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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
  13. Good idea to wear your best mask when outside even around your house. Moist air with dust. More possibility of infectious material in the air according to the attached report. . Folks with COPD ( emphysema) should remain indoors until this passes over. Acute respiratory distress can occur and this is not the best time to need hospital support if you were to need inhalation treatment to relieve an acute bout of emphysema. Alison. nurse https://www.accuweather.com/en/health-wellness/everything-you-need-to-know-about-saharan-dust/764481
  14. Yes. Many folks do no believe wearing a well applied efficient mask and strict distancing are necessary. There's lots of misinformation out there coupled with wishful thinking that any opening signifies "normal" is approaching. (It won't any time soon...my thought.) It seems the more that is learned about how very insidious this disease is...the more debunking sails out via internet. People are real tired of it all at this point. An example: Taxi driver who violated quarantine despite being infected with COVID-19 may face charges. Alison, the nurse
  15. DENGUE: Lots of broken water pipes around where I live. Around them are ponds of water where mosquitoes can breed. We know that repair can sometimes be a ways off so a squirt of dish soap in a pond of water by your home will suppress mosquito larvae from propagation.
  16. Road protests...when did THAT happen?.....listen it is what it is. We will be dealing with this for a year. Time to get used to mask and social distancing...for yourself. What others do, the stats etc. is of little personal concern. I wish to stay well and will adhere to what they recommend. Alison , Nurse.
  17. I am convinced that the increase we now see is due to relaxed distancing. Alcohol consumption in areas where police do not see may play a big part in that as well. Divala' is out in the country very far from cities....yet it had a huge increase in cases. I am picturing fellows enjoying cold ones after work, and I doubt they are wearing masks. ...just sayin.
  18. Asymptomatic Carriers: One valid point is transmission is at it's very highest BEFORE the virus evokes symptoms and as well in the first week when most folks rarely seek help. I read the medical article recently written about asymptomatic transmission numbers being thought to be lower than originally thought. My take is : Hummm OK...but stay distanced and masked. At age 75, and as a nurse of over 50 years of practice, I know beyond a shadow of doubt I do not want this illness. I do note of late a lot of information coming at me from friends that seems to be an effort to support their position of downplaying virus severity. I don't buy into it. Medicine still has much to learn about this virus . Some of what is now being written in medical literature gets my attention. I share it here. Seems to accurately determine asymptomatic transmission numbers , the researchers would have to test large numbers of people that are not sick. Right now countries are just trying to get ahead of active cases increasing. Death rate 0.2%. Yes BUT if it's YOU .....it's 100%. Alison
  19. Thoughts. Drinking alcohol in groups (not seen) might cause some clusters.. Less distancing , less mask wearing. How else do you explain the clusters we see in Divala' and New Mexico here in Chiriqui.? Merely a hunch. If you enjoy a drink now and then you might want to ensure purchase of your supply before there is another slam on liquor sales.
  20. https://www.mbe-ca.com/en/home/ Boquete Ave. Central, Edif. Don Andrés. Local # 2 Boquete, Chiriquí, Panamá Tel: (507) 720-2684 Fax: (507) 720-1019 Email: boquete@mbe-ca.com Horario: Lunes a Viernes: 8:30 am A 5:30 pm Sábado: 8:30 am A 12:30 md. Found it by using Google search
  21. Plan at least a couple of weeks here before you pull the plug there. You won't regret that. COVID is causing change . Change happens here normally. Some questions answered here now might be different when you decide to move here. Residents VISA. No mention of VISA?. You will need one. Opening a bank account right here and now is not as easy as you are used to there in L.A. There are folks that function here without a bank account. You must rely on ATM transactions. Mail here is received by private mail forwarder...MailBoxes Etc is one. There are ample home rentals available here.....look them over on your scout visit. Buying a car?...That's the easiest, money talks.
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