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Mon Aug 17, 2020, 06:55 AM

'Dr. Fauci Just Said How To Open Your Packages Safely'

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'Dr. Fauci Just Said How to Open Your Packages Safely.' By Alek Korab, 9 hrs ago. Health.

With the coronavirus still spreading across America—and the death toll topping 169,000 in the country—Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the Coronavirus Task Force, sat down for an online interview with The Washington Post's Geoff Edgers to talk about how we can get the virus under control. During the interview, he discussed a variety of factors that contribute to the spread of COVID-19, including three words every American should hear, but also revealed a little nugget that can come in handy to us all: how he handles deliveries when they arrive to his house.

How He Handles His Packages:
You do need to use care when ripping open a box or unpacking your food. "We know that the virus for a limited period of time can live on what are called fomites, which are inanimate objects," Dr. Fauci said in the interview.
"So what I do, for example, when something comes—the package, you know, I don't scrub it down. I just leave it on the side for a couple of days before I open it. And even that is probably overkill, because most of the things we're talking about, this is fundamentally a respiratory-borne virus. Even though there is the possibility, if not the reality, of some small part of it being transmitted by things that you can touch." His advice? "I think washing hands really so much obviates the need to be cleaning everything around you. [That's] the one thing you could do very easily."

The Virus Has Been Shown to Spread on Surfaces:
The CDC clarified that COVID-19 can be caught via surfaces, after an edit on its website in May implied otherwise. "The primary and most important mode of transmission for COVID-19 is through close contact from person-to-person," wrote the agency. "Based on data from lab studies on COVID-19 and what we know about similar respiratory diseases, it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this isn't thought to be the main way the virus spreads."

They went on to describe how the virus mainly spreads. "The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people….In general, the more closely a person interacts with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes," they added. "This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about how this virus spreads."...

- More, tips about staying safe-- social distancing, hand washing, wearing masks, etc, ...
https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/dr-fauci-just-said-how-to-open-your-packages-safely/ar-BB181m1b?ocid=msedgdhp

- Related: '98 Symptoms Coronavirus Patients Say They've Had,' Eat This, Not That!, Aug. 7, 2020.
"Long haulers" report a wide variety of painful side effects from COVID-19.
https://www.eatthis.com/covid-19-signs/?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=msn-feed






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Reply 'Dr. Fauci Just Said How To Open Your Packages Safely' (Original post)
appalachiablue Aug 2020 OP
SheltieLover Aug 2020 #1
appalachiablue Aug 2020 #3
SheltieLover Aug 2020 #7
appalachiablue Aug 2020 #11
SheltieLover Aug 2020 #13
appalachiablue Aug 2020 #16
SheltieLover Aug 2020 #17
appalachiablue Aug 2020 #22
SheltieLover Aug 2020 #23
appalachiablue Aug 2020 #36
SheltieLover Aug 2020 #9
lagomorph777 Aug 2020 #18
appalachiablue Aug 2020 #20
silverweb Aug 2020 #31
appalachiablue Aug 2020 #32
silverweb Aug 2020 #33
appalachiablue Aug 2020 #34
silverweb Aug 2020 #35
secondwind Aug 2020 #4
SheltieLover Aug 2020 #8
samnsara Aug 2020 #2
appalachiablue Aug 2020 #6
SheltieLover Aug 2020 #10
LisaL Aug 2020 #26
Iliyah Aug 2020 #5
appalachiablue Aug 2020 #15
AkFemDem Aug 2020 #12
SheltieLover Aug 2020 #14
lagomorph777 Aug 2020 #19
SheltieLover Aug 2020 #21
BigmanPigman Aug 2020 #24
SheltieLover Aug 2020 #25
BigmanPigman Aug 2020 #29
LisaL Aug 2020 #27
BigmanPigman Aug 2020 #30
LisaL Aug 2020 #37
BigmanPigman Aug 2020 #39
LisaL Aug 2020 #28
StevieM Aug 2020 #38

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 06:57 AM

1. K&R!

I let packages & mail sit, too, for days!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 07:01 AM

3. Same here, but if I need to open sooner I spray things

heavily with isopropyl alcohol.

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 07:05 AM

7. Great idea to spray!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 07:26 AM

11. I got this from a poster here a while ago who said

he keeps a spray bottle of rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol in his truck and blasts anything needed, voila!

It dries quickly too, and doesn't stain-- counters, kitchen areas, boxes, plastic stuff, wallets, keys, jewelry, etc. Hard surfaces mostly--there's very little info. about disinfecting textiles, clothes, etc. when I searched other than standard washing.

I even spray carpet areas if needed. I resorted to the alcohol spraying after quickly going through 3 large tubs of Clorox wipes-- forget that! Then no availability of Lysol spray or Clorox, at least in my area and on Amazon. But now Amazon does sell the large alcohol containers, basic spray bottles and hand sanitizer. Covid, begone!

I can't afford to get sick (fingers crossed), who can...

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #11)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 07:30 AM

13. Wonderful idea to keep spray bottle in car!!!

Ty for sharing! I will do same!

Glad to know alcohol is finally available! I just wash hands really thoroughly. Initially, I went through a tub of clorix wipes, too, but now can't get them.

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #13)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 07:56 AM

16. One caution: never spray your computer, ever and maybe

cellphone, other electronics. Only use a special clean CLOTH to gently wipe electronics with a safe cleanser, and probably a good idea for most car vinyl and interiors, although they're not quite as fussy I think.

One night I ruined a laptop computer by spraying it too heavily with Lysol. Not even that much, but the keys became stuck and I totally ruined it. Too much moisture or not the right kind, plus no soft cloth. Stupid move, but I learned, the hard way. Ha!

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #16)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 07:58 AM

17. Ty!

I won't. Lol

Sorry about your computer!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #17)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 09:20 AM

22. It happens, I was careless but learned as said! Great article:

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I should have used alcohol with a soft cloth for the laptop but didn't know at the time:
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Excerpt: - How to Disinfect Your Computer -

Laptop displays aren’t always made of glass (matte displays are plastic) so avoid using a disinfecting wipe on the screen, just in case.

>The display should be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol (70 percent) solution and a soft towel. Make sure you wipe down the keyboard, the trackpad, the exterior, and where your wrists rest on the laptop.

Most desktop computers are already in sore need for a cleaning. The best way to do that is with a disinfecting wipe or isopropyl alcohol solution and a soft towel. Again, avoid disinfecting wipes on the monitor, just in case—stick to isopropyl alcohol there. But otherwise, just make sure you wipe down the mouse (top, sides, and bottom), the keys on your keyboard, the exterior of the keyboard, and any mousepad you might have.

- Don't Forget Accessories
For any other electronic device, if the exterior is largely plastic (gaming mice, gamepads, TV remotes) it’s safe to give them a once-over with a disinfecting wipe or isopropyl alcohol solution...

*Full Article, "How to Clean and Disinfect Yourself, Your Home, and Your Stuff," Wired, June 16, 2020
https://www.wired.com/story/coronavirus-disinfectant-cleaning-guide/

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #22)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 09:55 AM

23. Ty again!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #23)

Tue Aug 18, 2020, 06:48 PM

36. For sure, Sheltie!

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 07:09 AM

9. Great idea to spray!

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 08:04 AM

18. That's exactly what I do. Perishables get opened and sprayed with isopropyl.

Other items are quarantined for a couple of days.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #18)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 08:10 AM

20. Yup, the isopropyl alcohol spray works great..




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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 18, 2020, 12:51 PM

31. That's what I do.

If anyone thinks I'm waiting a couple of days to open a package -- no way, when there's isopropyl alcohol spray available!

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Response to silverweb (Reply #31)

Tue Aug 18, 2020, 01:07 PM

32. Hey, I'm the new isopropyl alcohol spray queen! Seriously.

No wipes, hunt for Lysol or Clorox, just Zapppp

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #32)

Tue Aug 18, 2020, 01:40 PM

33. Your Majesty...

I would never attempt to displace you!



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Response to silverweb (Reply #33)

Tue Aug 18, 2020, 02:49 PM

34. Ha! I feel like I could do one of those classic

TV ads from the 1950s, 1960s I saw as a kid. Promoting my 'favorite household cleanser' complete with shirtwaist dress, pearls and pumps. Just kidding!

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #34)

Tue Aug 18, 2020, 06:43 PM

35. Somehow I don't see it ...

... and know you have to be joking!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 07:01 AM

4. We do also. No rush!

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Response to secondwind (Reply #4)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 07:05 AM

8. Good idea!

👍

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 07:01 AM

2. i never wait to open my packages :(

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Response to samnsara (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 07:03 AM

6. I'm a bit more cautious, not so brave on this, yet. Lol

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #6)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 07:10 AM

10. I'm not brave on this either!

I have cloth masks from Amazon that have been sitting unopened for about 2 months.

Afraid to touch them. 😰

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #10)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 07:28 PM

26. Any virus on them is dead after 2 months.

So this is really excessive.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 07:02 AM

5. Thank you Dr. Fauci! . . .

You I trust.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #5)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 07:36 AM

15. He the best, just think of all he's been through

and dealing with the present administration and co., Jesus!

And he's 79 and in great shape, mentally and physically.

Fauci I remember very well when he was at NIH, I worked in health nearby and had referrals from NEI/NIH.

My little brother in NY was also ill then with Aids and d. 1992.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 07:28 AM

12. I get packages every day-

Just wash your hands people. I saw someone say they won’t open masks they received 2 months ago- come on, this is unnecessary anxiety. Open up and then Suds up those hands, all will be fine.

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Response to AkFemDem (Reply #12)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 07:31 AM

14. That was me.

What about potential airborne particles?

I'm still using my supply of N95s so no hurry to unpackage them. 👍

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #14)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 08:05 AM

19. I've never heard any evidence that the virus can remain viable for more than a few days.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #19)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 08:11 AM

21. Me either.

No hurry for masks. 👍

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #14)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 04:53 PM

24. Me too.

Last time I went out was to pick up meds at Fed Ex. I dropped the package on the floor and haven't touched it since. I also wore my real N95 and gloves and I washed my hands when I got home. Now I am on day 5 of fever, fatigue and body aches, etc. Finally getting tested tomorrow. I am FREEZING!

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #24)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 05:49 PM

25. {{{{{BP}}}}}

So sorry to hear you are not feeling well! 😰

Did you wear glasses or goggles?

Shower & change clothes when you got home?

Taking vit C, D & melatonin?

I hate this tRump virus!

I've bn sending healing vibes since hearing you were not feeling well. 💗💗💗

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #25)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 10:16 PM

29. I didn't wear my goggles that day but wore my glasses

so I don't have to touch my contacts. I will wear them tomorrow in my sister's back seat since she said she'd take me to the testing site. I think my niece should takes me since she just flew on a plane AGAIN (and she has a 160 IQ, no dummy, and apparently has a death wish since she started dating a GOP/ass (I am assuming all GOP supporters are asses since it saves time).

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #24)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 07:29 PM

27. Wow.

Was it particularly crowded? Was anybody coughing? How soon did your symptoms start after your fedex visit?

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Response to LisaL (Reply #27)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 10:18 PM

30. Only one person was in there and I stood in the doorway until he left.

My fever started 9 days later. Damn it!

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #30)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 07:17 PM

37. How did the test go?

Were you able to get tested?

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Response to LisaL (Reply #37)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 02:16 AM

39. Yes, finally!

My state has a 211 hotline and they were very, very helpful. My sister said she would risk it and took me in her car. I really hated her doing that a lot!!!!! I wore my N95 that has tRump's name with a red slash through it and the test people liked it.

I had to watch a video at home to see what I was going to have to do. There was a drive up tent in a parking lot of SDSU. It was quick and organized. You roll the window down, take the swab, stick it as far up as you can for 15 seconds and then do the other nostril and stick it back in the tube. It almost felt good. The swab was really thin and tiny and I didn't have to go way, way up like I have been seeing for 5 months on TV (like up to your brain). I get the results back in 3-5 days.

I wish they had do it yourself kits with 24 hour test results (like we would have tons of by now with any other POTUS in charge) but tRump has chosen to kill us instead.

I still have a slight fever, etc but won't call my reg. doctor since he is an idiot. If I still have a fever and it isn't Covid I will call him (no choice) again but he is a waste of my time and energy at this point.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Aug 17, 2020, 07:31 PM

28. I let the packages sit for several days like he says.

If I want something in the package right away, I use gloves, open the package up, and spray the items with lysol.

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Response to LisaL (Reply #28)

Wed Aug 19, 2020, 09:57 PM

38. Same here. (eom)

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