A summary of discussion points from today:

  • We need to understand that it’s normal for people to respond to dramatic changes with denial, anger, fear and other emotions. We need to be supportive and kind, while also being clear and firm about the dangers and the behaviors that are necessary.
  • The best antidote for ourselves is to be mentally prepared for what is happening and keeping up our spiritual practices and taking practical measures to care for ourselves and others.
  • If someone tells you that they have had the virus and are now immune, this is doubtful. There are no known confirmed cases of immunity at this time.
  • Testing
  • Primary testing is where a swab is taken deep inside the nose, which is hazardous for the health worker taking the sample (most people being tested are sick). Two days ago in the U.S. there were over 200,000 tests completed and confirmed. Many more are still “cooking”, awaiting results. Also does not include testing on hospitalized patients and smaller labs that are running tests. Possibly 20,000 to 80,000 more that have been done.
  • After testing, people go home to isolate for 14 days. Positive rate is approx 7 – 10 (about 10%) with people that are symptomatic.
  • Surveillance testing is done on asymptomatic population. We do not have results of that testing yet. These would show people who are asymptomatic and positive, and people who are in incubation period.
  • New York state – 55% of people who have tested positive are between age 18 – 49. This dispels the idea that it is an “old person” disease.
  • In some really “hot” areas (ie Los Angeles and Washington state) they have stopped testing people who have mild symptoms and just telling people to self quarantine. They do not have the resources to continue to trace contacts and test everyone.
  • South Korea: They were very aggressive in the beginning to control the spread and did not develop “hot spots” where things got out of control.
  • For those areas that do not have a lot of cases yet, it is important to continue to be vigilant.
  • There are test kits available now and the problem is actually administering the test. Requires a full change in personal protective equipment for every single test. This is a huge resource issue. They are beginning to look at home testing. This may be a way to do a lot more testing and using less resources. But a good sample is absolutely necessary.
  • Serologic testing is taking a sample of body fluid and running through a medium that can concentrate the virus particles and measure. Antibodies are created in the body to protect us after we are exposed to something. This type of testing can help us identify people who are now immune because they have been exposed and those who are asymptomatic but immune. Turn around for this testing is much faster than other testing. It also requires just a simple blood draw.
  • IGM antibodies are short term protection
  • IGG antibodies are long term protection, possibly life long
  • We don’t know yet with the Corona Virus, what kind of immunity there will be. But serologic testing can start to show us more about immunity and the antibodies that are created.
  • Treatment
  • Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin are promising and being widely testing. High doses of Vit C via IV is also being tried, but this is more invasive. Trying to balance information needed with need for using it asap. May be possible to use as preventative as well – no recommendation yet.
  • Recommended safeguards
  • Still a mask shortage for health care workers. FEMA is getting stockpiles out. Dr Peter says they have received supplies at his clinic. Private manufacturers are kicking in and balancing supply for healthcare and then meeting the needs for the public.
  • More mask information will be available soon. Peter is compiling information. For intermittent use, it probably possible to keep using masks for a while, or rotate use of multiple masks.
  • More information tomorrow regarding surface cleaners.
  • All safeguards are still recommended. Social distancing, wearing masks and gloves when out. Cleaning surfaces, and, of course, washing hands.
  • No travelling recommended at all. But if you are travelling home after being away for a while, be sure to self isolate for at least 14 days.
  • Wash fresh food with soap and water and cook foods to make them safe. Virus seems to not live longer than 3 days, so keeping food for that long would help make it safer, but still wash it.
  • Statistics
  • Oregon stats can be found at: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19
  • U.S.: Confirmed cases – 27,000/up from 20,000, Deaths – 349/up from 279, Serious cases – 708/ up from 637 (using a different source now that seems more accurate)
  • Italy: Confirmed cases – 54, 000/up from 47,000, Deaths – 4800/up from 4000, Serious cases – 2900 / up from 2600
  • South Korea: 8900/up from 8800, deaths 104/up from 102, serious cases 59
  • Germany: Cases – 22,000 / only 84 deaths / 2 serious.  This is an anomaly – not sure why
  • Spain: serious -1600
  • France: serious – 1500
  • Can’t believe the numbers out of Iran and China
  • Virus began in China – will probably never know exactly if this came from an animal or a lab. Does not look like it is an engineered virus. Misinformation came out early that it could not be transferred human to human.

In divine friendship in God and Gurus,
Lorna for Ananda Portland