Guest post by Cladosporium:
We are dealing with presumably a virus. If the virus is present you
have a ~13.8%* (Worst stat I could find) chance of contacting it and
having severe symptoms. To reduce that chance of contracting the virus
we are told to wash our hands. This is true...do that, it doesn’t kill the
virus, soap makes it so the virus cannot stick to you and gets washed
down the drain, remember that.
A sneeze puts microscopic droplets
(aerosols) in the air, when the moisture evaporates it can leave a
charged particle behind call "drop nuclei" which float around in air, then
settle on surfaces. Cover your mouth to limit this.
We are told to
limit close contact, also good. Cleanliness is incredibly important,
maybe next to godliness. Your shoes bring in an incredible amount of
foreign material into your household, leave them in the garage, outside,
or in a specific spot, don’t wear them around the house, pretty simple.
Work clothes, if they are dirty, take them off outside your living
area. Dirty clothes, clean them, don’t let them pile up in your
bedroom. Counters and horizontal surfaces, keep them clean, put dirty
dishes in the dishwasher or clean them, don’t let them hang around in
the sink. These are some of the things you should consider, here’s why.
Have you ever sat near a window and a ray of sunshine beams
through and you see all the tiny particulate in the air floating around?
Assuming you have, my specialty is analyzing and telling you what you
are seeing and what it is composed of. Generally, this stuff flying
around is the general wear and tear of your house, clothes, you , others
and life in your house, outside stuff coming in your house and so on.
we find cellulose and synthetic fibers (clothes ) lots of skin
fragments (you) Mold, danders from pets, combustion products, pollens
and so on. We have been breathing this in since the day we were born,
it’s normal and our bodies can handle it. If one of these categories
becomes overwhelmingly large or a foreign particulate becomes added to
the mix, odds increase of a possible reaction and we are all about
decreasing them. For example, mold counts go up because a leaky
waterline to your fridge and it soaks your drywall in an area you don’t
normally look at. You feel different, something is not right, you begin
researching on the internet and you conclude you may have a mold
problem (sometimes at this point people think you’re crazy) along with a
dose of fear many websites thrive on.
Some people panic and are
told to move out of their homes and they do. A legal mess usually
ensues. A reasonable investigation will find the mold, remove the stuff,
clean up, and things go back to normal.
I tell you this because the
one thing you cannot do is remove all possibility of contact with
particulates but with reasoned thought and actions you can minimize
risk. Minimizing airborne dusts can help minimize possible contact.
Change your furnace filters, if you’re especially concerned about
indoor air quality get a HEPA air-cleaner at a home project store. You
will notice the clarity of your air increase dramatically. These are
simple solutions, known to be true, and will help minimize risk and
alleviate the fear of the unknowns.
Here in Michigan there are Ad
Council billboards telling people to prepare for an emergency and they
have been up for years. Folks I have seen in the stores are not
panicking, they are prepping rather quickly. I think they look a bit
sheepish knowing they should have listened and done this sooner. Good
for them. My hope is that this is the beginning of a great awakening.
Eyes open and ears hearing.
Jesus said fear not, he also said beware
of the scribes. He also said be confident in his word, that is truly
the only thing we can be certain is true.