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Title: COVID-19: Facts
Post by: Warwick Marflitt on March 23, 2020, 22:00:06 PM
"Feeling confused as to why Coronavirus is a bigger deal than Seasonal flu? Here it is in a nutshell. I hope this helps. Feel free to share this to others who don?t understand.

It has to do with RNA sequencing...i.e. genetics.

Seasonal flu is an ?all human virus?. The DNA/RNA chains that make up the virus are recognized by the human immune system. This means that your body has some immunity to it before it comes around each year. You get immunity two ways...through exposure to a virus, or by getting a flu shot.

Novel viruses come from animals. The WHO tracks novel viruses in animals (sometimes for years watching for mutations). Usually these viruses only transfer from animal to animal (pigs in the case of H1N1, birds in the case of the Spanish flu). But once one of these animal viruses mutates and starts to transfer from animals to humans...then it?s a problem. Why? Because we have no natural or acquired immunity. The RNA sequencing of the genes inside the virus isn?t human, and the human immune system doesn?t recognize it, so we can?t fight it off.

Now...sometimes, the mutation only allows transfer from animal to human. For years it?s only transmission is from an infected animal to a human before it finally mutates so that it can now transfer human to human. Once that happens, we have a new contagion phase. And depending on the fashion of this new mutation, that?s what decides how contagious, or how deadly, it?s going to be.

H1N1 was deadly, but it did not mutate in a way that was as deadly as the Spanish flu. Its RNA was slower to mutate and it attacked its host differently, too.

Fast forward.

Now, here comes this Coronavirus. It existed in animals only, for nobody knows how long. But one day, at an animal market in Wuhan China, in December 2019, it mutated and made the jump from animal to people. At first, only animals could give it to a person. But here is the scary part. In just TWO WEEKS, it mutated again and gained the ability to jump from human to human. Scientists call this quick ability, ?slippery?.

This Coronavirus, not being in any form a ?human? virus (whereas we would all have some natural or acquired immunity), took off like a rocket. And this was because humans have no known immunity...doctors have no known medicines for it.

And it just so happens that this particular mutated animal virus changed itself in such a way the way that it causes great damage to human lungs.

That?s why Coronavirus is different from seasonal flu, or H1N1, or any other type of influenza...this one is slippery AF. And it?s a lung eater. And, it?s already mutated AGAIN, so that we now have two strains to deal with, strain S and strain L...which makes it twice as hard to develop a vaccine.

We really have no tools in our shed with this. History has shown that fast and immediate closings of public places has helped in the past pandemics. Philadelphia and Baltimore were reluctant to close events in 1918 and they were the hardest hit in the US during the Spanish Flu.

Factoid: Henry VIII stayed in his room and allowed no one near him till the Black Plague passed (honestly, I understand him so much better now). Just like us, he had no tools in his shed, except social isolation.

And let me end by saying...right now it?s hitting older folks harder...but this genome is so slippery, if it mutates again (and it will), who is to say what it will do next.

#flattenthecurve. Stay home folks. And share this to those that just are not catching on." 🤓

Credit to COVID Canadian Physicians group.

ET: Hi all, I want to clarify that this post is not from me..meaning I didn?t write this. It was copied from a physicians group.
Title: Re: COVID-19: Facts
Post by: Ol Wise Owl on April 02, 2020, 07:57:35 AM
A suspected Covid-19 male patient is lying in bed in the hospital, wearing an oxygen mask over his mouth and nose. A young student female nurse appears and gives him a partial sponge bath.
"Nurse,"' he mumbles from behind the mask, "are my testicles black?"
Embarrassed, the young nurse replies, "I don't know, Sir. I'm only here to wash your upper body and feet."
He struggles to ask again, "Nurse, please check for me. Are my testicles black?"
Concerned that he might elevate his blood pressure and heart rate from worrying about his testicles, she overcomes her embarrassment and pulls back the covers.
She raises his gown, holds his manhood in one hand and his testicles gently in the other.
She looks very closely and says, "There's nothing wrong with them, Sir. They look fine."
The man slowly pulls off his oxygen mask, smiles at her, and says very slowly,
"Thank you very much. That was wonderful. Now listen very,
very, closely:
"Are - my - test - results - back?"
Title: Re: COVID-19: Facts
Post by: Warwick Marflitt on April 09, 2020, 14:34:02 PM
This was in my inbox

Nicole McKee
Spokesperson
Fair and Reasonable Campaign

The National State of Emergency that has been in force since 25 March 2020 allows the Government to issue Orders under the Health Act 1956. Last night a new order that makes it clear what you can and can?t do in terms of leaving your house for the purposes of recreation was signed.

It states that you cannot leave your residence for the purpose of hunting, fishing, tramping, swimming, boating or any activity that could require search and rescue.

You can find a copy of the order here - https://covid19.govt.nz/assets/resources/Legislation-and-key-documents/COVID-19-Section-701f-Notice-to-all-persons-in-New-Zealand-3-April-2020-v2.PDF

Our lawyers have studied the new Order. It is so explicit there can be no doubt a constable would be fully justified in arresting or otherwise using force to stop people hunting or being outside their ?current place of residence? except for one of the express exceptions. In short, Police do have the ability to stop you from going hunting and can enforce this ban.

The Order expires at midnight on 22 April 2020 unless it is revoked earlier or extended.

I make no comment on the merits of the ban, but with the roar upon us, I thought I had better let you know ASAP.

Stay safe,
   


Nicole McKee
Spokesperson
Fair and Reasonable Campaign

 

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