8 March 2020 - Lunch News
Medical workers in Wuhan
Published April 24, 2017:
The Spanish Flu of 1918 caused more than 50 million deaths. Between 20% and 40% of the world became infected. The late-1950s saw the Asian flu, which killed about 2 million people, including 70,000 in the U.S. In recent years, the H1N1 virus in 2019 killed 17,000 people worldwide.
Billionaire Bill Gates spoke about the pandemic threat earlier this year during a security conference in Munich.“Imagine if I told you somewhere in this world, there’s a weapon that exists -- or that could emerge -- capable of killing tens of thousands, or millions of people, bringing economies to a standstill and throwing nations into chaos,” Gates said. “Whether it occurs by a quirk of nature or at the hand of a terrorist, epidemiologists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year.”
And with prescience, the Gates Foundation will be rolling out a home coronavirus test kit:
If you want to know hat’s happening regarding high tech counter measures against coronavirus here it is:
AJ brings us recipes for make your own hand sanitizer: Homemade Hand Sanitizer I searched several websites and for homemade hand sanitizer recipes. It looks like the typical ratio is 60% alcohol to 40% aloe vera gel by volume, or 2/3 rubbing alcohol to 1/3 cup aloe vera gel. If you don't like the smell of alcohol you can add a couple of drops of the essential oil of your choice. The most popular one seems to be lavender. A scaled-down version of the World Health Organizations recipe: The World Health Organization published a couple of recipes for making gallons of homemade hand sanitizer (see link below) this is the scaled-down version. 2/3 cup 99% rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) or ethanol 1/3 cup aloe vera gel 8-10 drops essential oil, optional (such as lavender, lemongrass, eucalyptus, peppermint, orange)
The directions are the same, mix the ingredient and pour it into a pump bottle using a funnel.
Where to get ingredients: (Note: You can get the ingredients from Amazon delivered, and avoid exposing yourself to big box stores too.) https://www.amazon.com/aloe-vera-gel/s?k=aloe+vera+gel
· Aloe Vera Gel-The cheapest source I could find was at Target, they have a 16 oz bottle for $3.29.
· 99% isopropyl alcohol is normally very cheap ($2.39 for 32- ounces) at any chain store such as Target or Walmart. I checked a number of them in my area and they were sold out. It is available on Amazon. The cheapest 32-ounce bottle I could find was $25.00. · Travel Bottles TSA Approved, Uerstar 3oz Leak Proof BPA Free Silicone Cosmetic Travel bottle
References: https://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/Guide_to_Local_Production.pdf World Health Organization recipe https://www.foxla.com/news/cant-find-hand-sanitizer-the-world-health-organization-has-a-recipe-to-make-your-own News clip on World Health Organization Recipe https://www.cnet.com/how-to/why-you-shouldnt-make-your-own-hand-sanitizer/ Why you may not want to make your own hand sanitizer unless absolutely necessary. Comprehensive intelligent advice on how to avoid catching it:
Crazy infectious with a serious complication rate near 15% and a case fatality rate of over 3%, many of us are likely to catch this virus, and most of us will probably know at least one person who dies from it.
And with that many sick people, the health care systems around the world are going to be overwhelmed. Even if you don’t have the virus, you still may not be able to get critical care for other health emergencies (sickness, injury, baby delivery, etc)
Chris shares some of the dozens of stories we’re receiving from health practitioners all over the world who feel shocked and betrayed by how poorly their hospitals are prepared for what’s coming.
So take steps now to increase your odds of being one of those who avoids covid-19 altogether.
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Oregon Declares State of Emergency
Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a 60-day state of emergency on Sunday as coronavirus cases in the state doubled to 14. “We will do everything in our power to keep Oregonians safe,” Brown said at a news conference.
( Note: "Our Power". This is a real ego trip for the power mad liberals running Oregon.)
The Oregonian says the Governor and her staff are being “Paternalistic” in refusing to reveal information and causing harm by their jealous hoarding of information..
Viruses can pass quickly from one community to another -- especially two as interconnected as Seattle and Portland, just a three-hour drive apart.
“They’re epidemiological mirrors of each other,” said Benjamin Dalziel, an Oregon State University assistant professor of integrative biology who has studied the spread of infectious diseases.
Dalziel believes just like with the flu, the new coronavirus will almost certainly move from one Northwest hub to the other as people travel and interact.“What happens in Seattle is going to happen in Portland, in Corvallis, if it’s not all ready,” Dalziel said. “I think that’s the plausible scenario. ... They’re just so connected. Certainly enough to sync up.” The health department also has advised people of all ages to avoid large groups of people and to consider postponing and canceling events.The department has urged businesses to allow people to work from home. Major employers such as Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Facebook have either urged or outright mandated their employees in the Seattle area to work from home. Amazon said this week that one of its Seattle-based employees had come down with the virus, and Facebook said one of its contractors had.
The University of Washington will shut down its 46,000-student campus starting Monday and will hold classes online at least until March 20, the end of winter quarter.The U.S. District Court for Western Washington has canceled all in-person hearings in Tacoma and Seattle until further notice. Sidelinger said Oregon can test up to 40 people a day from a stockpile of tests that will allow up to 750 people to be tested. Oregon has tested 124 people since Jan. 24, with 40 tests still pending results. “We currently don’t have any constraints on testing here in Oregon,” Sidelinger told Brown.But that same day, another top Oregon official – the Oregon Health Authority’s public health director, Lillian Shirley – seemed to say the opposite. Shirley said Oregon doesn’t currently have enough capacity to provide widespread testing giving the CDC’s new, loosened criteria.The CDC said anyone who has a fever, cough or respiratory troubles can be tested, as long as they have a doctor’s approval.
“Some hospitals have put out essentially gag orders ... demanding that nurses, if they see something, they don’t say anything publicly,” Gumpert said.
Aimee Patterson, a primary care physician at the Heart Spring Health medical clinic in downtown Portland, said she tried to get coronavirus tests this past week for three patients who all had fevers, coughs and shortness of breath. A study of 55,000 recent coronavirus cases in China found that in 88 percent of those cases, the afflicted had a fever and in 68 percent of cases, they had a dry cough. One of Patterson’s patients also had returned last week from Seattle. The person had mingled with Amazon employees and eaten from the same food carts before Amazon announced this week that one of its employees had contracted the virus.
But Patterson said when she called Multnomah County health officials and tried to get her patients tested, she ran into dead ends. In two of the cases, officials told her to have her patients schedule a visit at a local emergency room for testing, but when the patients called, medical staff there said they wouldn’t run tests.
In the case of the third patient, Multnomah County denied the test, said Patterson, a naturopathic doctor. She told her patients to stay home. She noted that she consulted with all of her patients over the phone, to avoid exposure to the virus. But Patterson said she sees a glimmer of hope. Her clinic has been told that on Monday it will have tests on hand to administer, although she is still waiting for details. “It frustrates me to look at the national numbers and see how many positive test cases there are in Washington and California,” Patterson said.
She said she finds it difficult to believe that Oregon has only the confirmed handful. “I’m actually alarmed and a little afraid,” she said. “Because I have this horrible feeling that we’re behind the curve and once everyone who should be tested gets tested the numbers are going to be scary.”
https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/as-oregon-coronavirus-cases-grow-state-holds-off-on-drastic-measures-to-stop-virus-spread.html According to recent reports from Italy the coronavirus patient zero in the Pavia area is a Pakistani immigrant who refused to self-isolate after testing positive for the virus. The EU Times reported that the Pakistani man continued to cook and deliver Chinese food and infected an entire region of Italy.
Health authorities asked the man to quarantine himself at his home in the Pavia area for two weeks, but he ignored the request and continued to work at a Chinese restaurant.He then compounded the risk of spreading the virus by making home deliveries of Chinese food.
Authorities were alerted to the situation and the military intervened to return the man to his home.“The Carabinieri have been busy reconstructing all the movements of the young man, in order to identify as many people as possible with whom he came into contact. In the meantime, the military has closed the Chinese restaurant,” reports Free West Media.
The migrant now faces up to 3 months in jail for failing to self-isolate under article 650 of the Italian penal code.