Hello Berean family.
I wish I could bring you this message under better circumstances, but the Corona virus, also known as COVID-19, is upon us, and it’s affecting millions of people. The World Health Organization has classified the spread of this virus as a pandemic. Unfortunately there is no specific treatment for this disease.
Despite its low fatality rate of around 2%, it still has the capability of reaching many people, including our loved ones whom we hold dear to our hearts.
The illness is characterized primarily by fever, cough and pneumonia seen on a chest X-ray. The possibility of this illness should be considered primarily in people with fever and/or lower respiratory symptoms such as cough and/or shortness of breath who reside in or have recently traveled to areas where the virus has been abundant, or who have had close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of the virus.
Here are a few things that you can do to reduce the risk of catching COVID-19:
- Wash and sanitize your hands. Using hand sanitizers that contains at least 60 percent alcohol is a good alternative if the hands are not visibly dirty.
- Respiratory hygiene such as covering the cough or sneeze.
- Avoiding touching the face (in particular eyes, nose, and mouth).
- Avoiding crowds (particularly in poorly ventilated spaces) if possible and avoiding close contact with ill individuals.
- Cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
- For disinfection of the house, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
- If you have symptoms of the common cold or flu, wear a tightly fitted medical face mask to reduce the possibility of spreading infection to others.
- For people without respiratory symptoms, wearing a medical mask in the community is not recommended by the CDC.
- Individuals who are caring for patients with suspected or documented COVID-19 at home, however, should wear a tightly fitting medical mask when in the same room as the infected person.
- Individuals who develop fever with or without respiratory symptoms should be encouraged to stay home from school or work for the duration of the illness.
We have found that the highest mortality rate exists in the elderly population as well as those with chronic illnesses that can weaken the immune system such as diabetes, cancer, and many others.
For these people, it has been especially recommended to follow these guidelines for prevention.
Dr. Michael Gibson
Berean Seventh-Day Adventist Church