CORONAVIRUS ADVICE FROM A DOCTOR

This is long but very useful. SENSIBLE CORONAVIRUS ADVICE FROM A DOCTOR via e-mail that included permission to share it:

February 26, 2020
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.
Note: This virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. This means that the air will not infect you! BUT all the surfaces where these droplets land are infectious for about a week on average – everything that is associated with infected people will be contaminated and potentially infectious. The virus is on surfaces and you will not be infected unless your unprotected face is directly coughed or sneezed upon. This virus only has cell receptors for lung cells (it only infects your lungs) The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose or mouth.
2) Stock up now with disposable surgical masks and use them to prevent you from touching your nose and/or mouth (We touch our nose/mouth 90X/day without knowing it!). This is the only way this virus can infect you – it is lung-specific. The mask will not prevent the virus in a direct sneeze from getting into your nose or mouth – it is only to keep you from touching your nose or mouth.
3) 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.
4) Stock up now with zinc lozenges. These lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel ANY “cold-like” symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx. Cold-Eeze lozenges is one brand available, but there are other brands available.
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

Author: foguth

Though Jeanne began her career technical writing, her love of romantic-suspense, whether it be present, future or in an unknown galaxy inspired her to write the novels she wanted to find in bookstores. Since marrying, Jeanne and her husband have lived from the arctic to the tropics, as well as from yacht to off-grid mountain home. She loves using vivid colors and flowing shapes in her oil paintings as well as creating edible landscapes. At present, she is finishing writing the Chatterre Trilogy and working on a new episode for The Sea Purrtector Files. You can always find out what she is working on and/or contact her at: www.jeannefoguth.com.

18 thoughts on “CORONAVIRUS ADVICE FROM A DOCTOR”

  1. Very smart. Some experts are recommending we also prepare as if for a hurricane/natural disaster, and have non-perishable food, water, prescriptions, toilet paper and feminine products, and pet supplies for a 3-4 week quarantine, in case we get sick we can stay in and not have to go out for supplies and infect others, or if there are lots of infections in our area, we can also stay in as much as possible and so not add to the problem by exposing ourselves needlessly.

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    1. We live in Florida, so tend to stay prepared for a hurricane-type situation….For instance, last year, Dorian looked like it was aimed right at us until it turned North. Had it actually hit, I wager we would have needed our stockpile. As is, we still have most supplies. That having been said, hopefully good common sense and latex gloves will be adequate…. My cousin has kept a pair of gloves in her car for pumping gas for years… Also wipes for grocery cart handles….. she rarely gets ill.

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    1. Glad to know I’m not the only one that has noticed that election years mysteriously seem to have a virus pattern. I’m still fuming over the 2015/16 zika drama… here in Florida, they were so freaked that they used planes to spray huge areas for mosquitoes …. killed a lot more than mosquitoes. IMHO it was a ridiculous over-reaction to something that should have been personal responsibility.

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    1. It seems like excellent advice…. For any virus. What I don’t understand is why the news is making such a fuss over this when the ‘regular flu’ is actually much more dangerous, yet we rarely hear a peep about that.

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      1. IMHO, the flu is MUCH more of an issue. Assuming he got the numbers right, DJT tweeted: So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!
        I, for one, did think about it and wonder why all the fuss is being made…. and who is behind it.

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      2. BellaDonna dear furiend, I agree that nursing homes are more of an issue than schools. After all, the young don’t seem vulnerable to that virus – only the very old and those who are already sick with something else. I worry about that poor woman from the cruise ship who got off the ship to go get chemotherapy … Her immune system must be shot!
        Purrseidon

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      3. Meowsah, me too! But I also fear that she could become an unfortunate statistic.
        Purrseidon, who thinks chemotherapy, which disables individual’s natural immune system is an unwise way to treat disease….Seems to me that boosting immune systems would be wiser.

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