We’ve heard a lot about COVID-19 since the moment it first hit the news in early 2020. But do we really have a good understanding of what the condition is and how to prevent it?
While there’s still a lot we don’t know about COVID-19, there’s also a lot we do know. Our team at AFC Urgent Care is taking a few minutes today to share some insight.
What Is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a viral infection. More specifically, it’s a type of the coronavirus, which is also the underlying cause behind some strains of the common cold.
This virus is passed through airborne particles, meaning that it is spread from person to person when an infected person sneezes, coughs or even simply breathes. It can even be spread by a person who is infected but asymptomatic, meaning he or she exhibits no symptoms, or pre-symptomatic, meaning not exhibiting symptoms yet.
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
How Can I Protect Myself From COVID-19?
While our state’s stay-at-home order was lifted at the beginning of May 2020, your best defense against getting COVID-19 is still to remain at home as much as possible and avoid close contact with others. If you’re venturing away from home, you’ll want to take other precautions, too.
The CDC recommends a few key steps—wearing a mask if you’re age 2 and older, maintaining at least six feet of space between yourself and others, washing your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time, and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces often. Masks can be purchased at many local retailers as well as online.
Surfaces & Objects to Disinfect
If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, we are offering COVID-19 testing at our urgent care center. Contact us at AFC Urgent Care of Athens, TN to learn more or to schedule a testing appointment.