An Egyptian man takes a hostage at knifepoint in the Milan cathedral, threatening to slit his victim’s throat. A once reputable Italian paper tells its readers that police “convinced him to lay down his weapon and release the hostage”, when in fact, for everyone to see on video, police had to forcefully overwhelm him. The full and unredacted video, in turn, explodes on social media.
The number of scientists warming at least theoretically to, and willing to test, the idea of employing oral antisepsis to combating the COVID-19 pandemic has been growing further.
After it has come to light that “Black Lives Matter” is a marxist – and blatantly racist – organization that could not care less about equal opportunity but that, according to rally signs exhibited by “activists”, simply wants to “kill” or “eat the rich”, now the climate change scare appears to be crumbling to pieces as well: It appears we now have the Edward Snowden of climate change alarmism.
“I went through a year-long organising programme … . We spent the year reading, anything from Marx, to Lenin, to Mao … “. All the while Karl Marx appears himself to have been anything but fond of black people.
The stock market continues to rise as we had written Thursday night was more likely than not, which does not quite seem logical given the headlines dominating world news. In a short break from pestiferous programming work, we hazard a quick attempt at a “logical” explanation “thinking around two corners”.
Some reflections on the stock market post COVID-19, the immediate outlook, trading in general, and a fundamental question with regard to science in emergencies.
Alberto Zangrillo, Chief and Director of Intensive Care at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan on Italian state television: “The [test] swabs performed in the last ten days have results with an infinitesimal viral load from the quantitative point of view compared to the swabs performed on patients a month ago”.
While we are currently working on other urgent matters and have hardly any time to follow up on the the throat disinfection complex, let us – very briefly – make the following additional comments with regard to the study underway in Kentucky. If nothing else, they may serve as a mental check to the study investigators (who we will make aware of them, of course).
A clinical trial is now actively testing preventive throat disinfection / antisepsis to counter COVID-19 in hospital personnel. And a study confirming efficacy of one of the substances we mentioned as being effective against SARS-CoV-2 in vitro was published yesterday.
A group of researchers from the UK (Cardiff and Cambridge), the US (Denver, Colorado), Spain (Barcelona), and Canada (Ottawa) has now picked up the idea we have put forward almost exactly two months ago for preventive throat disinfection with virucidal agents that are known to be effective against coronaviruses and safe to use in the throat. The WHO should now even more seriously consider including it in its recommendations.