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I've had it! From now on I eat nothing but kale!
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shemp wrote: Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:30 am I've had it! From now on I eat nothing but kale!
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Philippines declares national epidemic after 622 dengue deaths

Health department says there were roughly 146,000 cases of mosquito-borne virus from January to July.

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The country's health department announced late on Tuesday that Francisco Duque III, the health secretary, made the declaration to improve the response to the outbreak by allowing local governments to draw on a special Quick Response Fund.

It said the Philippines recorded 146,062 cases of dengue from January through July 20 this year, 98 percent more than the same period in 2018. That is roughly 5,036 cases every week.

Among the worst-hit areas are central Philippines as well as some regions in the northern island of Luzon and the southern island of Mindanao.

Duque said a campaign is being launched focusing on the destruction of mosquito breeding sites.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/ ... 59368.html
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Wasn't this the same guy that threatened to declare war on Canada for dumping trash on them?



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Police Are One of the Leading Causes of Death for Young Men in the US

Nearly three Americans are killed by police every day. This means that, of all the homicide victims in the United States, police kill an estimated six percent of those individuals. But the actual numbers are likely higher: Researchers say that government data is woefully inadequate, so the best available datasets have been created by journalist-driven public programs. New research on one of these resources shows that police violence is even deadlier for one group of Americans than previously suspected.

In a study released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of sociologists and criminal justice researchers used data compiled by the National Vital Statistic System’s mortality files, as well as Fatal Encounters (FE), a journalist-led database, to create one of the few comprehensive baseline estimates available for how often Americans are killed by police.

They determined that police violence is one of the leading causes of death of young men in the United States. Overall, it’s estimated that the mortality rate is about 1.8 per 100,000 for men between the ages of 25 and 29. This ranks police use-of-force as the sixth leading cause of death for young men, placing it behind other public health issues like suicide and “accidents” — a category that includes drug overdoses and car accident deaths.

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  • Black men face a 1 in 1,000 chance of being killed by police over their lifetime. That compares to about 1 in 2,000 for men in general and about 1 in 33,000 for women.
  • Black women are 1.4 times more likely to be killed by police than white women.
  • American Indian men are 1.5 times more likely to be killed by police than white men, while American Indian women are about 1.5 times more likely to be killed by police than white women.
  • Latino men are 1.4 times more likely to be killed by police than white men. Latina women are 1.2 times less likely to be killed than white women.
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Chronic Wasting Disease in Cervids: Implications for Prion Transmission to Humans and Other Animal Species

ABSTRACT

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a prion-related transmissible spongiform encephalopathy of cervids, including deer, elk, reindeer, sika deer, and moose. CWD has been confirmed in at least 26 U.S. states, three Canadian provinces, South Korea, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, with a notable increase in the past 5 years. The continued geographic spread of this disease increases the frequency of exposure to CWD prions among cervids, humans, and other animal species. Since CWD is now an established wildlife disease in North America, proactive steps, where possible, should be taken to limit transmission of CWD among animals and reduce the potential for human exposure.

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That's the so-called "mad cow disease", isn't it?
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Anaxagoras wrote: Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:15 am That's the so-called "mad cow disease", isn't it?
Something like that, yes. Now you can also get it with venison.



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Witness wrote: Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:59 am
Anaxagoras wrote: Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:15 am That's the so-called "mad cow disease", isn't it?
Something like that, yes. Now you can also get it with venison.



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Vaping.

California health officials tell everyone to stop vaping right now (Los Angeles Times)
California health officials issued a warning Tuesday that people stop vaping immediately, joining a growing chorus of health experts advising caution around e-cigarette use following recent reports of severe lung illnesses linked to the practice.

In recent months, hundreds of people have been hospitalized across the nation with serious lung conditions that are suspected to be linked to vaping, both of nicotine and THC. In California, there have been two deaths due to the illnesses as well as 90 people who have been hospitalized, officials say.

“We are seeing something that we have not seen before,” said Dr. Charity Dean, California’s acting public health officer, in a statement. “There are numerous unknown factors at this time, and due to the uncertainty of the exact cause, it is our recommendation that consumers refrain from vaping until the investigation has concluded.”

E-cigarettes are loaded with a liquid cartridge — typically containing THC or nicotine — that when heated turns into a vapor that the user then inhales. The recent outbreak, however, suggests that something in the liquid, such as oil or another substance mixed in, has been also entering people’s lungs and causing damage, experts say.
Something other than the nicotine or THC itself. :notsure:
“People are getting sick and some are dying as a result of vaping,” Gov. Newsom said in a statement Tuesday. “Californians are encouraged to stop vaping until health officials fully understand what’s causing this public health crisis.”

For the past several weeks, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been investigating a collection of severe symptoms, including chest pain, shortness of breath and vomiting, associated with e-cigarettes. They say they are unsure of the exact cause of the problems, but have also urged people to stop vaping.

As of Friday, there have been 530 cases of lung injury nationwide as well as seven deaths, one of which was in Los Angeles County. Two-thirds of the cases were in people between the ages of 18 and 35.

So far, no specific devices or chemicals have been linked to the outbreak, officials say. Most people who became sick had vaped with THC, some with a mixture of THC and nicotine and a smaller number with only nicotine.
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Users are vapid.

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Something changed. We went for zero vaping related health cases over the last 10 years to over 500 in one year.
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I tried vaping years ago, and it was fucking godawful. It was absolute shit.

I don't know how all these kids got talked into it, but it is just horrible shit to breath in.

Seriously.

Never did it again, never will.
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Dank Vapes, TKO and Other THC Vaping Brands Are Linked to Illnesses, C.D.C. Says (New York Times)
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"Dank Vapes", OK. :roll:
Several marijuana products have been identified as possible culprits in the mysterious epidemic of serious lung illnesses that has sickened more than 800 people who use vaping devices and e-cigarettes to inhale THC or nicotine, or both.

Health officials said on Friday that the products include THC-filled vaping cartridges labeled “Dank Vapes,” as well as some other illicit brands that people bought from friends or family or on the street.

But officials said Dank Vapes appeared to be a label that THC sellers can slap on any product and is not a specific formulation or a single product. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

“Dank Vapes appears to be the most prominent in a class of largely counterfeit brands, with common packaging that is easily available online and that is used by distributors to market THC-containing cartridges with no obvious centralized production or distribution,” said a report published on Friday by state health officials from Illinois and Wisconsin, and from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It is unknown who makes the THC products or where they come from, the researchers said.

The new information comes from researchers’ interviews with 86 people in Illinois and Wisconsin, from 15 years to 53 years old, who had become ill after vaping. Almost 60 percent had required treatment in intensive care units. About 87 percent of those interviewed had vaped THC from prefilled cartridges purchased from “informal sources” during the three months before they got sick, and 57 had used Dank Vapes.

Other THC brands named are Moon Rocks, Off White and TKO. The extensive use of prefilled cartridges suggests they “might play an important role” in the outbreak, the researchers said. Part of the appeal of vaping THC is that it lacks marijuana’s telltale odor, enabling users to hide what they are doing.
In Illinois and Wisconsin, among the patients who reported vaping nicotine, Juul was by far the dominant brand. Many who vaped THC also reported vaping nicotine products.

The C.D.C. held a briefing on Friday to discuss some of the findings in the health investigations of vaping illnesses that have now been reported in 46 states, involving 805 cases and 13 deaths. Oregon reported a second death on Thursday; state health officials said the person was hospitalized with respiratory symptoms after vaping cannabis products.

Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the C.D.C., called the lung illnesses “serious and life-threatening.” She described the marketplace for vaping products as dynamic, and said that there was a large array of products, ingredients, packaging and supply chains, and that consumers had no way of knowing just what is in the liquids they are vaping.

The 86 patients from Illinois and Wisconsin who were interviewed reported using 234 types of e-cigarettes or vaping products, labeled with 87 brand names. Of 75 who vaped THC, 49 used it at least once a day, and some more than five times a day.

Many of the patients throughout the United States had also reported using THC products, the agency said. Some patients have said they vaped only nicotine, but the Wisconsin researchers found that some patients who made that claim actually had used THC.
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3 sexually transmitted infections hit new highs again in U.S.

That includes 1.7 million cases of chlamydia, the most ever reported in one year.

U.S. infections from three sexually transmitted diseases have risen for the fifth consecutive year.

More than 1.7 million cases of chlamydia were reported last year. The infection rate rose 3 percent from 2017.

It’s the most ever reported in a year, though the trend is mainly attributed to increased testing.

About 580,000 gonorrhea cases were reported. That’s the highest number since 1991. The rate rose 5 percent. Scientists worry antibiotic resistance may be a factor.

And the syphilis rate rose 15 percent. About 35,000 cases of the most contagious forms of the disease were reported — also the most since 1991.
https://www.nbcnews.com/health/sexual-h ... s-n1063811
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Witness wrote: Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:05 am
3 sexually transmitted infections hit new highs again in U.S.

That includes 1.7 million cases of chlamydia, the most ever reported in one year.

U.S. infections from three sexually transmitted diseases have risen for the fifth consecutive year.

More than 1.7 million cases of chlamydia were reported last year. The infection rate rose 3 percent from 2017.

It’s the most ever reported in a year, though the trend is mainly attributed to increased testing.

About 580,000 gonorrhea cases were reported. That’s the highest number since 1991. The rate rose 5 percent. Scientists worry antibiotic resistance may be a factor.

And the syphilis rate rose 15 percent. About 35,000 cases of the most contagious forms of the disease were reported — also the most since 1991.
https://www.nbcnews.com/health/sexual-h ... s-n1063811
Quite a difference between the U.S. and Europe. I think we must be a bunch of dirty, dirty whores.
Here's a breakdown of STD by race
https://www.cdc.gov/std/stats17/minorities.htm

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Figure S. Chlamydia — Rates of Reported Cases by Race, Hispanic Ethnicity, and Sex, United States, 2017
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Figure U. Gonorrhea — Rates of Reported Cases by Race, Hispanic Ethnicity and Sex, United States, 2017
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Figure W. Primary and Secondary Syphilis — Reported Cases by Sex, Sexual Behavior, Race, and Hispanic Ethnicity, United States, 2017
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:28 pm Had to look it up

NHOPI Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders

No breakdown gay versus straight?

Hate to say it, but this has been a big issue in the gay community because young whippersnappers won't do safe sex.
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Rob Lister wrote: Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:21 am Quite a difference between the U.S. and Europe. I think we must be a bunch of dirty, dirty whores.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:57 pm Must be the prevalence of Islam in Europe. :Muhammad:
I understand that's in jest, but dismantling cheap health care/insurance, sex ed, Planned Parenthood and preaching abstinence for teens perhaps has consequences too? :twisted:



Scientists Identify New Parasite that Has already Infected More than 100 People in the Northeast of Brazil

Characteristics of the disease resemble visceral leishmaniasis; researchers still want to identify insects capable of transmitting it

Brazilian scientists recently identified a parasite that has infected more than a hundred people in the Northeast, causing severe liver, spleen and skin damage and killing at least one of these patients.

The characteristics of the disease resemble visceral Leishmaniasis, an endemic disease in the region, usually caused by the protozoan Leishmania infantum. But analysis of the microorganism's DNA has revealed that it is a new parasite whose close relatives usually infect only insects.

Researchers from UFSCar (Federal University of São Carlos), Federal University of Sergipe and USP Ribeirão Preto published the data in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The genomic data concludes a story that began in 2010, when Roque Pacheco Almeida of the Department of Medicine of the Federal University of Sergipe had the first contact with the patient who, after three attempts at treatment, eventually died.

The team still does not know how the microbe eventually infected the 141 patients they have been able to track so far (the actual number of those affected may, of course, be much higher). In research published now, they detail results about the patient who died as a result of the new disease.

So-called straw mosquito or sandfly transmit Leishmaniasis. However, the closest cousins of the new parasite, which belong to the genus Crithidia, are usually present in the organism of anophelines (the malaria transmitters) and Culex mosquitoes, such as the common mosquito.
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Nearly 900 children test positive for HIV in Pakistan after doctor ‘reuses syringes’

‘Negligent’ paediatrician blamed for epidemic is now working in public hospital

Nearly 900 children in a Pakistani city have tested positive for HIV after a rogue paediatrician allegedly reused infected syringes.

About 200 adults have also tested positive for the virus since the epidemic in Ratodero was confirmed in April.

But health officials fear the true number affected could be far higher, with less a quarter of city’s 200,000 residents tested so far.

The outbreak was initially blamed on Dr Muzaffar Ghanghro, a paediatrician who at 16p a visit was one of the cheapest in the small central city.

He was arrested and charged with negligence and manslaughter after his patients accused him of frequently reusing syringes on their children.

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Dr Ganghro has not yet been convicted, and despite laws to deny bail to those accused of reusing syringes, is now working as a GP at a public hospital on the city’s outskirts after renewing his medical certificate.

He has denied all accusations and insists he is innocent.

Despite an initial investigation by police and health officials concluding Dr Ganghro’s “negligence and carelessness” as the “prime” reason for the outbreak, officials believe he is unlikely to be the sole cause.

Visiting health workers often see doctors in Ratodero reusing syringes, while dentists use unsterilised tools in roadside surgeries and barbers use the same razor on various customers, The New York Times reported.

There is still a widespread lack of awareness about the realities of the virus among locals, with many fearing it can be contracted via touch.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/worl ... 73101.html

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1 in 5 adolescents and 1 in 4 young adults now living with prediabetes

Nearly 1 in 5 adolescents aged 12-18 years, and 1 in 4 young adults aged 19-34 years, are living with prediabetes, according to a new CDC studyexternal icon published today in JAMAexternal icon Pediatrics.

Prediabetes is a health condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. The condition also increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease, heart disease, and stroke.

Monitoring the percentage of adolescents and young adults with prediabetes can help determine the future risk of type 2 diabetes. To do this, CDC researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey covering the years 2005-2016.

“The prevalence of prediabetes in adolescents and young adults reinforces the critical need for effective public health strategies that promote healthy eating habits, physical activity, and stress management,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. “These lifestyle behaviors can begin early in a child’s life and should continue through adolescence and adulthood to reduce onset of type 2 diabetes.”

Key study findings:
  • Nearly 1 in 5 (18%) adolescents (those aged 12-18) and 1 in 4 (24%) young adults (aged 19-34 years) were living with prediabetes.
  • The percentage of adolescents and young adults living with prediabetes was higher in males and participants with obesity.
  • Hispanic young adults had higher rates of prediabetes compared to white young adults.
  • Adolescents and young adults with prediabetes had significantly higher cholesterol levels, systolic blood pressure, abdominal fat and lower insulin sensitivity than those with normal glucose tolerance, which increased their risk of type 2 diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases.
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Seroprevalence estimates for toxocariasis in people worldwide: A systematic review and meta-analysis
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Magnet ingestions surge as rules relax

The number of children ingesting rare-earth magnets - powerful tiny balls that are a popular desk toy and can shred a child's intestines - has skyrocketed in the three years since courts blocked the efforts of federal regulators to force changes to the industry, which largely holds the power to regulate itself.

The nation's poison control centers are on track to record six times more magnet ingestions - totaling nearly 1,600 cases - this year than in 2016, when a federal court first sided with industry to lift the Consumer Product Safety Commission's four-year ban on the product. Medical researchers say the only explanation for the spike is the return of these unusually strong magnets to the market after the court ruling.

Now, with the CPSC largely sidelined, magnet industry officials have launched a new effort to prevent product injuries and deaths through voluntary safety standards. Used for thousands of consumer products, these voluntary standards are supposed to reflect a balance between business and safety interests.

But during the creation of voluntary standards for magnets, the priorities of safety groups and regulators have been drowned out by the desires of manufacturers, who often decide which safety options are considered and hold an advantage in voting on which rules will take effect, according to a Washington Post review that included listening to hours of public standard-setting meetings and obtaining emails about the process, along with interviews and documents.

Problems with voluntary safety standards extend beyond magnets, critics say, to other children's products, including infant inclined sleepers, crib bumpers and furniture at risk of toppling over. In many cases, the CPSC can't act until the voluntary standards have proved inadequate.

"It makes our jobs harder to have to defer by law to an extremely inefficient and industry-focused process," said Elliot Kaye, a CPSC commissioner and former agency chairman. The voluntary standards process, he said, "has cost lives."
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Fucking magnets, how do they work?
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Only a clown would ask that.

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My body is well buffered.

That's right.

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The FDA Announces Two More Antacid Recalls Due to Cancer Risk

Two more companies recalled their ranitidine drugs, generic forms of Zantac, over concerns they may contain a carcinogenic substance.

That burning feeling in your chest after you eat a heavy meal could be heartburn. Or it could be worry over the drugs you’ve taken to treat that heartburn. Among the top medical stories of 2019 was the discovery of contaminants in common medicines, and ranitidine—best known as Zantac—took up a large share of those headlines. A cancer-causing substance known as NDMA has been repeatedly found in one of the most popular antacid drugs in the United States.

The scary news continues in 2020. On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration announced voluntary recalls of prescription forms of ranitidine by two generic drug companies, Appco Pharma and Northwind Pharmaceuticals, bringing the total number of ranitidine recalls to 14 in the past five months. The agency also reported that Mylan Pharmaceuticals recalled three lots of Nizatidine (Axid), a similar drug, again because of NDMA.

This week’s recalls are a new cause for alarm for the 15 million Americans who take ranitidine at prescription levels, and the millions more who regularly take lower-dose, over-the-counter versions. More than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month. Zantac was once the best-selling drug in the world.
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America's most widely consumed oil causes genetic changes in the brain [in mice]

New UC Riverside research shows soybean oil not only leads to obesity and diabetes, but could also affect neurological conditions like autism, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, and depression.

Used for fast food frying, added to packaged foods, and fed to livestock, soybean oil is by far the most widely produced and consumed edible oil in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In all likelihood, it is not healthy for humans.

It certainly is not good for mice. The new study, published this month in the journal Endocrinology, compared mice fed three different diets high in fat: soybean oil, soybean oil modified to be low in linoleic acid, and coconut oil.

The same UCR research team found in 2015 that soybean oil induces obesity, diabetes, insulin resistance, and fatty liver in mice. Then in a 2017 study, the same group learned that if soybean oil is engineered to be low in linoleic acid, it induces less obesity and insulin resistance.

However, in the study released this month, researchers did not find any difference between the modified and unmodified soybean oil's effects on the brain. Specifically, the scientists found pronounced effects of the oil on the hypothalamus, where a number of critical processes take place.
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I'm good, only ever olive oil. :twisted:
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What? No mention of Avocado oil? :)
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I don't think I've ever bought a bottle of soybean oil. I suspect processed food makers use it though.
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Witness wrote: Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:44 am
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I'm good, only ever olive oil. :twisted:
I would have thought that olive oil would be more popular than that. :notsure:

I realize it's more expensive than some others though. When we buy oil at the supermarket over here, it's usually olive oil, although my wife sometimes uses other oils.
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Oh, there seems to be a new kind of coronavirus:

China coronavirus: Fear grips Wuhan as lockdown begins
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Food market at centre of deadly coronavirus outbreak admits selling live koalas, snakes, rats and wolves

The Chinese food market at the centre of the deadly Sars-like virus outbreak has claimed they sold live koalas, snakes, rats and wolf pups to locals to eat.

The Huanan Seafood market in Wuhan in China is under investigation with officials believing the coronavirus originated from a wild animal that was sold at the venue.

So far the highly-contagious virus has killed 17 people and infected hundreds around Asia.

According to the South China Morning Post, the market's advertising board had live foxes, crocodiles, wolf puppies, salamanders, snakes, rats, peacocks, porcupines and koalas.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/a ... d=12302979
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Koalas?? 😱

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China spent the crucial first days of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak arresting people who posted about it online and threatening journalists
  • In the early days of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, Chinese officials arrested citizens they accused of spreading rumors about the illness online.
  • Journalists have also reported being detained and threatened by Chinese authorities while covering the outbreak.
  • Experts are now faulting the Chinese government for its harsh crackdown on the flow of information about the virus.
https://www.businessinsider.com/china-i ... ?r=US&IR=T


And in other news:
3 suspected cases of coronavirus being tested in Washtenaw, Macomb counties
France confirms first three cases of coronavirus in Europe
Two possible coronavirus cases in northern Finland
China coronavirus: Incident team to deal with Scottish threat

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I wonder if it's worse that a typical flu virus. Just how concerned should we really be about it?
The new coronavirus appears to cause symptoms like fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and other respiratory symptoms. It causes severe illness in around a quarter of cases, and can be deadly. Public health officials are working to understand how dangerous this virus is, how fast it’s spreading, and how to contain it. As that work continues, the virus is causing anxiety around the world.
I guess that means they're still trying to determine that. I know there have been deaths from this, but lots of people die every year from the flu too.

https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/24/2108 ... cdc-spread
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UN Pleads for Help Amid 'Devastating' Locust Invasion
Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya all overtaken; UN says locust numbers could grow 500 times by June

(Newser) – Last month, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization reported on the plague of locusts that had overtaken Somalia and Ethiopia, and now a new East African nation is being beleaguered by the bugs. The FAO says Kenya is also dealing with an "unprecedented" and "devastating" number of desert locusts, which are devouring crops and imperiling farmers' livelihoods, per the BBC. And they're hungry critters: An FAO fact sheet notes that each adult locust can scarf down its own weight in food each day, adding that a Paris-sized swarm would be able to eat the same amount in one day as half of the entire population of France. There hasn't been an infestation like this in Somalia and Ethiopia in 25 years, while Kenya hasn't been so beset by the bugs in 70 years, and the FAO is afraid the numbers could grow to 500 times what they are now by summer.
https://www.newser.com/story/286038/un- ... asion.html