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  • Rats swarm New Orleans' streets as coronavirus precautions leave them empty

    Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronav...streets-empty/

    March 28, 2020, 10:52 AM
    Rats swarm New Orleans' streets as coronavirus precautions leave them empty

    Precautions put in place to slow the rise of coronavirus cases in New Orleans has inadvertently led to a rat problem for the Louisiana city. With restaurants closed save for take-out service, far less food waste is being discarded in the city's alleyways, driving the local rodent population out into the open to search for scraps.

    New Orleans' famous Mardi Gras celebration brought thousands of tourists to the city, and medical experts believe it might be a big factor in the city's COVID-19 outbreak. Now with Bourbon Street's famous bars all closed and people social distancing, videos show dozens of rats scurrying through the empty streets...

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    Head of New Orleans pest control board in video: "It's a difficult time to be a rat, really, at this time as well. The food is limited, they're going to start fighting with each other."

    We won't fare any better.

    Rats avoid harming other rats.

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      Has anyone proven that rats cannot contract and carry this disease? So far we know dogs can become infected, but I am yet to see confirmation that they do not become carriers. I saw a study that shows hamsters can contract sars-cov2, but they generate antibodies, so they are not carriers. Also, I haven't see a study about cats at all, but it seems they cannot contract the disease.

      Not looking to declare war on any wild animal populations, but we do need to know if any have the potential to be long term reservoirs so we can develop vaccines for them too.

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      • Shiloh
        Shiloh commented
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        Cat in Belgium tested positive.

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      There is no consensus scientifically that dogs can be infected. I see questioning in the scientific community about the accuracy of tests in China of humans regarding recovered patients testing negative, then testing positive a couple of weeks later. Read up on the XMRV saga and how easy it is to have laboratory contamination in labs. It takes many independently repeated studies to get scientific consensus.
      __________________________________________________ _______________________________
      "Well, now." Mr. Summers said soberly, "guess we better get started, get this over with, so's we can go
      back to work. Anybody ain't here?" ---The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

      “‘i love myself.’ the quietest. simplest. most powerful. revolution ever.” ---- nayyirah waheed

      (My posts are not intended as advice or professional assessments of any kind.)
      Never forget Excalibur.

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