Some key positive things about coronavirus.
a) For most people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. Older adults and people with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, lung disease, or heart disease are at a greater risk.
b) Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.
c) There are simple things you can do to help yourself and others:
- wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- stay home when you are sick
- cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash
- use hand sanitizer
d) The coronavirus has a weak lipid or fatty lining that makes it easy to kill by disinfecting surfaces with a diluted bleach solution, an alcohol solution with 70% alcohol and any household disinfectants. Good old soap and water works just fine as well.
e) Most people who are infected with the coronavirus exhibit symptoms similar to the cold or flu.
f) According to WHO statistics, people are recovering from the virus.
g) China has closed it’s last temporary hospital due to not enough new cases to support them.
h) Apple reopens all 42 China stores.
i) A vaccine has been developed and is being fast tracked into human trials.
j) Italy has one of the oldest populations in the world. In Italy, 23% of the population is over age 65, compared to the US, where that population is 16%. We know that the mortality is higher in the elderly.
k) Children don’t seem to get that sick with Covid-19 because kids seem to have pristine lungs that have not been damaged by a lifetime of inflammation from pollutants, allergies and diseases.
So, it’s not all bad. There is a silver lining. In the meantime, I encourage you to all practice self love:
- Take care of yourselves. Stay healthy by getting good sleep, eat healthy, exercise
- Take care of your mental health by reading, listening to your favorite music, take a walk outside. Turn off the TV or watch something positive and uplifting.
- Reach out to friends and family via Skype, facetime or Whatsapp.
- Be patient and kind to others. This is a difficult time for everyone.
- Help your elderly neighbors or friends who are immunocompromised get groceries.
Premier Dental Center is currently only open to help patients with dental emergencies. We are following the current guidelines from local and national health authorities, keeping ourselves and our patients healthy and remaining ready to serve you. You can call us as we have extended our phone hours and staff will be able to answer your questions on your oral health.