Coronavirus, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2: these are common names for what scientists are calling the Cosmopolitan Coof Lurgi of 2020. Is Coronavirus in Consett? Who can say, but we have to write articles with those words in them so we get more of your sweet clickety-clicks.
Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus In Consett
Doing your bit to prevent an epidemic is roughly the same as living under a military dictatorship with strict curfew laws, social control, and thorough hand washing, so you get a two for one experience, plus really clean hands:
- You have to stay at home as much as possible, and don’t show affection when you greet people with hugs, kisses or handshakes.
- Social gatherings, trips to pubs, museums, and cinemas, and attending church are all cancelled forever.
- Don’t travel anywhere if you can help it, and only communicate with people via the internet, so that the government and NSA can see what you’re up to.
Wearing a mask over your mouth does more to protect other people from you than it does to keep you safe from them. To be safe outside (henceforth known as “the dead zone”), you need to cover your eyes too (goggles or full face masks are best, but glasses are better than nothing) and your hands, especially if you have any cuts, grazes, etc.
For convenience, it’s good to have disinfectant in three forms: a spray, a hand gel, and as wet wipes. When you are in the dead zone, disinfect things around you like table tops with the spray, and if you aren’t wearing gloves, either use a disinfectant wipe to touch things like elevator buttons, doorknobs and hand-rails, or else use the hand gel immediately afterwards.
Coronavirus is not your average flu, authorities allege. It is significantly more infectious than flu, around 20 times more deadly (meaning that it kills twenty times more infected people than flu, not that you will be twenty times more dead), and about one in five infected people could need emergency hospital treatment to survive.
As usual, the Simpsons are on hand to predict the future and make you question your sanity:
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