Posted on March 21st, 2020
The American Lung Association has guided how to remain protected as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) becomes widespread throughout the United States. The best possible way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid getting exposed to the virus because currently, there is no vaccine to prevent this illness.
The novel coronavirus is known to spread mainly from one person to another, especially when people are in crowded places. The infection spreads through respiratory droplets that are released into the air when an infected individual sneezes or coughs. These droplets may be inhaled or just get landed on the nose and mouths of people nearby. Additionally, touching a surface contaminated with the virus and then touching the nose, eyes, and mouth can also cause a spread of the infection. The CDC has reported that the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 appear between 2 and 14 days of exposure to the novel coronavirus, and may include fever, dry cough, and difficulty in breathing.
The COVID-19, much like the seasonal flu attacks the older adults and people with underlying health problems, who are likely to have a weak immune system. Specifically, the people living with chronic respiratory illnesses namely asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and other interstitial lung diseases such as asbestosis need to strictly follow the public health warnings such as social distancing and avoiding public places.
If you have underlying respiratory disease, it means you are at risk of contracting the coronavirus, therefore, it is important to watch out for any potential symptoms such as fever, a cough or shortness of breath that has increased from your baseline. Stay on your regular medications as directed by your physician and see that you do not run out of your prescription medicines.
First and foremost, patients with underlying respiratory diseases need to protect their health during the COVID-19 outbreak and also take steps to protect others by preventing the spread.
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