Thursday, August 13, 2020

COVID-19 demands eternal vigilance

It’s everywhere and evernow

Coronavirus breaks out again in New Zealand after 102 days By CNN For Citizen Digital.

New Zealand has reintroduced coronavirus restrictions in parts of the country after new locally transmitted cases broke the 102-day streak the country had gone without recording a local infection.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed four new locally transmitted coronavirus cases on Tuesday night, and announced that New Zealand’s most populous city, Auckland, will temporarily see level three restrictions introduced for three days starting from midday on Wednesday.

All four of the cases were found within one household in South Auckland according to New Zealand’s Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. He added that none of the new cases had recently traveled outside of New Zealand.

“We have been preparing for that time, and that time is now,” said Dr Bloomfield adding that the “health system is well prepared.”

“In line with our precautionary approach we will be asking Aucklanders to take swift actions with us, as of 12 noon tomorrow, Wednesday August 12, we will be moving Auckland to level 3 restrictions,” said Ardern.

She added that this will give health officials time to conduct urgent contact tracing and assess the situation.

The new restrictions mean that businesses including restaurants, bars and non-essential shops will have to close.

Christmas 2020 brings presents from COVID–19

If we in the U. S. do not learn from such examples, we will be facing a very rough winter in which we fight the flu as well ass COVID–19. All to fight a disease that Tump claims will fancifully disappear over night. We are still waiting for that night. Read on.

Infectious Disease Expert Predicts When U.S. Coronavirus Cases Will Again Explode.
Michael Osterholm warned a back-to-school surge in COVID–19 “will far surpass what we saw after Memorial Day.”

Infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm on Monday contradicted President Donald Trump’s fanciful claim that the U.S. will soon be in “very good shape” with the coronavirus pandemic, instead predicting “an explosion” in new cases starting next month.

Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told CNN’s Don Lemon that the U.S. is “just really beginning to get to the really large part of the problem” with an average of 45,000 to 50,000 new confirmed cases of the virus per day.

“When school starts both at the high school level and in college and universities, we think we’re going to see an explosion of cases in September that will far surpass what we saw after Memorial Day,” Osterholm said. “And that this is just going to continue increasing, getting higher and higher, in terms of numbers.”

Osterholm elaborated in an op-ed he wrote with Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, that was published in The New York Times on Friday. The column argued the U.S. needs another lockdown to slow the spread of the virus.

In case it did not sink in, these guys have the creds to authoritatively connect our economic health with the prerequisite public safety.

“We believe the choice is clear,” Osterholm and Kashkari wrote. “We can continue to allow the coronavirus to spread rapidly throughout the country or we can commit to a more restrictive lockdown, state by state, for up to six weeks to crush the spread of the virus to less than one new case per 100,000 people per day.”

“That’s the point at which we will be able to limit the increase in new cases through aggressive public health measures, just as other countries have done. But we’re a long way from there right now,” Osterholm and Kashkari acknowledged. “The imperative for this is clear because as a nation what we have done so far hasn’t worked.”

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