Thursday, March 5, 2020

Regarding the Corona Virus--Tips from a Pro

I received this from a friend--and I'm paying attention.

Subject: What I am doing for the upcoming COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic

> Dear Colleagues, as some of you may recall, when I was a professor of pathology at the University of California San Diego, I was one of the first molecular virologists in the world to work on coronaviruses (the 1970s). I was the first to demonstrate the number of genes the virus contained. Since then, I have kept up with the coronavirus field and its multiple clinical transfers into the human population (e.g., SARS, MERS), from different animal sources.

> The current projections for its expansion in the US are only probable, due to continued insufficient worldwide data, but it is most likely to be widespread in the US by mid to late March and April.

> Here is what I have done and the precautions that I take and will take. These are the same precautions I currently use during our influenza seasons, except for the mask and gloves.:

> 1) NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.

> 2) Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.

> 3) Open doors with your closed fist or hip - do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.

> 4) Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.

> 5) Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been.

> 6) Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home's entrances. AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can't immediately wash your hands.

> 7) If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!

> What I have stocked in preparation for the pandemic spread to the US:

> 1) Latex or nitrile latex disposable gloves for use when going shopping, using the gasoline pump, and all other outside activity when you come in contact with contaminated areas.

> 2) Stock up now with hand sanitizers and latex/nitrile gloves (get the appropriate sizes for your family). The hand sanitizers must be alcohol-based and greater than 60% alcohol to be effective.

> I, as many others do, hope that this pandemic will be reasonably contained, BUT I personally do not think it will be. Humans have never seen this snake-associated virus before and have no internal defense against it. Tremendous worldwide efforts are being made to understand the molecular and clinical virology of this virus. Unbelievable molecular knowledge about the genomics, structure, and virulence of this virus has already been achieved. BUT, there will be NO drugs or vaccines available this year to protect us or limit the infection within us. Only symptomatic support is available.

> I hope these personal thoughts will be helpful during this potentially catastrophic pandemic. You are welcome to share this email. Good luck to all of us! Jim

> James Robb, MD FCAP


Anvilcloud said...

I didn't know about the zinc.

KarenB said...

Like Anvilclous, I also didn't know about the zinc. But everything else boils down to: take reasonable precautions to stay healthy, go on living your life.

Vicki Lane said...

I Have used zinc for colds and it works well BUT the last time I used it, I lost my sense of smell and taste for a couple of months. So I haven't used it again.

Not panicking, just trying to take sensible precautions.

Vicki Lane said...

I've just received notice from the friend who sent me the letter that, while the letter is genuine, evidently the inclusion of zinc lozenges is not. So I've removed it from the post.

Barbara Rogers said...

Can't find zinc don't know what that's about. This is very good information. I think changing our habits of touching eyes, nose and mouth all the time is also worth mentioning. Easier said than done, but it brings attention to our daily habits. Hope all are well and enjoying earliest hint of spring.

Terra said...

A friend from my Bible study women's group shared this message, and I am glad you are sharing it here. I read it and went out and bought packages of zinc lozenges to share with my family, and ordered face masks and hand sanitizing gel 60 percent or more alcohol, also to share. Oh, now I read your mention about the zinc lozenges. Snopes is sometimes wrong!

Thérèse said...

Thks for sharing. The hardest is not to touch one's nose or mouth...