Daily Digest 3/25 – America Is Shutting Down, Grocery Stores Are the Coronavirus Tipping Point


Senate, White House reach $2 trillion stimulus deal to blunt coronavirus fallout (Sparky1)

The agreement capped five straight days of intensive negotiations that occasionally descended into partisan warfare as the nation’s economy reeled from the deadly pandemic, with schools and businesses closed, mass layoffs slamming the workforce and tens of thousands falling ill.

America Is Shutting Down (Matthew S.)

Flattening the curve doesn’t stop the spread of the coronavirus, it only slows it. It buys us valuable time to deal with the sick and work on pharmaceutical interventions and, hopefully, a vaccine.

On the other hand, you have people arguing that this is an overreaction and no matter how bad the virus is, these aggressive mitigation strategies are not worth the cost to the economy.

India sets 21-day ‘complete lockdown’ to stop coronavirus spread (Sparky1)

“From 12 midnight tonight, the entire country will go under a complete lockdown,” he said. “To save India and every Indian, there will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes.”

21 Million Fewer Cellphone Users in China May Suggest a High CCP Virus Death Toll (thc0655)

Beijing first launched cellphone-based health codes on March 10. All people in China must install a cellphone app and register their personal health information. Then the app can generate a QR code, which appears in three colors, to classify the user’s health level. Red means the person has an infectious disease, yellow means the person might have one, and green means the person doesn’t.

Beijing claimed that the health codes are intended to prevent the spread of the CCP virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus.

Coronavirus in Ohio: Patients exhibiting new symptoms (Kelsey H.)

According to Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, patients who contract the COVID-19 coronavirus are showing new symptoms. Acton said some of the data, particularly out of Cuyahoga County, show patients exhibiting GI upset, more fatigue, and sometimes not showing a fever, in addition to the previous flu-like symptoms.

This Is How Your Immune System Reacts to Coronavirus (Roger B.)

When you first become infected, your body launches its standard innate immune defense like it would for any virus. This involves the release of proteins called interferons that interfere with the virus’s ability to replicate inside the body’s cells. Interferons also recruit other immune cells to come and attack the virus in order to stop it from spreading. Ideally, this initial response enables the body to gain control over the infection quickly, although the virus has its own defenses to blunt or escape the interferon effect.

Oxford Study: Coronavirus May Have Already Infected Half of U.K. Population (Peter G.)

To see if their math checks out, the Oxford team is now working with researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Kent to begin antibody testing as soon as this week. “We need immediately to begin large-scale serological surveys — antibody testing — to assess what stage of the epidemic we are in now,” Gupta told the Financial Times.

Coronavirus, in Lombardy 9 deaths out of 10 never arrived in intensive care (Aaron P.)

A scene that has unfortunately been repeated dozens of times in Lombardy, where you die at home, during transport to hospital or on improvised beds in the emergency room waiting to be treated. And it is no coincidence that health workers speak of “disaster medicine”.

Grocery Stores Are the Coronavirus Tipping Point (Sparky1)

So far, the virus does not appear to be extremely widespread among grocery workers. Nationally, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which represents the employees of some grocery stores, told me only six of its members are known to have tested positive for the coronavirus. But many more might have the virus and have not been tested. Until this past week, it was possible to at least wishfully imagine that grocery stores were somehow immune to the virus. Now the risk has become even more apparent: Yes, people can get COVID-19 at the grocery store.

There’s psychology behind the foods we don’t buy in a crisis (Sparky1)

“The thing about panic-buying is that it gives us a sense of control at a time when we’re lacking that,” says Deborah Small, a psychologist who studies consumer judgment and human decision-making at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. She adds that things get harried when “people hear that other people are buying something, and they say, ‘Oh, I need that too.’ And it just spirals to this level where we have none.”

Physical gold squeezed further; Royal Canadian Mint shuts down production for two weeks (Sparky1)

“While the supply of bullion coins is currently limited, we are fulfilling all the orders we can. We are also continuing to fully secure our facilities, operate the refinery and allow for the receipt and withdrawal of available products,” said Alex Reeves, senior manager, public affairs at the Canadian mint in an email to Kitco News.

Coronavirus Stimulus Offered By House Financial Services Committee Creates New Digital Dollar (Sparky1)

Both Speaker Pelosi’s ‘Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act’ and the ‘Financial Protections and Assistance for America’s Consumers, States, Businesses, and Vulnerable Populations Act (H.R. 6321),’ introduced by Chairwoman Maxine Waters of Financial Services Committee, introduced these concepts today as a way of delivering the economic stimulus payments to U.S. citizens.

Citigroup will temporarily close up to 15% of U.S. branches (Sparky1)

Citi’s move follows other large banks who have begun to scale back some retail operations in order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus while keeping critical banking services like accessing deposits available to customers.

JPMorgan Chase and Co (JPM.N), the largest U.S. bank, said last week it would temporarily shut about 20% of its branch network leaving it with roughly 4,000 locations.

Inhibition of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus replication in a lethal SARS-CoV BALB/c mouse model by stinging nettle lectin, Urtica dioica agglutinin (Thomas DJ)

All virus-infected mice receiving UDA treatments were also significantly protected against weight loss (p

Probiotics in the Management of Lung Diseases (Aaron P.)

There is growing evidence as to how diet and nutrition influence the microbiome and interact with the immune system to ultimately improve human health, for example, fecal bacteriotherapy, whereby the microflora of a healthy patient is transplanted to a patient with ulcerative colitis (UC) [1]. This suggests that the composition of the microbiome has an important role in intestinal inflammation and that restoration of a “healthy microbiome” can promote remission of disease.

Power Grab (thc0655)

That said, I remain more optimistic than ever that once we get through this crisis and a rough transition period, a far better era awaits on the other side. I say this because I believe this pandemic will shake enough people to such an extent they’ll emerge from it very different people with a more enlightened understanding of the world and their roles in it. An event like this can make people less conscious, or it can make them more conscious. I think humanity will expand its consciousness.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Greenlights Mandatory Gun Store Closures (thc0655)

“In my view, it is incumbent upon the Governor to make some manner of allowance for our citizens to continue to exercise this constitutional right,” Wecht said, arguing gun stores could be permitted to operate on a limited basis. “Such an accommodation may be effectuated while preserving sensible restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, but nonetheless provide a legal avenue for the purchase and sale of firearms, thus avoiding an impermissible intrusion upon a fundamental constitutional right.”

CORONAVIRUS SYNDROME: The Ultimate Genocidal Bioweapon System (Richard)

The Coronavirus Syndrome is not just a simple coronavirus named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization. It’s actually a far more complex pathogenic micro-organism and disease process than the medical authorities are aware of. More significantly, it is the biological etiology and environmental causation that must be correctly understood if Coronavirus Syndrome is to be successfully treated.

How Far Will Trump Go To Save U.S. Shale (Michael S.)

The United States is facing a national emergency. The Covid-19 pandemic in the world’s largest oil consumer, The United States, has dented demand to the extent that a couple months ago, no one thought possible. The virus struck—first in the world’s largest oil importer, China–at a time when the oil markets were already concerned about a global oversupply.

Facing labor shortage, feds encourage farmers to hire foreign workers already in the U.S. (Sparky1)

“American farmers and ranchers are at the frontlines of maintaining the nation’s food supply,” said Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia (son of Supreme Court judge Antonin) in an accompanying press release. “In these unprecedented times, it is critical for them to have the workforce they need. This new partnership between USDA and DOL will help support our farmers, ranchers, and American families.”

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