Just a note about the Coronavirus … don’t panic! As of Feb. 24 there have been 14 confirmed cases in the U.S. with another 39 cases among citizens who became sick outside of the U.S. and were sent home to be quarantined. Compare that to 29 million flu cases this year and 16,000 of those resulting in deaths.
Additionally, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, “relatively few children appear to have developed severe symptoms so far, with the median age of patients being between 49-56 years old.” Although they don’t know yet the preferred way that the virus transmits it is believed to be primarily respiratory with symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath, which means either through airborne droplets or through surfaces that those droplets have landed on.
So the CDC suggests following the guidelines for preventing all infectious diseases which include washing your hands with regular soap, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after touching any public surface and being aware of not touching your face with your hands before doing one of the two.
According to the University of Chicago Medicine, the guidelines for influenza define exposure as being within six feet of an infected person for 10 minutes or longer because “time and distance matters.” As always, we are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to see you if you have any questions or concerns over symptoms.