Advice on how to keep fit and well during this quarantine period:

 

Quarantine Fitness Advice

Advice from the World Health Organisation on breastfeeding if you have or suspect you have contracted Coronavirus. Their advice is to practice respiratory hygiene and wear a mask. Also, wash your hands before and after you touch the baby and clean and disinfect all surfaces.

 

Coronavirus breastfeeding advice

Report by NHK World which explains infection routes as known at this time. First, there is contact with a surface that has the virus on it. The second is inhaling droplets emitted by coughs and sneezes.

Scientists are now investigating whether there is a third infection route specific to Covid-19.

We thought this article recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, which outlined five tips on how to stay active and remain calm, could be useful.

  1. Recruit a gym buddy – on the phone! – to discuss your activity goals and achievements and check-in once a week
  2. Take this time to spring clean your house
  3. Offer to pick-up groceries for a neighbour that might be self-isolating
  4. Go online. There are hundreds of free exercise classes online
  5. Practise mindfulness

Click here to read more.

An outline of the clinical characteristics (symptoms) suffered by Coronavirus patients based on 1099 hospitalised patients in Wuhan, China.

Coronavirus symptoms

The World Health Organisation has issued a chart comparing Coronavirus symptoms with those of cold and flu, which are often suffered at this time of year.

Coronavirus symptoms compared to flu

Every cloud has a silver lining… some welcome positivity in all the chaos of Coronavirus.

Extract taken from Leila (@leilastead)

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HAND HEALTH

No, we’re not telling you again to wash your hands! But…

IN SHORT: DO NOT WASH LESS

You are the best judge of how clean/dirty your hands are. Wash as often as you need to or were before… just moisturise, too! Look for nourishing hand creams with vitamin E that will replenish lost moisture and prevent further loss.

Information from Michele Assad, Assistant Professor in Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University, which is an excellent summary to avoid contagion:
  • The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat)
  • When absorbed by the cells of the eyes, nose or mouth, it changes their genetic code and converts them into aggressive and multiplier cells
  • Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays (breaks down) on its own
  • The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies
  • The virus is very fragile;  the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat
  • That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam)
  • By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own
  • HEAT melts fat;  this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything
  • In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful

The most recent social distancing rules issued by the Government mean leaving 2 metres space between you and the nearest person, roughly the length of two supermarket trolleys. But, we also know that it is possible to become infected by touching contaminated surfaces. Below is a helpful guide to how long Covid-19 lasts on different surfaces:

Coronavirus lasts on surfaces