Keep Virus In Your Mud Room

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.

Get Ahead of the CDC: Wash Your Face for 20+ Seconds

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.

Keep the Churches Closed

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.

Unintended Consequence of the Corona Virus

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.

To Wear a Mask, or Not to Wear a Mask?

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.

Senior Moment or Dementia Coverup?

When you have a senior moment, you typically cannot remember a specific name, idea, date or other issue requiring some degree of precision. I call this being out in the branches, even the budding leaves of the tree of recall, rather than back in the trunk of the tree.

Dick, Jane & Spot The trunk of the tree is where you find mental fodder the likes of which you first met in your first grade reader. But to update it for you, it is when you hear the president use words like “some people say_,” or “It is really great, in fact no one has seen anything like it!” These generalized pat phrases not only apply to a wide range of situations, they are like little verbal templates that do not require any degree of precision, evidence, or fact.

The bigger issues is that they cover up what could be a roaring senior moment, the president suddenly “reaching” for and unable to retrieve a specific name, a precise fact, a direct quotation. Where others over 40 might falter, the president slips and slides right by with a totally imprecise, non-specific, general statement for which he will neither be questioned or held accountable.

When You Bad Mouth the Chinese, You Pay Big Time

The Italians were the recipients in the second week of March, 2020, of 38 tons of medical supplies from China. This included gloves, masks, gowns, all the resources needed to deal with the virus and manufactured there.

What might the United States have benefitted if we had not been so busy blaming the Chinese and adding to their loss of face? We continue to lose space and face on the world stage as we step back from the leadership that used to be our hallmark. At the very least we should not scream in the ear of a potential benefactor, even if the virus jumped to humans in the Wuton wet market.

In a March 30th call with Xi Jinping, China’s President, President Trump was offered assistance. However, he made no mention of it and little got into the American press, until the Chinese press made it known. This bluster in the face of a crisis is only doing us harm.

Zelensky Not the Only One Under Pressure to Kow Tow to Trump

During the impeachment hearings in the House, the Republicans repeatedly referred to the President of Ukraine saying there was “no pressure” exerted during the Trump phone call. This is a President with the military might of Russia active in the eastern portion of his country, one for whom military aide is essential to survival of his country.

Now zoom in on the Republican Congress persons, none of whom are threatened by Russian activity in their Congressional Districts. Yet, every one of them felt pressure to tow the party line, to parrot the party talking points. Was this all for the purpose of uncontested re-election? Or were their lockstep pronouncements designed to fend off the ire of President Trump.

At what point will be see a demonstration of courage, integrity, authenticity from these people who may see, but do not admit to reality. They are using old Soviet era propaganda misinformation and misdirection like they were trained in the Kremlin.