Prevention of COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease
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Every year, during the Lunar New Year, the largest human migration in the world occurs in China. Almost 3 billion passenger journeys are made as travelers reunite with distant families. This year, things are different. The recent advent of COVID-19 Coronavirus, which caused an outbreak of viral pneumonia in Wuhan, China, has led to three Chinese cities. COVID-19 Coronavirus has raised global concern about the likelihood of an epidemic and serves as a reminder of the potential dangers associated with coronaviruses for both patients and doctors.
How Fast Is COVID-19 Coronavirus Spreading?
We don’t yet answer of how rapidly or easily COVID-19 Coronavirus can spread. In China, sick patients have infected other people by transmitting the virus from person to person since the beginning of January 2020, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that there are strong chains of people who transmit the virus for at least four generations: one person got sick, transferred the virus to another person who transferred it to another person.
At the time of this post publication, people in 116 countries/regions globally were infected with COVID-19 Coronavirus from person-to-person, and not just from direct travel to China. You can check the official website of https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html for further reference.
Most often, the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus from person-to-person occurs among close contacts. It is believed that the spread from person-to-person occurs mainly through respiratory droplets formed when a person coughs or sneezes, similar to how flu and other respiratory pathogens spread. These drops can enter the mouth or nose of people who are nearby, or possibly get into the lungs. It is still unclear whether a person can get COVID-19 Coronavirus by touching the surface or object on which the virus is located, and then touching his own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this possibility can also be noted.
What Are the Key Symptoms of COVID-19 Coronavirus?
The tell-tale symptoms of COVID-19 Coronavirus are:
- Shortness of breath,
- Sore throat.
Right now, it is believed that symptoms may appear in 2 to 14 days, as the incubation period for COVID-19 Coronavirus has not yet been confirmed, and can vary greatly among patients. There has been speculation about the virus spreading while the carrier (infected person) is not showing any symptoms, but that has not been confirmed as a scientific fact.
Out of all the cases that have been confirmed, up to 20% have been deemed to be severe. Complications that may arise as a result of being infected are pneumonia, sepsis (a life-threatening immune chain reaction triggered by the infection), septic shock (low blood pressure and abnormal cellular changes caused by sepsis), and acute respiratory distress syndrome (a severe lung condition characterized by fluid accumulation in the air sacs of the lungs). Due to the severity of the symptoms, a patient may require mechanical ventilation (aided breathing) until the infection is cleared. In a few instances (about 2% of the cases), COVID-19 Coronavirus led to the demise of the patient.
How to Prevent Yourself from Having COVID-19 Coronavirus?
Pity, there is currently NO vaccine to prevent COVID-19 Coronavirus infection. The best way to preventing infections is to avoiding any contacts with this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends daily general preventative measures to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, namely:
- Clean your hands frequently, either by washing them with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds) or using an alcohol-based (with at least 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer (when the hands are not visibly dirty),
- To protect yourself and others, you should always wash your hands: after using the toilet; after handling pets or their waste; before, during and after cooking; before eating and setting the table; after sneezing or coughing and last but not least, wash your hands frequently as possible when you are sick or caring for the sick,
- Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow if you want to sneeze/cough or, preferably, do it in a tissue. Dispose of the tissue immediately in a closed bin,
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands. They have mucous membranes that can act as pathways for particles, and our hands are the primary carrier of those harmful particles,
- Clean common areas such as public bathrooms, workplace, or any space in which many people are gathered, before settling in. You can use disinfecting wipes if you have them on hand, and if you have children, teach them to be aware of their surroundings when children in their classmates/friends are sick,
- Avoid being in direct contact with people that sneeze or cough. Try to maintain a distance of about six feet (that is how far the particles can travel) between you and them. Teach your children to recognize these symptoms and act accordingly. This goes the other way too, stay away from crowded places and avoid contact with people if you are experiencing these symptoms.
- Frequently wipe your phone (especially the screen) with an alcohol-based disinfectant. There are many studies that show just how dirty our phones are, with some of them concluding that they are ten times dirtier than a toilet seat. Try to also maintain your children’s phones or smart devices as clean as possible.
- Don’t spit in public. It’s not just rude, but it can spread harmful particles. Explain to your child why he/she should not engage in public spitting. Do it in a tissue that you can safely dispose of,
- If you are sick, stay at home as much as possible. The same goes for a sick family member, encourage them to stay inside and care for them if possible. It decreases the viral load and the risk of spreading, and it’s making your community a safer space for others.
Prevention Measures Specific to COVID-19 Coronavirus
- Avoid traveling to the countries of where COVID-19 Coronavirus is rising rapidly if possible.
- If you were/are in China or you were in contact with someone from China/that visited China in the last two weeks, and you start experiencing symptoms call your health provider immediately,
- Use a different cutting board and knife for raw meat and wash your hands after handling it,
- Make sure that the meat you are eating was properly handled and cooked,
- If you are shopping in Chinese wet markets avoid contact with spoiled meats, sick animals, waste materials, stray animals and wash your hands after touching animals or animal products,
- If you work in a Chinese wet market, wear protection gowns (with gloves and a mask) that you wash on a daily basis. Avoid exposing any family members to your work clothes. Also, make sure to frequently (at least once a day) disinfect your working area and equipment.
Global Traveling Advice
- Avoid traveling at all while sick,
- Avoid getting in contact with sick animals, or traveling with sick animals,
- Make sure that you only eat well-cooked food. Avoid any raw product, especially meat,
- Avoid contact with sick people; frequently wash/disinfect your hands and don’t touch your eyes, mouth, or nose,
- If you wear a surgical mask, make sure that it covers both your nose and your mouth and avoid touching it while it’s on. Discard the mask after use and wash your hand thoroughly. Avoid taking the mask off and putting it back; it should be single use only. If you really need to take it off before getting home/to a safe space, discard it and replace it with a new one,
- If you start experiencing troubling symptoms while traveling, inform the crew, or seek medical care. Make sure that you share your traveling information with the health care provider.
Children, senior citizens, and people that have a compromised immune system have a higher risk of getting infected. Try to educate them regarding safety measures and care for them as much as possible.
Can Wearing Masks Stop the Spread of Viruses?
One of the abiding images of any virus outbreak is people in surgical masks. Using them to prevent infection is too popular in many countries around the world, especially in China during the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, where they are also worn to protect against high levels of pollution. Virologists are skeptical of their effectiveness against airborne viruses. But there is some evidence, which masks can help to preventing hand-to-mouth transmission.
NHS says the best ways to avoid getting viruses similar the flu is:
- Regularly wash your hands with warm water and soap,
- Avoid touching your eyes and nose wherever possible,
- Maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle.
People would be better to focus on good personal and hand hygiene if they are concerned.
COVID-19 Coronavirus: Will It Become Pandemic?
Rapidly rising caseloads alarm researchers, who fear the virus makes its way across the globe. But scientists cannot yet predict how many deaths can occur. According to many of the world’s leading experts in the field of infectious diseases, Wuhan COVID-19 Coronavirus, which is spreading in China, is now becoming a pandemic that is spreading all over the world. The WHO has just declared COVID-19 Coronavirus a pandemic, suggesting the disease is spreading across the globe unchecked on March 11, 2020.
The prospect is daunting. A pandemic—an ongoing epidemic on two or more continents—well has global consequences, despite the extraordinary travel restrictions and quarantines now imposed by China and other countries, including Ukraine. Scientists do not yet know how deadly COVID-19 Coronavirus is, so there is uncertainty as to how much damage a pandemic can cause. But there is a growing understanding that the pathogen is easily transmitted between people-to-people.
What Is a Global Public Health Emergency?
The ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak is a global health emergency, the WHO determined recently. Since it started a few months ago, the virus’s spread has reached almost 116 countries, sickened dozens of thousands, and impacted both travel and business around the world. “The main reason is not because of what is happening in China, but because of what is happening in other countries,” said Mr. Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the WHO, in a press conferencing at the date of announcement. “Our greatest concern is the potential for the virus to spread to other countries with weaker health systems, which are ill prepared to deal with it,” he added.
The WHO defines a global emergency, a formal public health emergency of international concern, as “an extraordinary event which is determined to constitute a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease and to potentially require a coordinated international response.” This is the sixth declared in the past decade.
What Is the Way Forward?
The mere mention of COVID-19 Coronavirus causes panic and anxiety to ensue. But this panic does not come from the severity of the virus or its mortality rate, but from the fact that it is an unknown pathogen with a hidden agenda. Despite scientific proof that most of the cases are mild, with symptoms that disappear on their own, we choose to focus on the few severe cases that led to serious health conditions and death. It’s perfectly normal to be in tune to your surroundings and inform yourself of the situation. Panic, however, won’t get you anywhere or keep you safe.
If you want to protect yourself and those you hold dear, practice good hygiene habits. Frequently washing your hands minimizes the chances of spreading virus particles or putting yourself in contact with harmful pathogens. Avoiding crowded areas or contact with sick individuals and staying at home when you show any symptoms will ensure the safety of your community. Most prevention measures are pretty common to viral infections, and they don’t require much effort to implement in your daily life.
COVID-19 Coronavirus might be terrible now, but in a few months, we’ll have hopefully ways to detect it in early stages, better treatment options and efficient prevention methods (vaccines) to keep us safe. Until then, being alert is the best you can do to protect yourself and your family. Keep calm and don’t indulge in the general sense of panic and anxiety that news reports preach. Stay connected to regular CDC and the WHO updates that focus on the truth and are overall better sources of information.
Good luck out there and stay healthy!
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