The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus a pandemic, and the number of cases continues to rise thru out the world. New developments and warnings are being issued every single day. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that causes illness ranging from the common cold to more severe disease such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. A novel coronavirus is new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome was transmitted from civet cats to humans and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, and cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
As coronavirus concerns spur restricted travel and quarantine, questions are popping up about what it even means to be quarantined. Is everyone in quarantine infected? How does it work if you have roommates? Are you going to need the supplies you are tossing into your shopping cart? When someone is quarantined, that doesn’t mean they are infected with the coronavirus, quarantines are meant to restrict the movement of people who may have been exposed to the contagious disease but haven’t tested positive.
To prevent virus from spreading, keep your distance from other people, prohibit unnecessary visitors, and wash your hands frequently. Do a daily wipe-down of “high-touch” surfaces, such as doorknobs, tabletops, toilets and phones.
Here are some ways on how you can protect and prepare yourself for coronavirus:
If you feel sick, stay at home
Wash your hands with soap, then wash them again
Stay informed, keep yourself updated and look for news on reputable sources
With children, keep calm, carry on and get the flu shot
Don’t stockpile masks
Do stock up groceries, medicine and resources