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Covid Transmission

by Energyia Singh about a year ago in advice
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Preventive measures we can take

Covid Transmission
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Last one and half year the world has been struggling to keep Covid infections under control. Some countries are doing good, others not so good. And irrespective of the financial status of the country, first and second waves have disrupted lives globally. At present we cannot foresee end to the situation in immediate future. WHO and scientists are suggesting that we learn to live with the virus. In this situation, it becomes important to understand how the Covid 19 virus transmits from one person to another and learn preventive methods. This article attempts to summarise the recommendations by WHO combined with historical epidemics and behaviour followed by people then.

Covid Transmission

First thing first, let us see how this virus moves from one person to another. According to the WHO website, this virus can spread from an infected person’s mouth or nose in small liquid particles when they cough, sneeze, speak, sing or breathe. The size of these particles can range from larger respiratory droplets to smaller aerosols (~ 200nm). A person can be infected when aerosols or droplets containing the virus are inhaled or come directly into contact with the eyes, nose, or mouth. The aerosols can remain suspended in the air or travel farther than 1 meter in certain circumstances, especially in poorly ventilated, polluted or crowded indoor settings.

To spread the virus a typical viral loads just needs to have roughly 2000-3000 virus particles. And as a result, it is possible that a person gets infected even by touching surfaces that have been contaminated by the virus, if after that they touch their eyes, nose or mouth without cleaning their hands.

So now let us see how you can prevent the infection by taking some special measures.

Go To Your Lair

Maybe you are Batman, Superman or some other XYZ-Man with your own isolated lair - and food available for years. If it is so, you are the rarest of rare's, stay in your lair, like a rat stays in the bill. View Netflix, Disney, YouTube or any other entertainment source. Read books, articles or write on Vocal- your choice, spend your time in doing things which are positive. Like learning something good- there are so many resources online to keep you occupied, engaged and at the same time keep your motivation intact. When the things will be fine- your energy will be needed to bring back the world to balance.

Don't have a Lair

Most of us are not lucky enough to have such a lair, we have to move, move out to earn, take care of family members, friends. We cannot hide, we will have to face the virus- fight with it and not let it infect us or our loved ones.

Unless, more than 80% of the population is vaccinated- we will not move out unprotected.

So let us make a protection-protocol:

  • Whenever you move out of the house - you will wear a face mask- N95 masks are best- if you cannot buy them, use double masks.
  • The face mask should properly cover both mouth and nose. Check before moving out that mask does not let outside air inside. You can try a candle test- burn a candle and try to blow it out with mask- if you can- the mask is not good enough.
  • Since, the virus can enter through eyes as well, wearing a face shield is recommended.
  • Carry a sanitiser and paper soaps with you. Whenever in doubt you can wash/clean your hands with them.
  • Develop a habit, not to touch face without sanitising/washing it first- in house or outside the house. If you have to scratch an itch- wash hand first.
  • Maintain your normal healthy diet, do not give-in to quack suggestions, they might lead to some other health problems.
  • Since the virus enters through nose and mouth mainly- there are trials to use nasal spray of Betadine as preventive measure. Dentists and opthalmogists have even been suggested Betadine gargles.
  • There are many essential oils, like eucalyptus which are told to have antiviral properties- if you have been using them- you can continue the practice- but remember as of now there effect on Covid virus is still under study.
  • Same goes for antiviral herbs like Chamomile, the studies on them are still underway.
  • There are so many things we still do not know about Covid- especially its long term effects, the effect on body on reinfection. It is better to stay safe, then leave people behind who will feel sorry for us.

    Stay safe, stay informed, stay alive.

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    Energyia Singh

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