What is the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)? | The Need to Know | Healthy Hygiene

What is COVID-19?

The novel coronoavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of the coronavirus, which has been newly discovered. Unlike, the coronavirus that has commonly circulated among humans and has resulted in mild cold like symptoms; the novel coronavirus is a severe respiratory illness. This virus is reported to have developed in Wuhan, China, where the first cases have been identified and documented (CDC,2020).

Observations of Transmission:

This particular strain had not been previously identified in humans and is suspected to have been transmitted from a live animal to human, causing a rapid spread of the virus through person-to-person contact. This outbreak has spread so rapidly that it is considered a community spread virus, highly contagious.

COVID-19 is suspected to be spread between people who are in close contact with each other (about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets (cough or sneeze). These droplets if inhaled or lands into the mouth of others nearby can be inhaled into your lungs creating an exposure (CDC, 2020).

Best Practices to Minimize Exposure:

It is best to avoid public and closed in areas until more information is collected and gathered regarding this virus. It is possible that one can become infected by touching surfaces.

The World Health Organization has the following advice for the public regarding protecting yourself and others from getting sick (WHO, 2020):

  • Wash your hands frequently (at least 20 seconds)
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Practice respiratory hygiene: cover your mouth and nose, cough or sneeze in your bent elbow, dispose of tissue promptly
  • Clean and disinfect surface areas frequently
  • Seek medical care early: if you experience fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, or if you have reason to believe you have been exposed through contact or travel

COVID-19 Cases in the United States:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2020)
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2020)
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2020)


Currently, there is no antiviral treatment available or recommended to treat COVID-19. However, if you suspect that you have had exposure or are having any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, or shortness of breath – please be advised to contact your healthcare provider immediately or contact your local health department. Although, there is no antiviral treatment for this virus, it is advised to receive supportive health care treatment in order to support vital organ function (CDC, 2020).

Higher Risk:

Those with underlying health conditions and age which all contribute to a weakened immune system are at an increased risk if exposed. This risk applies to all viruses, and should be noted when comparing and reviewing the data of those who impacted by the coronavirus and seasonal flu.


We all must do our part in responding to this emerging health threat by taking the necessary steps to reduce the spread of this virus. With it still being flu season it is recommended that if you are sick to seek medical attention and stay home from work or school.

If it can be avoided do not visit public areas where you place yourself at risk of infecting others or further hindering your illnesses. If you can postpone travel that is also advised. Be mindful that with travel (via airplane), air is being circulated in a closed and confined space and this is a contributing factor to the spread of airborne viruses, further increasing your exposure.

COVID-19 vs Seasonal Flu:

Continue to implement and encourage healthy habits with yourself and family members. We must treat all viruses with high alert and severity. Data shows that we have had a greater impact of hospitalizations and deaths related to the seasonal flu, compared to the coronavirus.

Data reports that the “new coronavirus has led to more than 89,000 illnesses and 3,000 deaths worldwide. But that’s nothing compared with the flu… In the U.S. alone, the flu has caused an estimated 32 million illnesses, 310,000 hospitalizations and 18,000 deaths this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)” (Rettner, 2020). [link to article]

Continue to use precaution and take all the necessary steps to keep yourself well and healthy. As more data is collected I will continue to blog on this issue and source any new information or findings in the coming weeks.

Have a happy Wednesday!

Erica ❤


CDC. (2020, March 1). 2019-nCoV Frequently Asked Questions and Answers. Retrieved March 4, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

Rettner, R. (2020, March 2). How does the new coronavirus compare with the flu? Retrieved March 4, 2020, from https://www.livescience.com/new-coronavirus-compare-with-flu.html

WHO. (2020). Advice for public. Retrieved March 4, 2020, from https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Create Experiences | Overcoming Consumerism

For the past two years I have been working hard towards becoming a minimalist. In these past two years I have come to acknowledge and accept that becoming a minimalist is far deeper than riding yourself and life of excess stuff. Becoming a minimalist is something you have to work at daily. Minimalism is not something that can be mastered. To be a minimalist requires consistent and constant hard work. With each new day, I work towards living a life based on experiences, rather than consuming worldly possessions.

I am sure many of you recently celebrated Valentine’s Day this past weekend. I hope all of you had a great day with your loved ones. I hope whatever you did made you feel special and as equally memorable.

My husband and I use to celebrate holidays by going out and buying each other the latest gadget, clothing, and or jewelry. Oh, and let’s not forget the importance of picking the “right” card. The verbiage had to be just “right”. Those words that you connect with, when you pick up a card and read it… I write hand written letters/notes to my husband. Cards are nice but the feelings I feel… I can explain them a lot better in my own words on a plain sheet of paper and it’s personal.

Over the years as we have grown together our mindset has changed. There comes a point when you realize after looking around your house and seeing old gadgets that are dated and just collecting dust that those items that were once important have lost their value. I mean we have iPad’s that are as big as bricks. Most of those iPad’s are useless and no longer can be updated. Yet, we have one from each generation.

It makes us really think as we declutter the house, “What were we thinking?” Simply, pointless and poor investments.

Physical gifts are nice but trust me I couldn’t remember when I got what and for what occasion. Even cleaning out junk drawers and stumbling upon holiday greeting cards that had been stuffed away, out of sight made me realize how unimportant and insignificant items become over the years. It was at this point when my husband and I decided to stop indulging in consumerism that is hyped around the holidays.

We don’t expect holiday gifts. We realized that the greatest gift is time spent together. The greatest gift is experiencing life together. Traveling. Sight Seeing. Eating good food. Drinking good coffee. Experiences do not lose value. Memories do not fade. And even if our mind starts to wither with age, we will still have pictures to look back on. This is a concept that we have chosen to instill in our children and we know for a fact that they will appreciate this.

This past weekend we celebrated our love together with our children and took them to our favorite island. Our weekend consisted of watching the sunrise and sunset across the Atlantic and the sound. Listening to the ocean’s high tide and gusting winds at night.

We visited a sea turtle hospital and fed the turtles. This was truly an adventure for the kids as they learned more about sea life and the impact that our actions has on the oceans. From saving a straw and using reusable containers to properly disposing of your trash.

We even had a chance to watch Antares NG-13, NASA Wallops first rocket launch of 2020 from the coast.

These types of experiences are priceless and are what draw us closer together. We hope that our children will continue to pass down the traditions that we have created to their children. It’s amazing to see how our children cherish the ocean just as much as us. It’s truly our home away from home. We are no longer tourist in a small coastal town. We are just as local as the locals and it’s deeply felt from our visits to the local coffee shop to the local village bookstore.

And this is how the McKinney’s are overcoming consumerism, one vacation at a time.


Mr & Mrs McKinney | Year 7 | Anniversary Adventure

This past weekend Andrew and I celebrated our seventh year union of marriage. We traveled back to the state in which we said “I do”. Our home, away from home. This adventure led us straight back to the ocean and sand where we began 7 years ago.

Doing life with Andrew is the best. There is never a dull moment between us, as we live in the moment and conquer our fears together. Our entire life has been and is a great adventure. This weekend we really made some great memories and have even more stories to tell our children as they grow older.

From star gazing at night in complete total darkness and feeling really “small” compared to everything else that is out there in the world surrounding us near and far. To driving on the beach and parking at night, turning off the headlights and just listening to the waves crash as the tide rolls in closer, and closer. Let’s not forget about the sharks swimming visible near the shore each morning. I am attempting to describe moments that can’t simply be described in words. Those moments are selfishly “ours” and can never be shared.

I am a woman who is all about tradition and we have created and kept so many traditions of our own over the years; the beach in particular. Having an entire section (miles) of beach to yourself is amazing. It was more than enough space to once again leave our footprints in the sand.

Speaking of traditions; the traditional seventh year anniversary gift is the gift of copper or wool. Copper represents prosperity, good luck, and good fortune. While wool represents comfort, durability, security, and warmth. In these past seven years I can definitely say that I have found good fortune and warmth because of Andrew. It’s no surprise that God led us to each other with a greater plan in place and we are living each day in his purpose.

Cheers to seven good years, and to the many years to follow. ❤

Matthew 19:6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God had joined together, let no one separate.