Get to know COVID-19

Between misleading social media posts and news outlets history of over dramatizing recent events for increased viewership, it can be difficult to get to the facts. We are here to help you out.


WHAT IS COVID-19?

The CDC describes COVID-19 as a zoonotic coronavirus believed to originate from China. While that is a mouthful, it does give us some useful information when we break it down. COVID-19 is merely short for COronaVirus DIsease 2019. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. The Zoonotic trait just lets us know that it can be transferred across species (between humans and animals and back again), like rabies or Zika.


WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

The CDC does not have a complete clinical picture of COVID-19, as it is newly discovered in humans. So far, reported illnesses range from very mild (including some with no symptoms) to severe (including illness resulting in death). To be honest, that is a little vague for me. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.


HOW TO I PREVENT INFECTION?

The CDC recommends regular hand washing, covering nose and mouth with coughing and sneezing, and thoroughly cooking meats and eggs. Remember when washing hands, wash for 20 seconds with soap. Fats and proteins don't break down in water alone. These procedures will not completely protect against the virus, but will help drastically lower the chances of contracting it.


WHO IS MOST AT RISK?

Older people and those with underlying heath conditions see to be at a higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.


IS FRANKLIN COUNTY SAFE?

As of 03/12/2020, Franklin County Health Department categorizes COVID-19 as a low risk for Franklin County. Be aware that local events may be cancelled or postponed in an effort to prevent the hastening spread of this disease.


WHERE DID YOU FIND YOUR INFORMATION AND WHERE CAN I FIND MORE?

I have compiled a short list of reputable resources that our information was obtained from. If you wish to find out more, visit one of the links below.

* A summary of the COVID-19 situation can be found on the CDC Website (direct link)

* Some fact to share can be found on the CDC Website (direct link)

* The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has an entire section of the website devoted to informing the public and area agencies about the virus (direct link)

* The Franklin County Health Department has put together a nice resource (direct link)

* NewsBank has vetted news articles and resources concerning COVID-19 (direct link)




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