January 28, 2020 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm #1826712
While hopefully w won’t have to deal with any widespread outbreak, are there precautions we should be taking now to prepare for such a contingency. I always fly overseas with a facemask in case a passenger around me seems to be sick but just this AM, it took over an h9ur to find ANY quality (99 percent) facemask online and the price was near double what I ordinarily pay. Even the 95 percent particulate masks you use for painting and sanding are nearly sold out. While those are of some value, they obviously are not medical grade.
Aside from making sure you have some facemasks, plenty of hand sanitizer (it seems the primary transmission is form touching hand to face etc.) what other precautions, if any, should folks be taking now??January 28, 2020 3:15 pm at 3:15 pm #1826790
Dont travel to China!January 28, 2020 5:03 pm at 5:03 pm #1826860
If it was similar to the Influenza of just over a century ago (and that was spread by a world war), it would have a serious economic impact for a few months, but the medical complications would be far less due to technological improvements. It would probably result in significant constraints on travel, but that is less of an issue since much business is done online today. If you are really worried, short the market and relax.January 28, 2020 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm #1826989
Just don’t order any takeout, and stick eating heimishe foods that we have a mesorah for.
So no more sushi!January 28, 2020 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm #1827014
Reb Debbie: If you are going to troll, at least get your cuisines correct. Sushi is a staple of Japanese diets and has no linkage to China. The only kosher sushi in china is occasionally served at Dini’s Restaurant that is located at the Chabad House in Beijing. Otherwise, your comment is very timely since the CDC has recognized the anti-viral properties of cholent (aka it has the potential to kill anything it comes in contact with).January 29, 2020 2:24 am at 2:24 am #1827025
Old Crown HeightsParticipant
What happens if the Corona Virus spreads to the U.S.? The nutjobs argue against everything the medical community/govt advises to do.January 29, 2020 1:31 pm at 1:31 pm #1827106
To: Old Crown Heights
It won’t be a problem just blame it on the anti Vax community.January 29, 2020 1:36 pm at 1:36 pm #1827077
The anti vaxxers would love to see that happen.because they Will obviously scream out “im immuned” so I’m not worriedJanuary 29, 2020 2:27 pm at 2:27 pm #1827175
The time frame to create a vaccine is too tight. The only ways to stop an epidemic, without a vaccine, is to quarantine and to reduce travel. During the Influenza epidemic 100 years ago they cut transportation (especially public transit, closed schools, closed places where the public could spread the disease such as stores and theaters, etc.). There are also antibiotics to fight secondary infections. Most importantly, unlike 1918 the world isn’t suffering from a large number people whose health has been compromised by a massive war.January 29, 2020 3:05 pm at 3:05 pm #1827221
Based on the numbers report from China, It appears that the overall death rate for this disease is about 10%. Don’t know about the demographics but it’s probably higher among older people and and infants.
The “Spanish Flu” pandemic of 1918-19 was the the worst one in history including the Black Death. It killed some 50,000,000 people world-wide. It was also unique in that the population most affected were the young and middle-aged, not the aged and very young as one would expect.January 29, 2020 7:21 pm at 7:21 pm #1827293
Redleg – speaking about the Spanish flu – here’s the ditty:
“I had a little bird, it’s name was Enza
I opened up the window and in flew Enza.”January 29, 2020 7:23 pm at 7:23 pm #1827287
hand sanitizer doesn’t kill this virus or flu virus. (it can “remove” most of it from your hands. Perhaps Rabbis can speak up and advise no handshaking after an aliyah, etc. Also if you visit the sick, bring and wear you own mask as many of the hospitals are running low (personal knowledge).January 29, 2020 7:24 pm at 7:24 pm #1827292
Akuperma makes a critical point that the ONLY current option to slow the spread of the virus is to implement whatever travel restrictions that are practical in relation to the demographics that are most likely to have already been exposed (and are possible carriers).
With that in mind, why hasn’t a President who is so obsessed with walls and travel bans not have already shut down all inbound flights from China and required “extreme vetting” for arriving air and sea passengers from other cities who have been to China within the 10 day “incubation period when someone who was exposed to the virus may be asymptomatic?January 31, 2020 10:47 am at 10:47 am #1827689
I thought the Corona virus started in central Queens.February 1, 2020 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm #1827878
The first case on the east coast has been reportedFebruary 2, 2020 1:04 am at 1:04 am #1827936
Actually, colds are caused by a coronavirus, so we have all been affected by one. The dangerous coronaviruses are SARS, MERS, and the new one from Wuhan, China, which is being called 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).February 2, 2020 6:06 pm at 6:06 pm #1828104
And the award for best comment goes to: Old Crown Heights.February 4, 2020 1:58 pm at 1:58 pm #1828814
Listen to the Podcast interview of Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/featured/1828418/listen-all-your-questions-about-coronavirus-answered-ywn-podcast-interviews-rabbi-dr-aaron-glatt.html
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