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Texas Doctors Create Coronavirus Activity Risk Guide: ‘The Public Needs More Directed Guidance’ – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

The Texas Medical Association put together a guide to help people navigate the pandemic with a 1-9 scale that measures the risk from low to high.

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“A group of Texas doctors have created a guide to help people measure the risk of COVID-19 from nearly 40 daily activities.  the guide focused on 37 activities covering everything from hugs and handshakes to attending stadium-sized events. They are ranked as a guide to help people decide which ones elevate the danger of contracting COVID-19.

“The lowest risk on the 1-9 scale comes from opening mail which some people worry will carry the virus. Grocery shopping, restaurant take out and activities like jogging, golf and tennis are all considered low risk. But hair salons, dine in restaurants, air travel, fitness centers and even hugs or handshakes are ranked as moderately high risk or above. Engaging in contact sports and visiting a movie theater are also identified as a lot less safe than sitting in a doctors waiting room or swimming in a public pool.

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Black light experiment video from Japan shows how quickly a virus like Covid-19 can spread at a restaurant – CNN


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“(CNN) A viral video from Japan aims to show how easily germs and viruses can spread in restaurants when just one person is infected.The experiment simulates the atmosphere at a buffet restaurant or on a cruise ship. It was conducted by the public broadcasting organization NHK in conjunction with health experts.The video shows 10 people coming into the restaurant, with one singled out as an “infected” person. A fluorescent substance only visible under black light is applied onto that person’s hands, representing germs from a cough or a sneeze. Each participant then goes about the buffet as they normally would, not considering a potential contamination. At the end of the video, the participants are cast under black lights illuminating where the “(simulated) infection” has spread.

“While these kinds of experiments are not new, John Nicholls, a clinical professor in pathology at Hong Kong University, said they demonstrate how quickly a virus can spread, especially when hand washing is not performed.”What the video demonstrated, is that it will spread to surfaces and to people very efficiently,” But both experts said the experiment is a good way to show the importance of hand washing and hygiene.

Who Knew Grocery Shopping Could Be So Stressful? – The New York Times

Join the forum discussion >What do you do when shopping and coming home?

Video Credit: Jeffrey VanWingen http://www.DrJeffVW.com Correction: Rinse fruits and vegetables with water – no soap. Correction: NIH Data – COVID-19 lives on cardboard for 1 day. Clarification: Perishable foods like meat should be brought in the home and refrigerated. Clarification: Only disinfect the outside packaging. As of posting date (March 24, 2020), this is the most current video for New CDC data, safe takeout food practices, and an updated practice for safe grocery shopping/handling.
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“As much of the world practices social distancing to stop the spread of coronavirus, trips to the grocery store are one of the few reasons many of us still are allowed to leave the house.

“But the logistics of shopping for groceries can be daunting. What happens if some key items on my shopping list are sold out? How do I keep my distance in a crowded produce aisle?

“And just how many people have touched that jar of peanut butter or can of beans we brought home?

“We talked to infectious disease experts about how to shop for groceries during the coronavirus crisis. Here’s their advice.

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  • Check store policies
  • Should I wear a mask and gloves?
  • Bring your own wipes and sanitizer.
  • Wipe the shopping cart.
  • What if I don’t have wipes?
  • Shop early (off peak)
  • Keep your distance.
  • Limit your trips to the store. 
  • Have a flexible plan.
  • Shop for long-lasting foods.
  • Don’t hoard.
  • Really, really don’t touch your face. (Wash it before leaving)
  • Be kind to your checkout person. 
  • Is self-checkout better?
  • Reusable bags are still OK.
  • Should I wipe jars and plastic containers when I get home?
  • What about produce? 
  • Don’t stress.

>How to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus When Grocery Shopping (Consumer Reports)

>Do You Really Have to Disinfect All Groceries Now? An Expert Explains

>Is the risk of transmission of coronavirus from groceries significant?

How Long Can The Coronavirus Live On Surfaces and How to Clean.

>7 coronavirus cleaning questions, answered by an expert

>These Common Household Products Can Destroy the Novel Coronavirus

>10 Minute Podcast

“A study out this week finds that the virus can survive on hard surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours and on cardboard for up to 24 hours. …Virus-laden respiratory droplets can land on doorknobs, elevator buttons, handrails or countertops — and spread the virus to anyone who then touches these surfaces.

“Much is still unknown about the virus’s survivability on other types of surfaces like clothing, or carpeting. …it seems that “flat surfaces and hard surfaces are more friendly to viruses than cloth or rough surfaces. “Food is probably not a major risk factor here,”

most infection from the new coronavirus starts with the respiratory system, not the digestive tract. So infection comes from getting the virus on your hands and then touching your own eyes, nose and mouth. “Of more concern would be utensils, and plates and cups that might be handled by a large number of people in a cafeteria setting, for example,”

“Wash your hands. And wipe down shared surfaces.Follow these tips for cleaning surfaces — your own and public ones.Wipe right: Use ammonia or alcohol-based products…”Maintaining awareness of the many surfaces you touch during the day and cleaning them with approved products will help curb the spread of the coronavirus. “The good thing about COVID-19 is that it does not require any unique cleaning chemicals to disinfect hands and surfaces,”

“Good old-fashioned soap and water does the trick.You can also use a wipe, but make sure you use an alcohol-based wipe, not baby wipes, which may not be effective, And given that wipes are hard to come by at many stores at the moment, you can instead buy an EPA-registered disinfecting spray.

>Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Disinfecting Products

More at Source: >How Long Can The Coronavirus Live On Surfaces? : Shots – Health News : NPR