Study Finds COVID-19 Has Been Spreading in Washington State for 6 Weeks, Infecting 150-1,500…..WeAreChange

Study Finds COVID-19 Has Been Spreading in Washington State for 6 Weeks, Infecting 150-1,500

Study Finds COVID-19 Has Been Spreading in Washington State for 6 Weeks, Infecting 150-1,500Posted: 01 Mar 2020 12:07 PM PSTLast night the US got its first dose of really bad coronavirus news, when Washington State announced it was the site of the country’s first coronavirus death on Saturday, while additionally reporting that two confirmed cases of COVID-19 were confirmed at a long-term care facility in Kirkland, Washington, prompting the state to declare a state of emergency, even as President Trump issued new foreign travel warnings and restrictions on Saturday afternoon in an effort to stop the spread of the virus, while also urging calm among members of the public.There was worse news: researchers who studied two cases in the state say that the virus may have been spreading there for weeks, suggesting the possibility that up to 1,500 people in the state may have been infected. Specifically, the researchers compared two cases to learn more about how the coronavirus spreads. The viral mutations suggest that it has been spreading in the state for close to six weeks, according to one of the scientists who compared the sequences, Trevor Bedford, an associate professor at the University of Washington.If that is true, it could mean that 150 to 1,500 people “have either been infected and recovered or currently are infected now,” said Mike Famulare, a researcher at the Institute for Disease Modeling in Bellevue, Wash., who performed the analysis. Those cases, if they exist, have thus far been undetected.And most problematic of all, many of those people might not yet have symptoms even if they are contagious. Dr, Famulare characterized his estimate of community cases as a “best guess, with broad uncertainty.” Another method, based on census data and estimated sampling, produced similar results, he said.This case, WA2, is on a branch in the evolutionary tree that descends directly from WA1, the first reported case in the USA sampled Jan 19, also from Snohomish County, viewable here: 2/9— Trevor Bedford (@trvrb) March 1, 2020It’s possible that this genetic similarity is a coincidence and these are separate introductions. However, I believe this is highly unlikely. The WA1 case had a variant at site 18060. This variant is only present in 2/59 viruses from China. 4/9— Trevor Bedford (@trvrb) March 1, 2020I believe we’re facing an already substantial outbreak in Washington State that was not detected until now due to narrow case definition requiring direct travel to China. 6/9— Trevor Bedford (@trvrb) March 1, 2020We’re hoping to update soon with better estimates of the number of infections in Washington State using available data. 8/9— Trevor Bedford (@trvrb) March 1, 2020An update, because I see people overly speculating on total outbreak size. Our best current expectation is a few hundred current infections. Expect more analyses tomorrow.— Trevor Bedford (@trvrb) March 1, 2020Through Sunday, there were only 71 confirmed cases in the United States, although that is mostly a function of testing limitations; over the weekend the Food and Drug Administration announced that testing for the coronavirus would be greatly expanded in the country, a move that is expected to improve the pace of detecting infections and help identify patterns of suspected or confirmed cases.It may also result in hundreds if not thousands of new confirmed cases, and has already prompted a furious hoarding of provisions in what may be a harbinger of the panicked response that could descend upon the nation once the CDC admits there are thousands of domestic cases.Republished from with permissionThe post Study Finds COVID-19 Has Been Spreading in Washington State for 6 Weeks, Infecting 150-1,500 appeared first on We Are Change.
Humanity is Making a Very Important Decision When It Comes to AssangePosted: 01 Mar 2020 10:49 AM PSTThe propagandists have all gone dead silent on the WikiLeaks founder they previously were smearing with relentless viciousness, because they no longer have an argument.The facts are all in, and yes, it turns out the US government is certainly and undeniably working to exploit legal loopholes to imprison a journalist for exposing its war crimes. That is happening, and there is no justifying it.So the narrative managers, by and large, have gone silent.Which is good. Because it gives us an opening to seize control of the narrative.It’s time to go on the offensive with this. Assange supporters have gotten so used to playing defense that it hasn’t fully occurred to us to go on a full-blown charge. I’ve been guilty of this as well; I’ll be letting myself get bogged down in some old, obsolete debate with someone about some obscure aspect of the Swedish case or something, not realizing that none of that matters anymore. All the narrative manipulations that were used to get Assange to this point are impotent, irrelevant expenditures of energy compared to the fact that we now have undeniable evidence that the US government is working to set a precedent which will allow it to jail any journalist who exposes its misdeeds, and we can now force Assange’s smearers to confront this reality.“Should journalists be jailed for exposing US war crimes? Yes or no?”That’s the debate now. Not Russia. Not Sweden. Not whether he followed proper bail protocol or washed his dishes at the embassy. That’s old stuff. That’s obsolete. That’s playing defense.Now we play offense: “Should journalists be jailed for exposing US war crimes? Yes or no?”Demand an answer. Call attention to them and demand that they answer. Dig them out of their hidey holes and make them answer this. Drag them out into the light and make them answer this question in front of everyone. Because that is all this is about now.Don’t get sidetracked. Don’t get tricked into debating defensively. Force the issue: the US government is trying to establish and normalize the practice of extraditing and imprisoning journalists for exposing its misdeeds. That is the issue to focus on.You will find that anyone who dares to stick their head above the parapet and smear Assange now gets very, very squirmy if you pin them down and force them to address this issue. Because they cannot answer without admitting that they are wrong. And that they’ve been wrong this entire time. It’s a completely unassailable argument.We now have two and a half months to prepare for the second half of Julian Assange’s extradition hearing: all of March, all of April, and half of May. We’re going to need all that time to seize control of the narrative and make it very, very clear to the world that a very important decision is about to be made by the powerful on our behalf, if we don’t make that decision for them.This really is do or die time, humans. If we allow them to extradite and imprison Julian Assange for practicing journalism, that’s it. It’s over. We might as well all stop caring what happens to the world and sit on our hands while the oligarchs drive us to ecological disaster, nuclear annihilation or authoritarian dystopia. It’s impossible to hold power accountable if you’re not even allowed to see what it’s doing.If we, the many, don’t have the spine to stand up against the few and say “No, we get to find out facts about you bastards and use it to inform our worldview, you don’t get to criminalize that,” then we certainly won’t have the spine it will take to wrest control of this world away from the hands of sociopathic plutocrats and take our fate into our own hands. We are deciding, right now, what we are made of. And what we want to become.This is it. This is the part of the movie where we collectively choose the red pill or the blue pill. We are collectively being asked a question here, and our answer to that question will determine the entire course we will take as a species.So what’s it going to be, humanity?Truth, or lies?Light, or darkness?A world where we can hold power to account with the light of truth, or a world where power decides what’s true for us?A world with free speech and a free press, or a world where journalists are imprisoned whenever they expose the evils of the most powerful institutions on this planet?A world where we all actively fight to free Assange and get the job done, or a giant, irreversible leap toward the end of humanity as we know it?Do we free Assange?Or do we sit complacent with our Netflix and our KFC and trust the authority figures to do what’s best?Do we take the red pill?Or do we take the blue one?Choose your path, humans.Choose wisely.Republished from with permissionThe post Humanity is Making a Very Important Decision When It Comes to Assange appeared first on We Are Change.
Panic Coronavirus Hoarding Begins at Stores Across the United StatesPosted: 01 Mar 2020 10:15 AM PSTUpdate (March 1): Increasing fear of a Covid-19 outbreak has forced many Americans out of their homes to panic buy food at Costco stores across the country this weekend:Mass fear of the corona virus cause people to panic and stock up on water, toilet paper and Clorox wipes at all the Costco stores. Crazy— kwolfgramm (@Pasifikisland3r) March 1, 2020Who ya gonna call? Virus Busters! #coronavirus #COVID19 #WHO #USA #Canada #CostcoPanicBuying #Costco #panic #panicbuying— Bound Here By Evil! (@Da_Show_Stopper) March 1, 2020Costco in Adelaide today (not my photos). All checkouts open with 40 minute wait (normally 5), lineup half the length of the building, with pallets of toilet paper flying out the door. There are only 3 confirmed cases of #coronavirus, with 2 recovered, in South Australia.— Joseph Skewes (@josephskewes) March 1, 2020Costco stores are flooded with customers buying health care items in bulk as fears of the coronavirus outbreak spread across the U.S.— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 1, 2020Really should have done my regular Costco run last week. I’ve never seen it like this. This is a few miles north of Seattle.— Karen Weise (@KYWeise) February 29, 20209am at Costco in San Jose.
Workers were baffled by the lines and said it’s only like this at Christmas.
Water is now gone, as is Theraflu and other basic necessities.All I wanted to get was dog food. ???? #coronavirus #COVID19— theRzaSays…VOTE! (@theRza2u) February 29, 2020Panic! At the Costco— smallpox man (@wuhan_tictli) February 29, 2020I live in the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Washington State. My advice for those elsewhere – go to Costco now. Thousands of people at local stores yesterday – not where you want to be if there is a virus spreading. Glad I went a week ago.— Brian K (@briankSEA) March 1, 2020Honey, let’s go down to Costco before it gets busy with corona virus shoppers…What the….? #Coronavirustruth #coronavirusus #SundayThoughts PLS don’t fall for the 24/7 news panic.— Bob WWG1WGA MAGAveteran (@pink_slips) March 1, 2020And apparently everyone has different priorities ahead of a possible pandemic. As one person loaded up on “condoms and a big jar of coconut oil.”I was sent to a Costco to see if people are stocking up (even though health officials say it’s not necessary) in case COVID-19 gets more serious here. This guy came out of the store with 16 boxes of condoms and a big jar of coconut oil. We all have priorities.— Jill Bennett (@jillreports) February 29, 2020* * *The same long lines that we’ve seen in China, Japan, South Korea, and across the world as people panic buy food and health supplies have started in the US.On Saturday, the US Surgeon General urged people to “stop buying masks,” saying on Twitter that they’re not effective in preventing the general public from catching coronavirus.Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS!They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) February 29, 2020Despite the CDC telling everyone to calm down, alleged video of long lines pouring out of a Costco store in Brooklyn, New York, surfaced on YouTube Saturday afternoon.This angle shows hundreds of people lined up outside of the Brooklyn Costco today in the freezing cold for a chance to load up on supplies amid virus fears.@WFANTrades
In Brooklyn.
8:58 this morning.
It opens at 9.
As if the damn apocalypse will be upon us by this afternoon.
??— Sitesh Shah (@SSWfan) February 29, 2020This comes days after we reported Hawaiians raced to Sam’s Club and Costco to panic buy food and health supplies as virus fears surge.And as we noted earlier today: “The great panic of 2020 is underway” as Americans are now stocking up on supplies as a pandemic could be imminent.Republished from with permissionThe post Panic Coronavirus Hoarding Begins at Stores Across the United States appeared first on We Are Change.
Panic Buying Begins! Is Trump Really To Blame??Posted: 01 Mar 2020 09:56 AM PSTAnd so it begins.The post Panic Buying Begins! Is Trump Really To Blame?? appeared first on We Are Change.

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