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Laura PourMeADrink

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Texas doctor tests positive. He had symptoms this past Sunday

and is only concerned about patients he saw 48 hrs before? Whaaaaaat? And guess that 15 min test not out yet (except in WH)?

Texas peak is predicted to be May 6th. This morning, a Houston health administrator said she bets only 25% of those infected are being counted in Houston.

Posted by Laura PourMeADrink | Wed Apr 8, 2020, 11:19 AM (0 replies)

14,000 traveled into US while trump, mnuchin, kudlow debated on bans


Worth repeating....

But Reuters has found that the administration took a month from the time it learned of the outbreak in late December to impose the initial travel restrictions amid furious infighting.

During that time, the National Security Council staff, the state department and other federal agencies argued about everything from how best to screen for sick travelers to the economic impact of any restrictions, according to two government officials familiar with the deliberations.

The NSC staff ultimately proposed aggressive travel restrictions to high-level administration officials - but it took at least a week more for the president to adopt them, one of the government officials said.

In meetings, Matthew Pottinger, deputy national security adviser and a China expert, met opposition from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow, said two former NSC officials and one of the government officials involved in the deliberations. The two top aides were concerned about economic fallout from barring travelers from China, the sources said.

Each day that the administration debated the travel measures, roughly 14,000 travelers arrived in the United States from China, according to figures cited by the Trump administration. Among them was a traveler who came from Wuhan to Seattle in mid-January, who turned out to be the first confirmed case in the United States.

On Jan. 22, Trump downplayed the threat posed by the virus, telling CNBC from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, “We have it totally under control.”

More at link
Posted by Laura PourMeADrink | Mon Apr 6, 2020, 06:43 PM (13 replies)

COVID-19 peak death detail chart by state

Based on University of Washington model. Here's the link to more detail by state. Scroll down for chart

Total US
Last updated: April 2
USA April 15 April 16 93,531
Posted by Laura PourMeADrink | Sun Apr 5, 2020, 11:51 AM (19 replies)

Excellent story - Philly native who is still in China


For Roy Aguilar, it seemed like a great opportunity. The 24-year-old North Philadelphia native and Drexel University graduate was applying for journalism jobs last year when he heard back from a company in China offering him a job as a blog


There was a day where I forgot, because you can’t leave your house without a mask,” he said. “Not wearing a mask is like wearing a Cowboys jersey at an Eagles game. You’re going to get dirty looks from people. People are going to harass you, particularly the police. Not in a bad way, but they just want to ensure safety.”

Aguilar was approached by a police officer who told him he needed to cover his mouth.

“So I just put my scarf over my mouth, and I went back to get my mask,” he said. “But even then I could see people looking at me and staring at me."


If I felt like this was something that wasn’t beatable and this was the apocalypse then I would’ve certainly left. But once I saw the discipline and tenacity of the Chinese people, I saw that this was beatable.

Posted by Laura PourMeADrink | Sun Apr 5, 2020, 10:17 AM (5 replies)

Wonder who in the WH told trump to stop flights from China?

They deserve some praise for sure ( from a humankind perspective). If you take a political hat off for a second (why not), the WHO was actually the entity who said it was not something other countries should worry about on Jan 23. Trump stopped flights in from China effective 2-2.

Been delving into this. IMHO, We've got to nail him on February forward except for dismantling the pandemic team who might have foreseen what was coming. Especially since they have out of context clips of Biden, Pelosi, and Sanders dissing the idea of a Chinese travel ban. They are also big time claiming China hid and lied about infections. So they know we will come at him.

Here's the time line...
On December 31 last year, China alerted WHO to several cases of unusual pneumonia in Wuhan, a port city of 11 million people in the central Hubei province. The virus was unknown.

Several of those infected worked at the city's Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which was shut down on January 1.

As health experts worked to identify the virus amid growing alarm, the number of infections exceeded 40.

On January 5, Chinese officials ruled out the possibility that this was a recurrence of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus - an illness that originated in China and killed more than 770 people worldwide in 2002-2003.

On January 7, officials announced they had identified a new virus, according to the WHO. The novel virus was named 2019-nCoV and was identified as belonging to the coronavirus family, which includes SARS and the common cold.

Coronaviruses are common and spread through being in proximity to an infected person and inhaling droplets generated when they cough or sneeze, or touching a surface where these droplets land and then touching one's face or nose.

Posted by Laura PourMeADrink | Sat Apr 4, 2020, 10:17 PM (9 replies)

Trump highest approval on 538....45.8%

Posted by Laura PourMeADrink | Sat Apr 4, 2020, 12:49 PM (15 replies)

Yale: danger of domestic travel has exceeded the danger of international travel since early/mid Marc


A new study by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health shows that the vast majority of Connecticut’s first coronavirus cases have roots in Washington state, and that the danger of domestic travel has exceeded the danger of international travel since early- or mid-March.

The study also points to a need for local responses to the virus, as opposed to international travel bans or restrictions. While officials were focused on monitoring international travel, the study suggests it was actually domestic travel that brought the virus to the state.
Posted by Laura PourMeADrink | Sat Apr 4, 2020, 11:29 AM (9 replies)

Wake Forest tests and recommends homemade mask material

Homemade masks can play a significant role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic but the type of fabric used is key to their effectiveness, according to tests performed at Wake Forest Baptist Health.

In order to determine the protective qualities of homemade cloth masks, a team of doctors and scientists used rigorous testing, known as particulate filtration, to evaluate 13 different designs from approximately 400 masks made by community volunteers.

Wake Forest Baptist Health says the goal was to find out which type of mask best-removed particles 0.3 – 1.0 microns in diameter, the size of many viruses and bacteria, in comparison to standard surgical masks and N95 respirators.

The test team discovered that the masks’ effectiveness varied widely. The best homemade masks achieved 79% filtration as compared to surgical masks (62% to 65%) and N95 masks (97%). But other homemade masks tested performed significantly worse, sometimes demonstrating as little as 1% filtration, Segal said.

The best-performing design was made of two layers of high-quality, heavyweight “quilter’s cotton” with a thread count of 180 or more, and those with an especially tight weave and thicker thread such as batiks. A double-layer mask with a simple cotton outer layer and an inner layer of flannel also performed well, he said.

The inferior performers were made of single-layer masks or double-layer designs of lower quality, lightweight cotton.
Posted by Laura PourMeADrink | Fri Apr 3, 2020, 06:16 PM (5 replies)

New one: Flush with lid down


Topline: While scientists have warned that COVID-19 can be spread by fecal-oral transmission (hence the importance of post-bathroom hand washing) the disease can also be spread through what is known as "aerosolized feces" which means that it's more important than ever to close the lid of the toilet while flushing, according to experts.
Posted by Laura PourMeADrink | Fri Apr 3, 2020, 11:18 AM (48 replies)

Good job Brownie

- not enough ventilators
- not enough masks
- not enough hospital gowns
- no public warnings - Mardi Gras
- no coordination of supplies
- no stimulus $$ to people
- no guidance to banks re SBA$
- not enough tests
- no banned flights until 2-2
- no immediate retooling orders
- no Pandemic team
- no action after Rice warning to Flynn at transition
- no Flynn to his replacement warning.
- no good CDC first test
- no warning to wear masks once we knew asymptomatic carriers.
- no comprehensive reporting
- no government bid process for telehealth app ( Kushner's brother "wins"
- no FULL, Unequivocal, unbiased support to Democratic governors. They must kiss ass.
- no suspension of golf outings in Jan
Posted by Laura PourMeADrink | Fri Apr 3, 2020, 09:36 AM (5 replies)
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