Words matter. Social distancing is an unfortunate term, because people are trying to get together. The “six foot rule” would be better. That is what you want. Not a seemingly anti-social term.
Does wearing a mask stifle your breathing? Fog your glasses? Get a better fitting mask. The reason you are wearing a mask is the same reason that smoking was banned from public places years ago. Second hand smoke was deadly, consisting of tar, nicotine, carbon monoxide and cyanide gas. It created a gas chamber. An effluent of smoking, it created liability for employers. And is gone.
Second hand breath can be more immediately deadly than second hand smoke. It creates a virus chamber. You don’t have to wait years. And you have no visible sign [asymptomatic] or behavior that the virus is being distributed, unless by sneeze, cough, spit, touch, or loud speaking. You just don’t know who is a source. The smoker is now the breather. That is why we wear a mask. It’s not about your liberty. It’s about the health of people you come in contact with.
The current president reminds me of my friend Stephen, who when his mother asked who wet the bed, replied, “The little boy down the block came in and wet the bed.” Unfortunately, the president can do much more than wet the bed we all sleep in.
The similarities are striking in some ways. A drone can invade the sovereign territory of a country to seek out an adversary and kill him. While the virus is simply carried into contact with an unsuspecting person who is unsuspecting.
Both attack without notice. One arrives through an asymptomatic carrier. The other is undetectable from a distance. One essentially suffocates you. The other blows you to smithereens. One has no known cure or antigen. The other requires not becoming an intentional or accidental target.
The question is, given the similarities, will the season of the virus result in PTSD for any of the bystanders? What kind of side effects will we have from those who have not had any contact with the virus? What is their “take’ on it, and what outcome will they create or take away with them? Stay tuned.
Many Colorado homes have a mud room so hikers don’t track in items from the outside world. You might consider your garage, even the trunk of your car like a mud room. Leave groceries not requiring refrigeration in the garage for several days to let the virus die.
Wear gloves in grocery store, then remove before touching steering wheel. Put them on to remove groceries from car. Watch your chain of hygiene.
Use paper towels on your counter when you put down groceries, packages. Handle items from outside with paper towels or gloves, then easily discard the paper in trash.
Take wax papered cereal out of the cardboard box that can keep the virus going for 72 hours. You can also microwave containers, even clothing to kill the virus. And, while we are at it, should you touch your face, you are not doomed. Just wash it with soap for over 20 seconds and the virus should succumb just as it does on your hands.
Now that the CDC advises us to wear a mask when out in public, consider what is not being said, yet. You are told not to touch your face. They make it sound like once you have touched your face, there is no recourse. That is how the virus enters your body. But if you touch it and you are not doomed!
Wash your face with soap for 20 seconds. The same precaution that will kill the virus on your hands will kill it on your face. Suds up your face.
Suppose a virus has made it into your nose. Then, wouldn’t blowing your nose somewhat frequently, make sense as well? It’s a precaution, and we can use all the precautions we can get.
Ministers in Texas are suing in order to hold services not limited to 10. The claim discrimination by the judge that established “essential” services.
To them I say: “Christ did not say, “I came that you might have COVID-19 abundantly.” He said, “I came that you might have life and have it abundantly.”
Each pastor should guarantee that “What spreads in their church will stay in their church.”
This is one of the most short-sighted, selfish, dangerous, and stupid things I have seen in the last week.
I have been concerned that if Pres. Trump would show even the slightest indication of being a human person, his ratings would go up immediately. It is not everyone who drags their family out on stage at the convention to prove that somewhere in the safety of his home, he must be more caring and compassionate than he comes across on a daily basis. But that was the implicit message in the convention. His daily persona has not proved it true.
A persona is a carefully crafted, though narrow spectrum of a full personality, that the crafter wants to project to others. A comedian might project his funny side, even though he is hugely depressed most of the time. Hence, the TV persona of Donald Trump as decisive, one who fires – yet in reality fires through Tweet because he can’t face the person, that is one aspect crafted and projected. The mentoring from Roy Cohn, and from a lifetime of living in New York, to be aggressive and never apologize or back down, were messages translated into his permanent persona image.
Now he commands center stage in the corona crisis. Press conferences pre-empt the evening news. Scientists give him credibility, or provide guardrails on his comments so they are less damaging. He can do a quick pass off of anything he doesn’t want to handle. But in spite of his continuing bluster, hyperbole and search for unending adulation, his simply being there, is gaining him points as a more complete human being. His persona is not cracking, a real person is not breaking through that shell. But being surrounded by the humanity and precision of the real actors in the corona drama has rubbed off on the President. It is implicit, but it’s undeniable in his rise in ratings. And that is what he lives for more than anything.
So DJT is going to ride this little pony for all it is worth, eclipsing his potential rival, unless that should be Governor Andrew Cuomo, [through a last minute drafting by the Democratic Party.] Trump says he would like to run against Cuomo, and I have a bridge to sell you. Pitted against a man with real empathy, articulateness, and precision, we might remember what a president can truly be. Trump wouldn’t stand a chance.
People are asking for medical community advice on whether they should be wearing a mask in public. The President mentioned wearing a scarf, while others suggest a bandana. Is it asking too much, to get a simple directive in order to maintain one’s health?
Right now the big concern by the medical community, is that the general public not clean out all available N 95 masks that they need for their safety. So, they are waffling in their advice, so there is not a shelf-clearing run on available N 95 masks.
But that is not what people are asking. Simple advice could have been given days ago, if the media and medical community were willing to give it. So, I will wear a bandanna from my last horse roundup, or my 3M 2097 filter, originally purchased for asbestos abatement, or the cloth mask purchased for sanding paint from my iron railings.
Until the question is answered, and answered honestly, I am resorting to what for me is the safest option. And you should too.
UPdate April 2nd, the CDC is recommending the wearing of masks to prevent the spread of the virus. Now did it really take this pronouncement at this date? It could have been given much sooner. Irresponsible!
April 3, the President finally came out with a recommendation that people wear some face covering in the presence of others with whom they do not live. All this time, all this contagion, and only now they can come out with this? Criminal neglect.
The little brother of a friend explained his wet bed in the following way,”The little boy down the block came in and wet the bed.” Now that is fine for a two year old, but it is not alright for the leader of the United States. And few are hoodwinked by such a shallow denial.