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It appears all companies are now in a panic about Corona/Covid virus. So much so, that they are issuing guidance to all employees, have pandemic coordination committees and hotlines/calling-trees for all employees.

Yesterday, my own CEO issued our guidance regarding the state of the virus, globally, our plans, even suggesting stocking up on "necessities". I did have to laugh at his intro e-mail though.

At one point he stated, "Interestingly, in Connecticut alone, as of yesterday we have had over 2200 people get the flu, and 58 deaths this season – and no one seems to notice or discuss it. Amazing." He then went on to calmly state our company "plan".

Is the sky truly falling?
 

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I find it interesting that the virus is hitting hardest in China where we get a lot of our medications and medical supplies from. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said some of the testing kits sent to U.S. and at least 30 countries produced “inconclusive” results due to a flawed component. Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place.
 

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I don't understand the hysteria.

I looked on the CDC website: "The overall burden of influenza for the 2017-2018 season was an estimated 45 million influenza illnesses, 21 million influenza-associated medical visits, 810,000 influenza-related hospitalizations, and 61,000 influenza-associated deaths."

61,000 Americans dead from the Flu in one season... I don't remember any fuss about it.

On the news yesterday there was a guy who had been diagnosed with Corona (got it on a cruise ship). Said he had a headache for a bit and cough. Felt fine now and was ready to be released from quarantine soon.
 

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1919 flu had the fifth iteration of 100% death.
8 Things to Know About the Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919. 1. The global death toll for the Spanish flu is thought to be 50 million people, but it might have been as high as 100 million. In other words, between 3% and 5% of the world's population died.
The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, the deadliest in history, infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide—about one-third of the planet’s population—and killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims, including some 675,000 Americans. The 1918 flu was first observed in Europe, the United States and parts of Asia before swiftly spreading around the world. At the time, there were no effective drugs or vaccines to treat this killer flu strain. Citizens were ordered to wear masks, schools, theaters and businesses were shuttered and bodies piled up in makeshift morgues before the virus ended its deadly global march.
 

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Seven things you should know about the coronavirus, written by a registered nurse �� :

1. Coronavirus itself isn't new. Just like influenza, coronavirus is a family of respiratory viruses, and there are multiple strains, which have the ability to change over time. Coronavirus is already common in the United States, and has been for years. I have personally cared for patients with this diagnosis.

2. Novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is the strain we're hearing about in the news. It emerged in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019.

3. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Just like the flu and common cold, it is spread person to person via respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

4. According to the World Health Organization, as of February 26, there have been 2,918 confirmed cases of COVID-19 outside of China. 53 of these are in the United States. There have been 44 deaths, none in the United States. Compare this to influenza, which the CDC estimates will infect between 29,000,000 and 41,000,000 people in the United States alone during the 2019-20 season, resulting in 16,000 to 41,000 deaths.

5. "But there's no cure!" You're right. There's no magic pill that cures the flu either. But there is a flu vaccine (that doesn't cause autism) that can protect you from our most common respiratory viruses. Maybe go get one.

6. So, why are we panicking? Frankly, because the media tells us to. Manufacturing a pandemic is a great way to boost ratings, but everything science knows so far about COVID-19 has revealed it to be no more than yet another respiratory virus (and there are thousands).

7. The scariest part of COVID-19 isn't the virus itself, it's the resulting baseless mass paranoia. Hospitals are hoarding supplies, creating shortages of PPE necessary to protect healthcare workers and patients. Cities are refusing to house and treat sick people who have nowhere else to go. People are using the virus as an excuse for their own social prejudices.

So, what can you do? Turn off the TV and arm yourself with the facts. Stop the spread of false information.

And for Pete's sake, wash your hands.

(Information & statistics obtained directly from the CDC & WHO)

Want to know more? Learn from the experts:

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

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
 

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JBear did you try hitting the - button on the map?

There were 60 cases in the USA when I posted the map on 2/28 today there are 71 cases and 1 death.
 
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I did, but it didn't work. It zoomed out, but didn't fill in the new space. However, I was doing it on my phone, and now on my laptop it does in fact work.

There appears to be only one case in Mexico. I wonder what it's going to look like when I'm there in April. Assuming air travel hasn't been shut down...
 
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The USA has gotten 5 more cases since I posted earlier today, the count is now at 76 sick and 1 death.
 

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10 more cases and another death were reported overnight bringing the total to 86 sick and 2 dead in the USA.
 

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This evening we've got 15 more cases since this morning and 4 additional deaths. Totals are now 101 cases and 6 dead.
 

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It's getting weird out here in Washington. 30 miles south of Seattle... Ground zero... First was the masks run... Then hand sanitizer now lysol wipes are being hoarded.
 

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From what I've read and heard on TV the masks are only good for people with the flu to cut down on them spreading it. Hand sanitizer is the biggie that everyone is saying to use and to avoid touching your face.
 

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From what I've read and heard on TV the masks are only good for people with the flu to cut down on them spreading it. Hand sanitizer is the biggie that everyone is saying to use and to avoid touching your face.
If nothing else, they prevent the person from touching their nose and mouth while out and about in public, which is a HUGE issue in contracting the virus. Touch the touchscreen at self service, then itch your nose.... ooooops.
 

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From what I've read and heard on TV the masks are only good for people with the flu to cut down on them spreading it. Hand sanitizer is the biggie that everyone is saying to use and to avoid touching your face.
I believe the normal paper masks are only for the wearer to not contaminate other humans or sterile areas. The N95 and N100 masks (especially those with the built in valve) will filter out 95 % and 99.9 % respectively and viruses down to 3 microns as along as they are adjusted/fitted properly. This is as I understand things as I have read and as ole grandpa remembers.....LOL! Your experiences/learned knowledge may differ from mine. I won't be too worried until I hear of a case on the fringes of my state.....then, I'll quit going to the gym and a lot of places including eating at restaurants. I've always been a germophobe and aggressively wash my hands after a gym workout and ATM's, gas pumps, shopping carts, magazines/materials in doctor's offices and menus at eateries all make me want to scrub up. I'm not too fond of hand sanitizer but will use it in a pinch! Any rate, I was already on the alert for cold/flu season anyway so this is somewhat normal stuff for me.
 

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I've always been a germophobe
Same. I've always carried a pump bottle of hand sanitizer in the door of my truck (with aloe!) that gets hammered every time I get in it. Since I make a living driving it and get in and out a dozen times or more a day, I touch a lot of shit that I'm not happy about. There's no way I would ever use a gym, I don't even like using the equipment in my own home and I'm pretty much the only one that uses it. So while I'm thinking more about what I'm doing these days, what I'm actually doing is pretty much business as usual.
 

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105 cases in the US reported this morning, Chicago reported it's 1st case overnight.
 
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