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From an on line Senior's website which I'm a Member  https://www.yourlifechoices.com.au/health/covid19/glasses-cut-covid-infections-study? This although not conclusive I found interesting as

You make a stupid decision and blame the pizza guy.  Nice

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Researchers hypothesize coronavirus immunity from dengue exposure

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https://www.foxnews.com/health/coronavirus-immunity-dengue-exposure

A new study suggests a mosquito-borne illness called dengue may afford some immunity against coronavirus.

Researchers at Duke University analyzed factors contributing to the spread of coronavirus cases in Brazil, and found an inverse correlation between the percentage of people with antibody levels for dengue fever and COVID-19 cases, growth rate and mortality.

“States in which a large fraction of the population had contracted dengue fever in 2019-2020 reported lower COVID-19 cases and deaths, and took longer to reach exponential community transmission, due to slower SARS-CoV-2 infection growth rates,” study authors wrote.

A similar inverse correlation was also said to be found among countries in Asia and Latin America and islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The findings were released in medRxiv on Monday and await peer review.

The study authors hypothesized that a safe and effective dengue vaccine could offer some immunity against SARS-CoV-2 before a coronavirus vaccine is available.

Miguel Nicolelis, the lead study author and professor at Duke University, told Reuters that the findings are interesting given previous research showing that those with dengue antibodies turn up false-positive COVID-19 tests, despite no coronavirus infection.

“This indicates that there is an immunological interaction between two viruses that nobody could have expected because the two viruses are from completely different families,” Nicolelis told Reuters, saying more research is needed to verify the finding.

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, Brazil ranks third worldwide for the highest number of reported COVID-19 cases at nearly 4.6 million, preceded only by the U.S. with its nearly 6.9 million reported infections and India’s 5.6 million. Brazil tops India in coronavirus-related deaths, however, and ranks second globally at 137,272 reported deaths.

The researchers noticed a discrepancy of coronavirus cases in some areas of Brazil; states like Paraná, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, Mato Grosso do Sul and others “tended to display a very slow growth of COVID-19 cases” after initial cases reported in March.

Researchers said the slow growth happened despite the states crossing major highways and a heavy influx of traffic from the “super-spreading” city of São Paulo.

Nicolelis also told Reuters that the team came across the findings by accident.

“It was a shock. It was a total accident,” Nicolelis told Reuters. “In science, that happens, you’re shooting at one thing and you hit a target that you never imagined you would hit.”

 

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Plastic face shields are all but useless when it comes to defeating the spread of the coronavirus, according to a new Japanese study.

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Plastic face shields don't stop coronavirus spread, study claims

The study was conducted by Riken, a government-backed research center in Kobe, Japan

Plastic face shields are all but useless when it comes to defeating the spread of the coronavirus, according to a new Japanese study.

The clear coverings were tested in a simulation by Fugaku, the world’s fastest supercomputer, which found that nearly 100% of airborne droplets less than 5 micrometers in size escaped through the shields, the Guardian reported Tuesday.

One micrometer is the equivalent of one-millionth of a meter.

The shields, typically used by workers in the restaurant industry, were also ineffective at trapping larger droplets measuring 50 micrometers — about half of which were also able to escape.

The study was conducted by Riken, a government-backed researcher center in Kobe, Japan.

In order to reach its results, the Fugaku simulation combined airflow with thousands of particles of various sizes.

Makoto Tsubokura, a team leader at Riken, said regular face masks should be used instead of face shields.

“Judging from the results of the simulation, unfortunately the effectiveness of face guards in preventing droplets from spreading from an infected person’s mouth is limited compared with masks,” he told the Guardian.

CORONAVIRUS SURGE POSSIBLY LINKED TO LABOR DAY GATHERINGS IN THIS AREA: OFFICIALS 

Tsubokura said people who are not recommended to wear face masks could resort to donning shields — but only if they were outdoors or in indoor settings with proper ventilation.

Fugaku has conducted other simulations, recently finding that face masks made out of non-woven fabric are more effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19 than those made of cotton and polyester, the outlet noted.

Researchers at Duke University made similar findings last month, concluding that N95 masks are most effective but three-layer surgical masks and cotton masks are good stand-ins as well

 

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France sees 400-mile traffic jam as country enters new COVID lockdown

A 430-mile traffic jam clogged up Paris Thursday night just hours before the city was placed under a new lockdown amid a fresh wave of COVID-19 cases.

The second nationwide lockdown went into effect at midnight, allowing 65 million people to leave their homes only for food shopping, medical appointments and work until Dec. 1.

Only schools and essential businesses will remain open as the country battles another surge in coronavirus infections — the highest since April.

The latest lockdown appeared to send Parisians fleeing the city to the countryside, BBC News reported, citing French media.

But Thursday also marked one of the last days people could return home after the country’s school half-term, which ends after All Saints Day on Nov. 1.

“At the moment, it is impossible to tell for sure the traffic jam was a consequence of the lockdown or [people returning from] holidays,” a spokesperson for the Paris region traffic authority told CNN.

The traffic jam stretched as long as 430 miles in the Ile-de-France region with social media videos showing cars barely moving and drivers honking their horns in frustration.

https://nypost.com/2020/10/30/massive-traffic-jam-clogs-paris-as-france-enters-covid-lockdown/

 

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5 hours ago, Salty Dog said:

France sees 400-mile traffic jam as country enters new COVID lockdown

A 430-mile traffic jam clogged up Paris Thursday night just hours before the city was placed under a new lockdown amid a fresh wave of COVID-19 cases.

The second nationwide lockdown went into effect at midnight, allowing 65 million people to leave their homes only for food shopping, medical appointments and work until Dec. 1.

Only schools and essential businesses will remain open as the country battles another surge in coronavirus infections — the highest since April.

The latest lockdown appeared to send Parisians fleeing the city to the countryside, BBC News reported, citing French media.

But Thursday also marked one of the last days people could return home after the country’s school half-term, which ends after All Saints Day on Nov. 1.

“At the moment, it is impossible to tell for sure the traffic jam was a consequence of the lockdown or [people returning from] holidays,” a spokesperson for the Paris region traffic authority told CNN.

The traffic jam stretched as long as 430 miles in the Ile-de-France region with social media videos showing cars barely moving and drivers honking their horns in frustration.

https://nypost.com/2020/10/30/massive-traffic-jam-clogs-paris-as-france-enters-covid-lockdown/

 

I would bet this 1% running from the virus and 99% about running from government overreach.

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Finally some good news from Australia, where for months Victoria has been in lockdown and only recently had major restrictions eased.

From over 700 new cases per day in Victoria in early August, down to approximately 2 cases per day now. Fantastic effort by the Victorians population to get to this result.

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'Donut day': Australia records first day of zero cases of community Covid transmission since 9 June

Australia has recorded its first day of zero cases of community transmission nationally since 9 June.

The entire country went 24 hours without a new locally acquired case of Covid-19 between 8pm Friday and 8pm Saturday.

Victoria, which in August hit a peak of 725 new cases in one day, registered zero cases two days in a row on Friday and Saturday.

New South Wales recorded no locally acquired cases of the virus between Friday night and Saturday night but did record four cases among people in hotel quarantine who had caught the virus overseas. Western Australia also recorded one case in hotel quarantine.

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Healthy police in Rockford, Illinois working  7 day 12 hour  - 1 day off - shifts due to so many being out with Coronavirus. 

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Now That More Americans Can Work From Anywhere, Many Are Planning To Move Away

October 30, 2020 | ADEDAYO AKALA

As coronavirus cases continue to spike and working from home seems permanent, many Americans are planning to set off to live in new places.

An astonishing 14 million to 23 million Americans intend to relocate to a different city or region as a result of telework, according to a new study released by Upwork, a freelancing platform. The survey was conducted Oct. 1 to 15 among 20,490 Americans 18 and over,

The large migration is motivated by people no longer confined to the city where their job is located. The pandemic has shifted many companies' view on working from home. Facebook announced plans for half of its employees to work from home permanently. The company even hired a director of remote work in September to ease the transition.

"As our survey shows, many people see remote work as an opportunity to relocate to where they want and where they can afford to live," says Adam Ozimek, chief economist at Upwork. "This is an early indicator of the much larger impacts that remote work could have in increasing economic efficiency and spreading opportunity."

Big cities will see the largest outmigration, according to the survey. About 20% of respondents planning to move live in a major city. Because many expect remote work to continue long term, more than half aim to relocate over two hours away or even farther from their current home.

Another study conducted by United Van Lines, a major household moving company, found that people wanted to relocate out of New York state at a higher rate than the national average. And, by the beginning of September, the requests to leave San Francisco had grown to more than double the U.S. average. The survey was conducted between March and August.

Nationally, there is a 32% increase in moving interest compared with this time last year, the United Van Lines survey found. The most common reasons associated with pandemic-influenced moves were: concerns for personal and family health and well-being, desires to be closer to family, changes in employment status or work arrangement (including the ability to work remotely), and desires for lifestyle change or improvement of quality of life.

Customers told the moving company that the pandemic made them reevaluate what was important to their family, which meant being closer to extended family and friends. Other customers said they had to widen their job search to out of state.

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/10/30/929667563/now-that-more-americans-can-work-anywhere-many-are-planning-to-move-away

 

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12 hours ago, lamoe said:

Healthy police in Rockford, Illinois working  7 day 12 hour  - 1 day off - shifts due to so many being out with Coronavirus. 

So.... they are NOT that healthy! :)

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One of the world’s strictest new lockdowns bans outdoor exercising and dog-walking

South Australia began one of the world’s toughest lockdowns Thursday with even outdoor exercise and dog-walking banned as the state tries to contain a cluster of COVID-19 infections.

For six days, only one person from a household will be allowed to leave home each day, and only for essential reasons, authorities said. Schools, universities, cafes and restaurants are closed, weddings and funerals are banned and mask-wearing is mandatory.

“We want to go hard, go early, but get out of it as quickly as we can,” State Premier Steven Marshall said of the measures.

Twenty-three people in the state capital Adelaide have been infected after a cleaner at a hotel used to quarantine people arriving from overseas was exposed to the virus, and health authorities say the “circuit breaker” measures are necessary to avoid a wider outbreak.

Marshall said the strain of the virus that’s circulating is “nasty” as many of those infected are not showing any symptoms. He said it was highly likely to be transmitted from surfaces and that the incubation period was as low as 24 hours.

“It’s a real worry, especially because people who become infected are not showing the typical symptoms that we are used to,” he said.

The state of 1.7 million people, who are spread out over a landmass five times the size of the U.K., had largely eradicated community transmission of the virus after a nationwide lockdown earlier this year.

The cluster, and a more severe outbreak in neighboring Victoria state that triggered a three-month lockdown in the city of Melbourne, show that ongoing vigilance is required to control the virus — even in a nation that has been spared the scale of infections and deaths experienced in Europe and the U.S.

Victoria is proof that hard lockdowns do work. The state, which saw a daily peak of around 700 infections in August, has now gone 20 days without new cases.

https://fortune.com/2020/11/19/south-australia-adelaide-lockdown-exercise-dog-walking/

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On 11/20/2020 at 5:23 PM, Salty Dog said:

One of the world’s strictest new lockdowns bans outdoor exercising and dog-walking

South Australia began one of the world’s toughest lockdowns Thursday with even outdoor exercise and dog-walking banned as the state tries to contain a cluster of COVID-19 infections.

https://fortune.com/2020/11/19/south-australia-adelaide-lockdown-exercise-dog-walking/

Turned out the lockdown was unnecessary :sad_01:.

Caused when a person working in a pizza shop lied to contact tracers, which led the health department to believe this outbreak was more infectious than it really was.
 

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South Australia to end Covid lockdown early as premier 'fuming' over pizza lie

Steven Marshall says state would not have gone into six-day lockdown if it had been known man had worked at Woodville Pizza Bar

South Australia’s six-day lockdown will end three days early at midnight on Saturday after it was revealed a male who tested positive for Covid-19 had lied to contact tracers over working in a pizza bar where another case had worked.

The state’s premier, Steven Marshall, made the admission after contact tracers further investigated a male with Covid-19 who claimed to have only picked up a pizza from the Woodville Pizza Bar.

A security guard who tested positive from the Peppers medi-hotel for returned travellers had a second job at the restaurant, and because the person claimed to have just been a customer, health authorities feared a wide range of people may have been exposed to Covid-19 through casual transmission at the pizza bar.

After determining the person had in fact worked at the bar a number of times and was not simply a customer, he was deemed a close contact of the security guard who also worked there.

“To say I am fuming about the actions of this individual is an absolute understatement,” Marshall said.

“The selfish actions of this individual have put our whole state in a very difficult situation. His actions have affected businesses, individuals, family groups and is completely and utterly unacceptable.”

Marshall admitted the state would not have gone into its strict six-day lockdown if this information had been known at the time earlier this week, but said at the time it was “the absolute correct decision.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/nov/20/south-australia-to-end-covid-lockdown-early-as-premier-fuming-over-pizza-lie

 

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You make a stupid decision and blame the pizza guy.  Nice

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Let's remember this is part of the open forum. A couple of posts were hidden because they were condescending. If this is how you would like to post, take it to the CR...it's not appropriate in the open forum.

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Here we go!
 

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The British government will reportedly introduce “freedom passes” and specialised passport certificates to people who have tested negative for the coronavirus, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce further regional lockdown restrictions following the end of the latest national lockdown in December.
 

The new normal that the British government is set to outline will reportedly include “freedom passes” for those who have two negative coronavirus tests per week. The government is also working with passport manufacturers to create coronavirus certificates for those that can prove they are free of the virus, according to The Telegraph.

The immunity certificate would be stored on people’s phones after they receive a letter, card, or document from the government on testing negative for the virus. It is thought that the pass will permit Britons to see members of their families, which is largely banned at the moment, as well as being able to travel without a mask.

A source told the paper that the certificates would “allow someone to wander down the streets, and if someone else asks why they are not wearing a mask, they can show the card, letter or an App,” adding that it would permit a person to “to see their family, and normal social distancing rules will not apply”.

It is not clear at the time of this reporting whether the government will be handing out the “freedom passes” to those who have been vaccinated.
https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/11/22/freedom-pass-please-uk-to-introduce-covid-immunity-passports-as-more-lockdowns-loom/?fbclid=IwAR23w5Tqz9xO9_DYSmw89ZVsncvHBWTBuy-vJvjmDBJ5YGs84rWuD47SwCU

 

 

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