The recent outbreak of coronavirus, or Covid-19 has led to worldwide panic over travel, health and safety. Our Lake Orion, MI, board-certified family doctor Dr. Joseph Gorz wants you to stay in the know about this virus, so you know how to protect you and your loved ones, as well as the community at large.
What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause a range of symptoms and health problems, from minor colds to pneumonia and other severe respiratory diseases. The most well-known coronavirus was Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
The newest strain, Covid-19, which was first detected in December 2019, is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China.
Why should I worry?
The Coronavirus is highly contagious and carries a 14-day incubation period. The coronavirus is spread through droplets in the air from infected persons, direct contact with infected persons and contact with a surface with contaminated virus droplets. Besides being highly contagious, a person can be a carrier of the coronavirus and not even know it. Those at highest risk are the elderly, immunosuppressed persons and persons with preexisting health problems. Based on the experience with the Coronavirus in other countries, the rate and severity at which this disease can spread is alarming. This rapid spread of the virus has the potential to over burden our health care system.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of Covid-19 can range from none to mild cold-like symptoms to more serious respiratory complications and are likely to include
Shortness of breath
Sometimes symptoms can become so severe that a person may develop pneumonia or kidney failure. In more severe cases, people have died from this virus. As of now, there are no vaccines for Covid-19.
What is the prevalence of the Coronavirus in the US right now?
The number of peopled diagnosed with Coronavirus is increasing daily.
How can I protect myself?
Limiting public exposure and practicing good hygiene are important for protecting against any communicable diseases. If you are someone at a higher risk for contracting illnesses due to preexisting health problems (e.g. diabetes, hypertension), then it’s even more important that you take necessary precautions and avoid being out in public as much as possible. Our Lake Orion, MI, doctor is happy to address any concerns you or a family member might have about the possibility of contracting coronavirus.
Of course, the CDC is always a wellspring of accurate, up-to-the-minute information about coronavirus, and any health problems happening worldwide. If you have questions about this virus or concerns this site can also help you out.
Remember, the symptoms of coronavirus are not unique to this virus. These symptoms are also part of the common cold, flu and other respiratory infections. If you or a family member have these symptoms it is important that you seek proper medical attention. The best action you can take to prevent spread, is to practice social distancing and hand-washing. Continue to follow the recommendations from the CDC state and county authorities. Everyone stay healthy and stay home.