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Given the pandemic state of the coronavirus, as healthcare professionals, we believe it is in the best interest of the general public to use our channels of communication to assist in publicizing helpful facts about this virus.
What is the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and some of its known effects?
Based on estimations from healthcare authorities, public health officials and official government agencies, the new coronavirus should NOT be taken lightly. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.” Several types of coronavirus exist, but the newest version is called COVID-19.
According to the CDC, some emergency warning signs that require immediate medical attention include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain, pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse. The CDC recommends contacting your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or may concern you.
COVID-19 symptoms and protecting yourself and others
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and/or shortness of breath and may appear between two and 14 days after an individual is first exposed.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Forces. You may recognize Dr. Fauci’s name from the heightened media coverage he has received for his trusted opinion on the subject.
Dr. Fauci recommends adopting good “social distancing” and a proper hygiene regimen. This means that when out in public, attempt to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others and avoid large gatherings of people. Washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, avoiding shaking hands and using hand sanitizer are all exercises that Dr. Fauci suggests for keeping germs at bay and reducing the chances of contracting or passing COVID-19 to others.
Individuals most at-risk for being affected by COVID-19
Dr. Fauci said in a recent ABC News interview that, “We gotta make sure that the vulnerable ones are the ones we protect — the elderly and those with underlying conditions.” According to the CDC, “Older adults [65 and older] and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19.”
The CDC says some conditions that place individuals of any age category at higher risk include those with medical conditions including chronic lung disease or asthma, diabetes, weakened immune system, extreme obesity and others. For a complete list of medical conditions that may place you at a higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19, please visit the official CDC website.
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