Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

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Virtually every person in the world has been affected by the Coronavirus, and every person has heard of the term Coronavirus in the year 2020. Just a week ago, I was working at my job. A week later, I’m laid off and wondering what to do about creating a reliable flow of income during the pandemic. A lot of other people may be experiencing the same types of problems. A good place to begin is to try to understand at the most basic level what exactly is happening in the world right now.

What Is The Coronavirus, (Covid-19), (A.K.A. SARS-CoV-2)?

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that are responsible for a variety of modern illnesses including the common cold and many different types of influenza (flu) sicknesses. Researchers isolated the first coronavirus in 1937 that was responsible for an infectious bronchitis virus in birds, potent enough to wipe out chicken stocks.

The Coronavirus that we all have heard of recently developed naturally in Wuhan, Hubei China. It is believed to have initially infected bats, transmitted to a creature called a pangolin, and finally to humans. It can cause pneumonia-like and cold-like symptoms in humans (especially if you have pre-existing underlying medical conditions). This disease was an epidemic only in China and other pockets of the world, but now has spread worldwide, and thus is now a pandemic. A long debate as to what the name of the virus and disease should be has ensued. Most people just refer to the virus as “The Coronavirus”, but it’s actual scientific name is SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-CoronaVirus-2). The disease that it causes is named “Covid-19”.

The reason why viruses are so dangerous is because they grow exponentially, not linearly. This means they can double they’re population in a certain amount of time, over and over again, leading to a massive amount of infected people in a very short period of time (e.g. days, months). This new Coronavirus (the one affecting us now) has an incubation period of 9-14 days. You are contagious practically the entire time during this duration when you first get the virus. This means you don’t have to actually be showing symptoms of being sick, but you can still transmit the virus to other people from sneezing, coughing, or just talking to someone.

So what can you do to prevent the virus from spreading to me or other people? There may not be a cure, but there’s actually various actions a person can take that would greatly help guard against the transmission of the virus, such as always following these basic NFID recommended procedures:

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Updated March 23, 2020