My PC has been down but I’m still alive!
I’m building a new PC and things are not working out the way I had anticipated. I’m sorry to say I went OS 10 to get my PC hardware working. Some good news is Office 2003 still works for Windows 10. I used a demo version of Windows 10 downloaded from Microsoft website. FYI don’t pick the N version of MS10. If you do down load the Media center update. You will need that software to get your AMD video drivers to work.
If you have upgraded to an AMD Ryzen capable mother board. Windows 7 will not work, as all mother board USB ports won’t work. AMD and Win 7 have not done any thing about backward compatibility. I’m upgrading to about 2015 tech and Win 7 does not support my new mother board. Windows 10 GUI is awful to use. No program drop down via the start menu. Evey thing is treated as an APP rather than a program. I’m a geek and I don’t like windows 10. If you prefer a PC that seems to act like a tablet or a smart phone, this could be the OS for you!
I’m a little concerned about this “FLU” coming out of the Wuhan province, but I’m not panicked, despite the symptoms seem to settle down into bronchitis/pneumonia in a couple of weeks. The Chinese government seems to be downplaying the illness, yet the government is being very heavy handed with “Quarantine Zones”.
What I suspect is a “Flu virus” escaped the level 4 bio-contain facility and mutated. This might seem a bit contradictory to that theory as the pork prices have skyrocketed due to the “pig flu” going on in China. People can’t afford pork, so they buy bats,rats and less costly protein. You have a population struggling to buy safe/good protein that is no longer available and a level 4 bio-containment lab working and living in this city.
I don’t think any of this is the result of a pre-planned idea. Just a muddle that blows up with us humans that think we are super smart!
What should you do? If you have been following this blog for awhile, not much! I did a lot or prepping for any sort of Ebola outbreak coming to the USA a few years ago. I have plenty of bunnysuits, masks, face masks, goggles and face shields to protect from spewing blood rather than a cough or a sneeze. Keep clean, stop touching your face and treat this as flu/cold until the person has bronchitis/pneumonia. Perhaps then take the person to the hospital. I don’t have much confidence in hospitals treating people with diseases with simple support they could get at home. Sure they have IV’s but hospitals don’t make a good Bone broth or Chicken soup! What I’m talking about is supporting a patient, treating the symptoms at home. Be it a basic cold or the new WU FLU. The medical community has not been a shining light. The latest Flu vaccine is less than 40% effective combating this years flu in the USA. The vaccine makers do their best, but it it is not a get out of being sick shot.
If you are wondering what you need to have on hand? The list is very simple. I’d say you should focus on getting items for any very bad flu season.
- Bleach and other anti-viral cleaning agents
- Protective gear like masks but don’t forget protective goggles as this virus can infect via the eyes as well as nose and mouth.
- It might be to late to get protective respirators or masks unless you buy high end $75.00+ full face respirator masks.
- I have not check out protective “Bunny Suits” like Tyvek/Tychem but I expect those are in as low supply as protective masks.
- Treat the symptoms and support the patient with good foods, liquids, OTC medicines and good care.
- If things get out of hand with the WU Flu. Have the ability to stay at home for 2-3 weeks.
The odds are that you won’t see or treat the corona virus in the USA. Use this as a test about the supplies you have on hand. One thing I never anticipated is family members buying up medical supplies in the USA and shipping those products to China. People doing this makes a lot sense, though I’m not sure how the supplies will get delivered in cities that are quarantined.
I know Information is lacking but we need to watch how this works out. Declaring a quarantine in a city of 11 million people in China is easy but how can that city function without food and energy deliveries? Who is picking up the trash, maintaining the water and sewage systems? Unless the population is prepared for an emergency, a couple of breaks in the “supply chain” could be catastrophic.
New York City has a population of 8.5 million. Can you imagine the US government trying to close down all deliveries of food, fuel and people moving in and out of that city? China is trying to do that for several cities with a total population of 56 million. The corona virus will spread because the Chinese lost control and the ability to hide the spread. How bad the spread and death count is yet to be seen.
Don’t panic! Just use this time to fix any areas of preparations you are lacking. Remember when Fukishima Melted down and Iodine tablets sold out and no one really needed to take Iodine tablets because the radiation level dropped quickly a couple of hundred miles outside of the Fukishima zone? I think concern is warranted, panic seems unwarranted at this time. You don’t have to build a Biological containment lab, just take a few simple precautions.