The pandemic of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus — which is also known as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV — has already contributed to widespread panic worldwide which has led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights, the closing of hotel and resort properties, companies going out of business, a rush on toilet paper, and the stock market entering bear territory for the first time in eleven years…
Just Shut Down the Entire Planet. Problem Solved?
…and I have not even begun to scratch the surface. To compile a complete and comprehensive list of events, businesses, and institutions worldwide which have been affected by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus is virtually impossible; but I will attempt to have a crack at doing so with this article, which will likely be an unfinished work in progress — including:
Airlines cancel thousands of flights
Hotel and resort properties close by the hundreds
Countries are either closing off or restricting borders
Cruise ships quarantined
Shortages of toilet paper and disinfectants are spreading
Because of irresponsible reporting by members of the media and confusing messages from politicians, citizens and permanent residents of the United States are reportedly now scrambling to get back to the United States before the “ban on travel between the United States and Europe” goes into effect tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020 — which is exactly one of the reasons why I demanded that the hyperbole be stopped…
According to the aforementioned statistics, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus has been mentioned in the media approximately ten times more than SARS, HIV, MERS, Ebola, pneumonia, malaria, measles, tuberculosis, and 14 other diseases combined.
Although deaths caused by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus worldwide per day is expected to significantly exceed 62 per day, at least 16 other diseases cause more deaths per day — including tuberculosis, which causes as many as 3,014 deaths per day.
Of all of the people who suffered from being infected with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in China, 80.9 percent experienced mild symptoms at worst. Repeat: of all of the people who suffered from being infected with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in China, 80.9 percent experienced mild symptoms at worst.
Furthermore, your chance of dying from the 2019 Novel Coronavirus is 0.9 percent — not even one percent — if you do not have an existing condition.
What About Another Existing Epidemic or Pandemic With No Cure?
Did you know that another epidemic — or pandemic, since it has affected people worldwide — which still officially has no cure will be 40 years old next year? It has thought to have already killed greater than 32 million people — perhaps as many as 43.8 million people — and almost 38 million people live with this virus every day.
It is called the human immunodeficiency virus infection, which can result in acquired immune deficiency syndrome — both are also more popularly known as HIV and AIDS.
As many as 1.1 million people are estimated to have died from illnesses related to acquired immune deficiency syndrome, according to this fact sheet of statistics from UNAIDS, whose goal is to lead the global effort to end acquired immune deficiency syndrome as a public health threat by the year 2030.
Yes, a lot more about this virus and infectious disease is known today than when it was first recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1981. Panic ensued back then, too. Gay men and Lesbian women were unfairly vilified with xenophobic hysteria in association with the virus and disease. People were afraid to use toilets because they thought they could catch the disease just by sitting on them, or shake hands with a person, or even be in the same building with a person who had contracted acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
That insanity eventually abated, and treatments are available today which help people with acquired immune deficiency syndrome lead as close to normal lives as possible — plus, the mortality rate of acquired immune deficiency syndrome has decreased by 33 percent since 2010…
…but as of today — even after almost 40 years — no cure exists.
A Review of What You Should Do
You actually do have some control over the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus — even if not everything is known about it yet; and even if your control is limited.
No vaccine exists to prevent contracting the 2019 Novel Coronavirus disease, as the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus; so if you need only one way to reduce your chances of contracting it, here it is — and it should be of no surprise to you as a reader of The Gate:
— to the point where some readers of The Gate have ridiculed me about it — but I vehemently believe that had people around the world washed their hands properly, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus would not have spread as much as it has; that it would have been better contained; and that no one would be worrying about it approaching pandemic status.
I intend to write a revised article pertaining to washing your hands properly and effectively, as I have not suffered from a virus of any kind in years — and no, you do not need to be obsessive or compulsive about constantly washing your hands either for a better chance to stay healthy.
Clean your hands properly, regularly and thoroughly with soap and water — or use an alcohol-based hand rub when soap and water are not immediately available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth unless you have just thoroughly washed your hands. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus has a better chance of entering your body than at other areas of your body and can make you sick.
Maintain social distancing: stay at least one metre or three feet of distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes, he or she sprays small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain a virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets — including the COVID-19 virus — if the person coughing has the disease.
Practice responsible respiratory hygiene by ensuring that you — as well as the people around you — follow good respiratory hygiene because droplets spread viruses. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu, and the COVID-19 virus. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow; or use a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Once used, dispose of the tissue immediately in a proper receptacle.
Stay home if you do not feel well. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention as soon as possible and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority. National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
The Little Trick I Employed Which Seems to Work For Me
Proper washing of hands has been known to reduce the chances of contracting a virus; but that alone was not enough if I wanted to further improve reducing my chances of contracting a virus. I had to somehow train my brain — and myself — to not touch my face under any circumstances except after I had properly washed my hands and I was confident that they were clean.
I am not sure how to better explain this; but whenever I touched something or someone with my hand, I considered that hand contaminated — and I had to somehow turn a switch on in my brain not to use that hand on my face until it was properly washed.
If you just handled something which was incredibly disgusting — like sticking your hand into a toilet in a public washroom which had not been flushed after it had been used, for example — would you eat something with that hand afterwards without cleaning it? Would you rub your eye with that hand afterwards without cleaning it?
Training and conditioning my brain to adopt this technique did not happen immediately; but my brain now applies the technique subconsciously and automatically as part of what now feels like an innate habit…
…and as a result, I have not contracted a virus in years — despite shaking the hands of people who were clearly ill; and despite having people cough, sneeze, and yawn on me without covering their mouths in enclosed crowded spaces such as aboard an airplane or subway car.
I have said all along that we need to be concerned about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This situation is not to be taken lightly — it never should have been taken lightly — but we need to implement smart measures that strike the balance between safety and ridiculousness.
That is not happening, unfortunately. Panic has taken over — largely because of irresponsible reporting by members of the media and illogical direction by most leaders who have no idea what they are doing. Insanity has prevailed over thoughtful solutions and rational thinking. No one seems to be listening. No one seems to be leading. No one seems to be thinking.
We are needlessly creating our own dystopian future, which will substantially affect us more than the 2019 Novel Coronavirus itself — many people who test positive for the virus experience mild symptoms at worst and recover rather than die — and the chaos which has been ensuing must stop now before more damage is done.
As for shutting down the planet, which seems to already be happening: not only is it too little too late, as this situation is already out of control; but I am still not convinced that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus ever warranted such drastic measures in the first place based on the aforementioned data and statistics…
…but again: what do I know?
This article is the latest in a series pertaining to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in an effort to get the facts out with information derived from reliable sources.
Other articles at The Gate which pertain to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus include: