Top 3 Things to Know About COVID-19
Stay Healthy By Staying Informed About COVID-19
1. No One Is Immune
While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity. That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease. Researchers are diligently studying the biology of the virus. However, now, there is no vaccine and no specific treatment for COVID-19.
2. Symptoms & Severity
The disease is believed to be most contagious when people are the most symptomatic, and there may be some spread before people with the virus exhibit symptoms, although this is thought to be minimal. Symptoms can appear anywhere between 2 to 14 days after exposure. Information shows the severity of COVID-19 infection ranges from very mild (sometimes with no reported symptoms at all) to severe to the point of requiring hospitalization. Common symptoms have included fever (of >100.4 F), cough, sore throat in some people, difficulty breathing that can be severe enough to cause people to seek hospital care.
Officials are urging patients to stay home and contact a health care provider (or hospital emergency room) for guidance if they experience fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and if they have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient and/or traveled from a hard-hit area within 14 days of the onset of illness.
3. Preventive Actions
Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Dry them thoroughly with an air dryer or clean towel. If soap isn’t available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol; Stay home if you’re sick Avoid touching nose, eyes, and mouth. Use a tissue to cover a cough or sneeze, then dispose of it in the trash; Use a household wipe or spray to disinfect doorknobs, light switches, desks, keyboards, sinks, toilets, cell phones, and other objects and surfaces that are frequently touched; If you must touch something, use a tissue or sleeve to protect your hand; Have a plan in place if you start to feel ill. This includes planning a way to separate a family member who gets sick from those who are healthy, if the need arises.
Stay healthy and safe, everyone!!