Are you feeling stressed, nervous, and plain scared about the coronavirus? To help you, and to help us, we went in search of the facts.
Everything Parents Need to Know About Coronavirus
This information comes directly from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Where this virus comes from.
- The outbreak began in China, specifically Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China.
- At first, they believed it was pneumonia. Quickly thereafter, WHO understood that this was an unknown virus.
What the coronavirus is.
SARS is a virus transmitted through droplets that enter the air when someone with the disease coughs, sneezes, or talks. Fever, dry cough, headache, muscle aches, and difficulty breathing are symptoms. No known transmission has occurred since 2004.
MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) is a contagious, sometimes fatal respiratory illness. It’s often spread through close contact with an infected person. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.
These are the symptoms of coronavirus.
- Signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
- In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
This is how the coronavirus is transmitted.
- Some coronaviruses can be transmitted from person to person, usually after close contact with an infected patient, for example, in a household workplace, or health care center.
Here’s how to track the outbreaks.
Bookmark this map shared by John’s Hopkins. As of this writing, there are 5 cases in the United States. Track how many are infected over the world, how many have passed away, and how many have recovered.
What you should do to help prevent it in your home.
- Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs.
- Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of any respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
- If you are going to order masks for extra protection, you should only order N95 respirators. THESE masks filter at least 95% of airborne particles.
Respirator Masks are selling out.
We are going to order MASKS now. And… it’s not been easy finding them. They are sold out at every turn. Also, some sellers are raising the prices LIKE CRAZY on these respirators.
HERE ARE MASKS FOR KIDS. They fit their smaller faces.
HERE ARE MASKS FOR ADULTS. These come in a 2-pack and as of this writing, they are under $20.
In closing, let’s all keep calm, and stay on top of the news. We will continue to update you if we find out anything new.
Sher Bailey is a writer in the Midwest who believes the power of humor, Mod Podge, and grandkids can fix most problems in life. You can find her at SherBailey.com.