PANDEMIC


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AN EFFORT TO HELP OTHERS AVOID COVID-19

So, I've put together the following advice from public-health experts and other appropriate individuals.  

My own opinions also, at times, are included, and are based on science. 

Many references are cited, and probably I'll include even more references in future edits... 

Please visit the links and read what's there... you likely will be quite surprised by some of the findings... and then, it likely will make more sense about why we currently are unfortunately where we are with this pandemic...

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Note: "ALL CAPS" are just for emphasis and are *not* meant as "yelling".  :-) 

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One of the *most* important things... now and for the foreseeable future... 

PRACTICE PHYSICALLY DISTANCING YOURSELF FROM OTHERS 

Socially distancing yourself isn't necessary... you still can be social, online... 

However, *PHYSICALLY* distancing yourself is important and necessary

Side note: Remember about "language matters" (meaning "language" as an adjective modifying the noun "matters")... and, also especially that "language MATTERS" ("language" as a noun, and "matters" as a verb)... (double-entendre). 

Language MATTERS (a lot!) because it shapes our perceptions and affects our individual and collective psyches/attitudes, which in turn affect our individual and collective behaviors. It's better to try to be more accurate, to say what we actually mean. :-) 

PHYSICAL-DISTANCING is the thing that we all need to be doing... not "social-distancing"... we definitely don't have to and shouldn't deprive ourselves of social interaction... remaining socially connected to at least one other individual of positive influence in our life--(someone who, at least, is not toxic to us)--is vitally important for mental and emotional health... and that, in turn, positively affects our physical health, as well. :-) 

We just need to make sure to do our social-connecting online... not in person... for the time being... as much as possible... and, whenever around other individuals in person, to take the precautions that the most-informed and wisest experts are advising... references to many of those experts are provided below...

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So... 

KEEP A *MINIMUM* of 6 FEET (2 METERS) APART 

Please remember that although masks mitigate the amount of droplets (and micro-droplets, also known as aerosolized droplets or aerosolized particles) being transmitted, masks don't entirely eliminate transmission... and it even has been shown that aerosolized droplets actually can travel MUCH, MUCH FARTHER than that:  up to 26 FEET (8 METERS)... "...liquid droplets from sneezes, coughs, and *JUST EXHALING* can travel more than 26 FEET [more than 8 METERS]... for minutes... suspended in the air for a long time, sometimes for hours... suspended by air currents... can stay suspended long enough for someone to walk through and inhale the virus..." [or to have the virus land on the eyes and cause illness, if the eyes aren't adequately protected]... 

Just because you don't see anyone around, someone infected may recently have been where you are and, therefore, infectious agents suspended in the air by air currents could be landing on your eyes, getting inhaled through your nose or mouth, settling on your hair and skin and clothing (which you then could touch and transmit into your body or to someone else)... 

Please take precautions... especially anytime you can't *MAINTAIN* 6-26 FEET (2-8 METERS) between you and other people... 

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And... 

COVER YOUR MOUTH *AND* NOSE 

Wear a mask, with a filter... or wear two masks (such that one acts as a filter for the other)... make sure to keep *both* your mouth & nose covered. 

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And... 

PROTECT YOUR *EYES* 

Wear wrap-around safety-glasses and/or a face-shield"...wearing [regular] glasses will not provide adequate barrier protection, with the sides, tops, and bottoms of the area around your eyes still exposed..." 

If you wear prescription eyeglasses/sunglasses, or just non-prescription sunglasses, you still would need to wear wrap-around safety-glasses, or a face-shield, over your eyeglasses or sunglasses in order to signicantly reduce the chances that any pathogens could infect you through your eyes, possibly landing you in the hospital with serious symptoms of COVID-19... this is very important for medical professionals, but it's *also* very important for everyone else, too... 

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And... 

DON'T WEAR CONTACT LENSES 

Wearing contact lenses at this time *isn't* recommended.  

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Please wear a mask with a filter (or two masks, one on top of the other), and please *also* wear wrap-around safety-glasses and/or a face-shield... 

TAKE IT FROM THIS EPIDEMIOLOGIST / VIROLOGIST 

Even public-health professionals sometimes forget to protect their eyes: "We tend to pay attention to the nose and mouth... but, you know, droplets landing on your eyes are just as infectious." -Dr. Joseph Fair [Epidemiologist and Virologist] 

Dr. Fair holds a Masters in Public Health & a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology 

Note: As you also would hear in the above-linked video, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that healthcare workers should wear eye protection, but (imprudently, IMO) wasn't recommending that the general public also should.  

Consider, however, that the CDC's lack of recommending eye protection for everyone could be out of a fear of creating a shortage of protective-eyecare P.P.E. for healthcare workers if everyone else were to buy safety-glasses and/or face-shields, too... remember about the shortage of N-95 face-masks... 

"Should we all be wearing some kind of eye protection?" -Kate Snow 

"In my opinion, yes." -Dr. Joseph Fair 

"You know, people tend to call people like me 'fear-mongering' and things like that, but the reality is we're just trying to keep you safe." -Dr. Joseph Fair 

Amen.

IMPORTANT: It's not just that rubbing your eyes can infect you... invisible droplets in the air can, too... 

Please review and pay attention to what else he said: 

"...droplets landing on your eyes are just as infectious." -Dr. Joseph Fair 

Many, many people seem to be neglecting eye protection... 

Maybe that's one of the reasons why infection rates and death tolls from COVID-19 have climbed so high... 

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Also... 

KNOW THIS ABOUT "PROTECTIVE" GLOVES 

Wearing "protective" gloves possibly is a good way to keep pathogens temporarily from getting underneath our fingernails--(keep those cut short, btw)--and onto our hands... but wearing gloves actually tends to give us a false sense of security, as you can see in this video posted by a nurse. 

Side note: She obviously isn't a vegan yet, as you'll hear when she mentions something in particular that she would be getting at the grocery store... but she's still young, and despite being a nurse, she still has a lot to learn about the importance of a dietary lifestyle consisting of 98%-100% unprocessed or only very minimally processed *plant-based* nutrition, for much closer to optimal human health... that signicantly boosts immunity in human beings (as is mentioned, with some evidence, on my Why Vegan page). 

She's absolutely correct, though, in what she says about the fact that wearing gloves isn't going to protect us much, if at all, from bacterial, fungal, or viral pathogens... and she clearly demonstrates why that's the truth...

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Therefore... 

WASH YOUR HANDS (ETC.) FREQUENTLY AND WELL 

Under running water, frequently wash your hands... with soap... for at least 20 seconds... making sure to clean all surfaces, including between fingers and under fingernails (remember always to keep nails cut short)... make sure also to rinse your hands thoroughly under running water... then, dry your hands with a *clean* towel or paper towels.  

Use hand-sanitizer when washing isn't possible... and, as with washing, always make sure to attend to all surfaces, including between fingers and under nails. 

Be aware that washing hands, when done correctly, is more effective than using hand-sanitizer. 

If you have to go out where other people are or recently may have been--(as we all unfortunately sometimes do have to do)--then, as soon as you return home, wash everything you wore to protect your eyes (eyeglasses/sunglasses and wrap-around safety-glasses and/or a face-shield), remove and disinfect your shoes, disinfect every door handle and anything else that you touched (repeat, as necessary), place anything you purchased away from other things for three to four days and don't touch them again until that amount of time has passed (or, for items that have to be put away immediately, wash those very well & dry them with a clean towel or paper towels before placing in the refrigerator or freezer), again disinfect every door handle and anything else that you touched, take everything off, launder your clothes, again disinfect everything that you touched and also your hands, take a shower and wash your hair, and dry off with a *clean* towel and put on *clean* clothes.  

Also, in case any COVID-19 particles may have made their way into your mouth... (remember that although personal-protective equipment [P.P.E.] reduces your risk, it cannot entirely eliminate your risk)... it possibly could be a good idea to rinse your mouth and gargle with a half-and-half mixture of hydrogen-peroxide and water... just please keep in mind that you shouldn't do that too often because, even though it can help kill germs (and can help whiten teeth), it also can weaken tooth enamel and cause sensitivity... if you and/or others in your household are not going out often, then you could do that rinse immediately only after you've been out: once a week, once every two weeks, or whatever other longer interval of time that you and everyone else in your household has kept away from other individuals who aren't a part of your household. 

It's probably a good idea, too, to frequently disinfect toothbrushes by soaking for at least 5 minutes, at least once a week, in a glass of straight hydrogen-peroxide with enough at least to cover all of the bristles. (Another benefit of doing that, besides that it can help avoid or shorten some contagious illnesses, is that you likely won't need to replace your toothbrush quite as often as otherwise could be necessary.) And, of course, the best way to store a toothbrush (for health reasons) is always upright in a toothbrush holder, so that it can completely air-dry

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