COVID-19 Fact Sheet

This article is an introductory resource for those interested in the Novel Coronavirus. Like SARS in 2003, the Corona Novel virus is the newest Asian virus outbreak. The Coronavirus was first were diagnosed in Wuhan China (Population 11.08 Million)in Please note, Coronaviruses aren’t new. However, previous Coronaviruses usually only caused mild respiratory problems. But, the Novel Coronavirus (” Corona”), like the previous MERS and SARS, can cause severe respiratory illness and death, and it also is easily spread.

Corona Virus Dangers

COVID-19 started in Wuhan, China. So, if you don’t live near China or haven’t recently visited China, you should not be overly concerned. However, as you should always do, practice safe practices like washing your hands, avoiding the sick, etc. 

COVID-19 vs. Common Flu

The flu and COVID-19 have similar symptoms: fever, body aches, and pneumonia. The differences between the two are the following:

  • Immunity-Because COVID-19 is new, we have yet to have gained any immunity from the effects of the virus.
  • Anti Viral Medications-For the flu, Anti-viral medications can potentially reduce symptoms and also shorten the duration of the flu.   As of April 2020, there are no proven treatments for  COVID-19.
  • Vaccine: Unlike the flue, there are no vaccines for COVID-19.

 Why You Should You Be Concerned?

As of April 22, COVID-19 has killed approximately 185.000 people worldwide and the US has the most confirmed fatalities.

  • Worldwide Death Toll-As of 4/23/2020,  nearly 185,000 have died from the virus.  
  • World Health Organization (“WHO”)– the WHO has designated Corona a “Global Health Emergency.”
  • U.S. State Department-US state department strongly urges against travel to China
  • No Cure and No Vaccine– Right now, luckily, Coronavirus isn’t a death sentence.  So, Corona is not as deadly as Ebola and, if you are infected, you will most likely recover. 
  • Spreads Easily-Corona spreads though, minimal, human contact. For example, you can be infected by someone sneezing on you or you coming into contact with infected bodily fluids. This differs from AIDS were infection can only occur via sexual contact, sharing of needles, etc. 
  • Sports- March Madness, NBA, NHL, and virtually all sporting events have been canceled because of COVID-19.  The most likely canceling of competitive, sporting events made reassess the seriousness of  COVID-19 because of the millions of dollars lost.
  • State Lockdown-The lockdown has caused hundreds of “non-essential” businesses to shut down.  Whether you believe the lockdown is overkill or not, governments would not shut down the economy if they did not feel that the virus was serious.
  • Nearly A Million Cases- The following cart, details the number of confirmed cases worldwide.

Infographic: The Countries With The Most COVID-19 Cases | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

Symptoms

Corona Virus causes a respiratory illness, which can lead to double pneumonia and even death. The first signs of Corona, occur within two to 14 days after infection, are the following:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath

The above symptoms vary widely as the infected could have mild or even no symptoms and still be infected with the virus. 

 Prevention

Coronavirus is easily spread through human contact, as all that is required for infection is someone to sneeze on you. However, there are specific precautionary measures that you can take to reduce the chance of infection, which are:

 

  • Don’t visit China
  • Avoid all contact with any infected or people who you may suspect be infected. 
  • Never touch your nose, mouth or eyes without cleaning your hands first
  • Wash Your Hands-Wash your hands, at least 20 seconds, numerous times daily. 
  • Hand Sanitizer-if you can’t wash your hands, wipe your hands with a sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol. 

 Resources

For more information on Corona, I recommend that you investigate the following links: