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Coronavirus: 'India must cut pollution to avoid Covid disaster'

Coronavirus: 'India must cut pollution to avoid Covid disaster'
By Vikas Pandey
BBC News, Delhi

Read here: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-54596245

India's dreaded pollution season has returned as air quality in the capital Delhi and other northern cities rapidly deteriorated in the last two weeks.

This is bad news for India's fight against coronavirus because several studies around the world have linked air pollution to higher Covid-19 case numbers and deaths.

A Harvard University study shows that an increase of only one microgram per cubic metre in PM 2.5 - dangerous tiny pollutants in the air - is associated with an 8% increase in the Covid-19 death rate. Another study by scientists at the UK's University of Cambridge also found a link between the severity of Covid-19 infection and long-term exposure to air pollutants, including nitrogen oxides and ground-level ozone from car exhaust fumes or burning of fossil fuels.

"Such pollutants can also cause a persistent inflammatory response and increase the risk of infection by viruses that target the respiratory tract," Marco Travaglio, one of the co-authors of the study, told the BBC.

another very interesting point.....

"In addition to air pollution decreasing immune defences, it is thought that particulate and nitrogen dioxide found in air pollution can act as vectors for the spread and survival of airborne particles such as Covid [virus]," Ms Prunicki said.

"One study of mice found that nitrogen dioxide increases the number of receptors to which the virus binds 100 fold."

Not good news for people living near power plants or other facilities emitting lots of NOx and/or particulate.


Joe Biden's coronavirus test today has come back negative and other news...

From The Guardian's rolling coronavirus coverage.....

Read it here: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2020/oct/19/donald-trump-joe-biden-coronavirus-covid-19-us-election-live-updates

2h ago 16:08

Joe Biden’s coronavirus test today has come back negative, the Democrat’s campaign announced moments ago.

“Vice President Biden underwent PCR testing for COVID-19 today and COVID-19 was not detected,” the campaign said in a statement. Biden has been regularly releasing the results of his coronavirus tests since Trump tested positive earlier this month.

The Biden campaign announced last week that an aviation company administrator who recently flew with the nominee had tested positive, but the two did not have close contact, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Biden is off the campaign trail today, instead focusing on preparing for his Thursday debate against Trump.

Trump the murderous idiot gets nasty and criticizes Dr. Fauci:

Trump attacks Fauci as a 'disaster' in campaign staff call

Speaking to his campaign staff on a conference call, Trump attacked Dr Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert.

“People are tired of coronavirus,” the president said, according to reporters who listened in on the call. “People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots.”

On the economic relief package....

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Mark Meadows claimed Mitch McConnell has committed to putting any negotiated coronavirus relief deal on the Senate floor for a vote.

“The Senate Republicans have been very vocal in terms of their lack of support of a number that’s even close to what the president has already supported,” the White House chief of staff said. “Whether there’s enough votes to get to the 60-vote threshold, that’s up to Leader McConnell.”

But McConnell has not committed to putting any deal negotiated between House speaker Nancy Pelosi and treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin on the floor.


Congress is running out of time to pass another coronavirus relief bill before the election, much to the chagrin of the president, who has called on Congress to “go big or go home” on the relief package.

The AP reports:

Trump’s GOP allies are reconvening the Senate this week for a revote on a virus proposal that about one-third the size of a measure being negotiated by [House speaker Nancy] Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. But the Senate GOP bill has failed once before, and that Trump himself now says is too puny. The debate promises to bring a hefty dose of posturing and political gamesmanship, but little more. A procedural vote on a stand-alone renewal of bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program business subsidies is slated for Tuesday.

And, on American workers and their jobs:

Alexandra Olsen reports for Associated Press on a new survey that has been carried out asking American workers about the impact coronavirus has had on their working lives. As well as putting millions out of work, the pandemic has left many of those still working fearful, distressed and stretched thin.

A quarter of US workers say they have even considered quitting their jobs as worries related to the pandemic weigh on them, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research in collaboration with software company SAP. A fifth say they have taken leave.

About 7 in 10 workers cited juggling their jobs and other responsibilities as a source of stress. Fears of contracting the virus also was a top concern for those working outside the home.

Congratulations to Joe for a negative test result and I hope he can somehow defend Dr. Fauci against these attacks.


Thanks for sharing, Wawannabe. Big Sunday DU hugs out to you.

Many of us here also have lost loved ones during or just prior to the pandemic and it's a struggle. I lost three very big ones in my life just in the past year or so, and now suffering again through their birthdays and anniversaries of their deaths. Thank goodness for my two adult kids, my bird feeders, music, stuff to fix around the house, meditation and for DU.

I hope you find a path to peace and closure, perhaps through meditation or Mother Nature, or through other friends.

KY...... ...... .......

Thanks, MM....good advice. Here are the laws relating to polling places....

for all states per the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS):

State Laws on Electioneering Boundaries:

Link to PDF: https://www.nass.org/resources/2018-election-information/electioneering-boundaries

State Laws on Authorized Poll Watchers & Voter Challenges:

Link to PDF: https://www.nass.org/resources/2018-election-information/Poll-Watchers-Voter-Challenges

Those pages clarify who and what is allowed in and around polling places in most states. They even provide reference to the exact statutes that apply to those issues.

Agree that voters must put their mule blinders on and just focus on voting, yet collect photographic evidence where we suspect laws are being broken.


Winter pandemic outdoor recreation.....


Hope you can see the video clip. If not, it's a guy doing very good artwork on on dirty SUV rear window using just art brushes and a Q-tip.



The Trumpist Death Cult

The Trumpist Death Cult
The president is an egotistical, narcissistic shaman who promises his adoring worshipers that he will right all wrongs.
by Brian Karem
October 10, 2020 5:30 am

Link: https://thebulwark.com/the-trumpist-death-cult/

H.L. Mencken, unflinchingly clear-eyed, said that every great religion was susceptible to cults. Mystics, he wrote, drive many cults and the “essence of mysticism is that it breaks down all barriers between the devotee and his god, and thereby makes the act of worship a direct and personal matter.”

David Koresh did that. Jim Jones did that. So does Donald Trump.

Trump is, in his own perverse way, one of the greatest mystics of the 21st century. He is a masterful manipulator who told everyone from the beginning of his political career how he could shoot someone in front of witnesses and not lose a voter. He also explained that he calls the news media liars so people won’t believe us and will believe him.

Like every mystic, Trump adheres to magic over science. When pressed about climate change, he said the scientists don’t know. When pressed about the pandemic he said it would magically disappear. He often refuses to wear a mask and may be responsible for as many as 40 people in and around the White House becoming infected by the coronavirus. Like the huckster selling snake oil or the phony shaman dancing around a fire, Trump proclaimed himself feeling “great” in a video he tweeted to his millions of adoring fans. His magic is that of the wizard in the Wizard of Oz, and few who love him would dare pull back the curtain.

The article goes on to say....
Like every cult leader, his outsized ego and narcissism fuel the rage he has against those who think or act differently than he. His closest disciples and believers have gone all in—because they see a path to glory and power they would otherwise not have. Stephen Miller, a man perpetually picked last for kickball, would never reach such heights without Trump, the mystic, as his mentor. Trump is a sedulous fly-catcher and he is among the best.

I see Trump's behavior as representative of the entire GOP with him as their ultimate carnival barker.

GOP personality types require a charismatic, white macho-man to top off the structured authoritarian system they instinctively crave for their lives.


20 cases of Covid-19 traced back to a Minnesota rally held by Trump

David P Gelles @gelles

The Minnesota Department of Health says it has so far traced 20 cases of Covid-19 back to a rally held by President Donald Trump in Bemidji last month. Two people are now hospitalized. The state is describing it as an “outbreak.”

6:48 PM · Oct 16, 2020

Confirmed here:

Minnesota health officials connect COVID-19 cases to Trump, Biden campaign events
By Zack Budryk - 10/13/20 01:37 PM EDT

Link: https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/520801-minnesota-health-officials-connect-covid-19-cases-to-trump-biden-campaign

Minnesota health officials said Monday that they have connected more than two dozen coronavirus cases to Trump and Biden campaign events in the state.

Sixteen cases have been tied to a Bemidji outdoor airport rally the president hosted Sept. 18, according to state health officials. Of these, four were reported by protesters at the event, according to state infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann. Ehresmann added that not all of the cases were necessarily contracted at the event.

Officials said three more cases involved people who attended a Sept. 30 Duluth Trump rally, as well as another three tied to attendees of a Sept. 24 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport event where Vice President Pence appeared.

Cool response on Twitter:

Mugwump @ozaed
Replying to @gelles

This starts to resemble a death cult more and more
The Trumpist Death Cult
The president is an egotistical, narcissistic shaman who promises his adoring worshipers that he will right all wrongs.

Apparently, Rethugs now consider it a badge of honor to contract COVID-19 at a Trump campaign event.


More bad news for preventing coronavirus infections...

Covid-19 virus 'survives on some surfaces for 28 days'
BBC World News

The virus responsible for Covid-19 can remain infectious on surfaces such as banknotes, phone screens and stainless steel for 28 days, researchers say.

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-54500673

The findings from Australia's national science agency suggest SARS-Cov-2 can survive for far longer on surfaces than previously thought.
Previous laboratory studies have found that SARS-Cov-2 can survive for two to three days on bank notes and glass, and up to six days on plastic and stainless steel.

But the latest research from Australian agency CSIRO found the virus was "extremely robust," surviving for 28 days on smooth surfaces - such as glass found on mobile phone screens and both plastic and paper banknotes - at 20C (68F), which is about room temperature. In comparison, the flu virus can survive in the same circumstances for 17 days.
The study's authors said the ability of SARS-Cov-2 to persist on stainless steal at cooler temperatures could explain outbreaks of Covid-19 at meat processing and cold storage facilities. Thousands of workers have tested positive at meat processing factories and abattoirs around the world.

Just one of many areas where a bit of complacency can result in infection and perhaps death.

We've been wiping items from the grocery down with alcohol but then got a bit sloppy. Time to re-up our original cautious practices!


Vice presidential fact check: Daniel Dale selects his lie of the night

Vice presidential fact check: Daniel Dale selects his lie of the night
CNN News
Oct 8, 2020

Descriptive text for this episode:

Vice President Mike Pence echoed some of President Donald Trump's most common falsehoods and misleading statements during the lone vice presidential debate with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) -- though in a more restrained, neatly packaged way.

The Salt Lake City debate was a less chaotic affair when compared to September's first meeting between Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. But there were traces of that event in Pence's delivery of some of the same lines that the President often repeats.

Harris, too, made some claims that were misleading or lacked context, but those paled in comparison to the litany of statements from Pence that were either untrue or needed additional context.

Coronavirus and the Trump administration's response dominated the start of the debate and was referenced throughout, and the threat of the virus -- due to the plexiglass barriers separating each desk -- was apparent before either candidate spoke a word. The rivals also argued over economic recovery, the future of health care in America and the importance of tackling the climate crisis.

LOL, the biggest lie was his denial of his and Trump's lying. Pence, the squeaky-clean Christian, eh?

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Thu Oct 8, 2020, 07:35 AM (7 replies)

I'll bet they didn't leave a tip either.

Thirteen employees is a lot to quarantine for any restaurant. Let's hope they all test negative.

From the Star Tribune:

Minneapolis restaurant quarantines 13 who worked Trump event
By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press
October 5, 2020

Link: https://www.startribune.com/2-more-minnesota-gop-leaders-test-negative-for-coronavirus/572641692/

The 13 work for Murray's Restaurant in downtown Minneapolis, which catered the fundraiser on Wednesday at the Lake Minnetonka home of Marty Davis, CEO of the quartz countertop manufacturer Cambria Co. LLC. About 40 contributors paid $200,000 a couple or $100,000 per person for the chance to meet the president and hear him speak.

"Our staff was there to work the party only and at no point did any staff come in close proximity to the president," the restaurant said in a statement. "Upon learning of the president's positive COVID-19 test, we immediately enacted a 14-day quarantine for all staff who worked the party. Additionally, each staff member who worked the party will be tested for COVID-19."

$200K is a lot to pay for a case of elite COVID-19!

Everything Trump touches either gets sick, goes to jail or dies.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Tue Oct 6, 2020, 10:25 PM (1 replies)
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