Thursday, February 27, 2020

Docs Urge Taking Precautions Against Coronavirus

State health officials warned Mississippians to take precautions against coronavirus even though there are no cases in Mississippi.*

State Health Officer Paul Byers said there are no coronavirus cases in Mississippi.  He advised people to simply follow the same practices they would if trying to avoid the flu.  Wash hands several times a day, don't cough or sneeze on others, stay home if sick.  The various doctors said the elderly or those already sick suffer the most.

Dr. Jason Parham said the virus appears to have the same transmission rate as the flu.  The morbidity rate is only 2% while the flu is 0.1%.

ER patients are first asked upon arrival if they traveled overseas recently.  The registration program directs the operator to send the patient to a designated room for further screening if he has made such travel.

The media spent some time questioning about 51 USM choir students who recently visited South Korea where there is an outbreak (15:00).  Dr. Byers said the students are self-monitoring and will report any symptoms.  He said South Korea is not under the same restrictions as China.  Ross Adams asked if any students would be quarantined.  Dr. Byers said they were not under quarantine.

Kingfish note: Interesting press conference.  The truth is, no one really trusts the data provided by China.  No one trusts Iran as well although it's hard to hide the truth when the top state health officer and Vice-President contract the virus.  Funny post about Iran.

* The state health officials at the press conference were:

Dr. Paul Byers, state epidemiologist, Mississippi State Department of Health
Sheila Fletcher, director of Infection Prevention, UMMC
Dr. Bhagyashri Navalkele, medical director of Infection Prevention, UMMC
Dr. Jason Parham, director of the Department of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases
Jason Smith, manager of emergency services, UMMC Mississippi Center for Emergency Services


Anonymous said...

Let this outbreak serve as yet another reminder that everyone should be prepared.

Have 3 months of canned food for everyone in your family based on 1500 calories a day. You dont want to fight your neighbors at Sam's Club in a panic. You dont want to turn away a hungry neighbor child either.

You can supplement those cans with dried beans/rice/ramen noodles. You can feed a lot of people with them in an emergency, if you have plenty of water. Water is also very important but easier to get in Mississippi. Be prepared but dont panic.

Stop panic buying masks or cleaning out the shelves in hope of turning a profit. I've seen you people at Home Depot. As soon as the put 3M respirators out you buy everything they have. Why?

If we work together as a community and practice good hygiene then we can get through this. Good luck and stay safe. God have mercy on us.

Anonymous said...

It's not only washing your hands, but DO NOT TOUCH any part your face with your hands. If you have an itch use your sleeve or clean tissue.

I frequently see people at a counter in a store paying for something with their hands on the counter, and then they rub their nose or around their eyes. Yikes!

That's how you catch a cold/flu virus, etc. Don't do it, ever!

Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you, and if someone calls you a "germophobe," fu*k them.

I was in a CVS last week sitting in the pharmacy area and a man standing near me sneezed without covering his mouth.

What an inconsiderate ass!

Pappy Odaniel said...

So exciting for Mississippi. Maybe some federal disaster money...more business for the short-skirted Madison County pharma rep Chili's bar regulars...and since its so lethal to the elderly it might wipe out some of these 13th check cashers...Win Win Win baby.

Anonymous said...

The experts are going to be deep on this one.

Anonymous said...

You will also need a nice long range rifle, stock up on hollow-point bullets and plenty of booby traps. Once the corona-zombies start heading towards your property, then you can quietly nail them.

Anonymous said...

Will Mayor Lumumba make a statement regarding the lack of masks or respirator availability for City employees due to virtue signaling that everyone should send them to China?

Anonymous said...

Hand sanitizer is fool's gold. You have to rub that crap on your hands for 4 minutes to prevent flu transmission...soap and water baby.

Anonymous said...

Both hand sanitizer and paper masks are useless. Take your megaphone and sit on it.

Anonymous said...

Oh, for Heaven's pluckin' sake: it's JUST A VIRUS. It's not a particularly "deadly" virus.

This is a panic CREATED for a reason. Someone is aiming to profit from it. Personally, I'm profiting, by exploiting the ongoing dip in stock prices, to BUY. Prices were too high. For the moment, they're not.

Maybe someone wants to sell vaccines. Maybe someone wants to snap up the stocks the lemmings are unloading. Maybe the Medical Industry, as a whole, sees the virus as an opportunity to make some money. Maybe whoever is selling whatever crap they're spraying all over China (which will do little to stop the virus, but will do much in the way of causing people to be immunosuppressed and thus vulnerable to the virus - thereby increasing the deathrate and thus amplifying the panic) wants to go global with sales of whatever it is. Probably, it's ALL of the above.

The AIDS Crisis transformed our ability to deal with viruses. Now, we understand them, and what to do about them. Commonsense antiviral strategies are all that's necessary for most people.

Possibly, people need to stop being so GULLIBLE and so CONFORMIST, and start thinking for themselves. Stop to consider how many stupid/wrong things the "authorities" have told us to do, in recent years. And pause, please, to consider that everything Mainstream Media CAN lie about, they DO lie about.

Anonymous said...

Always peddling this crap aren’t you KF. You no better than all other “news” outlets trying to scare folks and hype this crap. I really can’t stand those like yourself who practice yellow journalism. GTHKF

Anonymous said...

The Stock Market doesn't trust anyone in regards to this. It's taking another dump today.

Anonymous said...

9:55 has got it straight. The Coronavirus has only a 2% mortality rate, and that is among those who are already susceptible to the viruses that are already out there. It is most dangerous to those who spent their youth under helicopter parents and never built natural immunities. Kids that never got sick as youngsters are more likely to be sick to new viruses at which there are no vaccines or remedies yet. For conservatives, of course, that population is usually liberal, so maybe it is a good thing after all.

Kingfish said...

I wrote it had a 2% mortality rate. The media is being a little hysterical. One would think from the questions yesterday they wanted to quarantine all 51 students. This is not some super friggin plague although Michael Yon is completely freaking out about it.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry my fellow Mississippians. The warm spring weather will surely kill it and save us all.

Anonymous said...

The quarantine will do the most economic damage

Anonymous said...

When summer comes we will find out that bats and mosquitoes transmit the virus and the pandemic will become an apocalyptic extinction level event.

You heathens better get right with Jesus.

Anonymous said...

DANGER! The link provided by @9:16 AM DOES NOT SAY THAT HAND SANITIZER DOES NOT WORK FOR VIRUSES! READ THE DAMN ARTICLE. @9:16 AM is an irresponsible jackwagon!

Anonymous said...

The stock market has been over due for a reset for a while now. Covid-19 is the perfect cover to unload junk like Tesla.

Anonymous said...

12:27...that's Dr. Jackwagon to you, my friend.
If it makes you feel better, rub that garbage on your hands. All I'm trying to say is wash your hands with soap and water (the article does say it's better than hand sanitizer). Honestly, just want people educated, but whatever floats your namecalling.

Burke said...

"This country is run on epidemics, where you been?"

Hud Bannon (1963)

Anonymous said...

I've been panicking for 4 days now. I taped every window sill and sealed every air leak I think air could enter my home.

I'm alone in my own home and I'm wearing my mask and nitrile gloves.

I purchased a 50 gallon drum of hand sanitizer that I dip myself into twice a day.
I'm not taking any chances.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who thinks Tesla is junk, doesn't know a thing about investing.

Ophelia said...

I don’t think anyone (certainly none of the jabberers on this site) knows where this all is heading; it is newsworthy for the very reason of its mysterious nature. It may be a tempest in a teacup, and soon over, or it may wipe out a huge swath of the population. We just don’t know. Reasonable caution can’t be a bad idea, but all-out panic isn’t going to do any good.

Anonymous said...

I'm not scared. Buy me an airplane ticket to Wuhan and give me $150,000 and I will walk around the city licking doorknobs.

Anonymous said...

Several companies have made billions selling hand sanitizer to medical facilities and to the public.

Junk science.

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