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Victor Valley residents are “somewhat” concerned with the Coronavirus, COVID-19, poll shows

VICTOR VALLEY, Calif. ( — With an influx of media attention on the Coronavirus, COVID-19, there’s no surprise that a local poll shows that more than half the respondents are somewhat concerned.

Within hours, over 2,000 members of Victor Valley News Group on Facebook responded to the poll that read “CORONAVIRUS: As a resident living in the Victor Valley, how concerned are you?

Respondents were allowed to select one response from the six different options. Here’s the breakdown of the options and their response count.

“Somewhat” = 1,078 responses

“Don’t care” = 634 responses

“Afraid” = 215 responses

“None” = 139 responses

“Paranoid” = received 26 responses

“Need more Info” = received 25 responses

Screenshot from Facebook – Victor Valley News Group

The post also garnered over 200 comments. The top three comments that received the most reactions were as follows;

  1. “Flu is worse. Media is hyping it up and scaring people.” – Michael J. Karen
  2. “Not concerned at all… media pushed bulls**t… The flu is worse!!!” – Chris Durant
  3. “Meth heads..gangsters and thugs and the homeless and the sky rocketing crime rate should be the only worry…and the CORRUPT Ca politicos stealing our money…now go buy a can of Lysol and relax” stated Joe Hunzeker. 
Screenshots are from Facebook – Victor Valley News Group
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. (Photo Credit: CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS)

What are the symptoms?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

What does the CDC recommend?

The CDC stated that the risk of getting COVID-19 in the U.S. is currently low, but that they are aggressively responding to the global outbreak of COVID-19 and preparing for the potential of community spread in the U.S.

Here are some simple things you can do to help make sure you stay safe and to protect yourself: washing your hands with soap and water, avoiding touching your hands, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, staying at home from work or school if you become sick with respiratory symptoms or symptoms like a fever and cough, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

“No preventive measure is 100% effective in preventing infection but practiced together they can reduce the chances of spreading infection.”

PAHO Deputy Director Jarbas Barbosa

These Nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) are public health actions that can slow the spread of emerging respiratory diseases like COVID-19.

Illness Severity

Many of the symptoms are very similar to those of the flu symptoms.

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, including illness resulting in death.

“Our experience today to date, though, is that most people, more than 85%, will have mild to no symptoms. Some may move to a more complicated course, including pneumonia, but that is not the most common manifestation of novel coronavirus,” stated Sonia Angell, Director of California Department of Public Health during a Thursday press conference.

What about masks?

Masks should only be used by those who are sick, and healthcare providers who are in contact with the sick.

And what about flu estimates?

CDC estimates that, from October 1, 2019, through February 22, 2020, there have been: 32 million to 45 million flu illnesses, 14 million to 21 million flu medical visits, 310 thousand to 560 thousand flu hospitalizations, and between 18 thousand – 46 thousand flu deaths.


On February 29, 2020, Washington State Officials confirmed the first death from coronavirus in the United States. Additional details were not available and health officials will hold a press conference later today.

For more information visit the CDC website:

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