Recent changes that have affected the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic have drastically affected our routines. One specific routine that has been altered is the checklist you go through when leaving the house. Keys, wallet, sunglasses, and now the mask.
The CDC recommends everyone should wear a face mask when out in public in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There are different types of masks available such as N95 masks, cloth masks, DIY masks, surgical masks, and more.
N95 masks are suggested to be donated to essential workers who are most at risk of contracting the virus. Cloth masks are acceptable for civilians to use to prevent prevent spreading the virus by providing layers of cloth as protection. Surgical masks are fluid resistant and protect you from droplets and sprays that should be discarded after use.
With our daily use of masks also comes certain knowledge on how to properly wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Here is a list of do’s and dont's when wearing a mask.
Wash your hands with soap and water before putting on your mask. You can also use hand sanitizer when you do not have soap and water available.
If you are wearing a surgical mask make sure the color is facing outside, and the white side is facing inside.
Hold the mask by the ear loops and place over your ears. Make sure it completely covers your nose and mouth.
Use your fingers to press down the wire to fit the shape of your nose.
Avoid touching the front of your mask.
Do not wear your mask only covering your mouth or nose. It must cover both.
Do not wear a loose mask as particles can easily be transmitted.
Avoid touching the front of the mask while wearing it and when taking it off.
Do not remove your mask to talk to someone or do other activities that require touching your mask.
Do not leave your used mask within reach of others.
Remember that masks alone cannot protect you from COVID-19. Stay at least 6 feet away from others and wash your hands frequently. There is still so much to learn about this virus and until we learn more, we all have to do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic there have been major impacts on global health, the environment, our economy, and our culture.
Going for a walk around your neighborhood or running your everyday errands looks drastically different than it did in the beginning of 2020. A simple cough in public can make people around you wary of your presence, and waking up with a sore throat can automatically make you assume the worst.
As we continue to learn more about this virus, we can better learn to distinguish the differences between having contracted COVID-19, a seasonal flu, a common cold, or season allergies. Here are the characteristics of each of these sicknesses and how you can distinguish the differences.
Symptoms appear 2-14 days after being exposed to the virus. Some people may experience:
Seasonal Flu Symptoms
Influenza (flu) comes on suddenly and can cause mild to severe illness. Symptoms may include:
Common Cold Symptoms
Most people get the common cold in Winter and Spring and usually recover in 7-10 days. Some symptoms may include:
Allergy symptoms can be mild to severe and tend to occur seasonally. Symptoms may include:
If you are experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19 call your nearest emergency room to inform them ahead of time you are coming in and are concerned you may have COVID-19. It is crucial for us to be aware of the differences between COVID-19, the flu, a common cold, or seasonal allergies. The best way to avoid these sicknesses (exception of allergies) is to continue wearing your mask anytime you are in public, regularly wash your hands, limit your exposure to other people, avoid touching your face, and stay home if you are sick.
Micron Disinfection has a Clinical Advisory team comprised of 5 Doctors and Nurses that are experts in Infection Prevention, Infection Control, and diagnostic testing. We collaborated with them to develop this quick symptoms reference guide.*
*This quick reference guide is designed as an educational tool to help our community understand the common symptoms associated with each type of illness. It should not be used as a basis to evaluate your personal health or as a diagnostic tool. You should contact your doctor if you are not feeling well to have them provide you with a proper clinical recommendation.