Since December 2019, every time you feel slightly under the weather, the worry over if you have COVID-19 rises. It can be hard to tell the difference between the symptoms of the coronavirus and flu; however, there are certain key differences between flu and COVID-19. The Facts Both COVID-19 and influenza (flu) are contagious respiratory infections, but they are caused by different viruses. Many symptoms of the two are the same, which can create confusion on which one you may be suffering … [Read more...] about The Difference Between COVID and the Flu
The world is anxiously waiting for access to the COVID-19 vaccine with the hope that a vaccine will put an end to the global pandemic. Vaccines are currently rolling out to the public. Some people are unsure of whether they will take a vaccine or not because of so many unknowns along with a rapid FDA approval process. Research for Coronavirus Vaccine Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illnesses such as the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and Middle East … [Read more...] about Are COVID-19 Vaccines Safe?
It almost feels that life never existed before the uninvited pandemic shut things down. We no longer hear music from local event venues or the activity of busy pedestrians traversing city streets during a busy workday. While we are in a phase of re-opening to the public, there are rules. As of Wednesday, June 3, Texas began Phase 3 of reopening. All businesses currently operating at 25% capacity can expand occupancy to 50% with certain exceptions.Bars and similar establishments may … [Read more...] about Social Distancing While in Public Places
The human-to-human infection of COVID-19 is widespread across the world. Coughing, fever, and shortness of breath are primary symptoms found in most of the patients. COVID-19 also affects the lower respiratory tract, so those patients with chronic cardiovascular and lung disease are at high risk for complications of the disease. Many advisories have focused on the risk facing older people, those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, and people with compromised immune systems, such as … [Read more...] about Can Vaping Worsen the Risk of Contracting COVID-19?
It’s been months since researchers in China sequenced the novel coronavirus now known as SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19. With billions of lives and trillions of dollars at stake just depending on a vaccine for COVID-19, scientists around the world are working 24x7 to create an effective and safe vaccine as quickly as possible. However, by some optimistic estimates, the world could see a vaccine in the not too distant future. But with every vaccine, there are unpredictable unknowns. Or worst-case … [Read more...] about The Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine
An estimated 75 percent of Americans are now living under stay-at-home orders to flatten the coronavirus curve which is one of the biggest reasons people are opting to deliver meals and groceries. Thousands of restaurants across the country have shuttered for business. But, most of us like eating out occasionally, and having food delivered is the only available option in the current situation. Understandably, many of us have questions about the safety of our food due to the pandemic. COVID-19 … [Read more...] about Food Delivery Health Risks & Safety During Coronavirus
The COVID-19 has made people rethink their choices on commingling with others — how often they go to the grocery store, parks, schools – any public spaces. However, one thing COVID19 shouldn’t do is seeking medical care in a healthcare emergency and making a visit to the ER. Having said that, we understand many have unsettling feelings about ER visits. Every medical emergency is stressful, still one during a pandemic can bring even more concern. Will the ER staff be available to treat me? … [Read more...] about Emergency Room Visits During COVID-19
About 8 in 10 people who get COVID-19, the disease caused by a coronavirus will have only mild illness and the reality is that the vast majority of people who come down with COVID-19 will survive it. Just as the number of cases grows, so does another number, those who have recovered. In mid-March 2020, the number of patients in the U.S. who had officially recovered from the virus was close to zero but now it's in thousands and is climbing every day. Recovering from COVID-19 is more … [Read more...] about Recovering from Coronavirus: What to expect
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Hand hygiene is the first line of defense for the prevention of illnesses and spread of infection to others.” And this small simple activity, hand hygiene, is so important that the CDC has declared May 5th as World Hand Hygiene Day. (CDC, April 2019) As we’ve seen with the outbreak of COVID-19, this simple activity has become an absolute must. The virus spreads through touch and droplets generated when an infected person … [Read more...] about Hand Hygiene -May 5