CDC frustrations and new testing for Washington state

The CDC has stopped reporting statistics

On March 2nd, 2020 the CDC stopped reporting the number of people tested without offering any explanation. Upon inquiry from concerned democratic representative Mark Pocan, they stated that they were compiling testing data and “might” share it on the website.

All the CDC is reporting is actual deaths.

There is STILL inadequate testing as of March 4th 2020, 4 pm PST.

What does this mean? How does it affect things?

  1. The lack of statistical information, means less information flow. People will be less cautious than needed. Communities won’t be on alert.
  2. If adequate testing is not done, it is more likely that people are infected and not treated, or are asymptomatic, or worse get it through communal transfer.

On March 4th 2020 about 1 pm. University of Washington announced that they have readied a new test.

This means

  1. More testing = more reported positive = more news spread.
  2. This is ONLY because there is more information flow and actual reporting. The CDCs attempt to have such restricted testing, muzzling information and communication only means that the people infected are not known by medical professionals. So for a while, it might seem like Washington state has a lot more people testing positive, and dying. BUT Washington State is is handling it better than Oregon or the federal officials. Please do not panic.

This morning $8 billion was passed by congress to battle the virus. Hopefully this will help the states get their act together.

Dispelling Coronavirus Rumors

The rumor mill is particularly harmful in such a global health issue. I’ve heard of racist attacks, people touting ‘silver liquids’, garlic, sesame oil, rasam powder, drinking cow’s urine, lemon juice, drinking bleach, and so many un-proven and completely false solutions to COVID-19.

Turmeric root and powder, Rumors regarding spices.

I am purposely not linking any links as I do not want to legitimize these claims. The following is a list of some ‘claims’ that can be easily corrected. Please read in full for context.

  1. Just because the virus originated in Wuhan does not mean that all Asians are infected. Don’t let your fears make you a racist. Be respectful of all people and animals.
  2. You cannot get the virus from eating Chinese food.
  3. People are touting commonly found spices and mixes (garlic, sesame oil, olive oil, oregano, rosemary, asafetida, a.k.a hing, turmeric, rasam powders, lemon juice etc.) as cures against all viruses:  Logically, if it worked, China, India, and Italy would not have any people who were affected.
  4. Drinking bleach will corrode your mouth, your esophagus, and affect your breathing, ultimately injuring your lungs and breathing so much that death is hastened.
  5. Drinking cow urine or eating cow dung is not only useless, but actually dangerous. Coronaviruses are typically zoonotic meaning they are transmitted from animals to human. (humans are technically animals, however the medical industry makes a specific distinction). Although the current coronavirus (beta version) resulting in COVID-19 is thought to sourced from a bat, it is very dangerous to willfully consume unsterilized cow urine, dung.
  6. Silver liquids – There is no known study that proves this to work for any disease let alone a brand-new health issue.
  7. Dogs are not transmitting coronavirus to humans. Please don’t abandon, kill, or eat your pet. None of those measures will help your health.
  8. People only need to wait for a few months and the coronavirus will disappear. This is accurate for ‘some’ viruses only, but it is not necessarily proven in the case of COVID-19. If warm weather was a deterrent to this specific virus, then India, Sri-Lanka, Saudi-Arabia, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, UAE, and Qatar would not have seen any confirmed cases. These places have a typical temperature much higher than the winter temperatures in the United States, or Europe. Click here to find out which countries have been affected.

I will add any ridiculous rumor to this list as needed.

Main Coronavirus, COVID-19 article

I’ve written some posts on the ongoing situation. This will be the main article with updated links as I keep adding to the information regarding the pandemic.

Please share this article to help others.

Articles listed in order of ‘oldest’ to ‘latest’. (Last updated 1:45 PM PST, March 9th 2020)

  1. Click here to access article on understanding relevant terms surrounding the COVID-19 disease.
  2. Click here to access article on masks
  3. Click here for some basic information on how to protect yourself and cleanliness tips.
  4. Read about how to make your own hand-sanitizer.
  5. Dispelling coronavirus rumors
  6. Read beyond your favorite media source and government’s medical authority.
  7. CDC frustrations and Washington state new test.
  8. Letter to Governor Kate Brown re: Coronavirus response.
  9. Who is at risk? Discussion on WHO guidelines and neglected populations.
  10. Being Calm yet Cautious.
  11. WHO update on the ‘Pandemic’ criteria, and recovery rates.

Please note: I am not a medical doctor. I am an ex-researcher and a biochemist.