Category Archives: coronaviruis

Why Is John Hopkins University Hiding Covid-19 Data?

They pulled this article from the John Hopkins website.

A Closer Look At Deaths In The U.S. Due To Covid-19. Why? What are they trying to hide from the public eyes?

At least the world wide web archives things forever.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Is It Over, Yet?

It’s been over eight months now since the COVID-19 VIRUS hit the United States of America.

When President Trumps Coronavirus Task Force first informed us about the virus, we were told it would take 15 Days To Slow the spread of the virus.

It’s been eight months since (almost) everyone has been masking, washing hands, social distancing and it’s still here and still spreading!

Still, Americans are resilient people. We’ve faced complete “lockdowns” by governing entities, which forced businesses to either change the way they provided their services or completely close their doors.

After the election of 2020, I thought the damn thing would go away. Okay, I’m probably being facetious right now but can you blame me?

I know we are all frustrated and tired of this whole fiasco. Especially those on the front lines and in the healthcare settings. It seems like the more they tell us to wear a mask, the worse it gets.

(NO I AM NOT GOING TO MAKE THIS A PERSONAL or POLITICAL STATEMENT)!

Now in some states the public health departments and the Governors along with some mayors, are mandating “stay at home”‘ orders again.

Some”conspiracy theories” believe that COVID-19 is being used as a cover-up for a certain military operation to take down the deep state swamp. Others believe that it was manufactured in Wuhan, China, and intentionally unleashed upon the world and The United States of America to try and end Donald J. Trumps Presidency.

Either way, what I want to know is..

What happened to only fifteen days?

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Words To Never Hear Again

I don’t know about you, but I am so over the Coronavirus. I was sitting here thinking about some of the words I’m tired of hearing and never want to hear them again, if at all possible.

Unprecedented –  without previous instance; never before known or experienced; unexampled or unparalleled: an unprecedented event.

No one was expecting a pandemic to hit the whole entire earth.  This word is overused!  After this is over it’s the first word I don’t want to hear any time soon.

Do Your Part – If you do your part, you do something that, to a small or limited extenthelps to achieve something.

Yes, it is getting to be too much.  Stop telling me what I need to do you be healthy.  I have always washed my hands, covered my nose and mouth when sneezing, cleaned and disinfected my house among other things.

I posted this to my Facebook page quite some time ago.

Seriously, I meant all of it.  I see so many people go into a public lavatory, use the facilities, and not wash their hands.  It’s just gross!

Wash Your Hands 🙌 Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. 

The Center for Disease Control recommends that these five steps be done every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Please, for the sake of humanity Wah Your Hands!

COVID – 19 is a respiratory condition caused by a coronavirus. Some people are infected but don’t notice any symptoms. Most people will have mild symptoms and get better on their own. 

If you want to know more  information then click the COVID-19 link above.

Do The Right Thing – To act or behave correctly, appropriately, or with the best intentions.

Anymore one must wonder what’s the right thing to do?  There’s so much conflicting information out in the news, on social media, in the newspapers and magazines and yes, they still publish newspapers!

I couldn’t find any articles which intrigued my interests so I’ll leave that up to you.

Lastly, Mask Mandates or Wear Your Mask!

There’s so much controversy about masks and whether to wear one or not to. 

As for me, I have a different view than that of most people. Keeping the elderly safe and protected should be of the utmost importance!  

Next, those who work in the health care field need protection, and people with immunosuppressive diseases need a mask.

A study on the effectiveness of masks points out that a one size fits all approach is not the most reasonable attitude to have.

Not to mention the fact that with children it hides their faces with more of a chance for kidnappings to happen.

A child abduction is more likely to happen with a face covering over their nose and mouth. 

Human Trafficking has become a much larger topic on social media, due to others having more conversations and bringing  awareness to the forefront.

All I know is that I’m so over all this and can’t wait for a normal life.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Self Care Sunday’s Series; Burnout In The Workplace

Burnout is characterized by emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and ineffectiveness in the workplace, and by chronic negative responses to stressful workplace conditions. 

Burnout is more likely when employees:

  • Expect too much of themselves.
  • Never feel that the work they are doing is good enough.
  • Feel inadequate or incompetent.
  • Feel unappreciated for their work efforts.
  • Have unreasonable demands placed upon them.
  • Are in roles that are not a good job fit.

In this article titled; “Workplace Strategies For Mental Health” by Canadian Life, the writer offers many signs that an employer should be aware of. Of course we all want the productive and happy employee’s in our workplaces. However; due to what’s been happening with the COVID 19 Coronavirus pandemic employers need to become more aware of their employee’s mental health needs.

On my Facebook page, I asked this question

If you’re still working, what’s your company doing to help boost mental health and moral?
What would you want to see from management that would let you know they care about you?

The comments were very interesting. One person stated,

” We were provided with company logo masks, disinfectant sprays, extra pay for the month of April”.

Some people are receiving an extra bonus for working during this time because they were deemed to be an essential worker, yet others left the impression that management was ignoring their health and well-being.

Recognize signs and symptoms

Your employees may not realize that they are dealing with signs of being burned out on the job.

Some of the signs and symptoms that an employee experiencing burnout may exhibit include:

  • Reduced efficiency and energy
  • Lowered levels of motivation
  • Increased errors
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Increased frustration
  • Suspiciousness
  • More time spent working with less being accomplished

Severe burnout can also result in:

  • Self-medication with alcohol and other substances
  • Sarcasm and negativity
  • Debilitating self-doubt

Are you a Psychologically Safe Leader?

Take the assessment

Granted this article is written from the Canadian workforce perspective however, I find it can apply to any leadership team or managers anywhere.

As a manager where I work, I’ve found myself with feelings of frustration, inadequacy at times to perform the functions of my job, and anger at the owner and senior management for not showing the staff how anything they really care about them or their mental health.

Make your employees feel special

Leave your employees an email or little notes saying something like “Hey we are thinking about you and we’re doing everything possible to help all of us make it through this pandemic together”.

Don’t become one of those owners or bosses like an Ebenezer Scrooge.

Dig deep into your own pocketbook if you have to and show them you care!

Life is hard enough without having a pandemic in it. Choose to show kindness, understanding, and patience with your employees and make them happy and proud to be your employees.

Please leave a comment.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Self Care Sunday’s Series; Keeping Your Lungs Healthy

I hope you all had a happy and healthy Easter Sunday last week.

Healthy Lungs

Since I am a Respiratory Therapist; I decided to write today’s article about keeping your lungs healthy. Especially due to the COVID 19 Coronavirus and the complications that can arise from this nasty respiratory virus.

As you know, breathing is a necessary function of life. What you may not be aware of are the differences between having healthy lungs and lung diseases.

A Healthy Lung vs A Diseased Lung

Your lungs provide the oxygen that your body needs for survival. Pushing oxygen through the blood stream and assisting with filtering out carbon dioxide from your body. Damage to the lungs can occur from genetics, the environment and smoking. All these things can cause damage to your lungs.

By now you should already be  aware that smoking causes lung diseases like Emphysema and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease); which cause irreversible damage to the lungs.

Keeping Your Lungs Healthy

1. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants.

2. Exercising frequently increases your lung function.

3. Improve indoor air quality with changing your furnance filter every thirty days, using an air purifier to help filter out pollutants, molds and dust.

4. If you smoke, stop smoking. Talk with your physician or call your local Quitline.

5. Get vaccinations like the flu vaccine and pneumonia vaccines to help prevent lung infections and promote lung health.

The Mechanics of Breathing

Take a deep breath and inhale, hold it for ten seconds and then exhale letting all the air out of your lungs.

Could you feel the air moving in and out of your lungs? This motion is known as The Mechanics of Breathing. As you breathe in and out the lungs exchange air flow throughout your lungs.

I’m not going to spend too much time talking about COVID 19 because it is my observation that we are inundatted with news updates every day.

Know the signs of COVID19 – Coronavirus

Watch for symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
CT Scan of Lungs infected with COVID 19 – Coronavirus

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

My wish for you is to be happy and healthy. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post and that you will leave a comment.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera, CRT, LRT

Self Care Sunday’s Series; Mental Health During Times Of A Crisis

In today’s Self Care Sundays series I want to address mental health for everyone. During this time across the world, mental health care should be addressed not just for those already with behavioral and mental health issues, but our first responders, healthcare professionals, grocery store workers, truck drivers and so many more.

Mental health is just as important as physical health. My biggest concern is for my fellow colleagues and what’s going to happen to their mental health when our hospitals are overrun with patients.

I found a great article by the CDC on stress and coping during this pandemic outbreak.  As healthcare workers, we are constantly tending to the needs of others; while we tend to forget our own mental and physical health needs.

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call

  • 911
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)

Healthcare Workers

For healthcare workers, it’s quite natural to feel stress. Many relieve their stress with the form of dark humor. What most people may see as incentive, mean or despicable others find relief with humor.

Take care of your basic needs. Food, shelter, clothing and family. It’s important to remember that if you go down with illness it will affect more than just the people you work with.

Coping With Stress

It’s normal to feel sad, angry, confused or even scared during a crisis.

I wish anyone reading this health, safety and wellness. Please try not to panic over this war we have raging in the world. If we all do our part and work together we will get through this together.

Leave a comment and as always,

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Think About Your Fellow Human Beings

Today I read an article from the website Love What Matters Most.com. As I read it, I actually had tears streaming down my face.

Today I cried is not just another hyped up article made to make you feel panic or fear of the COVID19 – Coronavirus. It is the story of a 92-year-old man and his struggle to find? If you guessed toilet paper you’re right.

Our Senior Citizens have lived through the worst of times. The #coronaviruis is not the worst thing they’ve lived through. We have a duty as a society to care for, appreciate and listen to their lives stories.

Did you get caught up in the great toilet paper hoarding? How much do you really need for your family for one month?

The United States of America has survived through World War I, The Great Depression, World War II otherwise known as the Second World War. We have overcome so many disease outbreaks such as smallpox, yellow fever, polio, the Spanish flu, measles and more.

A Migrant Women From The Great Depression

Listen, I’m not trying to make light of this new obstacle in our daily lives at this time. The point I’m trying to get across is to stop and think about how we as individuals and what we affect all of us!

Show #kindness, #understanding, #patients and most of all

LOVE

Love one another.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Coronaviruis And What We All Need To Know

Today I read this article posted by Tom Mower President of Sisel International

As a heathcare worker I feel that it is my duty to share information with others about the threat of COVID-19 otherwise known as the Coronaviruis.

As you read the next part please know that this is not a product sales pitch in anyway, shape or form!

After reading this article my jaw dropped open. Communists want to control those around them. I have often asked others if this “outbreak” is all about just that?

Please leave your comments below.

From Tom Mower, President of Sisel International

“Frankly Folks, this report I obtained today Scares “THE LIVING HELL” out of me and I think it will you too… 

NEW QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ORIGIN … of the nCorona Virus COVID-19

US Center for Disease Control (CDC) says there are 100,000 new cases yesterday… not 15,000 as China reports.

BEIJING ADMITS: Changes counting methods…so the 15,152 NEW VIRUS CASES OVERNIGHT is probably more like 100,000 new cases…in just one day.

Wuhan Communist Party chiefs removed… because they hid the outbreak and very likely are responsible for its release….Read on and see…

The reported militarization of Wuhan’s P4 Lab by the Chinese Army has raised new questions about the origin of the COVID-19 virus and the apparent cover-up that has occurred since it was first made public.

Following the removal of the most senior health officials in Wuhan yesterday, Chinese State Media has just reported that Chen Wei, China’s chief biochemical weapon defense expert, is now to be stationed in Wuhan to lead the efforts to overcome the deadly, pneumonia-like pathogen.

Beijing has had for known “accidental leaks” of the SAR S virus in recent years, so there’s absolutely no reason to assume that the strain of Coronavirus from the BSL-4 Virology Lab in Wuhan  didn’t accidentally leak out as well.

Given that this outbreak was said to begin in late December (when most bat species in the region are hibernating) and the Chinese bats habitat covers an enormous swath of the region containing 6 scores of cities and hundreds of millions of people to begin with, “the fact that this Wuhan strain of Coronavirus emerged in close proximity to the only BSL – 4 Virology lab in China”. 

The BSL – 4 Virology Lab was staffed with at least 2 Chinese scientists, Zhengli Shi & Xing-Yi GE, both Virologists who had previously worked at an American lab, “which has already bioengineered an incredible virulent strain of bat Coronavirus”. The accidental release of a bioengineered virus meant for defensive (military or civil) immunotherapy research from Wuhan Virology Lab cannot be automatically discounted….especially when the Wuhan strains “unnatural” genomic structures are considered.

Zhengli Shi notably, co-authored a controversial paper in 2015, which describes the creation of a new virus by combining Coronavirus found in the Chinese horseshoe bats with another virus that causes human-like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), in which clusters of circulating bat Coronavirus close are an extremely dangerous threat for human emergence! This research sparked a huge debate at the time over whether engineering lab variance of viruses with possible pandemic potential is worth the risks!

Other Virologists question whether the information gleaned from the experiment justifies the potential risk!!! Although the extent of any risk is difficult to assess, Simon Wain-Hobson, a Virologist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, points out that the researchers have created a novel virus that “grows remarkably well” in human cells.

“Scientific review panels of Virologists may deem similar studies building chimeric viruses based on circulating strains too risky to pursue,” they write; adding that discussion is needed as to “whether these types of chimeric (artificially unnatural) virus studies warrant further warning that much of the chain of events is just to unstable for  investigation. versus the inherent dangerous risks involved”.

Previously, scientists had believed, on the basis of molecular modeling and other studies, that it should not be able to infect human cells. The latest work shows that “the virus has already overcome critical barriers”, such as being able to latch onto human receptors and efficiently infect human airway lung cells, he says. I don’t think you can ignore that.

WHICH BRINGS US TO PERHAPS THE MOST NOTABLE FINDING.

A genetic analysis of the spike-protein genes – in the exact region that was bio-engineered by the UNC lab in 2015, where Zhengli Shi and Xing-Yi Ge previously isolated a batty coronavirus that targets the ACE2 receptor just like this 2019-nCoV strain of the coronavirus does – “indicates an artificial and unnatural origins of the Wuhan Corona Virus Strain’s spike-protein genes when they are compared to the genomes of natural wild relatives.

Instead of appearing similar and homologous to its wild relatives, an important section of the Wuhan Strain’s spike-protein region shares the most “genetic similarity with a bio-engineered commercially” available gene sequence that’s designed to help with immunotherapy research. It is remotely mathematically possible for this to happen in nature – but only in a ten-thousand bats chained to ten-thousand Petri dishes and given until a infinity of time.

And so, as the report goes on, a scientist who’s been prolifically involved with studying the molecular interaction of Coronaviruses and humanity, spending decades and millions of dollars, and having even helped build a hyper-virulent coronavirus from scratch at UNC – just so happens to be working at the only BSL-4 virology lab in China, that also just so happens to be at the epicenter of an outbreak involved a Coronavirus that’s escaping zoological classification and whose novel spike-protein region shares more in common with a “commercial genetic vector” than any of its wild relatives!!!

However, most recently, as an increasing number of global experts questioned China’s initial official story that this came from the food market in Wuhan, Zhengli Shi hurriedly wrote a new report, claiming instead of the initial findings that the novel virus came from a bat in Wuhan i.e. the Chinese chrysanthemum bat. She said that this was a new discovery that she had worked hard for several years, and coincidentally wrote a paper after the outbreak and published it in the famous international academic journal Nature.

THIS IS WHY THE CHINESE HID THE OUTBREAK FOR 4 MONTHS:

The reason why the Chines Communist Party (CCP) held on releasing info about the nCoronavirus Outbreak …. is that they were waiting for Dr. Shi Zhengli’s paper to be published at Nature so that they could claim bat is the origin. #COVID2019 (BUT it was in fact an artificially unnatural bioengineered genome) (a BIG LIE)

CORONAVIRUS: Professor Neil Ferguson states on the COVID-19 Outbreak “We’re at the early stages of a global pandemic” (BBC News) #covid19 #coronavirus #coronavirus outbreak

Let’s hope not and he is wrong…. But after reading this report I question its (Corona Virus) origins and if it is natural or a unnatural synthesized fraction of the bioengineered virus. It definitely is a gigantic global Pandemic Health Emergency threat with the potentially dangerous possibilities it has for the entire human race”

As always,

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

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