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Rafale D wrote:

So I heard that the Italian Air Force is using their HH-101A Caesar helicopter as a pandemic-response transport right now because it has provisions for bio-containment. Basically it's for taking patients affected by the coronavirus to local hospitals.


 found similar news from over a week ago...https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/bristow-redeploys-sar-helicopters-for-covid-19-medevacs

former coast guard SAR S-92s modded for medevac.



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USNS COMFORT & MERCY on station and on the job

USNS COMFORTs last job was delivering prisoners to GITMO . . .

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found this really neat article about that too...https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/a31944771/navy-hospital-ships-coronavirus/



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Helijet Offers Free Flights To Medical Professionals

https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/general-aviation/2020-04-03/helijet-offers-free-flights-medical-professionals

Helijet is offering free flights to medical professionals traveling on business between Vancouver and its Vancouver Island terminals in Victoria and Nanaimo beginning Monday (April 6) for at least 30 days. Helijet is the world’s largest helicopter airline operating a fleet of 17 aircraft with regularly scheduled passenger service. “We’ve been providing downtown-to-downtown scheduled air service for 34 years and we know that right now, every minute counts,” explained Danny Sitnam, president and CEO of Helijet International. “We’re proud to help out during the Covid-19 crisis by supporting free flights for British Columbia’s health-care responders who may need to travel to and from Vancouver Island. Their efforts are unprecedented right now, and we’re proud to help where we can.”

Helijet is now designated as an “essential service” air provider and is currently the only air carrier operating regularly scheduled “downtown-to-downtown” passenger and cargo flights between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. The service is operating on a reduced schedule based on current demand, with daily return flights between Vancouver Harbour and Victoria Harbour, as well as Vancouver Harbour and Nanaimo Harbour. 

During the Covid-19 crisis, Helijet has instituted a variety of sanitizing and social distancing measures on its scheduled and charter flights including limiting aircraft passengers to six from the usual 12, sanitizing aircraft cabins before each flight and at the end of the day, providing hand sanitizer for all travelers, deeper cleaning terminals, and offering only grab-and-go pre-packaged foods and beverages.



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COVID-19 forces two-week closure of Boeing’s Philadelphia helicopter factory

https://www.verticalmag.com/news/covid-19-closes-boeing-philadelphia-helicopter-factory/

Posted on April 3, 2020 by Dan Parsons

Boeing will close its manufacturing facility outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for a two-week deep clean of its rotorcraft production lines after employees tested positive for COVID-19.

At close of business on Friday, April 3, the factory will temporarily suspend production “in light of the company’s continuous assessment of the spread of COVID-19 in the region,” Boeing said in a statement April 2.

“Suspending operations at our vital military rotorcraft facilities is a serious step, but a necessary one for the health and safety of our employees and their communities,” said Steve Parker, Boeing’s vertical lift vice president and general manager and Philadelphia site senior executive. “We’re working closely with government and public health officials in the tri-state region. We’re also in contact with our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders affected by this temporary suspension as we assist in the national effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.”

The factory is a major hub of military rotorcraft manufacturing where Boeing builds the H-47 Chinook for the U.S. Army and international customers. The company builds the fuselage and performs post-combat refit for the V-22 Osprey there. Boeing also installs military specific equipment and finalizes assembly of the Air Force’s new MH-139 Grey Wolf, built across town by Leonardo Helicopters.

Boeing is the first major U.S. Army helicopter manufacturer to shutter a production line because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Army aviation leaders recently told reporters that prime contractors showed no signs of disruption and that the economic viability of sub-tier suppliers was the real worry.

As a holder of major U.S. government weapon contracts, Boeing is considered a critical infrastructure business by the Defense and Homeland Security departments and therefore expected to remain open.

Boeing promised “an orderly shutdown consistent with requirements of U.S. and global defense customers. . . . “We are working to minimize the suspension’s impact on the company’s ability to deliver and support critical defense programs.”

Boeing plans to have the facility back up and running by April 20. During the suspension, Boeing will continue to monitor government guidance and actions on COVID-19 and associated impacts on company operations. The company will conduct additional deep cleaning activities at buildings across the site and establish rigorous criteria for return to work.

More than 4,600 Boeing employees work in Pennsylvania, predominantly at the Philadelphia site. Philadelphia-area employees who can work from home will continue to do so. Those who cannot work remotely will receive paid leave for the 10 working days — double the normal company policy, according to a company spokesperson.

“We have had positive test results for Boeing Philadelphia employees, but we are not commenting further on any affected employees to ensure privacy,” a company spokesperson told Vertical. “This action is intended to ensure the well-being of employees, their families and local communities.”

Some good news emerged April 3, as Boeing announced delivery of the first of 20 CH-47F Chinooks to the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The Netherlands currently flies a mix of F-model and D-model Chinooks.

Its 20 new CH-47F Chinooks will be equipped with the same technology as the U.S. Army’s version, including digital automatic flight controls, a fully-integrated Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) glass ****pit, and advanced cargo handling capabilities. Deliveries are expected to continue into 2021.

“The RNLAF made it clear to us that they need the advanced, proven capability of the CH-47F now,” said Andy Builta, vice president of Cargo & Utility Helicopters and H-47 program manager. “I want to thank our phenomenal team for working hard during a difficult situation to safely deliver these aircraft.”



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Old news but worth mentioning, as of 30 March 2020 Airbus Helicopters released revision one of an information notice called "SERVICING - Disinfection of the helicopter interior and the external handles" in response to concern about the spread of coronavirus....

https://www.airbus.com/content/dam/corporate-topics/safety/IN3476-I-12-Rev1_EN.PDF



-- Edited by Leela25 on Friday 10th of April 2020 12:10:23 AM

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Coronavirus: Aerospace industry 'will take years' to recover

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-52223004



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This is useful to those that have trouble with taxonomy and distinction between the virus and the disease...

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance/naming-the-coronavirus-disease-(covid-2019)-and-the-virus-that-causes-it



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My trip to the store today was so surreal.

I was walking to Walmart and the gas station to pick up a few things, and already I could see the results of this pandemic. I live on an island landmass here in Wisconsin that is accessed by a highway drawbridge, and even though we are somewhat isolated geographically, we recently just had a few cases of COVID-19 victims. The panic-buying has calmed a bit but the social distancing is increasing. The roads have significantly less traffic than usual, where you could walk carefree on some of them without worry of being hit. The stores have signs up about the 6ft rule and people guarded outside enforcing it with a designated pathway into the store. Lots of employees around organizing inventory and promptly disinfecting things, but ironically not a whole lot of customers around (I'm guessing they arrive early in the morning, around opening time, to grab things). In response to the panic-buying, employees are enforcing a limit to how much of certain items customers are allowed to buy each day. Almost everyone wearing masks.

Feels like a state of dystopia, like being in a movie about the downfall of civilization and society.

Just felt like sharing this.



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I know the feeling :/

it seems almost unreal but its happening. Its a serious problem and shouldn't be taken lightly, which some people are taking the necessary measures and others are ignorantly putting themselves and other people at risk. On the other hand despite the tragic losses over this pandemic and the economical ruin its caused, we musnt forget that the human race is much more resilient than we sometimes give it credit for. Every era has some kind of epidemic or other situation of mass panic and we have gotten through it/

we will get through this one too.



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Our CDC bunch here(USA) have a formula for Covid counts -

# 1, they think the dead victim 'might' have it or

# 2, was in contact with someone before who might or

# 3, ,other issues that caused death but they rack it up as a Covid caused death as per instructions from .....

What a load of bull, You can't make this stuff up.

A gang banger has four slugs in the chest = A Covid death... Yea lets test him post mortem



A virus that kills less then the annual flu totals and they close the global economy

Something bigger is in the works





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A virus that kills less then the annual flu totals and they close the global economy


 Look at it from a scientific perspective, influenza has many years of research into how it works, even with so many variables but SARS-COV-2 doesnt. Right now there is insufficient information as to how easily it spreads and how long it lives between transmission to victims and it seems to have a higher fatality rate than influenza. Sociologically speaking too many unknowns results in panic and fear of the unknown and warrant the acknowledgement of containment efforts. This will also result in the need to satisfy lack of knowledge with easily digestible hypotheses and theories that are largely unsubstantiated.



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Look up the patent (Bill Gates funded)

It was an engineered bio weapon.

Started 'life' in the Carolinas (accident 1 dead 6 hospitalized)

Harvard Professor +2 caught in the act (Wuhan hired and 3.7 million from WHO)

Jihan Jaimg [spelling] & George Soros Wuhan business venture gone sideways

Timing political, impeachment failed , Stops political rallies , Crashed economy, news cycle jammed, Election tomfoolery, who benefits?

flu has killed 10,000+ this January alone....

Covis numbers inflated

No vector crossover #1 . . .



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If the coronavirus is a bioweapon then the common cold is a plot to kill my neighbor.



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When it's modified in a Military lab it's a weapon. Try a cycle in Fort McClellin NBC training [or Military Police] It's what they do :)

 

The common flu has it's roots in early biological warfare

 

Just as the spiking a water source

 

Anthrax ?

 

Small pox?

 

Plague?

 



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Rafale D wrote:

If the coronavirus is a bioweapon then the common cold is a plot to kill my neighbor.


 This...

There is no evidence of the virus being engineered in a lab other than bullsh1t claims from ultra conservative conspiracy web sites and 4chan.



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All public source - Nothing right or left.

 

Follow the $$$$

 

 



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Alright, then can you share some credible sources that support those claims other than Qmap and 4chan/8chan/8kun?



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I don't use those sites,

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Then why are you referencing them?

Literally all of those claims can be traced to those sites as their point of origin. The only one that holds any merit is that it might have come from a lab, that doesn't mean it was engineered there. Labs in Beijing accidentally released SARS on several occasions, so it is possible in this case. On the other hand this theory has holes too. No such incident was reported regarding the Wuhan lab even after the Chinese disinformation campaign was exposed.



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A more accurate examination will tell you that they originated with bogus scientific reports and people with impressive credentials but actually have little knowledge about the relevant subject (virology, biochemistry, etc.) And/or they hold a particular agenda. Those sites just take it and run with it.

In the technological age people have access to a wealth of information at their fingertips, but some choose the path of willful ignorance, some misunderstand the information provided to them, and there are others who use the information to their advantage. Information warfare as Hillberg says. Another word for it is "infodemic" because misinformation spreads akin to a virus. Poetically fitting isn't it?

Skepticism is healthy, but remember to keep an open mind too. The pandemic is still new. New information is surfacing almost every day and will continue to. Be wary of what's real and what isn't. Stay informed.



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Topic locked since everyone ignored my warning about this kind of discussion. Will probably re-open pending significant developments.



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Reopened for staff-only news posting.

CDC updated their list of symptoms....https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

1. Fever

2. Cough

3 . Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

4.  Chills

5. Repeated shaking with chills

6. Muscle pain

7. Headache

8. Sore throat

9. New loss of taste or smell



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Updates for UK vaccine trials...

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/23/health/coronavirus-vaccine-trial-uk-gbr-intl/index.html

https://www.sciencealert.com/oxford-university-has-just-launched-a-human-trial-of-a-potential-covid-19-vaccine



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Another vaccine trial update

https://www.businessinsider.com/monkeys-given-new-oxford-vaccine-coronavirus-free-strong-exposure-encouraging-2020-4



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FDA issues emergency-use authorization for remdesivir to treat hospitalized patients with severe Covid-19

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/01/health/remdesivir-fda-authorization/index.html

By Arman Azad and Nicole Chavez, CNN

Updated 6:23 PM ET, Fri May 1, 2020

(CNN)The experimental drug remdesivir has been approved to treat hospitalized patients with severe Covid-19, the US Food and Drug Administration said in a letter on Friday.

Remdesivir is the first authorized therapy drug for Covid-19 in the United States, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said on Friday.

"This is an important clinical advance that showed a statistically significant reduction in time to recovery for patients with Covid-19 and is the first authorized therapy for Covid-19." Hahn said.

The FDA issued an emergency-use authorization on Friday, saying the benefits of the drug outweigh its risks in patients. An emergency-use authorization is a lower regulatory bar than full FDA approval.

Denise Hinton, the FDA's chief scientist, said in the authorization letter that there is "no adequate, approved, and available alternative to the emergency use of remdesivir for the treatment of COVID-19."

The FDA limited its authorization of the drug to adults and children with suspected or laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 and severe disease, which includes low blood oxygen levels, the need for oxygen therapy or the need for a ventilator or other intensive breathing support.

Possible side effects of remdesivir include increased levels of liver enzymes -- which may be a sign of inflammation or damage to cells in the liver -- and infusion-related reactions like low blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, sweating and shivering, the FDA said.

President Donald Trump, speaking in the Oval Office on Friday, called remdesivir a "very promising situation."

"An important treatment for hospitalized corona patients and something I spoke with Dr. Hahn and Dr. (Andrew) Fauci. I spoke with Deborah (Birx) about it. It is really a very promising situation," Trump said.

The federal government is expected to control the distribution of the drug, the FDA letter says, in order to consistently use the drug with the "terms and conditions" of the authorization.

The drug must be administered intravenously. While the optimal dosing is still unknown, Gilead Sciences, the drug's marker, recommends that patients on ventilators take the drug for 10 days and non-ventilator patients only five days.

Gilead has donated the existing supply of the drug, which could cover at least 140,000 treatment courses for patients with Covid-19.

"The company has set a goal of producing at least 500,000 treatment courses by October, 1 million treatment courses by December 2020 and millions more in 2021, if required," the company said in a statement on Friday.

"We will be working very closely to get that to patients, working with FEMA, working with other parts of the government to make sure that we get that to the patients in need as quickly as possible because there are patients out there that can benefit from this medicine today that are hospitalized," said Daniel O'Day, chief executive officer of Gilead Sciences at the Oval Office on Friday. "We don't want any time to waste for that."

O'Day thanked the patients and caregivers who participated in the drug's early clinical trials.

Earlier this week, a government-funded study found that patients who took remdesivir recovered faster than patients who did not. The drug improved recovery time for coronavirus patients from 15 to 11 days. That's similar to the effect that the influenza drug Tamiflu has on flu. Tamiflu also doesn't cure patients quickly, but can reduce how long they are sick.

CNN's Nicole Chavez and Jason Hoffman contributed to this report.



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Roads closed into New Mexico city to mitigate 'uninhibited spread of Covid-19'

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/01/us/new-mexico-town-lockdown-coronavirus-trnd/index.html

By Mallika Kallingal, CNN

Updated 6:38 PM ET, Fri May 1, 2020

(CNN)The governor of New Mexico declared a state of emergency Friday for the city of Gallup to "mitigate the uninhibited spread of Covid-19."

The city is under emergency restrictions to control the outbreak, according to a statement from New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

All roads into the city have been closed, businesses must close between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. and vehicles can only carry two individuals, according to the governor's order. The governor is recommending that residents remain at home except for emergency outings and those essential for health and safety.

Grisham invoked the state's Riot Control Act to authorize these temporary restrictions. The move comes after the mayor requested the governor to declare a state of emergency in the city, according to a letter made public by the governor's office.

"I recognize this request is unusual and constitutes a drastic measure, and the emergency powers set out under the Riot Control Act should be invoked sparingly," Gallup Mayor Louis Bonaguidi wrote in his letter. "However, the COVID-19 outbreak in the city of Gallup is a crisis of the highest order. Immediate action is necessary."

Gallup is in McKinley County, which has 1,027 positive cases of Covid-19 as of Thursday. The county has more than 30% of the state's 3,411 cases and the most positive cases in the entire state, the governor's statement said.

"Its infection trend has shown no sign of flattening," according to the statement.

McKinley County has reported an additional 207 positive cases in the last two days, more than every other county in the state has reported total during the pandemic except for three, according to state officials.

Under the Riot Control Act, anyone who fails to comply with restrictions imposed under the act is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction of a second or subsequent offense is guilty of a fourth-degree felony.

'Virus is running amok'

The emergency order and road closures will be enforced by Gallup city police, the McKinley County Sheriff's Department, the New Mexico State Police and state Department of Transportation. The New Mexico National Guard will provide support in a non-law enforcement capacity.​

"The spread of this virus in McKinley County is frightful," Grisham said. "And it shows that physical distancing has not occurred and is not occurring. The virus is running amok there. It must be stopped, and stricter measures are necessary."

Any state of emergency proclaimed under the Riot Control Act ends automatically at noon on the third day after it becomes effective. The Gallup emergency is effective immediately and will expire at noon on Monday, May 4, unless the city requests an extension.

The Navajo Nation has extended its state of emergency declaration and said the nation's government offices will now be closed until May 17. The Navajo Nation extends into the states of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, covering more than 27,000 square miles.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says he supports the governor's lockdown plan.

"We have many members of the Navajo Nation that reside in Gallup and many that travel in the area and their health and safety is always our top priority," he said.

Because of the extreme heightened risk of transmission in the northwestern region of the state, McKinley County -- along with neighboring San Juan and Cibola counties -- remain subject to the state's April 11 order closing nonessential businesses. Changes in the modified public health order that took effect Friday do not apply in those counties.

"The imperative for all of us to remain home and physically distant has not changed. It is even more crucial for New Mexicans in the northwestern region. But what is happening in the northwest could happen in any part of our state. We must remain vigilant," Grisham said.

CNN's Konstantin Toropin contributed to this report



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Dyson Covid-19 ventilators are 'no longer required'

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Drones used to enforce self-isolation rules throughout Israel

https://dronedj.com/2020/04/15/drones-self-isolations-rules-israel/

Josh Spires- Apr. 15th 2020 10:57 am ET @drone_nr

Drones in Israel are being used to monitor people in their homes to ensure they aren’t breaking coronavirus self-isolation rules put in place. While it’s great to see the Israeli police utilizing drones, they are raising privacy concerns among the citizens of Israel.

Drones are being used around Israel to enforce self-isolation rules of those that have tested positive with coronavirus by looking into their houses, raising privacy concerns with the people of Israel.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told the that the police have been using drones throughout Israel to “find and confirm that people with the coronavirus are in isolation.”

He also shared the police on the ground are using the drones to fly up and look into the windows of high-rise buildings to ensure the people are staying inside and not breaking the law.

Of course, peeping into someone’s window whether you’re law enforcement or not is an invasion of privacy. Many countries are using drones in the fight against coronavirus to monitor public areas, while still invading privacy somewhat is much better than having a drone looking into your window while your getting changed or while you’re just watching TV.

Expert on technology and privacy laws, Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler from the Israel Democracy Institute is worried at the rate of adoption the technology has had within Israel and had the following to say on the use of it.

“First of all, they are here to stay because the corona is here to stay. After the corona is gone, we’re going to get used to the fact we’re using those technologies.”

It is also believed that Israel has been taking advantage of phone-spying technology, originally designed to be used in the fight against terrorism to ensure people that have tested positive with coronavirus are staying home.

Drones have been able to show off their true ability throughout the coronavirus outbreak with many countries using them to keep people indoors and following the rules in place. We first heard about this in early February of law enforcement yelling at people through drones in China before the coronavirus made its way to the rest of the world.

Drones have also been used to disinfect public areas, with the likes of China, Australia, Spain, and Malaysia all using modified agricultural drones to spray disinfectant. A Louisiana-based drone company even want to spray disinfectant in indoor spaces, such as basketball courts and theatres.



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Helijet continues no-charge flights for BC’s Healthcare Responders

https://helihub.com/2020/05/06/covid-19-helijet-continues-no-charge-flights-for-bcs-healthcare-responders/

6 May, 20, Source: Helijet

Helijet International will continue to offer no-charge flights for BC health care responders travelling on business between Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

A trial initiative announced by Helijet on April 1st offered free seats to doctors, nurses or others in the health care sector who need to travel quickly to provide direct patient care, or to attend urgent medical strategy sessions or briefings on the COVID-19 outbreak.

“During our first four weeks, we’ve flown 140 health professionals. Based on that amount of interest, we’ve decided to extend the program until further notice,” says Danny Sitnam, President and CEO of Richmond, B.C.-based Helijet International. “We want to do our part to help health care responders travel quickly between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island when they need to during this ongoing pandemic.”

Helijet is an “essential service” air provider and continues to fly daily scheduled passenger and cargo flights between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. With valid identification, BC health care responders travelling on business can book seats free of charge on any scheduled flight between Vancouver Harbour and Helijet’s Vancouver Island terminals in Nanaimo and Victoria, based on seat availability. Additional details are available at Helijet.com.



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