“It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness”Dr. Nancy Messonnier
Forming in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, the Coronavirus has sparked panic on a world wide scale. Panic is being sparked across the nation, but should we truly be scared? According to the CDC, the risk for American citizens is low, but what do we do if that changes?
What Is The Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a vast family of viruses that usually only affect cattle. They have been around for ages. First reports were said to be due to animal-to- human contraction. Later cases are reported to be human-to-human transfer.
Though not thoroughly understood, the virus stands as a high danger risk. At the moment there is no cure. United States Congress is putting forward funding towards vaccination at this time. The question we all have though is will it be too late?
As we stand, the virus is a “public health emergency of international concern“. We all need to be prepared for the spread of this virus. As of right now in the United States, there is no communicable spread of the virus.
What Are The Symptoms Of The Coronavirus?
According to the CDC, “Reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, including illness resulting in death.”
What should you be looking for? Symptoms for the Coronavirus are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should seek medical attention immediately. Use your better judgement and don’t put others at risk.
It is quite nerve racking in respect to how basic these symptoms are. It takes 2-14 days for symptoms to arise.
Who Should You Call If You Start To Show Signs Of Coronavirus?
Call your doctor immediately if you have symptoms of the coronavirus. Make sure to discuss any international travel or contact with people who have. If you are in close contact with anyone who has traveled internationally, call immediately.
Your doctor will work with the CDC to see if you need to be tested for COVID-19. Preparation is the only way to stay safe in this situation. Be aware and stay alert.
How To Become Prepared For COVID-19
For the time being, there is no cure or prevention of this virus. The only way to stay safe is to stay away from it. Wash your hands, avoid contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you get sick. Institutions are a high risk for the spread of Coronavirus.
Limit your time in highly concentrated places. The risk of infection is much higher where there is more people. Large cities like Chicago, New York, Detroit, and many more are a big risk. If you have the ability, stay away from large cities.
Don’t wear a facemask. According to the CDC, you should only wear a facemask if you show symptoms of the virus. It is not effective in prevention of respiratory diseases for people who are not sick. Though this being said, it is utterly impecable to wear a facemask in all clinical settings.
Follow guidelines for travel. That being said, if you have no reason to go international, stay home. Some people have necessary reasons to travel abroad, but if you don’t, why put yourself at risk?
Stay Updated On The Spread Of The Coronavirus
Developments on this virus are being made every day. Stay updated on risk levels in your area.
For more information on the Coronavirus, keep updated with the CDC.