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The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a respiratory illness that is quickly spreading around the world. At the time of writing, this new strain of coronavirus has infected people in The United States alone, and it is expected to grow in the upcoming months.
Since its discovery, there has been a swift wave of response from local governments, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declaring the COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11th, 2020.
A pandemic is defined as a disease that has spread across multiple countries and affected a large number of people.
We know it’s hard to keep up with the myriad of information currently being dispersed through news outlets and social media. This situation is evolving each day, so SAUC is here to keep you as informed and healthy as possible.
Many common symptoms for seasonal allergies and the flu can correlate with COVID-19. Keep the following in mind when asking yourself, is it coronavirus, or is it the flu or allergies?
Symptoms that are not connected to the Coronavirus:
- Itchy eyes
- Stuffy nose
Symptoms that could be either the flu or Coronavirus:
- Body aches
- Worsening symptoms
Symptoms most in-line with Coronavirus:
- Shortness of breath
- History of travel
- Exposure to public spaces and infected individuals
Symptoms and risks may vary from person to person. Always check with a doctor, or complete our questionnaire if you believe you or someone you know is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
The CDC has reported that more cases will likely appear throughout the United States in the upcoming months. There is no available vaccine yet, but the work is underway. The flu shot will not prevent this virus either, since this virus is a different strain than the seasonal flu.
Individuals may not experience symptoms for 1-14 days after exposure. The main symptoms for COVID-19 include:
- a dry, non-productive cough
- fatigue or achy body
- difficulty breathing
Some people may show no symptoms at all, but they can still be carriers of COVID-19.
COVID-19 can cause secondary pneumonia in some older or immune compromised patients. People with diabetes, heart disease, and lung issues such as asthma are at a significantly higher risk than the general population.
Quarantine measures such as reducing large gatherings and avoiding contact with others are vital to the prevention of widespread disease. Additionally, because the virus has a chance of affecting aymptomatic patients, some people may show no symptoms at all, but they can still be carriers of COVID-19. This is why we all need play our part by adhering to social distancing guidelines, and only going out in public when it’s absolutely necessary.
Here are some basic tips to help prevent contracting COVID-19:
- Avoid touching your face, nose, and mouth
- Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds
- Minimize any unnecessary contact or gatherings
- Avoid contact with anyone who is sick or belongs to a high-risk group
- Stay at home to minimize your risk of exposure or transmission
If you believe you have COVID-19, please make sure you fill out our form. Testing for coronavirus is still not readily available. Contact your healthcare provider if you are showing any serious symptoms, or if you are in the aforementioned high-risk group. You can also check-in online to any of our nine locations all across the greater Tucson area.