What Is The COVID-19 Coronavirus? Here’s a List of Precautions You Can Take
(Information on the COVID-19 coronavirus is from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, updated as of March 13, 2020)
This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep His commands and remain faithful to Jesus – Revelation 14:12 NIV God is in control. We continue to put our trust in Him – Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
WHAT IS THE COVD-19 CORONAVIRUS?
The Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization are responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new virus. This coronavirus, as it is commonly known, was first detected in China where it is still most widely spread. The virus has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including United States, Italy, and Iran. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.
WHY IS IT CALLED, “CORONAVIRUS”?
Coronaviruses are named for the crown-like spikes on their surface. There are four main sub-groupings of coronaviruses, known as alpha, beta, gamma, and delta. Some types of coronaviruses affect humans; others affect animals. Human coronaviruses were first identified in the mid-1960s.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Common signs of infection include:
- Respiratory symptoms
- Shortness of breath
- Breathing difficulties
In more severe cases, infection can cause:
- Severe acute respiratory syndrome
- Kidney failure
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN WE TAKE?
A partial list of precautions we can take to protect our health and the health of others is similar to that of any other viral or flu outbreak and include the following:
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
- It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
- Supplies of hand sanitizer, tissues, and other hygiene products may be limited, so consider bringing them with you.
- Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.
- Clean and regularly disinfect surfaces including common areas such as doorknobs, railings, tables, etc.
- Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning.
- Wash hands thoroughly before and after preparing/serving foods.
- Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid traveling if you are sick.
- Avoid crowds as much as possible.
- Consider providing additional protections or more intensive care for household members over 65 years old or with underlying conditions.
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PLEASE CLICK THE LINKS BELOW: FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM THE CENTERS OF DISEASE CONTROL (CDC), PLEASE CLICK HERE: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) PLEASE CLICK HERE: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 SEE THE Center for Disease Control Graphic HERE: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf Medical Disclaimer. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only. Please see your doctor or call 9-1-1 if you need medical attention. The above information is not the opinion of West Angeles Church of God In Christ. For more detailed information on COVID-19, please consult a medical professional and please click the links above. TO READ THE STATEMENT FROM PRESIDING BISHOP CHARLES E. BLAKE. SR., PLEASE CLICK HERE.