Daily #covid19 sitrep from @WHO is up (numbers as of 10am Geneva time):
80565 (+143) cases
3015 (+31) deaths
14768 (+2103) cases
in 85 (+5) countries
267 (+53) deaths
— Kai Kupferschmidt (@kakape) March 6, 2020
POP-UP FORUM: Coronavirus@juliettekayyem, @HelenBranswell, @michaelmina_lab, and @rickberke join us to discuss the latest on the COVID-19 virus.
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? JFK Jr. Forum
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— Institute of Politics (@harvardiop) March 4, 2020
Pay heed, Singapore has the most solidly science-based national #COVID19 policy in the world. https://t.co/0nw3VG2gst
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) March 6, 2020
Here are 10 simple precautions to protect against the coronavirus.https://t.co/WAx4D4UrLd
— Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) March 6, 2020
“We are only ever one flight away from an infectious disease, one flight away from a potential epidemic,” said Dr. Marie-Louise Van Eck when discussing the global disruption caused by the #coronavirus.https://t.co/p8B4kQPU64
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) March 5, 2020
Here's what happens when you get tested for coronavirus https://t.co/K17E62CgJC
— CNN (@CNN) March 5, 2020
We’re all busy washing our hands but a coronavirus expert on my @talkRADIO show told me that if you hold your mobile phone with dirty hands, then wash your hands, then pick up your mobile phone again, it’s all rather pointless. You need to wipe clean your phone too. #TopTip
— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) March 6, 2020
Clinical tidbit: “Based on the analysis of the clinical data, we confirmed that some patients died of fulminant myocarditis. …..should alert physicians to pay attention not only to the symptoms of respiratory dysfunction but also the symptoms of cardiac injury.” #COVID19 https://t.co/QG1wK1TK5L
— Dr. Nahid Bhadelia (@BhadeliaMD) March 5, 2020
Age 60+ and people with underlying health conditions are at higher risk for #coronavirus. If you're not in that category you have someone in your life who is. ❤️ We have recommendations for how we can all decrease the risk for these people we love. https://t.co/bgsOLhYUko
— Public Health – Seattle & King County (@KCPubHealth) March 6, 2020
14% of patients who had 'recovered' in Guangdong still tested positive for the virus weeks later. https://t.co/iJRxhb3YAD
— James Palmer (@BeijingPalmer) March 6, 2020
We are eight weeks into this #COVID19 outbreak: yet we have identified the virus, we have the genetic sequence, PCR & serological assay in use. This wealth of knowledge is unprecedented for a new disease.#coronavirus pic.twitter.com/dNAlepnEek
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) March 5, 2020
This is how coronavirus test kits are being delivered to cruise ships pic.twitter.com/C3HOzikDiC
— The Independent (@Independent) March 6, 2020
Message from #Italy:
10% of positive #COVIDー19 cases admitted to ICU https://t.co/dVDzR3Zgal
— COVID19 (@V2019N) March 5, 2020
With a chunk of change ($115M) from a Chinese property developer, Boston area universities and companies launch collaborative COVID-19 project to speed research. It's not the Manhattan Project or anything, but still. https://t.co/BYUuEgzJPc pic.twitter.com/TdaYPELLao
— Jon Cohen (@sciencecohen) March 6, 2020
School closures because of coronavirus affect 290 million students around the world, UNESCO says https://t.co/qXm7dZdM6j
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 5, 2020
#COVID19: myth busted and fact-checked
-I did some myth-busting on @RNDrive while trying to answer a wide range of great questions with @PatsKarvelas https://t.co/aLWFivW6Ry
— ɪᴀɴ ᴍ ᴍᴀᴄᴋᴀʏ, ᴘʜᴅ ????? (@MackayIM) March 6, 2020
"With 140,000 people tested, the country’s mortality rate is just over 0.6%" — this is more accurate than the severity-biased samples from other countries; increased testing will illustrate this everywhere https://t.co/LPrCBuvOsh
— Amesh Adalja (@AmeshAA) March 5, 2020
Nothing about #COVID19 should have been surprising, because here are the papers that predicted every aspect. Fascinating. https://t.co/oMHzCOADEi
— Maryn McKenna (@marynmck) March 5, 2020
Coronavirus: Malaysia reports biggest jump in cases, Indonesia confirms two more infected https://t.co/OR1t2Xbd20
— SCMP News (@SCMPNews) March 6, 2020
Until a few days ago #Indonesia insisted it had not a single case of #COVID19 https://t.co/UBubZTAcmR
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) March 6, 2020
22 laboratories now have capacity to test for COVID19 in IR #Iran. So far, @WHO has provided lab testing kits enough to test at least 110,000 people and protective equipment and supplies for least 31,000 health care workers. pic.twitter.com/Gz86qYqt5R
— WHO EMRO (@WHOEMRO) March 4, 2020
This thread is deeply disturbing. a mountain of evidence shows Chinese #Trolls are flooding #Taiwan social media with lies about #COVID19 in an attempt to sucker their opponents into unsafe practices & paralysing fear. https://t.co/49M99LR7iB
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) March 6, 2020
As if #Syria couldn't get worse, or more complicated:
– I'm reliably told that #Coronavirus has arrived in #Syria, carried by infected #IRGC/Quds Force personnel and/or newly trained militiamen flown in from #Iran.
— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) March 5, 2020
Oughtn’t that read March 5/6?
At this point I’ll just take my chances with the virus.
The shockiest discovery? That the Deplorables apparently never wash their hands.
@WereBear: Also, take care of your skin! I had a boss who is a deplorable, and he contracted MRSA on his hand while at a client meeting. His doctor said that he had microscopic cuts and tears in his skin that were exposed because he didn’t moisturize basically ever, and lots of hand washing probably damages the moisture barrier. I have no idea if keeping your skin moisturized will be helpful for Covid-19, but it is good health practice anyway. I also tend to wear lots of clothes…. pants and sleeves even in summer to protect my skin.
I was encouraged to read this from the head of the Maine CDC in the Portland paper this morning.
I need to stop reading these things and just die already.
@WereBear: What’s shock-y about that?
@NotMax: Thanks for reminding me (in a roundabout way) that daylight savings begins this weekend.
@Suzanne: Gobsmacked here.
Yes, I asked our office manager to order hand sanitizer AND lotion for everyone. Got in ahead of the crowd that way :)
@different-church-lady: Well, I didn’t say I was surprised.
The governor’s sister was our CDC Director through two administrations. Janet knows the value of public health. Dora Mills has been on tv and radio with Shah all the time. It’s night and day the difference serious people who believe in good governance can make.
@Suzanne: lots of hand washing and general activities dry out the skin on hands especially, and washing also diminishes the skin’s natural acid mantle, since even mild soap and most tap water is slightly alkaline. The acid mantle restores quickly by itself, lotions (especially handmade ones) are made of oils and water and an emulsifier to keep them mixed, oils are fatty acids, so they help the acid mantle on your skin recover.
I know, now I’m dreaming about it. It’s worse than Trump! (although not unrelated — if Obama were president I don’t think I’d be so jumpy).
@WereBear: I’m just going to say here (and this is not a plug) but sanitizer and many lotions using chemical ingredients can be high triggers for skin conditions like eczema. It might be smarter for people to get their own guest size soap to keep in their desk (because no matter how often you tell people germs don’t live on a shared soap bar they don’t believe it anyway) for washing with. Generally no one uses sanitizer properly for complete germ removal, it’s a stopgap. And get antibacterial wipes for wiping down phones, because clean hands, dirty phones spread a lot of contagious diseases.
My nephew lives in Singapore and they are seeing cases, including one of his Board members. Folks there are getting nervous.
Send some positive vibes to those of us working in international ed (eg. international students and study abroad). This week has been very stressful and full of uncertainty. On Monday, the CDC issued some vaguely worded “guidance” for higher ed asking them to “consider” putting a halt to all exchange programming. Trying to figure out the best way to support students who are abroad (stay put? come home now? how do they finish their coursework? what about the costs?) not to mention figuring out what to do with all of the planned group trips in May and later in the summer…it’s been quite an experience.
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Trump abruptly canceled a visit he was supposed to do in with CDC in Atlanta. It’s hard to not think Trump did it because he’s worried about getting ill. they study diseases there after all. That’s the real offensive part of Trump’s CONVID-19 just go to work nonsense, Trump is such a coward about disease himself he won’t even share cell phones.
@satby: I work in a lab and I keep a tube of lotion on my desk and another in my bag. also a small one in my car. I must wash my hands a couple dozen times a day in normal times. I just stocked up on extra hand lotion yesterday.
I don’t worry too much about me because I seem to be boringly healthy, I worry a lot about my husband as he developed congestive heart failure about a dozen years ago after a bout of mono. He also has 3 stents… he works for a University IT department and is all over campus working on peoples computers… at least it is a union job with a really good health plan. Downside, it’s a huge university with thousands of faculty, students and staff.
Not to be a downer, but I trust those Chinese numbers about as much as I trust Trump’s numbers. Chairman Xi has made it clear what the numbers are supposed to say, and I fully expect his subordinates to provide him numbers to match, no matter what the truth is. The Chinese government may be smart enough to have accurate numbers for internal use, but I don’t believe for a minute what they’re saying in public.
@mali muso: Gonzaga in eastern WA called home a group of students in Italy. I guess they decided that the studies can wait. The problem I see is that it’s likely at least one will bring the virus back.
The virus has been concentrated in the western part of the state until now, in only three counties: King, Snohomish, and Grant. Eastern WA hasn’t reported any cases, which yes, I know means nothing and it could be everywhere there by now because people don’t stay put until they know they really need to.
FP article is from January and seems quite China-centric. (e.g. recommendations for not using personal chopsticks to help yourself to a communal dish.) Interesting as a cultural/historical document, but maybe not so much as a current “how to”?
Finally checking in from the West coast…hope all other coasties are doing okay. Apparently locally we are running out of canned vegetables! toilet paper I can understand, but canned vegetables?
Haven’t heard from YY Sima Qian for a couple of days, hope he and his family are doing okay?
Thanks for all your hard work rounding this up Anne Laurie, lots of info to digest!
I love that in the middle of all the tweets there was an advertisement for face masks.
This is true at every level, but I’m so pleased with Maine’s current serious people (no, I am NOT looking at you, Susan). MomSense, I assume you don’t miss LeRage any more than I do.
I’m working on a list of things to have on hand. We walked through the bathrooms and kitchen, checked supplies, and made lists before we went shopping, and it took several trips to three stores: Target, Costco, and the local supermarket. We went to a permanent open-air fruit stand and got things like apples and fresh garlic for a third of the supermarket price, but I know not everyone has one of these near their home. We had to wait until March 4th for them to re-open for the year. They close down after Hallowe’en and are usually back by March 1.
My husband pushed back last Friday when we went to Costco, when I told him to get a big package of toilet paper and one of paper towels, but we will use all of these things, eventually. He came around when he witnessed the frenzied buying of these items while we watched. We just got one big pack of each, but people were buying massive amounts of these.
Not knowing your preferences in food or skill at cooking, nor that of your parents, this will just be about what we did. For yourself, think about what you like to eat that you know you can fix for yourself or your family, like, can you open a can of soup, add water (if the instructions on the can say to do so), put it all in a pot and warm it up? Some people lack this basic skill*.
There was some great advice on that thread last night. Think about what you like to eat when you shop. Now is probably not the best time to experiment with unfamiliar foods. All of the things in my pantry are things that we will eat. We just won’t need to go to the store as often.
Dry beans, rice, and pasta are pretty cheap items. With the dry beans and some ground beef I will make chili, which will last the two of us about 3 days, maybe 4. I have marinara in the freezer that we made last summer from our tomatoes, but also a jar or two from the store. It’s meatless, but cooked ground beef can be added.
Also, packages of lentils (Cost Plus World Market), spices included for soup but not as cheap as just a bag of lentils. There are bean soup mixes, which range from cheap to Holy Cow!. There are some fancy, overpriced dry soup mixes but if you have herbs and spices already, you don’t need the fancy stuff.
Cereal and granola bars. Canned nuts.
Flour, sugar, dehydrated milk, and cornmeal on hand, but not everyone wants to mess around with baking. There are 3 or 4 boxes of cake mixes in the pantry at any given time. If you have eggs and vegetable oil, you can turn out a decent cake, but there are some mixes that just require water. I made a cake yesterday for mr opiejeanne’s birthday. a couple of packages of crackers and cookies reside in the pantry, and it is Girl Scout Cookie time right now. We have 5 boxes and haven’t opened a single one yet, but they are calling my name. Maybe after the cake is gone. (My diabetes is so well controlled now that I can have a small cookie, or a 2″ X 2″ piece of cake, without icing, maybe once a day following a meal)
Canned and jarred goods:
soups and baked beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, tahini paste, tomato sauce, tomato paste, coconut milk, evaporated milk, cans of tuna, pears and peaches, mayo, mustard, and olives. I even bought two small jars of mushrooms, because I lost my mind for a moment. We didn’t grab everything off the shelf like some shoppers are doing, we just added 2 or 3 cans of soup or other things every trip to the store for a week. We don’t have cases of canned goods, I don’t like any one thing enough to buy 24 cans of it, but we do have a variety and maybe a total of 30 cans, aside from the 22 cans of tuna. We had tuna salad sandwiches on marbled rye yesterday for lunch.
meat, bacon, seafood, frozen veggies, and fruit, and bread. One of my kids left us a huge bag of frozen peaches and I guess now might be a good time to use them. There’s also a carton of Breyer’s ice cream.
fresh produce, butter, margarine, eggs (I have about 18 eggs right now), and milk as needed but being over 60 I just learned that I’m supposed to stay home indefinitely. We picked up a small bag of red potatoes and another small bag of small yellow onions, and they’re stored in a dark place. We have several cheeses in our fridge right now, dry ones like Romano or Parmesan keep almost indefinitely and can be grated over various foods, and soft ones that need to be eaten, like a lovely triple cream Brie.
Extra bars of soap and/or refill for liquid soap dispensers, basic cleaning supplies like bath cleanser, bleach, laundry detergent, dishwasher soap, dish washing liquid for things that don’t go into the dishwasher. Toilet paper and paper towels, if you can find them.
Some things you might already have on hand, like Band Aids, toothpaste, a package of new toothbrushes, dental floss, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, antiseptics in case of cuts or scratches, pain killers like Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen, or aspirin, anti-fungal ointment for athlete’s foot, extra solution for contact lenses, etc. Walk through your house, look in the medicine cabinets and think about what you use and might need if the current supply is low. If you get sick you won’t be able to go out to get these things. A friend might buy them for you if you run out and can’t get out, but you probably shouldn’t count on it. They could be sick too.
If you have pets, pick up extra supplies for them because they can’t do their own shopping if you get sick.
*Sorry, I’ve been watching Worst Cooks.
@Oklahomo: Yes, as if we could afford them at these cut-throat prices.
@ziggy: And cabbages and onions and sweet potatoes, but especially the Kole-related items. What is up with the cabbage hoarding?
It wasn’t me, I didn’t buy any canned veggies.
Our local Costco in Issaquah east of Seattle will deliver for free if the order is over $75. Likely some limits, but saves pushing a 100-lb cart!
Thanks to all you all for sharing your experiences and guidance. Not knowing the future is a blessing. Preparing for it is a necessity.
@opiejeanne: More for GOKU:
microwave popcorn, oatmeal, frozen toaster waffles, syrup, dry salami (cheaper at Cost Plus), dried fruit, individual yogurts, and shelf-stable milk. This last item I ordered from Amazon, and they’ve just pushed delivery back a week. I only intend to use it for baking.
Baking powder, baking soda, cooking oils. Oatmeal packets.
And now I think I’m getting sick. I hope it’s just a cold, but the lady who cut my hair two weeks ago was sick and coughing, before anyone knew it was here, and my youngest and her husband were getting over a nasty cold (??!!) came to visit on Friday.
@opiejeanne: oh no! hope it’s just a garden-variety cold. Cabbages do last a long time in the fridge. I don’t do very well trying to keep onions and potatoes! What is the trick? I detest canned veggies other than tomatoes. I should probably start thinking of what I would need in a quarantine situation.
@ziggy: So far I can’t tell if it’s allergies or a cold, but my sinuses announced themselves yesterday afternoon. It’s almost like someone snapped a little rubber band against the inside of my nose , but not as painful. A “twang!” moment. I’ve noticed this before. There’s also a slight headache.
I decided to treat it as if it’s an allergy, snuffling up that nasal inhaler stuff that you can now buy over the counter.
@ziggy: Potatoes like to be kept in the dark, in a dry cool place. Onions like that too. The back wall of our pantry is fairly dark, and we have some produce racks that stack on the shelf. We also have used a flat cardboard box in the garage with a piece of burlap over the top for our homegrown potatoes. The garage is cooler than the house, about 55 degrees right now.
When I was at the Costco pharmacy yesterday, the man ahead of me was asked if he’d had the flu shot. He answered that he was waiting to see the efficacy of the current one. It’s only been out since *checks the calendar* late August? Six months, and he’s still waiting to see if it works?
This was not a young man, he was probably in his late 60s, but his wife wasn’t with him. If he has a wife.
For people who live in the city and use public transport, use disposable gloves to reduce exposure – 1 pair for trip to [place], one pair while at [place] (depending on the type of job/office/store), and one pair on trip home. Wash hands each time you dispose of gloves (https://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/poster-how-to-remove-gloves.pdf).