Coronavirus Lockdown : As there is no remedy in sight coronavirus lockdown is becoming the norm across the globe. This virus is taking it’s toll on the US stock market, businesses are forced to close and everyone is feeling the pinch.
It’s the second week of the Coronavirus lockdown in Italy. The entire country is in the so-called “red zone“. About three weeks ago, people refused to take the arrival of this virus seriously, partly because Dr Maria Rita Gismondo, the Director of the Laboratory of Microbiology, Virology, and Bio-emergencies at Luigi Sacco University Hospital in Milan, had reported that it was little more than the regular flu and that the virus would have been no longer discussed after a week (by March 4). She thought the Italian public had been collectively brainwashed by the media, stating, “C’e’ stato un lavaggio del cervello collettivo.” She wasn’t the only influential person who thought there was little to fear. Thus, many people didn’t know what to think. I, for example, wondered why the Chinese had put forth so much effort to fight this virus if it wasn’t so lethal. I remained worried, although, thanks to Dr Gismondo, I thought it was still safe to circulate cautiously. Likewise, many employers continued to force their employees to work, thinking that Dr Gismondo and a few other “experts” were right after all.
At Cremona, one of the regions battered by the Coronavirus, some 60 Americans representing the “Samaritan’s Purse” have decided to render aid by supplying Maggiore Hospital with necessary materials arriving from the United States. These Americans have generously furnished medical equipment in terrible conflicts such as Somalia, Rwanda, Afghanistan, and Iraq (according to Corriere della Sera). Their staff consists of sixty people, including physicians and technicians. They will be providing sixty beds and eight spots for intensive therapy. There has already been a meeting between these volunteers and Giuseppe Rossi, the director of Maggiore Hospital. Gianluca Galimberti, the mayor, is thankful that these good Samaritans have arrived in Italy
Coronavirus lockdown : There is an appeal from local leaders to respect the norms because the cases of illness are still increasing. By evening, the streets of Milan will be empty. The president of the Lombardy region, Attilio Fontana, is begging citizens to stay home because he says that more drastic measures will have to be taken if people don’t reduce the numbers outside; every exit from home is a risk for the one who exits and for others as well.
On Wednesday morning at the Casa Santa Marta Chapel, Pope Francis prayed for the deceased and for the health care providers who have given their lives for others. He prayed to God for an end to the pandemic and for healing for sick people. Pope Francis urges the populace not to waste this time, to try to become closer to their families and to spend time wisely in reflection. Moreover, a major conference that Pope Francis had planned to attend later in March, “The Economy of Francis” at Assisi, has been postponed due to the gravity of the Corona Virus situation.
Marcello Natali, a 57-year-old physician, Secretary of Provincial Medics in Lodi, has given his life, fighting until the end to save his patients. Although he didn’t have any pre-existing conditions, he didn’t make it, showing that anyone can fall prey to CORONA-19. According to Corriere della Sera (18 March 2020), Natali was taken to intensive therapy on 11 March after having begged the government to provide more tests for the citizenry. Not long afterwards, he was transferred to Milan. Like many other physicians, nurses, and volunteers who have worked for long hours throughout this emergency, Marcello Natali will forever remain a hero.
Many Italians have taken to the Internet to keep in contact with friends and family. Neighbourhood solidarity groups have formed on Facebook, Instagram, and other social networking websites. Many people who never have used these sites before are now utilizing them to cheer each other up and make suggestions about resolving problems. A Facebook user posted old photos of community members when they were children so that other members could participate in guessing who those children were. Others snapped more recent photos of nature.
Italians on Facebook want to know who will be delivering food, water, and even pizza to their local homes. Many make comments about the ways people should respond to this international emergency (i.e. by not walking too much around the village and by staying inside as much as possible). Many argue about what constitutes acceptable exercise; is walking outdoors really permissible exercise during this difficult period when everyone is supposed to be locked-down indoors? Must one be “running” in order to move around town? Fortunately, local priests have set up religious services, prayers, and the mass online to unite citizenry and give them faith. May their prayers be answered!
Laura Gail Sweeney, Ed.D., is a writer, philosopher, mentor, and online English teacher: Article Source
Viruses and Bacteria-I found a book on the topic of viruses and bacteria. I like this book because it explains how they make people ill, how they multiply, and gives insight into the work of the WHO (World Health Organization). The name of the book is It’s catching : the infectious world of germs and microbes : Here is an excerpt-
Viruses and Bacteria May be the smallest of the germs but these tween- tiny troublemakers cause some of the most contagious diseases on Earth! They look like small geometrical capsules. The hard outer shell of a virus is made up of protein that fit together like puzzle pieces while inside the shell is its DNA- the generic instructions the virus uses to make copies of itself.
Unlike other microbes, viruses can’t reproduce on their own – In order to replicate, a virus has to get inside one of our cells and take over its protein making machinery.
How Do Viruses and Bacteria Make You Sick?
If someone broke into your house and started playing with all your stuff and eating all your food you would be pretty angry right ? Well when a virus barges into one of your cells the cell gets mad! In fact, when you are sick with a virus most of your symptoms ain’t caused by the virus itself. Instead they are the side effects of your bodies fight against the tiny invader.
When your body is confronted with a virus different types of immune cells move throughout your body to hunt for the intruder. The cells talk to each other using special molecules called cytokines to say things like “ Send Help! I see some viruses over here! The only problem is that immune cells have pretty loud “voices”- sometimes other cells overhear the conversation and join the fight by becoming inflamed or producing mucus. That’s what causes symptoms of a viral infection. So the next time you are in bed with a cold and a big box of tissues take comfort in the fact that your drippy nose means your body is doing its best to get healthy again.
Get To Know The Great Germs There are thousands of germs in the world and it’s somebody’s job to keep track of them all. In 1948, the United Nations created the World Health Organization – WHO to its friends. Headquartered in Geneva , Switzerland WHO is tasked with monitoring all the diseases in the world. Every year WHO publishes a report describing the global morbidity and mortality rates for all the diseases it tracks.
Morbidity is a measure of how many people got sick , while mortality refers to how many of those people died. In the developed world morbidity and mortality rates due to infectious diseases are low. In other parts of the world, where people can’t see a doctor or a nurse as easily as they can in North America or Europe germs are a much bigger problem.
And, how many germs do the folks at WHO have to keep on top of? Lots! There are almost 2000 infectious diseases that make humans sick. In fact, it’s a true A – Z! The great gem alphabets starts with acanthamebiasis and goes all the way through to zygomycosis. Meeting all of them would take some time. But a few names rise to the top- Here they are – the greatest germs of all.
Great Germs by the Numbers
If you want to be a great gemologist, you will need to learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of different diseases, describe how they transmit , and understand how dangerous they are. Each of the great germs that follow will have a card just like this one.
Know Your Cooties? Colds and flues both spread through the air and wreak havoc in your nose and throat. But they are caused by totally different viruses. How do you know which you’ve got? If it came on quickly it probably is flu. Flus make you feel worse than colds do – feverish , achy, and nauseated instead of a little grumpy and sniffly.
Look Into My Crystal Ball Twice a year the disease detectives at WHO make a very important prediction . They have to guess what “disguise” the influenza virus will be wearing in the next few months so that they can produce the correct vaccine to protect people around the world. Making a vaccine takes many months of laboratory work so WHO’s scientist must choose their recipes well ahead of time- in February for the Northern Hemisphere’s winter and in September for winter south of the equator.
How do they know what to put in the vaccine? They have a worldwide network of research laboratories that are constantly collecting the samples from Doctor’ s offices and hospitals . The scientists examine the samples using experimental techniques that give them a sneak peek at the virus’s disguises. Will this winter be a fake mustache, silly pair of glasses, or a new haircut? Who knows? WHO knows!
ONE SHOT TO STOP THE SNOT?
Scientists are working on a universal flu vaccine. Instead of trying to unmask the flu vaccines shifting disguise the universal vaccine will recognize those parts of the virus that don’t change very often. If researchers are successful, the World Health Organization won’t have to guess which flu shot recipe to use each year – one that shall protect people against many different strains of flu.
Kids And Germs: A book on the topic of kids and germs has surfaced. I like this book because it covers various ways that germs spread, how we can safeguard kids from these germs and , where these germs can be found. The name of the book is Germ Proof Your Kids- Here is an excerpt:
Kids And Germs : How Germs Spread Other People
Far and away the most common and important source of human infectious diseases is other humans. From typhoid Mary Mallon to Patient Zero Gaetan Dugard, the person thought to have first introduced AIDs in the United States, humans have always politically affected other humans. We are after all a social species living in intimate contact with others who like ourselves harbor billions of germs per person- and we find ample ways to share them among ourselves .
The underlying theme of human to human transmission is straight forward contagious body fluids from one person are acquired by another. Disgusting but true! Every episode of your kids common cold flue, chicken pox, strep throat, lice, and warts come from their contact with someone else who has the malady. The same holds true for potentially lethal diseases like AIDs, Hepatitis,and Tuberculosis . Whoever gives an infection to your kid first got it from someone they were in contact with and so forth back far enough to raise chicken and egg question about this apparently endless perpetuation of original illness.
Humans have developed numerous approaches to sharing germs: inhaling, impaling, ingesting, injecting, and impacting ( I needed a word for touching that started with an “I” to complete the alliteration, hence, impacting sorry.) Each germ, in turn, has developed a preferred route for Infecting humans although,some enlightened microbes have adapted to take advantage of more than one path to their daily meal. The following sections of our other people category review the germs options for human to human transmission, direct contact, droplets, airborne transmission, blood, breast milk, and indirect contact.
Direct Contact. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Direct contact including touching, kissing , and sex is the most common and most important path that germs take from victim to victim. The hands of a karate or judo expert can be a lethal weapons but as you”ll read in chapter 9 your kids hands may also be lethal weapons even if they’ve never practiced the martial arts. Hands not only carry the germs that are expected to be found on the skin, they also carry the germs that kids have coughed into them , sneezed into them, and wiped onto them after going to the bathroom. And hands aren’t the only perpetrators, kids lips, tongues, and other mucous membranes are often in direct contact with their counterparts in other kids.
Most germs that live relatively on the skin are bacteria . Of those that cause infection, staphylococci (staph), and streptococci (strep) are the most common. As you remember from chapter 1 most staph and strep hare harmless but some acquire genes that give them greater potency allowing them to produce toxins or enzymes that facilitates a bacterium’s ability to penetrate beneath the skin and invade deeper tissues or get into the blood stream and spread through out the body. Below the belt gastrointestinal bacteria, like Escherichia coli, live on the skin around the anus. When kids wipe and don’t wash those germs are ready for hand go hand combat (see chapter 9). In addition to the ubiquitous E. Coli , all the bacteria that are shed from kids with gastroenteritis and dysentery ( severe gastroenteritis ) can travel on unwashed hands – salmonella , shigella and campylobacter to name but three. This makes daycare centers where pre potty trained kids roam unique amplifiers of gastroenteritis (see below). The mucous membranes of the mouth and nose are also heavily colonized with common bacteria that usually cause no harm and whose identities are too esoteric to review here. Click here to purchase cover your cough tees.
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