It’s a global epidemic – the coronavirus disease 2019. Here’s what to do now…
Don’t panic. Get educated. In this article, we’ll help you with several things: the symptoms of the coronavirus 2019 and what to do about them, how to prevent the disease, and what to do in the event you do contract the disease, or even think you might have it. If you’re here to learn about the shortages caused by this pandemic, go to this article instead.
The Symptoms of the COVID-19
Symptoms can be mild, severe, or even reach death. Here are three signs that could show up within the first 2-14 days of exposure:
- Shortness of breath
Some of the Emergency Warning Signs can Include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
If you experience any of these emergency signs or the symptoms above, consult your doctor. Do not wait. Do not dismiss any signs as the common cold or flu. Call your doctor.
How to Protect Yourself and Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
Of course, you can’t prevent the disease from spreading. But you can do you part. You can also protect yourself from it.
COVID-19 spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets in coughs and sneezes. Here’s what you can do to keep yourself safe…
- Keep distance between you and others – avoid close contact with those who may be infected
- Use a hand sanitizer
- Wash your hands after EVERYTHING you touch, and before you eat
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, mouth until you’ve washed your hands thoroughly with soap and water
If You Are Sick
First and foremost, if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, call your doctor or healthcare provider to get medical advice. Read the president’s 15 days to stop the spread. Also do the following:
- Stay home – don’t risk spreading the disease
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with tissue – again, you want to avoid spreading this within your community
- Wash your hands with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze
- Wear a facemask in public, and at home if there are others living with you
- Stay away from others and animals
- Clean and disinfect the most touched areas of your home, including tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, toilets, faucets, sinks, keyboards, etc. Be very thorough here.
- If your symptoms worsen – for example, you experience difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately
Most of he impact has been on those who have a pre-existing condition that has weakened their immune system, and the elderly. This does not mean that if you’re generally healthy, you should not take precautions, because it’s better to be preventative, than to have to respond to an illness that could have been avoided.
It’s a good time to stay inside and read a book, or binge a show, or listen to an audio book.
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