COVID-19: Everything You Should Know
It’s hard to read anything on the internet today without hearing something about COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus. People are canceling trips, stockpiling hand sanitizer and masks, and scoffing at anyone who so much as sniffles in public. There’s a lot of information about it out there – but there’s also a lot of misinformation.
Here is everything you need to know about COVID-19.
What Is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is part of the coronavirus family. Some of these viruses affect humans, while others can cause illness in animals. In rare cases, the virus can be transmitted from animals to humans: this is suspected to have occurred with COVID-19 as well as MERS and SARS.
COVID-19 is a new virus, and much still needs to be learned about it. However, as of right now, it is assumed to be transmitted between people in close contact or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
It is also possible that it can be transmitted by touching surfaces that have the virus on them and then touching your face.
Like other similar respiratory infections, the spread of COVID-19 may be possible before a person becomes symptomatic.
The virus seems to be moderately to highly contagious, spreading easily in affected areas. So far, there have been mass quarantines imposed in China, Italy, and Spain.
Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19
The signs and symptoms of COVID-19 appear to be similar to those of the flu and pneumonia:
- Shortness of breath
These symptoms are shown to appear between 2 and 14 days of exposure to the virus. Again, there is not much historical data to base this on, but it appears to be a similar incubation period to MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome)-CoV.
Since the symptoms of COVID-19 are so few and similar to other respiratory diseases, it is important to rule out other potential diseases. Do not go to the doctor’s office or the hospital – call your doctor and let them know that you suspect you may have COVID-19 or another respiratory disease. They will let you know if you should come in for testing or if you should take other steps.
Steps to Take If You Think You May Have COVID-19
If you think you may have COVID-19, it is imperative to slow the spread as much as possible by taking these steps:
- If symptoms are mild, self-quarantine at home. Do not go into public areas unless you have been advised to by doctors to get medical care. Avoid public transportation
- Stay away from others by staying in one room of your home and limit contact with animals and pets. It is not known if the disease can transfer to animals, but it is better to be safe
- If you need to see a doctor, call ahead and tell them that you suspect you may have COVID-19. This helps them take precautions to limit the spread of the disease
- If you are sick or exhibiting symptoms, wear a face mask whenever coming in contact with others. It is best to avoid contact with others, but if it is necessary, protect them by wearing a mask and regularly washing your hands with soap and water. (It is not proven that people who are well can be protected from the disease by using a face mask. However, people showing symptoms of COVID-19 can use face masks to prevent the spread of the disease to others)
- Do not share personal household items such as dishes, glasses, utensils, or bedding with others. Thoroughly wash these items immediately after use
- Clean surfaces regularly with disinfectant
- Monitor symptoms carefully and seek medical attention if your condition worsens (e.g., you have difficulty breathing)
- Stay at home isolated until directed by a healthcare professional to leave
Treatment and Prevention
Unfortunately, since the virus is novel, there is no vaccine to prevent the disease. The primary method of prevention is to avoid exposure. Take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 just as with any other easily communicable disease:
- Wash your hands as often as possible
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Do not touch any area of the face, nose, eyes, or mouth
- Stay at home if you have any symptoms or have been in contact with someone who does
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash immediately and wash your hands
- Disinfect objects in the home that are touched frequently. According to the CDC, the virus can live on uncleaned surfaces for up to 7 days
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