Recent Updates on Covid-19

By ANGELA CEZILE NABONG

As Coronavirus Spreads, Prepare Infectious-Disease Plans

On January 21, 2020, the first case of coronavirus in the U.S., now known as COVID-19 (coronavirus 2019), was located in Seattle. A man in his thirties was traveling back to Washington from Wuhan, China; he was then diagnosed with the virus. The male patient is a resident of Snohomish County in Washington, however, he is in isolation at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett. Chris Spitters, the health officer for the Snohomish Health District, said he is “currently hospitalized out of an abundance of precaution and for short term monitoring,” Nancy Messonier, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases told reporters,“We have now confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus in the United States.”

Since then, more cases began to spread all throughout February up to the beginning of March; there are at least 773 COVID-19 confirmed cases have already been confirmed in 36 states in America. That includes 703 people who are diagnosed with the illness and 26 patients who have died from the virus. Due to the now spreading virus, many concerts, festivals, and productions have been either canceled or altered. A few concerts that have been rescheduled or cancelled were Mariah Carey whose concert is now rescheduled to November, Khalid who was held back by travel advisors in several countries, and BTS was unable to kick off their Map of the Soul Tour at Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul. Ticket buyers to the BTS concert for all three nights will receive refunds however BTS will head onto the second stop of the tour, in California.

Corona Beer struggles with confuse Consumers 

Constellation Brands, the maker of the Corona Beer and other variations of the drink, said in a statement that their customers “understand there is no link between the virus and our business.” Currently the Beer has been receiving backlash for a marketing push for its new Corona Hard Seltzer while the widespread of the COVID-19 still sweeps the globe. 

Corona’s brand seems to have suffered from the name’s likeness to “coronavirus.” Searches for “corona beer virus” spiked in January and are currently still up, as seen on Google Trends. 5W Public Relations is an agency that works with corporations, companies, and other businesses to help achieve their public relations and marketing objectives across a broad range of interests. Recently 5W Public Relations conducted a phone survey which included 737 Americans, 5W found out that 38% of respondents said that they “would not buy Corona under any circumstances now”; 4% of respondents who usually drink Corona said they would stop drinking and 16% of respondents “were confused about whether Corona beer is related to the coronavirus.” According to market research and data analytics company YouGov, buzz surrounding Corona beer has trended negative since COVID-19 started dominating the news cycle. 

President Trump’s Response to the Virus 

On February 24, 2020, president Donald Trump put away the concerns about COVID- 19 tweeting that the virus was under control in the United States. “We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. The Stock Market is starting to look very good to me!” he wrote late Monday afternoon.

Following up with that on February, 27 2020 during an African- American History Month reception in the Cabinet Room of the White House President Donald trump shows his optimism that the coronavirus would soon be contained and eliminated in the U.S. “We have done an incredible job. We’re going to continue,” Trump said at the event with attendees. “It’s going to disappear. One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear. And from our shores, you know, it could get worse before it gets better. Could maybe go away. We’ll see what happens. Nobody really knows.”

Helpful ways to prevent yourself from becoming infected

When people are sick with a respiratory disease such as COVID-19, they cough or sneeze particles into the air, which could travel about six feet. So many people turn to masks as protection against the virus, but oftenly masks provide nothing more than false safety to the wearer. The problem is that the particles that carry COVID-19 are extremely small and can easily sneak its way right through dust masks and surgical masks. Masks may help provide some protection to others if you wear one and are currently sick, but it will do little to protect you from others who are also sick. N95 masks, which filters out 95% of small, virus-containing particles, are worn in health care settings to protect doctors and nurses from exposure to respiratory diseases. These masks provide protection only if they are worn properly; those who are wearing the mask must also take special steps when removing the mask to ensure that they are not contaminating themselves with the viral particles that the mask filtered out. Even the best masks won’t do you any good if you do not wear it properly nor remove it properly.

If somebody is either coughing or sneezing near you and are not wearing a mask or covering their mouths, the particles that have been released could simply land anywhere on your body. Not only that, the particles are also able to land on surfaces that you touch all the time, for example: railings, doorknobs, countertops. It is best to disinfect the object or surface that has been contaminated and remember to use the cleaning supply properly in accordance with the directions. Many products that are still effective against the general family of the virus however specific products have not been tested yet against COVID 19, so proper hand washing is the best defense against the virus. 

Proper hand-washing is the best thing you can do to protect yourself from a whole lot of diseases which also includes COVID-19. While hand-washing is preferred, hand sanitizers with at least a 60 percent alcohol concentration can be a highly effective choice to always use if soap and water is not available.

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