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Coronavirus – Could Be Worse Than We’ve Been Told

First like to say I’ve been acquiring snippets of information about this disease over the past week or so. I’m no expert, nor do I have any reliable sources. Just passing on some things I’ve heard, I don’t know if they are factual or not, although I’ve tried my best write this accurately.

The coronavirus causes a pneumonia type sickness. Pneumonia is a disease of the lungs, basically it becomes harder and harder for the person infected to breath. As it’s a virus, then this is a viral pneumonia.

I also heard it can cause digestive system problems.

Anti-biotics have no effect on viruses (anti-biotics are for bacteria)

It’s airborne, so caught similar to catching flu or a cold. Most likely the virus would enter the body via mouth, nose or eyes.

These are things I’ve heard, I don’t have sources, so don’t take them as “the truth” or fact – more that they are possible.

  • I heard a report from one source that the Chinese had a biological warfare unit in Wuhan, and was speculated they may have let something loose accidentally.
  • I heard that the Chinese have lied about the scale of the problem, deaths and infections may be worse than reported by the Chinese. They will probably continue to do this.
  • I heard The WHO have upped their risk assessment from moderate to high.
  • I heard The percentage of people dying is increasing in reports, ie 1% then 2-3% etc. others are reporting higher.
  • I heard that it’s elderly and people who are already sick that are most at risk, but we’re still not sure about this, could be that it just takes longer with healthier/younger people.
  • I heard that Chinese were slow to react to the situation, and could have contained it much quicker
  • I heard British Airways have cancelled ALL flights in and out of China
  • I heard that cases of Coronavirus have been reported pretty much globally
  • I have heard Chinese travel to many different countries during Chinese new year, and that was on 25-Jan, four days ago.
  • I heard a vaccine could take 6 months to year to develop

At this stage we still don’t know how bad this is going to be – It could be that it’s relatively a small problem. Or, it could be a pandemic (ie global, and serious).

There are some precautions you can take now, if you think you may be in an area where there’s a risk of infection.

  • Water is the first thing to go into short supply, and the first thing one would die of in an extended period of staying at home. One can live without water for about 2 weeks. It’s over a month without food.
  • Services such as electricity, gas, water could be affected (workers on services may have to stay at home or might get sick). So might be worth thinking about stocking up on some canned goods, you know stuff you can eat, that doesn’t go off, without cooking. Think a couple of weeks, and food that you’d be able to eat anyway, if it all turns out to be nothing to worry about.
  • Outdoors, covering your mouth and nose with anything is better than nothing, sunglasses or safety glasses could also help avoid infection via the eyes.
  • Disinfect what you covered your mouth with and footwear with bleach or similar on returning home. And then put it out to dry before using again.
  • Get some alcohol gel hand cleaner, and if you need to touch your face, then clean your hands first.
  • It may be difficult to get out of your home, so any medicines one requires on daily basis, visit the doctor and try and get a couple of weeks or a month’s supply.
  • Fill up some buckets, or a bath with water for washing/bathing, in case water goes off.
  • Get some candles, in case power goes off (it’s also possible to heat small amounts of food or water with candles)

I do honestly hope and pray that this disease is just going to be a global scare, and it’ll be a small number of casualties. But one should also accept the possibility, that this could be worse than we’re being told (mass panic, could make matters worse, so reports could have been muted for this reason). Best to stay calm, and think things through logically and thoroughly.

Free free to add anything you’ve heard, or I’ve missed or stated incorrectly in the comments section – I probably won’t reply, unless I know something to be incorrect.


Don Charisma

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28 thoughts on “Coronavirus – Could Be Worse Than We’ve Been Told

  1. Scary times, but plenty of opportunities within! I’ve recently wrote about them.

    May these opportunities help you in struggling well.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great article! Awareness is the necessity of today’s situation. People have so many theories in mind and it all leads them to fear.

    I have done some research and added popular rumours and theories in my article that will allow readers to know the facts of the matter and it will also help people to learn how they can protect themseleves.

    I have taken information from trusted and direct resources like WHO and CDC

  3. Thank you for this informative post! I enjoyed reading it and learning from your thoughts! I have recently published an article on my blog about coronavirus and whether we should be concerned about the disease. If you have time, it would be great if you could check out my post and let me know your thoughts! Thanks 🙂

  4. Good assessment, Don. Please YOU exercise all caution. I do believe it is far, far worse than we’ve been told because the Chinese government was very late in warning the world about what was going on and in taking it seriously. I do think the death toll is far higher

    1. Good to hear from you Noel, hope you’re doing OK. I learn’t a lot from you in the past conversations we had, particularly the conversation we had about climate change – it made me think, and have done quite a lot of research into it. It’s still hard to say for certain, one way or another, but I’ve seen that it’s political tool, being used by oligarchs to push certain financial (and political) agendas. Which is kinda hardly about being green or saving the planet.

      It’s swarming with Chinese where I am, so largely been staying at home, with few trips out. Will make a trip out today to get some packs of bottled water. Chinese government – those with any sense, don’t trust them further than they could throw them. We take freedom we have in the west for granted. I’ve heard some horrific stories of the totalitarianism of Chinese authorities, makes George Orwell’s 1984 look like a prediction rather than fiction. And then of course there’s Hong Kong, sure feel sorry for those people, who’ve enjoyed western freedom.

      Anyway, YOU stay safe too and very good to hear from you 🙂

  5. I heard that it was more infectious and less deadly than Sars. I’d just hunker down for a few weeks – avoid social gatherings as much as possible until this blows over and it will blow over.

    1. Yes, hopefully will blow over and not be as serious. I’m fairly well adapted to “hunkering down”, so that’s fairly easy for me.

      Tax return have to complete today, and will go out later and get some packs of bottled water, for just in case.

      1. Our taxman doesn’t care, late = fine, 100GBP, then after a few months there’s another fine. I’d rather they didn’t get any more of my money than they already do, so I make sure it’s done in time.

      2. Listening whilst I type this. I do like it actually, you’re “growing on me”

        Sounded better through my headphones, so wondering if you master using headphones or monitor speakers ?

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