Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
The impact of the New Coronavirus disease aka COVID-19 is being felt all over the world. With tons of information being rolled out, it is important to receive and share accurate information. This enables you and me to take the necessary steps to keep ourselves and those around you safe.
I felt extremely compelled to play my part in raising awareness during this pandemic. Having been a victim of inaccurate information followed by an episode of paranoia and stressing myself out I had to say something.
Be cautioned to refrain from spreading false or unverified information in as this could contribute towards causing unnecessary panic.
Here Is My Horror Story:
On Sunday 15th March 2020, we watched the presidential address following the Cabinet’s coronavirus meeting. In that address the president declares national state of disaster and imposes travel bans due to COVID-19. It only registered on Monday, after some Googling, Twitter-ing, scary conversations as well as some shady WhatsApp messages and voice notes; that S#!t just got real. I did not sleep, tossing and turning I also started to experience some phantom symptoms.
I spoke to my family about it and my sister directed me to what is closest to the truth (reliable websites & official twitter accounts) and since then I do not endorse any funny information that sounds stretched or fake. It is understandable to feel anxious about the outbreak. However, I am sticking to the facts from only reliable sources.
Interesting To Know
Who Are The Reliable Sources For COVID-19 Information?
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- South African Department of Health
- News Outlets (TV, Newspaper, etc)
- Official Statements (as seen on tv) by The President of the Country and his Cabinet.
- Verified Official Social Media Accounts. (linked at the end of the post)
Disclaimer: The information in this blog posts is from the World Health Organization, South Africa’s National Institute of Communicable Diseases, as well as the South African Department of Health. None of the facts here are of my own judgements. Full disclaimer of The LOVELEELERA Blog HERE
The Difference Between Coronavirus And COVID-19,
Things can get pretty confusing during a pandemic, including the virus names and the language we must use while talk about the disease itself. Some media reports and people have been using the words “coronavirus” and “COVID-19″ interchangeably. But one is a subset of the other in true sense.
So, ‘Coronavirus’ refers to a handful of diseases. The term refers to a group of viruses that are known to cause respiratory issues. The concept of coronavirus isn’t all new. So even though many are referring to the illness circling around right now as “coronavirus,” that’s not actually the name of the disease.
Teen Vogue perfectly described it as, “this is, technically speaking, like using the term ‘dog’ to describe a Pitbull, just as there are other forms of dogs than Pitbulls, there are other forms of coronavirus than the one currently causing crises.” See the Teen Vogue Article Here
The severity of coronaviruses can range from being mild like the common cold to more serious symptoms that can lead to hospitalization. Some examples of previous coronaviruses include Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
COVID-19 is what experts are calling this particular disease that has the world facing a medical emergency. Experts refer to this coronavirus as the “novel coronavirus,” meaning it’s a new type of coronavirus that was not previously known or understood by health experts. COVID-19 is then the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
COVID-19 can lead to major health problems like pneumonia and organ failure, and it can also cause issues like shortness of breath and fever.
Some coronavirus strains live in humans, and some live in animals. In the case of COVID-19, the virus was passed from an animal to a human. This is what the World Health Organization (WHO) calls “a spillover event.”
COVID-19 is mainly spread person to person, likely through respiratory droplets when someone coughs or sneezes. Transmission can happen when people are in close contact with one another, usually up to about two meters (six feet). COVID-19 can also live on surfaces up to a few days.
What Are The Known Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Initial symptoms include fever, dry cough, tiredness and a general feeling of being unwell. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the main symptoms of the novel coronavirus usually include:
- A dry cough
- A temperature
- Shortness of breath (in more severe cases)
Some patients may have “aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea”, the World Health Organization (WHO) adds. “These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell”.
What To Do If Experiencing Symptoms
These symptoms above are similar to other respiratory diseases including flu and the common cold. So, if you have symptoms, consider the following basic protective measures.
- Seek medical attention quickly. But do not go out. Instead, you should call your healthcare provider. The 24hr Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline Number is 0800 029 99 (RSA only)
- Follow the directions of your local health authority
- Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
Stay Safe And Prevent The Spread Of COVID-19
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the World Health Organization (WHO) website and through your national and local public health authority. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
Wash Your Hands Frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Because washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain Social Distancing
Maintain at least 1-2 metre (3-6 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Because when someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close or close enough, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease. Social distancing is so important, as to flatten the curve of the new coronavirus outbreak and ease the pressure on our healthcare systems.
Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose and Mouth
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as your Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice Respiratory Hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. This is because these droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
Wear Your Mask!
Wear your mask CORRECTLY when out in public spaces. protect yourself and others.
My Advice to You.
Things are not looking good, the markets, people and businesses are responding to the medical emergency. People are panicking, the statistics are not so comforting either. I know, and I understand it is stressful and scary. Keep a positive energy, look at the bright side. For example, when all this is over, the world will be cleaner, and we will also have adopted healthier hygiene habits. Stay healthy and fit from home.
Another thing I am enjoying the jokes and challenges going around social media. I find that having a good laugh brightens up my day.
For a good laugh check out the following hashtags (#) on any of your favourite social media platform. #quarantinelife #quarintinelife (check spelling, search both correct and incorrect) #stayathomechallenge #socialdistancingpickuplines #quarantinecontent #tiktok. People are getting creative while they self-quarantine and work from home. I think it is encouraging and it is good influence for people to make social distancing fun.
For more, see the official WHO African Region Twitter Account HERE
See other coronavirus myths busted HERE from the World Health Organization (WHO) Website
Try To Stay Calm
In conclusion, it is unfortunate that the disease is already here, so we can’t necessarily prevent it. Therefore, there is no need to panic. But in the meantime, the steps we take now and today can help minimize the spread of it, while vaccines and cures are still being worked on.
Be a good human not only for yourself, but for others as well. Stop the spread and follow the rules.
Remember that you can’t control what happens in the world, but you can always control how you RESPOND to it. Choose LOVE over fear. Finally, I truly hope that you stay SAFE. Take care of your physical health AND mental health. Sending you so much love