Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) has stricken many people currently in quarantine or in self-quarantine with dread. Yet this fear of contracting a virus is the daily reality of   millions of people with immunodeficiency disorders for decades. Of course, there is the very real possibility that a viral infection, followed by a secondary bacterial infection, may lead to severe illness, tissue damage or death because of lowered immunity. The optimistic news is that immunodeficient individuals cope successfully every day with the threat of viral invasion , simply by following three simple rules – these are:

  1. Constant hand washing
  2. Clean everything you touch.
  3. Avoid points of viral and bacterial transmission

Notice that this plan of attack is quite straightforward and that it is not that complicated.

#1 Constant hand washing.

Diligent and frequent handwashing is a simple, effective solution to vanquishing viruses. In fact hand hygiene is so ordinary that people don’t seem to not take it that seriously, but the habit has prevented countless infections for over a century. Be sure to wash your hands constantly, (meaning every time you handle or touch something new) and be sure wash the palms, backs, wrists and each of your fingers individually too. The recommendation is to do this for at least 20 seconds each time. How long is 20 seconds? It is the length of time it takes you to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.

Do this BEFORE you touch your face, scratch your nose, fix your hair or clean your ears. Do it  AFTER using the bathroom, being out in public, touching any public door handle or button (for example on a door code pad or TM) after working on a computer, doing dishes and feeding pets.

#2 Clean everything you touch.

During a pandemic, be sure to clean everything thoroughly once and then clean each surface thoroughly when someone enters and then leaves your home. When you return home from shopping or any excursion be sure to wipe down your keys, phone, bankcards and any other item you used during your trip with a Clorox or Lysol wipe.

It is also a good idea to keep the shoes you wear outside, outside the home and not wear them into the house.

When you go grocery shopping, wear a mask and gloves and if you do not have gloves, wipe down the handle of the shopping cart before you touch.

If someone in your house is sick wipe down everything that anyone touches and do this every single day

#3 Avoid Contact (Vectors of Transmission)

The big issue with the coronavirus is that you can’t tell if someone is carrying it just by looking at them. Furthermore, you can feel well (be asymptomatic) and still be transmitting it.

Avoiding vectors of transmission simply means staying away from everyone (social distancing) and don’t touch public surfaces. A bar stool, elevator button or door handle that looks clean might be harboring the corona virus.

You can also be aware of the absent minded things you do in public to accidentally touch surfaces such as turning public faucets on and off, using hand dryers and leaning against walls and counters.

Most importantly you should be practicing social distancing, which means keeping at least six feet of space between you and other people at all times so that you do not breathe anyone else’s air as the virus can be expelled through respiration.

Your best bet is to stay home alone or with the people you live with, but still have as a little contact as possible with housemates, family or anyone else.

The Three Basic Rules of Immudeficient Protection

Do you have an immunedeficient disorder and fear being taken over by the Covid-19 virus? Conditions that can cause lowered immunity against bacteria and viruses (known as immunodeficiency disorders) include:

  • Severe burns
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Diabetes
  • Malnutrition
  • AIDS
  • Cancers of the immune system like leukemia
  • Immune-complex diseases, like viral hepatitis
  • Multiple Myeloma (cancer of the plasma cells that produce antibodies)

Those who have bone marrow transplants or chemotherapy or radiation may have zero immunity and really have to try and protect themselves from Covid-19.

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