And no, it has nothing to do with toilet paper. Instead, learn more about Covid-19 coronavirus and how to get through this pandemic.
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Get To Know Covid-19
What is Covid-19
You have undoubtedly heard about the Covid-19 coronavirus, but what is is?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that include Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV).
Covid-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that was discovered in 2019. This strain of coronavirus had not been previously identified in humans.
Covid-19 is believed to have originated at a seafood and live animal market in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. On January 30, 2020 the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern” (source).
Symptoms of Coronavirus
According to the CDC, symptoms of Covid-19 include:
- Shortness of breath
- In severe cases, symptoms may include difficulty breathing, chest pressure or pain, confusion, and/or blue lips.
While Covid-19 is a respiratory illness that may include flu like symptoms, in some cases it can lead to pneumonia.
Deaths from Covid-19 are a result of this pneumonia.
If You Think You May Have Covid-19
Per the CDC website, if you are feeling ill and suspect you may have coronavirus, you should do the following:
- Stay home from school or work
- Avoid public areas and public transportation
- Limit contact with pets and animals
- Call ahead before visiting the doctor’s office, urgent care or emergency room
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, countertops, etc.
- Call 911 if you are experiencing a medical emergency
For the latest information on Covid-19, take a look at these resources:
- Center for Disease Control (CDC) Website
- World Health Organization Website
- Johns Hopkins University Covid-19 Statistics
- Check with your local state and city for updates
Managing Stress & Anxiety
With all of the media coverage and grocery store shortages, it is easy to become stressed or anxious about the current state of affairs.
The CDC offers guidance on how to manage stress and anxiety on this page.
Another resource is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)
Covid-19 Facts & Statistics
It is important to focus on the facts of the virus, and try not to feed into mass hysteria.
As of the writing of this article, March 15 2020, there have been:
- 169,086 worldwide total confirmed cases of Covid-19
- 77,234 worldwide recovered patients
- 6,512 worldwide confirmed fatalities
Clearly, the majority of cases recover. In fact, Covid-19 is less deadly but more transmissible than SARS and MERS. It is estimated that Covid-19 has a 2.3% fatality rate, while SARS had a fatality rate of 9.6% and MERS a fatality rate of 34.4% (source).
In comparison, the seasonal flu kills an average of 12,000-61,000 people each year in the United States alone (Source: CDC).
H1N1 Swine Flu
In 2009, the world experienced another pandemic: the H1N1 Swine Flu. A(H1N1)pdm09, like Covid-19, was previously unidentified in humans or animals and spread quickly.
From April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010, the CDC estimated there were 60.8 million cases, 274,304 hospitalizations, and 12,469 deaths in the United States due to the H1N1 virus.
It’s estimated that 151,700-575,400 people worldwide died in the first year of H1N1 (source).
During the H1N1 pandemic, nearly 3300 public schools closed, most for at least 7 days (source).
While there are differences between Covid-19 and the 2009 H1N1, we need to remember that we have been through a pandemic in recent years.
Keeping Yourself Healthy
Keeping yourself healthy is a great way to be defensive in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Be sure to follow the CDC guidelines, including social distancing, washing your hands regularly, and clean and disinfect surfaces.
General health and wellness is also extremely important, not only today but every day.
Herbs are also a great way to support your wellness. Many people enjoy elderberries, garlic, oregano and more.
My personal favorite way to use herbs is by creating and drinking tea. Not only is it soothing, but it’s delicious!
If you’d like to learn how to make your own tea blends, I love this FREE tea blending workshop!
While we don’t have a lot of information on using herbs within our website, a quick google search will yield many results!
Help Your Community
In hard times, I encourage everyone to do your part in helping the community. While some people are hoarding supplies and robbing from each other, there are senior citizens that are unable to purchase basic necessities. So, instead of being selfish and greedy, think of your neighbors and look out for each other. We are much stronger as a group than as an individual!
Everyone should be prepared for potential quarantine. It is recommended by many organizations to have 30 days worth of supplies in your home. This includes food, personal supplies, medications and OTC medicine, pet food, baby supplies, etc.
It should be worth noted that Covid-19 is a respiratory virus with the potential for flu-like symptoms. Therefore, hoarding toilet paper is not very useful. Only purchase how much you may need for your family for 30 days. Instead, purchase things like tissues, cold medicine, soup, and similar items in the event you do become ill, as well as basic necessities for 30 days.
If you are required to quarantine, take advantage of the extra time at home! Do you have a cluttered closet? A home repair project? Netflix to catch up on? Try and make it fun!
Now is also a great time to start a garden, learn a new skill, or read a book. You could call an old friend or a family member you haven’t spoken to lately. The sky’s the limit!
With schools closing, you may suddenly find yourself in a homeschool situation. While I cannot offer much advice on kids, there are tons of blogs with activities to keep kids of all ages entertained.
Going forward, how could you be prepared in the event of another emergency like this?
It is better to be proactive and prepared, instead of reactive. As many of us have seen, basic supplies are now impossible to find.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, we will still have electricity and running water. But what if we faced a disaster that eliminated these?
In general, having 30 days of shelf-stable food, medicine, water, and supplies is not a bad idea. Take a few minutes and review this situation, and consider how you could make adaptations going forward.
We Will Get Through This
I know that the current Covid-19 pandemic can be scary and uncertain, but I hope that this article can help relieve some of those feelings. If you would like to join our Hens & Hives Facebook community to talk more, I would love to have you. You can also comment on this post below!
We will get through this together!
Emergency Kit List
In the download below, you’ll find a list of suggestions for and emergency preparedness kit, based upon recommendations from many sources. Feel free to adapt this list to fit your individual needs.
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