Today in My History
Bev's 65 x 365
Cast (updated 7/16)
11 March 2021
According to Google, today is the 142nd birthday of Dr. Wu Lien-teh, the Chinese-Malaysian epidemiologist who invented a surgical face covering that is considered the precursor to the N95 mask, which is widely used today to combat the spread of COVID-19. He was the first Chinese student to get his MD from Cambridge University
There was an epidemic that hit China in 1910 and the government appointed Wu to investigate. He identified the disease as a highly contagious pneumonic plague that spread through respiratory transmission, which became known as the Manchurian plague.
One of the ways Wu helped to combat the spread of the disease was by designing a surgical mask with cotton and gauze that included several layers of cloth to filter inhalations.
Wu advised people to wear his mask and worked with the government to establish quarantine stations and hospitals, restrict travel and apply progressive techniques to sterilize equipment. So the instructions we have been given for Covid-19 are nothing new; they have been proven effective in the past and helped end the Manchurian plague in 1911. Wu was the first Chinese person nominated for the Nobel Prize in psychology or medicine.
In honor of Wu's birthday, I got a new mask.
The CDC has come out with updated health care prevention and control recommendations. Now if you are vaccinated with both shots it's OK to visit with someone else who is vaccinated and you don't need masks or social distancing.
I contacted Sandy at Eldervilla and told him we had just received our second vaccine and asked if in 2 weeks, when the vaccine is fully active if it would be OK to come and visit my mother--and he said yes! So I plan to go to Eldervilla in the next week or two.
It has been a whole year since I last saw her.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Lacie has gone back to school
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