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#1
Current Events of Note / Re: Monkey Pox? ... Seriously ...
Last post by Raptor - Today at 03:37:40 PM
Quote from: Crosscut on Yesterday at 01:16:53 PMJust in general, PVP-I is a good choice for a SHTF antiseptic regardless.


^^^^ ---- This bears repeating...


A large bottle of PVP-I @ 10% is less than $10. Smaller bottles are available for less.
https://www.amazon.com/Dynarex-D1415-Povidone-Iodine-Solution/dp/B005R8580M/ref=sr_1_6?crid=3NQFDOXOBRLU7&keywords=povidone+iodine+10%25+solution&qid=1653337876&s=hpc&sprefix=Povidone+Iodine+10%25%2Chpc%2C101&sr=1-6

 BTW do not use PVP-I after its expiration date.
https://gobad.tips/does-povidone-iodine-go-bad/#Does_povidone_go_bad?
#2
I got a lot of vaccines as a kid, but I don't remember most of them.

I know I got one for Hepatitis (b and c, I think), but I'm not sure if I ever got the smallpox vaccine. I probably did but I just can't remember it because I was a kid and have forgotten a lot of stuff since then.
#3
This really is just a recommendation/review. I was using Samsungs keyboard. And getting lots of spelling errors and the spell check stopped working this past year or so. I tried two or three of the top keyboards for android. And ended up switching to Gboard.

Its a Google product. And they probably track your bowel movements with it. But they're monitoring our every other vital sign anyway. So why not? ;)

I really like the layout. And the top line suggests correctly spelled words. So after awhile you start abbreviating or just starting to spell a word and it suggests it one line up from where your thumbs are already striking. So its easy to put a longer or harder to spell word in with one thumb tap. Or just a few taps.

My spelling and typing speed have improved dramatically.

Drawbacks:

I still like it better than Samsungs keyboard. I type faster on it with fewer errors. And I can correct words on the fly. Rather than going back through my text replacing underlined words.

But I do have a couple complaints. One is only germaine to Samsung phones with curved glass on the edges. Which I hate. As it always makes you type an O instead of a P on the right side of the keyboard. But with the Samsung keyboard you can move the right side of the keyboard inwards by just a few millimeters. And it solves this problem. Its a very minor tweak to a very minor problem. But annoying none the less.

The only real problem with the Gboard keyboard is its clipboard. It only keeps your last 4 or 5 copies. Unless you pin them to your clipboard. So sometimes when you go back to paste that comment from 6 or more copies ago. Its gone.

Its not that hard to work around but I find it annoying. I do use the pin feature alot though. Its handy to have things, you typically type all the way out, in your clipboard to quickly paste. Like I keep a line of "*****" to quickly paste to break up items in a post or my to do list. As well as typically used longer ohrases or abbreviations. Think "TEOTWAWKI" or "ECWCS".

But even with those minor complaints I still find it much better than the Samsung keyboard or the other ootions on the play store. There really is only one other major competitor. I forget the name. But Gboard is still much better than that one too.

So anyway. If your lamenting the loss of the Samsung keyboards spell check. Check out Gboard. Its improved texting a great deal.

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#4
Current Events of Note / Re: Monkey Pox? ... Seriously ...
Last post by Crosscut - Today at 05:50:10 AM
Some good news for those previously vaccinated against smallpox.

https://www.nature.com/articles/nm1273

QuoteMore than 100 million Americans have received a smallpox vaccination, and a question arising from this report is: how might protective immunity against monkeypox relate to protection against smallpox? With smallpox extinct in nature, it is not possible to determine the key immunological requirements for full protection in humans. Monkeypox, however, serves as an informative surrogate for smallpox in that it is a human pathogen capable of inducing lethal infections in 4–25% of those afflicted and smallpox vaccination is cross-protective. We examined the immune responses and clinical outcome of subjects infected with a West African strain of monkeypox, which may or may not show the same mortality rates observed in previous monkeypox outbreaks. Many factors have a role in monkeypox-induced mortality, including the strain of virus involved, the
route of infection, the age, nutritional status, immune status and vaccination status of the host, and access to sophisticated medical care13. Here we identified five vaccinated subjects who contracted monkeypox and three vaccinated subjects who showed full protection against the onset of monkeypox-induced disease. Although this sample size is too small to make concrete statistical estimations, it broadly suggests that almost half of vaccinated individuals (3 of 8) maintain long-term protective immunity against monkeypox.

Notably, previous analysis of vaccinia-specific antibody levels in 4300 vaccinees showed that B50% have neutralizing antibody titers of Z1:32 (ref. 14), which prior reports suggested would provide fully protective immunity against smallpox. In a study involving 4300 subjects, the overt smallpox attack rate (i.e., clinical disease symptoms after exposure) was 68.8% among unvaccinated contacts, compared to only 3.2% in vaccinated contacts. Notably, 55% (78 of 142) of vaccinated household contacts had clinically inapparent smallpox infections, indicative of preexisting, fully protective immunity. The main (albeit speculative) point of this current study is that our findings are consistent with what would have been predicted by this much larger previous report and show that some level of protective immunity probably exists in contemporary subjects who have received smallpox vaccination in the distant past.

Double vaccinated here, as a young child and again in boot camp.
#6
Disasters in Current Events / Re: War in Ukraine
Last post by 12_Gauge_Chimp - Yesterday at 02:57:31 PM
Quote from: majorhavoc on Yesterday at 02:10:18 PM
Quote from: 12_Gauge_Chimp on Yesterday at 01:51:11 PM
Quote from: NT2C on Yesterday at 01:36:02 PM
Quote from: mzmc on Yesterday at 10:46:30 AMI honestly would have thought the Chinese would be getting up to more seedy and/or sneaky crap while the world is distracted.

Guess Xi still has, *ahem*, matters or internal security to settle and isn't really keen on rocking the boat on an international scale.
More likely, he's watching and taking notes of what not to do when China eventually goes after Taiwan.

Didn't he supposedly have a brain hemorrhage or something ?

I seem to recall reading something recently about Xi having a medical emergency, but the article was kind of vague and only mentioned something pertaining to a possible brain issue.
If that is true, it would be a seismic event. I'm not seeing anything on my news feeds.

Yeah, I'm not seeing anything about it either.

More than likely it was just some internet rumor someone posted and it went nowhere.
#7
Disasters in Current Events / Re: War in Ukraine
Last post by majorhavoc - Yesterday at 02:10:18 PM
Quote from: 12_Gauge_Chimp on Yesterday at 01:51:11 PM
Quote from: NT2C on Yesterday at 01:36:02 PM
Quote from: mzmc on Yesterday at 10:46:30 AMI honestly would have thought the Chinese would be getting up to more seedy and/or sneaky crap while the world is distracted.

Guess Xi still has, *ahem*, matters or internal security to settle and isn't really keen on rocking the boat on an international scale.
More likely, he's watching and taking notes of what not to do when China eventually goes after Taiwan.

Didn't he supposedly have a brain hemorrhage or something ?

I seem to recall reading something recently about Xi having a medical emergency, but the article was kind of vague and only mentioned something pertaining to a possible brain issue.
If that is true, it would be a seismic event. I'm not seeing anything on my news feeds.
#8
Disasters in Current Events / Re: War in Ukraine
Last post by 12_Gauge_Chimp - Yesterday at 01:51:11 PM
Quote from: NT2C on Yesterday at 01:36:02 PM
Quote from: mzmc on Yesterday at 10:46:30 AMI honestly would have thought the Chinese would be getting up to more seedy and/or sneaky crap while the world is distracted.

Guess Xi still has, *ahem*, matters or internal security to settle and isn't really keen on rocking the boat on an international scale.
More likely, he's watching and taking notes of what not to do when China eventually goes after Taiwan.

Didn't he supposedly have a brain hemorrhage or something ?

I seem to recall reading something recently about Xi having a medical emergency, but the article was kind of vague and only mentioned something pertaining to a possible brain issue.
#9
Disasters in Current Events / Re: War in Ukraine
Last post by NT2C - Yesterday at 01:36:02 PM
Quote from: mzmc on Yesterday at 10:46:30 AMI honestly would have thought the Chinese would be getting up to more seedy and/or sneaky crap while the world is distracted.

Guess Xi still has, *ahem*, matters or internal security to settle and isn't really keen on rocking the boat on an international scale.
More likely, he's watching and taking notes of what not to do when China eventually goes after Taiwan.
#10
Current Events of Note / Re: Monkey Pox? ... Seriously ...
Last post by Crosscut - Yesterday at 01:16:53 PM
Here we go again?  Just thinking ahead in the event this does become pandemic and vaccinations are recommended, or mandated.  https://europepmc.org/article/PMC/PMC2323604

QuoteIn these studies, we tested the efficacy of topical PIO administration as a means to reduce virus shedding from the skin following traditional smallpox vaccination. This topical agent was highly effective at reducing or eliminating infectious virus on the skin surface and on the bandages used to cover the vaccination site.

QuoteDespite proper instruction and care of the vaccination site, contact spread of vaccinia virus and ocular infections continue to be a problem among vaccinated military personnel [38]. This has led to secondary and even tertiary transfer of the virus in rare instances

QuoteAnother potential use for topical antivirals may also be as a form of primary prophylaxis by administering ointment on exposed skin of medical personnel or predisposed individuals with atopic dermatitis if they inadvertently come into contact with a recently vaccinated individual. Although washing with soap and water is typically recommended, some detergents (data not shown) and commercial soaps [41] perform poorly at inactivating vaccinia virus. Because PIO administration is generally well tolerated, application of this antimicrobial ointment may be useful for treating other orthopoxvirus infections besides vaccinia. If smallpox were to be released during a bioterrorism event, PIO could be administered directly onto the skin lesions of the patients in order to reduce the risk of fomite spread in the hospital or clinic and/or during transport to designated quarantine sites. This may also be a useful approach to treating monkeypox patients during outbreaks that continue to occur in the Democratic Republic of Congo and possibly other neighboring countries [42, 43]. In this setting, PIO represents an affordable method for reducing virus transmission while at the same time helping to prevent secondary bacterial infections during the pustular stages of disease.

And this abstract:  https://www.researchgate.net/publication/275665559_Smallpox_vaccine_ACAM2000_Sites_and_duration_of_viral_shedding_and_effect_of_povidone_iodine_on_scarification_site_shedding_and_immune_response

Just in general, PVP-I is a good choice for a SHTF antiseptic regardless.


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