From Virus to Protection #6: SARS-CoV-2: The Basics of Protection
A blog series on SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and how spread can be eliminated.
This blog series was inspired by the many questions people ask on this topic (see our FAQ links for more)
It can be impossible to perfectly keep all viruses from entering the body. Our goal is to keep the viral load as low as reasonably possible, so even those with underlying conditions will have a fighting chance of having no or non-severe symptoms.
Here is where we can apply our learned common sense.
This common sense comes from understanding what is important to know on this topic. Please see previous articles in this series if you have not already done so.
Then, you can decide for yourself what is the reasonable thing to do, given your circumstances.
Common sense says to be safe, we don’t do things that could hurt ourselves or others. Safe behavior includes distancing, cleaning, and the use of protective devices to mitigate risk.
There is a range of risk in the things we do. Total isolation provides zero risk of transmission. The risk of transmission increases as we come out of isolation. That means we are taking a risk when we come close to others or touch things they may have contaminated with a virus (fomites).
You should be able to see clearly by now that inhaling virus-free air and keeping your hands and other surfaces clean are what’s important. We like two phrases: “Cleanliness is next to Godliness,” and “Fresh air is your BFF”.
Disclaimer: We make no claim that these teachings are up-to-date. Researched by a scientist, they are current understanding, to the best of our knowledge. Consult medical professionals before making medical decisions for yourself or others, just to be sure. Be safe, be careful. SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is a serious enemy that can kill.
The next blog discusses: Distance -Receiving a Virus Through the Air.