SimplyInfo.org Coronavirus Live Blog 4.17.2020

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This tweet of data from the UK shows some things that are quite off in the UK outbreak:
As of 9am 17 April, 438,991 tests have concluded, with 21,328 tests on 16 April. 341,551 people have been tested of which 108,692 tested positive. As of 5pm on 16 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 14,576 have sadly died. pic.twitter.com/BkOC0O9EUy — Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) April 17, 2020

The death rate vs. positive tests shows a 13% death rate. Other countries showed about 1-3% death rates. Nearly 1/3 of the tests conducted are positive. Other cities and countries are showing a much lower ratio of positive tests to total tests. The UK could either be only testing people they are reasonably sure have the virus such as hospital cases, or they have a much more widespread outbreak than their testing indicates.

In the 24 hours ending at 8 p.m. ET Thursday, 4,591 people were reported to have died from coronavirus; the prior daily record was 2,569, on Wednesday.

Experts: 90 percent of US coronavirus deaths could have been avoided if measures taken just two weeks earlier

Coyotes continue to take over San Francisco

Trump backs off claim he can override states on reopening

White House reopening guidelines get mixed reviews

Six people who attended a SC funeral died of the virus

Fox personalities try to justify more deaths as a trade off for reopening economy

How rural hospitals are ill equipped to deal with virus outbreaks

Sioux Falls has cases at multiple day care centers, a residential hospital for disabled children, bus drivers, multiple nursing homes, and a string of retail stores.

Rapid City, SD begins offering antibody testing in the hopes of creating antibody blood plasma treatments. Avera health begins offering antibody treatments as part of a larger study.

Care home in Montreal abandoned by sick and fearful staff, taken over by authorities

Japan paint company creates anti-coronavirus paint coating. 

Trump threatens he would restore WHO funding if agency head resigns

Hong Kong had 1 new case today

Editorial; Japan must not make the same mistakes from Fukushima with the pandemic

Researchers discover high heat doesn’t kill virus but the right chemicals do.

Study found a public bath in China allowed the virus to transmit among visitors after the infected person left.

Contract tracing apps raise fears of surveillance state 

Google and Apple reveal details of contact tracing apps

Google & Apple contact tracing apps face EU scrutiny

Australia has a contact tracing app, so does the UK

States recall some KN95 masks after discovering counterfeit masks and ones that don’t meet standards. 

Angry former hospital worker hacks procurement system, stops urgent shipments of PPE

Miami hospital sees potential in stem cell treatments against virus

Texas lab makes stem cell treatments for virus trial

Seattle patient likely got virus in the hospital

Workers are turning employers in to OSHA for not providing virus protections

Cases rise among homeless population, shelters in Seattle

91% of cases tested in Seattle are negative

 

 

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