2019-nCoV, Go Away!

coronavirus covid-19

Have you heard of this highly contagious virus that began infecting people in China but is quickly-spreading all over the world?

As a mother, I am quite worried with how fast the new coronavirus seems to spread across nations. The 2019 Novel (new) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was only first reported in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 31, 2019 but as of this time, more than 17,300 people were infected worldwide. There are no vaccines for this new strain of virus yet, so it is disheartening to hear that at least 362 people already died of this disease. What’s also sad is that the first person outside China who died because of this 2019 nCov virus is in the Philippines.

Due to the high demand in face masks when the Taal Volcano spewed ashes sometime in January 2020, face masks are very low in supply right now in our place. The only available ones that we found in one of the drug stores were made of cloth. We’re supposed to insert a tissue in it to help protect ourselves from this 2019 nCoV. While the colors are not really to our liking, we still bought some since that’s better than nothing.

Just today, six patients were considered as patients under investigation (PUI) at the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in our province. While two of the six turned out to be negative as of this time, I’m already getting paranoid. And, how do you beat fear? One way is by learning more about the issue so you can act accordingly.

So, here’s what I learned about nCov…

While coronavirus is actually quite common, most coronaviruses infect animals like bats, cattle, camels and cats. Aside from the 2019 nCoV outbreak, the only other times that the coronavirus infected humans were during the outbreak of SARS-CoV from civet cats and MERS-CoV from camels.

Until now, the source of the 2019 nCov is still unknown but there are reports that many of those who first got infected with the virus had some link to a large seafood and live animal market in Wuhan, China. While it suggests an animal-to-person spread, the virus also began spreading through person-to-person contact. Additionally, there are also reports that this could spread even when a person is asymptomatic or not showing the usual symptoms like fever, cough and shortness of breath.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure. They based this on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS viruses.

Despite this outbreak, I know God will always be with us. I started the year with a prayer, and I know that He still continues to listen to our prayers. Would you take a moment to pray with me?

    “Lord God, thank you for being with us all these time. Please blanket us with your protection and heal those who are infected with this 2019-nCov. We pray for those who lost their loved ones because of this virus and for the doctors, nurses and other individuals who continue to sacrifice and work with dedication and compassion despite the danger that this outbreak poses to them. Guide our leaders in dealing with the situation to make this world safe from 2019-nCoV. Grant us, your people, with wisdom so we will know how to combat this problem and not make it spread anymore. You alone can help us with this, Lord God, and we continue to seek your protection, grace and love, being our Father and God. Amen.”


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