Gain as much knowledge about this impending threat as possible. Learn how to spot the symptoms in yourself and others. Learn what the most at-risk areas are, and where this virus came from. Learn what you can do to treat yourself, and who you should speak to if you notice symptoms.
If you’re looking for a quick primer on precisely what coronavirus is, then sign up for this email thread. You’ll discover the nature of the condition, how it spreads, and where it comes from. All that information will help you to not only sleep easier at night – understanding the nature of the danger and why it’s nothing to panic about right now – but also to better protect yourself.
For example, what do you do if you notice symptoms of coronavirus? What symptoms are you looking for? The answer is that coronavirus is very similar to a cold or a flu in terms of the symptoms, and these can emerge 10 days after you have contracted the illness. This makes it difficult to spot, but the advice in these emails will help you to know when to be concerned.
The thing to do next is NOT to rush to your nearest doctor or hospital – this will risk spreading the infection to others who are likely particularly susceptible.
And this is the perfect example of how the wrong information combined with panic can make this problem much worse.
You owe it to yourself, to your family, and to the rest of the country to inform yourself. That’s how we contain the spread of viruses like this.
Because the only thing that can spread just as quickly as a virus, is information. And when you have the right information, you can act calmly to prevent the worst – whatever that may be.