One thing we should be aware of is that coronavirus or COVID-19 is not stopping anytime soon and that this is only the beginning (especially fir the uk) At this time there are currently over 140,000 cases with over 6000 reported deaths & rising.
We have gotten to the stage of it being a worldwide pandemic. Tom Hanks has been but into isolation/quarantine to stop the spreading of the disease, shops are running out of stock, and businesses are struggling to sat afloat. The toilet roll situation is just getting out of hand. This is one thing I can sure say that is unnecessary and even selfish. Please think of everyone else when you are wiping all the shelves clean of living essentials. I saw a poor elderly woman the other day worried to death because she couldn't find anywhere that has toilet roll left. The woman is at a much higher risk than the average person who is panic buying, and much more likely to be in isolation sooner than anyone else.
With that being said, lets keep you up to date separating the facts from the fiction too keep you sane and ready for the next coming weeks/months.
YOU MUST WEAR A FACE MASK.
The virus and face masks seem to be in unison. The outbreak has almost made this a trend and I'm sure manufacturers of face masks are making a killing right now. However, it is not a bullet proof way of keeping yourself separate from the strain. The virus can transmit through your eyes and is spread through tiny particles called aerosols that can actually penetrate masks. Although this is the case, care & health workers are permitted to wearing face masks to cut down the potential of spreading the virus and keeping both parties safe. People walking the streets or shopping in a crowded store see little benefit from wearing one.
THE VIRUS IS JUST A MUTATED FORM OF THE COMMON COLD
No it's not. COVID-19 is a large family of viruses that includes many different diseases. It has a shared similarity which can cause a common cold with symptoms such as a soar throat, high temperatures and continued coughing. But do not mistake this virus just as a common cold. This virus seems to have 90% of is genetic material similar to CoV-2 which infect bats, which suggests that the virus originated in bats and later hopped to humans.
IF YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS YOU WULL KNOW
This is not necessary the case. COVID-19 causes a wide range of symptoms and many of which as stated above do appear in other respiratory illnesses. Especially at this time of the year when the common feeling in the cold is having. runny nose, soar through and so on. Symptoms vary from person to person and can ultimately in the worse case scenarios turn to severe pneumonia and even death. But early on you can be infected with the virus and show no symptoms at all for 4-5 days, which is long enough to spread the virus to more vulnerable people. If you do seem to be having any symptoms that are related to the virus, it is in yours and other peoples interest to ring your nearest Gp or doctors. Do not physically go to the doctors in the risk of effecting others.
CHILDREN CANNOT CATCH COVID-19
All age groups can become infected. Most cases so far have been in adults and the severe life threatening cases in older age groups with underlining health issues. This doesn't mean you do not have to take the same precautions with all ages. It has shown that children are just as likely to become infected, but their symptoms tend to be less severe. This leads to more of a threat when visiting family, more specifically grandparents. Be very careful and aware that even if symptoms aren't showing, the virus can be present. Which means it can be spread to the elderly and ultimately put them in a life threatening situation.
THE VIRUS WILL DIE OFF WHEN TEMPERATURES RISE IN THE SPRING
People have been tending to think just because a lot of bacteria or viruses cannot survive in extreme temperatures, that this must be true of COVID-19 also. Also the connection with the common cold and how it is more easily spread in the colder months. Scientists are not 100% sure as of yet how the next coming months will pan out with the climate and temperature changes, but its safe to say they do not think it will effect the virus very much.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
- Avoid close contact with people who seem sick
- Try to avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes
- Sneeze into a tissue and then throw it straight into the trash
- If no tissues at hand, sneeze into the crook of your elbow
- Use disinfectant sprays and other cleaning sprays frequently on surfaces or objects that you have contact with
- Wash your hands with soap regularly for attest 20 seconds
- Do not panic buy, think of others and the more vulnerable people involved
- Avoid big crowds where possible and only travel if absolutely necessary
- MOST IMPORTANTLY.. If you know if any elderly living by you, make sure to let them know you are here to help. Give them your number, if they need supplies, be kind enough to give them the supplies they need. You can just leave them at the door and ring the bell if you do not wish to come in contact with them. Wear gloves when handling the supplies just in case.
Online can be the best way to shop at the moment so if you are in isolation, remember the online shops that also need support in these times. Stock up on your Gym Apparel ready to hit the rest of the year strong.