Friday, March 13, 2020

a simple self-administered coronavirus test and related personal, social and political

Email from Sancho Panza last night contained a very good personal coronavirus prevention protocol:

Subject: Fwd: Stanford Hospital Recommended quick home test for Corona Virus

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"I got this from a friend of mine who’s brother is at the Stanford hospital board. This is their feedback for now on Corona virus:
The new Coronavirus may not show sign of infection for many days. How can one know if he/she is infected? By the time they have fever and/or cough and go to the hospital, the lung is usually 50% Fibrosis and it's too late. Taiwan experts provide a simple self-check that we can do every morning. Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds. If you complete it successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stiffness or tightness, etc., it proves there is no Fibrosis in the lungs, basically indicates no infection. In critical time, please self-check every morning in an environment with clean air. Serious excellent advice by Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases: Everyone should ensure your mouth & throat are moist, never dry. Take a few sips of water every 15 minutes at least. Why? Even if the virus gets into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids will wash them down through your throat and into the stomach. Once there, your stomach acid will kill all the virus. If you don't drink enough water more regularly, the virus can enter your windpipe and into the lungs. That's very dangerous. Please send and share this with family and friends. Take care everyone and may the world recover from this Coronavirus soon.

1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold 2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose. 3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the Sun. 4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne. 5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours - so if you come into contact with any metal surface - wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap. 6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it. 7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice. 8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but - a lot can happen during that time - you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on. 9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice. 10. Can't emphasis enough - drink plenty of water! THE SYMPTOMS 1. It will first infect the throat, so you'll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days 2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further. 3. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing. 4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you're drowning. It's imperative you then seek immediate attention. SPREAD THE WORD

I replied to Sancho:

Very good information, did you send it to the very stable genius you crowed about voting for in 2016 and crowed about voting for him this year?

If I catch the coronavirus, I won’t know for several days that I have it, but am contagious. How do I protect other people from catching what I don’t yet know I have myself caught? That’s the insidious part of this virus. If I catch it, I will do what I can to stay some distance from other people, but I will have to go out of my apartment to get groceries, fresh air, sunlight, etc., and there is no way I don’t touch things along the way, which other people then might touch.

Before hearing from Sancho last night, I woke from a nap compelled to head to the grocery store and stock up my larder, like Key West people do when a hurricane heads their way. I drove to the closest Publix around 8 p.m. and in the parking lot were far more cars than usual for that time of night. The checkouts were backed up. Customers had filled-to-the-brim shopping carts.

When I returned home, I googled “coronavirus in Alabama” and found a recent news article saying there are no cases in Alabama, but that’s expected to change soon.

I read online article an article in The New Yorker eviscerating President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus. Here’s a summary and link to the article.

A President Unequal to the Moment
Coronavirus Trump and the terrible clarity that comes during a crisis. Donald Trump’s default setting during the coronavirus outbreak has been to deny, delay, deflect, and diminish. Crises clarify. The bigger the crisis, the more the clarity, which is why the incompetence, dishonesty, and sheer callousness of the Trump Presidency have been clearer in recent days than ever before. As the coronavirus, as of Wednesday an official pandemic, spreads, the lives of …

Read in The New Yorker:

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