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Everything posted by BKHunter

  1. I've heard a British passport is better than an American one in some of these cases. I only have the one, though. Praying for your family in Africa.
  2. It looks like I will be on Thursday's flight -- thanks.
  3. Prayers for them, as well. Better get out now -- I don't know if there will be any flights later.
  4. Although they've closed down the airports, etc. where I am in the Middle East, they have a very limited number of repatriation flights still available. I'm trying to go back to the USA on Thursday, which could very well mean I will never return here since I was scheduled to leave in a few months anyhow. My wife (back in the USA) is hoping I make it back soon; she has been very worried. I am rushing to get everything ready so I can go soon, but my trip still needs to be approved by management (not sure yet if that will happen).
  5. I read that, too, and hope it works. It would take quite a while to get a vaccine ready, so something that cures it (or at least alleviates the symptoms) would be great right now.
  6. So, as coronavirus sweeps the Middle East, here are some of the precautions I've seen being taken: Border crossings and airports closed (this means no more mail/Amazon, as well as being trapped here) Roads blocked; military at city boundaries to stop travel within country Everyone is under home curfew (work done online only); workplaces closed Restaurants, churches, mosques and most stores closed Resort hotels converted into quarantine camps for pre-closure travelers and the sick A bit extreme, but it should slow the virus if everyone sticks to i
  7. I think the point of that post -- which I do not doubt was genuine -- was that health care systems that are already close to capacity (i.e. not enough intensive care units, etc.) are not ready for this virus. While some countries might be able to handle a limited number of cases fine, if too many hit at once, a lot of people will die. So the best we can do is try to slow it down via extreme cleanliness, social distancing, or whatever until warmer weather and, eventually, a vaccine come. Remember, they were telling jokes in northern Italy (I have friends there) just a week or two ag
  8. Shared from another site: A message from Italy ... FYI I am writing to you from Bergamo, Italy, at the heart of the coronavirus crisis. The news media in the US has not captured the severity of what is happening here. I am writing this post because each of you, today, not the government, not the school district, not the mayor, each individual citizen has the chance, today to take actions that will deter the Italian situation from becoming your own country’s reality. The only way to stop this virus is to limit contagion. And the only way to limit contagion is for millions of pe
  9. The disease appears to be quite deadly to the elderly, so I wouldn't just dismiss it as harmless. Also note that it's apparently already out of control in several parts of the world, albeit not in the USA yet. Where I am now, in the Middle East, there is a lot of concern since it's spreading via Iran to many other countries with sub-par health care systems.
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