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is giving the best daily wrap-up on the crisis

Below are earlier random notes from me

Amid calls for more transparency in the U.S., public health experts are debating how much information on the spread of the virus should be released.

Catch up: Over the weekend, The Times examined how a delay in widespread testing has set the U.S. back in its response to the pandemic. We also looked at a yearslong effort to address the country’s shortage of ventilators.

Coronavirus Means Everyone Wants Jigsaw Puzzles. Good Luck Buying One.
Puzzle demand has taken off, with millions of Americans looking for something to do at home. Yet Ravensburger, the world’s largest maker, finds itself with fewer ways to get its goods to puzzlers.

Letter to the Shiny Sheet:

I am a 71-year-old retired Roman Catholic priest living in Palm Beach for 20 years, and one of my greatest joys is riding my bike along the Lake Trail bike path, which is now restricted.
I ask you, would you prefer to have senior citizens on the streets with trucks and traffic and deliveries instead of on the safe Lake Trail path?
In my 20 years riding the Lake Trail, I have only seen three children under the age of 5 at any one time with their nanny or mother. Please reconsider this most ridiculous ruling immediately.

Father John Mericantante III
Palm Beach



How deadly is the coronavirus? It’s still far from clear
There is room for different interpretations of the data

The Spectator

The new China Syndrome
Beijing rewrites the virus narrative France 24, March 20.

The new French Connection

Could the old generic malaria drug hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil, Sanofi-Aventis, among others), which is also used for the treatment of rheumatic disease,
be an essential treatment for COVID-19?

This hypothesis, put forward by some, including Professor Didier Raoult of the IHU Méditerranée Infection in Marseille, was dismissed by other eminent infectious disease specialists and dismissed as fake news recently by the Ministry of Health.


TAn Astronaut's Tips on Isolation

China Rewrites the Story

With millions of face masks, low interest loans and teams of medical experts, China is trying to paint itself as a Good Samaritan while deflecting criticism over its initial missteps in handling the coronavirus.
Beijing has showered struggling European nations with aid as part of a diplomatic charm offensive.

t comes as Beijing and Washington are engaged in a tit-for-tat public opinion war over China's recent mass expulsion of US journalists and President Donald Trump's continued use of the phrase "Chinese virus" to describe the coronavirus.
With the US also battling the virus on its home turf, analysts say China is rushing to reposition itself as an alternative global leader.
"Now, with the US government under Trump failing to provide any meaningful international response and the EU occupied with national responses, it offers China's government a unique opportunity to step into the empty spot," said Marina Rudyak, an expert in Chinese foreign aid at the University of Heidelberg.


Surfaces? Sneezes? Sex?
How the Coronavirus Can and Cannot Spread
NY Tines, March `18

Well-intentioned over-reaction?
Richard Littlejohn, London Daily Mail, March 17

Like most of you, I'm still trying to gauge the seriousness of this pandemic. Frankly, despite having read every expert opinion, every Q&A, I'm none the wiser. Expect the worst, hope for the best seems to be the official plan. We've never been here before.
Or, at least, not that we're aware.
So I was struck by a letter in the Daily Telegraph, from a retired doctor, Dr George Birdwood, of Shipton Moyne, Gloucestershire, who qualified in 1953. It deserves a wider audience:

'I have been reflecting on how we would have reacted to a coronavirus epidemic in those days. The answer is not at all, for three main reasons.
'The Covid-19 virus could not have been identified rapidly enough, if at all. Most cases would have been too mild to attract attention in this season of coughs and sneezes.
And the small proportion of deaths among elderly people with chronic respiratory disease would have remained much as usual for the time of year.
'It follows that there would have been no alarm or counter-measures. International trade and travel would have carried on as usual. World stock markets would not have collapsed. And governments would not have needed to get involved.
'As it is today, we know too much about the coronavirus for our own good, but almost nothing about treating its victims or preventing its spread

Sometimes a little knowledge really can be a dangerous thing.
I'm not advocating complacency, but I do worry what we're seeing right now is well-intentioned over-reaction.

Testing Controversy JAMA. Published online March 9, 2020
On February 29, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) moved to expand testing capacity by eliminating a requirement that advanced laboratories obtain prior FDA authorization before using their own, laboratory-developed tests.1 Then, on March 3, Vice President Pence announced the removal of all federal limits on testing, stating that “subject to doctors’ orders, any American can be tested.” These steps left many with questions about what had happened with testing and what should happen next.

How the Testing Went Wrong New Yorker,March 16

The Kill Factor

There Is a ‘Tipping Point’ Before Coronavirus Kills

The new coronavirus causes little more than a cough if it stays in the nose and throat, which it does for the majority of people unlucky enough to be infected. Danger starts when it reaches the lungs.
One in seven (14%) patients develops difficulty breathing and other severe complications, while 6% become critical. These patients typically suffer failure of the respiratory and other vital systems, and sometimes develop septic shock, according to a report by last month’s joint World Health Organization-China mission.

March 8, 2020

The mounting toll of coronavirus deaths,raises a basic question: How does it make people sick, and why does it kill some of them?
Washington Post February 19, 2020

The science of soap – here’s how it kills the virus
The Guardian

The world races to find a vaccine


On the Lighter side. .

The corona virus has created
new language opportunities.
It got me thinking about useful terms that haven’t been invented yet,
So, here’s my glossary of expressions you might want to consider.
Click Here

The new Churchill
We shall fight them in the supermarkets

Shiny Sheet Shannon Sharon Donnelly March 15, 2020,

The bad news is that the coronavirus threat is shortening the Palm Beach social season.
The good news is the the coronavirus threat is shortening the Palm Beach social season.

Rush Limbaugh
Rush, you don’t sound panicked over any of this....

The new Doctor's Dilemma

The English elite go private with £375 ($436) Harley Street virus tests