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Wuhan China flu aka Coronavirus Covid-19 observations and lessons, America’s finest hour?, Safety over profit and people over fear

Wuhan China flu aka Coronavirus Covid-19 observations and lessons, America’s finest hour?, Safety over profit and people over fear

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,”...Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men”…Edward R. Murrow

“In this entertainment, sports centric culture of ours, one of the actions that has impressed me most is the quick action to cancel sporting events in the interest of public safety while subordinating the money interest.”…Citizen Wells

 

Natural disasters are inevitable. A part of life on Earth.

Something like the Wuhan virus was coming sooner or later.

I, like many of my friends and associates are concerned about the origins and possible intents of the virus.

Was this designed and planned by the Chinese to impact the US?

I do not know.

But it did cross my mind.

For the moment I am in survivor mode.

Encounters from yesterday prompted me to ponder a variety of things and to write this article.

First, to satisfy the concerns of many, and to honor a long time commenter, is the following information:

“Now, regarding what you’ve heard about this virus and how it got going. It did NOT originate at the ‘live market’ in Wuhan; bats were not being sold there at the time, but it IS a bat virus. I got a report from an ‘insider’ in China who said that they’d be killed if discovered. This is what they said: There is a researcher in Wuhan (one of the very few labs on the planet that works with viruses) and any researcher-being who they are-wants to make an amazing discovery, publish papers and be well known. This researcher was able to isolate the virus and have it jump from bat to human. The next project was transmission from human to human and obviously, that was successful. The researcher published a paper. It was read by some. It has since disappeared. Bioweapon? Unlikely. ‘Escape from the lab’ a la Stephen King’s ‘The Stand?’ Probable. Why this research? Unknown.”

Within hours of receiving the above, I met a young man who is a friend of a relative. Someone who I had heard much about but never spoken to. A very level headed, intelligent person.

A few minutes into the conversation, he stated his belief about the origin of the Wuhan China virus. He believed that it was developed by the Chinese in retaliation for Trump’s tariff measures. Something that had crossed my mind.

This needs to be investigated after the emergency is over.

Now for the most important thing to be written.

I went to Harris Teeter for some grocery items yesterday. Not a lot. I stay pretty well stocked under normal circumstances, buying in bulk sale items.

The folks at Harris Teeter, as usual have done a great job of trying to keep the shelves full. I was pleasantly surprised and purchased what I needed.

I thanked them for their efforts. I urge you to do likewise.

They are a shining example of Americans doing their jobs in the face of adversity and America’s ability to keep the supply chain rolling.

Of course I was focused on my task.

Two conversations stick out:

  1. A woman in my age group and I discussed ice cream and grandkids. It turns out that she is unable to see hers because of a quarantine situation.
  2. In the checkout line behind me the younger woman had an overflowing cart. She has 3 teenage boys. We talked about kids and remote schooling and one thing or another. When leaving I stated I enjoyed talking to her and she said she did too because she had few people to talk to.

Perhaps I should have spent a few more minutes speaking with the first lady.

As I have aged I have tried to be more aware of the person who is checking me out in a store or assisting me with more empathy. To slow down and interact.

Not everyone wants to interact but it does not matter.

Perhaps we all should reach out to our fellow Americans as we are increasingly being isolated.

We are all in this together and should behave as Americans have done in other hard times.

Lastly, I am thankful for President Trump.

Aside from his being a strong leader, the following 3 things stand out:

  1. The strong economy that we entered this crisis with.
  2. His insistence on protecting the borders and limiting travel early.
  3. His efforts to get manufacturing back in the US and out of China.

A long time UNC TV personality recently stated that this crisis could be the World War II for the younger generation.

How we handle this will be a defining moment in American History.

Let’s hope that we look back on it with pride.

Wells.

 

More here:

https://citizenwells.com/

http://citizenwells.net

 

Ebola body fluid threat mostly ignored, Indian man tested negative Ebola found in semen, Dr. Michael Oserholm we are making this up as we go, Virus likely has mutated, Murphy’s Law and mathematical probabilities

Ebola body fluid threat mostly ignored, Indian man tested negative Ebola found in semen, Dr. Michael Oserholm we are making this up as we go, Virus likely has mutated, Murphy’s Law and mathematical probabilities

“Sooner or later someone in the US will come in contact with Ebola contagion & go undetected. They will then infect many others.”…Citizen Wells

“We are making this up as we go”…Dr. Michael Oserholm

“You can see that these doctors, who are highly trained people, got themselves infected,”
“So sending troops into an area, if they’re dealing one-on-one with a patient, they’re not going to be able to protect themselves very well. It’s not easy to [prevent transmission], because you get tired and you get careless and you make some simple mistakes. All it takes is one virus particle.”…Dr. Lee Hieb, former president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

 

 

We have had the warnings from the mathematicians.

The possible numbers of Ebola victims worldwide and the US.

Do not forget Murphy’s Law.

“Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

It is true.

As I have stated before, there are 2 extremes of reactions to the Ebola Virus.

Panic and over confidence.

The responses so far have been closer to the latter.

From CNN November 19, 2014.

“An Ebola survivor has been quarantined in India after his semen tested positive for the virus, health officials there have announced.

The 26-year-old man, an Indian national, traveled to New Delhi from Liberia on November 10, almost two months after he was hospitalized in the West African nation after showing symptoms of the illness, India’s health ministry said in a statement.

He was released from the Liberian hospital on September 30 with documents declaring him free of clinical signs linked to Ebola, the ministry added.

As a precautionary measure, Indian authorities carried out tests on his body fluids, which confirmed traces of the virus in his semen, the statement said.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/19/world/asia/india-ebola-semen/index.html

From the John Hopkins News Network October 14, 2014.

“The swiftly moving Ebola epidemic presents an immense challenge to unprepared national and global health systems, infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm said at an Ebola symposium Tuesday at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, is one of the leading public spokesmen on the Ebola epidemic, which has killed more than 4,300 in West Africa. Although he has reviewed hundreds of published papers on Ebola and briefs top government officials on the epidemic’s spread, Osterholm readily admits that he knows less today about the Ebola virus than he did nine months ago.

“Let’s acknowledge we’re making this up as we go and we have to become more comfortable with uncertainty,” said Osterholm, the keynote speaker at the event, titled “Dean’s Symposium on Ebola: Crisis, Context and Response.””

“At this stage in the epidemic, Osterholm said, the Ebola virus has the upper hand, and the global health community is playing catch-up.

“The virus is operating on virus time and the rest of us are operating on bureaucracy and program time, and the virus is winning hands down,” Osterholm told an audience of 350 in Sommer Hall and more than 2,500 following the live webcast.”

“As the Ebola crisis continues to unfold, Osterholm said he sees “lots of unexpecteds ahead of us.” He said he is convinced that a vaccine is the only hope of containing the outbreak but characterized the U.S. investment in vaccine research as “a drop in the bucket.”

“There’s a big disconnect between the work to get us there and getting it into somebody in Africa,” said Osterholm, at one point calling the Ebola outbreak “[The World Health Organization’s] 9/11.””

Read more:

http://hub.jhu.edu/2014/10/14/ebola-experts-johns-hopkins#

From Natural News November 21, 2014.

“If Ebola remains in semen of infected men, why were male Ebola victims in US ‘cleared’ as virus-free?”

“Every discharged male Ebola victim is still a public health threat

What this suggests is that Dr. Kent Brantly, Dr. Thomas Cairns and all the other male Ebola survivors are still a public health threat. If Ebola is still being detected in a male patient who was discharged as healthy nearly two months ago, then it is probably still present in these men, who have since returned home to their families.

The only reason this was even discovered is because the Indian man had recently attempted to fly back to New Delhi, upon which health officials in his native land decided to take extra precautionary measures. The man was reportedly “symptom-free,” yet tests revealed that he still had traces of the virus in his bodily fluids.

In fact, the Indian man had undergone three separate Ebola tests at the airport prior to flying, and all of them came back negative. But when he arrived in India, a follow-up test showed that Ebola was still present, proving both that Ebola tests are wildly inaccurate and that the virus is longer-lasting than we have all been led to believe.”

“Ebola clearly persists well beyond observable infection period

The CDC supposedly agrees with this, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find any information about this in the media prior to this recent revelation. Since we first began reporting on this outbreak, there has hardly been any mention in the mainstream media about the Ebola virus possibly persisting in bodily fluid for several months after a person is cleared as being a “survivor.” Natural News first reported on this possibility in early August.

This ironic failure seems to match the entire Ebola narrative, which has changed dramatically on numerous occasions since it first started gaining speed. In the beginning, we were all told that the only way to contract Ebola was to literally share blood with someone else. Now, we know that the virus can spread through surfaces and even through micro-droplets in the air.”

Read more:

http://www.naturalnews.com/047740_Ebola_semen_sexual_disease_transmission.html

 

Thanks to commenter RMinNC.

 

Brooklyn man with Ebola symptoms rushed to Bellevue, Returned from Mali November 14, Suffering from nausea chills and body aches

Brooklyn man with Ebola symptoms rushed to Bellevue, Returned from Mali November 14, Suffering from nausea chills and body aches

“Sooner or later someone in the US will come in contact with Ebola contagion & go undetected. They will then infect many others.”…Citizen Wells

“Barack Obama is endangering the children of the US and now our troops. Where is the outrage?”…Citizen Wells

“You can see that these doctors, who are highly trained people, got themselves infected,”
“So sending troops into an area, if they’re dealing one-on-one with a patient, they’re not going to be able to protect themselves very well. It’s not easy to [prevent transmission], because you get tired and you get careless and you make some simple mistakes. All it takes is one virus particle.”…Dr. Lee Hieb, former president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

 

 

From the NY Post November 20, 2014.

“Brooklyn man rushed to Bellevue with Ebola-like symptoms”

“A Brooklyn man, who recently returned from West Africa, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital with Ebola-like symptoms Thursday, police sources said.

The man, whose name is being withheld by The Post, returned from Mali on Nov. 14, and came down with flu-like symptoms which are similar symptoms to those exhibited by patients suffering from Ebola, the sources said.

The patient had been suffering from nausea, chills, and body aches but when his condition continued to worsen, he called 911.”

Read more:

http://nypost.com/2014/11/20/brooklyn-man-rushed-to-bellevue-with-ebola-like-symptoms/

 

Ebola update November 19, 2014, NY City woman with blood pouring from nose mouth does not have Ebola?, India man Ebola infected semen, Cuba medical team Dr. diagnosed with Ebola

Ebola update November 19, 2014, NY City woman with blood pouring from nose mouth does not have Ebola?, India man Ebola infected semen, Cuba medical team Dr. diagnosed with Ebola

 

“Sooner or later someone in the US will come in contact with Ebola contagion & go undetected. They will then infect many others.”…Citizen Wells

“Barack Obama is endangering the children of the US and now our troops. Where is the outrage?”…Citizen Wells

“You can see that these doctors, who are highly trained people, got themselves infected,”
“So sending troops into an area, if they’re dealing one-on-one with a patient, they’re not going to be able to protect themselves very well. It’s not easy to [prevent transmission], because you get tired and you get careless and you make some simple mistakes. All it takes is one virus particle.”…Dr. Lee Hieb, former president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

 

 

November 19, 2014.

We have a woman in NY City who traveled there from Guinea and collapsed in a beauty salon with as a witness stated, blood coming from  “Face, nose, mouth, everything.” She has supposedly been tested and found free of Ebola.

A man in India, who was diagnosed as cured of Ebola, was found to have Ebola in his semen.

A Cuban madical team doctor has been diagnosed with Ebola.

From The Daily Mail November 19, 2014.

“A woman who dropped dead at a New York salon with blood pouring from her nose and mouth did not have Ebola, tests confirmed today.

The Fire Department sent in Hazmat teams after the woman, who traveled to Guinea three weeks ago, died at Amy Professional African Hair Braiding in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn on Tuesday.

Tests on her body came back negative for the virus, the New York City Department of Health told MailOnline on Wednesday. Her identity has not been released.

An eyewitness who saw the woman, who was reportedly 40 years old, said there was blood coming from her ‘face, nose and mouth’.”

“Costa, a man who works in the building next door, said: ‘We were in the building and all the sudden the other owner came from the store and he said somebody dropped dead in their store.’

He then said he ran in there to find a woman laying on the floor.

When asked what she was bleeding from, Costa said: ‘Face, nose, mouth, everything.’

FDNY crews changed into Hazmat gear outside the salon before heading in, for what they referred to as a ‘fever travel illness’.

The FDNY said it was a ‘clean scene’ with no bodily fluids leaving the woman’s body.

An FDNY memo in October reportedly instructed all personnel to use more vague terms when discussing Ebola, such as ‘fever travel incident’.”

Read more:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2840154/Ebola-Brooklyn-FDNY-arrives-Hazmat-suits-woman-recently-traveled-West-Africa-drops-dead-blood-coming-face-nose-mouth.html#ixzz3JWZizPtY

From CNN November 19, 2014.

“An Ebola survivor has been quarantined in India after his semen tested positive for the virus, health officials there have announced.

The 26-year-old man, an Indian national, traveled to New Delhi from Liberia on November 10, almost two months after he was hospitalized in the West African nation after showing symptoms of the illness, India’s health ministry said in a statement.

He was released from the Liberian hospital on September 30 with documents declaring him free of clinical signs linked to Ebola, the ministry added.

As a precautionary measure, Indian authorities carried out tests on his body fluids, which confirmed traces of the virus in his semen, the statement said.

“Currently, this person is not having any symptoms of the disease. However, he would be kept under isolation in the special health facility of (the) Delhi Airport Health Organization, till such time his body fluids test negative and he is found medically fit to be discharged,” it said.”

Read more:

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/19/world/asia/india-ebola-semen/index.html

From US News November 19, 2014.

“A member of the 165-member medical team Cuba sent to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with the disease, according to state media.

Dr. Felix Baez Sarria is being treated by British doctors in Africa but he will be transferred to a special unit in Geneva at the recommendation of the World Health Organization, Cuban state media said, citing the island’s Ministry of Public Health.

Cuba won global praise for sending at least 256 medical workers to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea to help treat Ebola patients. State officials have emphasized the medics’ high state of readiness for the mission, saying the doctors, nurses and support staff received weeks of instruction in protective measures and equipment.

Once in Africa, the Cubans got two to three weeks of additional training before heading into the field. They were to be quarantined in Africa for weeks at the end of their six-month mission before returning to Cuba.

State media said that Baez, an internal medicine specialist, came down with a fever of more than 100 degrees on Sunday and was diagnosed with Ebola the following day.”

Read more:

http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2014/11/19/cuba-says-doctor-catches-ebola-in-sierra-leone

Ebola worst case example occurs in Mali, Imam traveled from Guinea with unrecognized Ebola symptoms, 256 identified contacts being monitored, US or other highly populated country incident could set off chain reaction

Ebola worst case example occurs in Mali, Imam traveled from Guinea with unrecognized Ebola symptoms, 256 identified contacts being monitored, US or other highly populated country incident could set off chain reaction

“Sooner or later someone in the US will come in contact with Ebola contagion & go undetected. They will then infect many others.”…Citizen Wells

“Barack Obama is endangering the children of the US and now our troops. Where is the outrage?”…Citizen Wells

“You can see that these doctors, who are highly trained people, got themselves infected,”
“So sending troops into an area, if they’re dealing one-on-one with a patient, they’re not going to be able to protect themselves very well. It’s not easy to [prevent transmission], because you get tired and you get careless and you make some simple mistakes. All it takes is one virus particle.”…Dr. Lee Hieb, former president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

 

 

This is what I have been concerned about.

All it takes is one person with Ebola whose symptoms are not recognized in time and travel to a populated area.

That one incident could set off a chain reaction that could potentially be unstoppable.

There are 2 extremes of reactions to this.

Panic and denial.

Much of what I observe is closer to denial.

From Reuters November 14, 2014.

“Mali tries to trace 343 contacts in second Ebola wave”

“Mali is trying to trace as many as 343 people linked to confirmed and probable Ebola victims in an effort to control its second Ebola outbreak, health officials said on Friday.

An initial batch of contacts linked to a 2-year-old from Guinea who died of Ebola last month were close to the end of their 21-day quarantine period when Mali confirmed a second, separate batch of cases this week.

There have been at least four more confirmed Ebola cases in this second episode, all linked to an imam who entered Mali from neighboring Guinea and died late last month with Ebola-like symptoms that were not recognized. Three of these have died so far.

Samba Sow, the head of Mali’s Ebola response, said on state television two more suspected cases were being tested.

Malian Health Ministry spokesman Marakatie Daou said a woman who had helped wash the imam’s body died on Thursday at the Gabriel Toure Hospital in Mali’s capital, Bamako.

Daou said an initial Ebola test result for the woman was positive, making her the fourth clinically confirmed Malian case, although further analysis would be carried out abroad.

Mali’s government said on Friday afternoon 256 contacts had been identified and would be monitored.

A spokeswoman for the World Health Organization said the number of contacts that needed monitoring had risen to 343 by Friday evening, underscoring the scale of the task health workers have in containing the second wave of cases.

Reuters journalists outside the Nenecarre mosque in Bamako’s Djikoroni Para neighborhood, where the imam’s body was washed, said four health workers in protective gear entered the mosque to disinfect it but no effort was made to stop people from entering for Friday prayers.”

Read more:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/14/us-health-ebola-mali-idUSKCN0IY19A20141114

Ebola voluntary quarantines in Guilford County NC, Federal government mandates for arrivals from Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone, Medical Director Laura Bachmann

Ebola voluntary quarantines in Guilford County NC, Federal government mandates for arrivals from Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone, Medical Director Laura Bachmann

“Sooner or later someone in the US will come in contact with Ebola contagion & go undetected. They will then infect many others.”…Citizen Wells

“Barack Obama is endangering the children of the US and now our troops. Where is the outrage?”…Citizen Wells

“You can see that these doctors, who are highly trained people, got themselves infected,”
“So sending troops into an area, if they’re dealing one-on-one with a patient, they’re not going to be able to protect themselves very well. It’s not easy to [prevent transmission], because you get tired and you get careless and you make some simple mistakes. All it takes is one virus particle.”…Dr. Lee Hieb, former president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

 

 

From the Greensboro News Record November 3, 2014.

“Two under voluntary quarantine in Guilford County

Two people in Guilford County are under voluntary quarantine while county health officials monitor them for symptoms of Ebola. The individuals have not come in contact with other people who have the disease or demonstrated any symptoms of Ebola. They are being monitored because the federal government mandates the oversight for those who arrive in the United States from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, County Medical Director Laura Bachmann said Monday.

“I think it’s good for people to remember that this is not an easy virus to get,” Bachmann said. “It takes direct contact with infected blood or other bodily fluids.”

Health workers are contacting the two people daily, Bachmann said.

The news comes a day after state health officials announced that Duke University Hospital had admitted a patient who showed Ebola symptoms. On Monday morning, health officials released results of an Ebola test that showed the patient at Duke did not have Ebola.

That patient will undergo another test Wednesday morning, officials said during a conference call Monday. Duke University Hospital doctors will determine when the patient might be released.

Three family members are serving a voluntary 21-day quarantine in the Person County home that the patient traveled to on Saturday.”

“County health officials have the authority to quarantine patients, Ellington said, but prefer to ask patients to quarantine themselves by choosing not to go out in public or taking public transportation.

The two people whom Guilford County is monitoring are cooperating fully with the voluntary quarantine, Guilford County Public Health Director Merle Green said.”

Read more:

http://www.news-record.com/news/two-under-voluntary-quarantine-in-guilford-county/article_b5fd0e9a-639b-11e4-be96-0017a43b2370.html

 

Ebola screening for patient at Duke University Medical Center, Traveled from Liberia to Newark airport and Durham NC via commercial bus, Contact tracing to begin?

Ebola screening for patient at Duke University Medical Center, Traveled from Liberia to Newark airport and Durham NC via commercial bus, Contact tracing to begin?

“Sooner or later someone in the US will come in contact with Ebola contagion & go undetected. They will then infect many others.”…Citizen Wells

“Barack Obama is endangering the children of the US and now our troops. Where is the outrage?”…Citizen Wells

“You can see that these doctors, who are highly trained people, got themselves infected,”
“So sending troops into an area, if they’re dealing one-on-one with a patient, they’re not going to be able to protect themselves very well. It’s not easy to [prevent transmission], because you get tired and you get careless and you make some simple mistakes. All it takes is one virus particle.”…Dr. Lee Hieb, former president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

 

 

From Forbes November 2, 2014.

“Potential Ebola Patient Being Tested At Duke; Results Monday Morning

A male patient, age unknown, was transported today to Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, and is being tested this evening for Ebola virus infection.

The individual flew into Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday after traveling from Liberia through an unknown destination, then traveled to the Durham area on a commercial bus, according Aldona Wos, MD, secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

On Saturday, the individual was picked up by a relative and taken to the family’s home in Person County, north of Durham. After spiking a fever this morning, temperature unknown, the individual was transported to Duke Hospital and is currently isolated in a contained unit designated previous during training as the site for treatment of a potential Ebola patient.

Results will be available sometime on Monday morning.

William J. Fulkerson, Jr., MD, executive vice president of the Duke University Health System said tonight in an official statement to Duke faculty, staff, and students:

Despite not knowing the patient’s Ebola status, we are approaching this as though it was a confirmed case. Therefore, the patient is being cared for in the same contained, isolated and secured unit within DUH in which an actual Ebola patient would be treated. The patient is receiving care from a seasoned team of Duke clinical professionals who volunteered for this service and have trained extensively for this possibility. We have anticipated this scenario for several weeks now, and a plan to manage it is in place.

At present, the patient only has a fever, “but has no other symptoms of Ebola.””

“The individual had been monitoring their temperature as instructed in customs and border patrol and, upon detecting a fever this morning, called the CDC line and they immediately called the [North Carolina] Division of Public Health, said chief state epidemiologist, Megan Davies.

DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos opened the press conference with a lengthy statement as to how well-prepared Governor Pat McCrory is regarding the potential Ebola case. Wos indicated that the governor had spoken with New Jersey governor Christie this evening, presumably about contact tracing on the flight that arrived in Newark yesterday.

Dr. Wos seemed thrown off by a question about how the patient got to North Carolina from Newark. When she responded that it was a commercial bus, an unnamed official abruptly called the press conference to a close.”

Read more:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidkroll/2014/11/02/potential-ebola-patient-being-tested-at-duke-results-monday-morning/