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A European twist on IF You Get Covid, what to do!
« on: October 26, 2020, 07:43:07 pm »
Everyone is telling you how to NOT catch #coronavirus, but NO ONE is saying what to do if you get it.

Thanks to this nurse in the UK for putting this guide together:

What I have seen are a lot of are recommendations for how to try to avoid getting corona virus in the first place:
• good hand washing
• personal hygiene
• social distancing

But what I have NOT seen a lot of is advice for what happens if you actually get it, which many of us will. So as your friendly neighborhood Nurse let me make some suggestions:

If you get Covid-19:

You basically just want to prepare as though you know you’re going to get a nasty respiratory bug, like bronchitis or pneumonia. You just have the foresight to know it might come your way!

Things to start doing now:
Get 20 minutes sun on your entire body (or as much as possible) every day. This will dramatically increase your Vitamin D levels, which improves  your immune system.
If affordable take a good general supplement, plus 2000mg Vit C a day. Include ZINC, SELENIUM & GLUTATHIONE.
Scott’s Emulsion is a great general tonic (cod liver oil)

Things you should actually buy ahead of time:
*Paracetamol* (acetaminophen)
*Cough medicine* of choice (check the label and make sure you're not doubling up on Paracetamol)
*Zinc lozenges*
*Throat spray* like Andolex or TCP
*Honey and lemon* can work just as well!
*Vicks* vaporub for your chest is also a great suggestion.

*A humidifier* would be a good thing to buy and use in your room when you go to bed overnight. (You can also just turn the shower on hot and sit in the bathroom breathing in the steam)

*If you have a history of asthma* and you have a prescription inhaler, make sure the one you have isn’t expired and refill it/get a new one if necessary.

*Meals* This is also a good time to meal prep: make a big batch of your favorite soup to freeze and have on hand.

*Hydrate* hydrate, hydrate! Stock up on whatever  your favorite clear fluids are to drink, though tap water is fine you may appreciate some variety!

*For symptom management* and a fever over 38°c take Paracetamol rather than Ibuprofen.

*Rest lots* You should not be leaving your house! Even if you are feeling better you may will still be infectious for fourteen days and older people and those with existing health conditions should be avoided!

*Wear gloves and a mask* to avoid contaminating others in your house

*Isolate* in your bedroom if not living alone, ask friends and family to leave supplies outside to avoid contact.

*Sanitize* your bed linen and clothes frequently by washing and clean your bathroom with recommended sanitizers.

*You DO NOT NEED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL unless* you are having trouble breathing or your fever is very high (over 39°C) and unmanaged with meds.

Over 90% of healthy adult cases thus far have been managed at home with basic rest/hydration/over-the-counter meds.

If you are worried or in distress or feel your symptoms are getting worse:

*Pre-existing risks* If you have a pre-existing lung condition (COPD, emphysema, lung cancer) or are on immunosuppressants, now is a great time to talk to your Doctor or specialist about what they would like you to do if you get sick.

*Children* One major relief to you parents is that kids do VERY well with coronavirus, they usually bounce back in a few days (but they will still be infectious) Just use pediatric dosing .

*Be calm and prepare rationally* and everything will be fine. This is to inform us all that the pH for corona virus varies from 5.5 to 8.5. All we need to do, to beat corona virus, we need to take more of an alkaline foods that are above the above pH level of the Virus.

How do you know you have coronavirus?
1.  Itching in the throat
2. Dry throat
3. Dry cough
4. High temperature
5. Shortness of breathing
6. Loss of sense of taste & smell
7. Covid toes - toes turning blue/black

So when you notice these things, quickly take warm water with lemon and drink. 

Do not keep this information to yourself only. Pass it to all your family and friends.
« Last Edit: October 27, 2020, 09:06:50 am by Doug K »

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Came across this work by a local SUNY Brockport graduate that shows how the current Covid 19 Pandemic is just another "deja vu" for the Rochester area.

The Rochester community has been here before folks, back in 1918, and if you read this Thesis Paper by Daniel Cody from 2010 you just might learn something new, and also see how even back then people tried to minimize the pandemic for various reasons and also spread dis-information on how it stated and where is came from.

Here's a link to the Thesis work, and it is worth the read. We have permission from the author to use this work and share it

This article will catch your attention...right from the introduction.

Of special note is the fact that back in 1918 the Federal level only made "suggestions" as well, on how to battle this pandemic. They were caught between the issues of the day, mostly World War 1 related, and keeping the public focused on meeting the needs of industry trying to keep pace with the war effort. They placed more emphasis back then on the economic impact, not the social devastation happening around them.

But one thing was for sure: wearing masks was encouraged, and in smaller communities it was mandated... and no one argued against is.

For those wondering, I've highlighted a couple Thesis sections that told how the NY Erie Canal played a role in spreading the virus, as it was still being used as a transportation mode for many in the country. And similar to today, the 1918 pandemic also affected the progress of the "new, improved NYS Barge Canal, that was being rerouted out of the Downtown area to a place where it could cross level with the Genesee River.

In the end Mr. Cody makes some very good statements about how Rochester made it through this global pandemic. I've highlighted a few here but there are so many parallels between this first 1918 Influenza virus and our current Covid 19 virus, that my post wouldn't fit all the others that could be shared.

Again, this thesis work is a good read, and if the readers understand that the War Effort was just a distraction that overshadowed this difficult medical emergency our City went through then, they can see that Covid had the same issues... others wanted to minimize the pandemic for "political reasons" in 1918 and 2020.

It would be interesting if Mr. Cody were to do an epilog for this piece, looking at today's Covid pandemic, with his wide ranging knowledge of the past pandemic of 1918 in Rochester.

Would he have discussed how many people now seem to be fighting AGAINST the notion of quarantine and facemasks?

Would he tell the tale of how Federal Governments in both eras that tried to "play down" the virus simply because it might affect other "more important" things like supporting a war, or a presidents' campaign schedule?

Would he mention that in 1918 the public read the names of each victim of the Influenza pandemic in their local newspaper, which made it more personal to many than just hearing about "case numbers" that people can't relate to?

It's been said time and time again about history... learn from it or you will probably repeat it.

I for one, hope this country never has to repeat it's Covid 19 experience, which has only shown how "ununited" this country has become lately. But I do hope that the people watching Covid 19 take their loved ones away have learned how badly they were failed by a Federal Government that seemed more concerned about it's impact on only one United States citizen.. the one that was supposed to lead us through it.

And I hope they voice their displeasure with the Federal Covid Response using their Vote, in exactly one week from Today.

« Last Edit: October 27, 2020, 10:39:17 am by Doug K »