Wednesday, 11 March 2020

W.H.O. Declares Pandemic as Number of Infected Countries Grows

quote [ Chancellor Angela Merkel foresees two-thirds of Germans being infected. The U.S., with more than 1,000 cases and business disruptions, weighs possible responses.

“All countries can still change the course of this pandemic,” said the W.H.O.’s leader, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, adding, “We need each other.” ]

A predictable update, folks.

Keep - your - elderly - loved - ones - isolated.
[SFW] [health] [+2]
[by NuncEstBibendum@4:51pmGMT]


NuncEstBibendum said @ 5:37pm GMT on 11th Mar [Score:1 Sad]
"WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction".
steele said @ 2:01am GMT on 12th Mar [Score:1 Underrated]
NuncEstBibendum said @ 8:03am GMT on 12th Mar
Haven't heard it yet, but here in Milan we are already very self-contained. Maybe they are focusing on other areas of the country. I can't determine the place, from the video.
NuncEstBibendum said @ 10:52am GMT on 12th Mar [Score:1 Underrated]
By the way: thanks for your work, dear steele. I've been hanging out around SE for twenty years; lately I've been less assiduous, but the emergency made me run back home (the way you go back to a fat internet mamma).
steele said @ 3:55pm GMT on 12th Mar
Welcome. Good luck over there. My dystopian movie vibes have been increasing as there's now a question as to whether the personnel from my hospice support will be able to visit my grandfather and me. And I can't really blame them, but it makes me feel very alone despite the other old folks here.
Paracetamol said @ 7:45pm GMT on 12th Mar
Do they assist you with stuff like lifting and washing or is he dependent on medical stuff as well? And I second complimenting your 2 community supports over the last years.
steele said @ 7:58pm GMT on 12th Mar [Score:1 Underrated]
So basically, I have an aide that comes to wash him 3 times a week, a nurse that comes once a week to advise me and refill his RXs, a social worker I see once a month, and then a volunteer that watches him for an hour or two so I can go grocery shopping. Up until late january he was at least mobile, now he's completely bedridden and the dementia has pretty much taken over for quite a bit of the time. Unfortunately, that means the past couple of months has required a lot more lifting on my part, and much less sleep as I have to get up throughout the night to do various things like empty his urinals or make sure he hasn't pulled out his oxygen tube. The hospice group also provides me with equipment like bedside commodes, a hospital bed, oxygen concentrator, bed pads, urinals, etc. The group is covered as a medicare service provider.
Paracetamol said @ 8:33pm GMT on 12th Mar
The circle of life might not be how Elton John envisioned it. Wait. Tim Rice.
steele said[1] @ 9:30pm GMT on 12th Mar
I actually knew who Tim Rice was because a girl I knew in middle school claimed to be related to him. #TheMoreYouKnow
NuncEstBibendum said @ 4:39pm GMT on 12th Mar [Score:1 Good]
Strikes in northern Italy industries: the workers refuse to carry on the production without proper safety conditions, since the anti-COVID-19 protocols are poorly adopted.
NuncEstBibendum said[3] @ 5:25pm GMT on 12th Mar [Score:3 Underrated]
...About this and other comments of mine: I know they are redundantly centered on Italy.
The reason is my country is some weeks in advance on the western COVID-19 timeline. Since the general pattern shows many similarities in every country, I consider them to be someway useful, in order to get a general sense of the situation, and try to think in advance.
Paracetamol said @ 6:24pm GMT on 12th Mar
how's –your– fever coming along, by the way?
NuncEstBibendum said @ 7:17pm GMT on 12th Mar
Not serious. Come and go. But my doctor confined me, strictly. She asked me to keep her updated twice a day.
Two weeks more before I can see my kid. Not pleasant. I have to postpone continuously with him, ad it makes me very uncomfortable; he's quite smart.
Paracetamol said @ 7:27pm GMT on 12th Mar [Score:1 Good]
I feel you. Wait, that's not the point of painkillers: I numb you.
NuncEstBibendum said[1] @ 7:21pm GMT on 12th Mar
...And, yes: I'm actually assuming paracetamol when necessary, dear Paracetamol.
steele said @ 4:40pm GMT on 12th Mar [Score:1 Insightful]
steele said @ 12:06pm GMT on 13th Mar [Score:1 Underrated]

steele said @ 12:52pm GMT on 13th Mar [Score:1 Informative]
Fermin (Fur-mean)🌹☭ on Twitter: "Cuba has discovered an antiviral against the #Covid_19 and have collaborated with China. The treatment has shown to be successful. According to a different article, they’re also collaborating with Italy and Venezuela." / Twitter
NuncEstBibendum said @ 1:03pm GMT on 13th Mar
Interesting. Early, but encouraging. Let's see.
mechanical contrivance said @ 5:55pm GMT on 11th Mar
Since all the old people are likely to die, it's possible that the coronavirus outbreak may swing the 2020 US election.
conception said @ 6:10pm GMT on 11th Mar
Die or at least incapacitate.
Jack Blue said @ 7:05pm GMT on 11th Mar
That in itself would give you president Pence.
steele said @ 7:19pm GMT on 11th Mar
More like, may suspend the 2020 US election. 💁‍♂️😓

This is not going to end well, we're very much not prepared for it.
NuncEstBibendum said[2] @ 8:42pm GMT on 11th Mar [Score:1 Informative]
Not joking: it's highly possible. The growth curve of this thing is crazy fast: the first uncontrolled patient was spotted here in Lombardy exactly 20 days ago. Look at us today: from this evening here in Milan you need a self-certification, explaining your compelling reasons, just in order to go out home.

Last minute update:
starting from now every commercial activity in Italy is closed, with the only exception of supermarkets and pharmacies.
steele said @ 9:05pm GMT on 11th Mar [Score:1 Good]
Absolutely. Watching what it took China to get this under control, and seeing how our for-profit joke of a "healthcare" system kneecaps us from doing serious prevention has me worried sick about all this. Tomorrow will probably be my last escape from the old folks home for quite a while to try and help them keep this place covid free... But I'm not expecting them to be able to avoid it for long. They've got too many workers going in and out.
damnit said @ 2:36am GMT on 12th Mar
China saying it's under control has to be taken with a cart load of sand.
steele said @ 3:04am GMT on 12th Mar [Score:1 Underrated]
So does most western reporting of foreign countries.
Bruceski said @ 4:34pm GMT on 12th Mar
It's prompted another push for nationwide vote-by-mail, but Oregon senators have been beating that drum ever since we first made it work here so I doubt anything's going to happen.
steele said @ 7:12pm GMT on 11th Mar
We just had a town hall at the old folks home I'm imprisoned at with my grandfather. They packed 60 senior citizens in the room to tell them about the highly contagious virus that could kill them. 😅😅
steele said @ 7:17pm GMT on 11th Mar
I should note it has been spotted in the county next door. Oh boy.
steele said @ 7:16pm GMT on 11th Mar
Robert Redfield, CDC Director, said there are no plans to set up drive through COVID-19 test centers because "We're trying to maintain the relationship between individuals and their healthcare providers."
US coronavirus death toll rises to 31 as official warns 'things will get worse' | Coronavirus outbreak | The Guardian
steele said @ 8:34pm GMT on 11th Mar
E3 2020 has been cancelled adding to a bunch of other vr, game, mobile conferences.
Kat said @ 1:09am GMT on 12th Mar [Score:1 Informative]
Gatherings of 250 people or more is now prohibited in Washington State through March 31. That date may get pushed out.
Kat said @ 3:31am GMT on 16th Mar
...make that 50 people or more. Also: restaurants, bars, and recreation are now closed in King County (Seattle, Western Washington area).
steele said @ 3:06am GMT on 12th Mar
mechanical contrivance said @ 6:37pm GMT on 12th Mar
steele said @ 7:44pm GMT on 12th Mar
He's got money, he'll be fine.
ScoobySnacks said @ 6:41pm GMT on 12th Mar

mechanical contrivance said @ 6:44pm GMT on 12th Mar
Uuuuuuuuuhg. That one hurt.
NuncEstBibendum said[1] @ 12:50pm GMT on 13th Mar
Here in Milan (first big western conurbation interested by COVID-19) starting from today, march 13, the streets will be sanitized.

Fucking about time. I suppose I'll have to curb my spectacular expectations, though; in China they contracted the Scout Troopers:

steele said @ 1:04pm GMT on 13th Mar
You holding up alright?
NuncEstBibendum said @ 2:18pm GMT on 13th Mar
Okie dokie.

I'm happy I'm not a UK citizen. Boris Johnson is 'a schifezza e' ll' uommene, as my relatives from Naples would say.

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