Coronavirus disease, or COVID-2019, or unfamiliaratypicalnovel Coronavirus is an infectious disease caused by a new virus that had not been previously identified in humans.
WHO has officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic, which means that the virus is both new and has spreaddevelopedgrown worldwide, affecting a large number of people.
Both WHO and CDC are recommending proxemicsocialpersonal distancing in order to limit the the ability of the virus to spread. That means keeping at least 2 meters away from other people when we go out shopping or expose ourselves in a similar situation.
This kind of distancing is only one kind of modifyingmigratorymitigation strategy. Others are community actions such as the cancelling or postponing of events in order to reduce exposure to COVID-19.
The first symptoms of COVID-19 are fever and a productiveparoxysmaldry cough.
In the USA, a person who has been tested positive for COVID-19 by a public health facility is called possiblepresumptiveprobable positive until they have confirmatory testing at CDC.
Experts are unsure that packherdmob immunity will work because it means that an enormous number of people will need to contract the virus and then recover, making them at least partially immune and less likely to spread the virus. This is sometimes called “nature’s vaccine”.
Curiously, after an 11-year bull market, COVID-2019 caused the the Dow Jones to enter a bearwolfpanther market. That happens when the market falls more than 20%, and on March 12th of this year it fell a shocking 28%.
I was born near the end of WWII and raised in a small town in New Jersey, just a little more than a 30-minute drive from NYC. It was a wonderful place to be brought up, feeding ducks and canoeing on the river that meandered through the town in the summer, and ice-skating on that same river in the winter.
My two brothers and I were privileged to be raised in a lovely town that was safe to explore on foot, but close enough to NYC to be taken there on day trips to see the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Baily B & B circus, museums, Chinatown, street fairs in the spring and Broadway shows as we grew older. But we thought nothing of it.
Later as teens, we would go into NYC to buy a couple of beers (the drinking age in New York State was 18, and 21 in New Jersey) and hang out in Greenwich Village where we saw singers such as Bob Dylan who were on the first rung of the ladder on their way to fame.
The sixties were a time of speaking out and creating change. I decided to do my part by joining the Peace Corps, an innovative cold war program established by John F. Kennedy in 1961. I arrived in Brazil at the end of 1966, and after an adaptation period, was sent to serve in Porto Nacional, in what was Goias at that time. I can’t say I changed the course of the country, especially as I was immediately called upon to teach English in the local high school.
I have been teaching ever since; high schools, college literature, college language pedagogy, financial English and everything in-between. I married a wonderful Brazilian from Rio and we had 3 boys and moved around some, as he was an engineer who worked on hydro dams. Nowadays I am a widow and live in BH with 3 cats, one of which has extraordinary powers, and I have 4 wonderful and uniquely different grandchildren nearby. Thus far, I have had an interesting life, and this new endeavor called a blog should make it even more interesting.
Tattoos have been around for more than 5,000 years. Egyptians, for example, used tattoos to differentiate between peasants and slaves, a kind of social branding. But ink art, which is what some fans like to call tattooing, has really exploded in the past 25 years. But not all of us have succumbed to this fad. And many of us who don’t have a tattoo have a favorite mug. Having a tattoo or becoming attached to a mug are not dissimilar. According to research, 60% of Americans say they have an emotional attachment to a favorite mug. And about 40% said their special mug was irreplaceable, and about 1/3 of those said they would be devastated if it broke. Personally, I think that most of these people don’t have tattoos. Mugs and tattoos are both an extension of our personalities, and both express the way we would like the world to perceive us. That is not to mention, of course, that those of us who have tattoos or mugs are often irrationally attached to them.
When we are not speaking of fresh water, fresh vegetables, fresh flowers or any-thing else along that line, we use the word fresh in English to mean overly famil-iar or impertinent. Americans especially use that word when a person speaks or behaves disrespectfully such as a sexual innuendo, or when a child talks back to an adult. As the word fresco is used in informal Portuguese to…
Every year, TIME Magazine chooses someone as the Person of the Year, and this year it was Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg. Most of us already know that. But what a lot of us don’t know is that every year Oxford Dictionaries chooses a Word of the Year. They elect a word or expression that has had constant usage and reflects the [simple_tooltip content=’the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group…