So far, I have been very apprehensive about weighing in on the present pandemic. The medical sciences are generally not in my knowledge base. But there are a few items that I am not sure that our experts or the media are getting across to the public:
First off, I have been following the Life Care nursing facility situation out in Washington State. For any young people who might not be taking things seriously: As of 3/20/20, 35 people have died in connection with Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington. The best information I have attained is that 34 of these were residents. LC had 108 residents at the start of the outbreak. 34/108 = 31%. That is nearly one out of three residents.
Note: Despite the fact that all residents and staff at Life Care were reportedly tested for the virus as of 3/13/20, King County still has not published the results as to the total number infected.
And, of course, the more people who contract the virus in the general population, the higher the odds of the virus infiltrating such facilities (or being transferred to a susceptible person directly). That leads to the inevitable conclusion that anyone taking no precautions at all against the virus could potentially be guilty of genocide (you have no idea the chain of events that might result from your negligence--your actions may seem insignificant, but might lead to the death of hundreds or thousands).
Also, if anyone out there still prefers cash these days--when shopping in the real world--over those stupid time-wasting plastic cards, like me, don’t stick anything in your wallet or pocket; Assume any cash received is dirty money, put it in an envelope, then take it home and hit the paper bills and envelope with a hot clothes iron; dip the coins in some 91% alcohol (or Lysol). Don’t use anything that might react with metal, though, like bleach, vinegar, or bowl cleaner.
Note: Per crosschecking with multiple sources, 60 degrees centigrade (140 F) reportedly kills the coronvirus. A modern clothes iron on setting 3 (Rayon) reaches approximately 270 degrees F. added 4/05/20
I have ironed a number of bills (always both sides), leaving the iron in place for no more than about 5 seconds, and it has caused no damage. Although some bills might have “invisible” security features that may not survive the heat, I have to say “Oh well,” more bills can always be printed.
Third item: There is a bit of advice which the authorities have been very sluggish about, and that is, anyone with the sudden onset of a cough—put on some sort of mask immediately before you contaminate your entire surroundings, even if it is your own residence. And I would point out that a makeshift disposable mask to block outgoing coughs can be made out of a quality paper towel sheet: just wrap a string (or long elastic band, if avalable) around the back of your neck; run it below the ears and over the bridge of your nose, and then tie it off snug (not easy to do the first time). Fold the paper towel in half and tuck about an inch of the paper towel under the string, then fold it over the string. Grasp the bottom part of the towel and press it snug against the face whenever a cough is imminent.
The paper towel idea is mine, based on past improvisation.
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3/23/20: The latest number of resident deaths associated with Life Care is now 36, or a firm 33%.
3/27/20: It has been 14 days since the King County Public Health Dept. announced that all of the Life Care residents, and all but 35 staff, had been tested. Yet, not only has King County failed to publish any further test results regarding Life Care (our earliest and most valuable indicator of what can happen if and when the virus gets into such a facility), King County has--for whatever reason--stopped publishing any further information specific to Life Care.
3/30/20: Per CBS news, 39 people associated with Life Care have reportedly died. Assuming that number includes at least one staff fatality, 38/108 = 35%.
4/13/20: I did an Internet search, using both Bing and Google, regarding Life Care Center in Kirkland WA, and after April 2nd, the information really dries up. I found many articles posted April 2nd (the date a possible government fine was announced) and the number of fatalities associated with the facility is just all over the place: CNN – 35, NY Times – 37, Washington Post – 40, Fox 6, Milwaukee WI – 40. A Wikipedia page for Life Care reports 34 residents had died by March 18th, which corresponds to the count in my original entry; but the article lists Life Care as having 120 residents at the start of the outbreak (2/19) as opposed to the 108 reported by USA Today on March 3rd. The NY times article actually mentioned the number of residents who tested positive as being 2/3. The Washington Post article claims the number 40 includes resident, staff and visitor deaths. rev 4/15/20
At any rate, as far as mortality rates are concerned, it looks as though one has to take an educated guess based on one-off assertions (I have contacted King County myself a couple times, to no avail) but it looks as though the mortality rate for the residents at Life Care ended up around 30% from mid-February to present, and the mortality rate for those infected with COVID-19: 45%.
I am not going to bother posting all references for the above. Just do a search using the date of April 2nd, and you will find them.
Apparently it is still an unknown, but it is possible that the corona virus could act like the flu virus and cause worse symptoms the more virus particles that are ingested—a very good reason for anyone living near other people to do their best to avoid contaminating their surroundings. In other words, if you live with another person or persons, they might eventually contract the illness, but the less you contaminate your surroundings, the less severe their symptoms might be.