Coronavirus: The Facts and What You Need To Know
Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19, has been talked about in the news, discussed on social media, and written about in Blogs in recent weeks. We’re sure that you have questions about the Coronavirus outbreak, and we want to help answer them.
- What is Coronavirus Covid-19?
- Should I be worried about contracting Coronavirus?
- What are the best precautions to take against Coronavirus for my family and me?
- What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
- If I suspect I have Coronavirus, what should I do?
While these are just a small sampling of the questions we have seen asked, these are ones that are most frequently asked. Today we want to give you Coronavirus facts that help answer these questions and helpful tips to keep your family healthy and safe.
What is Coronavirus Covid-19?
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that range from the common cold to a more severe respiratory disease. Covid-19 (COVI for coronavirus, “D” for “disease,” and “19” for the year it was identified) is the new Coronavirus that started the outbreak in China.
If you were able to see the virus, what you would see is a miniature tennis ball with a bunch of spikes coming out from it, and these spikes can attach to certain places. Let’s say the spike attaches to your nostril, you might experience symptoms of a common cold. But if the spike attaches to cells inside your lungs, which is what Covid-19 wants to do, then it programs itself to reproduce and essentially overtake the healthy cells. When this happens, the patient can experience much worse symptoms.
Should I be worried about contracting Coronavirus?
Just like with influenza, there is always the possibility of contracting an illness. But there are ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from Covid-19. The best protection is to avoid being exposed to the illness in the first place.
Other precautions to take against Coronavirus include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough and sneeze.
- Do not touch your face with your hands.
- Clean and disinfect doorknobs, faucets, and other regularly touched items.
- Wash your hands often with antibacterial soap but especially before eating, after using the restroom, after sneezing or coughing, and after being in a public location.
How does Coronavirus spread?
Coronavirus is spread by droplets such as sneezes and coughs. Try to avoid people that are sneezing or coughing and keep your hands away from your face. Some people have considered a face mask in hopes to keep the virus away. Most face masks that the public can buy have leaks that will allow droplets through. Masks should be worn if you are sick to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
The symptoms of Coronavirus vary from person to person. Symptoms can present as soon as two days from exposure to as long as fourteen days after exposure.
There have been mild cases that resolve quickly, and there have been severe cases that have resulted in death. Most people have experienced a cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Coronavirus has turned into pneumonia and severe upper respiratory illness quickly.
I have recently traveled, what should I do?
If you recently traveled and you feel fine, do nothing. If you have recently traveled and become sick, you should take the necessary steps to ensure that you do not spread the illness to others.
Restrict your out of home activities to seeking medical care only. If you make an appointment to see your doctor, inform them that you may have Covid-19 so they can take the proper precautions for your arrival. If you are home, separate yourself from other people and from your pets. Should an emergency arise and you need to call 911, make sure that you inform the dispatcher that you may have been exposed to Coronavirus.
Just like with any illness, proper precautions can limit the spread. The most important thing that you can do to help stop the spread is to wash your hands often.
To follow new developments regarding the Coronavirus outbreak, check the CDC website where you will find updated information on this evolving situation.
Atlanta-based LifeBrite, led by CEO Christian Fletcher, operates LifeBrite Laboratories and LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes. To learn more about Lifebrite Community Hospital of Early, visit our homepage.