Pandemic News That Never Made The News

The weekend and time for the IST ‘famous’ FYI posts……

The updated count…. bad news is….Cases– 2.2 million  Deaths–119,000

Now for the news that never really made the news with everything that is happening by the moment…but some stuff I feel you need to know….

First, for you dog lovers……

The FDA has issued a warning for dog lovers……

The Food and Drug Administration has issued recommendations for pet owners during the coronavirus pandemic, encouraging social distancing practices for cats and dogs.

An FDA fact sheet from April 30 indicates that pets should not interact with people or other animals outside the immediate household. Cats should be kept indoors when possible, and dogs should be kept on a leash that can maintain at least six feet distance from other humans and animals.

This is some sad news for those of us that use a flush toilet…..

According to new research, The New York Times reports, flushing the toilet could kick up a cloud of aerosol droplets that have the potential to carry infectious virus particles including the COVID-causing coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

With the help of computer simulations of bathroom environments, as detailed in the paper published in the journal Physics of Fluids today, the researchers observed a “massive upward transport of virus particles” that reached “above the toilet seat, leading to large-scale virus spread.”

It’s doesn’t come as much of a shock.

Then there are all those treatments for the virus…from untried drugs to consumption of bleach to UV light and now toad vomit therapy….

It seems that the famous Isaac Newton had a recipe for a treatment of the plague that is now on-line as a virus treatment…..

Sir Isaac Newton — famous for developing the three laws of motion and advancing calculus — apparently had a far-out idea for how to treat the plague, also called the black death: toad-vomit lozenges.

In addition to recommending a number of gemstone amulets against the plague, he gave detailed instructions on how to make the putrid toad-vomit treatment, according to two unpublished pages handwritten by Newton that are now on the auction block.

Newton describes in detail how to suspend a toad by its legs in a chimney for three days, until it vomits up “earth with various insects in it.” This vomit must be caught on “a dish of yellow wax,” he added.

(there is more)

One last thought…remember that “miracle drug” that Trump was pushing on the nation?

Well seems that there is a problem now…..

The US now has more hydroxychloroquine than it knows what to do with following a series of studies that concluded the drug is an ineffective and potentially dangerous treatment for COVID-19. The federal government, which started stockpiling the drug in March, now has 63 million surplus doses of the drug, donated by companies including Novartis, and another 2 million doses of chloroquine, the New York Times reports. Some 31 million doses from the Strategic National Stockpile were distributed before the FDA withdrew its emergency authorization of the drug to treat the coronavirus. President Trump championed the drug for months, hailing it as a possible “game-changer” and announcing that he was taking it himself.

“Nationally, we put a great emphasis on one drug, hydroxychloroquine,” David Holtgrave, the dean of the School of Public Health at the University at Albany, tells CNN. “I worry that history will judge this as having over-invested in one treatment pathway as opposed to looking more broadly at a larger number of treatment candidates,” says Holtgrave, co-author of a hydroxychloroquine study. Dr. Rick Bright, the official who says he was ousted for opposing the administration’s push to use hydroxychloroquine, tweeted Monday that the drugs, some of which came from factories overseas that had not been certified by the FDA, “should never have been brought into our country and should be destroyed.”

There is the news that fell through the cracks on this pandemic thing because of the breaking news that will not cease.

Speaking to stupid purchasing how about those useless test tubes that was bought by the Trump administration….

Since May, the Trump administration has paid a fledgling Texas company $7.3 million for test tubes needed in tracking the spread of the coronavirus nationwide. But, instead of the standard vials, Fillakit LLC has supplied plastic tubes made for bottling soda, which state health officials say are unusable.

The state officials say that these “preforms,” which are designed to be expanded with heat and pressure into 2-liter soda bottles, don’t fit the racks used in laboratory analysis of test samples. Even if the bottles were the right size, experts say, the company’s process likely contaminated the tubes and could yield false test results. Fillakit employees, some not wearing masks, gathered the miniature soda bottles with snow shovels and dumped them into plastic bins before squirting saline into them, all in the open air, according to former employees and ProPublica’s observation of the company’s operations.

Be Well….Be Safe…..

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

8 thoughts on “Pandemic News That Never Made The News

  1. Now someone is going to read about the toad-vomit tablets, and start to sell them! Toads will be hanging in chimneys all over the world.
    Best wishes, Pete.

      1. and unregulated capitalism at that–you ask for one thing and don’t regulate it, they give you a crap product. Yeah, glass would be better, or laboratory grade plastic that can be sterilized repeatedly. What the hell were they thinking on that one. Ugh. Should’ve had someone check that out first.

      2. It is like a lot of the “contracts” companies get… oversight just throw money at them….chuq

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