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At Assiff Law, we know that the Novel Coronavirus has been weighing on your mind. Because we are concerned with the health and wellbeing of our community, we want to help in any way we can to minimize the risk of any given person, while reducing the impact of the outbreak on our healthcare professionals.
We have been noticing plenty of rumors swirling around about COVID-19. Let’s set the record straight on some myths you may have read on social media, while providing you with some advice to avoid the infection and some steps to take if you have been diagnosed with it.
Let’s break down some myths
- If you have a runny nose, you probably just have the common cold, so just stay home and rest. The medical system is already overwhelmed by the deluge of testing requests.
- There is no current evidence that the flu shot helps with coronavirus.
- A myth going around social media claims if you take a deep breath, hold it for 10 seconds and do it without coughing or discomfort, there is no infection in the lungs. That is absolutely not the way fibrosis or lung infections are diagnosed.
- Children can definitely catch COVID-19, though initial reports suggested fewer cases in children compared with adults. That being said, when they become infected, they seem less likely to develop severe disease than adults.
- It is safe to receive letters or packages from China, according to the World Health Organization. Previous research has found that coronaviruses don’t survive long on objects such as letters and packages.
- There is no evidence that pets and farm animals can transmit the new coronavirus to humans.
For additional debunked myths on the Coronavirus, follow this link on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) website. And remember! Don’t share info from unverified sources and only trust credible research outlets. If you’re looking to keep an eye on the spread of Coronavirus, don’t trust unreliable sources that may undermine or over evaluate the number of cases, instead, rely on the WHO, which reports new cases declared in the last 24 hours.
Five things you can do to prevent the Coronavirus infection
- Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wipe down commonly touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, countertops, phones, coins, computer mouses and keyboards, keys…
What to do if you get infected with the Coronavirus
Keep on practicing the steps listed above, while incorporating the following steps to your routine:
- Stay home! As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. Also, use a separate bathroom, if available. Stay at home until instructed to leave.
- Wear a facemask when you are around other people or pets.
- Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or public areas. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
- Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
- If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
- When sneezing, cover your mouth with a tissue, then dispose of it in a closed bin.
- Avoid sharing personal household items.
- Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
DISCLAIMER: This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.