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Coronavirus: Italy records 743 deaths on its second deadliest day

US has third-highest number of confirmed cases globally behind China and Italy as WHO warns it could be next epicentre.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/uk-closes-warns-pandemic-accelerating-live-updates-200323234651419.html

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Guys, i just want to say,聽take care of yourselves and your families during this horrible pandemic, stay safe always and God bless you all. Hug 馃檹馃挭馃憡

Good article - history shows governments are really slow to withdraw big brother state apparatus and surveillance when emergencies are over. Theyre also quite keen for everyone to have the Covid

Strange times. We've surrendered our liberty and freedom to the State. Parliament has disappeared. All private enterprise has been Nationalised. Movement controlled. All our freedom just given up with

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3 hours ago, Fulham Broadway said:

Unfortunately politics affects everything

Fortunately, at times like this most politicians, of all parties, have the basic common sense and decency to put party politics and points scoring aside. Yes, by all means scrutinise and amend/improve legislation as much as possible, as our parliament has been doing, but nothing more than that.

Outraged to see a gang of聽 20 fucking scumbags having a barbeque in the street and even refusing Police orders to stop it. Again, because of the extreme PC state we've got ourselves into,聽 the Police were having to tread extra carefully when it comes to certain sections of society.

If these measures aren't enough, then bring in fecking Marshall Law. Arrest聽 the bastards, take them away and put them聽 in a camp for a year.

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There are a few crazies around who think the virus is a hoax.
The first one I came聽across in facebook I knew he was a certified nutcase so I was not impressed a great deal.
But the second one was an artist fairly well known in Greece.聽I knew he had some strange ideas but I was absolutely astounded when he suggested that all that is happening in Italy is ... a hoax !
I also listened to Donald Trump's crazy speech.
They should be locked away ...

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Queuing patiently outside my local chemist (only 2 people allowed in at same time, which is exactly what we need. so well done to the shop) some brain donor walks up and asks what's going on and why people were standing so far apart.聽

Sorry, but cnuts like this should not have children!

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On 3/22/2020 at 8:54 PM, Fulham Broadway said:

DM聽 thrives on dividing people. It has endless stories about immigrants, celeb scandal, and always backs the tory party, which allows its billionaire owner to not pay any tax.聽

It backed the Nazi party in the 1930s, its journalism is generally like a satirical comic, but its real.

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4 hours ago, chippy said:

Queuing patiently outside my local chemist (only 2 people allowed in at same time, which is exactly what we need. so well done to the shop) some brain donor walks up and asks what's going on and why people were standing so far apart.聽

Sorry, but cnuts like this should not have children!

we may vehemently disagree politically, but I admire and thank you for your stance on this聽(social distancing)

cheers

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Dont think using the term good is appropriate under the circumstances but the UK have tailed off a bit re Italy's projection in deaths, few days ago we were neck and neck and now nearly 400 behind (at the same stage).

I guess at this point it's all about looking for the small battles. Still a long way to go but Italy's numbers going down is certainly a small baby step as would China slowly getting back to normality without another mass outbreak.

Seriously concerned about Spain though, can't believe how badly it's escalated there.

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'Healthy' 21-year-old dies after contracting coronavirus in UK

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/healthy-21-year-old-dies-17977959

Chloe Middleton's family have pleaded with people to stay at home and protect others after her tragic death

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The family of a healthy 21-year-old woman who has died after contracting coronavirus have desperately urged others to stay at home.

Chloe Middleton's family took to social media to describe the "unimaginable pain" they are going through after her tragic death.

The young woman was described as healthy by her family who are urging people to strictly follow government measures to stay at home,the Mirror reports.

Mum Diane Middleton wrote onFacebook: 鈥淭o all the people out there who think it's just a virus please think again.

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12 hours ago, Tomo said:

Dont think using the term good is appropriate under the circumstances but the UK have tailed off a bit re Italy's projection in deaths, few days ago we were neck and neck and now nearly 400 behind (at the same stage).

I guess at this point it's all about looking for the small battles. Still a long way to go but Italy's numbers going down is certainly a small baby step as would China slowly getting back to normality without another mass outbreak.

Seriously concerned about Spain though, can't believe how badly it's escalated there.

USA 10k +聽 new cases every day. I think they will be hit the worst.聽

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3 hours ago, Vesper said:

'Healthy' 21-year-old dies after contracting coronavirus in UK

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/healthy-21-year-old-dies-17977959

Chloe Middleton's family have pleaded with people to stay at home and protect others after her tragic death

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The family of a healthy 21-year-old woman who has died after contracting coronavirus have desperately urged others to stay at home.

Chloe Middleton's family took to social media to describe the "unimaginable pain" they are going through after her tragic death.

The young woman was described as healthy by her family who are urging people to strictly follow government measures to stay at home,the Mirror reports.

Mum Diane Middleton wrote onFacebook: 鈥淭o all the people out there who think it's just a virus please think again.

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Young people don't listen. They are partying out in Florida and hitting the beaches in California.聽

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On 3/24/2020 at 6:01 AM, Vesper said:

Pastor says only 鈥渟issies鈥 & 鈥減ansies鈥 wash their hands to prevent coronavirus

Christians who use hand sanitizer have "fake faith" and "no balls."

What a nutty, I bet he will be the first to catch a disease for tempting God and not obeying the authority, since the Bible says we must submit to the authorities. Need to respect the authority here and follow guidance.聽

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China鈥檚 Ban on Wildlife Trade a Big Step, but Has Loopholes, Conservationists Say

The coronavirus epidemic prompted China to permanently ban trade of wild animals as food, but not for medicinal use.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/27/science/coronavirus-pangolin-wildlife-ban-china.html

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How the Pandemic Will End

The U.S. may end up with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the industrialized world. This is how it鈥檚 going to play out.

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/03/how-will-coronavirus-end/608719/

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Three months ago, no one knew that SARS-CoV-2 existed. Now the virus has spread to almost every country, infecting at least 446,000 people whom we know about, and many more whom we do not. It has crashed economies and broken health-care systems, filled hospitals and emptied public spaces. It has separated people from their workplaces and their friends. It has disrupted modern society on a scale that most living people have never witnessed. Soon, most everyone in the United States will know someone who has been infected. Like World War II or the 9/11 attacks, this pandemic has already imprinted itself upon the nation鈥檚 psyche.

A global pandemic of this scale was inevitable. In recent years, hundreds of health experts have written books, white papers, and op-eds warning of the possibility. Bill Gates has been telling anyone who would listen, including the18 million viewers of his TED Talk. In 2018,I wrote a story forThe Atlanticarguing that America was not ready for the pandemic that would eventually come. In October, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Securitywar-gamed what might happenif a new coronavirus swept the globe. And then one did. Hypotheticals became reality. 鈥淲hat if?鈥 became 鈥淣ow what?鈥

So, now what? In the late hours of last Wednesday, which now feels like the distant past, I was talking about the pandemic with a pregnant friend who was days away from her due date. We realized that her child might be one of the first of a new cohort who are born into a society profoundly altered by COVID-19. We decided to call them Generation C.

As we鈥檒l see, Gen C鈥檚 lives will be shaped by the choices made in the coming weeks, and by the losses we suffer as a result. But first, a brief reckoning. On theGlobal Health Security Index, a report card that grades every country on its pandemic preparedness, the United States has a score of 83.5鈥攖he world鈥檚 highest. Rich, strong,developed, America is supposed to be the readiest of nations. That illusion has been shattered. Despite months of advance warning as the virus spread in other countries, when America was finally tested by COVID-19, it failed.

鈥淣o matter what, a virus [like SARS-CoV-2] was going to test the resilience of even the most well-equipped health systems,鈥 says Nahid Bhadelia, an infectious-diseases physician at the Boston University School of Medicine. More transmissible and fatal than seasonal influenza,the new coronavirus is also stealthier, spreading from one host to another for several days before triggering obvious symptoms. To contain such a pathogen, nations must develop a test and use it to identify infected people, isolate them, and trace those they鈥檝e had contact with. That is what South Korea, Singapore, and Hong Kong did to tremendous effect. It is what the United States did not.

As my colleagues Alexis Madrigal and Robinson Meyer have reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed and distributed a faulty test in February. Independent labs created alternatives, but were mired in bureaucracy from the FDA. In a crucial month when the American caseload shot into the tens of thousands, only hundreds of people were tested. That a biomedical powerhouse like the U.S. should so thoroughly fail to create a very simple diagnostic test was, quite literally, unimaginable. 鈥淚鈥檓 not aware of any simulations that I or others have run where we [considered] a failure of testing,鈥 says Alexandra Phelan of Georgetown University, who works on legal and policy issues related to infectious diseases.
The testing fiasco was the original sin of America鈥檚 pandemic failure, the single flaw that undermined every other countermeasure. If the country could have accurately tracked the spread of the virus, hospitals could have executed their pandemic plans, girding themselves by allocating treatment rooms, ordering extra supplies, tagging in personnel, or assigning specific facilities to deal with COVID-19 cases. None of that happened. Instead, a health-care system that already runs close to full capacity, and that was already challenged by a severe flu season, was suddenly faced with a virus that had been left to spread, untracked, through communities around the country. Overstretched hospitals became overwhelmed. Basic protective equipment, such asmasks, gowns, and gloves, began to run out. Beds will soon follow, as will the ventilators that provide oxygen to patients whose lungs are besieged by the virus.

With little room to surge during a crisis, America鈥檚 health-care system operates on the assumption thatunaffected states can help beleaguered onesin an emergency. That ethic works for localized disasters such as hurricanes or wildfires, but not for a pandemic that is now in all 50 states. Cooperation has given way to competition; some worried hospitals have bought out large quantities of supplies, in the way that panicked consumers have bought out toilet paper.

Partly, that鈥檚 because the White House is a聽ghost town聽of scientific expertise. A pandemic-preparedness office that was part of the National Security Council was聽dissolved in 2018. On January 28, Luciana Borio, who was part of that team,聽urged the government聽to 鈥渁ct now to prevent an American epidemic,鈥 and specifically to work with the private sector to develop fast, easy diagnostic tests. But with the office shuttered, those warnings were published in聽The Wall Street Journal, rather than spoken into the president鈥檚 ear. Instead of springing into action, America sat idle.

Rudderless, blindsided, lethargic, and uncoordinated, America has mishandled the COVID-19 crisis to a substantially worse degree than what every health expert I鈥檝e spoken with had feared. 鈥淢uch worse,鈥 said Ron Klain, who coordinated the U.S. response to the West African Ebola outbreak in 2014. 鈥淏eyond any expectations we had,鈥 said Lauren Sauer, who works on disaster preparedness at Johns Hopkins Medicine. 鈥淎s an American, I鈥檓 horrified,鈥 said Seth Berkley, who heads Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. 鈥淭he U.S. may end up with the worst outbreak in the industrialized world.鈥

I. The Next Months

Having fallen behind, it will be difficult鈥攂ut not impossible鈥攆or the United States to catch up. To an extent, the near-term future is set because COVID-19 is a slow and long illness. People who were infected several days ago will only start showing symptoms now, even if they isolated themselves in the meantime. Some of those people will enter intensive-care units in early April. As of last weekend, the nation had 17,000 confirmed cases, but the actual number was probably somewherebetween 60,000 and 245,000. Numbers are now starting torise exponentially: As of Wednesday morning, theofficial case countwas 54,000, and the actual case count is unknown.Health-care workersare already seeing worrying signs: dwindling equipment, growing numbers of patients, and doctors and nurseswho are themselves becoming infected.

Italy and Spain offergrim warnings about the future. Hospitals are out of room, supplies, and staff. Unable to treat or save everyone, doctors havebeen forced into the unthinkable: rationing care to patients who are most likely to survive, while letting others die. The U.S. has fewer hospital beds per capita than Italy.A studyreleased by a team at Imperial College London concluded that if the pandemic is left unchecked, those beds will all be full by late April. By the end of June, for every available critical-care bed, there will be roughly 15 COVID-19 patients in need of one.聽 By the end of the summer, the pandemic will have directly killed 2.2 million Americans, notwithstanding those who will indirectly die as hospitals are unable to care for the usual slew of heart attacks, strokes, and car accidents. This is the worst-case scenario. To avert it, four things need to happen鈥攁nd quickly.

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