For the counter argument--that we should ALL go homeless: Coronavirus and the Sun: a Lesson from the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.
Research shows that outdoor air is a natural disinfectant. Fresh air can kill the flu virus and other harmful germs. Equally, sunlight is germicidal and there is now evidence it can kill the flu virus.
Open-air therapy, as it was known, was widely used on casualties from the Western Front. And it became the treatment of choice for another common and often deadly respiratory infection of the time; tuberculosis. Patients were put outside in their beds to breathe fresh outdoor air. Or they were nursed in cross-ventilated wards with the windows open day and night. The open-air regimen remained popular until antibiotics replaced it in the 1950s.
Patients treated outdoors were less likely to be exposed to the infectious germs that are often present in conventional hospital wards. They were breathing clean air in what must have been a largely sterile environment. We know this because, in the 1960s, Ministry of Defence scientists proved that fresh air is a natural disinfectant. Something in it, which they called the Open Air Factor, is far more harmful to airborne bacteria — and the influenza virus — than indoor air. They couldn’t identify exactly what the Open Air Factor is. But they found it was effective both at night and during the daytime.
I have been surprised at the lack so far of CoronaVirus in homeless in the US, but it may have been due to the lack of testing.ReplyDelete
An amazing video - Seattle is Dying
Or on Youtube with 5.6 Million Views:
And more on the amount of Homeless with Mental Health and Addiction Issues:
And it appears that CoronaVirus can be spread thru fecal material.
Thanks for the "Seattle is Dying" link. I'm watching it as time allows. As I have posted before, I have a brother with severe mental illness so this resonates with me.
It's a national disgrace that we don't muster the American will to address this. Some people simply should be in mental institutions. Liberals talk about red flag laws, which they want to impose on conservatives. But men who really need our help are treated as refuge.
I read a liberal website that panned the piece because it appears on a Sinclair-owned station. (For those of you not in the know, Sinclair is a right-leaning media conglomerate.)
Liberals have a strange sense of compassion. "I don't want to get personally involved, but I am very good at virtue signalling and blaming others", sums it up.
Perhaps, but I'm speedballing here, the homeless have a protection the rest of us don't--they exist in a form of social isolation. It's not as if their lives regularly interact with globetrotting folks who've picked up the WuFlu in their travels.ReplyDelete
There's an anti-hygiene aspect to contagion. The homeless live in a world filled with competing germs everywhere. The more hygienic world the rest of us live in is a veritable petrie dish for growing bacteria and viruses--the reason hospital-borne infections are so dangerous.
Of course, the homeless have the problem of being far more health compromised than the rest of us, living as they do in such foul conditions, and obtaining little direct health care.
So maybe the "homeless" are human rats, impervious to the diseases they spread? Cool.Delete
Another happy thought: I finally realized that compared to the seasonal flu which hits me every year, COVID-19 is 4 times more contagious and 40 times more deadly. FORTY. I'm not looking forward to getting it.
Interesting. I'm fascinated by the 20th century. My parent's home was built in 1923 and came with a sleeping porch. It was removed somewhere between 1959 and 1964 by the prior homeowners, so the house timeline up perfectly with the open-air therapy.ReplyDelete
I did a lot of research and sleeping porches were touted for their healthfulness, as was breathing in the fresh country air. And, just as interesting, off of the dining room, was a sun room.
I was doubtful about those initial claims at the time I read the advertisements for homes for sale in the 1920s.
Now it looks like I sold them short.
Those were the days!Delete
Mom's (she is 90) family slept in the park on hot nights in June, July and August when she a child. Others did the same.Delete
A/C is a great thing but there is a trade-off. I feel the same about electric lights. I'm glad to have them but we have lost the beauty of the night sky.
I avoid using A/C except in extreme heat. Otherwise, I open windows and use fans.Delete
My coworker told me that he rarely uses A/C. He has an attic fan and opens windows.Delete
Camping in the backyard?ReplyDelete
And the idiots are not testing possibly infected, since they have no symptoms.
Not gonna end well.Delete