Central Florida Health News|April 2020
First, what exactly are we dealing with? The full name of this viral infection is Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19. It is a new type of infection that causes mild to severe respiratory illness. As of March 19, there was no widely accepted and approved vaccine to prevent the disease.
According to Watson Clinic, the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to that of the common cold or flu – fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms can begin to manifest anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure to an infected individual. COVID-19 is primarily spread by coughing and sneezing. Tiny droplets expelled in this way can be inhaled by people nearby. Being within six feet of an affected person for a prolonged period of time will increase your risk of catching the disease.
As the presence of novel coronavirus continues to increase in Florida and across the United States, it is imperative that hospitals and clinics remain operational in order to treat and contain the virus. It is important that appropriate measures are employed to protect staff, vulnerable patients, and the public at large. To that end, many health care providers are opting to apply restrictions on visitors to their facilities.
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