Updated: Mar 10, 2020
From an Emergency Management perspective, these are the facts and information I have gathered from multiple sources.
Who: All global citizens
What: Coronavirus or Covid-19
When: 1 December 2019 through current day
Where: 83 Countries to include the United States (35 last week)
Why: Unknown is the best answer. Lots of speculation and conspiracy with little to no final conclusion
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. There are multiple cases of previously infected individuals who recovered becoming infected a second time. Those who die the second time around is normally from heart or organ failure. 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. There are three unconfirmed cases of animal infection. Two in Japan and one in China.
Globally: Currently 83 countries are impacted by the coronavirus (35 last week) . As of this time around 95,161 cases have been sickened (80,000 one week ago) with 3,252 deaths (2,700 one week ago) in 83 countries (35 last week).
Nationally: The United States currently has 149 known coronaviruses cases (53 last week) in 16 states (7 a week ago) and 11 deaths. Local:
You should monitor all sources for updates and information. Cross check your information because most of the Government sources...CDC, State Dept, DoD, and other sites are late updating current information. The guidance has remained the same.
Here's two links for current information that we have found pretty accurate: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ https://bnonews.com/index.php/2020/02/the-latest-coronavirus-cases/
Defense and Prevention: Remain calm. Remain calm. Remain calm. (Intentional to make a point) Separation and distance. Stay away from crowds. Wash hands with soapy water for at least 20 seconds. 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. 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. Again, 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.
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.
Chatter: As of today, March 4, 2020, there have been more deaths outside of China than in China for the first time.
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