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.
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.
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
The above information from the CDC website.
States with confirmed 2019-nCoV cases:
Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Around The Globe:
The Republic of Korea
United Arab Emirates
What YOU Need To Know:
There are no clear parameters for classification of clinical symptoms. Symptoms mimic the flu:
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.