Coronavirus and misinformation that is floating around like airborne cooties
Jim - N6MED
Full disclosure for those in the club that don’t know my background:
For the Common Good, with permission of the group, I’m frustrated by so much misinformation “out there” put forth by the ignorant in the media. By BS meter starts bouncing in the red zone as soon as I hear someone say “I heard that …” without citing the source.
Regardless of your favorite media outlet, whether cable, broadcast, FaceBook, Twitter, or whatever, I hold the opinion that the only reliable information on SARS-Cov-2 (the cootie, a Coronavirus) and COVID-19 (the disease one gets) is from medical and scientific resources. There are many of these, including but certainly not limited to the CDC, WHO, Johns-Hopkins, Stanford Medical, etc. etc. Certainly the medical and scientific experts reporting on the media are reliable sources, e.g., Dr. Fauci, Dr. Birx, Dr. Gupta (though a neurologist know what questions to ask of his expert colleagues). I’ve found off-shore resources as well that have reliable info based on science.
With all the conversation relating to droplet and contact precautions, there is a lot of confusion (and even inconsistent term usage by doctors) regarding “airborne,” “aerosol,” and “droplet.” Now, with the cautions re infected folks shedding virus (i.e., being infectious) several days before they are symptomatic, the term “airborne” becomes even clouded.
In the context of “airborne” I think of Legionnaires disease which was spread through the HVAC system of the convention facility/hotel in 1976 (Ref: https://www.medicinenet.com/legionnaire_disease_and_pontiac_fever/article.htm). Also, measles and TB where contagion (i.e., infectious particles) dwell time in the air can be anywhere from 30 min to several hours. “Aerosole” is that fine mist that accompanies the spray of a sneeze or speaks (the latter that is currently cited by the CDC as the means of transmission of asymptomatic infected individuals).
Contact is, well, contact, i.e., touching an inanimate object that has been contaminated either by an infected individual transferring cooties to it (poorly washed hands touching a surface) or droplets from a sneeze or cough.
We just watched the movie (available on Netflix) Contagion. Besides the usual dramatization, Hollywood did it right. Released in 2011, IMHO, it offers a realistic portrayal of what we are facing right now. Fortunately, the mortality rate (thus far) is much less than that depicted in the movie.
If you’ve hung in here with me this far, you deserve a chuckle. Enjoy this bit from Jimmy Kimmel and Samuel L. Jackson: