As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be declared as a global health emergency, everyone one of us is facing the challenge of adapting to the new normality: reopening of the economy while preventing COVID from spreading.
The pandemic is one of those circumstances where we cannot expect authorities to instantly fix the situation. A lot of the success to diminish the spread of COVID will come from how well can citizens self-organize and come together in solidarity with each other.
In this article, we will talk about measures to help you adapt and have a better response in critical situations, such as in the current pandemic.
Follow the CDC recommendations
Unfortunately, misinformation has been spreading as quickly as the novel coronavirus. Although it sounds trivial, the best thing to do to remain safe during a pandemic is to follow the recommendations from official health authorities, such as the CDC.
Here are some of the CDC recommendations to avoid getting coronavirus:
- Wash your hands often. Use soap and water to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use a hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol.
- Practice social distancing. Try to maintain a distance of 6 feet between yourself and people who don’t live in your household. Keep in mind that asymptomatic people can also transmit COVID-19.
- Use a face mask in public spaces. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth mask to protect yourself and others. Continue to practice social distancing while wearing a mask.
- Clean and disinfect. Clean and disinfect surfaces of frequent use. For example, doorknobs, phones, faucets, sinks, and light switches.
- Avoid touching your face. Avoid touching your eyes, nostrils, or mouth if you haven’t washed your hands.
Monitoring your health and seeking emergency medical attention
Most people are expected to experience mild symptoms of illness. Therefore, it is critical to be alert and monitor your health on a regular basis — especially if you frequently leave your house.
Make sure to take your temperature if you develop COVID-19 symptoms. Mild symptoms of COVID-19 illness include but are not limited to:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Loss of smell or taste
- Vomit or Diarrhea
- Sore throat
- Sore muscles
- Congestion or runny nose
Reach out immediately to a healthcare provider if your symptoms become severe. Some examples of severe symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Persistent chest pain
- Trouble breathing
- Trouble to stay awake
- Lips or face turning bluish
Get prepared if you get sick
Unless you are experiencing severe complications of COVID-19, your local health authorities will require you to recover at home. Your healthcare provider shall also guide you on how to get a COVID test.
In case you result positive for COVID testing, anticipate having a small stock of the following supplies for your home recovery:
- Cleaning supplies. Any necessary items to clean and disinfect the bedroom where the ill person will recover. Including bleach, laundry detergent, hand soap, hand sanitizer.
- Medical supplies. Over-the-counter medicines may help you relieve the discomfort of the symptoms.
- Nutrition supplies. From vitamins to healthy foods to help nurture your body during recovery.
- Safety items. Accessories for you or other members of your household to protect themselves and avoid infecting each other. Such as face masks and gloves (to manage or clean contaminated surfaces).
At BASS Urgent Care, we are committed to providing the best medical attention to patients with COVID-19. Reach out to us today if you have any doubts regarding COVID19. We are here to help.