San Francisco is a beleaguered City and for no good reason. Definition of beleaguered:1) lay siege to: he led a relief force to the aid of the beleaguered city. 2) put in a very difficult situation: the board is supporting the beleaguered director. Both definitions fit this scene found on the deserted streets of this city. The synonyms for the first definition are: under siege, besieged, blockaded, surrounded, encircled, hemmed in, under attack. The definitions for the second definition are: hard-pressed, troubled; , in difficulties, under pressure, under stress, with one’s back to the wall, in a tight corner, in a tight spot; informal up against it
San Francisco is besieged and encircled and blockaded by Health Authorities that have shut the City down for no good reason. Recent Research into the transmission, the spread, of the corona virus reveals that ‘social distancing’ is an intense overreaction – that it is sustained contact with an affected person that causes transmission, not brief, transitory contact. So all of these lines outside supermarkets, the shut down of parks, the deserted streets are all for naught. People wander around with a haunted expression on their face, they are under stress, their back is to the wall, they are in a tight corner and in a tight spot. I am not in a tight spot, nor under stress , my back is not to the wall as I have retirement income. I also practice the best preventative measures: I had a flu shot and I wash my hands frequently with hot water and soap. I am also not stressed nor in a tight spot because I know, that even IF I contract the virus I will recover as I am not within a vulnerable group. My age places me there but I as super healthy and have an immune system that does not quit. And I do not have a dog, discussed in the March ??? blog.
I tried out my theory of dog owner resistance yesterday when I was on the streets of San Francisco
She: Dogs do not cause the transmission of the disease!
Me: How do you know that?
She: I have a dog.
That is hardly logic nor scientific research. Also:
She: There have been so many deaths.
Me: No there have not been. Where did you get that idea?
She: I don’t know everyone says that
Me: Well I do not for one and I do the research.
This one was even more priceless. It was an old, unkempt very unattractive man walking his old unkempt unattractive dog.
He: Dogs do not spread the illness. There are dog illnesses and people illnesses and they are different! Animals and people do not get the same illness.
Me: What? Two things. Droplets of the virus can reside in the pets fur and moreover, this virus was an animal virus that came into the system of human beings.
He began to scream yell and shout at me, Called me evil names and said I was crazy. Needless to say, this guy was not a college graduate.
I shall now, in lawyer like fashion, make my case. It is based on research reported in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“It is worth noting that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, touching a surface or object with the virus and then touching one’s own face “is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads”. Even so, the CDC, the World Health Organization and others health authorities, have emphasised that both washing one’s hands and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily are key in preventing Covid-19’s spread.
Now onward to research by a woman esteemed for her research ability.
“Neeltje van Doremalen, a virologist at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), and her colleagues at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana, have done some of the first tests of how long SARS-CoV-2 can last for on different surfaces. Their study, which has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that the virus could survive in droplets for up to three hours after being coughed out into the air. Fine droplets between 1-5 micrometres in size – about 30 times smaller than the width of a human hair – can remain airborne for several hours in still air.
It means that the virus circulating in unfiltered air conditioning systems will only persist for a couple of hours at the most, especially as aerosol droplets tend to settle on surfaces faster in disturbed air.
But the NIH study found that the SARS-CoV-2 virus survives for longer on cardboard – up to 24 hours – and up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless-steel surfaces. (Learn how to clean your mobile phone properly.)
The findings suggest the virus might last this long on door handles, plastic-coated or laminated worktops and other hard surfaces. The researchers did find, however, that copper surfaces tended to kill the virus in about four hours.
But there is a speedier option: research has shown that coronaviruses can be inactivated within a minute by disinfecting surfaces with 62-71% alcohol, or 0.5% hydrogen peroxide bleach or household bleach containing 0.1% sodium hypochlorite. Higher temperatures and humidity also tend to result in other coronaviruses dying quicker, although research has shown that a related coronavirus that causes Sars could be killed by temperatures above 56°C or 132°F (hotter than even a bath scalding enough to cause injury) at a rate of about 10,000 viral particles every 15 minutes.”
In other words, one has nothing to worry about.
From another source, this the Middle East Institute, their most recent newsletter.
“In the last five days the number of Israelis (including Israeli settlers in the Occupied Territories) confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 has nearly tripled from 417 to 1,238, with one reported fatality so far.”
Did you read that?? One fatality – that is nothing and that individual most probably had a compromised health condition and could have died from the common cold.
I am about to conclude this blog – take in the information people, it is real, honest and scientific. Or not! Why is it up to me to be saying this, should not others, including my own doctors who utterly agree with me, be standing up to this insanity? My self esteem grows as I am doing what I can. I tell the truth and all who read me know that I do and I stand up for what is righteous and is true. Good does, in the end, prevail over evil. When I do make a mistake, it is am honest one, and I admit that I made a mistake. Most recently I deified Dubai, but then admitted it was a mistake. Deify: idolize; apotheosize, lionize, hero-worship; idealize, glorify, aggrandize; informal put on a pedestal. ANTONYMS demonize.
I now, I suppose, demonize the Ruler of Dubai, but it is because in many ways he is a demon as shown by the High Courts of London.
But here is the good news. Humour will prevail in the next blog due to a hilarious article in The New Yorker. I almost fell off the bed laughing!