Is the Coronavirus for real? Should I be concerned? Is it all a hoax or conspiracy? Will it disappear by summer?
What Is A Virus?
Viruses are microscopic parasites, generally much smaller than bacteria. They lack the capacity to thrive and reproduce outside of a host body.
Predominantly, viruses have a reputation for being the cause of contagion. Widespread events of disease and death have no doubt bolstered such a reputation.
While such viruses certainly are wily foes for scientists and medical professionals, others of their ilk have been instrumental as research tools.
After being expelled from an infected person, any virus can survive outside the human body for varying lengths of time.
It will first remain active in any non-hostile liquid, wet or moist medium.
When that moisture dries out, a virus can then remain dormant in a dry state for weeks or even months, depending on the type of virus.
When someone coughs or sneezes, viruses are thrown out of the infected body into the air.
Take a sneeze, for example. Unless covered up by a hand or forearm, etc, a sneeze will eject, at over 100 miles per hour, as many as 50,000 individual aerosolized micro droplets of saliva and other moisture for a distance of between 19 and 26 FEET.
This aerosolized blast of mist from an uncovered sneeze or cough will be carryings viruses and bacteria and each droplet can hang in the air for minutes or longer, depending upon the size and weight of the droplet.
An uninfected person can then walk into and through some of those particulates and inhale them and easily become infected.
Or, some of the tiny aerosolized mist can easily land in the moist human eye and gain entry to and begin to infect that person’s body
…without the uninfected person ever even thinking about the eye being a portal to disease infection.
Or, an uninfected person can touch a contaminated surface…a door knob, a counter top in a store or on a commonly used pen or a credit card key pad and leave potentially disastrous microbes behind.
The potential to pick up live virus out in public is enormous.
What Are The Symptoms Of The Coronavirus
For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath
CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.
The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) web page.
How Do You Prevent The Coronavirus?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this disease. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website
For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.
How Do You Treat The Coronavirus?
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.
People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
See Interim Guidance for Healthcare Professionals for information on persons under investigation.
Just A Few Things To Consider About The Coronavirus
- The Chinese Communist Party hasn’t always been known for their truth-telling abilities
- Many of our good and services (like medicine and I-phones) come from or rely on parts made in China and shipping ports are basically closed for who knows how long?
- Now that the virus has spread to other countries, we are seeing exponential and fast growth
- We can’t get a true picture of where it came from – we are hearing everything from bats, to bio engineering to meteors
- The world has open borders and with an incubation rate of at least 2 weeks with no symptoms we aren’t going to stop it
- The main outbreak took place during the Chinese New Years holiday when many Chinese in other countries go home and then return to their homes in countries like the USA
- With transport like Uber, places to stay like AirBnB, credit card terminals in stores, bank pens, store door handles, public restrooms, and gas pump handles it can spread anywhere
- The media has been underplaying the situation and tries to divert attention to voices of truth
- In the USA we are setting up quarantine locations on military bases (is that a good idea?) and the military is prepping for a pandemic
- The Chinese Government is taking this very seriously, spraying bleach, robots serving food to those quarantined and massive quarantines
- Photos are leaking of people collapsing, bodies piling up, etc
- The virus is airborne and can be spread through air ventilation systems
- Activists and citizen journalists are stopping posts and disappearing
- There are cases showing up in confined places like cruise ships and prisons and we are seeing how contagious it may be
- And many more you can read about on our Coronavirus News Page
How You Can Protect Yourself And Your Family From The Coronavirus
Now I don’t like being a fear-monger and my wife sometimes calls me a worry-wort, but in this case I don’t think we are being told the whole truth about how dangerous this situation might be and I wanted to get the word out.
My Dad always told us boys to hope for the best but to prepare for the worst and I do think you should be thinking about some preparations in this case.
- If you need it, make sure you have as much prescription medicine on hand as you can get your hands on
- Have adequate water and food stored for at least a few weeks
- Have some emergency lighting of some sort (flashlights, lanterns, etc)
- Have adequate means of self-defense
- Have a bit of cash on hand and top off your gas tank when it gets half full
- Get a few face masks and eye protection to have on hand in case you or someone close to you gets sick
- Get an electronic version of your health records that you can keep if you have any major medical issues
- Follow the CDC guidelines of hand decontamination and not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- If it gets worse, start making deeper preps and thinking about reducing yourself to public exposure
- Have a good communication plan worked out in advance between family members in case of a disaster
- But when it comes down to it, all we really have in the end is our faith in God and our ability to Pray For Protection