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User Name: Oscar D. Grouch
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Topic: Stop getting tested!
Posted: Friday, July 10, 2020 12:00:26 AM
'STOP GETTING TESTED' For Coronavirus, Ohio Politician Tells Constituents
July 9, 2020 10:26 AM ET

Ohio state Rep. Nino Vitale is urging his constituents not to get tested for the coronavirus, flouting advice from health officials — and from another Republican lawmaker, Gov. Mike DeWine.

"This is what happens when people go crazy and get tested," Vitale wrote on Facebook this week. "STOP GETTING TESTED!"

Vitale was evidently incensed by an order from DeWine and state health officials that people in seven Ohio counties with severe outbreaks must wear face coverings when out in public. That order took effect Wednesday.

Vitale shared an altered graphic about the order — in that version, there is an extra message at the bottom:


Vitale's statement follows comments from President Trump, who has repeatedly suggested he would like to see less coronavirus testing in the U.S. "If we did very little testing, [America] wouldn't have the most cases," the president said in early May. "So, in a way, by doing all of this testing, we make ourselves look bad." And at a rally last month in Oklahoma, Trump declared that he told his administration to "slow the testing down."

Vitale is a Republican in a Republican-controlled state government. But he has been a vocal opponent of DeWine's move to impose an economic shutdown and other restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus. In his note on Facebook, Vitale asked, "Are you tired of living in a dictatorship yet?"

The state lawmaker accused "the government" of using the pandemic "to claim something is happening that is not happening at the magnitude they say it is happening" — and apparently, to infringe on people's rights.

"Stop listening to these frauds," he wrote.

Ohio has reported around 60,000 confirmed and probable coronavirus cases, and nearly 3,000 people have died from COVID-19, according to the state health department.

Compared with the rest of the state, the pandemic has barely affected the three counties Vitale represents: Champaign, Logan and Shelby. Those counties have reported a combined total of six deaths, and their case counts are measured in tens, not in hundreds of thousands.

Vitale followed up his comments against testing by taking another controversial stance, insisting that face masks do not prevent viruses from spreading.

Predictive models recently found that if more Americans covered their faces to prevent spreading the coronavirus, tens of thousands of COVID-19 deaths could be prevented in the coming months.

One of the most popular replies to Vitale's post about testing came from across the northern U.S. border.

"Thankfully, I live in Canada," a woman wrote. "Have a good time dying, it appears you all are determined that it is your freedom to do so. Glad our border is closed."

DeWine's face mask requirement for seven counties took effect Wednesday evening. As member station WOSU reports, it's uncertain how — or whether — the order will be enforced, if people choose to disobey it.

Face mask mandates have become increasingly common as the coronavirus takes its horrible toll and continues to spread rapidly in the U.S. On Wednesday, the U.S. tally of confirmed coronavirus cases crossed the 3 million mark.
Topic: The pandemic reigns on.
Posted: Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:32:07 PM
3 Million Cases: Coronavirus Continues To Surge Across U.S.
July 8, 202011:49 AM ET

The U.S. has reported more than 3 million coronavirus cases as of Wednesday morning, with all but a handful of states struggling to control outbreaks of COVID-19. One million of those cases have been confirmed over the past month — part of a wave of infection that began after many states started to reopen their economies in May.

The total number of cases also includes nearly 1 million people declared to have recovered. But more than 130,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 – roughly twice the death toll of any other country, according to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University. Most experts believe those numbers vastly underestimate the disease's true toll.

"I did not expect it to grow this quickly" in the U.S., says Bob Bednarczyk, assistant professor of global health and epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta.

"Any time we hit some milestone number, like 3 million, it draws a lot of attention," he says. "I hope that as people see how quickly this is continuing to grow, they will pay more attention to experts calling for continued mask wearing, physical distancing, and hand washing."

The U.S. effort to fight the virus has been undermined by problems ranging from flawed tests early on to resistance among many Americans — and in some cases, outright refusal — to wear a face mask or take other precautions recommended by health experts.

Topic: The pandemic reigns on.
Posted: Wednesday, July 8, 2020 9:09:44 PM
It wasn't rocket science to predict this outcome...

Oscar D. Grouch wrote:
It's easy to predict a near future surge in covid19 cases in Oklahoma. The coronavirus is apolitical. It's a simple biological machine that exists only to replicate itself in any available host. It doesn't care who you are or what you support.

Make Amerika Sick Again!

Trump Rally Likely Fueled Virus Cases, Tulsa Official Says

The top health official in Tulsa, Oklahoma, said that President Donald Trump’s June 20 campaign rally and accompanying protests likely boosted the number of coronavirus infections in the area.

“We do have the highest number of cases, and we’ve had the significant events in the past few weeks that more than likely contributed to that,” Tulsa Health Department Director Bruce Dart said Wednesday at a news conference.

Trump held the rally despite pleas from local authorities to delay because they were already seeing a rise in Covid-19 cases. An estimated 6,200 people came to the city’s 19,000-seat BOK Center, many without masks.

Tulsa County accounts for 4,571 of Oklahoma’s 17,893 Covid-19 cases, or about 26%, according to county and state data. The county reported 261 and 206 cases for Monday and Tuesday, eclipsing Tuesday’s seven-day rolling average of 146.7.

Dart said the data and timing suggested a relationship between the increase and the Trump rally and other events.

“The past two days we’ve had almost 500 cases, and we know we had several large events a little over two weeks ago,” he said. “I guess we just connect the dots.”

The 6,200-person crowd estimate from Tulsa’s fire department would make it the largest indoor event in the U.S. since March. It was Trump’s first rally since stay-at-home orders shut down large gatherings across the country.
Topic: little donny says "open the schools" no matter the consequences
Posted: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 9:49:48 PM
Trump Pledges To 'Pressure' Governors To Reopen Schools Despite Health Concerns
July 7, 202012:45 PM ET

little donny says keeping public schools closed should not be a purely political decision. However, little donny's pressure to reopen schools IS a purely political decision. little donny doesn't care about the health of our children. little donny only cares about how reopening the schools affects his reelection bid regardless of the subsequent health consequences.
Topic: Coronavirus autopsies show multiple organ damage
Posted: Sunday, July 5, 2020 6:37:06 PM
Coronavirus autopsies: A story of 38 brains, 87 lungs and 42 hearts
What we’ve learned from the dead that could help the living

By Ariana Eunjung Cha
July 1, 2020 at 9:09 a.m. PDT

When pathologist Amy Rapkiewicz began the grim process of opening up the coronavirus dead to learn how their bodies went awry, she found damage to the lungs, kidneys and liver consistent with what doctors had reported for months.

But something was off.

Rapkiewicz, who directs autopsies at NYU Langone Health, noticed that some organs had far too many of a special cell rarely found in those places. She had never seen that before, yet it seemed vaguely familiar. She raced to her history books and — in a eureka moment — found a reference to a 1960s report on a patient with dengue fever.

In dengue, a mosquito-borne tropical disease, she learned, the virus appeared to destroy these cells, which produce platelets, leading to uncontrolled bleeding. The novel coronavirus seemed to amplify their effect, causing dangerous clotting.

She was struck by the parallels: “Covid-19 and dengue sound really different, but the cells that are involved are similar.”

Autopsies have long been a source of breakthroughs in understanding new diseases, from HIV/AIDS and Ebola to Lassa fever — and the medical community is counting on them to do the same for covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. With a vaccine probably many months away in even the most optimistic scenarios, autopsies are becoming a critical source of information for research into possible treatments.

When the pandemic hit the United States in late March, many hospital systems were too overwhelmed trying to save lives to spend too much time delving into the secrets of the dead. But by late May and June, the first large batch of reports — from patients ranging in age from 32 to 90 years who died at a half-dozen institutions — were published in quick succession. The investigations have confirmed some of our early hunches of the disease, refuted others — and opened up new mysteries about the pathogen that has killed more than 500,000 people worldwide.

Among the most important findings, consistent across several studies, is confirmation the virus appears to attack the lungs the most ferociously. They also found the pathogen in parts of the brain, kidneys, liver, gastrointestinal tract and spleen and in the endothelial cells that line blood vessels, as some had previously suspected. Researchers also found widespread clotting in many organs.

A mysterious blood-clotting complication is killing coronavirus patients

But the brain and heart yielded surprises.

“It’s about what we are not seeing,” said Mary Fowkes, an associate professor of pathology who is part of a team at Mount Sinai Health that has performed autopsies on 67 covid-19 patients.

Given widespread reports about neurological symptoms related to the coronavirus, Fowkes said, she expected to find virus or inflammation — or both — in the brain. But there was very little. When it comes to the heart, many physicians warned for months about a cardiac complication they suspected was myocarditis, an inflammation or hardening of the heart muscle walls — but autopsy investigators were stunned that they could find no evidence of the condition.

Another unexpected finding, pathologists said, is that oxygen deprivation of the brain and the formation of blood clots may start early in the disease process. That could have major implications for how people with covid-19 are treated at home, even if they never need to be hospitalized.

The early findings come as new U.S. infections have overtaken even the catastrophic days of April, amid what some critics say is a premature easing of social distancing restrictions in some states, mainly in the South and West. A new modeling study has estimated that about 22 percent of the population — or 1.7 billion people worldwide, including 72 million in the United States — may be vulnerable to severe illness if infected with the virus. According to the analysis published this month in Lancet Global Health, about 4 percent of those people would require hospitalization — underscoring the stakes as autopsy investigators continue their hunt for clues.

Topic: The pandemic reigns on.
Posted: Sunday, July 5, 2020 6:07:20 PM
Topic: little donny wants uranium mining in the Grand Canyon.
Posted: Sunday, July 5, 2020 1:28:04 AM
little donny is using the covid19 pandemic as cover to strip our country of critical environmental regulations.

What's on little donny's butcher's block next?

Uranium mining in and around the Grand Canyon!

No, that's not an April Fool's in July...

Trump administration signals support for uranium mining that could touch Grand Canyon

The Trump administration is signaling a renewed push to consider uranium mining near the Grand Canyon, a move that would undoubtedly ignite a political fight involving environmentalists and the mining industry.

President Trump’s decision to declare uranium a critical mineral for national security purposes, coupled with a Commerce Department recommendation to mine reserves of a key component to nuclear weapons, has environmentalists worried that the reversal of an Obama-era ban on mining near the cherished national park is imminent.

“It’s not a secret that uranium mining companies have pined after the Grand Canyon for a long time,” said Amber Reimondo, energy program director at Grand Canyon Trust. “The last time there was a uranium price spike in 2007, over 10,000 mining claims were filed.”

Critics question the timing of the potential reversal: The Grand Canyon is nearing its peak visitation period in the summer months, and the price of uranium is at its lowest level in more than a decade. They also argue that the recent developments underscore the close relationship between the uranium mining industry and the administration.

Opening up mining near the Grand Canyon would also have political implications for 2020, particularly with Arizona becoming a battleground in races for both the White House and control of the Senate. So far, Democrats have sided with environmentalists in their opposition to mining in the area, while Republicans point to potential for job creation.

The administration first indicated in 2017 that it was looking at steps to boost uranium production. Trump that year signed an executive order to ensure there was suitable supplies of what the administration deemed “critical minerals,” or minerals and elements considered key to national security.

At the time, there were 23 minerals on the list of critical minerals. Six months later the Interior Department expanded it to 35 and added uranium for the first time.

The Commerce Department last week took another step by issuing a recommendation to help speed up production of all essential minerals on the list.

The mining industry is now awaiting one final step: Trump’s decision on whether to approve a January 2018 petition filed by two of the country’s top uranium producers — Energy Fuels and Ur-Energy — to enact a 25 percent purchasing quota for domestic uranium.

Topic: A User's Guide To Masks
Posted: Friday, July 3, 2020 8:45:01 AM
A User's Guide To Masks: What's Best At Protecting Others (And Yourself)
July 1, 20206:10 PM ET

So you want to wear a face mask? Good call.

A growing body of evidence supports the idea that wearing face masks in public, even when you feel well, can help curb the spread of the coronavirus — since people can spread the virus even without showing symptoms. That's the main reason to wear a mask: to protect other people from you.

Face masks can also offer the wearer some protection — though how much varies greatly, depending on the type of mask. No mask will offer full protection, and they should not be viewed as a replacement for physical distancing of at least 6 feet from others, frequent hand-washing and avoiding crowds. When you combine masks with those measures, they can make a big difference.

But what kind of mask is best?

When choosing a mask, experts say focus on the fabric, fit and breathability. How well a mask protects is a function of both what it's made of and how well it seals to your face. But if you can't breathe well through it, then you're less likely to keep it on.

Here's a look at different kinds of masks you might consider and how effective they are at protecting the people around you — and you as well.

Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people should wear cloth face coverings in public, we'll talk about fabric masks first. But if you've purchased a medical mask or respirator, scroll down for some important notes — like how to spot if you've got a fake.

Topic: When politicians try to do the right thing.
Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 9:22:25 PM
Blaidd-Drwg wrote:
And here we are again with 'Murricans and their god-given Constipational rights, but in this case it isn't humans of any race or gender, but an entirely made up, legal construct. Corporations.

A good film to watch is "The Corporation."
Topic: little donny retweets white power video
Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 2:56:17 PM
It's hard to miss, you would have to be deaf.