When social distancing is not possible life goes on with fewer casulties

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                                                                              Sam Shueh

                                                                Realty One Group

                                                                         Silicon Valley, CA

With the Covid 19 virus epidemics we have a city shut down with us ordered to stay home and observe social distance rule. The local ordinance on face mask requirement varies in each municipality.   


"Social distancing” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing".

  • Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people.
  • Do not gather in groups.
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.


One compares San Francisco City with New York City.  West coast for decades are influenced from East Asia where people occasionally wear a face mask for hygiene, cold or even for a cosmetic reason if one has a face bruise. Both locations are crowded with little room to keep residents physically separated.

                              San Francisco Co                     New York City

population              883K                                             8,399K            9.5X

infected                  1,137                                            131,263            115X       

fatalities                      20                                              8,893              445X  


While the New York transit may contribute as a carrier. SF has a BART transport system. So far its BART system does not seem to contribute spread of the virus as other municipalities near SFO are not seen higher if anything less infected. Governor Cuomo of New York recognizes the deficiency and asked the residents in NYC to start wearing face masks when distance can not be maintained. 


It is thought the Chinese first start using cloth to cover their face from 5th century on to repel human smell to and from others. In Japan, students are often required to wear a surgical mask outside and people who have a cold wears a mask to keep giving germs/virus  to others.  


In 2003 SARS broke out from Southern China into Hong Kong. The memories is still lingering in the minds of residents when Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan started experiencing a mysterious respiratory disease.  Residents began taking precautionary steps of their own wearing facial masks and increase hand washing and disinfection.


Americans resist the restriction and warnings from health officials and even doubt US ever will have a health problem. In many States, the general public tends to regard outbreaks, like a foreign television documentary news but do not take it seriously. Countries like Taiwan medical professionals took one look in Wuhan and realised the problem was way more serious. It was determined that a human to human contact same mechanism as 1911 Manchurian plaques was the culprit. WHO initially denied it by ignoring it. Government took it very serious rely on its CDC to track human contact to reduce the exposure.  It quickly closed flights from source country which is only 50 miles away. Of 23 million Taiwan residents it has just 395 infected patients and 6 death.  Schools, government and business are still open to most part. Hong Kong is next to China with just 1021 infected and 49 death. It shut down entry points with China. Taiwan is 15 minutes away by plane with lots of factories operated out of the affected regions in China --$150 billion dollars invested.



        Schools in Taiwan are still Open                                Washy washy, mask wearing are taught very early





Shueh, History of Surgical Masks -Part 1

Shueh, History of Modern Surgical Masks Invented by a Woman 

Sam Shueh Silion Valley Realtor,  SamShuehRealtor at Gmail.com   (408) 425-1601


Comments (20)

Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Monks inducted are helping delivering  distilled water in Thailand

Apr 18, 2020 10:18 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

What can be said but to keep on keeping on and push on through. Love and light

Apr 18, 2020 10:53 PM
Sam Shueh

Thanks. I hope Governor Cuomo is doing his best helping you get through difficult times. People here some pretend it is over. Hardly.

Apr 18, 2020 10:56 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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This will be an unforgetable wedding photo. 



Apr 18, 2020 10:54 PM
Sam Shueh

This wedding photo is taken in Korea. One still makes committment to marry.  I even saw a funearl service in San Jose, CA last week.  

Apr 19, 2020 08:06 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Sam. In the US, in spite of your political leaning, social distancing and washing your hands are a must! Enjoy your day!

Apr 19, 2020 05:34 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Sam - I believe most people do the best they can under the circumstances they have.  Generally.  

Apr 19, 2020 07:16 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sam, was good to hear San Francisco was not another NYC with so many infected.

Apr 19, 2020 07:42 AM
Sam Shueh

There must be something wrong with NYC subway commuting. LA does not have such issue. SFO Bart is almost fail safe because people are used to wear surgical masks. I hope you are well and safe. All the best.


Apr 19, 2020 07:59 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I like the picture of the monks!  I am not sure what to think about this whole pandemic thing, but I feel it is better to be safe than sorry.

Apr 19, 2020 07:43 AM
Sam Shueh

The men there are required by law to serve for Kingdom of Thailand and learn to perform volunteer services. Thailand and India are more congested than other countries and are relatively less affected.   

Take good care of you and stay happy.


Apr 19, 2020 08:04 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Apr 20, 2020 07:52 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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The above is a photograph of a ventilator used during Spanish flu.

It looks like there is a fan to pump air circulation. 

Apr 20, 2020 07:54 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comment on my recent post.

Have an outstanding week.

Apr 26, 2020 03:06 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Wow, that is an amazing photo of a ventilator used during Spanish flu.

Apr 30, 2020 04:06 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sam Shueh - this all so very interesting. Thank you for sharing the historical background. In your comments, I couldn't see the photos of the wedding or ventilator. All I get is a very tiny blue square and when I click on it, I see nothing. 

In your post, I did see the photo of the children. Interesting how they still dress children in pink and blue. I could see the practicality of setting up of schools in Taiwan. It serves as health protection and cheating. Plus, I noticed the kids behind their partitions do not have face masks. Not a bad idea!

I hope Candice A. Donofrio and Lottie Kendall read your post. I think they would find it interesting too. Thank you, Sam

May 30, 2020 11:20 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

Taiwan is 15 minutes away by plane.

Who would take a plane 15 minutes away? LOL

Why not just WALK. It's healthier! LOLLLLL


May 30, 2020 11:28 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Sam, I'm glad Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP tagged me in her comment. A Tale of Two Cities for sure, SF and NYC. As of today, San Francisco has 41 deaths, still a very small number for the 883,000 population. Restrictions are being lifted ever so slowly, although the mask requirement has strengthened. Instead of mandating a face covering when in line, or inside a store, as of June 1 masks are required outdoors too, any time one is within 30' of another person (there are medical exceptions.)  I'm OK with that.

At first, all 6 of our counties acted in concert which I thought was a wise choice; now they are beginning to relax restrictions on an individual basis.

I just read an article about Vietnam, which has had ZERO deaths and only 300-some cases in the entire country of 95 million people. I'll come back and post it if I can find it again.

May 30, 2020 04:49 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Lottie Kendall - You make an interesting point between SF and NYC - "A Tale of Two Cities!" I hope you do find that article about Vietnam and hopefully can write an insightful post about your findings. Coincidentally, earlier this afternoon, I was reading about life in Taiwan with this pandemic and how vastly different things are there too! 

May 30, 2020 06:31 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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The current administration seems to have done a great job sharing what they got with their neighbors.  They do not mind push back at its bully neighbor.

Jun 08, 2020 03:09 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I think the last few months have shown us that mask wearing is absolutely necessary if we are to keep safe from this virus.  It's too bad that so many people in this country just can't grasp the concept, or feel it is an imposition on their liberties.  We all have to suffer the consequences.

Jul 07, 2020 09:03 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 

I am impressed that your area is not infected as much. We have over 31 Costco workers from different stores have tested being positive. Not sure about other stores. It will be a long year before we can move on.    All the best.


Aug 02, 2020 12:40 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Sam Shueh Most of Hawaii is very unpopulated, with only Honolulu as the "big city".  This helps a lot.  Each island (county) is tackling the problem independently of the state, and that helps too.  Right now though, Honolulu is experiencing a lot of increase in cases, which means we will have to distance ourselves from them by re-imposing the 14 day quarantine to travelers from Oahu.  Here on Maui I'd like to think we are taking it seriously.  But by keeping tourists away we are suffering economically in a very big way.

Aug 12, 2020 01:07 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Looks like a shot of concentrated disinfectant can not hurt.

Aug 12, 2020 08:19 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Looks like our president forgot his mask. Nothing serious I hope. Wish a speedly recover.

Oct 02, 2020 08:56 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Without wearing masks I think Rona is coming back. They fear another shut down may be what it takes.    ALl our lifes matter!

Oct 29, 2020 11:07 PM