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    It's beginning to look very serious. 368 Italians died today. West-European streets are deserted. Shops sell their complete stock of vital supplies every single day. Life has come to a standstill.

    The French and German authorities delayed trucks transporting medical supplies destined for Belgium and the Netherlands on their territory today, despite everything being paid for by the Belgian and Dutch states, then they seized all that was inside, figuring they could use that for themselves. It's another indication of how serious this crisis is. And the Chinese and Turkish companies which promised to deliver Belgium 5 million mouthmasks (mainly for medical use, by nurses and doctors) sent us nothing, turns out it was a case of fraud. Our hospitals will now be using makeshift masks.

    Better start treating COVID-19 like it's the zombie apocalypse or the Rahowa. Self-isolate as much as possible. Getting infected with this nasty Chinese disease looks highly unpleasant and it can apparently also reduce one's fertility. And even young people end up in hospitals with breathing troubles. Don't be like those fools who still go to bars and small scale concerts or jump across a border which has not been closed yet to shop or party.

    The governments which are currently not undertaking the necessary steps to deal with the Coronavirus will face the judgement of historians, the U.K. comes to mind. The U.K. will be a madhouse in a few weeks from now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chlodovech View Post
    It's beginning to look very serious. 368 Italians died today. West-European streets are deserted. Shops sell their complete stock of vital supplies every single day. Life has come to a standstill.

    The French and German authorities delayed trucks transporting medical supplies destined for Belgium and the Netherlands on their territory today, despite everything being paid for by the Belgian and Dutch states, then they seized all that was inside, figuring they could use that for themselves. It's another indication of how serious this crisis is. And the Chinese and Turkish companies which promised to deliver Belgium 5 million mouthmasks (mainly for medical use, by nurses and doctors) sent us nothing, turns out it was a case of fraud. Our hospitals will now be using makeshift masks.

    Better start treating COVID-19 like it's the zombie apocalypse or the Rahowa. Self-isolate as much as possible. Getting infected with this nasty Chinese disease looks highly unpleasant and it can apparently also reduce one's fertility. And even young people end up in hospitals with breathing troubles. Don't be like those fools who still go to bars and small scale concerts or jump across a border which has not been closed yet to shop or party.

    The governments which are currently not undertaking the necessary steps to deal with the Coronavirus will face the judgement of historians, the U.K. comes to mind. The U.K. will be a madhouse in a few weeks from now.
    Apparently people stockpile toilet paper:


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    Is Coronavirus the Wrath of God?

    The epidemic began in Australia and spread from there to other countries.

    I am referring to the panic buying of toilet paper.

    Aussies were even brawling over it. Don’t bother to ask why, at least not if you are looking for a rational explanation. The virus doesn’t eat through Charmin. A clinical psychologist quoted by CNN states that people take extreme and sometimes irrational action when facing threats that are largely unknown, or when they hear “conflicting messages.” And the messages here certainly are conflicting.

    President Trump has imposed a month-long ban on travel to and from Europe. The entire country of Italy is now basically quarantined. In Paris, the Louvre is shuttered. Universities around the US are closing for the foreseeable future. Airports are half empty. Conferences and concerts throughout the world have been canceled. Panic buying has emptied grocery store shelves. Pharmacies are completely out of hand sanitizer and rubbing alcohol. Surgical masks are nowhere to be found. New York City is reportedly ready to put convicts to work digging mass graves. There have been calls to cancel the Tokyo Olympics. And, just the other week, the stock market took its biggest hit in the last thirty years — bigger than 2008.

    At the same time, we are being told the whole thing may just be overblown. A few days ago President Trump tweeted “So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!” New York Magazine called this a “terrifyingly ignorant” message. But is it? Conservative journalists have followed Trump’s lead. Steve Hilton of Fox News quoted a public health official as saying “Most people — more than 85% — will have mild or no symptoms.” Hilton advised against panic. Rush Limbaugh claimed that Coronavirus is being “weaponized” to “bring down Trump,” and compared it to the common cold.

    So who’s right? It’s really hard to say.

    All I know for certain is that the liberal media really is corrupt enough to deliberately exaggerate the danger of Coronavirus just to try to damage Trump in an election year. The primary objective would be to create economic chaos, which seems to already be happening. Trump seems to have decided to run for re-election almost entirely on economic good news, so the best way to hit him would be for the economy to tank prior to November. And we must also note the familiar pattern: the media and liberals simply oppose whatever Trump says and does. Because Trump has suggested that the threat of the virus may be overblown, naturally the Left must take the position that the virus is a huge threat and that Trump is dangerously irresponsible for downplaying it. As Paul Joseph Watson has pointed out, if Trump had hyped the danger of Corona, the media would call his response hysterical, and accuse him of planning to cancel the November election.

    And we already know that the media is actively telling lies about Trump’s response to Corona. More than a week ago, several liberal news outlets reported that Trump had called Coronavirus “a hoax” at one of his rallies. In fact, Trump had labeled the Democrats’ attempts to politicize the virus a “hoax.” Despite the fact that this blatant lie was swiftly denounced, the Biden campaign created an entire TV ad out of it. The ad deceptively edits Trump’s remarks in such a fashion that he seems to say “Coronavirus . . . this is is their new hoax.” The Washington Post’s fact-checker column awarded the Biden campaign four Pinocchios for this ad, calling it “a false narrative that does not reflect the event as it occurred.” No kidding, the Washington Post said this. The Biden camp responded with an ad hominem attack against the President.

    We have reached a point where our politicians, our institutions, and our media now have zero credibility. It’s no wonder that some fanatical Trump supporters really do believe the whole epidemic is a hoax, designed to undermine their leader. Can anyone really blame them? No one trusts anything anymore. This is pretty problematic when your life is at stake and you desperately need to get the facts. But please don’t misunderstand me; I’m not just going after the liberals and the “liberal media.” We can’t really trust the “conservatives” and the handful of conservative news sources either. They perceive the threat to their President, and it is in their interest to downplay it.

    For those of us on the Right (the real Right) I want to suggest that, unless you are over 70, this is a win-win situation for us.

    Reports indicate that Corona has already peaked in China — over a month ago. China has just closed the last of sixteen makeshift hospitals erected in Wuhan to deal with the outbreak. The virus continues to be most dangerous for the elderly and those with preexisting conditions. By contrast, there have been zero deaths among children nine years old and younger. Further, spring is now arriving in the northern hemisphere and warm weather may bring an end to the epidemic. As the New York Post put it, “Almost all respiratory viruses hate warm and moist weather. That’s why flu dies out in America every year by May at the latest and probably why Latin America has reported only 25 coronavirus cases.”

    In short, all this might well end not with a bang but with a whimper. As the realization sets in that we have overreacted, markets will recover, and life will go back to normal. But what will be the long-term effects?

    I have seen the US face a few crises in my fifty years of life: Watergate, the Iran Hostage Crisis, several wars (I’ve lost count at this point), various hurricanes, floods, droughts, blizzards, and, of course, 9/11. But I have never seen anything like the hysteria that’s been generated by Corona.

    People are truly terrified. If I am correct that this will not be the calamity it’s been hyped as, Americans are going to be angry. Corona hysteria will deepen the public’s distrust of the media, which is already at a historic low point. Perceptive Americans have already recognized that the media’s sensationalism is the root cause of panic buying, and they are getting angry.

    It is also going to become crystal clear — perhaps even to “low-information voters” — how the Left has exploited this crisis as a means to undermine Trump in the runup to November. On March 10th, a CNN panel enthusiastically discussed the possibility that Corona hysteria could turn Americans against Trump and send them rushing back into the arms of the Establishment. Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang was on hand to state that “nothing makes you appreciate a functional government like a global pandemic.” He continued, “And we all know when Joe becomes our president, he’s going to bring back many of the Obama alums who are really, really competent and technocratic.”

    This is the first time I have ever heard “technocratic” used in a non-pejorative sense.

    On March 13th the Atlantic magazine proclaimed that “The Trump Presidency is Over”. (One wonders how many times they have already used this headline.) States Atlantic staff writer Peter Wehner:

    Donald Trump is shrinking before our eyes. The coronavirus is quite likely to be the Trump presidency’s inflection point, when everything changed, when the bluster and ignorance and shallowness of America’s 45th president became undeniable, an empirical reality, as indisputable as the laws of science or a mathematical equation.

    Wow. This guy has obviously been to college.

    Elsewhere, liberals have openly celebrated the economic chaos brought on by Corona panic, despite the fact that millions of ordinary Americans have seen their retirement money nearly wiped out. This should not surprise us, as Leftists have been calling for a recession for some time now, as an effective way to damage Trump. Just a few months ago smug HBO host Bill Maher stated, “One way you get rid of Trump is by crashing the economy. So please, bring on the recession.” He went on to insist that he was not kidding, adding “it would be worth it.”

    I predict, therefore, that when the panic subsides there will be a backlash against the media and the Left. This will be nothing new, just a deepening, as I have already said, of the resentment and distrust that has been festering for years. Trump will probably come out of the whole thing smelling like a rose, as he always does. Certainly, if the virus has run its course by May, as many medical experts are predicting, it will not be an issue in November. But I also foresee more profound and long-lasting consequences of the current panic.

    There is something rather biblical about the whole thing, isn’t there? Throughout history, people have interpreted plagues as divine punishment. Almost always, they have been seen as brought on by moral or religious failings of the culture. We may laugh at the preachers and religious fanatics who think that Corona is punishment for gay marriage, but it’s actually good that people think this.

    And I don’t believe you have to be particularly religious to have such feelings; there is something deeply hard-wired about this response. “What have we done? Why is this happening to us?” It’s not a rational response, but then again, 99% of human responses aren’t rational. I myself have been struggling in the last several weeks against a generalized anxiety, made acute by Corona, that seems to say “everything is collapsing; everything is falling down around my ears; the walls are closing in.”

    There is, of course, no real connection between Corona and gay marriage or the transgender madness or the possibility that a man with dementia might be elected President of the United States. But it sure as hell feels like the chickens have come home to roost and God has decided to zap us, as he did with Sodom and Gomorrah and Egypt.

    I would thus diagnose the intensity of the current panic as a direct result of the average American’s gnawing sense that the culture has gone off the rails and deserves to be wiped out by a plague. All those fat people fighting over toilet paper in Walmart are just so many guilty consciences, cowering on their commodes before an angry God.

    Of course, in another, demonstrably rational sense, the chickens really have come home to roost. The speed at which Corona has spread all over the world is a direct result of globalism, open borders, and multiculturalism. Figuratively speaking, yes, we are being punished for all that bullshit. I predict that one of the immediate and long-lasting consequences of Corona will be that people all over the world will “hunker down.” As I have said, people have been genuinely terrified by this epidemic, and the memory of this will not easily fade. The globalist, multiculturalist policies that made it so easy for the virus to spread are going to be met with increased skepticism.

    We are hardwired to be wary of those who are different from us, especially those who are ethnically different, which is the reason why multiculturalism destroys communities and trust. Expect these feelings of wariness and distrust to intensify. Expect also that the “social distancing” being encouraged by experts may have implications for foreign policy, and may translate into populist isolationism. The Corona panic will thus have the positive effect of strengthening nationalism and populism, and weakening Leftist globo-homo, multi-culti hegemony.

    People are willing to put up with a lot of bullshit and even to parrot it, but things change when their lives and the lives of their loved ones are imperiled. Then they cry “Enough!” Expect that more and more ordinary people will become bolder about calling out the bullshit. And expect a Trump victory in November, since he is the only candidate who will be remotely in tune with the post-Corona nationalist-isolationist Zeitgeist.

    The Left has seen all this coming, and in the last month they have issued repeated warnings against “Xenophobia” and even opined that the “real threat” of Corona is “racism.” China has even jumped on the bandwagon, intimating that perhaps the virus did not even originate in their country and that the idea that it did is “racism.” Now, Asians do not traffic in the language of “racism” at all; it is simply not a bugaboo for them, as they are solidly racist and see no problem with it. Thus, China’s use of this tactic is a clever and cynical way to try and exploit one of our greatest weaknesses — our obsession with avoiding “racism” at all costs.

    The World Health Organization, which ought to be devoted exclusively to saving our goddamn lives, has been busy for the last month calling on countries not to “profile” individuals as a result of concerns over the virus, as this could lead to certain people being “stigmatized.” But isn’t the primary way you arrest the spread of a contagion identifying (i.e., profiling) the people most likely to have it (e.g., visitors from China or Italy) and treating them differently? The EU has also announced that it will not institute any new border controls in response to the virus. Travelers arriving from Italy in other EU countries are apparently not even being screened.

    In other words, it’s business as usual. In a recent column titled “Will the Coronavirus Kill the New World Order?”, Pat Buchanan asks “Would Merkel, today, invite a million Syrian refugees into Germany no matter the conditions under which they were living in Syria and Turkey?” And: “As for the ‘open borders’ crowd, do Democrats still believe that breaking into our country should no longer be a crime, and immigrants arriving illegally should be given free health care, a proposition to which all the Democratic debaters raised their hands?” The answer to both Buchanan’s questions is yes. These bastards would rather let millions die than abandon their ideology.

    And we’ve seen that before somewhere, haven’t we? Of course, it’s not just a question of ideology: globalism has made an awful lot of people very rich and very powerful.

    But the conclusion now seems inescapable that globalism is deadly. Things are so bad that Mexico is talking about closing its border with the US. This was something that liberals declared for years was “impossible.” But now it looks like it’s going to be done — not by the advanced, almighty, modern US, but by shithole Mexico itself. Secure borders = lives saved; open borders = death.

    We saw this in the case of terrorism, but somehow it didn’t sink in. As London mayor Sadiq Kahn notoriously asserted, terrorism is “part and parcel” of living in a big city in the age of multiculturalism. Will they try the same answer with Corona? Are deadly outbreaks of killer viruses a small price to pay for the enrichment brought by diversity? Such outrageous claims went unchallenged in the past because no one wanted to seem like one of the bad people. After Corona, this garbage is going to be a much tougher sell.

    Corona is also a wake-up call with respect to our reliance on foreign suppliers and manufacturers, especially the Chinese. It is absolute madness that we import more than 90% of our antibiotics from a hostile trading partner. And, in response to US criticism of how they have handled the epidemic, China has now threatened to cut off the supply of medicine and cast us “into the mighty sea of Coronavirus.” Understandably, the Chinese are worried that the epidemic could threaten their status as a global manufacturing hub.
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    1018 cases currently in Austria, among which 6 recovered and 3 deaths (2 in Vienna, 1 Styria). Some provinces and localities are under lockdown.

    Border controls have been reintroduced with Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Those who enter from these countries must have a medical certificate confirming a negative molecular-biological SARS-CoV-2 test, regardless of citizenship. So must third-country nationals (non-EU/EEA/CH citizens) who have been to other coronavirus risk areas such as China, South Korea, Iran, Spain or France in the last 2 weeks. Air and rail traffic from Great Britain, the Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine has also been recently suspended.

    Public events have been suspended, incl. religious events and services, gatherings of more than 5 people banned, incl. those taking place in private. Schools have also closed, university courses have been suspended or taken to online platform. Museums, theaters, opera houses, etc. have also closed, followed by restaurants, bars or cafés which close today or tomorrow. Many shops also closed, with the exception of grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, drugstores, post offices and other basic services. Some delivery services from shops have been suspended or take much longer to arrive, cash payments have been suspended and delivery staff have taken extra precautions, such as wearing gloves, using their elbows to ring or open doors and keeping a 2 meter distance between themselves and the clients. Amazon still delivers, and probably makes considerable profit given the situation. Online clothing stores still deliver. Public transport still runs and probably will continue to run due to people needing to reach work and hospitals, although many avoid it due to the fear of infection. People have been asked to self-isolate and not go out except for the basics (work, grocery shopping, pharmacy, bank) and then only by themselves or with the people they live with. Some companies have sent their employees to work from home or reduced their working hours. Streets and spots that used to be full of tourists and pedestrians are for the first time eerily empty. It's strange to see the same situation in what used to be busy, vibrant European cities and capitals - a gallery can be seen here.

    Whoever hasn't done their shopping for the isolation period should do it before panicky shoppers flood the stores (long lines of shoppers in a cramped space can be a source of infection themselves) and some of the products start disappearing from the shelves. No long queues at the supermarkets yet, however empty shelves are becoming a common sight. Hand sanitizers, disinfectants and toilet paper in particular are sold out everywhere, in some stores also bread, vegetables and perishables are hard to find. Canned goods and non-perishables such as spaghetti and rice are among the top sold, as everyone is starting to hoard as much as they can. The situation might become much worse, especially considering the reintroduction of EU border closures and controls, which might slow down supply chains and increase the risks of shortages. Some predict that shortages of electrical goods like televisions and toasters could start appearing on shelves within the next couple of months. And it's not only supply that has been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak, but also demand. The global economy is already suffering as a result and it's not only small businesses who are endangered. When people are quarantined in their homes with the bare necessities, nobody gives luxury items a thought, for instance. Retailers who rely on factories in China, including giants like Asos have also been hit since many of these factories have closed. And think about how many other things are made in China. Local businesses might do better under these circumstances although those relying on tourism are most likely going to suffer tremendous losses, and this includes airline companies, be it then they shall receive financial assistance. In addition to the halting of many businesses, stocks have gone down, the value of crypto has gone down, etc. Some people say this is the worst crisis the world has faced since WWII. And crises do tend to bring out the worst in people. This legally blind shopper from Australia had toilet paper stolen from her trolley. This American pair of brothers bought 18.000 bottles of hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes and other hygiene products from dollar stores and tried to sell them at inflated prices on Amazon and eBay. Or this Canadian couple who also attempted to profit from the crisis. As a result, both companies have removed thousands of listings for hand sanitizer, wipes and face masks and suspended hundreds of sellers for price gouging.

    Naturally, there's the question of what's really going on and there have been many theories: biological weapon, a tactic to bankrupt economies and push countries further into debts, an exercise to see how masses would react to a global state of emergency, paving the way for a new world order and one world government, biblical end times, etc. etc. As to the virus itself, according to the WHO, 80% of those infected only suffer mild symptoms and 5% of cases are critical. Some of the milder cases may be managed at home with classical cold remedies such as pain killers, cough syrup, bed rest and fluid intake. Some European celebrities, politicians and public figures who contracted the virus reported isolating themselves in their homes. The more severe cases may require hospitalization, e.g. those who have a hard time breathing on their own may need a respirator. Among the infected, older adults as well as those with preexisting heart conditions or hypertension face a higher risk. Many of the deaths have been registered among this segment of the demographic. Some people find it harder to self-isolate than others, particularly the extroverts, party-goers and some of those who live alone. Some folks could still be seen socializing this weekend, which prompted politicians to criticize and push for more drastic measures. #staythefuckhome has become a popular tag on Twitter, as well as the name of a website created by a German software engineer containing a 12-point "Self-Quarantine Manifesto". Hopefully the infection will slow down in the coming months with the end of the flu season.

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    Romania is also in a state of emergency due to the Coronavirus pandemic, although there are less cases here than in other European countries. Only 158 cases at the moment, no deaths. In Hermannstadt there are no cases of Coronavirus yet but peoples still take the necessary precautions. Some liberal politicians became infected with Coronavirus, the source seems to have been a French parliamentarian, with whom one of the politicians, a senator, had been traveling to Brussels, then this politician was at a party meeting with 100 peoples and some political events. Another 3 liberal politicians then got it from him and also his family. So infection is pretty easy to get. Even if the disease doesn't have a high mortality rate for everyone, the infection rate is dangerous. So it's better to avoid the public social life until the waters become a little bit more calm.

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    Denmark Passes Law Enabling Forced Coronavirus Vaccinations


    New measures “most extreme since the Second World War.”


    Denmark has passed an emergency law that allows for the government to force people to take a vaccine for coronavirus.



    The emergency law gives authorities sweeping powers to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and will remain in force until March 2021. Citizens who refuse to be tested for the coronavirus will face fines and potential prison time, and will be prevented from entering shops, grocery stores, public institutions and hospitals while also being restricted from using public transport. “As well as enforcing quarantine measures, the law also allows the authorities to force people to be vaccinated, even though there is currently no vaccination for the virus,” reports the Local.


    Copenhagen University law professor Jens Elo Rytter said the new measures were “certainly the most extreme since the Second World War.” The initial draft of the law was even more draconian, and would have allowed police to enter private homes without a warrant if there was a suspicion of a coronavirus infection.However, this measure was dropped after opposition from other parties in the Parliament.


    Denmark currently has 875 recorded coronavirus cases and has registered 2 deaths.


    NOPE. I do not trust their vaccines.
    There is a damn good reason America has a gun behind every blade of grass. If they prefer we can exchange needles for lead. I will not lay down my arms to go to that Gas Chamber willingly.



    Denmark Passes Law Enabling Forced Coronavirus Vaccinations 16 III 2020.


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    The attempts to control the virus are going to create more long lasting damage then the virus itself. The CDC is recommending that Americans avoid gatherings of more then 50 for the next two months! Why 50? It just takes one with the virus to spread it to the other 49. The only way to stop the spread is for everyone to isolate themselves from every other human! The experts and politicians are risking the worst economic collapse ever! To save the lives of persons who are already very sick from other diseases. It sounds cruel but the best thing is to let the virus run its course. My mother is nearly 81 and in fairly good health so she really isn't at risk but if it's a choice between her seeing 81 and my children's future (ages 28-6) well Mom you had nearly 81 years. R.I.P.

    My father was in fairly good health for most of his 85 years, until the last six months. Instead of seeking medical treatment that would just prolong his condition he went on hospice. The bad part lasted about ten weeks then he died at home. Had he decided to live as long as possible he might still be alive but in a nursing home hooked up to tubes, wearing a diaper with his mind pretty much gone.

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    Coronavirus: Bath Half Marathon organiser defends decision to let event go ahead despite backlash



    The organiser of the Bath Half Marathon has defended his decision to let the race go ahead despite concerns over the spread of coronavirus.

    The event went ahead today with more than 6,000 runners, with thousands more spectators turning up to watch.

    The numbers were slightly down on previous years which have seen around 10,000 runners taking part, with rain also dampening numbers.

    Get updates about the latest coronavirus news for Bristol, North Somerset and South Glos with our Coronavirus In And Around Bristol Facebook group here.

    Many who were initially taking part had called on organisers to cancel the race in light of the pandemic, leading to some setting up a 'virtual half marathon' as a boycott.

    These runners tackled a 13-mile route in their own areas instead and shared their photos and run times on a dedicated Facebook page.

    In response to such concerns, race organiser Andrew Taylor said the event had gone ahead on the current medical advice and that the threat of contacting the virus was extremely low.

    He argued the half-marathon is a "golden bullet" against the bigger threat of 'lack of exercise' in the UK.

    He said: "The biggest health problem we have in the UK is the lack of exercise and these events are a golden bullet in that regard.

    "I'm a humble event organiser, I work with the advice that is given to me.

    "This is unprecedented, there are some very diverse views out there.

    "Hopefully if things like this happen again, which I'm sure they will, there will be a bigger consensus in the public.

    "We've just had to get on and deliver our event safely, which is what we have done."

    'People's lives are at risk'
    Paula Bailey was one of those who decided to run a virtual Bath Half Marathon instead of attending the actual event.

    She told Somerset Live yesterday: "Personally I find it appalling that that the organisers of the Bath half have not cancelled or postponed the event given the current circumstances.

    "People's lives are at risk and we do not feel running in Bath will benefit anyone."

    Mary Hodges, 42, from Bristol said yesterday:"They've left people with this decision - it's become really hard.

    "People are really undecided. They still want to run and raise money for charity but they don't want to cause problems in Bath.

    "It won't be a safe or controlled environment. Going ahead with it doesn't seem helpful."

    Bath Rugby Foundation announced before the event it would withdraw from Bath Half Marathon, citing growing concerns about coronavirus and runners' safety.
    https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/b...aniser-3952650

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    Coronavirus: US volunteers to test first vaccine

    The first human trial of a vaccine to protect against pandemic coronavirus is starting in the US later on Monday, according to reports.

    A group of 45 healthy volunteers will have the jab, at the Kaiser Permanente research facility, in Seattle. The vaccine cannot cause Covid-19 but contains a harmless genetic code copied from the virus that causes the disease.

    Experts say it will still take many months to know if this vaccine, or others also in research, will work. Scientists around the world are fast-tracking research.

    And this first human trial, funded by the National Institutes of Health, sidesteps a check that would normally be conducted - making sure the vaccine can trigger an immune response in animals. But the biotechnology company behind the work, Moderna Therapeutics, says the vaccine has been made using a tried and tested process.

    Dr John Tregoning, an expert in infectious diseases at Imperial College London, UK, said: "This vaccine uses pre-existing technology.

    "It's been made to a very high standard, using things that we know are safe to use in people and those taking part in the trial will be very closely monitored. Yes, this is very fast - but it is a race against the virus, not against each other as scientists, and it's being done for the benefit of humanity."

    Typical vaccines for viruses, such as measles, are made from a weakened or killed virus. But the mRNA-1273 vaccine is not made from the virus that causes Covid-19.

    Instead, it includes a short segment of genetic code copied from the virus that scientists have been able to make in a laboratory. This will hopefully prime the body's own immune system to fight off the real infection.

    The volunteers will be given different doses of the experimental vaccine. They will each be given two jabs in total, 28 days apart, into the upper arm muscle. But even if these initial safety tests go well, it could still take up to 18 months for any potential vaccine to become available for the public.

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    How to Protect Your Mental Health During ‘Social Distancing’

    Social isolation is a common — and valid — concern as we head into what could be several weeks of limited access to our normal routine and in-person interaction with other people. Some may take social distancing in stride, but for most, it’s causing high degree of anxiety and anticipated loneliness. To help you relieve some of this apprehension, here are some ways to prepare and manage in order to reduce the negative emotional impact for yourself and for others.

    Mentally Prepare

    How you think about a quarantine or WFH is vital. The terms we use to describe the situation sets the emotional tone for how we feel about it. If we think in terms of what we’re being forced to do and what we won’t have access to, it creates a sense of lack and powerlessness. Anxiety and panic can start to creep in, not to mention boredom and apathy. Combine that with a lot of uncertainty and endlessly dire newsfeed, and you have a recipe for mental health disaster.

    However, if we can stay focused on the things that we still can do and what we still do have — while creating a basic structure for our days that resembles our old routine — we can mitigate feelings of anxiety and depression and get through these next weeks successfully — maybe even happily.

    Here are a few tips to get you started:

    • Accentuate the positives
    • Focus on what you are able to do during this time. You’re finally home — organize, read, rest, cook, and play. Take advantage of the time this provides.
    • Don’t overload on news
    • Identify where you get your news and check in once or twice a day. Staying constantly connected to the unfolding news won’t be helpful — remember that it doesn’t change anything — and make sure your news sources are reliable. We recommend the CDC and WHO.


    It won’t last forever

    Remember, this contagion will end. New stories, open-ended developments, and the unknown are anxiety provoking for sure, but be mindful that this outbreak won’t last forever.
    To help you find relief, Talkspace is offering $100 off all plans. Use code 1004U and get the support you need from the safety of your home.

    Organize Yourself and Your Tribe

    Get prepared. Taking action is a great tool for anxiety, and is essential if you’re working from home with family and children around. This time is fraught with unknowns and tension, but identifying actionable tasks can help empower you tremendously. It gives intention and focus to an open ended situation and sets you up to deal with the tumult of the outbreak.

    Here are a few ways that you can take action and gain a sense of agency.

    Set a schedule

    Keeping a daily rhythm helps manage the day productively. Even small items such as eating around the same time as usual, and dedicating time to play, work, and rest, can work wonders.

    Be social, virtually

    Create a virtual schedule with friends and colleagues. Real time office banter, coffee and dinner dates aren’t advised, but virtual ones can work just as well. Don’t leave yourself out of the loop — be intentional with your connections now. Scheduling a virtual meet-up at least once a day can make all the difference as you negotiate the long hours alone.

    Stay busy

    Kids home from school? Gather up the activities! Identify games and activities that they can choose from ahead of time and let them know how each day will work. Too much downtime is tough for children as well.

    Social Isolation Doesn’t Have To Mean Emotional Isolation

    Think about the ways you stay connected now. We’ve gotten so used to being “on” all the time that we’ve taken it for granted. Reaching out to friends and family from afar is essential. Now is the time to bump up live video and facetime calls so we can be as present with our loved ones as possible while still staying safe.

    Talk about your experience with others. Don’t shy away from sharing. This is something we’re all experiencing and we can benefit from the camaraderie in that. You may even check out Talkspace’s free online support group.

    Connect internally. Dig into your self care go-tos. Meditate, read, relax, and cook. If you’re looking for professional care during this time of anxiety and stress, you may consider connecting with a licensed online therapist.
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