Coronavirus Prevention

There will be two parts to this blog.

First, excerpts form a book Costco got in on dealing with the coronavirus pandemic based on what was known on February 27, 2020 that you might find useful.

Second, a rant on how New Jersey has mishandled the coronavirus pandemic based on what is known today that I find cathartic.

The new coronavirus is highly-infectious and can be fatal, but its lethality has not been determined at present….In general, the protective antibodies (immunoglobulin G, IgG) against a virus can be produced two weeks or so after an infection, and may exist for several weeks to many years, preventing re-infection of the same virus after recovery. Currently efforts are underway to test whether recently recoverd from 2019-nCoV infection carry protective antibodies in the blood. (page 5)

For people with poor immune function, such as the elderly, pregnant women or people with liver or kidney dysfunction, the disease progresses relatively quickly and the symptoms are more severe. (page 10)

Transmission dynamics: in the early stage of the epidemic, the average incubation period was 5.2 days; the doubling time of the epidemic was 7.4 days, i.e., the number of people infected doubled every 7.4 days; the average continuous interval (the average interval time of transmission from one person to another) was 7.5 days; the basic regeneration index (RO) was estimated to be 2.2 – 3.8, meaning that each patient infects 2.2 – 3.8 people on average. (pages 10-11)

(1) Respiratory droplets transmission: This is the main mode of direct contact mode of direct contact transmission. The virus is transmitted through the droplets generated when patients are coughing, sneezing or talking, and susceptible persons may get infected after inhalation of the droplets.

(2) Indirect contact transmission: The virus can be transmitted through indirect contacts with an infected person. The droplets containing the virus are deposited on the surface of the object, which may be touched by the hand. The virus from the contaminated hand may get passed to the mucosa (or mucosae) or oral cavity, nose and eyes of the person and lead to infection. (page 11)

(4) Boost your immunity, and avoid going to crowded and enclosed places. Exercise more and have a regular sleep schedule. Boosting your immunity is the most important way to avoid being infected. (page 22)

(7) Don not fast or go on a diet during an epidemic of COVID-19.

(9) Start a personal exercise regimen with no less than 1 hour of exercise per day. Do not participate in group exercises. (page 34)

Smoking causes an increase in nicotine concentration in blood, which could result in vasospasm and transient hypoxia in organs. Particularly, the decrease of oxygen in respiratory tract and viscera could damage immunity. Excessive drinking could harm the gastrointestinal tract, liver, and brain cells, and undermine immunity. It is recommended to quit smoking and limit alcohol intake. (page 35)

(3) Maintain a regular and healthy lifestyle: adequate sleep, a healthy balanced diet of diverse food groups, a regular work routine which may help distract ourselves from the epidemic, and a moderate exercise program. (page 38)

The novel coronavirus pneumonia is not as serious as other class A contagious diseases (plague and cholera) yet. However, because it is a newly discovered disease, with relative substantial public health risk, everyone needs to be vigilant and well protected. (page 50)

Situation in U.S. [as of February 27, 2020): Imported cases of COVID-19 in travelers have been detected in the U.S. Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 also has been reported among close contacts of returned travelers from Wuhan. On February 25, CDC confirmed COVID-19 in a person who reportedly did not have relevant travel history or exposure to another known patient with COVID-19 (unknown exposure). At this time, this virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States. (page 60)

Effective February 2, at 5pm, the U.S. government suspended entry of foreign nationals who have been in China within the past 14 days. (page 63)

Viruses cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities, or racial backgrounds. (page 75)

At this time, diagnostic testing for COVID-19 can be conducted only at CDC. State and local health departments who have identified a person under investigation (PUI) should immediately notify CDC’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to report the PUI and determine whether testing for COVID-19 at CDC is indicated. The EOC will assist local/state health departments to collect, store, and ship specimens appropriately to CDC, including during afterhours or on weekend/holidays. (page 86)

If the idea was to keep people from dying then most of what New Jersey through Governor Phil Murphy has done has been a failure for these reasons.

  • People should be required to get tested instead of being dissuaded. Failure to spend money where it is needed.
  • There is no plan for either a health recovery or an economic recovery. Event planners and political operatives are not suited for handling real emergencies.
  • 40% of all deaths have been at nursing homes. As foreseeable as understanding that jogging through a park is not a death sentence.
  • No relief as property tax deadline not changing. As people are forced to forgo incomes and get reduced services, the beast needs to be paid.

New Jerseyans were ordered to stay at home on March 21, 2020. At that time there were 1,327 cases with 16 deaths. We are now up to 80,000 cases and 3,800 deaths with no end in sight.

And as for those daily briefings/rallies claiming that New Jersey will be stronger than ever (with all those old people now dead) try to watch without cringing:

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tough Love on April 17, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    Gee, that video clip…………

    Murphy is getting almost as bad as Trump with the NO-SUBSTANCE “pep talks”.


  2. […] closing down for a little while and not using that time to do anything productive struck home. I said it back on April 17 and it only got worse […]


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