The first death from ‘the’ coronavirus has just been recorded in Western Australia First Australian death
The man was in the same hospital I was in last week. Am I panicking? No. In fact there is a great deal of somewhat confusing information about it, depending upon which source you read, listen to, or watch on TV.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
There is a lot more information at that site if you want to find out more.
How dangerous is this ‘new’ strain of coronavirus?
Authorities say “we do not know enough yet and will not know until more data becomes available.”
One thing that seems clear is that over the years we have lost the knowledge, or motivation, to quarantine ourselves, or a disease. Once upon a time parents ‘quarantined’ a child with an infectious disease. In the past people refrained from attending church services if they suffered a severe cold or flu. Nowadays we are urged to take a pill and ‘soldier on.’ Most people have no choice due to economic constraints.
(I have written about quarantine before… https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/)
Coronavirus and face masks
The general consensus of opinion is that most of the facemasks available to the public to buy are ineffective. They are ‘surgical’ masks and designed to protect a patient from a nurse/medical worker’s mouth borne germs.
What CAN we do?
- Be sensible.
- Be considerate.
- If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, stay home.
- Be careful with your hand hygiene.
- Avoid crowds
If you have a chronic health problem you are more ‘at risk’ so take the precautions seriously but don’t panic.
About last week’s missing ‘post’ – I was in hospital. By the time I came home the five days of violent summer storms had started, and the computer was more ‘off’ than ‘on.’ In the last few days the NBN has been ‘down’ so I have a limited service, and no phone.