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The COVID-19 situation illustrates why trade agreements should never have been used to hijack the peoples wishes to lock in bad policy on healthcare and drugs, trapping politicians in big lies.

Most Americans mistakenly believe we can just vote to fix these things, and solve them. Unfortunately, its not so easy. We've been misled by the people in high places, and the media. The fact is the government now has intentionally created a system to TIE ITS OWN HANDS, locking out all progressive change, it hopes, forever. Showing how Its so very confident of its ability to pull the wool over our eyes, indefinitely.

WHO announces COVID-19 Technology Pool to cooperate to beat the virus.

Countries from around the world are joining to pool their resources to stop COVID-19 and make the world safe again.

Trump confesses he doesn't want to do testing in the US because it reveals cases of COVID-19.

“When you test, you have a case. When you test, you find something is wrong with people. If we didn’t do any testing we would have very few cases.”

It's still way too early to "open the US up" say the numbers.

It seems that if you remove the NYC metro area from the graphs, the infections in the rest of the US are still rising a lot. So many areas have not even been touched by the virus, yet. This is from an interesting looking site on coronavirus risk reduction..

Won't somebody tell US states about GATS so they stop pretending they can just vote to fix healthcare.

That has been FTA-illegal since January 1 1995. On December 8, 1994 the US's URAA was signed. Won't somebody tell states that at that point the US signed away the RIGHT TO REGULATE dozens of services including healthcare insurance, higher education and many more. This begun over 20 years ago.

The future of work in the US, guest workers, precarious labor and the "agreement" to privatize everything.

The US puts the profitability of business above the very existence of people, and the GATS is an open secret it seems that the entire world knows about, except we Americans who like Rip Van Winkle, still think its the 1980s or 1990s when people could vote to change things like health care, poof, just like that.

The dirty linkage between trading away US jobs and lack of affordable medicines.

Potentially very large numbers of precious US jobs are being traded for higher drug prices, internationally, in a world where drug prices are already way too high.

Message to NGOs that should be obvious.

NGOS that are hoping to bring about social change should not use companies - like the biggest Internet companies, for ANYTHING. Not just critical infrastructure services like email, telephone, etc. ANYTHING.

Lowered insulin price should be made permanent

the Lilly company has temporarily lowered the price of insulin to $35/month. As anybody who reads the paper knows, LOTS of Americans, both young and old, are dying because they cannot afford insulin's insane price.

Biden, like Trump is not even remotely progressive

Both represent an attempt to legitimize a global capture scheme that is being forced upon us to legitimate itself. Be aware that neither could fulfill promises to their constituents that they are making, because all that policy space was taken off the table in the case of policy on services, 80% of a modern economy, by GATS, in the 90s.

Huge death tolls in US with huge racial disparities

However, neoliberals can find happiness in one fact. The government is not distorting trade. Poor people are being left with life threatening situations.

11 National Associations of Healthcare Workers Issue Letter demanding More protections for Health Workers.

To raise the "standard of care" (of how we treat) all professionals we need to stop the agenda that is embedding a trade agreement agenda of forcing all domestic regulations to the global least common denominator as a precursor to globalizing them. It aims to increase profits greatly by replacing our domestically grown professionals with ones from the developing world (taking them from countries that desperately need them) - One of the reasons they want to do this is is precisely to prevent them from having input on all sorts of things- including things like this.

Infrastructure Construction would be subject to globalization requirements and likely outsourcing so both parties seem to be hiding that.

Americans, since the Great Depression, associate government spending with job creation here in the US, despite a big change, services liberalization in treaties which globalize government spending and makes it FTA-illegal to not put projects up for bidding internationally, a competition that US firms might not win, due to US workers higher wages.


Orally delivered resveratrol-loaded lipid-core nanocapsules ameliorate LPS-induced acute lung injury via the ERK and PI3K/Akt pathways

Nanoencapsulated resveratrol used to successfully treat ALI and ARDS caused by LPS.

Anti-inflammatory effect of resveratrol in human coronary arterial endothelial cells via induction of autophagy: implication for the treatment of Kawasaki disease.

NOTE: Its not known if these effects would translate to beneficial effects in COVID-19 at all. Please don't think it's known if it would or would not, it's not. ------ Kawasaki disease (KD) is an acute febrile vasculitis in childhood, which is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children. If untreated, KD can result in coronary aneurysms in 25% of patients, and even under intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) treatment, 10-20% of children will have IVIG resistance and increased risk of developing coronary arteritis complication. Additional therapies should be explored to decrease the incidence of coronary artery lesions and improve the prognosis in KD. Autophagy has been reported to play a critical role in a variety of heart diseases. Resveratrol (RSV) confers cardio protection during ischemia and reperfusion in rats via activation of autophagy. Serum TNF-alpha levels are elevated in KD, which might activate the endothelial cells to express intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1), vascular cellular adhesion molecule-1(VCAM-1), inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and IL-1β. METHODS: Human coronary arterial endothelial cells (HCAECs) were either untreated or treated by TNF-α 10 ng/ml for 2 h in the presence or absence of RSV or autophagy-related protein 16-like 1 (Atg16L1) siRNA. Total RNA was analyzed by real-time quantitative PCR for ICAM-1, VCAM-1, iNOS and IL-1β mRNA expressions. The involvement of autophagy proteins was investigated by Western blot. RESULTS: Pretreatment with resveratrol significantly inhibited TNF-α-induced ICAM-1, iNOS and IL-1β mRNA expression in HCAECs. Western blot revealed the enhanced autophagy proteins LC3B and Atg16L1 expression by RSV. The suppressive effects of RSV were obviously counteracted by Atg16L1 siRNA. CONCLUSIONS: We demonstrated RSV had anti-inflammatory effects on HCAECs via induction of autophagy. Our results suggest that resveratrol may modulate the inflammatory response of coronary artery in KD and explore the role of autophagy in the pathogenesis and alternative therapy of coronary arterial lesions in KD. KEYWORDS: Autophagy; Endothelial cells; Kawasaki disease; Resveratrol PMID: 28069066 PMCID: PMC5223384 DOI: 10.1186/s40360-016-0109-2

Somebody else puts forward NAC as a potential aid for COVID-19

screen shot from Medical Hypothesis (journal)