Understand COVID-19 Safety Precautions, Part 6: What’s the Price to Pay For Not Wearing a Mask?

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Who would have thought that a nation could become so divided during the time when we need to work together to conquer an invisible virus, COVID-19, from invading our country and the world in 2020?

What will be the ultimate price, we as Americans have to pay to not only fight a highly contagious novel virus but, “fight” with individuals who will not wear a facemask? We need to get businesses and schools open safely, but, we are not to that safe place, yet.

Why are people arguing about simple safety precautions to slow the spread of this virus? This post has come up with some answers, to get you thinking about how we can find a solution. The longer a portion of US citizens thumb-their- noses at the sound medical protocols of mitigation to slow the spread of this virus the more it will cost in the long run, financially, emotionally, and quality of life.

This is part 6 of a No Non-cents Nanna series titled Help for Millennials to Understand COVID-19 Safety Precautions

 

Please doing everything you can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable. An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. Get the facts. No Non-cents Nanna

 

 

If we cooperate with Public Health Guidelines we can keep COVID-19 controlled. But, if we fail to work together as a community, a city, a state, or as a nation the cost will be insurmountable. At this time some states have needed to issues stay-at-home-orders, again. No place can do business as usual when people are contagious spreading what can be serious illness to some and mild to others.

“Some states have reopened every major sector, though businesses are almost universally under restrictions, such as allowing fewer customers, requiring workers and customers to wear masks, and enforcing social distancing…he changes — and backtracking — reflect the immense pressure on the nation’s governors to respond to a crippled economy … anxious public… epidemiologists warn of a second wave of cases.”

As time goes on in the pandemic of 2020 tally for carelessness, not psychically distancing and not wearing a mask has expeditiously surged out of control. while many individuals and families have some kind of health insurance many who will be hospitalized with COVID-19 will be uninsured. (See below quotes with links to important information about the price Americans will have to pay for not taking precautions seriously to help slow the spread of this contagious disease.

Experts say that we have not even gotten through the first wave of COVID-19

See How All 50 States Are Reopening (and Closing Again) By Jasmine C. LeeSarah MervoshYuriria AvilaBarbara Harvey and 

Coronavirus pandemic: We’re still in the first wave. So what happens in the second?

With new COVID-19 cases surging across the US, experts are concerned that flu season will make matters worse. Here’s what we know right now.

Are we in the first wave of coronavirus infections or the second? And what happens when flu season arrives? For a while it looked like the US was flattening the curve. New cases were slowly trending down as states began reopening their economies. But the trend reversed course in mid-June, resulting in record numbers of new infections, well outpacing the virus’ spread at the beginning of the pandemic.

Experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, say no, we’re still “knee deep” in the first wave because confirmed case numbers didn’t drop enough for a long enough period of time to squash the initial outbreak. Instead, cases dipped before rising higher than they had been before.

 

  • There is no herd immunity, yet. There is no vaccine, yet, for COVID-19. or SARS-CoV-2. Without ideal tools to stop people from getting sick, there will be continued unemployment, increased homelessness, and an increase in depression and suicides. It has been documented that drug abuse and crime will also rise during the pandemic
  • Epidemiologists have not had enough time to know everything there is to know about COVID-19. Their theories have changed. We do have tired and true information form the history of viral pandemics as well as proven to be successful methods with immunizations, hand washing, and mask-wearing. yet, with proven results, we are bucking loosely organized resistance.
  • “They” are working on a COVID-19.vaccine.it is my understanding that “they” are cutting corners to speed up the process. this means that they may be skipping the trial on animals. While I support immunizations, I am not ready to jump up and down for joy with news on a COVID-19. When the time comes, I will discuss it with my own personal physician. That is my suggestion to you as well.

Given that everyone on Earth will be suspectable; to this novel virus, we must realize that people without immunity will all be affected whether they get sick or not.

 

Is Herd Immunity Our Best Weapon Against COVID-19?

In the long run, it could protect us from future COVID-19 outbreaks. To get there, we need an effective vaccine.

By Jillian MockMay 4, 2020 2:09 PM
We don’t yet fully understand how SARS-CoV-2 spreads from person to person.
…very few viruses have human “carriers,” who transmit the virus for months or years with or without symptoms, Dudley says.
More often, an infected person has a short window where they could pass the disease to another individual, ranging from a few days to a few weeks. With SARS-CoV-2, an unknown number of cases is spreading via infected individuals who show little to no symptoms of the virus — just another reason to practice social distancing while waiting for a vaccine to be available.
As the name suggests, herd immunity looks at protection from a particular disease at the population level. The more people who are immune, the fewer people a virus can jump to, and the fewer it can infect.

In regards to those nearly eradicated diseases, a lapse in immunizations could potentially allow some of these to raise their ugly heads thus giving more cause for alarm with multiple epidemics on top of this novel coronavirus. We can use the past to learn from it.

Check out the current vaccine schedules CDC recommendations for immunizations.

I don’t know how it will affect your family. It is something that each family must sit down with a pen and paper to crunch some numbers if the worst-case scenario should happen. If the worst does not happen, well, then you have something more to be grateful for.

What concerns me is that not all children recover well from these communicable diseases. That is a high price to pay when the disease could be prevented. Who would want to go back in time when “childhood diseases were part of the normal circle of life? I don’t.

Over 400 vaccines and treatments are under study as researchers rush to produce effective medicines for the disease, according to reports.

While health organizations say no medicines are yet available to prevent or cure the coronavirus, some home remedies may alleviate mild symptoms. Patients with more serious symptoms such as trouble breathing, chest pain, or bluish lips or face should seek emergency medical care. The most effective ways to protect yourself and others are to:

  • Clean your hands frequently and thoroughly
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose
  • Cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue
  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others

Wearing a mask or face covering is no substitute for these effective measures.

 

There is an excellent reason for schools requiring children to be immunized. I know the anti-vaccines and Jenny MacCarthy disagrees.

(Read below about the FAKE claim that went viral about school requiring a COVID vaccine with a chip in it.)

In the absence of a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 we must use a scientifically proven old fashioned method of mitigations to slow the spread. Yes, I know the experts have not been clear and they have changed their minds. ( see other posts).Part of the mitigation process is to wear masks when you can not physically distance 6 feet or more as we limit social contacts. Some people simply do not want to do that. 

But, not all Americans agree. ( Anti-vaxxers, in particular, are wreaking havoc with their anti-maks mobbing. See below.)

Compare the small cost of preventing ‘childhood diseases’ to lost time in school or work from illness and or a disability caused by a preventable disease. If your children get measles, mumps, or rubella, you may or may not get them as well if you have no immunity. Granted this post is about COVID-19, but, I hope you take a moment to consider that we have the ability to prevent many contagious infections that used to wipe out entire communities by engaging in infection-control practices even if we error on the side of caution. We must learn from past epidemics.

Many children are getting behind on their scheduled immunizations do to all the shut-downs during March, April, and May 2020. Call your doctor’s office to get those important shots up to date, again. Who wants an outbreak of MMR in the midst of a global pandemic? I don’t.

(See below for the amount of time you will be quarantined if you get any of those now preventable diseases.)

 It never hurts to have plan A and plan B for the unexpected. Sure, trust in God, but lock your doors.

 

Let’s look at the basics.

I think it may be hard for young parents to grasp the seriousness of “infectious diseases”

. I was born in 1950, and pretty much got most of those infections during grade school years. Whenever I get a fever, which is rare, I will have nightmares form the times I had high fevers when I was young. It was not pleasant. Those diseases were miserable more than you can imagine.

As yet, in August 2020 vaccines are being tested on human volunteers. But we don’t have one yet. While we are focusing on this novel coronavirus we can not forget the highly contagious airborne measles is showing it’s ugly viral face, again. With so many anti-Vaxxers and children now behind on immunizations, it is possible to have measles to content with as well ( Murphy’s Law). Individuals who have not immunity or not enough immunity could spare contracting measles by wearing a mask for COVID, too.

Why Should Someone Get Immunized?

Immunizations and Vaccines: Benefits, Risks, Effectiveness

easier and more cost-effective to prevent a disease than to treat it.

Immunizations protect us from serious diseases and also prevent the spread of those diseases to others.

… thwarted epidemics of once common infectious diseases such as measlesmumps, and whooping cough. And … near eradication polio and smallpox.

https://www.webmd.com/children/vaccines/immunizations-vaccines-power-of-preparation#1

 

So, your friend is still complaining about Lock-down and stay-at-home order in 2020. And how about the inconvenience of stores closing or not being able to go to work so you have money to pay your bills? What do you say?

And, for lands; sake many people are adamant about wearing a mask… Without a vaccine, mitigation procedures including wearing a mask when you cannot physically distance is rather simple to do. No needle involved, either.,.

Check out how long you or your children would be quarantined is if you had gotten one of those horrible diseases that have either been eradicated or controlled by immunizations. (right below)

How long do you want to be quarantined with any of these diseases below? And, people are comparing COVID -20 to influenza. Or they are complaining about getting “flu shots every year and still getting influenza.

I believe we have a lot to be grateful for.

 

  • Life Before Vaccines: Growing Up in the 1930s | Berkeley …

    https://www.berkeleywellness.com/healthy-community/…

    “In 1963, I gave my children an oral vaccine developed by Albert Sabin in a sugar cube and was grateful that I did not need to fear this dreadful disease. In 1965 there were only 61 cases in the U.S. By 1994, polio was declared eliminated from the Americas. In 2002, it was eliminated from Europe.”

    These are guidelines for how long diseases are contagious and possibly how long quarantines were needed:

    • Poliomyelitis: 40 days
    • Diphtheria: Onset of sore throat for up to 4 weeks
    • Measles: 4 days before rash until 4 days after rash appears
    • Rubella (German measles): 7 days before rash until 5 days after rash appears
    • Chicken pox: 2 days before rash until all sores have crusts (6–7 days)
    • Scarlet fever: 21 days from the onset of the disease (in the absence of complications, 15 days)
    • Mumps: 5 days before swelling until swelling gone (7 days)
    • Whooping cough (pertussis): Onset of runny nose until 21 days after symptoms.
    • Typhus: 12 days after the fall of temperature

    We no longer fear epidemics and deaths from these childhood dangers because vaccination prevents them and we have antibiotics to treat them.

    Because so many people are vaccinated, these diseases are no longer commonplace. Although not all children are vaccinated, these diseases are under control.

    Epidemiologists call this the “herd effect“—protection from infectious diseases that happens when most of a population is immune and thereby protects those who are not immune

     

Novel COVID-19 is the most recently identified of 7 family members of the Coronavirus. This new virus does not have a history of existing before late 2019. It has its own unique stealthy ways of spreading and causing damage to the body. At this time in the history of COVID-19 all we have to guesstimate with is past epidemics. Let’s take a quick look at what life was like before vaccines. I personally was on the cusp of immunizations as I was born in 1950.

 

In 2020 we hear people are making insensitive and erroneous statements like, “This pandemic is a hoax. Old people on their last legs are dying and it ONLY 1%.”

The pandemic is not over yet, It has only just begun. The age group of people getting more seriously ill is changing for very specific reasons.

Since we are still in this pandemic thinking about mortality rates I thought the quote below on Infant mortality historically might point on something of value. how can you put a price on the death of a child? You can not do it.

At this time younger people typically are not suffering as severely as older adults with comorbidities. Keep in mind that over the few months doctors have only had trial and error to treat symptoms. They have a better handle on treatment that they di when the pandemic began.

 

  • “One reason why we do not see progress is that we are unaware of how bad the past was.”
  • If you like you can click on the title link right below then select a topic you want to takes look at.
  • I am not suggesting that infant mortality will raise. I was to stress the impact that communicable disease had on families in history prior to when I was born. My parents, grandparents, and all my ancestors would have loved to see this day. (Your ancestors as well.)

Child and Infant Mortality – Our World in Data

https://ourworldindata.org/child-mortality
  • One reason why we do not see progress is that we are unaware of how bad the past was.
  • In 1800 the health conditions of our ancestors were such that 43% of the world’s newborns died before their 5th birthday. These estimates are shown in the visualisation below.In 1960 child mortality was still 18.5%.
  • Almost every 5th child born in that year died in childhood.Over the last decades we have seen a very rapid decline of child mortality globally. In 2015 child mortality was down to 4.3% – 10-fold l…

See more on ourworldindata.org

 

There is no vaccine, yet for COVID-19. Are your child’s other immunizations up to date? No Non-cents Nanna

Not everyone agrees on vaccines or facemasks

Note: I have copied and pasted partial quotes from an article titled:

From anti-vax to anti-mask: School districts brace for parent resistance.

Keep in mind there is no herd immunity nor is there a vaccine for COVID-19. (For anyone who is freaking out of the rumor that a vaccine will install a chip into you- there is no vaccine, yet.)

From Anti-Vax to Anti-Mask: School Districts Brace for Parent Resistance (McKenzie Mays, Politico)
California’s anti-vaccine movement has a new target: masks. The same parents who loudly opposed school vaccine requirements in Sacramento last year are turning their attention to mask recommendations that districts are considering as they figure out how to send kids back to the classroom in the middle of a pandemic.

The anti-vaccine movement has seized on mask orders and stay-at-home restrictions as similar infringements on their bodily autonomy and constitutional rights. Those arguments could complicate matters when school returns in the fall, as activists become a vocal force in opposing new mandates on student facial coverings and other preventative efforts.

 

In my opinion, the false narratives of the Anti movement is costing everyone valuable time and money.

“A Fake Pandemic”: Anti-Vaxxers Are Spreading Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

Facebook is full of COVID-19 misinformation from groups that oppose mandatory vaccines.

… Facebook groups that oppose mandatory vaccination have turned their attention to the coronavirus. Their feeds are full of posts that downplay the risks of the COVID-19, promote discredited conspiracy theories, and criticize efforts to control the spread of the virus. Here are a few of the ideas they’ve been spreading:

Criticizing social-distancing campaigns and warning of “police state” tactics.

out-there conspiracy theoryMortality Rate for Covid-19 May Be Closer to Influenza

I do not endorse the anti-vaccine agenda that seems to have aligned with the anti-mask movement. Yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I hope that your opinion is informed with facts rather than just theoretical opinions. This group has been very active in spreading confusion and false information.

While I am pro-vaccinations I can not say for certain that any immunization has or has not caused any harm. What I do know is that I don’t wish any contagious disease on my worst enemy, if I have any enemies. I believe vaccines have done far more good than harm.

To dispute the anti-vaxxers claim on immunizations I am including this link below to verify information on vaccine safety.

 

HEALTH

Understanding Anti Vaxxers And Their Opposition to Vaccines

Scientists are certain vaccines work, yet the anti-vaxxer movement keeps growing.

… highly contagious measles virus was declared to be eliminated in 2000, due to an innovative vaccine program. Fifty years before that, more than 85,000 people were infected, according to …

,,, it’s making a comeback.

45,000 children in Texas opting out of their school vaccinations … bracing for an outbreak.

Why are parents knowingly withholding their children from vaccination?

… part of what’s called the “anti-vaxxer” movement. .. believe there’s a connection between vaccination and autism, as well as other brain disorders, despite there being no scientific evidence supporting that theory.

In 2013, there were nearly 4,000 pertussis … whooping cough… largest outbreak of the “100 day cough” since 1959.

… 12% increase of parental vaccine refusal compared to 2006… survey published in the journal Pediatrics.

Is there a correlation? YES

… National Institutes of Health found

… public officials far more concerned — measles. Left alone, measles can lead to brain damage and death. And like the whooping cough, it’s also on the rise.

Read More: Study: Vaccines Have Prevented 450,000 Deaths in US Since 1963

CDC estimates that more than 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths among children born in the last 20 years will be prevented because of vaccinations.

… estimated 1.4 million children under 5 worldwide still die each year due to lack of access to vaccines.

But as the “anti-vaxxer” movement appears on the national stage and documentaries like Vaxxed gain support … the risks it poses to the health of the country are no longer hypothetical.

“The reduced number of children being vaccinated in the U.S. isn’t just a problem for those children,” said Author S. Jay Olshansky… “It’s a problem for the country because it lowers herd immunity.”

Who Are Anti-Vaxxers?

“Anti-vaxxers” are parents around the nation who believe that vaccinations are a “human rights violation.”

Across the US, less than 2% of children entering kindergarten were allowed to forgo vaccinations in 2014. But that number could be rising as parents push for broader opt-out measures. A 2013 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that 87% of pediatricians were asked by at least one parent in their practice to adjust their child’s immunization schedule.

Read More: Vaccines Are So Clearly Effective, Even Congress Agrees They Are Safe

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-anti-vaxxer/

Get the facts on vaccine safety

Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent diseases, according to the World Health Organization and the CDC. Check their resources to learn about immunization.

How the Opposition Sway the Innocents

The longer we fiddle around with confusion the longer it will take to get this novel virus under control. Even doctors and nurses are falling for their messages that the Pandemic of 2020 is a hoax. In the snippet quote below you can click on the links to read how the anti-vaxxers have been appealing to emotions.

I have read where the followers have told people they are ‘washing their hands too much, – you will lose your natural immunity.” this is not true. With that said, it IS a healthy thing, in general, to let the kids get rough and tumble dirty. Just wah you hands when you come inside or before you eat.

Varied, emotive messages

  • Pro-vaccine groups have a simple message — vaccines work and save lives.
  • Anti-vaccine … from sowing worries about children’s health … advocating alternative medicines and linking immunizations to conspiracy theories.
  • … anti-vaccination messages are spread … more Facebook clusters than are those from the larger pro-vaccine groups.
  • …insurgency networks in conflict zones, where insurgents could often embed themselves deeply into existing social networks.

Anti-vaccine campaigners tend to win converts with personalized, emotive messages… built not necessarily on fear (“Vaccines will kill you.”), but on appeals to the heart (“Do you love your children?”).

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01423-4

It looks like the Anti-vaccine people have joined the anti-maskers.

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Anti-vaccination movement – RationalWiki

The anti-vaccination movement is a loosely-organized conspiracy-theorist subculture … blames the medical practice of vaccination for a wide range of health problems …, ironically, been directly responsible for the return of health disasters by reinvigorating diseases that had almost been eradicated by said vaccines.

Anti-vaccination.. argument vaccines are deadly poisons ..” to anyone but a shill). … anti-vaccination movement fails to gain traction outside of social media. .. argue some kind of cover-up must be taking place (particularly in the CDC), .. vaccines serve an agenda completely different from disease prevention,[2] or that the anti-vaccination “whistleblowers” are being kept down by some sort of shadowy power. …, makes perfect sense.

Scaremongering opposition to vaccines is antiquated rather than novel…

 

No Non-cents Nanna opposes the kind of tactics used to try to manipulate concerts to believe in their conspiracy theories.

 

 

From anti-vax to anti-mask: School districts brace for parent resistance

By MACKENZIE MAYS 07/02/2020 08:01 AM EDT

.. anti-vaccine movement has seized on mask orders and stay-at-home restrictions as similar infringements on their bodily autonomy and constitutional rights.

… when school returns in the fall.. activists become a vocal force in opposing new mandates on student facial coverings …

“Anti-vaxxers are morphing into the anti-anything movement. … “I don’t know what authority schools will have.”

… A Voice for Choice, a California organization opposes childhood vaccine requirements, parents are against mask rules in school because of potential for detrimental social-emotional and educational impacts, like an “ingrained fear of contagion” … inability to socialize.”

Anti-vaccine activists joined conservatives and small business owners in protests over stay-at-home orders designed to curb the spread of the virus. … involved inc harassment of public health officials whose job is to enforce those orders.

https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2020/07/02/from-anti-vax-to-anti-mask-school-districts-brace-for-parent-resistance-1295968

In my humble opinion and experience, I think these parents have more of an issue with using a sound and rational knowledge that the children will experience by wearing a mask to protect others.

( My parents were among the fore-runners in the 1950s I was not allowed to be vaccinated at school. I was embarrassed, to say the least, with my parent’s attitude. When I went into nurses training I quickly learned that my parents often did not fully understand anatomy & physiology nor chemistry and microbiology. Their sources had them duped with not close, but, no cigar knowledge that was dangerous.)

Parents are not mind-readers of how their children feel about their parent’s extreme behavior and choices. I believe the anti-vaxxers could really find something better to raise a stink about instead of embarrassing their children. It is one thing, to stand up for what you believe is right if these people actually had something besides cognitive distortions and emotions to run on. But, it is another thing to bully others with no legitimate information.

 

The anti-vaccine and anti-lockdown movements are converging, refusing to be ‘enslaved’

… some anti-vaccine groups are joining with anti-lockdown demonstrators to challenge restrictions aimed at protecting public health.

Vaccine critics suffered serious setbacks in the last year, as states strengthened immunization lawsmeasles outbreaks sparked by vaccine refusers… anti-vaccine activists threw blood on state senators, assaulted the vaccine bill’s sponsor and shut down the Legislature.

… many of these same vaccine critics are joining a fight against stay-at-home orders and business shutdowns intended to stem the spread of the coronavirus…

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-04-24/anti-vaccine-activists-latch-onto-coronavirus-to-bolster-their-movement

The United States needs to be united with a firm consistency.

Actively participating in mitigations efforts, I believe will save us all time, money, and headaches in the long run. Of course, I found an article with a clickable link to support my belief and it tells how much in dollars it would save each American. Economics is not my expertise, but, that seems like more than a drop in the bucket to me.

Do any of us want to be put on Lock-down again? I don’t think so- we would not have to if everyone did their part. Some states like Texas reopened too soon. In many states, younger people crowded in bars and beaches without a care and no masks. The number of positive cases has surged dramatically. Click on the link below to view the sats on your state.

 

Map of COVID-19 case trends, reopening status and mobility

Last update: July 14, 2020

Across the United States, governors are rolling out a patchwork of constantly evolving plans to relax social distancing restrictions.

At the height of restrictions in late March and early April, more than 310 million Americans were under directives ranging from “shelter in place” to “stay at home.”

The orders varied by state, county and even city. Health officials warn that easing restrictions too soon could bring new outbreaks, but many states have forged ahead.

See graph fro your state:

Trends in new cases Are new infections on the rise?

  • New cases are growing
  • New cases are shrinking
  • New cases are steady

 

 

Wearing a mask doesn’t just save lives, it can also help people save money.

If the United States were to mandate that all Americans wear masks, it would save the country from deleterious economic lockdowns that would reduce the gross domestic product by 5%, or about $1 trillion, according to an analysis by Goldman Sachs.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/face-mask-wearing-save-money/

… sharp decrease in GDP … equals higher prices for fewer goods and services… fewer jobs, economists note.

Assuming universal mask wearing prevents a 5% loss to GDP, the habit would lead to roughly $3,000 in savings per person in the U.S.

“… impact of not wearing a mask on the economy… potentially devastating impact on individuals and families,”…advocating for widespread mask use as chief management officer of School Mask Pack, which sells non-medical mask kits for families.

if you contract coronavirus and are uninsured, you could face thousands of dollars in medical bills.

…who are insured… deductibles could be responsible for high treatment costs.

A COVID-19 hospital … $20,000, at least $1,300 in out-of-pocket costs, according to a Kaiser analysis.

 

The economic argument for masking up… public health benefits of mask wearing are… well-documented. A variety of cloth face coverings help … by blocking the wearer’s respiratory droplets… if the individual is infected, can spread the virus through coughs, sneezes… speech.

… those naysayers …not… persuaded by the public health benefits of wearing a mask — like in Texas, where a growing number of sheriffs refuse to follow Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order requiring masks in public — might want to consider the economic argument for masking up, Foster said

Widespread mask wearing has been linked to lower coronavirus transmission rates in communities… allows them to more quickly reopen their economies.

…covering one’s face reduces the need for broad lockdowns that would otherwise subtract that 5% from GDP that Goldman Sachs identified.

“If we can normalize mask wearing, that’s the fastest way to get kids back in school, parents working, people buying stuff and getting the economy chugging,” Foster said.

 

Can we agree that we need to open what businesses and schools that we safely can? In order to do that we need to wear masks in addition to hand washing, and psychical distancing etc. But a chain in only as strong as it’s the weakest link.

 

 

There is NO Herd Immunity for COVID-19 at this time

..that will cost lives…or quality of life…

When this pandemic started int he the US I heard people throwing around the term”herd immunity”. the ani-vac people count on “Herd Immunity” for their own children to not contract those contagious diseases which the vaccines have nearly irradiated.

Herd Immunity is wonderful if you can get it. It is too early to think that there will be enough protection in your community or the community across the river to protect you.

Sweden used a model for this pandemic of 2020,. I liked the sound of the plan. But, they failed as did Italy and the US in getting the protective equipment to the elderly in nursing homes. How did it turn out? (See below.)

… governments around the world decide how quickly to ease lockdown measures during the coronavirus disease pandemic, …whether they have reached herd immunity … important to prevent further waves of infection.

 

The cost of not having herd immunity is the loss of gainful employment.

Loss of employment, even tho many have gotten unemployment check, they have lost their insurance benefits through their employer as well. Now you can’t afford to pay the rent, pay the internet bill so your kids can home-school online…see those dominoes fall…one…by…one…?

When enough people in a given population become immune to an infection — known as herd immunity — it breaks the chain of transmission. The outbreak comes to an end, even in the absence of preventive measures.

relaxing preventive measures before a population reaches herd immunity may lead to a second wave of infection.

… classical model that epidemiologists use to predict herd immunity estimate … COVID-19 is around 60% of the population.

…the model assumes that a population gains immunity due to a vaccination program, rather than as a result of infection during an outbreak.

… herd immunity level is lower when immunity is caused by disease spreading than when immunity comes from vaccination,” he continues.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/covid-19-achieving-herd-immunity-may-occur-sooner-than-previously-thought

 

Three Key Questions

  1. What percentage of people have antibodies?
  2. What percentage of the population are still carriers?
  3. Do we track people known to have contact with carriers and if so how?

https://www.thestreet.com/mishtalk/economics/covid-19-deaths-in-context-and-the-absurdity-of-flu-comparisons

 

Efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus … are dependent on people who may have been exposed to the virus or who are sick getting tested and seeking medical treatment. However, the uninsured are likely to face significant barriers to testing for COVID-19 and any care they may need should they contract the virus.

In 2018, there were nearly 28 million nonelderly people in the US who lacked health insurance.

States that have not expanded Medicaid under the ACA generally have higher uninsured rates than states that did.

Adults, low-income individuals and people of color are at greater risk of being uninsured. Most uninsured lack coverage because of high cost or because of a recent change in their situation that led to a loss of coverage, such as a loss of a job.

…most uninsured …full time worker (72%) or part-time worker (11%) … many people do not have access to coverage through a job,… some people, particularly poor adults in states that did not expand Medicaid, remain ineligible for financial assistance for coverage.

Many uninsured adults work in jobs that may increase their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Click HERE to read th full article. https://www.kff.org/coronavirus-covid-19/fact-sheet/what-issues-will-uninsured-people-face-with-testing-and-treatment-for-covid-19/

 

 

What Issues Will Uninsured People Face with Testing and Treatment for COVID-19?

Many uninsured adults work in jobs that may increase their risk of exposure to COVID-19

…top ten occupations … uninsured… service-oriented… drivers, cashiers, restaurant servers and cooks, and retail sales that cannot be performed through telework and bring the uninsured into regular contact with the public …nearly six million adults who are at higher risk of getting a serious illness if they become infected with coronavirus are uninsured.

.. risk of not getting paid or possibly losing their position if they do not show up for work, uninsured workers who are not provided sick leave may be reluctant to take time off… health at risk … undermine efforts to control the spread of coronavirus.

 

Many high-risk workers are stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Barriers to COVID-19 Testing and Treatment

…uninsured … face unique barriers accessing COVID-19 testing and treatment services.

….half of the uninsured do not have a usual place to go… medical care…

…one in five uninsured adults in 2018 went without needed medical care due to cost …

. Studies repeatedly demonstrate that uninsured people are less likely than those with insurance to receive services for major health conditions and chronic diseases.

…. uninsured may not know where to go to get tested…if think have been exposed … may forego testing or care out of fear… pay out-of-pocket for the test.

… Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act requires hospitals to screen and stabilize patients with emergent conditions… not required to provide the care at no cost for patients who cannot pay… not required to provide treatment for non-emergent conditions.

…uninsured individuals … less likely to use the emergency department … high costs of ED care may dissuade those without coverage from seeking care…

 

don’t we all wish that we had reached the 60% level to have herd immunity?

Below is the formula to compute Herd Immunity-not so simple is it?

Understand this: herd immunity will not happen for some time.

There is a simple formula to compute the proportion (p) of the population that needs to be infected to achieve herd immunity, and that formula is p = 1 – 1/R0. So, if R0 = 2, the p = 1 – ½ = ½.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/hershshefrin/2020/04/18/what-makes-the-covid-19-mortality-forecasts-upon-which-the-white-house-relies-seem-so-low/#3b95f9442f70

 

 

If there is no herd immunity, no vaccine what happens? People get infected- they can not work- they can’t buy food or pay for housing.

So why not just keep everyone at home until the virus dies out on its own? We can’t do that. There is a high price to pay for emotional and mental health.

Every state in the United States must find a way to encoruage 80% of more of theri populations to conssitently practice social/ physcial distaninting, hand washing alogn with mask -wearing.In my humble opinion, the “slackers’ as the mask defieqant folks of 1918 were called, would get their sh*t together enough to do some critical thinking this ocutnry woudl not be going down the tubes. It is not morally or ethically right to deliberately defy Public Health recommedations then inadvertantly expose the more vulnerable to this infections bug.

Stop being so self-centered. It ‘ not all about you and your feelings. Figure out way to deal with your mask-aversion instead of making a stink. (No Non-cents Nanna is hot under the collar here having lost patience with the non-compliant making excsues.Have you seen the numbers of hospitals that are overfloowing? All of the health care workers are risking theri lives and their families lives to care for critically ill patients in isolation. What aobut htem?

I know a national nurse recruiter who is interviewing and hiring nurses to go work in COVID untis in other states. The nurses want more Hazard Pay. I was told that some nurses say that they can get more money by collecting unemployment, so they turn down the job offer. OOPS!. (The extra $600 a week has now ended.)

 

The impact of layoffs goes ­beyond suicide, drug overdosing and drinking…

…the death rate for an unemployed person is 63 percent higher than for someone with a job…

Now do the math:

Layoff-related deaths could far outnumber the 60,400 coronavirus deaths …. comparison isn’t meant to understate the horror of the coronavirus for those who get it and their families.

… to close all “nonessential businessesneed to be reassessed in light of the predictable harm to the lives, livelihoods and health of the uninfected….

What happens when non-essential businesses open too soon?

 

Does it really matter if I don’t wear a mask or I don’t social distance?

Yes, it does matter. Chose a link to click on and read about the surge in hospitalizations for new COVID-19 patients by mid-July 2020

 

To error on the sie of caution tho,’ it currently looks like contacting the virus from surfaces may be fairly low- let’s not risk touching everything in the grocery store or on the keypad for contactless payments. Some stores are now going to cashless payments or not giving change. The amount due pay is rounded up and donated.

 

The Face Mask Debate Reveals a Scientific Double Standard

https://www.wired.com/story/the-face-mask-debate-reveals-a-scientific-double-standard/

No one complained about the lack of evidence for 20-second hand-washing. So why did we treat face masks differently?

So what was the source of this double standard regarding face masks—and why was it finally dropped?

… we have consistently underestimated this virus… overestimating our own ability to deal with it. Miao Hua, an anthropologist and medical resident at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, was shocked by the difference in attitudes toward infection control in the US compared to Wuhan.

In China, she wrote a few weeks ago, the spread inside hospitals quickly squelched the idea that routine containment strategies would be enough to stop this new coronavirus. …“the American medical community’s failure to register the historical uniqueness of Covid-19”.

The CDC’s recent policy change in support of masks suggests this long-overdue … the change to accumulating evidence that people can be contagious and asymptomatic… virus may be spread by talking, coughing, sneezing, and contacting contaminated surfaces.

How Long Does the Coronavirus Live on Surfaces? 

Plus: What it means to “flatten the curve,” and everything else you need to know about the coronavirus.

I think the reluctance to promote mask use by the general public, as well as the application of a double standard for supporting evidence, was also driven by concerns that people would be unable to use masks without contaminating themselves.

Or that masks would provide a false sense of security, leading them to slacken off social distancing or other measures. Effective communication is key here, though, just as it has been for thorough handwashing technique. Stella Quah, a sociologist at the University of Singapore, studied the social aspects of the SARS epidemic in

 

 

 

False Sense of Security

In February 2020 the news was reporting that 80% of COVID-19 positive cases were mild. That statistic promoted a false sense of security. That fact is erroneously is stuck in too many young adults’ heads. I have heard too many do math in their heads assuming that they will be in the 80% group. But, they fail to recognize is that they can expose others who fall into the group of 1% or less who will die from complications of the new virus.

This pandemic is NOT all about you! And IF you are positive even tho’ you may feel “alright”, you can NOT go to work or college until you are cleared. How will you pay the rent or buy food?

The nasty arguments have gotten out of hand. If you catch a few Tic-tic stunts or crazy viral videos you know what I am talking about. Those videos are not hard to find.

But, what price will “COVID-iots” end up paying for there 10 minutes of fame? While they may be collecting unemployment, will a prospective employer want to hire them to work when jobs come back in the New Normal?

And, with all the video evidence I would think that some people will be getting fined or jailed for their antics. Was it worth it?

it seems the STATS have influenced people’s opinions into believing COVID will be all-or-none.

Yes, it is tragic that so many people have died before their time because no one was prepared to treat the disease. I believe we must be grateful for those whose lives were sacrificed in order for us to learn more about how to prevent and treat. I am sorry for these people’s families’ loss.

Unfortunately, the American public has not been adequately informed of the long term effects. I will dress that devastating issue a bit farther down. ( There is a lot to cover about the cost of COVID-19)

 

Urban Dictionary: Covidiot

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Covidiot

“Relating to the 2020 Covid-19 virus: Someone who ignores the warnings regarding public health or safety. A person who hoards goods, denying them from their neighbors.”

 

Coronavirus: 81% of cases are ‘mild,’ study says

A new paper by the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) finds that the majority of coronavirus cases are mild, with older adults and people who have other conditions being most at risk.

 

A popular American variant of (denial) is seen in young people who tell me, “I’ve got nothing to worry about,” because COVID-19 is “just bad for old people.”

… point out studies that though kids younger than 15 do experience less mortality, past that tender age COVID-19 pushes the death rate curves appreciably to the right for every group.

Recent reports in The Economist say COVID-19 deaths take off an average of 11 years of life. Plus little kids are showing up with a new version of Kawasaki Disease where their arteries are immunologically attacked with awful results.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-power-rest/202005/covid-19-and-the-pleasures-denial

 

 

…then there were COVID parties…

Looks to me that these COVID-iots proved to their friends that COVID-19 virus is real. it cost at least one 30-yer-old his life.

I wonder who will pay up the hospital bills? Even charity hospitals have bills to pay and can not absorb that much loss.

Who will pay for this man’s burial? Did he have dependants?

Patient dies after catching coronavirus at ‘COVID party’ in Texas

“Just before the patient died, they looked at their nurse and said ‘I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not.'”

 

Vigilance Had a Three-Month Shelf Life

 

I’m sure the surging number has changed by the time I edit and publish this collection. I will update periodically.

The country is now reporting nearly 40,000 new coronavirus cases every day — almost double from about 22,800 in mid-May — driven largely by outbreaks in a number of states across the South and West. Fauci said about 50% of all new cases are coming from four states: Florida, California, Texas and Arizona.

“I can’t make an accurate prediction but it’s going to be very disturbing,” Fauci told senators in a hearing held by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

https://www.metaculus.com/questions/3530/how-many-people-will-die-as-a-result-of-the-2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-before-2021/

But, there has not been much social media discussion on the long-term damage COVID-19 does to the bodies of patients who have survived after weeks of hospitalization in ICU.

 

I have lost count of how many times I have read comments on Facebook that complain, “The hospitals are greedy.” I cringe because any facilities have to take in money in order to keep a building open with running water, electricity,, maintenance, pay employees, buy equipment and supplies…to treat patients…

If you are familiar with Medicare and Medicaid you know that Medicare pays a fixed rate which is pretty low. Medicare payments are about half of what private insurers pay on average for the same diagnoses. Medicares only cover 80% of your medical bills so us old folks either pay the rest out of our pockets or you buy a supplements plan that will do a better job of covering the bills.

Medicaid you have to be dirt poor or have an overwhelming amount of medical bills then you may or may not qualify for a spin-down. Medicaid pays at a fixed rate as well. That amount is also non-profitable for a facility. Because of the pandemic, elective surgeries had been postponed. that means that medical staff in some cases have been out of work because their specialty unit had been shut down for the pandemic. Yet, the electric bills, the water bills, for the facility still have to be paid.

Doctors can not over code or they will lose the medicare or media contract. Medicare and Medicaid frown on fraud and improper documentation. Any kind of health insurance will also pull their contract after too many patient complaints or chronic over billing for supplies the patient did not use.

The Quote below was so hard to make short snippets. The fact-checked article is abundant with significant information to know in order to dispel the rumors and false claims.

 

Hospital Payments and the COVID-19 Death Count

 

Estimated Cost of Treating the Uninsured Hospitalized with COVID-19

The three COVID-19 stimulus bills that Congress has passed provide additional funding for hospitals and for free coronavirus testing for the uninsured through Medicaid.

… Congress did not allocate any money specifically for COVID-19 treatment or coverage for the uninsured… to reimburse hospitals for treating the uninsured by tapping a new $100 billion in funding for hospitals and other health care entities included in the third stimulus, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The legislation provided little detail about how funding would be distributed, giving significant discretion to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

…estimate that 2% to 7% of uninsured people will require hospitalization for COVID-19, ranging from about 670,000 to slightly more than 2 million hospital admissions.

private insurance claims … non-hospital charges for hospital admissions related to COVID-19 treatment are generally about 10% of the total bill… several thousand dollars or more for patients who require a ventilator.

6 Medicaid patients, in contrast, have no cost sharing for COVID-19 treatment. … will help uninsured patients and discourage them from delaying care if they develop COVID-19, it is not a substitution for comprehensive health insurance.

 

 

What is a Long Haul of COVID-19?

Until recently we have only been looking at charts and graphs with numbers that included: number of COVID tests done: how many tested positive: how many people died with COVID+19

We have heard very little about those people who survived COVID-19 after lengthy hospital admission. There had not been too much information available on all that goes into caring for a COVID-19 ICU patient. Yet, I believe that we have needed to know and comprehend the reality of this disease that is far from glamourous as we might see in a movie scene.

Will you have a job when you recover or not. How much sick leave do you have or not? Who will pay your bills while you get on your feet?

I do think the above questions were on the minds of Spring breakers down in Florida when they badly said on the news, “I’m not worried about it. I am here to party!”

 

 As the pandemic discourse turns to talk of a second wave, long-haulers who are still grappling with the consequences of the first wave are frustrated. … friends and family who just aren’t taking this seriously because they think you’re either asymptomatic or dead,

Even though the world is consumed by concern over COVID-19, the long-haulers have been largely left out of the narrative and excluded from the figures that define the pandemic.

an online dashboard that reveals the numbers of confirmed cases, hospitalizations, deaths, and recoveries— trapped in a statistical limbo, uncounted and thus overlooked.

 

New evidence for how blood clots form in people with severe COVID-19

Scientists find new brain symptoms linked to COVID-19

Impaired lung function from SARS-CoV-2 infection can negatively affect other organs like the heart, kidneys, and brain… may last after getting over the infection.

“Post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) … patients who have survived a severe critical illness, along with the intensive care required to survive.

… combination of physical impairment, cognitive impairment, and psychiatric impairment.. include weakness and malnutrition…. decreased memory, decreased attention, and decreased mental sharpness or ability to solve problems…

… coronavirus could infect a part of the brain involved in breathing and circulation…

patients that have stroke in the medulla.. — some … long-term tracheostomies to breathe..

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/what-we-know-about-the-long-term-effects-of-covid-19#The-bottom-line

 

 

 

 

  • Fears over thousands of ‘long haul’ Covid-19 sufferers …

    According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), patients with Covid-19 typically recover within about two weeks. Yet there are nearly 4,000 members of UK Facebook groups comprising people such as…

    Researchers examining the Covid-19 app data … one in ten ­suffer for three weeks or more, and some have issues for months.

    The findings from the symptom study is the first official indication of how many people are being affected by longer lasting Covid-19 effects. over 3.8 million people contributed to the study.

    … growing concerns about the numbers of people in long-term recovery.

    … side-effects of Covid-19 … low oxygen levels, especially at night, loss of balance … persistent symptoms despite repeated negative tests for the virus…general weakness, chest pain and blot clots….don’t know how long it will take for people to recover, especially if they get an inflammatory response that is likely to lead to what presents like post-viral fatigue.

 

What should younger people make sure to do to slow the spread?

  •  … younger population is the more active population. If not adhering to social distancing and really restricting their movements… more likely to be exposed and infected.
  •  …can develop a serious disease and death. … vector to distributing the disease to other age groups… all age groups need to be adhering to social distancing and the restriction of movement.

Being redundant may put things in a way that finally gets the attention of deniers of this pandemic is crucial.

More and more information is being published on the news neglected survivors who have not made full recovery after months. Thes long-haulers need our compassion and empathy. Those who have had their personal struggles publicized, warn everyone to take this pandemic seriously. stories.

The numbers aren’t in, yet, on how many COVID survivors will be permanently disabled. It is too early. I mean, I throw up my hands with the barrage of numbers from this pandemic, knowing full well that we really don’t know the actual cost of lives, yet. And we won’t for months to come.

But, let us NOT get things distorted because the numbers are not right nor given to us to absorb in a digestible form that we can relate to. This pandemic is real. Hang in there. Do what you gotta do to keep you and your family away from this novel virus as long as you can.

 

Coronavirus warning from Italy: Effects of COVID-19 could be worse than first thought

Italian doctors are warning that COVID-19 is not just a respiratory disease but a killer affecting the whole body.

The physicians warn that people who do not consider themselves in a vulnerable group and aren’t concerned at contracting the disease could be putting themselves in danger of life-changing illnesses if they ignore the rules to keep safe

… social distancing, hand washing, and masks is as important now as it ever was.

… northern Italy that a second wave of the virus could be imminent….

Psychosis, insomnia, kidney disease, spinal infections, strokes, chronic tiredness and mobility issues are being identified in former coronavirus patients in Lombardy, the worst-affected region in the country.

…doctors warn that some victims may never recover from the illness and that all age groups are vulnerable.

… virus is a systemic infection … affects all the organs of the body, not, as was previously thought, just a respiratory disease…

Some people may find that their ability to properly work, to concentrate, and even to take part in physical activities will be severely impaired.

“The virus is a systemic infection, some of our apparatus organs have the biggest manifestation, such as lungs as we know, but also brain, skin, and sometimes we have vasculitis, so it’s not [just] high respiratory or low respiratory infection, it’s not finished [at] that,”

…but wait…there Is more… the Governor of Oklahoma is the first governor to test positive. I certainly hope that all goes well for him and his family.

Does it really matter if I don’t wear a mask or I don’t social distance?

Yes, it does matter.

 

 

 

  • Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt tests positive for COVID-19

    https://www.businessinsider.com/oklahomas-kevin…

    1 day ago · Oklahoma’s Kevin Stitt is first governor to test positive for COVID-10 – Business Insider Stitt is the first US governor to publicly disclose testing positive for COVID-19. He appeared at a rally…

  • Oklahoma’s governor says he has tested positive for COVID-19

    https://apnews.com/b7f0791859d371ed8e8bb6bbe2173d87

    1 day ago · OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus and that he is isolating at home, making him the first U.S. governor to report testing positive. Stitt, 48, said he mostly feels fine, although he started feeling “a little achy” Tuesday and sought a test.

     

 

 

Chose a link to click on below to read about the surge in hospitalizations for new COVID-19 patients by mid-July 2020

Vector: In medicine, a carrier of disease or of medication. For example, in malaria a mosquito is the vector that carries and transfers the infectious agent. In molecular biology, a vector may be a virus or a plasmid that carries a piece of foreign DNA to a host cell.

We are all in this together- can we agree to disagree?

We need each other for support as a community. If we all will work together the happier we will all be.

can we check in with neighbors over the back fence?

Social distance shaming or quarantine shaming has become the new norm online.

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Shaming people for not social distancing seems to come from a logical place. It also comes from a place of good intentions. … You limit exposure to others. You don’t have people over. You don’t go out.

…can be incredibly frustrating to hear that thousands of people are still spending their spring breaks as if nothing is happening.

But is the answer to start shaming people who aren’t social distancing properly?

As more people are cooped up inside, those suffering with mental illnesses are going to get hit hard. Which is why many doctors suggest that we should be going outside.

 

So, not everyone wants to wear a mask.

OK, I get it. I come from a long line of very stubborn people. It is genetic for my family in which I have always tried to be a peacemaker. I love playing devil’s advocate. Please consider this with an open mind.

The news is reporting more young people who are minding their own business working at a low pay essential job where you want to shop without a mask. These young adults are trying to figure out how to enjoy adulthood on the frontlines and they are lucky to have a job. Have you seen the number of unemployed? YIKES.

These new adults may have is going thru graduations ceremonies- a right of passage. They may have babies to support at home with few daycares open to help them. Thes human beings have not been around the block, yet. They are learning the ropes between fantasies of being an adult to facing may be life or death or permanent disability because …YOU were presymptomatic with COVID-19 and infected not only the cashiers but the stockers and deli or the meat department in the grocery store.

Wearing a mask is NOT all about YOU, YOU, YOU. good people who are public servants front line grocery workers have a life to live as well. YOU who are so stubborn about not wanting “YOUR rights to be violated ’cause you ain’t’ no sheep,” infringed on everyone in the store because you don’t want to wear a mask and wash your hands.

Oh, wait…ther’s more…what IF no grocery store employees all refused to wear masks for YOU? They are higher risk to catch the bug. (See below) they could infect you- but YOU are worried, are you?

Do you recall in other posts that I quoted that masks are not a 100% guarantee that you won’t get the virus somehow? It is the best we got combined with social distancing and limiting close contacts. Please consider those who are doing their best to serve you while you shop.

Young People Can Get COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Young people can get and pass on COVID-19 (coronavirus) explains National Jewish Health Pulmonologist and Critical Care doctor Ken Lyn-Kew, MD. Hear his reminder and warning to not only protect your health but the health of your loved ones. National Jewish Health is located in Denver and is the nation’s #1 respiratory hospital.

Why the ‘6 Feet Apart’ Recommendation May Not Be Enough for COVID-19

Written by Sam Dylan Finch — Updated on July 9, 2020

Six feet might not be enough to protect you. Here’s why.

“… assessing the risk of infection (via respiration) at the grocery store or mall.. consider the volume of the air space (very large), the number of people (restricted), how long people are spending in the store (workers — all day; customers — an hour).

… for a person shopping: the low density, high air volume of the store, along with the restricted time you spend in the store… opportunity to receive an infectious dose is low.

But, for the store worker, the extended time they spend in the store provides a greater opportunity to receive the infectious dose and therefore the job becomes more risky.”

Video Transcript

Dr. Ken Lyn-Kew: What I’d tell youth and teens is that just because you’re young doesn’t mean you’re not going to get this.

  • Does not mean you’re not going to end up on a ventilator for two weeks ….
  • Does not mean that you can’t die for this. The rates might be lower, but it can happen to you.
  • teens have parents, they have grandparents.. parents and grandparents… more susceptible to this.
  • …even if you catch this and you don’t get that sick from it, your loved ones can…. plenty of those people already die in our ICUs

Don’t Ignore it: Maybe COVID-19 will not go away

COVID-19 is not going away on its own. It will be years before we reach herd immunity.

Right now in the United States positive cases are out of control. Europe does not want Americans to travel there. I don’t blame them. but, we all will suffer from the loss of international trade.

For those who are young and reckless or for those who think this pandemic is a plot or god’s judgment and only those who believe like you will be saved- please, think again.

Don’t count on a GoFund me account to pay the hospital bills.

The cost of the coronavirus can be devastating.

… thousands of dollars on medical bills … for COVID-19 – with or without insurance. … hospitalized or caring for a loved who is could have to defer credit card bills, mortgage payments and deplete their savings…

…estimated 15 percent of who contract COVID-19 could end up in the hospital… data published in April by the Kaiser Family Foundation…

… estimated 2 percent to 7 percent – or 670,000 to slightly more than 2 million — of uninsured people will require hospitalization for the novel coronavirus.

AMERICANS’ BIGGEST MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE CARES ACT

Medical bills for uninsured patients $42,486 to $74,310, according to a report by FAIR Health,

… insurance out-of-pocket costs between $21,936 and as much as $38,755.

 

What Is The Cost Of COVID-19 Treatment?

 

Please doing everything you can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable. An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.

Get the facts.

If you lost your insurance don’t count on getting sate assistance. You may have to sell everything you have worked for and own or have on credit cards. Ther is always the possibility that if you can’t make your car payments your car will get repossessed.

I am laying this on pretty thick, aren’t I? It has been hard enough to be laid off or to have a pay cut- but how about getting mega sick on top of all that?

This might be a good time to look into how much money and resource you can have in order to food stamps and Medicaid in your state.

Here’s how much it costs to get coronavirus treatment

…uninsured face the highest levels of out-of-pocket spending, … coronavirus treatment…out of network…

Options for the uninsured depend on their ability to pay.

…no health insurance … can’t afford to pay your hospital bill, federal and state “charity care” laws require hospitals to provide “medically necessary” treatment – such as emergency room visits and in-patient hospital stays – for free or at a reduced price. (Note: WARNING! Don’t count on it. Not every satae has the funds to pay for every patient.

study released earlier this month , based on cost of pneumonia treatment, COVID-19 patients who have major complications .. total costs of more than $20,000. Pneumonia cases without complications usually cost about half…

… total cost of admission for a respiratory condition… 96 hours or more of ventilation is $88,114 …compared to $34,225 for an admission requiring less than 96 hours of ventilation.”

Lost insurance – unemployment has skyrocketed.

 

My life in the “new Normal is pretty much normal for my son and I. He has been on home-bound Status for a number of years. We are used to barely going anywhere as it is. So does Stay-at-Home affect us?

Yes, it does because our neighbors are impacted. I live in Iowa City home to the University of Iowa. I have neighbors and old friends who have had very secure jobs with the University Hospital and Clinics. They are salary cuts or getting laid off. That means they have to tighten their belts so the college students who work at restaurants and clothing stores will have job loss as well- no one is spending money they don’t have…falling like a row of dominoes…

This economic example was in our local newspaper.

University of Iowa announces more belt-tightening amid COVID-19 pandemic

Aimee Breaux

Iowa City Press-Citizen
University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld will also take a one-time 50% pay cut this year… Half of his salary, or $270,416, will instead go to the Student Emergency Fund.

…colleges are still preparing for a decline in enrollment due to the novel coronavirus — and an accompanying decline in revenue.

A decision to not renew the contracts of 15 educators in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences… 15 layoffs, sparked an outcry among faculty … too many cuts.

… cuts: University Housing and Dining temporarily laid off 112 employees. The College of Engineering eliminated four positions permanently. Athletics is reducing salaries, and employees at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics now must take unpaid time off or forfeit vacation time.

Faculty positions, pay on the chopping block as the University of Iowa braces for bleak fiscal year

… 4,200 employees across the university will not receive raises. Another 32 positions will remain vacant.

The state legislature cut university funding by $8 million

… look for ways to make up for an estimated $70 million in losses due to COVID-19.

It could take three years for the US economy to recover …

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/economic-impact-covid-19

  1. Editor and writer,

Jul 07, 2020 · The US and Eurozone’s economies could take until 2023 to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, according to a new report from consultancy McKinsey & Company. What a muted economic recovery means for the world

 

 

 

We must count the deaths from shutdowns as well as from coronavirus

Before the virus hit, America’s unemployment rate was 3.5 percent, the lowest in 50 years. Now Goldman Sachs predicts unemployment could spike to 15 percent by midyear. A St. Louis Federal Reserve economist grimly predicts 32 percent unemployment — worse than during the Great Depression.

Job losses cause extreme suffering. Every 1 percent hike in the unemployment rate will likely produce a 3.3 percent increase in drug-overdose deaths and a 0.99 percent increase in suicides, according to National Bureau of Economic Research and the medical journal Lancet.

These are facts based on past experience, not models. If unemployment hits 32 percent, some 77,000 Americans are likely to die from suicide and drug overdoses as a result of layoffs. Deaths of despair.

 

World Economic Outlook, April 2020: The Great Lockdown

https://www.imf.org/en/Publications/WEO/Issues/2020/04/14/weo-april-2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is inflicting high and rising human costs worldwide, and the necessary protection measures are severely impacting economic activity. As a result of the pandemic, the global economy is projected to contract sharply by –3 percent in 2020, much worse than during the 2008–09 …

 

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This is part 6 of a No Non-cents Nanna series titled Help for Millennials to Understand COVID-19 Safety Precautions

In this series, I have collected and cleaned the most important information that I could find to help you sort out the confusing mess of the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020.

 

 

We must beat SARS-Cov-2!

Our healthcare system is in danger of collapsing from overload and not everyone will be able to receive the lifesaving care they need. Mitigation (flattening the curve) isn’t enough.

Only a correctly implemented national Suppression Strategy can prevent thousands of deaths and give medics, scientists, academics and policymakers time to respond.

There are sufficient global examples of committed national action halting the spread of the virus and minimizing deaths and building a platform for control and recovery

Countries such as Taiwan have demonstrated ‘Suppression’ can get the virus under control.

Some countries such as New Zealand have Eliminated SARS-CoV-19 with cases only at their border in isolation.

It will be an ongoing effort to keep the virus from breaking out again until a safe potent vaccine or antiviral arrives.

Do you want to save lives and do something to stop the spread of Covid-19?

Act now and urge US leaders to implement a national strategy to suppress the virus in order to minimize suffering and death!

It’s not too late to implement a full-scale offensive against this virus.

Thank you for your support
Julie McCorkle
BSc, DPH, DEHSc, Cert DM

Click HERE to sign the petition

https://www.change.org/p/donald-j-trump-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19-in-the-usa?recruiter=888030159&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=petition_dashboard&recruited_by_id=d3b4d970-8158-11e8-a8fa-81d036610d7c&fbclid=IwAR11WFPZWG5e977AeV_Id0wmI4FCXUKrZ_D4wkO-GjK_DRUyK21PmZ8OIt8

 

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