Our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth & I have been there at least 10 times since 1995. We have good friends there, and yesterday John sent us a video that originated at the University of Queensland and calmly and authoritatively explains what’s happening. Flu Virologist Dr. Kirsty Short interviews Professor Ian Fraser, an immunologist, about COVID-19, and the best report we have seen results. Ruth and I encourage everyone to watch it. It will both scare and comfort you.
To see this interview, google ( COVID-19: Know the facts on Vimeo). Vimeo is self-described as “The World’s Leading Professional Video Platform”. Its headquarters is in New York where John’s son Andrew and his family lives.
The situation is Australia is 1,717 cases of COVID-19, 7 deaths, and 88 recovered. This is as of March 23, 2020, so it’s current.
In this watchable interview Kirsty Short asks Ian Fraser 10 relevant questions about this virus, and we learn to deal with it through the answers. Fraser and Short begin by talking about viruses and say that they have been around for a long time giving humans colds and the flu. They reinforce the idea that the best approach to avoiding COVID-19 is to stay away from large crowds and consistently maintain social distancing. They remind viewers to wash hands and avoid surfaces that might have been contaminated as much as possible.
A lot of what follows is relatively new information. For example, they say that the intensity and duration of contact with someone with the virus is a non-issue. What is critical and not widely known is that you won’t get it just by walking by. The incubation period is from 3 to 28 days, but 7 days is usual. They go on to report that almost everyone on the planet will eventually be exposed to it, but that 95% of those who have it will not know. The trick for now is to reduce the number of cases so that the medical establishment won’t be overwhelmed. They assure us that we will all become immune over time but, for now, slowing the # of cases is crucial.
Watch it and be better prepared to deal with the next several months.