The new Chinese Coronavirus is the most recent thing in the news. It seems it is all over the place figuratively and quite possibly literally. Some websites are saying everything is fine and the common cold is more concerning than this.
However, other websites are showing videos that are apparently from Twitter and other social media networks of doctors crying talking about how “there are too many patients and deaths for them to do anything”, people falling over in the street and dying, and bodies lying in the hallways of hospitals dead because there is not enough room.
How Did it Start?
This new Coronavirus started in china and is allegedly a mutation of the virus carried by fruit bats. The virus was transferred to a snake when the protein bonding elements changed during a mutation to where it could then be contracted by humans. It is a good guess that one of the many unregulated or illegal meat marketing in China was the cause of this. There is reason to believe it was a meat market selling illegal exotic animals in Wuhan, China. The first case was a middle aged man that was reported on December 31st. Since then, the virus has spread to a reported 900 people and several different countries. However, this is just the reported number and it is almost certain the real number is higher. We are just not sure how much higher it is than the reported number.
The first case in the United States was reported on Jan. 24, and there has been other cases as well as potential cases. All individuals traveling home from China. It is confirmed the virus is in Washington state and in Chicago, Illinois as well. Texas, North Carolina, and Maine or some of the other state where potential cases are as well.
How is the Virus Spreading?
As of right now it appears the virus is spread from the air (particles being breathed in from a cough or sneeze), close personal contact with an infected person, and touching a contaminated item then touching your eyes, nose, mouth, etc.
Could this Be the Next Global Emergency?
This is hard to answer as it is still relatively new. It was reported that the World Health Organization was split on whether or not to declare this a world health emergency. The ruling was ultimately not to because it is mainly in China. However, as this article is be written there are 12 cities in China under quarantine and an estimated 36 million individuals in those cities. It seems it will not be long before those cities start to become chaotic and that is something the Chinese government does not want to deal with. However, when it comes to the Chinese government, they have been known for not being forthcoming when it comes to illnesses in the past. The 2003 outbreak of a similar illness, SARS was highly downplayed by the Chinese government and was essentially like they were trying to cover it up. That very well could be going on here. I encourage everyone to do their own research and see these photos and videos for themselves.
What Can I do to Better Prepare in case this is a Global Emergency?
There are some actions you can take to better prepare yourself in case this is indeed the worlds next pandemic and major catastrophe.
1. Wash your Hands Regularly
This is an important step that honestly a good chunk of Americans do not partake in. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) claims that only 31% of men and 65% of women washing their hands after going to a bathroom. Washing your hands for at least thirty seconds and good hygiene will go a long way in giving your immune system the boost in needs to protect you from this virus. Don’t forget to use hot water when doing so!
2. Disinfect Yourself, Your Home, and Office Frequently
This is another step that can go a long way in keeping your home contamination free. Using disinfectant wipes or spray in addition to washing clothes in hot water can fight illness and keep you living a healthy lifestyle. Not just clothes but washing your sheets and pillow cases can go a long way as well. When disinfecting it is important or get everything you think might be touched on a daily basis. Door knobs- Refrigerator door handle – Microwave door handle – Toothbrush – Video Game controller/TV remote- Sink faucet and knobs- Vacuum/Sweeper- Dinner table- Your phone!!!
- Door knobs
- Refrigerator door handle
- Microwave door handle
- Video Game controller/TV remote
- Sink faucet and knobs
- Dinner table
- Your phone!!!
What About Public Places?
If this is indeed a serious virus, getting a face mask and latex gloves could go a long way in reduce potential contamination. Do not touch anyone at all. When you get home, immediately wash your clothes and take a hot shower. Afterwards, disinfect anything you may have touched before you cleaned yourself. This is if the virus is very severe and does indeed end up causing many fatalities. I will be the first to admit this is extreme but this could make a serious difference if/when this virus is declared a global emergency.
Should I Stock Up on Food?
Stocking up on food is always a good option as well. In addition to immune booster supplements and eating HEALTHY food. AVOID fast food or public restaurants because the cook could be a carrier as well (again if this becomes a global emergency).
If this is indeed declared a global emergency, it will be far too late to stock up on food or supplies as many people will immediately head to store to prepare for what is to come. Be safe and prepare ahead of time. Get what you can (within your budget!) before it is declared an emergency and beat the crowd. If it ends up not being an emergency than you just have some extra food and supplies you will eventually use anyways.
Would a Flue Shot Help? Is it too late?
In a way yes the flu shot would help but not in the way you may think. It is not going to make you immune to the virus. However, it could help researchers and medical personnel with diagnosis and initial reports. The two share many initial systems so the less people with the common cold would help not waste time or resources.
I do not believe this virus will be the next global pandemic that will kill millions, but it is better to be safe than sorry. HOWEVER, At some point in time, one will happen again. It is not a question of if, but more so when that will happen.