Should I Be Scared of Coronavirus?
There are a lot of different opinions out there right now surrounding the new 2019 COVID Coronavirus and how dangerous it is. We are told it is deadly but also told we should be much more concerned about the seasonal flu. So which is it? Should we be worried about the new Coronavirus or not?
While it is true that your chance of getting the flu right now in the United States is much higher than your chance of getting the COVID-19 coronavirus, this new strain of coronavirus is potentially more dangerous if it becomes an epidemic here like it has in other countries such as China. There are deaths outside of China now and there is no sign that the COVID-19 Coronavirus will stop spreading soon. In fact, the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, said on Feb. 25th, 2020, it is not a matter of if the new coronavirus becomes an outbreak in our country, but a matter of when, and said “the disruption of daily life might be severe” (Health Officials Expect U.S. Coronavirus Outbreak: ‘It’s More a Question of When‘.
How Bad Will Coronavirus Get?
It is impossible to know exactly how far and how fast the COVID-19 coronavirus will spread. It is not slowing down however and is spreading to more countries and more localities. It can be carried for over 3 weeks without any symptoms which gives people plenty of time to travel and spread it to others. There are some estimates that this will mean it spreads all over the world and will become common in future years. Cold and flu season could become cold, flu and COVID-19 coronavirus season.
What is the Biggest Threat From Coronavirus in 2020?
The biggest danger from the COVID-19 coronavirus is that it can be carried by someone with no symptoms for weeks. 14 day quarantines have been implemented already in China, the United States and Japan but now in February 2020, doctors have discovered the incubation period can be up to 27 days. That means that people thought to be healthy could be carrying the virus and spreading it for weeks before they get any symptoms. This has already happened in multiple instances in countries like Italy, Germany, South Korea and Indonesia. These silent carriers could be in the United States right now. There are also people who have been infected but never get seriously ill. They may never know they have coronavirus vs another virus like a cold or flu and therefore they may not seek any medical treatment. They could be spreading coronavirus for weeks and never even know it. This long incubation period and the fact that some people only get mild symptoms gives the COVID-19 coronavirus a path to travel all over the globe.
What is The Death Rate From Coronavirus?
The death rate from the COVID-19 coronavirus is thought to be about 2% right now but that number could change as more information is gathered. The death rate from seasonal influenza is about 0.1%. The flu has killed many more people than coronavirus but that could change if coronavirus is not contained and it becomes a real pandemic. An epidemic like Ebola or SARS with much higher death rates will burn itself out sooner since it is so severe. A lower death rate means more people survive to pass it on and some may only have mild cases and not even know they have it.
What Will Happen if Coronavirus Becomes An Epidemic in the United States?
If Coronavirus become an epidemic in the United States like it has in China, drastic measures would need to be taken to minimize it’s spread. Schools may need to be shut down. Some workplaces may be shut down or people encouraged to work from home. Travel will likely be further restricted to prevent spread of the virus. The United States is already prohibiting visitors from China. As the virus spreads to epidemic status in other countries, travel from those countries to the United States would be restricted or prohibited.
There is already impact from the coronavirus even though the number of infected persons in the United States is still low. Manufacturing in China is being affected. Travel to China for business has been affected or canceled. As these effects become more widespread, the economic impact will increase. The stock market will likely be affected.
How Many People are Likely to Be Infected By COVID-19 Coronavirus?
There are some predictions that this new coronavirus could be unstoppable since it is less deadly than other coronaviruses such as SARS. Since it can be a mild condition in some people, it will spread much further since many people who have it won’t know they have it or seek medical attention. Unlike Ebola or other very deadly conditions, it will not kill off most of those infected and burn itself out quickly. It is much more deadly than flu but it is also much less deadly than SARS and has an extremely long incubation period. Coronavirus could become a common infection all around the world. A Harvard professor or epidemiology Marc Lipsitch says in a February 24th 2020 article in The Atlantic that he suspects COVID-19 will not be contained.
When Will There Be A COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine?
It usually takes years to decades to develop a brand new vaccine. A vaccine has to be developed, then tested extensively for safety, than manufactured and distributed. There are estimates now that a vaccine for COVID-19 will be available in 12 months at the very soonest. Therefore, I would not count on a vaccine to protect me from coronavirus. In the next year I would personally expect COVID-19 coronavirus to be present in our communities so I want another way to prevent it from affecting me.
What Can We Do to Protect Ourselves From COVID-19 Coronavirus?
The basics are well known:
- Wash your hands
- Avoid crowded places
- Avoid sick people
- Avoid travel
- There are mixed opinions about wearing masks with some saying they are useful and some saying they don’t do much.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth as all of these can be pathways for the virus to enter your body.
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There are not complete studies yet on treatments for the COVID-19 Coronavirus. There are many supplements proven effective against other deadly strains of Coronavirus such as SARS (Savere Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) . Both these strains of coronavirus caused great panic in the past much like COVID-19 is now. Supplements such as monolarin have been shown to work against these strains of coronavirus. If you are interested in learning more about these supplements, and seeing links to the studies please check out this review: Supplements For Coronavirus Protection?
These supplements are effective against influenza and other viruses like the common cold so you can help your immune system fight off whatever bugs you are exposed to.
Can Our Pets Get the COVID-19 Coronavirus?
No, our pets cannot get the new COVID-19 Coronavirus at this time. It would have to mutate again to be able to be passed from humans to pets. However, there are other strains of coronavirus that commonly affect pets just like there are common strains of coronavirus that affect people and cause what we might think is just a cold. For more information on canine and feline coronaviruses please read this post on our sister site, ThrivingCat.com.
So Should We Be Scared of Coronavirus?
At this time the risk from the seasonal flu is still greater than that of coronavirus unless you are located in China or parts of Asia where it is taking off such as South Korea. Here in the United States as of February 2020, the seasonal flu is much more of a threat. That could quickly change however, as the virus is spreading around the world and more cases are found here. Now that we have learned the incubation period is much longer than previously thought (and very much longer than that of other viruses like influenza), the opportunity for a serious pandemic has increased. There are carriers who have been traveling and spreading the virus unknowingly and without showing any symptoms. Even the 14 days quarantines enforced by many countries may prove ineffective as the incubation period can be much longer.
I am not scared of Coronavirus yet but I am getting prepared so that if it gets bad I will be prepared.
For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit www.cdc.gov for more information.
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CBS News (2020) Coronavirus Live Updates: Americans are Warned Coronavirus Spread Is Not a Matter of If But When. Available at: https://www.cbsnews.com/live-updates/coronavirus-outbreak-death-toll-infections-latest-news-updates-2020-02-25/ (Accessed 2/24/2020)
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