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.
PPE is a term used in healthcare settings. PPE includes masks, gloves, gowns, head, and shoe coverings, and sometimes “suits”.
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.
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.
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.)
Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Bacteria vs Virus (What’s the difference?)
Transmission of Diseases
Nature doesn’t make mistakes.
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.
When I’m tired, I just can’t get the words onto the “screen”…I almost typed “paper”….wow.
In my 55 years, many things have changed. Some, for the better, others, not so much. Life used to be simple. At least while I was growing up it was. I’m sure I speak for many of my generation when I say that we felt safe. More often than not, we brought the danger onto ourselves, while climbing trees, riding our bikes down hills at breakneck speed, and diving off cliffs into ponds with uncertain depths. Although we did these things, most of us came home unscathed. A skinned elbow here, a broken leg there, and life went on. There were no seat belts, elbow pads, or helmets. We had no need for “safe places”. Our safe place was home. Time flies huh? Continue reading “Prelude to an Essay”
It’s ok to be you. It’s ok to be different, and feel differently. There is no “normal”. The more we try to fight our own nature to fit in, or to conform to someone else’s idea of how/who we should be, the more damaged we become.
Today, I saw this posted on a friend’s timeline on Facebook:
I was told today that I can only know myself through someone else, I guess I’ll never know who the F$#?k I am.
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.
“To sit home, read one’s favorite paper, and scoff at the misdeeds of the men who do things is easy, but it is markedly ineffective. It is what evil men count upon the good men’s doing.” -Theodore Roosevelt –
Confession: I love Ken Burns’ Documentaries. There are 31 in total, with 3 more in production. A fact I did not know until just now.
We, here now, did not live through Theodore Roosevelt’s Presidency, and later political adventures, so the most we got was a blurb about him in history class, which was totally meaningless. There is no reference point, nothing to clue us in on the “person” himself. (Understanding the man/woman’s roots in any situation is essential to understanding them, and their ideals.)
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Roosevelt?
Have you even heard that name before now?
Teddy Roosevelt was born in 1858, to an affluent family in NYC. He was frail, and sickly in his youth, but spurred on by his father, (and against doctor’s advice) developed his strength through gymnastics, and weightlifting in during his teens.