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·         US: Coronavirus lockdown could last 10-12 Weeks

·         US: ‘I’m definitely going to get it. We all are,’ N.J.’s top health official says as she leads the state’s coronavirus war

·         Israeli doctor in Italy: We no longer help those over 60

·         Spain has nationalized all of its private hospitals as the country goes into coronavirus lockdown

·         It's called 'flattening the curve' 




Coronavirus lockdown could last 10-12 WEEKS:

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin warns millions may have to stay home until June in to slow the spread as he nears deal that will pump $1TRILLION into the economy and give families $3K each


o   Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin shared details on Fox News Sunday, saying 'we're looking at a 10 to 12-week scenario'

o   Mnuchin said: 'I think the president has every expectation this is going to look a lot better four or eight weeks from now'

o   He said he hopes Congress will vote on a new bill on Monday

o   Combined with actions undertaken by Federal Reserve and the administration, the prospective bill would have a $2 trillion net impact on a U.S. economy

o   Nearly one in four Americans, or 80 million, were under orders to close up shop and stay home

o   New York, California, Illinois, Connecticut, Oregon and New Jersey, among other states have instituted statewide lockdowns

o   Questioned about the time it took the government to take action against the spread, Mnuchin said: 'Nobody expected this to take off at the rate it did'

o   Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?


By Leah Simpson for and Reuters

on Daily Mail (UK) - Mar 22, 2020


The lockdown affecting 80 million people - nearly one in four of the American population - to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus is likely to last 10 to 12 weeks, or until early June, US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has said.


Americans are adapting to the biggest change in daily life since World War Two with schools closed, sports canceled and economic upheaval as job losses mount with the shuttering of businesses across many industries.


Hospitals are scrambling for protective equipment for healthcare workers and ventilators as they brace for a wave of patients who will need help breathing. U.S. cases climbed to over 25,000 on Sunday morning and at least 325 people have died, with about half the cases in New York state, according to a Reuters tally.


The virus has killed over 13,000 globally and infected more than 300,000, prompting the likes of California, New York, Illinois and Texas to close non-essential business and ban large gatherings.


Asked how long state-wide stay at home orders could last, Mncuhin said on Fox News Sunday 'we're looking at a 10 to 12-week' scenario'...





‘I’m definitely going to get it. We all are,’ N.J.’s top health official says as she leads the state’s coronavirus war


By Kelly Heyboer | NJ Advance Media for (NJ)

Mar 21, 2020


Nearing the end of another 16-hour day overseeing New Jersey’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Judith Persichilli pauses at the door of her crisis conference room to answer a final question.


Persichilli, the state health commissioner, has become a familiar face in the state as the woman who calmly announces how many people have tested positive and died of COVID-19 disease each day. Behind the scenes, she is the health official who has been running the state’s day-to-day battle against the virus.


But at age 71, Persichilli is squarely in the age range that experts are warning to be most cautious.


“Are you worried,” I ask, “that you’ll get the coronavirus eventually?”


She smiles.


“I’m definitely going to get it. We all are,” Persichilli says matter-of-factly. “I’m just waiting.”


It will probably be mild. She’ll feel sick for a few days, then hopefully get better, she says. It may not be this month or this year. But, she’s studied all the coronavirus pandemic algorithms and consulted the experts.


It’s coming for her — and me. And you, she fears.


The question now is how to best get New Jersey ready, she says.


Persichilli, a nurse and veteran hospital executive, doesn’t throw disaster scenarios around lightly. As the state’s highest-ranking health official, she has been thinking about COVID-19 disease for as long as anyone in New Jersey. She convened the first meeting with her staff on Jan. 24 to discuss what they saw happening in Wuhan, China.


They began sketching out the first draft of a disaster plan that day in this room where Persichilli is standing — the 8th floor conference room in the state Department of Health building in Trenton.


“It seemed that we were being cautious. We are really proud of ourselves. We said let’s get our emergency preparedness plan. Let’s get it documented. Let’s make sure it gets to the governor’s office and that they know what we’re doing,” Persichilli says.


At the time, the state health department was planning for the coronavirus in New Jersey to be similar to the last H1N1 flu outbreak. Serious, but not stunning.


Persichilli and her staff learned on Feb. 3 they had their first hint of the coronavirus in New Jersey — a woman flying into Newark Liberty International Airport from China with symptoms. The traveller was quarantined for 14 days, then sent home.


Now, just a few weeks later, Persichilli has appeared at more than a dozen news conferences announcing a dramatic rise in coronaviruses cases and deaths every day. Her calm demeanor as she’s read the numbers hasn’t wavered, even as the total cases began to skyrocket...


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Israeli doctor in Italy: We no longer help those over 60

Israeli medical doctor Gai Peleg told Israeli television that in northern Italy the orders are not to allow those over 60 access to respiratory machines.


Jerusalem Post

Mar 22, 2020


Italy suffered more coronavirus-related victims than China with 4,825 confirmed deaths and 5,000 confirmed patients in the last 24 hours, Channel 12 reported on Sunday.


Israeli doctor Gai Peleg, who is currently working to save lives in Parma, Italy, told Channel 12 that things are only getting worse as the number of patients keeps growing. 


As his department receives coronavirus patients who are terminally ill the focus is to allow patients to meet loved ones and communicate with them during their last moments despite the quarantine regulations. Other reports claim that, as the numbers of dead increases, some families find themselves unable to secure a proper burial for their loved ones. 


Peleg said that, from what he sees and hears in the hospital, the instructions are not to offer access to artificial respiratory machines to patients over 60 as such machines are limited in number...





Spain has nationalized all of its private hospitals as the country goes into coronavirus lockdown


o   The Spanish government has nationalized all private hospitals and healthcare providers as the country suffers a surge in coronavirus cases.

o   The Spanish government has also declared a state of emergency and mobilized the military.

o   Spain is now one of the worst-affected countries outside China and second to only Italy in Europe.


Adam Payne, Business Insider 

Mar 16, 2020


The Spanish government has nationalized all of its hospitals and healthcare providers in the country in its latest move to combat the spread of the coronavirus.


The Ministry of Health in Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's administration on Monday announced it would put all of Spain's private health providers and their facilities into public control as the spread of COVID-19 continues to grip the country.


The step was announced by Salvador Illa, Spain's health minister, The Guardian reported.


Illa also said fourth-year medical students in Spain would be asked to help the country's health service, Politico reported, while companies capable of producing medical equipment should get in touch with the government.


Spain is one of the worst-affected countries outside China, and its government has taken a number of extraordinary steps in an attempt to combat the spread of the coronavirus.


The government last week declared a state of national emergency, closing schools and public spaces and telling citizens they can leave the house only to go to work and buy essentials like food and medicine...


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It's called 'flattening the curve'

What we need now is for everyone to reduce their own risk.


Dr. Richard Raymond, Feedstuffs 

Mar 17, 2020


Many of you have probably seen the graphic below that has become second nature when talking about all the quarantines and school closures along with bans on public gatherings. I want to explain what it means, but first a little mea culpa.


I penned a blog in February downplaying the significance of a new variant coronavirus called COVID-19. But I also ended the blot with these two sentences:


“We have not quarantined Americans since the early 1960s for then smallpox out breaks.


What does the CDC know that they are not sharing?”


What CDC knew, that I did not, was that Iran, Italy and South Korea were being inundated with wide spread coronavirus, or COVID-19. Hospitals in those countries, along with China, were flooded with the virus’ victims and unable to care for the dacurve.pngily medical illnesses that don’t take a break during a pandemic.


They have even shut down restaurants and grocery stores, and their hospitals have no respirators available to keep people suffering from other pulmonary illnesses alive.


What we are experiencing with all the closures being called for by government officials is an attempt to slow the spread, to flatten the curve.


What we will probably not see is a decrease in actual number of victims but will see their diagnosis spread out over a longer period of time.


That means if you get sick with COVID-19 you might be cared for in a hospital’s ICU instead of a tent out in the parking lot.


What that also means is that if you are in a car wreck and collapse a lung, there might be a ventilator available to save your life.


There is a lot of misinformation out there, and I was a part of it. There are also a lot of unknowns, like how long will this last?


My state’s governor announced all ski resorts had to shut down and that “will save thousands of lives.” I doubt that but it might have helped flatten the curve.


Our President said it is all some other country’s fault and we will soon have a vaccine. I also doubt that but hope I am wrong.


If you are feeling a bit slighted because you cannot buy toilet paper, think of the thousands of kids who counted on a school breakfast and lunch that are now hungry.


Think of the working moms who now have kids home from school.


Talk to an ICU doctor in Seattle, Wash., that disputes the common phrasing when reporting on the virus that for the average healthy American it is no more than the common cold. They are seeing healthy 40-year-olds going into ventricular fibrillation and dying...