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Four Smart Ways to Avoid Coronavirus

Be Prepared - Four Smart Ways to Avoid Coronavirus
Your top questions answered by an MD

One of our local elementary schools was closed, due to a staff member testing positive for coronavirus. Local events were postponed, and a small community in the Pacific Northwest became more vigilant. When it’s local, it often becomes more real for us than just reading a statistic on the news.

It’s likely much of your social and news feeds are filled with stories about how coronavirus may impact you – and probably plenty of opinions and drama to go with that. We’d like to help you get to the facts, and some practical advice, quickly.

In addition to reading our article on how to talk to kids about Coronavirus, we wanted to offer you advice from an experienced medical doctor.

We give great thanks to Dr. Todd Kelly, to answer the top four questions you have asked us. Dr. Kelly is a critical care doctor who assisted a community hospital system prepare potential Ebola patients.

Q: As an MD, what top three things do you tell your patients worried about Coronavirus?

A: “At this time the probability of contracting the coronavirus for any individual is low. Over 80% of people who do catch the coronavirus are either asymptomatic or develop a few mild symptoms. If you believe that you have been exposed to the virus and develop symptoms, seek the advice of your physician.”

Q: Based on your experience with other outbreaks, do you think Coronavirus will have large impact in the US?

A: “The United States healthcare system is extremely well positioned to manage any significant infectious outbreaks. That being said, there is a distinct possibility that a large number of people in this country will at some point contract the virus. There may be some areas that will need to restrict social contacts by suspending school, restricting mass gatherings, or encouraging people to work from home. There will also be supply disruptions due to manufacturing disruptions in other parts of the world. This might include medications so you should have an extra month or two of all your prescriptions. In other words, you need to be prepared to self-quarantine at home by ensuring that you have at least a two-week supply of food and other essential items.”

Q: Other than hand washing, what recommendations do you have for prevention?

A: “Handwashing is definitely a major component to preventing disease transmission. This needs to go hand-in-hand with learning to not touch your head, face, or genitals without first washing your hands. Take hand sanitizer with you when you leave your home and use it often. Practice social distancing.”

 “Social distancing is keeping about 6 feet of distance between you and other people in public, especially if either you or they exhibit symptoms of being ill such as coughing or sneezing. At this time there is no need for anyone not ill to wear a mask. However, if you are ill with a cough or sneezing, you can benefit others by preventing the spread of your illness by wearing a mask. If you are ill try to remain at home to prevent spreading your illness to others. Also, you don’t have a mask, cough or sneeze into the sleeve of your shirt and avoid coughing into your hands to minimize the risk of spreading your illness to others.

Q: What else should we be doing?

“If you have not yet received your flu vaccine go get it immediately. The mortality rate for patients infected with Covid-19 with other comorbid infections or conditions is significantly higher than in those without.

Stay up to date with the recommendations of the CDC and other state or local health authorities. All of these organizations have websites that you should check regularly for updates and recommendations during the coronavirus outbreak. Additionally, these websites provide a wealth of information to help protect you and your family.”

We thank Dr. Kelly for his expertise, and encourage you to stay informed. The following links can help. You can also subscribe to our blog, below.

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About the Author Chris

Chris has worked in tech for 30 years, and healthcare tech for 8 of those. He's on the advisory board of Harvard-Based Think:Kids, and runs Rad Dad Rules. He is the proud Dad of two awesome kids, and lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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  • Cara says:

    Wow, I had not heard that you should get your flu vaccine if you hadn’t already. I didn’t know this would help, but it makes sense. So I wonder when people get the flu, are some people asymptomatic like they are with this new COVID 19 coronavirus?

    • L. Chandler says:

      There are some people who get the flu and are asymptomatic. They don’t spread it as easily as those with symptoms of the flu though.

      With COVID-19, they are now saying it’s transmittable about equally between symptomatic and asymptomatic patients.

  • Jake says:

    I wish we could all get a corona virus test. I’m sure there are many walking around asymptomatic, or even with mild symptoms that perhaps blame it on their allergies. The pollen is crazy right now in the south east.

  • Steven says:

    I just saw on the news, a dr was talking and said most of these corona virus cases (they think) are from people touching their face.

  • Kelsey says:

    We have stepped up the hand washing like crazy! Now if only we can keep enough soap around…

  • Kendra says:

    Good tips. Even though it’s not recommended officially, I’ve been wearing gloves when I go out. Might start wearing a mask too. I pray this crisis ends soon.

    • Casper says:

      I think I heard they may start telling others to wear masks, gloves etc. Walmart just started making employees do both.

  • Ed says:

    Do you think the probability of catching the virus is still low at this point? I wonder if the cases in NY are being spread in supermarkets and other essential businesses. Just saw that a CNN anchor has it.

  • Shawn says:

    Don’t touch ANYTHING in public. And clean your phones often! Those things harbor tons of germs.

  • Jamie says:

    Stay safe, Chris!

  • Morgan says:

    Scary that one of the elementary schools in your area had an employee test positive! Hope you guys are staying safe and well!

  • Mel says:

    I’m always preaching “WASH YOUR HANDS” DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE”.

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