How COVID-19 is Being Tracked and Monitored
COVID-19, or more popularly known as the coronavirus, has rapidly been spread worldwide, forcing many nations into a lockdown, or “quarantine.” This sudden and drastic action taken by governments and officials all over the world has thrown many citizens into a panic. This is supported by the amount of people stocking up for a doomsday. In stores around the world, items such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer, canned foods, and bottled water, are all but gone. This isn’t helped by the fact that most people have no idea what’s going on. But there are measures in place, and the COVID-19 virus is being diligently tracked, by health officials around the globe.
Emergency services such as firefighters, EMT’s, and police officers, are at the forefront of this epidemic, and are constantly being called to situations where it might be present. This means that it’s crucial for these officers to be able to correctly identify the COVID-19 virus, and to be able to report it to a cloud, that can be shared with other health and government officials. These results are then collected and turned into a dashboard. Many of which are available for public viewing. This gives the public a feeling of belonging, and it gets rid of the mystery behind the virus.
The organization known as who, or the World Health Organization, is the face of the battle against COVID-19. WHO has its own public dashboard, that allows the public to see the spread of the coronavirus, where it’s affecting people, and how many people in a location. This is very effective at getting knowledge out of the spread of the virus, but in a way can also cause a panic of its own. All people see from a dashboard like this is how much a virus is spreading, and how many people are passing away at its hand.
WHO has also been very efficient at getting people knowledge of the coronavirus symptoms, and what it really is. COVID-19 affects primarily the respiratory system, and thus makes it far more dangerous to the elderly, young children, or those with asthma or other respiratory illnesses. For the vast majority of people however, it’s not something to be worried about and will only feel like a fever. It’s important to realize that the quarantine in place around the world isn’t to protect everyone, but primarily to protect high risk individuals, who are the ones in danger.
There are many things you can do to keep from catching the virus, most of them well known, or widely broadcast. But, to be thorough, I’ll recap.
Keep social distancing in mind, 6 feet apart when in public
Wash your hands, 20 seconds with warm soapy water
Cough into a tissue or sleeve. Keep it contained as much as possible
Sanitize surfaces thoroughly, with an alcohol based disinfectant
Try to stay away from the elderly, and very young infants(for their sake)
Eat healthy foods to boost your immune system