Know the facts, stay up to date
Visit CDC.gov or ncdhhs.gov to stay current
Practice social distancing. Heed government and community public health recommendations for protecting yourselves, your family, and your neighbors.
Wash your hands, keep your hands away from your face, cough/sneeze into the bend of your arm, wear a mask in setting where there are lots of people/hard to maintain appropriate social distance and if you are with symptoms of any infirmity, stay home.
If you and your household are free of infirmity and if you must travel or run errands, do so with caution. Wear a mask if in the public area or in an area that close person -to-person contact is possible. Glove wearing is not necessary, but do wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching objects that may have been touched by others. Limit personal contact to intimate partners or immediate family members only.
If you or someone in your home has been tested for COVID-19, by order of the Department of Public Health, both the patient being tested and members of the home are ordered to quarantine at home (stay at home, do not leave house). ALL members of the household must remain AT HOME until the test results otherwise clear the tested individual from quarantine. Test result time may be as little as 3 business days, but can take up to two weeks with current testing volume demands.
If someone in the house is actively sick, with KNOWN or SUSPECTED COVID-19, the infirm family member needs to separate his/her self from other members within the home and any other persons who reside in the same home need to remain quarantined at home for at least 10 days after initial symptom onset OR initial positive test date if asymptomatic
REPEAT COVID-19 TESTING IS NOT NECESSARY TO "CLEAR" A PERSON FROM THE ILLNESS
Symptoms of active COVID-19 can include, but not be limited to, fever over 100.4, cough, sore throat, headache and shortness of breath. As these symptoms are also found in other illnesses or health conditions presently active in our community, it can difficult to distinguish one infirmity from the others in the absence of clinical testing. However, risk of travelling to an area to receive a test may unnecessarily expose a non-COVID-19 individual to the illness or potentially spread the illness inadvertently. Current recommendations for testing is limited to the severely ill and medical care should only be sought in the event of the more concerning symptoms of the viral infection are present. Otherwise, all mild to moderately ill individuals are encouraged to STAY HOME, follow the above guidelines, and treat symptomatically.
Aside from the fatality rate and the frightening symptoms linked to the virus that most of us are tuned into, we need to realize that we need to take part in being good members of society and arm ourselves with knowledge, common sense, patience, compassion and faith.
Once exposed, the susceptible host can potentially harbor the virus in a fashion that permits viral load levels to start shedding in as little as 1-3 days. The unsuspecting host may not show symptoms for 5-21 days (sometimes, no symptoms whatsoever are displayed), but inadvertently spread the virus to others. This time of a false sense of "not being sick" is the dangerous time for others. As of 7/28/2020, the timeline of exposure to POSITIVE test OR symptomatic presentation is an average of 5 days. The viral shed risk is greatest 24-72 hours PRIOR to the initial symptom presentation. A person is considered contagious for 5-10 days from the first date of the presenting symptom, longer if a fever is still present. For a person to safely return to work, school, etc, a person must have normal body temperature readings for 72 hours (without use of fever-reducing medications) AND have been isolated for 10 days prior.
The virus will affect us all differently, should we get the disease. The parameters for interactions with the public are in place to protect everyone. No one person is above this disease and we must all be diligent and do our part to prevent death, infirmity, and financial despair caused by the prolonged restrictions linked to the virus.
Ashe Family Healthcare has expanded our availability to patients via video and in-vehicle services. Patients are presently asked to wait in their vehicles and check in by phone. Please stay tuned to our website for updates.
The sooner we all take responsibility for our actions, the sooner this will be over.
Stay healthy, stay well, stay smart, stay alert!