2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness with symptoms that range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Some people recover easily while others may get very sick from this new virus.
This new virus was discovered December 2019 and has quickly spread across the world originating from Wuhan City in China. With the spread of this virus, people are seeing varying ranges of this illness from mild symptoms, to becoming very sick, and some who have died.
The response to the outbreak of the Coronavirus is unprecedented. Professional sports have shut down or postponed the start of their seasons including the NBA, MLB, NHL, College Spring sports….even Disneyland is now closed due to the virus.
Symptoms of Coronavirus COVID-19
Symptoms can range from mild illness to more severe conditions such as pneumonia. Symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath
Watch for emergency warning signs. According to the CDC, if you develop emergency warning signs for Coronavirus COVID-19 you should get medical help immediately. In adults, the CDC suggests watching for these emergency warning signs:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pressure or persistent pain in the chest
- Inability to arouse or new confusion
- Bluish lips or face
Who is at risk?
According to the CDC, children are at the least risk of serious complications from Coronavirus COVID-19. However, older adults should protect themselves from exposure especially if you have medical conditions such as:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- Suppressed immune systems
How to protect yourself and your family
During this pandemic, you should take everyday precautions to protect yourself, your family, and people in your community. The CDC suggests these everyday preventative actions:
- Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water especially after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing. Wash your hands after you visit a public place.
- If you do not have access to soap and water, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Be aware of high-touch surfaces in public places such as door handles, elevator buttons, handrails, and handshaking. Wash your hands after touching these surfaces.
- Avoid contact with your face, nose, eyes, etc.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your home including doorknobs, light switches, toilets, faucets, cell phones, etc…
- Avoid public crowds. Your risk to exposure to Coronavirus COVID-19 may increase in crowded closed-in settings.
- If Coronavirus COVID-19 is spreading in your community, consider having food brought to your house through delivery networks, family, or friends.
How to prepare for the possibility of school or childcare closings
With the outbreak of Coronavirus COVID-19, we are seeing school closures across the United States. If your children are required to stay at home due to school closures during this outbreak try to keep their routine as close as possible to their daily one. Here are some tips to keep your children active:
- Have your children read books.
- Keep up the active play. Have older kids work out. Be sure to make available blocks, balls, and other sporting activities for your kids to participate in.
- Don’t let your kids bury themselves in devices. Manage time here and don’t let them sit for too long.
There is no treatment or cure for Coronavirus COVID-19, however medical care can treat most of the symptoms. Since this is a virus, antibiotics do not work.
If you have been diagnosed with the Coronavirus COVID-19, you should immediately isolate yourself from others.
Facts About Coronavirus COVID-19
Read here to know the facts about Coronavirus COVID-19 and help to stop the mass panic and rumors.
Visit the CDC web site and read more about Coronavirus COVID-19 facts.
Race or ethnicity doesn’t matter with diseases, they can make anyone sick regardless.
The immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 is thought to be low for most people.
People who have been released from quarantine or isolation do not pose a risk of infection for other people.
Be smart and do the simple things to keep yourself and others healthy.
Knowing the signs and symptoms for COVID-19 can help stop COVID-19.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)