Prevention is the best medicine for the Coronavirus!

Daily in the news media we have heard about the spread of the Coronavirus. The Coronavirus is a respiratory virus that is spread by droplets as we cough and breathe. Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  The best way to prevent illness is avoid being exposed to this virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following in preventing the spread of respiratory diseases such as the Coronavirus:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid, when out in the community, touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick. The symptoms of Coronavirus are similar to the flu with runny nose, cough and sneezing, fever and body aches, and headache, but progresses to pneumonia more quickly, especially for adults.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • The following is the CDC’s guidelines for using a facemask:
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health care workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or healthcare facility).
  • WASH YOUR HANDS often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment for the Coronavirus. Supportive treatment includes taking care of the symptoms and supporting the respiratory system. If you think you have been exposed to the Coronavirus see your healthcare provider. Our Deaconess nurses can help you decide whether or not you should see a healthcare provider.