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by vera_k
28 Mar 2020 00:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

It's an Op-Ed. Everyone has an agenda - it is up to us to make the best of available information. :roll: The fact that it is an Op-Ed makes it even more likely to be fake and biased. The author is not a medical doctor, is associated with some questionable NGOs, and was recently extracted from the w...
by vera_k
27 Mar 2020 21:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

prashanth wrote:


Kindly indicate that the source is nytimes. This medium is known to be biased against India.


It's an Op-Ed. Everyone has an agenda - it is up to us to make the best of available information.
by vera_k
27 Mar 2020 20:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

What India Needs to Fight the Virus

Estimates from our group of scientists and others suggest the actual number of infection cases in India is likely to be about 21,000 by now.
by vera_k
27 Mar 2020 11:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Billings doctor finds inventive way to help with shortage of medical masks

They take about two hours to print on a 3D printer and cost only a dollar to produce. Because they are made of plastic, the mask can be wiped down and sanitized so it is able to be used over and over again.
by vera_k
25 Mar 2020 23:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

In retrospect when allthe warning bells were sounding in Jan.,that a poss. pandemic was round the corner,the sealing off of India from the world should've started. The lack of warning is on the Chinese government and WHO. I posted the timeline about patient zero in Seattle. He flew in on Jan 15, wh...
by vera_k
25 Mar 2020 23:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

On the contrary, India is testing those with the highest risk of contracting Corona (visible symptoms or close contact with an infected person). Yet, the positive cases are under 2.5% - If you exclude the people who arrived in India infected, only about 1 in 80 locals (with most chance of getting i...
by vera_k
25 Mar 2020 20:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

My gut feeling is that with these periodic reviews, they would ease out curfew in certain areas step by step. And ultimately only the few areas which really have more patients would be kept under curfew. Unfortunately, India is not testing much. Without testing, it is impossible to know where the p...
by vera_k
25 Mar 2020 20:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 4451
Views: 524381

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Liquidity appears to have improved. All my margin calls have been rescinded, plus more credit has been extended.
by vera_k
25 Mar 2020 12:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Nobel laureate Michael Levitt predicts end of Coronavirus pandemic based on statistical models. https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/end-of-coronavirus-pandemic-is-near-says-nobel-laureate-michael-levitt-120032400668_1.html He's calling for vaccination against the flu. That mig...
by vera_k
25 Mar 2020 07:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

that congregation for Chinese New Year caused the spread of the virus? That's possible, and more analysis will probably come out in time. This virus is very contagious. This is a fairly detailed account of Seattle's patient zero. Seattle’s Patient Zero Spread Coronavirus Despite Ebola-Style Lockdow...
by vera_k
24 Mar 2020 21:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Targeted travel restrictions - enabled by greater testing - are starting to pop up. Florida governor orders all incoming New Yorkers to self-quarantine New Yorkers who flee to Florida during the coronavirus outbreak will have to self quarantine for two weeks when they arrive — or risk facing crimina...
by vera_k
23 Mar 2020 20:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

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Indian firms get big US orders for chloroquine to fight COVID-19

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has partially lifted a three-year-old ‘import alert’ on Ipca’s two plants to import the medicine
by vera_k
23 Mar 2020 08:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

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A Plan to Get America Back to Work we still do not have a firm grasp of the population-wide fatality rate of coronavirus. “Income is one of the stronger predictors of health outcomes — and of how long we live,’’ Woolf said. “Lost wages and job layoffs are leaving many workers without health insuran...
by vera_k
22 Mar 2020 05:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

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The World Needs Masks
China has undertaken a mobilization of wartime proportions to expand its output of disposable surgical masks. Daily production soared from about 10 million at the start of February to 115 million at the end of the month, according to the Chinese government.
by vera_k
22 Mar 2020 01:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

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As Coronavirus Looms, a Hospital Begins Sterilizing Masks for Reuse

Masks are certified for one-time use only. But on Thursday, the center began an experimental procedure to decontaminate its masks with ultraviolet light and reuse them. Administrators plan to use each mask for a week or longer.
by vera_k
22 Mar 2020 00:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

To avoid Covid-19 disaster, treat more patients at home One such step reflects the finding that hospitals might be “the main” source of Covid-19 transmission, the Bergamo doctors warned. The related coronavirus illness MERS also has high transmission rates within hospitals, as did SARS during its 2...
by vera_k
21 Mar 2020 07:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

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There is such a shortage of protective medical supplies that a local hospital started distributing raw material for people to take home and make into masks.

100 million masks
by vera_k
21 Mar 2020 00:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Rethinking the Coronavirus Shutdown

No society can safeguard public health for long at the cost of its economic health
by vera_k
18 Mar 2020 08:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Wasn't the West coast including Bay area one of the early sites of infection in the US? could mean that the rest may see spikes much later than that. No wonder there is talk of 8 week window. Washington State was the first I think. It *may* have peaked with fewer new cases found today than yesterda...
by vera_k
18 Mar 2020 03:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

The plastic bag ban backfires Reusable shopping bags may harbor the virus and could facilitate its spread In 2013 millions of American piglets died amid an outbreak of novel swine enteric coronavirus disease, and after an investigation the U.S. Department of Agricultureconcluded that reusable feed ...
by vera_k
18 Mar 2020 03:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

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An indication of things returning to normal in China. Good News for Apple: China Phone Sales Are Holding Up Better Than Expected The number of Covid-19 cases peaked in China on February 17. “the worst is over for now in China,” pointing out that all of Apple’s China retail stores have re-opened and ...
by vera_k
17 Mar 2020 06:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
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Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Some positive news - Testing in Washington State has increased. About 12,500 people have been tested in a state of 7 million people. That's translates to a rate of about 1785/million or 1 in 560 people. Compared to this, South Korea has tested about 1 in 200 or 3692/million. 2019 Novel Coronavirus O...
by vera_k
16 Mar 2020 20:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

What the hell is going on? There is no policy conformity even at this stage? California already set precedence on handling a cruise ship with infected members with the Grand Princess. Florida with the sane scenario, allows thousands to just walk off the ship and into the airport. Rumors and hope. A...
by vera_k
13 Mar 2020 09:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

sanjaykumar wrote:One patient means nothing. Who writes these stories? Or is it self-promotion by these physicians?


Read the bit about this treatment being a ICMR protocol. I have confirmation from another source that this is what they are using as a standard treatment for the disease in India.
by vera_k
13 Mar 2020 06:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Problem is that Amazxon has run out US made masks. All masks that are in stock are made in China and are being shipped from China. Lot of people are waiting (as per the reviews) for over a month for the masks to come in. If you are employed, work with your corporate office on securing a supply of m...
by vera_k
12 Mar 2020 23:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Now that they are saying that this virus can hang around in the air for THREE hours and on some surfaces for as long as 12 hours, the social distance thing, is it really useful? Last year, Seattle was snowed in for 2 weeks. There is a paper stating that event reduced flu transmission by 2-29%. Effe...
by vera_k
12 Mar 2020 22:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Thanks for the anecdotes. Just for edification - you both don't have to answer this if it is too personal. But - how many of the ones who got sick, had underlying medical conditions, and was it more severe in them? You don't have to specify the nature of the medical condition either. One person had...
by vera_k
12 Mar 2020 06:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

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FWIW, we are in the Seattle area and *may* have caught this late Jan. No way to confirm for sure. All adults in the household got sick (mild fever, body ache) for 3 days while children were completely unaffected (which is atypical). Also, one of my daughters is a young adult, and while she was affec...
by vera_k
11 Mar 2020 08:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 3904
Views: 586745

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

From what I see, there is a concerted effort by the American Muslim community to contest elections, with some success. Someone like Khanna would have to beat out these candidates and in the process take their concerns on board.
by vera_k
09 Mar 2020 21:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security
Replies: 456
Views: 45133

Re: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security

^ However those numbers assume each producer maintains their current market share. If Saudi Arabia corners the market, the other producers will be out of luck. Won't matter much in the USA, since if the shale producers go bankrupt, they will just be bought out and will start up again with lower cost...
by vera_k
09 Mar 2020 05:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Please correct me if I am wrong. In Eu there are estimates that some 300 million people will get infected. With 3.5% death rate, we are looking at 10million + deaths :shock: For India the corresponding number is 34 million, UK will have 2 million. Is this true ? Death rate is unlikely to be that hi...
by vera_k
03 Mar 2020 12:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

ramana wrote:To the cynical mind:
It's perfect get rid of oldies virus to solve baby boomer problem of living long and pension payouts


Also, a perfect weapon to target countries with a demographic profile that skews older.
by vera_k
02 Mar 2020 02:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4145
Views: 305947

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Nice chart here comparing this new flu to other diseases. Makes it look like another case of the Y2K bug.

Just how contagious is COVID-19? This chart puts it in perspective.
by vera_k
27 Feb 2020 23:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3848
Views: 421328

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

That is not a counter argument . No structure is going to compel someone who doesn’t want to do his job, to do it . However, logical and clear structure enables an entity that has demonstrated its ability to do its job before , to do it. GoI has already shown it likes the use of the UT based mechan...
by vera_k
27 Feb 2020 22:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3848
Views: 421328

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Suraj wrote:I’ll go ahead and make a simple prediction:

Delhi’s days as a state are numbered


However counter argument is that Delhi was a union territory in 1984. The two SITs that have been formed will hopefully have suggestions. Certainly, protocol and management for protests needs to be clarified.
by vera_k
26 Feb 2020 08:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3404
Views: 543837

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Mort Walker wrote:TIME HAS COME TO DISMISS DELHI GOVERNMENT FOR ALLOWING PROTESTS AND KILLINGS.


This is quite pointless given the mandate the Delhi government received just recently. Setting up an investigation into omission/commission by the government would be a better idea.
by vera_k
24 Feb 2020 07:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 3904
Views: 586745

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Trump visits a big foreign market — for the U.S. and for Trump Org

Has a list of Trump projects in India and some information on Indian politicians involved the projects.

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