Your Grace Health Team understands your concern and fears. We are all in this together. We know that there is a lot of mixed information out there and that can lead to confusion.
One important consideration is to choose reliable information sources. We would recommend you visit the websites of The Centers for Disease Control and the North Carolina Division of Health and Human Services. These sites will provide you with accurate and up to date information.
The coronavirus is new to everyone and new information is constantly shared in the news as we learn more about how the virus affects our population. For example, healthcare workers are getting updated daily on the best way to care for our patients.
Symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Symptoms are similar to the flu; fever, body aches, cough, shortness of breath although it can present with milder symptoms or more severe symptoms.
What to do if you get sick and think you may have the Coronavirus: if you get sick and are concerned contact your primary care provider.
Prevention and Treatment
The best way to prevent catching the virus is to avoid contact with someone who has the virus. This is why it is so important for everyone to adhere to the recommendations of physical distancing. The virus is highly contagious. Please stay at home.
Additional Steps to Prevent Transmission of the Virus
- Frequent hand-washing for at least 20-30 seconds with soapy water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your face when coughing or sneezing and discard tissues immediately.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces in your house 2-3 times a week, even if no one in your home is sick. Increase cleaning frequency to daily if anyone in the house is sick. This includes door knobs, handles, cabinets, faucets, remote controls, telephones, tablets, keyboards, toilets, sinks, and light switches.
Use of Cloth Face Masks – New Recommendations from the CDC
While still encouraging everyone to stay at home and maintain physical distance, the Centers for Disease Control recently announced new recommendations encouraging people who aren’t sick to wear cloth masks in certain situations.
If you are interested in making your own cloth masks at home, here are a few templates to get you started.
We hope this information helps. Please stay safe during this difficult time. If you have further questions speak with your healthcare provider.Tags: Cloth Face Masks, COVID-19, Health