“You’ve got the right fear, and the wrong approach”: Chris Cuomo shares how he’s fighting the coronavirus
So many of us are watching the news and checking on our loved ones to make sure they are not one of the new cases of coronavirus. But what will you do if you or someone in your family or household contracts the virus? Do you have the necessary supplies and home remedies?
Most states have enacted a stay-at-home order. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predict that the majority of people will have an easily transmitted virus. The good news? Data from China shows that most people were able to recover from the virus at home.
Recently, CNN reporter Chris Cuomo shared his fight against the virus. Warning his viewers not to “give in” to the virus, but instead advised them to get up and move as much as possible.
“Here’s the secret to kicking this virus,” said Cuomo during “Cuomo Primetime”. “The virus wants us to lay down. The old notion of ‘get in bed and stay there’ sounds great. But you can’t stay there. [The virus] wants to get to our lungs.”
Cuomo says a friend called him and told him to get up and move – something we don’t often hear when it comes to beating a sickness. Asking him to stretch his torso, hold his breath and move his body.
The doctor told him, “You have the right fear and the wrong approach. You can’t wait it out. You have to fight.”
What are the symptoms?
The CDC says these three symptoms could appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).
• Shortness of breath
The World Health Organization found that 88 percent of infected people had a fever; 67.7 percent had a dry cough. While the less frequent symptoms include coughs with mucus (sputum) (33.4 percent), shortness of breath (18.6 percent), sore throat (13.9 percent), and headache (13.6 percent).
Mild symptoms are not so easily tracked because they are less frequent and less data is collected.
Megan Murray, professor of epidemiology at Harvard Medical School, did share a bit of insight about the difference between Covid-19 symptoms and what might be a common spring cold.
“Covid-19 disease usually begins with mild fever, dry cough, sore throat and malaise,” she for the Abundance Foundation. “Unlike the coronavirus infections that cause the common cold, it is not usually associated with a runny nose.”
When to seek medical attention
These symptoms are outlined by the CDC as emergency warning signs:
• Trouble breathing
• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• New confusion or inability to arouse
• Bluish lips or face
Here’s a guide to help you make decisions about seeking medical care.
If you have symptoms, what should you do?
Seek medical advice, if you are a part of the high-risk groups. That means people over 65 years old; people with preexisting respiratory problems; people who are current or former cancer patients; people with diabetes and hypertension – should all seek medical advice. Call your health care provider before driving into the doctor’s office. This is so the doctors can take necessary precautions if a visit is necessary.
Call your doctor before heading into the office: In order to decrease the spread of the virus, health officials advise people not to go to the ER or clinic if their symptoms do not appear to be life-threatening
The following information was recommended by the CDC.
• Stay home: Most people with COVID-19 have mild cases and are able to recover from the comfort of their home. This not only decreases the spread but also relieves the hospitals. Do not leave your home. Have a friend or family member make grocery store runs and avoid public areas at all costs.
• Do not share: Do not share dishes, eating utensils, bathroom towels, bedsheets with family members in your home.
• Clean and disinfect: Routinely clean surfaces that are frequently touched (phones, tabletops, doorknobs, around the bathroom, the sink, soap bottles, etc). If you can, let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas. Do not let family members disinfect your room.
• The CDC says, “If a caregiver or other person needs to clean and disinfect a sick person’s bedroom or bathroom, they should do so on an as-needed basis. The caregiver/other people should wear a mask and wait as long as possible after the sick person has used the bathroom.”
If you have mild symptoms, make sure to have your family help with an action plan.
Have a friend or family member grab necessary home and medical necessities (toilet paper, vitamins food, home remedies, etc).
Call your primary health care provider if your symptoms get worse.
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