The rapid spread of the virus causing COVID-19 has raised the alarm world-wide. The World Health Organization; has declared the corona-virus epidemic to be rapidly spreading a pandemic, and many countries are facing an increase in confirmed cases. In the States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are advising people to be prepared for the disruptions in daily life that will be needed if coronavirus spreads within communities.
We have recently started as talked about in our blog post DUE TO HIGH DEMAND because people who are anxious about the Corona Virus are looking to Colloidal Silver as it is such a powerful natural antibiotic. I have no issue agreeing, although, for many reasons, I am not able to claim that it works as I don’t wish to be sued. We also covered in a second article CAN COLLOIDAL SILVER CURE THE CORONA VIRUS? there we included it in more depth, however, I thought one thing was missing, and that was a general guide to coping with the Corona Virus and the best practices to carry out.
We like to think that we have given a second opinion on a lot of the advice that has been carried on COVID-19; we have included information which has been provided officially by the World Health Organization and have also added some of our advice and findings.
Below, you will find answers to a series of questions about coronavirus and COVID-19. We will add new items and update the answers as soon as reliable information is available.
Frequently asked questions about Coronavirus and COVID-19.
How long can the coronavirus survive on surfaces?
A recent study found that COVID-19 can survive for up to 24 hours on cardboard, 4 hours on copper; and up to and up to 3 days on plastic and stainless steel.
We have no exact data on how long it takes Colloidal Silver to kill COVID-19 or how long COVID-19 can survive on silver; however, there is an excellent article from sciencemag.org which shows how silver-ions kill 99.99% of viruses and bacteria and even turn the viruses against themselves in a zombie-like fashion.
We do have a blog-post elaborating on how Silver-ions have managed to kill the SARS variant of the Coronavirus which is arguably much worse than COVID-19, so it seems unreasonable for different groups in the media and government to dismiss Colloidal Silver and Ionic Silver as pseudo-science.
We have cited the blog-post as well, so please feel free to look up what we have written about and make your own informed decision. One thing is for sure, and I believe it to be far more effective than using hand sanitizer and dust/face masks, which both have been proven to be completely useless.Chris lewis
Researchers also found that this virus can go out like droplets in the air for up to three hours before they fall. But very often they will fall faster. There are still many things that we don’t know how different conditions, such as exposure to sunlight, heat or cold, can influence these times of survival.
Although, we have also found many people who live in drier and hotter locations report there are no signs of Coronavirus, so if you can relocate to somewhere then it may be a good idea to relocate if this is something that you can do temporarily.
As we get to learn more, continue to follow the recommendations for daily cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and objects. These include counters, tables, door handles, sanitary ware, toilets, telephones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables.
If the surfaces are dirty, clean them first with water and detergent; then finally, disinfect them. Lists of products suitable for use against COVID-19. This list has been approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Also, wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water after bringing the packages, or after travelling to grocery stores or places where you may come into contact with infected areas or surfaces.
We believe that the hand sanitizers are generally a waste of time, for the main reasons as the alcohol damages a lot of the natural oils in our skin which help protect us. Another thing is the effectiveness of hand sanitizer is questionable, and a big reason for that is that it evaporates before anything useful can be done anyway.
What do I do to reduce my risk?
I have a chronic medical condition that puts me at heightened risk for COVID-19 severe disease, even though I’m only 30 years old?
You can take steps to reduce your risk of getting the infection in the first place:
- risk of gettAs far as possible, limit contact with people outside your family.
- Keep sufficient distance (six feet or more) between you and anyone outside your family.
- Wash your hands often with warm soapy water for 20-30 seconds.
- In the best possible way, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Stay away from sick people.
- During a coronavirus outbreak in your community, stay as home as possible to further reduce the risk of being exposed.
- Clean and disinfect the high-touch surfaces of your home, such as counters, tabletops, door handles, sanitary ware, telephones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables, every day.
- Also, do your best to keep your condition well-controlled. This means following your doctor’s recommendations, including taking medications as directed. If possible, get a 90-day supply for your prescription drugs and request that they are sent to you in the mail, so you don’t have to go to the pharmacy to pick them up.
- Call your doctor for more specific advice for your condition.
I have asthma. If I receive COVID-19, am I more likely to get seriously ill?
Yes, asthma can increase your risk of getting severe with COVID-19.
However, you can take steps to reduce the risk of getting infected in the first place. These include:
- social distance
- wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20-30 seconds
- do not touch the eyes, nose or mouth
- stay away from people who are sick.
- Besides, it is necessary to continue taking asthma medicines as prescribed to control asthma. If you get sick, follow your asthma action plan and call your doctor.
With schools being closed in many parts of the country, is it okay to have babysitters?
With schools being closed in many parts of the country, is it okay to have babysitters or people who take care of children in the home without known exposures or diseases in their homes?
The truth is, the fewer people you and your children are exposed to, the better. However; the reality is that not all families will be able to have a parent at home at all times. All people can do is try to minimize risk by doing things like:
- Choose a babysitter who has minimal exposure to other people besides your family.
- Limiting the number of babysitters. If you can keep it at one, it’s ideal, but otherwise, keep the number as low as possible.
- Making sure that the babysitter understands that she needs to practice social removal and must let you know (and not come to your home!) if she feels wholly ill or has a known exposure to COVID-19.
- Having a babysitter limits physical interactions and closeness to your children, to the extent that this is possible.
- Making sure everyone washes their hands frequently during the day, especially before eating.
Are there any rules of thumb regarding play-dates?
With the social distance rules in place, libraries, recreational sports and more significant sporting events and other places where parents often bring children to close. Are there any rules of thumb regarding game dates? I don’t want my kids to be parked in front of the screens all day.
Ideally, to make social distance genuinely useful, there should be no playdates. If you can be reasonably sure that the friend is healthy and hasn’t had contact with someone who might be sick, then playing with a single friend may be okay, but we can’t be sure that anyone has had contact. Outdoor play dates, where more physical distance can be created, could be a compromise. Something like taking a bike ride or a hike allows you to be together by sharing fewer germs. You have to have basic rules, however, regarding distance and contact, and if you don’t think it’s realistic that your kids will follow those rules, then don’t set the game date even if it’s outdoors. You can still go on family hikes or bike rides where you are to apply the rules of social distance. Family soccer games, cornhole or badminton in the courtyard are also fun ways to go out. You can also make virtual game dates, using a platform like FaceTime or Skype so that children can interact and play without being in the same room.
I live with my children and grandchildren. What can I do to reduce the risk of getting sick when I take care of my grandchildren?
In a situation where there is no choice -- as if the grandfather lived with the grandchildren -- the family should do everything they can to try to limit the risk of COVID-19. Grandchildren should be isolated as much as possible, as well as parents so that the overall family risk is as low as possible. Everyone should wash their hands very frequently during the day and surfaces should be cleaned regularly. Physical contact should be limited to the necessary; excellent how pampering can be with grandmother or grandfather, now is not the time!
What is social distancing, and why is it important?
The COVID-19 virus mainly spreads when a person breathes droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Also, any infected person, with or without symptoms, could spread the virus by touching a surface. The coronavirus could remain on that surface, and someone else could reach it and then move the mouth, nose or eyes. That’s why it’s so important to try to avoid touching public surfaces or at least cleaning them with a disinfectant.
Social distancing refers to actions taken to stop or slow the spread of a contagious disease. For an individual, it refers to keeping a sufficient distance (6 feet or more) between you and another person to avoid getting infected or infecting someone else. School closings, homework guidelines, library closings, cancellation of larger meetings and events help enforce social distances at the community level.
Slowing down the speed and number of new coronavirus infections is critical to not crushing hospitals, which could lead to a large number of critically ill patients who are not receiving life-saving care. Highly realistic projections show that if we don’t start immediately at extreme social distances -- every day is essential -- our hospitals and other healthcare facilities will not be able to handle the likely influx of patients.
What should and should I not do during this period to avoid exposure and spread of this coronavirus?
For example, what steps should I take if I have to go shopping for food and necessities? How about eating in restaurants, ordering takeaways, going to the gym or swimming in a public swimming pool?
The answer to all of the above is that it is essential that everyone immediately begins intense social estrangement. As far as possible, limit contact with people outside your family.
If you need to get food, essential foods, medications or health care, try to stay at least one meter away from others and wash your hands thoroughly after traveling, avoiding contact with your face and mouth.
Prepare your food rather than go to a restaurant or even take you away. It is best to avoid the gym; but if you do, be sure to clean everything you are about to touch, and once again after using the equipment.
Try again to keep a distance of 6 feet or more from others. Since the virus will not survive in properly treated pool water, swimming should be excellent as long as you avoid close contact with other people.
How should I use Colloidal Silver if I am concerned about the Corona Virus?
As discussed, I cannot make claims about it being effective against Coronavirus, although, I take it personally as I believe it to be useful as it is a powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties and great Respiratory relief.
As a preventative measure, I drink about 25-50ml per day. And if I were worried about any respiratory conditions, I would use this method which I have attached a video for. This was done by Deirdre Layne, Founder and CEO of Earth Clinic. I think their articles and advice for alternative remedies are essential reading. Here she gives excellent advice on using an Ultrasonic Mist Humidifier to inhale Colloidal Silver.
Other things to avoid.
Here are some other things to avoid: game dates, parties, slumber parties, having friends or relatives for meals or visits and going to the bar -- primarily any non-essential activity that involves close contact with others.
What can I do during the social distance?
Try to consider this period of social distance as an opportunity to get to things you are going to do.
Even if you shouldn’t go to the gym right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t train. Take long walks or run outside (do your best to keep at least six feet between you and unfamiliar when you’re out)—practice yoga or other indoor training activities when the weather is uncooperative.
Children also need exercise, so try to take them out every day for walks or a family football game in the backyard (remember, this is not the time to invite neighborhood kids to play). Avoid public playground structures, which are not cleaned regularly and can spread the virus.
Extract board games that collect dust on your shelves. Have family movie nights. Stay up to date on the books you intended to read or read aloud every evening.
It is essential to stay in touch even if we shouldn’t do it in person. Stay in touch virtually via phone calls, Skype, videos and other social media. Enjoy a pleasant chat with an old friend you intended to call.
If all else fails, go to bed early and sleep a little more!
One of the symptoms of COVID-19 is shortness of breath. What does it mean?
Shortness of breath refers to feeling unexpectedly out of breath or out of breath. But when should you worry about shortness of breath? There are many examples of temporary shortness of breath that are not of concern. For example, if you feel very anxious, it is common to have shortness of breath, and then it disappears when you calm down.
However, if you find that you are breathing harder or have difficulty breathing every time you exercise, you should always call your doctor. This was true before we had the recent outbreak of COVID-19, and will still be valid after it is finished.
In the meantime, it is essential to remember that if shortness of breath is your only symptom, with no cough or fever, anything other than COVID-19 is the likely problem. My husband and I are 70 years old. For the rest, I am healthy. My husband is fine but has heart disease and diabetes.
My grandchildren’s school has been closed for the next few weeks.
My grandchildren’s school has been closed for the next few weeks. We would like to help out by looking at our grandchildren, but we don’t know if it would be safe for us. Can you offer any advice?
Older people and older people with chronic conditions, especially cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, lung disease are more likely to have serious illnesses or deaths from COVID-19 and should engage in close social distances without delay. This also applies to people or people who are immunocompromised because of a condition or treatment that weakens their immune response.
The decision to provide on-site assistance with your children and grandchildren is difficult. If there is an alternative to support their needs without being there, it would be safer.
If you have any questions or suggestions, then please contact us, we would love to hear from you.