It seems that the American news media does not want to do their home work and tell you the whole story about previous pandemics occurring in the past 100 years.
1968 – 1969 * Hong Kong flu also known as 1968 flu pandemic was a flu pandemic whose outbreak in 1968 and 1969 killed an estimated one to four million people globally.
This outbreak actually began in mainland China before spreading to Hong Kong.
1957 – 1958 * Asian flu, originated in Guizhou, China.
This pandemic caused two to four million deaths worldwide.
1918 – 1919 * Spanish flu, The death toll is estimated to have been anywhere from 17 million to 50 million, and possibly as high as 100 million, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in human history.
Historical and epidemiological data are inadequate to identify with certainty the pandemic’s country of origin.
It should be noted that WHO estimates 250,000 to 500,000 people die of seasonal flu annually.
It seems that covid-19 is little or no more dangerous than the number killed by the flu each year.
To date there is no known effective covid-19 medical treatments or vaccines available to treat those infected with covid-19.
The main difference between flu virus and covid-19 virus is we have better treatments and flu virus vaccines to battle flu out brakes.
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For many lock-down has been lifted.
Memorial day is often the first big BBQ outing of the year.
Hints and tips on using your BBQ grill
* Check for any damage before using the grill for the first time each year, and check the entire grill regularly.
* If cooking using propane, check hoses and check for leaks by applying soapy water to hoses and connections. Leaks will cause your soapy water to bubble.
* Using old grill brush for years is a bad idea. Get a new brush every year or every 2 years.
* A grill (charcoal or gas) needs to preheat for about 15 minutes or more until the temperature reaches around 500 degrees before cleaning and applying fresh cooking oil to it’s cooking grates.
* Keep your grill a safe distance from your home, wood fencing, decks and over hanging low tree limbs.
December 2019 post
USDA recommended safe cooking temperatures
USDA Meats, Poultry and Water Fowl cooking Charts
Have a happy and safe Memorial day weekend.
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It’s that time of year again, soil, day and night time air temperatures are nearing the optimal temperatures for direct seeding in your garden or raised bed soils.
An older blog post you may find useful Seed To Fork
North Dakota State University Agriculture Extension – Combinations found to be beneficial
Temperature, it’s all about the soil temperature.
Soil temperature is almost never to warm, however, soils that are to cool and damp at worst can cause your seed to rot in the ground and at best take many days to germinate. Seedling in cool soil grow slowly and often do not develop into healthy productive plants.
Words of wisdom: Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day. Harry S Truman
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Today many towns in southwest Oklahoma will have their first 100+F (38C) degree day. West of my tiny garden about 30 miles it has reached 106%F (41.11C) today.
With official start of summer still 40 days from now I am hoping this will not be the beginning of another drought year.
On a lighter note I will reach my 73rd year on planet earth on Wednesday, May 6. Happy Birthday to me.
Happy Carefree 2020 Gardening Season
Thank you Maxine for sharing your gardening knowledge.
CDC Safe Distancing recommendations under President Trump’s administration will a(e)ffect you and how we use public parks.
Thank you – Pacific Paratrooper blog
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Fun facts and DIY projects.
Sanitize your smartphone.
First thing to do is using hot soapy water and steel wool scrub your phone carefully to remove virus germs.
Rinse under hot running tap water.
Second step, remove battery, place your smartphone in a glass or stainless steel container and cover with 95% percent Isopropyl Alcohol. Allow to set undisturbed for 45 minutes or more. Be sure the phone is covered with Isopropyl Alcohol.
Remove after 45 minutes or more sanitizing time. Dry well before replacing battery.
🙂 No other actions are necessary to insure you will not be infected by a dirty smartphone.
Happy undisturbed Gardening
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Regular Bleach is safe for kitchen countertops and cutting boards. Bleach should never be used full strength for cleaning any surface, it should always be diluted with water. For disinfecting countertops, use a solution of 1/2 cup bleach per gallon of water. Apply the bleach solution and let stand for 5 minutes, rinse thoroughly, and allow to air dry.
After cleaning with warm soapy water, dishes, cups, sinks, tubs, showers, toilets and ‘most floor surfaces can be disinfected with bleach water. Note Dishes must be rinsed well and dried before being put away.
Bleach water is also effective for disinfecting outdoor appliances and furniture as well.
Caution Always wear eye protection and latex gloves when using any bleach based disinfectant. When disinfecting appliances always unplug appliance before using bleach water to disinfect appliances.Bleach disinfectent must be used with caution and always in a well ventilated area.
Be on the front line protecting you and your family from bacterial and viral infections.
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A newly hired software designer and university educated programmer told his supervisor that he must have access to a stand up desk to complete his software programming assignment.
His supervisor agreed to the young programmers demands and the engineering maintenance department setout to provide him with a standup work station.
Be very careful what you ask for, you may get it!
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President Trump invokes Defense Production Act grants the president the ability to direct the production of certain equipment.
President Trump encourages US pharmaceutical industry to end drug production in China and return drug manufacturing to the United States.
COVID-19, has U.S. officials on an accelerated mission to bring the production of life saving medicines back to U.S. shores and away from the control of the Chinese government.
Das Nobel, founder and CEO of the New York based product and supply service MTX Group said “U.S. is over reliant on drugs from China, and it’s not a sustainable model.”
The spread of the novel virus throughout American shores in recent weeks has underscored the long held worry regarding the U.S.’s “over-reliance” on Chinese pharmaceutical production. America essentially ceased domestic production of penicillin around 2004.
Over 80 percent of pharmaceuticals sold in the U.S. in addition to crucial medical equipment, including face mask come from China.
Congress has several bipartisan bills, including the “Pharmaceutical Independent Long-Term Readiness Reform Act,” are currently awaiting further action, all with the intention of urging and even forcing pharmaceuticals back into U.S. borders and away from Chinese domination.
President Trump last took more urgent action on the matter, signing an executive order to pave the way for masks and related respiratory needs to be American made amid the time of frantic shortage and crisis. The intention of the order is to close legal loopholes, streamline the tangle of red tape and encourage companies to manufacture products in the U.S., rather than China.
Department of Defense has long raised red flags about China dominance in the U.S. drug supply chain being a national security concern.
Ken Mahoney, New York based Mahoney Asset Management said “it would be a major investment to build more Pharmaceutical production facilities here in the U.S. The advantage would be that we can then be self reliant and the U.S. can’t be ‘blackmailed’ by China.”
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