Odessa, TX – The positive case count continues to rise in the Permian Basin as businesses try to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic. The community can take preventative measures to reduce the spread, including taking an active role in practicing common sense daily health habits – and just wearing a mask in populated areas!
The purpose of the article is to education and provide accurate information. There is still no definitive vaccine available for COVID-19, but human test trials for treating it are already underway. Community-based interventions can help also slow its spread.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness. The virus that caused COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. These viruses cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
May appear 2 to 14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
- Trouble Breathing
- Muscle Pain
- Loss of Taste and Smell
How the Virus Spreads
The virus is spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 to 10 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks.
It is possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. The virus seems to have a much shorter lifespan through surface transfer. It is believed, depending on the type of surface, to be able to survive from four to seventy-two hours. Again, person-to-person is the main way for the virus to spread.
Protective measures for the Coronavirus
Cases continue to show up across the United States (and globe). Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions and immune deficiencies. When someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks – they spray small liquid droplets which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets.
Measures to protect yourself and others:
- Regularly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash them thoroughly for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water.
- Social distance yourself from others and maintain at least six to ten feet distance. If not, it is suggested to cover your face, nose, and mouth with mask, scarf, or bandana. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth and the virus can enter your body.
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Follow the directions of your local health authority. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
as of 8/4/2020 6:30 p.m. CDT
- Global Confirmed Cases: 18,445,787
(Source: Johns Hopkins University)
- Cases in United States: 4,763,746
(Source: Johns Hopkins University)
- Cases in State of Texas: 451,181
(Source: Texas DSHS)
Permian Basin…….. 7,128 / 125 deaths