COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Sam on 3/13/2020 to Physical Health
COVID-19 Pandemic

What is a Pandemic?

"A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide."- CDC.gov

With new cases being tested and reported without a known source, the United States has started testing in all states. Monitoring closely just how quickly this virus is spreading among the population. Many schools and big events have already been cancelled to try and reduce the exposure of the outbreak and slow down the infection.

What if i get sick?

There is a high chance that most of the population will be exposed to the virus at some point during this pandemic. There is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and no medicine to treat it yet, but it is important to stay calm and keep caring for yourself.

1. Necessities
Treat this like a normal cough or flu: Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil), cough medicine, Kleenex, Soup, clean water, and electrolytes.

2. Stay Home
Reduce your time outside in public, before going out to the nearest hospital or clinic, call your doctor or clinic before. It is much more comfortable fighting through this at home than in a hospital waiting room. If you absolutely have to leave the house wear a mask, spreading this infection to anyone that cannot fight it off is the one thing we don't want. 

3. Hydrate
We have written about it before, water is important! Up to 60% of water makes up the body, which helps the key factors of the bodywork, as well as controlling our body temperature, our immune system, and breathing.

The Coronavirus has caused a big stir all across the nation, and although many people have been taking things a little too far in preparing for an outbreak. COVID-19 has officially been classified as a pandemic and a global issue. And while toilet paper might not be the highest on the list of priorities people need to stock up on, it is good to be prepared with sanitary products and a safe place for quarantine. Those with serious medical conditions, illnesses, and the elderly are most at risk so be safe and protect those you love. 

Sources:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html - CDC.gov
Smashingteacups @smasheroteacups twitter - RN on twitter

Picture:
CDC @cdc - unsplash.com


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