Many people are confused on what coronavirus (COVID-19) actually is and how to properly prevent it from affecting themselves and their loved ones. What methods have been working and what has not? Let’s start by answering the basic questions.
What is Coronavirus (COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2)
The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world. COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness.
How does it spread?
You can become infected by coming into close contact (about 6 feet or 2 arms length) with a person who has COVID-19. COVID-19 is primarily spread from person to person. You can become infected from respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. You may also be able to get it by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
What is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from spreading is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Make sure to stay home as much as possible and is you do decide to leave your home, wear a cloth face covering that covers your mouth and nose in public settings. Stay on top of cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. Lastly, make sure to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contain at least 60% of alcohol.
How many people have been infected so far? How many fatalities?
According to the CDC, the number of people who have been affected so far by the coronavirus, specifically the strand COVID-19, has been almost 1,400,000 cases in the United States. In terms of fatalities that COVID-19 has caused in the United States is about 60,000 cases (as of May 2020).
Are the number of infected patients/deaths decreasing?
All in all, the number of infected patients/deaths are decreasing in the United States significantly. Thankfully, social distancing is working in terms of these numbers and we need to continue to be cautious in order to protect ourselves and others. Many medical experts believe washing hands and being cautious and distancing from those around you, especially those who are sick, have helped flatten the curve.
If you feel as though you are experiencing any symptoms or have been exposed, The Urgent Care is conducting both COVID-19 swabs and COVID-19 antibody tests at all three locations. Our staff at The Urgent Care is dedicated to keeping all of our patients healthy and safe. We have worked to update each of our clinics to provide a safe and clean experience for all of our patients. Our staff is equipped with face masks, shields, gloves, and gowns to protect you, themselves, and help prevent the spread. We also have a new check-in system that separates sick from well patients entering our clinic. Our waiting rooms are closed and any patients with symptoms or signs of COVID-19 must remain in their cars for curbside service. If you have any questions about procedures, pricing, or COVID-19, call The Urgent Care closest to you.