COVID 19: Staying Up to Date with the Facts

25 Mar 2020

Covid-19 is a viral infection caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS Cov-2). The virus is transmitted from one person to another by respiratory droplets, which come out when an infected person sneezes or coughs while close to you.

The symptoms of the infection include a fever, runny nose, sore throat, fatigue, headache, and difficulty breathing. Severity occurs within two weeks of infection. You need to undergo emergency room diagnostic tests in case you have such flu-like symptoms.

How COVID-19 Spreads?

Respiratory droplets that carry SARS-CoV-2 get into your body via mucous membranes like your nose, eyes, and mouth. You may get the virus from objects that were held by an infected person who sneezed on the surface of the object.

Sharing items that get into your mouths, such as cutlery, kissing, and close contact with a person infected with the virus may lead to the spread.

Who’s Likely to Be Infected?

Anyone can get infected with the virus. However, seniors who have weakened immune systems or with other complications such as diabetes, lung disease, or heart diseases are at higher risk of getting infected.

You need to undergo medical diagnostic services to check the condition of your immune system.

Preventive Measures Against COVID-19

Medical practitioners are yet to find a coronavirus vaccine, but to ensure you are protected from the pandemic; you need to follow the precautions below:

  • Ensure you wash your hands regularly with water and soap or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Keep a distance from people who are coughing and sneezing
  • Ensure you do not cover your mouth with bare hands while you sneeze, if you feel sick, you need to visit the medical emergency room near you.

At Memorial Village, ER, we offer 24-hour diagnostic tests on all your emergencies.  Diagnostic testing is done at our advanced emergency medical facilities. If you are diagnosed with Covid-19, ensure you quarantine yourself from others to avoid the spread of the virus to your loved ones. You can visit our ER clinic in the Memorial area for COVID-19 emergency medical care.

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