwide. California reported more than 9,000 new cases on Wednesday for the previous 24 hours, an all-time record. In Florida, new cases numbered just barely under 10,000. In Arizona, new cases continue to rise; thousands arrive at hospitals with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 as ***91%*** of ICU beds in Arizona are now filled. In Washington state, the number of new cases reported on Tuesday fell dramatically to 435. But deaths increased slightly with 14 reported for Tuesday. This is perhaps the calm before the storm.

With the above known to the Trump Administration, President Trump pushes HARD for the FULL reopening of schools in the Fall. It's understandable why he does so.

There should be little doubt that Presidnt Trump's highest priority by far is to be re-elected. All else can and probably will fall by the wayside or victim to that priority.

There's no argument from me against the premise economic recovery depends on a robust implementation of life the way we lived it before COVID-19 came on the scene. Such includes sending children back to school so parents can return to their jobs without concerns or obligations for childcare as well as virtual or home education. However, the reality is that schools would normally begin classes between some time next month and some date in September, according to state and districts across the U.S. In that time frame, it's likely the COVID-19 pandemic will still be raging, perhaps worse than it is now. In that reality, a demand for full reopening of schools would be irresponsible in places where the pandemic has not at least shown signs of subsiding.

Rand Paul, a Trump ally, dispenses the BS that children are not, in general, vulnerable to significant cases of COVID-19 infection causing serious illness, and they are not a COVID-19 threat to their much older family members. He can cite studies or anecdotal information all day showing that children are rarely impacted by COVID-19 in ways most would notice. He can also argue there are few instances where children have been infected outside their home then carried COVID-19 home to infect parents or grandparents. But what Paul neglects to tell those to whom he makes such arguments, as will Trump at some point in time, is that the numbers are low simply because children studied as well as cases cited are mostly for or about children sent home from school early in the pandemic who have been staying home, kept by their parents physically but not virtually isolated from others who could be a source of infection since the advent of COVID-19. Obviously, thsi skews the numbers.

At present, reports of children who are infected with COVID-19 then seemingly recover but subsequently suffer from MIS (Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome) are extremely anomalous. Yet, because children have been physically isolated from others, the numbers are low. Send them back to school, no matter what local circumstances may be, and we'll see what happens, especially if they are not wearing masks or wearing them properly as well as not maintaining sufficient social distance.

In some instances in some places, it may be appropriate for children to return to school with not much change in how they attend school then interact with others at school. But another approach may be necessary in another location. CDC guidelines that recommend school districts design a process for educating children which takes into consideration local circumstances are prudent. Demanding, without exceptions made for differing local circumstances, that children be sent back to fully, physically open schools is NOT. Neither is it prudent or even ethical to threaten school districts with restricted or withdrawn funding if they don't comply with a blanket demand.

Don't assume that President Trump gives a damn about ANYTHING or ANYONE ouside of his closed circle which may not include his political base to whom he panders. In my estimation, Trump cares only for a self-serving end result and will use any means he can to make it happen. Whomever is hurt along the way is not important to him.

I'll warn you now that, if circumstances become much worse over most of the U.S. yet Trump pushes ahead with his plan to create or recreate a booming economy, he is likely to make the following argument:

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To many people, this argument will carry significant weight. For those people, the future is or will be more important than the present or NEAR-future, and their advice would be to persevere through present-day adversity for the promise of future prosperity. In the absence of President Trump -- if he had not been elected President -- it's likely the same argument or advice would surface then stand as what most people see as the best course of action. The debate between those who agree with those who don't would be inevitable, regardless of who had been elected President in 2016. Thus, it's something to think about because it's probably coming. But remember from whom it will come in THIS case, someone who demonsrably cares about no one but himself. This is evident from Trump's behavior as it pertains to his rallies in Tulsa and Phoenix. In Tulsa, at least, we may have an indication there were negative consequences. And Trump may not give a SHIT!

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/08/us-reports-record-single-day-spike-of-60000-new-coronavirus-cases.html

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-health/2020/07/08/arizona-coronavirus-update-july-8-emergency-room-visits-hospitalizations-hit-new-records/5395293002/

https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/washington-state-covid-19-updates/281-ba80fcf1-70f1-45ff-bd4b-3fd9e979bfdb

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article244076607.html

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-07-08/california-sets-record-for-most-coronavirus-cases-in-a-single-day

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/08/888898194/trump-blasts-expensive-cdc-guidelines-for-reopening-schools



https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/08/us/tulsa-covid-trump-rally-contact-tracers-trnd/index.html
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-09 03:47:37 UTC
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Updated information from KING-5 indicates new deaths were 10 and new cases were 521 in Washington for Wednesday.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/washington-state-covid-19-updates/281-ba80fcf1-70f1-45ff-bd4b-3fd9e979bfdb
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-09 08:21:09 UTC
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A large scale study reveals more data on risk factors for dying from COVID-19.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/08/world/coronavirus-updates.html#link-2d6be591
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-10 06:32:18 UTC
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/07/10/coronavirus-live-updates-us/
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[...] With coronavirus caseloads soaring, many hard-hit states are facing pressure to reimpose stay-at-home orders. Researchers at the Harvard Global Health Institute say that shutdowns should be mandatory in Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina and Georgia, where severe outbreaks are unfolding. At least another 15 states should be weighing the possibility, they say. But officials worry that shutting down again could lead to dire economic consequences — and trigger a significant backlash. Meanwhile, deaths linked to covid-19 have begun trending upward in recent days, following a recent surge in infections and hospitalizations. Nearly 3.1 million cases have been reported nationwide, with Alabama, Iowa, Missouri, Montana and Wisconsin setting new single-day records Thursday. [...]
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Walt In Seattle
2020-07-10 16:13:13 UTC
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https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/washington-state-covid-19-updates/281-ba80fcf1-70f1-45ff-bd4b-3fd9e979bfdb
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[...] 15 new deaths and 640 new cases reported Thursday in Washington [...]
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Walt In Seattle
2020-07-10 16:21:28 UTC
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Nationally, circumstances are mostly unfortunate.....

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/10/us-reports-record-single-day-spike-of-63200-new-coronavirus-cases.html
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-10 19:17:23 UTC
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https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/10/who-says-its-very-unlikely-countries-can-eradicate-the-coronavirus-right-now.html
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[...] World Health Organization officials said Friday that it's "very unlikely" countries across the globe can eradicate the coronavirus and may need to reinstate some lockdown measure as clusters of cases quickly become outbreaks that spread like "a forest fire." While some countries and island states have been effective in controlling the spread of the coronavirus, there's "always the risk" the disease can spread quickly when its imported from other countries, Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's health emergencies program, said at a press conference at the organization's Geneva headquarters Friday. "In our current situation, it is very unlikely that we can eradicate or eliminate this virus," Ryan said. "We've seen countries that have managed to get to zero or almost zero re-import virus from outside, so there's always a risk." WHO has warned that the "once-in-a-century pandemic" has continued to accelerate and is not under control across most of the world. The organization is particularly concerned about "super-spreading events," which are large gatherings of people where the virus can transmit rapidly, Ryan said. "It's very analogous to a forest fire," Ryan said. "A small fire is hard to see but easy to put out. A large fire is easy to see but very difficult to put out." To put out the "small embers" of coronavirus cases, authorities must have proper surveillance methods, including contact tracing that isolates contacts of known positive cases, and aggressive testing to prevent small clusters from turning into large, uncontrollable outbreaks. While the worst scenario would be to re-implement strict lockdown orders that have shuttered businesses and advised people to stay at home to prevent further spread of Covid-19, it might be the only tactic countries have to control outbreaks if a surveillance system isn't in place, he said. [...]
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/07/10/coronavirus-live-updates-us/
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[...] With coronavirus caseloads soaring, many hard-hit states are facing pressure to reimpose stay-at-home orders. Researchers at the Harvard Global Health Institute say that shutdowns should be mandatory in Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina and Georgia, where severe outbreaks are unfolding. At least another 15 states should be weighing the possibility, they say. But officials worry that shutting down again could lead to dire economic consequences — and trigger a significant backlash. Meanwhile, deaths linked to covid-19 have begun trending upward in recent days, following a recent surge in infections and hospitalizations. Nearly 3.1 million cases have been reported nationwide, with Alabama, Iowa, Missouri, Montana and Wisconsin setting new single-day records Thursday. [...]
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Walt In Seattle
2020-07-11 22:51:33 UTC
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The New York Times has obtained internal assessments from the CDC that indicate a full reopening of K-12 and universities/colleges this Fall would present the highest risk for spread of COVID-19.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/11/politics/cdc-documents-warn-high-risk-schools-reopening/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/10/us/politics/trump-schools-reopening.html?searchResultPosition=1
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-11 22:59:05 UTC
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President Trump has worn a mask in public for the first time....

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/trump-wears-mask-public-time-pandemic-71735715
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-11 23:13:56 UTC
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Walt In Seattle
2020-07-11 23:56:03 UTC
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There were over 71,000 new cases reported in the u.S. in the latest reporting cycle. This makes 5 straight days of rising numbers. Deaths nationwide are also rising but, for now, slowly. Hospitalizations in California, Arizona, Texas and Florida are another matter. After Governor Abbott indicating he could shut down Texas if people do not start wearing masks, it seems other states are now more willing to consider going that route or implementing other restrictions in specific hot spots. In general, circumstances have become alarming on a national scale.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/u-cases-rise-1-9-232336123.html
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-13 06:23:24 UTC
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The news on Sunday was mostly negative. Some say and it would seem that COVID-19 is out of control in Florida -- a state where Disney World has reopened and the Republican National Convention will be held.

I have little hope now that the COVID-19 pandemic will be adequately mitigated. Although there are encouraging comments as to some vaccine candidates, I think the odds are low that a vaccine will be developed that evokes production of EFFECTIVE COVID-19 antibodies beyond 2 or 3 months. That won't cut it.

When we get into the Fall and Flu season starts, the combination of COVID-19 and the Flu will be the double-barreled shotgn which shall be our greatest public health nightmare. Hope and pray for COVID-19 to weaken and fade, as did SARS. Otherwise......

That President Trump has attempted to pretend COVID-19 is no longer a problem, or at least on the way out of existence, is ultimately a losing proposition. Trump is, of course, unable to shut down the economy again; that would do econmic damage from which there may be no recovery by Election Day. So trump will continue to pretend. Many people will fall ill then die as the pretense goes forward. Alternately, and perhaps quite soon, Trump will admit that COVID-19 is a big problem. But he'[ll argue America has a future and the day will come when COVID-19 is no more yet America will need a thriving economy in COVID-19's aftermath. It's likely Trump may contend some Americans shall have to sacrifice for the future, just as parents sacrifice for the future of their children. Those most at risk who die will be, according to Trump, like war heros who gave for the future of others. So it will go. One of these two scenarios is our fate and future.

1,438 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Washington state on Sunday

https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/washington-state-covid-19-updates/281-ba80fcf1-70f1-45ff-bd4b-3fd9e979bfdb

Florida reports over 51,000 new cases

https://deadline.com/2020/07/florida-sets-us-record-single-day-new-covid-19-cases-disney-world-1202983678/

White House preparing to sideline Dr. Anthony Fauci

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/12/politics/fauci-trump-coronavirus/index.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/07/12/coronavirus-update-us/

Leadership in Houston call on Texas governor to re-impose stay-at-home order

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/12/world/coronavirus-updates.html#link-5bfa908e

COVID-19 rising in the Midwest U.S.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/12/world/coronavirus-updates.html#link-27bb7fae
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-13 14:19:23 UTC
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CORRECTION: 51,000 shold have been 15,000.
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Florida reports over 51,000 new cases
https://deadline.com/2020/07/florida-sets-us-record-single-day-new-covid-19-cases-disney-world-1202983678/
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-13 14:37:44 UTC
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Betsy DeVos asserts there's no data to indicate COVID-19 will be harmful to children returning to school. She, OF COURSE, is not being entirely honest. There is no data because children HAVE NOT BEEN ATTENDING SCHOOL DURING MOST OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC!!! She, OF cOURSE, is ignoring the CDC's internal assessment obtained by the New York Times and revealed this past weekend. What else would you expect from Betsy DeVos??
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-13 16:33:02 UTC
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This is the President we elected in 2016 showing his TRUE colors!

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-trump/trump-takes-swipes-at-fauci-cdc-as-coronavirus-cases-rise-idUSKCN24E1XS
Al Czervik
2020-07-13 20:29:02 UTC
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Betsy DeVos asserts there's no data to indicate COVID-19 will be harmful to children returning to school. She, OF COURSE, is not being entirely honest. There is no data because children HAVE NOT BEEN ATTENDING SCHOOL DURING MOST OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC!!!
School aged children only have a statistically 0% chance of dying from
covid because, unlike everyone else, they are not socializing at all.
Each one of them is wearing properly maintained mask that keeps them
100% safe from catching the disease. It has nothing to do with the fact
that they are young and haven't developed the comorbidities that result
in hospitalizations and death.
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-14 06:23:17 UTC
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President Trump (and Al) may be happy to see this.

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/school-openings-across-globe-suggest-ways-keep-coronavirus-bay-despite-outbreaks

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/13/german-study-covid-19-infection-rate-schools-saxony

However, they might not care to see this:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/13/health/covid-immunity-antibody-response-uk-study-wellness/index.html
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-14 18:51:20 UTC
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https://thehill.com/changing-america/well-being/prevention-cures/507079-who-warns-coronavirus-pandemic-may-get-worse-and
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[...] As coronavirus cases hit record levels over the weekend and deaths increased in a majority of U.S. states, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday warned the pandemic is worsening and there will be “no return to the old normal for the foreseeable future.” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that while several countries in Europe and Asia have been able to bring outbreaks under control, there is a lot to be concerned about if leaders fail to take the steps needed to curb the transmission of the virus. [...]
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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/07/14/covid-19-oregon-limits-group-gatherings-hawaii-extends-quarantine/5430518002/
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[...] In California, Los Angeles and San Diego public schools announced they will begin the school year online-only. And Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered fitness centers, churches, malls and other public areas closed in 30 counties. In Florida, which is experiencing the nation's biggest surge in new cases, Gov. Ron DeSantis blamed expansion in testing. "We have to address the virus with steady resolve. We can’t get swept away in fear," DeSantis said Monday at a news conference. "We have to understand what is going on, understand that we have a long road ahead.” [...] Face masks are required in about 3,700 U.S. Walmart locations. The CEO says a national mask mandate is "something on our minds." [...]
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https://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/coronavirus/2020/07/14/covid-19-florida-coronavirus-cases-deaths-hospitalizations/5433171002/
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[...] Florida reported a record 132 additional COVID-19 related deaths Tuesday, surpassing the previous high of 120 set on July 9. The seven-day average for deaths statewide increased to 81.14, more than double the average on July 1 (38.43). [...]
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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/14/world/coronavirus-updates.html
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[...] On Monday, California, Florida and Texas recorded at least 30,000 new cases, 18 percent of the global total. [...] Officials are said to be planning to move the three nights of the Republican National Convention convention to an outdoor venue in Jacksonville, Fla. [...]
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Walt In Seattle
2020-07-14 20:11:43 UTC
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Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the CDC at a webinar Tuesday, July 14, 2020: "I do think the Fall and Winter of 2020 and 2021 are probably going to be one of the most difficult times we experience in American public health". [Source: CNN]
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-14 20:55:47 UTC
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https://edition.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-07-14-20-intl/h_0a1e9579c6acb8adc5a8cd454f221d59

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/13/health/winter-coronavirus-flu-wellness/index.html
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Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the CDC at a webinar Tuesday, July 14, 2020: "I do think the Fall and Winter of 2020 and 2021 are probably going to be one of the most difficult times we experience in American public health". [Source: CNN]
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-14 23:51:05 UTC
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In case you had not noticed, Governor Inslee has suspended the process of reopening or, more accurately, ordered that no county can proceed to the next level or phase of reopening until at least July 28th.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/jay-inslee-kathy-lofy-washington-coronavirus-response/281-bda3803a-b8ca-4a9a-9ad5-fccd792c2221
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-15 07:02:17 UTC
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This is the latest information for Washington state.

https://komonews.com/news/coronavirus/washington-adds-547-new-covid-19-cases-five-additional-deaths
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-16 18:16:46 UTC
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https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/07/15/coronavirus-florida-covid-19-cases-death-toll-update/
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[...] TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida reported 13,965 more cases of COVID-19 on Thursday along with 156 new resident deaths, the highest death toll the state has announced in a single day since the start of the pandemic. The previous high for deaths posted in a day was 132 on Tuesday. The single-day case record is 15,300, set Sunday.[...]
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https://www.star-telegram.com/news/coronavirus/article244257377.html
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[...] As Texas continues to struggle to contain COVID-19, the state reported on Wednesday a record 10,791 new coronavirus cases and a record 110 new deaths. Texas has reported more than 280,000 cases and 3,400 deaths, according to state data. It’s estimated that more than 140,000 people have recovered. The state’s seven-day positivity rate for testing is at 16.81%. [...]
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https://ktar.com/story/3400250/arizona-reports-3259-new-coronavirus-cases-58-additional-deaths/
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[...] PHOENIX – The Arizona health department reported 3,259 new coronavirus cases Thursday morning and 58 additional deaths. That moved the state’s totals to 134,613 COVID-19 cases and 2,492 fatalities as Arizona reported at least 50 deaths for the sixth time in the past seven days. [...]
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Washington state reported 742 new cases and 17 new deaths on Wednesday.

https://komonews.com/news/coronavirus/washington-reaches-43000-covid-19-cases-another-17-deaths-reported

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/covid-19-power-shift-experts-have-deep-worries-about-hospital-n1233896
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[...] The Trump administration has taken control of COVID-19 data in the United States, leaving public health experts gravely concerned about whether anyone outside the administration will be able to access the vital information moving forward. Such data is critical for health systems to plan for necessary resources and coordinate efforts, particularly during a pandemic. "Whoever controls the data is in the driver's seat. They have the power," said Dr. Christopher Ohl, a professor of infectious diseases at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. "I'm concerned that we'll only get what their analyses and conclusions are, and there won't be any way to corroborate it," Ohl said. [...]
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See Also: https://www.statnews.com/2020/07/16/hospital-data-reporting-covid-19/
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-15 05:51:18 UTC
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I'm not sure if there is a "there there" in the Daily Beast's story cited below. I've never seen Dr. Birx as someone who would attempt to have COVID-19 information redirected to a government entity whose purpose is more political in nature than it should be and therefore suspect. The implication of the story below is that the CDC is to be locked out of its traditional role as the recipient of critical information -- hospital reports in THIS instance -- which could be controlled by "political" operatives who would "shape" it for consumption by a political constituency rather than controlling an infectious disease. I can't be certain if President Trump's order is about reinforcing a political narrative with information difficult or impossible to independently verify. It seems Trump's order could be more about efficiency than politics. But, on the other hand, why couldn't it be and why insn't it a ruse to hide embarrassing information or shape it to suit a political purpose?

https://www.thedailybeast.com/white-house-orders-hospitals-to-bypass-cdc-even-as-agency-director-prepares-for-the-most-difficult-times
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-17 21:10:17 UTC
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https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/17/politics/white-house-states-hot-spots-task-force/index.html
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[...] (CNN) An unpublished document prepared for the White House coronavirus task force and obtained by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit newsroom, recommends that 18 states in the coronavirus "red zone" for cases should roll back reopening measures amid surging cases. The "red zone" is defined in the 359-page report as "those core-based statistical areas (CBSAs) and counties that during the last week reported both new cases above 100 per 100,000 population, and a diagnostic test positivity result above 10%." The report outlines measures counties in the red zone should take. It encourages residents to "wear a mask at all times outside the home and maintain physical distance." And it recommends that public officials "close bars and gyms" and "limit social gatherings to 10 people or fewer," which would mean rolling back reopening provisions in these places. The report comes despite President Donald Trump's insistence that states reopen and a push to send the nation's children back to school, even as cases increase. [...]
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As for the situation in Sweden: The country's elderly have paid a high price for Sweden's approach to dealing with COVID-19.. Yet, Sweden's goal of achieving "herd immunity" is far, far away!

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/17/how-sweden-fought-coronavirus-and-what-went-wrong.html
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-18 02:02:27 UTC
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Does the Trump Administration care at all about the public getting good information from anywhere or anyone other than Tucker Carlson or Sean Hannity? Why not allow the CDC to answer questions about the safety or lackthereof in kids physically returning to school? Is there something of which the Trump Administration is afraid Congress and the public might learn?

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/17/politics/white-house-cdc-house-testimony-schools/index.html
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-19 07:49:24 UTC
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Dr. Anthony Fauci lays blame...

https://www.webmd.com/coronavirus-in-context/video/anthony-fauci
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[...] Young people are driving the latest surge of cases. They are making a big mistake by thinking it doesn't matter if they get infected, even though many of them won't get very sick. But allowing themselves to get infected means they are propagating the pandemic. The anti-science trend mixes with an anti-authority trend, and scientists are often equated with authority. Young people may have been disappointed with government, which unfortunately adds to the anti-science sentiment. [...]
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Al Czervik
2020-07-19 15:12:22 UTC
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Dr. Anthony Fauci lays blame...
https://www.webmd.com/coronavirus-in-context/video/anthony-fauci
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[...] Young people are driving the latest surge of cases. They are making a big mistake by thinking it doesn't matter if they get infected, even though many of them won't get very sick. But allowing themselves to get infected means they are propagating the pandemic. The anti-science trend mixes with an anti-authority trend, and scientists are often equated with authority. Young people may have been disappointed with government, which unfortunately adds to the anti-science sentiment. [...]
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Please consider the fact that if old people, those over 80 protected
themselves hospitalizations would be down 70% and deaths 51%. If you add
those over 60 the percentage of deaths drops by 90%.

Complaining about people who don't get sick getting infected is stupid
put in the context that those who are at risk should be protecting
themselves as their life depends on it.

Today, *YOU* Walt, will be infected dozens of times by viruses and
(mostly) bacteria that your body knows how to destroy. Covid19 is the
same for statistically 100% of the people under 40.
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Walt In Seattle
2020-07-19 17:04:02 UTC
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How about cites to and quoes from credible sources of information supporting your assertions, Al? Otherwise........
Al Czervik
2020-07-20 04:39:43 UTC
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How about cites to and quoes from credible sources of information supporting your assertions, Al? Otherwise........
Certainly. None of this will be a surprise to you, yet I have faith you
will remain intransigent:

89.3% of those requiring hospitalizations had listed comorbidities:
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6915e3.htm

Washington State deaths by age group (click "demographics" on top, and
then "deaths" on the left):

0-19 0%
20-49 2% (this was 1% yesterday)
40-59 9%
60-79 38%
80+ 51%
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020COVID19/DataDashboard
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Walt In Seattle
2020-07-20 09:05:57 UTC
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89.3% of those requiring hospitalizations
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6915e3.htm
Washington State deaths by age group
(click "demographics" on top, and
0-19 0%
20-49 2% (this was 1% yesterday)
40-59 9%
60-79 38%
80+ 51%
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020COVID19/DataDashboard
Your CDC link references data and tabulations from very early in the COVID-19 pandemic as it occurrred in the U.S. But yes; many of those who died then and die now had or have underlying conditions that complicate treatment. Most of those who die are 65+ years of age. However, you, like our President, treat the death rate as if it is the be-all, end-all datapoint to be considered here. It is NOT! Hospitalizations are not something to blow off. The percentages there tell a story you don't seem to want to see or hear.

If this was only about death, you tend to ignore such information as the 9% death rate in Washington state for age group 40-59. These are NOT people over 60 or 80.

You contend that, if old people "protected themselves", the overall death rate would plummet, not bothering to illustrate as well as document HOW. Neither do you attempt to prove 'old people" aren't protecting themselves.

The percentage of cases -- the rate of infection -- for age group 60-79 is 15% and the rate for 80+ is only 5%, well under the 30% rate for age group 40-59 and the 39% rate for age group 20-39. To what do you attribute the disparity or, in your mind, "old people" aren't protecting themselves unelss their infection rate is 0%? You also neglect to mention the 28% hospitalization rate for age group 40-59 which is 8% higher than the rate for the 80+ age group. See: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus#pnlCasesDeathsByAgeTbl All of this undermines your premise that "if old people, those over 80 protected themselves hospitalizations would be down 70% and deaths 51%" along with your prediction that "if you add those over 60 the percentage of deaths drops by 90%."

Frankly, Al, you're full of it and I think the 13% in age group 20-39 and the 28% in age group 40-59 who wind up in the hospital would tell you that you are!
Al Czervik
2020-07-22 23:08:20 UTC
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89.3% of those requiring hospitalizations
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6915e3.htm
Washington State deaths by age group
(click "demographics" on top, and
0-19 0%
20-49 2% (this was 1% yesterday)
40-59 9%
60-79 38%
80+ 51%
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020COVID19/DataDashboard
Your CDC link references data and tabulations from very early in the COVID-19 pandemic as it occurrred in the U.S. But yes; many of those who died then and die now had or have underlying conditions that complicate treatment. Most of those who die are 65+ years of age. However, you, like our President, treat the death rate as if it is the be-all, end-all datapoint to be considered here. It is NOT! Hospitalizations are not something to blow off. The percentages there tell a story you don't seem to want to see or hear.
If this was only about death, you tend to ignore such information as the 9% death rate in Washington state for age group 40-59. These are NOT people over 60 or 80.
The vast majority of those people have comorbitities ergo the first link
you failed to comprehend.
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You contend that, if old people "protected themselves", the overall death rate would plummet, not bothering to illustrate as well as document HOW. Neither do you attempt to prove 'old people" aren't protecting themselves.
Once again, the should not go out and if they do they should wear a
proper mask and wear it correctly. They should wear fresh gloves into
every business and throw them away when they leave. Of course old people
are doing this now as we're starting to see a shift in the demographics.
We're also seeing the result of the catastrophe in New York as in a very
large percentage of those at risk were sentenced to death by Cuomo.
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-23 09:53:07 UTC
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Previously, I wrote Yer Pal Al contends that, "if old people `protected themselves', the overall death rate would plummet, not bothering to illustrate as well as document HOW". I'm still waiting for the illustration and documentation. I also noted Yer Pal Al does not attempt to prove "old people" aren't protecting themselves. In response, Yer Pal Al asserts that "once again, the[y] should not go out and if they do they should wear a proper mask and wear it correctly". Yer Pal Al added that "they should wear fresh gloves into every business and throw them away when they leave". Then comes the supposition or misleading implication that "of course old people are doing this now as we're starting to see a shift in the demographics." If you're implying, Al, that older people only recently have been protecting themselves while increased infections followed by hospitalizatios among younger people illustrate that older people are coming late to the process of "protecting themselves", where is and what is your supporting EVIDENCE? I'm asking for HARD "EVIDENCE", not an assumption or what comes down to plain-old BULLSHIT! Why isn't it likely or more likely that the "demographics" have been shifting on infections and now on hospitalizations because younger people now showing up in hsopitals with COVID-19 are reaping what they sow in their abandonment of precautions as stay-at-home orders ended and states started to reopen, some of those younger people deciding they won't get sick or, if they do, it won't be any big deal while others, like you, would argue [hypothetical quote] "I've got to do my bit to bring on herd immunity"? Have you forgotten your premise, Al, that "if old people, those over 80 protected themselves hospitalizations would be down 70% and deaths 51%" along with your prediction that "if you add those over 60 the percentage of deaths drops by 90%?" You have something to back that up -- ANYTHING BUT BULLSHIT -- or was it *JUST* total BS? No matter how you slice and dice it, distortion is STILL distortion and misleading words are STILL misleading!
Al Czervik
2020-07-24 00:55:51 UTC
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Previously, I wrote Yer Pal Al contends that, "if old people `protected themselves', the overall death rate would plummet, not bothering to illustrate as well as document HOW".
People over 80 (less than 4% of the population) account for 50% of the
deaths. People 60-80 (18% of the population) account for another 38%.
And again, 90% of those who die have commodities. Those are the people
who need to protect themselves.

If you're one of these people at risk you have to understand and accept
the fact that Jay Inslee is an idiot. If you listen to Jay Inslee, there
is a very good chance you will die.

1) When Jay Inslee says "we're opening things up..." and there isn't
herd immunity or a vaccine? Tell him to, "fuck off". Stay at home.

2) When Jay Inslee implies any mask is good enough... Tell him to, "fuck
off". Get boxes of surgical masks. Wear gloves. Throw both gloves and
masks away after every use.

3) Wipe off everything that comes into your home with Clorox wipes.
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-23 10:16:35 UTC
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And your supporting evidence is... ??? Note: I'm not asking for supporting BULLSHIT......
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We're also seeing the result of the catastrophe in New York
as in a very large percentage of those at risk were
sentenced to death by Cuomo.
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-23 23:02:37 UTC
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Governor Inslee, in respnse to a rise in the spread of COVID-19, has ordered some new restrictions.

Masks are to be worn in public common areas indoors such as hallways and elevators. This applies to apartment buildings too.

Restaurants are not to seat people inside at a table that are not a part of the same household. Bars must be closed by 10:00 PM.

The eviction grace period continues until October 15.

There's more. See the news item below.

https://komonews.com/news/coronavirus/inslee-announces-changes-to-phased-openings-extension-on-statewide-eviction-moratorium
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-24 02:27:58 UTC
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Here is your national dose of reality for today. Deaths are now surging. Hospitalizations are HIGH in more than a few states. ICUs are overwhelmed, an expected result from unmitigated or not sufficiently mitigated spread of COVID-19. No doubt, PPE is or soon will be in short supply.

Given REALITY, President Trump has chosen to cancel Republican National Convention activities in Jacksonville, Florida. Some activities will occur in North Carolina but much of that activity will be virtual, as in online.

Even Donald Trump, who, not so long ago, was saying COVID-19 would "disappear" soon and who told a reporter he was being "politically correct" to wear a mask, is NOW saying it's patriotic to wear a mask. He's advising people to practice social distancing and to frequently wash their hands. Wonder of wonders, he is telling YOUNG PEOPLE to avoid close contact with others, particularly at bars. It seems even Trump accepts, for now, that irresponsible behavior -- behavior that promulgates the spread of COVID-19 -- is unwise for young people or anyone for whatever reson, including the ridiculous assumption it's appropriate to get as many people sick as possible as quickly as possible to achieve herd immunity.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/23/health/us-coronavirus-thursday/index.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/07/23/covid-live-updates-us/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/07/22/can-you-get-coronavirus-twice/?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_medium=social

https://www.khou.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-numbers/july-23-covid-19-case-totals-texas-more-than-9500-new-cases-173-deaths/285-31fc7bf2-db0b-4a01-a6c0-fd9abd01d144

https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/07/23/coronavirus-florida-covid-19-cases-new-deaths-record-reported/

https://www.vox.com/2020/7/23/21335549/covid-19-coronavirus-us-hospitalizations-record-florida-texas-california
Al Czervik
2020-07-24 00:58:05 UTC
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And your supporting evidence is... ??? Note: I'm not asking for supporting BULLSHIT......
You don't believe that New York is seeing a dramatic drop in deaths now
that they have had an *EXTRAORDINARY* number of deaths? It's because a
large percentage of those at risk are now dead or protecting themselves.
Post by Walt In Seattle
Post by Al Czervik
We're also seeing the result of the catastrophe in New York
as in a very large percentage of those at risk were
sentenced to death by Cuomo.
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-20 17:29:09 UTC
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Washington state's DOH sees a trend or path for runaway growth of COVID-19 that could bring associated consequences. They recommend changes in how we live our lives as noted in the story below.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-report-washington-department-of-health/281-522564e6-80fc-4669-936e-c143dc55f03f

If you want to know how bad it has become or is becoming across the U.S., read the content at the two links below.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/20/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/coronavirus-daily-news-updates-july-19-what-to-know-today-about-covid-19-in-the-seattle-area-washington-state-and-the-world/
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-20 20:06:10 UTC
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Here is a Washington state teacher's perspective on returning to the classroom this Fall.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/18/opinion/sunday/covid-schools-reopen-teacher-safety.html
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-20 20:28:25 UTC
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Trump plans to do White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefings. We'll see if he does anything of substance or simply uses press briefings as a platform for re-election campaigning.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/20/coronavirus-trump-says-he-will-resume-holding-white-house-briefings.html
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-20 20:32:11 UTC
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Trump plans to do White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefings. We'll see if he does anything of substance or simply uses press briefings as a platform for re-election campaigning.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/20/coronavirus-trump-says-he-will-resume-holding-white-house-briefings.html
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-22 00:43:34 UTC
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CDC Director Robert Redfield on universal masking and more......

http://traffic.libsyn.com/jamaauthorinterviews/Coronavirus_Update_With_CDC_Director_Robert_R._Redfield_MD.mp3?dest-id=90171
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-22 03:17:11 UTC
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838 new cases and 12 deaths for Washington state on Tuesday.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-health-seattle-tacoma-everett-washington-us/281-645463a2-4610-450c-96ed-46e8e94ba9a0
Al Czervik
2020-07-22 23:19:47 UTC
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Here is a Washington state teacher's perspective on returning to the classroom this Fall.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/18/opinion/sunday/covid-schools-reopen-teacher-safety.html
Fine. 20K more children will be home-schooled 2020-21 and 1000 teachers
and staff will lose their jobs. Union has to love it.
a425couple
2020-07-20 17:45:07 UTC
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How about cites to and quoes from credible sources of information
supporting your assertions, Al? Otherwise........
Certainly. None of this will be a surprise to you, yet I have faith you
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6915e3.htm
Washington State deaths by age group (click "demographics" on top, and
0-19 0%
20-49 2% (this was 1% yesterday)
40-59 9%
60-79 38%
80+ 51%
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020COVID19/DataDashboard
Related and relevant to that,
about 30% of the over age 80 that are hospitalized have died.

Also, Cases by age,
0 - 19 11%
20 - 39 39%
40 - 59 30%
60 - 79 15%
age 80+ 5%
Al Czervik
2020-07-22 23:14:26 UTC
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Post by Al Czervik
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How about cites to and quoes from credible sources of information
supporting your assertions, Al? Otherwise........
Certainly. None of this will be a surprise to you, yet I have faith
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6915e3.htm
Washington State deaths by age group (click "demographics" on top, and
0-19 0%
20-49 2% (this was 1% yesterday)
40-59 9%
60-79 38%
80+ 51%
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020COVID19/DataDashboard
Related and relevant to that,
about 30% of the over age 80 that are hospitalized have died.
Also, Cases by age,
0  - 19  11%
20 - 39  39%
40 - 59  30%
60 - 79  15%
age 80+   5%
Of course we aren't testing younger people at the rate we are testing
older people. The total number of infections are a lot higher than reported.
a425couple
2020-07-20 17:51:02 UTC
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Post by Al Czervik
Post by Walt In Seattle
How about cites to and quoes from credible sources of information
supporting your assertions, Al? Otherwise........
Certainly. None of this will be a surprise to you, yet I have faith you
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6915e3.htm
Interesting word Al.

"Comorbidity
Description
In medicine, comorbidity is the presence of one or more additional
conditions often co-occurring with a primary condition. Comorbidity
describes the effect of all other conditions an individual patient
might have other than the primary condition of interest, and can
be physiological or psychological. Wikipedia "

So, perhaps I should use that in a sentence with
one of my Vietnam veteran friends.
Had one leg amputated, needs dialysis 3 days a week.
Or,,,, hmmm, are both those outcomes, just one = diabetes?
Al Czervik
2020-07-22 23:17:31 UTC
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Post by Al Czervik
Post by Walt In Seattle
How about cites to and quoes from credible sources of information
supporting your assertions, Al? Otherwise........
Certainly. None of this will be a surprise to you, yet I have faith
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6915e3.htm
Interesting word Al.
"Comorbidity
Description
In medicine, comorbidity is the presence of one or more additional
conditions often co-occurring with a primary condition. Comorbidity
describes the effect of all other conditions an individual patient
might have other than the primary condition of interest, and can
be physiological or psychological. Wikipedia "
So, perhaps I should use that in a sentence with
one of my Vietnam veteran friends.
Had one leg amputated, needs dialysis 3 days a week.
Or,,,, hmmm, are both those outcomes, just one = diabetes?
If your friend was 40 years old, under normal circumstances, he should
be fine. However, his comorbidities of diabetes and renal failure would
put him at risk.
Walt In Seattle
2020-07-11 22:27:52 UTC
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https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/washington-state-covid-19-updates/281-ba80fcf1-70f1-45ff-bd4b-3fd9e979bfdb
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[...] The Washington State Department of Health reported that while coronavirus transmission seems to be slowing in Yakima County — once the state's hotspot — it is "likely increasing everywhere else." The seven-day average of new cases now exceeds the peak set in early March, the state said in its recent situation report issued this week. The report also stated that cases are increasing fastest among people under 40 across the state. [...] King County’s top public health official says COVID-19 isn’t going away soon, so people need to learn to make protecting each other’s health part of daily life. Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer for Public Health - Seattle & King County, said Friday that people need to understand the long-term nature of COVID-19. King County saw an average of 118 new cases per day during the week ending July 9. That’s nearly triple the daily average for the week ending June 9. [...]
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For Frida in Washington state, there were 15 new deaths and 637 new cases.
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