Post by Babyface Richard III on Feb 28, 2020 15:18:26 GMT -5
Now the Pope has a "cold" after working with Corona patients.
And he's still going out and touching and kissing people on the head and stuff??? Also I thought it was proven that those $2 dust masks you buy at Home Depot won't do shit to stop the virus from spreading?
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This is from a respected nurse who works at the CDC posted last Thursday. Like Trump or not he has the best doctor in charge of this on his staff in DR. ANTHONY S. FAUCI. World renowned in infectious diseases.
Seven things you should know about the coronavirus, written by a registered nurse 👋 :
1. Coronavirus itself isn’t new. Just like influenza, coronavirus is a family of respiratory viruses, and there are multiple strains, which have the ability to change over time. Coronavirus is already common in the United States, and has been for years. I have personally cared for patients with this diagnosis.
2. Novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is the strain we’re hearing about in the news. It emerged in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019.
3. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Just like the flu and common cold, it is spread person to person via respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
4. According to the World Health Organization, as of February 26, there have been 2,918 confirmed cases of COVID-19 outside of China. 53 of these are in the United States. There have been 44 deaths, none in the United States. Compare this to influenza, which the CDC estimates will infect between 29,000,000 and 41,000,000 people in the United States alone during the 2019-20 season, resulting in 16,000 to 41,000 deaths.
5. “But there’s no cure!” You’re right. There’s no magic pill that cures the flu either. But there is a flu vaccine (that doesn’t cause autism) that can protect you from our most common respiratory viruses. Maybe go get one.
6. So, why are we panicking? Frankly, because the media tells us to. Manufacturing a pandemic is a great way to boost ratings, but everything science knows so far about COVID-19 has revealed it to be no more than yet another respiratory virus (and there are thousands).
7. The scariest part of COVID-19 isn’t the virus itself, it’s the resulting baseless mass paranoia. Hospitals are hoarding supplies, creating shortages of PPE necessary to protect healthcare workers and patients. Cities are refusing to house and treat sick people who have nowhere else to go. People are using the virus as an excuse for their own social prejudices.
So, what can you do? Turn off the TV and arm yourself with the facts. Stop the spread of false information.
And for Pete’s sake, wash your hands.
(Information & statistics obtained directly from the CDC & WHO)
The company that makes Corona Beer is feeling the impact of the Virus due to having the same name:
Some people even call the virus a plague instead. Some folks on national news programs are even demanding a no touching future where only robots can deliver packages and stay quarantined for months with limited supplies like some Doomsday Prepper. If the panicked people have their way, we might see non contact sex scenes like the one from Demolition Man. If people stop acting like some headless chicken, they might gets their asses together and find a cure for this ASAP.
Coronavirus prompts Japan to reconsider long-hours office culture BY SHOKO ODA BLOOMBERG MAR 4, 2020 ARTICLE HISTORY PRINT SHARE The coronavirus outbreak is forcing Japan to examine some of its longest-held aspects of workplace culture in a country where spending long hours in the office is still regarded as crucial to success.
Authorities have urged companies to break long-standing taboos and encourage their employees to work from home to curb the spread of the virus, and Prime Minster Shinzo Abe’s call last week to shut down schools across the country has forced millions of parents into a work-from-home experiment the country’s firms are ill-prepared for.
Panasonic Corp., NEC Corp. and Mitsubishi Corp. are among the growing number of firms that have mandated or recommended remote work for tens of thousands of staff. The change is testing the ability of the nation’s companies to embrace a more flexible work style — overturning a workplace culture that dates back decades and values physical presence and endurance of long hours over productivity or efficiency.
“Employers are unable to evaluate workers appropriately, so they put emphasis on length of hours worked. Those who work long hours are rated highly,” Naohiro Yashiro, a professor at Showa Women’s University in Tokyo, said in an interview. “The failure to promote remote working is just the tip of the iceberg. The real problem is Japan’s low labor productivity.”
Many firms also force employees to use legally mandated vacation days instead of sick days when they’re ill, which pressures people to come into work even when they are feeling unwell. That presents a challenge for authorities increasingly desperate to prevent the spread of the disease by keeping those who might be infected at home.
RELATED STORIES Working Japanese parents react with shock to Abe's total school closure request Webcams and headsets selling in Japan as virus prompts rush to telework “There’s a strong belief that work happens when you’re at the workplace,” said Rochelle Kopp of Japan Intercultural Consulting, who advises and trains Japanese firms. “If you leave, you’re thought of (as) somehow letting down your team. People tend to feel badly or are made to feel guilty if they aren’t physically present.”
Well before the virus outbreak, face masks were common throughout the year as those with colds forced themselves into the office.
“Even if you cancel public events, it won’t help when there’s a group of people that have to go to work even when they feel unwell,” one Twitter user quipped, pointing to a popular over-the-counter cold drug that promotes itself as the “cold remedy even when time-off is not an option.”
And it’s not just illness that workers are expected to endure — during last summer’s record typhoons, which twice paralyzed public transport in the capital, many workers on social media were vocal about companies that forced them to come to the office instead of seeking shelter.
“There’s a sense of tacit knowledge, that work know-how is embedded in individuals and can’t be replaced,” said Hiroshi Ono, a professor of human resources management at Hitotsubashi University. People think, “‘If I’m not there, things won’t get done.’ Japanese people think that it’s their responsibility. They think if they take time off, they’re causing bother to others.”
Even as the virus forces companies and workers to accept the reality of remote work, many are complaining that in reality, firms are simply not equipped or prepared to let employees work remotely. Despite government encouragement, the information technology infrastructure at many firms isn’t yet able to support remote working.
A survey compiled by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in 2018 found that fewer that one in five companies had implemented telework, while a Workport poll from August found 90 percent of staff had no experience of working remotely.
Lack of access to laptops and strict security protocols not designed for remote work make it difficult for firms to open up to the practice, Kopp said.
“The problem is, it’s not something a lot of companies can just snap their fingers and do,” she said. “I don’t know how many Japanese companies will be able to get anything together quickly, as it’s an IT challenge.”
Even as the coronavirus forces companies and workers to accept the reality of remote work, many are complaining that in reality, firms are simply not equipped or prepared to let employees do so. | PHOTOGRAPHER: CARL COURT/GETTY I Even as the coronavirus forces companies and workers to accept the reality of remote work, many are complaining that in reality, firms are simply not equipped or prepared to let employees do so. | GETTY IMAGES ‘Unintended merit’
The outbreak is also a moment of truth for labor reform measures launched to great fanfare in 2018. Those measures, aimed at combating a decline in the labor force, were designed to make the labor system more flexible and make it easier for those with children or elderly parents to contribute.
With Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike having already called for more companies to set up remote work protocols to alleviate the pressure on rush-hour commutes during the upcoming Olympics, the virus outbreak could yet help to spur change.
“Companies’ way of thinking will change,” Showa Women’s University’s Yashiro said. “By being forced into doing it, it has the unintended merit of showing companies that they can in fact do remote work. If these companies increase, it could be a useful strategy during disasters.”
And not everybody is struggling. GMO Internet Inc. was one of the first Japanese companies to send its workers home following the outbreak, citing the proximity of its offices to major destinations for tourists from China. So far, management is pleased.
“Looking at these results, I’m seriously thinking about the need for an office at all,” CEO Masatoshi Kumagai tweeted on Feb. 16.
In an interview with Bloomberg News, Kumagai — speaking from home — said that the company had conducted remote work training each year for the past decade or so. “We’ve been in remote work for a month now, but this is a first for us,” he said. “It’s a massive social experiment.”
Kumagai says the company had learned many lessons from the experience so far, and hopes to make use of it in the future.
“There were many things we didn’t initially expect,” he said. “After a month, there are some people who prefer working from home, and others who find it stressful. It really depends on each individual.” Kumagai also sees the experiment as having benefits going forward.
“Personally, I think the results of this will lead to reduced office costs in the mid-term,” he said. “With a hot desk system, you could increase workers by 20 percent with no increase in office costs if employees work from home once a week.”
Bic Camera Inc., one of the country’s largest electronics stores, said it saw a 20 percent increase in laptop sales in February, as inquiries around remote working surged.
And some companies are developing novel responses to workers’ ingrained habits. Software developer Asteria Corp. said staff with a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius (99.5 Fahrenheit) or higher will be forbidden even from working from home, the Sankei reported, and will be considered “in attendance” so that staff with little paid leave don’t have to worry.
“I think this may ‘turn misfortune into a blessing,'” Hitotsubashi University’s Ono said, referencing a Japanese proverb in describing the decision to close schools. “It’s an opportunity for more people to be at home, for remote work to be pushed forward, for a more flexible lifestyle to progress.”
Many workers have reacted positively to the new normal.
“Working from home is the best! I want to do this forever,” said one engineer on Twitter, citing a superior computer monitor, a lack of wait for the bathrooms and an absence of meaningless meetings.
But of course for many teleworking will remain a pipe dream.
“There’s no such thing as remote work for us truck drivers,” said one Twitter user. “If we don’t load up our trucks and drive, there’s no salary for us.”
Post by Phantom Cipher on Mar 9, 2020 20:11:04 GMT -5
If this keeps up, this virus will do the one thing the terrorists have dream of but never accomplished: Bringing the whole world down to it's knees in a grinding halt where people can't do shit out of fear. The Ultimate Bio Weapon.