• Dr. Mike Routt

FACTS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS

The coronavirus is quite the topic of conversation these days! It has elicited a wide range of emotions, with some saying, "What's the big deal?," to others who are in full panic. I received a very informative e-letter from my health provider, Kaiser Permanente, that was very helpful. Let me answer a few questions people are asking.


What is COVID-19? "Coronaviruses are very common and many don't cause serious illnesses. In fact, the common cold is a type of coronavirus."


What are the symptoms of COVID-19? "Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath."


How does COVID-19 SPREAD? "It can spread 3 ways: (1) Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet); (2) via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes; (3) these droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled in the lungs."


What can you do to help prevent the spread of coronavirus? "(1) Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Wash for at least 20 seconds before you eat, after you sneeze, and after using the bathroom; (2) Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers in addition to hand-washing; (3) Regularly clean surfaces like counters and your mobile phone; (4) Avoid contact with anyone with cold or flu symptoms; (5) stay home from work or school if you are sick."


How long does it take to recover from COVID-19? "Most people who fall ill recover within two weeks. People with more severe cases generally recover in three to six weeks."


If I get COVID-19, can I get it again? "According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the leading experts on infectious disease in the U.S., and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, once a person has contracted the new coronavirus, they cannot become infected again."


Should I worry more about COVID-19 or the seasonal flu? "If you live in Colorado, you have a much greater chance of getting the flu rather than the new coronavirus. During this year's flu season, an estimated 26 million people across the U.S. have gotten the flu and, here in Colorado, 3 children have died.


The bottom line? If you suffer from respiratory problems, or if you have other serious medical issues, the coronavirus is a very big deal! Exercise caution in your everyday life, and follow advice given in this blog. If you do not suffer from any medical issues, then the coronavirus is not such a big deal.


Either way, as followers of JESUS, we need not worry or panic. JESUS said in John 14:27: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." Rather than worry or panic, the apostle reminds us to pray. Philippians 4: 6-7 declares, "Stop worrying! be in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to GOD. And the peace of GOD, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through CHRIST JESUS."

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