Coronavirus (Covid-19) What You Need to Know
If you are looking for the facts of Covid-19, Intellectual Takeout did a great job putting them altogether in the following article:
Feeling confused as to why Coronavirus is a bigger deal than Seasonal flu? Here it is in a Nutshell
It has to do with RNA sequencing– genetics. Seasonal flu is an “all human virus.” The DNA/RNA chains that make up the virus are recognized by the human immune system. This means that your body has some immunity to it before it comes around each year… you get immunity two ways…through exposure to a virus, or by getting a flu shot.
Novel viruses, come from animals…. the W.H.O. (World Health Organization) tracks novel viruses in animals, sometimes for years, watching for mutations. Usually these viruses only transfer from animal to animal–pigs in the case of H1N1, birds in the case of the Spanish flu. But once, one of these animal viruses mutates, and starts to transfer from animals to humans… then it’s a problem, Why? Because we have no natural or acquired immunity. The RNA sequencing of the genes inside the virus isn’t human, and the human immune system doesn’t recognize it so, we can’t fight it off.
Sometimes the mutation only allows transfer from animal to human. For years it’s only transmission is from an infected animal to a human before it finally mutates so that it can now transfer human to human. Once that happens we have a new contagion phase. The fashion of this new mutation determines how contagious or how deadly it’s gonna be.
H1N1 was deadly, but it did not mutate in a way that was as deadly like the Spanish flu. It’s RNA was slower to mutate and it attacked its host differently.
Now, here comes the Coronavirus. It existed in animals only, for nobody knows how long, but one day, at an animal market, in Wuhan China, in December 2019, it mutated and made the jump from animal to people. At first, only animals could give it to a person. But here is the scary part…. in just TWO WEEKS it mutated again and gained the ability to jump from human to human. Scientists call this quick ability, “slippery.”
This Coronavirus, not being in any form a “human” virus took off like a rocket. And this was because, Humans have no known immunity and doctors have no known medicines for it. It just so happens that this particular mutated animal virus, changed itself in such a way that it causes great damage to human lungs. That’s why Coronavirus is different from seasonal flu, or H1N1 or any other type of influenza…. this one is slippery AF. It’s a lung eater and it’s already mutated AGAIN, so that we now have two strains to deal with, strain s, and strain L….which makes it twice as hard to develop a vaccine.
We really have no tools in our shed for this. History has shown that fast and immediate closings of public places has helped in the past pandemics. Philadelphia and Baltimore were reluctant to close events in 1918 and they were the hardest hit in the US during the Spanish Flu.
Factoid: Henry VIII stayed in his room and allowed no one near him, till the Black Plague passed…(honestly…I understand him so much better now). Just like us, he had no tools in his shed, except physical isolation. Right now Covid-19 is hitting older folks harder but this genome is so slippery it could mutate again, effecting a much broader populous. That is why this is so serious and why government agencies are taking it so seriously. But there is another reason.
Our medical infrastructure is in crisis.
As early as 2003, medical professionals expressed concerns that some hospitals were near their capacity limits in providing patient care and it has become an en ever greater concern in the last two decades. Regulations and restrictions on the medical industry from things like Obamacare made a growing problem worse. Less people are getting into the medical field and more and more people are getting out. Hospitals in rural communities across America are closing putting even more pressure on hospitals in larger communities. The fact is, many of our hospitals are near capacity without a major flu outbreak–or any other large-scale emergency.
The physical distancing measures have been put in place to contain the spread of the virus not just to keep people healthy but also to limit the strain on our medical infrastructure. We are already seeing the reality of scarcity with empty selves of alcohol, soap and hand sanitizer. Imagine what the medical community is going through? And if a doctor or nurse is exposed they have to immediately self-quarantine…for 14 days! That’s two weeks with an even greater decrease in medical staff every time someone is exposed. So while we agree the media is turning this into a political weapon and the government overreach is a concern, we need to recognize that this really is an issue and take it seriously. Be considerate of those around you and your loved ones close by. The more we practice safe health habits and physical distancing in the short term, the sooner we will stop the virus and get back to some sense of normalcy. Until then, lets remember we’re all in this together and find ways to stay socially connected even though we need to be physically apart. #MomsHelpingMoms
Putting Things in Perspective
There are several excellent sources of information and conversational topics on Coronavirus to keep you up to date and informed. We recommend the following and will add more as the situation develops.
Glenn Beck gives a Coronavirus update every day on his radio show. This segment aired March 3rd discussing the President’s response to the escalating threat in comparison to the Swine Flu.
This is an excellent video providing an overview of the Coronavirus and practical steps to address it in our own homes and families.
TOP Coronavirus Podcasts
iHeart Radio has several podcasts providing information and discussion on Covid-19.
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