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    Alison and Bill Brundage
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  1. When ethylene glycol breaks down in the body it forms chemicals that crystallize, and the crystals can collect in your kidneys and can affect kidney function. Ethylene glycol also forms acidic chemicals in the body, which can change the body’s acid/base balance and affect your nervous system, lungs, and heart. Early diagnosis and treatment have been very successful in people drinking large amounts of ethylene glycol. Source: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Division of Toxicology, USA Knock off imports could be dangerous. Alison
  2. Gotta use our good common sense these daze. Exercise is great and the more the better if you don't croak from a heart attack. Digest what you read and filter it to where it fits your personal context. A friend with cancer told me "masks are dangerous". ( something that she read and does believe) Be careful. There is a lot of false information out there and some of it can really mess you up! Alison, still a nurse BTW: Latest information is ...masks may not be enough, and face shields with a masks afford you more protection. Nobody is wild about that but it may well be the absolute truth !
  3. MASKS: ...and the beat goes on. An interesting read. For me...sort of an eye opener. Alison, Nurse A Commentarty from Medscape International July 8 2020 "How medicine is clearing up mixed messages on masks" by Hansa Bhargava , MD and Vaneet Arora, MD https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/933604?nlid=136389_785&src=WNL_mdplsfeat_200714_mscpedit_nurs&uac=321845EN&spon=24&impID=2460461&faf=1 __________________________ How a potential universal government mandate ( masks in the USA) may well evolve from it's origins on Twitter from notable medical groups and persons who advocate just that (on Twitter) . These hand held phones/computers have launched us into a new stratosphere of communication. All sorts of good and bad has evolved out of it. We remain silent observers.....pretty much blown away by it all. The only Tweets in this house are the birds, thank God....................... Alison and Bill
  4. You conclude by saying: " My guess is...." This is YOUR guess and your searching your evidence to support a "theory". Meanwhile it serves no local Boquete/Chiriqui purpose as I see it. I does scare people, and it as well reduces their faith and confidence in the government and health authority they need to have faith in. Compliance is essential right now. Data and theories are lofty , and like the nether parts, are a dime a dozen. Why not shift focus to boots on the ground: we need help here in Panama/Boquete. The country needs hospitals, the hospitals need nurses, the nurses need masks...on and on. People need help here...and encouragement. Don't be bamboozled by PhD types (D. Rancourt,PhD) . His aim is to sway public opinion vs. their own goverment by use of cherry-picked scientific data to alter public opinion. Bad form. Alison, nurse Want some PRO mask data?......go to the CDC site and all the sites Bud lists for you here on CL to receive reliable data that is fair and balanced. .
  5. Articles such as this one excuse people who prefer to believe wearing a mask is bullsh** Yes the N 95 is the 100% mode of protection against virus particles. Here in Boquete: ( please do include that data for us) Where are they sold? Who can afford them? What value is knowing that its too expensive and not readily available? Early dialogue in the USA that negated the value of a mask did not help the USA public accept that covering the face and distancing is essential. As far as I can see, they still have not accepted that reality. As a nurse I hold fast to 1. Distancing, 2 Face covering 3. limiting exposure within closed confines. Those are principles well accepted and promoted by public health worldwide, MINSA of the Rep of Panama and as well the Mayor of Boquete.. This is what we must do. Here we do not have a choice. ________________________________________________________ Regarding the data presented by Denis Rancourt,PhD you presented: Denis G Rancourt , PhD is not a microbiologist. M.D. , Epidemiologist or a nurse. He is an ex-professor from the U of Ottawa. He was fired from the University and has ruffled up some of his peers. His M.O. is stirring the pot ( making trouble) He enjoys mustering up a conflict as seen by his past personal history. Here is the specific link: ( of articles he prefers to present to convince you the government has led you all astray) https://www.rcreader.com/commentary/masks-dont-work-covid-a-review-of-science-relevant-to-covide-19-social-policy Personally I'm inclined to read articles on a viral pandemic written by authorities in the field of medicine, biology, epidemiology.
  6. Data looks like it was compiled mid April. ( possibly gathered before that?) That was early in this current pandemic in that COVID data was gathered at the time of initial global outbreak. More information has been gleaned since then. To me when I looked at the tables in the original article I was struck that it leaned toward all modes of protection in a positive way yet the Abstract seems to discount effectiveness to a degree. There is beyond a doubt value in : 1. Time, 2. distance and 3. shielding. How long are you exposed?, how close are you to the source ?, and how well are you protected?. Personally I use N95 filtration that is well applied around my nose and mouth. I also try to be constantly mindful of distance from others. Lastly hand hygiene is a no brainer. New medical data is leaning toward viral research that reveals current mutations are making the virus more transmissible. ( easier to catch) Bottom line...it's early and we are learning. We have a long way to go in Panama. We reside in a country full of very vulnerable folks. Alison, nurse
  7. Don't let down your guard. It's easy to slip...REAL easy. I see my unmasked husband talking within 3 ft of the unmasked yard guys and I go ballistic. It's tough...but we all have to help each other remain careful. ( he hates it as we women are such nags...but he always thanks me...sorta)
  8. Jim.....I agree. Besides following protection protocols to prevent COVID infection, I firmly believe the BEST move each one of us can make right now is focusing on the improvement of our personal health in every regard: diet, exercise, reduce or stop drinking/smoking, some vitamin supplementation. It's a win-win all the way around. Bottom line?...it can't hurt Alison,nurse
  9. We send our sincere condolences. So sorry for your loss Alison and Bill Brundage
  10. UPDATE: Our plate expired in May. Today we went to Dolega Muni with our revisado in hand along with copies ( now available right across the street there). The waiting line was no more than 10-15 people at any one time. Work is done directly through the jalousy windows from the street to the office inside ( perfect set up) More than one window is working. It was a bit of a wait to find out the plates are not here. I paid, and did receive an official document saying we are PAID and PLATED ( paper plated) for one year. I was handed my change and papers then told I need to go to another office ( by the stadium) in 3 months with again copies of documents to get my plates ( but you know how that goes ) . ...and what office is that? More discovery. Next we tackle paying of our auto insurance that expires in August. That's a whole nuther adventure.
  11. Those two dogs are the sweetest ever ( Wendy and pal) ! We adopted Wendy during the COVID but Wendy and her pal are in love as they are a pair. Separated, they were sad. We brought Wendy back and both were again happy and content. We can say, Wendy is as sweet as a dog can be. ( we shed a tear to take her back) To adopt them both would be a blessing for them. Alison and Bill So...when we took Wendy the dog back, we took Weasel home from the Dog Camp. It's been 3 months and we are very happy together. Thank you Dog Camp ! (BTW the Dog Camp is very flexible to make sure the dog works out for you. As with Wendy, we took her back and got another...everybody's happy !) Picture of our new Dog Camp COVID rescue dog : Weasel
  12. Licences Plate renewal. ( ours expired in May) I see cars with 2020 plates that were purchased during the quarantine period. One man I questioned this morning said he got his in Panama City ( no doubt that is where his car registry is) For those of us here, we have one month to get a new plate on our car if it is currently expired. Can anybody tell me how this is done now? Is the Dolega Municipal Office open for that currently? Thanks
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