Covid -19 is Different than the Flue

Author: from an immunologist at Johns Hopkins University.

Feeling confused as to why Corona virus is a bigger deal than Seasonal flu? Here it is in a nutshell. I hope this helps. Feel free to share this to others who don’t understand…

It has to do with RNA sequencing…. I.e. genetics.

Seasonal flu is an “all human virus”. The DNA/RNA chains that make up the virus are recognized by the human immune system. This means that your body has some immunity to it before it comes around each year… you get immunity two ways…through exposure to a virus, or by getting a flu shot.

Novel viruses, come from animals…. the WHO tracks novel viruses in animals, (sometimes for years watching for mutations). Usually these viruses only transfer from animal to animal (pigs in the case of H1N1) (birds in the case of the Spanish flu). But once, one of these animal viruses mutates, and starts to transfer from animals to humans… then it’s a problem, Why? Because we have no natural or acquired immunity.. the RNA sequencing of the genes inside the virus isn’t human, and the human immune system doesn’t recognize it so, we can’t fight it off.

Now…. sometimes, the mutation only allows transfer from animal to human, for years it’s only transmission is from an infected animal to a human before it finally mutates so that it can now transfer human to human… once that happens..we have a new contagion phase. And depending on the fashion of this new mutation, thats what decides how contagious, or how deadly it’s gonna be..

H1N1 was deadly….but it did not mutate in a way that was as deadly as the Spanish flu. It’s RNA was slower to mutate and it attacked its host differently, too.

Fast forward.

Now, here comes this Coronavirus… it existed in animals only, for nobody knows how long…but one day, at an animal market, in Wuhan China, in December 2019, it mutated and made the jump from animal to people. At first, only animals could give it to a person… But here is the scary part…. in just TWO WEEKS it mutated again and gained the ability to jump from human to human. Scientists call this quick ability, “slippery”

This Coronavirus, not being in any form a “human” virus (whereas we would all have some natural or acquired immunity). Took off like a rocket. And this was because, Humans have no known immunity…doctors have no known medicines for it.

And it just so happens that this particular mutated animal virus, changed itself in such a way the way that it causes great damage to human lungs..

That’s why Coronavirus is different from seasonal flu, or H1N1 or any other type of influenza…. this one is slippery AF. And it’s a lung eater…And, it’s already mutated AGAIN, so that we now have two strains to deal with, strain s, and strain L….which makes it twice as hard to develop a vaccine.

We really have no tools in our shed, with this. History has shown that fast and immediate closings of public places has helped in the past pandemics. Philadelphia and Baltimore were reluctant to close events in 1918 and they were the hardest hit in the US during the Spanish Flu.

Factoid: Henry VIII stayed in his room and allowed no one near him, till the Black Plague passed…(honestly…I understand him so much better now). Just like us, he had no tools in his shed, except social isolation…

And let me end by saying….right now it’s hitting older folks harder… but this genome is so slippery…if it mutates again (and it will). Who is to say, what it will do next.

Be smart folks… acting like you’re unafraid is so not sexy right now.

#flattenthecurve. Stay home folks… and share this to those that just are not catching on

Covid – The Virus and the Vaccine

This info below are some notes from Reading I have been doing.

Reading Reference Links

Bullet Points

  1. Covid 2 is the virus that caused Covid-19
  2. Virus is protein with bad stuff inside
  3. Virus hijack living cells to spread
  4. When corona virus finds a suitable cell, it injects a strand of RNA that contains the entire corona virus RNA
  5. The corona virus suppresses the immune system and copies itself
  6. NSP1 Covid 19 protein slows down the infected cells making of its own protein. This causes the infected cell to make more Covid proteins and stops the infected cells ability to assemble antiviral proteins that could stop the virus.
  7. CoronaVirus is named after the crown of protein spikes covering their outer membrane
  8. Virus’s are dead. Need to attach to something that makes proteins. Human cells make proteins all the time.
  9. B Cells make and release antibodies, these anti bodies attach to the corona virus protein spikes, and make it no longer sticky. The big eater Macrophage (White blood cells) patrol around and look for things with antibodies on, and eat them up.
  10. T cells are the feet on the street looking for broken human cells, and eats those. Normally broken cells are dead, or dying or infected Non normal human cells.
  11. T and B cells stick around after a battle for days, weeks even years in cause this enemy which it has learned about and defeated ever returns.
  12. Vaccines gets the T and B cells ready ahead of time to know this enemy before you have it. That way if you contract the virus’s have have a prepared army waiting, and the battle is easily won.
  13. RNA is a virus’s equivalent to human DNA.
  14. RNA Vaccines are supposed to be faster and cheaper to produce than Whole an Part virus vaccines as the human is the growing vessel, and you don’t actually have a deadly virus being put in you.

Vaccine Types

  1. Using the whole live or dead virus and injecting that into the body to activate the T and B cells to start fighting. Things that can go wrong are the virus going rouge and completely taking down the human. West Africa is having this issue with Polio vaccines right now.
  2. Using part of the virus, for example NSP1 and let the body know it and build up T and B Cells. Since its not the whole virus, there is no danger of it taking hold. By itself NSP1 is pretty useless. But NSP1 is also the key for the virus to start to work. So if the body can destroy NSP1 on contact, theoretically the whole virus would never have a chance if treated before hand with a NSP1 vaccine.
  3. Genetic Vaccines is injecting the RNA of a protein of the virus into the body so your body makes disease fighting antigens of it. I don’t understand this one much, but seems like you are sending the design of part of a virus so the body can see its bad, and build defenses against the virus. Making you immune to it. To me it almost sounds like your body could start to think the virus is safe and no longer fight it.

Your Blood

What is in your Blood

Blood has red blood cells made in your bone marrow, white blood cells which aid in creating antibody’s and fighting disease, plasma which is the liquid that carries everything made up of all sorts of stuff like water, proteins, sugar, fats, vitamins. Finally there are platelets which stick to stuff and does things like stop bleeding.

Antigens and Antibodies


COVID-19 Helpful Information

The new Corona-virus may not show sign of infection for many days. How can one know if he/she is infected?
By the time they have fever and/or cough and go to the hospital, the lung is  usually 50% Fibrosis and it’s too late. Taiwan experts provide a simple self-check that we can do every morning.

Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds. If you complete it successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stiffness or tightness, etc., it proves there is no Fibrosis in the lungs, basically indicates no infection.
In critical time, please self-check every morning in an environment with clean air.

I received this message by email from My mother in law, who received it form someone, who received it from someone. I wish I could give credit, or validate, but source is unknown. Not mine but though it may be useful.

Serious excellent advice by Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases:
Everyone should ensure your mouth & throat are moist, never dry.
Take a few sips of water every 15 minutes at least. Why?

Even if the virus gets into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids will wash them down through your throat and into the stomach. Once there, your stomach acid will kill all the virus. If you don’t drink enough water more regularly, the virus can enter your windpipe and into the lungs. That’s very dangerous.
Please send and share this with family and friends.
Take care everyone and may the world recover from this Corona-virus soon.


1. It will first infect the throat, so you’ll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days
2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further.
3. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you’re drowning. It’s imperative you then seek immediate attention.

Early thoughts on CORONAVIRUS

NOTE information below came out in Feb/March and is interesting on how what seemed ground breaking or informative now appears dull not that useful or even a little false.

Updated – 2020 07 06

Last evening dining out with friends, one of their uncles, who’s graduated with a master’s degree and who worked in Shenzhen Hospital (Guangdong Province, China) sent him the following notes on Coronavirus for guidance:
1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold
2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees C.
4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne(Wind can make this distance much greater).
5. If it drops on a metal surface it can spread for at least 12 hours – so if you come into contact with any metal surface – wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it.
7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but – a lot can happen during that time – you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.
9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
10. Can’t emphasis enough – drink plenty of water!

Phone Systems Technology

Sagnoma Switchvox Third Party SSL Install


  1. Perform a Donation to
  2. Register for an account at
  3. Do custom Verification by adding a DNS txt record
  4. Once verified, Download and unzip certs
  5. Make sure you have Openssl install on your Mac/PC/Linux
  6. open terminal prompt, and navigate to your key folder
  7. run “openssl rsa -in private.key -text > private.pem”
  8. Open the new pem file, and copy only the rsa portal and past into the private key section of the Switchvox

NOTE: erroneous error will display if your server IP address is local IP, and if you have other phone network IP addresses which are not public IP address which is registered with the certificate

If an SSL certificate blocks your web access, make sure you have accepted the certificate in your browser, or try using a different browser. 

Make sure that the certificate matches the hostname on the Switchvox server (go to Server > IP Configuration > Advanced Options > Hostname (and Jabber Hostname can be the same as the Hostname).

Check under Server > Phone Networks and make sure the Host Address has the hostname there, not the IP Address of the server.

RESET SSL from Server Console

From the appliance, plug a VGA monitor and a USB keyboard into the Switchvox server. There are a few things you can do to restore service from the text menu. 

  • Unblock local IPs 
  • Restore Web Admin Access
  • Reset HTTPS certificate only IF the certificate you created and installed is still not working.
Remote Access Technology

Add AD user to remote computer RDP Group

If you admin a Microsoft domain, and users use Remote Desktop to remote into their LAN PC, you have to at times add the users account to the computers local remote desktop group.

Powershell Script

$sb = {
$members = ‘NET\persons.account’
Add-LocalGroupMember -Group ‘Remote Desktop Users’ -Member $members
Invoke-Command -ScriptBlock $sb -Computername station60

DNS SSL Technology

Adding SSL to your GoDaddy Site for Free

Security is important, and web browser makers are making SSL pretty much mandatory. If you purchase a ssl cert you will be spending some coin, plus IMHO it is more complicated that doing it for free.

I will show you how I setup my GoDaddy sites with SSL certificates using and DoDaddy DNS.


  1. DNS Hosting on GoDaddy
  2. Web Sites Hosted on GoDaddy

Tools You May Use

  1. web site Please donate for the free service relative to your income. It keeps these type of services affordable for everyone.
  2. Web site
  3. Web site
  4. Web site
  5. Command or terminal prompt with nslookup

Step 1

Log into GoDaddy and click on DNS >> Manage Zones

Type in your domain name you want to add SSL to

look for existing TXT records that are named _acme-challenge and you see any delete them

Next, go to the web site and enter that same domain name without the www in it, click “Create Free SSL Certificates”

You will have three options, choose the Manual Verification DNS option.

Then click “Manually Verify Domain” button

  • Add a TXT record
  • Copy form sslforfree the host _acme.challenge and paste into host field of GoDaddy TXT record
  • Copy the value and paste into GoDaddy TXT Value field
  • Change the GoDaddy TTL to Custom and the Seconds to 600. that is the lowest GoDaddy allows.
  • Do the same fo the www record also. It will be identical to the first one but the _acme-challenge will have .www in it also
  • No open each sslForFree verify links in a new browser tab. Normally DNS record updates are available within 60 seconds or less. You should see something like the below. Key on the first sentance “TXT Record(s) Found.” if you see that you are good.

If you do NOT see that but rather see the below error, Go To Troubleshooting below.

No TXT Record Found. Make to set the TTL to 1 second or if you cannot set the TTL then you must wait the TTL (in seconds) so it updates before verifying the domain. Contact your DNS provider if unsure.

Assuming your DNS TXT records checked out, you can now click the button “Download SSL Certificate”. This will generate the certificate, private key and CA Bundle. These three blocks of text are required to be copied and pasted into GoDaddy. It will take about 30 seconds for the certs to be generated.

Once certificate is generated

  • Go to CPanel >> Search for SSL and select SSL/TLS.
  • Now Select Manage SSL Certificates link
  • Copy and Paste your certificate in the field called Certificate (CRT) and click the AutoFill by Certificate button
  • Copy and Paste the sslforfree field called private key into the GoDaddy Private Key (KEY) Field
  • Finally click the button at the bottom Install Certificate
  • Congrats, your SSL Cert is installed.
Click SSL/TLS link
Click the AutoFill by Certificate



  1. Confirm the SOA DNS shows your text records
  2. Confirm replication is taking place throughout the world

Use the Tools to verify Replication

  1. web site
  2. web site
  3. command or terminal prompt with nslookup

Confirm SOA is Correct

SOA or Start of Authority is what I call the master DNS Record holder. This is the GoDaddy name server that holds your DNS Records (what you just changed) and those changes get replicated to hundreds of DNS servers in the world. One of which SslForFree will query to see if your TXT record exists during verification.

To Get your DNS GoDaddy DNS server name you can use Enter your domain name and click SOA Lookup. This will show you the DNS server that your master DNS Record is in. the SOA server name is the Mname.

Once you know the master SOA server name you can use a command prompt to see if the Master Server is the issue or replication of DNS is the issue.

Go to your terminal prompt or command prompt and enter nslookup -q=TXT and the mName from SOA lookup tool. Obviously replace with your actual domain name.

Example lookup

This will return either the text value of the TXT record you queried, or will return “server can’t find NXDOMAIN”. this means that your actual DNS Record may be entered incorrectly, or there is a problem with the GoDaddy DNS server, contact GoDaddy.

WARNING: GoDaddy will certainly help with the DNS, but no so much with you trying to use the ssl from SSLFor Free. The sell a product for ssl certificates, and that is what they will recommend. So keep the call about DNS only.

Once your SOA DNS server is returning both TXT records, try and refresh the sslForFree verify pages again. Could be the replication has made it to them, and you can move on to generating your cert. If not yet, check the replication of the master SOA DNS Records. Go to and select TXT for the type and enter your full TXT Record including the domain name. You should see a map with either Green checks or red x’s. If you are green, then at this point you should be able to generate your ssl certs, and copy paste the cert, private key and ca bundle to GoDaddy and install your cert.

If you are still having issues, you should probably buy the GoDaddy certificate.