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PostFri Feb 28, 2020 9:34 am 
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Zephyr started a thread on the North Bend isolation center for caronavirus, intending to talk only about the North Bend situation.  Of course, people are anxious and want to talk about the situation more broadly.  So this is the thread for that.
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PostFri Feb 28, 2020 12:29 pm 
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Let's just say I started shopping when China made the news.  Been stocking up on stuff little by little and I think we're OK in that respect now.

Now, like so much else, it is a crap shoot.  I really dread going to orchestra rehearsals.  The high school band room is ...... carpeted and folks empty their spit onto the carpet.  Yuck.

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PostFri Feb 28, 2020 1:07 pm 
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Then maybe put “caronavirus” (sic) in the thread title?  hmmm.gif

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PostFri Feb 28, 2020 2:13 pm 
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Keep calm and carry on washing your hands!  (Advice from ER physician son-in-law who already has a suspected case in his hospital in California)

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PostFri Feb 28, 2020 3:09 pm 
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Latest news: now a dog has the virus! In Hong Kong.  frown.gif

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cnbc.com/amp/2020/02/28/a-dog-in-hong-kong-tests-positive-for-the-coronavirus-who-confirms.html

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PostFri Feb 28, 2020 4:17 pm 
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There's no reason to think cats can't get it.  I have a kitty with asthma.  I'm going to the vet later to stock up on her inhaler medicine and anti-inflammatories.  I'm not at all worried about myself, but you've got to take care of your fur babies.
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PostFri Feb 28, 2020 5:40 pm 
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This corona panic is tanking our markets.   For what?   Influenza kills far more people each winter than this cold/flu ever will.

If you haven't noticed, Greta Thunberg has been quite for a few weeks.   She's a Sanders supporter, pulling strings behind the scenes the wreck the economy.

Sly little thing, isn't she.
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PostFri Feb 28, 2020 6:41 pm 
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Jumble Jowls wrote:
This corona panic is tanking our markets.  For what?  Influenza kills far more people each winter than this cold/flu ever will.

Agree it's sad that it takes something like this to correct an inflated market.  Not sure about your math though; 40-70% of Earth's population is projected to become infected, and at 2% mortality, that's up to 112MM deaths (vs 61K annually for flu).
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PostFri Feb 28, 2020 7:06 pm 
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I hope people around here are taking this seriously. I too am very skeptical of media hype, but I think this illness is something we should all be concerned about and prepared for.

Some good news is that kids seem to be pretty much unaffected.
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PostFri Feb 28, 2020 7:40 pm 
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neek wrote:
40-70% of Earth's population is projected to become infected

Where did you get that figure?
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PostFri Feb 28, 2020 7:55 pm 
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neek wrote:
Agree it's sad that it takes something like this to correct an inflated market.  Not sure about your math though; 40-70% of Earth's population is projected to become infected, and at 2% mortality, that's up to 112MM deaths (vs 61K annually for flu).

People who are infected but not showing symptoms don't factor into what we know about it now.  Which means the mortality rate must be lower.

I read that factors determining how likely you are too get sick and how severely include your age, bmi, comorbidities, and how many times you've been to the Enchantments.
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PostFri Feb 28, 2020 8:47 pm 
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It will effect a lot of folks as nobody has resistance and quite infectious. 15 cases is a faux news figure not County US people from cruise ship. Already 3 cases with no China contact. Real danger for time being is economic disruption to supply chains. Fatality is still indefinite.

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PostFri Feb 28, 2020 9:33 pm 
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Two cases in Washington.

https://komonews.com/news/local/two-new-cases-of-coronavirus-including-student-in-snohomish-county
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PostFri Feb 28, 2020 9:49 pm 
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Israeli scientists expect to develop a vaccine and have it approved within a few months. 

https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Israeli-scientists-In-three-weeks-we-will-have-coronavirus-vaccine-619101
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PostFri Feb 28, 2020 10:29 pm 
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Jumble Jowls wrote:
Israeli scientists expect to develop a vaccine and have it approved within a few months. 

https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Israeli-scientists-In-three-weeks-we-will-have-coronavirus-vaccine-619101

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It will be interesting to see how that plays out in Iran which currently has the 2nd highest number of cases (after China), but Iran is also a major sponsor of the BDS Movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) against Israel -- it will be fascinating to see what effect on the regime's stability using (or not using) Israeli technology to protect the health of Iranian citizens.
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