COVID-19 Information and Prevention

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COVID-19 Prevention Tips

George and Owen Nassif, Staff writers

 

What is COVID-19?

Commonly known as coronavirus, the outbreak started in late 2019 in Wuhan China. The total confirmed cases have reached over 120,000 and show no sign of stopping. Most confirmed cases were in mainland China followed by Italy and Iran. As of now over 60,000 of those who have contracted the virus have recovered. The number of US cases has drastically increased over the last few weeks and shows no signs of stopping. 

 

Steps Being Taken to Combat the Virus

In Wuhan China, they have built temporary Coronavirus hospitals and started to quarantine those who they believe could be infected with the virus. Scientists around the world are racing to find a vaccine, but a new discovery of a second strand of the virus can put a temporary halt on progress. In America, the CDC has released a statement that goes over ways to prevent coronavirus. As of March 11, 2020, the coronavirus has been declared by the national health organization as a worldwide health pandemic. Airlines all over the country have stopped flights outside of the country in an attempt to stop Cornavrus from spreading. In an attempt to combat the spread of the virus, major events across the country have been canceled, including March Madness and the College World Series. States across the country are also transitioning to social distancing and social isolation measures. On March 19, Governor Newsom of California put the whole state under a shelter-in-place order. In Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards banned all gatherings of 50 or more people, ordered schools to move to online-based learning, closed movie theatres and bars, and told restaurants that they could only serve food through curbside pick-up and delivery. With 479 reported cases as of March 20, these measures are incredibly important to flatten the curve. If you aren’t familiar with this term, check out this Washington Post article that explains how “flattening the curve” can save lives: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/ 

While the social distancing measures can seem inconvenient for some, stopping the spread of the virus by any means necessary is a top priority for state officials, and should be for individuals as well. 

Want more information on COVID-19 in Louisiana? Check out this helpful website created by the Louisiana Department of Health: http://ldh.la.gov/coronavirus/ 

 

Symptoms of COVID-19

When someone gets COVID-19 they will show symptoms similar to the common cold or the flu. The people who are most at risk of death of COVID-19 are people who have poor immune systems or are senior citizens. As of March 2020, the death rate is about 3.5% according to the World Health Organization, but only around 100,000 people are known to have the virus. Readers should keep in mind that this number is consistently changing.

 

CoronaVirus prevention 

With the emerging prevalence of coronavirus, many people are unaware of how to protect themselves. According to the CDC, the best ways to prevent contracting the virus are:

             Avoiding close contact with sick people

             Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

             Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing

             Clean surfaces in your home with disinfectants

             Washing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol

Contrary to popular belief, standard facemasks do not protect a person from contracting the virus. A generic mask only helps prevent someone who is sick from spreading the virus. Face masks should only be used by those who show symptoms, by those who are ordered by doctors to do so, or by those who are working in the health care business, as they will help prevent the spreading of germs in close quarters.

However inconvenient it might be to follow these precautionary measures, they are important to follow because it helps prevent the spreading of illness to those who are incapable of fighting off the virus. It is important for those who can fight off illness to practice these precautions because if the majority of people are preventing the spread of a virus, it reduces the chances that it affects those who cannot fight off the virus on their own. 

For even more information about the coronavirus, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html