Would self quarantine be a challenge for an Audiophile? Home detention even a punishment?

With all the talk about people having to self quarantine, I started to think about what that would mean for an audiophile, and Would it even be much of a challenge?
Normal human being - “I had to self quarantine for 14 days and I’m ready to strangle somebody.”
Audiophile version - “I cleaned so many damn records I had been meaning to.... adjusted my VTA and azimuth and my system sounds better then ever, and after listening to the entire Miles Davis and Coltrane’s recorded output, I realized I could have left the house 2 days ago.”

And would some white collar criminal on home detention even be considered being punished? I’d be so content stuck at home with great audio system, home theater projection, laser light and planetarium show, pinball machine, infrared sauna, massage chair, I may decide to commit some “victimless” financial crime just to play with the toys I don’t always have time for.

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It does appear that due to lack of testing, there could be 5X or 10X more unreported cases which have not resulted in hospitalization or death (testing has been limited in the U.S.).  That would be positive news that the virus if not as deadly here, possibly because fewer people are smoking and have damaged lungs and the U.S. has superior medical care in urban areas (where most of the cases are found).  Obesity is a negative factor for Americans though which could lead to more hospitalizations.  
I read that the CDC? reported 160,000 ventilators exist in the U.S.  Hundreds of thousands maybe wishful thinking and hopefully unnecessary although the primary areas of known virus are in urban centers not in a Kansas cornfield community.  
Trump is a narcissist sociopath who has no cadre of friends and can't keep white house employees loyal to him.  He is NOT a psychopath,   He is NOT a statesman.  He is a decision maker who is a seat of the pants president (often referred to as a carnival barker).  He doesn't consider information which typical presidents would consider (his Ukraine decision to withold aid had political overtones but so does nearly every politician's decision).  But then there is now the lost contender, a true communist, anti-American, anti-Israel, anti-market capitalism Bernie Sanders (who also has written misogynistic, perverted prose about what women want sexually)  https://www.facebook.com/officialbenshapiro/videos/509742536399060/
Trump lies and tells half-truths all the time.  However, he does compromise (sometimes too often with Congress) but takes decisive action at times when that is the best choice of action such as eliminating the head of terrorist planning in the world from Iran and his cronies and ISIS.  He also acted a little late in closing the ports of entry/airports to Chinese, Asians and Europeans by about 5 weeks after China reported it but eventually did so in early January to the horrified displays of accusation of racism by Congressional Democrats.  What would they have done-waited for another month or two?
Testing and quarantine/isolating the infected is the key. South Korea did it with 300,000 tests. Business nearly as usual there. Why destroy the best state economy in the nation (California) and best economy in the world-the U.S.


For all the attention to South Korea’s successes, its methods and containment tools are not prohibitively complex or expensive.

Some of the technology the country has used is as simple as specialized rubber gloves and cotton swabs. Of the seven countries with worse outbreaks than South Korea’s, five are richer.

Experts cite three major hurdles to following South Korea’s lead, none related to cost or technology.

One is political will. Many governments have hesitated to impose onerous measures in the absence of a crisis-level outbreak.

Another is public will. Social trust is higher in South Korea than in many other countries, particularly Western democracies beset by polarization and populist backlash.

But time poses the greatest challenge. It may be “too late,” Dr. Ki said, for countries deep into epidemics to control outbreaks as quickly or efficiently as South Korea has.

South Korea’s methods could help the United States, though “we probably lost the chance to have an outcome like South Korea,” Mr. Gottlieb, the former F.D.A. commissioner, wrote on Twitter. “We must do everything to avert the tragic suffering being borne by Italy.”

P.S. Besides the oldest population in Italy, Chinese traveled extensively as part of the garment industry between Italy and China including Chinese flying back for the Chinese New Year celebrations getting infected and flying back to Italy. Couple that with the 70%+ Italians who smoke, 60+ years for 80+ year olds and one has the making for a high morbidity rate.

There is no "Palestine."   The only Palestine existed as a Jewish country prior to Israel.  The Egyptian and Syrian Arabs inhabiting Gaza and the West Bank are NOT Palestinians.   The West Bank belonged to Jordan, and prior to 1967 there was no movement to become a separate Palestinian country.  Same with Gaza occupied by Egypt.   Leftists calling Israel genocidal defeats the statement with the humongous growth of the "Palestinian" population.  If "Palestinians" are dying in mass in the two territories in question, why has their population increased from 800,000 in 1967 to 4,700,000 in 2019.  Note that Palestinians are still kept in ghetto like camps in Lebanon, persecuted (dying) in Syria and not in power in Jordan (70% of the population). Israel is providing test kits to suspected COVID-19 "Palestinians."    https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/03/coronavirus-gaza-strip-preventive-meausres-new-cases.html  The main streets of Ramalah look more like Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive.  Hamas leaders live in luxury, have villas by the beach, modern shopping malls and advertise for tourists.  PLO leader al-Masri has 1/3 of the wealth of the West Bank.  Their leaders hoard donations and then have no interest in negotiating a settlement.  The PLO supports terrorists and their families by the number of Israelis murdered.  How is Israel "doing things" to "Palestinians?"  They have roadblocks for Israelis safety and that includes 2 million Israeli Arabs who are 100% integrated into Israeli society at all levels of society.   
@nonoise-The final definition of Palestine per your site states  1936: Peel Commission Report: "[Jewish nationalism] claims, for example, that, though Palestine is not an Arab word and might therefore fairly serve for Jews as well as Arabs, Eretz Israel (Land of Israel) should be also accepted as the official translation of "Palestine", and protests that the printing of the Hebrew initials "E. I." after "Palestine" on every stamp and coin is not enough."[391][381] The terms for current inhabitants of the West Bank and Gaza was coined by the Egyptian Yassir Arafat.  That is fact.  There are haredim/ultra orthodox who don't work and yet live on the dole in Israel who want to wait until the Messiah returns until a Jewish state is established.  Other than that, we Jews have nut cases like Bernie Sanders, born a Jew, but not a Jew in our community/religion/state.  He is a communist, anti-American and anti-semite (besides a misogynist and pervert). 
Also, vehicle deaths and deaths associated with dangerous (non-medical) activities in sports and construction should go way down in a shelter in place order.   Without people working, going to school, traveling for pleasure and working, maybe 7,500 American lives would be saved per month.  Fewer cases of the ordinary flu could save another 2,500 lives per month.  
On the subject of cataract surgery-I have severe myopia and two eye surgeons said I need the surgery ASAP as I have a very cloudy lens in one eye and need to do both eyes to balance the result.   The surgery could fail and leave me blind though at a 5% chance.  I don't like the odds.  The eye with the "very cloudy" condition has been that way for 10 years.  I have 20/30 vision in that eye and 20/40 in the other eye.  The third eye surgeon (and my optometrist) said that I have a immature cataract which is smooth rather than crinkled like squashed stiff cellophane.  That means I have excellent acuity.  If I have the surgery, they only recommend a 5 diopter correction to help my chances of not going blind.   I am 64 and in excellent health.  I am not going to risk going blind at this time.   I will wait until I can't see adequately to drive safely.   Almost no one in the U.S. have mature cataracts often seen in 3rd world nations.  The only difference in my worse eye is a slight darker/amber color which  enhances color (warmer tones) but colorizes black and white films (slight sepia tone).   My wife, parents and friends who have had cataract surgery were amazed at the change in eyesight that brought technicolor to their vision which was previously a nearly monotone color palette (my wife mistook green for blue and red for orange).  My color sight is only slightly diminished.  That is my story.  Otherwise, my wife and I have plenty to keep us occupied at home including 42,000 records/CDs, 500+ DVDs, 3,500+ books, all the large size 75" 4K high end TV we would want to watch (YouTube and KODI included).   Tonight, we viewed the history of UPA cartoons, spaghetti westerns, 70mm and 16 mm film, early animation technics and outtakes of Seinfeld made into two shows.  

More Good News from the Technion!

Israeli researchers announce new, faster testing method for COVID-19

The new method, called pooling, allows for the simultaneous testing of some 60 patients, which should “greatly increase” the rate at which infections are identified.

(JNS) Researchers at Israel’s Technion–Israel Institute of Technology and Rambam Health Care Campus have successfully tested a new method, called “pooling,” that they claim will dramatically increase the country’s ability to test for COVID-19. Because the method enables simultaneous testing of dozens of samples, its implementation will greatly accelerate the rate of COVID-19 testing and detection, according to the researchers.

COVID-19 testing in Israel is currently focusing on symptomatic individuals, because the current rate of testing—about 1,200 a day—does not allow for monitoring of asymptomatic carriers in the population, though such monitoring is vital to curb the epidemic.

To confirm the presence of COVID-19 virus in a sample, researchers must detect the virus’s unique genetic sequence. The test takes several hours, so testing individual samples thus generates a bottleneck.

According to Dr. Yuval Gefen, director of the Rambam Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, “Today, we receive approximately 200 COVID-19 test samples a day, and each sample undergoes individual examination. According to the new pooling approach we have currently tested, molecular testing can be performed on a ‘combined sample,’ taken from 32 or 64 patients. This way we can significantly accelerate the testing rate. Only in those rare cases where the joint sample is found to be positive will we conduct an individual test for each of the specific samples.”

Professor Roy Kishony, who heads the research group in the Technion’s Faculty of Biology, said that while the new method involves some logistical challenges, it will “greatly increase” the rate of sample testing, which in turn will help “flatten the infection curve.”

According to Technion president professor Uri Sivan, the experimental verification of this new testing method, which ordinarily would have taken months, was completed in under four days.

“This experiment conducted by Technion and Rambam researchers is complex, and under normal circumstances would take months. This is a remarkable example of the mobilization of an outstanding team in a time of crisis. The initial experiment was completed in less than four days. This achievement emphasizes the importance of the close relationship between Technion and Rambam and between medicine and engineering. Technion researchers have been enlisted in the war against the coronavirus and this is one of the many activities currently underway at Technion to combat the spread of the disease.”

Israeli Researcher Discovers Why Being Male Doubles Risk of Corona Death

A doctoral student at Ben-Gurion University specializing in immune system gender differences explains why mortality rates from coronavirus are significantly higher in men.

By United with Israel Staff

Shani Gal-Oz, a doctoral student at Ben-Gurion University specializing in immune system gender differences, explained various factors causing significantly higher mortality rates in men than in women from coronavirus.

Though it is known that the elderly and immunocompromised are disproportionally affected by coronavirus and have a much higher rate of mortality, men fall victim to the dreaded virus in staggeringly higher numbers.

At a recent White House press conference, Coronavirus Task Force response coordinator Deborah Birx said that mortality in men was twice as much as in females in every age group. In China, two-thirds of the hospital patients were male. Seventy percent of fatalities in Italy were male.

Virologists have long noted that men are more susceptible to viral agents than women, and women tend to have a more active immune systems than men. This is seen with common autoimmune disorders from which nine out of 10 sufferers are men.

Gal-Oz offered several insights into this phenomenon. She noted that women develop more macrophage cells from birth than men. Macrophages are a type of white blood cell in the immune system that engulf and digest cellular debris, foreign substances, microbes, cancer cells, and anything else that does not have the type of proteins specific to healthy body cells on its surface.

“We have seen that a portion of the macrophage population is active without immune stimulation, a phenomenon that has not been observed in males,” Gal-Oz said, according to The Ladders. “Portions of the X chromosome are involved in the regulation of gene expression of the immune system on other chromosomes and men have an X chromosome and a Y, while women have two copies of the X.”

Similarly, a SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome related to coronavirus) study on mice, found that female rodents were protected from the disease due to estrogen.

Gal-Oz hypothesizes that a woman’s body is designed to better fight viruses to protect a fetus.

“In pregnancy, the woman’s body has to avoid a negative response to the development inside of it of an entire organism, half of whose DNA is totally foreign,” she said. “Various mechanisms have to activate to suppress the immune reaction of the body so that it doesn’t act against the embryo.”

Additionally, behaviors more often found in men make them more susceptible to respiratory illnesses. For example, men tend to smoke more than women, have more cardiovascular disease due to poorer diet, and maintain lower standards of hygiene.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that, shockingly, both sexes are lax in hand-washing after using public bathrooms. However, while 65 percent of women do so, only 31 percent of men do.

There were errors stated as facts in the article I posted concerning auto-immune disease ratios.  However, the percentage of male smokers is substantially greater in China and Italy which may have resulted in higher mortality rates due to decreased lung function.   Also, the report that a minor (17 year old) died in Lancaster of the virus was reversed two days later.  The toxicology results are pending still with the CDC (although the father has the virus).  

39 million N-95 masks were found?  Wow, that's some stockpile.  Dole them out to first responders and medical staff.
I saw video of Manhattan streets such as 5th Avenue and Times Square.  They look deserted already permitting law enforcement to reduce their presence and attend to other areas, possibly the borders and waterfront.

Los Angeles Time Article chronicle on Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2006 preparing for Avian Flu set up a $200 million preparation for future epidemic/pandemics/catastrophes. This would have 100% been ready for today except that Governor Brown and the Demoncrats of California legislature destroyed it 100% (could have been kept in functioning condition for only $5.8 million a year). Here’s the article https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-03-27/coronavirus-california-mobile-hospitals-ventilators   

Each hospital would be the size of a football field, with a surgery ward, intensive care unit and X-ray equipment. Medical response teams would also have access to a massive stockpile of emergency supplies: 50 million N95 respirators, 2,400 portable ventilators and kits to set up 21,000 additional patient beds wherever they were needed.

I made no comment about Trump.  This was directed only at the malfeasance of the California State Legislature during the 2010s to now.  The new AB 5 has many people losing their jobs as independent contractors.  Californians seeking alternative employment who are now unemployed due to the virus cannot find work (again today's L.A. Times points this out graphically and here is the March 26 post https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/story/2020-03-26/coronavirus-disrupted-their-income-now-their-calls-for-california-to-take-action-on-ab5-are-getting-louder ).   This is the fault of the current governor/legislators.  The pending split tax roll which would greatly increase the taxes to commercial property will assuredly destroy businesses not already destroyed by the virus economic effect.   Or, commercial businesses could just raise their prices on everything made and sold.   This won't end well for California.