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We can work through this by developing a system of effective communication, adapting to a new era of social caution. It helps to have the facts at your fingertips, and to stay up to date with the latest news.



Covid 19 is a serious international pandemic that is testing the ability of every country in the world to continue to function with social distancing and other measures such as masks and hand gels.


Production lines have been affected, but food is getting through to the supermarkets. Some goods such as timber are in short supply. Ultimately, in a total lock down situation, imported goods will dry up. But that is unlikely to happen. Preparations for this scenario have been poor.


Working from home, if you can, is an ideal way of staying safer, using emails, video conferencing or phones to communicate.


We are lucky to be in the digital age. But agricultural workers are the lifeblood of communities.




As with any disease a healthy lifestyle and diet can improve immunity. Eat fruit or drink smoothies. Eat high protein foods, such as nuts and fish. Use good whole meal and mixed grain breads. Mixed cereals with yogurt, honey or maple syrup is better than fattening desserts.


Nobody knows if vegetarians or vegans fare better than meat eaters.


Get plenty of sleep and take vitamins occasionally. Take regular exercise, such as walks in the country if you are lucky enough to live there. Otherwise, exercise at home.


Stay off alcohol. Drink teas or coffee instead. Now is a good time to stop smoking. 


Drive an electric car. Diesel and petrol fumes aggravate breathing problems.



Personal hygiene is important as a first line of defence. Keep work surfaces clean.


Recommended measures to prevent infection include frequent hand washing, maintaining physical distance from others, quarantine (especially for those with symptoms), covering coughs, and keeping unwashed hands away from the face.


This is especially important when you have to go out for food, or to other important appointments. After unloading goods, wash your hands. While shopping (for example) do not touch your face or rub your eyes. You will want to.


The virus can only survive in air and on surfaces for so long, but that is how you will catch it - so think about not sharing mobile phones or computers.




Most people without complications survive. It would pay to stock up on cough syrups, throat lozenges and honey. Be prepared. It is better to have medicines and not need them, than to need them and not have them. So, stock up on paracetamol and ibuprofen.


John Storm would have proposed airport and dockside disinfection procedures. It is high time we had personal medical monitoring linked to a national database, linked to an international database. In a digital age where we exploring Mars with autonomous robots, this should have been a medical priority.




These are only common sense suggestions. If in doubt, see your doctor.




Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).


It was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei, China, and has resulted in an ongoing pandemic.


The first confirmed case has been traced back to 17 November 2019 in Hubei.


As of 31 July 2020, more than 17.3 million cases have been reported across 188 countries and territories, resulting in more than 673,000 deaths. Fortunately, more than 10.1 million people have recovered, with others recovering.





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