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    Portugal has, as of today, 1759 deaths from Covid-19. The USA has 166,192.

    As there's a big difference in population between these two countries (roughly 33 to 1), that's still a huge numer for the USA.

    On one hand, Portugal is not nearly as rich as the USA. On the other hand there's free healthcare.
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    Iran Shuts Down Newspaper After Government Doctor Claims Cover-Up: Numbers Only ‘1/20th Of The Reality’ | The Daily Wire

    The Iranian government has shutdown an “influential” newspaper that recently published an interview with a government doctor who claimed that Iran had “engineered” coronavirus “statistics” for the total number of deaths and cases in the country.

    “The Jahan-e Sanat newspaper quoted Mohammadreza Mahboubfar, an epidemiologist on Iran’s national coronavirus task force, as saying the country’s virus figures ‘have certainly been engineered since the start of the outbreak,'” Bloomberg News reported. “‘I believe the numbers announced by the Health Ministry are 1/20th of the reality’ of Iranians infected and dead, he said, according to the newspaper’s website jahanesanat.ir.”

    If this is True, that means that Iran would have about 6.95 MILLION confirmed cases, and close to 400,000 Deaths. Although we all know they will never "fess up" to these findings.
    Same can be said with China.
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    Low-cost measurement of facemask efficacy for filtering expelled droplets during speech | Science Advances

    Low-cost measurement of facemask efficacy for filtering expelled droplets during speech
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    Mandates for mask use in public during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, worsened by global shortage of commercial supplies, have led to widespread use of homemade masks and mask alternatives. It is assumed that wearing such masks reduces the likelihood for an infected person to spread the disease, but many of these mask designs have not been tested in practice. We have demonstrated a simple optical measurement method to evaluate the efficacy of masks to reduce the transmission of respiratory droplets during regular speech. In proof-of-principle studies, we compared a variety of commonly available mask types and observed that some mask types approach the performance of standard surgical masks, while some mask alternatives, such as neck fleece or bandanas, offer very little protection. Our measurement setup is inexpensive and can be built and operated by non-experts, allowing for rapid evaluation of mask performance during speech, sneezing, or coughing.








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    New Report Suggests NY’s Nursing Home Deaths Far Higher Than Reported, Comes After Cuomo Declined To Support Investigation

    “New York’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes, already among the highest in the nation, could actually be a significant undercount,” the Associated Press reported. “Unlike every other state with major outbreaks, New York only counts residents who died on nursing home property and not those who were transported to hospitals and died there.”
    The AP gave one example as an illustration of the problem: the Riverdale Nursing Home in the Bronx.
    According to the AP, on paper, the nursing home only reported a total of four deaths from the coronavirus out of its nearly 150-bed facility. However, the true number is 21 dead, most of whom were transported out of the facility and to hospitals before they died.
    “That statistic that could add thousands to the state’s official care home death toll of just over 6,600,” the AP continued. “But so far the administration of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has refused to divulge the number, leading to speculation the state is manipulating the figures to make it appear it is doing a better than other states and to make a tragic situation less dire.”

    Democrat State Senator Gustavo Rivera, a Demo told New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker during a recent hearing that it seemed that officials were “choosing to define it differently so that you can look better.”

    New Report Suggests NY’s Nursing Home Deaths Far Higher Than Reported, Comes After Cuomo Declined To Support Investigation

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    On the subject of homemade masks:

    A weak protection is better than no protection.
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    Anybody else notice that Flu and Pneumonia numbers are the lowest they've ever been compared to previous years, or is it just me?
    Have they been eradicated since Covid came around?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrohnB View Post
    Anybody else notice that Flu and Pneumonia numbers are the lowest they've ever been compared to previous years, or is it just me?
    Have they been eradicated since Covid came around?

    That makes perfect sense - the precautions against Covid also help you against those two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrwho View Post
    That makes perfect sense - the precautions against Covid also help you against those two.
    or they are just recording ALL as covid since they are from the same basic virus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil B. View Post
    or they are just recording ALL as covid since they are from the same basic virus
    Phil gets it!
    Mrwho, if the "precautions" are working so well, then why are people still getting sick with Covid, but not the flu?
    I thought the masks were supposed to be the ultimate saving grace for this virus, but we still see "soaring numbers" from places that have mask mandates, and lockdown/ stay-at-home orders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrohnB View Post
    Phil gets it!
    Mrwho, if the "precautions" are working so well, then why are people still getting sick with Covid, but not the flu?
    I thought the masks were supposed to be the ultimate saving grace for this virus, but we still see "soaring numbers" from places that have mask mandates, and lockdown/ stay-at-home orders.

    What a joke!
    The main flu season isn't until the fall. That is why we aren't seeing a lot of cases of influenza.

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