As the news about COVID-19 continues to dominate everyone’s lives, it is important for those in the medical and rare disease communities to focus on reliable and scientific accurate information. This can be problematic given the high level of people outside the medical community providing their opinion/concerns/theories about the virus.
To that end, the staff at CheckRare want health care professionals to adhere to local, state, and federal authorities to obtain the ‘rules of engagement’ for their community. Our understanding of the coronavirus grows each day and with it, a better understanding of what should be done to contain the spread of this infection. In the meantime, it is important for those at risk for getting the virus or responding poorly to the virus – namely, health care professionals on the front lines, the elderly, and people who are immunocompromised, including many in the rare disease community – to take steps to avoid getting and/or spreading the virus.
At this time the CDC recommends the following to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
If you are not sick:
- Avoid close contact with people if the infection is reported in your community
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Have household item available to accommodate a 2-week self-quarantine if you do become sick
If you are sick:
- Stay home
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Where a face mask if in the vicinity of other people
- Stay in areas of your home that are not readily used by other residents
- If you wish to be seen by a health care professional, call ahead and let them know that you have or may have COVID-19
- Monitor your symptoms. If illness worsens, seek medical attention (call first)