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    Coronavirus has mutated into two strains, one which appears to be far more aggressive, scientists have said, in a discovery which could hinder attempts to develop a vaccine.

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    We have one reported COVID-19 case within 25 mile radius in our area from an Asian man (surprise-surprise) who traveled overseas for undisclosed reasons. The media reported that he walked around for 3-5 days without knowledge of it. The airport did not thoroughly check for the virus except for active symptoms. I will probably avoid large crowds, malls, restaurants, and events. What makes it worse is I still know people leaving for Europe over Spring Break or going abroad so expect more contamination in the future. This may be no worse than flu deaths annually, and it could "die off" like other diseases as Spring approaches. At this time, part of the "panic" seems to be more economic as it interferes with job production and corporate profits.

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    Coronavirus Patient Zero in Italy Was Pakistani Migrant Who Refused to Self-Isolate

    Continued to work at restaurant and deliver Chinese food.

    The man believed to be coronavirus patient zero in Italy is a Pakistani migrant refused to self-isolate after testing positive for the virus and continued to deliver food.

    Health authorities asked the man to quarantine himself at his home in the Pavia area for two weeks, but he ignored the request and continued to work at a Chinese restaurant.

    He then compounded the risk of spreading the virus by making home deliveries of Chinese food.

    Authorities were alerted to the situation and the military intervened to return the man to his home.

    “The Carabinieri have been busy reconstructing all the movements of the young man, in order to identify as many people as possible with whom he came into contact. In the meantime, the military has closed the Chinese restaurant,” reports Free West Media.

    The migrant now faces up to 3 months in jail for failing to self-isolate under article 650 of the Italian penal code.

    Italy has recorded a total of more than 3,000 cases of the coronavirus and 148 people have died. The country was the primary source of the virus spreading to numerous other European countries.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Þoreiðar View Post
    Coronavirus Patient Zero in Italy Was Pakistani Migrant Who Refused to Self-Isolate

    Continued to work at restaurant and deliver Chinese food.

    The man believed to be coronavirus patient zero in Italy is a Pakistani migrant refused to self-isolate after testing positive for the virus and continued to deliver food.

    Health authorities asked the man to quarantine himself at his home in the Pavia area for two weeks, but he ignored the request and continued to work at a Chinese restaurant.

    He then compounded the risk of spreading the virus by making home deliveries of Chinese food.

    Authorities were alerted to the situation and the military intervened to return the man to his home.

    “The Carabinieri have been busy reconstructing all the movements of the young man, in order to identify as many people as possible with whom he came into contact. In the meantime, the military has closed the Chinese restaurant,” reports Free West Media.

    The migrant now faces up to 3 months in jail for failing to self-isolate under article 650 of the Italian penal code.

    Italy has recorded a total of more than 3,000 cases of the coronavirus and 148 people have died. The country was the primary source of the virus spreading to numerous other European countries.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Theunissen View Post
    Why am I not surprised?
    Me thinks the whole thing will toughen up soon.
    Three months in jail for starting a pandemic in Europe is a joke. Doesn't even say anything about him being expelled after serving his time.

    96 people have been confirmed infected by corona in Norway at this point, and of the 81 with a known source of infection, 63 of them got it in Italy.
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    WARNING: DON'T MICROWAVE CASH!


    Chinese woman microwaves her money to 'disinfect' but burns it to a crisp.


    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...-a9374451.html

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    Who Made Coronavirus? Was It the U.S., Israel or China Itself?

    The most commonly reported mainstream media account of the creation of the Coronavirus suggests that it was derived from an animal borne microorganism.

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    The Problem With Telling Sick Workers to Stay Home

    Even with the coronavirus spreading, lax labor laws and little sick leave mean that many people can’t afford to skip work.

    As the coronavirus that has sickened tens of thousands in China spreads worldwide, it now seems like a virtual inevitability that millions of Americans are going to be infected with the flu-like illness known as COVID-19. Public-health officials in the United States have started preparing for what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling a “significant disruption” to daily life. Because more than 80 percent of cases are mild and many will show no symptoms at all, limiting the disease’s spread rests on the basics of prevention: Wash your hands well and frequently, cover your mouth when you cough, and stay home if you feel ill. But that last thing might prove to be among the biggest Achilles’ heels in efforts to stymie the spread of COVID-19. The culture of the American workplace puts everyone’s health at unnecessary risk.

    For all but the independently wealthy in America, the best-case scenario for getting sick is being a person with good health insurance, paid time off, and a reasonable boss who won’t penalize you for taking a few sick days or working from home. For millions of the country’s workers, such a scenario is a nearly inconceivable luxury. “With more than a third of Americans in jobs that offer no sick leave at all, many unfortunately cannot afford to take any days off when they are feeling sick,” Robyn Gershon, an epidemiology professor at the NYU School of Global Public Health, wrote in an email. “People who do not (or cannot) stay home when ill do present a risk to others.” On this count, the United States is a global anomaly, one of only a handful of countries that doesn’t guarantee its workers paid leave of any kind. These jobs are also the kind least likely to supply workers with health insurance, making it difficult for millions of people to get medical proof that they can’t go to work.

    Even if a person in one of these jobs is severely ill—coughing, sneezing, blowing her nose, and propelling droplets of virus-containing bodily fluids into the air and onto the surfaces around her—asking for time off means missing an hourly wage that might be necessary to pay rent or buy groceries. And even asking can be a risk in jobs with few labor protections, because in many states, there’s nothing to stop a company from firing you for being too much trouble. So workers with no good options end up going into work, interacting with customers, swiping the debit cards that go back into their wallets, making the sandwiches they eat for lunch, unpacking the boxes of cereal they take home for their kids, or driving them home from happy hour.

    Even for people who have paid sick leave, Gershon noted, the choices are often only marginally better; seven days of sick leave is the American average, but many people get as few as three or four. “Many are hesitant to use [sick days] for something they think is minor just in case they need the days later for something serious,” she wrote. “Parents or other caregivers are also hesitant to use them because their loved ones might need them to stay home and care for them if they become ill.”

    For workers with ample sick leave, getting it approved may still be difficult. America’s office culture often rewards those who appear to go above and beyond, even if that requires coughing on an endless stream of people. Some managers believe leadership means forcing their employees into the office at all costs, or at least making it clear that taking a sick day or working from home will be met with suspicion or contempt. In other places, employees bring their bug to work of their own volition, brown-nosing at the expense of their co-workers’ health.

    Either way, the result is the same, especially in businesses that serve the public or offices with open plans and lots of communal spaces, which combine to form the majority of American workplaces. Even if your server at dinner isn’t sick, she might share a touch-screen workstation with a server who is. Everyone on your side of the office might be hale and healthy, but you might use a tiny phone booth to take a call right after someone whose throat is starting to feel a little sore. “Doorknobs, coffee makers, toilets, common-use refrigerators, sinks, phones, keyboards [can all] be a source of transmission if contaminated with the agent,” Gershon wrote. She advised that workers stay at least three to six feet away from anyone coughing or sneezing, but in office layouts that put desks directly next to one another with no partition in between—often to save money by giving workers less personal space—that can be impossible. No one knows how long COVID-19 can live on a dry surface, but in the case of SARS, another novel coronavirus, Gershon said it was found to survive for up to a week on inanimate objects.

    Work culture isn’t the only structure of American life that might make a COVID-19 outbreak worse than it has to be—the inaccessible, precarious, unpredictable nature of the country’s health-care system could also play an important role. But tasking the workers who make up so much of the infrastructure of daily American life, often for low wages and with few resources, with the lion’s share of prevention in an effort to save thousands of lives is bound to fail, maybe spectacularly. It will certainly exact a cost on them, both mentally and physically, that the country has given them no way to bear. Link

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    Coronavirus: Northern Italy quarantines 16 million people

    Anyone living in Lombardy and 14 other central and northern provinces will need special permission to travel. Milan and Venice are both affected.

    Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte also announced the closure of schools, gyms, museums, nightclubs and other venues across the whole country.


    The measures, the most radical taken outside China, will last until 3 April.
    Italy has seen the largest number of coronavirus infections in Europe, with the number of confirmed cases jumping by more than 1,200 to 5,883 on Saturday.


    The strict new quarantine measures affect a quarter of the Italian population and centre on the rich northern part of the country that powers its economy.

    The death toll in Italy has passed 230, with officials reporting more than 36 deaths in 24 hours.

    Chinese scientists say the novel coronavirus has mutated into two strains – one more aggressive than the other – in a discovery that could make developing a vaccine more difficult.


    The more aggressive strain, which has infected about 70 percent of those tested, has been dubbed the “L type”. It is the strain prevalent in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus first emerged.

    Meanwhile the less-infectious “S type”, which is older than its aggressive counterpart, was linked to the remaining 30 percent of cases.

    Genetic analysis of a man in the United States who tested positive in January showed it is possible to be infected with both strains of the virus.

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    The median age of those who died in Italy is 81 (!)! This helps a bit better to understand why the death toll in Italy is relatively high compared to other countries.
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