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.
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