Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Event Update For 2020-03-10

The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.

A. More fires and more explosions, especially along the coasts, but everywhere generally.
B. Many more animal die-offs, of all kinds, and especially oceanic species.
C. More multiples of people will be found dead in their homes, as if they'd dropped dead.
D. More corpses found in low-lying areas, all over the world.
E. More unusual vehicular accidents.
F. Improved unemployment numbers as people die off.

Category: Variety Pack

2020-03-10 - Chemical plant rocked by explosion in coastal Barcelona (Spain), 1 killed, 13 injured:

2020-03-10 - Brush fire burns through Breakneck Ridge and destroys vehicles near Cold Spring (New York):

2020-03-10 - Coronavirus cases surge past 1,000 in the United States:

Quote: "More than 1,000 people in the United States have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, according to an unofficial count compiled by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The 1000th case was reported on Tuesday night, as state and local officials in California and New York began enacting aggressive new measures to contain and mitigate the spread of the virus."

Quote: "Also on Tuesday, Massachusetts declared a state of emergency as officials there announced that the number of confirmed cases in the state had leaped to 92, most of them linked to a biotech firm's strategy meeting in Boston."

Quote: "During a news conference in February, when the number of U.S. cases stood at just 15, Trump predicted the tally would drop to zero 'within a couple of days.'"

2020-03-10 - Congressional doctor expects 70-150 million people in the US will contract coronavirus:

Note: With around 10% of people coming down with serious or critical symptoms, that'll be 7-15 million people needing hospital care to stay alive. We have 300,000 beds available, so the other 6.7 million to 14.7 million people will have to be sent home to die. It could be even worse than that. That explains cities dusting off their mass grave strategies and stuff like that...

2020-03-10 - Cuomo announces 'containment area' for coronavirus, closes schools, brings in National Guard, in New York:

2020-03-10 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 631 in Italy:

Quote: "Italy saw 168 additional deaths from the coronavirus within the past 24 hours, authorities announced Tuesday, raising the national death toll to a whopping 631 amid the first day of a sweeping country-wide lockdown, the British ITV television channel first reported."

2020-03-10 - US response to coronavirus outbreak has been horrifyingly bad:

2020-03-10 - Biotech firm paying 24 volunteers $4500 each to be infected with the coronavirus, in London (Britain):

Quote: "How much would someone have to pay you to get infected with a potentially fatal virus? One London company is reportedly paying volunteers around $4,500 to be infected with the new coronavirus, COVID-19."

2020-03-10 - Amazon rainforest, coral reefs and other large ecosystems at risk of rapid collapse:

2020-03-10 - Restaurant explodes and burns in coastal New Kingston on the island of Jamaica, 1 injured:

2020-03-10 - Boat bursts into flame on trailer while parked near business in Riverside (California):

2020-03-10 - Boat bursts into flame at storage facility near Lake Walter E. Long in Travis County (Texas), 1 injured:

Quote: "One person was hurt after a boat caught fire at an east Travis County storage facility on Tuesday, according to Austin-Travis County EMS. The fire happened at 5900 Blue Bluff Drive, which is south of Lake Walter E. Long."

Note: These are the 323rd and 324th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-03-10 - Transit bus bursts into flame on street in Appleton (Wisconsin):

Note: This is the 100th bus to burn in 2019...

2020-03-10 - Train engine bursts into flame at 5:34 AM in Skowhegan (Maine):

2020-03-10 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-75 in Weston (Florida), near the coast:

2020-03-10 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-57 in Union County (Illinois):

2020-03-10 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Route 53 near I-55 in Bolingbrook (Illinois):

2020-03-10 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame near I-17 near New River (Arizona):

2020-03-10 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame in the wee hours near Route 30 and Theodore Street in Crest Hill (Illinois):

2020-03-10 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 2:10 AM on State Highway 1 in Putaruru (New Zealand):

2020-03-10 - Tractor bursts into flame at property on Lodge Lane in Saughall (Britain):

Note: These are the 375th, 376th, 377th, 378th, 379th, 380th and 381st tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-03-10 - Service truck bursts into flame while parked at home in coastal Cape Coral (Florida):

2020-03-10 - RV bursts into flame on Pittsburgh Avenue in Erie (Pennsylvania):

Note: This is the 72nd RV to burn in 2020...

2020-03-10 - Van bursts into flame while parked at townhomes in London (Canada):

2020-03-10 - Van bursts into flame on street in coastal Birgu on the island of Malta:

2020-03-10 - Van bursts into flame on Crewe Road in Crewe (Britain):

2020-03-10 - Van bursts into flame on Oxhey Drive in South Oxhey (Britain):

2020-03-10 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at 4:38 AM while parked at home on North Cherry Street in Centralia (Illinois)

2020-03-10 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on I-20 near Hallsville (Texas):

2020-03-10 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on I-95 in coastal Milford (Connecticut):

2020-03-10 - Car bursts into flame at 4 AM on Smith Street in Dunmore (Pennsylvania), 2 injured:

Note: Also see the deadly apartment fire that killed 3 people at midnight in Dunmore on this day...

2020-03-10 - Car bursts into flame on Highway 17 in coastal Delta (Canada):

2020-03-10 - Car bursts into flame while parked on Anderson Street in Stirling (New Zealand):

2020-03-10 - RV trailer bursts into flame before 5:30 AM while parked along Old Okanagan Highway in West Kelowna (Canada):

2020-03-10 - Car and garage destroyed by fire on Fenton Street in Holyoke (Massachusetts):

Quote: "There was radiant heat damage to the siding of the home, and a car inside the garage was completely destroyed, Cavagnac said, adding that other houses were not damaged."

2020-03-10 - Five cars and garage destroyed by fire in Patna (India):

2020-03-11 - Vehicle and outbuilding destroyed by fire at 11:03 PM on Holmes Chapel Road in Northwich (Britain):

2020-03-10 - Auto shop heavily damaged by fire at 4:21 AM on East Lake Avenue in coastal Tampa (Florida):

2020-03-10 - Lawnmower business destroyed by fire at 4:14 AM near Newcomerstown (Ohio):

2020-03-10 - Restaurant destroyed by fire on Skinner Lake Drive in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

2020-03-10 - Home heavily damaged by carport fire at 5:57 AM in Harristown (Illinois):

2020-03-10 - Home heavily damaged by fire in the wee hours on Bradley Avenue in Sun Valley (California):

2020-03-10 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire on Towne Street in North Attleboro (Massachusetts):

2020-03-10 - Home destroyed by fire before 4 AM on Long Road in Conway (South Carolina):

2020-03-10 - Two homes destroyed by fire on St. John’s Road in coastal Maili (Hawaii), 1200 feet from the ocean:

2020-03-10 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire on Hamilton E. Holmes Drive in Atlanta (Georgia), 4 injured:

2020-03-10 - High-rise apartment building damaged by trash compactor fire at 3 AM on West Mosholu Parkway in coastal Bronx (New York), 34 injured:

2020-03-10 - Deadly fire devastates apartment building at midnight on Third Street in Dunmore (Pennsylvania), 3 killed, 4 injured:

2020-03-10 - Vacant home burns just after midnight near 35th Street and Hancock Street in Bellevue (Nebraska):

2020-03-10 - Four whales strand and die on beaches in New Zealand:

2020-03-10 - Sea turtle washes ashore dead on beach in coastal Port Dickson (Malaysia):

2020-03-10 - Deepwater oarfish washes ashore dead on beach in the Philippine Islands:

2020-03-10 - Two men, 55 and 59, die separately after losing consciousness at same bathhouse in Lakeview area in Chicago (Illinois):

Quote: "Police have opened a pair of investigations after two men were found dead within days of each other at a bathhouse in Lakeview on the North Side. They were found unresponsive at Steamworks, 3246 N. Halsted St., according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner's office."

2020-03-10 - Fifteen people die while bathing in ponds and rivers in one day in Odisha (India):

Quote: "Fifteen people have drowned while taking baths after celebrating Holi festival in Odisha state of India on Tuesday. As many as 15 revelers drowned in various ponds and rivers while taking baths after celebrating Holi festival in the Indian state on Tuesday BBC quoted security officials as saying."

2020-03-10 - Boy, 17, dies in his sleep at home in North Mankato (Minnesota):

2020-03-10 - Person found dead on the edge of Greenfield Lake in coastal Wilmington (North Carolina):

2020-03-10 - Woman, 72, found dead in pond near her home in Oakfield (New York):

2020-03-10 - Man found dead in the Snoqualmie River in Snoqualmie (Washington):

2020-03-10 - Person slumps over dead in car at Target store in Durham (North Carolina):

2020-03-10 - Man, 62, found dead at landfill in Topeka (Kansas):

2020-03-10 - Man found dead in Mill Creek in Nashville (Tennessee):

2020-03-10 - Man found dead at jail in Woodford County (Kentucky):

2020-03-10 - Man, 25, dies after being pulled from pond in Kullu (India):

2020-03-10 - Woman, 37, found dead near apartments in coastal Glasgow (Scotland):

2020-03-10 - Man found dead at Wood Quay in coastal Dublin (Ireland):

2020-03-10 - Man, 33, found dead in the River Stour near Ashford (Britain):

2020-03-10 - Man, late teens or early 20s, found dead submerged in water near Boundary Road in coastal Avonmouth (Britain):

2020-03-10 - Man, 41, found dead near ligthhouse near coastal Whitby (Britain):

2020-03-10 - Man, 61, has heart problems on ship off coastal Ocean City (Maryland):

Quote: "Crewmembers aboard the Panamanian flagged cargo ship Balsa 84, which was en route to the Delaware Bay area, which contacted watchstanders just before 10:30 a.m. and notified them that the 61-year-old captain was exhibiting symptoms of a possible heart attack and needed medical assistance."

2020-03-10 - Driver has 'medical event' at 6:20 AM, pickup truck crashes into pole, in coastal View Royal (Canada), 1 injured:

Quote: "The crash was believed to be caused by a medical event."

2020-03-10 - Man has 'medical episode', SUV crashes into wall, in Swindon (Britain), 1 injured:

Quote: "It’s understood the driver suffered a medical episode at the wheel."

2020-03-10 - Small plane makes emergency landing on Oreti Beach in coastal Invercargill (New Zealand):

2020-03-10 - Passenger bus crashes into gorge in Chehli (India), 5 killed, 30 injured:

2020-03-10 - SUV veers off road, crashes into canal, near Prospect Avenue in Santee (California):

2020-03-10 - SUV overturns on Samoa Boulevard in coastal Arcata (California), 1 injured:

2020-03-10 - Pickup truck scrapes against central divider on US 101 in coastal San Mateo (California), 1 killed:

Quote: "The California Highway Patrol responded to a report around 8:45 a.m. of a large white pickup truck swerving across lanes on northbound 101, scraping against the center divider at about 20 mph and, ultimately, stopping against the divider just north of Peninsula Avenue. Paramedics found the driver unresponsive and administered CPR. The motorist was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead, according to the CHP."

Note: Sounds like another person slumping over dead while driving...

2020-03-10 - Car veers over centerline, hits SUV head-on, fire erupts, on Sulphur Springs Road in Catawba County (North Carolina), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-03-10 - Car veers off road, crashes into watery ditch, on US 90 in Washington County (Washington), 1 killed:

2020-03-10 - Magnitude 5.8 and 4.9 earthquakes jolt Indonesia:

2020-03-10 - Lake Tahoe in California and Nevada has elevated risk of tsunami due to faulting processes at its bottom:

2020-03-10 - Two-headed calf dies in the Fiji Islands:

2020-03-10 - Shanghai government using high-dose IV Vitamin C to treat COVID-19, initial results of clinical trials positive:

2020-03-10 - Here are 18 breathtaking facts about the stock market crash of 2020, and experts are warning this is far from over:

2020-03-10 - Thousands of Mexican women strike to protest femicide:

2020-03-10 - Is there another fundamental force of nature?

Quote: "Scientists in Hungary claim to have found a new particle that reveals a fifth force of nature."


  1. Thank you Jonny, for all your work - tirelessly collating and disseminating all this REAL news every day for us all. i appreciate you allowing me to comment here with tangentially related information, news stories and my bullshit opinion (that no one should care about).

    As we get deeper into this crisis, my doominess will probably increase, and my opinions about the situation will become darker, i'm sure. No one should take anything i say as anything more than "Tom's opinion, for what it's worth." i don't mean to scare anyone or motivate anyone to do anything other than THINK about it. Our lives are our own to do as we see fit.

    i cancelled my classes for today, and am planning to only teach on-line for the remainder of the semester (early May), since my school is dragging its feet about closing, when Villanova, right up the street from us closed yesterday (you could walk to their campus from ours in 5 min.). i don't trust the administration, though they mean well. The problem is that their world view is drastically different from mine. They already have plans into 2022, where i see the entire educational system, as well as most of the rest of it, collapsing into chaos before the end of the year. Mike and i speculated a few months ago (before the virus became a huge deal) that this might be "the year" and now i firmly believe it. i think most of your readers will agree before long, if they aren't there already.

    Ok, let's get to some news after a brief comment about one of the stories you link to above.

    How many times have i commented about bathing in India? The Indian authorities should put out a nationwide alert to stay out of the water, PERIOD! Look at that - 15 people in ONE DAY dying in streams, rivers, ponds, etc. there!

    The W.H.O. (Finally!) Declares Coronavirus A “Pandemic” [~ 41 min.]

    Covid-19: Day 73: Mar 12th: COVID-19 ‘Bioweapon’ Conspiracies[?]: Hordes of starving monkeys seen storming empty streets in Thailand: A widow is trapped in her home with her husband's corpse: Tests indicate coronavirus can survive in the air.

    Countries affected, 109/195. Total confirmed cases yesterday, 5,000+, the total confirmed cases is at 126,435 with 5,657 of them critical. The death toll stands at 4,613 at a rate of 3.65%.

    Tests indicate coronavirus can survive in the air. Federally funded tests conducted by scientists from several major institutions indicated that the novel form of coronavirus behind a worldwide outbreak can survive in the air for several hours. TH [MASK UP!]

    Coronavirus Coronavirus x-rays show terrifying damage in lungs of Covid-19 victims. The CT scans and x-rays of coronavirus sufferers' lungs - taken after they came down with symptoms such as fever and cough - show a pattern of abnormalities similar to SARS and MERS. TDM [uhm, that's BECAUSE it's an engineered bio-weapon!]

    Trump's coronavirus doctor Anthony Fauci says the virus is TEN TIMES more lethal than seasonal flu and millions of Americans will be infected in an outbreak that will 'only get worse'. DM [more]

    [2nd part follows]

  2. Fear Of The Coronavirus Is Causing A Stock Market Apocalypse

    In all of U.S. history, we have never seen the Dow Jones Industrial Average go from an all-time high to a bear market as quickly as we just did. As I keep reminding my readers, the stock market is all about how investors view the future. Early this year, extremely irrational optimism about the future pushed stock prices to the most overvalued levels that we have ever seen, but now things have completely changed. Fear of the coronavirus has many investors fearing an imminent economic crisis, and we have seen volatility on Wall Street that is absolutely insane. On Monday we witnessed the largest single day point decline in the history of the Dow, on Tuesday stocks came roaring back, and then on Wednesday we witnessed the second largest single day point decline in the history of the Dow. As I have previously explained numerous times, we see huge waves of momentum during any stock market crash, and I am sure we will see many more as this current implosion continues to play out.

    On Wednesday, the Dow closed at 23553.22, which represented a 20.3 percent decline from the peak on February 12th.

    The bull market that began on March 9th, 2009 has finally ended, and U.S. stocks are off to their worst start for a year since the last financial crisis.

    But less than 5,000 people around the globe have died from this virus so far.

    If we are seeing this much fear now, what is going to happen if millions of people start dying? [more; which is EXPECTED!]

    [3rd part below]

  3. Thursday, 12 March 2020
    Denmark under quarantine
    Entire COUNTRY of Denmark Goes Under Quarantine – Coronavirus

    Denmark is on coronavirus lockdown, making the country the second in Europe to grind to a halt as the life-threatening disease rips across the continent. [more]

    [another question comes to mind: how are the world leaders going to "re-start" the global economy as quarantine, the ONLY way to fight this pandemic, stretches on for who knows how long?]

    What you didn't see in Trump's address to the American nation

    Trump Bans All Travel From Europe For 30 Days; Tom Hanks Infected; NBA Suspends Season: Live Updates


    WHO declares Covid-19 is a pandemic
    President Trump declares a travel ban from all European countries (not UK)
    Tom Hanks, wife announce they have the Coronavirus
    NBA suspends all games until further notice
    Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert has tested positive for coronavirus.
    LA confirms first death
    Seattle schools close for two weeks
    Italy closes stores
    MGM says guest at Vegas's 'The Mirage' tested positive
    Denmark closes schools, will send 'non-critical' public employees home to work
    New Jersey case total climbs to 23
    Juve player Daniele Rugani
    DC Mayor declares public health emergency
    Congressional doctor says up to
    Cuomo confirms 39 new cases in NY, raising total to 212
    First death in Indonesia
    Confirmed cases in France top 2,000
    Washington State to ban events over 200
    Details of cruiseline industry's 'health and safety proposal' leak
    'Waffle House' employee in Atlanta confirmed
    UK reports 7th death
    Chicago cancels St. Paddy's Day parade
    NY sends in National Guard
    IADB cancels meeting in Colombia as virus spreads across Latin America
    Mnuchin says first part of virus stimulus plan will be ready in 2 days
    Utah reportedly planning to shut public college and university campuses
    Dr. Fauci warns virus 10x more deadly than flu and could infect millions if not handled early
    Australia passes A$18 billion stimulus package
    Seoul says 99 cases tied to call center
    FEMA evacuates Atlanta office over coronavirus scare
    3 Boeing workers test positie
    Washington DC advises cancellation or postponement of all gatherings with more than 1,000 people
    Harvard to prorate room and board for students
    US cases surpass 1,000
    UK Health Minister catches virus
    Ireland, Bulgaria, Sweden report first deaths
    Connecticut declares state of emergency
    UK total hits 456 following largest daily jump on record (83 new cases)
    Global cases pass 120,000
    South Korea reports new outbreak in call center
    Japan reportedly planning to declare state of emergency
    [more;Robin has a ~ 3 min. comment there, plus a link you should see showing that Trump is trying to HIDE it all by CLASSIFYING all coronavirus deliberations]

    [4th installment next]

  4. The Plagues of Iran 2020! Record-rains, Record-snowfall, Record locust invasion and the third biggest number of Covid-19 cases: Guilty of lying and downing Airlines flight: General Qassem Soleimani assassinated

    Iran just can't catch a break, heavy rains since February 24th have caused chaos to many villages and farms, displacing hundreds. More heavy rain is expected throughout March and April. Last April, unprecedented floods killed more than 80 people and damaged or destroyed 100,000 homes in Iran.

    The rains are helping the swarms of locusts who are devasting crops in the southwest (southern Khuzestan, Busherh, southern Fars, western Hormozgan provinces). New swarms are expected to hatch later this week and form hopper bands. Local breeding continues in the southeast where hoppers are forming groups and bands in eastern Hormozgan. TBW

    To make matters worse Iran has struggled to contain the coronavirus with the third biggest number of confirmed cases, almost 10,000, behind only Italy and mainland China. [more]

    Heavy rains, floods and landslides claim at least 60 lives in Rwanda, more than 1 000 homes damaged

    Heavy rains, floods, and landslides affecting Rwanda since January 2020 have killed more than 60 people and damaged more than 1 000 homes, the Ministry of Emergency Management (MINEMA) reported. At least 10 lives have been lost since the beginning of March. Over 11 000 residents in the capital Kigali are set to be relocated from high-risk zones as the country's meteorological agency forecasts destructive rains to continue until May. [more]

    [here comes sea-level rise]
    Polar ice caps melting six times faster than in 1990s

    The polar ice caps are melting six times faster than in the 1990s, according to the most complete analysis to date.

    The ice loss from Greenland and Antarctica is tracking the worst-case climate warming scenario set out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scientists say. Without rapid cuts to carbon emissions the analysis indicates there could be a rise in sea levels [no, that won't actually help now - it's too late and already locked in!] that would leave 400 million people exposed to coastal flooding each year by the end of the century. [more; pfff-2100 b/s]

    The planet’s largest ecosystems could collapse faster than we thought

    [not "could", ARE COLLAPSING!]

    If put under the kind of environmental stress increasingly seen on our planet, large ecosystems —such as the Amazon rainforest or the Caribbean coral reefs—could collapse in just a few decades, according to a study released today in Nature Communications.

    In the case of Amazon forests, stressors could cause collapse in just 49 years. In Caribbean coral reefs, it could take as little as 15 years. [we won't be around to see it]

    “Humanity now needs to prepare for changes in ecosystems that are faster than we previously envisaged through our traditional linear view of the world, including across Earth ‘s largest and most iconic ecosystems, and the social–ecological systems that they support,” the authors wrote.

    Larger ecosystems are made up of smaller “sub-systems” of species and habitats, which provide some resilience against rapid change. However, once these smaller systems start to collapse, the new study finds the large ecosystems as a whole fall apart much faster than previously expected. [more; co-extinctions of species as catalyst for human extinction, as McPherson stated in quoting a peer-reviewed paper a while back].

    [5th section continues the thread]

  5. [from Hal Turner]
    Coronavirus is confirmed in Brooklyn, NY
    OMG: They're Going to LET COVID-19 SPREAD . . . . Intentionally!

    Public health leaders in Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties say their departments will no longer recommend isolation or quarantine for people exposed to someone with COVID-19, as they now will focus on reducing the risk to populations at the greatest risk of dying from the respiratory illness.

    If anyone had "conspiracy-theory" thoughts that this virus was already being allowed to spread INTENTIONALLY - this should remove all doubt.

    In an interview Monday, Dr. Peter Beilenson, head of Sacramento County’s Department of Health Services, said public health officials quarantined the sick and those who came into close contact with them as a way to slow spread of the disease, but as the number of cases increase statewide, public health has to acknowledge that those measures aren’t enough.

    “Once you get a certain number of cases, it’s hard to continue to contact-trace back the way you tried originally,” Beilenson said, “so we move to mitigation, which is basically trying to mitigate the risk to those who are most at risk: the elderly and those with chronic underlying conditions.” [No, ya moron! LET THEM DIE and focus on the YOUNG who are sick (< 60 for example)! Why waste time and resources trying to keep us OLD PEOPLE around? The young will recover faster and more often and can still provide a workforce!]

    In a joint statement, Placer and Yolo officials said: “With community spread, public health departments must now shift their efforts to community mitigation measures that will slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community, protect those who are most vulnerable to severe illness, and allow the health care system to prepare resources to take care of severely ill patients. Like a handful of other counties in California, Placer and Yolo counties will now enter this new phase.” [more; further down, Hal advises citizens of NY to get ready to bug-out before the end of next week.]

    The Dow CRASHES
    Stocks Puke Into Bear Market As US Financial Conditions Crash Most 'Since Lehman'

  6. Montgomery County on Lockdown: Governor Closes Schools, Gyms, Venues

    Drastic measures are being taken to curtail the spread of the new coronavirus in Montgomery County as the suburban Philadelphia county has become the epicenter for COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania.

    Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the closure of all schools, universities, gyms, entertainment venues and community centers in Montgomery County starting Friday.

    Wolf also asked all non-essential retail stores to close.

    The closures will last 14 days and start Friday, he said at a Thursday press conference.

    Wolf ordered critical infrastructure to stay open, including all health care facilities, including urgent care locations and pharmacies.

    Mass transit will also stay open, though Amtrak service from the Ardmore train station will stop for two weeks, and Amtrak will reduce its schedule in the county starting tomorrow. [more]

    [slight flaw: keeping transit operating will confound things, because it allows new disease vectors from elsewhere]

    Massive sinkholes in Gauteng, South Africa swallowing homes, roads

    Homes and streets have already completely disappeared in some parts, leaving residents in nearby areas worried that their properties could be next.

    70% of Khutsong is not suitable for human habitation and over 25 000 families are expected to be relocated. [more; videos & pics]

    Mountain lion attacks person, bites deputy in Big Thompson Canyon, Colorado

    The animal was later killed by state wildlife officials. [more]

    Family pit bull terrier kills toddler in Portsmouth, Virginia

    A 1-year-old male pit bull bit a 2-year-old girl, who died at a nearby hospital, police said.

    Portsmouth police said the dog was a family pet [more]

    [typical SOTT advice]

    14th-century Italian advice on how to survive an epidemic

    Giovanni Boccaccio's work taught citizens how to maintain mental wellbeing in times of epidemics and isolation.

    Boccaccio's prescription for an epidemic was a good dose of "narrative prophylaxis". That meant protecting yourself with stories. Boccaccio suggested you could save yourself by fleeing towns, surrounding yourself with pleasant company and telling amusing stories to keep spirits up. Through a mixture of social isolation and pleasant activities, it was possible to survive the worst days of an epidemic.

    Boccaccio's faith in the curative power of stories has been supported by dozens of studies of the impact storytelling has on our health.

    Boccaccio also understood the crucial role of what we now call social networks in public health crises. For instance, a 2010 study by Nicolas Christakis found that the most popular undergraduate students at Harvard University were also the most likely to catch the flu. Students with sparse social networks, by contrast, were often spared. This suggests well-developed social networks can put our health at risk. [more]
    [i doubt this will help with an actual COVID-19 infection]

    [2nd part next]

  7. [thanks again CDC! Way to GO!! woo-hoo!!]
    Coronavirus test shortage 'strikes at the heart of everything that we're doing,' doctor warns [~ 7.5 min. lead-in video]

    The coronavirus pandemic has killed over 4,000 people around the world, affecting over 100 different countries. It is making its way through the U.S., impacting 35 states so far with over 1,300 confirmed cases.

    There are likely far more cases that medical professionals aren’t aware of — and that’s because of the lack of available coronavirus testing kits from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    The U.S. only has 10% of the tests that are needed. According to Forman, “the need will grow vastly. We need to go up to 100[%]. We need to go far beyond that.”

    ‘We should be doing at least 100,000 tests a day’ [more]

    ‘It’s Just Everywhere Already’: How Delays in Testing Set Back the U.S. Coronavirus Response

    Dr. Helen Y. Chu, an infectious disease expert in Seattle, knew that the United States did not have much time.

    In late January, the first confirmed American case of the coronavirus had landed in her area. Critical questions needed answers: Had the man infected anyone else? Was the deadly virus already lurking in other communities and spreading?

    As luck would have it, Dr. Chu had a way to monitor the region. For months, as part of a research project into the flu, she and a team of researchers had been collecting nasal swabs from residents experiencing symptoms throughout the Puget Sound region.

    To repurpose the tests for monitoring the coronavirus, they would need the support of state and federal officials. But nearly everywhere Dr. Chu turned, officials repeatedly rejected the idea, interviews and emails show, even as weeks crawled by and outbreaks emerged in countries outside of China, where the infection began.

    By Feb. 25, Dr. Chu and her colleagues could not bear to wait any longer. They began performing coronavirus tests, without government approval.

    What came back confirmed their worst fear. They quickly had a positive test from a local teenager with no recent travel history. The coronavirus had already established itself on American soil without anybody realizing it.

    “It must have been here this entire time,” Dr. Chu recalled thinking with dread. “It’s just everywhere already.”

    In fact, officials would later discover through testing, the virus had already contributed to the deaths of two people, and it would go on to kill 20 more in the Seattle region over the following days.
    [more; read how government bureaucracy screwed up response]

    Biggest Changes for Earth's Ice and Oceans

    The planet's average surface temperature has risen about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit since the late 1800s, according to NASA. The change is driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere since the industrial revolution. Most of this warming occurred in the past 35 years, with the five warmest years on record taking place since 2010. [more; but also from heating beneath the Earth's crust, possibly triggered by something exterior to the planet]