It's understandable that you're confused - there is SO much info, and some is true, and some isn't. Even though you are young and healthy, you can still get the virus. The virus doesn't respect age and health. The good news is that if you do get it, being young and healthy does mean you have lower risk for complications. That's good news, but of course even if it would be mild for you, you still don't want to get it and accidentally spread it to people who are high risk for complications.
One thing I've noticed is the panic over hand sanitizers. Plain soap and water are just as effective at protecting yourself and others. Also, avoid touching objects in public. If you use a public restroom, use a paper towel to open the door. Don't touch your face or mouth after touching something in public, before you wash your hands.
Also, while you can't drive yourself crazy, sitting in solitude, social isolation helps prevent the spread of the virus. Don't go to places where a lot of people gather - that's all that means. Do what you can to avoid malls, concerts and other events, parties, etc. If you feel sick, definitely don't go out!
Here's some really good information on minimizing your risk of getting the virus, or spreading it if you do get it: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
And just for fun, I found a page of myths. Seriously, I had NO idea that some of these stories were making the rounds, but here they are: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters
Such a timely question! I'm wondering how you know the difference between corona virus, covid 19 and other illnesses. I have tried to do some reading and I read that the corona virus is more associated with a dry cough. Less nasal congestion and almost always has fever associated with it. Any shortness of breath should be looked into. I know i often say "no big deal", moms don't have time to be sick but in this situation, best to air on the side of caution. No panic, but cautious. What kinds of things are you all looking out for that would indicate corona virus verses an every day cold symptom?
Thanks for the info.
It's hard not to panic, and I'm not an anxious person by nature, but everyone still keeps going out, and the info changes hour to hour.
If anyone has coping skill tips, I'll take them. It's hard to not get all caught up when everything is closed, there are no sports or other distractions.
I just ran across the following WHO site that gives a lot of information about the COVID-19, including what it is, symptoms, how it spreads, how to protect yourself, along with other information:
They say the most common symptoms include tiredness, fever and dry cough, but can include nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, aches/pain and diarrhea. Of course, we all know that not everyone is likely to get all of the symptoms, but anyone can get any of them even if some are likely to be mild... Considering the list of symptoms that WHO says is possible, it would be difficult to tell if one had the flu, a cold or COVID-19.
WHO says older people and those with underlying conditions such as heart/lung issues, diabetes, etc are most at risk. We also know we'd need to include anyone with compromised immune system in the list of those at risk.
WHO also says: "People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention."
My own advice has always been to seek medical attention whenever one is in medical distress but in this case, please call ahead first in order to prevent infecting others with whatever you have, whether it be COVID-19, the flu or a cold.
Hey hin6, I feel you. I'm going crazy because of this virus as I have a newborn who is 6 weeks. I been doing my bestest best to whatever I can to prevent the spread. I barely go out until I really have to. The first thing you have to do IS KEEP CALM and DON'T PANIC. Once you lose yourself, you will lose it. So try to remain calm even if you get it. Don't take stress. Secondly, try to get good sleep. Sleep for at least 8 hrs as it calms you down and u think less about it... Third, get a good diet. Have food rich in vitamin C. And have fruits and vegetables. Fourth, don't drink cold drinks. Avoid any cold drinks for a while. Like water, sodas, etc etc. Make a drink out of honey and lemon with warm water and have that twice a day. It tastes yummy and it is good for you. Have some orange juice as it is rich with vitman C. I take a glass out of fridge and let it sit in room temperature for a while and then I drink it. Lastly, if you ever heard of black seeds, then take a teaspoon of that daily as it has the cure for every disease except death. If you search the benefits for black seeds then you will know.
Try to remain calm and don't think about it. Only go out if it's necessary. Use hand sanitizer, keep washing hands. When you enter your house, take your clothes off, shower up and change to new clothes.
Well, like everything else in life, all we can do is prepare. Wear your mask whenever you feel as if you could be in danger of coming in contact with the virus. Wash your hands and fruits and veggies. And just do your best to use common sense. That's the best any of us can do....