Article Originally Published: March 13, 2020
Article Last Updated: April 21, 2020
The spread of coronavirus COVID-19 has created worldwide concern and panic as people seek ways to avoid falling victim to the virus. Because we care about every person in Santa Fe, we’ve done some research to help you better understand coronavirus COVID-19. This article will explore facts as presented by the CDC, WHO, and other reputable sources on doing your best to remain virus-free. But it will have a deeper focus on what you can also do in your home to keep it clean and prepare in case the virus reaches your doorsteps.
How is Coronavirus COVID-19 Spread?
The first thing to understand is how Coronavirus COVID-19 is spread. By knowing how it is spread, you can better prepare yourself with counter-measures.
According to the CDC, COVID-19 is believed to be spread “mainly from person-to-person.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.”
In addition, the CDC says, “It 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.”
The CDC also says it is possible to contract COVID-19 from someone who is not showing any symptoms. The CDC warns that ”the virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily.”
What are the Symptoms of Coronavirus COVID-19?
According to the CDC, there are three main symptoms that may appear within 2-14 days after you’ve been infected. Those are:
If you look at a more detailed analysis by WHO of 55,000 COVID-19 cases in China, you can get an idea of some other symptoms (besides the main ones above) that were also reported or observed and the percentage associated with the symptom:
When it comes to the cough, the far majority of people seem to have a dry cough. However, up to 33% reported coughing up thick phlegm from the lungs.
The CDC also warns that if develop any of the following warning signs for COVID-19, you should seek immediate medical attention:
Upper respiratory infections like sneezing, runny nose, and sinus congestion do not appear at this time to have a relationship to COVID-19.
How Can I Avoid Catching Coronavirus COVID-19?
The following recommendations by the CDC and WHO can help improve your chances of not getting Coronavirus COVID-19:
What to do if You Display Symptoms of Coronavirus COVID-19:
If you begin to display symptoms that may be an indication of Coronavirus COVID-19 then do the following:
Your doctor or health care provider should be the one to determine whether or not you qualify for home care. They will examine things like the severity of your symptoms, if there is a room you can be isolated in, if there is someone to care for you, your age, if you have access to food, etc. It’s important to be open and honest with your health care provider when discussing your situation.
Disinfecting and Preparing Your Home for COVID-19:
It’s important to prepare your home in two ways:
We will cover both areas:
Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home
When disinfecting your home, always be careful about four things:
1. If you have pets, make sure the disinfectant you are using safe to be used around pets. And to be double-safe, make sure your pet isn’t in the room while you are disinfecting.
2. Follow the directions very carefully. A lot of people don’t read directions and miss some vital steps. According to the CDC, “Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during the use of the product.”
3. About gloves, the CDC says, “Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Gloves should be discarded after each cleaning. If reusable gloves are used, those gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other purposes.”
4. About disinfectants, the CDC says, “For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
Here are specific recommendations when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting your home:
Note on Disinfectants: Here is a list of EPA-approved disinfectants believed to be effective against COVID-19. Follow the directions carefully! https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-03/documents/sars-cov-2-list_03-03-2020.pdf
Note on Air Purifiers: There is currently a debate as to the effectiveness of air purifiers on coronavirus. Several companies are testing different types of air purifiers against coronavirus COVID-19. The leading theory is not to rely on them and that HEPA filters don’t remove/kill virus spores. Air purifiers that also have UV filters may be more effective, however. For now, there is no conclusive evidence as to the effectiveness of an air purifier against COVID-19. But if you do use one, it is recommended to use gloves when changing the filter and changing it more frequently during the outbreak.
Preparing for Potential Isolation
If you come down with Coronavirus COVID-19, depending on the severity you will either need to be home or “hospital” isolated. It is vital that you prepare in advance for potential home isolation of two-weeks. Here are some things you should be considering right now:
Coronavirus COVID-19 is serious because it has a higher death rate than other viruses, there is no vaccine, and it is spread easily. That’s why school closure, event limitations, travel restrictions, etc. are taking place all around the world. It’s important to take it seriously to help lessen your risk of contracting or spreading it.
New Mexico Guidelines for Testing
The State of New Mexico has issued the following guidelines for Coronavirus COVID-19 testing:
Please find below some important videos on Coronavirus COVID-19 as well as a list of the resources we used for this article and links to those pages. Stay healthy, be prepared, and keep informed.
Videos on Coronavirus COVID-19:
How To Protect Yourself Against COVID-19
Seven Steps to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus
Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019
What You Need to Know About Handwashing
What Older Adults Need to Know About Coronavirus COVID-19
How to Properly Disinfect Surfaces to Prevent Spreading Coronavirus
How to Prepare Your Home for Self-Isolation Against Coronavirus
How to Make Your Own Face Coverings
CDC: How COVID-19 Spreads
CDC: COVID-19 Symptoms
Report of the WHO-China Joint Mission on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
WebMD: Know the Symptoms of COVID-19)
CDC: Steps to Prevent Illness
CDC: What to do if you are Sick
CDC: Disinfection Recommendations
CDC: Get Your Household Ready for COVID-19
CDC: Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus
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