The world is facing a major struggle right now and it’s the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19). The new Coronavirus strand came out of no where and has changed everyday life for most people on the planet. Our norm is no longer the norm, for at least the next 15 days to slow the spread of the virus.
Below are some facts about the coronavirus from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Nothing is more important than having the facts that you need to protect your life and your loved ones life. Knowledge is power, ignore the myths and focus only on the facts.
DID YOU KNOW:
Human corona-viruses were first identified in the mid-1960s.
The Coronavirus has 7 types that can infect people (1-4 are most common):
- 229E (alpha coronavirus)
- NL63 (alpha coronavirus)
- OC43 (beta coronavirus)
- HKU1 (beta coronavirus)
- MERS-CoV (the beta coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS)
- SARS-CoV (the beta coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS)
- SARS-CoV-2 (the novel coronavirus that causes coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19)
The Coronaviruses are named for the crown-like spikes on their surface.
There are four main sub-groupings of corona-viruses:
What is the Corona virus we are currently experiencing in 2020?
We are experiencing SARS-CoV-2 (the novel coronavirus that causes coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19) Which is a novel coronavirus, a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
The symptoms range from mild to severe and may appear 2-14 days after exposure. If you develop any of the symptoms, please seek medical attention.
- Shortness of Breath
How is Coronavirus Spread
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Higher Risk of Getting Very Sick from (COVID-19) and possibly fatal:
- Older adults
- People with underlying medical conditions
- People with HIV
- Pregnant women
How to protect yourself
- Clean your hands often
- Avoid close contact
- Stay home if you are sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Wear a facemask only if you are sick
- Clean and disinfect
- Wear gloves
- Avoid stigmas that you can get it from people of Asian descent, people who have travel, or health care professionals
Right now, there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Keep your environment clean, protect yourself, continue to visit the CDC website as they have the most accurate information, trust God, and know that this is a Beautiful Struggle and this to shall pass. Most importantly due what you can to prevent the spread.
Prevent The Spread
All information obtained from CDC website: