Quarantine University – Personal Protective Equipment “PPE” (Series – Part 2)

One of the biggest issues during this Covid-19 outbreak is the proper use of personal protective equipment or “PPE”. This issue has spawned a booming mask making industry, and many debates over whether or not we (the general public) need to be wearing PPE at all.  Here is a quick tutorial on PPE.

  1. PPE is a term used in healthcare settings. PPE includes masks, gloves, gowns, head, and shoe coverings, and sometimes “suits”.
  2. In a healthcare setting, the appropriate PPE is donned, and then removed between patients, to prevent transmission of the illness from one patient to another.
  3. There is a proper way to put on, and remove these items, which everyone from CNA’s to surgeons are taught during their education. These techniques prevent transfer of contaminates.

PPE, if used improperly, can increase the risk of transmission, or contamination.

For the purpose of this post, I am now only going to discuss the use of PPE as it applies to “us”, the general public.

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Quarantine University – Curriculum Overview. (Series Part 1)

Welcome to Quarantine University.  Many of you are just now learning what it feels like to be stuck at home with nothing to do, but so many more of us have years (some decades) of experience.

When I first got sick, I started this blog. It helped me stay focused, and out of my head. I spent a ton of time researching my illness(s), and learning about how others managed. I also learned more than I ever wanted to, about so much more. I haven’t been actively blogging lately, but I saw a meme today that was interesting, and the first thing I did, was look up the subject. That in turn, sparked an idea. With so much going on right now, and so little news that is reliable, I thought I would help by sharing some information that will help you crawl out of the quagmire of misinformation.

Remember, I am not a doctor, nor am I giving you advice. What I am doing is going out and finding this info. for you, so you don’t have to weed through Google. (Which I know you probably won’t do.)  Here is a list of some of the subjects I will cover in the coming days/weeks: (In no particular order.)

  1. Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  2. Bacteria vs Virus (What’s the difference?)
  3. Transmission of Diseases
  4. Medical Terminology
  5. Nature doesn’t make mistakes.
  6. History
  7. Conspiracy Theories

and more…

I hope you will find the posts helpful, whether you are afraid this virus, or not.

Disclaimer: These posts will contain facts, as well as sarcasm, because I’m sick of this Coronapocalypse.

-J ❤

 

 

Tuttle’s Letter to the TBDWG — Madison Area Lyme Support Group (Blog Post Share)

This is something everyone should read.

“There are rumors that Dr. Eugene Shapiro has been selected to participate as a member of the Tick-borne Disease Working Group. Shapiro has spent a career discrediting the sick and disabled along with the courageous clinicians attempting to help these patients as he coauthored the deplorable Lancet article referenced below. There is no place for Shapiro on the TBDWG as he is a disgrace to the medical profession.” Continue reading “Tuttle’s Letter to the TBDWG — Madison Area Lyme Support Group (Blog Post Share)”

Activism: Fighting for Lyme Disease Awareness.

Activism.

ac·tiv·ism
ˈaktəˌvizəm/
noun
  1. the policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change.

For many, the words “activism”, or “activist” conjure up memories of the 1960’s, with peace marches, love-ins, and racial equality at the forefront of most protests. As many know, however, we have a much richer history than the activism of the 1960’s. Our country, and in fact many throughout the world, were built on the results of activism. The selfless acts of protest, picketing, and standing up for each other, has always been the way to get things done, despite the injury, loss of life, or jail time one might face.

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When Sharing, is NOT Caring. PSA

Pretty much everyone with an internet connection uses social media. Day in and day out, we are inundated with memes. Some thoughtful, inspirational, or just plain hilarious, and others thought provoking, or informational.

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Marijuana, Hemp & CBD.

For thousands of years, humans and animals alike have been using plants to help them heal. We still do. That is why we have Lavender baby bath, Chamomile Tea, Aloe in our lotions, and health food stores.

Believe it or not, we have also been using marijuana, hemp, and it’s derivatives in the US, up until about 70 yrs ago, with no issues whatsoever. Doctors were prescribing it for hundreds of years.

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Vaccines

“The human immune system is a complex network of cells and organs that evolved to fight off infectious microbes.”

Now, the links are below, and you can click on them to read more, on your own. My point with this post is that many people are unaware how vaccines work, and would rather argue than learn. I have only included the most common, to keep it short. This is not a statement, of my opinion, this is “fact” as you can see by following the links.

“The human immune system is a complex network of cells and organs that evolved to fight off infectious microbes.”

Much of the immune system’s work is carried out by an army of various specialized cells, each type designed to fight disease in a particular way. The invading microbes first run into the vanguard of this army, which includes white blood cells called macrophages (literally, “big eaters”). The macrophages engulf as many of the microbes as they can.

Ref: NIH

The cells in our body have a natural ability to fight disease, and develop an immunity.

The theory behind vaccines:

Vaccines teach the immune system to fight by mimicking a natural infection.”

For example, the yellow fever vaccine, first widely used in 1938, contains a weakened form of the virus that doesn’t cause disease or reproduce very well. Human macrophages can’t tell that the vaccine viruses are weakened, so they engulf the viruses as if they were dangerous. In the lymph nodes, the macrophages present yellow fever antigen to T cells and B cells.

A response from yellow-fever-specific T cells is activated. B cells secrete yellow fever antibodies. The weakened viruses in the vaccine are quickly eliminated. The mock infection is cleared, and humans are left with a supply of memory T and B cells for future protection against yellow fever.

Types of vaccines:

  • Live, attenuated vaccines
  • Inactivated vaccines
  • Subunit vaccines
  • Toxoid vaccines
  • Conjugate vaccines
  • DNA vaccines
  • Recombinant vector vaccines

 

Live-attenuated vaccines:

Live vaccines use a weakened (or attenuated) form of the germ that causes a disease.

Because these vaccines are so similar to the natural infection that they help prevent, they create a strong and long-lasting immune response. Just 1 or 2 doses of most live vaccines can give you a lifetime of protection against a germ and the disease it causes.

But live vaccines also have some limitations. For example:

Because they contain a small amount of the weakened live virus, some people should talk to their health care provider before receiving them, such as people with weakened immune systems, long-term health problems, or people who’ve had an organ transplant.
They need to be kept cool, so they don’t travel well. That means they can’t be used in countries with limited access to refrigerators.

Live vaccines are used to protect against:

  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR combined vaccine)
  • Rotavirus
  • Smallpox
  • Chickenpox
  • Yellow fever

Inactivated vaccines

Inactivated vaccines use the killed version of the germ that causes a disease.

Inactivated vaccines usually don’t provide immunity (protection) that’s as strong as live vaccines. So you may need several doses over time (booster shots) in order to get ongoing immunity against diseases.

Inactivated vaccines are used to protect against:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Flu (shot only)
  • Polio (shot only)
  • Rabies

Subunit, recombinant, polysaccharide, and conjugate vaccines

Because these vaccines use only specific pieces of the germ, they give a very strong immune response that’s targeted to key parts of the germ. They can also be used on almost everyone who needs them, including people with weakened immune systems and long-term health problems.

One limitation of these vaccines is that you may need booster shots to get ongoing protection against diseases.

These vaccines are used to protect against:

  • Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) disease
  • Hepatitis B
  • HPV (Human papillomavirus)
  • Whooping cough (part of the DTaP combined vaccine)
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Shingles

“Blaming un-vaccinated people for an outbreak of measles, is ridiculous.” <<< This is my opinion.