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Millions of coronavirus infections left undetected worldwide - study

Millions of coronavirus infections left undetected worldwide – study

Researchers from a German university have said countries have only found on average about 6% of coronavirus infections. The real number of infected people globally may have already reached tens of millions of people.

Read it here: https://www.dw.com/en/millions-of-coronavirus-infections-left-undetected-worldwide-study/a-53066134

The total number of coronavirus infections is likely to be drastically higher than the figures officially registered by health authorities worldwide, according to a new study. Christian Bommer and Sebastian Vollmer from Göttingen University in central Germany analyzed data from a recent study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases monthly journal.

The researchers looked at the estimates of coronavirus mortality and the time from infection until death to assess the quality of official case records. According to the German researchers, the data showed that countries have only discovered on average about 6% of all coronavirus infections. They claimed that the true total number of people infected with coronavirus may already have reached some tens of millions of people worldwide.

"These results mean that governments and policy-makers need to exercise extreme caution when interpreting case numbers for planning purposes," said Vollmer, a Professor of Development Economics at the university.

"Such extreme differences in the amount and quality of testing carried out in different countries mean that official case records are largely uninformative and do not provide helpful information," he warned.

Plus, areas like India, Indonesia and Africa are just getting started with the spread.

Using fake number of their own making, laissez-faire right-wingers around the globe will re-open the doors of business how soon?


Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Thu Apr 9, 2020, 07:19 AM (0 replies)

Jakarta on verge of massive Eid exodus amid social restrictions, layoffs for low-wage workers

COVID-19: Jakarta on verge of massive Eid exodus amid social restrictions, layoffs for low-wage workers

Link: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/ramadan-eid-covid-19-jakarta-indonesia-exodus-12624458

According to the Jakarta city government, there are around 2.5 million people who return to their hometowns during Ramadan annually.

The same number of people are expected to leave Jakarta as soon as Friday when the restrictions kick in. This exodus, according to observers, is a cause for alarm from the perspective of containing the pandemic.

Of the more than 3,200 COVID-19 cases and 280 deaths reported in Indonesia, more than half are in Jakarta. Unless the exodus is stopped, the outbreak is expected to spread to villages and towns which might not be as well equipped to handle COVID-19 compared to the major cities.

President Joko Widodo, however, has decided against barring the movement of people.

This ordeal is a very long way from being under control.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Thu Apr 9, 2020, 07:06 AM (5 replies)

Coronavirus widespread among Saudi royal family: Report

Coronavirus widespread among Saudi royal family: Report
At least one high-ranking royal, as well as dozens of lower-level officials, have COVID-19, The New York Times reports.

Link: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/coronavirus-widespread-saudi-royal-family-report-200409070130026.html

Dozens of members of the ruling Saudi royal family, as many as 150, have been infected with coronavirus in recent weeks, a news report said.

Saudi Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud - the governor of the capital Riyadh who is in his 70s - is in intensive care after contracting the virus, according to The New York Times, which cited hospital communications, doctors in the country and sources familiar with the family. King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) have retreated into isolation to avoid the outbreak.
There are thousands of Saudi princes. Many travel regularly to Europe and some are believed to have contracted the virus abroad and brought it back to Saudi Arabia, the report said.

The kingdom of about 33 million people has reported 2,932 cases and 41 deaths. The country, home to Islam's holiest sites Mecca and Medina, banned the year-round Umrah pilgrimage and sealed off the areas in early March.

So, it is indeed true that COVID-19 virus particles are no respecter of men or money.......

Warning about a spike in cybercrime related to Covid-19....

Found on the rolling coronavirus coverage at The Guardian UK:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/apr/08/coronavirus-live-news-us-trump-threatens-who-funding-uk-boris-johnson-global-cases-latest-updates
Alex Hern, Guardian’s UK Technology Editor

The British and American cybersecurity agencies have issued a joint warning about a spike in cybercrime related to Covid, as attackers take advantage weaknesses in remote working set-ups to hack, phish and scam people in self-isolation, Alex Hern, the Guardian’s UK technology editor, reports.

In the advisory, jointly issued by GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre and the US’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, internet users are warned to watch out for “emails containing malware which appear to have come from the Director-General of the World Health Organization, and others which claim to offer thermometers and face masks to fight the pandemic.” The agencies have also found cyber criminals “scanning for vulnerabilities in software and remote working tools”, aiming to exploit the absence of corporate IT protections to hack weak links in businesses.

Popular videoconferencing tool Zoom is one such tool, and interest in hacking techniques that could be used against it is “sky high”, according to one report in Vice. Successful attacks against the software, and other videoconferencing services, could be used to enable successful corporate espionage. “Industrial espionage is making millions now. Zoom, GTM, WebEx…all meetings where you needed an insider to get in before,” a source told Vice News.

Other Coronavirus-related scams are less high-tech. Security researchers at McAfee found one posting on a dark web forum where an individual claiming to have recovered from Coronavirus selling their blood to others. For just $1,000, the user offered a sample of their blood or saliva, which could be used harvested for antibodies – if they’re telling the truth.

I hope companies, but particularly our school systems, have solid security provisions in place and are supporting their employees to insure the equipment they use at home is secure. My daughter, a teacher, is using such videoconferencing provisions at home every day for remote teaching. My son is just starting his next quarter in college with everything on-line, using a laptop, smartphone and tablet. That's a lot of potentially vulnerable electronics.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Wed Apr 8, 2020, 09:58 AM (0 replies)

Resources for knowledge about COVID-19.

Some of what we have to fear right now is fear itself and professional knowledge the the key to minimizing fear.

Here are some profession resources for to review and bookmark:

From John Hopkins Medicine:

COVID-19 Basics - Frequently Asked Questions
Johns Hopkins experts answer your most frequently asked questions about coronavirus.

Link: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/covid-19-basics/faq

Specifically, see:

How long can the virus that causes COVID-19 live on surfaces?
Carolyn Machamer, a cell biologist who specializes in coronaviruses, discusses the latest research on the virus that causes COVID-19

Link: https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/03/20/sars-cov-2-survive-on-surfaces/

According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can live in the air and on surfaces between several hours and several days. The study found that the virus is viable for up to 72 hours on plastics, 48 hours on stainless steel, 24 hours on cardboard, and 4 hours on copper. It is also detectable in the air for three hours.

From Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health:

Food safety, nutrition, and wellness during COVID-19 - GREAT RESOURCE!

Link: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/2020/03/25/food-safety-nutrition-and-wellness-during-covid-19/

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

How to Protect Yourself & Others

Link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fprevention.html

And a special section Clean and disinfect:

Cleaning and Disinfection for Households
Interim Recommendations for U.S. Households with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cleaning-disinfection.html

From the World Health Organization (WHO):

Link: https://www.who.int/

Specifically, Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public

Link: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

This WHO site is a great resource and even included downloadable posters for home and workplace.


There's plenty more sites from all around the globe in addition to these.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Wed Apr 8, 2020, 12:43 AM (0 replies)

CV situation in Pakistan worsens....

From: https://ncov2019.live/data

Nation / Cases / Daily case increase / Deaths / Daily death increase
Pakistan 3,918 ↑ 586 (17.58%) 54 ↑ 4 (8%)


From: https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/apr/07/coronavirus-live-news-boris-johnson-intensive-care-uk-donald-trump-america-us-praying-recovery-latest-updates#block-5e8c40768f08c35a1d11b68d

Dozens of prisoners in a Pakistani jail have contracted the novel coronavirus, officials have said, with more than 150 additional inmates potentially infected as cases of Covid-19 continue to soar in the country.

At least 49 inmates at a jail in the eastern city of Lahore have tested positive, according to a tweet by the provincial chief minister late Monday.

The outbreak is believed to have stemmed from an inmate who was arrested for smuggling narcotics and had returned from Italy last month. He was diagnosed on March 23.


20,000 worshippers quarantined in Pakistan after major search
06 Apr 2020 07:57AM

Link: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/coronavirus-worshippers-quarantined-pakistan-major-search-12611624

LAHORE: Pakistan has quarantined 20,000 worshippers and is still searching for tens of thousands more who attended an Islamic gathering in Lahore last month despite the worsening coronavirus pandemic, officials said on Sunday (Apr 5).

Authorities said they want to test or quarantine those who congregated at the event held by the Tablighi Jamaat - an Islamic missionary movement - between Mar 10 and 12 over fears they are now spreading COVID-19 across Pakistan and overseas.

More than 100,000 people went to the meeting, organisers said, undeterred by government requests for it to be cancelled as the virus hit the country.

In northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, authorities have so far quarantined 5,300 Tablighis or Islamic preachers who attended the Lahore meeting.

Not much we can say after so many American churches disobeyed the rules......

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Tue Apr 7, 2020, 05:18 AM (1 replies)

Auto & Truck production slows or halts throughout the South


Nissan to furlough about 10,000 workers in Mississippi, Tennessee
by: CNN Wire
Posted: Apr 6, 2020 / 07:23 PM CDT

Link: https://wreg.com/news/nissan-to-furlough-about-10000-workers-in-mississippi-tennessee/

(CNN) — Nissan plans to furlough most of its hourly manufacturing employees as its US plants remain closed to help slow the spread of Covid-19. Lloryn Love-Carter, a company spokeswoman, said that the company will furlough about 10,000 employees Tuesday at plants in Canton, Mississippi and two locations in Tennessee: Smyrna and Decherd.

Nissan is asking furloughed employees to apply for unemployment through at least April 27, when the company plans to restart production. Nissan closed its US plants on March 20.


Ford delays production restart, including at 2 Louisville plants, indefinitely
WLKY Updated: 11:46 AM EDT Mar 31, 2020

Link: https://www.wlky.com/article/closure-of-ford-plants-including-2-in-louisvile-extended-indefinitely-coronavirus/31990767

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ford is delaying its planned restart of certain North America plants, the company announced Tuesday.

Many of the plants were slated to reopen in mid-April. A date had not been announced for the Louisville Assembly plant, but Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant was supposed to restart production April 14. Now, the startup dates have been further postponed, but no dates have been announced.


Volkswagen Chattanooga suspending production until April 12 amid pandemic concerns
by WTVC Thursday, March 19th 2020

Link: https://newschannel9.com/news/local/volkswagen-chattanooga-to-suspend-production-for-one-week-all-team-members-to-be-paid

Volkswagen announced Wednesday that they are further extending the shutdown period of their Chattanooga plant, a suspension that began March 21. Now, production will be suspended until April 12, with production resuming at 10pm that Sunday.

A statement from plant CEO Tom du Plessis reads as follows: "The health and safety of our team remains our highest priority. Volkswagen Chattanooga will remain closed next week, extending the production suspension which began March 21. We plan to resume production Sunday, April 12 at 10 p.m.

It appears that Ford and VW are playing it by ear, week by week with their announcements.

I'm sure there are many more across the southland, but these are probably representative.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Tue Apr 7, 2020, 02:19 AM (0 replies)

There's also no evidence you cannot get it from animals.

See my post 70, above.

No scientifically conducted testing has been done, so they shouldn't mislead and suggest otherwise. Scientific groups have been occupied with more direct human concerns.

I've seen several other statements made using that same verbiage and true scientists would never say it that way. The general public would interpret it to mean we're always safe around domestic animals even though we don't know yet.

Best to exercise caution.
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sun Apr 5, 2020, 08:03 PM (1 replies)

The rightwing Christian preachers in deep denial over Covid-19's danger

This article is a good summary of a huge issue in America we've been discussing here for a while but it seems only reporters across the pond have the guts to put it in the public spotlight in full view.

The rightwing Christian preachers in deep denial over Covid-19's danger

A number of American religious leaders have endangered their flock by holding services – and by claiming the virus can be defeated by faith in God

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/04/america-rightwing-christian-preachers-virus-hoax


Last Sunday in Tampa, Florida, the Pentecostal pastor and conspiracy theorist Rodney Howard-Browne conducted two services for full houses at his River church. A sometime guest on Infowars and at the White House; a multi-level marketing kingpin who has alleged that Hollywood celebrities sacrifice children and that New Zealand’s Christchurch mosque attack was a so-called false flag event; Howard-Browne described Covid-19 as a “phantom plague” on 15 March.
Roy Moore, a pastor, former Alabama supreme court judge and failed Trump-backed Alabama Senate candidate who lost amid allegations of sexual misconduct with underage girls, told Facebook followers he would write a letter to his fellow pastors on what he called their “duty to continue church assemblies, even in the midst of these trying times”. Moore added: “Our faith requires it, our duty demands it, and no law or government can prohibit it.”
Kenneth Copeland, a Texas-based “prosperity gospel” preacher who once defended his ownership of three private jets on the grounds that commercial flights would require him to “get in a long tube with a bunch of demons”, told viewers of his Victory Channel in early March that coronavirus was a “weak” strain of the flu, and that fearing the pandemic was a sin. “Fear is a spiritual force. Fear is not OK. It is sin. It is a magnet for sickness and disease … You are giving the devil a pathway to your body,” Copeland said. He also criticized pastors who had suspended in-person services and moved to online streaming.
In a blogpost last week, Ralph Drollinger, who has led Bible study for Trump cabinet members, suggested the virus was an instrument of divine judgment, and appeared to blame LGBTQ people. Drollinger later claimed that this was a misinterpretation. Another would-be prophet, Jeremiah Johnson, claimed last week to have had a prophetic dream in which God had spoken to him.

Trump could put a stop to all this evil behavior in a matter of seconds if only he gave a shit about anything beyond maintaining power for himself and the GOP.


Luxury resorts face coronavirus crisis as the 1% flee cities for holiday hideaways

Luxury resorts face coronavirus crisis as the 1% flee cities for holiday hideaways

Ski towns and luxury retreats report rising number of cases amid concern hospitals could be overwhelmed by coronavirus patients

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/04/rural-resort-towns-coronavirus-covid-19-holiday

Resort towns favored by the rich and famous are facing a coronavirus crisis as the 1% have fled cities for their holiday hideaways. As the rich have rushed to escape to their luxury retreats, local officials are reporting a disproportionate rise in Covid-19 cases and getting increasingly angry and worried about cases overwhelming small local hospitals.

In Ketchum, Idaho, the nearest city to the luxurious Sun Valley ski resort, Mayor Neil Bradshaw warned that the region was not the a place for a “virus vacation”.

In last year’s ski season, Sun Valley had 426,500 skier days. For decades, it has been a hotspot for jet-setting celebrities and billionaires including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Zuckerberg, Marilyn Monroe and Clint Eastwood. As of Thursday, there were 351 confirmed cases in its county, which is home to only 22,000 people.

“We must discourage friends and visitors from coming to town,” Bradshaw wrote in a column for the Idaho Mountain Express. “For a town used to welcoming visitors, that is hard to do, but we must reduce the number of people visiting our area.”

COVID-19 knows no borders and is no respecter of privilege or wealth.


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