Here is information outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and steps you can take to protect yourself and others during the COVID-19 outbreak.
• The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person aerosolized. Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19.
• There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.
• The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
◦ Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
◦ These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
◦ Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
. Stay home as much as possible.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Evidence based medicine indicates that room ventilation, open space, sanitization of protective apparel, and proper use and disinfection of toilet areas can effectively limit the concentration of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in aerosols. In the office we are already doing this between each patient seen.
The latest information from the CDC advises you to wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.
Cloth coverings should be routinely washed in a washing machine.
Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.
Keep your home clean
• Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
• If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Additional advice from Dr. von Tobel
If you currently are taking an Ace-inhibitors such as Lisinopril and have any cold symptoms, you should speak with your PCP immediately about holding or changing the medication.
You should take a multivitamin as well as vitamin C with Zinc. And you should keep yourself well hydrated with a common sports drink. COVID-19 positive patients can take up to 2 grams a day of Tylenol but must avoid drinking alcohol.
If you have to go out and do not have a face mask, wear glasses or sunglasses to prevent touching the eyes and face When you return home strip down in a garage and put clothes directly into the washer and wash at high temp and shower with soap extensively.
All people 65 years old and older and those who are immunocompromised or have significant medical issues such as COPD, diabetes and autoimmune disorders should stay home. Furthermore, non-essential businesses have been ordered to close.
If you are a smoker during the COVID-19 pandemic you are greatly decreasing your chances to survive this virus, so now is the time to stop. You can call Tobacco Free Florida at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW (1-877-822-6669) to speak with a trained Quit Coach who will help you assess your addiction and help you create a personalized quit plan.
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