New AntibioticsAren’t Effective Against New Coronavirus
On Thursday, experts reported that the virus that causes the common but life-threatening strain of coronavirus is more lethal than previously thought. Based on the first generation of sequencing and other research, they have found that the new strain is resistant to all available forms of treatment.
And while many of the newer treatments have great promise, there is a second, even more worrisome option – the use of ‘containment’ treatments like hand washing and face masks. That’s because the new strain has already developed some immunity to these very same treatments.
Precautions may be needed. The New England Journal of Medicine recently reported that the most effective treatment for the new strain is a therapy using a protein called interferon. Interferon is not yet licensed, so it’s too early to say if this type of therapy can cure or protect people with this deadly strain of coronavirus.
The researchers, who presented their findings at the World Health Organization’s annual meeting, however, did highlight the need for new safety measures when dealing with patients infected with this virus. They also concluded that it may be necessary to prohibit the use of hand wash agents like alcohol and chlorine when caring for people who are infected.
And don’t forget – the same virus that causes hand wash and face mask infections can lead to serious conditions such as pneumonia, kidney failure, and even death. So remember to protect yourself and your loved ones too.
Hand wash – chlorine and alcohol – just don’t mix. The new coronavirus strain doesn’t respond well to the disinfectants in soaps and creams. There’s no doubt that chlorinated swimming pools, tap water, and laundry rooms pose a real danger, but so does the all-too-common practice of dumping a load of laundry down the sink.
Ina study published by the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, researchers found that patients who had a hand wash with chlorine showed significantly higher levels of ammonia in their urine than patients who had used soap. Levels of ammonia were three times higher for those who didn’t use a hand wash than those who did. The same was true for those who bathed with chlorine-laced water.
So, if you’re in an area where there are a number of public facilities like schools, day care centers, and urgent care centers, the best thing to do is make sure that you can rely on rapid response teams to ensure that you and your family are protected from respiratory and other dangerous pathogens. The very best thing that you can do for yourself and your family is to make sure that you always use a ‘good’ hand wash and face mask whenever you are taking part in physical activity. Remember, chlorine and alcohol can work against you if you’re not careful.
To summarize: Don’t be a hand wash and face mask. Always be on the lookout for respiratory viruses like the coronavirus. Use chlorine-free water and detergent-free soap.
While that sounds pretty straight forward, it may take a little training and effort to get it right in many settings. Don’t forget that many health care facilities have no way of knowing what’s happening with their patrons – they’re just following good, common sense safety practices.
One final word of caution. Don’t rely solely on the hand wash and face mask recommendations from your health care facility.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of relying on other people to make your safety your priority, but be aware that it can also be the cause of your own problems. By practicing good common sense protection, the death toll caused by the coronavirus will continue to drop, and hopefully never rise again.