PERSONAL THOUGHTS and research about Coronavirus-19. . .

Forgive me from varying from the focus of this website this morning but it is was hard to search and write about Alabama history with the world in so much chaos

I woke up with the same feeling of dread I’ve been experiencing for two weeks.

It Isn’t a Night-mare!

Life, as I knew it only a mere week ago, has changed.

I was depressed by the sheer weight of it all and thought about all the simple items I took for granted only last week. I never thought I’d live in a world where toilet paper was valued so highly or other store products would be in great shortage. I cannot even walk down the street with a friend by my side.

We are now in a world with an invisible enemy that seems to be winning. Because of it, death may be imminent to many of us, especially the medically vulnerable. We are informed that our medical facilities will soon be overrun and those needing medical assistance with ventilators, etc. may soon be denied. What a sad and horrible way to die, needing a ventilator to breathe and not getting it because none are available. It is a medical future anyone of us now faces.

All this information is hard to take in and I’d like to just ignore it, but new changes occur daily. I am now even having trouble refilling my daily prescriptions. I wonder if I will have to stop them altogether next week.

I Have a Choice

I realized that I have a choice as to how this virus affects me. I could become depressed and hope for the best; put my head in the sand and try to ignore what is happening around me; or fight back any way I can.

I chose to fight back.

I know I reach thousands through this website so I decided to speak out and share facts I found. At least, I’d feel productive instead of so helpless.

I began by researching information about the Coronavirus-19 and I discovered a major vulnerability in the virus.

It’s like a Science Fiction movie

This fight is like a Science Fiction movie with the entire world at war with the coronavirus-19.

We cannot completely eradicate this virus without everyone’s help, but the virus does have a major vulnerability for its survival and we can use this vulnerability to contain it and get our way of life back.

It Needs our Human Bodies to survive!

Scientists and our Doctors tell us that this enemy has one major weakness. It needs our human bodies to survive! This is why they are urging us to stay 6 feet away from each other for at least 20 days. Evidently, they have calculated that it cannot be spread if we are at least 6 feet apart and it will live in our bodies for approximately 20 days.

Some people may not even know that they have the virus and have no symptoms

Some people do not have any symptoms and simply carry the Coronavirus-19 to others. They are the most dangerous because the virus will spread to everyone closer than 6 feet of that person and they wouldn’t know they were spreading it. Also, people who are carriers would not be tested during the time the virus was in their bodies.

The visuals from the Washington Post link below are the best I’ve seen on how Covid-19 continues to survive and spread.


We are literally keeping this virus alive by remaining in close contact

This virus uses our natural need for human contact to survive. We need to find another way to share our love, friendship, and emotions for 20 (or even 30 days) to keep the virus from spreading to others.

We should all vow not to be in close contact with anyone other than those we live with for at least a month. This way the coronavirus-19 has no way to spread beyond our own household.

Can Only Exist a Short Time on Surfaces

The coronavirus-19 can not exist very long without a human body. It can only exist a short while in the air and on surfaces. The article below reveals some of the amount of time it can survive on surfaces.

After research, I realized that the scientists are right. If everyone on earth simply stayed away from each other at the same moment in time for at least a month, the coronavirus-19 would die.

It is like a parasite and its survival depends on the fact that it can easily be carried to another person.

By stopping close contact with each other for a short period of time, we can kill this invisible enemy.

Like the scientists say: We must socially distance ourselves to kill this virus. “We are keeping it alive by staying in close contact with each other.”

If we left all protective masks, gowns, etc. available to only essential workers, doctors, health-care workers, and anyone who needed to get close to others to perform their duties, then they wouldn’t transport the virus and the rest of the world could simply stay away from each other for at least a month until Corona-19 died.

Help fight back

The world won’t end if we take a month off from non-essential jobs and services, but this virus could continue for a long time and threaten our lives and way of life as long as we keep transmitting the virus to others.

Please share this information with others and urge them to remain home. Call your friends and family and tell them to not visit you for a month. At least we still have the internet, cell phones, and social media to stay connected. We need to stop this virus in its tracks as soon as possible before it kills millions and/or this becomes our way of life forever.

This is something simple each of us can do instead of feeling so helpless and depressed over the situation.

Tapestry of Love: Three Books In One


The exhilarating action & subplots keep the reader in constant anticipation. It is almost impossible to put the book down until completion,

Dr. Don P. Brandon, Retired Professor, Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana

This is the first book I have read that puts a personal touch on some seemingly real people in factual events.

At the age of sixteen, Mary and her husband, whom she barely knows, are forced to escape the only home they’ve ever known and settle in the primitive 17th-century world of America where they shape their family’s destiny for generations.

Inspired by actual people and historical events of colonial America, “The Kingdom of Accawmacke” is revealed and secrets about America’s history are discovered in this well-researched series. The story begins in 17th century England during the reign of Charles I and continues a family’s journey to the eastern shore of Virginia and Maryland.

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. Donna, thank you for this timely information. Love your newsletter and the history you share about Alabama and its people.

  2. Donna, I would just like to thank you for sharing your thoughts about the virus. We are living in scary times right now and I really appreciate the time that you have spent researching this virus and then taking the time to share your knowledge with us.

    Just asking!! Donna, is there some way that we could share what you have shared with us with our friends on Facebook? So many of my friends do not receive this newsletter, but are on Facebook. I would love so much for them to be able to read this.

    1. Thank you for your comments, Pat. Yes, feel free to share with whomever you wish. It is very confusing why this virus is so different from others we experienced. A friend sent this explanation to me from an immunologist at John Hopkins that explains it further.

      Please take the time to read this. Very informative.

      Good read from an immunologist at Johns Hopkins University

      “Feeling confused as to why Coronavirus is a bigger deal than Seasonal flu? Here it is in a nutshell. I hope this helps. Feel free to share this with others:

      This crisis 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, that’s what decides how contagious, or how deadly, it’s going to be.

      H1N1 was deadly, but it did not mutate in a way that was as deadly as the Spanish flu. Its 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.

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

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