COVID-19 and MAC: What are you doing differently to protect yourself?

Posted by kathyhg @kathyhg, Feb 27, 2020

Is anyone doing anything differently to protect themselves now that we are facing the reality of covid-19?

@kathyhg …In addition to the usual protections for influenza, I avoid winter doctor visits and crowded areas. I no longer shake hands and use hand sanitizer in the car after visiting every site. If the community infections grow, I'll wear my mask everywhere and postpone visits with grandchildren until summer.

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Aren't the typical masks in the lobby of a doctor's office not safe?

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@macjane

Aren't the typical masks in the lobby of a doctor's office not safe?

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@macjane that is what I have heard also. you need n95 or better.

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We've not taken any novel measures as yet though I've toyed with the idea of stocking up on brown rice and whole wheat pasta which I use lots of anyway. If things become harrowing with food shortages we can survive for a while on whole grain starchy stuff.

Related, though not spot-on topic, several years ago during "flu season" I began substituting a fist bump for an open-palm handshake, often saying as I do it, "flu season handshake," hopefully thereby minimizing the chance of the other person taking offense I usually add the verbiage regardless of the season. In Health, Don

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Hopefully we won’t get to the state that cities like Milan are in now, with empty shelves in the grocery stores. I guess you never know.

Interestingly, it’s been just about impossible to get isolation masks since January here – both regular surgical masks or N95. Because of scarcity, prices have also gone through the roof.

The reason I asked about it in this forum is that it’s a respiratory flu so my impression is that people with bronchiecstasis and/or Mac would seem to be very vulnerable.

I’ve also stopped shaking hands as well but I’ve noticed that many people have stopped shaking hands!

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@macjane

Aren't the typical masks in the lobby of a doctor's office not safe?

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Hello @macjane, @heathert, others. The masks you see in a doctor's office serve one purpose — To keep the person wearing the mask from infecting "others". In a pinch, I guess I would wear it, but we already have a number of N95-type masks, bought in Dec.

Stay healthy and safe! — Dee

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@thumperguy

We've not taken any novel measures as yet though I've toyed with the idea of stocking up on brown rice and whole wheat pasta which I use lots of anyway. If things become harrowing with food shortages we can survive for a while on whole grain starchy stuff.

Related, though not spot-on topic, several years ago during "flu season" I began substituting a fist bump for an open-palm handshake, often saying as I do it, "flu season handshake," hopefully thereby minimizing the chance of the other person taking offense I usually add the verbiage regardless of the season. In Health, Don

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@thumperguy — Your "Flu Season Handshake" is a great idea! However, I would always wash/sanitize my hands after "fist bumping" as well.

On the subject of "touch avoidance" — Other things to avoid touching: elevator buttons; ATM machines; and fast food Order Boards. Use your knockles instead!

–Dee

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Right you are Dee. Hand Hygiene rocks.

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@kathyhg, Hi. I have two N95 masks that I bought awhile back for using during construction. Paint stores like Sherwin Williams, etc. carry them also. I am out of town right now, but I do plan to stock up on food items to limit trips to the store. Will probably get a huge bag of rice and bags of dried beans in case this gets really scary. I intend to hibernate to some extent. I will be saying no to a lot of outings and mixers. I have already starting washing my hands more frequently. I also had a talk with my hubby about being more careful. Unfortunately, he isn't taking this seriously. I will just have to constantly reminding him. How about you? Have you made a 'stay safe' plan?

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@thumperguy

We've not taken any novel measures as yet though I've toyed with the idea of stocking up on brown rice and whole wheat pasta which I use lots of anyway. If things become harrowing with food shortages we can survive for a while on whole grain starchy stuff.

Related, though not spot-on topic, several years ago during "flu season" I began substituting a fist bump for an open-palm handshake, often saying as I do it, "flu season handshake," hopefully thereby minimizing the chance of the other person taking offense I usually add the verbiage regardless of the season. In Health, Don

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@thumperguy, Personally, I would start to stock up now before the public goes into panick mode.

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From what I’m seeing on the news, it looks like people are already in panic mode! Pictures of empty shelves at Costco and other stores are concerning.

I share people’s concerns about public events and will also avoid them when I can. Like others here, my husband is healthy and busy. He shares my concerns related to being exposed to COVID-19 but he is not the type of person who is likely to stay home as much as I will. We’re talking a lot about hand washing, cough etiquette, touching surfaces, etc but I fear is that he will catch something and have a minor illness but pass it on to me. I guess time will tell how it evolves here.

In the meantime, I appreciate everyone’s comments and suggestions and hope we all stay well.

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Hello, I just returned from a 9 day trip to Mexico. I did wear a Vog Mask on the plane both ways even though I know it isn’t a big help. I wiped down my seat with sanitizer wipes and everything I was going to touch. I washed hands frequently and kept them away from my face. We can only do what we can do to stay safe. I do post on FB about hand washing and hope that others will heed this simple advice. I am due to go to Mayo Clinic in Rochester next week as my sister’s caregiver and not happy about it. Any advice besides – Stay Home?

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