Monthly meeting on Thursday 6/11 is cancelled.
Tony and I had a teleconference call (6.9.20) with Mary and Antonio.
Items that were discussed:
•Pool project. After the concrete decking was removed, the county inspectors noticed that the plumbing was too small in diameter and the piping was not buried deep enough. You must remember that this forty year old pool that must be brought to updated 2020 standards.These items were noticed and will add approximately one to one and a half weeks to the project. The new completion date is now around mid August.
•Security patrol. The patrol is now back to it’s regular schedule.
•July will be starting the homesite inspections.
•Roads are to be slurry sealed and the RV area will hopefully start in mid July.
We hope to be back to our regular meeting schedule in July.
Be safe everyone
San Vicente Homeowners Association
Photos by John Wiley 5/27 & 6/10/2020 (click to enlarge):
The C-19 Page here at the SVMHA website was updated today, adding two new Links for news on the novel Corona virus and related COVID-19 pandemic.
One link is to a short PBS Amanpour & Co. interview about new trends in early home detection and treatment, developed during the NYC case surge. It’s particularly relevant to “at risk” populations, such as those with preexisting medical conditions or over age 55. Significant emphasis is placed on the importance of early detection and treatment, including much that can be done at home.
One detection strategy mentioned several times is to use an inexpensive home “pulse oximeter“ to monitor our blood oxygen level if we have any reason to suspect risk of C-19. Walmart had one for $20, though it may be sold out as word of this useful tool gets out.
A free detection strategy also mentioned in some detail is to monitor respiration rate. NYC experience showed that base (resting) breathing rate increases as C-19 infection develops, but people don’t notice it. If we establish our normal healthy rate, we can check it to see if there’s a significant increase. That of course could be somewhat difficult to do by ourselves, and perhaps also affected by worrying about C-19. Some oximeters selling for about $50 and up claim to provide both blood oxygen and respiration rate.
The other link is to a review of the 100 or more vaccine development efforts worldwide. The article begins with a brief explanation of the challenges involved in bringing a safe and effective vaccine to global deployment. On page two it describes the eight current top candidates already in clinical trials, and provides a link to a World Health Organization (WHO) site to watch for more info & updates.
The California COVID-19 website has added a “FAQ” (Frequently Asked Questions) page clarifying what’s included in the state “Stay Home” Executive Order. Among the Q&A items covered is clarification that walking (including with pets as per the SVMHA rules) is specifically approved.
*The key caveat is that 6′ separation is mandated for anyone not in your household. That standard measure mandated for public places in addition to ample fresh air is deemed safe, so we can get our exercise and enjoy this wonderful Spring air and views of our green hills.
We’ve added links to the FAQ and the full text PDF file of the Executive Order to our C-19 page here on the SVMHA website.
“Can I still exercise? Take my kids to the park for fresh air? Take a walk around the block?
Yes. So long as you are maintaining a safe social distance of six feet from people who aren’t part of your household, it is ok to go outside for exercise, a walk or fresh air. Gyms are closed.”
“Can I walk my dog? Take my pet to the vet?
You can walk your dog. You can go to the vet or pet hospital if your pet is sick. Remember to distance yourself at least six feet from other pets and owners.”
Our resident infectious disease expert Bruce Phillips has passed along this warning not to use ibuprofen (aka Advil, Motrin, Nurofen, etc.) if you have any possible symptoms of COVID 19. Instead, the recommendation is to use only the prescribed dose (to avoid liver damage) of acetaminophen (aka Paracetamol or Tylenol). Note that after this warning was issued, the World Health Organization (WHO) investigated and rescinded their warning not to use ibuprophen. To keep you informed, we’re passing along the original warning and this link to more info.
Geneva (AFP) - The World Health Organization recommended Tuesday that people suffering COVID-19 symptoms avoid taking ibuprofen, after French officials warned that anti-inflammatory drugs could worsen effects of the virus.
The warning by French Health Minister Olivier Veran followed a recent study in The Lancet medical journal that hypothesised that an enzyme boosted by anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen could facilitate and worsen COVID-19 infections.
Asked about the study, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told reporters in Geneva the UN health agency's experts were "looking into this to give further guidance."
"In the meantime, we recommend using rather paracetamol, and do not use ibuprofen as a self-medication. That's important," he said.
He added that if ibuprofen had been "prescribed by the healthcare professionals, then, of course, that's up to them."
His comments came after Veran sent a tweet cautioning that the use of ibuprofen and similar anti-inflammatory drugs could be "an aggravating factor" in COVID-19 infections.
"In the case of fever, take paracetamol," he wrote.
The French minister stressed that patients already being treated with anti-inflammatory drugs should ask advice from their doctor.
Paracetamol must be taken strictly according to the recommended dose, because too much of it can damage the liver.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected around 190,000 people worldwide and killed more than 7,800, causes mild symptoms in most people, but can result in pneumonia and in some cases severe illness that can lead to multiple organ failure.
Even before the pandemic, French authorities sounded the alarm over serious "infectious complications" linked to the use of ibuprofen, which is sold under various brands like Nurofen and Advil, and other anti-inflammatory drugs.
A spokesperson for British pharmaceutical company Reckitt Benckiser, which makes Nurofen, said in an email statement that the company was aware of concerns raised about "the use of steroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) products, including ibuprofen, for the alleviation of COVID-19 symptoms."
Here’s a March 18, 2020 “over the fence” view of the pumphouse tank construction (click on it to enlarge), updating the view posted 12/29/2019. The two concrete tanks both have roofs with access points, the earth is filled in around them again, and the remaining area formerly used for the ponds is level. What will be going in there?
Our helpful local expert Bruce Phillips has written up two tips for us to help with the COVID-19 pandemic. Note in particular his warning about the somewhat narrow range of hand santitizer alcohol concentration that’s most effective (water is required along with the alcohol, to penetrate and destroy the virus). We’ve added them to the new C-19 Page here. He invites you to ask any questions you may have on his tips or anything related to the pandemic. You’re also invited to share any tips or information you may have or that you’ve found useful.