Taking consistent coronavirus precautions is crucial for avoiding another outbreak. For individuals, it means covering their mouth and nose in public, washing their hands, cleaning commonly touched surfaces, and continued social distancing. Businesses must establish protocol for all of those coronavirus precautions as well as follow local reopening guidelines.
But knowing where to start with coronavirus precautions can be challenging. Here are a few things to keep in mind, along with speaking with your physician, checking the CDC website, and staying up-to-date with local developments.
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Taking precautions against coronavirus is critical because there is no cure”— meaning treatment or vaccine — for this novel virus.
The severity of coronavirus cases varies widely between individuals based on a variety of factors researchers are rushing to understand, and recovery rates typically depend on access to medical care. For that reason, politicians and health experts have focused on “flattening the curve.” This means ensuring that local ICUs are not overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and can provide adequate medical care.
The CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), and other global health experts have advised the following to avoid the coronavirus:
As always, this information is meant for educational purposes and is neither medical nor legal advice. For medical advice, please speak with your physician.
Initially, many states adopted a lockdown, closing all non-essential businesses and mandating that individuals stay home whenever possible. Now, as some states reopen businesses, people are wondering, what are the precautions for coronavirus that individuals and organizations should be taking?
No one should abandon the precautions put forth at the beginning of the pandemic.Social distancing, wearing face coverings, frequent hand washing, cleaning commonly touched surfaces, and avoiding large groups and travel are still essential to controlling the outbreak.
When it comes to avoiding coronavirus outbreaks, here are some other precautions that reopening businesses should take:
Not sure why these measures are so critical? It’s important to understand how the coronavirus is spread, which we’ll explore in the next section. If you have any medical questions, please speak with your doctor as this is not medical advice.
Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2, is an infectious disease caused by a virus that originated in China in late 2019. There is no known treatment or vaccine for the disease, and respiratory symptoms can range from mild to severe.
How is the coronavirus transmitted? Originally, it is thought to have jumped from animals to humans in a wet market in Wuhan, China (i.e. a market that sells live animals, including pangolins, those thought to have transmitted the virus originally).
Why don’t we have a vaccine for COVID-19 yet? Because, like the Spanish Flu, Polio, and other viruses, this illness has only just started affecting humans. People do not have built up resistance to it, as they may with the flu or other germs.
The following may be experienced by people suffering from COVID-19. Keep in mind that people with the disease may experience all or none of these symptoms. Many cases of COVID-19 are asymptomatic, so avoiding those exhibiting symptoms is not sufficient.
The World Health Organization advises getting in touch with a medical doctor if symptoms are severe, including difficulty breathing and a bad fever or cough.
There are three ways the virus may spread from person-to-person including through:
On surfaces, COVID-19 can last up to 9 days, according to some research. Hard surfaces, such as metal, plastic, and wood, may be more suitable for it than porous surfaces.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that coronavirus spreads primarily through the infected droplets of an infected individual’s sneeze or cough. However, experts have hypothesized that COVID-19 can spread through individuals who are asymptomatic, meaning that they do not show symptoms.
This is why social distancing and wearing a face mask may be crucial: It may be possible to infect or be infected by someone without the person with COVID-19 knowing that they had the disease in the first place. This was the logic behind many governments’ initial stay at home orders.
There is a lot we don’t know about COVID-19.Research on all aspects of COVID-19 is in its infancy, therefore there is still a lot we don’t know about how it’s spread and what is the most common type of transmission.
An incubation period is the time between when someone catches the virus and when they start to show symptoms. The CDC has stated that it can range between 2 and 14 days, though keep in mind that coronavirus research is in its infancy.
According to one source, the vast majority of people show symptoms within 12 days of contraction. People may be most contagious when showing symptoms, though again, research is not conclusive.
We do not have a concrete answer, and personal medical questions should be addressed to medical professionals. One medical professional has suggested that a mild infection may last 1–2 weeks whereas a severe one may last longer than 6 weeks.
The CDC has advised that people may stop isolating when they have not had a fever in 72 hours without the aid of medication and it has been at least a week since they started showing symptoms. They should be recovering from other symptoms as well.
Additionally, a person who has received two tests a minimum of 24 hours apart and tested negative may stop isolation, per CDC guidelines.
Keep in mind that these guidelines are subject to change. Check out the CDC or other government advisories as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses.
The best way to avoid COVID-19 for individuals, businesses, and communities is to keep following the guidelines put forth at the start of the outbreak, including face coverings, social distancing, and more. It also means paying close attention to the outbreak’s evolution in one’s own state — and the government and health official mandates that go along with it.