Coronavirus Update … How to avoid or prevent your most risky exposures.



April 9, 2020

Is anyone wondering why the WHO advice and CDC advice has not been slowing the Coronavirus Pandemic spread? …. It’s because the medical doctor-politicians   have been ignoring the biggest factor … ignoring the most common form of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Corona virus … invisible infectious mists of fine aerosols … from talking
… Highly infectious mists of fine aerosols … swirling .. floating for hours inside rooms … just from 1 asymptomatic spreader talking … slowly moving a meter … then out to 3 m,   then 6 m … and finally 9 meters … filling your local bank office, kitchen, mini-mart’s rooms   … Waiting for you to enter …
as the   toxic mists  from asymptomatic spreader-talkers & symptomatic talkers… lurk for hours … highly infectious. … Because those mists of the most infectious aerosols  ~ignore~  the CDC’s … “Social Distancing” rule.

The   ≤ 1 μm  fine aerosols  from talking  do not     “fall” down to the ground …. They weigh less than  100 femtograms …   so … They float & swirl & circulate for at least 4 – 5 hours …  and they remain hazardous~infectious with 90% viral loads beyond 3 hours….

0.0000000000001 g = 100 femtograms…  => an aerosol so fine, that it barely evaporates, even after hours of swirling around inside a room

These fine aerosols are so small    & so-easily   sucked  deep into our throat & lungs   by our normal breathing ,   that if you have  any  leaks  or gaps around your mask  (5% leakage for N95 masks   and 40%  leakage for cheap flat masks … and 70% leakage for home-made masks) ,  then these tiniest,   invisible,    most-infectious,    highest-risk  aerosols   are swept around your mask … through your cheap mask  … and DEEP into your throat & lungs…

Consider how we panic    over just one 1 cough  …. while a cough has just 60 of these fine aerosols…

While 5 min of normal-volume talking    by a person without a mask … produces  104  coughs  worth of these most infectious aerosols…   1500 Fine Aerosol Particulates   for just 5 min of talking…

Our vibrating vocal cords are superb aerosol generators … and the Asymptomatic Spreader’s   THROAT is putting-out peak amounts of virus     during the 2 days   before   symptoms  appear… dumping that throat virus-loaded mucous right  onto our vocal cord    fine-aerosol generators.

Note that these nastiest aerosols   swirl & spread   like mist … fog … slowly circulating out to 30 ft from the talker … CONTAMINATING a room for the next 4 – 5 hours…

Did anybody reading this notice that    Social Distancing    is DOES NOT WORK … not at all

… because these worst aerosols   travel-swirl   20 – 30 feet from the talker …  and the persist in a room … filling the room with contaminated infectious droplets  …. circulating highly infectious for 4 – 5 hours … AND MOST MASKS DO NOT PROTECT AGAINST THEM…

Most masks leak too much … leaking in 4000 of the nastiest fine aerosols per 10,000 aerosols from an asymptomatic spreader –  loud talker …  who WAS IN THE ROOM 3 HOURS AGO…

Now, do we understand why compulsive hand washing,     ~bleach spraying everything~  and    “Social Distancing”   are not working …   They’re the wrong solution – that don’t work for this Coronavirus problem  ….  Instead,

Get a good mask!

The “95”    in the N95 masks … means it leaks    500  of the worst nasty aerosols out of just 10,000 particulates ….  INSTEAD   A GOOD mask … made of surgical barrier cloth … like an N100 mask only leaks in     3 fine aerosols per 10,000 …   and yes,  our immune systems & respiratory mucous membranes   EASILY HANDLE   3  fine aerosols…

So on a relative scale,  your N95 mask is leaking 500 contaminated   most-infectious    aerosols, out of 10,000   ( 8 COVID-coughs worth )   … while a good surgical barrier cloth mask leaks only 3 particulates…

To protect your family & friends …
Open the attached diagrams … read them carefully…      and consider ordering some masks

Sincerely,
The Good Doctor Fry
TGDF~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~

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

and yes… I did 3 yrs of aerosol science work … generating & wrangling & measuring these exact kinds of aerosol droplets – particulates… 😉

NEXT …  Spend some time with the crude-but fun diagrams below  … comparing the #’s of droplets,  … how long they last (3 – 5 hrs – virulent) …  How they threaten all our workers who work inside  & medical personnel … to see why the CDC’s efforts have failed.


~ And then … Enjoy your favorite bevvie  … out on the patio … with a good friend.~
Talking Aerosols - 1Talking Aerosols - 2
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Talking Aloud for 5 minutes Creates Far Far More of the Highest Risk Aerosols:Soft talking for just 5 minutes =>   750 fine aerosol droplets
…. equals => 12 mouth-uncovered coughsNormal talking for just 5 min. => 1500 fine aerosol droplets
      … equals =>25 mouth-uncovered coughs

LOUD talking for 5 min. => 6,000 fine aerosol droplets
      …equals => 100 uncovered coughs

The Super-Spreader people >= spew 15,000 fine aerosols

… equal to 250 uncovered-mouth coughs … in just 5 min of talking.

 

Those 750   or 1500    or 6000    fine aerosol droplets float around inside rooms …  for over 3 hours  … remaining  highly infectious the whole 3 hrs.

The Good Doctor Fry

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

Read on, MacDuff …

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How to Keep Yourself Safe from COVID-19 ~ SARS-CoV-2



March 29, 2020

Why have CDC & WHO been unable to control the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus disease?

Ironically, the cause of the real problem (roughly 95% of cases) has been know for the last 3 months by scientists …

The real threat is airborne floating aerosols… from talking.  Our vocal cords vibrate vigorously when we talk … flipping off 100’s to 10,000’s of tiny tiny fine aerosol droplets (1 um & smaller) … go out our mouths … and float in the air … highly infectious … for at least 3 hours when trapped inside rooms…  sneezed droplets

“Asymptomatic Spreaders”
Think:  COVID-19 infected people, walking around talking … with no symptoms … while their throats are making the PEAK amounts of SARS-CoV-2 virus, during the last 2 days before symptoms.

For comparison …
1 cough = 60 fine high risk droplets

Talking Aloud for 5 minutes Creates Far Far More of the Highest Risk Aerosols:

Soft talking for just 5 minutes =>   750 fine aerosol droplets
…. equals => 12 mouth-uncovered coughs

Normal talking for just 5 min. => 1500 fine aerosol droplets
      … equals =>25 mouth-uncovered coughs

LOUD talking for 5 min. => 6,000 fine aerosol droplets
      …equals => 100 uncovered coughs

Those 750   or 1500    or 6000    fine aerosol droplets float around inside rooms …  for over 3 hours  … remaining  highly infectious the whole 3 hrs.
What Can we Do?
Wear a mask when inside public places… Have conversations without masks when outside, where the wind blows away your fine aerosols from talking (dilution) …

Then consider the special 1 in 50 people
who are … “Super-emitters/Super-Spreaders”

The Super-Spreader people >= spew 15,000 fine aerosols

equal to 250 uncovered-mouth coughs … in just 5 min of talking.

 

Think about all those invisible floating droplets … when walking into an OXXO…. or a combi … or any small enclosed space…. because the fine aerosol droplets slowly float, swirl & circulate between 6 meter – 9 meters …  filling an OXXO … for the next 3 hours … with the worst, riskiest highly-contagious aerosols …    so small that they are inhaled deeply into our throats –  slipping around all masks with leaks…

Now do we understand why CDC’s & WHO’s advice to NOT wear masks… is exactly why Coronavirus has spread so quickly in the USA ?

Fortunately,  all the facts above have been known by scientists, from 2 years ago to 16 yrs ago,   by reading ALL the very good scientific research done on SARS-CoV-1.

Read the details at these websites:
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-38808-z

 

Aerosol emission and superemission during human speech increase with voice loudness

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

and

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


~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~


The Good Doctor Fry
Dr. Steven Michael Fry

Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Aerosol Science, Measurement Science, Public Health & Environment

Read on, MacDuff …
**If you need a mask.. read the comments below.

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Time to up your COVID-19 Corona Virus Game

March 29, 2020
Have you considered   why   all our our efforts. and our authorities’ efforts are  not  working to stop the spread of COVID-19 ?

Can you imagine being able to see   the invisible aerosols   that we sneeze-out, cough &     spray while talking?

How would you act, if you saw that the person just 1.5 m away from you … was spraying 1,500   ~highly infectious~   fine aerosol droplets … floating ~ swirling invisible … circulating out … up to 30 feet … as clouds of 1 micron (um) droplets … from just 5 minutes of talking …

How would you    change your ways   if you saw those clouds of 1 um   ~highly infectious~  fine aerosols …  50 COVID-coughs worth – up to 117 COVIID-coughs were being   BREATHED IN  … with every breath   … by everyone   within 10 feet … even those wearing simple      home-made    masks …    up to 5 hours … after the infected-person left the building ?

How would you   change your ways … If you saw that those  clouds of ~highly infectious~  fine invisible floating aerosols … were STILL in the room … 3 hours later …

Floating,  swirling as each person walks by …  infectious for 3 hrs …  swirling & circulating    inside the room    for a full 3 hours …  Lurking … waiting… invisible     for people WITHOUT MASKS   to walk in,   and   breath them deep into their lungs.

Does     ” Social Distancing ”    still sound like   ‘THE Solution’ **

…  when a LOUD TALKER    who is shedding shocking amounts of Coronavirus into their throats …. in the 2 days BEFORE symptoms … peak  amounts of SARS-CoV-2 virus into their throats … in the mucous …  ON THEIR buzzing vibrating VOCAL CORDS … spewing out    up to 15,000   highly-infectious   fine aerosols

in just 5 minutes of talking…

Now … Do we see why the Coronavirus keeps spreading…. ?

because all the months of CDC  and ” As SEEN on … TV ”   Talking Head  ‘experts’ … (aka Medical doctors) … do NOT know   Aerosol Science    nor    airborne virus transmission ….

because all the months of CDC  and ” As SEEN on … TV ”   Talking Head  ‘experts’ … (aka Medical Doctors) … advice on

~ Hand Washing … Gel …  bleaching EVERYTHING…  and “Social Distancing”  … are basically TOTALLY ineffective … at stopping or protecting us     from the PRIMARY COVID-19 risks  … from    invisible aerosols   from TALKING

… moving out 30 ft … for 5 hrs … indoors…

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All the HANDWASHING in the WORLD … does not protect you     at all    from breathing in     those 1,500 – 15,000 fine    highly-infected aerosols    floating infectious, circulating around inside a room … from just 5 minutes of talking    by someone who was there   3 hrs  before you arrived…

ONLY a good mask … that blocks, stops, catches    all those 1,500 – 15,000 tiny fine TALKED aerosols … each weigh just 0.0000000000005 grams … so they do NOT fall onto counters or clothing like the big majority of coughed & sneezed droplets…

This means    just 5 minutes of TALKING    not only generates as many total droplets as an open cough ….  TALKING      generates 25X times more  of those   dangerous fine aerosols that we   breath   in     with every breath …

~  25X more highly infectious fine aerosols  …. than an open cough  … from normal volume talking ~      that linger     lurk     circulating in the room for the last 3 hours…

~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~

**Social Distancing does help protect you from the big heavy spitted droplets from messy talkers,  from coughs & sneezes ….    but     Social distancing of 1.5 meters puts you RIGHT IN THE TARGET ZONE    of the Corona virus talker’s fine highly-infectious aerosol clouds….

sneezed droplets

SO … Either stay home …**    or

Only talk with other people in slightly breezy conditions     OUTSIDE   where the fine aerosols are    quickly  blown  away … diluted out …  to harmless levels..

or

WEAR A GOOD MASK … with proven N-95 materials    … a mask that seals well …

to protect yourself … and others ….  from the  clouds   of highly infectious   fine aerosols    spewed by talkers…

A good mask …. Protecting you    as you walk through the grocery store …. from those   1500   fine aerosols … floating around infectious     from the previous 3 hrs of people talking in   that  area    that you just walked into…

and yes… There are   YEARS of good aerosol science    and  high quality virology work     that prove these    troubling realities:

**Coronavirus Incubation Times & Times to onset of symptoms:
March 17, 2020
Source:University of Massachusetts AmherstSummary:
A new study calculates that the median incubation period for COVID-19 is just over 5 days and that 97.5% of people who develop symptoms will do so within 11.5 days of infection.

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The Science behind the   Coronavirus Spread by Talking   Problem:
The scientific Aerosol Science results are conclusive:

“1.   The particle emission rate during speech is linearly correlated with the amplitude (loudness) of vocalization, for four different languages tested.

2. The particle size distribution is   independent   of vocalization loudness or language spoken.

3.   Some individuals (…. the mysterious  Super Spreaders  of Coronavirus …)    emit particles at a rate more than an order of magnitude larger (10 times more)  than their peers,    i.e., they behave as “speech superemitters.”

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

Notice GRAPH “D”
Loud talkers make 4X times more fine   high-risk   aerosols than soft talkers …    Normal volume talkers   making 2X times  more fine high-risk  aerosols   than a soft talker.

Figure 3

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 Aerosol emission and superemission during human speech increase with voice loudness


Figure 2

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The next article describes how long Corona virus lasts on surfaces, and in the air…

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, has quickly outstripped the pace of the 2003 SARS epidemic. “Superspread” of the earlier disease arose from infection during medical procedures, in which a single infected individual seeded many secondary cases. In contrast, the novel coronavirus appears to be spread more through human-to-human transmission in a variety of settings.

HOW LONG DOES THE Coronavirus hang around in our homes?
(Scientists) found that SARS-CoV-2   (in fine 1 um aerosols)   was largely stable through the full 180-minute test,    with only a slight decline at 3 hours.

The researchers then tested the viruses on a variety of surfaces for up to 7 days, using humidity values and temperatures designed to mimic “a variety of household and hospital situations.” The volumes of viral exposures that the team used were consistent with amounts found in the human upper and lower respiratory tracts.”

The novel coronavirus was most stable on plastic and stainless steel, with some virus remaining viable up to 72 hours (3 days).    However, by that time the viral load had fallen by about three orders of magnitude,

Scientists found   “the two viruses (SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2)    differed in staying power on copper and cardboard.    No viable SARS-CoV-2 was detectable on copper after 4 hours      or on cardboard after 24 hours.  … “

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

and

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/926929?src=soc_fb_200318_mscpedt_news_mdscp_surfaces&faf=1&fbclid=IwAR0qurgUYs9cIIfEl77YB_L5Sx-nqw4MvvMuF2m1Ejwn43fGXvI9DrDBmkU#vp_2
~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~

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Practical Considerations for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Risk Reduction

March 26, 2020 Updates:
IF YOU GET A FEVER … with dry coughing & or sneezing. DO NOT GO OUT … Wear a surgical mask to catch your contagious sneezed-coughed aerosol droplets to protect your loved-ones around you.  Have someone start disinfecting the things you all touch.**

CALL the Yucatan State’s Departamento de Salud SPECIAL line for people with COVID-19 symptoms … 1-800 YUCATAN … 800 – 982 – 2826   ….   website: http://salud.yucatan.gob.mx/2020/03/coronavirus-aviso-para-viajeros/

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TODAY’s FUN FUN Updates ! 
3/26/20
It’s …. ” ~  Clearing up MISCONCEPTIONs Day !   ~ 

Misconception #1:
Coronavirus (or any upper respiratory virus) is   somehow   magically  handled  like in the same ways you protect yourself from the “24 hr flu”  (aka bacterial food poisoning) …  imagining that Coronavirus is somehow   magically   like protecting yourself from Salmonella,   fecal coliforms (pooh bacteria),   Campylobacter,   Listeria   and other FOOD CONTAMINANTS …  Fortunately … Coronovirus is completely different from bacteria … and the ways you protect yourself are very different from defeating GI-pathogenic  bacteria.

Why?
Coronavirus DOES NOT REPLICATE on a surface …. It just slowly degrades ~ dies .  So time is on your side….  as the viruses outside our mouth, throad & lungs … dry-out & die out !   … over time.  … Time is on your side !


Table of SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus Median Half-Life Times on Surfaces

Surface SARS-CoV-2 (hr) SARS-CoV-1 (hr)
Copper 3.4 3.76
Cardboard 8.45 1.74
Steel 13.1 9.77
Plastic 15.9 17.7

Notice that it takes 4 half lives for 94% of the viruses to die off…. and just  6 half lives for a 98.5% of a virus to die off…   Just 1.5 out of 1000 viruses are alive after 6 x Half Life …   Fortunately … at those low levels … the small amounts of remaining viruses (after 4 – 6 half lives)  are very unlikely to be able to infect a healthy person, even if they touch the contaminated surface  … and IMMEDIATELY stick their finger in their  eye, nose, or mouth…

That’s why     wearing even a simple paper mask    can BREAK THE CHAIN of infection …  because even the simple mask BLOCKS the finger-lickers & booger-pickers   from sticking their fingers into their noses, and mouths. … and the simple paper mask catches the sneezed-droplets     ~launched at 220 mph~ … & it catches the cough launched-droplets at 60 mph … and catches our spitted-droplets from talking (pppp’s,,, ttt’s,  ssss’s ,  fffff’s )

because 5 minutes of talking spews out the same 3000 droplets that a cough launches…
😉

Misconception #2:

Viruses    magically   reproduce & grown on surfaces,  like Bacteria …

Reality… Viruses do NOT grow on surfaces … They  die   on surfaces.

So why do the CDC & WHO talk so much this past years about cleaning surfaces?
Notice that BACTERIA, like salmonella, fecal coliforms, et al … DO grow and reproduce on surfaces …  living & expanding over time on surfaces…   while viruses just slowly dry out and die on a surface  … dead in 4 hrs on copper, 24 hrs on cardboard (cloth etc),   and 2 – 3 days on plastic, steel & tile …

Then realize that the cleaning methods are DIFFERENT for Bacteria vs Coronavirus.
…. Bacteria are not really harmed much by soap …   while SOAP DESTROYS Coronavirus … and TIME destroys Coronavirus.

Educate yourself on the KEY DIFFERENCES ….
Corona virus is spread by SNEEZES, COUGHS, & TALKED viruses …sprayed aerosols of SPIT & SNOT …  spread by people NOT wearing their little paper masks…. Wearing a mask, catches your  5 minutes of aerosol spit droplets from talking, that equals one COUGH…

3,000 spit droplets from talking for just 5 minutes IS primarily HOW THE CORONAVIRUS is spread by the people who are COVID-19 infected but have no symptoms…

WEAR A MASK … when around others … because you don’t want your ppp’s & bbb’s & tttt’s & ssss’s   sprayed droplets floating around for hours…

~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~

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Among patients infected with SARS-CoV-2, viral loads in the upper respiratory tract are high; as a consequence, respiratory secretion in the form of aerosols (<5 μm) or droplets (>5 μm) is likely, the authors note.
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/926929?src=soc_fb_200318_mscpedt_news_mdscp_surfaces&faf=1&fbclid=IwAR3iAooxQu5JmujwedyCbrTUsHD0xxbddMcl4iEa4AxafmPRI8aFdFVtx2g

The SCIENTISTS (not medical doctors) …  found that SARS-CoV-2 was largely stable ~contagious~   in the air   … through the full 180-minute test, with only a slight decline at 3 hours.  … SO … IGNORE the WHO … IGNORE the CDC …  MASKS WORK ! … to stop the virus spread.


MISCONCEPTION #3:

Sadly, the WHO Medical Doctors & CDC Medical doctors have been MISTAKENLY telling people that masks supposedly “don’t work” …  while scientists prove that masks DO WORK.

Sadly, Medical Doctors typically have only very limited scientific training on these things (Medical Doctors are NOT scientists) … and … Sadly, for the last 3 months the Medical doctors … and TV DOCTORS …   and CDC medical doctors …. have mistakenly CONFUSED  Coronavirus   upper respiratory-specific virus transmission methods   with  common Gastrointestinal bacterial transmissions**

**Bacterial infections are SPREAD BY CONTACT ~ “smear” ~ touch   … while viruses spread by aerosol droplets …  which is why a MASK protects people from Coronavirus spread… by BREAKING the chain of infection…   while mask wearing does little to stop bacterial spread…

**Bacteria spread by growing,   and often ~ MULTIPLYING ~ on each new surface  …   While Coronavirus needs human cells to reproduce … by specifically hijacking our nose-lining cells … our throat-lining cells … and our lung lining cells …   THAT’s WHY IT IS SO CRITICAL TO wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth.


MISCONCEPTION #4

” You can catch Coronavirus from: ”
~ petting the dog
~  your clothes
~ the food you bring home from the grocery store…
~  sitting with someone who is 2 meters away, with both people wearing masks…

Notice that all of these routes would require you touching the other person’s still-wet snot droplets or wet spit droplets … and then you would have to nearly immediately SMEAR that wet snot-spit droplet into your eye, nose or mouth ….

and….   the snot-spit droplet would have to come from a sick person actively shedding lots of virus … (in the 2 days before the fever & the 2 days after the fever)…

So,  if a sick person sneezes onto your clothes, or onto your dog … then don’t smear their snotty infected droplets into your eye, nose, mouth or throat …   Protecting yourself from contact-based   “smear”-based    Coronavirus transmissions … is as simple as washing your hands … before you stick your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth…

Or … better still … rub your itchy eye or itchy nose with the back-of-your hand or with your wrist …   or … Even better ?  Wear a little paper mask … to block yourself from unconsciously inserting your fingers into your mouth, eye or nose…

No more    finger-lickin’ … nose-picking behaviors … unless you want to infect yourself.

finger licking

~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~

Misconception #5 …
I can get Coronavirus by someone touching my plate,   or my food,  or sneezing in my food…

REMEMBER
Corona virus selectively attacks just throat, nose & lung tissue linings is also why we have seen ZERO  Coronavirus transmissions by food contamination NOR by food packaging contamination …   because YOU ARE SAFE, unless you touch slimy sneezed snot droplets … and then    touch your own    eyes, nose, or throat, with their slimy snot …

” Many studies have shown that people expel aerosol particles containing potentially infectious microorganisms during coughing,    speaking,    or breathing     () …

Droplets you eat .. vs droplets you breathe in…
Normal stomach acids digest the Coronavirus immediately … so almost always, the Coronavirus must touch the nasal-lining, throat-lining, or lung lining cells … to infect those target cells in you.

… There are NO … ZERO reported cases of eating food contaminated by Coronavirus, causing a COVID-19 infection … 😉

~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~


Aerosol Science of Sneezed, Coughed & Spoken (spit-talked) droplets

…. MOST (typically 95%) of the spit, coughed & sneezed droplets are big … and they fall harmlessly to the ground within 1.5 meters of the spitter,  talker,   cougher (2m) , or    sneezer …

spitting while talking

Then note  that those 99.9% of large droplets & medium droplets from talking, spitting, sneezing, and coughing  … are caught~trapped~blocked …  by even the cheapest paper masks …  SO WEAR A MASK when around others … to protect them… and you.

” … Current infection control guidelines distinguish between “droplet precautions,” which are needed for diseases thought to spread primarily by larger spray droplets, and “airborne precautions,” needed for diseases that spread via small aerosols (). Large droplets (greater than ~50 µm) are primarily affected by gravity; they follow a ballistic trajectory and impact on surfaces or fall onto surfaces within a meter of the source. Intermediate-sized droplets (~10–50 µm) can deposit by impaction but can also be carried further from the source by the cough air flow and can travel 2 m or more before settling. Small droplets (less than ~10 µm) are much less prone to impaction or settling; they can remain airborne for an extended time and be spread throughout a room by air currents, especially after drying ().
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4615563/

The geometric mean of the (sneezed) droplet size of all the subjects is 360.1 µm for unimodal distribution and 74.4 µm for bimodal distribution with geometric standard deviations of 1.5 and 1.7, respectively.  “

These sneezed   (possibly SARS-CoV contaminated)  droplets are HUGE and launched at upwards of 220 mph – so they are blasted into even the simplest paper or cloth mask …
https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsif.2013.0560

Meanwhile, a  coughed aerosol “has a size range of 0.1–30 µm, a VMD of 3.4 µm, and a GSD of 2.3. ” …

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4615563/

This big droplet effect is also why   SOCIAL DISTANCING works …  Almost ALL of the nasty persons spoken or sneezed droplets … fall harmlessly to the ground or onto some surface ( counter or  phone )

It’s the fine aerosols less than 5 um … and especially those less than 1 um that are a problem – AND … a well-fitted N-95 mask blocks 99.8% of even tiny tiny 0.045 um fine aerosols.

So … Is it clear now … why the WHO & CDC medical doctor’s bad advice that “masks don’t work” … is neither scientific   … nor is their advice true … 🙂

Wear your masks !  😉sneezed droplets

To stop ~ block ~ catch  …  this ….

~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~

March 23, 2020 Updates:
If you have just the one well-fitted N-95 mask, what should you do?
Because the Republicans spent so much effort eliminating funding to so many disaster response programs (as the Dems did nothing), even at the beginning of the crises, weeks ago, we have had so few masks

… that US Nurses, Doctors & Firefighters have chosen to disinfect their masks, daily…  re-using the same mask day … after day .. after day … after day … for the past weeks … because they decided a disinfected used-mask … is better than no mask. 😦

 

Sadly,  since the USA was not prepared … with just 3 million masks at the beginning of the crisis … where 3 million masks was not enough for even NY City for a day …. Our fine nurses, doctors & firefighters have had to get creative … working outside the box …

FDA authorizes new test that could detect coronavirus in about 45 minutes

 

The result? Our healthcare professionals, nationwide, are STERILIZING their masks, and reusing them, daily …  over and over and over …. because of critical shortages …

while the DINOSAURS in Washington DC  (aka the FDA & CDC)  claim that masks “should not be reused.”

~ What safe effective PROVEN sterilization options do ordinary people have … at home … for solid objects … ? ~
Note that Dr. Louis Pasteur, and the following 145 years of doctors & scientists have used ordinary heat … to kill 100% of ALL microbes, bacteria, parasites & viruses….

Ordinary people … generally have an oven in their house … an oven that  can heats consistently at warming oven temperatures 180ºF – 200ºF (88ºC)  … Pretty much any solid object (except wax etc) can be safely completely sterilized  by heating it to 180ºF  … and baking it for 20 minutes at that temperature (no higher than 200ºF).

Pasteur flask

Dry  Heat  Sterilization:
 THE standard for over 100 yrs.
Realize that you can sterilize coins, paper money bills … and even plastic bills, by spreading them out on cookie sheets and baking them for 20 minutes at warming oven temps (180ºF to 200ºF)….    We can also safely sterilize pretty much ALL paper & plastic items using this same technique.
Dry heat sterilization has been used for over 100 yrs, for sterilizing surgical instruments … for sterilizing solids …. per US APHIS protocols. … Sadly …. The CDC & FDA Medical doctors may have forgotten … but the scientists at USDA have known & published for over 50 years … that dry heat works for sterilizing soil and even sewage sludge samples…

Notice that common Mexican gas ovens do NOT have a “warming oven” setting … Read details here:**

 

 

Dry  Heat  Sterilization:
 THE standard for over 100 yrs:
Realize that you can sterilize coins, paper money bills … and even plastic bills, by spreading them out on cookie sheets and baking them for 20 minutes at warming oven temps (180ºF to 200ºF)….    We can also safely sterilize pretty much ALL paper & plastic items using this same technique.

Just like baking cookies proves that our ovens have hot spots & cold spots … the cookies do not all bake the same way at the ends of the sheet vs the centre … Notice that YOU MUST WATCH your first baking operation like a hawk … hawk staring

You don’t want to fry the plastic in your N-95 mask because your oven thermometer isn’t quite right, or because your oven has a hot-spot …

Watch the heating process carefully…  to quickly open the door if your objects start to look different during heating.

I have successfully dry sterilized plastics, papers, bill, masks … and it WORKS …  to get the OBJECT up to 175º F  for 3 minutes (using a special professional lab-grade laser-temp gun heat pistol thermometer) …  Aimed NOT through the glass … but through just air – with the laser pointer on the sterilized object.

Since not many people have a professional temperature gun,   you may have to carefully slowly heat the oven to 180ºF … especially if it is a (generally crappy) gas stove oven …and only then put your precious item  onto the preheated cookie sheet …  and WATCH IT LIKE A HAWK …

Background Science:
Dry heat sterilization has been used for over 100 yrs, for sterilizing surgical instruments … for sterilizing solids …. per US APHIS protocols. … Sadly …. The CDC & FDA Medical doctors may have forgotten … but the scientists at USDA have known & published for over 50 years … that dry heat works for sterilizing soil and even sewage sludge samples

Heat is a fine sterilizer:
If you doubt this, remember heating water to 145ºF (65ºC) kills all microbes (including giardia) … as Dr. Pasteur’s sterilized flasks of clear broth … still sterile after 140 years …  with just 3 minutes of heat, with the broths at 175ºF …

Pasteur flask  Notice the broth in Pasteur’s flasks are still clear .. sterile … after 140 years … even with a tube that open to the air  ..

So, if you are one who has no additional cases of N-95 masks …   if you are someone who must reuse their well-fitted N-95 mask, then … know that dry heat sterilization at 180ºF – 200ºF (88ºC) in a simple warming over, for 20 minutes …  kills all microbes on the surfaces of solids.

… and … those temperatures do not harm paper nor plastics.

Just like sterilizing paper money bills & plastic money, by spreading them out on cookie sheets and baking them for 20 minutes at warming oven temps (180ºF to 200ºF), … as a private citizen, … you have a personal choice of safely sterilizing paper & plastic items using this same technique.
Dry heat sterilization has been used for over 100 yrs, for sterilizing surgical instruments … for sterilizing solids ….for completely sterilizing soil … and even sewage sludge solid samples… per US APHIS protocols.

**NOTE … DO NOT PUT ANY PAPER OR PLASTIC OBJECTS close to the electric heating element of ANY oven,   especially your Toaster Oven….

and DO NOT PUT ANY PAPER OR PLASTIC OBJECTS close to the bottom plate of a gas oven, where the gas flames heat that bottom plate….

**Mexican Gas Ovens
Most Mexican gas ovens do NOT have temperature indications on the dial … and MOST Mexican gas ovens keep the burner ON constantly … ON too long for staying in the 180ºF to 200ºF range …

If you fire up your Mexican gas oven, and set the dial to it’s lowest setting… it still gradually automatically, uncontrolled … OVERHEATS to OVER 245ºF …  I test-baked plastic & paper bills$$ at this temperature … and the plastic bills got a little bit shiny … but came out fine, even after OVER HEATING for 20 extra minutes…

SO … To STAY BELOW 200ºF (93ºC) … you need to use a decent oven thermometer … and open your oven door a little , to let out the hot air … briefly cooling the oven back to the 180ºF to 200ºF range … for 20 minutes of your stuff sitting on the cookie sheet.

In other words… PUT THE OVEN thermometer ON THE COOKIE SHEET … with whatever you are sterilizing…


Again… We at Yucalandia are NOT giving medical advice … just offering proven scientific information … information for educational & entertainment purposes only.

~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~

Practical Considerations for Dry Heat Sterilizing solid items:
Notice that your solid paper item might be contaminated,  so handle it with care,  like how our professionals remove a dirty surgical glove, by grasping it at the uncontaminated edge … or using a gloved hand … and placing the contaminated solid object either in the trash … or on a metal cookie sheet for sterilizing at 180ºF to 200ºF temperatures for 20 minutes …

Fortunately, 180ºF to 200ºF is not that hot … so things do NOT burn … just like keeping your medium rare steak warm – to relax the meat, … while but not cooking it further ….

Things at 180ºF – 200ºF cool quickly … and are safe to handle within minutes after opening the warming-oven door.

Keep your paper & other solid objects safe … watch them carefully as you bake them in case your oven is not reliable.

 

March 22, 2020 Updates:
Why is it likely safer to get take-out food,  or delivered (servicio a domocilio)?

Can you get COVID-19 from touching … or eating contaminated food?
Reality:    There is no current  evidence that COVID-19 has spread through food or food packaging.**

Remember this SARS-CoV-2 virus is transmitted primarily by contagious invisible airborne aerosols from sneezes, coughs and talking* … lingering in the air for up to 3 hours  …   SARS-CoV-2 is ~not likely~ transmitted by touching things, or by “smear” transmissions.

Realize that the COVID-19 disease virus in the back of that sick guys throat (when he has not symptoms) … does not magically jump into your eye, nose or mouth. …

*3 minutes of talking … Sssch-peak-ing consonants ..  Popped P’s,   schusshed Ssssss … B’s , T ‘s, Ffffs … ALL SPRAY as many fine aerosol droplets as a single cough … up to 3,000 droplets sprayed by talking … where the big majority of talked aerosols are the BIG droplets that fall to the ground or onto the counter …

Figure C.2. The Wells evaporation-falling curve of droplets.

That’s why Social distancing of 1.5 protects you (and me)  from their sprayed-talked aerosols…

It’s NOT the pizza guy making you a salad … It’s the person your standing too close to, as they gesticulate & pop-their-P’s, and hiss-their-Ssss’s …  and THAT’s why it’s courteous to wear a surgical mask,  to catch ALL of your  coughed, sneezed, and TALKED aerosol sprayed-droplets.

Notice that even the CDC finally, after months of mistaken reporting and factually false announcements,  ..  finally the CDC changed, and reported last week that sprayed AEROSOLS … invisible, contagious sprayed by talking, sneezing, coughing ARE THE PROBLEM. … which is why masks & social distancing are important.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/transmission.html


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**Can I get COVID-19 from touching or eating contaminated food?

Seriously,  there no current evidence that COVID-19 has spread through food or food packaging

Multiple health & safety organizations worldwide, (inc. the CDC, the USDA, and the European Food safety Authority), report that
” there is no evidence that COVID-19 has spread through food or food packaging. “

Coronoavirus is primarily transmitted by AIRBORNE aerosols
and possibly – but highly-unlikely  by sneezed, coughed & talked-aerosols that land on surfaces.   So you are safe touching things  … unless you touch the contaminated aerosol on the counter, pizza box, etc … and then put your finger in your eye…  or pick your nose.

It’s ALL up to you …
Don’t sneeze on Grandma or Grandpa …

…  Stop putting your fingers in your mouth … Use the back of your hand or wrist to rub your eye    or nose…. and    WASH YOUR HANDS … before touching your face.

Whistle Yankee-Doodle … twice, while scrubbing your hands with soapy suds… 😉

Seriously … Previous coronavirus epidemics (SARS & MERs) …  showed no evidence … of having been spread through food or packaging.

ENJOY !!!

but … Keep your distance from that guy who spits as he is talking

Do NOT shake that guy’s hand … who sticks his finger in his mouth.

Do not grab your change … $$money$$ from the cashier, and then rub your eye, or touch your nose…

Wash your hands after touching possilby nasty things … or sanitize (with gel) …  before going  into   an at-risk person’s  home  … Care for our beloved Diabetics, elderlies, cardiology patients.

and NO … COVID-19 disease is not transmitted by pooh – fecal matter … unless you touch poo  and then touch your eye …. 😉

~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~

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Why make so many posts on how to stay safe from COVID-19 disease?

There is so much published on the internet & FB, that it’s difficult to know whom to trust.
As such, I offer this Post Script for people who do not know the author:
Dr. Steven M. Fry … Ph.D., Former Laboratory Owner of USA highest rated (7 yers) Environmental Health & Saftety laboratory, professor of Chemistry & Msmt Science, Public Health & Environment, participant in 12 yrs of NIH & Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation viral disease control programs here in Yucatan, former staff editor of a medical journal & public health journal Revista Biomedica, with a 44 yr background in protecting & improving peoples health, managing $37 million of cleanups at USA’s worst contaminated DOD & DOE sites (protecting & improving the health of over 150 million down-wind, down-stream Americans), along with participating in large, successful public health programs for 37 US state governments, Canada, Mexico, Italy, Scotland, and Ukraine, including getting the Tetra-ethyl lead out of gasoline that was causing lead-poisoning worldwide … A small (grateful) cog in the big machines that improved & the health of over 300 million Americans, and over 2 billion people worldwide.
~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~

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March 20, 2020 Updates
Superb quality reports are saying:
Digestive symptoms, including  diarrhea and anorexia, are common in COVID-19 patients (data from China).    Hubei Province reports almost 50% of coronavirus patients reported digestive symptoms as their main symptoms.

… Just like the months of CDC’s & talking head Medical Doctors on TV … very mistaken public reported very wrong, very risky information about how COVID-19 disease is actually spread …   and how the people without symptoms actually present “very low risks of COVID-19 transmission”,   IF YOU TAKE PRECAUTIONS

Notice the facts that good scientists have reported for months:
The upper respiratory viruses are spread PRIMARILY by…. coughed, sneezed, and TALKED** aerosol droplets …  That makes all the difference in how you protect yourself…

Notice that we reported how effective proper mask usage (cheap readily available surgical masks on sick people to catch their sneezed, coughed & TALKED** aerosol droplets  – to protect everyone around them ,   and … use a well-fitted N-95 mask to protect at-risk HEALTHY people)  can protect you and your loved ones….

~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~

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AND … Use dilute bleach  to disinfect things  (SANITIZING is not enough)   … 4-6 tsps of Mexican laundry bleach (or 2 tsps of US 8.25% bleach) per 500 mL of water (make it fresh daily)    … sprayed or wiped-wet onto surfaces to disinfect them …. and allow that surface to STAY WET (damp) for 10 minutes, to allow the bleach time to do it’s job…

and… regularly create “zones of disinfection” where you disinfect the pinch points … that are regularly unavoidably touched … car steering wheel,  cell fone,   keyboard,   front door handles,  car door handles … faucet handles … TV remotes … ~ fridge handles ~ …  (read the other update details below) …

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Where to get good reliable information … update.
Notice that the Big Media’s Talking Head ‘Medical Doctors’    and the CDC’s medical  gave months of very mistaken (very unnecessarily risky, bad)  public advice about wearing masks …

Yes, the correct advice is  to follow the German’s superb example … with their 0.2% death levels from COVID-19, versus the USA’s 20X times higher death rated … Appropriate mask use:  USE Cheap readily available surgical masks on sick people to catch their sneezed, coughed & TALKED** aerosol droplets  – to protect everyone around them ,   and … use a well-fitted N-95 mask to protect at-risk HEALTHY people.

Notice that not only did the Trump admin temporarily muzzle the CDC…. The CDC and the Big Media’s Talking Head ‘Medical Doctors’ sadly …  gave very unnessarily-risky advice and bad non-scientific advice for months…

**Talked Droplets:
Each 5 minutes of talking makes as much aerosol as a cough …. making up to 3,000 droplets. …  So … we have to assume   5 minutes of talking … IN CLOSE PROXIMITY  … of someone creates about the same risk as their cough (with no surgical mask worn by the sick person to catch their coughed aerosol droplets) …

Close Proximity = less than 1.5 m between people … and up to 6 ft is the current standard.

Then notice the big majority of coughed droplets are large – shot out at surprisingly high speeds..  at distances of at least 1.5m  … are heavy enough to land on a surface (like you)  and remain contaigious for up to 3 DAYS on plastic & steel (and our local tiles) ….

Next consider that not even “talked aerosols” are equal to “coughed aerosols” … Notice the cough launches the droplets at higher speeds … so the big droplets go farther (landing further away) … landing further — requiring a bigger spraying of surfaces disinfection area (2m?)…     while small aerosols (like from lisps and sss-sounds etc) ….  float and move from the patient’s room out into the hallways … floating, contagious for up to 3 hrs …   and then they land …. (far away)   and possibly last dry, but contagious, for up to 3 days…

So … make up your dilute bleach disinfectant daily … and use it at-on all the affected surfaces, with special attention to frequently touched pinch points … maintain 1.5m social distance … wash hands (20 seconds of soapy suds … whistle Yankee Doodle twice) … and READ ALL ABOUT the rest of it … below:

~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~


March 18, 2020 Updates:
The latest scientific reports show that the SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) remains viable & infectious in coughed-sneezed aerosol droplets …  in the air for up to 3 hours …  and infectious on plastic & steel surfaces (and likely TILE)  up to 3 days.

but … after 3 days on plastic, steel (or tile) … the remaining active viral counts had fallen roughly 1000X times from their initial sneezed-coughed values.   AT THESE LOW LEVELS, it is very unlikely a healthy person would be infected, because their immune system should stop those very low levels of SARS-CoV-2 virus.

When the sneezed droplets land~settle on plastic & stainless steel, then viable virus was detected after three days. … On cardboard, the virus was not viable after 24 hours. … Even on copper, (a mild germicide), it took 4 hours for the virus to become inactivated.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) research scientists found that it takes about 66 minutes for half the virus aerosol particles to become inactive.

https://www.niaid.nih.gov/news-events/new-coronavirus-stable-hours-surfaces

That means that by 132 minutes (66 more minutes), three quarters of the SARS-CoV-2 virus   IN FLOATING DROPLETS … are inactivated … but 25% are still viable. … 3 hrs after the sneeze~cough … the droplet’s  active virus levels are down to 12.5%.

Notice that after 3 hours,  the sneezed virus droplets have very likely ALL settled onto surfaces, or and or dried out. … but the dry contagious aerosols (from sneezes) can swirl surprising distances, out of patient rooms & into the hallways, as a person opens the door – swirling the air.

Finally note …It takes 7 half-lives,    after 8 hours … just 8 parts in 1000 (0.8%)   of the active virus in those sneezed-deposited-settled droplets …

Why care?
Even if someone sneezes on the can of beans you bought at the store… that virus lasts a mere 3 days …  TIME FOR SURGICAL MASKS on possibly sneezing grocery store shelf stockers?? … or have the grocery store stockers wear gloves? 😉

Why Surgical masks?   Surgical masks catch up to 99.9% of sneezed-launched droplets…

Finally … Notice that the path to you becoming infected with COVID-19 disease … is a CHAIN … (just like a cold virus) … BREAK any link in the chain, and the SARS-CoV-2 virus does NOT get into your eyes, mouth, nose etc…

Disinfection & Personal hygiene are the key … Disinfect your PHONE! … Disinfect~Wipe that front door knob, don’t touch common surfaces (doors, counters, pens, light switches) that others touch … Don’t touch your face, hands, mouth …

Wash with soap & water to kill viruses,  but soap & water don’t kill bacteria. =>  that takes hand sanitizer or dilute bleach**.

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Dilute bleach disinfectant … (4-6  tsps of Mexican bleach or 2 tsps of 8.25% US bleach in 500 ml of water) sprayed & wiped on surfaces (doorknobs, handles, counters, etc) is pretty important to breaking the COVID-19 chain …

1:50 => 4 tsps of MEXICAN “Concentrated” laundry bleach in ½ liter of water

For the very strong US versions of bleach with 8.25% Sodium Hypochlorite,  use just 2 tsps of bleach per 500 ml of water.

BUT MAKE up that very dilute-chlorine disinfectant solution fresh ~EVERY DAY~ … because the chloro-dissipates. 😉

~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~
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March 14, 2020 Updates:

Fortunately, the latest research report out yesterday (READ IT … link above) … is saying the people without symptoms  ARE NOT very contagious, at all…

As many of us scientists suspected weeks ago, and reported weeks ago… SNEEZED – COUGHED aerosol droplets are …. “the primary source of COVID-19 infections” …

That means the real risks are now know to be from ACTIVE sneezers & coughers with fevers.
https://www.jwatch.org/na51083/2020/03/13/covid-19-incubation-period-update?fbclid=IwAR1N_zoCeP9mmJLnlYAmuckaiDPWEh9cDdzpawKNkKTm9v7z5BYv1f9qWuE

~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~

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IF YOU GET A FEVER … with dry coughing & or sneezing.

DO NOT GO OUT … Wear a surgical mask to catch your contagious sneezed-coughed aerosol droplets to protect your loved-ones around you.  Have someone start disinfecting the things you all touch.**

CALL the Yucatan State’s Departamento de Salud SPECIAL line for people with COVID-19 symptoms … 1-800 YUCATAN … 800 – 982 – 2826

Their website: http://salud.yucatan.gob.mx/2020/03/coronavirus-aviso-para-viajeros/

lists 1 phone number to report possible COVID-19 infections 800 – 982 – 2826

Then note:
Infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 … ” is primarily spread by (sneezed – coughed) droplets.”

This means that wearing a well-fitting N-95 MASK for a healthy family member, around sick people … is really key … because sneezed droplets are the primary method of spreading …

and … It also means that sick people, sneezing & coughing can very-effectively KEEP THE REST OF US much safer, by them wearing a cheap surgical mask that are superb at  catching their sneezes & coughs.

Their sneezes  may produce as many as 40 000 droplets between 0.5–12 μm in diameter () that may be expelled at speeds up to 223 mph…  (100 m/s )…    which is what drives the sneezed droplets into masks …

Then notice.. ” coughing may produce up to 3000 droplet nuclei, about the same number as talking for five minutes.”
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and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK143281/

… Dispose of the cheap contaminated (sneezed-into) surgical masks every hour or 2, depending on when they get wet.  Handle them like toxic waste, and dispose of in a non-leaky plastic bag… (We don’t want our beloved basureros & the people who pick through the trash, getting sick !! )

~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~

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Notice that  AKULAB in Merida is now offering the COVID-19 test . They are located in Los Pinos .

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How is the SARS-CoV-2 virus infecting people …. and Why?
What’s your real risk of a COVID-19 infection?
Are the people around you coughing directly onto each other?
Are the people around you sneezing onto each other?
That’s the primary way how the COVID-19-disease is transmitted.
The top virologists & top epidemiologists have been saying for a month, that SARS-CoV-2 virus is transmitted JUST LIKE cold viruses … and the CDC finally joined their scientific realizations & the latest best scientific results.
CDC head & top virologists explain that:
“It is very unlikely that you can catch the SARS-CoV-2 virus … from a person without symptoms” …

The medical doctors (who have relatively little scientific training, and even less training in viral disease transmission) have sadly been spreading misinformation and false reports for a month… of other people supposedly catching COVID-19 disease from people without symptoms.

How can you catch COVID-19 Disease from a person with no symptoms?
You can catch the SARS-CoV-2 virus from someone without symptoms by
~ swapping spit – kissing…
~ some forms of sex …
~ contact with their saliva …
~ contact with that infected persons boogers & snot
… yes, nose pickers who you shake hands with, can give you Coronavirus if you don’t bother to wash your hands…
~ handshakes with nose*pickers … with people who lick their fingers … people who stick their hands in their mouths … face touching…
Otherwise …. just like colds & flu, the PRIMARY mode of transmission of COVID-19 disease are the sick people’s SNEEZED & COUGHED droplets …
yet … IF those sick people wear a cheap simple surgical mask, the surgical masks catch 99.99% of the sneezed~coughed droplets…
AND … if the sick person sneezes~coughs into the air … it affects an area about 6 ft around … for 10 minutes… and the contagious droplets either land or settle out on nearby surfaces…
THEN … Healthy people who touch that surface, and THEN touch their face, eyes, nose or mouth … (without washing or hand sterilizing with gel) those people with sloppy hygiene… contaminate themselves.
If you are a person who goes years without a cold … then you have proven you have good personal hygiene.
Seriously … If you are a person who gets a cold virus or two every year … then CHANGE YOUR HABITS …
Read this scientific article by a Dr. of Public Health & Environment … former medical journal editor, former Public Health journal editor …. for details on WHAT WORKS.
~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~

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The fact that Mexican officials caught ALL of Mexico’s first 26 cases … as travelers returning with COVID-19, means … maybe … we can metaphorically stop it … or slow it way down “at the border” … “at the airport” … and minimize it’s spreading by RAPID EARLY TESTING… Testing that was NOT available in the USA for a full 6½ weeks. …

 ~ By having PEOPLE WHO TRAVEL immediately sequester themselves at the first signs of symptoms  … we literally have SLOWED the SARS-CoV-2 virus transmission … to a crawl … with ZERO reported “community transmitted” cases during the first month of COVID-19 infections in Mexico. 😉

The Mexican Health officials are literally ALL OVER this … well prepared (compared to the USA) … and taking good appropriate actions … while the US public health experts remained in the dark for over 6½ weeks … with no accurate testing available… and US officials still complain they do not know how many COVID-19 confirmed positive patients there are because the US private labs are keeping their test data “secret”…   … withholding the results from officials.
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/peter-wehner-trump-presidency-over/607969/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share&fbclid=IwAR0yhblChGu4rdOG47oUl6tLnbKiX8Lnstgdp8PYjN26YDZTB5dyfVV2IjQ

So … Let’s hope that the prepared Mexican approaches … work  better than the USA’s 6½ choice to delay … and fly blind.

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Staying Safe … & Keeping Loved Ones safe:

Handwashing?
Handwashing has been shown to be reduce your COVID-19 risks on your hands, to near zero, if you wash with soapy suds for 30 seconds, because while soap does little to kill bacteria … soap is VERY GOOD at de-activating viruses (by washing the virus’s fatty lipid protective coating off – exposing & damaging the underlying viral proteins) … 😉

Effective handwashing takes some surprising effort … 30 seconds
(whistle Yankee Doodle, twice) with brisk rubbing with soapy suds …

Hand-sanitizers?
Hand-sanitizer gel usage can be very effective  IF the handsanitizer has over 60% alcohol…


Handling Money??
… Bake the money for 20 minutes** in a 200º F warming oven … 

A 200º F oven is 93º C …

and Yes … That’s a proven old-school technique from the 1930’s => Dry Sterilization …

Why??

 …  BEST CURRENT EVIDENCE says “The COVID-19 disease’s SARS-CoV-2 virus can linger on surfaces for 2 – 3 days.

**Notice that if an object is at 145º F  (65º C) for at least 3 minutes, the heat kills all viruses & all bacteria and even Cryptoporids  & their encysted spores.   That means that if we spread the bills & coins out on cookie sheets in an already warm 200ºF warming oven – the bills & coins temperatures heated for 10 minutes, would easily exceed the 145ºF @ 3 minutes standard. …  Since some people’s ovens may not be at 200ºF, and since some people may put in small clumps of bills, then 20 minutes at 200ºF gets typical clumps of bills upt to 145ºF for 3 mnutes.

Why aren’t the Big Media talking heads reporting this?
It’s not clear … but China reports it’s Central Bank is now sterilizing their money.

https://www.livescience.com/how-long-coronavirus-last-surfaces.html

~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~

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… Notice that today’s latest report ALSO says that
“Infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 … is primarily spread by (sneezed – coughed) droplets.”

The key to recognizing people who can spread the COVID-19 disease, is their fever, sneezing & coughing. 😉

which also says that wearing a well-fitting N-95 MASK is really key … because sneezed droplets are the primary method of spreading …

and … It also means that sick people, sneezing & coughing can very-effectively KEEP THE REST OF US much safer, by them wearing a cheap surgical mask that catches their sneezes & coughs.

YAY!

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IF YOU GET A FEVER … with coughing & sneezing.

DO NOT GO OUT … Wear a surgical mask to catch your contagious sneezed-coughed aerosol droplets.  Have someone start disinfecting the things we touch.**

CALL the Yucatan State’s Departamento de Salud …

Their website: http://salud.yucatan.gob.mx/2020/03/coronavirus-aviso-para-viajeros/

lists 1 phone number to report possible COVID-19 infections 999 930 3050 ext 45042

Then note:
Infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 … ” is primarily spread by (sneezed – coughed) droplets.”

This means that wearing a well-fitting N-95 MASK for a healthy family member, around sick people … is really key … because sneezed droplets are the primary method of spreading …

and … It also means that sick people, sneezing & coughing can very-effectively KEEP THE REST OF US much safer, by them wearing a cheap surgical mask that are superb at  catching their sneezes & coughs.

… Dispose of the cheap contaminated (sneezed-into) surgical masks every hour or 2, depending on when they get wet.  Handle them like toxic waste, and dispose of in a non-leaky plastic bag… (We don’t want our beloved basureros & the people who pick through the trash, getting sick !! )

~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~

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Notice that  AKULAB in Merida is now offering the COVID-19 test . They are located in Los Pinos .

http://www.akulab.com.mx/contacto

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GOING OUT of the House?

Me? … for now …. I’ll continue to go out

but, because my wife is extremely immuno-compromised from Lupus medications … I’ll be taking a few precautions.

1. … The 2m rule makes sense. People’s sneezes & coughs go into about a 6 ft radius … and the sneezed aerosol droplets can persist (float around) for up to 3 hours in that area.

This may be cause to wear a well fitted N-95 mask … in any area where people have coughed in the last 3 hrs.

2. Wuhan Corona virus (aka COVID-19) has just NOW been shown to last about 2 – 3 days on surfaces… 😉
“The scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. The results provide key information about the stability of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, and suggests that people may acquire the virus through the air and after touching contaminated objects.”

https://www.niaid.nih.gov/news-events/new-coronavirus-stable-hours-surfaces

3. SOAP disrupts the lipid (fatty) coating on virus molecules … and literally inactivates the viral proteins – so the virus molecules are no longer contagious – NOT transmittable after contact with soap.

4. People may have COVID-19 for as many as 14 days without showing any symptoms – gradually spreading their virus to surfaces and to things they touch during that 14 days.

4. a. … Those surfaces touched by the COVID-carrier, then can remain contaminated for 2 – 3 more days.

That results in an apparently healthy person contaminating things they touch (counters, door handles, fruits, veg … COINS … BILLS ) contaminating things unknowingly for up to 17 days.

5. #4 means that about anything you touch from being out in public … during the next 20 – 30 days … could be contaminated.

6. #3 means that you can either use soap to wash your fruit, veg & counters… and STEERING WHEEL on the car when you go out … and CAR DOOR HANDLE … gear shift knob-lever, etc.

Avoid big crowds … knuckle-bump … fore-arm bump …open doors with your butt or forearm~elbow …

Do your best to not touch your face…

Me? … I plan to wash hands before eating and … every time I leave home & enter home – to get into a habit ~ routine. ..

… After going out, plan a a few minutes of cleanup time** … Use dilute bleach (1 L spray bottle with 4 teaspoons of bleach … 1 part bleach in 50 parts water) … Backtrack to the car … Wipe ~ Disinfect doorknobs, light switches, the car door handle, the steering wheel, gear shift knob … the driver’s door interior handle.

Then either wash fruit & veg & coins in soapy water… or in a 5 minute VERY dilute bleach solution (just 10 drps of bleach in 1 L of water. … rinse coins & fruit w/ water…

7. I personally like using very dilute bleach versus soap, because soap only does less than ½ the job. Soap DOES NOT KILL BACTERIA, like SALMONELLA … soap only de-activates viruses … Soap also does not kill our common parasites …

Instead the dilute bleach solutions kills:
~ kills parasites, their eggs, etc.
~ kills amoebas
~ kills paramecia
~ kills cryptosporids & their cysts (like giardia)
~ kills bacteria
~kills viruses…
😉

8. Because of the 17 day window of well-meaning infected people (with no symptoms) transmitting their illness to bills, & coins … I’ll be gently baking our cash in a warming oven – for 20 minutes at 180ºF to 200ºF … => superbly proven dry disinfection that kills EVERYTHING…

Dry disinfection at less than boiling water temps is a proven approach for sterilizing surgical instruments … for sterilizing soil samples (US-APHIS protocols) …

Just like 175ºF has been used for PASTEURIZING FOODS …. killing everything, for the last 160 yrs. 😉.

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#9 … CLEAN THE FRICKKEN FONE … and DISINFECT THE FRIKKEN COMPUTER KEYBOARD … and THE MOUSE** ….

and 9. b … wipe down the remotes (TV, A/C etc) that others touch.
😉

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Why ignore the mistaken medical doctor’s advice?
Are you really at risk from infected people who have no symptom?
Yes, the day before they have symptoms & the day that symptoms start have their viral loads peaking, and with high viral shedding rates IN THEIR THROATS.
How does that that SARS-CoV-2 virus shed in their throat … get into your eyes, nose, mouth … if the asymptomatic person is NOT coughing & NOT sneezing?
There are chains of successive events, where the sick-os lick their fingers, pick their noses, contaminate their hands … and then touch things that you touch.
Break any link in the chain, and you stay safe.
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What can you do about it:
If we don’t disinfect that door handle, airline-counter, glass, plate, grocery store checkout counter .. the credit card the clerk handled … the shopping cart handle ,,, then the virus can remain viable, contagious … for up to 2 -3 days.
Then … you have touch that thing … the thing that the finger-licker, nose-picker touched …. and then you have to touch your own eye, nose or put your finger in your mouth … contaminating yourself.
Avoid areas where some infected person has sneezed or coughed in the last 3 hrs.
😦 …. or wear a well fitting N-95 mask in those areas.
Work to break those chains … pay a bit of attention to your personal habits & personal hygiene …. to keep yourself, family & loved ones safe.
~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~

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Why ignore the mistaken medical doctor’s advice?

Are you really at risk from infected people who have no symptoms?

Yes, the day before they have symptoms & the day that symptoms start have their viral loads peaking, and with high viral shedding rates IN THEIR THROATS.

How does those high levels of  SARS-CoV-2 virus, shed into   their   throat … get into your eyes, nose, mouth … if the asymptomatic person is NOT coughing & NOT sneezing?

There are chains of successive events, where the sick-os lick their fingers, pick their noses, contaminate their hands … and then touch things that you touch.

Break any link in the chain, and you stay safe.

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What can you do about it:

If we don’t disinfect that door handle, airline-counter, glass, plate, grocery store checkout counter .. the credit card the clerk handled … the shopping cart handle ,,, then the virus can remain viable, contagious … for up to 2 -3 days.

Then … you have touch that thing … the thing that the finger-licker, nose-picker touched …. and then you have to touch your own eye, nose or put your finger in your mouth … contaminating yourself.

Work to break those chains … pay a bit of attention to your personal habits & personal hygiene …. to keep yourself, family & loved ones safe.

~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~

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**Disinfecting & Home Cleanup … Personal Health Protection Protocols:
For surface disinfection:
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URGENT NOTE:

What BLEACH do you buy?
Chloralex, Blancatel , El Cheapissimo, … “Concentrado” … “Maximum Concentración” ???
I just finished a fun hour long dialogue~exchange with a good US pharmacist friend on … “How much bleach to use” …
and I realized that I was advising twice as much bleach as he advised in his FB post, and was intrigued.
It turns out that bleaches in Mexico range from 2% up to 5% Sodium Hypochlorite … (cheaper$ = lowest concentration … most expensive => highest concentration)…
The first hurdle? … The fine pharmacist didn’t realize that he chose an 8.25% super-bleach USA concentration advice from US Public Health websites…
but… if you’re using El Cheapo brand Mexican bleach (2%) … then you need 4X more bleach when making your disinfection solution, than if you can get “the Good Stuff” from the USA. 😉
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**Disinfecting & Home Cleanup … Personal Health Protection Protocols:
For surface disinfection:
So… Here’s how many teaspoons of bleach you need to add to your 500 mL spray bottle of COVID-19 disinfectant for fridge handles, car steering wheels, front door handle, light switches, etc.
US MAXIMUM Concentration 8.25% => 2 tsps per ½ liter.
Mexican Bleaches:
Chloralex “MAXIMUM Concentracion” 4% => 4 tsps per ½ liter.
Blancatel “Concentrado” 3.25% => 5 tsps per ½ liter.
Blancatel (regular) => 6 tsps per liter.
El Cheapo => 8 tsps per liter.
~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~

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Using Mexico’s best bleach (Chloralex “Maxima Concentracion)  dilute bleach ( ½ L spray bottle with 4 teaspoons of bleach … 1 part bleach in 50 parts water) … Remember … Backtrack to the car … Wipe ~ Disinfect doorknobs, light switches, the car door handle, the steering wheel, gear shift knob … the driver’s door interior handle. … anything you touched …

If you are NOT familiar with making dilute bleach solutions for disinfecting … READ THIS:

Procedures for preparing and using diluted bleach

To prepare and use diluted bleach:

  • use a mask, rubber gloves and waterproof apron; goggles also are recommended to protect the eyes from splashes;
  • mix and use bleach solutions in well-ventilated areas;
  • mix bleach with cold water (hot water decomposes the sodium hypochlorite and renders it ineffective);
  • if using bleach containing 5% sodium hypochlorite, dilute it to 0.05%, as shown in Table G.1 below.

Precautions for the use of bleach

  • Bleach can corrode metals and damage painted surfaces.
  • Avoid touching the eyes. If bleach gets into the eyes, immediately rinse with water for at least 15 minutes, and consult a physician.
  • Do not use bleach together with other household detergents, because this reduces its effectiveness and can cause dangerous chemical reactions. For example, a toxic gas is produced when bleach is mixed with acidic detergents, such as those used for toilet , and this gas can cause death or injury. If necessary, use detergents first, and rinse thoroughly with water before using bleach for .
  • Undiluted bleach emits a toxic gas when exposed to sunlight; thus, store bleach in a cool, shaded place, out of the reach of children.
  • Sodium hypochlorite decomposes with time. To ensure its effectiveness, purchase recently produced bleach, and avoid over-stocking.
  • If using diluted bleach, prepare the diluted solution fresh daily. Label and date it, and discard unused mixtures 24 hours after preparation.
  • Organic materials inactivate bleach; clean surfaces so that they are clear of organic materials before  with bleach.
  • Keep diluted bleach covered and protected from sunlight, and if possible in a dark container, and out of the reach of children.”

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK214356/

    and …

    “”Disinfection by WIPING of nonporous surfaces: a contact time of ≥ 10 minutes is recommended.”

    “Disinfection by immersion of items: a contact time of 30 minutes is recommended. ”

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Then either wash fruit & veg & coins ~possibly~ in soapy water… (TASTES NASTY & does NOT affect bacterial contamination like Salmonella) … or safely & easily SOAK FRUIT & VEG in a … 5 minute …. VERY dilute bleach solution (just 10 drps of bleach in 1 L of water. … rinse coins & fruit w/ water…

7.  I personally like using very dilute bleach versus soap, because soap only does less than ½ the job.    Soap DOES NOT KILL BACTERIA, like SALMONELLA … soap only de-activates viruses … Soap also does not kill our common parasites …

Instead the dilute bleach solutions kills ALL of it:
~ kills parasites, their eggs, etc.
~ kills amoebas
~ kills paramecia
~ kills cryptosporids & their cysts (like giardia)
~ kills bacteria
~kills viruses…
😉

~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~

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Sunday March 15’th
USA just put in travel bans (restrictions) on UK flights… starting Monday night.
49 out of 50 US States now have COVID-19 diseased patients.
Trump did “come into close contact” with 2 CONFIRMED sick Republicans.
In spited of their own orders … Trump & top Republicans keep shaking hands … as proven by yesterday’s fotos….
Over 60 deaths in the USA with 3000 confirmed cases … 2% death rate …
Does preparedness & good healthcare work?
Well prepared … effective Germany similarly has 3,000 cases … but just 6 deaths … So …. USA’s #37 in the world … low quality healthcare is sadly having 10X times more dead, than Germany.
😦
So far … Mexico has 41 COVID-19 disease cases.

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Interesting Research Results from Yesterday, Friday the 13’th…

Estimated median incubation times (IT) for COVID-19 is 5.1 days; mean IT was 5.5 days.

For 97.5% of infected persons, symptoms appear by 11.5 days

Finally consider … the SARS-CoV-2 is just now proven to remain active-viable infectious … transmitting COVID-19 contagion … for 2 – 3 days on surfaces.

And yes … we can disinfect surfaces easily with dilute bleach (4 tsps of bleach in 1 L of water in a spray bottle) … or sudsy-soap inactivates-destroys the SARS-CoV-2 virus …

aka the virus that causes COVID-19 infections.

https://www.jwatch.org/na51083/2020/03/13/covid-19-incubation-period-update

At AKULAB we have the COVID-19 test . We are located at los pinos .

Notice that At AKULAB in Merida is offering the COVID-19 test . They are located in Los Pinos .
http://www.akulab.com.mx/contacto

Things are in flux …

Keep coming back to read the latest info…

~ Stay well, stay informed, stay safe. ~

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Feb. 29, 2020
As USA has just recorded their first Coronavirus death …**

(and now … just 3 days later, the US Death Toll is up to 6)

How is the Wuhan Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) affecting the people we know & love?

Are you at risk? … What are the risks of death for Covid-19? …  2% ?  … as reported by the talking heads of Big Media outlets?

What is your personal risk?
Curiously, as we consider men vs women,    young vs old,    healthy vs sick people … What about healthy people with underlying conditions – that are under control? … Diabetes? … Lung Problems? … High Blood Pressure?

What about people with immune system problems, or cancer … people who are being treated with steroids or other drugs suppress their immune systems, but who are currently living healthy lives?

Considering all those real world factors … realize that that no group on Earth has the “2% death rate”  described by Big Media.

So far … The actual statistics are not quite what Big Media … FaceBook … and other people claim… Sadly,  UNLIKE FLU …. COVID-19 infected people with ~no symptoms~ are shedding as much virus as COVID-19 people hospitalized with critical infections.

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Sadly, unlike Flu … COVID-19 death rates are 46X – 75X higher than Flu, for the higher-risk groups … Cardiovascular disease patients … Diabetics … High Blood Pressure & people with respiratory (lung) problems ... people over age 60 … and Cancer patients & others with compromised immune systems.

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First US Death reported …
Supposedly moderately healthy man “in his ’50’s” … no history of travel or contact with a known COVID-19 case … 😦
R.I.P.

https://abc7ny.com/5975419/

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Before we dive into the actual current (Feb. 29, 2020) COVID-19 statistics, consider this graphic:

COVID Mortality Rates

Notice that depending on your age,  you may take very different precautions.

Then consider the consequences that many contagious people with COVID-19 are infecting the people around them for a full 2 weeks … before they show any symptoms.

Even scarier:  Some contagious people spreading COVID-19, never show symptoms.

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/coronavirus-age-sex-demographics/?fbclid=IwAR3nS0l8iVKfUZVRWTSQaX60ufwevH5T2__SuoRyDuA5pFsPj7hA428hkzA

COVID-19 Fatality Rate by AGE:

*Death Rate = (number of deaths / number of cases) = probability of dying if infected by the virus (%). This probability differs depending on the age group. The percentage shown below does NOT represent in any way the share of deaths by age group. Rather, it represents, for a person in a given age group, the risk of dying if infected with COVID-19.

AGE
DEATH RATE
confirmed cases
DEATH RATE
all cases
80+ years old
21.9%
14.8%
70-79 years old
8.0%
60-69 years old
3.6%
50-59 years old
1.3%
40-49 years old
0.4%
30-39 years old
0.2%
20-29 years old
0.2%
10-19 years old
0.2%
0-9 years old
no fatalities

*Death Rate = (number of deaths / number of cases) = probability of dying if infected by the virus (%).

In general, relatively few cases are seen among children.

Sex ratio

COVID-19 Fatality Rate by SEX:

*Death Rate = (number of deaths / number of cases) = probability of dying if infected by the virus (%). This probability differs depending on sex. When reading these numbers, it must be taken into account that smoking in China is much more prevalent among males. Smoking increases the risks of respiratory complications.

SEX
DEATH RATE
confirmed cases
DEATH RATE
all cases
Male
4.7%
2.8%
Female
2.8%
1.7%

*Death Rate = (number of deaths / number of cases) = probability of dying if infected by the virus (%).

Pre-existing medical conditions (comorbidities)

Patients who reported no pre-existing (“comorbid”) medical conditions had a case fatality rate of 0.9%. Pre-existing illnesses that put patients at higher risk of dying from a COVID-19 infection are:

COVID-19 Fatality Rate by COMORBIDITY:

*Death Rate = (number of deaths / number of cases) = probability of dying if infected by the virus (%). This probability differs depending on pre-existing condition. The percentage shown below does NOT represent in any way the share of deaths by pre-existing condition. Rather, it represents, for a patient with a given pre-existing condition, the risk of dying if infected by COVID-19.

PRE-EXISTING CONDITION
DEATH RATE
confirmed cases
DEATH RATE
all cases
Cardiovascular disease
13.2%
10.5%
Diabetes
9.2%
7.3%
Chronic respiratory disease
8.0%
6.3%
Hypertension
8.4%
6.0%
Cancer
7.6%
5.6%
no pre-existing conditions
0.9%

*Death Rate = (number of deaths / number of cases) = probability of dying if infected by the virus (%).  ”

Other Current Statistics on COVID-19

86,000 People are confirmed sick with Coronavirus at the moment across 47 countries,
of which 79,000 are in China.   This means that if you are not in or haven’t recently visited China, this might reduce 94% of your concern.

If you do contract Coronavirus, this still is not a cause for panic because:
82% of the Cases are MILD
18% of the Cases are Serious or Critical …

Which means that even if you do get the virus, you are more likely to recover from it. … but … there have been 3,000 deaths out of 86,000 confirmed cases.

Latest data here:
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR3uSe5VOzGNmgjA7o-JQ7pFXr5EAUeyrCJVRydCHLGbylzgZb1wpNhYSII

Some have said, “but this is worse than SARS !.
SARS had a fatality rate of 10% while COVID-19 has an overall fatality rate of 3.5%… but as we saw from the results above, your actual risks of death may be as high as 15%.

This means that:
if you are under 50 years of age and don’t live in China – you are more likely to win the lottery (which has a 1 in 45,000,000 chance).


Handwashing?
Handwashing has been shown to be reduce your COVID-19 risks from your hands, to near zero, if you wash with soapy suds for 30 seconds, because while soap does little to kill bacteria … soap is VERY GOOD at de-activating viruses (by washing the virus’s fatty lipid protective coating off – exposing & damaging the underlying viral proteins) … 😉

Effective handwashing takes some surprising effort … 30 seconds (whistle Yankee Doodle, twice) of brisk rubbing with soapy suds …

Hand-sanitizers?
Hand-sanitizer gel usage can be very effective  IF the handsanitizer has over 60% alcohol…


Handling Money??
… Bake the money for 20 minutes** in a 200º F warming oven … 

A 200º F oven is 93º C …

and Yes … That’s a proven old-school technique from the 1930’s => Dry Sterilization …

Why??

 …  BEST CURRENT EVIDENCE says “The COVID-19 disease’s SARS-CoV-2 virus can linger on surfaces for 2 – 3 days.

**Notice that if an object is at 145º F  (65º C) for at least 3 minutes, the heat kills all viruses & all bacteria and even Cryptoporids  & their encysted spores.   That means that if we spread the bills & coins out on cookie sheets in an already warm 200ºF warming oven – the bills & coins temperatures heated for 10 minutes, would easily exceed the 145ºF @ 3 minutes standard. …  Since some people’s ovens may not be at 200ºF, and since some people may put in small clumps of bills, then 20 minutes at 200ºF gets typical clumps of bills upt to 145ºF for 3 mnutes.

Why aren’t the Big Media talking heads reporting this?
It’s not clear … but China reports it’s Central Bank is now sterilizing their money.

https://www.livescience.com/how-long-coronavirus-last-surfaces.html

Further Examples … Notice that “Pasteurization” of foods & drinks has been proven for over 150 years … Pasteurization temperatures are 63º – 65º C for 30 minutes. … The 200º F (93º C) money-sterilization for 20 minutes very nicely exceeds typical ‘Pasteurization’ protocols. 😉

Wearing a Mask?
That’s the problem … you should only be wearing a mask if you are sick.

Notice that wearing a well-fitting N95 mask  can keep BOTH the caregivers and the AT-RISK healthy patients (who have compromised immune systems or lung problems) … from inhaling over 99% other people’s sneezed droplets.

None of us want to inhale this gunk   …  floating around for hours.

Steven Fry's photo.

Realities of Well-fitting N95 Masks     versus   stylish & chic Surgical Masks:
Sadly … Many talking heads on TV    and even some Medical Doctors & Nurses are quoting results for leaky surgical masks … because as non-scientists, they aren’t familiar with the scientific test results – and they inappropriately substitute their knowledge of surgical masks (SM’s) in place of N-95 FFR mask performance.

Typical Doctor’s & Nurses surgical masks leak roughly 40% of the contagious sneezed aerosol droplets – through gaps around the nose & cheeks.

Surgical masks are designed to catch Doctor’s sneezes & Nurse’s coughs in the ER … to keep the patient safe from the Doctors & Nurses – protecting the patient … not the Doctor nor the Nurse.

Well-fitted N95 FFRs masks are INSTEAD designed to protect the patient from inhaling contagious sneezed aerosol droplets floating around in the air … protecting the wearer from inhaling 99.8% of small airborne liquid aerosol.

Again … Notice that a well fitted N95 mask is proven to block 99.8% of the contagious droplets sneezed~coughed by others.

Notice that both caregivers & people with lung problems or compromised immune systems … diabetes patients … cancer patients … and cardiovascular disease …. need well fitting N95 masks … NOT SURGICAL MASKS …

NOT this … These styles leak air around the nose & cheeks:

Steven Fry's photo.

Instead, consider a well-fitting N95 mask, that has no gaps around the nose or cheeks,    like this:

Steven Fry's photo.

Proofs:
Tests using aerosols in the size range of sneezed droplets showed … two different N95 FFRs showed just 0.17% and 0.86% “Filter Penetration”… blocking even tiny 0.045 micron (um) aerosol droplets.

while the basic leaky Surgical Mask had 88.1% “Filter Penetration” …

For comparison, sneezed contagious droplets at 0.5 um – 12 um are much easier to block (stop from inhalation) than the 99.8% efficiency found for 0.045 um test aerosol droplets.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4589201/

WHEN to Wear a Mask:
Virologists are saying that when a Coronavirus patient sneezes or coughs, it can be inhaled by people within a 6 ft (2 meters) radius … and within 10 minutes of the infected person sneezing or coughing.

That means anyone sick with COVID-19 should wear a mask, to catch their sneezed droplets,  and anyone within 6 ft of an uncovered sneeze or cough can benefit from wearing a well fitting N95 mask.

Example:  You’re in the grocery store line, and the infected person in line behind you sneezes, and the person in front of you coughs – you’re pretty jammed up, without a mask. …  and if those people in line coughing & sneezing were wearing masks … the it’s a seriously good help for everyone within 2 meters.

Then … Consider the scientific study results for contagious viral transmission contact on a plane.

One sick person walking down the aisle to the bathroom is shown to potentially contaminate every single person they walk by (15 rows x 2 people on each side) – if they happen to sneeze or cough.

Well fitting N-95 Masks on the sick people, and on the people on the aisle seats … get help = protection from the masks.

That means that for all the contagious people with no symptoms, walking around, infecting others with COVID-19… it points to contact mechanisms.

Stopping Transmission that happens When We Touch Things:
Unfortunately, it means that we touch a surface that they touched, and then we (without thinking) we touch our face, nose or mouth … or casually rub our eye … or we touch a snack that we pick up.

Since Coronaviruses are shown to remain viable on surfaces up to 9 days … it points to some real risks we may not normally think about,

like touching a contaminated counter (at a bank, grocery checkout, or airport) … or touching the handle on a shopping cart or basket … or the grocery store cooler doors…or touch the keypad on a CC machine (to enter a PIN) or ATM keypad …

or touching money … that’s passed through many hands during the previous 9 days.

or worse yet … a shared keyboard at the nurses station or an ER’s tech-station ???

That perspective may mean re-thinking a bit about how we go through our days.

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So,  yes,    even with washing hands (20 full seconds of soapy suds & aggressive-brisk rubbing   to get a 25% reduced risk) … and a good N95 well fitting mask (reducing airborne respiratory virus to near zero)  … we are still left with the risks of eye contact …

but hopefully,   nobody sneezes into your eye.

Finally,   Follow your doctor’s advice …   If COVID-19 appears in your area,  consider avoiding crowds and avoiding areas where previous people’s sneezes & coughs contaminated aerosol droplets linger in the air – and are transmitted by the building’s big air-handling systems (like on cruise ships) …  and maybe even consider sterilizing your money (??)

… Bake the money for 20 – 30 minutes in a 200º F warming oven … 200º F is 93º C …
It’s a well proven old-school technique from the 1930’s => Dry Sterilization …

If you or loved ones have loved-ones with pre-existing medical conditions … including suppressed immune systems, diabetes, cardiac conditions,  respiratory problems,   cancer,    and even high blood pressure … consider restricting their visitors  … and apply the same handwashing,  hand sanitizer, & N95 mask protections for their caregivers – so the caregivers do not unknowingly challenge the patient with a Coronavirus infection that is not showing symptoms.

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Be well … Take reasonable precautions …  Do your best to protect loved-ones with pre-existing medical conditions … including suppressed immune systems, diabetes, cardiac conditions,  respiratory problems,   cancer,    and even high blood pressure.


Disclaimers:
As always, consult with your physician for any health issues.   This article is only for informational & entertainment purposes.  It is not to replace your Doctor’s advice.

and …. Stay current with the updates on local & regional health concerns for where you live …

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Final Scientific Notes:

For people who are curious:
Strong UV of the correct wavelength (high energy) light KILLS germs, by wrecking their DNA & RNA…
Germicidal UV ranges from 100-280 nm wavelengths … known as UV-C …. The peak wavelength for germicidal activity is at 265 nm. (like in a UV light sterilizer)
The DNA and RNA of microorganisms absorbs “UV-C”, damaging the DNA & RNA molecular structures, rendering the microbes (germs – bacteria – viruses) unable to replicate.


This means that direct intense sunlight … may kill SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces. 😉

but … the kill rates per exposure time have not been determined…

and …. the closer you are to the sun is REALLY key … the time of day (mid-day max UV) …. where high altitudes (5000 ft, 10000 ft, 12000 ft) and how close to the equator your are … give less air-atmosphere that absorbs UV ..

and the length of exposure to the sun’s UV-C light increases the DNA & RNA damage = harmful to both microbes & you => nasty cancer risks for humans out in the sun due to altering your skin’s DNA.

Shortest most intense pathlengths through the atmosphere, happen at mid day (look at your solar system output) … at high altitudes, and closer to the equator.
😉

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Published data have suggested that sneezing may produce as many as 40 000 droplets between 0.5–12 μm in diameter () that may be expelled at speeds up to 100 m/s (), whereas coughing may produce up to 3000 droplet nuclei, about the same number as talking for five minutes (). Despite the variety in size, large droplets comprise most of the total volume of expelled respiratory droplets.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK143281/

In the classic study of airborne transmission,  was able to identify the difference between disease transmission via large droplets and by airborne routes. Wells found that, under normal air conditions, droplets smaller than 100 μm in diameter would completely dry out before falling approximately 2 m to the ground.

Droplet nuclei floating on the air may be carried by the movement of air. Entrainment of air into neighbouring airspaces may occur during the most innocuous daily activities; for example, as a result of people walking, or the opening of a door between a room and the adjacent corridor or space (). In addition, the air temperature (and therefore air density) differences across an open doorway will also cause air exchange to occur between the two areas, providing a second mechanism to allow air into other areas () (see Figure C.3).

A higher air temperature directly above the patient’s head (or body, if lying down) will create convective air currents that may entrain potentially infectious air from neighbouring spaces into the higher temperature column rising air above the patient (). Patients lying in bed, breathing or sleeping, may produce exhaled airflows that can reach the airspace of a patient in the neighbouring bed, and even further in the presence of certain types of ventilation systems (see below) ().

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Resource Article describing why food is safe:
https://www.seriouseats.com/2020/03/food-safety-and-coronavirus-a-comprehensive-guide.html?fbclid=IwAR1rr2V-_xyNdhsHWwIGPwSPFdDakobd4k5d-Ph6P1HGbLOQ0F8w22WKl-Y

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New Rules for Bringing Personal Pets into Mexico

Here’s the latest information from the USDA:

“Effective 12/16/2019: A health certificate for dogs and cats is no longer needed to enter Mexico. Dogs and cats may be taken to the border without health certificate documentation, they will be inspected by SENASICA upon arrival. Please follow the guidance on this page.

Notice that Mexico has different requirements for Birds, Ferrets, and Other Pets.  Please see this USDA website for details: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel/by-country/pettravel-mexico

Requirements for dogs and cats originating in, and proceeding from, the United States of America to Mexico:
(Combinacion numbers 007-35-61-USA-USA and 013-08-504-USA-USA)

  1. Upon arrival to Mexico with the pet dog(s) and/or cat(s) in a clean cage(s)/carrier(s), travelers must visit the Mexican Animal and Plant Health Inspection Office (OISA), to contact the official personnel working with SENASICA. The official personnel will verify the following:
  1. That the dog(s) and/or cat(s) does/do not present signs of infectious and contagious diseases.
  2. The animal(s) is/are free of ectoparasites*
  3. The animal(s) does/do not present fresh wounds or wounds in a healing process.

*If at the physical inspection parasites are detected, the owner/user should contact a Veterinarian (anyone) in order he/she applies an appropriate treatment. If ticks are detected, the SENASICA personnel will take a sample of the ectoparasite(s) for its diagnostic at the official laboratory, and will verify that all parasites are removed from the pet(s). The animal(s) will remain at the OISA [Mexican official office] until confirmation that the parasites are not exotic/foreign to Mexico, or are not under an Animal Health Program (Campaign) in Mexico. Otherwise, SENASICA, through the Animal Health General Direction, will determine the measures to be applied. Expenses derived from such actions, should be paid by the importer.

Other requirements/information about inspection at the OISA, upon presentation of the shipment in Mexico:

B. If your pet(s) is/are under treatment due to lesions and/or infections on the skin due to mites, dermatomycosis, dermatophylosis, hairless or similar lesions, you should present to the official personnel of SADER/SENASICA the diagnostic and treatment instructed by the Veterinarian. Such information should be presented in a letterhead, including the professional registration number (or equivalent). Enclosed to the letterhead, it can be accepted a copy of the professional registration number (or equivalent).

C. Compliance of what is indicated in this document, does not exempt the importer of presenting documents, complying with applications and/or procedures requested by other authorities.

D. When the cage/carrier is dirty and/or contains bed disposable (newspaper wood – other materials) toys or edible products, a disinfection will be applied, removing all that is inside of the carrier/cage, for a proper destruction.

E. Only the portion of food used to feed the animal during the day of arrival, will be allowed.

This HRZ only applies to domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris), and domestic cats (felis catus).

NOTE: If you travel regularly between the U.S. and Mexico with your dog, you can request to register in the “Pet Program – Frequent Traveler”. For further information please contact the following phone numbers: 59051000 ext. 53611, 54326 and 51020, (0155) 43130154; 43130155 and 43130152.

Considerations for airline travel:

Airlines may have separate and additional requirements. Check with your airline to determine what requirements they may have, if any.

Additional information for pet owners, airlines, and others about APHIS endorsement of international health certificates.

View requirements for returning to the US with your pet

Happy Trails, Steve

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Foreigners for Owning Property: Yucatan’s 50 km Exclusion Zone

Feb 11, 2020
For people considering where to buy property, and in what areas of Yucatan State foreigners can buy property  without a Fideicomiso (real estate trust) … Notice that to get outside of Mexico’s 50 km Exclusion Zone limit for our shorelines,  foreigners have to choose sites well south of Merida … all the way down & over to Acanceh … to get out of the 50 km restricted coastal zones.

Continuing East from Acanceh …  Tahmek is just INside the 50 km zone … Kantunil is far enough south to be OUT of the zone … Continuing further east, Tunkás is just outside the zone… … Espita is the next town to the east, outside the zone … and then there’s not much east of Colotmul.

Map of Yucatan
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Next: Notice that Acanceh is about 28 km south of Merida … That means ALL of Merida is inside the 50 km restricted coastal zone (regardless of persistent gringo-rumors).

Valladolid is well outside the Exclusion Zone … about 40 km south of Espita.

Curious about other locals … check out this detailed map:
(when in the site … double click on the map, to make it BIG)
https://www.mapshop.com/mayan-riviera-yucatan-peninsula-wall-map/

and finally …
The Exclusion Zone, restricting foreigners from owning properties, extends to 100 km at the borders.

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Europe – Schengen Zone Requiring Approval to Enter in 2021

Feb. 3, 2020

As of this moment …  there are 60 countries whose citizens will be required to obtain an “ETIAS travel authorization” before entering the Schengen Zone** in 2021.      Notice that the ETIAS-countries include USA, Canada & Mexico … plus Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Japan, New Zealand, and most of South America

Citizens of these countries will need to complete an online ETIAS application form to visit the Schengen Zone countries**.

… but NONE of the Republicans “Terrorist” travel ban states are included. …  North Korea, Iran, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan, et al are ALL FINE … not needing the ETIAS travel authorization to enter Europe.


What countries are restricting entry in 2021?

**Think   ~Europe’s Schengen Zone~ … Currently, that’s 22 EU member countries, four non-EU countries, plus three European micro-states.

**ETIAS registration will be required for Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Vatican City.


Details:

Fortunately, the ETIAS online application form is quick & straightforward to complete.   ETIAS travel authorization requirements require applicants to have a valid passport, a credit or debit card to pay the ETIAS fee, and an email address to receive their electronic ETIAS permit.

Applicants answer basic questions, including their travel itinerary, basic health history items, and descriptions of their criminal record. … Travelers details will be checked against security databases, like the Interpol and Europol databases & ETIAS email-approvals issued fairly quickly.

In a somewhat odd twist … Children under 18 (from ETIAS countries) must get an   ETIAS visa waiver   to travel to Europe.

Implementation Date:
The ETAIS rules were approved last July, 2019, describing a 2021 start date … but most recent ETAIS website updates now describe a “late 2021” kick-off.

Official details here:
https://www.etiasvisa.com/etias-news/who-needs-etias-visa-europe

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Update on Foreigners Using Repeated “Tourist visas” To Stay in Mexico

Jan. 27, 2020

This report is a heads-up to all the people who have been staying in Mexico by using a succession of 180 day Visitante visas … aka “tourist” visas.  Since the Nov. 2012 publication of the Reglamentos (Regulations) by INM,  INM officials have been moving slowly to restrict foreigners from living in Mexico on a 180 day Visitante visa, and then exiting Mexico briefly to try to re-enter on yet another new 180 day Visitante visa.

Since 2012, INM has had nationwide-computer access foreigner’s immigration records, documenting all of our exits and entries – in easy to look-up records, that allow them to identify people who clearly reside in Mexico,  but who have not gotten Residente visas.

Along these lines … Recently,  some INM officials have internally proposed implementing a policy of … a 90 day waiting period between 180d Visitante Visas …  to stop foreigners from residing in Mexico, without getting Residente Temporal or Residente Permanente visas.

Will it happen?

Is it happening, now?

A recent internet report points to some INM agents cracking down on serial-successive Visitante visa usage – now including deportation back to the USA:

I have only used tourist visas to stay in the country, and have never stayed past the 180 days the visa allows. On Thursday, I travelled back to Mexico through the Mexico City airport, but I was denied entry because they said I should have a resident visa. I was deported to Houston the next day (yesterday)“.

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We have no special insights about where INM policies will ultimately land … but we offer this latest twist of sending AIRLINE PASSENGERS BACK  to the USA … as a caution to people who have potentially overused 180 day Visitante Visas in the past.

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GI Problems: Parasites, Bacteria & Fungi … What to do?

Jan. 19, 2020

A good friend just forwarded the following issue(s)  … and question(s) on Facebook:

Do you have experience with parasites?
I lived in Mexico for over a year recently with no health issues. Unfortunately I had to return to the US. I have been sick ever since I came back to the USA.

Has anyone had experience with parasites in your body? What were your symptoms?

I have bad gut issues, prostate problems and a bad UTI that will not go away. Doctors have no idea what’s wrong. … Thanks for any input.”

 

The FB friend commented~requested:
Steve … I have seen some of your excellent comments you have made on similar (GI) problems. Trouble is the cooments and advice are difficult to locate now. How about sharing your wisdom with a column on gut health for expats? What meds should we be taking every six months? Appreciate your willingness to be so helpful to all of us expats!
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Whew … What a challenging set of issues.

GI Parasites … could be GI worms, amoebas, paramecia or even nasty-cryptosporids.

Sidelight: Since it could involve a wide range of problems, (too much to describe here) … SEE the Parasite treatment issues described at the end of this article.**

Continuing … In addition to parasites … also more broadly consider all the GI Microbes … most often E, coli … Salmonella (even becoming endemic), Shigella, Campylobacter (popular-common in the USA), rotovirus, the varieties of Clostridium (including “C. diff” ) …

General Advice on Prevention & Avoidance?:
Eat only well cooked meats …
e.g. Avoid ceviche … (the lime juice is NOT magic .. encysted worms & their encysted eggs are NOT affected by lime juice – it takes either cooking, or  a sharp knife & good eye  to eliminate them) … unless the people preparing the ceviche put thin sliced fish fillets on a light box & cut out the parasites – like what good sushi chefs do to protect their customers.

Eat foods with a peel:  Bananas … apples … pears … Oranges & pretty much all citrus fruits.

Mexican Street-Foods:  Eat what comes out of hot oil, and goes straight into a sterile piece of paper, cup, napkin etc, without being touched …   (Continued in our main article on this at

https://yucalandia.com/answers-to-common-questions/gi-problems-parasites-bacteria-fungi-what-can-we-do/

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Disclaimers:

~ Notice that “Dan Fitz” (the Original FB poster~patient suffering in the USA) …  is likely in the dog-house with his GI problems, because he returned to Canada-USA without getting treated here. … US & Canadian physicians have almost NO TRAINING in how to recognize or handle these things … and they almost always don’t know the meds…  
This means:
GO TO A PHYSICIAN HERESeek COMPETENT experienced Medical advice from a Physician who knows Tropical Diseases & Tropical Parasites BEFORE you return back North.    …  Almost always … waiting to go to US physician or Canadian Doctor is NOT a good approach – because they don’t ever study it, nor do they take the time to read about this stuff.

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Getting License Plates & Registration ~ Yucatan Style ~

Jan. 18, 2020
It’s time to get new license plates & registration papers for all vehicles in Yucatan state.  This year,  you go in during an assigned month, based on your current license plate number, per this table:

reemplacamiento 2020

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.and here’s the list of fees:

License plate costs 2020

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Simple Home Testing of Your Tap Water

Jan. 16, 2020

Public Service Announcement:
We just got a request for some simple-but-proven ways to test the general water quality of your Merida City (JAPAY) water … or any chlorinated city water …. to determine if there is very likely ~no~ bacterial contamination in your home’s city water.

Here are 3 simple steps (tests) you can do at home:
1.  Take a water sample at the city water meter for your house (or from a spigot close to the meter) and test that sample for “free chlorine” using a swimming pool tester.

… If the incoming JAPAY City water tests positive, for acceptable “free chlorine” levels … ( 0.4 to 1.2 ppm Free Chlorine) … then GREAT … there’s enough disinfectant to ensure no bacterial contamination.

2.  Inspect the tinaco (and ground level cistern if there is one) … Make sure there is no accumulated detritus (leaves, dead birds, etc). If present: Remove any detritus & clean & disinfect the tinaco.

Tinaco Inspection

If the water in your tinaco looks clean & smells clean … then:
… Use your swimming pool chlorine tester to test the “free chlorine” levels in your tinaco water. … If the tinaco water tests positive, for acceptable “free chlorine” levels then GREAT … there’s enough disinfectant to ensure no bacterial contamination.

3.  Go to your kitchen sink tap & bathroom sink taps (where you brush your teeth) … Use your swimming pool chlorine tester to test the “free chlorine” levels at your two main sink taps … If the sink tap water tests positive, for acceptable “free chlorine” levels then GREAT … there’s enough disinfectant to ensure no bacterial contamination.

Past testing of Merida JAPAY city water has shown that 3% of home’s meters had no free chlorine, and had fecal coliforms in the water coming through the meter.  If this is true for your home’s meter,  CONTACT JAPAY & file a complaint (there’s likely an  underground leak in the pipes under the streets) …

Past testing of Merida JAPAY city water has shown that 26% of home’s kitchen sink water samples had no free chlorine, and had fecal coliforms in the water coming through the kitchen sink faucet.   If this is true for your kitchen or bathroom sink … when your meter water tested positive for “Free Chlorine” … then you have significant contamination somewhere in your home’s plumbing.

Kitchen Sink

If you have no free chlorine in your sink-tap water:
Typically, the in-home contamination comes from dead decaying organic matter (detritus) in your tinaco or cistern. … If your tinaco (and cistern) test positive for “Free Chlorine”,  but your sinks do not have any “Free Chlorine” remaining in their water,  then you need to clean your home’s plumbing.

After cleaning detritus from the system (organic gunk, like leaves, dead birds etc) …  Then disinfect the home water system: Put ¼ cup of unscented laundry bleach into a standard 1100 L tinaco (300 gal) … to get swimming pool levels of free chlorine for the next 2-3 days.

If you want professional testing to determine the typical kinds of contamination found in Merida home’s water,  then consider ordering one of the tests listed in this .pdf file:

Click to access LQM841126MG8.pdf

If you want professional testing to determine the typical kinds of contamination found in Merida home’s water, contact one of our local water quality laboratories.   Since we have had no experience with the current laboratories, we cannot vouch for the relative quality of any specific laboratory – but fecal coliform testing is a pretty simple & reliable test.

We welcome readers to volunteer (comment) on their experiences with any of our local water testing laboratories.

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Parts of Yucatan’s New “Ban” on Single Use Plastic Bags & Straws Start Jan. 1, 2020

Jan. 1, 2020
The State of Yucatan begins the first stage (of 3 stages) of it’s gradual ban on single-use plastic bags & straws ….   So … People often imagine that the “Yucatan BANS Plastic Bags Starting Jan.1, 2020”  is the headline … but it’s not quite that simple.
😉

When we read the Yucatan State’s published regs on this, the single-use plastic bag ban is a staggered implementation, rolling out in 3 gradual stages, staggered over the next 18 months.

The first stage applies to commercial establishments that are in the vicinity of cenotes, natural protected areas and ecological reserves.  … These commercial establishments  have six months to be in compliance (on both single use bags & straws).

The second stage requires supermarkets, self-service and convenience stores, pharmacies, markets, restaurants and the like must end their use within 12 months. (basically using up existing stocks and buying only limited new stocks of bags from existing stocks at distributors – until those distributor’s stocks are depleted).

The third stage requires the wholesale and retail sellers of single-use plastic bags & straws … to stop selling them within 18 months.

Finally … the state’s municipalities have six months to adapt their environmental regulations to reflect the new State law.    As such, Yucatan’s municipios must initiate municipal programs for the substitutions and a gradual elimination of single-use plastic bags, polystyrene containers (unicel) and plastic straws.

plastic bag

Makes sense?

Join in … by buying our fine robust plastic mesh bags … ~ Now ~

Even the really big ones cost only $60 pesos down at the plastics stores down by our Lucas de Galvez Mercado (the “Old Market”) down at Calle 54 & Calle 65.

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2019 After-Christmas Returns to Hit New Highs

After-Christmas returns are expected to surpass $90 Billion this year.

… including Amazon mail-order Brides …

Amazon Mail order bride

HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!

Hope you’re all ready for the Roaring ’20’s !

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New Yucatec Maya City Unveiled: Kulubá


Dec. 27, 2019
Mexican archaeologists have just recently revealed the remains of a vast Mayan palace, that’s over 1,000 years old.   This big Maya palace is just one part of the ancient city of Kulubá, roughly 100 miles west of Cancún, in Northeast Yucatán.

The Kulubá palace’s form is somewhat unique (see the foto below) …
It’s dimensions:  55 meters long, 15 meters wide, but just 6 meters high.  Overall, the palace consisted of just six big rooms.    The Kulubá palace is one part of a larger complex that also includes two residential rooms, an altar and a large round oven.

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The Kulubá palace & the site are somewhat unique, because it bridges 2 Yucatec Maya epochs.   The palace was in use during the Yucatec Mayas late classical period (600 AD – 900 AD), through the terminal classical (850 AD – 1050 AD) between AD850 and AD1050, per award-winning Yucatecan archeologist & lead archeologist director Alfredo Barrera Rubio.
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Per Rubio:
We know very little about the architectural characteristics of this region, the north-east of Yucatán. So one of our main objectives, as well as the protection and restoration of cultural heritage, is the study of the architecture of Kulubá.

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“… This is just the start of the work. We are only just uncovering one of the largest structures on the site.”   Rubio hopes that as the work continues, Kulubá “will become a natural attraction for visitors to the region.”

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Specifically, the Kulubá site lies midway between Tizimin & Kantunkin … off the Tixcancal road.

This link takes you to a map:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ruinas+de+Kuluba/@21.1161301,-87.8465939,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x7e465de2013985af!8m2!3d21.1161301!4d-87.8465939

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Check out the official INAH fotos here:

https://www.elsoldemexico.com.mx/cultura/video-palacio-zona-arqueologica-kuluba-yucatan-cultura-maya-descubrimiento-4625294.html?fbclid=IwAR3_yp66POzGHGQoJsSPUtV0CwXVn_w8fN0UG5_3kF0YcZT4TkjpX9eXjO8

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Mexican Visa $$ Solvency Requirements for 2020

December 21, 2019
Mexico’s daily minimum wage will be going up Jan. 1, 2020, to $123.22 pesos per day (20% increase).    Because the Mexican Government’s personal monthly income & personal savings requirements for Residente visas are tied directly to the minimum wages,  the SRE’s (Consulates) and INM’s “personal solvency” requirements for foreigners will also automatically rise 20% in January, 2020.

Residente Permanente visa applicants must show a monthly income of 500 times the daily minimum wage =>  $3,243 US dollars ($61,610 MXN pesos) using an exchange rate of $19:1 … That income must be documented by 6 months bank statements. … People who have liquid assets can also qualify by proving an annual average balance of 20,000 times the minimum wage =>  $130,ooo US dollars ($2,464,400 MXN pesos) using an exchange rate of $19:1 for 2020 applicants … documented by 12 months of bank statements.

Residente Temporal visa applicants must now prove a monthly income of 300 times the daily minimum wage => $1,946 US dollars ($36,966 MXN pesos) per month (using an exchange rate of $19:1.   Consulates want 6 months of bank statements. … People who have liquid assets can also qualify by proving an average annual balance of 5,000 times the minimum wage => $32,426 US dollars ($61,6100 MXN pesos) account balance for 2020.

If you want more details on immigrating to Mexico, or visiting Mexico, see our main immigration article at:

~ Current Rules and Procedures for Immigration, Visiting, and Staying in Mexico

https://yucalandia.com/answers-to-common-questions/new-rules-and-procedures-for-immigration-visiting-and-staying-in-mexico/

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December 14, 2019
Every once in a while, we get fun news~updates from some of the minor (smaller) Maya sites. Consider recent reports offering beautiful insights into the founding & lifestyles of Paso del Macho … Think BOTH Jade & Chocolate.

There’s a fun Archeology.org article out describing fun jade (ritual?) items found under the plaza of Paso del Macho Puuc site, that describes

… an offering made when the settlement was founded between 900 and 800 B.C. It contains some of the earliest evidence of Maya fertility rituals. … (describing)  more than 30 artifacts made of greenstone, including small stones that symbolize maize sprouting from the underworld, represent events in the story of the maize god’s birth. ”

Paso del Macho jade

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/366-2001/trenches/8254-digs-mexico-paso-del-macho?fbclid=IwAR0gEiTYlnmyDUN1vKzOZeEIK3dY2k_B138kr3rZR-Pcs5HYEtsS9UzaATA

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This latest article fits nicely with past fun    chocolate   findings from Paso del Macho, from a separate-but-related article on chocolate found at Paso del Macho:

http://www.yucatancompass.com/article/69/2500-year-old-cacao-residue-discovered-in-the-maya-puuc-region-of-yucatan

2,500-year-old Cacao Residue Discovered in the Maya Puuc Region of Yucatán.”

“Traces of cacao – or chocolate – have been found for the first time in an archeological context in Yucatán; the chemical residues of the seed (usually called “beans”) were found adhered to two fragments of 2,500-year-old Mayan ceramic pottery, recovered from the Paso del Macho archeological site.”

“One of the fragments discovered is a plate, which suggests to scientists that the pre-Hispanic Mayans may have used it for their food as a sauce having a consistency similar to that of mole*.

“The discovery is of relevance to archaeology, because it indicates that the use of cacao may go as far back as 600-500 B.C.,

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Jade,  mole   and   Chocolate !

Our Puuc Maya knew how live !

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What Actually Happened in the UK Election ?


December 14, 2019

Data driven worlds …

or … Get swept along by the hype?

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Lots of US Lefties are moaning that the UK election of Boris (with an 86 vote majority) … somehow magically predicts a big Trump win in 2020…

Is that a reasonable conclusion?

The actual UK election results say a resounding …. ” No ” …

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Why-how did UK-ites lose their minds, electing Boris the Goon with an “86 vote” majority?

When the vast majority of the British public believes that their deep complex problems (of failed-collapsed Empire) should be solved by easy feel-good solutions … (falsely-easy solutions offered by all sides) …

When pretty much all talented leaders leave-the-field (years ago) due to over a decade of intractable messes … leaving only very low-talent options … Who (or what) do they vote “for” ?

… or … Do you vote “against” ?

Notice that it’s the same as the USA where millions of votes “for” Trump… were actually just votes “against” the arrogant more-of-the-same Washington-insider Hillary.

Then notice that UK’s “first past the post” election rules too often guarantee non-democratic results … where Boris (ab)used  the UK Parliamentary system to    steal  an 86 vote majority (56% of Parliament),    with just 43% of the vote …
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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/general-election-results-pr-alternative-voting-system-tories-labour-hung-a9246661.html?fbclid=IwAR0gCSRhT1w8_yHMMoby8exUMkQhccNpkv4U13ImR2_IBEi_k1BPAdEIThs
Notice that Tories’ vote share only increased by a paltry 1.2%, even though they LOST over ½ their seats in Scotland – ( getting a WEAK 43% of the total UK vote).

while … Labor votes FELL by 7.8%
… (led by the repulsive, dithering, bland Labour leader Corbin)

The election results were NOT a resounding “YES” to Boris-the-Goon (a paltry 1.5% gain to just 43%) … Instead, they were a rejection of Corbin & Labor’s weakness & confusion.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/ng-interactive/2019/dec/12/uk-general-election-2019-full-results-live-labour-conservatives-tories

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Need to Notarize a Document when Abroad?


December 6, 2019

For all the people who don’t have a US Consulate nearby,  or whose Consulate makes them wait 2 – 4 weeks for an appointment … note that there’s now another legitimate option to get US documents notarized while abroad:  the app “Notarize”.

A good US attorney notes that US law dictates that several basic requirements be met for properly Notarizing a document:
~  The Notary must see you during the Notarization, to establish that you are the actual person who signs the document.

~  The Notary almost always has to be licensed in the jurisdiction of the document being Notarized.

Because “Notarize” does this through a video chat, it should be legal in all states since they appeared to be licensed in all states  … because the “Notarize” Notary actually sees you at signing.

“Notarize” is at:  https://www.notarize.com/

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Adventures into Yucatan Plumbing & Electrical (Desafios)


December 4, 2019

For everyone who “has seen it all” …

I just returned from a very peculiar gas-leak job … where electric current was passing along the metal mesh covering on the gas hose to the stove … due to electric current leaking from the copper GAS LINE in the wall – looking for ground – running through the wire mesh covering on the rubber gas hose – getting hot … and ARC-ing .. where the metal touched metal … MELTING through two different gas hoses …

~ Electrical Short ~ Burnt Gas Hose(1)

This is what the 2 day old “new” hose looks like – from the Yucatecan plomero-electricista … “plumber-electrician”‘s installation on Monday.

~ Electrical Short ~ Burnt Gas Hose(2)… because another local Yucatecan electrician-plumber just slapped in a new metal mesh covered hose … that lasted just 2 days before burning through the rubber gas hose … again

Fortunately … they did not make the 10:00 o’clock News.
aka   … no BOOM

Repairs Part 1:     Make & install a high quality poly-hose that does NOT conduct electricity …

Repairs Part 2:     I bonded-the-shite out of all of it (gas pipe, stove & outlet) to 2 different earth grounds – using 2 fresh new copper wires. => Belt & suspenders …  AND a bungee-cord.
🙂

Disclaimer: For professionals only … Do not try this at home.

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November 20, 2019

Snow blowing

Our friends in Illinois have ~already~ been shoveling serious snow …

~twice~ …

… It’s not even Thanksgiving, yet.
😉

~ Our Yucatan sidewalks ~   …  ??

In need of shoveling …     😉

uxmal double jaguar throne       Chichen Chac Mool

and

There are other reasons to visit here …

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