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  • Why Are Masks Triggering Conflict and Rage?

    05/25/2020 6:14:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 116 replies ^ | 5/6/2020 | Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D.
    In a similar way, face masks are tied to the political conflict over our response to the coronavirus. Those who lean left politically tend to see the virus as a more dire threat; those on the right are more likely to downplay its seriousness or compare it to less deadly strains like the flu, often following the lead of conservative politicians. Accordingly, masks may be seen as a marker of political loyalty, triggering feelings of us-versus-them. A politically liberal person may assume that someone wearing a mask is “on their team,” while those who don’t wear masks must be Fox...
  • China seizes control of PPE factories, sparking fear of new coronavirus wave

    05/20/2020 11:34:24 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 20 2020 | Ebony Bowden, Heather Hauswirth | New York Post
    China’s Communist Party is again seizing factory lines churning out the world’s supply of medical safety gear — sparking fears the country is preparing for a second wave of the coronavirus, American traders in China told The Post. New Yorker Moshe Malamud, who has done business in China for over two decades, was moving tens of millions of pieces of protective gear to the U.S. at the height of the crisis but said suppliers in recent weeks had been overwhelmed with orders from the Chinese government. “I was placing a larger order with one of the bigger distributors and he...
  • Trump sends another large shipment of coronavirus PPE to New York

    05/08/2020 3:39:43 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 8, 2020 | 4:43pm | Ebony Bowden and Bernadette Hogan
    The Trump administration has sent another large haul of personal protective equipment to the hard-hit Empire State as it continues to battle the deadliest coronavirus outbreak in the US, The Post has learned. The shipment sent on Friday includes nearly one million pairs of gloves, 200,000 masks, 194,000 gowns and 18,000 protective eye goggles and will be received by New York state health authorities who will decide where to distribute it, a White House source said. “Under President Trump’s leadership, New York has received an unprecedented level of federal resources to respond to COVID-19,” one White House official said.
  • FDA withdraws approval of some mask makers in China to sell in U.S

    05/07/2020 12:55:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 7, 2020 | by Manojna Maddipatla
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced that it has canceled the approval for some manufacturers in China to sell N95 respirators in the United States, as they failed to offer adequate protection against the new coronavirus. A number of these respirators failed to demonstrate a minimum particulate filtration efficiency of 95% upon testing, the agency said. The FDA’s move on Thursday follows its decision last month to ask China to revise new export quality control rules for protective equipment needed, so they are not an obstacle to timely supplies. The agency said it had previously authorized the...
  • China Baffles Canada With Claim A Million Defective Masks Were A ‘Contractual’ Issue

    05/07/2020 8:57:05 AM PDT · by blam · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-7-2020 | john hayward
    The Chinese embassy to Canada on Monday claimed that a minor “contractual” issue caused a million Chinese N95 masks exported to Canada last month to be defective and useless. The Chinese claimed the contractual issue has been addressed. Canadian officials were literally left speechless by the embassy’s breezy statement. The huge shipment of masks in question was rejected by inspectors from the Canadian Health Ministry in the last week of April because they did not meet filtration standards. The masks were actually built to the KN95 standard, a Chinese designation considered substandard by the United States but normally accepted as...
  • China Hoarded PPE, Then Demanded Countries Praise China in Order to Get It Back

    05/07/2020 8:30:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05/07/2020 | Tyler O' Neill
    In January, Chinese consulates across the world issued an urgent call for personal protective equipment (PPE) in order to fight the new coronavirus epidemic. Chinese government data shows that Beijing imported 2.4 billion pieces of protective equipment, including 2 billion masks. When the pandemic hit other countries — now short on PPE to fight the virus — China demanded governments praise the Middle Kingdom in exchange for much-needed relief. Georgette Mosbacher, the U.S. ambassador to Poland, told The New York Times that the Chinese Communist Party extorted President Andrzej Duda to call Chinese President Xi Jinping to thank him for...
  • THIRD Russian doctor plunges from Covid hospital window: Medic, 37, is now fighting for life... just days after warning of PPE shortages and being forced to work despite being infected

    05/05/2020 3:39:50 AM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/04/20 | Will Stewart, Henry Martin
    A third Russian doctor has plunged from a hospital window after complaining about medics facing intolerable coronavirus pressures. Alexander Shulepov, 37, is fighting for his life with head injuries after taking part in in a video which claimed he was ordered to work despite testing positive for Covid-19. He and colleagues also warned about PPE shortages in Voronezh city. Later - lying in a coronavirus hospital bed - Shulepov made a second video to retract the claims amid suspicions he was pressured to do so. On Saturday, while being treated at Novousmanskaya district hospital, the experienced ambulance doctor plunged from...
  • Newsom Masks $1 Billion Deal with Chinese Company

    04/24/2020 9:54:11 AM PDT · by DFG · 26 replies
    Frontpagemag ^ | 04/24/2020 | Lloyd Billingsley
    “We’ve been competing against other states, against other nations, against our own federal government for PPE — coveralls, masks, shields, N95 masks — and we’re not waiting around any longer. And we’re no longer interested in the progress that we were seeing in the past.” That was California governor Gavin Newsom in an April 7 MSNBC appearance with Rachel Maddow. As Newsom added, “In the last 48 hours we have secured –through a consortia of nonprofits and a manufacturer here in the state of California – upwards of 200 million masks on a monthly basis that we’re confident we can...
  • Peter Navarro: China 'cornered' the personal protective equipment market and 'is profiteering' during coronavirus outbreak

    04/23/2020 2:04:05 PM PDT · by rintintin · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 20 2020 | Talia Kaplan
    White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro said during an exclusive interview on “Sunday Morning Futures” that China "cornered" the personal protective equipment (PPE) market during the coronavirus outbreak and “is profiteering.”
  • Peter Navarro: China 'cornered' the personal protective equipment market and 'is profiteering' during coronavirus outbreak

    04/19/2020 11:18:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 19, 2020 | Talia Kaplan
    White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro said during an exclusive interview on “Sunday Morning Futures” that China "cornered" the personal protective equipment (PPE) market during the coronavirus outbreak and “is profiteering.” Navarro, who is also the National Defense Production Act policy coordinator, made the comment on Sunday reacting to a recent Fox News report, which cited multiple sources, that there is increasing confidence that the COVID-19 outbreak likely originated in a Wuhan laboratory, though not as a bioweapon but as part of China's attempt to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than...
  • Pritzker says secret charter flights to China needed to keep feds from seizing medical supplies

    04/16/2020 8:13:15 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 30 replies
    The Center Square ^ | 4/15/20 | Kevin Bessler
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker defended his decision Wednesday to arrange for two charter flights to transport millions of masks and gloves from China to Illinois to bolster the state's limited supply of personal protective equipment as it responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. The flights, which cost about $1.7 million, were listed in a new state comptroller portal that tracks state spending on the public health crisis. Details of the fights are being kept secret out of fear President Donald Trump's administration might seize the cargo, Pritzker said. “It is true that the federal government seems to be interrupting supplies that are...
  • At least 30 grocery store workers have died from the coronavirus. Now, there's an urgent call to designate them as first responders

    04/15/2020 5:24:20 PM PDT · by DannyTN · 41 replies
    CBS News ^ | Apr 15, 2020 | CAITLIN O'KANE
    ... Granting grocery store workers a temporary designation of first responder or emergency personnel would "ensure these frontline workers have priority access to personal protection equipment like masks and gloves," the statement reads. The groups say this is not just about employees – it's about protecting the customers they serve and our nation's food supply in general. First responders like health care workers are lacking the necessary PPE, so government officials have been working to ensure the equipment gets to those who need it the most and that supplies on conserved. ...
  • Hospitals Turn to Snorkel Masks to Ease Respirator Overload

    03/30/2020 1:35:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 29 Mar 2020
    As hospitals face an overload of COVID-19 patients struggling to breathe, innovative medical staff are turning to snorkelling masks from sports stores to stop their lungs collapsing. The idea started in Italy, the European country worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with hospitals in other nations taking note and adding their own specific medical parts to make it work. One such is the Erasme Hospital on the outskirts of Belgium's capital Brussels. It is attached to the city's ULB university - and through it to a private spin-off, Endo Tools Therapeutics, whose knowhow in 3D printing for medical use has proved...
  • Coronavirus: I'm Using my Pizza Oven to Toss Masks for Nurses

    04/11/2020 4:35:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Coronavirus hospital admissions are expected to peak in Chicago, Illinois, at some point in the next two weeks. In an attempt to prevent the kind of medical supply shortages seen in New York City, average Chicagoans are racing to fulfil the need. On 16 March, in accordance with the state governor's order that all bars and restaurants stop serving customers in-house, Dimo's Pizza closed its dining room doors. "We can no longer serve by the slice," says owner Dimitri Syrkin-Nikolau. "There goes 70% of our revenue." Still, he agreed that the measures were necessary. He'd been following news about the...
  • Advisory: Public Health Message (Santa Clara County,California)

    04/08/2020 8:42:28 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 20 replies
    Santa Clara County (California) Health Office has issued an order asking for the inventory of large amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE)/any ventilators in SCC. This ensures that the County knows what resources exist. If you have large amounts of PPE or any ventilators, please fill out the survey by April 15: Survey results are confidential. The situation with Santa Clara County beds, ICU, a Ventilators, and surge capacity does not look bad so far:
  • A group at MIT figured out how to make an emergency ventilator for $100 using a common hospital item — instead of the usual $30,000

    04/07/2020 5:43:36 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 56 replies ^ | 4/1/20 | Jessica Snouwaert
    A team at MIT developed a ventilator that could be built with $100 dollars worth of parts — a fraction of the average $30,000 cost most machines take to manufacture, according to a report by SciTechDaily. The innovative design of the machine relies upon a bag-valve resuscitator, a piece of equipment found in bulk at most hospitals to help patients breathe, the report said. Ventilators are one of the most in-demand medical items at the moment amid a worldwide shortage due to the coronavirus. The team, MIT E-Vent, which consists of doctors, engineers, and computer scientists, decided to fervently revisit...
  • MLB jerseys to be used to make masks and gowns

    03/27/2020 5:57:12 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 33 replies ^ | 3/26/2020 | Anthony Castrovince
    Baseball jersey fabric is going to the front lines of the fight against coronavirus. In an effort to help mitigate the national shortage of personal protective equipment that has become a pressing issue for healthcare workers and emergency personnel battling the COVID-19 outbreak, Fanatics, the company that manufactures the official uniforms for Major League Baseball, is taking the raw materials typically used in the creation of MLB jerseys and instead using them to create masks and hospital gowns. MLB and Fanatics are absorbing all costs associated with the endeavor. “We hope this effort can play a part in coming together...
  • Grocery Workers Are Beginning To Die Of Coronavirus

    04/06/2020 6:04:14 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 132 replies ^ | April 6, 2020
    Major supermarket chains are beginning to report their first coronavirus-related employee deaths, leading to store closures and increasing anxiety among grocery workers as the pandemic intensifies across the country. A Trader Joe’s worker in Scarsdale, N.Y., a greeter at a Giant store in Largo, Md., and two Walmart employees from the same Chicago-area store have died of covid-19, the disease the novel coronavirus causes, in recent days, the companies confirmed Monday. Though more than 40 states have ordered nonessential businesses to close and told residents to stay home to stem the spread of the virus, supermarkets are among the retailers...
  • USA Today fact-checked that Obama administration depleted federal stockpile of N95 masks

    04/06/2020 7:55:23 AM PDT · by Zenyatta · 31 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 4/5/2020 | Tom Tillison
    President Trump has acknowledged that the federal stockpile of personal protective equipment is nearly depleted, and there are reports the Obama administration failed to replenish the federal stockpile of N95 masks after the H1N1 influenza outbreak in 2009. USA Today fact-checked that claim and it didn’t turn out too well for Barack Obama — or Joe Biden.
  • CHINA POLITICS WORLD Italy gave China PPE to help with coronavirus — then China made them buy it back

    04/06/2020 3:21:56 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 8 replies
    Spectator ^ | 4/4/20 | Amber Athey
    China has tried to restore its image after lying to the world about the seriousness of its coronavirus outbreak, but its attempts at humanitarianism have turned out to be as slippery as its wet markets. After COVID-19 made its way to Italy, decimating the country’s significant elderly population, China told the world it would donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help Italy stop its spread. Reports later indicated that China had actually sold, not donated, the PPE to Italy. A senior Trump administration official tells The Spectator that it is much worse than that: China forced Italy to buy back...