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I am sorry to hear the mayor of Barili (where I live), Marlon Garcia (Gwen Garcia's brother) has died of covid-19.

Gwen's other brother, Nelson Garcia, former mayor of Dumanjug, died of covid-19 last week. Dumanjug is the next town south of Barili.

I am in New Jersey now, but my wife's family is in Barili. It is really getting close to home now, literally. Stay safe everyone.

RIP Marlon and Nelson.    

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The PNP recently stated they would start monitoring social media for quarantine violators.  I guess that means Facebook, instagram, twitter etc.

Think that will happen?

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11 hours ago, battleborn said:

The PNP recently stated they would start monitoring social media for quarantine violators.  I guess that means Facebook, instagram, twitter etc.

Think that will happen?

Better than going out and actually enforcing the Laws.  

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On 9/6/2020 at 8:55 AM, HeyMike said:

I am sorry to hear the mayor of Barili (where I live), Marlon Garcia (Gwen Garcia's brother) has died of covid-19.

That is too bad, I just saw him six months or so ago when he purchased a goat from us.

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11 hours ago, battleborn said:

The PNP recently stated they would start monitoring social media for quarantine violators.  I guess that means Facebook, instagram, twitter etc.

Think that will happen?

PNP Sergeant: What is that on your screen Patrolman?

Patrolman:  It's Facebook sir!

PNP Sergeant:  Carry on.   

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11 hours ago, battleborn said:

The PNP recently stated they would start monitoring social media for quarantine violators.  I guess that means Facebook, instagram, twitter etc.

Think that will happen?

Please provide a link to your source....

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6 hours ago, battleborn said:

Philippine police draw flak for plan to monitor social media on quarantine  

This is a link from Reuters UK on Sept 6.

They plan to look into large crowds and illegal drinking.  Many groups oppose.

If you had any doubts about the real reasons for such draconian policies in the RP, then this should give you reason for concern.   Monitoring sites is easy, just as anyone can read the tweets and messages.  So much for saving lives, flattening the curve or whatever bullshit pretext they use, this is a patently obvious scheme for population control. 

And there is more to come. Any bets?  BTW, they are already monitoring social media, and have been for some time, and this site is probably under surveillance, so watch your tongue, mates.

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This although not conclusive I found interesting as I've worn glasses since 10 years old ..(myopic)

Researchers in China have found that people who wear glasses appear to be at lower risk of catching COVID-19. The authors of the study, published in JAMA Ophthalmology, noticed that since the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan in December 2019, few patients with spectacles were admitted to hospital suffering from COVID-19. To investigate further, they collected data on the wearing of glasses from all patients with COVID-19 as part of their medical history.

Their small study found that only 16 (5.8 per cent) of the 276 patients admitted with COVID-19 wore glasses for more than eight hours a day. As they determined that all these patients were short-sighted, they next looked up the proportion of people with myopia (short-sightedness) in Hubei Province, where the hospital is located. They found this to be much larger (31.5 per cent), indicating that the proportion of short-sighted COVID-19 hospital admissions was over five times lower than might be expected from that population.

This is a fascinating observation, but as with all single studies the results must be treated with caution. While eye protection has always been an important component of personal protective equipment (PPE), the magnitude of difference reported by this study raises suspicion. This is not to say that the results may not be real, but rather that we shouldn’t start advising large-scale behavioural changes (such as wearing goggles alongside our face masks) until they have been independently confirmed.

Are eyes a window for the virus?
One of the key steps for any viral infection is the initial entry into the body. While most of our body is covered with protective skin, which is very effective at preventing viruses or bacteria crossing into our body, far thinner ‘membranes’ cover our airways, digestive system and eyes. The role of these thinner membranes is to allow external things such as oxygen, food, and in the case of eyes, light, into our bodies. Unfortunately, viruses have learnt to take advantage of these entry points.

This is the reason PPE is designed to protect these entry points, through the use of face masks, goggles and protective clothing. However, whereas we might imagine that the main attack on these regions comes from viral particles transmitted through the air as aerosols, the main way that viral particles get to these weak points is actually via our hands. Hence the COVID-19 advice to wash our hands often, for 20 seconds or more, and avoid touching our faces.

It therefore makes sense that covering our eyes with glasses may offer extra protection, both from the virus that may be carried in other people’s breath, but also in preventing wearers from touching their eyes. Indeed, as far back as February there were reports of people catching COVID-19 by not suitably protecting their eyes in healthcare settings. It is also known that similar points of entry into the body (ACE-2 receptors) favoured by the coronavirus are also present in the eyes.

Should we start wearing goggles?
A critical part of interpreting any evidence coming from observational studies is remembering that correlation (two things happening together) does not necessarily mean causation (one thing causes the other). To test for causation, a controlled trial or test is now needed.

Ideally, this would follow two carefully matched groups of people – some wearing glasses and some not wearing glasses – to see which group gets infected more often. Evidence from such a controlled trial will always be far stronger than evidence from an observational study such as that in the recent paper.

We must also note that the authors of this study listed a number of weaknesses. It was a very small study at a single site. The researchers’ data for the general population came from a much earlier study on a sample that was not exactly matched (in terms of age, demography and other factors) to their sample admitted to hospital with COVID-19. And they couldn’t guarantee that all the people with short-sightedness in the general population also wore glasses for more than eight hours a day.

So, although this new study is very interesting, there are plenty of reasons to be cautious about this result. We certainly need more data before any advice can be given about wearing goggles alongside our face masks.

Simon Kolstoe, Senior Lecturer in Evidence Based Healthcare and University Ethics Advisor, University of Portsmouth

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons licence. Read the original article.

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Duterte extends state of calamity due to Covid-19

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the declaration of a state of calamity throughout the Philippines for one more year due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

In Proclamation No. 1021 signed on Sept. 16 and released on Friday, Duterte extended the state of calamity “for a period of one year", or from Sept. 13, 2020 to Sept. 12, 2021, “unless earlier lifted or extended as circumstances may warrant". 

Duterte said that while "significant strides" have been achieved to strengthen the country's efforts to fight the spread of the virus, Covid-19 cases continue to increase in the country.

"The number of Covid-19 positive cases and deaths continue to rise despite efforts and interventions to contain the same," the proclamation read. 

Duterte said the extension would allow the national government, as well as local government units (LGUs), to continue using the "appropriate funds, including the Quick Response Fund, in their disaster preparedness and response efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19, monitor and control prices of basic necessities and prime commodities, and provide basic services to the affected populations".

Under the proclamation, all government agencies and LGUs are enjoined to cooperate and mobilize the necessary resources to “undertake critical, urgent, and appropriate disaster response aid and measures in a timely manner to curtail and eliminate the threat of Covid-19.”

Law enforcement agencies, with the support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, were also directed to continue undertaking all necessary measures “to ensure peace and order" in affected areas. 

In March, Duterte signed Proclamation 929 that placed the entire Philippines under a state of calamity for six months due to the Covid-19 health crisis.

The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reported a total of 279,526 Covid-19 cases, with 65,906 active cases, 208,790 recoveries and 4,830 deaths. (PNA)


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Researchers hypothesize coronavirus immunity from 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.


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.


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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My My, How Things Have Changed. This was in 2018... :o


March 12, 2018

AT least 81 persons were apprehended on the first day of the implementation of a city ordinance that prohibits bonnets and other face covers in Mandaue City yesterday.

That number was recorded as of 4:15 p.m.

Glenn Antigua, chief for operations of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team), said most of those apprehended said they just wanted to test if the City Government would really implement the ban.

Most violators were flagged down in the boundaries of the city like those traveling from the north and those coming from Lapu-Lapu City.

The Mandaue City Council approved Ordinance 14-2017-1251 last Nov. 9, 2017, following several shooting incidents that involved riding-in-tandem culprits.

It prohibits motorcycle drivers, passengers and tricycle drivers from using any garment that would cover their face.

On the first day of the implementation, Antigua said all the 220 traffic enforcers were on duty.

Some of the apprehended motorists went to the Team office to settle their violations. However, Antigua said, when they found out that the fine is P5,000, they left to figure out how they can settle it.

“Kahibaw na sila. Posible ilang gisuwayan kung tinuod ni nga ma-implement (They already know that Mandaue has this ordinance. It is possible that they were just testing if the ordinance would be really implemented),” he said.

For those who will try to escape, Antigua said the traffic enforcer will give a signal to another traffic enforcer assigned at the next corner through a radio so the violator will be caught.

Aside from Team personnel, police officers and concerned citizens can go after violators.

Citizens can take note or take a picture of the plate number of the traffic violator and send it to Team or the City Public Information Facebook page, Antigua said.

“After seven days di ka mo-settle sa imong violation so paylan kag kaso ( if the apprehended person will not settle his or her violation then a criminal case will be filed),” he said.

As for the helmets, Antigua reiterated that Shangyang brands, bike helmets and nutshell helmets will not be allowed.

Full-face helmets and half-face helmets are the only prescribed helmets according to the law, he said.

Wearing sunglasses is fine. However, those whose helmets have tinted visors or face shields must pull these up to show their faces while driving in Mandaue.

Antigua said those who will be caught not wearing the right helmet will have to pay a fine of P500.

He said P500 will also be the fine for those who keep their tinted visors down. (FMG)



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