The Virus in Perspective
It is very important to note that people at higher risk—those over 60 and those with diabetes, lung, or heart disease—have a significantly higher risk of Coronavirus COVID-19. Mortality rates for these groups maybe 10% to 15%, or even greater. The CDC is now recommending higher-risk persons avoid large gatherings, cruise ships, and unnecessary travel. This situation and information will continue to evolve, and we recommend you check the above websites frequently.
Avoid and Prevent the Illness
- Stay home if you are sick and not severely ill.
- Call your doctor for advice on what care you need before going to the office.
- Consider doing a virtual or telemedicine visit if appropriate. Low-risk patients with mild symptoms are better off staying home.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Wear a mask if you are sick, and don’t go to work or school.
These are the basic things we should all be doing to prevent the spread of influenza and they ALSO work for Coronavirus COVID-19. If you have not had a flu vaccine, strongly consider getting one now. Stay healthy with adequate sleep, don’t smoke, and drink moderately. Maybe don’t watch the news too much (to keep your anxiety level down).
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our team so we can care for you and your family!