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21 Mar: Coronavirus/Covid-19 update

Dear reader,

Due to the events with Coronavirus/Covid-19 we will be monitoring global news and government updates daily and updating any relevant information on our blog.

We will have one post (this one) specifically for news and information updates that we have seen online which we feel will be the most valuable.

We will have a separate blog post more specifically relating to Gentlemen4hire and how the site will be run in the coming weeks.

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Information sites:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers (section on the BBC website for coronavirus)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection (government info site guidance if you suspect you have coronavirus)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults (government info site on social distancing)

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ (NHS info site on Coronavirus)

The information below is from https://blots.org/resource/covid-19-blog-post/

It provides an excellent resource with links to useful information sites.

Blog Post: COVID-19 Civil Duty, Information, and Resources

Disclaimer: This article is for educational and informational purposes only. Consult your local medical authority for all medical advice.

News about the deadly virus that first appeared in Wuhan, China in late 2019 is everywhere. The virus is officially called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. It is also called Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), 2019-nCov, 2019 Novel Coronavirus, and SARS-CoV-2. The disease the virus causes is called COVID-19.

Although there are many useful and reliable sources for information, there is an enormous amount of misinformation circulating the internet and social media. Some major media outlets are even complicit in downplaying the magnitude of this situation. Many young people are adopting a “whatever” attitude which is a serious threat to those who are at high risk.

Reliable online information sources for Coronavirus and COVID-19

The following resources are reliable sources of information:

Quick facts about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The following information should not be used to make a medical diagnosis and is for informational purposes only. Please consult your local medical authorities for all medical advice.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.

“The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.” Source: World Health Organization.

How Coronavirus Spreads

“Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.” Source: World Health Organization.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus and the recommended way to prevent the illness is to avoid exposure.

The CDC reports that the virus spreads, “Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.”

At-risk individuals

“Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.” Source: CDC.gov

How to protect yourself

Takes these steps to protect yourself:

  • Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands.
  • Maintain social distancing (keep at least 3 feet or 1 meter distance between yourself and others).
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Self-isolate by putting distance between yourself and other people.
  • If you are sick, stay home. Do NOT go to a doctors office without first calling your doctor. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes by using a tissue to cover your mouth and nose.
  • Immediately throw away used tissues and wash your hands.
  • If you are NOT sick then you do not need to wear a facemask.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Source: CDC.gov and WHO.int

 

Misinformation about COVID-19 is everywhere

Misinformation (conspiracy theories and unfounded claims) regarding the virus is spreading across every major social media website.

What follows are some examples of unfounded claims that are currently circulating:

  • “Oregano Oil Proves Effective Against Coronavirus,” an unfounded claim
  • a hoax stating that the US government had created and patented a vaccine for coronavirus years ago, shared with nearly 5,000 Facebook users
  • a false claim that “coronavirus is a human-made virus in the laboratory”
  • sales of unproven “nonmedical immune boosters” to help people ward off 2019-nCoV
  • unfounded recommendations to prevent infection by taking vitamin C and avoiding spicy foods
  • dangerous suggestions that drinking bleach and snorting cocaine can cure coronavirus infection
  • a video with useless advice about preventing infection with the new coronavirus by modifying your diet (for example, by avoiding cold drinks, milkshakes, or ice cream). This video, which demonstrates the removal of a parasitic worm from a person’s lip, is many years old and has nothing to do with the current virus.

Spread the word to “Flatten the Curve”

Even if COVID-19 is “unavoidable,” delaying infections will flatten the peak number of illnesses to within hospital capacity and significantly reduce deaths. However, spreading an educational awareness is crucial because many people are actively ignoring the threat. For example, the Coronavirus pandemic is not preventing college ‘spring breakers’ from partying. See this USA Today interview, ‘If I get corona, I get corona’.

 

 

 

 

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