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Wuhan Virus Watch: Los Angeles public health officials worry about coronavirus hitting homeless camps

Wuhan Virus Watch: Los Angeles public health officials worry about coronavirus hitting homeless camps

Meanwhile, stocks surge with biggest gain since 2009 after rough few days.

Legal Insurrection readers likely recall our stories on Hepatitis A, typhoid, and typhus outbreaks that struck the homeless hard in various California cities.

Californians have been clamoring for a more serious response to the ever-growing camps that are public health problems.  Despite political theater, millions spent on “solutions,” and promises of doctor’s prescriptions, the crisis is not ending.

Now it appears that the state’s long-neglected public health chickens have come home to roost. Los Angeles officials are now worried about the Wuhan coronavirus hitting the homeless population, which is not known for its robust good health or proactive personal hygiene practices.

The potential for an outbreak among that unsheltered population — both in Sacramento and across California — is beginning to concern some public health officials as the coronavirus spreads.

On Thursday, a student at UC Davis’ main campus, about 30 miles from the hospital, was isolated after exhibiting mild symptoms of the virus. On Friday, a second case of unknown origin was diagnosed in Santa Clara County. And on Saturday, a man died of the coronavirus in Washington state, the first fatality in the U.S.

“I was thinking about it when I was in the … shower [on Thursday] morning, literally,” said Peter Beilenson, director of health services for Sacramento County, where preparations for a potential local outbreak began almost immediately after the Solano County woman was diagnosed. “We’ve been checking on the schools and on the nursing homes and on healthcare facilities, etc., and so I was thinking, ‘What about the homeless?’”

When feces and vomit cover the streets, needles scattered in public areas, and rats run with abandon through encampments, the stage is set for significant outbreaks in cities throughout the West Coast. And if that should happen, President Donald Trump will not be the one to blame.

Coronavirus may have been spreading in Washington state for weeks

One argument in favor of COVID-19 being a much more mild virus than feared is that people may not have known they had the pathogen. This theory receives support from the fact the Wuhan coronavirus may have spread throughout Washington state for six weeks before serious cases came to light.

Trevor Bedford, an associate professor at the University of Washington, said that one of the state’s recent cases appears to be linked to a Snohomish County man who was identified Jan. 19 as the country’s first coronavirus patient, the New York Times reported.

Bedford and a research team found similarities while comparing the genetic sequence of the two samples that indicated the recent case had been descended from the other, suggesting that there has been community spread throughout the region, the outlet reported.

“I believe we’re facing an already substantial outbreak in Washington State that was not detected until now due to narrow case definition requiring direct travel to China,” Bedford tweeted.

Washington state says coronavirus death toll rises to 6

Sadly, it seems six people who became infected with the coronovirus in Washington during those past 6 weeks have succumbed.

Health officials in Washington state announced four additional deaths among coronavirus patients on Monday, bringing the total number of fatalities to six. Two of the patients were considered “new” cases of COVID-19, while a third death involved a patient who was previously confirmed to have the virus.

Moments after King County health officials announced that the state’s death toll had risen to five, another official said an additional death occurred in Snohomish County, bringing the tally to six.

The new cases bring the total number of confirmed COVID-19 instances in the state to 18, including eight of which have been linked to Life Care Center of Kirkland, which is currently experiencing an outbreak. Another hospitalized patient involves a man in his 50’s with no known previous exposure.

Stock Market Surges

The stock market surged historically today, making historic gains, posting its best day in 10 years.

The Dow closed 1,293.96 points higher, or 5.1%, at 26,703.32. The move on a percentage basis was the Dow’s biggest since March 2009. It was the largest-ever points gain for the 30-stock average.

The S&P 500 climbed 4.6% — its best one-day performance since Dec. 26, 2018 — to close at 3,090.23. The Nasdaq Composite also had its best day since 2018, surging 4.5% to 8,952.16.

Monday’s gains snapped a seven-day losing streak for the Dow.

There are likely several reasons for these gains. The Trump administration’s robust and public response to the coronavirus outbreaks are a factor. The push-back by doctors and bio-safety professionals against the press-induced panic is another. The fact that a communist is unlikely to be the next US president is likely another.

However, my favorite explanation is that many Americans bought stock today, to send a fiscal rebuke to the American media about its gleeful reporting about last week’s coronavirus and stock market news. Sensibly, I bought shares in pharmaceutical firms with US manufacturing facilities.


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Public Health and Sanitation investigation, No Feces Sherlock!
Well, they already had Hepatitis and Typhus and who knows what else that wasn’t a story.

But Hooray for Hollywood!

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to tz. | March 2, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Haven’t they already had outbreaks of 2 of the most infamous Medieval plagues?

    bear in reply to tz. | March 3, 2020 at 2:07 am

    If Peter Beilenson has to be inspired to think of the effects of a known public health threat on the most diseased part of his population as an after-thought while “in the shower,” I believe his competence and IQ should be a matter of huge concern. Holy contagion, Batman!

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to bear. | March 3, 2020 at 5:11 am

      If Bielenson is who I think he is; he is nothing but a scion of one of California’s oldest political dynasties. I doubt he holds qualifications for his job; he was appointed based on the family name.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to tz. | March 3, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Trump needs to place the same kinds of restrictions as were placed on China for travelers from other hot spot countries.

    Iran, Africa, North and South Korea, Italy, in other words any country which is a hot spot or likely to be one for China’s Coronavirus (Note proper attribution of origin).

    JusticeDelivered in reply to tz. | March 3, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Fruits of political correctness.

Wait till it hits Middle East refugee camps for an explosive crisis.

If public health officials had any sense they’d get the homeless off the streets immediately, with or without consent. There are already laws against living on the street. With a highly contagious disease circulating, the homeless population could become a reservoir of disease that rapidly infects hundreds or thousands of people in the larger community. There’s nothing compassionate about letting people live on the street in squalor.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to billdyszel. | March 2, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    “If public health officials had any sense”

    This is California where reality does not beat Leftist Catechism until it does with lethal effect.

    They voted for it. They are going to get it good and hard. The question is what are those living say 100 miles from the high tide line going to do?

    Subotai Bahadur

      Voyager in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | March 3, 2020 at 1:43 pm

      I’ve said it before and will say it again, given that the California government legalized ballot harvesting, does everything vote by mail, had multiple key counties with more votes than voters, and is still trying to send me stuff eight years after I left the state, are we really sure the CA voter actually voted for them?

    sheepgirl in reply to billdyszel. | March 2, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    “There are already laws against living on the street.”

    Not anymore, they’ve been rendered meaningless by the 9th Circuit Court.

    They won’t. The left has a great use for these junkies. That’s why they invite them in.

Evidently the “faithful” are licking and kisses shrines and holy objects in the Middle East to prove they don’t need to fear any virus. They are also pushing their kids to do it and virtue signal posting it online.

Between this and the Middle East Govts trying to cover up how bad it is plus sub standard healthcare – it looks to be quite the potential issue.

Supposedly Pharma is 6 weeks off to vaccine testing. Given how long it takes for flu vaccines, I am dubious.

    Voyager in reply to Sunlight78. | March 3, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    There was an Israeli biochemical firm that was working on a novel method for making vaccines on a much shorter turn than was historically possible, and was just about to enter clinical tests when all this hit. As a very serendipitious coincidence, they were using a corona virus fairly similar to the Wuhan corona virus as their initial test subject. Because it’s genome was sequenced and released to the researchers fairly quickly after the outbreak, they’ve been able to modify their test batches to target the Wuhan Corona virus instead of their original subject.

stevewhitemd | March 2, 2020 at 9:15 pm

Los Angeles officials are now worried about the Wuhan coronavirus hitting the homeless population, which is not known for its robust good health or proactive personal hygiene practices.

Apparently they’re not worried enough to close down the homeless camps, scrub out these areas, and clean up behind all the establishments serving food.

There was a day when “public health” was exactly about doing these things. Our public health officials really should step away from ‘gun violence’ studies and get back to basic sanitation, disease control, quarantine, and sensible public advice.

Lucifer Morningstar | March 2, 2020 at 9:38 pm

Wuhan Virus Watch: Los Angeles public health officials worry about coronavirus hitting homeless camps

Los Angeles public health officials should have been worrying about the homeless concentration camps, sorry, the “homeless camps” weeks if not months ago. Far too little and far, far too late to be worrying about them now.

Locusts and frogs next.

Colonel Travis | March 2, 2020 at 10:54 pm

What a screwed up city.

How stupid do you have to be to keep voting (D)? Politicians have to be saying behind closed doors: “This racket is so awesome.”

Dr. Drew Pinsky hits Adam Schiff on homeless crisis in his own district: ‘He’s asleep at the wheel’.. every day Schiff doesn’t do something, three more homeless people die in the county of Los Angeles…. If measles breaks into that population, we have tuberculosis exploding.

Has anybody thought of the possibility the coronavirus has already been circulating this flu season and been mistaken for influenza?

I’m new to commenting on LI thought I’ve enjoyed reading articles and comments for years.

    bear in reply to DSHornet. | March 3, 2020 at 1:59 am

    Mr/Ms Hornet, Welcome to the deep end of the pool. Have fun, be brilliant, stay humble.

    txvet2 in reply to DSHornet. | March 3, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    It would be a reasonable assumption, given the amount of travel between the US and China and the likelihood that the Chinese kept the outbreak secret as long as they could. The infection/fatality rate seems pretty high for the US, which could be evidence that the number of infected is far higher than previously thought. Without specific information, undoubtedly many cases would have been assumed to be “normal” flu.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to DSHornet. | March 3, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    I’ve wondered that also.

The mayor of LA is a corrupt world class moron named eric garcetti.

Oh, please.

Democrats would run for re-election on having successfully reduced the homelessness problem.

Personally, I suspect that the market has been looking for a reason to trigger a major sell-off. Capital has become seriously misallocated due to the rampant politically-driven investment and disinvestment. The way this market depends on non-human algorithms, it takes some big to move the kind of money needed to allow money to reallocate properly. I’ve be watching for new market leaders but more importantly, which companies get left behind in this coming rally.

The new Cold War has arrived and who wins the 5G war is central to what happens next. I’m betting on us.

CaptScientist | March 3, 2020 at 9:26 am

To use little chuckie todd’s quote to the President…..

“dims reap what you sow”

Covid-19 was designed by commies to reduce problematic populations. I’d think California officials would be thrilled.

    txvet2 in reply to GTL. | March 3, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Only if they could somehow restrict it to Republicans.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to GTL. | March 3, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    This Communist Chinese virus has worked miracles in shutting up and shutting down all the Chinese dissidents hasn’t it…..

    What a Coincidence!

Leslie – Dumb Question – Why is CoronaVirus so scary?

One view – For most people it will just be like a bad flu, and only go to a hospital if you get very sick. Only a health risk for at risk populations.

Another View – You will get Permanent Lung Damage.

This is the one of the big problems in this country, rampant stupidity. Here we have the director of public health “overlooking” the largest at-risk population in his jurisdiction, the homeless. Holy Retards, Batman. The liberal population of California, and a number of other places in this country, are either too darn stupid to live [TDSTL] or are clinically insane. Take your pick. On a positive note, ignoring the homeless population may result in a serious epidemic in California, which will kill off the urban liberal population, and more intelligent, sane conservatives can move in and revitalize the state.

Meanwhile, local radio just announced that they’re going to start releasing the people who have been quarantined at Lackland by busing them directly to the airport and putting them on planes. This occurs only a couple of days after they had to re-quarantine one person who was released in SA only to be found to have the virus (and after she had visited a busy restaurant and the biggest mall in the city).

Dilbert Deplorable | March 3, 2020 at 3:16 pm

DumpyCraps in California are probably intentionally infecting the homeless. It’s just who they are.

Coronavirus may very well be the solution for the homeless problem.