The latest strain of coronavirus is officially a national emergency in the United States. There is a lot of anxiety revolving around the illness, which is better known as COVID-19. The tension is even greater given the number of show cancellations and other social restrictions. There are things that you and your family should know about COVID-19, which may ease your fears. Here are five things you should know about the pandemic.
1. Coronavirus is not a singular disease
The general public references COVID-19 as “the coronavirus.” In actuality, coronavirus refers to a cluster of viruses that may lead to other diseases, such as those related to respiratory complications. COVID-19 is presently considered a severe strain of coronavirus that could lead to death.
2. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to those of the flu
Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 have reported feelings of fatigue along with dry coughs as well as fever. Some did not immediately seek medical attention following these symptoms because of the signs of influenza, which are also coughs, fatigue, and fever.
3. Testing is available for COVID-19
There is currently no vaccination available to cure COVID-19. You can, however, undergo laboratory testing to determine if you have the illness. Individuals with Medicare do not have to pay out-of-pocket for testing and treatment related to the current pandemic.
4. Elderly persons and those with compromised immune systems are at a greater risk of developing the illness
Individuals over the age of 65-years-old and those with compromised immune systems may find themselves more susceptible to COVID-19. Children and adults with generally healthy immune systems may not develop the condition at such a rapid rate. It is important, however, for everyone to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
5. Cleanliness is the best defense
Washing your hands regularly and using hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available is the best defense against COVID-19. You should also make use of bleach, whether tablets or liquid, in your home to lower the potential for contracting the illness.
The Trump administration has partnered with private sectors such as Walgreens, CVS, and Wal-Mart to administer drive-thru testing sites for COVID-19. These resources should be available to the public in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more coronavirus updates!