Do you suspect you or one of your family members might got infected with COVID19?
How can one know if they have been infected?
Quick test – The Novel Coronavirus may not show sign of infection for many days. By the time they have fever and/or cough and go to the hospital, the lungs have usually 50% Fibrosis and it’s too late. Taiwan experts provide a simple self-check that we can do every morning. Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds. If you complete it successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stiffness or tightness, etc., it proves there is no Fibrosis in the lungs, basically indicates no infection.
In this critical time where we do not have enough test kits & for people it’s hard to go to a clinic, please self-check every morning in an environment with clean air. Serious excellent advice by Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases: Everyone should ensure your mouth & throat are moist, never dry. Take a few sips of water every 15 minutes at least.
Why? Even if the virus gets into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids will wash them down through your throat and into the stomach. Once there, your stomach acid will kill all the virus. If you don’t drink enough water/liquids regularly, the virus can enter your windpipe and into the lungs which is very dangerous.
- It will first infect the throat, so you’ll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days.
- The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further.
- With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
- The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you’re drowning. It’s imperative you then seek immediate attention.
- If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold
- Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
- This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees.
- If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
- If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours [update: research has shown that it can live for more than a day on most surfaces, including cardboard boxes] – so if you come into contact with any metal surface – wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
- On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it.
- Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Avoid drinking liquids with ice.
- Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but – a lot can happen during that time – you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.
- You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
- Can’t emphasis enough – drink plenty of water!
The best way to protect yourself and the community is to –
- Isolate yourself, if you have been to a country that is considered at higher risk in the past 14 days
- Isolate yourself, if you are sick, feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or into a flexed elbow
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
- Avoid shake hands and maintain social distance
One person can make a huge difference, Step back. Stay home to slow the spread.
Further information about COVID-19 can be found on the NSW Health website: www.health.nsw.gov.au
Take care everyone and may the world recover from this COVID19 soon.