Day 11 – pH

Some welcome rain yesterday. We still managed a day of fresh air and some exercise in the garden, but suddenly, Cape Town has gone all autumnal. Overnight.

Hopefully, it keeps people inside even more.

I got some useful advice on Covid-19 yesterday via the medium of WhatsApp, which might help you if you want to avoid the SARS-CoV-2 virus. [Spoiler: it’s terrible advice]

Damn that generally acidic virus! Combat it with well-known alkalis like… er… lemon and lime juice.
And damn that pH scale that only runs from 1-14.

“Sod that,” said the avocado farmers of South Africa. “We’re not going to be limited by your… your… ‘science’. We’re going all out for 15.6 – pushing the boundaries beyond the boundaries once again.”

Dandelions: “Hold my beer.”

 

Classic moments.

Implications

Countries in lockdown.
The 6 Nations postponed until October.
Curfews. Quarantine.
Stadiums empty for matches.
Toilet paper panic buying.
EU Parliament closed for “an unspecified length of time”.

It wasn’t great, but it was manageable.

Until this:

Awful news. Tragic.
And a real wake up call that we’re really not managing this whole pandemic thing very well at the moment.

Parliamentary suspensions, we could deal with. But no marmalade festival?

I’m done. Finished.

Spicy protection

Homeopathy is rubbish. Completely made up. Nonsense. Woo woo.

Utter quackery.

Herbal medicine however – despite also being widely practiced by hippies – can be different. In many cases, modern medicine looked at what herbalists did way back when, found out what chemicals were in there, isolated and refined them and made… well… modern medicine.

Thus, I never write off a herbal remedy at first sight, like I – entirely justifiably – would with homeopathy.
I’ll always give it a second look.

But then, aromatic spices for Coronavirus…? Really?

Ye, apparently cloves are the way forward in treating this infection.

Who knew? Not me.

There are a lot of new research papers out there as the scientific community scrambles to learn more about SARS-CoV-2, but I’ve yet to score a hit on PubMed by adding “cloves” to my search terms. Maybe it’s coming.

And not just any cloves, but “surgical cloves”. These are obviously cloves which have been raised in aseptic conditions with the sole aim of being used in operating theatres and other medical situations. Just grabbing cloves from your spice rack is wildly foolhardy – who knows what risks you may be taking in not using surgical cloves for treating your sniffles.

This is the deady coronavirus we’re dealing with here, not bloody Glühwein.
GWTFP.

At present, I have no evidence that surgical cloves offer any sort of protection against this new respiratory virus, but my research has indicated that pharmaceutical cinnamon sticks were once used (with limited success) in the treatment of malaria, and that medical-grade star anais has absolutely no effect on Ebola.

It’s time to ask yourself: Is your local council doing all it can to protect you against Covid-19? Free masks and spices seem to be the way forward, but Jacqueline is right – there’s no point simply stockpiling these things in the local mask and spice depot: they need to be supplied to the community and people to protect our selfs.

From this Virus 😉

SARS-CoV-2 spin off facts

I haven’t personally verified these (but they’re all probably more true than yesterday’s nonsense).

The makers of Corona (beer) have already lost sales of R4.3 billion to the coronavirus.

Not because of the name association, just because China was one of their biggest markets and no-one is going out drinking there anymore.

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Visits to Mecca halted because of coronavirus outbreaks. 

“Saudi Arabia on Thursday halted travel to the holiest sites in Islam over coronavirus fears just months ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, as the Middle East recorded more than 220 confirmed cases.”

Link

And Friday prayers in Tehran have also been cancelled for the first time since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

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Coronavirus has cut China’s carbon emissions by 100 million metric tons

That’s as much as Chile produces in a whole year.

Not least because of the slow down in domestic air travel there.

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The Rand has fallen through the floor

Global fears over the coronavirus, jittery markets overseas, emerging markets hit hardest, loadshedding still very much a thing, Moody’s downgrade coming. If you were here for good news about the South African economy (because honestly, where else would you go?), I really can’t help. “Soz.”

Carnage

 

 

Otherwise, you well?