Coronavirus: Mini Lesson #1
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See that picture? It is an artist’s description of what Coronavirus (COVID-19) looks like. We know you may have questions about why this little thing (it is VERY little) messes up with our world in a blink.
So I m here to answer your questions that you may have.
Will I get sick? Will everyone get sick?
First of all, Do NOT Worry. Take a deep breath. It is okay. But we do know that it will be a hard time for us to learn how to recover. This is not your simple flu where you feel lousy for a while then you get better. But, you will be able give yourself the best chance NOT to get sick if you and your family do the following:
- Stay Healthy by washing your hands every time you go out and come back in.
- Do not touch your face because thats how the germs gets into you. If you need to touch your face, wash your hands first!
- Do not go close to other people. This also means no going over each other’s houses to sleep over. They may be sick and not know it yet!
- If possible, use a mask to cover your mouth when you are outside in public. This will NOT stop you from getting sick, but prevents spread if everyone uses it. Why? The cloth mask will stop it from going past the cloth, but does not stop the air from coming in.
- Be Patient. Things are different and may be scary. We will be fine!
There are people who have COVID-19 and is doing fine or they may feel it as being sick, but not so bad! They do not show sickness symptoms. This is why COVID-19 is dangerous– people can spread this without knowing they have it. This is why it is important for you to wash your hands, stay away from other people, and do not touch your faces. You don’t know where the virus is. You can’t even see it without an microscope, remember!
Before I start, please remember that your family and your doctors and nurses and EMT s are all working hard to help us beat this sickness. Now, what happens if you get sick? Well, it depends on how sick you get. Most of us should get light sickness, with hard breathing and coughing. If that happens, you have to see the doctors immediately and they will test you with a cotton swab to find out if you’re fine or not. This test is new, and may not be comfortable.
Some will get really sick, and they will be in the hospital for a while. They need doctors to help them breathe. They may need ventilators to help them breath normally. They may experience serious body issues such as strokes and damage to their lungs. They will need help to heal for a long, long time. Remember, this is not a simple flu and is the reason why we should take this VERY seriously.
But, scientists says that we should be more worried about older people than young people your age. That means your parents, your grandparents, people with previous health problems, and other older people are at a higher risk may need to be put in a safer place to make sure they get all the help they need from the hospital. It may be possible or required that you or your family to be quarantined for safety reasons.
Hey, Remember one of the things you have to do, which is to keep away from other people? This also means you cannot visit sick people in hospitals at all. You have to trust the doctors that they can do what they can to help their sick patients, which may be your family.
I know it is a scary time. Do not be worried– as long as you follow the four things — wash your hands often, do not touch your faces, use masks and avoid people– we may be able to beat this.
IF you have more questions email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or come chat with us on Wednesday at 1pm on Zoom (link here) to ask us directly and we will be happy to answer your questions!