Snuff Out Wide Spread Speculations
KCIA members are already faithfully praying protection for loved ones and even nations in the warfare to arrest and defeat the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Reliable articles have described the virus, its origins, incubation period and symptoms. However, confusion in the reported number of infections and deaths have led to widespread speculations. Furthermore, not all sources offer practical advice on avoiding infection.
Are the reported number of infections reliable? No.
The numbers are unreliable because of untested people infected but mild symptoms and quick recovery, undertesting due to lack of test kits approved by the CDC and unreliable testing in early stages due to faulty test kits.
Are the reported number of deaths reliable? Yes.
The method used to detect COVID-19 during post-mortem autopsies is different and more reliable than the ones used with live patients.
What is the death rate? It depends on age and pre-infection health.
While the average mortality (death) rate is about 3% of those reported to be infected, no deaths of children under 10 years old have been reported, and few people under the age of 50 have died. However, infection of seniors has been more deadly.
How does the infection spread?
An infected person spreads the virus through “respiratory droplets” (coughing or sneezing) or touching a person, an object or a surface with hands they have used to wipe their eyes, nose, or mouth. There is some evidence that fecal contamination may also contain the virus. A person becomes infected when the virus enters their nose or eyes. Health officials do not currently believe that the virus can be spread by eating contaminated food.
What can you do now? Six practical steps:
- Create more space or even a barrier. Stand apart, talk louder, touch elbows instead of hugging or shaking hands. Wearing a face mask and gloves will prevent contamination through your hands, nose and mouth.
- Keep your hands away from nose and mouth. Your contaminated hands touching your nose or mouth are the number one path to infection. Grab a new tissue or paper napkin if you need to dab or wipe, and immediately discard it afterward.
- Disinfect surfaces. At home, wipe down surfaces with a solution containing 1 cup chlorine bleach per gallon of water. Include doors, refrigerators, tables, countertops, sinks, toilets, and the packaging or outer surfaces of freshly purchased products. Wipe down auto door handles, armrests, keys, shift levers, steering wheels, navigation screens, sound controls, and other often-touched surfaces.
- Disinfect hands. Wash vigorously for at least 20 seconds using soap and running water. Dry with a fresh paper towel, and discard immediately. If you also use an alcohol gel-based hand sanitizer (at least 70% alcohol), use enough to ensure that your hands remain moist for 30 seconds. Alcohol is ineffective after it evaporates.
- Disinfect purchases including groceries upon returning home. Remove and discard bags or other shopping containers obtained at the store. Disinfect your hands. Place all fresh fruits and produce in the sink, and rinse well. Use a fresh paper towel to pat dry. Place into containers (or refrigerator drawers) that you have previously disinfected. Use a disinfectant wipe (Chlorine or Briotech – see below) to sanitize the packages of boxes, cans, bottles before storing them.
- Consider using Briotech Topical Skin Spray (www.briotechusa.com) as an alternative to bleach, chlorine wipes, alcohol gels and other sanitizers. Briotech contains pure HOCl, a safe but powerful sterilant produced by your body’s immune system. HOCL is approved for use in your eyes (to treat conjunctivitis), on your hands, and in your lungs. The Navy and Coast Guard use Briotech for the disinfection of shipboard surfaces as well as personnel. It can be used to spray it in your eyes and on your hands, gargle with it, wipe down surfaces with it, and use a cool mister to sanitize bedrooms (similar to those used with essential oils).
Finally, encourage others to follow the practices above. Remember Daniel’s words: [Dan 12:3 ESV] And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.