Our country is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important that you pay attention only to science-based advice on how to stay healthy and what to do if you have symptoms. The CDC has up-to-date science-based advice we all need to follow as we take measures to battle this virus.
If you have been suffering from any of the following, contact your primary health care provider:
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Whole body muscle aching
- Loss of smell
- Loss of taste
If you have any of the following symptoms it is a medical emergency call 911:
- Trouble breathing
- Pain or pressure in the chest
- Inability to arose
- Blue colored lips or face
Testing for the virus has been a national problem because the virus came amongst us faster than testing procedures could be developed. Testing in Lake County, Illinois is improving. Contact your PCP to see if you meet the criteria to be tested.
There are two types of tests: a diagnostic test and another serologic test that checks for antibodies. The diagnostic test will determine if you have the virus or not. The serologic test determines if you have formed antibodies for the virus from past exposure in the past 1-3 weeks.
The virus is spread through the respiratory droplets of an infected individual coming in contact with another individual’s nose, mouth or possibly the eyes. The virus can live on the surface of objects if exposed by an infected individual. That surface can then infect others.
The best way to prevent the spread of the virus is to practice social distancing of at least six feet. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your face. Use a face mask if you have the potential of being around other people. Frequently clean surfaces with disinfectant. Follow the orders of your state government to shelter in place.
Most of this information was drawn directly from the United States Center for Disease Control website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.htmlanother good source is the Lake County Health Department website at https://www.lakecountyil.gov/4377/Coronavirus-Disease-2019-COVID-19
If we all pull together and do the right thing, we will emerge from the Coronavirus pandemic with an understanding of how to deal with whatever the future has in store. Hang in there and stay well.