COVID-19: DON'T PANIC!

March 13, 2020
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We here at 93.1 The Wolf are not health professionals but just like anyone else we are trying to find answers and tips for surviving this dreaded Coronavirus that’s sweeping through our little slice of heaven here in Carolina.

We’ve pulled together (from notable sources) some things we think you should know when it comes to COVID-19:

  • The first signs of the virus began on December 31st, 2019 in Wuhan, China.
  • On January 17th, 2020, the United States begins screening passengers at airports.
  • The first case of coronavirus was reported in the United States on January 21st. The man from Washington state reportedly contracted the virus after a trip to Wuhan.
  • Since the Coronavirus outbreak started, over 120,000 people have been infected with the virus, with over 4,700 deaths worldwide.
  • In the United States, there have so far been over 1000 positive cases of COVID-19 and at least 37 deaths. 
  • On March 11th, the World Health Organization officially calls the Coronavirus a pandemic.
  • The CDC says those that the people who are most susceptible to the virus are elderly adults and people with serious illnesses who may have a compromised immune system.
  • The CDC also say that the main symptoms of Coronavirus are a fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath. The symptoms also tend to appear 2-14 days after exposure. If you start feeling sick, contact a doctor before showing up to the office for testing.
  • COVID-19 is most commonly spread through respiratory droplets which can happen when someone is within 6 feet of an infected individual for 10 minutes or longer.

To keep this virus (or any virus/illness like the flu) from spreading: 

  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol works if you’re not near a sink.
  • Stay at home if you’re feeling sick.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with your elbow. 
  • Its allergy season so don’t go all “DEFCON 1” on somebody if they cough or sneeze!

There are quite a few myths going around about COVID-19:

  • Face masks will not help you from getting the virus.
  • Testing for the virus isn’t that expensive, government officials are working to keep costs low.
  • The flu vaccine, antibiotics, or vitamins will not protect against the virus.
  • Products from China are not “infected.” While the virus can live on surfaces for a few days, it can’t survive the long journey from one country to another.
  • Warm weather won’t necessarily make the virus go away, it might have some seasonal effect on the spread but the CDC is still unsure of this.

Here’s some additional tips for keeping yourself, family, and surroundings clean and healthy:

  • Clean commonly used or touched surfaces (like counters, doorknobs, workspaces and your steering wheel) with a disinfecting or antibacterial product. Follow the instructions on the label to ensure proper cleaning.
  • Clean your phone! Apple released a statement saying "Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces," the tech company recommended.They continued: "Don't use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don't submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don't use on fabric or leather surfaces." This also goes for any device you may have.
  • If you are sick, phone a friend. Have someone run your errands for you, if they bring you things have them drop it off at your door and leave before you bring it inside. This will keep you and them safe from spreading the illness further. Companies like Postmates, Grubhub, and DoorDash have created “contactless” delivery method which you can use at checkout in their apps. 
  • If your local store is out of cleaning supplies; things like rubbing alcohol, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide make great substitutes and there are a lot of “how-tos” to create these cleaning supplies.

Lastly, BREATHE. This is not the end of the world, take the right precautions and keep living your life. Don’t believe everything you read on social media. Make sure to get your information from reliable sources and keep hangin’ with your buddies at The Wolf to stay abreast of all things COVID-19 related.