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Guatemalan man tests positive for coronavirus days after being deported from U.S.

According to Guatemalan health and migration officials, the man arrived in Guatemala Thursday on a deportation flight from Mesa, Arizona. He was asymptomatic at the time, but two days later began presenting symptoms and subsequently tested positive for the virus, the officials said.

It appears to be the first reported case of someone deported from the United States with coronavirus — a possibility that advocates had been warning of for weeks.

The man has been hospitalized in Guatemala CIty, officials said. Forty others who were on the deportation flight with him are being quarantined at home.

Some who favor restricting immigration in the United States have suggested accelerating the pace of deportation flights in response to concerns about the virus spreading in ICE detention facilities.


A moment of levity: UK sports announcers doing hilarious play-by-play of home life.

Bored and out of work, British sports commentators post hilarious videos of everyday life

British sports commentators are among those who have suddenly found themselves out of a job as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. No sporting events, no work.

But luckily for their fans on social media, some have deployed their broadcasting skills to everyday events that may seem mundane in less capable hands. Things like feeding the dogs or crossing the street or even grocery shopping are all potential targets for bored broadcasters.

Andrew Cotter, whose velvety voice will be recognizable to fans of Wimbledon and other big sporting events, on Friday was lighting up social media with video of his Labrador dogs Olive and Mabel. The clip, viewed over 5 million times, shows Olive devouring her food — “focused and relentless, tasting absolutely nothing” — more quickly than Mabel, who seemed to have a problem with her bowl and presumably didn’t know it was a race anyway.



Teen Who May Have Died Of Coronavirus Was Denied Care For Not Having Insurance: Mayor

A Lancaster, California, teenager thought to have died from COVID-19 last week was turned away from an urgent care clinic because he did not have health insurance, delaying medical attention at a critical time, the town’s mayor said Thursday.

“He didn’t have insurance, so they did not treat him,” mayor R. Rex Parris said in a video update.

“On Friday ... he was healthy, he was socializing with his friends. By Wednesday, he was dead.” ...“En route to AV Hospital, he went into cardiac arrest. When he got to AV hospital, they were able to revive him and keep him alive for about six hours,” Parris said. 

While the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health initially said the 17-year-old had died of coronavirus, officials later backtracked. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is now looking into the case to determine a conclusive cause of death. According to Parris, the teen had been sick for “a few days” and had no previous health conditions. 

The easy, inexpensive way the Czech Republic got Covid-19 under control: Masks4All

Home sewn masks, especially ones that hold filters and have twist ties sewn in to act as nose clips, will work to help protect you and other people. You should consider making some, if not for our nurses, for yourself. Here's how to sew one in about 10-20 minutes: http://xobonmag.com/project/fabric-face-mask/

California coronavirus surge on par with New York, threatening to overwhelm hospitals

California’s top medical advisor said Wednesday that coronavirus cases continue to double in the state every three to four days, a fast pace on par with New York‘s, where some hospitals are overwhelmed and the death toll stood at 366 on Wednesday night.

If that rate holds, California hospitals could see a surge in patients in one to two weeks, said Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state’s secretary of Health and Human Services, during a Facebook news conference.

“We originally thought that it would be doubling every six to seven days; we see cases doubling every three to four days,” Ghaly said. "[We’re] watching that trend very, very closely.”

Nicholas Jewell, a biostatistics researcher at UC Berkeley who has been tracking the pandemic, said the coronavirus is spreading rapidly throughout the U.S., at a rate quicker or on par with countries hit the hardest.


House members race back to Washington amid fears the $2 trillion coronavirus bill could be delayed

Source: NBC News

Democratic and Republican leaders were scrambling members of Congress back to Washington late Thursday because they suddenly believe the $2 trillion economic relief package might not pass by the voice vote planned for Friday and could be delayed if at least 216 members don't show up to vote on the floor.

Members are now racing to get back to Washington by Friday morning — in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic — because leaders fear that at least one member, likely to be Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., will demand a recorded vote.

The office of Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., wrote in an advisory to members Thursday night: "Members are advised that it is possible this measure will not pass by voice vote."

"You might have one grandstander," President Donald Trump said at his news briefing Thursday. "It will pass. It will just take a little longer." He has said he would sign the bill once it passes.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/house-members-race-back-washington-amid-fears-2-trillion-bill-n1170051

Douchebag Massie is needlessly causing taxpayers to incur thundreds of thousands of dollars in travel costs to get representatives back to the House on short notice for a vote.

Why did Dr. Birx lie that there is Covid-19 testing of the U.S. population?

So, as reported in The Hill, Dr. Birx said the following at Thursday's White House presser:

Birx cautions against inaccurate models predicting significant coronavirus spread

Birx, speaking at a White House press briefing, singled out a recent study on the United Kingdom that originally predicted 500,000 people would die from the virus and has since been revised down to predict 20,000 deaths in the U.K. She said the data the government has collected does not show that 20 percent of the U.S. population would be infected with COVID-19, cautioning against predictions that say so.

"When people start talking about 20 percent of a population getting infected, it is very scary but we don't have data that matches that based on the experience," Birx said.

Birx, an HIV/AIDS expert from the State Department who was brought on to coordinate the federal government's response to the coronavirus, noted that 19 of the 50 U.S. states are showing a persistently low level of coronavirus cases despite reporting early infections. These 19 states each have fewer than 200 cases, Birx said, and are still working to actively contain the virus rather than mitigate its spread.

"That's almost 40 percent of the country with extraordinarily low numbers and they are testing," Birx said.


Surely she knows she is lying when she says this:
That's almost 40 percent of the country with extraordinarily low numbers and they are testing"

Maybe she and others close to Trump can get tested at the drop of a hat, but the rest of us can't. In California, only people in hospitals in serious condition, and symptomatic hospital workers, can get tested.

So why is she saying that?

Trump Rejects New York's Plea For Ventilators: 'I Don't Believe You Need' That Many

President Donald Trump rejected calls from New York’s governor that the state needed tens of thousands of new ventilators to treat a mass of patients infected with the novel coronavirus, saying he didn’t believe those numbers were accurate.

“I have a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they’re going to be,” Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday night. “I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. You know, you go into major hospitals sometimes, they’ll have two ventilators. And now all of a sudden they’re saying can we order 30,000 ventilators?”


The president’s statements came as public health officials declared the United States the leading country in terms of coronavirus cases with more than 81,300 infected. More than 1,000 people have been killed by the virus, many in New York, which has the worst outbreak in the nation.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) warned Thursday that the state’s hospitals could soon be overwhelmed with patients afflicted with the COVID-19 disease, noting more than 5,200 people had been hospitalized, including 1,290 in intensive care.


Angel, Dodger stadium parking lots filled with rental cars but no people on MLB opening

Despite the fact that opening day for Major League Baseball was delayed amid the coronavirus crisis, the parking lots at two of Southern California's stadiums were filled with cars on Thursday.

Both Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium were seen with thousands of stationed rental cars, as companies are left with a surplus of unused vehicles and limited capacity to store them, stadium officials confirmed.

Hordes of cars were also seen at Santa Ana Park but it's unclear if those were rental cars as well.

MLB has pushed back opening until mid-May at the earliest due to the coronavirus and federal guidelines restricting events of more than 50 people for several weeks.


How the Pandemic Will End

Even a perfect response won’t end the pandemic. As long as the virus persists somewhere, there’s a chance that one infected traveler will reignite fresh sparks in countries that have already extinguished their fires. This is already happening in China, Singapore, and other Asian countries that briefly seemed to have the virus under control. Under these conditions, there are three possible endgames: one that’s very unlikely, one that’s very dangerous, and one that’s very long.

The first is that every nation manages to simultaneously bring the virus to heel, as with the original SARS in 2003. Given how widespread the coronavirus pandemic is, and how badly many countries are faring, the odds of worldwide synchronous control seem vanishingly small.

The second is that the virus does what past flu pandemics have done: It burns through the world and leaves behind enough immune survivors that it eventually struggles to find viable hosts. This “herd immunity” scenario would be quick, and thus tempting. But it would also come at a terrible cost: SARS-CoV-2 is more transmissible and fatal than the flu, and it would likely leave behind many millions of corpses and a trail of devastated health systems. The United Kingdom initially seemed to consider this herd-immunity strategy, before backtracking when models revealed the dire consequences. The U.S. now seems to be considering it too.

The third scenario is that the world plays a protracted game of whack-a-mole with the virus, stamping out outbreaks here and there until a vaccine can be produced. This is the best option, but also the longest and most complicated. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/03/how-will-coronavirus-end/608719/
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