Updated: Feb 25
A Pandemic is declared by the World Health Organization (WHO).
FIRST: A special Thank you to Doctor Li Wenliang who saw something, and said something.
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SITUATION: (Last Update 2/25/2021)
In the United States, the wait and see approach as waned, and businesses have started to re-open again. Masks are commonplace, but not fully embraced. Our newly elected president will be implementing a 100 day policy to include mask wearing for all.
In Washington State: Wearing masks or face coverings is the current mandate whenever leaving your home to go out in public.
(All the other precautions still apply; Masks are simply an added layer of protection.)
Note: There are 3 vaccines in use to fight COVID-19 infection. All 3 have varying degrees of helping the inoculated fight the disease.
The Centers for Disease Control updated its official list of coronavirus symptoms, which can range from mild to severe. Even having been inoculated with a vaccine, you can still get the virus, it will just be a milder form than what you would have had without it, and hopefully with reduced or no lingering after effects, as have been reported by many that have been infected with the virus without vaccine.
COVID-19 Illness may be defined as any of the following:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Specific Data on those affected(per King County in WA State):
The virus appears to slow the ability of your body to take in oxygen by directly attacking your lungs. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. It is vital to act quickly, as lingering after effects can take place and be with you for months after been released from a hospital stay.
Emergency warning signs include*: (Dial 9-1-1)
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse
Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Please Note: From multiple sources, the virus has the ability to hang in the air for extended periods of time. From all accounts of its ability, the small droplets can persist as a threat for minutes in the air. Some reports indicate 30 minutes and go up to 3 hours under the right conditions. The recommendation is to wear a mask, wash hands, don't touch your face or soft tissues, and sanitize frequently. HEPA Air Filters (MERV 13 or better) with UV Light is also recommended. Because the virus has and is mutating, all precautions are still highly recommended even for those that have received a vaccine.
This pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics in general happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no existing immunity against the virus or its mutations, it has spread worldwide.
The virus has formed variants, which may or may not be affected by the vaccine's that are being distributed. TBD.
This is still an evolving situation and information is updated as it becomes available.
Situation in Washington State specifically - Vaccines are being distributed.
King County Public Health
King County Public Health: 1-206-477-3977
Washington State Department of Health: 1-800-525-0127
If you are having a medical emergency, Dial 9-1-1
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Coronavirus Pandemic Guide (King County):
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The Latest Washington figures can be found here: https://www.doh.wa.gov/emergencies/coronavirus
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Interactive Maps & Data on the Corona Virus outbreak:
(Map Tools for tracking the Virus)
CDC/John Hopkins (CDC): GIS Map DATA
World Health Organization (WHO): GIS Map DATA
Washington State EOC Dashboard: GIS MAP DATA
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If you want to think of a single word to describe how easily this virus spreads, think "Glitter". And just like walking through a cloud of glitter, it gets on everything.