The virus causes a cough and fever in the majority of symptomatic cases. These are very broad symptoms and overlap with many other illnesses including influenza (we are in the midst of a comparatively heavy flu season).
The virus can kill some individuals. Though we do not know all the facts, it appears that older populations and those with other diseases such as coronary artery disease and diabetes are affected more severely by the virus.
There are currently no medications or vaccines for this virus. The only tools we have to control spread are old fashioned public health measures such as isolation, quarantine, and social distancing.
What we think that we know:
The maximum incubation period is estimated to be 14 days. This is extrapolated from other corona viruses. The majority of individuals studied closely have come down with symptoms within 5-6 days of exposure.
The disease appears to spread more commonly among close contacts (e.g. families). There are, however, documented cases of transmission in relatively limited settings (e.g. giving a ride to another individual).
The disease does not appear to make children particularly ill. There is currently only one pediatric death in the world that has been attributed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to this disease. Once more testing is done, we may establish that children are a component of the transmission chain but appear to have relatively mild expression of illness.
COVID-19 Operational Update Some with minimal symptoms appear to have a high viral load in their body, which may mean they are still capable of transmitting the disease.
The 2019 NJ FMBA Valor Awards recipients were announced at the 2020 Educational Convention on February 6th by the NJ FMBA Valor Awards Chairman Mike Cirelli. Congratulations to all of the recipients and we look forward to this year's awards dinner night. Here is the list of recipients below:
As some of you may know, one of our Brothers, Jayson Armstead, a Plainfield FMBA Local 7 member and his family fell victim to a house fire that destroyed their home and with it took all of their belongings. Luckily, no one was injured though the family did lose two family cats.
Jayson is a dedicated firefighter, Air Force Veteran, husband and father of 3 girls (ages 19 and 14). We are asking for the support of our membership to help The Armstead family get back on their feet. Please click on the link below to donate to a GoFundMe account which has been setup by the members of Plainfield FMBA Local 7.