The COVID-19 coronavirus has caused a serious health crisis in the world. As of March 10, 2020, health authorities consider it to be pandemic, that is, a disease that is prevalent all over the world.
This new virus is from the coronavirus family, which includes those viruses that can cause the common cold, as well as more serious illnesses such as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is caused by an influenza virus. Examples include H1N1 (which caused the Spanish Flu of 1918 and the more recent Swine Flu of 2009) and H5N1, which has pandemic potential and causes avian influenza (or the bird flu). Both COVID-19 coronavirus and the influenza virus cause fever, cough, body aches, fatigue; sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. Both can be mild or severe, even fatal in rare cases, and both can result in pneumonia.
To avoid contracting either the coronavirus or the flu, clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people, especially crowds of people. This is very important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick, such as the elderly, those with COPD, asthma or heart disease. Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
Early detection and rapid response are key. Monitor yourself with the Infection Monitor daily. It only takes a minute or so. Take your basal metabolic temperature (BMT) immediately upon waking, before getting out of bed. BMT is a special body temperature which tracks your basal metabolism. Basal metabolism and BMT increase almost as soon as infections are acquired. Using the Infection Monitor can keep you out of the emergency room which may be full of contagious people. Early detection lets you go to your physician and get tested for the flu and possibly for COVID-19 coronavirus, even before you are suffering from symptoms.
You can add an icon link to your smartphone so that you don't have to enter the address of the Infection Monitor each time you use it. Go once on your smartphone to www.infectionmonitor.com and save it to your home screen. This small, blue icon will appear and give you quick access.