Friday, November 26, 2021

What is the Coronavirus, What are the Symptoms and When to See a Doctor?

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*As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the US, there remains confusion and misinformation, about the potentially deadly virus.  

Inquiring minds want to know: How is the virus spread? How long does the virus live on surfaces? Can pets be carriers? Are children immune?

One of the best ways to not get infected is to not touch your face.

“If you touch a contaminated surface and then touch your face, that’s a great route for the virus to get into your nose, eyes and mouth,” said Dr. Vanessa Raabe, an infectious disease specialist at NYU Langone Health.

Dr. Raabe also noted that children are immune to the coronavirus. “Children can get the virus but they don’t seem to get as sick as adults,” she said.

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Dr. Raabe added, “Viruses keep to their own species,” so you don’t have to worry about catching the virus from an animal, as “There’s no evidence that cats or dogs carry the virus,” she said. 

The virus can survive for a few days on surfaces but it can easily be killed with household disinfectants, experts says. 

So how can you tell if you have the virus? And when should you see a doctor?

Symptoms of the coronavirus are similar to the common cold or the flu — fever, cough, runny nose, which can be managed with over-the-counter drugs. But if the fever persists, and you experience shortness of breath and lethargy —it’s time to call your doctor.

Via New York Post:

Older people and those with underlying health conditions like diabetes, heart disease or chronic lung disease are more at risk for severe illness. If you fall under those categories and feel seriously ill, you should seek medical attention.

If you or someone you’re caring for is in dire condition — such as very short on breath, minimally responsive or unresponsive, looks blue or ashen or has low blood pressure — then call 911. 

Importantly, to prevent getting sick at all, the CDC recommends avoiding people who are showing symptoms; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; and washing your hands thoroughly and frequently. This means washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also suggests seeking medical care if you have been in contact with a person who COVID-19 (coronavirus) or you’ve traveled to or live in an area with an outbreak.

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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