Note: This will be updated periodically as new info becomes available
- If you have a runny nose and a productive cough, you likely have a cold.
- Pneumonia caused by COVID-19 is a dry cough without a runny nose
- A COVID-19 related cough/sneeze can travel up to 10 feet.
- On metallic surfaces, the virus survives at least 12 hours, copper 4 hours, cloth 6-12 hours, in air up to 3 hours. Washing hands thoroughly or normal wash cycle for clothing takes care of the virus.
- Drinking a little water every 15 minutes is very effective for all viruses. As viruses accumulate in the nasal/mouth passage, they can be washed down by the water into the stomach where gastric juices take care of them. This is an opinion, not a proven fact, but makes common sense.
- The virus will last only 5-10 minutes on your hand. I suspect the time is a lot longer, that is if anti-bacterial soap or wipes (this is a virus, not bacteria!) are being used since this disrupts the natural immunity living on the skin. In my opinion, regular soap is a better option.
- Remember, soap works by mechanical means, scrubbing the hands for at least 20 seconds will be effective at removing the virus.
- Gargle with salt water or echinacea in water.
- I emphasize, drink a lot of water!
- Am noting that in my home country, the Netherlands, it is not uncommon to have teenagers and young adults in intensive care, unlike what we are seeing here. What does this mean? We do not know the full answer, obviously, but one thing is for certain, just because you are young, this does NOT mean that the virus is not a problem. Thinking it through, a lot of Dutch teenagers vape and smoke in much higher percentage than they do here. Seeing what I have seen with vaping, it can severely compromise our airways in ways that ordinary smoking does not and I have a feeling that this is behind the surge in young people becoming ill on the other side of the ocean. Another reason why NOT to smoke or vape!
- We have also noticed an increase in hospitalizations of younger people in the 20-55 year old crowd. They are not typically dying but become quite ill. In my opinion, the increased usage of antibiotics and NSAIDs along with poor nutrition is behind this. Another reminder on why maintaining a healthy lifestyle is so critical!
- A note on Italy: Almost 500 more deaths yesterday (March 18). A few opinions on why Italy is likely getting hit so hard by COVID-19: They have one of the oldest populations in the world, they did not take precautionary measures soon enough which caused an overwhelm in their hospital systems which collapsed their health care. Also, Italy is known for their food- espressos and pastries for breakfast, a lot of pasta, and in many parts (the coast often excluded) very few nutrients. Food is medicine!
- Starts with sore throat 3 to 4 days.
- 5-6 days later moves to lungs. To test your lungs: hold breath for 10 seconds. Should be effortless and without pain. (Per the UK Department of Health and Social Care. My opinion: this only works if you have no previous lung issues)
- With the resultant pneumonia patients: experience high fever and breathing difficulties.
- 80% of the infected have very little in way of symptoms. The 20% remaining tend to be the high-risk group, the elderly, and the infirm.
Added note: It is becoming increasingly clear that the virus specifically targets elderly that are frail, the infirm, and those with chronic health conditions. I advise that subgroup of our population to not travel and avoid crowds.
Updated March 19, 2020.