I knew early on that information was going to be important to me and everyone else. So I hope you find illumination in these pages to keep you safe, healthy, inspired and happy.
In early February, my husband said that the corona virus finally got his attention. I thought to myself, “Yea, now I can more easily protect him,” as he and I were discussing the coming wave of cases and the way people were not protecting themselves. As a registered nurse I want to know as much as I can, so I can do what my medical education, has taught me to do. Also personally, the more facts I have about this disease, and the situation we are in, the more I can figure out what I need to do to protect myself, and those around me. I had been learning a great deal and I wanted to share that with friends, family, patients and you.
For me and I know for my patients, if you know what to look in yourself, It is easier to be less afraid of every other possible symptom.
So this is what I heard Dr. Natalie Azar, MSNBC contributing Doctor, say in mid March:
(some statements are directly from her and some I have paraphrased)
Symptoms of Corona Virus:
Initially it is in the upper respiratory system. For people who get into trouble it travels down into the airways, into the lungs where they then develop pneumonia.
How does it feel:
Stuffiness and dry throat were in the minority. Instead the most common early symptoms are a dry cough, fatigue, malaise, and achiness. It is different than the flu in that it lingers rather than hitting you like a truck shortly after first symptoms. So, a few days of those lingering symptoms people can develop shortness of breath at about day 5. It is after that, for those that become more ill, that pneumonia can set in. “We know now that people can have no symptoms or have mild symptoms”. However, if you have any of these 4 symptoms call your doctor: Trouble Breathing, Chest Pain, Intractable Vomiting or Diarrhea, High Fever. (these are not specific advice to the corona virus in particular but mainly general advice as to why you should call your doctor).
“The scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable:
In aerosols for up to three hours
Up to four hours on copper
Up to 24 hours on cardboard
And up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel”. (SOURCE)
What this means to you.
In aerosols for up to three hours: It means when people sneeze or cough droplets of the virus are still there in the air for up to 3 hours and you can breath them in if you are at that spot with in those 3 hours. That is why you stay at home if you are sick. That is why when people isolate and don’t go into public they are less likely to get the virus.
Up to four hours on copper: For instance the copper penny. This is why not touching your face and washing your hands are so important.
Up to 24 hours on cardboard: Receive your mailed or bought package put it someplace where it can sit for 24 hours, wash your hands, open it, wash your hands again then take what is inside out. After that you can let the box sit for 24 hours or dispose of it but be sure to wash your hands.
And up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel: These are surfaces that can be cleaned with 70% alcohol or with a common house hold cleaner.