Important Things to Know About the Coronavirus Disease

What Is the Coronavirus?

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 (PHE) for the United States.

How Dangerous is the Coronavirus?

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.

Where Did the Coronavirus Come From?

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.

What Are the Symptoms of the Coronavirus?

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.

How Does the Coronavirus Spread?

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.

How to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus?

You can take precautionary measures to decrease the risk of getting the Corona virus by avoiding  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.

How Many Cases of the Coronavirus Have Been Confirmed?

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.

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