Very good 'USA Today' article/pictorial re the Virus

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Old 03-14-2020, 08:13 AM
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Default Very good 'USA Today' article/pictorial re the Virus

I find this one quite informative, and a good review of CV infection on your body.

What does the coronavirus do to your body? Everything to know about the infection process
A visual guide of coronavirus infection, symptoms of COVID-19 and the effects of the virus inside the body, in graphics


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What coronavirus does to the body: COVID infection process, symptoms
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Old 03-14-2020, 08:47 AM
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I find this one quite informative, and a good review of CV infection on your body.

What does the coronavirus do to your body? Everything to know about the infection process
A visual guide of coronavirus infection, symptoms of COVID-19 and the effects of the virus inside the body, in graphics


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What coronavirus does to the body: COVID infection process, symptoms
Thanks for posting this information. I found it very informative because I had no idea what Corona was.
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Good information. Thank you!
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Default How to prepare IF you get the C Virus>>>

Things you should *actually* buy ahead of time: Tissues, Acetaminophen (Tylenol) in 325 mg tablets, Ibuprofen (Advil) in 200 mg tablets, Mucinex, Robitussin or DayQuil/NyQuil, or whatever your cough medicine of choice is.

If you don’t already have a humidifier, it would be a useful item to get/have. (Alternatively, you can also just turn the shower on hot and sit in the bathroom breathing in the steam). Also a good time to make a big batch of your favorite soup to freeze and have on hand.

If you have a history of asthma and you have a prescription inhaler, make sure the one you have isn’t expired and refill it/get a new one if it is. You basically want to prepare as though you know you’re going to get a nasty respiratory bug like bronchitis or pneumonia. You just have the foresight to know it’s coming.

For symptom management, use the meds mentioned above. For a fever over 101, alternate Tylenol and Advil so you’re taking a dose of one or the other every 3 hours. Use cough expectorants like Mucinex. Don’t suppress your cough; you want to loosen that chest congestion and get that mucous OUT! Drink a ton, hydrate hydrate hydrate; electrolyte drink (Gatorade, Powerade, etc) half and half with water. Rest lots.

If you're sick, you should not be leaving your house
except to go to the doctor, and if you do, wear a mask (regular is fine, you don’t need an N95). You DO NOT NEED TO GO TO THE ER unless you are having trouble breathing or your fever is very high AND unmanaged with meds.

90% of healthy adult cases thus far have been managed at home with basic rest/hydration/over-the-counter meds. We don’t want to clog the ERs unless you’re actually in distress. The hospital beds will be used for people who need oxygen/breathing treatments/IV fluids.

If you have a pre-existing lung condition (COPD or lung cancer) or are on immunosuppressants, now is a great time to talk to your PCP or specialist about what they would like you to do if you get sick. They might have plans to get you directly admitted and bypass the ER entirely.

One major relief to you parents is that kids seem to do Okay with coronavirus— they usually bounce back in a few days, no one under 18 has died, and few children have required hospitalization (unless they have an underlying lung diseases like CF, RAD). Just use pediatric dosing of the same meds.
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DeanFL has lots of great advice. However one little tweak.

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If you're sick, you should not be leaving your house[/B] except to go to the doctor, and if you do, wear a mask (regular is fine, you don’t need an N95). You DO NOT NEED TO GO TO THE ER unless you are having trouble breathing or your fever is very high AND unmanaged with meds.

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Even if you have trouble breathing or a high fever call the ER or your doctor first. They may prefer to send the doctor to you, or in very bad cases, an ambulance. A very sick person wandering into an ER that is not expecting them isn’t good for anyone.
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