In the past few weeks, Coronavirus has continued to expand and impact countries around the world in devastating ways. Schools and universities have moved to online education; offices have told employees to work at home if possible; restaurants and bars only have to-go services available. With this pandemic, media coverage and social media mentions have led to some misinformation. Here are the facts and what you can do to help support the efforts to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
Coronavirus is spread through exposure to viral particles. This could be through droplets from coughs or sneezes or through standing within 6 ft of someone who has it. In the United States, as of March 20, there are 14,322 cases. This number has continued to increase over the past few days. This article written by Tomas Pueyo shows graphs illustrating the number of cases per country, daily growth rates, and other information. Based on this New York Times article, the US has not tested patients as rigorously when compared to other countries. As testing increases through establishing drive-though testing sites and using commercial labs to test samples, the number of cases will continue to escalate. While all of this information can seem daunting, considering context is essential. When comparing various countries, also consider the population of those countries as compared to the number of cases.
The CDC has provided guidelines for staying safe. Wash your hands for 20 seconds. Using soap and water is essential after being in public areas, coughing, or sneezing. Here are handwashing songs from the Arizona government that make the 20 seconds go by faster. If soap and water are not available, make sure to use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Additionally, keep your hands away from your face in order to decrease the chance of germs invading your body. Avoid contact with people in order to decrease the spread of germs. Lastly, continue to clean surfaces regularly to kill any germs that may be on it.
Social distancing is a term that has permeated through social media recently. Social distancing is taking precautions and staying away from others in order to help slow down the virus. By canceling events, conferences, concerts and other activities, the chances for an infected person to transmit the virus to a healthy person decrease. Here is a graphic that shows the effects of social distancing. With coronavirus, symptoms may not show up for 14 days. This can make it difficult for people to know if they have the virus. If you are feeling sick, stay home in order to protect more vulnerable people. By practicing social distancing, we are helping our healthcare workers and people more susceptible to contracting severe cases of coronavirus by trying to slow the spread.
At Cold FAid, keeping you, your family, friends, neighbors, and communities safe is important to us. Your health is our priority. Practice social distancing, so we can continue to support our medical professionals and promote wellness for all.