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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 alre
  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 outbre
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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 w
  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 h
  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
  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/expert
  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. Be
  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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