Everything You Need To Know About the Coronavirus
The World Health Organization has declared a global pandemic and many governments are shutting down all non-essential businesses to keep citizens safe. Many people are feeling fear and uncertainty, which may be exacerbated by the flood of information online and in the mainstream media. How can you protect yourself and your family from this unprecedented threat?
Here at Sackett & Associates Insurance Services, we’ve gathered information from the Center for Disease Control and other reliable sources to help you determine fact from fiction. Here are the basics you absolutely must know to stay healthy.
What Is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a coronavirus, which is a family of virus that causes respiratory distress. While we haven’t seen this strain before, we do have some experience with this particular family — Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) are coronaviruses that jumped to humans in the past.
Coronaviruses are named so because of their unique protein structure; these proteins protrude from the virus and attach to cells. The word “corona” is Latin for “crown,” which these proteins resemble.
Why Is It So Dangerous?
As of March 2020, COVID-19 has a fatality rate of 3.4%. While this may seem like a small number, it quickly becomes devastating when multiplied by millions. There’s also the risk of serious complications that require hospitalization, which 20% of COVID-19 patients experience. Even when they recover, these patients often have permanent lung damage that leaves them vulnerable to future illnesses.
Another issue is how easily COVID-19 spreads. Currently, health officials advise that this coronavirus may take up to 14 days before symptoms appear and that infected patients are contagious during that time. This means people can feel perfectly fine, but shed virus through respiratory droplets.
How Can You Protect Yourself?
The CDC has issued several guidelines to help prevent infection:
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