#COVID-19 or #Coronavirus
Source and Spread of the Virus
According to CDC Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2).
The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. All three of these viruses have their origins in bats.
COVID-19 could translate into large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time. Schools, childcare centers, and workplaces, may experience more absenteeism. Mass gatherings may be sparsely attended or postponed. Public health and healthcare systems may become overloaded, with elevated rates of hospitalizations and deaths. Other critical infrastructure, such as law enforcement, emergency medical services, and sectors of the transportation industry may also be affected. Healthcare providers and hospitals may be overwhelmed. At this time, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and no medications approved to treat it. Nonpharmaceutical interventions will be the most important response strategy to try to delay the spread of the virus and reduce the impact of disease.
Risk of Exposure
- Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure, with level of risk dependent on where they traveled.
- Older adults, with risk increasing by age.
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
Moreover, The U.S. government has taken unprecedented steps with respect to travel in response to the growing public health threat posed by this new coronavirus such as:
- Foreign nationals who have been in China or Iran within the past 14 days cannot enter the United States.
- U.S. citizens, residents, and their immediate family members who have been in China or Iran within in the past 14 days can enter the United States, but they are subject to health monitoring and possible quarantine for up to 14 days.
- March 8, CDC recommended that people at higher risk of serious COVID-19 illness avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel etc. (CDC)
Watch for symptoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
- Shortness of breath
*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
Emergency warning signs include*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. (CDC)
Lastly, Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow spread of this virus therefore, You need to be vigilant as well as, practice good Hygiene to prevent transmission of COVID-19 example washing your hands after using the bathroom, use sanitizer if you can’t wash your hands, limit or do not touch your face, mouth after you touch something in public places, do not shake hands, wash your fruits vegetables before, serving and eating etc. Most importantly if your sick or experiencing flue like symptoms stay home or get tested for the virus 🦠 in order to prevent spreading the virus to the public.
Moreover, Per the CDC’s recommendation, social distancing involves “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance” whenever possible to limit the ability of the virus to spread.
Social distancing is not the same as self-quarantine or isolation, two other practices being utilized to minimize the coronavirus spread. The key difference is that a quarantine or isolation restricts the movement of people within a certain area or zone to limit transferring and spreading an infection. Social distancing places no such locational constraints, rather it is a behavioral practice to lower the risk in most circumstances. (T. Bates, Time Magazine)
Additionally, “It's vital for our mental, psychological and economic health that we continue safe social distancing, a faithful adherence to the new order and guidelines, and a commitment to caution and hygiene so we can continue to move in a positive direction," Colorado, Mayor John Sutherland)
Lastly, President Donald Trump signed the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 into law.
On Oct. 5, 2018, President Trump signed the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 into law as part of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018. These reforms acknowledge the shared responsibility for disaster response and recovery, aim to reduce the complexity of FEMA, and build the nation’s capacity for the next catastrophic event as well as, help us move forward towards becoming a prepared and resilient nation. (FEMA)
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