The Kinman strategy for avoiding the Corona Virus. 12-Mar-2020 Updated 24-Mar-2020 UpDATED Friday 27-March-2020
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In my work I have trained myself to think beyond boundaries and it hit me like a ton of brick just the other day. All the advice I've seen about avoiding the Corona Virus talks about washing hands and wearing masks but it struck me there is a HUGE gap in that information that the world should know about.
Frequent hand washing and wearing masks seem to me like inadequate ways to protect oneself because there are several other ways a virus can enter your body.
As you know, Virus are spread from a person to another person who breathes in tiny droplets of water when an infected person coughs or sneezes into the air around us. Once the virus enters the lungs they find an easy entry point into the blood system because the lungs are designed to exchange oxygen and CO2 with the air we breathe.
Well, when someone who is infected coughs or sneezes into the air millions of tiny droplets of water carrying the virus are scattered all over the place, in time many fall to the ground, some fall on the surface of other objects .... including our heads where it can survive for 3 days. What's on our heads? Hair. Hair is a very efficient virus catcher and a good retainer of them too.
Now what happens when we preen or ruffle our hair by hands, brush, comb or blow dryer? And what happens during sleep time? Some virus will be dislodged and float around the room and get inhaled, particularly in sleep mode when long hair falls onto our faces and noses. Yes, our hair is heavily implicated in transmission of virus and yet I have not seen any such talk and I searched google and found nothing. Update Saturday 28-Mar-2020: Recent News article about hair salons. Quote from the article >>>When you blow-dry someone's hair, you are going to be blowing particles of skin around and so on, and they could carry the virus as well.
Much the same happens with clothes, imagine what happens when you take your T shirt off by pulling it over your head ... have you ever noticed the myraid of fluff floating in the air afterwards that can be seen under strong light? It's better not to breathe in at the same time and avoid inhaling virus that, like fluff particles, have been dislodged.
One more thing, actually two. The virus has recently been shown to survive for up to 6 hours on Shiny hard surfaces. After handing Coins and touching ATM keypads or touch screens it's a good idea to wash or sanitize your hands. We carry a small bottle of Alcohol for this purpose. Money is filthy so we also sanitize our wallets, coins, keys, the steering wheel and door handles by washing and rubbing alcohol on them. The more you sanitize the lower the risk.
Knowing these things may help in avoiding this contagion. Best strategy is to use a scarf or some other means of covering one's hair while in public places. And when visiting public places, and after, try to avoid or minimize ruffling your hair, and if you do don't breathe in while you are doing it. And then leave that space immediately, better still go to a suitable private area to tend your hair.
Wash hair every night before bedtime or after being in public places or on public transport. Beards are particularly troublesome being so close to air venting orifices.
UPDATE: Friday 27-March-2020 About a week ago it struck me that this Virus might possibly be an Air Borne contagion because of the rapid rate of transmission which, to my mind, was not explained by surface transmission or by coughing and sneezing. Every day since, watching the news, my hunch got firmer and firmer because people were becoming infected that apparently had no contact with anyone who is infected. The standard advice has been to avoid people couching and sneezing and wear a mask. My hunch may have been confirmed by an article in todays Australian ABC online news which reports the New South Wales Health Minister (Gladys Berejiklian) stating "the Virus appears to be spreading in new ways, an un-known source. She went on to say it is not safe to be outside walking around, stay home". Sounds to me like she could be referring to an Air Borne Virus. This has not been confirmed by health authorities but they seem to be behind the 8 Ball world wide and it's up to individuals to take matter into their own hands and exercise extreme caution, don't wait for official news.
Most of us are familiar with what happens on a cold day when we go outside, when we exhale our breath forms into a fog-like cloud. That my friends is moisture from our lungs condensing into microscopic water droplets. It's not that much different to coughing or sneezing .... it's still water molecules originating inside our bodies. Virus are small enough to be carried inside them. Knowing this gives heightened credence to my previous advice about hair, clothes and shoes.
The thing with Masks: The ones I've seen and have been using don't seal effectively because there are small gaps around my upper cheek / nose area which I can feel air passing through. Do NOT trust a mask to prevent inhalation of contagion.
It is everyones responsibility to help mitigate the spread of this contagion by religiously trying to practice anti-transmission etiquette. This means YOU.
Dwell on this article and mull it over, more minds thinking about this topic the better and better solutions and strategies will come as a result. Help spread this knowledge worldwide. Click the Tweet or Facebook button top of the page and send the advice to anyone you can think of, they should thank you for it.
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I wish you all good health and hope this helps you in some meaningful way.
All the best, Chris Kinman