Here’s a video from an MD doing an overview of Corona Virus properties, the novel one from China 2019-nCoV, and what you can do as protective behaviours. It largely comes down to “the usual” universal protective measures + self quarantine. A good mask, eye cover, gloves and avoid people who might be infected (which is everyone…) then wash your hands a lot.
He does state that Corona Viruses can survive for up to 5 days on surfaces and that people can be without symptoms and still be infectious for 5 days. That’s a really bad combination as it means you have to wait 10 days to find out just how many people were infected by your “one case” locally. That means we’ve got 4 places in the USA with confirmed or probable cases and we’ll know next month how many, if anyone else, has caught it from them… This also means that if reports from China that 100,000 may be infected are true, we’ve got up to 10 more days to go to find out how many that 100,000 infected but are not yet showing up at clinics. In short, our statistics lag several days and up to a week+ behind reality.
OTOH, it does look like the folks showing up at hospitals are the small percentage that have horrible reactions and that there’s every possibility large numbers of folks just get a bad respiratory cold symptom set. That’s encouraging as it means most likely most folks won’t have a significantly bad outcome. It also means a whole lot of low symptom folks may be spreading this thing everywhere. So a pandemic is almost certain, even as it isn’t a horrible killer for everyone.
The death risk comes from cytokine overproduction attacking and destroying lung tissue. The “cytokine storm”. There are ways to reduce this risk, but not by much. IIRC there are some early stage of development treatments in the system, but as of yet rarely used. DIY may be the best available. Avoid chocolate, drink green tea, take vitamin C & E and more things from the list here:
You don’t need to avoid chocolate just yet, only once symptomatic ;-) but taking your vitamins now is a good idea.
This discussion started here (h/t Larry Ledwick):
so folks looking for the history of the discussion can start there.