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Opinion: Perspective on Coronavirus

11 March 2020  

What you need to know about the Coronavirus.

Is the Coronavirus something to be avoided under any circumstances? Yes. Will you feel miserable and awful if, somehow, you get it? Possibly. But, the biggest takeaway is: “Be concerned and take it seriously. But don’t panic.”

About 80% of cases are mild to moderate - some people don’t even know they have it. 

People most at risk:

- Aged 60 and above.
-Underlying medical conditions such as 

  • cardiovascular disease
  • diabetes
  • chronic respiratory disease
  • high blood pressure
  • cancer
  • Men (their fatality rate is higher than women)

How long does COVID-19 last?

From the day you are infected, it can take from one to fourteen days before displaying symptoms.

Once you are infected, it may take from 2-6 weeks to recover fully, depending on severity.

What to do if you come down with COVID-19

The CDC recommends the following steps. Check here for further details:

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • Wear a facemark
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean your hands often
  • Monitor your symptoms

Here is the CDC website with more information.

Typical symptoms:

  • Fever (83-98%)
  • Cough (76-82%)
  • Shortness of breath (19%)

CDC information on Coronavirus symptoms

According to the CDC, in the United States, there have been:

  • Total cases: 938 (confirmed and presumptive positive)
  • Total deaths: 29 (approximately 3%)

In Arizona, less than 10 cases have been reported. 

  • Maricopa County: 3 cases
  • Pinal County: 5 cases
  • Pima County: 1 case

There are NO known cases in Yavapai County at this time.

In perspective:

CDC estimates that from October 1, 2019 - February 29, 2020 

  • 34,000,000-49,000,000 flu illnesses
  • 350,000-620,000 flu hospitalizations
  • 20,000-52,000 flu deaths
  • 136 children have died from the flu this year

How does the new coronavirus compare to the flu?

Drunk drivers

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 30 people a DAY die in drunk driving crashes.

12 Deadliest Viruses

  • Marburg Virus in 1967
  • Ebola Virus 1976
  • Rabies Virus
  • HIV Early 1980’s
  • Smallpox
  • Hantavirus
  • Influenza
  • Dengue
  • Rotavirus
  • SARS-Cov (2002)
  • Coronavirus (aka SARS-CoV-2) 
  • MERS-CoV

Want to know more?

Here are various articles with information you might find interesting.

Women’s Health Magazine: How Long Do Novel Coronavirus Symptoms Last?
Vox: The Vox Guide to Covid-19 Coronavirus
Vox: 11 Questions About the Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak, Answered
LiveScience: Why are Children ‘Missing From Coronavirus Outbreak Cases?
MarketWatch: These Nine Companies are Working on Coronavirus Treatments or Vaccines – Here’s Where Things Stand

Make your own hand sanitizer:

Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She will be leaving for new adventures on May 15, 2020.