The Facts About Corona Virus

What Do We Really Know About the COVID-19 Corona Virus?

Join me for a great conversation with Dr. Mark Dowell (infectious disease specialist) and Dr. David Martorano (psychiatrist and clinical informatics specialist) as we discuss the COVID-19 virus.

  • What’s fact and what’s fiction?
  • How serious is this disease?
  • How easy is it to catch?
  • How should we behave during this time?
  • Should we be buying up all the toilet paper?

Note: The part of the conversation about travel was based on guidelines that were in place as of Saturday morning, March 14, 2020. Since we recorded, the U.S. government has imposed a travel ban on military members, some civilian employees and their families to try to limit the spread of the virus. President Trump said yesterday, “If you don’t have to travel, I wouldn’t do it.”

Also, since we recorded, the CDC has changed their travel alert status to Level 2. Click here for the whole article, or read the summary below. 

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Alert – Level 2, Sustained Community-Level Transmission—Special Precautions for High-Risk Travelers

Key Points

  • Sustained community spread of respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally. Some countries have widespread sustained spread.

  • Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease and should consider postponing nonessential travel.

  • Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • Travelers should monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning from travel.

  • Travelers that are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care.

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Click here for the World Health Organization’s Corona Virus Information Page

Click here for the CDC’s Information Page

Dr. Mark Dowell

Dr. David Martorano

 

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