Friends and readers,
There is more urgency in my usual message: this week I'll put it: please open and listen to, or read these columns, which you might have missed.
An individual on a ventilator -- there are different ventilators so they can look somewhat different on a patient
In the US it has become apparent that the Trump regime will do nothing for average person, the latest being his outright refusal to use his power to make companies across the US manufacture test kits, ventilators, and material for medical workers to wear and to treat patients with. We've already seen his refusal to accept WHO's offer of tests. Why did he get rid of the unit set up by Obama to deal with epidemics: because they might have spread care to populations without extracting profits for each "sale." Nothing must ever interfere with anyone making a profit, it would seem from his behavior and what he has put forward his own (bailouts for hotels). Here's Di Blasio begging Trump
How can we then stop countless people from growing sick and dying. You've heard this already: social distancing and washing your hands. The following columns help explain why and offer more advice:
First important informative interview on what coronavirus is, how to control it if you are a gov't or agency. Amy Goodman interviews Dr Michele Barry:
Angela Merkel told everyone in Germany to take this virus seriously; not to think you will recover from it easily or with difficulty; it hits all age groups; 50% of Americans are at high risk. Then here is what the experience of this illness is:
"The situation is serious. Take it seriously. Since German unification, no, since the Second World War, there has been no challenge to our nation that has demanded such a degree of common and united action," she said. ... Merkel had previously said that up to 70% of Germany's population of roughly 83 million people could eventually be infected .... It was the first time in her 15 years as chancellor that Merkel has delivered an unscheduled address directly to the German nation. She struck an untypically personal note and promised transparency. "I am addressing you today in this unusual manner, because I want to tell you what is guiding me as chancellor and all of my colleagues in the government at this time. That is part of an open democracy — that we explain our political decisions and make them transparent." [the opposite of Trump]
You are particularly vulnerable during sleeping and should avoid sleeping pills; here's why:
This puts together how you die from this virus so what you can do to try to protect yourself:
Natasha Little as Liz Cromwell (Wolf Hall, Episode 1)
It sounds very much like the "sleeping sickness" which is recorded as causing two epidemics in England in the 1520s and 30s. It seemed to people the person first sickened one morning and was dead by evening. How the coronavirus works: a slealth attack turns into death. Liz Cromwell from Wolf Hall can be poster image.
Friends and readers,