Is there a current global emergency because of the Coronavirus? Yes.
We look at what it is & how to deal, current news, cement truck nicknames, and a reminder to stay healthy. We ask our visitors to share thoughts & updates in the comment section.
1) Corona + Virus = Coronavirus?
The nCoV, or "novel Coronavirus," is a new strain of Coronaviruses that has not been "identified" in people in the past.
"Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing."
Personally, I was in San Francisco last night at a small event, and someone wore a mask half the time (why not the whole time?). At one point, they said, "It's going to spread very quickly here, but that's a seperate topic.".........😨😨😨
As the famous comedian Sebastian Maniscalco would say, "Why are you wearing a full medical mask??" (timestamped, relevant portion of his act) Needless to say, I steered clear.
2) Current Coronavirus News:
"Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced on Friday that the coronavirus has been declared a public health emergency in the U.S. Beginning at 5 p.m. on Feb. 2, U.S. citizens returning from Hubei province will be subject to a 14-day quarantine, while other Americans who traveled elsewhere in China will be instructed to self-monitor for possible symptoms."
The U.S. is also not allowing folks from certain countries at higher risk to come into the country at the moment.
3) Cement Truck WeChat Nicknames
An LA Times article estimates that 50 million people are quarantined right now. CCTV has given WeChat users the ability to watch a livestream of the emergency hospital construction taking place in Wuhan, a district of Hubei, an eastern province in China. (map). This is supposed to be finished and operationally ready by around February 2nd.
"The official CCTV has set up an 'epidemic 24/7' page built into mobile messenger WeChat, where users can vote for their favourite vehicle. The undipsuted stars of the show are the small, yellow forklift trucks, which are collectively known as 'folkchan.'
Searches of 'folkchan' on the popular Sina Weibo microblog bring up fan art and tributes to the little vehicles. Users call them 'the cutest and most hard working little forklifts' and call them, 'the loveliest little world guardians.' The fans themselves have formed online fan groups, and collectively call themselves the 'online overseers'." Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-51315238
Brother Red Bull, The White Rabbit, Little Blue, Little Yellow, and other trucks are receiving "favorite" votes on WeChat.
4) Let's Stay Safe.
Being mindful of surroundings and situations we put ourselves into is important. As difficult as it is to think ahead when we're so busy with our day-to-day, prioritizing our health is crucial. "Health is wealth." Sometimes, prioritizing health can even seem somewhat selfish, especially for people who naturally enjoy and/or are used to serving others and themselves last.
5) Comment thoughts & updates in the section below.
Stay informed, friends.