Beyond COVID - 19
States began lifting stay at home mandates late in May 2020. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urges us to help reduce transmission of COVID-19 by staying 3 to 6 ft apart as much as possible, wash our hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, wear a mask or cover the nose and mouth with some type of protective barrier when out in public or in the presence of others. How do we adjust our lives to live beyond COVID-19?
The term "coronavirus" is not new. Various types of diseases are caused by different strains of coronaviruses. Various types of Coronaviruses have been known to cause severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV) since November 2002 (niaid.NIH.gov, 2020). With any strain of Coronavirus (like the flu), staying away from others when you have symptoms (i.e., runny nose, coughing or sneezing, scratchy throat, etc.) is important. Continue to cover your nose and mouth when social distancing is not possible. When possible wash your hands with soap and water; keep a 60% hand sanitizer on your person.
Contact health care professional when flu like symptoms begin. Testing to determine cause of symptoms is key to preventing full flare of disease. A face to face visit can be made using Telehealth from most smartphones, tablets, laptops or desk computers.
Most important - do NOT allow FEAR to guide your decisions. Read about Coronaviruses. Be Safe and enjoy every moment of each day.
-Dr. Pamela V Johnson APRN, FNP-BC
Reference: National Institutes of Health, National Immunology And Infectious Disease, May 19 2020. Retrieved June 3,
2020 online at naid.nih.gov.