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Deadlier than Covid? Medics sound alarm as lockdown suicides SOAR in US - and health officials knew it would happen

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After two months of devastating lockdown, doctors at one California clinic say they've seen more suicides than Covid-19 deaths - and they're not alone. But warning signs were there since day one. Why have they been ignored?

"We've seen a year's worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks," Dr Mike deBoisblanc, lead trauma surgeon at the John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California, told local media on Thursday, confirming the center had seen more deaths from suicide over the two-month lockdown period than deaths from coronavirus.

Not only are the numbers of attempts "unprecedented" but so is their seriousness, according to a trauma nurse at the clinic. "I have never seen so much intentional injury," nurse Kacey Hansen attested, adding the deaths are mostly young adults who are clearly not making "cry for help" suicidal gestures. "They intend to die."

Red Flag

Upcoming 'Apple Watch for kids' is a bad sign of creeping tech addiction

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The next Apple Watch update may be a lot more child-centric, bringing better parental controls and a school mode. But regardless of the benefits, this early induction into the tech world is a win for the tech, not for the kids.

Enthusiasts digging into Apple software for hints of what future updates might bring have discovered that the Apple Watch, a gadget sold in the tens of millions every year, is likely moving to be more 'child-friendly' in the future. The new functions apparently in the works would make it more appealing for a parent to buy a set for their kids.

Big Tech is aiming to be with us from day one - but is it a world we should be looking forward to?

Over the past decade or so, the world's honeymoon period with a number of social media and tech giants has hit a few rocky patches. Many have begun to question whether the luxury of communicating with one another and purchasing online is worth handing away information detailing our every move.

Heart - Black

Doctor says 'time to end shelter-in-place order' as Bay Area sees more suicides than COVID-19 deaths

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Doctors at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek say they have seen more deaths by suicide during this quarantine period than deaths from the COVID-19 virus.

The head of the trauma in the department believes mental health is suffering so much, it is time to end the shelter-in-place order.

"Personally I think it's time," said Dr. Mike deBoisblanc. "I think, originally, this (the shelter-in-place order) was put in place to flatten the curve and to make sure hospitals have the resources to take care of COVID patients.We have the current resources to do that and our other community health is suffering."

The numbers are unprecedented, he said.


Airplane

Pakistani airliner carrying 99 crashes in Karachi, many feared dead - Updates

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The crash site was in a residential area just short of the airport perimeter
A Pakistan International Airlines Airbus jet with 99 people on board crashed into residential buildings in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Friday afternoon while approaching the airport.

At least two passengers survived but many others were feared dead.

Smoke billowed from the scene where flight PK 8303 came down at about 2:45 p.m. (0945 GMT). Twisted sections of fuselage lay in the rubble of multi-storey buildings as ambulances rushed through chaotic crowds.

Comment: Update 5/22: More on the two survivors of the crash, one of whom appears to be relatively "high profile":
Bank of Punjab (BOP) CEO Zafar Masud was one of the two confirmed miracle survivors.

BOP said Masud was being treated in hospital, writing on Twitter that he has "sustained injuries but he is out of danger."

The other passenger has been named as Mohd Zubair by a Sindh government official on Twitter.

There has been no official confirmation as to the total number of survivors, but local media outlet Geo News said Masud is one of "multiple" people who escaped death.


Another view of the disastrous flight:


And a footage of the damage and chaos that ensued:




Red Pill

Biased mainstream media again misuses science to paint sensible Sweden as reckless gamblers - here is why they are wrong

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Sweden has found that just 7.3 percent of Stockholmers have antibodies for coronavirus, despite the country's laissez-faire handling of the outbreak. The mainstream media think this proves them right. It doesn't.

Just last week, I criticized a piece of reportage in the Guardian, that grand old publication, for its remedial understanding of coronavirus. They are at it again, this time holding up an antibody study as evidence that Sweden, a land of dangerous wrong-think, is killing people with its coronavirus policy.

First, let us deal with the study itself. It reported that, based on antibody tests - which are supposed to detect people who have had and cleared the coronavirus - far fewer Stockholmers had had the virus than thought, which would mean that Sweden has a long way to go to reach herd immunity. But the thing about antibody tests is that they are utterly unreliable.

Eye 1

Children in care must be immunized, even against parents' wishes, UK court rules

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Judges claim vaccination is in a child's best interests
Children in care can be immunised against their parents' wishes without court intervention, senior judges have ruled.

In a Court of Appeal decision published on Friday, three judges concluded that scientific evidence "clearly establishes" vaccination is in a child's best interests.

Lady Justice King, sitting with Lords Justice McCombe and Peter Jackson, said that children in local authority care must be vaccinated unless there is a specific reason against doing so.

While parents' views must be taken into account, councils should not make decisions regarding vaccinations based on the strength of those views - unless they have a "real bearing" on the child's welfare, said Lady Justice King.

Comment: Were the judges as well informed as they claim to be then they would be not be able to confidently claim that vaccine science is "clearly established", because vaccine related scandals are in the news often, and in real scientific discourse with an increasing frequency, and their possible impact on health have been debated since their inception: And check out SOTT radio's:


Corona

Top 10 reasons to abandon 'Team Corona-Phobia'


Comment: ...also known as 'disembarking from the Coronavirus Cruise'.


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Do you know someone with Corona-Phobia? Someone who has an irrational fear of Coronavirus? Here are our top 10 reasons Del & The HighWire Team does not suffer from Corona-Phobia. Use these in Covid convos with your friends!


Black Cat

Aviron Pictures founder William Sadleir arrested in $1.7M COVID-19 PPP scam

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William Sadleir
The ousted chairman of Aviron Pictures was arrested Friday on federal fraud charges for using $1.7 million in the federal government's coronavirus-relief Paycheck Protection Program funds for his personal use.

William Sadleir was taken into custody without incident by FBI agents and other federal officials, the Department of Justice revealed. He allegedly filed applications for loans under the names of various Aviron entities through JPMorgan Chase - but not for the reasons he stated.

The complaint, which was filed Thursday and unsealed after his arrest, charges Sadleir with wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements to a financial institution, and making false statements to the Small Business Administration.

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Florida's nursing home strategy spared it widespread deaths suffered in New York, New Jersey

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
As controversy grows over some states having forced nursing homes to accept COVID-19-positive patients — a policy that may have contributed to astronomical death rates in numerous long-term care facilities — officials in Florida say they did everything they could to keep infectious patients out of vulnerable environments and in isolated hospital settings.

The state governments of New York and Pennsylvania have come under scrutiny in recent weeks as the death tolls at their respective care facilities have grown significantly. New York has seen thousands of deaths in nursing homes over the past several months; as many as a quarter of all deaths in the state are estimated to have occurred in those facilities. In Pennsylvania, meanwhile, the death toll in care facilities is running around 70% of all fatalities in the state.

Both Pennsylvania and New York declared early in the outbreak that nursing homes could not turn away residents simply because they had had a positive coronavirus test. In effect, the states forced nursing homes to accept likely infectious patients, bringing them into the closed environments of nursing homes where the overwhelming majority of residents were among the most vulnerable to infection and death.

Syringe

Reuters/Ipsos poll: A quarter of Americans refuse a coronavirus vaccine; less than two-thirds somewhat interested

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A quarter of Americans have little or no interest in taking a coronavirus vaccine, a Reuters/Ipsos poll published on Thursday found, with some voicing concern that the record pace at which vaccine candidates are being developed could compromise safety.

While health experts say a vaccine to prevent infection is needed to return life to normal, the survey points to a potential trust issue for the Trump administration already under fire for its often contradictory safety guidance during the pandemic. Some 36% of respondents said they would be less willing to take a vaccine if U.S. President Donald Trump said it was safe, compared with only 14% who would be more interested.

Most respondents in the survey of 4,428 U.S. adults taken between May 13 and May 19 said they would be heavily influenced by guidance from the Food and Drug Administration or results of large-scale scientific studies showing that the vaccine was safe.

Less than two-thirds of respondents said they were "very" or "somewhat" interested in a vaccine, a figure some health experts expected would be higher given the heightened awareness of COVID-19 and the more than 92,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the United States alone.

"It's a little lower than I thought it would be with all the attention to COVID-19," said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease and vaccine expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. "I would have expected somewhere around 75 percent."


Comment: Perhaps the public is a tad smarter than vaccine 'experts' are willing to credit. Forgive us for our 'healthy' skepticism!


Comment: Perhaps Bill and Linda Gates should be the first in line for vaccinations:
Researchers in Russia, self-testing their vaccines, say it is effective and they now have antibodies. Epidemiologists in Moscow took the unorthodox step of injecting themselves and examining their own results.

The test, conducted by employees at the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology, reportedly saw the participants gaining immunity to the virus with no adverse effects. According to the research center's director, Alexander Ginzburg, this is a step towards state-sanctioned trials.

"We will consider the experiment successful when we get permission for official trials from the Ministry of Health and carry them out," he said, speaking to Russian news agency TASS.

According to Ginzburg, the scientists chose to vaccinate not only to prove the effectiveness of their creation but also to defend themselves from the virus and gain immunity, enabling them to continue working throughout the pandemic. The director did not specify how many people were vaccinated, but described them all as "alive, healthy and happy."

Ginzburg believes that it would take about six months to immunize the entire country once the vaccine is officially approved. If everything goes to plan, he hopes it will be approved by the end of summer. In his opinion, the first people to be immunized should be frontline doctors and the elderly.

On Thursday, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko told TV channel Russia 1 that "access to wider use of the vaccine should appear sometime at the end of July."