Very interesting Coronavirus information that came from Italy. Important to know and do first: A runny nose and mucus-filled cough is not a symptom of the virus. A dry cough is a symptom of the virus. The virus does not resist heat and dies if exposed to temperature between 79-81 degrees fahrenheit circa (or 26-27 centigrade).
Therefore: drink hot beverages as often as possible (tea, broth or simply hot water). Avoid iced water or chewing on ice (or snow). If possible, be in the sun as much as possible.
The virus is large (400-500 nanometers in diameter), so any form or size of mask could stop the virus. If an infected person sneezes in mid-air, the virus falls (doesn’t float in air) within 3 meters (circa 10 feet) to the ground. Sneeze in the fold of your elbow if need be.
The virus found on metal surfaces lasts 12 hours circa. This is why it’s important to wash your hands thoroughly when touching door handles, polls in public transportation, electrical appliances, etc.)
The virus can survive in clothing for circa 6-12 hours. Washing with normal detergent or exposing it to direct sunlight will kill the virus. Signs of the virus:
1. The virus settles in the throat first and will cause inflammation or a sensation of dry throat. This symptom can last 3-4 days. Drink hot liquids often.
As mentioned before, a dry cough is a symptom of the virus. 2. The virus travels through respiratory passages, through the trachea and settles in the lungs which causes pneumonia – this passage needs 5-6 days. Simple signs of the common cold are not signs of pneumonia.
If you have a fever and have difficulty breathing, this could be a sign of pneumonia, which is what the virus may cause and therefore hospitalization is urgent.
SIMPLE TEST for pneumonia: Take a deep breath and hold it for 10 seconds. If you can do this without coughing or feeling discomfort you do not have pneumonia. How to avoid the virus: 1. Direct contact with contaminated surfaces or material is the most common, so washing hands frequently is fundamental. The virus survives on your hands for only about 10 minutes, but in those 10 minutes avoid rubbing your eyes or scratching your nose for example, as that is a way for the virus to travel to your throat… …which is why it is necessary for your own good and for the good of others to wash your hands and disinfect them as much as possible.
2. Gargle with a disinfectant that eliminates or minimizes germs and the virus that could get in your throat, therefore avoiding that the virus travels down into your trachea and then into your lungs. 3. Drink water or liquids as often as possible, possibly every 15 minutes: even if the virus gets in your mouth, liquids will flush it through the esophagus and into the stomach where digestive acids will kill it. It is essential to be cautious of these simple measure so that it doesn’t get into your lungs. 4. Sterilize your keyboard and mouse! ***
Please share this necessary information in cooperative solidarity with your family and friends and anyone you know. It is our civil duty to take care of ourselves and others in this very delicate moment in time.