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."


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.


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) (We tested it on adults and children down to 3 years old) (smaller sized for kids, but also worked on adult fingers)

Thermometers: ( Hospital grade no touch thermometer) (Best ear thermometer)

Blood pressure: (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

(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
Hibiclens Foaming Hand Pump 16oz
Hibiclens Gallon Jug
Chlorhexidine 2%

(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

(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

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

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

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

Red Metal 20L

Red Plastic 2 Gallon

Red Plastic Flexible Nozzle 5 Gallon

Green Explosafe Gas Can 5L (there is no safer way to transport or store fuel)

Outside of America, we prefer Valpro / Wavian  Explo-Safe gas cans.

Fuel Stabilizer:

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


 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

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

Source Links And Data:

Patty Hayes Director, Public Health — Seattle & King County

Oregon health officials warn against closing schools

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