The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is our latest global public health emergency that is spreading at a concerning rate. But the most confusing thing is that different countries are giving out completely different advice.
China: Nationwide lockdowns and cancelations of events, strict social distancing and home guarantee, face marks are essential, strict tracking of contacts and quarantine status
Australia: Starting to cancel events but few facilities are closed, social distancing and hand sanitizers are recommended, but face mask is not recommended to people who are well
Netherland: Just let the virus infect enough people so it will die out because of herd immunity…
Most western countries are acting much less strict than Asia. For citizens like us, we need to realize that each country’s guidelines have to largely depend on the politicians. There is a tendency to downplay the negative impact of any disaster to avoid national fear.
Therefore, it is very important that you make your own judgment by considering other experts’ opinions. Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now is a comprehensive analysis showing reasons to take COVID-19 seriously using statistical and modeling data. We highly encourage you to check out the stats yourself.
Social distancing makes a huge difference
Fatality rate varies
- The fatality rate is much higher for older people.
- “Countries that are prepared will see a fatality rate of ~0.5% (South Korea) to 0.9% (rest of China).” – based on statistical modeling
- “Countries that are overwhelmed will have a fatality rate between ~3%-5%.” – based on statistical modeling
How can you be infected with coronavirus?
The COVID-19 virus spreads by close contact with an infected person through respiratory droplets. When an infected person coughs, sneezes, laughs or talks, the virus-laden particles can come out of the mouth or nose. The droplets can then be inhaled into the lungs of nearby people.
Coronaviruses can also remain on surfaces like metal, glass, and plastic for up to 9 days. Therefore, it is possible to be infected by touching a surface covered with the virus and then touching your own mouth, nose or eyes.
How bad will it be if you catch the virus?
Most infected people have mild symptoms with fever and cough. For some people, there are no symptoms. But a small percentage of people can get severely ill with respiratory problems like pneumonia. Elderly people and those with underlying medical conditions are at the highest risk.
What should you do?
- Social distancing, stay at home and limit going out as much as possible
- Wash your hands often with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds, especially before you eat, after you sneeze, touch public surfaces and use the bathroom.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Contact a doctor or call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84).
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To improve your immune functions, it is critical that you continue healthy habits including drinking plenty of water, good nutrition, sleep, and exercise.
We are here to provide knowledge on nutrition during this special period of time via online consultations. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for help! We are in it together.
You can meet our plant-based, vegan dietitian Raymond here.