The Coronavirus has spread mass panic globally. Chances are you've visited your local grocery store for essential items, only to find the shelves completely ransacked- with the store looking like the scene of a post-apocalyptic movie. We have entered a global state of mass hysteria. How safe is it to travel for a hair transplant? Should you be concerned? Keep reading.
What is A Coronavirus, and How Does It Spread?
A Coronavirus is a form of a virus that spreads quickly through the air. It typically affects the respiratory system. Officials have named the virus COVID-19. The virus is showing up in people within two weeks of exposure.
The symptoms include
*Shortness of breath
However, dangerous conditions, such as severe respiratory failure and kidney failure, are rare. As of March 11, 2020, over 4,373 people have died from the virus. However, over 66,239 people have recovered from the infection. The rate of death is at 6.6% of all the people infected with the condition. The virus spreads quickly through close contact with an infected person or touching something that an infected person felt, so always wash your hands.
World Health Organization Declares Global Pandemic
The World Health Organization had been reluctant to make any declarations. They haven't made this declaration since the H1N1 outbreak over ten years ago. Some of you may remember the 'swine flu outbreak' that started in 2009. Before the infamous H1N1 scare, there was the 2002 and 2003 outbreak of SARS, which also happens to be a Coronavirus.
How Dangerous is the Coronavirus?
It is no secret that the majority of hair transplant patients fly to other states, countries, or even continents to have their procedures. There has been mass hysteria portrayed in the media, and everyone is on high alert. There is no denying that this is a severe public health concern, and we should take this seriously. That said, this entire ordeal is bordering on becoming a full-blown frenzy.
In the United States, there have been 1,000 reported cases of the Coronavirus, and only 30 reported deaths. The majority of those who die from the infection are over the age of 65. Also, the seasonal flu is far more dangerous to children than the Coronavirus, according to experts. Children infected with the new Coronavirus have mild or no symptoms at all in most cases.
In this season, there have been 34 million cases of the flu, along with 350,000 hospitalizations and 20,000 reported deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have noted that the hospitalization rates for children and young adults have been unusually high for the seasonal flu.
To date, the most extensive study conducted in China suggests that 80 percent of infected patients have mild symptoms/infections. In comparison, 15 percent had severe infections, and 5 percent were critical. Experts suspect that some of those infected with the virus have no symptoms at all. Unfortunately, there is no approved antiviral drug for the Coronavirus, but several are in development.
Traveling For Hair Restoration During This Time
Depending on where you live, the common consensus is to stay home and avoid large public areas, such as airports, festivals, and social gatherings. Some countries like Italy have blocked all travel, meaning no one can leave the country. These are extreme precautionary measures.
According to the CDC FAQ, most viruses do not spread easily on airplanes- because of how the plane filters the air. The CDC has stated that the risk is relatively low, now it goes without saying, avoid contact with sick passengers, and always carry hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% of alcohol.
Taking proper precautions is essential, but it's equally as important not to get swept up in mass hysteria. Be smart, safe, and always wash your hands. Avoid high-risk travel destinations. There is no reason to cancel pre-scheduled hair transplant procedures, ask the clinic if it is possible to extend the procedure to a later date.
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