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Re: covid-19 epidemiologic data

Postby TheVat on July 17th, 2020, 6:49 pm 

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-sho ... ospital-da

Wonder why the administration wants more control of this type of data. Hmm.
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Re: covid-19 epidemiologic data

Postby charon on July 17th, 2020, 7:15 pm 

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Re: covid-19 epidemiologic data

Postby TheVat on July 18th, 2020, 4:23 pm 

https://epi.ufl.edu/articles/silent-tra ... id-19.html

Half of transmission is silent.

The new model estimates that even if all cases of people with symptoms are immediately isolated, the disease will continue to spread stealthily via symptomless infections. This means that many people are silently transmitting the virus and driving the pandemic’s spread—either because they do not yet know they are ill, or because they are asymptomatic carriers who are infectious but never develop symptoms.

“The single biggest lesson of this is that we need to prioritize contact tracing,” Singer says. “Without that, we won’t get any traction against the virus. But the question is, where will it be most effective?”
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Re: covid-19 epidemiologic data

Postby Serpent on July 18th, 2020, 5:54 pm 

From the
TheVat wrote:https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/07/17/892357733/with-cdc-pulled-off-data-collection-some-states-lose-access-to-covid-hospital-da

Wonder why the administration wants more control of this type of data.

Besides that redacting opportunity?
from that article:
The Trump administration had said the reporting change was needed because of reporting delays and other problems with the CDC.

I suspect it's more the "other problems", as delay doesn't seem to be an issue for this administration.

So - with unfamiliar and sometimes incompatible platforms, overwork, overstressed human and computing capability, being rushed into the change and garbled information through crossed lines of communication - whatever arrives will be approximate at best. Where, precisely, do the reports arrive? Who sees it first? Who decides what to do with it?

Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the C.D.C. director, and José Arrieta, the chief information officer for the Department of Health and Human Services — defended the decision in a conference call with reporters, saying that the new database was necessary to expedite and streamline data, which is used to help the government make decisions about where to deploy personal protective gear or drugs like remdesivir https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/15/us/politics/coronavirus-database.html.

Oh, I see. To decide which [friendly] states get first dibs on resources and which [nasty] ones, get left out in the cold. That makes sense.

Plus: ""Here's ten million. I want you to do us a favor, though..."
But the officials had no explanation for the TeleTracking contract, which was awarded on a sole-source basis, federal records show. Mr. Arrieta said he was not involved in the contract negotiations. The company did not respond to emails seeking comment.
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Re: covid-19 epidemiologic data

Postby toucana on July 23rd, 2020, 7:53 am 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uLJkpH__os

Within the next two weeks, USA will reach 4 million known cases of COVID-19 infections

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/22/health/us-coronavirus-wednesday/index.html

The tabulation below shows that the time interval between each million cases is now *halving*.
January 21 —> First reported case in USA

April 29 —> I million cases in USA —> 99 days

June 10 —> 2 million cases in USA —> 43 days

July 8 —> 3 million cases in USA —> 28 days

August 5 —> 4 million cases (projected) —> 14 days
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Re: covid-19 epidemiologic data

Postby TheVat on August 2nd, 2020, 10:30 am 

No one who has parented small children will be surprised to learn about these new findings....

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamape ... le/2768952

Children are susceptible to infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) but generally present with mild symptoms compared with adults.1 Children drive spread of respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses in the population,2 but data on children as sources of SARS-CoV-2 spread are sparse.

Early reports did not find strong evidence of children as major contributors to SARS-CoV-2 spread,3 but school closures early in pandemic responses thwarted larger-scale investigations of schools as a source of community transmission. As public health systems look to reopen schools and day cares, understanding transmission potential in children will be important to guide public health measures. Here, we report that replication of SARS-CoV-2 in older children leads to similar levels of viral nucleic acid as adults, but significantly greater amounts of viral nucleic acid are detected in children younger than 5 years.
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Re: covid-19 epidemiologic data

Postby toucana on August 3rd, 2020, 5:43 am 

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The BBC Persian language service has published a report claiming that nearly three times as many people have died in Iran from COVID-19 than the Iranian government has admitted to.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-53598965

The information is said to have come from a whistle-blower within the Iranian government, and it includes large amounts of detail such as independently verifiable names and dates of daily hospital admissions and subsequent deaths.

The government's own records appear to show almost 42,000 people died with Covid-19 symptoms up to 20 July, versus 14,405 reported by its health ministry.

The number of people known to be infected is also almost double official figures: 451,024 as opposed to 278,827.

In recent weeks, it has suffered a second steep rise in the number of cases.

The first death in Iran from Covid-19 was recorded on 22 January, according to lists and medical records that have been passed to the BBC. This was almost a month before the first official case of coronavirus was reported there.

Tehran, the capital, has the highest number of deaths with 8,120 people who died with Covid-19 or symptoms similar to it.

The city of Qom, the initial epicentre of the virus in Iran, is worst hit proportionally, with 1,419 deaths - that is one death with Covid-19 for every 1,000 people.

It is notable that, across the country, 1,916 deaths were non-Iranian nationals. This indicates a disproportionate number of deaths amongst migrants and refugees, who are mostly from neighbouring Afghanistan.

Lockdown measures were imposed over the Nowruz (Iranian New Year) holidays at the end of the third week in March, and there was a corresponding decline in cases and deaths.

But as government restrictions were relaxed, the cases and deaths started to rise again after late-May.

Crucially the first recorded death on the leaked list occurred on 22 January, a month before the first case of coronavirus was officially reported in Iran.

At the time Health Ministry officials were adamant in acknowledging not a single case of coronavirus in the country, despite reports by journalists inside Iran, and warnings from various medical professionals.

In 28 days until the first official acknowledgement on 19 February, 52 people had already died.

The start of outbreak coincided both with the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and with parliamentary elections.

These were major opportunities for the Islamic Republic to demonstrate its popular support and not risk damaging it because of the virus.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, accused some of wanting to use the coronavirus to undermine the election.
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