K-12 COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information and resources web page for schools and school personnel.

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K-12 COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information and resources web page for schools and school personnel.

MOST CURRENT information on COVID-19 (primarily from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]), as well as guidance and resources for everyday disease prevention strategies. Any questions for the Department may be directed to COVID-19@ed.gov

#K12Covid-19 DIRECTIONS FOR LIVING
TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY
– SELF ISOLATE

* The nation’s top expert on infectious diseases said it would be
nice if a global-health unit that President Donald Trump scrapped
were still around.
* Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of
Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told House lawmakers, “It would
be nice if the office were still there.”
* Fauci said that the bottom line for the coronavirus outbreak in
the US is that “it’s going to get worse.”

 

IT IS HERE

IT IS IN YOUR TOWN

IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

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Donald’s mom Mary Tells Donald to
 PROTECT OTHER PEOPLE !!!!!

– STAY HOME
– STOP SHAKING HANDS

– DON’T SHAKE HANDS
– STOP BUMPING FISTS

CLEAN YOUR MONEY

MONEY  Spray Lysol on your paper money on both sides
-Spray your wallet
– Wash your coins
The Bank of Korea said it is putting currency notes through a high-heat process and then keeping them in a safe for 14 days, before releasing them back into circulation, according to a Reuters. That should be enough time to remove any trace of the virus, the bank said.

Routine procedures for disinfecting banknotes have been stepped up in the country. Those involve heating notes 150 degrees Celsius for a few seconds, a bank official told Reuters. Another way to kill germs is to expose the notes to ultraviolet light.

DON’T ACT LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP

PROTECT OTHER PEOPLE – STOP HUGGING PEOPLE
So far, Trump has had  at least 4 direct contacts that Trump has had to people who have come down with Coronavirus. He needs to be tested. Donald Trump ‘s staggering and deadly incompetence on #coronavirus didn’t happen accidentally. Trump did not push for early testing ‘because higher numbers would harm his re-election chances. Trump and Pence are making a show of not being tested to cover up the fact that they’re artifically depressing the #COVID19 numbers by making tests scarce.

#TyphoidTrumpy
Here’s Trump with Brazilian President Bolsanaro, who just tested positive for
#COVID19. Trump has also been exposed by Bolsanaro’s staff, someone at CPAC, and multiple GOP congressmen who are now in quarantine. Brazilian president and staff did not bring it with them. They contracted it while here. CPAC exposure came first. Trump and Pence are making a show of not being tested to cover up the fact that they’re artifically depressing the #COVID19 numbers by making tests scarce,

#coronapocalypse #SelfQuarantine

Trump is preventing states from broadening Medicaid coverage as an emergency response to the coronavirus. His anti-poor ideology takes precedence over public health. Trump administration blocks states from using Medicaid to respond to coronavirus crisis

Trump fears coronavirus  emergency declaration will cause him to lose the election – he cares about money and not people. The road to this moment was paved by the GOP’s decades-long war on government. Trump should declare an emergency, bringing in the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate and unleashing billions of dollars for struggling states. Moscow Mitch McConnell says he won’t look at House relief bill for coronavirus for another 12 days.

 WASH YOUR HANDS AND SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY

– WHEN THE SONG IS DONE YOU ARE DONE

– WASH YOUR HANDS,  UP TO YOUR WRISTS AND BETWEEN YOUR FINGERS

MAKE YOUR OWN HAND SANITIZER
USE SOME KIND OF ALOE GEL
AND RUBBING AlCOHOL
40% GEL TO 60% ALCOHOL OR IT WON’T WORK!

2/3 cup 99% rubbing alcohol to 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
Mix together in a bowl then pour into an empty bottle.

 SELF ISOLATE

DON’T GO WHERE THERE IS A LOT OF PEOPLE
(PARADES – STADIUMS – THEATERS – FESTIVALS )

STAND AWAY FROM OTHER PEOPLE

SIT AWAY FROM OTHER PEOPLE

Incubation period for this virus is 5-12 days. It CAN be longer.

– YOU REALLY DON’T HAVE TO GO ANYWHERE TO DO ANYTHING
DO NOT get stranded on a coronavirus-infected cruise ship no matter how low they price the trip.

– GO TO THE STORE  WHEN  LESS PEOPLE ARE AROUND

IF ANNE FRANK DID IT FOR 2 YEARS– YOU CAN DO IT FOR 2 MONTHS

Think of the Story of Anne Frank. She hid for 2 years in a three-story space entered from a landing above the Opekta offices on the Prinsengracht, where some of his most trusted employees would be their helpers.

PROTECT OTHER PEOPLE !!!!!

– WEAR A MASK OR WEAR A SCARF AROUND
YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH

PROTECT OTHER PEOPLE FROM YOU

– WHEN YOU COUGH OR SNEEZE
– YOUR OWN DIRTY HANDS
– don’t TOUCH YOUR MOUTH, NOSE or eyes

IF YOU DON’T OWN A MASK USE A SCARF

How To Wrap Face With Scarf/Dupatta In Just 1Minute // 5 easy ways to wear a scarf

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The coronavirus reveals the power of industry and holes in regulation.

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#COVID19 Updates

Do you work at the CDC and have COVID-19 response information the government won’t share? Here’s how to contact news organizations using

DO NOT EXTRAPOLATE: WHO’s Dr Aylward warns that China has very “sophisticated health care” with not just tons of ventilators but also *ECMO* (see below). Very few countries can match China’s volume of beds+technology to save #COVID19 patients. Italy will be closer comparison.

What happens if you DO get coronavirus (many of us will), only advice for how to try to AVOID it. So as your friendly neighborhood RN, a wee thread:

Things you should *actually* buy ahead of time (Erm, not sure what the obsession with toilet paper is?): Kleenex, Acetaminophen (Tylenol) in 350 mg tablets, Ibuprofen (Advil) in 200 mg tablets, Mucinex, Robitussin or DayQuil/NyQuil, whatever your cough medicine of choice is.

If you don’t have a humidifier, that would also be a good thing to get. (You can also just turn the shower on hot and sit in the bathroom breathing in the steam). Also a good time to make a big batch of your favorite soup to freeze and have on hand.

If you have a history of asthma and you have a prescription inhaler, make sure the one you have isn’t expired and refill it/get a new one if it is.

You basically just want to prepare as though you know you’re going to get a nasty respiratory bug like bronchitis or pneumonia. You just have the foresight to know it’s coming.

For symptom management, use the meds I mentioned.

For a fever over 101, alternate Tylenol and Advil so you’re taking a dose of one or the other every 3 hours. Use both cough suppressants and expectorants (most cough meds have both). Drink a ton, hydrate hydrate. Rest lots.

You should not be leaving your house except to go to the doctor, and if you do, wear a mask (regular is fine, you don’t need an N95). You DO NOT NEED TO GO TO THE ER unless you are having trouble breathing or your fever is very high and unmanaged with meds.

90% of healthy adult cases thus far have been managed at home with basic rest/hydration/over-the-counter meds. We don’t want to clog the ERs unless you’re actually in distress. The hospital beds will be used for people who actively need oxygen/breathing treatments/IV fluids.

If you have a pre-existing lung condition (COPD, emphysema, lung cancer) or are on immunosuppressants, now is a great time to talk to your PCP or specialist about what they would like you to do if you get sick. They might have plans to get you admitted and bypass the ER entirely.

One major relief to you parents is that kids do VERY well with coronavirus— they usually bounce back in a few days, no one under 18 has died, and almost no kids have required hospitalization (unless they have a lung disease like CF). Just use pediatric dosing of the same meds.

I’m always around via DM if you have questions, and if I don’t have the answer I’ll just tell you to call your doctor. 😉 But feel free to contact me any time. 😘

1/ Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

2/ When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw issue away immediately and wash hands.

3/ Avoid close contact with anyone that has fever and cough.

You can follow @smasheroteacups.

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Tips against :

Up your Vitamin D 2000-5000 IU per day.  Zinc lozengers because Zinc is good against viruses. It shortens the length of the infection.

Adding to the humidifier/shower: you can also boil water in a pot, put your head above it and a towel over your head. This will open airways, especially nose and it makes your throat less dry. It’s what I did when I had the flu but didn’t have a steamer.

Keep your chest & neck covered & warm at all times. Even in bed. Scarves & snoods are also useful for pulling up as impromptu masks.

Sciencey bit: Viruses replicate more readily at lower body temperatures. Cold is a risk factor.

Live-updating GIS dashboard that tracks the COVID-19. It will automatically update every couple hours as new data comes in by pulling info form the CDC, WHO, anda few other global health organizations. It is very powerful, visually interesting, and it really puts the situation in a spatial perspective. It was created by a student at Johns Hopkins.

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MEANWHILE:

— While the world is focused on #COVID19, billions of #locusts invade East Africa & #Asia. State of emergency in #Somalia. A flight to #Kenya: 24000km² cloud, the equivalent of food for 84M people was devastated. (UN)

THE BUSINESS CASE FOR BITCOIN

This is why Bitcoin was created.
Federal Reserve just printed $500B
People’s Bank of China just printed $79B
European Union just printed $37B
South Korea just printed $10B
Bank of Japan just printed $2B
Britain just printed $39B
Italy just printed $8.4B

On Estonia’s Isle of Women a Colorful Folkloric Way of Life Survives

On Estonia’s Isle of Women a Colorful Folkloric Way of Life Survives

Welcome to Estonia’s Isle of Women
What would life be like without men? On this tiny Baltic island, it’s business as usual. But its colorful, folkloric way of life is threatened by a dwindling population.


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/02/travel/kihnu-estonia-women-unesco-folk-culture-tourism.html

ECP: Linguistics – Why are some languages spoken faster than others?

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Promote and improve the teaching and learning of languages, identify and solve problems related to language and culture, and serve as a resource for information about language and culture.

6/25/16 KE ~ “Language like Music is a Virus and it can infect broad swaths of the public rapidly.” If there’s no virality, if it’s not spreading, it’s not happening.

Language is the most massive and inclusive art we know, a mountainous and anonymous work of unconscious generations.” ~ Edward Sapir

“There are nine different words for the color blue in the Spanish Maya dictionary,” writes Earl Shorris, “but just three Spanish translations, leaving six [blue] butterflies that can be seen only by the Maya, proving that when a language dies six butterflies disappear from the consciousness of the earth.”

Why are some languages spoken faster than others?
New research suggests that different tongues, regardless of speed, transmit information at roughly the same rate
Sep 28 2019
<https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2019/09/28/why-are-some-languages-spoken-faster-than-others>

WERE THIS article written in Japanese, it would be longer. A Thai translation, meanwhile, would be shorter. And yet those reading it aloud, in either language or in its original English, would finish at roughly the same time. This peculiar phenomenon is the subject of new research which finds that languages face a trade-off between complexity and speed. Those packed with information are spoken slower, while simpler ones are spoken faster. As a result, most languages are equally efficient at conveying information.

In a study published this month in Science Advances, Christophe Coupé, Yoon Mi Oh, Dan Dediu and François Pellegrino start by quantifying the information density of 17 Eurasian languages, as measured by the ease with which each syllable can be guessed based on the preceding one. Next, they record the rate at which 170 native speakers read 15 texts out loud. Finally, armed with data about the information contained in a piece of text and the speed at which it can be spoken, the authors derive the rate at which information is communicated.

The results suggest that there is an optimal range of speeds within which the brain can process information most efficiently. Speakers of simple languages pick up the pace to keep conversations brief. Speakers of complex languages exert more effort planning sentences and articulating syllables, causing discussions to drag on. Yet in both cases, information is conveyed at about the same pace. “It is like bird wings,” says Dr Coupé, one of the authors, “you may have big ones that need few beats per second or you have to really flap the little ones you got, but the result is pretty much the same in terms of flying.”

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Your City, Your State, Your K12 Public School all attacked using NSA weapon.

Your City, Your State, Your K12 Public School all attacked using NSA weapon.

In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc
By Nicole Perlroth and Scott Shane
May 25, 2019

In Pennsylvania School Districts Stockpiling Huge budget surplus accounts, while still raising property taxes every year

WannaCry? Hundreds of US schools still haven’t patched servers
A dive into vulnerability data shows even big districts’ servers still offering up SMB v. 1.

I think patching your software and making backups will protect you better than blaming the Gov’t
or
… than blaming the government who weaponized an unknown flaw in software and made sure not to tell the software vendor, in order to prevent a patch which customers could install, you mean?
or
Microsoft was warned, and the patch came out a month before Shadow Brokers dumped it.

If you’re wondering why ransomware continues to be such a problem for state and local governments and other public institutions, all you have to do to get an answer is poke around the Internet a little. Publicly accessible security-scan data shows that many public organizations have failed to do more than put a bandage over long-standing system vulnerabilities that, if successfully exploited, could bring their operations to a standstill.

While the method by which RobbinHood ransomware infected the network of Baltimore City two weeks ago is still unknown, insiders within city government have pointed to the incomplete efforts by the Office of Information Technology to get a handle on the city’s tangle of software, aging servers, and wide-flung network infrastructure. Baltimore isn’t even the only city to have been hit by ransomware in the last month—Lynn, Massachusetts, and Cartersville, Georgia, both had electronic payment systems taken offline by ransomware this month. Greenville, North Carolina, was struck by the same RobbinHood ransomware affecting Baltimore in April.

But cities aren’t the only highly vulnerable targets to be found by would-be attackers. There are hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected Windows systems in the United States that still appear to be vulnerable to an exploit of Microsoft Windows’ Server Message Block version 1 (SMB v. 1) file sharing protocol, despite repeated public warnings to patch systems following the worldwide outbreak of the WannaCry cryptographic malware two years ago. And based on data from the Shodan search engine and other public sources, hundreds of them—if not thousands—are servers in use at US public school systems. Even in cases where Microsoft’s patch of SMB v. 1 has been applied, the protocol remains a potential security problem—one that some organizations can’t completely close because some vendors still require the protocol for applications such as networked copiers and scanners.

While conducting research as a follow-up to our coverage of Baltimore City’s ongoing ransomware attack, Ars discovered that neighboring Baltimore County’s public school system had eight publicly accessible servers that still were running in configurations that indicated they were vulnerable to EternalBlue, the Equation Group exploit exposed by Shadow Brokers in April 2017 and then used as part of the WannaCry malware a month later. The exploit is now packaged as part of multiple malware kits, according to security researchers.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/05/two-years-after-wannacry-us-schools-still-vulnerable-to-eternalblue/

SEE

Where are the State AG’s in protecting the citizens from malware that “gets away” from the NSA? The weaponized software created by the NSA…. when employees who have been taught everything by the NSA leave their jobs and take what they know with them then form companies and sell their “knowledge /skills / know how” learned on the job by working for America to enemies.

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/12/former-nsa-employee-pleads-guilty-to-taking-classified-data/


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Dec 17

Former NSA Employee Pleads Guilty to Taking Classified Data

A former employee for the National Security Agency pleaded guilty on Friday to taking classified data to his home computer in Maryland. According to published reports, U.S. intelligence officials believe the data was then stolen from his computer by hackers working for the Russian government.

Nghia Hoang Pho, 67, of Ellicott City, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to “willful retention of national defense information.” The U.S. Justice Department says that beginning in April 2006 Pho was employed as a developer for the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) unit, which develops specialized hacking tools to gather intelligence data from foreign targets and information systems.

According to Pho’s plea agreement, between 2010 and March 2015 he removed and retained highly sensitive classified “documents and writings that contained national defense information, including information classified as Top Secret.”

Pho is the third NSA worker to be charged in the past two years with mishandling classified data. His plea is the latest — and perhaps final — chapter in the NSA’s hunt for those responsible for leaking NSA hacking tools that have been published online over the past year by a shadowy group calling itself The Shadow Brokers.

https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/436950-former-cia-nsa-employees-sue-agencies-over-alleged-censorship

Ex-NSA employees criticize Mike Rogers’ role with Israeli venture firm

In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc By Nicole Perlroth and Scott Shane May 25, 2019

For nearly three weeks, Baltimore has struggled with a cyberattack by digital extortionists that has frozen thousands of computers, shut down email and disrupted real estate sales, water bills, health alerts and many other services.

But here is what frustrated city employees and residents do not know: A key component of the malware that cybercriminals used in the attack was developed at taxpayer expense a short drive down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at the National Security Agency, according to security experts briefed on the case.

Since 2017, when the N.S.A. lost control of the tool, EternalBlue, it has been picked up by state hackers in North Korea, Russia and, more recently, China, to cut a path of destruction around the world, leaving billions of dollars in damage. But over the past year, the cyberweapon has boomeranged back and is now showing up in the N.S.A.’s own backyard.

It is not just in Baltimore. Security experts say EternalBlue attacks have reached a high, and cybercriminals are zeroing in on vulnerable American towns and cities, from Pennsylvania to Texas, paralyzing local governments and driving up costs.

The N.S.A. connection to the attacks on American cities has not been previously reported, in part because the agency has refused to discuss or even acknowledge the loss of its cyberweapon, dumped online in April 2017 by a still-unidentified group calling itself the Shadow Brokers. Years later, the agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation still do not know whether the Shadow Brokers are foreign spies or disgruntled insiders.

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WHERE ARE THE CLASS ACTION SUITS?

WHY DOESN’T THE STATE HOLD THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE DAMAGE DONE TO THEIR CITIZENS?

Breaking news. Patch yourself for the CVEs exploited by NSA tools on the loose. This includes major cities!

ETERNALBLUE was initially nicknamed EternalBluescreen —NSA never seriously considered alerting Microsoft about discovering the vulnerability (before Shadow Brokers happened), and —“held on it” (“used it,” presumably) for more than five years
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/25/us/nsa-hacking-tool-baltimore.html


NEW: Baltimore was hit with an NSA hacking tool that is being used to hijack U.S. cities. ⁦⁩ and I spent months looking into the origins of EternalBlue, a stolen NSA weapon that is popping up in more and more attacks across the country.

The NSA spent more than a year searching for the flaw in Microsoft’s software and writing the code to exploit it.

NSA TAO operators jokingly referred to it as “EternalBluescreen” because it often crashed computer systems, a risk they might tip off targets. It took months to hone. Once it became a reliable espionage tool, it netted some of the NSA’s best counter-terrorism intelligence, and there was never any serious consideration that NSA would turn over the underlying flaw to Microsoft for patching.

The NSA kept it for 5+ years until unidentified hackers threatened to publish it.

In April 2017, the group, which calls itself the ShadowBrokers, dumped it online, where it has been picked up by North Korea, Russia, Iran and, just this week, China in attacks that have cut a path of destruction around the globe. But in the last year, it has boomeranged back to the NSA’s own backyard, hitting Baltimore, Allentown, San Antonio and countless other cities in attacks that have paralyzed municipal operations and alarmed government officials, who privately say the NSA needs to account. The NSA refuses to discuss the incidents or even acknowledge that the dumped tools were part of its cyber arsenal, but in an unusually candid interview, NSA former director Mike Rogers, who oversaw the agency during the leak, deflected blame. “If Toyota makes pickup trucks and someone takes a pickup truck, welds an explosive device onto the front, crashes it through a perimeter and into a crowd of people, is that Toyota’s responsibility?

“The N.S.A. wrote an exploit that was never designed to do what was done.”

Microsoft rejects that analogy: “These exploits are developed and kept secret by governments for the express purpose of using them as weapons or espionage tools. They’re inherently dangerous. When someone takes that, they’re not strapping a bomb to it. It’s already a bomb.”

EternalBlue is being packaged as part of many malware attacks as one possible lateral movement tool. Making a bomb is very much responsibility of the creator.

NSA toyota analogy was not correct. Exploit is like a bomb its a different matter who detonate it and where. NSA is very much responsible for their malicious espionage tools.

https://twitter.com/waveslide/status/1132442317372219392

EternalBlue was leaked 2 years ago. MS patched BEFORE it hit the wild. Some industry gossip the NSA knew they’d lost control and gave MS a heads-up. THIS PATCH HAS BEEN OUT FOR TWO YEARS! If it hits your network now, you deserve it. Usually, it’s a component of a malware package.

China has also been able to intercept an NSA tool as it attacked their networks. They stopped it, copied it, modified it, and sent it back to us and all of our allies.


‏ @bitsdigits
No, it wasn’t the NSA hacking tool that did this. It was basic exemptions to the #Baltimore #CIO policies that didn’t address patch management deficiencies that did this. Has anyone looked at what .gov requirements are
https://home.dotgov.gov/registration/requirements/

In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/25/us/nsa-hacking-tool-baltimore.html

For nearly three weeks, Baltimore has struggled with a cyberattack by digital extortionists that has frozen thousands of computers, shut down email and disrupted real estate sales, water bills, health alerts and many other services.

But here is what frustrated city employees and residents do not know: A key component of the malware that cybercriminals used in the attack was developed at taxpayer expense a short drive down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at the National Security Agency, according to security experts briefed on the case.

Since 2017, when the N.S.A. lost control of the tool, EternalBlue, it has been picked up by state hackers in North Korea, Russia and, more recently, China, to cut a path of destruction around the world, leaving billions of dollars in damage. But over the past year, the cyberweapon has boomeranged back and is now showing up in the N.S.A.’s own backyard.

It is not just in Baltimore. Security experts say EternalBlue attacks have reached a high, and cybercriminals are zeroing in on vulnerable American towns and cities, from Pennsylvania to Texas, paralyzing local governments and driving up costs.

The N.S.A. connection to the attacks on American cities has not been previously reported, in part because the agency has refused to discuss or even acknowledge the loss of its cyberweapon, dumped online in April 2017 by a still-unidentified group calling itself the Shadow Brokers. Years later, the agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation still do not know whether the Shadow Brokers are foreign spies or disgruntled insiders.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/25/us/nsa-hacking-tool-baltimore.html

In Pennsylvania School Districts Stockpiling Huge budget surplus accounts, while still raising property taxes every year