If you are worried about the novel coronavirus, then you should know you’re not alone. There is a lot of uncertainty about this virus, and it can be scary to face a potential health problem. However, learning about the virus can help you stay calm and feel prepared. Below, we will explain some of the basics of COVID-19.
What is Coronavirus?
The word “coronavirus” actually describes a family of diseases. SARS-COV-2 is the name of the coronavirus strain that is currently spreading. This causes a disease named COVID-19. COVID-19 was first identified in the Hubei province of China in December 2019. The disease itself is a respiratory infection. The most common symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, and a dry cough.
Am I at Risk?
Scientists are still trying to determine just how contagious this virus is. While many people will likely get the disease in the United States, it is estimated that about 80% of people will have mild symptoms. However, certain people are at risk of developing a severe form of the disease. Elderly people and those with chronic health problems are at the highest risk.
Should I Seek Medical Help?
If you believe you have the coronavirus, call your doctor for guidance before you visit their office. This will give the staff time to prepare so they can keep other patients safe if you are contagious. People with mild forms of the virus should self-quarantine and take over-the-counter medicine until they recover. Those with a severe form of the disease will require hospital treatments, such as ventilation.
Prioritizing Your Health
Staying generally healthy is a great way to keep your immune system strong. If you are dealing with chronic health issues, then it is especially important to keep up with your care. DM Clinical Research can help people with chronic illnesses find new forms of care. We are currently recruiting for clinical studies. Click here to learn about more. Need more information? Call us at 281-517-0550.