With the recent Coronavirus pandemic, many in our community are concerned. In addition to what we are doing to limit the spread, we have also compiled a list of resources for you on the topic. Please check back regularly for updates.
Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, most coronaviruses cause minor respiratory illness, similar to the common cold. The current coronavirus that has spread across the world is actually caused by SARS-CoV-2 (or severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2). About 80% recover from the illness without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness as a result of this infection. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
At this time, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-2019. Possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation for future use. Those affected should receive care to relieve symptoms. People with serious illness should be hospitalized. Most patients recover thanks to supportive care.
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Hands touch many surfaces throughout the day and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, your hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Our office is lucky to have Ashley Olson, a registered nurse, on staff. With a strong background in infection control, she has led our efforts to step up sanitization procedures. These include: