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Friday, February 7, 2020

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Taiwan News has the same story that I posted from Zero Hedge and Natural news yesterday.
 On late Saturday evening (Feb. 1), the Tencent webpage showed confirmed cases of the Wuhan virus in China as standing at 154,023, 10 times the official figure at the time. It listed the number of suspected cases as 79,808, four times the official figure.
 The number of cured cases was only 269, well below the official number that day of 300. Most ominously, the death toll listed was 24,589, vastly higher than the 300 officially listed that day.

 Moments later, Tencent updated the numbers to reflect the government's "official" numbers that day. Netizens noticed that Tencent has on at least three occasions posted extremely high numbers, only to quickly lower them to government-approved statistics..
 Although some are chalking up the images to users tampering with their browsers, the 154,023 infections on Feb. 1 are remarkably close to the estimate predicted on that date by a scientific modeling study carried out by the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and published on the Lancet website.  

Citizen Journalist Exposes The Brutal Truth: China Is Losing The Battle In Wuhan
​ ​Recently, one self-styled 'citizen journalist' traveled to Wuhan to try and document the situation on the ground. What he discovered was even more alarming than he had feared: By quarantining the city, the government in Beijing had basically condemned the people of Wuhan to battle the virus on their own...
 Dr said we need to select which patients to do the test on. There are only I was told 100 or several hundred test-kits per hospital per day. There aren’t enough, so doctors need to select those to check. So some people have been to 5-6 hospitals trying to get tested.
​ ​All hospitals say they don’t have spare beds. I’m really scared now. People are scared.

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/citizen-journalist-exposes-brutal-truth-china-losing-battle-wuhan  

This is exactly the kind of thing that DARPA's Skunk Works has been visualizing as an ideal targeted genetic weapon for decades.
​ ​In the ongoing 2019-nCoV epidemic across China, the deaths have been skewed two to one in favor of men. A new study, if confirmed by later research, may begin shining some light onto why this is happening.
​ ​A recent Chinese analysis of a single cell RNA-seq dataset suggests that men and Asian people may have higher expression of ACE2, the cell surface protein that 2019-nCoV uses to attack humans cells, on the alveolar epithelial cells inside the lungs that ACE2 usually infects.
​ ​The authors posit that this may be the source of the virus’s observed tendency to be more severe in men, and that the virus may be more severe in Asian people of both sexes for the same reason. The study is based on a tiny sample and is far from conclusive, but the hypothesis is intriguing and has some contextual support from data on influenza and SARS.

​4 cruise ships are quarantined, and by the end of the month there will be a lot more reliable data on Wuhan coronavirus spread and fatality rate, independent of the existentially-threatened Chinese Communist Party. 
Nightmare At Sea - Japan Discovers 42 Additional Coronavirus Cases On Quarentined Cruise Ship

 The Wuhan Institute of Virology, which as Nature in 2017 said studies the "world's most dangerous pathogens", has jointly with the Military Medicine Institute of the People’s Liberation Army Academy of Military Science, i.e. with China's Army, applied to patent the use of Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir to treat the current coronavirus outbreak.
 The company has partnered with Chinese health authorities to run a Phase III clinical trial to assess remdesivir for treatment of the virus. The drug was originally developed to treat the Ebola virus, but wasn’t effective. According to preclinical assays the drug might be effective against the coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, as was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). The drug was given to a U.S. patient for compassionate use on day seven of the disease and their condition improved on day eight.
 The new clinical trial of an anti-Ebola drug to fight Coronavirus, will be conducted at Friendship Hospital in Beijing, China. The trial will enroll 270 patients with mild and moderate pneumonia caused by the virus.

Kids really don't seem to get very sick from this virus, and we would all love to understand that a lot better.

Antiviral cleaners for household surfaces are to be found among common commercial products.

DNC wants a "recanvass" of votes as Bernie Sanders declares 6000 more votes makes him the winner, not prematurely-ejaculating-tweeter "I won!" mayor Pete Buttigieg, who declared victory a couple of days ago.
​ ​The state party's numbers showed that Pete Buttigieg would be awarded 564.012 SDEs, or state delegate equivalents, while Bernie Sanders would receive 562.497 SDEs. Sanders held a sizeable popular vote lead, though, and finished ahead of Buttigieg by a 43,671 to 37,557 vote margin. He fell behind in delegates due to Iowa's unusual voting system that gave different delegate weights to different precincts.
​ ​After the "second alignment" -- meaning the popular vote after the elimination of candidates who received less than 15 percent of the vote in the first round of caucusing -- Sanders was still ahead of Buttigieg, 45,826 votes to 43,195.

​Our girl Helen of DesTroy at RT has more:
Iowa disaster redux: DNC demands recanvass as more sordid details emerge about Shadow app’s backers
The straw that broke the camel’s back might have been the Iowa Democrats’ sheepish walk-back of a set of phony results for Black Hawk County on Wednesday night, which had mysteriously handed a large chunk of Sanders votes to billionaire Tom Steyer and former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick. When the county supervisor published the actual results, the party dutifully updated their totals to reflect reality after promising a “minor correction.”  ​...
​ ​Nor did Perez's call for a recanvass pacify the angry mob. Instead, it merely sparked calls for him to resign.​..
   The Buttigieg campaign had donated $40,000 to Shadow, whose app seemed to be handing him first place in spite of polls, and Shadow’s parent company Acronym’s founder Tara McGowan was married to a Buttigieg staffer herself.  


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