Greg Rolfe

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Corona Crazy


Corona Crazy

Now I ask that you not become offended by my title. It just appears that many are reacting to this virus in a way that is normally associated with being over the top or crazy. So in an attempt to add a little balance to the massive wash of posts inundating the social networks I too am adding my two cents. Which is probably it's true value.

My following statements are based on a collection of posts obtained from the CDC and the WHO.

The Coronavirus is and can be transmitted by touch and contact with hard surfaces. So the advice from both groups is and apparently has always been to wash your hands, cough and/or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder and avoid touching your face.

Now the greatest way to avoid getting this virus is not washing your hands but is, in fact, to avoid touching your face. Let me give you an example. You go out to have a good time with your friends at the local coffee shop where you wash your hands upon entering. You sit at a table and drink your coffee. When you leave you open the door and enter your car. The most likely place you encountered the virus is the table and the door. But unless you wash your hands before entering your car you just transmitted the virus to your steering wheel and door handle. No problem everything is still just fine. But out of habit you reach up and touch your face due to an itch or a hair that is out of place. It is at this moment you have placed yourself at risk.

Now again you are most likely not at much risk unless you are over 50 and have a compromised immune system. According to every report I have been able to read the problem we face is not that the young are getting the virus but that during the three days before they know they are sick they have the possibility of transmitting the virus to others. And eventually, someone who is young and in good shape will hand it over to someone who isn't and then the problems begin.

Back to the point. Have fun, enjoy others company, be aware of what you are doing and who you are with. Wash your hands, when you are coughing and/or sneezing do so into your elbow or shoulder and have no contact with your face until after you have rewashed your hands.

Oh and remember it is the flu season and we should be doing this anyway. It really is a good habit.


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Jerry Fletcher

1 year ago #15

Greg, Nice to read a voice of reason. And so it goes.

Greg Rolfe

1 year ago #14

Great thoughts everybody. The problem with these issues is to a degree we know what they are. The fear with this virus is we don't know much about it. Some same issues with the 5G @Zacharias Voulgaris.

Greg Rolfe

1 year ago #13

Hello Claire, I had not heard that about cardboard. Thank you.

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

1 year ago #12

Thanks Claire. Not many cardboard surfaces around, fortunately, but it's good to know. As for your other point, about many more people dying due to lack of food and the severity of other global issues like the climate change situation, I agree 100%. I'd like to add another one that few people seem to be aware of, at least on beBee: the expansion of 5G networks. Although they promise to provide the infrastructure of some very useful applications, many of which will benefit us both directly and indirectly, I cannot help but think that this tech should have been tested more extensively. There is a large backlash in various parts of the world (esp. the US) regarding its deployment, while some people report feeling unwell because of it. Also, the security concern regarding this technology is equally alarming since hacking a 5G network could expose all sorts of data and metadata of the people on it. I wonder if people are willing to take this sort of risks. Just because this matter is not talked about lately, it doesn't mean that it's not something to consider as an equal (if not greater) threat as a biological pathogen. Cheers

Claire L Cardwell

1 year ago #11

Greg Rolfe - thanks for this article - finally some sanity in this insane world! Yes Corona virus is frightening, but has anyone considered that starvation takes out over 80,000 people a week? Climate change has not gone away and is a threat to all life.

Claire L Cardwell

1 year ago #10

Hi Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris, I heard that the virus can last for up to 12 hours on cardboard.

Greg Rolfe

1 year ago #9

the very definition of crazy. Thank you Lyon.

Lyon Brave

1 year ago #8

There is no toilet paper at Walmart :(

Greg Rolfe

1 year ago #7

@Zacharias Voulgaris I just heard an update on the length of time the virus is viable on surfaces. On hard surfaces such as Metal, it is viable for up to 48 hours. On soft surfaces, it seems viable for up to 6 hours. These numbers are new so they might change, also I believe they were given not by the CDC but someone working with them.

Greg Rolfe

1 year ago #6

Hi Ken Boddie, actually after reading and thinking about this I noticed just how many times I touched my face. Thank you for your input and for stoping by!

Ken Boddie

1 year ago #5

Touching our faces, Greg, is a common and largely subconscious habit and much more difficult to stop than we might think. A study published in the AJIC Journal in 2015 showed that, on average, we touch our faces 23 times per hour. It appears that the main points of entry for infection are our eyes, nose and mouth. Certainly knowing this may help us reduce our face touching, but I, for one, catch myself doing it regularly, so good luck with tital avoidance. Incidentally, I have a friend who has a serious financial problem. He can’t stop buying expensive automobiles and his yard is jam packed full of them. His psychiatrist advised him he has ‘car-owner’ virus. 🤣😂🤣

Greg Rolfe

1 year ago #4

Hi Zacharias, that is the first I have heard on the topic. While I personally expect that dog hair could carry the saliva if sneezed on, I have no evidence on the topic.

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

1 year ago #3

I've heard that dogs and possibly other animals may carry the disease, even though they are less likely to spread it on their own. I've been advised to avoid caressing dogs in areas contaminated with the virus. Just asking your view on the matter.

Greg Rolfe

1 year ago #2

Hello Zacharias, I did not read anything about soft surfaces. So to be honest I have no idea.

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

1 year ago #1

What about contact with soft surfaces?

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