COVID-19 is a very real issue in our communities right now. On our most recent PharmacyNow Podcast, Dr. Schamp, Chief Medical Officer for Tabula Rasa HealthCare, addressed some of the facts, myths, and best practices surrounding the virus.
What exactly is COVID-19?
COVID-19, or SARS-COV-2, is a virus in the coronavirus family. It is zoonotic, which means it originated from animals. It is currently believed that the virus originated from bats and was transferred to other animals and later humans at a market in China.
How and Where Does COVID-19 spread?
The coronavirus’ primary method of transfer is through the respiratory droplets of an infected person. Another individual who comes in contact with the droplets can infect themselves by touching their eyes, mouth or nose. It is speculated that the virus may also live on surfaces, such as door handles or countertops. Currently it is unknown how well the virus is transmitted through these surfaces, but it is best practice to clean surfaces frequently and avoid contact with any contaminated surfaces.
Slowing the Spread by Distancing
One of the many ways to help slow the spread of the virus from one person to another is through social distancing. There are four key terms regarding different types of distancing.
- Social Distancing: the practice of avoiding groups of people and physical contact with individuals to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Self-Quarantine: a voluntary separation from other people to prevent the spread of the virus and monitor signs and symptoms of the virus.
- Quarantine: a public health procedure where an individual who may be infected (but is not confirmed to be infected) stays away from other people.
- Isolation: an infectious disease procedure used when an individual is confirmed to be infectious. An example of this includes how hospitals treat infected people.
Protecting Yourself, Patients, and the Community
There are many ways to help protect yourself and others from getting COVID-19. According to Dr. Schamp, there are two key things to keep in mind. First, practice social distancing. By keeping space between yourself and others it is easier to minimize the contact you may have with the virus. The second thing to keep in mind is hygiene. This includes washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water, refraining from touching your face, and cleaning commonly used surfaces.
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