On March 11th, 2020, the Corona Virus (COVID-19) has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). We’re aware of how the virus hit China last month, there’s a need for you to protect yourself due to the increasing cases of infected people around the world, also be knowledgeable on identifying the symptoms too.
Stay Calm, Don’t Panic
It is very important to stay calm and don’t panic. While the daily increase in the number of cases and people getting scared of the pandemic. You don’t have to be panic because it might affect your ability to think rationally that is why knowledge and awareness is the best form to curtail panic.
What can you do to be prepared? What are the things need to be done to be prepared at these challenging times?
- Firstly, you might face prolonged periods of quarantine. This has happened in China, Italy, the United States many more, it might happen to you. In the case of quarantine, you have to be indoors (meaning you have to stay inside your home).
- According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there are some things you can do to be prepared:
1. create an emergency contact list, this should include contacts of your neighbors, friends, family, your family doctors, local health care contact numbers, and government emergency hot-line.
2. If you’re a worker by now you must have been brief of emergency operations plan, if not, then find out plan covers as to sick leave, work from home if possible and be informed of your employer plans to deal with this current outbreak.
3. Most importantly, stay informed about the current news about COVID-19 from credible sources and stay away from any form of gossip and social media fake news because this can propagate anxiety and panic.
Let’s discuss what you need to do to prevent getting the virus in the first place.
“According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), clean your hands often for at least 20 seconds each wash.” Definitely wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a gathering place.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Soap and water are better than hand sanitizer if they are available, so avoid stockpile hand sanitizer.
Clean your home regularly.
“The CDC precaution measures continue, saying whenever possible avoid touching surfaces in public areas” that are touched by many, such as doorknobs, handrails, and elevator buttons. Handshakes need to be postponed for now “especially for men”. You can use your sleeve or a tissue when you touch these. Always wash your hands right after contact.
Stay away from anyone you know who has cold or flu symptoms. The World Health Organization recommends at least a 3-foot (1 meter) distance away from someone who is coughing or sneezing.
“According to the World Health Organization (WHO), you should follow safe respiratory hygiene.” When sneezing or coughing, make sure to cover nose and mouth with either a bent elbow or tissue. Dispose of all tissues right after use in the toilet or waste bin. Based on the facts that droplets spread the virus by way of spores.
Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) advise that if you are sick, stay home. Even when you don’t know if it is Corona Virus or just a cold, it is better to stay home until you feel well again.”
“According to a medical professional who spoke with CNN on March 10, 2020, a 6-foot distance between people is a safe bet.”
“Dr. William Schaffner, an internist and infectious disease specialist from Vanderbilt University told CNN on March 9, that the elderly and those with existing compromised health are best served by staying away from crowds,” so, for now, postpone going to parties, concerts, clubs and other places where large crowds gather in small spaces.
As of March 11, 2020, the authorities recommend not gathering in large crowds of 500 or more for everyone, hence the cancellation of sporting events around the world, the closing of Disneyland and the cancellation of various conventions and events across countries in the world. The respiratory infection spreads faster in poorly ventilated areas and closed in settings.
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Who Is At Highest Risk?
Older adults (Over 60) and those who have existing medical conditions including, lung disease, heart disease, and diabetes will suffer the most and have the highest mortality rate if infected, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
“The director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Dr. Nancy Messonnier says”, the highest risk of COVID-19 is for those over age 80 who have other medical conditions.
If you or someone you know fits into a high-risk category, stock up on groceries at home and any required medications, leave space between you and others, avoid gathering and travel, clean your hands and your house often, and stay home as much as possible.
The CDC lists the following symptoms to look for, which are much like a cold:
- Shortness of Breath
If you have the normal symptoms, call your health care provider for an evaluation.
Emergency warning signs:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish face or lips
If you experience the emergency warning signs, seek medical assistance immediately or call the government emergency health agency hot-line.
Obviously, if you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 you should see your doctor or seek emergency services immediately to get tested and do not come into contact with others to prevent spread.
More Information and Resources
- General hygiene and cleanliness along with correspondence with your health care provider will go a long way.
- Wash your hands for twenty seconds often, especially after touching things many others have touched.
- Clean your house regularly, especially high use surfaces.
For more information on COVID-19, consult the CDC at
World Health Organization –
It is our civic responsibility to educate those who are ignorant and those especially in the rural areas who are not aware of the pandemic situation in the world. #COVID-19 is real #StaySafe.