We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I stumbled across this little bit of history and found it amusing in light of all the drama over UVC that happened a few weeks ago. Does it kill the virus? Look at the new technology?
Well, turns out UV use against infectious agents has been around since the 19th century. However, in a chicken or the egg situation, the demonstration that UVGI (UV germicidal irradiation) worked on air disinfection, also proved the airborne pathway of infectious agent transmission.
This created the binary of large Flügge droplets, we've heard so much about and airborne nuclei that act at a distance, such as with measles. But now, 84 years later, the science of infectious agent transmission is being forced to advance. This current pandemic has ample evidence of close-range aerosol transmission in indoor spaces (over prolonged periods), but not transmission at a distance. This fact has been begrudgingly acknowledged by the CDC and WHO, and become even more supported.
A comment from Dr. Brosseau at CIDRAP from March 16, 2020, "COMMENTARY: COVID-19 transmission messages should hinge on science"
Underlying the CDC and WHO statements about transmission is this: Inhalation of particles near the source may be an important mode of transmission.
Based on research now more than 70 years out of date, the infection control paradigm of contact, droplet, and airborne transmission fails to recognize inhalation of small airborne particles very close to an infectious source—ie, within 6 feet.
From the 2010 survey of the history of UVGI use studies:
While the ability of UV radiation to inactivate microorganisms was known, previous studies had exposed microorganisms on solid media or in liquids, not in the air. In 1935, using aerosolized B. coli, 254 nm radiation, and carefully controlled conditions, Wells went on to demonstrate that airborne infectious organisms could be effectively killed in a short period of time.42 The use of UVGI not only inactivated the infectious organisms in the air, but proved the very concept that infections can be spread via the airborne route. Sharp was the first to confirm these results and documented an example of airstream disinfection, foreshadowing the use of UVGI in in-duct HVAC systems.43,44 These initial investigations would provide the framework and impetus for infection control by the irradiation of air.
Reed NG. The history of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation for air disinfection. Public Health Rep. 2010;125(1):15‐27. doi:10.1177/003335491012500105
The arbitrary edicts handed down by our ruling masters have never been about health, it's all about showing us that they are "doing something." Satisfying their lust for power is a beneficial side effect.
Of course, we haven't talked about the mayor of Chicago getting her required haircuts, the black face (or is it KKK robed) governor of Virginia who visits his place on the beach with a crowd and no mask, or the governor of Illinois's wife who took a trip to Florida.
Las Vegas Metro Police were discovered to have their own private barber -- must keep up the skinhead look -- and were shamed into terminating her services. Barbers were, at the time, declared non-essential (and since have reopened).
On the other hand, privilege will never go away no matter how much people complain. Shouldn't stories about privilege motivate someone to work into the privileged class?
' Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito Hosts Dozens Of Friends At $1.5 Million Lakefront Shrewsbury Mansion Despite Social Distancing And Mask Orders. “Lt. Governor Karyn Polito recently reminded Massachusetts residents that they should stay at home unless they need to go out to pick up “essentials,” and urged citizens to adhere to social distancing guidelines...
Hoo boy, ya can't make this stuff up. Is there a word for when life becomes its own satire? Should we call it a "B-B'ism" for the Babylon Bee?
In Italian, Polito means polished or burnished. Like brass, baby.
There’s no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Governor Karyn Polito, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on Macbeth.
NYC might be much closer to economic collapse than they imagine.
NYC businesses and companies skip rent payments as shutdown drags on
One major commercial landlord said 80 percent of their retail tenants missed rent payments in April and May and others are reporting that even companies that have healthy finances are simply choosing not to meet their lease agreements, amid growing uncertainty over how many businesses will actually work in offices in the future.
Residents are also abandoning their expensive apartments by breaking their leases or failing to renew them to wait out the crisis in more comfortable surroundings.
. . . In April, NYC and the state collected just $78.5million in tax revenue on the sale of commercial and residential properties, down from $217.5million in March.
. . . A survey of staff from major tech firms including Facebook, Uber, Twitter and Google has revealed that 66 percent would move out of big cities if working from home becomes more permanent.