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Getting things in perspective

And how better to get things in perspective than to look to history. Epidemics and Pandemics are nothing new.
Our biggest (recorded) killer was the Black Death (now, allegedly, a viral haemorrhagic fever - like Ebola) which wiped-out over half of Europe’s population - and brought about the collapse of medieval society - there were too few peasants to till the land and so ‘selling their labour’ rather than being serfs tied to a particular noble, gave them economic and political power over their ‘masters’. “The Pox” of which Shakespeare wrote so much, was fresh in his and his audience’s minds - it killed his son, Hamnet (11) - with empty houses in villages and towns standing as silent reminders of whole families who succumbed. Following the end of World War One came the Spanish Flu, which killed more than the total of all battlefield casualties in the five previous years - strangely, it was the fit and the young who proved to be at greatest risk. The Plague of Justinian - the Roman Emperor at the time - arrived with the Goth and Visi-Goth hoards from the North and East, who then over-ran the Roman Empire and brought about it’s downfall. The major killer of our time was the HIV virus, which then mutated into AIDS - and destroyed the immune system of those infected so that they succumbed to a host of other infections which they would otherwise have thrown-off. The Third Plague - which originated in Yunnan Province in China - was the third wave of bubonic plague to reach Europe, after having devastated its area of origin, Hong Kong and much of India. The Antonine Plague, once again named after an unfortunate Emperor but also known as the Galen Plague after the Roman physician who described it, was brought back from the Near East by returning Roman soldiers. It decimated Greek cities, destroying their empire, and cemented Rome as the next dominant power in the Mediterranean. The Great Plague of London in 1665, eradicated by the rather extreme event of the Great Fire of London (1666), wiped-out a quarter of London’s population in months. Graveyards ran out of plots to bury the dead and their solution - ‘carnal pits’ - are now being un-earthed by the Cross-Rail excavations. Asian Flu, in our more recent times (1957), a category 2 flu pandemic caused by an H3N2 strain of the influenza A virus, and a world- wide fatality of over 1 million people. Outbreaks of infections such as the_ Russian Flu - 1899 - 1,000,000 deaths Hong Kong Flu - 1968 - 1,000,000 deaths Cholera 6 - 1817 - 1,000,000 deaths Japanese Smallpox - 735 - 1,000,000 deaths C18th plague - 1824 - 600,000 deaths Swine Flu - 2009 - 200,000 deaths Yellow Fever - 1890 - 100,000 deaths Ebola - 2009 - 11.300 deaths MERS - 2012 - 850 deaths SARS - 2002 - 750 deaths would not even show above the base-line on the above graph. Does that put things in perspective ?

Advice from the Prof. in Infectious Diseases - John Hopkins University

The COVID-19 virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code.(mutation) and converts them into aggressor and multiplier cells. * Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies. * The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy because the foam CUTS THE FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own. * HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 77 degrees Fahrenheit for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful. * Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus. * Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside. * Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin * NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC SERVES. The virus is not a living organism (like bacteria); antibodies cannot kill what is not alive. * NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only - between 3 hours (fabric and porous), - 4 hours (copper and wood), - 24 hours (cardboard), - 42 hours (metal) and - 72 hours (plastic). But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose. * The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold or artificial air - such as air conditioners in houses and cars. They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrad it faster. * UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein. To use it to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin. * The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin. * Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat. * NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%. LISTERINE is 65% alcohol. * The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less. * You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. .. and when using the bathroom. * You have to Moisturize dry hands from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better. * Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there. All useful stuff. Keep your distance’ and ‘Stay Safe __________________________________________________________________________________________
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