Here’s some real advice about You Know What that actually seems more useful than some of the statements dominating the media and rather a lot of conversations about the present-day plague.
|Superstition to the rescue ... Perhaps crossing your fingers - once well washed - might be a positive approach to the new international scare. Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash.|
Gerry Roos and her friends emailed this message onto more than a hundred people, with a copy to me, and via me to you ... and heaven knows how many more.
The advice is worth passing on because it comes from one of the highest authorities we might hope to hear from.
He's a medic in the thick of it yet who seems uninvolved in politics and any desire for fame.
He’s on the staff in Shenzhen Hospital, in Guangdong Province, China.
He sent the advice to relations living in the US.
For the wary
Here it is for we wary folk in the UK.
1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold.
2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the sun.
Handy precaution ... And it's a must. Wash those hands. Photo by Curology on Unsplash.
5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours. If you come into contact with any metal surface - wash your hands with a bacterial soap as soon as you can .
Detergent will kill it
6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. Normal laundry detergent will kill it.
7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes. But, a lot can happen during that time: You can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.
9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
10. I can't emphasise enough - drink plenty of water!
And if you get it?
The symptoms -
1. It will first infect the throat, so you'll have a sore throat lasting three to four days
2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about fice to six days further.
3. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty with breathing.
4. Nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You'll feel like you're drowning. Then it's imperative that you seek immediate medical attention.
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