COVID-19 All News All the Time and useful stuff

COVID-19 All News All the Time

Cleanliness is next to godliness ~ Florence Nightengale

A better term for ‘social distancing’ would be ‘physical distancing’. Though we need to keep 6 feet apart (Europe, so slightly farther away), we need to be closer socially and emotionally at times like this.

Senators Loeffler and Burr demonstrate that we are STILL in the golden age of white collar crime. “An entrenched, unfettered class of superpredators. The fastest way you’re ever going to get a test is to cough in a rich person’s face.

Urban / contemporary legends and Warnings:
This one was a notice from “the police department” warning quarantined people not to respond to a crying child who comes to the door and wants to be taken home; it is the latest ruse of a rape gang.
Structured the same as the child’s car seat positioned on the lonely roadside; the message is that people appearing to need your help are actually exploiting your good nature.

Ex-Biogen Employee Who Hid Coronavirus Symptoms to Fly to China Faces Criminal Charges. The woman allegedly took fever-reducing medications before boarding a plane and lied to flight attendants

Mass. General ‘Desperately’ Needs Supplies, Even 3-D Printed Ones
MGH President Peter Slavin said he is worried about respirators, masks, gowns and gloves, all in short supply as the coronavirus outbreak intensifies. The coronavirus outbreak is bending Boston’s health care system, and the president of one of its top hospitals is asking for help, even from people with 3D printers. Supplies are on the “low side” at Massachusetts General Hospital, and conservation alone will not do the trick, said the hospital’s president, Dr. Peter Slavin.

U.S. FDA approves first rapid coronavirus test with 45 minutes detection time
The test’s developer, California-based molecular diagnostics company Cepheid, said on Saturday it had received an emergency use authorization from the FDA for the test, which will be used primarily in hospitals and emergency rooms. The company plans to begin shipping it to hospitals next week, it said. The diagnostic test for the virus that causes COVID-19 has been designed to operate on any of Cepheid’s more than 23,000 automated GeneXpert Systems globally, the company said. The systems do not require users to have special training to perform testing, and are capable of running around the clock, Cepheid President Warren Kocmond said in the statement. The FDA confirmed its approval in a separate statement. It said the company intends to roll out the availability of its testing by March 30.

NET: Coronavirus pandemic changes how your privacy is protected. “As the coronavirus pandemic gets worse, privacy commissioners are lifting data restrictions for health officials to keep track of the outbreak. A review of policy changes around the world shows that data protection agencies are prioritizing lives over privacy, and it could be a sign of what’s to come for the US.” Data protection officials around the world are loosening rules on how your data can be used during the COVID-19 outbreak. Some governments (U.S.) to use phone location data to track the coronavirus’ spread and decide on how to quarantine communities affected by COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. The US is considering similar measures and could rely on data collected by Facebook, Google and other companies.

ArmyTimes: Flooded hotlines, cancelled leave and isolation hits soldiers amid coronavirus pandemic. “Leave is cancelled, soldiers are quarantined, training is nixed and families are left in limbo as the Pentagon braces for the novel coronavirus. Though the measures are understandable — and even advisable — soldiers’ lives have been upended.”

Publisher Access COVID-19. “More than 30 leading publishers have committed to making all of their COVID-19 and coronavirus-related publications, and the available data supporting them, immediately accessible in PubMed Central (PMC) and other public repositories. This will help to support the ongoing public health emergency response efforts. ”

TOTAL B.S, resources and links focused on the potentially deadly respiratory illness in the United States

Family members ignoring quarantine? Shave off their eyebrows when they’re sleeping so they’ll be too embarrassed to go out.

7 free video chat apps to use if you’re social distancing. “Stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic? Use these videoconferencing options to keep in touch with family, friends and your workplace.”

Can’t communicate – Stuck download app called Vocable

Celebrities, Orchestras, and More Are Streaming Live Music to Your Living Room — Here’s How to Listen (Video)

How to Clean Your Home for CoronavirusNYT

J.K. Rowling grants open license for teachers reading ‘Harry Potter’ online during coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus has now cancelled at least 75 major Pride celebrations across the globe. “Pride season in June may be months away, but it has already been massively disrupted by the outbreak of coronavirus. As of today, more than 75 events around the world have been forced to cancel or delay plans, with many more still to be announced. As many as 1,000 Prides were expected to take place in Europe alone.”

College kids are not getting what they paid for and demand their money back.

Pennsylvania has enacted strict restrictions to public gatherings and access to non-vital businesses in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Many of the state’s churches have followed suit.

GameStop says it’s an essential business but it isn’t and got shut down and their license suspended !!! Booo yahhhh

Pandemic response lays bare America’s digital divide

Schools (we always knew they were unessential) and unessential businesses are closed but . . .

To keep everyone’s plumbing in working order, please do NOT put
> anything down your toilets except toilet paper.
> Not even those supposedly flushable wipes.

Mary Mallon spread typhoid wherever she went, and all because she wouldn’t wash her hands. 1900 NY City

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