Carried Away

Here are some myth busters from WHO about the coronavirus, COVID-19. It is part of the virus family that includes the common cold, SARS, MERS and more. The current strain is a novel coronavirus or nCoV. That’s just an expression that means it hasn’t been seen before. This one, like SARS and MERS, are zoonotic, originally transmitted from animals to humans.

RIDICULOUS

Whenever something like this happens, as with the plagues of ages past, humans often react hysterically. They’re understandably afraid, but unable to process modern medical advice and knowledge. Some people just aren’t wired that way. They overreact, and often in sad but hilarious ways. Sad, in that they make it obvious that they’re terrified, but funny because of the measures they take out of ignorance. On a sunny day in the Bronx, a woman sat watching kids play baseball. It was pleasant, but interrupted when a man walked past on the nearby sidewalk.

What a sight, she mused, talking about it later. “He wore a rain poncho with the hood up. Around the top of his head and covering his face was plastic wrap with a hole for his mouth.”

Okay. Not only would this not protect the man from the coronavirus, but the unwise sealing-in of body heat with plastic can cause sweating and dehydration, and you need to know, if you don’t already, that a dehydrated person is a fucked-up person who can be moving toward incoherent thoughts and reasoning, a rising body temperature, heat exhaustion, heatstroke and death. Dying is not the best way to prevent getting sick.

THE ORIGINAL PRECAUTIONS STAND

Hand washing! Soap, warm to hot water, briskly rubbing hands together for 20 seconds and drying with a clean towel, or using Purrell or other alcohol-based hand cleaner for 35 seconds, or rubbing alcohol or peroxide and even witch hazel are good in a pinch, and all can be used to disinfect surfaces.

Avoid crowds. Busses and loaded subway cars, you don’t board. Wait for the next. If you can’t, take a car on the subway with the least amount of people.

March Madness may be closed to live spectators. Even if not, don’t go. No stadium sports either, like grapefruit league baseball. Wait to go shopping until before or after peak hours. Use disinfectant wipes for cart or basket handles. Use another on your way out for your hands. These are things that, especially during flu season, you should already be doing. The flu kills people every year, but hygienic practices aren’t a concern to people.

Why not? A recent article which I haven’t had the time to verify yet says a check of touchscreens at several McDonald’s in the UK revealed the presence of fecal matter. That wouldn’t be an anomaly, folks. Google fitting room seats sometime.

No plastic wrap, please. And stop with the masks. I don’t know if they help or not. But we have, on one hand, statements that they won’t prevent you getting sick. On the other we have a plea by WHO to stop buying masks as they are needed by healthcare workers.

Personally, I don’t give a damn. If I get it, I get it. I’ve lived long enough anyway. Whatever happens, happens.

TRUMP?

Wow. The president has really surpassed his level of incompetence. His attempted takeover and compromisation of the CDC is unprecedented and is to cover his ass in an election year. As if he’s truly of the belief that Democrats are going to say the virus is all his fault. His actions are so erratic and irresponsible that Wall Street had to stop trading for a period to allow a “cooling off” as it registered its worst loss since 2008.

We need to stop the panic. It’s getting out of hand.

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