Whether you call it COVID-19, the coronavirus or the Rona… it really is just one big issue affecting all of us at the same time! It’s constantly spreading all throughout the world. We’ve seen it go from country to country as we watch on the news or our phones for information. However, how do you know that the information you’re getting is even accurate? Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are all advocates for social media sites that provide false information that end up scaring tons of people! This is why we need to update ourselves properly and stay connected to organizations, like the CDC! (cdc.gov) In order to receive valuable and accurate information about our situation, scientific articles or research are the perfect places to look! Not only is the CDC constantly updating their website, but tons of educational sites are also providing real information to the public. Please research carefully and make sure you’re looking at the FACTS and not the posts or stories made up to force people into panic.
What really is the Coronavirus?
According to hopkinsmedicine.org , Coronaviruses are actually a type of virus; there are many different kinds and some can cause diseases. Therefore, this recent outbreak is a newly identified illness of the respiratory system named “COVID-19.”
How did the virus start?
COVID-19 initially appeared in a city in China called Wuhan. Some researchers claim that the virus could have been started from a seafood market since some people that visited the market developed viral pneumonia. However, this is just an idea. It has not been proven yet and there’s still more theories behind the spreading of COVID-19. Some people believe the virus was man made and sold to China. Some people believe there are old novels that predicted the occurrence of the virus. Whatever you believe, this virus is real and happening fast!
Are there any known symptoms?
There are some symptoms for COVID-19 including a cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, unexplained loss of taste or smell, diarrhea and headaches. Although, there have been people that only experienced one or two symptoms; everyone’s body can react differently to viruses. We’ve also seen that it’s typically affecting adults and the elderly, younger people are less likely to get very ill. It’s even been said that kids could get this virus and not even realize it! People with other underlying health issues are also more vulnerable to COVID-19. In some cases, it can lead to severe respiratory problems, kidney failure or death.
Diagnosis is usually by a physical exam because this coronavirus can appear similar to the flu or a bad cold. After the test, it’s usually a few days before getting results back from a lab to confirm if it really is COVID-19! It’s very important for individuals to stay home while waiting for results because you could be spreading the disease without intent.
The incubation period has been set as 14 days after exposure to the virus due to the appearance of symptoms after those two weeks. Therefore, if you’ve been somewhere that had cases of COVID-19, you may want to consider staying home for at least 14 days.
If you’re experiencing a fever or any respiratory difficulty (like shortness of breath or coughing), you’re advised to call your healthcare provider immediately. If it is a medical emergency, please call 911 or let the hospital know that you will be coming in with the potential of bringing COVID-19 with you!
How can I protect myself and others?
It’s important to avoid close contact with other people, or to practice “social distancing.” This also goes along with staying home!
Many states have required their citizens to stay at home and self quarantine.
The recommended distance is six feet between individuals.
Unless you are an essential worker, try and negotiate with your employer to allow you to work from home!
Try to go shopping or run errands during “Off- Peak Times.” This means to go when less people will be around, like first thing in the morning.
The CDC recommends a cloth face covering when going out in public to avoid transmission.
Practice good hygiene always! Keep yourself healthy even during these hard times.
Wash your hands often and for at least twenty seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your face! I know it’s so hard to keep your hands down but it’s really important when trying to stay safe from illness.
Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue that is thrown out immediately after! Keep your germs to yourself!
For my New Yorkers:
Governor Cuomo has been trying to get the situation under control. Visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home for more information on what’s happening in New York.
As of April 13, 2020…
– NY schools and nonessential business are required to stay closed until April 29th!
– Free masks and other protection are being supplied to essential workers.
– An additional $200M in emergency food assistance will become available for low income households enrolled in SNAP.
– COVID-19 testing sites are opening downstate (primarily in minority communities) to provide more ways to safely be tested.
– $600 in weekly unemployment benefits will be made available to all New Yorkers. The period for unemployment benefits was also extended for another 13 weeks (making a total of 39 weeks.)
– NYS fine for violations of the social distancing protocol is now $1000: in contrary to its former amount of $500.
– New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State Of Health until May 15, 2020.
– Finally, one of my personal favorite additions to helping New Yorkers is the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline for mental health counseling during these overwhelming times! 1-844-863-9314
This virus is so scary and very overwhelming for many people. It’s not easy for children to have to do school from home and it’s definitely a challenge for parents to suddenly be teachers. However, this is where we are. Businesses are losing money and the economy is clearly taking a hit from this. But, just because it’s difficult right now does not mean it’ll be like this forever. I recently saw a post on instagram that showed percentages and outcomes for the consequences of people not staying home. It basically said that if only 70% of people stay home then we will never recover from this. That’s not true! They’re trying to scare you and cause panic. DO NOT FALL FOR IT! Luckily, I’ve provided you with tons of facts and articles that are all accurate and helpful. This is a scary time and receiving fake news is never okay. We understand that people are dying and people are suffering. Our healthcare workers have marks all over their faces from the painful masks they’re required to wear for their own safety! Stay at home for the hardworking people trying to save lives! Stay at home for the horribly depressing stories you’ve heard about where people are dying alone because nobody can visit them! Stay at home because life is short and a random virus that we can all contain together.. shouldn’t be yours or any other persons’ death sentence.
Stay healthy & Thanks for reading! ❤️
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