What the U.S. is doing about the new coronavirus and some things YOU can do

February 10, 2020

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can infect birds and mammals, including humans, and is traditionally associated with the common mild cold in people.

Sometimes coronaviruses that infect animals, including camels, bats, cattle, cats and snakes, can evolve and make people sick then become a new human coronavirus.

Some examples of animal coronaviruses that crossed over and spread person-to-person are the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and now the new 2019-nCoV (a.k.a. COVID-19.)

As of 17-Feb-2020, authorities in China say the death toll from COVID-19 is over 1,700 (well surpassing the deadly 2003 SARS outbreak), with most deaths occurring in the Chinese province of Hubei (esp. Wuhan city) where the coronavirus was first discovered.

Globally there are about 70,000+ confirmed cases of the virus so COVID-19 (formerly 2019-nCoV) has about a 2.4% mortality rate so far, although this outbreak is far from over as millions of Chinese returned to work recently after the extended Lunar New Year break ended. But realize the Spanish flu of 1918, which was the last true global pandemic, had a “case fatality rate” or CFR of 2.5%, and it killed an estimated 50 – 60 million people.

The fatality rates for MERS was about 35% and SARS was around 14-15% which is why those coronaviruses were very concerning, but countries were able to contain things in both cases so thankfully neither became a pandemic.

Interestingly Live Science says one group has escaped with minimal damage so far: children. Other coronaviruses, including SARS and MERS, also showed this pattern. Currently the median age of 2019-nCoV patients is between 49 and 56 years old, according to a recent JAMA article.

Symptoms and Complications

COVID-19 infection can range from mild, with no symptoms or minor symptoms, to severe or even deadly. The symptoms usually start between 2 to 14+ days after you get infected and can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

It can also cause pneumonia and progress to multiple organ failure or death in some severe cases.

There is a test for 2019-nCoV [COVID-19], but there’s no vaccine or specific treatment yet other than medical care to help relieve symptoms, although Gilead’s experimental drug called remdesivir is being trialed in some cases.

As Dr. Sircus reports, some patients who at first appeared mildly or moderately ill then took a turn for the worse several days or even a week into their illness. The median time from their first symptoms to when they became short of breath was 5 days; to hospitalization, 7 days; and to severe breathing trouble, 8 days. Experts say that pattern means patients must be carefully monitored, and it is not safe to assume that someone who seems to be doing well early on is out of the woods. But, as Dr. Sircus says, “remember at least 95 percent of people survive it! Cancer patients should be so lucky.”

At a time when many are rightly concerned about coronavirus — of which there are just a handful of cases in the U.S. so far — the CDC is also warning Americans not to drop their guard about influenza, which has caused at least 19 million illnesses, 180,000 hospitalizations, and 10,000 deaths so far this season.

What is being done

On Jan. 30, the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern about the current epidemic of 2019-nCoV in mainland China. The following day, HHS Secretary Alex Azar declared 2019-nCoV a public health emergency domestically and ordered any U.S. citizens returning from China’s Hubei province to be quarantined for up to 2 weeks to provide proper medical care and health screening.

The immediate risk to the U.S. is currently low, and a presidential proclamation in place suspends entry of foreign nationals who have visited China within the past 14 days into America. The CDC has also put into place measures to detect this virus among those who are allowed entry into the U.S. who are entering the country within 14 days of having been in Hubei province or mainland China. 

All of these passengers are being directed to 1 of 11 U.S. airports where American citizens and exempted persons who have been in Hubei province will have an additional health assessment. They will be screened for fever, cough, difficulty breathing. 

  • If symptomatic, American citizens and those who are exempt will be transferred for further medical evaluation. They will not be able to complete their itinerary and will be isolated for 14 days. 
  • If asymptomatic, American citizens and those who are exempt will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at or near that location. 

The list of 11 airports are…

  • San Francisco International Airport, California;
  • Los Angeles International Airport, California; 
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Georgia;
  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, Hawaii;
  • O’Hare airport, Illinois;
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Michigan;
  • Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey;
  • JFK, New York;
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Texas;
  • Washington Dulles International Airport, Virginia;
  • and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Washington.

The Department of Defense has identified housing support at 4 bases for up to 1,000 people who may need to be quarantined upon arrival from overseas travel. Currently DOD is housing 198 people at March Air Reserve Base, California, but DOD is not involved with treatment or observation of those at the facility; Health and Human Services is doing that.

The 4 bases are…

  • Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California;
  • Travis Air Force Base, California;
  • 168th Regiment, Regional Training Institute in Fort Carson, Colorado;
  • and Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

So what can people do?

First – don’t panic since Americans are still currently low risk and the focus right now is on travelers returning from places where this disease rate is growing.

And as mentioned above, it is still active flu season here in the U.S. which has sickened millions and killed 10,000 people so far. Use the below common sense tips from both CDC and our preparedness and first aid manual to help reduce the spread of germs and infectious diseases.  

CDC guidance

  • If you haven’t already, consider getting a flu shot and take flu antivirals if prescribed.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear facemask to protect themselves from respiratory viruses, including COVID-19.
  • Facemask should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19, in order to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks (and eye protection!) is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings at home or in a health care facility.
  • Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds – especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. An easy way to mark the time is to hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice while scrubbing.
    • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick or becoming sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (not your hands) and throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Practical precautions

  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Seek medical care right away if you have both symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath and have either recently returned from China or have direct exposure to others diagnosed with a coronavirus.
  • Before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Cover mouth and nose with tissue or sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered until healed.
  • Boost your immune system.
  • Clean counters, doorknobs, fixtures, phones, remotes, nurse call buttons, linens, etc. often with a bleach solution.
  • Don’t share silverware, razors, clothing, towels, or bedding and wash objects with soap and hot water.

Doing your part

Additional Resources:

CDC: Coronavirus site

CDC: FAQs about 2019-nCoV/COVID-19

World Health Organization: Coronavirus site

Dr Sircus: Treatments for Viral Infection

The Survival Mom: The truth about disinfectants: Q&A with an expert

Sources:

CDC.gov

VA.gov

Defense.gov

AAFP.org

LiveScience.com

Medscape.com

MedlinePlus.gov

HomelandPrepNews.com


Doing another custom preparedness and first aid book print soon in case your agency, business or group has any needs

November 3, 2019

2019 custom books covers 3x1We are doing another bundled custom preparedness book print in Jan 2020 in case any agencies, nonprofits or businesses have budgets or grants that need to be used or committed before year end.

Our 266page preparedness and first aid manual bulk price is only $4.50 U.S. each delivered (70% off list) in CONUS and we customize them for free.

Orders of 1,000 copies or more can change the entire book cover including the title, and the first 12 pages can be personalized with local data, maps, photos and more in full color on glossy paper. And if more custom pages are needed — just ask!

Smaller orders (10 copies or more) can get our standard red books and customize them with 1 to 4 labels per book. Red books can be shipped within 24 hours anytime from our Oregon warehouse and labels will ship from Texas.

Learn how to order paperbacks (or our ebook in PDF) or call Fedhealth at 520-907-2153 especially if you’d like to jump in on this print and get custom books for your staff, customers and local communities.

Also learn about a custom book project Fedhealth and FSC are doing for the U.S. First Responders Association and the Dallas-Fort Worth area for spring 2020.

Color ads on glossy paper in 20,000+ books start as low as 1.25 cents per book (or $250 total) and all advertisers get free books + lots of other benefits ~ learn more.

FSC USFRA preparedness book project for DFW

Advertiser spotlight: Crayola Experience Plano

September 15, 2019

Fedhealth Services Corp and the U.S. First Responders Association invite you to join us and our partners in our  preparedness book projects that benefit first responders, military and veterans.

One of our advertisers with our Dallas-Fort Worth project is Crayola Experience Plano — where the magic of Crayola comes to life.

With 60,000 square feet of attractions, Crayola Experience is Texas’ most colorful family destination for interactive, creative play.

Families can spend hours exploring 25 hands-on attractions, such as:

  • Star in your very own coloring page
  • Name and wrap your very own Crayola crayon
  • Embark on a 4-D coloring adventure
  • Learn how crayons are made in a live manufacturing show
  • And much more!

Crayola Experience Plano is open year round, specializing in colorful birthday parties, group outings, educational field trips, and special events, plus teachers and first responders get in FREE with valid ID.

Learn more about Crayola Experience and their 5 locations (Chandler AZ, Easton PA, Mall of America MN, Plano TX and Orlando FL) at www.crayolaexperience.com … and thank you Crayola Experience Plano for being part of our FSC and USFRA preparedness project!

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FSC is printing 20,000+ preparedness and first aid manuals with a limited # of color ads on glossy paper for the Dallas-Fort Worth area that start as low as 1.25 cents per book so only $250 total…!

And local and national advertisers can lock in your position with just 25% down with payment plans + other discounts available.

The 300+ page paperbacks will be divided up and delivered FREE to all advertisers and prize donors, plus you’ll receive many other benefits.

Download FSC’s media kit and join us in our D/FW project to benefit your company or group, the public, USFRA and our nation’s heroes. More at www.fedhealthsc.com/usfra.html


National Preparedness Month 2019 (Get #PreparedNotScared)

August 27, 2019

Although we encourage preparedness year-round, September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) when Americans can take action to prepare for various types of emergencies that could affect people where they live, work, and visit.

 

The Ready Campaign’s 2019 theme is “Prepared, Not Scared” and their social media toolkit provides graphics, hashtags, and content that can be customized to your needs.

Please use and share the weekly suggestions below to focus on your preparedness efforts and encourage others to get prepared too:

  • September 1-7:  Save Early for Disaster Costs
  • September 8-14:  Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters
  • September 15-21:  Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters
  • September 22-30:  Get Involved in Your Community’s Preparedness

Learn more about NPM and find resources for each week at www.ready.gov/september to help your loved ones and community get #PreparedNotScared.

Also learn how to order our customizable 266-page “IT’S A DISASTER!” preparedness and first aid manuals (and download a free 56-page portion of it in PDF) or get our ebook for only $3 U.S. at www.fedhealth.net/how-to-order.html.

Stay safe ~ j & B


New mailing address for Fedhealth and FSC

June 27, 2019

We were recently surprised when we went to collect our mail at our local UPS Store (mailing address for our companies) and found the store had closed their doors without notifying mailbox holders!

The sign gave data for 2 other UPS Store locations in town so we were able to get a new address (but smaller box) and get our mail from closed down store. Then we filed forwarding address with USPS and scrambled to change tons of online accounts, various procurement systems, get new business cards, etc.

It would have been nice to have been notified via email or phone, but at least most of the fire drill is done and we recovered quickly. But I just realized we neglected to announce it here on our blog.

The new mailing address for Fedhealth and Fedhealth Services Corp (FSC) and owners Bill and Janet Liebsch is…

1910 E Southeast Loop 323, #220

Tyler TX 75701

Fedhealth p: 520-907-2153  www.fedhealth.net

FSC p: 903-343-5191  www.fedhealthsc.com

Stay safe all ~ j & B


Add Mossy Oak GameKeeper Kennels QuickDerm pet wound care products to your kits

June 23, 2019

Our friends at VetCare recently shared some great news ~ QuickDerm is now being co-labeled under the Mossy Oak GameKeeper Kennels brand.

Photo: VetCare.usQuickDerm, a product that has been on the market and widely available to veterinarians for 9+ years, provides a moisture-retaining protective barrier that impacts inflammation and promotes rapid healing for ALL animals that have slight to severe wounds and skin conditions.

Per Mossy Oak blog: “… At Mossy Oak, our dogs are a major part of our families,” said Bill Gibson, Director of Gun Dog Operations for Mossy Oak GameKeeper Kennels. “Whether in a duck blind or on the edge of a dove field, our dogs can be found at our side and we make it a point to provide them with the best products to keep them as healthy as possible. ….”

According to Libby Robinson, President of VetCare, “As a native Mississippian, I’m proud and excited to be partnering with Mossy Oak. With QuickDerm, I am confident that I am absolutely offering Mossy Oak and their customers the very best animal wound care product on the market.”

Read the full story on MossyOak.com.

The technology behind QuickDerm was first introduced for human health applications for hard-to-heal wounds, including burns, skin irritations, abrasions and cuts.

We personally used it after I got bit twice on my face by a black widow while sleeping several months ago. Someday we’ll share more about the ordeal but let’s just say it was a rude awakening.

Libby expedited some QuickDerm ointment to us that Monday and, in less than 2 days, one wound was almost completely gone and other healed very rapidly.

A few days later both wounds were totally gone, there is no scarring whatsoever and we now keep both ointment and spray in our kits and cabinets.

Here’s an amazing before and after shot of a canine injury from VetCare…

Photo: VetCare.us

If you have pets, horses or other critters, visit https://vetcare.us to order Mossy Oak GameKeeper Kennels QuickDerm wound ointment and spray for your preparedness and first aid kits … and again, read more about the VetCare and Mossy Oak partnership here.

p.s. Also consider joining VetCare and others in our custom USFRA Dallas-Fort Worth book project

Stay safe, j & B


Earn referral $$$ with FSC-USFRA D/FW preparedness book project

May 16, 2019

Fedhealth Services Corp is printing 20,000+ preparedness and first aid manuals (with some ads) for the U.S. First Responders Association that will be distributed to Dallas/Fort Worth communities in 2020.

The goal of the project is to educate the public, help lessen the burden on responders, and save people money on everyday items and services with proceeds benefiting USFRA.

Plus people, ad agencies, nonprofits or groups like Volunteer Fire Depts, CERTs, VOADs and others can earn money for helping spread the word.

Download our FSC ad media kit and share it with business contacts you have in the D/FW area — or any companies or partners who’d like to market to those communities and support first responders & military — and have businesses contact us.

Basically we are…

  • Offering limited # of ads and prices start as low as 1.25 cents per book after 20% off inaugural rates so only $250 total or less;
  • Books will be divided up and delivered free to all advertisers;
  • FSC will print a few thousand extra books for first responder families;
  • Advertisers get additional benefits (e.g. on USFRA’s Partners page, use USFRA seal, etc.);
  • Advertisers and sponsors are included in drawing for prizes fall 2019;
  • Payment plans now available with 25% down to lock in ads + several discount options;
  • No need to sell or close anyone ~ FSC will work with contacts to negotiate deals, placement, etc.

Again, FSC does all the work and donates 20% of their ad purchases back as directed. And referrals are paid on-going so if businesses do ads in future printings, you’ll receive 20% each time. (see pg 9 of kit).

Interested in 20% referral commissions/donations?

Visit www.fedhealthsc.com/usfra.html then download & share our 9-pg ad media kit with your business contacts and have them mention your name or group on form or when they call.

And realize this is the inaugural print and we plan to spread this to communities across the country and do reprints annually or as requested going forward.

Call 903-343-5191 with any questions and visit www.fedhealthsc.com/usfra.html then let’s collaborate to benefit you, the D/FW area (and beyond), the U.S. First Responders Association, and our nation’s heroes.


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