As a resource center that works mostly with pregnant women and small children, we want to share some preventive health tips and suggestions regarding the Corona Virus. While health officials don’t know much about this virus and are working on a cure, we do know that pregnant women, children, and elderly people are all at higher risks for any sickness. Smokers are also at a higher risk for Corona because of compromised lung health. We urge you to take extra care for yourself and your children and watch health updates until the virus has passed.
The virus is similar to an upper respiratory common cold: sneezing, coughing, shortness of breath, runny nose, headache, and fever. If you are sick, wear a mask at all times to ensure others do not catch it from you if you are infected. If your symptoms do not go away, seek medical care immediately.
Being on the receiving end of an infected cough, sneeze, or handshake could transmit the virus to you. The virus is thought to go from person to person. If you have been exposed to someone with the virus or someone who might be infected, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Before I share preventative care, let me remind you not to panic. If you read the news, it's easy to fall into the trap of panic. Please note that 71 Americans have/had the virus and only 1 has died. Remember, this is out of 300,000,000 people who live here in the States. This virus will continue to spread, but the recovery rate is good. If you do your part, we can help stop the virus from growing at a faster rate.
Also, there are already two reported cases in Florida, so please be careful! South Florida sees many travelers during this time of year.
We can be thankful this virus has not spread wildly as it has in other countries, but we still need to be on guard and do our part to stop spreading the virus. Officials are working on stopping it, but they need your participation until a vaccine is invented. Every mindful person makes a difference!
Wash your hand with hot, soapy water for at least 20 seconds. Always wash or sanitize after every cough or sneeze.
Cover your mouth with a tissue, hands, or arm when you cough or sneeze. Always wash afterward.
Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth until you have thoroughly washed your hands
Use disinfectant wipes on grocery carts.
Sanitize after touching money, public door handles, shopping, and shaking hands.
Take Vitamin C, as it is known to help support immune health. The stronger you are, the easier it will be to recover from the virus.
Drink lots of water. This helps your body flush out sickness and unwanted toxins.
Wear a mask in public to prevent spreading.
Use hand sanitizer as you enter a building and when you leave.
Seek treatment early if you suspect you have the virus. If you have traveled from a foreign country or are exposed to someone who has, call your doctor.
The CDC recommends it's important to call your doctor and not just go into a doctor's office without an appointment. This will give your health care provider the ability to keep other people from being exposed.
Pets get viruses too! And they can spread them to you or your children. Be sure to share respiratory symptoms with your vet.
Don’t go to highly populated events if a case has been confirmed near you.
Read daily news reports from the Health Department and the CDC for the latest information.
Wash down highly used areas like countertops, doorknobs, steering wheels, phones, toilets, toys, workspaces. etc...every day. Use a disinfectant that guarantees to kill at least 99.9% bacteria.
Please share this graphic below to bring awareness!
All the preventative measures you do is appreciated by health officials, your families, and your communities!