We took a ton of calls this morning centered around the coronavirus. People are starting to really take it seriously, even here in the Treasure Valley where we are one of the few states left to not have a single confirmed case of the now-infamous virus.
But with so many events, sports, concerts, and schools being canceled and postponed, how worried should we really be about something serious happening to us personally, and whether or not we'll recover?
Even Boise State University is taking precautions hosting an online-only day Friday to see how this works with staff and students. That's pretty smart!
Let's look at some stats. Because with so many deaths being reported and everyone talking about the virus, it's easy to forget that more than 60,000 people have successfully recovered from the illness.
It's also easy to forget, or even those completely miss, that suffering from mild coronavirus symptoms typically recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe issues take three to six weeks to rebound. Carl Goldman in Omaha has been hospitalized since February 17 after returning from Japan with a 103-degree fever. He says his suffering "has been a 2 on a scale of 10" and that he'd have probably only have missed a day or two of work had he been diagnosed with the flu instead of coronavirus. He stays active by pacing in his hospital room trying to match his pre-illness routine of 10,000 steps per day on his pedometer.
So with that said, it is important to take this virus seriously and make sure you're taking the necessary steps to make sure you and your family are staying healthy. If you buy all of the hand sanitizers from the Fred Meyer on Fairview, your neighbor might not have any. And that is a recipe for disaster and infection.
I'm honest when I say my first question during our son's kindergarten assembly went right to, "what's the plan around the Coronavirus?" That's okay, right? ☺️
The Associated Press
wrote a great in-depth article regarding the Coronavirus. You can learn more there.