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Concerns about Covid-19 coronavirus

I'm pretty nervous about coronavirus COVID-19. Every time you turn on the TV or get on the internet, there's some new information about the virus, or how far it's spread.

I'm trying to prepare as best I can, like making sure I use hand sanitizer and having plenty stocked up.

I'm not sure if I'm at risk or not, since I'm young and relatively healthy, and I don't even know if anything I'm doing will help me from getting sick.

How do you wade through ALL of this information and know what to do to prevent getting it, and what to do if there's an outbreak near you?

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3191940 tn?1447268717
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

Be well!
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Amazingly written, CurfewX.
973741 tn?1342342773
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?  
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Hi specialmom,
Generally, the people that get Corona virus, or Covid19, that are younger than 30 may not have any symptoms and thus can spread it without knowing it. But over 30 it is usually a cough, fever and sometimes shortness of breath. So nasal issues are associated with a cold or flu. Also, you can get a cough with the flu but usually not shortness of breath in the early symptoms. Another thing is Covid19 symptoms usually have a very high fever, 103 or higher. Although if you have a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath I would get tested. Not all Covid19 patients have shortness of breath so if one has the high fever and cough you probably can get tested based on that. I have also heard some people say they can get red in the face. But they don't generally have nose issues or chills. But, I would always err on the side of caution since this is a new and emerging virus. Symptoms might change.
Usually you call the doctor or write, and they can question you. It is now being spread in the community in some places in the U.S. and worldwide. As mentioned above for those over 50 years old they are more likely to have lowered immunity and develop symptoms. The high risk are over 60 plus diabetic, or lung or heart problems and of course those with lowered immunity.
FYI there are several sites out there that have interactive maps for following their community. But Johns Hopkins has a very good up to date information as well as the CDC.
regards,
mkh9
Thanks for this good information.
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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.
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You can learn how to be an ambidextrous wizard then teach your friends and perhaps get a large utube following if you come up with some tough tricks that you are good at if you get ahead of the pack.
See my post on this thread. https://www.medhelp.org/posts/Coronavirus/Dealing-with-anxiety-and-depression-associated-with-corona-virus-covid-19/show/3054004
I agree with AnxiousNoMore... this is a good time to learn something new, do something you've always wanted to do, but never had the time, etc.  For instance - as suggested - make that YouTube video or write/read the book you've always planned to write/read.  Learn a new skill - for instance, if you've always wanted to learn to knit - now's the time.  You can even learn a skill you don't like - you know the old saying - "try it, you'll like it".  With all the electronics we have on hand today, there should be no shortage of things to look up/learn.  Nearly everyone has notebooks and paper to write on - practice your handwriting or spelling, math or work on another subject you're not good at in school or that's hard for you in everyday life.  Do that major research project you've always wanted to do...

Your imagination is the only limit to what you can do but make sure your choices are constructive and will help you when this is all over.  

I find it easier to think of not going places in terms of "I don't want to" instead of "I can't" or "I'm not allowed", because honestly, if I have somewhere I really *need* to go, I can.  It also helps to know that many others are in the same situation and we can be here talking about it.
649848 tn?1534633700
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:

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses#:~:text=symptoms

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.
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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.
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Hun* I probably had so many mistakes lol. I was holding my baby and typing the msg. Take care
I'd look into those black seeds.  I wouldn't use them personally if I was breastfeeding.  I wouldn't give them to a child.  They do have some potential bad effects.  As for that Vitamin C, orange juice is highly acidic and very high in sugar, so moderation, again especially if breastfeeding.  Lots of veggies have C in them that don't have this problem -- there's more in bell peppers than oranges.  Though bell peppers can cause inflammation, so nothing is perfect.  Lemon and honey is great if you need an expectorant, but again, honey is sugar.  We all eat dessert, so it's just good to try and avoid a lot of sugar in our meals and save it for dessert.  The cold drink theory comes from Chinese medicine.  Don't know if it's true or not, and mostly they avoid it during hot days.  They believe the extreme temperature difference from our internal one causes the illnesses we get in the fall as the body expels the cold.  Again, no evidence this is true, but they do believe it is and they've got a much older system of medicine than we do.  Peace.
Here's from another website, from its generally favorable pages about black seed.
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Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Black seed seems to be safe in food amounts during pregnancy. But taking larger medicinal amounts is LIKELY UNSAFE. Black seed can slow down or stop the uterus from contracting.

Not much is known about the safety of using black seed during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
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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....
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