One of the biggest topics of the world this year is the coronavirus outbreak and it has gained even more attention as it spreads around the world becoming what the World Health Organization (WHO) calls a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern”. What started out as flu-like symptoms in Wuhan, China between December 8-12, 2019 and possibly late November according to genome sequence samples quickly turned into a world health scare fueled by reports of the over 3,000 deaths with two (2) of those in Washington State and as many as 88,500 confirmed infections to date. The virus outbreak not only continues to scare the public, but it is scaring investors as inventory of certain medical supplies are depleted and the stock market valuations struggles to stay in the green.
As the virus begins to gain traction in the United States with three states already reporting possible community spread I expect to see an increased level of panic as more cases pop up around the country. When people panic and are unprepared they will do anything to survive including become violent in the absence of security. However, another study shows they tend to seek out familiar places and people which can be bad for you if they are infected but my goal is not to keep you from friends and family but warn you of the possibility of infection. As a result I have created the below recommendations to all my family and friends to consider not as a precaution but as a warning to prep for what is yet to come.TO DO:
- Washing your hands frequently for longer than 20 seconds (ex. before and after eating or interactions)
- Routinely clean frequently used or touched surfaces (Ex. Doornobs, Keyboards, Shared Keys, etc)
- Avoid contact with sick people (ex. dry couch, fever, sweating, sneezing, sore throat, difficulty breathing, fatigued, etc)
- Cover your cough, sneeze with tissues and avoid bodily fluid exchange (Ex. Kissing, Spiting, Open Wounds, etc)
- During Community Spread; Limiting close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet).
- Self Quarantine if your are sick and showing symptoms similar to the flu or COVD-19 and notify your workplace/childcare facility if you are confirmed
- Don’t touch or minimize touching your face or any open wounds.
- Take multi-vitamins and eat healthy to boost immune system
- More Info Here via CDC
NOT TO DO:
- Gather in large groups or attend large gatherings during community outbreak (ex. Concerts, parties, festivals, conferences, etc)
- Frequently touch your face
- Travel outside the united states or into any other community known to spread any infections
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