WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses common across the world in animals and humans. Certain types cause illnesses in people. For example, some coronaviruses cause the common cold; others cause diseases which are much more severe such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), both of which often lead to pneumonia. COVID-19 is the illness seen in people infected with a new strain of coronavirus not previously seen in humans.
On 31 December 2019, Chinese authorities notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan City, which was later classified as a new disease: COVID-19. On 30 January 2020, WHO declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” (PHEIC). The current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, presents a significant challenge for the entire world. As it is a new virus, the lack of immunity in the population (and the absence as yet of an effective vaccine) means that COVID-19 has the potential to spread extensively.
Based on current evidence, the main symptoms of COVID-19 are a cough, a high temperature and, in severe cases, shortness of breath. Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person. Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets, however.
There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus although scientists are working on this across the globe. Treatment currently aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness, with those affected needing to stay in isolation from other people until they have recovered. People who are affected have been advised to first call their medical providers and seek medical attention in line with their advice.
Obviously, a lot is still unknown, and the world is figuring out how to move forward each day as new information develops, but there are some immediate measures we can all adopt to keep ourselves, our clients, staff and our students safe. We wanted to summarize some of these here just to try and help our community of Reiki Practitioners.
We all should already be working to best practice guidelines which ensure we provide a safe and hygienic space for our clients, staff and students, but we need to step it up a gear to protect ourselves and the people in our care. As practitioners of a relaxing energy therapy that can naturally boost immunity, we are in an incredible position to help provide positive love and light to the world in a time of confusion, illness and stress.
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