New coronavirus mutation brings more cases to USA

Just as you thought this coronavirus pandemic ebbed and a glimmer of normalcy shined dimly, a new coronavirus mutation has been behind spikes of rising cases in Europe and the USA. Place masks on again!

According to Science Daily:

Research out today in the journal Cell shows that a specific change in the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus virus genome, previously associated with increased viral transmission and the spread of COVID-19, is more infectious in cell culture. The variant in question, D614G, makes a small but effective change in the virus’s ‘Spike’ protein, which the virus uses to enter human cells.

Coronavirus 19 has been with us so long as to infect cells and lives. Viruses adapt very well to host cells and easily renovate our make-up. Symptoms or none, our cells spread like monsters. These disfigured zombie cells appear to be using those streaming filaments, or filopodia, to reach still-healthy neighboring cells. The protuberances appear to bore into the cells’ bodies and inject their viral venom directly into those cells’ genetic command centers — thus creating another zombie. Are we becoming the walking dead?

Symptoms of coronavirus may not appear or may be light. More than likely, coronavirus microbes have already entered your body. Quixotically, how many are required to show symptoms? Researchers found that when SARS-CoV-2 infects cells, it assumes control over a family of enzymes known as kinases. Under normal circumstances, kinases serve as master regulators of metabolism, growth, movement, repair and other important cellular functions. Kinases work by attaching tiny chemical tags to proteins through a process known as phosphorylation. Once attached, these tags act as switches that turn proteins on or off, which keeps the complex machinery of the cell running smoothly. According to warnings from Chinese researchers, individuals infected with the earlier SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains could be defenseless against the more aggressive European strains with the D614G mutations.

According to CNN report on coronavirus-19 mutation, finding reliable vaccines are confounded by old coronavirus 19 strains and the new ones. Coronavirus 19 has new brother that must be reckoned with. Research published on Medical-Xpress cites research that D814G may well be the dominant one.

D614G mutation cells mean higher rate of testing positive on COVID testing. No evidence was shown whether higher death rates are correlated.

With coronavirus variants and mutations, your responsibility is to use masks and social distancing. They are uncomfortable and against normal social moires. Even eating outdoors means mask removal. So more passersby should wear masks.

States are showing spikes in coronavirus cases in States that opened too soon. D614G may be factored into those statistics. It’s very clear. Coronavirus is adapting to us. It’s up for us to not ignore warnings as we do our part to help restrict spread.

FDA approves first prescription ADHD game

Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder or ADHD is a parent’s worst nightmare as children enter school ages. The FDA just approved the first prescription video game — it’s for kids with ADHD. This is a totally new treatment method for use with or without current medicines.

The game was built by Boston-based Akili Interactive Labs suggests evidence that it may improve attention function. Called Endeavor/Rx, requires a prescription and is designed for children ages 8 to 12 with certain symptoms of ADHD. It’s the first time the FDA has cleared a digital therapy for improving ADHD symptoms, and the first time the agency has ever authorized marketing of a game-based therapy for any condition.

During game development and research it was called Project EVO, and earned awards as a combination of a daily planner and intelligent mobile app. The system is personalized to YOU and specifically designed around how your Brain Type™ naturally works so you can achieve more flow and thrive.

As part of the Sensory Neurodevelopment & Autism Program, Endeavor/Rx demonstrated success with ADHD subjects. Experimental conclusions observed: “In the randomized, controlled trial of 348 children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD, AKL-T01 showed a statistically significant improvement compared to an active control (p=0.006) on the predefined primary endpoint, a change in the Attention Performance Index (API), a composite score from the Test of Variables of Attention (T.O.V.A.®). The T.O.V.A.® is an objective measure of sustained attention and inhibitory control. AKL-T01 was shown to be safe in this study, with no serious adverse events observed.”

The Project Evo game requires children to multi-task by switching between a memory-based task and a visuomotor task. The first requires players to tap the screen to choose a target from a few options, for example, a blue fish as the target with red and yellow fish as distractions, according to the paper. The second task consists of steering a hovercraft along a river. The game’s difficulty increases as the child progresses.

While I normally suspect reliability of studies with 348 people, Endeavor/Rx did get approval from the FDA as a valid treatment for ADHD with Autism. Will health insurance pay for it? You may find a very good guide to Evolution/Rx foundation on Amazon online.

Medical drugs and alchemy supplements may help ADHD quickly but side-effects may be more dangerous than what you want to treat. Consult nutritionists.

We live in an APP happy world and “smart” digital therapy tech is very available. Our bodies are magicians and have innate properties for healing. Evolution/Rx may be a game, a first of many, to help conquer many ADHD symptoms toward a better future lifestyle for those with ADHD diagnoses and parents.

Owning your own slavery lifestyle

Slavery exists since humans traveled as packs or tribes with leaders and followers, sharing gods and beliefs. Tribes would fight other tribes. The conquerors used the conquered as resources, as slaves to do what others didn’t want to do. Slaves were labeled by different languages and cultures. Slavery was a worldwide institution, even in Africa where Black tribe conquered other Black tribes. Black masters, Black slaves. Slaves were oppressed, bartered and sold as currency to do what others didn’t. Early discoverers of the America used Native Americans as slave laborers. Christianity (Catholicism) and Spanish replaced original languages and cultures. Black slaves were also bought from Black masters and imported to the Americas, both North and South America. Coffee was traded from Brazil and Colombia and many slaves were used. Slavery isn’t noble, it’s an oppressive state of being And by the 19th century grew out of favor in Western Civilization.

But South USA was cowered by the North after the Civil War. Legislatively, the new reality was np more slavery. Being Black and being White was not seen equally and skin color did not erase racial bigotry. It took another century to desegregate Blacks into USA culture and opportunity, despite southern white reluctance. Over 150 years have passed since the Emancipation Proclamation. Skin color remains the big divide. Black Americans should no longer be perceived as Black Americans. They should be Americans, free and equal. Yet…anger, stereotype, and discrimination still flow albeit in smaller creeks. The divided mindset has been institutionalized on both sides and equality of black and white are omitted from the tossed salad we call USA. Or is it deeper?

No institution is perfect. There are always rotten apples and rotten ideas. The world protests against mistreatment by police have become a revolution. Imprisoning populations during a coronavirus threat and the death of an American Black man set fire to a revolution to defund the police departments. Rotten apples and rotten conceptions about the police are now under the microscope. There is a new 21st century idea that police science and practice must be the new slavery in a modern post-colonial society. When colonialism exists, some slavery follows. But who are the slaves when attempts are made to revise decrepit systems? Freedom and liberty don’t come from violence. Or does it?

These protests aren’t just after bad police but that Black Lives Matter. I have always believed (and still do) that all lives matter. From media reporting, there seems to be an umbrella over poor Black American communities that Black slavery hovers in the minds of Black Americans. It’s about 8 generations since the Emancipation Proclamation was added to our Constitution. It’s It’s almost 55 years since Equal Opportunity and Desegregate legislation was passed. Martin Luther King’s dreams have been realized and surpassed in recent decades. Black Americans are integral in all matters of life and economics. Black Lives Matter isn’t a question. We may not be holding hands in harmony singing about a soda beverage but we are equal friends, partners, associates. That’s not slavery. What happened with George Floyd was police incompetence and disrespect. All life matters and living should be distinct and respected. Lives to breathe and seek happiness and justice must be respected. The images and sounds could have happened to anyone. Black Americans are no longer slaves. All life and lifestyles matter.

Racial slavery, discrimination, gender, and bias are not new concepts in history. As far back as 6800 B.C. The world’s first city-state emerges in Mesopotamia. Land ownership and the early stages of technology bring war—in which enemies are captured and forced to work: slavery.

In the USA, having or not having slavery became a Black and White conflict. In Africa, where most owners and slaves were black, lineage incorporation was the primary purpose of slavery, and in most societies slaves were allowed to participate in many aspects of social life. The most basic purpose of slavery is to rid oneself of work and force the hideous labor upon someone else. Since the time of our more primitive era, societies have taken slaves from war and conquest, and forced them to do their workaday tasks. Slavery was a societal class. Many eastern cultures had class-systems and slavery was a class in Hindu and others.

Slavery was, in many cultures, a class that was often protected by codes and rules. The book of Exodus in the Old Testament of the Bible contains the story of freeing the Hebrew slaves from bondage in Egypt. Post slavery, after the 10 commandments were delivered for all followers, ethics and laws were indicated about treatments and choices of those enslaved. by the Hebrews or nearby cultures. This is an irony found in the Bible several times. Former Hebrew slaves, made to work for 400 years had servants and slaves. They were protected classes. Rules and ethics were revised in Leviticus and Deuteronomy.

Africans organized their societies around the family unit, and gold supply often dictated which society held the most power—until the start of the Atlantic slave trade. Africans engaged in tribal warfare among hundreds of tribes. The winners possessed power. The conquered likely ended up in some type of slavery. Since the 1400’s, colonizing the new Americas made slavery an economic power.

The beginning of the Atlantic slave trade in the late 1400s disrupted African societal structure as Europeans infiltrated the West African coastline, drawing people from the center of the continent to be sold into slavery. Those sold were usually slaves that resulted from earlier African tribal conflicts. New sugar and tobacco plantations in the Americas and Caribbean heightened the demand for enslaved people, ultimately forcing a total of 12.5 million Africans across the Atlantic and into slavery. Spain, Denmark, Britain, France first used Native Americans as slave labor. Trading resources were the roots of global economy. At the time, the Americas were what China is today. Think about the Atlantic and Pacific tea company.

In what eventually became the USA, slavery was a societal class. South USA were importing slaves from Africa and other areas. No northern or middle colony was without its slaves. From Puritan Massachusetts to Quaker Pennsylvania, Africans lived in bondage. Economics and geography did not promote the need for slave importation like the plantation South. Consequently, the slave population remained small compared to their southern neighbors. Yet southern USA developed the most crude type of slavery. Chattel slavery is the most common form of slavery known to Americans. This system, which allowed people — considered legal property — to be bought, sold and owned forever, was supported by the US and European powers in the 16th – 18th centuries. This is why a slave was considered 4/5 of a human. This was neutralized tn the Emancipation Proclamation and later revised with equal opportunity laws.

There were and are many definitions and types of slavery tha have been lawfully eliminated over the past 200 years. Sadly, among many cultures slavery exists as:
Sex Trafficking. The manipulation, coercion, or control of an adult engaging in a commercial sex act. …
Child Sex Trafficking. …
Forced Labor. …
Forced Child Labor. …
Bonded Labor or Debt Bondage. …
Domestic Servitude. …
Unlawful Recruitment and Use of Child Soldier

These forms of slavery have been abolished by USA and many western nations but they do exist. Some are slavery entrapped to pay for immigration costs. Many countries use children for labor and soldiering. In the USA, child labor extended from orphanages in cities to do farming in rural areas. As late as 1988, the most sweeping federal law that restricts the employment and abuse of child workers is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Significance separates minors from adults. Minors 14 to 15 years of age may work up to 3 hours on a school day, 8 hours on a nonschool day, and 18 hours in a week, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. when school is in session, until 9 p.m. from June 1st through Labor Day, and as many as 40 hours per week when school is out.

While certain counties, especially Southern, used police for slave patrols, these were abolished by early 20th-century.

Rudolph Giuliani was one of the urban mayors that consolidated transit, traffic, corrections, and truancy police into one giant department. At the time President Bill Clinton spoke for more police patrols. Rushed training made on-job-training with lack of people contact resulted in more conflicts and racial profiling, even though many patrols were Black and Latino.

Under Mayor Bloomberg, working with consolidated police force. adopted Stop and Frisk practices that were used in other cities. At the height of stop-and-frisk in 2011 under the Bloomberg administration, over 685,000 people were stopped. Nearly 9 out of 10 stopped-and-frisked New Yorkers have been completely innocent. According to the NYPD’s Annual Reports: In 2019, 13,459 stops were recorded. Biased racial profiling put the brakes on that program.

Those were heinous policies that evoked criticism from Black American communities. None were the size of the protests after the George Floyd tragedy.

Black Lives Matter as do all in the USA tossed salad of infinite shades, cultures, languages, genders, and lifestyles. For over 150 years, slavery was abolished constitutionally in the USA.

Agreed…more people are forgetting the mantra of the Statue of Liberty:
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Yet I respect these words by President Abraham Lincoln As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.

Racism should not be debatable in USA today. All of us should be above that. But…we are imperfect and forgetful that the USA fought hard to be liberated from foreign colonialists.

We must cast aside the chains and thoughts of slavery. We should empirically investigate justice. We must monitor actions. We must no longer own slavery or the slavery ideas we choose to own. Black lives matter but all lives, from the poorest, must take the opportunities to educate ourselves and our children that there are more ethical ways to live.

The paths carved for freedom need to be examined and traditions need to be remembered and updated for an ever-changing society. Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome, was once said by Booker T. Washington. Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) was born into slavery and rose to become a leading African American intellectual of the 19 century, founding Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (Now Tuskegee University) in 1881 and the National Negro Business League two decades later. Washington advised Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. His infamous conflicts with black leaders like W. E. B. Du Bois over segregation caused a stir, but today, he is remembered as the most influential African American speaker of his time.

There are concepts and realities that have changed drastically over the past 100 years. The police need better training that all lives matter. At the same time, any people violating laws should be wary that they’ll be caught. You need police to control speeding cars, handle emergencies, and confront those that deny your own personal rights. Black lives will really matter more if police and social services are funded as a cooperative in areas where Blacks feel left out. It takes money, it requires understanding, it requires motivation.

An estimated 26,730 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes through September 30, making the third quarter of 2019 the eighth consecutive year-to-year quarterly decline in fatalities since the fourth quarter of 2017. Police have been involved with investigating and ticketing compulsive speeders. There are so many things that show police concern. According to Wisconsin Public Radio, from 2013 to 2018, the motor vehicle crash fatality rate for black Wisconsinites more than doubled, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2013, 31 African Americans died from motor vehicle deaths. The worst year was in 2017, when 79 African Americans died, according to the CDC data used in the report.

Since George Floyd there have been incidents where police have been shot. Their lives matter too. The Southern Poverty Law Center is a large non-profit organization that helps the poor get better justice. The SPLC is the premier U.S. non-profit organization monitoring the activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists – including the Ku Klux Klan, the neo-Nazi movement, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, black separatists, antigovernment militias, Christian Identity adherents and others. They are currently tracking more than 1,600 extremist groups operating across the country. They publish investigative reports, train law enforcement officers and share key intelligence, and offer expert analysis to the media and public.

With no police, we breed anarchy…and that is no answer. Blacks, Latinos and others must join in conversations and meetings to attack the hatred that breeds in this country against skin color or language or gender. We all need training to follow-through on this country we share. Racism must stop and we all need training.

The violence and fear emanating from these protests reveal the best and worst of us. All lives matter. Until we truly believe that, resolutions won’t happen. Many of the protesters from the 60’s, gave in to the system by the 70’s. Who remembers Jerry Rubin?

Rather than breaking chains of slavery, we must dissolve them for a fairer future. We must work to heal our selves from hatred, jealousy, and viruses. That’s where action must focus.

Slavery, black or otherwise, and the racism that go along with it are bad. After 6,000-plus years of slavery as an institution, there are no easy equalizers. Protesters want it now. Making life matter to and for all is a process. It’ll take time. Police are necessary. Discussion groups involving parents, children, officials, all people and races need to be part of an active lifestyle extending over many generations.

To covid and George Floyd Happy 2020 to the victims and us

Charles Dickens wrote in Tale of Two Cities, it was the best of times and the worst of times. 2020 began with celebrations, wishes, and goals to take everyday normality to happier, healthier levels. Then came the restrictions and challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Then came the unreasonable,vicious arrest of George Floyd and the riots that followed. Those were, hopefully the worst times of 2020. Lives matter and we have hopes that, finally, 2020 will deliver better times.

Data from the 1981 national victimization survey reveal that more whites are victimized by whites (77 percent) than by blacks (17.1 percent), and more blacks are victimized by blacks (77 percent) than by whites (14.4 percent), as noted by National Criminal Justice Reference Service.

Although violent crime by white offenders is apparently strongly intraracial, in that 96.9 percent of the white offenders chose white victims, violent crime by black offenders is apparently predominantly interracial, with 55.2 percent of the black offenders choosing white victims. Black offenders chose white victims in 63.9 percent of robberies, 51.8 percent of assaults, and 58.6 percent of rapes. In contrast, white offenders chose black victims in 8.3 percent of robberies, 2.7 percent of assaults, and 5.5 percent of rapes. These percentages suggest that each of the three violent crimes is strongly intraracial for white offenders but predominantly interracial for black offenders. This finding suggests that the motives behind black assault and rape are different than the motives behind white assault and rape. Reasons why the partially interracial character of violent crime has not been addressed are suggested.

The George Floyd incident was interracial – 4 white and armed police officers using extreme force in killing a black man. Was the motivational force necessary? The officers were arrested. George Floyd was not given his rights to a trial. Instead, he lies in a coffin as his family and peers grieve.

There were protests around the USA. Several were violent. Many attacked police officers, as the group at fault. True, about 77.1% of Police officers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 13.3% of Police officers, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. Accortding to thje New York City Police Department, 53% (11,717) are black, Latino (of any race), or Asian or Asian-American. 47% (10,482) were non-Hispanic white. In New York City, Los Angeles and other large urban areas, there are more non-whites that become police officers. Sadly, that does not level for the rest of USA. Generalizing that this was white against black issue is simply wrong. It was 4 white cops torturing and slaughtering a black.

The vast majority of most crimes are committed by a person of the same race as the victim, Bureau of Justice Statistics reports. Intraracial crime is a dominant trend. Unfortunately, white supremacy continues to exist despite laws of equal opportunity. White supremacists frequently like to manipulate crime statistics in order to claim that nonwhite minorities, particularly African-Americans, are far more crime-prone and the source of most violent crime against whites. Statistically, it’s a false assertion. Call it fake news that is marketed well.

As far as looting among protesters, most police sources indicate that looters account for a small percentage of protesters, according to an article in Atlantic magazine. Is it letting anger release? For the most part, looters target neighborhood shops struggling already under restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic. These looters are as reprehensible as the cops who used choke-holds to down George Floyd. When it comes to looting stores, many lives matter from owners to employed staff and to consumers.

As offensive as the cops were at the torturing arrest that led to the death og George Floyd, George Floyd was no angel either. According to records, Floyd had landed five years behind bars in 2009 for an assault and robbery two years earlier, and before that, had been convicted of charges ranging from theft with a firearm to drugs. Floyd was also linked to two convictions in the 1990s for possession and theft of a controlled substance (cocaine). Minneapolis has since banned choke-holds that led to the coronary that killed George Floyd. According to NPR, Floyd also tested positive for coronavirus-19, from Minneapolis Medical Examiner autopsy report. Yes, lives matter and so far 2020 has been anything but happy.

It is wonderful that Americans have the right and freedom to assemble. Under COVID restrictions, assembly has been denied over infectious fear. Even houses of worship have been shuttered. Wide spread protests are erupting on streets where blacks, whites, all genders and faiths exclaim the death of George Floyd and the racial divides of white cops policing a black community. Of course the streets are the only area to protest. All other places are closed other than social media. These divides exist in all communities in many levels but perspectives are often mired by different perspectives. The George Floyd incident of 2020 is focusing on the tree instead of the trees and all lives matter.

Comedian Bill Cosby was asked by the NAACP to speak in 2004 about the states of the black community. Many don’t know Cosby was educated with a doctorate in Education. His Pound Cake Speech sent tinglers of controversy of a divide in the black communities.
Here’s an excerpt:

But these people, the ones up here in the balcony fought so hard. Looking at the incarcerated, these are not political criminals. These are people going around stealing Coca-Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake! And then we all run out and are outraged, ‘The cops shouldn’t have shot him.’ What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand? I wanted a piece of pound cake just as bad as anybody else, and I looked at it and I had no money. And something called parenting said, ‘If you get caught with it you’re going to embarrass your mother.’ Not ‘You’re going to get your butt kicked.’ No. ‘You’re going to embarrass your family.’

Among the responses to the Pound Cake Speech as how the black middle-class had become out-of-touch with the Black Community. Cosby emphasized personal responsibility, or the lack of it. In his book, Michael Eric Dyson describes Cosby’s remarks as a vicious attack on the most vulnerable among the Black Community.

The sad divides include economies as well as race. Yet USA is chock full of opportunities for all. More Blacks are in the middle classes. Barack Obama was a 2-term USA President. Whether intracranial or interracial, some divides vanish. Vestiges of old thinking remain. Education and responsible choices are(somewhat) free. Police have been put on notice throughout the country. Two pandemics hit us in 2020. We must choose our lifestyles and follow through. George Floyd will be a symbol but now our health and reasoning must be elevated toward optimizing a higher level of consciousness.

Protests and looting do not support social distancing, as is generally recommended as one of the filters to reduce coronavirus-19 spread. After a couple months of quarantine and panic, coronavirus spread concerns frustrated many. The heinous events that led to George Floyd’s death seems to be seen as a valid way to break-out of coronavirus restrictions. Coronavirus made the USA lifestyle come to a screeching halt mid-March 2020. Lives do matter and happy new year has become a grim new year on all levels.

The virus dubbed Coronavirus-19 shows that many lives matter, claiming over 400,000 lives globally, according to Johns Hopkins research. Coronavirus-19 deaths are identified using a new ICD–10 code. When COVID-19 is reported as a cause of death – or when it is listed as a “probable” or “presumed” cause — the death is coded as U07.1. This can include cases with or without laboratory confirmation. Of course this skews statistics. Some people, ages over 60, could have had other respiratory illnesses but, with this convenient classification, most of those deaths occurred because the viral flu resulted in destroying defenses. Over 6 million tested positive but survive. All these numbers represent lives that matter.

Every life matters and every human life, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, and belief matter. So far, many of us in 2020 felt like victims. This half of 2020 demonstrates that with filters and restrictions we will meander and forge toward eliminating this virus, memorialize George Floyd, and live healthfully for the remainder of 2020. Happy new year! Be calm and responsible. Normalize your lifestyle and reduce stress. In the best and worse times, every person has the right to add new blessings to humanity’s future.

Unmasking protective mask types to prevent coronavirus and more

You can bitch, moan, or debate about PPP and PPE. Wearing a protective mask and pair of gloves during a horrible disease pandemic is a necessary prophylactic, both courteous and wise. What were once used as options in factories, medical and science offices are now more essential wearables in a world where tiny microbes coexist with us through an invisible masks.

People tend to shy from using prophylactics such as a protective mask. Another form of prophylactic is use of a condom. The global rate of unintended pregnancy was estimated at 44% of all pregnancies between 2010 and 2014, corresponding to approximately 62 unintended pregnancies per 1000 women between the ages of 15–44 years old. One in two sexually active persons will contract an STI by age 25. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 20 million new STIs occur every year in this country, half of those among young people aged 15–24. Yet the use of condoms as a prophylactic measure remains constant.

We take our breathing and our respiratory health for granted, but the lung is a vital organ that is vulnerable to airborne infection and injury. Respiratory diseases are leading causes of death and disability in the world. Coronavirus-19 barely comes close to those numbers but ranks high among infectious, contagious diseases. Virus based colds are varied. Flu is a common, common cold. Discovery and use of flu vaccines help make incidence less common. Each year new viruses develop and attack unprotected immune systems. According to CDC, about 400,000 patents were hospitalized with a viral infection, each year, over the past decade. Many of those patients died because of respiratory issues that occured prior to flu.

Wearing a protective mask and gloves, especially in dense populations, may prevent these “colds” from spreading to others. Or prevent their colds spreading to you. Sneezes and coughs spread droplets of microbes and some are infectious. Using a hand or sleeve to cover a sneeze is no sure way of filtering spread to others or to items they carry. Viruses are tiny microbes. They are about 1/3 of 1 micron in size. If you lined them on a ruler, there might be over 100,000 to an inch. A protective mask helps filter viruses from entering nose and mouth. What was optional in the 20th century seems more reasonable in the 21st. Microscopes that discovered tiny microbes (electron microscopes) were more accessible to labs in the 1960’s. Perhaps there’s a lesson we should learn during this pandemic. A protective mask, gloves, and some proportionate social distancing may help humans survive better into the 22nd century. Scientists have only been glimpsing into sub-micron sized particles for the past 50 years and their behaviors.

There are many protective masks. Let’s explore a few. There are basics: homemade cloth face mask, surgical mask {procedure and respirator), N95/N98/N99?N100 respirator.Many are made of paper and are disposable. Some are plastic and N100 is notably metallic. On those masks there are filters (often carbon) that are replaceable.

A surgical/procedure mask is a 3-layer to 5-layers protective sheet, rectangular, with ear loops or head-straps. The are usually common and affordable. Most masks worn during routine medical exams are also found in nail salons. This mask is a loose-fitting disposable mask that protects the wearer’s nose and mouth from contact with droplets, splashes and sprays that may contain germs. A surgical mask also filters out large particles in the air. Surgical masks may protect others by reducing exposure to the saliva and respiratory secretions of the mask wearer. These generally do not have FDA approval for surgical use. They are fine for l;leisure walking, short periods, with social distancing. Protection might be 70 to 90% and are comfortable.

There are fabric masks, usually handmade or fashionable, that function like procedure masks. They tend to protect from colder weather. They are seen as bandanas and scarves as well. Fabrics must be very tightly woven to offer protective mask protection. Mesh won’t do. So inappropriate for summer wear.

Cloth masks may be custom designed and laundered. Cloth masks are cheap and simple to make. Must be tightly stitched as microns get through. CDC offers designs for no-sew that may provide very near to N95 efficiency.

More appropriate for surgery, N95 mask offers more protection than a surgical mask does because it can filter out both large and small particles. The name indicates that the mask is designed to block 95% of very small particles. Like surgical masks, N95 masks are intended to be disposable. However, researchers are testing ways to disinfect N95 masks so they can be reused. These are costlier than procedure masks. Essential oil sprays (tea tree, oregano, eucalyptus) may be antiviral for longer durability but studies are thin. I’dd feel better if surgeon disposes of old masks. For tightest protection, the N95 protective mask manufacturers advise head-straps over ear-loops, clean-shaven instead of beards.

You may have heard of N98, N99, and N100 as a protective mask label. Often respirators with added filters, these may be used by doctors but are more common for use in areas of extreme toxic chemicals. The difference between N95, N99 and N100 masks is simply the filter’s efficiency level. N95 filters 95% of particulates and N99 filters 99% of particulates on the air. The higher the efficiency, the more particulates respirator will filter out. That means microns are virtually filtered.

N100 masks are designed to protect the wearer from inhaling non-oil-based particulates, and according to OSHA standards, they must prevent 99.97 percent of those particulates from getting in when properly worn. The larger, bulky N100 protective mask is designed to block dangerous hazards like lead, cadmium, arsenic and methylenedianiline, commonly referred to as MDA. All the N100 masks usually are NIOSH-approved.

There are also P100 respirator protective mask types. P100 respirators are effective at blocking 99.97 percent of oil-based particulates when properly worn. They can protect wearers from exposure to dust, fumes and hazardous mists. P100 masks are ideal for construction environments, food processing plants, agricultural applications and pharmaceutical manufacturing. They also provide complete protection against non-oil-based particulates, like lead, arsenic and cadmium. P100 respirators are often used during welding, as well.

A protective mask may be created anywhere. Many are manufactured in Asia. The ways to help a consumer find the best protective mask is by regulating standards. You’ve probably heard of OSHA before, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. NIOSH and OSHA are two sides of the same coin; they are different organizations, but they were both founded with the same act, and they work together to tackle the problem of workplace hazards. Yet, it’s likely that most of the masks used during the Coronavirus-19 pandemic were not manufactured to these standards.

NIOSH is a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. They tend to work more on the research and health side of things. That’s why they’re relevant for masks and respirators; they care about things like air pollution and environmental hazards and safety. So, expect NIOSHA to be recommended by the CDC.

So…many of the disposable procedure and N95 masks may NOT be as efficient as claimed. It’s possible they were designed for cosmetic applications and food preparation instead of medical use. Theoretically, use of a protective mask and a pair of gloves, along with reasonable social distance may help keep some infectious flu microns away.

There are man points and counterpoints about how to live in a world with coronavirus. Habitually wearing a protective mask and pair of gloves when outdoors is your first shield against microbial infections. During a pandemic, epidemic, or “cold” seasons these are prophylactic measures to improve wellness. Yes, you can gamble your health with many things other than microbes. I think wearing a suitable protective mask is a safety net with degrees of assurance.

Coronavirus-19 means there were previous coronaviral sources of the flu. Vaccines contain protection from those. The current microbe is a recmutation. It may not be in every breath you take or in any breath you take or anything you touch but can be encountered, especially among crowds of people. Some, only few have flu-like symptoms and, of those, may be unaware that they are carriers. Using a protective mask and gloves might help reduce the spread of infection.

I think that beyond wearing masks and gloves routinely, social distancing and quarantines may not be necessary. People need liberty to socialize and go places. In cold seasons, I’d advise wearing masks and gloves as a health and fashion ethic. Yet, we see that people don’t use condoms, don’t diet, don’t exercise. Mutual reciprocity in relationships must proximally overcome social barriers. A protective mask needs to become an ethical part of your wardrobe. You are not over-reacting if you use a protective mask within a vetting process. It is mutual protection of the other. Wearing a protective mask and gloves are not punishments. They help prevent disease spread for you and for others.

Respiratory illnesses cost the U.S. economy roughly $40 billion a year — substantially more than other conditions like asthma, heart failure, and emphysema. There are larger numbers when you add non-viral and viral expenses and sick days. Yet group dynamics prove that people don’t follow rules or ethics. You shouldn’t be forced to wear a protective mask if you’re willing to sin against harming others and/or self. Infectious diseases are humanity’s bane. A protective mask and responsible distancing help keep societies and businesses in balance. Let debaters continue to debate with or without masks. Viruses will mutate further. Left futures decide and predict whether these masks may be more necessary than now.

NOMID and COVID multisystem inflammatory disease

Can there be a relationship to the coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) that affects young children? People are talking about it. It’s called NOMID or Neonatal onset multisystem inflammatory disease. Other than both being inflammatory diseases. Are they siblings or distant cousins? They may not be in the same family! What’s the link?

It’s rare. As we immerse ourselves at coronavirus prevention, a disease emerged that affects kids from 2-15. Neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disease is a rare genetic periodic fever syndrome which causes uncontrolled inflammation in multiple parts of the body starting in the newborn period. Symptoms include skin rashes, severe arthritis, and chronic meningitis leading to neurologic damage. It’s there since birth but symptoms can show anytime. Is YOUR child safe from multisystem inflammatory disease?

Neonatal onset multisystem inflammatory disease (NOMID) is a disorder that causes persistent inflammation and tissue damage primarily affecting the nervous system, skin, and joints. Recurrent episodes of mild fever may also occur in this disorder. People with NOMID have a skin rash that is usually present from birth.

NOMID is also known as chronic infantile neurologic cutaneous articular (CINCA) syndrome. As a syndrome, it encompasses many neurological diseases and symptoms. While NOMID is a very rare disorder. Only about 100 affected individuals with different ethnic backgrounds have been widely reported. Males and females are equally affected. Yet, within the coronavirus pandemic. NOMID tips the scales to focus on children’s susceptibilities. Some believe there are genetic mutations, much like DDX3, Muscular Dystrophy, and Multiple Sclerosis…among many.

While there are some standard therapies and some under investigation, NOMID
has no cures, much like other diseases from genetic mutations.

NOMID is an American term for CINCA. Statistics of possible CINCA prevalence has been done elsewhere. The exact prevalence of chronic infantile neurological, cutaneous, and articular (CINCA) syndrome is unknown, it is estimated that the whole spectrum of CAPS has a prevalence of 1/360,000 in France, CINCA being the less common form. In the Eurofever registry, collecting information on over 250 patients with NLRP3 mutation, about 25% of the patients present the most severe CINCA phenotype.

Symptoms noted, may confuse parents and pediatricians:

Chronic aseptic meningitis

Progressive profound sensorineural hearing loss in >70%

Increased intracranial pressure

Papilledema – Papilledema is a serious medical condition where the optic nerve at the back of the eye becomes swollen. Symptoms can include visual disturbances, headaches, and nausea.

Headache

Ventriculomegaly – Ventriculomegaly, also known as hydrocephalus, is a condition in which the CSF-filled structures within the brain become larger than normal. As a result, the large ventricles can inhibit the proper development of the brain.

Cerebral atrophy

Seizures

Significant developmental delay

Where 3 or 4 symptoms are chronically present, genetic testing would be required. Advice is to see a pediatric neurologist.

Bringing NOMID/CINCA into the spotlight is that some therapies used seem to also work on COVID-19 patients. This is dissimilar as COVID-19 is viral and NOMID/CINCA is genetic. Whether this loose relationship is better for NOMID patients or COVID patients is like grasping at straws.

Parenting is difficult. Comparing NOMID to COVID-19 leads to overwhelming concerns. Both are actively still seeking treatmets, cures, vaccines. Symptomatically COVID is more respiratory and NOMID relates to irregular brain pressures. I don’t see how one relates to the other.

Sex workers and coronavirus

There’s coronavirus. Then there’s political coronavirus. Stress runs rampant in important election years. Politics and sex are always political. This pandemic is giving bona-fide sex workers the shaft as they and their frustrated clients are worlds apart.

Googling over small businesses effected by the coronavirus pandemic, I was surprised to find sex trade among them. Sex trade!! Sex trade implies human trafficking, runaways, and drug addicts forced into street waling prostitution. Sex workers aren’t necessarily selling sex. Above board they are escorts or role-play workers. On 4/20/2020,CNN posted that Japan will provide financial aid to sex workers. In the USA, salaried, tax-paying sex workers with the Adult Performer Actors Guild (APAG) are protesting their ineligibility for the tax stimulus. Later, it was noted that street walkers were not eligible but if you worked at an agency, you might be paid. Oddly enough, there are about 4,000 escort services under names such as Leisure Time incorporated. Accepting credit cards, escort and role-play service income is taxable.

While people are dying from coronavirus, and front helpers are feeling stressed. other front runners are trying to remain employed and working as dancers, escorts, and…. well you know. Tourism is down. Theaters and trade shows are closed. Believe it or not, people in the sex trade are feeling the effects of safety for themselves and for customers.

It seems trivial but sex workers brace for losses from coronavirus quarantines during pandemic. According to BBC news, like the rest of the world, sex workers are shifting from offline personal work to online virtual work.

Those employed (or leased) as escorts or role-play agents have been concerned about safety standards, including dancers, since March. Most prohibited more intimate lap-dancing as it went against social distancing. Both stated preference of working with regular clients than accepting new ones. Most use masks and gloves as protective gear. Sex workers are facing dire financial and personal circumstances as fear of the coronavirus extends into every corner of life, with some under pressure to work in increasingly risky conditions. Most sex workers say “No” to any sexual contact and expect clients to follow strict safe, sane, and consensual standards before meeting.

Many sex workers are male and female, former models, medical/law students, unemployed dancers and actors. They seek part-time, high paying work that’s safe. According to Newsweek 4/17 sex workers are using internet and social media sites such as twitter and Instagram to sell services.

Can escorts work? A male escort must wear a face mask (N95) and gloves./ A female might dress modern Islamic with glove and mouth cover. Role Play? Think full body suits. Otherwise… stick to online.

Of course what makes this line of work sexual is the optional negotiation of adding sex. Herein lies potential for possible sexual transmitted diseases.

Coronavirus is very serious and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Any interaction at closer distances should be tested. Speed and efficiency of testing may not be suitable as yet. The clue is if theaters, clubs, restaurants, museums are closed, people are less likely to pay over a thousand dollars to be seen with a beautiful escort.

During this pandemic uncertainty is dangerous and there’s no concept of love for sale. After coronavirus passes, sex workers return to new normal.Online is the wisest choice… flirt, tease, edge. All with the safety of anti-virus PC protection. Then, afterwards, your clients (political reps, pundits, PACs, and others return. Just influence that salaried sex workers deserve federal stimulus and unemployment benefits. Among your wealthy, stressed clients, as upper-crust sex workers you certainly have influence.

Coronavirus and food access for mobility challenge

This coronavirus flu pandemic is among the worst flu crises in the past 200 years. Able-body people are forced into quarantine lock downs at home, protective gear, social distancing, and closures of schools and businesses. USA was caught unaware. It was shocking. That includes access to supermarkets. It’s a hysterical situation. Imagine having motor and other disabilities. When those microbes flee and vaccines develop. Most people will gradually normalize. For many people with chronic disability challenges, many challenges that were once somewhat manageable are above and beyond possible.

Quarantines, social distancing, wearing (and finding) protective masks and gloves are large and bitter pills to swallow, even in this digital age. But compared to congestive flu, pneumonia symptoms and death, you deal with it.

When supplies run low, shopping online provides basics but if you have special, dietary needs or seek taste preferences, you may be out of luck. Most people can get to supermarkets and pharmacies that are better supplied and even wait on restrictive lines. People with visual, mobility, emotional, mentally, or otherwise impaired, those challenges are virtually impossible for adaptation.

The global lockdown and social distance is shocking to most people. This Coronavirus pandemic is impacting many lives. For the disabled and for those with chronic mobility challenges, this is even more devastating. Having myotonic muscular dystrophy, lack of accessibility is a permanent condition. Corona virus pandemic attacks the disabled and human civilization with greater than military impunity.

According to statistics gathered by the World Bank, One billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability, and disability prevalence is higher for developing countries. One-fifth of the estimated global total, or between 110 million and 190 million people, experience significant disabilities. Of course disabilities cover wide ranges and few have been addressed as seriously as coronavirus-19 over the past 4 months.

Confronting dilemmas of coronavirus and disabilities is that disabilities are chronic with no treatments or cures. Acute diseases are the diseases that affects an individual for short span of time. Chronic diseases are the diseases that persist for a long period of time. They develop over a time and does not appear suddenly. For example, Heart disease, kidney disease, neuro-muscular diseases, among others are chronic. Coronavirus is a flu and is acute.

Although acute, and seeming temporary, each year flu can possibly kill many. CDC estimates that influenza was associated with more than 48.8 million illnesses, more than 22.7 million medical visits, 959,000 hospitalizations, and 79,400 deaths during the 2017–2018 influenza season. The coronavirus-19 (SARS-Cov2) of 2020 far exceeds that. Will microbes eventually be the end of human civilization through repeated attacks from infectious microbes? Each year there is a flu season. Some are prevented with researched vaccines. Each year, though, people around the world die from flu diseases. They may be brief but deadly to some. Coronavirus has demonstrated death tolls around the world. And science research is slow in finding weapons.

In the USA, scientific research is usually neglected. Many studies are small, short, and not representative samples of the population. When we debate health care, thorough research usually isn’t factored.

Viruses, bacteria, and fungi are contagious by contact with air, boards, and other materials. Chronic disabilities are likely in genetic or in-utero. Chronic disabilities are not contagious, other than family blood lines.

Both coronavirus and disabilities can shorten lifespan, depending on severity. Living in a quarantine-like environment such as coronavirus restrictions isn’t unique for those with chronic mobile disabilities. Doing things is just more challenging.

People with chronic disabilities need to adapt to the environment. In New York, I don’t go to stores. I shop online or by phone. The store delivers. Under the coronavirus pandemic, shopping is even more challenging because traveling to stores may be extremely difficult. More online stores have established restrictive policies.

People with disabilities aren’t seniors although many seniors have congestive diseases that can confound or amplify coronavirus symptoms. While death might have been accelerated by coronavirus, there may have been others that suppressed the body’s immune system. Generally, proper nutrition is supportive but not medically accepted.

As an acute disease, Coronavirus and lockdowns restrict access to laundries, barbers, hair salons, nail spas and other personal services that people with disabilities make use of. Yes, people on lockdowns are coping with all these services closed.

COVID stress gets worse as lockdowns become longer. People are required to think out-of-the-box to take care of needs they’ve always taken for granted. They must adapt to new and harsher realities as cases and deaths grow higher each day. They must adapt as soldiers without legitimate authority through lockdowns and mandatory social distancing for an undetermined time. Thank heavens for Internet and unemployment!

But this coronavirus pandemic will pass. Human civilizations will normalize. Economies will surge and lives will become better with achievements and joy.

Yet, for people with chronic disabilities who use wheelchairs, walkers, braces and other accessories for different challenges, restrictions will remain with prayers for some ease with access to foods and services. Of course we’ve adapted to problems with maneuvering and travelling in a world full of obstacles. These challenges are permanent (or can get worse). I am motivated to confront my challenges although many days I succumb to failure. Then try to re-adapt. Thinking out-of-the-box and supportive relationships help.

In a world of bullets and bombs, human civilization must appreciate this coronavirus pandemic as evidence that science research against infectious microbes must not be suppressed. The bible talked about breaking swords and making plowshares. Science, responsible lifestyles, and mutual respect may make a better garden grow, amidst climate change and world pollution.

The endgame, as this coronavirus pandemic passes, is that no lessons were learned. Better, more infectious microbes will evolve and attack every few years. Human civilization and our future generations must learn the chronic war against these infectious microbes and furtherance of overall human wellness. Or face extinction like the Aztecs.

The Biblical Book of Isaiah sheds a utopic view of the world. The famous “swords to plowshares” quote (Isaiah 2:4) is but one of its famous proclamations:

And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:4).

This goes back nearly 3,000 years. Reference to this or essences appear in the Old Testament, New Testament, and Koran. What is the plowshare we need?

Methodical microbial research will help human civilization span evolution better. Our economy must rely on research for our selves and future generations. This recent pandemic is far more destructive than bullets and bombs.. We must rethink and examine the prophets and create those plowshares to aid global civilizations on an ever-changing planet. Just because you can’t see the attack coming, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. That’s how coronavirus worked this time around.

While climate change and environment are important, generations are best served by research to help prevent pandemics and help the disabled meet challenges with greater dignity and understanding.

Social distancing in new relationships

Intimacy and seeking intimate relationships have always come in many different flavors. While COVID-19 promotes social distancing, many relationship counselors share their few cents of sense. Regardless whether you’ve been together for a hot minute or for what feels like forever, practicing social distancing together can quickly bring up the strengths and weaknesses in even healthy relationships. Or point out all the differences.

Long distance relationships go back through centuries. Relationships were made for strategic alliances among countries. Farmers arranged marriages among children to build labor forces, finding mates from other towns.

In 2015, Queen’s University Belfast researchers studied 1,142 relationships. All couples were in their 20’s, 30 percent of them were out of college, and 77 percent were heterosexual. The results showed that people in long distance relationships indicated the same levels of intimacy, communication, commitment, sexual satisfaction, and overall satisfaction as those in geographically close relationships.

Social media and digital match making businesses, such as e-harmony.com, help singles find mates. These use personality types, interests, pictures, and videos. How truthful are these? That may take vetting. Vetting is the process of performing a background check on someone before offering them employment, conferring an award, or doing fact-checking prior to making any decision. In addition, in intelligence gathering, assets are vetted to determine their usefulness.

In some religions or cultures, parents and friends get involved in studying potential mates (or dates) for compatibles or incompatibilities. Some outcomes may prevent a first date from ever happening. For many centuries, chaperones were customarily used on initial dates.

Prior to the digital age, Pen-pals were people that write to one another from all over the world. Some classic movies and books dealt with the pro’s and cons. In a 1940 classic movie Shop Around the Corner (based on a Hungarian play) two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the mail as each other’s anonymous pen pal. Yes, distances and anonymity can really corrupt long distance relationships.

COVID-19 corrupts the dating process with physical masks and gloves and actual physical distance. Most restaurants and bars have tables barely 3 feet wide. The question of whether COVID-19 is sexually transmitted is largely irrelevant to the risks of having sex with someone who is infected. Coronavirus is transmitted, among other ways, through droplet infection. Secretions from the mouth (consisting of saliva and mucus) and nose can contain the virus. Even if you don’t kiss the person you are having sex with, you are likely to be breathing closely together. You are likely to be touching the same surfaces, which someone could have touched with soiled fingers.

Adding to complications are possible sexually transmitted diseases (STD) that most commonly occur prior sex. Only certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are transmittable through kissing. Two common ones are herpes simplex virus (HSV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV). Kissing can be one of the most exciting parts of a relationship. But you may also feel wary of kissing if you’re with someone for the first time. When adding COVID-19 possibilities, gloved handshakes might be preferable.

While 82% of couples in long distance relationship put an end to their adventure after finally moving in together, according to a Ohio State University 2019 study. Many relationships hardly get to a single date or beyond a second date.

With Facebook, Twitter, and dozens of social media sites, long social distancing relationships can be creepy. First is getting over avatars, false names, false gender, false location and false age. Yes, visual messengers help. You really don’t know how many simultaneous LDR a person has. Then these social distancing relationships grow stale. I have heard of cases where one ghosts the other. Ghosting is when someone you’re dating ends the relationship by cutting off all communication, without any explanation. After a long LDR social distancing relationship, psychological impact is devastating. When being ghosted, people often take it to reflect on themselves — their own wrong behavior, imperfections and flaws. But ghosting actually reveals more about the personality of the ghoster than the ghostee. Ghosting is most similar to the avoidance and the mediated communication strategies. Yes, social media exposes you to good relationships but more than many end up being superficial.

Social distancing during a pandemic still allows most to text, e-mail, and use multimedia messaging. Much may be shared by texting or phoning. Sometimes it releases higher quality sharing. Sometimes it doesn’t. Technology allows more depth than pen-pals. Social distancing redefines dating – casual or otherwise. You might say SIRI or the click is mightier than roses or chocolates. Literal sharing creativity has spawned eroticism in media and can transpose to interesting flirting. The power of social distancing can be perceived as 21st century foreplay.

In recent weeks, many people throughout our planet have begun working remotely, if they haven’t been furloughed or laid off; schools have canceled classes for weeks; and restaurants, retail stores, bars, gyms, and other gathering places in dozens of states have shuttered. Meeting with friends, socializing in brick (real physical) reality has become abstract. These are significant life-changers and, if we don’t show it, we are stressed nonetheless. Social distancing technology is vastly becoming a more powerful medium. It’s the new reality.

Social distancing doesn’t mean everyone is sick. Wearing gloves, masks, and other protective gear is ethically responsible (though some may find it kinky). Ethical obligation to curtail activities, practice social distancing, and substitute activities with safer alternatives, like teleconferencing instead of in-person work meetings or, even if you live in a city where bars are still open, changing a first date from a wine bar to a walk outside may seem like a kinky way of living. Yet, social distancing protects all who we encounter, ourselves, and significant others and is the most responsible way of flattening statistical curves to avoid further spread of this virus.

In Ireland, public health officials are encouraging a “no parties, no playdates, no playground” policy, per the Irish Times. Muireann Ní Chrónín, a consultant respiratory pediatrician at Cork University Hospital, told the paper: “In most epidemics, young children are the transmitters.” With Covid-19, older people are most at risk, but children can spread the disease, and at least a small risk of severe illness is present for all age groups.

As animals have historically been carriers of viruses, pets may need tests and social distancing. I would guess no mingling in dog-run parks.

Coping with surviving an infectious microbe requires thinking beyond normal. Coronavirus will likely evolve in future decades and we must adapt new ways to tackle them We must be mindful of three things:

Social distancing means keeping a safe distance (approximately 6 feet) from others and avoiding gathering spaces such as schools, churches, concert halls and public transportation.

Quarantine involves avoiding contact with others if a person has been exposed to coronavirus to see if they become ill.

Isolation involves separating an individual who has contracted COVID-19 to prevent them from spreading it to others.

As of this writing, COVID-19 has no vaccines, treatments or cures. These 3 lifestyles must be adopted. They are not easy. Psychologists’ research has found that during a period of social distancing, quarantine or isolation, you may experience:

Fear and anxiety
You may feel anxious or worried about yourself or your family members contracting COVID-19 or spreading it to others. It’s also normal to have concerns about obtaining food and personal supplies, taking time off work or fulfilling family care obligations. Some people may have trouble sleeping or focusing on daily tasks.

Depression and boredom
A hiatus from work and other meaningful activities interrupts your daily routine and may result in feelings of sadness or low mood. Extended periods of time spent at home can also cause feelings of boredom and loneliness.

Anger, frustration or irritability
The loss of agency and personal freedom associated with isolation and quarantine can often feel frustrating. You may also experience anger or resentment toward those who have issued quarantine or isolation orders or if you feel you were exposed to the virus because of another person’s negligence.

Stigmatization
If you are sick or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, you may feel stigmatized by others who fear they will contract the illness if they interact with you.

Creating, having, and keeping meaningful (even flirty) relationships is very possible with social distancing. There may be some important things missing in social distancing but hope for fulfilling them when all this has passed. At this point, social distancing means affection.

Coronavirus dystrophy

Coronavirus Dystrophy? A dystrophy is defined as a disorder in which an organ or tissue of the body wastes away. Dystrophy is globally prevalent, challenging those that fear those tiny microbes and avoid them. Further challenges are ahead for those that test positive. Then there is the likelihood of death. There is no clear cure, treatment, and vaccine.

I have myotonic dystrophy,type 1. Myotonic dystrophy affects at least 1 in 8,000 people worldwide. The prevalence of the two types of myotonic dystrophy varies among different geographic and ethnic populations. In most populations, type 1 appears to be more common than type 2. It is a genetic disease. It also has no clear cure, treatment, or vaccine. Myotonic Dystrophy is among over 150 muscular dystrophies monitored by the global Muscular Dystrophy Association network. It has challenges, disabilities, and deaths.

Greater prevalence and studies were aimed at Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. At the age of 25, the survival rate was 13.5% in DMD patients born in the 1960s, 31.6% in those born in the 1970s, and 49.2% in patients born in the 1980s. Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a muscle disorder but it is one of the most frequent genetic conditions affecting approximately 1 in 3,500 male births worldwide. … The disease is progressive and most affected individuals require a wheelchair by the teenage years.

Coronavirus diseases are types of a dystrophy as it threatens the majorities of people who never gave virus pandemics a second thought. There are many people for whom mobility involves social distancing and constant adaptations every day. More than 18 million people have limited mobility caused by everything from accidents to disease to the aging process. Six million of those 18 million are veterans. One in five elderly people struggle with mobility. The number of veterans with disabilities has increased dramatically by 25 percent since 2001. Many adapt to their world with canes, walkers, prostheses, and wheelchairs.

Coronavirus-19 or SARS-2 viruses are tiny microbes that pass through the air and linger on surfaces. They are germs and we live with germs in and around us every day. Coronavirus-19 is particularly infectious and invisibly travel within environments with wide temperature ranges. Over 400,000 have tested and have caught it. There are about 19,000 deaths attributed, and about 110,000 recoveries globally. About 300,000 are mild and about 110,000 are severe.

The numbers of those testing positive vary. Test availability is low and offered to those who display flu-like symptoms. As more testing is done, total numbers of potential coronavirus-19 cases rise within a distribution of people. Then the question arises whether tests are specifically measuring for coronavirus type viruses or only version 19. Coronavirus is not new to humans. 19 is.

Human coronavirus is a common, enveloped, positive-sense RNA virus, with most people contracting it during their lifetime. Coronaviruses cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses. There are six currently known strains of coronaviruses that infect humans. The most common infection globally is from human coronaviruses 229E, NL63, OC43, and HKU1. The much publicized human coronavirus, SARS-CoV, which causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, has a unique pathogenesis because it causes both upper and lower respiratory tract infections and can also cause gastroenteritis. The six human coronaviruses are: alpha coronaviruses 229E and NL63, and beta coronaviruses OC43, HKU1, SARS-CoV (SARS), and MERS-CoV (the coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS). Are professionals testing all 6 or only for 1? Test results have changed from taking days to minutes – in just a matter of weeks. Are analyses being compromised? For now,these are the best tests available.

Do pets factor in Sars-Cov spread? Over the last 70 years, scientists have found that coronaviruses can infect mice, rats, dogs, cats, turkeys, horses, pigs, and cattle. Sometimes, these animals can transmit coronaviruses to humans. Ancient plagues were likely results of rodent populations found in the hulls of cargo ships. Naples and Venice were identified as ports that needed to quarantine ships. Rats have been associated with shipping for thousands of years. Roman ships brought the black rat to the British Isles over 1,600 years ago. The brown rat, commonly known as the wharf rat, is found on every continent in the world except Antarctica — much of the spread attributable to being carried on ships and boats. Can hugging your cat or dog give you Sars-Cov? Can breeding animals or poultry contribute to numbers of Coronavirus cases?

A recent Scientific American article considered climate change as a possibility. “As the Earth continues to warm, many scientists expect to see changes in the timing, geography and intensity of disease outbreaks around the world.”

The coronavirus is an uncommonly common influenza or flu that has fever, congestion, coughs, and digestive symptoms. It is one of 6 identifiable types, with many variations and sub-types that are unknown. The World Health Organization estimates that worldwide, annual influenza epidemics result in about 3-5 million cases of severe illness and about 250,000 to 500,000 deaths. In the United States, individual cases of seasonal flu and flu-related deaths in adults are not reportable illnesses; consequently, mortality is estimated by using statistical models.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that flu-associated deaths in the US ranged from about 3000 to 49,000 annually between 1976 and 2006. The CDC notes that the often-cited figure of 36,000 annual flu-related deaths was derived from years when the predominant virus subtype was H3N2, which tends to be more lethal than H1N1. Yes, there are many families of viruses and some have greater and lesser impact. There are flu vaccines available that cover many known viruses.

As with a dystrophy, there are no specific treatments or cures. Unlike dystrophy, a flu tends to be acute rather than chronic. Yet, we know little of coronavirus-19. It, unlike most chronic mobile disabilities, is contagious.

A modeling study in Singapore of Coronavirus-19 (common name) was published 3/24/20 in Lancet, a British Medical Journal:
A new modelling study conducted in a simulated Singapore setting has estimated that a combined approach of physical distancing interventions, comprising quarantine (for infected individuals and their families), school closure, and workplace distancing, is most effective at reducing the number of SARS-CoV-2 cases compared with other intervention scenarios included in the study.

The previous week, the USA NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases noted that “new research finds that the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces. Scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.” It’s contagion possibilities are more enduring than merely sneezes in a public setting. Sneezes and coughs travel as much as 6 feet.

Prior and since this recent pandemic, some scientific studies were done. With small samples and short duration, these study results are rather inconclusive to large populations.

Science experimentation for large groups require time, depth, and retesting. Some are half-baked.

A quasi-experimental design is one that looks a bit like an experimental design but lacks the key ingredient – random assignment. These are “queasy” experiments because they give the experimental purists a queasy feeling. With respect to internal validity, they often appear to be inferior to randomized experiments. But there is something compelling about these designs; taken as a group, they are easily more frequently implemented than their randomized cousins. Queasy is easy.

A clinical study is based on selected populations with random and double-blind secure measures. A clinical study involves research using human volunteers (also called participants) that is intended to add to medical knowledge. There are two main types of clinical studies: clinical trials (also called interventional studies) and observational studies. ClinicalTrials.gov (USA) includes both interventional and observational studies.

ClinicalTrials.gov uses specific strict, ethical guidelines that filter out hunches and opinions. A clinical study is conducted according to a research plan known as the protocol. The protocol is designed to answer specific research questions and safeguard the health of participants. It contains the following information:

The reason for conducting the study
Who may participate in the study (the eligibility criteria)
The number of participants needed
The schedule of tests, procedures, or drugs and their dosages
The length of the study
What information will be gathered about the participants

Conclusions are statistically studied and interpreted. Idea in science is to determine the validity as to whether the original purpose was true or false. As you see, these studies can not be rushed. Many need several clinical trials prior to reaching conclusions. False sponsors and politics can confound results. Personal interests tend to prefer quasi-experiments.

People with dystrophy adapt their lives to a world that doesn’t recognize their special needs to use public and business areas. Many restrict. Years past, these were invalid – not valid individuals. Today. is a bit better. It’s life with distance and restrictions that require adaptations to do activities most take for granted.

Adapting to social distancing and curfews may reduce spread of contagion. We live in a digital age that allows work from home, video-conferencing, social media, investing-banking, and wide access to education and entertainment. Delivery services help businesses bring products and food to customers Coronavirus-19 impact is not yet known. The world is in panic mode. Eventually, a new normal will evolve.

Religious, social, and forums are finding avenues to use online access. Old methods of living are challenged by climate changes, social changes, and new diseases. When online developed, we knew it was wise to use internet security software. As we witness Coronavirus impact, we must study our powers and dystrophy to revise how we coexist with future changes. It’s adapting to new realities, based on our histories.

If one was a gambler, it’s likely that coronavirus 20 may be in our future. Odds are better than an asteroid hitting our planet. At the very least, lessons learned from current coronavirus dystrophy may help us improve coping with subsequent viruses. Rest assured, viruses have existed long before humans. They will evolve ever after.

Viruses will continue to be active and develop to cause new infections. Sars-Cov2 is the root of many fears. We hope that changing lifestyles, social distancing, and temporary quarantines help prevent spread. Continued virology research may produce weapons to allow humans to normalize. After a 2-trillion dollar USA economic package, I hope that the fiscal budgets consider more money to advance virus research to prevent calamities like the SARS-Cov2, coronavirus-19 pandemic. Without it, future generations will develop coronavirus dystrophy.