What is COVID-19 and what does it mean?
COVID-19 is a disease spread through human transmission. Corona viruses are called corona meaning crown for their crown like features. The disease can result in having no, mild, or severe symptoms. The term COVID-19 is short for Corona Virus Disease 2019 as it was discovered at the end of 2019.
Is this Corona virus new?
This particular disease that has caused a pandemic is in fact novel or new. Adding this virus to the list of already known viruses brings us up to a total of 7 corona viruses that can infect humans. A few of these corona viruses are actually what cause common colds and do not cause severe symptoms.
How did COVID-19 appear?
This new virus was first discovered in Wuhan China and has rapidly spread around the world through human transmission. The virus originally would have been one that only infected animals but evolved to now infect humans. Due to its 2-14 day incubation period it cannot be tracked to a source and may take several days before symptoms occur.
Who is the most susceptible to contracting COVID-19?
Everyone has the potential for becoming infected but there are some who are more likely to get it. Anyone above the age of 60 and or might have an underlying health issue, anyone who is immuno-compromised, and anyone of any age with pre-existing health conditions. While you may not personally know someone who fit these qualifications we can guarantee you that you know someone else who knows one.
How can we mitigate the spread of the virus?
The best way to avoid spreading the virus is to wash your hands often in order to kill the virus. Do not touch your face as you will become infected instantly when the virus is present. Also, wear a cloth covering over your mouth and nose when in public that way the virus cannot move from you to another person. Social distancing and limiting the amount of trips taken outside of your home is another important tool to mitigating the spread.
What is social distancing and why does it matter?
Social distancing is the act of staying at home and away from others as much as possible. When you do leave your home it must be for necessary trips only. These include grocery shopping, going to the laundromat, buying cleaning supplies, picking up dinner, etc. Outside of your home you should stay at least 6 ft. away from other people and even farther away when you’re not wearing a mask. Even if you do not feel sick you very well may be a carrier transmitting it to others. Wearing a cloth covering may prevent you from spreading the virus to someone whose immune system will not be able to protect them.
- Social Distance yourselves.
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Wear a cloth covering or face mask when in public.
- Wash your hands!
- Even if you are not feeling well you could still be infected and spread it to others.
- Protect your elders and immuno-compromised friends.
- Stay positive and know the facts!
This information was sourced from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.