Sunday, 29 March 2020

CV guidelines - best ones I have seen

Clear Corona Virus Guidelines
We received this clear, simple, and easily accessible information from a
young researcher who was transferred from Shenzhen to Wuhan to work with the task force that is fighting against the coronavirus epidemic,
describing exactly what the virus is and how it moves from person to person and can be neutralized as in everyday life. We gladly pass it on to you all.

The corona virus infection does not cause colds with dripping nose or
 phlegmy cough, but rather a dry, shallow cough: this is the easiest thing
 to know.
 The virus is not resistant to heat and dies if exposed to temperatures of
 26-27ÂșC: so throughout the day, drink lots of hot drinks such as tea,
 herbal tea and broth, or simply hot water: hot liquids neutralize the
virus, and it is not difficult to drink them. Avoid drinking ice water or
eating ice cubes or snow for those who are in the mountains (children)!
 For those who can do it, expose yourself to the sun!
 1. The corona virus is quite large (about 400-500 nanometers in diameter),
so any kind of mask can stop it: there is no need to wear special masks in daily life. It is a different situation for doctors and health care
providers that are exposed to high virus loads and must use special
 If an infected person sneezes in front of you, stay three meters away: the
virus will drop to the ground and not land on you.
 2. When the virus is on metallic surfaces, it will survive for about 12
hours. So, when you touch metal surfaces such as doorknobs, doors,
appliances, stand on trams, etc., Wash your hands thoroughly and carefully
disinfect them.
3. The virus can live nestled in clothes and fabrics for about 6-12 hours:
 normal detergents can kill it. For clothes that can not be washed every
day, if you expose them to the sun, the virus will die.
 What are the symptoms:
 1. The virus is installed primarily in the throat, causing inflammation and
 feeling of dry mouth: this symptom can last for 3/4 days.
2. the virus travels through the humidity present in the airway, down into
 the trachea and is planted in the lungs, causing pneumonia. This step takes
about 5/6 days.

3. Pneumonia is manifested by high fever and difficulty breathing, it is
 not accompanied by the classic cold. But you may have the sensation of
drowning. In this case, seek medical attention immediately.

 How can you prevent it:
 1. The transmission of the virus takes place mostly by direct contact, by
touching tissues or materials upon which the virus is present: washing your
hands frequently is crucial.
The virus survives on your hands only for about ten minutes, but in ten
minutes, many things can happen: you rub your eyes or scratc your nose for example, allowing the virus to get into your throat ...
So, for your own good and for the good of others, frequently wash your hands and disinfect them!
2. You can gargle with a disinfectant solution which eliminates or
minimizes the proportion of virus that could come into your throat; by
doing so you take it off before it falls into the trachea and then the
3. Disinfect your computer's keyboard and mouse [and cell phones]!
With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), one may not show signs of infection for many days, so you may not know if a person is infected. But when we see fever and / or cough, and you go to the hospital, the lungs are usually already fibrosis at 50% and it's too late.
The Taiwanese experts suggest doing a simple test you can do yourself every morning:
Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds. If you
successfully complete without coughing, without discomfort or tightness,
etc., this shows that there is no fibrosis in the lungs, indicating
essentially no infection.
 In such critical times, do this check every morning in an environment with clean air!

These are serious and excellent advice from doctors who treat Japanese
COVID-19 cases. Everyone should make sure that your mouth and your throat are moist, never DRY. Drink a few sips of water at least every 15 minutes.
 WHY? Even if the virus enters your mouth ... the water or any other liquid
will sweep it away through the esophagus and into the stomach. Once in the  stomach, gastric acids will kill any virus. If you do not drink water
rather more regularly ... the virus can enter your airways and lungs, which is very dangerous.
Share this information with your family, friends, and acquaintances in
 solidarity and a sense of civic spirit!

James F. Keenan, S.J.
Vice Provost for Global Engagement
Canisius Professor, Director of Jesuit Institute
Director, Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program
Theology Department, Boston College
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