The COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) infection is characterised by obstruction of respiratory pathways with thick mucus which solidifies and clogs the airways and lungs. The virus enters the body by way of the mouth and nose and remains for three or four days within the throat before it passes into the lungs.
There are several recommendations for what you can do to safeguard yourself against COVID-19 infection. The following is based on information from numerous sources, including advice from doctors in China. If anyone has further suggestions or amendments to existing suggestions, please use the comment facility.
- Drink lots of hot liquids, coffee, soup, tea, warm water. In addition, take a sip of warm water every 20 minutes. This keeps your mouth moist and washes any of the virus that’s entered your mouth into your stomach where the gastric juices will neutralise it before it can get to the lungs. Try to avoid eating and drinking cold things.
- Gargle with an antiseptic in warm water like vinegar or salt or lemon every day if possible.
- If you feel any discomfort in your throat treat immediately and aggressively using the above methods.
- Wash your hands thoroughly every 20 minutes using any soap that foams.
- Transmission of the virus is person to person. Avoid contact with other people. Especially avoid large gatherings. Practice social distancing. No hugging, kissing or handshaking.
- The virus attaches itself to hair and clothes. Any detergent or soap kills it. It is advisable to take a bath or a shower immediately on returning home after being outdoors and to launder clothing. If it is not possible to launder clothing, hang in direct sunlight. This can be effective in neutralising the virus.
- The virus can remain viable on metallic surfaces for up to 9 days. Try to avoid touching handrails, door handles, etc. If this is unavoidable, use hand sanitiser immediately and wash hands as soon as possible. Clean all metallic surfaces frequently and thoroughly.
- Eat plenty fresh fruit and vegetables. Consider vitamin and mineral supplements, particularly with a view to elevating zinc levels.
- Take precautions against flu and the common cold as these may make you more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection.
- DO NOT SMOKE!
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