Important Things to Know About the Coronavirus Disease
The Coronavirus is a respiratory disease, it’s a large family of viruses that are common in many species of animals like cats, camels, bats and etc. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been named “SARS-Cov-2”. “SARS” stands for “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.” January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern.” On January 31, 2020, the Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency for the United States.
So far of the over 80,000 confirmed cases, about 30,000 have fully recovered, and less than 3000 have died from it. While this is a higher death rate than the common flu, this is still a low percentage. People with weakened immune systems such as the elderly, young children, and people with underlying medical conditions are at a greater risk.
The Coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Many believe it was in the meat market and some seafood in the cities that had caused many to catch it.
Signs and symptoms of the Coronavirus may appear two to 14 days after exposure and can include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing. The severity of the Coronavirus symptoms can range from mild to severe, or even death. The symptoms are similar to those with a respiratory infection.
Like most viruses, it may be spread by coming in contact with someone who has it, an infected person coughing on you, saliva contact, or any other way germs are typically transmitted. The Coronavirus is considered a Zoonotic virus meaning it can be transmitted between animals and humans.
You can take precautionary measures to decrease the risk of getting the Coronavirus by avoiding coming into close contact with people who are sick, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, staying home when you are sick, and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently used/touched objects/surfaces in your household with a cleaning spray or disinfectant wipe, also wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water or use hand sanitizer.
There have been over 80,000 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus and over 2,000 deaths. There are 50 known locations that have had confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, and they are China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nepal, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Sir Lanka, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, The Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.
If you suspect you or someone in your family may have it, please seek medical care immediately. Sooner detection means better chances of containing it—whether it’s the coronavirus, the flu, or just a common cold. Please also pray for worldwide healing.