What you need to know about the novel Coronavirus
I started my morning like most people, I poured a cup of coffee and turned on the news and was bombarded with news about the novel Coronavirus in China. The news anchor was talking about the death toll, the total number of cases ect. Currently, there are 5 verified cases in the United States and other patients that are under investigation right now.
Last night it was announced that there are two patients in New Hampshire that are undergoing testing. Some thoughts went through my mind and I think it is important to list the facts so that you will be better informed about the novel Coronavirus and how this affects you and your family.
If you haven’t turned on the television or you don’t know anything about the novel Coronavirus, I will quickly sum things up for you.
First, Coronavirus alone is a common virus that causes an infection in your nose, throat or sinuses. Some strains of the Coronavirus, such as MERS or the novel Coronavirus (2019-CoV) are very dangerous and have a higher mortality rate than others. The novel Coronavirus is a newly identified strain. As someone that used to work in a hospital, I can confirm that the scariest thing coming through the door, is the unknown.
People are looking for information which explains the amount of media coverage but I think the constant bombardment of information is anxiety provoking. I will approach this just like I would a night in the ICU- with just the facts. In order to see and act clearly you must remove opinions, feelings and emotions. I always felt that if I was confident in the facts and truth that I was able to perform better as a Nurse. I hope this helps you all, if you have any questions you can contact me.