Coronavirus Health: What You Should Know about COVID-19

As you may know by now, the coronavirus / COVID-19 is sweeping the globe, and FAST. We’ve passed 300,000 confirmed cases, and the death toll has reached 10,000. Supplies are low, including protective gear for those on the front lines, sacrificing their health to treat the inflicted. Now more than ever, we each need to do our part in coronavirus health to slow the spread. We can still beat this.

Prevent the spread of coronavirus

COVID-19 spreads between people within about six feet of each other. Little respiratory droplets from coughs or sneezes spread the disease. You can also get it by touching an infected object or surface and then touching your own mouth, nose or eyes.

We don’t know yet if the virus can spread through food or water.

What this means is that it is imperative that you avoid close proximity to others, and especially avoid crowds or gatherings of more than ten people. If you must go out, protect yourself with a mask. If you’re infected, wear one for the benefit of others.

No one is immune

Anyone can contracted the disease. Although, not everybody responds to the virus equally. And not everyone shows symptoms right away.

What this means is that you could have mild or no symptoms and still carry it. For this reason, even if you don’t think you have coronavirus, take precaution and do your part to protect others:

  1. Avoid groups of 10 or more
  2. Wear a mask if you must go out
  3. Wash your hands after everything
  4. Turn away, and into your elbow if you must sneeze or cough

At home, disinfect your house and keep frequently touched surfaces like faucets, countertops, toilets, etc, clean and wiped down. Wash your hands. And stay at least 6 feet away from others who may or may not be infected.

At this time there is no vaccine to prevent you from contracting the illness, but trials have begun

There is no treatment for the coronavirus disease

While the symptoms can be treated, there is no cure for the disease. Further, as it is a virus, you cannot use an antibiotic to treat it.

Most people with COVID-19, have mild cases and are usually able to sequester themselves for the duration of the illness. Recovery time can take about 2 weeks for mild cases. For the more severe infections, it can be 3-6 weeks.

The incubation period could be 2 – 14 days. Again, the reason why it’s important to practice social distancing – because anyone could be carrying the virus and not know it.

Symptoms resemble those of other respiratory infections, including

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

Symptoms in children are similar to adults, however, children tend to have mild cases, reporting cold-like symptoms: fever, runny nose, cough, and in some cases, diarrhea and vomiting.

Emergency warning signs include

  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

Those who are most at risk are people with pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease. These adults can be any age.

If you think you’re sick

You may or may not need to get tested. Call your doctor and tell them what you’re experiencing. They will tell you if you need to go in. If you experience any emergency warning signs, talk to your healthcare provider immediately.

Let us know if this coronavirus health update was helpful, and if there’s anything else we should talk about here. Did you have other questions or concerns? What is your greatest fear regarding this pandemic? Let us know in the comments below.

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