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DonaldD

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« Reply #150 on: August 20, 2020, 09:30:53 AM »
I think any zombie story line, if allowed to reach its 'proper' conclusion, would have the zombies 'dying' from thirst/starvation/entropy.  That would be the boring and least metaphorical part of the story, though...

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« Reply #151 on: August 20, 2020, 01:18:30 PM »
Any zombie story line requires the supernatural, except in pseudo zombies like 28 days. There is no energy conversion that can occur when some zombies don't even have digestive tracts any more. It implies some kind of psychic rather than physiological energy, which is maybe why they eat brains. Anyway, none of those things happen from breathing through cloth.

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« Reply #152 on: August 23, 2020, 07:34:49 PM »
Interesting ... a 1500-person, controlled experiment of coronavirus spread in a large indoor venue: Leipzig, Germany.

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Researchers in the German city of Leipzig staged a 1,500-person experimental indoor concert on Saturday to better understand how Covid-19 spreads at big, busy events, and how to prevent it.

At the gig, which featured a live performance from musician Tim Bendzko, fans were given respiratory face masks, fluorescent hand gel and electronic "contact trackers" -- small transmitters that determine the contact rates and contact distances of the individual experiment participants.

TheDrake

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« Reply #153 on: August 26, 2020, 10:26:52 PM »
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Days before schools are set to open in Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that it would be “clearly nonsensical” for students to wear face masks in class. “You can’t teach with face coverings, you can’t expect people to learn with face coverings. The most important thing is just to wash your hands,” Mr. Johnson said. In areas where local lockdowns are in place, students and staff members will be required to wear masks in communal areas with the exception of classrooms, where the government said “protective measures already mean the risks are lower.”

TheDrake

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« Reply #154 on: September 01, 2020, 11:44:58 AM »
Two weeks after my last Spain update, we have this.

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Over the last month, shops, beaches, bars and restaurants have all reopened, and the country began to welcome tourists again too. But recently the number of new cases has soared, and authorities have warned that a new nationwide lockdown could be implemented if this trend continues.

The majority of Spain’s regional authorities have reimposed requirements to wear face coverings at all times outdoors. In Catalonia, the regional government also urged its nearly three million residents to stay indoors as the area reported a surge of new cases.

Yeah, once again proving that letting things fly, even when you have flattened the curve to only a few hundred cases, works exactly like you would expect. Meanwhile, there is reason to believe the numbers are being cooked to make it look better.

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Since late April, the tally of confirmed cases includes data obtained from PCR diagnostic tests only, which caused a drop in the number of known infections, from around 220,000 to just over 200,000. In late May, Spain announced yet another way of collecting data, by counting a death based on when it occurred instead of when authorities were notified. As a result, the country’s death toll saw a drop of around 2,000 deaths.

Confused? Many people and news outlets have been too. Although authorities have argued that the new data collection system provides a better picture of the pandemic, Spanish news media have reported “incomprehensible figures” and the “thousands of casualties that suddenly disappeared from the series.”

Spain, like most countries, is only counting fatalities of those who have tested positive for coronavirus. The Madrid region and Catalonia, the country’s worst hit areas, have reported “confirmed or suspected” coronavirus deaths provided by funeral homes in daily updates, but those updated numbers are not included in the daily death tolls published by Spain’s health ministry. The regional numbers there include deaths in nursing homes and suggest that the death toll is far higher than reported so far.

Source: NYT

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« Reply #155 on: September 04, 2020, 03:50:24 PM »
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/04/silvio-berlusconi-admitted-milan-hospital-coronavirus-italy

The amusing thing about Briatore and Berlusconi getting infected is that they have been very vocal about COVID19 countermeasures being a useless nuisance. In particular, the Zangrillo doctor named in the article is Berlusconi's personal doctor, and the "scientific" support of the parties claiming all this virus stuff is not a big deal.
Just few hours ago he was releasing a statement about how maybe he used the wrong tone when he said that the virus was dead and the pandemic over, and so was misunderstood...


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« Reply #156 on: September 10, 2020, 01:50:14 PM »
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Israel's cabinet is to consider whether to impose a nationwide lockdown, as the country struggles to halt a steep rise in coronavirus infections.
The health ministry reported 3,904 new cases on Wednesday, a new daily record that brought the total to 142,582. The death toll also rose by 11 to 1,054.

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« Reply #157 on: October 07, 2020, 08:43:46 AM »
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Paris will shut all bars completely from Tuesday after the French government raised the city's coronavirus alert to maximum following a period of high infection rates.

Bars, gyms and swimming pools will all be closed for two weeks in a bid to curb the spread of the virus, the city's police chief said.

But restaurants will remain open if strict hygiene rules are in place.

On Sunday France reported 12,565 cases of Covid-19.

"These are braking measures because the epidemic is moving too fast," police chief Didier Lallement said during a press conference on Monday.

"We have to slow it down so that our health system is not overwhelmed," he added.

France's maximum alert level comes into force when the infection rate in a locality exceeds 250 infections per 100,000 people and at least 30% of intensive care beds are reserved for Covid-19 patients.

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Covid-19 patients are taking up more than 40% of intensive care beds in the Paris region, regional health officials say