During these uncertain times, it is important to know what COVID-19 is and things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy. COVID-19 is a virus that emerged in the city of Wuhan, China. The people of China were got infected and soon the virus spread around the world. The U.S has been infected and continues to spread from state to state more and more every day. Coronavirus in RI has jumped up to 83 cases as of today, according to the Boston Globe.
This virus is still a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads but from what we know so far this virus is spread mainly from person-to-person. The virus spreads from respiratory droplets produced when a person coughs or sneezes. People who are in close contact with one another, roughly around six feet of each other are in danger of having these droplets land in their mouths or noses. Wearing a mask and gloves when around people can keep you protected from contracting the virus.
A frequently asked question about Coronavirus in RI is, can someone spread the virus without being sick? From what we know of the virus, people are seen to be most contagious when they are showing the most symptoms. In some reports, some spread might be possible before showing symptoms, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Another frequently asked question is, who is most at risk for the coronavirus? This virus can infect people of all ages. From the reports so far, elderly people who have pre-existing medical conditions are the ones who are at a higher risk of becoming severely ill from this virus. People of all ages should take the steps to protect themselves from the virus.
People need to follow good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), some ways to protect yourself and others include:
- Washing hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Covering your nose and mouth with disposable tissues or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household who are unwell.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 may appear two to fourteen days after exposure can cause:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Other symptoms can include:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
If you are showing any of these symptoms it is important to contact your doctor right away and get tested for COVID-19. No vaccine is available at this time so it is important to take the steps needed to prevent infection or spread. Recommended precautions include:
- Avoiding large crowds or mass gatherings
- Avoid close contact, about six feet away from anyone who is sick or showing symptoms.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces you often touch on a daily basis.
- Stay home from work, school, public areas if you are sick unless going to medical care.
It is important to stay safe and take precautions to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in RI. Our staff at Performance Adjusting is taking all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus and to keep our staff, clients, and community safe.
Also, take a look at a discussion about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.