Am I the only one freaking out about the coronavirus? Is the coronavirus a sign of the times? Is this the pandemic that scientists have been claiming is long “overdue”?Im not a hypochondriac but I’ve been freaking out about the coronavirus. I guess because nowadays rather than little information, there is a lot of information overload and a lot more “fake” news. The Internet has made it super easy to get hourly updates on any news. and coronavirus has been one. Most recently I met a friend who had recently talked to a work colleague come back from the Philipines, gave him a hug. As she was telling me this I started joking to her about Coronavirus…I then googled coronavirus, Philipines and saw there was a case. Our laughter got a little bit awkward after that.
What is the Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a large family of viruses that attack respiratory system. It is zoonotic meaning these viruses can be transmitted from animals to humans. coronavirus was identified in Dec by Chinese officials. It is said that it is derived from a Wuhan seafood market in Hubei province in China. New cases are reported on an hourly basis. So far 811 people have died in China from the coronavirus. There have been over 20,000 reported cases. The virus has spread to 28 countries including the US and the UK.
Death toll is reaching over 40,000 on Feb 10th.
Why is it scary?
- It is presenting as a potential pandemic threat.
- The current outbreak is sparking anxiety and concern. This is because the virus might spread too far and cause dramatic harm before health officials can find a way to stop it. Questions of its transmission remain unanswered. It takes 5-6 days to rise to symptoms. Some people may carry the virus but do not show any visible symptoms. 2-4% of people infected with the virus in China have done.
- It’s easily contagious.
- The incubation time of the virus is two weeks. This means it can spread fast before it is detected
- Even though African countries have so far not reported any cases Kenya does not yet have the testing tools to detect the virus.
- Given the current state and corrupt culture, will our government actually take real precautions to protect us it’s citizens?
- Our government may not have the resources, training and knowledge of how to contain this virus
- So far there is no cure for the common cold virus, there is no cure for the coronavirus
- Getting the latest updates of coronavirus, makes us feel disheartened, vulnerable…like very little is in our control.
Aaannywaays here’s what you can do to gain some sense of control:
Wash your hands
Practice really good hygiene-wash hand with warm water, lather up and scrub for 20 seconds.
Use a hand sanitizer that is 60% alcohol. Cover your mouth and nose with tissue or elbow when you are coughing or sneezing. Maintain a social distance of 1 meter (3 feet). When someone has coughing or sneezing they project droplets. If standing too close you can breathe the viruses. Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with contaminated hands. Avoid direct contact with napkins, tissues, handkerchiefsDont share dishes, glasses or eating utensils. If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing seek medical care early. Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
Build a strong immune system. Take vitamin c supplements. When levels of vitamin c are low, the immune system can never function at its full capacity. For the immune system to function well. It requires balance and harmony. Factors that affect our immune response is diet, exercise, age, psychological stress. Practise general healthy living strategies and hose a healthy lifestyle
Eat a healthy diet of veggies. Your plate should look like a freaking rainbow, with colourful foods to ensure you are getting antioxidants, phytochemicals and polyphenols. This good stuff are soldiers in the immune system, creating healthy cells and killing damaged cells. Only eat well-cooked animals and animal products. Avoid raw and undercooked animal products.
Regular exercise improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight and improves circulation. It allows cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently. Rest and avoid overexertion.
Sleep, Rest and relaxation
Practice rest, relaxation and meditation. Stress has been shown to lower our immune systems. Aim for 7 hours or more of sleep. Reduce stress by doing yoga, meditation and exercise.
Drink alcohol in moderation