There seem to be a lot of people concerned about the novel corona-virus called COVID-19.
This is a useful resource for COVID-19 information about almost anything to do with the disease. It is updated frequently. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has offices in various parts of the USA and partners with the World Health Organization (WHO) and most foreign governments. The site appears to be readable in Spanish and Chinese as well as English. There are little “language symbols” near the top left of each article.
The best preparations you can take appear to be frequent hand washing with soap and/or alcohol-based sanitizer with 60% alcohol by volume content. If you have and use a netti-pot to wash out your sinuses, use sterilized or distilled water, not tap water. Clean your cooking and eating utensils and surfaces regularly.
Face masks are not generally recommended for people who are well; they’re for people who are sick or have a cough (to contain the germs and protect others). If you must be in contact with an infected person, do wear a mask, wash your exposed skin regularly, and change to freshly laundered clothes (heated clothes drying is best) frequently.
Don’t panic. Even if an otherwise healthy person contracts it, the chance of being killed by COVID-19 appears to be in the range of ONE HALF the chance of drawing two consecutive cards to fill a back-door flush (in other words, about 1 in 46 tries, if you prefer to think of it in numbers). For most who get it, it will merely be an unpleasant influenza. The highest risk is for those with compromised lungs and/or cardio-vascular issues.
My money is bet on us. Humans will get through this, just like we have with every other disease we’ve encountered. We’re tough and resilient and we never give up. We’ll even out-live the rats and cockroaches.
Now, shuffle up and deal.