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Extra hand sanitizer, canceled events: How local schools and universities are responding to coronavirus

Original post made on Mar 4, 2020

As reports of coronavirus cases continue to increase locally, schools and universities are amping up their prevention efforts, from preparing for online learning options to urging cancellation of large events.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 1:50 PM

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Posted by Anon123456
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 4, 2020 at 2:54 pm

Can we learn from the experience of the Chinese in combating and bending the infection curve?

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"Aggressive measures work.
New cases have dropped to 200 a day from over 3,000 a day one month ago. After the initial chaos and cover-up in Wuhan, health authorities imposed a lockdown, strict quarantines, mandatory testing and isolation. That prevented what would have been hundreds of thousands of infections."

"There aren’t many asymptomatic cases.
Testing of 320,000 samples suggests that the known cases are not just the tip of an iceberg. “What we’re seeing is a pyramid: Most of it is above ground,” Dr. Aylward said."

"Having to pay may slow containment.
Testing was free in China, as was all care for hospitalized patients. If Americans delay getting tested for fear of the medical bills “that’s what could wreak havoc,” Dr. Aylward said. “The U.S. has to think this through.”"

"Civic spirit can make a difference.
More than 40,000 doctors and nurses, many of them volunteers, descended on Wuhan. Highway workers became temperature-takers or delivered food. Hospital receptionists took charge of infection control."

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 4, 2020 at 2:55 pm

So where do they get their hand sanitizer as it is all sold out online?

Can the schools confirm that there is plenty of soap and paper towels in bathrooms.

Are children being told to wash their hands before eating lunch? Are gyms and PE equipment being cleaned between classes?

Are computers/tablets being cleaned between classes?

Are crayons, markers, etc. being cleaned adequately in lower classes?

Is playground equipment being cleaned?

Are lunch tables being cleaned?

If not, why not?

Posted by Be Vigilant & Stay Healthy
a resident of another community
on Mar 4, 2020 at 3:00 pm

How many people actually take the time to wash their hands before eating after buying a meal using coinage/currency? Probably ZERO.

Money is about the dirtiest thing around due to its revolving exchange but most folks are too ignorant to acknowledge the fact.

Also, people who do not wash their hands after using a public restroom should be cited via citizen's arrest. A lot of old men (as well as a few younger ones) have this filthy habit & they should be held accountable...especially after pooping.

Posted by Concerned
a resident of Professorville
on Mar 4, 2020 at 4:32 pm

May I find out if the parent (with Paly & JLS kids) who was exposed to the Covid19 virus tested positive or negative please? Are the 2 students still in quarantine or have they been allowed to return to their respective schools?

Posted by @Anon123456
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 4, 2020 at 4:49 pm

China has been able to control the virus outbreak because they have free testing and free health care and sick people are very aggressively encouraged to take advantage of this. I think the USA is failing on all 3 points.

Posted by Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 5, 2020 at 1:57 am

Could it be that the kids, teens, and young adults could unknowingly transmit this to older people and those who have weakened immune systems? The younger students could have mild symptoms which could be mistaken for the common cold.
I'm not a doctor, but as a parent I remember coming down with all kinds of things my children were exposed to. When they would recover quickly, I would end up with pneumonia or complications from things like parvovirus B-19.
Perhaps it is best to keep kids away from older folks.

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