Posts Tagged ‘Corona virus’

Another surprising find from Ancestry.com, and a bit of gloomy news on Corona Virus

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Random  photo of yours truly at the Vatican..( one of my most favorite pics ) and this is a pic  where I ‘m  almost all alone, surrounded by  culture.  ( rare event in Italy pre   -Corona virus ) …….. I’m also happy I have some genetic affinity with Italy. ( check out my post on Ancestry .com )

 

Speaking of which….

 

I got an email from a ” stranger ” ,  informing me that Ancestry.com has found  that her DNA matches mine, and that we’re probably 3rd cousins.  She’s given me some info about herself, where her parents came from,  their surnames, etc.  My mother is sure she’s a relative. The person says her grandfather was a  Figueroa-David……  Whoa !  Mom says that was her uncle’s  name ! ! !   I haven’t responded to her email… maybe this week ? Also, in my Ancestry . com info, I have at least 6 other people with DNAs that match mine. One has a Japanese last name, the rest have English names,  ( like Smith ) . They are  probably from the Philippines who are married to non-Filipinos.  Who knows ?  I still can’t believe 25 % of my genes come from Italy.

 

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My sister and I…….getting ready  for hang- gliding.  ( Philippine vacation Feb. 2020)

 

We also learned that my little cousin ( 10 years old ) from the Philippines was tested positive for Corona-virus on March 23.  We were all shocked at the news. We had dinner at my cousins’ house the night before our departure for the US.  ( We left on Feb. 29 ) We weren’t surprised though. Both his parents are doctors….  my cousin is an OBGYN, so the hospital does not allow her to handle Covid patients, but her husband, though a thoracic surgeon,  has to treat Covid  patients at the hospital. .  They have all been tested  , all negative , except the little boy.  Last week,  they all got tested again… all negative as of  Sept. 20 , including my 10 year old nephew. (Thank  you, Lord  ! ) They are still in isolation, just in case.  Another thing…   a cousin and her family  (  her 6 year old son is my baptismal godchild ) were also at that dinner,  and we heard they are also self-isolating now. My cousin is also a doctor treating Covid patients at another hospital.  They freaked out and got themselves tested…. negative…. but self-isolating , just in case.  Oh, my word ! !   I think  my cousin doctors  had brought the virus home. No wonder our doctors. nurses and first responders  do not go home to their families anymore !!!

 

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While thousands  of people were dying  all over the world,  we were  having  fun hang gliding.   I was supposed to post pictures of our Philippine vacation  on a separate post  , but  I think it’s inappropriate to do that now…. I hope it’s not  being tone deaf  to  randomly insert a few here and there for a little bit of  happy memories ?

 

Be safe.  Take care of your immune system.

 

And thank you for reading.  Bye !!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personal good news and one thing that makes me scratch my head

 

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We got some stuff delivered to our house .  We opened the boxes after letting them “marinate” outside for 3 days.  lol

 

 

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Our company gave us a $ 3.00 /hour hazard pay and a $ 15 worth of  free snacks  ( a week ) from the vending machines.

 

California ‘s rate of infection has  started to flatten   a bit.  We used to be #2 in the US….. now we’re #5.  Meanwhile,   we are  tracking   the location where  clusters of infection are largest   in our neck of the woods. Unfortunately,  the biggest cluster is close to home. So ,now we have to  shop much farther away. ( Sorry,  Safeway, this is just a temporary precautionary measure. )

 

Just one point to ponder……..

 

How come it’s okay to name some viruses after their ” suspected ” point of origin  ?  Some weren’t even the origin…… Spain,  for example, was just the country where the ” Spanish Flu ”  was widely reported.  Other examples :  German measles, West Nile Virus,  Ebola (  from a river in Congo ) , Rocky Mountain Tick Fever, Lyme disease ( from Lyme, Connecticut ) , African Swine fever, MERS ( Middle East Respiratory Syndrome ) , Zeka Virus ( from Zeka forest in Uganda ) Japanese Encephalitis…..  Does the name  of the affliction make us hate the country and its people ?

 

Well, this is this and that is that.  This  is  simply  the mirror of our time, I guess.

 

There is a lesson to be learned from this.

 

Be safe.  Take care, wherever you are.

 

Bye.

 

Gone to ridiculous lengths to protect my parents/ home, then, bam !

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From  taking absurd precautionary measures ———> I’m   now on WTF !  mode

 

So, what’s the story , Ren ? ? ?

 

Okay….. check out my previous post .. from work,  I go straight to my room ( after disinfecting the doorknobs with alcohol ) … take a shower…. then I call my parents on the phone ( who are in the next room ! )  O^O

 

But then….

 

The dairy company where I work  received a request for gloves and masks from a hospital …. the company gave them  what we have….. later ,  we ran out of gloves and masks in the lab,  so for a few days,  I did microtesting for presence of microbes in milk samples,  without gloves and masks…. I just washed my hands  every time I tested stuff, like, every 15 minutes…..  that’s a lot of washing  for the duration.

 

Then, last week..

 

A worker tested positive….. he works at our ” Cold Box “, that’s where milk is stored before they’re loaded to our  distribution trucks.   I just got my ”  free ‘  milk  from there last week . Ugh. It’s also a 20 – sec ride from  our  lab, so our lab is at a safe distance.   The positive guy does not work at production, so that’s good.   Anyway,  we heard the said worker ‘s father  was hospitalized  (  Positive )  and  because  the worker was the one who brought him to the hospital ,  he  was tested , too .  Sadly, he was positive.   All  the seven  men who work  at the Cold Box were asked to quarantine at home for 14 days, including the wife  of one, who happens to work  at our building ( not  in  our lab,  thank goodness ), but  she does  share our locker  and break rooms.   I  hope they’re all A-Okay…. otherwise, we’re screwed.  ~_~  The Cold Box was disinfected, that goes without saying.  No one  is allowed to enter our lab….test samples are now placed on the table outside the lab.   Also,  our temperature is now taken  at the gate  before we enter the facility.  I did mention before  that each employee has a key to open the main gate ….and yeah, there are even road spikes on the road  o_O.   The company is  very much concerned with bio-terrorism, folks.   O_O

Bio-terrorism…. hmmm. That’s irrelevant  to the matter at hand , right ?

Read on………

So, okay, I don’t want to spread stuff that may or may not be true, but search on YOUTUBE, the origin of Corona Virus.  Here, I’ll do it for you.

 

 

You don’t have to be a molecular biologist  to understand  the message here on the video.  It’s simple enough.

 

My degree is Cell and Molecular Biology, which deals  with biological stuff at molecular level thru the study of RNA, DNA ,protein synthesis, and the like…..( and not what I’m currently doing at my job now, counting and checking the presence of microbes in milk  ). To be honest,  I am more interested in research, so this video is right up my alley……. which makes watching this video  more scary  because I know exactly  what they are  talking about.

 

Anyway,  I know you are all smart and discerning.   It’s up to you to believe or not to believe.

 

Wash your hands, keep your distance.

 

Take care, wherever you are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What if ? ? ?

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Just thinking ……..

 

What if this virus permanently  establishes  itself in our environment and becomes  seasonal ?  What will happen  to the most vulnerable  among us ?

 

No more Thanksgiving and Christmas reunions with our folks ?

 

My parents already feel like housebound zombies .

 

This virus should be  annihilated, like polio virus. (  although it’s making a comeback  )

 

It does feel like an apocalyptic sci-fi plotline where people who reach a certain age are forced to  disappear from society.

 

Unthinkable.

 

But,  I’m overthinking…..

 

Please slap me.

Up Close and Personal, Corona Virus

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So, it’s been  23 days  since our arrival from our  Philippine vacation  on Feb. 29.  I went to work the next day without knowing  I could have contracted the virus  over there,  and not show any symptoms , and therefore , could have infected  folks at work.,  over here in the US.   (  Please check out my previous post )  I should have gone on  14 -day quarantine leave  before going to work, but protocols  were not in place yet  regarding  this matter.  Sorry.

 

So far,  I don’t show any symptoms,  and  to my great relief, not one of  my co- workers has  gotten sick,  thank goodness.  Even my mom, who was with me in the Philippines,  and my Dad who didn’t go on vacation , are both A- okay, and they are both in their 60’s, you know.   My sister who works in LA is  thumbs up, as well.  She works with Ca State as toxicologist/microbiologist.

 

Funny how  each country gives community distancing a different name.

 

China and Italy— Lockdown

US — sheltering – in- place

Philippines —  Enhanced country-wide  quarantine  ( 24 hr. curfew for non-essential travel )  33 deaths as of March 23,  207 confirmed infection, over 2,000 PUIs  ( persons under investigation) , 18 recoveries  from critical )

 

I still go to work. In fact. I work at a dairy manufacturing company as a microbiologist ,  7 days a week for  2 weeks now, no days off…… production of milk and other milk products is at maximum.  Aside from our own brand, we produce  for others , as well ( store brands ) Our milk products  export to Taiwan is at maximum, too.

 

So guys, rest assured,  I’m not a walking  Corona virus.   * bowing head in humility *

 

It did scare and stress me out  for a while.

 

Oh, by the way,  my hands are already very dry and starting to crack due to frequent handwashing and I go to ridiculous lengths to socially distance myself, even in our  small laboratory and from my own parents.

 

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I want this to end already.

 

I’m mentally exhausted.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sorry I haven’t been active on WordPress… I’m totally stressed out because of Corona Virus

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Dear readers,  my Mom, sister and I  arrived in the US ( from the Philippines , amidst a Corona virus outbreak  in Asia ) on Feb.29.  I have to admit I’ve been rather flippant  about the danger of us visiting  the country,  stupidly  feeling  invulnerable and immune to any disease,   not realizing  we could have contracted  the virus there, and passed it on to my friends, family and co-workers here in the US.  I’m sorry.

 

We only realized this when my sister who works in LA  was requested not to go to work for 3 days. Then , we got a memo and email at work  advising workers who have been to countries with outbreak of  the virus  to take a 14 – day “paid ” quarantine leave.  It just so happens that I’ve been back at work for  7  days  already, so I asked my  supervisor if I still  needed to  go on a 14 day quarantine.  I don’t know why my super  thought it wasn’t needed.  She just said, ” too late, Ren.  ”  and she smiled sadly.

 

That’s when I started stressing out .  My sister has been calling us everyday,   and we can sense she feels quite appehensive   about  our health, especially  Mom’s.  Her age, you know.

 

Today is the 14th day.

 

No  symptoms.

 

You cannot imagine how relieved I am.  Dang ! !

 

In fact,  today, at work,   someone sneezed, and I  was the one who visibly  freaked out.   He  laughingly told me  ” it’s allergy season, Ren ! ! !  Don’t look at me that way ! ! ! ”

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Hmmph !   I  gave  you a bottle of  fancy- looking  Tanduay  Rhum 15 Years Old  from the Philippines.  So, don’t give me that ” As if !  ” look, okay ? ?

 

” sigh”

 

Anyway,

 

All’s well that ends well.

 

Bye !

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Matter What……..

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  • Sings *    I’m leaving on a jetplane.      , La, la ,, la ……but I know when I’ll be back again ……. Feb. 29, 2020.

 

So many things have happened  in the Philippines and worldwide,  enough reasons to abort our  much – awaited vacation in the Philippines.

 

  1. Taal Volcano eruption on  Jan. 13, just 30 miles from our house in  Paranaque, Metro-Manila.  We bought 3 boxes ( 20 masks per box)  to protect us from  the ashes that  fell  over Manila.

2. Corona virus…… My airline was Eva Airlines, Taiwan’s official carrier. Our flight  was  San Francisco——- 2 hour lay-over at Taiwan’s airport —— Manila, Philippines.  Unfortunately, just this week, Monday,  the Philippine government banned travelers from Taiwan  from entering the country, including transients from other countries, like me, whose point of origin is the USA.   My mom frantically  told me to immediately cancel my Eva Airlines schedule.  I did  that just 2 days ago, and bought Korea Air, with a 2 – hour lay-over in Seoul, Korea.  I got the last 4 spaces .  Majority of the passengers  are Eva Airlines cancelees. I hope the Philippine government won’t ban  Korea.   South Korea and  the Philippines  are besties.

3.   Believe it or not,  I can’t find  masks here in our city, nor in Los Anegeles.  ( according to my sister ) .  I’ve been to so many stores here ( Rite-Aid, WalGreens, CVS, Target, WalMart, Home Depot ) …… Zilch, zero, none.  What ????  No masks even here in the US????? The heck !

 

Anyway,

 

please wish us luck.  My Mom, sister, co-worker, and yours truly are leaving on Saturday, Feb. 15.

 

I’m going to bring my laptop, and hope I can find time to blog.

 

Bye ! !  Muaaaah !