According to the Anglo news-media, China is facing its greatest crisis since the pandemic began.

For more than a year, China has held SARS-CoV-2 at bay, suffering but a few cases at a time in controllable outbreaks. All of the infections were carried into China from the outside, often by Chinese returning from foreign travel. All visitors arriving in China face two weeks of quarantine — but those rules may have been changing as China's vaccination saturation inched toward the top.

Whenever new infections popped up, or were caught in massive testing sweeps, contract tracers immediately descended on the patient. His path was meticulously retraced using cell-phone location tracking and relevant survellience footage. Face recognition identified everyone the patient encountered or interacted with. In every case, a large sample of mostly strangers were interviewed, tested, and potentially quarantined. The strategy is very aggressive, but it has allowed the rest of China to mingle and socialize and go about their business.

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But in Nanjing, the Coronavirus slipped in through an unexpected weakness in their maintenance procedures.

An outbreak of the Delta variant tests China’s zero-tolerance approach to the virus.

July 30, 2021 — For more than a year, Chinese officials have beat back the coronavirus with a tried formula: Strict lockdowns at the sites of outbreaks. Lengthy quarantines for travelers. And citywide testing when new cases appear.

But an outbreak of the fast-spreading Delta variant could challenge China’s zero-tolerance approach toward new infections.

In the outbreak, centered in the eastern city of Nanjing, about 200 cases have been reported as of Friday. But infections have spread rapidly, with patients emerging in at least six Chinese provinces and the capital, Beijing, in just three weeks.

As officials move to contain the spread, the highly infectious Delta variant could prove to be a more difficult foe than the original version of the virus, which China stamped out with harsh efficiency in 2020.

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The BBC piped up to describe the event with the sinister overtones they reserve for China:

Officials also began city-wide testing amid criticism for their "failure". All 9.3 million of the city's residents - including those visiting - will be tested, said state-controlled Xinhua news.

Posts on social media show long lines of people queuing, and authorities have reportedly urged people to wear masks, stand one metre apart and avoid talking while they wait.

Officials said the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus was behind the infections, adding that cases had spread further because of how busy the airport is.

Ding Jie, a health official in Nanjing, told reporters the cases were linked to cleaners who worked on a flight from Russia that arrived in the city on 10 July.

The cleaners did not follow strict hygiene measures, Xinhua News reported.

The airport management has been rebuked, with a senior disciplinary body of the Communist Party saying it had "problems such as lack of supervision and unprofessional management".

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The Times pointed out here that most of China’s people are already vaccinated. To them, this means that the emergence of Delta will be the definitive test of China's domestically made vaccines. They failed to point out that the only test would be in the rate of death — and not in the incidence of infection. Unlike the US, China methodically tests the entire population of the cities involved and, so they manage to scoop up the asymptomatic patients that the Delta variant produces. The Times hints that Chinese authorities could trample human rights with the tough steps they take to control the virus.

Got it.

The Times also manages to blame the Chinese outbreak on an unhygienic Russian passenger.

The outbreak in China began when a group of airport workers in Nanjing were sickened around July 10, probably from exposure to an infected person who arrived on a flight from Russia, according to city officials. Two rounds of citywide testing of more than eight million people turned up 184 cases.

To stop the spread, Nanjing has increasingly shut down services, first closing the airport, then restricting indoor gatherings. This week, the city authorities closed parts of the expressway that connects Nanjing with other major cities in Jiangsu Province.

As handfuls of cases connected to Nanjing have popped up in other provinces, the authorities there have moved swiftly to impose restrictions.

In the central city of Zhangjiajie, in Hunan Province, indoor public areas including movie theaters and malls were closed after the authorities said that four people with the virus, all asymptomatic, went to a show in the city. Nearly 200 miles away in the provincial capital of Changsha, the authorities banned indoor gatherings in response to one confirmed case.

In central Sichuan Province, where seven cases were found, the authorities declared parts of the capital, Chengdu, a medium-risk zone. The discovery of three cases in the northern city of Shenyang prompted officials there to begin tracking visitors who had come from other areas with outbreaks.

Perhaps most worrying to officials are two cases that appeared in Beijing, where the government has generally followed stricter prevention policies. Officials said that a husband and wife who traveled from Zhangjiajie had tested positive and that 654 people who had been in close contact with them had been placed in quarantine.

To their credit, the Chinese Communist Authoritarian Dictators didn't say anything about mandatory masking.

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We are facing that same crisis as a nation. But, for us, I think it looks a lot more frightening: No wonder the State Department was so desperate to pin the blame for this and other fake news on China. But the distraction is not working well at all. There is just too much hard science out there that tells a different story. All the lies and prevarication have consequences.

Consider this news:

• About three-fourths of people infected in a Massachusetts Covid-19 outbreak were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus with four of them ending up in the hospital, according to new data published Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The new data, published in the U.S. agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, also found that fully vaccinated people who get infected carry as much of the virus in their nose as unvaccinated people, and could spread it to other individuals.

• While the delta variant continues to hit unvaccinated people the hardest, some vaccinated people could be carrying higher levels of the virus than previously understood and are potentially transmitting it to others, the CDC's Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters on a call Tuesday. She added the variant behaves “uniquely differently from past strains of the virus.”

Delta, is now in at least 132 countries and is already the dominant form of the disease in the United States. It is more transmissible than the common cold, the 1918 Spanish flu, smallpox, Ebola, MERS and SARS, according to the document. Only measles appears to spread faster than the variant.

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This late breaking CNBC news piece looks a lot like a Friday night news dump, to me.

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as Nanjing airport coronavirus cluster spreads to 15 cities.

Nanjing explains how virus was transmitted
2021-07-30

Health authorities in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, confirmed that gene sequences from samples collected from the city's recent COVID-19 patients were consistent with those of an imported case from Russia.

Ding Jie, deputy director of the Nanjing Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said the samples were collected from aircraft cabin cleaners at Lukou International Airport, who were among the first to be confirmed with COVID-19 in the latest outbreak.

They had cleaned Flight CA910, which had arrived in Nanjing from Russia on July 10 and carried a passenger who has been confirmed with the coronavirus, she said.

"We have finished sequencing the viruses collected from 52 local transmissions," Ding said at a news conference on Friday. All the infections were confirmed as the Delta variant
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Nanjing has launched a third round of nucleic acid testing for its 9.3 million residents on Wednesday. Fifteen people have tested positive among the 6.43 million who participated in the tests as of 7 am on Friday.

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The CDC also said the data has limitations. The agency noted that as population-level vaccination coverage increases, vaccinated persons are likely to represent a larger proportion of Covid cases. Additionally, asymptomatic breakthrough infections might be underrepresented because of detection bias, the agency said.

The CDC also said the report is “insufficient” to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of the authorized vaccines against Covid, including the delta variant, during this outbreak.

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So rush out to get vaccinated even though they aren’t enough to stop Covid and might be creating the variants? But they aren’t working to stop vaccinated people from getting infected. No wonder people aren’t trusting the ever changing rules. Hospital and clinic workers who have contact with people have never taken off their masks, but even today the people who work support staff aren’t wearing them. A few, but most aren’t. More masks seen at the store today. I think people are just thoroughly confused at this point. No surprise since they keep changing the science to fit their rules. Just watched Fauci telling us that it would be very rare if a vaccinated person contracted Covid so they can take their masks off…even the interviewer wasn’t buying it. I don’t remember what state, but 80 fully vaccinated people died from Rona.

I wish the news out of China would get the owners to change how they are going to address this new situation. Has China tried antivirals? Bueller?

The aspirin news is interesting. Thanks. Twitter is talking about other drugs being tested too. Maybe they will take the muzzle off the people who have other opinions on how to treat it.

One thing to note is that delta didn’t come from the unvaxxed, but from India and too many countries blocked vaccines getting to them before things turned really bad. And still with the new variants coming out they are still refusing to release more vaccines where it’s running rampant. So everyone get vaxxed ASAP, but we’re still not going to get vaccines to every corner of the earth. Got it.

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of confirmed cases. One of the factors is they test and treat cases VERY quickly. In the US people are told to stay home and wait to see if their condition improves. But COVID treatment should start from day one to prevent complications. In China they are proactive in getting quick medical treatment right from the instance of diagnosis.

It is apparent that the Chinese are correct when you look at the following figures:

USA 35,677,736 confirmed, 628,929 deaths, 107,112 cases/million, 1,888 deaths/million
China 92,875 confirmed, 4,636 deaths, 65 cases/million, 3 deaths/million

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the treatment of COVID-19 and other viral infections: Efficacies and mechanisms

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COVID-19 has remained an uncontained, worldwide pandemic. While battling for the disease in China, six Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) recipes have been shown to be remarkably effective for treating patients with COVID-19. The present review discusses principles of TCM in curing infectious disease, and clinical evidence and mechanisms of the 6 most effective TCM recipes used in treating COVID-19 in 92% of all of the confirmed cases in China. Applications of TCM and specific recipes in the treatment of other viral infections, such as those caused by SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, influenza A virus (including H1N1 and H7N9), influenza B, dengue virus as well as Ebola virus, are also discussed.
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I thought that they might have been using every trick they could to keep people alive.

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No surprise since they keep changing the science to fit their rules.

The science from day one has been preliminary. iow a lot of guesswork. It's the data that has been changing and that has to be integrated with what given populations have done to address the virus. And much of it has been confounding.

An example: Is the Delta variant more or less contagious and more or less fatal? In Vietnam it's far more contagious and twice as fatal(cfr 2.38% compared to 1.3% prior). In Taiwan more contagious and far more fatal (cfr 5.13%). Both of those countries were hit in early April; however, in the past month the active cases in Taiwan and dropped to a few hundred and in VN they're in excess of a hundred thousand. Not so easy to pinpoint when it hit in the UK because their community spread didn't get low enough; so, guess it hit about a month later, early May. If so, it's more contagious and far less fatal. The pattern is similar in SK. Yet, SK's active cases are now higher than ever; whereas in the UK active cases are half what they were as of 1/31/21.

Yet all of those interpretations may be wrong. The Delta variant may be no more contagious nor more fatal than the original variant. Entirely possible that relaxed vigilance, less social distancing, and less masking only makes the Delta variant appear to be more contagious. The increased fatality in VN and Taiwan may be an artifact of having protected more vulnerable people in the first wave. The worldwide reported active cases are now 15 million, but doubt that is anywhere near accurate.

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Delta Variant Grows Rapidly Inside A Person's Respiratory Tract, Study Says

July 22, 2021

A study from China offers clues as to why the delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading so quickly around the world. The highly contagious strain accounts for more than 80% of U.S. COVID-19 cases.

We know now that the highly contagious delta variant now accounts for more than 80% of COVID cases in this country, and it appears to spread about twice as fast as the original strain. NPR's Michaeleen Doucleff looks into the first published study that reveals why.
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PEI-YONG SHI: They sampled those individuals on daily basis to see, after the exposure, when the virus became detectable in the nasal cavity.

DOUCLEFF: That's Pei-Yong Shi. He's a virologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He wasn't involved in the study but says the data showed two key results. First, the delta variant grows more rapidly inside people. They likely become contagious sooner than with the original strain. The time between exposure and possible spread to other people?

SHI: It's shortened by two days, and that really indicates, you know, this delta variant is more vigorous.

DOUCLEFF: Second, the delta variant, on average, grows to higher levels inside a person's respiratory tract.

SHI: Virus level is over 1,000 times more than compared with the original virus.

DOUCLEFF: A thousand times more virus particles. So the average person infected today with the delta variant is likely sneezing out much more virus than a person with the original strain last summer. Monica Gandhi is an infectious disease doctor at the University of California, San Francisco. She says the way to think about the delta variant is that it's quicker and there's more of it.

MONICA GANDHI: When you see a study like this one where there's a thousand times higher viral load in the nose, that makes you think, yeah, it is really reproducing more quickly. There's a lot more viral particles, and that is the reason for it being so contagious.
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it's at least consistent with the spread we've been seeing. Except the rate of spread hasn't been even ten times faster than the original.

For over a year, I've been looking for how soon after being infected is one contagious. That was the key to defeating SARS. Symptoms, not vague symptoms but seriously ill, appeared before a person was contagious, but once they were contagious, they were highly contagious. (It's similar in Ebola.) Covid-19 appears to be more like the common cold -- contagious before symptomatic, and as the incubation period for the common cold is only 24 to 72 hours, it's being passed along by a host within a few hours. But at least with a cold, the symptoms are fairly consistent.

Science on the fly is fraught with errors.

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Imagine If They Hadn't Lied To Us For The Last 18 Months

You see, the people who won’t get it are stupid people who hate science because they refuse to trust the people who have spent the last year-and-a-half lying to them.

I don’t blame those folks a bit.

Let’s try a thought experiment. Let’s imagine our ruling class was not as utterly corrupt, dishonest, incompetent and downright stupid as it manifestly is. I know that’s hard, but go with me.

This weird new virus appears and starts spreading. Instead of leveraging it to take down Trump, the Democrats appear with the Republican president and GOP leadership to announce they are working together to solve the problem. Imagine that instead of shaming people, first about wearing masks, then about not wearing masks, then about not wearing two masks, then no masks, then masks again, they went with transparency.

“We are not sure how much, if at all, masks work. We’re running test trials to see and we’ll tell you what we find as soon as we have the data. In the meantime, let’s all wear them just in case.” And then, when they ran the studies, they would tell us the answer.

Have you seen any studies about masks? We get a lot of that fascist gnome and others telling us to wear masks (after initially telling us they were useless – remember that memory-holed narrative?) but where’s the actual science?

See, you have to believe the science, and believe them when they tell you what it is yet won’t show you. Obey!

But trust is earned, and these people act like it is their right to have our trust, that we owe them to take it on faith that whatever these people say is the Gospel. Except they are wrong all the time, and instead of owning up to it, they treat you like some sort of idiot for noticing. When you don’t trust people who are perpetually wrong, that’s not denying science. That is science – you are making observations, and drawing reasonable conclusions. In this case, the observation is that our establishment sucks, and that it can’t be trusted.

They tell us the vaccine is going to make us immune from COVID. Then it turns out you can still get it, just not as bad. Yet when people notice this 180-degree spin, the smart set shrieks like Donald Sutherland at the end of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

The establishment has squandered its credibility, which is why its demand that everyone take the shot is getting shriller and the attempts to force people more punitive. Imagine if they had been honest from the beginning. Imagine if they had been held accountable. But to do that, you have to imagine having a ruling class that doesn’t suck. And that’s more imagination than anyone can muster.

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You’re doing it WRONG! White House Covid-19 spokesman yells at media for quoting CDC documents on Delta variant

The Twitter meltdown caught the attention of journalist Glenn Greenwald, who called it “super interesting” and suggested that “elite institutions” could find time “in between calling ordinary citizens stupid and selfish” to reflect on the “huge messaging failures, inconsistencies and lies that account for much distrust in official [Covid] messaging."

Wakana’s attempts to whip the corporate media into line follows Friday’s announcement by the CDC that claims 74% of people who recently got infected by the Delta variant of the coronavirus in a Cape Cod, Massachusetts resort were fully vaccinated. The Cape Cod study was “pivotal” in informing the decision to recommend indoor masking, said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.

That’s not to say that delta hasn’t changed everything, but Fauci did lie about the need for masks at the very beginning of the epidemic. And maybe he actually told the truth back then when he said that regular masks don’t work because the virus is so small they don’t block it. I’m seeing this more and more now that delta is spreading so fast. If the virus is aerosol then they do not work and clothe ones just block facial recognition. They absolutely do not block it unless modified. Pelosi wore a cloth one during the whole time of Covid unless hers was modified. No wonder Covid spread everywhere.

Speaking of the mask debate: let’s look back at how they kept changing their minds on them.

Masks off? Or masks on? A history of the CDC’s consistently inconsistent advice on face coverings

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stayed true to form by deciding that its current mask guidance – not to be confused with its previous and repeatedly revised guidance – needs to be reversed. Again.

It’s a shame so many Americans do not appreciate the new rules concerning the use of face coverings among the fully vaccinated. After all, asking jabbed citizens to mask up after telling them they don’t need to mask up, after suggesting to them that wearing two masks almost all the time would be even better, must be the best possible and most consistent public health policy under the current circumstances.

February 5, 2020

As Covid-19 begins to spread across the globe, Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical adviser to the president, receives an email from a former senior US government official asking if she should wear a mask while traveling, as a precautionary measure.

He advises against it: “The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out [the] virus, which is small enough to pass through the material.”

February 29, 2020

Americans begin to panic-buy masks, greatly irritating the nation’s top health authorities.

“Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus,” US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams tweets. He adds that ordinary Americans should focus more on hand-washing and other sanitary measures, and let healthcare workers wear the masks – advice in perfect harmony with years-old CDC guidance. The tweet is later deleted, but the internet never forgets.

March 8, 2020

A month after the Trump administration declares a public health emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak, Fauci says in an interview with 60 Minutes: “There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask. When you’re in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a droplet, but it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is.”

In keeping with longstanding CDC guidance, he stresses that masks should be reserved for healthcare providers and those who are ill.

March 31, 2020

“Because if, in fact, a person who may or may not be infected wants to prevent infecting somebody else, the best way to do that is with a mask. Perhaps that's the way to go,” Fauci declares, in a bold U-turn from his previous position on the matter.

There’s more flip flopping from Fauci.

So I stand by what I said. They have changed their rules when it suited them. No wonder people are so effing confused and aren’t listening to a damn thing they say anymore.