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Over 2,700 NYC residents quarantined in homes over coronavirus fears
By Julia Marsh
March 5, 2020 | 5:17pm 
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City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot, pictured at a previous press conference, said today that the City is monitoring thousands of people in home isolation. Gregory P. Mango

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About 2,800 New York City residents are under quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus — and some could face fines or jail time if they venture outside their homes, officials said Thursday.
“The powers that we have could involve the police,” city Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot warned during a news conference at One Police Plaza.
The city’s Department of Health was monitoring 2,773 people in “home isolation” as of Thursday morning, according to an afternoon update from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office.
Only two, husband-and-wife health care workers from Manhattan, were under a mandatory quarantine order imposed when she tested positive for coronavirus following the couple’s return from Iran last week.
But officials said the number of people confined to their homes — either voluntarily or under orders — would almost certainly rise amid the outbreak.
“We’re all very sober right now about what tomorrow could bring,” de Blasio said.
“We’re going to get more and more mandatory as needed.”
Officials said the people under quarantine were subject to unannounced spot checks several times a week, with some conducted by the “health police.”
Those DOH employees are sworn peace officers with the legal authority make arrests, use physical force and conduct searches — although they can’t carry guns unless they’re licensed.

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De Blasio claimed the city wouldn’t face a shortage of workers to enforce the safety measures because the DOH has been authorized to hire employees and also borrow from the city’s hospital system.
The DOH asked any New Yorker who has visited the five hotbeds for infection — China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan — to “self-isolate as a precaution” for 14 days following their return.
Barbot also issued an order mandating coronavirus testing for any teacher, health-care worker or first responder employed by the city who is considered at risk of being infected.
Anyone who refuses to be tested will be ordered confined to their home or “such other location determined by the Department,” the order says.
In Westchester County, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, the number of people quarantined was “maybe higher” than the 1,000 he announced on Wednesday, following confirmation that a lawyer from New Rochelle, identified by sources as Lawrence Garbuz, was the state’s second coronavirus case.
Of those, Cuomo said, “two or three dozen” are under mandatory quarantine.
When asked why the governor’s numbers were so vague, a state Department of Health spokeswoman said that “the number of people under self-isolation and/or quarantine changes almost daily.”
City and state laws don’t provide any penalties for violating voluntary quarantine, which is the “preferred method” of isolating carriers or potential carriers of contagious diseases, according to an official Public Health Legal Manual published in 2011.
But if people refuse to comply, they can be subjected to involuntary quarantine by order of the health commissioner in New York City, or by local boards of health elsewhere in the state.
Breaking involuntary confinement can result in fines of between $200 and $2,000 per day in the city and up to $2,000 per incident elsewhere.
Violations that pose an immediate danger to the public can also result in arrest and prosecution on a misdemeanor charge.
Also Thursday, ex-Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason cited the morning’s front-page story in The Post on his WFAN radio show while blasting the “moron” who violated his quarantine to attend a party organized by Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, which Esiason’s cystic fibrosis-stricken son attends.
Additional reporting by Yaron Steinbuch


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Date: March 7, 2020Author: Nwo Report

“They didn’t ask me anything.”

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Source: Paul Joseph Watson | Infowars.com
A journalist expressed her shock that there were no checks whatsoever for coronavirus after she landed at JFK airport having returned from Italy.
Italy is the worst hit country in Europe, with 3,296 people infected with coronavirus and a total death toll of 148.
Despite other countries such as Hungary imposing mandatory health screenings at airports for all arrivals from Italy, no such measures are being taken at many U.S. airports.

“I just landed at JFK after reporting on #coronavirus in Milan and Lombardy —the epicenter of Italy’s outbreak— for @vicenews,” tweeted Julia Lindau. “I walked right through US customs. They didn’t ask me where in Italy I went or if I came into contact with sick people. They didn’t ask me anything.”
It’s a similar situation in Europe, where even as the coronavirus started to spread to numerous countries last month, EU officials insisted that no border controls would be imposed.
The virus has now spread throughout the entire continent.
As we highlighted earlier, a new study predicts that under the “best case scenario,” coronavirus will kill 15 million people worldwide and shave $2.4 trillion off the global GDP.


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Coronavirus has mutated at least once, second strain detected: study
Date: March 6, 2020Author: Nwo Report

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The novel coronavirus that has infected thousands of people across the world may have mutated at least once — meaning there may be two different types of the virus causing illnesses, a new study conducted by Chinese scientists suggests.
Scientists with Peking University’s School of Life Sciences and the Institut Pasteur of Shanghai in a preliminary study found that one strain — type “L” —  of the virus was more aggressive and accounted for about 70 percent of the strains analyzed. The second — type “S” — was less aggressive and accounted for about 30 percent of analyzed strains.
Initially, type L was more prevalent during the “early stages of the outbreak in Wuhan,” the Chinese city in Hubei province at the center of the outbreak, the researchers said. But this strain decreased “after early January 2020.”
“Human intervention may have placed more severe selective pressure on the L type, which might be more aggressive and spread more quickly. On the other hand, the S type, which is evolutionarily older and less aggressive, might have increased in relative frequency due to relatively weaker selective pressure,” they noted.
The researchers found that second strain was likely caused by a mutation of the “ancestral version,” or type S in this case.
“Although the L type (∼70%) is more prevalent than the S type (∼30%), the S type was found to be the ancestral version,” they noted.
“These findings strongly support an urgent need for further immediate, comprehensive studies that combine genomic data, epidemiological data, and chart records of the clinical symptoms of patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),” the researchers concluded, cautioning the data available for the study was “very limited.”


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It’s a ‘false hope’ coronavirus will disappear in the summer like the flu, WHO says

Posted on March 6, 2020

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  • Earlier in the outbreak, U.S. health officials said there was a hypothesis among mathematical modelers that the outbreak “could potentially be seasonal” and relent in warmer conditions.
  • “We hope it does. That would be a godsend,” said WHO’s Dr. Mike Ryan. “But we can’t make that assumption. And there is no evidence.”

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Indian police personnel wear facemasks as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, outside a hotel in Amritsar on March 6, 2020.
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It may be incorrect to assume that COVID-19 will be seasonal and subside in the summer, like the flu, the World Health Organization said Friday.
“We have to assume that the virus will continue to have the capacity to spread,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s health emergencies program, said at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva. “It’s a false hope to say, yes, that it will disappear like the flu.”
“We hope it does. That would be a godsend,” he added. “But we can’t make that assumption. And there is no evidence.”

Earlier in the outbreak, U.S. health officials said there was a hypothesis among mathematical modelers that the outbreak “could potentially be seasonal” and relent in warmer conditions.
“Other viral respiratory diseases are seasonal, including influenza and therefore in many viral respiratory diseases we do see a decrease in disease in spring and summer,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said on a Feb. 25 conference call. “And so we can certainly be optimistic that this disease will follow suit.”
Earlier Friday, the total number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 100,000 worldwide. The majority of the cases are in mainland China, followed by South Korea, Iran and Italy. In the United States, 233 cases have been confirmed, including 14 deaths, according to John Hopkins University.
During a press briefing Monday, WHO officials said they don’t know how COVID-19 behaves, saying it’s not like influenza. They added that while much is known about the seasonal flu, such as how it’s transmitted and what treatments work to suppress the disease, that same information is still in question when it comes to the coronavirus.
“This is a unique virus, with unique features. This virus is not influenza,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “We are in uncharted territory.”
World health officials say are “deeply concerned” about the increasing number of countries reporting cases, especially those with weaker health-care systems.
Tedros said Friday that health officials are also concerned about hospitals, which have been running very “lean and mean.”
“When I say lean and mean, making it very close to what they need during normal times the number of beds they need and so on,” he said. “And that’s why we see some surprise in high-income countries and when emergencies actually arrive, triggering or expanding that lean and mean system becomes a bit difficult and at times taxing.”
He said that may force some countries to discharge patients early because the system “is adapted to lean and mean approach.”
“OK, running hospitals in a lean and mean fashion could be OK during regular times, but how can we expand the capacity in a few hours when the need comes?” he said. “It’s not COVID only by the way. It could be an earthquake, or it could be a tsunami or another disaster, whether it’s man-made or natural.”


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Empty stores, quarantined firefighters: Washington city at coronavirus epicenter reels as death toll rises
Date: March 6, 2020Author: Nwo Report 

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Source: LA Times

KIRKLAND, Wash. — 
Parents keep their children inside. Few people shake hands anymore. More than two dozen firefighters remain in quarantine. Restaurants and hair salons are close to empty.
Such is life in Kirkland, Wash., the suburb just east of Seattle known for its folksy downtown and spectacular lakefront views, but now above all as the U.S. epicenter of COVID-19.
Of the 11 U.S. deaths from the coronavirus epidemic, eight were residents of a local nursing home that is struggling to care for others who may have been infected. An additional death occurred at a Kirkland hospital.
“I can’t kiss my kids,” said Hamid Dabbaghian, a 48-year-old cashier at the Kirkland Whole Foods who recently moved here from Iran and feared catching the virus from customers. “As a newcomer to the U.S., I’m worried about my family, and worried that if I die, what will they do.”
Others in this city of 90,000 remain nonchalant or fatalistic, expressing sympathy for those who have died but determination to carry on.
“It’s not the Holocaust. It’s not Armageddon,” said Doug Evanson, 57, an Uber driver who frequently drops healthcare workers at the nursing home. “I don’t get why I need to go out and buy cases of drinking water when I can just turn on the tap.”
Kirkland is an upscale suburb on the east shore of Lake Washington, with sunset views over the water and the tops of Seattle towers beyond. Its downtown features art galleries, whimsical sculptures, a marina and a Little League baseball field.
Like many cities in the area, it’s undergoing rapid growth and gentrification, with condominium construction and rising real estate prices. It has a Google campus and Northwest University, a Christian liberal arts school.
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Kirkland, Wash., firefighters talk with a passerby Tuesday after transporting a patient to EvergreenHealth, where residents of a local nursing home have died after contracting COVID-19. A quarter of the Seattle suburb’s firefighters are in quarantine at home after being exposed to coronavirus, and some have flu-like symptoms.
(Richard Read / Los Angeles Times)

Residents awoke Saturday to the news that a man in his 50s with underlying health conditions had died from the virus the previous day at the city’s EvergreenHealth Medical Center.
At the time, it was thought to be the first U.S. death from the outbreak, but officials have since announced that two infected residents of the nursing home, Life Care Center of Kirkland, had died two days earlier.
Alarm grew as national news crews converged on the nursing home, where firefighters had been called to transport critically ill patients to the hospital.
Local stores quickly sold out of canned goods, disinfectants, toilet paper, water and other supplies as residents prepared for possible quarantine.
“This is definitely scary,” said Silas Kropp, 43, after returning Sunday to his apartment next door to the nursing facility. He had spent the previous night scrubbing disinfectant throughout the Dollar Tree store where he works.
Cars slowed in front of the nursing home as television reporters prepared for stand-ups. Neighbors stood in knots of three or four, looking up as cars drove by.
“People drive up and stare at us, like we’re in a quarantine museum,” said Stephanie Windle, 36, a next-door neighbor of the nursing home.
Bonnie Holstad stood outside the facility holding a handwritten sign expressing concern for her husband, one of more than 100 residents at the facility.
“No one at Life Care is answering the phones,” it said. “He needs to be attended to … what is his temperature?”
Ken Holstad, who has Parkinson’s disease and dementia, moved into the center after breaking his hip in a fall. His wife said he was coughing.
As of Wednesday, six Life Care residents and a woman who works there were hospitalized in Kirkland, some of them in critical condition, officials said.
On Monday, the city reported that two police officers and 27 firefighters — a quarter of its Fire Department — had been placed in quarantine after being exposed to patients from the nursing home.
Officials urged residents to stay calm and take precautions recommended nationally: Wash hands frequently, stay home when sick and avoid contact with ill people.
On Tuesday, the U.S. death toll jumped to nine, eight of those in Kirkland. That afternoon, Erica Barlow, an insurance marketing manager, kept her distance from other parents waiting outside Peter Kirk Elementary School to pick up their children.
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Erica Barlow, with her boyfriend’s son, Holden Weihs, 8, is concerned about Holden’s father, Ken, a Kirkland firefighter who is called to scenes where coronavirus patients may be present.
(Richard Read / Los Angeles Times)

Barlow smiled as her boyfriend’s 8-year-old son, Holden Weihs, ran toward her. Holden’s father, Ken, is a Kirkland firefighter, she said. He has not been quarantined but has been working overtime to cover for those who have.
“I am very concerned about him as a first responder,” Barlow said. He and other firefighters answering calls involving people with respiratory symptoms put on gloves, face masks and eye protectors.
“I do wish people would take this more seriously,” said Barlow, who had seen social-media posts lampooning people for going to extremes with precautions. “It’s not a snow day. It’s something we could actually control if we followed more of the guidelines.”
Residents with underlying health conditions are taking the situation especially seriously. Marco Safaeian, 50, a chiropractor with severe asthma, worried about his vulnerability and that of his son, who also has asthma.
“I’m afraid if I get this kind of disease, it’s going to kill me,” Safaeian said. “A lot of people I’m sure got infected, and they’re everywhere.”
One Kirkland business doing a brisk trade during the outbreak is Herban Wellness, a downtown store selling natural remedies. Owner Katya Difani, an herbalist, said her sales have jumped 70% since Saturday, with rising interest in immunity boosters and natural sanitizing spray.
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Katya Difani prepares a tincture Tuesday at her store, Herban Wellness in Kirkland, Wash. She says sales are booming as people stock up on natural sanitizers and herbal remedies.
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“A lot of my customers who are coming in are saying, ‘I’m not being fear-based; I just want to be prepared,’” Difani said.
Down the street, stylist Rita Dadyan stood in the Shop, a hair salon whose business has plunged. She took a more casual attitude than many, saying she was doing little more than washing her hands frequently.
“If you die, you die,” said Dadyan, 62. “We still live on this earth; we’re not in heaven yet. We’re going to have problems in life, but we’ll be fine.”
Barlow said she was canceling work travel and making contingency plans in case school closes for Holden and his sister, Emma, 5. Barlow turned 46 on Wednesday, and planned a different kind of birthday celebration.
“I don’t think we’re going to go out to dinner,” she said. “I kind of prefer to stay inside.”


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