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Chitlins may be a COVID-19 early detection tool

Chitterlings is their government name, but Black folks know them as chitlins. Anyone who has experienced the smell of chitlins being cleaned or cooked know how badly they stink.
Chitterlings are cow or pig intestines that were common peasant food in medieval England and made their way to America as a slave’s delicacy. I am proud to say that my generation may be the first in the slave lineage that has stopped eating chitlins.
Many of our parents and grandparents included chitlins with the holiday meals. I hated when my mom would stink up the house cleaning and cooking chitlins. Just the smell alone made me never want to eat that stuff. I watched the older folks devour chitlins at Thanksgiving and Christmas meals in disbelief.

Gut of pork in the tray at market
I know y’all hating me right about now

I’m ashamed to admit while at my favorite aunt’s house with all my cousins sitting around the large table, she slipped chitlins on our dinner plates. I wasn’t tipped off because they were prepared when I wasn’t there and the smell goes away after they’re cooked. My dumb ass thought they were noodles. I ate them and actually liked them. All of a sudden it hit me – ‘These is some damn chitlins. I been got!’
I never ate them again and never will, but I hear there’s a Chinese restaurant in Wilmington that serves a huge helping of chitlins for take-out for those of you jonesing to get your slave taste buds reacclimated.
The reason I mention chitlins is a report by Axios that says the loss of smell could be an early detection sign of COVID-19. They quote an AP article which says…

  • There’s evidence from South Korea, China and Italy for loss or impairment of smell in infected people.

  • In South Korea, some 30% of people who tested positive for the virus have cited loss of smell as their major complaint in otherwise mild cases.

  • That might serve as a useful screening tool — a way to spot infected people without other symptoms like fever, coughing and shortness of breath.

If you’ve got a tub of chitlins in the icebox, this might be the time to pop the lid, get a little vinegar, clean a small portion, and see if someone in the house doesn’t complain. That would be the one in need of a COVID-19 test.

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COVID-19 must make you forget where you live

Last evening I checked the county map of COVID-19 case and noticed the 2 cases in Chester were reduced to 0. Was it an error removing them off the site? Did these two ladies get miraculously healed in 24-hours? Did they just disappear off the earth (but not die because they would be listed as COVID-19 deaths on the map)?
I wanted to ask someone but I had no clue who to ask. The few people I thought to ask have been too busy to answer my other questions and I didn’t want to call the local hotline because my curiosity wasn’t an emergency.
The Delaware County Times comes to the rescue again this morning with an article stating…

The city Office of Emergency Management announced Monday night that two cases in Chester had been reported in error. The city currently has no identified cases.

I think we deserve an answer as to why they were reported as Chester cases and all of a sudden they’re not Chester cases. It stains the reputation of the map if errors like this are widespread or at least not explained.
Chester gets wrongly blamed for a lot of stuff. Looks like COVID-19 cases are the latest stain on the city.
There is good news from the mistake. Finally, Chester’s Mayor, or Health Bureau, or Emergency Management team, or all of the above, are talking about a testing site located in Chester.
Maybe those two ladies forgot where they lived, but at least they gave Chester the gift of a potential COVID-19 testing facility.

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Chester gets first 2 COVID-19 cases

Two females in Chester, one 63-years-old and the other 71, have been added to the list of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Delaware County.
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How to ration food with hungry kids?

I’m absolutely not providing advice on this one. I’m counting on those of you who are stuck at home with several mouths to feed to help one another learn how to stretch the food you have on hand.
One thing I know for sure, I want to eat a whole lot more when I’m home all day than when I’m running these streets. During these time when I definitely have a lot more food in the house than normal, it’s taking some deliberate self-discipline to not stuff my face all day long. Thankfully, the one thing I gave up for Lent is pastry. Otherwise, I’d be scarfing down a daily Phatso’s doughnut in the morning, sliding a tasty dessert along with lunch, and justifying a cookie or two for a night time snack.
Kids know nothing about self-discipline. All they know is there’s food in the house and they should be eating it. Now that they’re home all day, unless you put a lock on the cabinet and refrigerator, you could find a week’s worth of groceries annihilated in days.
And then there’s those of us who aren’t stocked up with food. We may have lost our only source of income in the past week or so and have no money coming in to replenish. I believe Washington, D.C. have heard from a lot of you and that’s why they’re pushing to get money in the mail as fast as possible. Without it, anarchy can set in quickly.
Schools tend to believe they’re only going to be out for another week, but please be prepared for a much longer hiatus. Those free lunches everyone has been providing may dry up soon. Some reports show that in the first few days, not much of the free food was given to the people they thought would come for it. Why? Because they probably had a little food at home to get by.
Our biggest food insecurity issue will occur starting next week and get progressively worse the longer this state of emergency goes on. If you have food you are looking to give away, hold on to it for a little while. It won’t be long before many of the other ‘flash-in-the-pan’ food give aways will be done and you’ll be there to fill the gaps.
I’m reminded of a lady who had a newborn child who said it’s so nice when people give you all those newborn diapers. But, where are they when the baby is nine months old and is still in need of diapers long after the tiny ones run out?
I can’t imagine what some households are going through now for food, and we’re less than a week into the shutdown. Stores are starting to restock from the initial surge and the lines are gone around here. I can’t imagine everyone is stocked up to the gills. I can imagine that despite there being food back on the shelves in the stores, food is running out on the shelves at home along with the money to continue to feed your family in the manner they’re use to.
What can we do to help our neighbors, family members, and friends? Will the government check get to everyone on time with enough money to make a difference? How many people will be giving away free food in two weeks?
These are difficult times that may get a lot more difficult sooner than we anticipate.
What’s your suggestions?

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Where’s the Widener nursing students when the seniors need them?

You’ll recall I visited with the Widener University nursing students a few weeks ago at the Stinson Tower in Chester. These students are there as part of their studies to get experience with real people in the Chester City community.
How special is it to have a team a nurses serving a senior center a couple days a week for free? Although not a nursing home, I’m sure there’s a number of seniors challenged with health and wellness issues just because of their advancing age. There are several signs posted in and around the lobby letting them know the days and times the nurses will be there so they can come down and get checked without having to navigate getting to a doctor’s office if it’s nothing too serious.
These students knock on every door in the building to ask the residents if they are okay and would like to have their vital signs checked. Seems like a great service I’m sure every senior housing development should be entitled to.
I thought I was asking a simple question that would get a simple answer when I questioned what type of response do the nursing students get when they knock on doors? The real answer was not what I expected. It seems there’s a bit of resistance from more than a few residents who are annoyed at the nurses. Some seniors are more polite about it than others, but I get a sense the students aren’t seeing as many residents as they anticipated.
While I was with them for the hour or so, two residents interrupted my visit by stopping by the room. One rolled through in his wheelchair to get his blood pressure checked – and it was high. The other guy with a bubbly personality walked in to say hi and I could tell he was a regular with the students.
Now that coronavirus could likely land in the Stinson building, who will be there to check their vital signs? Widener students won’t be back for the foreseeable future and the luxury of having a team a nurses on hand is gone when they are needed the most.
I bet, after all the smoke clears, the Widener nurses will be a lot more appreciated when they get back to Stinson.

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Keystone Quality Transport ambulance staff is prepared for coronavirus

Keystone Quality Transport has quickly geared up for the challenges of transporting individuals who may potentially have coronavirus to health providers by training their first responders how to properly don personal protective equipment and how to operate ventilators.
You see their fleet of ambulances all around Chester and Delaware Counties and with the demand expected to rise in the next few weeks, it’s critical all first responders protect themselves from infection (and from spreading infection) in order to stay on the job to keep these critical ambulances on the streets.
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With a fleet of 130 vehicles, this Delaware County based ambulance company provides a variety of emergency and non-emergency ambulance, paratransit and dedicated shuttle services to hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, adult day care and behavioral health programs. It’s obvious that safety and customer satisfaction are paramount at KQT.
Each year, they perform over 100,000 transports safely and efficiently, driving customer value and patient satisfaction and that number is bound to spike up this year.
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My Coronavirus Survival Kit

A lady clerk at the check-out line said if she gets the coronavirus and dies, it was her turn. The way she said it didn’t indicate she wasn’t taking precautions, but she has resigned herself not to worry.
There’s probably something there for those who are anxious about what’s to come in the next days and weeks as we will likely see an uptick in folks affected and the sad reality that folks are going to die here like they’re dying all across the globe.
The good news is the reported percentage of folks who survive the virus is greater than the number of people who die, if that’s any consolation.
Considering the conservative number of people who will come down with the virus is 40% of the population, a lot of folks are going to be sick for a week or two. Dry cough, fever, body aches, and a runny nose is a pretty sure sign you got it and whatever over the counter meds you’re accustomed to taking may provide some relief. Of course, you should call your doctor to get professional advice and if prescribed medicines, make sure you ask if those over the counter remedies are still safe to take.
The coronavirus takes a more serious turn if you get pneumonia type symptoms. If you have difficulty breathing, it may require a trip to the hospital. Otherwise, avoid the hospital at all costs. It’s the most unsafe place to be right now.
Coronavirus Survial Kit
Here is my collection of coronavirus combatants: Rubber gloves, cough drops, a thermometer, hand sanitizer, bar soap, liquid cough medicine, a couple boxes of tissue, disinfectant spray and disinfectant liquid cleaner. It’s not a lot, but I hope it’s enough.
In the cabinets and ‘ice-box’ are easy to prepare foods that don’t require a Rachel Ray cookbook to complete. Oh, I do have a few rolls of toilet paper, too.
Hopefully, if the virus hits me, I can survive with these supplies and sweat it out in self-quarantine doing a lot of Netflix-and-chill.

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What’s in your Pandemic Pantry?

When it comes to food, I’m a hunter not a shopper.

I’m sure it has a lot to do with my time living in New York sharing an apartment with too many people sharing limited refrigerator and cabinet space along with not having a grocery store within walking distance. But, what we did have in Flatbush Brooklyn were the best shops lined up one next to the other to acquire meats from the butcher; fruits and vegies from the fruit and vegie stands; dairy from the dairy; fish from the fish store; non-perishables from the storefront grocer; and baked goods from the bakeries.

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Chester Against Hunger offering meals to school kids

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Due to the awareness that some children only have access to 3 meals a day when they attend school Lamont Harris and David Ahki’s Place Nelson decided to provide lunch to all Chester School District children this week. (* while supplies last)
Carol HandlingMines Kazeem and Chester UpliftingProgram will assist in mission “Chester Against Hunger”.
Please share!

(I’m assuming it’s free. Though to string all this info together from various places with limited details)

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I bet we’re going to get a Health Department now

There has been a lot of noise in the paper about the issue of not having a health department in Delaware County which would come in handy right about now. In yesterday’s Delaware County Daily Times, they state…

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced action by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide Pennsylvania with $16.9 million in funding to support coronavirus response. Pennsylvania Department of Health said … Delaware County will not receive any of this funding.