I first posted something on the coronavirus a couple weeks ago. I thought this was going to be a big deal. The NBA has suspended there is season. 1 of the players from the Utah Jazz has tested positive for the coronavirus. Broadway is shut down. Many colleges are closed. Remember, this is a new virus. We have never seen this virus before. We do not have a good handle on how it works. We have a little under 3 months worth of data. That is all.

A friend of mine posted this and I have decided to swipe it. This is GREAT advice:

My name is Gordon Doig and I am an epidemiologist who works in critical care. I live in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Like you, I have tried to keep up to date on the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) that started in Wuhan, China. Because I don’t see a lot of truly useful information coming from the mainstream media, I have been going directly to credible sources like the World Health Organisation. The purpose of this page is to describe in plain language what the WHO recommends and to provide links to WHO content so you can understand exactly what they are saying.


Note: This advice is most relevant for where I live (Sydney, NSW) because we want to prevent an active outbreak.

  • COVID-19 is spread from person to person by droplets that are produced when an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets travel only about 1 m, and then settle on surfaces.
  • If you are healthy, when you are out in public:
    • Stand at least 1 m away from people who are coughing or sneezing. Also, avoid shaking hands or kissing on greeting.
    • Your hands may touch infected surfaces. DO NOT touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands when you are in public!
    • THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to wash your hands FREQUENTLY with soap and water or an alcohol based hand rub.
      • Please watch this video on proper hand washing from the WHO. Note the very clever tip for turning off the tap using a paper towel after washing!

And here is a link to instructions on the proper use of hand gel from NSW Health. Please remember to let the hand gel dry by itself when you are finished. If you dry your your hands with a towel, the gel will not be on your hands long enough to kill the virus!

From the CDC::

Take steps to protect yourself

Illustration: washing hands with soap and water

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

man in bed

Stay home if you’re sick

woman covering their mouth when coughing

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

man wearing a mask

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

cleaning a counter

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:

    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

    Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).