It’s a virus not a plague.
Now that the cases of the COVID-19 virus are starting to pop up around the World,some have started to panic and fear for their lives.While the virus is contagious,this shouldn’t drastically change how you live. It should, however,make you stop think, “Am I doing everything I can to prevent the virus from spreading?” A study by the Journal Of Hospital Infection found that strains of coronavirus have the potential to remain on metal, glass and plastic surfaces for two hours to nine days. Don’t panic, instead wipe down surfaces in your home or at work multiple times a day. This is something we should be doing, virus or not. According to WHO officilas, COVID-19 is primarily spread through person-to-person contact, typically within a 6-foot radius of an infected person, and is transmitted through respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing. We need to focus on trying to minimize the spread. And that means two things. First of all: making sure that our health care systems are prepared. It also means educating the public about what coronovirus in their community means, how to protect themselves, how to minimize their exposure risks – and also not to panic and overwhelm their health care systems. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. There’s no point in freaking out, trying to get into the hospital or overwhelming doctors and health care workers who are going to have their hands full if it does spread widely. There’s a lot of people in this country who are in higher-risk groups. Make sure that you’re thinking of those people before you demand a test or hospital bed, or just more attention because you are scared.