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What are the symptoms of corona virus

COVID-19 or the Novel Coronavirus is spreading globally and there are now local transmissions in Italy, South Korean, Japan and Iran.  What are the symptoms of the virus and how can you protect yourself from it?

Human-to-Human Transmission

Human-to-Human Transmission has been confirmed.  People are advised to wear masks, wash hands frequently and avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough.

The above is the usual warning but we are also seeing some people saying that you do not need to wear masks.  From the CDC of the US and from the local Department of Health they are saying that it is not necessary but it seems it is.

Symptoms of Corona Virus

The novel coronavirus, a cousin of the SARS virus, has symptoms that include a runny nose, cough, sore throat, possibly a headache and maybe a fever, which can last for a couple of days.

For those with a weakened immune system, the elderly and the very young, there's a chance the virus could cause a lower, and much more serious, respiratory tracts illness like pneumonia or bronchitis.

For further details on the symptoms, spread, and treatment of COVID-19 please visit this site.

COVID-19 and the Philippines

There is an anticipation of COVID19 pandemic and it might hit Philippines a second time around and this time it might be a breakout. The prognosis is that from pandemic, it might become an epidemic here and can later be endemic. When it becomes an epidemic, expect panic buying, lockdowns, shortage of supply of basic goods and worse - getting infected.

Reports like this might be circulating around and it might be advising people to buy and store food but let us not create more danger and havoc even before an official announcement.  As a precaution, however, you can, as early as now, be proactive by doing as follows:

  1. Store canned and fermented foods (enough for a week if eever),
  2. Have a decent stock of otc meds for flu to fight infection, just in case,
  3. Always use alcohol at home and at work.
  4. Stock on soap and use it to properly sanitize your hands and your body.
  5. take Sodium Ascorbate,
  6. Everyone may also consider taking in sodium bicarbonate,
COVID-19 Testing Process in the Philippines

The Philippines is not experiencing risk because of our archipelagic nature and transmission seems to be a bit harder here.  During the 2009-2010 H1N1 Pandemic there are only about 2,000+ cases with only 9 deaths compare to more than 150,000 worldwide.

What should I do to prepare for COVID-19?

One of the most important habits to remember is washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Also, the World Health Organization recommends staying at least 3 feet (or 1 meter) away from anyone who may be infected.

If you're the one feeling sick, cover your entire mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. But don't use your hands. Use either your bent elbow or tissue that you throw away immediately afterward.

Based on health professional pronouncements including US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it does not recommend N95 respirator masks for the general public.  N95 masks are recommended for health care workers.

Be reminded as well that certain types of facial hair can prevent respirators from working effectively. Here is a CDC-created infographic showing which styles of facial hair are riskier than others.

Other Things to Remember

✔️Have plenty of hand sanitizer and a healthy supply of medications on hand as coronavirus fears grow.

✔️Have some alcohol-based hand sanitizer above 60% alcohol content. You want to have it in your purse, in your backpack all over the place. (Dr. Celine Gounder, a professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the NYU School of Medicine said on CNN)

✔️The first thing you should do when you come home from school or work is to use that.

✔️Gounder also advises that you stock up on ibuprofen, Tylenol, or any prescription medications. For a lot of these products, either the ingredients that are used to make medications or the medications themselves are from China, so call your doctor if you are on prescription medications, and ask them for a 90-day supply instead of a 30-day. And make sure you have refills.

"Have that stuff on hand. There may be some disruptions in supply as well as getting into your doctor's office," Gounder said.

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