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  1. Hello everyone! Well, I am glad that it wasn’t just me!! Today was hard. Today, it seems like this all just got REAL. Between the news articles and South Korea shooting above 1,100 cases, between the political ineptitude and the CDC’s extremely sobering telebriefing (if you haven’t heard it already, give it a listen here: https://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus-2020.html It’s Feb 25th’s)...my head was spinning. I can practically see the red lines spanning out from Italy and Iran as the virus travels from those outbreaks. I know that we already have cases in the United States — I don’t see how we could’ve, Europe and the U.S. are so interconnected now — it’s just a matter of time, a waiting game for people to become symptomatic and to start dying. It’s so scary. I went through my Excel spreadsheet today, putting in my final count for all of our preparations and determining where the homes are. We really need dog and cat food!! We need some other items as well, but overall we’re doing quite well. I want to stock more meat — with two hungry teens, it’s a must-have. Out of all this head spinning stress, there was one thing that made me VERY happy. My husband made the decision to cancel the trip that he and my son had planned to Greece. They were supposed to leave on March 5th, and I was sick with stress over it. I’m SO grateful that he decided this on his own, without me needing to get too involved and start a big fight. Thank God!!! I hope that in the midst of all this chaos and uncertainty, you are all finding a measure of peace. May you be blessed with safety, health, and joy.
  2. And there are new “confirmed” cases in Iran. I believe that these are painfully low numbers. Iran says coronavirus has spread to several cities, reports two new deaths DUBAI (Reuters) - The coronavirus has spread to several Iranian cities, a health ministry official said on Friday, as an outbreak that the authorities say began in the holy city of Qom caused two more deaths. Iran confirmed 13 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total in the country to 18, with four of the total having died. “Based on existing reports, the spread of coronavirus started in Qom and with attention to people’s travels has now reached several cities in the country including Tehran, Babol, Arak, Isfahan, Rasht and other cities,” health ministry official Minou Mohrez said, according to the official IRNA news agency. “It’s possible that it exists in all cities in Iran,” she said. The majority of coronavirus cases in Iran have been in Qom, a Shi’ite Muslim holy city 120 km (75 miles) south of the capital Tehran. The new cases comprised seven people diagnosed in Qom, four in the capital Tehran and two in Gilan province, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said in a tweet. ADVERTISEMENT Health officials had called on Thursday for the suspension of all religious gatherings in Qom. “It’s clear that new coronavirus has circulated in the country and probably the source of this illness was Chinese workers who work in the city of Qom and had traveled to China,” health ministry official Mohrez said, according to IRNA.
  3. Information from the Middle East. What is happening in Iran is frightening. I have found information that I haven’t posted here because it cannot, at this time, be substantiated. I’m still researching. however, it does look like COVID-19 is becoming a full-blown epidemic there, likely with hundreds of cases. This article states that Lebanon has its first case. USD 479.63 EUR 533.68 RUB 7.79 Home Lebanon reports first confirmed novel coronavirus case Save Share 17:56, 21 February, 2020 YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 21, ARMENPRESS. Lebanon has reported its first confirmed novel coronavirus case. The country’s healthcare minister Hamad Hassan told al-Mayadeen TV that the patient is a Lebanese woman who arrived to Beirut from Iran on an airplane Friday morning. The patient was hospitalized in the Rafik Hariri Hospital. On February 21, Iranian authorities said they have 18 confirmed cases of the covid-2019 in 4 cities. 4 people have died in Iran from the disease. Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan
  4. Oh my gosh, Joyfilled — that is horrifying!!! How terrible! My heart breaks for her and her family. It truly does not sound like “just the flu.” I am so glad your little one is recovering.
  5. Thank you, ladies!! I have a feeling a lot of my ink will be disappearing this weekend... LOL
  6. This is intensely disturbing. A sudden and statistically incredible upsurge in cases has taken place in South Korea. I will take a gamble and say that this indicates sustained and local human-to-human-to-human transmission in that nation, much like we have seen take place on the Diamond Princess. Look for South Korea to potentially be the next area where the virus becomes a true epidemic. If, at that point, WHO does not declare Level 5, I will completely discount them as a credible source of information regarding this outbreak. https://m-en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20200220002000320?section=science/medicine SEOUL, Feb. 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea reported 31 new cases of the new coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the total number of infections in the nation to 82. This week's surge in the number of infected people, increasing the nation's total infections by more than 50, has raised fears that the virus may have been spreading locally. Of the 31 new cases, 30 are in Daegu, 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, and neighboring North Gyeongsang province. The remaining one was reported in Seoul, the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement.
  7. I have heard that Iran has over 30 cases of the virus, but it has not been confirmed and things are being kept on a very tight leash in terms of the information coming out of there. I think it’s because there are concerns over whether people will panic over the possibility of the COVID-19 virus recombining with MERS. How’s that for a horror movie scenario? I am totally with you on being co fused over New York. HOW? That just seems so...improbable. Not impossible, but...I mean, there’s a case down the road from me in Tempe, AZ. How could it NOT be in New York City? It just doesn’t sit right with me, especially with reports leaking that health care workers are starting to come out and anonymously say there are cases in the northeast that are not being divulged. Of course, that is unsubstantiated; I probably shouldn’t even say it. It’s spreading a rumor, and for that I am sorry. But...my gut says it’s a possibility that just may not be far from the truth. I don’t know, maybe I’m buying into the conspiracy!
  8. Here is an article about COVID-19’s impending impact on Africa. Note that The link is at the bottom of the article. I’m sorry about the black highlighting; I’m afraid I don’t know how to fix that! This virus will be a monster when it hits Africa. I say when, because it is a certainty that it will; over 1,000,000 Chinese nationals currently work in Africa. The coronavirus is about to hit Africa. Here are the big challenges. Amy S. Patterson 9 hrs ago The number of cases of covid-19 — the newly named coronavirus — has topped 70,000 globally, with over 1,800 deaths. The World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on Jan. 30, citing the lack of scientific knowledge about the new virus, as well as the need to increase preparation in “vulnerable countries and regions.” As of mid-February, 29 countries have reported cases, including Egypt — with the first confirmed case on the African continent. Trade and migration between Africa and China, as well as the presence of roughly 1 million Chinese nationals on the continent, mean it is possible that other covid-19 cases will appear. How will Africa respond? My research in five African countries on the politics of health sheds light on how trust, power and the actions of African governments and communities could shape a future response to the virus. Trust matters for public healthStudies on race and health in the United States and global immunization campaigns indicate that trust is an all-important element. Without trust, people tend not to heed health information or follow treatment advice. Distrust of public health institutions meant people avoided health-care centers during West Africa’s 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak, for instance. Corruption within public services deepens people’s suspicions of government health actions, and it undermines health-care access. When new diseases such as Ebola in West Africa or covid-19 emerge, a lack of scientific knowledge or patient personal experience also can undermine confidence in health-care institutions. As my research in Ghana shows, patients may question medical approaches to health issues with “unseen” causes such as mental health disorders. A lack of confidence in public health services is one reason people with chronic conditions such as mental health disorders delay seeking care. Trust can depend on who delivers the health messageSurveys show that people in Africa tend to place greater confidence in traditional or religious leaders than government officials. This pattern could present a challenge with covid-19, if distrust leads citizens to discount public health authorities. Experience suggests that the potential for the virus to spread will be much higher if community leaders are not part of the public health response. In the West Africa Ebola outbreak, cases began to decline when religious leaders and village chiefs started to educate people about social distancing and bringing the sick to Ebola treatment units. Trust in outside organizations also mattersIn Africa, where donors provide sizable amounts of health funding and the WHO plays a significant role in providing technical assistance and support, trust in these organizations can affect health responses. Trust relates to past actions — and many African health officials may be somewhat circumspect about the WHO’s capacity, given its perceived foot-dragging on the Ebola outbreak in 2014. After that outbreak, donors called for pandemic preparedness. They devised multiple programs like the World Bank’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility. Yet their limited financial commitments to these programs undermined trust among health experts and policymakers. The bank’s delayed release of financing for the 2019 Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo brought criticisms. Some African politicians question whether the global health security agenda is most concerned with protecting people in high-income countries from diseases that originate abroad. Years of donor-promoted market-based reforms that cut public health budgets and capped salaries — as well as a focus on disease-specific programs like those for AIDS — have meant less funding for primary health care. The resulting staff shortages, facility overcrowding, medication shortages and poor patient care in most African public health systems exacerbate people’s unwillingness to rely on available medical services. African leaders and citizens prioritize conditions such as malaria, tuberculosis, child health and AIDS in policymaking and budget allocations. Politicians must decide how to use limited resources, and they tend to respond to diseases that affect many — and are relatively easy to treat. This enables them to claim credit, which may increase overall trust in government. Spending money on a possible future outbreak, in contrast, has little political payoff. As one official told me, “After all, such an outbreak may never occur.” The focus on short-term political benefits also limits treatment for diabetes, hypertension and mental health disorders that affect millions across the continent but receive limited attention or resources. Governments are under pressure to be vigilantIf an outbreak occurs and governments are not prepared, however, there will be political backlash. Surveys across 32 countries indicate that health, education and employment are African citizens’ top priorities. Africans want their governments to be responsive to their needs. In addition, African leaders have to consider how donors might react if they are slow to respond to pandemics. In Tanzania in 2019, the WHO reported a possible Ebola case in the country, which the government denied. When Tanzania refused to share patient laboratory results, the United States and the WHO issued strong criticisms. This example illustrates how power undergirds global health. Through resources, the United States and the WHO exert the power in helping African countries be prepared for covid-19. But power also affects how we see health issues and whose expertise we value. As my colleagues and I argue, power means that issues with nascent scientific knowledge, limited advocacy and no strong government backer — such as mental health — gain little attention. Similar forms of invisible power — evident in negative portrayals of Africa in the global media and Western societies — promote the idea that African countries are not up to the task of covid-19. Global collaboration rooted in African knowledge can challenge such views. As Emma-Louise Anderson and I find in our research on AIDS programs in Zambia and Malawi, even when constrained by aid dependence or diplomacy, African health professionals have considerable capacity to shape health programs in locally relevant ways. For the coronavirus, African health authorities have tested and reported possible cases to the WHO. The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, created after the West African Ebola outbreak, is emerging as a regional leader with the interest and capacity for cooperative responses to outbreaks. And its efforts to build national public health institutions benefit public health beyond disease outbreaks. As global institutions prepare for what inevitably may be more covid-19 cases in Africa, recognizing the ability of African community groups and governments to act will be key to a successful — and collaborative — response. Amy S. Patterson is professor of politics at University of the South and author of “Africa in Global Health Governance: Domestic Politics and International Structures” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018). She studies community mobilization, citizenship and health policy priorities, with a focus on Africa.https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/the-coronavirus-is-about-to-hit-africa-here-are-the-big-challenges/ar-BB107tSd?ocid=spartandhp
  9. https://www.google.com/amp/s/abcnews.go.com/amp/Health/iran-reports-coronavirus-deaths-countrys-1st-cases/story%3fid=69073367 Iranian authorities said that two patients diagnosed with novel coronavirus in the country are now dead, Fars News Agency, the nation's state-run news organization, reported Wednesday. Earlier on Wednesday, health officials said two cases of the virus, known officially as COVID-19, had been detected in the central province of Qom. The World Health Organization has not yet confirmed the two Iranian coronavirus deaths, but should they be confirmed, it would raise the death toll outside of China to seven.
  10. Hi, everyone! I’m so sorry I haven’t been able to post in a few days. I am currently in a Master’s degree program and this week’s assignment took over my life! I’ve been keeping current on your discussion and the news, however. I am aghast about what happened in Hawaii. How can anyone guarantee that the virus wasn’t spread? That’s an incredible statement. I agree they won’t shut down anything that impacts the tourist industry right now because unfortunately, money is trumping safety right now. I have a feeling it will continue to do so until we begin seeing efficient H-to-H spread here in the States. Littlehouse, it must be scary having family over there right now. I am praying for their safety. Mt. Rider, it is good to see you as well. I have missed hearing your wisdom and enjoying your sense of humor. I am very, very glad to know you are well. I will be posting a few links and articles in my next few posts; the first one is about Iran, which went from disclosing it had two cases of the virus to revealing the victims’ deaths within less than 24 hours. I fear what their nation might be concealing right now. I have so many questions to ask about my current level of preparedness in terms of food storage and home goods. Is there a thread with a current discussion on that topic anywhere? God bless you all. I am grateful for you.
  11. Another article regarding 9 new cases in Singapore, where a cluster involving parishioners of a local church provide evidence for sustained Human-to-Human transmission of the virus. It looks like Singapore is poised to develop their Own emergent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. Definitely not good news for these poor people. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/coronavirus-covid-19-singapore-cases-grace-assembly-of-god--12434646
  12. Hello! It turns out that a patient from the ship that was turned away from several ports before being allowed to dock in Cambodia had a sick passenger... https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3050814/coronavirus-us-passenger-westerdam-cruise-ship-infected ”A United States citizen who arrived in Malaysia after disembarking in Cambodia from the MS Westerdam cruise ship has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the Malaysian health ministry said on Saturday.”
  13. Thank you so much for your warm welcome, ladies. I truly appreciate it. I’ll start posting links to articles that I find. I really appreciate your USAalerts updates, Littlesister. That is valuable information!
  14. Hello! It has been many years since I was on this forum, and I was not certain how active it would still be. However, I was very pleasantly pleased to find that a discussion of the emerging Covid-19 virus is taking place. Do you all mind if I join in the discussion? I have been keeping up with quite a few media sources, and am happy to post information (from reputable sources) if you would like me to do so. I hope that you are all happy and well here.
  15. Holy Jesus, please let me not throw my computer out the window because of the anger I am feeling right now. SERIOUSLY PEOPLE!!!!!!!! NO, Asperger's is NOT a MENTAL ILLNESS, it is a DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDER. Get your facts straight before you spout off what you THINK you know. YES, I do take this VERY personally because my son was diagnosed with Asperger's in October. If you want verification that autism is not a mental illness, I strongly recommend that you speak to someone who has an advanced degree in neuropyschology before you start quoting what you've read on the internet or what you THINK you know. I literally had to take a week off from this website because of how upset I was by the statements being made. Then I came back to this. Wow. I never thought that the people on this website could be so incredibly ignorant and cruel. Unbelievable. And you can remove my post and ignore the fact that I am calling those of you who are calling Asperger's a mental illness out on the carpet for it, but you'll be doing the entire population of this website a huge disservice. I have GRIEVED for the children and adults who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, but I have equally grieved for my son and others in the autism community as I have seen some of the most ignorant, nasty, disgusting things said about them as a result of what happened. And the saddest thing is, some of them were said here. I never thought that I would feel it necessary to leave this community, but the time has come. I refuse to be in league with people who would malign people in the way I've seen people with autism maligned here. It's repulsive.
  16. Seriously? Asperger's syndrome is a high-functioning (aka mild) form of autism that certainly does not make the people who deal with it prone to going out and shooting up a classroom full of kindergarteners. Are you implying that everyone with autism needs to be locked up in a mental hospital? That is one seriously screwed up statement. I
  17. Poor Cat! I have had pulled muscles and bulged discs in my back, so I know how badly it hurts when you injure yourself. NO fun!!! I hope that it heals up super-quick. Just take it easy for a week longer than you think you need to....it'll be really easy to re-injure it just after it starts feeling better. Gentle hugs to you!
  18. I, too, take the screw-on rings off before putting the jars away in storage. I've heard of them rusting onto the jars and don't want that happening to my stuff!
  19. Awesome! I wouldn't have thought to have rinsed them. We've started dehydrating potatoes much more than canning them -- it seems to be a much more efficient use of space to keep them dry instead of canned. But I want my quart jars back!!! I have tons of chicken to can! I see a stew in my near future, made with home-canned potatoes and carrots. Thanks so much, guys!
  20. My DH and I are reorganizing, moving around, and rotating our food storage today. I have several quarts of russet potatoes that I canned back in September of 2010, and several pints of carrots that I canned in May of 2011. Will those still be okay to eat? My potatoes have a lot of starch on the bottom of the jars, but I'm figuring that's pretty normal since they're a pretty starchy food! I'm just seeking reassurance, I guess...I've eaten chicken that I canned back in 2010 and it was still wonderful...just haven't tied into those veggies yet. Thanks in advance for any opinions/expertise on this subject!
  21. It turned out well. It does still make your mouth a little dry, so I must have gotten one or two not-quite-ripe persimmons in there before I realized what they do to you, but it still tastes good. My hubby likes it!! I'm going to use the rest of the pulp to make a persimmon cake tomorrow. Yum!
  22. Hooray!!! I'm happy for your success!
  23. We were gifted with a big box o' persimmons yesterday when we picked up our Bountiful Basket that we had ordered for the week. Apparently nobody else knew what they were or what to do with them, so my husband and I split the huge box with another curious gentleman and brought them home. Hooray! Turns out they are sweet and delicious (WHEN they are ripe....don't ever do what I did and taste a not-quite-ripe persimmon....it was NOT pleasant!!). I cut them up and pureed them yesterday, and today I am making persimmon jam! It is going to be the brightest orange jam I have ever seen. Beautiful! I'm waiting for my canner to come to a boil right now, and the persimmon jam is about to simmer on the stove...hooray!
  24. Jeepers, I raw pack boneless skinless breasts and have always had wonderful results. It always tastes wonderful straight out of the jar. I cut it into chunks first, then fill the jars, add the hot water, wipe, put on the lid, and process in the pressure canner. I've never had a single one go awry. With the breasts, you don't have to worry about extra fat and stuff. I love it! Have fun and let us know how it turns out!
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