Coronavirus - 2019

Coronavirus: Is it a hoax

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Of course, this horrific virus is not a hoax pointing its droplets directly at #Trump.  Nor is there any wayfinding of some sort to map people to Trump and his knees.  #RushLimbaugh reported to his followers that the “Coronavirus is simple, like the common cold, not some effort by the “Chinese Communist to bring down Trump.”

President and the White House staff have made similar statements to attempt to reduce the impact.  Trump appears to be s more concerned about the stock market tumble than he is about how American’s are faring.

Some of my readers may follow Rush Limbaugh.  The point of this story is not to be overtly political, although, in the end, it may end up looking that way. Setting politics aside, the Coronavirus disease is a very serious issue.

What is the Coronavirus disease

Coronavirus under the microscope

According to the CDC, Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

The CDC has posted a very clear post on their website that states they are still working on finding out how this virus spreads.  What that means is, although they have information on the virus and understanding of precautions to take, there is definitely more to learn. Plus, until there is a vaccine, it will continue to spread. 

Once a vaccine is made available like H1B1 (which was called the Bird Flu), there were still people resistant to getting the vaccine because “they don’t get around birds” or any other issues.  The COVID-19 virus is stronger and spread faster. Then there is also the families that worry about their children being vaccinated. How will those families weigh the “risk of getting ill vs safety of vaccine?.”

How does COVID-19 spread

Originally the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was passed from an animal to a person, then the person passed it to another person and another person and another person.  It sounds like some sick game show, but no one wins.  What is known at this time is the COVID-19 virus is spread by infected individuals through coughing and sneezing.  

Facts are important to know

  1. When a person sneezes or coughs (respiratory droplets), the range of the sputum carrying the virus can be up to 6 feet, according to the CDC
  2. The droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.  Stand back!
    1. There is no need for everyone to run and buy face masks.
    2. If you approach someone who is ill, do not shake their hand, and try to stand more than 6″ way.
    3. To be polite, you might say, “I have been a little under the weather lately, and I don’t want to pass any more of my misery on to you.” 
    4. If you come across someone who appears to be outside and ill, please ask them if they are getting proper medical care.
  3. Any Veterans can go to the Emergency Department at Lake Nona. 
  4. It doesn’t matter if they have previously registered or not.  The visit is a $50 flat fee.
    1. If for some reason, a Veteran cannot afford the 50 dollars, they can go to see a Social Worker and ask for assistance.
  5. The CDC says, “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.”
  6. I also read today that people can acquire COVID-19 from dogs. The advice was the same for humans regarding symptoms and best practices. Yup! Must wash those paws after Fido goes outside; and it is a no where licking all the neighborhood kids. Fido might as well be in quarantine..

COVID-19 Symptoms

  1. Your throat is infected, so, logically, the first symptom is a sore throat lasting three to four days.
  2. The virus blends with nasal fluid that enters the trachea and lungs, causing pneumonia, usually within five to six days.
  3. Once pneumonia occurs, high fever results along with difficulty in breathing.
  4. With COVID-19, infected people report they feel like they are drowning once their sinuses are full.  It’s imperative to seek immediate attention.

COVID-19 Prevention

There is nothing better than hand washing and, in this case, the meaning of handwashing, especially when you are at work.

Additional virus preventions

A friend who has a Masters in Public Health, working in China, has watched this awful virus unfold sent the following valuable prevention information.  Michael also gives some advice on when to worry and when to stay calm:

  1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold,
  2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose
  3. This new virus does not like heat. If it is exposed to temperatures of 79 – 81 it will shrivel and die. It hates the Sun.
  4. If someone sneezes with an active virus, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
  5. If it drops on a metal surface, it will live for at least 12 hours – so if you come into contact with any metal surface – wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap. Plus, have the metal surface sanitized.
  6. On fabric, the virus can survive for 6-12 hours.  Normal laundry detergent will kill it. No need to invest in bleach products.
  7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
  8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but – a lot can happen during that time.  You can rub your eyes or pick your nose unwittingly. A baby might suck their thumb.
  9. You should also gargle as prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.  Please do not try bleach, it will severely burn you or kill you.
  1. Be cautious, but do not be afraid.  Is that an oxymoron?
  2. Drink plenty of water.  I prefer Core or Coconut water because they have potassium and electrolytes.
    1. My Granddaughter made me a yummy drink tonight: fresh raspberries and sparkling coconut water. Very refreshing.
  3. Don’t change your lifestyle, but be more careful.  For instance, use wipes to open doorknobs.  And do not under any circumstance use a public phone or work phone before sanitizing it.
  4. If you are feeling unwell or uncertain, call your physician for advice.
  5. Don’t travel without checking on the CDC website to check out the latest travel map.

In conclusion:

An additional story is forthcoming on the COVID-19 Virus. If you have specific questions, please let me know, and I will research them for future related stories.

It is critical that every business, physicians office, hospital and church must have a plan for managing the affects of this virus. I am available to provide assistance with personal, business, and church disaster planning.

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