We are seeing this coronavirus take the news by storm. Some are a little freaked out, some are paranoid, and some think it’s not even real. When we see things on the news, social media, or start to get scared, it’s time to take a step back and figure out what we are actually dealing with.
So, below we are going to talk about what the Coronavirus actually is and pandemic supplies you should keep on hand. Please refer to the CDC for accurate information on COVID-19.
What is the Coronavirus
The Coronavirus is actually like the common cold virus. There are many viruses that cause the common cold, the flu, etc. Coronaviruses are several different viruses that cause an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat, and sometimes your upper respiratory system. Most Coronaviruses are NOT dangerous.
Almost everyone will contract a Coronavirus in their lifetime. Usually, you would get one of these viruses as a young child. In the U.S., Coronaviruses are common in the fall and winter.
So, if this is a common virus, what is all the hype about? Well, there are two diseases that are caused by a certain Coronavirus. Two of the dangerous Coronaviruses are SARS and MERS.
The people who are dying that you read about in the news have had MERS. MERS is a respiratory illness that causes symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Many that acquire MERS also have nausea and vomiting. Additionally, more serious complications such as kidney failure and pneumonia follow this virus.
However, it is important to note that most of the people who have died from MERS have had pre-existing conditions that weakened their immune system. Pre-existing conditions included:
- chronic lung disease
- chronic heart disease
- chronic kidney disease
If you have a pre-existing condition, I would suggest taking a few extra precautions to prevent yourself from catching the Coronavirus. You will find prevention measures below.
SARS is Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. It is a respiratory illness caused by a Coronavirus. Currently, there are NO cases of SARS. The last known reported case was in China in 2004. Symptoms begin with a very high fever and the following other symptoms may transpire:
- Body aches
- Mild respiratory symptoms
- Dry, unproductive cough
- Low oxygen levels
As you can tell, SARS can be deadly, but this is NOT the one that is being discussed in the news. And, as stated above, we haven’t seen it since 2004. This doesn’t mean we won’t see it, but it is not what is the concern in the media at this time.
The symptoms of a Coronavirus are so similar to other cold-causing viruses that you won’t know if you have a coronavirus or another virus such as the rhinovirus. The symptoms include:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Sometimes a fever
If the virus spreads or you have a weak immune system due to pre-existing conditions, the virus can turn into pneumonia. Obviously, some of the viruses can turn into MERS and SARS as well. Keep in mind that this usually only happens in those who have a compromised immune system.
How Does it Spread?
The Coronaviruses spread much like other cold-causing viruses. Therefore, this virus spreads through infected people coughing, sneezing, or by touching an infected person’s hands or face. You can also get one of the viruses by touching doorknobs that infected people have touched.
Most viruses are spread in these ways. That is why when it starts spreading quickly, it gets into the news and people start to worry. Viruses can be spread easily from one person to the next before we even realize we are sick.
What You Can Do
Because most Coronaviruses are not dangerous and spread like a common cold, you would do the same thing you would to avoid a cold. If you have a compromised immune system, it is even more important to do these things on a daily basis.
Wash your hands: Wash your hands with running water and antibacterial soap. Stock up on soap because you are going to need it.
Use hand sanitizer: If you don’t have access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol. Less than 60% will not kill the virus.
Stay away from people: Ok, not all people, but stay away from people who are sick as much as you can. Additionally, keep your hands away from your eyes and mouth.
Get plenty of rest: Not getting at least 7 hours of sleep per night can lower your immune system. This leaves you susceptible to getting the coronavirus.
Drink Fluids: It is recommended to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. This helps flush any toxins from your body and keeps your immune system healthy.
Clean with bleach: One of the best ways to kill a virus is with bleach. Bleach pretty much cleans everything. So, mix up some bleach and water, spray those doorknobs, wash those toilet seats, and make sure you have sanitized everything. Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Bleach
Pandemic Supplies You Need
Of course, many are worried about this virus becoming a pandemic because it is affecting people in other countries and moving into our country. Whether you think it will or not, it is always better to be prepared. For this virus, here are a few pandemic supplies you should have on hand:
- Over the counter medication for sore throat, etc.
- Fever Medication: Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and Aspirin are good to store. Be sure to get for both adults and children.
- A Humidifier: This helps break up the cough.
- Thermometer: You need to know if you have a fever.
- Anti-nausea/Anti-diarrheal medication: Vomiting and diarrhea can cause dehydration quickly.
- Fluids with electrolytes: You can make your own with water and DripDrop. If sick, it is always important to prevent yourself from becoming dehydrated.
- Water: You always need lots of water whether you are sick or not.
- Face Masks: You can use face masks and rubber gloves to help prevent the spread of infection.
- Food Storage: Make sure you have enough food stored in case you cannot get out of the house for a couple of weeks.
- Bleach, hand soap, cleaners: Bleach kills just about everything and if you are washing your hands as you should, you will need plenty of hand soap.
Additionally, check out our list of Pandemic Supplies You Will Need for Survival to stock up for anything!
Stock Your Home Pharmacy
- Electrolyte Drip Drop
- Cough Lozenges
- Vicks VapoRub
- Bag Balm
- Dr. Bronner’s Soap
- Hand Sanitizer
- Tooth Brushes and Toothpaste
- First Aid Supplies
- Survival Medical HandBook
- Non-latex Gloves
- Antibacterial Soap
- Bars of Soap
- Lip Balm
- Nasal Spray
- Essential Oils
- Allergy Medications
- Infant Fever Reducer Medications
- Child Fever Reducer Medications
I do believe it is always important to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. I don’t see the Coronavirus getting out of hand, but we should always take precautions. Make sure you are washing your hands, drinking plenty of fluids, and getting a good night’s rest. Always stock water and keep being prepared!
Keep in mind that even when a Coronavirus causes MERS or SARS, it isn’t a serious threat for those who are healthy adults. If you get sick, treat your symptoms and if they do not go away or get worse, contact a doctor!
Did this post help you to understand the Coronavirus and the steps you need to take? If you have more questions, please share them in the comments, below! May God bless this world, Linda
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