- Department of Ignorance: Arsonists torch cellular towers in NL. They think 5G spreads C-19. NL has not implemented 5G.
- Scientists still don’t know if recovered C-19 patients are immune
- Female leaders are doing well at protecting their people from C-19
- Some clues about what the “1.5 meter economy’ will look like
- One American worries “We are destroying the working class to save the elderly,” and American hospitals — accustomed to profiting from “excessive/elective” procedures — are going broke, but the cost of C-19 deaths (based on the value of lost lives) is headed toward $10 trillion.
- Are trolls (the same ones that interfered with elections) “helping” Americans die from C-19? Probably…
Non-Corona (ratio is tipping… a good sign or just bored with C-19?)
- Bill Nordhaus, whom I have criticized for missing the boat on carbon pricing, makes a useful proposal on “carbon clubs” as a means of enforcing de-carbonization.
Practice Better writing with common easy words
- James Burke on how “scattered” thinking creates new ideas and solutions
- “Why the War on Physical Cash Is a War on Freedom“
H/T to LS and BW
Corona-related (It’s all corona-related!)
- This funny video sums up my online teaching nightmares
- The Corona-crisis is hitting supply and demand, which is why we’re headed for a recession and perhaps a depression.
- How the food supply chain is (not) dealing with corona-hoarding (“hamstering” in the Netherlands 😉
- I started Station 11 on a friend’s recommendation before coronavirus brought “global pandemic” the rest of the world’s attention. It’s a good book (no spoilers) for post-pandemic thinking. Here’s a great interview with its author.
- Bats’ amazing immune systems make them dangerous to us
- Update from Beijing
- 30 predictions on how corona will change the world
- How many “excess deaths” are statistics missing?
- Good sense on coronaviruses and pandemics from an epidemiologist
- Time for social safety net reform in the US? A few ideas.
- Post c-19 panic, incumbents will try to fool us into returning to the Old Normal of buying, stressing and consuming the planet. Don’t accept the Old Normal. Time for a new status quo.
H/T to RP
I don’t normally forward copy-pastas, but this makes sense (and has, reportedly, been checked by another nurse
“CORONA Common Sense
Since they are calling on Respiratory Therapist to help fight the Coronavirus, and I am a retired one, too old to work in a hospital setting, I’m going to share some common sense wisdom with those that have the virus and are trying to stay home. If my advice is followed as given, you will improve your chances of not ending up in the hospital on a ventilator. This applies to the otherwise generally healthy population, so use discretion.
1. Only high temperatures kill a virus, so let your fever run high. Tylenol will bring your fever down allowing the virus to live longer. They are saying that Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Motrin, etc. will actually exacerbate the virus. Use common sense and don’t let a fever go over 103 (39C), if you got the guts. If it gets higher than that, take your Tylenol, not Ibuprofen or Advil ( or any type of anti-inflammatory drugs ) to keep it regulated. It helps to keep your house warm and cover up with blankets so your body does not have to work so hard to generate the heat. It usually takes about 3 days of this to break the fever.
2. The body is going to dehydrate with the elevated temperature, so you must rehydrate yourself regulaly, whether you like it or not. Gatorade with real sugar, or pedialyte with real sugar for kids works well. Why the sugar? Sugar will give your body back the energy it is using up to create the fever. The electrolytes and fluid you are losing will also be replenished by the Gatorade. If you don’t do this and end up in the hospital they will start an IV and give you D5W ( sugar water ) and normal saline to replenish electrolytes. Gatorade is much cheaper, pain free, and comes in an assortment of flavors.
3. You must keep your lungs moist. This is best done by taking long steamy showers on a regular basis. If you’re wheezing or congested, use a real minty toothpaste and brush your teeth while taking the steamy shower and deep breaths through your mouth. This will provide some bronchial dialation and help loosen the phlegm. Force yourself to cough into a wet wash cloth pressed firmly over your mouth and nose, which will cause greater pressure in your lungs forcing them to expand more and break loose more of the congestion.
4. Eat healthy and regularly. You’ve got to keep your strength up.
5. Once the fever breaks, start moving around to get the body back in shape and blood circulating.
6. Deep breathe on a regular basis, even when it hurts. If you don’t, it becomes easy to develope pneumonia. Pursed lip breathing really helps. That’s breathing in deep and slow, then exhaling through tight lips as if you’re blowing out a candle. Blow until you have completely emptied your lungs and you will be able to breathe in an even deeper breath. This helps keep lungs expanded as well as increase your oxygen level.
7. Remember that every medication you take is merely relieving the symptoms, not making you well.
8. If you’re still not improving, then go to the ER.