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DRASTIC TIMES - DRASTIC MEASURES

AS the country goes into virtual lockdown, a consequence of the rapid spread of Covid 19, we are all hoping (and praying!) the crisis will be short-lived. In essence the government has prioritised public health and is asking everyone to play a part in stemming the transmission of a virus that has baffled the medical world.
As Minister Simon Coveney put it: “In order to pull together we are asking people to stay apart”. We are learning a little more with each passing day . . . and when you read these lines other changes may have occurred. Many events scheduled, and listed in this issue of our newspaper, may have been cancelled or postponed.
The seminal moment for those trying to grapple with Coronavirus was when it was realised somebody may be infected for a number of days without showing symptoms and that, consequently, community transmission was gaining momentum. How can one know if he/she is infected? By the time they have fever and/or cough, and go to the hospital, the lung is usually 50% Fibrosis and it may be too late.
North West Express learned something useful from a contact at Stanford Hospital, who, in turn, quoted experts from Taiwan. They provide A SIMPLE SELF-CHECK that we should do every morning in these critical times: Take a deep breath and hold it for more than 10 seconds. If you complete it successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stiffness or tightness, etc. it proves there is no Fibrosis in the lungs, indicating there is no infection. They advise to self-check every morning in an environment with clean air.
In addition, Japanese doctors treating Covid-19 cases say: Ensure your mouth and throat are moist, never dry. Take a few sips of water every 15 minutes at least. Why? If the virus gets into your mouth drinking water or other liquids will wash it down your throat and into the stomach. Once there, your stomach will kill all the virus. If you don’t drink enough water more regularly, the virus can enter your windpipe and into the lungs – which is very dangerous.
This advice may prove to be useful for some. In the interim let’s work together (though apart) to defeat this Coronavirus. We hope when we publish the April issue of North West Express the drastic measures taken in our country will have been worthwhile and the world will be firmly on the road to recovery.