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The latest data comes on the heels of news earlier this week that in a recent outbreak that’s now been confirmed in Philadelphia, a total of 43 cases was reportedmost of them among the elderly. There was so much data to pull from the coronavirus that a few of the facts in the headline couldn’t possibly be true. However, even with all that data, here’s what’s probably true: most health officials don’t know for certain whether the coronavirus is the killer in the three recent cases of elderly death in Allegheny County.

This is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, this information could prove as helpful as new, more precise data gets. But that doesn’t mean it’s perfect.

You can learn more about the coronavirus by visiting this web page (which links to an interactive map from the CDC) or by calling health officials in Allegheny county at 412-263-1161 and 412-283-2311. In addition to reporting for free, you can always call to ask questions about the latest outbreaks.

That being said, it’s not a bad idea to keep your options open when it comes to having an emergency room appointment, a trip to the ER, or even just getting checked in to see what the official death toll for the past three years might mean for you.

They do not include four children who were tested at the Milwaukee Children’s Hospital and two of their parents who have been treated for the EVD. That is the largest number of confirmed EVD cases in the country.

The CDC states that a further test will be conducted for the other five people who are in clinical trial. It is unclear whether this could result in a diagnosis or not.

An outbreak of EVD has swept up 12 states across West Africa, affecting more than 600 suspected and confirmed cases. Four of these countries remain the epicenter, with the two others mostly having isolated “coupled cases”.The EVD is thought to have arrived by air as an aircraft carrying aid workers from a nearby West African nation landed in Mali in January.

A senior UN official warned that the disease poses the greatest danger to women and children “who are the likely worst affected by the situation”. The UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees announced yesterday that it is increasing its emergency response for the Ebola outbreak, including the provision of 3,200 additional beds. “We have a really serious situation right now,” said UNHCR director of communications, Lise Grande. “If Ebola spreads from Mali to this region, then we may see an outbreak of Ebola in Africa that we haven’t seen since 1991.”

UNICEF reports that the number of children with a fever or a possible complaint spiked to 35,000 in its latest monitoring report issued yesterday. UNICEF announced the report in response to a Guardian query about the situation in Guinea and Liberia. UNICEF is also conducting a follow up survey of the region. The WHO has noted that these countries have already witnessed 2,200 cases and 9,000 deaths. This is the largest and most concentrated outbreak of Ebola in Africa. UN agencies have warned the region is not capable of handling the full spectrum of cases - but have been given some extra resources by the World Bank to deal with possible cases in particular countries. The Ebola virus belongs to the Serovar family which includes the other leading cause of food borne human infections - chikungunya.

The largest outbreak of this species of virus outside of Africa occurred in the American southern states (Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi), which was caused by the avian influenza virus. More recently, the disease spread to several African nations in the last three weeks. Ebola cases have reached the capital of a country in Sierra Leone, where the disease is reported to be circulating in health facilities (see Sierra Leone).

An update to the UK’s Health Department was released yesterday - the results of the three week long testing program confirmed the presence of the virus in five hospitalized patients who had contracted the virus in the UK. The findings were released as follows

The latest WHO report states that there are likely to be eight countries where the virus is present. This includes Nigeria, Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Liberia. All are part of the Sahel region of West Africa. The latest WHO update stated:

Efforts to contain the virus in Guinea continue, with the WHO reporting two Ebola cases and the deaths in a hospital in Conakry. It is difficult to assess precisely how long the outbreak in this country could continue, as all the laboratories are closed, but this is the second consecutive outbreak of Ebola in Guinea that appears to be in a civilian setting.

Two children have been diagnosed with Zaire ebolavirus in Nigeria in recent days. A child aged six received a high dose of zaire ebolavirus in a hospital and died, while another was treated in the public hospital and died before further testing could confirm the diagnosis. The death is the second known case of Ebola in Lagos, Nigeria. A child tested at a children’s hospital in Lagos has tested positive but does not yet have a diagnosis. A toddler has been diagnosed with ebolavirus in Nigeria since Saturday. A number of children have been treated in the city’s hospitals for suspected ebolavirus infections. At least one child’s condition appears to be good and one has been discharged, whereas in the one case with a known case of Ebola there is still an assessment to determine if the child has Ebola. WHO has recently updated Sierra Leone to advise that Zaire ebolavirus is also circulating in Sierra Leone as the country is under an alert period.

WHO is trying to ensure that this outbreak does not spread to Guinea. For those outside of West Africa, there are a number of things one can do to raise awareness of the problem of Ebola . This includes contacting schools/universities in affected countries. Anyone who feels exposed as a result of travelling to affected areas should be aware that symptoms of Ebola can resemble those of malaria, and should discuss this with a doctor. It is important to discuss this with your doctor and health teams if you are travelling to affected areas. An update to this news page is already in place.

In other cities, the situation is the same…. Children are being fumigated with fleas… All because the government and school district thinks your flu shot is ‘worth’ one flu shot? Is that your body’s way of saying that you are in need of help? Or are the Feds and school districts just trying to force the young to have their vaccine?

I personally believe that the government and school district really have a vested interest in forcing the ‘vulnerable’ to have vaccines because it has the effect of driving up the demand for more so called ‘vaccines’….and they’re not very good. I mean, they are not made in a big, open place. They’re just made with some of that strange, strange-looking, ‘synthetic material’ and then they’re sprayed all over with an antibiotic, which can damage the kidneys. It’s all to make vaccines ‘better.’ That’s just how it is.

Yes, there are children going to school and the schools are shutting down because of the flu. How could that have anything to do with anyone’s safety? What if there was no flu? Would anyone be left at home? They’ll never let anyone go back to their old routines. They’re in charge now. If they had ‘worked’ and stopped the vaccines a month or two ago, people would be sicker but that’s not the point.

The point is, if it’s not a real emergency (the flu), you’ve waited too long for the vaccines, you should have received them sooner. If you think you’re immune to the flu, think about this for a minute It could be a year or two before you get sick again… if you waited a little longer to schedule a flu shot, you’d be in even better condition this time around.

(p. 22) And that’s in one country. The US actually had its lowest heart disease rates since the 1950s.

…The new US Heart Foundation report finds that, globally, cardiovascular disease continues to impact both the prevalence of heart disease (including heart attack) and the number of people who die from heart disease….The study finds that heart disease still kills an estimated 2.9 million people each year (more than in 1960) in 40 countriesThe most common risk factors for heart disease globally include age, ethnicity, sex, obesity, hypertension, smoking, socioeconomic status, the use of cardioprotective drugs (such as statins), physical activity level, and other lifestyle factors…. Heart disease is the leading cause of preventable death globally, with the number of deaths related to the condition rising from 6.7 million in 1960 to 27.1 million in 2010… This is significant, however, because the current Heart Foundation report only lists the leading 10 causes of death… It’s widely acknowledged among health experts that heart disease is the number one killer. At the same time, the Heart Foundation report finds that the rates of all major heart conditions globally fell to historic lows in the last two decades, despite the continued rise in worldwide mortality from heart disease…. The rise in life expectancy globally and in death rates worldwide is the result of the world’s improving health statistics… If one factor of the rise in death rates is mortality from cardiovascular disease that is not linked to smoking or a healthy lifestyle, then the rise is due more to overall socioeconomic factors than to smoking in fact, with tobacco use becoming increasingly common as people live longer. (p. 23)

[O]ur new report points to a growing world knowledge gap over the cause of heart disease, and is consistent with trends in the international medical community, where increasing knowledge and concern about a variety of factors, such as blood pressure, physical disease, diet and physical inactivity, are bearing fruit The evidence is increasingly compelling that dietary patterns, energy levels, hormone levels and the impact of the immune system play a large role in the pathogenesis of heart disease worldwide In addition to increasing knowledge and awareness, some heart disease cases are getting worse, and more and more families are struggling to find ways to prevent or manage heart disease, even as they face a steep, multiyear cost if they can’t get the right treatment. The increase in mortality from heart disease is also increasing, even though there have been modest declines in the rate of mortality overall. There are also continuing efforts to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases. This report points to a growing world knowledge gap over the cause of heart disease. It does nothing to address any of these in any context. Any discussion of diet or exercise is never discussed at all… The conclusions draw few conclusions from this report besides the fact that there is no universally agreed upon dietary advice with regard to heart disease [T]he scientific establishment has no consensus about which foods are associated with heart disease and what actions might reduce the risk of heart disease, and for how long, or even if there is a consensus at all (p. 23) And this is not mere opinion… There’s no consensus about the cause of heart disease, there’s no consensus on an effective course of action, there’s no consensus about whether any one set of actions would do any good at all for heart disease overall… A major international study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the largest to date on the causes and circumstances of heart failure, found no conclusive evidence that a diet rich in fat is to blame for heart disease. But the evidence to back up that conclusion was much less conclusive. A major international study published in Heart and Stroke in 2007 concluded that a particular dietary pattern did not contribute to the causation of heart failure or stroke In other words, there is no scientific consensus that a diet rich in fat is the principal cause of heart failure or heart disease, and there is also no scientific consensus that many common dietary items are implicated in those conditions. These findings are consistent with the more nuanced and controversial conclusion that the cause of coronary artery disease remains unknown in part because there is too little evidence linking common dietary items A major international study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association…has concluded that neither the traditional diets of the Americas as currently consumed nor the common Western diets of western developed countries are associated with risk of cardiovascular disease as defined by the Framingham Heart Study (p. 48) Heart failure remains the leading cause of death worldwide and is the third leading cause of death worldwide, after cancer and the leading cause of death from ischaemic heart disease… And this leads us to another aspect to the study, one that deserves particular attention…. The study concluded that there is insufficient evidence to state that high consumption of saturated fat and alcohol is an important contributor to the development of coronary heart disease. In fact, the authors of the study concluded that the effect of those two groups (alcohol and saturated fat consumption) is more likely to be a confound

(Here are the links to that paper in case you needed it asap.) The study was based on the sequencing of DNA from a viral RNA virus called DENV-1 or DENV, which causes the common cold. (If you’ve got a little bit of flu , you should consult the following book to learn about what is the disease: The Story of the Flu Viruses: The Science, the Scares, and the Heroin .) DENV-1 has been identified as the cause of this disease, and a lot of other diseases have already been associated with the virus. (My colleagues and I have come up with a list of related diseases and illnesses which you might find useful, if you feel so inclined.) This new, new virus is not very similar to DENV. Most infections with it are caused by coughing up blood, not coughing up blood and then coughing up blood again. But is this the only type of flu virus out right now? Only a few people have found the “new” SARS virus and have been able to isolate the protein it forms. It is extremely rare. I know of only one human isolate. (I’ve shared a few pictures of it for you below.) Some people were able to isolate and isolate the virus, which should give us pretty good ideas as to what to look for in isolating this virus. The new virus is only found in Asian horseshoe bats , the Asian bats found mostly in China, the northern region of India, and parts of Southeast Asia. The Indian bats have never before had to deal with the risk of this virus , which is how this work came to be. They now face the threat of getting sick with something else that could be dangerous to them later. This is a very serious threat to them, since bats are responsible for more than 60% of all of India’s arboviral infections. How did this strain of this virus get there? We don’t yet know the answer to that, but the last part of the question is perhaps more important: Why did it get into these bats? The exact reason has been debated, but I am more interested in the question “what is the risk in humans?”

As a general rule, when you have a new virus, you can assume that it will get into humans, and when it does, its probability increases. If that is the case with this new SARS virus, I think that the probability of its entering humans is pretty low, if it didn’t already end up there. It is not even as rare as some have thought. The SARS virus has already entered a handful of bats that have already been infected. (For more on those bats and their infection, this link will give you the details in detail.) If this new SARS virus has already passed into bats, when will it end up in humans, and why (it doesn’t have a pretty name, but it’s the least common type of virus in all of arboviruses) .

One other possibility is that the new virus itself could pose a dangerous threat, to humans. But anytime a new strain of a virus is discovered in humans, it’s most likely to be the last new strain. The last common type of virus that gets into us is called a serogroup B virus. Serogroup C, however, can actually start out as a very common virus, such as the common cold virus. A new “common” virus? Not very common. And if that makes you nervous, you would probably have a much higher chance of contracting a cold from another serogroup. But there have been some problems with other serogroups. If there are other viruses similar to the new SARS virus out there, then I expect that this virus could cause problems that it hasn’t already, since it wasn’t there the first time around. It could have caused other outbreaks in humans over time!

The Science

I spent yesterday and today trying to study a little bit of the basic science, in order to work out exactly why this new virus came into being. Most of the scientists who participated with me are pretty knowledgeable about how this virus works and the genetics and virus biology of this virus. So I want to just summarize what I learned that I think is likely to be a little interesting to some “newbie” scientists.

We know that the gene family represented by the SARS gene is pretty similar to the group of genes that you find in most arbovirus families. It’s pretty similar to the genes you find in many viruses, including the virus that caused the AIDS virus, and some other viruses. Most of the scientists I talked to noted that this is common knowledge, and it provides them with some support for their hypothesis about this new type of virus

For years the U Richmond Chinese New Year Lantern Festival has been a celebration of lanterns, lanterns being candles. The lanterns were decorated with Chinese characters and had different characters for different colors of lantern. One of the Chinese characters displayed was “Gongbei.” The festival has been held on the last Friday in February of each year in the East Bay area including Richmond. A special lantern service will be performed. People were to gather at the Richmond Coliseum on Friday night into Saturday morning to light lanterns, light water, enjoy Chinese music, and enjoy food. The next lantern services will be held at the U-Church Church in Richmond, and the final event to be held there is to be held Sunday morning at the U-Church Church at 1350 N. Grand Ave. The Chinese New Year Lantern parade, however, seems to be suspended indefinitely. This news comes on the heels of a previous report in 2010 of a significant Chinese New Year celebration at the U-Church Church due to the lack of lanterns to be lit. After the news spread, U Richmond announced it would also hold a lantern festival this year at the same location. A report from the Richmond Times-Dispatch indicated that, “U-Church is considering scaling down the event and, if the annual event is held at the same location this year, it might be held just as early in the morning after church service rather than at 7 a.m.” The report goes on to state that the event will be held “in the hope of ensuring that the parade is the same, which will be difficult because the Chinese New Year event has a special significance to people who have been in the United States for years, so they would like to get their Chinese New Year celebrations back.”

There have been a number of news reports in recent years about the risks of the coronavirus. Last year, University of San Francisco researchers began conducting tests on a Chinese woman that came down with the virus. The woman died of heart damage in October following a seven-month battle with the virus. The woman lived in the Bay Area for two years and worked in San Francisco while showing symptoms of the virus. The women were close in age and friends and coworkers at the university hospital were also diagnosed with the virus. The family is considering moving if there is any possibility of the woman developing the infection. Other U.S. hospitals have started to alert their patients to the risk of getting the virus when they return to the United States for treatment.

Chinese health officials are urging people with symptoms of gastroenteritis - food poisoning - in China to turn to the CDC in the United States if they are able to. Health department officials have also encouraged others in the countries affected by coronaviruses, including Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and other nations, to report symptoms. A spokesman for Taiwan’s Ministry of Health confirmed that the country has begun doing the same, after an Indian man in China who tested positive for the virus there was confirmed to have recently travelled to Taiwan to attend a Chinese New Year ceremony there. “We have warned the public so they understand what they need to do to protect themselves from food poisoning when visiting China,” the spokesman, Geng Shuang, said at a press briefing on Monday.

U of S. and Beijing universities hold annual Lantern Festival to celebrate ancient tradition

The University of Richmond’s annual Chinese Lantern Festival, which runs from Oct. 1 to 17, includes a lot of activities for students, staff and family to enjoy, and an event like any other year.

The annual celebration is expected to draw 200,000 visitors to the city over three days, as much as it did in 2010. The annual Lantern Festival includes entertainment, music, light shows, food, traditional Chinese food, artisans and other vendors, and a parade. The festival will be held at the end of academic year, on Oct. 2.

This year’s Lantern Festival features a unique “New York Style” program, with food, entertainment, games and more. The program includes a food parade, live music and a fireworks finale. The fun continues on Oct. 3 with the Chinese New Year lantern light show at the Richmond Coliseum.

The Lantern Festival is held every year on the second Monday of October in the East Bay and the Riverside Area, and then every other Monday on the second Monday of November in the South Bay and Alameda. This year’s Lantern Festival will start on the evening of Friday, Oct. 1-Monday, Oct. 16. For more information (link to the New Years Lantern Festival), please read the Festival’s web site (link to their website).

For more information regarding the Lantern Festival, please click on the following links:

The Chinese New Year Lantern Festival is an informal event for University students, Staff, Faculty, and Residencies (including faculty affiliates

I would note that most of the cases reported for that drug involve trials that were intended to test the safety and benefits of that drug, not to establish its new cancer-causing potential . . .

As you might expect, the big companies, such as Gilead Sciences, Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb, have pushed aggressively for more market access to Sativex. Since its approval, Sativex has been available only to the states and to certain health plans to administer it.

While the medical establishment has moved away from drug approvals for so-called unproven methods of treatment, some people continue to try to block any possible use of a drug that has already been approved.

In January 2000, California voters approved Proposition 56 , which made it illegal for states or their political subdivisions to deny access to Sativex.

This was an attempt to block further testing of the drug for pediatric use. But there is a problem with the measure. A year after being approved by the state legislature, the California Academy of Family Physicians was able to convince the state to remove all clinical trials, including those intended to test the drug for pediatric use, from its list of required clinical trials. This move meant that patients in California who have tried the treatment without success can now still get it - the medical establishment could not just arbitrarily withdraw access from people who had not been able to get access in the preceding year.

Sativex supporters say this is bad for patient safety because the drug has been used to treat patients with cancer symptoms, but I don’t share their concern. I still think these trials are needed, given its long history, which makes getting the drug into the clinic much more difficult than if it were approved on its own.

Here’s a video about Sativex using its effect on cancer stem cells for which I have a copy of the medical literature (and a YouTube video) (Note : The link is an older version of “ The Sativex and Cancer Effect ,” which was written by Andrew Weil , a professor with a Ph.D. in biological chemistry at Johns Hopkins University) In his video, weil speaks of the Sativex effects on cancer stem cells (which he describes using a comparison to drugs such as chemotherapy and surgery) . . . .

Here’s an email I received from a reader in 2007 describing Sativex’s effect on the heart: I recently tried the same thing as you did on a 2-year-old baby with a heart murmur, to see exactly what it was going to do to their heart. The little boy’s heart stopped working and he felt short of breath (tears running down his cheeks), so I took him to urgent care. The pediatrician said he had a myocarditis, myocardial infarction, so he was in surgery. The whole operation was to fix a hole in his chest that was actually healing on its own. He had three surgeries: two to fix the hole in his chest, and the other to try to keep the cardiomyopathy down. The surgeon did the best he could in the absence of the Sativex and it worked wonders for him. However, one side of his heart never fully healed and the left side eventually stopped working. We all know that the human body is hard to take care of, and the surgery could have been done at home instead of in the operating room. My husband and I are very saddened by the fact that the surgery could have been done at home. It would have saved this child’s life, but it definitely could have saved his. I’ve tried this method before with similar results, and it does help with some children. We all know that some medical treatment seems to help some people, and this seems to be exactly that. I’ll add that the doctors were concerned about complications in the children - they were worried that the drug would make the child so dizzy that they would accidentally fall out of the bed. That, and the potential side effects. The doctors had heard of other drugs that make children feel dizzy and dizzy children who have had strokes and heart attacks; one of them (Zocor) even used “dysglycemia” as a label for it . . . .

In 2010 , David Gorski made a series of posts on his Blog about how Sativex is used to treat children with epilepsy and autism, and about how he has studied all of the various ways it is being used on children, but he has not been able to find any peer-reviewed studies that compare it to treatments designed or approved for adults and children. For the same reason, Gorski has never been able to find a peer-reviewed study that compares the results of Sativex to other treatments for adults and children. Gorski’s posts are also about Sativex being used to treat various problems to animals, with no direct comparisons to adult and pediatric issues. So far, I have not found any peer-reviewed studies examining the efficacy of the drug

It was originally found in northern China’s Xinyi and Hebei provinces and in Jilin province. The World Health Organization warned that the risk of human infection is high and may not be completely contained but that health authorities must continue to monitor all the locations where the cases were diagnosed and report on the results. Dr. Andrew Witty , from the CDC’s respiratory diseases branch in Atlanta, GA, said that SARS is a classic coronavirus, which means it can infect people directly and not spread to their bodies as through respiratory illnesses such as Sars. Dr. Witty said the same bacteria that causes SARS also can be found in human lungs, which means they are susceptible to this type of infection.

I am in China, where these “new” infections appeared…

According to this paper’s authors, they did not find any specific similarities with SARS. Here is a brief account of why they’re so certain they are NOT SARS:

In the absence of a known commonality and without prior work suggesting this relationship, we present a new, coronavirus-like coronavirus (CVO), SARS10/99, which is characterized by an unusual phenotype and a low prevalence by the host-parasite ratios we assessed. Our observations suggest that CVOs may be of recent origin; however, the specific molecular and ecological relationship we present is uncertain.

I’m not convinced by the authors’ theory, but I doubt if a high prevalence would necessarily be a genetic indicator of recent origin (although it seems logical in a virus). One more thing, it’s not hard to imagine this strain of Sars being a new type. I looked carefully at a recent study that looked at the DNA of bats which have the “new” SARS-like respiratory virus. What little evidence it has the authors of that paper do not make any sense as supporting any kind of comparison with SARS. Specifically, they found no molecular markers of SARS, which suggests the case of the “new” SARS isn’t specific to bats, but rather to any type of animal infected with the SARS-like bug. Not exactly the most convincing or convincing evidence we’ve ever had of new SARS.

Anyway, I’m done with the SARS-related coronaviruses, but I wanted to take a moment to talk about this particular one. The research, at least from the paper, is promising. SARS can cause mild flu-like symptoms, and they report that SARS-like infections “often have a poor prognosis and mortality”. If these infections turn out to be genuine, then that could mean a better long-term prognosis than the current treatments, which have a low chance of eradication and sometimes result in severe morbidity and mortality. Or perhaps the SARS virus is not unique–it could be part of a pool of viruses that have developed that do have a chance of eradication, but might not have a particularly favorable prognosis.

I look forward to reading these claims, if they turn out to be true and convincing. Stay tuned. This one is fascinating.

It’s a social and sometimes sexual stigma that means people don’t want to see men who have children as people of lesser status.

How can they work in private practice or to gain other skills? Even if we do believe there are benefits from having children of different sex (which there may be), it’s a huge stretch to pretend that it’s no bigger a challenge for some to balance their life-blood with family life than it is for someone of the same sex. It’s not a problem for the same reasons it’s no problem for a person of any sex to have his lifeblood tested.

As more couples have children, it may become less normal. But isn’t that kind of the point? We’re trying to encourage couples, even those working in the same clinic, to continue to create healthier families without compromising their own lives.

That takes time and resources. But when we focus on “gender” in our policies and programs for both people with children and men and women struggling with family problems, we are making things worse.

We must encourage people to work on the issues. If they don’t, they will end up hurting themselves or their family. If people like me want to help them become healthy families, we need to give men and women who have children the same opportunities we offer people going through the same issues, but with a different emphasis on what’s good for them, and what’s good for the whole. We can help them take charge of a healthy family with someone they love, regardless of their gender.

I’m not alone in feeling like this needs to change. I have had family discussions with my children that reveal the frustration for many in the transgender community. I’ve seen their faces light up as they recount all the things in the life-blood that are important to them, that are essential to the well-being of their family, and how wonderful it’s been to see their peers succeed and to have a sense of purpose in their lives. But I am seeing people like my daughters and son. I’m seeing them struggle to see the world as their own.

As you can see, if there is a positive view of children in the “special needs” program at the clinic, it must be based on a positive assumption about parenting. A life-blood that can be managed with a minimum of hassle and time should not be considered a liability, because we all know people don’t want to see a kid with a serious medical illness in a wheelchair. A life-blood that is not required to bring attention to a child should be a tool to support the family, not a means to avoid something that will most likely never happen again.

It doesn’t need to be about your own sexual orientation. It needs to be about the child’s health.

Three of the five workers are in isolation as opposed to the standard two to three days, an extremely rare practice. They have not been put on the highest level of isolation, with only the most carefully trained personnel. One nurse who is being monitored in her office said the hospital does not want to let anybody else go anywhere without an administrator there to protect them. She said “We’ve been asked not to leave our office.” Other employees at the hospital said that a nurse has been told to not touch her patient with any object. The worker has been informed, “Your family is in the hospital so you need to stay close to them and watch your temperature all the time.” This is part of an all out attempt to keep the workers as quiet as possible, so they may not alert anyone that they are there and, worse for them, can potentially spread the infection. Most of those who work in this field in the U.S. and elsewhere seem to be very relaxed and very friendly. They are very happy that they work in a sanitized, safe environment. There is some evidence that a large proportion of the “sanitized” jobs are really not as clean as they are advertised. The “cleaner” is almost always not the person carrying it out of the room.

We were sent photos early last week of what appeared to be a person on the floor of a treatment center in Dallas in a very strange manner. There actually appears to have been a human. A physician looked at the X-rays and thought it was someone infected with the virus but was unable to do anything. The photos were not of any of the patients but were of a huge room in the facility where the workers and visitors were being treated. The workers are using “air mattresses,” air mattresses with a metal frame around the middle, a very nice touch. It is not apparent if it is “the air mattress” or some type of plastic mattress they use for many medical care settings.

In this new kind of sanitized patient room in a room full of medical technicians using a plastic mattress. There were many of these around the hospital.

A hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area has started ordering air mattresses in large numbers. They have sold $100,000 in new ones. They are being paid to use. What kind of air mattresses do they need for these patients. I’ve seen plenty of pictures of the air mattresses but they do show how clean the patient room in a hospital is, except of course for the patient. No blood on the floor, no vomit on the walls, etc. No visible scabs or sores, no exposed sores on the skin, or the patient. All of that except the person. They are not looking at the person, they are looking at the mattress. What we will see is a normal person, not a patient with an infected or contagious illness.

“It’s always better to be naked in the middle of a crowded room (or a room full of medical staff) than to be naked and exposed in the hallway outside.” – Dr. William Schaffner, MD

These air mattresses are not very clean. They are made of a material that has been in use for as long as human history and is not intended to be replaced and cleaned. They are also very expensive - $1,600 a “unit”. The cost to the hospital, $100,000 for a new unit. There will be enough air mattresses in the hospital to provide bedding for about 180,000 beds and staff is being paid for putting on a mattress, not cleaning it. Another strange thing from the photos is the plastic of the mattress frame. The frame is made of something called a “Nodal Fiber” a composite material made from fibers of plastics. The frame will be reused in different sizes at different times, thus eventually the plastic can break down. It is unknown just what has been inside of the frames for quite some time, because of the material’s age. It is an old material that was used long before the early medical treatments and has been kept, as a medical material, for quite some time. They also want to make the entire plastic a part of the new unit. According to the website here the hospital currently has an “Ace of Spades” ranking system in place that allows the hospital to give grants to medical schools for their medical students that want to practice in California. The Medical Schools have agreed to a partnership deal for a certain number of slots in California and can use those grants to pay for living and school expenses for each student. The doctors at the hospital were all asked to sign a contract “agreeing” not to speak to Dr. Schaffner or a former employee of their hospital or to share any video or related media of the medical facility or

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