SELF DIAGNOSIS for COVID-19
How can you know if you are infected?
By the time you have fever and/or cough and go to the hospital, the lung is usually 50% Fibrosis and it’s too late. Experienced Asian doctors provide these tips and a simple self-check that we can do every morning in an environment with clean air:
Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds. If you complete it successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stiffness or tightness, etc., it proves there likely no fibrosis in the lungs and likely no infection.
Ensure that your mouth & throat are moist, never dry. Take a few sips of water every 15 minutes at least. Why? Even if the virus gets into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids will wash them down through your throat and into the stomach. Once there, your stomach acid will kill all the virus. If you don’t drink enough water regularly more often, the virus can enter your windpipe and then into your lungs. That’s very dangerous.
- If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold.
- Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
- This virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by temperatures of 27 degrees, or sunlight.
- If someone sneezes with it, it takes 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
- If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours – so if you come into contact with any metal surface – wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
- On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. Normal laundry detergent will kill it.
- Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
- Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but a lot can happen during that time – Unwittingly you may rub eyes, scratch, pick your nose.
- Gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
- We can’t emphasize enough – drink plenty of water!
- It will first infect the throat, so you’ll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days;
- The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 additional days.
- With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing;
- The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind, you may feel like you’re drowning;
It is imperative you then seek immediate attention.