• Karen McPhail

Coronavirus Concerns Continue- What you Really Need to Know!

Everyone is still talking about the Coronavirus and concerns seem to be mounting with more cases being identified each week and the first death outside of China recently being reported. Many individuals are beginning to panic over the coronavirus and need to have a better understanding of its true impact and necessary precautions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring this outbreak and have in place precautionary measures for travelers and those returning from the effected areas of China. The CDC and local health departments deem the current risk to Americans to be low at this time; so no one should panic. However, irrespective, precautions should be take to prevent the spread of all communicable diseases especially during peak times such as these:

Take precautions by doing the following:

  • Wash your hands often.

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

  • Maintain your health by staying hydrated and eating healthy foods.

  • Avoid those who are obviously ill!

  • Support healthy sleep patterns, limit fatigue, and ensure that you are getting enough sleep each night.

  • Try to decrease anxiety and stress as they lead to illness and put your immune system at risk.

  • Do not report to work or other activities if ill.

  • Those who have a loved one in a care community - do not visit the care community if you have any signs of illness. Use good hand washing before, as needed during, and after all visits is essential.

  • Individuals who become ill should promptly consult with their primary care physician and seek medical attention promptly. Reach out if you need guidance on an inclusive care provider!

  • Individuals experiencing a fever, with or without respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath), again seek medical attention promptly and avoid exposure to others especially if you have traveled to Wuhan City within the past 14 days.

  • Anyone exhibiting symptoms of a communicable disease is advised to remain at home and avoid others for the entire illness period and for at least 24 hours after symptoms abate.

  • Ensure that you get a flu vaccine each year and a booster when advised.

  • Obtain a Pneumococcal vaccine as advised by your primary care physician.

* The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. Flu shots are available in many locations including primary care physicians and local pharmacies.

Individuals scheduled to travel to China should monitor closely and observe the CDC travel precautions for China and remain away from Wuhan City. Do not travel to China at this time.

For more CDC information about the 2019 coronavirus:

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