The thing to know about COVID-19 is that this is something we must take seriously. People are dying and this virus is spreading fast. You must wash your hands for more than 20 seconds as often as possible. Stay at home if possible. Cough into your elbow or a tissue. Avoid social gatherings of 10 or more people. Avoid ibuprofen. Don’t shake hands. Tell your friends and loved ones to stay home and comply. We understand that social distancing is hard. We know some people have jobs that aren’t allowing them to stay home. However, a lot of people can get sick if people do not take it serious. Think about the elders and people with compromised systems. They are the ones most at risk. This virus does not discriminate based of sex, gender, or race, and can compromise anyone.
So some medical things to know here:
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that is spreading from person to person in parts of the United States. The risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, for example healthcare workers, or household members. Other people at higher risk for infection are those who live in or have recently been in an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19.
The virus spreads mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
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