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All About the Coronavirus

All About the Coronavirus

 

What Is the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Near the end of 2019, many common colds and respiratory tract infections started erupting.  This new type of virus called coronavirus started making many people ill in China.  Called COVID-19, some of the initial cases were caught in people who were visiting a market where they were selling animals and seafood.

Typically, when viruses spread from animals to human beings, it takes healthcare providers and experts time to understand more about the virus, how it spreads and how to create vaccines for it.

 

What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

According to Dr. Karen Ann Ravin, the coronavirus (COVID-19) causes a fever, cough, and trouble breathing. Symptoms are a bit like those people have with a cold or the flu. The virus can be more serious in some people, especially if they are sick or have health problems.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) causes colds, coughs, fevers and trouble breathing.  Typically, it has the same symptoms as the flu.  For people who have a weak immune system, are already sick and have other health issues, this virus can be more harmful.

 

How Does Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spread?

Healthcare providers, researchers and other experts are still trying to find how the corona virus spreads.  It seems that this virus spreads through the air when people cough or sneeze.  People who became sick with the virus lived in the same house as others.

 

Is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dangerous to Children?

Research on this area is still be conducted by experts.  Not a lot of information is known about it.  There are a few cases reported in children.  Many of them caught it from an adult living with them.  It seems that the virus has a milder impact on children than in adults.

 

Please call your doctor if your child:
  • is sick because they have traveled to China or another country where many people have been infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • has had contact with someone thought to have coronavirus (COVID-19) within the past 14 days

 

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How Is Coronavirus (COVID-19) Treated?

After seeing a doctor, most people get better with rest and lots of fluids. People who are very sick get treated in a hospital with IV fluids, breathing support and other treatments.

 

How Can I Protect Myself and My Child from Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Just like with other viruses, the best ways to protect yourself are:

  • Try not to be around other children and people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands well for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • Alternatively, you can use a hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol.  Encourage your children to do the same.
  • If you haven’t washed your hands, try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Disinfect and clean surfaces and objects that children touch a lot.
  • Antibiotics cannot treat a virus. Flu medicines don’t work either because this is a different type of virus from the flu
  • Food and water.  Select foods that do not need to be in the refrigerator.  Select foods that can stay outside on the shelf for a long period of time.  Buy rice, dried beans, peanut butter, canned foods and juices and baby food if needed.  The fresher your food intake is the better.  Buy and cook as fast as you can. If you have pets, store foods on what they need too.
  • Foods your child likes when sick. Stock up on foods like crackers, soup, crackers, and fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Household supplies. Load up on hand soap with 60% alcohol, toilet paper, surface sanitizer, toothpaste, and dish soap.
  • Medicines.  Make sure you have enough over the counter medicines for fevers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.  Stock up on prescription medicines as well.
  • Thermometers.  Make your thermometer works and is cleaned.
  • Face Masks.  You can choose to buy them if needed.  Experts say they are not needed by healthy individuals, but prevention is better than cure.

 

What Else Do I Need to Know?

If schools or child care centers close.  Make sure you have a pick up plan for your child. Plan for a designated driver and have an emergency number ready.  Notify your employer in advance so that you can be prepared.

Keeping your child busy.  In case your child is home, then have a day schedule drawn up for their activities just like in school.  This will ensure they are following a routine and not get bored.

 

Where can I learn more about the Coronavirus?

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for up-to-date, reliable information on coronavirus COVID-19.

 

 

 

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