MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP - COVID-19 has made its way into Michigan. On March 10th, Governor Whitmer announced the first two cases in Michigan. Since then, she has signed a number of executive orders in order to help slow the spread of the virus.
This article is an update from a previous one written.
Listed below are the number of cases in each county:
Governer Whitmer declared Michigan to be at a state of emergency. She feels that we need to do this to harness all the resources we have, and to slow the spread of the virus. She stated, “I urge all Michiganders to take these recommendations seriously and to share them with their friends, families, and coworkers. It’s on all of us to be safe and be smart for ourselves, our loved ones, our coworkers, and the public at large. We are encouraging schools, universities, businesses, and other organizations to use their best judgment about what steps are most appropriate to keep people safe and slow the spread of the disease.”
All cases need to be confirmed by the CDC before further announcements. They are doing many tests and doing the best they can to ensure that they are updating the state on any new information.
The virus started in China and is now in South Korea, Italy, Japan, and Iran. 800 people have been affected in the U.S. and 29 have died. Worldwide, 120,000 have been infected and over 4,200 have died.
Residents need to be aware that this virus doesn't show symptoms until 2-14 days after being infected. These symptoms will include :
-Difficulty breathing (severe cases)
If any of these symptoms occur, it is recommended to stay home and contact a doctor or hospital immediately.
Make sure to always cover your mouth/nose when coughing and sneezing. Educate others around you about the virus to increase safety.
Some basic tips that can help keep the virus away:
-Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
-Wash hands frequently. The virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes.
It is expected for this virus to continue to spread. The CDC states that it is not at a worldwide spread, but spreading in the communities.
Daily routines you can do to prevent the COVID-19 from Stanford Medical:
-Drink Water (Fluids) - Even if the virus does get into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids will wash it down to the stomach. The stomach has acid that will kill the virus. Drinking warm water can be more effective . Avoid ice. Suggested to drink water consistently throughout the day.
-Breathing Test - Take a deep breath and hold breath for more than 10 seconds. If you complete it successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stiffness or tightness, etc. proves there is no Fibrosis in the lungs. It is smart to do this test every morning to ensure there is no Fibrosis in the lungs. Make sure to do this in an environment with clean air.
Tips from Stanford Medical:
-Virus can last up to 12 hours on metal (avoid touching metal surfaces).
-Lifespan of 6-12 Hours on Fabric (wash clothes regularly; laundry Detergent will kill virus).
-The virus is heat resistant.
The coronavirus is creating a lot of problems and worries for the United States. The best thing to do is stay calm and follow the safety procedures.