The past few weeks the fears and anxiety over the Corona Virus (COVID-19) is rising. It is important to have some knowledge on what we are dealing with. These are some common questions that have been circulating and I thought from a physician stand point I would share some information and helpful tips on how to prepare.
The World Health Organization announced Tuesday that “global mortality rate from corona virus was 3.4%. The death rate so far which includes more than 3,000 deaths- is many times higher than the mortality rate of the seasonal flu, which is 0.1%”
How does the Corona Virus Spread (COVID-19)?
- Mainly person to person who are in close contact (at least 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when the sick individual coughs or sneezes.
- It can also be spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects.
How does the Corona Virus Present?
- Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness, there are many reported deaths from this as well.
- Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fevers, cough, and shortness of breath
How to prevent yourself from getting it?Avoid
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% >alcohol. Here are some hand washing recommendations given by the CDC.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks only to be used by those showing the symptoms.
What to do if you suspect you have COVID-19?
- Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening or you suspect you have the virus (e.g., difficulty breathing).
- Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.
- Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.
- Your healthcare provider will call the local or state health department.
How to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic?
- Although soap and water is the most effective way to clean your hands, important to have some hand wipes available such as antibacterial hand wipes on us when traveling or even going out with your family. Unfortunately Amazon and Walmart are sold out, but if you can check your local pharmacy, super market, etc please get some to have with you.
- Lysol wipes and surface wipes are helpful to have as well.
- Prescription medication you’re taking to have at least 2-3 months worth at home.
- Stocking up on children’s cold medication (Tylenol and Motrin) and adult cold medication can be helpful as well.
- Pets Medication and Food In Bulk
- Emergency First Aid Kits
- Flash lights, Bandages, Phone Chargers
- Feminine Care Products
- Non-perishable foods such as canned foods, frozen foods, pastas, etc. If the virus does become more serious here, there will be quarantines two weeks or more.What can we expect?
- Global recession is very possible and shortages in some products
- Daily life like travel, public gatherings will be limited and cancelled.
- Could last for a few months, that much is unknown
Please stay calm, but if you’re sick or someone in your house is sick stay home, minimize handshakes and hugs with others, reduce your trips out of the house.
Share with us any thoughts or tips you may have as well! Stay safe and healthy!