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As we come to the end of Day 7 of lockdown, the latest news is that actually there is no end in sight as the true impact of the coronavirus aka Covid-19 starts to show its impact. 21 days was a very optimistic timeframe.

As we face this prospect let us hold this fast….a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along’.”

I remember when the first reports of this virus started filtering out of China. I remember my thoughts on that….which I won’t share, but I do remember thinking that if you mess with nature, its going to jump up and bite you in the ass. And that’s what it’s done. For decades animal activists have fought against the appalling treatment of animals in China.

This time last week, who would have thought that we’d be in a peacetime lockdown situation. Looking back the actions of the Chinese government seemed to be so draconian, but not surprising given their terrible human rights abuses. And suddenly we’re in a similar situation, albeit less draconian.

Its been a weird week in all, taking time to get used to the new rules, learning more about how the virus operates and spreads. Thousands more have died, and the orange swamp thing is burying his head in the sand. No surprise there. What was a surprise (not really) was our esteemed clown I mean PM contracting the virus 🙄🙄🙄 Leader? I think not. Blah blah blah stay at home, practice social distancing, wash your hands….and what does he do? He shakes everyone’s hands and then brags about it!! I don’t want to use the word ‘twat’ coz its rude, but seriously…

Here in Nether Stowey we’re still getting used to the idea but people have been amazing, observant of the rules on the whole as we adjust to the new normal. I’ve said hello to some really pleasant people, although that’s not unusual in a village like this and chatted briefly to a lovely lady who turns out to have been a carer back in the day before retirement. 😃😃

My hands have never been so clean or so chapped from constant washing and drying, and I’ve never viewed my clothes and shoes as enemies before….they never see the inside of the house. Its totally peculiar having to spray the shopping down and clean it all before touching it. Gloves have become the latest fashion accessory.

I went out for my usual perambulation today and walked a completely different route after passing the castle mound. And I’m glad I did. I discovered a land of enchantment. Unfortunately my phone battery didn’t last the walk so I only have a few photos, but I’m planning on going that way again today….if the rain holds off.

Life in the house seems to have settled somewhat and the lady I’m caring for has gone from vile and vicious to calm and friendly….what a difference a pill makes. Thank god because my nerves were shredded by Friday and I was quite prepared to quit and forgo the extra 3 weeks of work!!!

So here we are, end of day 7, the first week of many done and dusted. And life will never be the same.

I’ve decided that the postmen and ladies who are still working also deserve our appreciation, so every time I pass them on their rounds or driving by…I applaud and give them the thumbs up. And I shall leave a note of thanks for the folks who collect and empty our trash bins…because if they stop, the result will be awful.

Keep safe folks, be vigilant and wash your hands 🥴🥴🥴🥴

I’ll post this tomorrow morning because we have no network here again tonight. All the best ❤❤

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I simply have to share this….but please don’t rush straight to your bathroom cabinet and drink all the Listerine!!!🤪🤪🤪🤪

More useful information: The following is from Irene Ken physician, whose daughter is an Asst. Prof in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University, quite informative.

  • The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code. (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
  • Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.
  • The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam).

By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.

  • HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 77 degrees Fahrenheit for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
  • Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.
  • Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.
  • Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.
  • NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive.
  • NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only
    -between 3 hours (fabric and porous),
    -4 hours (copper and wood)
    -24 hours (cardboard),
  • 42 hours (metal) and
    -72 hours (plastic).

But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.

  • The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars.

They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.

  • UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein. For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.
  • The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.
  • Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.
  • NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.
  • LISTERINE IF IT SERVES! It is 65% alcohol.
  • The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.
  • You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.
  • You have to Moisturize dry hands from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.
  • Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.

-JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL

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