CORONAVIRUS: ARE YOU PREPARED?
Many of us have been following the news on the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and wondering about the true risk of this virus. The honest answer is that we still don't know.
News about the Coronavirus outbreak which started in Wuhan, China, is changing rapidly and the media frenzy has created a colossal public panic causing massive economic consequences and alarmingly rising fear among Americans who are desperate to find a preventative measure for this fast-spreading global health crisis.
Coronavirus is a respiratory infection, recently named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO), which is closely related to SARS. Although most of the cases reported are in mainland China, the disease has been diagnosed in more than two dozen other countries, including the United States.
The outbreak of the Coronavirus in China has prompted global health and economic alarm, with neighboring states closing their borders, global airlines suspending flights, cruise ships’ quarantine and some governments barring entry to foreign nationals who have recently been to the Asian country. Despite the fact that the impact on US citizens has been limited, many Americans are in a state of fear and panic similar to the one experienced during the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
While the honest answer about the true risk of this virus is still unavailable, most experts are expecting that it will have a community scale in the US within 8-10 weeks. That means it will start to affect travel, work, and schools.
We believe that preparation for this event is essential. Some things that you can do to protect yourself include, but are not limited to:
One of the most important steps to take in order to stay safe from all sorts of respiratory viruses is HANDWASHING.
Reduce close contact - stay home if you are sick.
Clean and disinfect objects you frequently use.
Use tissues when you cough or sneeze, and make sure to throw it away immediately.
Use a face mask, especially if you are traveling.
An N95 respirator is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles.
The ‘N95’ designation means that when subjected to careful testing, the respirator blocks at least 95 percent of very small test particles. If properly fitted, the filtration capabilities of N95 respirators exceed those of face masks. However, even a properly fitted N95 respirator does not completely eliminate the risk of illness.
Seek early medical help if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing.