COVID – 19

We can’t be remiss in posting some real facts about the Corona Virus.

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The first known severe illness caused by a coronavirus emerged with the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic in China. A second outbreak of severe illness began in 2012 in Saudi Arabia with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). There was a larger outbreak in the Republic of Korea in 2015, transmitted by someone who had visited Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain.

On December 31 of last year, Chinese authorities alerted the World Health Organization of an outbreak of a novel strain of coronavirus causing severe illness, which was subsequently named SARS-CoV-2.

Early on, many of the patients at the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Later, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread. Person-to-person spread was subsequently reported outside Hubei and in countries outside China.

Serious illness occurs in 16% of cases with greater risk to those with chronic diseases and older people over 65. This is a lung attacking disease.

This particular mutated animal virus changed itself in such a way to cause great damage to human lungs.

And, it’s already mutated AGAIN, so that we now have two strains to deal with, strain S, and strain L …which makes it twice as hard to develop a vaccine.

The RNA sequencing of the genes inside the virus isn’t human, and the human immune system doesn’t recognize it so, we can’t fight it off.

Symptoms

The symptoms of 2019-nCoV are similar to normal flu symptoms – including fever, a cough and shortness of breath – making them difficult to spot. The CDC noted that symptoms may emerge between two and 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Two weeks.

After you were exposed.

Transmission

Authorities have confirmed that the coronavirus can also be spread through human-to-human contact.

Ways to avoid getting it: thoroughly cook meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing. Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread the virus.

In the US

A 70-year-old law called the Defense Production Act allows the president to speed production of materials for purposes of national security.

The President announced he would be invoking this act in order to get more desperately needed hospital supplies.

The act allows the government to force factories to make needed essentials in a crisis. While more often associated with wartime, the Defense Protection Act may help the government get needed face masks, ventilators, and other medical supplies to hospitals across the country before they face a surge of COVID-19 cases.

For the first time, West Virginia has reported a COVID-19 case, meaning that the disease has now been identified in all 50 states.

On March 16, the White House announced a program called “15 Days to Slow the Spread,” which is a nationwide effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 through the implementation of social distancing at all levels of society.

In France

This week, luxury conglomerate Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) announced they would have all of their perfume factories start to produce hand sanitizer that will be distributed for free in France with French health providers getting priority.

“Given the risk of shortage of hydroalcoholic gel in France, Bernard Arnault has instructed the LVMH Perfumes and Cosmetics business to prepare its production sites to manufacture substantial quantities of hydroalcoholic gel to be provided to public authorities,” the company said according to WWD.

WHY Quarantine?

The fewer people coming into contact with others, the less likely to transmit. When a wildfire happens, you get out of the way. When a virus happens, you hole up out of the way and stay healthy. DO NOT go to the hospital and overwhelm an already overwhelmed staff with your sore knee.

Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.

The Point

The point is to be aware constantly of how you may be spreading it at any time.
Don’t be afraid, be aware.

CALL THOSE WHO WILL MISS YOU MOST

Call your parents, grandparents, long lost cousins, aunts, and uncles. Call and talk to them for a moment. You don’t know who is suffering from mental anguish, loneliness, depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues until you brighten their day with a call.

The postal service is still working, too. Thinking of you cards can be printed at home.

EMAIL – it’s not just for business and spam.

Messenger a friend today.

We live in a technological age.

SpaceX didn’t launch those 60,000 mini-satellites into space to connect the world to the internet for nothing…

 

 

Sources and more info:

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/what-to-know-about-the-mysterious-coronavirus-detected-in-china

Timeline of how the outbreak evolved (updated daily): https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/news/coronavirus-a-timeline-of-how-the-deadly-outbreak-evolved/

https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/features/coronavirus-outbreak-responding-china-wuhan/

Science Daily (January/February 2020 Info): https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200317175442.htm

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html

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