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Virus outbreak in Washington State

Sorry, don’t mean to be alarmist, but it’s more likely than not that this is the the tip of a much larger iceberg.

According to the official CDC media statement, three people have so far tested positive in Washington State, including one who died who was a male in his 50s.

But here’s the worst part of the release: “Additional residents and staff of the LTCF who have not yet been tested for COVID-19 are reportedly either ill with respiratory symptoms or hospitalized with pneumonia of unknown cause.” A whole bunch of people from the same place with a mysterious pneumonia? It’s pretty darn likely they all have the virus, and I’m assuming that’s the case until proven otherwise.

The big question is how long has there been a suspicion that the virus was present, but they were unable to do any tests because only the CDC would test people and the CDC refused to
test anyone who hadn’t been to China or hadn’t had known contact with someone else who was known to be infected?

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Seattle Times reports that the nursing home is in Kirkland, which is near Microsoft’s headquarters in nearby Redmond, and that 27 residents and 25 employees have symptoms of the virus.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 29, 2020 at 6:29 PM

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  1. I’m actually starting to get worried! Heard from a friend that works at amazon that two weeks ago, they were asking employees to quarantine for two weeks upon return if they travelled to certain countries (Thailand in this case).

    Imagine how many amazon and Microsoft employees have family in China, India, Middle East, etc. They use the h-1b visas like Kleenex.


    February 29, 2020 at 7:33 PM

  2. I just remembered that I took kids to park in that heavily eastern Asian infused area of the city a couple of weeks ago. Tons of Asians that didn’t speak English, yikes!


    February 29, 2020 at 7:38 PM

  3. I watched the Trump press conference. It was much better than previous press conferences. Mike Pence realized he need to let the health care speakers answer questions.

    The most disappointing thing was the press did not asked the most important questions about why the USA cannot test more people. Now that some test kits are being distributed, how many tests can be done each day? What are the plans to ramp up testing capacity?


    February 29, 2020 at 7:45 PM

    • CDC f’d up creating their own test different from the WHO’s that is unreliable causing false negatives. The only real testing we do has to have samples sent directly to CDC in atlanta taking days. We have 400 some kits while other countries are testing thousands per day. Cant trust this incompetent bureaucracy to do their one job.


      February 29, 2020 at 8:38 PM

  4. Going to be a lot of fatalities at that nursing home. Hope they’re all paid up on their liability insurance.

    Two in the Bush

    February 29, 2020 at 7:45 PM

  5. Wow, that did not take long. Nursing homes will be hit hard. China and most other countries do not have a lot of those – old people stay at home with their children. Anybody who thinks USA will do better than China is a moron, just like all the morons who keep saying this is less serious than a seasonal flu. By the way, China is opening some factories but they are operating at a ~50% capacity because travel is still restricted. Target and Walmart will run out of a lot of stuff in a few weeks, if not faster when people really start to hoard. SP500 started to rebound on Friday afternoon but will probably drop like a rock on Monday. Quite a few players are already facing margin calls.


    February 29, 2020 at 8:06 PM

    • Maybe sequestering old folks here will help out (well, it won’t help the old folks of course)


      February 29, 2020 at 9:38 PM

  6. Sorry, don’t mean to be alarmist, but it’s more likely than not that this is the the tip of a much larger iceberg.



    February 29, 2020 at 9:18 PM

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