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In the Meantime: Thoughts and Assessments

So how is everyone these days?

In our case, we’re trying not to go for grocery run unless really necessary…. it’s been 1 week now, hoping for at least 2 weeks before needing more supplies….. here’s what I think.

I guess the secret these days is to eat less, which is supposed to be the secret to long life, eating less will also extend food supply, lessen the need to go washroom, thus no need to use toilet paper a lot, extending the supply, when you eat less hopefully it will help you avoid obesity due to now a sedentary lifestyle in front of computers, TVs, and also help extend your cash as nobody knows when this will all blow over.

Looks like a Win, Win situation I think…. eh???

Other cautionary suggestions:

To avoid accidents and burns, please wash your hands when you have hand sanitizer on before using your stove, especially gas stoves.   Hand sanitizers contain alcohol which is combustible near gas or fire.  Don’t take any chances.   A few burn cases have happened with people getting burned when they turned on their stoves.

Why on earth would people use hand sanitizer when they’re cooking and touching food is also something I don’t understand?

When to use Hand Sanitizer – use them only when you have no access to water and soap.  Save them for use outside your home and not indoor wherein you can always wash your hand, which is actually the best way to clean your hands and stay safe.

Stay safe, stay healthy and Stay Home!!!

 

Trying to Find Any Kind of Social Distancing Loophole Isn’t Worth the Risk

“Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease expert with the University Health Network in Toronto, said trying to find any kind of social distancing loophole isn’t wise.”

“If we want to get this completely contained, we need to do everything we can to stop the virus from being able to transmit.”

Read the complete article below.

 https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/finding-ways-to-socialize-while-keeping-distant-loopholes-not-worth-the-risk/ar-BB12fQJn?li=AAggNb9&ocid=mailsignout#image=BB12fQJn_1|1

Social Distancing Will Only Work If We See Our Family As a Single Individual Unit

Just sharing a post I received which will remind us again how Social Distancing is critical in this fight against the virus.  Please read through this Important Letter (below) from Jonathan Smith, an Epidemiologist at Yale University to all of us.

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Dear everyone. 

As an infectious disease epidemiologist, at this point feel morally obligated to provide some information on what we are seeing from a transmission dynamic perspective and how they apply to the social distancing measures.

Like any good scientist, I have noticed two things that are either not articulated or not present in the “literature” of social media.

Specifically, I want to make two aspects of these measures very clear and unambiguous.

First, we are in the very infancy of this epidemic’s trajectory. That means even with these measures we will see cases and deaths continue to rise globally, nationally, and in our own communities in the coming weeks.

Our hospitals will be overwhelmed, and people will die that didn’t have to.

This may lead some people to think that the social distancing measures are not working.

They are.

They may feel futile.

They aren’t.

You will feel discouraged.

You should.

This is normal in chaos. But, this is also normal epidemic trajectory.

Stay calm.

This enemy that we are facing is very good at what it does; we are not failing. We need everyone to hold the line as the epidemic inevitably gets worse.

This is not my opinion; this is the unforgiving math of epidemics for which I and my colleagues have dedicated our lives to understanding with great nuance, and this disease is no exception.

We know what will happen; I want to help the community brace for this impact.

Stay strong and with solidarity knowing with absolute certainty that what you are doing is saving lives, even as people begin getting sick and dying.

You may feel like giving in.

Don’t.

Second, although social distancing measures have been (at least temporarily) well-received, there is an obvious-but-overlooked phenomenon when considering groups (i.e. families) in transmission dynamics.

While social distancing decreases contact with members of society, it, of course, increases your contacts with group (i.e. family) members. This small and obvious fact has surprisingly profound implications on disease transmission dynamics.

Study after study demonstrates that even if there is only a little bit of connection between groups (i.e. social dinners, playdates/playgrounds, etc.), the epidemic trajectory isn’t much different than if there was no measure in place. The same underlying fundamentals of disease transmission apply, and the result is that the community is left with all of the social and economic disruption but very little public health benefit.

You should perceive your entire family to function as a single individual unit; if one person puts themselves at risk, everyone in the unit is at risk.

Seemingly small social chains get large and complex with alarming speed.

If your son visits his girlfriend, and you later sneak over for coffee with a neighbor, your neighbor is now connected to the infected office worker that your son’s girlfriend’s mother shook hands with.

This sounds silly, it’s not.

This is not a joke or a hypothetical.

We as epidemiologists see it borne out in the data time and time again and no one listens.

Conversely, any break in that chain breaks disease transmission along that chain.

In contrast to hand-washing and other personal measures, social distancing measures are not about individuals, they are about societies working in unison.

These measures also take a long time to see the results.

It is hard (even for me) to conceptualize how ‘one quick little get together’ can undermine the entire framework of a public health intervention, but it does.

I promise you it does.

I promise. I promise. I promise.

You can’t cheat it.  People are already itching to cheat on the social distancing precautions just a “little”- a playdate, a haircut, or picking up a needless item at the store, etc.

From a transmission dynamics standpoint, this very quickly recreates a highly connected social network that undermines all of the work the community has done so far.

Until we get a viable vaccine this unprecedented outbreak will not be overcome in a grand, sweeping gesture, rather only by the collection of individual choices our community makes in the coming months.

This virus is unforgiving to unwise choices.

My goal in writing this is to prevent communities from getting ‘sucker-punched’ by what the epidemiological community knows will happen in the coming weeks.

It will be easy to be drawn to the idea that what we are doing isn’t working and become paralyzed by fear, or to ‘cheat’ a little bit in the coming weeks.

By knowing what to expect, and knowing the importance of maintaining these measures, my hope is to encourage continued community spirit, strategizing, and action to persevere in this time of uncertainty.

Jonathan Smith

Epidemiologist,

Yale University

House Rules

With the virus affecting almost every part of the world, I would like to share some of the things we do around our home to maintain our well-being and health, which hopefully you can practice at home too.

  • Keep your fingernails short everyone!  Rarely do we clean out what’s under our nails even if we do a thorough hand wash so it’s best to have short nails, and eliminate the hassle of worrying if the nails are clean too. 
  • Change to your house clothes when you get home.  It’s a rule in our house that…. Clothes we’ve worn outside are not worn in the house, especially pants. 
  • Wash your hands immediately after arriving home, before handling any objects inside your house.  You set down your groceries (if you’ve been shopping), wash your hands, clear up your groceries, and wash your hands again.  
  • It’s obvious that the foods we bring home have been handled at least once and we don’t know how many have touched it, so what we can do is just minimize handling them. And make sure the people preparing and cooking the food washes their hands regularly while doing so. 
  • Drink a glass or even half a glass of warm lemon juice in the morning before eating breakfast or drinking anything else.  A practice I encourage my family to do as part of their daily routine.  In the last few years, there’s always a jug of lemon juice (nothing added just lemon and water) on our kitchen counter.  
  • Personally, I prefer to wash my hands more often even if it’s drying, as opposed to using a hand sanitizer as I feel the gel in them creates a stickier surface for germs/dust to cling to.  So WASH YOUR HANDS Often! 

With this virus circulating around our community, let us all do our part by not taking unnecessary trips outside our home, avoiding crowds and limiting our face to face contact with others outside our family. Stay home when you’re sick.  If you’re feeling lonesome… Chat on the phone, Facebook, Skype or Viber, technology has made it easier to connect with families and friends now.  No reason we can’t do our part for the greater good. 

Stay safe and stay healthy everyone….

 

                            

 

 

2020 Feng Shui for Health and Wealth: Is Your Main Door or Bedroom in the Bad Luck Sector this year?

Wouldn’t it be great if we have smooth sailing all the time…. life would be so much easier.  That’s not going to happen of course, as each one of us will encounter some sort of challenges along the way.   Flying Star Feng Shui can help us navigate through 2020 and perhaps make this year a bit less challenging for us.  The Flying Stars are signified by numbers ranging from 1 – 9 and each of them represents either an auspicious or inauspicious energy.  Learn more about where the Bad Luck Star is located this year and what you can do about it   I am sure you’d want to know if your main door, kitchen, bedroom or office is in this area.  Find out in this video.

Check out my other videos on You Tube to get more information and details.

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Thanks!

 

Margaret’s Interview On Blog Talk Radio

Here is the link to the radio interview I did for Lillian Brummet on her Conscious Discussions Radio Blog back in 2007.  This was only available to the public for a very short period of time and I am doubtful if most of you caught it.  Anyways…..

This is their Best of 2007 Series, edited and released once again for the public to enjoy.  It was fun and a privilege to have the opportunity to share my work and thoughts on the environment with Lillian and her listeners.  Hope you’ll enjoy it too.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions/2012/01/19/best-of-2007-vol-13

 

Feng Shui and Real Estate Free Event

Hello everyone,

Detached, link, townhouse or condo…. what are the types of housing available and what’s the difference?

The real estate scene has been pretty hot in the last few years but there are still questions out there.  In this event, I will talk about some of the real estate terms and basic information you’d need to know as a home buyer.   The focus of this real estate portion will be on the local (North American) type of housing.

The feng shui portion will be on landforms and the external environment tips which are very important in your search for your first or next home.  This event will be especially useful for first time home buyers as well as for those moving up and would like to know more about the two subjects.

I will need to know how many of you are interested for me to pursue this further.  Register here to let me know if you are interested…. also if you have any question or suggestions for the event.  More details will be supplied once I have enough feedback/registration.  Hear from you guys soon.

Cheers,

Margaret

Feng Shui Tips – Interior Environment

The creation and flow of positive energy in a home is vital to the well being of the home occupants; here are some tips worth remembering when looking at the layout of the rooms in a property.

  • Main entrances should be bright and welcoming, it should not open to a crammed space or stairway.
  • Avoid excessive long and dark hallways.
  • Dining room should not have a full view or be located too near the main or front entrance.
  • Indoor stairs should not be in the center of the house.
  • The kitchen should not be the first room you see when you enter the house or directly opposite your front door.
  • Make sure the cook has a good view of the door to the kitchen.
  • Placement of the bed in a bedroom is very important and preferably located in the auspicious direction of the sleeper base on his/her Ming Kua.
  • Bathrooms and toilets should not be located in the center of the house.