The media has mentioned The Coronavirus over 2M times. Everywhere you look, COVID-19 is there. My IG followers have been getting an earful of what I think about the pandemic. Of course, this comes from my passion of wanting people to take care of themselves, but also because I want people to understand the clear facts among the pandemonium and not operate out of fear. It is my opinion that the media has sensationalized something very similar to the flu. Any flu or upper respiratory infection could potentially be fatal to someone who is already sick. The coronavirus has been around for many years, albeit a new strain/strand, I truly hate that the focus is more on deaths than the survival rate and that is truly placing fear into citizens. The huge surge in infections has revealed to us just how important simple hygiene practices are in everyday living. It has made some of us side eye y’all and wonder what the hell were y’all doing before this scare??? Hmph. I’m here because I believe in #FactsNotFear, and I want you to be well informed.
Every cough is NOT the coronavirus. Give allergy and sinus sufferers some grace. No need for the awkward looks and freaking out. This only makes matter worse. Do better people!!!!
- The coronavirus is not associated with sputum. If there is congestion, it’s likely NOT COVID-19.
- Drinking plenty of water is essential with any viral infection (or on a daily basis period). With coronavirus, you might have a sore throat because that’s where the virus starts after initial exposure. Drinking water will move the virus to the stomach where acid will kill it. Dehydration is not your friend here.
source : Washington Post
So here’s some of the most recent data, the latest developments, and why social distancing is now the talk of the town. Here’s a really good graphic (last updated 03/13/2020) to put things in perspective.
- COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets (cough & sneeze). It can float in the air for about 10 feet before dropping to the ground or on surfaces.
- The virus can last up to 12 hours on surfaces and fabric. It is important to wipe down high traffic surfaces often. Regular laundry detergent will kill it.
- The Coronavirus is rapidly spreading throughout the U.S., but improving in other areas of the world because of social distancing.
- There are still MORE RECOVERIES (50-60%) than deaths (3.5%) for the coronavirus.
- For healthy people, the infection is usually mild and completely recoverable (80%).
- Deaths have been in elderly patients (ages 60+) with multiple health issues, poor lung health, and those who are smokers.
- Those who have uncontrolled conditions such as hypertension or diabetes and those who are immunocompromised are more at risk to contract this or any other virus.
- The Coronavirus is not accompanied by runny nose, congestion, or sputum. If you have the symptoms, even with cough and fever, it is likely NOT the coronavirus.
- COVID-19 does not like heat.
- Hand hygiene & sanitizing spaces is the best way to prevent the spread of disease.
source : Washington Post
Every infected person has the potential to spread the virus to 1-3 people. For this reason, a POTENTIAL LOCKDOWN/CURFEW/QUARANTINE situation might be coming down the pipeline for a couple of reasons. First, the virus is spreading rather quickly and at this rate, effectively treating masses of people would be impossible and would lead to higher fatality rates. Secondly, not everyone can be on lockdown, but limiting large gatherings and citizen exposure has proven to significantly decrease the spread of the coronavirus as well as increase the recovery rate. Check out these awesome simulations about how viruses spread and how social distancing keeps more people healthy.
- Be sure to stock up on all of your family’s favorite food items just in case. Enough to last a couple of weeks. DO NOT HOARD!!! (Y’all’s cousins have been wilding out at the stores!)
- Stay off of social media and listen to reputable media sources. The FB doctors are going on hearsay and putting a lot of misinformation out there. Common sense is golden.
- If your company keeps you home, use the time to be productive (household projects/chores), spend time with kids/family, and be thankful for the opportunity to slow down. There is always a silver lining!
- Check on older loved ones. Be sure they have everything they need, including medications. It’s best for them to stay inside and only go out as needed.
I stand by my opinion that this virus isn’t “bad” or any worse than any flu-like virus. The statistics support that. But, I hope this information has helped you gain a better understanding. Remember, the health and safety of you and your loved ones is important. Be informed, prayerful, and most importantly, prepared.
♥️, Your Fave NP