COVID-19 Thoughts From Social Isolation

My name is Adrian Feliciano. I am 46 years old. And I am scared.

I am scared for a variety of reasons. Not just because of COVID-19, although, with some of my underlying pre-existing issues I’ve got good reason for it.

I’m scared for my friends and family and all of our futures, some already economically precarious long before SARS-coronavirus-2, and now with gross social inequalities laid absolutely bare and vulnerability impossible to mask away.

I’m scared that a good percentage of the population around me is willing to proudly red-cap bludgeon their way emotionally through crowds of people even as their utter capitulation to MAGA puts lives in danger. There is no reasoning with them, but unlike a virus, they are presumably sentient so many of us still try to reason with them in vain.

I’m scared of the systems in place that punish people who don’t fit in with the ruggedly-individual, radically self-reliant, cultism this country promotes.

I’m scared of the utter incompetence on display from that Moron and the smug enabling of his sycophants because, while some of them are just cowed by his cult of morons, a good number of them are just as incompetent and self-serving as he is.

I am scared of the future of this country, the “American” ideal that drew my family to immigrate from the Philippines and that was held up to me growing up as the shining example of having the best opportunity to live the best life possible.

SARS-CoV-2 will change the world, and the course of history. You cannot just restart the world’s largest economy within a couple months and expect that everything can, or should, ever go back to the normal that existed before. We are only in the very beginning stages of what will be massive reverberations felt for at least a generation.

How are you feeling, today?

The Name Of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

What is the correct name of 2019’s novel coronavirus and the disease it causes?

The coronavirus related illness that has been causing worldwide disruptions since the end of 2019 has been referred to by multiple names:

  1. Medical journals referred to it as “2019 Novel Coronavirus.”
  2. Nature called it both “Wuhan coronavirus” and “China coronavirus.”
  3. CNN reported on the “Wuhan coronavirus” in early February.
  4. Incompetent, racist dotards insist on calling it a “foreign virus” or “The Chinese Virus.”
  5. Sycophants and other racists laugh over “Kung-flu.”
  6. It is not the flu and it never has been. Influenza is caused by a completely different virus.

On 11 Feb 2020, the illness caused by the new coronavirus was named “Corovavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” by the World Health Organization.

On 02 March 2020, the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses, the officially named the virus that causes COVID-19 is “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).” The WHO chooses to avoid referring to SARS-CoV-2 by name because (emphasis mine):

From a risk communications perspective, using the name SARS can have unintended consequences in terms of creating unnecessary fear for some populations, especially in Asia which was worst affected by the SARS outbreak in 2003. 

For that reason and others, WHO has begun referring to the virus as “the virus responsible for COVID-19” or “the COVID-19 virus” when communicating with the public.  Neither of these designations are intended as replacements for the official name of the virus as agreed by the ICTV

In summary:

Referring to SARS-Cov-2 by any other name is incorrect.

Calling it “the Chinese Virus” or “the Wuhan Coronavirus” is stigmatizing at best and racist at worst.

Comparing COVID-19 to the common flu is just plain stupid.

How To Protect Yourself from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The following information about protecting yourself from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is taken from the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Know How it Spreads:

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person via people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself:

  • Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Take steps to protect others:

  • Stay home if you’re sick except to get medical care.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

For more information, visit the CDC’s website.