Covid19 Questions (SARS-CoV2)
What are we doing?
FYI, the NSW food authority has assessed us as a low risk food producer. But, we have still decided to take the recommended risk mitigation measures. This covers work practices, education and monitoring ourselves (3 production staff & 1 direct salesperson). Frankly, we do this all the time since, we are a maker of live probiotics.
& Don't Panic...
There are few obvious aspects of coronavirus that are poorly-stated or over-looked re minimising exposure, infection, spreading & developing covid19. This seems to be an unavoidable part of the political, medical & mainstream media's activities. No offense is intended, however... we only have a few more questions...
- Please do send us any corrections, queries or thoughts (written & signed, of course). AND, none of the following is medical nor therapeutic advice - it's intended as opinion based on basic physiology, long-term practice & credible peer reviewed articles.
- Kills 99% of Germs? Corona-virus is a virus (pardon the obvious) so bacterial antiseptics & bacterial antibiotics will not always be appropriate for sanitising procedures nor therapeutic treatments, e.g. simple colloidal silver products.
- Alternative cleaning? Sanitisers need to work quickly for incidental cleaning. But, where prolonged washing is possible (hand washing or surface wetting) then many simple acids, soaps & oils are effective because the contact time is prolonged. Viruses are not indefinitely robust hence, for example, the claim of coronavirus inactivity after prolonged air exposure.
- Corona on - corona off? When you sanitise or wash your hands don't forget your finger tips and under your fingernails. These are extremities that hide pathogens and that are used to touch your nose & eyes, which are primary entry points for viruses.
- Aerosol transmission? Covid19 is a respiratory 'syndrome'; so respiratory shedding from infectious persons is always likely (with or without latest evidence) it's a matter of basic thermodynamics & probability.
- Masks or no Masks? Wearing a mask (or another physical barrier) will help re exposure & spreading coronavirus. However changing (or cleansing) the barrier is necessary to avoid a concentration of infectious material - see point 8. And, if you are traveling behind others (e.g. queuing or on walkways, escalators, etc) then you are in an accumulating "wake" of other's aerosols. So wearing a mask & walking with left/right distancing helps to minimise this extra exposure.
RT-PCR testing? The RT-PCR testing is an automated method that is capable of detecting a few (yes, 3,4,5...) individual viruses. So it is possible to test positive when exposed to the virus and later test negative to the virus (days later) if you don't carry or develop covid19. Exposure is not the same as infection. This is one reason why infection numbers can appear large, whilst asymptomatic numbers are uncertain. The following RT-PCR result is from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center - note the detection of just 2 viruses. Caution is required to avoid clinical over-diagnosis which, may skew decisions re public health actions.
- Exposure Vs Disease? Contact with a virus (coronavirus) doesn't imply carrying a virus (simple infection), which in turn doesn't imply contracting the disease (covid19). For example, it is estimated that almost 90% of humans carry the Epstein-Barr virus, but 90% of humans do not present with it's contingent diseases such as herpes. FYI, it is also estimated that 100% of urban populations have had contact with Epstein-Barr. So, again, exposure is not the same as infection nor disease presentation - see points 6, 8 & 9.
- Viral load & immunity levels? The viral load (amount of initial & accumulating 'active' exposure) versus individual susceptibility greatly affects disease progression. So, minimise exposure & maximise immune response. This includes anything that lowers or preoccupies immune response such as other pathogens, wastes, toxins, poor nutrition, unnecessary medication, lack of sleep, lack of light exercise... & many life-style choices.
- Human viral defenses? There are many bodily features to prevent infections progressing. They have varying efficacy. But some are, mucosal blocking (physical & chemical), innate immunity, cell MHC presentation, T1 & T2 adaptive responses... So, again, exposure is not the same as infection.
- Respiratory clearing? The nose & lungs are reservoirs for many pathogens. So, gently blow your nose, lightly cough to clear your lungs & gargle to clear your throat. Do these actions often, even if you don't feel the need. Try to rinse your nose frequently (salt water at 5% w/w), perhaps use a neti-pot. A simple nebuliser (salt water at 5% w/w) is effective in helping to free up ordinary nose, throat & lung mucous - try it a few times throughout your day.
- ... We'll post more Q&A on future pages - "Health Questions".
This list is being updated as credible information & arguments become available to us; AKA "Re-Media-Tion" (remediation). Updated; 23rd July 2020.