Understand COVID-19 Safety Precautions part 4 Chain Reaction

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One crisis creates another crisis.in this COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. One problem begets another problem when our nation is dealing with uncertain new viruses within a broken system. We all know that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Unfortunately, with so many weak links the US must compensate for this unprecedented chain reaction where a novel virus has taken control of the chain reaction.

We all seem to assume that there will be a hospital with enough doctors and nurses to care for people we care about whenever we need them…think again…the chain is breaking apart.…

 

Our health care system is broken. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link No Non-cents Nanna

 

New Coronavirus starts a bigger chain reaction in the medical system …

The Hospital Crisis of Our Making

… we didn’t want hospitals to get overrun by COVID-19 patients … didn’t want to crowd out everyone else needing care.

…as a deliberate choice.. ended up crowding out many people needing care — even where COVID-19 surges haven’t happened…

Hospitals themselves can become a vector for spread of COVID-19, … people who didn’t need to show up was a reasonable…

But this is a case where the cure may be really worse than the disease — or at least has created its own crisis.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/04/coronavirus-crisis-some-hospitals-overwhelmed-many-underutilized/

 

 

The number of medical care providers needed for each patient in a bed is higher than the number of hospital beds available. No Non-cents Nanna

 

Understanding Hospital Bed Capacities Nationwide amid COVID-19

With confirmed cases of COVID-19 increasing across the United States each day, hospital bed capacities are becoming strained.

  • … estimated 2.2 hospital beds per 1,000 people in 2018
  • … low hospital bed availability in states currently have the largest numbers of COVID-19 cases… New York and Washington.
  • … state and local policymakers have suggested using federal government resources such as military aid.
  • increasing staffing capacity,
  • canceling elective surgeries,
  • and using alternative spaces to increase physical capacity.

https://www.urban.org/policy-centers/health-policy-center/projects/understanding-hospital-bed-capacities-nationwide-amid-covid-19

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The United States had the opportunity for strong intervention to slow the growth rate before our medical systems hit capacity. However, some age groups did not do what they were expected to do to control the spread of this virus. As of July 4, 2020, a number of hospital in various states is at capacity.

There is a model formula the powers that be can use to calculate how many hospital beds will be needed during a health crisis. Click on the link in the quote below.

This model is not perfect – it is ONLY an educated guess to plan ahead. I have already mentioned the “anti-maskers” and those who deny this pandemic is real. From what I have read on Facebook posts of the deniers is that they claim “the US government was lying about the numbers..”

Think this through with me, please,

Experts used a ‘model” to guesstimate how many people could get very sick, based on the information form other countries and history of other pandemics- IF we did NOTHING to try to control the spread. Lock-down and Stay-at-home mitigation DID do what it was supposed to do- slow the spread…until…states reopened and some people went hog wild.

Well, a good portion of Americans follow orders for mitigation. That effort changed the potential results.

Of course, the prediction did NOT happen by a certain date. However, in most recent weeks people have let their guards down with current events such as Black Live Matter rallies and looting riots and crowding into bars a Spring Break… Now the new cases or coronavirus are overwhelming the system.

 

 

 

The No Non-cents Nanna practiced as an RN for many years teaching young children and parents about safety. No Non-cents
Nanna

When preparing for critically ill patients during a community epidemic we talk about the number of “beds”.
The “number of beds” is rather deceiving to the public, If you don’t have adequate staff to care for patients, what is the point of having beds?

Staffing by the numbers
The following data was gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Feb. 3, 2017, jobs report.

Average full-time staff for hospitals by size:

• Hospitals with 6 to 24 beds: 98
• Hospitals with 25 to 49 beds: 169
• Hospitals with 50 to 99 beds: 278
• Hospitals with 100 to 199 beds: 637
• Hospitals with 200 to 299 beds: 1,132
• Hospitals with 300 to 399 beds: 1,693
• Hospitals with 400 to 499 beds: 2,479
• Hospitals with 500 or more beds: 4,911

Early in 2016 there were huge hospital layoffs, but in December hospitals added more than 10,000 jobs.

 

 

The Big Question:

How do scientists predict what can happen in an epidemic?

The main question is: How much time do we have, exactly? We can make this more specific:

At what date does the number of beds needed exceed the number of beds available?

Why Model?

We’ve made a model to answer this question. Before we go into the details of the model, recall the following maxim by famous statistician George E.P. Box:

“All models are wrong, but some are useful.”

USA

Here is the model for USA. The # estimated was based on the # deaths so far, divided by the death rate, as reported above.

Only 6.3% of the estimated number of cases were reported as cases. That is, there is likely a 15x under-reporting compared to the a more realistic estimate of the number of # cases.

The USA is one of the lowest-ranked countries in terms of hospital beds per citizen. This is not helpful to USA’s situation.

Here is the link if you want to try to calculate the # of hospital beds that will needed in the US or any other country. https://medium.com/@trentmc0/when-does-hospital-capacity-get-overwhelmed-in-usa-germany-a06cf2835f89

 

Breaking News

Houston, We have a problem

Some people in some states failed to take community mitigation seriously. some people even had “sleep-overs” with known COVID-19 infected peers.

The horrific consequence is that so many innocent people have been infected with COVID-19 that hospitals in Houston, Texas are getting overwhelmed.

 

Coronavirus on track to overwhelm Houston hospitals in two weeks, mayor says

Hospitals in Houston, Texas are … to be overwhelmed…

“.. number … getting sick and going to the hospitals has exponentially increased. … number in our ICU beds has exponentially increased,” …in about two weeks our hospital system could be in serious, serious trouble.”

… record number of new coronavirus cases.., reporting 8,258 people infected over 24 hours. Nearly 200,000 in the state have tested positive…, including more than 35,000 in Harris County…. At least 2,608 people in the state have died of the disease.

In Houston, the percentage of tests for the virus coming back positive has risen to nearly 25%. … people of color were being disproportionately impacted, particularly Hispanic residents.

“We can always provide additional beds, but we need the people, the nurses and everybody else, the medical professionals, to staff those beds. That’s the critical point right now,” Turner said.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/05/coronavirus-on-track-to-overwhelm-houston-hospitals-in-two-weeks-mayor-says.html?__source=sharebar%7Cfacebook&par=sharebar&fbclid=IwAR3wXHwcbcvswtWKaxMgtBhv2_pXfis0AO7PHzkdy7CONODNtcqeMu0hdpQ

 

 

Slow the Spread

Community Mitigation

Community mitigation … slow the spread of a novel virus in communities … use of nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) … travel and border health measures.

In the absence of medications or vaccines, community mitigation measures … first line of defense against highly transmissible infectious diseases.

– a vaccine against the new pandemic virus – may not yet be available.

Nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) are … response measures people and communities … help slow the spread of respiratory illnesses like influenza.

… “everyday preventive actions” and include staying home when sick; covering coughs and sneezes; frequent handwashing; and routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and objects.

Community-level NPIs … reduce social contacts between people in schools, workplaces, and other community settings (e.g., dismissing schools temporarily, providing telework options, and postponing large gatherings).

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/planning-preparedness/community-mitigation.html

 

How to Protect Yourself & Others – Keep this in mind when you read the short clips on how the meatpacking sick leave broke another link in the health chain.

  • Know how it spreads

  • What everyone should do.
  • Avoid close contact 

  • Social or Physical Distance

Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

 

 

 

July 10, 2020 — Wearing a facial covering not only curbs the spread of the coronavirus but reduces a mask wearer’s risk of catching the virus by 65%, said Dean Blumberg, MD, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital…. masks provide a physical barrier to respiratory droplets that are about one-third the size of a human hair…“People who say ‘I don’t believe masks work’ are ignoring scientific evidence,” Blumberg said. “It’s not a belief system. It’s like saying, ‘I don’t believe in gravity.’“You’re being an irresponsible member of the community if you’re not wearing a mask. It’s like double-dipping in the guacamole. You’re not being nice to others.”… even surgical masks are not airtight enough to create an effective barrier against much smaller aerosol particles… about 1/100th the size of a human hair, …The best defense against aerosol particles is social distancing and interacting with people outdoors.“Studies in laboratory conditions now show the virus stays alive in aerosol form with a half-life on the scale of hours. …persists in the air,” said William Ristenpart, PhD, a professor of chemical engineering at UC Davis. Enclosed places like bars are especially troublesome… “The louder you speak, the more expiatory aerosols you put out.”Blumberg said scientists’ opinions about the effectiveness of masks has evolved since the pandemic began months ago. 

 

For Kids And Teens, The Coronavirus Means No Sleepovers | WUWM

https://www.wuwm.com/post/kids-and-teens-coronavirus-means-no-sleepovers

In order to prevent high numbers of infections,… safer-at-home order  … closed non-essential businesses.

“A sleepover would make it nearly impossible for individuals in your family to stay more than 6 feet away from individuals in another family. And because we know that there’s asymptomatic spread of the virus, we all have to pretend as if we have the virus,”

“The best way to explain that is if I have COVID-19, maybe I don’t know it, I’m likely to infect three people. We know that the R0, or the infectivity rate, is each person who has it is likely to infect three people… those three people, they each infect three more people. … not like you go one to two, two to three, you go one to three, three to nine.”

…pattern of spread, starting with just one person, can result in thousands of people getting the coronavirus.

 

 

Didn’t We Say “NO Sleep-overs”?

 

 

Coronavirus parties! Authorities in the US losing sleep over COVID parties

The concept of the ‘COVID party’ is simple: whoever gets infected first, wins the prize money. For these parties, both COVID positives and uninfected students are invited. Then bets are placed on who contracts the virus first. The student who tests positive for Covid-19 first after the exposure to the virus in the party wins the money made off the ticket sales.

COVID-19 pandemic has failed to deter some college students in Alabama, US, from arranging parties, known as ‘COVID parties’.

After reports of such parties being organised came to light, there was a huge uproar on social media.

…for the past two days, Alabama has reported over 1,000 infections.

Initially, the authority thought it was some rumour. …Tuscaloosa… taking strict actions on such parties. However, authorities are finding it difficult to trace all as many students have out-of-state addresses.

Financial Express

 

This story is heartbreaking…

By Julie Mazziotta

July 07, 2020

The Fort Myers, Florida … a local teen died of complications from the new coronavirus, COVID-19, at the end of June. Carsyn Leigh Davis, 17, had already battled several illnesses in her short life, including cancer and an autoimmune disorder, but it was COVID-19 that led to her death on June 23.

…a newly-released report from the medical examiner…. Davis contracted COVID-19 after attending a 100-person party at First Youth Church, where attendees were not required to social distance, and she did not wear a mask.

… developed COVID-19 symptoms, her parents treated her at home, waiting nearly a week before taking her to a hospital. Her mother, a nurse, and a man identified as her father in the report, a physician assistant, gave Davis azithromycin and hydroxychloroquine… despite warnings from the Food and Drug Administration that it caused virus patients to die more rapidly.

 

 

 

In the early days of this pandemic news, reporters announced that if you are sick to stay home. But, people worried about the loss of income or loss of job if they stayed home when sick.

In the US we saw in the meatpacking facilities workers were afraid to not go to work. YIKES!

 

 

Stay Home When You Are Sick | CDC

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/business/stay-home-when-sick.htm

All employees should stay home if they are sick until at least 24 hours after their fever* (temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher) is gone. The temperature should be measured without the use of fever-reducing medicines (medicines that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).

  • What happens if meat plant workers get sick? | Farm Progress

    https://www.farmprogress.com/business/what-happens…

    “It’s a work environment where sick leave is rare and even bathroom breaks are considered a perk. Tyson Foods Inc., the biggest U.S. meat processor, is still not offering paid sick days, but says it is “eliminating any punitive effect for missing work due to illness.”

     

  • Meat packers hit hard by coronavirus pandemic – Farm and Dairy

    https://www.farmanddairy.com/news/meat-packers-hit…

    The packing industry is being hit hard by COVID-19, with meat processing facilities across the country slowing or suspending production because workers are sick or staying home. JBS’s facility in…

  • Meatpackers and COVID-19: Will the Supply of Meat Take a …

    https://refugeeresettlementwatch.org/2020/03/29/…

    As meatpackers rush to meet demand, their employees are starting to get COVID-19. But some workers say they’re going to work ill because they don’t have paid sick days and can be penalized for staying home. Here’s what has happened in the meatpacking industry in the last week alone:

  • Coronavirus News: US Meat Plants Change Policies For Sick …

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-20/…

    Mar 20, 2020 · It’s a work environment where sick leave is rare and even bathroom breaks are considered a perk. Tyson Foods Inc., the biggest U.S. meat processor, is still not offering paid sick days but says it…

A report May 8 from the CDC late April, about 4,900 workers at 115 packing facilities had been infected with COVID-19. Factors influencing the spread of the virus… include “difficulties with workplace physical distancing and hygiene and crowded living and transportation conditions,” …

The report said the findings are subject to certain limitations, including variations in testing and states reporting, meaning that there are probably other cases in the meatpacking industry that were not included in the count.

 

What about Healthcare workers? Doctors and nurses wear masks. Do they get COVID-19 or not?

Yes, they do. This fact was clarified by Fact C, heck.

 

Fact check: How many meatpackers and health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19?

Adrienne Dunn

USA TODAY May 18, 2020

As of April 9, nearly 9,300 health care workers had been infected with the coronavirus, and as of late April, about 4,900 meatpackers had tested positive for the virus, according to the CDC.

The actual count of coronavirus cases among health care workers is probably much higher, because thecount in the CDC’s report was drawn from only 16% of the country’s casesStates that tracked the coronavirus more closely found that health care workers accounted for about 11% of cases.

 

 

I am also NOT a lawyer. I can read the Consitution of the United States. I can also Google credible articles on the subject of mandatory facemasks and the rights of US citizens. See below a few more things about your rights.

 

 

What is Essential?

 

“Put simply, an essential business is one that provides products or services that people rely on every day or that may be necessary for some during this time period.”

“Let’s go out to eat” may be a phrase from the past. Restaurants have got to curbside pick-up and to-go only. Transitioning to the New Normal will see many changes in our dining habits.

Why were churches, schools, restaurants, gyms, and bars closed?

Only Essential businesses have been allowed to stay open on a state by state basis. Now, In July 2020, businesses were reopening only to have up tics of new cases that are surging in some states.

Bluntly, America, we have to get our collective act together.

I have broken down the scientific process that is known to be effective in slowing the spread of communicable diseases. But, it only works IF 80 to 90% were all on the board, (100% would be ideal but not realistic.)

 

Below is a quote on the New Yorks list of Essential Businesses.

Governor Cuomo Issues Guidance on Essential Services Under …

    1. Essential Health Care Operations, Including: research and laboratory services. hospitals. walk-in …
    2. Essential Infrastructure, Including: utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmission. …
    3. Essential Manufacturing, Including: food processing, manufacturing agents, including all foods and …
    4. Essential Retail, Including: grocery stores including all food and beverage stores. pharmacies. …

 

Since there has not been time, yet, to create a COVID-19 vaccine the only options available are to limit the number of contacts each person or family has close contact within their community by staying at home as much as possible

“No, your friends can’t come over.”

“No, you can’t go to the pool.”.

“No, you can’t go to school, today.”

 

For the most part, Americans are successfully practicing mitigations strategies.

Unfortunately, not everyone’s choice of behavior has stayed within the boundaries that prevent the spread.

After some states re-open ( then had to close, again) it seems that some went hog wild getting out in the crowds as they did pre-pandemic.

“We” have to go back to square one- see below: Community Mitigation Strategies.

Community mitigation strategies. Layering strategies across settings and sectors where people live, work, learn, and gather provides greater safeguards to reduce transmission. These strategies may be strengthened, focused, or relaxed based on local context. Through individual, community, and environmental actions, community mitigation strategies are implemented that:

  • promote behaviors that prevent spread,
  • maintain healthy environments,
  • maintain healthy operations, and
  • prepare for when someone gets sick;

And are designed to produce outcomes that:

  • reduce exposure among individuals,
  • reduce transmission,
  • reduce burden on the health care system and enhance access to testing and contact tracing,
  • with the long-term goals of minimizing COVID-19 morbidity and associated mortality.

Of course, we all prefer to believe that we will not catch this virus.

There is really no reason to live in fear of it.

With that said, there is NO valid reason to NOT take precautions to try to prevent becoming infected.

 

What should restaurants do during the coronavirus pandemic?

https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/…

Mar 12, 2020 · It’s an overwhelming time for restaurant operators, as coronavirus cases spread…. grappling with concerns over the safety of their employees and customers, w… hard-hit areas such as Seattle are closing stores after reporting major drops in sales.

Resources for restaurant operators

The National Restaurant Association has guidelines for coronavirus and what restaurants can do.

The CDC has interim guidance for what employers can do to respond to coronavirus. It also has a checklist for employers to prepare for pandemic influenza planning.

The WHO has guidelines for workplaces to get ready for COVID-19.

 

 

Know the symptoms to look for: help keep your friends and family informed and ready to take appropriate action IF need be. 

Servers in the dining industry will be vulnerable to get this virus.

It is understandably difficult for many to understand is that while you may get the invisible illness and do very well. But, then who ALL have you exposed that is a high risk like your little sister on chemo for cancer, Uncle with an autoimmune disorder, Grandma with a diagnosis of respiratory disease

You may have some peers that you don’t know have diabetes or a congenital cardiac problem. Individuals with pre-existing health issues like asthma have a harder time fighting off the complications of COVID.- Why would you want to be careless around them when the disease could kill them?

These safety precautions are NOT all about you- it is for all of those people around you that you wear a mask and wash your hands.

What IF you are the one responsible for infecting a loved one? Why not just do all the simple things you can to help stop the transmission of this very contagious dies? Read 20 Ways to Keep Your Family Safe During Coronavirus 

 

Let’s say that you are a Millenial, a young adult enrolled in college. (I happen to love the 3 millennials in my family). .

It’s time to party at the bar!

All of your friends at college are meeting up to bar hop near campus – after all, you have been studying for hours and you happen to have the cutest little dress to wear…. ( No non-cents Nanna lives near the University of Iowa campus- I know how U of Iowa students did party- then the bars got shut down again.)

You feel fine, your roommate feels great and there is this one guy…I know…you simply MUST go out to the bars. You have been cooped up for too long…Why are the bars shut down again?

It’s not a good idea to party at the bar like the way “we” did in the Old Normal. It is hard to physically distance when your inhibitions are lacking. Bars do have by the drink delivery.

 

How can we social distance the bar?

It is a fact of life that people need to socialize. Drinking a mug of courage at a bar have a good time talking and laughing with other interesting inebriated people. Thus sharing their Corona respiratory droplets with those nearby…Can someone tell me why were bars reopened and not small classrooms of elementary school children weeks ago?… Screwy question? yes, I know. My question makes more sense than it does to allow adults to run footloose and fancy-free who have spread the virus causing surges in cases in the US…and “they” want to send our precious babies back-to-school?

I am so grateful that there is a high percentage of responsible parents who are screaming, “NO WAY JOSE! My kids will get their education at home as long as we don’t feel our kids are safe to go to school.”

Rant over!

What Is Social Distancing? Here Are 10 Ways To Keep The …

    1. Stay at home as much as possible. Unless you live in Madison Square Garden, you are less likely to …
    2. Don’t get too close to others. Evidence suggests that SARS-CoV2 may be able to travel via …
    3. Eschew activities that involve close interaction. Twister is probably not the best game to play these …
    4. Avoid the crowded areas in a room. As wallflowers will know, all parts of a room are not created …

School’s out for the Spring and Summer…Fall…

The New Normal in the spring of 2020 kids stayed home from school while the parents became the teachers. No Non-cents Nanna

It is now the end of July – oh my! Many parents fear to send their children back-to-shool. Yet, educational experts and psychology state concerns about children’s need to peer interaction and nutrition that they can get at lunch.

Should schools close for coronavirus?

…children are major spreaders of the flu, but it’s unclear if the same is true for the new coronavirus. The World Health Organization’s report on a mission to China found children made up just 2.4% of coronavirus cases.

https://www.livescience.com/should-schools-close-for-coronavirus.html

 

 

It is hot this summer. Why can’t we go to the pool?

The pool or the beach has traditionally been the cool post to hang out for the summer. Unless you have a private beach or a swimming pool in your back yard you won’t be playing around int he water this year with dozens of your classmates.

We have to Flatten the Curve is why.

Say WHAT? It is not the water that is the problem.

It is the lack of physical distancing of 6 feet away from each other. Can Coronavirau Spread in Water?

…and then it gets more complicated- kind of like If You Gave Mouse a Cookie…then who id legally liable?

 ‘Everyone is screwed’: Why some HOAs kept their pools closed despite COVID-19 reopenings

By Tyler Fleming, The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
Reopening a community pool is not as simple as unlocking the gates after Gov. Henry McMaster issued guidance for their reopening.Homeowner associations not just in South Carolina face significant legal and financial threats if they reopen their pools without fully understanding their insurance policies and other risks they may face.
Here’s an example that could play out:A man visits the pool in his homeowners association-governed community after being closed for two months due to the coronavirus. He swims and talks with neighbors, who he hasn’t seen in weeks, at a poolside table….

 

 

 

Note: these links to articles may be out of date again…

 

Social Distancing Outside: 8 Safe Places to Go and Things …

Social Distancing: How Many People is Too Many? | WIRED

The People Ignoring Social Distancing

 

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — School districts across America … decisions over how to resume classes in settings radically altered by the coronavirus pandemic, with school buses running below capacity, virtual learning, outdoor classrooms and quarantine protocols for infected…

… upcoming school year … vary district to district, state to state.
The debates have been highly emotional… tempers flaring… parents and administrators- record numbers of COVID-19 cases….
 …medical experts have expressed concerns for children’s development and mental health.
The American Academy of Pediatrics said it “strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.”

 

Will schools be able to reopen safely? Are kids learning from on-line education? No Non-cents Nanna

 

Check out a more detailed post in the COVID-19 series by No Non-cents Nanna

 

I think priorities are all messed up.

College dorms were cleared out. for the safety of college and university students.

In-person, classes were canceled but, replaced with online college courses for the safety of fo students and professors.

So what was the weak link here?

The collegiate minds crowded bars and beaches without masks nor a care in the world about the unpredictable infectious virus that weeks early had shut off the economy. Yes, I am pointing fingers…but wait…I’ll point my fingers at another group or 2 in other No NOn-cents Nanna COVID-19 related posts.

So now the United States of America is so divided between those who trust science; self-centered immature young adults who don’t give a hoot; and those who are defiant resisters- the anti-maskers. Yes, I am pointing finger at you saying, ” Shame on you.” I very rarely do this the blame and shame. kind of thing. ( No I do not confront people in public.) don’t you realize that your silent spreading the COVID-19 is about to shut the country down the 2nd time? I pray this will not happen.

There are people who legitimately have emotional issues about converting their faces. My heart goes out to you. I hope you find a solution such as a plastic face shield. I found my face shield on AMAZON.com.

So here we are July 30, 2020, some states have completely gone berzerk with COVID-19 are still the hierarchy in your country are pushing to send young children back-to-school risking their lives and their teacher’s lives… multiple links in the educational chain and the economical supply chain with unemployed parents who may lack child-care if they had a job now have emotionally broken apart.

 

As Cases Surge, No Clear Answers on School Reopening

July 10, 2020 — With COVID-19 cases on the rise in more than 30 states, parents …. wondering what the first day of school will look like in just a few weeks.

In late June, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement with guidance, urging localities to reopen bricks-and-mortar schools:

“… AAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school. The importance of in-person learning is well-documented… evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020.”

… children are less likely to spread the virus to adults. “It’s all theoretical,” Cooper says. “We just don’t have the data.

Other countries … reopened schools. Most had strict safety measures in place such as reduced class sizes, social distancing, face masks, and staggered schedules. In places with low rates of community transmission, like Norway and Denmark, reopening didn’t lead to increased cases.

millions of children rely on school meals for their basic nutrition,… moving less. — 20% of child abuse reports come from schools.

 

 

  • Trump urges K-12 schools to reopen; others aren’t so sure …

    https://www.bakersfield.com/ap/news/trump-urges-k…

    Jul 08, 2020 · WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged the nation’s public schools to reopen “quickly and beautifully” and jabbed at districts such as Los Angeles’ that remain uncertain …

  • Trump urges K-12 schools to reopen. Others aren’t so sure …

    https://www.educationviews.org/trump-urges-k-12…

    Jul 08, 2020 · President Trump on Tuesday urged the nation’s public schools to reopen “quickly and beautifully” and jabbed at districts like Los Angeles’ that remain uncertainagain injecting politics into the pandemic response.

     

Below are a mix and match of the early COVID-19 pandemic history of school closures along with some ideas on how to cope.

 

  • Back to school: Working parents will need help from employers

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/07/16/…

    Jul 16, 2020 · Reopening them would provide much-needed child care for parents and other caregivers who need to work, help feed the 30 million U.S. children who rely on low-cost or free school …

  • How Employers Can Help Working Parents During Back-to …

    https://www.shrm.org/…/pages/back-to-school-.aspx

    Many schools end classes between 3 and 4 p.m., which means working parents might need child care for several hours or must head home themselves. School holidays and spring breaks don’t always …

     

  • Congress Just Gave Paid Leave to Working Parents Home With …

    https://www.workingmother.com/coronavirus-relief-package-paid-leave

    Apr 06, 2020 · The Department of Labor issued guidance Wednesday regarding a recent paid leave law Congress passed in efforts to blunt economic fallout from the new coronavirus outbreak. The bill includes free testing for the virus, food assistance for vulnerable populations, paid sick leave, and, notably for working moms, paid leave for working parents with kids who are home because of school or daycare …

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  • What do working parents do when coronavirus closes local …

    https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/what-do…

    Mar 05, 2020 · In a Seattle suburb, the North Shore School District sent a letter notifying parents that schools would be closed for at least 14 days and that schools …

 

 

 

Why did state governors yield to reopening bars but not schools?

 

Our precious children really are safer at home in most cases at this point in time of the global pandemic. Being obsessed with the craziness of opening bars with people not using good judgment – shouldn’t we question why is it that the same people allowed bars to open so superspreaders could silently do their thing are the same “government officials who want to send the kids to school or funds are threatened?

the system was already broken Pre-pandemic – why don’t we repair the broke chains before we push the kiddos onto the school bus?

 

Epidemiologist: Schools need to reopen now. Here’s how to do it safely.

Pressure to keep school buildings closed has been based on fear instead of data from consistent testing

Blythe Adamson Opinion contributor July 10, 2020

Pressure to keep school buildings closed has been based on fear instead of data from consistent testing.

… closing bars and restaurants … slowed the pandemic growth rate, school closures in the United States hardly made a difference. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention never suggested closing them all in the first place. And now the American Academy of Pediatrics says the value of reopening schools far outweighs safety concerns of the virus.

Adult interactions are driving this pandemic. Transmission patterns in the Netherlands and clusters of cases in Japan showed no spreading of virus attributed to people younger than 18.

…Seattle found only 1% COVID-19 prevalence among sick kids during the epidemic peak

Exceptions: school outbreak … superspreader teacher … syndrome among recovered children, are rare.

Remote K-8 learning further exacerbates the inequitable distribution of COVID-19 burden on Black lives… health and economic impact….

National Bureau of Economic Research … poorer people in New York City had to keep using the subway to go to work (essential for society or their livelihood) while wealthier ZIP code residents worked from home or fled the city.

If schools remain remote, economic disparities will increase for people of color and low-incomes families.

 

Additional Information

 

I posted good resources below that made be what you are looking for.

 

PEDIATRICS COVID-19 COLLECTION
Find the latest research and articles related to COVID-19 for free. View the collection | Find AAP resources here.

 

 

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CDC Not Revising School Reopening Guidelines

…communities in trying to open K-through-12s,” CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD, said Thursday on Good Morning America. “It’s not a revision of the guidelines; it’s just to provide additional information to help schools be able to use the guidance we put forward.”

Redfield didn’t provide details when pressed about which parts of the CDC guidelines would have additional information. He said the guidelines were “non-prescriptive” and that local school officials could made their own decisions about how to reopen.

Redfield’s comments further confused the issue of how to safely open schools during the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and appeared to contradict Pence, who on Wednesday said the CDC would change its school reopening guidance.

WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on July 10, 2020

 

How will College Students Social Distance in Classes?

For one thing, researchers will be rooting around in the campus sewers…Say WHAT?

Colleges race to create ‘a new sense of normalcy.’ Will new rules, COVID-19 testing be enough?

That’s the new paradigm at one of America’s roughly 4,300 colleges and universities, where administrators are anxiously pushing to resume classes this fall in the face of an unpredictable pandemic.

An early vaccine could dramatically ease their stress. A resurgence of infections – possibly coupled with a flu outbreak – would do the opposite.

  •  … multiple scenarios for campus life,
  • surveillance results will dictate which one administrators deploy.
  • Researchers will even pull manhole covers to check campus sewage for coronavirus levels.
USA TODAY

 

 

This is the Old Normal. In the New Normal, they are doing it wrong. Social distance 6 feet apart. When you can not be sure to wear a mask. No Non-cents Nanna

 

If Hand sanitizer is 60% alcohol – should the bars stay open?

I’m making a bad joke. The alcohol in hand sanitizer is a different kind of alcohol that you can drink and non-essential. Drinking alcohol won’t kill this virus.

Authorities are closing… bars and other drinking establishments … parts of the U.S. to stem the surge of COVID-19 infections — a move backed by sound science about risk factors that go beyond wearing or not wearing masks.

.. danger of “heavy breathing in close proximity.”

Crowded indoor spaces … people yelling, leaning close to hear one another.. touching the same surfaces… “the opposite of social distancing…Bars are the perfect place to break all those rules.”

The rapid spread of a bar outbreak can swamp public health workers.

Alcohol lowers inhibitions… people forget precautions…

…person buying you a drink could be a silent carrier, shedding contagious virus

“Young people have less severe illness… may be infected and able to infect others inadvertently,”

… college towns across America have seen clusters of cases that have been traced back to bars.

Bars and restaurants near the University of Iowa and Iowa State University closed only weeks after the governor allowed them to reopen.

As of last week, 90% of cases in the county that is home to Kansas State University involved people ages 18 to 24… spent time in a bar and restaurant district

https://www.voanews.com/covid-19-pandemic/closing-bars-stop-coronavirus-spread-backed-science

 

Let’s say that you are a Millenial, a young adult enrolled in college. (I happen to love the 3 millennials in my family). .

It’s time to party at the bar!

All of your friends at college are meeting up to bar hop near campus – after all, you have been studying for hours and you happen to have the cutest little dress to wear…. ( No non-cents Nanna lives near the University of Iowa campus- I know how U of Iowa students did party- then the bars got shut down again.)

 

Don’t Drink Hand Sanitizer!

Who remembers when hand sanitizer was hard to find to buy? If you have hand soap and warm running water- do you need hand sanitizer? Golly gee whiz. When I at home I wash my hand often in the sink.

Read about the history of hand sanitizer shortage.

 

BY ELIZABETH HANES, BSN, RNJUNE 22, 2020
If you’re thinking you can vanquish the coronavirus by throwing back a couple of margaritas every day,. drinking alcohol does not kill germs inside your body. …hand sanitizer products – made mainly of alcohol. … alcohols of all kinds kill germs on surfaces, but alcohol performs differently inside the body…
Chemically”3 types of alcohols: isopropyl, ethyl and methyl. All kill germs by breaking down the cell membrane.. causes the inner components of the cell to dissolve.
Most hand sanitizers contain isopropyl (“rubbing”) or ethyl (ethanol) alcohol…l is the type of alcohol found in drinkable spirits……never, ever drink isopropyl (rubbing alcohol) or methyl alcohol (also called methanol, which is found in fuels, solvents and other products)… consuming these types of alcohol can kill you….daily glass of wine or bottle of beer will not disinfect your insides and could,… damage your gut, liver, and brain if you drink too much. 

 

75 Hand-Sanitizers RECALLED

Too many people were misguided thus drank bleach, allegedly. Adults who “need” a drink may think it is safe to drink hands sanitizer. Do NOT ingest either of the toxic solutions.

4e Brands North America Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Hand Sanitizer Due to Potential Presence of Undeclared Methanol (Wood Alcohol)

Summary

Company Announcement Date:
FDA Publish Date:
Product Type:
Drugs
Reason for Announcement:
Undeclared Methanol
Company Name:
4e Brands North America
Brand Name:
Blumen
Product Description:
Hand Sanitizer

Company Announcement

San Antonio, Texas, 4e Brands North America is voluntarily recalling ten (10) bottle sizes of Hand Sanitizers to the consumer level. The products are being recalled due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol).

Risk Statement: Substantial methanol exposure could result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death.

Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk, young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk for methanol poisoning. To date, 4e Brands North America has not received reports of adverse events related to this recall.

The Hand Sanitizer is in a clear bottle with a blue cap. The product label contains only blue, white, silver, and red coloring. The lot number is four digits and printed on the bottle.

The product was distributed nationwide in the United States through retailers and distributors.

4e Brands North America is notifying its distributors and retailers by recall letter and consumers via this press release. 4e Brands North America is arranging for the return and refund of all recalled products.

Consumers/distributors/retailers that have the product subject to this recall should stop using/distributing/selling Hand Sanitizer and return it to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact 4e Brands North America LLC during business hours: Monday – Friday 08:00 am – 5:00 pm EST at:

Toll Free: 888-843-0254
FAX: 888-214-7430
Email: 4EBrands8797@stericycle.com Event 8797

Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this product.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

  • Complete and submit the report Online
  • Regular Mail or Fax: Download form or call 1- 800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Link to Expanded Release

Link to CDER Release

This partial quote is from FDA is at the following link. Please read the entire article to verify that this information is up to date and still accurate: https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/4e-brands-north-america-issues-nationwide-voluntary-recall-hand-sanitizer-due-potential-presence

 

Another recall of potentially toxic hand sanitizers sold nationwide

The Food and Drug Administration’s list of potentially toxic hand sanitizers continues to grow, with the agency on Friday announcing the recall of four more products sold nationwide at retailers including Walmart and Target.

The recall, by Real Clean Distribuciones of La Loma, Tlalnepantla, Mexico, involves the following sanitizer brands:

  • Born Basic ANTI-BAC HAND SANITIZER
  • Scent Theory KEEP CLEAN Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer
  • Scent Theory KEEP IT CLEAN Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer
  • Lux Eoi Hand Sanitizing Gel to the consumer level

The recall follows earlier FDA warnings to consumers and health care providers regarding a slew of hand sanitizers labeled as containing ethanol, but that had tested positive for methanol. Also known as wood alcohol,

 

 

 

Is the Gym Open or not?

 

You feel fine, your roommate feels great and there is this one guy…I know…you simply MUST go out to the bars. You have been cooped up for too long…Why are the bars shut down again?

It’s not a good idea to party at the bar like the way “we” did in the Old Normal. It is hard to physically distance when your inhibitions are lacking. Bars do have by the drink delivery.

 

 

Do you remember sweating to the oldies and breathing heavily on each other in the Old Normal?

Gyms were closed or open to reduce capacity with new normal cleaning procedures.

If you plan on going to the gym, you will have to accept the New Normal for infection control. GYM TEC wrote this on the website. (see below)

The New Normal For Gyms And Fitness Centers

LIMIT GYM CAPACITY

… guidelines set by many states is the limiting of the overall capacity of any business or facility… 25% to 50% depending on the phase of reopening … avoid overcrowding and allow for social distancing which will help prevent infection.

Allowing for greater social distancing between members… keep them safer … peace of mind.

SIGNING A HEALTH LIABILITY WAIVER

One of the first things that gyms and fitness centers will need to do when they reopen will be to have all of your members and clients sign a health liability waiver…

MASK WEARING AMONG STAFF, NOT MEMBERS?

Gyms and fitness centers may be one of the few places that will have to lessen mask-wearing restrictions for the safety of their members….strenuous physical activity will lead to more labored breathing and restricting oxygen would be dangerous and unhealthy.

 

More COVID-19 series from No Non-cents Nanna

Help for Millennials to Understand COVID-19 Safety Precautions

 

 

 

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