As the number of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection increase in the United States, more state and local governments are calling for some form of “stay at home” orders. In order to help “flatten the curve” of coronavirus infections, staying home has proven to be helpful in slowing the spread of the virus. Coronavirus (COVID-19) causes flu-like symptoms that include a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. It is spread mainly from person-to-person, particularly in people less than six feet apart. It is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses, or be inhaled into the lungs, of people who are nearby.
Slowing the Spread
The coronavirus (COVID-19) affects everyone across the age spectrum. Older adults and people of any age with certain severe underlying medical conditions like lung disease, heart disease, or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications. These individuals should seek medical care as soon as they notice symptoms. Staying home is also important because in some cases there are no symptoms, which could mean you have COVID-19 and are unaware.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus (COVID-19), so the best method of prevention is to avoid exposure. Hence the multiple orders to stay home and social distancing guidelines. To flatten the curve of COVID-19, close contact must be avoided. The only way this can be accomplished is by everyone participating and maintaining the appropriate distance of six feet away from others.
To stay home properly, people must plan and obtain adequate food and supplies. It is important to remember that people can go to grocery stores, doctor appointments, and other appointments that are considered essential. Ensure that there is at least a six-foot distance between yourself and others to help decrease any person-to-person contact. If a person is sick from something other than the virus, stay home and use face masks, if needed. Coughing or sneezing should be done into a tissue, and that tissue should be discarded appropriately. Hands must then be cleaned with soap and water or sanitized with alcohol gel.
If everyone does their part and participates in the recommended CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many more of us will survive this challenging time. It will take everyone making some adjustments and sacrifices so we can weather this and get back to “normal” as quickly as possible.