• Sally B. Philips

Four, Six, Ten?

Vol. 1, No. 44 August 29, 2020


In my last news message I stated that indoor dining at restaurants would be opening on Monday and that the maximum number of people allowed at each table would be four. That statement was true as far as I knew. From a meeting with the County Mayor and other city mayors, I took away the understanding that four people were the limit, except that six would be allowed if they all lived in the same household. Since then I have read several statements published by Miami-Dade County. In one I read: "A per table party limit of four persons must be maintained whether seating is indoors or outdoors unless the members of the party are from the same household. When parties are from the same household, tables may seat up to ten persons." The same place stipulated that the restaurant must take measures to establish that they were from the same household. Finally I read:

I believe that this is the version that has been publicized by The Herald. Clearly, there is no requirement that the six people be from the same household. I am glad that this is most likely what the County Mayor intends, because I have been annoyed at having to tell friends to go find another table. Now when the Thursday band at Deli Lane/Sunset Tavern takes a break, they can join us at the table where I am sitting.


The Miami-Dade Public Libraries are offering educational programs for children via the Internet:

Miami-Dade County Public School students will head back to the virtual classroom on Monday, August 31. Whether learning virtually or in-person, the Library has the tools and resources for student success! From learning new concepts to completing school assignments, our online learning and training resources connect students to trusted, up-to-date content created especially for them.  All you need is your MDPLS library card.  Don't have one?  Sign-up for for an eCard and get immediate access to our online library.  Already have a card?  Tell your friends so they don't miss out!

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From John's Hopkins Hospital regarding the Covid-19 virus…

* This virus is not a living organism. It is a protein molecule (RNA or DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular (eyes), nasal (nose) or buccal mucosa (mouth), changes their genetic code (mutates) and converts into aggressor and multiplier cells.

* Since the virus is not a living organism, but is a protein molecule, it cannot be killed. It has to decay on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.

* The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat, and that is the reason why soap or detergent is the best weapon.The foam CUTS THE FAT (that is why you have to scrub for 20 seconds or more, to create lots of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down.

* HEAT melts fat; this is why it is necessary to use water above 77 degrees for hand washing, laundry and cleaning surfaces. In addition, hot water makes more foam, making it more effective.

* Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ALL FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.

* Any solution with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaking it down from the inside.

* Oxygenated water increases the effectiveness of soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein. However, because you have to use it in its pure form, it can damage your skin.

* NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC WILL WORK because the virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive.

* The virus molecules remain very stable at colder temperatures, including air conditioning in houses and cars. They also need moisture and darkness to stay stable. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade the virus faster.

* UV LIGHT on any object that may contain the virus breaks down the protein.Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.

* The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.

* Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.

* NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is only 40% alcohol, and you need a minimum of 65%.

* LISTERINE is 65% alcohol.

* The more confined the space, the higher the concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.

* You have to wash your hands before and after touching any commonly used surfaces such as: mucosa (mouth area), food, locks, knobs, switches, remotes, cell phones, watches, computers, desks etc…and don’t forget when you use the bathroom.

* You have to MOISTURIZE YOUR HANDS due to frequent washing. Dry hands have cracks and the molecules can hide in the micro cracks The thicker the moisturizer, the better.

* Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.



There are two ways to help stop the spread of COVIP-19. Do not to catch it: wear a mask; do not to communicate it: wear a mask, and after getting positive test results: isolate yourself.

The second way to stop the spread is to let all those you were recently in contact with know that they need to isolate themselves for two weeks.

If you don't want to do that, you can let the Contact Tracer know who they are when s/he calls you. S/he will then let all those people know that they are at risk of getting the disease themselves or of giving it to others. More than just those people, also the people with whom those people have been in contact.

Unfortunately, it has been reported that Contact Tracers are not getting the information they need in order to be effective it halting the spread: "Contact tracing in Miami-Dade has yielded mixed results, according to a recent summary of results that the health department provided to county officials. Contact tracers start with the person who tested positive for COVID, then reach out to their contacts and, also, to people their contacts may have exposed.

"The summary shows that as of Aug. 13, the health department’s contact tracing vendor had investigated 37,541 positive cases. From those cases, investigators identified 7,155 contacts — people who have been exposed to a COVID-infected person — but workers were only able to reach 1,627, or about 23% of those people.

"The health department reported that 14,204 people completed interviews with case investigators and provided information for their close contacts, but nearly twice as many — 27,149 people — had either declined to participate or could not be contacted."

Thus, just as with the Census, your cooperation with those who are collecting information is important for lots of other people.


Testing has become faster - both in time it takes to be tested and in the time it takes to get results. Rather than list all the sites in Miami-Dade County as I have done, I will be glad to get back to you with several site addresses. Call me, if you do not know where to go for testing.


Temporarily, I have run out of humorous snippets.

Nevertheless, keep healthy, stay safe!

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