You’ve probably heard by now that COVID-19 has been officially categorized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as pandemic, meaning that this new disease has now spread worldwide and indeed, it has. As of this writing, the coronavirus disease 2019 that began in China has now affected “132 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan).” The number of coronavirus cases had soared to 138,937 worldwide with 5,111 deaths while 70,727 people have reportedly recovered.
Recently, we have heard that Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, has tested positive as did Italian professional footballer Daniele Rugani. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is now self-isolating and working at home after his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, has been diagnosed with COVID-19 following her return to Canada from a speaking engagement in London. Medical professionals on the frontlines are falling ill, with some of them succumbing to COVID-19 themselves. Tourist places everywhere have been shut down, classes have been suspended, public gatherings banned, and life in some parts of China, the Philippines, Denmark, Ireland, and in the case of Italy, their entire country—have come into a grinding halt as lockdowns were enforced. Stock markets are crashing left, right, and center; people are losing their jobs and worse, their lives.
DEVELOPING: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s first test for coronavirus has come back positive, according to reporting by major Rio de Janeiro newspaper.— DW News (@dwnews) March 13, 2020
The results of a second test are expected later today. pic.twitter.com/XoXOB7HOLf
BREAKING: Canada PM Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie has tested positive for the #coronavirus, the government says.— QuickTake by Bloomberg (@QuickTake) March 13, 2020
More @business: https://t.co/JC5t7Ep5Xo #Covid_19 #CoronaOutbreak #CoronavirusPandemic pic.twitter.com/DNfHV2qS2S
ITALY IN LOCKDOWN, PART 2: No more coffee, pizza, or lunch outside. All non-essential stores will be closed for the next 15 days pic.twitter.com/x0zw28BOcB— QuickTake by Bloomberg (@QuickTake) March 12, 2020
Clearly, life, as we know it, is changing as we speak and sadly, the LGBT community is as vulnerable as the rest of the population if not more (Read the letter organized by the National LGBT Cancer Network and signed by over 100 organizations here explaining why the LGBT community is more vulnerable to COVID-19 and why we should be taking extra precautions to avoid the disease).
And this is why we enjoin everyone to read more about COVID-19 and to follow the advice of health organizations to the public to better protect ourselves from novel coronavirus. Click here on how to prepare and read here for more information. And also, please watch the videos below for more coronavirus prevention tips.
According to WHO, here are some basic protective measures against the new coronavirus and we quote:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Maintain social distancing
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
- Practice respiratory hygiene
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
- Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Hang in there, guys. This, too, shall pass. But first, let’s keep in mind that COVID-19 is not like the flu. There are no coronavirus treatments and vaccines at the moment and according to WHO, its case fatality rate (CFR) or the “proportion of known infections that result in death” is currently at 3.4%.
Moreover, a study on the COVID-2019 published in the Lancet medical journal had shown that patients can remain infectious for many weeks as the pathogen can live in the patients’ respiratory tract for as long as 37 days, Bloomberg reports.
Today, health care systems are struggling under the weight of coronavirus and one Italian doctor who’s at the coronavirus epicenter pleads people to “be patient, you can’t go to the theatre, museums or the gym. Try to have pity on the myriad of old people you could exterminate,” Dr. Daniele Macchini wrote on a Facebook post that has been translated here.
Where are you from, guys, and how has coronavirus changed your way of life: your social life, hooking up, and dating life, etc.? Share with us your thoughts and stories in the comments section below and don’t forget that apart from good food and enough sleep, masturbation boosts our immune system, thereby helping us fight off infection and illness so perhaps, let’s have more of that, too?