The spread of coronavirus is sending panic around the globe, however, there are several reasons you should not panic.
Firstly, it’s incredible how a virus as small as the size of one-900th of the width of a human hair can move across the world, infecting hundreds of thousands and killing over 30,000 people.
The statistics are scary, however, there is hope and high possibilities to win this virus.
At least, people are recovering and many business are surviving.
But because there are lots of bad news about the coronavirus already, here are some reasons not to panic.
10 reasons for you not to panic because of coronavirus
Here are some reassuring reasons for you not to panic because of the coronavirus pandemic
1. The virus has been identified
The first reason for you not to panic because of coronavirus is the fact that we know what it is.
On December 31, 2019, was the day the first cases of severe pneumonia were reported in China.
By Jan 7, 2020, the COVID-19 genome had already been identified.
This is unlike the case of AIDS.
The first cases of AIDS were described in June 1981, however, it took more than two years to identify the virus (HIV) causing the disease.
But in this case, we already know that it is a new coronavirus from group 2B, of the same family as SARS.
The name of this coronavirus is SARSCoV2, and the disease it causes is called COVID-19.
2. We know how to detect the virus
There is already an available diagnostic procedure for detecting the coronavirus since January 13.
Meaning, you can test to detect if the virus exists in a patient or not.
In addition to that, there are some visible symptoms you can you use to identify someone with the infection.
Although the symptoms are not an accurate measure, you can take precaution and distance yourself.
3. The situation is improving in China
Impressively, China has been able to contain the spread of the disease in Wuhan.
It turns that the strong control and isolation measures imposed by China are paying off.
In addition, the number of deaths and new coronavirus cases in China is decreasing every day.
Also, many people with the virus are already recovering.
4. Most of the coronavirus cases are mild 80% of the time
Normally, the disease causes no symptoms or is mild in 81% of cases. However, 14% of its occurrence can cause severe pneumonia and in 5% it can become critical or even fatal.
It is still unclear what the death rate may be. But it could be lower than some estimates so far.
5. A lot of people recover from the coronavirus infection
Much of the panic people have concerning the coronavirus is the fact that there is no known cure for it yet.
The good news is that people are surviving the COVID-19 infection.
As a result, you do not have to panic because of the coronavirus.
6. Symptoms appear mild in children
There is no prove that explains why this is so, however the coronavirus symptoms are mild in children.
China CDC has it that only 3% of cases occur in people under 20, and mortality under 40 is only 0.2%.
Generally, one may not easily notice the symptoms in children because of its mild appearance.
7. The virus can be wiped clean
Here is another good reason not to panic because of the coronavirus.
The virus can be wiped clean from surfaces.
This one is very easy to achieve. The virus can be effectively wiped clean from surfaces such as tables, handrails etc. with a solution of ethanol (60-71% alcohol).
Also, using hydrogen peroxide (0.5% hydrogen peroxide) or sodium hypochlorite (0.1% bleach) can go a long way in destroying coronavirus on inanimate surfaces.
According to the CDC, frequent hand-washing under running water with soap and water is the most effective way to avoid contagion.
When there is no available water and soap to wash, use a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
8. Scientist all over the world are working on finding a cure
No one is resting on this issue because it is the age of international science cooperation.
There are lots of articles concerning novel coronavirus, COVID19 and SARSCov2 to help solve this puzzle.
Most of the articles are preliminary works on treatments, epidemiology, genetics and phylogeny, diagnosis, clinical aspects as well as vaccines.
In addition, most scientific journals have left their publications as open access on the subject of coronaviruses.
9. There are already vaccine prototypes
Our ability to design new vaccines is spectacular.
There are already more than eight projects underway seeking a vaccine against the new coronavirus.
There are groups that work on vaccination projects against similar viruses.
The vaccine group of the University of Queensland, in Australia, has announced it is already working on a coronavirus vaccine prototype using the technique called “molecular clamp”, a novel technology.
This is just one example that could allow vaccine production in record time.
Prototypes may soon be tested on humans.
10. Antiviral trials are underway
Vaccines have the ability to prevent coronavirus infection.
But right now, the treatment of people who are already sick is important.
There are already more than 80 clinical trials analyzing coronavirus treatments.
These are approved antivirals which have been used in the past for other forms of infections and are known to be safe.
Another candidate is chloroquine, an antimalarial that has also been seen to have potent antiviral activity.
It is known that chloroquine blocks viral infection by increasing the pH of the endosome, which is needed for the fusion of the virus with the cell, thus inhibiting its entry.
It has been demonstrated that this compound blocks the new coronavirus in vitro and it is already being used in patients with coronavirus pneumonia.
Other proposed trials are based on the use of oseltamivir (which is used against the influenza virus), interferon-1b (protein with antiviral function), antisera from people who recovered or monoclonal antibodies to neutralise the virus.
Thanks to artificial intelligence at this time, there are new therapies with inhibitory substances, such as baricitinibine.
Note that all the antivirals named are not a cure to coronavirus but are forms of experiments to cure the disease.
Ways to manage your anxiety about coronavirus
We’ve already seen 10 reasons not to panic because of the coronavirus.
However, it is possible that you are already suffering from anxiety and the possibility of getting the virus.
Here are a few tips to help you get a handle on the situation:
1. Get your facts straight
It’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest news from trusted sources regarding COVID-19. Be careful about what you read on the internet.
A lot of people come up with theories that are misleading out of their own fears. Please don’t believe everything you read or hear until you verify with trusted sources. Also, avoid comments and articles that are being shared via social media for your own good.
2. Keep things in perspective
Although you’ll want to stay informed about COVID-19, it’s important to focus on what you can control. Take a break from media coverage or social media if you find yourself panicking about the news or an article you just read online. If talking endlessly about coronavirus is upsetting to you, change the topic of conversation when you can.
3. Be mindful and self-aware
Not everyone you come in contact with has been exposed to COVID-19. Although caution and preventative measures are extremely important right now, not everyone who coughs has the virus. Being self-aware is a big component of easing public anxiety. Focus on what you can do. Wash your hand regularly, and use a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
4. Try to keep some normalcy
It can be hard with trips and events being cancelled, schools being closed and the concept of “social distancing” always at the top of your mind. But it’s important to try to maintain some sort of schedule. Routine makes most people, especially children, feel safe. Try to keep your normal sleep and meal times and focus on activities that make you feel happy. You could read a book, binge watch Netflix or have fun family time playing board games indoors. You could also take a walk, as long as you’re not in quarantine. A little fresh air is always a good idea!
If things get out of control and you find that you just cannot seem to get a grip on your worry, seek help from a mental health specialist.
He or she can help you identify triggers and give you tools to practice when you find your worry taking over.
I hope these points are convincing enough for you not to panic because of the coronavirus.
And if you are already in a panic, you can try out the tips that will help you manage your anxiety.
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Let’s share hope amidst this global pandemic instead of bad news.