Originally Posted by garyfdl
There should be a 'like' button.
Yours is about the only voice of fact, and logic to be found in this thread (the rest of us are raving lunatics with nothing else to do because we're stuck in our 'homes'
Been stuck in home for quite some time now. Governor Bullock imposed a Statewide Stay At Home order seven minutes before the first documented case of death from COVID-19 in the Last Best Place.
My business has become rather constrained of late, my cofounder of the company returned from 3 weeks in China
completing business activities just before their National New Year's holiday began in mid-January. The holiday closes most Chinese business for 10 to 20 days, but that holiday then evolved into a nationwide COVID-19 closure and some of our Chinese partners and clients are just now returning to their offices and factories. We knew that there was a serious virus because several of our partners told us that they would not be reopening for business like usual, that was about January 20th. The lockdown of Wuhan occured around January 21 or 22.
No surprise that this bug was going to be a massive problem from the get go. China
moved to lockdown mode within about 10 days of confirming that a novel virus was present. The world and its leaders should have taken immediate note. Our Taiwanese client just shut down their operations on Monday as COVID-19 is spreading on that part of China. We of course will not be traveling, instead are just doing lots of video conferences including with presentation to private equity fund managers that are interested in investing in yet another spin off / start up venture for developing and commercializing a set of technologies. Been dealing with all the challenges of logistics and supply chain restrictions with kind of 24 hour clock because it requires wrangling personnel in Europe
, China and the USA, timezoned out. Woke up to a call around 3:00 AM this morning.
I worked at a Biotechnology company for seven years in the S.F. Bay Area, a portion of the company's R&D involved vaccines for viruses, albeit for animal viruses. One was for Rinderpest which is the zoonotic virus from which measles developed in humans. Rinderpest is extremely contagious and lethal; it wipes out an entire herd within about 14 to 20 days. The measles virus continues to share in the extreme contagiousness and lethality of its parent zoonotic virus, especially when measles impacts a naive population [naive being a group without immunity].
Rinderpest is one of just two viruses that have been eliminated from the world, the first was Small Pox. Rinderpest was one of the plagues of Egypt
written in Scripture. It is thankfully no longer, I believe the last of the virus that was stored in national labs has been destroyed. Glad to see Rinderpest done and gone.
Measles [which derived from Rinderpest transcending into humans around 700 AD and becamig endemic in humans around 1,000 AD] regularly killed 2 to 4 million persons per year worldwide [with many more being inflicted with adverse consequences, blindness, sterility, etc.] and measles can to this day become a severe outbreak whenever a population fails to become vaccinated. [I tend to become rather angry when I have a discussion with any anti-vaxer.] I know live on the Flathead Nation here in Montana, we have had only a few confirmed cases but there has been very few tests accomplished in Montana because of a lack of testing supplies and equipment
being provided by the CDC. Our Governor Steve Bullock mentioned the issue of lacking adequacy of testing supplies and constraints on managing the outbreak, when Dr. Anthony Fauci asked the nation's Governors in a conference call a couple of days ago about whether testing and contact tracing & isolation protocols were being implemented in Montana. Governor Bullock stated the challenge being that testing / contact tracing and isolation of exposed persons was very limited because very few tests could be administered, the State only has about one day's supply of tests  on any given day. The POTUS's response, was his typical denial / deflect, to the effect: "Well I haven't heard there being any issues regarding testing for weeks." Arghh, banghead. Nothing political about that, just the harsh, true reality which audio recording of the Governor's conference with the White House COVID-19 Response Task Force and the POTUS being public national news.
Hoping y'all farewell through this adversity and the challenges that it invokes. There will be some forum members that will we will lose.
Discussions with my Italian clients becomes very sobering and emotional as it has hit them close and personal. It will also impact us in turn.