Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Let’s not fall prey to the fake news about this illness, it is real, ramped and deadly. Anyone can contract it though not everyone will end up on a respirator or die.  Contracting it makes you a carrier and you can transmit it to anyone.

Follow the cases if you doubt it on local Health Department websites, CDC or WHO.

The Virus

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Coronaviruses are named for the crown-like spikes on their surface.  A novel (new) coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. 

This coronavirus seems to have originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. It crossed species from seafood and meats at open markets to humans.  It is currently deemed primarily spread human to human. 

For daily information about spread of COVID-19 go to the CDC web site for accurate information.  Contact you local Health Department for information, cancellations, school closure in your own state and community

Protection is prevention using simple everyday precautions:

  • WEAR A MASK

  • Wash and frequently with soap and water or alcohol-hand wash.

  • Keep at least 6 feet social distance

  • Stay home 

Coronavirus Update: (21 July 2020)

Information:  COVID 19 is a newly identified coronavirus. Presumably originating from infected animal in open market in Wuhan, China during late 2019,  It spread through infected travelers and tourists.  As of today, the global count of casualties is at least 15,000,000 with over 600,000 who have died. (web site: ncov2019.live) Only Remdesivir is approved for treatment of severely ill COVID-19 patients.  There will be antibody testing indicating exposure to coronavirus but there is no data as yet if this would render an individual immune to recurrence. Children with covid19 antibodies may be at risk for developing a potentially lethal, total organ failure reaction. Normally it will take from 12 to 18 months for a vaccine to be developed, tested, approved and ready for public use. 

Be involved:  Prevention is the key.  Basic public health guidance is to keep social distance of 6 feet, wear masks when away from immediate home environment, use gloves when shopping or in at risk areas.  Wash hands with soap and water 20 seconds before and after being in contact with anything or anyone not “from home”.  Cough into your elbow not into hands.  The virus spreads through droplets that linger in the air and on any surface up to several days.   Use alcohol greater than 70% or bleach to cleanse surfaces.  Role model safe and good prevention of spread.

 

Outspoken:  Actions taken by state Governors (in the absence of an effective Commander in Chief) are drastic to prevent further spread and death.  Everyone is scared of catching the disease, or loss of income, health care and potentially employment when restrictions are lifted.  Prematurely lifting social distancing will have devastating effects.  Patience now will save lives as our leaders review the data and science and then provide the best guidance they have.  Not wearing a mask outside or in stores at this point is cavalier, irresponsible and risks infecting other or becoming infected.  

Volunteering:  Everyone can  help someone else or themselves during this pandemic.  Call someone to check in.  Order meals from local venders to help them remain open, donate to food banks.  Help candidates who are running for office get out their messages using social media.  Consider hosting a zoom meeting to meet candidates and learn the issues.  

Federal Response:  The response to this pandemic has been abysmal.  Just imagine if we had a true Commander in Chief, someone who would organize, mobilize and coordinate resources and guide recovery.  The Executive and Legislative and even Judicial branches of government have failed us.  Support the CDC and Governor's advice.

Get involved politically locally and vote nationally  - your life depends on it.