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Patient Education Regarding The Coronavirus: Stay Safe by Staying Informed

With the current coronavirus outbreak, there have been some understandable concerns from patients over the past few weeks. Furthermore, it can be hard to find reliable information regarding the virus and its outbreak in our current media climate.

If you are looking for a good resource to follow up-to-date information regarding the virus, I would highly recommend looking at the World Health Organization’s website at www.who.net.

Symptoms to watch out for:

The corona virus is a respiratory disease affecting the mouth, throat and lungs. This means you should keep an eye out for any symptoms including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. Symptoms are generally mild in a majority of cases. Call your primary care physician immediately if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

WHO recommendations for prevention:

  1. Wash your hands frequently using soap or alcohol-based hand rub for 20 seconds.

  2. Maintain a distance of 3 feet from anyone coughing or sneezing.

  3. Practice respiratory hygiene: cover your mouth and nose with a bent elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing (do not use your hand).

  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth when in public areas prior to washing your hands.

  5. If you have a fever, cough, or trouble breathing, seek medical attention early.

  6. Stay informed.

If you have tried washing your hands for 20 whole seconds, it is much longer than one would think. To pass the time, here are some songs with chores that you can sing for 20 seconds while washing your hands. If none of these strike your fancy, you can follow this link to the LA times for more options: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2020-03-03/coronavirus-hand-washing-20-seconds-happy-birthday-10-songs

“Africa” by Toto

“Landslide” by Fleetwood mac

“Lose yourself” by Eminem

“Jolene” by Dolly Parton

Some Statistics:

While data is still begin collected regarding the virus, how it spreads, and what demographics are most at risk, here are some of the current numbers right now:

Global Cases: 109,578