This is the personal reference page and official log of my research and personal solutions to dealing with the Covid-19 Coronavirus which I will refer to hereafter as simply “C19”.
I am not a licensed medical practitioner and while I do not dispense health or medical advice to the public at large, I am an experienced industrial health and safety professional with a sufficient background to comment about various preventative measures and possible solutions to this issue.
In that vein, I DO work with commercial companies and industrial clients as a Biomedical / Environmental & Electromagnetic Consulting Detective as shown on my home website of http://www.scantech7.com/. Regardless, I am not responsible for what you do with or without this information as explained in the disclaimer at the bottom of this page and it is up to your judgment as to what you do with what is my informed opinion and collection of intel.*
The reason this page exists is for both my convenience in having a one-stop page for online resources as well as a link I can send to others that may be interested or benefit from. I will refrain from the basic information that has already been imparted by the CDC, WHO, etc. as this page is for those who are looking for more than simply washing their hands and social distancing.
Also, in situations like this, there is a lot of mythology and misinformation that can potentially mislead or panic people unnecessarily as most people do not have a strong background in microbiology, epidemiology, virology, statistics, organic chemistry, nanotechnology, industrial hygiene, risk assessment, bio-engineering, etc.
And in a few cases, I disagree on certain points with the official policies and recommendations (such as whether to wear a mask or not) given out by the CDC and WHO, but I know they are providing a valuable function.
DIRECT LIVE INFORMATION LINKS
Worldometers C19 Statistical Tracking Resource
This is my favorite go to resource as they provide a LOT of information in different formats.
Google Maps Tracking Map – this gives a very granular and specific location of outbreaks / deaths, etc.
John Hopkins CSSE LIVE MAP (I liked this earlier when it gave more concise location data for outbreaks, but now I prefer the above link)
Worldwide 24 Hour Flight Tracker – for seeing trends in air travel
City of Dallas Crime Map – can be used for other locations as well with filters for date, area range, etc.
Dallas County C19 Statistics with Shelter in Place Orders (Spanish & English versions are mislabeled)
City of Dallas Emergency Lockdown Orders as of March 23rd, 2020
Non-Obvious Disinfectant Preventative Measures
Keep in mind that some of these solutions work on bacteria, fungus, certain parasites, etc. and not necessarily C19 which is STILL valuable information to have on hand for the following reasons:
- You want to protect your immune system as well as you can.
- There are a lot of pathogens which are already well known that can impair your health or prove just as lethal as C19.
- You CAN develop both viral and bacterial infections of different varieties along the continuum timeline of being in ill health. (look up the term “secondary infection”)
Making your own Hand Sanitizer (that can be customized to be more effective than many store bought varieties, particularly if combined with at least 0.5 % chlorhexidine gluconate marketed as Hibiclens which is a 4% solution)
Enhanced Hand Sanitizer using Citric Acid
Strategies for Reusing / Modifying Face Masks under certain circumstances (use UV-C light sterilizers as mentioned below)
Alternative Disinfectants (Hibiclens, Hibistat, Barbicide, PDI)
Barbicide found to be effective against C19:
Using UV-C Light (Ultraviolet Band C below ~280 nm) to deactivate viral reproduction (more detailed papers to come)
Common Household Cleaning Agents vs, H1N1 Virus Paper
Making Your Own Personal Bio-Hazard Kit (coming soon)
Quick Overview of Materials:
- Medical grade N95 face mask (3M Model # 1860) can be found on eBay still, but I wouldn’t pay more than $20 a mask – can be sanitized and reused with UV-C light sterilizer cabinet or disinfectant wipes
- Alternative to surgical mask is a good half-mask respirator (3M or Honeywell) with P95, P99 or P100 filters – you can also get a belt carrier and bayonet plugs for the mask to plug the holes when the filters are not attached – see CDC link below on the proper use of masks and respirators
- Nitrile gloves (can be found on Amazon)
- Biohazard bags (6″ X 9″) or (8″ X 10″) are the most useful sizes I have found
- Hand sanitizer gel (regular or a custom blend as described above)
- Disinfectant solution bottle (Chlorox, Barbicide, Lysol, HDI or similar strength solution) and / or disinfectant wipes
Research Angles Being Personally Investigated
I am looking into the following approaches, but I am proceeding with caution and backing up my custom solutions with hard science and research.
C19 Can Live on Surfaces for Hours to Days
Essential Oils that suggest anti-viral activity that could be used topically (only when diluted) or in a diffuser / humidifier.
Antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral effects of three essential oil blends – Microbiology Open (some admitted conflict of interest mentioned in the paper)
Medical News Today
Nano-particle colloidal solutions (AgNP) which may inhibit C19 activity:
Antiviral activity of silver nanoparticle / chitosan composites against H1N1 influenza A virus
How Disinfectants Work
Scientific Papers & Authoritative Resources
Resource Links for Research
CDC Information for Laboratories
International Reagent Resource
Some Promising Developments (Vaccines & Treatments in Progress)
PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Section
CDC PPE Link
Worldwide Efforts to Combat C19 (not comprehensive, but some efforts of note)
Ventilator Design Challenge – Montreal General Hospital Foundation (this is not easy)
Calling on the Public to Make N95 Masks or Equivalent
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“Do You Want To Play A Game?”
I realize that people have been warned not to use the now notorious game Plague Inc. to model the C19 virus, it is not accurate, etc.
But I started playing this addictive app back in 2012 and I find it to be fairly educational about the possibilities of mutation, epidemiology of virulence, fatality rates and most importantly, the reaction of governments and societies to the reality of a pandemic.
Many of the patterns of the C19 virus and the responses we are seeing (quarantine, shutting down flights, public buildings, sheltering in place, etc.) are eerily mirrored in Plague Inc. and I now find myself living in one of the custom scenarios. It is a bit surreal because the steps that are being taken now to contain and cure C19 are very familiar stages of the game and it does resemble reality closely enough that I do recommend that people not be discouraged from learning a bit about the science of disease control.
This is where I disagree with the naysayers who discourage using the game for what I consider to be “informative purposes beyond mere entertainment”.
The developer of the game, James Vaughn, has gone to great effort to make the game as realistic as possible, though some of the scenarios (literal zombies, werewolves, and the Planet of the Apes) are based more on the mythology and science fiction of these creatures.
BTW, I do NOT take C19 itself lightly or view it as “just a game”. The casualties and effect on our lives are quite real and ongoing, and it would not surprise me if an “inverse-flip” version of the game comes out where your job is to save humanity and not eradicate it which I hope is the goal of every sane person on this delicate planet.