What You Should Know About COVID-19

With high concern and hysteria filling our news feeds, it is important to address the new coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease, 2019).

In regard to, San Diego State University all university study abroad programs to China, South Korea, and Italy have been cancelled. Since there are confirmed cases in San Diego, certain institutions have decided to do virtual classes as an extra precaution. On March 12th, 2020 the entire student body received word that classes will be shifting online after March 13th, 2020. More information is provided here regarding SDSU.

COVID-19 Myths

Since this virus seemed to take a racial turn, I just wanted to address that a virus cannot infect a particular race or ethnicity. Infections and diseases are essentially a great equalizer because anyone can get them. Also, I am not sure if this was a joke, but coronavirus has nothing to do with corona beer.

The Science Behind It

Coronavirus is a disease that came from an animal source. Check out this video to get more of an explanation of the transmission. This new coronavirus is different strand that is my lethal. Since this virus is different, research is currently being done. Currently, we are in a period of uncertainty which is mostly causing this hysteria. COVID-19 is easily transmittable as it is a respiratory illness, and the illness is transferred by respiratory droplets.

The symptoms for COVID-19 may be fever, cough, and shortness of breath (CDC, 2020). Those symptoms may occur 2 – 14 days after exposure, however, if you feel that you have been exposed it is important to call before you go to warn your medical provider and make sure they have the proper tests for COVID-19.

Moving on, these groups are at high risk if exposed to the virus: older adults, individuals with chronic diseases and compromised immune systems.

Ways to Stay Safe

Here are a few ways to help prevent the spread, according to the CDC (2020):

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces

Finally, some takeaways are 1) stop being racist, because viruses can not target one race or ethnicity. 2) this coronavirus strand is new so stay up to date with information. 3) Take precautions and for the love of all that is good cover your cough or sneeze with your upper sleeve not just your hands.

Taken from @courtneyahndesign

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020, February 13). Coronavirus. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

Written by: Jasmine Alexander

Confirmed San Diego Coronavirus Case

Many of you may be asking, What even is the coronavirus? For those of you who do not know, keep reading! This article will breakdown what the coronavirus is and provide answers to all your questions.

How did it get its strange name? Basically, corona means crown in Latin. The coronavirus is characteristically known to have crown-like spikes on the surface of the cell. Most coronaviruses are harmless or can cause manageable symptoms such as a runny nose, fever, cough, sore throat, etc.

Okay, so like will I die or am I good? Essentially, this specific strain of coronavirus is extremely fatal. It is coined COVID-19. Just like the flu can be more severe one year than during other years, so can the coronavirus. It has been deemed an outbreak in China, but in the United States there have been fewer than 20 cases recorded thus far.

What happens if it is left untreated? Coronavirus can turn into pneumonia or a deadly respiratory illness. Examples of this include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). In more severe cases, organ failure can occur.

Are there any cases in or around San Diego? Yes, there have been two confirmed cases of coronavirus in San Diego as of earlier this week. The UC San Diego Medical Center is currently housing these patients, who were recently evacuated from China.

Is there hope? Yes! Researchers in a San Diego lab have claimed to have discovered an experimental coronavirus vaccine. However, the process of getting the vaccine tested and approved may take months. Inovio Pharmaceuticals, the company at the forefront of getting the vaccine on the market, has worked on creating vaccines for Ebola, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, and the Zika virus.

Umm…what can I do to ensure I don’t get it? Educate yourself and others! Follow trustworthy news sources to keep up to date with the spread of the coronavirus. Although the coronavirus may seem like the beginning of an apocalypse, it is very treatable and preventable! In the meantime, be sure to keep yourself healthy by washing your hands frequently, disinfecting surfaces that could be contaminated, and using a tissue to cover your cough or sneeze. And finally, please do not go to China until it is safe!  

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Written by: Emma Fitzgerald