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Coronavirus: Justified Practical Advice Thread

Gloves remind you to not touch your face.

Gloves act as a barrier, but also as a collector. For example, if you were nursing a sick person, you would wear nitrile or latex gloves while you were in the room with them. You would remove the gloves by turning inside out from wrist (not contacting fingertips or palms) and put gloves in trash as you leave the room.

If you had gloves that you wore outside the house, you would remove the gloves before entering house.

I personally don't like single use plastic disposable gloves, but there are PU or vinyl coated reusable (washable) gloves.

Coronavirus: Justified Practical Advice Thread

Social engineering-- ask your friends and family to tell you if touch your face. Do the same for others.

One piece of advice is to keep your hands below shoulder level when you are in public spaces to avoid the temptation to touch your face.

Coronavirus: Justified Practical Advice Thread

This site provides link for medical kit. You can copy and paste the supply list rather than purchase, or follow link to each item.

The logic is to "save you a trip to the doctor, or to support remote care via phone/video chat. " Recommended diagnostic tools are digital thermometer, finger oximeter, blood pressure cuff, and stethoscope for lung sounds.

In order to avoid cross infection, it is a good idea to use telemedicine rather than emergency room or doctors' offices.

Suggestion: research options for video chat, text messaging, or emailing doctors. Once you start to show symptoms, take critical measurements at regular intervals and log.

Coronavirus: Justified Practical Advice Thread

Your clothing will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more. This virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. This means that the air will not infect you! BUT all the surfaces where these droplets land are infectious for about a week on average - everything that is associated with infected people will be contaminated and potentially infectious. The virus is on surfaces and you will not be infected unless your unprotected face is directly coughed or sneezed upon. This virus only has cell receptors for lung cells (it only infects your lungs) The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose or mouth. James Robb, MD FCAP