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Coronavirus Update 2/26/2020

The President just wrapped up a news conference were he told us everything is fine, “it’s just the flu” Everything is under control. Just wash your hands and don’t hug people with a runny nose. Experts at briefing gave the reality if you know enough about the world to ignore the expected and necessary yet still hollow reassurances of POTUS ( He has to even if he doesn’t believe it himself). Outbreak is inevitable. No kidding…


  • CDC confirms first case of ‘unknown origin’ in US
  • CDC reports 6 new cases among repatriated Americans
  • WaPo reports Northern California has 16th US case, says it’s first of “unknown origin” and risks local spread
  • 83 being monitored in Nassau County
  • Orange County declares state of emergency
  • Norway has confirmed its first case
  • 8 quarantined in Westchester
  • HHS confirms 15th US case
  • Iran deaths hit 19
  • Brazil confirms first case in South America
  • France confirms 2nd death
  • Greece confirms first case
  • Germany unleashes fiscal stimulus after confirming new cases
  • Dems one-up Trump with $8.5 billion package in an attempt to play politics as usual.
  • Kuwait, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain confirm new cases
  • Finland confirms 2nd case
  • 1st 2 cases reported in Pakistan
  • HHS Secretary tells Congress infectious disease fund has no extra uncommitted cash
  • Congress begins talks on corona virus spending bill with vote expected early next month
  • Germany health minister warns we’re at beginning of epidemic in Germany; 5 new cases
  • Italy confirms 12th death, cases soar above 400
  • North Macedonia confirms first case
  • South Korea cases soar above 1,200 as gov’t begins testing of 200k patients
  • Brazil confirms infected patient came on plane from Paris
  • Ericsson confirms one of its employees in Croatia tested positive

the Washington Post reported that the first US coronavirus case of unknown origin has been reported in Northern California.

They added that the case is a sign that the virus “may be spreading in a local area.”

The CDC won’t disclose the exact location of the case, according to the paper.

Of course…

Reports of a effective drug for treating the virus is one used to treat AIDS. The treatment is almost as hard on the body as the virus with some patients dying from heart problems after catching Corvid19 a second time. Oh yeah, you can catch it more than once.

FoxLA reports that Orange County officials declared a local health emergency Wednesday in response to the coronavirus, which has now infected more than 81,000 people worldwide. Michelle Steel, chair of the county Board of Supervisors, and board Vice Chair Andrew Do made the announcement at an early afternoon news conference.

Our declaration of local emergency today signed by Dr. Quick is about preparedness. It does not indicate a greater risk of harm, there are no current incidents reported in the county of Orange,” stated Supervisor Andrew Do.

The tiny kingdom of Bahrain has reported a stunning spike in cases, going from just a handful to 33 in less than 24 hours, according to the country’s health ministry.

In another news, the use of HIV anti viral drugs should mean its no surprise that this has been confirmed..

“..new research from scientists in China and Europe reveal that the disease happens to have an ‘HIV-like mutation’ which allows it to bind with human cells up to 1,000 times stronger than the Sars virus, according to SCMP. “

new research by a team from Nankai University, which writes that COV-19 has an ‘HIV-like mutation’ that  allows it to quickly enter the human body by binding with a receptor called ACE2 on a cell membrane.

Other highly contagious viruses, including HIV and Ebola, target an enzyme called furin, which works as a protein activator in the human body. Many proteins are inactive or dormant when they are produced and have to be “cut” at specific points to activate their various functions.

When looking at the genome sequence of the new coronavirus, Professor Ruan Jishou and his team at Nankai University in Tianjin found a section of mutated genes that did not exist in Sars, but were similar to those found in HIV and Ebola.

Compared to the Sars’ way of entry, this binding method is “100 to 1,000 times” as efficient, according to the study.

The virus uses the outreaching spike protein to hook on to the host cell, but normally this protein is inactive. The cleavage site structure’s job is to cheat the human furin protein, so it will cut and activate the spike protein and cause a “direct fusion” of the viral and cellular membranes. –SCMP

(a recent paper published by Dr. Zhou Peng of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, meanwhile, is “Immunogenicity of the spike glycoprotein  of Bat SARS-like coronavirus.“)

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a follow-up study from a Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhn confirmed Nankai University’s findings.

The mutation could not be found in Sars, Mers or Bat-CoVRaTG13, a bat coronavirus that was considered the original source of the new coronavirus with 96 per cent similarity in genes, it said.

This could be “the reason why SARS-CoV-2 is more infectious than other coronaviruses”, Li wrote in a paper released on Chinarxiv on Sunday.

Meanwhile, a study by French scientist Etienne Decroly at Aix-Marseille University, which was published in the scientific journal Antiviral Research on February 10, also found a “furin-like cleavage site” that is absent in similar coronaviruses.

7 thoughts on “Coronavirus Update 2/26/2020”

  1. This virus can survive on smooth surfaces for up to 9 days, the most effective ways to avoid infection are hand washing and wearing Nitrile gloves.
    I already had a few hundred pair of gloves due to undergoing Chemo and picked up another 1,000 at Costco yesterday because I anticipate there being a shortage soon.
    I need XL and bought all my local Costco had…

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  2. I’m gonna lay odds that the virus has been here for some time, already. The “flu” around here this year has been really wonky, and has followed a similar path to the reported symptoms of the Wuhan virus in terms of going away and coming back. I’m in my second relapse for whatever the hell has been going around, and I’d be entirely unsurprised if it was actually the Wuhan bug.

    They should have been doing what one of my old NBC officers said we should have been doing during the bad old days of the Cold War, and that’s running full-time disease surveys of the entire population. His idea was that when you went to the pharmacy or doctor for something like a cold or flu, they’d do a swab, culture it, and keep track of what was out there. You want your Nyquil? Fine, give us a swab so’s we can see what the hell you’re walking around with.

    This would have had the virtue of cataloging everything that’s out there in the general population as a survey, and capturing anything new that showed up as soon as it started showing symptoms. That guy was an interesting character–He had the mindset of a mad bomber, from a microbiology standpoint. He’d sit there on late-night duty in the Corps FCP, and idly be doodling up crap, and tracing out things like “Ideal bioweapon”. You got him going on something, like the essential BS hand-waving that Stephen King put into The Stand, and then he’d segue into what a real-world Captain Trips would really look like, and about how it would have to work. If I didn’t know where the hell he was at the time, I’d have been the exact opposite of surprised were someone to have told me he was the one behind the 9/11-era anthrax attacks. Dude was just this happy-go-lucky scarecrow of a human being, but looking back, I think he was actually one of the scarier people I ever met during my military career.

    I’d love to know where he is, right now. I hope he’s still on our side, and working for the CDC…

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    • What are the major powers’ bioweapon doctrines? Do different states have different bioweapon ideals? What would this officer’s ideal bioweapon do? Disrupt states? Target specific ethnic groups? Destroy certain crops? The theory behind this is fascinating.

      “Popular” (top down) culture seems to only reflect upon the Cold War’s nuclear scares. Missile races, the biggest bomb, etc. Who had the scarier and/or more effective bioweapon arsenal? I wonder if we had any close calls to extinction via Soviet or American germ mishaps?

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      • Hard to say, really… The Soviets and US were both “No first use”, but the Soviets had all kinds of things going, like mass production of anthrax that got away from them in, I believe, Sverdlovsk.

        Most of what that Major looked at as an ideal bioweapon was stuff like we see with the Wuhan virus–Long incubation, easy vaccination that you could hide in say, annual flu shot updates, easy transmission, you name it. This was back when AIDS was still a fairly large deal, and he pooh-poohed the idea that it was a bio-weapon based on a bunch of factors.

        There was a lot of stuff that wasn’t highlighted or remembered about the Cold War, mostly because the media was always on the enemy side and covered things up or spouted the party line. Then, too, there was civilian apathy–People simply didn’t care, and couldn’t be made to care. Things went on in Europe and Asia that only our military knew about, because we were the ones doing the dying–Back here in the US, it was business as usual, and nobody gave a shit.

        It was just like 9/11–You had decades of terrorist actions killing servicemen all over the world–Khobar Towers, the embassy bombings in Africa, all that shit. So long as it was funny-looking brown people, American servicemen and women getting killed, no big deal. But, kill 3000 investment bankers, now we have a problem…

        Yeah, I’m a little bitter. bin Laden and his little crew of Islamicist freaks should have been a priority from the beginning, but the Clinton Crime Crew could not be arsed to do anything, while they were in the middle of dismantling all our intel and defenses. All while the average American was lolling around watching them at work in plain sight, selling us out to the Chinese and whoever else put in a nice, high bid, like the Indonesians. The news was out there, it was just that nobody paid attention to it, and the media studiously failed to spell out what was going on. Roots of 9/11 went back to the beginning of the Clinton’s first administration, just like the current state of affairs with regards to China does. Clinton is going to be looked at as one of the most disastrous presidencies in the history of the country, eventually. Assuming two things: One, honest historians, and two, that there are any who are interested in documenting American history.

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        • The Reagan administration outsourced funding our support of the Afghan muj to Pakistan’s ISI, which was deeply hostile to US interests. Pakistan has always been a frienemy, but when it came to ISI, the “fr” part was silent.

          That was disastrous, and sowed the seeds for bin Laden, al Qaeda and 9/11.

          The GHWB and Clinton administrations have their lumps they should take, but Reagan laid the foundation.

          GHWB pretty much walked away from Afghanistan as soon as the Russians withdrew. This had similar consequences to turning our backs on Vietnam, but the knock-on effects (9/11) were devastating.

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  3. $8.5 billion? Those are rookie numbers in this racket. Are we sure Nancy Pelosi is still alive, and not suspended like one of those Wuhan bats? Or that they didn’t put the number that low so nobody would notice that they put fresh articles of impeachment on it?

    But yeah, things are moving fast now. I’m a little behind the curve and might need to take a day off this week to tune up my preps.

    Tom S, you take care up there in NorCal.

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  4. This is why we prep and as John mentions good time to really double check and prep to best of ability,feel grateful have been at it for years with goods and food for me brain with new skills ect.I will say to any reading hear not prepped you can do it and would recommend get going,every bit helps and the smalls in goods and knowledge add up.I feel that govt. response/lockdowns ect. will cause more issues/death then the actual virus,best of luck to us all.

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