The Coronavirus may be the largest story in world news today, but that does not mean it has to be a big deal for you. As pointed out by MD James Robb, as a virol researcher who has been studying Coronavirus for nearly 50 years, there are plenty of methods to help stem the virus’s possible spread. This article summarizes the precautionary steps he recommends for us to take now that the Coronavirus is in the U.S.
He prepared and shared these helpful steps for his family and friends but it went viral across all social platforms so I felt it necessary to pass this information onto my readers to provide some suggestions to take care of yourselves and your family.
7 Helpful Behaviors
The first rule is to never shake anyone’s hand. Use this time as an opportunity to practice ‘fist-bumping’ or brushing up on your informal bowing.
Second, use only a knuckle to touch buttons, like light switches, or a paper towel for bigger items like gasoline dispensers.
Third, just open doors with your hip or closed fist. Avoid putting your whole hand on the door unless there is no other way around it, especially for bathroom and commercial/governmental doors.
Fourth, use stores’ disinfectant wipes when available on your grocery carts handle and child seat.
Fifth, hand washing should be done for 10-20 seconds with soap or 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer after coming home from any public location.
Sixth, have a bottle of sanitizer available at any entrance to your home as well as in your car if you cannot immediately wash your hands.
Seventh, try to sneeze and cough into disposable tissues. Try to avoid using your elbow since the clothing on the elbow can contain viruses that last for up to a week or more.
The thing about the coronavirus is that the only way for it to infect you is through your lungs. It does not have receptors for entering through other places in the body. This means that you have to have direct contact with the virus through your mouth or nose to become infected. However, the virus won’t spread through the air. Rather, it is transmitted by surfaces that have collected droplets of cough, mucus or sneeze from infected hosts. Those surfaces will stay viral for a week on average. Hence, you may want to have a few of the following items ahead of time to keep you safe.
1. You should have latex or nitrile latex disposable gloves for public areas that may be contaminated of all sizes for your family.
2. Get disposable surgical masks. They will help stop you from inadvertently touching your nose or mouth. Research suggests that face touching happens 90X per day without our knowing it. Hence, keeping it on will keep you safe.
3. Hand sanitizers that are 60% or more alcohol.
4. Have Zinc Lozenges. Studies have proven that these tablets can block viruses, including the coronavirus, from multiplying in your nose and throat. Their directions state you should use them several times per day after you have ANY symptoms of the common cold beginning. Lie down and let those lozenges dissolve deep back in your throat and nasopharynx. One brand to keep a lookout for is the Cold-Eeze though there are other brands to use as well.
Regardless of what happens with this virus, these steps can be used to keep you free from any other hard hitting viral infections, so don’t forget them! Many expect the virus to continue to spread with no vaccines available throughout the year. Though there may be symptomatic support, your best bet is to not get infected in the first place. Therefore, by following these preventative steps you can promote the safety of yourself, your family and others.