There is some good advice that is available to reduce YOUR individual exposure, which generally helps reduce your risk of getting this disease. If most people protect their selves from contracting this disease, the disease will diminish.
The virus isn’t aware of you as a person, but it takes the opportunities offered to maintain its viability with whoever it encounters.
Additional comments on the CDC recommendations will be in bolded italics.
The CDC recommends anyone who is at a higher risk for COVID-19 should:
– stock up on supplies (food, medicine, and water).
– keep space between yourself and others (3 feet minimum is recommended)
– keep away from others who are sick and limit close contact
– wash your hands often
– avoid crowds as much as possible
– avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel
– stay at home if there is a COVID-19 outbreak in your community. (Also stay at home based upon additional considerations mentioned by the CDC)
The CDC didn’t mention
– keep your hands away from your mouth, nose, and eyes (a goalie mask may help)
– stay at home if you have any kind of cough
– buy a thermometer if you don’t have one
– take your temperature. – If it is 100.4 F degrees or more, that is considered to be a fever and is one of the key symptoms that lead to testing for COVID-19 STAY HOME
– if you have a cough and a fever greater than or equal to 100.4, call your doctor or call an ER.
DO NOT go to the ER or Doctor’s office without getting instructions to do so if you have symptoms of COVID-19. STAY HOME until you get instructions on how to proceed.
If everyone follows these precautions, it will help slow the spread of the coronavirus and reduce the impact on the population.
As a person that is 75 with six stents in my main heart artery and a history of lung issues, I am taking this seriously. I am not panicking. I am doing all the above plus exercising when my local exercise place is largely abandoned. Planet Fitness has bottles of disinfectant all over the facility, and I appreciate it and use it. If you are working out in a public place, remind them to have disinfectants to wipe down the equipment before and after use.
Your help in protecting yourself will help all of us. If you are feeling out of balance, very worried, or panicked, check out this link.
This is a link to a John Hopkins medical specialist regarding COVID-19 symptoms, treatments, and statistics for patients treated in a hospital.