The safest way through the coronavirus and any other outbreak is staying healthy and well-informed. Panic Sells, Calm Saves
The antidote to anxiety is control; since we can’t really control the track of this disease, we turn to what we can control, and that’s why people are shopping. It’s like, ‘well, I feel like I’m doing something; the thing I can control, which is stocking up.
When finding toilet paper becomes impossible, the wheels in my brain start turning and I wonder, do I even need toilet paper?
I’ve pipe-dreamed about buying and starting to use a bidet to reduce my toilet paper consumption. The cost, and honestly, the hassle of having to learn a new routine, has caused me to procrastinate. Now, with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) causing shutdowns and shortages, I’m thinking it would be a good time to try using a bidet, at least, to try more often.
Unfortunately, with the mass hysteria regarding shortages even Amazon cancelled my order of a travel bidet claiming they are out of stock indefinitely.
Give the 3D printer a try.
There are several designs for various types of bidets and/or parts that can be download from Thingiverse and printed at home.
To manage your anxiety about coronavirus, here’s what you should know:
Most people with the coronavirus have relatively mild symptoms; the danger is in not knowing you have the virus and you could be passing it on to more susceptible individuals.
Symptoms appear between two and 14 days from exposure to the virus and start much like the common cold.
Coronavirus is fatal in about two to three percent of cases.
The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces, according to a new study from National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University scientists in The New England Journal of Medicine. The scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. The results provide key information about the stability of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, and suggests that people may acquire the virus through the air and after touching contaminated objects. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/new-coronavirus-stable-hours-surfaces
To stay healthy, here’s what you should do:
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers as a substitute for washing your hands, but do so sparingly.
Cover your coughs and sneezes. Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Frequently disinfect surfaces, like your desk, phone, tablet, smartphone, and countertops.
If you are sick, stay home. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Follow instructions from your kids’ schools on when to keep them home.
Have contingency plans for school or office closures, including childcare and working from home.
Limit your social exposure. Be able to prepare meals at home without having to shop for several days.
Limit your media exposure and trust sources that are not supported by advertisements or subscriptions. CDC.gov is a good resource.
If you need more information, call your doctor.
The safest way through the coronavirus and any other outbreak is staying healthy and well-informed.