March 10, 2020

Topics:
What is the Coronaviris - COVID-19?
How Does It Spread?
What Are the Symptons?
How Do I Protect Myself and Others?
Risks and Treatment
Resources
FBH Event Cancellations

What You Need to Know

What is the Coronavirus - COVID-19?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

The novel coronavirus is responsible for the current outbreak of disease and is known as COVID-19. The current outbreak of disease was first reported from Wuhan, China on December 31. 2019. A special WHO committee declared a public health emergency on January 30, 2020 and later raised the health risk of the new strain of coronavirus to "very high".

Under an electron microscope the virus looks like spiked rings. It can not reproduce without getting inside of living cells. The virus hijacks the machinery of living cells to reproduce and infect other cells.

"COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States." - CDC   ⤴

How Does it Spread?
Person-to-Person

  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
  • Between people who are in direct and close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).

Contaminated Surfaces
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.   ⤴

What are the Symptoms?
The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully known. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death.
As the disease progresses, patients also come down with pneumonia, which inflames the lungs and cause them to fill with fluid.

Note: China has suggested that the virus can spread before symptoms are present.

Call your Doctor if you....
Develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19
OR
Have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
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How do I Protect Myself and Others?
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak. Contact your state's Emergency Management or local Health Service agencies.
National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

  • Wash your hands frequently. Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Maintain at least 3 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you're too close, you could breathe in the droplets.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and make you sick.
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wear a facemask if you have contracted COVID-19 to prevent spreading it or if you are a health worker, or if you are taking care of someone in close settings, otherwise it is not recommended.   ⤴

Risks and Treatment
Persons at increased risk of getting COVID-19 include:

  • People who have been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19
  • People who live of have recently been in an area with ongoing spread
  • People with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney diseases
  • Health Care Workers
  • Older Adults (People over 60)

Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.   ⤴

Resources
World Health Organization (WHO)
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
CDC Cases in the USA (updates at noon M-F)
WHO COVID-19 Situation Map & Geo Area Cases
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
FBH COVID-19 PowerPoint Download or View on SlideShare Mental Health Article Concerning the Psychological Impact of COVID-19 by Pastor Renee Williams-Thomas
Hope of the Heart - Coronavirus Scriptural Guidelines
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FBH Event Cancellations
With the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, conventions and other FBH events are being canceled or postponed. The following events are currently canceled:
  - All FBH Local Church Services
  - All YPI District Fellowships
  - 10th Annual DRE Banquet scheduled for 4/7/2020
  - Founder's Day scheduled for 4/8/2020

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Information used in this presentation was obtained from the World Health Organization (WHO), Cnet Article by Jackson Ryan, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)   ⤴

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