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Monday 23rd of March 2020

Centrelink minister claims the mygov site is under cyber attack and that’s why the 95,000 people who are trying to access New Start payments have been rejected by the computers presuming it is a cyber attack.

An eight-year-old boy next door has been left alone by his single parent mum who has gone to work. The boy is lonely and is banging on the doors. For some reason his mum didn’t send him to school this morning. Meanwhile teachers are threatening to go on strike if schools are not closed by Wednesday.

There are huge lines outside Centrelink reminiscent of the 1985 seqeb dispute.


The premier just closed Qld borders

Experts talk about response to Covid 19 including the immune and testing response. Currently all testing is being done at hospitals and while you wait for the results you are sent home and told to self isolate. Currently 5 in 1000 people are testing positive but these are the people who are being tested. As at 23rd of March 2020 only 0.004 percent of the population of Australia have been tested for covid 19 virus. Therefor conclusions from the statistics being quoted are likely to be unreliable.

Australia has tested at a lower rate than Korea which has a far bigger population. Return travellers especially those people coming back from the US are testing at a higher rate than people at home.

I found much of the statistics mentioned in the video quite dodgy. They are drawing conclusions based on a test of 0.004% of the population. One thing is clear the effectiveness of the virus varies from country to country. Therefore it is foolish to make conclusions based upon experience in other countries.

Some good info from the hospital:

Internal email for staff in St George’s Hospital
Virus Detection:

The simplest way to distinguish Coronavirus from a Common Cold is that the COVID-19 infection does not cause a cold nose or cough with cold, but it does create a dry and rough cough.
The virus is typically first installed in the throat causing inflammation and a feeling of dryness. This symptom can last between 3 and 4 days.

The virus typically then travels through the moisture present in the airways, goes down to the trachea and installs in the lungs, causing pneumonia that lasts about 5 or 6 days.
Pneumonia manifests with a high fever and difficulty breathing. The Common Cold is not accompanied, but there may be a choking sensation. In this case, the doctor should be called immediately.

Experts suggest doing this simple verification every morning: Breathe in deeply and hold your breath for 10 seconds.  If this can be done without coughing, without difficulty, this shows that there is no fibrosis in the lungs, indicating the absence of infection.   It is recommended to do this control every morning to help detect infection.

Prevention:
The virus hates heat and dies if it is exposed to temperatures greater than 80°F (27°C). Therefore hot drinks such as infusions, broths or simply hot water should be consumed abundantly during the day.  These hot liquids kill the virus and are easy to ingest.

Avoid drinking ice water or drinks with ice cubes.

Ensure that your mouth and throat are always wet, never DRY. You should drink a sip of water at least every 15 minutes. WHY?  Even when the virus enters water or other liquids through the mouth, it will get flushed through the oesophagus directly into the stomach  where gastric acids destroy the virus. If there is not enough water, the virus can pass into the trachea and from there to the lungs, where it is very dangerous.

For those who can, sunbathe. The Sun’s UV rays kill the virus and the vitamin D is good for you.  
The Coronavirus has a large size (diameter of 400-500 nanometers) so face masks can stop it, no special face masks are needed in daily life.

If an infected person sneezes near us, stay 10 feet (3.3 meters) away to allow the virus fall to the ground and prevent it from falling on you.

When the virus is on hard surfaces, it survives about 12 hours, therefore when hard surfaces such as doors, appliances, railings, etc. are touched, hands should be washed thoroughly and/or disinfected with alcoholic gel.

The virus can live nested in clothes and tissues between 6 and 12 hours. Common detergents can kill it. Things that cannot be washed should be exposed to the Sun and the virus will die.
The transmission of the virus usually occurs by direct infection, touching fabrics, tissues or materials on which the virus is present.

Washing your hands is essential.

The virus survives on our hands for only about 10 minutes. In that time many things can happen, rubbing the eyes, touching the nose or lips. This allows the virus to enter your throat. Therefore, for your good and the good of all, wash your hands very often  and disinfect them.

You can gargle with disinfectant solutions (i.e. Listerine or Hydrogen Peroxide) that eliminate or minimize the amount of virus that can enter the throat. Doing so removes the virus before it goes down to the trachea and then to the lungs.

Disinfect things touched often: cellphone, keyboard, mouse, car steering wheel,

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