Corona Virus update – Option 3 Outfitters
When and where did the outbreak start?
China first reported the outbreak in Wuhan on Dec. 30, 2019.
What is the difference between the flu and COVID19?
Many symptoms are mild, both flu and corona can lead to pneumonia and become lethal. So what makes corona different? This virus appears to go further down into the lungs than the normal flu virus, giving you symptoms of severe pneumonia. The lungs become flooded, they don’t function very well and the patient experiences severe and sometimes extreme difficulty breathing that often requires hospitalization. The virus can also lead to kidney failure and eventually may result in death. The virus may be seasonally sensitive like the flu. Cases may go down during spring and summer, but not enough is known about the virus to be sure at this point.
How dangerous is the COVID19 coronavirus compared to flu?
80999 cases of corona virus were confirmed by the time this was written. 30065 completely recovered. 2760 have died. The Flu causes approximately five million cases of severe illness worldwide, and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that flu kills approximately 650,000 people annually. While the mortality rates of COVID19 do not sound too great right now and may end up being similar to the flu overtime. Our ability to fight off the virus is unknown. General familiarity with flu also diminishes concern of how deadly/dangerous it really is.
Humans have naturally built up antibodies to seasonal flu and, many vaccines have been created to fight it. In the case of COVID19, there is no immunity in the population so you have potential for a global pandemic spread. Dr. Anne Schuchat, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said that while the immediate risk in the United States was low, the current global situation suggested a pandemic was likely. “It’s not a question of if. It’s a question of when and how many people will be infected,” Schuchat said.
What are the symptoms and treatment?
Symptoms include a fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. They may appear 2 to 14 days after you’re exposed to the virus. A new Chinese study suggests that the incubation period can be as much as 24 days in some people. There are no specific treatments for the virus. Patients are generally given supportive care for their symptoms, such a fluids and pain relievers. Hospitalized patients may need support with breathing and typically require treatment in the intensive care unit of the hospital. There is no vaccine at this point. The NIH is working on possible vaccines but none have reached the testing phase so far.
Is the virus coming here?
It already has…California has just reported their first case of unknown origin. Asha George, executive director of the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense, said to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday, that the United States should be preparing ahead for cases of coronavirus in the thousands. Scott Gottlieb, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, told the Senate committee that he expects a COVID-19 outbreak to emerge across the United States in the next two to four weeks. “Some of the modeling out of the UK suggests that we’re capturing about 25 percent of cases at best. So for every case we identify, there’s three or four that we didn’t identify.” Gottlieb added. In order to slow down the spread, those infected must be identified and isolated in places where they can’t infect others, and isolation materials such as gloves and masks should be readily available.
How do I prepare and protect myself and my family?
Take these simple measures to reduce your chance of catching any virus.
– Avoid crowds.
– Wash your hands frequently. Use a hand sanitizer when hand washing isn’t possible.
– Learn basic first aid and have a first aid kit with basic medicines and other supplies readily available.
Here is a list of things you will need if a pandemic outbreak occurs.
-Mask. Experts say that masks are not a guarantee to avoid the COVID19 virus, but it’s a good first step. Stock up on N95/N100 masks. These are usually the first things to go out of stock in the stores during a pandemic crisis.
-Gloves. Wear them when dealing with any high risk material, trash, clothing, bedding or any other possibly contaminated things. The exact methods of transmission are still not yet known.
-Laundry detergent. Washing laundry is imperative.
-Antiseptics. Antiseptic wipes and hand sanitizers will help you control exposure and help minimize the risks when hand washing is not possible
-Goggles / eye protection. Eye protection will help you prevent droplets from entering the mucous membranes of the eye.
-Duct tape and drop cloths. Everyone should carry a roll of duct tape regardless of age or occupation. In the event of a pandemic, duct tape and drop clothes could prove useful
-Water filtration system. Water could also produce contaminants worthy of a pandemic. A cutoff of the water supply would lead to certain doom and devastation. Having a means to filter water prevents a catastrophe from becoming a potentially life ending crisis.
Build A Disaster Survival Kit.
A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Assemble your kit well in advance of any emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You may need “shelter in place” to survive on your own after an emergency for an extended period of time. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, or in this case an outbreak, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You may get help in hours or it might take days. Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for several days or longer. Access to your local grocery store may also be restricted or completely unavailable. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.
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