We have at least 2 battles that we are actively fighting against- Racial Inequality/Systemic Racism/Black Lives Matter and Coronavirus/COVID-19. In the past 2 weeks approximately, we have gone through Memorial Day weekend and protests against systemic racism and injustice. Both of these events have shown people easing up with the Coronavirus guidelines to fight against new infections and deaths. I understand that we are getting restless in the self isolation and the racial injustices that Black people are still experiencing time and time again. We are all so weary of these fights.
I just wanted to remind everyone that the Coronavirus is still very well alive and still active. Do not ease up on the fight. We have to keep our guards up. In boxing, the boxer has to continue to keep his hands up to protect his face and body, no matter how tired he is getting.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov, the total cases as of June 7, 2020, are 1,920,904 with 29,214 new cases and 109,901 with 709 new deaths. There are 71,039 reported cases and 371 deaths among heathcare personnel. African American and Hispanic or Latino communities have been hit the hardest.
Coronavirus is spread mainly through droplets of saliva or discharge coming from the nose when a person who is infected coughs or sneezes. People are most contagious during the time that they are the sickest. Those with minimal or no symptoms can still pass the virus onto other people.
Most vulnerable populations include people who are age 60 or older and people with underlying health conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, chronic lung disease, cancer, carebrovascular disease, and immunosuppression, as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) (Mole, 2020). The AARP have also added to the list of underlying health conditions. Those conditions include obesity (linked to diabetes, heart disease, and low cardiovascular fitness), hypertension, and blood clotting (Zimmerman, 2020).
It is important to be aware of the most common symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms may show up 2-14 days or more after being exposed and the symptoms could range from mild to severe.
- difficulty breathing
- muscle pain
- sore throat
- new loss of taste or smell
- less common symptoms are gastrointestinal such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
It is crucial to know when to seek emergency medical attention when you have trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, and bluish lips or face.
The spread of germs can be stopped if you avoid direct contact with those who are sick with the Coronavirus and by covering your coughs or sneezes with tissue or within the bend of your elbow. Other ways of protection for yourself and others are by thoroughly washing your hands very often throughout the day or using alcohol based hand sanitizer. Also be sure to avoid touching your face especially your eyes, mouth, and nose.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no specific cure for Coronavirus discovered yet. There are ongoing clinical trials researching potential treatments. As of date, there are 250 therapies and 100 vaccines that are being explored, posing a need to build factories in order to produce hundreds of millions of doses. Researchers are hoping that there will be vaccines available within a year or 2, possibly 3-5 years or longer.
While most people fear a second wave, Dr. Fauci recently stated that a second wave can be avoidable if we do everything correctly, following all the guidelines set forth by the CDC and WHO. It is just difficult to know definitely because the effects of spreading do not show evident until 2-3 weeks or longer.
Dr. Bednarczyk of WHO warns us that we need to stay vigilant by keeping up with the practices of wearing a mask, hand washing, trying to avoid larger gatherings in our attempt to minimize or slow down the spread of the virus.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Dr. Tedros) is the WHO Director General:
"Masks are not a replacement for physical distancing, hand hygiene, and other public health measures. Masks are only of benefit as part of a comprehensive approach in the fight against COVID-19. The cornerstone of the response in every country must be to find isolate, test, and care for every case and to trace and quarantine every contact. That is, what we know works. That is every country's best defense against COVID-19."
We have a new normal as we face this pandemic. Life does not look like what we know. All aspects of our lives have been affected by COVID-19. We must move forward in fighting for wellness and to find our new way of living life. Anxiety rises as we are so uncertain on what our future looks like.
The purpose of this post is to remind us that we are still fighting against COVID-19. Please do not let up with our safety and protection practices. Stay vigilant and create habits to keep up with taking care of ourselves and others.
- Keep washing your hands.
- Keep social distancing.
- Keep wearing masks correctly.
- Keep sanitizing all surfaces that you touch.
- Stay safe.