March 9, 2020

What We Know About Coronavirus

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Mary Felt

Prevention

The past few months have been a tough period of time for us all as we are dealing with the Coronavirus. Although this is very serious, we do not want to panic. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that there should be no travel restrictions as the risk of being infected is low in many countries. There are approximately one billion cases of the flu across the globe while there are currently only 287,239 cases of the Coronavirus worldwide. This indicates that it is far more likely to be infected by the flu than by the COVID-19. In order to stay safe and healthy during this difficult time, the CDC recommends that everyone follow the appropriate prevention and treatment steps:

  • Avoid close contact with those who are ill.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 

  • Please stay home if you are feeling ill. 

  • Be sure to cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then be sure to directly throw the tissue in the trash. 

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray. 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

It is also recommended to refrain from touching your face without clean hands as well as utilizing hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol in order to prevent the spread of unwanted germs. 

Treatment

According to the CDC there is currently no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. Therefore, those who have the virus should receive supportive care right away to assist with relieving symptoms. The CDC also recommends that anyone who believes they may have been exposed to the Coronavirus should contact their healthcare provider immediately. The CDC advises that the best prevention is continued preventive behaviors including staying home when ill, trying to cover all coughs and sneezes, frequent hand washing and keeping frequently touched surfaces clean. The CDC also notes that older adults and travelers with underlying health issues should avoid situations that put them at increased risk. 

In order to continue to decrease the spread of COVID-19, it is crucial that everyone remain updated on news regarding the virus as well as maintain the proper precautions listed above. The CDC is working 24/7 to not only provide the most updated information regarding the Coronavirus but to also protect the health of everyone. 

CDC Recommendations

If you are currently healthy, the CDC recommends that you do not wear a face mask to protect yourself from respiratory diseases. It is, however, highly recommended that those who are currently exhibiting symptoms should be wearing face masks in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. It is also vital that those caring for others who are ill such as health workers and individuals looking after those who are showing symptoms wear face masks to prevent further spread of the virus. 

It is recommended that if you think you may be showing symptoms of COVID-19 such as a fever or respiratory illness, be sure to contact your doctor immediately. Through staying healthy, eliminating unnecessary germs and eliminating panic, we will weather this storm together. As stated earlier, the World Health Organization has not placed any travel restrictions. Traveling is continuing to decrease in price due to current conditions. 

 

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