Friends: there is a lot of false advice circulating on the Internet. Like this, sent from a nurse friend of mine which is inaccurate information…
“This info is from my friend that works for CDC that passed this along to his family and friends. I’m passing it along as well..
The new NCP coronavirus may not show sign of infection for many days, how can one know if he/she is infected. By the time they have fever and/or cough and goes to the hospital, the lungs is usually 50 % Fibrosis and it’s too late!
Taiwan experts provide a simple self-check that we can do every morning:
Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds. If you complete it successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stuffiness or tightness, etc.,it proves there is no fibrosis in the lungs, basically indicating no infection.
In critical times, please self-check every morning in an environment with clean air.
SERIOUS EXCELLENT ADVICE by Japanese Doctors treating COVID-19 cases:
Everyone should ensure your mouth & throat is moist, never DRY. Take a few sips of water every 15 mins at least. WHY?
Even if the virus gets into your mouth…drinking water or other liquids will WASH them down through your esophagus into the stomach. Once there in tummy…your stomach ACID will kill all the virus. If you don’t drink enough water more regularly….the virus can enter your windpipes and into the LUNGS. That’s very dangerous.
Pls send and share with family, friends and everyone.” The couple circulating this I removed their name and phone number. They were, likely just trying help but THIS IS NOT CDC Guidance.
I am working Incident Command and am in communication with my federal colleagues at CDC. None of the “advice” given above is accurate so please don’t follow it as it will not protect you. Also, I am aware that rumors are circulating that people of color are immune to COVID-19. Also NOT TRUE.
Here’s what you should do:
I recommend limiting exposure by staying at home or limiting your social gatherings to no more than 10 or less if you must.
Teach yourself and your family how to properly cleanse their hands, fingernails, and wrists. Use a nail brush to scrub under your nails.
If you go outside use a mask to cover your mouth and nose and gloves if you can find them. The CDC recommendation is social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet, however that is not always feasible if you are in the grocery store. Also the grocery carts are teeming with germs. Wipe them down with sanitizing and disinfecting wipes, but be sure to wear gloves.
Avoid sick people. If someone is a PUI- person under investigation, Presumptive Positive or CDC confirmed AVOID them. If they live with you ensure they are self-isolating within the home from others and pets.
Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
Protect our seniors by staying away from them. Use video calling or use the phone to check on them and drop off foods and needed supplies on the doorsteps. Handle the items with gloves.
Be cognizant of not touching your face — including eyes, mouth and nose.
If you feel sick STAY HOME. Call your primary care physician or local health department for virtual screening by telephone so that you do not expose others.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is characterized by mild symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. Illness can be more severe for some people and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties.
More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people, and people with other medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.
Symptoms people may experience:
difficulty breathing (severe cases)
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If you think you are infected:
I will provide updates 3x a week.
Stay safe. God is in control! — Mrs. Rita Oluwole