Washing your hands seems so simple to most of us. However, I recall when I was a child, my maternal grandma would always ride our asses to wash our hands. My brothers and I would lie sometimes. Once in a while, she would catch us in the white lie. Over the years, my siblings and I have learned why it is important to wash our hands. When I use a public restroom, I was amazed of the amount of grown ass men walking out of the restroom without washing their hands. All I could think about was what in the hell they would touch after getting piss on their hands and touching their dicks. DISGUSTING!!!
You would think that as Americans became more susceptible to illnesses as globalization became increasingly popular, more Americans would ensure their children wash their hands. However, quite the opposite is occurring. According to a survey, 89% of children admitted they neglect washing their hands after using a public restroom.
As parents, it is our responsibility to express the importance of our children washing their hands. It is no longer only a personal hygiene issue, it is now all of our civic responsibility. How, you ask? This civic responsibility falls under participating in your local community as an active and responsible citizen. Yes, children are citizens, as well. Lead your children by example; start with washing your hands.
Following are examples on when you should wash your hands:
Following are seven steps to properly wash your hands:
My viewpoint on washing our hands is that over the years, there is an increased chance of contracting a virus. Our immune systems are weaker than in past history because of our bodies reliance on antibiotics. This makes it harder for our immune systems to fight off infections — bacterial or otherwise.
Basically, ensure your children WASH THEIR HANDS!!!
Remember, it is why it is important to:
In my next post, I will discuss tips to keep your hands away from your face.
We all know that actors, singers, and other celebrities have access to the best healthcare the world has to offer. Many celebrities have overcome great obstacles; other's met their untimely demise. Celebrities that contract COVID-19 are no different. Some have overcome the virus, while other celebrities fall prey to the deadly virus.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson recovered from the coronavirus; Joe Diffie and Andrew Jack died from complications from the merciless virus. Those celebrities that died from complications were all 50+ years old. Meanwhile, celebrities — both young and old — are recovering from the virus.
So, how much does age play a factor in deaths with COVID-19 complications? Apparently, quite a bit. Studies, although limited in nature, show that the majority of the deceased that died from complications from coronavirus are elderly men. Other commonalities include diabetes, coronary disease, and high blood pressure.
While the virus does have commonalities, it is not limited to only those that are men or old or coronary disease. Women and children have also met their demise from this deadly virus. Money also does not play a factor in who lives and who dies.
My viewpoint on COVID-19 treatment scares me. The level of care available to those well off to treat coronavirus does not necessarily play a factor in who survives. This is a new strand of COVID-19 and little is known on how to treat individuals who contract the virus.
That is why it is important to:
Isolationism is an international relations theory I learned about during my time attending the University of Nebraska. Switzerland is the most popular country that practices isolationism.
This is not a new approach for the United States or other places around the world. After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, the United States left isolationism and entered World War II fighting against Japan, Germany, and other Axis powers. The United States joined the Allies to defeat the Axis ending World War II.
Since then, the United States switched between an isolationist country and global engagement for the last 200+ years. As with any other theory, there are pros and cons to isolationism.
When a country, such as the United States, practices isolationism, it allows the government to spend more money on domestic issues — like COVID-19 by spending less on its military budget.
However, as mentioned earlier, with pros comes cons. The economy may suffer by restricting passage to the United States. Isolationism also makes the United States more vulnerable to conflict with foreign adversaries. As Trotsky — a Marxist theorist — mentioned in the early 1900s, even though you may not be looking for war, war may look for you.
With that said, the United States must remain vigilant during this troubled time caused by COVID-19. America is at one of its most vulnerable moments with the pandemic spreading to small towns and metropolitan areas. The economy is in turmoil. Unemployment claims are rising to numbers never seen in recent history with over 3M claims last week alone. Hospitals are running out of beds. This is the prime opportunity that our adversaries have waited years to capitalize on — a vulnerable America.
So, what is in our favor? COVID-19 is affecting everyone state and non-state actors alike. Closing our borders and grounding our planes work to make it more difficult for our adversaries to enter the United States and reduce the spread of the coronavirus at the same time.
My viewpoint on isolationism is that closing our borders temporarily and putting America first is not necessarily a bad thing during the COVID-19 outbreak or any other pandemic for that matter. Why? We have over 300M people living in the United States right now. Of those, approximately one-tenth of a percent or 1:1,000 of Americans have tested positive for the coronavirus. President Trump has increased the projected number of Americans who will become infected with this deadly virus.
While I support isolationism during this time, we — the United States — also need to pour additional funding into the WHO and other international health organizations to work on a vaccine reducing the likelihood of spreading the disease further. At its current infectious rate, every American will have someone close to them at least become a carrier of COVID-19. I hope that we can get control of this outbreak before every American is close to someone who dies from the coronavirus.
In my next post, I will discuss COVID-19 treatment.
Numerous media sources report the United States is now the center of COVID-19. Their reasoning includes the speculation that reported COVID-19 cases in the United States have surpassed those of both Italy and China.
Do you ever wonder what the media decides not to report to make the report more interesting? Well, in this case, it’s the actual numbers. However, in their defense, the media cannot report what is not there. Although, the media could pressure China to continue reporting accurately.
It is in the world’s best interest to know actual numbers to determine if anything is working for the rest of the world to test the treatment to ensure the safety of its citizens.
There was a recent New York Times article the barely mentioned that some individuals are skeptical of China’s infectious disease reporting and deaths. Over a 1,000% increase in cremations in China within the last month alone signifies that the Chinese government could attempt to hide the actual number of deaths from COVID-19.
My viewpoint on COVID-19 numbers is that between the CDC and China reporting inaccuracies with H1N1 and COVID-19, respectively, makes it extremely difficult to compare the diseases. Additionally, it is inaccurate to compare one disease to another or two or more countries with the same virus. This is due to the environment and mutation of any disease, resulting in a different strand of the disease.
Please continue to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and keep affection to a minimum. We are all in this together and we will get through this.
In my next post, I will discuss isolationism.
Until next time...
While I am a proponent of an economic’s law called supply and demand, I strongly oppose price gauging. Used correctly, the law of supply and demand will either encourage or discourage the purchasing power to ensure essential items remain stocked during a state of emergency.
According to various websites, anti-price gauging laws vary across states. Over half of the states within America prohibit a supplier from charging "unconscionable prices" for "necessary goods and services" during the 30-day period following a declared state of emergency.
There is a simple test to determine if a price is too high. If the price grossly exceeds the price charged for the same or similar goods and services during the ten day’s prior to the state of emergency.
For instance, in New Jersey a ten percent (10%) price increase during an emergency would be unlawful under most circumstances. In Pennsylvania, there is an assumption that a twenty percent (20%) increase is unlawful, but lower price increases could be deemed unlawful depending on the circumstances.
Before you say, “I cannot afford a 10% to 20% increase in toilet paper or other essentials, the increase is less than one cup of coffee at your favorite cafe. After all, what in the hell are you doing at your favorite cafe during an epidemic? Make your own coffee at home, people. If you still feel that you cannot afford on average a 50 cent to $1 increase on toilet paper, look to see how much toilet paper you have and ask yourself, “If I supported the supply and demand law, would I still have toilet paper?”
Now, we all know that the below examples are price gauging and I hope that if you see prices this high that 1) you do not buy the product and 2) that you report it to the proper authorities in your state.
My viewpoint on anti-price gauging is that businesses should increase their price points within the limits of the law to curb the demand. However, businesses should also limit the amount of these essentials an individual can buy to further prevent profiteers during a state of emergency or otherwise.
This should also apply at Christmas time and with entertainment such as concerts. Like, who in their right mind would buy a Ryan’s World egg for $100+. These are the people who support profiteering, because without buyers, we wouldn’t have profiteers.
Seriously, get your priorities straight!