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How can you help fight the evil virus and help the people suffering from the economic disaster? Here are some ideas if you need them. But if you don’t need them, please consider adding them in comments–someone else might need your ideas!

First, stuff you’re already doing might be a tremendous help. Do what you can to stay healthy so you’re not the next one who needs help. If you still have an honest job, keep up the good work! That job is a huge priority right now; the unhappy world needs all the economic productivity it can get!

Second, those of us who can afford to make a financial contribution can find lots of worthy causes. Samaritan’s Purse built the field hospital in Central Park. I’m a fan of Baptist Global Response. There are worthy homeless ministries and food banks from your corner of North America all the way to Hong Kong.

Third, some of us can donate blood.

Fourth, help your neighbors, friends, and family. Donate eggs or toilet paper. Mow someone’s lawn if the cops aren’t gonna hassle you too much over it.

Fifth, sew masks. Them things are central to the (relatively) good numbers in Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Korea.

Sixth, get 20 antibody tests if you can afford them, and join the movement to get people who likely have immunity back into the world (@iwe).

Seventh, whatever I left out. You tell me!

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  1. MarciN Member

    Love this. Thank you. 

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    • March 31, 2020, at 5:53 PM PDT
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  2. Barfly Member

    Saint Augustine: get 20 antibody tests if you can afford them

    Those are one strain antibody or the other. There’s this combination test, but it’s Chinese.

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    • March 31, 2020, at 6:08 PM PDT
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  3. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine

    Barfly (View Comment):

    Saint Augustine: get 20 antibody tests if you can afford them

    Those are one strain antibody or the other. There’s this combination test, but it’s Chinese.

    Does that mean it’s not a reliable indication of immunity, and this is actually not a good strategy?

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    • March 31, 2020, at 6:45 PM PDT
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  4. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine

    Rico-Catholics, you must have some good charities to recommend.

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    • March 31, 2020, at 6:51 PM PDT
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  5. Barfly Member

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    Barfly (View Comment):

    Saint Augustine: get 20 antibody tests if you can afford them

    Those are one strain antibody or the other. There’s this combination test, but it’s Chinese.

    Does that mean it’s not a reliable indication of immunity, and this is actually not a good strategy?

    I don’t know. I saw a graph that showed one antigen peaking early in infection, then another really lingering after recovery. I’m looking for a test that senses both antigens – I think it’s a worthwhile investment but I’m going to search a little more.

    As for strategy, I think serological testing is of as much value to most of us as a test for active virus, and I think it’ll be part of the trilogy that lets us crack this from a public health perspective: serum tests, contact tracing, and targeted quarantine.

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    • March 31, 2020, at 7:25 PM PDT
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  6. Clavius Thatcher

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    Rico-Catholics, you must have some good charities to recommend.

    Catholic Relief Services

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    • March 31, 2020, at 9:35 PM PDT
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  7. The Reticulator Member

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    Rico-Catholics, you must have some good charities to recommend.

    These days it’s hard to find a charity that isn’t tainted by government money, just as it’s hard to find a college that isn’t tainted by government money. There are some that I used to support before they became extensions of the government.

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    • March 31, 2020, at 9:41 PM PDT
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  8. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    Rico-Catholics, you must have some good charities to recommend.

    These days it’s hard to find a charity that isn’t tainted by government money, just as it’s hard to find a college that isn’t tainted by government money. There are some that I used to support before they became extensions of the government.

    Catholic Relief Services ok by your lights?

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    • March 31, 2020, at 9:49 PM PDT
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  9. The Reticulator Member

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    Rico-Catholics, you must have some good charities to recommend.

    These days it’s hard to find a charity that isn’t tainted by government money, just as it’s hard to find a college that isn’t tainted by government money. There are some that I used to support before they became extensions of the government.

    Catholic Relief Services ok by your lights?

    I don’t remember. I think it was at one time. Some of the Lutheran equivalents that I used to support are ones I no longer contribute to.

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    • March 31, 2020, at 10:04 PM PDT
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  10. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    Rico-Catholics, you must have some good charities to recommend.

    These days it’s hard to find a charity that isn’t tainted by government money, just as it’s hard to find a college that isn’t tainted by government money. There are some that I used to support before they became extensions of the government.

    Catholic Relief Services ok by your lights?

    I don’t remember. I think it was at one time. Some of the Lutheran equivalents that I used to support are ones I no longer contribute to.

    Samaritan’s Purse to the interdenominational rescue!

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    • March 31, 2020, at 10:08 PM PDT
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  11. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine

    Saint Augustine:

    Sixth, get 20 antibody tests if you can afford them, and join the movement to get people who likely have immunity back into the world (@iwe).

    And there’s this new antibody test!

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    • April 1, 2020, at 12:35 AM PDT
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  12. Barfly Member

    @saintaugustine did you (or anyone) manage to round up any of those? I found several websites, but no direct sales, just a form for contact info. I’m not ready to move to misrepresentation, so I quit at that point each time.

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    • April 8, 2020, at 12:36 PM PDT
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  13. Jack Shepherd Coolidge

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    Rico-Catholics, you must have some good charities to recommend.

    These days it’s hard to find a charity that isn’t tainted by government money, just as it’s hard to find a college that isn’t tainted by government money. There are some that I used to support before they became extensions of the government.

    Catholic Relief Services ok by your lights?

    I don’t remember. I think it was at one time. Some of the Lutheran equivalents that I used to support are ones I no longer contribute to.

    Samaritan’s Purse to the interdenominational rescue!

    I gave them some money, right when Cuomo started bitching about them potentially not helping gays and lesbians.

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    • April 8, 2020, at 12:44 PM PDT
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  14. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine

    Barfly (View Comment):

    @saintaugustine did you (or anyone) manage to round up any of those? I found several websites, but no direct sales, just a form for contact info. I’m not ready to move to misrepresentation, so I quit at that point each time.

    The antibody tests? I never bothered; extra price and hassle to ship to me here in Hong Kong.

    @iwe bought the Ray Biotech tests, I believe.

    Things have changed now. There may be many good antibody test options now.

    Hopefully mass testing begins soon to get a better idea of the deaths/infections rate, and to get people back to work.

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    • April 8, 2020, at 5:02 PM PDT
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  15. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine

    Khurram:

    Due to Pandemic (COVID-19) along with lockdown and current poor economic and business conditions in Pakistan, there are many Christian families started suffering due to shortage of food. Christian being a minority in Pakistan have menial jobs and a large number of Christian families are daily wagers. In Pakistan, almost 30% people are living below the poverty line and have only one meal after 10 – 12 hours labour work. This lockdown situation has brought many people to die of starving.

    We have been continuously receiving plenty of requests through calls from different villages and families to help them in this hard time. So God has prepared me to make food packages for them to deliver at their houses to stop their starvation so at least they live and not to die because of non-availability of food.

    We have already delivered food packages for 115 families in the first phase. This food package includes Wheat flour bag, Sugar, Cooking oil, Rice, Pulses, toiletries and other edibles etc.

    By the grace of God, my team and I reached at brick kiln area and visited door to door to deliver 115 food packages as all these families are jobless now a days and have no money to buy food. They all are in dire need of help and food. We are afraid that they might not die due to corona-virus but to hunger.

    I know Khurram. He’s a good guy.

    You might already be giving a ton to a local food bank. Or you might be jobless and poor yourself. You can find your own ways to save the world.

    But just in case–if you can and want to help, 50 USD would make a difference. (You’d have to learn how to do a Western Union money transfer, and you’d have to email Khurram so he knows how much to expect and what transaction number to pick up at the bank. Or PM me, and I’ll get him the information.)

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    • May 4, 2020, at 4:13 PM PDT
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