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To the graduates of 2020, when you look back on this year 2020 sometime in the future, not only has it been a pandemic year(thanks to COVID-19 aka coronavirus) for which you all had to learn life-coping ,survival skills as well as trying to complete your education by virtual/digital learning amidst sacrificing from seeing your schoolmates ,teachers and peers due to social distancing,self- isolation,quarantine and lockdown.

You all made it this far and had shown the entire world that you came out of this a much stronger group of people,ready to face a brave,new world in the era of COVID-19.

The struggle in coping with COVID-19 will still continue but at least now, you are all no longer neophytes in dealing with this festering ,unseen virus.

You all deserve to celebrate it via your own improvised forms of the senior prom(high-schoolers),other graduation parties as well as the graduation ceremonies.

Congratulations to all of you!

We are all in this together and stay safe!

Josie

I just found out the news that China will be lifting the travel ban on Hubei province,including Wuhan where it was the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

Lock down was enforced since January  and just a few weeks ago in that month ,there were signs that the air pollution in China especially in those 2 places had cleared significantly. I believe the International Space Station can look down from above to see that the air quality is now so clear,as if of perfect quality. By March, the incidence rate had already gone down significantly, in fact, less than 10 affected with that virus.

Hubei’s travel ban will be lifted soon while Wuhan will have theirs lifted, I believe from April 8 on. Gradual return of everyday services with frequent health-checks will be in play.

That is something that I am looking forward to as well. it would be one hell of a “Corona liberating party” and back to normalcy of partaking of other enjoyable activities—leisure travel and cruises, dining out,shopping in a mall or even a neighborhood store,watching a movie , drinking alone or with friends in a pub,etc. Also, the regular workforce can go back to their regular work routine as well.

I would also encourage supporting our local small business partners (ex. the mom & pop store)since they are also part of the economic backbone of our respective locale.

One thing’s for sure —the business of producing TP,paper towel,rubbing alcohol, masks, Purell hand sanitizers,disinfectants etc. will always stay lucrative from now on because of heightened awareness of a pandemic whether now or in the future.

Looking at how China is right now in starting to at least gradually returning to a normal life routine,perhaps the coronavirus is also a byproduct on how much mankind has been relying on technology to attain financial progress,affecting how the environment led to overall changes to Mother Nature , hence the imbalance and the emergence of climate change.(ex.global warming)

If COVID-19 does get to be totally eradicated,we all do indeed need to be more careful as to how we conduct ourselves especially with regards to the environment.

The lifestyle changes and personal priorities for the better good that we are making now should continue for keeps.

Saving the environment and preventing further climate change will probably stop the emergence  of coronavirus 2.0  aka COVID-20 and thereafter.

Balancing the use of natural resources in our quest for financial progress is imperative.

The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg might be on to something about the need to not cause the imbalance in Mother Nature which could lead to significant climate change.

Just saying!

Josie

 

 

Someone sent me this intriguing  theory that the well-renowned,French astrologer , physician and seer Nostradamus had predicted the coming of the Coronavirus aka COVID-19.

I had heard that Nostradamus had allegedly accurately predicted the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks, the Kennedy assassinations and even the assassination attempt on the late Pope John Paul II.  There was a mention that he even  allegedly predicted the date of his own death and even changed his will when he predicted that his wife will eventually remarry after his death. Would he be right this time as well?

Here are his words with coined parenthesis on possible COVID-19 associations. You be the judge on it.

“There will be  a twin year(2020) from which will arise a queen(corona–Spanish for crown)who will come from the East(China) and who will spread a plague(virus) in the darkness of night.

———————————-NOSTRADAMUS

Intriguing indeed!

 

Stay safe,folks!!!

Josie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a difference a few weeks into this month of March has done for us all. Lifestyle changes in this era of Covid-19(aka Coronavirus)—-social distancing, non-essential business shutdowns and partial  shortened work hours  and lessening customer size per hour for essential retail stores as well as lay-offs and downsizing. Even the way we shop ,entertain or dine has changed too. Online shopping, take-out ,drive-thru,delivery, no more dine-in , no more movie viewing in-theatre,even  less TV entertainment audiencing  to lessen person-to-person exposure. There are extreme cases wherein an entire country is in mandatory shutdown to help lessen the disease transmission.

Work from home,entertain at home(Netflix,etc)  and study from home has been implemented to the max.  Air travel, cruise lines have been affected as well to the point that country-to-country border control has been contemplated and implemented as well.

With all of these happening as if we all now live in a  different world like in a science fiction movie, the pursuit for a vaccine and cure for COVID-19 is still ongoing as well as the infection rate increasing,same with the death rate from the virus.

With this ongoing pandemic, it is amazing to see how such a contagion could affect everyday living worldwide. Never underestimate such viral power.

As to how long this uncomfortable situation will last, God only knows.

No amount of political grandstanding nor finger-pointing will help us. WE WANT RESULTS!!!

Hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Which explains all this panic-buying of  non-perishable foods,toilet paper, hand sanitizers,face masks,rubbing alcohol,swabs,gloves,aloe vera gel,disinfectant wipes and sprays and bleach,but I digress. These items now appear to me more valuable than gold or money at this time.

Speaking of money, some stores do not want cash payments since it carries germs, Debit/credit payments are being encouraged.

My hats off to all the health care workers who bravely face this coronavirus head-on ,trying to mitigate the dangerous effects of it from the populace.

I am afraid that once that virus gets fully eradicated, the lifestyle changes that we now are experiencing will become permanent. The skeptic in me thinks that the business owners  for example will see if it is more profitable to make do with less resources like manpower for example yet gain profit overall.  This early, I already heard of massive layoffs with these non-essential services though others still get 2 weeks pay in spite of not reporting for work for the next 2 weeks. But for how long will these crisis payments be?Will these folks get laid off as well?

It is so surreal right now that all I can do right now is to pray for everything to  eventually go well.

A Chinese saying states—Every crisis is an opportunity. With Covid-19, whatever opportunity comes up, I hope it will be for the better good. This virus does not give a hoot as to who it affects.It definitely does not play favorites. It has no political affiliations and everybody is equal in its eyes.

Another saying–Beware the ides of March–oh,how true it is!

 

Josie

 

I will leave all the pathophysiology and treatment of the  microbe of the hour—-coronavirus—to the Infectious Disease specialists as well as the CDC (Center for Disease Control)and the WHO(World Health Organization).

My own take on this as a layman should be simplistic ,understandable and hopefully will help others assert themselves more in taking care of their health.

The word –corona–is Spanish for “crown” which makes me thing with the growing prevalence of this virus,does it make it a king or queen of the other viruses?Just a thought.

Just trying to see how to prepare for a possible pandemic would entail preparation as if on a Doomsday scenario.

Here in Canada, so far, there are now 16 confirmed cases of those infected by the coronavirus(also known as COVID-19). It is a reality but nothing to be relaxed with either. Preparation is key.

Now I am fully aware that the Democratic  party primaries are ongoing in the US and COVID-19 has been touched from time to time. Even with the current Trump government, they are aware as well.

I am quite flabbergasted with how the political spinning of COVID-19 as well as the apparent political cover-up and censorship of the certified health authorities who are morally bound to inform the public for safety reasons is ongoing.

This had already happened in China when they initially shut off the medical doctor(now dead from the virus) when he tried to act as the whistleblower and look where it ended—the growing viral spread worldwide.  Why the shut-off?Because it does not look good politically nor for the international business of China.

I pray the US govt will not follow that same path either.

I hope that President Trump will not end up like the Chinese president who is still trying to correct that ongoing crisis. I understand that it may not look good politically for him if that virus continues to spread in the US but I am sure that the American people will understand and support him as he should listen to the health experts and not those yes-men or political spinners  when lives are at stake.  They need his help and assistance as well as leadership to guide everybody to safety. That is his job as President of the United States.

I am aware that he is so preoccupied with his reelection plans but if a lot of American lives die on his watch, the buck stops with him and no one else. The last thing he needs is the perception that he neglected his citizens and is only concerned with his personal ambitions.

The coronavirus is not a hoax nor a concoction of the Democratic Party. It was seeped into our North American shores like a stealth sniper. it will not disappear as easily as the common cold but if it does, I will only credit it to God and no one else.

Prepare and pray,folks! This is my Public Service Announcement (PSA) on this matter!

God help us all!

Josie