An Update On Coronavirus And What To Do

Let us discuss and get updated about the coronavirus situation in China. Coronavirus has been developing rapidly and so you will learn about five facts related to it. You will also get to know about a few very logical steps you need to take in order to be safe from the virus if it ever becomes pandemic.

If you have been following the news, you know that Coronavirus has been declared a public emergency by both the Centers for Disease Control here in the US and by the World Health Organization. By the time you read this, there have already been 17,491 confirmed cases of this novel coronavirus and 362 confirmed deaths from the virus.

Now obviously we have to trust the government sources of these numbers. There is a lot of chatter out there on the interwebs about whether these numbers are truly accurate, whether they have been downplayed or whether they have been hyped up. But as of now, that is the official number.

The goal of this blog is not to panic you, it is not to make you worry it is not to make you lose sleep. The goal is to inform you with documented facts to help you understand what is going on, to remind you to be vigilant always in all situations.

And then if you decide that it is necessary for the practical and common-sense steps to prepare you for this virus, you are at the right place. Now currently the R-nought which is an epidemiological term, basically means that if one person has this virus in a normal community setting, how many people will they give it to.

On an annual basis, the influenza virus has an R-nought of about 0.8-2 and so if one person has it, on average they are going to give it to two people. The R-nought of this virus currently is estimated or calculated to be somewhere between 3-4.1.

So it looks like it is more contagious than the influenza virus is on an annual basis. The lethality percentage which basically means that out of a hundred people who catch this virus and develop the illness, how many will die.

Lethality rate is currently being calculated or estimated somewhere between 2-3.5%. So if 100 people become ill with this novel coronavirus, somewhere between 2-3.5 of those people will lose their lives due to this virus.

Now again to emphasize that all of these numbers, although they are coming from reputable sources, are calculated or estimated to some degree of both and ultimately are based on the information we are being given by the government of China and other governmental agencies.

So whether this number is falsely high, falsely low or dead-on accurate we do not really know. Now here are 5 facts that we know which have been documented in reputable sources and the links will be down below, they range from the World Health Organization to the Centers for Disease Control, the New England Journal of Medicine to Johns Hopkins University.

So these are not facts that were collected from some conspiracy websites. These are from reputable sites that are trying their best to understand this virus and inform the public of the truth.

Some Facts

1. Human To Human

So the fact number one which has been documented is that this virus spreads human-to-human. So people who have not necessarily been to China, if they come in contact with someone who has been exposed to this virus, then there is definitely a documented spread and that is a fact.

2. Spreads Before Development

Number two is that it looks like people are contagious with this virus, meaning they can spread it to you even before they develop any symptoms or any fever. And that has been documented in a couple of cases.

3. Can Spread Individually

There has been documented casual spread, which means from interactions out of the community at work or on a bus or somewhere like that not necessarily from a very close proximity family relationship, where there is hugging and kissing, sharing meals and sharing utensils.

There has been documented casual community spread and this is another thing to think about.

4. Found In Feces

It has been documented in at least two cases that the coronavirus has been found in feces or stool. So also in this virus, you typically would not see a lot of diarrhea or gastrointestinal symptoms, but it looks like there is a 10% documented rate of diarrhea.

And the virus is going to be in that diarrhea. So the logical steps that will be mentioned later in the article, become really really important if not only you catch this from a respiratory droplet, spray or splatter from fomites.

You can actually catch them from places like countertops, doorknobs, seatbacks, etc. You can also catch this if someone goes to the restroom, uses it and does not wash their hands thoroughly after which they touch something. Much like hepatitis A, you can catch it in the same fashion.

5. May Spread Without Any Symptoms

It has been documented that at least some of the people have recovered from this novel coronavirus. So they feel better, they have no fever anymore, their symptoms are gone, they are still shedding the virus.

So it looks like that even before you develop any symptoms and then after all your symptoms are gone you can still spread this virus to other people.

So there is also a map that keeps minute to minute update of where the virus is in the world, what cities have been infected and how many documented cases and how many documented deaths have been.

Now let us talk about some myths that you may not know about. Also, most of the people who are spreading these myths are well-meaning but you do not need to bet your life or your family’s life on any of these myths.

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Some Myths

1. Bleach

Myth number one is that some concoction that you make with bleach will protect you whether you just drink the bleach or you make something with the bleach. There is no research that backs that up. There is no documentation that helps it at all.

And obviously, drinking bleach is a bad idea. Some people are not drinking the bleach directly but they are making things with it, which is still very sketchy and you should not bet your family’s life on that.

2. Essential Oils

Essential oils will protect you from this. That is myth number two which is not true at all. People do use essential oils and they believe in them but they are not going to protect you from this novel coronavirus.

3. Ethnicity Matters

Number three is that the ethnicity of people matters. And since this started in China and given past world wars and past racism people automatically jump to assume that maybe you should avoid all Chinese people.

You can catch this novel coronavirus from any human being of any race, of any gender, any age, so none of that matters whatsoever.

4. Herb/Roots/Berries

Number four is that there are certain herbs, certain roots or a certain berry that you can get from the Himalayas, Africa or Jamaica, is going to protect you from this virus. There is absolutely no common sense behind that nor any research to support that.

What you need to do is to take the steps that you will read about here. That is what is going to actually protect you from this.

Now it will be the best thing in the world if this novel coronavirus fizzles out. If we are able to contain it with all the infectious disease prevention and things that we are doing around the world, honestly speaking, we should be doing more but we are not.

So we have to live with what we have got. But if this virus does achieve pandemic status, some people would argue that it already has since it is on multiple continents and it has taken life in more than one country.

They would say that it is the definition of a pandemic but probably the CDC and the World Health Organisation have declared this a pandemic yet. So if it does approach a pandemic or become a pandemic, here are the steps that you should definitely be taking.

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Important Measures

1. Stay Isolated!

First and foremost is to stay home. Stay away from crowded areas, stay away from people in general. When you stay around your immediate family this is the ultimate protection.

Mainstream media is not talking about it. If it gets worse, you need to stay home.

2. Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands very often and definitely wash your hands with warm water and soap if you touch any surface out in public or you come into contact with anyone who sneezes, coughs or is in any way in close proximity to you.

You do not know if they are infected or not. They may be in the prodromal stage that has no symptoms and no fever. Additionally do not trust antibacterial hand sanitizers. Very often these will kill bacteria but do not kill all bacteria.

Many of them do not kill viruses at all. And so you cannot trust them with your safety in case this coronavirus becomes a pandemic.

3. Wear A Mask

You should absolutely wear a mask, but not just any mask will do. You will need an n95 or a k2 quality mask as these are considered medical masks. You have to be aware of this in case the World Health Organization or the Center for Disease Control do upgrade this dependent status, you need to know which kind of mask to wear.

That is because some do not really protect you at all.

4. Safety Glasses

You need wrap-around safety glasses. If your eyes are not protected, since they are a mucus membrane, you can contract this coronavirus just from a tiny invisible particle of saliva that contains the virus landing on your conjunctiva or the surface of your eye.

So wrap around glasses are a necessity if you go into public.

5. Wear Gloves

Wear some kind of latex-free medical disposable glove. You can buy these, they are very cheap. You can buy these in bulk. You should absolutely wear gloves when you are in public because even if you are wearing your glasses and your mask and you touch a surface that has the coronavirus on it, you are going to take that back on your hands.

Remember it can live on the counter or doorknob, etc. for up to 5 days straight. So you definitely need to wear gloves when you are out in public and then take them off before you go into your home.

6. Wear Disposable Gowns

The next is perhaps even wearing disposable gowns. You can buy these in boxes of 10 or 100 off most websites. That is going to be drastic and look drastic but if it does achieve pandemic status, should you wear this and be too careful?

Yes. But you should avoid going out at any cost in public, in a place where you are going to be closer than six feet to the person next to you, if you have to ride in an uber, bus, plane or even a train, you should grown-up almost like you were going into surgery.

7. Deny/Discourage Visitors

While you are at home, you need to discourage and deny visitors. As long as you keep your door closed, and there is no possible way that the virus particles riding on saliva or mucus and microparticles can get to your family, you guys are safe.

So you can sit home and you can order a door-dash, order stuff off amazon and not be compromised as long as you are using the universal precautions of wearing gloves, masks, and wrap-around eye goggles anytime you go outside your home.

Now let us say you have to go to work, your profession is something that is vital to the proper function of society or you just have no choice and you have to be around people, what should you do?

8. Stay Informed

Be updated and learn about new information. Try not to fall into any hearsay, rumors or boloney but if it looks like it has been proven then you can let others know and make an informed decision yourself.

So watch the news, but also check out some YouTube videos and reach out to some other news outlets other than just the mainstream media. That will be wise to do so.


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Janet Fudge

Janet Fudge writes on general health topics for She holds a post-graduate diploma in Public Health with a major in epidemiology. During the outbreak of COVID-19, Janet actively volunteered in vaccination drives throughout the state of Iowa. She lives in Iowa with her husband and two children.