Coronavirus. Here we are in mid-April, the year 2020. A worldwide disaster has hit 213 different countries shutting down schools, businesses, and restaurants. Most states are under a shelter order meaning that all residents are to stay in their houses unless it is imperative that you go out to get food, gas, mail, etc. You basically are locked inside unless you are performing some type of essential task.
Right now, the number of cases that have been confirmed is just under 2 million and the number of deaths has topped 125,000. We are forced to stand at least 6 feet away from anyone whom we come in contact with outside of our houses and if we get sick, we are told to stay at home. Older people are at a higher level of risk because their immune systems are not as good as a younger person and they may have underlying conditions that put them in a higher risk bracket.
Children are out of school and its unknown if they are going to return anytime this school year. As the days drag on and the number of cases continues to increase, it looks like they will not be returning. People are scared of their rent, utilities, car payments and more. The government won’t let us work – so how does an average person get by? The ones of us that live check to check. The working class.
The stock market has crashed harder than the great depression many years ago and companies are adjusting their business to still create sales – unsure if they will make it through the turmoil. All restaurants are delivering food to our homes, with contactless delivery in place. They just leave your food by your front door – then stand back a safe distance from it to let you retrieve whatever you have ordered.
Amazon, on the other hand, is booming, hiring 1000 new people to pull orders and shipping out everything you can think of to us that are locked in our own living areas. They also cut the affiliates of their companies (the ones who drive sales to them (as I do on this blog) income in half. This has decimated the blogger market and is forcing us to come up with new, innovative ways to make money off our websites.
So, what do you need to know at a time like this? What are we learning about the infrastructure of our nation? What is really safe to do and what puts you at greater risk of contracting the virus during this pandemic? Here are some of your questions and the responses we have gotten to them.
What Is a Corona Virus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause illness in animals or humans. It is unknown if the virus can be transferred from an animal to a human, although the entire pandemic can be traced back to a live fish vendor in China. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease in the abbreviated COVID-19.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. This maxed out in the United States around April of 2020 and is currently attacking another 212 countries.
What Are the Symptoms We Should Watch Out For?
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, 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. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and can develop 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. It is recommended that you call your doctor as opposed to going there directly as you may be putting others at risk.
How Can Someone Catch COVID-19?
People can catch coronavirus from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. 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.
This is why it is important to stay more than 2 meters (6 feet) away from a person who is sick. It is also why it is recommended to wear a facemask to cover your mouth and nose. Although this does little to protect the user from the coronavirus, it definitely keeps the user from getting others around them sick, if they are infected.
The coronavirus is not really transferred through the air. It is mainly the water droplets that rest on items that get people sick. Thus, disinfecting your house, hands, and face throughout the pandemic can help to reduce the number of cases we have worldwide.
Can Antibiotics Help to Fight Off COVID-19?
No. Antibiotics do not work against viruses, they only work on bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not work. Antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment of COVID-19. They should only be used as directed by a physician to treat a bacterial infection. In which case, you should be sure to take the entire bottle of antibiotics regularly as scheduled by your doctor.
Is there a Cure For Coronavirus?
Nope. There is no cure yet. There is actually not even any type of drug that can be effectively used to combat it in any way, although many doctors are trying to prescribe a drug used to treat Malaria in hopes it may help. It has little to no side effects so although the choice is up to you if you take it or not – there is very little chance it will make anything worse and some people seem to be reacting to the drug very well. They are producing antibodies in their system and successfully regaining their health, even in the event they were on a ventilator to keep them alive when they couldn’t breathe on their own.
What is The Lastest News on COVID-19.
This video was live on April 15th, 2020. It goes into detail about the virus and has a lot of good information in it from some of the world’s best doctors.
In conclusion, it seems as though we have a long way to go in regards to our nation healing from the attack of the virus. People are ready to go back to work. Children are ready to go back to school. We are tired of being quarantined. We are ready to get on with our lives. But for the time being, the best thing we can do is stay inside and not risk getting infected to help protect ourselves and our loved ones. Stay tuned for more updates on how to survive a pandemic. I will update my blog accordingly as more information is released.