I won't lie. I'm a little rattled. There was a statement put out by the nurses at a Seattle hospital. A nurse who has been treating covid-19 patients is sick and was refused immediate testing by the CDC. They stated that if she was wearing personal protective equipment then she couldn't be infected so they weren't going to waste a test on her! I can't even begin to state how anti science and anti healthcare that is! A few days ago a nurse from Seattle put out an anonymous statement that they were in trouble. The ICU and ER are filled up and because they couldn't test she had no idea what was going on but that some disease was definitely spreading. Now today we have this!
More and more states are reporting infections and deaths as more and more mistakes are made. 27 students who just came back from Italy were told by the school to stay home for 7 days and if not sick they could come back! This was in my home state! The virus can incubate for 27 days or more! It spreads before symptoms show! Where the hell is the CDC and government to inform local institutions on proper protocol! Practically all the new cases in previously uninfected countries are coming out of Italy and Iran!
The military spoke publicly for the first time about the situation at the Pentagon today. It was basically a rundown of all the things we already know but it did tell me one thing. The military is getting ready to do what needs to be done. I am both relieved and terrified by that.
There is another cruise ship, this one docked off San Francisco and they have learned nothing from the Diamond Princess fiasco in Japan! They said that they had to stay on the ship 14 days...bla bla bla! NO they need to be safely evacuated to a proper quarantine facility and kept there for 4 weeks! If they stay on the ship and anyone is infected they will spread it to everyone. Then when they release them after just 14 days they will go home and spread it to everyone they love! What the hell is wrong with people!?
Bethlehem in Israel has been locked down due to an outbreak. The Pope is sick after a public gathering where he kissed people and was grabbed by an Asian woman viciously. This made many people think of the cult in S. Korea that has been intentionally spreading covid-19 and who had a branch in Wuhan China until mid Dec. If he dies right now it will send panic through the Christian world. It won't matter if he is infected or not.
The nurses in Italy sent out a warning and a call to action. They say that 10% of all the cases they have are needing to be put on ventilators in the ICU! This is double the 5% we were told from China. They practically begged other countries to head their warnings to take this seriously and prepare. We need to slow this down to buy time for more supplies to be made and for better systems put in place. Just like the healthcare workers in China tried to warn us and begged us to be prepared.
Even as all of this is going on I am still getting idiots screaming about the flu and fearmongering! What on earth is going through these people's minds? We all know for a fact that this is at least 30x more lethal than the flu and if it spreads to as many as the flu it will be a disaster of epic proportions! The people who run Comic con are still planning to have the convention in Seattle even though it's the center of an outbreak. Just what we need a bunch of people who are already bad at hygiene crammed together like sardines in the middle of a deadly viral outbreak! What could possibly go wrong?! Is all this really happening? How can people be so stupid and careless!
In the mean time I keep trying to help people stay safe and prepare while knowing I don't have enough supplies for myself. There is nothing I can do about it though. We're broke and even if the virus wasn't a threat to me I can't go into work right now. My left leg is partially paralyzed and the pain is severe. I can't drive for Uber like this. All I can do is what I can do. I keep telling myself this but it's not easy to swallow. I'm afraid. I don't want to be but I am. Someone today made a post regarding The Litany Against Fear from the book Dune by Frank Herbert. It has been my favorite book since childhood and the litany has helped me through many terrifying things.
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
I am feeling calmer now. I'm going to finish looking at and sharing the news for the day and go read before bed. Stay safe people.