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  • - Hello, I'm Dr. Ken Berry, a family physician

  • with almost 20 years of clinical experience.

  • And in this video, let's discuss the coronavirus

  • that I'm sure you've heard about in the news,

  • what you should know about this

  • and what you should do.

  • You've heard about this novel coronavirus

  • on multiple media outlets,

  • and then you've also heard from multiple specialists,

  • virologist, disease control and prevention specialists.

  • And a lot of what they're telling you is worrisome,

  • but they're not really giving you all the practical tips

  • that you need and that you can use to protect yourself

  • and your family.

  • In this video, I'm going to attempt to give you

  • all the information you need to know

  • and then all the steps you need to prepare yourself

  • and your family so that you guys can be protected

  • from this infection, whether it becomes more virulent

  • and more worrisome or whether it peters out and dies.

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  • So first, I'm gonna tell you everything you need to know

  • about this novel coronavirus,

  • and then, at the end of this video,

  • I'm gonna tell you the steps you can take

  • to protect yourself and to protect your family

  • from this infection or any infection.

  • And then, you can share this information

  • with the people you love to protect them as well.

  • This coronavirus that you've been hearing about in the news

  • is a virus.

  • It is an enveloped virus, and that'll become important

  • later in this video.

  • It's a very large RNA virus.

  • There are numerous coronaviruses that we know about

  • and that have been cataloged,

  • but this one is special and we'll talk about that in a bit.

  • Most coronaviruses exist in animals,

  • and there have been multiple coronaviruses

  • that have been documented to spread from animal to human.

  • But most coronaviruses end there.

  • There's very little, if any, spread from human to human.

  • That's what makes this virus different.

  • It started in China in 2019,

  • and in early 2020, it has been confirmed

  • that this virus does spread from human to human.

  • Another thing you need to know about coronaviruses

  • in general is that they can mutate very quickly,

  • and this can make them much more virulent,

  • which is the fear and the worry.

  • It can also make 'em less virulent as well.

  • Only time will tell what's gonna happen

  • with this novel coronavirus.

  • The symptoms of coronaviruses in humans

  • are typically a cold, an upper respiratory infection,

  • a flu-like illness, a bronchitis.

  • They're typically not worrisome or dangerous at all,

  • except to the very young, the very old,

  • and the very sick.

  • As I make this video in early 2020, in January,

  • it's still too early to tell just how virulent

  • this strain of coronavirus is,

  • and that's why I'm making this video

  • so that you can be prepared for the worst

  • as you hope for the best.

  • Now here are some key points about coronavirus

  • that you need to be acutely aware of.

  • This doesn't apply to every virus,

  • but it does apply to many viruses.

  • So first and foremost,

  • the coronavirus can infect a person

  • and that person have absolutely no symptoms

  • and no fever for two to five days.

  • They are contagious during this period

  • and can infect other people,

  • but they have no symptoms and they have no fever.

  • When this coronavirus is spread by coughing or sneezing,

  • the tiny droplets of saliva or mucus

  • can actually transmit this virus

  • up to five to seven feet away.

  • So you don't have to be right up against someone

  • or giving them a hug or a kiss

  • to catch this virus from them.

  • This coronavirus is contained in an envelope,

  • which protects it from the environment.

  • And so if someone coughs or sneezes

  • or touches their eye, nose, or mouth

  • and then touches a surface like a countertop

  • or a door knob or a seat back,

  • the virus can stay there dormant but yet alive

  • for up to five days.

  • This is another thing that makes this particular type

  • of virus very dangerous and very hard to control the spread.

  • Another key fact about this type of virus

  • is that you see people in Asia wearing masks,

  • and that's probably good.

  • That probably does control the spread

  • and protect them a little from infection.

  • But this virus can infect any of your mucus membranes.

  • So that includes your eyes,

  • your nose, your mouth,

  • your genital region, and your anal region.

  • Any of these are susceptible to this coronavirus.

  • It appears that the most dangerous place you can be

  • in an outbreak like this, whether it becomes

  • a pandemic or not, is a closed environment

  • with a closed atmosphere.

  • So a bus, a train, an airplane, a large meeting of people,

  • whether that's a public meeting or whether that's church,

  • clinics and hospitals, all these places

  • where there are lots of people in very close proximity

  • with a closed atmosphere.

  • So you're not outside in a pasture or walking on the street.

  • These environments tend to magnify the danger

  • of a virus like this.

  • Currently, there is no test for this coronavirus.

  • There is no vaccine to prevent it.

  • And there is no medication to treat it.

  • If you do develop this virus

  • and go to a clinic or hospital,

  • all the healthcare provider can do

  • is give you supportive care,

  • and we'll talk about that later in this video.

  • As I said earlier, you can be infected

  • and you can be contagious with this coronavirus

  • for up to five days and have no symptoms

  • or no fever whatsoever.

  • So currently, in airports, they are screening people

  • with thermography, which basically is checking them

  • to see if they have a fever.

  • But you don't have to necessarily have a fever

  • with this virus to be contagious.

  • In healthy teenagers up until about 50 or 60 years of age,

  • this coronavirus is likely to give you symptoms

  • of a severe cold, a severe respiratory infection,

  • even a severe influenza-type infection,

  • but the danger is is in the very young,

  • the very old, and the very sick or people

  • with conditions that suppress

  • or derange their immune system,

  • this can lead to much more serious infections

  • and even death.

  • Both Middle East respiratory syndrome

  • and severe acute respiratory syndrome, SARS and MERS,

  • which you may have heard about in the news

  • a few years back, they're both coronaviruses.

  • Now we don't know the virulence of this current

  • novel coronavirus strain, but in those strains,

  • they were virulent enough to spread from human to human,

  • and they were severe enough to kill people,

  • but they weren't virulent enough

  • to become a pandemic that the entire world

  • should be worried about.

  • I don't want you to worry about this virus.

  • I don't want you to panic about this virus.

  • But I do want you to be concerned.

  • I want you to be vigilant,

  • and I want you to be prepared.

  • At the end of this video, I'm gonna give you steps,

  • very easy, simple to implement steps that you can use

  • to protect yourself and your family.

  • Now first, I wanna give you a scenario,

  • an example of how you could become infected,

  • even though you feel like you're doing a lotta things right.

  • So let's say you're in a public place.

  • You maybe went to the store, you went to work,

  • and you come in contact with a person

  • who was infected two days ago.

  • They still have no symptoms, they have no fever.

  • They still feel fine.