About the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
The current Corona virus pandemic has led to an alarming situation all across the world as it accelerates. The pandemic is a severe respiratory illness caused by a new novel virus, which belongs to the large family of Coronaviruses. It first started in Wuhan, China, where nearly 80,000 people were affected, out of which 3,000 people died. It has recently been identified in other parts of the world, including the US, with a staggering growth rate.
COVID-19 has affected 182 countries and territories, with a total of 182,726 reported confirmed cases and nearly 7,000 deaths. In the US alone, 4,727 Coronavirus cases have been reported, with 93 death cases.
Who is at a higher risk?
Information from China, where the outbreak first began, suggests that some people are at a higher risk of falling extremely sick from COVID-19. They include:
- Older people
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, respiratory illness, diabetes
The symptoms of coronavirus usually appear after 2-14 days of exposure, and they range from mild to severe depending on an individual’s immune response. They include:
- Shortness of breath
- Running nose
How does corona virus spread?
The virus is believed to spread from person-to-person. First, through respiratory droplets released in the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Second, between people when they come in close contact with each other (within 6 feet).
How to protect yourself
There is currently no vaccine available to prevent COVID-19. The safest course of action is to avoid getting exposed to the virus, which can be done is these ways:
- Keep distance from people, especially those who show symptoms of COVID-19
- Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds using soap and water, especially when you have been in a crowded place or after you sneeze or cough
- If you don’t have access to soap and water, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your face, mouth, and eyes, especially with unwashed hands
What if you think you are sick?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, take these steps to control the spread of the virus:
- Seek medical attention
- Stay at home except to get medical help. People with mild symptoms are able to recover home
- Avoid public transportation and crowded places
- Limit contact with others, including pets and animals
- Wear a facemask
- Cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- Clean your hands with soap and water.
Emergency warning signs
Seek medical help immediately if you develop these emergency warning signs:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Persistent chest pain
- Bluish lips or face
- New confusion or inability to arouse
Seniors and people with severe chronic medical conditions should take special care to prevent COVID-19 as they are at a higher risk of getting the virus. For more info, contact us or your nearest medical care provider.