The novel Coronavirus has caught the whole world by surprise. It is evident from the most recent events that the world is unprepared for this new pandemic.
With that said, there are a lot of things still to learn about this pandemic. While many of us have learned how to be prepared for these scenarios, there are still plenty who are unprepared. This article will focus on the things we can learn from the 2019 coronavirus and how to be prepared for survival scenarios like this in the future.
What We Know So Far
So far, there is still a lot of unknown when it comes to COVID-19. It is caused by a member of the coronavirus family. However, this new strain has never been encountered before.
Like all of the other strains of coronaviruses, this new one came from animals and transferred to humans. The most common symptoms can include fever, tiredness and a dry cough.
There are also other patients who suffered from a runny nose, nasal congestion, body aches, pains, diarrhea, and sore throat. However, not everyone experiences the same symptoms. There have been numerous cases where patients show no symptoms.
The silver lining is that around 80% of people who get COVID-19 experience a mild case. These infected patients can recover without needing any special treatment.
According to the World Health Organisation, about one in six people who get infected will become seriously ill. The virus mainly affects the elderly and those who have underlying medical problems such as chronic respiratory conditions, heart problems, diabetes or high blood pressure.
What Can We Do About It?
Because there is still a lot of unknown, the best thing to do at this point is to follow the basic guidelines given by the CDC and WHO. Here are a few of them:
- Take it seriously, but do not panic. A global pandemic like this one is not to be taken lightly. You might not think that you will be affected, but there are others around you who can. The best thing to do is not to panic and practice social distancing.
- Self-isolation is encouraged for those who are experiencing the symptoms. Anyone who experiences the symptoms should stay at home in self-quarantine for at least 7 days. For those who live with family and show symptoms, at least 14 days of self-quarantine is required. This is to prevent the virus from spreading.
- Even if you do not show symptoms, social distancing is still a must. Remember, some infected people are asymptomatic.
What Can We Learn About the COVID-19
There is plenty to learn about this recent pandemic. Lessons that we can use every day and when SHTF. Take a look at some of them below and put these into practice.
Practice and Learn Survival Skills
While the COVID-19 outbreak doesn’t necessarily require enhanced survival skills, other SHTF-scenarios do. To be better prepared, learn new survival skills. Put these into practice, and pass the knowledge to your family and friends. Check out our website to learn some of the best survival skills.
Keep up with the news. Absorb real information. Being informed is another great way to be prepared for whatever comes. Spread authentic information, not panic.