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De-congesting large community spaces

By de-congesting densely populated community spaces, the effect of the contagion becomes more manageable.

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The piece of information I have found most useful todate is a Whatsapp message I found below. I am putting it in Italics. This combined with the Uganda president's state of the Nation address made it understandable why it was important to stay home even though our country has not had a single case of COVID-19 reported. Though all the neihbouring countries actually all do. When you explain the issue at hand systematically and clearly, you give people reason to take action from a place of understanding as opposed to just telling them this disease is deadly so stay home.


This by far is the best way I've heard this explained.  And it makes total sense.  Why can't it be explained like this on the news instead of creating hysteria?  STAY HOME


•This was posted by a friend, and it has helped me understand the situation we are all facing.


From a rheumatologist to a friend of mine:


Feeling confused as to why Coronavirus is a bigger deal than Seasonal flu? Here it is in a nutshell. I hope this helps. Feel free to share this to others who don’t understand...


It has to do with RNA sequencing.... I.e. genetics.


Seasonal flu is an “all human virus”. The DNA/RNA chains that make up the virus are recognized by the human immune system. This means that your body has some immunity to it before it comes around each year... you get immunity two ways...through exposure to a virus, or by getting a flu shot.


Novel viruses come from animals.... the WHO (World Health Organization) tracks novel viruses in animals, (sometimes for years watching for mutations). Usually these viruses only transfer from animal to animal (pigs in the case of H1N1) (birds in the case of the Spanish flu). But once one of these animal viruses mutates and starts to transfer from animals to humans... then it’s a problem.  Why? Because we have no natural or acquired immunity.  The RNA sequencing of the genes inside the virus isn’t human, and the human immune system doesn’t recognize it so we can’t fight it off.


Now.... sometimes the mutation only allows transfer from animal to human for years, it’s only transmission is from an infected animal to a human before it finally mutates so that it can now transfer human to human... once that happens we have a new contagion phase. And depending on the fashion of this new mutation thats what decides how contagious, or how deadly, it’s gonna be.


H1N1 was deadly....but it did not mutate in a way that was as deadly as the Spanish flu. It’s RNA was slower to mutate and it attacked its host differently too.


Fast forward.


Now, here comes this Coronavirus... it existed in animals only for nobody knows how long...but one day, at an animal market in Wuhan China in December 2019, it mutated and made the jump from animal to people. At first, only animals could give it to a person... But here is the scary part.... in just TWO WEEKS it mutated again and gained the ability to jump from human to human. Scientists call this quick ability “slippery”.


This Coronavirus, not being in any form a “human” virus (whereas we would all have some natural or acquired immunity), took off like a rocket. And this was because Humans have no known immunity...doctors have no known medicines for it.


And it just so happens that this particular mutated animal virus changed itself in such a way the way that it causes great damage to human lungs..


That’s why Coronavirus is different from seasonal flu, or H1N1, or any other type of influenza.... this one is slippery.  And it’s a lung eater...And it’s already mutated AGAIN, so that we now have two strains to deal with, strain S and strain L....which makes it twice as hard to develop a vaccine.


We really have no tools in our shed with this. History has shown that fast and immediate closings of public places has helped in the past pandemics. Philadelphia and Baltimore were reluctant to close events in 1918 and they were the hardest hit in the US during the Spanish Flu.


Factoid: Henry VIII stayed in his room and allowed no one near him, till the Black Plague passed...(honestly...I understand him so much better now). Just like us, he had no tools in his shed except social isolation...


And let me end by saying, right now it’s hitting older folks harder... but this genome is so slippery...if it mutates again (and it will). Who is to say what it will do next.


Be smart folks... acting like you’re unafraid is so not sexy right now.


#flattenthecurve  Stay home folks... and share this to those that just are not catching on. ��

Upload or share a link to this resource/message/source of information to share it with others.

https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1516707/-live-museveni-addresses-nation-coronavirus


Unfortunately for the post, I got as a forward by Whatsapp message so I can't readily share it outside the text I posted.

Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?

It finally sounded reasonable to stay home as opposed to all the 'panic attack' messages that have been flooding my social media feeds!

Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

I forwarded it to sceptics like me!

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • National Government
  • News: Television
  • News: Digital
  • Social Media
  • WHO (World Health Organization)

What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?

The specific details about the disease. We have heard very little about the symptoms, the very nature of the disease and what best to do when you are infected. Infact, it's a shame that we are reporting more about infections and quite little about recoveries like it's a death sentence when you get it!

What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?

I think the old and illiterate are missing out quite a bit on information. Information right now seems a little more the reserve of mainstream media sources and social media which would be an alternative is a cocktail of things but also (in my opinion) it mostly carries sensational stories and causes more panic.

What is your current profession?

I am a business development services expert/ innovator!

In what city are you located?

Kampala

In what country are you located?

Uganda

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