Let us discuss the coronavirus that you may have heard about in the news lately. You will learn about what you should know about this and what you should do. You may have heard about the novel coronavirus on multiple media outlets and then you may have also heard from multiple specialists with urologist disease control and prevention specialists.
A lot of what they are telling you is worrisome, but they are not really giving you all the practical tips that you need and that you can use to protect yourself and your family.
This blog will attempt to give you all the information you need to know and then all the steps that you need to prepare yourself and your family so that you all can be protected from this infection whether it becomes more virulent and more worrisome or whether it peers out and dies.
This coronavirus that you have been hearing about in the news is a virus, it is an enveloped virus that will be important later. It is a very large RNA virus. There are numerous coronaviruses that we know about and have been cataloged, but this one is special.
Most coronaviruses exist in animals and there have been multiple coronaviruses that have been documented that spread from animals to humans. But most coronaviruses in the catalog, there is very little of any spread from human to human.
That is what makes this virus different. It started in China in 2019 and in early 2020 it has been confirmed that this virus does spread from human to human. Another thing you need to know about coronaviruses, in general, is that they can mutate very quickly.
This can make them much more virulent which is the fear and the worry. It can also make them less virulent as well, but only time will tell what is going to happen with this novel coronavirus. The symptoms of coronaviruses in humans are typically:
- A cold and upper respiratory infection
- A flu-like illness of bronchitis
And these symptoms are typically not worrisome or dangerous at all except to the very young, to the very old and to the very sick. It is still too early to tell just how virulent. This strain of coronavirus is, and that is why with this blog you can be prepared for the worst as you hope for the best.
Now here are some key points about coronavirus that you need to be acutely aware of. This does not apply to every virus but it does apply to many viruses.
Be Aware Of The Following
- So first and foremost, the coronavirus can infect a person and that person may have absolutely no symptoms and no fever for two to five days. They are contagious during this period and can infect other people but they have no symptoms and they have no fever. When this coronavirus is spread by coughing or sneezing the tiny droplets of saliva or mucus can actually transmit this virus upto five to seven feet away, so you do not have to be right up against someone, giving them a hug or a kiss to catch this virus from them.
- This coronavirus is contained in an envelope that protects it from the environment. And so if someone coughs or sneezes or touches their eye, nose, and mouth and then touches a surface like a countertop or a doorknob or a seat back, the virus can stay there dormant, but yet alive for upto five days. This is another thing that makes this particular type of virus very dangerous and very hard to control the spread.
- Another key fact about this type of virus is that you see people in Asia wearing masks and that is probably good and it probably does control the spread and protect them a little from infection, but this virus can infect any of your mucus membranes.
So that includes your eyes, your nose, your mouth, your genital region, and your anal region. Any of these are susceptible to the coronavirus. It appears that the most dangerous place you can be in an outbreak like this, whether it becomes a pandemic or not, is a closed environment with a closed atmosphere.
So a bus, a train, an airplane, a large meeting of people, whether that is a public meeting or whether that is a church, clinics, and hospitals. All these places where there are lots of people in very close proximity, with a closed atmosphere.
So you are not outside in a pasture or walking on the street, these environments tend to magnify the danger of a virus like this. Currently, there is no test for this coronavirus, there is no vaccine to prevent it and there is no medication to treat it.
If you do develop this virus and go into a clinic or hospital, all the healthcare provider can do is give you supportive care and you will know about it later as said earlier, you can be infected and you can be contagious with this coronavirus for upto 5 days and have no symptoms and no fever whatsoever.
So currently in airports, they are screening people with thermography which basically is checking to see if they have a fever but, you do not have to necessarily have a fever with this virus to be contagious.
For healthy teenagers and people upto 50-60 years of age, this virus is likely to give you symptoms of a severe cold, a severe respiratory infection, even a severe influenza type infection.
But the danger is in the very young, the very old, the very sick or people with conditions that suppress or derange their immune system, this can lead to much more serious infections and even death.
Both middle east respiratory syndrome and severe acute respiratory syndrome SARS and MERS which you may have heard about in the news a few years back, they are both coronaviruses.
Now we do not know the virulence of this current novel coronavirus strain, but those strains were not very active enough to spread from human to human and they were severe enough to kill people, but they were not virulent enough to become a pandemic that the entire world should be worried about.
You do not need to worry or panic about this virus, but you should be concerned, vigilant and be prepared. Here is a scenario of how you could get infected even though you feel like you are doing a lot of things right.
So let us say you are in a public place, like the store or you went to work and you come in contact with a person who was infected two days ago. They still have no symptoms, they have no fever, they still feel fine.
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They sneeze in your presence because of dust or pollen in the air, not from the coronavirus infection and you are standing five feet away from them. You have just become infected because some of the viral particles landed in your eye.
Maybe you were even wearing a mask and though you were protected you were not wearing wraparound protective glasses and therefore it got into your eye, you are now infected with the coronavirus.
Some of the saliva droplets landed on a door handle and two days later someone else touches that door handle to get into the restroom and then they touch their eye, nose or mouth, they are now infected with this coronavirus even though they have not been within a hundred yards of the infected person.
They simply touched the surface that had the coronavirus on it and as mentioned earlier, it can live on surfaces like that for up to five days. Now you are infected with this novel coronavirus. You get on a bus to head home, even though you feel great.
You have no fever and yet you infect multiple people on that bus ride home because you coughed a little bit while you choked on something to drink. The saliva droplets are spreading all over this closed environment and people who are not even seen near you can be infected.
So the next load of people who get on the bus will touch the seat where you were sitting and they will also get infected even though they have never even met you. Now you finally arrive home, you take off your mask and you are still feeling fine.
No fever, no symptoms and you proceed to infect your entire family even though you did not know you have this virus yet. Now that scenario sounds scary but you should be prepared in case these things become serious.
Now let us talk about what you should do to prepare yourself and prepare your family in case this does become a problem.
1. Stay Home!
First and foremost is to stay home. Stay away from crowded areas, stay away from people in general. When you stay around your immediate family this is the ultimate protection.
Mainstream media is not talking about it. If it gets worse, you need to stay home.
2. Deny/Discourage Visitors
While you are at home, you need to discourage and deny visitors. As long as you keep your door closed, and there is no possible way that the virus particles riding on saliva or mucus and microparticles can get to your family, you guys are safe.
So you can sit home and you can order a door-dash, order stuff off amazon and not be compromised as long as you are using the universal precautions of wearing gloves, masks, and wrap-around eye goggles anytime you go outside your home.
Now let us say you have to go to work, your profession is something that is vital to the proper function of society or you just have no choice and you have to be around people, what should you do?
3. Wear A Mask
You should absolutely wear a mask, but not just any mask will do. You will need an n95 or a k2 quality mask as these are considered medical masks. You have to be aware of this in case the World Health Organization or the Center for Disease Control do upgrade this dependent status, you need to know which kind of mask to wear.
That is because some do not really protect you at all.
4. Safety Glasses
You need wrap-around safety glasses. If your eyes are not protected, since they are a mucous membrane, you can contract this coronavirus just from a tiny invisible particle of saliva that contains the virus landing on your conjunctiva or the surface of your eye.
So wrap around glasses are a necessity if you go into public.
5. Wear Gloves
Wear some kind of latex-free medical disposable glove. You can buy these, they are very cheap. You can buy these in bulk. You should absolutely wear gloves when you are in public because even if you are wearing your glasses and your mask and you touch a surface that has the coronavirus on it, you are going to take that back on your hands.
Remember it can live on the counter or doorknob, etc. for up to 5 days straight. So you definitely need to wear gloves when you are out in public and then take them off before you go into your home.
6. Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands very very often and definitely wash your hands with warm water and soap if you touch any surface out in public or you come into contact with anyone who sneezes, coughs or is in any way in close proximity to you.
You do not know if they are infected or not. They may be in the prodromal stage that has no symptoms and no fever. Additionally do not trust antibacterial hand sanitizers. Very often these will kill bacteria but do not kill all bacteria.
Many of them do not kill viruses at all. And so you cannot trust them with your safety in case this coronavirus becomes a pandemic.
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Elina is a general health writer for Cheap Medicine Shop and holds a diploma in health and fitness studies. She hails from Canada and is specialized in writing about a plethora of diseases, diets and more. Apart from being an ardent writer, Elina is also a dedicated reader and no literary discussion at the workplace is complete without her insightful participation.