COVID-19 is a disease that was first identified in late December, 2019 in Wuhan, China. It is likely to have come from infected animals, and then spread to humans. Significant respiratory problems can be caused by the virus, particularly in people with medical problems, compromised immunity, and elderly people (aged 60 and older).
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-9 the cause of a worldwide pandemic as of March 11, 2020.There are some cases of Covid that have resulted in fatal infections. As of 11/16/20, the current mortality rate (death rate) in the United States is around 2.3%.
- The most basic way to reduce your risk of contracting Covid is to utilize frequent hand washing, wear a medical quality mask when in public, maintain social distancing when in public, maintaining a distance of 3-6 feet from others at all times.
- If possible, work from home and avoid all major crowds, public parks, and public transportation.
- Stop shaking hands, kissing or embracing; instead, try a hand wave or a smile.
- If possible avoid touching your nose, your eyes, or your mouth, unless you have just washed your hands. Pay attention and keep your hands off of your face in general. Try to keep in mind that your hands are always touching dirty surfaces, and you can contract covid easily through anywhere on your face.
- Try to clean areas that are touched often such as tables, desks, toilets, doorknobs, light switches, faucets, and sinks using a disinfectant cleaner that works specifically for the surface you are cleaning.
- Stop sharing food… with anybody. Even with your kids. Especially with your kids. Make sure your children understand why and are doing the same. Don’t share any kitchen items such as forks, dishes, drinking glasses, or napkins—even the people in your home. Scrub all kitchen items completely after each use with hot water and soap, (or put them in the dishwasher).
- Avoid travel unless it is absolutely necessary.
- Prepare ahead of time for your needs in case you’ll need to stay home for an extended period. Make sure you are stocked on groceries, medications, or other household items on hand.
- Have a plan if you get sick.
- Talk to someone who can help you if you get sick. Try to plan ahead for someone who could possibly cook or deliver your meals, run errands if you need it, or even take care of you, if you need help with activities of daily living.
High Risk Individuals
It is recommended that individuals who are at a higher risk of having COVID-19 should take extra precautions to stay healthy. This high risk list includes:
Individuals over 60 years of age
People with cardiac disease, such as Congestive Heart Failure, or recent Heart Attack
People with diabetes
People with respiratory conditions, including asthma
Anyone taking medications that cause immune system suppression, such as steroids or medicines that are used when someone has received a donated organ
Do not fly if you are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. Traveling will expose you to anyone who may be infected with it. Make sure that if you happen to get ill, you have a strategy ready. Speak to your friends and family for help, or you can sign up for a meal delivery service that is mobile or online. There are groups online that you can contact to seek out help, and if you belong to a church or other center of worship, you should contact them to see if they provide any help for the home-bound.
Where can I find a covid-19 test near me?
Contact your local health department or personal physician to locate covid testing. There are mail-in tests available to get tested for Covid. In some cases, your workplace may also offer testing.