There is a lot going on that the news media isn’t telling its audiences. Bits and pieces float around and are shared individually, but sites like Facebook often block such information from being shared so as to not create panic.
This page will contain private reports as we get them. We often will not give attribution so as to protect the sources.
This is a post from a N.P. at Northwell Hospital in Manhasset.
THIS IS FROM THE FRONT LINE, RIGHT HERE ON LONG ISLAND, TODAY!! COVID-19
“I have been an ICU nurse for many years, seen many things. But I have not seen anything like this before. This virus is attacking people of all ages with or without underlying issues. I worked yesterday with all ICU covid patients and they are SICK. The hospitals are just not equipped to handle much more than this. It is very surreal. We were running around working so hard, barely having time to eat or go to the bathroom. It was a war zone. And it seems like just the beginning. I know many you find it difficult to stay home. But just remember you need to save the lives of everyone around you. Even those “small get togethers” are not good. (Playdates, family parties, etc) Many of us are risking our lives to take care of loved ones with covid and without. So please stay home. The spread of this virus is going so fast that I am scared for all of us. I just want to thank you to all my fellow healthcare team: Nurses, Doctors, PAs, NPs, PCAs, Environmental Care, Dietary, Respiratory Therapists, Radiology techs, security etc. The lists go on and on. You guys rock. Keep up the amazing work you do.
I just need everyone to understand what is actually transpiring in these hospitals and the current situation of what is actually going on. Last night I received a 31 year old young man who lived a completely normal life prior to this admission come in with fevers to 105 and gasp for air for two whole days. Gasping so bad that he required a breathing tube. Moments before this man had to be sedated and paralyzed he was saying how young he was and how he doesn’t want to die and how he doesn’t understand why this was happening. The last feeling he had before being tubed was fear. Now this completely functional man is helpless. He has 10 pumps of medication running through him, lines and tubes in any invasive place you can think of and is completely isolated while this virus violently eats away at his lungs. At the same time I received this admission, 2 more people received the same fate. Our ICUs are full and we are overflowing and we cannot keep up and we aren’t even at the peak. Our healthcare workers get 1 N95 mask that they have to keep in a shitty brown bag to reuse over and over. The toll that this has taken on all of the doctors nurses PA’s NPs and all of the healthcare workers is unfathomable. Day in and out they are putting themselves at such a high risk with a lack of resources to keep them safe and nonetheless they go and work to save people like this young man anyway. “We cannot care for your loved ones from the comfort of our couch.” Jamie Lynn Bernaudo Not to mention having to take the brunt of the anger of family members not understanding the severity of the situation. These workers have been forced to make impossible decisions and lead a fight with no direction. It is a absolute war zone and pretty soon more and more impossible decisions are going have to be made. Do yourself a favor and stay the fuck home. And air hug a nurse… they need one.”
A comment from someone in Arizona:
On radio I heard that someones cat got the virus now, with shortness of breath. Strange is also that our coyotes are not coming at night to get the old cat food I put out, and our bunnies are not coming by to eat the bunny food. we also have much less pigeons
Report from a nurse via Facebook:
I work in the healthcare field. Here’s the problem, we are testing people for any strain of a Coronavirus. Not specifically for COVID-19. There are no reliable tests for a specific COVID-19 virus. There are no reliable agencies or media outlets for reporting numbers of actual COVID-19 virus cases. This needs to be addressed first and foremost. Every action and reaction to COVID-19 is based on totally flawed data and we simply can not make accurate assessments.
This is why you’re hearing that most people with COVID-19 are showing nothing more than cold/flu like symptoms. That’s because most Coronavirus strains are nothing more than cold/flu like symptoms.
The few actual novel Coronavirus cases do have some worse respiratory responses, but still have a very promising recovery rate, especially for those without prior issues.
The ‘gold standard’ in testing for COVID-19 is laboratory isolated/purified coronavirus particles free from any contaminants and particles that look like viruses but are not, that have been proven to be the cause of the syndrome known as COVID-19 and obtained by using proper viral isolation methods and controls (not PCR that is currently being used or Serology /antibody tests which do not detect virus as such).
PCR basically takes a sample of your cells and amplifies any DNA to look for ‘viral sequences’, i.e. bits of non-human DNA that seem to match parts of a known viral genome.
The problem is the test is known not to work.
It uses ‘amplification’ which means taking a very very tiny amount of DNA and growing it exponentially until it can be analyzed. Obviously any minute contaminations in the sample will also be amplified leading to potentially gross errors of discovery.
Additionally, it’s only looking for partial viral sequences, not whole genomes, so identifying a single pathogen is next to impossible even if you ignore the other issues.
The Mickey Mouse test kits being sent out to hospitals, at best, tell analysts you have some viral DNA in your cells. Which most of us do, most of the time. It may tell you the viral sequence is related to a specific type of virus – say the huge family of coronavirus. But that’s all.
The idea these kits can isolate a specific virus like COVID-19 is nonsense.
And that’s not even getting into the other issue – viral load.
If you remember the PCR works by amplifying minute amounts of DNA. It therefore is useless at telling you how much virus you may have.
And that’s the only question that really matters when it comes to diagnosing illness. Everyone will have a few virus kicking round in their system at any time, and most will not cause illness because their quantities are too small. For a virus to sicken you you need a lot of it, a massive amount of it. But PCR does not test viral load and therefore can’t determine if a osteogenesis is present in sufficient quantities to sicken you.
If you feel sick and get a PCR test any random virus DNA might be identified even if they aren’t at all involved in your sickness which leads to false diagnosis.
And coronavirus are incredibly common. A large percentage of the world human population will have covi DNA in them in small quantities even if they are perfectly well or sick with some other pathogen.
Do you see where this is going yet?
If you want to create a totally false panic about a totally false pandemic – pick a coronavirus.
They are incredibly common and there’s tons of them. A very high percentage of people who have become sick by other means (flu, bacterial pneumonia, anything) will have a positive PCR test for covi even if you’re doing them properly and ruling out contamination, simply because covis are so common.
There are hundreds of thousands of flu and pneumonia victims in hospitals throughout the world at any one time.
All you need to do is select the sickest of these in a single location – say Wuhan – administer PCR tests to them and claim anyone showing viral sequences similar to a coronavirus (which will inevitably be quite a few) is suffering from a ‘new’ disease.
Since you already selected the sickest flu cases a fairly high proportion of your sample will go on to die.
You can then say this ‘new’ virus has a CFR higher than the flu and use this to infuse more concern and do more tests which will of course produce more ‘cases’, which expands the testing, which produces yet more ‘cases’ and so on and so on.
Before long you have your ‘pandemic’, and all you have done is use a simple test kit trick to convert the worst flu and pneumonia cases into something new that doesn’t actually exist.
Now just run the same scam in other countries. Making sure to keep the fear message running high so that people will feel panicky and less able to think critically.
Your only problem is going to be that – due to the fact there is no actual new deadly pathogen but just regular sick people you are mislabelling – your case numbers, and especially your deaths, are going to be way too low for a real new deadly virus pandemic.
But you can stop people pointing this out in several ways.
1. You can claim this is just the beginning and more deaths are imminent. Use this as an excuse to quarantine everyone and then claim the quarantine prevented the expected millions of dead.
2. You can tell people that ‘minimizing’ the dangers is irresponsible and bully them into not talking about numbers.
3. You can talk crap about made up numbers hoping to blind people with pseudoscience.
4. You can start testing well people (who, of course, will also likely have shreds of coronavirus DNA in them) and thus inflate your ‘case figures’ with ‘asymptomatic carriers’ (you will of course have to spin that to sound deadly even though any virologist knows the more symptom-less cases you have the less deadly is your pathogen.
Take these simple steps and you can have your own entirely manufactured pandemic up and running in weeks.
They can not “confirm” something for which there is no accurate test.”
April 3, 2020
From a paramedic in Los Angeles to a family member:
I just wanted to touch base and share some information. There’s a lot of conflicting and confusing information out there. Here’s what information I’ve gleaned while we are preparing for the surge of patients out here.
Masks: wear one in public. Period. N95 or better if you can. If not, any mask is better than no mask. Studies are showing this virus stays in the air for up to 3 hours. Meaning someone could cough in a grocery store aisle and you can get infected 3 hours later when you walk down the same aisle. CDC isn’t telling everyone to wear masks only because we’re already running short and they don’t want another panic buy.
The 6-foot rule is cute and sure, it’ll reduce your chances of infection. You are by no means safe. Coughs and sneezes send droplets well over 20 feet. As previously mentioned, it stays in the air for 3 hours. WEAR A MASK.
Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. Try not to touch your face. It’s almost impossible to not touch your face but try to make a real effort when you’re out in public.
If you live in an urban area, stay home. As much as I love to hike the trails out here, they are the busiest I’ve ever seen them. They’ve become the opposite of social distancing.
As much as we miss our friends and family you shouldn’t be spending time with anyone you don’t already live with. No family gatherings, no meeting up with friends, etc. Testing is so limited we really don’t know if we ourselves are infected but asymptomatic. You don’t want to be the cause of a loved one being infected.
This virus is ferocious. The vast majority of critical patients are elderly and immunocompromised but we’re seeing a significant amount of young healthy people that deteriorate rapidly. No one knows why yet. I’ve got friends and many fellow first responders that are sick and some are on ventilators.
Our treatment options are limited. Some of the treatments we would normally use to support someone’s breathing, we’re just not using. Things like CPAP and BiPAP aerosolize so much of the virus that there’s just too much risk spreading the infection. Many places are looking at automatic DNR for covid-19 patients due to the high risk to healthcare workers when trying to resuscitate a patient. These patients all die alone. No loved ones at the bedside.
The 100,000-240,000 deaths you’re hearing is based off a “best case scenario”. Nothing about this so far has been a best-case scenario. Unless everyone starts taking strict stay at home orders seriously, it’s going to be far worse.
There’s a lot of people doing a lot of research trying to find a “game changer” treatment. Hopefully we find it and can start to turn the tide. The only thing I’ve seen or read about that definitively shows benefits is a helmet style ventilator made by a company called Sea-Long. It’s been previously studied and estimates are that it could reduce the need to intubate patient’s by 1/3 or 1/5. It also doesn’t aerosolize the virus. Fingers crossed that this start getting mass produced and distributed.
My intention is not to terrify everyone but honestly, this is all terrifying. You should be taking this seriously. We are at the very beginning of this. It’s going to get much, much worse over the following weeks and months. Stay at home restrictions are not going away anytime soon so be prepared to hunker down for the long haul.
Please take care of yourself and do everything you can to reduce your risk.