The thought of Covid-19 and how it can disrupt your life in an instant can eat you up emotionally, mentally, and physically. The coronavirus scare has been spreading like wildfire and disrupting routines and lives.
What started in Wuhan, China has now traversed to different parts of the globe. True enough, coronavirus knows no boundaries or limits.
The Novel Coronavirus
Coronavirus is often tagged as “novel” simply because it’s a new strain in the family of coronaviruses. This is closely linked to that of SARS and MERS but spreads more like the common flu.
Is it deadly? Well, it’s contagious but not nearly as deadly compared to SARS. Basically, what fuels the horror is that there is very little that people know about this novel strain. Lack of information and even misinformation can cause panic.
Facts on Covid-19 – What We Know So Far
What do we know so far about the coronavirus disease?
Medical experts know for a fact that this would usually spread in the form of droplets. Yes, it’s contagious like the common flu but far from the deadly wrath of SARS and MERS.
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Comparison of MERS, SARS, Common Flu, and Covid-19
To date, the death rate of those infected with Covid-19 in China is at 2% and is said to affect the seniors or elderly (people in their 70s) the most. This is in comparison to the death rate of MERS which is 34% and SARS at 10%. It appears that Covid-19 is mild and less deadly compared to other coronaviruses that affected the world in previous years.
Do you know that in the United States, even the common flu causes around 12,000 to 61,000 deaths yearly since 2010? Yes, this CDC report reveals that the common flu could be more dangerous than the coronavirus disease that is now setting the globe in a panic state. It’s in extremes at the moment. Countries are having travel bans and economies seem to experience glitches and slips in profit.
Smokers and also those who have underlying medical or respiratory problems are also most susceptible to getting the Covid-19. The elderly and young children are most prone too.
Awaiting Vaccine for Coronavirus Disease
For the common flu, a flu shot or vaccine can easily prevent its spread. However, there is no vaccine yet for coronavirus disease as it’s a new kid on the block in the coronaviruses family.
While there are vaccines currently in development it would still be a long process of undergoing further tests or examinations before it is approved and released in the public.
The best way to protect you and your family from the common flu is to get a flu shot. However, there are other ways to prevent flu or transmission. What works for the common flu also works for the coronavirus disease.
Frequent Washing of Hands
Ditch the surgical mask but never forget to wash your hands vigorously. If you are aware of the 20-second rule in washing your hands, well that actually works. In fact, medical experts recommend following that count each and every single time you wash your hands.
According to the CDC, regular handwashing with soap and clean water is very important to ward off sickness in the family. Good hygiene at home or in the workplace should be strictly followed to avoid spread of any viral illness such as that of Covid-19.
Do take note that any kind of virus is usually transmitted through air droplets. So, if you happen to have an infected person near you in a public place or even at home who sneezes or coughs then you can catch the virus that way.
The virus can also be on table surfaces or in elevator buttons and doorknobs. So, if you happen to touch these surfaces and then touch your nose, eyes, or mouth then you are at high risk of becoming infected.
If you happen to be the one infected with Covid-19 or any viral illness, then you should stay at home to prevent the spread of infection. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough with a tissue. Dispose of used tissue in the garbage or trash can immediately.
While a global hysteria is predictable especially because the Covid-19 threat is all over the news and even in social media, the best way to combat and prevent the spread of coronavirus is to prepare.
So, if you’re a habitual prepper then this would be a routine for you. It’s like preparing for a hurricane, you need to be prepared for the worst so you are ready for anything.
Buy extra food items and staples that you can store or preserve in the fridge but avoid the tendency to hoard. Make sure you have enough food and water supply to last for a couple of weeks.
Also, keep a steady supply of basic and prescription medications because this might run out of supply in cases of an outbreak. You also don’t want to risk going out for a grocery shopping in the midst of a Covid-19 outbreak. There are now opportunities to work from home so you should ask if your company has this option.
Using Masks May Not Be Enough
By intuition, a lot of people would feel protected or safer with a mask on. This is an effort to protect themselves from the Covid-19. Public health officials and even social media may be sending mixed messages regarding the usefulness or effectiveness of using surgical masks or any type of mask for viral protection.
- Surgical Masks – This is only recommended for those who are already sick as the mask can protect or prevent transmission to another person if in case you sneeze or cough. In effect, wearing a mask helps prevent the spread of the disease if the wearer is already infected. This is also recommended for those who are caring for an infected person at home. This does not completely seal your nose and mouth from taking in small airborne droplets which means wearing surgical masks does not protect you from getting the Covid-19.
- N95 Respirator – According to Time, CDC does not recommend the use of N95 respirators because this would require proper fitting and is only recommended for healthcare workers or medical practitioners.
Use Hand Sanitizers and Alcohol
If you are traveling or in the workplace and can’t use soap and clean water then you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or disinfectant alcohol. This is effective for ridding your hands of germs or viruses that can cause illnesses. Use hand sanitizers that have at least 60% to 95% alcohol content.
Check on Your Health Insurance Coverage
In the middle of an outbreak or even a family illness, you would feel safer with health insurance coverage. Always check on your current health insurance if it covers medical evacuation and international travel coverage especially with the Covid-19 scare.
However, it is always a must or a requirement to get health insurance coverage for you and your family’s protection in times of medical emergencies.
Seek Early Medical Treatment
With the Covid-19 threat, you should always be proactive with you or a family member getting sick. Seek medical care and treatment right away if you or anyone in the family has fever, fatigue, respiratory difficulty, cough, and colds that signal medical distress.
It is always recommended to call out in advance if there is an illness in the family especially on the brink of a local or community outbreak. Call your local health authority or go straight to your physician to help prevent the spread of infection.
Be Armed with the Facts
Stay informed by following the news and social media. Follow the latest developments with local public health authorities and your healthcare provider. There are tons of fake information or reports out there that have become magnified and have somewhat twisted the truth for the sake of creating hype.
Clearly, a lot of businesses may be trying to take advantage of the Covid-19 outbreak and the scare it’s creating worldwide. In fact, even Amazon has also been taking down listings of products that scream to be the cure or remedy for Covid-19.
A lot of e-commerce giants and the biggest brands are coming together and working for a good cause – to help provide factual information to their followers and getting rid of people who are using the platforms for fake shady propagandas or pure profit.
Not everything on social media is real so you have to follow and go to reputable and legitimate sites or channels like the World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) when it comes to information on Covid-19 or coronavirus disease.
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