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Unlike other viruses, COVID-19 is not easily transmitted through air - it doesn't linger in the air, it settles quickly on surfaces. So it's a bad idea to touch your nostrils or mouth; the experts say, wash your hands often and thoroughly (20 seconds, interlace the fingers to get the crooks between fingers, and don't forget the thumbs). Ordinary surgical masks don't work - they're too leaky; the N95 masks do work, but they're uncomfortable.


(1) Prepare a mixture of 50% cheap moisturizer and 50% peroxide. When going outside (shopping etc), grease nostrils as far as finger will permit. The unguent (grease) will hold up the virus while the peroxide decommissions it. At home, blow out the mixture and reapply when needed.

(2) Wear glasses or tight fitting sun glasses or fake glasses at all times in public. The eye is another entry point despite natural salinity of eye/tears.

(3) Always wear the same clothes when outside and put them in a special place when removed. Weather permitting, expose the clothes to sunlight since the virus 'probably' cannot survive extended exposure to ultraviolet light.
UV light can damage or destroy various types of pathogens, like SARS and MERS, and the destructive power of UV light depends on factors such as wavelength and the type of organism the rays are impacting.
UV energy negatively impacts the influenza virus and many similar viruses, and it may have a similar effect on the coronavirus. Sun-blessed countries (Middle America, Central Africa) show lower infection rates.

(4) Limit speech in public (breathing through mouth). When speaking in public sip water every minute or so: better that the virus be washed into the stomach than get into the lungs.

(5) After hand washing/rinsing, leave some soap on both hands. Why? The average person touches his/her face 20 times/hour.

(6) I.B. = Intelligent Breathing. When distance protocols are violated, don't breathe. Take note if you're waking upwind or downwind and hold breath accordingly. If downwind, hold breath only when the violator has passed: upwind well before you enter his/her personal space.

NOTA BENE: None of the above is science per se, but there seems to be no downside to any of the measures.


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