s businesses finally begin to reopen after months of government-enforced shutdown over government and media created panic over a highly communicable influenza virus, we can see that the issue has now become completely politicized. All we need to do is read the headlines for proof.
In Georgia, where businesses began opening more than a week ago, the number of patients hospitalized due to the coronavirus has fallen to its lowest total in weeks, yet the media continually reports that it is too early to reopen.
Gov. Brian Kemp tweeted Saturday morning that 1,203 patients were currently hospitalized, the lowest number since the state started reporting the figure on April 8.
The messaging coming from the left-biased media on the reopening process is just plain technically wrong. Every headline appears to be cautioning that reopening businesses was going to cause a rise in new cases of the virus, but that is wrong because businesses were closed ONLY to slow the rate of infection so the health care system would not be overwhelmed. Businesses were never closed to destroy the virus.
You cannot hide from respiratory viruses.
This virus is very efficient. It transmits itself to people via a pathway we must use every second of every day – respiration or breathing. I’m just guessing that’s why the disease is so communicable. It wants to spread quickly, and the human immune system is designed to kill or control the virus quickly.
But if we slow that process down, by hiding, the virus can possibly be kept active for a much longer period of time, which may allow it more time to make its way to the people we are trying to protect – the vulnerable elderly and immune-compromised.
That’s why we should expect case numbers and deaths to rise as we reopen businesses. The ONLY cure for this virus is within us – it appears to be 98-99% effective at curing the virus. Let the cure work.
*Masks are becoming a bone of contention. A few businesses require customers wear a facemask in order to enter their establishments. There are a large number of people that do not desire to wear a mask or even have medical reasons not to. If you’ve ever worn one, it IS hard to get needed oxygen and nitrogen because you re-inhale about 1000 times the amount of carbon dioxide you originally inhaled when you breathe through a mask.
That has emboldened a few folks to get in the faces of others, (they actually get closer to you to tell you to wear a mask because they are wearing a mask and it is harder to understand speech when you speak through a mask) and tell that person they are an a*&hole for not wearing a mask.
Here are a few guidelines from medical professionals about the wearing of facemasks for medical reasons:
“Face masks can play a role in preventing the infection, but that role is limited. A healthy individual in a normal situation does not need to wear a mask, as per CDC recommendations. A face mask is not the ideal solution for protection from the new coronavirus for the following reasons:
A surgical mask does not fit tightly over the nose and mouth.
It is not possible to prevent airborne virus infection.
It is difficult to keep a mask on for long periods of time.
When you touch the mask, you lose the protection and must replace the mask, and dispose of it safely.
A surgical face mask is highly recommended for people who have the coronavirus infection or have a high risk of exposure. It offers a certain amount of protection against infection from your own hands or droplets from the cough or sneeze of an infected person. You should wear a face mask if:
you are infected and sick with the virus;
you are caring for a person infected with the virus;
you are a health worker, or
you are in contact with infected people for any other reason.
It is essential that caregivers dispose of the mask after every interaction and use a new one any time they are in close confines with an infected person.
People who care for infected people in a medical setting wear an N95 respirator, a mask with a special air filter designed to protect one from tiny airborne particles.
These masks are designed to fit a person’s face and are usually rounded in shape. Medical personnel receive special training to fit them properly so they do not breathe around the edges of the mask and defeat its purpose.
These N95 masks are not recommended for the general public.”
.Flew last week and the flight attendants told me that they occasionally (about once or twice a day) get what they call “beekeepers” on the flight. That’s a passenger equipped with a facemask that covers their mouth and neck area to the shoulders, a plastic face shield that is adhered to their head via a headband, and a large floppy hat. They said a few passengers actually don full hazmat suits!
People are crazy, and at times, immensely entertaining!
(Email Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org)