Cases of COVID-19 have been reported in a growing number of countries, including the U.S. The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic in March 2020. We all need to pitch in to try to prevent cases both within ourselves and our communities.
What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more serious diseases such as pneumonia, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). COVID-19 was originally thought to have spread from animal to person, but person-to-person spread is now occurring.
Methods of prevention.
Protect yourself and others. Stay home if you’re sick, except to get medical care. Put distance between yourself and others to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your community and to protect those who are immunocompromised or at high risk.
Washing Your Hands
Regularly wash your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or with soap and water.
Covering Your Cough
Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
When we stay home it slows down the spread of the virus. This will keep us from exceeding the capacity of our nation’s health care system and allows those who are sick to receive proper care.
Maintain at least 3 feet distance between yourself and anyone in a public space.
Avoid Touching Your Face
Your hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Seeking Help Early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance.
Symptoms of COVID-19.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.
Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention immediately.