“Panic is bad, but ignorance is even worse,” says Artur Nitribitt, a Polish architect living in China who recently created a simple guide on how to protect yourself from coronavirus.

Artur Nitribitt is an architect who has been living in Beijing for 1.5 months but emphasizes that he is not an expert, and he created the guide with family and friends in mind, using widely available sources.

The original post, which you will find on the architect’s Facebook , has been seen by thousands of people but for the sake of this article, we have written below the most important points…

“It just so happens that I live in #Peking since January 16. And for the last few days, the closest detected #koronavirus is 100 meters away from me, in the building next door. Panic is bad and ignorance is even worse. That’s why I decided to write this post. If, however, the following seems obvious to you, I am very glad that I was wrong … I think that preventive measures need to be taken now. Then it will be too late for many.

– the virus passes through a droplet path (exhaled air, sneezing, etc.)
– the coronavirus stays in the air for a while, then on the surface, where it can survive from a few hours to up to 9 days (depending on material, temperature and other factors).
– symptoms may not appear until 14 days after infection (some studies even say 21 days)

– do not overwork the body
– drink a lot of hot water
– sleep a lot (min 8 hours)
– exercise (running in the park, bike or walking is ok, you can without a mask if there are no crowds of people)
– take a daily dose of vitamin C in the form of tablets or fruits
– eat garlic, onions, ginger, turmeric …
– limit smoking and drinking alcohol (weakens the body, despite the memes circulating on the Internet)
– limit raw products. Cooking, frying or steaming kills the virus.

– wash your hands every hour in warm water and soap
– oral hygiene
– use alcohol wipes and antibacterial gels with alcohol (min. 75%)
– wear surgical masks or N95 with a filter (change every few hours)
– Extreme friends wear laboratory glasses, because the virus can get in through the eyes.

DISINFECT(preferably products containing at least 75% alk):
– telephone, keys, credit cards, wallet
– work places, computer, keyboard, mouse
– chairs, tables, desks, floors
– door handles, power switches etc.
– do the laundry daily
– often vacuum
– avoid touching someone’s phones, pens, etc.
– do not use cash – contactless payment (card on top to touch as little as possible in the store)
– wash vegetables and fruits after bringing them home. The rest of the packaging will not hurt either.

– limit going out for a month to an absolute minimum
– limit all social gatherings
– avoid parties
– avoid crowds in stores
– do not touch the handrails and other items in public places
– open the door to stores with a handkerchief (for immediate disposal)
– avoid public transport
– avoid city bikes
– avoid taxis too. If you have to, with a mask and handkerchief. All drivers should have face masks. 
– in the elevators there should be handkerchiefs for buttons, if there are none, use keys or your handkerchiefs (throw them away immediately)
– safe distance between people at work or on the street is min. 1.5 meters
– staying with an infected person in a poorly ventilated room after about 45 minutes guarantees infection
– research suggests that most people are infected by contact with the saliva of the sick person (spitting, coughing, sneezing), direct or indirect (staying on the surface up to 9 days)
– so cover it with a handkerchief, not your hand, mouth and nose when you sneeze
– after sneezing, immediately sterilize your hands, do not spread viruses, others will not.

– ventilate the whole apartment or office every few hours (preferably all-time ventilation)
– avoid cold and damp rooms – the best conditions for virus settlement
– keep warm in the flat / work (18-22 degrees Celsius)
– turn off the air conditioning

At the end of the guide, he goes on to say…
At the end I would like to emphasize that, more often than not, if you catch it, you will only have disgusting flu or severe pneumonia, but … why do you have it? And by the way you can completely unconsciously pass it on to your grandmother, who will not experience it as easily as you.
Take care of yourself and your loved ones. “

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