Wuhan Virus Watch: Minnesota begins the process of reopening its economy
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz lifts restrictions that could allow up to 100,000 workers in his state to return to their jobs.
Let’s begin this update with some positive news.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is dialing back the state’s stay-at-home order and is allowing 80,000 to 100,000 employees to return to work Monday.
The move is tailored to manufacturers and offices that don’t have face-to-face interaction with clients and weren’t deemed critical industries that were exempt from the stay-at-home order.
Roughly 20,000 companies in this category now have the option to reopen if they complete and publicize plans to maintain social distancing, worker hygiene and workspace cleanliness, said Steve Grove, commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
“This is a limited first step in the process of safely reopening some businesses and returning Minnesotans to work,” he said.
The move puts Minnesota in a fairly aggressive posture compared with other states, which have been adhering to the White House’s Open Up America Again Guidelines to pursue only a “phased comeback” once they have seen 14 consecutive days of declines in COVID-19 cases.
San Diego County beaches reopen…with conditions
On Friday, I joined one of my good friends on a social distance walk in La Jolla, California. Given that the Wuhan Corona is sensitive to UV light and heat, it seems a shame that this resource was being squandered.
Now, San Diego County health officials will reopen the beaches on Monday . . . with conditions.
San Diego County public health officials announced Friday afternoon that facial coverings will be required for every person in public within six feet of any individual not a member of their household. The public health order will go into effect May 1.
Furthermore, they have announced the reopening of the ocean at County beaches beginning Monday morning at Sunrise.
Nearly all Covid-19 patients put on ventilators in New York’s largest health system died
There is much about the Wuhan Coronavirus that was unknown at the beginning of this pandemic, and clear answers on how it affects the body remain elusive.
Legal Insurrection will recall the focus on ventilator production that was a featured part of the early phase of the American response to nationwide outbreaks. Now, a study indicates that treatment with ventilators may not have been the optimum approach.
Nearly all coronavirus patients who needed ventilators in New York’s largest health system to help them breathe died, a study found.
Overall, about 20% of Covid-19 patients treated at Northwell Health died, and 88% of those placed on ventilators died, according to the study. A ventilator is a device that forces air into the lungs of patients who cannot breathe on their own because of severe pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Other, smaller reports have indicated that patients who need ventilation are unlikely to survive.
CNN host Chris Cuomo’s wife Cristina says she added bleach to her bathwater to treat coronavirus
Bleach is severely irritating to eyes other mucous-membrane-covered areas of the body, and can cause drying and redness to the skin upon repeated contact. However, shortly before the now infamous bleach briefing query by Trump, the wife of CNN host Chris Cuomo (who reportedly tested positive for coronavirus) touted a bath in Chlorox as a treatment.
The wife of CNN host Chris Cuomo is being criticized after revealing on her lifestyle blog that she poured half a cup of Clorox in her bath twice a week to help cure her coronavirus.
Magazine editor Cristina Cuomo shared that the bleach is ‘technically salt’ and she used it to ‘combat the radiation and metals in my system’, in direct contrast to warnings given by Clorox that contact with skin should be avoided.
Cristina, 50, claims the advice was provided by Dr. Linda Lancaster, who describes herself as an energy medicine and homeopathic physician and lists high-profile names such as Robert Redford among her clients.
Cristina, Chris, 49, and their son Mario Cuomo, 14, all tested positive for coronavirus although she and her husband have since recovered.
How to avoid poisonings from cleaners amid coronavirus pandemic
As a hazardous material/biosafety consultant, I would like to use the example of Cuomo’s bleach bath to share some what-NOT-to do tips.
Reports of accidental poisonings from cleaners and disinfectants, however, are on the rise. Such poisonings were up about 20 percent in the first three months of this year, compared with the same period in 2018 and 2019, according to a report Monday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While the CDC can’t prove coronavirus drove the increase, it seems likely the two are linked, given the number of stay-at-home orders and guidance to clean hands and dirty surfaces.
…Experts said mixing household cleaners can cause big problems. Mixing bleach with ammonia or bleach with vinegar can create harmful fumes. This is especially dangerous in unventilated spaces, and exposure can lead to blurry vision, skin and lung irritation.
Use chemicals as directed. Sometimes, more is not better. Also, pay attention to where your cleaners are stored, so their accessibility to children and pets is limited to when you are present. Finally, the number to the American Association of Poison Control Centers is (800) 222-1222: Make sure to have this number in your cell phone, especially if you have kids.
Mortality rates drop sharply in parts of India, bucking coronavirus trend
India may be benefiting from the fact that the Wuhan Coronavirus is sensitive to heat, humidity and UV light.
Parts of India have recorded dramatic falls in the number of deaths at a time when funeral parlours were bracing for a surge amid the coronavirus crisis.
Some experts said the trend suggested that deaths from COVID-19, which are recorded separately and generally announced before overall mortality data, were not being under-reported as has happened in other countries.
But emergency room doctors, officials, and crematoriums noted that strict lockdowns had cut the number of road traffic accidents and deaths on India’s packed railways, and may also be deterring relatives from reporting a family death.
This report is a hopeful sign that the U.S. will truly have a “Summer of Recovery.”
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it doesn’t like “heat and humidity.”
How does it feel about DRY DRY DRY heat? As in the Southwest DRY. Typically, the news only reports what would be of interest to the East (and the humid California coast).
Good question. Here in the High Desert, it’ll be 90+ today, with 34% rh. But I doubt that Governor Hairgel will be influenced by these inconvenient facts.
Pennsylvania Forced To Remove Hundreds Of Deaths From Coronavirus Death Count After Coroners Raise Red Flags
NY also did this, adding 3700 “presumed” deaths. Plus the new bill passed appears to incentivize hospitals to list people as virus patients to get more funding.
Looking at the CDC chart of Covid deaths by state https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/index.htm
I don’t see a clear correlation with heat. New Mexico (pop. 2.1m) has reported 28 deaths and next door neighbor Arizona (pop. 7.3m) has reported 156 deaths. If AZ had a similar rate, it should be less than 100 deaths. Nevada (pop. 3.1m) has reported 99 deaths.
Population density, age breakdown and other factors also likely are a factor here, so it would take a much more sophisticated analysis than mine to see if hot/dry climate lessens the spread.
I remain hopeful that the overall summer season will drastically reduce COVID cases, but just like the flu, it could come roaring back later in the year.
But NM is a Rocky Mountain state with a colder climate.
Plus AZ has many more retirees at risk for the flu.
I don’t believe NM and AZ have the same climate. What AZ does have is umpteen thousand New Yorkers that go there.
The White House discussed RESEARCH on this at the Thursday, April 23rd briefing.
If you will go to this Youtube video posted by the White House, I have teed up the link to where the CHART is on the Half-LIFE of the virus in various conditions.
On a SURFACE at 70 to 75 degrees, and 20% humidity, it’s Half Life is 18 HOURS. This is without sunlight.
On a SURFACE at 70 to 75 degrees and 80% HUMIDITY, it’s Half Life is 6 HOURS. This is without sunlight.
On a SURFACE at 70 to 75 degrees and 80% HUMDITY and SUNLIGHT, it’s Half Life is TWO (2) MINUTES.
If it is AEROLSOLIZED, at 70 to 75 degrees and 20% HUMIDITY, with SUNLIGHT, it’s Half Life is ONE and ONE-HALF MINUTES
They worked with the John Hopkins Physics Lab.
While it is good news that these totalitarians are loosening up somewhat, it should never have been in the first place.
When it comes time for all the state’g governors to go back to being just tin pot dictators with limitations, it will never be the same. This is something they will drag out whenever they get an opportunity till people get so used to these tyrants doing this that they won’t have to end it.
Too many people have surrendered their rights for a vague promise of safety from a bioweapon of China’s. It harmed the economy big time, and people sat like sheep for the slaughter.
From the very earliest reports on this virus the numbers didn’t match to the fear they spread. It still doesn’t. In fact, this is having numbers of dead added to the totals by huge amounts to justify to the lazy ignorant people why they had their livelihood cut off. Masks will be the normal thing we see from far too many people. Society will cringe at large gatherings for quite a long time.
And it showed those in power that they can usher in a totalitarian state with the “promise” that it is only temporary, till people get used to it being the way of the world.
This has shifted the Overton Window. Our Founders would have been declaring war on our government.
That is why they are ALL getting the CHOP.
Flu me once, shame on you.
Flu me twice, chop out DEMS.
Now they’ve seen how it succeeded, they will do it again, I’m afraid. It will become another hammer in their bag of tricks. Like impeachment.
Won’t quite work the same once all their traitors in arms are given the chop………..
SANITY IS BREAKING OUT ALL OVER!
Ricky Gervais defends accepting conservative fans
Wicked funny and a total take down of the MSM celebs.
Greta Lee Jackson
Thanks celebrities, for everything you do for us.
Why are the LEOs enforcing ridiculous, unscientific, unconstitutional edicts?
Too many are un-educated and some even stupid.
Then factor in all the corrupt ones…….
Everyone loves their paychecks.
If you don’t do what the boss tells you, you just might lose that paycheck.
Then what will they do?
I would think, let the docs and nurses reopen the clinics that apparently are the life blood of hospitals. They have knowledge of personal protection, isolation and departments within the hospitals to give guidance for any questions.
The worst optics of this whole shebang was furloughing doctors and nurses during a pandemic. Well, maybe number two after we heard the stories that people working the units are limited to one N95 mask per week.
Honestly, with what China was doing, sealing people up in their apartments so they could die there, and seeing them putting people three in a body bag (and they looked like children from the poor video), and seeing Italy having its hospitals crushed under the patients, I can understand the initial concern.
Now, we see America has what it takes to deal with it.
Time to open up. Things are loosening up here in Georgia. I went out to go shopping, though, and not many small stores are open yet.
Too early to make this decision.
I need not await permission from the State, my servant.