When we moved back to Oregon in 1995, we soon started raising free-range chickens. There was little information on free-range poultry back then, and most of it was wrong. I embarked on a literature survey of the past 100 years, to find out what ideas and techniques worked and what didn’t. We put the more likely ones into practice, and also wrote them up here on Plamondon.com.
Look, it’s really simple: coughing into the air infects people. You’re supposed to put a barrier between your cough and everybody else, like a handkerchief. If you were the clever inventor type, you’d come up with the idea that tying a handkerchief around your face would intercept your coughs even if both hands were full or if the cough was very sudden. You’d have invented the face mask.
Take masks. All we need are a few hundred million n95 masks and a few billion surgical masks. We’re not there yet, but it won’t take long.
Especially because everyone’s focused on ramping up production, right? No, of course not! People with teeny-tiny minds (most people in the suit-wearing and sounding-smart biz) are freaked out because Home Depot is sold out. I hate to tell you this, but hospitals don’t buy their masks at Home Depot. They buy them from medical-supply wholesalers.
Reuse of FFP2 masks. Paper from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health. FFP2 is the European equivalent of an n95 mask. They found hydrogen peroxide effective in sterilizing the mask, allowing it to be used three times. Read the paper for details: it involves more than spritzing it.
UW Medicine Interim Treatment Guidelines for SARS-CoV-2 Infection/COVID-19. These are the current treatment guidelines (updated March 19) by the most experienced coronavirus team in the US. Interestingly, they already use antivirals on every COVID-19 patient, preferably Remdesivir, which is in clinical trial, but otherwise Hydroxychloroquine.
The Corvallis Indoor Farmer’s Market was mostly outdoors today. Why? Well, obviously, if you want to maintain social distance during the coronavirus epidemic, the outdoors is where all the distance is.
Of course, farmer’s market customers are used to having the market happen outdoors: we only have an indoor market at all because of all the pesky winter rain in Oregon. But the weather’s a lot better now.