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  1. I thought it was confirmed airborne and aerosol? This is an article on the BBC China(translated from Chinese) that says it’s an aerosol. It even suggests putting the seat down when flushing.... I thought this was why there are so many videos of them basically fogging the streets? https://translate.google.com/translate?depth=2&nv=1&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&sp=nmt4&tl=en&u=https://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/simp/amp/world-51427216%3F__twitter_impression%3Dtrue&xid=17259,15700022,15700043,15700186,15700191,15700259,15700271,15700302
  2. Newly diagnosed coronavirus patient being treated at UC Davis Medical Center By Anne Ternus-Bellamy The UC Davis Medical Center is treating a patient who may be the first person in the country to have contracted the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from community exposure. The California Department of Public Health reported Wednesday the individual is a resident of Solano County who had no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected individual. An email sent out Wednesday by two UC Davis officials said the patient arrived at the medical center in Sacramento last Wednesday but was only tested for the virus on Sunday despite a request made by med center officials that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conduct a test when the patient was admitted. “Today the CDC confirmed the patient’s test was positive,” said the email from David Lubarsky, vice-chancellor of human health services, and Brad Simmons, interim CEO of UC Davis Medical Center. “This is not the first COVID-19 patient we have treated, and because of the precautions we have had in place since this patient’s arrival, we believe there has been minimal potential for exposure here at UC Davis Medical Center,” the email said. Nevertheless, a small number of medical center employees have been asked to stay home and monitor their temperatures. Lubarsky and Simmons said the patient was transferred to UC Davis from “another Northern California hospital” on Wednesday, Feb 19. “When the patient arrived, the patient had already been intubated, was on a ventilator, and given droplet protection orders because of an undiagnosed and suspected viral condition,” the email said. “Since the patient arrived with a suspected viral infection, our care teams have been taking the proper infection prevention precautions during the patient’s stay. “Upon admission, our team asked public health officials if this case could be COVID-19. We requested COVID-19 testing by the CDC, since neither Sacramento County nor (the California Department of Public Health) is doing testing for coronavirus at this time. Since the patient did not fit the existing CDC criteria for COVID-19, a test was not immediately administered,” said the email, which added that, “UC Davis Health does not control the testing process.” On Sunday, the CDC ordered COVID-19 testing of the patient and the patient was put on airborne precautions and strict contact precautions. The positive test results were announced on Wednesday. “We are proud of our health care workers who have been working to care for this patient and are committed to saving this patient’s life,” the email said. “Just as when a health care worker has a small chance of exposure to other illnesses, such as TB or pertussis, we are following standard CDC protocols for determination of exposure and surveillance. So, out of an abundance of caution, in order to assure the health and safety of our employees, we are asking a small number of employees to stay home and monitor their temperature. “We are handling this in the same way we manage other diseases that require airborne precautions and monitoring. We are in constant communication with the state health department and the CDC and Sacramento County Public Health about the optimal management of this patient and possible employee exposures,” the email said. “As we regularly handle patients with infectious diseases, we have robust infection control protocols in place to handle this patient and others with more frequently seen infectious diseases. In this case, we are dedicated to providing the best care possible for this patient and continuing to protect the health of our employees who care for them.” The CDC announced on Wednesday that a case of novel coronavirus of “unknown origin” — without a relevant travel history or exposure to another known patient — had been diagnosed in a patient in Northern California but did not indicate what city or county the case was in. In a press released issued Wednesday evening, the state Department of Public Health revealed the individual was from Solano County. “The health risk from novel coronavirus to the general public remains low at this time,” the release said. “While COVID-19 has a high transmission rate, it has a low mortality rate. From the international data we have, of those who have tested positive for COVID-19, approximately 80 percent do not exhibit symptoms that would require hospitalization. There have been no confirmed deaths related to COVID-19 in the United States to date. California is carefully assessing the situation as it evolves.” “Keeping Californians safe and healthy is our number one priority,” said State Public Health Officer Dr. Sonia Angell. “This has been an evolving situation, which California has been monitoring and responding to since COVID-19 cases first emerged in China last year. This is a new virus, and while we are still learning about it, there is a lot we already know. “We have been anticipating the potential for such a case in the U.S., and given our close familial, social and business relationships with China, it is not unexpected that the first case in the U.S. would be in California. That’s why California has been working closely with federal and local partners, including health care providers and hospitals, since the outbreak was first reported in China — and we are already responding.” This would be the first known instance of person-to-person transmission in the general public in the United States, according to Angell. Previously known instances of person-to-person transmission in the United States include one instance in Chicago, Ill., and one in San Benito County. Both cases were after close, prolonged interaction with a family member who returned from Wuhan, China, and had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus. As of Wednesday, including this case, California has had seven travel-related cases, one close contact case and now one community transmission
  3. So for those of us who live in closer quarters...think small back yard with six foot fence but neighbors on two sides and back part of fence backs up to a church parking lot....if the virus is airborne would it be safe to go into a backyard if a quarantine was to happen? I want to be able to continue to garden and am thinking that because we have such a small inside space the yard might be necessary for sanity’s sake.... On one side is a couple our age who are rarely out in their yard and the other side is a single disabled man who I also don’t see outside often... Any thoughts?
  4. Ambergris, do you know if the confirmed ones in the US are from the ship?
  5. https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/canadians-being-told-to-prepare-for-a-possible-novel-coronavirus-pandemic
  6. San Francisco declared a state of emergency today (they say to get emergency funds) after the CDC announcement that Americans should prepare for “significant disruptions’ in their lives... https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/a0225-cdc-telebriefing-covid-19.html https://abc7.com/health/coronavirus-cdc-warns-americans-to-prepare-for-significant-disruption/5966697/ https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/SF-mayor-London-Breed-declares-state-of-emergency-15083811.php
  7. https://www.statnews.com/2020/02/24/who-tells-countries-prepare-coronavirus-pandemic-too-soon-to-make-call/ But...they won’t use the term ‘pandemic’.
  8. That was on my local news. A little too close for comfort.
  9. Why we prepare ahead of time.
  10. Whoa. I sure hope they don’t reuse them for years now.
  11. I saw it. It was a video of him trying to catch his tail? He is such a beautiful dog!
  12. Here is a screenshot and pictures on the Facebook page of one of the passengers who was evacuated to Travis. In the comments she says that the first round of evacuees are not in the same building but nearby.
  13. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/02/17/coronavirus-official-explains-diamond-princess-cruise-quarantine-fail/4785290002/
  14. Dee, is Hawaii keeping people from flying in?
  15. Not understanding this...at all...here I thought they weren’t allowing anyone on the flight who tested positive. *Saw another article saying their last test results didn’t come in until they were on the plane and none of them were showing symptoms. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/east-bay/evacuees-from-cruise-ship-with-coronavirus-outbreak-coming-to-travis-air-force-base/2235223/ 14 Evacuees Positive for Coronavirs Allowed on Flight to Travis AFB According to the U.S. Department of State, 14 of the evacuees aboard flights headed from a quarantined cruise ship in Japan to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield have tested positive for the coronavirus. They are among 340 passengers shuttled to two charter jets from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in 14 buses. The flights are expected to arrive Sunday night.
  16. So the nurse who helped take care of the 80 year old woman with the virus that died in Japan has the virus. The woman was in that particular hospital for 6 days. How is it getting to the caregivers when you would assume they would be taking extreme care? https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200217_32/ Authorities in Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo, say a nurse at a hospital in Sagamihara City has the new coronavirus. They say Sagamihara Chuo Hospital is where a woman in her 80s, who was confirmed to have the virus after her death last week, was being treated earlier this month. In a news conference on Monday, prefectural and city officials said the female nurse in her 40s took care of the patient. They say the elderly patient, a resident of the prefecture, was in the hospital from February 1 to 6. She died later at a different hospital. She was reportedly treated at a total of three hospitals. The officials said a total of 61 people came into close contact with the patient. They said the results of virus tests on 43 of them were available as of Monday morning, and that the nurse was the only one who tested positive. She reportedly developed a fever and sought treatment on Friday. She visited another medical institution on Saturday, and had diarrhea that night. The officials said the nurse had not worked since Saturday. They said she no longer has a fever, but will be hospitalized later on Monday. Sagamihara Chuo Hospital says it has stopped treating outpatients. It says visits to inpatients will be suspended.
  17. This doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. They clean the money...put it back into circulation....then the first infected person touches it...and it’s re-infected all over again? https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-15/china-quarantines-cash-to-sanitize-old-bank-notes-from-virus The government cut off the transfer and allocation of old bank notes across provinces, and between cities most affected by the deadly outbreak, according to Fan Yifei, People’s Bank of China’s deputy governor. The central bank also ramped up measures to sanitize old money to reduce contagion risks and added 600 billion yuan ($85.9 billion) of new cash for Hubei, the epicenter of the coronavirus, he said. “Money from key virus-hit areas will be sanitized with ultraviolet rays or heated and locked up for at least 14 days, before it is distributed again,” Fan said at a press conference on Saturday. Money circulated in less riskier areas is subject to a week of quarantine and commercial lenders have been asked to separate cash from hospitals and food markets, he said.
  18. https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/81641/Egypt-announces-first-Coronavirus-infection
  19. I know that our school system wouldn’t shut down for two weeks just for prevention. It took an act of G-d to get them to shut down one day a couple of years ago when we had norovirus roll through. And they only did it because so many staff were getting sick as well. Too much lost ADA.... https://saigoneer.com/saigon-health/18327-vietnam-continues-nationwide-school-shutdown-due-to-covid-19
  20. This is just a small section of a 16 page paper... ACE2 Expression in Kidney and Testis May Cause Kidney and Testis Damage After 2019-nCoV Infection https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.02.12.20022418v1.full.pdf ACE2 (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme 2) has been shown to be one of the major receptors that mediate the entry of 2019-nCoV into human cells, which also happens in severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS). Several researches have indicated that some patients have abnormal renal function or even kidney damage in addition to injury in respiratory system, and the related mechanism is unknown. This arouses our interest in whether coronavirus infection will affect the urinary and male reproductive systems. Here in this study, we used the online datasets to analyze ACE2 expression in different human organs. The results indicate that ACE2 highly expresses in renal tubular cells, Leydig cells and cells in seminiferous ducts in testis. Therefore, virus might directly bind to such ACE2 positive cells and damage the kidney and testicular tissue of patients. Our results indicate that renal function evaluation and special care should be performed in 2019-nCoV patients during clinical work, because of the kidney damage caused by virus and antiviral drugs with certain renal toxicity. In addition, due to the potential pathogenicity of the virus to testicular tissues, clinicians should pay attention to the risk of testicular lesions in patients during hospitalization and later clinical follow-up, especially the assessment and appropriate intervention in young patients' fertility.
  21. Ambergris, Do you think they actually would work?
  22. So what do you all think of this? It’s a DIY for face masks. Think it would work? I’ve seen reports about how there will be (or maybe in China there already is) a shortage of face masks. There are already some local stores in my area that have signs up saying they have no masks.
  23. https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-to-evacuate-some-americans-from-diamond-princess-cruise-ship-11581733214 U.S. to Evacuate Some Americans From Diamond Princess Cruise Ship TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.—The U.S. government is preparing to evacuate American citizens from aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, the site of the biggest outbreak of the novel coronavirus outside China, according to an official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 380 Americans and their families on the ship, docked in Yokohama, Japan, will be offered seats on two State Department-organized planes flying back to the U.S., said Henry Walke, director of the CDC’s Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections, on Friday. They are arriving in the U.S. as early as Sunday, he said. A CDC team is on the ground in Japan to assess the health of the cruise ship passengers, Dr. Walke said. Those with a fever, cough or other symptoms won’t be allowed on the flights. Evacuees will likely arrive first at Travis Air Force Base near Sacramento, Calif., where they will undergo additional health screenings, said Dr. Walke. Some will likely remain at Travis to undergo a mandatory quarantine, which will likely be 14 days, he said. Others may be moved to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio to quarantine. Travis is already the quarantine site for roughly 230 people evacuated earlier this month from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, and Dr. Walke spoke in a town hall meeting with those people on Friday. These evacuees will be kept separate from the fresh group arriving from the ship, he said. The current evacuee group from Wuhan is being housed in a hotel on the base, while those from the ship will stay in different lodgings about 200 meters away, he said. Both will have temporary fencing encircling the grounds and U.S. Marshals paroling the perimeter. “We’re not going to mix anyone,” Dr. Walke said during the Friday meeting, prompting some laughter. “This group is going to stay within this fence. If we take another group, we are putting a fence up over there.” Between Japan and the U.S., “some preparations are going on but there are no details available for now,” said Keiichi Ishida, an official at the Japanese health ministry’s quarantine operation division, when asked about the evacuation plan.
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