As your trusted healthcare provider, I’ve been asked a few times about my take on the current COVID-19, or “Coronavirus”, impact on our local area. My general take is that COVID-19 is serious, but not “losing-your-mind” serious. It is also very contagious. MOST people who are infected will have no, mild or moderate symptoms. A few will have severe symptoms and may die. It will need to run its course.
We, as a society, are trying to “flatten the curve” so that the healthcare system is not overwhelmed – unfortunately, that’s a slow process that will take weeks to months. The Washington Post has a very good explanation by Harry Stevens (no relation) from 3/14/2020. You can read the article here.
People will develop immunity to it once infected; but as of now, since it’s a new virus, no-one has natural immunity. Social distancing is indeed a key piece of guidance that is circulating well and I think helpful – keeping yourself six feet away from others.
If you have mild to moderate symptoms, by all means, call your healthcare provider, but you may NOT need to be seen in person. Delay all routine things until later. Stay home as much as you can. The virus can live for a few hours in the air and for a few days on most surfaces.
Avoiding contact with ill people and NOT touching your face is important. If you are ill, like I was (even though it turned out not to be the coronavirus), stay quarantined for two weeks; just to be sure you don’t spread whatever it is you had.
Currently, there are not enough tests for all but that should improve. There is no good treatment yet, nor a vaccine. This will likely change how we do things in the future, but who knows what that will look like.
Medicines I recommend you have on hand at home are Ibuprofen or Aleve, Tylenol, Sudafed, Afrin, Mucinex, Cough suppressant (i.e. Robitussin or Delsym or generic equivalent, Benadryl, Saline nose spray or nettie pot, Antibiotic ointment, thermometer, and Bandaids.
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— Dr. Craig Stevens