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Corona Virus: A few easy things you can do about it

Coronavirus

Corona Virus: What should I do?

Many people have asked me about the top of the novel Corona Virus (COVID-19). So, I thought I would write a short guide and share my thoughts. First and foremost, I want to preface this by saying that while there cause for concern, COVID-19 should not be cause for alarm as the proper precautions by the can help prevent the spread of the virus. This virus is very new and more information is being gathered about it all the time. Corona virus is not the flu. Anyone that is telling you so is lying to you. The mortality rate of the corona virus has a mortality rate of 3.4% whereas flu has a rate of only 0.1 %. It is a pandemic despite the outbreak fitting the bill worldwide.

 

By the time you read this, some of this information may be out of date, but the general information of how to stay healthy should still hold true.

 

Where did the Corona virus come from?

The Corona virus is an infectious disease that similar to the SARS virus. The initial appearance of the virus appears to have occur around December of 2019 in the vicinity of Wuhan, China. It is possible that the virus was being spread before this time and was undetected.

 

Official sources in China claim that the virus originated from a fish market. Such markets often lack the sanitation of markets found in the modern world. Although there is no concrete evidence, it has been suggested that the virus could be a man-made virus for biological weapons purposes. In the city of Wuhan, China, there is a level P4 biological lab. BSL P4 laboratories (BSL-4) have the highest safety level precautions due to the infectious nature of the material they deal with. Upon close examination, researchers have found that the origin of the virus is from bats or pangolins. Curiously, there are no such bats close to the area where the Wuhan lab is located. This makes it doubtful that the virus could have original from a wet market as has been claimed.

Coincidentally, the Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration took place at the end of January. As part of CNY, Chinese traveled all over the world. Together with the long incubation period (up to 25 day), this may have helped spread the virus to new areas.

Whether or not the COVID-19 the result of natural processes or a man-made virus, one thing is for certain. It is hazard and potentially fatal to individual of an advanced age and also those with other health complications.

 

Signs and symptoms

For some people, they may have no symptoms. For most people the symptoms will be mild and comparable to the common flu. According to the CDC, the distinguishing symptoms COVID-19 are as follows:

  1. Fever
  2. Cough
  3. Shortness of breath

Compared to the common flu, the Corona virus will be more severe particularly in the effect on its respiratory system. The corona virus can cause respiratory distress in which case it advisable to seek emergency medical attention.

 

What can you to protect yourself and your family?

The usual precautions that are taken for avoiding the common flu also apply to the corona virus. They are as follows:

 

  1. Handwashing:

The main way that cold and flu are transmitted is by being the same space as someone who is sick. When an infected individual coughs or sneezes, the virus can land on surfaces that uninfected person can touch. Furthermore, more people touch there face anywhere between 8-12 times per hour. If germs are on an individual’s hands, they can easily enter the body through eyes nose or mouth as a result. This why handwashing is so important as it can reduce the chances that the virus is transmitted by simply washing it away. When handwashing is not practical, hand sanitizer should be used as a substitute, but handwashing is more effective.

 

  1. Cough etiquette:

Whenever coughing or sneezing, everyone should exercise cough etiquette by directing the cough or sneeze into their arm or shoulder. It is important to not cough into one’s hand(s) or directly into air as it allows for germ particles to permeate the air.

  1. Avoid contact with sick people:

Large gatherings of people should be avoided especially those that take place in enclosed areas. Individual that are ill or suspected of being ill should be avoided due to the risk of infection. This is especially tricky due to the fact that COVID-19 can have a notoriously long incubation period ranging from 14-25 days. If you know someone that recently traveled back from a region where there are known infection, you may want to avoid direct contact with that individual and deal with them through the phone or internet. Consider using a mask with a rating of N95 or higher if you absolutely need to go to area around many other people. Some sources have suggested that masks do not work which is untrue. Health care workers use masks because they do protect offer an increased level of protection.

 

 

 

Author
David Chen, DC Dr. David Chen has been practicing Blair Chiropractic since 2014. Based in Los Angeles, he specializes in upper cervical chiropractic. This type of correct is gentle without the normal popping and cracking associated with chiropractic neck adjustments.

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