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Who Finds Vaccine First?

Who Finds Vaccine First?

Who Finds Vaccine First?

Who Finds Vaccine First? Who do you think is going to find the first successful Covid-19 vaccine first?  There are 165 vaccine candidates of which 31 are in human trials as of today.  Companies from all over the world are racing to find a vaccine.  If you believe Russian account they already have a vaccine without doing much of the testing required by the rest of the world.

Who has the Incentive to find a Vaccine?

Governments? The Pharmaceutical Industry? If you said anyone other than a parent who has been trapped with their kids in the house for months you are wrong.  Of course I am joking.  It is the parents working in those companies working on a vaccine that have the incentive to create a virus.  Every parent has not been around their kids 24/7 since before they started school are now highly stressed.  They have been looking forward to having their kids out of the house for even a few hours.  Will that happen?  Let’s hope so sooner than later.

 

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Are you the 20%

Are you the 20%

Yesterday I read an article about a recent survey of Arizonans willingness to go out to eat or see a movie.  According to the survey only 1 in 5 Arizonans polled said they will be going out in public when the stay at home order is lifted.  How do you feel about going out in public with the knowledge there are people with the coronavirus that are asymptomatic?  The virus is not going away.  It will be in the environment affecting humans and cats until there is a viable vaccine developed.

Is being infected a bad thing?

There is a school of thought that as a society we should let all of the teenagers and twenty-somethings go out to become infected.  They are the age group that spreads the virus the most.  If they would contract the virus and recover that would reduce the exposure to people over 50.  This is not to say no one over 50 would contract the virus only that there may be less potential exposure if certain groups have already developed immunity.

Cleansing the gene pool.

About every 100 years there is some type of pandemic that kills a certain percentage of the world population.  There are various causes of pandemics from killing cats in the middle ages to eating species of animals not fit to eat.  The ignorance of the peasants pushed along by the church blamed cats because they were thought to be agents of the devil. After all they had to be from the devil because their eyes glowed and they were active at night.   There were sporadic outbreaks of cholera,  small pox, and most recently in the in the last century polio and measles.  nature does what it wants when it wants with no regard for humans.

Cleansing the Gene Pool

What is next?

For the time being humanity will be at the mercy of the coronavirus.  There is very little anyone can do until medical science finds a vaccine or we develop herd immunity.  Please be smart about what yo do, where you go and who you are with.  The only person that is looking out for you is yourself.  Are you the 20%

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Why is Soap the best for killing Coronavirus?

Why is Soap the best for killing Coronavirus? We have all been told over and over again to wash our hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. No one really tells us why we need to use soap or why the minimum is 20 seconds. The answer is complicated because soap is more complex than it appears.

Here is a link to the best article I found explaining what soap is and how it works.  https://www.livescience.com/57044-science-of-soap.html

Below are selected excerpts. This article is a great way to teach your kids the value of soap.

What is Soap?

Soap has been a part of human cultural since Babylonians created it in 2800 B.C.E.

Soap is a mixture of fat or oil, water, and an alkali, or basic salt. The basic recipe for soap hasn’t changed for thousands of years. It’s still a combination of fat or oils with an alkali — basic ionic salt — and water. When those ingredients combine in the proper proportions, they go through a chemical process called saponification, which results in soap.

How Does Soap Work?

Soap kills viruses and removes bacteria on our hands.  This is an important point for several reasons.  The most important being is viruses and bacteria CANNOT develop drug resistance to soap.

When you wash your hands with soap, the soap molecules act as a mediator between the water and oil molecules, and bind with both of them at the same time. Then when you rinse everything off, the soap carries away the germs with the water.

Soap versus the Coronavirus.

Viruses by their very nature are simple.  They have RNA surrounded by a fatty membrane (shell).  When soap encounters this fatty membrane it dissolves the membrane effectively killing the the coronavirus.  There is not a drug or any other treatment that kills viruses in this way.  Soap is the most effective way of preventing the transmission of a virus from your hands or body to your eyes, nose and mouth (mucous membranes).

Soap: a household cleaner.

Soap is good for more than washing the dishes. Soap can also be used to clean the hard surfaces in your house.  This will destroy all the viruses on the hard surfaces but will save you money by not using expensive wipes or sprays. You can use 1/8 to 1/4 cup of dish soap or hand soap in two gallons of water as a cleaning and disinfecting solution.

 

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What the coronavirus means for the future.

What the coronavirus means for the future.  My wife and I watched a very good CNN townhall on the coronavirus. The hosts and expert guests gave excellent information and recommendations for people to help stop the spread of coronavirus.  The number one recommendation is what every doctor and health professional tells the public every year during flu season. Wash you hands multiple times per day and do not touch your mouth, nose and eyes.  Why not touch your face?  Viruses can enter your body through mucous membranes.  Your mouth, nose and eyes are all considered mucous membranes.

The coronavirus, Covid-19, is thought to have come from a specific species of bats.  All wild animals have viruses that humans have no resistance.  When humans eat wild animals like bats and monkeys the chances for an unknown virus to infect humans increases.  This was such the case with HIV/Aids.  HIV is a virus that lives in certain specifies of monkeys in Africa.  It jumped to humans when those monkeys were eaten as food. This is the reason that western countries only eat certain animals that do not have unknown viruses.

The one idea that all the guest on the CNN townhall is that everyone in the United states will be infected with coronavirus.  This is not a bad thing because it is from a family of viruses that the common cold is a member. Eighty percent of people who are infected with Covid-19 will experience little to no symptoms.  The issue is even though one person may experience no symptoms they are still spreading the virus to others.  This can be especially problematic for people who are at higher risks for complications.  People at higher risk include those with underlying health conditions, impaired immune system or to young to receive vaccinations.

It is up to each of us to do what we can to stop the spread of Covid-19.  Wash your hands frequently with soap, do not visit elderly people including your parents or grand parents and stay home if possible if you are ill.

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Coronavirus may be a problem.

Governors use citizens as lab rats.

Coronavirus may be a problem.  If you are following the news you have undoubtedly heard of the Coronavirus that started out in China.  This virus is similar to SARS and MERS in that it was transmitted from live animals to humans in an illegal live food market in China.  The market sold live predatory animals as food including the Civet Cat.  The Civet Cat is thought to be the animal that transmitted SARS to humans.  There is a reason predatory generally do not eat other predators.  That reason is disease.  Most predators and omnivores,  including humans, eat herbivores.

Now that the virus is loose is it a problem for people living in the U.S.?  Most likely not at this time.  So far the Chinese government has not stated there is a known case of human to human transmission as happen with a cold or flu.  If that were the case then it would be a serious issue.  The Trump administration has stated that they may ban all flights from China to the U.S.  If the U.S. bans all inbound Chinese flights, European and other countries will follow.

So far the Chinese government has been less than forth coming about the number of infected individuals and the number of deaths.   Chinese government has finally granted permission for the World Health Organization to send doctors and scientists into China.  This is the first signs of hope that the Chinese government is willing to work with the U.S. and others to fight this pathogen. There are also many researchers working on sequencing the coronavirus DNA to develop a vaccine before in becomes airborne.

Hopefully China works in best interest of the world and their own economy.  Nothing will cause the Chinese government to sit up and take notice when their economy is at stake.