Protect Yourself and Others from Getting Sick
COVID-19, widely known as the Coronavirus, is a deadly illness that first started in Wuhan, China, and spread to the rest of the world within a matter of weeks. While it has caused the world to tremble in fear and panic, there are several precautions you can take to keep yourself calm and from getting sick.
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COVID -19 TIMELINE
What first began as a small virus outbreak in Wuhan, China, has now grown into a deadly virus that continues to attack the world, including the United States. Within just a matter of days, North Carolina’s everyday life has changed drastically. You can follow a small timeline below of a few significant events that have occurred.
- March 10: North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper, declares a state of emergency.
- March 11: The World Health Organization declares the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic.
- March 13: President Donald Trump declares a National Emergency. South Carolina Governor, Henry McMaster, also declares a state of emergency.
- March 14: North Carolina shuts down all public schools and switches most colleges to online classes. Gatherings of more than 100 people are also banned.
- March 15: South Carolina closes all public schools and recommends limiting large gatherings to smaller numbers.
- March 17: North Carolina limits all restaurants to carry-out and delivery services only, also expanding their unemployment benefits.
- March 19: The first case of community spread in North Carolina is confirmed.
Coronavirus Prevention Methods
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have not only kept the world up to date with more information on COVID-19, but they have also given us several prevention methods. By taking these precautions seriously, you can keep yourself and those around you safe and healthy during this pandemic.
- Wash Your Hands – Though some people may disagree, you can never wash your hands too often! Whether you’ve just gone to the restroom, walked into your office, or simply petted your dog, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands. Experts recommend using soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds, patting your hands dry, and following up with a reliable moisturizer.
- Stay Home if You Feel Under the Weather – Even if you don’t yet have a fever, it’s highly recommended that you stay home if you’re feeling under the weather. If your symptoms worsen or don’t go away, you should contact your doctor immediately.
- Avoid High Traffic Areas – Places such as shopping centers, grocery stores, gas stations, and salons are always busy! But unless you absolutely need to go out, you shouldn’t be surrounding yourself with too many people. It’s recommended that you distance yourself from others unless you need groceries or gas, have a doctor’s appointment, or require medication.
- Social Distancing – Despite popular belief, social distancing is much more than simply avoiding contact and avoiding places with a lot of people. Social distancing means keeping yourself isolated from others except those in your home. You can take this time to enjoy the company of your family, pets, or even work from your home.
What to Do If You Are Sick?
While many people who have contracted the virus have only experienced mild symptoms and recovered fairly quickly, others have experienced much more severe symptoms. And for some, it has been fatal. You can continue to take care of both yourself and those around you by following the steps we’ve listed below if you’re feeling sick.
- Self-Isolate – If you begin to experience certain symptoms of the Coronavirus or another illness, be sure to isolate yourself from others. Whether that includes your family members who recently went on a family trip or your best friend who you haven’t seen in years, avoid large numbers of people. This includes avoiding handshakes, hugs, and other forms of contact.
- Seek Medical Attention – If your symptoms worsen or if you continue to feel under the weather, call your doctor for an appointment or visit your local hospital. Any illness can easily worsen if not treated properly.
- Inform Those You Came in Contact With – Let everyone you encounter know you are sick and keep them updated. This should be for people you were in contact with a few days before the sickness, to the last day before isolation.
- Follow All Medical Treatment – No matter what your course of treatment may be, it’s crucial that you follow each step precisely. All medical staff is trained and educated to assess and treat most any sickness to the best of their ability, so trust them.
Latest Coronavirus News in North Carolina
As of March 24, the number of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina has risen to 398, with 8,502 tests completed. All gatherings of 50 people or more have been banned, and public schools are not allowed to return until May 15 at the earliest. Restaurants are continuing to provide communities with curbside and delivery services, while other businesses have had to close their doors temporarily. News Conference – Live Streams (English) visit https://www.ncdps.gov/storm-update
Covid-19 Important Links and Resources
As residents of North Carolina, we understand how difficult it can be to sit back and wait for more news about the pandemic to be announced. But here at IDeACOM, NC, we believe that you should always stay up to date. We’ve provided several links below to help keep you updated with all the new Coronavirus information.
- Phone Numbers for State and Local Health Departments
- Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Checklist: Older Persons
- Testing and Treatment for COVID-19
- COVID-19: Managing Your Overall Health
- NCDHSS: Materials and Resources
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19
- What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus, which is also known as the COVID-19 pandemic, is a deadly virus that was first found in Wuhan, China. This illness can severely affect your lungs and airways, as one of its common symptoms is double pneumonia.
- What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Coughing, wheezing, high fever, and double pneumonia. While coughing is the most common symptom, it doesn’t mean you have the Coronavirus.
- Should I wear a mask to protect myself?
If wearing a mask will help you feel safer, we recommend using them; however, it won’t necessarily protect you from the illness. Patients who have been diagnosed with the disease are advised to wear a mask.
- Can I catch COVID-19 from my pet?
No. Many people believe this illness can be passed along by their pets; however, it couldn’t be further from the truth.
- Is it safe to receive a package from any area where COVID-19 has been reported?
It is ultimately your decision to order packages through the mail service during this time, but it is highly recommended that no packages be ordered from China or Italy. The Coronavirus has been found to live slightly longer on plastic packages rather than paper or cardboard.
For more information, please visit the WHO’s coronavirus page: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/covid-19/faq
IDeACOM NC Care about You
IDeACOM NC understands first-hand how difficult it can be to self-isolate and, in some situations be quarantined in your home. We also understand how imperative it is that you keep yourself updated with all the latest news and updates from the government and CDC regarding the Coronavirus. And with most everyone being isolated to their homes, the internet has become a necessity. To better provide you with uninterrupted phone services and high-speed internet, IDeACOM NC is here to help by giving you the best service possible.
If you are currently facing any issues with your internet or phone services, we’re only one call away. We work each day tirelessly to ensure your community remains connected at all times. Give us a call today at (336) 854-4455 to speak with one of our representatives about finding the service best suited to your home and business needs.