As a result of an outbreak of the coronavirus in California, more than two hundred people have been reported to have contracted the disease. Since then there have been outbreaks in Canada and Washington State. There is no cure for the coronavirus, only symptoms and prevention.
The viruses are spread through contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. They multiply rapidly and kill the healthy cells in the mucus membranes.
A middle school student from Kansas named Gabrielle Dahn was one of the first patients who contracted the virus. She had contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person at a swimming pool. She is one of the two cases of the virus that has been diagnosed in the United States.
Symptoms develop within days of contact with the virus. They can include high fever, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. Death has not occurred, but the death rate from other viral infections is higher than from the coronavirus.
Prevention is easy; use only boiled water for drinking and hand washing. Washing your hands properly is part of good personal hygiene, but it’s so easy to do it that many don’t. When you touch someone in a public place, look for hand-washing stations or restrooms, and use personal protective equipment.
People who wear gloves while touching the eyes, nose, and mouth should also wash their hands thoroughly before handling food or sharing utensils. Those who share towels, pants, and blankets with others should also wash their hands thoroughly before using them to cover themselves.
Look for hand-washing stations and restrooms in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and health care facilities. Encourage children to wash their hands regularly, especially if they are left alone in the restroom. Ask parents to clean up after their children, especially if they are not home.
There are readily available hand sanitizer dispensers in restaurants, airports, and at sporting events. Washing your hands with an antibacterial soap after going to a doctor or health care facility is important, especially if you’re sick. You should be able to ask for soap at a pharmacy without being asked if you have the flu.
Personal protective equipment for health care workers is expensive and not always needed. But you should take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus by wearing a gown and gloves. If you have to work with infected patients, you should wear eye goggles and a face mask.
Wear loose clothing and keep your hands off other people’s hands. It is recommended that people who work in a hazardous environment (such as disinfecting medical devices) wear personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks, gowns, and boots.
Because of the virus’ ability to multiply quickly, handwashing is crucial. The contaminated hands should be washed under running water and rinsed thoroughly with water. Use the antibacterial soap recommended by the manufacturer.
In addition to hand sanitizer dispensers in restaurants, hospitals, and health care facilities, there are commercially available products for all households. Purchase hand sanitizers for your house and take them to the office and remember to wash your hands thoroughly after touching another person or object.