I will be leaving all the March posts as "archived" and will add links to updated April versions.
Most recent info on subjects covered here can be found on these April posts:
ARCHIVED POST -- information from this point on was posted during March and was up to date as of 3.31.2020. This is a record of information that was available at this time, while the crisis was unfolding.
This post is where I'll be sharing science-based resources on public health tips to ward off spread of COVID-19 corona virus. I will be updating this post as new info arrives. (UPDATED 3.31.2020)
For list of conventions/events cancelled or postponed, see this post:
COVID-19 information updates daily. Be sure to check links for most recent info.
Scroll down here for LINKS; VIDEOS; MYTH BUSTING; HAND WASHING; MASKS; HOUSEHOLD CLEANING AND MISC ....
3.28.20 Update -- This is the press conference we need. Q and A w/ Dr. Fauci -- science expert answering public's questions...
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
LA County Dept of Public Health has this fantastic page on their website for info and links regarding COVID-19 http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/
LA County Dept of Public Health COVID-19 info graphic w/ symptoms to watch for
Federal Drug Administration -- COVID-19 page
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
PACKAGE SAFETY --
Video and text covers package safety, tips, and a big "thank you" to all the heroes at shipping centers getting essential supplies delivered to homes etc.
Don't hoard disinfecting products. They are needed by families caring for chronically ill members at home:
You Tube clip "The Coronavirus Explained and What You Should Do
from You Tube channel "Kurzegsagt - In a Nutshell" March 19,2020
Link to this video was posted by a scientist who I follow on FB and is a mutual friend. This clip is animation, but reveals science of how this specific virus is transmitted and impacts the body.
It will be facts and science that helps bring resolution to this crisis.
NY Times articles about the scientists hard at work:
How we can all help break the chain of transmission
All the tips in this post are good for any convention season.
My personal top tip that I haven't seen anywhere else ---
BRING AND USE YOUR OWN PENS!!! Everyone touches public-use pens and no one cleans them. Carry and use your own pen for signing forms etc at public places. (photo below of rattie Fibbs, in "safety first" mode, from Marty Mouse House) https://www.martymousehouse.com/
1) leave the face masks for the first responders and medical teams
2) stop touching your face
3) wash hands thoroughly and often
4) when wiping surfaces, wait between 1 and 4 mins (depending on cleaning agent) to allow surface to dry and disinfecting agent to kill virus.
WHO Coronavirus QandA page from their website:
HOW LONG DOES VIRUS SURVIVE ON SURFACES 3.17.20 NY Times article
List for "COVID-19 Los Angeles Community Resources"
Dr. Nancy Messonnier gives update on CDC Briefing Room You Tube channel 3.9.2020
WHO Video -- How is COVID-19 spread and how to you protect yourself
ASAP Science is the You Tube channel of two biologists.
They make entertaining videos using credible science sources. In this video, the list of Coronavirus symptoms appears at about 3:45. From this and other sources I'm following, FEVER seems to be the top symptom to watch out for.
My motto is "Always SIFT through online claims."
Investigate the source.
Find better coverage.
Trace claims, quotes, and media to the original context."
NY Times article "Surge of Virus Misinformation..." by , and
Excellent You Tube Tutorial. Uses ink and gloves to make a vivid demo.
This BBC link has dramatic video of germs on hands under UV light
1) keep tissues handy 2) identify triggers that make you touch your face 3) keep your hands busy 4) chill -- if your hands are CLEAN touching your face isn't the end of the world
3 articles indicating directive on use of face masks may be changing.
Another WHO face mask info video
Face mask tutorial, using HEPA filter
Today show segment warns about home made hand sanitizes (on You Tube)
EPA pdf on Registered Antimicrobial products for use against Coronavirus. This is an extensive list that includes many common household cleaner products approved by EPA for use against Coronavirus.
Op-ED -- Dignity for delivery workers
How to Touch Your Face Less --- free downloadable PDF from The Oatmeal