Saturday, February 29, 2020

How to Prep for the Coronavirus?

I never thought I would be panicking,  and actually I am not. However, I am concerned about what is about to unfold with the Coronavirus!

The problem with this virus is that symptoms may take as long as 14 days to hit you after exposure. In addition, the virus can survive on surfaces like doorknobs, table tops, shopping carts.

Here is some valuable information to be able to tell if you have symptoms:

Helpful info about coronavirus:
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 The following information comes from a very reputable doctor in Shenzhen Hospital (Guangdong Province, China) regarding treatment procedure for the Corona Virus:
1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold
2. Corona virus 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 degrees. It hates the Sun.
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 a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
10. Can't emphasise enough - drink plenty of water!
1. It will first infect the throat, so you'll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days
2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further.
3. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you're drowning. It's imperative you then seek immediate attention.

At this point it sounds like the best advice we are getting is to wash your hands frequently, never touch your eyes, mouth, or nose and keep away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing. In addition, there have been suggestions to stock up on hand sanitizer. 

There are also suggestions to keep your home stocked with necessities such as soup, juices, medical supplies and your daily medications. To also boost your immune system with healthy foods, juices and or smoothies, and supplements. It does make sense to try to boost my immunity. For me that means taking some Vitamin D, Vitamin C, and Zinc. In addition , fresh carrot juice which is loaded with Vitamin A might be helpful to boost immunity.

I realize no one at this point can really speculate the outcome of what to expect. I know that already many of my friend's trips abroad have been cancelled as well as some conferences.  

UPDATE: March 4, 2020 
I now understand that the virus is not airborne unless someone sneezes or coughs on you and you get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. However, it is extremely contagious and can linger on surfaces for a very long time. Thus, it is so important to wash your hands and never touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 

Also beware of door knobs, handles, table tops, etc. or anything you touch. Use caution, use wipes, sanitizer, etc. 

Personally- I also use essential oil such as Thieves..  

Some of my friends, especially those who expect to fly, are investing in boxes of masks. They say the masks won't protect you from the virus, but they may protect you from touching your nose and mouth which we frequently do without even realizing it.

I'd love to hear your 2 cents. What are you thinking and what are you doing to prepare if anything? 

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  1. I haven't done anything about it, except to wonder what we should be doing, well except for using hand sanitizer more frequently when out, shopping, errands, etc. So far there haven't been any cases here, but that doesn't mean there won't be, with all the tourists we get.

  2. I am not doing too much other than using my hand sanitizer religiously when I can wash my hands, getting an extra supply of a few key items and prescriptions. It is scary for sure but I'm not panicking either.

  3. I am not panicking. However, we did cancel our winter travels plans for this month. We had been booked to go to Europe for 2 months, but decided early Feb to put that on hold. I did not want to spend any time in international airports, in resorts or on tours.
    We are pretty stocked up on food. But there are some things I should add.

  4. I am using hand sanitizer more often, stocked up the pantry, and still can’t decide if I should cancel my summer travel plans.
    I noticed yesterday cashiers at a store wearing gloves.

  5. I'm not doing too much, though we did buy some hand sanitizer. I'm not panicking, but I am being cautious and training myself to not touch my face!

  6. I am simply trying to continue to wash my hands and avoid those who are showing signs of illness.

  7. No panicking down here in Florida either. I haven't noticed people hording or stock piling. I did hear the advice is wear a face mask if you have a cold, flu or this virus otherwise it doesn't keep you from getting a virus.

  8. I am trying to not to panick. I have heard that masks don't help much either..the more important is to wash your hands with warm water and soap. Hope the authorities find out the solution soon.

  9. We are planning on buying in some staples this week. The big concern is our trip which we are due to go on this month. At this stage we are still going, but we'll see what happens as it gets closer.

  10. A mask is not going to fit tightly enough to keep germs from getting into your mouth or nose. And besides, have you tried to buy one lately? The stores are out due to the panic. Wash hands frequently, don't touch your face, and stay away from sick people, who should be staying home. I am not being cavalier here at all, I just don't like all of the panic instilled by the constant reports. Hopefully, it will run its course, just like SARS did a few years back. And then another one will come along...

  11. Panicking is our worse enemy...just follow common sense and treat it like flu season...

  12. I have a cruise planned from Los Angeles to Vancouver. I am still going to go. I haven't had the flu since I was a child, and have always been in excellent health. I am adding to my stockpile, and keeping an eye on the counts and locations that they show on the news. I work from home, enjoy my garden and dog, and am staying organized and calm. We had bird flu, swine flu, and other diseases here that came and went. Hoof and mouth disease, etc... Your immune system is much stronger when you are relaxed and happy. I don't plan to get on any planes, though. For some reason, I always end up with a cough and feeling jet lagged when I fly from Europe back home to Los Angeles. I think it's the cramped space and all of the air recirculating.

  13. This is so, so helpful! I don't think I've seen a better, more informative piece about recognizing symptoms and taking preventative measures. You should send this to the CDC for their handouts!

  14. Great post Judee, thanks so much for all of the informative information that we really do need at this time! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

  15. This is so, so helpful! I don't think I've seen a better, more informative piece about recognizing symptoms and taking preventative measures. You should send this to the CDC for their handouts!
    how long can germs live on a doorknob


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