Recently I sounded the alarm about the deadly coronavirus making its way outside of China and hitting our shores here in America.
That was less than three weeks ago, and we had just seen our first case in the United States. Today, I have some bad news, and then some even worse news.
The bad news is that reports that the virus was slowing down inside of China were false. In fact, cases have spiked as the virus spreads like wildfire.
Over 60,300 people have been infected… that we KNOW of. And there have been 1,369 deaths… and counting… so far.
That means we’re FAR from out of the woods yet. In fact, experts say the situation could still go either way at this point.
As scientists scramble to come up with treatments and a vaccine, containment efforts could start to work, and we may see fewer cases.
Or the situation could just as quickly go the OTHER way. It could morph into a full-blown, worldwide, pandemic killing hundreds of thousands or even millions.
Since I told you about the first coronavirus case popping up in the United States, the number of victims here has flown past two dozen.
And with mainstream medicine docs utterly clueless about how to stop it, that number is sure to rise. In fact, at the time of this writing, we picked up ANOTHER victim overnight.
In other words, this is NO TIME to relax.
Instead, we should be stepping up our self-protection efforts, because there are signs that those in charge are making some MAJOR mistakes.
And those slip-ups could end up with some folks paying the ultimate price.
Superspreaders could put you in harm’s way
To begin with, we know very little about this virus, which is now named COVID-19.
We’re not positive where COVID-19 came from… we don’t know exactly how it spreads… or what the TRUE incubation period is.
But here’s what they’re NOT telling you. Even IF we accept that folks are no longer contagious after 14 days, you could STILL be in grave danger.
Because like any other flu bug, a person can be infected with this coronavirus and spreading it long before they start to feel sick. And we have no idea how many of these potential “superspreaders” are walking around out there.
The first KNOWN superspreader case outside of China was a UK man who unknowingly picked up the bug at a work conference in Singapore. After the conference, he felt fine and hopped a plane to the French Alps for a ski vacation.
He then returned home to the United Kingdom, where he was later diagnosed. At least 11 people the man came into contact with caught the COVID-19 bug.
Another potential superspreader case is hitting closer to home.
The infected woman was among the first American evacuees from China. After a specimen sample was mislabeled, she was mistakenly released from a San Diego hospital and sent back to a military base instead of being kept in isolation.
We still don’t know what the fall out will be. But anyone she came into contact with along the way could be harboring and spreading the virus.
Protect yourself from coronavirus
As usual, it’s up to YOU to keep yourself safe. And that starts with knowing the signs of the virus and taking any symptoms you may have seriously.
Like any virus, a fever is a common symptom of this coronavirus. And the CDC is warning we should be on the lookout out for coughing and shortness of breath.
But if you aren’t battling respiratory symptoms, don’t assume you’re in the clear.
Despite mainstream officials never bothering to mention them, there are documented COVID-19 cases that show gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain, vomiting, loose stool, and diarrhea could be among your FIRST signs.
If you’re experiencing ANY symptoms, give your doctor a call IMMEDIATELY. And ask to be tested for coronavirus.
Common sense steps to stay safer
Of course, cases of the virus in the United States are still, thankfully, VERY rare. So let’s do our best to make sure you and your loved ones don’t become victims by following a few simple guidelines.
- Supercharge your immune system: Start with the basics… vitamins C and D. Research shows both could help your body fight off viral invaders. Add in some immune-supporting elderberry and Echinacea for good measure. And don’t forget to get plenty of immune-boosting sleep
- Build a bug-fighting barrier: The latest research shows COVID-19 can live on surfaces for up to nine days. So, to do battle against this killer, you need to be vigilant about your handwashing. Frequent warm soapy water washes (at least 20 seconds of scrubbing) can go a long way towards keeping the bug at bay, according to a new study. Keep surfaces you fear may be contaminated clean with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
- Isolate to stop the spread: If there are reports of coronavirus in your area, your best bet for avoiding the bug is isolation. If you can stay home during the worst of it do. Stock up on a few extra non-perishable food items NOW in case you need to stay inside for a few days. If you DO need to go out, avoid crowded places, stay at least 6 feet from people who may be infected, try to keep your hands off of shared surfaces such as railings and door handles, and wear some gloves for a little extra protection. Surgical masks are in short supply right now, and it’s best to leave those for people in the medical field. But if you already have a supply of masks, or can make a simple one at home, go ahead and use it when out and about. Battles with previous flu outbreaks show masks can help curb the spread of viruses. But DON’T let gloves and masks give you a false sense of security. It’s important to still use all the other precautions.
The battle against this deadly coronavirus has just begun. But you don’t have to wait around in fear. Fight back with these bug-battling steps.