COVID-19 Mask or no mask

Mask ? of course, I would say, to protect yourself. Against those who have the virus and do not know, yet. Or those, who simply do not care if they spread the virus. Simple as that. Despite that some people may think that masks are silly or are only worn by those who are actually sick.

Since this world-wide epidemic (turned pandemic) has started it was clear that this virus – as most virus attacks are – is also air borne. People walking in the street, talking. Always talking. Breathing and spraying the virus infected air around, or worse, inside closed spaces, head to head, breathing the virus into each others faces.

For me, it was also quite clear that the regulations (keeping social distancing to each other at least 2m apart) is long not enough. From the start, since March 2020, I keep a distance of 5m. In the street, and try hard inside a store. Lucky, I live alone, no other person ever inside my home. Try to avoid public transit. When I need the bus, wear a mask. Inside the store, wear a mask. Washable, every day wash not only hands, groceries, all containers, but gloves, mask, and after the odd bus ride all my clothes.

So, when some one in the street passes me and might assume I am sick wearing a mask, then that is not true: I do this to protect myself from getting infected through the air. Because once infected a virus is in your blood, will travel and multiply. Since we do not have regular blood tests (to test immune system responses to such a virus) or a well functioning health care system to test for the virus itself, or get treatment once one is infected and sick. the only way to stay alive is: BE CAREFUL, PROTECT YOURSELF.

COVID-19 Extra Protective Measures

Continuation of my previous blogs (extra measures during these trying times – [ https://renataveritasopinion.com/ ]

IMPORTANT UPDATE

What can kill this new corona virus (SARS-CoV-2 ) ? [ https://www.sciencealert.com/here-s-the-expert-advice-on-which-cleaning-products-to-use-against-coronavirus ]

Seems one of the active ingredients (besides bleach=sodium hypochlorite) is alcohol ethanol. Searched all my cleaners like dishwashing and regular, found Comet (contains bleach), is harsh on surfaces. I always use for all items brought back from stores. More difficult: what to use for washing produce ?

Then found that none I had except WINDEX (for windows cleaning) which contains ethanol and may help.

[from the Web: WINDEX MULTI-SURFACE DISINFECTANT SANITIZER CLEANER will clean and shine surfaces without any dull residue. It KILLS 99.9% of GERMS, VIRUSES, and BACTERIA on hard, non-porous surfaces. This is the perfect product for cleaning bathrooms, kitchens, tiles, stainless steel, and so much more!Oct 7, 2019]. Which I will use.

[ https://www.sydneysolvents.com.au/blog/our-blog/product-talk/10-uses-for-ethanol-around-the-home/ ]

Here Victoria, Vancouver Island. Always finding new ways on how to protect myself better from carrying a nasty virus home, after grocery shopping. Not only do I always wear gloves – easily washable ones when coming home – but all items, be they food items or packaged items no matter what package (plastic, aluminium, cardboard or other) will be washed using cleaner with bleach, or better, yet, now I started to remove food items out of those containers wearing protective plastic gloves, then again wash them and then place my groceries where necessary safely elsewhere loose (outside of packages), or else then in fridge. Except yogurt or similar, which is more difficult. 

In our stores finally now signs KEEP YOUR DISTANCE, which most customer do nicely. In the street, I always go around others keeping more than 2m distance.

Checkout: card readers (some stores cover up with protective plastic, some not). As I always wear gloves I can use the little keys with gloves on (see above, I wash gloves at home). Computer keyboards ? what about those ? Wipe down as well.