HOW TO AVOID CORONA VIRUS @ 28/6/2021
Australia should have no cases of COVID19 what-so-ever, let alone letting in four more deadly strains. The fact that it is rapidly spreading, and getting harder to cure, is very frustrating for me and many others, indicating that some very essential mechanisms are just not working. We hear about ‘fortress Australia’. It may be a fortress but there are many gaps in its wall – allowing people and diseases to enter as they wish. COVID is a wake-up-call to the ‘lucky country’. There is one exception – the island state of Tasmania, which up to 7/8/2021 had not recorded one case for the last eight months. There was an outbreak early on in the NW General Hospital, but tight border restrictions have kept out more cases and must continue – isolation is the best way to avoid most respiratory diseases. NB This article does not cover Chronic Respiratory Diseases.
We hear politicians say, ‘Do the right thing,’ but this is meaningless – only ‘baby boomers’ know what this means. B Hazzard ( NSW Minister for Health) certainly lives up to his name. He recommended using ‘common sense’, but most people are lacking this. Some other experts have said it is about collaboration, integration, conversation , Fed Gov blaming State Govs, etc. All this pollie-speak is nonsense. Since the 60’s there has been general decline in personal health standards. What is becoming slowly obvious, is that it is all about better personal hygiene – closing down businesses has much more downside than upside. The recent ( July) outbreak in Sydney started in Bondi but rapidly spread through Fairfield and surrounding suburbs. The difference was obviously lower personal hygiene standards in the latter suburbs.
More cough medicines, tablets and flu shots have bolstered this decline. Even staying at home has little affect. Also we have learnt from the annual flu outbreaks, that the best way to catch something, is to go on a long plane flight. This knowledge is suppressed, as the airlines do not want to lose business. In the early days of COVID, a large proportion of choristers caught it. The problem became quite clear; one singer spread it around quickly during a session by puffing out contaminated breath in a very confined space. Most of these diseases originate overseas so closing our national border must be a no-brainer. But they still get through. With COVID a second barrier has been hotel quarantine, but this is equally ineffective. There has been a breach of this every 7-8 days. Once it gets through these two barriers, it is almost impossible to contain, as we are finding.
This disease is respiratory (living in saliva) and is closely related to sniffles, coughs, sinusitis, sore throat, flu, bronchitis and pneumonia. Others that have appeared since then are Spanish, Legionaires, Ebola, SARS, Swine, Bird and Asian. If your lungs become infected with any of these diseases, you will find it harder to breath – therefore absorbing less oxygen in the air that you need to live – finally death. All these diseases occur in cold damp climates in congested environments. That’s a major clue to avoiding it – hot dry air in a wide space. That’s why sports teams are playing and relocating to Queensland. Nobody in my quarter of Brisbane has experienced COVID or knows anybody who has. This means that there are ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ spots. It is not surprising that children are becoming mega spreaders. Since COVID started, the incidence of the flu has subsided. Just the minimum masks and hand washing has been enough to reduce the flu. I saw a woman on TV saying she provides hand sanitiser and masks for all her employees, BUT these two cures and not enough.
Complicating features are that some people may be asymptomatic – i.e. they have COVID but its symptoms are not obvious or a person who already has a co-morbid problem like diabetes or cancer.
One of the major problems is that TV and social medial only work on high impact visual image – COVID does not provided this.
In ancient times, these diseases killed off the susceptible people, while those that had a natural immunity survived. This surviving group then had a ‘herd immunity’ to that disease. The problem is that new ‘mutations’ keep arising, and the battle goes on. The most alarming thing about these mutations is that they are becoming more resistant to the body’s immune system and to drugs. Penicillin is a good example of this problem. Each time there is an outbreak, it is worse than the previous one. This mutating is already happening with COVID19 where the Delta (Indian) and Alpha, Beta, and Gamma strains are worse than the original COVID one. Knowing that a more dangerous variant has developed in India, it would be suicidal to allow anybody into the country from India – whatever the excuses may be. This logic must be extended to other countries. Prevention of death must be above emotional issues.
These new strains have a longer incubation period, so are harder to detect – two weeks in quarantine is not sufficient and one expert said they will continue to find gaps in our poor personal hygiene. There is still no cure for the ‘common cold’.
Although the Black Death in medieval England was not a respiratory disease – isolation did help.
Respiratory diseases need saliva to live in, so if they are deprived of this then they die very quickly. With COVID the lungs become infected and therefore cannot absorb enough oxygen for you to live on. Sufferers have been given Oxygen, but this is not a permanent cure – it is only a temporary one to give the immune system enough time to defeat COVID. Their best habitat is a sneeze, cough or spit – therefore eliminate these. I grew up in Hobart and worked in Melbourne – both damp climates. My parents grew up in New Zealand – also a damp climate. Winter was always the worst time for these diseases, as they lived for longer in the damp air. Consequently, our mothers had a large list of ‘old wives tales’ on how to minimize these diseases, and some of these strategies are listed below. Don’t leave the cure up to governments. They are reluctant to admit the cure is better personal hygiene, and in a very tight voter balance, any lost ones may see them tossed out. COVID is a classic case where the hard truth is suppressed. We all learnt that preventing a disease was far better than trying to cure one that you have caught. Some ‘old wives tales’ are:
My body reacts differently. I am not the same as everybody else. I get most winter ailments but not the Flu or pneumonia. I get these diseases in winter from fresh water ( not salt water). Other people are different. This would indicate that each individual needs to create a defencive system that is tailored to them.
Tighter Border security. The bungles over quarantine prove that we are incapable of restraining this pandemic once it enters Australia and closing businesses is not the answer. Also people have proven they do not implement sufficient personal hygiene measures – masks and 1.5 metre spacing have proven to be failures. Also the vaccine rollout has proven to be far less efficient than promised – supply ‘contracts’ broken, the ‘preferred’ Astrazenica not effective under 50, some recipients getting blood clots after the jab and some people just not confident to take it. People vaccinated but subsequently testing positive. The basic strain is now mutating into far more resistant strains ( probably immune to all the recent vaccines). While all this chaos is reigning, we MUST implement our first line of defence in this WAR by ensuring all borders are air tight. There must be no exemptions. It is also lunacy to think that home quarantine will work. As of 28/9/2021 Tas. WA and Qld are implementing this policy with effective success. At the start of June, one person entered Aus. with the Delta variant. At present ( 27/7/2021) , this person has spread it to at least 60 other people – this is how devastating this disease can be. There are, obviously, ‘hot spot’ countries vis India. People wishing to enter Aus. from these countries ( inc. ex-patriots, holiday makers) must be subject to very strict controls. I lived in Asia for 6 years and realised that anything can be bought inc. jab certificates ( especially in a crisis). If these people want to enter Aus. they must have their full vaccination certificates verified by the Aus. Embassy in their departing country and get a negative test immediately prior to leaving. Then spend 4 weeks in a hospital grade quarantine station in Aus. and get a negative test before leaving there – all at their own expense. This is just a minimum. Diplomats and business people are not exempt. Most of these people can perform their jobs here in Aus. with email, Skype, Facetime, Zoom etc. On 13/8/2021 I was not surprised to hear that the WA & QLD premiers were tightening border security, (although this should have happened 6 month ago). A builder crossing the QLD-NSW border was winging about restrictions. If he ( and any other people) who want/need to cross state borders – must prove they are fully vaccinated ( and test negative on a weekly basis) – NO EXEMPTIONS FOR ANY REASON. These state border towns vis Albury – Wodonga & Tweed Heads-Coolangatta are super hot spots. As at 16/8/2021 73% of cases in Queensland have been brought in from overseas. In Brisbane it was 66%. The most congested area (Brisbane) has the highest over all rate of infection. NB The situation in Victoria is quite different with only 6% brought in from overseas. The problem there is that it is running wild through certain suburbs. I was not surprised (16/8/2021) to hear that a ‘multi-cultural task forces’ was to be formed. They would do well to read this article before making any more rash decisions. This is when State border security becomes critical. This information would indicate at least a three tiered strategy is required – federal, state and personal, but I don’t hear this from our ‘ leaders’ – just barking in the night. On 24/8/2021 ABC 7 News reported findings of an investigation into the Ruby Princess ‘debacle’. There were 2,000 passengers on board and 700 with COVID. 28 of these died. The report found there were ‘several issues’, the Fed Dept. Agriculture was ultimately responsible, although Littleproud has blamed it on NSW Health. There was a ‘sequence of events’ with the Ag. Dept. ‘poorly prepared’, ‘protocols not followed’ , ‘inadequate’, with a ‘chain of events’. The ‘poorly trained’ Ag Dept. inspector relied on the ship’s medical log that had not been updated for two days and concluded the ship was ‘low risk’. If he had been alarmed by the log, he should have conducted interviews with passengers, crew and the Captain, even alerting NSW Health – this did not happen. In my opinion, the crew member responsible for the log should have kept it up-to-date. With the ship about to dock, they should, also, have alerted the Captain. I all sounds like another ‘don’t rock the boat’ incident. I have been on boats crossing national borders where local officers interview passengers and check items. In one case I was responsible for the QLD and Aus. Maritime Safely Authorities ensuring all safely issues were in place before this boat left Brisbane – so I have some understanding of what should have happened. Even as late as 30/9/2021, our borders are like a colander. ABC 7 News reported that an aviation worker entered QLD and spread COVID to a number of co-workers. He then traveled to a Townsville causing 27 locations to be placed on alert. This one man may have caused a major outbreak. This is the person who must have a vaccine passport – not hermits like me. Incidents like this make governments incredible. ABC 7 News reported on 5/10/2021 that a person entered QLD from Melbourne who had a double dose but was COVID positive. Two failures here – border security and COVID vaccination. She was infectious in the community for 10 days and, working in a massage parlour, could have spread COVID to hundreds of others ( directly or indirectly).
Do not implement left wing advice Every politician says they are ‘taking medical advice’ but are they implementing it, accurately and completely? By the time it gets to you, it has been twisted to suit Labor’s general policy. The prime dogma has been to slavishly implement left wing policy, therefore you are completely reliant on their government. Another classic left wing dogma is to close all private enterprise businesses. Dan Andrews and Melbourne have proven this to be correct. These are just the basic left wing problems – there are innumerable other ones – too many to mention here. BUT here is a good example of erroneous medical advice. In WE Aust of 2/10/2021 it was reported in an article headed Covid Hysteria Built on Ignorance, Propaganda and Incompetence, Professor Neil Ferguson of the Imperial College, London made the following predictions from his modelling: 2002, 50,000 people to die of mad cow disease – WRONG. 2005, 150,000 million to die of bird flu – WRONG. 150,000 to die from cattle and sheep foot-and-moth disease – WRONG. Despite having ‘…an unbroken track record of massively wrong predictions…,’ he is backed by a 150 scientists and doctors.The problem here is that we base our medical advice on these people. So when they recommend wearing masks outdoors and lock downs – can you believe them?? Some misguided people may say this is erring on the side of caution but, when it destroys people’s livelihoods and causes suicides, it is criminal negligence. On 17/8/2021 I watched a Chanel 7 press release given by Daniel Andrews. He cited some exact numbers but said there were ‘ a number of ‘mystery’ cases…unanswered questions/ no original source…’ This would seem to indicate he is not prepared to make this vital information public or that people are lying. His only strategy was to impose another lock down. It’s like that old joke – ‘I will keep you congested until COVID declines’. He also advised people to get tested if they have symptoms. What if they are asymptomatic i.e. ‘carriers’. I would have thought anyone in a ‘hot spot’ needs to get tested at least once a week – even if they have no symptoms. If you put mystery cases together with people interviewed and places seen on TV, you will get another three slices in the Melbourne Swiss Cheese problem. My mother would have called Andrews a blathering photo opportunist. See our Missed Tweets page on the Swiss Cheese Problem and the cartoon Lock Down. The WE Aust 4/9/2021 ran a front page headline ‘ Tough lock downs for no vaxxers’. This was in response to Daniel Andrews using no vax as an excuse to continue to ruin Victorian private enterprise. Instead, he should be encouraging certain people to get vaccinated at the right time. On 22/9/2021 ABC 7 News reported an earthquake in Melbourne that shook news reporters and dislodged bricks. If you were religious, you would take this as a warning from God, that if the Right is not elected to govern soon – the ground will open up and Melbourne will descend into the fire and brimstone of Hell. ABC 7 News 4/10/2021 reported Victoria now has the highest infection rate so far ( despite an 82% first dose rate) and Melbourne is the highest lock down city in the world. What is Tasmania doing right and Vic is doing so wrong? On 6/10/2121 the new NSW Premier, Dominic Perrottet was asked, at a news conference, why there were no medical experts present? He replied that it was also an economic crisis. This is a message that left wing medical people have hijacked this pandemic. The WE Aust of 9/10/2021 reported Danial Andrews has been caught a second time not wearing a required mask. He said it was an ‘oversight’. He is no leader – just an habitual hypocrite – so incompetent he cannot even implement his own advice. That’s why Vic infections rates are skyrocketing – too many ‘oversights’. These drongos need to be reined into the Confederation. If governments are all taking medical advice, why are their policies so different. On ABC 7.30 Report 14/10/2021 Prof Catherine Bennet agreed case numbers had reached over 2,500 per day in Vic. but said there was no need to ‘fear’ this. Leigh Sales said we had been trained to watch case numbers as an indicator of success. Bennett said instead we should ‘move (our) eyes over’ to intensive care numbers ( which are well below the Burnett Institute predictions). This is just covering up the problem. One of the real problems with Labor there is that they ‘…don’t have focused ( stats.) as they have in NSW…’ This means Labor cannot track the virus in ‘…vulnerable parts…’ as they can in NSW, and Bennett will be looking at NSW for guidance. We all know what ‘vulnerable parts’ mean – Labor strongholds. She agrees many people are already opening up by breaking the rules. The WE Aust 23/10/2021 reported that Vic was coming out of lock down, despite record cases and hospitals stretched to breaking point. This proves that Andrews ( and Labor) is not taking medical advice, but reacting to pressure for him to resign – the most basic and blatant political advice. In the same issue cases had risen to 2189 /day with 6 deaths a day. On this, Andrews said, .’..we are delivering what we said we would…we have built something precious..we need to safeguard what we’ve built…’ This is a statement from the owner of an undertaking business.
Age is not important. Just like most other respiratory ailments, COVID will infect people in all age brackets. Initially, it was thought this was an elderly peoples disease; but more accurate statistics have debunked this. Babies are contracting it and stats from NSW at 14/8/2021 indicate the most likely age groups are; 1 20-39, 2 40-59, 3 0-19, 4 60+ . It is more about how close people are to one another, and these brackets indicate young families are the highest risk category.
Ignorance ‘This virus is airborne’. Somebody just made this announcement on TV. What hope have we of trusting politicians and their medical advisors if it has taken a year to discover this. All respiratory illnesses are airborne – that ‘s their main mode of travel – they make infected people cough and sneeze so their offspring can grow up in another human. ‘Hotels are not suitable for quarantine’. Another belatedly alarming discovery. They were always unsuitable. All they do is suck out the virus from room # 314, cool it down ( which suits the virus) and recirculates it to room # 315. If it does not like it there, it escapes under the door. Like air conditioned offices, boats, planes, houses, cars, trains and buses – they are super-spreaders.
Winter. Respiratory diseases are more likely the closer to get to the Poles in winter. It is not the temperature that is important. Where it is below zero all day, this is likely to kill any diseases. But the real issue is in the temperature zone 10 – 0 where the moisture is not frozen out of the air. Melbourne and Hobart are in this zone, so people living here must be far more preventative. The recent negligible cases in QLD are more to do with the onset of a hotter and earlier Spring where I live, than any Labor measures, but, no doubt, they will try to claim the credits. On 12/9/2021 it was a warm night and, in dressing, I did not have to wear a jumper, long pants or shoes – it was Summer – no respiratory disease (inc.COVID) will survive for long in this open environment. It had no sniffles that day (27C). Denmark has opened up but says the winter may change this. Anna P on ABC Qld 7 News 6/10/2021 reported no new cases of saying this was ‘ unbelievable’. She obviously has not been told that it is Summer. The temp. reached 37 a few days ago in my part of BNE – most respiratory diseases do not last for long at that temp. But, she did reassure us that Delta would arrive here soon and run rampant from home quarantine.
Well balanced diet. This means eating as many different foods as possible. Our mums served up meat and 3 veg, every night, and on Sundays we got an extra dose at the roast. This has proven to be the basic diet required. This then gives your digestive system far more medicinal foods to choose from, which are then used to boost your immune system. Two ‘comfort foods’ I eat more of in the Autumn and Winter are garlic and onions. A favourite ‘comfort food’ is a hot leek and potato soup ( with plenty of garlic and onions) garnished with spring onions or chives. Use a wide variety of herbs and spices – many medicines have been developed from these. Ancient Chinese Emperors were the first to mass produce medicines from food. More red meat will help. My mother made me eat a steak for Saturday breakfast before a rugby match – probably for the additional energy. She also gave us two teaspoons of cod liver oil each day. During the Spanish Flu, it was found that poor diet was the main problem. I was on a 5 week sailing adventure and one of the crew was a Vegan. On reaching landfall, she was nearly dead, so we took her to a doctor, who just recommended ‘Eat’, and charged her A$50.
Certainly do not sneeze on someone. This is one personal hygiene measure that has been drummed into English people for generations – ‘Ah tish-oo, and we all fall down’. ‘Bless you’ was another phrase indicating that person had a mortal disease.
Don’t sneeze into your elbow. Especially if you are wearing a sleeve – it just becomes a festering hive of germs that escape every time you stretch your arm.
Stay dry. Hobart was very damp in winter. Thick mist never settled on the ground and kids were always wet through – wet feet, hair and shoulders. Clothes would not dry on the line. I always start sneezing half an hour after getting wet. This does not occur with salt water, as I was a sailor. If not checked quickly, this would become a dribbling nose, then blocked sinuses. This caused a bleeding nose which in turn prevented nose blowing. It then became a cough with phlegm in the throat finally dropping into my lungs as Bronchitis.I still have to use a hair dryer after washing my hair and am paranoiac about getting wet with fresh water. My theory is that something lives in fresh water between 10 degree and freezing and enters my body through skin pores??
Stay warm. With the onset of a dribbling nose, mum used to dress me up in rugby jumpers to ‘sweat it out’ overnight. Over the years I have proven that being hotter does combat this problem. A glaring example was when I worked in the tropics. I came home to Hobart on holiday but by the time I left, I had contracted Bronchitis. Within three days back in the tropics, the Bronchitis was cured. In Hobart and Melbourne I had some respiratory problem most of the year. In the tropics (8 years) I had nothing. As a result, I now live in Brisbane, but I still have to be very careful with the onset of Autumn.
Enterprise lock downs do not work. These are only useful to restrict the movement of people so the contact tracers can be more accurate. Staying at home only spreads it around within your family. If you are not earning money you fall into poverty. Boris Johnson (England) has finally conceded this is not a cure and creates more overall harm than good. On 20/7/2021 Prof Mc Laws said the Government ( Aus. health) messages were ‘confusing’ – what do the terms ‘essential services’ and ‘essential movements’ mean. Having a crap is an essential movement. If this is confusing to English speakers, how can people who speak ‘little English’ be expected to understand!? See our Missed Tweet cartoon Lock Down. In NSW, as at 10/8/2021 ABC 7.30, infection rates are still steady despite lock downs. On 6/9/2021 ABC 7 News reported that Scott Morrison was given a special exemption to cross a border for a Fathers’ Day visit. On 21/9/2021 ABC 7 News reported thousands of people taking to the streets in Melbourne in protect. The CFMEU Secretary said about 40% were construction workers plus anti-vaxxers, tradies and right wingers. The WE Aust reported on 25/9/2021 that the fifth successive day of protests had now spread into the suburbs. This is not a protest, this is a popular revolution against combined political incompetence..
Do not rely solely on masks. Unless your mask is hospital surgery grade ( that does effectively filter diseases) your mask is only a shield that diverts your sneeze, cough and breath other than straight ahead. Most masks are not air tight and not worn when eating. The masks at the Olympics ( and most politician’s speeches) are just for show only. On 14/8/2021 a warning on the side of a box of face masks advised that they did not prevent COVID19. In the Reference section of the State Library of QLD on 10/9/2021 I was not required to wear a mask continuously. On the phone, I was told I only had to wear one when I approached the desk but when I arrived I was told I also had to wear one if I was sitting within 1.5 m of someone else. This means they did not consider a mask was a filtering device, but more of a shield to stop my breath passing directly onto someone else. COVID could still float around in the air. On 9/10/2021, on my bi-weekly shop at Woolworths, there were two people who entered with me who were not wearing masks, did not check in or use hand sanitiser – I can only assume they were visiting Victorians – very dangerous people.
Stay away from anyone with one of these . 1.5 meters is not sufficient – it is more like 5 meters. This must apply to members of the same family. I saw a queue waiting to enter my supermarket. Couples were standing together (even holding hands) but they had 1.5 meters to the next couple. Even my sister said that the 1.5 meter rule does not apply in her family. It has always been known that kids at school are mega-spreaders, who then bring it home to infect their parents and friends. Unfortunately, infected members of a family must be effectively isolated at home. It has been proven that fine droplets of breath can travel many meters before they finally fall to the ground. This has also been a problem with hotel quarantine – these droplets are spread by the air conditioning system to other rooms and hallways – even escaping under doors. On 27/7/2021 somebody was surprised that COVID spread between two people passing one another. This just proves how little most people know about respiratory diseases. The well proven rule with respiratory diseases (and some others) is that the further you are away from all other humans – the lower is the you will catch it. As with most transmitted diseases ( respiratory/COVID) isolation is the best prevention. The Bible teaches this with leprosy. On 6/10/2021 Anna P announced a key to home quarantine will be to live in a free standing house. An apartment does not provide enough isolation.
Avoid queues Even if you are wearing a mask and standing 5 metres away from people either side of you, when the person in front of you breathes out, you will step into their contaminated air.
Stay in bed. Not only is this an effective form of isolation, it conserves energy that can be used to fight the disease and you stay warm and dry.
Sneeze, cough into a handkerchief, BUT kill these germs by boiling it for five minutes ASAP. Although masks were used during the Spanish outbreak, they are not completely effective. The only completely effective ones are those that filter droplets out of the air – often seen in hospital intensive care units. Most masks worn for COVID19 have little filtering, with their only use being to divert your outgoing breath to each side. I have proven this by wearing similar masks while creating dust – the dust in my nose, mouth and face indicates that the mask is fairly useless. Wearing one of these could create a false sense of security.
One study on flu a few years ago found that an escalator handrail was the best place to catch the flu – one person coughs into their hand then transfers their saliva to the handrail, where another person picks it up. Therefore avoid touching all handrails ( including door knobs and bus/train straps). My supermarket offers sanitized hand wipes to be used before holding a trolly handle – use these. Many shops also offer sanitized hand wash – use this on entry and exit. My doctor’s waiting room no longer has magazines to read – great way to transfer COVID. I was on a train where a verbal announcement recommended opening the door by touching the button with your elbow. Gloves have gone out of fashion, but 100 years ago they were a necessary health aid. An alternative to a handkerchief is to use a tissue and then seal this in a zip bag and dispose of this in a bin.
Do not spit. Up until about 50 years ago, everybody hawked up phlegm and spat it out onto the ground – a perfect way to spread diseases. Spittoons were introduced, but these were quickly banned. If you need to, wash it down the toilet, along with any tissues that you blow your nose into.
Do not kiss others. This applies to members of the same family. I saw a man on TV claiming that kissing was a major part of his culture. He lives in Melbourne and is probably a major reason why COVID keeps breaking out.
No hugging. After the first people were re-united after an isolation period, the first thing they did was to hug one another at the airport. My son is amused at why I shout at the TV – what I saw was complete ignorance and irresponsibility – no wonder this virus is running rampant.
Do not shake hands. This has become a standard, although there are still many people who want to continue this practice. I just say, ‘Sorry, but you might catch something’.
Wash your hands 10 times a day. Mum insisted everyone wash their hands before each meal. We even had to clean under our nails with a scrubbing brush. Hand washing has been a health practice for thousands of year and has become a religious ritual. It not only minimizes respiratory diseases but many others as well. Soap ( not hand santiser) is still the best way to do this, and you may as well do it as often as possible – especially immediately after returning home. Before going out will also help. In my Westfield shopping centre Food Court there is a water station. In the two hours I watched it ( during lunch) one person filled a water bottle but nobody washed their hands. On returning home, every student must wash their hands with soap for two minutes. On baby sitting her grandchildren, my sister said they were never required to wash their hands!!
Get more fresh air. When my father had our house centrally heated my problems got far worse. To keep down the heating cost, he would re-circulate warm air from inside the house. If someone brought home germs, they were circulated around and around until they infected everyone. Even before then, my mother used to throw open the windows ‘to let fresh air in’. After one outbreak in QLD I had to travel across town. It was a toss-up between everyone sharing germs on the bus and train or being cooped up with a taxi driver. I opted for the driver, but he should have kept all his windows down to maximize fresh air circulation. If someone got into his taxi at 5 am with COVID, every other person would have probably caught it that day. This has already been proven by a driver picking up a flight crew at an airport.
Encase your pillow in a water proof bag. While you are asleep a lot of saliva drips out of your mouth and is absorbed by your pillow. Encasing the pillow in a water-proof bag ensures that the saliva does not infect your pillow. The saliva then is absorbed by the pillow case.
Boil your pillow case every day. If you do not do these two things, then you run a very high risk of continually re-infecting yourself ( and anyone you sleep with). If you use a re-useable mask, this must be boiled every day to kill any germs.
Dry your washing in direct sunshine. Direct sunlight kills off many diseases. One classic example is Golden Staff.
No sex. The Ebola virus was unstoppable and set to devastate the whole world, until health authorities discovered it was mainly spread through sexual contact
Don’t use money. A plastic note may pass through dozens of hands during the day. Each time it changes hands, germs change hands also. This applies to pens, keyboards, phones etc.
Carry sanitiser on you at all times. Wipe everything before touching it.
Do not share food, drink or their utensils. Long after the outbreak I saw a mother take a swig from a bottle and then she immediately gave it to her child – a perfect way to spread all these diseases. This includes glasses, straws, forks and spoons. Keep your tooth brush separate. We banned ‘double-dipping’ long ago for this reason.
Do not blow out cake candles. If you do, everyone will get a good dose of your germs with their slice.
Minimise time in air conditioned environments Legionaires Disease was contracted by some Legionaires (USA) staying at a hotel conference. This disease lived, permanently, in the moist air of the air conditioning system. Most people now drive cars with the A/C on 24/7 – just count the number with all their windows up on a warm sunny day. This also applied to hospitals.
Gargle with salt water. Always used by my mother. Salt is Sodium Chloride. The chlorine is a disinfectant ( bleach – sodium hypochlorite) and is used in swimming polls as a sanitiser. Hypoclorites are part of our immune system. “deep cleaning’ sprays contain a large amount of chlorine. Drinking water is purified with chlorine. Always have a gargle when swimming in the sea. Don’t towel-off after a sea water swim – let the salt water ( containing many other efficacious compounds) enter through the pores of your skin. Give your mouth a good wash out before spitting it out.
Inhale salted steam. Also used. Beach bathing became popular in Liverpool when a doctor found if you let your feet soak in sea water– it cured Tinea. The sea cruise became popular for the same reason – fresh salty air. The Ruby Princess disaster was the opposite – many people cooped up inside an air conditioned environment. Since then salt water has been recommended as a cure for many other ailments.
Drink alcohol. My mother made a hot toddy to be drunk in bed each night. Honey and sugar were dissolved in hot water which also diluted the brandy and lemon juice (Vitamin C). The honey and sugar provided added energy to fight the disease. Brandy has long been known to have a high medicinal value. It was used on cuts and surgery so it probably disinfected the throat. The main ingredient in hand sanitisers is alcohol along with cough medicines. Red wine has been proven to have other medicinal benefits like weight control and alcohol may give you a good night’s sleep ( drunk during Cocktail Hour) – a great medicinal value in itself.
Everybody must understand English It is fruitless for government health officials to talk, and write, about preventative measures if there are people who cannot comprehend English. Everybody who wants to enter Australia must be able to do this. This pandemic has proven that if someone needs an interpreter – it is probably too late.
Communication by governments is inadequate If you watch ABC TV you will receive advice from over a dozen different ‘experts’ – all at different times and they are limited to a few words. Also the media only report/comment on Government information – they do not cover doctor’s advice or ‘old wives tales’. Doctors are condemning AstraZenica WE Aust31/7/2021. Even the QLD Premier disputes news releases from the National Cabinet. They all pass the buck onto others – nobody is ultimately responsible. Who decided it took 15 minutes to be transmitted!?? – all these respiratory transmissions are instantaneous. In the WE Aust 7/8/2021former governors – general Cosgrove and Bryce have recommended older Aussies should encourage grand kids to get shots. Leut. Gen. Frewan said the peak transmitters were the 30-39 YO’s. Is a 39 YO a grand kid!? Brcye said ‘Grandmothers like me know…’ Also in that Magazine, it said ‘No one seems clear on the rules … a patchwork of restrictions (Gov)’. At the date these stories were written (19 July) COVID was ‘barely seen’ in Alice Springs and there was no story on QLD – a clear indication of where you need to live. The aboriginal cultural concept that they are being injected (vaccination) with the ‘devil’ does not help. The WE Aust 16/10/2021 reported Confusion Over Interstate Travel vis NSW & Vic.
Exhaustion People have been enduring escalating incompetence for the last 18 months – they are becoming tired of trying to work all the misinformation out. There is an increasing number of people experiencing anxiety, depression and suicide – another side effect is the turn-off and complacency. Governments need to get real results very quickly to avoid these side effects.
Pseudoephedrine My wife returned from Hobart recently with a sniffle, and I caught it very quickly. That night I turned my electric blanket on to 3, took a tablet and Aspirin. The tablet ( taken each day) dries out the phlegm, which stops the disease spreading up my respiratory system. There is no proof that this works with COVID, but it does with some other respiratory diseases.
Vaccines are not the cure. Many people in Indonesia have been fully vaccinated with Sinovac but have still died. The vaccination concept started with the flu vaccine, and if you are waiting for a COVID vaccine – you may well die waiting. The Australian rollout has become a stumble. In the US you can get a vaccine at home. Even if you finally get a complete program, you may still be one of the 10% who die. But, if a vaccine is available, why not take it? It adds to the mix of deterrents. On 23/ 7/2021 Chant said, there was a ‘mythological’ opposition to AstraZenica. Although there is a minuscule chance of getting a blood clot from this vaccine, there is a national oversupply when there is an under-supply in NSW. Who are these intellectually challenged people who are endangering our lives by refusing to get this vaccine – especially when they are flight attendants on aircraft – mega spreaders (QLD 23/7/2021). There are increasing stats to indicated that people who are being hospitalised have already had their required jabs. Even if we achieve the 70/80% vaccination rate by the end of the year – DO NOT RELY SOLELY ON THIS. The WE Aust 7/8/2021 reported there were four more variants ( Lambda, Eta, Kappa and Iota) that could be even more virulent – warning that a COVID variant ‘… might be able to transmit as easily among the vaccinated population as the unvaccinated’. Also McLaws said we are entering a potentially more dangerous phase with ‘super variants’. An Austrian study said a 60% vac. population may still not be safe. The bungles at Liverpool Hospital prove that one dose is no cure. On ABC 7.30 Report 7/9/2021 Prof Sarah Gilbert ( creator of AstraZenica) said, ‘…Delta will reach all the unvaccinated, even the vaccinated ( who may have a mild disease)…not possible to eliminate it…boosters will be necessary for the elderly and those with compromised immune systems…we will develop immunity…’ On 20/9/2021 ABC 7 News reported that a man who had two jabs passed through Brisbane airport and tested positive. On the same report, although vaccination rates are increasing in Victoria so is the infection rate ( the highest this year). ABC 7 News 27/9/2021 reported now that Israel has surpassed 80% double vax with cases still occurring, medical ‘experts’ are saying the modelling needs to be revised to require 90% with a booster ( third) shot. On ABC 7.30 Report 6 /10/2021 Dr Norman Swan said ‘…vaccination is the only way out of this…’ If this is the truth, then why are we required to wear masks, stay 1.5 m apart and go into lock down!? The WE Aust of 9/11/2021 picked up on this and added numerous other cases where Swan has been WRONG, WRONG, WRONG and WRONG AGAIN. I can understand why there is ‘confusion’ in NSW with the new Premier making changes to their COVID ‘roadmap’.
Complacency. With the advent of vaccines, people have become complacent to wait for this cure. This has in fact spread the disease, especially with Delta variant.
Waiting for a COVID jab ( as we have been conditioned to wait for a flu one) may not be the cure. Despite promises that we would be at the top of the list to get these vaccines from foreign manufacturers, we found that we slipped very quickly down the list ( with the EU diverting our contracted supplies to their own countries). On top of this the roll-out has been very slow, with nursing homes left waiting. We were left with the AstraZenica one that we could make here. This has been found to create blood clots and has been restricted to the over 50’s. This was recently raised to the over 60’s and is now going to be phased out. This has created a lot of confusion – government directives are changing every minute – this is chaos. COVID has made it quite clear that Australia must manufacture critical products. It is similar to the armed forces – that operate on a skeleton basis, BUT can be rapidly expanded when there is a crisis. Repelling diseases in no exception, and should be part of border defence. What if China was to spray us with a far more deadly virus – chemical warfare is next.
Quarantine does not work. Germs are spread by the hotel air conditioning and leak out under the door while people break out and NRL players disregard it. It is not a cure. It is only a containment to see if that person is infected. Two weeks is not enough. If mandatory hotel quarantine is not working, voluntary home quarantine will certainly not work. Australia has had proper quarantine stations in the past ( North Head, Sydney) – why do we not have them now? The Federal Gov. must convert one of the smaller hospitals into a quarantine station. On 26/8/2020 the Qld gov. announced on ABC 7 News that a quarantine station would be built at Wellcamp, Toowoomba. This is far too late and we will be dead before it is built – how about doing something quickly. On ABC 7 News 1/9/2021 the QLD Premier announced that all quarantine hotels were full – what happens now!?ABC 7 News 15/10/2021 reported a man from Victoria escaped hotel quarantine in Hobart, who had COVID. He visited a number of locations and lied about them, causing a snap lock down. Another man escaped home quarantine. The NSW Premier has scrapped hotel and home quarantine altogether.
Contact tracing does not work. In my area hotels and restaurants do require people to check in and out. But, some of these patrons do not have the smart phone to do this and just walk in and out. No other business records people. See ABC 7 News 15/10/2021 above.
Don’t rely on an App. An increasing number of people are relying on their smart phone and/or App to inform them of a COVID crisis. This is proving to be a complete failure as it takes up to 5 days for these people to be warned. You’ve already got it before you hear about it.
This is a race. If it is not a race to beat COVID, then what is it!? – a headless cook meet, a bludge, Chinese whispers, dog tail chasing, fish in a bowl, a mushroom event, rugby without a ball, non swimmers up against Arianne Titmus, a picnic, a buck passing session, a paddock of horses, a sun-bake, a chicken wheel, treading water. See Sam Jackson, Olympic swimmer, (ABC comedian 29 /7/2021). Scott Morrison said it was ‘not a race’. He ensured that whatever it is – it has all the characteristics of the above. Australians love a race. You are un-Australian if you don’t like winning. Just watch the Olympic coverage – we are all rooting for our heroes to put that last bit of energy into winning. Our politicians need to do the same to get ahead of COVID AND STAY THERE. At the moment they have slipped well down the field.
Don’t go into hospital. In the early days of COVID, staff of the NW General Hospital in Tas. caught it at a party then spread it to other hospital staff. On ABC 7.30 Report 24/8/2021 a man was admitted to St George hospital for emergency cancer treatment. He already had one COVID jab, but a patient in the next bed had COVID. After 4 days he had caught COVID. Another man was in a similar position, and it was suggested he go home to recover from COVID. A medical spokesman said hospital ventilation systems could not cope with Delta type diseases. 16 people have died from COVID they caught in a hospital. ABC 7 News reported on 30/8/2021 that not all hospital staff had even received their first jab and some were still waiting for adequate PPE. One woman said her mentally ill child went into hospital and came out with a dose of COVID – making its condition far worse. Hospital staff are frightened. Hospitals ( and new quarantine stations) must be designed to cope with highly infectious diseases ( or have a special section for them). In mid October ABC TV reported hospitals were at capacity, with some COVID patients in there for 100 days. It also reported that with Aus opening up, there will be a surge in cases wanting to go into hospital. They then reported that you may need to be treated at home. The ultimate prevention will be better personal hygiene.
Vitamin C This is one ‘old wives’ tale that has been proven to be less effective than thought. I used to eat a lot of oranges until my doctor advised that my mouth ulcers were caused by an overdose. Vitamin C is an important part of our immune system ( and we cannot manufacture it ourselves) and does reduce the time of a common cold, but other foods provide more of it than oranges.
A person to person battle. Due to slack government controls ( up to mid July), this battle has now got down to person-to-person. The variants are so strong that they are now breaking into the ‘cold spots’. Every person MUST implement all of the above or they are helping this spread. Spreaders must be named and severely fined ( $50,000) and publicly shamed ( a list of people to avoid) – as deterrents. WE Aust 14/8/2012 named a man ‘ One Man Manages to Unite a Region in Anger’ from Rose Bay (Syd) who travelled with his two children to Bangalow to look at investment properties. All three tested positive. Here is the start of the list:
NAME – CURRENT ADDRESS – $ FINE
Zoran Radovanovic – Lismore Hospital, Uralba St & Rose Bay – 50,000
Get creative in family defence. Knowing that most respiratory diseases live in saliva, create a family defence system where everybody highlights areas where saliva could transmit COVID ( and other diseases in future), where all members of the family share their knowledge. Then devise an effective defence system. Out national border defence was a failure. States ( like Tas, WA and QLD) have taken our advice are starting to become more efficient. Ultimately it will get down to community and family ( and even individual) border defence systems. As with all communicative diseases, effective isolation will be a decisive strategy.
Ration vaccines My parents lived during WW2 and just about everything was scarce, so it was rationed. This is the same with COVID19 and Pfizer. Although I am old and also susceptible to respiratory problems, living on my own ( isolated) in a ‘cold spot’; I have decided that there are far more deserving people than me. It seems to me there is a priority list for vaccines (and effective PPE): 1 ‘Front line troops’ – health workers (inc doctors surgeries, testing stations, nursing, quarantine). Once we keep them fighting ( compared with India) we need to concentrate on those who are more likely to spread it. 2 Transport workers (inc airline, bus, train, cab). 3 ‘Hot spots’. 4 High daily contact people ( shop assistants, counter staff, child care, students)….100 Hermits. Scarce vaccines must be reserved ( by Fed Gov) so that all the top priority people are jabbed before moving on to the next group. It is incompetence and a waste of a valuable resource to advise all people to get vaccinated when there is insufficient for this task. On 24/8/2021 WHO recommended that vaccines be ‘prioritised’ so that the more needy got at least one jab.
Even when masks are mandatory, people either don’t wear them or wear them incorrectly. Many people still have their noses poking out. One guy even pulled his down to talk to me.
My supermarket has hand sanitiser for incoming customers, but I am the only one who uses it.
Ass. Prof. Miriam Levy, Liverpool Hospital ABC 7.30 10/8/2021, agrees there is a high possibility of transmission between nurses and patients (intimate relationships), many immigrants have vertical and horizontal ( political speak for ‘congested’) family connections, cannot work from home and many have problems understanding English. All this has put this hospital under severe pressure where the ‘average’ systems may not work. She used words like ‘tough’, ‘hard’, ‘sad’, ‘disrupted teams’ with even specialists finding it ‘hard to understand’. Although she did make a clear call, at the end, for all people over 65 to get vaccinated, there were other far less clear messages throughout her attempt to remain ‘politically correct’ while she explained their situation. A few years ago (BNE) 12 immigrants died in a 3 bedroom house fire !? How many were living in the house that night – COVID ( Delta) would infect everyone in this community overnight. If there are 20 people in such a house today, each one of them could infect 60 people the following day – that’s 1,200 people infected within 24 hours. In a real life case, a nurse at Liverpool Hospital in an intimate situation had one jab, but brought COVID into the hospital where it spread to at least six other staff and 29 patients, seven of whom died. There was another similar case. In both cases proper procedures were not followed. Now is not the time to avoid offending anyone – now is the time to send out the truth, loud and clear, so everyone can reduce the threat of COVID. If you do not do this, then you are contributing to what she called ‘the perfect storm’. Subliminal messaging ( politically correct) is not working with COVID.
We havn’t learnt much from all the previous respiratory outbreaks, so we need to learn from this one – and VERY FAST. As one health official said, ( COVID) ‘it WILL NOT BE THE LAST’. You need to start implementing these precautions before the next ( more virulent) one is dropped from an airplane. If you are not implementing all of these precautions, you are part of the problem; rather than part of the cure, and therefore contributing to increased poverty and suicides. Scott Morrison needs to tighten things up or he will find himself replaced by another Coalition person who will. Help us ‘Keep the bastards honest’.
On 7th July Dr Kerry Chant ( NSW Chief Health Officer ) said ‘… destiny is in your hands’.
The front line defence is an air tight national border. Second line is air tight quarantine and the third line is much better personal hygiene. If COVID gets into nursing homes and child care centres, we must take the Government out the back and shoot them – replacing them with a couple of 10 year olds. Over my many years I have found the most effective cure is a hot dry climate – preferably on a secluded ocean beach. After a day on a sea-side beach I can have a genuine ‘high’ – vitamins from the sun ( D3 for calcium uptake, but avoiding sun burn) and lower blood pressure and cardiovascular problems , salt that cures skin diseases, salt air in my lungs, salt water in my upper respiratory system, salt water through my pores and exercise in the surf and on the beach – together with a good dose of freedom. This may be one reason why English sailors called the Pacific ‘Paradise’.
NB These ‘old wives tales’ are not a cure, ( after you have got it) but they will go a long was as a prevention to all respiratory diseases, including COVID19).
Why does it take the NZ Prime Minister ( 23/7/2021) to say we must adopt ‘a tougher approach’.
No effective Federal Government. What COVID19 is proving is, that when we are faced with a real crisis – WE CANNOT COPE. The State Premiers are allowed to do what ( politically) suits them. This attitude has been blatantly obvious with the Belt & Road scandal, foreign investment and may other botches. The ‘She’ll be right’ attitude by politicians has proven to be a failure. This is a WAR. COVID19 has invaded us and all governments have left our defence up to households to fight a street-to-street guerilla battle. A copy of this article must be given to every Afghan refugee freeing the Taliban. If they cannot understand it – then teach them while they are in quarantine. They must be quarantined in a hospital ( not a hotel or at home). ABC 7 pm News 8/9/2021revealed ( from emails) the Fed Gov was ‘…too slow…’ in ordering Pfizer, When offered it they said they ‘…will let the Minister know…we don’t do that here…’ It then took ‘…months…’ before anything was done. In the meantime, the UK and USA went to the head of the queue. We are still struggling to secure supplies.
As of 13/8/2021, from my average exposure to the media, most of these recommendations have been supported by one person or another at some time. If you are still unsure about this wisdom, please consult most cookbooks from the 40/50’s. You will find these recommendations in the back. ABC 7 News on 15/10/2021 reported the NSW Premier was going to let all people into NSW so long as they had their two jabs. Morrison objected saying that he wants all Aust citizens returned first. The Federation works when all States have time to agree, but fails when it comes to major quick decisions.
Cleanliness next to Godliness. Being clean is a major part of Australian culture, and this was drummed into us as kids. Even before Jesus, the cities were known to harbour a greater incidence of pestilence. A popular Christian welcome is, ‘I pray you may be in good health.’ All minority ethnic groups must fit into our culture. Now is the time to re-kindle your belief in the Christian religion. The Bible has hundreds of items of advice ranging from washing hands, nails, heads, feet, bathing, sweeping and bodies to shaving, purifying and wearing clean clothes – being pure in body and soul – ‘…a laver of brass… to wash withall, ten lavers of brass…one laver containing forty baths, the sea was for priests to wash in’ . Psalm 26 V 6 says ‘I will wash mine hands … Bathing was recommended on the third and seventh days but this has since been extended to every day ( e.g. bath/shower). In some Orthodox churches there is a lavabo/cantharus where the congregation can wash their hands, face, feet and even their whole body, before they enter the church (the popular garden fountain/water feature derives from the cantharus). This is obviously intended to curb the spread of any diseases in a congested church. Priests also wash their hands and plates in a prescina/thalassidion before dispensing bread and wine. Incense was also thought to cleanse the air ( often in a thurible). Jesus was a doctor, and probably learned many preventions and cures while he was away in northern India. The Buddhists are renowned for their cleanliness and the Christians put this into practice with the Hospitaller Knights who ran the hospitals on the pilgrim road to Jerusalem. The modern St John Ambulance descends from them with most early hospitals created by Christian churches with names like St Andrew’s, Calvary and Wesley. Don’t be surprised of some people want to change this symbol. ‘Any man that is not clean…then shall he go abroad out of the camp, he shall not come within the camp.’ If you drink a bottle of wine and have a well balanced meal, you are consuming the blood and body of Christ – the Communion – the coming together of the principles of life.
POST NOTE This article is probably common sense to some people (like me), but it is likely to be an explosive article for others. Some may consider it is politically incorrect, alarmist, too drastic and some politicians may be voted out ( by the odd vote change) if they admitted to these self-evident truths. Never-the-less, in an emergency such as this, this article needs to be implemented to protect the nation.
THERE IS STILL NO PILL OR JAB THAT GUARANTEES TO CURE ANY RESPIRATORY DISEASE – SO THE STRATEGY MUST STILL BE TO PREVENT THEM HAPPENING.
On 4/8/2021 QLD Chief Medical Officer said ‘It’s up to you’.
Live with it. After Israel reached 80% vaccination rate with still cases appearing, on 19/8/2021 there were messages on TV that we would have to live with it. This will be cold comfort to those who have had to shut down, live on savings, go broke and have PTSD. I would not be surprise if these people sued those who ruined their lives. But then again, we have had to live with other diseases. I can remember getting three injections before I went to live in Thailand and my whole family took Chloroquine for two years in Solomon Islands. We have known how to eradicate malaria for 50 years, but humans will not implement sufficient preventative measures. It is likely to be the same with COVID – it will still be present somewhere in the world and will probably appear each winter, so the above measures must be kept up. Therefore expect a COVID vaccination certificate, that may as well be extended to cover other serious diseases. Hospital workers have been required to get various jabs, so expect other organisations to follow suit with COVID. Never before have so many small private, young, enterprises been sent broke by a public health system ( that has erroneously relied on overseas statistics) that has been completely incompetent. These businesses are the future of Australia. We must make sure this does not occur again.
70/80% vax rate. Don’t be fooled by polispeak that everything will be back to normal when we reach this rate (whatever it is). Israel has reached 80% but cases still occur. It is also based on adults, so even if we achieve this, COVID may become rampant in minors. There has always been an excuse why our screwdiddly politicians have not succeeded. WE Aust 25/9/2021 reported that Lt. Gen. Frewen said getting from 70% to 80 will be ‘hard work’ and Joe Biden has already ‘lost patience’. We cannot have copy-cat politicians killing the private economy before they kill the virus.
– No jab – no job ABC 7 News 28/9/2021. If this policy is implemented, it must be restricted to the ‘hot spots’ and high indoor contact workers – see Ration comment. Construction workers are near the bottom of this list. This disease has had little affect on most of Australia ( vis QLD, WA, Tas, NT) and it has been blown out of proportion by main stream reporters who cannot get their heads out of their own asses to see the wood from their shit. Some health workers are already opting to work elsewhere, so anybody who imposes this is likely to find people go elsewhere ( which will include shops, pubs, clubs etc). Some small shops in my part of Brisbane are going through boom times as people refuse to shop in the unnecessarily restricted supermarkets. XYZ Fruit & Veg have always been the fresh lettuce people – so buy more there. Some countries have already trialed a ‘vaccine passport’ and dropped it on the basis that across the board it is impractical. Where it must be used is to enter Australia and cross state borders.
The future @ 18/10/2021 The QLD Premier announced on ABC News on 18/10/2021 that QLDwould be opened up on 17th December to vaccinated people and added, “This region is one of the lowest regions in the state, now that’s a problem, it’s a big problem because the virus will come here and the virus will search out for those people who are unvaccinated,” she said. This is threatening and alarmist talk as no disease searches out people. The real problem with letting COVID rip through the community is that there will be no protection against the next pandemic when it arrives from overseas. The current vaccinations may be effective against COVID but are unlikely to be against a new one – therefore we start the whole bungling process over again. We must not discard air tight border security, ‘press button’ action, effective quarantine stations, making our own vaccines and better personal hygiene.
The Flu The low cases of Flu indicate our strategy is very affective. Social distancing (for COVID) has had a flow-on affect to the flu. The Fed Dept. of health reports (@ 20/10/2021), ‘Influenza-like-illness (ILI) activity in the community remains at historically low levels in 2021…low since April 2020… a decrease has been observed since June…one hospitalisation…no associated deaths…minimal impact on society’.
This is an evolving article – so keep checking it out.