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Coronavirus and Surfaces: How Long Does COVID-19 Live on Surfaces?
How long does the corona virus survive on surfaces? Estimates based on other coronaviruses:

* Cardboard: 24 hours, e.g. shipping boxes

* Plastics: 2 to 3 days, e.g. packaging like milk containers and detergent bottles, subway and bus seats, backpacks, elevator buttons

* Glass: Up to 5 days, e.g. drinking glasses, measuring cups, mirrors, windows

* Ceramics: 5 days, e.g. dishes, pottery, mugs
Paper: varies, a few hours to to 5 days.

* Metal: 5 days, e.g. doorknobs, jewelry, silverware
-- Stainless steel: 2 to 3 days, e.g. refrigerators, pots and pans, sinks, some water bottles
-- Copper: 4 hours, e.g. pennies, teakettles, cookware
-- Aluminum: 2-8 hours, e.g. soda cans, tinfoil, water bottles

-- Wood 4 days, e.g. furniture, decking

Food: Coronavirus doesn't seem to spread through exposure to food. Still, it's a good idea to wash fruits and vegetables under running water before you eat them. Scrub them with a brush or your hands to remove any germs that might be on their surface. Wash your hands after you visit the supermarket. If you have a weakened immune system, you might want to buy frozen or canned produce.

https://www.webmd.com/lung/how-long-covid-19-lives-on-surfaces?fbclid=IwAR1CKDe4LuJKuiRNYim-6Ig4v1bBt9oblxbodnE07mj_xOaDBdcPRJ1yUnQ
corona_virus  safety  disinfect  transmission  grade_A  grade_AA 
2 days ago
Navy Boss Says Skipper He Removed Was Naive, Stupid Or A Betrayer : NPR
"It was a betrayal, and I can tell you one other thing: Because he did that, he put it in the public's forum, and it's now become a big controversy in Washington, D.C., and across the country about a martyr [commanding officer] who wasn't getting the help he needed and therefore had to go through the chain of command, a chain of command which includes the media," Modly asserted. "And I'm gonna tell you something, all of you: There's never a situation where you should consider the media a part of your chain of command."
navy  Military  corona_virus  Trump  administration  grade_A 
2 days ago
Acting Navy Secretary, Thomas B. Modly, Slams Fired Captain as ‘Stupid’ - The New York Times
Modly’s intent was to reassure the aircraft carrier’s crew that they would be taken care of as they attempted to limit the spread of Covid-19 aboard the ship, his address offered little in the way of concrete measures he intended to see through. Sailors on board the carrier told The Times that Modly didn’t tour the ship, and went right to the intercom for the address. The crew had submitted questions the night before, and several were submitted to Modly, who told the crew he would answer them when he got back to Washington.
corona_virus  navy  Military  Trump  administration 
2 days ago
‘Middle Class’ Joe Biden has a corruption problem – it makes him a weak candidate | Zephyr Teachout | Opinion | The Guardian
The simplest explanation is the most likely: he did it for his donors. At a fundraiser last year, Biden promised his Wall Street donors that "nothing would fundamentally change" for them if he became president. Now the financial world is raising huge money for his campaign. It clearly thinks he's going to be its friend if elected. Most Americans, who get ripped off by the financial sector on a daily basis, aren't looking for a candidate who has made their life harder.


Second, healthcare. On 25 April, the day he announced his campaign, Biden went straight to a fundraiser co-hosted by the chief executive of a major health insurance corporation. He refuses to sign a pledge to reject money from insurance and pharma execs and continues to raise money from healthcare industry donors. His campaign is being bankrolled by a super Pac run by healthcare lobbyists.

What did all these donors get? A healthcare proposal that preserves the power of the insurance industry and leaves 10 million Americans uninsured.

Third, climate change. Biden signed a pledge not to take money from the fossil fuel industry, then broke his promise. Right after a CNN town hall on climate change, he held a fundraiser hosted by the founder of a fossil fuel conglomerate. He is pushing climate policy that has gotten dismal reviews from several leading environmental groups.

There are plenty of other examples that raise questions, like housing and social security. Big real estate moguls are playing a major role in Biden's campaign. Unlike his rivals, he has no comprehensive housing plan. When he pushed for cuts to Social Security, was he serving donors or his constituents?
JoeBiden  corruption  Robert_Reich  election2020  TheGuardian  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
3 days ago
Joe Biden Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Senate Aide In 1993 | HuffPost
A former aide to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said this week that he sexually assaulted her in 1993, her most detailed account to date of his alleged inappropriate behavior.

Tara Reade, who was at the time serving as an aide in Biden's senate office, told podcast host Katie Halper that Biden kissed her and penetrated her with his fingers without her consent. Reade said she pushed Biden off of her and he allegedly became annoyed and said: "Come on, man! I heard you liked me."

"It was like everything shattered in that moment," Reade told Halper in the interview, which was posted Wednesday. "He was, like, my father's age. He was this champion of women's rights in my eyes. I couldn't believe it was happening."

Reade alleges that after she pulled away from Biden, he pointed in her face and said, "You're nothing to me."

Last April, Reade was one of eight women to accuse the former vice president of inappropriate touching. Reade told the Intercept's Ryan Grim this week that she only told the media part of her story at the time because she received an onslaught of harassment that instantly quieted her.

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Eight women have come forward against Biden making sexual harassment claims & at least one sexual assault. Say their names:
-Lucy Flores
-Amy Lappos
-D.J Hill
-Caitlyn Caruso
-Ally Coll
-Sofie Karasek
-Vail Kohnert-Yount
-Tara Reade
JoeBiden  sexual_harassment  sexual_assault  rape  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  #MeToo  election2020 
4 days ago
COVID-19 hospital bills could cost uninsured Americans up to $75,000
Uninsured Americans could be facing nearly $75,000 in medical bills if hospitalized for coronavirus

Those who are hospitalized with coronavirus can expect to pay anywhere from $42,486 to $74,310 if they are uninsured or if they receive care that's deemed out-of-network by their insurance company, according to recent analysis by independent nonprofit FAIR Health.

For those with insurance who are using in-network providers, out-of-pocket costs will be a portion of $21,936 to $38,755, depending on the cost-sharing provisions of their health plan.
corona_virus  healthcare  health_insurance  grade_A 
5 days ago
How to Disinfect Groceries in Coronavirus Pandemic
easy to start spiraling when thinking about the coronavirus; suddenly the whole world seems covered in dangerous germs. There’s still a lot we’re learning about the virus, but scientists do know that you’re much more likely to be infected by another person than by your groceries — currently, the CDC says person-to-person transmission is the main way the virus is spread. Wash your hands, disinfect frequently used surfaces (like your phone!), keep up the social distancing, and maybe also remember this helpful quote when you feel yourself freaking out: “Everything at the grocery store and restaurant containers and bags could in theory have infectious virus on them,” Dr. Linsey Marr, an expert in the transmission of viruses by aerosol at Virginia Tech, told the New York Times. “We could go crazy discussing these ‘what-ifs’ because everyone is a potential source, so we have to focus on the biggest risks.”
corona_virus  disinfect  cleaning  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  hygiene 
11 days ago
A Medical Worker Describes Terrifying Lung Failure From COVID-19 — Even in His Young Patients — ProPublica
"It first struck me how different it was when I saw my first coronavirus patient go bad. I was like, Holy shit, this is not the flu. Watching this relatively young guy, gasping for air, pink frothy secretions coming out of his tube."
corona_virus  grade_A 
17 days ago
Coronavirus Resource Center - Harvard Health
How long can the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 survive on surfaces?

A recent study found that the COVID-19 coronavirus can survive up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. The researchers also found that this virus can hang out as droplets in the air for up to three hours before they fall. But most often they will fall more quickly.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus-resource-center
corona_virus  contamination  infection  contagious 
19 days ago
An Effective Treatment for Coronavirus (COVID-19)_
March 13, 2020 - In consultation with Stanford University School of Medicine, UAB School of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences researchers.

Outline:

Treatment Guidelines from South Korea[7]
Treatment Guidelines from China[8]
Chloroquine as a prophylactic (preventative) measure against COVID-19[11]
The UK has banned the export of Chloroquine[13]
China prioritizes internal use of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) including Chloroquine[14]
corona_virus  treatment  cure  healthcare  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
21 days ago
Justice Dept. Moves to Drop Charges Against Russian Firms Filed by Mueller - The New York Times
companies funded Russia’s social media-fueled interference in the 2016 election, prosecutors said. But they tried to weaponize the case instead of fight it.
Russia  Russia_gate  2016  election2016  disinformation  fakenews  Trump  corruption  Putin  grade_A  grade_AA  Mueller 
21 days ago
Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin as a treatment of COVID-19.pdf - Google Drive
Results - Six patients were asymptomatic, 22 had upper respiratory tract infection symptoms and eight
had lower respiratory tract infection symptoms.

Twenty cases were treated in this study and showed a significant reduction of the viral carriage at D6-post inclusion compared to controls, and much lower average carrying duration than reported of untreated patients in the literature. Azithromycin added to hydroxychloroquine was significantly more efficient for virus elimination.

Conclusion
Despite its small sample size our survey shows that hydroxychloroquine treatment is significantly associated with viral load reduction/disappearance in COVID-19 patients and its effect is reinforced by azithromycin.
corona_virus  treatment  clinical  trial  science  study  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
21 days ago
***** BREAKING: New controlled clinical study conducted by doctors ​in France shows that Hydroxychloroquine cures 100% of coronavirus patients within 6 days of treatment (covidtrial.io) | Tech News | Startups News
Note: Hydroxychloroquine (brand name Plaquenil) is an inexpensive


BREAKING: New controlled clinical study conducted by doctors ​in France shows that Hydroxychloroquine cures 100% of coronavirus patients within 6 days of treatment (covidtrial.io)
TechStartups Team POSTED ON MARCH 18, 2020

Earlier today, we published a story about a new study published by NIH which shows that Hydroxychloroquine has been found to be more effective and potent than chloroquine in vitro treatment of coronavirus. Now, a recent well controlled clinical study conducted by Didier Raoult​ M.D/Ph.D, et. al in France showed that 100% of patients that received a combination of HCQ and Azithromycin tested negative and were virologically cured within 6 days of treatment.

In addition, recent guidelines from South Korea and China report that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are effective antiviral therapeutic treatments for novel coronavirus.

A therapeutic agent that prevents infection with novel coronavirus is highly desirable–especially for persons with high-risk exposure (e.g healthcare professionals) as well as persons with comorbidities (heart disease, diabetes, etc) and compromised immune systems. Ground-breaking in vitro studies demonstrate potential efficacy of hydroxychloroquine as a prophylactic for novel coronavirus infection in primate cells.

Note: Hydroxychloroquine (brand name Plaquenil) is an inexpensive, globally available drug (tablet) that was approved for widespread medical use since 1955. It is commonly used today to treat malaria, systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis.

https://techstartups.com/2020/03/18/breaking-controlled-clinical-study-conducted-doctors-%E2%80%8Bin-france-shows-hydroxychloroquine-cures-100-coronavirus-patients-within-6-days-treatment-covidtrial-io/?fbclid=IwAR1sAiyegREBVNtXeot77l1ao8yVYRyDCD21SqvH_5N10TYkj_27hypyX8w
corona_virus  healthcare  treatment  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  cure 
21 days ago
** Japanese flu drug 'clearly effective' in treating coronavirus, says China | World news | The Guardian
A Japanese drug Favipiravir (aka Avigan) has produced encouraging outcomes in clinical trials in Wuhan and Shenzhen involving 340 patients.
* it's safe
* reduces recovery from an average of 11 days to 4 days
* improves lung conditions in 91% of recovered patients (vs 62% without)
* effective treating mild to moderate symptoms
*** Not effective treating people with severe symptoms.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/18/japanese-flu-drug-clearly-effective-in-treating-coronavirus-says-china
TheGuardian  corona_virus  healthcare  treatment  cure  Japan  China  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
22 days ago
** Lack of Health Insurance Coverage Leads People to Avoid Seeking Care | Healthiest Communities | US News
Researchers estimate that in 2018, 45 percent of working-age adults, or 87 million people, were either underinsured or had no coverage for at least part of the last year – a share that is essentially unchanged from 2010, despite monumental shifts in health policy during that time.
Bernie_Sanders  MedicareForAll  health_insurance_uninsured  grade_A  grade_AA  fact_check 
22 days ago
Health Insurance Coverage Eight Years After the ACA — 2018 Biennial | Commonwealth Fund
February 7, 2019 - Of the 194 million U.S. adults ages 19 to 64 in 2018, an estimated 87 million, or 45 percent, were inadequately insured (see Tables 1 and 2).
healthcare  MedicareForAll  uninsured  health_insurance  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  Bernie_Sanders 
22 days ago
Quarantine the cat? Disinfect the dog? The latest advice about the coronavirus and your pets | Science | AAAS
Q: If you have people in the same house—some quarantined, some not—can the pet visit both?

A: No. Out of an abundance of caution, the answer should be no.
corona_virus  pets  Bertie  dogs 
22 days ago
America has no real public health system – coronavirus has a clear run | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian
As a result, the nation's supply of ventilators isn't nearly large enough to care for projected numbers of critically ill coronavirus victims unable to breathe for themselves. Its 45,000 intensive care unit beds fall woefully short of the 2.9 million likely to be needed.

Meanwhile, more than 30 million Americans have no health insurance.

Most jobless Americans don't qualify for unemployment insurance because they haven't worked long enough in a steady job and the ad-hoc deal doesn't alter this. Meanwhile, more than 30 million Americans have no health insurance. Eligibility for Medicaid, food stamps and other public assistance is now linked to having or actively looking for work.

There is no public health system in the US, in short, because the richest nation in the world has no capacity to protect the public as a whole, apart from national defense.
corona_virus  healthcare  MedicareForAll  Robert_Reich  grade_A  grade_AA 
22 days ago
Did an experimental drug help a U.S. coronavirus patient? | Science | AAAS
Remdesivir cripples an enzyme called RNA polymerase that is used by many viruses to copy themselves; it does not specifically target SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. But it worked well in test tube and animal studies of human coronaviruses, cousins of SARS-CoV-2 called severe acute respiratory syndrome and Middle East respiratory syndrome, that cause similar respiratory conditions. (Ebola also is an RNA virus, but a test of remdesivir in the Democratic Republic of the Congo last year showed that it didn't work for that disease.)

George Thompson, an infectious disease specialist at the medical center, was on the team that cared for the California patient and spoke to ScienceInsider about the case. This interview has been edited for clarity and length; additional information added by ScienceInsider is in brackets.

Q: When did the patient start on remdesivir?

A: From diagnosis to therapy, about 36 hours, which is very short for emergency approval of an investigational drug.
healthcare  corona_virus  treatments  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
22 days ago
Trump administration tried to pay Germans for coronavirus cure - Business Insider
President Trump reportedly tried to poach German scientists working on a cure for coronavirus and offered cash so the vaccine would be exclusive to the USA
corona_virus  Trump  vaccinations  Germany 
25 days ago
Anti-inflammatories may aggravate Covid-19, France advises | World news | The Guardian
French minister says patients should take paracetamol rather than ibuprofen or cortisone

French authorities have warned that widely used over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs may worsen the coronavirus.
corona_virus  treatment  healthcare  grade_A 
25 days ago
Cleaning agents - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Fighting Productsi
a list of products that have been pre-approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use against emerging enveloped viral pathogens and can be used during the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This product list is not exhaustive but can be used by business owners, health professionals, and the public to identify products suitable for use during the COVID-19.
corona_virus  grade_A  prevention  healthcare  virus  contamination 
26 days ago
(1129) Italian doctor on treating COVID-19 patients - YouTube
2:30 says they are using anti-viral medicines like those used to treat HIV, e.g. protease inhibitors and drosy chrolopin (??). Off label, but trials allowing them to assess their benefit.
corona_virus  videos  italy  healthcare  pandemic  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
26 days ago
Republican Senate Will Investigate Joe Biden Relentlessly If He Wins Democratic Nomination
Does Biden have the mental stamina to go through this stuff, and more, between now and November? Does he have the mental acuity to clap back at this debunked nonsense in any way beyond having steam come out of his ears about “insults against my family”? These are not idle questions, nor are they ageist ones. Nominating Joe Biden makes it almost inevitable that some of the presidential campaign will be conducted in the Republican-led Senate, and, if we’re talking about assimilated political collectives, that is the biggest one of all.
JoeBiden  Russia  Russia_gate  senate  GOP  Republicans  investigation 
5 weeks ago
22 studies agree: 'Medicare for All' saves money | TheHill
*** And, if you’re thinking that having the federal government guarantee coverage to all Americans is a big deal, it’s actually not. The government already pays for about two-thirds of health care costs. Among other things, it pays for Medicare, Medicaid, VA, TriCare and a wide range of state and local health care programs, along with private insurance for government employees and tax subsidies for private insurance.
MedicareForAll  costs  savings  study 
6 weeks ago
The Green New Deal
The cost of inaction is unacceptable. Economists estimate that if we do not take action, we will lose $34.5 trillion in economic activity by the end of the century. And the benefits are enormous: by taking bold and decisive action, we will save $2.9 trillion over 10 years, $21 trillion over 30 years, and $70.4 trillion over 80 years.
Bernie_Sanders  GreenNewDeal 
6 weeks ago
PolitiFact | Bernie Sanders’ NRA report card: D-minus is most recent grade
That’s mediocre but passing, right? The change of heart corresponds with Sanders voting in favor of the gun liability bill, which passed in October 2005 with NRA support. The bill also contained provisions for childproof trigger locks and a ban on body armor-piercing bullets, which Sanders mentioned as he explained his vote to the audience in Underwood.
Bernie_Sanders  NRA  rating 
6 weeks ago
PolitiFact | Did Bernie Sanders vote against background checks and waiting periods for gun purchases?
According to Sanders' campaign manager Jeff Weaver, Sanders' reason for opposing the Brady bill was two-fold. First, he believed implementing a national waiting period was federal overreach. And second, he was doing his job.

"He wasn't opposed to states having (waiting periods) if they wanted to. The Republicans wanted to repeal waiting periods in states that had them, and Bernie voted that down," Weaver said. "He said he would be against waiting periods, and he kept his word to the people of Vermont."
Bernie_Sanders  NRA  Brady_Bill  gun_control 
6 weeks ago
Everything We Were Told About Bernie Sanders Was Wrong
***** Finally, Can We All Agree? Everything We Were Told About Bernie Sanders Was Wrong

* Sanders is now the first candidate in the nation's history, of either party, to win the popular vote in the first three races.

* the latest national polling shows Sanders beats Donald Trump by a bigger margin than any of his Democratic rivals.

* In key battleground states, Sanders has a bigger lead over Trump in Michigan and Pennsylvania than all of his Democratic rivals, and does as well in Wisconsin as Biden and Warren.

* His support is broad: in Nevada Sanders won a plurality of self-identified "moderate" or "conservative" Democrats. He prevailed among those with college degrees and those without; in union, and nonunion households; in every age group except over 65… and even narrowly carried moderates and conservatives.

* Sanders is not only the most popular member of the Senate, but he also has the highest net favorables of any presidential candidate with Democratic voters.

* No Democrat can win the election without the enthusiastic support of minorities. Sanders leads with all minorities as a whole (70% Latino vote in Nevada) and now ties with Biden among African-American voters.

* His policies are popular, with a solid majority of Democrats and a majority of Americans overall supporting Medicare For All.


https://theintercept.com/2020/02/24/bernie-sanders-electability/
Bernie_Sanders  talking_points  election2020  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  Mehdi_Hasan  TheIntercept 
6 weeks ago
Bernie: I’m Just a New Deal Liberal in Socialist’s Branding
Universal health care, tuition-free public college, a giant hike in the federal minimum wage, and a guaranteed federal job for anyone who is involuntarily unemployed are all very popular ideas in the United States. The word socialism is not.

Recent polls have found that a majority of American voters support (at least some version of) Medicare for All, free public college, a $15 minimum wage, and a federal jobs guarantee. By contrast, a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey showed just 18 percent of voters expressing a positive view of “socialism” — even as 55 percent of the same poll’s respondents said the federal government should do more to solve problems and help people. That basic finding has been replicated by other pollsters: While nearly half of younger voters approve of socialism, a large majority of the general public opposes the concept.

For this reason, the American right has worked tirelessly for decades to brand any proposal for expanding positive economic rights — such as the right to Social Security, affordable child care, subsidized health insurance, workplace protections, etc. — as socialist.
Bernie_Sanders  NewDeal  Democrats  democratic_socialism  grade_A  grade_AA  Socialism 
6 weeks ago
Ocasio-Cortez Builds Progressive Campaign Arm to Challenge Democrats - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday endorsed an all-female slate of progressive candidates through her new political action committee, using her clout in the insurgent left and the considerable campaign funds she has drawn to counter the Democratic establishment in key races around the country.

The endorsements of the congressional candidates — including one who is challenging Senate Democrats' preferred candidate in Texas — amount to a powerful stamp of approval for a diverse group of newcomers. They also are a clear sign that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a celebrity of the liberal left, intends to leverage her influence among activists to try to reshape the Democratic Party.

The move also underlines the struggle among Democrats that is defining the race for the presidency, which is pitting Senator Bernie Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist, against more moderate candidates who are presenting themselves as better able to appeal to a broad section of voters in taking on President Trump. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has traversed the country to campaign for Mr. Sanders, and her efforts to pull Congress to the left parallel his bid to deploy his progressive message to emerge as the Democratic nominee, an effort that has instilled fear in many centrist lawmakers who believe it could cost them their seats.
AOC  Democratic_Socialists  NewDeal  Democrats  anti-corruption  DNC  Bernie_Sanders  progressive 
6 weeks ago
Hadrian’s Villa Restored in Animation – Brewminate
15m47s Bernard Frischer of UVA (former UCLA) project to create a Virtual Reality reconstruction of Hadrian's Villa.

Direct youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=OgGQaTMtWCM&feature=emb_logo
videos  ancient  Rome  history  VR  CG  architecture  grade_A  grade_AA  italy  Vacation  odeas 
6 weeks ago
Opinion | Who’s Profiting From Your Outrageous Medical Bills? - The New York Times
So today your hospital and doctor and insurer — all claiming to coordinate care for your health — are often in a three-way competition for your money.

As the battle for revenue has heated up, each side has added new weapons to capture more: Hospitals added facility fees and infusion charges. Insurers levied ever-rising co-payments and deductibles. Most important they limited the networks of providers to those that would accept the rates they were willing to pay.

Surprise bills are the latest tactic: When providers decided that an insurer's contracted payment offerings were too meager, they stopped participating in the insurer's network; either they walked away or the insurer left them out. In some cases, physicians decided not to participate in any networks at all. That way, they could charge whatever they wanted when they got involved in patient care and bill the patient directly. For their part, insurers didn't really care if those practitioners demanding more money left.
MedicareForAll  healthcare  health_insurance  healthcare_price_gauging  grade_A  grade_AA  TheNewYorkTimes 
6 weeks ago
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