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COVID-19 Progress is one of the few graphs that show success as a downward trend. “Onwards and Downwards” is the mantra of success when it comes to viruses. “The earth’s the limit”, “Reach for the ground”, “Over the bottom”, are the cries of success these days.

The latest sign of success is that there has been great advancement in testing. Even our little part of the country with its 26 and holding cases is in the process of adding a second mobile testing station for drive-by evaluations. A clean Monday marked our fifth day of “no new cases”. Again success is a negative.

The tests, however, are looking for an upward trend, or a gain. The gain they are looking for is a gain in antibodies. Antibodies also known as an immunoglobulin is a large, Y-shapedprotien produced mainly by plasma cells that are used by the immune system to neutralize pathogens such as the COVID-19 virus. Apparently the antibodies exist in a healthy immune system. “Onward and downwards and upwards again” is our new battle cry.


We read an interesting article recently about how long the COVID-19 pest hangs around once it lands on various surfaces. The virus can hang in the air for up to 3 hours, but different surfaces have different hang times as follows;
1. Copper – 4 hours. Interestingly enough, copper is a natural disinfectant.
2. Cardboard – 16 hours
3. Stainless Steel – 21 hours
4. Plastic – 21 hours
So what does this mean in the world of social distancing and navigating the great outdoors.
If you are a commuter, the bug can literally hang on the stainless steel bus or subway hangers or straps for up to 72 hours. Might be a good idea to wear gloves.
If you venture into the supermarket for those needed groceries, the push cart handles can host the little bugger 72 hours as well. Use the provided wipes.
Just about any door or freezer handle will also need the Wipes attention.
UPS and FEDEX can deliver a cardboard box of Corona, as well. Wipe it down with disinfectant.
Glass doors, windows, and such can provide safe landing for up to 96 hours, especially if it is cold like on a grocery store freezer cabinet. Gloves and wipes work well.
The little buggers are all around, but you can rest assured that they won’t jump off a surface at you, you have to physically pick them up.


Some Interesting COVID -19 News

We found something interesting in our local newspaper regarding the Coronavirus. “The Coronavirus can survive on common material surfaces for hours, even days. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself.” 
1. Airborne droplets containing the virus can survive for up to 3 hours.
2. Virus rate of decay depends on the surface material type. Copper, 4 hours (Copper is an excellent disinfectant); Cardboard, 16 hours; Stainless Steel, 21 hours; Plastic, 21 hours.
3. So the virus will remain on a Grocery Cart Handle 21 hours; a subway hanger strap 21 hours; a door handle or knob 21 hours; a UPS or Amazon Cardboard box 16 hours; a refrigerated plastic milk carton at the supermarket 96 hours (the virus likes it cold).

 It is probably a good idea to wash your hands often. It’s probably a good idea to use the wipes provided by the grocery store when and where you can. It’s probably a good idea to disinfect your kitchen counter after you have unpacked your groceries, oh yeah, and wash your hands.  

Heroes all around us

There are heroes all around us, and they come is all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors. It is safe to bet that 90% of them have no idea they are heroes, but that is the way of heroes.
A Hero is defined as “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities”. It is a safe bet that the amount of heroes around us, tally well into the millions, here in the United States, right now, as we read. Not so you say? Let’s just count a few million or so. How about every first responders working right this minute, and the one that is home resting and getting ready to take the next shift. That’s got to be at least 10 to 20 million or so when you count EMT’s, Doctors, Nurses, Hospital Aides and Assistants, Fire Fighters, Police, National Guard, Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Airforce and Marines.
How about the food Industry? Millions of Growers, Harvesters, Dairymen, Renachers, Packers, Marketers, Grocers, Clerks and box-out help. Bingo another 10 to 20 million at least.
How about the Manufacturers? We are out of just about everything, thanks to the hoarders, but the manufacturers are rising to the occasion. Makers of masks, disinfectants, toilet paper, soap, drugs, that often needed glass of wine at the end of the day. At least another 10 to 20 million.
How about the Transportation Industry? Shippers, Loaders, Storers, Stackers, and last, but certainly not least, you, the CDL Driver. Again another 10 to 20 million or more.

You are the heroes of the Current Coronavirus Crisis, and our hats are off to you. Thank you for your good work.