Brian Griffin
Since May 8, 2015

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I suspect 14-day internationally synchronized Chinese-style hard lockdowns are probably the way to go.

No stranger contact except with PPE protected licensed medical professionals and first responders.

Grocery stores would be closed during the lockdowns. Prescriptions would be left on the hood of your car or doorstep.

Florida and I will be on lockdown starting April 3rd.

Be aware that contact tracing works well for HIV. This virus spreads too fast to base our health security on contact tracing. Contact tracing is a very important tool, but not a solution.

Our main defense against this virus must be physical barrier and temporarily based.

I recommend going to a 14 day hard lockdown(grocery stores, food banks, methadone clinics closed, ER doors normally locked) followed by a gradual reopening using best practical safeguard practices, such as no commercial air conditioning during business hours for 14 days after the hard lockdown and large office building spaces left unused until a coronavirus vaccine is widely available.

A Chinese-style hard lockdown has a record of success. Our soft lockdowns are letting 2,000 people a day die. Just 14 days of total quarantine should work very well. PRN

Business Closures

Perhaps states should have to pay the overhead costs of businesses they order closed.

The federal government might reimburse the states at an 80% rate.

Most French people go on vacation every August.

Most businesses in France stayed closed in August.

Unemployment Relief

To pay 30 million people $400 per week of unemployment compensation for 10 weeks should cost about $120 billion.

Spending $2 trillion is not justified.

Self-Employment Tax Rebates

People should be able to waive 2020 SE tax payment and get refunds of their 2017 and later year SE tax payments in exchange for 3% per year requested future SS payout reductions.

The reductions should be waived if 2020 first-hand quarter personal income was less than $10,000.

Distressed Hotels/Motels

Hotels and motels needing income should be able by state and local law to sell off rooms for modest-cost housing for young couples.

Store Parking Lot Block-off

Stores might limit occupancy by limiting nearby parking.


Any person on the job interacting with another person should being wearing a mask at this point.

I heated a cloth rag and underwear elastic to 175 degrees in my oven without obvious damage to either. That temperature should be high enough to disable the virus. Health care workers might place their used masks on metal trays and bake them for their personal reuse.

Companies might make snap-together plastic frames so ordinary people can easily make their own masks.

A cottage cheese container fits my face fairly well, but is very uncomfortable. Minor molding changes would be needed for comfort. A hole in the bottom could be partially cut out and cloth glued in place.

Eyeglasses can close the bridge of the nose gaps of homemade cloth masks, making them far more effective.

Folded Cloth Masks(revised)

Cut a sheet into 12 by 18 inch pieces. Place a two-foot long string across a piece about six inches from one end. Fold the third over the string. Hang the string over your ears with the third facing outward. Loop the string around the lower two-thirds of the cloth piece and your throat. Fasten the string together in some fashion, such as using a paper clip or paper clamp near the throat. I wrap the string all the way around my neck and knot the string by the nape of my neck. Put on eyeglasses to close off bridge of nose openings. I recommend discarding the string and rewashing the cloth piece before any reuse because the mask is hard to put on and because the cloth piece can easily get flipped around by mistake.

Long Sleeve Shirt Mask

Hold the shirt with the back facing your front. Fold top part forward and down at shirt arm level. Place fold against the bridge of your nose. Toss sleeves over your back and then wrap each one halfway around your neck. Put on goggles or eyeglasses so fold is held by bridge of nose. Place in washing machine after use.


Dry cleaning dress and suit bags might be useful for gown usage.


Disposable gloves that my natural food store provides for bulk food buyer use might be medically useful.

Makeshift Hospitals

Beds placed in NxM arrays greatly increase infection risks to caregivers. Hospital wards are long and linear for a reason. Negative pressure exhaust vents should be placed near the head of the bed of each patient if possible. The exhaust might be passed through plug-in room heaters to kill most virus particles.

Public Transit Vector Control

Train/bus service only with masked drivers and passengers.

Your monthly rail pass and mask, sir.

After passing through TSA security, please go to a restroom, wipe off your luggage handles with an alcohol pad, wipe off your mobile phone with another alcohol pad, wash your hands, get a mask fitting guide and a mask.

Money Vector Control

Dollar bills and coins pass through many dirty hands. Businesses should be allowed under federal law to insist on electronic payment.

Grocery Store Vector Control

Customers should be required to wash their hands upon entering. Soaped-down carts should await them afterward.

Grocery stores in areas of hospital demand stress should require their customers to wear a mask.

Grocery stores might put stuff on shelves in their partially opened cartons Shopper's Food Warehouse style to minimize the need for clerks to reorder the stuff on the shelves and spreading virus particles while doing so.

Each cashier should have a bucket of soapy water to dip their hands in as practical and a stack of papers towels to dry them off and wipe their scanner off.

At home, the freezable stuff could be frozen, the produce washed using soapy water and other stuff left in bags for ten days unless needed earlier.

Business Door Vector Control

Business does should open automatically, be propped open, have their handles soaped down as appropriate or Walmart style hand wipes provided.

Mail Vector Control

If the mailbox door of 2 Hills Road has coronavirus on it, the mail for the next 20 houses will likely also have coronavirus on it soon. A mailbox door should be opened with one's right hand, which should then grab the mail and push the mailbox door closed. One's front door should be opened with one's left hand, which should also close the front door. The mail should be placed on the floor and if possible left there 10 days without being opened. Both hands should be washed with soap and water.

Garbage Can Vector Control

If one garbage can handle on your street has coronavirus on it, the next 20 garbage can handles the binman uses might also get contaminated with coronavirus.

Keep a pail of soapy water by your front door to wash off your hands.

Put your garbage out in plastic bags if possible.

Recycling bins present a similar hazard as garbage cans. Recycling should be stopped until June. Foreign countries should prohibit recycling transport ships from docking.

Restaurant Vector Control

Restaurants might ask their landlord or city government for permission to place plastic tables & chairs 30 feet apart in the parking lot or street. Busboys could soap down the table and chairs after collecting the dishes.

Delivery people and waiters should be subject to the minimum wage laws applied to cooks so they don't have to get or touch tip money.

Air Travel Safety Measures(incomplete)

Airliners have means of supplying oxygen via masks to passengers, which means pure air can be supplied through masked means too. A passenger might pick up a mask with a supply port and an exhale port and attached plugs for each port. Airlines would have to provide an exhale extraction network for the airliner.

Taking Burdens Off the Immune System

Low-carbohydrate diets might keep gut bacteria loads lower. Amoxicillin or poultry industry antibiotics might be useful in hospitalized coronavirus patients.

Keeping one's teeth brushed and flossed and using mouthwash would allow the local immune system to better fight the virus.

Easily-Made Mouth Breather Ventilator

Remove the heating elements from a hairdryer. Make a hole in a mask near its bottom near its center. Insert the forward end of a bicycle rear brake cable through the mask hole. Tape the cable to the patient's nose. Tape the cable sheathing to the patient's chin when the patient's mouth is closed. The rear end of the brake cable should be used to open and close an electric switch for the hairdryer. This switch might be made using a flexible metal hacksaw blade or spring to better cope with mouth opening distance variation.

Easily-Made Pressure-Driven Ventilator Design

I breathe about every three seconds. A metal axle with a fan blade and a metal disc could be rotated at about the same rate by say an electric fan. This disc could have a notch to allow a pressure-driven brake to temporarily stop its rotation. A first motor brush could contact the metal axle. A second motor brush could contact the disc. The disc would have a radial non-conducting arc including the angle of the notch, slightly afterward and about 90 degrees preceding the notch. Electricity would normally flow via the brushes, axle and disc to a blower. The blower might be a hair dryer with its heating elements removed. The pressure-driven brake would press against the disc most of a breathing cycle but would not stop the disc until it enters the notch. Once the patient stops exhaling the pressure would come off the brake and the disc would rotate again. The second brush would soon come off the non-conducting arc, electricity would flow to the blower which would blow air into the patient's lungs via tubing. Electricity to the blower would be cut off when the second brush enters the 90 degree non-conducting area of the arc. The patient would exhale. The exhale pressure-driven brake would enter the notch. When the patient stops exhaling a new cycle would begin.

Other Ventilator Making Suggestions

Ping-pong balls might be useful to make one-way ventilator valves. Ceiling fan motor drives run at ventilator type speeds. Lawnmower engines have pistons, cylinders and crankshafts.

The bottlenecks in existing ventilator manufacturing are probably in thermoplastic molded parts and assembly. Air Force and Navy technicians could help with assembly. Outside companies might make molded parts 24/7.

Federal purchasing of components would allow ventilator companies to ramp up production. A company normally selling 150 units a month won't risk buying parts for 5,000 units a month, but to avoid 5,000 deaths the federal government should take the risk.

From my e-mail to my Congressman:

Don't send mortgage rates soaring and house prices dropping with a $4 trillion 2020 deficit.

Perhaps state/federal 20/80 payment for undoubtedly reasonable overhead costs of businesses states have ordered closed, federal unemployment insurance top up of $100/week, CHIP/Marketplace premium waivers, SNAP asset waiver of $4000, on-request self-employment tax waivers for 2020 and refunds of 2017-2019 SE tax in exchange for 20% 2022-2024 SE tax rates and for airlines, advance federal payment of flights at $20 per boarding and 20 cents per mile for unrestricted future federal law specified use.