Now first off – I am not a Doctor and I cannot tell you what you should do. I am very disappointed in certain Governments responses to the Crisis and I want to help by putting together a combination of available information resources to help and advise you.
I hope this will help with a lot of your Q and A but the situation is always changing and government or WHO advice can always change at short notice.
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I am going to start by talking about the Corona Virus – then Signs and Symptoms – What is a Fever – Body Temperature and Coughing – Ways to ease this – Social Distancing – What to do for minor and serious problems – CDC and WHO advice for prevention and Mask Making options – possible treatments.
The post has lots of official LINKS highlighted you should click on to go to read more detailed source reports. Let’s get straight in to it.
What does “COVID-19” stand for?
The World Health Organization, who named the disease, says it stands for “Coronavirus Disease 2019.”
WHAT WE FOUND
The WHO broke down the name of both the disease and the virus itself. The disease is named COVID-19, short for coronavirus disease, and the virus is named SARS-CoV-2, short for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. The “19” in COVID-19 stands for the year the virus was first detected: 2019.
You can read more HERE
The announcement of the disease’s new name came on February 11. When the WHO Director-General gave remarks on that day, he said, “we had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease.”
There is detailed article Here
Scottsdale City Councilmember Guy Phillips shared a post with false information about the abbreviation for COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. (Photo: Facebook)
The name for the disease actually is an abbreviation, with ‘CO’ for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Chinese Originated Viral Infectious Disease’ and the number 19 is due to this being the 19th virus to come out of China.” (not true – see CDC page under FAQ)
The 19 stands for the year 2019, when the virus was first discovered in Wuhan, China.
The post was originally made by Facebook user Mac McPhe Sunday morning and shared by Phillips later that day.
As of Sunday afternoon, a handful of people had commented giving Phillips the correct information. He eventually deleted the post, and posted an apology on Facebook and Twitter on Monday morning.
The Important signs and Symptoms.
In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
According to the UN agency, around 14 percent of people who catch the new coronavirus will develop a severe case of COVID-19, for which they will need hospitalization and oxygen support, and a further 5 percent will need to be treated in an intensive care unit.
The CDC urges those who develop the more serious symptoms of COVID-19 to seek medical attention immediately. These include: trouble breathing; persistent pain or pressure in the chest; new confusion or inability to arouse; and bluish lips or face.
But as many as 80 percent of COVID-19 patients will experience a mild illness they can manage themselves at home. So how can a person tell if they’ve fallen ill with a mild case?
What are the Symptoms?
A report of the WHO-China Joint Mission on COVID-19 submitted on February 28 detailed the symptoms of 55,924 people confirmed to have the disease. The patients were aged between 30 to 69-years-old, and 51 on average.
- 87.9 percent had a fever
- 67.7 percent had a dry cough
- 38.1 percent felt fatigued
- 33.4 percent produced sputum
- 18.6 percent had shortness of breath
- 13.9 percent had a sore throat
- 13.6 percent had a headache
- 14.8 percent had muscle and or joint pain
- 11.4 percent had chills
- 5 percent were sick or felt nauseous
- 4.8 percent experienced nasal congestion
- 3.7 percent had diarrhea
- 0.9 percent coughed up blood
- 0.8 percent had conjunctival congestion, or pink eye
How do you know if you have a virus in your body?
Often, a person will experience the symptoms above including a rummy nose While not every person experiences a fever when they have a virus, a fever can be a sign that the body is trying to fight off the infection.
So what is a Fever?
Fever is when a human’s body temperature goes above the normal range of 36–37° Centigrade (98–100° Fahrenheit). It is a common medical sign.
How do you know if you have a fever?
If you feel thirsty, have dry mouth, are very tired, have a headache, see an increase in dry skin, or experience constipation, you may be dehydrated, indicating a higher likelihood of fever. The chills. We all know the kind that fevers give. They crawl up your neck and take over your whole body.
What is the normal body temp?
Is a 97.6 a fever?
A normal adult body temperature, when taken orally, can range from 97.6–99.6°F, though different sources may give slightly different figures. In adults, the following temperatures suggest that someone has a fever: at least 100.4°F (38°C) is a fever. … above 105.8°F (41°C) is a very high fever.Nov 27, 2018
How long does a fever last?
The type of infection causing the fever usually determines how often the fever recurs and how long the fever lasts. Fevers due to viruses can last for as little as two to three days and sometime as long as two weeks.
What is Normal body temperature?
Body temperature readings vary depending on where on the body a person takes the measurements. Rectal readings are higher than oral readings, while armpit readings tend to be lower.
The table below gives the normal ranges of body temperature for adults and children according to a thermometer manufacturer:
|Type of reading||0–2 years||3–10 years||11–65 years||Over 65 years|
|Oral||95.9–99.5°F (35.5–37.5°C)||95.9–99.5°F (35.5–37.5°C)||97.6–99.6°F (36.4–37.6°C)||96.4–98.5°F (35.8–36.9°C)|
|Rectal||97.9–100.4°F (36.6–38°C)||97.9–100.4°F (36.6–38°C)||98.6–100.6°F (37.0–38.1°C)||97.1–99.2°F (36.2–37.3°C)|
|Armpit||94.5–99.1°F (34.7–37.3°C)||96.6–98.0°F (35.9–36.7°C)||95.3–98.4°F (35.2–36.9°C)||96.0–97.4°F (35.6–36.3°C)|
|Ear||97.5–100.4°F (36.4–38°C)||97.0–100.0°F (36.1–37.8°C)||96.6–99.7°F (35.9–37.6°C)||96.4–99.5°F (35.8–37.5°C)|
Normal body temperature will vary within these ranges depending on the following factors:
- a person’s age and sex
- the time of day, typically lowest in the early morning and highest in the late afternoon
- high or low activity levels
- food and fluid intake
- for females, the stage in their monthly menstrual cycle
- the method of measurement, such as oral (mouth), rectal (bottom), or armpit readings
A normal adult body temperature, when taken orally, can range from 97.6–99.6°F, though different sources may give slightly different figures.
In adults, the following temperatures suggest that someone has a fever:
- at least 100.4°F (38°C) is a fever
- above 103.1°F (39.5°C) is a high fever
- above 105.8°F (41°C) is a very high fever
Researchers have looked into the individual differences between people’s normal body temperatures. A study looking at almost 35,500 people found that older adults had the lowest temperatures, and African-American women had higher temperatures than white men.
They also found that certain medical conditions can affect a person’s body temperature. For example, people with an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) tended to have lower temperatures, while people with cancer had higher temperatures.
A normal body temperature for children aged 3–10 ranges from 95.9–99.5°F when taken orally.
Children tend to have similar body temperatures to adults.
Does sweating mean fever is breaking?
When the fever breaks, the thermostat gets set back to 98.6. That’s when you start to sweat, throw off the covers, and hopefully begin to feel better.
Is Sweating Good for fever?
There’s no evidence that layering on blankets “and trying to sweat out the fever” has any benefit, Dr. Ferrer says. Instead, you’ll probably feel better if you stay cool, he says. One way to beat the heat is to take a lukewarm or cool shower or bath at a temperature that’s comfortable to you.
While it might seem like a good idea to put a young child in a cold bath to bring down a fever, it’s actually not recommended. Cold water can increase core body temperature by cooling the skin and causing shivering. – Avoid hot water bottles or electric blankets (which may raise body temperature further).
What should you eat when you have a fever?
Chicken Soup. There are a couple of reasons why a bowl of piping hot chicken soup is good for you when you are running a fever.
Poultry and Fish. When you have a fever, your body needs all the protein it can get to recover from it at a much faster rate.
Which fruit is good for fever?
Citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, and grapefruits, contain high levels of flavonoids and vitamin C. These decrease inflammation and boost immunity, which may help to fight a fever. Some studies suggest that a flavonoid called quercetin, which is also found in berries, may help to treat rhinovirus infections.
I personally am taking Vitamin C Tablets – 1 a day at Mg1000 as I have read it may be useful but it is also what we could do normally to stave off Colds and Flu.
How contagious is sore throat?
Yes, pharyngitis (viral and bacterial) is contagious and can be transmitted from one person to another. Usually, mucus, nasal discharge and saliva can contain the viruses and/or bacteria that can cause sore throat.
Are you still contagious if you are coughing?
Coughs are not contagious, but certain underlying diseases that produce a cough are contagious, and can be spread by droplets formed during coughing. Correspondingly, when the underlying disease process is no longer contagious, the cough no longer produces infectious droplets
Does a sore throat mean you’re sick?
Most sore throats are caused by viral infections, such as a cold or flu. Often you’ll have other symptoms like a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, cough, a mild fever, and fatigue. It can be hard to tell the difference between a cold and flu, but the flu tends to cause worse symptoms, like high fever and muscle aches
What to drink to stop coughing?
Drink decaffeinated tea with honey before bed. The warmth of the tea will soothe a sore throat and the fluid will help thin secretions. Herbal teas with ginger, peppermint, or licorice root may also soothe cough. Use a vapor rub, such as one with menthol, to help open airways by rubbing a little under your nose. As always, with any facial contact wash your hand thoroughly.
If you can’t get any cleaning gel use anti bacterial soap. Don’t worry though you can make your own if you cannot buy any.t.
MAKE YOUR OWN _ You can find simple recipes for cleaning gel such as Rubbing/cleaning alcohol and a mix with Aloe Vera . Recipes on the Internet.
Should I stay home for a sore throat?
Antibiotics Help Prevent Spreading the Infection to Others
People with strep throat should stay home from work, school, or daycare until they: No longer have a fever. AND. Have taken antibiotics for at least 24 hours
What should you not eat when coughing?
Avoid avocados, mushrooms, strawberries, dry fruits, alcohol, yogurt, vinegar and fermented foods. NO Alcohol. This encourages inflammation; further weakening your white blood cells which make it harder for your body to heal. So it is better to skip drinking alcohol that will only worsen your immune system
Which fruit is good for a cough?
100% orange juice and oranges provide a good source of potassium for a healthy blood pressure, folic acid and an excellent source of antioxidant Vitamin C, which has been shown to help support a healthy immune system. The perfect on-the-go snack, apples are rich in flavonoids!
What are some Home Remedies for a sore Throat?
Salt Water, Honey, Lemon, Hot Sauces and Tea.
Read a Handy guide HERE
What is the shape of viruses? (Know your enemy)
Viruses are classified into four groups based on shape: filamentous, isometric (or icosahedral), enveloped, and head and tail. Many viruses attach to their host cells to facilitate penetration of the cell membrane, allowing their replication inside the cell
Do viruses die?
Strictly speaking, viruses can’t die, for the simple reason that they aren’t alive in the first place. Although they contain genetic instructions in the form of DNA (or the related molecule, RNA), viruses can’t thrive independently. Instead, they must invade a host organism and hijack its genetic instructions.
How long can the Virus survive?
This is 2 – 3 DAYS. This helps to explain why COVID-19 is so contagious.
Scientists are racing to find out how coronavirus is spreading so quickly and why the severity of symptoms varies so much.
Viral load is an important factor. It’s how much of the virus there is in your body at any point during an infection. The higher the viral load, the more virus you will potentially shed from your body, making you more infectious to others.
For coronavirus, the viral load is highest about five days after symptoms first appear. And some scientists think it’s the initial dose of virus you receive that’s important. If you’re infected with a small amount of virus, you’re more likely to develop a mild illness. But if you’re infected with a lot, you have a greater chance of developing severe symptoms.
What is the best advice to avoid the spread of the Virus?
What is Social Distancing?
The UK government is advising people stay home and only go out if they need to fetch food or medicine, to go to work if it’s essential or to exercise.
Even when you leave your home, you need to practise social distancing and keep at least two metres away from other people to protect yourself from catching coronavirus.
But it can be hard to know exactly what that looks like.
Basically, that is about, holding a Broomstick at arms-length and touching another with it.
It is reducing social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus . It is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers
Self Isolation Tips
Some Isolation Tips from an English ex Nuclear Submarine Captain to help you with Self Isolation.
See a short Video HERE
UK guide here but good advice for all
World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
- Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.
Mask and glove usage
- Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
- Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
- Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
- Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
- Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
- Do not reuse single-use masks.
- Regularly washing bare hands is more effective against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
The COVID-19 virus can still be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.
I live in Thailand and don’t believe a lot of what I read on the Net.
I AM CONVINCED YOU SHOULD WEAR A FACEMASK AT ALL RELEVANT TIMES. Please hear me out.
The WHO says you do not need to wear a mask. They then say the infection can be spread by droplets in the air. So if that is not called airbourne what is?
They appear to be about to change that advice and I suggest you SHOULD wear a mask.
I have read a personal account of someone who was hospitalized in China and Recovered. HE says “WEAR A MASK it will help you”. So who should we believe, someone in an office, or, a person with actual experience on the frontline? I don’t think that’s a hard choice really is it?
I think there are 2 good reasons to wear a mask. To help you stay un-affected but if you are infected, to help CONTAIN the spread of droplets by you when coughing or sneezing. This could help in reducing possible infection to your family and friends.
According to Jaimie Meyer, MD, a Yale Medicine infectious disease specialist, there is no evidence to date of food-borne transmission of the coronavirus.
“The primary mode of transmission of the virus from person to person is through direct inhalation of droplets (as in, being within 6 feet of someone when they cough or sneeze and breathing it in),” Meyer said.
Meyer and Cioe-Pena said that you should maintain a six-foot distance.
The official word on face masks
Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the official advice from the World Health Organization has been clear. Only two types of people should wear masks: those who are sick and show symptoms, and those who are caring for people who are suspected to have the coronavirus.
Nobody else need wear a mask, and there are several reasons for that.
One is that a mask is not seen as reliable protection, given that current research shows the virus is spread by droplets and not airborne transmission. This is why experts say frequent hand washing with soap and water is far more effective.
In East Asia, many people are used to wearing masks when they are sick or when it’s hayfever season, because it’s considered impolite to be sneezing or coughing openly. The 2003 Sars virus outbreak, which affected several countries in the region, also drove home the importance of wearing masks, particularly in Hong Kong, where many died as a result of the virus.
But it hasn’t caught on everywhere in Asia – here in Singapore, the government has urged the public not to wear masks to ensure adequate supplies for healthcare workers, and most people walk around without one. There is substantial public trust in the government, so people are likely to listen to such advice.
The mask as a social nudge
Some argue that ubiquitous mask wearing, as a very visual reminder of the dangers of the virus, could actually act as a “behavioural nudge” to you and others for overall better personal hygiene.
“Putting on a mask every day before you go out is like a ritual, like putting on a uniform, and in ritual behaviour you feel you have to live up to what the uniform stands for, which is more hygienic behaviour like not touching your face or avoiding crowded places and social distancing,” said Donald Low, a behavioural economist and professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Then, there’s the idea that every little bit counts in the war the world is waging against the virus.
“We can’t say if face masks are ineffective, but we presume they have some effect because that’s the protection we give to healthcare workers,” said Benjamin Cowling, an epidemiologist with Hong Kong University.
“If face masks are used on a lot of people in crowded areas, I think it would have some effect on public transmission, and at the moment we’re looking for every small measure we can to reduce transmission – it adds up.”
But there are downsides of course. Some places such as Japan, Indonesia and Thailand are facing shortages at the moment, and South Korea has had to ration out masks.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT USING A MASK
- (Official advice as it stands) Remember, a mask should only be used by health workers, care takers, and individuals with respiratory symptoms, such as fever and cough.
- Before touching the mask, clean hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
- Take the mask and inspect it for tears or holes.
- Orient which side is the top side (where the metal strip is).
- Ensure the proper side of the mask faces outwards (the coloured side).
- Place the mask to your face. Pinch the metal strip or stiff edge of the mask so it moulds to the shape of your nose.
- Pull down the mask’s bottom so it covers your mouth and your chin.
- After use, take off the mask; remove the elastic loops from behind the ears while keeping the mask away from your face and clothes, to avoid touching potentially contaminated surfaces of the mask.
- Discard the mask in a closed bin immediately after use.
- Perform hand hygiene after touching or discarding the mask – Use alcohol-based hand rub or, if visibly soiled, wash your hands with soap and water.
As I said before, I would advise that you SHOULD wear a mask. They should be becoming more available soon. One of the best is called a N95 – This has some of the best standards and is supposed to catch 95% of possible problems.
I have advised recently in a Pinterest Post – 3 Different ways to make a Home Made mask if none are readily available using Cotton, which has a 64 – 69% possible success rating as shown in my report in the post.
You can see that post with Mask Making Instructions HERE
The Huffington Post also suggested making your own mask on 31-03-19 You can see that post HERE
There are Helpful Videos at the Huffington Post Article
And now, The Washington Post reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering recommending the general public wear face masks when they’re out and about.
This is the UK advice – USA FOLLOWS but the main point is the same. Please DO NOT JUST GO TO YOUR DOCTOR OR HOSPITAL. If you are positive you may impact on all the staff so there will not be enough staff to treat people
What are Undocumented cases?
Firstly, there is some emerging evidence that there are more “silent carriers”, or healthy people with the virus who show little or no symptoms, than experts initially thought.
In China, it is estimated that a third of all positive cases show no symptoms, according to classified Chinese government data seen by the South China Morning Post.
On the Diamond Princess, the cruise ship that docked in Yokohama, about half of the more than 600 positive cases found onboard were found to have no symptoms.
A similar proportion of asymptomatic cases has been reported in Iceland, which says it is testing a higher proportion of citizens than anywhere else in the world.
The prevailing belief has been that because these people do not exhibit symptoms, they are not very contagious. But some are questioning this now. Maybe if everyone wore a mask those silent carriers wouldn’t turn into spreaders?
A recently published study of cases in China found that “undocumented cases of infection”, or those with either mild or no symptoms, were significantly contagious and could have been responsible for nearly 80% of positive virus cases.
It’s just one study though, and future research will no doubt add nuance to the overall picture.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air. They quickly fall on floors or surfaces.
You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within 1 metre of a person who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.
While there has been one instance of a dog being infected in Hong Kong, to date, there is no evidence that a dog, cat or pet can transmit COVID-19.
The risk depends on where you are – and more specifically, whether there is a COVID-19 outbreak unfolding there.
For most people in most locations the risk of catching COVID-19 is still low. However, there are now places around the world (cities or areas) where the disease is spreading. For people living in, or visiting, these areas the risk of catching COVID-19 is higher. Governments and health authorities are taking vigorous action every time a new case of COVID-19 is identified. Be sure to comply with any local restrictions on travel, movement or large gatherings. Cooperating with disease control efforts will reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19.
COVID-19 outbreaks can be contained and transmission stopped, as has been shown in China and some other countries. Unfortunately, new outbreaks can emerge rapidly. It’s important to be aware of the situation where you are or intend to go. WHO publishes daily updates on the COVID-19 situation worldwide.
What To Do if You Are Sick
Stay home except to get medical care
- Stay home: Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
- Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
- Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation
- Stay away from others: As much as possible, you stay away from others. You should stay in a specific “sick room” if possible, and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
Recommended precautions for household members, intimate partners, and caregivers in a nonhealthcare setting1 of
A patient with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19
A patient under investigation
- Prohibit visitors who do not have an essential need to be in the home.
READ the DETAILED CDC Instructions HERE
What is the recovery time for the coronavirus disease?
Using available preliminary data, the median time from onset to clinical recovery for mild cases is approximately 2 weeks and is 3-6 weeks for patients with severe or critical disease.
Cleaning And Disinfecting Your Home
Everyday Steps and Extra Steps When Someone Is Sick
Read the detailed CDC Instructions HERE
What Do I Do If I Feel Sick?
If you have a cough, a fever or difficulty breathing, and you are worried that you may have COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, here are recommendations from Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H., senior director of infection prevention at Johns Hopkins, on what to do, step by step.
Coronavirus: What do I do if I Feel Sick?
If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19, follow these steps to help protect your health and the health of others.
1. Stay Home and Call a Health Care Provider
Unless it is an emergency, to reduce your risk of catching or spreading illness, stay home if you feel sick, even if your symptoms are mild. Do not go to work, school or public places, and avoid public transportation.
If your symptoms are severe or you feel like you need medical care, call before you go to a doctor’s office, urgent care center or emergency room. Describe your symptoms over the phone.
If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and tell the dispatcher about your symptoms and recent travel history.
2. Answer Questions to Determine Your Risk
When you call a health care facility, you will be asked about your risks for COVID-19. Risk factors include recent travel to certain countries or areas of the U.S., or exposure to an infected person.
For instance, people calling Johns Hopkins Health System hospitals or clinics are asked:
- Have you had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus? (Close contact means having been within 6 feet of that person for an extended time, or being exposed to their cough or sneeze.)
- Do you have a fever, a cough or difficulty breathing?
- Has a public health officer said you were potentially exposed to COVID-19?
3. Follow Your Health Care Providers Instructions
Andy Cohen shares coronavirus symptoms, urges people to get ‘Tylenol and a pulse oximeter’
You can read that article HERE
What is a pulse Oximeter – See HERE
I am not interested in making any money here, just investigating what Andy Cohen said helped him.
Are there any cures available?
Basically No not yet.
Vacines being developed in trial.
Basically again NO not yet. There have been trials. Experts say this is untested yet and you would need expert advice.
You can read an Interesting report HERE
Can you kill CoronaVirus with UV Light?
Again No not yet.
You can read more HERE
Will warm Weather Kill off the Corona Virus
Read an article HERE
You can access regularly updated Info from the W.H.O. HERE
There is a lot of false information news around. Don’t worry about it at the moment. It is important to try and reduce the spread. Social distancing and mask wearing is important now. It may be hard but I am sure it will be worth it.
Try and verify any odd information you read and don’t pay out for any expensive products. They are mainly untested or a scam.
Support our medical staff by protecting yourself.
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All the best and good luck to all.