Beware COVID-19

Story By: Kris Hall and Hannah Lanier

Novel Coronavirus 2019, 2019-nCoV or the Coronavirus,  had its first reported case by the World Health Organization on Jan. 9, 2020 in Wuhan, China.

Since it broke, it has spread from China to various other locations in Asia. Recently appearing as near as Orange County, California.

At Fresno City College, however, Health Services are urging students to be cautious and aware of the virus due to it being as contagious as the common cold, but ultimately do not consider it a threat to Fresno.

Dr. Lilli Goishi-Bessey of Health Services at FCC said, “The only cases in California are down south from individuals who came directly from Wuhan.”.

According to the Center Disease Control (CDC), the best way to avoid contracting the disease is the same as any other virus.

Such as, whenever you touch a public space like a handrail, door, or desk, the number one thing on your mind should be to wash your hands. Hundreds of people touch those surfaces which increase the chance that someone sick has touched it as well.
Your nose, eyes and mouth are direct gateways for a virus to enter your body. Conversely, if you are already sick and are in denial about it, touching those parts of your face puts that on your hands and then it spreads to everything you touch, like those public spaces we talked about.
If you are sick STAY HOME. When you are sick, anyone and everyone you come into contact with is at risk. This does not just apply to Coronavirus. If you are sick with any virus, whether common or uncommon, the best place for you is home and in bed.
In this scenario treating yourself has nothing to do with the spa or shopping sprees or splurging on chocolate cake. Treating yourself is really treating your ailments people.

Always think about your antibodies like little soldiers fighting off the virus. Your troops need water to survive and lots of it because fevers burn water quickly. If you’re not careful you can get dehydrated.
According to the CDC, take pain and fever medications to help you feel better. That way less of your energy will be focused on dealing with the discomfort and instead you can focus on putting food in your body.

No cheeseburgers, soup. Chicken noodle soup is a classic and tastes delicious. You don’t have to get creative and go full chef Ramsey on this soup. A can of soup will provide the energy you need to beat this bug.

Dr. Goishi-Bessey advises, “Don’t just search the web. You can trust the CDC web site.” She also said that if you want to take more preventative measures, “getting flu shots are important.”

The Coronavirus is in the process of being contained. Currently, there is no cure. Only precautions.

Goishi-Bessey said there are “no active cases here [in Fresno].” Together, with these preventative measures in place, Fresno City College will never see the Coronavirus.