Anyone who has paid attention to the news recently has likely seen plenty of information related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. This is a public health issue that has impacted the entire country, sending college students home. At the same time, some college students are still on campus, leading many to ask questions about the signs and symptoms they need to watch out for.
It is important for everyone to know that this virus is a respiratory infection. This means that those who are infected with the virus are going to display signs and symptoms that might resemble the flu or the common cold. Some of the most common symptoms that people might show include cough, congestion, a runny nose, a fever, and shortness of breath. Importantly, this virus is going to hurt some people worse than others. For example, some people might end up having to spend time in the hospital. A few might even end up in the intensive care unit (ICU) attached to a ventilator. On the other hand, some people might not show any symptoms at all.
Sometimes, people are infected with the virus and don’t show any symptoms for several days. Research has shown that people can carry this virus for up to two weeks without showing any symptoms. During this time period, people might not know they are sick. Therefore, they spend time around other people; however, during this time, they can still transmit this virus to other people. If someone is exposed to an individual with this virus, there can be a potential personal injury lawsuit.
For this reason, it is also important for everyone to know how to take care of themselves during this difficult time. First, everyone needs to make sure that they practice good social distancing measures. People need to try to stay about six feet away from each other at all times. Next, people also need to wash their hands multiple times throughout the day, particularly after using the bathroom or coming into contact with a community surface. People need to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with hot soap and water or use alcohol based gel. Finally, individuals also need to ensure that any community surfaces are cleaned regularly with disinfectant materials. This means tablets, keyboards, doorknobs, countertops, tables, faucets and more. If everyone works together to stay safe during this difficult time, it is possible to minimize the number of cases of this pandemic. This will ease the strain on our healthcare system and help people stay out of the hospital.