RxGenomix is devoted to helping put people on the path to better health and there is no more important issue today than helping everyone protect themselves and their families from the current COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve collected a few resources and answers to the most common questions people have. To put it simply, there are strategies everyone can use to prevent the spread of infection and get quick access to diagnostic tests and the appropriate care. We’re here to help.
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COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that has a wide ranging effect on different people. You may be infected and experience no symptoms at all (40% or more) or it could be fatal (at or near 1%). The virus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes the illness (COVID-19) is transmitted through droplets that are spread into the air every time you exhale, talk, sneeze, sing, etc. The more forceful the action, the farther the droplets will travel.
While no one has all the answers when it comes to the pandemic, health experts across the country agree there are four key strategies everyone can employ every day to help protect themselves and stop the spread. According to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control, if we all followed these guidelines faithfully for just a few weeks, the number of new infections would plummet. No one strategy is foolproof, but taken together these simple strategies can be highly effective in stopping the transmission of this and any other virus.
Stay home if you begin to feel ill
A list of symptoms is below, but the most common include fever or chills, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
Wash your hands thoroughly
Wash for 20 seconds or more under running water several times throughout the day and after contact with commonly handled surfaces, especially those outside your home.
Stick to social distancing guidelines
Keep six feet or more between you and others, especially indoors.
Wear a mask or face covering
Masks help protect you, your family and everyone else. We all must do our part and wear a mask or face covering when coming in contact with others. There has been much comment and debate about masks, but the science is clear that they are an effective tool in both stopping the spread of the virus and protecting you from being infected. For decades, medical professionals have been wearing them all day without adverse effects.
Practice compassion for others
The pandemic has made life difficult for nearly all of us and decisions you make about the precautions you take don’t just affect you – they affect all of us. The virus is easily transmittable and 40% or more of those actively infected will not show any symptoms. They simply won’t know they are infected unless they are tested, but those they infect could become sick and, in the worst case, die from COVID-19. While you and your neighbors may feel well and have no cause for concern as you get together for dinner, you could still be infected and transmit the virus to them and then to their aging (and high-risk) parents before anyone knows it.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Call your primary care provider or local health department right away if you are concerned about any new symptoms, including:
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately: