This is the most current information available and yet the big picture remains sketchy. Different sites provides different statistics. The key is to remain calm and do not panic. Stay informed and stay ahead. Plan and maintain social distancing if things progress. I have provided some additional recommendations for resources to obtain if you haven't already.
I am not a doctor but these are the facts and information I will address the topic from a Preparedness and Emergency Management perspective. I have gathered the below information from multiple sources.
Who: All global citizens
What: Coronavirus or Covid-19
When: 1 December 2019 through current day
Where: 35 Countries to include the United States
Why: Unknown. Originally ruled a virus contracted from the fish/meat market from bat meat. Since ruled out. Some speculation believes the virus could be a Bio weapon leaked from a Bio Lab in Wuhan, China.
Description: This coronavirus is a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like the previous versions of coronaviruses its origin comes from animals.
Symptoms: Individuals afflicted by the virus can result in pneumonia. Those with the virus can display symptoms such as coughs, fever, and breathing difficulties. The more severe cases can be organ failure. As in a viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use. Recovery depends on the strength of the immune system and health condition of the individual when afflicted. NOTE: Diarrhea is not a symptom.
Transmission: This version of the coronavirus transmits human-to-human but can lay on surfaces for days and still infect.
Globally: Currently 35 countries are impacted by the coronavirus. As of this time around 80,000 have been sickened with 2,700 deaths in 35 countries. Here is an excellent website to track the global Coronavirus spread. Thanks to one of our Patriot sisters for sending this to me.
Nationally: The United States currently has 53 known coronaviruses cases (Arizona, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin). Only three of more than 100 public health labs across the country have verified CDC test for use. It means no one has been tested for this coronavirus in 47 states. The kids CDC distributed are flawed and none have yet been replaced. The CDC has stated the virus is proving to be far more contagious than the flu, having spread from 300 people in mid-January to more than 80,000 in mid to later February.
Local: There are no known persons or cases of infected with coronavirus at the present time and they all originated in Wuhan, China. On February 25, 2020, local sources announced DSV has scheduled cargo flights three days per week between Shanghai China and Huntsville AL. No further information was provided to this story.
Defense and Prevention: Separation and distance. Stay away from crowds.
Take immune boosters, however it is believed elderberry will not be effective against this particular virus because the Sambucus nigra is inhibitory on infectious bronchitis type viruses.
Wash hands with soapy water for at least 20 seconds. If this is not possible use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid touching objects or people, outside the home especially.
Clean your work space and/or home frequently.
If a person has waited this long to procure N 95/100 mask, it may be too late as most local box stores and suppliers are sold out. As of last week a person could purchase the mask, drop down plastic shield, Tyvek full suits or two piece suits, with gloves and booties from Amazon.
Pay attention to national and local news and website information to stay abreast of information.
Because the specific origin and viral make up remains a question, one could read many pros and cons to what over the counter remedies to procure and use if needed. It seems aspirin is one in question.
Recommendation: Information is power. Remain calm and do not panic. Be smart, remain vigilant and be prepared in the event the national or local circumstances change. If they change, you should have the recommended basic gear to protect yourself in the event you must be in the public or around other people. Knowledge, distance, separation, and self-reliance is the key. If you feel any flu like symptoms contact your doctor immediately.
The following is a list of pandemic supplies for your home:
*One month supply of emergency foods that require no refrigeration.
*Store 1 gallon of water per person per day, in clean plastic containers. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles.
*2-3 small wastebasket or a bucket lined with a plastic garbage bag (to dispose of clothing, soiled supplies, etc.)
*Gallon-sized zip-loc bags
*Portable toilet with disposable liners
*Supply of nonprescription drugs and pain relievers
*Cold medicines and decongestants
*Vitamins that have immune-boosting enhancers
*Fluids with electrolytes
*Bleach or disinfectant
*Garbage bags to collect soiled clothing and bedding before they are washed.
*Protective eye gear and/or face shield
*Tyvek protective suit and shoe covers
*Disposable cleaning gloves (in quantity)
*Alcohol-based hand sanitizers or homemade hand sanitizer supplies
*Disposable aprons or smocks (at least 2 cases)
*Duct tape for sealing off doorways and vents
*Disposable nitrile gloves (2-3 boxes)
*N95 masks or N100 respirator masks for use when the sick person is coughing or sneezing (can be purchased at hardware stores and some drugstores)
Consider filtering the air entering the return air duct from the quarantine room. Go to a local hardware store and purchase a furnace air filter that is a MERV 14-16 or even 17-20 which makes it a HEPA (hospital grade). Cut it to be a bit larger than the return air duct and put in on the outside or inside of the duct return. If you place it on the inside the soft spongy material will keep it in place. If you place it on the outside, use duct tape. This is simply an added level of protection to hopefully keep the contamination and virus from flowing out of the applicable room where the sick person is being quarantined.
In addition to having some necessary supplies on hand, you'll also want to do the following:
*Store a one month supply of water and food. During a pandemic, if you cannot get to a store, or if stores are out of supplies, it will be important for you to have extra supplies on hand.
*Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home. Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough, and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
*Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.
*Prepare a sick room for the home to limit family member's exposure to the virus.
Chatter: WHO expert says list of illnesses have potential to reach international epidemic levels and could be labeled as Disease X which is a term that was coined by WHO to alert the world to think about how to prepare for this disease.”
CDC official says the question of coronavirus in the United States is “when the outbreak will happen, not if.”
With this said, there are few things known with certainty. Pneumonia is, as with all flu, the common mode of fatality. 61.5% of patients requiring hospitalization and intense monitoring ended up becoming "non-survivors". Currently in Wuhan the incubation period of three to twenty-seven days, i.e., infected but without symptoms. Fourteen days is typical. Recovery from coronavirus is not immunity, it can attack again and infect a second time to cause further damage, including heart failure and death.
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