Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that he will begin authorizing shutting off water and power services at the properties of repeat offenders who hold large parties.

Garcetti made the announcement amid reports of large parties thrown by promoters who ignore the city's coronavirus safety guidelines.

"The consequences of these large parties ripple far beyond just those parties," Garcetti said during an online video briefing on Wednesday.

His announcement came as demonstrators continue to protest outside Garcetti's Tudor style mansion in Windsor Square.

Garcetti blamed "super spreader" parties for the small spike in positive coronavirus cases in L.A. County.

He said he has ordered the power and lights shut off at residences for "egregious cases". Garcetti said if police are called to residences or businesses with large gatherings more than once, the city will notify the parties responsible and shut off Department of Water and Power service within 48 hours, according to the Daily News.

"While we have already closed all nightclubs and bars, these large house parties have essentially become nightclubs in the hills," he said. "Many times the homes are vacant or used for short term rentals."

Some residents have grown wary of the mayor's overreaching restrictions on their daily lives. They say the mayor is drunk with power and they prefer to be treated like adults capable of making health decisions on their own.

Andrew Toth/Getty Images

Rapper Desiigner took to social media to say the Covid-19 pandemic is fake: "Yo, no funny. Corona is fake, gone, bro [sic]. No funny s**t. Enjoy life. No cap [no lie]. We ain't even on that type of vibe. Corona s**t, man. Honestly, that corona s**t is BS. You feel me?"

Desiigner added that he's convinced the pandemic is just a hoax because he has yet to fall ill with the virus himself, despite not wearing a face mask.

"I ain't get sick yet. I been outside, healthy," he said.

Photo by Judy Eddy/WENN.com

Experts say the coronavirus can live under long false nails for days and they warn women to cut their nails to avoid getting sick or spreading the virus to vulnerable people.

Rapper Cardi B (pictured) is among the celebrities who wear impossibly long false nails that are unhealthy and filthy according to experts.

Dr. Elisabeth Dancey, a British beauty and aesthetics expert, told the DailyMail.com that germs easily hide under fingernails that come in contact with the face.

She says if you can't feel your fingers, then your nails are too long.

"Long nails, nail varnish and nail extensions have always been a no-no for anybody who needs spotlessly clean hands; nurses, doctors, therapists, cooks, mothers and carers."

She said germs such as fungi, bacteria and viruses can easily hide underneath the nail space and easily be transmitted to whatever you touch.

"Doctors know this and rigorously scrub under their nails before donning gloves and performing surgery with a sterile brush and sanitizing solution. We should now follow their example."

She noted it is impossible to properly wash your hands if your nails are long.

ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images

The Coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc on the global economy as stock markets crash, small business shut down, and more employees are being let go or laid off.

Employees who still have jobs are working from home, and restaurants that haven't shut their doors have switched to take-out only or delivery only.

Grocery store shelves are bare. Millions of children are out of school for weeks or months, and nursing homes have banned families from visiting their loved ones.

The mass hysteria over the coronavirus is unprecedented in the nation's history. Never before has the major sports leagues in America canceled their seasons for a virus epidemic or pandemic.

The following are questions culled from my comments section and emails. Hopefully this Q&A will help ease some of your fears and concerns.
 

What is a coronavirus?

A coronavirus is a virus that causes common respiratory tract infections such as a cold virus.

What is COVID-19?

The novel (new) coronavirus is dubbed COVID-19 because it was first identified in Wuhan China in 2019.

Is Covid-19 deadly?

Covid-19 is deadlier than the common coronavirus because it causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and potentially fatal pneumonia among the elderly population, particularly those with chronic illnesses such as respiratory and heart problems.

What are the symptoms of Covid-19?

The symptoms include fever (over 101.5), cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms include sore throat, joint and muscle pain, headaches and weakness.

How is the virus transmitted?

The main route of transmission is via droplets in the air from coughing or sneezing. The other mode of transmission is via touching contaminated objects or surfaces then touching your face.

I have flu-like symptoms? Should I go and get tested?

First, don't panic. Call your doctor or healthcare professional for instructions. Don't go to the hospital unless absolutely necessary.

What is the incubation period for Covid-19?

The incubation period (the time before you experience symptoms) is anywhere from 2 days to 14 days.

Is there a cure for Covid-19?

There is no cure for a virus. There are treatments such as Theraflu or a similar medication to relieve the symptoms.

Who is most at risk for dying from Covid-19?

People most at risk for dying from the virus are the elderly, over age 60, who have chronic illnesses such as cancer, respiratory or cardiac problems. And people who smoke.

I was recently in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19. How many days should I self-quarantine?

Follow the quarantine instructions on the CDC's website. Avoid going to the hospital unless absolutely necessary.

Why are young people dying from Covid-19?

Less than 19% of the death cases in Italy are people under age 40. Those young people may have been smokers or vapers. They may also have respiratory illnesses or compromised immunity caused by HIV/AIDS. The data shows that young people who have no preexisting conditions are not affected by the virus.

Is the coronavirus deadlier than the common flu virus?

No. Statistics shows the coronavirus kills an average of 2 people per day (out of a population of 327 million) in America. By comparison, the influenza virus kills 100-200 people per day in America.

Is Covid-19 more contagious than the flu virus?

There is not enough data to know the answer. The CDC is very slow to complete testing - unless you are wealthy or a celebrity.

What is the fatality rate for Covid-19?

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the fatality rate is less than 1%. When more Americans are tested for the virus, the fatality rate will fall to 0.1% (same as the flu). About 81% of people who have the virus will recover. A majority of those don't have symptoms.

Is my child at risk of catching the coronavirus?

Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

The data shows most children who test positive for the coronavirus have no symptoms or mild symptoms. Some children get sick if they have preexisting conditions or weak immunity from a recent cold or the flu. No child has died from Covid-19 anywhere in the world.

Sandra, you keep saying the coronavirus is just like the flu. Isn't that irresponsible?

What I said is Covid-19 is "no worse than the flu." Most people who contract Covid-19 have no symptoms or their symptoms are mild. People who have recovered from Covid-19 say it feels like a mild case of the flu.

Are the gheys more vulnerable to dying from Covid-19?

Homosexuals and transgenders are most at risk if they have weak immunity from HIV/AIDS or some other respiratory illness.

Will washing my hands protect me from the virus?

Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds kills the virus on your hands. But you may still contract Covid-19 if someone who is sick coughs or sneezes around you.

I want to comply with social distancing. How far should I separate myself from others?

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends maintaining a distance of 6 feet from anyone who is coughing or sneezing. The CDC recommends 3 feet of separation between yourself and others.

Can I have sex with my partner if we're positive for Covid-19?

Covid-19 is not a sexually transmitted disease. But transmission during sex is 100% due to kissing. If you are both positive - and neither of you are sick - you can enjoy physical intimacy to pass the time while you're both in self isolation.

Can food transmit the coronavirus?

According to the FDA, there is no evidence that Chinese food transmits the coronavirus.

Why is the response to Covid-19 so different from the response to H1N1 (Swine flu) in 2009?

Thanks to the internet and social media, fake news spreads faster now than it did in 2009. Dr. Roger Marshall, who represents Kansas' 1st district, believes Covid-19 is being "sensationalized," and he says the news media has blown the virus out of proportion. Dr. Drew Pinsky also criticized the news media for overhyping Covid-19.

Why aren't celebrities and athletes who test positive for the virus getting sick?

Because the Covid-19 virus is no worse than the flu. Many people are healthy and have strong immune systems to fight off the virus, so they don't get sick.

Why are so many people dying from Covid-19 in Italy and Iran?

Because the healthcare systems in those countries are not as good as in the United States. Also, many people in those countries are smokers or they were HIV-positive.

Why is there so much hysteria surrounding Covid-19?

Because we live in an era where fake news and bad information spreads instantly via the internet and cable news before it is verified.

What are antibodies?

Antibodies are part of your immune response to any virus. When you catch a cold, your immune system kills the virus then creates antibodies that will recognize that virus and protect you from that virus (except HIV).

If I have Covid-19, can I transmit it to my dog or cat?

One dog in China contracted a "low-level infection" from its owner. The dog did not get sick. Current data shows humans do not transmit Covid-19 virus to their pets.

What is ACE2?

Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2, or ACE2, is a protein that Covid-19 virus attaches to so it can enter human cells to replicate (make copies of itself).

Are Black people immune from Covid-19 because we have less ACE2?

No. Black people can still acquire Covid-19, but the symptoms are usually mild to non-existent.

I heard that a Black person died from Covid-19. Is that true?

Yes. A few Black people have died from Covid-19 because they smoked or they had chronic illnesses such as cancer, AIDs, respiratory or heart problems.

I have diabetes. Should I be concerned?

Just like the flu, Covid-19 can drive your blood sugar up. Monitor your blood sugar and urine ketones if you're a diabetic Type 1. Be cautious adjusting your insulin dosage (if you take insulin). You should keep emergency carbohydrates on hand in case your blood sugar drops unexpectedly.

I smoke a lot of weed. Should I be concerned?

Yes. The data shows people who smoke or vape are in the high risk category.

I ordered something on Amazon. It's shipping from China. Should I be concerned?

No. According to the CDC, the virus doesn't survive long on packages or letters. The virus needs a host to survive. Covid-19 can survive up to 9 days on surfaces but only under laboratory conditions. A hot, stuffy UPS or FEDEX truck is not a laboratory condition.

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:

1. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
2. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow
5. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
6. When in doubt consult with a healthcare professional
 

DISCLAIMER

Any medical information published on this blog is for your general information only and is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice. You should not take any action before consulting with your personal physician or a health care provider. Sandrarose.com and its affiliates cannot be held liable for any damages incurred by following information found on this blog.

Photo may have been deleted

Photo: Twitter.com/@yaletung

A doctor based in Spain has self-quarantined in his home after he was diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus on Sunday. Dr. Yale Tung Chen contracted the virus while treating patients. He decided to document the course of his illness online to help relieve the public's fear and anxiety over the outbreak.

Covid-19 is a virus similar to the flu that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) among the elderly population and those with chronic illness, people with weak immune systems, or smokers.

Dr. Yale Tung Chen began documenting his illness in an online diary on day 1, telling his Twitter followers he had a sore throat and developed "a dry cough and a strong headache". He said he had a low-grade fever which "soon disappeared over the weekend."

He said, "It was reassuring to see [his lungs] were completely normal" on lung scans.

Day 2

"The headache and the sore throat started to fade away on day two. On the lungs there appeared to be a little effusion [liquid] with signs of pneumonia on the back." The doctor stated he had developed mild pneumonia which he is treating at home by taking Motrin and Tylenol and doing push ups, adding: "I'm doing fine."

Those with weak immune systems will need to be seen in hospital if they develop pneumonia.

Day 3

Dr. Yale Tung Chen said: "Today the cough went heavily up, and has now calmed. Diarrhea started." Referring to his ultrasound of his lungs, he said it "remained similar" to the previous chest scans. "I'm feeling well, and there is no data to say the opposite."

Day 4

Dr. Yale Tung Chen told LBC News he was feeling "awfully tired" by Thursday - four days after his diagnosis. He said his latest ultrasound shows pneumonia in the middle lobe of his right lung. "More cough & tiredness (very badly), still no [pain on inhaling]/chest pain." More fluid buildup in left lung.

Photo may have been deleted

He said he was "overwhelmed" by the public response to his health diary.

For most healthy people under age 60, the novel coronavirus causes only mild symptoms such as cough, headache, sore throat and low-grade fever.

The virus can cause serious illness among the elderly population, particularly those with existing health problems such as heart and respiratory problems or diabetes.

So far, the majority of the 38 deaths in the US are elderly and chronically ill. The average age is 80.

Stock photo via Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has issued a warning to parents to make arrangements tp "tele-school" their children as the coronavirus moves closer to a pandemic.

Senior CDC official Nancy Messonier said she called her children's school and asked if there are plans for tele-schooling if the school closes to prevent the spread of the virus.

"We are asking the American public to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad," Messonier said.

So far, 57 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the U.S. 40 of the cases came from the infected Diamond Princess cruise ship.

More than 80,000 people are infected and 2,700 people have died worldwide. But the numbers are believed to be much higher.

A Harvard professor predicts 40-70 percent of the world's population - 3 billion to 6 billion people may become infected with the coronavirus.

Photo by Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com

South Korean boy band BTS urged fans to stay away from their upcoming shows to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

BTS is set to film several TV shows in Seoul this week, marking the release of their latest album, Map Of The Soul: 7, but they are encouraging their faithful fans not to show up to the show's tapings, WENN.com reported.

Photo by Adriana M. Barraza/WENN

In an email to fan club members, the bandmates have confirmed the shows will go ahead as planned, but without a studio audience.

"We have decided to fully co-operate with the government's policy to refrain from holding events with a massive number of participants in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus," a statement from the group's record label reads.

Photo by Apega/WENN.com

"We would like to advise fans to refrain from visiting the venue of the press conference for your own safety, and ask you to support BTS by watching the press conference via livestreaming."

Drone videos show thousands of desperate South Koreans lining up to buy face masks after a few dozen cases of the coronavirus ballooned to over 800 confirmed cases practically overnight.

The coronavirus has claimed the lives of seven people in South Korea and over 800 people are infected in the country.

The Korean Music Awards, where BTS was nominated for Artist and Song of the Year, has also been canceled, WENN.com reports.

Photo by BACKGRID

Fears spread in Milan, Italy as a suspected case of the Coronavirus arrived at the infectious diseases department at Sacco hospital in Milan, where Milan Fashion Week events are underway.

Photo by BACKGRID

What, me worry? Supermodel Bella Hadid shows little concern as news of six Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases spreads through Milan, Italy during Milan Fashion Week. The 23-year-old model is a favorite of runway fashion designers.

Photo by BACKGRID

'Riverdale' actress, Camila Mendes and her new boyfriend were spotted leaving Salvatore Ferragamo boutique during Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy.

Photo by BACKGRID

Models holding face masks and wearing goggles are seen modeling the new high fashion anti-contamination wear called "GET CONTAMINATED by Made in Italy."

Photo by BACKGRID

Six new cases of the deadly virus were confirmed in the northern region of Italy on Friday. A 38-year-old man is in critical condition in intensive care. None of the sickened Italians visited China.

Officials are testing hundreds of people who came in contact with the sick in the northern Lombardy region.

The six cases are the first known local transmissions of the potentially deadly illness in the country. Residents in the northern region are being told to stay in their homes.

Photo may have been deleted

Stock photo via Getty Images

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a highly contagious pathogen that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in humans. The virus is believed to have escaped from a level 4 biohazard laboratory in Wuhan, China in December.

Chinese officials report over 2,000 people have died from the disease so far. But American officials suspect the number of deaths is much higher - maybe in the tens of thousands of deaths.

The virus uses Angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptors to gain entry into human cells. It replicates rapidly in the lungs, causing death from respiratory arrest or multiple organ failure.

People with an abundance of the ACE2 protein in their bodies are more susceptible to the virus.

The signs and symptoms are fever, cough, shortness of breath, headaches, and diarrhea.

Stock photo by RUNSTUDIO via Getty Images

A doctor who was silenced by the Chinese government when he tried to warn other doctors about the newly discovered coronavirus has been hospitalized with the disease.

On Dec. 30, Dr. Li Wenliang sent a chat group message to fellow doctors warning them about seven patients who had been quarantined in a Wuhan hospital with a mysterious illness that resembled SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

Screenshots of his warning message went viral on social media and Li was summoned to the Public Security Bureau just four days later, the BBC News reported.

"When I saw [the message] circulating online, I realized that it was out of my control and I would probably be punished," Li told CNN from his hospital bed in Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus.

Li, 34, was confirmed positive for the coronavirus and hospitalized in intensive care over the weekend, despite wearing a hazmat suit and face mask while treating patients.

Li was one of several doctors targeted by police as Chinese authorities tried to suppress information related to the virus in the early days of the outbreak.

The Chinese government has been accused of suppressing the true scale of the epidemic. The death toll is 380 with over 20,000 infections in 20 countries. But critics say the true numbers are probably much higher.

There are 11 confirmed cases so far in the United States.