12 Point Viral Protection Guidelines
Updated: Apr 25, 2020
1. Wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, make some kind of face covering. Anything is better than nothing. If someone coughs, you want some type of barrier between you and them. Plus it reminds you to not touch your face.
In Japan the population is 1/3 of what the US population is, but Japan is now about 25th place in total infections. Let me remind you that weeks ago Japan was 2nd place in infections.
In Japan, it is common for everyone to use facemasks. It is considered extremely rude to have a cold, or sneeze or cough without having a face mask during flu season. That is a cultural change we need to adapt, NOW.
2. Keep your distance. They are telling everyone to stay 6 feet away from people in general. That's brave! Six feet is right on the edge of the safe zone. Do 10 feet and let those viruses drop to the ground before they reach you.
3. Keep it to 2 people. There are some places demanding a complete lockdown. When I was younger this would have caused me to starve to death. We have to keep moving as a society but with precautions.
Limit your closeup contacts. If you have to see someone in person, it should be only have YOU and THAT person. Do not have 3 or 4 or 5 people standing close together. When someone tells you a groups of 50 or 10 is fine... yeah right! Keep it to 2!
4. Don't give viral hugs. The poor Italians, sweet loving people got hit hard. Those hugs and double cheek kisses made it rough on them. When you go out of your house (your clean area) and then return home, do NOT let your family greet you at the door.
Strip down to your underwear and assume your clothes and everything they touch are contaminated. Imagine you ran into a manure hauling truck and it dumped its load on you. Isolate and wash those clothes accordingly.
5. Wear gloves. You can always just wash your hands after you touch anything, but wearing gloves reminds you to NOT touch your face. Putting your finger in your eye or even scratching your nose could bring on that MAC truck like virus that we are trying to avoid.
6. Wear eye protection. If you wear contacts, get your old glasses out and wear them instead. If you have great vision, put on some sunglasses or anything to help keep coughed up viruses from hitting you in the eye.
I do not think at this time anyone would criticize you too badly even if you wanted to wear swimming goggles. If you do get criticized for eye coverings, just think, which is better, the MAC truck, or the criticism.
7. Take off your shoes. Think about what is on your shoes, every nasty place that your feet have walked and the viruses that have stuck to the bottom of your shoe. Do you really want to track that stuff into your safe area.
Make it a new habit for at least the next year to keep your safe area a bit safer. Take your shoes off at your entrance and disinfect them daily.
8. Disinfect everything with 70% alcohol. If you have ever done cell culturing before, you know what it is like to constantly saturate the area with a 70% alcohol solution to keep all the nasties from growing.
You do not use stronger alcohol because many of the nasties put up a fast protective shell, and it makes them harder to kill. Think about it like this, using the 70% makes them drunk, they dehydrate and die when the alcohol evaporates.
A light spray cleans ok, but if you want to disinfect, make it dripping. It will dry soon. Do not forget to spray little things you touch like your keys, coins and your postal mail.
Caution if you use bleach diluted in water, that can mess up your lungs and more. If your hands feel sticky when you use it, that is because it is melting off your skin.
9. Designate one person. Everything still needs to keep moving, but it does not take everyone. In your household, if you do not work outside of your home, stay home.
When getting food, picking up packages, etc. have just ONE person in your family be the designated person to do those tasks. One trip for all tasks, do not make multiple trips.
10. Beware the hot spots. Some areas are doing a good job on viral testing, but others are not. If you feel ill, there should be a drive through testing area in your neighborhood.
The person administering the tests should be in a full biohazard suit, and disinfecting himself or herself between each person. Anything less is not wise. If your area does not do it this way. Call the testing area and ask them to take more precautions, until they get smarter.
11. Isolate for anything. If you get a sore throat, a fever, a cough, diarrhea or even a headache, do not be in contact with anyone for at least 2 days after the symptoms stop. The exception of course is your area viral testing center.
This isolation goes for the whole family. If anyone gets sick in any way, assume you are all contagious, and with the exception of getting medical treatment, everyone should be quarantined.
Sure, you may have slight symptoms, but what happens to your neighbor, or the old guy who works at the supermarket. Do not endanger others, be considerate.
12. Beware the optimists.I was called an idiot (with other flowery language included) when I stated the US death rate would be 24,000 by April 15th. That fellow analyzing my numbers was an optimist.
Let me tell you a story. There was a US prisoner of war who was constantly told he would be executed if he did not divulge military secrets. He never broke, despite the torture.
Many long years he endured. He survived, many others did not. When he was asked who did not survive, he said that the optimists did not survive.
The optimists would talk about how they would be home by Christmas, then Christmas would come and go with them still in the POW camp.
The shock and heartbreak killed them. Be a realist. See the problem. Work the best you can at adapting and surviving this problem.
Michael Connely, Nebraska State Senate Candidate Educational Administrator - USMC Military Veteran