Friday, April 3, 2020

COVID #14 of 15 April 2020 -- Credible sources, Face Mask info, Videos

UPDATED 4.21.2020

This post updates information from the #8 of 8 posts in March 2020... Videos from credible sources

4.14.20 UPDATE
Part 1 of 6 part series from Los Angeles Times.
You can find the entire 6 parts at this link for the Los Angeles Times channel:
Text from the Part 1 page:
"SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, has evolved, adapting and mutating as it travels across the globe. In Part 1 of this series, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the executive chairman of the Los Angeles Times, explains how this evolution has ensured the survival of the coronavirus and made COVID-19 a long-term threat. Soon-Shiong is a surgeon and scientist who has spent his career studying the human immune system to fight cancer and infectious diseases. He is also the chairman and chief executive of NantWorks and the owner of or investor in a number of companies, including ImmunityBio and NantKwest, which are currently researching immunotherapies for COVID-19."

4.8.20 UPDATE

Vivid visual on how contagious COVID-19 is. Posted by Dr. Roxanne Carfora MD, Long Island NY

science-vetted PSAs featuring stars from feature film "Contagion"
More cast member PSAs here:

4.4.20 Update
Video by Arvin Ash. 13 mins of excellent science on what the virus is and how it's so insidious. Also practical tips to survive it. Not a lot about who Arvin Ash is and his background online. However, I did have an MD friend of mine watch this video and they pronounced it: "Very good. Pragmatic."

3.28.20 Update -- This is the press conference we need. Q and A w/ Dr. Fauci -- science expert answering public's questions...

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.

from WHO (World Health Organization), includes how-to video on correct use and treatment of face masks

UPDATE 4.4.20
As we learn more about the virus, guidelines about masks and mask use is changing rapidly.
Here are some recent info graphics, videos and articles.

The most important update is we must use caution when removing any face covering. Consider it contaminated. Do not touch the fabric that covers your face. When you remove it -- dispose of it, or put it into a plastic bag to wash ASAP in very hot water with soap. 

Gloves should be removed with caution too. Dispose of right away in covered container or wash or bag. Don't touch where the gloves have contacted possible transmission points. 

According to the WHO, the use of (cloth coverings and non-medical) masks should be combined with other measures, such as hand sanitizing and social distancing. Specific recommendations for proper use include:
Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not reuse masks until they have been washed.
To remove the mask: remove it from behind – do not touch the front of the mask and clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Place used cloth masks in a bag or bin until they can be washed with detergent/soap and hot water.

NY Times Article  -- how to stop your glasses from fogging up while wearing a mask

Info graphic by Lili Chin, Doggie Drawings
(click on image to enlarge)

Face Mask tutorial (with sewing) from artist Lily Williams

4.8.20 NY Times "How NOT to wear a mask"

4.12.20 You Tube tutorial -- "How to Clean a Dirty N95 Mask" -- 
this link sent to me by a family friend MD.

4.18.20 NY Times article "Which mask should you wear?"

NY Times article "Masks of the Upper West Side"

4.1.20 article in The Atlantic "Everyone Thinks They're Right about Masks" by Ed Yong
Read entire article, as there is important info there on transmission. Also this hopeful quote: "every expert I spoke with for this piece told me that it’s still mostly safe to spend time outdoors. If anything, they said, such forays should be encouraged for the sake of our mental health. Distance and ventilation matter, and outdoor spaces offer plenty of both. Distance is harder to maintain in bustling cities like New York, but the point remains that any risk lies in the density of people, not in some thick viral miasma suffusing the air." -

4.2.20 article in The New Yorker "The case for everyone to start wearing masks" by Amy Davidson Sorkin
Quote: "...Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea, where mask-wearing is prevalent, seem to have broken the back of the pandemic, and the U.S. has not. Masks are certainly not the only reason for that—testing has been crucial—but that is no reason to dismiss them, particularly when our own situation is so volatile. "

4.3.20 NY Times "It's bedlam in the mask markets." by Jack Nicas
quote: "The eruption in demand for dwindling amounts of masks has resulted in a kind of global supply-chain bedlam. In the United States, the federal government has decided against commandeering American factories to create a new stream of masks. Instead, federal officials are competing against states, hospitals and medical suppliers for the same pool of masks, which come mostly from China. Yet states and hospitals, whose typical suppliers are overwhelmed and overextended, have little experience negotiating directly with the Chinese supply chain. Thousands of middlemen -- entrepreneurs, do-gooders and profiteers -- have rushed to fill the void."

UPDATE 3.31.20
3 articles indicating directive on use of face masks may be changing.

WHO face mask info video

Video on face mask use from Time magazine

DIY options --

Face mask tutorial, using HEPA filter

cotton t-shirt or pillowcase

Paper towel not great, but better than nothing...


how to wash hands -- Tips from the World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO diagrams  here:

Excellent You Tube Tutorial. Uses ink and gloves to make a vivid demo.

Hand sanitizer do's and don'ts -- includes important tips about "home made" options

This BBC link has dramatic video of germs on hands under UV light

NY Times article -- 4 tips on how to stop touching your face:
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

This You Tube clip is from 3.14.2020, a British TV interview with a doctor in Italy

 Washington Post OP-Ed perspective from citizen in Italy (3.17.2020)

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)
Adopt your own handshake substitute. I'll be using a combo of the Vulcan greeting and the hand-to-heart gesture.
Here are bullet points the credible sites all emphasize:

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.


Dr. Nancy Messonnier gives update on CDC Briefing Room You Tube channel 3.9.2020

Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson --- "This virus is a test... will people listen to scientists?" Interview 3.5.2020

Dr. W. Ian Lipkin -- infectious disease expert on the ground for Ebola and COVID-19. Interview 3.4.2020

Journal of the American Medical Association You Tube Channel "JAMA Network" posts updated interviews. This link posted 3.6.2020

World Health Organization Video --
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.


Infographic on "Safer at Home" guidelines for California, from office of Kathryn Barger, LA County Supervisor'

3.23.2020 Today Show Segment 
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.

DIY Disinfecting Wipes. 

Don't hoard disinfecting products. They are needed by families caring for chronically ill members at home:

Today show segment on Disinfecting your home and office (on Today Show website)

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.

Hand washing song from Marty Mouse House (created by Sarah Hunt)

It’s WASHY-wash, not WISHY-wash That’s the way you do it! WASHY-wash, not WISHY-wash Together, we’ll get fru it! Grab some soap and use hot water Let’s all play along! Washing hands is lots ob fun ‘Cause you can sing dis song! It’s WASHY-wash, not WISHY-wash That’s the way you do it! WASHY-wash, not WISHY-wash Together, we’ll get fru it! Twenty seconds ain’t so long Be sure scrub boff sides Palms and fingeys, don’t stop there Tummy buttons, tails!   It’s WASHY-wash, not WISHY-wash We know you can do it! WASHY-wash, not WISHY-wash Coronabirus—screw it!

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