My dad asked me this past weekend how I was going to protect myself and my family from the Coronavirus (COVID-19). I hadn't really thought much about it until he asked me that question. I told him that I would do what I normally would do during the flu season. We will focus on washing our hands more and cleaning with disinfectant wipes more. We will also make sure we cough into our elbows and sneeze the same way. And we will make sure to use hand sanitizer anytime we were out in public and got into the car. And for now, we will avoid heavily populated areas.
Over the weekend, I watched on Facebook as people posted about how panicked people are. They are clearing out the stores of toilet paper, disinfectant wipes and many other things. And I totally get it. I can understand how people are getting freaked out. I am a natural worrier. I got the gene from my mom. Yep, been worrying since I was a kid. However, I am not freaking out about this like I normally would be... And here are a few reasons why...
Did you know that there are 7 different types of the Human Coronavirus? The first case of the Coronavirus was identified in the mid-1960's. The Coronavirus 2019, also known as COVID-19, is just the new strand of virus. And let me tell you... THE NEW unknown of things can be so scary.
Did you know that there have been more deaths by the flu worldwide, than this new strand of virus? Here are the stats:
The Stats for the Coronavirus:
Coronavirus cases - 92,798 in the world (103 cases in Washington State)
Coronavirus deaths - 3,164 in the world (6 deaths in Washington State)
Coronavirus recoveries - 48,469 so far (9 recovered in Washington State)
The Estimated Stats for the Flu:
32,000,000 - 45,000,000 illnesses so far in this flu season.
18,000-46,000 deaths this flu season
Did you know that more than half of the 6 people who died in Washington state had underlying health conditions?
My kiddo and I got our flu shot. We have protected ourselves the best we can for now. We will continue to stay educated and check our sources. I have never believed anything without checking the source. The 6 deaths in Washington State are horrible and definitely scary. As well as all the deaths worldwide. We will continue to pray for those infected and the family of those who have passed away.
Please make sure you check out the CDC's list of 5 facts about the coronavirus. They hope this will help stop the spread of rumors. If you click on CDC's list of 5 facts, the website will open up.
You can also check out the Washington State Department of Health's website about this virus. It has some great questions and answers at the bottom of the page.
Keep yourself safe and protected. Do what you have to do for yourself and your family. If that means, stocking up on supplies... do it. Don't let anyone tell you how to protect yourself or the one you love. Stay educated and do your research.
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