In just a few months, the COVID-19 Coronavirus has managed to cause quite a frenzy and infect 100,000 people worldwide. Most pharmacies have run out of masks and hand sanitizers, supermarkets in America, Canada, and Australia are out of toilet paper and even water, and people are getting more and more freaked out by the day. Yet it’s not even close to the end of the world. You need to get some facts straight.
1. Things will only get worse before they get better.
Infected people can show symptoms anywhere from 1 to 21 days. The statistics you’re getting about the people who have it are due to what they did 1-3 weeks ago, and if you remember that time well enough, you’ll know that people were making fun of the whole situation and did not pay attention to the advice given by health experts. So yes, the numbers are increasing because people underestimated the situation back then. Since people are starting to finally pay attention and follow the precautionary measures that were advised to them now, the numbers of the infected will suddenly drop in 2-3 weeks time and the canceled flights will get back to plan and countries will stop being so nervous.
2.Not everyone will get the virus, and not everyone who gets it dies.
If you’ve been out in the past month, you’re not guaranteed to have gotten the virus. Even if you have interacted with someone who has the virus. And most of the people who die are those who have weak immune systems (either because of low D3 in their body or underlying health issues such as diabetes and heart disease).
Some of you may be asking why doctors and nurses are getting infected and dying. Easy. They are sleepless caretakers as they have to work all day and night to take care of infected people, some hospitals may not have the right equipment to give those people so they will be at risk of getting infected, and they are exposed to A WHOLE LOT more virus than normal people are.
3. The relationship between the COVID-19 and a typical cold.
Colds are caused by viruses and we don’t get the same cold from the same virus the second time around. What kinds of viruses cause colds? Coronaviruses. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. A coronavirus is the name of the viruses that cause colds and the flu. Why? Because of their shape. But what’s the difference between the COVID-19 coronavirus and the others? It’s simply a new strain of the virus, so it’s a different “type” of coronavirus.
4.Are you only supposed to cough and have a fever if you have it?
Since this strain is a distant relative of colds and the flu, some symptoms are headaches, fever, runny nose, coughing. You may not have all those symptoms if you’re infected, so it’s hard to tell if you’re simply sick or not. You’ll only be sure if you’re coughing really badly and need to gasp for air, but that happens later on. Its symptoms can show anywhere from a day to 21 days.
5. Say it with me: A mask will not help you.
A mask ONLY helps the infected keep the virus to themselves! If you’re healthy and are wearing a mask, you may be doing more harm than good. If you touch the mask with a dirty hand, it’s as if you’re filtering the virus in and are helping it get to you more efficiently.
If someone coughs or sneezes around you, just don’t breathe for a few seconds and cover your nose with tissue or your arm if you’re REALLY worried. Again, a mask is only for the infected. Don’t waste your money.
6. More people die from the flu, car crashes, and hunger.
56,000 people die from the flu each year. An average of 3,287 people die from car crashes DAILY. 25,000 people die from hunger EACH Day. Yet a little over than 3,000 people have died in this outbreak in 4 months. But you don’t see that in the news, do you?
Hopefully you have learned a thing or two from this. Remember, it’s not the end of the world. I’m not saying it’s not an important issue, because it is. I’m just saying all you need to do is stay at home, be careful and disinfect things, and JUST. CHIILL.