The Coronavirus - Everything You Need to Know

The Coronavirus - Everything You Need to Know

You may be feeling overwhelmed with the amount of information going around about the new Coronavirus. And while the news has been covering this story extensively, it can be difficult to crack through the noise and get to the most important facts.

With all the misinformation and click-bait articles out there discussing the Coronavirus, it's helpful to break down exactly what you need to know about the situation. Here are a few of the most up-to-date facts that you need to know about the Coronavirus:

1. What is the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)?

COVID-19 reports first emerged in December 2019 in Wuhan, China as a new strand of an existing virus. Worldwide, more than 90,000 people have been diagnosed with the Coronavirus, resulting in at least 3,000 deaths.

In the U.S, at least 105 confirmed cases have been reported, with 7 fatalities occurring. While this is certainly scary, the Center for Disease Control has reported the fatality rate for COVID-19 at around 2.3%. People with the most vulnerable immune systems are at the highest risk for infection. However, medical professionals across the world are constantly improving treatment for the virus.

2. How does the Coronavirus spread and what are the symptoms?

According to the CDC, the virus is able to spread from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people and be inhaled into the lungs. The CDC also notes that it may be possible for a person to get the virus by touching an infected surface and then touching their nose and mouth.

Symptoms can vary from mild to severe illness and death. Symptoms may appear 2 - 14 days after exposure and are similar to those of the flu: fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.

3. What are some preventative actions that you can take?

It is important to know that there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. But this does not mean you are at risk. The best way to prevent the illness is to avoid exposure by:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Staying home and resting when you are sick
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing / sneezing

The CDC does not recommend that people wear protective face-masks unless specifically instructed to do so. These masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to prevent spreading.

4. What should you do if you are feeling sick?

The CDC notes that those who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness and separate themselves from others. More information can be found in the CDC website.

The vast majority of cases do not require any hospitalization, and can simply be defeated with traditional get-well strategies. And if you're worried about your furry friends while resting at home, never fear! There is no evidence that pets can be infected with the Coronavirus.

(P.S. There is also no connection between the virus and Corona beers, Chinese food, or goods manufactured in China).

5. How concerned should you be about the virus?

While it is important to acknowledge the effects of the Coronavirus on people across the world, it is also important to avoid panicking. Major organizations such as the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization have made the Coronavirus their top priority. If you start to feel symptoms, consider visiting your regular medical professional to seek advice specific to you.

With this information, we hope that you can make the best judgment for yourself and family. A final recommendation from the CDC is to avoid any stigmas from developing due to the Coronavirus. Remaining a strong community requires us all to work together and make healthy choices.

“Health happens in neighborhoods.” — Dr. David Erickson