Coronavirus Safety Tips

Posted by Lorraine Pierce on

Coronavirus Covid19 Safety Tips


I have been following scientist reported updates on this virus since early January. So I wanted to share some tips that I’ve learned.


1. Double check what’s reported by local news. Last week local CBS reported “there’s only 17k cases worldwide”, whereas there are actually 83k. You can track numbers on John Hopkins interactive map found here: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html…

CBS local News also said that N95 masks only keep in germs and don’t filter out. THIS IS NOT TRUE!

If worn properly, a facemask (the flimsy type that tie) is meant to help block large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays or splatter that may contain germs (viruses and bacteria), keeping it from reaching your mouth and nose. Facemasks may also help reduce exposure of your saliva and respiratory secretions to others.

An N95 respirator is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles. They are thick and have a bendable metal piece across the bridge of the nose.

The ‘N95’ designation means that when subjected to careful testing, the respirator blocks at least 95 percent of very small (0.3 micron) test particles. If properly fitted, the filtration capabilities of N95 respirators exceed those of face masks. However, even a properly fitted N95 respirator does not completely eliminate the risk of illness or death.
source: https://www.fda.gov/…/personal-pr…/masks-and-n95-respirators

Helpful infographic about masks here: https://www.cdc.gov/…/UnderstandDifferenceInfographic-508.p…

2. Reduce risk by avoiding large crowds that are close together. Shopping mall with 500 people vs a football game with 500 people.
CDC states that the virus is air transmissible within 6 feet.

3. People can be contagious with no symptoms. They can be non symptomatic for up to 27 days.

4. Prepare don’t panic: purchase non perishable goods. At least a few weeks worth. If a city is quarantined, deliveries slow, workers will be home, and shopping times/days may be limited.
Water is debatable. As long as our city services run we will have water. But it doesn’t hurt to have some water stocked too.

5. The virus can stay alive on inanimate objects for up to 5 days, some sources say up to 9 days.

6. Purchase bleach, Lysol, hand sanitizer and wipes.

- try not to touch your face, mouth, or eyes before washing your hands.

- keep hand sanitizer with you and use it after touching door handles of common areas, like stores, and before you eat.

- wipe down grocery buggy handles. Use your hand sanitizer on them if no wipes are available.

-You will want to keep your shoes wiped after visiting common areas in the community. Take off your shoes before entering your home, or leave in a mud room, porch or garage. 

- disinfect your mailbox handle daily BEFORE opening your box. Think about it.... the mail person touches every box in his area and so do the people living there.

- disinfect the handles on your outside trash can if your can is emptied by hands into the garbage truck. 

-disinfect other commonly touched areas in your home regularly; like YOUR CELL PHONE, refrigerator handles, door handles, toilet handle, sink handles. This is more important in families that have people working outside the home or in school.

7. If you develop a fever and cough, call your doctor and ask for advice. Or go to your nearest ER.
Do the community a favor and wear a hospital type mask to your appointment. The kind with the ties. If you don’t have any, ask for one upon arrival.

8. The common flu has a death rate of about 0.1% (source; https://www.cdc.gov/…/b…/preliminary-in-season-estimates.htm) Just multiply the number of cases (I used the highest number), by .1% and compare that result to the number of deaths.

Covid19 has a death rate of 3.4% according to available data. https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html…
The math to find percentage is:
Confirmed cases = X (as of March 6, 2020)
Number of Deaths = Y (as of March 6, 2020) 

Y/X = %

3408/100,330 = .0339 or 3.4%

And my math coincides nicely with the data on https://www.worldometers.info/coro…/coronavirus-death-rate/…

Therefore, Covid19 is 3,400% more deadly than the common flu.
0.1 (death rate) x 3,400% = 3.4(death rate)

9. Don’t panic. Stay informed.


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