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Coronavirus / Covid-19 – practical advice

No one knows which way this epidemic will go so there is no sense in trying to make definitive statements on the situation. There are, however, a few things that can be said with certainty.

  • There has been already a tremendous monetary reaction.
  • The increased emphasis on public safety, regardless of the effects of this virus, is a very good thing.
  • If this is not the end of humanity there will be a recovery and then this reaction will be seen as a massive over-reaction but better safe than sorry.
  • Of course, if this is the end of humanity or at least a permanent epidemic, then those that do not take this seriously will all be screwed.
  • The question on everyone’s lips is – how much of a reaction is appropriate.

The only reliable sources for how to beat this virus are available at the websites for the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control.

Please refer to their websites (links below) for information

The key steps everyone should take are

Clean your hands often

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Soap and water work the best. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Financial and Scientific Information

 

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Travel Insurance

 

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Update Saturday 3/21/2020

Hopeful signs this week was the tremendous response from the private sector pivoting to provide assistance in the effort to fight Covid-19

There is also anecdotal evidence from France, China, and NYC on the Malaria drug Chloroquine 

It is difficult to sort through the news as the virus response swings from 

Hopeful – America is pulling together and we will all get through this

                            to 

Disaster – The world is going to end and everything that is being done is useless or harmful

I remain hopeful that this will pass but of course, timing is the question.

Coronavirus Misleading Advice

This info came to me from a friend. Well-meaning but not entirely accurate. The email starts out.

This from my friend that works for CDC that passed this along to his family and friends. I’m passing it along as well. Please refer to

TAIWAN – Self-check for fibrosis

The new NCP coronavirus may not show sign of infection for many days. How can one know if he/she is infected?

By the time they have a fever and/or cough and goes to the hospital, the lungs are usually 50 % Fibrosis and it’s too late! Taiwan experts provide a simple self-check that we can do every morning: Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds. If you complete it successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stuffiness or tightness, etc.,it proves there is no fibrosis in the lungs, basically indicating no infection. In critical times, please self-check every morning in an environment with clean air.

FACT CHECK FALSE: Snopes

JAPAN – Advice by Japanese Doctors treating COVID-19 cases:

Another email that has some good advice (8, 9 & 10) but a lot of dangerous false statements. I don’t have time to debunk them all but suffice to say that anything that claims to offer immunity from this virus is NOT true.

Everyone should ensure your mouth & throat is moist, never DRY. Take a few sips of water every 15 mins at least. WHY? Even if the virus gets into your mouth…drinking water or other liquids will WASH them down through your esophagus into the stomach. Once in your stomach, the ACID will kill the virus. If you don’t drink enough water more regularly….the virus can enter your windpipes and into the LUNGS. That’s very dangerous.

Pls send and share with family, friends and everyone.”

THE SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS

 

1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold.

2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.

3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 Celsius. It hates the Sun. FACT CHECK FALSE

4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne. 

5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours – so if you come into contact with any metal surface – wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.

6. On fabric, it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it.

7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.

8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but – a lot can happen during that time – you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.

9. You should also gargle as prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.

10. Can’t emphasize enough – drink plenty of water!

PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO FAMILY, FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS.

While there is nothing wrong with drinking water the assertion that certain actions will kill the virus is just too simplistic. This is a good example of a well-meaning email that should not be 100% relied upon.