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General Discussions / Re: Modern Piracy in Times of Corona
« Last post by Johnnie F. on Today at 05:09:23 AM »
Berlin health senator Dilek Kalayci (SPD) wants to ask the Bundeswehr for help with the transport of protective masks from China to Germany. Kalayci told Berliner Morgenpost that she had made a request for mutual assistance. "We are currently purchasing new masks and are expecting a delivery from China," she said. "The problem is that we don't get them transported to Berlin." She appealed to Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) to agree to the request. "The Bundeswehr would have to take care of the transport - and fly the protective clothing to Berlin."

The Berlin Senate is currently waiting for 400,000 protective masks to be ordered from Asia. The first batch of 200,000 masks has disappeared at the airport in Bangkok, Thailand, according to the Senate. The reason is still unknown, the Senate is investigating, it was said.

The masks were intended for the Berlin police. Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) announced on Friday that the masks had been confiscated at the instigation of the United States. The portal quoted a high US government official, however, with the statement that the allegations from Berlin were wrong.

ZEIT online

Looks like the military needs to get involved into these 'mask wars" now.  :(
Vera Lynn, who entertained British troops during World War Two with songs that captured a longing for home and peace, turns 103.

Half as serious and less / She will never get caught short
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 08:31:14 PM »
as the coronavirus spread like wildfire across the globe, toilet paper has been one of the main protagonists of the crisis. Juli Gudehus has been collecting toilet rolls since 1989 and now, in the time of coronavirus, her long-standing passions is finally seeing the light  :fart

Korat News / Re: Horse death toll in Korat rises to 146
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 08:14:42 PM »
Horse death toll in Korat rises to 146

Measures stepped up to prevent spread of African viral disease

A horse is taken back to a farm in Pak Chong district in Nakhon Ratchasima. So far, a total of 146 horses at farms in this district have been killed by African horse sickness. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

The number of horses killed by a viral disease called African horse sickness in Pak Chong district of this northeastern province has risen to 146.

Provincial livestock development office chief Pasawee Somjai said on Saturday 13 other horses also had severe symptoms.

There have been no reports of the deaths in other districts, said he added.

Earlier, tests confirmed that 73 horses in Pak Chong had died of the African horse sickness, or African plague, he said.

Nakhon Ratchasima governor Wichian Chantharanothai issued an order on March 26, prohibiting the movement of horses out of the area to prevent the spread of the disease. Five road checkpoints had been set up to block the movement of the animals following the deaths in Pak Chong district.

The province has 1,455 horses at 110 farms. Of the animals, 1,002 were in Pak Chong, 368 in Muang district and the remaining in other districts.

All farms have given full cooperation to provincial authorities by not moving their animals. Pak Chong has 46 horse farms. All have been asked to spray disinfectant and insecticide. Mosquito nets were also erected at the stables.

African horse sickness is a deadly viral disease that originated in Africa. It mainly attacks horses and donkeys, with gnats being the carriers. The virus attacks the lungs and respiratory system quickly and can kill a horse within hours.

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some sugest that the virus might be seasonal, but this remains to be proven. oddly enough Both this coronavirus and also Sars did emerge in winter. So, it does tend to indicate that this may be seasonal, maybe that's why some countries are effected more than others. in the laboratory,  this virus is very temperature-dependent - it's very stable at cold temperatures, but at warm temperatures, it can actually be inactivated. weather modellers have seen that the virus seems to be more transmissible in cold weather. as a vacine might at least be a year away. The best method which we have now social distancing and quarantining

Coronavirus: Social distancing the best defence for now, say experts
General Discussions / Re: Modern Piracy in Times of Corona
« Last post by Johnnie F. on Yesterday at 04:14:13 PM »
Another good article on the US lead "mask wars":

US accused of 'modern piracy' after diversion of masks meant for Europe
Half as serious and less / Re: caption it
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 03:33:40 PM »
he! he!
Korat Woman who spat on others tests negative

A feverish woman is taken from a local train in Non Sung district, Nakhon Ratchasima, after she spat on rescue workers called to check her temperature on Friday. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

A feverish passenger who spat on rescue workers trying to offer her a face mask on a local train has tested negative for the coronavirus, to the relief of the staff on duty and passengers in the same carriage.

The 53-year-old woman, whose name was withheld, was taken back to her home in Khon Kaen by relatives on Saturday after lab tests found she was not infected with Covid-19 as feared, said a source.

On Friday, the woman got on the No.431 train on the Kaeng Khoi-Khon Kaen route without a ticket. She appeared sick and was not wearing a face mask, prompting other passengers to alert train staff.

Three rescue workers from Non Sung Hospital, in full protective suits, later arrived and handed her a face mask. They also told her to go to a Covid-screening checkpoint at the railway station. She refused, shouted at them and then spat on the staff and in the carriage four times.

She also tore the clothing of one staffer. This prompted the rescue workers to handcuff her and carry her out for a fever check. Her temperature was 37.9C and she was taken to Non Sung Hospital for further checkups.

Thailand reported 89 new cases of Covid-19 and one more death on Saturday (April 4), bringing the total number of confirmed cases nationwide to 2,067.  The total number of deaths rose to 20, while 612 patients have recovered, according to Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Covid-19 Situation Administration Centre.  Of the new cases, 31 are in Bangkok.

Until now, US health agencies have said that the primary pathway of transmission is respiratory droplets. an article in the reports
Coronavirus may spread through normal breathing: US scientists

The new coronavirus might spread through the air via normal breathing and speaking, a top US scientist said Friday as the government was poised to recommend the use of face masks for everyone.

Anthony Fauci, head of infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told Fox News the guidance on masks would be changed "because of some recent information that the virus can actually be spread even when people just speak, as opposed to coughing and sneezing."

As it stands, the official advice is that only sick people need to cover their faces, as well as those caring for them at home.

Fauci's comments come after the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) sent a letter to the White House on April 1 that summarised recent research on the subject.

It said that though the research isn't yet conclusive, "the results of available studies are consistent with aerosolization of virus from normal breathing."

Until now, US health agencies have said that the primary pathway of transmission is respiratory droplets, about one millimeter in diameter, expelled by sick people when they sneeze or cough.

These quickly fall to the ground around a meter away.

But if the virus can be suspended in the ultrafine mist we expel when we exhale, in other words an aerosol, it becomes much harder to prevent its spread, which in turn is an argument in favor of everyone covering their faces.

The aerosol debate

A recent NIH funded study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the SARS-CoV-2 virus could become an aerosol and remain airborne for up to three hours.

full article here
Energy & Environment / Re: HOT OR WOT
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 02:03:13 PM »
another HOT DAY FOLKS - i'm beginning to like the hot weather as i think there is a tad of truth that it might kill some virus germs off - could be why were in a favourable position here in Thailand.

Saturday (April 4) The weather forecast for the next 24 hours is as follows:

Northern region: Hot to very hot with thundershowers and gusty winds in 10 per cent of the areas; temperature lows of 18-27 degrees and highs of 38-42 degrees Celsius.

Northeastern region: Hot, with likely thundershowers in 30 per cent of the areas, gusty winds and hail; temperature lows of 23-26 degrees and highs of 36-39 degrees Celsius.

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