COVID-19: What You Should Know

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COVID-19: What You Should Know

 

You’ve most likely heard the name “COVID-19” discussed nonstop recently. It’s important to stay up-to-date on recent information and discoveries during this difficult time to be informed. Having a general knowledge of the disease first is crucial to keeping yourself and others safe. Keep reading to learn the basics of what COVID-19 is, how you can keep yourself and others stay safe, what to do if you feel sick and ways to boost your immune system.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an abbreviation for the disease named “coronavirus disease 2019.” This is a respiratory disease that spreads from person-to-person, and poses a serious public health risk. The coronavirus can cause mild to severe illness, and those at a higher risk for developing more serious complications are older adults and those with severe underlying medical conditions. COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person through close contact (within 6 feet) and from droplets of an infected person’s coughs or sneezes. Many, such as the CDC, federal government, health partners and more, are working to respond and take action in this uncertain situation.

 

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath

 

The CDC considers the following symptoms to be “emergency warning signs,” and those experiencing these symptoms are advised to seek medical attention immediately.

  • Bluish lips or face
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

 

How can you protect yourself and others?

Although there is no current vaccine to prevent COVID-19, there are other precautions you can take to help avoid the disease and prevent the spread to others.

Protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with others by practicing social distancing

 

Protect others:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect areas that are frequently touched
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Practice social distancing

 

What do you do if you are sick?

If you’re sick, it’s important to stay home unless you’re seeking medical attention. In that case, be sure to call your doctor ahead of time and let them know you have symptoms of COVID-19 so they can prepare to protect themselves and others before you come in. Practice good hygiene, especially washing your hands, and cover your coughs and sneezes. Along with practicing social distancing, you should stay away from others in your house as well - this is called home isolation. Continue to monitor your symptoms and contact your doctor if you develop any emergency warning signs for COVID-19.

 

How can you boost your immune system?

There are many ways to boost your immune system during this time. Keep in mind that no supplement or practice will cure or prevent disease, and there aren't any research-supported supplements to protect against COVID-19 specifically. Implement these basic practices into your life to help boost your immune system:

  • Limit stress
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet
  • Stay active
  • Get enough quality sleep

 

The following few supplements are known to be immune-system boosters:

  • Elderberry
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Zinc

 

We understand these uncertain times can be scary and seem out of our control. That’s why we want to keep you informed so you can feel better and more prepared for the situation. If we all practice these preventative measures and do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, we can get through this. Stay informed, but most importantly, take necessary precaution and stay positive!

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