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Message 2100083 - Posted: 24 May 2022, 18:17:39 UTC - in response to Message 2100063.  
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What?...

The monkeypox has flown on a round-the-world on a multi-hop tour?


I do wonder:

  • Why now?
  • And is this a very rapid widespread spread?
  • Or has something happened to cause this to become conspicuous?



Some connection to some newly restarted worldwide (human social) event?


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Message 2100105 - Posted: 24 May 2022, 22:32:34 UTC

Lawmakers warn antibiotic-resistant infections could spur next pandemic.

Lawmakers on Tuesday warned that superbugs – microorganisms that have evolved to resist existing antibiotics – pose a looming public health threat that could spur the next pandemic if left unaddressed.

Calling the coronavirus pandemic a wake-up call for the risk of widespread infections, Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), along with Reps. Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.) and Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), introduced legislation in June to invest in preventative research and innovative drug production.

“What we have difficulty imagining is what a world looks like when you have an infection, and there is no antibiotic and it’s widespread,” Bennet said Tuesday at The Hill’s Antibiotic Resistance: A Looming Public Health Crisis event.

“The economic result of that could be catastrophic for the world. And then, obviously, the impact in terms of human life could be enormous.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2019 Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States report, at least 35,000 people die from the more than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections that occur in the U.S. every year.

The bipartisan PASTEUR Act would incentivize development of antimicrobial drugs that target superbugs identified by the CDC....
As if we need anymore problems.

Anyhow on the COVID front Tuvalu has become the 230th entry to the lists and taking 229th place on the case list while North Korea has catapulted its way into 38th and will likely become the 37th member of the 3M+ club in the next reporting period.
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Message 2100113 - Posted: 24 May 2022, 23:52:17 UTC

Discover Magazine was reporting on drug-resistant super-bacteria in the late 1990s or early 2000s. One thought floated for their existence is the desire for "complete eradication". I wonder if that thinking has changed. Or, do we have more evidence that we should not go the route of complete eradication and also go with more "natural" ways of cleaning.
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Message 2100442 - Posted: 30 May 2022, 5:59:48 UTC

Beware of your strawberries.

US, Canada investigating strawberries linked to hepatitis A outbreak.

Several health agencies in the United States and Canada are investigating a hepatitis A outbreak potentially connected to organic strawberries purchased in March and April.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers against eating strawberry brands FreshKampo and HEB, sold at major grocery stores including Aldi, Kroger, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Trader Joe’s, Walmart and other major chains.

“Epidemiologic and traceback data show that fresh organic strawberries sold as FreshKampo and HEB brands that were purchased between March 5, 2022, and April 25, 2022, are a likely cause of illness in this outbreak,“ the agency said.

The FDA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, along with state and local partners, are investigating the infections, according to an announcement.

Hepatitis A cases reported in California, Minnesota and Canada were traced back to people who purchased the organic strawberry brands, the FDA said....
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Message 2100568 - Posted: 1 Jun 2022, 21:37:24 UTC

It was to be expected.

COVID 'getting worse, not better' in North Korea, WHO says.

A top official at the World Health Organization said the U.N. health agency assumes the coronavirus outbreak in North Korea is “getting worse, not better,” despite the secretive country's recent claims that COVID-19 is slowing there.

At a press briefing on Wednesday, WHO's emergencies chief Dr. Mike Ryan appealed to North Korean authorities for more information about the COVID-19 outbreak there, saying “we have real issues in getting access to the raw data and to the actual situation on the ground.” He said WHO has not received any privileged information about the epidemic — unlike in typical outbreaks when countries may share more sensitive data with the organization so it can evaluate the public health risks for the global community.

“It is very, very difficult to provide a proper analysis to the world when we don’t have access to the necessary data,” he said. WHO has previously voiced concerns about the impact of COVID-19 in North Korea's population, which is believed to be largely unvaccinated and whose fragile health systems could struggle to deal with a surge of cases prompted by the super-infectious omicron and its subvariants....
With the way that their daily case numbers suddenly dropped and their death toll has always been totally unbelievable.
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Message 2100584 - Posted: 2 Jun 2022, 1:32:10 UTC - in response to Message 2100568.  

Can't believe much of what little 'information' comes from this country.

Just like China and Russia. Spin spinning, disinformation.
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Message 2100591 - Posted: 2 Jun 2022, 4:22:35 UTC - in response to Message 2100584.  
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Just like China and Russia. Spin spinning, disinformation.
The truth is a state secret, disclosure of which is a capital crime, even if it is just the weather report.
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Message 2100615 - Posted: 2 Jun 2022, 16:22:01 UTC - in response to Message 2100591.  

Just like China and Russia. Spin spinning, disinformation.
The truth is a state secret, disclosure of which is a capital crime, even if it is just the weather report.


If Abbott, DeSantis & Trump have their way, it'll be the same here.
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Message 2100918 - Posted: 7 Jun 2022, 19:05:15 UTC

A new drug gives hope.

A new cancer drug has shocked researchers with how well it has performed in a breakthrough study, which cured every member participating in the trial.

A new cancer drug has shocked researchers with how well it has performed in a breakthrough study, which virtually cured every member participating in the trial.

Dostarlimab, a monoclonal antibody drug that is approved to treat endometrial cancer in the UK, exceeded expectations in a trial held at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

One year after the trial ended, each of the 18 colorectal cancer patients had gone into remission and doctors were reportedly unable to find signs of the cancer....
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Message 2101123 - Posted: 10 Jun 2022, 17:44:54 UTC
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Why can't people wear masks?

Why can't social venues ensure good ventilation?


UK ONS - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK: 10 June 2022
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... for the week ending 2 June 2022.

There were early signs of a possible increase in the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in England and Northern Ireland likely caused by increases in infections ... with Omicron variants BA.1, BA.4 and BA.5...

... In England ... around 1 in 70 people [infected]...

... In Scotland ... around 1 in 40 people [infected]...




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Message 2101382 - Posted: 15 Jun 2022, 21:23:47 UTC

WHO to rename monkeypox as it studies possible sexual transmission.

The World Health Organization has scheduled an emergency meeting for next week on the monkeypox outbreak to determine if the virus should be classed as a threat to international health. The agency is also investigating exactly how the disease is spreading.

CBS News' Tina Kraus reports the United Nations health agency is now exploring the possibility that monkeypox could be sexually transmitted, after the virus was found in body fluids of patients in Italy and Germany.

Catherine Smallwood, the WHO incident manager for monkeypox in Europe, said that among the identified cases on the continent, some "had semen tested for [the] virus and came back positive, so that's something that we're looking at."

The agency has already said the disease — which has infected more than 1,600 people in 35 countries, including the U.S. — is transmitted through close physical contact....
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Message 2101394 - Posted: 15 Jun 2022, 22:31:40 UTC

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Message 2101526 - Posted: 18 Jun 2022, 21:59:43 UTC

Just more proof that China's number just don't add up.

China turns Winter Olympics villages into quarantine camps to stamp out new COVID-19 outbreaks.

China has turned the Olympic villages built to house athletes during the Beijing Winter Games into COVID-19 quarantine camps, the Financial Times reported.

In February about 2,900 foreign athletes were housed in the "closed-looped" compounds that are sealed off from the rest of Beijing.

Now, the three Olympic villages, with their "bubble infrastructure," are proving to be ideal locations to isolate those possibly infected with the virus, per the FT.

Amid a rise in Omicron cases in March and April, China imposed full or partial lockdowns in dozens of cities, including strict measures in Shanghai that were only eased last month.

This week, Beijing has experienced a new outbreak linked to a popular bar, the Financial Times reported, which has led to public venues being closed and the reintroduction of mass testing.

At least 200 people have been infected, and more than 6,000 have been forced to quarantine at home, the paper said.....
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Message 2101529 - Posted: 18 Jun 2022, 22:13:41 UTC
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Unfortunately, for the UK, for the most recent covid numbers show that covid has been partying:

Covid infections up after Platinum Jubilee celebrations
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Covid infections are up across the UK, according to latest figures that capture the Jubilee weekend of partying.

An estimated 1.4 million people or one in 45 has the virus - up from one in 65 the week before. That's a rise of 43%. Experts say two new fast-spreading subvariants of Omicron - called BA.4 and BA.5 - are behind some of the new infections.

People can catch them even if they have recently had other types of Covid...

... Millions gathered to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee up and down the UK between 2 and 5 June, which will have given Covid many opportunities to spread. It takes a few days, usually, for people to start showing symptoms or testing positive after catching it, which means the latest data covers some of that Jubilee mixing...

... BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron are not thought to be any more lethal than other types of Covid. Vaccines are still saving lives...



Meanwhile, for just one unfortunate consequence of covid:

More than 100 TfL workers died from Covid-19
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More than 100 Transport for London (TfL) workers are known to have died from Covid-19, new figures show.

Of those who died from the virus, 75 worked on London buses, while 23 worked on the Tube network...

... UCL was asked by TfL to investigate the high death rate of London bus workers. It concluded that many of the protections were introduced too late and "after most of the drivers who died had become infected".



Mmmmm... How does "Health and Safety" at work compare to the now (overly?) relaxed 'general attitudes'?

We still very much have a pandemic that is killing people...


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Message 2101587 - Posted: 19 Jun 2022, 22:59:34 UTC

Food service recalls lentil product after customers report gastrointestinal issues.

Here’s some crumby news.

The Daily Harvest food delivery service on Sunday recalled its French Lentil + Leek Crumbles meal after an undisclosed number of customers reported “gastrointestinal issues,” the company announced.

“We took immediate steps to address what we heard from customers, reaching out to every person who received French Lentil + Leek Crumbles, instructing them to dispose of the product and not eat it,” the announcement on the Daily Harvest website reads.

“We simultaneously launched an investigation with internal and external experts throughout our supply chain and in accordance with regulatory procedures.”

A man named Luke Tashie claimed in an email to NBC News that he experienced “extreme liver pain” and was hospitalized after eating the French Lentil + Leek Crumbles meal.

“The surgeons that consulted with me were so perplexed that they seriously considered removing my gallbladder,” Tashie told the outlet.

Tashie, who said he didn’t believe Daily Harvest was handling the situation as seriously or quickly as it should, shared with NBC News a copy of an email that he allegedly received from Daily Harvest offering a $10 credit for each bag he’d bought and encouraging him to throw the food away.
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Message 2101739 - Posted: 22 Jun 2022, 19:36:52 UTC

Another example of where we need to have a few more people vaccinated for the good health of everyone:


Polio virus detected in London...
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.... The disease was common in the UK in the 1950s but was eliminated by 2003.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) says it was probably imported to London by someone who was recently vaccinated overseas with a live form of the virus.

It says the risk is low, but parents should ensure their children have been fully immunised against the disease.

"Most of the UK population will be protected from vaccination in childhood, but in some communities with low vaccine coverage, individuals may remain at risk,"...

... Scientists believe the virus originated from someone who was immunised abroad with the live oral polio vaccine, which hasn't been used in the UK since 2004. That person then shed traces of the virus... Although weaker than the original or "wild" form of the disease, it can still cause serious illness, including paralysis, in people who are unvaccinated...




Vaccines very definitely work.

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Message 2101740 - Posted: 22 Jun 2022, 19:41:53 UTC
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Meanwhile for the consequences of covid:


'Long Covid' risk lower with Omicron, study finds
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Last winter's Omicron variant was less likely to cause lingering symptoms, known as "long Covid", a UK investigation, in The Lancet, suggests...

... Just over 4% [1-in-25] of those infected during the Omicron wave had logged long Covid symptoms, compared with 10% [1-in-10] of those infected in the preceding, Delta, wave.

But as far more [people] were infected during the Omicron wave, the total was higher. In fact, the much bigger number of new infections during the Omicron wave "entirely trumped" the variant's potential lower risk of long Covid...

... "The Omicron variant appears substantially less likely to cause long Covid than previous variants - but still, one out of every 23 people who catches Covid-19 goes on to have symptoms for more than four weeks. "Given the [high] numbers of people affected, it's important that we continue to support them...




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Message 2101745 - Posted: 22 Jun 2022, 20:01:42 UTC

Vaccines very definitely work.


Tell dat to da Ones with ADVERSE REACTION aka DEATH.

I Had Plenty aka MUCHO Vaccines and Other Shots while a Younger. Maybe dats Why LUCK has Got Me to OLDSTERville.

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Message 2101882 - Posted: 24 Jun 2022, 13:09:25 UTC - in response to Message 2101529.  
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Unfortunately, for the UK, for the most recent covid numbers show that covid has been partying:


This is not looking good...

UK sees another jump in Covid infections
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Covid infections are continuing to rise in the UK...

The data suggests around 1.7 million people were estimated to have Covid in the week ending 18 June. This is around [1-in-35] people - an increase of 23% on the week before.

... two new fast-spreading subvariants of Omicron - called BA.4 and BA.5 - are likely to be driving new infections. People can catch these variants even if they have had Covid recently.

But BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron are not thought to be any more lethal than other types of Covid.

Vaccines are still saving lives. Most people will not be very ill with Covid...

... thanks to the success of vaccines.

"In terms of its kind of lethality, the picture now is much, much, much closer to seasonal flu than it was when [coronavirus] first emerged."...

That article suggests that our government have just "given up" on trying to control/reduce the spread of covid.

Meanwhile, our health service is paralyzed by the number of covid cases that turn serious and require hospital treatment...



All well and good for those vaccinated and for those who have a choice about how they wish to live.

There is a very different story for those who feel they have no choices about their work and living conditions...

No wonder some people ignore/deny that covid, and vaccination and facemasks and good ventilation exist?


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Message 2102041 - Posted: 26 Jun 2022, 16:26:50 UTC - in response to Message 2101882.  

And the medics/research have caught up with the latest numbers:


We’re in a new COVID wave
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... about the new COVID wave we’re currently in driven by the Omicron BA.5 variant. ... the data including the number of new daily Long COVID cases. ... the symptoms trend we’re seeing in the ZOE Health Study...



This is all very real.

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