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Corona virus…aieee!

February 3, 2020

I am a registered nurse. I know I am because after I

  1. paid the state some money, and
  2. took the test for licensure

the state sent me a license and a nice form letter informing I had passed and was thereby a RN. I have focused for the most part on two areas, psychiatric nursing and perioperative nursing. OR nurses are really big on avoiding infection, both for their patients and for themselves. With that in mind, I shall now share with you the super secret, normally-shared-only-with-a-select-few things you can do to best increase your odds of not “catching” the dread corona virus.

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Be where it ain’t. This means that if your dear Aunt Marge is having her 70th birthday celebration, but Uncle Herbert has been diagnosed with corona virus, I recommend you not go.
  3. Wash your hands
  4. If you are around people who are infected, or who you think might be infected, buy some nitrile gloves and N95 masks. Where them when around those folks.
  5. Wash your hands and don’t touch your face. If you’re one of those people who goes, uh, “digging for gold” in the recesses of your nose, stop. It’s a nasty habit, anyway, and now you have a reason to not do that anymore.
  6. Wash your hands.
  7. Wash your hands.
  8. Wash your hands.
  9. Wash your hands.
  10. Wash your hands.

That’s it. Anyone care to guess what the single most effective thing is that you can do to reduce the risk of infection?

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