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Announcement naming COVID-19 a pandemic from March 11, 2020
The Center for Disease Control & Prevention
World Health Organization
Johns Hopkins University & Medicine
ICIM Position Statement on 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

The COVID-19 virus was first identified in Wuhan, China in 2019 and is a betacoronavirus with an origin in bats.

Ranges between 1-14 days, with the average onset at 5 days.

The virus spreads from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when an infected person coughs or exhales.

  • fever

  • dry cough

  • difficulty breathing

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You can limit exposure by practicing “social distancing” and by not concentrating only on wearing a mask, (masks alone are largely ineffective for prevention)… handwashing, and wearing gloves when outside the house. 


Here are some helpful tips to share with family, friends, neighbors and colleagues:

  • If you have a runny nose and sputum, you most likely have a common cold. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough, typically with fever, aches and some nasal congestion, but no runny nose.
  • Apparently, this new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27° C or 78.8°F degrees. It apparently does not tolerate heat, (This is not validated yet).
  • If someone sneezes with it, it takes those particles about 10 feet before they drop to the ground and is no longer airborne.
  • If they drop on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours – so if you come into contact with any metal surface – wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
  • On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. Normal laundry detergent will kill it.
  • Drinking hot or warm water/tea may be effective for many viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
  • Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but — a lot can happen during that time — you can rub your eyes, touch your nose or mouth unwittingly and so on — avoid touching your face throughout the day/while in public.
  • And, this cannot be emphasized enough – drink plenty of water!


  1. It will first infect the throat, so you will have a sore throat lasting 3-4 days.
  2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, where it may develop into pneumonia; this takes another 5-6 days.
  3. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing. It’s imperative you then seek immediate medical attention.