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Handling the hysteria over coronavirus
If we are to contain the threat of
coronavirus and stay healthy, the most
important thing we can do is remain
calm, listen to the facts and act upon
“Truth,” as Winston Churchill once
said, “is incontrovertible. Panic may
resent it. Ignorance may deride it. Malice
may distort it. But there it is.”
It’s easy to forget the truth and fall into
a world of panic. Th e images of masked
healthcare workers in haz-mat suits on
our televisions resemble a scene from a
Hollywood blockbuster about an uncontrollable
outbreak. It’s scary to see, but
also a necessity to communicate the seriousness
of this illness.
Coronavirus is a threat to our health —
not a media-driven “hoax,” as President
Trump irresponsibly said at a campaign
rally last Friday.
Th e country needs a president who
can, at a moment of crisis and hysteria,
provide a sense of calm and reassurance
that everything is being done to
protect the people. Since this president
isn’t completely invested in performing
those duties, then the rest of us will have
to be calm, reassuring and truthful with
Coronavirus has a mortality rate of 2
percent, which is slightly higher than the
death rate from infl uenza. Th e Centers
for Disease Control reported an estimated
29 million fl u cases in the U.S.
during the 2019-20 fl u season, along
with 280,000 hospitalizations and about
Like the fl u, health experts have stated,
people with compromised immune
systems and seniors appear to be at the
highest risk of contracting coronavirus.
A lack of vigilance puts these folks at
even greater risk of suff ering the consequences
of this illness.
Yet this viral threat can be stopped
if all of us step up and do our part to
protect each other, our loved ones, our
friends and ourselves.
As the New York City’s Department of
Health advises, use the same precautions
to prevent contracting the fl u.
Wash your hands with soap and water.
Cough into a tissue or your sleeves. If
you feel sick, seek medical care — and
stay home until you feel better and are
no longer contagious.
Rely on us to provide you with the latest
information on the outbreak as we
gather information. You can also visit the
Health Department’s website, nyc.gov/
coronavirus, for further details.
Stay informed, keep calm and take precautions.
It really is that simple.
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THE FACTS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS
• Th e risk of contracting
still low in New York
City, but it can spread
from person to person.
• Th ere are no specific
vaccines or treatments
• Medication is available;
a vaccine is in
• Symptoms are similar
to the fl u, and include fever, cough
and/or shortness of breath.
• Wash your hands regularly with soap
and water for 20 seconds to prevent
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
when soap and water aren't available.
• Do not touch your face or head with
• Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your
• Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
• Clean and disinfect any frequently
touched objects or surfaces in your
home or offi ce.
• Do not use a face mask unless you
are sick, are a healthcare professional,
or have a pre-existing medical condition
that makes you susceptible to
• Stay home if you aren't feeling well,
but seek medical care immediately if
you experience symptoms of coronavirus.
Source: New York City Department
of Health and Mental Hygiene and the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and