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Coronavirus   Howling with the Hostess

Started Mar-20 by Jenifer (Zarknorph); 3901 views.
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I know many of you want to keep this forum free of news, but there is no escaping this topic.

There is a great deal of misinformation out there, so I want to have this thread here to ensure everyone is getting solid, credible information.

This discussion will not have breaking news updates on death tolls or outbreaks.

There will be no conspiracy theories here.

This is not a place to blame any government or political party for the job they are doing under these very difficult circumstances.

You are welcome to lament the lack of loo paper.

If you wish to post an article in this thread, please consider the following checklist:

  • Is the source credible?  Has it been fact checked?

  • Is this information that can help people make better decisions and reduce their risk?

  • Is this addition useful to the thread?

If any of the links do not work, or you cannot read them, please let me know and I will paste the entire article, as I plan to do with the more important ones I find.

Let's get through this.


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Coronavirus tips from the experts to help you stay safe

Deputy chief medical officer Professor Paul Kelly has issued some advice about what you should be doing to protect yourself from COVID-19.

1. Wash your hands

"Do it often and do it properly," Professor Kelly said.

You should wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; if you have had close physical contact with anyone who is unwell; after using the toilet; before and after eating and after you touch a pet.

WHO 11-step guide to hand washing

2. Sneeze into your elbow

When you cough or sneeze, sneeze into your elbow. Then wash your hands.

COVID-19 can spread through contact with droplets from an infected person's cough or sneeze. Someone who is sick and coughs into their hand can easily spread the virus by touching surfaces which healthy people later touch.

3. Don't touch your face

"Don't touch your face, get used to not touching your face, even if it itches, please do not touch your face," says Professor Kelly.

"If you need to touch your face, wash your hands first."

4. Practice social distancing

Professor Kelly is urging Australians to keep "1.5 metres away from everyone whenever that is possible".

At home or with small groups of friends, that means avoid handshaking and other physical greetings; regularly clean shared high-touch surfaces such as tables, kitchen benches and doorknobs; increasing the amount of fresh air in your home by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning, and; buying what you can online so you limit visits to the shop.

5. Stay home if you're sick

If you're sick, stay at home, insists Professor Kelly.

"We want people who also have been in contact and been known to be in contact with a positive case to stay at home for 14 days," he said.

"People that have come back from overseas travel, stay at home for 14 days. This is the way we are going to help each other to decrease the rapidity of the infection to flatten the curve."

6. Avoid touching things

Try to keep your hands to yourself and avoid touching surfaces in public places, including public transport, shopping centres and gyms.

In your own home, make sure high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs and kitchen benches are sanitised regularly.

Make sure you clean and sanitise the things you use frequently — including mobiles, keys and wallets — often and thoroughly.

7. Stay informed about schools

Professor Murphy says the risk to children with this virus "is very low" and the Government's strategy for the next six months is to keep schools open.

"Only 2.4 per cent of all the cases in China in Hubei Province were under 19, and there have been very, very few significant cases," he said.

8. Don't hoard medicines

Earlier this week, pharmacists were told to dispense only one month's worth of prescription medicines and limit the purchase of some over-the-counter products.

Although there are no medicine shortages in Australia, unprecedented demand has put a strain on supplies, Professor Kelly explained.

"And I recognise again that people are fearful about issues, particularly those that might affect their own families," he said.

"Please do not buy more than you need for anything."

9. Don't panic-buy food

Don't buy reams and reams of toilet paper, don't stock up on a year's worth of canned goods, and don't strip the shelves bare in supermarkets.

"Please just take what you need," Professor Kelly said.

The Government is aware of shortages in some products across Australia and is working to address it, he added.

In the meantime, Professor Kelly reminded shoppers to be nice to staff and to leave enough on the shelves for other people.

You should have a few days' worth of supplies and to return to regular shopping habits to give supermarkets a chance to restock their shelves.

10. Avoid large gatherings

That means in a room of 100 square metres, there can be no more than 25 people.

"Now, in addition to that, you should continue to practise wherever possible the 1m or 1.5m of healthy distance between each of us, to ensure that we are limiting the contact and limiting the potential for the spread of the virus," Mr Morrison said

"I think [these are] very practical and sensible arrangements, that venues and others and commercial premises and public premises, that we can manage.

It just simply means understanding how big the room is and then simply advising how many people can be in that room at any one time. And we would also be seeking the cooperation of patrons and others, to ensure that they can do the same thing."

Professor Murphy urged people to use their common sense.

"It's no point having a gathering of 20 people if it's in a tiny room and you're all together," he said.

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World Health Organisation's Myth Busters

COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates

From the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather. Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures if you live in, or travel to an area reporting COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

FACT: Coronavirus transmission in hot and humid climates

Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the new coronavirus.

There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the new coronavirus or other diseases. The normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather. The most effective way to protect yourself against the new coronavirus is by frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water.


Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease

Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19. Your normal body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. Actually, taking a hot bath with extremely hot water can be harmful, as it can burn you. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that coud occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

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W.H.O Myths debunked...

The new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.

To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Also, avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing.

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Are hand dryers effective in killing the new coronavirus?

No. Hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019-nCoV. To protect yourself against the new coronavirus, you should frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Once your hands are cleaned, you should dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer.


Can an ultraviolet disinfection lamp kill the new coronavirus?

UV lamps should not be used to sterilize hands or other areas of skin as UV radiation can cause skin irritation.


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W.H.O Myths debunked...

How effective are thermal scanners in detecting people infected with the new coronavirus?

Thermal scanners are effective in detecting people who have developed a fever (i.e. have a higher than normal body temperature) because of infection with the new coronavirus.

However, they cannot detect people who are infected but are not yet sick with fever. This is because it takes between 2 and 10 days before people who are infected become sick and develop a fever.


Can spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the new coronavirus?

No. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth). Be aware that both alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they need to be used under appropriate recommendations.


Do vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new coronavirus?

No. Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus.

The virus is so new and different that it needs its own vaccine. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV, and WHO is supporting their efforts.

Although these vaccines are not effective against 2019-nCoV, vaccination against respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect your health.


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W.H.O Myths debunked...

Can regularly rinsing your nose with saline help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?

No. There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus. 

There is some limited evidence that regularly rinsing nose with saline can help people recover more quickly from the common cold. However, regularly rinsing the nose has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections.


Can eating garlic help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?

Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.


Does the new coronavirus affect older people, or are younger people also susceptible?

People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. 

WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.


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W.H.O Myths debunked

Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus?

No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria.

The new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.

However, if you are hospitalized for the 2019-nCoV, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible.


Are there any specific medicines to prevent or treat the new coronavirus?

To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

However, those infected with the virus should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms, and those with severe illness should receive optimized supportive care. Some specific treatments are under investigation, and will be tested through clinical trials. WHO is helping to accelerate research and development efforts with a range or partners.