Don’t Panic and Wash Your Hands: What You Need to Know About The Coronavirus

        Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD, HMDC, shares facts about the new virus and how you can protect yourself and your older loved ones.
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        This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shows the spikes that adorn the surface of the virus, which looks like a corona.
        Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM
        Feeling stressed and anxious about this virus is natural. However, get the facts and talk to your practitioner, who is an important partner and can provide the information, help, and support you need.

        Questions to Ask Your Practitioner

        • What is my risk or a loved one’s risk of getting COVID-19?
        • Should my loved one or I wear a mask or other face cover if we go out in public?
        • What is the best way to stay safe in public locations or gatherings?
        • There are different stories out there about possible treatments for COVID-19. How do I know what is true?
        • Can my loved one or I get COVID-19 from a pet?
        • Is it safe to receive a package from China or another area where COVID-19 is actively spreading?
        • Is it safe to fly domestically or to take public transportation?

        What You Can Do

        • Practice good hygiene such as frequently and thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based sanitizing gels.
        • Seek immediate help if you experience symptoms of COVID-19. Don’t try to self-treat with over-the-counter or herbal products.
        • Avoid smoking.
        • Stay home for 14 days if you feel ill or have symptoms.
        • Talk to your practitioner if you have questions. Don’t listen to rumors or unfounded information about preventive measures and cures related to COVID-19.

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