General Discussion, Saturday, March 14, 2020

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18 Responses to General Discussion, Saturday, March 14, 2020

  1. Lucille says:

    Stellars…

    “Salter’s Lode, near Downham Market, Middle Level Navigations”

    Town of March, Cambridgeshire County

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  2. rumpole2 says:

    Coronavrus in New Zealand

    I was VERY unhappy with the result of the last general election in New Zealand. Even though our “conservative” party won a plurality…. we ended up with the “loony left” party being propped up in a Left coalition government. In particular our PM is Jacinda Ardern… (reminds me of AOC)
    But credit where credit is due… she just announced the strongest travel restrictions in the world (same as Israel) 🙂

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12316692

    Until today NZ had only 5 cases, and that was unchanged for 5 days. We are awaiting some test results, and today a 6th case was announced… but so far so good.

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  3. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  4. WeeWeed says:

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  5. stella says:

    This is interesting and reassuring. I guess it is a repository similar to the strategic oil reserve.

    Medical providers, fearing equipment shortages, tap into secret national supply network
    The Strategic National Stockpile stores critical medical supplies.

    Nearly a dozen state health officials reached by ABC News expressed varying degrees of concern about resource levels if the disease spreads. None of them anticipated having enough equipment in the event of a spike in transmissions.

    In response, health officials in several states – from Washington State to Delaware — have tapped the federal government for access to a network of storage facilities scattered across the country that houses the “largest supply of potentially life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out,” according to a page on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

    It’s known as the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), and for national security purposes the number of warehouses and their locations remain a secret. Its contents include pre-packed and transport-ready containers for delivery anywhere in the United States within 12 hours of a federal decision to deploy.

    Federal agencies boast the stockpile “contains enough supplies to respond to multiple large-scale emergencies simultaneously,” but with states already sending in requests, that assurance is being put to the test.

    In a statement to ABC News, HHS confirmed it “has received requests from multiple entities and is obtaining additional information regarding their intended use of the requested personal PPE.”

    “Our goal is to prioritize the use of stockpiled PPE for the protection of health and medical personnel,” the statement read.

    https://abcnews.go.com/US/medical-providers-fearing-equipment-shortages-tap-secret-national/story?id=69583927&cid=clicksource_4380645_2_heads_hero_live_headlines_hed

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    • rheavolans says:

      Glad to hear it. Saw last night on Twitter that China was taunting that they wouldn’t allow the US to have medicine supplies.

      The people who thought we should outsource or medical supplies and drugs to be manufactured in China ought to be swinging from lampposts.

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      • czarina33 says:

        Amen. Lesson learned about globalization?

        Like

        • rheavolans says:

          Only by us serfs. The other thing I saw on Twitter is that some FedGov twits think that we should outsource retirement fund management to China.

          I don’t know what their love affair with Communism is all about, but if they like it so much, they’re welcome to move to China. I will buy them a one-way ticket over, provided they renounce their US citizenship on the way out.

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  6. stella says:

    Interesting. Washington State still leading the way in deaths from the virus (77%).

    Older or Unhealthy: The first 48 U.S. coronavirus deaths in detail

    As of Friday, the total number of U.S. deaths attributed to coronavirus stood at 48. All but 11 of the deaths were in Washington state.

    Of the total deaths reported through March 13, more than half (25) were from the Life Care Center nursing facility in Kirkland, Wash., where a serious outbreak occurred.

    U.S. health officials said the early pattern of deaths suggests those most at risk are the elderly and those with more serious health issues like diabetes, lung disease or coronary ailments.

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/health/older-or-unhealthy-inside-look-americas-first-coronavirus-deaths

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    • Lucille says:

      Recall the old saying, “Cleanliness is next to godliness”? If a person is brought up to practice proper hygiene, he usually continues that practice throughout his life.

      If he’s not brought up that way and works as an “orderly” at facilities housing society’s more physically vulnerable, the untrained are likely not practicing the best of hygiene. That certainly might have been the case at the Kirkland, WA Life Care Center.

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