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Hundreds of thousands of 15-minute COVID-19 test kits will be ready to distribute in the United States by Monday, a Long Island company said Thursday.

The announcement by Melville-based Henry Schein Inc. comes as health and government officials have reported desperate shortages of coronavirus tests, along with ventilators and personal protection equipment.

The rapid blood tests, made by South Korea-based SD Biosensor Inc., were cleared for suspected COVID-19 cases under emergency guidance by the Food and Drug Administration.

"I am really excited about these tests," said Dr. Tylis Chang, vice chairman, pathology informatics, at Northwell Health Labs.

https://www.newsday.com/business/technology/covid-19-test-kits-henry-schein-1.43463255

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3 hours ago, T0mShane said:

Sorry to spoil your fear mongering but ma government say no

https://www.newsweek.com/fauci-really-confident-people-recover-coronavirus-become-immune-infection-1494612

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16 minutes ago, CTM said:

Well, if you believe Fauci, then check this out:

 

Not sure why it has jetstream23 in the post btw.  I just clicked the "share post" button on the post I wrote.  I've seen this bug in the past but it's still out there.

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2 minutes ago, TuscanyTile2 said:

Well, if you believe Fauci then check this out:

 

Prepare yourself for a color picture of the globe.

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11 minutes ago, T0mShane said:

Maybe we can just start a thread called Things CTM Elects To Believe(?)

That was my point about you lol

 

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That was my point about you lol

 

TheN we’re both idiots! 

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9 minutes ago, TuscanyTile2 said:

Well, if you believe Fauci, then check this out:

 

Not sure why it has jetstream23 in the post btw.  I just clicked the "share post" button on the post I wrote.  I've seen this bug in the past but it's still out there.

What is your point? I was goofing on T0m

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1 minute ago, T0mShane said:

TheN we’re both idiots! 

No u

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Just now, CTM said:

No u

Love you hate you! 🍆

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Anyone else getting fat from shelter in place? I'm a solid +10 lbs in 2 weeks.

This keeps up much longer I'm going to be in Crusher's weight class

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5 minutes ago, CTM said:

Anyone else getting fat from shelter in place? I'm a solid +10 lbs in 2 weeks.

This keeps up much longer I'm going to be in Crusher's weight class

I've been exercising pretty much every day but I'm still putting on weight - lol. 

Feels a little Hansel and Gretel-ish

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3 minutes ago, CTM said:

Anyone else getting fat from shelter in place? I'm a solid +10 lbs in 2 weeks.

This keeps up much longer I'm going to be in Crusher's weight class

It’s actually ridiculous. Had no idea how reliant I was on my 5 a side soccer games every week.

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4 minutes ago, TuscanyTile2 said:

I've been exercising pretty much every day but I'm still putting on weight - lol.

I dusted off the old p90-x cd's a couple days ago, but working out hard is just causing me to eat more

+My plan of hording caloricly dense non perishables, while wise if shortages occurs, is not so good for the belt line. 

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8 minutes ago, TuscanyTile2 said:

I've been exercising pretty much every day but I'm still putting on weight - lol. 

Feels a little Hansel and Gretel-ish

 

5 minutes ago, Irish Jet said:

It’s actually ridiculous. Had no idea how reliant I was on my 5 a side soccer games every week.

 

4 minutes ago, CTM said:

I dusted off the old p90-x cd's a couple days ago, but working out hard is just causing me to eat more

+My plan of hording caloricly dense non perishables, while wise if shortages occurs, is not so good for the belt line. 

Here in NC we can exercise outdoors as long as we are in groups of less than 10.  I go to the outdoor part of our Y and use a TRX, dumbbells etc... actually a nice change. Run, dumbbells, pull-ups and various TRX exercises.  

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3 minutes ago, southparkcpa said:

 

 

Here in NC we can exercise outdoors as long as we are in groups of less than 10.  I go to the outdoor part of our Y and use a TRX, dumbbells etc... actually a nice change. Run, dumbbells, pull-ups and various TRX exercises.  

It finally got nice here the past 2 days. My biggest issue initially was breaking the well established habit I had where i went to the gym at roughly the same time and days every week.

Now its the boredom causing me to snack all day

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I mean i was typing all that while eating out of one of my 3lb barrels of Kirkland peanut butter filled pretzels.. lmao

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35 minutes ago, CTM said:

Anyone else getting fat from shelter in place? I'm a solid +10 lbs in 2 weeks.

This keeps up much longer I'm going to be in Crusher's weight class

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42 minutes ago, CTM said:

Anyone else getting fat from shelter in place? I'm a solid +10 lbs in 2 weeks.

This keeps up much longer I'm going to be in Crusher's weight class

I gained 20 pounds over the last 4 months. Stress from moving and now this. Lost 35 pounds last year through kinobody - check it out on YouTube - intermittent fasting - works like a charm - just lost 5 pounds in last week since going back on it - it’s actually a way of life rather than a diet 

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2 hours ago, TuscanyTile2 said:

Ok, so, a few things here.  First and most simplistic, the study speaks about an association.  Association = Correlation.  Correlation, as we know, is by no means causation.  The article is essentially finding a correlation between loneliness/isolation and suicidal events.  However, when you look at the limitations, the biggest reason for pause should be evident.  "Confounding factors can limit the weight of the results obtained in observational studies," means that there are other, potentially significant, unexplored variables that contribute.  I'm telling you that those variables matter to a greater degree.  In fact, social isolation is of course correlated with suicide.  Why?  Because social isolation is a symptom of depression, some anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, et al.  The suicide rates in these disorders are far larger than in the general population, as we'd expect, but that does not make the argument that loneliness/isolation leads to suicide.  It makes the argument that mental illness, which often includes loneliness/withdrawal/isolation, increases the likelihood of suicide.  The alternative is a less overt ice cream and shark attacks.

Lastly, even if you want to dismiss all of the above, COVID-19 isolation is simply not the same as the isolation in this study because it lacks one key component, that's also highly associated with suicide.  Hopelessness.  The COVID-19 loneliness is temporary, and frankly, can be largely mitigated by a telephone call, face time, text message, zoom, etc.  And, it ends when COVID ends.  The above talks about divorce and widowing, for which there is no resolve, and perhaps no one to call.

None of this means that mental health needs are not elevated during this time.  They are.  But this idea that Social Distancing is going to uptick the suicide rate has no basis in what we know about mental health and suicide.

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Just got the news that my old neighbor from LI is now in ICU on a ventilator and his liver is failing. Doctors have put him into an induced coma....this is really starting to hit home. He was a healthy and active 75 year old a week ago.

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36 minutes ago, HawkeyeJet said:

Between this and the Henry Schein tests mentioned above, these could be real game changers going forward.  Unfortunately the damage has been done already, but hopefully these tests will help get things under control quicker.

I have worked with these instruments and they are very simple to use...   the level of difficulty is such that you can train lower level personnel to run the tests and have senior personnel vqlidate results and report...

 

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16 hours ago, CTM said:

Anyone else getting fat from shelter in place? I'm a solid +10 lbs in 2 weeks.

This keeps up much longer I'm going to be in Crusher's weight class

What an undisciplined pig.

Not surprising.

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Hopefully, hope:

 

New Rochelle, Once a Coronavirus Hot Spot, May Now Offer Hope

“Everybody talks about flattening the curve, and I think that’s exactly what we were able to do,” a health official said.

Two weeks ago, an unexpected cluster of coronavirus cases in New Rochelle, N.Y., seemed an unnerving sign that an outbreak that had devastated China and Italy was taking hold in the New York region and could spread rapidly.

The state took drastic measures that stirred a backlash, including creating a containment zone. But now, the latest data indicates that the measures may be starting to work.

The outbreak, which Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo once said was advancing “unabated” in New Rochelle, has appeared to slow: Over the last four days, only 38 new cases were reported to the county.

“Everybody talks about flattening the curve, and I think that’s exactly what we were able to do in New Rochelle,” said Dr. Sherlita Amler, the Westchester County health commissioner. “We know we can’t stop every single case, but our goal was to reduce the number of cases, and I do think the measures were successful in doing that.”

State and local health officials cautioned that it was too early to declare victory, but the results seemed to show how tough social distancing measures, first adopted here and then imposed around the country, combined with an aggressive testing philosophy,
can have an impact on curbing the coronavirus.

The experience in New Rochelle, a small city just north of New York City, has converted early skeptics, including some residents who had chafed at the restrictions.

“In the beginning, it felt like house arrest,” said Samuel Heilman, a New Rochelle resident whose family was among those ordered to self-quarantine on March 3. The families had all attended the same synagogue, Young Israel of New Rochelle, as a lawyer who was the first person diagnosed with the coronavirus in the community.

“In effect, it felt like we were being punished,” Mr. Heilman said. “But the punishment turned out to be a blessing in disguise. This is really a case of perspective.”

 

Although aggressive testing and confinement orders have shown promise in New Rochelle and elsewhere, including in South Korea, it may be too late to employ similar strategies in places like New York City, where the number of positive cases has overwhelmed the city’s ability to offer tests broadly or to trace the contacts of those infected.

The lawyer at the center of the New Rochelle cluster, Lawrence Garbuz, 50, fell ill on about Feb. 27, and was confirmed on March 2 to have the coronavirus. Health officials began to trace his contacts and soon found more infections.

State and Westchester County health officials ordered the closure of the synagogue, and on March 3 ordered quarantines for the more than 100 families that were exposed to Mr. Garbuz at a funeral and a bat mitzvah in late February. As more synagogue members became infected, those who came in contact with them were also quarantined.

State and local health investigators also used contact-tracing techniques to track down people who were exposed to Mr. Garbuz, including workers at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, N.Y., where Mr. Garbuz was initially hospitalized.

The containment zone in New Rochelle began on March 12; it was a one-mile radius, with Young Israel at its epicenter, that was to last for 14 days. The order did not close streets or prevent people from leaving, but it banned gatherings of over 500 and closed

schools, houses of worships and other large gathering spaces within the zone.

Members of the New York State National Guard were called in to deliver meals to people stuck in their homes, and to deep-clean communal buildings

.An incident command center was established on Huguenot Street, from where health care workers would fan out across the city in groups of three, dressed head to toe in protective gear to test quarantined residents in their homes.

 

The state partnered with Northwell Health to open a drive-through testing center on March 13 on Glen Island, a 105-acre park connected by drawbridge to the mainland in New Rochelle.

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But even as the city of 80,000 emerged as the face of the New York epidemic, the reaction from residents and even its leaders was at first uneven.

Amy Paulin, a state assemblywoman who represents the area, initially pushed back against the governor’s quarantine measures. Now she says the governor did a “phenomenal job.”

“He proved me wrong, and he was absolutely right,” she said.

Other residents begged for the stringent measures in the containment zone to be expanded to the entire city. Groups of teachers at schools outside the zone that remained open — even though some students lived within the zone — gathered outside City Hall on North Avenue in the days after the announcement to demand their schools be shut, too.

On March 12, Laura Feijóo, the schools superintendent who initially resisted measures to close the entire district, relented, ordering all schools shut. (A little over a week later, on March 21, she disclosed that she had contracted Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.)

“Even though it’s leapfrogged continents and oceans, our leaders thought that they somehow could contain it in a one-mile circle?” said Calvin Heyward, 57, a sixth-grade math teacher at Isaac E. Young Middle School in New Rochelle, just outside the containment area.

Since March 13, Mr. Heyward said, he has been in and out of the emergency room with complications from the coronavirus, for which his partner also has tested positive.

On Wednesday, the order declaring the containment area was lifted; but by then its requirements had been rendered moot by an encompassing stay-at-home statewide order that the governor enacted last week.

“The discouraging way to look at this is to say, the containment zone that was established in New Rochelle, and which looked like a forceful and necessary action when it was initiated, became obsolete within a week,” said Noam Bramson, the mayor of New Rochelle.

“The positive way to look at it,” he added, “is to say that at least preliminarily, those early actions have been effective.”

 
 
 
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The Acme supermarket in New Rochelle, which was in the former containment zone, has remained open during the outbreak.Credit...Kevin Hagen for The New York Times

Westchester County has adopted an aggressive testing philosophy: More than 29,000 of the county’s less than one million residents have been tested, according to the county Department of Health, with 7,187 positive for Covid-19 as of Friday. Statewide, about 138,000 people have been tested.

In New York City, with a population over eight times the size of Westchester County, just under 58,000 people had been tested as of Friday, according to the state.

The rate of hospitalization for cases in Westchester was hovering at around 1 percent. Of the more than 6,400 people hospitalized statewide, 73 were in Westchester, according to county health officials.

Of the 12 deaths in the county, none are from New Rochelle, although several patients are in critical condition, according to the mayor. There were 284 cases in the city as of Friday, according to data reported to him by the state.

“The way I heard someone say it?” said George Latimer, the Westchester County executive. “About New Rochelle, we aren’t the worst, we are just the first.”

A new issue has emerged in the city, perhaps one that will be faced by thousands of people who test positive for the virus: New York State rules require anyone outside of New York City to receive two consecutive negative coronavirus tests before they can leave quarantine — a challenge when tests are in short supply.

On Friday, a group of quarantined residents sent a letter to Dr. Amler, the health commissioner, objecting to what they called their “illegal open-ended isolation orders.”

Dr. Amler said that as of Friday, there would be no change to the county’s policy.

There have been other consequences: Several nurses who worked swabbing throats and noses at the drive-through testing center have recently been instructed to isolate themselves after a colleague tested positive for the virus, according to a person familiar with the order.

There also have been accommodations that have bound the community closer. Quarantined synagogue members prayed together over Zoom, a video calling app. Local restaurants delivered get-well packages.

“Everyone around here has taken this very seriously. We’ve all risen to the occasion,” said Susan Alcott, 81, as she walked her German shepherd mix on a trail in Ward Acres Park on Friday. “I believe it will pay off because I’ve read the numbers are starting to go down here.”

Nancy Hyland, 48, said that a few days ago she drove from her home in New Rochelle to a park in nearby Larchmont and was shocked to find it packed.

“We turned around and left,” she said. “You definitely wouldn’t see that behavior in New Rochelle.”

Rebecca Liebson contributed reporting from New Rochelle and Azi Paybarah contributed from New York.

 
 
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1 hour ago, Rangers9 said:

Look if you live in the NYC metro area (I live on LI) we are accelerating and numbers are going way up as predicted by real scientists. Just stay inside. We take short walks. But with distancing. In Nassau Co parks are open for walking and biking and even golf courses on a very limited basis. But they could rein that in too. As for our mental health just communicate, talk to people online or via phone. Like any personal catastrophe it is not long term. Bad things don't last forever. I always tell my kids that so they can deal with probs in their personal lives. Sometimes people overreact get depressed and feel hopelessness. But if you can think long term you can deal with it. We have the draft coming up and I'm for one looking forward to it. Glad they didn't cancel it. 

Yeah, my wife and I have been taking long walks exploring our neighborhood/town.  Waving/saying hello to folks in their yards or on the other side of the street who are also walking.

I live in Bergen.  And because neighboring towns had shut their parks, folks were crowding ours and defeating the distancing aspect.  That changed this morning when Bergen also closed all parks.

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16 minutes ago, Maxman said:

I am down 20 for the year, started working out in February when my son moved back home. We were going to the gym every morning. Since the quarantine we are still working out here. He is a personal trainer, so I am trapped in the house with no food and a personal trainer. Best case scenario lol.

That part of it has been good, really hope nobody gets sick. But we are doing some meal prep food (healthy choices) and working out. Mentally it has been good. I am just starting and have a long way to go but I am starting to feel like I can actually do this.

Good for you, Max.  Trite as it sounds, one day at a time.  Before you know it, it's months down the line and you are in amazing shape.  Best/worst part is your kid is a personal trainer.  No excuses or place to run.  LOL!  

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