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Profile: Oscar D. Grouch
User Name: Oscar D. Grouch
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Joined: Thursday, June 26, 2014
Last Visit: Thursday, April 2, 2020 8:27:30 AM
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Topic: Doctors wearing their own masks are told to remove them
Posted: Thursday, April 2, 2020 8:27:29 AM
Doctors Say Hospitals Are Stopping Them From Wearing Masks

Neilly Buckalew is a traveling doctor who fills in at hospitals when there's need. So in the midst of this pandemic, she feels particularly vulnerable to contracting the coronavirus — not just in hospitals but in hotels and on her travels.

When she got an assignment last week at Saint Alphonsus Regional Rehabilitation Hospital in Boise, Idaho, she packed her own personal protective equipment and drove to town. She disinfected her hotel room and stayed away from other guests but worried about the coughing person in the room next door. So she donned her own fitted N95 mask that she uses for work.

"I wanted to protect myself," she said. "I wanted to protect my patients."
Can The U.S. Crowdsource Its Way Out Of A Mask Shortage? No, But It Still Helps.

That first day at work, Buckalew said she was told to take off her mask.

When she asked hospital administrators why, the reasons kept changing. First Buckalew said she was told it was against hospital policy for health care workers to bring their own gear. Then, she said, administrators told her if she wore her own N95 mask, others would want to wear the masks as well and the hospital didn't have enough. Finally, Buckalew said, it was that CDC guidelines don't require the mask at all times.

"I said if I can't wear it, then we have a problem," she said.

Refusing to take off her mask, she said, got her terminated. Then, she said after complaining she was reinstated and then terminated again — all within three days.

"I'm raising a huge big stink because it's wrong. It's unsafe. We'll never flatten the curve if hospital systems keep acting this way," she said, adding that she's speaking now because she's already lost her assignment and wanted to speak on behalf of those who can't. "A lot of people can't speak out because they're afraid, or they know that they'll be fired."
Topic: The new superhero
Posted: Thursday, April 2, 2020 7:55:15 AM
Topic: How to address a nation
Posted: Thursday, April 2, 2020 7:46:11 AM
little donny's new reality show...

Topic: They knew. They did nothing.
Posted: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:46:24 AM
Returning from Asia, family finds the US woefully unprepared to handle SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

This is little donny's failure because "they knew and did nothing."

I’m back home from Asia and shocked at U.S. coronavirus response

"My family barely fled Vietnam last week before all international flights were grounded. Instead of feeling relief when we landed back in the United States, I was alarmed to see a lack of safety precautions or serious concern about the COVID-19 crisis in comparison to Asia. I am gravely concerned about America’s ability to avert a health and economic catastrophe.

As soon as the U.S. State Department released a Travel 4 Advisory that urged all Americans abroad to immediately return to the United States, my family scrambled to buy next-day flights out of Vietnam. Despite the rising number of COVID-19 infections in the United States, I was eager to return home and have access to top quality medical support.

In Vietnam, by government mandate, everyone must wear masks in public places. In every building, business, apartment complex and public space, officials took temperature readings and provided hand sanitizer. The government required all passengers on our flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei to wear masks, even my thumb-sucking 2-year-old. Vietnam, reflective of the rest of Asia, is taking the COVID-19 virus very, very seriously.

In contrast, only half the passengers from Taipei to Seattle, presumably mostly American, were wearing masks. I nearly became a social-media meme as I stood in the aisle of the plane lambasting a trio of young women who had to cut their Thailand backpacking trip short. They were mock coughing and joking about COVID-19 panic. I offered them extra masks, but they declined with cavalier arrogance. My wife forced me to sit down before I got kicked off the plane and trapped in Taiwan.

Once we landed in Seattle, I had expected to see staff in hazmat suits with thermometers. As the initial epicenter, Seattle was the Wuhan or Milan of the United States. Instead, it was mostly business as usual. When I asked a Customs and Boarder Protection official why she wasn’t wearing a mask, she looked at me befuddled and said, “because there aren’t any.” Tragic, as the COVID-19 virus is extremely contagious and lingers in the air for several hours. All it takes is one sneeze from a carrier to risk infecting everyone in his or her vicinity. Equally as tragic is the epic failure of testing availability."
Topic: How to address a nation
Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:16:33 PM
Romany wrote:

Ashwin - this article is Blocked now. Well, here anyway. Are you sure it was the sort of speech everyone would find hope and compassion & empathy in, like the one from Merkel we're all discussing?

Try this URL.
Topic: Trump uses covid19 distraction as cover to slaughter environmental protections
Posted: Monday, March 30, 2020 7:38:32 PM
Trump responds to the publication of Rachael Carson's book Silent Spring...

"There's nothing to see here folks. This is just a democratic hoax. There's nothing wrong with DDT. It's good for the economy."


Topic: Trump uses covid19 distraction as cover to slaughter environmental protections
Posted: Monday, March 30, 2020 2:57:01 AM
Even in the midst of the coronavirus' reign of terror little donny continues to push his agenda of tearing down environmental regulations to favor big polluters and poison us all.

I say we throw him head first into a coal ash storage pond. Duke Energy has a few that would be suitable.

Coronavirus Doesn’t Slow Trump’s Regulatory Rollbacks

WASHINGTON — As much of his government battles the coronavirus outbreak, President Donald Trump is pushing ahead with major reversals of environmental regulations, including a restriction on scientific research that some doctors worry would complicate future pandemic controls.

Federal employees across multiple agencies said the administration was racing to complete a half-dozen significant rollbacks over the coming month. They include a measure to weaken automobile fuel efficiency standards, which one person familiar with the plans said would be issued as early as next week.

Other efforts include loosening controls on toxic ash from coal plants, relaxing restrictions on mercury emissions and weakening the consideration of climate change in environmental reviews for most infrastructure projects.

The aggressive timeline is aimed at shielding the policies from easy reversal if Democrats win the White House or control of the Senate in the 2020 election. While it is hardly unusual to see a push to finalize policies toward the end of an administration, several agency officials said they were surprised that political leaders had shown no sign of letting up amid the pandemic.

A dozen federal workers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly about agency work, all described a relentless atmosphere at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department. Several people said they had been told to expect no “slippage” or relaxation of deadlines, although thousands of federal employees, like much of the nation, are working from home and juggling child care and work responsibilities.

The administration also has denied requests to extend public-comment periods in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Topic: It needs to be said...
Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:13:42 PM
"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."

- Samuel Johnson

little donny fails.
Topic: Russia and Covid-19
Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:06:47 PM
Why is Russia reporting so few COVID-19 cases? Some say it's a cover-up
Moscow has seen a surge in "pneumonia" cases compared to last year.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread around the world, there are growing questions in Russia about the official number of cases that have been declared.

According to the count released by its health ministry, Russia currently has only 253 confirmed cases of the virus. That is vastly lower than in other major countries in Western Europe, where there are already thousands of cases.

What really makes Russia an outlier, however, is the number of tests it is carrying out compared to its number of positive cases. Russia has done 133,101 tests, putting it behind only China, Italy and South Korea.

But with just 306 cases of the virus, Russia’s ratio of positive cases to the number of tests is the second lowest in the world, at 0.21%. Only the tiny United Arab Emirates comes lower at 0.11%, based on figures from the Our World In Data project at Oxford University.

That number is puzzling, not least for a country of Russia’s vast size, with a population of 144 million and a long border with China. For example, the U.K. has done 64,600 tests and has over 3,000 cases. In Norway, 44,000 tests have turned up 1,700 cases.

“If they have done that amount of testing, it is remarkably low,” Paul Hunter, a professor of health protection at Britain’s University of East Anglia, told ABC News. “But clearly there are both suspicious and non-suspicious explanations for that. I would be very pushed to say that data is false based just on the numbers.”

But in a country where the state has a long history of hiding bad news from its citizens and the outside world, the anomalous figures have triggered suspicions of a cover-up. No solid evidence has so far emerged to support that theory, but even officials have begun to sound the alarm that the official numbers cannot be trusted.

“The number of all the infected is without question higher, but by how much?" Alexey Kurinny, a Communist party lawmaker who sits on the parliament’s health committee, wrote this week. "2 times (minimal) or 10 times?"

Russia’s government has insisted its numbers are accurate and senior doctors on state media have denounced suggestions that the real figures are much higher. President Vladimir Putin told Russians this week “the situation is on the whole under control” and that “Russia looks much better compared with other countries.”

The virus' growth in Russia now appears to be picking up speed-- the official total which had been growing at two or three cases a-day has leapt by over 150 since Friday. The country recorded its first death of a person with the virus on Thursday, a 79-year-old woman in Moscow. The government has moved to impose tougher measures, introducing a state of heightened readiness for the whole country and closing its borders to all foreigners until May 1. In Moscow, schools are closed and there are reports
authorities are discussing locking down the city. Outside Moscow, the authorities have begun building a 500-person hospital to house coronavirus patients.

Kurinny, the Communist lawmaker, has called for Russia to urgently establish a real picture of its numbers, taking after South Korea where authorities have managed to rein in the virus via relentless and massive testing.

"Now is the time to take the situation under control, without super-measures and super-losses, following the South Korea model," Kurinny wrote on the social media site VKontakte. "Or else get the risk (even just the potential risk) of the situation developing on the Italian model."

One explanation for Russia's low case numbers, increasingly acknowledged by authorities, are problems with its testing regime. There are indications that Russia's test is far less sensitive than those in other countries.

The test, which is produced by a state institute of virology and bio-technology in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, has been treated as a government secret, making it hard to assess. But the Russian medical news site PCR News this week said it had acquired a copy of the test’s make-up.

According to PCR News, the Russian test is based on the same method used by other countries.

But the Russian test, PCR News wrote, only detects the virus when there are over 100,000 copies of it per milliliter in a sample. That is far more than in other countries’ tests. A test in use in the U.S., for example, will pick up the virus with just 6,250 copies.

“That would mean it’s about 10-16 times less sensitive than what’s available in the U.S.,” Carmen Wiley, president of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry, told ABC News by a phone. At such a level, she said there was a risk the Russians were missing cases, in particular where people were asymptomatic.

The Russian government is aware of the issue and is preparing to launch a second test to act as a control for the first, Kurinny, the lawmaker, told ABC News. He said he was also worried Russia is only testing a "very narrow" group, confined largely to those arriving from countries deemed as hotspots for the virus and who show symptoms.

Experts in most countries believe there are likely hundreds or thousands more people with the virus than those detected by tests. But in Russia, fears the government may deliberately conceal the figures are greatly heightened and Chernobyl is frequently brought up. Last year, authorities withheld details of a radioactive explosion involving a nuclear-powered missile in northern Russia, denying at first it had contained radioactive materials.

“I am categorically sure, there are more coronavirus patients than the authorities are stating,” said Anastasia Vasilyeva, who leads Alliance of Doctors, a group that campaigns for health care improvements, and an ally of the opposition leader Alexey Navalny.

Those concerns have been fueled by figures from Russia’s state statistics agency that show Moscow has experienced a surge in recorded pneumonia cases this year. Data from the agency Rosstat showed Moscow had 6,921 pneumonia cases in January, an increase of 37% from last year.

Moscow's health department then released its own figures showing cases in January were actually 8% lower. But Rosstat told Reuters it did not understand how the Moscow department could have reached that result.

Vladimir Cherpunov, a leading virologist at the Novosibirsk institute, known as Vektor, that is leading the government testing effort, two weeks ago told The Siberian Times that he could not understand why all pneumonia patients were not being tested.

"All these cases are now ascribed to seasonal flu," Cherpunov said. "That means that maybe the web is not cast very wide."

Vasilyeva said her group has been receiving complaints from doctors describing wards already overflowing with pneumonia patients and saying that they are forbidden from putting pneumonia as the cause on death certificates. She released an audio recording she said was from a doctor at Moscow's Mukhin hospital, who said that 240 beds have now been set aside for patients with severe "pneumonia."

“It’s a tradition for Russia since Chernobyl -- to hide the truth,” Valery Solovei, a prominent liberal commentator, told ABC News.

Twenty-six opposition-leaning politicians and cultural figures on Friday published an open letter saying they believed there were likely thousands or tens of thousands more infections than officially reported, and called on the government to impose tough quarantine measures now.

A series of senior doctors in Moscow have dismissed such claims. Viktor Maleyev, a specialist a Moscow's Infectious Diseases Hospital Number 2, who is advising the government response, told the state news agency RIA Novosti that Russia had succeeded in slowing the virus because it rapidly closed its borders with China. Russia shut the border in late February and barred all Chinese citizens since early March.

Confirmed patients in Moscow are sent to Moscow's Kommunarka hospital. Its chief doctor told the BBC that none of his patients were currently in critical condition and none were on ventilators.

Hunter, the British expert, said Russia is not necessarily "out of step" in terms of its cases only surging now. “A lot of countries around the world, it’s only really in the last week it’s been kicking off,” he said.

But there are increasing doubts.

"I cannot find any explanation and that is why doubts gnaw at me," Cherpunov, the virologist at Vektor, told The Siberian Times. "I'm not that sure that all is so safe here."
Topic: Donald Trump
Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2020 5:51:54 AM
Hands and feet should be next!