What exactly is the Coronavirus disease?
Coronavirus disease 2019 a.k.a COVID-19 is a pandemic outbreak which started in China last year 2019, caused by a new virus called the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
The virus is a type of coronavirus — a family of viruses that can cause illnesses such as the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
Thousand Cases of COVID-19 have been reported in a growing number of countries, including the U.S. W.H.O declared a global pandemic in March 2020. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, it however becomes severe for some.
Public health groups, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (W.H.O) are monitoring the situation and have recommend the following precautionary measures to avoid contacting the disease.
Symptoms of the disease
COVID-19 symptoms can be very mild to severe and include a fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure.
The virus spreads from person to person among those in close contact. It is spread by respiratory droplets when someone infected with the virus coughs or sneezes.
Seven, no, eight ways to protect yourself and others against Coronavirus!
- Wash and Sanitize your hands always! Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Practice Social Distancing. Avoid large events and mass gatherings. Avoid close contact (about 6 feet) with anyone who is sick or has symptoms. Protect grandma and grandpa. Avoid close contact with older people, as they are at higher risk.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw away the used tissue.
- Keep distance between yourself and others if COVID-19 is spreading in your community, especially if you have a higher risk of serious illness.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth if your hands aren’t clean.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces you often touch on a daily basis.
- Avoid eating raw or undercooked meat or animal organs. If you’re visiting live markets in areas that have recently had new coronavirus cases, avoid contact with live animals and surfaces they may have touched.
- Last but not the least, do not fear! Fear kills faster than even the disease. The antidote for fear is faith! And that should be your attitude in this times, the attitude of faith.
Fill your heart with God’s word, for faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God!
PS: CDC doesn’t recommend that healthy people wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. Only wear a mask if a health care provider tells you to do so.