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Our "Just in time" society...
« Reply #120 on: March 29, 2020, 12:17:57 pm »

👍 Apocalyptic humor at its best. It sort of reminds me of people who don't know how to swim refusing to take a life preserving floatation device with them when they go out fishing in a boat. Our "Just in time" society is really a 'Not in time' clusterfuck.
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😷 The US DAILY INCREASE in COVID-19 infections KEEPS GROWING! 😬

The LARGEST daily increase in any country was in China at just over 15 thousand cases on February 12, 2020. Every day after that it went down massively. The US is now OVER 19,800 a day with every indication that we will pass 30,000 new cases A DAY within a couple of days. That means we are ON TRACK to the 'Deaths if we do NOTHING = 10 MILLION' scenario.  :o


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March 28, 2020
 
👩‍⚕️🩺 Margaret Flowers :

I'm not following the corporate media but I am watching the reports of cases and talking to health professionals. I am a physician.

This is a different situation than the flu. We have vaccines for the flu and people who are vulnerable receive them. We don't have a vaccine for COVID-19 and because it is new, people don't have immunity to it.

While we are still learning about it, what has been learned is that it is highly infectious and severe cases/deaths are occurring even in young healthy adults, not only the elderly and the immunocompromised. People who go into respiratory failure are requiring weeks on a ventilator, which ties the equipment and beds up.

New York City is in a crisis and they estimate they are not yet at their peak. Other cities where cases are spiking are likely a few weeks behind NYC, so the worst is still to come. The US has totally mismanaged this crisis.

The horse is out of the barn and we need to do what we can to contain the spread. I don't recall seeing this type of situation even in the worst flu seasons.

Given that there seems to be a high proportion of people who are infected but asymptomatic, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that sending people back out in public will increase the number of cases and put an unbearable strain on our limited healthcare system.
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In the West (Critical) Zone, there are COVID-positive, intubated, dying, and sick not intubated patients, mixed with who knows what. Nurses sometimes do and sometimes don’t wear gowns; docs the same. People of unknown status are being intubated at intervals next to patients who are also of unknown status, separated by curtains.

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I heard comments like: “Well, most of us are going to get it and some of us are going to die. That’s the way it is.” 🥺


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During a recent shift in an emergency room, I heard nurses make comments like: "Well, most of us are going to get it [COVID-19] and some of us are going to die. That's the way it is." These statements broke my heart. The way our patients are suffering broke my heart. As frontline health care workers, we are calling on hospital administrators to protect us and our patients in the days and weeks ahead.
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The Workers Who Supply the World’s Food Are Starting to Get Sick


Eggs are collected from a barn of Lohmann Brown chickens at a farm in Illinois, U.S.Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg


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Poultry giant Sanderson Farms Inc. on Monday reported the first case of a worker at a major U.S. meat producer testing positive for coronavirus. The employee and six more from the McComb, Mississippi, plant were sent home to self-quarantine, with pay, but operations continued as normal.

A few days later Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s biggest pork producer, confirmed a positive case at its Sioux Falls, South Dakota, facility. On Friday, beef producers in Canada and Argentina shuttered plants after virus cases.

In all likelihood, the number of cases will keep going up at meat plants, farms, warehouses and packaging factories across the globe.

The infections speak to a growing threat to the world’s food supplies. Massive operations where workers pick berries together, cut meat side-by-side on a production line or load warehouse trucks in sometimes close proximity risk slowing down. Some facilities may have to shutter for cleaning and worker quarantines. Produce could end up rotting in fields if there aren’t enough healthy workers.

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“If we can’t flatten the curve, then that is going to affect farmers and farm laborers -- and then we have to make choices about which crops we harvest and which ones we don’t,” said Al Stehly, who operates a farm-management business in California’s North San Diego County, growing about 250 acres of citrus crops, 250 acres of organic avocados and 60 acres of wine grapes. “We hope no one gets sick. But I would expect some of us are going to get the virus.”

To be clear, the food from a plant where infection pops up doesn’t pose health concerns because by all accounts Covid-19 isn’t a food-borne illness. Supplies from a farm or a production plant with a confirmed case can still be sent out for distribution.

And it’s important to note that so far there’s been no major interruptions to food supplies. Inventories are still ample, and major bottlenecks have not yet developed in the supply chains, which tend to react quickly to changing situations.

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Still, there is a risk to continued production. When a worker gets sick, the employee and every person they’ve come into contact with has to be quarantined. That could mean limited impact in some cases, like at the Sanderson factory, where the infected individual’s work was contained to one small processing table. But the more employee mingling there is, the bigger the threat to production.

“One of our beef plants feeds 22 million people per day, so it’s vital that these plants stay open,” Dave MacLennan, chief executive officer of Cargill Inc., the world’s largest agricultural commodities trader, said in a recent Bloomberg Television interview.

At many meat-processing plants, workers are “essentially elbow to elbow,” said Thomas Hesse, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 401, the largest private sector union in Western Canada that represents 32,000 members, mostly in food processing and retailing. Though employees are usually wearing protective gear, the risk of contagion is difficult to completely eliminate.

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“There’s underlying tension, there’s fear and there’s anxiety,” Hesse said, calling on employers to act more diligently to keep workers safe, including by increasing the space between work stations.

Moves like that would likely hamper output though. It’s a tricky balance for producers who are prioritizing worker safety but also trying to meet the huge surge in demand that the virus has unleashed. Grocery store shelves across the world are running empty as consumers load their pantries in anticipation of long lockdown periods.

Just about every major agricultural and food producer is stepping up its sanitary procedures to keep workers from getting infected. Companies are enforcing hand washing, spraying down plants and break rooms and wiping down door knobs. Workers are covered in head-to-toe protective gear, shifts are staggered and lunch breaks are taken alone.

In Sabah, the state that churns out about a quarter of Malaysia’s palm oil, the local government ordered plantations and factories in three districts to shut after some workers tested positive for Covid-19. To avoid further disruption, the country’s industry is in a desperate bid to “starve the virus,” disinfecting tractors, providing workers with antibacterial body soap and distributing face masks to employees and their families, said Joseph Tek, CEO of palm-oil producer IJM Plantations Bhd.

It’s hard to say if all that will be enough. Given the real possibility of an illness-driven labor crunch, some companies are stepping up hiring now to prepare.

Steve Cahillane, CEO of Kellogg Co., said bringing in additional workers is part of the company’s “mitigation plans,” without specifying how many employees have been added.

“We’re going to see some creative solutions where folks that are being laid offare going to be able to find new opportunities that continue to support the essential critical infrastructure,” said Mary Coppola of the United Fresh Produce Association. Many food companies will be trying to aggressively hire, including in distribution centers and in retail stores, she said.

But it may not be that easy to lure people into the field. For all their import, these are not glamorous jobs.

Pork Processing At A Smithfield Foods Plant

Employees work on pig carcasses at a pork processing facility in Missouri, U.S.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Think of the back-breaking work of tomato pickers, the dangerous conditions at slaughter houses and what many would consider the unpalatable environment of large livestock-feed operations. The wages are often low, benefits meager and contributions hidden from the public eye: How many social-media posts have you seen bursting with appreciation for the grain-export inspectors?

Now they’re putting their health at risk by keeping food flowing. Not surprisingly, there’s been some backlash. Unions in South America have threatened to strike over safety concerns. And some poultry workers in the U.S. recently walked off the job.

Threat of Sick Workers at U.S. Meat Plants Forces Policy Changes

Food companies are ramping up efforts to make sure employees feelappreciated. Cargill, Maple Leaf Foods Inc., Campbell Soup Co., Mondelez International Inc., Kraft Heinz Co. and Hormel Foods Corp. are among those paying bonuses or premiums to workers.

In some places, more unusual solutions are being deployed.

Dairy producers in Vermont recently put out a call through social media, asking for volunteers to come milk cows if farmers start falling ill. A day later, more than 80 relief milkers had signed on as standbys.

“It started when we got a couple of calls from dairy farmers who were super worried they might get sick and wouldn’t be able to milk their cows, and that would be it -- they’d lose their farms,” said Kim Mercer of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, which posted the online plea. “We now have people everywhere all across the state who are ready to go.”

— With assistance by Anuradha Raghu, Jen Skerritt, Manisha Jha, Laurel Brubaker Calkins, and Tatiana Freitas


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Very Important News from Italy. Many more deaths than the official statistics indicate.

The numbers are so stark that I don’t think you need a lot of training in statistics to see that something very big is happening with these numbers and it is almost certainly tied to COVID-19.



A medical worker wearing a face mask brings a patient in an ambulance arriving at the new coronavirus intensive care unit of the Brescia Poliambulanza hospital, Lombardy, on March 17, 2020. (Photo by Piero CRUCIATTI)

In a time of uncertainty and fear I’m reluctant to pass on startling information based on first pass looks at statistics. But this seems sufficiently compelling and concrete to merit our attention. Here is an article from the Italian daily Corriere Della Sera. It’s written by the mayor of Nembro, a town in the northern hot zone, and health care entrepreneur, both of whom are physicists.

Here are the relevant statistics.

Nembro, in the province of Bergamo, is the town most hard hit in per capitaterms by COVID-19. Currently the town has 31 deaths attributed to COVID-19. But when the two authors looked at the total number of deaths registered in the town in January, February and March and compared it to the average for that period in previous years they found the number was dramatically larger. 158 deaths have been registered in the town during that period this year compared to an average of 35 in previous years.

The math is simple: the average of 35 plus the 31 COVID-19 deaths gets you to 66. But the town has recorded almost 100 more deaths on top of that. As the authors say, “The difference is enormous and cannot be a simple statistical deviation.”

The authors applied the same analysis to two other towns and in both came up with anomalous deaths 6.1 times the number officially attributed to COVID-19. The ratio was even higher for Bergamo as a whole.

As I said, these numbers are so stark that I don’t think you need a lot of training in statistics to see that something very big is happening with these numbers and it is almost certainly tied to COVID-19.

This chart from the article, even though the legend is in Italian, makes the point clearly enough. Blue is the baseline. Green is the official COVID-19 death toll. And red is the actual recorded all-cause mortality in the town for the period in question.

The authors go on to speculate or argue that the answer is something like universal infection from COVID-19. They note that if all citizens of the town had been infected, 158 deaths would equal to 1% mortality, which is close to the ballpark estimate most epidemiologist are working with. (11,500 residents and 123 fatalities, when you subtract the average of 35 deaths from the recorded number of 158.)

This strikes me as considerably more speculative interpretation. Certainly there are more actual than confirmed infections in every area affected by COVID-19. So this must be part of the explanation. But it also seems possible to me that some significant part of this is people dying from other ailments they might have survived because of the degraded standard of care amidst a pandemic.

Just to illustrate the point, if you showed up today in a New York emergency room after suffering a heart attack, it seems quite likely you wouldn’t receive the same level of care you would have under ordinary circumstances. That’s not a criticism of anyone. That just seems like reality. You have extremely stressed and overworked health care workers dealing with numerous critical patients at once. On top of all that there’s probably additional complexity added by keeping you away from contagious COVID-19 patients.

It’s quite possible the dynamics of the epidemic are different in Italy than in other countries. The authors quite reasonably speculate that most of this additional fatalities are “largely elderly or frail people who died at home or in residential facilities, without being hospitalized and without being swabbed to verify that they have actually become infected with Covid-19.” Italy does have a relatively large elderly population. Perhaps limited testing is holding down the number of deaths ascribed to COVID-19. But again the numbers are so stark that it at least make sense to start running this sort of analysis in other regions and jurisdictions.

The relevant point here is that I don’t think we need to assume this universal or near-universal contagion theory. What seems clear is that death toll tied to the COVID-19 epidemic – whether clinically caused by or caused by the larger epidemic – is dramatically higher than the official numbers.

These numbers seem so dramatic to me I’m surprised I haven’t seen them elsewhere yet. And I’ve redoubled my efforts to make sure there’s not something I’m missing, or some broken link in the chain of reliability. But Corriere is one of Italy’s top dailies. It’s as solid as newspaper journalism gets in Italy. (You can see the original Italian version here and the English translation here.) The numbers as described really don’t leave a lot of room for interpretation. The only question would be if they are somehow wrong or fabricated. But given the reputation of the publication I don’t think that’s at all likely.


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One reason that nurses and doctors must be informative about evolving conditions inside hospitals is that public donations of medical equipment or gear could help out a local facility.

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"It is good and appropriate for health-care workers to be able to express their own fears and concerns, especially when expressing that might get them better protection," said Glenn Cohen, faculty director of Harvard Law School's bioethics center. Hospitals are likely trying to limit reputational damage because "when health-care workers say they are not being protected, the public gets very upset at the hospital system."

NYU Langone Health employees received notification last week that if they spoke with media, they would be "subject to disciplinary action, including termination."

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March 29, 2020 | EDUCATE!

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The Wall Street Journal's Pitch For Mass Murder


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Not even two weeks into an extraordinary response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the upper echelons of capital are wondering whether saving millions of lives is really worth the damage being done to their investment portfolios. According to reports, the debate among the ruling class is over whether or not to walk back some of the measures taken to slow the spread of the virus -- efforts already considered tardy and inadequate by public health experts -- in order to minimize business losses. Like many elite 👹 notions, this idea was first launched in the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal.

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Capitalism has always involved a “how many deaths are acceptable” calculus, and the answer has almost always been “the number of deaths at which people start rising up” minus one — All Cats Are Beautiful (@Vicky_ACAB) March 23, 2020
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March 29, 2020 | EDUCATE!

By J. E. Karla, HamptonThink.org.

The Wall Street Journal's Pitch For Mass Murder


SNIPPET:

Not even two weeks into an extraordinary response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the upper echelons of capital are wondering whether saving millions of lives is really worth the damage being done to their investment portfolios. According to reports, the debate among the ruling class is over whether or not to walk back some of the measures taken to slow the spread of the virus -- efforts already considered tardy and inadequate by public health experts -- in order to minimize business losses. Like many elite 👹 notions, this idea was first launched in the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal.

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Capitalism has always involved a “how many deaths are acceptable” calculus, and the answer has almost always been “the number of deaths at which people start rising up” minus one — All Cats Are Beautiful (@Vicky_ACAB) March 23, 2020




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