As a 21st century human, living in a G7 country (whatever that means in 2020) at the center of one of the planet’s 10,000,000+ conurbations, I guess I’m a high-risk of infection, low-chance of severe – or fatal – COVID-7 symptoms. We’ve been advised to go into “social distancing” – a step short of quarantine – with a raft of restrictions on international travel.
I’ve decided to keep a journal. With some photographs and video inserts; as and when I happen on something interesting.
I’d also like to distill the reams of opportunist information into something that’s bullshit-free, with everything else put in its proper context. That’s mostly for my own sanity but maybe I’ll end up with a “key to contemptible mythologies” that’ll be useful once I’m done with the journal.
The only near-complete ‘society’ for which there’s coronavirus figures is the cruise ship Diamond Princess. This ship had 712 infections (i.e. everyone) with 10 fatalities and 597 listed recovered. This should give the best indication of the real likely fatality rate of coronavirus – just over 1%. Everywhere else, the infected cases and fatalities cases tells you how many test positives turned fatal (at most) but since countries aren’t publishing the numbers tested, it’s impossible to assess society-wide fatality rates.
how coronavirus works
how coronavirus infects
how to kill coronavirus
- The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular (eyes), nasal (nose) or buccal (mouth) mucosa, changes their genetic code (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
- Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it does not die, but decays on its own or is broken to pieces (harmless) or it finds the energy and the biological materials to multiple (harmful). Disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.
- The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam).
- By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.
- HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
- Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.
- Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.
- Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.
- NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive.
- NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth.
- While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only:
– between 3 hours (fabric and porous)
– 4 hours (copper and wood)
– 24 hours (cardboard),
– 42 hours (metal)
– 72 hours (plastic)
- But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.
- The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars.
- The virus needs moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.
- UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein. For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.
- The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin. It can go through lips, nostrils and eyes. It could live up an arse but won’t spread to the lungs from there.
- NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%. LISTERINE IF IT SERVES! It is 65% alcohol. Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.
- The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.
- You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.
- You have to HUMIDIFY HANDS DRY from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.
- Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.
- Wearing a mask will reduce susceptibility but it is no guarantee of protection. N95 or N99 masks fitted properly plus all other precautions decrease your odds of infection but not to zero.
- Wearing a mask properly fitted will reduce greatly how infectious you are. If you have coronavirus you should always wear a mask in public. If you are asymptomatic but have come into contact with coronavirus, you should always wear a mask in public. If in doubt, wear a mask in public. Better safe than sorry.
STARTED MARCH 13th
LAST UPDATED MARCH 26th
MONDAY MARCH 16th 2020
Supermarkets (one large, one food hall): hyper buying of same stuff as the pharmacy but everything else plentiful, as normal. Stores, restaurants, bars, pubs, stations also all open.
Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day.
TUESDAY MARCH 17th 2020
Why not test people who’ve had coronavirus once they’ve recovered, to make sure they’re clean and have antibodies immunity, and then organise a voluntary network to have them fill key roles involving interpersonal contact (e.g. jobs that’re short on people because the regulars are self-isolating or deliveries/care of the elderly who’re kept away from public spaces to best safeguard their health)?
Wouldn’t it be less disruptive to society, instead of shielding the elderly in an ad hoc way by everyone social distancing – closed schools, jobs on pause – house the elderly in safe surroundings and let the virus play out among people younger who’re not at more risk than regular flu?
What are the reinfection rates? Does the virus need to mutate for people to catch it again, like regular flu?
What are the reinfection rates? Does the virus need to mutate for people to catch it again, like regular flu?
WEDNESDAY MARCH 18th 2020
East Asians – Chinese and Koreans in particular – wear face masks when out in public, especially noticeable at airports when people from all over the world cross paths. Spending a little time in Seoul or Shanghai and you’ll notice a certain number of locals wearing face masks too.
“MASKS WON’T STOP YOU BEING INFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS!” says Chief Medical Officer.
Two Americans and two Brits are passing through an airport, on their way to catch a connecting flight from Chicago to New York. The group sees a knot of Chinese – all wearing surgical face masks – disembarking from an inbound long-haul flight coming in from Beijing.
“Those Chinese cities must be so damn dirty, the natives have to wear masks when they go downtown,” says Westerner #1.
“Look at those them Chinese. Koreans. Whichever country they’re from. See their big moon faces, covered by a surgical mask?” exclaims Westerner #2 as the group moves out of earshot of the Chinese families.
“Just goes to show what people say: the Asians are the most racist people in the world,” agrees Westerner #3. “I mean, wearing masks? They think the rest of the world is dirty. Full of infectious germs. Scared they’re going to get sick.”
Westerner #2 nods. “Damn rude, ain’t it? And what a joke. Coronavirus started in one of their filthy wet markets, not in a Whole Foods supermarket.”
“And they all eat dogs,” adds Westerner #4.
Milder versions of the above seem to be widespread public opinion in the United States and United Kingdom.
the East Asians aren’t wearing the face masks to filter out the air they breathe in.
The masks are to filter the air they breath out.
The poor sods are trying NOT to spread flu – or coronavirus – not to selfishly or rudely pass comment on the cleanliness of the rest of the world.
The “Western” presumption does these Asians wrong. What’s more it’s self-serving, mildy racist and – if you think about it – a profound metaphor for Western prejudice versus East Asian social conscience.
END OF WEEK SUMMARY (MARCH 20th 2020)
As of the afternoon (19-March-20) in the UK, there have been 64621 people tested weigh 61,352 negative and 3,269 confirmed positive cases. 144 deaths from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.
The word pandemic (from Greek pan “all” + demos “people”) is much abused. It just means a disease epidemic that’s spread international, across a large region, e.g. multiple continents or worldwide. It doesn’t, by default, signify high fatality rates or any specific level of severity.
END OF WEEK SUMMARY (MARCH 26th 2020)
United States with 69008 infected, 1175 critical, 1045 deaths and 616 recovered. UK with 9529 infected, 465 deaths and 135 recovered. Germany with 41434 infected, 23 critical, 219 deaths, 5931 recovered. France with 25600 infected, 2516 critical, 1331 deaths and 3900 recovered. South Korea at 9241 cases, 131 deaths, 4144 recovered. Spain with 49515 cases, 3647 deaths, 3166 critical and 5367 recovered. Italy nightmarish at 74386 cases, 7503 deaths, 3489 critical and 9362 recovered.
FRIDAY MARCH 27th 2020
- CORONAVIRUSIt must be such a thrill to be living through these coronavirus days, with the shared enemy non-human and politically, the media-driven panic a protracted break in routine and an excuse for proactive hoarding of food and toiletries. Universal fear-mongering media clickbait feeds the public just enough useful facts to keep everyone unbalanced, needy and glued to their information streams. It’s a godsend for populations used to the past few years diet of unrewarding tribal bickering on social media and workaday toil. In a way, it’s the ultimate evolution of the reality show.
- COGNITIVE ASSONANCECOGNITIVE DISSONANCE is a psychological state, observed when a brain holds onto a belief (about reality) in the face of persistent contradictory evidence; by somehow ignoring it. COGNITIVE DISSONANCE is stressful but not as disturbing as having to explode a belief. The brain’s natural non-stress state, however, is COGNITIVE CONSONANCE, where belief is evidentially and consistently in alignment with reality. The less easily observed but nonetheless essential enabler of COGNITIVE DISSONANCE is known as COGNITIVE ASSONANCE. ASSONANCE recasts DISSONANCE with most of its stress removed so it feels almost as natural as CONSONANCE.
- DEMOCRAT BLUE or REPUBLICAN RED? FALSE DICHOTOMY DESIGNED TO DIVIDE AND RULEDemocrat Blue or Republican Red? Both were appropriated post-FDR by rival factions of corporate and lineage big capital, to ringfence key voter demographics. The false dichotomy is designed to divide and rule the American people, so entrenched power can exploit the many and reward the few without regulation or restriction. What about the ideal ‘anyone can become President’? Do we need to Make America – Americans – Great Again?
- WHY WON’T PEOPLE TAKE SERIOUSLY THE EXISTENTIAL THREAT OF CLIMATE BREAKDOWN?Few people give two hoots about climate change and of those few the drop off rate from children who care to adults who don’t is significant. But this is a threat to the whole planet’s future. Why don’t we all care more? What’s gone wrong with our collective psyche?
- Middle Class – Working Class – Divided and ConqueredBig money populism – exemplified by Donald Trump and Boris Johnson – is just one side of the capitalist sociopath coin. The other side, maybe more important, is middle class disconnection. Populism fills the vacuum left by middle class retrenchment. Tribalism and social media are tools for this isolation, not causes…
- Stubborn Old Bastards or Wise Old Wizards?The uneducated and the experts get a lot of flak from trained gatekeepers with big platforms but the antipathy is self-serving virtue signalling designed to cover up a degrading groupthink that’s steadily retarding the progress of our society to a virtual standstill. The recent Dawkins Eugenics “controversy” is a case in point.
- People Vote Fantasy Over Fiction. I Don’t Get It!Time and time again the rump of voters choose the fantasy over the fact. People in their millions go for the snake oil (if it’s delivered with the right dewy-eyed appeal) and reject the poor prosaic plain-speaker with the long record of real public service. I don’t get it!
- The Never-Ending Ouroboros Life in the Utilitarian ParadigmThis is 2020 and our society is more utilitarian than ever. But it’s increasingly a culture without heritage, locked into an ouroboros sham stability that’s twisted to funnel wealth upward as nation-sized corporations destroy the planet’s future. And yet our society is called democratic; so long as the turkeys keep voting for Christmas…
- Diversity in Oscar 2020 NominationsNominations for the 2020 Oscars have been published to a chorus of criticism about lack of diversity. It’s a neat illustration of equality of outcome, equality of opportunity and the cultural degradation caused by the continued breakdown of communication and truth.
- Gothic Masterpieces: Jane Eyre and Wuthering HeightsGothic means many things to different people. It’s a much overused term but, that said, Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) and Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) are two of the finest exemplars of the gothic novel – this much is received wisdom – but their evocation of the gothic ideal is as different as the shadow and stone.
- $20T GDP – European Nations American StatesEurope and the United States are the two largest economic blocs. I thought this map was interesting. It visualizes how the European countries would map onto the 50 United States, by equivalent GDP.
- Should Social Media Be Regulated?There’s much talk lately about regulating social media corporations – for and against these companies having freedom to censor users or protecting individual access to platforms as ubiquitous as a public utility. Should social media be regulated?