OVID-19 is a new pandemic that has already grabbed headlines due to the severity of its impact and the speed of spread.
COVID-19: A Brief Overview of the Disease
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness with symptoms similar to the regular flu. People who suffer from it will experience mild to moderate symptoms. Those with weak immunity and over 60 years old are more likely to experience severe symptoms, including death in some cases. Almost 80% of confirmed COVID-19 patients have recovered from the disease, though one in six may develop severe symptoms.
COVID-19 Symptoms You Must Know About
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the most common symptoms of the disease are dry cough, fever, and fatigue. Some people have also reported symptoms such as sore throat, aches, and pains; shortness of breath, nasal congestion, runny nose, nausea, and diarrhea. If you are experiencing any of the above-discussed symptoms you should immediately contact your doctor and seek medical attention.
How COVID-19 Spreads
COVID-19 usually spreads through infected people. It spreads through droplets that are produced during sneezing or coughing. The spread usually occurs in either of the two ways:
- Direct Contact: As the name suggests, a healthy person may catch an infection if they come in close contact with a COVID-19 patient, specifically if they do not cover their mouth while coughing or sneezing. The virus replicates in the human body at a faster rate and has a 2-14 day incubation period.
- Indirect Contact: The virus can survive on high touch surface areas for several days. The chances for being infected are high if either a person touches infected surfaces or a cloth used by a patient to cover their mouth, eyes, or nose. It may also be transmitted by people with mild COVID-19 symptoms.
Tips to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
Social distancing has emerged as the major option if you wish to avoid the disease. Many countries have already imposed strict regulations on human interactions. Staying at home is best recommended to avoid the disease. Additional information listed below is helpful.
Practice Social Isolation: It doesn’t matter whether you are infected or not, you must avoid attending social gatherings or social events. In addition to this, you must:
- Maintain a distance of at least six feet (1.8 meters) in public places
- Stay at home and don’t leave home until you need to.
- Avoid any physical contact with people in any form
- Avoid touching high touch office space areas (if you are still working)
- Separate yourself from other family members if you are experiencing any symptoms discussed above
Practice Good Physical Hygiene: WHO and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend people practice good hand hygiene. These organizations recommend people follow these steps to avoid infection:
- Wash hands regularly with water and soap. If either of these is not available, then sanitize hands using a sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol content.
- Cover mouth with elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Maintain a distance of at least six feet (1.8 meters) from the next person when coughing or sneezing.
- Don’t drink alcohol or smoke tobacco products to avoid lung issues.
- After sneezing, do not touch your face.
Cole Instruments and HairCycle are companies that have served the hair restoration industry and customers from post-surgeries for several years now. The company is closely monitoring the guidelines issued by the state government, WHO, and CDC. All employees are encouraged to work from home and those who are sick are offered sick days. As the company serves the hair restoration industry, we are functioning as best as possible. Right now, we have established stringent measures to prevent the spread of disease.