Cannabis and Novel Coronavirus (2019-Ncov)
It’s 2020 and now, humankind is experiencing a new era in history, cannabis and novel coronavirus. Lately, the World Health Organization classified Novel Coronavirus (2019-Ncov) as an epidemic disease.
What is this Novel Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a family of pathogens that can cause symptoms like of MERS-COV and SARS-COV.
COVID-19 (2019-Ncov), a new infectious disease caused by a virus that was not discovered and identified until its outbreak last year.
It was first discovered in Wuhan and a now known ground zero for the disease. In a blink of an eye, the disease rapidly spread across China, and today, most of the countries in the world have reported having COVID-19 infected individuals.
Last early December, the world has its first case of an unknown pneumonia-causing pathogen. It was first recorded in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei.
2019-COVID was later identified as a novel pathogen RNA wrapped betacoronavirus. 2019-COVID has the same phylogenetic of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was reported that the severity of some cases of 2019-COVID was like of SARS-CoV.
These kinds of viruses are zoonotic, in short, it can infect both people and animals. There are detailed studies and research about the transmissions of SARS-COV and MERS-COV between humans and animals.
The first reported cases of 2019-COVIDwas of infected patients both in family and in hospital settings.
In the latest studies and research about this new disease, as of March 8, 2020, there are now 105 586 confirmed infected patients globally. In
China alone, there are 80, 859 confirmed infected patients with 3100 deaths. There are 24, 727 confirmed infected patients are outside of china with 481 deaths and have infected 101 countries/ territories/ areas.
Given the speed which this 2019-COVID spreads, it was determined and concluded that the analysis of cases all across China should be updated regularly to help humankind pinpoint the defining the severity and other clinical traits of the disease.
Last few days, Word Health Organization issued a full package of response guidance and conventional preparedness programs for countries worldwide to help them slow and hopefully stop 2019-COVID local transmission of the disease and save the lives of their subjects.
World Health Organization needs all the countries around the world to be prepared and ready for the risk of Coronavirus arriving at their doorstep. All countries need to have emergency response systems, increase their ability to detect and care for the infected patients. Upgrade their hospitals with enough necessary supplies and personnel and put effort into developing medical means to stop the spread of the said disease.
Symptoms of 2019-COVID
Just like all Coronaviruses, 2019-COVID causes symptoms in your respiratory symptoms. Theses common symptoms are cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing, chest pain. In in the worst case scenario, death is possible.
Ways to Prevent 2019-COV Transmissions
Because of the fast rate transmission of 2019-COVID around the globe, all of us are obliged to take good care of ourselves. There are ways to slow down this transmission speed, or hopefully to prevent getting infected or prevent to infect.
• You wash your hands frequently with alcohol-based hand sanitizers or with soap and water.
• If your about to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with your handkerchief or tissue. If you don’t have one, flex your elbow around your nose and mouth.
• And lastly, prevention is better than cure, avoid close contact (about 1 to 3 meter) from people that show flu-like symptoms.
Cannabis for 2019-COVID?
And as you already know it, there are claims on the internet that cannabis can cure or prevent 2019-COVID from spreading. To be blunt, those claims are fake, as of now, there is no clinical research or studies that are being conducted around cannabis-related experiments for treating or curing 2019-COVID infected patients.
However, as a responsible stoner, you have to obliged to good sanitation and good hygiene practices to minimize the spread of 2019-COVID.
How can we make the Cannabis Community stay Healthy?
Because of these Coronaviruses which cause illnesses especially with our respiration. Smokers and stoners alike are prone to these pathogens.
So, below are some good practices to make ourselves more secure to the virus.
Light Your Own Joint
I assume you now understand how Coronaviruses are transmitted, it is passed via our mouth, nose, and sometimes in our eyes.
So for now, let’s stop sharing not only our joints, but also our bongs, pipes, glass, and any other cannabis accessories. In the meantime, let’s avoid the cannabis culture of smoking and passing our weeds to our buddy at our left side.
Wash your Hands Time to Time
Our proven preventive measure for any kind of illness transmission. Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds will not only make you sick but also can minimize the risk of transmitting your disease. Make sure also to keep an alcohol-based hand sanitizer by your side in case there is no faucet nearby.
Be Aware with Physical Contact
In these times, it is wise for you to temporarily ban yourself from making physical contact with others. You can say hi toy your friends over the screen if you want to check on them. You don’t need to shut yourself in your house, but thinks twice if the gathering you want to go is safe enough.
Avoid Smoking Weed
Smoking weeds when you are down with a fever or infected with these viruses is not a good idea. Sure there claims that cannabis can help with your flu or cold recovery because CBD and THC have anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and sleep-inducing properties.
But hot smoke from burning cannabis is not good for your lungs, especially if you are battling with a cold or flu, not to mention in severe cases like pneumonia.
So, in short, 2019-COVID is a new type of coronaviruses like MERS-COV and SARS-COV that is pandemic today.
The virus was first discovered in Wuhan, which is now ground zero of the virus outbreak which has recently spread across the globe.
Scientists are still working to find out the cure and effective countermeasures for this virus. But many hoaxes keeps popping out that claims that cannabis can help cure and treat infected patients.
But without any scientifically proven or without any clinical proof, these are considered hearsay.
The only thing cannabis can help with this issue is that the community based on weeds will do their best to avoid and prevent the spreading of 2019-COV in the community.