The Coronavirus has sparked severe panic as it continues to spread across the country. CNN reported that thirty-four states have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. The public is taking extreme caution to avoid infection but the question remains; could we be over reacting? What are the facts about the virus and what is fake news?
While many health professionals attribute the false rumors about the virus to inability of the media to properly report on health-related issues, here are a few facts to keep in mind according to reports.
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces containment zone around New Rochelle, lasting until 3/25. The National Guard to be deployed to assist in food delivery, cleaning.
BREAKING: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces containment zone around New Rochelle, lasting until 3/25; National Guard to be deployed to assist in food delivery, cleaning.
— ABC News (@ABC) March 10, 2020
- People with pre-existing health conditions are more likely to get infected by the virus, so if you have a normal functioning immune system, you are not at high risk (but still take basic preventive precautions).
- Many of the people who have COVID-19 have pneumonia in both lungs
- Symptoms associated with the virus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath and usually begin to appear 2-14 days after infection.
There is no specific treatment or vaccine to prevent COVID-19, but a few helpful and effective preventive measures according to the National Library of Medicine is basic everyday health precautions like washing your hands frequently, avoiding contact with your mouth, eyes, and nose with unwashed hands can help keep you safe from infection. Also, stay informed about the symptoms of Coronavirus and report any symptoms to avoid further complications. Avoid direct contact with anybody who is coughing or sneezing, and cover your own cough or sneeze with a tissue.
Visit CDC official website to stay up to date.