Corona Virus Information
I am going to start providing you with some Corona Virus Information, also known as Novel Coronavirus, Covid 19 or 2019-nCoV. They’re calling it a pandemic, and most of us aren’t prepared. There is information we do know, and I am going to share what I know at this point. I am also going to offer some products I recommend, and why. They may or may not be affiliate links. Let me be clear here, these are products I believe in, and if I can make some money referring you, I will. I will not however be sending you to follow leads that are bullshit. I plan to share with you some insights, including how to make certain things from scratch when possible.
Corona Virus Information
So, again the Corona Virus Information also pertains to Covid-19. One is the technical name, one is the common name. What we know so far, excluding what you will hear outside on certain news cycles, is that the Corona Virus has infected people who came into the US. We know that its out on the streets. There are cases found in some cities, but for right now, the spread is mild. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and prevention) and WHO (World Health Organization), along with the Trump Administration have told us to prepare (see video). For right now, getting information is the best way to prepare.
Corona Virus Information – What we know thus far
We know it started out of China – as most flu’s seem to do. We think it originated from a meat market, which means its a cross species flu. We don’t know which meat or animal it came from. We don’t know who the first person to contract it was.
We think that there is about a 12 day gestation period. While it’s in gestation, you CAN give it to others. The best way to avoid getting sick, is to stay 6 feet away from people. This isn’t always possible, so staying away and using protective gear will help.
The Coronavirus can stay alive for 9 days, outside a body. This means that if someone coughed near you, or possibly touched a surface near you, and was infected, that even 9 days later this is enough to get people sick. – I highly recommend driving if you need to travel, plane seats are NOT sanitary.
When dealing with someone who is sick, using a dust mask, will NOT help. It needs to be one made particularly for viruses. These are N95 Disposable masks. They are meant to be worn for 2-3 hours and then disposed of. Using disposable plastic/rubber/latex gloves is also recommended.
Sickness is expected to last 2-3 weeks, 20% of those infected will need to be admitted to a hospital, those will likely be high risk, such as those with breathing problems, weaker immune systems, or the elderly and children. It will be mostly standard flu like symptoms, but could also induce pneumonia.
You cannot fight the Corona Virus with antibiotics. The Novel Coronavirus is a virus and needs anti-virals. At this point, none are available. However, we know that some of those in China were treated with antivirals made for HIV patients. We don’t really have numbers for those, so we don’t know how effective it was against Covid-19.
The Death Rate of the Novel Coronavirus, as we know it, is based on the official numbers out of Wuhan China. The death rate is based on the number of deaths (2,990) plus the number of recovered (42,670). Then we take the amount of deaths and divide by the current recovered+deaths and we get a rate of 6.5% (.06548401226). The common flu, kills about .0143% comparatively. The Novel Coronavirus is 450x stronger than the common flu.
Corona Virus Information – FAQ
What is a coronavirus? What is a novel coronavirus?
A coronavirus is actually the name for a set of illnesses, including the common cold and other respiratory infections. A novel coronavirus means it’s a new virus that originated in animals, but has jumped to humans. This particular 2019 novel coronavirus from Wuhan is called COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV.
How does the Wuhan coronavirus spread?
So far, there’s limited information about the Wuhan novel coronavirus, including how easy it is to spread and how dangerous it is. But we know the virus can be transmitted from person to person and it is passed by coughing and other close contact.
Close contact is a vague term that means a lot of things to different people. But in this case, it specifically means being within about six feet of someone for a prolonged period of time without wearing recommended personal protective equipment such as a disposable face mask. It could also be having direct contact with infectious secretions of someone who has a case of the virus (for example: being coughed on) while not wearing personal protective equipment.
That can sound scary, but it’s important to know that influenza is also transmitted the same way.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
We’re still learning more about Wuhan novel coronavirus, but we know it typically causes flu-like symptoms including a fever, cough and congestion. Some patients — particularly the elderly and others with other chronic health conditions — develop a severe form of pneumonia.
Are we all at risk for catching this new coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?
Yes. It doesn’t appear anyone is naturally immune to this particular virus and there’s no reason to believe anybody has antibodies that would normally protect them.
The lack of previous experience with this pathogen is part of the reason why public health officials around the globe are working so hard to contain the spread of this particular coronavirus from Wuhan. When viruses come out like this that are both new (which means the population is highly susceptible) and can easily pass from person to person (a high transmission rate), they can be really dangerous — even if here’s a low percentage of people who die from them.
Why do some people with the Wuhan coronavirus get sicker than others?
It looks like only about 20% of people who contract this novel coronavirus actually wind up needing to be hospitalized. The other 80% get what feels like a really bad cold and they recover at home. A lot of it has to do with underlying medical conditions. People who are more vulnerable to any kind of infection — because of their age or chronic health conditions — are more at risk for getting really sick from this novel coronavirus too.
That said, some otherwise healthy people do seem to be getting more sick from this infection than we would expect. We don’t understand why that is or what might be different about those people. Thanks to the work of scientists and doctors on the ground in China, which is really nothing short of heroic, we’re learning a little more every single day.
Is this coronavirus deadly?
Based on the information I’m seeing, it looks very similar to SARS in a number of ways — except for the fact that it’s likely less deadly, but more transmittable. For the record, SARS had a death rate of about 9.5%. Most people who have died, died from complications as a result of the Novel Coronavirus. This means pneumonia, bronchitis, heart failure, etc.
What kind of medical care do patients with the Wuhan coronavirus need?
About 80% of people who contract this new coronavirus will feel sick, but ultimately be just fine. It’s the other 20% who get really, really sick that worry so many of us in the infectious diseases field. A lot of these critically ill patients wind up needing to be hospitalized for their pneumonia-like illnesses. They typically require critical care and ventilation — special machines that help them breathe. And some need to stay on ventilators for weeks at a time. It’s that portion of patients that’s most concerning. Depending how many cases develop here in the U.S., providing that level of care for that many people over a number of weeks runs the risk of overwhelming the nation’s health care system pretty quickly.
How do you treat patients with this virus? Can you vaccinate against it?
Things like antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria, not a virus. So typically doctors can treat the symptoms, but not the virus itself. There’s no vaccine yet.
Is there anything I can do, to reduce my risk of catching the Coronavirus?
Eat more whole foods, less processed foods, such as fast foods or pre-prepared meals (aka TV Dinners). When your body is strengthening its immune system, it needs nutrients. Processed foods have less of these. Avoid sugars (your body heals slower with high amounts of sugar), avoid caffeine (these will dehydrate you), avoid alcohol (lowers immune system).
Is there anything else I can do to prepare for the Novel Coronavirus?
We will be posting more articles over the next few days to weeks to help you prepare. But the best advice I can give you, right now, is watch out for price gouging, and stock up. There might be a time where you won’t be able to go out to get foods. So buy canned soups, broths, oatmeal, frozen veggies – leafy greens and broccoli, and 40# of rice and beans. Again, we will add more prepared lists for Covid-19, the Corona Virus Information you need, soon.
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