[Lupàndu] Corona virus Covid19 Update

Almost two weeks have passed and, like every one else in Europe and North America, our lives have been affected by the new Covid19 pandemics. Prisons are being emptied (including of dangerous criminals), law enforcement won’t act on non-violent crimes, small businesses close down by the hundreds, employees get laid off, looting has started in some places, economic indicators all drop, people work from home, schools and universities have closed, etc. So far, Contagion was not far off.

Let’s stay home, protect our families and keep calm. However, we’ve been following the numbers and they don’t make sense. Yesterday, it was announced Italy has surpassed China in death toll. That immediately stirred doubt because we all know China has the biggest population in the world and a lot of old people too. For some reason, the media don’t talk about that and go with whatever the official number is. Is it to prevent panic? Honestly, it’s best to know and be prepared.

Let’s talk numbers! Italy has a population density of about 150/km2 and a death toll of 3405 as of March 19th while Wu Han, the region where Coronavirus originated, has 3200/km2 and 3248 (whole China) but we’re supposed to believe that China was prepared to handle a new virus that nobody has seen before so well that their death toll after 3 months is lower than Italy after 3 weeks??? I don’t think so.

So I sat down in front of my computer and searched for China’s real death toll number on the internet and quickly found articles and posts that came as far back as early February that were talking about a 25,000 deaths and 155,000 cases!!! Seeing how bad it is in Italy, that sounds more believable. However, many talked about it on the web as being a low estimate as it is rumored China has been burning bodies without testing. Back in early January, Dr. Li Wen Liang warned us on Weibo (Chinese SNS) that the virus was not under control and people were dying left and right which is in contradiction with the official numbers China provided. Some reported that China has been dealing with it since the end of 2019, possibly as far as November, and has hidden it from the world. That’s why now we see China is at the end of their epidemic while we’re only starting. Who knows what the real casualty number is over there now? 30K? More? Italy should be our model and China’s numbers should not even come into the equation.

The 2-3 month crisis duration announced by the authorities may be the most optimistic outcome. This is true, if every one follows the quarantine recommendation when tested positive. However, we already know this is not the case. In the US, several cases have already been reported where the patient is tested positive but because they gave false information, they cannot be contacted to be advised to stay home. Also illegal immigrants are most likely not to go to the hospital. The youth worldwide is also less susceptible to follow the restrictions.

A lot of propaganda from China can be found on our social media from many blue checked accounts and relayed in the media, which doesn’t help the situation. Information retention is a suspect as well. China early on downplayed it, saying human to human transmission was limited and that youth was not affected. I don’t know what was the goal, was it to just preserve their image or more nefarious intentions are behind it? On top of it, USA is quite vulnerable as all their essential medicines such as penicillin and insulin are completely manufactured in China since 2004. How Asian countries are able to test twice as many people as Europe and US daily, especially when all countries supposedly work together??? Something is off.

So what do we know now?

  • Self-isolation is the best defense;
  • We will probably all get it eventually if no vaccine is developed quickly;
  • The restrictions are to avoid us getting sick all at the same time, just like in Italy where they’re at a point where they choose between who’s gonna get help and who’s not because the number of beds is limited and the recovery time for the most critical cases is 2-3 weeks, maybe more. This is why their death toll is so high right now (+600 death today March 20th, highest casualties in one day);
  • Coronavirus, with a basic reproduction number, also called R-naught (R0), of 1.4-3.9, is twice as much more contagious than Ebola and Influenza both at 1.4-2.7;
  • Coronavirus affects all ages. In Italy, half of the ICU patients are under 65 and some as young as 20;
  • The symptoms are fever/chills (98% of cases), fatigue (69%), cough/sore throat (59%), but also, diarrhea, headache, vomit, muscle pain, (you can have some of the symptoms, not necessarily all of them);
  • The incubation is 2-14 days in most cases, can be 0-27 days in some cases;
  • Some patients are asymptomatic (they show no sign of illness) but are highly contagious, hence the importance of testing people (false negative can occur);
  • People with a compromised immune system or pre-existing conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, respiratory diseases, etc, have a much lower of chance to recover from the virus.

Questions that still need answers:

  • When will we get a vaccine?
  • Isn’t there alternative or preventive treatment?
  • Will the shift in temperature affect the propagation of the virus in the next few months?
  • Will the virus spread in the southern hemisphere or will remain contained?
  • Will China eventually reveal the real numbers?
  • Is Sauna or inhalation efficient to combat the virus?

[Lupàndu] Corona virus Covid19

So we’ve all heard about the corona virus. After swine flu and bird flu, the last novel virus from China is spreading fast. It’s a mutation of the SARS virus so, in the most critical cases, it attacks the lungs. As a response, the human body defends the lungs and leaves scar tissue on them that diminishes the lung ability to expand, causing respiratory problems.

You can have more information and live statistics about all this HERE. I know people panic around the world. In some countries they emptied prisons, letting dozens of thousands of people go, some people took their own lives. There’s no need to reach such extremes. Panicking won’t help with the situation. You can only control your own behavior.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water (it’s better that hand sanitizers as too much sanitizer actually weakens your immune system);
  • Avoid putting your hands to your face, especially when using public transport;
  • Avoiding touching random people, no hugs, no handshakes, no money exchange, no big gatherings;
  • Get a small stack of emergency food (about 1 month of food) ready in your pantry such as water, rice, beans, tuna and other canned goods. Things that can be kept several months (if you prepared a few weeks ago like I did, you now probably have no need to raid your supermarket!);
  • Avoid traveling to high risk areas;
  • Drink lemon juice in warm water every morning for vitamin C;
  • Remain calm.

UPDATE : March 14th, 2020 (Added worldometer link and a couple of tips)

[Interview] Esther Musube, Software Engineer

 

Esther is a young woman who reached out to me about two weeks ago and wanted her photo (see above) of her friend Joel and herself featured on my Instagram page @nationluba. I asked her why and she said she wanted to raise visibility of Luba people in tech companies and technical fields. When she told me she works for Facebook, I knew I had to have a talk with her. Despite the technical issues, we pulled through and today I’m able to share with you this video.

Esther grew up in Orlando and it was logical for her to study near her home. She’s finishing her degree at UCF, University of Central Florida, in Orlando. Because she is local, she didn’t have to pay much for her school so she doesn’t have any student loan. Which is awesome! Esther is a smart young lady and I wish her the best in her endeavors.

 

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”Sura Yako” by Sauti Sol

Great song that I listen to non-stop by the Kenyan group Sauti Sol, who won Best African Act at the 2014 MTV EMAs. This was last summer hit in Kenya with many vidz of people trying to do the lipala dance (find the link at the end of the post). This song will get you jumping on your feet. You can hear the “congolese guitar” in the background but the song style is totally Kenyan. I should make a post about Congolese guitar style… Anyways, back to the song. The lyrics are pretty nice too, for what I understand. Kenyan Kiswahili, or ‘Kiswahili bora’ as we call it in Congo, is a bit different, with more Arabic and more English into it. Maybe there are also some slang words or colloquial expressions that I don’t really get (I put a question mark where I’m not sure. Feel free to post comments for your translation). Basically, the guy explains to the girl he chose to marry all the reasons why he loves her and why she shouldn’t love anybody else but him. ‘Sura yako muzuri mama’ will be stuck in your head for a while after one listen. It means ‘Girl, you look fine’… All is said… Enjoy! 🙂

Title: Sura Yako (Your looks)
Artist: Sauti Sol
Album: Live And Die in Afrika
Year: 2014
Directed by Enos Olik

Nimekuchagua wewe, nikupende (I chose you, I love you)
Mama, sitaki mwingine (Girl, I don’t want any other)
Aushi usiniache, usinitende (Never leave my side)
Mama, usipende mwingine (Girl, don’t love any other)

Moyo wangu ni mwepesi (My heart is beating hard)
Umenikalia chapati (You control me*)
Nafanya vituko kama chizi (My jokes are cheesy)
Kukupenda sitasizi (I’ll never stop loving you)
Moyo wangu ni mwepesi
Umenikalia chapati
Nafanya vituko kama chizi
Kukupenda sitasizi

Sura yako muzuri mama aaah (You are beautiful, girl)
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Na tabasamu lako maua aaah (And your smile is like flowers)
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Sura yako muzuri mama aaah
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Na tabasamu lako maua aaah
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama

Itabidi nikulinde, nikutunze (I had to watch over you, I cared for you)
Mama, usikose lolote (Don’t be mistaken, girl)
Pete nayo nikuvishe, nikuoe (I put the ring on your finger, I married you)
Mama, usiende popote (Don’t go anywhere, girl)

Juu moyo wangu ushakubali (My heart already loves you)
Umenikalia chapati
Nitakulinda kama polisi eh (I will protect you like the police)
Itabidi nikumarry (I had to marry you?)
Moyo wangu ushakubali
Umenikalia chapati
Nitakulinda kama polisi eh
Itabidi nikumarry

Sauti-Sol-Drum-Shoot
Polycarp Otieno, Delvin Mudigi, Willis Chimano and Bien-Aimé Baraza

Na sura yako muzuri mama aaah (And your face is beautiful, girl)
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Na tabasamu lako maua aaah
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Na figure yako kama ya chupa ?
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Na sura yako muzuri mama aaah
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama

Piga densi kidogo, piga densi, piga densi kidogo (Dance a little!)
Densi kidogo, piga densi, piga densi kidogo
Densi kidogo, piga densi, piga densi kidogo
Densi kidogo

Sura yako muzuri mama aaah
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Na tabasamu lako maua aaah
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Sura yako muzuri mama aaah
(You’re so beautiful)
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
(You’re so so yeah…)
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama

Aaah muzuri, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
(Piga densi kidogo, baby densi kidogo, mama densi kidogo…)
Aaah muzuri, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
(Na figure yako kama ya chupa)
Aaah muzuri, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Aaah muzuri, muzuri mama

Niwe niwe (It’s you, it’s you (I choose))
Niwe niwe
Niwe niwe

  • this comes from the expression meaning that a woman control her man by his stomach, cooking for him chapati

Check the remix with Iyanya from Nigeria

My Sura Yako playlist

[Interview] Kambale Musavuli

Ces vidéos très intéressantes sont en anglais.

Interesting comments and analysis by Kambale Musavuli of Congolese history and major events in Congo that are all linked to USA from a way or another. These videos comfort my belief that wherever the US intervene, not only in Congo, they only leave a big mess behind that local populations have to deal with for decades. As long as their interest are untouched…

Dec 1,  2011 – Obama, the US and 5 Million Deaths in The Congo

Dec 5,  2011 – Congo: Chaos By Design

Dec 12,  2011 –  The US, Mining and Dictators in the Congo

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Mar 12, 2012 – Kony 2012 Hides US Support for Repressive Ugandan Regime

Mar 16, 2012 – US Supports Election Fraud in Congo

Dec 3, 2012 – With US Blessing, Rwanda Backs M23 Rebels in Congo

Dec 6,  2012 – Is Susan Rice “Bad for Congo”

[Personalitites] Corneille Ewango

Corneille Ewango is a globally known environmentalist and biologist for his work of conservation in Okapi Faunal Reserve located in the Ituri Forest in Eastern Congo. This reserve is classified as World Heritage.
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He speaks here about his work, during TED talk, back in 2008

Language: English

His final words are to promote education and I agree. Education is the solution for many problems in this world. and I mean not only school but also values you can transmit to younger generations. If people learn early the good gesture and what they can do to protect their own environment, they is a good chance they will transmit that to their kids as well.