The Coronavirus is creating stress and anxiety across our nation and all of us should continue to monitor this outbreak and be prepared to adjust as the situation evolves. We should take the outbreak very seriously but be sure of our facts and avoid panic.
Here are facts and safety tips about Coronavirus:
- There are many kinds of coronaviruses. Some cause colds and mild respiratory illnesses, but others are more severe.
- The Coronavirus that is causing issues is COVID-19 which is a more severe coronavirus.
- Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
- 94% of people who contract the disease have recovered with elderly and those with immune issues being the highest at risk.
- 99.5% of people who contract the flu recover with small children and those with immune issues being the highest at risk.
- Coronavirus symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath that can begin 2-14 days after exposure.
- To prevent the spread of Coronavirus disinfect surfaces with bleach or shockwave or any areas that are frequently touched.
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
- Use hand sanitizer that is alcohol based and that is at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your mouth with arm if sneezing or coughing.
- Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands.
- Please stay at home if you are sick, and especially if you have fever.
- Try to avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Facemasks will not guarantee prevention from getting respiratory virus but can help in not spreading virus. Masks are best worn if you are sick or showing symptoms. Masks do add a layer of protection though not a guarantee so masks would be suggested if you are caring for someone who is showing symptoms.
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
- Higher risk groups for Coronavirus are older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease and immune deficiencies.
Finally, do not
forget that our lives rest in the Lord, and I offer you this encouragement
“The Lord is the One who will go before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)