Apr 19 2020
06:25 am
By: R. Neal
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Patients compensate for the

Patients compensate for the low oxygen in their blood by breathing faster and deeper — and this happens without their realizing it. This silent hypoxia, and the patient’s physiological response to it, causes even more inflammation and more air sacs to collapse, and the pneumonia worsens until oxygen levels plummet. In effect, patients are injuring their own lungs by breathing harder and harder. Twenty percent of Covid pneumonia patients then go on to a second and deadlier phase of lung injury. Fluid builds up and the lungs become stiff, carbon dioxide rises, and patients develop acute respiratory failure.

The Infection That’s Silently Killing Coronavirus Patients

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Amazon using thermal cameras for coronavirus temperature check

Amazon has started using thermal cameras at its operations facilities to screen workers for fevers, a common symptom of the novel coronavirus.

Amazon is using thermal cameras for coronavirus temperature checks

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Blood oxygen tests

If I remember correctly, blood oxygen testers are cheap and easy to use. They are also a much better indicator of covid-19. It seems to more of a blood disease than a lung disease, messing up the transfer of oxygen to the blood cells. Am I missing something?

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I may be wrong, but my

I may be wrong, but my understanding is most if not all people with covid have a fever. It is a common symptom that shows up early. Sometimes covid pneumonia develops and then oxygen deprivation comes into play as a characteristic.

From the article reference above ...

Normal oxygen saturation for most persons at sea level is 94 percent to 100 percent; Covid pneumonia patients I saw had oxygen saturations as low as 50 percent.

My understanding is oxygen saturation below 90 percent needs to be addressed.

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It ends in the blood, not the lungs. From what I understand.

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Covid-19 causes sudden strokes in young adults, doctors say

The new coronavirus appears to be causing sudden strokes in adults in their 30s and 40s who are not otherwise terribly ill, doctors reported Wednesday.

Covid-19 causes sudden strokes in young adults, doctors say

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Seniors with Covid-19 show unusual symptoms, doctors say

Covid-19 is typically signaled by three symptoms: a fever, an insistent cough and shortness of breath. But older adults — the age group most at risk of severe complications or death from this condition ― may have none of these characteristics.

Seniors with Covid-19 show unusual symptoms, doctors say

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See how far spit droplets travel through air when we talk

The CDC recommends that all Americans wear face coverings in public.

See how far spit droplets travel through air when we talk

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Antilockdown protester in

Antilockdown protester in Tennessee carries poster that says,

"Sacrifice the Weak, Re-Open TN"

We're so proud. /snark

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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan plans to crack down on grocery stores

I don't know about local grocery testing, but the last time I was in Publix next to campus it looked like every employee had on a mask. I don't think that is the case at Kroger and others.

He said that by Monday, May 11, every grocery store in the city should be able to demonstrate that every single employee has a recent negative COVID-19 test.

Duggan said that if grocery store employees do not get tested, the city will take appropriate legal action.

City of Detroit planning to crack down on COVID-19 testing for grocery store employees

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At the Food City I shopped at

At the Food City I shopped at recently only one employee out of about ten had a mask.

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Target was 50/50 of employees masked

~25% of customers but they were also rocking the clean carts like they have been at Krogers

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60 Minutes - computer algorithm among the first to detect virus

On New Year's Eve, a small company in Canada was among the first to raise the alarm about an infectious disease outbreak. Its computer algorithm calculated where the virus might spread next. The technology could change the way we fight another contagion.

The computer algorithm that was among the first to detect the coronavirus outbreak

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Non-covid19 deaths spike in March and April

Deaths across America spiked as Covid-19 began its spread, and many were never attributed to the new coronavirus, researchers reported Monday.

Patients already weakened by pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease may have had a death listed as being due to one of those causes, rather than coronavirus.

Deaths spiked as Covid-19 spread in March and April, new analysis finds

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Companies look at legal liability for coronavirus infections

As companies start planning their reopenings, business groups are pushing Congress to limit liability from potential lawsuits filed by workers and customers infected by the coronavirus.

Companies look to limit legal liability for coronavirus infections

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Costco to require face coverings for shoppers

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Texas Zoo is opening back up with a drive-thru experience

The San Antonio Zoo announced it is giving families the opportunity pack up their cars and drive-thru the park for a limited amount of time.

A Texas Zoo is opening back up to the public with a drive-thru experience

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Deaths soar in country that didn't lock down

Unlike its European neighbors, Swedish officials did not institute lock down measures to combat the Covid-19 epidemic.

Deaths soar in country that didn't lock down. Officials identify big reason why.

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Martin and Glenn

The Swedish Protocol is essentially what was instituted in Knox County after a propaganda campaign, full of lies and damn lies by Martin Daniel over The weekend. We got a little less disciplined version though. Stay tuned. We have every reason to believe death will follow.

Daniels cut me off from his facebook account when I noted that causing the willful death of another human was murder and pointing out the his legislative immunity from prosecution would be over after he fails to run for re-election. I'm not sure about the nuts and bolts of his, or Jacobs immunity from prosecution (I presume it would be something along a massive drunk driving killing spree) , buy I'm pretty sure that was the area of comment that lead to my exit.

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Death rates

Sweden's death rate is 12% and appears to be growing. So much for Daniels statistical insignificance.

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Sweden's death rate

Sweden's death rate has been slowly, steadily rising over the course of the last few days. It is now at 12.34%.

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Rangers advise caution amid reopenings

In mid-March, many of America’s national parks shut down to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Wildlife quickly moved into the spaces now lacking the traffic jams and noisy hikers that have become a staple of parks across the country. Bears are grazing in meadows near California’s Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, and elk were undisturbed at the beginning of the spring calving season in Yellowstone National Park. After 327 million visitors to national parks in 2019, the shutdowns have given the park ecologies a moment to breathe.

National park closings gave wildlife room to roam. Rangers advise caution amid reopenings.

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Siberian zoo sees animal baby boom during lockdown

A Siberian zoo that closed its doors to visitors for over two months due to the coronavirus says the lockdown has encouraged a baby boom among its animals.

Among the zoo's new arrivals are rare Egyptian goslings, reindeer calves, llama crias and a baby brown weeper capuchin monkey.

Siberian zoo sees animal baby boom during lockdown

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Most dangerous place in the grocery store

Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist and health economist at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, said cashiers "need N95 masks as much as health care workers." He believes that all stores also need to give their cashiers face shields because many coronavirus carriers are asymptomatic. In China, stores are sanitizing cash, and the United States "should as well at some point."

This is the most dangerous place in the grocery store

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Wearing masks, South Korean students to go back to school

Widespread testing, intensive contact tracing and tracking apps have enabled South Korea to limit the spread of the virus without the extensive lockdowns seen in other countries.

After suffering the first major coronavirus outbreak outside China, South Korea has succeeded in lowering the daily rate of infections to around 10 or less, mostly imported.

Wearing masks, South Korean students to go back to school

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What's wrong with these

What's wrong with these people? Oh, wait, they're just using the president's guidance.

You missed the one where some guy in Texas pushed a Texas park ranger into a body of water. The guy was caught and arrested.

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The psychology behind why some people won't wear masks

Aronoff compared the mask guidance to the ban on smoking cigarettes in restaurants or schools.

"There are rules about not smoking in enclosed restaurants and bars because that smoke can be deleterious to someone else's health," he said. "Now we're in a situation where, if I'm infected with the Covid-19 virus, my breath can be lethal to someone else."

The psychology behind why some people won't wear masks

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Mask incident in Alabama

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Man refusing to wear mask breaks arm of Target employee

Two men were arrested for felony battery after starting a fight with employees at a Los Angeles Target store over wearing masks inside the store.

Man refusing to wear mask breaks arm of Target employee

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Video shows Costco worker calmly handle customer berating him

"Sir, have a great day. You are no longer welcome here in our warehouse," the worker responds. "You need to leave. Thank you very much."

Video shows Costco worker calmly handle customer berating him over mask policy

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Masks seem to be working to fight the virus

Americans are at odds over whether it's necessary to keep taking coronavirus protective measures, but a leading researcher says the data is clear: The path ahead in the Covid-19 pandemic is being shaped by masks.

"We now have really clear evidence that wearing masks works -- it's probably a 50% protection against transmission," Dr. Chris Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, or IHME, at the University of Washington, told CNN late Tuesday.

Masks seem to be working to fight the virus, even as some refuse them and US deaths near 100,000

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It would seem to me that it is not unwise to question IHME's credibility in these matters. And given the group's previous data tomfoolery, one wonders how they were ever again accepted as experts at anything.

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You could look at the results being achieved in countries mandating masks, Austria, Japan, etc.

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"...look at results being achieved..." elsewhere

You could look at the results being achieved in countries mandating masks, Austria, Japan, etc.

I agree. Thus far, the "look around and see what is actually happening" method of modeling/forecasting seems much more useful than anything that has come out of academia.

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In fairness to academia....

They are being asked to give us years worth of answers in days. The questions government should be asking are "What non-specific techniques could be used to slow and control the spread of this?"

Instead, our leaders are trying to get through this by election day, which, ironically, is the best way to extend the virus' run.

We don't even know what all this disease does yet. And the more we find out the worse/more bizarre it gets.

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Please. "Academia" does not

Please. "Academia" does not speak with a single voice - it is comprised of people and methodologies, some better than others. Academic methods and scientific methods involve continual debate and revisions and modifications as new information and data becomes available. It's a bit ironic that you would cite a scientific (and academic) publication such as the Lancet to support your case and then take a swipe at "academia." This comment comes across as another example of the Beavis and Butthead tribalism that damages thoughtful discourse. What's even sadder is when showing concern and respect for others - in this case, being willing to take precautions to protect the health of others - is regarded as a threat to one's manhood and sense of independence. That's weak.

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You're correct, Ashley

You are right, Ashley. I will be more specific.

There are (at least) two groups whose C-19 models, forecasts and predictions have been so horribly wrong that their good reputations do not deserve unquestioned restoration:

1. The University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, and
2. The Coronavirus-19 Outbreak Response Experts (CORE-19) group at UT's Baker Center.

While it is unfair to paint "academia" with the same dirty monolithic brush, there is a macro flaw in the way we are using academic research as it related to C-19. As pointed out by a fishbobber, academicians are not typically asked to immediately produce models that will be immediately used for massive public policy decisions within hours of the completion of their work. Academic research typically has the luxury of publication and years of peer challenges and attempts at replication - all of which typically occurs outside of general public view.

This is a rare instance of certain academicians' work being immediately used on an unprecedented scale. And quite tragically, the vast majority of public decision-makers chose the wrong academic models on which to base their decisions.

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IHME's work as an ostensible policy basis was a massive failure

And quite tragically, the vast majority of public decision-makers chose the wrong academic models on which to base their decisions.

There's the model array and there's the selection of which ones. That the key decision makers in question chose a particular model which just happened to be one of the most optimistic and vastly divergent from agent-based and SEIR epi models is suspect to say the least. It's important in this regard to note that, generally speaking one side of the epistemic divide goes with science and reality - and its policy decision makers generally go along with that side - the other side doesn't. So when we talk about how the selection of models and science goes, it's important to keep in mind that one side does inquiry, is reality-based, the other side - which currently occupies a lot of powerful positions including the POTUS - doesn't or worse apes science with its own version of science even though that version is not. This is imv in large part how we end up with IHME models being the fulcrum for incredibly important public health policies at the federal level. Because the selection criteria is more about whether the models in this case buttress identity and priors rather than being scientifically valid. The merchants of doubt hold more sway in one political realm than the other. This is how some deny climate, deny lung cancer, empower fossil fuels through sham science.

“the party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final most essential command.”

Carl Bergstrom, biology professor at UW, has been particularly good on this and has a book with the aptly titled "Calling Bullshit" coming out in August.

Calling Bullshit

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Had to go to the Dr. last FRI & as we left, the parking attendant - an older lady - wasn't wearing a mask. We asked her if she had any. "No" she replied, so we gave her a baggie that had 6 to 8 masks. She cried. God bless her.

Our neighbor has had a part of both of her lungs removed due to cancer. She had no masks. We gave her some N95 masks that I already had a number of before the pandemic, for use in my shop when sanding, grinding, painting, etc.. We also bought masks, gloves & toilet paper for my niece & my wife's brother.

If it is possible, we should be helping friends, family, neighbors, and YES - strangers. There is strength in unity & as they say, what goes around, comes around.

Furthermore - "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self"
Words to live by.

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Masks at Weigels

10 packs for $14.99. They're high, but available.

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What kind of masks? Which

What kind of masks? Which Weigels?

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Weigels at Callahan.

They were disposable surgical/paper fiber masks.

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See how a mask affects how a cough travels

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HI $ masks

Today at a local convenience store in Rockford, TN (Four Corners Market) they had masks at the check out counter for $2 each. OUCH!

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~20,000 teens in Georgia have received their driver license ...

... without a road test

All of them got their licenses without taking an official road test. It's Georgia's way of handling the backlog of the thousands of road test requests that have been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Nearly 20,000 teens in Georgia have received their driver licenses without a road test

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Customers shoot 2 OKC McDonald's employees

Police told KOCO 5 that two people entered the lobby of the McDonald's near Southwest 89th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, where employees informed them that the dining room was closed because of safety precautions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. At some point, a gun was produced and two male employees were shot, police said.

Customers shoot 2 OKC McDonald's employees after being told dining room was closed, police say

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Most coronavirus in some states are in prisons and nursing homes

In Louisiana, more than 30% of the state's coronavirus deaths are nursing home residents. In New Hampshire, long-term care facility residents make up nearly 80% of the state's cases.

The most alarming coronavirus numbers in some states are in prisons and nursing homes

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Silent hypoxia: Covid-19 patients who should be gasping for air

Typically, these patients have experienced some Covid-19 symptoms for two to seven days before they show up at the hospital complaining of sudden chest tightness or an inability to breathe deeply, said Dr. Richard Levitan, who's been an emergency room physician for some 30 years.

Silent hypoxia: Covid-19 patients who should be gasping for air but aren't

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'quarantine greenhouses' so diners can eat while social distanci

Mediamatic ETEN, a restaurant in Amsterdam, is offering a four-course vegetarian menu for diners -- served to guests while they sit in their own personal quarantine greenhouses.

Waiters wear gloves and face shields to alleviate any risk of infections, the restaurant confirmed to CNN. They also use long boards to bring dishes into the greenhouses to diners.

This restaurant in Amsterdam introduced 'quarantine greenhouses' so diners can eat while social distancing

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Shortage of needles, syringes looms in race to develop COVID-19

Currently, the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) contains about 15 million needles and syringes, about 2% of what will be needed, according to Bright’s complaint.

Shortage of needles, syringes looms in race to develop COVID-19 vaccine

Supply chain headache? Hundreds of millions of syringes will be needed to vaccinate U.S.

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Some thoughts to consider


Got it? Good. Read it, know it, live it.

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Went to restaurant in

Went to restaurant in Kingston Pike/Cedar Bluff area Sunday evening. None of kitchen staff nor some other staff preparing or handling food had masks. We got up and left. Is it a requirement for them to wear a mask?

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Following are the guidelines

Following are the guidelines from KCHD. Hard to tell the answer to your question, but it looks like the answer is no. Maybe KCHD can answer if you call them?

• When 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be
maintained, employees and patrons must wear
face coverings.
• Sanitize surfaces and items between users.
• Treat every patron and employee as if they are
potentially infectious.
• Drinking-only establishments are not open for
onsite consumption in Phase One.
• Food truck parks are not open in Phase One.
• Curbside pickup and delivery options should still
be offered, when possible.
• Restaurants can open only with tables spaced to
allow for at least 6 feet of physical distancing
between groups of patrons, at a maximum of 50%
capacity based on seating capacity. Physical
distancing of table spacing applies to both indoor
and outdoor seating.
• A maximum of 6 people per table, with the
understanding that restaurants have more than
10 total patrons at one time, face coverings
cannot be worn while eating, and physical
distancing is intermittently broken during the
delivery of food items from the kitchen.
• Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be
maintained in both the kitchen and dining room.
Diners cannot wait inside or congregate while
• The bar/counter section within a restaurant is not
open for seating or standing due to the tendency
to congregate and because of the danger of
respiratory droplets landing on the service area.
Alcohol can be served from the bar in other
seated areas of the establishment.
• Self-service is not permitted (for example, salad
bars, buffets, beverage service and shared
condiments) due to the use of communal serving
instruments and surfaces.
• Condiments must be single-serve, provided by
request only (not tabletop) and cannot be reused.
• Menu boards, single use menus or sanitizing of
menus between each use is required.
• Use rolled silverware/napkins stored in sealed
bins (cloth face covering and gloves should be
worn by staff while rolling silverware in a
designated sanitary area)
• No live music.

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Risks and how to avoid them, found via Kevin Drum

Apologies if this is posted elsewhere here on this or another thread, but this looks like good data we all can use.


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What’s going on at city County building? Wearing masks also?

Via Yamiche Alcindor - CONFIRMED: The White House has directed all West Wing staff to wear masks at all times in the building, except when they are at their own desks.

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Disney parks in US will 'likely' require face masks

It will be interesting to see what they can come up with that will allow for them to reopen.

The CEO of the Walt Disney Company said this week that face masks for guests and workers will "likely" be one of the coronavirus precautions put in place when the company's U.S. parks reopen.

Disney parks in US will 'likely' require face masks when they reopen, CEO says

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That thieving rat!

With the prices they charge for admission, they should supply branded masks to each visitor with a happy Mickey/Minnie or Goofy face on it.

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Inmates tried to infect themselves with the coronavirus

The Los Angeles County jail inmates had one goal in mind: get infected with the novel coronavirus so they could be released from custody. And they were going to do it together.

Inmates tried to infect themselves with the coronavirus to get early release, Los Angeles County sheriff says

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Uber to use facial recognition tech to determine if masks worn

Uber drivers will have to take a selfie with their mask on and submit it within the app for verification before they can begin a ride.

The Uber app already uses face-scanning technology to verify a driver’s ID before starting a ride, so this new mask verification is built off that framework.

Uber to use facial recognition tech to determine if drivers are wearing masks

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How Uber rides are about to change

In a blog post on Wednesday, Khosrowshahi said the new Covid-19 changes will be in effect through the end of June, and then will be revisited based on local conditions.

Face masks and mandatory selfies for drivers: How Uber rides are about to change

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Environments with increased risk of spreading coronavirus

...which environments have an increased risk of spreading coronavirus

Biologist: Avoid these places to protect against Covid-19

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The Doctor Will Zoom You Now: BlueCross covering online

Marking a seismic shift in medicine, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is fully embracing telehealth, announcing Thursday that from now it will cover online medical consultations with in-network health care providers.

The Doctor Will Zoom You Now: BlueCross commits to covering online medical consults from now on

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Humans are not herds

Ryan said the term "herd immunity" emerged from veterinary epidemiology, typically involving business decisions of whether to let animals die for the overall health of a herd.

"An individual animal in that sense doesn't matter, from the perspective of the brutal economics of that decision-making," Ryan said.

Can herd immunity help stop the coronavirus? Experts warn it's not that easy.

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May 17, 2020, Texas reports

May 17, 2020, Texas reports largest single-day jump in coronavirus cases.

Texas reported 1,801 new coronavirus cases Saturday, reportedly marking the state’s largest single-day jump since the start of the coronavirus crisis.

The Texas Department of State Health Services said 734 of the new cases are from Potter and Randall counties.

“These counties’ new cases are largely from targeted testing of employees at meat plants in the area. More test results from plants are expected,” it tweeted.

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US lockdown protests may have

US lockdown protests may have spread virus widely, cellphone data suggests

Devices associated with protesters travelled up to hundreds of miles after rallies where few precautions were taken


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He thought the coronavirus was 'a fake crisis.'

A Florida man who thought the coronavirus was "a fake crisis" has changed his mind after he and his wife contracted COVID-19.

He thought the coronavirus was 'a fake crisis.' Then he contracted it and changed his mind.

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A spike of on May 18 of new

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Kai Kupferschmidt in Science

Kai Kupferschmidt in Science Mag - Why do some COVID-19 patients infect many others, whereas most don’t spread the virus at all?

That’s why in addition to R, scientists use a value called the dispersion factor (k), which describes how much a disease clusters. The lower k is, the more transmission comes from a small number of people. In a seminal 2005 Nature paper, Lloyd-Smith and co-authors estimated that SARS—in which superspreading played a major role—had a k of 0.16. The estimated k for MERS, which emerged in 2012, is about 0.25. In the flu pandemic of 1918, in contrast, the value was about one, indicating that clusters played less of a role.

Estimates of k for SARS-CoV-2 vary. In January, Julien Riou and Christian Althaus at the University of Bern simulated the epidemic in China for different combinations of R and k and compared the outcomes with what had actually taken place. They concluded that k for COVID-19 is somewhat higher than for SARS and MERS. That seems about right, says Gabriel Leung, a modeler at the University of Hong Kong. “I don’t think this is quite like SARS or MERS, where we observed very large superspreading clusters,” Leung says. “But we are certainly seeing a lot of concentrated clusters where a small proportion of people are responsible for a large proportion of infections.” But in a recent preprint, Adam Kucharski of LSHTM estimated that k for COVID-19 is as low as 0.1. “Probably about 10% of cases lead to 80% of the spread,” Kucharski says.

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Today on NPR

Yes, I heard a small number of people can infect a huge number of people. Such as a grocery store worker and what does this mean for a waiter in a restaurant. And in case you hadn't heard, Calhouns sucks.

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What’s up with Calhouns?


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From Facebook

And there was another from Chesapeake's that I can't find right now.

Diandra Heck
Yesterday at 11:01 AM ·
I have worked for Calhoun's for 7 years. And yesterday I got fired because I refused to break the phase one guidelines of serving customers at the bar. It was either do what they say or I don't have a job there. So instead of breaking the guidelines, I had no other choice but to leave. These guidelines were set for the safety of our workers. Copper Cellar restaurants do not care about that at all. They are willing to terminate workers like myself in order to follow their OWN guidelines that was given to them by the owner of the company. Here I have a photo of the bar last night. Today they moved all the chairs because they are expecting the health department to show up and they don't want to get caught for breaking the guidelines. Its funny... I spent 7 years with this company and they let me go for not breaking the law and for standing up for the safety of my health and my families health. I left in a respectful manner, I did not cause a scene like they are telling everyone there, that is a lie. I left with my head held high, and the fact that I knew I did not do anything wrong. please share this post and get the word out because this is wrong

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Compass has a report.

Compass has a report. Complaints posted on facebook by an employee at the Turkey Creek Calhouns and a manager at Calhouns on the river. They say the restaurants aren't complying with distancing and other guidelines. The health dept. said compliance is voluntary and there is no enforcement, and suggested people just avoid places that aren't complying. Copper Cellar/Calhouns declined to comment.

Compass: (link...)

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I dont know all the places

I dont know all the places owned by the folks that own Calhoun's.

Walking around downtown it looked like the restaurants were spacing people and employees wearing masks. If I go in a restaurant and the employees aren't wearing masks, I leave.
It looked like the Stock and Barrel had folks crammed too close together in the outside seating area.

It surprises me how few people wear masks downtown, and in general. At least it seems you should have one to put on when you go inside. I saw a pregnant woman walking downtown without a mask. That seems like a questionable decision.

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This is how sharing dinner table items can make you sick

Closer look at how quickly germs can spread in restaurants through a science experiment designed to track germ droplets.

This is how sharing dinner table items can make you sick

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CDC Opening America Up Again

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Sweden is still nowhere near 'herd immunity'

Sweden has revealed that despite adopting more relaxed measures to control coronavirus, only 7.3% of people in Stockholm had developed the antibodies needed to fight the disease by late April.

well below the 70-90% needed to create "herd immunity" in a population.

Sweden has now had 32,172 cases and 3,871 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

Sweden is still nowhere near 'herd immunity,' even though it didn't go into lockdown

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Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count

Trousdale County in Tennessee by far has the most in the list "Hot spots: Counties with the highest number of cases per resident" in the entire US, as of May 21.

Lake County has the 5th most, Bledsoe County the 8th most.

Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count

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One Word:


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Any word?

From Morgan County.

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TDOC has been doing

TDOC has been doing comprehensive testing of its prisons, but I don't know the schedule off the top of my head. As of Tuesday, Morgan County had only seven active cases. That tells me the correctional facility tests haven't come back yet.

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That's what I thought.

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Hair stylist worked while symptomatic, exposed dozens

A hair stylist in Springfield, Missouri, exposed as many as 91 people to coronavirus after working at a salon for eight days while symptomatic, health officials said Friday.

He warned residents who recently visited the same locations as the stylist, including a Dairy Queen, a Walmart and a CVS pharmacy, to look for COVID-19 symptoms and isolate themselves if they develop.

Missouri hair stylist with coronavirus worked while symptomatic, exposed dozens of clients

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COVID-19 is costing drug cartels millions of dollars

Bodner said California’s stay-at-home order has made it more difficult for traffickers to launder money and move around the city unseen.

“When there’s less hay in the haystack, it’s easier to find the needle,” he added. “It’s caused the drug cartels and money launderers to take more risks, and that’s where we can capitalize.”

COVID-19 is costing drug cartels millions of dollars

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Virginia requires everyone to wear masks in public spaces

Everyone over age 10 will be required to wear face masks starting Friday inside public spaces in Virginia, an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday.

Masks to be required inside public places starting Friday, Northam says

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It's the smart thing to do. I blame myself for thinking we had a competent enough government to get us something in the way of football.

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Increase in positive Knox County virus cases

Knox County has seen a "statistically significant" increase in positive COVID-19 cases for several days, a signal that's prompting more health employees to return to help with contact tracing to track the potential spread of the virus, Health Department Director Dr. Martha Buchanan said Wednesday.

Increase in positive Knox County virus cases draws Health Department's scrutiny

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Kroger: Three workers test positive for coronavirus Cedar Bluff

I started going to Publix at University Commons almost exclusively a month or so ago because all employees wore masks and they are on top of buggy and basket cleaning. I wasn't seeing that diligence at Krogers and Food City.

Grocer Kroger says three workers at its Cedar Bluff store on Kingston Pike have tested positive for COVID-19.

Kroger: Three workers test positive for coronavirus at Cedar Bluff store in Knoxville

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Someone posted about this on

Someone posted about this on Twitter a couple of days ago. Been waiting for the new report.

Also heard on Twitter that there were some cases reported at the Lowes in East Knoxville. Waiting on an official report.

Yes, we have noticed Publix has done a better job. Hope it continues.

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Of course, we're dealing with an Executive branch of the federal government that is fact-averse, science averse, averse to proactive reasoning and studies that would guide us in such sudden crises, and which shut down virtually all budgeted efforts to learn and prepare for these things ahead of time. Even George W. Bush understood the value of doing the science.

So absence such preparation and while we have no leadership or competence at leading, and confronted with a mystery virus that academia is scrambling to learn new, different, and sometimes seemingly contradictory things about, what should we be doing instead?

Should every science study that gets something wrong about this novel virus result in punishment, defunding, etc. of the institution behind its publication? That would have a tragic and chilling effect. Unless there was intended fraud, which I don't believe is being alleged here, that would be just another self-inflicting wound to a country where expertise is already being dangerously but systematically dismantled by political right-wing ideology.

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The federal government (at

The federal government (at least the executive part, that, you know, executes government policy, programs and functions) is no longer functioning. Health care, pubic health, regulatory agencies, even the Post Office have been politicized and weaponized. Information is no longer reliable. No help is coming. Only lies.

Sadly, the incompetence and indifference is trickling down to Red State governments and even local governments.

Let's hope that the defense department is still functioning on at least some basic level of readiness. We are vulnerable.

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