News Coronavirus Pandemic Information and Support Group

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by EmoBorg, Feb 1, 2020.

  1. EmoBorg

    EmoBorg Commodore Commodore

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    If animals can get infected by humans , we need to watch out for our pets.
     
  2. Kaiju "the spy"

    Kaiju "the spy" Admiral Admiral

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    But also, can pets get infected from other animals outside, and then infect their owners? This could mean a lot more trouble.

    Not to mention, if tigers are infected, can it be terminal for them, as it can be for us? They are an endangered species already, with only about 4,000 individual tigers left in the world.
     
  3. Kor

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    Here's a recent article from the journal Nature that addresses these matters: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00984-8

    Kor
     
  4. Owain Taggart

    Owain Taggart Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Huh, that is interesting. It's worth a study to see if maybe there'd be a way to borrow those antibodies the cats are creating.
     
  5. Dr. Kravaal

    Dr. Kravaal Vice Admiral Admiral

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    UAB came up with remdesivir recently.

    Back in Jan 2018, one Adam York in Pinson Alabama suffered from something very like COVID. I wonder if something in his body chemistry or genes might point a way out.

    I read about liquid breathing and wonder if that might be combined with other ways to oxygenate blood
     
  6. rhubarbodendron

    rhubarbodendron Vice Admiral Admiral

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    no, Vista :) If you'd like more old fashioned stuff I have a ME machine as well. It has excellent image editing software, that's why I kept it.

    A man who stands by his convictions:
    Being a conservative, he was to conserve his illness as long as possible. And as for him being admitted into a hospital - he always was a vigourous defender of the "splendid isolation" policy.
    See? All in character. ;)
    (I wouldn't joke if he was really in a critical condition, but this is just too lovely a pass to not turn it into a goal)

    Good news from Germany: our rate of new infections keeps stagnating. The isolation works.
    And good news in my family: my sister in law will return on Thursday, having worked with infected patients for the last fortnight. She'll now have to go into quarantine herself for 2 weeks. Fortunately, the local Red Cross has a shopping service for quarantined people. But since I'll be in her town tomorrow, I'll leave a care parcel with basic supplies and some sweets to last her till Tuesday (Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday shops are closed, and on Saturday the delivery service doesn't work)
     
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  7. Owain Taggart

    Owain Taggart Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Regarding the American order to stop the export of N95 masks to Canada, it's appalling for many different reasons. This pandemic is worldwide, which requires a worldwide effort to combat it, each country waging its own battle against it. Canada is your closest ally, the kind that you will often come to to borrow sugar without asking anything in return. It seems that the President and his friends have short memories regarding what Canada has done for their country. During times of crisis and war, we've often stepped in and helped without so much as a word.

    We've sent troops to die alongside U.S troops in Afghanistan, sent help to New Orleans after Katrina, not to mention numerous wildfires raging in California. But perhaps the most recent example of friendship and loyalty was during the 9/11 crisis. In a story that I feel every American should know, as told in the Broadway musical Come From Away, a little town called Gander in Newfoundland agreed to have 239 at-risk flights diverted to its small town. The influx of travelers overwhelmed the small town, but the town inhabitants went out of their way to make them feel welcome, feeding them out of their own pockets and hosting many of them in their homes, and not once did they ask for something in return. Many of these people formed long-lasting friendships, and I believe even some got married. I could go on with many other examples as those are the most recent, but I'll stop there.

    With all Canada has done for its closest ally, it's more than a little disappointing. Yes, I get it, you need those masks. Guess what, as another country fighting equally as hard against this pandemic, we need them too! We're all in the same boat. To help you curve the spread, to prevent its spread across the border, it'd be nice to have a little help from our friends. Limiting the supply to other countries is not the way to do this. The irony? Canada supplies many of the materials needed to make these masks! Without these, without the trade of these important materials with your ally, the masks wouldn't get made. Canada has tried securing a shipment of three-million masks which was stopped at the border this weekend. You'd think it was a drug-running run. To be blocking much needed supplies during a worldwide pandemic is not just wrong, it sets out dangerous humanitarian implications.
     
  8. Smellmet

    Smellmet Commodore Commodore

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    Boris johnson has just been moved into intensive care as his condition has worsened.
     
  9. SCE2Aux

    SCE2Aux Commander Red Shirt

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    Brit here: Would never vote for Johnson, but I really hope he pulls through - this country has been stretched out of all recognition already. It must be such a worry for his family. For someone who grew up in the 90s, I find the 21st Century to be the most awful place.
     
  10. EmoBorg

    EmoBorg Commodore Commodore

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    I heard Boris Johnson is in ICU now. I hope he recovers.
     
  11. Ghouleddie74

    Ghouleddie74 Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    This thing can kill both the weak and the powerful, folks.
     
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  12. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Admiral Premium Member

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    Hear, hear.
     
  13. Restless Spirit

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    It sounds like we've got some good news on that front.

    Ottawa reports progress in talks with U.S. over medical supplies as 3M strikes deal to send masks to Canada

     
  14. Owain Taggart

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    Ahh, good. Thanks for the update on that. I'm glad that 3M stuck to its guns on this issue.
     
  15. rhubarbodendron

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    ouch :( I hope he recovers. It's unusual for someone that young getting hit so hard. Maybe his doctors are just a bit more careful than with ordinary patients?
    I'm more worried about the Royals. Prince Philipp's health hasn't been good lately. If he got infected his chances would be almost nil :(
     
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  16. Nenya

    Nenya Commander Red Shirt

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    One of the positive things to come out of all this is how it shows how utterly useless celebrities and athletes are and how ridiculous it is to pay them millions. They are the definition of non-essential.
     
  17. AlanC9

    AlanC9 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    *shrugs* People like non-essential things. Millions would turn on the NBA in an instant if it was actually on.
     
  18. Ghouleddie74

    Ghouleddie74 Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Hell, if there were a new season of Jackass on MTV you'd better believe I'd be tuning in.
     
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  19. STR

    STR Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    These people are f***ing over Americans by seizing shipments, including those bound for Kentucky, which voted for them. Why are you acting surprised?
    More importantly, why are you making an appeal for decency?

    I'm speaking rhetorically, of course. I mean, kind of, there is nothing sacred, no institutions, no friends, not anymore. It's all a petty, degenerate power games to see who will debase themselves the most.
     
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  20. Winterwind

    Winterwind Commodore Commodore

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    When I was a kid I used to love sports, especially hockey since I'm Canadian, but now I don't watch them, don't like them, just don't care. The disgusting amount of money athletes and actors make...

    We're a flawed species. I'm a utopian socialist and make no apologies for it. There's enough wealth in this world to feed, clothe and shelter everyone but we just don't care enough to make the world what it could be.
     
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