My Thoughts On The Corona Virus and Some Facts Too

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Here are some of my recent thoughts on the Corona and a few odd facts.

  1. Don’t you think it’s odd that we are expected to have savings to prepare for things like this when corporations will be bailed out?  I mean seriously folks, the government is going to send us 1200 apiece.  How far is that really going to go for those who have no to little employment in this crisis? Even Canada is giving its people 2000 a month.
  2. El Salvador is canceling all utility bills for 3 months as well as rent and it is a 3rd world country.  The U.S. bails out corporations but won’t bail its own taxpayers.
  3. The elite who own the Corporations are telling people to go back to work because they lose power and wealth if we don’t work.  The greatest thing the working class has is a labor movement that freezes them in their tracks. Remember folks, money doesn’t trickle down, it trickles up. If we aren’t buying their goods and making them they have no power over us.
  4. From Forbes.com “From a technological perspective, the coronavirus pandemic is one massive testbed for surveillance capitalism. More specifically, it’s a testbed for new, much more large-scale forms of surveillance. Already, governments in Italy, Germany, Austria, China, South Korea, and Taiwan have begun analyzing smartphone data so as to determine to what extent populations are really locking themselves down at home. Meanwhile, governments in the UK and the US are very close to rolling out similar surveillance measures, all in the effort to ensure that policies of mass behavior modification.”
  5. More people died from suicide in Tennessee this week than the Coronavirus.  What will be the mental health effects of being isolated from others for so long?  How will this grow the suicide rates among the depressed?  We need to think about treatments for this in the future.
  6. My last thought on this is was why didn’t they do this during H1N1 or has everyone already forgotten the Swine Flu?  Knowing our media, how much of the facts are hyped?  Please people, wash your hands, sanitize surfaces and do what you should have already been doing.

I decided to tell you the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic which you may find interesting as this is labeled a pandemic.  According to Very Well Health ( article seen here):

Epidemic is a term that is often broadly used to describe any problem that has grown out of control. An epidemic is defined as “an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population.”

An epidemic is an event in which a disease is actively spreading. In contrast, the term pandemic relates to geographic spread and is used to describe a disease that affects a whole country or the entire world.

Wait, why is this not being called an epidemic if the disease is actively spreading?  The experts seem to think that is going to affect a high proportion of the population,  Some of the facts on this virus are a bit fishy in my opinion.  I am not saying you shouldn’t practice safety.  I am just saying.

An article by Doctors Without Borders, seen here, states the following:

COVID-19 will be a mild or moderate respiratory illness for the vast majority of people, estimated at around 80 percent of confirmed cases. However, compared to the flu, it has a higher rate of quite severe complications for vulnerable people, including the elderly and people suffering from other infections or ailments.

Based on a recent report by the WHO-China joint mission on COVID-19, 20 percent of the confirmed cases will be severe and require hospitalization for sustained monitoring and supportive treatment.  The report indicates that 6 percent of total confirmed cases (or about 30 percent of those hospitalized) will become critical and require specialized intensive care, such as mechanical ventilators.

What I am really trying to tell people is DO NOT PANIC!  Get the facts and don’t rush into any conclusions.  This CDC webpage is a good source for information: CDC Facts Web Page just click on it.

According to the website I listed above, symptoms include:

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

If your symptoms worsen, call the ER before going so they can take the necessary precautions to avoid the spread. Remember as well that the flu is still going around. Just take care of yourself, please.  We all need you.

 

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