March 16, 2020
As a medical resource company, we want you to know that we care deeply about your safety, whether you are at home, at a clinic, at work, or traveling.
Coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, often presents as just a typical cold or flu but COVID-19 can progress and develop into a much more serious illness. The symptoms tend to show up anywhere between 2 and 11 days after exposure, but can possibly show up as late as 14 days. The following are the usual symptoms:
The COVID-19 illness may start with a sore throat that then quickly moves into the chest and becomes a dry cough with fever and shortness of breath. If you develop a runny nose, a sinus congestion and a headache, these are not the typical symptoms of COVID-19.
Some individuals who contract COVID - 19 do not have significant symptoms nor a life-threatening illness. However, if you develop a fever and dry cough which progresses to shortness of breath, a feeling of pressure and tightness in the chest, or bluish lips, you may be in the group of patients who are developing the much more serious COVID-19 illness and you should seek immediate medical attention. A change in mental status or dizziness and confusion may also be a sign of the more serious infection.
Many of our patients and customers, or their family members, fit into the “high risk” category for any infection but are especially at risk for COVID-19 in this time of a pandemic. You may also be at risk for other common flu and cold viruses and we want to provide you with information to help you to minimize your risk and to maximize your protection during this time of uncertainty.
Medical experts believe that the virus is spread from person to person. This usually occurs between people who are in close contact with one another, within about 6 feet. Even though the cough from a COVID-19 infection tends to be dry, fine infective droplets are still produced by coughing and sneezing.. The droplets can either land on the mouth or nose of people nearby, or they can possibly be inhaled into the lungs, or the droplets can land on other surfaces that are then touched by or picked up by nearby people.
How to best protect yourself.
What should you do if you feel sick? The CDC recommends the following steps:
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