Saturday 4 April 2020

Day 19 of self-isolation

I've moved the three UV disinfecting lamps to the server room. Thus means I can control the power to them remotely. Handy.

The retort stands arrived. I'll be using them to hold things for the lamps to disinfect.

I keep hearing very silly things about this virus. Apparently, onions protect you. If you have an onion in the same room, you're safe. Also orange peel boiled in water, and you inhale the vapour.

The backs of my hands are suffering from excessive hand washing; I'm treating them with E45 cream. The last time this happened was 33 years when I was first working with computer viruses. I used a "contaminated room" method, and colour coded all infected diskettes as red, but without realising that I was doing it, I stepped up my hand washing (totally ineffective against computer viruses) and got a slight problem on the back of my hands, until ladysolly pointed this out, and I took appropriate action.

The American CDC is telling people that they should wear face masks - but it's voluntary. Of course it's voluntary, the CDC can't pass laws. President Trump is setting an example - by not wearing a mask. That's leadership.

A face mask is to stop you from infecting others, and it doesn't have to be a medical-grade face mask. You might not realise that you're infected - not everyone shows symptoms, and not everyone shows symptoms in the early stages. The governor of Georgia only just learned that. "This is a game changer," he said. Yes, it is - and we knew this a couple of months ago.

Even if you can't get a medical-type mask - just wear a cloth over your face and nose. Then, if you cough or sneeze, the droplets don't spread out in a great cloud. Surely everyone has a cloth they can wear!

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