I was sent an amazing soundclip of an interview about this - its very interesting, I can forward it via whatsapp to any who wants - I have no idea how to upload it
Sure send it.
yea im keen to listen to it
Send me a pm with your number so I can send it
Good advice from James Robb, M.D., Fellow of the College of American Pathologists, posted 2/26/2020:
Subject: What I am doing for the upcoming COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
Dear Colleagues, as some of you may recall, when I was a professor of pathology at the University of California San Diego, I was one of the first molecular virologists in the world to work on coronaviruses (the 1970s). I was the first to demonstrate the number of genes the virus contained. Since then, I have kept up with the coronavirus field and its multiple clinical transfers into the human population (e.g., SARS, MERS), from different animal sources.
The current projections for its expansion in the US are only probable, due to continued insufficient worldwide data, but it is most likely to be widespread in the US by mid to late March and April.
Here is what I have done and the precautions that I take and will take. These are the same precautions I currently use during our influenza seasons, except for the mask and gloves:
- NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.
- Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc… Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.
- Open doors with your closed fist or hip - do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.
- Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.
- Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been.
- Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home’s entrances. AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can’t immediately wash your hands.
- If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!
What I have stocked in preparation for the pandemic spread to the US:
- Latex or nitrile latex disposable gloves for use when going shopping, using the gasoline pump, and all other outside activity when you come in contact with contaminated areas.
Note: This virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. This means that the air will not infect you! BUT all the surfaces where these droplets land are infectious for about a week on average - everything that is associated with infected people will be contaminated and potentially infectious. The virus is on surfaces and you will not be infected unless your unprotected face is directly coughed or sneezed upon. This virus only has cell receptors for lung cells (it only infects your lungs) The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose or mouth.
- Stock up now with disposable surgical masks and use them to prevent you from touching your nose and/or mouth (We touch our nose/mouth 90X/day without knowing it!). This is the only way this virus can infect you - it is lung-specific. The mask will not prevent the virus in a direct sneeze from getting into your nose or mouth - it is only to keep you from touching your nose or mouth.
- Stock up now with hand sanitizers and latex/nitrile gloves (get the appropriate sizes for your family). The hand sanitizers must be alcohol-based and greater than 60% alcohol to be effective.
- Stock up now with zinc lozenges. These lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel ANY “cold-like” symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx. Cold-Eeze lozenges is one brand available, but there are other brands available.
I, as many others do, hope that this pandemic will be reasonably contained, BUT I personally do not think it will be. Humans have never seen this snake-associated virus before and have no internal defense against it. Tremendous worldwide efforts are being made to understand the molecular and clinical virology of this virus. Unbelievable molecular knowledge about the genomics, structure, and virulence of this virus has already been achieved. BUT, there will be NO drugs or vaccines available this year to protect us or limit the infection within us. Only symptomatic support is available.
The MS Flight Simulator team are scaling things back for a while as Covid-19 spreads and concerns over employee health increase:
In light of recent health concerns, we’ve asked the team to focus on their health and well-being. As a result, our normal development updates will be scaled back over the next few weeks as we continue to monitor the situation. On behalf of the entire team, we express our sincere apologies for the impact this decision has on our community. We will do our best to continue providing status updates, and look forward to resuming regular postings in the near future. (Source)
I wonder how many other developers are going to be affected over the next few months. And other business too. In just the last week the wife’s business has had 3 groups cancel scheduled trips (one from the States, one from Australia, one going to Japan) and a 4th (to Reunion next month) is looking like it’s about to be ditched too. It’s pretty much all her significant business for the rest of the year. Hopefully they’ll all reschedule for later dates or next year, but this thing is starting to hit hard (and it’s still relatively early days.)
I trope checked this and did some research. He did indeed write this email many years ago and his credentials check out. Just a note from the trope checking: the lozenges thing is not a cure, it MIGHT slow the symptoms down.
I cannot seem to find much about what happens after you have contracted and survived the virus. Can you be re-infected?
I assume that once you have had it and you are clear then you cannot infect others, its like that with other viruses.
If you cannot be re-infected, then it might be worth your while to roll the dice, get infected on purpose and ride it out
+10 to immunity?
You’d be infectious for what? 2 weeks? Work remotely for 2 weeks. Possibly, how’s your hermit skills? Get off my lawn, whippersnapper!
If you dont work remotely you are not remotely working,
Colleague just said, his wife can’t find hand sanitizer anywhere in the shops.
I feel like this is so much worse than polony trying to kill me.
I saw people handing out the wrong mask to the car guards watching our cars
And my boss’s plan -
Sprayed everything with 50% high strength F10 and 50% isopropyl
Wow so its quite insane. Three cases so far and the first case has made a recovery. So far so good.
I have not been able to keep up with this thins for a few days its been quite busy and I have been lazy
You’ve gotta be smurfin’ me…
Good for them