This is Trump’s timeline of lies that I would like to see his various supporters here…support:

Still on the old naming controversy of “Chinese virus” etc., these quotes from 3lemenope are super:

Names are purely contingent. Whatever something is named, it could have been named any other thing. So, when you have a surfeit of choices, it is reasonable to ask, what motivation caused this name to be chosen over another? A person’s preferred name for a new or unsettled thing tells you quite a bit about that person.

The easiest place to look are in existing practices for the same naming task. How are viruses generally named?

Are viruses normally named after their place of discovery? No.

Does the inclusion of the origin country illustrate anything about its pathology and symptoms, epidemiology, zoonotic vector, or, indeed, any medical information whatsoever? No.

So calling it ‘Chinese Virus’, ‘Wuhan Virus’, and ‘Kung Flu’ all are pretty wild variations from past practice. So it must be a name motivated by some other reason than medicine.

Which is why you don’t see doctors and medical professionals referring to it as such. You do see politicians from one political party and their flock of fans doing so. Their campaign to make fetch happen is about as subtle as a ‮gab‬ of bricks upside the head. The difference as far as I can tell is, Trump uses racism operationally, like just another tool in his arsenal to deflect blame and criticism and create an adversary for people to project their frustrations upon. His followers, on the other hand, just seem to be racists, eagerly lapping up the invitation to blame China and Chinese people more generally for the current woes of the world.

Such imbeciles will often deploy strategies like “How is it not a Chinese virus? It’s a virus and it’s from China.” Don’t worry, you’re seen. Since you’re not Trump, I can confidently exclude you from the class of people using racism for opportunistic ends in this case. You’re just used by it. How does it feel to be useful to dear leader?

And, in reply to “Will” stating: “So Spanish Flu, German Measles, West Nile Virus, etc don’t exist? You’re parroting CCP propaganda.”:

(((J_Enigma32))) already covered your breathtaking ignorance about the origins of famous viruses named after places or ethnicities, but just to put the button on that part, the reason why “Spanish Flu” was so named was because Spain was the first country to publicly admit there was an emergency due to influenza during the worldwide pandemic. Most countries were unwilling to do so because they were afraid of being seen as weak by their World War I adversaries. “German Measles” is so called because it was three German researchers in a German medical firm that successfully distinguished Rubella from Scarlet Fever and Measles.

Doctors and other medical professionals call the “Spanish Flu” H1N1 Influenza A. They call “German Measles” Rubella.

-You’re parroting CCP propaganda.-

You’re awfully quick to denounce what you don’t want to hear as propaganda. Quite pathetic, to be honest. In any event, the CCP has plenty to answer for regarding their initial response to this outbreak, as their propensity for secrecy and face-saving ruined the first and best chance we’d ever have to prevent a global outbreak. I’m perfectly comfortable calling them to account for what they’ve actually done, which notably is not helped by racist dog-whistles from imbeciles like you trying to score shallow political points so that your fellow racists can scratch you behind your ears and call you “good dog”.

In other virus news, it turns out there is a connection with a proportion of Covid-19 sufferers and losing their sense of smell, so watch out for that especially as it can be with people who are otherwise asymptomatic – it means you could be a carrier.

“On Friday, British ear, nose and throat doctors, citing reports from colleagues around the world, called on adults who lose their senses of smell to isolate themselves for seven days, even if they have no other symptoms, to slow the disease’s spread. The published data is limited, but doctors are concerned enough to raise warnings,” the paper reports….

Ear, nose and throat surgeons say losing your sense of smell could be used as a key clinical indicator in otherwise symptom-free carriers of Covid-19.

“It is these silent carriers who may remain undetected by current screening procedures, which may explain why the disease has progressed so rapidly in so many countries around the world,” professor at Australia’s Flinders University and ENT specialist Simon Carney told AAP.

“While further research is required, loss of smell, or anosmia, has been reported in as many as one in three patients in South Korea and in Germany, this figure was as high as one in two.”

An ENT professor in London also reported a dramatic increase in patients with anosmia as their only symptom of Covid-19 infection.

He said doctors and COVID-19 detection centres could use the subtle sign as part of their testing criteria and patients should also consider calling their GP if they notice this symptom.

NZ PM and general, all-round decent human being has given clear and concise instructions to her country. She’s doing a good job, and I like the clarity of the 4 levels of emergency. There are some good moments in this speech (one of my sisters and her family live there and they are impressed with her handling of the whole thing, even though they are not natural Labour voters):

New York sufferers now account for 5% of the world’s coronavirus cases. ]

And, penultimately, Boris Johnson.

French newspaper Liberation reports that it was only after Emmanuel Macron threatened to close France’s border with the UK that Boris Johnson reluctantly came round to the idea of stronger social distancing measures – in the shape of “asking” pubs, clubs and restaurants to close.

“We clearly had to threaten him so that he would finally move.” Other EU countries would reportedly have also closed their borders if Johnson had continued to ignore the pleas of numerous epidemiologists and medical professionals.

We are not getting the clear and decisive leadership we need in this crisis.
(Text from Cornwall for Europe)

Finally, some good news, from Germany:

In Germany, there were signs that the exponential upwards curve in new coronavirus infections is levelling off for the first time due to the strict social distancing measures in force, the head of the country’s public health institute said on Monday.

However, Lothar Wieler, the president of the Robert Koch Institute, urged caution, saying many health authorities had not yet submitted their data from the weekend. “I will only be able to confirm this trend definitively on Wednesday,” he said. But he said he remained optimistic.

Germany has closed all its schools, and on Sunday ruled that no more than two people can gather at once, except for families or people sharing a household.

Wieler said that current data on Germany´s Covid 19 cases indicates that the average age of those infected is 45, the average age of those who have died is 82. Fifty-seven per cent of those with confirmed infections have so far been men, 43% are women. Of the symptoms people have experienced, the most common is coughing (55%) and fever (40%).

In his daily briefing, which has just ended, he appealed to German medical students to volunteer in the increasing effort to track all new cases, which he said continued to be an important part in the fight against the virus.

A nationwide collection data point called Cosmos, which is gathering data on how the illness is being fought, shows a considerable increase in awareness of the virus, but still a considerable gap between awareness and behaviour, he said. Mobile phone data monitored anonymously at the weekend, of 30 million mobile phone users, showed that people have considerably reduced their mobility, but still not as much as was necessary, he said. Keeping a distance, regular hand washing and sneezing or coughing into the elbow still remained the most effective ways to avoid the spread of coronavirus, he added. “Keeping your distance is the order of the day,” he said.

There are about 24,859 cases of coronavirus in Germany. There have so far been 97 reported deaths.

Wieler responded to reports that Germany was not being upfront with the number of deaths owing to the fact the figure is relatively low compared with other countries. He confirmed that in Germany anyone who has died having been diagnosed with coronavirus is registered as having died from the virus, even if they had other illnesses, or medical complications.

Meanwhile, Angela Merkel, who has been quarantined at home since yesterday after a doctor who administered a vaccine to her was tested positive for the virus, reportedly dialled in via telephone to the cabinet meeting of her government this morning.



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