What to expect when your infecting

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Hey, remember when Corona was just a beer?

Today we’re going to be Corona positive. So, grab a beer and pull up a chair.

To start with, if you’re one of those “control freak, type-A” people, you might want to read this summary of a March 10 panel of experts at UCSF. Lots of interesting stuff. My main take aways were, if you haven’t had a flu vaccine shot yet, get one today. If you’re older and you haven’t had a pneumonia vaccine shot, get one today.

Covid-19 can lead to pneumonia, pneumonia to hospitalization, hospitalization to….well, if you’re older and there aren’t enough resources, your death. So, if you wan’t to ensure you have the best possible chance of life, and you’re over 55, get a pneumonia vaccine if you haven’t had one.

It’s spring. People kind of forget it’s still flu season and now on top of that it’s allergy season. You’re going to find a lot of people sneezing and coughing that don’t have C-19. If you’re practicing social distancing, wash your hands, and had you’re flu shots, you’ll be fine. If you want to be pro-social, carry a packet of kleenex and hand them out to people.

It’s important to understand that you still have control of your life, even if you feel like maybe things are spinning, or spiraling. For instance, you can write to your governor and demand that your state use the WHO covid-19 test that all the other nations use till the US CDC gets its act together.

In a scenario where you have to get a test to be diagnosed, and then have 2 more clear result tests to be considered “over it,” but you can’t even get a test…. you have a right to demand your state declare a public health emergency and reach out the WHO to get the tests that all other nations are using effectively.

You can get up every morning (or whenever you can) and exercise. There’s lots of apps, videos, tv progams, etc that will help you. The 7 minute workout. Sit and Be Fit. Power Yoga. Dance. Radio Exercises of Japan. Whatever you can do, get up and move. And unless you’re housebound, get out and walk in the park or nature. Look at the stars and the new flowers, listen to the birds.

Can’t  do any of that? Wave to a neighbor. Learn to meditate. Pray a rosary. Take some time to pursue a hobby. Knit a scarf, work on your car, play the piano, clean a room in your house, or all the rooms, and the garage. Gather together all the stuff you want to list on Let Go, or E bay. Do some things that have positive value to you and for you personally.

Remember there’s a world, you’re a part of it. Life goes on. And on that note, use your Skype, Zoom, Duo, Hangouts, Portal, whatever to reach out to people. Phone or videochat with at least 3 people each day. Reach out, see how people are, let them know how you are. Maybe do an online game together. Have a business team meeting, just 5 minutes, if you’re working from homes, just to touch base and check in. Keep that sense of normal.

Professor Alvin Lai (left), Dr Joe Fan and Dr Iris Li have invented an easy and cheap method for making home-made masks. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

Stylish, and keeping disease free while going about daily life.

If you’re out and about in a public place like a grocery store, and you’re caring for vulnerable people or maybe vulnerable yourself, maybe wear gloves and a mask. It’s not that big a deal. I know the current administration sort of pooh poohs all that, but look at all the nations successfully winning the war on C19. All those folks are wearing masks, everywhere, at a minimum.

Take the lessons from nations that have learned them the hard way. Do you really need to put your hand in the fire and get burned to know it’s hot? Isn’t it enough you see other people with burns telling you, this is how you avoid getting burned? Can’t find a mask or protective gear, you can make it. 

Remember there are other nations that have done everything right. It’s possible to actually lead a fairly normal life. I would point up Taiwan in particular. Despite being frozen out of WHO, they did everything they could to prepare and guess what, their cases are at 55. Their kids are still in school. They’re all wearing masks and sitting behind privacy blinds like you’d see at a voting both, but their lives are going on.

Pupils sitting behind partition boards to prevent infection of Covid-19.

Students in Taiwan.

I have to be honest here. I think it’s ridiculous we closed our schools and universities. The only thing that needed to happen was for those institutions to take proper precautions. Those were large groups of young healthy people. Leaving all those university students in-situ was the best option. Leaving kids in school, best option. Leaving people at work, best option.

Taiwan has 99% single payer health coverage, widely available testing, people wearing masks, people taking sanitizing seriously, people taking temperatures every time someone enters a school, a plane, a place of worship, a grocery store, a sports facility, a business. These are basic steps any nation can do. And if the US had done them, we wouldn’t have a crashing Dow and millions of kids at home.

That could all still be turned around, but I doubt it will be.

Boris Johnson, U.K. prime minister, center, speaks while Chris Whitty, U.K. chief medical officer, left, and Patrick Vallance, U.K. lead science adviser, listen during a coronavirus news conference inside number 10 Downing Street in London, U.K., on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Johnson said the true scale of the outbreak may be "much higher" than the 590 patients who have tested positive for the virus in the U.K. so far. Photographer: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA/Bloomberg

Bunglers in chief. 

The new strategy among bungler nations like the US and UK seems to be allowing everyone to be infected (the herd immunity theory) because the governing administrations are too incompetent to do the right things. So they claim they use this strategy, which means “we do nothing and allow hundreds of thousands (in the US, maybe 1.7 million) people to die.”

Not really a great strategy. Not a strategy at all. Like I said, bunglers. Don’t be one. Don’t be the victim of one. Do for yourself what other people in public health successful nations are doing. Learn about what those nations are doing from reliable sources. Limit your news to responsible outlets giving you science based facts.

Limit your news to maybe PBS Newshour, or BBC News America, and then a half hour of local news. World news can tell you what’s on the horizon, but the local area is what you need to deal with. If you have to use twitter, look to a source that cares about facts. Don’t consider twitter and facebook influencers fact based sources. Don’t consider TV evangelists hawking cures, fact based sources.

Try to boost the positive. Try listening to some podcasts or reading some articles or books that are going to actually help you with your life. The GGSC has a lot of good resources. I recommend the Greater Good Science Center’s  Science of Happiness podcasts. The recent episode is how to step away from anxiety.

 

If you do end up at home, try to keep up a routine. That especially includes your kids. They need to be online, in school. They need to get up just like usual and do whatever it is they do, get dressed, get in school online, do their homework, get their chores done, text their friends, practice their coding, or cello, or hand tutting.

This is the pro that taught Dr Strange to tut. He’s awesome. And speaking of strange, maybe binge watch some shows you’ve missed. Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist? The Sinner? The Unicorn? How about all the Marvel Comic Universe movies in order?

I have to admit, I watched the MCU stuff out of order. I think I got more out of it. I’m also thinking this is a lot how the Madness of the Multiverse must feel.

This is how you should watch them

  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • Captain Marvel (2019)
  • Iron Man (2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Thor (2011)
  • The Avengers (2012)
  • Iron Man 3 (2013)
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2014)
  • Ant-Man (2015)
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  • Doctor Strange (2016)
  • Black Panther (2018)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018)
  • Black Widow (2020)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  • Spiderman: Far From Home (2 July 2019)

This is how I did watch them:

  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Iron Man (2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • Thor (2011)
  • Iron Man 3 (2013)
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • Marvel’s Agent Carter Season 1 (2015- TV)
  • Marvel’s Agent Carter Season 2 (2016- TV)
  • Ant-Man (2015)
  • Doctor Strange (2016)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2014)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • The Avengers (2012)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Frankly it wasn’t too hard to keep up. And I still haven’t seen several of the movies or really any of the tv, now Disney+ shows. The only reason I started watching the Avengers was because Thor: Ragnarok was funny. I only watched the Captain America stuff was because of how the Avengers: Endgame ended.

Endgame was  fine till the very end. At which point: Selfish Tony Stark does a selfless act and saves the world. But then, selfless Cap A does a selfish act, and that act splits the timeline into a vast Multiverse, kinda destroying everything after the moment he was supposed to crash his plane. Hence, I suppose, Dr Strange 2: The madness of the multiverse will be about tinkering with/fixing/further harming all that?

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Note he wears gloves, and the high collar cape is mask-like protection. Learn from a doctor.

But back to Covid-19.

  • Protect yourself. Wash your hands. Cough into a kleenex or your elbow/armpit/ cape collar (if you’re Dr Strange).
  • Protect others. Care for a vulnerable person? Double down on the protection. Feel sick? Self-isolate. See a sick person at your office? Send them home.
  • Protect your community. Be responsible for your actions. Hold other people responsible. If you see a store clerk coughing into their hands, report them to the store manager.
  • Stay engaged. Look for accurate, scientific information to help you make decisions. Make the most of enforced “at home” time.
  • Stay socially connected. For your sake and for others.
  • Stay positive. Positive people get sick less frequently and recover faster.

Covid 19 is likely to be around for a few months. It may then die down and come back in the fall. We really don’t know. A vaccine may be a year or so off. Accepting you have to change and making the changes you need to now, is going to help you do what you need to do to keep leading a happy full life.

Who knows, you might realise, working at home is better, you didn’t need to travel so much, and you’ve saved a lot of money. And maybe the global environment catches a break as CO2 emissions go down, nature that loves the the darkness of night gets back it’s nightlife for awhile, and things change permanently in a positive way for humanity.

People may come to understand they were doing a lot of stuff, they really didn’t need to do (or buy) at all. And there’s a relief in letting that go. People might also come to understand there’s a whole bunch of stuff they (and their nation) can and need to do, that will make life for everyone better in the future.

Yes, rational good government and world cooperation. Yes, science based planning and decisions. Yes, single payer health care.

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