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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Respiratory illness - Effect on Travel

juddles

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I am so totally "over" this whole thing. As usual the media made a huge fuss over something that was serious but in a relevant way truly non-news.

In case I get accused of that common label of a "denier", no I do not think coronavirus does not exist :) I think that it is actually much more prevalent in China than the numbers state - whether this is due to State censorship or whatever, I do not care. And I am certain that over the coming months many hundreds or more will die from it. But my perspective, as always, is the same - it is just a simple reiteration of media hype, where one of many problems becomes the focus, even though in real effect and impact it is truly trivial. Anyone with an ounce of reality would know that other flus and known diseases, use of mobile phones whilst driving, etc etc kill far more many people everyday.

I do think that one day a real flu will arise, and will kill millions.

This Coronavirus is a puppy. As in in a world where diseases have always existed, this one is so very mild. It is great that the world medical practitioners are honing their skills, but in my philosophical position this sort of thing is an inevitable way the world tries to even things. The human population is ever increasing, is ever mingling. One day a flu will arise that is infectious within days or hours. With our international travel, this will mean that when such arises it will be global before it it is even recognized.

We have a generation that is focussed on Climate Change. People who march and do all sorts of things in an intent to correct human influence of the world. I suspect that they do not know that they are fighting a very long-term crusade. To gain control of the weather is something that would take many decades, with even more to notice any change. Yet a sudden flu can arise with no warning...

As a believer in silver-linings, maybe this sudden peril will get people to focus on pressing problems. The truly urgent stuff. This Coronavirus is not the product of carbon burn - on the contrary the affluence of human society due to carbon burn allows them some chance to fight it. This illness arose because of the sheer weight of population numbers in a point in the globe. That population enabled by that affluence that burning carbon has brought...
 

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We are lucky this is mild.
It's already killed more than SARS in 2 months - SARS lasted 8 months.

It's far more virulent and easy to spread and with longer incubation, but thankfully the death rate seems much lower (2% versus 10%).

Wouldn't be surprised if it continues for much of 2020.
 

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drron and others who have medical training, is not one of the biggest dangers for this affliction spreading how one sees so many people in Australia and overseas not using handkerchiefs or tissues when they sneeze, but instead a hand? Then they put their hands into contact with other surfaces.

Strikes me (as an uneducated, medically speaking, layman) this is a classic way to spread disease.
I can never work out how someone can blow their nose into a handkerchief, then put it back into their pocket. Won't you end up with snot in the pocket? Any handkerchief users here? Please enlighten me.

When I sneeze or cough, I use my elbow.
 

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I can never work out how someone can blow their nose into a handkerchief, then put it back into their pocket. Won't you end up with snot in the pocket? Any handkerchief users here? Please enlighten me.

When I sneeze or cough, I use my elbow.
How do you wipe the snot off the inside of your elbow?
 
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GH SIN reports virus detected in people attending a conference.
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Jokes aside, it is a good idea to cough into the inside elbow and not the hand and then go around and shake hands with people and touch things etc.

How do you wipe the snot off the inside of your elbow?
 

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GH SIN reports virus detected in people attending a conference.
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Jokes aside, it is a good idea to cough into the inside elbow and not the hand and then go around and shake hands with people and touch things etc.
Sorry for trivialising, and yes the use if the elbow is sensible, but keeping clean of potentially contaminated mucous does need follow up action.
 

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How do you wipe the snot off the inside of your elbow?
It doesn’t matter as that area doesn’t touch anyone or anything. Then the clothing gets washed. I hate hankies and always use a tissue that gets thrown away or the crook of the arm if necessary. Contains the spread. As Kyle just said, not for nose blowing but rather cough or sneeze.
 

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I can never work out how someone can blow their nose into a handkerchief, then put it back into their pocket. Won't you end up with snot in the pocket? Any handkerchief users here? Please enlighten me.

When I sneeze or cough, I use my elbow.
Although I carry a handkerchief it is to clean my glasses and blowing my nose i use tissues.I don't want to end up with snot on my hand,arm or elbow.
 
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