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CORONAVIRUS: WHAT TO KNOW!!





"2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China." - CDC


If you do not know, there is a viral outbreak that is currently spreading from China to other parts of the world. From many sources, the cause of the virus is from the consumption of bats in meals. Last month, there have been many individuals identified or suspected to have the virus in the U.S. With the scare, many people are told not to travel internationally to China until the virus is completely gone.


As a healthcare professional, we have been alarmed of this virus and potential spread within the hospital settings. A preparedness checklist is provided to identify if a patient is a potential carrier of the virus.


The checklist consists of: identifying if the patient has traveled recently, if the patient is having respiratory symptoms, implement airborne and contact precautions (including eye wear) until the virus is identified as negative, limit visitors for those that has the virus, know when and who to contact when the virus is identified as positive, and report when you or another coworker becomes exposed with bodily fluids.


TRANSMISSION

The virus is spread from person to person via respiratory droplets. This occurs when someone coughs or sneezes and touches a person or object without sanitizing or washing his or her hands after contamination.


SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:

Individuals with the Coronavirus has little to no symptoms. Common symptoms are as follows:

  • Runny nose

  • Coughing

  • Sore Throat

  • Fever

  • Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing

  • Cold and/ or Flu Like Symptoms



WAYS TO PREVENT SPREAD OF VIRUS:

  • Hand hygiene is the number 1 way to prevent spread of the virus. Also, refrain from touching face, eyes, mouth and nose while in public areas.

  • Avoid going around others that have cold like symptoms. If you become sick, refrain from going into work or school while sick.

  • Drink plenty of water.

  • Clean and disinfect commonly used areas, such as work desks and computers, public telephones, public doors, airplane chairs and tables, and daily items that are shared with others.

  • If you become sick, seek medical care immediately. With the symptoms being similar to the common cold, the virus could become potent and cause you to be septic if untreated for a period of time. Notify your primary care provider and let them know if you recently have traveled.

  • Separate yourself from others in your home if you become sick. It is common for children to catch a virus and share the illness with other children. This causes a chain reaction to everyone getting sick in the school.

  • DON'T GO TO CHINA! THAT'S IT!!!!

IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE THAT COULD HAVE POTENTIALLY BEEN EXPOSED TO THE CORONAVIRUS OR HAS COLD OR FLU- LIKE SYMPTOMS, PLEASE ADVICE THEM TO SEEK MEDICAL CARE IMMEDIATELY. THE VIRUS COULD LEAD TO PNEUMONIA, RESPIRATORY FAILURE, AND EVEN DEATH. .





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