CAN MY DOG GET COVID-19?

IS YOUR POOCH SUSCEPTIBLE TO COVID-19? THERE ARE CONFLICTING OPINIONS.

From the article below we have two differing views.

First: "World Health Organisation (WHO), have stressed "there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus."

Second:  Dr. Sam Kovac: " ....
while admitting it’s “theoretically possible” that coronavirus could become a pandemic in dogs, although there’s no effective way of diagnosing the disease in Australia."

HERE IS THE FULL ARTICLE TO PONDER.......


Australia Today

People in Sydney Are Asking Vets to Euthanise Their Dogs So They Don't Get Coronavirus

One Sydney vet says he's received several "harrowing" phone calls.

by Gavin Butler
05 March 2020, 10:30am
Last week, in Hong Kong, a pet dog belonging to a coronavirus patient tested “weak positive” to the disease, with health officials confirming the animal has a “low-level infection” from what is likely the first reported case of human-to-animal transmission.
Now, this week in Sydney, pet owners have been approaching vets and asking for their dogs to be euthanised, amid fears that they might be at risk of catching the virus via animal-to-human transmission. Dr Sam Kovac, owner of Southern Cross Veterinary—which has clinics both in Sydney’s Inner West and its Eastern Suburbs—told Nine News it was "harrowing" to be receiving calls from people asking for their pets to be put down.
"We didn't put any of the pets down but instead consulted with them and explained there is no evidence the virus is in the Australian dog population and no evidence that dogs can give it back to people," he said—while admitting it’s “theoretically possible” that coronavirus could become a pandemic in dogs, although there’s no effective way of diagnosing the disease in Australia. For pet owners who are particularly concerned, there is a safe vaccine available that protects against dog coronavirus—although it doesn't offer protection to humans.
"The trouble in Australia is there is no validated test for COVID19 in dogs yet… there is no reliable way to diagnose it,” Dr Kovak said. “[But] there really is not enough information to say that coronavirus in pets is a public health risk right now. I think we should be concerned but not alarmed."
This sudden uptick in euthanasia enquiries follows reports of a “pet crisis” in China, as paranoid owners around the country abandon their cats and dogs for fear of catching coronavirus—and animal shelters struggle to cope with the influx. It bears repeating here that a number of medical experts and authorities, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), have stressed "there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus."
WHO adds, however, that “it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets. This protects you against various common bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella that can pass between pets and humans.”
For those thinking of taking slightly more drastic measures, Dr Kovac offered some stern advice.
"Absolutely do not consider euthanasia as an option, you'd be mad,” he said. “If you're considering making the call or signing the form to euthanise your pet, you have no right to own a pet.”

PREDICTIONS OF AN AUSTRALIAN LOCK-DOWN

AN OPINION PIECE BY DAVID HILTON IS QUITE ALARMIST.
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Quarantines and military lockdowns are coming to Australia


First it was toilet paper.
Next it will be food.
The people laughing at ‘panic buyers’ now will be panicking then, and blaming those who prepared for their lack of preparation. Should things get bad enough in the winter ahead, we’ll see violence as Australians face their vulnerability and reliance upon complex resource distribution systems and a debt-based financial system for the first time with horror.
It’s not the virus that we should be concerned about. Take steps to avoid it, but it’s not the greatest threat. The greatest danger to you and your family right now are the emotionally fragile and mentally unstable kidults in this country who haven’t taken coronavirus seriously and will lash out once it gets real.
Australia is about to face its greatest wave of public fear since 1942, and I strongly recommend you and your family get out of its way by making preparations now. Get supplies. Come up with infection avoidance protocols for your household. Get ready for everyone to be home together for a month or more. Get right with Jesus and ask for guidance.
You may as well repent anyway if you’re going to die from pneumonia.
There is no way Australia avoids outbreaks and quarantines at this stage. It is certain now that our health system will be overwhelmed this coming winter, and people will not get the first world treatment they have come to take for granted. There will be a small number of people who die while everyone else is bored. Right now, it’s the storm before the calm.
Clusters are forming around the world which will soon become outbreaks. The cluster threatening New York right now is centered in the Jewish community of New Rochelle, Westchester County.

North Sydney already has multiple clusters. If we want to see what’s coming for Australia, probably within the next month, look at China, Iran and Italy.
Boring, and for some probably quite frightening. They wouldn’t be so frightened if they’d stocked up and gotten ready.
For those of us who don’t wait for the TV to tell us what to think, this is not surprising. We’ve been watching scenes from Wuhan since January, and following the rise in cases and responses of governments and people overseas closely. It was God’s grace that we got the chance to see what happened to other countries first, so that we could prepare.
But Australians didn’t prepare.
They laughed at first. Then they panicked about toilet paper. Then they got angry at anyone else who wasn’t panicking about toilet paper because they’d prepared ahead.
It didn’t have to be like this. Our government could have closed the borders in January, or even before as surely our intelligence agencies knew what was happening in Wuhan back in 2019. We’re an island. Stringent controls and a managed public response would have saved lives and prevented the shocks which are about to hit us.
Instead, the government chose to prioritise GDP and the interests of the billionaires over the health and wellbeing of the Australian people. Irresponsible politicians and media talking heads are still poo-pooing the idea of a coming shock.
I bet those elites have toilet paper in plentiful supply at home.
Everyday Australians who aren’t understanding what’s coming are at a disadvantage to the complexity of geometric progressions. They see that Australia only has 20 or 50 cases and they think there’s no threat. I did maths in space at school, but even I can understand that’s not how it works.
If you’re struggling with a family member or friend who just doesn’t get it, and you don’t want to have to support them for weeks on end once quarantines start, try this. Ask them if they would prefer one million dollars straight up, or one magical dollar which doubles every minute for an hour.
Most people will take the million cos thinking hurts.
Then show them this.
$1 doubling every minute:
$1
After 15 minutes – $16,384
After 30 minutes – $536,870,912
After 45 minutes – $17,592,186,044,416
After 1 hour – 5.764607523034235e + 17
I don’t even know how to read that last number, but it’s more money than a Rothschild has. That’s the magic and the mystery of compounding.
It seems the Wuhan coronavirus doubles in numbers of infections every six days. We also know that we have no herd immunity, and probably 60% of the population will get it. It will spread through the population the same way smallpox did through the natives of the New World.
The virus seems to have a case fatality rate of around 2%, give or take. As of today, Australia has about 100 infections.
Keep in mind, many who are infected don’t even know. Others end up in ICU on life support.
Let’s do the maths then. This isn’t a prediction, but it’s a solid extrapolation based on the data we’ve got.
11/3/20 – 100
17/3/20 – 200
23/3/20 – 400
29/3/20 – 800
4/4/20 – 1,600
10/4/20 – 3,200
16/4/20 – 6,400
22/4/20 – 12,800
28/4/20 – 25,600
5/5/20 – 51,200
11/5/20 – 102,400
17/5/20 – 204,800
23/5/20 – 409,600
29/5/20 – 819,200
4/6/20 – 1,638,400
10/6/20 – 3,276, 800
16/6/20 – 6,553,600
2% of 6.5 million is 130,000.
That’s a lot of nanas and pops, and it’s inevitable unless the government imposes draconian quarantine restrictions.
Prepare now so that you can be a support to others when it begins. A plague is coming, on all our houses.

IS A VACCINE COMING OR NOT?

I have seen 3 articles claiming that vaccines are not far away to combat coronavirus - one from Israel, one from Australia and one from an Armenian group. Readers can google search for more on that. Meanwhile, this virologist claims that a vaccine is not coming.

 

A vaccine isn’t coming

by escargotisntfastfood
I don’t mean soon. I mean ever.
I’m going to try to ELI5 (explain it like I’m 5), and there’s supporting documents at the bottom if you want to check my math. To be clear, I’m not antivax, and I’ll happily eat these words if I’m ever proven wrong.
I keep reading about people who say that we just need to hold out until there is a vaccine. That it’s just a few months away, that a company in California invented a vaccine in 3 hours. None of that is going to work.
The way that cells normally fight a virus is to create unique ‘Y’ or ‘V’ shaped antibodies that stick to the surface of the virus and prevent it from attaching to a cell.
A virus without the antibodies will attach to the cell and push it’s genetic material inside. The cell is tricked into using that genetic material to make more viruses.
But inactivated viruses with antibodies attached to the surface can’t do that. They float around until they’re ‘eaten’ by a type of white blood cell called a macrophage.
And once you’ve had a virus, your body usually “remembers” which antibodies fight that virus.
So to make a vaccine, you’d usually either give the body a dose of the working antibodies, or you give it a weakened or killed version of the virus to ‘practice’ on so that it’s ready for the real thing.
And once you’ve survived a virus, (West Nile, Ebola, zika, etc.) you’re usually immune to that same virus for life.
There’s a virus called Dengue that’s transmitted by a mosquito bite. It’s really four viruses that are closely related.
The first time you’re infected, your body will fight it off, just like a normal virus. But after that, if you’re ever bitten by a mosquito with one of the other three types of Dengue, your immune system tries to respond with the same antibodies.
But those antibodies can’t totally cover the second virus up to inactivate it.
When the macrophage (white blood cell) tries to “eat” the virus, it gets infected and tricked into making more viruses.
This is called antibody-dependent enhancement, or ADE. There is currently no effective vaccine for Dengue virus because of it.
If you’re thinking “it infects white blood cells? Isn’t that what HIV does?” The answer is yes, and that’s a big part of why we can’t develop an HIV vaccine as well.
So why do we think this Coronavirus causes ADE?
For starters, it is closely related to two other Coronaviruses, SARS and MERS. Neither of those have vaccines, and both have been shown in laboratory animals to use ADE to infect white blood cells.
You don’t even need a second type of the virus. ADE is happening with the same virus that was cured the first time. You just need to get reinfected. And ADE makes the virus way worse the second time around.
The second reason is what we’ve seen from reports out of China.
People are getting reinfected, or maybe the virus is going dormant in their bodies and resurfacing.
It’s too early to know which, for sure, but the cases can be severe the second time around.
Also, the Chinese hospitals are using the serum (blood minus the cells) of people who’ve gotten the virus and recovered as medicine for infected people. This should be full of working antibodies that will help their bodies fight off the virus.
Sometimes the patient survives and sometimes they don’t. It should work every time, unless there’s antibody-dependent enhancement at work.
So no vaccine is coming. Once you’ve gotten this Coronavirus, it looks like you can get it again.
Unless we have a huge leap forward in medical science this year, any vaccine will be ineffective at best, and make you MORE susceptible to the virus at worst.
Links: Wikipedia page on antibody-dependent enhancement: en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antibody-dependent_enhancement
I like the graphic from this article on ADE: www.the-scientist.com/infographics/antibody-dependent-enhanced-ade-immunity-39674/amp Red = first viral infection, and blue = second viral infection
Scholarly publication on SARS antibody-dependent enhancement in rhesus monkeys: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6178114/
One for MERS (abstract only): www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/31826992/
And another of MERS antibody-dependent enhancement in rabbits: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5574614/ Of note in this one: “passive transfer of serum from previously infected rabbits to na├»ve rabbits was associated with enhanced inflammation upon infection.”
Dr. Peng, a 29 year old respirologist who died in Wuhan despite receiving serum therapy: k.sina.cn/article_5705191799_1540e517704000w223.html?from=science
Reinfection of Coronavirus in Japan: thehill.com/changing-america/well-being/prevention-cures/484942-japan-confirms-first-case-of-person-reinfected
Doctors warning about reinfection in China: www.nypost.com/2020/02/19/whistleblower-doctors-say-coronavirus-reinfection-even-deadlier/amp/
Bottom line: don’t get infected. If you do, you REALLY don’t want to get reinfected. This isn’t the flu.
Full disclosure: I work in an antiviral laboratory, and I have a lot more hope for remdesivir, Kaletra (lopinavir/ritonavir) and chloroquine.

FACEMASKS FOR THE BUG ARE BEING DISCORAGED

WHAT'S GOING ON?



coronavirus, Facebook, US News, WORLD NEWS

Facebook Bans Advertisements for Medical Face Masks Amid Coronavirus Pandemic


Are they trying to hasten the spread of the virus?

Source:
Facebook has announced that they will be banning advertisements and listings in their Marketplace feature for medical face masks as the coronavirus pandemic heats up, depriving their users of crucial medical supplies when they need them the most.
Facebook Director of Product Management Rob Leathern made the announcement in a Twitter post last week.
There has been a controversy over whether or not face masks do anything prevent the spread of coronavirus in recent weeks, as people have rushed to buy them in an attempt to stop themselves from being infected.
The Guardian admitted on Sunday that face masks are an effective, if not foolproof, way of preventing the spread of the disease:
Wearing a face mask is certainly not an iron-clad guarantee that you won’t get sick – viruses can also transmit through the eyes and tiny viral particles, known as aerosols, can penetrate masks. However, masks are effective at capturing droplets, which is a main transmission route of coronavirus, and some studies have estimated a roughly fivefold protection versus no barrier alone (although others have found lower levels of effectiveness).
If you are likely to be in close contact with someone infected, a mask cuts the chance of the disease being passed on. If you’re showing symptoms of coronavirus, or have been diagnosed, wearing a mask can also protect others. So masks are crucial for health and social care workers looking after patients and are also recommended for family members who need to care for someone who is ill – ideally both the patient and carer should have a mask.
This hasn’t stopped tirades from so-called medical experts chiding concerned individuals for buying face masks in an attempt to prevent infection.
“There are severe strains on protective equipment around the world,” said Dr. Michael J. Ryan, who works as executive director for the health emergency program at the World Health Organization, during a briefing in February. “Our primary concern is to ensure that our front line health workers are protected and that they have the equipment they need to do their jobs.”
“Not having a mask does not necessarily put you at any increased risk of contracting this disease,” Dr. Ryan said.
“There is no role for these masks in the community,” said Robert Redfield, who works as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “These masks need to be prioritized for health care professionals that as part of their job are taking care of individuals.”
“Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS!” the U.S. Surgeon General wrote in a tweet. “They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”
The masks are only for the official health care experts, the government bureaucrats claim, while the ordinary person should not have access to the additional protection. Facebook is yet again serving the globalists by making it more difficult for individuals to access face masks, as they try to protect themselves as coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world with no sign of slowing.

IRONIC: WOMEN GO TOPLESS TO PROTEST RAPE OF THE PLANET



Topless Women Protest ‘Climate Rape’ in London on International Women’s Day

 

A group of 31 women formed a topless human chain in London to protest against climate change on International Women’s Day. (Warning: explicit images.)
Members of the climate change alarmist group Extinction Rebellion (XR) took off their shirts on Waterloo Bridge, blocking traffic in an protest against the supposedly disparate impact that climate change has on women. The protestors painted slogans on their chests such as “climate rape” and “climate murder”.
A former teacher who took part in the protest, Sarah Mintram, explained the rationale behind the topless protest, saying: “It’s mainly women in poorer countries in the global south that are experiencing the increase in violence but this will be the reality for all women if the climate and ecological crisis continues to go unaddressed.”
“We are here to raise the alarm about what is happening to our sisters around the world and to tell women in the UK the climate and ecological emergency is your issue – it will affect you as a woman if we do not persuade our government to take urgent action starting now,” Mintram told the Metro.
Extinction Rebellion cited a January 2020 report from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which claimed that climate change was responsible for violence against women in the Southern Hemisphere.
The group was mocked on social media, however, by people who thought their protest diminished International Women’s Day, with one user writing: “You reduce women’s day to a farce.”
The climate change protest group has plagued London’s Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) for years, costing the capitol’s police force an estimated  £37 million last year alone. The cost associated with policing Extinction Rebellion was more than double the annual budget for the Violent Crime Taskforce, which is only £15 million.
The increased burden on manpower and resources reduced the ability of London’s police to investigate other crimes in a city experiencing a growing knife crime epidemic.
Last month, in an exclusive Breitbart London video, three climate change activists were caught on camera getting arrested by London police, after students, Antifa, and Extinction Rebellion occupied London Bridge during their annual “climate strike”.

The topless protest in London on Sunday was mirrored by protests across the world marking International Women’s Day, a socialist holiday held every year on March 8th. The day was first celebrated in New York City in 1909 — but rose to prominence following a protest in Petrograd, Russia in 1917.
The protest in Petrograd helped spark the Russian Revolution, which led to the creation of the Soviet Union, a communist regime responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of innocent people.

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