Yes - I know, you are probably sick of reading about Covid-19. In this post I plan on telling you how to protect yourself and how to protect others. In addition I'd like to squash a few Covid-19 myths and point out a few truths about Covid-19. Let's start in reverse order.
Truths about Covid-19
|• Headache||• Chest pain||• Difficulty sleeping||• Abdominal pain/tummy ache|
|• Sneezing||• Achy muscles||• Runny nose||• Red/purple sores or blisters on your feet (including toes)|
|• Diarrhoea||• Loss of sense of taste||• Loss of sense of smell||• Shortness of breath affecting normal activities|
|• Sore eyes||• Sore throat||• Hoarse voice||• New persistent cough|
|• Blocked nose||• Chills (feeling too cold)||• Fever (feeling too hot)||• Raised, red, itchy areas on the skin|
|• Tightness in chest||• Felt more tired than normal||• Severe fatigue (e.g. inability to get out of bed)||• Nausea and/or vomiting|
|• Dizziness||• Decrease in appetite||• Numbness or tingling somewhere in the body||• Feeling of heaviness in arms or legs|
|• Sudden swelling of the face or lips||• Brain 'fog' - inability to think clearly.||• Stroke, heart attack, kidney and other organ failure.|
Shouting, singing and talking increase the risk of spreading the virus. Each increases the number of droplets sprayed from your mouth. Normally we are not aware of these but there are videos showing what happens when you speak, with and without a mask. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNeYfUTA11s When you are out shopping, stopping to talk to friends you meet isn't such a good idea. Singing in church or taking part in a protest are good ways to get infected. The image below shows droplets, normally invisible, when speaking the word "two" in a normal voice
The virus can infect anybody - not just the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. Certainly the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions are the most likely to fall severely ill, but any age group can be infected and those without pre-existing conditions can still die.
Some people will never recover fully due to organ failure.
The charts above show this clearly. More cases are being detected and the death rate from these detected cases has dropped.
We expected a second wave of the disease and know it will be worse than the first wave.
We know that wearing masks will cut down the rate at which the disease spreads.
SAGES, a worldwide medical association, say these masks can be re-used up to five times if they are not contaminated visibly. link Take care when removing and storing the mask though.
The Covid-19 Myths
How to protect yourself
1. Social isolation.
Protect your eyes. As previously said a mask does little to protect you. By the time droplets carrying the virus get to you they will probably have evaporated and got small enough to pass between the fibres of a mask. If inhaled or landing on a moist surface then you can be infected. Your eyes provide such a surface. protect them by wearing at the least glasses. You can get clear glasses designed to protect eyes from dust and sparks but ordinary eye glasses will help. Better still wear a face shield. Again Amazon is a good source https://amzn.to/2I7MKt2 Note however, a face shield does not protect others much so wear a mask also.
Wipe down items with sanitizing wipes. Look at the labels of these wipes carefully. If they say something like 'Kils H1N1 flu virus' then they will do the job of destroying Covir-19 also. Items made of glass, metal or packed in plastic are the most likely to have contaminated surfaces. Under ideal conditions the virus has been fount to remain infective for up to three weeks. However those ideal conditions, cool, damp and dark are not common. The risk is small but worth taking precautions against. You do not know how the person packing and delivering the products from manufacturer to retailer to you handled these things.