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Re: Some Grubhub drivers are no-shows, N.J. restaurants say. ‘This might just put me out of business.’
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Given the fact that both my wife and I might be furloughed soon, maybe I should dig out a bio-warfare suit (bought as a goof.. its the real thing though) many years back out of the basement.

I could modify it a bit and do food deliveries like this:

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Posted on: 3/30 15:19
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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If anyone needs to 're-supply', Stop&Shop shelves are starting to fill up again. There is a limit of any one item in the meat section you can buy though.

No toilet paper still...

Posted on: 3/28 14:40
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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Can anyone here see Fulop going into 'Italian Mayor mode' over the quarantines?


Definitely not now. For one, he does not strike me as the type. And, second, we don't have a lockdown order that imposes a curfew on all at all hours. People are still free to come and go, and are only being asked to reduce time outside, and to practice social distancing.



Technically we do have a lock-down order from the Governor. Unless your job falls into one of the critical categories, you have to stay home. You are allowed out to get necessities like food, medicine, and liquor (liquor stores are for now... "essential".. not that I am complaining).

How strictly is that being enforced? Given what I saw during my trip to Stop&Shop today.. not a whole lot. More than a few people out jogging and other hanging out on the track at Pershing Field.

Plus there is an ice cream truck going around my neighborhood. Technically.. it is 'food delivery'.. but still....

Posted on: 3/27 22:58
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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Can anyone here see Fulop going into 'Italian Mayor mode' over the quarantines?

Posted on: 3/26 22:54
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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Dr. John Campbell update which includes info on the testing and actions to combat the spread...




Posted on: 3/24 14:30
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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Link?


Unfortunately it's was sent on Facebook from of one of my wife's friends working in medical, which I can't link here. It's also in Thai (my wife translated it for me).

I'll see if I can get it posted on Youtube with sub titles.

Posted on: 3/24 14:26
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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A mutated strain of Covid-19 is now causing deaths in Thailand. Patients come in without any of the typical Covid-19 symptoms (dry cough, diarrhea, etc.)

Instead they come into the hospital with a severe headache. Spinal taps reveal the virus present. Patients have been suffering a shutdown of their central nervous system which leads to death.

Posted on: 3/23 17:16
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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A partial list of treatments currently being tried on COVID-19 patients:

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/03/20 ... es-scientific-background/

Posted on: 3/23 13:53
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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A dissenting opinion on Covid (just for FYI):

https://medium.com/six-four-six-nine/e ... ria-covid-19-1b767def5894


Excerpt:

The results of their research show that COVID-19 doesn’t spread as easily as we first thought or the media had us believe (remember people abandoned their dogs out of fear of getting infected). According to their report if you come in contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 you have a 1–5% chance of catching it as well. The variability is large because the infection is based on the type of contact and how long.

The majority of viral infections come from prolonged exposures in confined spaces with other infected individuals. Person-to-person and surface contact is by far the most common cause. From the WHO report, “When a cluster of several infected people occurred in China, it was most often (78–85%) caused by an infection within the family by droplets and other carriers of infection in close contact with an infected person.



Another one from Richard Epstein of the Hoover Institute:

Podcast

https://www.hoover.org/research/coronavirus-isnt-pandemic

Posted on: 3/21 20:39
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Re: Something went
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I read PSE&G sold the site and it's going to be redeveloped into a commercial / industrial park. Unfortunately is isn't in an Opportunity Zone.

Client I am working with originally was looking at Kearny (which is in the zone). Unfortunately, the site in question is under the Meadowlands Development Plan (now under the NJSEA). Dealing with them was pointless.

The former Hudson Generating station would be nice, but being in business hostile NJ and not being in an Opportunity Zone pretty much kills putting something there. Shame.. the location is ideal with barge and rail access.

Posted on: 3/21 14:43
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Re: Something went 'Boom' around 7:00 AM?
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Found out what it was:

PSE&G demolished the stack at the former Hudson Generating station.

Posted on: 3/21 11:45
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Something went 'Boom' around 7:00 AM?
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Heard a rather loud explosion. My half-asleep brain thought it was thunder, but their weren't any storms around at that time. Got ring alerts that other people in the Heights heard it too.

Any ideas what that was?

Posted on: 3/21 11:26
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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More info on infection rates based on genetics, hormones, health....



https://www.preprints.org/manuscript/202003.0191/v1




Abstract:

The COVID19 coronavirus SARS-CoV2 spreading in Wuhan and now worldwide has been shown to use angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 ACE2 as its host cell receptor, like the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV). Epidemiology studies found different sex and age groups have different susceptibility to infection, and very skewed severity and mortality of the virus infection, with male, old age, and comorbidity being the most inflicted. Here by analyzing GTEx and other public data in 30 tissues across thousands of individuals, we found significantly higher expression in Asian females compared to males and other ethnic groups, an age dependent ACE2 expression decrease and a highly significant decrease in type II diabetic patients. Consistently, the most significant expression quantitative loci (eQTLs) contributing to high ACE2 expression are close to 100% in East Asians, >30% higher than other ethnic groups. Together with the shockingly common enrichment of viral infection pathways among ACE2 anti-expressed genes, binding of virus infection-related transcription factors at ACE2 regulatory regions, the repression of ACE2 expression by inflammatory cytokines and by type 2 diabetes, and the induction by estrogen and androgen (both decrease with age) established a negative correlation between ACE2 expression and CovID19 fatality at both population and molecular levels. Our results will be instrumental when designing potential prevention and treatment strategies for ACE2 binding coronaviruses in general.

Posted on: 3/20 18:25
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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My favorite economic sideshow is how this is going to affect the shale plays. I've been hearing for years none of it was ever actually profitable, that it was all basically a debt fueled Ponzi scheme. So while right now energy prices are in freefall, the recovery may be with no fracking and virtual banking subsidy of energy prices. Great for alternative energy in the long run, but no the short.

WTF has happened to American Capitalism? Milton Friedman basically destroyed it. We've become of nation of grasshoppers, having no idea how to save for a rainy day on an institutional level.


Fracking: Yes and no. Gas is for the most part barely or unprofitable. About 35% to 40% of all the gas pulled out of the ground in the USA is burned off as a waste product (comes up with the oil). Gas just got too cheap and will probably stay that way for years.

Oil is for many producers profitable. The Saudis already tried to kill the US domestic drillers back in 2016 and failed. The Saudis dropping the price of oil ended up accelerating the pace of innovation. New wells now are approaching break even cost to that of Saudi Arabia itself.

As for WTF happened: Private profits / socialized costs. There is a disincentive to be fiscally prudent when the government bails you out (i.e. Citibank) and an incentive to boost stock price artificially (bonuses , paying compensation in stock or stock options). You have to get rid of the former (my preference.. I prefer "the stupid will be punished" approach) or heavily regulate / ban the latter.

Posted on: 3/19 20:53
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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If we're going to pick about numbers, lets start with the absurdity of those "mortality rates".


Late January I was incensed of the "it's just the flu" response to talk of shutting down travel from China and other countries early affected by it. I we-worked my schedule to travel as little as possible a month ago (my wife is in the 'at risk' group) to not be a vector for getting people at home sick.

I still think it is worse than the flu, based on the mortality figures, which for my age group and younger is about 100% more than the typical flu. It is double a very small number though.

Now we have gone into the over-reaction zone. Wouldn't it be more prudent at this point to isolate the 'at risk' people (diabetics, elderly, severely overweight, people on immune suppressants) instead of shutting down the whole damn country?

Posted on: 3/19 20:44
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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Read an update from the guy working an ER in Miami. The key points:

Traffic is way down. The number of people who come in with minor issues has evaporated. New cases of people with Covid symptoms is also way down. He surmised the people with mild cases are just staying home.

Their intensive care units are full, but the overflow tent setup at the hospital remains empty.

Posted on: 3/19 20:39
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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Anyone fluent in Italian? Here is a breakdown of deaths in Italy.

https://www.epicentro.iss.it/coronavir ... OVID-2019_17_marzo-v2.pdf

Per a Bloomberg article, 99% of the fatalities were already suffering from some other illness.

Posted on: 3/19 18:08
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Re: 10 Things To Do At Home With Kids
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This also works:





Posted on: 3/19 18:02
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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Breakdown of the deaths / recoveries in Wuhan, if you feel like getting into the statistical weeds....


https://www.thelancet.com/action/showP ... KvchBRDSxFRMpBuQeKyuBj6OU

Posted on: 3/19 15:13
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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That can't be right, according to my insane sister with a DVM and PhD, Covid is a Russian bioweapon with HIV DNA and they're releasing it sequentially in world cities to keep the hysteria going.

No end to crazy shit going around the net.


I tell people on my side of the political spectrum to back off on the conspiracy stuff and look at the fact in reality (SARS epidemic), science fiction, and 'disease war games' by the CDC, China is often 'the source' of a flu like outbreak:

Terrible pollution coupled with the fact the Chinese smoke like fiends (increases chances for respiratory infections)
Unsanitary conditions, people often living with their livestock in the same building
'Wet Markets' with wild animals sold



I am getting worried the economic fallout is going to be worse than Covid itself. My wife's employer (fashion) is in a crisis right now. Their customers are invoking Force Majeur clauses in their contracts to cancel orders, delay orders, and re-schedule payments.

There is $millions in inventory on ships, waiting to dock, that now has nowhere to go. Even if it did have someplace to go, there is not enough staff as the ports are basically shutdown to unload it. Meanwhile factories have to be paid, banks have insured those payments with irrevocable letters of credit, and the shipping companies have to keep paying their crews and fuel bills.

Basically it's a collapse of capital flows similar to what happened during the beginning of the Great Depressions.


Side note: Is Newport Mall completely closed? I got a pair of glasses I need to pick up at Lenscrafters.

Posted on: 3/18 18:42
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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Dude on JC Reddit thinks that stockpiling 200 rolls was not panic buying at all. People are bizarre.


Jersey City is now fining dollar stores for "price gouging". $10k per offense.

The other thing I noticed was cleaned out were the Ramen noodle packs.

The only thing I urged by Dad and my wife to buy extra were prescription meds. So much of that stuff relies on ingredients made in China that it created one hell of a logistic disruption.

Posted on: 3/15 19:01
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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Went to Stop&Shop yesterday... the toilet paper racks were completely cleaned out.

So you think we are at the beginning of something out of the movie "12 Monkeys" and the first thing you panic buy is toilet paper?

Posted on: 3/12 12:27
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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Saw on the TV at the place I was getting lunch that China is claiming to be restarting their economy. The presenter stated the pollution shows this to be true.

That appears to be the case:

http://aqicn.org/map//

Though air quality is still less bad than what you would normally see.

So maybe China does have this thing under control?

Posted on: 3/10 18:28
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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Majority of people still not wearing masks, i see tons of people together by weehawken play ground all with kids playing together. How dumb can you get, those same people will go into full panic mode in a few weeks.



To be fair, you can't get masks right now. My wife has a few left over (she has been wearing them because of chemo), but can't get more. Her sister is an RN and they are running out of them in her facility as well.

Turns out most of the masks are made in China which is undergoing a severe supply chain disruption.

If the official Chinese numbers are to be believed, new cases are dropping to zero due to the aggressive quarantines. So maybe trade will resume in the next 30 days or so...

The country to watch will be South Korea. They have instituted the equivalent of drive-thru testing and are basically testing the entire country.

Posted on: 3/10 13:57
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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Good analysis from an epidemiologist Dr. John Campbell. He updates daily.


https://youtu.be/FZV9z0RVhy4

Posted on: 3/10 13:29
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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Re-posting:

This is a decent twitter feed for info:

https://twitter.com/drericding?lang=en

Posted on: 3/10 13:23
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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I have been monitoring posts from people working in ERs and other medical care facilities. This post is similar to what I have been reading elsewhere, but in more detail. The poster is someone working in an ER in Miami, FL.


The ER where I am doing training is taking this dead serious. It is packed constantly and now we have new protocols (eye protection, constant disinfection, and protective clothing). In Miami they cancelled the WMC, Ultra, and several other events. The virus is vulnerable to UVB rays, yet the cases keep coming. The only bright spot appears to be the lack of young children with symptoms (likely due to their constant exposure to a multitude of coronavirus variants and other viruses plus their young immune systems), otherwise it is pretty bad. The worst part is that it is flu season so we have people with severe flu as well as Covid, there are no test kits, and a huge elderly population. This last two weeks have really tested me emotionally, mentally, and physically. It took months for me to gain emotional distance from all the crap I would see in the ER, but this is really tough to deal with. The team I work with , including the director, are really pulling their weight. I can honestly say that I am proud to learn from these guys, they are giving all.

For the record, this is way worse than the news or the government is telling you. For every postive case reported there are 1000 with the virus. 3-14 days from infection to symptoms, the people testing positive now have had the illness for at least a week before the symptoms made them seek medical attention.




Follow-up post:

I have 12 hours off before I go back in to the ER. I have worked 72 hours straight . This is a pandemic, don't let people tell you otherwise. The problem is not the virus as much as the virus and usual conditions (chronic disease). There are so many people with Diabetes, on corticosteroids, CAD, regular flu, unvaccinated FOB people, flu , elderly people with chronic conditions and now Covid. There are no tests for Covid. We have to test for everything then if everything is negative then we diagnose covid if the gram stain, culture, sputum culture and Xray are negative for everything else. Self isolation is not working, people are not doing it and we are losing staff to infection. I have not seen so much bilateral lung issues in my life. The worst is when people have signs or sore throat and some rihnorheaa and you know the deterioration is coming. The inflammatory fluid begins to collect in the lungs and you see the pulse oxy drop and it is ICU time, ventilators, and another bed full. The United States needs to quarantine all people over 65, close nursing homes, open supplemental healthcare facilities, and cancel public events. We need to bit the bullet until May- no religious services, political rallies, movie theaters, gyms, or sporting events. People need to isolate and hold it together until it is warm- the lack of significant cases in Africa is promising that warm weather may give us relief. Saint Patrick's day should be canceled too. I am passing out until next shift, but make no mistake the government is downplaying this to stop panic. They would be better served by leveling with the public and telling people to stay home if not essential, forgo public events, and stay away from hospitals and close nursing homes. We need to get to summer.

Posted on: 3/10 12:41
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Re: Coronavirus is now in Hudson County
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Reposting this interactive map of the Covid-19 spread


https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/app ... 740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

Posted on: 3/9 16:27
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Re: Manhunt in the Heights
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The only update I found about this was one perp got arrested and two more appeared to have eluded capture.

Posted on: 3/9 12:46
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Suspects are three black males, one with dreads, believed to be armed with handguns...

Posted on: 3/6 2:43
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