Doctors Orders on COVID-19

Undoubtedly you have been given a lot of information on Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. You probably say what is all the hoopla and why does it concern me?  This is a newly recognized virus causing illness in all humans that is spreading rapidly and is causing death in some individuals worldwide (Pandemic). It is called a community acquired illness because it spreads from contact with others. It spreads person to person through respiratory droplets as coughing, sneezing and in some cases off of surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. The symptoms are mainly fever, cough, and shortness of breath but can also include diarrhea and vomiting. There is no treatment or vaccine at this time and therefore public health precautions are necessary to prevent the spread of the disease.

If you think you are sick call your doctor and discuss with him/her. If you have trouble breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, bluish lips, or new mental confusion seek medical advice immediately. If you have minor symptoms it is not recommended to get tested but if you have a concern of coming in contact with someone who has the virus or you show symptoms there are testing centers throughout Nashville. Three centers are Meharry Medical College, one as a drive through center on 21st street, Total Health in Antioch and the Mobile Van. Other sites are available on the Nashville government website or the Health Department Website to find a site near you. Also remember this is allergy time as well as the flu is still in the community. Not all illnesses will be COVID-19.

If you are sick:

1. Stay home

2. Call your doctor

3. Avoid public transportation

4. Separate yourself from others

5. WASH YOUR HANDS constantly

6. Wear a face mask

7. Cover your cough and sneeze

8. Limit contact with pets and animals

9. Avoid sharing personal household items

10. Cleaned common highly touched surface areas

 

How to protect yourself:

  1. WASH YOUR HANDS with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. Sing a song to yourself to assure you wash long enough especially after a cough or sneeze or blowing your nose. Make sure children also follow these instructions.

  2. Hand sanitizer with 60% or more alcohol can be used if soap and water is not available.

  3. Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth unless you wash your hands first.

  4.  Avoid close contact especially with people who re sick. Stay at least 6 feet apart

  5. If sick stay home.

  6. Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue (throw away immediately in trash)

  7. Wash hands immediately as instructed above.

  8. If sick wear a mask.

  9. Clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces as telephones, faucets, light switches, doorknobs, toilets, countertops, computer keyboards, etc. Clean with at bleach or solution with at least 70% alcohol.

  10. If you have bleach you can make your own solution. Use 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) of bleach to one (1) gallon of water or 4 teaspoons of bleach in a quart of water.

Please follow the stay at home recommendation that is set forth by our Mayor and Governor. Now is a time to reconnect with in-house family and children. Remember the games you played when younger bring them out. Go outside and ride bikes, walk, plant your garden. Remember no groups greater than 10 and stay 6 feet apart from each other. Go to the grocery store as needed and pharmacy as well. Remember restaurants still need our business and if we can support them using delivery or curbside do so. We are all in this together and remember the Lord is here too, guiding us and helping to keep us safe. If we can follow instructions and keep the rate of transmission low we can sooner get back to our usual routine. Don’t be disillusion that this is a hoax. It is not and we can save lives as well as ours if we can follow simple instructions.

Susanne Tropez-Sims, MD, MPH

And summary from CDC website

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