From undisguised horror to sheer fright, the emotions, expressed as a result of the spread of Coronavirus (Covid19), has been overwhelming, and awful. Leaving many to ask; what's next? Is there a way out of this pandemonium? Being sick isn't something anyone prays to be. But, when the sickness is life-threatening and almost instant, it becomes a negative and horrific experience to live through.
The Harvard Health Publishing reported that: "The rapid spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has sparked alarm worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared this rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, and many countries are grappling with a rise in confirmed cases. In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising people to be prepared for disruptions to daily life that will be necessary if the coronavirus spreads within communities."
Setbacks will happen. Things will go wrong. The more we leave our valleys of comforts in passionate pursuit of our mountains of opportunity, the more obstacles we'll face as we dare to climb up the success ladder of life. The big question on the lips of many is: "Is Covid19 the result of a pursuit gone wrong by an inquisitive scientist? Is there a hidden agenda to the wild outbreak? Is there more to it than meets the eye?
According to Kenneth McIntosh, MD: "Coronaviruses are important human and animal pathogens. At the end of 2019, a novel coronavirus was identified, as the cause of a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan; a city in the Hubei Province of China. It rapidly spread, resulting in an epidemic throughout China, followed by an increasing number of cases in other countries, throughout the world. In February 2020, the World Health Organization designated the disease COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus disease in 2019.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is designated severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2); previously, it's referred to as 2019-now. Understanding of COVID-19 is fast evolving. Interim guidance has been issued by the World Health Organization and by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
Nations are growing weary. People are getting threatened by the virus and, hopes are diminishing. Individuals, citizens, can't bear to let go of all they've known to become vulnerable to their needy clinging to the things they've come to know. Why are the narratives so frightening?
Kenneth McIntosh, MD, went further to state that: "globally, more than 300,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported.
Since the first reports of cases from Wuhan; a city in the Hubei Province of China, at the end of 2019, more than 80,000 COVID-19 cases have been reported in China, with the majority of those from Hubei and surrounding provinces. A joint World Health Organization (WHO)-China facts finding mission, estimated that the epidemic in China peaked between late January, and early February 2020. The rate of new cases decreased substantially by early March.
However, cases have been reported in all continents, except for Antarctica, and have been steadily rising in many countries. These include the United States, most countries in Western Europe (including the United Kingdom), and Iran."
Are dim futures all we can imagine with the spread of Covid19 globally? Day after day, week after weeks, news of new casualties takes the lead globally. And pessimism has become the easiest way to make sense of what's happening around the world today.
According to the WHO, the most common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Some patients may also have a runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion and aches, and pains or diarrhoea. About 80% of people who get Covid-19 experience a mild case – about as serious as a regular cold – and recover without needing any special treatment.
About one in six people, the WHO says, become seriously ill. The elderly and people with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, or chronic respiratory conditions, are at a greater risk of serious illness from Covid-19.
Could anything be more liberating now with Covid19?
Yes. Preventive measures are liberating. Hope also must not be lost. Scientists are working around the clock for vaccines to cure this deadly disease. In the meantime, we must take precautions.
Here are a few precautious measures you can take to lower the risks of getting infected:
. Avoid crowded environment. Limit any form of contact with people who have been diagnosed with showing signs of being contaminated.
. Maintain adequate distance (six feet or more) between you and anyone around you.
. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water consistently for 30 seconds. Use hand sanitisers that contain more alcohol.
. As best you can, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, with your hands after shaking anyone, touching objects, or sneezing.
. Restrict your movement to the barest minimum unless it's necessary for you to go out. Stay home as much as possible to help reduce your risk of being exposed.
. Clean and disinfect all surfaces in your homes with antiseptics or hypos; such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables, every day.
. Be more empathic and compassionate to all those diagnosed to be contaminated with the virus by enlightening and educating everyone around you on the need to be safe.
. Do not discriminate or reproach affected individuals.
Be safe. Be cool
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