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Posted in: Anti-viral drug remdesivir effective against coronavirus, study finds See in context

On April 29, NIAID director Anthony Fauci, who has become the U.S. government's trusted face on the coronavirus pandemic, said preliminary evidence indicated remdesivir had a "clear-cut, significant and positive effect in diminishing the time to recovery."

That such a corrupt person can be considered the most trusted face is frightening.

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Posted in: Japan set to fully lift coronavirus emergency in Tokyo, 4 other prefectures See in context

There are a few exceptions, but there has been a strong correlation between infection rates and weather.

And the virus has been experimentally shown to "die" quickly in warm humid conditions.

So I expect the infections to be low during the summer and return in autumn.

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Posted in: Coronavirus, race and income: How the virus discriminates See in context

People with darker skin make less vitamin D, leading to weaker immunity.

Why doesn't the media talk more about the widespread deficiency of vitamin D (especially among darker skinned people) and its proven association with immunity?

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Posted in: Wuhan lab had three live bat coronaviruses: Chinese state media See in context

It is reasonable to assume the CCPs interest in virus research is related to biowarfare. But to suggest that this virus release was planned is a massive stretch. From all we know it is much more reasonable to assume that this was an accident, and the CCP is simply hell-bent on refusing any blame and instead tries to turn it into a world-wide problem, with Communist China being the great benevolent power.

If I recall correctly, Luc Montagnier believes the Wuhan lab was researching how to use the coronavirus to create an HIV vaccine and the virus likely escaped by accident. That might explain why HIV elements were found in the Covid19 virus.

Recall that a Chinese researcher was arrested a while back for using CRISPR to create HIV resistant people; so they clearly have in interest in HIV...

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Posted in: Wuhan lab had three live bat coronaviruses: Chinese state media See in context

the fact remain that majority of geneticist say its not a man made virus

And we have some that say it was man made. For example, Prof. Luc Montagnier, 2008 Nobel Prize winner for Medicine (he isolated the HIV virus) believes the CCP virus was likely created in the Wuhan lab:

https://www.cnews.fr/emission/2020-04-17/lheure-des-pros-du-17042020-947840

It's in French and you have to skip over the 1st hour which is unrelated.

Montagnier also declared that there is extreme pressure applied against anyone (editors, researchers... ) who report things the CCP does not like. Remember their influence on the NBA a while ago?

Oh, and let's not forget that this lab was getting massive US funding (i.e., from Fauci).

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Posted in: Wuhan lab had three live bat coronaviruses: Chinese state media See in context

The Chinese virology institute in the city where COVID-19 first emerged has three live strains of bat coronavirus on-site, but none match the new contagion wreaking chaos across the world, its director said.

Well, if the director said it, it must be true then. The lab can't possibly have had any other coronavirus that they are not telling us about...

They have had several months to destroy any trace of any other virus in their possession.

Considering the type of research going on in that lab, I am pretty sure that is where the virus escaped from.

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Posted in: Japan to start virus antibody tests on 10,000 people in June See in context

According to a recent study, it does appear that reinfection is unlikely:

https://m.youtube.com/watchv=uatmbgk__tg

Many people are immune to it already and don't even know it. I think testing for antibodies is an excellent idea, I hope they make it part of the yearly medical.

And this study:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1074761320301813

Testing 14 recovered people for antibodies, only one person did not have significant long term IgG antibodies; hopefully, they'll figure out why he/she couldn't produce them. All of the other 13 had these neutralizing antibodies.

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Posted in: Abe ends state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo; Tokyo's may be lifted Monday See in context

You talked about herd immunity a lot. One study found less than 10% of people in Stockholm have the antibodies. Nowhere near enough for herd immunity.

Yeah, every place that mentions this refers to levels at the end of April. I wonder what the percentage is now.

Regardless, the percentage is certainly higher than it would have been with a strict lockdown.

This virus, unlike the flu, overwhelming kills old and sick people. I am not saying those deaths are not important, but rather that we should focus on protecting the vulnerable people and the rest of us can continue to maintain a viable economy and build up herd immunity. The other option is to lock down for years, since a vaccine would arrive at the earliest in a year or two (and might never arrive) and who knows how long it would take to vaccinate enough people; and we would have to lock down until then.

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Posted in: Me and we: Individual rights, common good and coronavirus See in context

... but you are allowed to drive, even though you might end up killing someone.

With Covid19, they don't want to take any risks.

In that vein, you're arguing that if you infect someone with corona, then there should be consequences faced.

If someone is negligent (e.g., confirmed infected person spitting on elevator buttons), there certainly should be consequences.

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Posted in: Abe ends state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo; Tokyo's may be lifted Monday See in context

Yeah, some countries are doing better than Sweden and many are doing much worst.

The important point about Sweden is that they did not overwhelm their hospitals while avoiding wrecking their economy.

I suspect their overall death rate when this pandemic is over will be lower than most countries.

Regarding the Covid19/flu comparisons, if one ignores the over 65 year olds, the flu is deadlier.

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Posted in: Abe ends state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo; Tokyo's may be lifted Monday See in context

Sweden has one of the highest death rates of all countries fighting this darned virus.

Per capita, Sweden is doing better than many European countries. And I expect them to be better able to handle future waves as they probably have greater herd immunity.

I thought nations were trying to get rid of the virus? Not anymore?

No, only herd immunity will achieve that. Shutting things down only delays that. All they can (should) do now is to prevent the hospitals from being overwhelmed.

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Posted in: Me and we: Individual rights, common good and coronavirus See in context

Bollox... The rights of the majority of people not to be infected or die from a virus MUST outweigh your rights as an individual. Think about other people for a change.

Bollox... The rights of the majority of people not to get runover or die MUST outweigh your rights to drive your car. Think about other people for a change...

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Posted in: K League imposes 100 mil won fine on FC Seoul for sex doll spectators See in context

They're fully clothed, so what is the big deal? How are they different from regular mannequins (except perhaps breast size).

Is it because there are no male dolls?

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Posted in: Japanese pub aims to clean up with disinfectant spray machine See in context

This will have no effect on the viruses being coughed out or breathed out.

And considering this virus dies rapidly in a warm humid environment, a suspect a regular heating lamp might be just as effective at inactivating any virus on the surface.

I won't be going to any of these pubs...

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Posted in: Man told to wear mask shoots Waffle House cook in Denver See in context

But not typically in Japan, where guns are largely prohibited. In Japan these criminal elements are largely gun free.

Are you suggesting the only (or main) difference between Japan and US is gun prohibition?

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Posted in: Me and we: Individual rights, common good and coronavirus See in context

These 'protesters' are carrying assault rifles, Nazi flags + Confederate flags.

I think they were accusing the authorities of acting like Nazis, rather than in support of the Nazis...

Governments always have an excuse for taking away freedoms, I'm glad some people aren't falling for it. It's unfortunate that so many are so willing to give them up.

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Posted in: Me and we: Individual rights, common good and coronavirus See in context

And there is also talk of mandatory vaccination.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=432fsM-p48M

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Posted in: Man told to wear mask shoots Waffle House cook in Denver See in context

Who else but Trump gun nutters walk around armed and with a bad attitude?

Drug dealers, pimps, thugs, robbers, ...

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Posted in: Man sentenced to death in Singapore via Zoom call See in context

I wonder what kind of virtual background the judge used...

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Posted in: Plaintiff in Roe v. Wade U.S. abortion case says she was paid to switch sides See in context

Project Veritas is a disinformation outfit: literally everything they broadcast is a lie.

Are you suggesting their videos are doctored?

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Posted in: Man told to wear mask shoots Waffle House cook in Denver See in context

https://denver.cbslocal.com/2020/05/18/kelvin-watson-waffle-house-shooting-face-mask/

Literally took me 2 seconds.

Maybe you should have spent more time: this news article doesn't mention his political affiliation. Unless you have some reason for inferring this person doesn't support Trump from the article?

... but he certainly does not look the type of guy who would be carrying a confederate flag...

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Posted in: Plaintiff in Roe v. Wade U.S. abortion case says she was paid to switch sides See in context

Abortion is a medical procedure, not an industry.

Pregnancy is a disease?

It is an industry. Haven't you seen the Project Veritas videos showing Planned Parenthood staff trying to sell fetal body parts?

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Posted in: Some U.S. states accused of fudging or bungling COVID-19 testing data See in context

only 6 of 194 deaths were without underlying conditions.

"only 6 of 194 deaths were without known underlying conditions" is probably more accurate.

When are people going to stop using this argument?

It's like saying the scratch on their arm is what killed the guy who just got run over by a Mack truck!

That is exactly what they are doing. Here, in their own words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEQGs12dQ70

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Posted in: 'My decision to make': Trump defends criticized use of drug See in context

Taking the drug when not infected is stupid, but I'm glad he said it was his decision to make, considering some are talking about making the upcoming vaccine mandatory.

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Posted in: Plaintiff in Roe v. Wade U.S. abortion case says she was paid to switch sides See in context

"I did it well too. I am a good actress. Of course, I'm not acting now."

I wonder...

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Posted in: Japan urges Taiwan's participation in WHO assembly See in context

As observer?

How about as a full member?

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Posted in: Bill Gates, bogeyman of virus conspiracy theorists See in context

Bill Gates was unable to prevent viral infections of his own operating system and now he's the greatest proponents of vaccination. This is the same Bill Gates who is always talking about the need to reduce the world population. He funded the Wuhan Lab carrying out Corona virus research, from where many are saying the virus escaped. Also, his father was head of Planned Parenthood,...

False claims targeting billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates are gaining traction online...

How do they know they're false?

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Posted in: New Zealand to roll out 'digital diary' app to help people track movements See in context

I guess it could be useful if one was too drunk to remember where they might have lost their wallet the night before. But other than that, I can't think of any other legitimate reason for it.

The powers that be are using this "pandemic" as an excuse to further their agenda...

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Posted in: New virus cases in Tokyo drop to 5; none reported in Osaka See in context

The main thing is that I won’t change my cautious behavior as the virus is still in the population...

Exactly, just like many of us have done at every flu season.

Reopening does not mean that we can run around licking doorknobs...

We should reopen, while remaining cautious.

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Posted in: New virus cases in Tokyo drop to 5; none reported in Osaka See in context

Regardless of how many were/weren't tested it's at least obvious that there are no mass deaths occurring. Open the country and allow people to put food on the table now.

Exactly, low testing does have an effect, but it is clearly not the only factor, probably not even the main factor behind the low reported infection rates.

Reopening while taking some precautions (masks, sanitizers, teleworking when convenient...) is fine. Schools should reopen.

It seems many here will only accept reopening if we find zero infection after testing everyone. Perhaps they just can't accept that Japan is doing better than their countries of origin.

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