I have to admit it is scary. The idea that a simple virus can kill you in a matter of days is frightening, but if freaking out was really helpful, no one would have contracted it.
Instead, inform yourself and do what the NYC Department of Health is advising.
What is it?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause mild illnesses like a cold, to more serious illnesses like pneumonia.
How does the coronavirus spread?
The virus can only transmit when bodily fluid, such as through a sneeze, cough, or spit, is transferred from a person who has the virus, directly into another person. Disease detectives have determined that the virus does not survive for more than two or three minutes in open air.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
Commonly reported symptoms include fever, cough or shortness of breath. Most people (80%) with COVID-19 will feel like they have a bad cold or the flu. Some people will require hospitalization. People who are most at risk for severe illness are elderly or those who have other health conditions.
What can you do?
– Wash your hands,
– Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing,
– Stay home if you are sick and call your doctor if you experience the following symptoms: fever, cough and/or shortness of breath
– Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
Who are the most at risk?
The City is advising those with chronic lung disease, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or a weakened immune system to avoid unnecessary events and gatherings. If you have family or friends who have one of these conditions, do not visit them if you feel sick.
Those with a history of smoking and vaping are more likely to experience serious illness related to COVID-19. For help quitting, call 866-NY-QUITS.
If you are experiencing stress or feel anxious, contact NYC Well at 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355) or text “WELL” to 65173. NYC Well is a confidential help line that is staffed 24/7 by trained counselors who can provide brief, supportive therapy, crisis counseling, and connections to behavioral health treatment, in more than 200 languages.