One to One Recruitment’s COVID-19 Update
One to One Recruitment is a responsible employer and our office has been closed since Friday 20th March 2020. Worry not, all of our office staff are still working at their home bases and are in regular contact with each other throughout the day. We are business as usual, just in a different location. We are here for you as we always have been.
You are important to us, so we are sharing the advice given to the hospital staff. It explains the virus and hopefully how to prevent getting it. Please share with family, friends and work colleagues.
The simplest way to distinguish Coronavirus from a Common Cold is that the COVID-19 infection does not give you a cold, runny nose or cough, but it does create a dry and rough cough. The virus is typically first installed in the throat causing inflammation and a feeling of dryness. The symptoms can last between 3 and 4 days.
The virus typically then travels through the moisture present in the airways, goes down the trachea and installs in the lungs, causing pneumonia that lasts 5 to 6 days. Pneumonia manifests with a high fever and difficulty breathing. The Common Cold is not accompanied but there may be a chocking sensation. In this case the doctor should be called immediately.
Experts suggest doing this simple verification every morning: Breathe in deeply and hold your breath for 10 seconds. If this can be done without coughing, without difficulty, this shows that there is no fibrosis in the lungs indicating the absence of infection. It is recommended to do this control every morning to help detect infection.
The virus hates heat and dies if it is exposed to temperatures greater that 80 degrees F (27 degrees C). Therefore hot drinks such as infusions, broths or simply hot water should be consumed abundantly during the day. These hot liquids kill the virus and are easy to ingest. Avoid drinking ice water or drinks with ice cubes.
Ensure that your mouth and throat are always wet, never DRY. You should drink a sip of water at least every 15 minutes. WHY? Even when the virus enters water or other liquids through the mouth, it will get flushed through the oesophagus directly into the stomach where gastric acids destroy the virus. If there is not enough water, the virus can pass into the trachea and from there to the lungs where it is very dangerous.
For those who can sunbathe. The sun’s UV rays kill the virus and vitamin D is good for you. The Coronavirus has a large size (diameter 400-500 nanometers) so face masks can stop it, no face masks are needed in daily life. If an infected person sneezes nearby, stay 10 feet (3.3 meters) away to allow the virus to fall to the ground and prevent it falling on you. When the virus is on hard surfaces, it survives about 12 hours, therefore when hard surfaces such as doors, appliances, railings etc… are touched, hands should be washed thoroughly and / or disinfected with alcoholic gel. The virus can live nested in clothes and tissues between 6 and 12 hours. Common detergents can kill it. Things that cannot be washed should be exposed to the sun and the virus will die.
The transmission of the virus usually occurs by direct infection, touching fabric, tissues or materials on which the virus is present. Washing your hands is essential. The virus survives on our hands for only about 10 minutes. In that time many things can happen, rubbing the eyes, touching the nose or lips. This allows the virus to enter your throat. Therefore for your own good and the good of others wash your hands very often and disinfect them.
You can gargle with disinfectant solutions (I.e. Listerine or Hydrogen Peroxide) that eliminate or minimize the amount of virus that enter the throat. Doing so removes the virus before it goes down the trachea and then to the lungs. Disinfect things touched often: mobile phone, mouse, keyboard, car steering wheel, door handles etc….
PLEASE DO THE SAME AND TAKE CARE.