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By Teresa Bigham/The Hesperian-Beacon—
FLOYD COUNTY – There are few confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Lubbock and Amarillo area, so one should educate themselves on the proper way to prevent the spread of this virus.
By now, you may have memorized some if not all the symptoms of the coronavirus: fever and a cough. In other words, those are the same symptoms as the common cold or flu.
Some of the things people are questioning is how long does this virus survive on surfaces. According to Harvard Health, a recent study found that the COVID-19 can survive up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two hours to three days on plastic and stainless steel.
Not only can you self-manage from the comfort of your own home, but the Texas Department of Health wants us to do just that. Stay home if you are not feeling well or if you are running a fever. You should stay at home if your symptoms can be handled with over the counter cold and flu aids from your local drugstore.
According to Dr. Kevin Stennett, “If a person is experiencing the symptoms of the virus using over the counter Tylenol is the first fever reliever to try and after an hour or so if your fever still hasn’t gone down you may then take the recommended dose of Ibuprofen. If that works you may rotate between the two pain relievers.”
If everyone with a cold or flu like symptoms floods our local emergency rooms, it will be harder for health-care workers to treat patients who are critically ill.
“Lockney Cogdell Clinic is taking all precautions necessary for their staff to stay health but take care of their patients at the same time. We do have a very few tests available, but they will only be used on the most needed cases,” said Dr. Stennett. “If you are experiencing the systems the best thing to do would be to go to one of the drive-thru testing sites. The test is a nasal swab and will need to be sent off. While you wait for the results you will be asked to self-quarantine.”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states “If you feel well enough that if it wasn’t for the coronavirus you wouldn’t see a doctor, don’t see a doctor.”
The CDC recommends taking every day preventative actions to help prevent the spread of the respiratory viruses. These every day habits include:
- Wash your hands often with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are not feeling well or if you are running fever.
- Cover you cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Practice social distancing.
If you are feeling sick, here are a few steps you can take to help prevent the spread and protect others.
- Stay home except to get medical care
- Separate yourself from others
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor
- Wear a face mask
- Cover your cough and wash your hands
- Wash your hands
According to Harvard Health, the time from exposure to symptoms, based on current information, symptoms can appear as soon as three days after exposure to as long as 13 days later.
The coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from one person to person. This can happen between people who are in close contact with one another. Th virus can also spread from contact with infected surfaces. For example, a person can get the virus by touching a surface of object that has the viruses on it and then that person touching their own mouth, nose or possible their eyes.
Dr. Stennett said, “Educated yourself, wash your hands, and no large gatherings. If you feel sick please stay home and don’t expose this or any other virus to other people.”