Coronavirus

COVID-19. That is the official name of the highly contagious coronavirus that has rampaged the world and effectively put our country on lockdown. How well informed are you on the rapidly spreading coronavirus that the World Health Organization now calls a pandemic?

What is it?

So what exactly is a coronavirus? 

Well, the CDC describes a coronavirus as “a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals”. They state that though rare, animal to human transmissions are potentially the source of the Wuhan, China outbreak. 

    Though the virus might have stemmed from animals, person to person transmission is the main way the virus spreads. This is why it is important to follow the CDC’s advice to prevent further spread of the virus.

How do you prevent it?

Though there isn’t a known cure or vaccine yet, the World Health Organization outlines the following five steps.

  1. WASH YOUR HANDS
  2. COUGH INTO YOUR ELBOW
  3. DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE
  4. STAY AT LEAST THREE FEET AWAY FROM PEOPLE AT ANY GIVEN TIME
  5. lastly, IF YOU FEEL SICK, STAY HOME!

We all must follow the necessary precautions to prevent a further spread of the virus.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of coronavirus include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. The symptoms can take up to fourteen days to show, which is what makes it so dangerous. People can spread coronavirus without even knowing it. If you believe you’re sick, it is important that you call your doctor’s office and not show up unannounced. This will help get you to where you need to be without spreading the virus.

Is it lethal?

The answer to this is a bit more complex. Though the disease may not be lethal for the majority of the population, those with underlying health conditions and compromised immune systems are particularly at risk for it to be lethal. Old age, as well as diabetes and heart and lung disease, are also factors. It is important to keep the safety of others in mind when we’re out in public. What might feel like pneumonia to us could mean life or death for them. 

What places have been affected?

Over 100 countries have been affected worldwide. The U.S. is no exception. All 50 states have at least one confirmed case of COVID-19. Virginia has confirmed 51 cases as of March eighteenth. Though there are no confirmed cases in Roanoke or Salem, Virginia, the spread of the virus is so rampant all Virginian schools have been closed for two weeks.

School Closings:

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, Governor Northam has shut down all schools in Virginia. School will resume online on Monday the 23. For more information, please use the following link: 

http://www.salem.k12.va.us/covid19/

Works cited:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
  2. https://www.roanoke.edu/covid19
  3. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
  4. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  5. https://www.whsv.com/content/news/Coronavirus-Heres-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-virus-in-Virginia-568831171.html