The corona virus is the topic of conversation all over the world. It is a trending topic on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Everyone is reporting on it - credible sources to not-so-credible sources.
So, who do you believe? CNN? The Onion? Or some random mom at the bus stop who said that she stopped drinking Corona Extra Lager because she was afraid to get the virus?
Well....this mom did some research because we are getting read to travel with the boys next month and wanted to be prepared. I pulled information from credible resources such as the MN Department of Health, Mayo Clinic, Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization and Harvard Medical School.
Join Dr. Osguthorpe - doTERRA's Chief Medical Officer and Pediatric Infectious Diseases specialist, for an update on COVID19.
First let's talk about why you should know about this new virus. As of March 4, 2020, there have been:
- Over 93,000 confirmed cases and 3198 confirmed deaths attributed to 2019-nCoV, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 86% of confirmed cases and 93% of the deaths have been in China.
- 77 countries reporting cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
- In the United States, 13 states have confirmed 80 cases, of which 24 were travel related, 16 were transferred person-to-person and 40 are being investigated. There has been 9 total deaths in the US according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Updated March 19, 2020
- Total cases in the United States: 10,442
- Total deaths in the United States: 150
Locations with Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Global Map
As of 11:00 a.m. ET March 5, 2020
As of 12:00 p.m. ET March 11, 2020
As of 12:00 p.m. ET March 19, 2020
What are coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
A new virus called the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has been identified as the cause of a disease outbreak that began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The disease is called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Because this virus is so new, not much is known about it yet. Public health groups, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are investigating. Check their websites for updates.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, shortness of breath, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure.
In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
How does the coronavirus spread?
The new coronavirus appears to be spreading from person to person. It may be spread by respiratory droplets when someone infected with the virus coughs or sneezes. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. It's unclear exactly how contagious the virus is.
How can you protect yourself?
You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions. WHO and CDC recommend that you take the usual precautions for avoiding respiratory viruses:
- Build your immune system!!!
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Be sure to throw the tissue away immediately.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth if your hands aren't clean.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick. (Preferably 3 feet away)
- Clean surfaces you often touch.
- Stay home from work, school and public areas if you're sick.
- Thoroughly cook meat and eggs.
- Avoid eating raw or undercooked meat or animal organs.
- If you're visiting live markets in areas that have recently had new coronavirus cases, avoid contact with live animals and surfaces they may have touched.
- If you're planning to travel internationally, first check the CDC and WHO websites for updates and advice. Also look for any health advisories that may be in place where you plan to travel.
- Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
CDC doesn't recommend that healthy people wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. Only wear a mask if a health care provider tells you to do so.
Want to know what my family is doing?
We cannot put on body armor to protect ourselves from all the threats being tossed our way. They are everywhere; on our hands, on the food we eat, on everyday items we touch and in the air we breathe. We can, however, make sure we have a healthy immune system and take some simple precautions as mentioned above.
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