That’s what the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) want you to do: Know the facts about coronavirus (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors. At Lardiere McNair we always advise our clients that the best way to protect themselves and their families is to be prepared. We are also taking extra precautions around the office, such as 1) Scheduling most meetings via phone or video; (2) Advising our staff to stay at home and contact their PCP if not feeling well, and 3) Practicing good hygiene.
To help you understand what is known so far about this disease recently characterized as a pandemic, we have adapted a Q&A from guidelines developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the CDC.
Q: What is COVID-19 and what are the symptoms?
A: COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered virus (SARS-2-CoV). The most common symptoms are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Q: How does COVID-19 spread?
A: People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. This is why it is important to stay more than 3 feet (1 meter) away from a person who is sick.
Q: What are the differences between COVID-19 and the flu?
A: Coronavirus and flu share many similar symptoms, making it difficult to diagnose without a test. The main coronavirus symptoms to look out for are fever and a cough. Flu often has other symptoms too, such as a sore throat, while people with coronavirus may feel short of breath.
Q: Who is at risk of developing severe illness?
A: Older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others.
Q: Is there a vaccine or drug for COVID-19?
A: To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-2019. About 80% of people with mild coronavirus illness will recover on their own by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications. Some may have the need for hospitalization.
Q: Should I wear a mask to protect myself?
A: Only wear a mask if you are ill with COVID-19 symptoms (especially coughing) or looking after someone who may have COVID-19.
Q: What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?
A: – Regularly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water;
- Maintain at least 3 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing;
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth;
- Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze;
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority;
- Clean and disinfect common objects and surfaces.
Aline Wright is a law clerk at Lardiere McNair, LLC. To read more about our firm, please visit www.lmcounsel.com.
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