Coronavirus / COVID-19 as of 17th March 2020

17 March 2020 | Male Escort Melbourne

Since 11 February 2020 the current Coronavirus pandemic has been officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organisation. It was first discovered in Wuhan, China, in December last year, and has spread, and now is spreading, around the globe rapidly.

“Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). 

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans. 

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.” 

Countries are closing their borders to travellers, closing down schools, shops, and preventing mass gatherings of people.

Just recently here in Victoria, events that attract crowds of more than 500 people have not been permitted, and many schools are on the verge of closing for a period of time.

It can be very deadly. And a lot of people are at risk. A lot of people have died from the virus, and the death toll continues to climb.

Most people who contract the virus will get cold/flu like symptoms for a little while, maybe a week or two, and then it is gone. Their body has made antibodies to it, and destroyed it. Some people will be completely asymptomatic while they have the virus.

The thing is, all of these people can spread it while they are infected, and there are a lot of people who are at high risk of getting very sick, or dying, if they aren’t treated in hospital. A lot of people will be very sick and may die even if they are treated. So it actually is very scary.

People who are

elderly, or have respiratory conditions, or suppressed immune conditions of any kind (Chrohn’s, Grave’s disease, Lupus, to name a few), can potentially be at a much greater risk than the general population. Don’t panic, it is not yet confirmed to affect all people with immune conditions, but it is still not yet fully known, and we have to be cautious.

 People with lung disease, heart disease, or kidney problems, or even asthma, can be at much greater risk. And the thing is even with all the research it is too early in the pandemic to know exactly who is at greater risk.

A lot of people have been panic buying lots of things in the supermarkets and chemists etc, to help weather this pandemic. Particularly in Australia, people are buying toilet paper, fuelled in part by the need to stock up on supplies in case of needing to isolate oneself – and in part because everyone else on social media buying toilet paper, so people think we’d better do the same. 

In a lot of places Coronavirus is laughed about as a joke. In some countries there is such misinformation or ‘fake news’ being spread. I heard on the BBC radio driving home late last night that in parts of Africa it is believed that people with black skin cannot contract the virus.

Donald Trump in America until very recently said there was no problem at all, and that the country had an ‘excellent situation’. Then he has appalled many people when he tried to secure a contract with a global pharmaceutical company working on creating a vaccine, to give Americans exclusive rights to the vaccine before people of any other countries.

It is creating a lot of panic, confusion,  and chaos.

A lot of the world’s health systems and hospitals do not have the capacity to deal with everyone getting sick at once.

Like I said, there are a lot of people who are at a high risk of suffering if they catch the virus. 

Perhaps COVID-19 will spread to everyone in the world, and become one of the common seasonal viruses. This is a very likely outcome, that the virus won’t be able to be controlled completely.

But I’ve came to realise from listening to the radio and researching, that even if this happens, we need to, as a global community, try to make it happen AS SLOW AS POSSIBLE. We need to try to prevent the spread of the virus, but even if we can’t prevent its spread, we need to slow it down, so that our health systems can adapt, and our way of life can adapt, so that at risk people can be at less risk.

Intense research is underway around the world to create antiviral drugs that can treat the symptoms, and vaccines that can prevent further infection. But these things can take a lot of time.

The faster the virus spreads, the more people will die. The slower it spreads, the less people will die.

On social media a lot of people are posting memes giving messages like:

“Lots more people die from domestic abuse, cancer, suicide, and all these other things, than Coronavirus.”

That may be so, but every life is a life. And if you ask me, every one person that dies is one death too many.

So what can you do to prevent Coronavirus spreading?

Research. Learn the facts. Wash your hands thoroughly. There are plenty of videos about now showing how to wash your hands – as it needs to be more thorough than most people are used to, and for around twenty seconds duration. Wash your hands often. Follow basic hygiene protocol.

And if you do contract the virus, please, if you are able to, isolate yourself for at least two weeks. Stay at home if you can, to prevent the spread.

I have clients and people that I’m close to who have different autoimmune conditions, diabetes, recovering/have recovered from cancer, have respiratory conditions. I am in contact with people that work with in hospitals, people that work in aged care, and people that work with children.

The list of conditions that many people have that can place them at risk is long.

As I am in a profession that has (very) close human to human contact, it is very important to make sure that I am responsible in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. So I am doing everything that I can. As you know from my blogs on sexual health testing, I really care about people, and don’t want anyone to get sick in any way. 

I haven’t been in contact with anyone who has recently been overseas in countries that currently have active cases of the virus.

As well as washing my hands often, and as being as clean as I can be, if I were to have any symptoms and think I may have the virus – or even if I thought I had been exposed – I would isolate myself for at least two weeks, and stop working for that time.

Being fit, healthy, young, and with a good immune system, I probably wouldn’t be affected by the virus much. You might not either.

But other people would be.

And if you or I get the virus, we would be a carrier and it would spread to others.

And for some people this virus could mean life or death.

So please, consider others. Be careful. Be responsible.

Wash your hands. Educate yourself on the virus and it’s spread and symptoms. And if you do get it, please isolate yourself as much as possible if you can, to prevent transmission.

Please, remember, just because your body might be strong enough to deal with it, doesn’t mean that everybody is.

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