Mexican Government Website to Register to Get the COVID Vaccine

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January 13, 2021

We’ve had many people in FB expat groups asking how & when they can get “The Vaccine” here in Yucatan – as they hoped to maybe get it in January or February.

Merida just received our first 9,750 doses of COVID … as a part of 94,000 new vaccinations nationally today. This brings Mexico’s total of (partly) vaccinated people to 197,000 – so with our finally receiving 435,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine earlier this week (in Mexico City), our COVID vaccination program is getting underway.

Note that those 435,000 doses will go to the highest priority places in Mexico with the worst COVID-19 problems: Mexico City & Coahuila.

In the meantime, if you want to try to get registered into the Mex. Gob. Vaccination Registration system, you can use your CURP to fill out a web-form to sign up for a future appointment to get vaccinated. … Right now, the registration system is only issuing appointments for private hospital front-line medical personnel – but is expected to soon(?) start issuing appointments for people over age 79, in the areas worst hit by COVID.

The official Govt. Website describes:

¿Cómo registrarse para la vacunación?
Para el registro de vacunación contra el Covid-19 es necesario acceder con tu CURP al sitio https://vacunascovid.gob.mx/. Cabe recalcar que por ahora el registro solo está disponible para el personal de salud y personas de la tercera edad.

Dónde me toca ponerme la vacuna?
Al realizar el registro se enviará un correo electrónico el cual contiene los datos de fecha, lugar y horario el cual se debe asistir para la aplicación de la vacuna.


In English:
How to register for vaccination?
To register the vaccination against Covid-19 it is necessary to access the site https://vacunascovid.gob.mx/ using your CURP. It should be noted that for now the registry is only available to health personnel and the elderly (above age 80). “

Where do I get the vaccine?
When registering, the website will send you an email will be sent containing the date, place and time for you to go get your vaccination.”


Many fields in the Vaccination Registration website are clear… CURP, Your Name, Your Address, etc … Still … Because there are number of fields to fill out and options to ~click~, we suggest you have someone who reads & understands Spanish to help you fill it out. … For example, you have to identify what category you are in, for prioritization – … where for example, you would not want to register as “a private physican”.

You also ~click~ choose options-items that describe your current pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes or heart disease etc – that play a role in assigning your prioritization.

Please note that we only just now watched tonight’s Federal Govt’s official PPT presentation on using the Vaccination Registrations system – and have not yet tried the system – as we are not over age 79. 😉


Official Prioritization Schedule:

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Finally please note that our previous report on COVID Vaccine Availablity in Mexico
contains lots of details about which COVID vaccines will likely become available during the next 4 months.

For details, see: https://yucalandia.com/2021/01/12/covid-vaccine-availablity-in-mexico/


As a part of our last 10 months of up-to-date COVID information coverage, we will continue to provide updates as they come up.


Dr. Steven M. Fry
Ph.D. in Measurement & Laboratory Science, Chemistry, Public Health, and Aerosol Science

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COVID Vaccine Availablity in Mexico

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January 12, 2021

We’ve had many people in FB expat groups asking when they can get “The Vaccine” here in Yucatan – as they hoped to maybe get it in January or February.

Realities?
1. Mexico has received only about 75,000 doses of vaccine up until today, and it was just the Pfizer vaccine. => No vaccines available for Yucatan at all, so far.

Per this morning’s daily Federal COVID-Press Conference:
2. Mexico just received 435,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, today.Most of those doses will go to the highest priority places in Mexico with the worst COVID-19 problems: Mexico City & Coahuila.

3. Initial reports from the Federal Gob. say that Merida – Yucatan will receive “some” doses to start injecting Merida healthcare workers on Wed. or Thursday. Those limited numbers of doses will ONLY go to front-line medical workers in Govt. hospital’s COVID wards. like at O’Horan. Unlike Boston & other places in the USA, NONE of our Yucatan doses will be for hospital administrators et al.

Editor’s Note: As expected, the Fedral Gob. (aka Mexico’s Military) delivered doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Merida this morning (Jan. 13/21) – doses that were transferred to Merida’s O’Horan hospital to vaccinate front-line COVID-medical workers, today.


4. Our President AMLO says he will wait his turn until sometime in March, when they hope to have vaccine doses for people over age 65. (He is 67.)

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5. AMLO also says that his dose may be either: the “Sputnik V”**, or Cansino* (Canadian-Chinese joint effort), or possibly even the Oxford Vaccine (all still in Phase 3 trials).

6. Unlike the USA, the vaccine will be free here in Mexico, available even to foreigners, with foreigners receiving vaccines based on their age along with Mexicans of the same age group.

7. Even our President says he may not get vaccinated until “March” – as he plans to wait his turn, along with the other 67 yr olds, it may be months until vaccines are available here in Yucatan for elderly readers.

8. Because even our President does not know which vaccine will be available for him … WE SHOULD ALL REALIZE that expat readers may have to accept what-ever vaccine is avalable: … Cansino, Sinovac, Moderna, Pfizer or “Sputnik V” vaccines –

iN THE MEANTIME … plan to wear only good tight fitting medical grade masks … throw the dangerously leaky cloth masks away … because it takes 16 layers of cloth to equal just one good medical grade mask.*


Further … In our professional opinion, it appears that if an over age 65 reader wants to get the Oxford, or Moderna, or Pfizer vaccine here in Yucatan … they may not have a choice, except to wait until late Spring or early Summer for the vaccine they want to become available …

because in March or April, the only vaccine available to you may be

~ 1 of the 5 Chinese vaccines* … or

~ **The “Gam-CovidVac” vaccine (aka the Sputnik V) … Russian vaccine … is the 300,000 Sputnik V doses currently being used in Argentina – so, we will likely have lots of data from over ½ million patients, on the Gam-CovidVac Russian vaccine by the time it is delivered to Mexico.

9. Prioritization of Vaccine Recipients:
Front-line health-workers with direct contact with COVID patients are the top priority. Next in line … patients over age 80 …

then …



*THIS MEANS WE ALL NEED TO BE WEARING TIGHT-FITTING MEDICAL GRADE MASKS … and Social distancing between 8 ft to 12 ft for at least the coming 6 months.

Details here:
https://yucalandia.com/2021/01/05/beat-covid-now-with-proven-solutions-aka-covid-keeps-spreading-because-we-are-still-doing-the-wrong-things/

10. Our Mexican Federal Gob. has agreed to to buy 34.4 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTecH”s Covid-19 vaccine.

11. Our Presiodent AMLO has commited just over $1 Billion USD to buy vaccines for the Mexican people – to vaccinate us for free, unlike the USA where the COVID vaccinations cost from $35 per dose to $70 per dose (???)


Additional Key COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

Per Pfizer’s official warnings:

people with a significant history of allergic reactions

should not be given this vaccine for now.


The CDC also warns:
” If you have had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (like PEG or nanoparticles, etc), you should not get either of the currently available mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.  “

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/allergic-reaction.html



A Brief Synopsis of Current COVID Vaccine Realities:
There are just 2 vaccines that have finished & passed Phase 3 trials: The Pfizer-BioNTecH vaccine and the Moderna vaccine. … Astra-Zenica – Oxford jumped the gun last November when they announce partial preliminary Phase 3 Trial results on the Oxford vaccine, when in reality the Oxford vaccine testing programs made huge Phase 3 trial mistakes (apparently from rushing through the trials).

Because of the big mistakes, Oxford Pfizer is currently re-running roughly ½ their Phase 3 trial efforts, to try to determine the efficacy & problems of giving just a ½ dose in the first jab, and then a full dose in the 2’nd jab 3 weeks later.

Note that there 5 different Chinese vaccines … with Coronavac & Cansino vaccines leading the pack, by being furthest along in Phase 3 trials. Consider also that the Chinese vaccines tend to all be based on using some attenuated form of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

and … The Russian-made Gam-CovidVac (aka Sputnik V) vaccine may soon be available in Mexico,
though they previously tested it on just 1,900 patients – while, by comparison the Pfizer vaccine was tested on roughly 44,000 patients … (with 42% of the 44,000 Pfizer patients being in the key elderly group … and 41% were Black, Latino or Native American heritage).

Note that by the time the Russian Gam-CovidVac is available here in Yucatan, it will have been used (tested) on over 300,000 Argentinians. 😉



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Dr. Steven M. Fry
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Death Toll Increasing After Getting the Pfizer – BioNTech Vaccine

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January 6, 2021

Readers should be aware of three deaths in just the last few days, all after getting the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

~ One shocking death in Portugal, Jan 1 … likely due to a reaction to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

… “(The nurse-patient) had only complained about ‘normal’ discomfort in the area where she was jabbed but was otherwise fine.” … until she died. … Injected Dec 30, dead by Jan 1.

~ 2 deaths in Norway by elderlies who got the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
“… Norway is investigating the death of two nursing home residents who died after receiving doses of the Pfizer – BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.”Plus:1 death in Portugal, from the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine…. all happened after getting the Pfizer vaccine.

https://www.wionews.com/world/norway-investigating-death-of-two-people-who-received-pfizers-coronavirus-vaccine-354716

Per Pfizer’s official warnings:

people with a significant history of allergic reactions” should not be given this vaccine for now.

The CDC also warns:
” If you have had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get either of the currently available mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.  “

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/allergic-reaction.html

We will offer more details as they arise.

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    One Severe Encephalomyelitis Life Threatening Reaction to the Pfizer Vaccine in Mexico:
    Coahila, Mexico: Dec. 30
    There was a shocking severe adverse reaction to the Pfizer vaccine here in Mexico. … A young 32 yr old IMSS physician now has nasty Encephalomyelitis (inflammation-swelling of the brain and spinal cord).

This young physician previously had at least one allergic reaction to a different past vaccination. … She was injected Dec. 30, at 9:30 AM … 20 minutes later her tongue & lips swelled dramatically, plus a rash on her neck & chest.

The doctors treated the allergic reactions, and she returned to her job. Yet, at 11:30, she suffered convulsions & seizures … She lost muscle strength in her arms & legs.

As of Jan. 6, 2021… She is now conscious, and “recovering” … with no more convulsions – left with a formal diagnosis of Encephalomyelitis. … It should be noted that her family also has a history of allergies to antibiotics.

https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-mexico-vaccines-idUSKBN2970H3



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BEAT COVID NOW with Proven Solutions … aka COVID Keeps Spreading Because We Are Still Doing the Wrong Things

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January 5, 2021

Think about why 26 million New Zealanders & Taiwanese people have only 32 COVID deaths, while the USA, Mexico, & Canada have worst-in-the-World over 500,000 COVID deaths … of which, 425,000 of them died unnecessarily (per the head of Harvard Medical School).

Why have we unnecessarily killed 425,000 North Americans?

Basically, it’s because the USA, Mexico & Canada chose to follow 12 months of non-scientist “AS SEEN ON TV” Medical Doctor’s very wrong, very dangerous, ineffective advice … In contrast, a few top scientists were writing last March, 2020 that “Wash Your Hands”, “Disinfect Everything”, and “Socially Distance 6 Feet” do NOT work … The Medical Doctors ignored 20 yrs of COVID-Science, arrogantly ignored 17 yrs of SARS-Science, and ignored 40 yrs. of Aerosol Science reports.

While New Zealand & Taiwan Medical Doctors followed top scientist’s advice, instead, sadly, “AS SEEN ON TV” USA Medical Doctors (like Dr. Faucci et al) imagined that their unscientific personal-opinion based advice, would somehow magically stop COVID’s airborne transmission from our inhaling invisible fine aersols from people talking, especially indoors.

Then, 7 months too late, (and continuing now), the non-scientist Medical Doctors continued to ignore 20 yrs of COVID Science, SARS Science & Aerosol Science reports, by telling us to wear ..”cloth masks” and “face-coverings” … even though it has been proven for years that 70% leaky cloth masks leak far too many highly-infectious COVID invisible fine aerosols – meaning the 100’s of millions of USA, Mexico & Canada cloth mask wearers … are still spreading COVID.

Solving the COVID problem requires us to blend & follow the scientific results of 4 different areas: Virology of Upper Respiratory Viruses, proven Public Health programs, Medical treatments, and the 40 yrs of Aerosol Science of how to stop highly infectious COVID fine aerosols that are emitted by people talking… especially indoors.

This means that Medical Doctors (like Faucci of CDC et al), and even some virologists & epidemiologits have continued to ignore the key BIG current issues of our mistakes …. because their l’st 12 months of their mistakes are what’s spreading COVID now:

Use TIGHT-fitting Medical Grade Masks ONLY !
1. ~ Cloth masks need to go into the trash ~ … TODAY !

Cloth masks generally leak 70% – because it takes 16 LAYERS of cotton cloth to equal just ONE medical grade mask …

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70% leakage by cloth masks – causes wearers to inhale way too many highly-infectious invisible COVID fine aerosols … 70% leakage of crap cloth masks is a huge part of 500,000 unnecessary dead Americans & Mexican … 70% leakage is causing 23 million people still getting COVID here, because their cloth masks are guaranteed to fail when we need them most. (and Yes, Virginia, “facecoverings”, gators, kerchiefs are totally bogus, offering no protection. )


2. ~ The Medical Doctor’s opinion of their “6 ft rule” has always been unscientific & wrong. It takes 8 ft to 10 ft +plus effective fresh air movement, to protect people when masks are off to eat or drink. The non-scientific Medical Doctor’s personal guesses of a “6 ft Rule” was based on magical Medical Doctor’s magical unscientific unrealistic imaginings that the invisible COVID fine aerosols magically move out in all directions simultaneously, to make a uniformly infectious cloud around the talker.

This Medical Doctors’ magical idea has always been completely wrong. Simple scientific calculations, AND 40 years of measurements by Aerosol Scientists on these fine aerosols … prove the aerosols move out in plumes, just like plumes of cigarette smoke … like tongues of vapor … often going out 8 ft in JUST ONE direction … at still highly-infectious concentrations.

PROVEN REALITY: Somewhere between 8 – 10 ft, the infectious fine aerosols disperse to safe levels, UNLESS there is a flow of fresh air – from a fan or a breeze that disperses the invisible highly-infectious fine COVED aerosols to safe levels.

Overall, this means we are still having huge problems of narrow specialists NOT KNOWING, not learning the key critical facts from the multi-disciplinarians … Unfortunately, it takes a good scientist to read over 20 yrs of scientific reports from 4 fields (over 90 research reports) . It basically requires blending the knowledge, experience & details of a good virologist, a good Public Health expert, a good Medical Doctor, AND a good Aerososol Scientist.

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How can an ordinary reader possibly plow through over 90 key research reports and then assemble the key disparate facts from 4 different disciplines? … Fortunately, you don’t have to … This task was done … and published … last March, 2020:

**https://yucalandia.com/2020/03/30/how-to-keep-yourself-safe-from-covid-19-sars-cov-2/

Read this good technical article** from last March – based on over 90 research reports from all four critical areas – to read what we should have been doing… and what we should be doing … now… Because it explains why we have needlessly killed over 300,000 Americans (per the Heads of both Harvard & Brown Universities Medical Schools) and killed over 100,000 Mexicans … by doing unscientific things for the last 12 straight months.

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Sidelight… Since we’re getting some online FB group blowback from people who insist that their cloth masks magically work great, consider the … 13X HIGHER viral infection risks from wearing cloth masks … is super-troubling:

” The rates of all infection outcomes were highest in the cloth mask arm, with the rate of ILI statistically significantly higher in the cloth mask arm … Relative Risk (RR)=13.00, compared with the medical mask arm. “

Because of the 13X higher infection-rate risks :
“This study is the first RCT of cloth masks, and the results caution against the use of cloth masks. This is an important finding to inform occupational health and safety. Moisture retention, reuse of cloth masks and poor filtration may result in increased risk of infection. “

https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/4/e006577

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Then … We suggest that readers check-out the latest information on COVID Vaccines & How to Prove your Vaccine Worked:

https://yucalandia.com/2021/01/04/latest-covid-vaccine-information-for-the-yucatan-mexico/

Pneumonia vaccine: How often and when to seek help


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Sadly … ONLY Taiwan & New Zealand have followed Science since last January … blessing themselves with just 32 COVID deaths, out of 26 million citizens.

We can change … and BEAT COVID NOW ….
by finally making the small changes of wearing only tight-fitting medical grade masks … 8 – 10 ft Social distances … or fans, breezes moving in fresh clean air past our faces .

or … We can continue to suffer, by following the very wrong … 12 months of failed personal advice … of non-scientist Medical Doctors.

Finally, notice that vaccines will likely not be available to most of us, until next Summer, so, it’s time to choose: Keep doing the failed-unscientific Medical Doctor’s proven-failed-approaches … or … Wear only a tight-fitting medical grade mask (N95 or KN95) and Socially Distance by 8 ft to 10 ft, with fresh air movement when eating or drinking without a mask.

and … After you get your COVID vaccination, consider getting an inexpensive fast COVIOD antibody lab test, 2 wks later, to prove you have good levels of the protective antibodies.

Stay safe out there…
Dr. Steven M. Fry
Ph.D. in Measurement & Laboratory Science, Chemistry, Public Health, and Aerosol Science


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Latest COVID Vaccine Information for the Yucatan & Mexico

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January 6, 2021

Death Toll Increasing After Getting the Pfizer – BioNTech Vaccine
Readers should be aware of three deaths in just the last few days, all after getting the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

~ One shocking death in Portugal, Jan 1 … likely due to a reaction to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

… “(The nurse-patient) had only complained about ‘normal’ discomfort in the area where she was jabbed but was otherwise fine.” … until she died. … Injected Dec 30, dead by Jan 1.

~ 2 deaths in Norway by elderlies who got the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
“… Norway is investigating the death of two nursing home residents who died after receiving doses of the Pfizer – BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.”Plus:1 death in Portugal, from the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine…. all happened after getting the Pfizer vaccine.

One Severe Encephalomyelitis Life Threatening Reaction to the Pfizer Vaccine in Mexico:
Coahila, Mexico: Dec. 30
There was a shocking severe adverse reaction to the Pfizer vaccine here in Mexico. … A young 32 yr old IMSS physician now has nasty Encephalomyelitis (inflammation-swelling of the brain and spinal cord).

This young physician previously had at least one allergic reaction to a different past vaccination. … She was injected Dec. 30, at 9:30 AM … 20 minutes later her tongue & lips swelled dramatically, plus a rash on her neck & chest.

The doctors treated the allergic reactions, and she returned to her job. Yet, at 11:30, she suffered convulsions & seizures … She lost muscle strength in her arms & legs.

She is now conscious, and “recovering” … with no more convulsions – left with a formal diagnosis of Encephalomyelitis. … It should be noted that her family also has a history of allergies to antibiotics.

https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-mexico-vaccines-idUSKBN2970H3



January 4, 2021
One Scientific view of COVID vaccines:

… To jab, or not to jab …

That’s the question … especially if you only have the Sino Vaccine (aka Coronavac) or the Sputnik 5 Vaccine available.

Pneumonia vaccine: How often and when to seek help



Because there are no dry-ice manufacturers here in Yucatan to make dry ice, to protect the fragile Pfizer vaccine when it’s out at the dispenseries … we likely will have NONE of the top 3 vaccines here, for months available for ordinary people … until Moderna delivers a 300,000 or so doses here in the Yucatan Peninsula … (because Yucatan’s relatively low rates** of new COVID infections is so much lower than other parts of Mexico who are suffering much worse).

If the Sino Vaccine (aka Coronavac) … or if the Sputnik 5 vaccine … or if the CanSino vaccines are the only ones available here…. and if you get one of the 5 different Chinese vaccines or the Sputnik Vaccine (or any COVID vaccine**),

… Then … Go get blood tested for anti-COVID ANTIBODIES at a local lab … 2 weeks after the last Vaccine injection.

**Yes, since the other vaccines are just 95% effective, HOW do you know you are protected, by the Pfizer, Moderna or Oxford vaccine? … Get an inexpensive COVID antibody test 2 weeks after your last injection.

IF your scientific lab-test serum antibody test results prove you have a high levels of serum COVID-antibodies, then YOU’RE PROTECTED. 😉

This is a scientifically-proven reliable approach because … our bodies’ responses to the COVID Vaccines have been to produce 10X to 100X higher antibody levels, than the antibody levels from “natural” COVID infections.

Sidelight: Why are there concerns about the Sino Vaccine & the Sputnik 5 Vacccine?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/14/chinas-sinopharm-vaccine-how-effective-is-it-and-where-will-it-be-rolled-out

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-25/china-shot-s-efficacy-uncertain-despite-brazil-turkey-results


and then … There are all the different Chinese manufactured vaccines:

There are no less than 5 different Chinese COVID vaccines in Phase 3 trials, with Sinovac corp’s “Sino Vaccine – Sino Vac” getting the most press.

The Beijing-based Sinovac corp is behind the CoronaVac, an inactivated-SARS-virus vaccine. … The “Sino Vaccine” aka “CoronaVac” is not the “CanSino Vaccine”.
The Sino Vaccine, aka Coronavac, has been undergoing phase three trials in Brazil, Indonesia and Turkey, & Peru.

Questions still arise, because interim data from a late-stage Coronavac trials in Turkey showed that the vaccine was 91.25% effective.

Meanwhile Brazilian researchers report the Sinovac vaccine was just over 50% effective – but withheld full results,

In other words… We still have questions about transparency from Brazil, Peru and China.

God Bless the Chinese…

Then there’s the “CanSino vaccine”, made by Cansino Biologics. The CanSino vaccine is reportedly in phase three clinical trials in several countries, including Saudi Arabia.

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Next consider how Sinopharm, a Chinese state-owned company, is developing TWO COVID vaccines, which, like Sinovac are also inactivated Coronavirus based vaccines

Sinopharm announced on 30 December that phase three trials of the vaccine showed that it was 79% effective – lower than that of Pfizer and Moderna… while the United Arab Emirates, which approved a Sinopharm vaccine earlier this month, said the vaccine was 86% effective, according to interim results of its phase three trial. Lots of different reports using the same data ???  

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Finally, there is yet another Chinese made vaccine made by Anhui Zhifei Longcom. This vaccine uses a purified piece of the virus to trigger an immune response, …. and has also recently entered phase three trials.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-55212787

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Local context:
Notice that no other news sources seem to be reporting this important helpful scientifically proven information … including the biggest Expats in Yucatan FB groups who block this vital medical advice, because of the mods starting personal feuds. 😦


Different priorities ? ? ?

Dr. Steven M. Fry
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It’s Time to Pay Property Taxes in Yucatan

January 1, 2021

It’s PREDIAL (property tax) Time !

If you pay now (this month), you get a 30% discount.

We like to pay in Merida .. Plaza Las Americas shopping mall – Av. Miguel Hildalgo .. in the east end of the Las Americas shopping mall. 😉

or … Pay at the Yucatan State Catastro office on Calle 60 – #621 near the Merida Zocalo.

or … Pay online with a credit card**

… BUT KEEP THE RECEIPT for electronic online payments & the .pdf file from the State Catastro for at least 3 yrs, due to possible future screw-ups in the State’s Catastro computer database records – where the State sometimes LOSES the records of your last 3 yrs of payments ..

and … Then you have to re*pay a second time w/penalties … unless you keep the receipt & the .pdf file documenting your earlier years of online payments.

More official details and descriptions of physical offices-sites to go pay at, here:

http://www.merida.gob.mx/ventanilla/php/ubicacion.phpx


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**Yucatan State Catastro website for checking your property taxes and
PAYING THEM ONLINE:

https://isla.merida.gob.mx/serviciosinternet/predial/index.phpx

Notice that this website gives you instructions & hot links (buttons) to click on the 3 step online process:

1. Click on “UBICA tu predio” … to Pull up, Open and Check your predio (the official document on your property) – to choose the right property.

2. Check your “adeudo” … the $$ amount you owe.

3. “Paga en Linea” … using a credit card.

Pay now … (online or in person) … and save 30% …
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Emotional Support Animals Banned from Flights by US DOT & FAA

December 2, 2020

The USA’s DOT and FAA announced today,
No more “Emotional support animals” on any flights. They must be paid for & flown in only the cargo section.

Per PBS Newshour tonight: They updated their official policy to ONLY allow certified official service dogs – for people with disabilities (ADA defined) and with mental disabilities.Service dogs for the blind … are allowed.”Emotional Support animals”.. are prohibited

Why?? … Because many many USA-nians brought turtles, lizards and even peacocks onto flights for free – as “Emotional Support animals” … Why?? They were unsafe – biting other passengers, urinating on the floor, running around disrupting the safety of the other passengers.

For the people who think this is still up to the airlines … The PBS report clearly said “The FAA” and “US DOT” ruled today to prohibit them.

” The (US Department of Transportation) agency said Wednesday that it was rewriting the rules partly because passengers carrying unusual animals on board “eroded the public trust in legitimate service animals.”

“It also cited the increasing frequency of people “fraudulently representing their pets as service animals,” and a rise in misbehavior by emotional-support animals, ranging from peeing on the carpet to biting other passengers.”

*** “The new rule will force passengers with emotional-support animals to check them into the cargo hold — and pay a pet fee — or leave them at home.” ***

” Under the final rule, which takes effect in 30 days, a service animal is a dog trained to help a person with a physical or psychiatric disability. Advocates for veterans and others had pushed for inclusion of psychiatric service dogs. “

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/u-s-tightens-definition-of-service-animals-allowed-on-planes


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Updated Voting Abroad Instructions from the US Consul in Merida, Mexico

Sept.  24, 2020 UPDATE

Our US Consul in Merida has announced that the US Consulate is accepting our ballots, in fully-stamped, addressed envelopes between 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM of any work day.

Notice that the US Consulate now says we should get the ballots to them
~ BEFORE OCTOBER 1’st ~

plus she includes information for any US citizen on how to get a ballot for just their Federal Elections, to send back to their County clerk’s office.

Her instructions:
1. Register to Vote .. or Confirm your registration with your state.

Go to http://www.FVAP.gov to connect to your state’s website to vote.

2. Request your ballot from your County Clerk … Do this right away.

You may also complete a post-card application that allows you to request an absentee ballot for all federal elections for your voting district.

3. Receive and complete your ballot. States are required to send out ballots 45 days in advance of the election.

4. Return your completed, signed ballot. … You may be able to do this electronically, if permitted by your County Clerk’s office.

5. You can drop your ballot off at your US Consulate:
The US Consulate in Merida is accepting our ballots, in fully-stamped, addressed envelopes between 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM of any work day – in a drop box at the door of the Consulate.

Finally, Yucalandia recommends that you drop off your ballot at the US Consulate get the ballots to them ~ BEFORE OCTOBER 1’st ~  to give the US State department the 2 weeks they request to be able to get your envelope delivered to the USPS office in Kansas City … to be delivered to your County Clerk’s office in time.

Read on, MacDuff ..

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2020 Reopening Schedule for Yucatan Attractions

Sept 11, 2020

Here’s a schedule of re-openings of some of Yucatan’s best attractions:

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Yucatan’s 2020 Special License Plate Replacement Schedule





Sept 11, 2020

Due to COVID challenges, Yucatan State has issued completely new rules on how to replace and when to replace our vehicle license plates.

Here’s a table describing the current new plan:



See the Yucatan State’s webpage for more details:

https://reemplacamiento.yucatan.gob.mx/?fbclid=IwAR1zlHfZ1gL3ZVTh68HAT2U9C9V-p8YWgMAveiyf6pXUM1L2MU-
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Voting Abroad … Instructions from the US Consul in Merida, Mexico

Sept.  24, 2020 UPDATE

Our US Consul in Merida has announced that the US Consulate is accepting our ballots, in fully-stamped, addressed envelopes between 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM of any work day.

Notice that the US Consulate now says we should get the ballots to them 
~ BEFORE OCTOBER 1’st ~

https://www.facebook.com/ConsuladoEstadosUnidosMerida/videos/896529154208545/

plus she includes information for any US citizen on how to get a ballot for just their Federal Elections, to send back to their County clerk’s office.

Her instructions:
1. Register to Vote .. or Confirm your registration with your state.

Go to http://www.FVAP.gov to connect to your state’s website to vote.

2. Request your ballot from your County Clerk … Do this right away.

You may also complete a post-card application that allows you to request an absentee ballot for all federal elections for your voting district.

3. Receive and complete your ballot. States are required to send out ballots 45 days in advance of the election.

4. Return your completed, signed ballot. … You may be able to do this electronically, if permitted by your County Clerk’s office.

5. You can drop your ballot off at your US Consulate:
The US Consulate in Merida is accepting our ballots, in fully-stamped, addressed envelopes between 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM of any work day – in a drop box at the door of the Consulate.

Finally, Yucalandia recommends that you drop off your ballot at the US Consulate get the ballots to them ~ BEFORE OCTOBER 1’st ~ … to be delivered to your County Clerk’s office in time.

Read on, MacDuff ..

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State of Yucatan’s mid-August COVID Rules

Aug 20, 2020

Here are Yucatan State’s hours of operation for essential & non-essential businesses:

Essential businesses:  Monday to Sunday – continue regular hours

Professional Services and Government offices:
9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday

Construction:   7am – 6pm Monday to Friday

Industry:   9am – 7pm Monday to Friday

Non-essential Commercial Businesses in Merida Centro:
10am – 7pm Monday to Friday

Non-essential Commercial Businesses not in Merida Centro:
11am – 8pm Monday to Friday

Restaurants:  8am – 10pm Monday to Friday

All other services: 10 am – 6 pm

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Weekends:
Non-essential businesses must remain closed.
Restaurants may only operate with home delivery, take-out, or drive-through options during weekend days.
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Addtl. Notes:
Yucatan State Government (the governing authority) maintains Yucatan is in ORANGE

Federal Government standards describe that Yucatan is in RED—Maximum risk

https://reactivacion.yucatan.gob.mx/

Read-on MacDuff … 

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Mexican Public School Education Showings on TV

a href=”https://yucalandia.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/virg_med001.jpg”>Aug 19, 2020
Want to learn Spanish … watching Pre-escolar TV ?? 😉

Mexican Public Education will be broadcast on over-the-air TV channels for 2020 School Year – Starting Monday, August 24:

SEP (Education Secretary) has arranged for three TV channels for Basic Education and two for Upper Secondary Education as classes will be broadcast starting at 7:30 AM through 11:30 PM.

The programs of Basic education (preschool and primary) will be divided between three channels: “Network 1” will be broadcast on channels 11.2 (“Once Niños”)  5.2 (Televisa)  and   10.2 (Heraldo). … “Nework 2” (aka Cadena 2) will be on Channel 7.3 (TV Azteca). …

Secondary level programs (Junior High) will be broadcast on Network 3 “Cadena 3” on channel 3.2 (Imagen Televisión and Ingenio TV).

The Upper Secondary level programs (Prepa = High School) will be broadcast on “Cadena 4” on channels 14.2 of Ingenio TV and 6.3 of Milenio Televisión.

The specific broadcast times for each grade level are shown below:

~ Preescolar (little kids including Kindergarten):
8 AM to 9 AM (11.2 & 5.2) … 3 PM to 4 PM (3.2) … 5:30 – 6:30 pm

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Schedule of Subjects:
Distribución de contenido preescolar

~ Primary (1º – 6º)

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Schedule of Subjects:
Distribución de materias primaria
Distribución de materias primaria

~ Secondary (7º – 8º) aka Jr High:
Image may contain: text that says 'IMAGEN TELEVISIÓN IMAGEN TELEVISION Opción1 3.2 Opción 2 3.2 1° Secundaria 16:00 19:00 21:30 IMAGEN TELEVISION 00:00 2° Secundaria MILENIO TELEVISION 8:00 a 11:00 Opción 3.2 18:30 21:30 Opción2 6.3 3° Secundaria 10:30 13:30 15:00 a18:00'

Schedule of Subjects:
Distribución de contenido secundaria
Distribución de contenido secundaria
Distribución de contenido secundaria

~ Bachillerato (9º – 12º) … aka High School:

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Schedule of Subjects:
Materias bachillerato

NOTICE that there are some daily instructional shows for parents, educators, et al:

Let’s wish all our dear kids a good productive school year – as we all work to make the best of these COVID times.

Dr. Steven M. Fry
Ph.D. Chemistry & Public Health

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COVID-19 … Scientific Proofs of How to Beat COVID, Now

August 13, 2020

The latest research confirms what Aerosol Scientists have known for years … 30% to 60% leakage of the nastiest COVID fine aerosols is making Americans sick  …. poorly-fit masks leak toxic amounts of the most-infectious invisible fine aerosols from talking indoors  – even when it’s a medical–grade mask.

Fitted filtration procedures showed that surgical masks with ties are approximately 70 percent effective at filtering inhaled particles, while surgical masks with ear loops are about 40 percent effective.

Then Notice:   Throw your cloth masks away … They don’t work.
Cloth masks generally leak up to 70% –  causing us to inhale way too many of the highest-COVID risk invisible fine aerosols, especially when indoors.

The conclusions:
1. Get a good medical-grade mask of N95 quality or higher … that FITS-WELL – because even medical-grade sloppy fitting masks with gaps, leak 30% – 70% due to air gaps around the nose.

2. A well-fitting medical-grade mask can stop between 98% – 99.97% of the most infectious COVID fine aerosols, keeping our inhaled-COVID doses far below the 1000 fine aerosol Minimal Infective Dose level.

3. The slightest breeze or air movement from a fan easily blow-way – disperse-dilute the COVID fine aerosols from talking almost immediately to safe levels.. within just 3 feet, because the nastiest most-infectious COVID fine aerosols weigh just 10 femtograms to 2500 femtograms.
(1 femtogram = 1 millionth of a billionth of a gram).

This means with either a fan .. or a slight breeze … +plus 6 feet of distance, we can very safely enjoy time together slurping coffee or beer with friends… with out masks. 😉

4. It’s time to throw away all the cloth masks, now. Cloth masks require 12 – 16 layers of cloth to equal one medical grade mask – proving that cloth masks generally leak 70% = 7x times of the Minimal Infective Dose (MID) of the nastiest most-infectousl COVID fine aerosols, from people talking indoors.

https://research.unc.edu/2020/08/11/hospitals-turn-to-researchers-for-mask-efficacy-answers/?fbclid=IwAR286YZTI_BE2rAgZnDodHfoarWJUFr1-ZWzoQa4DDF3e65eK2pQkGlBLPs

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Note that the current COVID researchers are also confirming what Aerosol Scientist proved years ago, that the nastiest most-infectious COVID fine aersols from people talking, easily travel 20 ft indoors and persist highly-infectious … swiriling & circulating for over 3 hrs indoors:

Sadly, Fauci & the medical doctors have, until now, ignored the past 17 years of proven COVID research on how to stop COVID spread.

Is it finally time to ignore the “As SEEN on TV Medical Doctors” … and instead follow the proven science (like the Japanese nation) to finally beat COVID?

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-spreads-farther-six-feet-indoor-spaces-poor-ventilation/

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Yet more proven scientific realities on how to beat COVID:

Consider these 2019 scientific proofs – research reports that Fauci & Medical doctors ignored** (see below) … that COVID is spread primarily by people talking indoors without a WELL-FITTING N-95 or better medical grade mask.

Hand-washing & disinfecting things do nothing to stop the primary mode of transmission of COVID, since touch-smear-contact does NOT transfer anywhere near the 1000 Minimal Infective Dose (MID) needed to transmit COVID.

Why? … A full COVID sneeze contains only 3000 aerosol virus particulates total … 2900 of those virus particulates (big droplets) fall to the ground within 3 ft to 6 ft. … A person would have to scoop up 2/3’rd of the whole gooey sneeze, and swab all that mucous deep into their throat to infect themselves by touching things.

Meanwhile a person talking loud emits over 6000 highly-infectious easily-inhaled fine aerosols with just 5 minutes of talking indoors without a well fitting medical grade mask. The 6000 COVID infected fine aerosols swirl & circulate for over 3 hrs indoors… easily travelling up to 20 ft.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-38808-z

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It’s time for science-based people to stop saying that
… “It’s not yet clear how COVID is transmitted” …

The Japanese followed the science in January, and ignored the un-scientific low-educated US Medical doctors   & the Japanese ignored the WHO “diplomat” Doctors.   Instead the Japanese wisely insisted on near universal wearing of well-fitted medical grade masks by everyone … which worked to stop COVID, with no economically harmful lockdowns.

Note that by following 3 decades of proven science – aka wearing well-fitted medical-grade masks – Japan had NO lockdown, and Japan has had low low rates of COVID hospitalizations & low low death rates … So, the Japanese economy has been doing well, by universal medical-grade mask usage.

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The final nails in the coffin for all the bad “As SEEN on TV” medical doctor experts 7 months of non-scientific bad advice:

Notice.. ” coughing may produce up to 3000 droplet nuclei (2900 large droplets > 5 um), about the same number as talking with a moderate voice for five minutes.

Cole & Cook, 1998; … Fitzgerald & Haas, 2005; Tang et al., 2006 and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK143281/

and
Many studies have shown that people expel aerosol particles containing potentially infectious microorganisms during coughing, speaking, or breathing

Fabian et al. 2008
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4615563/#R6

Morawska et al. 2009;
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4615563/#R21

Stelzer-Braid et al. 2009;
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4615563/#R30

Lindsley et al. 2010;
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4615563/#R15

Fennelly et al. 2012
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4615563/#R7


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So … Can we all, please, get back to work … Get on with our lives … by following the last 3 decades of proven science on the dominant mode of transmissions of upper respiratory viruses … including 17 yrs of SARS & COVID research.

Can we please,   ignore all the failed non-scientific advice that the   “As SEEN on TV”   medical-doctors  keep repeating?
😉

Get a good well-fitting medical-grade mask … and    Enjoy life !

Dr. Steven Michael Fry
Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Aerosol Science, Medical Laboratory – Measurement Science, Public Health & Environment
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Post publication notes:
Time Magazine is now reporting the same things we have been saying since early May:
https://time.com/5883081/covid-19-transmitted-aerosols/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=editorial&utm_term=ideas_covid-19&linkId=98054292&fbclid=IwAR2z9bw0FDW1LKTkXGYb76sbD7PqVhyYrF5C2be1fC3Jxyg2Y40yvOBAN4c

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INM no longer approving Visitante Visa extensions for USA & Canada citizens

Some people on Facebook are complaining that the US rules supposedly restrict travel for gringos returning home to the USA.   Fortunately, they are wrong. 😉

Here’s the official word from the US Govt, June 21, 2020:
” US citizens are considered “Essential” travelers… “COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions across the U.S. Borders with Canada and Mexico

The United States will temporarily limit inbound land border crossings from Canada and Mexico to “essential travel”.

This action does not prevent U.S. citizens from returning home.

These restrictions are temporary and went into effect on March 21, 2020. They will remain in effect through 11:59 pm on July 21, 2020. This decision has been coordinated with the Governments of Mexico and Canada.

The following categories do not fall within the definition of “essential travel:”
Individuals traveling for tourism purposes, such as sightseeing, recreation, gambling, or attending cultural events in the United States.

Who is considered an “essential” traveler?

Citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the United States.
Individuals traveling for medical purposes (e.g., to receive medical treatment in the United States).

Individuals traveling to attend educational institutions.

Individuals traveling to work in the United States (e.g., individuals working in the agriculture industry who must travel between the United States and Canada or Mexico in furtherance of such work).

Individuals traveling for emergency response and public health purposes (e.g., government officials or emergency responders entering the United States to support federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial government efforts to respond to COVID-19 or other emergencies).

Individuals engaged in lawful cross-border trade (e.g., truck drivers supporting the movement of cargo between the United States and Canada and Mexico).

Individuals engaged in official government travel or diplomatic travel.”
Individuals engaged in military-related travel or operations.

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Chaac … Chaacob .. Maalobi ! … Let it Rain !

June 2, 2020

.. Chaac  … strikes the clouds with his lightning-ax !! …

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**The Chaacs … “Chaacob” … make it rain … and rain … and rain …

and … Yes … There were actually 4 different Chaacs … “Chaacob” !

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~ Chac Xib Chaac … “Red Man Chaac”
~ The Rain God of the East ~

(because our red sun rises in the East.)

~ Sak Xib Chaac … “The White Chaac of the North”

~ Ex Xib Chaac … “The Black Chaac of the West”
(The West … where the dark storm clouds form)

and finally
~ Kan Xib Chaac … “The Yellow Chaac of the South”.

Collectively, these were called the Chaacob
or Chaacs …

ALL HAIL CHAAC (s) !

Each of the four Chaacob had different roles:

Think about all the different story glyphs across the Mayab  (Maya lands)  describing how important Maya Kings held Fire Ceremonies:

One Chaac “takes the fire” …

A second Chaac “begins the fire“,

another “gives scope to the fire“,

and the final Chaac “puts out the fire”.

When the sacred fire was lit, Maya priests cast the hearts of sacrificial animals into the sacred fire …  and the four Chaac priests ultimately poured their jugs of water onto the sacred fire… to put out the flames.

Traditionally … this Chaac   “Fire Ceremony”   was performed twice each year
… Once in the dry season … Once in the wet season.

~       ~       ~       ~
Time for a Fire Ceremony !!
😉

Buffalo Lodge ~ Sacred Grandfathers ~ Sacred Fire Ceremony ~

Walk humbly …

Do justice …

~ Love all others ~

Mach-piye oyuspye miyeyelo

He ce tuyelo !

~       ~       ~       ~
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Flying During the COVID Crisis … Practical Ways to Minimize Risks

May 26, 2020

We’ve had 4 different people request advice on how to minimize COVID-19 risks when flying,    So, we did a bit of research about what scientific reports report on how to best reduce risks … including studies of which seats get the worst exposures to upper respiratory virus infections… focusing on SARS and Coronavirus infections.

1. Our biggest risk is inhaling highly-infectious fine aerosols from fellow passengers or Flight Attendants talking.   For that reason, we advise taking 2 superb medical grade masks on any the trip … in case you misplace one.

… See TalkingAerosols.com for details on superb medical grade masks.

2. Plan to sit in the middle of the plane … at a window seat … at the point farthest from the bathrooms.

Every single Public Health study, that measured viral exposures for upper respiratory viruses … (and even Tuberculosis by inhaling contaminated fine aerosols) … show that those window seats … middle of the plane …    farthest from the bathroom    get as much as 7X times lower exposures than the aisle seats close to the bathrooms.

Any aisle seat is undesirable, because of people walking by … leaining above you … spraying, breathing …. where lots of people keep walking to the bathrooms… WITHOUT MASKS… as the airlines ONLY require masks to get on the planes.

Yes… the airlines fear angry passengers getting violent with stewardesses on the planes if the Flight Attendants even asked politely that stressed passengers to put their mask back on… … SO EXPECT SOME PASSENGERS TO HAVE NO MASKS during the flight … per the latest official airline policies.

3. BE THE LAST PERSON ON THE PLANE … Sit in the gate area … 10 ft away from other people … 10 ft is the actual safe distance for being protected from plumes of the nastiest COVID infected aerosols.

… If you doubt this 10 ft rule, REMEMBER back to some smoker’s burning cigarette in the ashtray … the smoke moves out as a slow swirling plume … The nastiest fine COVID aerosols (from people talking) swirl slowly away from the talker … in plumes… over the next 3 hours after the infected-person talked … just like that old cigarette smoke swirls out slowly,  in plumes…

Weirdly … the CDC has assumed that the infectious COVID aerosols from talking … magically… move out from the infected-speaker … as a uniform mist… Strangely, by announcing just a 6 ft “Social Distancing” standard …  the CDC guys did not consider plumes of the nastiest COVID-contaminated aerosols swirling out at plumes,  from COVID-infected person talking.

Also, notice that the first person boarding onto the plane, sitting in a 1’st class aisle seat … where they have to experience EVERY SINGLE other entering passenger’s gunk … is the worst seat … at the worst time.

So… insist on that scientifically-proven-most-safe window seat far from the bathrooms … plus getting on the plane LAST … … and then sitting quietly till everyone else leaves …. truly does limit your exposures best.

4. Next consider the coughed-spit-sneezed- Ssss’s, T’ssss, popped Psss and Ch’s  by people standing over you (as you sit, trapped in your airline seat or restaurant seat  )… Those big droplets that we can see (not the fine invisible 1 um swirling ones) …. those big droplets spray out of everyone’s mouth when talking, coughing or sneezing … and they fall quickly in a curved downward path landing between 3 ft to 6 ft of the messy-speaker-cougher

That’s why Doctors & Nurses wear face shields for the big droplets plus a good medical grade filter-mask (for the invisible swirling highly*infectious mist inhaled aerosols)…. So … consider either a decent pair of safety glasses (I have two, designed especially for surgeons & EMTs … to stop the spray hazard) … or consider a face shield.

Then note that official lab safety glasses (with side shields) + mask are as good as mask + cheap face shield … and you only look ½ as geeky.
😉

5. So… we really do not want a flight attendant or any passenger standing over us… talking (spitting) directly down onto us… which is the second reason for the WINDOW seat … where no one even climbs over you. as even the best glasses or face shield do not stop everything.

and next…

6. HYDRATE, HYDRATE HYDRATE … because thin runny mucous is your best defense at your body (nose-throat-lung) mucous membranes catching & sweeping away any inhaled particulates or aerosols (drink enough till you urine is light straw colored in the bowl)…

7. Also …  take vitamin C at least 3 times a day … 125 mg per dose … because we pee out the morning Vitamin C pill by 12:00 noon … Vitamin C acts as a bodyguard molecule, to protect your key immune system compounds in your mucous membrane keeping them in top fighting condition.

Technical Details Here: https://yucalandia.com/2020/04/10/improved-coronavirus-covid-19-protection-by-consuming-vitamin-c/

8.   In addition to consuming sources of 125 mg of Vitamin C at least 3 – 4 times a day, consider sucking on Zinc lozenges while in the airports and during the flight.   There is some decent evidence that Zn bathing our throats can be effective at inhibiting the upper respiratory viruses reproduction .. (like SARS * COVID-19’s virus) .

9.   Have a good strong flow of HEPA cleaned air flowing past your face, when in your seat on the plane… Turn on your air flow jet, at your seat … to get a constant flow of fresh purified air … blowing away any of your neighbor’s swirling invisible COVID infected fine aerosols, so you do not contact them …. as the airlines now have HEPA filtered air on their HVAC systems…. So again … the constant breeze… blows any of the neighbors infected aerosols away from your face.

With the airlines running HEPA filters … and you getting on the airplane last … and you wearing a superb medical-grade mask that outperforms the N95 masks … and you sitting in a window seat (not being spit on)  … and you wearing professional medical eye protection … and you sitting far from the bathrooms …. and you having both your mucous membranes in top performance & immune system in top performance (hydrating, Vitamin C and Zinc)  ….

and yes… Wash your hands & use hand sanitizer … (worth doing to STOP BACTERIAL infections …  because touching things is the lowest source of COVID risks on airplanes) …

then …. If you have done all of that…. You’ve done your best to minimize your risks from flying.

Dr. Steven Michael Fry
Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Aerosol Science, Medical Laboratory – Measurement Science, Public Health & Environment ..

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COVID-19 … The Hidden Risks … aka: Why We need Superb Medical-Grade Masks.

May 13, 2020

COVID-19 Public Health Notice:
A few thoughts for all the people using ordinary cloth masks … and even N95 masks.**

Remember … The bacteria & fungi have a big banquet, feasting on the dead skin, greasy gunky sebum, etc. trapped in ordinary cloth masks …

–  as so many people keep putting that bacteria & sebum-contaminated cloth … back onto their lips.

woman in face mask

Why mention this?
Some people have asked if modern, high-tech surgical barrier cloth masks might be a significant disease transmitters, like other cloth masks ?? … They imagined a medical-grade, teflon-treated surgical barrier cloth mask …. might require extreme special handling – of supposedly never touching the inside surface of the mask with your fingers .. never touching the inside part of the mask … that we put our lips on …

They also asked if they supposedly needed to use sterile procedures to handle … & carefully store masks in a sterile bag between uses.

Fortunately … They are thinking of normal cloth that absorbs & holds lots of gunk … and they’re forgetting that high-tech modern surgical barrier-cloth masks have a special hospital-proven ~teflon~ coating. (Hospitals reliably wash & rewash surgical barrier cloth scrubs & masks over 40 times.)

medical workers in masks

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Notice that in contrast to modern, medical-grade, teflon-coated masks … all the other ordinary cloth masks get wet & nasty from our breath … nasty from all the 10,000’s of embedded dead skin cells … nasty & funky from all the bacteria & fungi growing in the cloth from the greasy sebum from our pores.

Bacteria & fungi multiply on dirty cloth, paper & N95 masks … while on a teflon-coated high-tech medical-grade mask … they die.

Sadly … Ordinary cloth masks hold lots of both dead skin & oily sebum, plus 10’s of millions of nasty microbes, even after washing, unless you bleach the crap out of them How many people soak their  ordinary cloth … for over 10 minutes in 1 part bleach in 2 parts water to make it fit to touch our mouths ?

Sadly .. 5 decades of testing prove that all the N95, paper, & cloth masks HOLD microscopic DIRT, 10,000’s of dead skin cells and lots of gunky sebum from our pores, regardless of how we wash them. … That’s why the official rule is:
Use them once, and throw them away … **

In contrast … the modern teflon-treated professional medical-grade … high tech … surgical barrier cloth masks are specifically designed to easily & completely release all that dirt, oil, sebum & dead skin (from wearing them) … They easily come clean, when we wash them in simple dish soap … and … High-tech, teflon-coated surgical barrier cloth masks are intentionally designed to be fully bleachable with normal ordinary disinfection protocols for slick materials …   Gently handwash up to 70 times in dish soap …  Then soak for 10 minutes in ½ tsp of bleach in ½ cup of water for disinfection.

So, just like our silverware washes clean in dish soap,
making silverware safe to put in your mouth… Instead, think of your ordinary cloth mask like the   dirty dish cloth … that becomes a funky funky microbe jungle … over even short times.

and YES… ordinary cloth holds so many dead skin cells & greasy bacterial-laden sebum … that when the ordinary cloth mask touches our lips & mouth … then that contaminated cloth seeds that our mouth with nasty bacteria & fungi …

So…
Anyone who has a paper or cloth mask needs to bleach the living-crap out of them … after every use.

… 1 part bleach to 2 parts water is the accepted formula for killing virulent bacteria & fungi growing in organic materials on laboratory counters to make them fit to eat off of … as the WHO guidelines order 5,000 ppm bleach for cleaning an already clean lab bench that has had contact with organic contamination like saliva or sebum-oily dead skin residues …

** or …. just throw the ordinary cloth mask … away …

** just like hospitals … throw away all the nasty paper masks after every single use.

**and yes, N95 masks are supposed to be thrown away after every use, due to those same nasty contamination problems.

Dr. Steven Michael Fry
Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Aerosol Science, Medical Laboratory Science … Public Health & Environment

… Read-on, MacDuff …

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Latest COVID-19 Updates … Practical Solutions to Get our Lives Back on Track

May 10, 2020

One of the peculiar benefits of a crisis is that our very talented scientific community springs into action, doing fine research in very short times.

This report includes the best of recent research, blended with the last 17 yrs of superb scientific work on exactly how COVID-19 is spread … and how to protect ourselves & our loved ones.

There’s good summary article, published by a decent biologist, that’s a pretty quick read … but as you read it, notice that the biologist-author is missing 4 key pieces.

https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them?fbclid=IwAR3_zcjumrT1a1EZP4vzbAWVQYL7sYXeFI8V6sNViICyL5c57NFUqNEhymQ

The author’s 4 critical missing pieces:
1.   Talking is the biggest generator of the highest-risk, most infectious COVID-19 fine aerosols.    Notice that just 5 minutes of talking   in an indoor space    contaminates the area with highly-contagious invisible mists of much higher levels of the nastiest COVID-contaminated fine aerosols    than the author reports as a problem.

Notice that just 5 minutes of normal talking emits 26 COVID-coughs worth of the nastiest COVID-aerosol … while loud talking emits    104 COVID-coughs worth    of the most-infectious,  highest-risk  fine aerosols* ….

sneezed droplets

*The nastiest COVID aerosols are less than 5 um diameter … with special focus on the 2.5 um size range aerosols that    evade   (get  around & through)   most masks  … smaller than 3 um aerosols … the most easily inhaled particles,   inspired with every breath  … including those nastiest  2.5 um COVID aerosols get stuck deep in out throats & lungs..

Infected people talking …  indoors … especially in public spaces … need to wear    superb medical grade masks    to protect others from their talking-emitted highly infectious COVID aerosols.

Mask Anne Marie

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-38808-z

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The second critical piece that the author is missing

Those highest-risk, most-infectious COVID fine aerosols float & swirl & circulate for another 4 – 5 hours in the room … invisibly slowly spreading out to 20 ft from the talker. …. This sounds terrifying … but dilution & masks are our friends.**

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/926929?src=soc_fb_200318_mscpedt_news_mdscp_surfaces&faf=1&fbclid=IwAR0qurgUYs9cIIfEl77YB_L5Sx-nqw4MvvMuF2m1Ejwn43fGXvI9DrDBmkU

Notice that when we combine the results & facts from the 1’st research article,  (see the Nature article above), combined with this article,    we see that just 7 minutes of a loud talker,   contaminates the indoor space around him   with over highly-infectious 10,000 fine aerosols    => equal to 104 COVID-coughs worth of the nastiest fine aerosols.

Then notice that the author   (of the summary article above)    points out that that it is believed that    inhaling just 1000 of these highly-infectious  aerosols    are estimated to be enough to infect even a healthy person.

Also notice that the CDC knows these things … and have been quietly ordering US doctors & hospitals:
“In general, only essential personnel should enter the room of patients with COVID-19. … in full PPE protection “

After discharge, terminal cleaning   (of patient rooms)   may be performed by only EVS personnel.

…. They should    ~delay entry~    into the room   ~ until a sufficient time has elapsed for enough air changes ~  (strong ventilation) ~  to remove infectious airborne particles. ~

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/infection-control-faq.html?fbclid=IwAR1NQJggHqCT67p7BktJU8ZPadj4zEVbxllNRwYBJC8aDQCAw7GWe2swc6o

Conclusions?
We need EFFECTIVE useful approaches… NOW…

Note … Ordinary cloth masks are proven to  NOT work … Home-made cheap masks … and other non-medical masks do NOT work … because they can leak over ~100 COVID-coughs ~ worth of the highest risk, most-infectious aerosols… with every breath we inhale.

We & our loved ones need superb medical-grade masks now… with N99 to N100 filtering protection …

Check out   TalkingAerosols.com ( https://talkingaerosols.com/ )  for details on some superb … washable 70 times .. teflon-treated … special surgical barrier cloth … medical-grade masks …

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The last  missing  points?
The quality of your mask makes a huge difference … Think medical grade masks … versus flat masks (modestly sealing)   …   versus homemade masks.

Notice that most masks leak 35% – 40% of those nastiest fine aerosols … while the home-made masks typically leak 70%.

This gives the non-medical grade masked people    standing just outside the 6 ft “Social Distancing” radius of the COVID infected loud talker … get a dose of 1 full COVID cough of the nastiest fine aerosols   from just 5 minutes of breathing in  the loud talker’s invisible highly-infectious aerosols.

and yes… This can happen in  every Uber,   every grocery store line,   every bank line with every breath inhaling a COVID-cough aerosol equivalent contaminated air, through cheap masks.

http://emag.directindustry.com/filtration-leakage-counterfeit-how-to-make-sure-a-ffp2-n95-respirator-offers-the-right-protection-covid-19-virus/

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**Time, Dilution and superb medical-grade MASKS are our friends …

When we step into the space where the infected-talker was talking, (like in the Uber) … or his spot in the tienda … we start inhaling his 10,000 most-infectious fine aerosols …

but his invisible mists of 10,000 of the most-infectious COVID fine aerosol linger indoors & only-slowly swirl-circulate out (indoors)… filling that “Social Distancing” 1.5 m distance … leaving an invisible cloud that can give us a 5 minute inhaled dose of 2 full COVID-coughs (due to uneven distributions).

But … as his infected  invisible  mists slowly swirl out even further … our inhaled doses of COVID’s nastiest aerosols  fall dramatically.

Fortunately … even after 7 minutes of the loud-infected talker spewing the nastiest COVID-contaminated aerosols …   when we increase the distance … increasing from Social Distance’s 1.5 m,     instead to   3 m (10 ft) … then our inhaled dose   falls dramatically to just   0.1   COVID-cough’s worth of  highly-infectious aerosols inhaled by us …

Why is inhaling just 0.1 COVID-cough worth of aerosols important?
The gold standard of virology is a 1,000 fold reduction of significant risks.
Notice that following a 10 ft rule for distance, reduces that risk by 1,000 fold versus inhaling all the most infectious fine aerosols of a single cough.

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Why wear a superb mask?
Because we cannot see the nastiest invisible mists, left behind for hours, by the COVID-infected talker…. notice that a good superbly-sealing medical grade mask … reduces that inhaled dose of the nastiest COVID aerosols … to a harmless 0.02 COVID-cough dose of fine aerosols.

medical workers in masks

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Inside vs Outside … and   the Benefits of SPRING-TIME !
Now do we see why New Yorkers … cooped-up inside over-crowded buildings … 10 – 15 people sharing a bathroom …  crowded New Yorkers,  stuck INSIDE, breathing all the bad re-circulated air … due to wintertime …

Do we now understand why New Yorkers have  had the absolute WORST COVID-19 problems?

Now that it’s slowly becoming SPRING … we can all get OUTSIDE … We can get out of the immune-system compromising … dry-dry heated air … or get-out of the dry dry heavily air-conditioned air …

GET OUTSIDE, where even the slightest breezes rapidly dilute-out ALL COVID-aerosols.

GET OUTSIDE … where where  Nature’s  higher natural humidity    keeps our critical first-defense mucous membranes nicely runny … because thin-runny mucous traps the nastiest most-infectious COVID fine aerosols, and our cilia ~ sweeper-cells ~ covering our lung & throat lining cells … are able to sweep the COVID-19 contaminated aerosols up out of our throat & lungs, to fall into the epiglottis … to be destroyed by our stomach acid.

https://yucalandia.com/2020/04/10/fighting-coronavirus-covid-19-protection-by-staying-well-hydrated-our-first-line-of-defense/

and

Eating Enough Vitamin C to Keep Your Immune System at Peak Efficiency
During times of stress … and during Coronavirus spreading .. We need a daily consumption of 500 mg – 1000 mg. total of vitamin C … split into at least four (4) … 125 mg doses …. each about 4 hours apart.

Taking a single Vitamin C supplement pill in the morning just doesn’t work, because we   pee out   the breakfast Vitamin C dose, just 4 hrs after eating it.

500 mg – 1,000 Vit. C a day is necessary during stressful times to protect our already stress compromised immune system,  intentionally eating  higher levels of Vit. C throughout the day … to protect our highly-important immune compounds ~ our body’s best responses that fight Coronaviruses …

By taking enough Vit. C throughout the day,  the Vitamin C acts as  “body-guard” molecules   throughout your body   to protect critical   antibodies & lymphokines, +plus protecting our Immune System defense cells: Macrophages,   Killer-T Cells (T-Lymphocytes),    Dendritic Cells,    White Blood Cells (Basophils & Eosinophiles)

Vitamin C  “body-guards” protect  our key defensive immune-system components … freeing them to attack and destroy the Coronaviruses trapped in our mucous   …

Bodyguards
See this article to read    what to eat … and how much … to get superb doses of Vitamin C.

https://yucalandia.com/2020/04/10/improved-coronavirus-covid-19-protection-by-consuming-vitamin-c/

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Now do we see how so many people on Cruse Ships … and on Aircraft Carriers .. get infected. .. and on airplanes … where the air is recirculated & pumped around us, over and over and over … ?

USS Roosevelt

Yet … WITH a superb well-sealing medical-grade mask .. we inhale a harmless dose of just 0.002 COVID coughs by inhaling 5 minutes of contaminated-air when 10 ft from the infected loud-talker.

SO…. to reduce your risks to just 0.002 COVID coughs … for even 5 minutes of breathing in infected-indoor spaces

GET A GOOD medical-grade mask … that protects you on every inhalation.
😉

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Dr. Steven Michael Fry
Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Aerosol Science, Medical Laboratory – Measurement Science, Public Health & Environment

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/926929?src=soc_fb_200318_mscpedt_news_mdscp_surfaces&faf=1&fbclid=IwAR0qurgUYs9cIIfEl77YB_L5Sx-nqw4MvvMuF2m1Ejwn43fGXvI9DrDBmkU#vp_2

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Read on,    MacDuff ! … 

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Don’t Mark Your Calendars … Don’t Look to the Heavens …. You ~Won’t~ see a Truly Occult Event …

April 18, 2020

SATURDAY … in the park …

MAY 16 … 2020

Mark your calendars for a really fun event … to  enjoy … as millions of people will be out looking into  sky..    trying to see … ~this~ … faux News … imagined image.

BASED ON A BBC REPORT:
Fun hoaxers are claiming that on May 16, 2020 … Venus, Jupiter and a crescent Moon will   ~ magically~   align and look like a smiling face looking down on us,  it’s supposed to be a “quite a rare astronomical phenomenon”   … and that it’s even hoak-ily called an occultation .

Can you say …  “Fake News” ?

Why?  …. Venus, Jupiter and the Moon will be in entirely different parts of the night sky on May 16, 2020.

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The worst lies are embroidered with lots of details … to suck people in.
It did not happen in 2008 … nor is it an occultation.   (Occultations are defined as when one celestial object is hidden by another.)


REAL Occultations
   are a fun kind of celestial event … like when the moon is positioned between Earth and Venus –   with Jupiter lurking in the background …

If it does happen at some point…
you might see  one eye being  …  more twinkly …   than the other.**
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Real Science…

** ~ Why   could  ~ “one eye   be    more twinkly    than the other ~  ???

It’s due to regular    “wavy” … rhythmic … partial-thermal lensing effects    in our sky’s atmosphere,   ( not due to the inherently-random “turbulence” that Lucy’s & Physicists incorrectly insist on ) …

Instead …. Think   wavy    rhythmic    atmospheric air molecules,    dancing,     waving … between you & far-off dim Jupiter.

Yes … Physicists & other theoretical    Know-it All’s … love parrot the old saw:

Only stars twinkle …

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Lucy bossing people
Just like Lucy …  older brothers… and older sisters …  & physicists …
abusing   their perpetually-younger brothers   … like Linus  …

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All the   Lucy’s   of the world …  love to   ~proudly ~ announce:
“Planets do not twinkle … ”

and  then,   they opine …

… THAT’s how you can tell the difference between a planet and a star …

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But just like   bossy-Lucy   …   insisting that everybody   must believe    what she imagines …

Instead …
In the real world …  (versus  artificial  Physics-land ) …
People who actually look at the sky,

…. Know     that some planets    twinkle   

despite what years of Know-It-Alls  have told us about “Stars twinkle … Planets don’t

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Why?

Why look for Jupiter “winking” at us … on May 16’th  ??

When   Jupiter   & Saturn    lie lower in our skies … nearer the horizon …      rhythmic partial-thermal lensing   (NOT random-turbulence)  … rhythmic partial-lensing   from rising warm air   in our atmosphere … briefly   deflects   (re-directs)    the dim light rays from Jupiter & Saturn     off to other angles    …  for the person next to you see …

Heat rippling over asphalt road
Rhythmic partial thermal lensing (due to rising heated air)   moving the light beams

…  is  exactly  the same as watching the “heat waves”  ripple in the air … above a hot asphalt road …   that bends & distorts … and ripples what we see ….

So  yes,     Charlie Brown …
It is sometimes  best    to ignore     the loud-bossy  Lucy’s  of the world …

because what think you see … might actually be real …

regardless of what Lucy is telling you.

…  Because  rhythmic    partial-thermal-lensing    … by hot rising air …

… doesn’t even need a hot-asphalt road …    to create a little wonder & mystery …

heat riplling bridge


and yes … Linus …

That   “twinkling”  effect     from warm air    rhythmically  gyrating  the light we see    is not       the random, swirling  “turbulence” that Physicists, Engineers & other Lucy’s  insist on    …

Instead,  there are many kinds of  various real wold events….    that real scientists enjoy … including    rhythmic  partial-thermal lensing ….   and         twinkly   PLANETS   !!
😉

Dr.  Steven M. Fry
Ph.D.  Spectroscopy …   aka    The Science of Light … 

Read on, MacDuff …

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