Coronavirus COVID19: Demystified with Data

This sort of locker room talk about the outbreak of coronavirus #COVID19 really concerns many. One guy said: “this is the perfect example of paralysis by analysis.” The other one suggested, “the media is just making this bigger than it is. Do they ever talk about people dying from regular flu or like heart attacks? No!”

Public awareness is key if we are going to handle this together minimizing loss of life, costs, and duration of all the disruptions. “Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19”. This one is no regular flu. The 2% Mortality Rate estimate by the World Health Organization (WHO) was upgraded to 3.4% as of March 3.

How can you contract it?

“People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.”

Here are a few things you need to know if you are in Canada:

As of Saturday March 7th, three provinces of Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia have reported cases for a total of 57.  For the latest information on the outbreak and how Canada is responding, please check the official Government of Canada and Health Canada data here.

In the United States, check out the up-to-date reporting by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention here.  

“Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. Early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. This may be because:

If you are at higher risk given the above, you should:

During a COVID-19 outbreak an outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible

Here is a minute by minute aggregate report of the global number of case we are aware of. The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 102 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan).

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#Health #care workers are among the most at risk of contracting the virus, but many say they lack protective gear and protocols to keep themselves and their patients safe. Overall, the response from global #healthcare systems has been sub-optimal.

Concerns from nurses in Washington State and California echo those of nurses in the US. National Nurses United, a union that represents about 150,000 nurses across the US, announced on Thursday the sobering results of an online survey it recently conducted.  Of the 6,500+ nurses who participated, only 29 percent said their hospitals had a plan in place to isolate potential coronavirus patients, and 44 percent said they had received guidance from their employers about how to handle the virus. Access to suitable protective gear as well as information and training has been dismal. A major cause of these shortcomings has been a lack of proper communication and planning.

Coronavirus Hospital Preparedness Assessment Tool

We recommend the extension of CDC’s assessment toolkit for U.S. hospitals in terms of preparedness for the possible arrival of patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to all interested units (click here).

These or any version of preparedness information, training data, and mass communication with healthcare staff can now be handled via the Mesh AI MESHage platform in real time and with maximum efficiency. Currently, Canadian and US hospitals are also deploying the scheduling and shift management tools available on the platform to better schedule staff to deal with the dire situations at hand and be responsive to the development in terms of staff availability, quarantine requirements, etc.

In support of those in the front lines of COVID19 battle, access to Mesh AI as the global leader in socially intelligent staff scheduling cloud software is free for all new users during the pandemic, per company’s latest press release on March 6th, 2020. To learn and more and benefit, access here.