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The Viv Element

So I need to get a refill for my HRT tomorrow before this crisis gets any worse, we've had 14 confirmed cases and more possible cases coming soon because of the events some of them attended during the weekend :( I have asthma so I feel like taking extra precautions are necessary for me, the problem is I don't have any gloves or face masks OR handsanitizer .... So i was wondering if anyone knows any creative solutions I could do to protect myself... Right now I've only come up with plastic bags tightly wrapped above my nose to under the chin, as well as a bag over each hand. I'm not sure if that'll help at all though.

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VickySGV

The plastic bags are a bad idea, they will not work and can cause potential breathing harm themselves.  I have controlled asthma myself and all I have been told to do is get in, do business with a plan, and get out ASAP.  If your doctor could have the scrip filled at a small neighborhood pharmacy without a large people flow, that would help.  Big item is simply the longer you spend in risky areas the more chance of getting anything.  Maybe you could order ahead of time and just pick it up at the front cashier's desk, and add in the hand goo although I got told the soap alone will be the best. 

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The Viv Element

Okay thanks Vicky! I'll put a hot damp cloth with soap rinsed into it then put it in a ziploc bag, then take it out right after whenever i touch something. I also cant seem to EVER stop touching my face no matter how many times i tell myself i have to stop. frig my life.

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Carolyn Marie

Yes, touching your face is not good but really hard not to do.  The best bet is to simply wash your hands after touching any potentially contaminated surface.  Soap and water is supposedly much better than hand sanitizer anyway, as long as you do it long enough.  If you have non-porous gloves that would help, as long as you don't touch your face with your gloved fingers.

 

None of this is foolproof, and like Vicky said, spending as little time outside the house is the best thing to do, but if you have to go out please try to avoid others if possible.

 

Carolyn Marie

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The Viv Element

ngl, I spend 23 hours a day in my room anyways. but yeah the only thing I can think of touching is the buttons on the machine to pay & the bag which will have the pills inside. my store has a sliding automatic door so ill enter through that entrance, & if I see someone walking towards me, ill try to take an alternative route to avoid inhaling whatever they may have exhaled. I just genuinely thought plastic bags would be a big protection as they're practically impenetrable unless you had intents to tear it. 

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Charlize

It seems that masks are better at keeping someone who has been exposed from passing the virus than they are at keeping you safe.  One of teachers from my grandson's school tested positive and one of his friends is sick.  I'm going to wear a mask when i go to get groceries this morning.  Hope to make the store early before many folks get there but we need food.

 

Hugs,

 

Charlize

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ShawnaLeigh

Soak a bunch of rubbing alcohol and put those in a zip lock to keep them moist.  Its the main ingredient in hand sanitizer that kills the virus.  If your not wearing makeup you can use these to clean your face as well or any skin for that matter.  Heck you can even wipe buttons down first.

Don't stress about the masks.  They are not a small enough micron level to stop a virus from penetrating at all  Not even close.  However the transmission of this virus is not technically "air borne" as it is transferred by larger droplets.  Such as sneezing or coughing.  If those hit you in the face or eye or even breathed in yes they will contract.  So the mask will catch those but if you do get coughed or sneezed on discard the mask immediately!  Alcohol the crap out of your face and hands.  You can literally suck in the virus threw the mask once it dries.  

 

 

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Maid In Bedlam

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Pick it up sporting this glamorous 2 piece with matchiing footwear and bag. Only way to be sure😀

 

UK Advise is  wash hands when in contact with a foreign objects such as shopping trolley handles and such like. You can use hand sanitiser but its not as good as hand washing. keep a two metre invisible ring around you.. Kind of personal space.

 

My advise is wear the suit. Cant go wrong then

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TammyAnne

Wash your hands routinely as if your were a surgeon scrubbing in (or if you've had chemical warfare training, as if you're decontaminating your hands).

Avoid touching your face.

Touch elevator buttons, etc. with the back of your knuckles.

Touch door handles with your sleeve or wear gloves.

TA

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Suzanne1
On 3/20/2020 at 5:04 AM, Charlize said:

It seems that masks are better at keeping someone who has been exposed from passing the virus than they are at keeping you safe.  One of teachers from my grandson's school tested positive and one of his friends is sick.  I'm going to wear a mask when i go to get groceries this morning.  Hope to make the store early before many folks get there but we need food.

 

Hugs,

 

Charlize

Yeah, most of what I've read, heard, and know from personal history is that even the N-95 masks really don't do much to keep folks from contracting a communicable disease; their primary function is to lessen the likelihood of an infected person passing on the disease to others.  By the same token though, most of the literature won't actually come out & say that wearing a mask does little/nothing to protect a healthy, non-immunocompromised person acquiring a droplet-borne infection.

 

But lots of folks wearing masks, and I figure that if looking conspicuous somehow makes them feel better, then what's the harm? [Especially when no one will go out on the proverbial limb & state that it probably won't do a bit of good; I certainly wouldn't speak to that myself.]  Personally though, I won't wear one.  My dignity just won't allow the impression that I'm running scared (at least when I'm pretty much satisfied that a mask wouldn't protect me anyway. 🤔).

 

Interesting side bit of news.  Just found out yesterday that my county is on a kinda/sorta "lockdown."  We don't have any local television/radio stations, so the news just kinda filtered word-of-mouth through a friend of a friend who knows someone who read it in one of our low-circulation newspapers; far as I know (from our state department of health services) our county doesn't have any cases of the c-19 virus.  Guess we're just following suit with what the urbanized counties are doing?

 

Funny thing---We also heard from the same tenuous source that the only supermarket within about 15 miles is reserving Tuesdays for "seniors" to shop (don't know how they're defining "senior-citizen").  Kinda interesting, although it strikes me that one can catch the corona virus from another senior as well as well  from as one of the younger-set.  I'm not so certain that having a designated senior-day is that good an idea.  I've taken my mother-in-law to her gerontologist's appts a few times and have heard noises, seen sights, & experienced smells that, heretofore, I've never encountered.  I think it might be healthier to shop on days when the concentration of seniors is diluted with some younger, healthier folks. 🤔

 

Well, I guess I've prattled long enough, all this is really kind of irrelevant for us anyway; not much to buy in the stores.  Guess we'll have to do some hunting; fishing too, we can still get gasoline.  Going to bed; good night all.

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