The notion of how folks were prepping to avoid Chinese Wuhan Covid came up in another thread.
10 September 2020 at 5:02 pm (Edit)
Sure E.M. I’ll talk, I’ll talk! ;o)
And that’s a great idea to have a thread dedicated to Covid-19 and General Virus Preventatives: What people actually do.
People could also list their physical precautions. For example, I’m sold on masks for Dr. visits during flu season. And I think gloves are far more important than masks when flu season is in full swing and people are sneezing droplets of who knows what all over the place. Shoulda been doing that all along after I turned 60.
Here’s my preventative regimen –
Quinine via tonic water – 83mg of quinine per liter
3 or 4 liters per week which is 249 – 332 mg of quinine per week
…Oh, I drank one or two liters per day the first week I started. As I understand it, you need a large intake up front and then maintenance is about 200 or so mg per week thereafter
Zinc – 11mg per day in my multivitamin + a 25mg tab every week or too or if I feel a bit sniffly
D3 – 25 mcg tab per day + 10 mcg in my multivitamin
Plus sunshine – Lot’s when fishing or mowing, but I try to get at least 1/2 hour per day otherwise
Melatonin – 10mg per day 1/2 hour before bed
And I’m also getting the daily recommended trace doses of Iodine, Magnesium, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Chromium, and Molybdenum in my daily multivitamin
I wash my hands a lot and don’t touch my face. I’ve been cleaning grocery cart handles for years now as I’m pretty certain that was where I got my last flu bug about 7-8 years ago.
So here’s what I’m doing:
This looks most important. A study found good Vit D status dramatically reduces bad outcomes. (John Campbell video). So I’m out in the sun with lots of skin exposed OR I’ll take 2000 IU / day.
Also important and several treatments use a zink ionophore to get it into the cells. I just take a very nice multivitamin with minerals every day that has the full dose of it all. Zinc 24 mg. Selenium 117 mcg. Magnesium 110 mg. And more.
I try to get 2 grams a day in. Don’t always do it. IF anything starts to feel off, I’ll definitely get the 2 grams and raise that to 5 grams if any actual symptoms show up. Usually kills “the cold” snivels right quick.
I had been drinking quinine water (about a quart a day) but that has been stopped due to sloth and running out of gin ;-) I’m likely to get some quercetin next opportunity. In the mean time I’m eating a lot of pears and apples from my trees and drinking red wine.
Not hard core about it, but we generally only go out 2 times a week. One formal grocery / hair cut / medical / whatever run, and then a catch up on any groceries we run out of later in the week (or sometimes just a drive somewhere to shake cabin fever). Mask and gloves in the stores (because the Governor Nuisance insists…) though ever more sloppy about it.
Hail Mary Self Care:
I have a jug of Ivermectin just in case. I’ll go to the Dear Doctor first, but if I get “no joy”, I’m ready with a proven treatment. It would be best to score some Doxycycline to go with it, but I figure I can likely get that from Kaiser ;-) (Or bribe the pimply kid down the street for his stash ;-)
That’s pretty much it. So far, despite being in a hot spot, No Bad Thing. Oh, and I’ve always done a lot of hand washing. Allergies for one thing. Pet the dog and touch my nose? Sniffles and itchy eyes / nose. So “touch dog wash hands”. Around a tobacco smoker? Eyes will turn red and itch the next day, so “Wash hands and rinse eyes”. Grew up in a restaurant so “Enter kitchen wash hands” and “Touch meat wash hands” and “About to plate, wash hands” and… We also carry a box of gloves and a jug of rubbing alcohol in every car. Gloves if I remember, alcohol if I forgot. I tend not to touch many surfaces anyway. I also never did like talking to people in spitting distance. Too many hours of chem lab and bacteriology class… lots of sterile technique. Oh, and working in a couple of hospitals including on the wards. Touch anything I want to wash up. Touch anything, then I don’t touch my face until washed.
Sidebar On Church:
We’ve found a local Catholic Church that is holding Mass in the parking lot. Sound via speakers AND FM radio. Communion delivered to the car by roving nuns and priests! No idea if it’s officially OK or what, but spouse is very happy to have some of her routine back. I suspect any attempt to shut them down would result in a riot and / or lynching of said officious officials….
The Dr. John Campbell video on Vit D Trial: