Regular readers are probably used to my light hearted approach to recent health issues but that doesn’t mean to say I don’t take them seriously.
There is growing concern regarding coronavirus aka Covid-19 and the UK Chief Medical Officer has raised the status from Low to Moderate after twelve more people have tested positive, bringing the total number of cases in the UK to 35 (01-03-2020).
I know a lot of people will be thinking ‘It couldn’t happen to me’.
Well, ‘it’ has to happen to someone, and that might well be you (or me).
So, I am taking this very seriously.
The WHO advises us of precautions we can take like
1. Washing our hands regularly with soap and water or an alcoholic handwash:
2. Disinfecting working surfaces like kitchen counters or work stations:
3. Educate yourself about COVID-19, making sure your information comes from reliable sources (local or national public health agency, the WHO website, or your local health professional). Everyone should know the symptoms – for most, it starts with a fever and dry cough, not a runny nose.
4. Don’t travel if you have a cough or fever. If you become unwell on a flight, tell a member of the crew immediately. Once home, contact your health professional and tell them where you’ve been.
5. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or sleeve if you don’t have one. Dispose of the tissue immediately in a covered bin, and clean your hands (see 1)
6. Over 60 or have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, a respiratory condition or diabetes? Your risk could be higher and you may wish to avoid crowds or places where you come in contact with a lot of people.
7. If you feel unwell, stay at home and call your doctor or local health professional. They will ask questions about your symptoms, where you’ve been and who you’ve had contact with.
8. If you are sick, stay at home, and eat and sleep separately from your family, do not share flannels or towels, and use different utensils and cutlery to eat.
9. If you develop shortness of breath, call your doctor and seek care immediately.
10. It’s normal and understandable to feel anxious, especially if you live in a country or community that has been affected. Find out what you can do and discuss how to stay safe within your community, workplace, school or place of worship.
Hubby and I are anxious.
Nothing has been declared in our area, though there was an instance some 20 miles away which didn’t come to anything.
However, we live in a holiday resort. We are surrounded by holiday parks and other resorts plus there are places of historical interest within a radius of 40 miles.
A lot of people visit throughout the year, staying in holiday lets, touring caravans/campers, or local B&B hotels. Some also come here on a coach trip for the day.
I know of several residents who have had holidays abroad recently, some in countries that have had confirmed cases of this disease. They have been in airports, on flights, public transport and therefore exposed to the unknown.
Hubby and I are both over 60 and our health is crappy. I’m diabetic and on post cancer meds, whereas he is on a cocktail of medication for various ailments, so our immune system is weakened.
In the supermarkets, shops and pubs people are openly coughing and sneezing as there is a flu type bug going round (I had it a little while go and it knocked me for 6 so I kept away from everyone) with no thought to reducing the spread of germs.
We come in contact with a lot of people, either shopping locally or in bigger towns, socialising or more recently, the vet!
We are trying to be sensible but three films stick in my mind:
Right at your Door (2006)
The numbers are frightening.