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Coronavirus central: Santa Clara County records sixth death

Original post made on Mar 18, 2020

Also, the San Mateo County coronavirus toll as of Wednesday morning, March 18: 80 confirmed cases and one death.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 10:20 AM

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Atherton: other
on Mar 18, 2020 at 12:40 pm

Web Link

Italy; .8% of deaths had no other illnesses. 99.2% had at least one other illness, 50% had 3. All 57 deaths under 50 were males with serious existing conditions. Media age of death 80.5. We need to focus on those most at risk of critical reaction, which is not everyone. Too bad our governments will not provide unvarnished statistical information.


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Posted by Pence is in charge
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 18, 2020 at 12:48 pm

}} We need to focus on those most at risk of critical reaction, which is not everyone

Yet: doctors and epidemiologists all say we must focus on everybody to protect those most at risk.

What's your point?


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Posted by An MA parent
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Mar 18, 2020 at 4:37 pm

And 60% of Americans have at least one underlying condition, Mike.


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Posted by Joseph M. Benedetti
a resident of another community
on Mar 19, 2020 at 7:32 am

Earlier this morning I wrote and attempted to post in your special newsletter for the purpose of possibly obtaining some sort of acknowledgement that people such as myself would be hopefully contacted and further advised on what my options would hopefully be. However; my post was not published. I don't know if it was because of the fact that I'm a homeless man that is concerned scratch that I'm determined to rise up above this. The first homeless person to succumb to this so called virus just so happened to stay 100 yards from me and was also a good friend.


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Posted by Rainer
a resident of another community
on Mar 19, 2020 at 12:51 pm

Unlike other OECD (all of them) the US has never had a continuous and efficient health care "system". A system which covers people from the cradle, makes sure all children get all their shots, and grow up healthy, and possibly not terribly overweight. So I am not terribly surprised that 60% of Americans have a serious condition.
As to the call to write with respect, I wonder with what respect future Historians will judge the Republican Senate who white washed President T's crimes. He was _acquitted_ by the Republican Kangeroo Court, but in no way _exonerated_.

As the Mueller Report so succinctly said: 'If we had had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so'

Bill Barr's (not the people's) Justice Department tied Mueller's hands behind his back. But Mueller allowed this to happen. He was not able to show independence, the independence French, German, and Israeli Military have shown with their Auftragstaktik infused Disobedience. Shame on Mueller.

The standing-up independence Jim Mattis did not show that either. This is especially disappointing, because as an implementer of Auftragstaktik in the Military he once wisely said (in Memorandum for US Joint Forces Command Norfolk: Department of Defense, US Joint Forces Command, 14 August 2008):

They issued detailed plans, in the spirit of the ‘mission training plan’ (MTP) checklist, which was deemed more important than accomplishing the mission.



I hope the people will punish Republican Senators, because there is only one just man among them, Mitt Romney.


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Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 19, 2020 at 3:59 pm

Re: "grocers accommodation for seniors" @ Safeway is useless.

"7-9 a.m. senior shoppers only" doesn't work because the stores open @ 6 am at El Camino-Middle, Sharon Heights, & Sequoia Station. Plenty of non-seniors arrive before 7 am so access isn't restricted at all.


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Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 19, 2020 at 4:07 pm

@ Mike

You might not be so cavalier if you remember that asthma s an underlying condition which affects many children.

Here's another link to your chosen info source: Web Link


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Posted by Trump fired the national pandemic team
a resident of another community
on Mar 19, 2020 at 4:43 pm

> Too bad our governments will not provide unvarnished statistical information.

Mike: due to executive malfeasance, our government doesn't have nearly enough data to fight this crisis, let alone release some mysterious pile of 'data' to sooth your personal requests.

As you know, Trump turned down millions of test kits offered in January from the WHO.

Acceptance and early, competent deployment of those all-important tests would have provided many answers and allowed more timely actions to control the pandemic.

Is the team of Trump/Pence guilty of executive malfeasance? Or criminal negligence? Add in that they fired the national pandemic team in 2018, virtually ignored pandemic training and scenarios offed by the Obama administration in 2017, Further pandemic studies in 2019, and many other acts of executive incompetence. Last week, his budget point person testified he still wants to cut the CDC budget.

As a right-winger opined in the NYT yesterday, Trump's buffoonish-ness somehow endears his base to him, in good times. We are now seeing the true costs.

Trump needs to roll out 50 million tests ASAP. And let the experts run our national response.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Mar 19, 2020 at 5:05 pm

I have given up on any national leadership.

I want to start hearing from our Mayors and Fire Chief what WE as residents need to do - not what they are doing.

In a few weeks we will have an overwhelming disaster on our hands and unless our local elected officials have become trusted sources and persons of inspiration we are going to be in deep trouble.

What will we do when the grocery shelves are bare and there are no more hospital beds?

In Italy the hospitals are simply putting people on gurneys out on the loading dock and waiting for them to die.

We CAN do better than that IF we have good local leadership and strong neighborhood organizations.


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Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 20, 2020 at 2:26 pm

An Italian friend explained common social dynamics in Northern Italy that increase the corovid transmission risks there.

Many, if not most, of the 20-somethings working in cities in Veneto & Lombardy (Milan, etc.) still live with their families in smaller surrounding towns and commute to work daily. Extended family households are very common. The symptom-free workers bring home the virus & expose grandparents, who are often the live-in babysitters & meal-preparers for their families.


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