Wuhan Coronavirus

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Take it seriously, but don’t panic. The disease is highly contagious and poses a lethal risk primarily to the elderly, the immune deficient, and folks with other underlying conditions, such as chronic heart disease.

Symptoms include fever, dry cough, fatigue, and shortness of breath. If you are feeling sick and are not in one of the high risk categories, please stay home and do all the things you usually do for a cold or flu. In young, healthy people, the Wuhan Coronavirus is usually just a bad cold.

The disease is contagious before symptoms are present, so to avoid catching it in the first place, limit exposure to other people. If you must go out, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth until you can thoroughly wash your hands. If you must go out and are in a high risk category, wear a mask. They are thought to help reduce your risk and, if nothing else, they make it impossible to touch your nose or mouth!

If you must cough or sneeze, do it into your elbow, not your hand. Viruses transfer readily from hands to surfaces, where they can survive long enough to transfer to other hands.

The head of the Chinese Coronavirus Task Force says Vitamin C is proving helpful both for preventing and for treating the disease. Personally, we are upping our intake from our usual 1,000 mg per day to 2,000 mg per day until flu season ends.

Pay attention to what your state leaders and local news outlets are saying about what’s going on in your area.

And if you aren’t sick, don’t ask to be tested. People who are sick need those test kits.

Also, stop hoarding stuff or, worse, stealing stuff from hospitals! Sheesh.

If you know someone who is in a high risk category, give them a ring and ask if they need you to get them anything at the store. The less they go out, the better.

If you have any questions, you can call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO or go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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  1. red

    fever, dry cough, fatigue, and shortness of breath> Must have teenagers in the house…when I went to the hospital yesterday I asked for a mask. Nice! I only got a short nap, waiting to see the doctor (this was a follow-up visit), not waited for half an hour. He was brief, and I was gone in about 20 minutes. I have an allergy to pollen and didn’t want to spread it to anyone.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      Our doctor’s office has a giant poster in the entry way … “We Don’t Want Your Germs.” It says to ask for a mask if you need one, cough into your elbow, etc.

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  2. Maureen Senzamici

    Thank you for all of this helpful information Aunt Chrissy. I am reading it several days later. As usual, it is a wonderful blog. Just a note, of which you may be aware, Kevin’s dermatologist said there is a higher mortality rate among young people in their twenties, thirties and forties than has been reported (though my mom said she saw this reported last night). As per the dermatologist, there is a 4% mortality rate among young adults with no underlying health concerns in China and 15% in Iran. She speculated that part of this was due to the lack of resources in Iran. I trust all of her statements, and it seems prudent for everyone to be careful. Thanks for a great article.

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  3. Maureen Senzamici

    One more note, I appreciate your note about not undergoing unnecessary testing and only using masks when necessary. A friend’s daughter works as a speech pathologist with patients with respiratory issues. She said there is a very real fear that they will run out of masks so this advice is very prudent. I think the strategies of isolation and containment make sense. Now, I have to get back to work! I have a new appreciation for homeschooling moms and those who work from home! I am realizing the joys and challenges of multitasking and of being self-disciplined while at home! Be well!

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