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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:16 pm

Some people have NO shame:

    Canadian couple make more than $70,000 by bulk buying disinfectant wipes and selling them at four times the price on Amazon during coronavirus pandemic
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:44 am

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The type of coronavirus responsible for the majority of infections in the United States and Europe, is typically the kind that produces mild symptoms. The medically-resistant strain and SARS virus seem to contain their spread within Asia at the moment.

However, like most other viruses, coronavirus does not have any cure, and patients will have to ride out the effects of the pathogen as it works its way through the system. Depending on the type of strain responsible for the infection, coronavirus infection can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, and most patients make a full recovery with no lasting effects of the disease.

Treatment for patients includes using “supportive care,” where the physician or caregiver treats symptoms as they arise to ensure the patient remains as comfortable as possible. Best rest and fluids are the best treatment for the condition. Currently, there is no vaccine for any form of coronavirus.

Prevent infection using the same strategies you would use to avoid contamination with the common cold. Wash your hands regularly, and avoid sharing food and beverages with others.
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:52 am

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The NHS says you shouldn't shake hands

As of yet, the NHS has not said that we should stop shaking hands. This originated when a doctor was interviewed by the BBC and said "we probably ought to stop shaking hands".

However, the Premier League has banned the traditional pre-game handshakes because of coronavirus, with the home team instead just walking past their opposition.

Public Health England and the government, though, has not issued any such advice, and says the best way to stop spreading the infection is to wash your hands properly and to cough and sneeze into a tissue and then put the tissue straight into a bin.

The coronavirus outbreak was planned

The biggest conspiracy theory that has been bandied around social media is of the virus' origins and the claim it was planned.

A number of claims on social media have pointed to a patent for coronavirus being filed in 2015 by Surrey-based company Pirbright Institute.

This does exist, but it's for a different type of coronavirus and not the one that broke out in Wuhan. The 2015 patent is for a weakened version of the virus which infects poultry and pigs, and Pirbright does not currently work with human coronaviruses.

Coronavirus is a term for a family of viruses, of which COVID-19 is just one.

One post suggested the fact the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Trust was a donor to Pirbright and vaccine development meant the outbreak was deliberate in order to get funding to develop a vaccine.

Pirbright was quick to pour cold water over the claims, and although it receives funding from the foundation it isn't for that patented work.

Children can't catch it

Much of the research that has been carried out on COVID-19 has found it is most likely to cause the biggest problems for elderly people, with those aged 80 and over having a higher risk of death.

It does appear that those with underlying and pre-existing medical conditions are more vulnerable to becoming severely ill, but anyone can be infected.

It has led to rumours and theories that children can't catch the virus, but this is in fact untrue. There have been confirmed cases of children with the virus, although WHO has confirmed there are relatively few cases seen in youngsters. In China, there have been cases of coronavirus even in newborns.

Face masks don't do anything

The advice is that you only need to wear a mask in certain scenarios and it won't necessarily stop you catching the virus. This has given rise to suggestions that they do nothing.

That's only partly true.

You only need to wear them if you are taking care of a person who has or is suspected of having COVID-19, or if you yourself are coughing or sneezing.

This will help stop you passing it on to anyone else if you are infected, however face masks are only effective when combined with regular hand washing.

A mask should be replaced if it becomes damp or if it's a single-use mask.

Cold weather will kill the coronavirus

The basis of this argument is flawed as just because it's freezing outside the normal human body temperature remains between 36.5C and 37C, says WHO.

The world public health group reiterates the most effective way to protect yourself is to frequently wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.

Taking a hot bath will cure you

Pretty much like the above one, WHO says taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19 and it won't kill the virus if you have it.

Similarly, going into a sauna or steam room won't help you.

In response to whether temperature has any impact on the virus in a question and answer session on Sky News, Anna-Sophie Harling, of Newsguard Technologies, said: "No this is a classic example of something that's been circulating and that people might be believing because they're seeing it posted on their friends' or family's Facebook pages or on Twitter or they might have heard it from a friend down the pub.

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Re: Coronavirus: we separate myths from facts and give advic

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Kirkuk's crisis cell on Sunday announced a series of measures to restrict movement in and out of the province in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus, including a curfew "until further notice"

Public gatherings will be banned, and education institutions shut, the province's crisis cell announced in a statement published by state media.

Province entry and exit has been banned, and a curfew with no definite end will be imposed from 6 pm on Monday, the statement added.
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Erbil’s ancient citadel is usually brimming with visitors from all over the world. But with the city under a lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, only doves and pigeons populated the public square on Saturday

Roads and markets are blocked off for two days in the Kurdistan Region cities of Erbil and Sulaimani, until midnight on March 15. The interior ministry measure hopes to stifle a full-blown outbreak of the highly contagious virus, otherwise known as Covid-19, by limiting people's interactions in crowded places.

Similar curfews of varying lengths have been announced across Iraqi provinces and internationally.

People working in certain professions are exempt from the lockdown in Kurdish cities, including healthcare professionals, water and utility maintenance workers, and journalists.

Erbil residents have largely been adhering to the lockdown, Erbil's traffic police said in a statement on Saturday.

The Kurdistan Region currently has a total of 28 recorded cases of the virus.
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:54 pm

Does soap work against viruses?
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Professor uses bowl of oil and pepper to demonstrate the importance of washing hands amid coronavirus crisis

    Prof Lucy Rogers from Brunel University, London, did demonstration on TikTok

    She used pepper to represent the virus and oil as the fat holding virus together

    When hands were lathered in soap, the 'virus' is repelled away from the finger

    Coronavirus has infected 120,000 people and killed more than 5,000 worldwide
A professor has demonstrated the importance of hand washing using a bowl of oil, water and pepper amid the coronavirus crisis.

Professor Lucy Rogers from Brunel University, London, used pepper to represent a virus and oil as the fat holding it together.

When her hands were lathered in soap, the 'virus' is repelled away from her finger proving that washing your hands leaves them significantly more virus free.

Professor Lucy Rogers from Brunel University, London, used pepper to represent a virus and oil as the fat holding it together

In the clip - shared to social media app TikTok - Professor Rogers first asks: 'Soap is such an ordinary, everyday thing.

'Does it really work on viruses? Well, the answer is most definitely yes. Let me demonstrate.'

She then shows a white bowl and begins to explain her experiment.

She says: 'In this bowl I have mixed some pepper, some oil and some water.

'Now the pepper represents a virus, the oil is the fat that holds the virus together and the water is just, water.

'Now if I just put my finger into the mixture, nothing much happens.

In the clip - shared to social media app TikTok - Professor Rogers (pictured left) first asks: 'Soap is such an ordinary, everyday thing. 'Does it really work on viruses? Well, the answer is most definitely yes. Let me demonstrate'

The video's caption explains that the soap breaks down the fat and the virus falls apart

When she places her finger in the mixture, the black specks barely move, instead remaining steadily around her finger.

She goes on to add: 'Now if I put soap on my hands, get my hands all soapy. And then I put my soapy finger in, all the pepper - or the virus - runs away.'

The video's caption explains that the soap breaks down the fat and the virus falls apart.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's coronavirus battle plan told how singing 'happy birthday' while washing hands with soap and water can be helpful in helping to stave off the quickly spreading virus.

Now, the government is recommending anyone with a persistent cough or a fever should stay at home and self-isolate for seven days.

Scotland today recorded its first coronavirus death as the number of victims in the UK rose to 11 and the infection toll soared to 798 after Britain saw another record amount of daily cases.

More than 200 more patients were diagnosed with the killer infection in the past 24 hours, with Scotland now having 85 cases, Wales 35 and Northern Ireland 29. The rest are in England.

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ISIS Al-Naba newsletter
warns against travel to Europe


The Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group has issued a travel advisory for its operatives to steer clear of coronavirus-hit Europe, described as “the land of the epidemic”

According to The Sunday Times, the latest issue of the ISIS Al-Naba newsletter refers to a new set of “sharia directives” warning against travel to Europe.

The West Asia-based terror outfit, which has in the past encouraged operatives to plot attacks in Europe, also instructed those of its followers who may have become ill with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) not to leave the region, in order to prevent the disease spreading.

The newsletter says that the “healthy should not enter the land of the epidemic and the afflicted should not exit from it”. It also instructs followers to “cover their mouths when yawning and sneezing” and to wash their hands regularly.

The newsletter refers to a “plague” described as a “torment sent by God on whomsoever He wills”, adding: “Illnesses do not strike by themselves but by the command and decree of God.”

ISIS has lost a lot of ground in West Asia after a series of defeats, but it remains active in Iraq and Syria in a fragmented form

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:36 pm

Coronavirus Fatality Rate Reported by Media

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      ACTUAL RATE LESS THAN FLU

The current estimate for the fatality rates on the coronavirus just don’t add up. The estimates based on current data are completely inaccurate. Current data shows that this virus is much less deadly that even the common flu from the 2019-2020 season

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Summary of points below:

    Estimates have been made about the fatality rate of the coronavirus

    Sometimes estimates are reasonable and sometimes they are off, way off

    The current global coronavirus fatality rate is estimated at 3.4%

    The same rate for the flu is 10% (but the media tells you it’s .1%)

    Actual results for the coronavirus are lower than the flu

    Current estimates between the flu and the coronavirus are not comparing apples to apples

    Those most at risk from the coronavirus are the elderly (average age of death in 80) and the sick

1. Estimates have been made about the fatality rate of the coronavirus.

Often times estimates have to be made because data is just not yet available. These estimates usually involve obtaining information that is available and making estimates on what is not. We cannot tell the future but we can make educated guesses based on information available. This is what has been done with the coronavirus because this type of virus has apparently never been seen before.

2. Sometimes estimates are reasonable and sometimes they are wrong, way off.

I personally know of estimates made by actuaries (i.e. statisticians) who projected profits in a country that were way wrong. In this case the government changed the regulations related to the business in the country which resulted in tens of millions in losses in USD. I know of another case where actuaries predicted a deal to be profitable that eventually led to over $100 million in losses.

The point is that whenever estimates are made they are always wrong because no one can tell the future. Sometimes estimates end up close and sometimes they are not and sometimes they are way off.

3. The current estimate for the coronavirus fatality rate is about 3.4%.

The estimates for the fatality rate for the coronavirus are shocking. The CDC released one report in February stating the rate varies between 12% and 1%

Our estimates of the risk for death in Wuhan reached values as high as 12% in the epicenter of the epidemic and ≈1% in other, more mildly affected areas

A report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and China estimates the mortality rate to be around 3.8% based on actual results:

    As of 20 February, 2114 of the 55,924 laboratory confirmed cases have died (crude fatality ratio [CFR2] 3.8%) (note: at least some of whom were identified using a case definition that included pulmonary disease). The overall CFR varies by location and intensity of transmission (i.e. 5.8% in Wuhan vs. 0.7% in other areas in China).
Other reports are that the WHO estimates the mortality rate to be around 3.4%:

As of today, the actual fatality rate for those who were confirmed to have had the coronavirus is 3.84%. This is the number of fatalities from the virus divided by the number of individuals who were confirmed with the virus.

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https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/wp-con ... -16-20.png

4. The same rate for the flu is 10% (but the media tells you it’s .1%).

As The Gateway Pundit reported earlier, according to CDC numbers, in the US in the 2019-2020 flu season, there were 222,000 confirmed cases of the flu from testing and an estimated 36 million flu cases in the United States. There were 22,000 confirmed deaths from the flu.

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Note that the number of deaths and confirmed cases (through testing) of the flu in the US are based on actual data. The number of individuals who contracted the flu is an estimate by experts. There is no way to know who had the flu in the US because many cases are not severe and people do not have a test done to confirm they had the flu. They believe their symptoms are minor and go on with their normal lives thinking they have a cold or something similar. Because of this, the CDC must estimate and they estimated 36 million people had the flu in this past flu season.

The rate of the number of individuals who died from the flu to the number of individuals who had the flu is therefore .1% (22,000 / 36 million). This is an estimate.

However, the rate of individuals who died from the flu to the number of individuals who were confirmed to have had the flu is around 10% (22,000/ 222,000). This is based on actual data similar to the rate for the coronavirus above.

5. Actual results for the coronavirus are lower than the flu.

Based on the above numbers, the actual fatality rates for those who were confirmed to have had the coronavirus are around 3.4%.

The actual rates for those who were confirmed to have had the flu are around 10%.

The actual data shows that the fatality rate for those who had the flu (10%) is 6% higher than for those with the coronavirus (3.8%).

6. Current estimates between the flu and the coronavirus are not comparing ‘apples to apples’

The fatality rate that is commonly referred to in the media for the coronavirus is 3.4% from the WHO. This number is based on actual cases of those who are confirmed with the virus.

The flu fatality rate provided by the CDC includes an estimate of individuals who had the flu but were not confirmed while the fatality rate for the coronavirus does not include those who had the coronavirus but were not confirmed. This is why the flu fatality rate is .1% and the coronavirus fatality rate is 3.4%!

The two rates are like comparing apples to oranges. By doing so the coronavirus fatality rate is way overstated when compared to the flu and the media has created a worldwide crisis and panic by reporting this!

The coronavirus is not more fatal than the flu based on current data. It is much less fatal than the flu based on current data.

7. Those most at risk from the coronavirus are the elderly and sick (similar to the flu).

Similar to the flu, those most at risk of dying from the coronavirus are the elderly and the sick. The average age for those who died from the coronavirus in Italy is 81 years old. This is consistent around the world. There have been no known fatalities for any children 10 and under.

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The sick are also at a higher risk similar to the flu. Current data shows that if you have no pre-existing conditions, your fatality rate if you contract the coronavirus is .9% (and what proportion of these cases are the elderly).

Link to Fatality-Rate Speadsheet:

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/wp-con ... -16-20.png

In summary, the coronavirus is not as deadly as is being portrayed in the lying liberal media. In fact it is not as deadly as the flu. The elderly and the sick should be protected. Everyone else has very little to worry about. Again, don’t believe what the media is telling you. They are lying again.

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