covid-19 days: 24 March

happy hour by the housemartins play as a group exchange stories on the street. it’s just nine in the morning. today’s Robin’s birthday in lockdown/quarantine enhanced. i planned something fancy but life happens. For now, he’s planning on getting what he wants.

i’ve been limiting it quite successfully but i want to smoke.

I just read 501 confirmed cases as of 1258H.

Most of the sirens I hear are from ambulances. I got news that the two St. Lukes’ (QC & BGC), Makati Medical Center and Medical City (Pasig) cannot take anymore covid-19 patients.

It’s 7:38pm. Work is winding down. I find it weird that this particular work-from-home scenario is especially tiring.

she’s been gone 2,000 days.

covid-19 days

I thought of writing whatever comes to mind about this virus. Kind of like a stream of thought kind of thing so reader be aware — I don’t know much of the thing like the rest of the planet as of this writing.

Covid-19 originated from Wuhan, China. That is a known FACT no matter how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) wants to spin their story. That was in the 2nd half of January 2020. It’s now March 23 and the virus has become a pandemic. It easy to get infected and fatalities are at 3%. Most cases are mild but the serious ones need serious caring. As one tweet said, “This virus is vile.”

There a no vaccine yet which means there is no cure yet so precautions have to be watched. Washing hands mostly. When going out I’d prefer to wear a facemask so I don’t get infected. I believe that if you’re not sick it’s not necessary to wear one but at the rate that people gets infected I’m taking precautions. I have not taken into wearing gloves when I go outside which is actually pretty rare now.

380 confirmed cases now. Yesterday it was 307. I am thinking there are more people who are asymptomatic walking around. Donated test kits are coming from China and South Korea. Our own test kits should be ready by mid April if certification goes well. I hope it does. But we still have to get the machines to process the kits and train more people for it.

If you you do not have any symptoms of the virus do not get tested! Reports came in that politicians and celebs (and some of their families) got tested just because. But most are not showing symptoms so they don’t need to be tested. The medical frontliners need it more than they do. Their names are listed and on the net.

this virus

I have been thinking seriously about this new virus for the past two weeks. To be honest I’m a little worried. Not a lot worried but a little. I am still taking care of someone and if you’re caring for someone it is natural to be worried.

I try to sift though the shitstorm of posts, tweets and news and follow the science about this shitz virus. And the science settles me a bit.

So tips I believe in:

  • Practice frequent hand hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water properly, at least 20 seconds is recommended. There are vids out here on the net so just do a search,
  • have a alcohol in a spritzer and use it as backup if soap and water is not in close proximity
  • try to avoid close contact with people with fever and cough or other respiratory symptoms or avoid crowded places if that is at all possible,
  • face masks are best worn by people who are sick so be considerate and wear one especially if you’re coughing or sneezing. A better option is to just stay home if you’re sick.
  • The World Health Organization has more advice here.

What I know of the virus;

  • currently its fatality rate is quite low at 2%. SARS has a 10% fatality rate.
  • people have recovered from the virus

It feels like I’m playing with Russian roulette

References: World Health Organization