A fatal Coronavirus outbreak that started in Wuhan, China has been hitting the headlines for the past two weeks now. Although the cases reported are mostly in China, it is worth keeping an eye on the pandemic since the Center for Disease Control and Prevention mentioned five positive cases in the United States. Read on to know more.
What is Novel Coronavirus?
A coronavirus is a common virus that causes an upper respiratory infection. While most coronaviruses are not dangerous, the Novel Coronavirus (2019 n-CoV) is a fatal and contagious disease that has been reported to spread from China.
Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people.
Symptoms and Transmission
The current outbreak’s symptoms include cough, fever, and difficulty breathing. As it worsens, the illness leads to pneumonia, kidney failure, and death.
When person-to-person spread has occurred with MERS and SARS, it is thought to have happened mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. The spread of SARS and MERS between people has generally occurred between close contacts.
You should beware of how easily a virus spreads from person to person. The Novel Coronavirus is a serious public health threat that you need to prepare for.
Common Sense Things to Do
Take these simple measures to reduce your chance of catching the virus.
- Avoid crowds. You’ll also avoid catching a cold or flu from all the germs going around this season.
- Wash your hands frequently. You can also use a hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol content.
- Learn basic first aid and have a first aid kit complete with medicines and other supplies.
Pandemic Supplies You’ll need
Here are some things you will need in your pandemic preparedness kit.
- Mask. There are many kinds of masks. Experts say that antiviral masks are enough to avoid the Novel Coronavirus, but it’s also good to stock up on N95/N100 masks. Remember that these are usually the first things to go out of stock in the stores when a pandemic hits. You’ll need this to avoid catching viruses and to avoid touching your nose and mouth.
- Gloves. Wear these to take out the trash, do the laundry of someone who is sick, and when caring for sick individuals.
- Laundry detergent. Washing laundry is imperative. In fact, you need to sterilize bedding and throw it away to avoid the spread of the virus.
- Antiseptics. Of course, the best one is a good old fashioned soap and water or wipes. Antiseptic wipes and hand sanitizers will help you control exposure and help minimize the risks of pandemics on your hands
- Goggles. Goggles will help you prevent droplets from entering the cavities of the eye. Once the virus lands on your area, you’ll need to wear them, especially if there’s someone in your house who has been exposed.
- Duct tape and drop cloths. Duct tape is a favorite of supply items for the prepper as it has both value in outdoor survival for improvising and it can help around the homestead. Duct tape is a survival tool. During a pandemic, preppers must consider quarantine as part of their pandemic response plan. Use duct tape to seal off windows and doorways.
- Water filtration system. Water could also produce contaminants worthy of a pandemic. A cutoff of the water supply would be uncertain doom and devastation. Having a means to filter water would put your survival at better odds