How is a young adult out of the family nest for the first time, supposed to understand the severity of COVID-19?
There is an overabundance of true and false information on COVID-19 on the internet, but, not everyone is able to understand all the complicated medical talk. It is no wonder it is a challenge to keep up with the changes and new findings. How do you sort out facts from fiction on pandemic mitigation required to control the spread of this highly contagious virus?
Americans have not only been given unclear directives on why stay-at-home orders are an important part of infection control but are watching the conflicting demonstration of precautions by those presumed to be role models in charge. This post is here to help you figure out why we all need to do some simple things to help control the spread of this disease.
This is Part 1 from the entire original article on No Non-cents Nanna titled”
The epidemiologists of the world are still learning the science of this novel virus while we as parents, grandparents, and millennials (new to adulthood) are left confused and maybe angry with the inconvenient new normal lifestyles in an attempt to slow the spread of this novel virus so we do not overwhelm the medical system.
In this No Non-cents Nanna blog post, I will do my best to break down the most relevant facts in language that you can relate to during this pandemic by pulling together some answers to common COVID-19 pandemic questions. I will share with you clickable links to excellent sources.
In this post, I have listed the symptoms of both influenza and COVID-19. You will see the similarities of signs and symptoms to compare apples to oranges. This new disease id NOT the flu!
I believe it is the list of similar signs and symptoms that are throwing some people off track about the seriousness of this highly infectious disease. The common lists do not spell out the internal damages and long term complications this new coronavirus can do. Covid-19 affects some people very harshly while others are walking around positive for this novel coronavirus and are “feeling fine”.
Also in this post, I will address the issue of FAKE news and conspiracy theories that are viral. Inaccurate tips and tricks to prevent or cure, false claims, have created a disastrous mess.
Coming up in this post I will share some of those false claims. If you happened to LIKE any of those on Facebook Or Twitter in the past I highly recommend that you let your followers know that such, and such a claim is false. In some countries, it is a “criminal offense to spread FAKE news.”.
I have included signs and symptoms of COVID-19; what COVID is and is not: how scientists guesstimate the number of hospital beds needed in an epidemic: why non-essential businesses were closed: why wear masks and why the confusion?: reference anti-vaccines anti-maskers: social distancing: news reports and more
Take want you want then leave the rest for another time. I confess that this post is overstuffed and subject to be updated as the experts publish new findings. But, first, let’s start with some basics.
History of COVID-19
COVID-19The COVID-19 pandemic began with a 2019 outbreak of a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in Wuhan, China, and had reached 175 countries and regions by March 2020. This respiratory infection is mild in most patients, but for high-risk groups, including the elderly or those with chronic conditions, COVID-19 can lead to life-threatening complications such as pneumonia.Washing your hands … social distancing–limiting trips outside the house … a 6-foot distance from others–can help reduce your risk of infection and slow the spread of COVID-19 in your community. https://www.healthgrades.com/right-care/infections-and-contagious-diseases/8-highly-contagious-diseases-you-should-know-about
What is a coronavirus?
Isn’t a CORONA virus simply the bug that causes the common cold?
NO, it is not…keep reading…
A coronavirus is a type of common virus that can infect your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. … spreasd much like cold viruses.
Almost everyone gets a coronavirus infection at least once in their life, most likely as a young child.
Most are not dangerous – but some are.
Watch for symptoms
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
Do not try to self-diagnosis by symptoms alone. (see below)
You need the proper tests to rule out Influenza A, B, or C or all of the above from COVID-19
“Some of these things are kind of the same- and some of these things are not like the others (COVID compared to Flu.)
Following are the symptoms of flu:
- Runny nose
- Postnasal drip
- Reduced sense of smell or hyposmia
- Metallic taste in the mouth, Dysgeusia, or distorted taste
- Body pain or muscle pain
- Sore throat or pharyngitis
- Causes of Pandemic flu /influenza
We still have a lot to learn about this new virus. It is much different than experts in contagious diseases have ever seen before.
There is no vaccine ready to prevented by immunization. COVID-19 is not curable- the symptoms are treated, but not every patient survives.
…there’s a lot we don’t know about it (COVID-19)
— how it spreads, how it infects people, how it causes damage in the body, how the immune system responds to it. (watch for updates. We do know more thatn we did.)
Seasonal flu… has been around for a long time, scientists and doctors know a lot about the best way to treat people who have the illness.
“… more experience with the complications of flu — such as cardiac problems and bacterial pneumonias that happen after you get the flu — but with COVID-19, every treatment is essentially a trial run,”
… yearly vaccine available for seasonal flu….is not 100 percent effectiveTrusted Source, it still offers some protection and can lessen the severity of illness.
The flu vaccine … protects the larger community by slowing the spread of influenza viruses that are circulating.
What to know about coronavirus:
- How it started and how to protect yourself: coronavirus explained
- What to do if you have symptoms: coronavirus symptoms
- Tracking the spread in the US and Worldwide: coronavirus map
From ABC News
How contagious is it?Among the confounding aspects of the novel coronavirus is the wide range of disease severity patients experience.
Novel coronavirus spreads more easily than most seasonal flus.
People with the coronavirus can also pass it onto others for up to 3 daysTrusted Source before they show symptoms.
What COVID-19 is NOT?
COVID-19 is NOT the “flu”. I repeat- COVID-19 has similar signs and symptoms on paper but the consequences and damage it does is something doctors did not expect-it is complicated.
- Influenza is commonly called “the flu”. Let’s be honest here. Some times you may have felt like crap for one reason or another so you called in sick saying you have “the flu” a catch-all word that is often misused. You may NOT have ever had influenza for real – so you have nothing to compare to.
- People born after 1956 have had immunizations that prevented them from contracting “childhood diseases.” There is nothing “child-like” about suffering through measles, mumps, or rubella. I know. I had those horrible diseases. I will only touch on the subject of “anti-vaccines” (see part 2)
This is part one of
Part 2 continues HERE Understand COVID-19 Safety Precautions part 2, General Health Care
Did you know this post is also broken down into more parts?
You may also read with BONUS information:
- Understand COVID-19 Safety Precautions part 1 What COVID-19 is Not
- General Health Care with bonus information in chapter form Part 2
- Understand COVID-19 Safety Precautions part 3: Stay-At-Home or Not Stay-at-Home
- Understand COVID-19 Safety Precautions, Part 5: What is the curve we want to flatten? July 12, 2020
- Understand COVID-19 Safety Precautions part 4 Chain Reaction July 12, 2020
- Understand COVID-19 Safety Precautions, Part 6: What’s the Price to Pay For Not Wearing a Mask? July 16, 2020
Note: Thank you for your patience as I work on breaking this post down into more parts. No Non-cents Nanna
The link below is the original and very long article. I am now working to break that versions into smaller parts with bonus information you can use.
Please note that I am a blogger who is very good at research- not so great at typing tho” this series is not intended to serve as medical nor legal advice. I have gleaned and cited credible sources all of which the scientific facts may have been updated as it tends to happen during this pandemic of 2020.