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Ideas To Avoid & Help Fight Corona Virus

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Corona Virus: Stay Home - Bleib Daheim

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  • SARS-CoV-2, the name of the virus that causes the disease Covid-19.
  • Some studies on other corona viruses, including Sars and Mers, found they can survive on metal, glass and plastic for as long as nine days, unless they are properly disinfected. Some can even hang around for up to 28 days in low temperatures.
  • Tell colleagues who struggle in to work: Go Home! - "Don't infect all of us! "
  • Tell coughers &/or yourself in shops : "Best shop when not crowded!"
  • Minimise contagion: avoid peak travel times & busiest transport nodes:
  • Remind careless healthy adults: they too will have no hospital for normal accidents & emergencies, if already overflowing with Corona patients.
  • Cough & Sneeze In To Crook Of Elbow, Not On Hand or handkerchief.
  • (If using hand or handkerchief, high speed photography shows sneeze air born droplets blasting through between fingers & cloth. Better IMO to squeeze fingers together, & make a 45 degree deflector blast wall to divert germs downward ? (Inverse of airport plane parks that have 45 degree blast walls pointing horizontal jet blasts vertically upward while testing jet engines).
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Fake News

Someone (innocently) forwarded me fake information. I rejected it with a warning back to all addresses listed . Moe detail in list archive.

A web page also exposing the suspect fake, or manipulated, or part erroneous mail.
Don't forward mail with no precise origin references, before you Use fact checker sites ! It's probably FAKE ! Challenge whoever forwarded it to you ! Forwarded mail with no exact specific reference to origin is just Hearsay, liable to distortion; can carry false rumour ; Fails the rigour required by scientists, programers & lawyers etc; Fails to provide a return route to submit corrections & updates. Don't be a sucker, & dont sucker your friends with hearsay!

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Stop Shaking Hands !

  • Un-necessary, (the habit started from showing opponents we have no weapon (knife, sword) in hand). The 2,000 year old Roman greeting is better, say "Salvate!" (en . wiktionary . org / wiki / salvate somewhat similar to modern Bavarian/Austrian "Servus" en . wiktionary . org / w / index . php ? title = servus & rdfrom=Servus# German) & present right hand vertical, palm forward, arm folded at elbow (Not arm raised at shoulder Nazi style, Not palm slapping American black youth style). (Germans shake hands even more than Brits IMO, though a fellow British friend thinks Brits are worse having also adopted the unpleasant continental both cheek kissing)
  • (PS Most Westerners use right hand to clean anus with paper after excreting, & same right hand to shake & eat with. Arabs use left hand for cleaning, & right to eat. Most people are right handed & may use right hands more for coughing on & on public transport grips etc. Where have all those right hands been ? ;-) Reduce hand shaking !
  • Finally German Chancellor Merkel also said stop shaking hands 2020-03-18.
  • (* A large medical company in Munich has long planned to rent an office block in Munich with only cold water in the toilet wash rooms! Stupid!)
  • Can you catch Corona from someone inadequately washing hands after excreting ?
    ... Well you can catch a lot of other very nasty things from that, But:
    who . int / news - room / commentaries / detail / modes - of - transmission - of - virus - causing - covid - 19 - implications - for - ipc - precaution - recommendations WHO (World Health Organisation) 29 March 2020
    "There is some evidence that COVID-19 infection may lead to intestinal infection and be present in faeces. However, to date only one study has cultured the COVID-19 virus from a single stool specimen.9 There have been no reports of faecal-oral transmission of the COVID-19 virus to date."

    "9 Zhang Y, Chen C, Zhu S et al. [Isolation of 2019-nCoV from a stool specimen of a laboratory-confirmed case of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)]. China CDC Weekly. 2020;2(8):123-4. (In Chinese)"

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Don't Touch Face When Out

  • We all touch our own faces a lot unconsciously. Wait till hands are washed with Warm(*) water with soap.
  • If you must, use back of hand, not palms your grip doors & transport handles & food packets with.
  • Maybe touch your face with the back of your right hand, if you must. & use left knuckles for lift buttons ?
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Spray Pumps

  • Some carry small disinfectant/alcohol rub sprays in bag, (like in hospital & care home corridors).
  • I have a small self pump spray, bought with antiseptic for wounds, long empty, used for years with isopropyl alcohol for spray cleaning electronics.
  • Old empty small perfume bottles should work if filled with alcohol. ? Old expired throat sprays could also be Not discarded, but washed out & used as hand alcohol sprays.
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Which Alcohol?

  • Section needs rewrite German chemist (Apotheke) told me alcohols should be 70% (& thats metric not the Gay Lussac scale the Brits & American's use for Spirit, where eg whisky is about 70% GL but only about 40% by volume. I have various vodka gin etc that are probably better than nothing. Barbeque fire starter is presumably alcohol.
  • I mentioned to chemist I was saving old medicine bottles,
  • (cos I'd seen a TV prog. where a rep. of chemist retailers said currently they weren't allowed to mix various own medicines, had to buy it in from manufacturers, but could mix own if allowed, but then there would be a shortage of bottles,
  • She said no point saving bottles, problem was they (she) had no alcohol.
  • Any alcohol over 70% would do for Hygiene (Hand) Sprays.
  • I mentioned I had a bit of isopropyl left, I use for electronics cleaning en . wikipedia . org / wiki / Isopropyl_alcohol doesn't say on label how much water but I remember I bought the purer sort, cos last time with lower % alcohol I got white deposits, not wanted on contacts), no chance of more alcohol just now from chemists in munich.) Try on eg amazon
  • I asked her (chemist in charge) what about eg Meths, ie Methyl alcohol, maybe that could be used as hygiene sprays, & mixed with some soap solution maybe ? Yes I know Meths = Methyl alcohol is poisonous to drink, (only Ethyl alcohol for drink) thats why meths is stained purple to put off tramps, (& fails to deter). But easy to buy in camping shops for primus stoves.
  • She was surprised by the question, she didn't mind chatting, but got no answer, I left her thinking.
  • Research since:
  • Propylene glycol. It's effective as an antimicrobial and antiviral and safe on humans. It's even approved as a food and drug additive. It's one of the main ingredients in many vaping liquids. Not toxic
  • Methylene glycol also toxic as is methanol.
  • Ethylene glycol is generally the main ingredient in antifreeze
  • Klax Brenn Spiritus chemica . de is labelled as 1:2 (presume. 1 of it to 2 of water) down to -15 C for windscreen anti freeze other listed uses include camping fire, cleaning
  • Car Screen Wash: Even those big 1 & 5 litre blue bottles have some alcohols in them.
  • The radiator anti freeze has alcohols too.
  • Probably some worse than others, Some sticky, cause skin irritation if not washed off with water, cancerous possibly ? I don't know Some Bcc'd & some on list will know more.

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  • Drinks - Indexed by Maximum alcohol

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  • Apparently most who get COVID19 will only exhibit mild symptoms if any, some can be silent carriers, exhibiting no symptoms, but emitting virus to all & sundry.
  • List Of Symptoms
    • WHO & NHS aren't easy to find list of symptoms using their own search box, list is short horizontal linear text not a vertical list, & incomplete at both do/
    • Both should list most frequent symptoms & less frequent symptoms, such as loss of taste and or smell & diarrhoea, (& general deep aching I've heard?).
    • Better vertical lists exist, I've seen them Search!
    • 2020-04-01 BBC Radio 4 Today program
      The professor who spoke about the symptoms has been doing mass statistical analysis. Apparently no single symptom is an indicator, only a test can tell, however more people who test positive also report a loss of taste or smell, than have a fever.
      The loss of taste and or smell can occur before any other symptoms, so could be a useful earlier indicator.
      The same study on BBC web site: bbc . com / news / health - 52111606
      59% who tested positive for CV19 had loss of taste or smell, higher than the proportion who had fever. Kings college: kcl . ac . uk / news / loss - of - smell - and - taste - a - key - symptom - for - covid - 19 - cases
      59% of COVID-19 positive patients reported loss of smell and taste, compared with only 18% of those who tested negative for the disease. These results were much stronger in predicting a positive COVID-19 diagnosis than self-reported fever. ... The model features a combination of loss of smell and taste, fever, persistent cough, fatigue, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and loss of appetite, in which the strongest predictor is loss of smell and taste. ... When applied to the 400,000+ individuals reporting symptoms who had not yet had a COVID-19 test, the team found that almost 13% of them are likely to be infected by the virus

      Still no definitive set of symptoms, just each one increases likelihood they have it and loss of taste and smell in their statistical analysis so far strongest indicator, but not definitive (could be a cold etc.). Thanks.
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Transport, Shops, Air, Space, Walk on Grass, Other

  • Public Transport

    Don't Touch Hand Grip Buttons Rails etc more than possible. Wear gloves. Elbow lift buttons. Reduce Bus & railway usage. Use private transport (car, bike, foot, buggy, skate board, electro scooter). Open windows on busses to dilute stuffy air.
  • Shops

    • Supermarket trolley:
    • Wear gloves. Take the one with hand grip exposed to most ultra violet & cold longest outside in car park. Not the one still warm. Or hold somewhere else than usual on the frame. Give people in queue ahead a good extra distance.
    • Keep back from Cashier, don't breathe on them.
    • Consider wearing gloves
    • Pay by plastic card, saves cashiers handling money. (BTW this author dislikes using plastic cards, especially those without PIN number, however this is an emergency, needs must.)
    • Shopping:
    • How many handled your shopped item on shelf before you got it home ? Consider wash or clean (with soap or alcohol spray) surfaces of shop products brought home before you stick them in the fridge or on the shelf ?

    Air Quality:

    • Ask office personnel & trade unions etc what percentage of office air, the air con recycles how often, compared to other buildings ? (Author used to work in a particularly low percentage office South of Munich where lots more employees regularly fell sick than in other buildings.)
    • Cross width of pavement/ path/ road out of air path of coughers in front. (Author also crosses away from polluting smokers)
    • Tell doctors: you & all patients should visit doctor by timed appointment. Not first all share your germs in crowded waiting rooms.
    • Avoid crowded stuffy places. Force a window open. Better Be cold than Catch a cold or worse.


    • Face masks apparently are not much good. But sitting near a splutterer eg over a meal tempts fate too much. WHO recommends keeping a metre back from people. A supermarket trolley in a queue keeps more space than a basket.
    • Social:
    • Obsolete for now while the schools have closed: Avoid young kids & their parents. Kids are clueless super conductors. Avoid people who've just flown back from suspect locations in last weeks. Encourage business travellers to work from home more, self quarantining.
    • Obsolete for now while closed: Reduce stuffy restaurant & pub visits. Select less crowded venues & times. Meet people more outside on terraces at warmer mid day, less inside warm fuggy pubs on cold evenings. Take tin foil. Tell waiters to open some windows or turn on extractors, else you will leave Now with food in tin foil.
    • If out for a walk with your kids, if you pass a friend, do Not stop too close, & do NOT leave your 2 households of kids strewn across the pavement, obstructing safe passage for others who want to pass along pavement without risk of mutual contagion ! You are breaking multiple laws : new laws of social distancing & older laws of obstruction.


    If walking in park is allowed: Keep off the paths ! Keep on the grass ! Paths are where everyone else's virus polluted air is. If you have a mountain bike: Keep off the paths, nows the time to prove it's not just a city bike. Don't do extreme exercises or high risk, the hospitals won't have room for extra emergency repairs.
  • Other info:

A Comparison of Germany Versus Korea @ 2020-03-27

Country   TID IDSY   D CPM   DPM
Germany 36508 4954 198 524.4 3.2
Korea    9241  104 131 180.2 2.6
  • TID: total # infections detected
  • IDSY: infections detected since yesterday
  • D: deaths
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  3D Printers - Donate CPU time, Plastic or Money

HOWTO donate CPU to the fight against the Corona-virus

  Tracker & Traceback Apps etc

  Brexit: Best delay the Brexit deadline, as:

  • Corona brings global recession, central banks strain, & bankruptcies.
  • UK & EU economies were already expecting a downturn from Brexit, & a more severe economic impact from a rushed bodged Brexit negotiation.
  • Corona has already quarantined chief negotiators (UK: David Frost & EU: Michel Barnier) & UK PM Boris Johnson & Germany's Angela Merkel) etc.
  • Crippled economies can afford less help for citizens.
  • Solution: Delay final Brexit till after 31st December 2020. Realise we've only had the phoney Brexit so far at 31st January 2020, The really disruptive Brexit that will kill many more jobs & personal, company, & national tax incomes is still due on 31st December 2020 - DELAY IT !
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