• Karen McPhail, RN, MSN

coronavirus Concerns


Seasonal influenza activity in the United States and in Virginia continues to be high this year, however we now have an additional health concern emerging. Many individuals are beginning to panic over the coronavirus as reports of this communicable disease outbreak continue in Wuhan, China and are now being reported in two areas of the US.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring this outbreak and is implementing precautionary measures for travelers and those returning from the effected areas of China.


Eldementals staff is monitoring this situation closely and is following guidance as provided by the CDC, Virginia Department of Health, and local health departments. The CDC and local health departments deem the current risk to Americans to be low at this time; however, irrespective, precautions should be take to prevent the spread of all communicable diseases including the flu.


Take precautions by doing the following:

  • Wash your hands often.

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

  • Maintain your health by staying hydrated and eating healthy foods

  • Support healthy sleep patterns, limit fatigue, and ensure you are getting enough sleep

  • Try to decrease anxiety and stress as they lead to illness and put your immune system at risk.

  • Stay away from those who are obviously ill.

  • Do not report to work if ill.

  • Family members who have loved ones in a care community - do not visit the care community if you have any signs of illness. Use good hand washing before, as needed during, and after all visits is essential.

  • Individuals who become ill should promptly consult with their primary care physician and seek medical attention promptly.

  • Individuals experiencing a fever, with or without respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath), again seek medical attention promptly and avoid exposure to others especially if you have traveled to Wuhan City within the past 14 days.

  • Anyone exhibiting symptoms of a communicable disease is advised to remain at home and avoid others for the entire illness period and for at least 24 hours after symptoms abate.

  • Ensure that you get a flu vaccine each year and a booster when advised.

  • Obtain a Pneumococcal vaccine as advised by your primary care physician.

The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. Flu shots are available in many locations including primary care physicians and local pharmacies.


Individuals scheduled to travel to China should monitor closely and observe the CDC travel precautions for China and remain away from Wuhan City.


For more CDC information about the 2019 coronavirus:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html


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