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If anyone is able to help, ( Collapse ). We'd be very grateful for anything. We need $1600 to cover everything, and I don't expect to get that much, but every little bit helps. Just to keep our heads above the water for the next few weeks. And once I'm working, I'll be more than happy to come back here and pay it forward to whoever else needs help.
It feels kind of surreal to be here. It's been years since I've been on LJ; the only reason I logged in is because I got an email notification that an old friend sent me a PM, so I came back to read that. I'm still feeling disoriented... Well, thanks for the invite, I hope we can help each other.
I think it would be great for folks to post here - on how to survive physically and mentally. How to store food. How to avoid trouble.
But you know you can go back and find a few of those kinds of post already here. Plus, there is a new community that you really must check out. It is perfect for this!
anti_viral is a new, active community where people are getting together and expressing their views and feelings about what is going on with this global crisis. It is shooting towards being one of LJ's hottest communities. Its ironic and a shame that it does so on the back of so much angst and trouble and illness. But, believe me, this community serves a very healthy purpose. I think you will like it. Please check it out and add it. You won't find anything closer to true community than you will there!
It provides support during these very dark times.
Exclusive: Hong Kong’s leading public health epidemiologist says other countries should consider adopting China-style containment measures
The novel coronavirus epidemic could spread to two-thirds of the world’s population if it cannot be controlled, according to Hong Kong’s leading public health epidemiologist.
His warning came after the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said recent cases of coronavirus patients who have never visited China could be the “tip of the iceberg”. Professor Gabriel Leung, chair of Public Health Medicine at Hong Kong University, said the overriding question was to figure out the size and shape of the iceberg. Most experts thought that each person infected would go on to transmit the virus to around 2.5 other people. That gave an “attack rate” of 60-80%.Continue reading...
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