GW Coronavirus Thread - Ongoing Discussions and Info

David Trammel's picture

Given the concern around the Coronavirus outbreak ongoing in China and with its spread beyond their borders, I thought I would provide a place for discussions and information. Feel free to post here.

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Good primer on basic information here: Post Prosperity dot com. Check the comments for more info.
(Note: about half way down there's a ad which will darken the page. Just scroll past to get back to the article.)

At this moment, I have very little worries, even living in a large city. Until I see a case here in St Louis, I'm going to go about my life as I normally would.

I do expect to see a first wave of panic buying. N95 masks, seem to be selling out online. Haven't looked at Home Depot yet. I still have 6 unopened boxes of them from the early 2000 SARs outbreak. I will continue to keep my eyes on the news though.

alice's picture

I tend to put ginger roots in the freezer and it's not hard to grate that straight in -- now I am making it with equal quantity of grated root ginger as garlic after discussions here. =D

Blueberry's picture

I have never seen it growing in the wild but has a great taste. A link to a person in the UK doing wild camps. at 52 seconds starts gathering only the leaves, only part people harvest. Enjoy the utube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvTVcKr8xDM

ClareBroommaker's picture

That looks like "ramps", Allium tricoccum. Not that I've ever seem ramps in real life. I've just seen a lot of pictures of it.

The most common wild garlics in my neck of the woods --uh, I mean city-- have pretty powerful flavor. They are the same types I picked for my mother to cook into spaghetti sauce as a child. One whole but small bulb would season a half gallon of sauce. We used the bulbs, not the leaves which are too tough....I was just the other day looking at them growing green in my yard, thinking this would be a good time to dig and use some.

I wonder if it is the allicin in garlic that is supposed to be antiviral. I remember that in high school testing garlic juice against bacterial cultures was a popular science fair project. I guess no one had the means to test it against viruses.

alice's picture

His dinner looked good, I wish I was having that for my dinner =D

I think wild garlic in the UK is Allium ursinum, the leaves are fairly tender.

Oh bother maybe you're right, garlic's actions might well be anti-bacterial rather than anti-viral. I have been regretting not being able to find the book, I think I gave it to someone and hadn't got round to re-ordering. Better to this find out before I'm really relying on it I guess.

Sweet Tatorman's picture

I have been following the CV matter with some interest. Something I am yet to see is any mention of development and deployment of a test for the CV antibody. Has anyone here seen discussion of this from a source that is credible? Such a test would certainly be of value for a number of reasons. While it is too soon to know if true for CV, it is the case that with infection and recovery for many viruses substantial immunity is conferred. Given the apparent high % of asymptomatic cases anti-body testing would be useful to identify those persons least at risk by virtue of prior infection.

ClareBroommaker's picture

I've been thinking this, too, and watching for any news of it. I suppose it might be difficult to discern antibodies for this corona virus from the many other corona viruses that are said to cause some "colds".

Sweet Tatorman's picture

This showed up this morning:
https://www.fidelity.com/news/article/top-news/202003250659RTRSNEWSCOMBI...
It appears that the commercial world is ahead of the CDC on this one.

Blueberry's picture

The only info I could find of interest. https://www.labroots.com/trending/clinical-and-molecular-dx/16955/singap... Hopefully someday a simple tider test, well people in hell want ice water.

Sweet Tatorman's picture

Thanks for the link. Since posting my query above I have looked around a bit. All I found is the CDC page I link below which says they are working on it [towards bottom of page]. I note that this page was last reviewed 3/9/2020.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/testing.html

Blueberry's picture

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