The world has been struggling against the coronavirus for about two months already. It has claimed a lot of lives and does not seem to stop soon. But how bad it actually is? Is it really worth panicking? Can you protect yourself and your loved ones? Will it bring economic collapse? These are rather difficult questions, so let’s take a look.
Coronavirus has been for a long time
Actually, coronavirus is not something completely new for humanity. Coronavirus is a general scientific term to describe a group of viruses, which, happens to look like it has a crown, hence the name. Most of them usually contribute to the common cold and are not too serious for humans. The virus that caused the 2019-2020 outbreak is called SARS-CoV-2 (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2).
It is thought to have originated in China’s town called Wuhan. Scientists have determined that it was an interspecies transmission from some kind of wildlife that has caused this outbreak, therefore we still do not have a lot of information about it.
For now, we know that it is transmitted via respiratory droplets, when a person sneezes or coughs, the fatality rate is about 3%, most of which happens for older aged people. Anyway panicking about it will not solve this problem.
Since the start of the outbreak demand for medical face masks has drastically increased. However, a lot of people do not understand that it will not prevent you from catching it, because, it does not have a proper seal and is not intended to be used like that. Medical masks, however, may help to prevent transmission, so wearing it while such is a good idea.
Anyway, if you want to fully protect yourself, you would need a mask that filters the air and provides a proper seal around your face. Also, eye protection is desirable, such as safety goggles.
However, going for a full-face gas mask would probably be an overkill, so a respirator might be a good choice.
A lot of people are buying tons of medical masks and spreading panic for no good reason. So we might reach a point where not the virus itself, but rather misinformation is a real killer.
We might see in a few following days a world that will drown in panic as people will start buying supplies to outlive possible pandemic. It might get even worse than the virus itself, people will be stealing any supplies they get a chance to see. We already can observe a few examples of people that spent their savings on long shelf life foods such as rice, or canned goods.
Therefore, it would cause a food shortage. And as far as I know, 97% of infected people survive, but 0% of people that starve to death survive.
If we start panicking, food shortages will be imminent. Of course, it will have a harsh effect on the economy, which revival would be a long and hard process. So best everybody can do about it is to not spread panic and fake news, because misinformation is a real killer.
So how do I protect myself and my loved ones if I can’t panic?
Glad you asked. It is not a lot different from how you would protect yourself from the flu or the common cold.
If you feel any of the symptoms of virus such as high fever, coughing, breathing difficulties, fatigue, call your doctor or hospital immediately and do as they tell you. Try to distance yourself from other people, including family members. It might save them a lot of trouble.
If you are still healthy and do not have any symptoms, then avoid contact with people or animals that look sick or even being near them.
Wash your hands frequently. Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands. You would want to use hand sanitizers if there is no option to wash your hands. However, soap and warm water are as effective.
And most importantly do not spread panic and do not scare other people. It might seem like a joke to you, but would be as a tragedy for someone else. Remember – misinformation is a real killer.
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