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Tazwell Brandabur

The Charter News

Last updated 5/24/20 at 4:30 PM PT

The Pandemic At a Glance: Cases: Deaths:Jump to:
Latest:Worldwide:5,453,399345,077Current Policy
On May 15th, Governor Kate Brown allowed almost all Oregon counties outside the Portland metro area to U.S.1,673,67898,831State of the response
resume some semblance of normal life with a gradual, limited reopening scheme. Oregon:3,888147Masks, Oximeters
Courtesy The Oregonian, World of Meters, John Hopkins Coronavirus Map.

The ongoing pandemic of the SarsCOV-2 virus is a worldwide disaster, affecting lives across countries, cultures, and creeds. The rapidly evolving situation can make staying informed difficult. This page is updated daily to reflect the most recent, accurate information available on the state of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Current Policy:

In Oregon, state parks are closed, and gatherings of more than 25 are prohibited. In the Portland metro area, the Governor’s ‘Stay at home‘ order, mandating social distancing and prohibiting unnecessary close contact remains in effect. Violation of the Oregon guidelines is a class C Misdemeanor.

ACA, like all Oregon schools, is operating virtually through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Seniors on track to graduate will do so. For students grades 9 – 11, the rest of the year functions on a pass/no pass credit system, with high tolerance for late work under the Distanced Learning for all protocols.

More from The Charter on ACA’s Policy, and other COVID Coverage

State of the response:

SARS-Cov2 (the virus responsible for COVID-19, the disease), made the jump from humans back to felines in early April, 2020, infecting several tigers at the Bronx zoo. More recently, several New York house cats have tested positive for the virus, and display mild symptoms. At present, there is no evidence that cats can transmit the virus back to humans.

The Yale School of Public Health reported that New York City was the primary vector for almost all Coronavirus cases in the US, with travelers in and out of the city in early march seeding almost all outbreaks in the country. The virus is also believed to have been circulating in the United States long before authorities initially realized, according to the BBC, autopsy reports from California put the US entry date weeks behind previous estimates.

Travelers in and out of New York city in early March seeded almost all outbreaks in the U.S.

The virus, initially believed to cause a high fever and dry cough, is now known to cause a myriad of other symptoms (when it causes symptoms at all, which is about half the time), including sore throat, loss of taste or smell, and muscle pain. Younger children in Coronavirus hot spots worldwide are occasionally presenting an atypical response to the virus– severe inflammation of the heart and gut. This is, as yet, a rare response.

Despite numerous claims to the contrary, social distancing and stringent personal hygiene remain the best defenses against the disease.

There is currently no vaccine for the virus, and no cure. Scientists don’t expect to complete development of a vaccine until the beginning of 2021. 

Scientists are fairly sure that hot or cold weather does not have any noticeable effect on the virus.

Wall of shame: Ineffective COVID remedies. 
Holding one’s breath is not an effective test for the virus.

Attempts to develop home treatments have included rinsing the nasal cavity with saline, eating garlic, or vigorous use of a hair dryer, have all proved ineffective

Attempts to self-medicate using fish tank additive recommended by members of the federal government have proved ineffective, and have caused two fatalities. Handwashing and rigorous social distancing remain the only effective prevention methods.

The Charter would like to make it clear that no credible sources recommend drinking Corona™ beer to treat the virus, contrary to the viral social media post. 

Injecting disinfectant has also been suggested as treatment for the virus– and, conceptually, it would be effective: It would kill the patient, and, as a corpse is less likely to break social distancing guidelines, injecting disinfectant would likely reduce the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, this would by definition result in a dead patient. Injecting disinfectant is not an effective treatment.

Masks, Pulse Oximeters:

The CDC now recommends that the public wear homemade face masks to reduce transmission when conventional social distancing is impossible– though authorities all agree that citizens should not use surgical or n95 masks, which are being reserved for healthcare workers.

The virus often causes silent hypoxia– decreased lung efficiency resulting in lower blood oxygen levels. This sometimes occurs without perceived symptoms or discomfort on the patient’s part, which can be extremely hazardous. 

Some authorities have recommended civilian use of Pulse Oximeters, devices which use infrared lasers to measure the blood oxygen levels, in order to catch these symptoms early. 

However, the jury is largely out when it comes to these devices– medical professionals have pointed out that the civilian models are often inaccurate, and that blood oxygen levels can vary wildly between healthy people. Without proper training and context, these measurements may only serve to cause alarm. Furthermore, panic buying is already constricting the supply of the devices to care facilities.


* All sources are checked each time this page is updated. The listed access date is the date of first access.

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