that's actually what my local government and the WHO advises.
Epidemiologist on Face the Nation said masks don't work against viruses because they're too small. There are specific masks for healthcare works that DO work. But as long as we are keeping 4 to 6 feet away from coughing, sneezing people, we are relatively safe. Scrupulous handwashing and sanitizing is the main thing to do. Keep a minibottle of hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes with you when grocery shopping to wipe off cart handles, don't handle door handles, wipe off your doorknobs.. computer screens... A culprit I'm worried about... those signing screens for credit card transactions... Wipe your hands/the screen before using them... You just have to be thoughtful about your hand cleanliness and avoid face touching...
@Screenwriter well in order to wear such a mask, you have to regularly change it and handle it probably besides just having the right one, which makes it highly unpractical for regular everyday life... And considering that this virus isn't "dangerous" to most people, that is trying to kill a fly with a cannon...
It's slightly worse than the flu, but for immunocompromised and lung damaged people and sedentary elderly, it could be bad.
@Screenwriter that's actually incorrect. The virus was estimated to have a mortality rate around 5% in the beginning which is worse than the common flu but the few empirical numbers we have constantly force them to correct that downwards. I've seen 2% then 1,3, then 0,7 and 0,3. We don't know enough about this illness yet to make a final conclusion but the overwhelming evidence points towards it not being worse than the common flu which has a mortality rate of 0,2. If you would actually look at the statements of reputable virologists instead of the reports of media morons, you wouldn't be scared of it.
It spreads easier and faster meaning more people will get sick, meaning it will probably kill a bit more people in the limited endangered group but it's not more deadly to the average Joe..
It will be worse than the common flus because there is no vaccine against it, so more people will be sick and pass it to more unimmunized folk, so more will die. It has a looong incubation... up to 14 days. So people shedding the virus will be handing it off to hundreds of people they come in contact with and may not even know they're infected. Some carriers may NEVER get sick, or have symptoms that mimic an ordinary cold. Others who will get the coronaflu, may get as sick as regular flu victims. I haven't had the flu in DECADES because I always get vaccinated. I recall a flu episode that kept me out of school for 10 days when I was a child. I had fever, cough, sore throat, sweats, couldn't eat. But as a child, I had help all around me. As a single adult, I have none of this. I have a cousin and a friend I could call on if I was unconscious for a day or so. But who wants to expose their friends? I think laying in a supply of soup, toilet paper and easy open/warmup foods is a good idea. A flu that can only be contained if everyone washes their hands fastidiously *happy birthday to you sung twice*, doesn't touch their faces, or gets closer than 4-6 feet from each other; coughs or sneezes only on their upper sleeves, sounds like an impossible combination of factors to rein this in. We'll see, though.
@Screenwriter yeah so what? you'll get the flu like probably 100 times before in your life and be fine in a week after.
What I'm saying is I haven't had the flu since I started the vaccines in the late 80s. I might've had a mild 3 day sick once since I've had the vaccines. I'm old and decrepit now. Might wipe me out!! I got a garden to plant, house and sidewalks to power wash, gutter to clean, tree limbs to cut. I can't be taken out by a goddamn virus...
@Screenwriter well i had a flu every year or every other year. i live in a cold climate. that just happens here.
Even with vaccinations you still get it?
@Screenwriter i don't take the flu vaccines. don't get me wrong. i am not anti vaxx. i will take vaccinations against shit that may kill me or otherwise have some major disadvantages for my health long term... but the fucking flu? come on. my body has enough healing power to beat that and i really want my body to keep it's defenses against sickness, cause if i don't do that, then one day, a flu may actually kill me... i don't want to be so weak. of course the health industry wants to sell me every med they can. i'm not buying it untill it's necessary. i may sound like some elitist idiot, i realize that but i do know that not letting your body defend itself will long-term weaken your immune system.
so if you know your body has a very good chance, just let it do it's thing.
It will have to with corona. I expect to be sick. But I don't have to additionally expose myself to the flu and secondary infections, such as pneumonia. I had pneumonia when I was 29 and was warned that if I ever got it again it could kill me. So I'm taking that shot too. Today. Prophylaxis does not weaken you. You can still get the flu with the shot. It simply means your flu will be shorter and less dire. I've had it once since taking the vaccines. It was like a bad cold. But for five days instead of for 10. Pneumonia knocked me out for two to three weeks. If you can afford to miss all that work and not participate in your family's life, then go ahead. Spin the roulette wheel of sickness. (Squidbillies)
@Screenwriter well then in your particular case i would be carefull of course. i personally won't take any medicine that i don't desparately need. i'm not a medical expert but i'm a social scientist that deals with mortality topics so i know that this is exactly how humanity as a species actively reduces it's ability to resist deadly diseases. viruses and bacteria are trying to suvive and they are in evolutionary competition with us. right now we're not keeping up, cause we try to kill everything with antibiotika but we are already at a point where the antibiotika that kill the viruses of to day are almost strong enough to kill us... this won't end well if we keep doing that. our species needs to build natural resistence and i know that sounds cruel but well that means people need to die so that we can evolve the resistence it takes long term. i'm not thinking in individual terms when i say that. my personal decision is heavily influenced by that though. i understand that it doesn't make sense to everyone and that's ok by me.
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Like roaches, eh?
i know right but at least this one is already in the right topic section... they have been cropping up all over g@g and i move them all to trending and news just so other users know what section to filter out lol
@wankiam I have just posted a question relating to this, but wish it to remain in the community section please.
That'll work ABSOLUTELY because it will kill the virus AND you. Problem solved.