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Just now, CitizenVectron said:

 

I think it's one of those situations, where, like the US "hiding" UFO reports, the truth is pretty mundane but is made more suspicious by the cover up.

Maybe...  

China clamps down in hidden hunt for coronavirus origins

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A bat research team visiting recently managed to take samples but had them confiscated, two people familiar with the matter said. Specialists in coronaviruses have been ordered not to speak to the press. And a team of Associated Press journalists was tailed by plainclothes police in multiple cars who blocked access to roads and sites in late November.

More than a year since the first known person was infected with the coronavirus, an AP investigation shows the Chinese government is strictly controlling all research into its origins, clamping down on some while actively promoting fringe theories that it could have come from outside China.

The government is handing out hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to scientists researching the virus’ origins in southern China and affiliated with the military, the AP has found. But it is monitoring their findings and mandating that the publication of any data or research must be approved by a new task force managed by China’s cabinet, under direct orders from President Xi Jinping, according to internal documents obtained by the AP. A rare leak from within the government, the dozens of pages of unpublished documents confirm what many have long suspected: The clampdown comes from the top.

As a result, very little has been made public. Authorities are severely limiting information and impeding cooperation with international scientists.

“What did they find?” asked Gregory Gray, a Duke University epidemiologist who oversees a lab in China studying the transmission of infectious diseases from animals to people. “Maybe their data were not conclusive, or maybe they suppressed the data for some political reason. I don’t know … I wish I did.”

The AP investigation was based on dozens of interviews with Chinese and foreign scientists and officials, along with public notices, leaked emails, internal data and the documents from China’s cabinet and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It reveals a pattern of government secrecy and top-down control that has been evident throughout the pandemic.

As the AP previously documented, this culture has delayed warnings about the pandemic, blocked the sharing of information with the World Health Organization and hampered early testing. Scientists familiar with China’s public health system say the same practices apply to sensitive research.

“They only select people they can trust, those that they can control,” said a public health expert who works regularly with the China CDC, declining to be identified out of fear of retribution. “Military teams and others are working hard on this, but whether it gets published all depends on the outcome.”

The Times: How did Covid-19 start? Hunt for patient zero has become caught in a clash of great powers

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In the beginning there was a sick bat. Here is one story of what happened next, the story that you are probably most familiar with.

In November 2019 this bat was infected with a virus that for aeons had spread from bat to bat. Now though, ever so subtly, it had changed and it was ready to live elsewhere.

In the late Chinese autumnal air, the virus, a coronavirus, found its way into a pangolin, a strange, scaly mammal that curls up in a tough keratinous ball when threatened. Here the virus began, again, the process of reproduction, mutating and shifting to adapt to a new host.

That was when this pangolin met another threat, a human who believed its scales could cure illness. It curled into a ball, but this was no defence.

It was taken to a market in the city of Wuhan where, rather than stopping disease, it started the most devastating disease of the 21st century.

But here is another story, one that perhaps you are less familiar with. The bat was still sick, but perhaps not in November, and perhaps not even in China. The virus found its way into humans and spread for weeks, possibly months, possibly years — even, some disputed studies suggest, via other countries — until, one day, one of those humans decided to visit a market. Wuhan was still the site of the superspreading event; just not ground zero.

And here is a third story, that you are probably dimly aware of, but which you also have quite probably dismissed out of hand. The virus started in bats, and was taken into Wuhan by a human, but not in a human. A researcher from the Wuhan Institute of Virology collected the virus to study. Then years later, perhaps after tweaking its genome, there was a mistake. A freezer was left open, a laboratory protocol ignored, and the virus escaped.

Which is true? “Right now, we can’t rule out any hypotheses,” says Peter Daszak, president of the US-based Ecohealth Alliance. An expert on when and how diseases spill over from animal populations, he has been tasked by a Lancet Commission with solving the greatest and most intractable murder mystery in the world. Where did our pandemic coronavirus originate? When? And what happened next?

At this point...  No one knows.  There is "no smoking gun" for any of the theories.

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We broke the daily record again. The good news is that it was only by a little, the bad news is that means it was still almost 4,000 people in one day.

 

I know I have said this before, but the amount of times during this crisis that "worst case scenario" has turned into the new normal in just a matter of weeks is just soul crushing.

 

Wasn't it Riley that was predicting 3,000 per day by late January and there was some skepticism that was too pessimistic? @CitizenVectron

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Just now, Chairslinger said:

We broke the daily record again. The good news is that it was only by a little, the bad news is that means it was still almost 4,000 people in one day.

 

I know I have said this before, but the amount of times during this crisis that "worst case scenario" has turned into the new normal in just a matter of weeks is just soul crushing.

 

Wasn't it Riley that was predicting 3,000 per day by late January and there was some skepticism that was too pessimistic? @CitizenVectron

 

Take the daily cases today and 2% of them will be dead in 4 weeks.

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7 hours ago, Chairslinger said:

We broke the daily record again. The good news is that it was only by a little, the bad news is that means it was still almost 4,000 people in one day.

 

I know I have said this before, but the amount of times during this crisis that "worst case scenario" has turned into the new normal in just a matter of weeks is just soul crushing.

 

Wasn't it Riley that was predicting 3,000 per day by late January and there was some skepticism that was too pessimistic? @CitizenVectron

 

I was definitely in shock and in disbelief when he said that and then we passed that number a few days later. Sucks.

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The Office of the Attending Physician has been offering the test, made by Curative, to members, staff and reporters on Capitol Hill since at least November.

 

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Brian Monahan, the Capitol physician, acknowledged the FDA’s warning in a Monday memo obtained by POLITICO, which described the test as “the most accurate available” and noting that the risk of a false negative “is a problem for all coronavirus tests.”

 

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I got vaxxed. I’m in the 1B phase (diabetic since childhood) and my pharmacist who I get my flu and pneumonia vaccines from sent me a text saying they had some expiring stock that needed to be used that night.

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7 minutes ago, sblfilms said:

I got vaxxed. I’m in the 1B phase (diabetic since childhood) and my pharmacist who I get my flu and pneumonia vaccines from sent me a text saying they had some expiring stock that needed to be used that night.


This guy is gone for weeks, only to come back and brag :p

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2 hours ago, Joe said:

How is that a brag lol.

I mean, having a chronic illness that will likely end my life earlier than if I didn’t have it is pretty impressive, guy.

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5 minutes ago, sblfilms said:

I mean, having a chronic illness that will likely end my life earlier than if I didn’t have it is pretty impressive, guy.

I bet I'd die before you with covid

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36 minutes ago, sblfilms said:

I mean, having a chronic illness that will likely end my life earlier than if I didn’t have it is pretty impressive, guy.

 

Quit flexing bro

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28 minutes ago, b_m_b_m_b_m said:

I bet I'd die before you with covid

 

Just now, mclumber1 said:

 

Quit flexing bro

 

 

Well, despite my diabetes, I'm in pretty good health these days. Down to 185 from my fattest of 255 in 2019, so a normal BMI for the first time since I was a teenager. A1C was 5.2 when I went to the endocrinologist a couple weeks ago. BP and cholesterol are normal now. 

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1 minute ago, marioandsonic said:

Now if only they could actually distribute the fucking vaccine.


Huh? Pfizer is distributing the vaccine just fine.

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