Data from the Worldometers have found that On March 20, 2020, there were over 5,854 new cases and 56 new deaths in the United States, and 23% of the US population are quarantined at home for safety reasons.
This pandemic infection is called COVID-19, which is the coronavirus discovered in Wuhan China. This virus is also associated with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the common cold, and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
Because COVID-19 is highly contagious, going to the clinic or hospital for any health care needs might be dangerous. This is mainly because the patients or you could be infected, which puts everyone, including yourself, at risk. Luckily, with GuruMD, people can get access to a healthcare provider at the comfort of their own home.
With that in mind, here are some insights on the coronavirus.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is Known as the coronavirus disease of 2019 is a respiratory illness that is highly contagious and can spread from one person to another. This is a novel virus and was first seen and investigated in Wuhan, China.
Who Can Get COVID-19?
Anyone can get the Coronavirus. However, the risk of infection is higher for people who are in close contact with someone infected.
For example, household members or healthcare workers are at higher risk of infection because they are near individuals who could potentially have the coronavirus.
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How is COVID-19 Spread?
The virus came from an animal source but is now spreading in humans as well. It’s mainly spread between people who are in close contact within 6 feet through respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing. People can also get COVID-19 by touching an object or surface that has the virus on it and then touching their nose, eyes, and mouth.
What Are The Symptoms of COVID-19?
Here are the most common symptoms of coronavirus:
- Breathing difficulty
- Shortness of breath
- Joint or bone pain
- Sore throat
What Are The Risk Factors of COVID-19?
Risk factors for coronavirus include:
- Close contact with someone infected with the virus, such as a healthcare worker or family member.
- Recent travels to locations with widespread COVID-19 as indicated by WHO or CDC
What Are The Complications of COVID-19?
The complication of coronavirus include:
- Organ failure
- Pneumonia in both lungs
How to Diagnose COVID-19?
If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, then it’s best to contact a doctor right away. However, going to the clinic or hospital may put you and other people at risk.
Fortunately, with GuruMD, you can see a board-certified physician on a webcam to check on the severity of the symptoms. The doctor will want to know where you have traveled or if you were exposed to anyone infected.
Based on the symptoms and the interview, the doctor can determine if a test would be appropriate. The provider could send you to a lab to get samples of the nasal, throat, or saliva to find the virus.
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How to Treat COVID-19?
Unfortunately, there is no medication for the coronavirus. Treatment strategies are geared towards alleviating symptoms. The doctor can prescribe pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, cough syrup, another prescription medication to control the symptoms. Keep in mind that getting plenty of rest and drinking fluid can play a significant role in the recovery process.
How To Prevent COVID-19?
Since there are no vaccines available to prevent the infection, people need to take the appropriate steps to reduce the risk. Here are the following tips to help decrease the risk of getting the coronavirus infection:
- Avoid close contact, which means that you should be 6 feet apart from other people and anyone who is sick or symptomatic.
- Avoid large events and mass gatherings.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes if your hands are dirty.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or elbow when you cough or sneeze, then throw away the used tissue or napkin.
- Clean and disinfect the surface daily.
- Avoid glasses, beddings, dishes, and other household items if you are sick.
- Stay at home, and avoid going to public areas like school, work, or anywhere that would put you at risk.
- Avoid taking public transportation; it’s best to use your own car.
- CDC does not recommend that healthy people wear a face mask to protect themselves; however, if a healthcare provider tells you to do so based on symptoms and medical conditions, then it’s best to wear the facemask.
- WHO recommends that people avoid eating raw or undercooked meat or animal organs, and also to avoid contact with live animals that are around areas with high coronavirus outbreak.
- Anyone who decided to travel internationally should check the WHO and CDC website for advice and updates.
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The coronavirus is a mysterious disease. We don’t exactly know where it came from, and there is no vaccine or medication to get rid of it. Because scientists are still unraveling the mystery, people need to have all the right information so they can protect themselves and know what to do in case they get COVID-19.
Because of the advancement of technology, telemedicine has become a hero during the pandemic. Online urgent care clinics like GuruMD can connect you with a licensed board-certified physician that can speak to you through a webcam, so you don’t have to leave your home.
With GuruMD, you won’t have to feel helpless against a pandemic; you can now take control of your life and get the care that you need.