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Coronavirus is *all* the rage right now, but thankfully I’m here to give you less than expert advice from someone who has done her *research* STRAP IN KIDS!!
But seriously, please refer to your local scientific body or disease control centre for actual legit, accurate and specific advice to your country. A lot of countries are dealing with this in different ways, for example, China has locked down most of the country, whereas Australia is only limiting large gatherings, the USA.. well IDK what the USA is doing but you get the idea.
Google ‘Covid-19 advice for [country]’ or ‘how is [country] dealing with Covid-19’ or ‘CDC equivalent of [your country] and don’t believe what you read on social media, just because karen from shitsville kentucky, or your favourite YouTuber, says it's true.. IT MIGHT NOT BE!
Coronavirus or COVID-19 is a *new* virus, kind of like the seasonal flu, which came out of Wuhan, China. (No, it isn’t biological warfare or a man made virus, it just most likely came out of a wet market, where someone probably ate a live bat)
ANYWAY the good news is that a vaccine is on the way, but the bad news is it could take up to 18 months to develop. Which means we could be living like this for a while. Here are some things you should know, yes it’s long, but it’s worth a quick read:
How is it spread?
It is spread via droplets of infected people. If you have Covid-19 and you sneeze, cough, spit or lick anything and those droplets get onto people, or objects, someone could catch the virus, then someone else will catch it, then someone else and so on. The virus could live on objects for a long period of time as well, so if you touch something someone has coughed on, then touch your face, such as eyes, nose or mouth, you could then have caught the virus.
WASH YOUR HANDS
So the virus spreads through droplets, if you fondle something that has droplets on it (doorknob, desks, bus seats etc etc.) and then touch your face (which average humans do at least 10 times AN HOUR) then you could get infected. If you wash your hands regularly, after you catch public transport, before preparing food, before eating, before/after blowing your nose or touching literally anything you haven’t disinfected yourself, you will give yourself the best chance of not catching this thing. If you can’t wash your hands, please use hand sanitiser on your hands! You should wash your hands for AT LEAST 20 seconds (singing happy birthday twice works for me) and follow this handy graphic for the different areas you should be hitting (I realised after I saw this I am disgusting and haven’t been washing my hands properly, like, EVER!)
Practice good basic hygiene
Washing your hands, showering often, blowing your nose into a tissue then throwing that tissue out, then washing your hands, coughing into your sleeve (“like ur dabbing”.. cringe) and keeping yourself and your environment clean will help avoid exposure.
Buy some spray or wipes and wipe down EVERY SURFACE you can. Then do that AT LEAST once a day to high traffic areas: doorknobs, handles, phones, keys, bags, purses, bongs, vapes, desks, keyboards, mice, laptops, tables, chairs, buttons, shoes AND SO ON. If you think this is overkill, just wash your hands every time you touch any of these objects. Or never touch your face (good luck with that ahahhahahahahahahaha… no seriously, just SEE how many times u touch ur face today, writing this article I have touched it at least 27 times)
(please don’t eat hand sanitizer)
Be aware of symptoms
Symptoms can include cough, fever, runny nose or sore throat. You may have all of these symptoms, a combo of some of these cases or none of them. If you have any of these symptoms, call your doctor or local hospital, ask them where you should go to get tested. Most areas are not testing unless you have travelled to another country, or have come into contact with a confirmed case.
Even if you are sick, but don’t have Covid-19, practice social isolation
Avoiding large gatherings, unnecessary travel or your aunt’s birthday (assuming your aunt has lots of friends) are all things you should aim to avoid at this stage of the pandemic.
Young people are less likely to get really sick
Nobody knows why, just is a fact! You can still *catch* the virus, and pass it onto others, but you may experience little to no symptoms, and if you do have symptoms you will probably won’t be that sick, or at least not sick enough to require a hospital visit.
Old people and immunocompromised people are at the highest risk of complications
Pneumonia, death, having to wear ugly masks are some of the biggest risks old people and immunocompromised people are facing. If you do fall into any of these categories, it might be worth getting a mask (note: most areas are recommending people don’t buy or stock up on masks for various reasons), talking to your doctor or going to slightly more extreme lengths to isolate yourselves may be needed to protect yourself.
‘I’m young & healthy, why should I care?’
If you don’t have any elderly relatives, and don’t know anyone who is immunocompromised (of which there are a lot out there, and they may not be open about it, so you never really know!) and you don’t care about saving people's lives, it can still affect you, you selfish psychopath.
If you break your arm, get into a car accident, have a bad reaction to a drug you take or have an allergic reaction and need medical attention, you might not get it. If hospitals, doctors, nurses etc. are overwhelmed helping large cases of people sick with Covid-19 there may not be enough resources to treat you, not just staffing numbers but resources will also be slim. If you half the amount of people you come into contact with now, you half the chance of it spreading. Sacrificing a little now, will help greatly in the future.
Get ready for life to change, but not forever
Most places are now cancelling major events, Disneyland is closing and films aren’t being released. Life has changed, but try and see this as a positive. If things get worse, this lifestyle could last a lot longer. If we all sacrifice a little now, it stops us from having to sacrifice a lot more later on.
All of this advice may change tomorrow.
Depending on where you live, some of this information may be totally irrelevant to you! I live in Australia, and have written this article from an Australian perspective, but things are drastically different in places like the USA or Europe. Please refer to your appropriate government body for up to date information. This should only be used as a general guide and I am by no means a doctor or an expert.
And don’t panic
Follow advice from your local authorities, practice good hygiene, wash your hands often and play a lot of Habbo/watch a lot of TV/play a lot of games/read a lot of books and try and eat healthy and get some exercise. This will pass. A vaccine is being worked on. Check in on your friends and family, even if you can’t physically see them, call them where you can. It is ok to be scared, but try not to panic, or spread panic. Sometimes that can be worse than the pandemic itself. Ask for help, talk about it nothing is worse than keeping it bottled in.
Maddy is a member of HDA and is editor of this blog, there are many contributors on this blog, if you would like to be a contributor please contact me!
Edited by: Vibrational