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March 30, 2020
Joe Brady

Unmasking the Myth/ The Masking of America

34 studies summarize – Wearing masks prevents the spread of disease

Social Responsibility begins with social distancing and continues with Community Masking

China Shipping One Million Masks to the US

White House Airlifts Medical Supplies From China in Coronavirus Fight

Officials have teamed up with medical supply companies to speed the arrival of masks, gloves, gowns and other goods. Do it Yourself Masks Actually Do Work

DIY masks would help a lot.

Look at Hong Kong, Mongolia, South Korea, and Taiwan, all of which have Covid-19 largely under control. They are all in close proximity to China and have extensive commercial and social ties with China. None of them have had to resort to a lockdown. China’s Wuhan province got a late start in dealing with the virus so by the time people were aware of the pandemic it was too late to stop. However once China realized what they were dealing with and once everyone did start wearing masks the numbers started to level off. The Chinese consider the masks as an important part of preventing the spread of the virus in the community. In countries, hit hard by the SARS respiratory virus outbreak in 2002 and 2003, everyone is wearing masks in public.

Countries that encouraged the wearing of masks like Taiwan, Singapore, and Japan, have a flatter curve.

March 29, 2020
Joe Brady

Stay Positive, Stay Active, Be Safe, Be Smart

We hope this finds you safe and well. As we all work on trying to survive this historic calamity we will send you the best information we can find from around the world.

Dr. Fauci Answers Trevor Noah’s Questions

In case you all have not seen this excellent Interview…Take 13 minutes and listen to the four answers.
Thank you, Trevor, for your poignant questions… and for giving Dr. Fauci an excuse to laugh. 🤪
Thank you to Dr. Fauci for helping us get through this.☯️🙏

Coronavirus self-checker v 2.0

You cannot diagnose yourself, having said that, here is an online self-checker from the CDC, you can look at these to see if it’s time to call your Doctor.

In order to improve upon the CDC’s Coronavirus self-checker, the CDC has teamed up with Apple Computer to create an online Self-Screening tool that people can use.

See the Website @

Navigating Challenging Times with Scientifically Sound Resources

March 23, 2020
Joe Brady

Caution and Clarity

Apologies for sending excessive emails, but we are trying our best to provide the best and most accurate information we can find. To clarify a few things about our last post and to provide some caution and clarity observations from Dr. Kathryn Hallsten, MD.

The self-checker was never intended to be a substitute for the social distancing, proper hygiene, or physician’s advice. The Coronavirus self-checker is from the CDC’s own website. The self-checker disclaimer states: “This system does not replace the judgment of healthcare professionals or the performance of any clinical assessment.”

Note that Jacqui had compiled a better way to say this on 3/12/20 and our computer (or possibly us) posted a working draft instead of our current recommendations.

Here you go, and DO forward this to friends and family!

Updated 3/12/20  LYLI, Barefoot Doctors’ Journal

These are good practices every day, but cannot make-up for reducing exposure and hand-washing.

1. WATER~ Don’t wait until you are ill, but especially if you do feel ill you should drink lots of fluids, and most importantly wash your hands often.

2. BREATHE~ Do every morning (we call Chi Breathing.) Best if done in an environment with clean air. 

Fully empty your lungs, relax your diaphragm, take a deep breath for as long as you can, hold for 3 seconds then breathe out as slowly as possible. You should complete this successfully without coughing, discomfort, stuffiness or tightness.

If you notice any difficulty breathing call your doctor and seek medical advice.

Note that if your breathing is fine you may still be carrying the virus so follow all the recommendations for social distancing.

CDC’S recommendation is that if you are having any difficulty breathing, you should call your doctor.

3. REDUCE ANXIETY~ Hopefully, these practices will do just that.

~ Please share this with family & friends. 

Call me, Jacqui Shumway, if you need to talk. 303-725-7482

Commentary and resources from Dr. Kathryn Hallsten, MD 

“This is not a time for false security or comfort.”

March 23, 2020
Joe Brady

Coronavirus self-checker

You cannot diagnose yourself, having said that, here is a list of symptoms from Stanford Medical Center and an online sea-checker from the CDC, you can look at these to see if it’s time to call your Doctor.

First, some good news: What we are doing might just work

Check out this graph of projections for new Coronavirus infections under three conditions. One with no restrictions, one with some restrictions and the most hopeful if we institute severe restrictions.

CDC offers online triage for coronavirus testing

An online bot nicknamed Clara is acting as triage for healthcare providers in the US as demand for coronavirus testing continues to surge.

March 20, 2020
Joe Brady

Treating the Disease Before it Occurs

Mainland China has reported zero new domestic infections of coronavirus for the first time since the outbreak began.

The National Health Commission said it was also the first time Hubei province – where the disease first emerged – recorded no new cases either domestically or from abroad. Nationwide, there were 34 new infections, all of them from overseas.

The number of new deaths was down to single digits, with just eight reported, bringing the total death toll to 3,245. The commission said 23 new suspected cases had been reported and that the total number of infections now stands at 80,928. A total of 70,420 patients have recovered.

Zhong Nanshan leading Chinese pulmonologist

Zhong Nanshan, a leading Chinese epidemiologist, said that without strong intervention the coronavirus would not be eliminated. “I think many countries should take measures [based on] the intervention mechanism invented by China. Upstream control is an ancient way, but effective,” Zhong said in a press conference on Wednesday.

“The core points are the ‘four early’s’: early prevention, early detection, early diagnosis, and early quarantine.” South China Morning Post 3/19/20

Treating the Disease Before it Occurs: Improving Immune Function/ Reducing Exposure

Treating the disease before it occurs has been a maxim of Traditional Chinese Medicine since the ascension of the Yellow Emperor 5000 years ago. Rather than wait around for disease to strike, there are some concrete things we can do to strengthen the body’s resistance to disease. Primary prevention starts with following the CDC’s guidelines for proper handwashing and social distancing practices. One of the best ways to think of social distancing is to imagine that you already have the disease and are trying your best not to infect others. We are better at changing our behavior to protect others than we are at protecting ourselves. Beyond that, there are numerous things we can all do to strengthen immune function so the body has a better chance to survive if we do fall ill.