Facts about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
GET THE FACTS:
Resources from the CDC
- General Information About Coronavirus
- How to Protect Yourself
- Take Action to Reduce Your Risk of Getting Sick
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How is COVID-19 different from other viruses?
Simply, it’s new. Coronavirus is a new strain of an old virus. Because of that, we have not created any natural immunity against it. This is the same with new strains of flu and other respiratory viruses.
How concerned should you be?
For most healthy people, COVID-19 is like any other respiratory virus causing mild to moderate illness that your body will fight off on its own.
People of all ages can be affected by the Coronavirus. However, people with pre-existing health conditions appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill from the virus, and potentially developing secondary infections such as pneumonia.
What can I do to prevent myself and others from getting sick?
Good handwashing is your best defense against contracting a virus. Ensure that you are washing your hands properly with an antibacterial soap and a good 20 second scrub before rinsing. Wash several times throughout the day including before you eat and drink. Hand sanitizer is effective when you cannot easily wash your hands—however, soap and warm water is best.
Avoid touching your face.
Masks have NOT been proven beneficial in reducing the risk of contracting the virus, and should be reserved for those who really need them for reasons other than this outbreak.
What should I do if I’ve been exposed?
Call your doctor!
It takes between 2-14 days for someone to develop a fever after contracting the virus. During that time, it’s possible to transmit it to others, which is why it’s so important to call your doctor if you think you may have been exposed.
Coronavirus Response at Hematology Oncology Associates
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