The Coronavirus: COVID-19 and SOCHi

COVID-19 and SOCHi

COVID-19 is a strain of the flu that is affecting the globe in a roaring crescendo. This strong flu labeled under the umbrella term, "corona virus" is along side many other flus such as MERS and SARS. After being labeled a pandemic, it is important that the SOCHi community takes precautions to ensure that we are being safe and taking our peers, community, and future into consideration.

First things first, if you have any flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, fever, or chills please contact your local healthcare provider or the nearest hospital. Be sure to self quarantine in the case that this happens. To prevent any spread of illness please wash your hands often and try not to touch your face. Another way to prevent spreading is to limit yourself from crowded spaces. California Governor Gavin Newsom stated in a recent news conference that we should cancel any events with large gatherings of 250 or more.

COVID-19 does not discriminate. Anyone is susceptible to getting this influenza virus regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or grades. According to MedRxiv, the case fatality rate increases with age. With an age group of 30-39 years old, we have a .18% rate while in other groups such as 60-69 year olds we have 4.6%. In age groups of 70-80+ we have a combined 27.8%.

So if you're thinking - well, I'll just get a bad flu and get over it. Wrong. What if you pass that flu on to your coworkers or a group of people at school? What if one of those people is immunocompromised or more at risk such as a pregnant woman or an elderly man. We as a community do not want to raise mortality rates. The goal is to be preventative not reactionary.

So maybe you will get over your sickness, but your neighbor, classmates, teachers, and any other human might not. Disregarding mortality, we do not want to trouble others with sickness. Be cautious. Be considerate. Be smart. Most of all, lead with compassion.