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This thing isn't going away, we have to adapt to deal with it for another 10 years. Other pandemics could arise besides Covid-19 too. So, unfortunately the way we exercise and entertain ourselves is going to have to change for time being. I don't see sports being the same nor hitting the gym. Or going to the movies and so on. Innovation is going to take a hit, everything will be delayed and some projects will be cut.
 

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in Houston it's blown up drastically, in which the city and counties don't know if they will be able to slow/flatten the virus, and has asked for State Aid ASAP. Houston's hospitals (all) are almost at full capacity with COVID related victims and Hidalgo of Harris county issued the fact: any business not enforcing the mask law will face a $1K fine (this was prior to state order) and now it's a $500 fine for individuals. a Harris County Attorney or Judge mentioned, they wanted to sue both county and state for "violating" people's rights. well here's a thing, make your community support other people instead of jumping onto the bandwagon for suing.
 

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in Houston it's blown up drastically, in which the city and counties don't know if they will be able to slow/flatten the virus, and has asked for State Aid ASAP. Houston's hospitals (all) are almost at full capacity with COVID related victims and Hidalgo of Harris county issued the fact: any business not enforcing the mask law will face a $1K fine (this was prior to state order) and now it's a $500 fine for individuals. a Harris County Attorney or Judge mentioned, they wanted to sue both county and state for "violating" people's rights. well here's a thing, make your community support other people instead of jumping onto the bandwagon for suing.
Crazy here in Dallas
 

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Not so bad in El Paso, I have a friend that is a therapist and everyone in there office had to be tested early this week. She went to minor emergency clinic for the test, lady that tested her told her there has been a huge spike, before they were not doing much testing a few a day, but she said the day before 128 tests and they expect more today, the lady told her it's all young people, they took the opening to mean, go hang out with friends and have a party
 

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in Houston it's blown up drastically, in which the city and counties don't know if they will be able to slow/flatten the virus, and has asked for State Aid ASAP. Houston's hospitals (all) are almost at full capacity with COVID related victims and Hidalgo of Harris county issued the fact: any business not enforcing the mask law will face a $1K fine (this was prior to state order) and now it's a $500 fine for individuals. a Harris County Attorney or Judge mentioned, they wanted to sue both county and state for "violating" people's rights. well here's a thing, make your community support other people instead of jumping onto the bandwagon for suing.
Texas and Florida will need to enforce stay at home orders for the next few weeks in orden to slowdown the spread of the virus. They are not prepared to open up at the moment. Although with time and assistance they will flatten the curve and achieve a semi-open state which we will mostly have to remain in for the next several months.
 

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Texas and Florida will need to enforce stay at home orders for the next few weeks in orden to slowdown the spread of the virus. They are not prepared to open up at the moment. Although with time and assistance they will flatten the curve and achieve a semi-open state which we will mostly have to remain in for the next several months.
exactly, here in Chicago they have dramatically tried to stop the curve and the city keeps planning to. in fact, the other day a bar in wrigleyville was at full capacity, and the mayor said "either follow our guidelines, or be fined and shut down again" since then, it's been slowing down with huge crowds. in Houston, the people just don't seem to care and play it off, that's the problem.
 

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Chinese city sounds alert for bubonic plague

Bubonic plague is a bacterial disease that is spread by fleas living on wild rodents such as marmots. It can kill an adult in less than 24 hours if not treated in time, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).


Beijing: A city in northern China on Sunday sounded an alert after a suspected case of bubonic plague was reported, according to official media here.

Bayannur, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, announced a level III warning of plague prevention and control, state-run People's Daily Online reported.

The suspected bubonic plague case was reported on Saturday by a hospital in Bayannur. The local health authority announced that the warning period will continue until the end of 2020

On July 1, state-run Xinhua news agency said that two suspected cases of bubonic plague reported in Khovd province in western Mongolia have been confirmed by lab test results.

The confirmed cases are a 27-year-old resident and his 17-year-old brother, who are being treated at two separate hospitals in their province, it quoted a health official as saying.

The brothers ate marmot meat, the health official said, warning people not to eat marmot meat.



 

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Coronavirus: Belgrade protesters storm Serb parliament over curfew

Police and protesters have been hurt in riots that broke out outside the National Assembly in the Serbian capital Belgrade.

The protests began peacefully on Tuesday evening and included students and families, angered by a decision to re-impose a weekend curfew because of a rise in coronavirus infections.

Protesters broke into the assembly, prompting police to intervene.

Clashes erupted and police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters.

Far-right nationalists have been blamed for stirring up the unrest and storming the assembly building. Serbian media said they included an MP who has pushed anti-vaccine and anti-5G conspiracy theories.

Dozens of people were hurt, reports say, including police and protesters.

Why the protests began
On Tuesday, Serbia saw its deadliest day so far in the pandemic. President Vucic announced in a televised address that there had been 13 further deaths and 120 people were on ventilators, with 4,000 people being treated in hospital.

The situation was most alarming in Belgrade, he said, before imposing a ban on gatherings of more than five people from Wednesday, with a curfew in force from 18:00 local time (16:00 GMT) on Friday until 05:00 on Monday morning. For now, the curfew will apply only to the capital, but Mr Vucic is keen for it to be extended nationally.

Serbia has seen a dramatic rise in cases and authorities have announced a state of emergency in several towns and cities.

Opponents accuse the president of lifting the lockdown far too early, in May, allowing football matches with spectators and few limitations on movement ahead of elections on 21 June that Mr Vucic's party won by a landslide.

Critics also accuse the government of not giving the true number of deaths during the initial weeks of the pandemic. Serbian authorities say there have been 330 deaths and 16,719 cases. An estimated 300 new infections are being reported daily.

The situation was critical in four cities, Mr Vucic warned. Some restrictions were brought back last week in areas where the virus is most prevalent. Prime Minister Ana Brnabic was booed when she visited Novi Pazar, one of the cities worst hit by the new outbreak.


What happened outside parliament
The protests against the re-imposed curfew began with a mixture of locals, including students and members of the "Don't let Belgrade drown" citizen movement, which described the gathering as spontaneous. Many of them observed social distancing although not everyone wore masks.

Scuffles broke out between police and protesters later in the evening and shortly after 22:00 local time (20:00 GMT), a large group entered the assembly building, reportedly involving ultra-nationalists and anti-vaccine campaigner Srdjan Nogo. Crowds could be heard chanting "Serbia has risen".

After about 15 minutes, police managed to clear the assembly building, but clashes continued outside. Rocks were thrown, police used tear gas and protesters set police cars alight.
 

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WHO says ‘evidence emerging’ that coronavirus may spread by air
The World Health Organisation (WHO) pointed on Tuesday to “emerging evidence” that the coronavirus might spread by air further than previously thought, and warned the pandemic was still accelerating.

The WHO said it would put out a new scientific brief within days, after an international group of scientists concluded the virus could travel far beyond two metres.

The two metre physical distancing guideline has been a major element in the fight against Covid-19, which has killed more than 538,000 people and infected over 11.6 million since it emerged in China last December.

Meanwhile, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the pandemic was showing no signs of slowing down, after 400,000 new cases were reported over the weekend.

It took 12 weeks for the world to reach the first 400,000 Covid-19 cases.

“The outbreak is accelerating and we've clearly not reached the peak of the pandemic,” Tedros said.

“While the number of deaths appears to have levelled off globally, in reality some countries have made significant progress in reducing the number of deaths, while in other countries deaths are still on the rise.”

The virus has “taken the world hostage”, he concluded.

On Monday, a group of 239 international scientists said exhaled droplets under five micrometres in size that contain the virus can become suspended in the air for several hours and travel up to tens of metres.

Benedetta Allegranzi, the WHO's technical lead on infection control, told a virtual press conference: “We acknowledge that there is emerging evidence in this field.

“We believe that we have to be open to this evidence and understand its implications regarding the modes of transmission and also regarding the precautions that need to be taken,” she said.

Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO's Covid-19 technical lead, said the UN health agency was producing a scientific notice consolidating growing knowledge around transmission.

“We will be issuing our brief in the coming days, and that will outline everything that we have in this area,” she said.

Bolsonaro tests positive
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro — who repeatedly flouted virus containment measures and minimised the risk — said on Tuesday he had tested positive for Covid-19.

The WHO sent him their best wishes for a speedy and full recovery.

“It brings home for us all the reality of this virus: no one is special,” said Michael Ryan, the WHO's emergencies director.

“Whether we're prince or pauper, we're equally vulnerable.”

Meanwhile, the WHO is sending an animal health expert and an epidemiologist to China this weekend to lay the groundwork for an investigation into the animal origins of the new coronavirus.

Tedros said they would develop the scope and terms of reference for a WHO-led international mission, that would pick up from the work already undertaken in China.

Ryan said finding the source of any disease outbreak was always “quite a detective story”.
 

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DALLAS - A federal disaster response team is on the way to help North Texas hospitals care for COVID-19 patients.

The DFW Metroplex is one of six areas statewide receiving a team to help meet crucial hospital staff shortages. Having enough beds is almost irrelevant if hospitals don’t have enough people to care for patients.

Right now, hospitals are working with the state and federal government to make sure all the right staff is in place to deal with the surge.
“I do know this. As we surge, we are going to have to focus on the workforce,” CEO/President of the DFW Hospital Council, Stephen Love, said.
Love is now coordinating the arrival of a federal disaster medical response team.
Federal aid comes after Governor Greg Abbott met with Vice President Mike Pence on his June 28 visit to Dallas.
Love said the DFW team will arrive in 24 to 36 hours, and will likely set up near Parkland Hospital.
“Two to three physicians, four to five advanced practitioners, like nurse practitioners, 8-10 nurses, paramedics, and we have requested here in North Texas to try to send fewer paramedics and more nurses. And one to two respiratory therapists,” Love said.
He added that the personnel are coming from different parts of the country and will be distributed based on hospital request.
So far, six hospitals in Region E, which encompasses North Texas, have requested help, but it’s unclear which ones.
“I wouldn’t use the word desperate, but let me just say this, on June 19 in Region E, we had 930 patients in hospitals with COVID,” Love said. “Today we’ve got over 1,900. So, as you can see, we have more than doubled in a three-week period.”
North Texas is only using 39 percent of its ventilators, Love added, and PPE is in adequate supply.
He added that hospitals will also get assistance from the state with supplemental contract workers, as they make do with every available resource and juggle staff to meet today's needs and the surge they worry is coming.
“In talking to most of our large systems this morning, they were handling the staffing internally,” Love said. “They welcome supplemental staffing, but as we look at doubling potentially in the next two weeks, are we are going to need additional staffing? No question about it.”
Generally speaking, a team is likely in place anywhere from 14 to 28 days, but Love said another team can rotate in so the necessary workforce is in place for an extended period of time, if needed.
“The water is rising a bit, so everyone is trying to anticipate needs and get ahead of it,” said Rick Antonisse, with the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council.
Antonisse is facilitating the deployment of 120 nurses and respiratory specialists activated by the state.
“The staffing agency is actually building those resources. They recruit and bring their people in from all around the state, as well as other areas around the country,” he added.
Hospitals are already making requests for help.
An email from the CEO of Dallas Regional Medical Center in Mesquite states that the increased volume of COVID patients is depleting staff, saying quote, “As a result, we have reached out to the state and they will be sending a strike force of 19 ICU nurses and several respiratory therapists to help our staff and give our staff some relief.”
A staff member said the hospital has already nearly doubled bed capacity by putting a second bed in single bed rooms
 

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Crazy here in Dallas
part of the problem in Texas was this Governor Abbot wanted to reopen way to soon, and you had people saying we need to help businesses and blah blah (of course, they used crocodile tears) and then when a mask order and social distancing order was emplaced people said "violation of rights" and started packing beaches, not wearing masks etc. and those same people are the ones wondering why Texas can't handle the spread of the virus
 

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part of the problem in Texas was this Governor Abbot wanted to reopen way to soon, and you had people saying we need to help businesses and blah blah (of course, they used crocodile tears) and then when a mask order and social distancing order was emplaced people said "violation of rights" and started packing beaches, not wearing masks etc. and those same people are the ones wondering why Texas can't handle the spread of the virus
I think this was the case for all states.
 
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