If there is a time to panic, it’s now. Currently, the world is experiencing the most significant health crisis in a generation. The numbers don’t make for good reading, and they are enough to send you into a spiral.
However, while COVID-19 needs treating with respect, panicking is the wrong step. When you panic, you think with your emotions rather than your brain, and your decision-making becomes uniformed.
The key is to stay cool and follow the advice from the government and other leaders around the world. Here are four reasons why this is the best course of action.
There’s Plenty Of Info
While a vaccine isn’t available yet, scientists are working hard to develop one. In the meantime, there is lots of excellent advice for people to follow and keep in mind to help defeat the virus. You know that 97.5 percent of people who get it develop symptoms within eleven days, which means it’s essential to go into quarantine for up to two weeks. Also, experts understand that the disease usually spreads by droplets in the air, so standing two meters apart should blunt it’s contagious nature. The fact that scientists know what it is and how it works means you can stay safe by following their expert advice.
Vaccine Breakthroughs Are Happening
When the World Health Organization releases a statement that says COVID-19 may never go away, you’re bound to feel vulnerable. However, it’s worth remembering that great progress is being made to develop a vaccine. Recently, Sorrento Therapeutics announced that they had an antibody test that showed signs it can blunt the spread of COVID-19 and help the 4.3 million people who are infected. Although it may take a while for a vaccine to be available, there’s hope that one will be manufactured soon.
You Can Wipe It Off
For a virus that is causing a lot of pain, it’s relatively easy to deal with when it doesn’t get into your bloodstream. Studies show that sanitizers that contain 60 percent alcohol will wipe the virus clean off your hands. Therefore, the key to good health and wellbeing is to wash your hands regularly. Also, try and stop touching your face as this is how the virus gets into your body once it’s on your fingers and palms. This is hard, so you may have to make an effort not to bite your nails or play with your hair.
The Effects Are Usually Mild
Nobody is going to trivialize the millions of deaths that have occurred since the virus was confirmed at the end of December/beginning of January. Still, it’s important to remember that for relatively healthy adults with no underlying problems, the symptoms are mild. Even kids are very effective at warding off the illness, so there’s no reason to panic about their well-being.
Who you should worry about is your friends and loved ones with chest problems. To keep them safe, you must avoid contact and stick to social distancing measures.