by Lion Blyden
What can you do? If you are returning from a long distance trip, specifically from out of country, or if you are concerned that you may be at risk from Covid-19, the Black Cross recommends these procedures:
Maintain proper hygiene like hand washing, covering coughs etc. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day, (morning and night). Try to record your readings in a temperature log. Monitor changes, temperatures of 100.4°F/38°C or higher mean at the very least, you have a fever. Watch for excessive coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
There has been much misinformation about symptoms and treatments circulating on social media.
Due to the fact that COVID-19 attacks your respiratory system it has been misdiagnosed as an upper-respiratory infection, when in fact it is not. So, holding your breath for 10 seconds will not indicate whether or not you have the virus, it may trigger excessive coughing or shortness of breath, which are red flags and should be added to your log.
Misinformation will do no more than further the spread of this disease. Please be mindful to not dismiss this as “just like the flu.” it is different in many ways. Some of the biggest differences are in transmission, severity, hospitalization times, infection rates and death rates. Let’s take a look at some numbers.
In transmission, for example COVID-19 patients infect 2-2.5 additional people, the Flu infects 1.3 people. Severity of symptoms vary, around 80% of those infected will have mild to moderate symptoms or none at all. However, with asymptomatic transmission, you can still spread the disease even though you fall into the 80% of people who do not experience any symptoms.
The recommended COVID-19 quarantine time is 14 days with the average hospital stay of 11 days. Recovery time for influenza is 5-6 days.
Each Flu season around 8.3% of the population are infected, the projection for COVID-19 is 80%.
Lastly, the death rate. Worldwide, around 300,000 to 650,000 people die from flu each year. That is a rate of 1 person per thousand infected (.1%). COVID-19 is currently estimated to kill at least 10 people per thousand infected (1%). Let us not just hope they are wrong, but let us work to keep from proving them right.
Another and much more ominous effect of this misinformation is the in-community hysteria. People wanting to be rebellious with no reasoning or forethought behind their words and actions in a time when everyone is trying to remain calm. Those among us who are not preparing people but are scaring people are not improving our situation. If we cannot plan for ourselves, believe someone else will be planning for us.
In this time of action, we would like to thank all who have supported the Black Cross Hand Sanitizer Initiative! You are the true activists! Black Cross At Home Prevention Kits will be available soon.
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