Views expressed in this blog are mine alone and are not intended to represent Williamson County policy nor intended as legal advice.
We’ve all seen some pretty wild speculation about the source, validity, and proper response to COVID. Some of them are patently absurd (it’s a master plan by Bill Gates and the Chinese to implant us all with 5G tracking chips). Some of them are cleverly cloaked in reasonable terms invoking the names of distinguished research facilities and universities (gargle with warm water and check for lung function by holding your breath). Still, others are peddled so fast and furiously over social and broadcast media that their source, veracity, and worth are lost.
The first thing I want to say is – DON’T PANIC.
Be concerned. Be vigilant. But don’t panic.
The thing to understand about this virus is this:
• It looks enough like the flu and other respiratory diseases that you may not even know you have it.
• Therefore, the best way to protect yourself is to follow the basic precautions that you’ve all heard – wash your hands frequently, disinfect surfaces, cough into your elbow and practice social distancing.
• Confirmed cases are not the same thing as true cases – many more people have the virus than we know, some of them showing little to no symptoms.
• People over 65 and anyone with a chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, immune diseases, and lung disease are at the highest risk for severe illness and death.
• Nationally as of 3/16, there are cases in 49 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands.
• If you have come into contact with someone who has tested positive to COVID-19, you should self-quarantine for 14 days.