Health Notes April 2020

Health Notes from Judy Jones
Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The COVID-19 coronavirus continues to make headlines. The virus outbreak originated in Wuhan, China, but new cases are being identified in a growing number of countries, now including the U.S. This “Coronavirus” is one of many coronaviruses, part of a large family of viruses that are known to cause respiratory illness in people and animals. They have been around for a long time. Coronaviruses range from the common cold to more severe respiratory diseases as MERS and SARS. COVID-19 stands for COVI – coronavirus, D – disease, 19 – the year the virus was discovered Signs of Coronavirus: chills, body aches, fever, sore throats, runny nose, cough, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness. People with multiple health issues and immunosuppression are more susceptible to infection. If you have had close contact with someone who was confirmed to have a COVID -19 infection and develop a fever or any of the symptoms, the CDC recommends you call your healthcare provider immediately Health experts recommend the following to prevent the spread of a respiratory virus: • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow. Throw used tissues away in the trash. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. • Stay away from people who are sick or not feeling well and avoid close contact with others through hugging, kissing or shaking hands. Instead consider the “elbow bump” air five, slight wave, 2 hand “Namaste” sign. • Maintain a “social distance”. Avoid large crowds. • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, toys and bedside tables etc. • Seek assistance from your doctor or a healthcare professional if you see or experience symptoms that cause concern. • Anyone with a fever should remain at home until they are “fever free” for 24 hours without fever reducing medications. General information: There is a lab test to confirm diagnosis. There is not a specific antiviral treatment available yet, but clinical trials are underway. Because it is a virus, an antibiotic is not helpful. The individual symptoms can be treated to improve comfort. The severely affected may require other forms of supportive care. 

Last Published: April 22, 2020 4:16 PM
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