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Wuhan Virus Watch: WHO Now Applauds Sweden’s Choice Not to Lockdown During Outbreak

Wuhan Virus Watch: WHO Now Applauds Sweden’s Choice Not to Lockdown During Outbreak

Suicides in Queens have gone up in the past six weeks. Beverly Hills allowing plastic surgeries. One CA county will open up everything.

World Health Organization (WHO) top official Dr. Mike Ryan applauded Sweden for its approach to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, which did not include a lockdown.

From Fox News:

“I think if we are to reach a new normal, I think in many ways Sweden represents a future model of — if we wish to get back to a society in which we don’t have lockdowns,” Dr. Mike Ryan said while speaking to reporters from Geneva.

Ryan, who serves as executive director of WHO’s Emergencies Program, praised Sweden’s health care system and credited it with making all the right moves from the beginning of the outbreak.

“They’ve been doing the testing, they’ve ramped up their capacity to do intensive care quite significantly,” he added. “And their health system has always remained within its capacity to respond to the number of cases that they’ve been experiencing.”

Ryan claimed the backlash Sweden has faced for its seemingly lax policies on social distancing is an unfair criticism.

“Sweden has put in place a very strong public policy around social distancing, around caring and protecting for people in long term care facilities and many other things,” he said.

“What it has done differently is it has very much relied on its relationship with its citizenry and the ability and willingness of citizens to implement physical distancing and to self-regulate.”

However, the numbers might tell a different story. But unlike the MSM, I’m going to give you all the facts.

Sweden has over 10 million people, which “nearly doubles those of Denmark, Norway and Finland individually.” Sweden has the most deaths out of those countries, which makes sense since it has so many more people.

The latest reports show the number of deaths went 17 times higher than the other countries in the area. Sweden has witnessed over 1,300 deaths on Thursday.

But with the population difference can you really compare Sweden to the other Scandinavian countries?

Suicides Up in Queens in Six Weeks Compared to Jan-April 2019

I wish people would pay more attention to the mental health aspect of this lockdown. I wonder how many areas have the same stats as Queens:

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz was shocked one recent Monday by a pair of borough suicides: A 49-year-old man found hanging in a parking garage. And a 29-year-old woman who jumped from her bedroom window.

The two deaths are among the 16 suicides in Queens since March 15, when New York schools were closed as the pandemic began to wrap the city in its lethal grip. The dead had nothing in common except “they were sheltered and not sure where to turn,” Katz told the Daily News on Wednesday.

For comparison’s sake, there were 17 total suicides in Queens from Jan. 1 through April 29, 2019, just one more than reported in the past six weeks. While there are no citywide suicide stats available at this point in the COVID-19 crisis, anecdotal evidence points toward a bump in New Yorkers taking their own lives.

“I started noticing the numbers coming in over the last month and a half, and I felt obligated to send a message that we need to be checking in on our colleagues, our loved ones, our friends,” said Katz.

Shocker! Beverly Hills City Council Approves Plastic Surgeries

The city council of 90210 voted to allow plastic surgeries during the outbreak, 4-1. One doctor agreed with the vote:

However, Dr. Arash Moradzadeh is already implementing safety measures at his office. “Things are never gonna really be the same at least not until we have a vaccine and eradicate coronavirus. We’ve taken a lot of measures to make sure safety is at the top, starting with infrared thermometers where we scan all of our employees as well as every patient before they enter our office. We do telephone pre-screening beforehand asking them key questions,” said Moradzadeh.

Moradzadeh will also not allow patients to wait in the waiting room. He ordered an abundance of PPE, and is recommending patients quarantine seven days before and after elective surgery, and get COVID-19 testing before the scheduled surgery. “We’re not going to take any unnecessary risks. We’re going to do what we can to make the transition smooth and safe,” he said.

Moradzadeh believes critical medical surgeries are important and should be prioritized, but believes plastic surgery is important too. “I do believe that the essential life-saving surgeries are the key and most important factors and we are going to focus a lot of our attention on that.

While Botox may not be as important we can still conduct that in a very safe manner. People need these procedures because it helps them feel better and feeling better is very important right now when we’re taking such a psychological impact of being stuck at home or losing our jobs,” said Moradzadeh.

Moradzadeh said it will not be “business as usual” when he reopens. He will be offering limited appointments. “There’s not going to be that many appointments available. We’re spreading things out very, very wide because we have a sanitation protocol that is taking place,” said Moradzadeh.

Modoc County, CA, Defying Stay-at-Home Order

Modoc County is “sparsely populated” in the northeast corner of California. Officials there decided to defy Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order by opening schools, restaurants, salons, etc:

The county has no confirmed COVID-19 cases, and after consulting with health officials, the county’s board of supervisors voted to reopen Friday.

“Just as our physical health is vital for our citizens, so is the mental health and the economic health of our citizens,” Ned Coe, a county supervisor, told Sacramento’s NBC affiliate.

Coe said that the county wrote to Newsom last week, explaining how its plan follows the guidelines to reopening that Newsom previously released, but that the governor had yet to respond.

He noted: “The governor himself has indicated that it is time to start opening in a staged and safe manner, and that will be different for different areas of the state.”

When asked about the county’s planned reopening at his press briefing, Newsom replied: “Nothing would please me more than pleasing those local officials … but we’re not out of the woods. No part of the state, no part of this country, few parts of the globe have been immune to this virus.”

He didn’t indicate if he would take legal action to stop Modoc County.

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You should know I’m a Trump supporter, but Trump really screwed up with this criticism of Sweden yesterday, just like he screwed up with this criticism of Gov. Kemp. He saw a story which said “WHO praises Sweden” and he thought “Ha! My Enemies! I Must attack!!!” and he didn’t put one more second of thought into it.

Sweden chose to front load the disease in the believe that it would end much more quickly. As long as their hospital system is not overloaded, this is going to turn out to have been a very good bet.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Tom Servo. | May 1, 2020 at 11:42 am

    President Trump has a MO of “making a blunder” that the Media Mafia then jump on and call all the attention in the world to.

    Otherwise the MSM Mafia bury it intentionally and then most would never know.

    Think of all the masks this MO also has ripped off.

    fast182 in reply to Tom Servo. | May 1, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    I know he’s not perfect, but there’s often a method to his madness. Regarding re-opening, I think he knew that the left would attack any plan that he put forward, so on April 13 he made that strange “total authority” remark, so the left suddenly defended state sovereignty and some even pointed to the 9th and 10th amendments (they must have read them for the first time, I supposed), and a few days later Trump announced that it ultimately would be up to the governors to decide when to reopen. Crazy like a fox?

    Do you remember in 2017 when Trump offered Pelosi a deal on DACA if they’d fund his wall. The right went nuts, accusing him of selling out. The left declined his offer, and then he happily went about getting the wall built (well, started). Did he know, or strongly suspect, that the left would reject his offer, but made it anyway to gain some advantage? Crazy like a fox?

    The January 2019 budget was filled with pork, and Trump signed it anyway. Many on the right were disappointed. Trump seemed happy because it included 2-years worth of military funding. In February 2019, using an obscure 1970-era law, he declared a national emergency and diverted billions from the budget to build the wall. Since the money had been allocated for 2 years, congress couldn’t stop it before it’s been built. Crazy like a fox? Or do you really think that he found that old law AFTER the budget was passed?

    There are dozens of examples of this. No one is that lucky, unless they’re making their own luck.

    Barry in reply to Tom Servo. | May 1, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    “…but Trump really screwed up with this criticism of Sweden yesterday, just like he screwed up with this criticism of Gov. Kemp. ”

    I have to admit that when WHO praises something I had praised, I start wondering what I missed.

    In this case though, I missed nothing. Sweden got it right. President Trump has been sold by the “experts” that we were on our way to 2 million deaths and now he is bought in on that.

    Nobody is perfect. Trump made a mistake here. But really, if the “experts” tell you millions are going to die without extreme measures, you’re going to have to consider it.

    I can’t begin to explain the reasoning with Kemp. A blunder.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Barry. | May 1, 2020 at 6:16 pm

      If President Trump had not listened to the FAKE EXPERTS then no matter how few the deaths, the Mafia Media would never to shut up about it until after November.

        Understood. I’m going easy on him because I don’t know how he ignores this.

        But I’m of the opinion we will not recover from this in 10 years. We have yet to see the scope of economic destruction getting ready to rain down upon us.

          notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Barry. | May 1, 2020 at 11:25 pm

          I understand your concerns but there are new things under heaven and earth that are coming “online.”

          This “creative destruction” we are currently going through will have great benefits I faithfully believe.

    DaveGinOly in reply to Tom Servo. | May 1, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    But the MSM is going to have trouble exploiting this blunder, because in order to describe why it’s a blunder they’re going to have to talk about Sweden’s reaction to the Wuhan virus, something the MSM will not care to do.

ScottTheEngineer | May 1, 2020 at 11:28 am

Pelosi has to be happy plastic surgery is allowed. She’s already got a hairy chest. Next face lift itll be a beard.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 1, 2020 at 11:37 am

Ingraham: Experts don’t like to admit they’re wrong

Commentary on the ineffective lockdown.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 1, 2020 at 11:47 am

The Data Is In — Stop The Panic And End The Total Isolation…

People simply lack PERSPECTIVE, these days.

People keep fixating on the alleged number of deaths from the COVID virus. I say, alleged deaths because the classification for a COVID deaths is “extremely liberal”, to quote Dr. Birx. However, in a population of 330,000,000 people, 63,000 is statistically insignificant [0.02%]. That is two one hundredth of one percent of the US population has died from COVID, if the number of deaths attributed to COVID is accurate. So, the virus has significantly affected 2/100 of the population of the US. On the other hand, 33,000,000+ people are out of work in the US. That is 10% of the population. Many of those people will lose their savings, their homes, and, possibly, their lives as well as these effects being felt by their families and communities. The draconian measures put in place by our politicians are directly harming at least 1000 times as many people, in the US, as the virus is. This is like killing all 2600000 cows in Montana because one herd of 260 cows contracts hoof and mouth disease. Does this sound like a good plan to you?

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 1, 2020 at 12:10 pm

Hear hear!

This Dr. addresses that.

Also Go about 10 minutes in for discussion of how isolation damages the immune system more than anything else.

Mechanical ventilation in patients in the intensive care unit of a general university hospital in southern Brazil: an epidemiological study

The mortality rate of patients who required mechanical ventilation was higher, which may have been related to the severity of illness of the patients admitted to our ICU. Risk factors for hospital mortality included conditions present at the start of mechanical ventilation conditions that occurred during mechanical support.

Mechanically-induced stress.

Heh *******S: Stop KILLING People

From EVMS Medical Group:

“We have zero success for patients who were intubated.
Our thinking is changing to postpone intubation to as
long as possible, to prevent mechanical injury from the
ventilator. These patients tolerate arterial hypoxia
surprisingly well. Natural course seems to be the best.”

Providing supportive care (with ventilators that themselves stoke the fire) and waiting for the cytokine fire to burn itself out simply does not work… this approach has FAILED and has led to the death of tens of thousands of patients.

recommendation to avoid corticosteroids in the treatment of COVID-19 has led to the development of myriad organ failures which have overwhelmed critical care systems across the world.

Our treatment protocol targeting these key pathologies has achieved near uniform success, if begun within 6 hours of a COVID19 patient presenting with shortness of breath or needing ≥ 4L/min of oxygen.

Some people… persons, and special and peculiar interests, are counting the no longer viable with almost gay satisfaction, but the tally including conflation of causes and incidental abortions is a clear and progressive problem. The social contagion also played a role in mismanagement of resources.

    n.n in reply to n.n. | May 1, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Oh, and the latest social distancing guidelines from scientists in Wuhan is 3 m, 6 if you follow the precautionary principle.

“But with the population difference can you really compare Sweden to the other Scandinavian countries?”

No, you use deaths per million of population. That still has Sweden quite a bit worse than other Scandinavian countries but far better than all but a few of the EU countries.

Sweden go it right IMO. It is almost exactly what I said we should be doing 6 weeks or more ago.

    Tom Servo in reply to Barry. | May 1, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    in those terms, Sweden is running at a measured death rate (deaths as to general population) of 00.26% – or 2.6 deaths per thousand. Which is right in the range of the rest of northern Europe.

    Why people are howling that Sweden’s “Death Rate” is so high is that they are looking at Deaths per Diagnosed Cases. BUT since Sweden is only testing those who report symptoms, they do not have a large number of diagnosed asymptomatic carriers, which countries like the US do: non-mathematical types forgot that, in talking about “rates”, the denominator matters even more than the numerator.

    deaths per diagnosed cases is truly a meaningless number, unless a country has taken the effort to test everyone in the country.

      Barry in reply to Tom Servo. | May 1, 2020 at 6:37 pm

      Sweden today is 263 deaths per million, 0.26 per thousand.

      That is far better than much of the EU and only a bit worse than the USA at 198 deaths per million, or 0.198 per thousand.

      Sweden will taper off and stay down.

Can we all just admit the WHO is a fickle and corrupt organization that needs to be shut down or restructured from stem to stern?

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 1, 2020 at 6:12 pm

I’m rather pissed off that the FL governor has decided to slow-roll South Florida.

BierceAmbrose | May 2, 2020 at 2:05 pm

So, the point is to get people out living what lives they can in Kung-Flu world? (Huh.) We gotta have Sweeden numbers, with a bunch of dramatic assertions about Big Strategies, to sneak in that reality: the point is people living their lives. We don’t like people getting Kung-Flu because many of them don’t have lives after that (and for them and the rest, it’s miserable.)

And the answers seem to be:

— If immune people can live their lives without getting the Kung-Flu, get more people immune. That’s the point of developing vaccines, after all.

—- When there’s the vaccine we’re all waiting for, there will be handwringing “you gotta stay in lockdown” because it “might not confer robust, durable immunity.” Anybody want to bet? (And if that’s the argument, what were we waiting for?)

— Calibrate exposure rate to keep the load (just) under the medical system capacity.

—- Techniques for mitigating the course of the disease would change the *relative* *effective* medical system capacity just as effectively as fewer people getting sick. Indeed, that’s a better answer if we’re all likely to be exposed, eventually.

— Assume we’re all gonna be exposed eventually. It’s an aggressive, highly-contagious, human respiratory virus.

—- Plan like it’s gonna get around.

—- Respond like, whatever we do, we can’t (or won’t) have everybody living in plastic bubbles for the rest of time.

— Get data, at least: transmission rates, does illness confer immunity, are there mitigations to transmission, to mitigations course of disease.

In a world where OTC decongenstant sales are bigger than mot countries entire economies, maybe we should act like respiratory viruses are a thing, and mitigations out in the world happen … if we figure out how.