There is a lot that is right with this picture. People are trying to protect themselves from the outbreak of a flu-like virus. Currently, the Coronavirus, or Covid-19 is all over the news. Covid-19 is one of the viruses categorized as a Coronavirus. Right now, People are afraid, and themedia is playing it up, and amid the propaganda, is providing some good information.
Here are some commonly believed myths about the virus:
Myth: Covid-19 is the most dangerous virus that exists.
Truth: World-wide, the common flu kills 60 times as many people annually.
Myth: A Covid-19 diagnosis is a death sentence.
Truth: Only about 1% of those diagnosed with the virus have died, and those are people with weak or compromised immune systems.
Myth: To protect myself, I need a hazmat suit and respirator.
Truth: Handwashing and staying away from sick people is the best defense according to the experts.
While there are a lot of myths being propagated about Covid-19, the media attention is providing attention to the seriousness of the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the flu is a respiratory infection caused by the influenza viruses, which, like Covid-19, can range from mild to severe symptoms, and sometimes death.
We have a few more facts for you about Covid-19. Consider the following (and check out the resources from the CDC in the column to the right):
Covid-19: There have been more than 2,800 deaths world-wide attributed to Covid-19. Only one death has occurred so far in the United States.
Flu: The CDC estimates that there have been more than 18,000 deaths from the flu in the United States from November 19, 2019 through February 22, 2020.
Covid-19: The rate of serious cases of Covid-19 is less in young children.
Flu: The CDC estimates that children under five years old are at a greater risk of developing more serious flu symptoms.
Covid-19: We see a lot of people wearing face masks (filtering facepieces) to avoid contracting Covid-19. Some of those masks may not be effective, as it is recommended the masks be at least an N95 respirator.
Flu: The best way to avoid catching the flu is to stay away from someone who is contagious and frequent handwashing.
Both Covid-19 and the Flu season will soon be a thing of”last season.” As April and May approach and weather warms up, the air will be less dense, and the viruses will be not able to stay airborne. This equates to less risk ofgetting sick.
These illnesses, like Ebola, Zika, the Swine and Bird flus, have attracted a lot of attention over the years. As we did with other viruses, now we need to do all we can to keep our workplaces, homes, families and friends healthy. Here are a few tips to stay healthy and prevent both viruses:
- Wash your hands frequently. Use soap and scrub for at least 30 seconds.
- Stay away from people who are not well, particularly those that are coughing and sneezing.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- When handwashing is not available, use a sanitizing handwipe. Sanitize your work place and home.
- Get plenty of rest and follow a healthy lifestyle.
- Wash your hands frequently. (We can’t say this enough. It really is effective.)
CDC Flu Estimates
CDC Flu Risk for Kids
CDC Flu Prevention