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Re: 🦠 Killer Superbugs!
« Reply #630 on: September 04, 2020, 07:00:21 PM »
Strengthening the herd. Killing off the diseased and weak. This is good for society.

As long as you are not one of the Dead People.

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🦠 Who should get the COVID-19 vaccine first?
« Reply #631 on: September 05, 2020, 12:53:07 AM »
Rich people, obviously.  ::)

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https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-09-covid-vaccine.html

September 3, 2020
Who should get the COVID-19 vaccine first?
by Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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When effective COVID-19 vaccines are developed, their supply will inevitably be scarce. The World Health Organization (WHO), global leaders, and vaccine producers are already facing the question of how to appropriately allocate them across countries. And while there is vocal commitment to "fair and equitable" distribution, what exactly does "fair and equitable" look like in practice?

Now, nineteen global health experts from around the world have proposed a new, three-phase plan for vaccine distribution—called the Fair Priority Model—which aims to reduce premature deaths and other irreversible health consequences from COVID-19. Published this week in Science, the paper was led by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, Ph.D., vice provost for Global Initiatives and chair of Medical Ethics and Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Though little progress has been made to describe a single, global distribution framework for COVID-19 vaccines, two main proposals have emerged: Some experts have argued that health care workers and high-risk populations, such as people over 65, should be immunized first. The WHO, on the other hand, suggests countries receive doses proportional to their populations.

From an ethical perspective, both of these strategies are "seriously flawed," according to Emanuel and his collaborators.

"The idea of distributing vaccines by population appears to be an equitable strategy," Emanuel said. "But the fact is that normally, we distribute things based on how severe there is suffering in a given place, and, in this case, we argue that the primary measure of suffering ought to be the number of premature deaths that a vaccine would prevent."

In their proposal, the authors point to three fundamental values that must be considered when distributing a COVID-19 vaccine among countries: Benefiting people and limiting harm, prioritizing the disadvantaged, and giving equal moral concern for all individuals. The Fair Priority Model addresses these values by focusing on mitigating three types of harms caused by COVID-19: death and permanent organ damage, indirect health consequences, such as health care system strain and stress, as well as economic destruction.

Of all of these dimensions, preventing death—especially premature death—is particularly urgent, the authors argue, which is the focus of Phase 1 of the Fair Priority Model. Premature deaths from COVID-19 are determined in each country by calculating "standard expected years of life lost," a commonly-used global health metric. In Phase 2, the authors propose two metrics that capture overall economic improvement and the extent to which people would be spared from poverty. And in Phase 3, countries with higher transmission rates are initially prioritized, but all countries should eventually receive sufficient vaccines to halt transmission—which is projected to require that 60 to 70 percent of the population be immune.

The WHO plan, by contrast, begins with 3 percent of each country's population receiving vaccines, and continues with population-proportional allocation until every country has vaccinated 20 percent of its citizens. Emanuel and his coauthors argue that, while that plan may be politically tenable, it "mistakenly assumes that equality requires treating differently-situated countries identically, rather than equitably responding to their different needs." In reality, equally populous countries are facing dramatically different levels of death and economic devastation from the pandemic, they say.

The authors also object to a plan that would prioritize countries according to the number of front-line health care workers, the proportion of the population over 65, and the number of people with comorbidities within each country. They say that preferentially immunizing health care workers—who already have access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and other advanced infectious disease prevention methods—likely would not substantially reduce harm in higher-income countries. Similarly, focusing on vaccinating countries with older populations would not necessarily reduce the spread of the virus or minimize death. Moreover, low- and middle-income countries have fewer older residents and health care workers per capita than higher-income countries.

"What you end up doing is giving a lot of vaccine to rich countries, which doesn't seem like the goal of fair and equitable distribution," Emanuel said. The authors conclude that the Fair Priority Model is the best embodiment of the ethical values of limiting harms, benefiting the disadvantaged, and recognizing equal concern for all people.

"It will be up to political leaders, the WHO, and manufacturers to implement this model," Emanuel said. "Decision-makers are looking for a framework to ensure that everyone throughout the world can be vaccinated, so that we can stop the spread of this virus."
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🦠 Health officials warn Labor Day weekend could ignite new spike in coronaviru
« Reply #632 on: September 06, 2020, 12:34:39 AM »
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🦠 Marco Polo
« Reply #633 on: September 24, 2020, 04:32:05 AM »
MARCO! POLO!

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Re: 🦠 Maro Polo
« Reply #634 on: September 24, 2020, 11:44:33 AM »

Kee-rist! That's a lotta pills. I hope it's the good shit.
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Re: 🦠 Killer Superbugs!
« Reply #635 on: September 24, 2020, 08:42:50 PM »
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Re: 🦠 Marco Polo
« Reply #636 on: September 25, 2020, 02:35:57 AM »
MARCO! POLO!

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🦠 More contagious strain of the Coronavirus now dominates recent samples
« Reply #637 on: September 25, 2020, 10:49:33 AM »
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Re: 🦠 Killer Superbugs!
« Reply #638 on: September 26, 2020, 09:00:21 AM »
Inferring that the virus is more infectious because it has more spikes is looney-tunes.


Ay, ay, a scratch, a scratch; marry, 'tis enough.  <-  It looked like a minor wound but it was enough to kill Mercutio.  Saying the virus is more infectious just because it has more spikes is pulling facts from your ass and is a perversion of good information ecology.  You can quote me on that.

It is an effective way to get eyeballs to look at you.  Not to be confused with good.
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🦠 COVID-19: Global Death Count now tops 1M corpses
« Reply #639 on: September 29, 2020, 06:39:12 AM »
Only a month past my Birthday!

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Re: 🦠 COVID-19: Global Death Count now tops 1M corpses
« Reply #640 on: September 29, 2020, 07:16:43 AM »
Only a month past my Birthday!

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In Travis County 1895 people in my age group have been diagnosed with COVID....and of those, 90 died......which is nearly 5%. I expect the death rates are dropping, but that's high enough to make you want to stay virus free if you can.

I think both the two earliest vaccines are based on affecting the spike protein, which is a dubious strategy.....

It will be interesting to see how the winter goes....new infections are still reasonably low...no real surge here...some slight increase since schools partially opened.
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Re: 🦠 COVID-19: Global Death Count now tops 1M corpses
« Reply #641 on: September 29, 2020, 01:41:40 PM »
In Travis County 1895 people in my age group have been diagnosed with COVID....and of those, 90 died......which is nearly 5%. I expect the death rates are dropping, but that's high enough to make you want to stay virus free if you can.

I think both the two earliest vaccines are based on affecting the spike protein, which is a dubious strategy.....

It will be interesting to see how the winter goes....new infections are still reasonably low...no real surge here...some slight increase since schools partially opened.

One thing you can be sure of...any uptick in numbers heading into the election will be papered over.

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🦠 Alaska Department of Health and Social Services on Oct 14, 2020.
« Reply #642 on: October 17, 2020, 03:22:30 AM »
Slow and steady, our numbers grow.

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https://alaska-native-news.com/alaska-covid-19-case-count-summary-oct-14-2020/51655/

 /State/Alaska COVID-19 Case Count Summary: Oct. 14, 2020

Alaska COVID-19 Case Count Summary: Oct. 14, 2020
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services on Oct 14, 2020.
 

DHSS today announced four deaths and 144 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 143 are residents in: Anchorage (89), Fairbanks (11), Eagle River (11), Juneau (5), Nome Census Area (4),  Utqiaġvik (4), Kotzebue (3), Chugiak (2), North Pole (2), Wasilla (2) and one each in Bethel, Bethel Census Area, Bristol Bay/Lake & Peninsula boroughs, Fritz Creek, Homer, Kenai Peninsula South, Northwest Arctic Borough, Palmer, Sitka and Soldotna.

One new nonresident case was identified in Anchorage in the seafood industry.

This brings the total number of Alaska resident cases to 10,171 and the total number of nonresident cases to 1,012.

ALERT LEVELS – The current statewide alert level, based on the average daily case rate over 14 days per 100,000 population, is high at 21.82 per 100,000. Regional alert levels are noted below:

High (>10 cases/100,000)

Northwest Region: 37.76 cases per 100,000
Fairbanks North Star Borough: 34.71 per 100,000 population
Anchorage Municipality: 29.83 cases per 100,000 population
YK-Delta Region: 20.36 cases per 100,000
Other Interior Region: 11.27 per 100,000 population
Intermediate (5-10 cases/100,000)

Kenai Peninsula Borough: 9.79 per 100,000 population
Juneau City and Borough: 9.16 per 100,000 population
Matanuska-Susitna Region: 9.06 per 100,000 population
Southwest Region: 5.93 per 100,000 population
Low (<5 cases/100,000)

Other Southeast Region – Northern: 1.75 per 100,000 population
Other Southeast Region – Southern: 1.79 per 100,000 population
CASES: SEX & AGES – Of the 143 Alaska residents, 80 are male and 63 are female. Nine are under the age of 10; 26 are aged 10-19; 23 are aged 20-29; 22 are aged 30-39; 23 are aged 40-49; 18 are aged 50-59; 14 are aged 60-69; three are aged 70-79 and five are aged 80 or older.



 

CASES: HOSPITALIZATIONS & DEATHS – There have been a total of 338 hospitalizations and 64 deaths, with four new recent deaths reported. Our thoughts are with the individuals’ family and loved ones:

A female Juneau resident in her 60s
A male Anchorage resident in his 80s
A male Anchorage resident in his 70s
A female Anchorage resident in her 20s
Individuals who no longer require isolation (recovered cases) total 5,324.

There are currently 40 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are hospitalized and 16 additional patients who are considered persons under investigation (PUI) for a total of 56 current COVID-related hospitalizations. Seven of these patients are on ventilators.

TESTING – A total of 517,177 tests have been conducted, with 15,673 tests conducted in the previous seven days. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous seven days is 4.48%.

Notes: Cases reported to the Section of Epidemiology are increasing. Reports are received electronically, by phone and by fax. Cases are verified, redundancies are eliminated and then cases are entered into the data system that feeds into Alaska’s Coronavirus Response Hub. Because of the number of reports being received, it may take a day or two after receipt to get a report entered and counted. Extra personnel will continue to focus on the effort to process and count reports and minimize the delay from receipt to posting on the Hub. Daily case counts in the near future seem likely to remain at this level or higher.

This report reflects data from 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 13 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub. There is a lag between cases being reported on the DHSS data dashboard and what local communities report. Each case is an individual person even if they are tested mul
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tiple times. Total tests are a not a count of unique individuals tested and includes both positive and negative results. The current number of hospitalized patients represents more real-time data compared to the cumulative total hospitalizations. To view more data visit: data.coronavirus.alaska.gov.
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