People all over the world are concerned about the coronavirus. So far in the United States the Coronavirus has killed over 25 people. Currently we have almost 700 reported cases.
I just heard tonight that the mayor of New York is creating a “Containment Area” around a community in New Rochelle, NY in an attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus in an area that quickly became the state’s largest source of COVID-19 infections.
I heard on the news the other day that the sale of Corona beer has declined ever since the outbreak of the Coronavirus. In addition, CNN conducted a survey that showed 38% of Americans wouldn’t buy Corona beer “under any circumstances” because of the coronavirus.
There is a lot of confusion and many misconceptions regarding the coronavirus. It is up to all of us to know the facts in order to be as safe as possible. As the coronavirus spreads, many questions buy only a few answers.
How do you get the Coronavirus? Is it contagious?
The Coronaviris (COVID-19) is a new disease and the CDC is still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects. 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 is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.
How do you know if you have the Coronavirus or if you just have the flu? Illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for conﬁrmed coronavirus disease cases.
The following Coronavirus symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
Treatment of Coronavirus – Coronavirus cure?
So far there is no vaccine or medicine that would lead to a Coronavirus cure. Although many people have died from the Coronavirus symptoms, most of them were already in poor health or were adults over the age of 60.
Since there are no targeted therapeutics or vaccines for the new virus, doctors and nurses are left to administer drugs and oxygen to keep patients alive long enough for their bodies to fight the infection and repair lungs ravaged by pneumonia.
Ways to avoid Coronavirus
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially afer you have been in a public place, or afer blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash immediately.
- If you get sick, you should wear a face mask when you are around other people. If you are not able to wear a face mask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a face mask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a face mask).
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.
Don’t take this threat lightly.
We have had similar scares over the years with Mad Cow Disease, Ebola, SARS, and Avian Flu. I know that there were a lot of people who didn’t take those threats seriously and there is a good chance that they are not taking the Coronavirus seriously either. This could be a deadly mistake.
There are hundreds of new people each day who claim to have coronavirus symptoms but so far the CDC is very quiet about when they will be able to produce a coronavirus cure. This is not surprising considering they dont even have a definitive answer on how it spreads.