MYTHS AND LIES.
Since mid January when the news of the Coronavirus-19 first hit the U.S. I’ve heard a LOT of stories, aka conspiracies, aka lies, that have now become myths about WHAT Coronavirus-19 is, HOW it started, HOW it’s spread, and HOW to combat it. Hear are just some of the Myths/Lies with their origin if it is known:
- It’s a Chicom-Bio-chemical warfare gone awry. -Rush Limbaugh, Alex Jones, other nuts.
- It’s a hoax. -Trump
- It’s a Democrat/Media hoax. -Trump.
- . Boiling 4/8 cloves of garlic in water, eat and drink and it cure it overnight. -a dear friend citing a internet source, proven FALSE.
- We have it contained. -Trump.
- In April hot weather will kill it. -Trump. LIE.
- Hot air will kill it. -Internet myth. LIE. [NOTE: In temperate regions, flu is largely a winter phenomenon, whereas in tropical and subtropical areas it tends to occur during the rainy season, if there is one, or year-round if not. There are various theories why. There’s evidence that both cold, dry air and especially humid conditions are favorable for flu’s transmission. Just as people tend to crowd indoors in cold and rainy weather, boosting contagion, they spend more time outside in fine weather, reducing contamination. There’s the possibility that summer lifts people’s melatonin and vitamin D levels, which can boost their immune systems, and that viruses lose their punch in warmer weather because their fatty coating degrades. SOURCE .
It’s summer in Australia, and the coronavirus is circulating there — evidence that warm weather won’t necessarily curtail the outbreak. SOURCE .]
- “All the hype is because The Democrats/Liberals and the Media hate Trump…the Democrats are doing this to ruin our economy…and blame Republicans…” -Several friends (yes, I have some good, Christian friends who are suckered into The Trump Cult) and all over Twitter and FB.
This is just stating the obvious, but: If
were CEO of a publicly-traded company and handled a major corporate crisis the way he has handled COVID-19, the board of directors would have thrown him out on his [butt] weeks ago. SOURCE .
TRUTH: JUST THE FACTS.
We’ll examine each of the eight points above and use a “controversial process” that employs such “out there” things like reason, logic, science, history, and good, ol’ fashion commonsense. Buckle up…
1. “It’s a Chicom-Bio-chemical warfare gone awry. -Rush Limbaugh, Alex Jones, other nuts.” The conspiracy theories about the origins of the coronavirus, debunked. There’s a rumor the coronavirus started in a Chinese lab. And a scientific consensus it didn’t. TRUTH .
2, 3 and 8. “It’s a Hoax./It’s a Democrat hoax. -Trump and his lunatic supporters”. Um, look around. There ARE actual people SICK from Coronavirus-19. And less than a week after Trump LIED and said it was a “hoax” Trump then LIED again and said HE “had it contained”…and then less then 3 days later Trump then issues a “NATIONAL EMERGENCY”…OVER A HOAX???? This is NOT some horse crap conspiracy to “get” Trump.
4, 6, & 7. “Boiling 4/8 cloves of garlic in water, eat and drink and it cure it overnight”. -a dear friend citing a internet source, proven FALSE. [NOTE: The “hot weather/air kills Coronavirus-19” myth was already dealt with above.]
5. “We have it contained. -Trump.” TRUTH: it has and is spreading, hence by very definition it is NOT CONTAINED.
NO RATIONAL, SANE, THINKING PERSON SHOULD TRUST THIS MAN…EVER!
52 days ago [NOTE: NOW 54 DAYS AGO.] , CNBC: JOE KERNEN: Have you been briefed by the CDC? Are there worries about a pandemic at this point?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: No. Not at all. And we have it totally under control. It’s 1 person coming from China, and we have it under control. It’s—going to be just fine…
“This crisis is not of Trump’s making. What he is responsible for is his failure to respond promptly, and then his perverse and counterproductive choice of how to respond when action could be avoided no longer. Trump, in his speech, pleaded for an end to finger-pointing. It’s a strange thing for this president of all presidents to say. No American president, and precious few American politicians, have ever pointed so many fingers or hurled so much abuse as Donald Trump. What he means, of course, is: Don’t hold me to account for the things I did.” -Seth Rogers,
At every turn, President Trump’s policy regarding coronavirus has unfolded as if guided by one rule: How can I make this crisis worse?
Presidents are not all-powerful, especially not in the case of pandemic disease. There are limits to what they can do, for good or ill. But within those limits, at every juncture, Trump’s actions have ensured the worst possible outcomes. The worst outcome for public health. The worst outcome for the American economy. The worst outcome for American global leadership.
Trump’s Oval Office speech of March 11 was the worst action yet in a string of bad actions.
Here are the things the president did not do in that speech.
He offered no guidance or policy on how to prevent the spread of the disease inside the United States. Should your town cancel its St. Patrick’s Day parade? What about theatrical productions and sporting events? Classes at schools and colleges? Nothing.
He offered no explanation of what went wrong with the U.S. testing system, nor any assurance of when testing would become more widely available. His own previous promises of testing for anyone who needs it have been exploded as false. So what is true? Nothing.
Layoffs are coming, probably on a very large scale, as travel collapses and people hunker down at home. Any word for those about to lose their jobs? Only the vaguest indication that something might be announced sometime soon.
It’s good to hear that there will be no co-pays on the tests nobody seems able to get. What about other health-care coverage? Any word on that? Nothing.
The financial markets have plunged into a 2008-style crash, auguring a recession, perhaps a severe one. The Trump administration has had almost two months to think about this crisis. [NOTE; THREE/3 MONTHS NOW.] It has trial-ballooned some ideas. But, of course, fiscal policy would require assent from the House of Representatives. Trump is still pouting at Speaker Nancy Pelosi. So—aside from some preposterously unconvincing happy talk about the economy—again: nothing.
There was one something in the speech: a ban on travel from Europe, but not the United Kingdom. It’s a classic Trump formulation. It seeks to protect America by erecting a wall against the world, without thinking very hard how or whether the wall can work. The disease is already here. The numbers only look low because of our prior failure to provide adequate testing. They will not look low even four days from now. And those infected with the virus can travel from other countries and on other routes. Trump himself has already met some.
The travel ban is an act of panic. Financial futures began crashing even as Trump was talking, perhaps shocked by his lack of an economic plan, perhaps aghast at his latest attack on world trade. (The speech seemed to suggest an embargo on European-sourced cargo as well, but that looks more like a mental lapse of Trump’s than a real policy announcement. The ban on cargo was retracted by a post-speech tweet, although the ban remains in the posted transcript of the speech.) Among other things, the ban represents one more refutation by Trump of any idea of collective security against collective threats. While China offers medical assistance to Italy, he wants to sever ties to former friends—isolating America and abandoning the world.
This crisis is not of Trump’s making. What he is responsible for is his failure to respond promptly, and then his perverse and counterproductive choice of how to respond when action could be avoided no longer. Trump, in his speech, pleaded for an end to finger-pointing. It’s a strange thing for this president of all presidents to say. No American president, and precious few American politicians, have ever pointed so many fingers or hurled so much abuse as Donald Trump. What he means, of course, is: Don’t hold me to account for the things I did.
But he did do them, and he owns responsibility for those things. He cannot escape it, and he will not escape it.
TRUTH ON WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET IT.
From a good friend:
I borrowed this: best advice I have read
Good advice from a nurse on Twitter… “if you should get the virus: I know we’re all tired of hearing/talking about it, but one thing I HAVEN’T really seen going around is advice for what happens if you DO get coronavirus (many of us will), we’re only seeing advice for how to try to AVOID it.
Things you should *actually* buy ahead of time (Erm, not sure what the obsession with toilet paper is?): Kleenex, Acetaminophen (Tylenol) in 325 mg tablets, Ibuprofen (Advil) in 200 mg tablets, Mucinex, Robitussin or DayQuil/NyQuil, whatever your cough medicine of choice is.
If you don’t have a humidifier, that would also be a good thing to get. (You can also just turn the shower on hot and sit in the bathroom breathing in the steam). Also a good time to make a big batch of your favorite soup to freeze and have on hand.
If you have a history of asthma and you have a prescription inhaler, make sure the one you have isn’t expired and refill it/get a new one if it is.
You basically just want to prepare as though you know you’re going to get a nasty respiratory bug like bronchitis or pneumonia. You just have the foresight to know it’s coming.
For symptom management, use the meds I mentioned. For a fever over 101, alternate Tylenol and Advil so you’re taking a dose of one or the other every 3 hours. Use both cough suppressants and expectorants (most cough meds have both). Drink a ton, hydrate hydrate. Rest lots.
If you’re sick, you should not be leaving your house except to go to the doctor, and if you do, wear a mask (regular is fine, you don’t need an N95). You DO NOT NEED TO GO TO THE ER unless you are having trouble breathing or your fever is very high and unmanaged with meds.
90% of healthy adult cases thus far have been managed at home with basic rest/hydration/over-the-counter meds. We don’t want to clog the ERs unless you’re actually in distress. The hospital beds will be used for people who apamctively need oxygen/breathing treatments/IV fluids.
If you have a pre-existing lung condition (COPD, emphysema, lung cancer) or are on immunosuppressants, now is a great time to talk to your PCP or specialist about what they would like you to do if you get sick. They might have plans to get you admitted and bypass the ER entirely.
One major relief to you parents is that kids do VERY well with coronavirus— they usually bounce back in a few days, no one under 18 has died, and almost no kids have required hospitalization (unless they have a lung disease like CF).
Just use pediatric dosing of the same meds.”
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FROM A DOCTOR AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST, DR. ABDU SHARKAWY:
I’m a doctor and an Infectious Diseases Specialist. I’ve been at this for more than 20 years seeing sick patients on a daily basis. I have worked in inner city hospitals and in the poorest slums of Africa. HIV-AIDS, Hepatitis,TB, SARS, Measles, Shingles, Whooping cough, Diphtheria…there is little I haven’t been exposed to in my profession. And with notable exception of SARS, very little has left me feeling vulnerable, overwhelmed or downright scared.
I am not scared of Covid-19. I am concerned about the implications of a novel infectious agent that has spread the world over and continues to find new footholds in different soil. I am rightly concerned for the welfare of those who are elderly, in frail health or disenfranchised who stand to suffer mostly, and disproportionately, at the hands of this new scourge. But I am not scared of Covid-19.
What I am scared about is the loss of reason and wave of fear that has induced the masses of society into a spellbinding spiral of panic, stockpiling obscene quantities of anything that could fill a bomb shelter adequately in a post-apocalyptic world. I am scared of the N95 masks that are stolen from hospitals and urgent care clinics where they are actually needed for front line healthcare providers and instead are being donned in airports, malls, and coffee lounges, perpetuating even more fear and suspicion of others. I am scared that our hospitals will be overwhelmed with anyone who thinks they ” probably don’t have it but may as well get checked out no matter what because you just never know…” and those with heart failure, emphysema, pneumonia and strokes will pay the price for overfilled ER waiting rooms with only so many doctors and nurses to assess.
I am scared that travel restrictions will become so far reaching that weddings will be canceled, graduations missed and family reunions will not materialize. And well, even that big party called the Olympic Games…that could be kyboshed too. Can you even
I’m scared those same epidemic fears will limit trade, harm partnerships in multiple sectors, business and otherwise and ultimately culminate in a global recession.
But mostly, I’m scared about what message we are telling our kids when faced with a threat. Instead of reason, rationality, openmindedness and altruism, we are telling them to panic, be fearful, suspicious, reactionary and self-interested.
Covid-19 is nowhere near over. It will be coming to a city, a hospital, a friend, even a family member near you at some point. Expect it. Stop waiting to be surprised further. The fact is the virus itself will not likely do much harm when it arrives. But our own behaviors and “fight for yourself above all else” attitude could prove disastrous.
I implore you all. Temper fear with reason, panic with patience and uncertainty with education. We have an opportunity to learn a great deal about health hygiene and limiting the spread of innumerable transmissible diseases in our society. Let’s meet this challenge together in the best spirit of compassion for others, patience, and above all, an unfailing effort to seek truth, facts and knowledge as opposed to conjecture, speculation and catastrophizing.
Facts not fear. Clean hands. Open hearts.
Our children will thank us for it.
So, after reading THE FACTS, here are my personal summations:
- DAILY BATHE/SHOWER.
- DAILY USE GOOD HYGIENE. WASH HANDS BEFORE AND AFTER EATING AND DRINKING. WASH HANDS BEFORE AND AFTER HANDLING FOOD AND DRINK. WASH YOUR HANDS.
- USE HAND SANITIZER AS NEEDED.
- TAKE A MULTIPLE VITAMIN IN THE MORNING.
- TAKE A VITAMIN C AT NIGHT.
- HAVE A HUMIDIFIER (OR RUN HOT SHOWER) AND COLD/FLU MEDS AT THE READY.
- DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. DRINK JUICES AS WELL.
- PLENTY OF REST.
- AND IF YOU GET SICK SEE YOUR DOCTOR.
- NO FEAR. NO PANIC.
THIS IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD.
-Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.