COVID-19: Non-Medical Effects (Responses; Disruptions; Etc.)

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Here's an odd - perhaps ironic - slant on the pandemic ... The Associated Press has made the case that the string of US federal executions occurring over the last few months probably served as superspreader events - particularly because personnel involved in the executions circumvented recommended precautions.
AP analysis: Federal executions likely a COVID superspreader

As the ... administration was nearing the end of an unprecedented string of executions, 70% of death row inmates were sick with COVID-19. Guards were ill. Traveling prisons staff on the execution team had the virus. So did media witnesses, who may have unknowingly infected others when they returned home because they were never told about the spreading cases.

Records obtained by The Associated Press show employees at the Indiana prison complex where the 13 executions were carried out over six months had contact with inmates and other people infected with the coronavirus, but were able to refuse testing and declined to participate in contact tracing efforts and were still permitted to return to their work assignments. ...

Other staff members, including those brought in to help with executions, also spread tips to their colleagues about how they could avoid quarantines and skirt public health guidance from the federal government and Indiana health officials.

The executions ... , completed in a short window over a few weeks, likely acted as a superspreader event, according to the records reviewed by AP. It was something health experts warned could happen when the Justice Department insisted on resuming executions during a pandemic. ...
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/public-h...c-executions-956da680790108d8b7e2d8f1567f3803
 

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Right now, Sky News is showing "Learning the Lessons" - a review about how the Wuhan Coronavirus has been reported over the last year.

The WHO advice in January 2020 was that "there is no clear evidence that the virus passes easily from person to person" and "WHO does not recommend any specific health measures for travellers"

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It wasn't until 11th of March that the WHO reassessed it as a pandemic.

How many of the estimated 2.4 million deaths could have been avoided, had the Chinese regime shown transparency in the early stages of the virus (i.e. December 2019)?
 

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Fury at ‘do not resuscitate’ notices given to Covid patients with learning disabilities
  • Vulnerable people have encountered ‘shocking discrimination’ during pandemic, says Mencap charity
People with learning disabilities have been given do not resuscitate orders during the second wave of the pandemic, in spite of widespread condemnation of the practice last year and an urgent investigation by the care watchdog.

Mencap said it had received reports in January from people with learning disabilities that they had been told they would not be resuscitated if they were taken ill with Covid-19.

The Care Quality Commission said in December that inappropriate Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) notices had caused potentially avoidable deaths last year.

DNACPRs are usually made for people who are too frail to benefit from CPR, but Mencap said some seem to have been issued for people simply because they had a learning disability. The CQC is due to publish a report on the practice within weeks.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2..._medium&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1613225875
 

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Right now, Sky News is showing "Learning the Lessons" - a review about how the Wuhan Coronavirus has been reported over the last year.

The WHO advice in January 2020 was that "there is no clear evidence that the virus passes easily from person to person" and "WHO does not recommend any specific health measures for travellers"

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It wasn't until 11th of March that the WHO reassessed it as a pandemic.

How many of the estimated 2.4 million deaths could have been avoided, had the Chinese regime shown transparency in the early stages of the virus (i.e. December 2019)?
Not many I think because even with evidence and past experience staring them in the face most countries did nothing obvious. The US even had a plan on file just in case a coronavirus seemed to be spreading.

One thing I've come out of this experience with is a seriously downgraded estimate of WHO. The organization appears to be completely hidebound in bureaucracy, chain of command, approval process, and covering their ass, to the detriment of anything that might lead to timely useful information. "There is no evidence of person-to-person spread"? Of course the disease is spread person to person, and by breathing normally (the aerosol issue). It's a coronavirus and all of them that humans are subject to spread that way. Particularly the flu and the common cold. You don't need a six month study of massive data to make sure you're absolutely positively correct on a point that has a high probability of truth without giving out the information and the caveats. And you can't let covering your ass be your first priority. A colleague of mine goes on about not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good. I understand they do good work in third-world countries, and few else do, so that's a good thing, but in the future I'd prefer to let the guys at the CDC loose on the policies.
 

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Domestic and international vaccine passports 'being considered', Raab tells LBC

Speaking on LBC's Swarbrick on Sunday, the secretary of state confirmed the government "hasn't ruled out" introducing the Covid documents both within the UK and for overseas travel.

The measure would effectively require people to show their vaccine passport in order to move internationally and within Britain's borders.

Mr Raab told LBC the modalities and mechanisms for reopening the country still "need to be worked out" but that ministers are considering the introduction of domestic Covid passports.

https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/dominic-...ing-considered-domestic-international-travel/

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Fury at ‘do not resuscitate’ notices given to Covid patients with learning disabilities
  • Vulnerable people have encountered ‘shocking discrimination’ during pandemic, says Mencap charity
People with learning disabilities have been given do not resuscitate orders during the second wave of the pandemic, in spite of widespread condemnation of the practice last year and an urgent investigation by the care watchdog.

Mencap said it had received reports in January from people with learning disabilities that they had been told they would not be resuscitated if they were taken ill with Covid-19.

The Care Quality Commission said in December that inappropriate Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) notices had caused potentially avoidable deaths last year.

DNACPRs are usually made for people who are too frail to benefit from CPR, but Mencap said some seem to have been issued for people simply because they had a learning disability. The CQC is due to publish a report on the practice within weeks.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2..._medium&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1613225875
That is terrible.
Echoes of the appalling NHS "Liverpool Gateway" policy (leaving the frail to die from dehydration or starvation).
 

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Fury at ‘do not resuscitate’ notices given to Covid patients with learning disabilities
  • Vulnerable people have encountered ‘shocking discrimination’ during pandemic, says Mencap charity
People with learning disabilities have been given do not resuscitate orders during the second wave of the pandemic, in spite of widespread condemnation of the practice last year and an urgent investigation by the care watchdog.

Mencap said it had received reports in January from people with learning disabilities that they had been told they would not be resuscitated if they were taken ill with Covid-19.

The Care Quality Commission said in December that inappropriate Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) notices had caused potentially avoidable deaths last year.

DNACPRs are usually made for people who are too frail to benefit from CPR, but Mencap said some seem to have been issued for people simply because they had a learning disability. The CQC is due to publish a report on the practice within weeks.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2..._medium&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1613225875
Reported by the Telegraph six months ago.

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Not sure where to put this, but it gave me a real chuckle:
Man Offered Covid-19 Vaccine Because NHS Thought He Was 6cm Tall (Source - Ladbible)

Liam Thorp was surprised when he received a text inviting him to receive a Covid-19 vaccine - given that he is 32 with no underlying health conditions.

After receiving his invite, the political editor of the Liverpool Echo subsequently decided to call his GP and see if there had been a mistake, but he was told he had been placed into group six of the priority list because of his weight.

Writing for the Liverpool Echo, Liam said: "A nervous sounding chap on the line began quietly explaining to me that there had been a mix-up in offering me a vaccine at this stage.

"He said unfortunately my details had been put into the system incorrectly when I had registered with the GP just a year ago.

He continued: "The man from the surgery took a sharp intake of breath and tried to remain composed as he informed me that rather than having my height registered as six foot two, it had been put into the system as 6.2 centimetres.

"I'm not sure how he kept it together when he told me that this, combined with my weight, had given me a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 28,000."

To give you a little perspective, a BMI of anything over 40 is considered severly obese, making him an impossibly dense tiny man.
He'd literally be a big fat human pancake. :hahazebs:
 

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New Orleans out millions in tourists money as Mardi Gras or Carnival canceled for 2021 due to Covid and also the extreme cold weather.
 

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That's the spirit!

The Israeli Covid-19 vaccine programme has been setting the bar very high for the last number of months and now one pub there is raising a glass to its success — by launching a ‘free drink with your vaccine’.

But there is no sign of such an initiative being unveiled here in Ireland, especially with Taoiseach Micheál Martin now saying pubs and restaurants are unlikely to reopen until mid-summer.

At the world’s first vaccination bar in Tel Aviv, over-16s can get an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink, based on their age, along with a shot of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Anyone can come along without an appointment and queue for the vaccine.

A young woman who got the first shot, and received a bottle of beer for her efforts, told i24NEWSEnglish: “It’s really exciting to know that now you can come and get the vaccine really close to your house. It’s good news, and I love all the people that brought that here.”

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40230668.html
 

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Cork-based nuns breach Covid guidelines to attend exorcism of the Dáil

A pair of nuns who have so far raised over €77,000 in crowdfunding after being ordered to leave a site in West Cork broke Covid guidelines to attend an exorcism of the Dáil before Christmas.

Mother Irene Gibson, of a group called the Carmelite Sisters of the Holy Face of Jesus, has been ordered to leave the compound at Corran South near the village of Leap in West Cork by next June. That followed a 2019 conviction for breaching planning regulations in relation to the premises which she set up as a religious retreat in 2016.

She and her colleague, New Zealander Sr Anne Marie, attended the exorcism on December 8 at a time when inter-county travel was banned. A video has appeared online which shows the exorcism and a subsequent Mass in Herbert Park. The event attracted around 70 attendees despite outdoor gatherings at the time being limited to 15.

The Mass was said by Fr Giacomo Ballini, who told the crowd at the gathering that "no human power can take away the right to say Mass". Fr Ballini is a member of The Society of St Pius Resistance, a splinter group of the controversial SSPX which was founded in 1970 by a former bishop who clashed with the Vatican over reforms. Fr Ballini has been operating from a farmhouse in Drinagh, Co Cork.

Neither group is "in communion" with the Catholic Church and neither has sought any permission for its activities from the Diocese of Cork and Ross.

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40231067.html
 

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Careful what you say!

An entire California school board has resigned after making disparaging remarks about families in an online meeting which they did not realise was being publicly live-streamed.

"They want to pick on us because they want their babysitters back," one member said about parents.

Another implied that parents wanted their children out of the house so they could take drugs during the day.

Parents, however, had been joining the public call as it progressed.

"Uh-oh," said board member Kim Beede when she was told, several minutes into the discussion: "We have the meeting open to the public right now."

The Webex meeting immediately went into private status.bBut NBC Bay Area reporter Bigad Shaban tweeted snippets afterwards for all to see.

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-56156795
 

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Covid: Biden calls 500,000 death toll a 'heartbreaking milestone'

President Joe Biden has addressed the nation as the US passed the figure of 500,000 Covid-related deaths, the highest number of any country.

"As a nation, we can't accept such a cruel fate. We have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow," he said.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-56159756
 

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Covid: Biden calls 500,000 death toll a 'heartbreaking milestone'

President Joe Biden has addressed the nation as the US passed the figure of 500,000 Covid-related deaths, the highest number of any country.

"As a nation, we can't accept such a cruel fate. We have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow," he said.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-56159756
Becoming numb to the sorrow- there you have it. Something to remember, right there.
 

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No clowning allowed.

A couple have been fined for breaching lockdown after a clown photoshoot on a bridge sparked an emergency response.

The pair, who were apparently holding a photoshoot for social media, sparked an emergency police response and a road had to be closed. The bizarre incident saw a woman on the wrong side of the safety barriers in Sevenoaks, Kent, on Sunday afternoon.

When police arrived, they found a woman wearing clown make-up. Kent Police said she was taking part in a photoshoot for her social media page and was accompanied by a man who was taking pictures. They were both fined.

They were among 86 people fined in Kent between Friday and Monday.

https://www.irishexaminer.com/world/arid-40232243.html
 

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How the NHS are prioritising the distribution of the vaccine/s in the UK .. the who, why and when of it all .. seeing as I'm 47 so am not even on the list at all and the Prime Minister has just given a date in March when everyone else can start mixing in public again?, it's been nice knowing you all ..

The COVID-19 vaccine: who gets it first? | The Health Foundation
The priority and shielding algorithm has been recently been updated to take into account an individual's health risks - taking into account risk factors including genetic ethnicity, prescribed medications, BMI and other factors - to calculate their risk level if they catch Covid-19. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/health/me...will-make-us-all-safer-in-the-end/ar-BB1dLIYo

The key thing is to make sure your GP's surgery has the correct information in order to guide them re. the vaccine and/or shielding eg., are you an unpaid carer, have they got your conditions correctly listed, any hospital specialist's advice noted etc.,

I can email my GP surgery and did so to double check.

The 'mixing' from March 29th consists of 2 people being allowed to meet outdoors, so (in my view) a pretty cautious start.
 

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Good News: Many metrics associated with the pandemic are dropping (suggesting progress).
Bad News: Testing demand is rapidly collapsing, and this affects the ability to track COVID-19 and manage responses.
Plunging demand for COVID-19 tests may leave US exposed

Just five weeks ago, Los Angeles County was conducting more than 350,000 weekly coronavirus tests, including at a massive drive-thru site at Dodger Stadium, as health workers raced to contain the worst COVID-19 hotspot in the U.S.

Now, county officials say testing has nearly collapsed. More than 180 government-supported sites are operating at only a third of their capacity. ...

After a year of struggling to boost testing, communities across the country are seeing plummeting demand, shuttering testing sites or even trying to return supplies. ...

The drop in screening comes at a significant moment in the outbreak: Experts are cautiously optimistic that COVID-19 is receding after killing more than 500,000 people in the U.S. but concerned that emerging variants could prolong the epidemic. ...

U.S. testing hit a peak on Jan. 15, when the country was averaging more than 2 million tests per day. Since then, the average number of daily tests has fallen more than 28%. The drop mirrors declines across all major virus measures since January, including new cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Officials say those encouraging trends, together with harsh winter weather, the end of the holiday travel season, pandemic fatigue and a growing focus on vaccinations are sapping interest in testing.

“When you combine all those together you see this decrease,” said Dr. Richard Pescatore of the health department in Delaware, where daily testing has fallen more than 40% since the January peak. “People just aren’t going to go out to testing sites.”

But testing remains important for tracking and containing the outbreak. ...
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/us-news-coronavirus-pandemic-b1c1f6fc83977830231c065625510e4e
 

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So are you more in debt or an "accidental saver" because of Covid?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56210579

Saving around £200 a month on train fares and not having any holidays has put me in that second category.
It's quite novel, when I get my monthly bank statement, to see my balance in the black and going up a bit each month.
 
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