What You Can Do To Stay Safe During This COVID 19 Pandemic
It is certainly not our intention to add to anyone's anxiety during the current crisis, nor is it within our realm to offer medical advice, but we felt that, since the theme of this blog has always been health and fitness, it might be in our wheelhouse to at least pass on some solid, reliable information and point you to more of the same. All the information in this post was taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. We hope you find it helpful, and we wish everyone in our community, locally and worldwide, safe passage through this emergency. Most importantly, call your doctor for medical advice if you think you have been exposed to COVID 19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing.
Watch For Symptoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 19) cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
- Shortness of Breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID 19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID 19
Some individuals are at higher risk for complications from coronavirus than others, including the elderly and those with other underlying health issues, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and lung diseases, as well as others. If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID 19, you should:
- Stock up on supplies.
- Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
- When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
- Avoid crowds as much as possible.
- Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
- During a COVID 19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
How to Prepare for COVID 19
Here is what you can do to prepare your family in case COVID 19 spreads in your community.
- Know where to find local information on COVID 19 and local trends of COVID 19 cases.
- Know the signs and symptoms of COVID 19 and what to do if symptomatic:
- Stay home when you are sick
- Call your health care provider’s office in advance of a visit
- Limit movement in the community
- Limit visitors
- Know what additional measures those at higher risk and who are vulnerable should take.
- Implement steps to prevent illness (e.g., stay home when sick, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, clean frequently touched surfaces daily).
- Create a household plan of action in case of illness in the household or disruption of daily activities due to COVID 19 in the community.
- Consider 2-week supply of prescription and over the counter medications, food and other essentials.
- Know how to get food delivered if possible.
- Establish ways to communicate with others (e.g., family, friends, co-workers).
- Establish plans to telework, what to do about childcare needs, how to adapt to cancellation of events.
- Know about emergency operations plans for schools/workplaces of household members.
County of Ventura Coronavirus Information
Los Angeles County Coronavirus Information
Don't Panic • Avoid Misinformation
As we said at the top, it's not our intention to add to the anxiety level of any of our readers. We simply felt an obligation to pass on reliable and helpful information. Please try to do the same for your friends, family and coworkers during this outbreak. Do your best to avoid suspect information and rumors regarding COVID 19, including recommendations, precautions, and treatment, unless you feel secure in your belief that it is true and reliable. Do not pass on information or recommendations to friends and family unless you know it to be true. If we all look out for each other during this difficult period, we can get through it with much happier results. Don't panic. Ignore rumors and suspect advice. Take common sense precautions, and take care of yourself and those you love.
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