Health Advisory: Coronavirus

 

Important Health Information:  Coronavirus

 

The CDC recommends the following commonly known avoidance actions:

1. If you are sick, it is best to stay home from work, church, etc., to avoid spreading germs and infecting others.

2. Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.

3. If unable to wash with soap and water, use fresh hand sanitizer that has 60% to 90% alcohol.  Note that alcohol evaporates rapidly.

4. Avoid touching your face, eyes and mouth.

5. Cover your nose and mouth with tissue if sneezing or coughing.

6. Clean surfaces often with antiviral, antibacterial disinfectant.

7. Until the weather gets warm, limit close contact to include hugging and kissing.  

8. Maintain good health habits to include sleeping 6 to 7 hours a night; healthy eating, drinking water and exercising appropriately and taking vitamins recommended by your physician.

 

What I Am Doing For the Upcoming COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

The current projections for its expansion in the United Sates are only probable, due to continued insufficient worldwide data, but it is most likely to be widespread in the US by mid to late March and April.

Precautions:

- No handshaking!  Use a fist bump, slight elbow, elbow bump, etc.

- Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches, elevator buttons, etc.  Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.

- Open doors with your closed fist or hip; do not grasp the handle with your hand unless there is no other way to open the door.  Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.

- Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.

- Wash your hands with soap for 10 to 20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based sanitizer whenever you return home from any activity that involves locations where other people have been.

- Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home's entrances and in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can't immediately wash your hands.

- If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard.  Use your elbow only if you have to.  The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more.

Recommended items to have in stock:

- Latex or nitrile latex disposable gloves for use when going shopping, using the gasoline pump and all other outside activity when you come in contact with contaminated areas.

NOTE:  This virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing.  This means that the air will not infect you, but all the surfaces where these droplets land are infectious for about a week on average - everything that is associated with infected people will be contaminated and potentially infectious.  The virus is on surfaces and you will not be infected unless your unprotected face is directly coughed or sneezed upon.  This virus only has cell receptors for lung cells (it only affects your lungs).  The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose or mouth.

- Stock up on zinc lonzenges.  These lozenges have been proven to be effecting in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharnx.  Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel any cold-like systems.  It is best to lie down and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharnx.  Cold-Eeze logenzes is one brand available, but there are other brands.

James Robb, MD