Amid Coronavirus Worries, Don't Go to the Emergency Room!
Updated: Mar 23, 2020
There are now around 250 reported cases of Coronavirus identified in the United States with 14 reported deaths.
There is still no reason to panic!
Sensible hygienic measures will do more to protect you from Coronavirus, or any other communicable disease, than running to an emergency room or a same-day clinic.
If you are showing significant symptoms - mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and shortness of breath - call your physician. The physician can order a test kit for you.
The CDC states it has tested hundreds and will be able to keep up with thousands of tests.
DO NOT GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM to demand to be tested. You are putting yourself in more danger for being infected with coronavirus – as well as being infected with the flu. Stay home.
We now have definitive evidence. Many people in the United States carry Coronavirus-19. The news is not a surprise to medical professionals. All the suggestions from my first blog on this remain in place. Each of us will interact with carriers every day.
1. Wash your hands with soap and water.
2. Don’t shake hands fist bump at most, a slight bow and nod is better.
3. If you think you are infected and becoming ill. Stay home. Call your physician or health department if you think you have any chance of having the disease.
4. Do not cram into an emergency room.
5. Avoid crowds.
Gloria Casale earned her medical degree from the University of Kentucky and completed advanced training in anesthesiology, preventative medicine, and public health. She received training in bioterrorism and bioterrorism response at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and is a recognized expert in the international transport of disease. Gloria also served as a consultant to the Division of Transnational Threats at Sandia Laboratory. Gloria also has been an invited speaker to members of the US military and various ports associations on the topics of bio-weaponry and the international transport of pathogens. She currently lives in New Mexico with her tuxedo cat Hugo.
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