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August 26, 2020
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread like wildfire since the first case was reported in Wuhan, China, last year. Today, there are over 16 million infections and more than 660,000 deaths across the globe (150,000 in the U.S. alone, as of 07/29/2020). The infection rate is still rising, as is the need to prepare for more outbreaks in the future.
Scientists all over the world are in a race to find a cure for the virus, and so far, there have only been speculations of a vaccine. Some countries are testing for antidotes, but there has been no confirmation of an effective cure to the virus.
Coronavirus Risk Factors
Studies have shown a correlation between the spread of coronavirus and factors such as age and gender. On average, more men are contracting the disease than women. Why? The answer is not in the genetic composition but could be because of behavioral traits.
In terms of age, older people and infants are at high risk often because they have weaker immunity than those of middle-aged adults.
Coronavirus Economic Turmoil
The world has been plunged into economic darkness. Although governments are struggling to sustain the pinch, some sectors, including tourism and hospitality industries, have been crippled, rendering many people jobless. Many people have been forced to re-evaluate their employable positions in preparation for future outbreaks.
Despite this, the World Health Organization has recommended that the best medicine to combat COVID-19 is staying at home.
If you have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, it’s high time you prepare for the future. You need to be ready in case a second wave of the pandemic occurs.
How to Prepare For Possible Outbreaks
It helps to be ready for possible COVID-19 outbreaks in the near future. Considering that the numbers are not going down, it’s clear that the only way to keep yourself from getting the virus could be by avoiding contact. Below are CDC recommended solutions for the coronavirus.
- Wash your hands frequently — When in contact with the public, it’s important to wash your hands often with soap and water. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds with clean water and soap, then rinse. Also, you can use an alcohol-based (60%) hand sanitizer when soap is unavailable.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)— Use the recommended PPE for your environment, whether at work or when your socializing. PPE includes:
- Clean surfaces to reduce risks — Coronavirus pathogens are known to survive for up to three hours on smooth surfaces. Places that are constantly touched, such as staircase rails, tables, and doorknobs, should be frequently disinfected. The CDC has advised on using EPA-registered disinfectants. If unavailable, you can also use soap, water, or a sterilizer to clean household surfaces.
- Cover your face with a disposable face mask and face shield — There are different types of masks available. Medical-grade masks should be left to medical practitioners tending to coronavirus patients. Other masks, such as home-made masks, can also be helpful. Covering the mouth and nose with a face mask could reduce the risk of infection.
- Know your health status— It’s estimated that most coronavirus patients could have been unaware of their condition. They end up spreading the disease to many people without even knowing it, which makes it hard for the relevant health bodies to perform successful contact tracing. Get tested to know your health status, especially if you’ve been in compromising areas or situations.
- Check your temperature— You don’t need sophisticated equipment for this. A home thermometer can do the job; however, don’t take your temperature shortly after exercise or after taking medicine, such as acetaminophen, which could interfere with the results.
- Check your symptoms— Common coronavirus symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, and diarrhea. Report to your doctor immediately if these indicators are persistent.
- Keep social distancing— This means keeping far from crowds or gatherings. Large groups make more people vulnerable to the coronavirus. For instance, if a person sneezes, he or she could infect more than 10 people at once. In a tight crowd, the numbers could be even higher. If you have a job that limits social distancing, strictly observe personal hygiene, and use PPE.
- Adhere to governmental regulations — Governments around the world have imposed certain regulations depending on the coronavirus status within their borders. Some of these include night curfews, business closures, banning of public gatherings, lockdowns and halting of public transport. Adhering to these regulations contribute towards combating COVID-19.
IMPORTANT: Be diligent when you look for these regulations. In the U.S. for instance, a city may have tighter restrictions than the state in which it resides. Likewise, state government might have different regulations from any federal regulations.
Up to Date COVID-19 Numbers
If you looking to track the coronavirus, there are several quality sites with updated dashboards that you can visit for accurate and timely information. These live dashboards pull data from sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the CDC. They’ll differentiate from confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus, along with recoveries and deaths.
One of the best places to get information is the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at John Hopkins University is running an online dashboard that tracks the spread of the deadly coronavirus as it makes its way across the globe.
Another source would be your local news outlet. These tend to provide good information about specific trends and day-by-day changes in your area. Local news agencies will also have the benefit of delivering more information on local regulations and medical responses in your area.
Fighting the Spread of Coronavirus
The fight against coronavirus is far from over. Everyone has a role to play, and no role is insignificant. As the world works together in fighting COVID-19, ensure your name is counted among those playing a part in pushing the virus to its extinction.