Consider this a public service announcement for those who want to prepare for the coronavirus.
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Covid-19 (coronavirus) is quickly becoming a global pandemic. It has now gained a solid foothold in Iran, South Korea, Italy and Japan. The virus is likely currently incubating in many other countries around the world.
While the case fatality rate is lower than SARS, it is still far higher than the common flu. Covid-19 appears HIGHLY contagious. Therefore the quantity of deaths could reach overwhelming levels far greater than any regular flu.
The even bigger challenge with Covid-19 is the tidal-wave of sick patients overwhelming a country’s healthcare system. No healthcare system is prepared. The CDC yesterday called this coronavirus a “tremendous public health threat” in the United States. China is building 19 new ‘hospitals’ to manage patients. Expect the worst – these ‘hospitals’ are basically places to die in isolation with little real treatment.
Most who are infected will survive. However, there is some anecdotal evidence that re-infection is possible. There is also evidence that covid-19 damages the heart, potentially leading to long-term health issues, even if cured of the virus itself.
We cannot rely on the government. This is war and we all have to do our part. You have to prepare for the possibility that every single person in your household is ill at the same time. You also have to prepare for the possibility that you will be stuck at home to care for yourself and your loved ones.
We all have a personal responsibility to stay as healthy as possible. If I stay healthy, you have a greater chance of avoiding the coronavirus (and other illnesses). The virus needs us to spread it. So don’t do the virus any favours. There are things you can do to slow its spread.
The following guidelines are created to help you and your family prepare for the coronavirus and provided by Dr. John Campbell:
How to Prepare for the Coronavirus:
1. Stay home when possible, avoid planes, buses, trains, queues, busy areas.
2. No visitors, avoid close contact with symptomatic people or potential carriers, don’t share cups.
3. No handshakes, kisses, hugs. Don’t kiss babies. All outside surfaces, money.
4. Gloves and meticulous hand hygiene, don’t touch eyes, nose mouth.
5. Wash hands, warm water and soap or hand sanitizers.
6. Catch it – bin it – kill it.
7. Coughs and sneezes spread diseases.
8. Faecal contamination, meticulous hand and surface hygiene.
9. Wear a quality medical mask or n95.
10. Wrap around glasses.
11. Avoid hospitals, limited visiting.
12. Good nutrition, vitamin D.
13. Keep warm, sleep, family life.
14. Thoroughly cook meat and eggs.
15. Avoid public spaces and wear a mask at home if you start to feel ill with fever