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New Zealand locked down hard. https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/new-zealand-extends-snap-lockdown-covid-spreads-capital Comments following articles on Zerohedge are not moderated except for

This is a follow up to a Post I made regarding my nephew and Partner and child that had covide. He has improved that no oxygen is needed now but it did fall to 90% at one point...The child was on

You act like this is something new...  Talk about what's going on anywhere you like as long as you leave politics out of it. There are thousands of posts on the pandemic that have managed to

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Will the total numbers who had the virus ever really be that accurate. They keep saying that as many as 80% who have it will have a mild version of it. They won't require hospitalization or even medical care. If this is the case, how many of those 80% who stay at home and self medicate will ever get tested. They might just assume they had the flu, cold or whatever...

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22 hours ago, Headshot said:

I asked the doctor if they used zinc in the study, and he said they didn't. I guess they were relying on the patients having sufficient zinc in their systems to make the Hydroxychloroquine worthwhile.

It turns out the Hydroxychloroquine has a dual purpose. It not only provides a pathway for zinc into the cells, it also binds to iron in the red blood cells. Further research has shown that one of the ways this virus attacks humans is to enter red blood cells and kick out the iron contained in the hemoglobin (to which oxygen attaches). That does two things. It prevents the red blood cells from carrying oxygen (which starves the body's cells of oxygen and cause organ failure), and it releases the iron from the red blood cells into the alveoli in the lungs (which causes the lungs to form scar tissue ... what they see as "broken glass" on the x-rays) and prevents oxygen absorption in the future. When Hydroxychloroquine is shielding the iron in the red blood cells, the virus can't enter. This prevents the virus from destroying the body's ability to transport oxygen around the body. Therefore, even if there isn't adequate zinc in the body to stop RNA replication in cells, the Hydroxychloroquine still serves a vital purpose in the body. Azithromycin also acts to block RNA replication in the cells, so the function is already being covered.

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On 4/9/2020 at 3:34 AM, jaybee747 said:

Ok.... Number of CV19 deaths in Philippines since March 09 - 182, average less than 6 deaths per day... Shutting the entire country for this? Complete overreaction in my opinion.

Interesting to see you base your opinion on published figures. Do you think the figures are accurate?

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Was able to locate these at the Department of Health website https://www.doh.gov.ph/covid19tracker yesterday.  This information WAS available on a map early on but then went AWOL.  Back again in this form.  Have not seen this posted elsewhere here.. so if it was already posted please do what you wish with this thread.

Provides DOH summary of cases, deaths, recoveries.  It's nationwide but can be searched by region and can be narrowed down to Cebu.    You can also see a summary of the tests done at Vicente Soto (1391 tests done, 28 positive, 22,608 tests kits remaining). Updated at 4pm daily.




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In this video an important discovery was revealed. The proteins on the coronavirus not only bind to the ACE-2 receptors. They also bind to the CD-147 receptors, which are found on T-cells (immune system) and red blood cells. This explains why the immune system is weakened during infection and why red blood cells are attacked by the virus.

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I am out everyday giving ride to daughter a nurse i pass talisay to cebu for the most part the only people to follow the rules are the foreigners.  And the health workers Today i saw no mask many groups of 10 or more traffic .Groups just sitting i go cebu doc see the same stuff from the circle to the capitol 30 plus cars parked blinkers going in the NO PARKING OR STOPPING ANYTIME STREET why because who will tow me 

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The Government Distributed P4.78 Billion in COVID-19 Aid. This is Where the Money is Going


Spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the national government just rolled out P4.78 billion worth of assistance to families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the enhanced community quarantine.

The relief aid is being distributed throughout the Philippines, with 68 out of 81 provinces being served. So far, only 690 out of 1,610 cities and municipalities have received aid from the DSWD—and this map, made by citizen and software engineer James Faeldon, is tracking where all the money is going.



Using data sourced from the DSWD’s Disaster Response Operations, Monitoring, and Information Center, the map details the cost of assistance being provided to each region and city. The map shows us the general location of where the money is going, although the data provided by DSWD doesn’t indicate if the aid is food, cash, or both.

The interactive map lets you see the scope of the country’s coronavirus relief assistance, with the exact amount being distributed per municipality. The number of towns receiving relief is still expected to grow.



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Boyfriend admits to repeatedly sneaking out of 14-day hotel quarantine to visit his girlfriend - and he now faces a $50,000 fine or a year in JAIL


A man who admitted to repeatedly sneaking out of coronavirus hotel quarantine to visit his girlfriend could be jailed.    

Jonathan David faced Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday where he pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to comply with a direction.

The 35-year-old, from Victoria, arrived in Western Australia on March 28 and was sent into quarantine at the Travelodge Hotel for 14 days.


David was charged by police after he repeatedly snuck out of the hotel and used public transport.  

Police said he even wedged open a fire exit door at the hotel so he could leave and reenter without staff seeing him.

David was originally granted permission to stay at his girlfriend's property in Armadale for the two-week quarantine, The West Australian reported. 

But the couple had fallen out after two days and authorities put him in a hotel room to stay in until April 9.

Hotel staff said they saw him outside of his room on five occasions. 

When police checked on him at 7.30am on April 4, David was nowhere to be seen. He returned 45 minutes later and told officers he left for 'personal reasons'.

A police prosecutor previously described David's actions as 'gross stupidity'.

David, who remains in custody, will be sentenced on Wednesday.

He could be jailed for up to 12 months or fined a maximum of $50,000. 

 West Australia Premier Mark McGowan said custody is far worse than staying in a hotel.

'He has already suffered a consequence. He can now suffer a penalty of up to $50,000 and further incarceration,' he said.

'He has done the wrong thing... I expect the law will deal with him fairly harshly.'

WA has closed its border to non-residents and introduced fines for people who cross out of their region. 






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Robots may become heroes in war on coronavirus


Long maligned as job-stealers and aspiring overlords, robots are being increasingly relied on as fast, efficient, contagion-proof champions in the war against the deadly coronavirus.

One team of robots temporarily cared for patients in a makeshift hospital in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the COVID-19 outbreak began.

Meals were served, temperatures taken and communications handled by machines, one of them named "Cloud Ginger" by its maker CloudMinds, which has operations in Beijing and California.

"It provided useful information, conversational engagement, entertainment with dancing, and even led patients through stretching exercises," CloudMinds president Karl Zhao said of the humanoid robot.


"The smart field hospital was completely run by robots."

A small medical team remotely controlled the field hospital robots. Patients wore wristbands that gathered blood pressure and other vital data.

The smart clinic only handled patients for a few days, but it foreshadowed a future in which robots tend to patients with contagious diseases while health care workers manage from safe distances.

- Checkup and check out -

Patients in hospitals in Thailand, Israel and elsewhere meet with robots for consultations done by doctors via videoconference. Some consultation robots even tend to the classic checkup task of listening to patients' lungs as they breathe.


Alexandra Hospital in Singapore will use a robot called BeamPro to deliver medicine and meals to patients diagnosed with COVID-19 or those suspected to be infected with the virus in its isolation wards.

Doctors and nurses can control the robot by using a computer from outside the room, and can hold conversations with the patient via the screen and camera.

The robot reduces the number of  "touch points" with patients who are isolated, thereby reducing risk for healthcare workers, the hospital's health innovation director Alexander Yip told local news channel CNA.

Robotic machines can also be sent to scan for the presence of the virus, such as when the Diamond Princess cruise ship cabins were checked for safety weeks after infected passengers were evacuated, according to the US Centers for Disease Control.

Additionally, hospitals are turning to robots to tirelessly rid room, halls and door handles of viruses and bacteria.

US firm Xenex has seen a surge in demand for its robots that disinfect rooms, according to director of media relations Melinda Hart.

Xenex's LightStrike robots have been used in more than 500 healthcare facilities, with the number of deployed bots rising due to the pandemic, Hart said.

"We are getting requests from around the world," Hart said.

"In addition to hospitals, we're being contacted by urgent care centers, hotels, government agencies and pharmaceutical companies" to disinfect rooms.

Shark Robotics in France began testing a decontamination unit about a month ago and has already started getting orders, according to co-founder Cyril Kabbara.

- Worth the price? -

The coronavirus pandemic has caused robotics innovation to accelerate, according to Lesley Rohrbaugh, the director of research for the US Consumer Technology Association.

"We are in a time of need for some of this technology, so it seems like benefits outweigh costs," Rohrbaugh said.

Artificial intelligence, sensors and other capabilities built into robots can push up prices, as can the need to bolster high-speed internet connections on which machines often rely, according to Rohrbaugh.

Innovations on the horizon include using drones equipped with sensors and cameras to scan crowds for signs of people showing symptoms of coronavirus infection.

A team at the University of South Australia is working on just that, in collaboration with Canadian drone maker Draganfly.

"The use will be to identify the possible presence of the virus by observing humans," said university professor Javaan Singh Chahl.

"It might form part of an early warning system or to establish statistically how many people are afflicted in a population."

His team is working on computer algorithms that can spot sneezing or coughing, say in an airport terminal, and remotely measure people's pulses and temperatures.




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