Help for Millennials to Understand COVID-19 Safety Precautions

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True and false information on COVID-19 is overflowing the internet, Not everyone is able to understand all the complicated medical talk nor is it easy to deserve fact from fiction.on how to prevent, treat or cure this novel virus. It is no wonder it is a challenge to keep up with the changes and new findings. How do you sort out facts from fake on pandemic mitigation required to control the spread of this highly contagious virus? 

Americans have not only been given unclear directives on why stay-at-home orders are an important part of infection control that includes the wearing of face-masks, but are watching the conflicting demonstration of precautions by those presumed to be role models in charge. Americans have also been bombarded with FALSE claims that are dangerous.

This post is here to help you figure out why we all need to do some simple things such as wear a facemask to help control the spread of this disease. I am going to start with the basics pf self-health care: how to tell if you have a fever: why do we have to stay-at-home for self-isolation?: how to prevent the spread of a virus: what is an essential business: what the big idea about mask-wearing when I don’t feel sick?

Also, I will offer insightful scientific explanations of the process that doctors and scientists use to learn how to prevent, treat, and cure this specific coronavirus.- We are not there, yet is why we need every on to cooperate in the mitigation process to slow the spread of COVID-19

It will be a challenge to keep these posts up to date. New information is published almost daily. Be sure to watch the dates of any COVID-19 information you read. A;o be aware of credible sources who cite their writing vs opinion without credible sources. I will get into that in more detail in a blog post following this one.

 

 

 

COVID-10 pandemic of 2020. Please take all precautions to stay safe. See Help for Millennials to Understand COVID-19 Safety Precautions

The epidemiologists of the world are still learning the science of this novel virus while we as parents, grandparents, and millennials (new to adulthood) are left confused and maybe angry with the inconvenient new normal lifestyles in an attempt to slow the spread of this novel virus so we do not overwhelm the medical system.

In this post, I have listed the symptoms of both influenza and COVID-19. You will see the similarities of signs and symptoms to compare apples to oranges. This new disease id NOT the flu!

I believe it is the list of similar signs and symptoms that are throwing some people off track about the seriousness of this highly infectious disease. The common lists do not spell out the internal damages and long term complications this new coronavirus can do. Covid-19 affects some people very harshly while others are walking around positive for this novel coronavirus and are “feeling fine”.

Take want you want then leave the rest for another time. I confess that this post is overstuffed and subject to be updated as the experts publish new findings. But, first, let’s start with some basics.

 

 

History of COVID-19

COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic began with a 2019 outbreak of a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in Wuhan, China, and had reached 175 countries and regions by March 2020. This respiratory infection is mild in most patients, but for high-risk groups, including the elderly or those with chronic conditions, COVID-19 can lead to life-threatening complications such as pneumonia.
Washing your hands … social distancing–limiting trips outside the house … a 6-foot distance from others–can help reduce your risk of infection and slow the spread of COVID-19 in your community.  https://www.healthgrades.com/right-care/infections-and-contagious-diseases/8-highly-contagious-diseases-you-should-know-about

What is a Coronavirus?

 

What is a Coronavirus? Types Such as COVID-19, SARS, MERS …

https://www.everydayhealth.com/infectious-diseases/coronavirus

Apr 16, 2020 · Human coronaviruses were first identified in the mid-1960s, and there are currently seven that can infect people. They include 229E (alpha coronavirus), NL63 (alpha coronavirus), OC43 (beta

Isn’t COVID-19 a CORONAVIRUS a simple bug that causes the common cold that nothing worth sneezing at?

NO, it is not…keep reading…

What is a Coronavirus? Types Such as COVID-19, SARS, MERS …

https://www.everydayhealth.com/infectious-diseases/coronavirus

Apr 16, 2020, · Human coronaviruses were first identified in the mid-1960s, and there are currently seven that can infect people. They include 229E (alpha coronavirus), NL63 (alpha coronavirus), OC43 (beta

ANSWER

A coronavirus is a type of common virus that can infect your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. … spreads much like cold viruses.

Almost everyone gets a coronavirus infection at least once in their life, most likely as a young child.

Most are not dangerous – but some are.

Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS ) can be deadly.

 

 

 

2020 the year Americans learned to wash their hands. No Non-cents Nanna

 

Watch for symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

 

Do not try to self-diagnosis by symptoms alone. (see below)

You need the proper tests to rule out Influenza A, B, or C or all of the above from COVID-19.

COVID-19 is the 7th and the newest in the coronavirus family. COVID-19 has its own unique qualities as 7 siblings in a family are all different with very similar looks.

“Some of these things are kind of the same- and some of these things are not like the others.” (COVID compared to Flu.)

 

Sore throats: Colds, the flu, and other viral infections

Viruses cause about 90 percent of sore throats (2Trusted Source). Among the viruses that cause sore throats are:

  • the common cold
  • influenza — the flu
  • mononucleosis, an infectious disease that’s transmitted through saliva
  • measles, an illness that causes a rash and fever
  • chickenpox, an infection that causes a fever and an itchy, bumpy rash
  • mumps, an infection that causes swelling of the salivary glands in the neck

 

Not intended as medical diagnosis, treatments nor prescription. Consult your primary doctor; urgent care, tele-med, or triage nurse from your insurance company.

When to see a doctor

Sore throats that are caused by a viral infection usually get better on their own in two to seven days (6Trusted Source). Yet some causes of a sore throat need to be treated.

Call your doctor if you have any of these potentially more serious symptoms:

 

 

Why Do I Have Cold Chills? 6 Causes of Body Chills Without …

https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/why-do-i-have-chills
    • Flu. Your body may use chills to boost its core temperature and kill off the flu virus you’ve caught. …
    • Infection. Just like with the flu virus, your body can turn on the chills in response to other infections. …
    • Infection Due to a Kidney Stone. You might get chills because of an infection that starts when you …
    • Hypothermia. If your body loses heat faster than it can make it, your body temperature will start to …
  • Why We Get the Chills When We Have a Fever

    https://www.theraflu.com/amp/why-chills-with-fever.html

    Your body reacts with ‘chills,’ or muscle contractions, which are designed to increase your body’s temperature. Many illnesses can cause the release of pyrogens, which are chemicals raising the brain’s thermostat setting. But commonly this occurs with infections like the flu.”

 

 

Following are the symptoms of flu: 

 

 

We still have a lot to learn about this new virus. It is much different than experts in contagious diseases have ever seen before.

There is no vaccine ready to prevented by immunization. COVID-19 is not curable- the symptoms are treated, but, not every patient survives.

 

While some symptoms initially may look like what we are familiar with ie “the flu” doctors have to rule out influenza or strep throat etc as well in order to treat properly. We already know how to treat strep throat with what antibiotics and saltwater gargle.

With all of these lists of signs and symptoms that are so similar, there are so many causes and diseases to choose from…kind of…sort of…

Doctors have to RULE OUT the most common causes of symptoms. As time has gone on we have seen a variety of initial symptoms of COVID-19. The consequence of being infected with this virus is causing complications like doctors have never seen before.

Please understand what I am trying to convey: COVID -19 or SARS-CoV2 is NOT the flu although the early complaints make one wonder if they have the “flu” or not? It is possible you have influenza or something else – look at the lists of possibilities.

 

RULE OUT

A: The phrase “rule out” means that the physician is attempting to discount a particular diagnosis from the list of possible or probable conditions the patient may have. He or she is attempting to “rule out” a particular scenario of treatment. Although ICD-9-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting (Section 1,…

Ruling out Conditions for a Mental Health Diagnosis

https://www.verywellmind.com/rule-out-defined-2610404

The term “rule out” is used by mental health professionals who are trying to make an accurate diagnosis. The symptoms of many mental health conditions are similar or overlap so before a clear diagnosis can be made, clinicians must rule out a variety of other conditions.

 

We Know More About SARS-CoV-2 than We Knew in Early 2020

 

 

…there’s a lot we don’t know about it (COVID-19)

— how it spreads, how it infects people, how it causes damage in the body, how the immune system responds to it. (watch for updates. We do know more thatn we did.)

Seasonal flu… has been around for a long time, scientists and doctors know a lot about the best way to treat people who have the illness.

“… more experience with the complications of flu — such as cardiac problems and bacterial pneumonias that happen after you get the flu — but with COVID-19, every treatment is essentially a trial run,”

… yearly vaccine available for seasonal flu….is not 100 percent effectiveTrusted Source, it still offers some protection and can lessen the severity of illness.

The flu vaccine … protects the larger community by slowing the spread of influenza viruses that are circulating.

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/why-covid-19-isnt-the-flu#Many-unknowns-about-COVID-19

 

 

What to know about coronavirus:

 

 

How contagious is it?

The following quote from Popular Science explains how scientists guesstimate how contagious diseases are. This article was written way back in February 2020 when scientists and doctors pretty much knew zilch about this new virus. Therefore the “contagiousness may have changed or has been updated. The reason I included this link is that there is included comparative charts and a wonderful explanation of how science figures out how diseases work.

Just how contagious is COVID-19? This chart puts it in perspective.

Everything epidemiology can tell us about the new coronavirus.

One quantity scientists use to measure how a disease spreads through a population is the “basic reproduction number,” otherwise known as R0 (pronounced “R naught,” or, if you hate pirates, “arr not”). This number tells us how many people, on average, each infected person will in turn infect.

While it doesn’t tell us how deadly an epidemic is, R0 is a measure of how infectious a new disease is, and helps guide epidemic control strategies implemented by governments and health organizations.

 

 

 

 

What Is an Incubation Period?

The incubation period is the number of days between when you’re infected with something and when you might see symptomsHealth care professionals…how long people need to stay away from others during an outbreak. It’s different for every condition.

If you’ve been around someone who has the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, you’re at risk, too. That means you need to stay home until you know you’re in the clear. Health professionals call this self-quarantine. But when will you know whether you have the disease? The answer depends on the incubation period.

 

Among the confounding aspects of the novel coronavirus is the wide range of disease severity patients experience.

Novel coronavirus spreads more easily than most seasonal flus.

On average, one person with the coronavirus transmits it to 2 to 2.5 other peopleTrusted Source — compared with 0.9 to 2.1 other people for the flu.

People with the coronavirus can also pass it onto others for up to 3 daysTrusted Source before they show symptoms.

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/why-covid-19-isnt-the-flu#Many-unknowns-about-COVID-19

 

Did They Lie to Americans?

 

I am going to blunt.

I am so sick and tired of hearing and reading deniers claim, “The government has been lying to us. You can’t trust science and their predictions.” Pointing fingers is a waste of time. Instead, why are we all not doing what we need to be doing to slow the spread? “We the people” of America have allowed our fellow Americans to royal screw-up the safety of the rest of the country. I will address the reason why and how in upcoming parts of this blog subject.

Are our politicians always honest? No, they are not. Enough said. But, science deals in prediction based on facts they already know.

The facts that scientists and or doctors need to know only come from the experiments of trial and error. that start with known quantities. There are a lot of errors of steps in the process of figuring out how this novel virus ticks. Are those errors lies? No. Because there was an unimaginable amount of steps in the scientific process to get the solution we are looking for.

As an example we are all familiar with: Did Edison invent the light bulb with his first experiments? LOL! I don’t think so.

Did Edison “lie” about his experiments? No, but, I can imagine he got even more frustrated than we are today with waiting for science and doctors to find treatments and vaccines. What do you say we cut science some slack?

As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
www.uky.edu/~eushe2/Pajares/OnFailingG.html

 

Just how contagious is COVID-19? 

Everything epidemiology can tell us about the new coronavirus.

That’s why R0 is usually given as a range of numbers and we hedge our language: not because our models are bad, but because reality itself is messy.

… epidemiology demystifies disease and guides how we deal with it. It both models how diseases jump from nation to nation in our interconnected age, and shows that citywide quarantines and travel bans don’t curtail the spread of an infection very much—while seriously disrupting the lives of the people who aren’t infected, along with their respective economies. And finally, epidemiology lets us compare COVID-19 to other epidemics, to inform us how bad it currently is and how widespread it might become if governments don’t handle it properly. We might not know everything about COVID-19 yet, but the knowledge from epidemiology helps us understand what it will take to beat it.

 

How Does COVID-19 Spread?

 

Keep in mind the history of COVID-19. Scientists had to study this invisible to the naked eye evil bug in order to try to defeat it. It takes a while and they have made amazing progress.

  • https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article244375897.html

    Jul 21, 2020 · Don’t worryattendees must test negative for the coronavirus before participating. Scientists in Germany are throwing a concert with 4,000 attendees to learn how COVID-19 spreads by using

  • How does coronavirus spread? When will a vaccine be …

    https://www.cbsnews.com/live-updates/coronavirus…

    Jul 22, 2020 · “The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks,” the CDC says.

  • CDC Advice On Surface Spread Of COVID-19 ‘Has Not Changed …

    https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live…

    May 22, 2020 · The main source of the coronavirus’s spread, the agency said, is through respiratory droplets from an infected person who coughssneezes or talks in close proximity to someone else

  • How is Coronavirus Spread? Coronavirus Transmission Facts …

    https://www.health.com/…/how-is-coronavirus-spread

    In general, how does the coronavirus spread? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 is spread mainly from person-to-personusually via close contact (within six

  • Can COVID-19 (coronavirus) spread through food, water …

    https://www.mayoclinic.org/…/can-coronavirus-spread-food-water/faq-20485479

    The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19spreads from person to person in respiratory droplets released when someone with the virus coughs, sneezes or talks. But it can also spread from a person who has the virus to any surface he or she touches, which …

 

 

 

What COVID-19 is NOT?

 COVID-19 is NOT the “flu”. I repeat- COVID-19 has similar signs and symptoms on paper but the consequences and damage it does are something doctors did not expect-it is complicated.

  • Influenza is commonly called “the flu”. Let’s be honest here. Some times you may have felt like crap for one reason or another so you called in sick saying you have “the flu” a catch-all word that is often misused. You may NOT have ever had influenza for real – so you have nothing to compare to.
  • People born after 1956 have had immunizations that prevented them from contracting “childhood diseases.” There is nothing “child-like” about suffering through measles, mumps, or rubella. I know. I had those horrible diseases. I will only touch on the subject of “anti-vaccines” (see below.)

 

 If you prefer to read this verbose collection of COVID-19 information with clickable links to excellent sources chose the part you would like to focus on first.
 After the fact, I decided 50,000 words were too long for one blog. So I broke it up into parts and added more content just for you.

 

 

General Health Care…

Plan ahead – be prepared for emergencies…even if we were not in a pandemic…hope for the best while planning for the worst.

Keep a First Aid Kit stocked up including thermometer. (Do you know how to clean a thermometer?)

What?! You don’t have a thermometer? Get one before you need it. If you call your doctor or the nurse triage line someone will ask you if you have taken your temperature. You may as well be prepared.

In order to better understand the things we need to know to live with the COVID-19 pandemic I believe we need to look closely at our own self-care knowledge base in general.

You may also read General Health Care with bonus information in chapter form Part 2 

 

Even when there is no pandemic have a well-stocked First Aid Kit with a thermometer included says No Non-cents Nanna

 

… if you have cold symptoms, there are some things worth skipping, as well as “to-dos” that can help you get better. Your body needs rest to recover. … doing all you can to keep those around you from catching what you have. If you are ae feeling sick- stay-at-home to keep your germs to your self first of all. Rest and fluids does a body good. If you are run-down and keep on running your body will not have as much energy to heal itself.

 

RELATED: Coronavirus Symptoms vs Cold: How Do They Compare?

 

Centers for Disease Control guidelines on how to care for and cohabitate with someone who is sick with the novel coronavirus.

Cleaning and Disinfection for Households | CDC

 

COVID-19 not only affects the patients’ respiratory system but can affect other major organs of the body. Influenza also can have complications. So we want to isolate in order to minimize the exposure to everyone else in the home.

If you are so sick that you seek medical advice the doctor will begin a diagnosis by first ruling out more things that you have ever heard of. Right below I use some quotes with corresponding links to help you understand this mystery better.

Please note the words that are purple and underlined are clickable and will take you to the post in reference.

medical history, which is not the same as most people who live in my area.

Flu is caused by the influenza virus of Class A, B, and C. Flu spreads directly or indirectly from airborne droplets produced during sneezing or coughing.

 

The flu is a respiratory (i.e., nose, throat, and lung) infection … caused by a variety of influenza viruses.

Many people use the word \”flu\” when they actually have a cold. 

  • common cold is also caused by viruses
  • flu and common cold differ in several ways.In North America,
  • the flu attacks in November thru’ April.
  • Up to 25% may be infected / average year.
  • Stronger epidemics (i.e., when the flu occurs in more people than expected…

Influenza is contagious:.. spread easily from person to person.

Viruses that cause influenza spread from person to person mainly by droplets of respiratory fluids sent through the air when someone infected with the virus coughs or sneezes. Other people inhale the airborne virus and can become infected.

Flu virus can live on some surfaces for up to 24 hours. … can be spread when someone touches a surface (e.g., doorknobs, countertops, telephones) … then touches their nose, mouth, or eyes.

.. flu is most easily spread in crowded places: schools and offices.

https://medbroadcast.com/condition/getcondition/influenza

 

 

Let’s clear up something else that most people get wrong: Influenza is a respiratory virus. The “stomach flu” is a misnomer that can be caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is a coronavirus of its own kind. The viruses look different under the microscope and cause their own kind of havoc needing different treatments for symptoms.

(Antibiotics treat bacterial infections- not viruses. So don’t be getting pissy at your doctor when he will not prescribe an antibiotic for a viral infection. Wh has a medical degree, anyway?)

 

 

 

Oh Crap!

As if diarrhea isn’t enough of pain the rear insult no matter the cause, but, did you know that poop particles spray every time you flush?

Read a bit down under Contact tracing. Some cities are testing the sewers to learn how much COVID-19 is being flushed down the toilets. For now, until officials prove otherwise let’s assume that fecal matter aka shit, maybe a way to share COVID-19 when you use the bathroom.

FYI: if treating mild COVID at home, you will need a separate bathroom form the rest of the occupants or use other protocols…

Closing the lid may prevent 80 percent of the fecal particles from escaping into the air…

 

Oh crap! Did you know that the polite and act of flushing a toilet that contains fecal matter can produce bioaerosols? Read the post to learn more about the spread of COVID-19 in a mini resource list of credible sources. No Non-cents Nanna

 

Go to part 2 for more entertaining details on general health care. Click HERE

Understand COVID-19 Safety Precautions part 2, General Health Care

What’s a fecal matter plume?
These poop clouds we’ve known about them — and their potential to spread infectious diseases — since at least 1906. (Even going back to the 1880s, people thought that “sewer gases”  keeping your toothbrush in your home bathroom, …all stuff we knew pre-COVID.

 

  1. Fecal-Matter Plumes Might Spread COVID-19: 2020 Keeps …

    Jun 19, 2020 · Anyway, a fecal matter plume forms when someone flushes a toilet after making a solid contribution and doesn’t close the lidsending a contaminated cloud into the air. …Author: Elizabeth Yuko

  2. Coronavirus may easily spread from flushing the toilet – BGR

    aerosolized feces — tiny poop particles floating in the air — could spread the disease to healthy people. Aerosolized feces can be created by flushing a toilet after…Author: Mike Wehner

  3. Scientists say COVID-19 can come from ‘aerosolized feces’

     Aerosolized feces can be propelled into the air through what’s called a toilet plume — the spread of aerosols, sometimes containing infectious fecal matter, caused by a flush.

  4. Flushing the toilet might give you coronavirus – BGR

    Apr 23, 2020 · Upon examining a wealth of existing research dating as far back as the 1950s, the authors of the paper explain that flushing a toilet that contains fecal matter can produce bioaerosols that remain …Author: Mike Wehner

  5. Scientists Say Coronavirus Spreads in Aerosolized Feces …

    https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/toilet…

    Chen said that closing the lid can prevent 80% of the fecal particles from escaping into the air. According to Bustle.com, researchers at Leeds University in 2012 found that germs can be hurled up to 10 inches into the air every time a toilet is flushed without closing the lid. © 2020 NewsmaxHealth.

  6. CDC report on feces and coronavirus will change how you …

    https://www.inverse.com/mind-body/can-coronavirus-spread-through-poop

    May 21, 2020 · If the virus definitively spreads through feces, that spread likely happens through the aerosolization of infected poop particles. Feces can become aerosolized when a …

  7. The Bathroom Habit That Dangerously Spreads the Coronavirus

    As it turns out, the aerosolization of fecal matter when one flushes the toilet does spread the contagion. But everyone has to go to the bathroom, right?

  8. What Are the Real Dangers of Airborne Fecal Matter?

    www.enviromasterofwashingtondc.com/blog/real-dangers-airborne-fecal-matter

    Jun 09, 2017 · The truth is, whenever a toilet is flushed, fecal matter and urine are flung into the air and can spread far and wide. While originally thought to only rise about ten inches above the toilet seat, new research has found that fecal matter can spray much further…

  9. Coronavirus May Spread Via Fecal Transmission, Says New …

    According to new research, novel coronavirus (COVID-19) may also spread through fecal transmission, or a fecal-oral route, similar to how other gastrointestinal illnesses spread. Here’s what to know.

  10. COVID-19 Virus Found in Stool May Be Infectious

    May 27, 2020 · If confirmed by future studies, it would mean that people could get sick by ingesting tiny amounts of stool from others who are infected — called the fecal-oral route of transmission. Author: Brenda Goodman, MA

 

  • Public restrooms: What you need to know about using them …

    Jun 23, 2020 · Public restrooms: What you need to know about using them safely amid the pandemic Person-to-person contact is the main way that Covid-19 spreads, according to the CDC. So if …

  • If You Gotta Go, Are Public Restrooms Safe On A Road Trip?

    Jun 14, 2020 · “Toilet paper has been an issue since the start of the pandemic, but now toilets themselves are the concern,” reported Tovia Smith on NPR Weekend Edition, in …

  • Is it Safe to Use a Public Bathroom During COVID-19 …

    https://healthnewshub.org/health-news-hub/top-news/…

    May 21, 2020 · Public restrooms are confined high-traffic spaces that no doubt will contribute to the transmission of coronavirus. But outfitted with a sink, hot water, and an automatic soap dispenser, they will also contribute to its prevention.

  • How to stay safe from COVID-19 while using a public …

    https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/06/02/how…

    Jun 02, 2020 · How to stay safe from COVID-19 while using a public washroom. NS. … But as more people venture outside their homes for longer periods of time, a trip to a public bathroom is inevitable.

 

How Many Viral Posts Are False?

In fact there an outrageous number of false narratives being shared by well-meaning people on social networks. Then again, by people who want to smear their opposition.

I will convert the conspiracies and resistance to masks and more in an upcoming post to follow.

 

A social media post by a woman running for congressional seat in Florida falsely claims wearing a face mask can cause an infection.

“Excessive use of face masks causes fungal and bacterial pneumonia,” said Jessi Melton, who is running in Florida’s 22nd District. The post was retweeted more than 16,000 times.

Normal use of a face mask will not cause fungal or bacterial pneumonia, according to experts quoted by the Associated Press.

If you don’t wash you clothe mask or you keep wearing a paper mask over and over or you don’t wash your face and beard after your take of your maks that you have worn umpteen million hours- heck yes, you will most likely get some kind of bacterial crap. Don’t blame the mask when you were negligent in sanitizing the mask all on your own.

 

See upcoming post on Masks: The Great Mask Conspiracies That Divide the US

 

I can’t breathe…”

There are many reasons why someone can have trouble breathing. The reason may or may not be due to COVID-19. So, consult your doctor. If you don’t have a regular doctor call the hospital for triage.

This pandemic of 2020 because of the fear of the coronavirus there are more people avoiding the emergency room when they should be getting medical care. There can be dangerous consequences for delaying a trip to the ER. Maybe not for you, but, for one of your parents.

 

Inhaler: people with asthma will be prescribed specific medication to be self-administered with an inhaler. COVID-19 is NOT an asthma attack that can be treated by an inhaler. Never use someone else’s inhaler.

 

 

 

What if one or your parents or a college professor is feeling light-headed or short of breath? Strokes and heart attacks area it’ll be occurring. It would be a good idea to have some basics about when to call 911 for an emergency even when there is not a pandemic.

Health care is not on the priority list when you are 20. We may think, “there is no reason to waste money on seeing a doctor for a check-up.” It shows maturity when you plan ahead hoping for the best while preparing for the worst.

Everyone needs an annual check-up to establish a routine and follow up for emergency care with a local physician. This way IF something sudden happens besides COVID like an infected blister, weird rash a broken arm, allergic reaction, chest pain… you will already have your medical history and who to contact in case of an emergency.

 

Sign up for CPR and First Aid classes today.

 

Where can I obtain CPR training?
You can likely take CPR courses at your local community college or through a department of public health near you. Community-based courses follow standards set by the American Heart Association (AHA). These courses lead to a CPR certification, which lasts two years in most cases.
learn.org/articles/CPR_Classes_What_Will_I_Learn_in_CPR…

 

 

Confusing Complaints

...remember that shortages of tests — very common earlier in the pandemic

We shouldn’t confuse symptoms with signs (things clinicians detect on a physical exam) or abnormal lab tests or imaging.

[“Anemia” (low red blood cell count) is not a symptom, and neither is “pneumonia” (infection in the lungs).}

 “symptomatic” COVID-19 means a person has reported a problem linked to this illness — in medicine – “complaints.”

 “asymptomatic.” – with no complaints,

“no problems”…. feel healthy.

Some argue we shouldn’t call it “asymptomatic COVID-19,” since COVID-19 refers to the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. A more accurate term would be “asymptomatic infection with SARS-CoV-2”. But that takes too long to type.

...remember that shortages of tests — very common earlier in the pandemic

These are the most important cases: the person who feels well, goes out to a crowded bar (or bars) Friday night, does the same on Saturday with a mild throat tickle, but then spends Sunday in bed coming down with COVID-19.

… this distinction is critical is that people who go on to develop symptoms — “presymptomatic” cases…

Please read the entire artilce from the source.

https://www.wbur.org/commonhealth/2020/06/26/asymptomatic-covid-faq-what-we-know

This blog post is not intended to diagnose, treat nor prescribe. Soley intended as an eyeopening introduction to things you should be asking your health care professional.

Don’t stay-at-home

 

Don’t be afraid to reach out to your doctor or call 911 if you have signs of a stroke or heart attack. The patient on gurney ambulance transport did not Have COVID-19. For illustration only. No Non-cents Nanna

 

appendicitis and stroke. … life-threatening conditions have also stopped seeking treatment in large numbers. “… some of these people are dying at home because they’re too scared to go to the hospital,”…

…Others are coming in so late, she added, that some are presenting with massively damaged hearts, including heart muscles that have ruptured.

People with stroke symptoms … need to come in for treatment” immediately to limit brain damage and the risk of permanent paralysis, he said. “We have a limited time window and we know time is brain.”

.. are scared to be exposed. … may be ignoring or dismissing their symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath, or weakness.

Deaths of cardiac patients may be embedded in the Covid-19 mortality data, … adverse trends in … cardiovascular deaths due to our patients not seeking care because of Covid.”

 

Stroke may be a complication of COVID-19 for some patients.

 

Stroke | cdc.gov

https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/index.htm

Apr 07, 2020 · Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of serious disability for adults. 1,2 About 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. 2 Get more quick facts about strokeStroke is preventable. You may be able to prevent stroke or lower your chances of having a stroke.. Stroke is treatable.

 

Do NOT Stay Home if You Have Signs of a Stroke

Sadly, all too many people are dying at home from strokes and heart attacks because they think they should not go to the hospital due to COVID-19.

The possible strike patient may or may not also have COVID-19.

All patients are protected from the isolated patient who has COVID-19. with strokes, you need to act FAST

Mayo Clinic

Stroke

Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any signs or symptoms of a stroke, even if they seem to come and go or they disappear completely. Think “FAST” and do the following:

  • Face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Or is one arm unable to rise?
  • Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is his or her speech slurred or strange?
  • Time. If you observe any of these signs, call 911 or emergency medical help immediately.

Call 911 or your local emergency number right away. Don’t wait to see if symptoms stop. Every minute counts. The longer a stroke goes untreated, the greater the potential for brain damage and disability.

Signs and symptoms of stroke include:

  • Trouble speaking and understanding what others are saying. You may experience confusion, slur your words or have difficulty understanding speech.
  • Paralysis or numbness of the face, arm or leg. You may develop sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis in your face, arm or leg. This often affects just one side of your body. Try to raise both your arms over your head at the same time. If one arm begins to fall, you may be having a stroke. Also, one side of your mouth may droop when you try to smile.
  • Problems seeing in one or both eyes. You may suddenly have blurred or blackened vision in one or both eyes, or you may see double.
  • Headache. A sudden, severe headache, which may be accompanied by vomiting, dizziness or altered consciousness, may indicate that you’re having a stroke.
  • Trouble walking. You may stumble or lose your balance. You may also have sudden dizziness or a loss of coordination.

More Information

 

 

 

 

Stay-at-Home

Why Staying Home Saves Lives: Flattening The Pandemic’s …

Mar 13, 2020 · If that were to happen, there wouldn’t be enough hospital beds or mechanical ventilators for everyone who needs them, and the U.S. hospital system would be overwhelmed.

Stay-at-Home or shelter-in-place to slow the spread of COVID-19 No Non-cents Nanna

 

Clean and Disinfect Your Home Safely

 

Always read and follow the directions on the label to ensure safe and effective use.

  • Wear skin protection and consider eye protection for potential splash hazards
  • Ensure adequate ventilation
  • Use no more than the amount recommended on the label
  • Use water at room temperature for dilution (unless stated otherwise on the label)
  • Avoid mixing chemical products
  • Label diluted cleaning solutions
  • Store and use chemicals out of the reach of children and pets

You should never eat, drink, breathe or inject these products into your body or apply directly to your skin as they can cause serious harm. Do not wipe or bathe pets with these products or any other products that are not approved for animal use.

See EPA’s 6 steps for Safe and Effective Disinfectant Useexternal icon

 

“The health authority found that calls about exposures to chemicals and disinfectants increased by 20 percent from 2019 to 2020, with children five years old or younger making up the majority of the victims. https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/coronavirus-covid19-poison-control-bleach-cdc-hand-sanitizer

 

Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces for COVID-19 | CDC

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/clean-disinfect

Jul 22, 2020 · Guidance for cleaning and disinfecting a public space, facility, or business to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Cleaning and Disinfecting: Everyday steps, when someone is sick, and considerations for employers.

 

Breaking News

Houston, We have a problem

Some people in some states failed to take community mitigation seriously. 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 on track to be overwhelmed in approximately two weeks as coronavirus cases mount, Mayor Sylvester Turner said on Sunday.

“.. 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.”

Texas hit a 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%. Turner said that 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 aims to slow the spread of a novel virus in communities through the use of nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) and through travel and border health measures.

In the absence of medications or vaccines, community mitigation measures are the 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 can take to 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

  • Know how it spreads

  • What everyone should do.
  • Avoid close contact

  • Social or Phsyical 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

 

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 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.”
Grocery stores and pharmacies are among the essential businesses. Drive-thru pickup or stores offered to shop online than have their purchase delivered.
Amazon has been doing a booming business with online sales.
Restaurants and bars are not essential. Depending on the state many restaurants and bars delivered or had a curbside pickup. But, once they both reopened they had capacity restrictions with physical distancing and extra cleaning requirements. However, there were too many careless mistakes in July most states closed own indoor dining and indoor bars. There were diners and bars who lost their licenses.

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

 

 

 

How to Grocery Shop Safely During the Coronavirus Pandemic …

https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/shopping…
    1. Recognize your risk. You should only go to the grocery store—or anywhere outside your home for …
    2. Limit the number of trips you take by going in with a game plan. Make grocery store trips as …
    3. Go when it isn’t crowded, and always keep a distance between you and other people. Because …
    4. Stock up on shelf-stable items. In addition to making an organized game plan and grocery list ahead …

 

 

Grocery Shopping Coronavirus Safety – Supermarkets and …

https://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/a31976592/…

Mar 30, 2020 · If you’ve been to the grocery store during the coronavirus COVID-19, you’ve likely felt some mixture of anxiety, loneliness, fear, confusion, frustration, and maybe even paranoia. Many grocery

 

We were washing all of our groceries son the front steps of our homes before we brought our food inside. That procedure had now been released. Read below for updates.

 

  • Food and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily…

    Jun 25, 2020 · Food and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or consuming food is associated with COVID-19. Coronaviruses, like the one that causes COVID-19, are thought to spread mostly person-to-person through respiratory droplets when someone coughs, sneezes, or talks.

  • CDC now says coronavirus ‘does not spread easily’ via …

    https://www.foxnews.com/health/cdc-now-says-corona…

    “We want to reassure consumers that there is currently no evidence of human or animal food or food packaging being associated with transmission of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19,” the …

  • Food Safety and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC

    https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/newsletter/food-safety-and-Coronavirus.html

    Food Safety and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food, it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety.

 

 

 

 

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

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.

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. In house dining services open up in most states- only to be shut down again due to employees getting sickw ith COVID.

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 

 

 

School’s out for the Summer…

 

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

 

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 – shouldn’t 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.

Good handwashing is one of the other steps we can do to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We will not have herd immunity for some time.

When you can not wash your hands under running water with soap then carry a bottle of hand sanitizer to use when you have touched a high touch item.

Authorities are closing… bars and other drinking establishments in some 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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

The worldwide web is an amazing wealth of information. Knowing how to Google can be a blessing or a curse. The same thing goes with reading the opinions for others and false information shared on social media. Social meid friends are not qualified to act as your licensed doctor. I know, you want to save money or you are too embarrassed to admit that tho you eat healthily and exercise that you might be a little sick.

 

 

Businesses Like Gyms are Hurting Financially

Yes, we all need exercise routines. Many of us, including myself, have gained the COVID 19 weight. Excercise has not been happening like it once did DNA some of us are eating far too much comfort food.

Ideally, getting to the gym would be healthy. But, it is a huge risk. Keep reading on why that is and how Gym owners are adapting to new cleaning and distancing pleasures to stop the spread.

The really big kicker about how COVID-19 can spread is the fact that presymptomatic people are spreading the virus before they know they are sick. In a gym, your huff and puff while sweating so it is very hard to wear a mask.

Read more about Asymptomatic and Presymptomatic

  • Some people who are positive for COVID-19 show no sighs nor symptoms of this infectious virus. The big word for that is *ASYMPTOMATIC. They are “silent carriers.”. who have no clue that they are contagious and infecting others. Well, why would they know if they are doing what they normally do and don’t even have the sniffles?

 

…asymptomatic means in medical terms – the absence of symptoms.
… the term symptomatic, meaning symptoms are present.
… as doctors try to diagnosis disease while it is still in the asymptomatic phase.

What’s important … you may feel fine, your body is not… you’re unlikely to change your behaviors when you feel well, if what you have is transmissible, it’s likely that you are passing it to others.

Screening tests … in those who are asymptomatic… monitoring or early treatment. Unfortunately, many do not seek such an evaluation when they are asymptomatic because they are unaware of a reason to do so.

Please read the full article at this link:

 

Asymptomatic spread responsible for most virus transmission, HHS official says

Young people not showing coronavirus symptoms are playing a big role in the pandemic.

By Alexandra Kelley | July 17, 2020

 

COVID-19 Testing

 

I have been tested for COVID-19 although I had no symptoms nor known exposure. My son and I were both “negative” as we knew we would be. But, that one negative test does not mean I will not get infected next week and then be contagious. Currently, there is still an unreasonable delay in testing results of up to 2 to 3 weeks. YIKES!

We were required to be screened and tested due to my son having a procedure with an overnight stay. An exception was made for me to accompany him in order for me to do his nursing care.

The lab stuck a Q-tip in both nostrils. It tickled but was not painful. I have a little trick that I use as a distraction- I might pinch myself or tap a bone so I have something other than the stick poking me to focus on.

 

Even if you test negative for COVID-19, assume you have it, experts say

Unfortunately, not all of the tests seem to be accurate. Stay calm- carry on…have you stopped to consider how quickly scientists and doctors have had to pull together all of this for an unknown new disease? They have been amazing accomplishing what they have so far.

 

  • Fact check: Common cold does not produce positive COVID-19 …

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/…

    Jul 03, 2020 · The claim: A common cold can produce a positive COVID-19 result. As coronavirus case counts surge across the country, social media users claim that the …

  • Coronavirus facts, myths and information: Your questions …

    https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/health/coronavirus-questions-answers

    Jul 23, 2020 · Coronavirus and Covid-19 are not the same thing, but sometimes the terms can be used interchangeably. This “novel coronavirus” is novel because it just emerged in humans in late 2019.

     

 

How Poop Offers Hints About the Spread of Coronavirus

The virus that causes COVID-19 can live in fecal matter, so this startup is tracking sewage samples.

  • Earlier this month, a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association noted that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can be detected live in feces, meaning it can be transmitted through fecal matter.
  • Biobot, a wastewater analytics company, says it will begin analyzing sewage samples from across the U.S.
  • To help track the spread of COVID-19, the startup wants to create a map of sewage systems that have poop testing positive.

 

Contact Tracing

 

Some people have never heard of Contact Tracing before- it sounds like an invasion of privacy- and it is. But, it is the only way to informs others that you have been in contact with IF you test positive

I have heard people complain, “it’s none of the government’s business who my friends are.” In the matter of public health and safety, I am convinced the spread of a highly communicable disease is the concern of the Public Health Department.

STD’s, VD, HIV: Sexually transmitted diseases have long been Contact Traced. You want to talk about “Invasion of privacy” and ” who your friends with benefits” or strangers that you have been “sleeping with” – How personally revealing it that? (I’ll cut my thoughts short on those specific issues.)

Click HERE to view Contact Tracing Infographic 

 

What to know about contact tracing

Contact tracing is a method of controlling an infectious disease. It involves identifying people who may have come into contact with a person who is sick. Public health officials can then recommend that at-risk individuals take precautions to prevent the spread of the disease.

Contact tracing is often part of a coordinated effort to contain an infectious illness. Although contact tracing is not a new practice, it has become more widespread since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This article looks at how contact tracing works and the privacy concerns associated with it…

Plese, click the link to read the entire article.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/what-is-contact-tracing

 

 

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

In addition to wearing a face mask, the infection control experts recommend doing the following things to slow the spread of any infection. We should have been doing these things all our lives. Better late than never to learn some new habits.

Your entire town or state may have an official order or a strong suggestion to stay-at-home or to shelter-in-place.

The whole country is supposed to be practicing physical distancing or social distancing.

Going to church or to bar indoors is very challenging to keep a distance of 6 or more feet and not spray your saliva on someone else when you sing or talk over everyone else’s loud voice.

 

Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html

There will have to be a lot of thought when managers rearrange church pews, school desks, dining tables, and bars stools. I found a Social Distancing Calculator website.

Social Distancing Room Space Calculator

Our calculator works 2 ways, by the number of people required or room size.

 

To prevent infection and to slow transmission of COVID-19, do the following:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Maintain at least six feet distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
  • Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.

Learn more at WHO https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_2

 

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 is legally liable?

 

 

Flatten the Curve

Flattening the curve refers to community isolation measures that keep the daily number of disease cases at a manageable level for medical providers. (Image: © CDC) Efforts to completely contain …

 

Why are Public Health doctors or the Surgeon General wanting us to “slow the spread” or flatten the curve“?

What is the big deal, anyway, about “overwhelming the medical system? Won’t doctors and nurses always be at the hospital to admit patients?

Medical providers are human beings as well. They are getting exhausted and sick themselves. We could predict that. by looking at past flu epidemics.

Therefore ‘elective” surgeries were canceled; some departments have shut down laying off nurses and more staff to make room for COVID patients. In doing so, many people delayed seeking timely medical care.

 …if we can delay the spread of the virus so that new cases aren’t popping up all at once, but rather over the course of weeks or months, “then the system can adjust and accommodate all the people who are possibly going to get sick and possibly need hospital care.” People would still get infected… but at a rate that the health care system could actually keep up with —

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/13/815502262/flattening-a-pandemics-curve-why-staying-home-now-can-save-lives

 

 

Some medical facilities did have a shortage of PPE short for personal protective equipment.

That included surgical masks and more complex masks like the N95.

Officials were concerned that people would hoard masks like they did toilet paper when Lock-down or Stay-at-home orders were announced. You may still see older news feeds of posts on Facebook where Americans were told to “not buy masks”. ( That is an outdated statement that was a big mistake.)

Covid-19 testing: Officials turn to sewage – CNN

Apr 26, 2020 · (CNN) As the need for widespread Covid-19 testing grows, officials are looking to flush out hidden cases of the virus by examining sewage. Groups of scientists around the world are using …

One Way to Potentially Track Covid-19? Sewage Surveillance …

Last week, researchers at the KWR Water Research Institute in the Netherlands were the first to publicly report they had detected SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater samples. The group started testing in…

 

 

What is the curve we want to flatten?

One part of all individual members of a community’s responsibility to help flatten the curve is to wear a mask when you can not social distance combined with other measures.

 

During the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020 we Stayed-At -Home and gained weight. Let’s wear our masks and social distance to slow the spread. If we have to go on Lock-Down again I don’t think they make big-girl-panties big enough to fit this girl…just saying… flatten those curves.

 

 

Here’s what you need to know about the curve, and why we want to flatten it.

Related: Live updates on COVID-19

Coronavirus: What is ‘flattening the curve,’ and will it work?

… as the outbreak in Italy shows, the rate at which a population becomes infected makes all the difference in whether there are enough hospital beds (and doctors, and resources) to treat the sick.

In epidemiology, the idea of slowing a virus’ spread so that fewer people need to seek treatment at any given time is known as “flattening the curve.”

… “social distancing” guidelines — including a “shelter in place”

The “curve” researchers are talking about refers to the projected number of people who will contract COVID-19 over a period of time.

(To be clear, this is not a hard prediction of how many people will definitely be infected, but a theoretical number that’s used to model the virus’ spread.)

The faster the infection curve rises, the quicker the local health care system gets overloaded beyond its capacity to treat people…. more new patients may be forced to go without ICU beds,( and qualified staff) .. may run out of the basic supplies …

A slower infection rate means a less stressed health care system, fewer hospital visits on any given day and fewer sick people being turned away.

https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-flatten-the-curve.html

 

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Read updated information on what the CDC says about face mask https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

 

A facemask alone is NOT a 100% guarantee of not contracting this viral disease.

But, this does not mean this is an “all-or-none” proposition. Wear face masks, social distance, wash your hands in combination for a reduced exposure if the virus is present.

 

COVID-19: How much protection do face masks offer?

Get answers to your questions about face masks, including how to use them properly.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

… face masks combined with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing, help slow the spread of the virus.

 

COVID-19: Considerations for Wearing Cloth Face Coverings …

CDC Recommends Cloth Face Coverings for Use by the General Public

… public use simple cloth face coverings when in a public setting to slow the spread of the virus, since this will help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

For more information, see the CDC’s Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/personal-protective-equipment-infection-control/n95-respirators-surgical-masks-and-face-masks

 

I say to do the best you can with what you’ve got the reduce the chances of contracting this contagious disease.

Grocery stores and pharmacies have installed plastic shields to distance the customer and the cashier.

Social distancing, face masks and eye protection all appear to reduce the spread of COVID-19, in both health care settings and the general community, according to a new review commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO).

https://www.livescience.com/face-masks-eye-protection-covid-19-prevention.html

 

In February and March, the experts were not on the same page about what to do to buy us time to prepare for the outbreak of a new highly contagious virus.

Even now in July 2020, there are still mixed messages on mask-wearing. The problem has evolved into serious anger issues when people disagree over the mask-wearing rules. Organized groups have resorted to Mobbing and Bullying tactics on social media.

Certainly all of the mixed messages area doing fuel to fire of groups who seem to thrive IMO, on conspiracy theories and are anti-establishment including anti-vaccines. (See quote and reference links below.)

 

CDC Recommends Cloth Face Coverings for Use by the General Public

CDC’s Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions, such as hand washing and maintaining at least 6 feet of social distancing, to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.

From the FDA website: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/personal-protective-equipment-infection-control/n95-respirators-surgical-masks-and-face-masks 

 

 

Mixed messages …

ABC News contributor, said there was “definitely confusion” over face coverings early on, though it was “partly due to improved understanding of virus transmission over time.” As the science surrounding how the virus was transmitted evolved, so did the guidance.

Even top disease experts were slow to get on the same page. The World Health Organization and CDC initially decreed masks were needed only for those who were sick or caring for those who were sick. Surgeon General Jerome Adams even tweeted in February that Americans should stop buying them.

“Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS!,” he wrote. “They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”

… even after that guidance changed, some leaders were slow to adapt.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/mixed-messages-masks-critical-tool-slow-pandemic-slowed/story?id=70526293#:~:text=John%20Brownstein%2C%20an%20epidemiologist%20at%20Boston%20Children%27s%20Hospital,virus%20was%20transmitted%20evolved%2C%20so%20did%20the%20guidance.

 

Will You Be Able to Help Your College-Age Child in a Medical Emergency? The HIPAA Privacy Rule can get in your way

 

More Information

 

 

 

 

 

Justice Department Issues Warning About Fake Mask Exempt CardsJune 27, 20204:06 PM ET

… one of the best ways to slow the spread of the coronavirus is to wear a mask.

… recommendation to secure a covering over one’s nose and mouth has proven one of the pandemic’s more partisan issues.

The Department of Justice is now warning that a card circulating online is falsely claiming its holder is lawfully exempt from wearing a mask.

 issued alert …urging the public not to heed information printed on the fraudulent cards, which purport to carry the authority of the “Freedom to Breathe Agency,” which is neither a federal nor a state agency.

The fake card states that wearing a mask will incur mental or physical risk for the holder. The card also posits that the Americans with Disabilities Act forbids raising questions about the health condition aggravated by mask…

“These postings were not issued by the Department and are not endorsed by the Department.”

The department also said not to rely on information included on the card and instead to visit the Americans with Disabilities Act website.

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/06/27/884272188/justice-department-issues-warning-about-fake-mask-exempt-cards

 

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 a 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.

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… Now the new cases or coronavirus are overwhelming the system.

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https://medium.com/@trentmc0/when-does-hospital-capacity-get-overwhelmed-in-usa-germany-a06cf2835f89

 

 

More information from the Center for Disease Control ( CDC)

 

Always dispose of your disposable masks and gloves in the trash can- please do not polite the sewers.

 

Should we still be stressing over disinfecting surfaces?

In the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were told to disinfect surfaces. People were going crazy cleaning everything in their home- Why not? They were told to stay-at-home and now they had time to clean deep.

There were some problems though with people not reading directions on the cleaning products container; mixing chemicals that should not be mixed; carelessly leaving unattended for small children to ingest.

(See CDC recommendations above.)

CDC Reports Rise in Accidental Poisonings During Pandemic

Apr 21, 2020 · En español | Accidental poisonings from household cleaners and disinfectants have increased as Americans are spending more time at home in an effort to slow the coronavirus pandemic. During the first three months of the year, 55 poison centers across the United States received 45,550 exposure calls related to cleaners and disinfectants, or about 20 percent more than the 37,822 reported during the same period a year ago, according to a report …

 

Now, scientists feel they have enough studies done on COVID-19 contaminated surfaces to say that it is not spread easily from surfaces. I know I need to go do some editing on an early blog post because the finding have changed after new studies were completed.

CDC: COVID-19 Not Spread Easily From Contaminated Surfaces

The updated information also outlines what is not considered to pose a high risk for infection.

The CDC says that touching contaminated objects or surfaces and exposure to infected animals do not seem to be significant methods of COVID-19 transmission, the Post reported.

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.

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.”

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

 

Why does it matter that 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.

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

Mistakes in recording deaths…

the numbers do not always add up. No Non-cents Nanna

 

 

 

Posted on March 25, 2020

The lack of available COVID-19 tests has crippled the US response to the coronavirus. The initial tests distributed to major state and city labs in February proved to be unreliable, and the FDA did not allow state and clinical laboratories to make and administer their own tests until the end of the month.

… CDC issues guidance and guidelines, local authorities in each state have the power to decide who, alive or dead, can be tested and how the tests are administered… such variation in COVID-19 testing depending on where you live.

… lack of federally mandated rules on reporting positive cases and deaths reflects an ongoing problem with major disaster responses in the US — the CDC’s guidelines and recommendations don’t add up to a cohesive national system … states can choose if and when they use those recommendations.

 

 

 

 

 

Covid-19 Deaths In Context and the Absurdity of Flu Comparisons

Mish wrote:

… who still compare Covid-19 to the flu, car crashes, heart disease etc.
….point to easily debunked articles that claim the number of deaths is overstated and the models are totally wrong.
Click HERE to see- chart shows just how foolish these pandemic non-believers are.The Deaths in ContextDifferent time scales: We are still early in this pandemic. It has only been a few weeks since the first reported U.S. deaths. Comparing these deaths to, say, an entire year of deaths from car crashes or influenza is not meaningful…. from the Atlantis article Not Like the Flu, Not Like Car Crashes, Not Like… …accurately note that New York now adds “probables” to the “confirmed” Covid-19.. the new method attributes a few deaths to the wrong category.… many times that number of deaths not accurately attributed because of failure to test. Those deaths are attributed to the flu, pneumonia, or nothing at all…. deaths have been dramatically understated.… overestimated initial death estimates…. 2 million initial death totals presumed there would be no mitigation efforts the mitigation efforts worked far better than the models expected.Died With Covid(viral argument)... is people died with Covid, not because of it.
  • Deaths from heart disease and cancer have a known death rate …. Hospitals can easily plan for that.
  • Hospitals can plan on set rate of auto-related deaths.
  • … not prepared for … sudden rise in Covid-deaths even if these people would have “died anyway”…
https://www.thestreet.com/mishtalk/economics/covid-19-deaths-in-context-and-the-absurdity-of-flu-comparisons

 

Yes, the system is deeply flawed. it is distressing. But, we still must watch those all-or-none cognitive distortions.

Just because there are mistakes being made does not mean that this pandemic is a hoax. We all must use critical thinking skills that include looking at two sides of every coin.

This article is out of Canada. Is it fact or fiction?

 

The problem I see with this statement: The CDC Confesses to Lying..” is that the CDC is not the agent who is submitting the numbers form death certificates.

 

The CDC Confesses to Lying About COVID-19 Death Numbers


By  — American Thinker—— Bio and ArchivesApril 13, 2020

… physician, coroner, or medical examiner, signing the death certificate.

… don’t know with certainty the cause of death when we fill out death certificates.

Autopsies are rarely performed and even when an autopsy is done the actual cause of death is not always clear.

Physicians make their best guesstimate and fill out the form. Then that listed cause of death … is entered into a vital records data bank to use for statistical analysis… inaccurate numbers.. then become accepted as factual information even though much of it is false.

 

Coronavirus: Doctors At Hospitals Say COVID-19 Death …

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nidhiprakash/…

Medical professionals around the US told BuzzFeed News that the official numbers of people who have died of COVID-19 are not consistent with the number of deaths they’re seeing on the front lines.. In some cases, it’s a lag in reporting, caused by delays and possible breakdowns in logging positive tests and making them public. In other, more troubling, cases, medical experts told BuzzFeed …

… possible breakdowns in logging positive tests and making them public…. people are not being tested before or after they die.

In the US, state and county authorities … collecting data on cases of COVID-19, … and deaths. The data is then reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

…doesn’t mean that authorities are underestimating how deadly the disease is. States across the US have implemented stay-at-home orders … unknown number of people who have COVID-19, .. some who may never even have symptoms or get mildly sick and recover… capable of spreading the virus.

 

 

Ignore it: Maybe COVID-19 will go away

COVID-19 is not going away. 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.

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,

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

 

 

 

 

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

What Is The Cost Of COVID-19 Treatment?

 

Here’s how much it costs to get coronavirus treatment

…uninsured to 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: WARNIN! 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.

 

Type of isolation precautionAverage daily costs per inpatient day (9 …Average daily costs per ICU patient day
Contact (Gown, Gloves, Staff Time)$34.72 (31.37, 37.60)$42.32 (39.90, 44.76)
Droplet (Mask)$3.81 (3.38, 4.23)$4.56 (4.30, 4.82)
Airborne N-95 (N-95 Mask)$33.74 (29.99, 37.48)$40.40 (38.076, 42.714)

Apr 3 2020

Author: Kerrie VerLee, Dorine Berriel-Cass, Kristen Buck, Chau Nguyen
Cited by: 15
Publish Year: 2014
www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0196655313013308

 

 

 

6 Ways to Deal with Selfish People During COVID-19

COVID fears can lead to selfish behaviors. What can you do about it?

Posted Apr 18, 2020

… wonderful stories of incredible acts of generosity and kindness. Kira Newman writes in the magazine Greater Good “countless acts of goodness, kindness, and heroism are taking place all over as the world battles COVID-19” …

… even harder to understand and manage the acts of selfishness and entitlement that are also all around us.

… when we are afraid, tense, and worried… more self-centered…. Christopher Dwyer wrote that selfishness and self-preservation are often very closely linked. By definition, self-preservation is selfish, he reminds us.

The truth is that we are all selfish…, that selfishness can be healthy and important.

… degrees of self-care,… obnoxious self-centered often take it to an extreme—and that’s what we’re talking about here…. some kinds of selfish acts can be seriously problematic, …two factors…

  •  many plans have high deductibles
  • The second issue is the network

The Seattle Times reported last month the case of $1.1 million hospital bill… 181 pages of expenses $9,736 per day for the intensive care room…$409,000 for it to be sterilized and $82,000 for the ventilator, among other treatment costs.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-couch/202004/6-ways-deal-selfish-people-during-covid-19

 

 

Safety and reopening

“… as a community reopen… taking responsible actions,” explains Dr. Shah. “Not just for themselves but this is really about the people that are around them.

All the different activities that are very much about let’s make sure we protect others. Let’s make sure we are taking the real responsibility so we are doing that.”

Washing your hands and social distancing are the best ways to prevent the spread in any situation.

Experts also say restrictions against these super-spread events would help slow transmission and could allow for the easing of restrictions of more outdoor activities.

https://www.click2houston.com/health/2020/05/29/what-are-covid-19-super-spreaders-and-why-are-church-choir-lofts-on-the-list/

 

 

 

When the Young and the Restless College Students Want to Party at the Bars During a Pandemic…

Uh OH! My hometown, Iowa City, made national news, too. this No Non-cents Nanna is not amused at this big mistake made by a few.

Come on now, do you really want to be even sharing the flu, strep throat, meningitis, or mono? Residents of college dorms suffer every year from multiple contagious diseases that young adults have never heard of. In this case “ignorance is not bliss.”. So it will not hurt you to wear a mask when you should.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want a definition of the word and potential complications, or possible treatment options or when to call the doctor simply hover the mouse over the word then click. You can use the back arrow to come back to this page.

You may be thinking, ‘I know what a runny nose and sneezing are. Don’t insult my intelligence.’ But, do you know that there are many possible causes for these signs or symptoms you may not have thought of. So, go ahead and click the links then skim the article.

WARNING: Do not try to diagnose yourself with a list of symptoms. There could be 1001 reasons for a particular cluster of aches and complaints that may go away on its own. Consult a licensed physician.

The only way to know for sure if you have influenza or COVID-19 is to have licensed medical personnel do the proper test to rule out this or that or make a differential diagnosis.

Self-diagnosis with the help of the internet or a simple Google search is fast, easy, and free. However, it can compromise one’s health especially if the diagnosis and management is wrong.

• Little learning can be dangerous

When patients self-diagnose and manage the disease alone, they may miss the subtleties that diagnosis and medical management constitute. The greatest perils of patient self-diagnosis often present in psychiatric disorders because you may miss a certain illness that masquerades as a psychiatric syndrome.

The two major dangers are:
– the patient’s condition progressing untreated
– side effects from self-medicating

https://www.nursebuff.com/patient-self-diagnosis/

If you have symptoms like what is listed below, please do NOT self-diagnosis. Wear a mask and get tested as soon as possible. “Do NOT stop at GO to collect $100:., Do NOT meet your friends at the bar. Go directly to get tested.

Possible complications of the flu

Most people who actually get influenza have mild symptoms – then they get over it.

But, you never know when an influenza virus will knock you off your feet. Even with flu shots, the predicted strains that will hit in a given year are only educated guesses. There is never a guarantee that you won’t get some kind of “flu” the experts did not see coming.

Hey, epidemiologists are scientists- not psychics with crystal balls. They base their predictions on facts from the past that follows certain patterns.

In my county in Iowa, the flu vaccine for this last year did include Influenza A. But, Influenza A was more aggressive than predicted. I personally know dozens of people who got this year’s flu so bad they had to be hospitalized.

Since I have autoimmune issues and I live with a disabled adult child, I take every appreciation I can to try to avoid the flu. In 2018 I ended up testing positive for “the common cold” I need up in ICU with 

 

 

fever — also known as a high fever or a high temperature — is not by itself an illness. It’s usually a symptom of an underlying condition, most often an infection.

Fever is usually associated with physical discomfort, and most people feel better when a fever is treated. But depending on your age, physical condition, and the underlying cause of your fever, you may or may not require medical treatment for the fever alone. Many experts believe that fever is a natural bodily defense against infection. There are also many non-infectious causes of fever.

Please click on the link belwo to read more such as:When to call the doctor and complications of a high fever; how to safely treat a fever.

https://www.webmd.com/first-aid/fevers-causes-symptoms-treatments

 

If a Numbers prediction Fact or Fiction? Is it the truth or a lie?

I read a lot. I am also a very active engager on Facebook. I have read an unbelievable amount of comments from people who are stressed out over the misinformation in regards to COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Keep in mind there is FAKE news that muddies what the US governmental agencies have predicted could possibly happen IF the citizens of the US did not do what we can to help control this novel virus.

Based on facts from past history of similar outbreaks of other pandemic diseases such as the 1918 Spanish flu the CDC and WHO have made educated guesses on the worst-case scenario if we did nothing to control the spread of this highly contagious new virus that has spread rapidly across the globe.

The words Fact or Fiction 0r Truth or Lies is irrelevant. Why is that?

Because the US government does not have control over the individuals’ actions.

Some people follow all the recommendations like stay-at-home; wear a mask when you must go out: wash your hands…while others have been defiant with risky behavior due to lack of proper information given that meets their needs on how this pandemic will affect them and those around them.

That is why is decided to put together this very long with click links to credible informational.posts.

Prediction is the act of forecasting what will happen in the future. Prediction is central to medicine as preventive and therapeutic interventions are prescribed or recommended on implicit or explicit expectations about future health outcomes. Prediction models aim to quantify the probability of these future health outcomes based on a set of predictors. They are used to score the health status of newborn babies (APGAR), for cardiovascular disease prevention, and for stratifying cancer screening programs. They are also increasingly offered outside health care such as the personal genome tests, wearables, and risk calculators.

http://www.cecilejanssens.org/prediction-research-2/

 

  • A cough or shortness of breath can be caused by many things other than COVID-19. Allergic reaction; Tuberculosis: Asthma: Virus; Bacteria: Fungus…Please, let a qualified health practitioner diagnose and treat you when you.

 

Take reasonable precautions based on scientific predictions can change the course of the history of communicable diseases.

There is an old saying, “Close the barn door before the horse gets out.”

If you own horses who want to keep them safe and well cared for. There is no point in telling that horse to not leave the barn unless you say so. Sure, pray for your farm animals. But, take appropriate action to properly care for your horses. If you need help to solve a problem ask a veterinarian. It is your responsibility to close that barn door – not the “stupid” horse’s job nor the “ole devil is working”, either.

The same goes for doing everything you can to help prevent the spread of this novel coronavirus that is no respecter of person.

 

Why are scientists making predictions about COVID-19 that may or may not happen?

How and why is the CDC, WHO, and Dr. Fauci telling us that so many people could die of COVID?

Dr. Fauci delivered a frightening warning about the coronavirus pandemic

  • The number of new coronavirus cases could rise dramatically to 100,000 COVID-19 confirmations per day, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned.
  • As US states have reopened their economies, many of them saw massive surges in daily coronavirus case counts, setting records that dwarf the previous highs from April.
  • Fauci added that people need to avoid crowded areas including bars, and keep wearing face masks to reduce the risk of transmission. Some states are already considering reimposing certain restrictions ahead of the Independence Day weekend.
  • We are now having 40,000 cases a day. … go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around,” Fauci told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing.Social distancing and face masks are meant to help people “enjoy themselves within the safe guidelines,” the Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases said. “We should not look at the public health endeavors as being an obstruction to opening up. We should look at it as a vehicle to opening up.”
  • …the actual number of new cases may be higher than reported, and the number of new cases may be at 100,000 per day already. “Remember, a lot of cases are going undetected because not everybody can get testing,” he said. “It just really emphasizes the importance of taking further steps, on wearing masks, on pausing reopening, on taking steps ahead of July 4th to avoid big crowds.”

Dr. Fauci delivered a frightening warning about the coronavirus pandemic

 

 

Before a pandemic, it is impossible to know how many people will:

  • become ill
  • require hospitalization
  • die

The impact of a pandemic flu depends on several factors such as:

  • how easily the virus spreads
  • how sick it makes people
  • which groups of people (e.g. age, health, geographical location) are most affected

Not all novel influenza viruses turn into flu pandemics.

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/pandemic-flu/causes.html

 

A susceptible person is someone who is not vaccinated or otherwise immune, or a person with a weakened immune system who has a way for the germs to enter the body.

For an infection to occur, germs must enter a susceptible person’s body and invade tissues, multiply, and cause a reaction.

Recognizing the factors that increase patients’ susceptibility to infection allows providers to recognize risks and perform basic infection prevention measures to prevent infection from occurring.

https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/spread/index.html

 

 

 

Transmission

Germs don’t move themselves. Germs depend on people, the environment, and/or medical equipment to move in healthcare settings.

  • Contact moves germs by touch
  • Sprays and splashes occur when an infected person coughs or sneezes, creating droplets which carry germs short distances (within approximately 6 feet). These germs can land on a susceptible person’s eyes, nose, or mouth and can cause infection (example: pertussis or meningitis).
  • Inhalation occurs when germs are aerosolized in tiny particles that survive on air currents over great distances and time and reach a susceptible person. Airborne transmission can occur when infected patients cough, talk, or sneeze germs into the air (example: TB or measles), or when germs are aerosolized by medical equipment or by dust from a construction zone (example: Nontuberculous mycobacteria or aspergillus).

https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/spread/index.html

Did you know this post is also broken down into parts?

 

The Great Mask Conspiracies That Divide the US

Understand COVID-19 Safety Precautions for Millenials/ College-Age Students part 7

 

Back to School in the New Normal Debate: Understanding COVID-19 Precautions

 

Note: Thank you for your patience as I work on breaking this post down into more parts. No Non-cents Nanna

 

 

 

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