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D. Carlton Rossi

COVID-19




                        


Chinese Whistleblowers ‘Retract’ Letter Exposing Coronavirus Chaos in Wuhan

John Hayward


February 28, 2020


Two medical workers from hospitals in Guangzhou, China, wrote a profoundly disturbing letter to famed British medical journal the Lancet this week, detailing hideous working conditions in coronavirus wards, dire shortages of medical supplies, and an atmosphere of anxiety and despair among nursing staff.

The letter was suddenly retracted on Wednesday at the request of the authors, raising suspicions they were pressured to discredit themselves by the Chinese Communist Party.

The conditions they reported seeing in the isolation ward were very different from the Chinese Communist Party’s official narrative about an outbreak coming under control after diligent and professional work by well-trained and well-equipped doctors.

Zeng and Zhan pleaded for help from the international community to cope with an epidemic out of control and an over-stressed Chinese medical system on the brink of collapse:

The conditions and environment here in Wuhan are more difficult and extreme than we could ever have imagined. There is a severe shortage of protective equipment, such as N95 respirators, face shields, goggles, gowns, and gloves. The goggles are made of plastic that must be repeatedly cleaned and sterilised in the ward, making them difficult to see through. Due to the need for frequent hand washing, several of our colleagues’ hands are covered in painful rashes. As a result of wearing an N95 respirator for extended periods of time and layers of protective equipment, some nurses now have pressure ulcers on their ears and forehead. When wearing a mask to speak with patients, our voices are muted, so we have to speak very loudly. Wearing four layers of gloves is abnormally clumsy and does not work—we can’t even open the packaging bags for medical devices, so giving patients injections is a huge challenge. In order to save energy and the time it takes to put on and take off protective clothing, we avoid eating and drinking for 2 hours before entering the isolation ward. Often, nurses’ mouths are covered in blisters. Some nurses have fainted due to hypoglycemia and hypoxia.

In addition to the physical exhaustion, we are also suffering psychologically. While we are professional nurses, we are also human. Like everyone else, we feel helplessness, anxiety, and fear. Experienced nurses occasionally find the time to comfort colleagues and try to relieve our anxiety. But even experienced nurses may also cry, possibly because we do not know how long we need to stay here and we are the highest-risk group for COVID-19 infection. So far 1716 Chinese staff have been infected with COVID-19 and nine of them have unfortunately passed away. Due to an extreme shortage of health-care professionals in Wuhan, 14 000 nurses from across China have voluntarily come to Wuhan to support local medical health-care professionals. But we need much more help. We are asking nurses and medical staff from countries around the world to come to China now, to help us in this battle.




The Zeng and Zhan letter has been zapped by Chinese authorities








               



Chinese City Orders Cats, Dogs off the Menu After Coronavirus Outbreak


Simon Kent


February 27, 2020


The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen wants local restaurants to take dogs and cats off their menus as the country clamps down on the wildlife trade scientists suspect led to the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Reuters reports a new city regulation states only nine meats that are permitted for consumption, including pork, chicken, beef and rabbit, as well as fish and seafood.

“Banning the consumption of wild animals is a common practice in developed countries and is a universal requirement of modern civilization,” the notice said.

Apart from dogs, the new Shenzhen act bars snake, frog and turtle meat from the dinner table.

The annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival is one of the most controversial food festivals in China and sees thousands of dogs cruelly killed, skinned and cooked with blow-torches before being eaten by the locals, as Breitbart News has reported.

The Yulin Dog Meat Festival sees organizers routinely skin, boil, hang, and cut the limbs off of dogs while they are still alive. (Picture courtesy Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation)

The festival began in 2010 and occurs every year on the first day of the summer solstice. Those who partake believe that eating dog meat cools the body in the summer months.

Each year in China, over 10 million dogs and four million cats are reportedly murdered for their meat. Most of these dogs are domestic pets stolen from families or strays taken from the streets and sent to notorious slaughter houses.



https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2020/02/27/chinese-city-orders-cats-dogs-off-the-menu-after-coronavirus-outbreak/






      




                    
              



Coronavirus far more likely than Sars to bond to human cells due to HIV-like mutation, scientists say


Research by team from Nankai University shows new virus has mutated gene similar to those found in HIV and Ebola

Finding may help scientists understand how the infection spreads and where it came from

Stephen Chen in Beijing


Published: 12:30am, 27 Feb, 2020

Updated: 1:32am, 27 Feb, 2020


When looking at the genome sequence of the new coronavirus, Professor Ruan Jishou and his team at Nankai University in Tianjin found a section of mutated genes that did not exist in Sars, but were similar to those found in HIV and Ebola.

“This finding suggests that 2019-nCoV [the new coronavirus] may be significantly different from the Sars coronavirus in the infection pathway,” the scientists said in a paper published this month on Chinaxiv.org, a platform used by the Chinese Academy of Sciences to release scientific research papers before they have been peer-reviewed.The virus uses the outreaching spike protein to hook on to the host cell, but normally this protein is inactive. The cleavage site structure’s job is to trick the human furin protein, so it will cut and activate the spike protein and cause a “direct fusion” of the viral and cellular membranes.

Compared to the Sars’ way of entry, this binding method is “100 to 1,000 times” as efficient, according to the study.


https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3052495/coronavirus-far-more-likely-sars-bond-human-cells-scientists-say








                                   Mutated Coronavirus Genes


My head is turning faster than the earth rotates around its axis! A Chinese paper (which may be non-peer reviewed) released its results two weeks ago regarding the coronavirus. It suggests that a section of mutated genes of the coronavirus is similar to those found in HIV and Ebola. To a layman it seems that the coronavirus may not have occurred naturally, but may be a product of gene manipulation. One might assume that the expertise required of this work would have to be done at a biosafety level 4 (BSL–4) laboratory. It so happens that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was certified in January 2017.





                         


                           Dr. QIU Xiangguo at the NML



It should be remembered that Dr. Qiu Xiangguo had been invited to go to the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences twice a year for two years, for up to two weeks each time. She had worked at the National Microbiology Lab (NML) in Winnipeg. In 2006, her specialty became the study of Ebola wild strains. In consequence, she helped develop ZMapp which was a treatment for Ebola.



               

As the first facility in the world to combine laboratories for human and animal disease research at the highest level of biocontainment


Unfortunately, Dr. Xiangguo Qiu along with her husband Keding Cheng and students from China were removed from the NML on July 5, 2019. Officially, it was due to a possible breach of policy and treated as an administrative matter. What is known for certain though was that a former researcher at the lab was convicted in 2009 of trying to smuggle genetic material from the Ebola virus across the Manitoba-North Dakota border.



                       



At a connected lab in Winnipeg, an employee with the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease (NCFAD) may have been exposed to the Ebola virus in November 2016. During the decontamination process he noticed a rip in his suit. He was quarantined for 21 days and may have received a vaccine after the accident. It is incumbent on the RCMP to launch a full investigation of this incident to determine if it actually was an accident as well as to disclose publically the so-called breach of policy at the NMI.

Matters concerning the coronavirus seem to move quickly except for the actual renaming of it to COVID-19 and declaring it a global pandemic. It was only on December 31, 2019 that Chinese authorities informed the WHO of a quickly spreading epidemic which may have shown first signs as early as December 1. It is remarkable therefore the speed at which the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) moved to patent a treatment for the disease.



 
                        


                                             Wuhan Institute of Virology 

                                        
Thirty-six days after the WHO was notified about this novel coronavirus the WIV filed a patent. "The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) announced yesterday that it has filed a Chinese patent application covering the use of antiviral drug remdesivir to treat the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) plaguing China." This particular drug had been developed by Gilead Sciences, to paraphrase Scott Lindquist, as a novel so-called nucleotide analogue prodrug developed with the Ebola crisis in mind. One can't quite comprehend how a patent application by WIV could be successful through the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA)

Gilead had already sought Chinese patent protection for both the remdesivir compound and also its use as an antiviral, Tai says. An application published by CNIPA in July 2018 is titled “The method for treating Arenaviridae and coronaviridae virus infection” and claims the application of remdesivir to inhibit coronaviruses like SARS and MERS. Surely, China protects intellectual property as would the NML in Winnipeg due its utmost to protect IP.

Eyebrows are certainly raised when there are suspicions about the possible relationship between the Wuhan Seafood Market and the WIV. For example, were lab animals which have been experimented upon such as monkeys sold to the vendors at the Wuhan Seafood Market? Why is it that mutated genes of the coronavirus are similar to those found in Ebola? It would seem unprofitable for anyone to directly benefit from the treatment of Ebola. However, if Ebola (and HIV) were introduced unnaturally or less probably naturally into a coronavirus then one may imagine a scenario where there might be a profit motive involved in a global pandemic with an outbreak of a novel coronavirus with mutated Ebola and HIV genes.


D. Carlton Rossi                       February 27, 2020



https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/chinese-researcher-escorted-from-infectious-disease-lab-amid-rcmp-investigation-1.5211567



https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3052495/coronavirus-far-more-likely-sars-bond-human-cells-scientists-say



https://newsontheflipside.com/americas/wuhan-virus-coronavirus-case-treated-with-gilead-drug-may-spur-wider-tests/



https://www.iam-media.com/law-policy/wuhan-lab-says-it-will-seek-patent-protection-gilead-antiviral



https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/ebola-lab-incident-1.3841733









                         


Bloomberg Businessweek


February 17, 2020



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The coronavirus outbreak that has swept through China has left more than 2,500 people dead and cities locked down by the authorities. The rapid spread through the world, with new clusters in Iran and Italy, has raised new fears of an uncontrollable global pandemic.


Presented by Rachel Humphreys with Lily Kuo and Michael Safi ; produced by Hannah Moore, Courtney Yusuf and Axel Kacoutié; executive producers Phil Maynard and Nicole Jackson


Feb 25, 2020

The Guardian’s Beijing bureau chief, Lily Kuo, tells Rachel Humphreys that what began as a health crisis has spiralled into a political crisis and is in danger of also becoming an economic crisis.


Audio podcast: 30:31 seconds


https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2020/feb/25/could-coronavirus-be-china-chernobyl-moment-podcast









Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE Tracking Data



https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6



Lancet Article


https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(20)30120-1/fulltext



Tracking COVID0=-19

Desktop version or mobile version


https://systems.jhu.edu/



https://systems.jhu.edu/research/public-health/ncov/











They fight censorship in the vortex of an outbreak

              


EMILY CHAN, KONEY BAI


2020年2月25日


Since the Xinguan* epidemic broke out, many Chinese people have sent messages of help on social media, questioned the government ’s response to the epidemic, and even publicly called for free speech. However, government censorship and network control have never been relaxed, and many messages have been blocked and deleted as soon as they are released.

To counter censorship, some volunteers have created digital archives to record and save deleted text and images. "We have the right to speak, and we have the right to write it down." Three volunteers involved in the project told the Times their story.




视频:他们在疫情暴发的漩涡中与审查抗争 自新冠疫情暴发以来,很多中国民众在社交媒体上发出求救信息,质疑政府对疫情的应对方式,甚至公开呼吁言论自由。但政府的审查与网络管控从未放松,许多消息一经发布就遭到屏蔽和删除。

为对抗言论审查,一些志愿者通过通过创建数字档案的方式,来纪录和保存被删除的文字和画面。“我们有权利说话,我们也有权利记下来。”三名参与这一项目的志愿者向时报讲述了他们的故事。



https://cn.nytimes.com/morning-brief/20200225/coronavirus-china-briefing/




Hubei Xinguan Epidemic Prevention and Control Command*