Donald Trump in his phone conversation with Bob Woodward perhaps inadvertently said it best, “It is deadly.”
COVID-19 has closed down much of the globe. Countries and administrations around the world are struggling to address the problem and have taken to setting it aside and getting on with life and in view of the fact that there is no known vaccine at present that completely eradicates it, will have to continue to do so for some time well into the future.
As of today, October 27, 2022, 634,028,263 people have been infected by the disease and 6,586,619 people have so far died while 613,072.067 people have so far recovered. Each day, around 300,000 new people are infected by the disease.
Statistically, that suggests you have a 1 in 100 chance of dying if you get the disease.
From the data presented, older people are more susceptible to succumbing to the disease than younger people however, it is the younger people who are transmitting the disease to the older people.
Around the world, people have grown tired and impatient with the life cycle that it has presented us with and cracks are beginning to appear with a myriad of false remedies and solutions that largely pander to nebulous individual freedoms rather than addressing the seriousness of the disease.
There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others stay healthy.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. In fact, do it when you don’t need to do it as well.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms:
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. Medical services will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
- Most people have mild illnesses and are able to recover at home. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider.
- Keep track of your symptoms.
Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you and equally as important, get tested for COVID-19 when you feel the least possible symptom as listed above.
Arresting the spread of the disease is as important as finding the vaccine and at this point in time, it is our only defense.