By now we are all very familiar with COVID-19, aka Coronavirus. We've all experienced a full range of emotions. Dismissal, acceptance, fear, boredom at home, some have reached complacement, and even anger. But knowledge is power! The more you know, the better you can take care of yourself.
So, What is COVID-19 exactly? According to Healthline.com, a Coronavirus is a large group of viruses that can affect bird and mammals, including humans. "Coronaviruses are named for the spiky projections on their surface. These resemble the points on a crown. Corona means “crown” in Latin. There are hundreds of coronaviruses, but only seven that are known to affect humans. Four of them cause mild cold or flu-like symptoms, while the other three include more severe symptoms. All seven cause respiratory infections.
The virus that originated in China in 2019 is a new coronavirus that likely evolved from an animal source. It’s been named SARS-CoV-2. "SARS-CoV-2 causes the illness known as COVID-19. It’s dangerous because it’s transmitted easily from person-to-person, whether or not the person is exhibiting symptoms."
Do I have COVID-19?
SYMPTOMS of Covid-19 include:
Primary Symptoms- Cough, fever, shortness of breath, & fatigue.
Secondary Symptoms: sore throat, nasal congestion, muscle aches and pains, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, headache, & chills.
How to Protect Myself
* Stay at home when possible. According to the CDC, the best way to avoid getting COVID-19 is to avoid those that may be sick or asymptomatic.
* Practice Social Distancing.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hand
* Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
* Wear a cloth mask when out in public
Who is considered high risk to the virus?
People over 65 years old
people with compromised immune systems
Individuals who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
Why is COVID-19 such a big deal?
COVID-19 is a new strain of coronaviorus that has not previously been identified in humans and is spread easily through physical contact even if the person carrying it is asymptomatic.
Advice for Caregivers
To help others:
Always follow doctors orders!
Give medicines as prescribed. Administer over the counter medicines as needed to help with symptoms such as a fever such as acetaminophen (Tylenol).
Make sure they get plenty of fluids!
Help with any chores or errands needed such as grocery shopping, picking up around the house, and providing them with basic needs while they rest.
Take care of any pets.
Keep the doctor's phone number handy in case of any questions.
Check this list for symptoms and when to call the doctor, or call if symptoms worsen
EMERGENCY ATTENTION: Call 911 if nay of these symptoms occur:
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
Inability to wake or stay awake
Bluish lips or face
Check the CDC website for any other signs or ask your doctor.
To Help Protect Yourself:
Wear protective equipment
Use a separate restroom
Eat in separate rooms
WASH YOUR HANDS often!
There are many more guidelines provided by the CDC. Go to their website for full instructions. None of this information should be used to replace a doctor's order.
Neighborhood Home Care is here to care for you and your loved ones. We are taking safety precautions to protect the health of those we care for, including our caregivers.