This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP).
- Posted on 13 March 2020
- By Dr. Adrian den Boer, DBC Health Center www.drdenboer.com
Note: This will be updated periodically as new info becomes available
- If you have a runny nose and a productive cough, you likely have a cold.
- Pneumonia caused by COVID-19 is a dry cough without a runny nose
- A COVID-19 related cough/sneeze can travel up to 10 feet.
- On metallic surfaces, the virus survives at least 12 hours, copper 4 hours, cloth 6-12 hours, in air up to 3 hours. Washing hands thoroughly or normal wash cycle for clothing takes care of the virus.
- Drinking a little water every 15 minutes is very effective for all viruses. As viruses accumulate in the nasal/mouth passage, they can be washed down by the water into the stomach where gastric juices take care of them. This is an opinion, not a proven fact, but makes common sense.
- The virus will last only 5-10 minutes on your hand. I suspect the time is a lot longer, that is if anti-bacterial soap or wipes (this is a virus, not bacteria!) are being used since this disrupts the natural immunity living on the skin. In my opinion, regular soap is a better option.
- Remember, soap works by mechanical means, scrubbing the hands for at least 20 seconds will be effective at removing the virus.
- Gargle with salt water or echinacea in water.
- I emphasize, drink a lot of water!
- Starts with sore throat 3 to 4 days.
- 5-6 days later moves to lungs. To test your lungs: hold breath for 10 seconds. Should be effortless and without pain. (Per the UK Department of Health and Social Care. My opinion: this only works if you have no previous lung issues)
- With the resultant pneumonia patients: experience high fever and breathing difficulties.
- 80% of the infected have very little in way of symptoms. The 20% remaining tend to be the high-risk group, the elderly, and the infirm.
Added note: It is becoming increasingly clear that the virus specifically targets elderly that are frail, the infirm, and those with chronic health conditions. I advise that subgroup of our population to not travel and avoid crowds.
Updated March 14, 2020.