C is for CORONAVIRUS
What are the symptoms?
Shortness of breath
Nausea and diarrhoea
Headache, sore throat, runny nose, red eyes
O is for OUT THERE
Where is it, and what do we have to be worried about?
It is believed that COVID19 is spread mainly through droplets, which are produced through exhalation. Aerosols stay in the air for a while, and this is less likely with COVID19. You do not have to be as worried about soft surfaces and groceries. The main thing to avoid is close proximity to others.
When entering your home, sanitise at the door before you enter. Clean keys and phones and wipe down frequently touched surfaces such as door handles and light switches.
V is for VICTIMS
Men and older people are more affected. Those with co-morbidities are also a higher risk. However, if the co-morbidities are controlled and you are generally well it is unlikely to be a big risk factor. Routine health checks and services are important; we do not want to create a space for the emergence of other health issues.
I is for IMMUNE SYSTEM
What can we do?
Eat well, exercise
Light exposure and fresh air. Sufficient sleep.
Take vitamins with C, D and Zinc
Vaccines: Flu injection
Behaviour: Basic hand hygiene, cough hygiene, physical distancing and mask
D is for D-DAY
We are moving towards the re-opening of society. So how do we decide what we can and can’t do?
1. Consider the relative risk of the activity
What is the proximity to other people?
Can you modify the activity to reduce the proximity?
The longer you are exposed to others the greater the risk.
2. Pooled risk
What is the risk of the people you are interacting with?
3. Cumulative risk
Limit the time and amount of high risk that you are involved in.
What do I do if I do contract COVID19?
Isolate and monitor, test if symptomatic or in contact with a positive case.
Discuss with your GP.
Symptomatic treatment depending on your symptoms.
If your symptoms worsen, or especially if you are short of breathe, consult your doctor again.
It is important to look at reputable sources when informing yourself. Be aware of fear-mongering and take a risk-adjusted approach when deciding on what steps to take. Be sensible.