From the Parish Nurse, Dora Muller

From the Parish Nurse, Dora Muller…“But the real secret to lifelong good health is the opposite:  Let your body take care of you.”  Deepak Chopra

In the past couple of days, the new cases of coronavirus have made headlines and it affected the economy, especially the travel industry.  The image of people wearing face masks and the Chinese government taking the urgent task of building hospitals almost overnight is enough to increase a worldwide fear.  The outbreak started in central China and rapidly spread to other locations.  What is coronavirus and what are the chances that it will show up in Trumbull County?  In the past, virus outbreaks were mostly geographically confine, which in today’s world is not possible.  We are a society on the move.  Transportation has allowed us to be flexible and reach places that long ago would take months.  Coronavirus is an upper respiratory infection that can be spread by contact (person to person).  Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, all of which are the classic symptoms of colds or flu.  The severity of the illness has ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.  In extreme cases, panic often results and everyday life is disturbed as children do not got to school, factories stop production, and access to food is decreased.  The best prevention available is to avoid visiting the center of the outbreak and contacting persons who have had possible exposure to the virus.  Personal protective barriers are essential to prevent being infected and transmitting the virus to others.  A drastic measure to monitor the spread of the disease into the United States has been to implement isolation up to 14 days to U.S. residents and family members that had visited the epicenter of the outbreak.  In the case of any respiratory infection, prevention is the best venue with purposely hand washing with soap and water, avoiding the touching of the mouth and eyes, and keeping your distance from suspected infected individuals.  Let’s employ the same precautions as we do for any type of flue, i.e. avoid unnecessary physical contact.