(Revised) Be afraid, but not very afraid. A Note about COVID-19: and Delta Variant
It is alright to be afraid of these viruses, not to the extent of being totally paralyzed, but afraid enough to be alert, on guard, conscious enough of what is happening, where is happening and what’s at stake, ready to take what actions or precautions need to be taken to reduce the chance of contamination more now than ever as Heath Officials expect a worse than expected Virus Outbreak by Fall.
Heath Officials expect a new wave, as the majority of hospitalization with the Delta Variant, 97 percent of people hospitalized with the Delta Variant is affecting the unvaccinated, and the younger, with the bigger uptick on Texas Missouri and Florida.
When you know the enemy (serving in the Arm Forces gives you a whole new perspective of what fright is, and how to best face it, if you just keep your cool) and fright enters the picture one tends to take notice, make more careful, selected, conscious, rational decisions than not, that can help you survive to fight another day when staying level headed, those that feel not afraid and or indifferent, tend to let their guard down, with disastrous consequences, Florida, as well as other large gathering currently around the country on the News that had contributed to an increase of Virus outbreak on some areas comes to mind.
While following CD Guidelines is extremely important, there are a few basic rules one must keep on mind.
- Always Assume that anyone around you has COVID-19, for even those with the disease may not know they have it.
- Stay safe, when at home, after handling mail/packages, if possible, disinfect spray these items, wash your hands after decontamination, while there could be minimum Virus contamination on packaging according to latest research any amount however small is still too much.
- Use Hand Sanitizer or carry disinfectant wipes in a small zip lock bag and if possible, quarter paper towel sheets folded in half in another to wipe disinfected surfaces and your hands afterwards, when handling surfaces outside your home
- Before leaving your home, place a plastic bag (like the one you get at the grocery store) inside another similar bag, place above zip lock bags and extra plastic bag in it. Second bag is to isolate mask when using a re-usable mask, after shopping.
- Go farther, stay 7’ apart (contrary to initial reports, COVID-19-Delta Variant can travel considerable farther, than initially thought) to avoid risking contamination
- If possible, grab product from the back on shelve as those on the front likely had been touched or breathed on by a contaminated individual, or individual not caring about these guidelines, .
- Be Safe, use a Mask, it is not about rights red or blue, is not political, it’s about a Health Crisis, your health and the health of others when out and about (you have the right not to be contaminated by others with the Virus, just as others have an equal right, not to be contaminated by others)
- Contrary to initial CDC guidelines, a mask doe not only protect others, but you as well from airborne droplets, think about it, common sense dictate that while a regular cloth mask protect others from your droplets, that same mask, will protect you, or reduce airborne contamination by others.
- KN95 (similar to N95, which unless you work on the Health field, are hard to come by) Masks: both these Mask have a 5 layer filtering sheets-system, same construction (both are manufactured in China reason why they had been so scarce due to high demand and the Pandemic). One carbon, sandwiched together to form your N95-KN95 Mask, the 95 on an N95 (certified by the CDC) and KN95 (certified by the Chinese government) indicates how much it filters or 95% of germs, Viruses, it filters the smallest particles and other contaminants, thus reason why it’s preferred by the Medical Community. Currently Health officials are recommending these masks for maximum protection against the Delta Variant. Use yours when visiting a Medical facility, Clinic or any critical area with the possibility of high exposures (dispose of afterward). Use Clothe Masks for everywhere else. Recycle your KN-95 (only) after visiting gatherings-shopping or when on other outings where you feel exposure has been or could be minimal.
- When recycling your KN-95 always pull mask off by ear straps, never by the front of the mask
- Disinfect your mask (KN95 masks) with Lysol or MICROBAN 24 hour spray. (N95-KN-95 Masks can be re-used when not use in a Health setting), just follow these tips: Spray disinfect (for a time disinfectant sprays became scarce and hard to find, that’s not the case anymore), the front of your mask. Wipe the other inside, side you breathe on, with Lysol disinfectant wipe, or wipe both sides, if there’s no disinfectant spray, spray both sides, if no wipes.
- Place-expose front side of your mask in an area facing the sun (the sun is a great disinfectant, and proven very efficient when disinfecting a mask) for at least one hour and half, preferably two at a minimum, flip, do the same with the other side, wash your hands, following this simple steps allows you to re-use a KN95 mask countless times until mask starts showing wear, yellows, or you feel it needs to be replace.
- When dealing with fruits and vegetables: Fill a container with one gallon of water and one drop of dish washing liquid in it, mix thoroughly, place your veggies and or fruits in water, hand wash avocados, bananas etc., with berries; gently shake containers side to side in the container with water (do not take berries out of plastic cases), dump water, refill container with fresh clean water, wash-rinse any soapy solution off, dry with paper towel, with berries, place paper towel on a dry container, place berries in it once rinsed and pat gently (to absorb water) with dry towel, return berries to original plastic container, repeat process for each type of berry, refrigerate..
- According to the CDC Virus can survive on: Metal-plastic surfaces 3 days, glass 4 days and cardboard for 24 hours.
- Cans-glass, items hermetically sealed: Use Lysol spray, wipe with paper towel
- Box items: Wipe surfaces with disinfectant wipe, wipe dry immediately, with paper towel afterwards
- When having relatives or acquaintances over, unless you know for sure they have been following CDC and proper Safety guidelines wear a mask, guess should as well. Wear mask up to 30 minutes after visits leave, unless you have plenty ventilation such as open windows which might disperse virus reducing chance for contamination.
- If a relative or guess shows to be sick regardless of illness you both should wear a mask to reduce chances of contamination up to 30 minutes after guess leaves.
According to Health Officials a next wave is coming due to the Delta Variant and the unvaccinated, and younger patients becoming infected, come September-October when most people are going back full time to their working environments and children’s are back to school. It should surprise no one if Masks Mandates come back even on areas where progress was being made or Vaccines mandates become official due to a new Virus Outbreak.
There are signs that mandates have started to take root with the US Department of Veteran Affairs being the first Federal Agency to mandate that all its Health Care employees be Vaccinated as well as most Health care Organizations demanding the same for their Health Care Providers.
We can ride this COVID-19-Delta Pandemic by following simple, basic rules above and staying up to date with CDC Guidelines, Following Mask recommendations but most important, getting Vaccinated. Gives being alive a whole new perspective, the world looks better six feet above ground than six below, being afraid of the Virus will keep you alert to stay safe, do all the right things so we all can talk about this challenging times, many years into the future. Discuss, Like, Share, follow.