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Please let us know when the first one is sold and operational.
I got out of the house to take walk in the neighborhood. I am not yet mentally ready to shut myself completely away, but I did avoid everyone I could have interacted with. Not the best for me. I know that I need to get my mental head on straight and protect myself.
If you get a lung infection, it will reduce your ability to adsorb oxygen. I bought a little SPO2 meter (goes on you finger) to check out some friends. If you are healthy your SPO2 levels should be around 97% or higher. Mine runs 96% (older, diabetic…), so I keep track of it.
The CDC recently had a recommendation that anyone under 94% and a fever should get medical attention soonest. an Oxygen concentrator will get your numbers up for while, but if you have an on-going illness, it will only work for a limited time before additional interventions may be necessary.
What I have seen is that you need about 70% to kill viruses. Regular soap and water work better for viruses than most bacterial hand sanitizers. So, Wash your hands more.
Costco went into Zoo mode today. Still had water but TP and some sanitation supplies were limited. Foodstuffs seemed in good supply. I had to get prescription, or I would not have gone there.
I bought pool shock, which was an afterthought for extremely long term water disinfecting last week, but other people are not thinking that far into the future yet. I had 95% of my shopping done 3 weeks ago when Chris started getting nervous.
For this virus I feel it depends on your personal conditions. IF everyone you live with and visit are healthy, then there is probably not as much serious risk as if you or your associates or relatives are compromised in some way.
I have learned the following, which might not be very accurate, but it is a start:
1. Everyone has a Metabolic Equivalent Task score, or METS. It gives a gauge on how much activity a person can do. Older and less active people have lower scores than younger and athletic people.
2. Resting requires a METS of about 1. A reasonably fit adult should have a METS near 10. Athletic people and children can be much higher. This virus will take about 5 or 6 off your score. That will definitely slow anyone down. If your score, or that of an associate is already below that, you or they could have a serious issue if they contract this virus.
My conclusion: If EVERYONE in the household is healthy, and you do not or will not have contact with anyone who is compromised then your personal situation is that you might get the virus, but the chances of it killing you or anyone in your household are very low. Otherwise, you need to take additional precautions immediately to keep this out of your house.
A few things to know, From what I have learned:
1. Everyone has a Metabolic Equivalent Task score, or METS. It gives a gauge on how much activity a person can do. Older and less active people have lower scores than younger and athletic people, like most children.
2. Resting requires a METS of about 1. A reasonably fit adult should have a METS near 10. Athletic people and children can be much higher. This virus will take about 5 or 6 off your score. That will definitely slow anyone down. If your score is already below that, you have a serious issue.
3. If your child is healthy, the biggest risk is that he will bring the virus home to you. The reason for isolation for children in this instance is to prevent the spread to the adults, who may die.
My conclusion: If EVERYONE in the household is healthy, and you do not have contact with anyone who is compromised (See #2) then let him be a kid. Otherwise, you need to take additional precautions to keep this out of your house.
I have no idea why the other air passengers are not showing up in the system. I live in Las Vegas, and we had a MAJOR number of people from Asia here for the annual Consumer Electronics Show, and thirty thousand or so at the start of the Chinese lunar new year.
It is now known that the virus also is transmitted by fecal matter exposure. If you have been to Asia you know that the residues are spread on the fields, and that the ‘toilets’ are often trenches in the ground. Also, hand sanitation is not practiced the same way there as we find here. Look up the Muslim practices for ‘wiping up’. perhaps the better sanitation practices here are significant.
I am looking for the first cases to be reported here, which will basically shut down the casinos, which I am staying away from.
Let's start with a basic assumption: There is No Place that is perfectly safe. You cannot prepare physically for every possible disaster.
Knowing that, you are left with mental preparedness and resilience. You have learned valuable skills, you have a personal awareness of your situation and environment. You will know if/when the place where you are at is no longer a place where you can thrive. You can plan. You can adapt.
The zombies are those that are not prepared, have no skills, have no clue, and cannot adapt.
I know of many things that might kill me. I live under an airport landing path and a plane might fall on me. That is a risk that I feel is low enough that I can live with it. I live in an earthquake zone, so I have braced my house to survive a local 7.0. Will one be worse that that eventually? Well, yes. What are the odds? Perhaps once in a hundred years. Can I live with those odds? For me the answer is yes.
Just for yourself, list the ten things that you are most worried about. Then rank them by severity and likely-hood. Take the top five and determine if you want to mitigate your risks.
If you live on a hill, flooding might happen but it is extremely unlikely that it will ruin your life, so you might not want to do anything about that. Wind damage can happen, but where you live and the relative elevation can mitigate a lot of that. Having a metal roof and stucco exterior walls in a fire zone greatly reduces your risk of losing your house. Having some food and water on hand or nearby mitigates a large number of possible issues.
Remember that you have relationships that will also provide resilience in the face of adversity. Some of those are here at this site.
I think many of us here are getting older and ofttimes slower. For most us us we can see no developments that will change that trajectory. I am heartened to hear of your recovery, and wish you the best in the future.