Who tests less has fewer infections?


End of June in Texas: Because the virus is spreading faster in southern America, new restrictions are necessary
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Who tests less has fewer infections? Political ghost drivers, who calculate in the pandemic, ridicule the mind. And they only further remove us all from a recovery in the globalized world.

Hone and a half days for the first million, twelve days for the second million and finally less than six days for the tenth million. Here we are: Ten million Sars CoV-2 infections reported worldwide, almost half a million registered fatalities – in six months. It is not necessary to refer to the allegedly high number of unreported cases in many regions of the world to recognize that the pandemic is far from over. This virus does not leave us in peace, it comes and goes, it is dangerous and remains unpredictable – even for young people.

Of course, hope is urgently needed now. We should protect ourselves as best we can from the demoralizing effects of the ups and downs in this “marathon” (Angela Merkel). But illusory hopes as well as the still circulating self-deception and pretenses cannot give the security that everyone wants.

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Chinese warn of swine flu return

Grippe specialists warn of a new influenza strain with pandemic potential. Not for the first time. This has happened repeatedly in recent years, even long after the brief flare-up of the swine flu pandemic eleven years ago. However, the new warning is likely to hit many people, because it comes at the worst possible moment in the middle of the unsolved coronavirus pandemic and the debate about disease-prone factory farms. “The G4 genotype of swine flu reassortants now has all the decisive features that make it a candidate for an influenza pandemic,” wrote a group of Chinese influenza researchers in the “PNAS”, the journalistic stage of the American National Science Academies important and, above all, widely recognized science magazine.

Joachim Müller-Jung

Editor in the feature section, responsible for the “Nature and Science” department.

Sars-CoV-2 and the flu circulating at the same time, mind you: an ordinary influenza – this scenario is considered by the epidemic experts as “the perfect storm”. This would be a realistic scenario for the coming autumn and winter – intensive care units could quickly reach the limit. But a veritable pandemic influenza virus and the new corona virus combined? Yet it is not so far. And maybe it won’t happen until corona vaccinations are actually available. However, there is no doubt that Honglei Sun’s Chinese virologists’ study, carried out by veterinarians from Beijing and the early warning center of the Chinese Science Academy, provides little reassuring insight. Since 2013, a new type of influenza A virus, which is infectious to humans, has been established in at least ten Chinese provinces, where the pigs and pig factory workers raised there have been randomly examined for influenza viruses since 2011. G4.

Strikingly offensive alarm

A tenth of the workers in pig factories are said to have been in contact with the virus. Between 2016 and 2019, many people were infected with this special influenza variant, especially in the factory farms. More recent data from 2020 are not provided. At least that gives hope. The special virus strain, genotype G4, had also been noticed by other scientists in the laboratories, and these analyzes were also carried out two or three years ago. This at least suggests that there is apparently no immediate danger of a pandemic. Nevertheless, the Chinese experts are strikingly alarming.

Swine flu viruses are among the influenza A viruses that cross species boundaries and are therefore among the largest “problem viruses”.

To date, fewer than a handful of people infected with new, striking swine flu variants have been identified in China. The two most recent cases – a 46-year-old adult and a nine-year-old child – date from 2016 and 2019 and have been infected with the G4 genotype. Exactly the type that researchers are paying close attention to among a handful of other disease candidates. What is special about this pathogen?

First of all, as with many genetic variants that keep appearing again and again, it is a so-called reassortant made from pigs. Reassortants are new virus mixtures. Pigs have been notoriously known as the ideal “mix container” for influenza viruses for many decades. They have a lot of contact and are very close to people, including birds and other animals, also and especially in the Chinese provinces. At the same time, the hygienic conditions in the increasingly expanding mass storage system and processing are ideal for the rapid spread of pathogens. In addition, pigs are so close to us genetically and thus in many molecular biological details that the viruses do not have to make very large molecular genetic leaps. Such jumps occur again and again: Small genetic jumps – mutations – occur practically with every virus multiplication, because of the high error rate when copying the RNA gene material with influenza viruses even very often (in contrast to coronaviruses, which are a less error-prone copying machine – RNA polymerase – own). Virus characteristics drift.

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“We have to learn to live with the virus”

The corona virus has been determining our lives for months and will continue to do so for a long time to come. Will we have to learn to live with the virus?

Yes, because we have been living with viruses for millions of years. They attack humans, animals, plants, even bacteria, but all life forms have developed mechanisms to deal with them. And we will continue to have to do that, we humans too.

But should a vaccine come?

Even a vaccine will not change that, which is not the case for many viral diseases despite intensive research, the HIV virus is the classic example of this. AIDS has become a pandemic and has spread across the globe – and we live with it. Admittedly with very different and sometimes even catastrophic effects, especially in Africa, but in other regions mankind has half the virus under control – without eradicating it. Other viral diseases could be restricted regionally – thank God – regionally, just think of it if Ebola had also reached pandemic proportions.

But are we vaccinating against the normal flu?

Yes, there is still a third group of viruses, although we continuously vaccinate against them: influenza, i.e. the flu. We have been living with this virus for millennia, it causes different deaths every year. But societies can handle it. There has never been a shutdown call with all of its social, cultural and economic consequences.

The world has learned to live with it, but Corona is different.

Yes, but the attempt to narrow it down locally failed at least in the first wave. With a completely justified almost complete lockdown, we then reduced the new infections, at least in Europe, to a level that again ensures traceability and thus enables local isolation in a second wave.

The second wave will come?

This second wave will probably not start in midsummer, but only with decreasing temperatures and more stays in closed rooms and thus behave similarly to the famous flu waves. And then we have to learn to live with this virus too. Maybe it will also mutate, so that vaccinations will have to be given every year, but we also know that from the flu and should not be discouraged.

Honestly, that sounds pretty sobering …

… what we need is a strategy that aims to limit outbreaks locally. And if there are short-term travel restrictions like now in the Gütersloh and Warendorf districts, we should accept that.

The app is not enough?

For a local limitation of an outbreak, the Corona app is a first necessary but not yet sufficient step. A central, Europe-wide app would help us a lot more, maybe – hopefully – it will come later.

What if we cannot localize these new waves?

That is the big risk. The world definitely cannot afford a regular global shutdown like the one they are experiencing now.

Exactly, but what to do as long as we don’t have effective vaccination protection or more effective medication available?

Because of the higher morbidity and especially mortality, we cannot treat Covid-19 like a normal flu wave, but we have learned a lot in the course of the first wave: we know the different lethalities of different groups of people, we know the critical previous illnesses, and we know them Age dependence of the bad cases.

And what does that bring us now?

With this knowledge, we can give priority to protecting the most vulnerable groups of people, be it personal protective equipment, regular testing or preferred vaccination as soon as possible. Of course, this will cost individual companies, but they will be far less than further lockdowns.

What can the less vulnerable do?

We have to act in solidarity: adhere to hygiene measures, use the Corona app, be ready to accept warnings and temporary restrictions, and when the fall comes, take the flu shot too! This can also help Covid-19 patients, because then the capacity of intensive care units will not be restricted by flu patients.

So live with the virus?

If we all learn to live with the Covid 19 virus, nobody has to be discriminated against or even isolated. And if a vaccine is available next year – which I firmly believe, because the results available so far are positive – the situation will relax significantly anyway, even if we still have to live with the virus.

Until then do we have to hold out?

Yes. And longer.

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Corona cases without Tönnies reference increased further

IIn the district of Gütersloh, the number of proven corona infections in people with no direct connection to the employees of the meat company Tönnies is growing. Within seven days, including Saturday (June 21-27), the number of these cases increased to 107, the district said on Sunday evening. That is 32 more than for the same period of the previous day (June 20-26).

However, the majority of those affected did not show any symptoms of the disease and there was still no increase in the number of diseases, the group said in coordination with the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). The increase in confirmed infections with the Sars-CoV-2 virus is probably due to the strong expansion of tests for people without symptoms. Many are currently undergoing testing because they hope that a negative corona test in their vacation home will not be rejected.

Immediately before the decision was made to extend the regional lockdown, the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the Gütersloh district was well above the 50 mark within the past seven days ). Accordingly, the downward trend in the so-called seven-day incidence continued after the very high values ​​caused by the outbreak at meat processor Tönnies. According to the latest RKI data, there have been 112.6 such cases in the Gütersloh district within the past seven days after 132.9 on Sunday and 164.2 on Saturday. On Tuesday, this had been 270.2.

The decision will be made on Tuesday

According to the RKI figures, the Gütersloh district remains the only district in Germany above the important mark of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within the past seven days. The background is the massive outbreak of the corona virus at the Tönnies meat plant in Rheda-Wiedenbrück in the district. A decision must be made by Tuesday as to whether the regional lockdown in the NRW districts of Gütersloh and Warendorf – the first in Germany – will expire or be extended. The lockdown, which has been in effect since Wednesday, is limited until June 30. The so-called seven-day incidence plays a role in the assessment of the infection process.

In the Warendorf district, which also has many Tönnies employees, the key indicator for combating the pandemic had dropped below the important 50 mark in the past seven days at 47.9 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. According to data from Monday, the value is currently 22.0 cases.

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Deaths from covid-19 exceed half a million worldwide | Covid-19

To the minute

The pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has already caused more than 10 million people to become infected worldwide – of these, more than five million have recovered and 500,000 have died. The United States and Brazil are the countries with the most infections and the most deaths worldwide.

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With a protective mask in the park

MThe pronunciation is failing. But hardly any German escapes the issue of tonnies and the situation in Gütersloh these days in Spain. Many Spaniards are concerned about the latest Corona outbreak, of all places, in the country that they see as a role model in the fight against the pandemic: if Germany fails in the end to stop the virus, how should Spain with its more than Make 28,000 dead? The fear of a second wave is great. Spain – unlike the neighboring country Portugal – only records smaller foci of infection. For the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic in Madrid, there has not been a single new death within a day on Saturday – the capital, with more than 8,400 deaths and almost 72,000 infections so far, is the most severely affected region in the country by Corona.

However, caution is great. You can already see this on a Sunday walk in the Retiro Park. Most people there voluntarily wear face masks. About one in three even puts on the particularly dense and sweaty FFP2 masks despite the summer temperatures of more than 30 degrees. In Spain, the mask requirement only applies to buses, trains and in places where the minimum distance cannot be maintained.

“Society would understand restrictive measures much better,” says Catalan epidemiologist Antoni Trilla about the virus. Unlike in Germany, where exit restrictions were criticized as “deprivation of liberty”, 88 percent of Spaniards in the latest survey by the state CIS institute showed understanding of the much more drastic restrictions that applied in their country for several months.

Suspicion and caution continue to dominate even after the alarm condition has ended a week ago. “I’m not going on vacation in my apartment in Benidorm this year,” says a kiosk owner in the Retiro Park. The images of crowded British beaches have contributed to this. “I don’t trust British tourists,” says the Spaniard, who doesn’t believe that the guests in the seaside resort near Alicante will behave more responsibly. According to the CIS survey, just over a quarter of all Spaniards want to go on vacation this summer. If so, they would prefer to drive their own car to their second home on the coast. A flight trip scares the vast majority – whether on one of the islands or abroad.

There is an unusually large amount of space on the beaches

In the Balearic and Canary Islands, there could therefore be a lot of space for foreign tourists who are slowly returning. Hoteliers and restaurant owners are eagerly awaiting them, while not only the state emergency coordinator Fernando Simón warns against the “import” of new infections: for fear of having to be quarantined during their vacation, they could refrain from seeing a doctor if they have symptoms of corona. The conservative People’s Party (PP), which governs the capital region, is committed to making a negative PCR test a condition for entry into Spain. At Madrid’s Barajas Airport, the PP considers this to be essential, because it is the gateway to Europe for many people from Latin America, where the virus is still raging.

This Monday, the first major test of the Spanish warning app starts on the small island of La Gomera. It is supposed to work in a similar way to the application in Germany: users receive a warning if an infected person was nearby. So far, there are only apps in Spain that can be used to book a place on the beach. In the next few days, the virus on the island, which has actually been free of corona for more than two months, will have 300 “virtually” infected people with the help of which a new outbreak will be simulated. However, the Spanish government expects that the new app will only be available across the country after the summer season in autumn. That would be in time for the high season in the Canaries.

In the Balearic Islands, it should normally be in full swing long ago. But there is an unusually large amount of space on the beaches, the majority of the hotels are still closed. Even the regular guests from Germany seem to take their time. Almost 11,000 German holidaymakers could have preferred to travel to the islands for two weeks as part of a pilot project since June 15. But by June 24, just over 2,200 Germans had arrived, as the representative of the Spanish central government said in the Balearic Islands. The Spanish borders have been open again for a week now. Nevertheless, there are still restrictions that will also be felt in Palma de Mallorca. According to the latest law, the government will continue to prohibit cruise ships from landing. Only after the end of the Corona crisis should they be allowed to moor again in Palma and other Spanish ports.

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In Gütersloh, the number of people infected without Tönnies is increasing

IIn the district of Gütersloh, the number of proven corona infections in people with no direct connection to the employees of the meat company Tönnies is growing. Within seven days, including Saturday (June 21-27), the number of these cases increased to 107, the district said on Sunday evening. That is 32 more than for the same period of the previous day (June 20-26).

However, the majority of those affected did not show any symptoms of the disease and there was still no increase in the number of diseases, the group said in coordination with the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). The increase in confirmed infections with the Sars-CoV-2 virus is probably due to the strong expansion of tests for people without symptoms. Many are currently undergoing testing because they hope that a negative corona test in their vacation home will not be rejected.

Immediately before the decision was made to extend the regional lockdown, the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the Gütersloh district was well above the 50 mark within the past seven days ). Accordingly, the downward trend in the so-called seven-day incidence continued after the very high values ​​caused by the outbreak at meat processor Tönnies. According to the latest RKI data, there have been 112.6 such cases in the Gütersloh district within the past seven days after 132.9 on Sunday and 164.2 on Saturday. On Tuesday, this had been 270.2.

The decision will be made on Tuesday

According to the RKI figures, the Gütersloh district remains the only district in Germany above the important mark of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within the past seven days. The background is the massive outbreak of the corona virus at the Tönnies meat plant in Rheda-Wiedenbrück in the district. A decision must be made by Tuesday as to whether the regional lockdown in the NRW districts of Gütersloh and Warendorf – the first in Germany – will expire or be extended. The lockdown, which has been in effect since Wednesday, is limited until June 30. The so-called seven-day incidence plays a role in the assessment of the infection process.

In the Warendorf district, which also has many Tönnies employees, the key indicator for combating the pandemic had dropped below the important 50 mark in the past seven days at 47.9 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. According to data from Monday, the value is currently 22.0 cases.

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47 Android apps to be deleted immediately: what they are

This time it’s up to Avast security company to discover 47 dangerous applications present on the Google Play Store. It is now an almost weekly routine: from time to time some companies specializing in computer security discover a dozen apps that hide viruses and adware. The 47 apps discovered by Avast are all video games that have collected over 15 million downloads in total, indicating that the number of potentially infected users is very high.


As Avast researchers report, 17 apps are still available on the Google online store and they have not been eliminated despite reporting to Big G, and it is not known why. Dangerous apps hid an adware belonging to the HiddenAds virus family. What are adware? This is an increasingly frequent type of malware on smartphones that continuously display deceptive advertisements. Hackers earn both on involuntary clicks stolen from users, and on any services with subscriptions activated following the clicks. A double scam that generates considerable gains for hackers.

What are the adware of the HiddenAds family

Adware is a rather subtle virus, although harmless in terms of user privacy. Their only goal, in fact, is show advertisements on the smartphone screen, to the point of making it unusable.

Avast researchers also discovered a rather subtle operation of these particular adware: the icon of infected apps disappeared from the smartphone, so that the user could not uninstall them. But not only. Even if they were deleted, apps continued to haunt the device screen.

What are the apps to be deleted immediately

Between 47 apps to be deleted immediately from the smartphone, there are still 17 present on the Google Play Store and which have been downloaded at least half a million times. Hence, the audience of endangered or infected users is very wide. Here are the offending apps to be deleted immediately:

  • Draw Color by Number
  • Skate Board – New
  • Find Hidden Differences
  • Shoot Master
  • Stacking Guys
  • Disc Go!
  • Spot Hidden Differences
  • Dancing Run – Color Ball Run
  • Find 5 Differences
  • Joy Woodworker
  • Throw Master
  • Throw into Space
  • Divide it – Cut & Slice Game
  • Tony Shoot – NEW
  • Assassin Legend
  • Flip King
  • Save Your Boy
  • Assassin Hunter 2020
  • Stealing Run
  • Flight Skater 2020

What are the dangers for users

If on the one hand adware is (almost) harmless to privacy, on the other it is a risk to the health of the smartphone. This virus is always active in the background and leads the smartphone to strain more than it should, draining the battery quickly and excessively heating the internal components. If the virus remains active for several months, the smartphone may also stop working or the battery may become virtually unusable.

How to defend yourself from dangerous apps

The tips to follow for protect yourself from apps that hide malware and adware are always the same. First, download only applications that you can trust and which are developed by famous and reliable software houses. Also, be wary of apps, especially in video games, with too positive reviews: in most cases they are false.

In addition, install an antivirus on your Android smartphone: in most cases they are free and provide protection from the attack of many malware and viruses.

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47 Android apps to be deleted immediately: what they are

This time it’s up to Avast security company to discover 47 dangerous applications present on the Google Play Store. It is now an almost weekly routine: from time to time some companies specializing in computer security discover a dozen apps that hide viruses and adware. The 47 apps discovered by Avast are all video games that have collected over 15 million downloads in total, indicating that the number of potentially infected users is very high.


As Avast researchers report, 17 apps are still available on the Google online store and they have not been eliminated despite reporting to Big G, and it is not known why. Dangerous apps hid an adware belonging to the HiddenAds virus family. What are adware? This is an increasingly frequent type of malware on smartphones that continuously display deceptive advertisements. Hackers earn both on involuntary clicks stolen from users, and on any services with subscriptions activated following the clicks. A double scam that generates considerable gains for hackers.

What are the adware of the HiddenAds family

Adware is a rather subtle virus, although harmless in terms of user privacy. Their only goal, in fact, is show advertisements on the smartphone screen, to the point of making it unusable.

Avast researchers also discovered a rather subtle operation of these particular adware: the icon of infected apps disappeared from the smartphone, so that the user could not uninstall them. But not only. Even if they were deleted, apps continued to haunt the device screen.

What are the apps to be deleted immediately

Between 47 apps to be deleted immediately from the smartphone, there are still 17 present on the Google Play Store and which have been downloaded at least half a million times. Hence, the audience of endangered or infected users is very wide. Here are the offending apps to be deleted immediately:

  • Draw Color by Number
  • Skate Board – New
  • Find Hidden Differences
  • Shoot Master
  • Stacking Guys
  • Disc Go!
  • Spot Hidden Differences
  • Dancing Run – Color Ball Run
  • Find 5 Differences
  • Joy Woodworker
  • Throw Master
  • Throw into Space
  • Divide it – Cut & Slice Game
  • Tony Shoot – NEW
  • Assassin Legend
  • Flip King
  • Save Your Boy
  • Assassin Hunter 2020
  • Stealing Run
  • Flight Skater 2020

What are the dangers for users

If on the one hand adware is (almost) harmless to privacy, on the other it is a risk to the health of the smartphone. This virus is always active in the background and leads the smartphone to strain more than it should, draining the battery quickly and excessively heating the internal components. If the virus remains active for several months, the smartphone may also stop working or the battery may become virtually unusable.

How to defend yourself from dangerous apps

The tips to follow for protect yourself from apps that hide malware and adware are always the same. First, download only applications that you can trust and which are developed by famous and reliable software houses. Also, be wary of apps, especially in video games, with too positive reviews: in most cases they are false.

In addition, install an antivirus on your Android smartphone: in most cases they are free and provide protection from the attack of many malware and viruses.

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