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The Coronavirus (Covid-19)
The Coronavirus is actually like the common cold virus. There are many viruses that cause the common cold, the flu, etc. Coronaviruses are several different viruses that cause an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat, and sometimes your upper respiratory system.
Almost everyone will contract a Coronavirus in their lifetime. Usually, you would get one of these viruses as a young child.
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The symptoms of a Coronavirus are so similar to other cold-causing viruses that you won’t know if you have a coronavirus or another virus such as the rhinovirus. The symptoms include:
· Runny nose
· Sore throat
· Sometimes a fever
If the virus spreads or you have a weak immune system due to pre-existing conditions, the virus can turn into pneumonia. The best way to determine if you have Covid-19 is to get tested.
What You Can Do
Because most Coronaviruses are not dangerous and spread like a common cold, you would do the same thing you would to avoid a cold. If you have a compromised immune system, it is even more important to do these things on a daily basis.
Wash your hands: Wash your hands with running water and antibacterial soap. Stock up on soap because you are going to need it.
Use hand sanitizer: If you don’t have access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol. Less than 60% will not kill the virus.
Limit contact with sick people: Try to stay away from people who are sick as much as you can. Additionally, keep your hands away from your eyes and mouth.
Get plenty of rest: Not getting at least 7 hours of sleep per night can lower your immune system. This leaves you susceptible to getting the coronavirus.
Drink Fluids: It is recommended to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. This helps flush any toxins from your body and keeps your immune system healthy.
Clean with bleach: One of the best ways to kill a virus is with bleach. Bleach pretty much cleans everything. So, mix up some bleach and water, spray those doorknobs, wash those toilet seats, and make sure you have sanitized everything.
Helpful hint for Bleach Solution for disinfecting?
Bleach (usually 5.25% or 6.00%–6.15% sodium hypochlorite depending upon manufacturer) is usually diluted in water at 1:10 or 1:100. Approximate dilutions are 1-1/2 cups of bleach in a gallon of water for a 1:10 dilution (~6,000 ppm) or 1/4 cup of bleach in a gallon of water for a 1:100 dilution (~600 ppm).Jun 1, 2011
Important Supplies to Have
Of course, many are worried about this virus becoming a pandemic because it is affecting people in other countries and moving into our country. Whether you think it will or not, it is always better to be prepared. For this virus, here are a few pandemic supplies you should have on hand:
Fever Medication: Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and Aspirin are good to store. Be sure to get for both adults and children.
A Humidifier: This helps break up the cough.Thermometer: You need to know if you have a fever.
Fluids with electrolytes: You can make your own with water. If sick, it is always important to prevent yourself from becoming dehydrated.
Water: You always need lots of water whether you are sick or not.
Face Masks: You can use face masks and rubber gloves to help prevent the spread of infection. (face mask are best for elderly and medical personnel) Food Storage: Make sure you have enough food stored in case you cannot get out of the house for a couple of weeks.
Bleach, hand soap, cleaners: Bleach kills just about everything and if you are washing your hands as you should, you will need plenty of hand soap.