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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Emergency Action Message: Bat-Origin Coronaviruses Expand Their Host Range to Pigs

Summary:

Wise COVID-19 risk mitigation action would now include the assumption that the pig population in the USA is asymptomatically infected with SARS-COV-2.

Analysis:

1) Research from 2018 has shown that "Bat-Origin Coronaviruses Expand Their Host Range to Pigs"  (link in source documents below)

2) US Pork processing facilities are being massively disproportionally hit with COVID-19 cases, as compared to beef, and poultry processors 




3) The pork processing plants are mostly located in States with otherwise very low per capita Coronavirus infections


4) Pigs are known to be susceptible to Coronavirus infections.

5) Due to immense economic pressures there will be great hesitance to inform the public of any risks related to Pigs spreading COVID-19 infections.

6) A knee-jerk public reaction to infected pigs could lead to destruction of the pork industry and potentially increase the world wide risk of starvation.

Conclusion:


Given the correlation preponderance and the high impact of infection, it is a wise risk mitigation decision at the individual level to proceed as if Pigs and raw pig products  were a direct source of  COVID-19 infections.

Source Links:



Sunday, April 19, 2020

EMERGENCY ACTION MESSAGE: SARS-COV-2 Heat Resistance & Meat Products

Summary:


1) Ground meat products MAY currently present an usually high risk of transmitting coronavirus as normal cooking temperatures may not inactivate the  SARS-COV-2 "COVID19" coronavirus. 

2) The infection risk may spread to all forms of meat products if farm animals become infected.

3) A knee jerk public reaction could decimate meat production resulting in Mass Starvation.

Analysis:


1) A research study out of France indicates the SARS-COV-2 coronavirus shows a high heat resistance when contained in fluids (Source link below)

2) COVID19 has become endemic among workers in multiple major meat processing facilities

3) Meat processing workers likely are causing surface contamination of meat products they are handling.

4) Ground Beef / Pork / Chicken by nature of its processing mixes any surface contamination into the body of the ground product.

5) Internally contaminated meat products provide a similar environment to those tested by the French researchers

6) Ground meat product are notoriously known for spreading disease as it is difficult to raise internal temperatures to sanitary levels and maintain edibility.

7) The French study found that heating contaminated samples to 198F for 15 minutes was enough to inactivate the virus.

8) The risk may spread beyond just Ground meat products if farm animals themselves become infected with SARS-COV-2

9) MANY farm animals are susceptible to generic coronavirus

10) Generic coronaviruses in the Animal Kingdom spread via the Fecal Oral Route

11) Searing / Charing the surfaces of steaks / cutlets/ roasts may risk mitigate human contamination of meat products

12) UVC irradiation (high energy ultraviolet light) provides the safest surface decontamination of whole meat products

13) IF farm animals become infected it may not be possible make meat products "safe" to eat without nuclear irradiation.

14) Governmental authorities will  EXTREEMLY down play the risks to the meat supply because of the economic disruption and potential STARVATION that could result from a knee jerk public reaction and potential destruction of livestock farming capability.


Source Links:


Coronavirus can survive prolonged exposure to high temperatures - study

Evaluation of heating and chemical protocols for inactivating SARS-CoV-2 (pdf)


Sunday, March 15, 2020

Emergency Action Message: ALL Coronavirus Testing On Verge Shutting Down

Update 3/17/20 to reflect Urgent change in situation and latest Oximeter availability

Based on a Health Alert from the Minnesota Department of Health:

1: A National Shortage of SARS-CoV-19 Reagent is limiting testing

2: National Commercial Labs may also be affected by this reagent shortage

3: Spooling up of Commercial Testing will depleted reagent stockpiles

4: Shutdown of Coronavirus testing is imminent

5: Anyone who hasn't procured a Blood Oxygen meter to empirically identify COVID19 will be blind to their situation

ACT IMMEDIATELY!
https://amzn.to/2QpJHNZ


3/15/20
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The Herd has awoken to the importance of Blood Oxygen meters, they are rapidly going up in price and out of stock

Based on research studies (linked below) these "in stock", Amazon fulfillment Oximeters listed below are likely to match Prescription oximeters in accuracy.




The manufacturer to look for in inexpensive Over The Counter [OTC] is "Beijing Choice" aka "ChoiceMMed"; They make both prescription and OTC oximeters, with the primary difference appearing to be labeling.   "Beijing Choice" models can also be found under other brand names like Zacurate and Wrinery.

https://amzn.to/2QpJHNZ

https://amzn.to/33nHY14

https://amzn.to/38VGzjt

https://amzn.to/3cXzqlX

https://amzn.to/2QzZES3

https://amzn.to/2wVUp85

https://amzn.to/38VGBI7

Links and Source Data:


Clinical Interpretation of Peripheral Pulse Oximeters Labeled “Not for Medical Use”

The Accuracy of 6 Inexpensive Pulse Oximeters

Oxygen Saturations Less than 92% Are Associated with Major Adverse Events in Outpatients with Pneumonia  (hat tip to "Ryan Amaral" for finding this research study)

FDA 510(k) Premarket Notification

Emergency Action Message: A Blood Oxygen Meter Can Save You From Quarantine Infection 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Emergency Action Message: Medical System Collapse Countermeasures

--------------UPDATED 3/24/20
We've added 3M Vetbond Tissue Adhesive to our list
https://amzn.to/2ULGrhx

It is a veterinary surgical glue used instead of stiches to close wounds.



Furthermore, with the dwindling supply of donated blood its is critical to rapidly manage blood loss. The only blood clotting agent still readily available on Amazon is CELOX Traumatic Wound First Aid Packets
https://amzn.to/2Uzgvpa


The 6 CELOX packets in the above link are roughly equivalent to the single pack inside the currently unavailable Adventure Medical Kits Rapid Response Trauma Pak with QuikClot
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Since our 1st Emergency Action Message in January targeted  acquiring items to cost effectively risk mitigate environmental exposure to the Coronavirus; those items have mostly become unavailable. MOREOVER,  it has become clear that the nature of the threat is severe enough that collapse of the medical system is probable.

It is uncertain if the threat is great enough to result in total collapse of the medical system; however it is likely that the health care system will collapse to the point that even traumatic injuries may face significant delay in treatment.

Traumatic bleeding and blood loss may be the most important injury to risk mitigate, until assistance can arrive.  Items used to treat traumatic injury will rapidly go out of stock as the supply chain empties and the HERD stampedes.

We have URGENTLY purchased the following items:

Adventure Medical Kits Rapid Response Trauma Pak with QuikClot
https://amzn.to/3cPuzmu


CELOX Traumatic Wound First Aid Packets
https://amzn.to/2wIydhC


Suture Thread with Needle 30Pk (in case the Doctor runs out of them)
https://amzn.to/2wKyOiO





Please note: 

We do not make recommendations. We only explain the actual emergency risk mitigation action we are taking, and the rationale for those actions. If you purchase item via the links above it will aid us in offsetting the costs of our own purchases.

If you wish to donated directly to POTRBLOG (and only if you can afford to do so)  feel free to use the donate button below :


Monday, March 9, 2020

CDC Believes Coronavirus Endemic In West Coast Public Schools, May Quarantine Kids AT Schools

                                                   


Seattle / King county Public Health does not want to close Public Schools because they and the CDC believe Coronavirus is already Endemic in the Public School System, and are concerned that sending kids home will result in their Grandparents becoming infected with COVID-19. 

Oregon has also taken the position to not close schools until the last resort


Below is the direct quote from Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health Seattle and King County
(full video clip of the Governor's press conference is in the Sources and Data section below):

"We know that when children are,when we close the school, children have to go somewhere, so if you think about families, where often are the care givers? It might be grandma, grandpa, an elderly member of the family; the exact people that we're concerned about. So sometimes keeping  children in the classroom and under the supervision of the school is the best advice. And then if they are symptomatic we certainly work immediately with that school and its structure that they have for the school nurse and healthcare identification."


Analysis:


1) Obviously the ONLY way sending kids home could be problematic is if the COVID-19 Genie is already out of the bottle with Coronavirus endemic in the school system.

2) Its also clear that unless there is overwhelming evidence of an outbreak at school, parents will not easily tolerate their children being locked down in school quarantine.

3) So given items (1) and (2) the only "strategy" King county Public Health can have is to keep schools open as long as possible thereby minimizing the kid's Grandparents day time exposure, while simultaneously allowing cases to fester in school until harsher action become publicly palpable.


Discussion:


While Seattle's Public Health position may make sense at the HERD level; at my individual level it's not sensible. As such, if I lived in Washington State; I would immediately file a letter of intent to have my children home schooled. I would not let my children return on Monday morning!

Unfortunately Washington state does not trust people to home school their children; Its also likely why they want to keep infected kids under their charge at in school quarantine, instead giving them back to their parents.

For help with getting kids legally home schooled, here is a link to the Homeschool Laws in Your State.


Risk Mitigation:


Telemedicine risk mitigation devices we are using (in order of importance):

Oximeters (can indicate the difference between shortness of breath vs pneumonia)
https://amzn.to/2IADrPn (We tested it on adults and children down to 3 years old)

https://amzn.to/38tpdu3 (smaller sized for kids, but also worked on adult fingers)

Thermometers:
https://amzn.to/2Twilb3 ( Hospital grade no touch thermometer)

https://amzn.to/2Txiivw (Best ear thermometer)

Blood pressure:
https://amzn.to/2vMbQYx (wide cuff range)





General Risk Mitigation Items:


(1) For emergency and portable decontamination we are using PDI Prevantics skin wipes containing 3.15% chlorhexidine gluconate and 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (or similar products)
PDI Prevantics is both rapid and persistent for hours in its viricide capability

Skin Wipes 3% Chlorhexidine 70% Alcohol
https://amzn.to/38kbPsQ



(2) We are actively using Hibiclens 4% Chlorhexidine surgical scrub as a full strength lotion applied to the hands as a persistent long duration viricide. The Hibiclens Gallon Jug Refill is more cost effective, but we may also substitute the significantly less expensive and slightly weaker 2% veterinarian chlorhexidine soaps as conditions and shortages unfold. 2% is the minimum strength we would use.


Hibiclens Foaming Hand Pump 4oz
https://amzn.to/37bRnsJ
Hibiclens Foaming Hand Pump 16oz
https://amzn.to/39n3Tah
Hibiclens Gallon Jug
https://amzn.to/39pbw06
Chlorhexidine 2%
https://amzn.to/2Sht60d




(3) We are using Germ-X Advanced 70% Ethanol hand sanitizer, as an inexpensive but very effective quick acting yet unfortunately short lived viricide.

GERM- X Advanced Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol
https://amzn.to/378qXYY



(4) We are also using Lysol-to-go 1 oz spray cans to disinfect shopping carts handles, public restrooms, etc.

Lysol-to-go 1oz Disinfectant Spray
https://amzn.to/2vhCo3p




5) Garbage bags:

Don't expect the garbage trucks to roll regularly during a quarantine. Don't be caught short of garbage bags

Amazon Garbage Bag Link
https://amzn.to/2S4rKFQ

6) Toilet Paper

Toilet Paper will run out, and you don't want to be out in public looking and fighting for it.

Amazon Toilet Paper Link
https://amzn.to/387NJBr


7) Small Gas Cans

Unlike China, most Americans have to drive to get supplies. Don't expect gas stations to be open, and expect the ones that are open to be crowded. That last thing you want to do is increase your coronavirus exposure chances by making unnecessary gasoline stops.

Unfortunately, most modern American gas cans are now dangerous as all heck thanks to California and their friends in the Federal Government. Metal cans are preferable over plastic, and if it doesn't have a long nozzle (preferably flexible) you wont be able to use it to fill your cars gas tank.

NOTE: Several States require gasoline cans to be red and to say gasoline on them. Where possible the use of 100% gasoline is preferable to 10% Ethanol formulations for storage purposes.

Red Metal 10L
https://amzn.to/2H29ruY

Red Metal 20L
https://amzn.to/38h01aZ

Red Plastic 2 Gallon
https://amzn.to/2vYFp95

Red Plastic Flexible Nozzle 5 Gallon
  https://amzn.to/2veYNxW

Green Explosafe Gas Can 5L (there is no safer way to transport or store fuel)
https://amzn.to/2vtpLC4






Outside of America, we prefer Valpro / Wavian  Explo-Safe gas cans.
https://pissinontheroses.blogspot.com/2020/02/quarantine-supplies-you-wont-realize.html


Fuel Stabilizer:

Gas does not have a long shelf life, especially in plastic gas cans.

STA-BIL MARINE FORMULA ETHANOL TREATMENT 8 OZ
https://amzn.to/2H3ecUY




 8) Car Parts and More

Almost all car parts and maintenance items are made in China, those factories are already closed. With an outbreak in the USA expect car dealerships and local garages to be shutdown for lack of parts and for fear of being infected.

We bought everything we thought we might need through FALL of 2020
https://amzn.to/3biqqqM

Many of these items may yet still be available at your local stores.

If you buy through any of the Amazon links, we will get a commission. We did NOT include links to purchase cough medicine based on reports that China was tracking who purchased cough medicine and such tracking might be expected in the USA.

Our Amazon Link
https://amzn.to/3biqqqM




Source Links And Data:


Patty Hayes Director, Public Health — Seattle & King County

Oregon health officials warn against closing schools

Food Shortage



This footage is from a Minnesota Sam's Club on 3/8/2020; literally moments prior to the video the butchers had restocked the displays seen here with the last of the meat products they had available.

The shortage issue here stems from the Herd stampeding to buy a 2 week supply of food when the supply chain only has a 3 day buffer. As this effect is on going, the result will be a feast and famine cycle in which food shows up and is purchased in waves.

The feast and famine cycle will only serve to panic the Herd further. Unfortunately things will become worse as Government's try to manage the supply chain and control costs; picture your local Department of Motor Vehicles in charge of your food supply. The fast and most painless solution to recover from this situation is the Free-Market "Price Gouging". But obviously that won't be allowed to happen so prepare to suffer under the DMV controlled food supply.

Pray and Help Your Neighbors.

Risk Mitigation: 


Telemedicine risk mitigation devices we are using (in order of importance):

Oximeters (can indicate the difference between shortness of breath vs pneumonia)
https://amzn.to/2IADrPn (We tested it on adults and children down to 3 years old)

https://amzn.to/38tpdu3 (smaller sized for kids, but also worked on adult fingers)

Thermometers:
https://amzn.to/2Twilb3 ( Hospital grade no touch thermometer)

https://amzn.to/2Txiivw (Best ear thermometer)

Blood pressure:
https://amzn.to/2vMbQYx (wide cuff range)





General Risk Mitigation Items:



(1) For emergency and portable decontamination we are using PDI Prevantics skin wipes containing 3.15% chlorhexidine gluconate and 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (or similar products)
PDI Prevantics is both rapid and persistent for hours in its viricide capability

Skin Wipes 3% Chlorhexidine 70% Alcohol
https://amzn.to/38kbPsQ



(2) We are actively using Hibiclens 4% Chlorhexidine surgical scrub as a full strength lotion applied to the hands as a persistent long duration viricide. The Hibiclens Gallon Jug Refill is more cost effective, but we may also substitute the significantly less expensive and slightly weaker 2% veterinarian chlorhexidine soaps as conditions and shortages unfold. 2% is the minimum strength we would use.


Hibiclens Foaming Hand Pump 4oz
https://amzn.to/37bRnsJ
Hibiclens Foaming Hand Pump 16oz
https://amzn.to/39n3Tah
Hibiclens Gallon Jug
https://amzn.to/39pbw06
Chlorhexidine 2%
https://amzn.to/2Sht60d




(3) We are using Germ-X Advanced 70% Ethanol hand sanitizer, as an inexpensive but very effective quick acting yet unfortunately short lived viricide.

GERM- X Advanced Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol
https://amzn.to/378qXYY



(4) We are also using Lysol-to-go 1 oz spray cans to disinfect shopping carts handles, public restrooms, etc.

Lysol-to-go 1oz Disinfectant Spray
https://amzn.to/2vhCo3p




5) Garbage bags:

Don't expect the garbage trucks to roll regularly during a quarantine. Don't be caught short of garbage bags

Amazon Garbage Bag Link
https://amzn.to/2S4rKFQ

6) Toilet Paper

Toilet Paper will run out, and you don't want to be out in public looking and fighting for it.

Amazon Toilet Paper Link
https://amzn.to/387NJBr


7) Small Gas Cans

Unlike China, most Americans have to drive to get supplies. Don't expect gas stations to be open, and expect the ones that are open to be crowded. That last thing you want to do is increase your coronavirus exposure chances by making unnecessary gasoline stops.

Unfortunately, most modern American gas cans are now dangerous as all heck thanks to California and their friends in the Federal Government. Metal cans are preferable over plastic, and if it doesn't have a long nozzle (preferably flexible) you wont be able to use it to fill your cars gas tank.

NOTE: Several States require gasoline cans to be red and to say gasoline on them. Where possible the use of 100% gasoline is preferable to 10% Ethanol formulations for storage purposes.

Red Metal 10L
https://amzn.to/2H29ruY

Red Metal 20L
https://amzn.to/38h01aZ

Red Plastic 2 Gallon
https://amzn.to/2vYFp95

Red Plastic Flexible Nozzle 5 Gallon
  https://amzn.to/2veYNxW

Green Explosafe Gas Can 5L (there is no safer way to transport or store fuel)
https://amzn.to/2vtpLC4






Outside of America, we prefer Valpro / Wavian  Explo-Safe gas cans.
https://pissinontheroses.blogspot.com/2020/02/quarantine-supplies-you-wont-realize.html


Fuel Stabilizer:

Gas does not have a long shelf life, especially in plastic gas cans.

STA-BIL MARINE FORMULA ETHANOL TREATMENT 8 OZ
https://amzn.to/2H3ecUY




 8) Car Parts and More

Almost all car parts and maintenance items are made in China, those factories are already closed. With an outbreak in the USA expect car dealerships and local garages to be shutdown for lack of parts and for fear of being infected.

We bought everything we thought we might need through FALL of 2020
https://amzn.to/3biqqqM

Many of these items may yet still be available at your local stores.

If you buy through any of the Amazon links, we will get a commission. We did NOT include links to purchase cough medicine based on reports that China was tracking who purchased cough medicine and such tracking might be expected in the USA.

Our Amazon Link
https://amzn.to/3biqqqM



Thursday, March 5, 2020

CDC SAYS A DOCTOR"S VISIT NOW MEANS SELF QUARANTINE [EMERGENCY ACTION MESSAGE]



The US Centers for Disease Control now directs that ANYONE seeking treatment for FLU symptoms should be assessed in a Airborne Infection Isolation Room [AIIR] AND BE QUARANTINED UNTIL SYMPTOMS CLEAR.


"Patients who are not tested should remain home until 24 hours after improvement of symptoms and resolution of fever without fever reducing medications." 


If you didn't have coronavirus prior to visiting the Doctor's office, obviously CDC suspects you will have the virus after the visit. That fact is manifest obvious given that the quarantine applies to patients who did not rate having an actual coronavirus test.

The directions from CDC say that all patients with Flu like symptoms should be assessed in a Airborne Infection Isolation Room (AIIR). Unless the AIIR patient assessment room is 100% sterilized between each and every patient visit, the probability is high that a nosocomial coronavirus infection will occur. It is this high probability of acquiring the COVID-19 infection at medical centers combined with the fact that many of the West Coast COVID-19 patients acquired their infections in health care settings which is the likely driver behind CDC's direction to quarantine.

It is for the above reasons we are avoiding all medical facilities unless we face life threatening symptoms. Based on the research data, the only suitable at home method of determining if one's cough and/or shortness of breath is life threatening is with an inexpensive over the counter blood oxygen meter.

Our deep dive into the research papers and FDA's medical device database indicates that the most accurate meters are made by "Beijing Choice" also known as "ChoiceMMed". ChoiceMMed makes prescription [Rx] oximeters and Over The Counter [OTC] oximeters, the data seems to indicate that the primary difference between the Rx models and the OTC models is labeling. Note, that the manufacturer is oft sold under many different labels.

These are the oximeter models (or equivalent) which we have purchased

https://amzn.to/2IADrPn (We tested it on adults and children down to 3 years old)

https://amzn.to/38tpdu3 (smaller sized for kids, but also worked on adult fingers)

https://amzn.to/39sd21Z (Only worked well on large adult fingers)






While we based our choices on models we expect to rival Rx models for accuracy down to 70% blood oxygen levels, the research studies indicate that the models they tested were accurate enough down to the 90% blood oxygen levels that OTC oximeters could be used to identify high risk pneumonia cases. Obviously, such a device in conjunction with telemedicine could be crucial in helping one avoid an unnecessary encounter with a possibly coronavirus infected health care facility.



"The purpose of our study was to clarify limitations of off-label use for low cost nonmedical use (NMU) pulse oximeters by primary care providers. These devices are widely marketed over the Internet and in drugstores but are not intended for medical use or reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Our study compared oxygen saturation (SpO2) in patients from 1 medical use (MU) pulse oximeter to 8 NMU pulse oximeters. Measured arterial oxygenation (SaO2) was compared with SpO2 when available. In patients who were normoxic (SpO2 ≥90%), all oximeters exhibited similar readings. This finding suggests that NMU pulse oximeters may be able to rule out hypoxemia in clinical settings." 



Disclosures:


If you purchase any items through our Amazon link, we will get a "finder's fee". Those funds help us offset our own risk mitigations costs:

https://amzn.to/32Ysqke


Please note that none of the above information is advice or a recommendation; we only describe the emergency risk mitigation actions we are taking and the detailed research basis for our actions. We cannot make risk mitigation decisions for you.


Links and Source Data:


Clinical Interpretation of Peripheral Pulse Oximeters Labeled “Not for Medical Use”

The Accuracy of 6 Inexpensive Pulse Oximeters

Oxygen Saturations Less than 92% Are Associated with Major Adverse Events in Outpatients with Pneumonia  (hat tip to "Ryan Amaral" for finding this research study)

FDA 510(k) Premarket Notification

Emergency Action Message: A Blood Oxygen Meter Can Save You From Quarantine Infection

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Emergency Action Message: A Blood Oxygen Meter Can Save You From Quarantine Infection

UPDATE 3/5/2020
THE CDC NOW  REQUIRES ALL PERSONS WHO VISIT ANY HEALTHCARE FACILITY WITH FLU SYMPTOMS TO SELF QUARANTINE UNTIL  ALL SYMPTOMS HAVE DISAPPEARED FOR ATLEAST 24 HOURS.

THIS IS BEING DONE BECAUSE THERE IS A HIGH RISK OF INFECTION AT HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, AND THERE IS A HIGH RISK THE VISTOR IS OR WILL BE INFECTED.

WE WOULD NOT VISIT ANY MEDICAL FACILITY UNLESS OUR BLOOD OXYGEN READINGS WERE BELOW 92%

Updated detail information at
https://pissinontheroses.blogspot.com/2020/03/cdc-says-doctors-visit-now-means-self.html
____________________________________________________________________



An Oximeter may literally save your life during the Coronavirus outbreak.

We purchased these two oximeters:

https://amzn.to/2Pwo7qH (Worked on Adults and a 3 year old child)

https://amzn.to/381dTox (Not for smaller fingers)




If you can't use Amazon, or need one RIGHT NOW, the best readily locally available pulse oximeter can be found at Walgreens, the back of the Walgreen's box is marked "OxiWatch C20"; typical price is $50

We prefer the Innovo Deluxe oximeter $25 from Amazon https://amzn.to/2Pwo7qH the extra data/ graphs available on this model allowed us to get accurate readings from both adults and children as young as 3 years old.

A prudent person with an oximeter and respiratory symptoms should expect:


1)  Using telemedicine, your doctor will be able to rule out a suffocating COVID-19 pneumonia based on the Blood Oxygen level reading your oximeter provides, thusly saving you from a life threatening trip to a tent city full of infected persons

2)  If your oximeter data confirms life threating hypoxia; you will be able to calculate your own risk / reward tolerance for seeking treatment in a crowded isolation ward

3)  If treatment becomes unavailable, the oximeter will allow one to track whether their pneumonia is improving or deteriorating, and can provide feedback on the effectiveness of any at home treatments.

Persons who do not own an oximeter and seek treatment for cough + shortness of breath should expect:


1)  You will be designated as a suspected COVID-19 case

2)  You will be relocated for "treatment" with other COVID-19 infected individuals

3)  If you didn't have the infection, you will have it after being concentrated with infected individuals



Things to know about Over The Counter (OTC) and Prescription (Rx) Oximeters:


1) Finger tip oximeters work by shining red and infrared light into your finger, they're painless.

2)  Two research studies confirm OTC oximeters can reliably detect Hypoxia

3)  OTC oximeters are most accurate when blood oxygen saturation is greater then 90%

4)  An oximeter with Plethysmograph and Perfusion readings will allow you to achieve that most accurate blood oxygen readings (it helps gauge finger placement and reading quality)

5)  Almost ALL oximeters are made in China

6)  Do not expect oximeters to come back on the market until after all 1 Billion of China's population has had a chance to buy one.

7)  Expect any OTC meters that become available after the outbreak to be of dubious quality

8) The research data SEEMS to indicate that "Beijing Choice" aka ChoiceMMed makes OTC units that rival Rx units in accuracy down to 70% blood oxygen saturation.

9) "Beijing Choice" aka ChoiceMMed makes both Rx and OTC oximeters, the only obvious difference between the units is labeling

10) A 2nd Chinese company "Contec" also makes a OTC oximeter that seemingly fared favorably in the research data; however, detail analysis of FDA's records indicate this model is based on a "Beijing Choice" aka ChoiceMMed design.

11) Good quality OTC oximeters often cost in the neighborhood of $15-$30

12) The US Military's Rx oximeter deployed on battlefield is the Nonin Onyx® II 9550 Military Fingertip Pulse Oximeter at $300 (if you can find it)



Discussion:


While we share the emergency coronavirus risk mitigations actions we have taken, please do not consider any of the above information to be a recommendation. Consider your own risk mitigation decisions based on your own circumstances.

If you purchase any of the items via the Amazon links above, we will receive a "finder's fee". We use those funds to offset the coronavirus risk mitigation costs we have already undertaken.

A simple to understand explanation of what Pulse Oximeter's measure and their relation to the coronavirus can be found on Dr. John Campbell's Youtube channel at
https://youtu.be/YyMiSUfZtyU

We also use Energizer AAA lithium batteries in our oximeters, because they are light weight, won't leak or corrode, and should power an oximeter for over 100 hours of continuous use. https://amzn.to/3aberJZ

Our other coronavirus risk mitigation actions can be found in our previous posting:
URGENT! USA Expects COVID-19 Outbreak Is LIKELY To Last 5 YEARS

Source Data:


The Accuracy of 6 Inexpensive Pulse Oximeters Not Cleared by the Food and Drug Administration: The Possible Global Public Health Implications

Clinical Interpretation of Peripheral Pulse Oximeters Labeled “Not for Medical Use”

FDA's 510(k) Premarket Notification

Onyx® II 9550 Military Fingertip Pulse Oximeter




Monday, February 24, 2020

URGENT! USA Expects COVID-19 Outbreak Is LIKELY To Last 5 YEARS




Two US Government Solicitations explicitly state:

 "The Government is planning solicitations for immediate coronavirus response needs, as well as making assessments for longer term needs, likely up to 5 years, for these PPE items"


The expected 5 year run time of this COVID-19 pandemic is likely based on the time for the Surviving Human Population to achieve full immunity to this specific variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. If this coronavirus mutates and evolves like the Common Cold Coronavirus we may face "Killer Colds" for much longer. 


Our Risk Mitigation Actions:


Given that this Coronavirus outbreak will lead to heavy use of telemedicine we've added the following invaluable items to our purchase list:

1)  Blood Oxygen Monitor
This may be the single most important item as it may indicate the severity of the lung infection and help differentiate between the Flu and Coronavirus, and a potential quarantine trip.





2) Blood Pressure Cuff

https://amzn.to/2v1eOYV




 Other items in our Risk Mitigation Matrix:


(1) For emergency and portable decontamination we are using PDI Prevantics skin wipes containing 3.15% chlorhexidine gluconate and 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (or similar products)
PDI Prevantics is both rapid and persistent for hours in its viricide capability

Skin Wipes 3% Chlorhexidine 70% Alcohol
https://amzn.to/38kbPsQ



(2) We are actively using Hibiclens 4% Chlorhexidine surgical scrub as a full strength lotion applied to the hands as a persistent long duration viricide. The Hibiclens Gallon Jug Refill is more cost effective, but we may also substitute the significantly less expensive and slightly weaker 2% veterinarian chlorhexidine soaps as conditions and shortages unfold. 2% is the minimum strength we would use.


Hibiclens Foaming Hand Pump 4oz
https://amzn.to/37bRnsJ
Hibiclens Foaming Hand Pump 16oz
https://amzn.to/39n3Tah
Hibiclens Gallon Jug
https://amzn.to/39pbw06
Chlorhexidine 2%
https://amzn.to/2Sht60d




(3) We are using Germ-X Advanced 70% Ethanol hand sanitizer, as an inexpensive but very effective quick acting yet unfortunately short lived viricide.

GERM- X Advanced Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol
https://amzn.to/378qXYY



(4) We are also using Lysol-to-go 1 oz spray cans to disinfect shopping carts handles, public restrooms, etc.

Lysol-to-go 1oz Disinfectant Spray
https://amzn.to/2vhCo3p




5) Garbage bags:

Don't expect the garbage trucks to roll regularly during a quarantine. Don't be caught short of garbage bags

Amazon Garbage Bag Link
https://amzn.to/2S4rKFQ

6) Toilet Paper

Toilet Paper will run out, and you don't want to be out in public looking and fighting for it.

Amazon Toilet Paper Link
https://amzn.to/387NJBr


7) Small Gas Cans

Unlike China, most Americans have to drive to get supplies. Don't expect gas stations to be open, and expect the ones that are open to be crowded. That last thing you want to do is increase your coronavirus exposure chances by making unnecessary gasoline stops.

Unfortunately, most modern American gas cans are now dangerous as all heck thanks to California and their friends in the Federal Government. Metal cans are preferable over plastic, and if it doesn't have a long nozzle (preferably flexible) you wont be able to use it to fill your cars gas tank.

NOTE: Several States require gasoline cans to be red and to say gasoline on them. Where possible the use of 100% gasoline is preferable to 10% Ethanol formulations for storage purposes.

Red Metal 10L
https://amzn.to/2H29ruY

Red Metal 20L
https://amzn.to/38h01aZ

Red Plastic 2 Gallon
https://amzn.to/2vYFp95

Red Plastic Flexible Nozzle 5 Gallon
  https://amzn.to/2veYNxW

Green Explosafe Gas Can 5L (there is no safer way to transport or store fuel)
https://amzn.to/2vtpLC4






Outside of America, we prefer Valpro / Wavian  Explo-Safe gas cans.
https://pissinontheroses.blogspot.com/2020/02/quarantine-supplies-you-wont-realize.html


Fuel Stabilizer:

Gas does not have a long shelf life, especially in plastic gas cans.

STA-BIL MARINE FORMULA ETHANOL TREATMENT 8 OZ
https://amzn.to/2H3ecUY




 8) Car Parts and More

Almost all car parts and maintenance items are made in China, those factories are already closed. With an outbreak in the USA expect car dealerships and local garages to be shutdown for lack of parts and for fear of being infected.

We bought everything we thought we might need through FALL of 2020
https://amzn.to/3biqqqM

Many of these items may yet still be available at your local stores.

If you buy through any of the Amazon links, we will get a commission. We did NOT include links to purchase cough medicine based on reports that China was tracking who purchased cough medicine and such tracking might be expected in the USA.

Our Amazon Link
https://amzn.to/3biqqqM




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Thursday, February 20, 2020

CDC's Coronavirus Plan Literally Means Tying A T-Shirt Over Your Face


The CDC is looking for sources who can turn T-Shirts into coronavirus face masks for the general public to use during the COVID19 pandemic. Unfortunately its not a joke, but using such a T-Shirt mask would be because as soon as it is dampened from your breath the fibers will relax and any minimal protection it offered dry will disappear.

The three things to note are:


1) CDC's plan shows of how badly they see this pandemic turning out

2) Its impossible to risk mitigate effectively after the Herd stampedes the supply chain

3) The Herd is still unaware that long lasting skin sanitizers exist.




Emergency Risk Mitigation Actions We Have Taken.


(1) For emergency and portable decontamination we are using PDI Prevantics skin wipes containing 3.15% chlorhexidine gluconate and 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (or similar products)
PDI Prevantics is both rapid and persistent for hours in its viricide capability

Skin Wipes 3% Chlorhexidine 70% Alcohol
https://amzn.to/38kbPsQ



(2) We are actively using Hibiclens 4% Chlorhexidine surgical scrub as a full strength lotion applied to the hands as a persistent long duration viricide. The Hibiclens Gallon Jug Refill is more cost effective, but we may also substitute the significantly less expensive and slightly weaker 2% veterinarian chlorhexidine soaps as conditions and shortages unfold. 2% is the minimum strength we would use.


Hibiclens Foaming Hand Pump 4oz
https://amzn.to/37bRnsJ
Hibiclens Foaming Hand Pump 16oz
https://amzn.to/39n3Tah
Hibiclens Gallon Jug
https://amzn.to/39pbw06
Chlorhexidine 2%
https://amzn.to/2Sht60d






Disclosures 


(1) Our actions are focused on risk mitigation, based on available current knowledge of viricides and the potential impacts of the Wuhan Coronavirus.

(2) We do not make recommendations as to what other people should do or buy; we only offer insight to the things we are actually doing and spending money on.

(3) If you use the links above to purchase these item we will receive monetary compensation from Amazon, which in turn will help us buy more of these items.


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CDC T-Shirt Mask Sources Sought

Simple T-Shirt Mask