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COVID-19: To A City Near Me!

As of yesterday, there have been six (6) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in my immediate area in Dallas. I do not want to beat a dead horse as I see many daily postings on the virus. But since COVID-19 has decided to visit a city near me, I thought it prudent to make mention.

What you need to know; https://wordpress.com/post/justpene.com/2206

At mine and many other healthcare facilities, N-95 masks are becoming scarce, there have been reports of N-95 mask thefts at several such facilities as folks are running scared.

What To Do Now

Remain vigilant, disinfect busy surfaces in your surroundings often, door handles, toilets, counter surfaces, etc.

  • If possible carry hand sanitizer and use often, rub hands until dry
  • Avoid crowds and public spaces as you are able
  • Wear a mask if you are sick or in public if at all possible
  • Stay at least 6 feet from strangers and ill persons.
  • Do NOT SHAKE HANDS
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds (sing the happy birthday song as a timer)
  • Cover your cough and sneeze
  • In the short-term avoid persons with travel to the “hot spots”, see link here; https://wordpress.com/post/justpene.com/2270

Epidemiologists indicate that the virus has a long incubation and infection period when compared to the influenza. COVID-19 also appears to spread easier that the common flu, and with the CDC changing its algorithm by the hour, it would stand to reason that they themselves have no real data on this virus.

How to Sanitize Your Spaces

  • Mix 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per one gallon of water. (Do not mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners).
  • Use a well-ventilated room
  • Use approved cleaners as recommended, see link below.

Symptoms appear to be similar to the flu, with fever>102, a cough and lower respiratory presentation.

 

If you are older >65 years, very young or have severe underlying chronic medical conditions; heart disease, lung/respiratory disease, diabetes or any other chronic illness, you may be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19.

Visit the EPA’s link for more approved cleaning products; https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-03/documents/sars-cov-2-list_03-03-2020.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/cleaning-disinfection.html

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

https://aiwa.press/coronavirus-china-investigating-doctors-death-as-cruise-ships-stay-locked-down/

The CDC expects more cases to be identified in the U.S. with more widespread testing and increased numbers of person-to-person transfers.

No need to panic, just apply common sense practical caution.

Again be vigilant, pray and stay well.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/novel-coronavirus-2019.html

 

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Coronavirus Update


WHO: Coronavirus: World Health Organization; 2020. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO

2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the U.S.

The CDC continues to closely monitor the spread of the respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The first case was reported in Wuhan, China, but have been rapidly growing in a number of other countries, including the United States.

This information is current as of January 29, 2020. Number of persons currently under investigation (PUI) = 36

Individuals Positive5
Individuals Negative68
Individuals Pending§92
Total165
The above information from the CDC website.

States with confirmed 2019-nCoV cases:

  • Washington
  • Illinois
  • California
  • Arizona
  • Oregon

Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Around The Globe:

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • South Korea
  • Italy
  • Macau
  • Taiwan
  • Australia
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • The Republic of Korea
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States
  • Vietnam

What YOU Need To Know:

There are no clear parameters for classification of clinical symptoms. Symptoms mimic the flu:

  • Cough
  • Fever 
  • Symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing).
  • In severe cases, the infection can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

Not much is really known about this virus at this time. Viruses are self limiting agents that hijack your cells to do their dirty work.

  • Care will be supportive, fluids, antivirals, rest, contain the spread until more information becomes available.
  • Wash hands frequently when available, carry hand sanitizer when you cannot wash your hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing / sneezing.
  • Thoroughly cooking your eggs and meats.
  • Limit your contact in public spaces if at all possible.
  • Apply additional caution for the very young, old and persons who are immunocompromised.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone showing signs of respiratory illness, such as coughing or sneezing until further information.

No vaccine or specific treatment for 2019-nCoV infection is currently available.

For further information I invite you to visit:

Stay safe and blessed!