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New research raises more concerns about airborne transmission of COVID-19
Lloyd Alter: Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2: The world should face the reality. Dr. Moraska notes that handwashing and social distancing are not enough; they do not prevent infection by inhalation of the virus. ... all possible precautions against airborne transmission in indoor scenarios should be taken. Precautions include increased ventilation rate, using natural ventilation, avoiding air recirculation, avoiding staying in another person’s direct air flow, and minimizing the number of people sharing the same environment... Visit Website ]
May 22, 2020, 5:18pm

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Cuba Develops Effective Peptide for Treatment of COVID-19
teleSUR: This protein increases its concentration during viral infections and inflammatory processes. ... CIGB-258 operates in the regulation of the immune system. ... 12 patients started CIGB-258 therapy intheir severe stages and 19 in the critical disease phase. In the first group, survival was 92 percent, while in the second group it was 73 percent. ... "Cuba's Minister of Health, Jose Angel Portal Miranda, referred to the contributions of the-pharmaceutical and biotechnological industry, with innovative products for the treatment of the disease, such as recombinant Interferon alpha 2b, monoclonal antibodies, the CIGB-258 peptide and Surfacen."... Visit Website ]
May 19, 2020, 12:24pm

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The COVID-19 Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them
Erin Bromage: In order to get infected you need to get exposed to an infectious dose of the virus; based on infectious dose studies with other coronaviruses, it appears that only small doses may be needed for infection to take hold. ... The exposure to virus x time formula is the basis of contact tracing. Anyone you spend greater than 10 minutes with in a face-to-face situation is potentially infected. ... The spread of the virus within the household and back out into the community through funerals, birthdays, and church gatherings is believed to be responsible for the broader transmission of COVID-19 in Chicago. ... The main sources for infection are home, workplace, public transport, social gatherings, and restaurants. This accounts for 90% of all transmission events... Visit Website ]
May 13, 2020, 4:13pm

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Do Masks and Respirators Prevent Viral Respiratory Illnesses?
Kim Petersen: Interview with Professor Denis Rancourt ... author of “Masks Don’t Work: A review of science relevant to COVID-19 social policy” ... No RCT [randomized control trial] study with verified outcome shows a benefit for HCW [health care workers] or community members in households to wearing a mask or respirator. There is no such study. There are no exceptions. ... if anything gets through (and it always does, irrespective of the mask), then you are going to be infected. Masks cannot possibly work. ... The medical establishment is a major network of the high-priests that structure and control modern society. In their book, “health” is a dependence on the health system, not healthy living conditions, contrary to all the science regarding the determinants of public health... Visit Website ]
May 8, 2020, 12:18pm

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Organized Indigenous Communities and Indigenous Knowledge Can Prevent the Spread of Covid19
Irma A. Velásquez Nimatuj: Mayan guides such as Otilia Lux de Coti, Clara Nimatuj Ajqui and Felipe Gómez are recognizing, first, that the coronavirus is not the cause of the crisis facing the world at the moment, but rather, it is the harvest of what the capitalist system has sown throughout the centuries ... Mother Earth can no longer tolerate the permanent pressure of the depredation of natural goods ... we must continue to use the calendars of each indigenous people to interpret events day by day and understand the message ... because there they will find the necessary spiritual and cosmogonic strength to face confinement, create strategies for survival, find food, heal and pass this stage to emerge stronger ... peoples and communities must organize and face each other in harmony, using the plants and species that their respective regions possess... Visit Website ]
Apr 30, 2020, 12:37pm

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'We did it to ourselves': scientist says intrusion into nature led to pandemic
Phoebe Weston: Leading US biologist Thomas Lovejoy says to stop future outbreaks we need more respect for natural world ... “This pandemic is the consequence of our persistent and excessive intrusion in nature and the vast illegal wildlife trade, and in particular, the wildlife markets, the wet markets, of south Asia and bush meat markets of Africa ... separating wild animals from farmed animals in markets would significantly lower the risk of disease transmission ... any transition must contribute to – and not detract from – the livelihoods of the world’s most vulnerable people, many of whom depend on wild resources for survival ... indiscriminate bans and restrictions risk being inequitable and ineffective... Visit Website ]
Apr 26, 2020, 2:49pm

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Orwellian Lockstep and a Loaded Syringe
Colin Todhunter: One of the hallmarks of the current situation .... is that some think that ‘science’ knows more than it does and therefore they – especially politicians – know more than they do. Although certain epidemiologists may say frankly that there is very little sturdy evidence to base policies on, this has not prevented politicians from acting as if everything they say or do is based on solid science. ... Instead of encouraging more diverse, informed and objective opinions in the mainstream, we too often see money and power forcing the issue, not least in the form of Bill Gates who tells the world ‘normality’ may not return for another 18 months – until he and his close associates in the pharmaceuticals industry find a vaccine and we are all vaccinated... Visit Website ]
Apr 20, 2020, 3:07pm

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How Long Will We Shelter In Place?
Bob Burnett: Shelter-in-Place isn’t going to end soon. Life won’t return to “normal” until there is a Covid-19 vaccine. Until there is a reliable, widely-available vaccine, most of us are going to have to live sequestered lives. Experts, such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, tell us we won’t have a vaccine for at least a year. So be prepared to hunker down for an extended period. ... The United States is going to be segmented into quarantine zones. ... Prediction: There will be four quarantine zones: the northeast; the south — including Texas; the center — Nebraska to Ohio; and the west — Colorado to California... Some states will “recover” from the Coronavirus crisis before others do. ... Visit Website ]
Apr 4, 2020, 3:11pm

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A Foretaste of the Horror of Biological Warfare
Eric Margolis: The world is getting sick from the spreading COVID-19 virus ... They are also getting a grim foretaste of what biological warfare would be like. ... But surely our lily white democracies don’t stoop to making poison gas and germs? ... Back in 1990-91 --- US and Britain had pressed Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to invade Iran --- help Iraq’s military develop and deploy biological weapons --- Anthrax, botulism, Q fever and tularemia --- Feeder stocks for the germ/poison gas weapons came from the main UC chemical warfare plans at Ft. Detrick, Maryland. ... the results were nightmarish ... The moral of this terrible story, and the current worldwide epidemic, is to immediately ban all chemical and biological weapons everywhere. Destroy all chem/bio warfare plants everywhere, including the US, Russa, China, India and Israel... Visit Website ]
Mar 29, 2020, 11:30am

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Coronavirus Pandemic Reveals Just How Devastating the Greed of For-Profit Insurance Industry Has Become
Wendell Potter: A word to the wise: During this coronavirus crisis, keep an eye on every move of my old industry: health insurers. Behind the PR spin, they’ll be doing everything they can to deny care and maintain profits while making it look like they’re heroes. ... what they truly care about are profits ... Cigna and other health insurers stand to make money from testing ... because the federal government appears poised to cover all testing costs ... but (Cigna) makes no mention of waiving copays or deductibles for “treatment.” ... The strategy of moving Americans into high deductible plans has paid off beautifully for shareholders and top executives ... This pandemic will finally reveal to so many of us how devastating insurers’ greed can be... Visit Website ]
Mar 19, 2020, 12:41pm

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Cuba’s Contribution to Combatting COVID-19
Helen Yaffe: Among the 30 medicines the Chinese National Health Commission selected to fight the virus was a Cuban anti-viral drug Interferon Alpha 2b. ... Cuban Interferon Alpha 2b has proven effective for viruses with characteristics similar to those of COVID-19. Cuban biotech specialist, Dr Luis Herrera Martinez explained that ‘its use prevents aggravation and complications in patients, reaching that stage that ultimately can result in death.’ ... Cuba first developed and used interferons to arrest a deadly outbreak of the dengue virus in 1981, and the experience catalysed the development of the island’s now world-leading biotech industry... Visit Website ]
Mar 17, 2020, 3:40pm

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Coronavirus is exposing all of the weaknesses in the US health system
Dylan Scott: High health care costs and low medical capacity made the US uniquely vulnerable to the coronavirus. ... On many measures, the United States has one of the worst health systems among developed economies. A bigger share of the population lacks health insurance. We carry more medical debt. We die more often from preventable causes. The weaknesses in this system, which already puts the US behind its peers on many health outcomes, are exposed in an outbreak. ... And the biggest single problem, the one most unique to the American system, is costs. ... Americans face higher out-of-pocket costs for their medical care than citizens of almost any other country ... America has fewer hospital beds per capita than most other countries in the developed world... Visit Website ]
Mar 16, 2020, 5:17pm

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How soap absolutely annihilates the coronavirus
Brian Resnick: You’re not just washing viruses down the drain. Soap destroys the coronavirus, a chemistry professor explains. ... Soap ... is common phrase for what chemists call “amphiphiles.” These are molecules that have a dual nature. One end of the molecule is attracted to water and repelled by fats and proteins. The other side of the molecule is attracted to fats and is repelled by water. ... One side of the soap molecule (the one that’s attracted to fat and repelled by water) buries its way into the virus’s fat and protein shell. Fortunately, the chemical bonds holding the virus together aren’t very strong, so this intrusion is enough to break the virus’s coat. “You pull the virus apart, you make it soluble in water, and it disintegrates”... Visit Website ]
Mar 11, 2020, 4:39pm

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What must be done to fight the coronavirus pandemic
wsws.org: Accessible and universal testing ... Free high-quality treatment ... Paid sick leave for all workers .... Equality of care ... Protect refugees, prisoners and the homeless ... Stop price gouging ... Safe working conditions ... Support the ill and the quarantined ... For international collaboration: ... All sanctions must immediately be lifted and all restrictions on international medical collaboration ended!... Visit Website ]
Mar 9, 2020, 3:36pm

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Cancer in US Navy Nuclear Powered Ships
Chris Busby: In 2011, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was about 100km off the coast of Japan at the time of the Tsunami and the subsequent Fukushima reactor explosions. ... directed by the US government ... to provide assistance to the victims of the floods ... no-one on board was told was that the reactors had exploded and a plume of highly radioactive material was blowing east from the site into the path of the vessel ... 2014 ... A significant number of the Ronald Reagan crew were reporting a wide range of weird illnesses including cancers, all of which they were attributing to their radiation exposures. ... to answer the accusations that the Fukushima radiation was killing those ... A big report was prepared by the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)... The result showed an astonishing 9.2-fold excess of cancer in the sailors on nuclear-powered vessels. (The control group.) ... It shows that all the sailors on nuclear powered Navy ships are dying from cancer... Visit Website ]
Mar 7, 2020, 12:34pm


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