What the coronavirus means for the future.  My wife and I watched a very good CNN townhall on the coronavirus. The hosts and expert guests gave excellent information and recommendations for people to help stop the spread of coronavirus.  The number one recommendation is what every doctor and health professional tells the public every year during flu season. Wash you hands multiple times per day and do not touch your mouth, nose and eyes.  Why not touch your face?  Viruses can enter your body through mucous membranes.  Your mouth, nose and eyes are all considered mucous membranes.

The coronavirus, Covid-19, is thought to have come from a specific species of bats.  All wild animals have viruses that humans have no resistance.  When humans eat wild animals like bats and monkeys the chances for an unknown virus to infect humans increases.  This was such the case with HIV/Aids.  HIV is a virus that lives in certain specifies of monkeys in Africa.  It jumped to humans when those monkeys were eaten as food. This is the reason that western countries only eat certain animals that do not have unknown viruses.

The one idea that all the guest on the CNN townhall is that everyone in the United states will be infected with coronavirus.  This is not a bad thing because it is from a family of viruses that the common cold is a member. Eighty percent of people who are infected with Covid-19 will experience little to no symptoms.  The issue is even though one person may experience no symptoms they are still spreading the virus to others.  This can be especially problematic for people who are at higher risks for complications.  People at higher risk include those with underlying health conditions, impaired immune system or to young to receive vaccinations.

It is up to each of us to do what we can to stop the spread of Covid-19.  Wash your hands frequently with soap, do not visit elderly people including your parents or grand parents and stay home if possible if you are ill.

Written by James Simons