Coronavirus Causes Change in Behaviors?
100 Confirmed Cases in the United States With More to Follow
Cristal M Clark
Here in the US hand soap, bleach, hand sanitizer and face masks are flying off of store shelves, worldwide people are now talking about going out less, which means spending less on fun things, traveling less, companies and corporations are putting together plans for how they will deal with the spread of the virus, some schools are closed this week in affected states for a cleaning and in turn all of this causes a slowdown in consumer spending which will eventually affect stocks regardless of the rebound they saw today.
What is Covid-19, Coronavuris the illness that started in Wuhan?
It is caused by a member of the coronavirus family one that has never been seen nor encountered before. Bur just as with other coronaviruses, it comes from animals. Many of those initially infected either worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in the center of the Chinese city.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans. Yes that is right, that have not Yet, infected humans, until they mutate and other coronaviruses will eventually mutate and infect human hosts.
Currently we are sitting at 100 confirmed cases in the US, sadly we can also confirm 6 deaths associated with the Coronavirus. So far, 11 states are affected: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, New York, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin.
The symptoms could appear 2-14 days after exposure: Signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and death.
That is just the tip of what we know, it is widely assumed that the number of infected is far greater than what we have seen confirmed because we are also still in the midst of the flu season here in the US, and the spread of the virus is happening a lot faster than anyone anticipated, very rapid, so naturally people are a bit on edge.
Honestly both the Vice President and the President have done a pretty decent job of trying to be honest and to urge the public not to panic.
So should we panic?
No we shouldn’t, the reality is that we cannot stop the spread of the virus so rather than panic, we should be vigilant. It’s important to know that not everyone who gets it dies and follow the instructions we hear from the CDC.
We are being urged to keep nonperishable foods on hand, plenty of drinking water enough for a week or two, to wash our hands often, not touch our faces, stay away from sick people and if you are sick, stay home and yes, going out less to places that could be heavily populated. Stores, concerts, sporting events, malls, parks, pools, etc. Some of these things we should already be doing.
The best hope we have to prevent devastatingly large numbers of infected individuals is to slow the advance of the virus by not offering up new hosts.
Overall, here in the US at least we are seeing changes in behavior, citizens are in fact being more vigilant. While we have no vaccine for the virus as of yet, we can help prevent its spread through basic hygiene and simply by staying home when sick, not giving into fear mongering which is one thing the mainstream media all to often not to mention they tend to argue everything the president and his administration say about the virus while reporting pure speculation about it in an attempt to undermine the president and the administration. Now is not the time for that childish behavior, quite simply put right now would be a good time to bury that bloody hatchet.
Cristal M Clark