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Friday funnies & how to de-stress yourself from the Wuhan coronavirus

All of California, the most populous state in the U.S., is now in lockdown, which means 40 million people — especially the elderly, those with existing medical conditions such as diabetes, respiratory and coronary diseases — are told to “shelter in place,” i.e., to stay in their homes, except for going out for “essential” reasons, such as grocery-shopping and medical emergencies.

Whatever you may think of this virus, its effects are real and terrible even for the young.

Below is a harrowing description from a 25-year-old Brit, Connor Reed, who was working in Wuhan, China, when he came down with the demon virus last November, months before the Chinese Communist government told the world about the virus (Daily Mail):

Connor Reed

Day 1 — Monday November 25: I have a cold. I’m sneezing and my eyes are a bit bleary. It isn’t bad enough to keep me off work. I arrived in this country to teach English as a foreign language — but now I’m a manager at a school in Wuhan, the city in central China where I have lived for the past seven months.

I speak Mandarin well, and the job is interesting. My cold shouldn’t be very contagious, so I have no qualms about going to work. And I live alone, so I’m not likely to give it to anyone. There hasn’t been anything in the news here about viruses. I have no cause for concern. It’s just a sniffle….

Day 5: I’m over my cold. It really wasn’t anything.

Day 7: I spoke too soon. I feel dreadful. This is no longer just a cold. I ache all over, my head is thumping, my eyes are burning, my throat is constricted. The cold has travelled down to my chest and I have a hacking cough…. The symptoms hit me this afternoon like a train…. Even getting out of bed hurts. I am propped up on pillows, watching TV and trying not to cough too much because it is painful.

Day 9: …I’ve lost my appetite too.

Day 10: I’m still running a temperature. I’ve finished the quarter-bottle of whisky, and I don’t feel well enough to go out and get any more. It doesn’t matter: I don’t think hot toddies were making much difference.

Day 11: Suddenly, I’m feeling better, physically at least. The flu has lifted….

Day 12: I’ve had a relapse. Just as I thought the flu was getting better, it has come back with a vengeance. My breathing is laboured. Just getting up and going to the bathroom leaves me panting and exhausted. I’m sweating, burning up, dizzy and shivering. The television is on but I can’t make sense of it. This is a nightmare.

By the afternoon, I feel like I am suffocating. I have never been this ill in my life. I can’t take more than sips of air and, when I breathe out, my lungs sound like a paper bag being crumpled up. This isn’t right. I need to see a doctor. But if I call the emergency services, I’ll have to pay for the ambulance call-out myself. That’s going to cost a fortune. I’m ill, but I don’t think I’m dying — am I?

Surely I can survive a taxi journey. I decide to go to Zhongnan University Hospital because there are plenty of foreign doctors there, studying. It isn’t rational but, in my feverish state, I want to see a British doctor. My Mandarin is pretty good, so I have no language problem when I call the taxi. It’s a 20-minute ride. As soon as I get there, a doctor diagnoses pneumonia. So that’s why my lungs are making that noise. I am sent for a battery of tests lasting six hours.

Day 13: I arrived back at my apartment late yesterday evening. The doctor prescribed antibiotics for the pneumonia but I’m reluctant to take them — I’m worried that my body will become resistant to the drugs and, if I ever get really ill and need them, they won’t work. I prefer to beat this with traditional remedies if I can.

It helps, simply knowing that this is pneumonia. I’m only 25 and generally healthy: I tell myself there’s no reason for alarm. I have some Tiger Balm. It’s like Vick’s vapour rub on steroids. I pour some into a bowl of hot water and sit with a towel over my head, inhaling the fumes. I’m going ‘old school’. And I’ve still got the antibiotics in reserve if I need them….

Day 15: All the days are now blurring into one….

Day 17: I am feeling slightly better, but I don’t want to get my hopes up yet. I’ve been here before.

Day 18: My lungs no longer sound like bundles of broken twigs.

Day 19: I am well enough to stagger out of doors to get more Tiger Balm. My nose has cleared enough to smell what my neighbours are cooking, and I think I might have an appetite for the first time in nearly two weeks.

Day 22: I was hoping to be back at work today but no such luck. The pneumonia has gone — but now I ache as if I’ve been run over by a steamroller.My sinuses are agony, and my eardrums feel ready to pop. I know I shouldn’t but I’m massaging my inner ear with cotton buds, trying to take the pain away.

Day 24: Hallelujah! I think I’m better. Who knew flu could be as horrible as that, though?….

Day 36: A tip-off from a friend sends me hurrying to the shops. Apparently, the Chinese officials are concerned about a new virus that is taking hold in the city. There are rumours about a curfew or travel restrictions. I know what this will mean — panic buying in the shops. I need to stock up on essentials before everyone else does.

Day 37: The rumours were right. Everyone is being told to stay indoors. From what I’ve heard, the virus is like a nasty dose of flu that can cause pneumonia. Well, that sounds familiar.

Day 52: A notification from the hospital informs me that I was infected with the Wuhan coronavirus….

Day 67: The whole world has now heard about coronavirus.

As the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic rages on, wreaking inestimable and unprecedented havoc and destruction to the economy and jobs, we each must do our best to protect our immune system. Stress is lethal, because it impairs our immune system — and our immune system must be strong and healthy to better withstand this demon virus. Here are some pointers:

(1) Avoid stress, and if you are under stress, make sure you find ways to calm down and relax. Studies have shown that meditation helps — and PRAYING is a form of meditation.

(2) Eat healthy: When we’re under stress, being human we tend to over-indulge in “comfort” and junk food. Alas, that will just make things worse. So make sure you are eating healthy in these trying times. That means plenty of veggies, fruits, whole grains and lean meat. And go easy on the alcohol. Your body will thank you, and you’ll also feel healthier, cleaner, and stronger.

(3) Exercise: Some of us are ordered to “shelter in place,” which means going to the gym is a no-no. So exercise in the outdoors: walking, running, bicycling….

(4) Sleep: Studies have shown that sleep deficit can be deadly. See “Sleepless in America: Health dangers of less than 8 hr/night sleep”.

Here are some funnies to de-stress and enhance our immune system!

And the best for last.

I guarantee you will LOL. 😀

For more coronavirus funnies, see:

~Eowyn

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President Trump declares today a National Day of Prayer; tested negative for Wuhan coronavirus

Romans 5:1-2, 5-8

Brothers and sisters:
Since we have been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have gained access by faith
to this grace in which we stand,
and we boast in hope of the glory of God.

And hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
For Christ, while we were still helpless,
died at the appointed time for the ungodly.
Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person,
though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die.
But God proves his love for us
in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.

President Trump has declared today, Sunday, March 15, 2020, to be a National Day of Prayer. Here is his tweet:

It is my great honor to declare Sunday, March 15th as a National Day of Prayer. We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these.

No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn towards prayer in an act of faith. Together, we will easily PREVAIL!

On Friday, March 13, President Trump also declared a national state of emergency due to the Wuhan coronavirus-induced respiratory illness, COVID-19.

In so doing, Trump has freed up to $50 billion in federal funding to federal, state and local governments attempting to combat COVID-19, as well as enabling the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to mobilize personnel more quickly to help state and local agencies and leaders.

Trump also said and urged the following:

  • Waive interest on federal student loans “until further notice”.
  • The Department of Energy will buy up crude oil for storage in U.S. reserves.
  • States should set up emergency operation centers and hospitals in accordance with active emergency preparedness plans.
  • Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is given “broad new authority” allowing him to waive various laws and regulations related to hospital operations.
  • U.S. government is partnering with private companies to increase Wuhan virus testing capabilities.
  • Trump administration is working to set up drive-thru test sites. He met earlier in the day with lab and pharmacy executives to discuss the initiative.

Meanwhile, yesterday evening, White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said President Trump has tested negative for COVID-19. Dr. Conley said in a press release:

Last night after an in-depth discussion with the President regrading COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed. This evening I received confirmation that the test is negative.

One week after having dinner with the Brazilian delegation in Mar-a-Lago, the President remains symptom-free. I have been in daily contact with the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and White House Coronavirus Task Force, and we are encouraging the implementation of all their best practices for exposure reduction and transmission mitigation.

Please pray for our President.

Please pray for America.

Click here for an article on how to live our life in the age of coronavirus.

See also “Coronavirus precautions you should take from a medical doctor-virologist” and “What President Trump is doing about the coronavirus epidemic”.

May the love and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Eowyn

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Wednesday Funnies! – and the coronavirus hysteria

I got a text this morning from a friend who says she’s self-quarantining herself (14 days) because yesterday while shopping in Costco, a woman “coughed on” her. My friend lives in a city with just one confirmed case of COVID-19 — a middle-aged man who recently returned from Italy.

Such is the media-driven hysteria about the COVID-19 coronavirus.

While Americans are driven into a panic about coronavirus, here are some funnies to release your stress and tension!

P.S. This is what I texted back to my self-quarantined friend:

You have given into the media-driven hysteria. The CDC recommends self-quarantine only if (a) you have symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19; or (b) you are under investigation for having COVID-19. See CDC’s Q&A on coronavirus/COVID-19.

Some points:

  1. Your city has only one confirmed case of COVID-19, so the probability of coughing woman having it is low.
  2. Did coughing woman display other symptoms of COVID-19 such as shortness of breath/difficulty breathing?
  3. Was her cough dry or wet (with mucous discharge)? If wet then it’s likely not COVID-19.
  4. Did you touch your face or mouth after being coughed on?
  5. Did you wash your hands or wipe them with an antibacterial alcohol-based hand sanitizer?

Here are the symptoms of COVID-19 (CDC):

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

See also:

~Eowyn

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Coronavirus precautions you should take from a medical doctor- virologist

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals (including bats) and birds. In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory tract infections that are typically mild, such as the common cold, but rarer forms such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19 can be lethal.

The name coronavirus is derived from the Latin corona, meaning “crown” or “halo”, which refers to the virus particles (virions) having a fringe reminiscent of a crown or of a solar corona.

According to the CDC, in rare cases, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people. Three examples are MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and a new coronavirus, named SARS-CoV-2. The disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 is named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

All three of these animal-to-people coronaviruses have their origins in bats. Many of the earliest patients at the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread, which then became person-to-person.

As of yesterday, March 2, 2020, the CDC says in the United States there are 43 confirmed cases of COVID-19; 17 hospitalized; 2 deaths; and 10 states reporting cases (Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, Wisconsin).

James Robb, M.D., F.C.A.P. (Fellow of the College of American Pathologists), is a consulting pathologist to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research (OBBR), and is also the Leader of the cancer Human Biobank (caHUB) Biospecimens Subgroup, Latin America Cancer Research Network (LACRN) Pathology Committee, and National Community Cancer Centers Biospecimens (NCCCP) Pillar. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Dr. Robb’s research interests include molecular oncologic and neurotropic virology.

In other words, Dr. Robb is a virologist — a molecular biologist who specializes in virology, the study of viruses and viral diseases. The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus. More than that, Dr. Robb was one of the first molecular virologists in the world to work on coronaviruses in the 1970s.

Below is an email from Dr. Robb on the coronavirus precautions we should take (source: Eat This, Not That!, among many other websites):

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.

(1) No Handshaking: Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.

(2) Use only your knuckle: …to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.

(3) 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.

(4) Use disinfectant wipes: …at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.

(5) 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.

(6) Keep a bottle of hand 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.

(7) Cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue: …and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain an infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!

(8) Use 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 on 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.

(9) Stock up now on disposable surgical masks: …and use them to prevent you from touching your nose and/or mouth. (We touch our nose/mouth 90 times a 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.

(10) Stock up now on hand sanitzers: …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.

(11) 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.

A final word: 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.

I hope these personal thoughts will be helpful during this potentially catastrophic pandemic. Good luck to all of us!

Click here for the CDC’s very useful Q&A on coronavirus and COVID-19.

H/t FOTM reader patrioticgofer

~Eowyn

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As stocks plummet in coronavirus hysteria, actress Patricia Arquette wants economy to tank to hurt President Trump

Yesterday, February 27, 2020, the Dow plummeted nearly 1,200 points — its biggest one-day point drop ever — as worries over the coronavirus (COVID-19) possibly spreading sent stocks spiraling down.

The stock market tumbled once again today, capping its worst week since the 2008 financial crisis as investors continue to be worried over COVID-19’simpact on the economy, never mind the fact that the seasonal flu sickens and kills more people in the United States than the coronavirus:

  • According to the CDC, as of the week ending February 22, 2020, there have been 32 million to 45 million flu illnesses; 310,000 to 560,000 flu hospitalizations; and 18,000 to 45,000 flu deaths in the 2019-2020 flu season in the United Statees.
  • As of today, February 28, 2020, there are only 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, but not a single death. The states with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are Arisona, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Washington, and Wisconsin. (CDC)
  • As of today, February 28, there are 82,294 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,804 COVID-19 deaths in the world. China accounts for 78,630 of the cases and 2,747 of the deaths. (WHO)

Not content with the precipitous stock market drop from the coronavirus hysteria, 51-year-old actress Patricia Arquette posted a malicious message to Instagram urging people to participate in a one-day economic shutdown on March 2 in order to hurt President Donald Trump by inflicting even more damage on the U.S. economy.

Arquette tells her followers to refrain from making any purchases — presumably, including food and medication — for a 24-hour period to “cause a $238.2 billion dollar blip on the federal government’s records.”

David Ng reports for Breitbart that it is unclear who is organizing the boycott, but it appears to have originated with the Twitter account @Lee8772, which said that there will be similar day-long boycotts each month through this November’s election. Only emergency purchases will be exempted from the boycott. @Lee8772 says:

This will not cause us to go into a recession, but it will slow the economy down. It will show the GOP that Americans are coming together & we’re demanding changes starting with the removal of Trump.

Arquette isn’t the first Hollywood celebrity to advocate for damaging the U.S. economy in order to hurt President Trump, even if it means ordinary Americans will have to bear the brunt of a slowdown. The unfunny self-proclaimed comedian Bill Maher has repeatedly said on his HBO show that he hopes the U.S. goes into a recession if it means that the Trump administration will suffer. He said in 2018: “I hope for a recession to get rid of Trump. Sorry if that hurts people.”

I like and second this response to Arquette’s malicious call to tank the economy from Instagrammer jenrac16:

I’m going out and spending triple

Indeed, let’s spend, spend, spend this coming Monday, March 2!!!

Spread the word to your family, friends, and acquaintances!

~Eowyn

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